Tuesday, 31 May 2016


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 160530 - http://moodysmdd.blogspot.ae/2016/05/160530.html yesterday's tweets as a single page

Free access to scientific papers should be default by 2020: European ministers - http://arstechnica.co.uk/science/2016/05/eu-open-access-research-competitiveness-council/ implementation still unclear #oa

Guardian of the GPL: Online advertising is becoming “a perfect despotism” - http://arstechnica.co.uk/information-technology/2016/05/eben-moglen-gpl-online-advertising-is-becoming-a-perfect-despotism/ great stuff from Eben Moglen

#CETA: #TTIP in a Canadian disguise - 31/05/2016 - http://www.guengl.eu/news/article/events/ceta-ttip-in-a-canadian-disguise-31-05-2016 #CETA is going down, as momentum against it builds

Tell the European Commission NOW: Do not create link tax laws - https://savethelink.org/eu?src=159573 pl. add your name

fratelli (e sorelle) d'italia: Evitiamo voti al buio - http://www.saichivoti.it/ "informazioni sui futuri sindaci delle nostre città"

Lava Jato: Brazilian anti-corruption minister quits over secret recording - http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/31/lava-jato-brazilian-anti-corruption-minister-quits-over-secret-recording elections now #br

#Kazakhstan: Banks Deny Loans to Disabled Customers - http://www.eurasianet.org/node/78986

#TiSA undermines COP21 action says analysis of leaked annex on Energy - http://www.world-psi.org/en/tisa-undermines-cop21-action-says-analysis-leaked-annex-energy as will #TTIP...

Turkey warns Germany ahead of Armenian genocide vote - http://www.euractiv.com/section/enlargement/news/turkey-warns-germany-ahead-of-armenian-genocide-vote/ will German MPs allow themselves to be cowed? #am

Mexican minister: Trade talks with EU will be less controversial than TTIP - http://www.euractiv.com/section/trade-society/interview/mexican-minister-trade-talks-with-eu-will-be-less-controversial-than-ttip/ not if they have #ISDS, they won't

EDRi and Access Now withdraw from the EU Commission IT Forum discussions - https://edri.org/edri-access-now-withdraw-eu-commission-forum-discussions/ forum no longer credible

The big gamble: the dangerous world of British betting shops - https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/may/31/big-gamble-dangerous-british-betting-shops good journalism; worrying developments

Zweite Bürgerklage gegen #CETA gestartet. Was nun? - https://www.change.org/p/b%C3%BCrgerklage-gegen-ceta/u/16772150 the pressure builds

EU-US #PrivacyShield isn’t actually a shield says EU privacy chief - http://arstechnica.co.uk/tech-policy/2016/05/eu-us-privacy-shield-giovanni-buttarelli-analysis/ it's dead, Jim... #privacy

German Constitutional Court sends #sampling into another loop - http://ipkitten.blogspot.ae/2016/05/german-constitutional-court-sends.html says it's OK in certain circumstances #copyright

Pakistani women take to social media to protest against a proposal to legalise wife-beating - http://mashable.com/2016/05/31/pakistan-if-you-beat-me-lightly-campaign/ #TryBeatingMeLightly

The EU’s proposed “link tax”: a modest proposal - https://reprog.wordpress.com/2016/05/31/the-eus-proposed-link-tax-a-modest-proposal/

"expected 2 crest at a record level just 2 years after it had run dry in places because of drought" - http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/may/31/texas-floods-brazos-river-crest-record-rains #climatechange

If, As Eric Holder Now Admits, Snowden Did 'A Public Service,' Why Does He Still Want Him In Jail? - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20160531/01211234579/if-as-eric-holder-now-admits-snowden-did-public-service-why-does-he-still-want-him-jail.shtml

agriculture spat reveals EU willing to concede more than it says - http://ttip2016.eu/blog/TTIP%20agriculture%20Hogan%20Gardner.html EU ready to sell farmers down the river in #TTIP

Judge 'manipulated' 9/11 attacks case, court document alleges - http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/may/31/9-11-attacks-destroyed-evidence-khalid-sheikh-mohammed disgrace upon disgrace for US here

Wikileaks Says Secretive Trade Agreement Paves Way to ‘Corporatization of Public Services’ - https://news.vice.com/article/wikileaks-says-secretive-trade-agreement-paves-way-to-corporatization-of-public-services #TISA

Blair government's rendition policy led to rift between UK spy agencies - http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/may/31/revealed-britain-rendition-policy-rift-between-spy-agencies-mi6-mi5 kudos to Eliza Manningham-Buller #MI5 #MI6

Monday, 30 May 2016


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 160529 - http://moodysmdd.blogspot.ae/2016/05/160529.html yesterday's tweets as a single page

Plain-packaging regime forthcoming in #NZ - http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11647642 that's good: who's next?

#Iran orders messaging apps to store local data locally - http://www.medianama.com/2016/05/223-iran-messaging-app-data-centre/ not a good move for anyone

“We have to be honest. Not everyone is going to benefit from #TTIP.,” - http://www.euractiv.com/section/all/news/ttip-negotiators-asked-to-think-small-first/ indeed: general public won't, for a start

Koalitionsstreit: Gabriel wirft Merkel unnötige Eile bei #TTIP vor - http://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/soziales/ttip-sigmar-gabriel-wirft-angela-merkel-unnoetige-eile-vor-a-1094787.html another U-turn on its way?

Circular economy: An investment that pays off - http://www.euractiv.com/section/sustainable-dev/opinion/circular-economy-an-investment-that-pays-off/ pity @TimmermansEU sees it as just "green tape"... #deregulation

Kenya's new front in poaching battle: 'future is in hands of our communities' - http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/may/30/kenya-poaching-elephant-ivory-rhino-horn-future-communities West & #China must play their part

.@EU_Commission"is starting to the think the U.S. wants something for nothing in #TTIP discussions" - http://www.politico.eu/newsletter/playbook/politico-brussels-playbook-presented-by-statoil-new-eu-us-trade-skirmish-uk-tory-rebellion-grows/ it's right

Keep Calm & (Don’t) Enable Macros: New Threat Actor Targets UAE Dissidents - https://citizenlab.org/2016/05/stealth-falcon/ fascinating stuff; journos should read

Ombudsman's ruling: Stoiber’s appointment process constituted ‘maladministration’ and was misleading  - http://corporateeurope.org/pressreleases/2016/05/ombudsmans-ruling-stoiber-appointment-process-constituted-maladministration 

If climate scientists are in it for the money, they’re doing it wrong - http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/05/if-climate-scientists-push-the-consensus-its-not-for-the-money/ one of the most stupid #denialist arguments

#TTIP-Verhandlungen: EU & USA streiten jetzt auch per E-Mail - http://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/soziales/ttip-eu-und-usa-streiten-heftig-ueber-verhandlungen-a-1094837.html "Sorge vor einem Abbruch der gesamten Verhandlungen"

"whistleblower Colin Wallace has consistently claimed that MI5, RUC special branch knew about the abuse" - http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/may/30/n-ireland-child-abuse-inquiry-turns-to-kincora-home-and-claims-of-mi5-blackmail #Kincora

Sunday, 29 May 2016


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 160528 - http://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2016/05/160528.html yesterday's tweets as a single page

#brexit tories pretending to care about "those who do not have their advantages" is just nauseating - http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/may/29/tory-rift-eu-widening-attacks-on-david-cameron-boris-johnson

"censored section of the Unesco report on #Tasmania is clear about the “dire” nature of the threat" - http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/may/29/australia-covered-up-un-climate-change-fears-for-tasmania-forests-and-kakadu #australia

Lightning strikes kill man in Poland and injure dozens across Europe - http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/28/lightning-strikes-over-paris-leave-several-injured presumably a side-effect of #climatechange

Revealed: cancer scientists' pensions invested in tobacco - https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/may/29/cancer-scientists-pensions-invested-in-tobacco-bat I'm sure they will be delighted to discover this...

Device used in Nazi coding machine found for sale on eBay - https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/may/29/nazi-coding-machine-lorenz-teleprinter-ebay great find by National Museum of Computing

seems increasingly clear that if #Trump wins, #China will become the world's leading power even sooner than most of us expected...


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 160527 - http://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2016/05/160527.html yesterday's tweets as a single page

Trump denies California is experiencing a drought - http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/may/28/protesters-clash-with-police-outside-donald-trump-rally-in-san-diego this man is dangerously delusional: watch out, Usians...

#Privacy whiz @maxschrems set to challenge other big firms - https://euobserver.com/justice/133539 great idea - we need to support this fully

Saturday, 28 May 2016


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 160526 - http://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2016/05/160526.html yesterday's tweets as a single page

Authorities confirm #stingray use in UK—in Scottish prisons - http://arstechnica.co.uk/tech-policy/2016/05/stingray-use-in-the-uk-details-scotland-prisons/ but prisoners discovered "innovative countermeasures"

G7 nations pledge to end fossil fuel subsidies by 2025 - http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/may/27/g7-nations-pledge-to-end-fossil-fuel-subsidies-by-2025 great; pity it's years too late...

“I will give you everything” promises #Trump in announcing his energy plan - http://arstechnica.co.uk/science/2016/05/donald-trump-energy-plan-manifesto-analysis/ how idiotic can you get? this idiotic

"clinical trial data to be included in definition of 'confidential and trade secret information'" - http://www.eubusiness.com/Members/epha/ttip-medicines outrageous #TTIP

"With #TTIP negotiations looming, the timing of the glyphosate fight couldn’t be worse." - http://www.politico.com/tipsheets/morning-trade/2016/05/the-leaning-tower-of-tisa-treasury-pushed-out-at-1-yard-line-itc-steels-itself-for-big-decision-214531 'cos shows US bullying

US "changing negotiating approach to financial data storage in future trade deals" - http://www.politico.com/tipsheets/morning-trade/2016/05/the-leaning-tower-of-tisa-treasury-pushed-out-at-1-yard-line-itc-steels-itself-for-big-decision-214531 IOW, destroying EU privacy laws

One Step Forward and Two Steps Back on Toxic Chemicals - http://progressivereform.org/CPRBlog.cfm?idBlog=DCC744AA-DE30-519C-874E812BFA8BE657 US wants exactly this approach in EU through #TTIP

Secret New Internet Rules in #TISA - https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/05/secret-new-internet-rules-trade-services-agreement "directed at policies such as the recent European proposal" for video quotas

Op-ed: Oracle attorney says Google’s court victory might kill the #GPL - http://arstechnica.co.uk/tech-policy/2016/05/google-android-victory-might-kill-gpl-oracle/ nice try, but no, actually... #copyright

Friday, 27 May 2016


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 160525 - http://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2016/05/160525.html yesterday's tweets as a single page

Why Goldman Sachs Likes Obama’s Trade Agenda - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/goldman-sachs-obama-trade-deal_us_57461685e4b03ede4413c33f & why #ISDS in #TTIP will make banks even more greedy & dangerous

Bulk powers in Snoopers’ Charter to get indie review, vows Theresa May [Updated] - http://arstechnica.co.uk/tech-policy/2016/05/bulk-powers-snoopers-charter-independent-review-home-sec/ Labour sets out its conditions

18th round of Trade in Services Agreement talks starts under EU chairmanship - http://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/press/index.cfm?id=1503 revised market access offer #TISA

The Leaks Go On: Before Another Secret Round of Negotiations on the Proposed TISA - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/deborah-james/the-leaks-go-on-before-an_b_10147030.html & why it's so bad

Timmermans: We must convince EU era of meddlesome EU rules is over - http://www.euractiv.com/section/climate-environment/news/timmermans-we-must-convince-europe-the-era-of-meddlesome-eu-rules-is-over/ IOW massive deregulation in time for #TTIP

Google beats Oracle at trial: Jury finds Android is “fair use” - http://arstechnica.co.uk/tech-policy/2016/05/google-wins-against-oracle-android-is-fair-use/ lots of details and background

Wednesday, 25 May 2016


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 160524 - http://moodysmdd.blogspot.se/2016/05/160524.html yesterday's tweets as a single page

Poland starts logging primeval Bialowieza forest despite protests - http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/25/poland-starts-logging-primeval-bialowieza-forest-despite-protests shame on #poland for its specious excuses

How the Internet works: Submarine fibre, brains in jars, and coaxial cables - http://arstechnica.co.uk/information-technology/2016/05/how-the-internet-works-submarine-cables-data-centres-last-mile/ splendidly detailed

Across Europe, distrust of mainstream political parties is on the rise - http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/25/across-europe-distrust-of-mainstream-political-parties-is-on-the-rise maybe they should stop pushing #TTIP et al.

WikiLeaks publishes draft texts of Trade in Services Agreement - https://wikileaks.org/tisa/ 9 more dox: start digging... #TISA

#Xiaomi unveils its first drone — and it costs just $450 for a 4K video model - http://techcrunch.com/2016/05/25/xiaomi-mi-drone/ interesting move

Crunch time for major trade deal on services - http://www.beuc.eu/publications/crunch-time-major-trade-deal-services/html "lack of publicly available texts" #TISA

As Netflix Locks Down Exclusive Disney Rights, The New Walled Gardens Emerge - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20160524/07112234533/as-netflix-locks-down-exclusive-disney-rights-new-walled-gardens-emerge.shtml worrying stuff

The tyranny of the algorithm yet again... - http://b2fxxx.blogspot.com/2016/05/the-tyranny-of-algorithm-yet-again.html this is just the start...

Exporting Internet Law through International Trade Agreements: Recalibrating U.S. Trade Policy in the Digital Age - http://scholarship.law.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1013&context=jlt

#ExxonMobil tried to censor climate scientists to Congress during Bush era - https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/may/25/exxonmobil-climate-change-scientists-congress-george-w-bush @exxonmobil should be sued into ground

Introducing: MyData - http://blog.okfn.org/2016/05/25/introducing-mydata/ "an easy way to see where data about us goes, specify who can use it"


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 160523 - http://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2016/05/160523.html yesterday's tweets as a single page

What's the True Cost of #Fracking? This Eye-Opening Infographic May Surprise You - http://www.alternet.org/environment/frackings-true-cost-infographic now coming to #Yorkshire...

North Yorkshire council backs first UK fracking tests for five years - http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/may/23/north-yorkshire-council-backs-first-uk-fracking-tests-for-five-years so much for Tories' belief in local democracy

#TTIP less consensual than it seems in Central and Eastern Europe - http://www.borderlex.eu/ttip-less-consensual-seems-central-eastern-europe/ support is dropping everywhere #ISDS

#Elephants continue to suffer in 'humane' wildlife sanctuaries - http://mashable.com/2016/05/24/elephant-tourism/ unacceptable suffering and abuse

Windows Phone market share falls below one percent - http://www.cnet.com/news/windows-phone-market-share-falls-below-one-percent/ this is why #Microsoft will never be important again...

Brexit campaign leadership dominated by climate-sceptics - http://www.euractiv.com/section/uk-europe/news/brexit-campaign-leadership-dominated-by-climate-sceptics/ IOW, idiots

Why the UK government’s latest Snoopers’ Charter bid is wrong - http://arstechnica.co.uk/tech-policy/2016/05/ipb-why-uk-snoopers-charter-bid-is-wrong-op-ed/ good to see an MP getting stuck in here #IPBill

Roundtable: Why the EU needs Knowledge #Commons - http://commonsnetwork.eu/roundtable-why-the-eu-needs-knowledge-commons/ June 1st, Brussels

EU data protection chief: We have serious concerns about #PrivacyShield - http://arstechnica.co.uk/tech-policy/2016/05/eu-data-protection-chief-we-have-serious-concerns-about-privacy-shield/ whose survival chances get smaller...

CETA CHECK - Let's make this huge! - http://www.newsletter-webversion.de/?c=0-irkm-5sn2yb-fve #CETA is the main threat today: we must address it

#Google’s Paris office raided by police in tax probe - http://arstechnica.co.uk/tech-policy/2016/05/google-paris-office-raided-police-tax-probe/ and yet more...

Commission may offer defining criteria on hormone disruptors by June - http://www.euractiv.com/section/health-consumers/news/commission-may-offer-defining-criteria-on-hormone-disruptors-by-june/ well, we'll see...

"We respectfully ask that the NRC dissolve its current committee" - https://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/sites/default/files/comments_to_nrc_dels-bls-15-16.pdf "NRC’s Proposed Committee Violates FACA"

Huge Scale Of UK Road Camera #Surveillance Revealed - http://news.sky.com/story/1701079/huge-scale-of-road-camera-surveillance-revealed now they want the same for the Information Superhighway...

EU Standards Directive needs revision, researchers say - https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/node/151712 "also warn against allowing #FRAND" (v @schestowitz) 

Tuesday, 24 May 2016


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 160522 - http://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2016/05/160522.html yesterday's tweets as a single page

Better trade and regulation legal analyst - https://www.transportenvironment.org/jobs/better-trade-and-regulation-legal-analyst "someone who can analyse, research & dig around to the find the facts"

Revealed: How copyright law is being misused to remove material from the internet - https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/may/23/copyright-law-internet-mumsnet the reality of #copyright today

World could warm by massive 10C if all fossil fuels are burned - http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/may/23/world-could-warm-by-massive-10c-if-all-fossil-fuels-are-burned mankind would be toast, metaphorically & literally

European Parliament study - #TTIP and jobs - http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/STUD/2016/578984/IPOL_STU(2016)578984_EN.pdf confirms there really is no benefit here: nothing, nothing, nothing

Another Whistleblower -- One Who Tried To Protect Other Whistleblowers -- Says 'Official Channels' Are Worthless - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20160522/12052334517/another-whistleblower-one-who-tried-to-protect-other-whistleblowers-says-official-channels-are-worthless.shtml

Microsoft has ruined my day, and possibly my life - http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/may/23/microsoft-windows-ten-10-software-update-problems-iplayer and you're surprised...?

Conflicts of interest in U.S National Research Council GMO studies - https://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/sites/default/files/ib_1605_nrcinfluence-final-web_0.pdf tut-tut

#Brazil minister ousted after secret tape reveals plot to topple President #Rousseff - http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/23/brazil-dilma-rousseff-plot-secret-phone-transcript-impeachment a coup is a coup is a coup

First look: inside the Switch House – Tate Modern's power pyramid - http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/may/23/first-look-inside-tate-moderns-power-pyramid I can't wait to visit... #london

Monday, 23 May 2016


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 160521 - http://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2016/05/160521.html yesterday's tweets as a single page

How big tobacco lost its final fight for hearts, lungs and minds - http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/may/22/big-tobacco-final-fight-cigarette-branding-uk nice piece about #BigTobacco's Great Defeat

ITC evaluates the economic impact of the #TPP - http://jaredbernsteinblog.com/big-report-little-finding-the-itc-evaluates-the-economic-impact-of-the-tpp/  "statistically indistinguishable from no change at all" #nothing

Snowden calls for #whistleblower shield after claims by new Pentagon source - http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/may/22/snowden-whistleblower-protections-john-crane important development

How the Pentagon punished #NSA #whistleblowers - http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/may/22/how-pentagon-punished-nsa-whistleblowers "could put current and former senior Pentagon officials in jail."

How Kosovo Was Turned Into Fertile Ground for ISIS - http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/22/world/europe/how-the-saudis-turned-kosovo-into-fertile-ground-for-isis.html?_r=0 remind me why West supports the terrorist state of #SaudiArabia

Bialowieza: Sorge um Polens Urwald - http://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/natur/bialowieza-sorge-um-polens-urwald-a-1093528.html greed or stupidity? or both? #poland

Sunday, 22 May 2016


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 160520 - http://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2016/05/160520.html yesterday's tweets as a single page

#Microsoft’s 20-year journey to putting #Windows Everywhere - http://arstechnica.co.uk/information-technology/2016/05/onecore-windows-everywhere-cross-platform/ during which time #linux has already been doing it...

The world's largest #cruise ship and its supersized #pollution problem - http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/may/21/the-worlds-largest-cruise-ship-and-its-supersized-pollution-problem this is a huge largely ignored problem

Moby: ‘There were bags of drugs, I was having sex with a stranger’ - http://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/may/21/moby-bags-drugs-having-sex-stranger-miranda-sawyer great subject, nice journalism

House Science Committee claims free speech attacks in Exxon probes - http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/05/house-science-committee-claims-free-speech-attacks-in-exxon-probes/ these people are dangerous clowns

I did my research. Yes, I think academic publishers are greedy. (With notes on publishers’ rhetoric & creationism) - https://svpow.com/2016/05/21/i-did-my-research-yes-i-think-academic-publishers-are-greedy-with-notes-on-publishers-rhetoric-and-creationism/

Syrian refugees give new life to struggling city of Malmö - http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/21/malmo-syrian-refugees-new-life-sweden well, of course, that's why they are so good for a land

Vote Leave embroiled in race row over #Turkey security threat claims - http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/may/21/vote-leave-prejudice-turkey-eu-security-threat racist much, #brexiters?

Police make naked dead woman sandcastle, then swiftly apologise - http://mashable.com/2016/05/20/dead-woman-sandcastle-cornwall-police-/ "won the Cornwall Beach Games competition"

Caution and optimism in #Zambia as forest scheme scales up - http://blog.transparency.org/2016/05/20/caution-and-optimism-in-zambia-as-forest-scheme-scales-up/ doesn't sound very optimistic to me... #REDD

Saturday, 21 May 2016


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 160519 - http://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2016/05/160519.html yesterday's tweets as a single page

US #TPP economic report will increase US opposition - http://aftinet.org.au/cms/node/1157 "predicted  a tiny GDP increase of only 0.15% after 15 years"

Cannes Film Festival: A rare look at the festival’s digital cinema system - http://arstechnica.co.uk/gadgets/2016/05/cannes-film-festival-digital-cinema-system-details-photos/ great look at the ultimate #DRM insanity

#PrivacyShield faces another setback after Eurocrats fail to agree on deal - http://arstechnica.co.uk/tech-policy/2016/05/privacy-shield-faces-setback-safe-harbour/ big implications 4 #TTIP if this fails

India records its hottest day ever as temperature hits 51C - http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/20/india-records-its-hottest-day-ever-as-temperature-hits-51c-thats-1238f how long before it hits an "impossible" 60C?

TTIP and energy security: do Europeans actually want US LNG? - http://www.borderlex.eu/ttip-energy-security-europeans-actually-want-us-lng/ another "reason" for #TTIP is fading away...

Turkish parliament votes to lift MPs' immunity from prosecution - http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/20/turkish-mps-vote-lifting-immunity-from-prosecution surely takes #turkey one step closer to civil war

Business Roundtable on ITC #TPP Report - http://businessroundtable.org/media/news-releases/business-roundtable-statement-itc-tpp-report amazing: even business lobbyists unable to find a single good thing here

Thursday, 19 May 2016


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 160518 - http://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2016/05/160518.html yesterday's tweets as a single page

ITC's 792-page #TPP Impact on US Economy & on Specific Industry Sectors - https://www.usitc.gov/publications/332/pub4607.pdf just *0.01%* extra GDP per year on average

"#TPP would be a disaster for working families, communities, & our climate" - http://content.sierraclub.org/press-releases/2016/05/sierra-club-statement-us-international-trade-commission-s-tpp-study reaction to ITC report by @sierraclub

#TPP means "US will be as wealthy on January 1, 2032 as it would otherwise be on February 15 of 2032" - http://cepr.net/press-center/press-releases/dean-baker-statement-itc-report-and-tpp #ITC

#TPP Study Projects Worsening Trade Balances for 16 of 25 U.S. Economic Sectors, Overall US Trade Deficit Increase - https://www.citizen.org/documents/TPP-USITC-Study-Press-Release.pdf

Copyright Bill that will prohibit creative commons licenses for audiovisual works in Chile - http://www.senado.cl/appsenado/templates/tramitacion/index.php?boletin_ini=9889-24 just insane #cc #cl

#Netflix tax plan on video streaming services coming soon to EU—report - http://arstechnica.co.uk/tech-policy/2016/05/netflix-tax-plan-video-streaming-services-coming-soon-eu/ EU wants 20% EU quota too...

Backbench rebellion over #TTIP, the #NHS and the Queen's Speech? - http://www.globaljustice.org.uk/news/2016/may/19/backbench-rebellion-over-ttip-nhs-and-queens-speech this could be fun...

Lieberman to be Israeli defence minister in shock move - http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/19/israeli-pm-asks-avigdor-lieberman-to-be-defence-minister-shock-move "transfer of Israeli Arabs into Palestinian territories"

Consultation on Trade Sustainability Impact Assessment on #TTIP - http://www.trade-sia.com/ttip/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2014/02/TSIA-TTIP-Newsletter-May-2016-1.pdf Deadline for submitting comments: Thursday 9 June

Proposed EU trade treaty threatens progressive laws, say campaigners - http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/19/proposed-eu-trade-treaty-threatens-progressive-laws-say-campaigners they want #ISDS to apply even more widely

Boris Johnson wins 'most offensive Erdoğan poem' competition - http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/may/19/boris-johnson-wins-most-offensive-erdogan-poem-competition Johnson showing statesman-like grasp of geopolitics

David Cameron moves to head off #TTIP rebellion - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-eu-referendum-36332415 this is getting surreal #NHS

“Your criticisms are completely wrong”: Stallman on software patents - http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2012/11/your-criticisms-are-completely-wrong-stallman-on-software-patents/ look, solution is simple: abolish all patents

Homeland Security Has Not Sent Us A Subpoena - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20160518/15535234479/homeland-security-has-not-sent-us-subpoena.shtml @techdirt did not blink

Apple says game about Palestinian child isn’t a game - http://arstechnica.co.uk/gaming/2016/05/apple-liyla-shadows-of-war-palestinian-game/ but "sending missiles at foreign-looking cartoon bombers" is


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 160517 - http://moodysmdd.blogspot.se/2016/05/160517.html yesterday's tweets as a single page

Disappointing: Elsevier Buys #OpenAccess Academic Pre-Publisher SSRN - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20160517/13513134465/disappointing-elsevier-buys-open-access-academic-pre-publisher-ssrn.shtml no one wants this - except elsevier...

New study and workshop for the protection of public services in free trade agreements - http://www.akeuropa.eu/en/news-full.html?cmp_id=7&news_id=2788 #TTIP #CETA #TISA

Spy tribunal tells #GCHQ snooping complainants to prove they were “at risk” - http://arstechnica.co.uk/tech-policy/2016/05/spy-tribunal-gchq-snooping-complainants-prove-risk/ not exactly helpful #surveillance

Why #Google’s monopoly abuse case in Europe will run and run - http://arstechnica.co.uk/tech-policy/2016/05/google-antitrust-case-europe-details-analysis/ good historical background #EU

"Model Clauses For The Exclusion Of Public Services From Trade And Investment Agreements" - http://www.epsu.org/article/new-study-model-clauses-exclusion-public-services-trade-and-investment-agreements #TTIP #CETA #TISA

A Dozen Bad Ideas That Were Raised At The #Copyright Office's DMCA Roundtables - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20160517/17541834469/dozen-bad-ideas-that-were-raised-copyright-offices-dmca-roundtables.shtml thorough report of awful ideas

#Israel action threatens to close down rights group and 'chill' free speech - http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/18/israel-action-threatens-rights-group-free-speech-breaking-silence-soliers "crucial test case for civil society."

Brazil's Guarani Indians killing themselves over loss of ancestral land - http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/may/18/brazils-guarani-indians-killing-themselves-over-loss-of-ancestral-land awful; shame on brazil's courts

Turkish journalist sued by state stripped of legal rights 4 her children - http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/18/turkish-journalist-arzu-yildiz-sued-by-state-stripped-of-legal-rights-over-her-children #turkey descends into madness & tyranny

IBM Wants To Patent A Printer That Won't Let You Output Unauthorized Copies - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20160516/09464634451/ibm-wants-to-patent-printer-that-wont-let-you-output-unauthorized-copies.shtml I'm sorry, Dave...

here's ITC's full (792-page) assessment of #TPP  Likely Impact on  US Economy and on Specific Industry Sectors - https://www.usitc.gov/publications/332/pub4607.pdf

Federal Judge Says Internet Archive's Wayback Machine A Perfectly Legitimate Source Of Evidence - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20160518/08175934474/federal-judge-says-internet-archives-wayback-machine-perfectly-legitimate-source-evidence.shtml that's good

Wednesday, 18 May 2016


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 160516 - http://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2016/05/160516.html yesterday's tweets as a single page

Policies for #Commons Collaborative Economies at the European level - http://procomuns.net/en/policy/

Jane Kelsey: Heavy hand of US domestic politics evident in #TPP - http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11639804

Toxic 'red tide' in #Chile prompts investigation of salmon farming - http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/17/chile-red-tide-salmon-farming-neurotoxin environmental disaster

Countries Must Reject Further Changes to the #TPP That Would Worsen Access to Affordable Medicines - http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/article/countries-must-reject-further-changes-tpp-would-worsen-access-affordable-medicines

Spy tribunal tells #GCHQ snooping complainants to prove they were “at risk” - http://arstechnica.co.uk/tech-policy/2016/05/spy-tribunal-gchq-snooping-complainants-prove-risk/ not exactly helpful #surveillance

New Evidence About the Dangers of #Monsanto’s #Roundup - https://theintercept.com/2016/05/17/new-evidence-about-the-dangers-of-monsantos-roundup/ just as @EU_Commission is about to approve it for #EU

La Quadrature du Net leaves the state of emergency - https://www.laquadrature.net/en/la-quadrature-leaves-the-state-of-emergency hmmm

French Student Group Sues Twitter (Again) For $50 Million (Again) Over Tweets It Doesn't Like - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20160517/00220334456/french-student-group-sues-twitter-again-50-million-again-over-tweets-it-doesnt-like.shtml

Stop TTIP & CETA - https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.942809412504875.1073741875.517282488390905&type=3&uploaded=13 Joint day of actions to raise awareness against #TTIP and #CETA

JK Rowling defends Donald Trump's right to be 'offensive and bigoted' - http://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/may/17/jk-rowling-defends-donald-trumps-right-to-be-offensive-pen-america this wise woman is right, as usual...