Sunday, 22 April 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180420 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Democratic National Committee’s Lawsuit Against Russians, Wikileaks And Various Trump Associates Full Of Legally Nutty Arguments - yeah, bonkers

Publisher Helps To Keep Sci-Hub In The Public Eye By Trying To Bully It Into Submission Using Ineffectual Legal Remedies - how not to do it #openaccess

Pushkin descendant puts Russian poet’s turbulent life on stage for first time - pushkin is up there with shakespeare, with a more extraordinary life, lived to the full until that fatal bullet

India poised to introduce death penalty for child rapists - death penalty never justified, not even for this

Saturday, 21 April 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180419 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Natalie Portman pulls out of Israel award due to ‘distressing recent events’ there - her intelligence is deep and long-standing -

On #Brexit, the views of the 48% must be respected too. That’s democracy - so far, they have been totally ignored

Amber Rudd boasted of harsher immigration strategy, leak reveals - & we thought she was the nice one… #Windrush

Thursday, 19 April 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180418 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Japan’s renewable energy puzzle: solar push threatens environment - not hard to solve: use a distributed approach with panels on every building and factory #renewables

The Press Publishers’ Right (#Article11): Multiple Negative Impacts On The #Futureofknowledge - how the #copyrightdirective will harm science and learning #oa

“Three key facets of the Achmea ruling suggest that investment agreements with third countries will also be incompatible with EU law” - #ISDS is a goner for EU trade deals

Trump of the tropics: the ‘dangerous’ candidate leading Brazil’s presidential race - when you think it can’t get any worse: “vowed to downgrade the environment ministry”

One Small Step for Preprints, One Giant Step Forward for Open Scientific Communications - #preprints are the future

Doctors tried to lower $148K cancer drug cost; makers triple price of pill - why #pharma companies are evil, part 23857

Peter Thiel’s data-mining company is using War on Terror tools to track American citizens. = #palantir

Wednesday, 18 April 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180417 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

What the UN deal on #shipping emissions means - a start, at least, but much more needs to be done quickly

EU pushes to approve Japan trade deal, seeks to avoid CETA mistakes - “does not deal with investment protection” #ISDS is dying, rightly… #jefta

The Music Industry Now Wants To Creep Past Site-Blocking Into App-Blocking - the basic rule is: enough is never enough for #copyright maximalists

Exxon sued for stoking drought, floods, and wildfires - we need thousands of these lawsuits all around the world… #climatechange

#Somaliland poet jailed for three years in crackdown on writers - “Naima Abwaan Qorane’s lawyer said she had been threatened with rape and murder during her interrogation.” appalling

Bug bounty tender for #opensource software launched in the EU - this is good news

UK and India agree ambitious new tech partnership - amazing what you can do while part of the EU…

Whistleblowers contradict No 10 over destroyed #Windrush landing cards - clearly time for the Home Secretary of the time to resign…

“If we are to decide what sort of #Brexit we want, the least we need is a menu, with prices. The one we have prepared represents the government’s current best estimates. It’s up to us to decide which of these prices is worth paying." -

Trump and Abe’s pro-coal agenda disastrous for the planet - not content with slaughtering whales, japanese government also wants to cook the whole planet… #japan #dirtycoal

Boulder becomes first landlocked city to sue companies over climate change - excellent precedent: every city should be suing #fossilfuel companies over the present and even worse future damage caused by #globalwarming

Government reports reveal new details about EPA pay raises and phone booth scandals - the nutter #climatedenialist-in-chief lands in even more (#globalwarming) hot water…

Florida kids are taking their climate-denying governor to court - “Rick Scott once reportedly banned officials from saying “#climatechange” or “#globalwarming” in government reports.” what a sad fool

Refugees prefer war-torn Syria over life in U.S., Haley insists - syrians are probably rightly worried about the risk of getting shot in US… #guns

Goldman Sachs Analyst Asks Whether Curing Patients Is A Sustainable Business Model - maybe traditional drug development is not a sustainable business model #pharma


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180416 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Bad News For ‘Privacy Shield’: As Expected, EU’s Top Court Will Examine Legality Of Sending Personal Data To US - #privacy

Poland violated EU laws by logging in Białowieża forest, court rules - another demonstration of why we need the #CJEU - to act as a brake on stupid governments…

UK still uncertain about Windrush-era deportations - this fiasco involves thousands; imagine the utter, unspeakable chaos that will be inflicted on the 3 million EU citizens after #brexit

Drones help fight surge in deadly malaria spread by monkeys in Malaysia - maybe stop cutting down the forests and increasing contact between monkeys and humans; just a thought…

Syrian medics ‘subjected to extreme intimidation’ after Douma attack - definitely no cover up there…

The shameful Windrush saga has struck fear into EU nationals’ hearts - #brexit

If Trump Is So Worried About Protecting Attorney-Client Privilege, He Should End The NSA’s Bulk Surveillance (And CPB Device Seizures) -

Tuesday, 17 April 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180415 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Syrian strikes boost French president’s action man image - france rises as UK falls…

Pruitt tells climate deniers he’ll stop counting value of lives saved for new rules - this really sums up his worldview: people don’t count, only profits

#NHS Digital execs showed ‘little regard’ for patient ethics by signing data deal - & note: after #brexit, all this data will probably be going to US companies routinely…

‘Plastic is literally everywhere’: the epidemic attacking Australia’s oceans - luckily, there are probably trillions of planets with life more intelligent than ours…

EU Member States Are Getting Steamrolled On #Copyright By The Bulgarian Presidency - this is shaping up to be a disaster

After Removing US From Negotiating Process, Now Trump Suddenly Wants US Back In #TPP - he’ll probably change his mind again…

Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats #plastic bottles - nice; this research needs to be made a priority

Microsoft built its own custom Linux kernel for its new IoT service - I’ve always said this was inevitable; and this is just the start…

Sunday, 15 April 2018


Article de Glyn Moody paru dans « Linux Journal » : Pourquoi la réforme européenne du droit d’auteur est une menace pour le logiciel libre — et comment lutter contre -

Tissue-destroying ulcer frequently found in Africa spreading rapidly in Australia - “While the infection responds to a roughly eight-week course of antibiotics, in rare cases surgery to remove skin or even amputation is needed.”

В Ингушетии снимут первый народный фильм об общечеловеческих ценностях - “Картина выйдет на национальном языке”

Friday, 13 April 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180412 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Hungarian journalists admit role in forging anti-migrant ‘atmosphere of fear’ - they are not journalists, they are propagandists #hungary

WHOIS Limits Under GDPR Will Make Pirates Harder to Catch, Groups Fear - doesn’t matter: protecting privacy is much more important than chasing a few unauthorised downloads

High fines and collective redress planned under EU consumer law reforms - won’t apply to post-#brexit UK, of course #racetothebottom

Massive lode of rare-earth metals found in Japanese waters -

UK Police Use Postcode Profiles, Garden Size And First Names For #AI-Based Custody Decision System - sounds legit

Canadian Music Industry Confirms Once More That For Copyright Companies, Enough Is Never Enough - the #copyright ratchet strikes again #ca

Pourquoi la réforme européenne du droit d’auteur est une menace pour le logiciel libre — et comment lutter contre -

Go away, kid, you bother me: Apple, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla kick W3C nerds to the curb - maybe selling out over DRM in HTML wasn’t such a clever move, eh @w3c?

Thursday, 12 April 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180411 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

China named ‘world’s top executioner’ as global rate falls - " “positive trend” towards ending capital punishment was exemplified by sub-Saharan Africa, where 20 countries have now abolished the death penalty for all crimes"

Canadian Government Leaning Towards A Right To Be Forgotten It Can Enforce Anywhere In The World - #ca

Interview With Samuel Aubert - “Les Siestes Electroniques is a music festival that was once focussed on electronic music and digital culture and which is now quite more open-minded.” #copyright

California Bill Could Introduce A Constitutionally Questionable ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ In The US - #GDPR #privacy

Rick Astley rickrolls unsuspecting weather reporter on air - nice

Facebook Compartmentalization - if possible, don’t use #facebook; if you really have to use it, do it this way.

Caribbean nations demand solution to ‘illegal immigrants’ anomaly - well, this is going to make those post-#brexit commonwealth deals much easier, isn’t it?


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180410 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

“all scientific data generated in #China must be submitted to government-sanctioned data centers before appearing in publications” - “At the same time, the regulations, posted last week, call for #openaccess and data sharing.”

Ted Cruz Gets Section 230 All Wrong, While Zuck Claims He’s Not Familiar With It - <facepalm/>

“Vox Scientia is a group of organisations and individual educators, researchers, librarians, cultural heritage professionals, students, etc. who stand up and aim to be the ‘Voice of Knowledge’ - ‘Vox scientia’ - in this debate.” - #copyright

EU will seek ‘non-regression’ clause to tie UK to environmental standards - very wise

Latest EU #Copyright Plan Would Ban Copyright Holders From Using Creative Commons - @AxelVossMdEP wants to turn the EU into a #copyright dictatorship - no choice about licences

Amber Rudd to announce crackdown on dark web - oh, do give over with the crowd-pleasing soundbites, amber, you’re talking nonsense as usual

Britons in France grill ambassador over post-Brexit rights - the issues raised are the reality of #brexit…and the UK gov doesn’t give a damn

Climate denying blogs use polar bears as a tool to spread twisted science -

Tuesday, 10 April 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180409 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Sorry, Brexiters. Banking on the Commonwealth is a joke - “As director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, I know what this institution does”

Make crisp packets recyclable - obvious, really; do it now #plasticwaste

“The same photograph was used in Ukip’s controversial “breaking point” poster during the UK’s Brexit referendum campaign.” - bigots of a feather, flock together. #brexiters must be so proud of #orban's racist rhetoric

Chinese Government Forces Residents To Install Surveillance App With Awful Security - poor uyghurs get it in the neck, again… #xinjiang

Costly medicines and pus in milk: a #Brexit trade deal that’ll make you sick - US official demands reveal the reality of a post-brexit UK-US trade deal. & it’s disgusting

Ttip, la scusa ‘Trump ci costringe a farlo’ mette in pericolo i nostri diritti e la nostra salute - #italia

“imagine having your data stored with you, and not the servers of a centralized intermediary like Facebook.” - yup; it’s the future…

Middle Neighborhoods: Action Agenda for a National Movement - “These are places where housing is often affordable and where quality of life is sufficiently good that new home buyers are willing to play the odds and choose these neighborhoods over others”

Public goods are REALLY good: thousands of years later, the Roman roads are still paying dividends - excellent point #commons

Monday, 9 April 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180408 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Online support grows for women after rugby stars’ rape acquittal - “The hashtag #IBelieveHer is trending, Facebook pages have been launched, women are speaking out, and activists are lobbying for change to the criminal justice system.”

Sunday, 8 April 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180407 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Thoughts on the Call for Tenders for the EC’s Open Research Publishing Platform - “this call represents a missed opportunity, and its implementation might lead to further damage to the causes of open access and reform of the publishing business” #oa

Terrorists ‘plot in shadows of the dark net’, report warns - and you know what? sometimes they plot in the shadows of curtains too…

“In Britain, we have strict spending limits for elections. It’s what has kept Britain from following the path of American politics, where elections are the sport of billionaires and corporate interests.” - #brexit will take us there

Indian runaway train takes 1,000 passengers on engineless journey - yikes, could have been a disaster #india


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180406 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

The Queen and Sir David Attenborough team up to protect forests in new documentary film - great idea

Japanese Government Seeks To Circumvent Its Own Constitution To Censor ‘Pirate’ Sites - #copyright corrupts everything it touches… #japan

South Carolina Republican puts loaded gun on table in constituent meeting - further proof #guns turn people into idiots; time to ban them except for a few professions.

EU Ministers must know we care about #OurOcean. EU countries have to keep promises made. They can assure #HealthySeas and #CleanSeas by 2020. pl. sign petition #OceanAware:

Saturday, 7 April 2018


‘We know we may be killed’: the rangers risking their lives for Virunga’s gorillas - the world should know about these incredible heroes - and support them financially (I’ve given before and again just now FWIW -

Redressing The Inverted Pyramid Of Scientific Publishing - #2017, but still relevant #openaccess

Saturday, 31 March 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180330 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Matt Canavan castigates fossil fuel opponents for using ‘highly objectionable’ term ‘just transition’ - #renewables creates more jobs than coal, you twit - look at US

Gaza clashes: UN secretary general calls for ‘transparent’ investigation - “Fifteen people were killed and more than 750 wounded by Israeli fire” #palestine #israel

Quixotic Approaches To Circumventing #Censorship, Using Books And Music - but now: “This website has been withdrawn in compliance with the official letter issued by the Instruction Court 7 of Collado Villalba dated March 23, 2018.”

Catalan academic facing extradition draws record crowdfunding appeal - yay

“Von Sonntag an sind in China offiziell nur noch verschlüsselte Verbindungen erlaubt, die der Staat lizenziert hat. Das könnte für den Zugang zum freien Netz fatal sein.” -

Industry planning jobs cull to offset #Brexit - “More than 20% of manufacturers plan cuts while more than 58% plan price increases to offset costs of leaving EU” sadly, this is inevitable


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180329 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

FBI questions Ted Malloch, Trump campaign figure and Farage ally - farage, you say…?

China’s Tencent Proves You Can Make A Decent Profit From Online Publishing – If You Have A Platform With A Billion Users -

No Tattoos At The 2018 Strawberry Music Festival In Hangzhou - weird

Mumbai beach goes from dump to turtle hatchery in two years - heart-warming story; #kudos to all involved

Humans of #Copyright - the Future of Knowledge is in Danger - here are just some of the ways the proposed EU #CopyrightDirective is extremely harmful

“Yet quietly, the tech industry has warmed to the White House, especially as companies including Alphabet, Apple and Intel have benefited from the Trump administration’s policies.” - it’s called selling out, chaps…

Thursday, 29 March 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180328 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Telecom Lobbyists: We’ll Fight State Efforts To Protect Net Neutrality For A ‘United And Connected Future’ - what cheek

‘Happiest day of my life’: Malala returns to Pakistan for first time since Taliban shooting - “Switching between Urdu, Pashto and English”

US Might Start A Nuclear War… Because Iranians Wanted Access To Academic Papers Locked Behind A Paywall? - #openaccess for world peace… #iran

Congressman’s Office Gets High School Student Suspended For Expressing His Displeasure With Congress -

Wednesday, 28 March 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180327 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Banking On #ClimateChange At A Glance - the banks that deserved to be sued into oblivion

US data firm Palantir admits employee approached #CambridgeAnalytica - those links keep getting linkier... #brexit

Thinking and Working Outside the Platform - interesting point #freesw

Macy’s, The Department Store Chain, Forces A Tiny Hair Salon In Scotland To Change Its Name - #trademark bullying strikes again

Bottle and can deposit return scheme gets green light in England - that’s welcome, but… “In Germany, a DRS was introduced in 2003 and 99% of plastic bottles are recycled.”

FBI Officials Were Angry That An iPhone Hack Blocked Them From Getting Court To Force Apple To Break Encryption -

UN Advisor Tells Italy To Drop Its Terrible ‘Fake News’ Law Before It Does Any Real Damage - saggio

Pope will not apologize for abuse in Canada’s indigenous schools - I’m disappointed in you, Frank, very disappointed…

Email shows how Pruitt’s climate denial seeps into the EPA and the rest of the U.S. - utterly shameful

#Microsoft to ban ‘offensive language’ from Skype, Xbox, Office and other services - not troubling at all… #censorship

In a first, a new UK coal mine is rejected on climate change grounds - kudos

Five years of consistent revenue growth for the U.S. recorded music industry - shows the “value gap” is just marketing guff #article13 #copyright

Tuesday, 27 March 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180326 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

New Open Source Standard Hopes To Cure The Internet Of Broken Things Of Some Awful Security Practices - long overdue #IoT

BeLeave revelations taint the Brexit result. There must be another vote - “UK democracy is under threat”

Anglo-Saxon settlement and Roman army camp found in A14 bypass dig - “Archaeologists uncover abandoned villages, prehistoric tools and seven tonnes of pottery in Cambridgeshire”

Spanish spies ‘tracked Carles Puigdemont via friend’s phone’ - remember: mobile phone = surveillance device you pay for

European Parliament must improve the Text and Data Mining (#TDM) exception to benefit European research and innovation - or kiss AI research/startups good bye

this is hugely important: “Robert Mercer was putting $10m to $15m to create an asset that the company was then licensing for $50,000.
He says he was subsidising the work of CA to the benefit of candidates and parties that he supports.” -

The Rise In Streaming Video Exclusives Could Annoy Consumers, Driving Them Back To Piracy - good point

Manchester Arena bombing: fire service arrived two hours late, says report - “Review highlights ‘risk-averse’ officers in charge and ‘catastrophic failure’ of emergency phone system”

Insanity Wins As Appeals Court Overturns #Google's Fair Use Victory For #Java APIs - #CAFC “was a dumb idea in the first place and should be shut down.” yup

Amazon priest who championed land rights for Brazil’s poor is arrested - looks like #brazil is getting hopelessly corrupt now

Monday, 26 March 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180325 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Pressure grows on PM over Brexit #CambridgeAnalytica scandal - she won’t do anything; she’s too frightened of #brexit nutters in her party

What does John Bolton’s appointment mean to #Iran? - “Iran must strengthen its ties with Russia and China in response to growing hostility from the US, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, chairman of the Iranian parliament’s foreign affairs committee, said on Saturday.”

‘Getting naked before the white man’: Indian minister rubbishes privacy fears - that’s true, but it’s optional - unlike #aadhaar

Kim Dotcom Wins Human Rights Tribunal Case Over Kiwi Government Withholding Info - #nz government behaving appallingly here

Subject Of Unflattering News Story Gets Journalist Arrested For Criminal Harassment - not good

Brexit official tasked with solving Irish border issue quits - probably just a coincidence

Trump, Lighthizer Reach Deal To Export Weak Standards, Pollution To South Korea - appalling; now guess what is coming to #brexit UK as part of US trade deal…

‘Fiery, self-important’: the No 10 adviser at centre of outing claim - what an odious snake

Trump’s Lawyer’s Lawyer Threatens Defamation Over Claims Stormy Daniels Did Not Make - that seems…unwise #StormyDaniels

Bob Murray Sends Judge Whiny Letter Saying That Losing Case To John Oliver Is Making People Say Mean Things To Him - great stuff

Stormy Daniels files defamation lawsuit against Trump lawyer Michael Cohen -