Saturday, 24 March 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180322 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Mekong Dam Could Choke China’s Last Rainforest - sounds like a disaster: “Yunnan province is grappling with a hydropower supply glut due to decades of dam development along the Mekong”

EU in ‘state of denial’ over destructive impact of farming on wildlife - this is madness, must be reversed immediately

Friday, 23 March 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180321 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

UK to ask EU leaders to expel Russian spies from own countries - she seems to have forgotten that “brexit means brexit”…

Can the Chinese Communist Party Learn from Chinese Emperors? - fascinating analysis #china

#Turkey to send drill ship to contested gas field off Cyprus - time that bully #Erdogan was slapped down

John Oliver’s gay rabbit book parody outsells Mike Pence’s original on Amazon - in praise of bent binks

‘Great Pacific garbage patch’ sprawling with far more debris than thought - we’ve really ruined this planet, haven’t we? #plasticwaste

Thursday, 22 March 2018


Crowdfunded OpenSCHUFA Project Wants To Reverse-Engineer Germany’s Main Credit-Scoring Algorithm - I predict this will be first of many such projects

Catastrophe’ as France’s bird population collapses due to pesticides - when will people wake up to the seriousness of this?

EU’s Mandatory #Copyright Content Filter Is The Zombie That Just Never Dies - does the EU really want to destroy the Internet as we know it in Europe? #article13

Chinese surveillance/tech giant #Alibaba joins ALEC, will start co-authoring US legislation -

Alabama Sheriff legally appropriated $750K from prison meal budgets to build himself a beach house, locked up his whistleblowing gardener -

Neue „Super-Überwachungsbehörde“ in China: Keine Dorflehrerin darf gegen Xi sein -

Time To ACT(A) On #Article13 - is it time to take to the streets to save the Internet in the EU from #copyright?

In Nafta Talks, U.S. Tries to Limit Junk Food Warning Labels - this would inevitably be part of any post-#brexit UK-US trade deal…

Europe faces ‘biodiversity oblivion’ after collapse in French birds, experts warn - slam the breaks on intensive farming now…

Appeals Court Says It’s Okay To Copyright An Entire Style Of Music - and this, children, is where #copyright madness leads…

Saturday, 17 March 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180316 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Andrew McCabe, ex-FBI deputy and Trump target, fired days before retiring wow, petty much? trump has the mentality of a nasty five-year-old

Revealed: 50 million Facebook profiles harvested for Cambridge Analytica in major data breach -


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180315 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Gibraltar warns it could rescind citizens rights if Spain uses veto on #Brexit deal - not just N. Ireland that’s a mess…

German Lawyers Call For Their Profession's Bug-Ridden, Soon-To-Be Mandatory, Email System To Be Open Sourced - #opensource

Friday, 16 March 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180314 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Microplastics found in more than 90% of bottled water, study says - another good reason to avoid bottled water...

Let’s Build a Great Digital Library Together…Starting with a Wishlist - let’s do it

India takes lion’s share of EU bank funding for solar power - excellent news: #india really needs to get into solar on a massive scale

Global Britain – a slogan without substance? - totally: full of sound and fury, signifying nothing #brexit

Russia sees UK as weak because of #Brexit, says Lithuanian minister - gosh, if only somebody had warned us about this risk before the vote…

Thursday, 15 March 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180313 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

The Lianghui “Question-Asking Bitch” Incident: Eye-Rolling Journalist Goes Viral on Weibo - #china #media

Research Shows That Published Versions Of Papers In Costly Academic Titles Add Almost Nothing To The Freely-Available Preprints They Are Based On - forget about gold #openaccess, use #preprints

Most Australian Indigenous languages came from just one place, research claims - “as recently as 4,000 years ago”; that’s an incredibly short time in linguistic terms…

Irish Government proposes introduction of Irish text and data mining exception - interesting move on #TDM

Wegen #Brexit - Banken wollen bis zu 5000 Jobs in Deutschland schaffen - so that’s an economic loss of several billion pounds every year…

EU-Commissioner @CorinaCretuEU and @KarmenuVella please protect the pristine valley of Kresna. #SaveKresna #NatureAlert #bulgaria #bg

Help Us Cure Online Publishing of Its Addiction to Personal Data - important task

Wednesday, 14 March 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180312 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

We only just escaped overseas phone charges – Brexit will bring them back again - but #brexiters won’t care because they hate foreigners & won’t go overseas…

Fishing for krill is an eco-disaster: we must protect the Antarctic - establishing the Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary should be a priority

I have prostate cancer. But I am happy - laudably upbeat column

Farmland gene editors want cows without horns, pigs without tails, and business without regulations - once they exist, they will come to the UK if the US gets its way in a post-#brexit trade deal

Trump’s Lawyers Apparently Unfamiliar With Streisand Effect Or 1st Amendment’s Limits On Prior Restraint - that’s good: it will end badly for them…

Volkswagen bets big on electric with $25 billion battery bonanza - @Volkswagen finally does something right

It’s Here. The March 2018 Issue of Linux Journal Is Available for Download Now. -’s-here-march-2018-issue-linux-journal-available-download-now good stuff; but I may be biased, since I’m in there too…

Tuesday, 13 March 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180311 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Saving the albatross: 'The war is against plastic and they are casualties on the frontline' - time to start suing plastic manufacturers to pay for the clean-up

Vince Cable denies calling #Brexit supporters racist - millions of them are…

Avoiding Detection: Global Case Studies of Possible AIS Avoidance - important report about possible dodgy dealings at sea…

European Commission’s expert group tackling fake news misses the point - "BEUC regrets that the report does not call for a sector inquiry to investigate the link between advertising revenue policies of platforms and dissemination of disinformation."

Killing The Golden Goose (Again); How The #Copyright Stranglehold Dooms @Spotify - note again how copyright industry destroys innovation, rather than driving it…

We’re taking David Davis to court over #Brexit - “This case is about ensuring our Government follows its own laws” FWIW I’ve pledged some dosh; currently total is £51,255 of £70K needed

If The US Government Can’t Figure Out Who’s A Russian Troll, Why Should It Expect Internet Companies To Do So? -

Trump under growing pressure on gun control after appearing to cave in to NRA - what a coward #guns #murica

Monday, 12 March 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180310 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

“The parliament’s chairman, Zhang Dejiang, told delegates it was time to get behind Xi’s push to make China great again.” - it’s the trump-brexit-xi trinity…

Rob Ford: brother of late Toronto mayor is new Progressive Conservative leader - “like his brother, has been the subject of drug allegations” uh-huh

Falklands: Argentinian soldiers’ relatives to put names on graves - “Identification of previously unknown soldiers made possible thanks to DNA testing and humanitarian initiative”

Sunday, 11 March 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180309 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Trans-Europe Express – Dubious sale has potential to sink two governments - “Bulgarian and Czech governments are trembling because of the unfolding scandals” #bgt #cz

Another environmental catastrophe is looming in Central Asia - “EU as a soft power should convince other donors to make the funds available to decontaminate old uranium mines” costs quite small; should be done now

Trump is no ally on trade for post-#Brexit Britain - “Any president would seek a deal that allows American farmers free access to the British market, and enables US pharmaceutical companies to make more money off the NHS” obvious to all except #brexiters

Is the blockchain hype over? - good review of excessive claims made for #blockchain tech

5-hour #climatechange lesson will be first for federal court - U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup is one of the most thoughtful on the bench

Londoner denied NHS cancer care: ‘It’s like I’m being left to die’ - UK becomes more callous and bigoted by day; truly shaming #WellDoneBrexiters

Empire strikes back: why former colonies don’t need Britain after #Brexit - good debunking of #brexiters’ imperial fantasies

Steve Bannon tells French far-right ‘history is on our side’ - he’s right: it’s the history of Nazism

Saturday, 10 March 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180308 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

FBI Director Says It’s ‘Not Impossible’ To Create Compromised Encryption That’s Still Secure - <facepalm/>

Nuclear fusion on brink of being realised, say MIT scientists - let’s hope so…

‘Work actively’ to oppose abortion reform, Irish Catholics urged - irish church as lacking compassion and as medieval as ever…

Watch 1000s of Boston Dynamics SpotMinis in this Planet Earth-style video - not troubling in the slightest…

Department of Work and Pensions internal docs reveal troubled history of Universal Credit - just one reason why a tech “solution” to the irish border is just risible #brexit

Deputy sheriff jails ex-wife after she complained on Facebook about him - we can but hope that this news about Corey King’s behaviour doesn’t spread too widely…

If You Think #SESTA Will Help Victims Of Sex Trafficking, Read This Now - doing what @mmasnick says is generally a good idea…

В Словакии демонстранты потребовали расследовать убийство журналиста - #allforjan

‘A national disgrace’: fury over £100m aid deal between UK and Saudi Arabia - probably in the form of bombs so saudis can murder a few more in #YemenGenocide

"Greenpeace researchers found the issue to be laced with post-Brexit trade intrigue, after Malaysia reportedly threatened to cancel defence contracts worth £5bn if the UK backed a palm oil ban in Brussels." #brexit UK, prostituting itself left, right & centre #WellDoneBrexiters

Thursday, 8 March 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180307 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Lost trade will nullify Brexit dividend, UK government admits - no biggie, eh #brexiters…?

EU should stop illegal logging by stepping up enforcement of Timber Regulation - it certainly should

"after #Brexit, 185,000 traders will be making customs declarations for the first time. “That is a lot of learner drivers, a formidable educational task,” said James Hookham, the deputy chief executive of the Freight Trade Association."

Wednesday, 7 March 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180306 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary threatens to ground planes after #Brexit - “You were promised you could leave the EU and everything would stay the same. The reality is you can leave the EU, yes that’s your choice, but everything will fundamentally change.”

3 open source tools for scientific publishing - #oa

Say No to Online #Censorship in Europe! - this is a serious threat to free speech and the Internet as we know it #copyright #article13

Project Gutenberg Blocks Access In Germany To All Its Public Domain Books Because Of Local Copyright Claim On 18 Of Them - #copyright wants to stop people discovering great writing #PD

May’s #Brexit red lines will damage UK economy, EU trade guidelines say - obviously, her “red lines” were one of her many utterly stupid moves…

Last chance: Subscribe now to get the highly anticipated comeback issue of @linuxjournal - warning: may contain small parts and stuff from me #opensource

“One former senior Foreign Office adviser suggested the Kremlin was taking advantage of the UK’s lack of allies in the US and EU.” - #WellDoneBrexiters

Tuesday, 6 March 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180305 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Handel mit Flusspferd-Zähnen gerät außer Kontrolle - is there no limit to people’s greed and stupidity?

EU and UK patients with rare diseases in #Brexit limbo - but for #brexiters, their self-harming bigotry more important than the suffering of others

Does CETA provide a workable model for market access in the financial services industry? - “does not … provide a model which could readily be used for the kind of wide scale access for financial services that the UK Government is looking for.” #brexit

‘Plastic, plastic, plastic’: British diver films sea of rubbish off Bali - so sad: Bali used to be paradise on earth…

EU #Brexit adviser deals blow to Theresa May’s free-trade proposal - May is as delusional as all #brexiters - she wants cake and to eat it…

#Brexit brain drain: elite universities say they are losing future research stars - #WellDoneBrexiters, destroying UK’s leading academic position in the world with your bigotry

Brain prize winner calls #Brexit a ‘disaster’ for the #NHS and science - “will be disastrous for Alzheimer’s patients”, i.e. for old people, who mostly voted for #brexit

Trump administration nixes ban on hunted #elephant tusks being carried into the U.S. - these people are beneath contempt

Malaysia to respond with ‘might and tact’ if EU proceeds with #palmoil curbs - #malaysia not content with massive environmental vandalism, now telling EU what to do. how about #Malaysia gets lost…?


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180304 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

#Opensource community emboldens City of Tirana - great news #albania

Nebula Genomics’ Blockchain-Based #DNA Data-sharing and Analysis Platform - this is how #blockchains should be used…

Wireless Carriers, Hardware Companies Use Flimsy IOT Security To Justify Attacks On Right To Repair Laws -

Home Office plans to deny immigrants access to data ‘are illegal’ - reprehensible #brexit

Homeless charity helped target rough sleepers to deport - “St Mungo’s have forfeited the trust of asylum seekers and other migrants who sleep rough by working with the Home Office who have people deported from the UK.”

30% of all sites now run on #WordPress - #opensource taking over even more of the digital world…

Monday, 5 March 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180303 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Scotland’s floating wind farm is showing how powerful offshore wind can be - excellent #renewables

“Rees-Mogg… argued that the UK could still do a deal with the US, accepting American standards for imports into Britain. He said that could work as long as any goods falling below European standards were not then re-exported to the EU” - thanks…

Sunday, 4 March 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180302 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Council leaders across UK believe #Brexit will hurt local economies - “where the leave vote was above 60% in many areas, proved the most pessimistic with 100% of council chiefs expecting a very negative or negative outcome.”

Saturday, 3 March 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180301 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Theresa May urges Britain to ‘come back together’ - says the stiff-necked, stupid woman who has completely ignored the views of 16 million people for two years; she just means we should surrender. we won’t. #brexit

Ask Your Candidates: Italian parties offer progress towards the use of Free Software in public entities - great work; everywhere should do this

How America’s clean coal dream unravelled - forget it: #dirtycoal is irremediably dirty

Thursday, 1 March 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180228 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Piccolo wants to watch your every move and automate your home - yeah, what a stonkingly great idea… #surveillance

Stop slurping NHS data to enforce immigration laws? Not on your nellie, huffs UK Home Office - NHSdigital are a disgrace, & not to be trusted with our personal data

#NRA members on Trump’s plans for gun control: ‘Every word of it was a betrayal’ - ha! hilarious…

Come to parliament, Sinn Féin, as saviours of Ireland – and Britain - interesting thought #brexit

China Briefly Bans The Letter ‘N’ On Social Media After Anger Over Plans To Make Xi Jinping ‘Dictator For Life’ - “Two rounds just aren’t enough”

Wednesday, 28 February 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180227 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Wildlife trafficking is crippling the planet - governments must act now before it’s too late for many species

Looking Back: What Was Happening Ten Years Ago? - That was then, this is now: what’s next for the #OpenSource world?

Indonesia: Christians flogged in public for playing banned children’s game - #indonesia hurtles back to the dark ages…

“Major says, if business were to speak out against #Brexit, that would have a “significant impact on public opinion”. He thinks business leaders have been too reluctant to speak out.” - they must do this

Tuesday, 27 February 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180226 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Housing official says she was replaced for rejecting Carson’s costly office redecoration - #murica, where you going?

Peter Hain tables #Brexit amendment to ensure frictionless Irish border - never a dull moment

Cambridge Analytica boss denies working on Brexit campaign - whoa, lots of denial in there… #brexit

.@michaelgove don’t water down your promises to tackle plastic pollution. Please back a bottle deposit return scheme now @DefraGovUK posterity is watching…

Theresa May ‘will refuse #Brexit deal that threatens UK integrity’ - how about she shows some moral integrity first…?


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180225 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

The great European fuel shift? - “wind and solar power will be central to a shift away from fossil fuels” #EU

Icelandic language battles threat of ‘digital extinction’ - another reason for Icelandic government to promote #opensource, eh @smarimc? #is

ESA Comes Out Against Allowing Museums To Curate Online Video Games For Posterity - #copyright maximalists destroying culture again…

Monday, 26 February 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180224 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Labour alliance piles pressure on Corbyn over #Brexit stance - excellent - more, please…

“The power Labour MPs have, to inflict potentially devastating defeats on Theresa May by delivering cross-party parliamentary votes for a soft #Brexit with Tory Europhiles, is becoming clearer by the day.” -

One million birds killed illegally every year at a wildlife site in #Iran - appalling

Labour backs staying in EU customs union, Keir Starmer confirms - yay, finally… #brexit

Sunday, 25 February 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180223 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Paul Manafort’s inability to save Word files as PDFs provided the evidence necessary to indict him for fraud - he should have used #LibreOffice Writer - it’s a button on the toolbar there…

Saturday, 24 February 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180222 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Mep Voss’ Proposal On The Censorship Machine (#Article13): Not ‘Die Beste Idee’ Either - making a bad idea even worse #copyright

Norway Has Perfected Plastic Recycling, Here’s What The UK Can Learn From Them - come on, this isn’t rocket science - just do it

#Bali hopes to regain paradise island status with mass cleanup - good news - so sad to see this beautiful land besmirched in this way… #indonesia

UK’s aspirations for post-#Brexit trade deal an illusion, says Donald Tusk - whoops, I think they’ve noticed…

Thursday, 22 February 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180221 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Stronger storms mean new ‘category six’ scale may be needed - massive #climatechange powered by #GlobalWarming

‘We lose 1,400 girls a year. Who will our boys marry?’: #Armenia's quandary - I’m surprised to learn this is a problem; very disappointing

MEPs call for power to tackle ‘vexatious lawsuits’ targeting journalists - great idea, although I may be biased… #SLAPP

Cambodian PM claims he will ‘beat up’ demonstrators, ahead of Asean summit in Sydney - what a civilised chap

Boston Dynamics Audio - a good joke…at the moment

Debt for dolphins: #Seychelles creates huge marine parks in world-first finance scheme - brilliant move - and a great precedent for the future

EU27 rule out UK’s preferred approach to future trade deal - that having cake and eating it still not really working out, is it? #brexit

Paris: legal challenge to car-free promenade by Seine - “Several rightwing politicians and motorists’ groups went to court against it.” - for the few, not the many, to coin a phrase…

Half of world’s oceans now fished industrially, maps reveal - #china killing more than anyone else, as usual…

Niederländisches Parlament stuft Massaker an Armeniern als “Völkermord” ein - quite right too #am #tr