Nurses barred from NHS 111 Covid clinical division after 60% of calls unsafe - theguardian.com/world/2020/oct another fiasco caused by use of incompetent private companies

"Robert Buckland, has said he is committed to defending the “rule of law”." - theguardian.com/politics/live/ he's just spitting in our faces now, because he knows no one can touch him for now...

Germany Drops Idea Of 'Pre-Flagging' Legal Uploads, Which Could Have Stopped EU Copyright Filters Blocking Memes, Parodies, Quotes And Creative Commons Material - techdirt.com/articles/20200929 germany nearly allowed a good idea to deal with upload filters, but has dumped it now...

"Local Government Association says today’s test and trace performance figures show that its officials do a much better job than" serco test and trace - theguardian.com/politics/live/ if we are to bring under control, we must transfer all testing and tracing to local authorities

Former Sainsbury's chief executive replaces NHS boss as testing director at Test and Trace - theguardian.com/politics/live/ madness - this is *exactly* wrong. we need more involvement, and fewer chums of the tories with no experience of running medical emergencies...

Britain, Canada, EU throw weight behind 2030 biodiversity protection goal - euractiv.com/section/energy-en a step in the right direction; "Notable absences were Brazil and Indonesia – two hotspots of deforestation – and China and the United States" on them

The new centre of dissent: Britain becomes hub for Hong Kong activists - theguardian.com/world/2020/sep that's welcome; but I doubt China will be willing to sign a trade deal with UK now...

Trump says overturning Roe v Wade 'possible' with Barrett on supreme court - theguardian.com/us-news/2020/s maybe US women should make sure they vote in unprecedented numbers, then...

Swiss voters reject EU immigration curbs, exit polls suggest - theguardian.com/world/2020/sep no surprise: you'd have to be spectacularly stupid to throw away all the benefits of close integration with the EU...

Firms plead for deal as coronavirus leaves industry reeling - theguardian.com/politics/2020/ don't care about the harm they inflict on millions of people; all that counts is their bigoted dogma

Texas residents warned of tap water tainted with brain-eating microbe - theguardian.com/us-news/2020/s #2020, you're pre-empting all our metaphors...

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