Port Talbot integrated transport hub

Posted by Frank Little on ffranc sais
Wed 24th Aug 16 - 00:30

From a report in the Evening Post, it seems that the proposals launched last year are being taken a stage further. The details as approved by the planning committee last year are here. It is not clear from a swift perusal whether the council has taken into account the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 and built accessibility into the design, something which is sadly lacking in the Victoria Gardens bus facility. On the subject of Neath, when is there to be an integration of bus and train here? (more)

Disused railway stations in Berkshire

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England
Tue 23rd Aug 16 - 22:36

It's high time we had another one of these videos. (more)

The kind of biscuit you choose says a lot about the kind of politician you are

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England
Tue 23rd Aug 16 - 22:29

Every politician who been interviewed by Mumsnet since 2009 has been asked what their favourite biscuit is, reports the Daily Telegraph: Tim Farron, whose constituency is in Cumbria, opts for a local treat, the Kendal mint cake. It should at least help him keep his energy up in his endless, lonely journey through the political wilderness which the Lib Dems must now inhabit. Zac Goldsmith's answer (chocolate digestive) was as boring as his campaign, while former soldier Dan Jarvis' love for army-issue garibaldis seems deep and genuine. Nicola Sturgeon's penchant for Tunnock's Caramel Wafers (shared by her young MP Mhari ... (more)

Big data isn't working to cut crime in Chicago - but it's not the technology at fault

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack
Tue 23rd Aug 16 - 21:49

At first glance, the news from Chicago's attempt to use big data to cut crime looks fairly standard reality-check fare. Not every clever thing works every time and not all the world is a Malcolm Gladwell anecdote. Chicago's Experiment in Predictive Policing Isn't Working... A new report put together by Jessica Saunders and colleagues at the RAND Corporation examines how the Chicago Police Department implemented a predictive policing pilot project in 2013 and 2014. The city used a computer model to examine data on people with arrest records and come up with a list of a few hundred individuals deemed ... (more)

Pitt student trying to 'impress' young woman gets stuck between buildings in Oakland

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England
Tue 23rd Aug 16 - 21:42

Our Headline of the Day Award crosses the pond. Well done to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. (more)

The problem with renewable energy (and how we're fixing it)

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack
Tue 23rd Aug 16 - 21:16

As the world switches to renewable energy - and we are switching - there's a problem you might not expect: balancing the grid. Rotational mass and system inertia are the things that keep your lights from flickering: and they only appear in big, old, traditional power stations. Here's why that's a problem, and how we're likely going to fix it. (more)

Using Text Messages on the Campaign trail

Posted by Claire Halliwell on Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors
Tue 23rd Aug 16 - 20:29

[IMG: 15233535047_92220bfab3_b] Text messages are starting to become a more of a feature in local election campaigns. SMS text messaging can help you get your message out quickly to supporters and voters, help you organise events, increase voter turnout and remind supporters about the key issues of your campaign. Latest research shows that 98% of recipients read their text messages, 90% [...] (more)

Sing me, Lord Chilcot, of the wrath...

Posted by Maria Pretzler on Working Memories
Tue 23rd Aug 16 - 18:58

During this Edinburgh Festival, non-stop from 8th to 20th August, hundreds of volunteers read the whole Chilcot Report on the decision to go to war in Iraq. The event's producer said: "[The report] wasn't expected to be read. The establishment didn't expect anyone to read it. Rather like the Latin bible, it's not for the public, it's to be shelved away. And yet it has been read here." [IMG: The Chilcot Report in its entirety...] The Chilcot Report in its entirety... This idea really struck me. Somehow, through the act of performing it, reading it out loud, during a festival, ... (more)

Alice in Sunderland, by Bryan Talbot

Posted on From the Heart of Europe
Tue 23rd Aug 16 - 18:37

Second frame of third page: Wow. How come nobody told me about this sooner? (Well, yes, I know you told me. I should have listened.) This is a glorious exploration of the cultural history of Sunderland and its immediate vicinity, and specifically its impact on the Alice books and the other works of Lewis Carroll. Talbot makes the argument that Oxford has for too long claimed a monopoly on Alice, when in fact both Dodgson and the Liddell family had long-standing links with this part of North-East England, and there is convincing evidence that the relationship between the families, and ... (more)

Empty seats on train become huge political story...

Posted by Andrew on A Scottish Liberal
Tue 23rd Aug 16 - 18:28

Jeremy Corbyn on a train (Photo: The Independent) Amazingly, the big political story today is that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's recent stint on the floor of a train was something of a stunt. Well, there's a surprise! A politician with camera crew, out to document how crowded trains are, exaggerates for effect. That's never been done before... And yet everyone's jumping about as if this proves how hypocritical Corbyn is. Even Lib Dem Voice is asking whether "train-gate could derail his re-election campaign?" All this reaction has come about because Virgin Trains issued a statement, in which it refuted Mr ... (more)