Recycling changes - drop in events #dundeewestend

Further to my recent update about recycling changes in much of the West End other than the Perth Road Lanes area, this is just a reminder that the first drop in information session event for the West End is tomorrow. Here's our local details and a poster below - all welcome! Blackness Library 19th March 4.30pm to 6.30pm Tesco Riverside 29th March 12 noon to 3pm (more)

Nothing like a whiff of Cold War Part 2 to fan the hawk instincts

Posted by ambitiousmamas on FeministMama @ambitiousmamas
Sat 17th Mar 18 - 22:03

[IMG: Nothing like a whiff of Cold War Part 2 to fan the hawk instincts] "Is the end of the Cold War, therefore, only the end of Part 1, just as Star Wars, the movie, promises?" said Professor Gwyn Prins in his book, 'The Heart of War: On Power, Conflict... The post Nothing like a whiff of Cold War Part 2 to fan the hawk instincts appeared first on FeministMama @ambitiousmamas. (more)

West Bay station, Bridport, in 1982

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England
Sat 17th Mar 18 - 21:38

After I posted a distant view of a tidily restored West Bay station that I took in 1997, I remembered that this was not the first time I had been there. I first visited West Bay in 1982 and remember photographing the old station when it looked very different. Had I kept the photo? I had. Disused Stations confirms that this is West Bay and explains the scene. In the summer of 1982 the old station building served as the office for a boatyard. (more)

Cambridge Analytica whistleblower offered to help the Lib Dems

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England
Sat 17th Mar 18 - 20:14

For more than a year we've been investigating Cambridge Analytica and its links to the Brexit Leave campaign in the UK and Team Trump in the US presidential electionsays Carole Cadwalladr, presumably in tomorrow's Observer. Her article is an interview with Christopher Wylie, and he turns out to have previously offered his services to the Liberal Democrats: "I wanted to know why the Lib Dems sucked at winning elections when they used to run the country up to the end of the 19th century," Wylie explains. "And I began looking at consumer and demographic data to see what united Lib ... (more)

Dealing with emergencies in Ludlow - we need to ensure our community is prepared

Posted by andybodders on Andy Boddington
Sat 17th Mar 18 - 19:05

Snow, flood, fire. They are the obvious emergencies that have and could occur again in Ludlow. There is the unexpected too. A coach or rail crash. A bridge demolished. There are also the things we tend not to think about. A flu pandemic. A shutdown of the countryside due to disease in livestock. Disruption of food supply chains. Loss of power. The whole point of emergency planning, contingency planning, call it what you will, is that we must be prepared for routine events and exceptional events. That means local preparation as well as working alongside the blue light services and ... (more)

Swinson: EU nationals won't be convinced by Labour

Posted by NewsHound on Liberal Democrat Voice
Sat 17th Mar 18 - 18:45

Buzzfeed has done an analysis of our prospects in this May's elections. They talked to former LDV co-editor Mark Pack and the party's Deputy Leader Jo Swinson. The Party is going after EU Nationals' votes and has invested in a series of social media adverts targeted at various nationalities. Swinson said EU nationals would not be convinced by Labour's stance. "They are pretty furious at the current government and also not too impressed with Labour's position because Labour are really letting the government off the hook when it comes to Brexit," she said. "In terms of the front benches and ... (more)

Allegations against Cambridge Analytica must be investigated

Posted by LD Neath on Aberavon & Neath Liberal Democrats
Sat 17th Mar 18 - 17:45

Responding to allegations in the New York Times that Cambridge Analytica 'harvested' 50 million Facebook profiles in a potentially huge data breach, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Ed Davey said: "If these allegations against Cambridge Analytica are correct then it is a shocking betrayal of people's personal data." "If this data was then actively exploited for political gain it is both underhand and immoral. This whistleblower has made serious allegations of what would be dodgy practices. They must now be investigated." "My fear is this could be the tip of the iceberg and all campaign work linked to Cambridge Analytica ... (more)

South Africa this week

Posted by Frank Little on ffranc sais
Sat 17th Mar 18 - 17:43

New president Cyril Ramaphosa seems intent on pushing through a change to the South African constitution which would allow expropriation of land. This is a policy executed by force in Zimbabwe which turned the country under Robert Mugabe into an international leper. One trusts that wise counsel will prevail. Jacob Zuma has been charged with corruption and the French defence giant Thales could well be indicted also. So far, there has been no mention of other arms companies in connection with the scandal involving also the late Joe Modise, the South African defence minister at the time. Thus BAE may ... (more)

Vince calls on Government to delay changes to mortgage interest payment for people on benefits

Posted by The Voice on Liberal Democrat Voice
Sat 17th Mar 18 - 17:16

In less than 3 weeks' time, the Government stops paying mortgage interest to for those on certain benefits. Some bright spark at the Department of Work and Pensions came up with a way to save the Government money – by getting a private company, Serco, to operate a loan scheme. Instead of having payments covered by the state, they will be covered by the homeowner taking out a private loan with Serco in return for a charge on the property. That means that they will have to pay back an unspecified sum of money if they eventually sell their house. ... (more)

Ireland and Doctor Who (Éire agus an Dochtúir Cé)

Posted on From the Heart of Europe
Sat 17th Mar 18 - 16:56

This is an update to a post I made in 2011. Lá 'le Pádraig shona daoibh! I've been making occasional notes about the relationship between Doctor Who and Ireland, but this seems a good enough day to pull it all together. TV Who No part of televised Who is set in Ireland. However Tom Baker visited Derry and Belfast, in character as the Fourth Doctor, back in 1978: There are a number of Irish characters in TV canon, all male as far as I know: The Underwater Menace (1967): Sean, a shipwrecked Irish sailor, played in excruciating stereotype by P.G. ... (more)