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First Tuesday current affairs discussion - Tuesday 5 June 7:00pm start

Tuesday 3rd July: First Tuesday Current Affairs discussion

We'll discuss a couple of topical issues in the news

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Cyber privacy and Facebook's influence

Cyber privacy and Facebook's influence

by Simon Belt

 

It's true that much of our social interaction takes place online these days. This is more often than not via websites or applications that other people have produced for us, Facebook being the most prominent. Data privacy laws and personal practise is perhaps playing something of a catch-up game.

 

For all the talk of big corporations in the digital sphere playing fast and loose with our data, and we should be mindful of their activities, it isn't the wild west that many talk about, well for the most part it isn't anyway. There have been some high profile data breaches that get a lot of publicity, but this isn't the norm.The big corporations like Facebook, Microsoft and Google have very secure network infrastructure with a layered approach to data security. Don't get me wrong, they are clearly in business to make money from the services they provide to us, and to third parties who pay to get in on their customer base, but this isn't the wild west.

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Freezing out Russia

Freezing out Russia

by Simon Belt

 

Subsequent to the poisoning of Russian ex-double agent Sergei Skirpal and his daughter in Salisbury earlier this month, the British government blamed the Russian state as the most likely body responsible. Things have escalated with widespread tit-for-tat expulsions of diplomats, that include those of America, many European countries, the EU and further afield. With such seeming coherence of western powers in targetting Russia as responsible, it's worth asking if this course of action is wise, proportionate and likely to result in a good outcome.

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Coping with the weather

Coping with the weather

by Simon Belt

 

The Beast from the East has wreaked havoc on poor benign Britain, not used to the funny ways and disregard for our quiet lifestyles. The news has had stories of NHS staff walking miles to get to work, sleeping at the hospitals even, whilst many schools closed for much of last week and transport services severely affected. Many supermarkets saw unusually high purchases of milk and bread, alongside farms not being able to get tankers in to collect the milk. The M62 was closed as it goes over the pennines and drivers left stranded. As if cold winds and snow wasn't enough, we now face a double whammy with flooding dues to melting snow, high tides and burst pipes. Was the weather this last week really so bad and unusual that it should have such an impact?

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Thursday, 01 March 2018 17:16

The young voter is feted

Attitudes towards an ageing population

by Jane Turner

 

This week we heard from yet another irate group trying to stop Brexit. Our Future Our Choice (OFOC) say that because they are young, and not old, they will have to live with the consequences of leaving the European Union (which they presume will be terrible). Should their votes matter more than those of older voters? They blame elderly voters for jeopardising their future and argue that the young matter more than the old, because us old fossils won’t be around to experience a post-Brexit society - in their view apocalyptic.

Last Updated on Monday, 05 March 2018 07:51
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Hylas and the nymphs

A curatorial crisis of confidence?

by Mark Iddon

 

A pre-Raphaelite painting, Hylas and the Nymphs 1896 by JW Waterhouse, was taken down from Manchester Art Gallery on January 26th. The act was filmed for a piece in the forthcoming exhibition by the artist Sonia Boyce. The picture is of a Greek mythological scene in which Hylas, the Argonaut and armour bearer for Hercules, in search of water happens upon a pool of naked water nymphs or Naiads. According to legend, they were so taken with his handsome, youthful appearance that they lured him to the water and he was never seen again. The room in which it was hung was named ‘In pursuit of beauty’.

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