Sunday, 20 March 2011

Links of Interest (weekly)

  • "What the hell are we getting ourselves into? And what for? Libya is not, at least not yet, posing a strategic threat to the West so why on earth should we risk getting involved on one side of a civil war that is being fought along tribal lines?"

    tags: cosmos politics

  • "Earlier this week I posted about how as a society we have The I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead Theory mentality when in actuality, it may be causing more harm than good, in my opinion. How many times do we hear over and over again that if we are not getting the proper amounts of sleep ( at least 7 – 8 hours a night, more for those with chronic illnesses), our bodies are ticking time bombs that cannot continually keep up with the demand that we are putting on them?"

    tags: me_cfs cosmos

  • "Undercover GP uncovers poor and unethical practises by the private French medical firm responsible for carrying out Work Capability Assessments.

    Please share and help spread awareness of the injustices committed by Atos Healthcare.

    tags: uk benefits cosmos

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  • "It’s a sign of discontent in the truest blue Tory heartlands when their Party can only poll a third of the vote in the home of “disgusted of Tunbridge Wells”"

    tags: uk politics cosmos

  • "Council tax benefit is received by more than 5.8 million people. Both the Tories and Lib Dems are on record as criticising it for being an unfair tax. So, naturally, the Coalition is currently planning to change the system in 2013 to squeeze another £480 million out of people on low incomes, by cutting the amount that central government pays out on council tax benefit by 10% and letting councils decide which of the low paid workers, pensioners, carers and others no longer qualify for help with their council tax."

    tags: uk benefits cosmos

  • "One of the justifications for the proposed personal independence payment is that there is less of an need to supply a disabled people with cash for mobility costs now that we have the disability discrimination act to ensure laws governing access and the NHS to provide wheelchairs. So, instead of someone's ability to walk, their ability to 'mobilise' will be considered. "

    tags: uk disability benefits cosmos

  • "Another problem that many women with ME/CFS have is vulvodynia -- or chronic vulvar pain (i.e., pain in the female nether regions). Not surprisingly, I have this condition. "

    tags: me_cfs fibromyalgia cosmos vulvodynia

  • "In every case that I have encountered, people with ME/CFS who have appealed to the medical tribunal have succeeded in their appeals and their benefits have been reinstated."

    tags: me_cfs cosmos

  • "Something struck me though during the process, he kept referring to CFS in a “mental” disorder, rather than a neurological condition. I called him out on this at the end of the session and he explained that the computer test is set that way.. However, this link from @latentexistence clearly shows that CFS is regarded as a physical condition for DLA claimants. I hope that when the current ATOS test is reformed, this is corrected.

    tags: me_cfs cosmos uk benefits ATOS

  • "The Government is currently undergoing a review of Local Authority Statutory Duties. If this is something that interests you, you may want to take a look at some information now available on the DCLG website."

    tags: uk politics cosmos

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  • Tory MPs in the UK have obviously been taking lessons from their American counterparts.

    tags: disability cosmos

  • "Most of us don't sleep in long stretches, and insomnia is especially common. That can mean we end up napping frequently and sleeping at odd times. My sleep schedule has been a mess for the past few months! It makes it hard for me to get my kids to school, make it to appointments, and function in sync with the rest of the world to any degree."

    tags: fibromyalgia me_cfs cosmos

  • "I'm a DWP worker sticking his head above the parapet and hoping not to get shot... I work in a busy Jobcentre and my customers are those 25+ who've been out of work for 13 weeks or longer. Probably 60-70% of the one hundred or more people I see every week are evidently not fit for work and yet, in theory, it's my job to whip them through the same hoops as everybody else, persecute them, attempt to stop their benefits and generally shame them into applying for all manner of wholly unsuitable jobs that they're never going to be able to do."

    tags: uk benefits cosmos

  • ""Nevertheless there is still fun to be had speculating whether you'll be killed in an oil war, gunned down by Russian gangsters or consumed by a natural event that is just suddenly there."

    tags: uk cosmos

  • "By moving abroad, pensioners would save the Exchequer billions of pounds in health and social care costs - highly desirable at a time when the UK needs to make deep cuts to its welfare budget. So, asks John Markham, why isn't the government doing more to encourage it? "

    tags: expat pensions uk cosmos

  • "The housing law bulletin issued by Garden Court Chambers every week had some interesting links to housing benefit related items this week. Most interesting of all perhaps was a link to the Government's response to the Work & Pensions Select Committee's report on the forthcoming housing benefit changes."

    tags: uk benefits cosmos

  • "It says a lot about how desperate the Tories are getting, and not much for George Osborne and chums' maths skills."

    tags: uk benefits politics cosmos

  • " ice cream, cake and beer made with pot have been cleared on health grounds by the country's top food watchdog, "despite fears the 'marijuana munchies' could trigger positive drug tests.""

    tags: cosmos

  • "This is a light-hearted bit of fun. Please send it to the most rabid right wing, Daily Mail reading, stereotype-abuser you can think of. We will never break these myths down unless we challenge them."

    tags: uk benefits cosmos

  • "A new study shores up support for the theory of central sensitization in chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). It also connects specific types of migraines with sets of ME/CFS symptoms."

    tags: me_cfs cosmos

  • "Imagine just having an illness, without the stress of feeling you are on trial constantly. (Imagine what our poor adrenal glands are dealing with, years and years and years of having to defend ourselves.) Most of the time you try and switch off, rise above it, get on with things, but then one morning you wake up to broadsheet headlines telling you that 'ME can be cured by exercise' - clever scientists say so! This unleashes such feelings of injustice and rage, you can't ignore it. You have to fight it. There is too much at stake. "

    tags: me_cfs cosmos

  • "... this declaration of war against anything and everything public is of a different order. It is clearly a long-planned campaign of dissimulation to foist on the country a profound ideological restructuring of the State for which there is no democratic backing. That can only be adequately described as an internal coup d’├ętat."

    tags: uk politics cosmos

  • "What I mind most, though, are the people who listen to my story with such sympathy, but then take equal time to describe the horrors of their current cold/flu/chilblains. My usual response? "Don't worry too much about feeling ill, it gets easier after the first couple of years." That shuts them up."

    tags: me_cfs cosmos

  • "Although PACE Isn't for ME has come to a close, there is still a way you can help. Below is a list of the participating blogs - if you would visit each one in turn and leave a comment, this will help raise the blog's profile on Google, which in turn will increase its public visibility."

    tags: me_cfs cosmos

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Pamela is a former accountant, recovering journalist and international cat herder, disabled and chronically sick with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Fibromyalgia and Cervical spondylosis, fluent in three languages; English, Spanish and Rubbish. Mostly writes in the latter. She likes Genealogy, Model Railways and Cats.

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