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Thursday, 30 June 2011

The trouble with speaking a foreign language …

Is that you go to Google and get daft messages like this:

The information you've requested isn't currently available in your language, but you can select from the list below to view this help topic in another language or download Google Toolbar, which can instantly translate websites in 42 languages.

Yeah, the *foreign* language I speak (well loosely), is UK English, of course and, stupidly, I’d just selected that option on the Google+ site. (And, no I can’t download Google Toolbar, ‘coz it’s not compatible with Firefox 5.0)

Links of the day 06/30/2011

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Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Links of the day 06/29/2011

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Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Links of Interest 06/28/2011

  • "Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) is a life altering and debilitating chronic health condition. The simple act of standing can be a challenge for people with POTS, affecting the body’s ability to appropriately adjust to the pull of gravity when upright. POTS is characterised by symptoms of orthostatic intolerance such as headaches, fatigue, palpitations, sweating, nausea, fainting and dizziness associated with an increase in heart rate from the supine to upright position of greater than 30 beats per minute, or a heart rate of greater than 120 beats per minute within 10 minutes of standing (1). "

    tags: pots me_cfs cosmos

  • "Her GP dismissed the faint as post-viral, but Sophie knew something else was wrong. Nearly three years after her first fainting fit in 2007, she was diagnosed with a condition that makes it hugely difficult to go from sitting to standing without fainting or feel dizzy. Postural tachycardia syndrome (PoTS) was discovered only 15 years ago, and few doctors have heard of it, let alone know how to diagnose and treat it. "

    tags: me_cfs pots cosmos

  • "We don't yet know why we need 2 days to recover from ... well, just about anything, but a lot of chronic fatigue syndrome research is focusing on post-exertional malaise -- the intensified fatigue and flare of other symptoms following exercise. Several research groups have identified genetic and blood abnormalities following exercise."

    tags: cosmos me_cfs fibromyalgia

  • "There has only been one narrative for about 30 years - "How do we stop paying people who are sick?" This has been based on just one assumption - that we're all the man Ed Miliband met with a gammy leg who could be doing something else. Or we're dying of cancer. There's nothing in between.

    I don't exist in their ignorant model of disability - or many other people's, Compass taught me that - and should any of us get beyond our station and dare to fight them, dare to speak out and try to make people see, they can be pretty confident that the fight will kill us before anyone's really noticed. Lets not forget the thousands who are so profoundly disabled they don't even know what is being done in their name - they can't argue back can they? An easy target for welfare-psycopaths. (definition : "the inability to form human attachment[3] and an abnormal lack of empathy, masked by an ability to appear outwardly normal.")


    I am disgusted by my country - that's the truth of it. Disgusted at what passes for parliamentary research, disgusted that lives can be sacrificed on "assumptions", disgusted with the Machiavellian power struggles that dull even the brightest political stars, disgusted with the arrogance of politicians who never bother to respond, disgusted with a media who choose to look the other way."

    tags: uk benefits disability politics cosmos

  • "She experienced increasing depression and physical pain from the exercises during her week pretending to be an isolated elderly person and as she admits she has a better insight into this sort of life. "

    tags: cosmos

  • "The science behind the greenhouse effect is very basic and well established. The ‘greenhouse’ term itself was coined in 1827, demonstrating the heat-trapping effects of CO2 in a lab is 9th grade physical science. CO2 levels are 38% higher than the pre-industrial age."

    tags: environment cosmos

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Monday, 27 June 2011

Links of Interest 06/27/2011

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Sunday, 26 June 2011

Links of Interest 06/26/2011

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Saturday, 25 June 2011

Links of Interest 06/25/2011

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Friday, 24 June 2011

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Links of Interest 06/23/2011

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Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Links of Interest 06/22/2011

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Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Links of Interest 06/21/2011

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Sunday, 19 June 2011

Links of Interest 06/19/2011

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Friday, 17 June 2011

A Kitty called Kitty in a Kitty bed …

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Another of those remarkably rare occasions that a cat was found in a place actually intended for it … inside her pretty Hello Kitty bed.

Links of Interest 06/17/2011

  • "a couple of details about Greenpeace’s scores. While they do particularly well among Labour (79% support) and Lib Dem voters (78%), they don’t score badly among Tory voters (59%). Equally, their scores are very high with Guardian (90%) and Indy readers (84%), but they’re perfectly respectable among Mail (63%) and Telegraph readers (60%) too. Intriguingly, one of the groups who seem least well disposed to them (‘just’ 57% support) are those who are the most positively inclined towards David Cameron. Make of that what you will.
    "

    tags: uk cosmos

  • "The June 2011 Clinical Digest from the U.S. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) offers a review and assessment of research on Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) therapies for treating fibromyalgia syndrome. Much of the research on CAM for fibromyalgia is preliminary and evidence for the effectiveness of various modalities is for the most part limited."

    tags: fibromyalgia cosmos

  • "We think that you would be best not to accept if you are approached about this. Here is some more information, which explains why. If you are contacted about this you will probably be told something to the effect that this is to help iron out potential problems in moving from the present system (DLA) to the new system (PIP), possibly implying that it will be helpful to claimants."

    tags: uk benefits cosmos

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Thursday, 16 June 2011

Links of Interest 06/16/2011

  • "Health Minister Andrew Lansley has confirmed that the latest NHS reforms will require patients seeking treatment to be seen by a panel of three healthcare professionals, ‘sitting behind a desk with their hands on a buzzer with a light-up x attached’."

    tags: uk health cosmos

  • "The great British passport scam is indubitably an earner for the British State.With passports valid for 10 years there must be round about 4,000,000 of them issued every year. I am convinced that this is one reason (there are others) why the UK refuses to join the Schengen Agreement on passport-free travel."

    tags: uk cosmos

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Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Links of Interest 06/15/2011

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Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Links of Interest 06/14/2011

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Sunday, 12 June 2011

Links of Interest 06/12/2011

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Saturday, 11 June 2011

Links of Interest 06/11/2011

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Friday, 10 June 2011

Links of Interest 06/10/2011

  • "The proportion of disabled people is rising and now represents 1 billion people – 15% of the global population – according to the first official global report on disability.

    An ageing population and an increase in chronic health conditions, such as cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, mean the proportion has grown from an estimated 10% in the 1970s.

    But, despite a robust disability rights movement and a shift towards inclusion, disabled people remain second-class citizens, according to the report by the World Health Organisation and the World Bank. One in five experience "significant difficulties"."

    tags: disability cosmos

  • "So the DWP dug up the most extreme examples it could find, sent them only to the "key contacts" known to take the most outrageous stance possible, briefed them to take an extremely negative attitude towards people with long term spinal conditions, and yet Mr Grayling proclaims himself to be 'bemused'. Do you also proclaim yourself to be clueless, Mr Grayling? Or might your 'bemusement' relate to people actually having the audacity to try and hold you responsible for the hatred you are sowing?"

    tags: uk benefits cosmos

  • "... the "assessment" the DWP did into Time Limiting ESA"

    tags: uk benefits cosmos

  • "A poll out today by Comres for the BBC finds an overwhelming majority of people against tax avoidance by businesses."

    tags: uk cosmos

  • "This kind of situation strikes at the heart of the welfare reforms; they simply don't take account of the routine challenges and waiting times that sick and disabled people face for health and social care provision. The proposal to time limit employment and support allowance to 12 months for those in the work related activity group might sound sensible in the world of Westminster, where political pixies work their magic to make things happen, but out here in the real world the first rule that disabled and sick people learn is: "Hurry up and wait.""

    tags: uk disability benefits cosmos

  • "On top of their daily struggle with pain, fibromyalgia patients are
    sometimes forced to fight another battle—convincing doctors, friends,
    coworkers, and others that their condition is real and that their pain
    is not all in their head."

    tags: fibromyalgia cosmos

  • "Yet, so many people couldn't make the connection that what I was doing for our own website was not proof that I could work for pay – I got plenty of accusations "if you can sit at a computer at home, why can't you sit at a computer in an office?" Ummmmm, because I'm not sitting. No office is going to give me a bed. "

    tags: cosmos

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Thursday, 9 June 2011

Links of Interest 06/09/2011

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Wednesday, 8 June 2011

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Sunday, 5 June 2011

Links of Interest (weekly)

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Saturday, 4 June 2011

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

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