CHAOSTOCOSMOS

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Links of the day 11/30/2011

  • "The European Disability Forum (EDF), the voice of 80 million persons with disabilities and their families in Europe, calls on all the Governments of the European Union to ensure that the needs of people with disabilities and their families are taken into account all the way through economic, political and social policies."

    tags: cosmos uk benefits disability

  • "But before we get the champagne corks popping, it's worth spelling out the following:-

    The Treasury has budgeted for the cut in the benefit, worth £160m a year.
    This money will have to be found from somewhere and there is a significant danger that it will be found from disabled people's pockets.
    The government is already planning to replace DLA with the less generous personal independence payment and it could be that the £160m is found from making that reform even less generous (apart from for people in residential care)."

    tags: cosmos uk benefits disability

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Party Animal

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Really have done this (drunk or sober) at parties on numerous occasions – mostly coz the company and the conversation is better! Embarrassed smile 

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Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Links of the day 11/29/2011

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Monday, 28 November 2011

Links of the day 11/28/2011

  • "“For years when people talked about fat European women you would automatically picture an elderly Greek women celebrating a family wedding, or an Italian family matriarch berating her grandchildren – but now you can legitimately picture British women walking up the High Street in shell suits.”"

    LOL Or preferably don't try to picture that!

    tags: uk cosmos

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Sunday, 27 November 2011

Links of the day 11/27/2011

  • "….scientists are finding that the ability to detect sarcasm really is useful. For the past 20 years, researchers from linguists to psychologists to neurologists have been studying our ability to perceive snarky remarks and gaining new insights into how the mind works. Studies have shown that exposure to sarcasm enhances creative problem solving, for instance. Children understand and use sarcasm by the time they get to kindergarten. An inability to understand sarcasm may be an early warning sign of brain disease."

    tags: cosmos

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Saturday, 26 November 2011

Links of the day 11/26/2011

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Friday, 25 November 2011

Links of the day 11/25/2011

  • "The government is withdrawing the support that enables disabled people to work, while simultaneously arguing that more of them should be working"

    tags: uk benefits cosmos

  • "The first step toward acceptance of a chronic illness is admitting that I’m powerless to make that illness go away, or to force my life back to the way it used to be. If I deny that I’m ill, or refuse to admit and adjust to my new limitations, I eliminate possibilities from my life."

    tags: cosmos

  • "Why on earth is our coalition government so opposed to the introduction of a Tobin or 'Robin Hood' tax on transactions made in the world of high finance? Not of course that Cameron, Osborne and Cable are honest enough to admit that they are. Oh no, they say, we're all in favour of such a tax at a global level. But anything less than global - across Europe, say? No, no, no - quite out of the question. So we are invited to believe that they are in favour of the tax - as long as no serious attempt is made to introduce it. "

    tags: uk politics cosmos

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Thursday, 24 November 2011

Links of the day 11/24/2011

  • "What it all boils down to is a committee deciding who lives and who dies.

    In an ideal world, everyone who needs a life-saving treatment would get it, but we don’t live in an ideal world. We live in a world with limited resources, and a profit-driven society that is controlled by people, institutions, and corporations that care only about making more and more money."

    tags: cosmos health

  • "If the coalition really wants to help, they'd let prices fall. Of course, that's not a vote-winner, so there's no chance they'd endorse that policy."

    tags: cosmos uk politics

  • "The levels of unemployment we see today are not the result of laziness, or a welfare system that is too comfortable to live on, it is the result of 30 years of neo-liberal policies that are directed towards big business and economic focus on inflation and interest rates, rather than full employment."

    tags: cosmos

  • "Tests on 75 volunteers revealed the compound bisphenol A (BPA) was readily ingested and detected in large amounts in the urine, the Journal of the American Medical Association reports. "

    tags: cosmos food

  • "New research suggests that fibromyalgia (FMS) may be tied to cardiac abnormalities tied to the autonomic nervous system."

    tags: cosmos fibromyalgia

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Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Links of the day 11/23/2011

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Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Links of the day 11/22/2011

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Monday, 21 November 2011

Links of the day 11/21/2011

  • "We are told there is a deficit crisis in the UK. We are told that we are spending beyond our means. We are told that the solution to this deficit crisis is to cut public spending. Public spending is an investment, not a debt. "

    tags: cosmos uk politics

  • "On Tuesday 22nd November we need you to come to Parliament and add your voice to many others calling for a rethink of the Government’s crazy FITs proposals. The more people there are, the more chance we have of buying the time the industry needs to adjust, and the better our chances of getting a FITs scheme that gives us a sustainable, growing industry for the future."

    tags: cosmos

  • "Yesterday I looked at my life and this is what I found: our schools are owned by corporations, our government officials are slaves to corporations, our children are taught to worship the celebrity cults manufactured by billionaires. There is no democracy left, there are only holograms, reflections, emptiness, resonance that takes us to our spiritual death."

    tags: cosmos

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Sunday, 20 November 2011

Mah New Sofa

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Links of the day 11/20/2011

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Friday, 18 November 2011

Links of the day 11/18/2011

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Thursday, 17 November 2011

Links of the day 11/17/2011

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Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Links of the day 11/16/2011

  • "The event is to highlight the ongoing scandal of food waste in the UK. Despite the rising price of food, the average British households still bins £5o worth of food every month. Add together the food wasted by households, supermarkets, or rejected by retailers at the farm gate, and we throw away around half of the country’s food. In a world with a billion hungry people, it’s a crazy situation to be in."

    tags: cosmos uk

  • "The Scottish government commissioned the Scottish Public Health Network to undertake an assessment of services for those with ME and CFS. The end result is that ME be separated from CFS, with ME sufferers being diagnosed using the Canadian Consensus Criteria and those with CFS diagnosed using the NICE Guidelines. This is what ME advocates have screamed out for and is a major shift within the government-medical establishment."

    tags: cosmos uk me_cfs

  • "The Government's contract with Atos Healthcare requires that doctors are used to assess claimants with conditions that are likely to have complex central nervous system examination findings.

    The majority of claimants with CFS/ME do not exhibit such signs and therefore CFS/ME is not on the list of conditions that are required to be assessed by a doctor. However, if a claimant with CFS/ME has neurological signs, they will be passed to a healthcare professional with the requisite expertise."

    tags: cosmos uk me_cfs benefits atos

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Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Links of the day 11/15/2011

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Sunday, 13 November 2011

Links of the day 11/13/2011

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Capitalism has a lot to answer for

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Links of the day 11/12/2011

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Friday, 11 November 2011

Links of the day 11/11/2011

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Thursday, 10 November 2011

Links of the day 11/10/2011

  • "What is happening to our country is not economically necessary in many respects. It is, rather, a vicious exploitation of the banker-caused and privately owned recession of the very richest people – used as an excuse to entrench the same ideology that got them into trouble in the first place while ruthlessly landing us with the bill. It’s very lucrative and risk-free for them, this ‘socialising the debt’. They are intentionally destroying much of what is left of our civil societies, the better to monopolise our wealth and resources in future. The recessions they create are also their gold and silver-lined clouds of opportunity. I read about that in an IMF document: it said the crises they cause are a chance to push through ‘reforms’ they couldn’t get away with at other times, under the guise of pretending they are unavoidable. It was down there in black and white, I tell you."

    tags: cosmos politics

  • Organisations ostensibly to represent and fight for the rights of disabled people ... aim to profit from labour which is unpaid, unfair, and is carried out against a threat of a loss of benefits.

    tags: cosmos uk benefits

  • "In total, the paper argues that the 17% excess suicide attributable to Conservative governments is equivalent to 35,000 extra suicides over the past century. Or, to put it more bluntly, 2 suicides for each day that the Tories are in power."

    tags: cosmos politics

  • "Workfare is exploitative and unfair to everybody who is forced to do it. For disabled people it has added layers of unfairness, which have the potential to leave, yet again, the most vulnerable abandoned without financial support."

    tags: cosmos uk benefits

  • "What makes this all the more disgusting is that excuses are being manufactured to “cut the benefits bill” at a time of scarcity when many people are falling into poverty. "

    tags: cosmos uk benefits

  • "Yet again, chronic fatigue has been confused with the chronic fatigue syndrome. This Daily Telegraph article conveys harmful misinformation because the two are not the same; however, such confusion seems to serve the purpose of those who wish to conflate the two disorders and who insist that chronic fatigue is the same as chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME)."

    tags: cosmos me_cfs

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Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Links of the day 11/09/2011

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Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Links of the day 11/08/2011

  • "Care to guess where Britain comes in? 111th

    That’s behind such financial titans as Madagascar, Ethiopia, or Cambodia. I should add that that’s 111th out of 142. "

    tags: cosmos

  • "Given the choice between acting in the interests of those upon whom their existence depends and acting in the interests of the financial elite, they have chosen to follow the latter course. Indeed, they do not appear to have even considered any other strategy."

    tags: cosmos politics

  • "Research shows infection by the brain parasite Toxoplasma gondii, found in 10-20 per cent of the UK's population, directly affects the production of dopamine, a key chemical messenger in the brain."

    tags: cosmos

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Monday, 7 November 2011

Links of the day 11/07/2011

  • "Could chronic fatigue syndrome be an autoimmune disorder? The Fluge/Mella Rituximab study was effective in at least temporarily reducing the symptoms of about 60% of the chronic fatigue syndrome patients in the study – a fact that no doubt shocked many who considered CFS purely a neuropsychiatric disorder."

    tags: cosmos me_cfs

  • "The official campaign for the next Spanish elections began last Thursday night with many looking at Catalonia, which is set to be a crucial battlefield. On November 20th Spaniards will elect the new Spanish Parliament, which will then elect the new President of the Spanish Government, equivalent to Prime Minister. All polls indicate that the People’s Party (PP) will win the elections in Spain, and will very likely get an absolute majority. In addition, the same polls indicate that the Socialist Party (PSOE), the party currently running the Spanish Government, might face its worst defeat ever. The votes from Catalonia, on one hand, are essential to guarantee the PP’s absolute majority. "

    tags: cosmos Spain politics

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Sunday, 6 November 2011

Links of the day 11/06/2011

  • "8. Never, ever, compare my pain and illness to those of others. My illness is mine, and mine alone. I’m completely entitled to feel everything–emotions, symptoms, and otherwise–that results from living with my illness. (I’m entitled to feel everything, that is, except shame.)"

    tags: cosmos

  • "When someone in the house has fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome, it's something everyone in the family has to help manage. Whether that means helping with laundry, taking care of the bills, giving you quiet time when you need it, or following some house rules like "no startling" and "nothing spider-like," it's necessary for everyone. After all, if you're incapacitated on the couch, it's harder for them."

    tags: cosmos fibromyalgia

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Saturday, 5 November 2011

Links of the day 11/05/2011

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Friday, 4 November 2011

How to look good over 50

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We’ll there’s some pretty good good motivation to give up the healthy diet and take up smoking and drinking again! Smile

Links of the day 11/04/2011

  • "Women's financial security and human rights are under attack on a scale not seen in "living memory" due to the coalition's austerity measures, according to a report released today."

    tags: cosmos

  • "So at a time of the worst recession for a generation, the BBC make another programme about benefit cheats?

    With Sickness benefit fraud at just 0.5%, the BBC make another programme about benefit cheats?

    With Disability benefit fraud at just 0.3% the BBC make another programme about benefit cheats?

    With government overpayments actually costing the country more than sickness/disability benefit fraud, the BBC make another programme about benefit cheats?

    At a time of rising disability hate crime, stigmatisation and abuse, the BBC make another programme about benefit cheats?

    At a time of the biggest erosion of welfare provision in our lifetimes, the BBC make another programme about benefit cheats?

    At a time of corruption of MPs, corruption of our media, corruption of our police force, the BBC make another programme about benefit cheats?"

    tags: uk benefits cosmos

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Thursday, 3 November 2011

Links of the day 11/03/2011

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Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Links of the day 11/01/2011

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