Saturday, 31 December 2011

Links of the day 12/31/2011

  • "If you do not have a disability, it probably does not occur to you that you need permission from someone in authority to take a bus, to read a book, to go to the bathroom, to talk on the phone, to leave your house, to enter a public space, to choose how to treat your medical condition."

    tags: cosmos uk disability

  • "The year ends with the country in a worse state than the government’s severest critics expected. Yet worse is to come, as 2012 slides towards the second recession in three years. Virtually everything David Cameron’s government has done has made matters worse; most policy initiatives are creaking while others are mere words without substance. In my political lifetime there has been no more callous or inept crew in charge – nor a government more skilful at disguising its nature."

    tags: cosmos uk politics

  • "In a review of FMS literature, noted researcher Dr. Muhammed Yunus presents evidence for the cluster of illnesses we generally see all having a key feature in common: central sensitization (CS). As a group, they're called central sensitivity syndromes (CSS), although some of the conditions are classified as diseases."

    tags: cosmos me_cfs fibromyalgia arthritis

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Friday, 30 December 2011

Links of the day 12/30/2011

  • "The feebleness, impotence and tardiness of the Government in dealing with the banks could hardlybe more starkly highlighted. Everyone (almost) agrees that the UK finance sector is far too big – its liabilities equal 5 times Britain’s GDP – and the economy urgently needs to be rebalanced away from the City towards a revival of manufacturing. So what happens? The Government sets up the Vickers Commission which takes a year to come up with the wrong policy and then the Government takes another 6 months to confirm the wrong Vickers conclusions. "

    tags: uk cosmos politics

  • "Professor Simon Wessely once again attempts to defend what has already been shown to be indefensible, namely his own beliefs about the nature of ME/CFS, including his belief that graded exercise therapy (GET) has “an impeccable safety record” (Simon Wessely; Health in mind and body; The Journal of the Foundation for Science and Technology: 2011:20:7: 9 –11).

    tags: cosmos uk me_cfs

  • "In a speech on exports and growth on 10th November 2011, David Cameron went “off-script” and revealed his government’s true agenda for the NHS. "

    tags: cosmos health uk

  • "It is clear that there are a large number of abnormalities in multiple body systems in ME/CFS patients. These abnormalities centre around the nervous, endocrine and immune systems and the way these interact with each other. Although these abnormalities have been identified it is still unclear which are causes and which are effects. New research will hopefully shed more light on this but until then doctors who are seeing the best results with patients seem to be those who take a multifactorial approach and try to correct as many of the abnormalities discussed as they possibly can, using currently available treatments."

    tags: cosmos me_cfs

  • "Serious doubts have emerged about crucial statistics used by the minister for disabled people to justify the government’s sweeping disability living allowance (DLA) reforms."

    tags: uk benefits cosmos

  • "Conclusion: Pacing offers practitioners an additional therapeutic option which is acceptable to the majority of patients and can reduce the severity of the exertion-related symptoms of ME/CFS."

    tags: cosmos me_cfs

  • "If you want to get email, Facebook, driving directions, and other web features on your phone, you can cheat a little bit and get them through SMS messages. Here's how. "

    tags: cosmos

  • "People often assume that medicine can cure M.E, or at least keep it under control. Unfortunately, they are wrong. "

    tags: cosmos me_cfs

  • "Despite the hype, the figures show the claimants in a different light. According to the government, who should know about these things, the Incapacity Benefit ‘Fraud and Error’ figure is 2.4%. Of this 2.4%, only 0.3% is down to fraud. This amounts to a loss of £20m. The rest is down to customer error (0.9% or £50m) and official error (1.2% or £70m). It would appear that not that many people are faking a sore back or depression after all."

    tags: cosmos uk benefits atos

  • "The requirement for a blood test after a rabies vaccination to prove it has been successful will be dropped for those travelling within the EU, although both they and travellers bringing pets back from other countries with "robust" veterinary systems such as the US and Australia will still have to wait 21 days after vaccination before departure."

    tags: cosmos uk tenerife

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Thursday, 29 December 2011

Links of the day 12/29/2011

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Monday, 26 December 2011

A Very Furry Christmas


Really, people who dress up their cats should be taken out and shot.


But when they look this cute …


And the “Sloppy Kisser” t-shirt speaks the truth?

By the way, Balu made no attempt to take that off and just went about his business as if it were the most natural thing in the world. He cuddled and purred and eventually, fell asleep in it all afternoon, on his back.


What else do you get Canarian cats for Crimbo? Catnip bananas, of course!



We had a minor tantrum at dinner time when there was a mass walk out over the content of their dishes. The “tinned crap” they had been served, they claimed, bore no resemblance to the stuff they could smell and they refused to eat until I’d carved them a slice of turkey each.

Oh and not enough to get stoned on catnip, Balu also lapped up brandy-laced cream with unseemly gusto. I think they had a good time!

Friday, 23 December 2011

Links of the day 12/23/2011

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Thursday, 22 December 2011

Links of the day 12/22/2011

  • "“Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand and wine in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming “WOO HOO what a ride!”"

    tags: cosmos

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Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Merry ‘effin catmas


… from the disgruntled elf.

Monday, 19 December 2011

Links of the day 12/19/2011

  • "This medical guidance for Disability Living Allowance and Attendance Allowance Decision Makers has been developed by the Departments Health and Benefits Division with help from experts involved in patient care. It contains background information on the more common medical conditions in DLA/AA claims, their treatment, the likely disabling effects together with the likely impact on ability to self care and get around. "

    tags: cosmos uk benefits health

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Sunday, 18 December 2011

Links of the day 12/18/2011

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Saturday, 17 December 2011

Links of the day 12/17/2011

  • "Lipkin came to Mikovits’ defence in her latest troubles. He says that she should be entitled to keep a copy of her laboratory records and lamented her arrest. “It’s very, very ugly and the sooner we put all this behind us the better off we’re all going to be,” he says."

    tags: me_cfs cosmos

  • "Since I've had fibromyalgia, my hands and feet have been prone to getting cold. I'm not just talking a little bit chilly - I mean intensely cold to the point of being painful, and really difficult to warm up. That's part of temperature sensitivity, which is a pretty common symptom of fibromyalgia and also of chronic fatigue syndrome."

    tags: fibromyalgia me_cfs cosmos

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Thursday, 15 December 2011

Links of the day 12/15/2011

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Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Links of the day 12/14/2011

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Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Links of the day 12/13/2011

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Sunday, 11 December 2011

Links of the day 12/11/2011

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We haz a Christmas Tree


It’s the first time the kids (the fur ones) have had a proper big Christmas tree, so I was wondering what they’d make of it. Would they turn into 10 year-old kittens and try to climb it and bat all the decorations off?

I was also prepared for the opposite alternative that they just totally ignore it, as Balu has, but what I didn’t bargain for was calm contemplation.


Kitty really seems to enjoy the tree and has spent most of her time sitting beneath it, apparently transfixed, from as soon as it went up. WIN!

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Links of the day 12/10/2011

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Friday, 9 December 2011

Links of the day 12/09/2011

  • "‘By giving them a large cage, food three times a day and a walk at lunchtime, we are providing a standard of living way above that provided in a care home.’"

    tags: cosmos

  • "Beginning on Monday 12th December and running up until Christmas benefit claimants, disabled people and supporters will be ringing both local and national Atos Offices to complain about their obscene treatment of sick and disabled people."

    tags: cosmos

  • "We have long advocated for the potential benefits of supplementation with vitamin D3, not D2, in persons with musculoskeletal pain. While some authors claim the formulation of vitamin D does not make that much difference, recent feedback from an UPDATES reader, plus a research summary by two experts, point toward D3 as the definite choice."

    tags: cosmos pain

  • "Many people are ignorant of disabilities, and many disabled people have fluctuating conditions that have a huge effect on how much they can do. Most people with chronic or painful conditions have to weigh up the costs of doing any activity. For some, managing at home is tiring, and just trying to cook or look after themselves can be exhausting on bad days. On rare good days, going out and doing things like going to the pub, playing outside with the kids or spending a day out with friends – even in a wheelchair or using crutches – can cause pain and fatigue the next day and beyond. Someone in good health can go outside on a whim, but for some severely disabled people many factors must be taken into account first, including the weather, the terrain, the amount of sleep they've had, the balance of their pain medication and the equipment and assistance from people they need to get around."

    tags: cosmos uk benefits

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Thursday, 8 December 2011

Flokati rugs have many uses


Folded, they make excellent – if rather expensive - cat beds.

Links of the day 12/08/2011

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