CHAOSTOCOSMOS

Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Links of the day 01/31/2012

  • "My mother often talked about rationing when she was a child and during the war, the problem is where not in a WAR, we are a vastly rich nation, no child or adult should go hungry in this country in this day and age, how do our bloody politicians sleep at night, how do they look at themselves in the mirror?"

    tags: uk politics benefits cosmos

  • "Attention is drawn to a letter recently sent to two high-profile members of The House of Lords by Douglas Fraser, a former professional violinist but now severely affected by ME/CFS (http://www.meactionuk.org.uk/FraserToTGTandMM.htm ).

    In it, Fraser sets out his concerns about a paper circulated by Lord (David) Freud, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Welfare Reform) to certain members of the House of Lords (this being “Models of Sickness and Disability” by Waddell G and Aylward M, whose track record on the alleged deviance of sick people -- those with ME/CFS being specifically targeted -- is documented in “Magical Medicine: how to make a disease disappear” by Professor Malcolm Hooper available at www.meactionuk.org.uk/magical-medicine.htm ).
    "

    tags: uk benefits cosmos me_cfs

  • "The government is planning to inflict devastating cuts to support for sick and disabled people. Despite the plans being voted down in the Lords, they are still trying to push through some of the most unfair cuts – including support being ended after only a year for some people recovering from very serious illnesses like cancer.
    "

    tags: uk benefits disability cosmos

  • "Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) is not a somatisation disorder. That ME/CFS is not a somatisation disorder is not simply a matter of belief or opinion but is a matter of substantive fact."

    tags: cosmos me_cfs

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How to…give your wardrobe a green-over

1. Empty wardrobe
Give yourself at least two hours to complete the task. Start by completely empting your wardrobe. You may as well give it a dust and a spruce up now you have the chance and hang a few scented wardrobe fresheners.
2. Create four piles
Your four piles will consist of:
• Items you wear
• Items you do not wear
• Items you do not wear but have value (sentimental or financial)
• Items you’re not sure about
3. Organise
• Put the items you do not wear but have sentimental value in a bag and store.
• Think about selling the items of value on an online selling site or take to a second-hand designer clothes shop (you may get more for your money here).
• For items you aren’t sure about, be realistic. If you haven’t worn that item in the last six months (seasonal and black-tie clothing aside), you’re not likely to wear it in the future so pop it in the bag for the charity shop.
• Restock your wardrobe with the pieces you wear in item order: i.e. tops, jeans, suits, dresses, skirts, shorts etc. Put the items you wear most to the front and centre.
4. Coordinate
Group colours together within your item sections. For example, white tops, jeans, dark suits, black tops.
5. Recycle
Walk to your local charity shop and donate the clothes you don’t wear to a worthy cause.

Read the full article at The Ecologist …

Note to self: Step 1 seems to be taking 2 years. Get on with it!

Monday, 30 January 2012

Links of the day 01/30/2012

  • "Are these arsewipes serious? In what even approximately sane universe does being on benefit mean you are subjected to conditions normally imposed on convicted criminals? And not just the claimant, but their partner?"

    tags: uk cosmos benefits

  • " The true cost of the London 2012 Games for the UK taxpayer comes in at over £12 billion, £2.7 bn more than the 9.3bn budget, a Sky investigation has revealed.

    And yes, that is 6 times the number the lying scum told us it would be before they bid for the damn foolery. Jeebus, do we really need to pay £12 billion to give athletes a drugs and sex jamboree?"

    Especially when it is claimed there isn't enough money for the truly needy.

    tags: uk cosmos

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Sunday, 29 January 2012

Links of the day 01/29/2012

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Saturday, 28 January 2012

Links of the day 01/28/2012

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Friday, 27 January 2012

Links of the day 01/27/2012

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Thursday, 26 January 2012

Links of the day 01/26/2012

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Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Links of the day 01/25/2012

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Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Links of the day 01/24/2012

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Today's Bargains 01/24/2012

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Monday, 23 January 2012

Links of the day 01/23/2012

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Sunday, 22 January 2012

Links of the day 01/22/2012

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Saturday, 21 January 2012

Links of the day 01/21/2012

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Today's Bargains 01/21/2012

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Friday, 20 January 2012

Links of the day 01/20/2012

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Today's Bargains 01/20/2012

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Thursday, 19 January 2012

Links of the day 01/19/2012

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Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Links of the day 01/18/2012

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Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Links of the day 01/17/2012

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Monday, 16 January 2012

Links of the day 01/16/2012

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Sunday, 15 January 2012

Links of the day 01/15/2012

  • "For two reasons, economic weakness has made tackling poverty more important, not less. Firstly, the solutions to Britain’s economic malaise require the inclusion of people on low incomes. Secondly, poverty in Britain is caused by a dysfunctional economy, and in this financial crisis, this underlying dysfunction is dragging down the living standards for growing numbers of people."

    tags: cosmos uk politics

  • "Quite apart from the appalling betrayal of carers highlighted in this afterthought of a manifesto entry, does anyone notice anything? Anything huge they forgot to mention?

    Oh yes, silly them. Not a peep about scrapping DLA and replacing it with PIP. Well, except this of course :

    “Conservatives have pledged to preserve Disability Living Allowance and Attendance Allowance as cash benefits.”

    Makes it sound like there's nothing to worry about doesn't it?
    "

    tags: cosmos disability uk politics benefits

  • "After being rejected 2 years ago, the drug that many thought would become the first FDA-approved treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) apparently isn't off the table. Hemispherx Biopharma Inc. says the FDA has granted an extension that could allow them to make another run at getting Ampligen (rintatolimod) approved."

    tags: me_cfs cosmos

  • "Publically available work fare and work for your benefits successes appear to be confined to those who are profiting from the contracts offered to provide the schemes, and those using the free labour supplied by them. "

    tags: uk benefits cosmos politics

  • "If a civilised society is judged by the way it treats its most vulnerable members then currently the fairer Britain, which David Cameron is hoping to promote, seems by his own, hurtful and denigrating language broken beyond repair."

    tags: uk benefits cosmos politics

  • "We call on the Government to make an urgent statement on this issue. We ask them how our rights under the data protection act are affected by this sharing of information without our consent or knowledge and whether they are able to lawfully take this step before the welfare reform bill is passed?"

    tags: uk benefits cosmos

  • "Apart from my immediate revulsion at them penalising people for making mistakes on a very complex form at a time when they are vulnerable, and actually spending that quantity of money to enable them to do so, what makes me the most outraged is that they are spending this money when this bill hasn't even become law!"

    tags: uk politics benefits cosmos

  • "That was the great triumph of this week. Finally, after all the months and months of patient reminders, people thought about disability. They questioned the wisdom of sending terminally ill people to the jobcentre. They rejected the idea that illness or disability magically disappear in a year. They were amazed to find cancer patients were expected to look for work on chemo and that disabled children were to become chattels dependent on goodwill, no longer entitled to independent means."

    tags: uk politics benefits cosmos

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