Saturday Summary (NHBPM 10)

Oh yeah, still with the alliterations, because alliterations are awesome. That’s why “alliteration” alliterates with “awesome”. Although, it does to imply I will put up a summary list of the interesting articles I’ve come across that week, every Saturday. Ha. We shall see.

Disability Blogs

Disability Roulette (Sue Marsh, Diary of a Benefit Scrounger)
An analogy of the current circumstances for seriously ill and disabled people in the UK.
http://diaryofabenefitscrounger.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/disability-roulette.html

A list of companies involved in workfare schemes (Boycott Workfare)
Boycott workfare are maintaining this list as new information arises, due to the DWP’s refusal to release information. Information on sources also given where status has been verified.
http://www.boycottworkfare.org/?page_id=16

New call to but DWP/Atos on trial for manslaughter (Mike Sivier, Vox Political)
Article: http://mikesivier.wordpress.com/2012/11/03/new-call-to-put-dwpatos-on-trial-for-manslaughter/
Sign the e-petition: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/41070

United Kingdom government denounced for crimes against disabled people to international criminal court in the Hague (Samuel Miller via JJ, Black Triangle Campaign)
A Canadian expert in disability has written a letter to the Hague requesting the ICC investigate the actions of the UK government leading to the deaths of sick and disabled people in the UK.
Read the letter:
http://blacktrianglecampaign.org/2012/09/23/united-kingdom-government-denounced-for-crimes-against-disabled-people-to-international-criminal-court-in-the-hague/
Co-sign the letter yourself at 38degrees:
http://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/letter-to-the-icc-at-the-hague-re-mistreatment-of-the-disabled-and-sick

Re-introducing “Dr knows best” (Kaliya Franklin, Benefit Scrounging Scum)
Talking about the dangers of coercing patients into having treatments and the government’s plan to replace freedom of choice with “do what our doctors say, or we cut you off”.
http://benefitscroungingscum.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/re-introducing-dr-knows-best.html?spref=tw

New e-petition gives another chance for you to fight murderous disability benefit cuts (Mike Sivier, Vox Political)
Re-booting Pat’s Petition.
Article: http://mikesivier.wordpress.com/2012/11/03/new-e-petition-gives-you-another-chance-to-challenge-murderous-disability-benefit-cuts/
E-petition: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/41122

What About The People With Chronic Pain, Government?
An Australian’s perspective on the ignorance of the real cost of disability.
http://rellacafa.com/what-about-the-people-with-chronic-pain-government/

“The weirdest thing about my health” (Elle, Elle and the Auto Gnome)
Talking about constant variability in chronic illness, and how little it is understood.
http://elleandtheautognome.wordpress.com/2012/11/02/the-weirdest-thing-about-my-health/

If you can tweet you can work, and other such lies (Steven Sumpter, A Latent Existence)
http://www.latentexistence.me.uk/if-you-can-tweet-you-can-work-and-other-such-lies/

ESA reaches a Tipping Point (Sue Marsh, Diary of a Benefit Scrounger)
The current state of ESA, and upcoming figures and reports that might mean an end to the government being able to further delude its citizens into thinking it’s effective.
http://diaryofabenefitscrounger.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/esa-reaches-tipping-point.html?spref=tw

Disability News Items

Atos mislead the government in securing its disability assessment contract (Steve Paget, the Guardian)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/nov/03/atos-disability-assessment-contract?INTCMP=SRCH

Atos Doctors and Nurses Raise Concerns Over Signing Of Official Secrets Act (Welfare News Service)
http://welfarenewsservice.co.uk/archives/761

ME is often dismissed – but sufferers like Emily Collinridge are dying (Scott Jordan Harris, the Guardian)
This Tuesday saw the funeral of Emily Collinridge, a sufferer and tireless campaigner. Her mother asked that this article would be shared in her memory.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/mar/30/me-emily-collingridge-chronic-fatigue-syndrome?cat=commentisfree&type=article

Christianity

Discipleship Series (Scott Burns, Work in Progress)
A series on what true discipleship is; link goes to first post.
http://scottburns.wordpress.com/2012/09/23/discipleship-series/

Politics

The 10 most corrupt tax loopholes (Chris Parker, village Voice)
http://www.villagevoice.com/2012-10-10/news/the-10-most-corrupt-tax-loopholes/

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3 responses to “Saturday Summary (NHBPM 10)

  1. Hi Lydia, my blog told me you’d posted a link here so I came over to have a looksee and visit your blog here. I love the information you’ve got laid out on ME (and the CFS confusion). Fabulous stuff hon’, I was not surprised to read how much you enjoyed academia after I’d read that concise informative page. Great work :-D

    And I’m seriously impressed with the number of posts you’ve managed to create during WEGO’s November challenge. With the hospital tests, lack of meds and resulting side effects of going back on the meds I think I am still stuck at Day 5! I will battle my way back and type more soon, meanwhile I have another lovely blog to read while I am stranded on the sofa, thank-you, xx

    • Thank you so much for your encouragement! It really means a lot to me.
      Yeah, I am struggling with the WeGo challenge, have had to give up other things to try to get it done and still think I might not make it – but we’ll see, it’s a great exercise at least! Good luck with the posts you do make, I have really enjoyed your posts and found the one I linked to be such a great explanation of variation (hence linking it!) – with illnesses like these every post we manage is a success :) I look forward to reading more too

    • Agreed, we do not need to complete all 30 posts for it to be a success. Another blogger has advised that I should not wear myself out by trying to catch up, and instead just pick up where I can and carry on from there. But it goes against my inner ‘rawr’! ;-)
      So glad that you found that post useful, I felt it needed to be written!
      Hugs from me, xx