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Sssh! Don’t tell anyone in the UK but US reports link fracking with lung cancer and arsenic poisoning

And that’s without the safety concerns about our drinking water

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(not satire – it’s the UK today!)

Obviously – with the coalition government having given the go-ahead for further fracking and even the previously sceptical Lib Dems now supporting it – here in the UK we won’t be hearing much about a new report by researchers at the University of Texas which has found high levels of poisonous arsenic contamination in ground water occurring in close proximity to fracking sites.

The researchers – working in their own time – found elevated levels of arsenic and other heavy metals in groundwater near natural gas fracking sites in Texas’ Barnett Shale.

Likewise, for precisely the same reasons, we probably won’t be hearing much about another report either – this time by the US National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health which shows there is strong evidence linking fracking sites with lung cancer.

Still – never mind. What’s a spot of lung cancer here…

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Look Before You Leap

In my neck of the woods the NHS counselling services are as strapped for cash as services anywhere else in the UK.

I’ve been waiting for several weeks now, for a reply from the Head of Adult Mental Health Services, to my questions.  I shall be following up my initial enquiries with a few questions.  Why are free counselling sessions denied to you, unless, to quote one GP “you’re about to jump off a bridge”.  Why, when presenting with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) are your quite normal within-the-healthy-range scores, rewarded with a complete rejection of your application for counselling and the provision, instead, of a couple of NHS leaflets on How To Get A Good Night’s Sleep, and How To Deal With Anxiety and Depression?  It is very well documented that many people who present with PTSD have suffered with the distressing symptoms for a very long time; endured, should I say and therefore the coping and adaptive mechanisms are very well practised and  perfected – making scores in the healthy range a likelihood!  All is not lost however.  There is the option of paid for counselling at a reduced, pay what you can afford, rate.  Or, to go privately and pay around £40 for a 50 minute session with a BACP registered counsellor/therapist.

If you can’t afford these prices but can afford £7.85 for an NHS prescription (price correct as far as I know) then there is the option of the chemical cosh.  Mood altering, mood and feelings-neutralising neuroleptics, with a range of distressing and health threatening “side effects”.

My current preference is for none of the above.  I prefer to let my tears flow and release the stress hormone cortisol, which if allowed to build up to high levels (of toxins)  can cause depression – and which can then take me back to the one in four of us who presents with a mental health problem.  But the tears are mine, not the NHS’s  and as I shed them I consider very carefully whether I shall ever go to a GP  again, complaining of unbearable stress.

To be continued.


Singer Eydie Gorme dies at 84

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No blurred lines – Eddy Shah and co are excusing paedophilia

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(not satire – it’s the UK today)

Eddy Shah and his other (mainly establishment) supporters have argued that if an under-age girl consents to sex with an adult it’s not the guy’s fault for going ahead and having sex with her.

This is a very clear attempt to blur the lines on what is actually a very simple matter. 

Presumably even Shah would agree it’s not OK for an adult to have ‘consensual’ sex with a 5-year old – because clearly a child of that age would be too young to understand what they have consented to?

OK – so at what age does Shah and his rich, famous and powerful supporters think someone is capable of consenting to sex? 7? 10? 12?

In this country, we have agreed that the age a child can legally consent to sex is 16.

If Shah and his supporters think 16 is too…

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From Ramsgate Arts : A Summer Squall 2013


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We don’t get any aid, says president of Bongobongoland

We don’t get any aid, says president of Bongobongoland.

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HELP NEEDED – Stats Watch


Hi folks we need your help,

Over what’s left of the summer and while we wait for October to roll around and the Work and Pensions Select Committee to give us a date to see them quiz IDS.

We have a project to do.

We need to collect together as many examples of DWP ministers misusing, twisting or completely making up statistics as we can find.  We would like to forward a report on said ministerial behaviour before the committee meet the secretary of state. Giving them a chance to look through it before meeting him…

How can you help

We already have some notable  fellow seekers of the statistical truth on board to help make a report worth reading and we want to be sure we have it all… knowing that we are just two fairly unwell people it makes sense for us, to work together to find what…

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‘End Marmite Neglect’ – new campaign spoofs animal rescue ads

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Why did Home Office tweet about arrest of 139 immigrants out of 5,000 other arrests yesterday?

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(not satire – it’s the UK today!)

We already know the answer to this one, don’t we?

Why did the Home Office decide to tweet about the arrest of 139 immigrants yesterday when around 5,000 other people are arrested every day in the UK?

According to civil service guidelines, the Home Office isn’t allowed to publicly comment on anything which may be construed as party political and must not “act in a way that is determined by party political considerations, or use official resources for party political purposes”.

With Tory campaign ‘guru’ Lynton Crosby making immigration one of the corner stones of the Tories’ re-election campaign, couldn’t Home Office civil servants tweeting about the arrest of 139 immigrants – while not mentioning anything at all about the other approximately 5,000 people who are arrested every day in the UK – be construed as using official resources for party political purposes?

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