Far be it from me –

A new low for the UK: disabled man starves to death

Pride's Purge

(not satire – it’s the UK today!)

A severely disabled and sick man – who had his benefits stopped after ATOS found he was ‘fit’ for work – has died of malnutrition.

Mark Wood’s GP said if either ATOS or the Department for Work and Pensions had contacted him he would have said in his professional opinion Mr Wood was not fit for work.

But Mr Wood’s GP was not contacted by either ATOS or anyone from the DWP.

Here’s Mark Wood’s tragic story from the Oxford Mail:

Man starved after benefits were cut

So now in this country we’re leaving vulnerable people to literally starve to death.

A new low even for the Tories and Liberal Democrats, surely?


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A Truly Chlling Move: Part Time Workers To Face Housing Benefit Sanctions DWP Confirms

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Female Genital Mutilation

Female Genital Mutilation

http://gu.com/p/3n43c Michael Gove agrees to write to all schools over female genital mutilation

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Stop MPs Voting on Welfare – when they receive Housing Benefit!

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My Submission To The UK Home Affairs Parliamentary Select Committee Inquiry On Female Genital Mutilation

Hilary Burrage

Police car The UK Parliament Home Affairs Select Committee is currently conducting an inquiry into the existing legislative framework on female genital mutilation, and the barriers to achieving a successful prosecution.  The Chair, Keith Vaz MP, has invited commentary on any aspect of this issue, such as the respective roles of the police, health, education and social care professionals, and the third sector, and ways in which effective action to stop FGM could be achieved. What follows is my personal submission to the Committee.

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Petition | Maximum penalty for woman who cooked cat in the microwave because it tried to eat gold fish! | English

Petition | Maximum penalty for woman who cooked cat in the microwave because it tried to eat gold fish! | English.

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Adverse emotional and interpersonal effects reported by 1829 New Zealanders while taking antidepressants

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A simple template letter to kill the bedroom tax

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Catherine would see those with #depression sterilised to avoid polluting ‘the gene pool’ – what do you say? #MentalHealth


catherine said:February 13, 2014 at 3:09 pm

I really believe that we have so many problems in our society now because we allow just anyone to reproduce, in fact people are pressurised into having children whether they want them, or whether theyr`e genetically fit. I was one of these people. I had a baby when I was 18, & he was adopted. He has been in touch, & unfortanately he has suffered from depression, like my mother. Even though the gene skipped a generation, the family curse still got him. I wish that I`d been sterilised as soon as I hit puberty, then i wouldn`t have polluted the gene pool.

Quinonostante responded:February 15, 2014 at 10:50 am

“we allow anyone to reproduce”? WHAT!! Shocking ignorance.

Depression is something you’d have folk ‘sterilised’ for?

catherine said:February 15, 2014 at 2:42 pm

Yes, after all, who would…

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Find The Gap: Or, why researchers squabble so much.


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The debate about the Lancet study on CBT for psychosis is still going strong in the twitter-sphere. A lot of the criticism has focused on the statistics reported in the piece, with debates about standardised versus unstandardised effect sizes, lack of sensitivity analysis for confounds, choice of follow up point to report and so on. Prof James Coyne has even offered a $500 wager to the study authors to justify the use of the effect size they reported in the study.  What’s interesting is that no-one (as far as I’m aware) is saying the numbers reported are wrong – rather, the debate is about which numbers are chosen at the expense of which others, which analyses were emphasised or excluded, and whether the chosen way of reporting certain findings is the most ‘fair’ way to do so.

People outside of science and academia might look at this and think…

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