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Sick and tired: the coalition’s war on the disabled and destitute

Sick and tired: the coalition’s war on the disabled and destitute | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
We should all be sick and tired of the coalition’s unflinching war on the disabled and the destitute in Britain.

 

'Being sick and tired is no reason not to keep fighting - a growing number of people are refusing to accept this new, cruel reality.'

 

'Lucy Aldridge is on hunger strike. She is disabled, but her state benefits were suspended after she received a “death-in-service” payment for her 18-year-old son William, the youngest British soldier to be killed in Afghanistan. New, harsh welfare rules mean that Aldridge, from Herefordshire, is entitled to nothing.

 

Christos Palmer is on hunger strike. The 32-year-old Welshman is also disabled, and has spent the past month protesting outside the Cardiff offices of Atos Origin, the private firm charged with turfing thousands of sick people off the welfare rolls. “After a few days, due to a lack of nutrients, the hunger striker will feel dizzy and faint,” explains Palmer, whose bodyweight has plummeted following his protest. “Why do people like myself and Lucy take this form of action in protesting? We see it as a last resort. No-one seems to be listening to us. We are the invisible silent minority that everyone is happy to ignore.”

 

A hunger strike is a phenomenal act of willpower. It’s a final attempt to wrest back dignified control of your own body when your dignity and control have been confiscated. That’s why the hunger strike has historically been a strategy employed by political prisoners and peaceful civil rights protesters: it’s the last resort of proud, desperate people with nothing to lose. It is suicide as spectacle.'

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Domestic violence in Australia: interim report

Domestic violence in Australia: interim report | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
Concerned about government funding cuts to a broad range of services essential to supporting victims of domestic violence, this report recommends the Commonwealth Government restore funding cuts from legal services, housing and homelessness services and the Department of Social Services grants program, and guarantee funding under the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness for at least four years.
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Lynton Crosby: can the ‘Lizard of Oz’ win the election for the Tories?

Lynton Crosby: can the ‘Lizard of Oz’ win the election for the Tories? | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
The blunt-speaking political strategist helped Australia’s Liberal party to four victories in a row. Will his hard-right message reach the voters that Old Etonians cannot?
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The business of child detention: charitable co-option, migrant advocacy and activist outrage

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14 Million Children Suffering as Result of War in Syria and Iraq, Unicef Says

14 Million Children Suffering as Result of War in Syria and Iraq, Unicef Says | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
The report was one of a slew of statements by international relief agencies detailing the plight of Syrian civilians in a conflict that has killed more than 200,000 people.
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Fortress Australia: Asylum Seeker and Migrant Death Statistics - Abolish Foreignness

Fortress Australia: Asylum Seeker and Migrant Death Statistics - Abolish Foreignness | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
This page collects and publishes information on deaths (including those missing at sea and presumed dead) connected with Australian border controls, Australia’s migrant prisons, or irregular travel to Australia by asylum seekers and migrants. If you are aware of corrections or data that should be reflected on this page, please submit a comment. The toll…Read more →
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Indonesian Minister Threatens A 'Human Tsunami' Of Refugees Over Bali Nine

Indonesian Minister Threatens A 'Human Tsunami' Of Refugees Over Bali Nine | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
Indonesian Minister Threatens A 'Human Tsunami' Of Refugees Over Bali Nine
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The terrible loneliness of growing up poor in Robert Putnam’s America

The terrible loneliness of growing up poor in Robert Putnam’s America | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
The Harvard political scientist wants to change how Americans view poor kids — and what we talk about in the 2016 election.
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Pentagon's $11 Billion Healthcare Record System Will Be Obsolete Before It's Even Built

Pentagon's $11 Billion Healthcare Record System Will Be Obsolete Before It's Even Built | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
Americans, it is said, are living in the midst of an information revolution.  Every facet of commerce and culture is being transformed by internet-driven technologies that greatly increase the speed of transactions while affording users unprecedented insight and options.  But revolutions aren't tidy affairs -- some sectors of the economy such as the [...]
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Avijit Roy was hacked to death for his secular views. Let’s share his story | Alom Shaha

Avijit Roy was hacked to death for his secular views. Let’s share his story | Alom Shaha | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
Those who challenge religion challenge power. Exercising free speech puts some people in grave danger, and the least we can do is back them up
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Australia's complicity with brutal regime exposed

Australia's complicity with brutal regime exposed | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
The Australian Government routinely treats human rights, the rule of law and the right to natural justice as inconvenient obstacles to be cast aside at any given time, writes Trevor Grant.
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American student loan debt has surpassed the GDP of Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland combined

American student loan debt has surpassed the GDP of Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland combined | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
Its latest snapshot on borrowing shows that even though Americans have been working on shoring up their finances over the past few years, more people are falling behind on their student loans. The rate of delinquency and its impact on the US economy has reached a “concerning” level, according to Fed economists.
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Guilty/not guilty: feds want them treated the same - InDaily | Adelaide News

Guilty/not guilty: feds want them treated the same - InDaily | Adelaide News | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
Legal, mental health and disability experts are lining up across the country to condemn a little-known Federal Government move to treat people found not guilty of a crime the same as convicted criminals, InDaily can reveal.
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Integrated care: the end of the hospital as we know it?

Integrated care: the end of the hospital as we know it? | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
While integrated care clearly means change for hospital-based professionals, it is not by definition opposed to the institutional interests of hospital providers, says Chris Naylor. Hospitals are often seen as an impediment to integrated care. The concern frequently voiced is that their dominant role in the health system makes it harder for commissioners to shift resources into the community and to develop more co-ordinated services that cross organisational boundaries.
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The Trans-Pacific Partnership: it might be about trade, but it’s far from free • Inside Story

The Trans-Pacific Partnership: it might be about trade, but it’s far from free • Inside Story | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
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Modelling the mob: How computers can predict violence

Modelling the mob: How computers can predict violence | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
Researchers are increasingly using computer models to predict violence in developing nations. Andy Extance reports.
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White House Issues Saturday Night Iran Deal Warning To The Senate

White House Issues Saturday Night Iran Deal Warning To The Senate | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- In an effort to reassert control over the domestic political debate surrounding sensitive negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program, the White House penned a letter Saturday night warning senators to hold back on legislation that wou...
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Green Climate Fund confirms Australia has no direct say in contribution spending

Green Climate Fund confirms Australia has no direct say in contribution spending | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
Executive director Héla Cheikhrouhou says governments cannot stipulate how money is spent, contradicting earlier claim by environment minster Greg Hunt
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Will The Supreme Court Kill Obamacare?

Will The Supreme Court Kill Obamacare? | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
The future of Obamacare was likely decided last week by the Supreme Court in the case known simply as King v. Burwell. A first poll of opinions is already known to the nine justices ‒ who met privately (no clerks) on Friday to discuss the case and cast a kind [...]
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Vladimir Putin reveals giving secret order to seize Crimea

Vladimir Putin reveals giving secret order to seize Crimea | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
Vladimir Putin has revealed the moment he says he gave the secret order for Russia's annexation of Crimea.
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France's Front National party expected to make sweeping gains in this month's local elections

France's Front National party expected to make sweeping gains in this month's local elections | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
The rise of the French far right continues apace. And, despite a wave of revelations that it has fielded racist, bizarre and geriatric candidates, the Front National could make sweeping gains in important elections this month.
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This Billionaire Governor Taxed the Rich and Increased the Minimum Wage -- Now, His State's Economy Is One of the Best in the Country

This Billionaire Governor Taxed the Rich and Increased the Minimum Wage -- Now, His State's Economy Is One of the Best in the Country | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
The next time your right-wing family member or former high school classmate posts a status update or tweet about how taxing the rich or increasing workers' wages kills jobs and makes businesses leave the state, I want you to send them this article....
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