This new blog will draw from a broad range of sources to highlight some of the values, thinking and lifestyles that people experience and subscribe to around the world. I think, despite all the developments in social media and communication, we tend to confine ourselves to 'people like us' and can miss some of the rich (and strange) diversity out there. Allodoxaphobia is the pathological fear of other peoples' opinions; in this curated site I want instead to highlight the ways in which we are the same and the ways in which we are different.
Another in a series of similar unpleasant tales. Apart from their nasty greed and willingness to allow people to die so they could make a profit, the other side of the story is the sheer credulity of the people who bought these. The denigration of critical thinking has led us into a position where people in power, in authority, have no ability to discriminate between the plausible and the downright stupid. It is very worrying.
Diabetic David Clapson, 59, died with just £3.44 left in his account after his Jobseeker’s Allowance was axed because he missed an appointment
Kevin Friery's insight:
“This tragic death is a direct result of Iain Duncan Smith’s welfare reforms.”
When David died he had just £3.44 to his name, six tea bags, a tin of soup and an out-of-date can of sardines. His electricity card was out of credit meaning the fridge where he should have kept his insulin chilled was not working.
A coroner also found he had no food in his stomach.
I note that a DWP spokesperson pointed out a claimant can appeal against a sanction. This is at best disingenuous and at worst a lie. When appealing against a sanction, the sanction remains in place.
Last week, the British Broadcasting Corp. disclosed an ongoing effort to teach its staff how to distinguish real science from bogus science, and the importance of keeping the latter off the airwaves.
Kevin Friery's insight:
Interesting to see how this story is being reported in Los Angeles - it's not just a 'little Britain' issue "...when even the Supreme Court makes law based on this level of ignorance, it becomes clear that the battle against ignorance in the press and public debate is all uphill."
This is the degree of stupidity we need to protect children (and ourselves) from: "“Disease is pestilence,” said the mother, Dina Check, “and pestilence is from the devil. The devil is germs and disease, which is cancer and any of those things that can take you down. But if you trust in the Lord, these things cannot come near you.”"
Priced out of justice? Or a financial triage to deter bogus claims? I think many employees would be unable to fund the initial application cost, especially those at the minimum-wage end of the market, so employers must be feeling happy :(
This is a worrying trend - we have a rich literary history in Britain, but like good wine we need to regularly lay down new texts, new literature, new poetry. £11,000 full time is well below the minimum wage in the UK (£12,300). Not nearly enough.
"Imagine if your child was ridiculed in front of his classmates for his religious beliefs until he was physically ill. Can’t believe it? Neither could we, and that’s why the ACLU and the ACLU of Louisiana sued the Sabine Parish School District on behalf of C.C., a sixth-grader of Thai descent"
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