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'The language of shirkers and scroungers?' Talking about illness, disability and coalition welfare reform - Disability & Society  »  Through Myself and Back Again
Picture: protesters at today's 'Hardest Hit' march, carrying a sign which is partly written in Braille. It reads "We're being ---- by the government." Someone has written a translation of the Braille word below it: "shafted". Photo copyright Lisa Egan.Yesterday's discussion on the BBC's You and Yours was about disability, cuts and welfare reform, and featured Where's the Benefit's own Bendy Girl. Some contributors' comments offered a clear example of how attitudes to disability haven't really changed much since Victorian times - if not before. Some academic research recently published has been talking about how these ...
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Posted:  5/23 9:30pm
All Yesterdays: A Cognitive Shift In How We Look At Dinosaurs  »  Moonlight Investigation
All Yesterdays will make you love dinosaurs anew. The way we view dinosaurs, and the way that artists have depicted them, has changed greatly over the last century (and even over the last decade). Though a child of the 1980s, my love for dinosaurs started with hand-me-down dinosaur books from the 1960s and 1970s which depicted swamp-dwelling brachiosaurs and bulky, slow-moving biped hunters. At 10 years old my view of dinosaurs was changed forever by Jurassic Park (the book and movie, I was a bit of a JP junkie). Fast moving, sleek, powerful dinosaurs were now all the rage ...
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Posted:  5/23 3:15pm
Goodbye Auntie Joy  »  come back to what you know
Auntie Joy passed away on the 23rd January 2015. She was my great-aunt, my maternal Nan's older sister, and a central member of our family. She was famous for her love of photography, gardening and cats. She especially loved mixing up those loves so as a child I, and my cousins, would be posed around the garden as she took huge numbers of photos of us. Avoiding Auntie Joy and her camera was a family sport at any gathering and one our pet cats turned into an art form but such attempts at escape were ultimately futile...Both my Mum's generation ...
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Posted:  5/23 12:45am
A new start... a new website  »  Cornish Dreamer
If any readers still check this blog, I am sorry to have abandoned the site for some time. I have been working on many things: work, life, the usual things that have distracted me from blogging.I have started a new leaf, with new ideas and a clear goal to aim for. A totally new direction. I wondered if you would care to join me for the journey? If so, pop on over to www.livelifeexplore.co.uk and let me know what you think.All the best,Claire ...
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Posted:  5/22 11:30pm
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Posted:  5/22 9:30pm
Governor Bobby Jindal Uses an Executive Order to Legalize Anti-LGBT Discrimination  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
When a license to discriminate bill that Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal had personally supported failed to get through the legislature this week, Jindal vowed that he would sign an executive order to “protect religious freedom.” What that adds up to, LGBT rights advocates say, is Jindal legislating from the governor’s office to give the religious the privilege […] ...
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Posted:  5/22 3:00pm
A New Federal Bill Finally Targets ‘Fraudulent’ LGBT Conversion Therapy  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
A federal bill that would ban attempts to convert the sexuality and/or gender identity of LGBT people has been introduced into Congress, and the ban is framed in a way that isn’t pulling any punches. The legislation, known as the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act (TFPA), would change the Federal Trade Commission Act to stipulate that taking money […] ...
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Posted:  5/22 5:00pm
Why Are Gay and Bisexual Teens More Likely to Get Pregnant?  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
You might not think that unplanned pregnancies would be a major issue for LGB people, but a new study finds that lesbian, gay and bisexual teenagers who have had sex with a member of the opposite sex are more likely to have children than their straight counterparts. The research, which appears in the American Journal […] ...
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Posted:  5/21 6:00pm
The FDA Wants to Hear From You On Reducing Drug Traces in Our Milk  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
The FDA is seeking comments from the public on how it looks for and deals with traces of antibiotics and other drugs that may be entering the milk supply. Currently the FDA requires that manufacturers test for four out of the six major antibiotics, these being drugs that are used most commonly on dairy farms, for […] ...
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Posted:  5/20 10:30pm
Are Seals Really to Blame for Cod Shortages in Scotland’s Waters?  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
Over-fishing has been pegged as the prime culprit for many fish shortages, but a new study suggests that grey seals actually may be to blame for extenuating cod shortages in Scottish waters. Researchers from the University of Strathclyde wanted to investigate why cod stocks are not recovering at the rate that had been expected now that the […] ...
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Posted:  5/20 5:00pm
7 Ways to Get Your Kids Exercising and Having Fun  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month and we all know how important staying fit is not just for adults but for children, too. The Obama administration has created the #MoveInMay social media campaign to help crowd-source ways we can all get fit. But what if our kids aren’t really sports-minded? How can we motivate […] ...
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Posted:  5/19 10:30pm
Texas Republicans Vow to Ignore the U.S. Constitution on Gay Marriage  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
Texas Republicans failed last Thursday to advance legislation that would have banned the issuing of same-sex marriage licenses, but rather than being gracious in defeat, nearly every Republican has since signed onto a letter saying they will make every effort to defy a Supreme Court ruling in favor of a right to marriage equality. The […] ...
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Posted:  5/19 4:00pm
Are you a victim of revenge porn?  »  Things I can't tell boyfriend number 1
In connection with my post about revenge porn, a documentary producer sent me an email. He asked me whether any revenge porn victims had contacted me. When I told him that no one had contacted me, he asked me to post the following:Are you a man? Have you been a victim of revenge porn? I want to hear from you to tell our celebrity presenter your story! It can be anonymous but we want to hear from any men who have been victims. Get in touch finn.conduct@octoberfilms.co.ukPlease respond if you can :-). ...
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Posted:  5/19 12:30am
The Religious Right Thinks Being Gay Makes You Crash Trains  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
Since the deadly Amtrak derailment last week a number of theories behind what happened have appeared in the media but none so outlandish or stigmatizing as the notion that the crash was in fact down to the train driver being gay. The train was on a journey on the Philadelphia-to-New York corridor on Tuesday May 12, when for […] ...
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Posted:  5/18 9:00pm
5 Things You Need to Know About Cuba’s Lung Cancer Vaccine  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
A vaccine developed in Cuba that has the power to extend life in lung cancer sufferers is now making its way to the United States for further trials and research. Here’s what you need to know about this important advance in both medicine and Cuban relations. 1. What Does the Lung Cancer Vaccine Actually Do? The […] ...
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Posted:  5/18 7:30pm
Tim Farron And Same-Sex Marriage  »  Walk This World With Me
If I had been an MP in the last Parliament (stop thanking deities I wasn't back there!) I'd have had many second thoughts about voting for the same-sex marriage bill. I went over my reasons for that repeatedly during the debates but they are summed up here.I state that as a way of saying I'm open-minded (a rare state for me, as you well know Dear Constant Reader) about those who may have had similar concerns about a very flawed bill and even those who abstained (but I'm far less open-minded about those who voted against it as it ...
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Posted:  5/18 9:26pm
Good News! The Hole in the Ozone Layer Appears to Be Closing  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
New NASA satellite data confirms what other research has shown, namely that the hole in the ozone layer appears to be getting smaller. The ozone is crucial for us here on Earth because it shields us from some of the Sun’s most damaging radiation. In the 1980s it was confirmed that a host of chemicals […] ...
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Posted:  5/17 4:00pm