Why do sick notes go missing?Aggressive G4S security amongst other issues.

The poor side of life

Whilst I was handing leaflets out i was asked to go and speak to a man who was stood round the corner. This happens quite a lot because they feel that they can’t be seen talking to us.Why? The fear of sanction and discrimination by DWP staff members. The threat of a sanction is enough for anyone to comply with their wishes. So i went over and spoke to this man.
He was in a very agitated state, he was very articulate but also very angry. He told me that he had worked all of hi life and had had an accident requiring several painful operations on his knee.He had received a letter from the eSa department to remind him to send his sick note in, but they didn’t include an envelope. So thats what he was there for. He asked to speak to an advisor but was stopped by…

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Democracy in traction


Dear fellow voters,

Tomorrow we will decide on who will govern us for the next five years, and it will be the first general election that I actively participate in. In previous elections I felt that by voting I was condoning a broken system, the illusion of democracy, and I didn’t want any part of the whole sordid affair. What’s the bloody point? They’re all the same aren’t they?

And then the Tories got in.

I have to say I was reticent to speak up at all. I don’t seek to be the target of trolls and my objective isn’t to upset anyone. My opinions are no more valid than anyone elses, but I have a platform that most don’t, and I ‘m regularly told that I should use it. I should be clear that I am not a Labour party member, and I find it easier to get behind…

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Solving “Greater Than” Sudoku with Answer Set Programming


Sergii Dymchenko recently posted a blog showing how a “greater than” sudoku can be solved with constraint logic programming and ECLiPSe CLP.

Sergii’s post inspired me to do the same for answer setprogramming, with clasp/gringo. I’ve uploaded the code to github.

Brief notes on ASP (& Sudoku)

I am just getting started with answer set prolog. Here are some first impressions:

Syntactically, it is very similar to Good Old Fashioned Prolog, with one or two additions. For example:

syntactic sugar

There’s a lot of sugar enabling concise code. e.g.,


expands to


headless predicates

A predicate without a head is known as a constraint. The sense is that the specified conjunction is not true.

:- paint(R, C1, N), paint(R, C2, N), C1 != C2.

In the sudoku code, paint/3 is a fact signifying that a cell at Row and…

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Humanitarian Crisis Conditions in Yemen ~ Yemen Updates: 22 April 2015

Piazza della Carina

by Stephen Lendman

Conditions were dire before Saudi terror-bombing began. Yemen is the region’s poorest country.

Half the population is food insecure in normal times. Yemenis lack other essentials to life.

Political stability is impossible without addressing humanitarian issues responsibly.

Before Saudi aggression began, UN humanitarian coordinator for Yemen Ould Cheikh Ahmed said over 10 million Yemenis need food aid.

Half of them face acute food shortages. Millions of children face malnutrition. Tens of thousands may die.

Over a third of a million Yemenis were displaced before Saudi-led terror-bombing began.

Earlier humanitarian aid was woefully short of what’s needed. Malnutrition alone was “extremely grave,” said Ahmed.

Weeks before US planned and orchestrated/Saudi-led terror-bombing began, Oxfam’s Grant Pritchard called Yemen’s humanitarian situation a “forgotten crisis.”

Over 60% of Yemenis need aid, he said – including food, clean water and medical care.

Now many more. In January, Oxfam warned of a growing…

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Cisco: IoT to generate $8 trillion worldwide in 10 years – Computer Business Review

Cisco: IoT to generate $8 trillion worldwide in 10 years – Computer Business Review.


Add this to the Trillions made on personal analytics over the same time and the Quaudrillions made over expanded capitalism and also the ginormous amounts of wealth created via cannabis legalisation globally – The ‘poor’ might just be able to finally pay their way and fulfill their dreams without having to ask for money from someone else first… fingers crossed

Democide – death by government – an Easter reprise

Fear and Loathing in Great Britain

05_april_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,049

Sunday 05 April 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

What is abundantly clear now to anyone who has been paying attention is that we are living in a system run by con-men for con-men. Of course the con is so well established, maintained by all the powerful vested interests involved that many are still not wise to the system and, indeed, defend it to the hilt. But a con is a con no matter how well it is covered up or spun.

As I began to realise that making work pay meant making everyone who isn’t working poorer, if not destitute, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing, at least, it beggared belief, it was a staggering concept. You announced in 2011 you would “slash £5.5bn from the welfare bill in real terms over the next four years” so that “We’re finally going…

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Legal Aid for Domestic Abuse – response from health professional to request for evidence of injuries/condition consistent with domestic violence


Response from health professional to request for evidence of injuries/condition consistent with domestic violence
This example letter has been designed by the Ministry of Justice to be used by doctors (including GPs), nurses, midwives, practitioner psychologists & health visitors (or, in the examining health professional’s absence, another health professional who has access to the applicant’s medical records), when responding to requests for evidence of injuries or condition consistent with domestic violence.

Information required is highlighted and instructions are italicised. Please delete any unnecessary text and instructions (including this introduction) before sending.

HEADED LETTER [Please can you ensure that the letter is on headed paper from the surgery or hospital where the doctor, nurse, practitioner psychologist, health visitor or midwife practises.]

[Addressee name]


[Your Address]

[Your E-mail (if applicable)]

[Your Contact telephone number]

[GMC/NMC/HCPC] Registration Number:[GMC/NMC/HCPC] Registration Number]

Dear [Insert name of addressee],

Name of applicant: [Name of applicant]

I understand that [APPLICANT’S NAME] (‘the Applicant’) wishes to access legal aid for a family dispute as a victim of domestic violence. For this reason I have been asked to provide a letter in accordance with regulation 33 of the Civil Legal Aid (Procedure) Regulations 2012.

Accordingly I can confirm that the Applicant presented [himself/herself] to me [insert relevant health professional’s name] on the [DATE WHEN CONSULTATION OCCURRED] (being within 24 months prior to the Applicant’s intended application for legal aid). After examining them I [insert relevant health professional’s name] was satisfied that the [injuries [and/or] condition] that the Applicant presented me [insert relevant health professional’s name] were consistent with domestic violence.

I understand that the Ministry of Justice and the Legal Aid Agency recognise that the great majority of physical injuries and many non-physical conditions could be caused by domestic violence.

I understand that this evidence is only required for a decision on whether or not to grant legal aid – it is not designed to prove domestic violence in the context of a criminal or civil court case.

The applicant has confirmed that the [injuries/condition] that [he/she] presented to me [insert relevant health professional’s name] with on [date of consultation] were caused by domestic violence.

Yours sincerely,


[Name of Medical signatory]

[Title of signatory]

[Please indicate if signing on behalf of health professional colleague in their absence]