If you’ve been directed here from my old blog, sorry for the inconvenience, all my original posts are here however, just use the search box above to find the title of the post you were looking for. I’m slowly going through the archive and correcting any formatting errors, but the texts are all the same.
I first stopped using Google as a search engine years ago as soon as I discovered https://duckduckgo.com/ which is a search engine that doesn’t store your data or censor the results whenever the government ask them too. I highly recommend it and use it as my start page, there’s also firefox plugin that makes it the default search engine on your browser too, which is useful.The reason I am again angry with Google is I have read an article saying that they have been blocking certain words and domains from results. the website showing what they’ve been blocking is called Hidden From Google you can find it by clicking the title there.
Sorry about the lack of blog posts I’ve been busy, and been trying to set up a shout-cast station to go with the blog but my internet connection seems too slow to do it. It’s called Crazy Adventures to match the blog and I’m hoping to successfully find a way to broadcast at least once a week. In the meantime you can help out by going to the station and clicking on the thumbs up where says “Vote” and there are stars. If I can get 100 votes I can get an ad free player for the listeners for free.
It won’t effect smaller groups like us as we don’t spend much, if any money. But larger groups who would speak up for us like 38 Degrees and Trade Unions etc will not be able to spend money on events with speakers, printed material and things like that, so will be effectively be gagged. Without the help we’ve had so far from groups like this things would be even worse for the poor and downtrodden, as there would be no one raising awareness for us on a large scale.
Once 2015 begins it will all be down to small grass roots campaign groups to raise awareness of how many thousands of us are being treated by the sweeping changes this government has made, and no other future government has any intention of reversing judging by what they have said so far. Social media accounts that mock the government are already being shut down on twitter, in the year before the election many more will go too, along with other pages promoting the alternative media and our take on what is going on.
Combined with the new policing and antisocial behaviour bill it will make it pretty much impossible for smaller groups to have peaceful flash protests too where we raise awareness with the public of what is happening, as they will be able to arrest us just for being there. You can see now why they are preparing water cannons for the summer etc, they are going to start arresting peaceful protestors who pose no threat, which will spark anger and trigger Police brutality. The media will present what started out as peaceful protest as a riot, and we will not have got our message out.
It all goes to show that the government are scared of us and want to silence us, and that our democratic rights are slowly being eroded. Don’t look back and wonder why you did nothing, join us in peacefully fighting these unjust laws.
It’s understandable if you don’t want to join a protest, I don’t trust the metropolitan Police to be able to use a water cannon safely either, you may not realise this but they are not there simply to get you wet, they are a crowd control device. They have different settings from “get them wet” to “punt them a few meters down the road into stationary objects in bone smashing agony”. They have to be used with precision and be fired from exactly the right distance away or people will get broken bones and possibly even die. If one goes off way too close the jet hitting you alone can take your skin off. The Met don’t exactly have a good track record for getting this sort of shit right do they either? Look how many unarmed people they’ve shot and just gone “oh sorry my bad we thought he had a gun”, then just got away with it, and now were giving the water cannons?!
Also please remember when the media show you protests they only show you the people who were kicking off, the photographers dive in to get a picture of the person being arrested elbowing people out of the way to get that footage. I’ve been at many and the vast majority of people at these events are completely peaceful and just exercising our democratic right to protest, and if we stop now we face a horrific dystopian future where huge corporations actually openly control everything and there will be nothing we can do about it.
I understand many of you have reasons to live and don’t want to die trying to peacefully resist what this government is doing, just spare a thought for those of us who have lost everything and no longer care. I’ve always been a pacifist and will never turn to violence, but I also will never stop fighting any other way I can for our rights and for justice for all the people who have already died as a result of the changes to the welfare system. Under the new laws passive resisters like myself will be treated as brutally as someone attacking the Police or causing damage to property though. I really hope it doesn’t turn out to be as bad as this and we can raise enough awareness of what these new laws mean before it gets to the point where peaceful protestors are being hurt in large numbers. But we’ve already seen the videos of how brutally students were treated for daring to try and protest peacefully on their own campus, in some cases by private security guards not even the Police. There has not been enough of an outcry about that too in my opinion so it doesn’t look good.
I’ll leave you with some footage of the Irish Police (who are trained to use water cannons) demonstrating water cannon use. Notice how they still manage to fuck it up and actually get the crowd wet as they drove it to close to them when demonstrating the “diffuser” setting.
Also listen to the sound this Turkish protestors body makes as he crashes to the ground, and notice how motionless he is, and believe me if you were from Turkey you would be angry and protesting too so don’t judge him harshly for angrily shouting at the water cannon and provoking them.
Also the anti-disabled propaganda display has made disabled people even more unattractive to potential employers, why did they do this ridiculous thing we all wonder? I think it’s a misinterpretation of something good old Mansel Aylward said in his horrific “Psycho Social Theory Of Disability”. He told them they needed to make disabled people working the “social norm”. They could have chosen to try and make employers want to employ disabled people, encouraged compassion and patience, offered training and support for disabled people straight away. But instead the idiots opted to just make it a social crime to dare to claim disability benefits, no matter how ill you really are. Now people who walk with sticks or use mobility scooters (even those who aren’t on any disability benefits) face abuse in the streets, and are accused of “faking” their disability.
The thousands of people dying after being told they were “fit to work” (10,600 in the first year) are being covered up and minimised, now not even recorded by the DWP. If you are disabled and don’t work you are considered lowest of the low now. The fools have created yet another “barrier to work” for us.
So when I read they were planning work camps, I had no trouble believing IDS and his evil crew had come up with that idea. I broke out in a cold sweat and felt the familiar twist of panic and though “My God what are they going to do to us now?…” But then I actually read the paper.
It doesn’t seem as bad as we first thought, its only in the planning stages at the moment but they are now actually doing what they should have done in the first place. Holding consultations about what they can actually do to HELP disabled people get back into work. It is literally residential training, and you will have a choice as to whether you go as residential or not. You can read the full report “Residential Training Provision – Independent Advisory Report” by clicking here.
As I said before they SHOULD have been looking into things like this before they rolled out the new “Work Capability Assessment” and had it in place before they declared thousands of us fit for work, closed lots of Remploy factories, and cut us adrift, making us sign on JSA with advisors who have no training in helping disabled people back to work. This is the sort of thing the report suggests, more advisors who are trained, and more practical courses that actually help you cope with disability and get employed. Not rubbish just designed to make money for the companies that provide them, while we’re pushed from pillars to post and called “Lying Thieving Bastards” behind our backs.
All we have to fear is that they won’t listen to what has been recommended, which they haven’t been great at so far lets face it have they? Or they will start to do it, but like everything they’ve done in the past that works they will stop it because it costs too much.
We must keep our eyes on how this progresses, but don’t be too scared, 75% of people on disability benefits want to work, they are finally going to try and help us. If they listen to the independent advice that is, and Tories generally don’t like listening to anyone else’s advice do they? But it shows our campaigning is paying off, they are looking into it at least.
Please help keep up the pressure on them to finally get it Right by signing the War On Welfare Petition if you haven’t already.
They said that they are “Committed to helping disabled people” still spend 58 billion on disabled people, and that a number of disabled adults and children are actually getting more money under welfare reforms. Then went on to say something about some scheme to help disabled people say no to dodgy loans and expanding credit unions.
I couldn’t believe it, I only know one disabled person who is in fact getting more money as a result of welfare reforms. I know many people who have lost money and are afraid they will lose more money when PIP comes in. Nearly every one of my friends who has mental illness has lost ESA on appeal, including myself, the mentally ill are always the first to be screwed over when there are cuts after all.
They completely ignored all the negative impact their reforms have had in their response and as usual didn’t apologise one bit or admit welfare reform had gone wrong, it was a disaster, and they were sorry, let alone tell us they were working on putting it right. They just gave this reassuring response that practically said “go back to sleep, disabled people are fine…” even though the show had just given an example of a person who was suffering.
And to add insult injury those of us who campaign to raise awareness of what is actually happening are now labelled extremists. I just hope the general public aren’t falling for all this rubbish, though lets face it they probably are…
The War On Welfare petition is one of the most important petitions the Number 10 site will ever see. The Welfare Reform Bill put the UK Government in breach of the UN Convention on the Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and this cannot be ignored. How they respond to our petition will show how much they really care about and respect the UN Convention on Human Rights as whole, and judging by their actions so far as coalition, they care very little. Thousands of disabled people have died, we will probably not know the true number of deaths for a long time, but one day this country will hang it’s head in shame that they let this happen.
We need more than ever to to start discussing the situation with friends and family, and while at other anti-cuts demonstrations. We need to raise awareness of the petition among other groups to bring it to a new audience and get them on side campaigning for us too. We can’t just keep talking amongst ourselves on twitter and facebook, new people have to hear of our campaign and start sharing it with their friends too. Each protest or meeting is a golden opportunity to raise awareness of what has been happening and to let people know they can help by the signing the petition. It also doesn’t hurt to remind people gently that most disabled people aren’t born disabled they become disabled after an illness or accident; and in the future there will be no welfare safety net for anyone if we don’t act now to protect it.
Also never forget a lot of the people effected by these brutal welfare changes cannot physically get to demonstrations because of illness or disability, we have to do this for them too. Print out a poster and put it up somewhere people will see it, I asked our local law center and citizens advice if they could put on up, they both agreed. Request fliers and cards to give out at anti-cuts demos. It would also be great if we could get stickers and badges made up to help promote the campaign too.
If you haven’t already signed it click here to sign the War On Welfare Petition, and be sure to share it, and if you’d like to download a poster to print out and put up Click here to visit the WOW Petition website.
My latest youtube video about the tremendous harm Atos are doing to the mentally ill and vulnerable in the UK. I’m going to start making a lot more youtube videos so stay tuned, just ordered a webcam will be starting in earnest then.