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The Tory press office did this during this evening’s debate and then reverted back to its regular name, but why the deception? Why why why always the lies and deception from the very people who should be looking out for Brits instead of screwing them (short-changing them, selling them out), as usual?

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/nov/19/tories-tweet-anti-labour-posts-under-factcheckuk-brand

Why Britain is doomed

Because many rich Brits are callous, break the law and lie just about non-stop, many Brits who were not born with a silver spoon in the mouth believe that in order to be financially secure, you have to be callous, break the law and lie just about non-stop.

Financially secure = being able to support yourself, buy food, heat your home, clothe yourself and look after other basic needs and not have to live in fear and stress and poverty.

I can take a short-cut here and say that many Brits who were not born with a silver spoon in the mouth believe that in order to be financially secure you have to be a proper Tory.

But success is not about spinning as many lies as you can and screwing as many people as you can and getting away with it.

Lying does not make you smart or clever. It makes you dishonest.

Brits lie a heck of a lot. (In ways that disadvantage others, I mean.) It was one of the first things I learned after I moved to the UK and one of the biggest disappointments. How this began? I was supposed to have a working landline and broadband set up when I got here in December 2004, but the same people who had repeatedly lied to me about the letter that they had supposedly sent to me in August or September had lied about that too. I’ll spare you details.

(I’d set up “Reliability r us” to deal with some of this, except nobody here would believe me.)

Skip forward.

This morning, I saw a video on Twitter showing an aggressive thug in a black hoodie, a Tory MP who was going on about problem tenants (the kind of person he came across as, in my view).

He was referring to people who make the lives of other tenants around them very unpleasant. While I know from my personal experience that some tenants in Britain get set up by others so that they acquire an undeserved reputation for being problem tenants – if you have connections in the police, you’re golden – but some tenants really do make the lives of other tenants around them very difficult.

Criminalising everyone involved – which Tony Blair introduced, I believe – or turning them into slaves as Lee Anderson proposed is clearly not the solution.

This afternoon, I received an e-mail from “Generation Rent” in which this had been twisted into a different truth, with no links in the e-mail (although the Daily Mirror was mentioned), as follows:

That quotation is correct and disgusting. (I haven’t checked it word for word, but it does ring true.)

However, “Generation Rent” had twisted this into a story about all tenants (people who pay rent instead of mortgages).

That is a lie and that is just as disgusting as when Tories do this kind of stuff.

He had not been “caught” either. He had made a video, deliberately.

In addition, Generation Rent was asking tenants to go talk to the local political candidates and added:

That sounded pretty patronizing to me and also as potential undue influencing or coercion. Mind you, I would NOT have thought that at all if I had not spotted how they had spun the Lee Anderson thing, in proper Tory style (and that would not have happened if I hadn’t caught that video on Twitter this morning).

I wrote to them and got a load of hogwash about homelessness that did not sound sincere.

So who is Generation Rent?

Fucking hell. Does that mean that it is a commercial outfit wanting to win property management contracts??? Or what?

No, that is not what they are but why the hell are they trying to emulate Tories?

So many people here are trying so hard to be a good Tory without realizing it!

I refer back to the start of this post.

(Generation Rent contacted me a while back, asking me if I wanted to speak to a journalist. It’s probably good that I didn’t reply. Also, I don’t think that I could have contributed anything useful. For starters, I am a migrant. Migrants only make up a small proportion of the renters in Britain, so my input wouldn’t have been highly representative.)

Brits have to learn how to set their own moral compass and stop following the Tories as examples for what to do and how to behave in order to be “successful”.

Until that happens, Britain is doomed.

 

How can you survive when politicians feed everyone lies about you?

British politician Michael Gove  – that’s the one who looks like Goofy – has cranked up the hate narrative to win the hate vote for the Conservatives in the coming election. He’s openly saying that EU citizens living in the UK do not pay taxes, hence do not contribute financially to the NHS, ergo to the UK as a whole – and that we get preference over UK citizens at hospitals.

Matt Hancock was seen supporting this, on Twitter, when David Lammy stood up for the truth. (Thank you, David.)

That’s sickening.

  • EU citizens make a substantial contribution to the UK (over 20 billion in the past decade). We do pay taxes and we do help keep the NHS alive.

  • See https://angelinasouren.com/2018/01/29/filthy-migrants-contributed-over-20-billion-pounds-to-britain-in-past-decade/
  • UK citizens are a net draw on the UK.
  • Non-EU citizens are a net draw as well, but nobody is suggesting an exit from the Commonwealth. Why is that?
  • (By the way, Commonwealth citizens can become MPs here, but EU citizens cannot. Why is that?)
  • UK citizens living in other EU countries have access to healthcare too, in those other countries.

When James O’Shaughnessy was health minister he pulled the same stunt, twice. And the Evening Standard and The Guardian let him get away with it because he did it very sneakily.

See https://angelinasouren.com/2018/02/05/james-oshaughnessy-has-done-it-again/

I find this very worrisome.

  • Gove’s shite resembles the Nazi-style narrative about Jewish people in the run-up to the Second World War.

  • This shite comes from the same brand of politicians who occasionally suggest that poor Brits should be sterilized, such as MP Ben Bradley. Councillor David Smith added that they should be washed, too. Toby Young, in addition, attended a secretive old-style eugenics conference.

  • It comes from the same brand of politicians who claimed that the American professor who specializes in human rights… was saying this for political reasons… when he concluded that the UK government is screwing its own citizens to hell and back after he investigated the situation in the UK where he talked with lots of people. (Philip Alston)

  • And in spite of this, many British citizens gobble up this shite that people like Michael Gove and Nigel Farage spoon-feed them. Because they find the idea that their own politicians are screwing them too hard to accept, and that is understandable. It is too uncomfortable.

    Your government should be looking out for you, after all, and you should be able to rely on that.

    So, it’s much easier and more logical to blame everything on EU citizens (certainly when politicians tell you that you should), even if it’s actually the result of what UK politicians do to their own citizens.

  • Conclusion? EU citizens are a threat to the Conservatives and also to UKIP and to other political extremists because we are empowered citizens who come from countries with much less inequality, higher levels of education, less poverty and higher wages, and we tell it like it is. 

Guy Verhofstadt and others have stood up for us too.

(Have you ever seen a Tory politician stand up for his or her own citizens?)

https://infacts.org/eu-citizens-arent-scrounging-on-the-nhs/

First, we were all thieves, liars and drug addicts with fake passports and fake university degrees. (I have been getting that shite thrown into my face for 15 years.) And we only came to the UK to claim the UK’s lavish benefits that they don’t have in other countries (yeah, right), even though EU citizens can’t claim benefits until they’ve been living and working here for several years, but politicians never correct their own lies, do they? And as you saw in the graph above, even then they don’t but contribute and contribute and contribute.

Now this again. Shut up, shut up, shut up! Enough with the lies. Enough!

 

Moratoria no longer enough

Moratoria are sometimes seen as “knee jerk” responses.

But this is what Jennifer Doudna, one of the “inventors” of CRISPR, says:

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Poverty, begging and disdain

Half an hour ago, a woman called out to me downtown. At first I thought that she recognized me from somewhere or thought she did. I didn’t recognize her. She was about my age, had a walker.

Turns out that she wanted money. But there was something not quite right, though I couldn’t put my finger on it. Maybe it was her demanding attitude, the way she was trying to order me around.

So I declined, feeling bad about it because I know very well how massive and depressive the poverty in the UK is. But I also know how strange the local humour is.

An older guy with lots of decorations on his clothing (pins), a poppy and possibly also Salvation Army credentials caught on before I did and later said to me that people should not be allowed to do that. Beg. Ask for money.

He looked at me with appreciation. Gave me the “You’re one of us.” look. (wow)

I replied that I didn’t know why she was doing it and added “We have a very bad government at the moment.”

I hope I wiped the smile off his face.

Okay, he probably distanced himself because the idea of having to beg for money scared the living daylights out of him. Personal vulnerability (insecurity) is often behind it when people distance themselves from any kind of misery. They do this in order to be able to say to themselves “this will never happen to me”. Reassurance. Safety.

Ten years ago, a guy at the local Salvation Army said that all the supermarkets were screaming for staff. I didn’t think so but out of curiosity, I looked into it, both online and offline. One person at a counter at Asda immediately laughed – but not with joy – when I repeated what that guy had said. Not only was it completely incorrect, the guy in question – I think he actually ran the local Salvation Army at the time – clearly had no idea how job applications work at the big supermarkets.

 

 

UK government’s lost again

The Supreme Court has just undone benefit cuts dubbed the bedroom tax for severely disabled people. This issue has been playing for years.

This is the umptieth court case to do with the UK government betraying its own citizens, and the government loses about 99% of them.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/nov/13/uk-government-loses-supreme-court-fight-over-bedroom-tax

Bweh, my parents might not have had me if they’d been young now

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Children are becoming consumer products.

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See? I knew it! (Or: Why the UK’s class system is stupid?)

You’re not stupid or flawed. You merely weren’t lucky.

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/610395/if-youre-so-smart-why-arent-you-rich-turns-out-its-just-chance/

Goes for scientists too.

“The team studied three models, in which research funding is distributed equally to all scientists; distributed randomly to a subset of scientists; or given preferentially to those who have been most successful in the past. Which of these is the best strategy?

The strategy that delivers the best returns, it turns out, is to divide the funding equally among all researchers. And the second- and third-best strategies involve distributing it at random to 10 or 20 percent of scientists.

In these cases, the researchers are best able to take advantage of the serendipitous discoveries they make from time to time. In hindsight, it is obvious that the fact a scientist has made an important chance discovery in the past does not mean he or she is more likely to make one in the future.”

Need a chuckle? (sorry – but it’s funny)

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What is wrong with Poole, Christchurch and Bournemouth

Its council – along with at least 59 more in the UK, so I understand – treats the results of the UK government’s enduring efforts to push and keep as many people as possible in deep poverty as “antisocial behaviour” on the part of people who live in poverty.

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Oh, and you also may want to read this, about IVF

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Breaking: Police officer charged with murder in taser incident

“Dalian Atkinson: Police officer charged with murdering footballer. A police officer has been charged with the murder of retired footballer Dalian Atkinson who died after being Tasered.” https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-50333081

I mention him in Lecture 16 of my latest course.

 

WOW (neurodiversity including autism)

The more I read about variations in neurological makeup, the more confusing it becomes at times. Turns out that I really had no idea what autism is.

(Until relatively recently, I’d vaguely thought that autistic people are shy and quiet, withdrawn.)

I’d never heard of PDA. I knew next to nothing about Asperger’s.

But reading up a bit on Asperger’s made me wonder what distinguishes it from borderline personality disorder (BPD). (I have some ideas about that but almost no experience. I’ll come back to that.)

Turns out I am not the only one!

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article/related?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0184447

Wow. If that is the case… That raises lots of questions. I’d already heard – and I understand why – that people with Asperger’s are sometimes mistaken for people with a narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) with or without psychopathy or sociopathy. Wow.

And I can imagine that any condition with a Jekyll & Hyde aspect – which apparently Asperger’s can have – can make people with such conditions wonder if they are bipolar. Bipolar disorder is probably not well understood either (certainly by people who don’t have it or don’t have anyone with it in their close surroundings?). Wow.

What I have picked up after admittedly only reading a little bit is that autistic people can display physical symptoms and they do not occur in the other conditions, to my knowledge. Things like clumsiness, “flapping of hands” and avoidance of eye contact. BPD does not have that. Neither does NPD. But I also get the impression that not all autistic people have these physical manifestations.

When you read a lot about these things, and this may particularly hold for the spouses of people with some of these conditions (or in general, people who’ve endured years of abuse/gaslighting and isolation), you can find yourself mentally checking if any of it might apply to yourself… That too can be confusing, I bet.

For a moment, it made me wonder what I thought I was doing when I wrote the book that I wrote some time ago. Luckily, I do have the answer to that question. (Phew.)

 

http://heartlessaspergers.com/aspergers-partners-speak/
https://www.theneurotypical.com/how-to-spot-aspergers.html
https://www.autism.org.uk/about/what-is/pda.aspx

Who is this murderer? ID, please

This man is wearing a cap, but more interestingly, he is wearing a smallish bag on his right hip, with the strap on his left shoulder. He has a beard and a mustache and he walks his dog while holding a flashlight/torch in his left hand. He puts the torch in his mouth to free his hand to open the gate.

(It is NOT a cigarette, dear Daily Mail.)

He is holding a package or small bag in his right hand.

He is trespassing, for starters. Then it gets worse.

WHAT did he do when he walked to the left after the attack began?

That action strikes me as something that makes this personal. Am I wrong? He walked to the front door of the house, by the looks of it. What did he do there?

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Driving and autism

Here is some information about autism and Blue Badges, for those of you who have caught a bit of British news about that recently:

https://www.autism.org.uk/get-involved/media-centre/news/2018-07-27-good-news-blue-badge.aspx

This is a complicated matter.

A few days ago, I received an e-mail about autistic people in the state of New York not wanting marks on driving licences of autistic people, out of fear of stigmatization as driving licences also serve as ID. In most circumstances, disclosing that you are autistic at the same time serves no purpose. It could be a bit like disclosing you have aids.

In the UK, the

“DVLA has … clarified that you do not have to disclose your autism diagnosis to the DVLA if it doesn’t affect your ability to drive safely, and their online advice to drivers and medical professionals has now been changed to reflect this.” (30 Aug 2019)

Source: https://www.autism.org.uk/about/family-life/everyday-life/driving.aspx

Who are these murdering thugs? ID, please.

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These people will shoot to kill humans around them just as easily and also for no reason other than these shooters are genuine thugs.

Autism and such

Yesterday, I received a petition in my in-box against adding an indication on someone’s driving licence – in the state of New York – that the person is autistic.

I am torn over that.

More confusingly, the e-mail asks me both to help support and oppose the bill and refers a letter in response – by autistic people, that is nowhere to be found (because the link to the document went .

When I searched for it, by clicking on links in the e-mail and clicking on other links, I did find it, here: https://hennykdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/assembly-bill-a08711-transportation-google-docs-1.pdf.
And upon reading that letter, and the entire e-mail, it becomes clear that the word “support” (the bill) in the e-mail should have been “oppose”. A typo.

I can see both sides and I don’t know what the golden compromise would be.

Discrimination is not a good thing.

But it’s happened – and not just once –  that police officers unleashed a lot of violence at someone who was (or still is, if the person survived) autistic. Or simply deaf. Because police officers didn’t realise it.

Would an indication on someone’s driving licence help? On some occasions, yes, I am sure. In many other circumstances, not at all.

For autistic people, I can imagine it might help more if they simply call one of their friends or relatives whenever they encounter misunderstandings. Would that work in practice? I don’t know. Police officers often act first, ask questions later. Someone trying to take a phone out of his pocket, it could easily be misinterpreted as the person going for a gun, in some countries.

It wouldn’t work for deaf people as they might not even be aware that one or more police officers are calling out or yelling.

The main problem appears to be that driving licences are also used as ID in many situations in which disclosing that someone is autistic serves no good purpose, certainly in the States, where most people have no passport as Americans have a giant country at their disposal and rarely have a need to cross an international border.

Any good ideas? Is this a real problem or does this kind of stuff happen just as often to people who are not autistic?

PS
Wearing dorky glasses or having become a bit shy because of some things that happened to you does not mean that you’re autistic. As far as I can tell, people who are autistic have brains that work differently and that makes them look at the world differently. Autistic people may lack abilities that other people have in varying degrees (social skills) but they also have abilities that others lack and they’re certainly far from “stupid” or “naive” or whatever else may be said about that. I too find autism very hard to understand, but I watched a video a few days ago that I first found very confusing, but when I thought about it some more, it became highly enlightening. Maybe it is not that dissimilar from, say, synesthesia (in which the senses overlap and words printed in black and white can have colors or pitch, for example).