Angelina assists stalking targets and aims to serve as an advocate for people who are often otherized. She looks at links between otherization, human diversity and so-called sadistic or resentful stalking behaviors as well as where otherization comes from. She talks about (in)equality and bioethics (s.l.) topics. That includes speciesism.
Human rights – diversity – neurodiversity – equality – inclusivity – discrimination – otherisation – speciesism – planet – consumerism – bioethics sensu lato
The Home Office, asserts a paper that I am reading. That cannot possibly be true, was my first thought. But which one it is, then? Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, maybe? Because DEFRA is part of it and often holds public consultations on the use of almost anything to do with genes in plants and non-human animals.
I just heard about what I think may be a brilliant example of what’s wrong with English thinking and why I feel England is really backward. I purposefully haven’t looked into it yet, and will only in a moment, but it strikes me as perhaps pretty typically English (and class/power-driven if you get what I mean).
I may be wrong. We’ll see.
It caused so much upheaval that the Wellcome Trust paused the project.
If I summarize it correctly, and I’ll find out in a moment, scientists in England – the birth country of eugenics where Francis Galton (who I think was a cousin of Darwin, you know, the guy who talked about survival of the fittest) came up with it – decided to start collecting the genomes of 10,000 autistic people WITHOUT ANY PRIOR COMMUNICATION WITH THE AUTISTIC COMMUNITY.
These bumbling researchers first need to go talk with the community, said the Wellcome Trust.
(Let me also guess that none of the researchers are autistic themselves. There’s a bigger chance that I am wrong about that – by which I actually mean that there may be a lab tech or lower-level researcher who is autistic, likely not one of the PIs – than that I am wrong about this having something to do with the research project being English.)
Where was I wrong? There was involvement from UCLA, but it’s UK-wide and led by Simon Baron-Cohen. Apparently, the project was criticized from the start.
(It would be typically English to then decide to forego communication and consultation with the “lowly” folks it concerns, wouldn’t it? Yes, I hate England and its stupid hateful abusive culture. Sorry. I am way beyond being able to still be objective about it, most of the time. Academically, it’s often more about beating itself on the chest, and pissing as many people off as possible than about actually achieving anything, communicating with the public and doing something well. Doing something well is so utterly un-English. It’s often seen as foolish and naive – “daft” – to do something well. No, that’s not just me who says this. The English work ethic sucks, and has sucked for a long time, with exceptional individuals and organizations as always acknowledged and appreciated.) (But I am glad that a lot of groups are currently striking here, with teachers now joining too. How can you have a good work ethic when you’re treated like dirt? When incompetence is rife? When people only get well-paying jobs because of who their dad is or how much money they put in someone’s pockets, not because of whether they are capable. All of that has gotta be part of it.)
This is what the National Autistic Society has written about the project:
Yes, this is a BACKWARD, almost 19th-century, scientific approach. Exploitative.
But, as an attempt to be a little more objective, let me add that, yes, you sometimes see contemptuous attitudes in other academic research too, not just in England.
Yes, I hate England’s horrible abusiveness.
(Oh, and yes, I turned down a paid PhD position at the University of Southampton, albeit years ago. So you see that I am not quite writing this out of spite. I really hate England’s abusiveness and sad work ethic. I prefer working with the victims of this abusive culture, it seems.)
Yes, I’m known for often being highly critical. But I LOVE it when things are done well and/or brilliantly. And that, sadly, is so utterly un-English. I hate what having been stuck here for so long has done to me, in terms of the inevitable deterioration of my own work standard, for example. I hate it. I hate it.
Let’s face it, this NOT the result of men thinking that Emily Atack is “easy access” and “up for it”. This comes from men who are seriously unwell.
Yesterday, I read about a man who sent a female friend a photo of his bare behind, with whip tracks on it. She’s struggling financially and the friend thought that she would be up for getting paid in return for doing SM stuff to him. Instead of ASKING HER, he sent her a photo of his bare BUM? That’s nuts and exploitative.
SM has been around for a long time, on the other hand, but sending a complete stranger – Emily Atack – naked photos of you, that’s seriously unhinged.
It’s a sign of a problem. This is not proper mature adult behaviour. It’s unhinged behaviour. It’s problematic behaviour. It’s got nothing to do with low IQ or learning disabilities. It’s as nuts at jumping off a church tower “just because”. It’s as nuts as teenage TikTok dares that cost some of these teenagers their lives.
Maybe these men all have syphilis and have mistaken Ms Atack for a doctor and want her professional opinion on how serious the situation is.
That’s actually the only explanation that would still make some sense.
This, sadly, is only half “tongue in cheek”. Sending nudes to a stranger IS unhinged behaviour, let’s face it.
The difference between sending Ms Attack nudes and beating her to death is a difference of degree, not in kind.
The month isn’t even over yet.
In addition, we’ve also already had far more shootings in the US this year than there have been days. How many of those shootings came from women?
Data from November showed there were more than 7 million people on a hospital waiting list in England.
According to an IFS report, even after adjusting for staff sickness absences, there are 9% more consultants, 15% more junior doctors and 8% more nurses than in 2019.
Yet the NHS is treating fewer patients than before the pandemic.
According to analysis by health charity the Health Foundation, average day-to-day health spending in the UK between 2010 and 2019 was £3,005 ($3,715) per person per year – 18% below the EU14 [countries that joined the EU before 2004] average of £3,655 ($4,518).
During this period, capital expenditure – the amount spent on buildings and equipment – was especially low, according to the Health Foundation analysis. The UK has far fewer MRI and CT scanners per person than the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) average, meaning staff often have to wait for equipment to become available.
Hospital beds are particularly scarce. Over the past 30 years the number of beds in England has more than halved, from around 299,000 in 1987 to 141,000 in 2019, according to analysis by the King’s Fund, an independent think tank.
Neville, a consultant in a hospital, judges 2008 the “best” he has seen the NHS in more than 30 years of working in it. By that time, the NHS had enjoyed nearly a decade of hugely increased investment. Waiting lists fell substantially.
Algorithms not only help some online traders trade, wrongly or rightly identify people are likely to commit fraud or tax evasion and identify – correctly or incorrectly – health risks and so forth, they can also determine whether you will be invited to an interview when you apply for a job.
Did you know that?
So if you are for example like me, highly educated but living in what may be one of the poorest parts of the country, it can be useful to ask a friend with a better address if you can use theirs for your job applications.
There are all sorts of databases in which addresses are linked to fraud risk etc. Councils use them too.
Also, leave your DOB (and marital status) off your CV. It was already considered irrelevant when I was living in the US in the 1990s.
My home country was still running behind on this, last time I checked. Five or six years ago, it was often impossible to apply without DOB, which was against Dutch law, but I don’t expect much to have changed since.
Including your DOB can lead to discrimination. Having a foreign-sounding name, of course, can too.
This morning, I spotted this video in my Dutch news app (NOS News).
Daphne (22) used to live with her mother and brother and sometimes with her dad. After her brother moved out, it was soon time for her to leave too.
Now she’s living with Peter and Wietske, who’ve given her a room in their house in The Hague. Daphne rents this room. No other housing options were available to her.
Peter and Wietske have been taking care of children for a long time and say that they always manage to find a click with their young “charges”. They thought it was odd that the organization that arranges these matches asked them if they had a problem with tattoos. “That’s about the exterior, it says nothing about the child.”
Daphne feels free, confident and welcome.
This screenshot below shows Daphne (right) and Wietske (left), the woman in whose house she’s living.
The reason why the birds were panicked when they saw all the dead fishes was also concern for their own safety. Birds are damn smart and if you, as a fish-eating bird, see loads of dead fishes, you know that there is something wrong that is likely to impact you too if you’re not very careful.
The likely problem? The probable cause? The United Utilities sewage works, apparently. United Utilities, however, refuses to release data. Instead, it targets or threatens campaigners with legal action. Why?
Now imagine that you’re a woman in London and you’re being stalked or have been raped. Would you still report this to the Met, already knowing that the police in England have admitted that they fail stalking victims as a rule and that police officers also often give rape victims a hard time?
ITV also got Eddie Marsan to play John Darwin in its four-part series “The Thief, His Wife and The Canoe” (2022). The story is a little depressing, but this series is brimming with brilliant acting, from everyone involved.