Many Black Americans aren’t rushing to get the COVID-19 vaccine – a long history of medical abuse suggests why


There are many reasons why Black Americans are unjustly treated in America and health is just one of many areas, another major area being Law and Order.

Nobody should be abused in any way, especially due to racial origins, but especially in America there is a long history of racial abuse and in many instances the historical instances are still occurring. In fact, many white Americans, would if they could turn back the clocks and this has only been made worse from 4 years of the Trump administration.

Even under the Biden administration changes, if any will be hard to achieve and then there is 2024, the very real possibility that Trump could return.

But it is not just in America that there is mistrust and racism, for this can and does occur in many countries, the UK being one, but, I hope, to not the extent of it is in America. But what do I know, for I am not of Black origin and may not even notice what is occurring in front of me, left alone behind me.

Nobody should have to contend with racist abuse, in fact, any form of abuse, for it is abhorrent and we should all be doing what we can to ensure abuse is not abound.

I do hope, that the mistrust can be minimised and eventually even, not occur, but this will require all of us to be vigilant.

COVID-19 is not concerned who it affects and my real wish is that the vaccine mistrust is overcome, but all the misinformation on Social Media will need to be countered, for if it is not, then there will be no chance that the COVID mutations will ever be reduced. COVID-19 will be with us for the long-term.  The only effective counter is the vaccines, for the various restrictions can only go so far and that is assuming that we are all abiding by the restrictions, which we are not, but hopefully only a minority.

Colour is only skin-deep for underneath we are no different, so colour should be no reason to discriminate for we all have an equal right to life.

Source: Many Black Americans aren’t rushing to get the COVID-19 vaccine – a long history of medical abuse suggests why

Charge dropped against white woman who called police on Black bird-watcher


This says a lot about American Justice, which appears to have one law for persons who are White and another for persons who are Black.

Not only does it emerge with white and black individuals encountering each other, but in many instances how the Forces of law and Order behave.

Granted we only see through the media those that the Media wish us to see, but there does appear to be many elements in the various American Societies who wish for the clocks to be turned back to before Slavery was abolished or was meant to.

If this had been in reverse how would it have proceeded, well, I believe that the charge would not have been dropped. In fact, I was surprised that a charge was even brought, especially against the white women, for the expected would have been an incorrect charge brought against the Black bird-watcher, so this has to be seen as some progress, but far from enough.

To be Black in America is far from good for those who are Black, especially when many of the Police forces can not be trusted.

Source: Charge dropped against white woman who called police on Black bird-watcher

How many more DWP deaths will there be?


The figures speak for themselves, so no one should be in any doubt about the intentions of this Tory and previous Tory Governments in their will to decimate the population of disabled people.

Yesterday 27 January 2021 was Holocaust Memorial Day and the Tories are as guilty as the Nazis, the Serbs and others in the massacre of sections of their community by numerous methods

insufficient funding of Social Care

insufficient funding of Community Care

Sanctions on benefit claimants

COVID-19 scandals in Care Homes

insufficient vaccine priority for persons with Learning Disabilities and/or Autism

and many others

Boris has stated he and his Government have done the best they can during COVID-19, well if that is their best I would not wish to see their worst

Then to ‘Cap It’ he stated the immortal phrase ‘Lessons would be Learnt’, well from my 71 years of experience of life I have never seen that lessons have been learnt, is this due to, not wishing to learn, no funding to learn, inability to learn or others I can’t really say, although I assume funding will play a big part, but in effect it could be a mixture of them all.

So, unfortunately I can’t see anyway learning can be improved, unless all of the above are reversed and them some.

Govt Newspeak

Mum, 27, took fatal overdose after litany of 28 failings in DWP benefit claim, I don’t call it failings I call it culpable manslaughter! Time and time again we saw death after death and the DWP refused to act or denied that there was a problem, whilst we saw death after death because of the DWP’s negligence. Sadly, I have written/reblogged many articles about DWP deaths and they never fail to upset me, mainly because my own husband truthfully admits he’d have been one of “collateral damage” if I hadn’t have fought tooth and nail for him

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‘Vintage white rage’: Why the riots were about the perceived loss of white power


The actions of supposed Trump supporters in Washington DC and their invasion of the US Capitol building and wanton destruction of areas within the building are a blight on Society.

These rioters or more correctly terrorists, feel they have lost or losing the right of white supremacy, but, in reality this assumed right should never have been there. In fact, supremacy of any racial element should never be allowed, for we all have a right to life and be respected in any country in which we reside. Colour, gender, religion, ethnicity and any other areas should not have a right to have power over others.

People have to learn to live together and that no one should have any supremacy over others.

The white settlers who populated what is now known as America, used their superior power to overcome the Native Americans and this again was not right, for the white settlers invaded any other country and did not respect the original inhabitants.

But this was at a time of Colonial power, when the Western Colonial powers used the superior fire power to invade and suppress the native in habitants of many countries, which they believed were inferior. But they were not inferior, but different and that should never be an excuse to discriminate against others.

With the forthcoming President Elect Joe Biden this is an opportunity for all Americans to show they can respect each other and be able to live together for the good of each other and America. In doing this they will set a good example to others in other counties of this World and by doing so, will show that America is Great, but not Great Again, for they were never Great only assumed Great due to the abuse of power they exerted on others.

The isolationism shown by Trump is and never was Great for America, but by showing respect for each other Great can be said.

Lets all embrace togetherness and do not look on the bad examples of the past on the way to live now. The past can never be changed, now and the future can be.

 

 

Source: ‘Vintage white rage’: Why the riots were about the perceived loss of white power

The Stand: Anger Over Actor Cast In Deaf Role For Stephen King TV Series


I support the Members of Hollywood’s deaf community in their cause, however, it will be difficult to achieve, unless this support is universal.

For a total boycott of the mini-series The Stand and others is required, this would mean that no one watches the The Strand. In addition the support of the able-bodied actors is required, whereby actors, such as, Henry Zaga should have refused to play the deaf character Nick Andros, as did The Good Place star Jameela Jamil, as stated in the post.

To assume networks, such as, CBS, will never achieve the required result. But to hit, such as CBS directly will for they will not be able to process if abled-bodied actors refuse to play these part and, if they do decide to play them, then the public should refuse to watch the series or films for if viewing figures are low or non-existent then it will not be financially viable to make them.

All of this will be difficult to achieve for acting parts are difficult to find, so will actors feel they need to put themselves first and as to the viewing public, will they agree to boycott the films, etc, or will they even know there is a problem.

The former has been found in many instances, where a few employers will ignore legislation, if there is any and the legal system will be the arbiters, assuming it even gets that far.

Same Difference

Members of Hollywood’s deaf community are boycotting CBS’s new mini-series The Stand, based on Stephen King’s novel, after a hearing actor was selected to play a deaf character.

More than 70 people signed a letter saying it was “not acceptable” that the CBS All Access series cast Henry Zaga as deaf character Nick Andros.

“We will not endorse, watch or support your mini-series… We will share our displeasure,” they said.

The BBC has asked CBS for comment.

The show is about a flu epidemic that wipes out 99% of the population, with the remaining few immune to the disease.

In June, CBS signed a commitment to audition actors with disabilities, according to Deadline, which said it was the first entertainment company to sign the Ruderman Family Foundation’s pledge for this cause.

But the protest letter said “not one deaf professional actor was called in to audition for the role”…

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Anger at proposals to scale back HS2 connection | TheBusinessDesk.com


In my 70 years of being in Yorkshire, especially Sheffield, rail development has always left us behind, but I believed that this would not be so with HS2. However, it seems that past experience is coming true again.

London appears to get anything it wishes for, but not the East of the Pennines.

No mention was made of Manchester so I assume that HS2 will be being extended up the West of the Pennines, so a double blow for the East.

So, much for the ‘Northern Powerhouse’, broken promises again, but not for London.

 

Source: Anger at proposals to scale back HS2 connection | TheBusinessDesk.com

95% of decisions in favour of parents, but nobody wins at the SEND Tribunal – Special Needs Jungle


Unfortunately Local Authorities (LAs) are not only not working with the ‘best interests’ of children under ‘SEND’ or ‘SENDIST’, as they also are not in many assessments of Need for both children and adults.

Are they doing this deliberately, I feel they are, but not because they are mean and wish to do do, although some may, no it is because LAs have been left desperately short of funding, due to 10 years of austerity cuts and the the additional costs of COVID-19.

In fact, social care has never been sufficiently funded and this is purely down to successive Government in depriving LAs of sufficient funding, not only for social care, but many other essential services.

Also when Governments put additional responsibilities on LAs, the Government fail to provide the additional funding to allow the LAs to successfully manage these additional responsibilities.

To a large extent this is also the care with health care (NHS), but no where to the same degree.

Is it that these Governments do not understand LAs and especially Social Care, well to some extent this can be so, but they also see LAs as a means to save on funding, as they do not fully understand the needs.

This has been recently be shown in the Governments handling of PPE during this COVID-19 pandemic. for they could not see the need to have a large stock of PPE, but would assume that they just need supplies to cover the usual demand, and felt if that demand increase it would be easy to obtain additional supplies, which COVID-19 has proved is a false premise.

But like LAs in their dealings with SEND and SENDIST, they never learn and only look to make saving, when, effectively saving are not there to be made, it is pure incompetence.

So when, it is clear needs are not being covered or they spend money they can ill afford to in defence of indefensible legal cases, this leads LAs to be even more short of funding, rather than cut their losses and pay or provide what they should have done initially.

This, in turn, creates an impossible situation for the persons in need and their families, who are already in very stressful situations and they should not be subjected to immense further stress from LAs and technically Governments.

The leaders of LAs in challenging the Tribunal’s to be changed is far from the answer, but LAs see this has the easiest option.

For the LAs are completely ‘at fault’ and so are the Government, but to challenge the Government for more substantial is much more difficult.

In addition the need to have Social Care, which is effectively as important as health care and could be more so, is far from recognised by Government and unfortunately a sizeable portion of the UK population. For, if you are not in need of Social care, many will not see its importance, that is, until they require it for themselves or for a loved family member.

Most people use health care. but not the same proportion use social care, so social care is not recognise as a very essential service, when it really is.

This Government needs to do, urgently, to reverse the non-actions of itself and many previous Governments and immediately provide all the funding for LAs to provide all that is required within Social Care, which will include SEND and SENDIST.

For this reason and many more, I created the petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care,

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care.

Please show your support for children and adults in need of social care, by signing the petition and then sharing.

 

Source: 95% of decisions in favour of parents, but nobody wins at the SEND Tribunal – Special Needs Jungle

Disabled Juror Forced To Quit Case At Maidstone Crown Court Because All Lifts Were Broken


So, here we are again, yes, the inequality with regards to disability which is abound within the UK.

It is now over 10 years since the Equality Act 2010, so why is inequality so rife in the UK?

But, firstly what is disability here is the guidance.

The disability definition from the Equality Act 2010

Section A: The Definition
Main elements of the definition of disability
A1. The Act defines a disabled person as a person with a disability. A
person has a disability for the purposes of the Act if he or she has a
physical or mental impairment and the impairment has a substantial
and long-term adverse effect on his or her ability to carry out normal
day-to-day activities (S6(1)).
A2. This means that, in general:
• the person must have an impairment that is either physical or
mental (see paragraphs A3 to A8);
• the impairment must have adverse effects which are substantial
(see Section B);
• the substantial adverse effects must be long-term (see Section C);
and
• the long-term substantial adverse effects must be effects on
normal day-to-day activities (see Section D).
This definition is subject to the provisions in Schedule 1 (Sch1).
All of the factors above must be considered when determining whether a
person is disabled.

This guidance then goes on to define the severity of disability and other factors.

Then it goes further and defines the ‘Reasonable Adjustments that need to be considered.

Who has to comply and who may not to a degree,

However, in this instance Maidstone Crown Court had complied with the Equality Act 2010, but do so circumstances, maybe outside their control, came into effect making all 5 lifts to be unworkable at the particular point in time.

Could it be argued at reasonable steps to repair some of the lifts were not taken, yes, it could, but that, in this instance would not make it possible for the juror to be able to perform their duty as a juror within the court.

Could other reasonable adjustments have been made, well, yes a video link could have been installed, but was there time for this or had it not been thought of.

Perhaps, in this day of more media being available, such adjustments should be made as a matter of course, to prevent this unexpected breakdown of lists, or would it be viewed as an expense too far for something which may never occur again.

For ‘reasonable’ covers a major area and reasonable is not always sufficiently defined, if ever, and costs would be a factor in deciding reasonability.

This is something for Courts to decide, maybe, even, Maidstone Crown Court!

Same Difference

A disabled juror was forced to quit her duty because all five lifts in a Kent court were broken.

The woman was discharged from a robbery trial after spending a fortnight listening to the case because she could not get back in.

It left just 10 out of 12 jurors because another was discharged earlier.

The case finished the next day with unanimous guilty verdicts against two men at Maidstone Crown Court, the MirrorOnline reports.

Alison Kerry, of disability equality charity Scope, said: “Disabled people shouldn’t be barred from doing their civic duty because our courtrooms aren’t accessible.

“One in five of us is disabled and juries should reflect that.

“It’s unacceptable five lifts could be out of order at once.

“This could also prevent disabled clerks and solicitors from being able to work.

Courts and the government should do much more to make sure our justice system is…

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Shielders Need The Support Of A Mayor


This Government appears to ignore the problems experienced by vulnerable and at risk people in all that they do and have done for years, even prior to COVID-19.

Is this a deliberate action or do they just not understand the problems people are experiencing, however, no matter what it is extremely worrying that this Government have this abandonment policy.

Now which is it?

Initially, I believe it was, more likely a case of not understanding the problem, but since then much has been said to bring these problems to the attention of the Government.

But, in many aspects there has been an ‘air of indifference’ by this Government. For they may say the required words, but the lack of appropriate actions, speaks so loudly.

So, effectively it is a mixture of both, resulting in the abandonment policy.

It is, more than likely, that the people being abandoned by this Government will not be Conservative voters, so the Government thought could be, so what, if we abandon these people, to the eventual result of their death, for they will not increase the the support for Conservatives, but will reduce the support for the opposition parties.

But there is a major flaw in this. likely Government reasoning and that is new voters appearing due to the progression of age of new voters.

These new voters will have been following all these Government actions and are therefore, more than likely, to be offended and disgusted by the Governments actions and thereby, when they do attain the age of voting, they will be more inclined to support one of the opposition parties, than support the, current ruling, Conservative Party.

Or am I assuming too much insight thinking by the current Government and that they really are just ignorant dumbasses.

Same Difference

As coronavirus cases rise, headlines are dominated by northern leaders being forced by central government to accept inadequate financial aid packages. This is a shameful dereliction of duty by the Tories and is rightly attracting ire, both from regional mayors and the press. And yet it is striking that a similar thing is being done to another group – shielders – but with even less attention. New guidance for shielding for people at high risk because of underlying health conditions was released by the government last week, but without even a small offer of financial support. The new guidance advises “vulnerable people” in high alert areas to stay at home as much as possible, but offers no support to help them cope with paying the bills or accessing food and medicine. Even in the highest alert areas, if shielders are unable to do their jobs at home, the guidance only…

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