I’m BANNED from buying my council flat because it was adapted for my disability – no one told me it’d be a problem | The Sun


A DAD-of-two claims he is banned from buying his council flat because it was adapted for his disability. Antony Carter, who has cerebral palsy, had the bathroom in his South London studio converted…

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This is so disgraceful and so discriminatory for why should an adapted property not be included, as it is more likely a person will stay much longer in an adapted property for themselves, as to a person who does not need any adaptations. so, I would like to be advised for the reasoning for this.

It is not as though adaptions will not be made in owner occupied properties, as they will be, but in owner occupied properties adaptions will be made, but any servicing and repairs costs could have to be borne by the occupant, especially after the warranty period, which is more than likely 5 years. Again even that is discriminatory as for rented property these costs are borne by the local authority for the period they are in the property and being used.

Why should an owner occupier have more costs than a renter and why should they not be allowed to apply to own the property after adaptions have been made,

This is, yet again, more discrimination on persons with disabilities.

Also, as there was this restriction at the time the adaptions were made, then it should have been that the Antony Carter was made aware of the restrictions before the decision to have the adaptations done.

Here, I feel Antony Carter as a claim against Lewisham Council for their inability to fully advise him and keep him informed. Surely, Lewisham or any authority has a Duty to do so.

Rights of persons with disabilities are no where as many as there should be and where there Rights many councils are failing to uphold these Rights, either through ignorance or in some instances deliberately hoping the person will not know their rights or if they do, not exercise them.

Even when people are aware that their Rights have not been adhered to there is an inability to take action due to the restrictions on obtaining Legal Aid due to Government interventions, thereby restricting peoples rights even further on persons who don’t have the ability by finance to take actions.

Thus increasing the gap between haves and have nots, making availability of legal assistance restrictive and not available to all persons, so restricting equality.

 

 

Source: I’m BANNED from buying my council flat because it was adapted for my disability – no one told me it’d be a problem | The Sun

US faces new era of political violence as threats against lawmakers rise | House of Representatives | The Guardian


Members of the House will now get up to $10,000 to upgrade their home security as experts warn such threats endanger the health of US democracy

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It should be, without saying that violence of any nature should never be condoned and especially violence to anyone doing their job of work.

However, these days violence appears to be coming a ‘norm’, when it should never be. This appears to be occurring in all countries, be it left or right wing factions and everyone should be working against this trend continuing, especially those in some area of leadership and power of influence.

But, it appears America, to some extent, is an instigator of violence, with some persons in legislator areas, both past and present, actively encouraging violence to persons who don’t represent the same views of them without any apparent fear of arrest and prosecution. This only creates the impression to those whose reactions to be violent are their prime actions to do so. This has to be wrong completely and if allowed to continue will certainly lead to escalation of violent actions leading to eventual disintegration of Law and Order.

Yes, there is freedom of speech, but not to the extent of creating violence to others.

America holds the belief that it is the ‘land of the free’, but it should be free within restrictions so that the human rights of all concerned are respected and not just for the most powerful.

Democracy and Liberty for everyone not just a stated few.

Source: US faces new era of political violence as threats against lawmakers rise | House of Representatives | The Guardian

Ukraine Orphanages: Children Tied Up And Men In Cots | Same Difference


Vasyl Velychko has been tied to a bench on a baking hot day for hours, but no-one hearing his screams will untie him. The 18-year-old is one of thousands of disabled people living in Ukraine’…

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Unfortunately many orphanages in Eastern Europe have been found to be very poor, especially those from former Russian states, with those with children with learning disabilities and autism being some of the worst.

This is, in some respect, due to the lack of human rights in Russia and the Russian states and former Russian states.

But, certainly, now, these states should know better, but while ignorance will be a reason there will be others including lack of human rights and certainly lack of finance.

Now, of course, there is the war in Ukraine with Russia, but, even so, these unfit orphanages should be dealt with as a matter of urgency and it is causing unnecessary pain and suffering on innocent children, as well as the pain and suffering caused by the current war with Russia.

Source: Ukraine Orphanages: Children Tied Up And Men In Cots | Same Difference

Abortion rights: history offers a blueprint for how pro-choice campaigners might usefully respond | The BMJ


In October 1971, the New York Times reported a decline in maternal death rate.1 Just 15 months earlier, the state had liberalised its abortion law. David Harris, New York’s deputy commissioner of health, speaking to the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association, attributed the decline—by more than half—to the replacement of criminal abortions with safe, legal ones. Previously, abortion had been the single leading cause of maternity related deaths, accounting for around a third. A doctor in the audience who said he was from a state “where the abortion law is still archaic,” thanked New York for its “remarkable job” and expressed his gratitude that there was a place he could send his patients and know they would receive “safe, excellent care.” Harris urged other states to follow the example set by New York and liberalise their abortion laws.

Just two years later, in 1973, the US Supreme Court intervened. In the landmark decision, Roe v. Wade, the Court …

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Abortion, an emotive subject whether you agree with abortion or not.

I honestly feel, that if it was males who gave birth, rather than women, then all these anti-abortion actions would be greatly reduced. Males don’t understand or don’t wish to understand the feelings of women and only look at everything from a male perspective. For far too long women have been and in some cultures still are controlled by males, when, really males and females should be equal. While in ma and in many instances this should be so, but as history shows many areas where women have gained more independence and control of their lives. However, hard fought for rights are always there to be taken away, as is seen in America by the overflow of Roe v Wade.

The American Constitution is held in high esteem in America and so it should, but it was written in 1787 and in force by 1789, but that is many years ago and time has moved on and in some ways so as The Constitution, but not as much as the Bill of Rights 1689, which is a somewhat equivalent in England and was in some way an extension of Magna Carta.

But these were written very many years ago and mainly by middle aged white men, based on hard Christian principles of that time. But, as we know time has moved on and so has the cultures both in racial, disability, gender and many others, including religion.

Women, these days have a much greater degree of input into all areas and rightly so, but in America, women, in some respects are still disregarded and certainly are some persons whose ethnicity is non-white. Unlike in 1789 we are now all equal and the Constitutional Rights should encompass that.

Overthrowing Roe v Wade is a retrograde step and the rights of women have been seriously undermined and not only that, as in the States that have now banned abortions, this is effecting the poor rather than the not so poor. As some of the not so poor could travel to other states who still allow abortions, but the poor can’t afford to do so. But banning abortions will not stop then, but it may reduce then, as the poor will more than likely still wish to have an abortion and will therefore find a ‘back street’ abortion, which is more than likely to mean the women and her to be born baby will be at more serious harm. Yes, the baby will still die, but in circumstances which are far from good and there is a very strong likelihood that the women could receive great serious harm and in some instances death.

The anti-abortionist are now elated that they have gotten their way, but at great cost to women and in doing so have returned women’s rights to medieval times, instead of the 21st century.

In reversing Roe v Wade it is not a great achievement, but forcing all to live their lives by strict, outdated Christian principles, which even in the 1600s were viewed to be extreme, hence the Pilgrim Fathers left England to the Netherlands before embarking on their voyage to the New America. In doing so they also seriously infringed the rights and lives of the Native Americans, who they treated abominably, pushing them off their own lands and killing them when they resisted, is that any different to Russia in Ukraine.

If the Pilgrim Father were doing this today, it could be viewed as a form of terrorism.

 

 

Source: Abortion rights: history offers a blueprint for how pro-choice campaigners might usefully respond | The BMJ

What the Bible actually says about abortion may surprise you


Faith can inform opinions about abortion on both sides of the political debate, but the Bible itself says nothing directly about the topic, a biblical scholar explains.

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To use the Bible to prove anything is greatly debatable for it is a  book of thoughts and beliefs of some of the people of that time. However,, the bible was not written at that time, as it was written many years later and there have been many translations.

So, it could be said that what is in the Bible is the thoughts, opinions, beliefs and interpretations of persons after that time quoting and stating how they believed the original persons beliefs, who the texts are deemed to be from, were.

Many alterations and interpretations could have taken place and even more following the translations. So, to say the Bible is true, is only as true as their own beliefs now and is and very often open to many more interpretations.

Beliefs are what they are and only to each individual and beliefs should never be forced upon others, as we are all entitled to our own beliefs and live our lives as we individually wish to.

Religious fanatics always hold extreme beliefs and unfortunately religious fanatism and its political interpretations is what is currently being used to determine the Law and Justice of America, when justice should be for all the people and religion and politics should have no power on justice.

So, abortion should be an individual decision and religion and political beliefs should never overpower an individuals decision.

This is also for same sex marriage and other similar issues.

It amazes me, that many of these religious fanatics are also showing racial discrimination, when to follow their Christian beliefs they should be viewing all people as being equal and not some being more equal than others, just because they are not in their own image.

Also they believe Christ was a blond white man, when this would have been far from the truth, as he would have been some shade of brown/black. However, Christianity was overtook by Western followers who would never contend that Christ was anything but white, as white was seen as purity, which throughout history as been proved, many times, not to be so. For that is a form of abuse and abuse should never be tolerated.

White is purely a colour and should never be used as means of superiority, for to do so, is a mis-reputation of Christianity, for we all are to be equal.

Do not abuse Christianity for your own means.

 

Source: What the Bible actually says about abortion may surprise you

Disabled Woman Fined More Than £1,000 For Parking In Disabled Spot | Same Difference


A disabled woman faces fines of more than £1,000 for using a disabled car parking space outside her flat. Cerys Gemma, who lives in Cardiff Bay, said the space allocated to her flat is inaccessible…

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Here we have equality legislation being used in a way to discriminate against a disabled person maybe due to a misunderstanding, but also by the required persons or organisations not listening and maybe not wishing to listen.

We have the County Court, New Generation Parking Management and the Board of Directors of Ringley Group. With the County Court they should be looking at all the relevant legislation, including the Equality Act and also whether the Disabled Parking Bays do follow any legal requirements.

New Generation Parking Management need to look at the Equality Act and fully understand it, especially around reasonable adjustments, which they appear to not have considered. Also, why after some 2 years has the problem not been already brought to the Board of Directors of the Ringley Group, so why has New Generation Parking Management been negligent on this, but going for what they feel is the easy option of imposing fines on Cerys Gemma.

It should be the responsibility of, initially, the Board of Directors of the Ringley Group and then as the agents New Generation Parking Management to ensure the rights of all their residents are respected and this means understanding all relevant legislation and not to cause their residents, especially Cerys Gemma unreasonable distress and that is against the Disability Discrimination Rights of Cerys Gemma. Cerys appears to have a great case of being discriminated against by both New Generation Parking Management and the Board of Directors of the Ringley Group and misunderstanding of and not knowing of their obligations as to equality is no legal excuse.

Source: Disabled Woman Fined More Than £1,000 For Parking In Disabled Spot | Same Difference

Mum ‘ordered’ out of a swimming pool during parent and toddler session for breastfeeding her baby – Wales Online


Sarah Lappin said she felt humiliated by the incident

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Good on, Sarah for ‘jobs worth’s’ need to be challenged on every occasion.

It is not up to employees to make up rules, so when anyone is challenged, just ask to see the written rule and stand your ground.

Sarah knew her rights, but as she stated not everyone does, and these jobs worth’s could do untold harm to those that they wrongly challenge.

Breastfeeding is a natural and essential act and unlike years ago, today’s Society is much more enlightened.

Unfortunately there are a number, hopefully small who wish to restrict human rights for numerous reasons, outdated religious beliefs, a personal dislike, that it is legally offensive and others, when none is correct.

Not only should retraining be given, but some form of corrective actions be taken against the offending employees, for until these occur these jobs worth’s will continue to be using an abuse of their assumed power and untold harm to their victims, who could well take legal actions against the offending employees.

 

 

Source: Mum ‘ordered’ out of a swimming pool during parent and toddler session for breastfeeding her baby – Wales Online

Next up: voting rights, as US supreme court set to tear up more protections | US news | The Guardian


The ideologically driven conservative majority is likely to further weaken key civil rights legislation after a term of radical rulings

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This is extremely disturbing for it is a prime example of where politics is the main ruling factor over justice and is breaching Human Rights of non-white people, meaning that the ‘Land of the Free’ is only free for whites.

Politics should have no bearing in the rule of law, for if this is taken to its extreme it could mean the overturning of the abolishing of slavery, however, that would mean having to remove the 13th Amendment of the Constitution, but it appears that the current US Supreme Court has no regards for Human Rights.

This is down to Trump and if he is allowed to run for President in 2024 then America could well become a country which will be a country for whites only, as every other ethnicity will be discriminated against.

The abuse in America will know no bounds and equality will be a concept of the past.

 

Source: Next up: voting rights, as US supreme court set to tear up more protections | US news | The Guardian

Family of Emmett Till demand arrest of woman in her 80s after discovering unserved 1955 warrant | Daily Mail Online


A warrant for the arrest of Carolyn Bryant Donham, 88, (above, left) was discovered last week by searchers inside a file folder that had been placed in a box in Leflore County

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This shows what has been wrong in America and maybe, is still currently, as if this had been in reverse, the warrant would have certainly been served. Is just, further more proof of the inequalities that exist in America, as in many states, even to this day, black Americans are treated with disrespect, so in no way is there the equality which should exist.

In fact, in some states, little has changed since slavery was abolished and, some in the Southern States of America still wish it was re-established.

With the current state of justice in America, including the Supreme Court nothing can be dismissed. As equality rights and human rights are denied or ignored in many instances, as for non-white Americans it is not the land of the free, well not as free as for white Americans.

 

Source: Family of Emmett Till demand arrest of woman in her 80s after discovering unserved 1955 warrant | Daily Mail Online

Roe v Wade: the religious right has long influenced law in the US – here’s how abortion rights could be challenged elsewhere


Reproductive rights are threatened around the world.

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So the right to have an abortion within the US has been withdrawn and in some respects reference is made to the US Constitution and Christianity, as the Constitution was constructed in 1789 by persons who invaded America in 1620 and were known as ‘The Pilgrim Fathers’ a religious sect based on strict religious principles.

In some respects The Fathers based some of The Constitution on Christian principles with the 10  Commandments having some basis.

However, abortion is not mentioned specifically in either The Constitution or the 10 Commandments, and neither is same sex marriage, LGBT or contraception, so it is down to interpretations.

Murder is mentioned in the 10 Commandments, but, abortion is not within that context as abortion is the ‘termination of a pregnancy by removal or expulsion of an embryo or fetus and murder is the unlawful killing of another human without justification or valid excuse’ by another human being and a fetus is not classed as a human being.

But, it appears that some forms of murder are authorised in The Constitution otherwise why have the 2nd Amendment, which authorises the right to bear arms ‘supporting the natural rights of self-defense and resistance to oppression, and the civic duty to act in concert in defense of the state’. However, in reality it is being used by many to justify individual use, but not in self-defence but the murder of other human beings who are causing no harm to anyone. It was also at a time when there wasn’t a reliable State force, which now there is. So, it appears Americans use what they wish to favour themselves and not America as a whole. That is the basis of anarchy.

So, abortion is not being withdrawn using The Constitution or Christian principles, so it could be down to political fervour which should not have any basis in legal standing. Judges should be impartial in legal situations, but this does not appear to be so in America. Unfortunately, Politics and religion have much to be wary of and to withdraw rights to abortion on these bases is completely wrong and shows no respect for the rights of women.

 

Source: Roe v Wade: the religious right has long influenced law in the US – here’s how abortion rights could be challenged elsewhere