In a Conservative Britain, the catchphrase is “Everyone for themselves” – so we should all understand perfectly well why they couldn’t give a flying fig for social care. The…
The Finnish Ministry of Health and Social Affairs has published all information concerning the basic income experiment which should be implemented in Finland from the 1/1/2017, and it does not look very useful. More generally, the future of the basic income does not look bright.
A very limited experiment
The experiment, according to the Ministry, will be carried by the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela), and its primary goal is to find out whether basic income promotes employment. Persons receiving unemployment-related benefits, under certain limitations, would be included in the experiment. From the target group, a test group of 2 000 persons would be selected by means of random sampling. It would be mandatory to participate in the experiment, which would ensure that the results will not be biased.
According to the proposal, the level of basic income would be EUR 560 per month. Since the experiment would…
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This video from Britain says about itself:
Join the demonstration on 16 April!
25 March 2016
‘We can create a political crisis for this government that the Tories can never recover from’
Join the demonstration for Health, Homes, Jobs, Education on 16 April!
Filmed by Paul Merron, w4media
By Paddy McGuffin in Britain:
Tories are on the run: Finish ‘Em!
Saturday 16th April 2016
TENS of thousands of people are expected to fill Trafalgar Square today to rebuke a bickering Tory Party over its systematic mishandling of the economy, of the NHS, of education and housing.
Organisers the People’s Assembly are hopeful that this will be the…
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This video from Britain says about itself:
1 March 2014
10,600 disabled people died within 6 weeks of their benefits being stopped in 2011, after which the data was declared vexatious and withdrawn from the public domain.
Estimates suggest 40,000 have died unnecessarily including many suicides.
From daily News Line in Britain:
Monday, 15 June 2015
Publish austerity death rates!
A PETITION launched by campaign group Change.org has called on the Courts and Tribunal Service to force the release of data on the number of disabled people who lost their lives because of government austerity measures.
The petition demands that it orders the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) publish the figures upon the Freedom of Information (FoI) act. Over 81,000 people have already signed the petition which urges the…
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The reasons why girls are less often diagnosed may be both biological and social
Autism, already a mysterious disorder, is even more puzzling when it comes to gender differences. For every girl diagnosed with autism, four boys are diagnosed, a disparity researchers don’t yet fully understand.
In a new study published in the journal Molecular Autism, researchers from the UC Davis MIND Institute tried to figure out a reason why. They looked at 112 boys and 27 girls with autism between ages 3 and 5 years old, as well as a control sample of 53 boys and 29 girls without autism. Using a process called diffusion-tensor imaging, the researchers looked at the corpus callosum — the largest neural fiber bundle in the brain — in the young kids. Prior research has shown differences in that area of the brain among people with autism.
They found that the organization of these fibers was different in boys compared with girls, especially in the frontal lobes, which play a role in executive functions. “The sample size is still limited, but this work adds to growing body of work suggesting boys and girls with autism have different underlying neuroanatomical differences,” said study author Christine Wu Nordahl, an assistant professor in the UC Davis Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, in an email.
In other preliminary research presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research, or IMFAR, in Salt Lake City, the study authors showed that when girls and boys with autism are compared with typically developing boys and girls, the behavioral differences between girls with autism and the female controls are greater than the differences among the boys. Nordahl says this suggests that girls can be more severely affected than boys.
A study earlier this year by a separate group found notable differences in symptoms between autistic boys and girls, which could be one of the reasons autism in girls sometimes goes unnoticed or is diagnosed late. Girls generally display less obvious behavioral symptoms at a young age compared with boys, the researchers found.
One of the reasons females with autism are less understood than males is that most research studies do not have equal numbers of boys and girls, says Nordahl. “This is not surprising, given that there are so many more males with autism than females,” she says. “We need to do a better job of trying to recruit females with autism into our studies so that we can fully explore differences between males and females with autism.”
Nordahl says understanding gender differences in autism affects how kids are diagnosed, as well as how they are treated. Understanding what biological differences may be at work can ultimately lead to a better understanding of autism and the best interventions for treatment.