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Thursday, 8 September 2011

Some Cold Hard Reality

Your voice steady, you tell them that if your benefits are cut you will kill yourself, that you are both in debt, barely scraping by, and that you would have no other option. You ask them not to take away the little dignity they have left you with - the ability to (barely) feed and clothe yourselves, to keep a roof over your heads.
Disabled Medic, Medical student + stick

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Atos Healthcare Sackings

Anthony Treasure formally
employed by Atos Healthcare.
Nurse Debbie Carr and admin worker Anthony Treasure are seeing life from the benefit scrounging scum perspective this evening, following their sacking from Atos Healthcare.

The pair were discovered on Facebook calling the sick and disabled “down and outs” and “parasitic wankers”.

The incidents were widely reported in the mainstream press and came shortly before the Government's de-benefitting boot-boys attempted to shut up a bunch of whining cripples by sending them threatening letters.

Source: DWP FoI Request Answer

Friday, 26 August 2011

ATOS vs CarerWatch - It Just Gets Worse!

Doughty British Grannies Prepare to
Slamdunk Cheese-eating ATOS Surrender Monkeys

It is looking increasingly like it is ATOS Healthcare that is going to find itself the victim of legal action as the true nature of their “case” against CarerWatch becomes clearer.
And ATOS says “Fuck You!”
ATOS are claiming the reason they nuked the CarerWatch forum was because of A SINGLE LINK in a post over FIVE MONTHS OLD. The target of that offending link is STILL ON TEH INTAWEBZ - and with no sign of ATOS having attempted to take it down. The offending link is back there <---- which leads here

OK, *speechless* Try to finish this later. In the meantime please read the update from CarerWatche's blog.

Michael Chewter from CarerWatch said

ATOS are a very dishonest organisation. They should have informed Carer Watch if they were genuinely concerned about any of the posts on its site... They have done the same thing with other carer and disability sites.
Even Dr Goldacre is getting in on the act
When you consider the way ATOS treat claimants it is hardly surprising that complaints are made about their behaviour.

As a member of the LRC and the Labour Party and a founder member of Carer Watch, I would like to ask MPs to take this matter up with the government, who employ ATOS.

CarerWatch received this reply from Atos, to their earlier letter:

Dear Frances,

Thank you for your email. The posting which we consider to be defamatory against Atos Healthcare and our employees is dated March 23rd, 8:51 pm.

As I said in my previous email, we fully support the right of people to express their opinions and would very much like to work with you to ensure your forum is reinstated as soon as possible...

CarerWatch replied:

Dear Caroline

Thank you for supplying the date and time of the post that concerns you.

We have finally traced it. We run a live discussion group and posts are normally only current for a few days. In this case the post is five months old. It did not create any interest at the time and has long since become inactive.

Having seen the post we are even more confused as to why you took this aggressive action against us. We were surprised to see that this post was not written by a member of CarerWatch but is merely a link to an article on another site.

We were also surprised when we followed the link to see that the original article is still visible on the site of origin.

We cannot understand why you would take this matter up with us when your dispute is with the authors of the linked article. We feel like collateral damage in this.

We would like to point out that we are running a private discussion group for members and we do not know how you saw this link on our site. But if you have some how been watching the posts in our group you will know that members post on an enormous breadth of topics and post links to a wide variety of other sites.

Members often post links to material on other sites precisely because they are vehemently opposed to the material.

We repeat – this is a discussion group and posts have to be read in the context of open discussion.

We are concerned that this type of extreme hyper vigilance of discussion groups could seriously damage free and open discussion.

You say that you embarked on this action to protect the reputation of your company. But you can call on unlimited resources to obtain legal advice and you should bear in mind that groups like us have no resources and cannot obtain legal advice. We think you should bear this in mind when making your actions proportionate and appropriate.

We are sure you, like us, wish to bring this situation to a speedy conclusion. As it was your action that resulted in our forum being taken down, we suggest the following. We will remove the post in question (without prejudice), and in turn you will make arrangements to have our forum reinstated, whilst also giving us a guarantee that should you have any concerns in future, you will bring them directly to us and not to the hosting company.

Considering the immense distress caused to our members, and the volume of unnecessary work created for us, we consider these to be extremely reasonable requests.

We await your reply.


ATOS Healthcare at War With Home Guard

This evening's update on ATOS Healthcare's blitzkrieg on Internet-based Useless Eaters:

CarerWatch are still waiting to hear back from ATOS's chief solicitor, James Loughrey, about which posts on their forum gave him an attack of the vapours.

Unkind commentators have suggested the reason for the extended delay is ATOS is desperately trying to find some kind of evidence from the now closed forum, to justify their actions - a task not made easier by their cyber-sleuth's failure to keep forensically sound copies of the offending items.
After Atos took the full force of ATOS's original attack. 
This is, I have to say, a précis of entirely unfounded speculation mined from a conversation between a journalist from a major international news company and an informed insider.

The news is already making its way to the mainstream with the Scottish Herald reporting the story - an almost unheard inclusion of hard-news, at a time when its pages are normally stuffed with reports from the opening of the Haggis Shooting Season.

ATOS's attempts to prevent anyone making fun of their logos has backfired spectacularly with dozens of new designs cropping up all over teh intawebs.

Even the really quite famous cartoonist Crippen, is getting in on the act:

Crippen's Tribute to the Black Triangle Group
The net result from ATOS's tsunami of letters to ISP's has been to weld the formally disparate group of activists into a coherent and effective collective, operating under the banner of the Nazi's badge for the arbeitsscheu, the Black Triangle.

Their websites and forums are now hosted in safe-haven countries and with the data backed-up by  supporters in the Ukraine and Russia. One leading campaigner commented “Nice one Loughrey, we owe you a pint”.
Solicitor Loughrey - Silly Billy

Anonymous, the worldwide group of computer vandals, gangsters and animatronic muppets have decided to include ATOS in their target list for their forthcoming #OpBritain campaign.

Oh Shit.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

ATOS Macht Frei

Atos Healthcare are today magnanimously negotiating with the owners of the CarerWatch forum, with a view to formulating an arrangement that will silence criticism of their work for the DWP, on the forum, once and for all.

Other blogs, websites and forums are already cowed and refusing to do anything that may incur the wrath of ATOS's chief boot-boy, James Loughrey.

The ease at which the sick and disabled can be whipped into submission and compliance, by a multi-billion pound company is shocking.
“Oh, I'm sorry - I got a bit scared when the lawyer called and gave in”
What all campaigners need to realise that this is a battle for our lives:

as a result of the work of ATOS and the DWP.

There is a very big difference between "libellous material" and a lawyer's claim of "libellous material". A lawyer claiming "false and malicious allegations" is substantively different to "false and malicious allegations".

This is the most shameless and callous examples of corporate bullying I've seen since the McLibel trial.

This is not a time for negotiation and capitulation:

This is a time to stand-up and be counted.

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

ATOS Healthcare - Some Tough Questions

ATOS Killa Fish stinking to high-heaven

ATOS's solicitors contacted the host of CarerWatch, an internet discussion group for sick and disabled people, claiming it contained libellous material.

The host removed the discussion group from the Web.

CarerWatch have said in their response to ATOS:

This is a private forum and only members are allowed to make/read posts.

Questions for ATOS's chief solicitor, James Loughrey

i. What led you to believe CarerWatch's forum contained libellous material?

ii. How did you gain access to this libellous material on the CarerWatch forum?

Atos's James Loughrey
iii. (reprising point i) What was your prima facie evidence or reasonable cause to enter this private discussion group?

iv. Why didn't you contact the managers of this forum to ask them to remove the offending material, rather than effect the closure of the whole forum?

v. What heed did you pay to the possible adverse consequences of members losing access to this forum?

vi What role are LBi London playing in this affair?

We look forward (without any expectation) to hearing from you at your earliest convienience.

Monday, 22 August 2011

ATOS Healthcare - Scum of the Earth

James Loughrey - Chief Solicitor and head of ATOS's Dept. of Killa Fish
The shocking tactics used by ATOS Healthcare to silence their sick and disabled critics are rapidly coming to light all over teh Intawebs.
In the last week, website after website after website have been closed after ISP's received letters from ATOS's chief legal-thug James Loughrey.
Another one bites the dust...
More worryingly, Loughrey is also with the aid of LBi , a digital support services company, targeting internet fora and discussion boards where the sick and disabled meet online for mutual support - including the notoriously moderate and respectable CarerWatch.

And another...
Rosemary, the owner of the CarerWatch forum was unfortunately overwhelmed with the realities of her life to get involved in the storm of anti-ATOS protest that has erupted over the weekend:

“On behalf of CW can I thank every1 for their support, here,DMs and via email. Off to hospital most of today so will be later b4 updating u x”

CareWatch's Francis published their response to ATOS on their website this morning:

“CarerWatch is an internet forum for sick and disabled people and their unpaid family carers. This is a private forum and only members are allowed to make/read posts.

We understand from the organisation that hosts our forum that they received a letter from your solicitors threatening to sue us for libel. The provider immediately closed our site down.

This video was made as a tribute and thank you to the authors of
the ATOS Register of Shame website - closed by the thug Loughrey

We have many members who are very fragile and the sudden disappearance of a support group has caused a lot of distress and fear. Some are ringing us in tears. We cannot get in contact with all of them though as we have lost their contact details through the closure.

All this distress could have been avoided if you had had the courtesy to contact us first and tell us what had been posted on our site that you considered libellous. Obviously if any post was possibly libellous we would have removed it and all this distress could have been avoided.
People... and websites...
We imagine this distress is unintended and hope you will work with us in looking at the problem and finding a solution.

Please note that this letter, and any reply received from yourselves, will be posted on our website. It is the only means left to us to reach some members and keep them updated.

It is vital we have our forum up and running again to reach those that are isolated.

On behalf of CarerWatch members”

Call a cunt, a cunt.
It's been a bad couple of weeks for ATOS - 12 of their doctors are to face action for misconduct by the General Medical Council and two of their employees are (claims ATOS) facing disciplinary action for describing the sick and disabled as "parasitic wankers" and "down and outs".

One notably effective online campaigner commented:

:( I have a huge fucking urge to troll ATOS again. We have storms tomorrow... I'm really fucking angry over this... To remove a lifeline such as the carer watch forums is sickening.... I'm on the fucking warpath now ATOS. Do you hear me?...

edited 22 aug 2011: no substantive changes

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

ATOS Register of Shame

ATOS Healthcare recently bullied a disabled woman into removing her "ATOS Register of Shame" website from the Net.

This is video is a tribute to her and all the other disability activists working to document the shameful work of ATOS Healthcare - the company employed by the UK government to massively reduce the welfare budget.

Google will give you the background, while I continue to prepare for my Grand Day (week (or two)) Out to the High Court in London to get close up and personal with several expert witnesses and a transatlantic Super Injunction...

Friday, 12 August 2011

The Feral Rich of Chelsea and Kensington

“I believe that the criminality in our streets cannot be dissociated from the moral disintegration in the highest ranks of modern British society...
Suspected rioter beaten by police in Manchester
It is not just the feral youth of Tottenham who have forgotten they have duties as well as rights. So have the feral rich of Chelsea and Kensington...”

An Independent police monitor was subjected to a bloody good hiding as well...

“...Taherali Gulamhussein was stopped and searched by police under section 60 powers, which gives them the right to search for weapons. The police found no weapon, nor any other item that gave them cause for concern. the course of the search, he was kicked and punched in the chest and thigh, and that his head was smashed against a wall.

...after being arrested and placed in the police van he was held down and kicked and punched repeatedly to the face, head and legs.... He was held for three hours, and afterwards received treatment for his injuries at hospital.”

Thursday, 11 August 2011

A Bloodly Good Hiding and a Kick in The Head

Celebrate our English culture as GMP get to grips with rioting, benefit scrounging scum on the streets of Manchester.

OK, we appear to be suffering #ironyFail.

This royal throne of kings, this scepter'd isle,
This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
This other Eden, demi-paradise,
This fortress built by Nature for herself
Against infection and the hand of war,
This happy breed of men, this little world,
This precious stone set in the silver sea,
Which serves it in the office of a wall,
Or as a moat defensive to a house,
Against the envy of less happier lands,
This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England,
This nurse, this teeming womb of royal kings,
Fear'd by their breed and famous by their earth.

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Babylon's Burning

Riots this evening are breaking out all over the UK.
Police are said to be unable to contain the situation.

Woman jumps from burning building in London

Monday, 8 August 2011

ATOS Worker - Disabled are “Parasitic”

The Facebook page of the ATOS Healthcare administrator discovered calling the sick and disabled "Parasitic Wankers" has been forwarded to the NWCAC.
Tony Treasure enjoying the ATOS funded lifestyle.

Anthony Treasure quickly deleted his Facebook presence on Sunday morning after Martin Webb and Stuart Wyatt, a Plymouth based disability activist and former serviceman began making fun of him and asking hundreds of people to complain to his bosses.

writing to every one of more than 600 MP's 

One of these people, a London based Anarchist spent three days writing to every one of more than 600 MP's demanding Treasure's sacking.
Charmed I'm Sure
Quickly his open Facebook wall filled up with howls of protest from the disabled:
“Hello Mr Treasure. 
I've emailed that screenshot of you calling disabled people 'parasitic wankers'  to your vicious, morally bankrupt employers - who've been persecuting the sick and disabled for years and  to the Guardian, Independent, and the Mirror. (Tell me does the term 'parasitic wankers' also apply to servicemen and women who've lost limbs? )
Schoolboy errors are :-( when you have a mortgage to pay...
Unfortunately for you, your schoolboy error has gone viral ...Welcome to the parasitic wankers club... Neena Agnihotri
“Can I also add that my "parasitic wanker" has 4 children who are all drafting letters to your bosses as I type this... Ben Polkey
Atos received many complaints first thing on Monday morning and claim to be taking the matter seriously. As of 18:00 hrs 12 Aug 2011, the New Republic has still not received a reply to our enquiries as to the exact nature of its taking-the-matter-seriously.
Treasure and wife Amelia both said to be tired and emotional
after having visited the New Republic.
They have however asked me, to ask you. to write to them politely and express your feelings on this matter:

Treasure's remarks have unpleasant echoes of language used to denigrate the sick and disabled of pre-war  Germany in preparation for their eventual extermination, and the news is even being reported in Japan:

← 何デビーカー、ATOS HCPは、彼女のクライアントの考え?
2011年8月7日 Holmey

Tony Treasure in happier times, about to leave for work.
昨日の後にアンソニートレジャーと呼ばれる健康診断センターの管​理者が呼び出し側の検出された彼女のFacebookのページ、​まだ別のATOSの従業員に"ダウン&アウト"HCPとしてAT​OSのために働きながら、彼女が扱っている病気と無効を呼び出す​デビーカー、この時点で見つける障害者と病人、彼はこれが24時​間未満にまでなっている2であると彼の Debbie Carr Facebookページ上での作業"寄生Anthony Treasure Wankers"で扱って、黒い三角形が、これは内の機関である​場合があるとどのように多くの疑問に思う

彼のコメントフルサイズを見るには画像をクリックして - ので、障害者、病人、今ATOSスタッフによると、"寄生Wan​kersは"です.

Ripped-off wholesale from here

Edited 12 Aug 2011 to replace some facts with some other truer facts and added a picture of Tony, which I'm sure is about to turn me Queer.

UPDATE: Wed 7 September 2011: Teh Muppet got sacked


Tuesday, 12 July 2011

The Fear - Like Being

"Mark Ty-Wharton is an exponential interventionist, iridescent existentialist and extra special experimentalist" – Nick Rhodes, Duran Duran

"You’ve heard the phrase think outside the box before?
For me, there is no box..."

Monday, 11 July 2011

Die Zeitgeist! Es brennt!

Welcome to Die Zeitgeist! Es brennt! edition of the That Was The Week That Was In Autism dedicated to the Incorrect Pleasures of Lily Marlene. TWTWTWIA (as we call it) is a sister publication to TWIM, the long running review of the week in Mentalists, currently hosted at the psychedelically inspired

Autismoincazziamoci (Autism Rants) highlights the psychologically-based autism treatment in its post "Packing - A Psychodynamic Crime Against Humanity"

Does this make you feel just a little ikky?
"Do you know about the existence of "Packing", a psychodynamic treatment used in prestigious French autism centres?... A useless torture I denounce with all my strenght..."

psychoanalysed by some cunt in a beret

Wet sheets are refrigerated until they reach about 5 degrees centigrade, then the naked child is swaddled and placed on the floor. At this point, the by now usually screaming child, is forcibly psychoanalysed by some cunt in a beret.
“Me dire au sujet des problèmes avec la relation avec votre Mummy”
There's some interesting and damning background by Karina Fares on the treatment of autism and autistics in France, in French here and in English here:

a land of unspeakable abuse

"France! Fifth largest economy in the world. Land of culture and freedom, revolution, justice, equality, human rights. But it is also a land of unspeakable abuse, shameful and disgraceful to children and adults affected by autism"

Julian Assange's rectum

For those of you who do Science, I've dropped a couple of choice Papers supporting the French method of drugging and torturing kids on my new (supposedly) bullet-proof server located in Julian Assange's rectum.

Effectiveness of Wet Sheet Packs in Children and Adolescents with Severe Auto/Hetero Aggressive Behaviors: An Exploratory ApproachEnglish pdf 

Investigating the Use of Packing Therapy in Adolescents with Catatonia: a Retrospective Study -  English pdf

formerly untouchable Professor

Lily Marlene continues her forensic dissection of the formerly untouchable Professor Simon Baron-Cohen with her post Is this guy for real?

Pic: Fuck Yeah Privilge Denying Simon Baron Cohen
"Is this guy for real? Baron-Cohen's latest book is a real urban legend! Having already identified one prominently-placed story in Professor Baron-Cohen’s new book as an urban legend that is almost certainly not true, but which is presented as true by the professor..."

I think something is seriously wrong here

I expect a professor to be able to tell the difference between fiction and reality. Maybe I’m being a bit naive about professors, but I think something is seriously wrong here..."

There are growing concerns about the previously unimpeachable boffin cropping up all over teh interwebs, here, here, here and here, erm..., and here and here and of course here. *blush* Oh, and here and here. And here.

uncritical adoration heaped on Baron-Cohen

It's interesting to contrast the uncritical adoration heaped on Baron-Cohen in the Guardian articles with the consequent comments from people at the sharp end of his Do-gooding.

the dangers psychopaths

The somewhat archly learned and "Neurodiverse" Shift Journal has published a series of posts about the dangers psychopaths pose to the vulnerable. From their Spotting Psychopaths in the Workplace post

a time-bomb that goes off

"Psychopaths, sociopaths, Antisocial Personality Disorder (ASPD), whatever you want to call it, people like that can do well in the workplace...  ...In reality they weave a series of lies and collateral damage into a time-bomb that goes off after they leave."

Shift's Conflict in the Workplace and Protecting Yourself posts are also Must Reads for all.

I am a happy man today

Mike, a multiply disabled, non-verbal autistic man continues documenting his life's journey on his blog In My Voice, with his post The Bridge To Doing

"Only sometimes it is the smallest thing that makes a huge difference in learning to do something seemingly impossible for me. What was impossible is delayed not never for me now. I am a happy man today."

I need simple answers
Titan Ara is also another non-verbal autistic with many of life's challenges exquisitely documented on his blog Titan's World and in this post entitled "Communicating".

"Sometimes I feel like I am arguing with Nate, he says we aren't arguing but I feel we are, maybe we have different ideas about what arguing means...

We tend to often misunderstand each other, I misunderstand a lot and sometimes we clash with things, I need simple answers I can understand..."

superb new website

Rachael Cohen-Rotenberg has launched her superb new website Autism and Empathy - Dispelling Myths and Breaking Stereotypes.

the Borat-Cohen confabulation

In this post, Possessing But Not Expressing - Miranda of the From Inside The Heart blog has some choice words that hopefully will reach the ears of the Borat-Cohen confabulation

"I think that not knowing how to express empathy is the main reason why people on the spectrum don’t appear to be empathetic.  It’s not that they don’t have empathy; it’s just that they don’t know how to show it."

better able than the mad professor

So it appears we have a teenage autistic girl and a non-academic author who seems better able, than the mad professor, to offer to the world a more realist picture of the empatic failings of the autistic psychopath in childhood.

expressing hateful opinions

Jen, Mother of Shrek, speaks out about the reality of life with a severely autistic, adult son in her post Every time we go out

"I did not realise that people calling C names or expressing hateful opinions about C is verbal abuse – and is a Hate Crime...

Over the years I have accepted the staring, muttering, making comments as part of C’s life... It is part of our lives that I have had to get used to so it doesn’t get to me..."

The New Republic will be dealing with the issue of Hate Crime in our forthcoming post "Fear and Loathing In Baxter Close: A retrospective Study of the Effectiveness of Twating Bullies"

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