The DWP, Olympics And Glenn Greenwald

I hadn’t wanted to post for a few days, but some news items struck me as deserving of a wider audience, lest I forget.

Surprisingly for the Torygraph, the story of double amputee asked by the DWP to prove that he’s unfit for work:

“A disabled man has been asked to prove he is unable to work by the Department of Work and Pensions despite having both legs amputated due to diabetes.

Chris Cann, 57, was left wheelchair bound after losing both legs and four fingers to diabetes.

Despite being housebound, the widower has been ordered to attend an assessment centre to prove he is too disabled to work or his £600-a-month benefits will be stopped.

Chris, who developed diabetes six years ago, started claiming disability allowance in 2008 – before he had his legs amputated.

Two years ago he had his right leg amputated below the knee and in January this year Chris had surgery again to have his left leg removed as well as four fingers on his right hand.

This week Chris received a letter from the Department of Work and Pensions ordering him to undergo medical tests to prove he should receive the new Employment and Support Allowance.

This is not an isolated instance as the Diary of a Benefit Scrounger documents.

Foreign Policy has an amusing piece on the best and worst countries to be a returning athlete.

As Oscar Wilde said “Work is the curse of the drinking classes” and the Economist tries to prove it, unsuccessfully in the Middle East:

“NOBODY knows exactly when Islamic scholars decided that booze was sinful. In the 1970s political Islam led some countries such as Iran and Pakistan to ban alcohol, although many do not and exceptions are made for non-Muslims. In some countries the punishment for Muslims caught quaffing are severe: 80 lashes in the case of Iran. Things may get more arid yet as Islamist parties from Indonesia to Tunisia moot restrictions on alcohol. The number of drinkers varies by country, but some put the total at 5% of those identifying themselves as Muslim. Drinking may even be on the rise. Between 2001 and 2011 sales of alcohol in the Middle East, where Muslims dominate, grew by 72%, against a global average of 30%. “

A white supremacist road trip ends in bloodshed:

“Their three-state road trip, during which they are accused of killing a middle-aged black man and a 19-year-old stranger singled out because they thought he was Jewish, ended with Grigsby allegedly telling police she and Pedersen were on their way to “kill more Jews” in Sacramento, California. “

Never sure what to make of Glenn Greenwald, but one thing those at FP don’t like him.

The Department of Homeland Security and its inability to recognise the threat of the Far Right.

Pam Geller’s stupid ads get ripped into.

More police violence in Bahrain.

Putin’s thugs beat up a Chess Grandmaster.

Well, I am, truly, shocked a Banker being selective with the facts. Whatever next? Banks doing dodgy deals?

Pussy Riot and Russia.


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