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ukpol 

love to see people claiming labour lost because of 'pandering to the hard left' when starmer's been doing his best to drive out even the moderate left ever since becoming leader.

turns out red tory isn't enticing to anyone, because there was already a party that people could vote for if they wanted tories in charge.

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ukpol, voter ID, ERS petition 

The Electoral Reform Society is administering a petition against the UK government's plans to require photo ID (your responsibility and cost) for all voters.

As in the US, there's no justification for this other than disenfranchisement of people less likely to vote Conservative.

action.electoral-reform.org.uk

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Covid rapid test psa 

Just a reminder that the rapid test is about 80% effective in diagnosing symptomatic Covid cases. If you’re asymptomatic, it’s about 30% effective — less accurate than a coin toss.

If you’re concerned about a Covid exposure but you don’t have symptoms, get a PCR test, not a rapid test! I don’t know why clinics are offering rapid tests to everyone regardless of symptoms, but I don’t know why anyone is doing anything in 2020 tbh.

(Source of my stats: nytimes.com/2020/11/02/health/)

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this is really good news: NICE has dropped its recommendation to treat ME/CFS with Graded Exercise Therapy. considering physical activity triggers a full-body autoimmune flare-up in ME/CFS sufferers, the advice to "just exercise a bit" has been considered actively harmful by pretty much everyone with this illness for a long time. also that recommendation was based on an infamously poor quality study (the PACE trial) that is literally studied as an example of malpractice theguardian.com/society/2020/n

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ukpol, Brexit, trade, bleakly funny 

"Brexit: Liz Truss secures tariff wins with her Japan trade deal – for products UK doesn’t export"

"Just 10 of 9,444 products will enjoy lower taxes, experts say, a list of obscure items such as birds’ eggs, raw hides, fur skins, handbags and ultra-strong spirits of at least 90 per cent alcohol.

Crucially, none of the 10 have been sold to Japan for at least three years – which means the gain to British exporters is “zero”, the study has found."

independent.co.uk/news/uk/poli

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uk pol, corruption 

this story is colossally important, but it's already almost been shoved off the front page

theguardian.com/world/2020/nov

the tories are consistently favouring their mates with public funds, even when those mates are performing embarrassingly poorly

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British Sign Language are currently offering "pay what you can" on their fully accredited 20 hour BSL course

during the current pandemic, where folk won't be able to lipread on account of masks, this is vital

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It would be really nice if more groups that refer to what they do as Mutual Aid would put energy into explaining the difference between Mutual Aid and charity, and explaining how what they do is the one and not the other.

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mh 

mental health services are like ‘how can we help you not feel this way’
and i'm like ‘i don't actually think feeling this way is an incorrect reaction to the world i'm seeing’

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saw another character in a tv drama refer to themselves as "capitalist" when they meant "I'm living in capitalism." Common mistake. It's like living under a monarchy and calling yourself a king.

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Not Going Back To Normal is a group project by disabled Scottish artists and writers. After months of work it's finally online (a book will follow later this year). I'm really thrilled to have work in it and looking forward to reading *everything* in it. notgoingbacktonormal.com/

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whenever I have to use windows i'm always amazed by how slow it is. i made myself a cup of tea before i started, and in the time it took to start up, open a word document and press print, the tea had gone from too hot to drink to lukewarm. and yeah my laptop's old, but it isn't ancient. i don't know how i used to put up with it, it's infuriating.

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For more than a decade, there's been a more pragmatic approach to homelessness: giving people homes. The housing first movement has repeatedly shown that the best way to make homeless people not homeless is to give. them. a. home.

endhomelessness.org/resource/h

After all, if you are struggling with addiction, mental illness, etc, or if you eed structure in your life, the chaos of not having a home only makes this a thousand times worse.

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