the multitude of citations that raise concerns about the safety of these foods,

Kaiser Permanente Speaks Out Against GMOs –Triple Pundit

After Dr. Gilles-Eric Séralini came out to blow the whistle on the many corporate scientists in bed wi

th Monsanto, Kaiser Permanente, the largest managed care organization in the United States, published an item in their newsletter citing the health risks associated with GMO-based foods and warning the public to avoid them.

According to the newsletter, “Despite what the biotech industry might say, there is little research on the long-term effects of GMOs on human health. Independent research has found that several varieties of GMO corn caused organ damage in rats. Other studies have found that GMOs may lead to an inability in animals to reproduce.”

The newsletter recommends that consumers purchase organic foods, or foods with the “Non-GMO verified” logo.

Why would a health insurance company care about this? Simple, the more their customers get sick, the more money they have to spend for treatment.

And despite the fact that the biotech industry, either directly or through the hundreds of scientists that derive revenue from it, with billions of dollars on the line, continues to strenuously denounceImage new data continues to emerge.

The two-year-long Seralini study, which we described in an earlier post, was the first lifelong study of its type, specifically focused on the long-term effect of exposure to both the Roundup Ready corn and of Roundup™ (glyphosate) herbicide, which generally is used more liberally in conjunction with the specially formulated corn. Monsanto only tests their GMO crops for 90 days before releasing them to the market. This, despite the fact that a major review of 19 studies found that 90 days was insufficient “to evaluate chronic toxicity, and the signs highlighted in the kidneys and livers could be the onset of chronic diseases.” The Seralini study found that “50 and 70 percent of the males and females died in the experimental group, as opposed to 30 and 20 percent in the control group.” The researchers also found liver, kidney and mammary tumors in the rats fed the test diet as early as 4-7 months into the study. The results have been heavily criticized by certain members of the scientific community as unscientific, citing, among other things, the absence of a dose-dependent response.

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WHAT TO DO IF YOU ‘FAIL’ YOUR WORK CAPABILITY ASSESSMENT

WHAT TO DO IF YOU ‘FAIL’ YOUR WORK CAPABILITY ASSESSMENT

When you first receive the results of your ATOS W.C.A and it is a fail, the first thing that many do, as they are panicked and desperate, as they have had their money stopped, is to panic and phone the Job Centre Plus and ask about signing on for Jobseekers Allowance, which is what they want you to do, but there is an alternative and that is by asking for a Reconsideration and/or Appeal.
How to request reconsideration/Appeal
Many claimants have found they have scored “0” points in their W.C.A. and thus their benefits have been suspended. As the suspension notice usually arrives on or after the claimants usual pay day, panic ensues, followed by a call to Job Centre Plus and advice from Job Centre Plus to sign on for Job Seekers Allowance.
This is not necessarily the case, there is another option, one which will give you some money whilst you seek reconsideration and/or Appeal.  If you request an Appeal without requesting a reconsideration the DWP will automatically carry out a reconsideration and if the decision is not changed you do not then need to request an appeal as this is already registered.
Note, as soon as you know you have not scored sufficient points it is essential to contact your local C.A.B. or Local Authority welfare rights office, or other advice agency and request assistance from them. They are under severe pressure at the moment so get your request in quickly.  You can also contact the Crutch Collective for help.
What is the difference between reconsideration and an appeal?
Reconsideration: – When a Job Centre Plus Decision Maker looks again at the ATOS Health Care Professional’s report or any new evidence you or your Doctors, specialists etc. provide.
Appeal:- When your case has been reconsidered by the Job Centre Plus Decision Makerand the decision is not changed then it goes to a Tribunal (this is sometimes called a first tier appeal).
What to do:
When you receive notice of your suspension due to scoring insufficient points to retain your benefits do the following:
Make sure you have a pen and paper in a convenient and comfortable spot near to your phone before you begin.
Call Job Centre Plus (or ask a carer or friend to this for you), ask the person you speak to for their name and contact number.
Go on to request a GL24 form and a copy of the ESA85 assessors report.
Tell the Job Centre Plus operative you will be seeking reconsideration and you wish to be put on the “Assessment Rate” during the appeals process.
The Job Centre Plus staff member may be evasive, say they haven’t got access to your ESA85, but be polite and persistent, (they have it, they need it to make their decision), ask to speak to a more senior person and continue until they agree to what you are asking, including putting you on the Assessment Rate.
The Assessment Rate is the same as Job Seekers Allowance and allows you to retain any other help with rent and council tax you were receiving prior to your benefit suspension.
When you have the GL24 and ESA85 (These may not arrive at the same time with the ESA 85 may arrive weeks after the GL24 – Fill in the GL24 immediately)
Make a copy of the ESA85.
Read through the document carefully, you may have to pause during this part of the process as it can be quite frustrating to find out what has been written about you. If you find this difficult get someone you know and trust to help you.
Highlight every piece of information you consider to be:
·        Inaccurate
·        Assumed
·        Untrue
In this order, using a different coloured marker helps.
If you are going to dispute a descriptor it is essential you provide supporting evidence from your own Health Care Professional as the Tribunal will accept the word of the ATOS Health Care Professional if you do not do so.
Next, deal with one set of descriptors at a time. Write out the descriptor you are disputing, next to it say why, then indicate what evidence you have to support your challenge.
By the time you have completed this exercise you may have received the result of the reconsideration, if the outcome is positive then you have no need to go any further, if it is negative the Decision Maker will inform you if they think your case can go forward to the first tier tribunal and you should continue checking and double checking your ESA85 form for errors in preparation for your appeal.
Contact us for advice if you need to carry on to the next stage of the appeal process – how to prepare for an ESA Tribunial Hearing (this advice is also available on our website). There is also a – At the Tribunial Hearing – guide available.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU IF YOU ARE PLACED IN A WORK RELATED ACTIVITY GROUP
You may be placed in a WRAG if it is thought you can return to work within a matter of months.
The amount of benefit you receive will not be affected at first.
You will be invited to attend regular interviews to find ways to ‘help’ you back to work.
You will be informed that if you do not attend the interviews your benefits may be affected.
Contact Job Centre Plus and ask them what points you were awarded during the WCA.
Ask to see your report.
Ask for an appeal form.
These enquiries alone may be sufficient for the Decision Maker to find in your favour and place you in the Employment Support Allowance Support Group where no back to work interviews are required and the amount of benefits you receive may increase.

Goldman Sachs’ Global Coup D’etat

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[By Thom Hartmann and Sam Sacks, The Daily Take]

When the people of Greece saw their democratically elected Prime Minister George Papandreou forced out of office in November of 2011 and replaced by an unelected Conservative technocrat, Lucas Papademos, most were unaware of the bigger picture of what was happening all around them.

Similarly, most of us in the United States were equally as ignorant when, in 2008, despite the switchboards at the US Capitol collapsing under the volume of phone calls from constituents urging a “no” vote, our elected representatives voted “yes” at the behest of Bush’s Treasury Secretary Henry Paulsen and jammed through the biggest bailout of Wall Street in our nation’s history.

But now, as the Bank of England, a key player in the ongoing Eurozone crisis, announces that former investment banker Mark Carney will be its new chief, we can’t afford to ignore what’s happening around the world.

Steadily – and stealthily – Goldman Sachs is carrying out a global coup d’etat.

There’s one tie that binds Lucas Papademos in Greece, Henry Paulsen in the United States, and Mark Carney in the U.K., and that’s Goldman Sachs. All were former bankers and executives at the Wall Street giant, all assumed prominent positions of power, and all played a hand after the global financial meltdown of 2007-08, thus making sure Goldman Sachs weathered the storm and made significant profits in the process.

But that’s just scratching the surface.

As Europe descends into an austerity-induced economic crisis, Goldman Sachs’s people are managing the demise of the continent. As the British newspaper The Independent reported earlier this year, the Conservative technocrats currently steering or who have steered post-crash fiscal policy in Greece, Germany, Italy, Belgium, France, and now the UK, all hail from Goldman Sachs. In fact, the head of the European Central Bank itself, Mario Draghi, was the former managing director of Goldman Sachs International.

And here in the United States, after Treasury Secretary and former Goldman CEO Henry Paulsen did his job in 2008 securing Goldman’s multi-billion dollar bailout, he was replaced in the new Obama administration with Tim Geithner who worked very closely with Goldman Sachs as head of the New York Fed and made sure Goldman received more than $14 billion from the bailout of failed insurance giant AIG.

What’s happening here goes back more than a decade.
In 2001, Goldman Sachs secretly helped Greece hide billions of dollars through the use of complex financial instruments like credit default swaps. This allowed Greece to meet the baseline requirements to enter the Eurozone in the first place. But it also created a debt bubble that would later explode and bring about the current economic crisis that’s drowning the entire continent. But, always looking ahead, Goldman protected itself from this debt bubble by betting against Greek bonds, expecting that they would eventually fail.

Ironically, the man who headed up the Central Bank of Greece while this deal was being arranged with Goldman was – drumroll please – Lucas Papademos.

Goldman made similar deals here in the United States, masking the true value of investments, then selling those worthless investments to customers while placing bets that those same investments would eventually fail. The most notorious example was the “Timberwolf” deal, which brought down an Australian hedge fund, and which Goldman Sachs banksters emailed each other about, bragging, “Boy, that Timberwolf was one shitty deal.”

This sort of behavior by Goldman helped inflate, and then eventually pop, the housing bubble in the United States. The shockwave then ran across the Atlantic, hitting Europe and turning Goldman’s debt-masking deal with Greece years earlier sour, thus deepening the crisis.

All of these antics should have brought about the demise of Goldman as well, but with their alumni in key policy positions on both sides of the Atlantic, Goldman not only survived, it flourished.

having failed the WCA, this is my reality. is it the end of the road?

by Paul Somethingtobe Barnard on Saturday, 13 October 2012 at 11:02 ·

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Dear Mr Chisti. (MP for Gillingham)

 

i hope that this is the correct way to engage with you, via this response.

 

if i can put aside the previous correspondence for a moment, regarding atos and the WCA, i would like your help with the following.

 

i have now failed the WCA, as i predicted and was the reasons for my previous complaints.my last payment of benefit is on the 22nd october.

i have been receiving high rate IB, and i recieve DLA minimum rate of £19 per week.

i will also lose housing benefit and council tax benefit then.

this has left me with the only option of appeal.. i have been offered to go onto JSA, but this would be inappropriate as i am not in a position to offer full time work to an employer due to my health problems, which are getting worse.

when i was originally contacted by atos and told “there is a new scheme to help people like yourself who have been on incapacity benefit find work”, i was overjoyed.

i have felt that there is no real help for people to engage with whatever they can, in returning to work previously.

i was very lucky in being able to accept the offer of part time work at my local community centre, the Sunlight in 2009 when a position became available.

i have worked there for 5 hours per week since then.

this came about due to my volunteer work there which i have done all the way through my incapacity, whenever i was able, and am grateful for the support that the sunlight gave to me all the way, which they continue to do.

i have also participated in running various musical therapy groups there for others who are in a similar postion to me, whenever i could.

this work, paid and voluntary has been a juggling act with my mental health problems, and chronic spinal condition, but i have been able to cope in various ways, but it is always a choice, needing to take care of myself when necessary, but always being prepared to scarifice myself to the pain and stress induced by working and participating, to be able to engage with these activities for their own therapeutic value. and i hope a contribution to my community.

 

i am now in the position that, needing to appeal, i might qualify for “appeal rate ESA”  but even that is not clear.

this leaves me in the postion of needing to sell my car, as i can’t afford to insure it now.  i will not either be able to pay my bills,use the internet etc and

my car is a vital part of my work, and the voluntary activities. i have to take a chance and leave the tools i need for my work in the boot.

my job is radio technician, which i studied for by passing an electronics HNC in the 90’s.

it also allows me to limit the lifting and carrying that walking, which is impossible, to the voluntary activities or the impossibility of taking tools, equipment and musical instruments on public transport would entail.as with my tools for my radio job.

it means that i can, when necessary, carry any gear from the flat to the car. reducing the amount of pain such would cause, but otherwise without my own transport it will be impossible, i fear, to complete my activities. it may even require me to cease my employmet and therapeutic activities as i will have no transport.

 

surely this is the opposite of what was promised by atos originally, and totally against the current govt policy of “getting people back to work”.

 

i am asking you to intervene here, to find ways that this will not be the case. this is an impossible situation for me. and the prospect of not being able to engage with either my paid work or the therapeutic voluntary work is terrifying. it is also causing a big relapse with my depression, something that these activities have gone a long way to help me deal with.

surely this situation is unacceptable, and how many others are in similar situations?

please can you intervene on my behalf with the DWP system, as i can see no other way to avoid what is for me, and i am sure many others, a tragedy.

thank you

 

Paul Barnard

wca deaths.

http://statistics.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd1/adhoc_analysis/2012/incap_decd_recips_0712.pdf

deaths of esa claimants 2011

 

 

To Helen Back to-helen.blogspot.com

 

http://to-helen.blogspot.co.uk/

 

32 die a week after failing test for new incapacity benefit – Investigations blogs.mirror.co.ukWe’vehighlighted worriesabout the controversial medical tests for people claiming Employment Support Allowance which are being used to slash the country’s welfare bill.

 

http://blogs.mirror.co.uk/investigations/2012/04/32-die-a-week-after-failing-in.html

 

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/fear-of-fitness-to-work-tests-driving-disabled-patients-to-suicide-say-6-of-gps-8197432.html

independent article

 

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/nurse-makes-heartfelt-apology-after-1340838

Nurse makes heartfelt apology after Atos forced her to trick disabled people out of benefits