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Date: Friday, April 6th, 2012 02:56 pm (UTC)
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Re: that first link about the people on disability dying in 2011. Statistically, that doesn't really prove anything because there's nothing to compare it to. Is that a higher number than in previous years? If yes, significantly higher, marginally higher, just a teeny bit higher? It would have been far more helpful if they'd requested data for the past 10 years or so. As it is, the numbers don't really prove anything. Maybe fewer people died in 2011 than in previous years. It's impossible to say.

(note - not trying to defend the changes to the benefit scheme - I'm Canadian so don't have a horse in this race, but from a research point of view, it's rather meaningless without data from previous years)

Date: Friday, April 6th, 2012 03:15 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jo
I find a lot of your links quite interesting, and I really like your insider Lib Dem stuff. I especially liked the one you posted the other day to Paul Bernal's blog post about Governments not understanding the internet. I'd never heard of him before, so now follow him on Twitter - I guess he's sort of the UK's Michael Geist. I've been trying to find a way to blog about really bad internet laws and that blog post provided me with a way to do it without attacking specific policies or political parties, which I can't do because of my conditions of employment.

Date: Friday, April 6th, 2012 04:20 pm (UTC)
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I appreciate that this is anecdote rather than datum, but as someone going through this awful process right now, I find the Mirror's figures quite credible. I am currently more stressed out, for a more prolonged period, than I remember ever being - and if things don't go as they should, I don't think I have the strength to fight all the way through an appeal. At which point my lifespan may well end up somewhat abbreviated, since I'm already kind of hovering on the brink of "there is nothing I want to do with my life that I believe I can actually achieve" and "I find merely existing in this world impossible and ridiculously painful", with only "who will look after my cats?" and "I'm scared of no longer existing" to hold me back.

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