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I feel almost disconnected about this.  I have no sense that anything will improve no matter how many enqiries are carried out, but people have believed that in the past and things have improved.  Who would ever have believed that the NHS would be set up, for example?

My mind is so all over the place at the moment, functioning well, malfunctioning, functioning well etc.  Yet part of me says surely someone could convince government that it would be more cost-effective to improve the system.  Yes, if you sanction people, you save the benefits and knock them off the claimant count.  But you lessen their fitness for work.  How can the 1% exploit people if they destroy them?  And they can pursue a 'useless eaters' sort of approach, but that damages those that support the 'useless eaters' and/or love them, so there are again fewer people fit to exploit.

What's really needed is a couple of influential billionnares to say "Hang on, this doesn't make us money. "

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I hope they get some good responses.  I almost wish I'd been sanctioned so I could have an excuse to offer my views.

However, a comparison I've come across elsewhere sums up so much for me.  Jeremy Hunt & the luxury flats.

Hmm.  Time limit to declare to parliamentary register 28 days.  Time taken, over 6 months.  Government officials say "honest mistake".

Man with significant learning difficulties and unable to tell the time is 4 min late for an appointment at the jobcentre.  Sanctioned.  Minimum possible sanction period 4 weeks.  Minimum wait before you can apply for a hardship payment 2 weeks, then time to process application.

Penalty for being at least 5 months late declaring interest on register = public embarassment plus supportive comments by government.

Penalty for being less than 5 minutes late for appointment = at least 2 weeks with no money to buy food or put money on meter or jobsearch.
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Cafe / Re: Re-launching the ship happyness by bulekingfisher
« Last post by bulekingfisher on April 13, 2018, 11:05:42 AM »
Hello SashaQ

I feel I could drink gallons of Yorkshire tea as I'm parched dry after all the talking to theLieutent General
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Non-disability News and Current Affairs / Re: Posting in code
« Last post by Dark_Divinity on April 12, 2018, 11:37:22 PM »
I think he's genuinely doing garden work.  He fancies himself as a tree surgeon and he said he'd take the cuttings away.  I just think he's not got it running as a properly registered business and that in doing the work, he'd be less than competent.  There was nothing on his leaflet/card to show membership of anything or insurance.  If a tree toppled, there'd have been issues with my house insurance, and if he'd been injured, I wouldn't have been surprised if he'd tried to claim on my occupier's liability insurance.   I'll happily employ a tree surgeon to do some work, and if a 'regular' comes round, they can do it, but not someone like that.

I gave him to understand I work from home.  He was perfectly capable of looking through my windows.  As one person put it when I first moved in and said I thought I'd been unwise to put my desk with computer at the front of the house: "Don't worry - anyone taking a look at that old thing will see that you're not worth  burgling!"

However, what anyone checking out my door and windows and looking past me into my hallway will see is plenty of evidence of a genuine alarm system, serious locks on the doors, a lack of antiques, very visibly market property, and nosy neighbours.

Good.  >thumbsup<
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Non-disability News and Current Affairs / Re: Posting in code
« Last post by Sunny Clouds on April 12, 2018, 11:32:13 PM »
I think he's genuinely doing garden work.  He fancies himself as a tree surgeon and he said he'd take the cuttings away.  I just think he's not got it running as a properly registered business and that in doing the work, he'd be less than competent.  There was nothing on his leaflet/card to show membership of anything or insurance.  If a tree toppled, there'd have been issues with my house insurance, and if he'd been injured, I wouldn't have been surprised if he'd tried to claim on my occupier's liability insurance.   I'll happily employ a tree surgeon to do some work, and if a 'regular' comes round, they can do it, but not someone like that.

I gave him to understand I work from home.  He was perfectly capable of looking through my windows.  As one person put it when I first moved in and said I thought I'd been unwise to put my desk with computer at the front of the house: "Don't worry - anyone taking a look at that old thing will see that you're not worth  burgling!"

However, what anyone checking out my door and windows and looking past me into my hallway will see is plenty of evidence of a genuine alarm system, serious locks on the doors, a lack of antiques, very visibly marked property, and nosy neighbours.

(edited for typo - visibly  market property -> visibly marked property)
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Non-disability News and Current Affairs / Re: Posting in code
« Last post by Dark_Divinity on April 12, 2018, 11:11:48 PM »
Let me give an example.  Someone knocked on my door.  He was doing some work on a neighbour's garden and offered to do work on mine.  He offered a price and I thought it not too bad but I wasn't satisfied with the interaction and said no.

Afterwards, I analysed it.  It was partly because I couldn't pin him down.  E.g. level up the shape of the tree - where?  Arm waving and vague comments about evening up the shape.  Level with what?  Arm waving.  Ok, what that was was probably he wanted to just trim a little bit of what I wanted cut back at the top. 

He commented on how there was another tree trimmed just right.  I told him I didn't like it done like that, I wanted it done differently.  A bit later, he again said that he could make the one tree he was proposing to cut into a nice shape like the other.


In my experience door knockers tend to be 1 (sometimes 2) kinds of people those people who want to save your soul (how do I know I have one? I might have pawned it), checking out you and your property to see if you are a good target for a robbing or to see if you are old (and easily bullied) or young (stupid and naive) to fall for a scam to give them money or card details.

Did you get rid of this guy without giving him anything of value? Information about yourself or hints as to you financial worth or how isolated you are?
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Cafe / Re: Word Association Game
« Last post by Sunny Clouds on April 12, 2018, 11:11:37 PM »
Scandals

(definitely Eddie Cantor's best film)
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Non-disability News and Current Affairs / Re: Posting in code
« Last post by Sunny Clouds on April 12, 2018, 10:56:11 PM »
I usually pick up on humour.  I use humour to cope. 

I'm struggling to stay ok at the moment.  If I went to see my GP, he's got no miracle cure.  All I can do is to try to get back on track.

But that thread wasn't the only one to trigger stuff.  I've got too many memories swimming around in my head at the moment.

I wish so many of my friends weren't very ill or dying.  I know I need to make new friends but I don't know where to start.

My head's a mess.
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Non-disability News and Current Affairs / Re: Posting in code
« Last post by ally on April 12, 2018, 10:28:23 PM »
More has been posted on the code wind up.  Someone is asking if it's A covert code, as they don't understand any of it.   (I agree with that,  as its gibberish). Then,  someone pretended it made sense, with 'what are you referring to?  it's all perfectly clear to me' That's a wind up.  Then someone else posted  ' I don't know, but it's clever.  You get to the stage where you want to say so much more but, it all comes out mangled.  Why not go full mangle? A brilliant idea (I don't think so, it's crap). That's from someone who is trying to be part of it. pretending they get the plot, and understand what the code is meant to be, , when they clearly don't.  Therefore sunny, it's all a complete wind up. .  Personaliy, i think it's rather childish.  They must know that some on the forum will take  it literally, or, feel ostracised over it.    As Kizzy said, it wouldn't be allowed on here.   Therefore. Sunny just take it as a silly sort of prank.  It's nonsense, and, nothing to get concerned over. >hugs<
 
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