Chronological Archives

  • 5 Ridiculous Big Pharma ads I have an ongoing peeve that relates to medication and social attitudes surrounding it: often, for some people on various sides of the political spectrum, trashing Big Pharma translates into trashing people who use prescription medications at all, for a variety of health conditions — especially for chronic conditions, both of the mental health and ...
  • Disabled? Don’t Plan On Driving to the 2012 London Olympics This post has been edited with updated information. Here’s a completely bizarre policy move for you: Planners of the 2012 London Olympics announced today that a request to allow disabled ticket holders to use the games lanes set aside for athletes and dignitaries will be turned down. 100 miles (161 kilometers, if you must) of roads ...
  • Recommended Reading for Wednesday, December 8, 2010 My hearing has finally recovered! Now I know why I was sleeping so much – I couldn’t hear all the construction starting up at 7 a.m. *sigh* Arbitrary Constant: DLA reform consultation: Great Expectations, Word Apprehensions The coalition government today published its consultation on the reform of Disability Living Allowance (DLA). The headline is that ...
  • QuickPress: The Carnival of Mental Health is Up! I’ve been so behind in my reading this month that I missed entirely The Blog Carnival of Mental Health Issue 1: Diagnosis Welcome to the first Blog Carnival of Mental Health. I’m a day late, but I’m going to share with you an interesting if small collection of posts. I must say that it’s rather ironic ...
  • Unfounded Assumptions and Faulty Logic, Ahoy! s.e. emailed me an alert to this Atlantic post by Derek Thompson about the potential hidden costs of failing to extend unemployment insurance benefits, with a warning that I would likely ‘enjoy’ it. So I clicked through with trepidation. Rightfully so. I’ll excerpt the relevant piece here so you don’t need to reward this nonsense ...
  • Book Review: Lasting Treasures by Julie Ellis This piece contains lots of spoilers. I wanted to love this book, I really did. I have enjoyed the couple of Julie Ellis novels I’ve read, but this one just tipped the charming/not happening scale a bit far. It has a really strong heroine in Vicky, who escapes the Russian pogroms to build a new life ...
  • Recommended Reading for December 7, 2010 Cheryl at Finding my Way: On Privilege, Again It was after this that the almost imperceptible freak out occurred. What am I going to do when it snows? How am I going to get food this winter? People / the county just don’t shovel sidewalks very well and it’s too far to roll in the street. ...
  • It’s Only Wrong if You’re Sane: Pop Culture And Institutionalisation I think that this trope, like yesterday’s one about Crazy Roommates, comes from an exaggeration of the natural fear of being forced into medical treatments you don’t want because somehow you’ve lost control. The problem with this particular trope is it’s not based on fiction: this is the real experience of thousands of psychiatric ...
  • Today in Journalism: The Film Critic Who Wouldn’t Pity Jeannette Catsoulis. This poor New York Times film critic recently faced quite a conundrum when she was sent out to review Me, Too, written and directed by Álvaro Pastor and Antonio Naharro. I’ll let her tell you about it: Fiction films with disability as a central theme (especially those that feature disabled actors) are not ...
  • Recommended Reading for Monday, December 6, 2010 Today is December 6th, which in Canada is the anniversary of the Montreal Massacre . I wrote about it last year. It’s been a very long year. There are things I said then that I might not say now, but I do wonder, always, about a memorial for our ...