The picture above was posted by Maria Pizzey on Facebook, along with text as follows:
“This is UKIP’s MEP candidate for the South East. She described herself as ‘Nigel’s number two’.
“She told us to f**k off because we stood peacefully holding placards accusing UKIP of racist policies.
“She offered no debate or arguments to defend her party and despite the chap in the picture asking us to pose for photos, this was her response when asked to return the favour.
“She made personal comments about my body size and when I told her I would quote her widely she said, ‘I don’t care where you f***ing post this, just f**k off!’
“Hilariously, I have just discovered she is UKIP’s press advisor. This is the most rude and aggressive individual I have had the misfortune to come across and she wants to represent this country in Europe. By the…
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Yesterday a message was posted to David Cameron’s Facebook page from a person who said they were going to commit suicide because they had been wrongly sanctioned.
The response – from one of Cameron’s supporters – was as follows: “Well get on with it then.”
This serious disability hate remark has been allowed to remain ever since – on the Prime Minister’s own Facebook page, which we are led to understand is overseen by professionals who, let’s not forget, paid for people to visit it and press the ‘Like’ button in order to make him look popular, and who may reasonably be expected to moderate such offensive behaviour off the page before it causes any real harm.
You can read more details on the Atos Miracles Facebook page.
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Ten Commandments for Interacting With Kids On The Autism Spectrum by Mari Nosal and related Commandments!!!
A bit about the author–>
About the author
Mari Nosal has written 12 articles for Enabled Kids.
Mari Nosal, M.Ed., CECE is a school coordinator, blogger and author. She is certified by the Department of Early Childhood Education as a lead preschool teacher, an infant and toddler teacher, and site coordinator qualified to manage school age programs. She is certified in Community Crisis Intervention by the Community Crisis Intervention Team of Bristol County. As a parent of a son with Asperger’s, she and her son show others how it is possible to overcome obstacles and achieve your goals.
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Tomorrow is the first anniversary of the win against SOPA, and instead this week has been crushingly sad. Aaron Swartz was a friend, and we went to his funeral Tuesday.Aaron was behind so much of the amazing activism you see on the web. He helped Lessig start Creative Commons and helped get Reddit off the ground. With David Segal he founded Demand Progress. He gave us tons of advice and encouragement on Fight for the Future and even swooped in to fix our website at a crucial moment in the first SOPA protest (it was amazing to watch him work). The tool that delivers your letters to Congress when you take action on our sites? He built that. Probably in a day or two. It’s fun and comforting to be in awe of him. But all that “boy genius” stuff is not the important part. The thing that distinguished Aaron more than his intelligence was that he was political and effective. He didn’t use his ability to make apps– he used it to right wrongs. But he didn’t let the deep corruption in his Chomsky books turn him into a helpless cataloguer of the world’s sins and scams. He worked backwards to some steps he thought might–just maybe–make things better. Part of my horror at losing him is how clutch he was to have on our side. He was so powerful, versatile, and independent. If this was chess, they took our queen. But that’s the one way he can be replaced. Not as a friend. And probably not by any single person on this planet. But by a network of people infected with his brazen courage. I remember Aaron saying that one of the best things Fight for the Future could do– beyond stopping or even passing any piece of legislation– would be to encourage activists and geeks to think bigger and bolder. In a world where any one of us can build things or say things that mobilize millions, handfuls of people can do so much. So it matters what you think. It matters what your dreams are. And it makes a difference when you step up. Seriously, this is 2013. Kickstarter exists. Bitcoin exists! Half the planet will soon have the Internet in their pockets, and most of them aren’t very happy with their governments or employers. That’s a lot to work with. So try something! 🙂 In this email, there’s no simple link to an action you can take; it’s on you to make a plan. But once you do, post it to #ForAaron … we’d like to read it. Aaron had so many friends and allies, and all of them want to make some lasting change in his memory, both to advance the causes he worked for and fix the unjust system that lead to his death. These include: * Fixing the CFAA, the law used to prosecute Aaron that makes harmless “terms of service” violations felonies
* Requiring open access to *all* research that receives public funding
* Building ever greater archives of open data
* Creating consequences for prosecutors who bring disproportionate cases against the innocent or harmless We’ll be helping on all of these fronts, personally or as FFTF. As Massachusetts natives, we’ll work to end the political careers of the prosecutors here who targeted Aaron. Finally, if you do anything right now, learn about depression. Tiffiniy and I agree 100% with Aaron’s family and closest friends that the actions of federal prosecutors and MIT were what killed him. But there’s more to it than that, and we can’t shake the feeling that our community’s responses to depression are failing brilliant people like Aaron. Anyone who dreams big is going to encounter extreme stress. Anyone who works independently, driven by their own values and goals is especially vulnerable to spirals of guilt, frustration and depression when they hit a wall or push past their limits. The private, quiet lives that fuel our focus when we’re happy become hellish traps when depression starts. All of us someday will lose a parent, a partner, a sibling, or someone close to us. If it hasn’t happened to you, it will– and it can throw you, hard. So get help, don’t be afraid to rely on others (including doctors or therapists) and when it hits your friends, go above and beyond for them. If you have a project you’d like to pursue to address mental health issues at scale, using the Internet, be in touch– we’d love to help in some way. With sadness, and love, Holmes Wilson
Fight for the Future
P.S. We’ll be launching something in the morning.