Biden should focus on science communication as his administration seeks to tame the pandemic – Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

The Biden administration will need a strong communications strategy to work with state and local authorities to implement effective public health measures and oversee a critical vaccination campaign against COVID-19.

Source: Biden should focus on science communication as his administration seeks to tame the pandemic – Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

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An expert proposal: How to limit presidential authority to order the use of nuclear weapons – Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

The United States should modify its decision-making procedures to require that one or more officials concur with a presidential order to use nuclear weapons before the military carries it out. Implementing such a requirement is readily accomplished using a tracking system operated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Source: An expert proposal: How to limit presidential authority to order the use of nuclear weapons – Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

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The Supervet

The show follows Professor Noel Fitzpatrick and the team at Fitzpatrick Referrals sharing with the world the highs and lows of a working veterinary practice

Source: The Supervet

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Broca’s (Expressive) Aphasia – National Aphasia Association. Traumatic brain injury: this is why I use Twitter, computer, email. Phone is nearly impossible for communication.  You rely on someone else’s spoken word to prompt you to give a reply.  Scrambling to make sense words come to mind & the visual is the plough and the stars; the words are not and cannot be sequenced just clutched at in the hope that the other person will make sense of what you are trying to say.

Individuals with Broca’s aphasia have trouble speaking fluently but their comprehension can be relatively preserved. This type of aphasia is also known as non-fluent or expressive aphasia.

Source: Broca’s (Expressive) Aphasia – National Aphasia Association

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Uncovering Grangegorman Histories for Culture Night 2020

Listen to the little-known story of the recovery and restoration of the records from the hospitals associated with the Grangegorman site. These records document the lives of the people and the practices employed there from 1814 onwards.

Source: Uncovering Grangegorman Histories for Culture Night 2020

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Psychiatric trauma: the hidden toll of the Covid-19 Pandemic published in the Euronews. The link below introduces us to Psychiatry and the team of people who provide services for people with psychiatric, mental health, addiction in France. We in Ireland need to follow a similar model. Mental health in Ireland is the “Cinderella” … our budget allocation is far below allocations for other health areas and for psychiatric services in other EU countries.

…………..And Why I believe Royal City of Dublin hospital (Baggot Street hospital, Upper Baggot Street and Haddington Road) should become a medical centre of excellence, for mental health and especially post COVID-19 and the trauma caused which cannot be measured as yet.  Some people already refer to Mental Health (Deaths of Despair Sir Angus Deaton/Anne Case) as the second Pandemic.  If you pass by what was the section to do with addictions in Haddington Road, recently closed, you will see a tent, some person’s home – it is a shocking indictment that a person lives on a cold street – a street where 20 years ago a young man called Trevor Deely disappeared.

We have a duty of care as a society.  1980’s we followed the UK model.  The aim was care in the community.  Instead what we have is empty buildings and empty vacant spaces in people who deserve more.

Take a few minutes and explore how the French deal with mental health; yes they mention Stigma but they appear to be far more hands on and they recognise from the research already done, that mental health and addiction are a crisis happening at present but with a fall-out going forward for years.

One more point 39 A  Belfield to Ongar is due to run 24 hours. It passes Baggot Street hospital.

Search:  Royal City of Dublin hospital which spans a number of years of comments highlights the fall further from grace of what was once a training hospital for the doctors who went to the Crimea War.


*Michelle Clarke

The above has been sent to politicians and relevants bodies: recipients below

Wayne, Timmy Dooley,,,, Stephen Donnelly, Siobhan, Uplift,,, SageAdvocacy, Ruth Coppinger, Ross Maguire SC,, Reinhard Schaler,, Provost, Prof Jim Lucey, Prison Library Office,,, Price, Mollie,,, Policy Institute,,


Today we can relate to Emotional Intelligence but also the latest is Technology Intelligence In contrast to the COVID-19 pandemic the world is experiencing at present, the comparable Pandemic of 1918 is worth examination, not necessarily in detail but enough to realise mental health systems have improved. However we need more change, we need to remove the Stigma and we need proper care for those affected, knowing that there will be a fall-out from the impact of COVID-19.

Links which may be of interest

28th April 2020

Mind the Brain: How COVID-19 is a Unique Threat to Mental Health.

Steven Berkowitz, MD
Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Director, START Center
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

“…….Pandemics differ from other disasters in that they generally affect a larger number of people, threat to life is prolonged, and illness and mortality come in waves, not all at once. There is an erosive effect due to the constant and prolonged exposure to stress.

Although there have been recent pandemics such as Ebola and the “swine flu,” not since the Spanish flu has the United States experienced such widespread and virulent contagion. About 28% of the U.S. population was infected with the Spanish flu, with 0.81% dying. Unfortunately, there is little information regarding its mental health impact, except for some relevant data from Norway, where there was a 7.2-fold increase in first-time asylum admissions over a 6-year period post-pandemic. Symptoms described included sleep disturbances, depression, mental distraction, dizziness and difficulties coping at work. Furthermore, there were upsurges in cases of neurologic illness among a group of patients in recovery……”


“On the Shoulders of Giants”. What we can learn from the US?

……….Norred had battled schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression. When using her medications, she was full of energy, cooking meals for her mother’s book club, or visiting her grandmother in an assisted living facility.

“She was happy, healthy, and productive,” said Elizabeth Frederick, her mother.

When in the throes of mental illness, the popular waitress was tormented by sleep-deprived paranoia.

Her obsessive behavior led to aggravated stalking charges and landed her in jail on April 2, 2017. During her three months behind bars, she grew agitated, argued with inmates and told staff she didn’t need her medication. A psychologist deemed her incompetent for trial and recommended a mental health facility. A judge eventually agreed…….

Before she could be transferred, Norred hanged herself……….

Please read the link. Mental health, the Cinderella, embodied with Stigma. What happens in the hospitals and prisons in America or the UK may dwarf our prisons, hospitals, mental health hostels but the illness is core and the horrors apply, maybe not to scale, but the details we should know and acted upon. Think of our homeless and mental health neglect. It is easy to shun a person when you come upon them in a distressed state. It does not have to end in suicide, or locked away in the Central Mental hospital, having murdered a perceived foe.

2017 diagnosed with breast cancer: So much life experience I decided that I would write book. Now appear to be a breast cancer survivor.

Published on Amazon

Fortune Favours the Brave by Michelle Marcella Clarke

Be watchful: Depression creeps into the mind…and can destroy. Depression Comix.

296 “No reason”

Published June 25, 2016 21 Comments



Japan: What can we learn? Deflation lasted over 20 years. A dangerous culture took hold in an economy with minimum economic growth; it was the crisis associated with young people yearning social isolation; that same social isolation that 2020 has imposed upon The World even as far as the Antartic. The question is when COVID-19 is eliminated by vaccines, Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna which December 2020 has seen their release; we are awaiting AstraZeneca. The Russians have Sputnik V and the Chinese have Sinovac. We can be confident now but it is a long time before vaccinations are complete. It may even be 2022 before herd immunity in most countries is achieved. Anthony Fauci, adviser in the US has said, it may be closer to 85% which will be needed for “Herd Immunity”. This article is worth reading: We have the time at present but we must be prepared for that second epidemic – the roll out of what has, is, and will be, happening to the mental health of people throughout our world. This has yet to be encountered horrors in store over time. Let’s be prepared.

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Overview: nuclear scientists as assassination targets – Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

The disadvantages of assassinating nuclear scientists are many, including the possibility that assassinations will inspire retaliation, reduce the likelihood of a diplomatic solution, and increase the difficulties international regulators face in monitoring a covert nuclear program. In the abstract, moral and legal strictures also weigh against such assassination efforts. As a practical matter, however, if an existential imperative is present, it will likely trump legal and ethical considerations when a nation contemplates assassinating nuclear scientists.

Source: Overview: nuclear scientists as assassination targets – Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

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British Medical Journal Editor: ‘Medical-Political Complex’ Is Corrupt and Suppressing Science

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Dr. Kamran Abbasi is the executive editor of the prestigious British Medical Journal, editor of the Bulletin of the World Health Organization, and a consultant editor for PLOS Medicine. He is editor of the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine and JRSM Open.

He recently published a piece in the BMJ, titled “Covid-19: politicisation, “corruption,” and suppression of science.”

In his article, he writes the following:

Politicians and governments are suppressing science. They do so in the public interest, they say, to accelerate availability of diagnostics and treatments. They do so to support innovation, to bring products to market at unprecedented speed.

Both of these reasons are partly plausible; the greatest deceptions are founded in a grain of truth. But the underlying behaviour is troubling.

Science is being suppressed for political and financial gain. Covid-19 has unleashed state corruption on a grand scale, and it is…

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COVID Vaccine Hesitancy Widespread, Even Among Health Professionals

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By  Jeremy Loffredo

Public health groups, including the World Health Organization, are making a concerted effort to reduce COVID vaccine hesitancy, as many medical professionals and minority groups remain doubtful about safety and efficacy.

As details on the latest COVID vaccine contenders flood the news cycle on a daily basis, reports of concerns regarding the safety and efficacy of the vaccine are widespread among many demographics, even including the professional medical community.

As vaccine hesitancy grows agencies, including the World Health Organization (WHO), are stepping up efforts to build vaccine confidence through public relations and communications campaigns.

Surveys reveal vaccine hesitancy

Researchers from the University of California Los Angeles’ Karin Fielding School of Public Health surveyed healthcare personnel working in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. As the Washington Post reported, they found that two thirds (66.5%) of healthcare workers “intend to delay vaccination,” meaning they do not intend…

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“Bloody Sunday” in the Military Service (1916-1923) Pensions Collection

I found this link on Twitter this anniversary date of Bloody Sunday 21st November 1920. I live in Dublin 4 and am aware there is a history deep in its core that is not spoken about; that is…..until this incredible piece of research appeared on my twitter. Thank you. Michelle Clarke

Military Service (1916-1923) Pensions Collection

Blue icons – operations carried out. Yellow icons – planned/unsuccessful operations

Extracts from James Bird’s sworn statement in support of his military service pension application.


The coordinated operation to attack suspected British intelligence agents on the morning 21 November 1920, known as “Bloody Sunday”, was, to that date, the largest single operation undertaken by the Irish forces in Dublin during the War of Independence. In all sixteen people were killed by the IRA that morning and several others wounded. While primarily an IRA operation in conception and execution, assistance and support was received from members of Cumann na mBan, Na Fianna Éireann and the Irish Citizen Army (ICA). What follows is a listing, by operation location or role, of those individuals whose files are publicly available online in the Military Service (1916-1923) Pensions Collection (MSPC) and, who either claimed involvement in the operation themselves, or whose involvement is stated…

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