Nothing is Stirring @SteelySeabirder

Isle of May National Nature Reserve

Your not my mum Grey Seal pup saying hello

Seal pup looking Inquisitive even at an early age

Mum and pup1 Sleeping babies and watchful mums

second coater only 3 weeks old, coat moulted and now independent

Sunday 29th November comments: As December approaches the Isle of May is slowly closing down. The seabirds are halfway through their winter retreat having been away since August whilst the island closed to visitors at the end of September. And that just leaves the Grey Seals.

Since mid-September the Isle of May has seen huge numbers of Grey Seal pups born across the island (over 2,400 last autumn) although we are now heading towards the end of their breeding season. The last of the pups will be born in early-mid December and then the island will close down, and nothing will stir, not even a mouse.

However one thing will keep going; the blog! I’ll be making occasional visits out to the island (so watch…

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One of the main themes of this petition is genuine transparency

Hole Ousia

What follows is a transcript of a letter that I have sent to the 
Scottish Parliament on my petition for a Sunshine Act for Scotland:

Scottish Parliament Public Petition PE1493 on a Sunshine Act for Scotland

Letter from the petitioner, Dr Peter J. Gordon, 20th November 2015

Dear Members of the Petition Committee,
I thought that it might be helpful to give you a brief summary on matters relating to my petition.

The Scottish Government has commissioned the Scottish Health Council to undertake consultation with the public. This is underway with ten separate discussion groups with somewhere less than 100 participants overall.

As petitioner I met with the Scottish Health Council in June and was asked to provide a summary to help in preparing information to act as the basis for the discussion among the participants. I was asked by the Scottish Government if I wanted to review the…

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Putting relationships at the heart of recovery from psychosis: Prof Andrew Gumley @rcpsych Nottingham 20Nov15


and my comment on the presentation:

Nice presentation Andrew. I particularly like the photos, of mothers and babies, human and animal. The nurturing, secure base and safe haven which has been my experience of family life, both as a child and parent. It meant that I could recover from psychiatric treatment, and so could the other 7 of my family members who had no choice but to engage with psychiatry. Providing a safe haven and secure base was my way of helping my family to recover from psychiatric abuse. The psychoses were not the problem, rather they were, for me and my family, a natural occurrence and way of coping with the trauma of everyday existence, the ups and downs of life that happens to all of us, at some time or another.


Here Come the Boys! @SteelySeabirder

Isle of May National Nature Reserve

1 stand off GD Bull Seals starting to fight (Graeme Duncan)

2 Bull fight Violent fights are common place (Graeme Duncan)

3 Bull seals At 40 stone would you mess?

blood bath The aftermath; blood on the jetty following a fight

Friday 20th November comments: The season continues to change and the number of pups has now peaked across the colony but it’s not all sweetness and light…the boys (known as bulls) are here.

Slowly and surely the Bull seals, some weighting as much as 40 stone have been arriving on the colonies with only one thing on their mind…its soon the mating season. Bulls will defend a harem of cows with violent fights and serious injuries common place. Towards the end of the lactation (about 20-21 days) the cow seal will become fertile and will mate although implantation is delayed for up to three months.

The gestation period is nine months and the end result is of pups being…

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Medication Mechanization: Microchip Sensors in Abilify to Increase Medication Compliance [Reblog]

Michael Cornwall, Ph.D.

This entry first appeared at Mad In America on November 10, 2015.

I felt a chill go through my body when I read that the FDA has agreed to review for possible approval in early 2016 a new form of the drug Abilify that contains a microchip sensor capable of sending a message that indicates the exact time a tablet dissolves in the stomach. The message is recorded by a skin patch – along with data such as the person’s body angle and activity patterns – and, according to a press release from Proteus Digital Health, the developer of the device, “this information is recorded and relayed to patients on a mobile phone or other Bluetooth-enabled device, and only with their consent, to their physician and/or their caregivers.”

The Japanese drug giant Otsuka teamed up with Proteus Digital Health in 2012 to create this potentially profitable new “chip in a pill” just as its patent on Abilify…

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