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Copyright 2015

Copyright 2015

Michael J Wormald Publishing was established to publish Historical Fiction and Non-Fiction, Science-Fiction, and Children’s
books.
Michael is a former Engineer with a wide experience, he worked for many years worked in the field before moving into
defence he worked on Projects for the Army, Navy and most recently the RAF.

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May 2015

If I were to meet Seaman William McNeilly today I would look him in the eye and tell him how brave I thought he was.  He has given up is career that he loved, the opportunity to support his country and the Royal Navy.

He has swallowed his own pride and opened up on the Hazards, Safety Issues and security.

None of the issues surprise me at all.

Seaman William McNeilly

I worked in Defence for years, including Support for the Royal Navy Sonar systems.  Giving Technical Support to the Royal Navy.

I can sympathise with those issues even though I left Naval services 6-7 years ago I remember how difficult it was becoming for the Submarine Weapon Systems officers who were being forced to take on more and more technical responsibility.  Each officer can only take on so much, – and still cope 100% as they are expected to.

The Royal Navy like the rest of the UK armed forces have been pushed to limit, cut back after cut back.  Many people who previously understood or had responsibly for the issues Seaman William McNeilly has raised may well have left, made redundant, leaving behind over stretched men who have suddenly been forced into a steep learning curve for their additional responsibilities.

The Royal Navy offers a is a great career.  submariners are not only put under a lot of stress to perform 100% because of their duties, but often because the safety of all the crew and the submarine is a stake.  So people should listen with a sympathic ear to McNeilly.

Seaman William McNeilly may well have spoken out, or found himself listening with dread to his superiors talk about every thing he has highlighted.  While they have chosen to try and ‘cope’ with the situation instead of risking their careers, chances of promotion, or to honest – their families and their welfare the income provides.

There have been too many cuts backs to be able to provide the response day-to-day to many issues, so they get left to people like William McNeilly to worry about.

It is not his fault – it is the government’s.

I feel for all Whistleblowers.  I have spent 5 years fighting Hypocrisy and blind stupidity in BAe and the MoD whilst working on Typhoon.

The worst is yet to hit William McNeilly.  No income.  Stress.  Bias towards/from MoD in the courts and useless Whistleblowing laws.

Eventually you come out of it with nothing.  I face loosing my house and live by scrounging and scrimping.  It is a horrible way to live, but I would not change one thing that I’ve done.  I will continue to take pride in what I did.  But I still feel the pain.  So I know what McNeilly is going through.  We should support him.

Most importantly we should support the Royal Navy to get these issues fixed.

We will either have an “I told you so” disaster with lives ruined or taken by accidents or dangers we should have fixed; or we can listen and give the messengers a clap on the back.

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http://news.sky.com/story/1485843/missing-trident-submariner-to-hand-himself-in

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-32771925

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1 year M.E. Joke not funny? Press Release

Daily Mail Article Leaves M.E. Sufferers Fuming

Press Release  •  Jul 02, 2015 13:13 BST

From Lancashire UK Michael J Wormald Author and M.E. Sufferer

The original article below, caused out rage on Facebook, Twitter and amongst Bloggers and Health Forums.

The article may have highlighted the inconsistent way in which the NHS and Dept. of Health still refer to the condition as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), but made ridicule of those suffering from ‘Chronic Fatigue’ or had been diagnosed with M.E. (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis or Encephalopathy)

27th June 2015 :  Click link Below of Full Copy of Press Release

http://www.mynewsdesk.com/uk/michael-j-wormald-publishing/pressreleases/daily-mail-article-leaves-m-e-sufferers-fuming-1187694

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1 year M.E. Joke not funny? Response

Further to yesterdays post about the Daily Mail Article, I have had an initial response.

“Dear Mr Wormald

Thank you for your thoughtful response to the item about Samantha Cameron’s sister’s description of her period of suffering from ME. We are sorry to learn that you believe it to be outdated and inaccurate.

The account given of ME is based on what Emily Sheffield has herself reported of her experience, which is clearly different from yours. It is not intended as an objective or medical report and in reporting that she recovered in a sudden and dramatic way, there is no implication that she found a ‘cure’ applicable to other sufferers.

The item, which is part of a diary column focussing on celebrities, also summarises what has been the reaction in the past of some people, including professionals, to the condition. It states that the diagnosis ‘has been met’ with scepticism and ‘was dubbed yuppie flu’. It also states that sufferers  ‘tend to be aged between 20 and 40’, when younger and older people are also afflicted.

Therefore while I cannot agree that the article is inaccurate I would like to thank you for taking the time and trouble to send us your views. Please be assured I have forwarded your e-mail to Mr Shakespeare. We appreciate all feedback as it helps to inform our journalists and the editorial decisions we take on a daily basis.

Kind regards

Rehema Figueiredo

Corrections’ Department”

Well here we go again…  M.E. doesn’t “tend to be aged between 20 and 40”.  I’ve never heard or read anything about “yuppie flu” outside of the drivel we get in Newspapers.

If like me you continue to be disgusted about the way M.E. is represented in the Press please post comments about how the original article (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3141161/SEBASTIAN-SHAKESPEARE-stricken-year-says-Sam-Cam-s-sister.html   (By Sebastian Shakespeare for the Daily Mail)) Made you feel.

Feedback is greatly appreciated I intend to write about this further.


1 year M.E. Joke not funny?

To the Daily-mail, UK: ‘editorial@mailonline.co.uk’; ‘corrections@mailonline.co.uk’

I am writing over concerns over the inaccuracies and total absence of credible fact in the article below.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3141161/SEBASTIAN-SHAKESPEARE-stricken-year-says-Sam-Cam-s-sister.html   (By Sebastian Shakespeare for the Daily Mail)

A person suffering from M.E. Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, a serious neurological condition, would be very, very lucky to get a diagnosis in less than a year.  Let alone find a cure to this incurable condition?!

Encephalomyelitis or Encephalitis, and the pain (that’s what Myalgic means) is diagnosed over a long period where neurological pain and degeneration or inflamation in the nervous system has been observed over a LONG period.

My diagnosis took five years, and explained a period of illness and degenerating health and unexplained pain over a period of 20 years.  My medical retirement at 42 has not helped – since I still can’t support myself.  Nor is there any cure to be offered.

M.E. Myalgic Encephalomyelitis is NOT fatigue.  I wake up with PAIN and go to sleep with PAIN regardless of the exertion in between, there is marked increase in pain on exertion which may require days to get over.

CFS Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is not a useful, or scientific or medical term.  The World health Organization and the Nightingale Research Foundation, who presented a report to the Lords and Commons in 2007, have repeatedly called on governments and the NHS to stop using the CFS label; since GP’s, even specialists and Health ministers alike are all liable misuse and misrepresent the term.  I would describe CFS, for want of a better term, as a ‘toxic description’ of these two distinct groups of illnesses.

I have the deepest sympathy with people suffering from fatigue –which can be caused by stress, depression, cancer, serious illness or major surgery.  Fatigue is recoverable over a long period, or through  sustained rest and appropriate rehabilitation.

I’ve had sustained rest, tried the rehabilitation and over the long term, this has no effect on the type of distinct pain I and M.E. sufferers experience.  Since the pain is quite distinct and when recurring over a long period it is clear the M.E. is a condition separate from fatigue, the source being narrowed down to neurological, then the diagnoses can be made correctly.  This is not generally done in under a year?!

I also have the deepest sympathy for all the poor souls who are floating between two extremes not knowing if they have been given the correct diagnoses by their GP (or more properly a qualified  neurologist?)

The idea the M.E. could be championed by someone who has had a sudden ‘miracle’ cure is not funny.  This article is in poor taste, ill-informed, and shows a poor standard of journalism.

I hope you will investigate, print a retraction or start over with a better informed source.  Try a neurologist?  Indeed we have a champion in Byron Marshall Hyde M.D. who wrote the report for the Nightingale Research Foundation…

The problem now is not that the condition is met with skepticism, but that it is met with pure ignorance in the press which is carried over into the NHS and Government.  For all out sakes get your facts from a legitimate source!

Regards

Michael Wormald

Long term M.E. sufferer 25 years and counting


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Changes to Amazon Customer Reviews

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AMAZON CUSTOMER REVIEW CHANGES

Amazon is implementing changes to the customer review system in the US.

News of this change was recently announced in this c/net article.

The new customer review system uses a machine learning platform.

What does a machine learning customer review platform mean?

  • The system will gauge which customer reviews are most helpful.
  • The customer review system will be dynamic.
  • The average star rating will be weighted by helpfulness.
  • Verified reviews will have an edge toward helpfulness.
  • Newer reviews will also count more toward helpfulness.
  • Customer voting still impacts helpfulness.

So, exactly, how is this different?

  • Average star rating may change, since it will be weighted by helpfulness. The most helpful reviews will carry more influence.
  • Customer voting isn’t the only factor that affects helpfulness. Newer reviews and Verified reviews will carry more weight. There are probably other factors entailed in the “machine-learning.”

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