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You Say ‘Fuck 2016,’ 2016 Says ‘Fuck The Haters’

You Say ‘Fuck 2016,’ 2016 Says ‘Fuck The Haters’

Does anyone else think the whole ‘Fuck you, 2016?’ thing has a bit of a class bias?

I don’t think 2016 is objectively worse than other recent years. Continue Reading

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The Acceptable Antisemitism of the Anti-Racist Community (ARCom)

The Acceptable Antisemitism of the Anti-Racist Community (ARCom)

NOTE: An earlier version of this was drafted a few months ago, and never published.

Still, it’s all worth thinking about anyway. The topic of acceptable antisemitism, a key form of acceptable racism, remains pertinent.

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Just look at the following link. I think the headline may be inappropriate and probably risks tapping into Alt-Right sentiment. Perhaps focusing on anti-semitism might been better? Still, it is well known journalists often do not choose the headline anyway. Continue Reading

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Santa Drives Sleigh, Amazon Drives him to Bankruptcy

Santa Drives Sleigh, Amazon Drives him to Bankruptcy

The North Pole: Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick was anything but Jolly as he announced to his elves and a tearful Mrs. Claus, that his North Pole-based Christmas empire, Kringle Corp World-Wide, will be filing for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy later this week. Continue Reading

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My Plan to Stop Racist Bigots (A Modest Proposal)

My Plan to Stop Racist Bigots (A Modest Proposal)

I’m going to tolerate respectable MIC racism for decades and shout down anyone who starts imagining things and calling me a bigot.

Then when my racism starts turning into genuinely indecent racism, I am going to let these ignorant right-wing bigots they have REALLY crossed a line. Continue Reading

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Male/Female Sex Ratios and Neurodiversity Revisited (2/2)

Male/Female Sex Ratios and Neurodiversity Revisited (2/2)

One of the problems with this line of thinking is that similar ratios have been reported in other developmental disorders. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyslexia, intellectual disabilities, and stuttering are among those. The social problems of autism do not exist in these conditions and it would be a lot harder to hide them; a dyslexic either has difficulty reading or doesn’t, a stutterer either talks fluently or doesn’t. Continue Reading

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Imperialist Aliens Should Check Their Privilege

It seems privileged metropolitan latte-sipping aliens have a problem with the equally privileged double standards of mundane down-to-earth Earthling types. Continue Reading

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Male/Female Sex Ratios and Neurodiversity Revisited (1/2)

Male/Female Sex Ratios and Neurodiversity Revisited (1/2)

One of the hot topics in autism lately has been skepticism over the reported ratio of autism in males versus females. Ever since autism was first described, an approximately 4:1 male:female ratio has been reported. This started with Kanner’s initial paper with eight boys and three girls and Asperger’s first paper which had four boys and no girls. Continue Reading

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Fellow Asperger’s People: ‘Society’ Owes You Nothing

Fellow Asperger’s People: ‘Society’ Owes You Nothing

Here, I am quoting some of my tweets from November 14, 2016.

You can probably guess what facets of my identity motivate these tweets.

If you have autism, ‘Society’ owes you nothing! Continue Reading

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Mongolian Jokes

Mongolian Jokes

When I was young, there was a large statue of Lenin in Ulaanbaatar. In 2012, the Mongolian government removed the statue, denouncing Lenin as a ‘murderer’.

In that same year, I heard this joke:

A Muscovite watches a communist demonstration next to a large statue of Lenin, upon which is inscribed, YOU DIED, BUT YOUR WORK WILL LIVE LONG!

A passerby reads the inscription, sighs, and says, “It would have been better had you lived a long time and your work died.” Continue Reading

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October Surprise from Autism Speaks: They No Longer Want a Cure? (2/2)

October Surprise from Autism Speaks: They No Longer Want a Cure? (2/2)

Last time:

After the Los Angeles Times published an op-ed piece by Steve Silberman that included the analogy between autism speaks and the NAACP that I wrote about above, Liz Feld, Autism Speaks CEO, responded urging the autism community to work together. This was years after not responding to repeated criticism by the neurodiversity movement, including that they were eugenicists whose only goal was to find a pre-natal test for autism and urge the abortion of autistic fetuses.

The essay continues:

Another significant event took place. Suzanne Wright contracted pancreatic cancer. This was so difficult for their family, that the Wright’s resigned from the autism speaks board and others took over. This made Steve Shore believe that autism speaks was now a safe haven and after some years of unsuccessfully trying to recruit him for their board of directors, he finally decided to get on board and become a team player. Valerie Paradiz who has stated that she has Asperger’s was the second autistic board member to be appointed by Autism Speaks. Valerie has not only been an opponent for a cure for autism, she stated at least according to one media source that autism is not a disability but a strength. Continue Reading

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October Surprise from Autism Speaks: They No Longer Want a Cure? (1/2)

October Surprise from Autism Speaks: They No Longer Want a Cure? (1/2)

WALLACE’S NOTE: Although the following story is about the ‘October Surprise’ from Autism Speaks, the decision in question may have some long term implications.

Autism speaks has published a new mission statement:

Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.

Saliently absent is the word “cure” from their mission statement which they had in the past: Continue Reading

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History – As Told by Forgotten Newspaper Headlines

History – As Told by Forgotten Newspaper Headlines

The recent presidential election has resulted in some pretty shocking newspaper headlines – like when Scotland’s The Daily Record ran a cover story showing a photo of Donald Trump at his swank new Scottish golf course on a windy day, with his hair all messed up. The headline read:

THERE WILL BE HELL TOUPEE!

The fact is provocative front pages are nothing new. Headlines intended to shock you go back centuries. Recently I did extensive research on the history of newspaper front page headlines, by which I mean I Googled “history of newspaper front page headlines” while binge-watching the Netflix series Stranger Things. I uncovered some long-lost front pages that detail some of the most important, but perhaps forgotten, events in human history.

In my research, I even found what is believed to be the very first front page headline ever written – from The Neanderthal News. It read: Continue Reading

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Has Autism Given me the Gift of Prophecy?

Has Autism Given me the Gift of Prophecy?

Some persons on the autism spectrum have extraordinary talents and abilities.  These are known as savant skills. Continue Reading

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What is Done and What Isn’t Done: All’s Painful in Love & Politics

What is Done and What Isn’t Done: All’s Painful in Love & Politics

In life, I don’t regret what I have actually done, half as much as I’ve regretted what I didn’t do when I had the chance, or what I did do, but did in a way that was omitting to do something very important.

This is a truth that functions on many levels.

One wise person told me many years ago:

The worst thing you can ever say is:
‘If only I had…’

If you have concrete, substantial regrets, at least you know where you stand.

If but if all you have to regret is a large, dizzying abyss; or T.S. Eliot’s

The passage which we did not take
Towards the door we never opened
Into the rose-garden.

The grief of what you have failed to realize or accomplish, and what it has cost you and others, will never go away.

Time does not heal all things, but it numbs the pain of your debts and your trangressions.

But there is no healing and no panacea and no forgiveness, now nor forevermore, for the beauty and the treasure you squandered on the highway, trampled in the ditch and cast to the four heavens.

Better far to ache in Mordor
Than wistful, sore to sigh
In Rivendell.

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Originally published on Jonathan Arts and Critique.

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Autism: Advantage with Women & Aphrodisiac? Autism Can Land You a Hot Girlfriend

Autism: Advantage with Women & Aphrodisiac? Autism Can Land You a Hot Girlfriend

Autism diagnoses started to soar in the 1990s and those new cases are now adults in their early twenties.  Society and the media have noted the need for employers to hire those on the spectrum.  This has lead to major media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times publishing articles on how autism is an advantage in the workplace and how it can land you a job.  Continue Reading

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Autism and the Single Life:  Humorous Quotes to take the Sting out of Celibacy

Autism and the Single Life: Humorous Quotes to take the Sting out of Celibacy

Celibacy is a real problem for many autistic males. You don’t get to hear about it much because the powers that be only publicizes writings of successful autistics like Stephen Shore who can get married and Temple Grandin, a female who claims to be celibate by choice. The problems of the invisible autistic adult are ignored and people act like autistics remain Peter Pans.

Most of the internet autistics do not write much about this problem. Trust me, it is there, it exists. Continue Reading

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