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(Reposted from the Abortion is Murder thread)
IMO it's a euphemism for "soul" used in order to avoid violating the separation of church and state. Sperm and egg cells are "human life" too, each is a genetically unique haploid individual separate from the diploid unicellular individual that produced them. The whole ethical philosophy used to justify anti-choice policies is an intellectually bankrupt attempt to justify using religious ideology to influence policy. When 99% of abortions happen a fetus has the mental capacity of a lizard, yet we eat meat from animals with a greater mental capacity than that every day.
it all comes down to the essentialistic, religious notion of a "soul" that magically appears at conception. It's total nonsense.
Source: Boston Herald
A shocking new online survey has found that nearly 90 percent of autistic children in the Bay State have been targeted by bullying so violent and ruthless that a state lawmaker says teachers and school systems must be held accountable.
The survey conducted by the Massachusetts Advocates for Children includes painful testimony from parents of autistic children who felt so tortured they stayed home from school for extended periods and even considered suicide.
We were frankly shocked by the magnitude of the problem, said attorney Julia Landau, director of the Autism Special Education Legal Support Center at MAC. It took our breath away.
About 400 Massachusetts parents responded to the online survey between Sept. 23 and Oct. 12. The survey was prepared as part of an effort to pass legislation requiring that autistic children be taught bullying coping tactics as part of their individual educational plans.
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As someone with Asperger's Syndrome I am saddened but not shocked by this. I have PTSD from being bullied as a kid and teen
I repeat, THERE IS NO EPIDEMIC!!!
Among the many great mysteries of autism is this: Where are all the adults with the disorder? In California, for instance, about 80% of people identified as having an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are 18 or under. Studies by the Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) indicate that about 1 in 150 children in the U.S. have autism, but despite the fact that autism is by definition a lifelong condition, the agency doesn't have any numbers for adults. Neither has anyone else. Until now.
On Sept. 22, England's National Health Service (NHS) released the first study of autism in the general adult population. The findings confirm the intuitive assumption: that ASD is just as common in adults as it is in children. Researchers at the University of Leicester, working with the NHS Information Center found that roughly 1 in 100 adults are on the spectrum the same rate found for children in England, Japan, Canada and, for that matter, New Jersey.
This finding would also appear to contradict the commonplace idea that autism rates have exploded in the two decades. Researchers found no significant differences in autism prevalence among people they surveyed in their 20s, 30s, 40s, right up through their 70s. "This suggests that the factors that lead to developing autism appear to be constant," said Dr. Terry Brugha, professor of psychiatry at the University of Leicester and lead author of the study. "I think what our survey suggests doesn't go with the idea that the prevalence is rising."
Can we stop with the "Epidemic" scaremongering now?
And who said I'm NOT trying to make the world a better place? I protested the Iraq War when I was in high school. I volunteered for the Obama campaign. I volunteer at a rape and abuse crisis center. I am the god-damned change I want to see in the world.
I just get annoyed by "Look how great we are" attitudes by many Boomers, as if what us younger folks do doesn't rate. Another Boomer poster essentially belittled my helping rape victims (which includes a disabled friend of mine) in the "Hippies are God come down to Earth" thread, so I have reasons to be a bit UPSET.
It's both a rejection of the hyper-individualistic cynicism of the Xers and the impractical "Head-in-the-sky" tendencies of Boomers. The comparison with the 50s makes sense since us Millennials are very similar to the Greatest Generation (just like Xers are like the "Lost" generation of Ike and the Boomers are like the Muckraker Generation that came of age in the Progressive era and were the "wise old men" of The Depression Era and WW2), we are are oriented towards material results through collective action and technology-driven prosperity and affluence, just like the Greatest Generation. This will look like stogy conformism to future generations.
Oh, and you are crazy for not being on Facebook!
The motor that let her raise and lowers the sear of her wheelchair stopped working two months ago and the idiots at the local place that sells various accessibility and mobility stuff, called Healthcare Accessories, kept claiming that Minnesota Medical Assistance didn't cover "nonessential" electric wheelchair repairs. I thought it was a load of crap, probably they were trying to get out of doing it because MNMA wouldn't allow price gouging. I suggested that she call her country social worker and have her look into it, and she agreed that the claim was BS, and after two months of the social worker and my friend's parents arguing with the place and threatening legal action the place gave in. What a bunch of assholes!
I almost blew my top when Psycho Sarah spewed that "they wanna kill Trig, OMG" crap, especially since that I know a couple people with Down's Syndrome, have a developmental disability (Asperger's Syndrome) myself, and have a close friend that is physically disabled and has mental health issues, both stemming from brain damage caused by Shaken Baby Syndrome. I'm sorry, that rhetoric is simply beyond the pale.
I get SSI, food stamps, Section 8, healthcare paid for by the state of Minnsota, and funding for staff 3 days a week to help run errands, set up medical appointments, etc. The Corporatist anti-government bastards would rather I starved, fuck them.
The Generation M Manifesto
8:01 AM Wednesday July 8, 2009
Dear Old People Who Run the World,
My generation would like to break up with you.
Everyday, I see a widening gap in how you and we understand the world and what we want from it. I think we have irreconcilable differences.
You wanted big, fat, lazy "business." We want small, responsive, micro-scale commerce.
You turned politics into a dirty word. We want authentic, deep democracy everywhere.
You wanted financial fundamentalism. We want an economics that makes sense for people not just banks.
You wanted shareholder value built by tough-guy CEOs. We want real value, built by people with character, dignity, and courage.
You wanted an invisible hand it became a digital hand. Today's markets are those where the majority of trades are done literally robotically. We want a visible handshake: to trust and to be trusted.
You wanted growth faster. We want to slow down so we can become better.
You didn't care which communities were capsized, or which lives were sunk. We want a rising tide that lifts all boats.
You wanted to biggie size life: McMansions, Hummers, and McFood. We want to humanize life.
You wanted exurbs, sprawl, and gated anti-communities. We want a society built on authentic community.
You wanted more money, credit and leverage to consume ravenously. We want to be great at doing stuff that matters.
You sacrificed the meaningful for the material: you sold out the very things that made us great for trivial gewgaws, trinkets, and gadgets. We're not for sale: we're learning to once again do what is meaningful.
There's a tectonic shift rocking the social, political, and economic landscape. The last two points above are what express it most concisely. I hate labels, but I'm going to employ a flawed, imperfect one: Generation "M."
What do the "M"s in Generation M stand for? The first is for a movement. It's a little bit about age but mostly about a growing number of people who are acting very differently. They are doing meaningful stuff that matters the most. Those are the second, third, and fourth "M"s.
Gen M is about passion, responsibility, authenticity, and challenging yesterday's way of everything. Everywhere I look, I see an explosion of Gen M businesses, NGOs, open-source communities, local initiatives, government. Who's Gen M? Obama, kind of. Larry and Sergey. The Threadless, Etsy, and Flickr guys. Ev, Biz and the Twitter crew. Tehran 2.0. The folks at Kiva, Talking Points Memo, and FindtheFarmer. Shigeru Miyamoto, Steve Jobs, Muhammad Yunus, and Jeff Sachs are like the grandpas of Gen M. There are tons where these innovators came from.
Gen M isn't just kind of awesome it's vitally necessary. If you think the "M"s sound idealistic, think again.
The great crisis isn't going away, changing, or "morphing." It's the same old crisis and it's growing.
You've failed to recognize it for what it really is. It is, as I've repeatedly pointed out, in our institutions: the rules by which our economy is organized.
But they're your institutions, not ours. You made them and they're broken. Here's what I mean:
"... For example, the auto industry has cut back production so far that inventories have begun to shrink even in the face of historically weak demand for motor vehicles. As the economy stabilizes, just slowing the pace of this inventory shrinkage will boost gross domestic product, or GDP, which is the nation's total output of goods and services."
Clearing the backlog of SUVs built on 30-year-old technology is going to pump up GDP? So what? There couldn't be a clearer example of why GDP is a totally flawed concept, an obsolete institution. We don't need more land yachts clogging our roads: we need a 21st Century auto industry.
I was (kind of) kidding about seceding before. Here's what it looks like to me: every generation has a challenge, and this, I think, is ours: to foot the bill for yesterday's profligacy and to create, instead, an authentically, sustainably shared prosperity.
Anyone young or old can answer it. Generation M is more about what you do and who you are than when you were born. So the question is this: do you still belong to the 20th century - or the 21st?
Umair and the Edge Economy Community
Posted by Odin2005 in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Thu Jul 23rd 2009, 08:14 PM
...because they lost the youth.
This is America's 3rd rebirth (the other two are the Civil War and the New Deal), and for the first time it speaks with a post-racial voice.
"A scientific colleague tells me about a recent trip to the New Guinea highlands where she visited a stone age culture hardly contacted by Western civilization. They were ignorant of wristwatches, soft drinks, and frozen food. But they knew about Apollo 11. They knew that humans had walked on the Moon. They knew the names of Armstrong and Aldrin and Collins. They wanted to know who was visiting the Moon these days."
Posted by Odin2005 in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Sat Jul 18th 2009, 10:17 PM
It will be a cross between 1936 and 1964. 1936 in that Obama will overwhelmingly (by around 70% or more) win the youth vote, just like FDR did (he won 86% of the votes of the Greatest Generation in that election). It will be like 1964 in that the GOP challenger will be perceived as scary nutjob.
High corporate and capital gains taxes force corporations to reinvest their profits back into the real economy to hide it from the tax-man. when it is below 40% it becomes more profitable to dump profits in the Wall Street Casino.
High taxes balanced by low interest rates, a well-paid workforce, and technological innovation is the recipe for a strong economy.
He, like most educated people in his time and all the way until Einstein, thought Newtonian Physics was absolute truth. The understanding that all theories are falsifiable conjectures that merely approximate the truth forces us to modify Kant's assertion that the laws of nature are imposed by our our minds. We impose our theories on the world, but nature always kicks back in the form of falsifications of our theories.
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Student at Minnesota State University Moorhead, major is Biology. Born 4/28/86. Grew up in Ulen, MN, population 532.
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