How can you have democracy with a biased media?


True, but then what is the truth, is that just subjective?

We can only know what is true when we witness our own actions, but then can we believe our own mind, for is our present and future not influenced by our past?

Opher's World

Our views are formed from the information we are provided with.
If we are constantly provided with news that is heavily slanted while claiming to be impartial then we are being manipulated.
How do we know what is true?

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The Lived Experience of Autism


Original post from INSAR Internation Society for Autism Research

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Thursday, May 14, 2015: 11:00 AM
Grand Ballroom B (Grand America Hotel)
J. E. Robison, The College of William and Mary, Springfield, MA
Background: In the past few years we have begun to speak of “autisms” as we describe a range of conditions that include symptoms clinicians deem autistic.  At the same time, the interpretative latitude for the words used to describe autism has broadened enormously.Objectives: One result of  broadening is an increase in the identified autistic population.  As this has unfolded, biological studies show that we have identifiable differences, and more of us are loosely bound together by a group of shared biomarkers. Some possible biomarkers are de novo – and those tend to accompany the gravest disability.  That leaves a large number of us – me included – whose impairments are less severe.  We are the ones who inherit our difference from our parents, and pass it on to our children.Methods: Hans Asperger recognized this family clustering when he described our population in 1938. Perhaps we are a lost tribe of history, now being identified and brought together by genetics and brain imaging studies.  Behavioral observations were the first clue, and biomarker tests prove the case. What does this mean for science and society today?Results: If autism touches 1% of our population there are more than three million autistic Americans.  That’s a big population, one that until recently has had no voice. But that is changing, and it’s important for scientists to work with us as we begin to speak out and assert ourselves. While it’s true that autism delivers crushing disability to many, it also delivers extraordinary gifts to others.  Many of us live with both gifts and disability.  However, the medical and educational communities – indeed, most of society – tend to see us as broken.  We are evaluated by the ways in which we are less than typical people. What about seeing the ways in which we are more? As functional as I seem to you now, I have lived my whole life with this double-edged sword of autism – gift and disability – with the disability largely invisible to everyone but me.   I isolated myself through my blindness, society rejected me for the inappropriate behaviors they didn’t understand, and I felt like a failure. Yet today I see I am a success.

Conclusions: Cancer is a disease to be cured.  Smallpox is a scourge to be eradicated.  Autism is neither.  We must embrace a more balanced view.  We need to find a balance between the extreme views of cause, accommodation, and cure that divide our community. The  nature of our population is emerging and the goal of autism science should be to maximize our success and remediate our disability. There is a great risk that the young people who are emerging as spokespersons for the autistic identity and neurodiversity movements will reject autism science if we do not recognize and embrace the complexity and range of the experience of being autistic. Scientists must understand and appreciate our gifts, and relieve our suffering. We have a great challenge and a great opportunity, together.

Immigration, can our towns cope?


Coping with immigration

Come 2014 the current immigration restrictions applying to the people from Bulgaria and Romania who wish to emigrate to other EU countries, will be removed. It is assumed many of these people will be requiring work in farming and agriculture and may decide to come to the UK, due to our extensive range of benefits. This ranges from free health and education to benefit subsidies for housing and every day living. With their assumed background of farming and agriculture, they will most likely move to areas were this type of work is to be found, which will be mainly small towns and villages. Due to the small populations of these areas, a sudden influx of non-UK people would have serious effects on the services of these areas.

This will be in addition to the numbers of people from similar EU countries, where large numbers have already come to the UK. One such area is Boston, which has already felt the strain the number of persons coming to the UK through EU immigration have placed on the services in Boston. But certain academicspoliticians and some business leaders think otherwise and feel the various services can still cope.

All these people who say large scale immigration is good for the UK and that our services are coping, should have the immigrants housed nearby to them. Also, if they have spare capacity in their own accommodation, they should be told to house some immigrants in their spare rooms. You would be surprised, how their attitudes would change. This is not racial, just a matter of economics. If services are not coping now, a further influx is bound to increase the degree of coping, making the situation worse for all concerned.

Due to the current financial situation in the UK, virtually all areas,which are financed by public monies are being told to find savings, which in many cases is leading to front line services being reduced or in some cases withdrawn. To place a further burden on these services in 2014, will be creating an impossible situation to manage for the benefit of the whole community.

Why do people of supposed intellect, feel they are more qualified to discuss matters than anyone else. They have obtained qualifications in their field of study and therefore feel they are more qualified than other people.

But people confuse obtaining qualifications with the ability to understand life and have intelligent thought. Qualifications are only a tool to obtain reasonable employment, they do not provide for the skills of life and applying intelligence to everyday living.

To some obtaining qualifications, only increases their degree of arrogance to their fellow beings. Whether this is intentional or not, only they themselves can comment.