Autism Speak's Propaganda (link)

Apr. 18th, 2015 06:33 am
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"When people ask me why I don’t like Autism Speaks, I explain their lack of focus on true advocacy for autistic people, the bulk of their funding does not go toward creating support systems and programs, and that their campaigns are dehumanizing and harm people on the spectrum....

Since the public isn’t typically familiar with all of their rhetoric, I decided to break it down here...."

Read the rest at:

"After reading this, tell me how I’m supposed to give my support to Autism Speaks."LAM on the LAM


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Apr. 18th, 2015 05:56 am
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"... You want it to be called differently-abled?

Go change the world so that our different sets of abilities really are just different sets and they don't get all kinds of discrimination for being unexpected or (supposedly) wrong sets.

Go make sure people don't think existence with my set of abilities is tragic and not worth living and that murdering people for being like me is seen as the murder and horror that it is, not as some sort of mercy killing.

Go make sure that the tools we need are in our possession.
Go get rid of the access barriers.
Make ableism stop being a thing, and we can talk..."


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Apr. 18th, 2015 05:47 am
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Jim Sinclair gave a presentation at the 1993 International Conference on Autism which turned into the essay "Don't Mourn for Us."

Many people consider that presentation and that essay the beginning of the modern autism rights movement.


Autism isn't something a person has, or a "shell" that a person is trapped inside. There's no normal child hidden behind the autism. Autism is a way of being. It is pervasive; it colors every experience, every sensation, perception, thought, emotion, and encounter, every aspect of existence. It is not possible to separate the autism from the person--and if it were possible, the person you'd have left would not be the same person you started with.

This is important, so take a moment to consider it: Autism is a way of being. It is not possible to separate the person from the autism.

Therefore, when parents say,

I wish my child did not have autism,
what they're really saying is,
I wish the autistic child I have did not exist, and I had a different (non-autistic) child instead.

Read that again.

This is what we hear when you mourn over our existence.

This is what we hear when you pray for a cure.

This is what we know, when you tell us of your fondest hopes and dreams for us: that your greatest wish is that one day we will cease to be, and strangers you can love will move in behind our faces.


The rest can be read at:

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Apr. 18th, 2015 05:26 am
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"I celebrate my Autistic, Disabled life.

It seems illogical, but it is not...

It is about assumptions, based on what is considered “normal”, how we are supposed to feel about things considered “difficult to live with”....  I do not celebrate that majority or their assumptions....

I celebrate MYSELF, my LIFE, and everything about me. I do celebrate being non-speaking because I believe I am a better me when I am really LISTENING and LEARNING. I celebrate being non-speaking because it is the only me I know, and because I can still “say” what I want to say, and fight for my rights, without oral speech...." 

- Amy Sequenzia  ~

Daily Happiness

Apr. 18th, 2015 12:50 am
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1. I got my inbox cleared out! There weren't many emails in there but there were some that had been sitting there for a while and I finally dealt with them so now there is nothing!

2. We had Shake and Bake pork chops for dinner and they were very tasty. It's been ages since I've had Shake and Bake.

3. The new cashier we hired is going to start training tomorrow. Now if we could just get some new stockers...

4. I didn't get nearly as much as I'd hoped to get done at work today (no surprise there, really), but I did get a lot done and made some good progress on an aisle that needs to be totally rearranged.

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Apr. 17th, 2015 11:09 pm
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I am definitely going to die in about an hour, two hours. Or eventually.

California, here I come?

Apr. 18th, 2015 09:14 am
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Oh gosh, am I exhausted. The first week of new classes really takes it out of you. I've been coming home super tired every day, mentally and physically. The upside of this is that I've been sleeping pretty solidly. The downside is that Katsushi has started to get pre-cold symptoms recently, and I woke up this morning feeling similar. Thanks, weakened immune system. Think I'll be taking it VERY easy this weekend.

So, I've been debating whether I want to try to go home for summer or not since February. I'd been leaning towards not going lately because the yen being weak and only predicted to get weaker is not comforting. But, I was feeling homesick yesterday and saw a decent price considering the time frame (traveling in and out of Japan is generally bonkers in August) and, I dunno, kinda just said f**k it. Because I really did want to go, and every time I told myself I didn't, I knew deep down that wasn't true.

This is an important year for me, the year I turn 30 goddammit! I'm going to let myself fun. I'll treasure the memories more than the little bit of extra cash. 2015 can't be awesome unless I let it be, so California here I come!

It won't be the typical trip where I spend a bunch of time lazing around at home though. I think I'll be out and about most of the time. The definite plan is to spend a week in Lake Tahoe with my parents, and I also really want to get down to Disneyland for a few days. I'm so excited about this that admittedly I followed some Disneyland twitter accounts this morning, and I've also been checking out some Disneyland blogs. It's the park's 60th anniversary this year, so seems like a perfect excuse to go, no? And I still haven't seen California Adventure since they redid and added a bunch of stuff, so I'm excited for that, too!

So, yes, I am very excited right now! This should give me a nice push to get through the next few months, and hopefully should keep me pretty positive in spite of the soul crushing summer weather. I can't wait!
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Outside-the-cut comments: still really enjoying it. Of course ... superheroes. You could probably put a cape on a beach ball and I'd watch that.

(Although Marvel superheroes don't really have capes on their costumes, do they? Magneto does, I guess ... he's the only one I can think of off the top of my head.) ETA: Okay, yes, as [personal profile] st_aurafina pointed out, I'm forgetting Thor of all people. Among others. Still, capes don't seem to be quite as much of a thing for Marvel superheroes as they are over in the DCU.

Spoilers up through 1x06 )

Dear Prudie: Kids staying over

Apr. 17th, 2015 07:14 pm
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Q. Bad Aunt? I Don’t Want My Nieces Staying Overnight: In a couple of weeks, my brother and his family (wife, two kids) are visiting the city where my husband and I live. They are unable to afford a hotel, so prior to booking the trip I informed my brother that our place isn’t set up for overnight guests. We live in a loft, and the only room with walls is our tiny bathroom. Fortunately they are able to stay with my brother’s friend. Then my brother mentioned via email—our usual means of communication—that it would be great if the kids could spend one night at our place. My husband and I are childless by choice, and it’s well-known that neither of us cares much for children. We of course love our nieces, though we don’t know them too well considering we see them maybe once a year for a day or two. On our last visit with them, one of the kids barely spoke a word to us, and the other is a teen whose only concern seems to be her phone. Neither my husband nor I is comfortable at the thought of having children as overnight guests. I told my brother this, and he finds it ridiculous that we are refusing to host his kids for a night. Am I a bad aunt for making such a decision?

A: You’re a bad aunt, but just embrace it. Lots of people are happy in their choice not to have children. But when you say you globally dislike all children, even your own nieces, because they’ve inevitably started out life as children, that makes you a bad aunt. You love them? Really? You don’t even want to know them. You’re offended that on the last visit they did nothing to charm you, but that’s generally how people, especially kids, react around others who have not only no interest in them but only contempt. (And no one should take personally a teenager’s focus on the phone.) You don’t want them to stay over, so just stick to that. However, maybe your brother and his wife would appreciate an afternoon or evening to themselves. So you could offer to take the kids to a museum, or a show, or a cool neighborhood. Keep your expectations low, and maybe these slowly emerging adults will surprise you.

The 100 meta

Apr. 17th, 2015 10:18 pm
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As usual, a The 100 post appears with no context for the uninitiated.

For the record, The 100 is a scifi show about a girl with a sorta tragic past leading a band of misfits through a post-apocalyptic Earth. Highlights include: this girl being bisexual, this girl having a meaningful, complicated, important relationship with her mom, this girl slowly learning the price of leadership, this girl being surrounded by like, one billion amazing female characters and one very hot dude with whom she is platonic BFFs and has zero UST.

Anyway, I wrote some meta on tumblr that contains spoilers for the latest aired episodes. Copy-pasting it here in case anyone wants to have a discussion about it? I would love a discussion!

on why Bellamy's forgiveness wasn't enough )

the doves and palms are far away

Apr. 17th, 2015 01:55 pm
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Yesterday was like a shot of pure adrenaline to my emotions, because of all the red carpet Age of Ultron stuff #code name: group hug, and then the STAR WARS trailer, AND THEN, THE RANGERS GAME. WHEN BRASSARD SCORED 28 SECONDS IN I WAS LIKE IS THIS REAL LIFE? \o/

All night, I was like, MY EMOTIONS. MY EMOTIONS. I was so exhausted afterwards, I just went to bed.

But for all my complaining about the Rangers' inability to clear their own zone, especially in the third period, I'm so glad they won. Now they just need to keep on winning.

And Star Wars: The Force Awakens! Basically this has kind of a low bar to clear for me - it just has to be better than the prequels. I'm not expecting anything more than that. I obviously can't be really objective about the original trilogy, since I was 7 when I saw the first movie (when it came out) and it was a huge, influential part of my childhood, so I'm always going to love it most, but I'm also not expecting the surprising excellence of The Clone Wars, because they had a lot of time to tell a lot of stories on that show, and to layer in complexities for secondary and tertiary characters I doubt these movies will bother with. But in the trailer, is this a spoiler? ) I just got all teary. (Also, if you are a spoilerphobe, avoid the NY Post. The final bit from the trailer is on the front page, in color.)

I really should look into getting a Star Wars icon that isn't about sibling hetcest.

(If Star Wars was my first fandom - well, movie fandom anyway - then the Rangers were the first sports fandom I consciously chose, in 1979, during the finals against Montreal; I inherited being a Mets and Giants fan from my parents and never felt a need to go against that, but I'm the only real hockey fan in my family, by which I mean, I'll watch regular season games and I'll watch teams I don't care about etc., whereas the rest of the fam are playoff-only fans. If the Rangers meet the Islanders in the second round, it'll be like all those heartbreaking series in the '80s I listened to on the radio, because we didn't have cable. That's part of why 1994 was so sweet - they beat the Islanders and the Devils to get to the finals. If they get that far, hopefully they can beat the Islanders again. That would make me very happy.)

As for my current fandom, I'm choosing to be excited more than apprehensive about AoU. I'm saving all my cranky fannishness for Cap 3 now, because nothing about it sounds like what I wanted out of it. But we're not thinking about that right now!

and now, a poem:


My grandfather got up early to section grapefruit.
I know because I got up quietly to watch.
He was tall. His hairless shins stuck out
below his bathrobe, down to leather slippers.
The house was quiet, sun just up, ticking of
the grandfather clock tall in the corner.

The grapefruit were always sectioned just so,
nestled in clear nubbled bowls used
for nothing else, with half a maraschino
centered bleeding slowly into
soft pale triangles of fruit.
It was special grapefruit, Indian River,
not to be had back home.

Doves cooed outside and the last night-breeze
Rustled the palms against the eaves.
He turned to see me, pale light flashing
off his glasses
and smiled.

I remember as I work my knife along the
membrane separating sections.
It's dawn. The doves and palms are far away.
I don't use cherries anymore.
The clock is digital
and no one is watching.

~Ted McMahon



Apr. 18th, 2015 02:35 am
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Work was work, but Fridays are good because quiet. We managed to get caught up, fuck yeaaah!

Also, I finished a colouring tonight~ :3

red and black weaseloid with a giant green ball and teapot

And now sleep. Yesssssss.

Daily Happiness

Apr. 17th, 2015 12:19 am
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1. Today was my day off, but I knew I had to go in for at least a little bit to do my ordering because this week we have been so short-handed that I didn't get everything I needed to get done done. But I was planning to just go in for two hours today...and it ended up being six. *headdesk* On the bright side, that's six hours of overtime, because I'm not cutting time off tomorrow or Saturday because we're still short-handed and there's really too much that needs to be done.

2. It's payday!

3. I finally really do seem to be over my cold.


Apr. 17th, 2015 10:32 am
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idek what this week is. First Dortmund announces that Klopp is leaving at the end of the season. Then we lose to Porto 3-1. AND NOW MÜLLER-WOHLFAHRT IS LEAVING. IDEK WHAT TO THINK.

ngl, I've lost nearly all hope of winning a cup. Sigh, I really wasn't expecting to see FC Hollywood anytime soon again....

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Apr. 16th, 2015 09:45 pm
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...I guess we have a No-Ring-Required method of bringing Calliope back now!


Apr. 16th, 2015 07:35 pm
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I love it when a show that I'd lost interest in suddenly makes a comeback.

*she says, addictively catching up on this season*


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