When You’re Accustomed To Privilege, Equality Feels Like Oppression

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I’ve never been punched in the face. Not in an actual fight, at least. I’m not much of a fighter, I suppose… More of an “arguer.” I don’t think I’m “scared” to get into a fight, necessarily–There have been many times I have put myself in situations where a physical  fight could easily have happened… I just can’t see myself ever being the guy who throws the first punch, and I’m usually the kind of guy who DE-escalates things with logic or humor. And one of the things about being that sort of person, is that the other sort of guy–the sort who jumps into fights quickly–tends to not really be a big fan of me… Not when he first meets me, at least. They usually like me later. Not always. You can’t win ’em all…

fight-club-brad-pitt-fight-image.jpg The first rule of White Club is you do not talk about White Club…

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Illinois state panel wants to add autism, pain, PTSD to medical marijuana list

Illinois state panel wants to add autism, pain, PTSD to medical marijuana list

Springfield, Ill. — A state panel in Illinois recommended that patients with conditions such as autism, post-traumatic stress disorder, osteoarthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, and pain conditions be allowed to take medicinal marijuana. The Illinois Medical Cannabis Advisory board voted to add to the state’s existing list of ailments that may qualify patients to medicinal marijuana use…

Read more : http://www.autismdailynewscast.com/illinois-state-panel-wants-add-autism-pain-ptsd-medical-marijuana-list/32098/adn/

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Michigan panel votes on medical marijuana for autism


LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Michigan would become the first state to allow medical marijuana for children with severe autism if an official follows the recommendation of a state panel.

The Michigan Medical Marijuana Review Panel voted 4-2 Friday to recommend autism as a condition that qualifies for marijuana.

The recommendation now goes to the director of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, who makes the final decision.

Supporters say oil extracted from marijuana has been effective in controlling extreme physical behavior by kids with severe autism. But critics say there’s still not enough research.

Michigan’s chief medical executive, Dr. Eden Wells, serves on the panel and voted no.

Only post-traumatic stress disorder has been added since Michigan voters in 2008 approved marijuana for the side effects of cancer and a few other illnesses.

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Why I Left ABA

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Trigger Warning: ABA, ableism, institutionalized child abuse

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When I first became an ABA Therapist, I was thrilled. I was actually going to use my psych degree, get paid more than minimum wage, and above all, make a positive difference in Autistic children’s lives. Or at least, that’s what I thought.

Now I look back, and the year I spent working in ABA is my single greatest regret.

When I left, it wasn’t a decision I made overnight. It was a long, difficult process, full of denial and confusion. I don’t enjoy talking about it because I did so many wrong things that…

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Some parents are apparently trying to reverse autism by giving their children toxic ‘miracle’ bleach enemas

Apart from the obvious risks, this does not work. To be clear: This is not a risky therapy, this is child abuse.


(Picture: Getty Images) Some parents are persevering with the ‘dangerous’ treatment despite vomiting and kicking from their children (Picture: Getty Images)

Parents are turning to a dangerous industrial solution used for bleaching wood pulp in a bid to reverse autism in their children, according to reports.

The proclaimed ‘miracle cure’ Miracle Mineral Solution, which contains chlorine dioxide – a mix of sodium chlorite and citric acid – is the brainchild of Jim Humble, who left the Church of Scientology to form the Genesis II Church of Healing & Health and claims his product can cure HIV, malaria, hepatitis, autism, acne and cancer.

And If You Only News reports that parents are turning to the substance – called ‘dangerous’ and ‘potentially life threatening’ by the Food and Drug Administration – in order to try and reverse autism in their children.

‘My son who sometimes gets hysterical wants to push the second it touches his bottom…

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The Real Story Behind Facebook Moderation and Your Petty Reports

We know only too well. The reporting is used by some as a debating tool. Usually those who have little credible evidence to back up their views.

The Internet Offends Me

Imagine going to work every day and at the start of your day, with your first cup of coffee, you sit down to glance at beheadings, children in the process of being raped, human bodies in various stages of decomposition, the living and dead results of domestic violence, hanging bodies of 10 year old boys accused of being gay, real-life snuff films and bloody dog fighting rings and their subsequent results. Can you think up a human horror? I’ve probably seen it or a picture or video of something very similar. It’s fair to say that some of the people who work around me do not fare so well. Often they end up suffering from the endless barrage of horror they witness 8 to 12 hours per day. Did I share that *most* of these people make around a dollar per hour to do this job? That’s the truth. Not…

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How bullying works: projection and scapegoating.

Cannabis for Autism is having February as Anti-cyberbullying month.

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Very few people, when put to the test, have the integrity and moral courage to stand up against bullying, harassment, abuse, threats and corruption. The targets of adult bullying are selected often because they DO have the moral courage to challenge; many people will pass by on the other side.

A target of bullying is most often chosen because of their strength, not their weakness. Research shows that targets of bullying tend to have highly developed empathy for, and sensitivity of others, a high degree of perceptiveness, high moral values, a well-developed integrity, a strong sense of fair play and reasonableness, a low propensity to violence, a reluctance to pursue grievance, disciplinary or legal action, a strong forgiving streak and a mature understanding of the need to resolve conflict with dialogue. Often, targets of bullying are independent, self-reliant and “different” in some way. Weak people often disingenuously…

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