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DONATE & FORWARD! 2 states are covered and they are partway on the 3rd. EVERYONE should care about this. Even trump said he didn't trust the system and wouldn't accept the results... until it worked in his favour. Americans deserve to know if anomolies in such a close election are just that, anomolies, or if the system is broken (hacked etc) and needs fixing. (IMHO every election that is close or goes unexpectedly should automatically trigger a recount in relevant states w/o having to sue for it.)

Donate Here:  https://jillstein.nationbuilder.com/recount

 

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"Trump supporters, meanwhile, are now openly vowing to rid the US of non-whites (referred to as “MUDS”) in America entirely."  http://qz.com/833607/us-election-a-rash-of-racist-attacks-have-broken-out-in-the-us-after-donald-trumps-victory

- Muds Straight out of Harry Potter, effing NIMBY pro-WASP story about a Jesus-hero who can't mature past wondering when his slave will bring him a bloody sandwhich!  It could have been a great series, with  a great message, that made kids not just interested in reading but in being more compassionate- in growing up to fight hate instead of being blind to it.  Maybe today's news headlines would be different... maybe not... but I wouldn't be wondering.  Those "lets make a utopia wizarding world on earth" fans made me sick from the moment I heard of them.  Were they completely blind to the whitewashing, twisted morality, regurgitated homophobic symbolism, ableism, sloppy self-serving offensive misuse of living history etc etc....?   Did they see it, but not care, or did they actually see it and yet still  think that that was the way to a better future? "She didn't mean it that way" / "it was just all in good fun", is no excuse; (it may not have been intentional; writing was cheap therapy for depression and stress, but also out came  the toxicity she was raised up on (that we all are raised up on to some extent or another), and that was left on the pages, unexamined, or worse, turned into a punchline.  )

I don't care if she makes a smart twitter now and then; her stories and their symbolism are what lodged in people's minds.  Even when the details are forgotten, or the dots of the symbolism aren't consciously connected, they still fester at the back of the mind, and come out later, in words, or worse, in actions. 

Using the series (its slogans, symbols, etc) to show solidarity at this juncture is just utterly disturbing to me. It's like holding up 1984 or It Can't Happen Here or The Handmaid's Tale as a book we can symbolically unite under... except that THOSE books would make sense because they were MEANT to be dystopian warnings to guard against... Harry Potter doesn't realise that its dystopian, that it begins screwed up, and the hero's winning means that everything can go back to the same screwed up status que, just without a charasmatic leader (which is almost worse, becuase who/how do you fight that?  and before you figure it out, a new meglomaniac will likely come fill the vacuum). That inability to recognise itself as dystopian makes it, and the people that hold JKR's world up as 'harmless fun' or worse, 'an utopia to strive for', all the more disturbing and disgusting. 

I seriously don't know why the people who were banning and burning those books (and sadly, we know some) weren't using them for raising up their little army of bigots; it was practically a manual in how to do Evil, under the banner of 'being Right'/being 'christian', and getting away with it, because it is for the 'greater good', where 'greater good' is New Speak for supporting sexism, queerphobia, xenophobia, racism, etc etc. 100 points to Gryffindor for the Gallant use of a bloody Unforgivable!

image from CNN,  KKK throws a parade for Trump, who is putting white nationalists into offices.


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Oct. 31st, 2016 12:31 am
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Bugland and I have been making quite a bit of progress with writing!

toby's nose

Aug. 2nd, 2016 05:33 am
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Wasted a few hrs playing this cute littlr interactive fiction game, in which you are Sherlock Holmes dog and you sniff your way thru the game....
can play online so any platform... dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/23390721/TobysNose/play.html.


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Abandoned at 3 yrs of age due to an unfortunate situation, we were able to save her life, but our disabilities prevent us from fostering her long term.  We need to get her into a pitbull rescue foster grop ASAP, or find an doptive home for her ASAP (which means needed funds for spaying, etc).  Until one of these two futures can be actualised, we need help with the cost of supplies and especially dogwalking as we are physically unable to do this due to disabilities.

See the whole story at www.gofundme.com/pittie-princess

since gofundme doesnt accept paypal, if you prefer to use that, you can also send donations via paypal to AGangi(AT)rodentfancy(DOT)com - it will appear as ''pet nouveau'' rather than my name. Please mention 'abandoned pitbull princess DONATION'' when sending the paypal funds so I can keep it organised, thank you! www.paypal.com/webapps/mpp/send-money-online gofundme: https://www.gofundme.com/pittie-princess  Donations of supplies / services are also welcomed; we are in the far west Chicago suburbs. 

Even if you cannot donate or adopt, please help by sharing the links!!!

If interested in adopting her, please email me at Princess(AT)Rodentfancy{DOT}com





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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: https://lamonthelam.wordpress.com/2014/04/30/i-am-sounding-the-alarm-on-autism-propaganda-everyday/

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


 
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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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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: http://www.autreat.com/dont_mourn.html
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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  ~   http://ollibean.com/2015/04/17/celebrating-my-life/





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Image is a graphic reading, "And it’s funny really (in a not funny at all kind of way) that we talk so much about the inflexibility, the rigidity of those on the autism spectrum when really, isn’t it US, the so-called neurotypical population, who are stuck in this frightfully narrow rut of perception? Isn’t it us who insist that Autistics conform to our version of .. well, everything? Isn’t it us who are really so rigid in our thinking as to be capable of believing that other ways of processing / thinking / communicating / experiencing are wholly invalid? That’s pretty remarkable (and, in its practical application, horrifying) stuff, isn’t it?"} - Diary of a Mom
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Posted this in previous years, but still applicable for this year's autism awareness week.  It features a page torn from a book by Uta Frith (2003), justifying the use of "it" as a pronoun to refer to autistics.  Would the same justification be so casually made if the book instead dealt with children of a specific ethnic or religious group, deaf or blind children, etc?


BETTER QUALITY / SIZE image is available here: http://fithfath.com/agangi/gallery/main.php?g2_itemId=1556&amp%3Bg2_imageViewsIndex=1

Title: Notes on Style

Artist Notes: This is mixed media on canvas board, involving paint, torn book pages, paper cut outs, and zip-tone press type; with some additional editing done on the computer. The text is from a page torn out of the book: Autism: Explaining the Enigma by Uta Frith ( http://books.google.com/books/about/Autism.html?id=1sIxN1qNNDMC )

I've had this multimedia piece hanging around for a couple years now so i figured I'd finish it finally for Autism Awareness Month. I'm not that happy with how it turned out, but it's one less thing sitting here unfinished at least.

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I wanted to write at least 1 post a day on topic for Autism Awareness/Acceptance month, and already, I've managed to screw up days 3, 4, 5 and 6, as well as sleep through the holiday weekend that my mum, her boyfriend, my wife and I were looking forward to after weeks of stress and more to come (medical tests mostly for several of us). I suppose in a way this is "on topic though",sleep problems have been found to have some overlap with autism spectrum disorders.

Read more... )
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(described in text)

 

Today is #LightItUpBlue day, launched in 2010 by #AutismSpeaks.  The cartoon above features "soundbites" from past "awareness" campaigns by Autism $peaks.  DON'T "Light it up Blue", DON'T Support Autism Speaks, learn why here: http://www.boycottautismspeaks.com/why-boycott-1.html


For those that can't see the image, the sound bites (being said by blue puzzle pieces, similar to  Autism $peaks' logo) include:

"You are why we can't have nice things and have any fun!"
"We don't hate you, we just hate your autism!!"
"Worse than Cancer and AIDS combined!"
"Anyone who puts up with you must be a saint!"
"Hands Down!"
"Mommy would have killed you were it not for your NORMAL sister!"

The words are directed at three children. one is covering her ears, one is crying and one holds a sign that reads: "And you say that we are the scary ones"

Video clip that the "mommy would have killed you..." references (Trigger warning for a mother talking about killing her daughter, IN FRONT OF SAID DAUGHTER): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7NTfZzS9b8  it is from  Autism $peaks' video "Autism Everyday" ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autism_Every_Day )
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April is "Autism Awareness Month". Some prefer to call it "Autism Acceptance Month". I like that, but acceptance won't happen without awareness, and unfortunately, the most vocal on the subject tend to be NeuroTypicals (NTs) talking about us, without us, for their own agendas; this usually means that what gets presented in the media is at best, ignorant, at worst, calculated propaganda to incite fear and/or hate.

I have not written much for a long while, so in an effort to make it more habitual, I am using this month as a springboard. I will try to make at least one post each day this month on Autism, it might be a long post, or it might be nothing more than a link to something by someone else. If I can manage my spoons, I may post something 'off topic' as well... I dunno... our pets, fanfic related, whatever. Hopefully, I will find it easier to be more active about posting after April is over with.

PS: Please do NOT donate to "Autism Speaks".  I will write, or find a link, about why, and will find some other groups people can donate to instead, in an upcoming post.

My first two links for Autism Awareness month:Blue Puzzle Piece (symbol commonly used by Autism Speaks and other Autism groups) inside a red circle with a diagonal line through it, indicating a rejection of the puzzle piece symbol.  I am not a puzzle

 
ThAutcast: Aspergers and Autism Community on Facebook
Several of my autistic friends are expressing anxiety about the fact that April begins tomorrow.
We know we will be the subject of month-long focus on what a problem we are.
We know that there will be many news stories about the research breakthroughs that promise to get rid of us.
We know people will talk for a month about how we are bankrupting our countries and ruining the lives of our families.
And then they will check "autism" off of their list of causes and forget about it until next year.
Autism Awareness hurts.

https://www.facebook.com/thautcast/posts/891874334203511?fref=nf&pnref=story

 
The Depiction of Autism and Why it Matters
by: Ariane Zurcher (Mother of an Autistic daughter)

...As someone who once devoured anything on the subject of autism through the lens of ignorance and as a result was paralyzed with the fear these depictions induced, I am aware of the underlying emotional manipulation that is often so obviously being employed. It is propaganda, whether intentional or not, biased, deeply prejudiced and intended to create fear. And it is doing tremendous damage to autistics and to all of our autistic children who will soon grow up to be autistic adults. These types of imagery perpetuate the marginalization and unfortunate stereotyping of people on the spectrum....

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ariane-zurcher/autism-media_b_1559993.html?ref=healthy-living
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