My favorite image of Peter O’Toole (bottom photo)……….. RIP
R.I.P. Peter O’Toole (1932-2013)
The Lion in Winter (1968) - dir. Anthony Harvey
I hope that you feel the pain of the loss of John Elder Robison —
I have tried to help Autism Speaks staffers understand how destructive its messages have been to the psyches of autistic people. We do not like hearing that we are defective or diseased. We do not like hearing that we are part of an epidemic. We are not problems for our parents or society, or genes to be eliminated. We are people. (snip)
Autism Speaks says it’s the advocacy group for people with autism and their families. It’s not, despite having had many chances to become that voice. Autism Speaks is the only major medical or mental health nonprofit whose legitimacy is constantly challenged by a large percentage of the people affected by the condition they target.
Anyone who read me back in the day knows that I cannot abide Autism $peaks. Money grubbing corporate SOBs that spend a whopping 4% of their income on autism (no I am not kidding)…. In losing John Elder Robison, you have lost the one autistic person on your staff - one who actually GAVE YOU A CHANCE to try and “get it.” None of the autism community will do that now. You had your chance. It’s time for You to listen to Autistics. (Yeah, I know, and monkeys might fly out my butt.)
And when your grandson comes of age, and it’s time for him to go out in the real world, when he finds out about your hateful words, your TRUE feelings about autistics (much less about the measly 4%), and he turns around and tells you to stick it up your asses, you might just actually get what we’ve been talking about for the last several years.
Wait, that would be giving A$ too much credit. They will NEVER get it.
FRONT DESK 1st VIOLINS:
FRONT DESK 2nd VIOLINS:
(another solo?! you shouldn’t have…)
Lindsay Pemberton ”rescues” vintage tea cups from secondhand stores and upcycles them into cute bangles. She even puts cups’ handles and bottoms, which often sport makers’ marks, to good use: They get made into pendants and brooches/pins, respectively.
So, this wench decides to write an article about how her brother COULD be Adam Lanza. Complete with her brother’s picture. What a wonderful sister!!!
To many people the idea of making a connection, any connection, between a mass murderer and an innocent person based on a shared developmental disorder seems extreme.
Extreme???? How about IRRESPONSIBLE? She has condemned a whole group of people based on HER inaccurate perception of her brother and a lack of knowledge about autism, period.
And - how IRRESPONSIBLE of Western Australia today…. And - How convenient that they live in AUSTRALIA where the shootings….oh, THAT’s right, they DIDN’T frigging happen over THERE, did they? THEIR citizens don’t have to deal with the backlash like ours do.
I suggest tweeting her @PamelaMirghani and @watoday to get this disgusting POS off the website.
Oh, and here’s a good post in response -