Autism: It’s Not Just in the Head

Autism: It’s Not Just in the Head | Health & Medicine | DISCOVER Magazine

For those of you interested in the latest research on autism, the link above is to an extremely interesting article in the April issue of Discover magazine about the most recent clinical studies of autistics. I was made aware of this article by the wife of my best friend back in Chicago who is a nurse. I have asked my son”s doctor to read the article and we will be discussing doing some of the tests recommended in the article on Ian. Continue reading Autism: It’s Not Just in the Head

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Sect Leader Is Convicted as an Accomplice to Rape – New York Times

‘This post is a follow up to my earlier post Fundamentalist Population Control: Polygamy and Mathematic

The self-proclaimed prophet of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints, Warren Jeffs, has been found guilty in a rather interesting verdict. He was found guilty of being an accomplice to rape. Not polygamy related charges – the FLDS promotes polygamy, which is illegal even in Utahl not incest related charges – the woman in the case was forced to marry and have sex with her cousin (Jepps is awaiting trial on incest related charges in another case. Continue reading Sect Leader Is Convicted as an Accomplice to Rape – New York Times

The REAL Culprits in Identity Theft and Loss of Privacy

If you listen to the propaganda coming out of the Federal Department of Homeland Security and other government agencies set up to protect us from each other, the Internet is rife with nefarious characters out to steal your personal information, invade your privacy, and otherwise violate you through various dastardly deeds like hacking your computer, rummanging through your trash, etc.

One of the most useful pieces of information these evil doers want to obtain is your Social Security nunber. This humber is the key that opens so many doors to your identity. Just about anything you do of any importance, banking, credit, investing, even driver’s licenses, requires your Social Security number. Once one of the most protected pieces of personal information, now most people freely give our their numbers to almost any supposedly legitimate institution that asks for it. Continue reading The REAL Culprits in Identity Theft and Loss of Privacy

I’m so proud of my little girl!

I’m sorry I’ve been away for awhile. There has been a lot going on in my life these past few weeks, most of it unpleasant, so I will spare you the sob story. But something really neat happened yesterday involving my fifteen-year-old daughter Heidi.

Heidi is a freshman in high school and one of her favorite subjects is art. The other is music. Heidi plans on majoring in one or the other in college. Continue reading I’m so proud of my little girl!

Climate Change Adds Twist to Debate Over Dams – New York Times

Climate Change Adds Twist to Debate Over Dams – New York Times

I’ve talked about environmental politics and indigenous peoples politics in earlier posts. The article linked above from the New York Times is about some dams on the Klamath River in Oregon that bring environmentalists and indigenous peoples together as antagonists.

What’s really funny about this situation is that the power company that owns the dams is using environmentalist issues to argue for keeping the dams. Given the fact that power companies tend to be some of the biggest producers of the gases that are polluting the air. It is ironic that they are using the fact that hydroelectric power is clean power in their opposition to the indigenous peoples demand to remove the dams, which is also supported by the commercial fisherman of the Pacific Northwest. Continue reading Climate Change Adds Twist to Debate Over Dams – New York Times

Rolling Stone : Teenage Holy War

I’ve been a fan of Rolling Stone magazine for almost forty years. I used to be a refular suscriber but let my subscription lapse about twnety years ago, although I did read it in the library on occasion. Now my fifteen year old daughter is a subscriber, so I get to read it on a regular basis again. At least as much as my eyes will allow.

The latest issue has an article about the latest Christian fundamentalist recruiting crusade. Scary stuff! BattleCry is a combination of Christian fundamentalism and militaristic rah-rah. A new army of Christian soldiers out to convert the world by the sword. Sounds an awful lot like the so-called enemy in Bush”s war on terror. The only difference is these kids are Christian rather than Moslem, so that makes them the good guys! A bit hypocritical, don’t you think? Continue reading Rolling Stone : Teenage Holy War

An Open Letter To Google and Its Users

Google is probably the most commonly used Internet Search Engine in the world. The goal of every\r\nbusiness online is to get ranked as high as possible for your business\r\nkeywords on Google. A number one ranking would be the ideal situation. [Have I ever gotten a #1 on Google? Yes, back in 2004]

Google is a very exhaustive search engine. Their listings for, say, a person, will, if you follow the links deep enough, show you\r\neverything there is by or about that person. That can be good sometimes\r\nand sometimes it can be a real pain in the ass. It is because of the second reason that I am writing this post. Continue reading An Open Letter To Google and Its Users

Requiescat in pacem

My wife has three sisters, all older than she is. Her oldest sister has been in a nursing home for a number of years now because of some serious health problems. Her second oldest sister called this morning to let us know that the oldest sister had passed away in her sleep last night. Her end was peaceful and pain-free, for which we are all grateful.

Funeral services will be here in Mountain Home on Friday. The sister\r\nwho called and who is handling the funeral arrangements will be\r\narriving tomorrow (Wednesday) evening. My wife and her sister will be\r\nvery busy all day Thursday getting things organized for Friday. Obviously, Friday will also be a hectic day as well. Continue reading Requiescat in pacem

Stop Crying To Mommy! We”re Grown Ups Now!

National Campus Day of Prayer and Reflection on Global Warming

First of all , let me say that I am very much in support of\r\nall efforts to clean up our environment, and especially to eliminate\r\nthe use of fossil fuels which are creating the greenhouse effect that is causing the global warming.

However, I see the idea of a national day or prayer as one more example of fundamentalist/orthodox fuzzy thinking. They keep asking and expecting God to fix the messes we made. I am sorry to disillusion these people, but God has better things to do. Continue reading Stop Crying To Mommy! We”re Grown Ups Now!

Power To The [Indigenous] People: A Follow Up

On a final note, how seriously do you expect your comments to be taken? Basically what you are advocating is that indigenous people make these claims out of revenge? Do some research before you start commenting on subjects you know very little about.

That is the last paragraph of a comment taking me to task for my post Power to the [Indigenous] People, written by the author of a post referenced in my post. I had originally written what follows below as a reply comment to their comment, but decided that my remarks would better serve their purpose as a new post. Continue reading Power To The [Indigenous] People: A Follow Up