Autism Politico is aware that there is a photo making its way around neurodiversity social media. Its caption appears to make an excuse for autistic non-conformists who are too lazy to try to do what everyone else in society does. Observe:
Autism Politico doesn’t know and doesn’t care whether or not its readership is religious. One doesn’t need to be religious to understand that men and women, boys and girls, are imperfect. We all have flaws and defects, either mentally or physically, or both.
Despite the fact that nobody is perfect, most people aspire to be better than they are and come to being as near-perfect as they can. Not that we would want a society of insufferable snooty people, but Autism Politico believes it is admirable to improve oneself as life goes by.
But it would appear that some autistics and some autism warriors feel that it’s better to send around photos with captions that make excuses for their not doing anything to improve themselves.
“I was born to make mistakes, not fake perfection.”
Faking perfection is what most people do. They do it at school. They do it at work. They do it in social situations. The reason they do it is because even though they know they make mistakes, they know that other people do not think highly of people who willfully choose to remain ignorant all of their lives. So people try to look as though they are overcoming their ignorance.
Not so with some autism warriors evidently. They would rather throw their ignorance in people’s faces and dare those people to call them stupid.
This happens to be why most neurodiversity groups go ignored, or why they get laughed at privately behind closed doors at some recognized autism organizations. After all, who can respect perfectly capable people who choose to act helpless?
Ironically, this faking helplessness on the part of some autistics and some autism warriors is what is causing people to flock to organizations like Autism Speaks. People get tired of the antics of certain online activists, and want them out of the picture.
Autism Politico is happy all this is taking place, because it means that soon, with the more annoying autism warriors out of the way, people can go back to focusing on providing assistance to autistics who really need help.
In the meantime, Autism Politico suggests that certain online autism warriors quit spending their days typing up a storm in their social media forums and get jobs as typists. We suggest they quit trying to run online forums where they pick on the people who know better than they do, and instead run social media sites for companies that might pay them a living wage. Autism Politico staffers are tired of our tax dollars going to support autism warriors who can do everything employed people can do but who refuse to get off their butts and get a job, in other words.
Also, it’s not just regular people who should tell some of these autism warriors to quit embarrassing autistics. Governments all over the world would should teach the worst of the autism warriors a lesson too. Specifically, governments should quit providing funding for them. How rude it is for willfully ignorant people to receive benefits and then complain that their benefits aren’t enough, even as they harangue other people for trying to help them step out of their black holes. Maybe there should be a “Farmville” for certain autism warriors. There, they could play all they want, and see if they like it there better than on the government dole.
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Autism Politico is aware that the DSM V is going to be revised. Soon, it will lump the five autism categories into one, thereby voiding previous diagnoses.
While we think this is an excellent way to get rid of people who don’t deserve to be spectrumized (such as people diagnosed by school psychologists for the purpose of getting funding for special needs students who are not really on the spectrum) our greater concern is about the people advocating for a reinstatement of the spectrum categories.
In looking at the self-diagnosed individuals who are in an uproar over this, Autism Politico thinks they should butt out. They haven’t been officially diagnosed yet, ergo nothing that happens in regard to the DSM V is of interest to them.
The good news for them is this: Now that the DSM V is introducing one broad sweeping category for autism, it should be easier than ever for self-diagnosed people to finally get diagnosed. If they fail to get a diagnosis once the DSM V goes into effect, then we can pretty much toss them off our radar for good, don’t you think?
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The following is editorial satire meant to make people THINK about how silly they sound when they support both alleged criminal behavior and actual criminal behavior, and use a diagnosis (real or imagined) to justify those behaviors. In no way is anything written here meant to mock or make light of the actual crimes (alleged or proven in court to have taken place). If anything, it is meant to provide empathy and support to those who have been victims of criminal behavior.
Neither this editorial or the previous one are meant to make fun of a particular person or a particular segment of society.
Dear Autism Politico readers… The breeze of letters that has found its way into our mailbox regarding the alleged mass-shooting by suspect James Holmes continues….
If accused shooting suspect James Holmes was a Brit, we wouldn’t extradite him either.
Signed, an avid Gary McKinnon supporter.
I am the founder and face of ASS. ASS stands for Aspies Against Sense. As the leader of this organization, it is my duty to write a letter in which I offer sympathy to the victims of James Holmes, deny that Holmes was an Aspie, and cry about the plight of media mis-representation about Asperger Syndrome on television.
As I write this, I know that I am a hypocrite. As soon as I send this letter off, I am going to go into Facebook and hint that there is a possibility that James Holmes was a member of my organization’s online forums, and then put up a link to those forums. I’m going to do this because I know it will draw new members to my organization.
Next, when a bunch of concerned parents and concerned Aspies on Facebook point out my hypocrisy, I am going to get a bunch of my organization’s members to cite them for “Spamming” so that Facebook will delete their accounts. After that, I am going to find out their offline names, home addresses, and home phones, and run a concentrated conspiracy to harass them and their children.
I am writing this letter publicly so that there is no doubt in the minds of my organization’s members as to where I truly stand even though I may APPEAR to stand in the opposite corner. I don’t need to do this, really. My hypocrisy has been in existence as long as my organization has been in existence. But, some of the people that belong to my organization have crap for brains, and might get confused if they feel I have shifted my mandate, which is, in a few short words: to bolster my own ego, and also to get people to hit their Paypal button and donate money to my own pocketbook.
The President of ASS.
This is a letter which doesn’t actually say anything and is designed to make it look like people with my point of view have the majority opinion regarding the James Holmes shooting. If people like me spam your newspaper, our agenda will succeed.
P.S. What’s your phone number? I want to call you.
I think it is important to explain why it is that we self-diagnosed Aspies react negatively when supposed educated readers cite facts and sources to support their arguments.
As you all know, whenever we -that is to say, people who are self-diagnosed, like myself- support mass shooting suspects, it’s because we can fall back on newspaper articles and editorials, where unqualified people have offered vague, unsubstantiated opinions, and we can draw on those opinions to support our arguments. And so, if some NBC commentator suggests that James Holmes is an Aspie, we sail in and support Holmes by saying such things as “In 2006, a newspaper article reported that, in a survey, a high percentage of Aspies become violent when feeling repressed by society and so we shouldn’t blame Holmes, but should blame society.”
And when we make that statement, we make it a point to avoid stating that the newspaper article wasn’t an article at all, but a letter to the editor, in which someone claiming to be an authority in the area of autism spectrum disorders made a statement without citing sources. Further, we fail to state that the person who wrote the letter was a member of an autistic advocacy organization, a person who never actually went to college, never studied autism spectrum disorders, was never diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, but claims to be self-diagnosed on his or her blog.
Facts and sources are a threat to us because they cannot easily be disputed. How can we self-diagnosed Aspies collect enough money to fund a study that combats the hundreds of other studies which disprove our theories. Instead, we must meet these threats head-on by saying things that sound good, but are as tasty to our brains as air is to soft-serve ice-cream. If we SOUND intelligent, by using words such as “percent”, “article,” and “study” but never cite the source, or use the true value of the percentage, people won’t bother to look up our sources and percentages when REAL scientists and researchers cite REAL facts and give REAL percentages, because the soundbites that we have given sound sufficient.
For example: Which sounds better?
“In 2006, a newspaper article reported that, in a survey, a high percentage of Aspies become violent when feeling repressed by society, and so we shouldn’t blame Holmes, but should blame society.”
“In 2006 in the the Fowler’s Corner Gazette, a letter to the editor, written by Aspies Against Sense (ASS for short) stated that a phone survey among five ASS members resulted in one person saying that he became violent when feeling repressed by society, and so we shouldn’t blame Holmes, but should blame society.”
You people need to understand that we are selfish individuals who cannot accept what research really shows, and so when you quote the American Psychological Association at us, or the Centers for Disease Control, or the like, it’s really a problem for us because it threatens everything we hold dear.
If, for example, it can be demonstrated through studies that the majority of people with Asperger Syndrome grow up to find jobs, have relationships, purchase, homes, etc., it means that those of us who are too lazy to do any of the above can’t as easily ask for handouts from sappy ignorant fools like the kind who support our organization. It means that, unless we can continue to perpetuate negative stereotypes about ourselves, we will be forced to do what society does, i.e. go to school and get good grades, get jobs, get married, earn money, plan for our retirement, obey the law, obey society’s rules, etc.
And this is not something we like doing.
And so when someone like James Holmes goes on the rampage, this is why we try and leverage it to our advantage. In fact, just to make things more clear, we rage like maniacs because:
1) It perpetuates the idea that we are rude and don’t have empathy when we use a mass-shooting to leverage our own goals.
2) People might give us what we want, either out of fear, or out of pity.
Someone who likes to abuse the system.
In 2006, a newspaper article reported that, in a survey, a high percentage of Aspies become violent when feeling repressed by society, and so we shouldn’t blame Holmes, but should blame society.”
An ASS member.
James Holmes isn’t Aspie. Did Rainman ever go on a shooting spree and kill a dozen people? No. He can’t even make toast. Watch the movie, you putz.
Yet another ASS.
All this stuff about James Holmes is causing people in my house to want to watch the TV. This cuts into my gaming time because my PS3 is wired to the television set.
So shut up already.
A spectrumite (maybe).
For all you idiots who believe that World of Warcraft was responsible for James Holmes’s violent behavior and failure in some of life’s more common ventures, you should shut up.
I’m 29 years old and play World of Warcraft all the time. My recent job loss, my girlfriend walking out on me, my failing out of university… Those things were not related to World of Warcraft at all. I know this because those things all happened AFTER my mom took my video gaming access away from me last month, and threw me and my girlfriend out of the house last week.
To address the issue of violence…YES I’ve gotten angry with people, and maybe I shouldn’t have done some of the things I did last week, but my anger stems from my mother telling me that I have to start paying rent if I want to move back in and that she’s going to stop paying for my auto insurance no matter what.
So it’s all separate. Don’t start blaming World of Warcraft.
Also, I’ve just been self-diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, so quit picking on me. If you keep it up, I will sue you for discrimination on the basis of the fact that I’m handicapped…And only I can use the word handicapped, because that’s what I am, but if YOU use the word, it’s offensive and politically incorrect.
The King of Warcraft
Here’s a word of advice to anyone who has been charged with a crime. The time to use Asperger Syndrome as a defense is quickly running out. Originally, when AS was first used as a defense, 1 in 166 people had it. Now it’s down to 1 in 80 or so. Some even say 1 in 50.
Well, if the draw for a potential jury panel is 50, there is a 1 in 50 shot that one member of your jury panel might have AS. If that Aspie is a law-abiding citizen, you’re screwed, because that Aspie will KNOW that people with AS are perfectly capable of obeying the law.
Further, there’s a good chance that, with all these diagnoses going on, other jury members might know someone who has AS, in which case you are equally screwed, because THEY will have seen Aspies behaving lawfully. They will either know, or intuit that statistically speaking, the majority of AS people don’t commit crimes.
So, basically, if you’re using AS for your criminal behavior, you might want to consider another diagnosis. Maybe another rare mental health diagnosis.
Here’s some good news: The DSM V is coming out with some new diagnoses we’ve never heard of before. Choose from there.
A convicted criminal who used AS as a defense.
Ass Pees gud. Wood rite mor, butt cant spell.
Self-digenossed Ass Pee.
I just want to write and say that despite the fact that many ASS members have criminal records, we should not distrust them, because their recidivist rate has been fairly low.
Another ASS member.
As a member of the neurodiversity movement, I must take exception to those of you who have spoken against mass-murder suspect James Holmes. In my opinion, Holmes was the victim of a society which fails to recognize the virtues of people who bravely shirk societal responsibilities in favor of computer games.
Without people who are addicted to gaming, whole corporations, like Sony and SEGA, would go out of business and lots of people would be out of work.
If you’ve read a lot of newspaper articles like I have, you know that it is believed that gaming is responsible for an upswing in juvenile diabetes and morbid obesity, because too many kids these days are sitting around playing video games and drinking soda pop instead of exercising. Do you people want to put an end to doctors by restricting computer gaming usage among our nation’s youth?
Now about this Asberger Syndrome thing…
It only makes sense that gamers are more likely to have Asbergers because… think of the way the name sounds. Ass and bergers. Gamers sit on their asses, and they probably eat a lot of hambergers. Hence, Asbergers.
Also, the spelling of the world Asberger is like a conjunction between Ass and berger.
I hope my letter puts an end to all this fussing about James Holmes.
I am an authority in the Aspie Rights political movement, and have made a name for myself by winning Dairy Queen’s award for eating the most ice cream cones before the onset of an ice cream headache, said award included allowing me to parade through town on a gigantic ice cream float while no one watched or cared.
Here are the facts about Asperger Syndrome:
As we all know, Asperger Syndrome was named in 1731 for Joe Asperger, an Italian Asperagus grower who was raised by fish in the canals of Venice.
When Asperger finally decided to come out of the water, he flapped his hands incessantly in a type of dog-paddle that has come to characterize the sort of stimming behaviors we see in some Aspies.
Is it any wonder that putting guns in the hands of such people would result in other people getting shot?
People don’t kill people. Guns kill people.
So give James Holmes a break if he’s an Aspie. If he’s not an Aspie, execute him.
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Autism Politico has another quote to by A. Maclaren, D.D. for you: ”We cannot erase the sad records of our past.”
What is done is done. That is why we need to ask ourselves each day that we go forward “What legacy will I leave?” or “What example am I setting?” or “Am I doing something which is going to reflect poorly upon myself and people who depend on me.”
People who lead the autism community need to follow these dictums so that they can model appropriate behavior for those whom they serve. Yet many people who are now leading the autism community do not follow these dictums. That is something to think about. Who do you want leading you and those like you? Who do you want representing you to influential people? Who do you want negotiating policy for your autistic children?
Perhaps it would be a good idea to hold autism advocates and advocacy groups accountable to higher standards. If these advocates and advocacy groups are of good character, they won’t mind.
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Autism Politico has another quote for you: ”Water run by will not turn a mill.” A. Maclaren, D.D.
What does this mean for us?
It means we should do today what we have the chance to do today, and not let today pass into tomorrow. It means if you are twiddling your thumbs and not accomplishing anything, you are wasting your energy.
If you are in dire circumstances and aren’t doing anything to get yourself out of them, then it means you are partly to blame for your problems.
Another way to look at this is to examine what the advocates in the autism community are doing for you. They may exist. They may have websites. Their members may participate in chats and groups. But what are they actually doing for you? Perhaps you should be demanding more of these people who ask for YOUR support, or YOUR money, or for YOUR assistance. After all, aren’t these people here to serve you?
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Autism Politico has a message for some of those autism advocates who have been clamoring for the public display of Osama Bin Laden’s death photos…
Perhaps it would be in their own interests if they shut their mouths.
These autism advocates don’t like it when blogs quote or put up screen shots of autism advocates or autism advocacy groups involved in questionable activities or alleged misdeeds. They don’t like it when people read those blogs and comment bout those questionable activities and alleged misdeeds.
Well, do these autism advocates think their own hypocrisy is dignified?
These autism advocates might think there is a significant difference between trotting out Bin Laden’s death photos and posting quotes they have made, but is there really a difference at all? If people feel they were hurt by what Bin Laden did and want to see proof of his death and comment on them, and if people feel they have been hurt by autism advocates and want to see proof of the perceived affronts posted publicly and be able to comment on them, what’s the difference?
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