I resisted. But it was futile.

May 24, 2009

Yes, it was inevitable. And now it’s done.

I am now officially “Twitterpated.”

The inexplicably enthusiastic should note, however, that I am NOT mobile, and email is still the most reliable way to contact me. Don’t Blackberry me before I’m dead.

That is all.

As you were.


New GAO Report: Schools Abuse Disabled Kids

May 19, 2009

[“GAO” = Government Accountability Office, United States of America]

From a new entry on the Mother Jones blog:

GAO: Schools Abuse Disabled Kids

— By Jen Phillips | Tue May 19, 2009 11:07 AM PST

A new GAO report shows that the Judge Rotenberg Center in Massachusetts isn’t the only place where developmentally disabled and emotionally troubled kids have been physically punished and restrained. The [new GAO] report, which came out today, details cases at public and private schools across the nation where children as young as five have been sat on, lashed to chairs, isolated for hours, starved, and humiliated as punishment for actions like “slouching and hand waving.” In dozens of cases, these punitive measures resulted in students’ deaths…

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Katie Couric’s Terrorphobia Inc.

October 23, 2008

To be fair, most of the corporate media float these sensationalist red herrings almost to the exclusion of all else. Nevertheless…

Tonight on CBS News, Couric plugged an upcoming segment promising to examine the presidential candidates’ positions on what she called “one of the most serious threats to this country, Islamic extremism.”

My immediate reaction:

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APA Complicity in Abuse and Torture

September 18, 2008

A message from the Psychologists For Social Responsibility discussion group brings good news, and bad. A majority of the APA membership have made a significant step toward redeeming the organization, at least on the issue of participating in — and thus, tacitly condoning — inhumane treatment of detainees.

Many such organizations of legal and helping professionals — including the American Bar Association, the American Medical Association and the American Psychiatric Association — wasted little time in condemning the Bush Regime’s unlawful and inhumane treatment of detainees, and in barring their membership from any participation in such abuses. The APA leadership, however, were apparently unwilling to give up what promised to be a highly lucrative association with entrenched political interests. Shocker.

But this week’s news brings some real hope for change. Stephen Soldz, APA activist and founder of the Coalition for an Ethical Psychology, has posted a press release on the Psychoanalysts for Peace and Justice blog:

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Yearbook Too Good For Short Bus Rabble?

June 18, 2008

Or is it just another case of the same old pedestrian status quo negligence, born of socially constructed ignorance, that always governs the behavior of the privileged toward atypical and non-privileged members of society?

Does it matter which? Intent may signify malice, but if the cause is mere ignorance and carelessness, what’s the difference? The effect is the same.

For the particulars in this case, here’s the scoop:

School Leaves Autistic Kids Out Of Yearbook
Parents Say Act Done Intentionally, School Disagrees

June 18, 2008

ROSEVILLE, Calif. — The parents of twin autistic boys left out of a yearbook are accusing the school of discrimination. Read the rest of this entry »

For All Our Mothers, Yours and Mine, Then, Now and Forever

May 10, 2008

Arise, then, women of this day! Arise all women who have hearts, whether our baptism be that of water or of fears!

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In Search of Awareness

April 15, 2008

or, The Ghost of Easters Past …

For those in search of Autism Awareness, I suggest you start by turning OFF your television.


As a child, my experience of Easter was mixed. My early memories include the fun, the frivolous, and the unfortunate, the curious and the catastrophic, the “renewal” of spring and the crushing blows of “pragmatic” but uncomprehending nature, human and otherwise.

My lifelong agnosticism is not born of illiteracy regarding religious matters, as I was practically raised in the Presbyterian Church. I was as aware as any child of the significance of Easter in the Christian tradition. But like any child, my own perceptions were confined to the flow of my own experiences, whether pleasant or painful. My awareness of the commercialization, and the inevitable dilution of meaning that comes with it, came much later. And later still, other associations crept in…

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