Great comment from John Gilmore of Autism Action Network on NY Times story on DSM-V: "This is to be expected from the Times. If anything the New York Times sees itself as the stentorian voice of the secular credentialed elites....
On Friday a blizzard struck the Northeast with outrageous force. Think "Hurricane Sandy" during the throes of her worst PMS with no chocolate in the house while in a freezer. That.
I live in Fairfield County, CT. We can see Long Island across the Sound. New York city is a commuter train away. We are considered civilization on most maps. However, this storm packed 34.5" of snow and hobbled snow removal efforts. As of Sunday afternoon, much of the town remained unplowed, including my street. That said, we're warm and dry, never lost power and have enough baking supplies to rival the Keebler Elves' Hollow Tree - so we're good.
Our town Facebook pages are full of angry citizens though - shaking their cyberfists at the town that has not miraculously cleared out this snow fast enough. One woman went so far as to say, "I have to get to New Jersey tomorrrow! We're going on a cruise!" I sent up a prayer she got out, and that an iceberg was developing in the Atlantic.
Like many of us who read AofA, I have a child with autism. Three as you well know. I suppose that the trials and tribulations of life in the autism trenches for so long as made me brush off petty inconveniences like being trapped in my house for 3+ days with snow drifts taller than my husband. At one point I got a bit delusional though - perhaps after listening the the Barney Theme Song for the 99th time on YouTube. And I went into a reverie - what if the CDC were in charge of snow removal in my town....
Kim: "Hello, town? I have an emergency. I'd like to report 34.5 inches of snow on my street and ask you to remove it, please."
Town: "Why? What's wrong?"
Kim: "Um, there are 34.5 inches of snow on the street. You know, where we are supposed to drive
Town: "Yes we know."
Kim: "What are you going to do about it?"
Kim: "But I see snow everywhere."
Town: "There has always been snow everywhere."
Kim: "Not in June. Or yesterday."
Town: You poor silly citizen. Stop it. There has always been snow everywhere."
Kim "34.5 inches? I don't think so!"
Town: "We aren't certain how much snow is on the ground. But whatever the amount, we used to call it a dusting. Or Summer. We've just gotten much better at measuring snow."
Kim: "Other people on FaceBook are saying there is new snow here in town."
Town: "The Internet! Oh my you really are a sad woman. Stop looking on the Internet."
Kim: "What are you going to to about the snow?"
Town: "We are going to start making you aware of the snow with a vigorous campaign."
Kim: "I'm up to my eyeballs in snow! I'm aware of the snow! Everyone in town is aware of the snow!"
Town: "We are going to make you aware of the snow. And tell you how handy it is to keep things cold. And you can make candy from it with hot maple syrup."
Kim: "Yeah, thanks for the Laura Ingall's candy moment. But the snow blocked my neighbor's vent and she died of carbon monoxide poisoning while her husband was out shoveling! The snow can be deadly!"
Town: "There are no studies that state that your neighbor's over-inhalation of carbon monoxide had anything to do with snow in the vents."
Kim: "But.. what are you going to DO?"
Town: "We have a new committee, 14 people from the Sahara desert and two Eskimos who make their living selling snow products are working very hard."
Kim: "Anything else?"
Town: We're working on a new measurement system to confirm that there has always been 3 feet of snow in town. And if you'd like we'll deliver some ice to your house tomorrow. Goodbye."