Access Not Denied

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By Cathy Jameson

I remember hearing a few weeks ago that YouTube was going to remove videos that linked vaccines and autism.  Since those two topics are never to be mentioned in the same sentence on social media platforms, I was not surprised by that announcement.  YouTube, like Pinterest, said enough was enough Curious to see if some of my go-to autism video resources were truly gone, I opened a new window.  Had all of that helpful and truthful information truly disappeared?

I was happily surprised to see some familiar faces, including our very own Kim Rossi!  She’s featured in an interview on The Autism File Magazine’s channel. 

Autism File Complete Channel

I didn’t want to do too many searches that would tip off Big Brother, but other videos and channels I could still access were:

Generation Rescue

Generation Rescue's Complete Channel

Autism One’s Ed Arranga

Some of the videos I could still find were interviews:

LJ Goes on MSNBC

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lV3ri2bcLo4

Robert DeNiro plugging VAXXED

…and then he also gave a shout out to Trace Amounts

Trace Amounts Complete Channel

Back to VAXXED – you can rent it or buy it…from YouTube?  That’s great news! 

Vaxxed Channel

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Why I H-A-T-E the ACLU

Lips on a chickenBy Katie Wright

I didn’t always feel this way. In college I enjoyed studying the ACLU and believed their battles for free speech were brave and of monumental importance. They fought to allow people espousing the most unpopular views the right to express their opinion. The ACLU fought and won to end the ban inter racial and LGBTQ marriages. So many amazing accomplishments.

 To me the ACLU meant “Don’t tell me how to think, how to express myself (peacefully, of course), where to worship, or not worship, or what to do not what to do with my body!” Don’t those sentiments epitomize America?

Like most Americans I was shocked and disgusted by the ACLU NYT editorial applauding vaccine mandates.  Yes, vaccine mandates are vaccination by force because if the punishment is losing your job, there is no choice at all. The idiots who wrote that letter seriously misjudged their own ACLU members. The negative comments to the ACLU editorial ran about 100 -1!

Apparently, the ACLU fully supports restaurants and stores refusing to serve Black customers. The ACLU also fully supports the immediate firing of unvaccinated Black Americans. What advocacy! You are hitting it out of the park ACLU!

The fact almost 50% of Black Americans in NYC are being refused service at restaurants conjures up some ugly memories, doesn’t it? But the ACLU says bring back Jim Crow, I missed you pal!! Turn the unvaccinated Black customers away!

The Black community has valid reasons to be concerned about vaccine safety. Historically, the medical community has mistreated Black patients and denied them adequate care. But it is the Black population, not the medical community, being punished today. Makes sense, right?

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White House Prescribes Shots Its Own FDA Has Not Approved

RFk Real Anthony FauciPlease remember to pre-order your copy of Robert Kennedy's new book The Real Anthony Fauci: In my new book, I show that Dr. Fauci has done little to earn the sobriquet "America’s Doctor.”

Instead, he has survived 50 years as the J. Edgar Hoover of public health by consistently prioritizing Big Pharma profits over the welfare of his countrymen, and through mercenary homage to the chemical and agricultural industry, the military industrial complex, the intelligence apparatus and all the other pushers of pills, potions, powders, poisons, pricks and the police state.  Robert Kennedy, Jr.

From Children's Health Defense:

White House Tells Governors to Get Ready to Vaccinate Young Kids, Even Though FDA Hasn’t Approved It. Pediatrician Says, Not so Fast.

The White House on Tuesday told states to prepare to vaccinate children as young as 5 by early November, even though the U.S. Food and Drug Administration hasn’t yet authorized Pfizer’s COVID vaccine for children under 12, and despite safety concerns expressed by scientists and pediatricians.

In a private phone call Tuesday with the nation’s governors, the White House told states to prepare to vaccinate children as young as 5 by early November. A White House official said the call was made in anticipation of Pfizer’s COVID vaccine being cleared for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) in the coming weeks for children ages 5 to 11.

According to NBC News, the Biden administration purchased 65 million pediatric doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine — enough to vaccinate an estimated 28 million children who would be eligible should the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approve Pfizer’s request to vaccinate the younger age group.

In anticipation of a green light from the FDA, the administration began planning vaccination efforts with states, pharmacies and medical groups. The administration told providers in a planning document last week the vaccine for children will be delivered to thousands of sites within one week of FDA authorization.

The pediatric Pfizer vaccine will be distributed in 100-dose packs. Each dose is one-third of what is given to adults, and will be free through sites enrolled in a federal program that guarantees the shots are provided at no cost. Some states are planning to provide the vaccine through schools.  Read more at Children's Health Defense.


Social Security Announces Largest COLA in 40 Years

InflationThe Social Security Administration announced the largest COLA - Cost of Living Adjustment - in 40 years yesterday. 5.9%.

Social Security recipients get 5.9% increase, but rising prices will offset the boostSocial Security recipients get 5.9% increase, but rising prices will offset the boost

Social Security recipients will receive an annual cost of living adjustment of 5.9% next year, the largest increase since 1982, the Social Security Administration announced Wednesday. The spike will boost retirees' monthly payments by $92 to an estimated average of $1,657 for 2022."This would be the highest COLA that most beneficiaries living today have ever seen," said Mary Johnson, Social Security and Medicare policy analyst for The Senior Citizens League. But that doesn't mean they'll be able to go on a spending spree. The reason for the hike is because inflation is soaring too.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Recipients, like many of our adult children, will now receive a maximum of $841 a month. They are expected to be able to live on this amount - find housing, pay utilities, buy clothing and food, although they may also qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) which is currently $250.00 per month for a single head of household, up from $190 in 2020. If an adult with autism lives in a group home, this amount typically goes to the group home provider. If the adult lives at home with family or in a private community setting, someone has to supplement the SSI - typically Mom and Dad.  In some cases, it's just Mom who provides the safety net (Kim raises her hand.) In other cases, it's Dad, or another family member. No matter, no one can truly live on SSI. 

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A COVID Politics

DB817A40-5BD5-4A99-981A-5A25DEFD0D56By Dr. Richard Moskowitz

In more than fifty years of family practice, I have cared for many, many vaccine-injured children and adults, an experience that has convinced me that the vaccination process is itself a major cause of chronic, autoimmune disease, as has a sizeable body of reputable, published science reaching the same conclusion, which remains largely ignored for precisely that reason. 

My 2017 book, Vaccines: a Reappraisal, was an attempt to restate that case, in response to the drug industry's massive campaign to enforce and indeed tighten the vaccination mandates that were already in place, by seeking to remove all religious, philosophical, and personal-belief exemptions, and to further limit even medical exemptions, which were always prohibitively difficult to obtain.  

Their success in persuading many blue states to propose and in some cases enact draconian new laws of this type took the contentious issue of mass vaccination beyond its scientific dimension into the threat to fundamental civil and human rights that was always bound up with it: the right of informed consent, as enshrined in the Nuremberg Code, and the right of parents to make medical decisions for their children, both of which we all still claim to hold dear.

As the grandson of immigrants, and a lifelong Democrat and admirer of FDR and the New Deal, I've watched with horror as the far right has tried and largely succeeded in dismantling his legacy, downsizing all Federal agencies meant to serve and protect the public interest, and thus enabling large corporations and super-wealthy investors to bankroll and control the agencies that were meant to regulate and restrain them.  A prime example was the drug industry's unopposed buy-out of the CDC, naming top executives to its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, and rewarding other pro-vaccine advocates with lucrative positions in exchange for their support.

This cozy relationship has led the CDC to accept as official policy the industry's impossibly strict standards for what qualifies as a bona-fide adverse reaction to vaccines, to make the vaccines look as safe and effective as possible, even to the extent of falsifying the data from their own safety and efficacy trials to support those priorities.  The industry achieved its consummate victory in Congress, with passage of the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986, excusing them from any financial responsibility for the deaths and serious injuries caused by their products, a free ride granted to no other industry, and creating a federal compensation program in which victims' claims are seldom reported and almost never succeed.

For all these reasons, I have always opposed the vaccine mandates, and regarded them as a basic and important issue for progressives on the left, on behalf of the thousands and thousands of parents who have had to live through the deaths and crippling injuries of their children from the vaccines they've voluntarily or reluctantly agreed to.

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See Me. Feel Me. Touch Me. Heal Me.

Do you remember the rock opera Tommy, by The Who? Tommy was a boy no one could figure out. Deaf. Dumb. Blind. But a pinball wizard. His Mom tried to help him.  There was a really bizarre movie made from the album. Here in the autism community, our goal has been to DECREASE the numbers of children who struggle with autism. But now we have to wonder, are we creating it ON PURPOSE. Take a look at the parallels between autism and what's happening to schoolchildren who've been wearing masks, some for their entire school career, at an age when they are still developing. If there's a Tommy remake, maybe Anthony Fauci can play Uncle Ernie.....

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From The Atlantic: How Schools Can Help Kids Make Friends Through Masks

After the third day of kindergarten, my son Huxley reported that another kid had kicked him on the playground. It wasn’t a big deal; this kind of thing happens. But on the fourth day, he had a new frustration: He couldn’t figure out who had kicked him. The kid had been wearing a purple mask at the time of the incident, but the next day, no one in Huxley’s class was wearing a purple mask.

With all the things to worry about in 2021, it hadn’t occurred to me to fret about the social impact that masks might have on my son; I’d been so relieved that his public elementary school, in San Francisco, would require them. But here we were. Huxley couldn’t tell his new classmates apart; he had trouble hearing them; he wasn’t sure whether they could hear him; and he became especially disoriented around lunchtime, he said, because that was when all the kids took their masks off. Suddenly they looked like entirely new people. Normally he’s pretty good at making friends, but the confusion was giving him anxiety.

“Even for adults, it is difficult to recognize faces in masks,” says Changhong Liu, a psychologist at Bournemouth University, in the U.K., who studies face recognition. People process faces holistically, he told me, taking in all the features in combination—which is impossible when some of those features are obstructed by a mask, or even sunglasses. And until about age 14, children are still developing their facial-recognition skills.

Some psychologists and educators worry that such impairment in facial processing can lead to a spate of challenges with socialization and communication. Kids may find reading people’s emotions through masks particularly difficult. And for children who are meeting new classmates for the first time while masked, recognition difficulties can slow down the getting-to-know-you process and, in the long run, hinder the development of trust. England opted not to require children to wear masks in elementary school, at least for the time being; according to The New York Times, both the Conservative and Labour Parties are concerned that masks make communication harder for kids. The World Health Organization also recommended that schools weigh potential “psychosocial development” concerns when deciding mask requirements for children ages 6 through 12....  Read the rest at The Atlantic.


Crisis. Rock Bottom. UK Faces Unprecendented Demand for Special Education Services.

Abadnonned school“We are at crisis point….”

“We are at rock bottom…”

By Anne Dachel

Here’s a recap of stories posted over the past week or so on my site, Loss of Brain Trust.  https://www.lossofbraintrust.com/

Again my main focus is on what’s happening in Britain . Two stories in the UK Times and one in the Irish Times both assured the public that the 787 percent increase in autism over the past 20 years is nothing more than “increasing recognition” and they attributed it all on more adults and females being diagnosed with autism. That is so absurd I’m  not going to bother to explain how baseless it is.

The Times went so far as to cite a scientist from the University College London  who said that the current diagnosis of autism is ‘meaningless’ and that it needs “urgent changes.” Their headline asked if autism “is overdiagnosed.”

(Didn’t we do that in 2013 when Aspergers was removed from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders?)

None of this is relevant. No matter how unbelievable the stats are, no matter how many students have a label of autism, we’ll happily adjust.

Autism cannot be a problem, and it can only be discussed as a curiosity we have all the time in the world figure out.

Seemingly unbeknown to the folks at the Irish Times and UK Times, schools are, as the BBC tells us, hitting ‘rock bottom’ because of the draining cost of special education and that involves autism.

Increase demand

Across England there are stories about new or expanding special/autism  schools. Almost without exception we’re told that there is an increased demand for places for special education.

It’s a nice cover. “Increased demand” doesn’t have the same impact that  “more disabled students” would have. Increased damage could mean we just didn’t realize these students needed extra help.

I like to envision how the stories I’m seeing would sound if reporters actually said that there are more dysfunctional kids out there. Then the “better diagnosing” claim wouldn’t fly so easily.

Notice how educators and elected officials pepper these stories with positive sounding words like “delighted” and “excited” at the same time demand is ever-growing.

Here’s how the spin works

Kirklees:  Officials propose a new special school for 132 students.

We are putting forward exciting new proposals for special school provision in the district.

There is a growing demand for special school places in Kirklees and we must ensure this demand can be met in the future….

Following a detailed study, the Deighton site was identified as a strong location for a new school as it is central, well suited to a special school and has scope to meet the demand for places.

Derby: A new school for autistic kids has been proposed  to the Derby City Council.

Plans to convert a former nursing home into a school for children with autism in a city suburb have been submitted to Derby City Council.

Autism East Midlands (AEM) wants to convert the Manor House home in Manor Road, Littleover into a day school for up to 20 pupils and around 20 staff. …

…this supports a "clear community need" for an increase in the provision of specialist schooling for autistic children from in and around Derby and adds "this growing need is the main driver of this proposal"….

Thatcham: A nursery school is being changed into a special needs school.

The SEN school will now accommodate 60 pupils and 25 members of staff.

St. Helens Borough: New $10M special school is underway.

Anne Kyle, head teacher at Penkford School, added: “The Special Educational Needs children of St Helens deserve the best facilities to learn in, as they already have so many barriers to learning to overcome.

North Yorkshire County: Here yet another county looks into a new special school to save the enormous cost of out-of-area placement for disabled students.  What choice do they have?

A COUNCIL facing spiralling costs to educate children with special educational needs and disabilities is considering sweeping changes to enable more pupils to be educated in their local area and save up to £650,000 [$884K] a year. …

 It also follows the council highlighting how a shortage in funding for special educational needs and disabled pupils had, until the current financial year, seen funding being top sliced from the budgets of mainstream schools to cover costs….

Officers said analysis had revealed how independent and out of county residential placements cost £4.7 million [$6.3M] annually,…

The average cost per pupil for each out of county or independent provider placement is £186,958 [$254K].

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WINNING?

Dr peter mcculloughBy Cathy Jameson

A friend shared a link for a video with me last week.  Looking at the length of it, I hesitated to start listening to it.  Already late in the afternoon, a time when I face frequent interruptions from the kids, I was taking a chance of starting it.  With how life goes, I don’t always get to finish things I’ve started.  I had heard of the presenter before and wanted to hear more from him.  Deciding that it was no time like the present to at least start the talk, I clicked play.  It was just over an hour long.  And what a powerful hour of listening it was!

Everything Dr. McCullough shared is nothing new.

Everything Dr. McCullough presented is what we know to be true.

Everything Dr. McCullough explained needs to be heard ‘round the world.

It was such a good talk that I immediately shared the link with several friends and family.  I wish more every-day people, more reporters, and those in the current administration would listen to it also.  Dr. McCullough has been offering sound information for a while now.  I want everyone to listen to the data being presented and do something different, like remove the unethical mandates so many are facing.  When those are removed, and when proven treatment options are more accessible, only then could I begin to think that we will win the war being waged against us. 

The battle to protect medical freedom started years ago when state representatives and lawmakers began removing existing vaccine exemptions.  The fight intensified when politicians and medical groups began denying access to existing treatment and therapies.  The outcome of the ongoing struggle is incredible, even though the truth has already been exposed. 

The truth cannot be silenced.  Even though some people try to hide it, it has a way of coming to light.  To those who stand by the truth and who are risking their lives and reputations to share it, thank you.  Your effort and determination have not gone unnoticed. 

With that, I leave you with the speech Dr. McCullough presented to the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons.  If you are moved by it like I was, please consider sharing the link within your own circle of friends. 

Winning the War Against Therapeutic Nihilism & Trusted Treatments vs Untested Novel Therapies

Cathy Jameson is a Contributing Editor for Age of Autism.


Athletes Are Called Conspiracy Theorists

Soccer headerHere's a quick Saturday read from the UK. Footballers are what we call soccer players here in the USA. Athletes here and abroad are being called conspiracy theorists for make their own informed consent decisions regarding the Covid vaccine.  Recipients in their 20s are reported to have higher incidences of heart problems - and these footballers can surely read.   Sweden, Denmark pause Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for younger age groups

If you depended on your body for your career, wouldn't you use your head, and think two or three times before making a decisions that could be career-ending? Of course, the implication is that these men are simply swayed by social media, ergo, dumb. As far as I have seen across Insta, FB, Twitter and TikTok, the push has been wall to wall Covid vaccine praise and pride. It has been quite something to see people wake up, hasn't it?

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Footballers ‘more open to conspiracy theories’ over Covid vaccine, Gareth Southgate claims

Gareth Southgate says that the age and social media use of footballers can make them “more open to some of these conspiracy theories” surrounding the Covid-19 vaccine, as he defended an apparent reluctance of players to speak out about the necessity of getting jabbed.

The England manager reasserted his own support for the vaccination programme, and earlier insisted that the take-up within his squad has been higher than perceived, but effectively admitted there had been a greater reticence discussed within the dressing room.

“Most of the players had to wait longer, a lot of them already caught the virus – and this is me theorising – maybe they feel they already have antibodies from that,” Southgate said.

“At their age they are more open to some of these conspiracy theories. Because they are reading social media more, they are perhaps vulnerable to those sorts of views. From what I can see, there is a bit of confusion around.

“And there are several different threads there to why they are choosing to be jabbed or not to speak publicly about it. I recognise why there would be criticism for that. As I’ve said all along, I don’t see a better way of getting through the pandemic than a vaccination programme.


Nonspeaking Autism & Vision: A National Autism Association WebiNAAr

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No matter what avenues, treatments, therapies, education models, medical treatments, behavioral programs we pursue, the one thing, maybe the only thing, that has ever united the disparate autism community is a desire to help our kids. From our friends at NAA.

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Is nonspeaking autism a cognitive disorder, or could it actually be a motor skill difference? Have nonspeaking kids been inaccurately diagnosed with an intellectual disability just because they don't have the fine motor skills necessary to speak? Join us on Monday for Part 3 of our series on nonspeaking autism.

Our first two webiNAArs have been viewed by thousands of people via Zoom and Facebook. (Replays are available on our Facebook page under Videos or the Autism ATRIUM section of our website.) In our next session, we'll chat with Dr. Dana Johnson about Ocular Motor Control and Apraxia - an incredibly important topic that many of us have never taken into consideration before. Don't miss this! Click the registration link below for more details.

Date/Time: Monday, October 11th at 1pm ET/10am PT.
To register for this free event via Zoom, click here. Attendance is limited!
For those unable to connect through Zoom, we will also be live streaming on the NAA Facebook page.


Goodbye Francis Collins: NIH Director Hails Deliberate Waste of Time, Money and Lives

image from encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.comGood morning: Typepad ate this morning's post. Apologies for the late start. John Stone wrote this post about Francis Collins in February of 2020.  Collins' leaves autism in far worse shape than he found it. The mark of a very poor leader, unless he was simply following orders. We'll share our posts about him over the weekend to help readers fully understand the depth of his impotence.

By John Stone

In a short article in Southern Maryland Chronicle a few days ago the Head of the National Institutes of Health, Francis Collins, hailed the latest autism gene study under the title 'Largest-Ever Genetic Study of Autism Yields New Insights'. Perhaps the message here is that in order to fight crime the government has decided to investigate the victims not the perpetrators (actually it has been doing this for three decades). In 2006 as Head of the Human Genome Project Collins told Congress:

"But genes alone do not tell the whole story. Recent increases in chronic diseases like diabetes, childhood asthma, obesity or autism cannot be due to major shifts in the human gene pool as those changes take much more time to occur. They must be due to changes in the environment, including diet and physical activity, which may produce disease in genetically predisposed persons. Therefore, GEI (the Genes and Environment Initiative) will also invest in innovative new technologies/sensors to measure environmental toxins, dietary intake and physical activity, and using new tools of genomics, proteomics, and understanding metabolism rates to determine an individual's biological response to those influences."

References on-line to GEI seem to peter out round about 2008 (perhaps they were in danger of finding something). So, 14 years ago Collins warned that there would be no material result from this kind of research and it is what the government have been doing ever since, more or less as an employment scheme (typically, the new study boasts nearly two hundred authors). As Eisenhower said to no avail in his farewell speech six decades ago:

"Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been overshadowed by task forces of scientists in laboratories and testing fields. In the same fashion, the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity....

"The prospect of domination of the nation's scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present and is gravely to be regarded.

"Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific/ technological elite."

Now - with whatever insights their may be into gene risk association or even patterns of damage - is that all the NIH have really succeeded in doing is  generating  a lot more data: the new study is not only "the largest ever" it is "the largest-ever" in NIH speak (and with a huge cast), but in terms of government approved science we are not an inch nearer discovering what is driving the autism epidemic, just as Collins told Congress it would not all those years ago: it is all one giant step for mankind to nowhere. Meanwhile, the autism rate in schools is perhaps 4 or 5 times higher than it was then: it is rather hard to tell because NIH and CDC have failed to monitor it in any systematic way.

When I started out on this trail I recall a meeting at a freezing local church hall in early 1997 addressed by Paul Shattock, now of the ESPA Autism Research Unit, Sunderland. One of the many and terrible things Paul told us was that 90% off the funding into the causes of autism was being swallowed by useless gene research, meanwhile the problem was ten times as bad as ten years before. He foretold exactly was going to play out. How appalling and cynical this charade has been.

If you want to turn a disaster into a catastrophe and catastrophe into a cataclysm send for Collins!!!

John Stone is UK and European Editor, Age of Autism

 

 


Spelling2Communicate Y-E-S or N-O?

Dara 1By Dara Berger

I couldn’t decide whether or not to be silent about what happened to my son.  And then it dawned on me how unfair it would be if I didn’t share my story.  As most of us know in the autism community it is easier to stay quiet, fly under the radar, this way we don’t catch the flack from some people that comes when you speak out about an injustice.

So here I go.  

I had read JB Handley’s book “Underestimated: An Autism Miracle” a couple weeks before it came out, as he sent me an advanced copy  before our podcast interview.  Here is the interview with JB and his son Jamie about his incredible experience.




Like many people I could barely wait until the morning to call a practitioner to sign us up for this new and innovative therapy.  I thought "this could be just the thing we need".  My son already spoke but there was no initiation of language.  This means he can answer questions all day long but will not initiate language on his own.  It’s hard to form relationships and make friends without the initiation part.  So I was beyond excited to give it a whirl.

I made an appointment over zoom with the woman who developed S2C.  It is a communication method that uses a letter board in a very systematic way.  The practitioner will read a highly engaging lesson and then ask a series of questions depending on the level of the child.  Then the student will spell the word or sentence as their answer with a communication partner’s help holding the letter board for them.  This can be very helpful for those with motor difficulties especially dyspraxia.  

The session with her went pretty well and I was eager to continue.  So I was paired with another practitioner in her practice.  The first couple sessions did not go to well as I found it very uncomfortable.  Then I took a ride to see two other practitioners, one in Pittsburgh and another in Westchester.  Those sessions proved to be very helpful in jumpstarting my son as they were hands down much more talented than the person we were seeing.  But we continued to work with the person remotely from VA each week as it just wasn’t feasible to keep driving to either of those two other locations.

We met with her every week for months and continued to practice multiple times a week.  One thing they don’t tell you that is kind of annoying is that you have to keep buying lessons once you run out of all the free ones online, which happens pretty quick.  You are “not supposed” to share them unless you do it underground, meaning directly in an email to someone you know.  The practitioners don’t offer you any.  These lessons cost $4-8 and they can only be used once.  It is a hefty price tag when you practice around 5 times a week.  You are certainly free to make your own but show me a mother with a child who has autism that can add lesson writing to her laundry list each week.  I did notice that Reach Every Voice had a database that you can pay a flat fee to get a certain amount of lessons per month, which I was about to try out before things unraveled for us with S2C.

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Angela Stanton King & Kevin Jenkins, CEO of Urban Global Health Alliance Host Brooklyn Event

Urban global health allianceWe have never wanted to welcome anyone to our club. In any way. That said, it's gratifying to see eyes opening across the.... spectrum.  Autism does not discriminate. Neither does imposition of mandates.  Visit The Urban Global Health Alliance today.

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Don’t Allow Them to Enslave Us’: Black Americans Protest Against Vaccine Mandates in NYC

 

BROOKLYN, New York—A group of almost 100 people, mostly African Americans, gathered at The Brooklyn Bank in New York to express their opposition to vaccine mandates on Oct. 2.

New York City has implemented vaccine mandates on healthcare workers, school staff, and all those who work or patronize restaurants, bars, nightclubs, catering halls, event spaces, gyms, fitness centers, pools, theaters, museums, aquariums, and zoos.

According to recent NYC.gov data, blacks are the least vaccinated ethnic group, with 40 percent of them considered fully vaccinated.

The meeting was vibrant, vociferous, and often involved talk of rallying spiritual power.

It was hosted and organized by Angela Stanton King, founder of the American King Foundation, and Kevin Jenkins, CEO of Urban Global Health Alliance.

“Black Americans all across America are waking up! They realize modern-day slavery is upon them again,” Jenkins told The Epoch Times.

“In black communities, they are starting to have serious dialogue and are strategizing on how to fight back! They are saying no to the vaccine/slave passport and no to segregation. We have a long, dark history with bigotry and exploitation, and we are asking the world to stand with us! It’s time to fight back!”  Read more HERE.


Autism: The Other Global Pandemic

Truth doesn't changeBy Anne Dachel

Long Live The Big Lie

A number of years ago I started writing about something I call The Really Big Lie about Autism.

Here’s my original 2006 article about The Really Big Lie.”

In the following years I put out additions to the “Really Big Lie” story because it’s the lie that can’t ever die.

So what is “The Really Big Lie”?

This is the rule written in stone that there has not been nor will ever be a real increase in the number of children with autism—no matter what the rate.

In my original piece in 2006 I talked about my experiences when my son, who is now 35, was first diagnosed in the 1990s. Back then autism was this rare, mysterious disorder.

It’s important to note that the U.S. autism rate back in 2006 was one in every 166 children, as announced in 2004. That, of course, was the result of “better diagnosing/no real increase.”

One in 166 is nothing compared to the statistics we’ve grown accustomed to over the years.

2007: one in 150, 2009: one in 110, 2012: one in 88, 2014: one in 68, 2018: one in 59, (also in 2018: one in 40 according to a separate study published in JAMA), 2020: one in 54.

STILL each and every increase was the same, no increase in the actual number of kids with autism.

I have to point out that there have been little additions to these inexplicable numbers, additions that were neatly and quickly swept away with no follow-up.

I’m talking about news reports on research showing that in many places the autism numbers are through the roof.  For instance, North Carolina: one in 39, South Korea: one in 38, New Jersey: one in 32, Hong Kong: one in 27, Northern Ireland: one in 22, and most recently Toms River, NJ: one in every 14 students, one in every 8 boys.

There’s a lot of disparity here. Shouldn’t someone try to make sense out of unrelenting increases and figure out why individual places have such horrific numbers? Is there no end in sight? When will things get bad enough for health officials to wake up to what’s happening?

None of that will ever happen.

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Numbing Autism Numbers

TweedledumBy Cathy Jameson

When I saw the latest autism headlines, I was reminded of something I saw published a few years ago. 

Epidural use during delivery linked to minimal autism risk, studies find
Epidural autism yes

 

 

 

Epidurals are not linked to autism in children, new data shows

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Back in 2013, researchers questioned if labor induction could raise the risk of autism.  Some reports, which spread like wild fire, said yes, a link existed. I got to share my thoughts about that those findings on air one night.  I’ve not been asked to speak about the latest news, but I wasn’t shocked to see some of the information didn’t add up.

In the first study, which tracked nearly 390,000 children born in Canadian hospitals between 2000 and 2014, 1.5% of those exposed to epidural during birth were diagnosed later with autism spectrum disorder, the data showed.

Another news report shared that, “Those exposed to epidural during birth have about 5% increased risk for autism…” but then stated that, "Parents can be reassured that there is no link between using epidurals and autism spectrum disorder and, based on current evidence, the risk of autism spectrum disorder does not need to be factored into the decision on whether or not to use epidurals during labor…"

But wait, 1.5% of those exposed did receive an ASD diagnosis.

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Deaf Ears And Exposed Arms

Squid gameWe'd like to wish the children of California Godspeed and an army of angels' protection. 

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday announced the nation’s first coronavirus vaccination mandate for schoolchildren

DisneyLand Measles was the Trojan Horse. Inside it, Covid. When my oldest was 2 years old, I asked her pediatrician to give her the Varicella vaccine for chicken pox. He told me, "No, it's too new."  I was angry with him. I have the notes in her baby book. A book that trailed off to nothing but visits to specialist and grand mal seizure charts. If parents want to choose the CoVax for their children, that is their decision to make with their doctor.  To require a product that is still experimental, with barely a year's worth of data in a completely different population, as the admission to school is not at all surprising, given California is the bellwether state for vaccine mandates.

Have any readers been watching the Korean series called Squid Game? It's relaxing compared to what's happening today.

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday announced the nation’s first coronavirus vaccination mandate for schoolchildren, requiring that all elementary through high school students get the shots once the vaccine gains final approval from the U.S. government for different age groups.

The government has fully approved the COVID-19 vaccine for those 16 and over but only granted an emergency authorization for anyone 12 to 15. Once federal regulators fully approve it for that group, the state will require students in seventh through 12th grades to get vaccinated in both public and private schools. Newsom said he expects that requirement to be in place by July 1.

California will require the COVID-19 vaccine for students in kindergarten through sixth grades after it gets final federal approval for children 5 to 11.

“We want to end this pandemic. We are all exhausted by it,” the Democratic governor told reporters at a San Francisco middle school.

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You May View The Body of Work

PoofWe first ran this video from The Canary Party seven years and one hundred lifetimes ago on September 7, 2013..  It sat on our sidebar when we were still read mostly on a lap or desktop. Mobile viewing has made the sidebars insignificant.  Watch the quick information, and then save it. You can be sure YouTube will be deplatforming it soon. The title alone puts it on the endangered video list.  

This is our raison d’etre.

Why is there still a vaccine/autism controversy? Because families have been blocked from getting into a REAL court to prove that vaccines have caused their child's autism. The Canary Party presents a video on the corrupt Vaccine Injury Compensation Program to show how the federal government and pharmaceutical companies continue to get away with claiming that vaccines don't cause autism in the face of mounting evidence that they are doing just that in a growing number of children.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6S1-LgYyjQghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6S1-LgYyjQg


Down The Tube By YouTube

70BA0CC8-9CAB-4C68-A7B3-B7FA9F7CDE0CAnother pull on the noose. YouTube will remove all vaccine “misinformation.” CHD was removed. In GroupSpeak it’s called deplatforming. In America it used to be called censorship. In N Korea it’s called loyalty to dear leader.

What if autism was the test? Once America swallowed the lies that autism is genetic and has always been here and could never have been from vaccines, the runway was ready for what we are seeing today. Once tens of thousands of kids were booted from school for lack of a vaccine, the jets were scrambled. Vaccines will be our nuclear missiles - protecting us from the evil viruses. The shadowy powers that be - and we claim NO inkling of who it is (both Republican and Democrat administrations have forsaken us) are on a mad tear to vaccinate. At any cost. At every cost.  We're still here. I hope our tiny size is our shield.

From a NYT article that we can't link:

YouTube said on Wednesday that it was banning the accounts of several prominent anti-vaccine activists from its platform, including those of Joseph Mercola and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. , as part of an effort to remove all content that falsely claims that approved vaccines are dangerous.

In a blog post, YouTube said it would remove videos claiming that vaccines do not reduce rates of transmission or contraction of disease, and content that includes misinformation on the makeup of the vaccines. Claims that approved vaccines cause autism, cancer or infertility, or that the vaccines contain trackers, will also be removed.

The platform, which is owned by Google, has had a similar ban on misinformation about the Covid-19 vaccines. But the new policy expands the rules to misleading claims about long-approved vaccines, such as those against measles and hepatitis B, as well as to falsehoods about vaccines in general, YouTube said. Personal testimonies relating to vaccines, content about vaccine policies and new vaccine trials, and historical videos about vaccine successes or failures will be allowed to remain on the site.

“Today’s policy update is an important step to address vaccine and health misinformation on our platform, and we’ll continue to invest across the board” in policies that bring its users high-quality information, the company said in its announcement.

In addition to barring Dr. Mercola and Mr. Kennedy, YouTube removed

the accounts of other prominent anti-vaccination activists such as Erin Elizabeth and Sherri Tenpenny, a company spokeswoman said….

The accounts of such high-profile anti-vaccination activists like Dr. Mercola and Mr. Kennedy remain active on Facebook and Twitter — although Instagram, which Facebook owns, has suspended Mr. Kennedy’s account....




 


Disaster Preparedness

A054EF52-BC5C-4115-86C6-A15329DD7E23Note: A reader asked me what yesterday's post had to do with autism. It's a balance these days, because of Covid, which is on everyone's radar, to manage post flow.  I hope this seems more relevant.

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From Safeminds
September 26, 2021
Identifying Needs Prior to a Catastrophe is Incredibly Important

Emergencies and disasters happen in unpredictable ways and in some instances, with no advanced warning. These unexpected situations are challenging for everyone, but can be especially difficult for individuals with special needs and their caregivers. Which is why disaster preparedness is critical for the disability community. The Los Angeles Times recently ran a report on this important topic. Their article advocates for people with disabilities to identify their daily needs and incorporate them into an emergency preparedness plan. This plan should include a detailed list of medications and dosages, names of doctors and how they can be reached, special equipment needed, as well as health insurance information. Also featured in the article was the Americans with Disabilities Act Center’s four step framework for emergency situations, which can be adapted for anyone. These suggestions include:

Find five trusted allies and share your emergency preparedness plan: You should have at least five people who are fully informed about your emergency plan, including what supplies you have and need, your evacuation plan and all of your medical information. Write down their contact information so that you have it as well. Do not rely on just one person or on having contact information stored digitally.
Prioritize your health needs and create lists: Have physical and digital copies of everything: doctors and their contact information; medications and dosages; what kind of equipment you use, where you store it and how you use it. This information should be accessible to your allies and emergency responders.
Create your emergency kits: You should have an emergency kit for your home, your car, on your person and at work. These kits should have the emergency basics, as well as supplies for any specific needs.
Plan how and when to evacuate: Typically an earthquake will not trigger an evacuation, but wildfires do. Plan at least two evacuation routes and practice them. Make sure they’re accessible to you and your needs.


James Lyons-Weiler PhD Why Is Off-Label Off Limits for COVID-19

6B99BB63-4F7F-45E6-8EA7-C5867244C8CDNote: Can you think of any other serious diagnosis where ZERO mainstream treatments are approved? Where any effective treatment is jettisoned? Where doctors face a witch hunt and patients face ridicule and scorn for wanting to get better? Naaah, neither can we.

Who Are the World's Leading Authorities in COVID-19 Treatment? Public Health's "Medicine" is to go home and wait until you get sick (No Treatment Protocol). That is utterly unethical.

James Lyons-Weiler, PhD - 9/27/2021

At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the mantra was “flatten the curve”. I had already done simulations showing that given the epidemiological parameters of COVID-19, its R0 in particular, that a multimodal approach would be necessary to bring the number of new cases down to a non-scary level. “A low buzz”, I called it, and one of the things I modeled was treatment.

I did this when we were told that the mortality rate among people with co-morbid conditions, like diabetes, was around 20%. It was also before the number of cases were polluted with data including false positives, and “presumed COVID” cases, in which doctors overrule negative tests, or give a diagnosis of COVID-19 without any confirming test. This was before CDC made the fatal error of conflating “PCR positive” with “COVID-19” and the likewise unscientific “Died with = Died From”. Given our intended success in moving a grand jury investigation forward in Oregon on CDC's failure to follow protocols for changing diagnostic and reporting criteria, there will almost certainly be a reckoning on that point.

By now, 9/27/2021, everyone has heard of Ivermectin, in large part due to Joe Rogan’s use of the FDA-approved drug, and of Hydroxychloroquine, in large part due to its support by Donald Trumps support of the FDA-approved drug and its subsequent politicization. The fact is, these treatments were found to be effective, as have others, by the first step in science - observation. In the US, off-label use is permitted for a potentially fatal condition when no standard of care exists. So people like Dr. Peter McCollough, and Dr. Pierre Kory, and Dr. Paul Marik, used observation to conclude that perhaps certain approaches to treatment might save lives, they acted. There was no standard of care; they recognized that there was no approved drug for treatment of COVID-19, so they appropriately reported their own, and others’ finding.   Read the extensive article here.


AMA 12 Page Playbook on How to Promote Flu and Covid Vaccines

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Below is a link to the AMA Covid-19 vaccination playbook. We thought you might like to play Monday Morning Quarterback.  It's only 12 pages long. How many ways can you write, "Forget your patients' priorities or wishes and plow ahead"?

Download AMA COVID-19 GUIDE background messaging on vaccines for Winter 2021

Gems:

Exemptions based on religious or philosophic belief endanger the health of the unvaccinated individual and the health of those in his or her group and the community at large.

Ethical concerns arise when individuals are allowed to decline vaccinations based on non-medical reasons. (After narrowing the medical exemption to nothing.)

...Black and Latinx patients should be prioritized (How au courant they are with the lingo.)

The AMA is deeply concerned (PR 101, ALWAYS use "deeply" when you mean really, really pissed off)  that rampant disinformation and politicization of public health issues are eroding public confidence in science and undermining trust in physicians and medical institutions. (The AMA might want to chat with the President of the United States on that one.)


Making an Impact

Listen to themBy Cathy Jameson

As the world outside my front door becomes more and more unrecognizable, I was able to find something good to dwell on last week.  Ronan was given a great compliment.  I was, too.  We heard these at an appointment from a specialist who’s been providing some of Ronan’s care. 

Stopping at the doorway of the exam room and smiling toward Ronan, the GI doctor said, “You look great!  It looks like you grew since last time we saw you here.”

“Yep, in height *and* weight”, I happily said.

A few winters ago, Ronan landed in the ER.  Long-time readers will remember that story and how a typical day went from bad to worse: 

From The Perfect Patient December 2019 The team of nurses and doctors were quick to help alleviate one of the problems, but we all agreed that with all of Ronan’s existing medical issues and complications, we were in the wrong place.  Ronan would need to be elsewhere with a team of pediatric specialists who could evaluate and treat him.  Not wanting to waste any more time, an immediate Emergency Room-to-Emergency Room transfer was ordered. 

I’ve never had to follow an ambulance that was transporting one of my children.  I hope I never have to again…

Readers may also recall that, with the help of some quick thinking medical people, things got a bit better.

…the team of compassionate caregivers and medical staff assigned to his care exceeded our expectations.  I lost count of how many we’d encountered, but over the course of the two days he was admitted, at least 30 people personally evaluated, managed, and executed multiple tests and procedures for my son.  That constant, direct care helped ease our minds.  They collaborated and kept us informed of everything as things were happening throughout the stay.  Best of all, they were able to determine what the major issue was that brought us to them, which meant that they could send us home with a treatment plan!    

We’ve continued to keep in touch with the lead doctor and remain comfortable with the advice Ronan’s received under his care.  Dr. M’s immediate response then, and his active involvement now, have helped keep us on a good path. 

While driving to that recent appointment, I reflected on the problems Ronan had that brought us to this exceptional doctor.  They existed long before Ronan landed in the ER at the children’s hospital.  Ironically, we’d had an existing appointment with his office booked for the next month, but we were blessed that we didn’t have to wait for it.  Dr. M could treat the acute problems, and he wanted to begin treating the chronic issues no one else cared to.  We were speechless.  Once we found our voices, we said, yes, of course, please.  Please help us help our son.

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Katie Wright on Biden's Vaccine Temper Tantrum

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Happy Saturday! Grab a cup of coffee and maybe sit down for this one. Katie Wright unleashes the frustration so many of us feel.  Thanks to Katie for knowing that we are the only website that would dare to run this. We don't shy away from controversy (we cut our teeth on it) and we can be as belligerent as we need to be - no sponsors feathers to ruffle!  It's a freedom no one else has. I like it.  Kim

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As I listened to Biden’s speech I heard my Mom’s voice in my head. “Young lady, I do not like that TONE in your voice!” I received the “tone” remark whenever I responded to her I an obnoxious manner. Biden’s speech about his draconian vaccine mandates was churlish, mean, counter productive and full of “tone.” The president isn’t a king, he works for us. Our country is divided enough right now, the last thing a president should be doing is pitting Americans against each other. In fact, NO politician should speak to the American public in such a nasty, divisive manner.

I don’t need my advanced degrees in psychology to know that that shaming and blaming is the least effective way to get people to change their minds. In fact, shaming and blaming only serve to entrench the belief or behavior another person is seeking to change. Who is the idiot who wrote that nasty mean spirited speech? It completely backfired.

Biden’s simplistic understanding of covid and vaccination is cringe-worthy. It’s not a black and white matter of unvaccinated vs. vaccinated, as he presents. Over 50 million Americans HAD covid and possess the antibodies! They do not need a vaccine, and like any rational person, do not want a medical procedure they do not need. Yet, now, people who possess immunity, and natural immunity vastly superior than vaccine induced immunity, will lose their jobs for declining a vaccine they don’t need? I want to see one doctor defend this idiotic policy. Never mind that, I want one American to defend such a stupid and cruel law.

President Biden, instead of blaming unvaccinated people who have, literally, done nothing wrong, take responsibility for the mess YOU created. At a time when we desperately need fresh, innovative leadership, you kept that 100 year old political hack Dr. Fauci in charge of covid efforts. YOU kept the ineffectual 100 year old Dr. Collins in charge of the NIH. Fauci lied to the American people about origins of covid and illegally granted (laundered)  millions of NIH money to “Eco Health” to perform gain of function research in Wuhan. Fauci says one thing to the public and the exact opposite in his NIH e mails. President Biden, you kept this hack in charge when you know he is a liar who has lost the respect of the American public.

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Pages of Hope & Humor: The Book of Sasquatch by Lou Conte

The-Book-of-Sasquatch-new Note: Of COURSE we believe in Sasquatch!  We're Age of Autism - and we need to find hope, humor, compassion and a good butt kicking even if its from a big, smelly, inquisitive, intuitive, secretive, prank loving, justice seeking Sasquatch.  I read Lou Conte's manuscript many moons ago. Sometimes a book draws you deep into a new world. The Book of Sasquatch draws you into a new world that just might seem familiar. Squatch is a new superhero and just what we need. Especially with the controversy that is at the top of every news hour, late night comedy show and probably soon to be on every roll of toilet paper we buy. Sasquatch does not use toilet paper. 

We have a signed copy to give away to one lucky Squatch reader. Leave a comment to enter. Order here.

By Anne Dachel

The first question to ask about The Book of Sasquatch  would have to be, what could a novel about Big Foot possibly have to do with autism?

Masterfully, autism advocate Louis Conte weaves the story of a boy on the spectrum into the plot of his tale about Sasquatch, the highly intelligent, much sought after creature of myth and legend in the Northwest.

We are wise in ways beyond your comprehension . We were here first.

You humans are the simple ones, watching fantasies on TV and hoping to find Big Foot.

Sasquatch himself is our narrator in the story about those who pursue him. He also reveals the political unrest in the town of Deception Falls.

Some names are recognizable like the wise “Judge Holland” who understands Squatch’s intelligence and “Ralph Offit,” a hunter who ‘killed every kind of thing you can find in these woods,’ and who boasted of shooting at Big Foot.'

There is also the issue of opposition to a group home for disabled people and a young boy named Christopher who has autism. Marianne, his dedicated yet struggling mother, is worried about his future.

Christopher is non-verbal and tends to wander away from his home. Incredibly Squatch connects with him and is able to communicate telepathically. Squatch knows what’s happening to the boy because Christopher can “mind speak.” Squatch, who has little regard for humans, becomes his protector. Christopher teaches Sasquatch much about the world of people.

I could not abandon the boy.

His own people abandoned him. His own people poisoned and shunned him.

I could not.

The use of the word “poisoned” refers to the fact that Christopher’s mother recounts how he was vaccine injured as an infant and given the label of autism.

“When he was an infant, I took Christopher for a well-baby visit. The pediatrician and nurses smiled as they gave him his shots. A few hours later, he had seizures. During the days that followed, he had more and more seizures. Christopher was never the same after he was given those vaccinations. My baby was gone.”

There are several analogous things happening in Sasquatch, and they show us that respect for the natural environment, the native people and the disabled are intrinsically connected. The fate of Sasquatch is also our fate.

Squatch observes the world of humans who easily turn on each other and who also want to kill him, cage him or experiment on him.  The reader is left to ask who exactly the barbarians are.

I asked Louis about the making of his book. He told me this:

I pulled in a bunch of themes for this novel. 

The Book of Sasquatch is a fable. 

It draws from Judeo-Christian beliefs, Native American myths and prayers, old English (Beowulf), Shakespeare (Shattuck the Grey holding the skull in the cave) and contemporary literature - John Gardner’s Grendel.

It’s homage to the mothers of people with autism. It strikes me that America seems deaf to what is happening to families who have to negotiate life with a child with autism. I wondered if they would think about women in this situation if the story was told by a non-human. 

Why not a being who is mythical, magical but still human where it counts - in the heart, in the mind and in the soul?

In the end it’s about sacrifice, love and redemption and standing up for what is right even if you stand alone.

My goal was for us to not feel alone and reconnect our spirits to our myths (especially those from our Native American brothers and sisters), our beliefs and each other.

That’s why I wrote this crazy story.



WayBack: Nowhere left for Covid to go to mutate into a deadly variant, says Oxford vaccine creator

The wayback machineCould Covid become something to sneeze at as it mutates?  Whst joy that would be as we veer into social chaos. Just another cold? That would take the cake, and help end this fractured fairy tale we're living in right now. Masks, tests, isolation, vaccines, fear, worry, separation, work issues, a rending of relationships - would all go "poof" and we could get back to worrying about a million other problems. Enjoy a quick video of a childhood friend below to help explain my pretty dumb cake joke.  XOX

Here's an article archived into the WayBack machine from yesterday. Seems Dame Sarah Gilbert did NOT get the memo about extending the fear porn daily. 

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The Telegraph (UK)

Nowhere left for Covid to go to mutate into a deadly variant, says Oxford vaccine creator

https://web.archive.org/web/20210922184452/https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/09/22/nowhere-left-covid-go-mutate-deadly-variant-says-oxford-vaccine/https://web.archive.org/web/20210922184452/https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/09/22/nowhere-left-covid-go-mutate-deadly-variant-says-oxford-vaccine/

Viruses tend to become less virulent over time as they spread through a population becoming more immune, according to Dame Sarah Gilbert

Covid is unlikely to mutate into a much deadlier variant because there “aren’t many places for the virus to go”, the lead scientist of the Oxford vaccine has said.

Dame Sarah Gilbert said that viruses tend to become less virulent over time as they spread through a population which is becoming more immune.

Although Dame Sarah said some genetic drift was to be expected, she said Covid-19 will eventually become like other seasonal coronaviruses which cause the common cold and respiratory infections.... Read the full article at the link above.


An Atrium Provides Sunlight. NAA's Atrium Provides Hope.

Autism atriumMany of us have been in the autism world for a very long time. My oldest is almost 27. Plenty of AofA readers have adult children with autism. That said, we have many younger readers who may be early on in their journey to help their child. The National Autism Association is one of the longest standing organizations that provides actionable information to families.  We launched Age of Autism at the 2007 NAA conference in Atlanta. Their "Autism Atrium" is a fantastic resource for webinars and more. The days of meeting up at the DAN! conferences are long over. And Covid has turned us into a Zoom world. This lack of connection has been detrimental for so many reasons. But here, in The Atrium, there is some sunlight. Check it out at the NAA site: 

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NAA is proud to offer our Autism ATRIUM program.  This educational initiative for the autism community will provide a regular schedule of learning opportunities through free online webiNAArs, a digital library of downloadable toolkits, and a series of blog entries by experts in topics affecting individuals with autism and their families.

If you are interested in being a guest webiNAAr presenter, please click here to submit a proposal.  Thank you!

WebiNAAr Recordings
NAA’s WebiNAArs are recorded and archived on our website.
For free access to all recorded webiNAArs, please register here.

Recorded WebiNAArs:

Food Intolerances and the Gut Microbiome
Presented by:  Devin Houston, Ph.D

Autism & Bullying: What you need to know
Presented by:  Kerry Magro, Ph.D

Sensory Smart Strategies for Real-Life Challenges
Presented by:  Lindsey Biel, OTR/L

Navigating Autism for the Military Family
Presented by:  Tara Hood, NP, LLC

Autism and the Criminal Justice System
Presented by:  Carol S. Weinman, Esq.

Dozens more recordings are at the NAA website. Check them out!


How We Outsmarted Mark Zuckerberg

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Injured by the device that you intended to use to injure others.

The WSJ is paid subscription only. You're able to see the intro and if you click the link, you can listen to the opening of the series. The point is well made below.  Take a bow, everyone.

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By Jonathan Rose

Last week the Wall Street Journal published a five-part expose of Facebook, based upon the company's internal reports and documents. Among other things, the WSJ revealed that corporate executives knew well that Instagram could be addictive and psychologically damaging for young people, particularly teenage girls.
 
But readers of AoA will be especially interested to know that this behemoth corporation, valued at a trillion dollars, bent every effort to suppress any critical examination of vaccines -- and failed. Although Zuckerberg has occasionally offered half-hearted defenses of free expression, he never meant to extend that right to "antivaxxers". But although he commanded a vast army of human and algorithmic censors, technically far more sophisticated than anything George Orwell imagined, Facebook lost to a ragtag guerilla army of amateurs (i.e., us). In the marketplace of ideas, "misinformation" (i.e., timely warnings) attracted nearly four times as many views as "authoritative information" (i.e., misinformation). The executives at Facebook were baffled and infuriated that the machine they devised actually did what it was designed to do: allowed ordinary people around the world to freely communicate with each other.

How Facebook Hobbled Mark Zuckerberg’s Bid to Get America Vaccinated

Company documents show antivaccine activists undermined the CEO’s ambition to support the rollout by flooding the site and using Facebook’s own tools to sow doubt about the Covid-19 vaccine

In mid-March, Mark Zuckerberg used his Facebook page to announce a goal that was both ambitious and personal. He wanted his company to use its formidable resources to push 50 million people toward Covid-19 vaccines.

In a post and a press release, the chief executive discussed Facebook Inc.’s initiatives to promote vaccines. He unveiled collaborations with global health organizations. And he touted that his company had “already connected more than 2 billion people to authoritative

https://www.wsj.com/articles/facebook-mark-zuckerberg-vaccinated-11631880296#comments_sector




The Real Anthony Fauci Revealed in New Book from Robert Kennedy Jr

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Note: Dr. Fauci was on the Sunday news after the FDA refused to approve Covid boosters for Americans under the age of 65. I'd say for "healthy" Americans, but as a rule we are not a healthy nation. Health left the building many years ago, as the pharmaceutical industry usurped power from the military-industrial complex. Instead of fighting human enemies with different languages, religions, ethnicities, we now fight viruses with all of the tools used to promote war, the first of which is fear.  Please buy or download Kennedy's book. He has stood tall on behalf our health under a barrage of vicious criticism.  From Skyhorse Publishing:

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Thank you if you have already purchased my book. Because of you, it skyrocketed to “#1 Best Seller” on Saturday. We hope you can help keep the momentum going. If you haven’t already, please buy my book and share this post with your friends, family and social network. I appreciate the help!

Today, Dr. Anthony Fauci is a household hero to half of America. 

Drug companies, government officials and the pharma-funded corporate media invoke his name to justify lockdowns, masks and experimental vaccines. 

A recent editorial in a leading medical journal urged Congress to make it a felony to publicly criticize Dr. Fauci. 

Encouraging his own deification, Dr. Fauci has declared that all those who questioned his pronouncements are “anti-science.”

But who is Dr. Fauci really?

In my new book, I show that Dr. Fauci has done little to earn the sobriquet  "America’s Doctor.”

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Over The Top

Fear sells quoteBy Cathy Jameson

Science is the search for knowledge.  It is using that knowledge to solve problems.  When you take part in science, you understand the world better.  During science investigations, you gather evidence and look for patterns.

I saw that wording on an elementary-school science lesson recently.  I agreed that science is the search for knowledge and that solving problems comes from what you do with the knowledge.  When I got to that third sentence the first time, I read it too fast and incorrectly.  I read it as, “When you are part of the science experiment, you understand the world better.”  If there ever was a time that I felt like we were stuck in a science experiment, it’s now.  

The day I saw that paragraph was the day Joe Biden demanded https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/speeches-remarks/2021/09/09/remarks-by-president-biden-on-fighting-the-covid-19-pandemic-3/ again that all Americans to be vaccinated.  Millions have opted for the shots, but he specifically spoke to the “holdouts” that day: 

“Many of us are frustrated with the nearly 80 million Americans who are still not vaccinated, even though the vaccine is safe, effective, and free.

This is a pandemic of the unvaccinated.  And it’s caused by the fact that despite America having an unprecedented and successful vaccination program, despite the fact that for almost five months free vaccines have been available in 80,000 different locations, we still have nearly 80 million Americans
who have failed to get the shot. 

As your President, I’m announcing tonight a new plan to require more Americans to be vaccinated, to combat those blocking public health. 

We’re going to protect vaccinated workers from unvaccinated co-workers.  We’re going to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by increasing the share of the workforce that is vaccinated in businesses all across America.”

Ignoring the fact that some people can’t opt for it for valid reasons, Biden is furious that others are declining to get it, even though it’s free. 

“And my message to unvaccinated Americans is this: What more is there to wait for?  What more do you need to see?  We’ve made vaccinations free, safe, and convenient.”

Biden continues to complain that not enough people are yet fully vaccinated.  He wants to close in on the miscreants.  He’ll do that by limiting their movement.  Taking away rights and privileges was once just a strategy on paper, but now it’s a priority. 

No vaccine No Entry

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A Pilot Study on Covid and Autism: Prevalence, Clinical Presentation and Vaccine Side Effects

ScienceA Pilot Study on Covid and Autism: Prevalence, Clinical Presentation and Vaccine Side Effects

Abstract

Background: Several neurobiological mechanisms have been proposed to support the hypothesis of a higher COVID-19 risk in individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). However, no real-world data are available on this population. Methods: We compared the period prevalence (March-May 2020) and symptom presentation of COVID-19 infections between a sample of individuals with severe ASD (n = 36) and the staff personnel (n = 35) of two specialized centers. Anti-SARS-Cov-2 antibody positivity was used as a proxy of infection. Additionally, we evaluated vaccine side effects in the same groups. Results: No significant difference was found between the prevalence of COVID-19 positivity between autistic participants and staff personnel. Levels of antibodies against the spike protein and the receptor binding domain were not significantly different between autistic and staff participants. The level of antibodies against the N-terminal domain were higher in autistic individuals. There was a significant difference between the prevalence of symptomatic COVID-19 in autistic participants (9.1%) compared to staff personnel (92.3%). The most frequent side effect among autistic participants was light fever.

Conclusions: The present study provides preliminary data on COVID-19 transmission and presentation in ASD. Our data do not support the hypothesis of a higher susceptibility and severity of COVID-19 in people with ASD.


The Power of the Headline

AE56524F-64C9-4C0F-8168-22FCEE83D0F3Yesterday, at about 4:30pm, the headlines from the FDA decision read "FDA denies 3rd shot," in most outlets. When I sat down to write this post, the headline at CNN had changed to FDA advisers first rejected Pfizer's booster application -- but then voted to recommend a third shot for certain Americans.  Maybe the decision was made late in the meeting. If so, why would there have been any news before the meeting was over? I found 473B9A09-84CA-4FCC-93EF-51465282B245screen grabs at Twitter by scrolling back a couple of hours. You can see the AP Tweet. Meanwhile, in Israel,  reports that a booster might last 12 days in the elderly was noted. 12 days.

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(CNN) Advisers to the US Food and Drug Administration on Friday voted unanimously to recommend emergency use authorization of Pfizer's booster shot six months after full vaccination in Americans 65 and older as well as those at high risk of severe Covid-19.

That vote came after the group had first voted and rejected a broader application: to approve the third shot in all Americans 16 and older six months after they were fully vaccinated.

Dr. Steven Pergam, medical director for infection prevention at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, expressed concern that theStrike reverse recommendation the advisers approved did not cover health care workers, who are at high risk of exposure to the virus, even if they are not necessarily at high risk of severe disease.


Sixteen, School and a Silver Lining

Chuck and charlie 16Note: From time time we get a post written from the heart by a parent. Chuck Hancock has written for us in the past - he's a single Dad who takes great care of his son, who is turning 16.  When he writes about Charlie, he has a lovely sign off - "I am the luckiest." And we are lucky to hear from him on this, his son's 16th birthday.  Happy Birthday, Charlie! Kim

By Chuck Hancock

Seems like it has been more than three years since I submitted a contribution to Age of Autism. Last time was 2018. Before then 2016 and 2011. I read such profound and insightful submissions here, and not for a second do I think what I submit is even, remotely, in the same worldly realm (been watching a lot of Marvel movies recently) of interest and thoughtfulness of the pieces I read. I write mostly about "Dad Stuff."

Charlie, my son, is an autism spectrum kid. My only child. Being on this journey with him for all these years has, to the surprise of no one reading this, been filled with awesome highs and crazy lows. That said, I cannot for a second imagine living without him.

Charlie is 16 today. I think back to the day I turned sixteen and can vividly remember how things were. I had friends, drove a car, went to parties, played sports and had interests in girls. Charlie shares none of these things with me. He wants nothing more than to have friends. He struggles so socially. Breaks my heart. It is easy for me to be mad and angry about this. I battle this frequently. But then I breath, and pray (though likely not enough), and just try to get back to that place. That place we all are. That place where we Chuck and spider charliewould do ANYTHING for our children.

Navigating the education system over many years has been a challenge. Whatever "education" is these days. IEPs, occasional bullying, and just trying to find an environment for Charlie which he enjoys. Unlike many parent friends of mine with typical kids, his Mom and I are not perpetually fretting over his future. Colleges, careers, etc. A small blessing maybe.

Charlie, his Mom, and I all moved from Maryland to Florida last fall. Saw the writing on the proverbial wall. Big step. Divorced, we try our best to co-parent. Which included choosing a school. We picked a school here for Charlie to go to 9th grade. A very small, private school. Billing itself as one for children with "learning differences." Disaster. While he attended in person, not a good fit. While report cards showed A's and B's, I knew Charlie was not really benefiting from being in this school. Even there, sadly, there were some episodes of bullying. New kid at the school, etc. Just so hard to find a good fit when it comes to schools.

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Katie Wright Op-Ed on Florida MD Press Conference

AofA Op EdBy Katie Wright

Doctors Stage Press Conference to Complain About Patients

Who do these Florida boneheads think they are??

75 DOCTORS abandoned their patients and left the HOSPITAL to throw a tantrum in the parking lot. They are “tired,” they whined. They “don’t want to see people die,” wrong profession. Why didn’t the unvaccinated people “just do what we told them!” To all those self-pitying, unprofessional doctors I say grow up. Stop feeling sorry for yourself and acting like a victim
because you are working hard in your chosen profession. Secondly, I would like to know who made these pompous people believe they are God. Since when is a doctor’s right to choose not to see a person because the doctor doesn’t don’t like his/her life choices???

What a bunch of babies! With absolutely no hard data the doctors claim unvaccinated covid patients are “over running our hospital!” The reader is offered zero statistics about the vaccination status of these patients. Coincidentally today, another Florida hospital admitted that 7 patients had recently died of covid - all of whom were vaccinated!

Unvaccinated patients are portrayed as incredibly selfish stupid people who didn't do what the doctor told them! Not one doctor addressed patients’ vaccine safety concerns, previous severe adverse vaccines reactions, or chronic illness that might prevent people from vaccinating. Oh, no! Way too busy passing judgment!

I am a licensed therapist. In the 1990s I had an internship at a mental health clinic. I saw many patients with AIDS. Thosse were the days when you were diagnosed with HIV and often dead within a year. By the 1990s it was well established that unsafe sex and IV needle sharing was the most common way to contract HIV. All my HIV+ clients developed AIDS because they did not use condoms. Should I have shamed my young male clients and lectured him how “I and tired of treating people like you! You don’t have to have HIV! It was your choice and I am tired and frustrated!”

People in the helping professions are supposed withhold judgment and treat all patients with compassion….certainly not hold press conferences to complain about their choices. What if these young men with AIDS had gone to this Florida hospital? Would a bunch of doctors run into the parking lot, loudly blaming AIDS patients for their own illnesses? Would these same
doctors whine like babies that they are “too tired!” to have to “treat people who didn’t have to be in the hospital.” Should over worked doctors at the hospital refused to provide medical care?

Maybe this crew would have!

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Safeminds: Infant Gut Microbiome and Fear Response

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https://cen.acs.org/biological-chemistry/microbiome/gut-might-modify-mind/97/i14

Note: Could the gut be the culprit behind the struggles of the young generation, riddled with anxiety, worry, and self-doubt? We know the role it plays in autistic behavior. And a certain doctor tried to ask hard questions a couple of decades ago, as you  may recall.....

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Infant Gut Microbiome May Contribute to Fear Response Trajectory
Study Examines Microbiome Content for 1-Month and 1-Year Old Infants

The microbiome is the collection of trillions of microorganisms that colonize the digestive tract. Each person has a completely unique microbiome, made up of a network of microbiota originally determined by their DNA.

The microbiome is the collection of trillions of microorganisms that colonize the digestive tract. Each person has a completely unique microbiome, made up of a network of microbiota originally determined by their DNA. The microbiome develops rapidly during the first year of life. Previous research has linked human behaviors, including fear and anxiety, to the composition of the microbiome. It was due to these reasons that a research team from Michigan State University set out to study the emergence of fear responses in infants around 12-months old and examine if fear behavior is influenced by the development and composition of the microbiome. The Michigan State researchers theorized that there are critical windows in the development of the brain and nervous system in which variations in microbiome composition could impact infants’ fear behaviors and perhaps influence the physical structure of brain areas involved in generating fear. By recruiting a group of 34 infants, the study’s authors assessed microbiome contents and the volume of key brain regions at ages 1-month and 12-months. At the second assessment point, they also examined social and non-social types of fear behaviors in the infants. The study’s results indicated that the composition of the microbiome at 1-year “is significantly associated with increased fear behavior” and that differences in microbial colonization causes differences in fear. The researchers based these findings on a task designed to measure non-social fear. They also discovered that certain qualities of the 1-month microbiome were additionally associated with increased non-social fear at 1-year. Additionally, this study demonstrated a “suggestive” relation between contents of the infant microbiome and volumes of the amygdala and the prefrontal cortex. Despite finding associations between microbiome and variations between individual fear responses among the infants, the study’s authors say it is too early to label any specific microbiome contents as good or bad. This is mostly due to differences among individuals and also because some microbes may have positive and negative impacts in different contexts.


Mmm, mmm, Good?

Alphabet soup jobNote: How are you dealing with vaccination mandates in your company? Maybe you're already vaccinated. Do you feel safe? As if you have dodged a bullet? Maybe you're not vaccinated. Do you feel pressured in order to keep your livelihood? These aren't easy choice for most folks.  Did the Biden Administration think more than a step or two ahead to the ramifications of this layer of rules and punishments that will impact not only health, but also mental health, and will likely build a dangerous level of resentment. The mandates could be a recipe for workplace violence.  And then those who are not electing vaccination will be demonized further.  I have read comments all over social media saying "Good! Let them get fired! They are idiots! Selfish! They deserve to die."  A slippery slope to sanctioned trouble.

From CNN Business yesterday, iconic American brands Coca Cola, Kellogg and Campbell's Soup asked questions.

New York (CNN Business) The trade group that represents consumer brands including Coca-Cola (KO), Kellogg (K) and Campbell Soup (CPB) fired off a letter to President Joe Biden on Monday with a laundry list of questions about his new vaccine mandate.

In the letter, Consumer Brands Association CEO Geoff Freeman called for "immediate clarity" on the administration's new Covid-19 Action Plan.

That plan, unveiled last week, caught some in the business world off guard because it includes an emergency rule from the Labor Department that calls for all employers with 100 or more employees to ensure their entire workforce is vaccinated or regularly tests negative for Covid-19. Biden officials have said companies could face penalties of up to $14,000 per violation.

The Consumer Brands Association — which represents the $2.1 trillion food, beverage and consumer products industry that employs 2.1 million workers — urged federal agencies to "move quickly, anticipate challenges, promptly answer questions" and partner with businesses to implement the new plan.

"The Consumer Brands Association and our member companies stand ready to partner with you in getting Americans vaccinated," Freeman wrote.

The letter to Biden included a "small sampling" of questions that have surfaced among business leaders, including:
What is considered documentation for proof of vaccination and how will booster shots factor into compliance?
Will the requirements only apply to vaccines that are fully approved by the FDA?
Does the government plan to centralize vaccination tracking?
What are the consequences of falsifying one's vaccination status or test results?
What is considered suitable documentation for a negative test result?
Should employees choose not to vaccinate, is the company or employee responsible for securing and paying for testing?

Read more here.


Governor Cuomo's Cruel Legacy

FutureAs the first wave of the 1990s autism epidemic ages into adulthood, we can expect chaos more than care. We've weathered decades of a complete misunderstanding of autism. Autism Speaks took over Cure Autism Now and the focus and dollars went to awareness and genetics testing. Neurodiversity groups like ASAN focused on acceptance AS IS and related only to the highest functioning of the community.   "As  is" is pretty awful for many with autism. That's painful to type, as a parent. We will have a deluge of adults with autism in the coming decades.

Many will be born to the anxiety generation - young adults themselves hardly able to cope, make decisions, problem solve, and think outside the box. I see parent after parent of grade school kids asking if there is a residential option, the behavior at home is "too much."  And it may well be - most of us have lived it.  Age of Autism has been sounding the alarm for almost 15 years. Anne Dachel continues to track thousands of stories of school districts under siege, families lost as sea, states struggling to provide a modicum of services. And how COVID has thrown a monkey wrench into everything.  Schools are hardly perfect. Adult care is a disaster. With no answers in sight.

Check out this story from New York from The Times Union. Worry.

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State seeks to move severely autistic clients to secure facility
Lawmakers, parents say state agency exploiting 'loophole' that prevents disabled from receiving least restrictive care

Brendan J. Lyons
Sep. 12, 2021

ALBANY — The parents of adults afflicted with conditions such as severe autism say they are being forced by a state agency to choose between sending their child to a fenced-in institutional facility in the far reaches of the Adirondacks, or face the prospect of losing funding for their long-term care.

The situation has rankled a group of state lawmakers who say the practice, put in place under former Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, is an apparent cost-saving measure that exploits a loophole in a 2014 law designed to give parents due-process rights in decisions about long-term care for their children when they reach age 21.

Some parents say they've been left with no alternative to sending their disabled children to what they feel is a remote and prison-like facility that apparently houses individuals convicted of crimes such as child sexual abuse or those who have been deemed incompetent to stand trial.  Read more here.


Ten Years Later: Change In Time

9-11-TRIBUTEIf you can believe it, Cathy wrote this for us in 2011, on the tenth anniversary of 9/11. Ten years. Twenty years. We have become a nation consumed (fed) by fear, anxiety and fight or flight decision making.  Yesterday, we pointed out that you need a vax pass to enter the 9/11 memorial at Ground ZeroIn accordance with the Key to NYC mandate, the Museum requires all visitors age 12 and older to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to enter. Masks are required in the Museum for all visitors over the age of two. Masks are not required outdoors on the Memorial plaza for those who are fully vaccinated.

Change in time. Breathe. And enjoy Cathy's thoughts.

By Cathy Jameson

Since I do a lot of driving here, there and everywhere to get my son to his therapies, I have a good amount of thinking time to brainstorm ideas.  Some of the ideas are for my typical family needs.  Most of them involve my son and his special needs.  I’ve been kicking an idea around in some of those quiet driving moments for a few months now, but hadn’t been inspired yet to put it on paper.  It’s about the word present.  Present has several meanings.  The one that I was reflecting on is “the period of time now occurring.”

Present.  Now.  This very moment.  In my life, a moment can include a flash of frustration or a jump for joy.  Depending on what Ronan is doing in a specific moment triggers an emotional response from me.  I realize more and more that whatever mood Ronan is in, I too am in a similar mood.  His happy moments are quite enjoyable to experience.  Those include hearing Ronan finally saying a word after going weeks without uttering anything.  It feels like a hug full of kindness for something fun I’ve done with Ronan.   Those joyful moments are ones that pepper both of our days and can last several minutes with much whooping and hollering.  When happy present moments happen I relish them along with the expression Ronan offers me as he realizes he too is happy.  

Just as I witness the happy moments, I live through Ronan’s struggles.  If he is unhappy or ticked off at something, so am I.  Present can feel like an eternity when one of Ronan’s loud, disruptive negative behaviors lasts for three, four or five minutes long.  It feels one hundred times longer when that happens with multiple eyes staring at us when we’re out in public.  Eternity is how long it takes Ronan to move a hard and constipated bowel movement.  Add the watching of the clock to see how long it takes to return to the softer and daily BMs; that’s an eternity and a half!  Those present moments are ones that I would rather fast forward but unfortunately get stuck in.

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Action Alert Tell White House Your Thoughts on the Mandate

Action alertTake Action  to send a messages to your federal representatives.

Please call: The White House (202) 456-1111

We awoke to a craven new world. The President of the United States told millions of Americans that he is "disappointed" in them, because they have not taken the Covid vaccine.  This is patronizing in the extreme. He is not our Daddy - NO President is - he works for us. All of us, whether we voted for him or not. During his candidacy he said he would not mandate the vaccine, and he wanted to unite the nation.  So much for that. Tomorrow is September 11th and many of us can not visit New York City because we don't have the right "credentials." Anyone know if the Taliban has let more Americans come home? And  before you accuse us of being partisan, don't forget who never drained the swamp, who never put RFK Jr on the vaccine safety commission that he never got off the ground, and who launched Operation Warp Speed and who has also told us to get the jab.  CHOICE. We believe in CHOICE. That's our core tenet.  Always will be. From Autism Action Network - CALL THE WHITE HOUSE and eblast your Congressmen and Senators. Today.

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US Take Action: Biden orders almost everyone to get shots. He has no authority to do this.

     Last night President Joe Biden outlined a six-point plan to respond to Covid in a speech seething with anger at the 80 million adult Americans who refuse to participate in the Covid shot mass experiment, and rage directed at the governors who reject the ever-changing and mostly science-free federal Covid policies.

     Biden began by congratulating himself on what a good job he has done on Covid, and excoriating Americans who aren't buying his malarkey. He lied about the safety and efficacy of the shots. He lied about the FDA approving the shots available in the US. He had nothing to say about people who have recovered from Covid, and gave no indication that he has anything in mind for addressing Covid other than vaccinating everybody by wildly expanding the powers of the President.

     The first and major part of the plan is forcing more people to get shots. After months of denying he has the authority to impose mandates, Biden asserted that he will have the Labor Department issue a directive that will require all businesses with more than 100 employees to force their workers to get the shot or  submit to weekly testing.  And he announced that he signed an executive order requiring all federal contractors to get the shot. Following on an existing order that requires all nursing home employees at facilities that accept Medicare or Medicaid dollars, the requirement will be expanded to cover workers in hospitals, home healthcare facilities, and other medical facilities. He never asks why healthcare workers, the heroes of 2020, must be forced to put this product in their bodies.

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Are We Worth 3/5 of a Life? STOP MANDATES!

Urgent call to actionMandates are wrong. So are prohibitions. Even when you are on the "right side" of them.

Visit the  Emergency Campaign to Stop All COVID Vaccination Mandates

School. Work. College. Life. 

We can not become a society of government sanctioned exclusion and punishment.  We ended that in 1861 when men were worth 3/5 of a life. We ended that we we ceased to practice COVERTURE for wives in the mid 1800s. We can't go back because of vaccine status.


Kimmel: Rest in Peace, Wheezy.

Horses assTalk about gallows humor. Kimmel is the latest horse's ass to openly promote discrimination against those unvaccinated for Covid, "joking" about a wheezy death after having been properly turned away from care. Kimmels infant son needed heart surgery a couple of years ago. Kimmel wept openly on his show. We sympathized.  Jimmy Kimmel Now Do You Understand Our Pain? We know what it's like to worry to the deepest corner of your soul about your child.  And to fear every moment of every day that something might happen to US - the caretakers . That's why many of us have not chosen the experimental Covid vaccine for ourselves, our kids 12 and older, or the full slate of pediatric vaccines for that matter. Many of us have, again for personal reasons. And I know some folks who have had bad bouts of Covid requiring hospitalization - some feel differently about the vaccine after their experience, others do not.  PERSONAL DECISIONS all around. Something Kimmel doesn't seem to grasp in his narrow world. I don't know anyone who makes this healthcare decision lightly, as least not in our community. We aren't making a political statement. We don't have that luxury. Also, since it's Trump’s Warp Speed vaccine program and Biden is the administrator, how would we choose one over the other? Kimmel is a horse’s ass. He pontificates as if he knows our lives - and to make matters worse - he's part of some Autism Charity that raises a zillion dollars for nonsense. It's disheartening and infuriating. His best buddy Howard Stern is even worse. His show is non-stop Covid fear and vaccination hype. Another blow to me - I'd been a fan for more than 30 years. No more. Here's the Washington Post summary: Jimmy Kimmel suggests hospitals shouldn’t treat unvaccinated patients who prefer ivermectin

In his return to late-night television after what he described as “a weird summer,” Jimmy Kimmel stopped laughing when he reflected on Labor Day weekend in which coronavirus cases were up by about 300 percent compared with the same time last year, when there wasn’t a vaccine.

After noting how Anthony S. Fauci, the chief medical adviser to President Biden, warned that some hospitals might be forced to make “tough choices” on who gets a bed in the intensive care unit, Kimmel quipped Tuesday that the situation was not difficult. The ABC late-night host then turned his attention to unvaccinated people who’ve clamored for ivermectin — a medicine long used to kill parasites in animals and humans that has soared in popularity despite being an unproven covid-19 treatment that health officials have warned against using to prevent or treat the virus.

“That choice doesn’t seem so tough to me,” Kimmel said. “Vaccinated person having a heart attack? Yes, come right in, we’ll take care of you. Unvaccinated guy who gobbled horse goo? Rest in peace, wheezy.”

Note, Kimmel has has a history of making fun of vaccination choice. This was from HuffPo in March of 2015:

Jimmy Kimmel is giving anti-vaccination advocates a taste of their own medicine.

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National Autism Association Helps Teachers Too!

Teacher-toolkit-image-lrBack to our roots today. We launched Age of Autism in 2007 at the NAA Conference in Atlanta. The National Autism Association started as a kitchen table organization by Moms who wanted more of everything for their kids. TACA is a kitchen table org, as was Generation Rescue at its start.  Autism Speaks was always a Board Room organization.  

Teachers who work with our kids have always needed parental support and help. No one knows our kids the way we do - and it's difficult to get up to speed with a student with autism.  Safety is always our biggest worry. And NAA is the Fairy Godmother of safety.  Please tell your child's teachers or SPED directors about the Big Red Safety Teacher Toolkit today!  And thank you NAA.  From our kitchen..... to yours. XOX  Kim

NAA’s Big Red Safety Teacher Toolkit® includes:

  • Printed educational materials and tools in our BeREDy booklet for teachers
  • Two (2) Door/Window Alarms including batteries
  • Five (5) Laminated Adhesive Stop Sign Visual Prompts for doors and windows

Please note:

  • If you need additional stop signs, alarms, or other safety-related items, they can be purchased separately in our Big Red Safety Shop.
  • All printed materials can be downloaded for free here.
  • NAA Big Red Safety Teacher Toolkit® grants are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to all qualifying applicants while supplies last. You are not required to make a donation to receive one.

NAA’s Big Red Safety Teacher Toolkits® have a retail value of over $25.00. If you would like to help NAA continue this program, we ask you to please consider Paying it Forward by making an optional donation when requesting your free NAA Big Red Safety Teacher Toolkit®.

Regardless of any tools already in place, if an individual’s medical condition interferes with their ability to recognize danger or stay safe, it is critical to maintain close supervision and security in all settings. For more information and ways to prevent wandering-related incidents, please visit http://awaare.org.


Nurse Carla

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Does anyone think these accounts are real?  If so, can you imagine a "professional" that is as cruel, catty, obnoxious, uninformed and plain old 10th grade mean girl than this. Professional is hardly the word. Bot-fessional is more like it. Rollerderby wasn't this mean in 1973. Bans off our bodies!  Healthcare for all - EXCEPT YOU! What the actual yuckety yuck???  I'm sure her "Hate Has No Home Here" sign is buffed to a high sheen.  Instead of vax passports, maybe we should demand nurses show us their social media, so we know who they are?  Note: I know and love many fine nurses - you need to get these a$$holes out of your profession.

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Psych Today Asks "Are We Giving Autistic Children PTSD From School?"

In a nutshellAs schools have become "behavior management factories" what has the benefit been to students with autism - from the most severely affected non-speaking to those with what we used to call Asperger's?  My youngest had the worst time of it in school, particularly when she was in high school. I spent 4 years having IEP meetings reviewing chart after chart of her "SIB" (self-injurious behavior) and AGGRESSION.  The SIB was slapping or pounding her thigh. The aggression was slapping the desk. At one point, school assigned her two paras - one to work with her and one to click click data to chart. I once asked a teacher, "How would you feel if your boss took away your coffee mug as soon as you walked in and you had to EARN every sip of coffee in the morning, by someone else's chart of success? Or if your phone was taken away and you had to perform dull, repetitive, often insulting work to earn a 5 minute break on your phone?"  My older daughters are 25 and 26. Their demeanors have improved since leaving school. I think they feel free to be themselves for the first time since.... preschool.

If you have begun Spelling2Communicate, HALO, assistive technology or other successful efforts to allow your son or daughter to convey their intelligence, their hopes, their thoughts, their fears, what have you learned?  When I read JB Handley's book Underestimated, An Autism Miracle, one sentence in the manuscript stuck with me. So much that I influenced the final name of the book (not taking a bow, but sharing how much this impacted me.) When he asked his son Jamie how he felt about teachers who made him do preschool work for 12 years, who treated him like he was unable to learn or progress, he told his Dad that he thought the teachers had "...earnestly underestimated him..." I thought that was one of the most forgiving, mature statements I'd ever read and called JB immediately to tell him I thought it was his title.

The author of this Psychology Today article is local - I think I'll contact her.

Marcia Eckerd, Ph.D., has been working with neurodiverse clients for over 30 years. She has been appointed by the State Legislature of CT to serve on the CT Autism Spectrum Disorder Advisory Council and is on the Clinical Advisory Group of AANE.org (Autism/Aspergers Network). She serves on the Professional Advisory Board of Smart Kids with LD as well as the Community Medical Staff in Psychiatry at Norwalk Hospital. She’s written multiple professional peer-reviewed journals on the diagnosis of autism, as well as contributing to Autism Spectrum News and multiple other websites and publications.

From Psychology Today:

Are We Giving Autistic Children PTSD From School?


1) We must understand the behavior of autistic children to help them.
2) Responding without understanding diminishes the personhood, self-esteem and trust of autistic kids.
3) Providing an environment sensitive to the needs of autistic students benefits all students.

For most autistic children, school can be a toxic environment. Working on the advice of experts, school staff aim to have autistic children’s behavior conform to neurotypical expectations. The more a child is indistinguishable from mainstream peers, the more successful the school intervention is believed to be.

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Regardless

Regardless
Source: Dictionary.com


By Cathy Jameson

If I did a quick internet news search for the word regardless, I am sure I’d have thousands of hits that included this statement:

…regardless of vaccination status

Masks are required for outdoor events regardless of vaccination status.

Masks are required for indoor events regardless of vaccination status.

All visitors to the building are to social distance regardless of vaccination status.

Weekly COVID testing will be required regardless of vaccination status.

Public meetings are back on schedule. We invite all to join regardless of vaccination status.

The definition of regardless, per Oxford Languages, is without paying attention to the present situation; despite the prevailing circumstances.

Declaring one’s vaccine status was not a requirement for more contagious illnesses for indoor venues in previous years let alone outdoor ones.  Proving one’s health status with a nasal swab was never required to attend work or college, even though other viruses are prevalent year round.  Regardless, and more importantly, because of prevailing circumstances, the present situation many are now living because of one virus is dire. 

Cj jab or jobIt’s dire.  And now, in some places, it does matter what one’s vaccination status is. 

Vaccination status will determine if nurses keep their job at the hospital regardless of their qualifications. Cj teachers choice

Teachers https://apnews.com/article/health-religion-coronavirus-pandemic-c58f8577203b8316299f9fa90ebf7578 are facing the same dilemma.  They are being told they must get the jab despite their years of dedication in their field.  Will they take the jab and all the risks that come with it just to keep their job? 

Another important question, can school districts handle losing their staff or recover from a massive teacher walk out?  The NYC school system stands to lose compassionate, highly qualified professionals and their many years of experience.  Losing them will jeopardize the continuity of education that all students require to be successful in the classroom.

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Ending Plague from Children's Health Defense and Skyhorse Publishing

Plague SkyhorseA message from Skyhorse Publishing in conjunction with Children's Health Defense:

Dear Reader,

The pharma-funded mainstream media has convinced millions of Americans that people like Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dr. Robert Gallo, and Dr. Francis Collins are heroes.

Drs. Frank Ruscetti and Judy Mikovits and I need your help today to expose their plague of corruption and show what dangerous charlatans they truly are.

By ordering a copy of their new book today — “Ending Plague: A Scholar’s Obligation in an Age of Corruption” — you can help push the book to the top of the New York Times bestseller list.

The sooner we reach that milestone, the sooner the whole world will know the truth. If you’ve already ordered their book, thank you. Can you now share this post today with family and friends? Or better yet, order several copies as gifts?

A year after Dr. Mikovits and Kent Heckenlively first exposed the Plandemic with their banned, groundbreaking short film with Mikki Willis and their runaway New York Times bestseller Plague of Corruption, they have returned with another book that uncovers even more of the untruths and corruption in our government’s health institutions.

Dr. Frank Ruscetti, a thirty-eight year veteran of the National Cancer Institute, who worked closely with people like Fauci and Gallo, offers a true insider’s portrait of his nearly four decades at the center of public health. His insights into the successes and failures of government science will be eye-opening to the general public. What he and Dr. Mikovits reveal not only obliterates the media spin . . . but should also alarm every American who cares about this country—and the future our children will inherit.

In their book, they reveal:

1. How the HIV/AIDS epidemic was a complete calamity compromised by the egos of Robert Gallo and Anthony Fauci, leading to the unnecessary death of millions.
2. The lies told about chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), often referred to as “non-HIV/ AIDS” which has disabled millions of women and men.

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Best of: Beware Standard of Care

Beware bewareLaura wrote this in April of 2016.

By Laura Hayes

Being the mother of vaccine-injured children teaches you many important lessons, with perhaps the main lesson being to question everything, research thoroughly, and make your own decisions. Listen to and trust your own maternal instincts. Don’t be coerced, harassed, or forced into doing anything you are not completely comfortable with or don’t want.  Learn to speak up and stand your ground firmly…your children are counting on you…and you will be the one to live with the consequences for each and every parenting decision you make.  So make the time to take the time to decide carefully, very carefully.

Rule #1: Question EVERYTHING

Rule #2: Research THOROUGHLY (including, and especially, from non-industry and non-governmental sources…seek sources that don’t profit from that which you are researching)

Rule #3: Make your OWN decisions, don’t be swayed by someone just because they are wearing a white coat (as a matter of fact, learn to be extra leery of those in white coats)

Let’s begin with prenatal “standard of care” procedures that need to be questioned, researched, and carefully considered prior to accepting:

  • Ultrasounds are now performed on virtually every pregnant woman in the U.S. Remembering back to my first pregnancy, my doctor told me I had ovarian cysts after my first ultrasound, and he began ordering weekly (!) ultrasounds for me. At the time, my insurance did not cover ultrasounds (they were $800 a pop, mind you). When I finally disclosed this to the receptionist, wondering how many more of these expensive procedures I would need, she was shocked that I’d been paying out of pocket the whole time. She looked uncomfortable when I told her that. Quite magically, the next week, my cysts were declared gone, no more ultrasounds for cysts needed!  I have since come to find out that the year that occurred was the year they were testing new ultrasound machines that were many times “stronger”. Were my baby and I experimental test subjects, without knowing, and without informed consent?  I do not know, but I most certainly wonder. Dr. Kelly Brogan, among others, has written about the universal use of ultrasound during pregnancy,  so perhaps begin your research here.

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The Atlantic: The Downsides of Masking Young Students Are Real

Elmo maskThoughtful piece from The Atlantic. Are masks required in your kids' schools? If so, to what degree?

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The Downsides of Masking Young Students Are Real

The educational cost of face coverings is far better established than the benefits of mandates.

By Vinay Prasad About the author: Vinay Prasad, a hematologist and oncologist, is an associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at UC San Francisco.

Scientists have an obligation to strive for honesty. And on the question of whether kids should wear masks in schools—particularly preschools and elementary schools—here is what I conclude: The potential educational harms of mandatory-masking policies are much more firmly established, at least at this point, than their possible benefits in stopping the spread of COVID-19 in schools. To justify continued masking of schoolkids—with no end date in sight—we have to prove that masks benefit kids, and at what ages. States and communities that are considering masking policies just to be safe should recognize that being overly cautious has a cost, while the benefits are uncertain.

For most able-bodied adults, masks in public indoor settings pose only minor inconveniences. But children—who even amid the worrisome Delta-variant surge are experiencing serious outcomes from COVID-19 at far lower rates than people in older age groups are—have different needs and vulnerabilities than adults. Early childhood is a crucial period when humans develop cultural, language, and social skills, including the ability to detect emotion on other people’s faces. Social interactions with friends, parents, and caregivers are integral to fostering children’s growth and well-being.

Cloth masks do filter some aerosols, albeit not the majority, so they might catch some exhaled viral particles. Newly released results from a large trial in rural Bangladesh found that the widespread use of surgical masks by adults yields a significant reduction in the spread of symptomatic COVID-19. (The effect of cloth masks was more ambiguous, and the study did not include children.) But the issue facing educators and parents is whether a policy of mandatory masking makes school safer than a policy of optional masking—and whether the difference is enough to justify the imposition on kids.   Read more at The Atlantic.


An Open Letter to CDC on Reinfection rates in Vaccinated & Unvaccinated

QuestionsFrom James Lyons-Weiler PhD:

From: James Lyons-Weiler <
Date: Wed, Sep 1, 2021 at 2:39 PM
Subject: Cycle threshold distributions
To: <qds1@cdc.gov>
Cc: <>, <poland.gregory@mayo.edu>

Dear Dr. Campbell,

I am cc’ing Dr. Poland as he recently uncritically interpreted your report as showing that the risk of re-infection is higher in the unvaccinated than in the vaccinated in a YouTube presentation.

I read w/interest your report

https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/mm7032e1.htm

As you are corresponding author, I am directing my questions to you.

1. Among those partly vaccinated, vaccinated and unvaccinated, what were the qPCR Ct threshold distributions for each group?

2. If your team used the CDC’s guidelines for reporting case with (Ct<28 cycles + hospitalized or dead for vaccinated, but Ct value up to 40 or even higher for the unvaccinated), how can we compare rates of cases, hospitalizations and deaths in so-called vaccinated “cases” and so-called unvaccinated “cases”?

3. Are the groups studied confounded in any way?

4. Were the NAAT test rates vs. antigen test rates the same in both groups?

5. Per your report, the “vaccinated” were considered vaccinated on 14 or after, per CDC guidelines. This seems unusual; if the vaccine harms the immune system for a period of time and makes people more susceptible to infection, it would appear within the first two weeks, given what we have seen in animal studies.

6. If people are not vaccinated until 14 days after receipt of the vaccine, shouldn’t people have to wait 14 days to receive their vaccine card if herd immunity is the goal?

7. Your particular group criterion definition would skew the data badly in favor of finding an increased rate of re-infection in the previously infected or unvaccinated, making causal attribution to the vaccine and your recommendation that all persons should be vaccinated impossible to support with your data.

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I Did It My Way

Family StoryEarlier this week we shared a Facebook post that's circulating, proclaiming proud ignorance of many “common” items, including the Covid jab.  If you read it, you probably had a sharp response of your own. One Facebooker, "TM" took the time to write a response. She wrote, "This gem of a narrative is being shared around, so I wanted to participate with some editing:”

The original is in italics, her response is in bold:

I’m vaccinated and, no, I don't know what's in it…

Until my child was injured and then I learned, the hard way.

I trust my doctor when he says it’s needed.

I won’t make that mistake again.

I also don't know what's in Ibuprofen, Tylenol, or other meds, it just cures my headaches & my pains ...

I do and Tylenol depletes glutathione - stop giving it to infants (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15878691/)

I don't know what's in the ink for tattoos, vaping, or every ingredient in my soap or shampoo or even deodorants. 

No tattoos or vaping  - I use natural products because they are safer.

I don’t know the long term effect of cell phone use…

Which is why I turn it off at my bedside.

There's a lot of things I don't know and never will…

But I know in this age of information it is ignorant not to research what is readily available.

I just know one thing: life is short, very short,  and I still want to do something other than just going to work every day or staying locked in my home…..

So that is why I choose to not live in fear.

As a child I've been vaccinated for mumps, measles, rubella, polio, and a few others;

As a child and as an adult I've been vaccinated for mumps, measles, rubella, polio, chicken   your choice,

I am vaccinated, respect my choice ...

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