Facebook should come with a box of tissues. Yesterday's memory was from 11 years ago, when Mark Blaxill and Dan Olmsted shared advance copies of their book titled, The Age of Autism Mercury Medicine and a Manmade Epidemic at Autism One. Dan has been gone for 5 and a half years. Ed Arranga passed away last December.. (I hope that isn't springing the news on you.) This blog was launched by Dan and Mark in preparation for their book. Dan's life work became autism. After a stellar journalism career, he devoted himself to the epidemic. To a degree, we all abandonned our initial careers when autism broke into our homes. We were drafted. Dan enlisted. He provided a steady, guiding hand, and together he and Mark produced Pulitzer quality work that was often largely ignored or suppressed. Blogs ruled the landscape, and we had intense rivalries, that, looking back, seem quaint. HeraldBlog, Orac, Kristina Chew, Kevin Leitch, Amanda Baggs - how they dined on us in their never ending effort to make sure no one believed in the autism epidemic.
Last week, the United States was pummeled by another school shooting. 19 schoolkids, 2 teachers, 1 husband who could not bear the grief. Another epidemic that seems to have no resolution even when its carnage can not be denied. It's tough to gaslight families when there are corpses. A Facebook commenter made a reference to something Dr. Bernard Rimland may have said or written, about a generation of angry boys growing up. If you have the reference, let me know. It seems to be real.