Opinion: The right call — repealing Social Security gun rule

There’s no evidence that some beneficiaries of Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Insurance are especially prone to violence.

Source: Opinion: The right call — repealing Social Security gun rule

In first, missile launched from unmanned Israeli ship

Rafael defense contractor lauds achievement as proof of remote-controlled boats’ potential for naval security

Source: In first, missile launched from unmanned Israeli ship

I’m at War With Myself – Parts of My Autism People Can’t See

We can stop suffering from Theory of Mind, Now. Study reports: Interaction Takes Two: Typical Adults Exhibit Mind-Blindness Towards Those on Autism Spectrum

Just Under Your Radar

picture of screaming man kneeling with blindfold on and barbed wire wrapped around his body - theory of mind is meaningless and causes pain to autistic people Haven’t autistic people suffered from the “Theory of Mind” hypothesis long enough?

Oh, I am so enjoying this… Boldemphasis is mine.

Recent work suggests that we are better at interpreting the movements of others who move like us, and that individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) move in a quantifiably different way from typical individuals. Therefore, “social impairments” exhibited by individuals with ASD may, at least in part, represent a failure by typical individuals to infer the correct mental states from the movements of those with ASD. To examine this possibility, individuals with ASD and typical adults manually directed 2 triangles to generate animations depicting mental state interactions. Kinematic analysis of the generated animations demonstrated that the participants with ASD moved atypically, specifically with increased jerk compared to the typical participants. In confirmation of our primary hypothesis, typical individuals were better able to identify the mental state portrayed…

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Theory of Mind, my Ass

Just Under Your Radar

no bsOh… this is a good one – you can read it all here:

What is With the “No Theory of Mind” Thing?!

Intro and Background:
Amazingly, 100% of the ASD professionals that I have worked with over the course of the past 16 months have either based their entire bodies of work on autistic theory of mind (ToM)deficits or have used the term quite frequently to refer to things that have nothing to do with ToM. In fact, many times it has been used in reference to me as an autistic adult to explain why the ASD professional and I had a misunderstanding, without any further attempt to understand my perspective. The whole thing is simply “dismissed” (as am I and my views) with a flippant comment that I am lacking ToM. This boggles my mind and also concerns me, as it is so far from the truth.


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Taliban Attack Military Hospital In Kabul Afghanistan: At Least 30 Dead And 50 Wounded


Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) Gunmen disguised as medical personnel stormed a military hospital near the US Embassy in Kabul on Wednesday, killing at least 30 people in a six-hour siege before Afghan security forces killed the attackers, authorities said.

The ISIS-affiliated news agency Amaq said the terror group claimed responsibility for the attack near Kabul’s heavily fortified diplomatic quarter.
First, a suicide bomber blew himself up at the south gate to the Sardar Mohammed Daud Khan hospital, said Sediq Sediqqi, Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman. Known as “the 400-bed hospital,” it’s the country’s biggest and best-equipped medical facility.
Three gunmen then invaded the hospital, made their way to the second and third floors and opened fire, Sediqqi said. Among those killed were Afghan military personnel recovering from battle wounds, doctors and hospital employees.
Security forces and police mounted a counteroffensive. Heavily armed soldiers and armored vehicles surrounded the facility, a helicopter landed on the roof and a few patients climbed out of windows and stood on a ledge to escape the violence, video shows.
Soldiers killed the attackers about 3:30 p.m. local time (6 a.m. Wednesday ET) after six hours of fighting.
As soldiers cleared the building, they discovered bodies and the number of casualties quickly grew.
More than 50 people were wounded and taken to the Wazir Akbar Khan hospital, said Smael Kawosi, media relation officer for the Ministry of Health. It’s not known whether any security personnel or police officers were killed.

Afghan security personnel gather outside the hospital.

The Taliban has claimed credit for other recent attacks. But a Taliban spokesman, Zabiullah Mojahid, denied responsibility for this rampage in a tweet, saying: “Today’s attack on hospital in Kabul has nothing to do with the Mujahidin of Islamic Emirate,” using the group’s formal name.
In the vacuum of a Taliban claim, Amaq said ISIS claimed responsibility. Though it is credible that ISIS planned and carried out the attack, CNN has not independently verified the claim.
This is not the first attack at the hospital named after Afghanistan’s first president. In May 2011, suicide bombers got inside, and killed six people and injured 26 others. The Taliban claimed responsibility.

Explosions, then gunfire

Attackers killed at least 30 people at the hospital.

Witnesses told CNN an explosion was first heard at 9 a.m. local time (11.30 p.m. Tuesday ET).
Afghan National Police special forces rushed in. “At first there was a firing followed by a huge blast,” an employee at a nearby hospital said.
An employee at an Italian restaurant nearby said she heard one explosion, then heard gunfire about 25 minutes later.
The attackers were not immediately killed because security forces were busy evacuating patients, the defense ministry statement said.

Attack condemned

US Army Gen. John Nicholson, commander of Resolute Support and US Forces in Afghanistan, said the attack “is an unspeakable crime.” He praised security forces for the swift response, saying the forces deserve “our highest praise and respect.”
Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said the attack shows terrorists “don’t follow rules and laws.”
“According to international humanitarian laws, hospitals are immune from attacks,” he said.
Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah tweeted: “I condemn the terrorist attacked on hospital in Kabul. While we work for peace, we’ll avenge the blood of our people.”
The US Embassy in Kabul said, “Targeting a medical facility providing care for the brave Afghans working to protect their fellow citizens has no possible justification in any religion or creed.”



Ich habe keinen Abschluss.
Ich habe keine Ausbildung.
Ich habe keinen Namen. Weder einen Vor- noch einen Nachnamen, der mich weiterbringt.

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Asperger’s / autism and the conundrums of honesty, bluntness, diplomacy, & lying

the silent wave

I am finished with pesky obligations of the day, and can now settle into a warm, comfortable, guilt-free, technologically-challenged blog-writing frenzy.  I feel butter-melting warm and fuzzy inside, and my feet palpate solid landscapes.

The perfect time to delve into a meaty subject.

A life of being Aspergian/autistic has meant that I have navigated the world as if through fog without instruments, frequently misstepping into countless invisible canyons.  Realizing that I’m on the Asperger’s/autism spectrum has cleared the fog, but the canyons remain obscured, and I continue to step into them.

The commonly-held belief is that every human being possesses the same preinstalled set of social “graces” (a term that is itself debatable), and those who lack the social graces are either written off as voluntarily antisocial jerks, deemed incompetent, labeled as “less intelligent”, or taken pity upon as the assumed result of bad parenting.

This group of conventionally perceived…

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Premierul Sorin Grindeanu a anunțat miercuri că a avut o întâlnire cu președintele Klaus Iohannis, precizând că are un punct de vedere comun cu șeful statului în ceea ce privește poziția României referitoare la Uniunea Europeană.

“Am avut o discuție cu domnul președinte Iohannis. Avem un punct de vedere comun pe care l-am și spus, l-a spus și președintele, l-am întărit și această discuție a avut loc. (…) M-am întâlnit cu domnul președinte și avem un punct de vedere, așa cum spuneam și am declarat public, comun”, a spus Grindeanu, după ședința de Guvern.

Liderul PSD, Liviu Dragnea, a declarat marţi seara, la Antena 3, că, în momentul de faţă, se reaşază polii de putere în Uniunea Europeană, iar preşedintele Klaus Iohannis nu trebuie lăsat singur în această chestiune. Dragnea a susţinut că şeful statului ar trebui să se întâlnească, înaintea reuniunii Consiliului European, cu premierul Sorin Grindeanu pentru a…

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In case clinicians are wondering how to support an #autistic #woman

Just Under Your Radar

doctor talk to a robot I’m on the left

Here’s what I wish my healthcare providers would know – at a bare minimum:

First, I respect you. I absolutely do. Thing is, I’m terrible at reading faces, to begin with. And I don’t really “get” the whole professional interaction thing. I don’t know how to behave with you in ways that indicate my respect and regard. I’m factual. I’m objective. I deal in data. And if you talk to me in terms of what I consider phantasmagorical medical mythology, you will quickly know how little I think of your opinion. But that doesn’t mean I think any less of you. Big distinction. But then, in the 15 minutes I have with you, there’s no time to explain.

If I’m seeing you, I’m probably stressed. I’ve probably been stressed for a while, because I put off seeing you as long as possible, out of dread for what…

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