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  1. Here is a TED lecture briefly outlining the history of what we know about autism MSK!!!! Achtung! Attention! at about 3:00 Silberman invokes one of your favorite memes -- the story
  2. My memory hole ... and pure schlock. Plotto! What is the name of this book, please? I would love to get a copy if available. Title and author is all I need, though. I dug and dug and have nothing, Michael -- sorry about that. It was likely a thesis-turned-book, and despite my best attempt at capturing details in a search, I've failed. On the bright side, I discovered a neat little summation page by Steve Silberman** (Practical Tips on Writing a Book from 23 Brilliant Authors). All about 'advice to writers' ... samples: ________________ ** Silberman has been noted here at OL a few times, notably for his publications about autism and Silicon Valley ...
  3. I couldn’t help but notice where he was when speaking so freely about his crimes in Ukraine: Council on Foreign Relations. Council on Foreign Relations and Trilateral Commission have U.S. Presidents and CIA and FBI Directors for members. Both those clubs had Jefferey Epstein for a member. Council on Foreign Relations The Trilateral Commission The Harold Pratt House 345 E. 46th Street, 58 East 68th Street New York, NY 10017 New York, NY 10021 Tel. (212) 661-1180 Tel. (212) 734-0400; FAX (212) 861-1789 The following pages illustrate the dominance by the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission and the Bilderberg groups over the major decision making processes and institutions of the United States of America during the last seventy years. Members are identified by “C”, “T”, or “B”. The infiltration into our American system of government for purposes of transforming the American government under international world government organizations is appalling. “The Council on Foreign Relations is the American branch of a society which was organized in England...(and)...believes national boundaries should be obliterated and one world rule established.” (With No Apologies by Senator Barry Goldwater, Berkley Books, New York, Page 126) “The Trilateral Commission is international ...(and) intended to be the vehicle for multinational consolidation of the commercial and banking interests by seizing control of the political government of the United States.” (With No Apologies by Senator Goldwater, Berkley Books, New York, Page 293) The Bilderberg is a quasi-secret consortium of international elite who meet annually to plan world economic and political policies. The Bilderberg has no membership per se. Those identified with “B” in this chart have attended past Bilderberg meetings. Presidents of the United States George Walker Bush non-member William J. Clinton B,C,T George Herbert Walker Bush C,T James Earl Carter C,T Gerald R. Ford, Jr. B,C Richard Milhous Nixon C Dwight D. Eisenhower C Herbert Clark Hoover C Vice Presidents of the United States Richard B. Cheney C,T George H.W. Bush C,T Walter Mondale B,C,T Central Intelligence Agency Directors George J. Tenet C William O. Studeman C John M. Duetch B,C,T James Woolsey C Robert M. Gates C William H. Webster C William J. Casey C Stansfield Turner C George H.W. Bush C William E. Colby C James Schlesinger C Richard Helms C John A. McCone C Allen W. Dulles C Walter Bedell Smith C Secretaries of Commerce Ronald H. Brown C Juanita M. Kreps C,T Elliot Lee Richardson C,T Peter G. Peterson C,T John Thomas Connor, Jr. C Barbara Hackman Franklin C Secretaries of Defense Donald Rumsfeld B William S. Cohen C,T William J. Perry B,T Les Aspen C Richard B. Cheney C,T Frank C. Carlucci, III C,T Casper W. Weinberger C,T Harold Brown C,T Donald H. Rumsfeld C James R. Schlesinger C Elliot L. Richardson C,T Melvin R. Laird T Robert S. McNamara B,C,T Neil H. McElroy C Charles E. Wilson C George C. Marshall C James V. Forrestal C Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff John M. Shalikashvili C Colin L. Powell B,C William J. Crowe, Jr. C,T John W. Vessey C David C. Jones C Maxwell D. Taylor C Lyman Lemnitzer C Chiefs of Staff – Air Force Ronald R. Fogleman C Merrill A. McPeak C John T. Chain, Jr. C Lew Allen, Jr. C Michael J. Dugan C Charles A. Gabriel C Larry D. Welch C Chief of Staff – Army Dennis J. Reimer C Gordon R. Sullivan C John A. Wickham, Jr. C Edward C. Meyer C Secretaries of Energy William B. Richardson B,C James R. Schlesinger C Charles W. Duncan, Jr. C Directors of the FBI William H. Webster C William D. Ruckelshaus C,T Secretaries of Health & Human Services Donna E. Shalala C,T Joseph A. 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  4. This fourteen minute piece covers the not so well known history of the autistic spectrum and the part it has played in the development of our culture. Steve Silberman is the person who wrote the article for Wired. "The Geek Syndrome" which tells how people on the autism spectrum, particularly the Aspies, the people who have Aspberger's Syndrome have made the computer industry what it is today. Silberman points out that Aspies have been at work throughout the entire history of the human race. Perhaps that obsessive craftsman of the Clovis Tribe trying to find The Perfect Arrowhead was an Early Geek. As Silberman points out to be a real genius in science and technology one has to be a little bit autistic. Pay close attention to the last five minutes of the piece, if you will. Ba'al Chatzaf.
  5. Posted 17 October 2015 - 02:45 PM Back ground reading: The Geek Syndrome by Steve Silberman http://archive.wired...pergers_pr.html Silberman has come out with a new book on the subject called Neurtotribes. I have ordered a copy from my library and I will review it after I have read it. Ba'al Chatzaf
  6. Back ground reading: The Geek Syndrome by Steve Silberman Silberman has come out with a new book on the subject called Neurtotribes. I have ordered a copy from my library and I will review it after I have read it. Ba'al Chatzaf
  7. There is a full transcript of Silberman's talk at -- The Forgotten History of Autism. My favourite person with Asperger Syndrome (besides Bob, of course) is Temple Grandin. Here she is with a Ted Talk: The world needs all kinds of minds (full transcript here). I will never forget my first exposure to Grandin in 1983, on a TV programme called "Farm Talk," in Regina, Saskatchewan. Among her topics, "Porcine Stress Syndrome." Silberman's article at Wired is here: The Geek Syndrome.
  8. So let me get this right. According to Silberman, humanity has always had a galloping epidemic of autism and nobody ever noticed it because an obscure dude said it was the parent's fault. Then Hollywood came along and saved the day. Now humanity sees what it has been ignoring all along. Somehow parents never noticed their kids were different, but now they do. And that's the real reason for the spike in autism. Hmmmmmm... I don't doubt Silberman's sincerity, but he complained about storytelling. Then told a whale of a tale himself. Michael
  9. Thanks for mentioning the notion of assortative mating. For those who wonder if it is indeed a 'thing,' see the brief Wikipedia survey: Assortative Mating in Humans. Assortative mating based on genomic similarities plays a role in human marriages in the United States. Spouses are more genetically similar than two randomly chosen individuals. The probability of marriage increases by roughly 15% for every 1-SD increase in genetic similarity. However, some researchers argue that this assortative mating is caused purely by population stratification (the fact that people are more likely to marry within ethnic subgroups such as Swedish-Americans). Here are some interesting paragraphs from the Wired article by Silberman, "The Geek Syndrome." The one thing that almost all researchers in the field agree on is that genetic predisposition plays a crucial role in laying the neurological foundations of autism in most cases. Studies have shown that if one identical twin is autistic, there's a 90 percent chance that the other twin will also have the disorder. If parents have had one autistic child, the risk of their second child being autistic rises from 1 in 500 to 1 in 20. After two children with the disorder, the sobering odds are 1 in 3. (So many parents refrain from having more offspring after one autistic child, geneticists even have a term for it: stoppage.) The chances that the siblings of an autistic child will display one or more of the other developmental disorders with a known genetic basis - such as dyslexia or Tourette's syndrome - are also significantly higher than normal. The bad news from Santa Clara County raises an inescapable question. Unless the genetic hypothesis is proven false, which is unlikely, regions with a higher than normal distribution of people on the autistic spectrum are something no researcher could ask for: living laboratories for the study of genetic expression. When the rain that fell on the Rain Man falls harder on certain communities than others, what becomes of the children? The answer may be raining all over Silicon Valley. And one of the best hopes of finding a cure may be locked in the DNA sequences that produced the minds that have made this area the technological powerhouse of the world. [...] A recurring theme in case histories of autism, going all the way back to Kanner's and Asperger's original monographs, is an attraction to highly organized systems and complex machines. There's even a perennial cast of hackers: early adopters with a subversive streak. In 1944, Asperger wrote of a boy "chemist [who] uses all his money for experiments which often horrify his family and even steals to fund them." Another boy proved a mathematical error in Isaac Newton's calculations while he was still a freshman in college. A third escaped neighborhood bullies by taking lessons from an old watchmaker. And a fourth, wrote Asperger, "came to be preoccupied with fantastic inventions, such as spaceships and the like." Here he added, "one observes how remote from reality autistic interests really are" - a comment he qualified years later, when spaceships were no longer remote or fantastic, by joking that the inventors of spaceships might themselves be autistic. Clumsy and easily overwhelmed in the physical world, autistic minds soar in the virtual realms of mathematics, symbols, and code. Asperger compared the children in his clinic to calculating machines: "intelligent automata" - a metaphor employed by many autistic people themselves to describe their own rule-based, image-driven thought processes. In her autobiography, Thinking in Pictures, Grandin compares her mind to a VCR. When she hears the word dog, she mentally replays what she calls "videotapes" of various dogs that she's seen, to arrive at something close to the average person's abstract notion of the category that includes all dogs. This visual concreteness has been a boon to her work as a designer of more humane machinery for handling livestock. Grandin sees the machines in her head and sets them running, debugging as she goes. When the design in her mind does everything it's supposed to, she draws a blueprint of what she sees. [...] This affinity for computers gives teachers and parents leverage they can use to build on the natural strengths of autistic children. Many teenagers who lack the motor skills to write by hand find it easier to use a keyboard. At Orion Academy, every student is required to buy an iBook fitted with an AirPort card. Class notes are written on electronic whiteboards that port the instructional materials to the school server for retrieval. (At lunch, the iBooks are shut off, and if the kids want to play a two-person game, they're directed to a chess board.) The next generation of assistive technology is being designed by Neil Scott's Archimedes Project at Stanford. Scott's team is currently developing the equivalent of a PDA for autistic kids, able to parse subtle movements of an eyebrow or fingertip into streams of text, voice, or images. The devices will incorporate video cameras, head and eye tracking, intelligent agents, and speech recognition to suit the needs of the individual child. The Valley is a self-selecting community where passionately bright people migrate from all over the world to make smart machines work smarter. The nuts-and-bolts practicality of hard labor among the bits appeals to the predilections of the high-functioning autistic mind. The hidden cost of building enclaves like this, however, may be lurking in the findings of nearly every major genetic study of autism in the last 10 years. Over and over again, researchers have concluded that the DNA scripts for autism are probably passed down not only by relatives who are classically autistic, but by those who display only a few typically autistic behaviors. (Geneticists call those who don't fit into the diagnostic pigeonholes "broad autistic phenotypes.") The entire article is a closely-reasoned, well-warranted and engaging piece of work. I hope everyone interested in autism and Asperger Syndrome gives it a careful read. Here is another brief autism screening test. I scored 3.
  10. I thought Brant meant one can't merely put an arbitrary duration on inquiry. In other words, one can't say, from the armchair, "Unless three years hence, umabiguous evidence for a given conspiracy theory is found, the theory must be wrong." Worse, it shouldn't mean that while a particular conspiracy theory might be wrong, no conspiracy happened or that the official view of what happened is true. (I hope Brant will chime in if I'm wrong here.) Also, I still see you trying to bunch all conspiracy together -- and, in particular, all conspiracies about three unrelated events -- the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, the assassination of JFK, and the 2001 attacks in America. These are three very different events and various theories regarding them need not be stitched together to make some broad claim about such theorizing. It's almost as if someone were putting together theories about how trout spawn, when Pluto formed, and the nature of the Higgs boson together to throw doubt on science in general. Add to this, while many conspiracy theories are no doubt bunk -- maybe due to the desire to find an easy, simply explanation for some complex social process or event (what comes to mind are views of how oil prices rise wherein a conspiracy of speculators is often blamed or how AIDS has spread in the US via the CIA) -- there is a problem when official sources present a version of history. The official source and its backer generally has a vested interest in a certain view of history sticking. (Which is not to say government itself is a conspiracy... Or is it?) Add to this, successful conspiracies tend to either not be uncovered or uncovered years later usually when there's some slip up. A rather benign example is Piltdown Man. A less benign one is the aforementioned Pentagon Papers. All of this said, I can sympathize with the view of needing some way to get through all the competing theories about a given event. Some of these will likely never be known with any degree of certainty. History is not like the ancient view of geometry: some list of certainties that can be once proven or disproven that an honest, well meaning person can just memorize. (Even geometry isn't like the ancient view of geometry.) New evidence can shed light on old events -- a recent archaeology, for example, has tended to demolish the various views on Ancient Israel. (See, e.g., The Bible Unearthed: Archaeology's New Vision of Ancient Israel and the Origin of Its Sacred Texts by Neil Silberman and Israel Finkelstein. In this example, it isn't like there weren't many theories of, say, how historical the Hebrew Bible is, just how Ancient Israel came into being, and what the relationship was between the Canaanites and the Ancient Israelis. There were many such theories -- and many that rejected the Biblical account even sans the miraculous stuff. The more recent evidence however has weighed against even these theories. No doubt, too, in another decade or three, more evidence will come to light which will force any reasonable follower of Silberman's and Finkelstein's account to revise her views.) Finally, and again, you haven't even read the book that kicked off this thread. So how do you know it's a silly conspiracy? You might argue not enough time -- and, again, I'll be sympathetic, but one might wonder how much time you have to spin out theories about why a particular book you haven't read should be dismissed.
  11. Brant: This statement is well intended, but inaccurate. I understand your arguments regarding a global human citizen. My argument was limited to Constitutional rights in the American Constitution. Your statement about: "All rights are Constitutional rights, even those not specified. They were first apropos to the federal government then extended to the states after the Civil War." Nope - "8. The fourteenth amendment prohibits a State from depriving any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law, and from denying to (p.543)any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws; but it adds nothing to the rights of one citizen as against another. It simply furnishes an additional guaranty against any encroachment by the States upon the fundamental rights which belong to every citizen as a member of society. The duty of protecting all its citizens in the enjoyment of an equality of rights was originally assumed by the States, and it still remains there. The only obligation resting upon the United States is to see that the States do not deny the right. This the amendment guarantees, but no more. The power of the national government is limited to the enforcement of this guaranty." Another section from DC v. Heller: Only those rights which are inalienable are "universal" in the sense intended by the Founders. Second, in the IX (9th) (Ninth) Amendment, "The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people." "The people..." is specific as it is used in the Constitution a total of three times, I believe. It was the crux of the brilliant Court of Appeals arguments in support of the DC v. Heller case which is one of the most critical decisions in US history by Court of Appeals SILBERMAN, Senior Circuit Judge: <<<<link Judge Silberman's BRILLIANT decision. [58 pages of Constitutional genius - Of course O'Biwan would never consider him for the Supreme Court vacancy when numb nuts goes back to reading by candlelight up in Vermont - what a disappointment Souter is.] "We look to this because it has always been widely understood that the Second Amendment, like the First and Fourth Amendments, codified a pre-existing right." In numerous instances, 'bear arms' was unambiguously used to refer to the carrying of weapons outside of an organized militia. The most prominent examples are those most relevant to the Second Amendment: Nine state constitutional provisions written in the 18th century or the first two decades of the 19th, which enshrined a right of citizens to 'bear arms in defense of themselves and the state' or 'bear arms in defense of himself and the state.' 8*** It is clear from those formulations that 'bear arms' did not refer only to carrying a weapon in an organized military unit." *** 8See Pa. Declaration of Rights §XIII, in 5 Thorpe 3083 (“That the people have a right to bear arms for the defence of themselves and the state. . . ”); Vt. Declaration of Rights §XV, in 6 id., at 3741 (“That the people have a right to bear arms for the defence of themselves and the State. . .”); Ky. Const., Art. XII, cl. 23 (1792), in 3 id., at 1264, 1275 (“That the right of the citizens to bear arms in defence of themselves and the State shall not be questioned”); Ohio Const., Art. VIII, §20 (1802), in 5 id., at 2901, 2911 (“That the people have a right to bear arms for the defence of themselves and the State . . . ”); Ind. Const., Art. I, §20 (1816), in 2 id., at 1057, 1059 (“That the people have a right to bear arms for the defense of themselves and the State. . . ”); Miss.Const., Art. I, §23 (1817), in 4 id., at 2032, 2034 (“Every citizen has aright to bear arms, in defence of himself and the State”); Conn. Const., Art. I, §17 (1818), in 1 id., at 536, 538 (“Every citizen has a right to bear arms in defence of himself and the state”); Ala. Const., Art. I, §23(1819), in 1 id., at 96, 98 (“Every citizen has a right to bear arms in defence of himself and the State”); Mo. Const., Art. XIII, §3 (1820), in 4 id., at 2150, 2163 (“[T]hat their right to bear arms in defence of themselves and of the State cannot be questioned”). See generally Volokh, State Constitutional Rights to Keep and Bear Arms, 11 Tex. Rev. L. & Politics 191 (2006). Scalia noted in a footnote in Heller, "Some Considerations on the Game Laws 54 (1796) ('Who has been deprived by [the law] of keeping arms for his own defence? What law forbids the veriest pauper, if he can raise a sum sufficient for the purchase of it, from mounting his Gun on his Chimney Piece . . . ?')" THE PEOPLE is the most rarified of the "rights". Adam
  12. William: The Second Amendment of the American Bill of Rights states: As passed by the Congress: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people* to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. As ratified by the States and authenticated by Thomas Jefferson, Secretary of State: A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people* to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.[8] I am surprised that you would pull this phrase out as having some stand alone meaning. * The use of the commas and the use of the phrase "the people" is critical to any understanding of this part of the American Bill of Rights. In the landmark decision, District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008), this distinction was clearly and completely examined, analyzed and decided. In the underlying opinion of SILBERMAN, Senior Circuit Judge.Judge of the District Appellate Court, in 478 F. 3d 370 - Parker v. District of Columbia, he noted that: I will have more on this later. Essentially, and respectfully William, you are fundamentally incorrect in your reading of the Second Amendment of our Bill of Rights. A...
  13. Yourself, myself and 56 signers. My type of company. I have not seen the complaint yet. However, this attorney argumentation in Heller was superior, as was the Appellate panel Judge Silberman's decision which was pure poetry to me. I cannot see how the argument can be raised that the 2nd Amendment shall and must apply to the States. Not one of the government's arguments worked in Heller. Now, one of the interesting questions that arises is whether the state can set it's own limitations based on the scheme of public policy, health and welfare, etc., and maintain the balance inherent in "comity"and the individuals inherent right [God or nature] to protect itself. Adam Adam
  14. Show me anywhere in the Constitution that it says that any law is applicable or non applicable to non-citizens inside the United States. Or better yet show me where the U.S. Constitution says that White People, or Black People, or Women, or Children have the right of habeas corpus. I await with bated breath. BTW: I could careless about non-citizens, especially ones who were found to be attacking the U.S., such as the Taliban. What I do care about is the law the lets the President of The U.S. declare anyone (including citizens inside the US) who he would like as an unlawful enemy combatant, and stripping them of all of their rights, including habeas corpus. -Dustan Gentlemen: Can we agree on some assumptions: 1) If it is not specifically enumerated in the Constitution, it reverts to "the people" which, I, and many Constitutionalist argue, means specifically the individual. e.g., see current pending D.C. gun case and Silberman decision; 2) Under certain enumerated "situations", the Constitution gives the executive branch the power to "suspend" the right of habeas corpus, e.g. "The name given to a variery of writs... In common usage, and whenever these words 'are used alone' [*] they are usually understood to mean the habeas corpus ad subjiciendum (see infra). U.S. v. Tod, 263 U.S. 149, 44 S.Ct. 54, 57, 68, L.Ed. 221. The primary function of the writ is to release from unlawful imprisonment. People ex rel. Luciano v. Murphy, 160 Misc. 573, 290, N.Y.S. 1011." Black's Law Dictionary. * < link to Tod decision
  15. It is true that the Supreme Court does not have to hear a case. Thankfully, they are for the first time since 1939, I believe, and that case involved a very narrow federal law regarding bringing a certain "weapon" across state lines. A full review of the actual meaning of the second amendment is expected in this case because of the strength of the Silberman(?) opinon which is brilliantly reasoned and powerful. However, if the Court upholds the unconstitutionality of the DC case, it will only apply to Federal Districts, but will stimulate many cases from individual states which will probably be consolidated and heard down the road a piece. I think this is headed for a real close vote. In my evaluation it is 4-4 as the case goes up. I am unsure of that 5th vote.
  16. Let's all face common sense shall we? No semi intelligent reader of any book has ever walked away from the cinematic representation of it and exclaimed, "Wow! That was just like the book! This movie is a perfect and full representation!" I predict now it'll be a fantastic movie and well received by the public in general. Sales of Atlas Shrugged will go through the roof. All that matters is that the general ideas are conveyed to the audience. If you disagree with this idea then you might as well be more honest and state you wish for no film to be made at all, at any time in the future. As a heroine, Dagny needs to be sexy. It suits the character. Excellent post. You do not sell the hamburger, you sell the sizzle - in all the human senses. This is a great opportunity to allow people to think what can be through whatever subconsious or conscious stimuli they have attuned themselves to. It is similar to the Ron Paul campaign. How many i n d v d u a l s will read, explore and change the path of the future, if they allow themselves to think. O'Bama's campaign is an infinitesmal spark of what is available to reach persons, particularly young persons, to the selfish advantages of constitutionally limited government. The movie should only build on this awakening in people nationwide. Believe me if the DC second amendment case affirms Appellate Court Judge Silberman's brilliant opinion and analysis, we are, potentially moving forward towards a society which we individualists [almost sounds like a grammatical anomaly] can grow in. Otherwise... Adam