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  2. Dr-David-Banner

    Internet

    Aspergolfer has been on Asperclick for ages. He's never been a problem member or rude or in any way or unpleasant. In fact pretty quiet. Sounds like he will miss being on Asperclick. I can only think an ancient language site would make him at home as these sites can be very friendly. Many do New Testament Greek or Latin.
  3. Dr-David-Banner

    Labour Party Routed

    That episode shows some changes in the country. Phil and Alan were students but got a proper uni grant. Enough money to live and study. The atmosphere was pretty left-wing. Miss Jones was a kind of poor, single woman. Spooner was a cockney Londoner. Rigsby was a petty capitalist who loved to show off and try to play golf with the Tories. There were basically students, workers and middle classed. Nowadays the working classes are judgemental and probably able to earn better money than many arty, culture types. A lot of the poorest people I met are intellectual types doing a PHD but not very employable. They are somehow out of place. In former times students were just like Alan and Phil and prone to defending animal rights and equality. It's a shame how the country has descended to the present level. Economically too since it used to be a really well-off country with fantastic education. I guess big changes such as the rise of China and end of the Cold War just changed a lot of things.
  4. Dr-David-Banner

    Labour Party Routed

    Funny I have this old episode of Rising Damp called Stand Up And Be Counted. In it Phil, Alan and possibly Miss Jones plan to vote Labour. Rigsby plans to vote for Colonel DeVeer Brown as the Tory candidate. Alan and Phil even manage to get the Labour candidate to visit but Rigsby calls him a "middle class poof". Yet when DeVeer Brown calls round and states Rigsby's lodgings are a rip-off, Rigsby switches to Labour.
  5. Sanctuary

    Labour Party Routed

    For me this was a deeply depressing and worrying result. There is no legitimate comparison between these two leaders: Jeremy Corbyn is a decent if flawed man genuinely trying to make people's lives better; Boris Johnson is a horrible, self-interested individual who looks down on everyone not of his "class". To a large degree this reflects the two parties. The Conservatives essentially appeal to cynicism, selfishness and people's prejudices and sadly they are usually successful as a result. When critics of Boris Johnson and his party more broadly rightly highlighted examples of such prejudice it had little or no electoral impact because many voters (certainly those who might Conservative) hold similar and often much worse views and were more likely to be impressed rather than shocked. If there is a political lesson it is that while you can't fool everybody all of the time you can fool enough people enough of the time. The Conservative are aided in this task by the overwhelming right-wing bias of our media. Most voters have little or no interest in politics so their political choices are easily swayed by self-interest and simplistic ideas. While it is true that most of them don't pay a lot of attention to the political coverage in newspapers a dubious headline in a newspaper still has a lot of potential to shape views. Social media tends to replicate this online with a proliferation of "fake news". Its purveyors are well aware that while a false news story may later be challenged and often disproved it will already have had its effect and most who saw the original story do not see (or care about) its rebuttal. Brexit and Jeremy Corbyn appealed to very different groups but ultimately had a similar cause - deep frustration with existing ways of doing things. Sometimes people just want change even if the long-term ramifications of that change haven't been thought through. I understand the feelings on both issues. I was not a natural Jeremy Corbyn supporter but like many on the Left I was thoroughly disillusioned with New Labour and its promotion of what seemed like watered-down Conservatism and "austerity-lite". Jeremy Corbyn's remarkable ascent seemed like a welcome blow against the political establishment. Ultimately it was probably not the rational thing to do and doomed to electoral failure. However for a few years it gave many in this country hope and a refreshing alternative. Perhaps it's a stage we had to go through - a catharsis, an outcry against the sterility that had plagued our politics, a rage against the Thatcherite / neoliberal "consensus" on which all the mainstream parties had settled. Sometimes we just need to try something different even if ultimately we go back to "the norm". Another thing that swung me firmly behind Corbyn was the hostility he faced from many in his party including the attempts to oust him a few years ago. To me these efforts verged on bullying and whatever his limitations he did not deserve to to be treated that way. Maybe given my ASD I empathise with someone who is seen as an outsider and subject to misunderstanding and disrespect. However these did point to fundamental difficulties. At no stage did he have the support of most MPs in his party and that is not tenable in the long-term. Unlike most party leaders he had no prior leadership experience and that probably made it harder for him to exert leadership and discipline. Perhaps we are too wedded to the idea of party leaders (and leaders in general) being "tough", even dictatorial. However there was still something refreshing in the outsider becoming the holder of power and not feeling the need to rigidly control others, even if it were unlikely to ultimately be successful. As regards the Labour Party I expect we will have some sort of reversion (however much the successors deny it) to "New Labour" and a "mainstream" leader. This may be a gradual transition with a leader clearly of the Left but less radical than Corbyn initially, a probable further General Election defeat, maybe another one and eventually a "centrist" (in reality "centre-right") leader like Blair becoming Prime Minister ten years or more from now. Be under no illusions though that even the mildest, most timid "New-New Labour" leader will be vilified by the right-wing media and the Conservatives. All the same Labour will be back again but we may struggle to see the differences with the Tories that have gone before. PS Apologies for this very long post. However politics is one of my deep interests and in the final days of Asperclick it was an opportunity for me to offer up my political analysis though how many read to the end (let alone agreed with my views) is likely to be very few. Perhaps it is the ASD that leads me to write an essay rather than a snappy, Twitter-like soundbite!
  6. Aspergolfer

    Persecution

    I have been banned from two different websites due to my religious beliefs. Stay far away from Autism Forums and Disabilities R Us if you are a believer and are outspoken about your faith.
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  8. RiRi

    Internet

    Do you want to take a break from the internet or just forums, etc.? I think sometimes it's good to take a break from things. However, if you are in a position where you need help, make sure you have someone to talk to. If not, there are text lines you can use as well without the use of the internet and if you really end up needing to use the internet then use it. Is there a purpose that you're trying to get to by getting rid of your internet?
  9. Dr-David-Banner

    New Forum?

    Politics and religion are sensitive because both may sometimes attract extremists. On a new forum they don't know you from Adam (pardon the pun). That is, you could be anyone (David Koresh or simply Billy Graham). It would help if you pointed out you have AS and your particular interest is Christianity. On my site though we are asked not to discuss politics or religion - it isn't an autism site though. This is because people will fight and so on.
  10. Aspergolfer

    Internet

    Considering dispensing with the internet altogether. Advice needed please.
  11. Aspergolfer

    New Forum?

    Autism Forums is not friendly to open expression of religion in chat. Neither is Disabilities R Us. Avoid both.
  12. RiRi

    Thank You, Sorry, & Farewell

    @Kuribo I only just now read your OP and I can tell you to please not feel as if you were the worst thing that ever happened to the forum because you weren't. You were definitely one of the core members and although at first I couldn't see it, given my time on the forum I could see why the honorary members were chosen in the first place. I never really saw any bad posts from you in my time being on the forum. I saw different states of you. The first being one that I was not here to presence as it was before I became a member here. You were distant but I figured that was because of all the suffering you've been through in school which I only have an idea of. The second you, I witnessed when things seemed to be looking better in your life. Yes, we did not become close friends but we interacted on the forum from time to time I believe. At one point I believed that you had some respect and understanding for me. I didn't know what to attribute that too but there was a lot of positivity coming from you. It was not until recent maybe about a year ago that I believe something else traumatic happened to you where it seemed like your positivism and engagement on the forum went down. I don't know what happened to you but I am sure it was traumatic as it changed you once more. I can tell you that I understand where the closing off came from at the beginning of my time of the forum and you don't have to feel guilty or bad that it was this way. When you were a more positive person again, I could have tried to get closer to you but because I was not in the right state of mind, it did not happen. So there was a chance when maybe you had opened up yourself again but because of my own shortcomings, I did not seize that opportunity. Again, please don't leave the forum with the impression that you were at all at any fault for it's final failure. As I've told you before, I think you are an intelligent young man, and though I wish I could have been part of your support group, I was not and that is okay. I wish I could have known you more. I admire everything you have gone through and are still going strong. You deserve a life of happiness. Please take care and stay strong.
  13. Dr-David-Banner

    Labour Party Routed

    No comment really. I would like to see a proper socialist government but Labour has been a poor substitute for some decades. I haven't followed the politics of it for some time and just glimpsed headlines. It is still early days. The Brexit business is not an easy option and it's worth noting the pound has been down at 50 per cent of the dollar for a good year. The choice between Corbyn and Boris seems a lesser of two evils scenario.
  14. RiRi

    Thank You

    Thank you. As much as life allows me, I will do. @Alice I want to thank you for all your insightful posts on the forum. You are also a person to look up to and admire. You went to a similar field of study that I did and even got a master's. I wish I would have gotten the chance to speak to you more privately but time and life circumstances did not permit it. Either way, I wanted to let you know I appreciated your posts on the forum and I am glad we were never on bad terms, even if we disagreed on certain things. You are a very talented woman artistically speaking as well. Only good wishes from me to you moving forward as the forum comes to an end.
  15. Dr-David-Banner

    My Book On Asperger

    So, the tide turns a little. It seems Steve Sillberman has a large part of the credit for countering the recent allegations. These allegations caused many people some grief and unease and initially the claims went unchallenged. With the link above you can find a thorough counter argument made by a researcher in Florida University. The very basic background is that Asperger had been actively helping and studying autistic kids in the 1930s. He was clearly unable to change political events in Austria and the Nazi Party came into power. This meant the entire faculty came under control of the national socialists. It put the autistic children in extreme danger. The official line was to kill off all children who could be viewed as feeble minded and impaired. Lots of doctors were being dismissed and new ones placed in authority. Asperger was nearly arrested but did his best to avoid direct confrontation, opting to argue in favour of scientific fact. There were people in a similar position under Stalinism. To publically challenge Stalin in 1930s Russia could mean 10 years in a labour camp. Initially autistic children in the USSR were sent to labour camps even at a young age. Psychiatrist Suhareva (probably known to Asperger) managed to save many children and set up clinics.
  16. RiRi

    Seven(ish) Years of Asperclick

    @Ben Hi Ben, Unfortunately, we never really got to know each other on a more intimate level but I can say overall you tried your best to be a motivator on this forum and that was very much appreciated. You also strived for change even amongst yourself. I never once saw a bad moment from you. You claimed that you had those but I guess I just didn't get to witness that side of you. At one point I tried to get on your level of jokingness and be able to joke like you but I guess we all have different humor. You should be proud of yourself, if you're not, about everything that you have accomplished in your life so far. I am running black on memories right now (I can't remember the last time we spoke on the forum). I can't even remember if you remember who I am anymore. Do you still remember who I am? I digress, I wanted to let you know that I am sure I appreciated your motivational threads, the threads where you spoke to me to stop wasting time on the internet, your presence overall on the forum, all are worthy of admiration and you are definitely a person to look up to. Whatever lemons life brings you, I hope you keep making lemonades out of them. I hope that you have learned about me as much as I have learned from you. Take care.
  17. RiRi

    The End is Here

    I am happy that you still remember me as the person I tried to be here, a nice, helping person. Someone who would bright up someone else's day. I believe, at least at one point I was that person and I think that is the person you still remember above everything else. That is the best that we can all do.
  18. Dr-David-Banner

    My Book On Asperger

    "Recent allegations that pediatrician Hans Asperger legitimized Nazi policies, including forced sterilization and child euthanasia, are refuted with newly translated and chronologically-ordered information that takes into account Hitler’s deceptive ‘halt’ to the T4 euthanasia program in 1941. It is highly unlikely that Asperger was aware of the T4 program when he referred Herta Schreiber to Am Spiegelgrund or when he mentioned that institution 4 months later on the medical chart of another (unrelated) girl, Elisabeth Schreiber. Asperger campaigned vigorously from 1938 to 1943 to have his specialization, Curative Education, take priority in the diagnosis and treatment of disabled children over other fields that promoted Nazi racial hygiene policies. He neither disparaged his patients nor was he sexist. By 1938, he had identified the essentials of Asperger syndrome and described an unnamed boy whom he later profiled (as Ernst K.) in 1944. Rather than doing ‘thin’ research, Asperger made discoveries that were prescient, and some of his activities conformed to definitions of “individual resistance.”"Dean Falk Florida State University https://www.researchgate.net/publication/331853171_Non-complicit_Revisiting_Hans_Asperger's_Career_in_Nazi-era_Vienna https://www.med.upenn.edu/apps/faculty/index.php/g275/p8419959
  19. Dr-David-Banner

    My Book On Asperger

    One Russian woman has asked how I respond to the actual charges and allegations made that Asperger was aiding the euthanasia program. This roughly started in a book called Asperger's Children. It was claimed overall Asperger was willingly supporting Nazi euthanasia of autistic children. Steve Silberman already presented arguments in defence of Asperger. I guess the same as me Steve couldn't believe such an intelligent and moral man could simply sell out to an extreme and flawed ideology. Doesn't make sense. I have now found some more academic documents online that do a good job clearing Asperger's reputation. If you want to smear someon these days, I guess you assume most people will just follow the pack. Very few will delve into it. For example, most Americans really think Russia has the clout to sway an American election through some sort of super cyber department. Highly improbable. Personally I think a lot of people wanted to tone down Asperger's unusual popularity for a variety of reasons. Sites like Wrong Planet and other websites (including Asperclick) attracted thousands of people who viewed Asperger as a dominant historical figure. This was quite a big movement at that. Doesn't it strike you as coincidental the Asperger diagnosis was dropped "before" the "unexpected" revelation Hans was a card-carrying Nazi member? One thing I do know. In Nazi Germany anyone who altered their radio to pick up foreign broadcasts could be shot on site. Being an influential medic at that time required a degree of cunning and playing for time. By 1938 it was already getting obvious Hitler was going to lose the war. After that many elite German scientists fled to work in the USA and developed the Apollo Space Program. Many were probably relieved Hitler was dead.
  20. Dr-David-Banner

    Asperclick Shutting Down

    Well, Ben, you know the Flower Power and LSD cultural trip hit a sour note. Lots of overdoses. People thought they could control the drugs. George arrived in San Francisco as the Manson Family located there as part of the Beatles scene. I don't think George "dug" these people. He quit LSD and got heavily into Krishna. And Monty Python. Brian Wilson by the early 1970s had major struggles with schizophrenia although recently he blamed LSD. Lennon likewise just hid in New York and sought normality.
  21. Ben

    Asperclick Shutting Down

    Lol, thank you for using my name is the same sentence as George Harrison. He's one of my only idols, both as a Musician and a philosopher.
  22. Dr-David-Banner

    My Book On Asperger

    Shown on the right Leo Kanner and Asperger to his left. Both were Austrian.
  23. Dr-David-Banner

    My Book On Asperger

    This book is going to take some time. Basically I'm writing it in Russian and that slows things down somewhat. Despite that, it's great for my Russian language and it allows me to work more privately in public places. Said book is to be squeezed into my schedule as I have other priorities and activities as well. There are a number of objectives. One of the main ones is to counter the nonsense put out by the media about Asperger's supposed political views. Other objectives are to simplify his research. This site is of course closing soon and there won't be time to ever publish all of the book. I will now pass a chapter through Google Translate with the odd correction and maybe someone will find at least something of interest. Although there aren't many people left. Chapter One: (selected parts) In Defense of Hans Asperger The time has come to openly discuss the studies conducted in Vienna in Austria in the forties and thus return to the roots of modern diagnostics (ASD, DSM IV autism). First of all, attention should be paid to the professionalism of personnel in the faculty where Hans Asperger worked. The analysis was carried out inside the clinic where autistic children lived as guests. Just so, it was possible to observe the behavior of patients, their reactions to the environment, their difficulties at school. Then it was perhaps better to organize adapted lessons.He did not consider autism simply to be a disease. In fact, he was amazed that these problematic children, who were expelled from school, often had a high level of development of creative potential. This of course ran counter to fascist ideology. Asperger had no doubt about this fact. “This is the reason for the special abilities and special difficulties of these people - as in every person, his or her advantages and disadvantages are inextricably linked.” (Hans Asperger). It can be concluded that Asperger stood out from the rest of the psychiatrists who had a vague idea of the prospects for autistic children. He was aware that such children react negatively to classes in groups. It seemed to him that it was possible to conduct lessons in such a way that the interaction of the teacher and students was not the main factor. Asperger was struck by the fact that many children were able to think from a different point of view, and not just accept what they were given with ready-made knowledge. He also noted that genetics played a significant role. It became obvious that often children had educated parents. The fact is confirmed after familiarizing yourself with the features of collecting an an amnesis of the children and their parents (USSR). For example, in a child’s history, a psychiatrist wrote: “Parents with higher education, mother a linguist, kind, vulnerable, anxious, very much cares about her son. Father is an anthropologist, introverted, anxious, treats his wife and son well and carefully. The mother’s brother was strange, didn’t tolerate society, was “very smart”, but did not finish school, worked as an assistant huntsman in the forest. ” Another aspect is expressed in the fact that he intended to find out the connection between high level of intelligence and mental illness (“such people can be considered - and quite justifiably - as geeks and morons”). In this regard, the Austrian pediatrician was different from other researchers, most of whom just wondered how best to treat childhood autism. The time has come to respond to the accusation that Asperger shared the Nazi ideology of Nazi Germany. Statements characterizing Asperger’s participation in the Nazi party have led to demands to rename the disorder associated with an Austrian doctor. This is what eventually happened. Despite this, after reading Asperger’s text, it becomes apparent that the findings of the study contradict the theory of “survival of the fittest.” In addition, Asperger had no doubt that the intellectual potential shows itself as a result of opposing factors affecting the personality. Creativity from chaos. Positive and negative potentials are both needed for energetic tension. In fact, it became clear to this researcher that there is a connection between autism and original thinking. He noticed: “Autistic children have the ability to see objects and processes in the world around us from a new perspective.” Along these lines, the great Serbian scholar Nikola Tesla once said: “In continuous solitude, the mind becomes sharper. In order to think and invent, you do not need a large laboratory. Ideas are born in the absence of influence on the mind of external conditions. The secret of ingenuity in solitude. Alone, ideas are born. ” When it comes to Asperger’s personal gaze, it seems like he was sometimes worried about emotional deficits in autistic children. Sometimes it seemed to him that they were self-absorbed. So, we can conclude that traditional family values were the basis of this person’s morality. Once, in relation to children, he remarked: “The desire to do something bad - this is practically the only thing that ignites their usually lost look - is very rarely absent from them.” However, without any doubt, when all this was said and done, he understood that “autistic children have difficulty, and need help of reason, rules and laws, to learn what other children learn by themselves.” In other words, children with autism need help with intelligent methods of explaining moral issues. The same applies to social communication rules. Asperger did not evaluate patients according to the criteria of normality: “Not everything that goes beyond and is“ abnormal ”must necessarily be‘ worse ’.” (Quote from Hans Asperger himself) However, most other psychiatrists regarded children of this neurological type as requiring treatment in the form of antidepressants and tranquilizers. For example, since the Austrian pediatrician was amazed that his patients had “the ability to see objects and processes from a new point of view,” other psychiatrists expressed a negative opinion on this subject. Some sufferers with this syndrome were evaluated as follows: “A tendency to fruitless philosophies, strange, sometimes completely inappropriate reasoning, the desire to ask unnecessary questions ...” To summarize, it should be noted that one of the autistic children in the Vienna clinic - who was called Fritz - was fond of astronomy in later life. As a child, as it turned out, he found a mistake in the theory of the great physicist Newton and, thanks to the support of the faculty in Vienna, became a professor of astronomy. As a logical consequence, linking Asperger’s worldview and fascist ideology is an impossible task.
  24. Dr-David-Banner

    Seven(ish) Years of Asperclick

    That was a great site in its prime. The Draper gym must still be in San Jose California. I popped in on the site after some years and it's much smaller. I used to be very active on it ten years ago.
  25. Ben

    Seven(ish) Years of Asperclick

    That scene where Ed and Arnie are in the squat rack? PRICELESS.
  26. Dr-David-Banner

    Seven(ish) Years of Asperclick

    I agree with you things change. Overall social media is very different now to the 1990s. More regulated. Actually I ought to say the big site I was on back then was Dave Draper's Irononline where I briefly got to chat to Ed Corney. The guy who was training with Arnold in Pumping Iron. Ed told me the part where he yelled "God damn!" had to do with Arnold talking constantly. So, funny how I outgrew bodybuilding and opted to study instead. The very thing Mike Mentzer advocated. Anyway, bodybuilding for me in those days was a way to bury my problems. It had its good points but as Mentzer stated we often neglect the mind. Saying that, same as you I am optimistic. I've still been around mainly as I found this site years ago and I guess it got familiar. I now only use one site as I so rarely use internet forums.
  27. Y'know, it hasn't been a bad run has it? Asperclick has seen me through at least four different life stages. At 22/23 I was a failed Butlins Red Coat (I kept that one dark to save the embarrassment) and pseudo-nutritionist. Then I went back to college (via MUCH counselling and support) and trained to do a job that lead me into a life of independence - and no, not in the figurative sense, I was literally one man on his own in the middle of nowhere, with a level of responsibility that left no margins for bad days, meltdowns, or even Aspergers. It was all do or die. No one was going to support me through anything. But, it was a life that allowed me to travel the world and surpass any and all expectations I had of myself. I mean, if you'd of told me in 2013 that within two years I'd of travelled Japan, South Korea, China, Hong Kong, Europe, America, enjoyed four separate stints in New York (for both business and pleasure) AND every mile travelled was travelled on my own, I'd of said you're crazy. But not only did I do it, I smashed it. Now I'm not flexing here, I'm just saying it's incredible how this once goofy 23 year old dork managed to pull off such amazing things - and y'know, I owe a portion of that to Asperclick. Because I left all of my negative 'Aspie' traits here, on the boards. And was able to walk trough life with all of the good ones on show. With the 2020's approaching, I find myself in yet another transitional phase - and I gotta' tell you, I'm seriously exited. It's going to be an epic decade for all of us. There's just no room for negativity - not now. The world is opening up all sorts of opportunities for people both on and off the spectrum, and we really are in an age where quite literally anything can be obtained with a bit of effort - things, that were once considered unobtainable. I'm glad Asperclick V2 never happened - there, I said it. Believe me, it would have been your worst enemy - I guarantee you'd have never come off it, and with the modules "Mr C" was proposing, you'd of been a slave to it. It's a different age now, and the timing of this forum closure is perfect - because Aspie tailored social media is NOT what we need. We've got our own brilliance to deliver, we don't need to have our asses wiped. (I thought all of this back then to be honest, but I was too polite to say anything - yeah, I know, fake lol.) I'm grateful for each and every one of you - my sarcasm and general dry humour was all an attempt to convey subliminal messaging. When I was called "A-S Warrior" my goal was to help people on the spectrum to better understand certain social cues and to get them used to the dickheads of the world. It was wrong of me looking back, because everyone needs to find out for themselves what works. But my heart was in the right place. So please, forgive me. Anyway, thank you all. It's been a pleasure (I'll still be around until the end, this is just my retirement speech.)
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