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  2. Dr-David-Banner

    Low Earner Self-Employed Targeted

    News on the grapevine is lots of self-employed are abandoning their small businesses. These are the very low earners who do stuff like sell craftwork, translate, freelance in some way. Very many live on narrowboats and try to make a small income. To be honest as well, many of these businesses yield mediocre profit and may well be run a bit lax. We should remember the government was pushing self employment because it suited them to mask real unemployment stats. I admit it is true many of these businesses are strictly "non-profitable" economically, but hold on a second! Isn't it true experienced companies are shutting down right left and centre? Maplins and Toys Я Us owed thousands in debt loss. Woolworths, Littlewoods and Boots closed their doors. In my area scores of cafes, shops or other small businesses often last just weeks. How then can low income self employed somehow buck the trend? The latest form sent to self employed threatens fines and deadlines for information. I am amazed too it assumes a nine till five work schedule yet the self employed always tended to juggle working hours. Someone pointed out part of the perk you get being less well paid than someone employed is flexible hours. Plus "choice" how you work. Unbelievably now The Tories are not only dictating how people seek work but how they run their businesses. Neither do they really know what the overall result will be. My guess is far less people will give self employment a bash if they have to spend hours filling in forms "to prove" they advertised last Monday or issued an invoice on Friday. What I heard is many traders have panicked and abandoned whatever small business they have. And then what? Do they switch to invalidity, try agencies or slip into crime? I only know one sure way to encourage self employment and that's to boost the overall economy.
  3. Yesterday
  4. Dr-David-Banner

    Time For More Involvement?

    What can really change your outlook is when you realise perception can be an illusion. Human beings are wired to judge on the basis of appearance. For example, we all physically resemble marine organism internally so if we viewed ourselves as we really are, there would be no sexual attraction. So we have an outer appearance so others then view us on that basis. So it's really illusion and beauty may well not be visually perceptible.
  5. StarlessEclipse

    Was life better without the Internet?

    This unprecedented lack of remoteness is a major factor in why the political discourse has become so aggressive, deranged, mob-like and devoid of nuance. People have never had less time to formulate their own ideas, free from the influence of others. Author Zadie Smith put it well... “I have seen on Twitter, I’ve seen it at a distance, people have a feeling at 9am quite strongly, and then by 11am have been shouted out of it and can have a completely opposite feeling four hours later. That part, I find really unfortunate. I want to have my feeling, even if it’s wrong, even if it’s inappropriate, express it to myself in the privacy of my heart and my mind. I don’t want to be bullied out of it."
  6. Last week
  7. Dr-David-Banner

    Was life better without the Internet?

    For the first time, someone higher up the social ladder has voiced exactly the same views I have. This is that the exposure of smoking as harmful in the 70s is so similar to the social media phenomenon. We need to be totally aware that what goes into your brain resembles what goes into your mouth (diet). Absolutely, the internet is hugely valuable for learning languages or lots of other things. Despite all that it seems to me most users these days are being dumbed down by Social Media. Much of this activity tends to be made up of gossip, routine chit chat or (even worse) games. Now don't take me for a saint. Sure, I've accessed adult material online or dating forums in the past. The dating forums were usually dead boring - two liner responses on down-to-earth topics. Conversation was painfully limited. So, I dropped it. In many ways Social Media to me is the very opposite of autism since autism sometimes cultivates "creativity" by being remote from what other people think and the general trivia of what matters to the majority. Basically it's "social intelligence" that now dominates the internet and not content that gives the brain a workout. As the writer stated on the BBC radio the net has somehow alienated the general population from technology. The masses became consumers and - even worse - depend on it for information that's now plain biased..This latest development sees political bias being fed to users online because so much alternative news tends to be blocked.Very possibly we would be better off without it till the time steps are taken to safeguard users from surveillance, job centre tracking, profiling and the general dumbing down of our minds. I used to be alone in these views but more people are becoming cynical. Anyway I use the net mostly today for online dictionaries and news. Yet so many non mainstream news channels can't be accessed on my mobile so I use foreign variants.
  8. Myrtonos

    LiveStream - Ask Me Anything

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  9. Dr-David-Banner

    Time For More Involvement?

    Years of my autism were wasted by my being dominated by the anxiety and low confidence that comes with it. It took me years to rebuild self belief. It took me years to discover Hans Asperger. It took me many years to conclude autistics tend to be theoretical as opposed to practical or applied. Despite what society teaches, it is OK to be lazy and physically non productive. To think really deep requires "all" your energy at the expense of low physical output (motor impairment). Either your thinking is burned up by worry or it is channeled into an objective. During the eighties all my thinking was dominated by depression and stress. Such as "how can I be liked or fit in more?" Some rare individuals were lucky. Albert Einstein never allowed anxiety to take root but chose physics as his goal at an early age. All his mental energies went into physics. Practically he was at best an average engineer but recognised this early on. Point? Being disconnected and isolated can be a positive condition. So many people (the majority) work 95 per cent but devote just 5 per cent to thinking deeply.
  10. Dr-David-Banner

    Time For More Involvement?

    I too am developing what I see as an obvious philosophy. In a sense, part of it is similar to the Indigo interpretation. Anyway, I concluded autism diagnosis can be developed into a big positive if one can learn to work through the negative symptoms such as anxiety and stress. I notice a tiny minority of autistic people such as Grigory Perelman steamed ahead with their goals without being sidetracked by anxiety or phobias and so forth. All these great scientists, mathematicians or musicians were remote and disconnected. They were extreme theoretical personality types. There is one quote by Tesla where he stated the absolute key to super evolutionary progess is the pursuit of non- physical science. That which your physical senses can't detect such as atoms, electrons, positrons or electromagnetic energies. At present we are heavily connected to the physical world and so dominated by the very basic need to eat and work, we have no time to think. I repeat my old comment: No massive invention or step forwards was conceived by groups in classrooms. It was mostly outcasts or rejects who took new directions. According to Tesla isolation is one key factor to inventiveness. This was a part of John Lennon's psyche as well as others judged "no hopers" by society.
  11. Ben

    Time For More Involvement?

    It's actually my goal to unify the human race before I die. It probably won't happen, but I'm going to have a jolly good crack at it. As it is, my manuscripts contain quite a bit of subliminal messaging (hey, might as well take any opportunity to sell right?) it's not preachy or in your face, but the message will whisper softly in the background and burrow into the readers subconscious mind. But all of that is top secret. I'm using a pseudonym in case I'm tracked down and shot. Like Gandhi was. Or like MLK was. Or like John was. Or like Tupac was. Or like JFK was. Or like... well, yeah, you get the jist.
  12. It's like inverted social segregation. It's no better than calling him a retard.
  13. (Not written by me) High school boy with autism lands Miss Utah hopeful as his homecoming date after classmates play a cruel prank Michael, a junior at Taylorsville High, took Miss Greater Salt Lake to homecoming The teenager, who has autism, received a heartbreaking fake invite to the dance One of his teachers got in touch with the local beauty queen and asked for help Dexonna Talbot, a Miss Utah hopeful, said she cried when she heard of the prank Talbot walked into Michael's class and asked him to go with her instead A beauty queen has helped a bullied high school student get the last laugh on his peers. Michael Conrad, a junior at Taylorsville High School who has autism and ADHD, received a fake invitation to homecoming that left him upset and his mother 'sick to her stomach'. The culprits, who are yet to be identified, egged his home and left a note saying: 'I'm sorry for the mess. But how about I make it up to you by taking you to Homecoming?' Fox News reported. The note was attributed to a friend of Michael's, but when he confronted her about it, she denied all knowledge and told him she already had a date. Michael's uncle said on Twitter the teenager had: 'tried to hide the hurt when this happened but it was obvious that he was upset inside'. Hearing about the cruel prank, debating teacher Jenn Palomino said she was heartbroken, and determined to help right the wrong. She contacted Miss Greater Salt Lake, Dexonna Talbot, and asked if she might be able to help salvage her student's homecoming experience. Talbot, who will compete for Miss Utah in the next few months, said she felt called to act the second she heard about the fake invitation. 'The second I heard about this, I knew I wanted to do something,' she said. 'I automatically broke down into tears, because just thinking about the fact that someone would go out of their way to make someone else feel bad is so heartbreaking to me.' Holding a sign covered in Starburst - Michael's favourite candy, Talbot was filmed entering his high school classroom last week to ask him to homecoming - for real this time. Standing up, he can be heard responding with an enthusiastic: 'Sure!' As the pair chat, Michael's classmates can be heard applauding the unlikely match. On Saturday, Talbot shared photographs of the pair ahead of the big dance. 'Had the time of my life with the coolest, funniest, kindest and most amazing guy at homecoming tonight,' she wrote. 'Michael you are one of a kind. I am so humbled by this experience. Bullying sucks and kindness ALWAYS wins.' Speaking to friends on Facebook, Michael's mother Jennifer said she still doesn't know who played the cruel prank on her son, but the family have chosen to focus on the positives. 'We don't know who did it, but to us it doesn't matter,' she said. 'Through this experience our sweet boy was able to have the time of his life.' 'I just hope [the bullies] realize that you should [not] tear someone down to try and make yourself look cool.' Source: Daily Mail
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  15. Alice

    fenfaerielee

    @fenfaerielee I completely get where you are coming from. I am also an introvert - an INFJ in the myers briggs personality typing system, and an HSP - as well as being on the Autism spectrum with ADD inattentive subtype I follow a lot of HSP and introvert and INFJ accounts on Instagram, and many of the posts seem interchangeable with the autism ones. Others have even put this in comments - asking if there is a link with autism/aspergers, because they seem so similar. Sensory sensitivity, overwhelm, social difficulty, needing a lot of alone time to recharge from the world, issues with body feedback of hunger, tiredness, caffeine. Some things dont fit with autism though like sensitivity to art/deeper things. There is an intuitive similarity between INFJs and HSPs not shared with autism. Mostly, with the similar aspects, I think it comes down to severity. Someone who is just an introvert, HSP, or INFJ can still function in society - they may collapse at the end of a work day, may need to learn to manage their time and energy in a way thats more effective for their needs, but they can still make it work - can find places of work suitable, can make adjustments that do actually allow them to function. These are not diagnostic categories, they are variations on normal human psychology. With autism though - even amongst those previously called Aspergers ( 'higher functioning' is offensive to some on the spectrum so 'Aspergers' is still useful), there is a 80-90% unemployment rate, not without a lifetime of trying, for many. The impact on quality of life is much more severe - socially, in terms of routine, meltdowns, level of sensory issues etc.. I imagine/would guess if an HSP, hard introvert, INFJ were to take testing for autism they might get 'sub-clinical/below-clinical' or something like that that - not enough for diagnosis, there are cut off distinctions for symptoms being a disorder, but a certain degree of similarity and impact on ability to function. Even when you look at aspergers - everyone stims. People tap their pen on the table while on the phone to help focus/calm, shake the hands out before a race, do that knee shake when restless, jump up and down when excited with all that extra energy etc.. But people with autism need it differently - to function in everyday life. It cant be tapered into fitting in with social expectations and inhibiting it can be detrimental. Its all human behaviour, people on the autism spectrum arent aliens.. its going to have links and crossover with normal human behaviour - otherwise where did it come from? *even ducks stim - they shake and flap out their wings after every fight to get rid of all that excess/angry energy/vibe Does that help at all?
  16. Dr-David-Banner

    23andMe and Impute.me

    I can comment that actual causes of high autism vary a lot. It may well be organic and connected to childhood or pre natal infection. However there is "reactive" autism where psychologically you reacted to environment. I felt maybe the cause in my case was organic (brain irregularity) but lately I came to believe it is mostly psychological and reactive.
  17. Dr-David-Banner

    Time For More Involvement?

    I don't view HFA as disability either. I think what you refer to, Ben, is happening to a larger degree in Russia. Drugs are being advocated and pushed as a "cure" for so-called sick people. I even get the impression somehow my decades of experience "living" HFA is dismissed (on Russian forums) as presumably no institution rubber stamped my imput. And I say "No way!"Non autistic specialists can only view this externally from the outside but I experienced all of it inwardly. No, it's not a disability (more so if we can get through the depression and anxiety). As you mentioned maths, check out Grigory Perelman - the very weird mathematician strongly suspected of Asperger Syndrome. "Awareness" - I think the origen of Asperger Syndrome was positive. The snag is although we have much to offer, we suffer from lack of "connection" or misunderstanding. Amazingly even Perelman was living on just 200 dollars a month!
  18. That sounds really great @Alice I might check the coco seven layer out as well!
  19. Peridot

    fenfaerielee

    Well you're not giving me much to go on. Maybe you could elaborate? When you read about introverts and highly sensitive people, what is it that you read that makes you doubt your diagnosis of Asperger's syndrome?
  20. Luke

    23andMe and Impute.me

    I sent off my DNA (saliva) to 23andMe for analysis a few years ago, and I uploaded my genome to Impute.me a week ago. If it's of any interest, here's my ID: id_6JE54R352 https://www.impute.me/AllDiseases/ It calculates your genetic risk score for things like ASD, lung cancer etc, and I thought it was interesting that my genetic risk score for autism is 99% higher than the general population. I mean, autism is genetic and it's not too surprising that my genetic risk score is high, but still kinda interesting. I think a grain of salt needs to be taken with some of it, but I'm surprised by how much it got right. For example, my uncle has hodgkin's lymphoma (cancer), and my genetic risk score for it is 88% higher than the general population.
  21. fenfaerielee

    fenfaerielee

    Title was supposed to be 'Asperger's, introvert or highly sensitive person?', but when signing up I was told to fill in a box saying title & then email address which threw me off & I put my username instead
  22. fenfaerielee

    fenfaerielee

    Afternoon all, I was diagnosed with asperger syndrome a couple years back (I am a 25y/o woman). However the more I read about highly sensitive people, as well as introverts (& I already know alot about introversion), the more I wonder if the psychiatrist misdiagnosed me? Is it possible do you think ? I know you can totally get aspies who are introverts too, but is there a way to know for sure? I have also found that on quite a few occasions within asperger groups (on fb, etc), i've found it hard to get on with other aspergians. Thanks
  23. Ben

    Time For More Involvement?

    The last thing anyone needs is MORE awareness campaigns on anything. We need to knock down this current society, and rebuild a new model as the old one falls. Get the people seeing colours they never knew even existed and get their minds to comprehend numbers with trillions upon trillions of zeros added - or in other words. ward off ignorance and expand the minds of everyone. Society has a habit of playing things safe and colouring between the lines. I mean, who even said that we have a disability? Who said that a dyslexic is "doing it wrong" - when they're actually the ones with the power to create that fantasy colour of mine when they indulge in those non-linear brain patterns. Or that an Autistic is "obsessed with numbers" - when they're multiplying those enormous numbers I told you about with even BIGGER numbers. Numbers that could be so large that they return to zero again. It always seems to me that those with a "disability" convey unbridled passion, whilst those calling them 'special' or 'disabled' are just a bunch of boring fucking squares who play it safe all the time. It's the craving for safety and comfort that's the real problem here.
  24. Dr-David-Banner

    Time For More Involvement?

    I continue to use the term Asperger Syndrome as personally I found Asperger's essays to be far more positive than rival doctors like Leo Kanner. The whole pool of information based on Asperger was what led me to awareness of an actual condition. Although there were reasons for the Autism Spectrum Disorder reform, it seems to me awareness is dropping. We need far more involvement so others get professional support in the future. This means published information, even voluntary groups, articles, newsletters and awareness. If not we risk reliance on over-worked GPs and huge waiting lists to see consultants.
  25. Dr-David-Banner

    Time For More Involvement?

    I can sense lately an increasing risk of what we knew as Asperger Syndrome falling back to the kind of unawareness of the seventies and eighties. That is lack of systematic, organised and well-researched support, diagnosis and awareness. This may leave younger people in limbo and unaware their struggles to survive in school (or at work) have a definite neurological and psychological basis. Accurate information needs to be made available. There needs to be sufficient qualified specialists and also full awareness by GP's. I don't see this happening in the future without more involvement from autistic people. That is formation of helplines, support awareness groups and general pro-activeness. There are still plenty of people around who understand the real struggles that relate to autism and HFA but many of these were helped by the sudden awareness around 2000. In fact that was how I found out Asperger Syndrome existed. It did take me some years to fully understand the condition but, at the time, the basic outline of the main symptoms listed solved a lifelong puzzle. These are: Instinctive communication problems (non-verbal), Low emotional empathy, withdrawel, being bullied or excluded, meltdowns, repetitive behaviour, obsessions with interests, noise sensitivity and skin sensitivity plus information processing and attention issues (communicative). Although the fuller understanding and study of AS and HFA is far more complex, we can at least make people aware of the basic outline. We should also be encouraging more AS people to specialise in psychology at degree level perhaps.
  26. @Peridot Im also lactose intolerant. I dont eat sugar as it gives me weird sensory issues Ive heard the ben and jerry non-dairy coconut seven layer is really good - I havnt tried it yet but im thinking I might on my bday coming up (Ill just have it with a tonne of probiotics and lemon juice - anyone else weird with sugar? because of gut and/or sensory issues?) We dont have the chunky monkey one here I dont think I make a really good vanilla ice cream using proper vanilla bean paste, cacao butter, toasted coconut butter (which gives it a slightly deeper caramel/french vanilla taste), coconut cream and a rich soy milk, vanilla stevia, and natural xylitol to sweeten.. and then flake in dark choc.. its way better than anything shop bough and no sensory issues.. Its amazing We also have a local ice cream shop that makes all natural vegan ice cream so its pretty easy to still enjoy it
  27. You know I had the Magnum pints in the past... One of them is white chocolate chunks with vanilla and it's so good… Also they have a cookies and cream one I believe and it's so yummy. But I shy away from ice cream most of the time even though I love it as I'm actually lactose intolerant now. So also chocolate milk which I'm a fan of I only drink every now and then. I always buy Cocio classic which I believe is from Denmark... They nailed it. Best chocolate milk I ever had. Ben and Jerry's has a non-dairy one called Chunky monkey which is with banana and walnut and I like it. Though the cookie dough one is still my fav.
  28. (All non-dairy/vegan and sugar free): Vanilla with dark choc flakes Maple walnut Toffee nut Salted caramel Cookies n cream (I have yet to find or make a vegan version, but a company in the UK makes cookies n cream natural vegan food flavoring so im thinking of trying to get it forward shipped here - I have an ice cream maker )
  29. Peanut butter cup - ice cream. Mango - yogurt. With yogurt being so sour and weird looking, I think it needs several tons of tropical fruit added to it. Enough so that it's almost fizzing.
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