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  1. little history on autism. 1930's a doctor named Hans Asperger opens a clinic for children who had a condition he coined, autistic psychopathy. He was of the belief that autism was very common and showed itself in a large number of ways. His clinic started working with children from a very early age and did things that we would consider very progressive as far as treatment and education helping these children cope with their condition and become viable and even important parts of society. He calls these children "little professors" and tailors education programs around their abilities and limitations. He writes several papers in German about what was going on that until recently was never even translated. In 1938 Hitler invades Austria and takes over the clinic. Asperger's work is stopped and because these autistic children did not fit the mold of the super race, they were exterminated (they were used as guinea pigs for Nazi extermination used in the Jewish holocaust) and Asperger was relegated to becoming an ambulance driver, the clinic is bombed, and his work is forgotten by pretty much all except for a couple of his colleagues who make it to the states after escaping the Nazi regime and began working for a doctor in the 40's at Johns Hopkins named Leo Kanner (sounds like Conner, if you care) who was kind of an early pioneer in child psychiatry and trying to make a name for himself in the greater psychiatric community. He then "discovers" this condition called autism and ignores any previous work done by Asperger. Kanner tells the world that autism is incredibly rare (something that Asperger did not believe) and had very narrow definition and list of criteria that had to be completely checked off in order to be considered autistic. He considered it to be some kind of psychosis (which it absolutely isn't) that was mainly prevalent in mainly white educated upper-class families and said that the condition, while genetic, was largely brought on by "refrigerator moms" who were equal to Nazi commandants in concentration camps. In doing this, he did a great job of making a name for himself and stigmatizing not only those who were considered autistic, but their mothers as well. At one point he brags that 9 out of 10 cases brought to his attention he denied was autism and said in the 50's that he had only ever seen 150 true cases of autism. Treatment of those considered autistic were sent to treatment facilities and "rescued" from the home situations that he considered responsible for their condition. Meanwhile, many children with autism, specifically non-white and children from poor backgrounds and third world countries were just written off as mentally retarded or, at times, suffering from a form of schizophrenia. Autism stays a very rare condition, as far as diagnoses are concerned and relatively unknown for decades. In fact in the 70s, it was considered that only 1 out of 5,000 kids had it. Jump forward to the 1980s when a cognitive psychiatrist in London named Lorna Wing tried to find treatment for her severely autistic daughter who actually met all of Kanner's criteria for diagnosis. Since England had nationalized health care, she was asked to find out how many children in one small suburb of London had autism so they could get decide on money to allocate to treating children with autism. Lorna investigates and finds that there are quite a few kids who had some traits, but not all of them and began to wonder if Kanner was right in his definition of what autism is. She finds out about this paper written by an early researcher named Asperger that still had not been translated out of German to any language. As it happened, her husband (who was a leading researcher in schizophrenia) spoke German and translated the paper and they realized that what Asperger wrote about was what they were seeing in that London suburb. Lorna and her husband started going to the editors of the DSM and other leading journals/papers in psychiatry and shared Asperger's research and said that autism isn't this narrowly defined syndrome as Kanner taught, but was actually a spectrum with a wide range of people who are completely different from each other in many ways. This re-classification of autism starts hitting the DSM and these other guidelines for people in psychiatry and psychology and because of the increased range of acceptable symptoms and the lessening of the rigid guidelines the number of diagnoses starts to soar. Then comes the popularity of the movie Rain Man that tended to help not only with the stigma of autism, but brought attention to people who showed signs of autism and caused them or their loved ones/caretakers to seek help. The number of diagnoses rise from 1 in 5,000 to 1 in 68 today. So the question is, is it an epidemic that is growing or is it just the result of better information about what it actually is and the relaxed criterion used to diagnosis children? I think the answer is fairly obvious... a better understanding of what autism is, a spectrum and not a narrowly defined syndrome, has caused what we see as the increase. What this brought about was increased funding and opportunities for treatment of children with autism and better education for parents, teachers, and even employers, not to forget the invaluable help it's been to many children and adults on the spectrum who now are learning to understand, cope, and excel with whatever type of autism they have. Now to that question of what causes it? The truth is that it is largely genetic and not the result of vaccinations as Andrew Wakefield led people to believe. His research that supposedly showed the connection between vaccinations and autism was never duplicated and the journals that initially published his research retracted and debunked it and he was considered a fraud and his medical license was taken away. One of the massive flaws in his research and beliefs was that he believed that autism did not exist prior to Kanner, which is something that Kanner actually would have disagreed with. He thought it was something that had been around for hundreds of years, but just wasn't properly defined until he defined it. What Wakefield managed to do was something that Kanner did in the causes that he found....make parents feel guilty for causing autism in their children. Parents who had not yet "caused" their kids to have autism by insisting that they get vaccinated, were pressured to avoid exposing their children to vaccinations and autism. What Wakefield also managed to accomplish was a giant surge in all kinds of harmful diseases that was thought to have been all but eradicated due to vaccinations and the results are children are dying and preventable diseases are spreading and our children's immune systems have no defense against these diseases like mumps and measles and we will also be seeing a rise in other diseases as well. Spreading the falsehoods about vaccinations being the/a cause of autism is incredibly harmful and fortunately most people are waking up to this being an errant myth. obviously, though, we have several around who still propagate this myth. hopefully these people are limited in their breeding because nothing good can come from them buying into Wakefield's lies.
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    The Richardson Rule

    in the workplace it's wrong, esp. if you are in a position of power. it's too hard to abuse that power and the law rightfully bends in favor of those who are likely to be taken advantage of in those situations. the laws are there in place to protect people from harassment and pressure from bosses. it's not appropriate workplace behavior ever and no one should ever be excused for it.
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    The Richardson Rule

    I'm sure you'll hear this a lot, but in the workplace it's not allowed. In the workplace it's called sexual harassment. Workplace is held to a higher standard because people in power do things like JR did and victims of this harassment should not feel like they have to put up with it if they want to keep their job.
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    Julio Jones holding out

    Hee hee hee
  5. You're right. He was there because he wanted to be there until he got a job he wanted and a situation he liked. He didn't like the situation in Minny so he walked. Sat at for a while because that's what he wanted to do.
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    Julio Jones holding out

    thoroughly enjoyed reading this thread....page 2 was awesome.
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    Matt Kalil article by Bill Voth

    The more time you spend round a player, the more likely you are to buy into excuses. When you get paid by the same folks...well that just muddies up the water more. I hope he's better, but I'm going to have to see it. Without seeing anything different, I'm going to stick with my gut that tells the left side of the line is going to be a liability without norwell and continuing with an oversold player whose value laid more in his last name than ability.
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    Chuck Pagano wants to coach

    I'm only asking because I don't know, but what was dungy's defense ranked while he was the Colt's HC? I don't remember it being all that good, especially their pass defense.
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    Chuck Pagano wants to coach

    unless he's desperate, I don't see him taking that far of a step back. I would love it if it happened, though.
  10. this is not the tinderbox. keep it out of here. I cleaned up the thread, but i'm leaving this in here just so people are reminded of what kind of stuff isn't going to fly in here.
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    Oliver luck CEO of XFL

    Decline in viewership is overplayed and controversy stuff will settle down, but none of that matters. Most of the small number of fans that are actually stopping watching won't be migrating to another professional league or anything. They will just be moving on to other interests. Competition will be weak because the product will always be weaker and any early success won't be sustainable. NFL is always the bar top players will try for. Any other league will get scraps. Ceiling in popularity will be arena football.
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