Positively Autistic: A List of (Positive) Autistic Traits

So Much Stranger, So Much Darker, So Much Madder, So Much Better

Sometimes it’s hard to feel positive about being autistic when so much of the presentation of autism focuses on our deficits. In a world that tells us all the ways we are “wrong”, I think it’s important to look at the many ways we are awesome.

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My mom is not an Autism (Warrior) Mom(TM)

the silent wave

My mom is not an Autism Mom. She never was. (I’m not saying it’s a bad thing to be one; there’s enough debate about that already elsewhere. I’m just stating the facts as our family experienced them, which was just the way it was for us, probably a natural product of the times.)

Of course, part of the reason for this is that she never had the chance to be. Back in those days, none of us knew that I was on the Asperger’s/autism spectrum, nor did Asperger’s/autism “exist” (in the diagnostic manuals) as we recognize it today.

My mum knew I was different…and that’s all she knew. Because back then, that was all there was to be known.

That’s all any of us knew. And she played to my strengths and accommodated my weaknesses as an individual. She guided me into the world, teaching me how to live and…

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This Week Radio Show 26.5.17

David Snape and Friends - The place to show off your hidden talents

On this weeks 1 hour music show:
Hall of Fame: Louden Swain
Record of the week: Plan B – in the name of man
New Artist Showcase: Cigarettes after sex, Molly Nilsson and Beach House
Hope you enjoy the show

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GOP Health Bill Pleases Most Republicans, But Not Many Other Americans

By Julie Rovner >> jrovner@kff.org | @jrovner

cahealth daily

The health overhaul bill passed by the House earlier this month accomplishes one major feat: It is even less popular than the not-very-popular Affordable Care Act it would largely replace, a new poll finds.

According to the monthly tracking poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation, 49 percent of respondents said they have a favorable view of the ACA, while 31 percent said they favored the GOP’s American Health Care Act, which narrowly passed the House on May 4. (Kaiser Health News, which produces California Healthline, is an editorially independent program of the foundation.) Continue reading GOP Health Bill Pleases Most Republicans, But Not Many Other Americans

California’s New Single-Payer Proposal Embraces Some Costly Old Ways

By Chad Terhune >> cterhune@kff.org | @chadterhune

cahealth daily

Three of the dirtiest words in health care are “fee for service.”

For years, U.S. officials have sought to move Medicare away from paying doctors and hospitals for each task they perform, a costly approach that rewards the quantity of care over quality. State Medicaid programs and private insurers are pursuing similar changes.

Yet the $400 billion single-payer proposal that’s advancing in the California legislature would restore fee-for-service to its once-dominant perch in California. Continue reading California’s New Single-Payer Proposal Embraces Some Costly Old Ways

Two Medicare Advantage Insurers Settle Whistleblower Lawsuit For $32 Million

By Fred Schulte >> fschulte@kff.org | @fredschulte

cahealth daily

Two Florida Medicare Advantage insurers have agreed to pay nearly $32 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit that alleged they exaggerated how sick patients were and took other steps to overbill the government health plan for the elderly.

The suit, settled on Tuesday, was filed in 2009 by Dr. Darren Sewell, a physician and former medical director at the two health plans, Freedom Health and Optimum HealthCare, both based in Tampa. Sewell worked at the plans from 2007 to 2012. He died in 2014, but his family took over the case. Continue reading Two Medicare Advantage Insurers Settle Whistleblower Lawsuit For $32 Million

Handshake-Free Zone: Keep Those Hands — And Germs — To Yourself In The Hospital

By Anna Gorman >> agorman@kff.org | @AnnaGorman

cahealth daily

Click to listen to interview.

Dr. Mark Sklansky, a self-described germaphobe, can’t stop thinking about how quickly those little microbes can spread.

“If I am at a computer terminal or using a phone or opening a door, I know my hands are now contaminated, and I need to be careful and I need to wash my hands,” said Sklansky, professor of pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Continue reading Handshake-Free Zone: Keep Those Hands — And Germs — To Yourself In The Hospital

Drug Rebates Reward Industry Players — And Often Hurt Patients

By Sarah Jane Tribble >> sjtribble@kff.org | @SJTribble

cahealth daily

Medicare and its beneficiaries aren’t the winners in the behind-the-scenes rebate game played by drugmakers, health insurers and pharmacy benefit managers, according to a paper published Tuesday in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Expensive prescription costsThe paper, which dives into the complex and opaque world of Medicare drug price negotiations, finds that rebates may actually drive up the amount Medicare and its beneficiaries pay for drugs — especially for increasingly common high-priced drugs — and it offers some systemic solutions. Continue reading Drug Rebates Reward Industry Players — And Often Hurt Patients

Signs of An Abusive Relationship

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The Catalysts for Change

Source: Relationship Rules

“Abuse of any kind, coming from any one should be intolerable. As opposed to physical abuse; the consequences of which are visible to everyone, emotional abuse tends to go unnoticed. There is an equally good chance of you being either on the receiving or the delivering end, when it comes to emotional abuse. To make matters worse, you might be oblivious to the situation. It has a detrimental influence on your personality; as it eats away at your self-respect and poise bit by bit. It is one thing to be unaware of the issue, but many people knowingly allow themselves to be tortured emotionally in the name of love. Don’t let yourself be manipulated. We need to understand that love does require great sacrifice, but it should never be in the form of your self-worth.Here are a few warning signs that you need to acknowledge as…

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I’m Sorry You Birthed An Autistic

An Aspergian's Chemical Romance

WAMTACI’ve been called a lot of names during my years

jerk offs with egg heads for avatars

who never knew my wishes or fears

they didn’t care what I needed, or how I felt

just about the life they had been so unfortunately dealt

I’m so sorry you birthed an autistic

this isn’t the dream you wanted

but the drugs your partner did years ago

now have you haunted

I’m so sorry you have to live with an autistic

it makes you look bad, I’m sure

hand flapping and foot stomping certainly detracts

from your fake bravado and made-up demure

I’m so sorry you have to be seen with an autistic

you don’t look so cool now

when the person beside you covers his ears

at loud sounds

I’ve spent years feeling sorry

for people who care nothing about who I am

just a cute word they can use to…

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Target Of Medicare Insider Trading Case Boasted He Was Unstoppable ‘Beast’

By Christina Jewett and Melissa Bailey


In his prime, consultant David Blaszczak bragged that he made millions for his hedge-fund clients when he predicted important Medicare funding changes.

“Warren Buffett can eat it,” Blaszczak wrote in one email in 2013, referencing the legendary stock trader.

He boasted in that same year to a finance executive: “I am a beast that cannot be stopped.” Continue reading Target Of Medicare Insider Trading Case Boasted He Was Unstoppable ‘Beast’



Time to reflect that in our name: AMERICAN BADASS ACTIVISTS.



Recent reflections prompted me to upgrade the name from American Badass Advocates – to something even more kickass – American Badass Activists.

So before too many more campaigns got underway, was time to launch.

Please pardon the dust during the transition.