December 31: You Aughta Know This Week

I was up until 2 am on December 25 prepping for Christmas Day so my post today will have two weeks worth of goodies.

This week: Managing ADD at work, To Siri with Nope, tons of autism articles, time to speak for democracy, “tragic accident,” racist broach, air pollution is killing us all,  Amazon contractors, and more.

This Week in ADHD

1. Recommended by a friend: Tips for managing ADD at work.

This Week in Autism

2. Laina Eartharcher over at The Silent Wave shared three videos about her autism experience. My favorite is here.

3. To Siri With Love is not something I ever plan to read. Boycott attacks on autistic people for the comfort of NT parents. WTF.

The Autistic community and our needs are hijacked again and again. Even now – Judith Newman’s “To Siri with Love” book is the NT-world Autistic Buzz. Praise for her writing, and no focus on how it smears stigma and prejudice over the entire community. This memoir is justified by the author as sharing a personal experience — and ignores the harm she promotes with eugenics, forced sterilization and a host of other harmful wtf? included.

Judith Newman has nothing to offer the Autistic community in this book. It steals the conversation, again, from the very real issues the Autistic community is battling. We want a better quality of life. Instead we have NT topics of worry overriding our actual community needs – and we get to suffer some more. So thanks for that. </sarcasm>

To be clear: An NT person’s feelings about Autistics, or raising Autistics, never has the authority to overwrite our civil rights. We have the right to life and Autistic heritage, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

4. On parenting an autistic child, Defininition is Destiny, by Ray Hemachandra.

5. Penn State player is best player, teammate, son and brother you could ever hope for, says everyone. When you’re crying a few sentences into this story about DaeSean Hamilton, you’ll agree.

This Week in Politics

6. Too afraid of speaking up for democracy? Then watch it fade away.

In embracing democracy, as the historian James Kloppenberg has written, we are standing up for three contested principles: popular sovereignty, autonomy and equality. We are also embracing three premises: deliberation, pluralism and reciprocity.

7. Johnny Collett is not necessarily good news for advocates of equal special ed.

8. The Attorney General is busy dismantling civil rights protections.

Viewed in that light, the true intent of Mr. Sessions’s decision comes into focus. Sessions pulled 25 guidance documents last week. Sixteen of those involved civil rights protections — including 10 related to the Americans With Disabilities Act and one on the special harms that unlawful fine and fee practices can have for young people. Withdrawing these documents is consistent with the Trump administration’s hostility to civil rights in a host of other areas: abandoning oversight of police departments, reinterpreting anti-discrimination statutes to deny protection to L.G.B.T. individuals and switching sides in key voting rights cases.

9. How Betsy Devos’s Title IX Actions Will Hurt Students with Disabilities via Rewire.

This Week in Killing Innocent Children for Preventable Reasons

10. Struggling to find the words to convey the gravity of this so-called “tragic accident.”

This quote shows the devastating impact of chasing someone for stealing a car and using deadly force completely unnecessarily.

”Kameron was the kindest-hearted little boy that I have ever had the pleasure of teaching,” said Shanda Ince, Kameron’s first-grade teacher, to KSAT-TV. “He loved to make everyone laugh. He will be missed by all of his classmates and everyone at Wiederstein.”

This Week in Royal Racism

11. Princess Micheal of Kent wears a racist broach and then tries to excuse it because she wore it before and no one complained. Ugh. Not acceptable ever but worse when Megan Markle is the guest of honor.

This Week in Baked-In Sexism

12. A pioneer whose talent has to be played down solely because she’s a woman. Shouldn’t be up to men who have daughters. We should all be treated equally.

”As anyone who has daughters, you’re always hoping that, as we all progress, we get to the point where none of this matters, whether it’s hiring practices or compensation,” says Weltman, who has twin girls. “And obviously, we have some distance yet to travel. For us, our job as a basketball administration is to win. And we look for the best people, the people that can most dramatically impact our chance to win. … Becky was that person for us.”

13. Oh and, you weak women who want to take time off after giving birth? Hope you’re not a lawyer dealing with this crap. We are actual people, thanks.

14. I wrote a post, Just Trying to Do Our Jobs, about how ridiculous it is that we have to put up with constant harassment at work so men can continue to feel comfortable.

15. The New York Times surveyed men and found 1 in 25, or 4%, admitted to behavior that meets the definition of harassment. An additional 2 in 25, or 8%, weren’t sure if their behavior met the definition. Wow, so potentially 12% of men are harassing at work. And we are just supposed to accept this behavior and “develop a thicker skin.”

16. NYT also covered the stories of blue-collar women who can’t speak out about sexual harassment—and as a result, most had to quit and either switch fields or accept a significantly lower-paying job.

17. And Recy Taylor died this week at the age of 97, just three weeks after the release of a documentary about her 1944 rape. Rest in power.

This Week in the Gig Economy

18. Older article about how Amazon is destroying both online shopping and delivery companies in one fell swoop. The top concern I have with Amazon Flex is that these workers end up being paid below minimum wage. There are a number of unfair practices mentioned, but it seems like Amazon is trying to slowly bleed into paying Amazon Flex “contractors” less to deliver more.

This is a horrible race-to-the-bottom strategy worthy of Wal-Mart. And it doesn’t benefit customers. It only allows Amazon to sell more product and keep putting the screws to workers who should be hired as employees.

This Week in Epidemiology

19. Air pollution is killing 20,000 people a year.

The researchers found that for each day-to-day increase of 10 micrograms per square meter in fine pariculate matter (PM 2.5), the small particles of soot that easily enter the lungs and bloodstream, there was a 1.05 percent increase in deaths. For each 10 parts per billion increase in ozone, a main component of smog, there was a 0.51 percent increase.

The effect was greater for low-income people, African-Americans, women and those over 70, and the risk remained significant even at levels below what the Environmental Protection Agency considers safe.

This Week in Popular Culture

20. I share my latest books, podcasts and newspaper media from the last few weeks, here.

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