Happy 2018! This week, career survival with ADHD, a win for science, Woody Allen is disgusting, Fight and Fury mayhem and more.
This Week in ADHD
This Week in Autism
1. John Pitney at the Autism Policy Blog shares an underreported win for science: Trump seems to have dropped the antivaxxers, cold.
He never established a vaccine safety commission. His nominee to head the Food and Drug Administration said at his confirmation hearing that there is no causal link between vaccines and autism. Similarly, his nominee for director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that studies purporting to show a link between vaccines and autism had been “debunked.” In his greatest affront to the antivaccine movement, he named the former president of Lilly USA to be secretary of Health and Human Services. The company is a subsidiary of Eli Lilly, which not only makes vaccines, but also developed thimerosal, the preservative that the movement falsely identified as the culprit.
2. If you haven’t read this conversation with a so-called mild autistic, now’s the time.
This Week in Predators
This Week in Random
1. More on my take on Fight and Fury, here.
2. Read up on the SCOTUS case overturning laws prohibiting interracial marriage if one party was white and the Lovings who took their case to the highest court in the land.
3. Weird: “POTUS” seems to be mocking himself in his tweet claiming he is “like, really smart.”
“By the way, he did not interview me,” Trump said, though he then said Wolff interviewed him once “a long time ago” for a magazine story. Asked by a reporter why he felt the need to defend himself on Twitter, Trump listed his accomplishments, saying, among other things: “I went to the best colleges, or college.” Trump spent two years at Fordham University before completing his education at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of business.
4. Are robots coming for our jobs? Nope. Companies are doing quite well without resorting to robots because they are switching all their employees to independent contractors. This is bad for business but especially bad for those without the formerly standard benefits like health insurance.
Lawmakers attend conference after conference on the “Future of Work” at which Republicans praise new companies like Uber and TaskRabbit for giving workers more flexibility in their jobs, and Democrats argue that those companies are simply finding new ways to skirt federal labor law. They all warn about automation and worry that robots could replace humans in the workplace. But there’s actually not much evidence that the future of work is going to be jobless. Instead, it’s likely to look like a new labor market in which millions of Americans have lost their job security and most of the benefits that accompanied work in the 20th century, with nothing to replace them.
5. And finally, my list of media this week, the books, podcasts and articles that defined my week.