Sunday, June 17, 2018

We disown Autistic Pride Day it has abusive origins

ARGH, Autism Rights Group Highland, was several years ago a partner of ELAS, in the failed venture Autistic Voice. ARGH's leaders threw Autistic Voice away, by taking a huff with anyone who said that differences of need between autistics with or without learning disabilities should ever be stated or admitted to exist! Anyone who wanted any different needs to be stated, they called a wicked "aspie supremacist" + "ableist".

In a SPECTRUM of needs, it's unworkable to say we must always say we all have identical needs, when we obviously don't all have identical strong and weak points. As an objector wrote, ""how do we explain to providers who the people attending particular events are likely to be so that they can provide what is likely to be a good mix of support in the widest sense? "Well, there's this group of people and also there's another group of people and I can't tell you what the difference is.""

Now, ARGH has acted unilaterally, without a word either to ELAS or to the forum + writing group at ANS, + who know how many other grassroots groups - when disastrously + selfishly it has persuaded Scottish government to fly the flag of Autistic Pride Day on its hq tomorrow.

Just a stunt without building up any services: but Autistic Pride Day is evil. It was invented by a cult ruled by purge and terror of disfavour, Aspies For Freedom. AFF was created, and run as a dictatorship, by one couple, in Wales, who made a bid to be the world leadership of aspies. They were very ban-happy and turned on many folks in an instant, they even threw out both of the folks who tried to start local AFF groups: one in New York just for naming himself in the credit for a fundraiser he organised, and one in Townsville Australia just for inadvertently asking the couple something they were secretive about. Also, AFF was founded taking a line against medical drugs for us, but within a year its site was proudly announcing connections made with professors who lecture in favour of drugging autistics. Again, just like the pigs in the ending to Animal Farm, when they become indistinguishable from the farmers.

AFF in its original membership form thankfully collapsed in 2013 under its tyranny's own unworkability. But its leaders are still around seeking influence, including through claiming the credit for Autistic Pride Day. Everyone trying to act ethically for any autistics who have ever been socially vulnerable or hurt, has a duty to disown Autistic Pride Day, and through the suicide danger to those folks, the protection principle enforces this.


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

be ANGRY for our lost generation

Anthony Hopkins and the suffering caused by unrecognized Asperger’s condition

An angry story on how the news of his diagnosis in his seventies highlights "there are currently many adults with the condition who have never been diagnosed either during childhood or as adults. Many have had, and continue to have difficulties in coping with effects of Asperger's on their daily lives."

Given that lost generations must make any reasoning person angry, hear evidence of a cause of the loss and become angry at a terrible evil idea with a long history. The idea of letting go. The idea, sold by religions to oppressed people for 3000 years in tge service of power, that it's psychologically good to live in placid passive acceptance of your life injustices and one-sidedly forgive, and bad to fight back and avenge.

I was diagnosed at 35, in 2003, after aspieness was brought to my awareness by passionately following the anti-school cause, hence reading about causes of school troubles. After my school troubles in the 80s, narrowly still pre-awareness! had resulted in a teenage psychiatry experience leaving me in long term fear of and potential threat from that system, I was unsafe ever to go anywhere near doctors about anything psychological. So I would never have been found aspie that way. SO I WOULD BE ONE OF THE UNJUSTLY MISSED, IF I HAD LET GO FORGIVEN AND ACCEPTED.

It is entirely thanks to rejecting the evil of those ideas and believing in anger and fighting back, that I am a found aspie at all. Anger and fighting back, which many evil mental health voices still argue against, gave me the total life transformation of aspieness's vindication of my nature and all my school age oppressors' wrongness, protection from any more bad expectations, and much speaking out achieved and noticed.

Maurice Frank

Friday, January 19, 2018

the hounders of men don't know autism

Just mailed to the radio news World At One:

《 Someone you had discussing MeToo said that we can all read non-verbal cues, and have a duty to. She even called this part of being humans not animals.
In effect she has called autistics animals, she has shown a key failure of awareness for us. Inability to read non-verbal cues, or to assume signals, is an explicitly degined part of autism. We can only follow the information we are told explicitly.
What would, or did, her attitude do to justice processes for unrealised autistics before modern autism awareness? What has she shown could still happen where an autistic person under accusation is not articulate about this, or not yet diagnosed, and the lawyers all lack awareness? 》

They had broadcast a discussion of grassroots feelings on the MeToo campaign, asking the very necessary question has it gone too far. Which it always inevitably would - its gender one-sidedness,, assuming men are ne er harrassment victims and should be collectively addressed as villains, always went too far. See this on guilt by accusation.

One of the speakers on its side had said these things, on the abilities to be assumed from everyone showing no knowledge of autism at all. Relative to her, autism has just stayed in its own box and the details of it have never mainstreamed, still. She shows this is dangerous.

Maurice Frank

Friday, August 11, 2017

2 Fringe shows not to go to

I never like socially aggressive comedy and regard its existence as a big social problem, and 1980s alternative comedy particularly as a big brutaliser of society, that made life oppressively harder for all interactively disdvantaged groups, including us aspies then unrecognised. But when the Fringe is on I have found it worth going to see Free Fringe stand-up comedians whoee shows are about politics. Not so much to laugh as to observe seriously whither the wind is blowing, and if they come from another country or perspective, pick up insights.

This year that has had 2 particularly bad results. The culture of comedy offensiveness may have made it no longer worth doing. 2 SHOWS NOT TO GO TO:

"Australia still fucked" by Kieran Butler. It starts off as promised, insight into the tragic racist trends in Australian politics and where they came from. But at the end it turns offensively graphic about child molestation, and then he made fun of Madeleine McCann. I showed the collection bucket person exactly what I thought of that. This is a comedian _ who MADE FUN _ of Madeleine McCann.

"I can make you Tory" by Leo Kearse. I am complaining to the Fringe in support of the person he victimised: and for aspies safeness of social space so that hooligan injustice can't happen is a matter of accessibility. The Fringe bills itself as caring about accessibility. Never seen anything remotely like this before.

Hardly 10 minutes in, he started having an unduly nasty go at an audience member for nodding! Actually for nodding! how bullying is that? Even though the person explained that his nodding had been a sign of agreement! Kearse refused to feel complimented and insisted the nodding was offputting, and several times mockingly asked if the person had a neurological disorder - itself not an attitude favouring accessibility. Then he switched his hostility to another audience member some distance from the alleged nodder, who had defended him. This person defended himself to banter rubbishing, which annoyed Kearse, and rightly would not accept having bitingly worded fault or blame pinned on him by Kearse. Kearse would not drop it without having an insulting closing jibe at the person, yet started blaming this person for disrupting the show, by an exchange that Kearse had started.

I was the first uninvolved audience member to promptly walk out in loud solidarity with the wronged person and his friend.

The exchange eventually stopped but not for long. Kearse delivered a couple more lines of his act, then rounded them off with another jibe at this person. A total treacherous contradiction of having claimed to be disrupted, to go after the person again. Obviously rightly the person objected. Straight away another man at the back stood up in an apparently official capacity and ordered "Leave now" ! An audience member targetted and bullied by a performer, then accused of disruption for taking the performer's own goading bait, then insulted by him again then thrown out for saying anything. This performer is a hooligan bully and audience abuser.

Aug 12 update: Today in the parade in South Queensferry's annual fair, a brass band was playing Waltzing Matilda! In a world of growing mutual apartheid closed doors between countries and anti-outsider nastiness, of Brexit and Manus Island, we casually play music that evokes other countries and think of it as part of a happy occasion, without spirits dampened by the tragedy. We still like to immerse ourselves in the world musically, when we are cutting each other off in real travel.

Aug 17 update: on Kearse's show: a stamen is part of a flower, btw - "Thank you for bringing this to our attention I have had a stamen form the performer who has stated he feel it was a forum of heckling. As we are a free festival venue we host the show but don’t run the programing etc. We are sorry this was not in the taste of what the festival is all about but our performers are free to remove anyone from the show they feel are heckling etc. " ... " I hope this has not put the venue in a bad light with yourself and we would be saddened by this."

Ludicrous end line. Patently it puts the Three Sisters venue in a bad light with any thinking person. They merit and need some being saddened! they need to cry over whether it's worse to ve saddened or publicly maltreated.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

not helped by the basket seller

Further to the unhelpful complications of the Post Office Travel Card.

Another aspie and ELAS member reports that he found you are not allowed to do something that is common sense and anyone would expect to do, and which he was not informed of at time of buying the card. This confirms that its info and directions are incomplete to the buyer and it is sneakily far more complicated than it advertises as being.

Consider that you need THREE numbers to use it, and a online account password too! You need an "access code", to quote to tgem like an 7dentiy number, as well as having the actual card number and its PIN.

You can't pay in any other currency than the pound to top it up. Even though the whole point of the card is to hold balances of other currencies on it, and to top them up, you can only do it by conversion from pounds. After returning from a holiday in the Eurozone he went to the Post Office and tried to pay his leftover euros onto his card. It would have been a good way to solve the problem of the unexchangeable coins too. The Post Office said no.

Bureaucratic nonsense like that, upsetting your common sense planning, throws you. Throws a logical aspie mind especially. This is not an aspie friendly product, tricky, full of petty barriers and potential pitfalls, and not greatly consumer friendly at all. Not what it is claimed to be on bright billboards in post offices. Be extra wary using it, even if you do use it to save on bank currency exchange fees.

Monday, June 5, 2017

carry 2 baskets of European currency

While social media bonds folks in different countries far more intimately together than leaves Brexit and the political popularity of borders making any sense, and Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg recently spoke in favour of a Basic Income system and progressive tax! travel is still oppressively user unfriendly in all the process it makes you get right and the lack of back-up if it goes wrong.

In ANS's autism strategy document An Ordinary Life Too (PDF book link) we touched on the pressure from the worrying losability of travel documents - tickets, passports, air boarding passes, money cards. It is an impracticality, that endangers everyone, to have no clear and committal answers on what to do when such things go missing - as they obviously can, as human error and crime both exist. An unjust society motivates suicides in vulnerable groups and a just society will never penalise in any way human error or being a victim of crime. The unfair story that a couple burgled during their wedding could not go on their honeymoon to Iceland because their passports were stolen, as well as proving the sheer evil of everyone who wants passports to exist, gave me a fear of telling anyone socially about an intended foreign holiday before it happens and I know I have arrived successfully. Which means using experience to juggle whose sympathetic contact numbers to carry.

Losable travel documents are a barbarity, continuing to be accepted because they exist: a dangerous anomaly left to continue, and us all left to navigate the dangers of, because sone politics of money is stirred up when you devise ways to abolish tickets. Passports are the offensive passbooks of a global apartheid. There is a disability discrimination in losable travel documents, for dyspraxia and motor clumsiness in handling small objects is linked to the autistic spectrum, and increases the chance of losing things. It is an equalities claim against losable travel documents being allowed to exist.

The pressure of losability creates a dilemma with money cards. If you have managed your life well enough to have more than one, is it safer to carry only one, leaving the others at home not to get lost, or to carry them all in case you need the funds in any of them, especially if one gets lost? For anyone in the typical position of having one bank debit card, this question is pressed, made a dilemma, now that the new Post Office Travel Card has blossomed into existence and replaced travellers' cheques. Travel insurance presses even more acutely, enough to quite reasonably just put you off travelling at all, whether you have made the safest choice with your cards so that they can't turn round and say you did not.

Experience travelling with ELAS indicates the answer. The answer is yes do carry them both. I venture to share this to help all aspies be confident towards your travel insurers, that yes that is the right choice, and establish clearly that it is. Something shows so from experience. You might overlook a spend, or find an extra spend present as needed, and that is not good if you only carried one card and the spend concerned could be covered by the other card, or using the other card for it makes the difference to whether you are left short of money for the rest of your holiday. As soon as you have another card in use than your main debit card, that pitfall exists. You might want the main debit card funds. A particular danger is with the bad system of online booking sites for hotels that book you but expect you to pay on arrival and don't let you more sensibly pay on booking - even if the site uses your debit card to confirm the booking. Anything could happen to the traveller to upset their carrying of everything they need, before they reach the hotel and need it to be an already safely paid for refuge. Hotels can actually have the wrong setting shown on a booking site, re whether a prepayment will be taken: that comes from an ELAS member actually asking an hotel that does not prepay, after making a card backed booking on Or, after the transaction of securing a booking uses your card, it is easy for your mind to file that as dealt with, then missing that you still need to take that card in order to pay with it, to decide it would be a good safety idea not to take it because you are taking another card, the POTC.

So take them both.

It's complicated enough that you need 3 different types of password for the card! That is not explained when you buy it, either. You get an "access code" number that you need to quote any time you phone them about the card, and when you create an online account to work the card especially for checking your balance in each currency and topping up. Then of course this online account itself requires a password. Then separately to either of these, the card itself has a PIN number!

You will benefit from knowing another problem with the POTC that its marketing does not explain, and should, as part of explaining all details of things clearly to spectrumites. To use any other card to top up your POTC, you have to register the card's details onto the online account for your POTC, it does not let you use Paypal, I think it should, and the first top-up transaction may set off your bank security system as perceiving an "unusual activity" and disabling the card and making you phone it, clearly at big coping inconvenience if you are abroad. It is suggestive of the banks deliberately wanting to make the POTC harder to use and put folks off it, because it is a rival for them.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

hate crime protection for autistics


It is needed against derisive conformist thugs who in several cases have been capable of serious violence. A really great thing it could do is ban macho aggression over eye contact! You know, the irrational thug culture of "Are you looking at me?" which comes from animal instincts to find eye contact a threat. But mishandling eye contact is part of autism.

Discrimination and hate law is now an overlapping power of both governments. The Equalities Act 2010, the overall British-wide law on mimority groups and an aggravated hate status for attacks on them, was done at Brirish level and so this petition, which after all originates in England too, is naturally going to British level. But it's worth knowing that steps at Scottish level are possible too under the recently increased powers.