"In May 2013, "Asperger's Syndrome" will be removed as a diagnosis from the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V), leaving "high functioning autism" in its place. I agree with this change. Given the importance of the manual, however, it's caused a lot of consternation and caused me to reflect upon my experiences."—Anonymous
Pedagogy of the Depressed: my experiences as a special ed student in the 1990s
, an anonymous Boing Boing article
Tax the tan?
a new study shows more than a quarter of white female teenagers have had at least three sessions in a tanning booth, Forty-seven percent of 18- and 19-year-old females made three or more visits. The overall rate for boys was far lower, around 7 percent. Note to teenage boys: Go hang out at the tanning booth.
Concerned dermatologists made a bold proposal: Slap a $20 tax on every visit to the tanning salon for people under 18, after all, we tax Smokes
for just the same reason.
Needles to say The Indoor Tanning Association
(Don't miss the upcoming ITAWorld Expo
, Huey Lewis and the News show included!), which represents the nation's 6,000 tanning salons, denounced the idea, noting that moderate exposure to ultraviolet light may actually promote health. UV light helps the body absorb vitamin D, which is important in the development of bones. After all Nicotine 'reduces Alzheimer's symptoms'
. Are taxes a good behavior modification tool?
WWASP still doesn't get it.
A sort of follow-up post to this thread
- despite constant attempts to shut down various facilities
, the organization is still setting up schools all over the world for parents to have their children "kidnapped" and sent to. Despite massive exposes
of the organization, and Samoan, Mexican, Czech and now Costa Rican governments
stepping in, these schools are still running. It bothers me to see this list of violations and am wondering how much better it is to be in those schools
than in jail.
What's worse - is they are working to transfer the students to one of four of their other compounds - Casa By The Sea, Tranquility Bay, Academy at Ivy Ridge or Spring Creek Lodge - at least the last two are in the US but the first two are under serious scrutiny themselves.
Several State Officials are beginning to take notice but at this point, (aside from consular inquiries), all the state department has done is issue a warning
. Can anything else be done? SHOULD anything else be done?