System Failure
DRY LAND

pepperonideluxe:


A Steampunk Energy Crisis story by PepperoniDeluxe

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The ultimate steampunk story you all have been waiting for. Must read.

Shetland - Blue Lightning Pt.2 (BBC, 2014)

I am not watching Shetland yet to marathon it later but gosh.

manonwheels:

bisexualpiratequeen:

The government is trying to privatise the NHS.

Should this go forward, it would be those most in need of NHS medical care who would be unable to access it. With respect to my American followers, the last thing any of us want is a system like the US, where it costs you many thousands just to get medical care.

Without the NHS I wouldn’t be able to afford the daily medication that allows me to funtion.

Please sign this.

Even non-british followers can support us in this.

Without free NHS care I will be dead.

neurowonderful:

(Image description: A partial screenshot of a blog post. The title reads “How I reduced screaming and verbal stimming in my child with autism”, and below that is a colour photograph of a hand holding a rectangular plastic “clicker” device.)I think I may have mentioned this blog post, and the sadness and confusion I felt when I came across it, in one of my videos. This screenshot is from the blog of an “autism parent”. Yes, that is a clicker. Yes, she is encouraging the use of animal training methods on Autistic children. Yes, she considers any kind of vocal stimming, not just screaming, to be a “bad behaviour”. To top it all off, her blog banner reads, “Discovering SOLUTIONS to the Everyday Problems of Living with AUTISM”. Here is an excerpt from her tutorial on how to train your disabled child like a dog to have a “Quiet Mouth”:

Third, I sat back and watched my child. Since he was making bad noises, I decided to reinforce Quiet Mouth (i.e., lips together, no sound). Whenever he had a split second of Quiet Mouth, I immediately tagged (made a click-sound with the device) and handed over a treat. Every time his mouth was Quiet, I tagged (clicked) and treated. Soon there was much more Quiet Mouth behavior. When doing this it is important to ignore and pay no attention to vocal stims or screaming. Do not look at the child, do not speak to him/her or explain. Just say nothing, and immediately tag and treat as soon as there is even a split second of Quiet Mouth. You can also tag and treat a child for any appropriate vocalizations. If he/she says a nice word, or makes an appropriate comment, then tag and reinforce that. Your goal is to increase Quiet Mouth and appropriate vocalizations.

And sadly, as bad as this attitude and treatment of Autistic children is, this is a relatively tame example when compared to the other unethical treatments, therapies, and methods of discipline that Autistic children are being subjected to every day (all in the name of making them appear less obviously Autistic). This is why we need Autism Acceptance Month and not the fear-mongering, negative, misinformed “awareness” that Autism Speaks and its allies are pumping out this April.
We need acceptance because Autistic children should be loved and accepted wholly and completely for who they are, not hurt and mistreated in their parent’s frantic search for a “cure”. Because Autistic people deserve to be treated with respect and listened to, not silenced and forced or coerced to conform to an ableist, non-disabled ideal. Because Autistic children need accommodation and understanding to live healthy, happy lives, not sketchy “treatments” and intensive, soul-crushing “therapies” to try to make them appear more neurotypical and less Autistic.
For more information on ASAN’s Autism Acceptance Month, see the about page on the website here: http://www.autismacceptancemonth.com/about/

I rarely reblog this kind of stuff these days but bloody fucking hell…

neurowonderful:

(Image description: A partial screenshot of a blog post. The title reads “How I reduced screaming and verbal stimming in my child with autism”, and below that is a colour photograph of a hand holding a rectangular plastic “clicker” device.)

I think I may have mentioned this blog post, and the sadness and confusion I felt when I came across it, in one of my videos. This screenshot is from the blog of an “autism parent”. Yes, that is a clicker. Yes, she is encouraging the use of animal training methods on Autistic children. Yes, she considers any kind of vocal stimming, not just screaming, to be a “bad behaviour”. To top it all off, her blog banner reads, “Discovering SOLUTIONS to the Everyday Problems of Living with AUTISM”. Here is an excerpt from her tutorial on how to train your disabled child like a dog to have a “Quiet Mouth”:

Third, I sat back and watched my child. Since he was making bad noises, I decided to reinforce Quiet Mouth (i.e., lips together, no sound). Whenever he had a split second of Quiet Mouth, I immediately tagged (made a click-sound with the device) and handed over a treat. Every time his mouth was Quiet, I tagged (clicked) and treated. Soon there was much more Quiet Mouth behavior. When doing this it is important to ignore and pay no attention to vocal stims or screaming. Do not look at the child, do not speak to him/her or explain. Just say nothing, and immediately tag and treat as soon as there is even a split second of Quiet Mouth. You can also tag and treat a child for any appropriate vocalizations. If he/she says a nice word, or makes an appropriate comment, then tag and reinforce that. Your goal is to increase Quiet Mouth and appropriate vocalizations.

And sadly, as bad as this attitude and treatment of Autistic children is, this is a relatively tame example when compared to the other unethical treatments, therapies, and methods of discipline that Autistic children are being subjected to every day (all in the name of making them appear less obviously Autistic). This is why we need Autism Acceptance Month and not the fear-mongering, negative, misinformed “awareness” that Autism Speaks and its allies are pumping out this April.

We need acceptance because Autistic children should be loved and accepted wholly and completely for who they are, not hurt and mistreated in their parent’s frantic search for a “cure”. Because Autistic people deserve to be treated with respect and listened to, not silenced and forced or coerced to conform to an ableist, non-disabled ideal. Because Autistic children need accommodation and understanding to live healthy, happy lives, not sketchy “treatments” and intensive, soul-crushing “therapies” to try to make them appear more neurotypical and less Autistic.

For more information on ASAN’s Autism Acceptance Month, see the about page on the website here: http://www.autismacceptancemonth.com/about/

I rarely reblog this kind of stuff these days but bloody fucking hell

It’s like even when I don’t try to talk about this…

Today my mother and I were visiting our friends. Well, mostly her friends so while proper adults talk I am left to entertain the friends’ 9-year-old son (those who were around kids that age know how it is). After a while I suggest playing with LEGO because he likes LEGO, I like LEGO and as far as games go it’s not very destructive. This kid has a ton of LEGO, he has at least two sets that I really like and a bunch of other stuff.

He starts building cannons, I start putting together LEGO people because they are a mess of separate heads and legs at the bottom of the box. And it’s okay, despite what Toy Story told you, 20-something geeks have sympathy for tiny plastic people and 9-year-old boys take their toys apart to invent new things, that’s normal. And then I find this guy -

"Hey, how come this one doesn’t have any legs?" - I ask.

"Oh, he’s disabled" replies the kid matter-of-factly.

I try not to grin too much because it’s damn inclusive for a kid that age who doesn’t encounter disabled people much or at all. Except then we start to play with figures, he picks some guy with a gun and asks me which character I pick. Cop Story and everything aside, I am just curious at this point so I pick the disabled guy.

"I pick this one!"

"But he’s disabled!"

"So what?"

"Well, he… can’t… do anything…"

"Yes he can! He can zoom around and everything, faster than your guy, and he have a job at our station!" I zoom the figure around on the floor, get an odd look from the boy, the game moves on. Throughout the evening I continue picking that LEGO guy when asked. I don’t lecture the kid and don’t tell anything to his parents.

But thing is… this much more complicated than just having toys representing minorities. You gotta make kids want to play with them and you can’t just make kids like something. Not with boring lectures, at any rate.

sansasturk:

SIGNAL BOOST!!!!

This video might be the most clever way to raise money for dogs in need, because all you need to do is watch it.

"Just by watching these puppies, you’re raising money for dogs in need," says the narrator in the video above. "You see, if a video goes viral, YouTube shares the money they made from advertising with whoever made the video, and in this case, every dollar we earn will go toward feeding, treating and finding homes for dogs who haven’t been as lucky as us."

The video comes from The Pedigree Adoption Drive, and ends by imploring viewers to share because the more views received, the more money will be raised.

So share this video. You know, for the dogs.

malformalady:

Urban red fox(Vulpes vulpes) in a cemetery, South London
Photo credit: Laurent Geslin photography

I NEED MORE FOXES IN COP STORY
PROBABLY HIJACKING WHEELCHAIRS
YES
THAT SHOULD WORK

malformalady:

Urban red fox(Vulpes vulpes) in a cemetery, South London

Photo credit: Laurent Geslin photography

I NEED MORE FOXES IN COP STORY

PROBABLY HIJACKING WHEELCHAIRS

YES

THAT SHOULD WORK

avianawareness:

Cuddle break at the #barrettjackson car show

avianawareness:

Cuddle break at the #barrettjackson car show

Oh well, I guess I got the approval I needed to watch it.

Oh well, I guess I got the approval I needed to watch it.