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Comment Re:And yet... (Score 1) 2987

But could you agree that anyone may need a handgun for self-defense against someone who illegally obtained a gun (which would suggest to be used in illegal activities, such as murder)?

If by "anybody", you mean anyone who has passed a mental health screening, a background check, and has proven that he or she has a secure location where the gun is stored (gun safe with both PIN and biometrics), and is trained in the usage and handling of a gun, then yes.

Comment Re:And yet... (Score 4, Insightful) 2987

No. The gunman killed the kids. The gun and bullets were simply the tools used. Should all computers be banned because hackers use them to hack?

That depends, do computers serve a purpose other than hacking?

Yes they do and guns have more purposes other than killing innocents.

That's a straw man. Guns have no purpose other than *killing*. So maybe we should ask ourselves, who has a legitimate need to kill, and what tools do they need to do it? A hunter might need a hunting rifle. A police officer might need a hand gun. I'm not sure why anyone outside of deployed active duty military or on-duty swat team members need an assault rifle.

Comment Re:People still buy tube TVs? (Score 1) 153

Not really. Best not to look into which hurts the common man's pocketbook more -- this cartel or the one on six people on the public dole for "stress" or "lower back pain".

You know you're full of shit, right? My mom finally got SSI disability for her back problems in 2006 after 10 years, 3 back surgeries, 3 bouts with thyroid cancer, 2 weight loss surgeries paid out of pocket to treat the weight gain caused from not having a thyroid, severe adult-onset scoliosis, and countless attempts to return to work only to have to be carried out of work halfway through her shift because she couldn't sit anymore.

Comment Re:Where's Grover Norquist when you need him? (Score 3, Insightful) 268

Allowing the states to collect a tax isn't the same thing as imposing a tax. Not quite. Besides it's either that or the states will have to raise income and property taxes.

Then they should raise income or property taxes. Sales tax is about the worst tax there is -- it's regressive, so it hurts poor people disproportionally, and it depresses retail sales and services. If states really want their businesses to compete with amazon, they should abolish sales tax so that purchasing locally becomes more attractive.

Comment Re:About time (Score 1) 602

Repeat 3 times: "It's a spectrum condition".

Sure, your son is a little further up the spectrum than some other formerly-known-as-Aspies. But that doesn't mean that they don't have a bunch of difficult symptoms that qualify as a "syndrome". I certainly don't have 3 hour meltdowns over shirt color (but I have had 3 minute meltdowns over precisely that) - but I still can't recognize facial expressions "automatically", understand from intonation that something being said is rhetorical rather than literal, or know that when I've been babbling on about something that everyone around me is profoundly bored by what I'm saying, I can't keep the "correct" amount of eye contact without mentally counting how long it's been since I last looked at the person I'm interacting with.

I have screwed up in countless numbers of social situations because I'm simply unable to read between the lines in regular interactions with neurotypicals.

It's like I'm living on planet Betazed...everyone around me is "empathic" and can tell whether someone is happy or sad, interested or bored, worried or relaxed just by looking at them or magically picking up on "body language" or "intonation"...things that are almost too tiny for me to perceive even when I've been told what to look for!

I do have disabilities - they may or may not be milder than your son - but they are definitely not *normal* things.

My son is actually very, very low on the spectrum -- he's highly functional and even the neurologist thought we were wrong until she did full 4 hour evaluation on him. My wife and I both have symptoms more like the ones you describe. The difference is that it becomes a problem when it prevents you from living something within a couple standard deviations from a normal life. The difference between "nerd" and ASD is akin to the difference between "selfish" and Antisocial Personality Disorder.

Comment Re:Met them (Score 1) 602

Quite a few ASD adults mention that they feel that ABA therapy (the only treatment for ASD that has any statistically significant evidence that it actually works) was like a form of torture. This may be sampling bias, but I also notice that most ASD people who make this claim seem to be able to function relatively well.

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