The Schafer Autism BLOG
Report creates and announces its blog: the Schafer Autism
Blog. In case you don't know, Blog comes from "Binary Load of Garbage."
Actually, I just made that up. Let's see if it becomes one of those net urban
legends, nonetheless. How about a contest to see who can create the best
backformed phrase from "blog"? Send in your written word art. Remember "blog"
spelled backwards is "Glob." Sorry, I lied again. Now where was I . . .talking
about anyway. . .? That's right "autism"! Oy. Officially, blogs
are website based journals.
June 2, 2003
On the IDEA
The rights of people, children
with autism have never been
under such mendacious assault by the Federal
government than now. The politically dominant Republican party must be made
aware that half of the families with autism are Republicans and that our numbers
are growing with no end in sight. This political pedophilia, the selling
of lawsuit protection to dirty vaccine drug companies with legislation -- and
the gutting of the IDEA, all at the expense of a growing pool of very young,
disabled autistic children must end now. No such politician will profit
from this, for they will have lost their soul for any small gain.
LETTER: Just wanted to say
you've been missed - and I wanted to pass along a big "thank
you" for all the hard work you do in keeping this newsletter up and running. Our lives are so busy these days
that we sometimes forget to stop and thank people like
yourselves who volunteer their precious time to maintain
these services and we start to take them for granted - until they suddenly disappear that is! Keep up the good
work! - Ann Jessey
June 1, 2003 SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT
Schafer Autism Report Back Online
Greetings to our readers and to those of
you who have sent us yet-to-be-answered email over the last week. After a week
of being out of production, the Schafer Autism Report is back online.
result of computer malfunctions, we have not been able to maintain our usual
Briefly, both the main
computer system, and the backup, used to produce the newsletter are heavily used
and aging. Hardware malfunctions during an attempted upgrade to Windows XP
resulted in system disaster: wiping out both systems and completely clobbering a
disk volume. Fortunately, the "data" (news and email) is backed-up offline, so
the only thing lost was time (loss of opinion in Microsoft products and service
took another blow, if that's possible). The loss to the autism community of this
"finger on the pulse" news service is deeply regretted. But we will quickly
catch up, with our patched up new mother board and processor. There are roughly
2,000 emails that need "processing", but we will get to all of the ones bearing
immediacy first. Fortunately, the break down came over the three day Memorial
Day weekend, a typical slow news time.
Autism Calendar will be a few days late from our usual first-of-the-month
publication date. Monday, we will have an abbreviated calendar of events to
cover the activities scheduled for the first week in June. This will give us a
few days to compile the entire monthly update.
All the news from last week will be compiled
and presented; nothing will have been missed.
We have some interesting new features being reported/introduced soon having to
do with parent-designed, expert reviewed autism research projects and a
Worst-Scientist-of-the-Year Award - dishonored for his or her designs to stymie
the efforts to stem the autism epidemic by using bad science to sow complacency,
i.e., the "What autism epidemic?" miscreants. This is drawn from the same batch
of experts who at the same time blubber on about the need for more autism
research. "Better diagnosis" this.
Stay tuned. . .!
May 25, 2003
LETTER: Congratulations on
completing a year as the Schafer Autism Report! It's the best thing in my
Inbox. Thank you for your tireless efforts to gather and disseminate this
information. How do you do it?
Chip Camden, Father of
Dominic, who has ASD
ANSWER: Oh, it's just a little something I attend to in between
taking naps, getting drunk and "chasing skirts". Just kidding.
Who has time for napping anymore? Here's a bumpersticker
response: Editors Do It Before Each Period.
LETTER: You have been sending me regular emails for some time now and I
would like to say how much we appreciate your information here in
I run an organisation dedicated to
providing balanced information about the dangers of vaccinations.
Information from your emails newsletter often finds its way into our lectures
and to the Israeli public thereby. May you be commended in playing such a
positive role with so much hard work. I assure you it is
Keep up the good work and
may you be blessed with the health and energy to continue.
Kindest regards, Keith Alexander
From the Schafer Autism Report