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Here's the first thing I ever read by her.


A Ripple of Hope: When Courage and Conscience Collide

June 10, 2008
by Robyn O'Brien

I was raised on capitalism and the Wall Street Journal. As a child, my family celebrated the birth of Reaganomics the way one would have celebrated the birth of a child. There was prosperity to be had by all – if only we believed. My father, like so many of his era, fully supported deregulation and the notion of trickle down economics. If we loosen the regulatory purse strings that government tightly controls, we will all prosper. The system works.

In our house, the Reagans had an almost royal status – to watch them dance, with Nancy in her red dress, gave me the feeling, as a child, that I was watching some magnificent combination of Frank Sinatra and a foreign prince with his graceful companion on his arm.

I trusted my political values would serve me well – I was loyal, patriotic and supported the system.

And then one of my children got sick. With a blood condition that no one could pronounce and a pediatric mandate requiring immediate enrollment at a Children's Hospital. And I awoke.


Here's the latest jpg from Twitter I've seen by her:

She's so annoying to Big Food and others. I can dig it.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sat Mar 14, 2015, 08:31 PM (0 replies)

That's incorrect. (nt)

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Tue Mar 10, 2015, 12:37 PM (1 replies)

President Obama Speaks at the Edmund Pettus Bridge

President Obama Speaks at the Edmund Pettus Bridge
Streamed live on Mar 7, 2015

Live from Selma, Alabama. President Obama will speak at the Edmund Pettus Bridge to mark the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery marches.

The full video will be posted to www.whitehouse.gov/videos momentarily.

TRANSCRIPT (as prepared for delivery): http://theuptake.org/2015/03/07/live-video-obama-speaks-in-selma-to-mark-50th-anniversary-of-civil-rights-march/
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sat Mar 7, 2015, 04:24 PM (3 replies)

Oregon Update.


Senator Jeff Kruse - March 6th, 2015 -- A CHANGE OF PACE
Oregon State Legislature sent this bulletin at 03/06/2015 12:20 PM PST

...access to the data...

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Fri Mar 6, 2015, 08:00 PM (3 replies)

I have something serious previously posted for you to check out, in particular, Dr. Insel's remarks.


IACC Meeting (9/23/14): Video excerpt of public comment by parent, Megan Davenhall, with transcript
September 30, 2014

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Thu Mar 5, 2015, 10:56 PM (1 replies)

A multigenerational report of adverse reactions here (link from Twitter).


Former Mooresville child compensated by federal ‘vaccine court’
02/28/2015 5:32 PM 02/28/2015 11:48 PM

Related: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1016115541#post8
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sun Mar 1, 2015, 04:28 AM (1 replies)

Individuals with autism and the parents of children with autism are ALL DIRECT STAKEHOLDERS.

Both are sidelined, currently. That can't last.

I read this recently. It reminded me of Kearns' Team of Rivals (title only, haven't read the book):


Autism Policy Reform Coalition: Be a Part of the Solution
Posted on May 15, 2014


It is not well known, but President Barack Obama put together a position paper on autism spectrum disorders back when he was running for president in 2008. That paper promised that

“Obama will appoint a Federal ASD Coordinator to oversee federal ASD research and federal efforts to improve awareness of ASD and improve the training of medical professionals to identify and treat ASD. By establishing one top-level point person to coordinate ASD efforts in the White House, Obama will ensure that ASD receives the recognition and priority it deserves in the federal government. The Federal ASD Coordinator will work also be tasked with eliminating bureaucratic obstacles that may be delaying implementation of important ASD measures and ensuring that all federal ASD dollars are being spent in a manner that prioritizes results. The Coordinator will work with state task forces on ASD to ensure effective communication and collaboration among federal, state, and local agencies.”

The APRC believes that a similar model to that described above would be the best possible way to make federal autism policy accountable and effective. We request that an Office of National Autism Policy be established, with a Director who is appointed by the President, directly accountable to Congress for results, and advised by a committee comprised substantially of stakeholders who would drive policy. National autism policy needs to be centralized and streamlined in order to effect change. Many people say that Congress won’t consider such a thing because “other diseases” don’t get the same treatment, but “other diseases” don’t affect 2% of the country’s 10-year-olds and are not associated with “bizarre” behavior patterns that make interacting with people in law enforcement, educational settings, group housing, and the work place problematic.


You want solutions? Reallocate the power.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sat Feb 28, 2015, 04:12 PM (1 replies)

IMO, tremendous latent potential exists in the greater autism community if all the infighting stops.


by F. Edward Yazbak MD, FAAP
February 26, 2015


It is a sad reality that no one mentioned that over 1,500 autism cases may have been diagnosed during the 24 first days of the present measles outbreak.

To date, NO ONE including the CDC knows what causes autism (Autism/ASD), the fastest growing disability in the United States, where some 24,000 new cases of the disorder are diagnosed yearly.

For unknown reasons, less than 5% of the United States research funding has been allocated to autism.


First link below from recent tweet (unvetted source) about recent JAMA article (peer reviewed):


Posted on 05:23 PM, May 08, 2014
Autism risk is half genetic, half environmental: study

WASHINGTON -- A large study in Sweden has shown that genes are just as important as environmental factors in assessing the causes of autism.

Researchers were surprised to discover that the inheritability of the neurodevelopmental disorder was about 50% -- much lower than previous studies that put it at 80-90% -- and that it was equal to environmental causes, according to the study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The findings were based on data from more than two million people in Sweden from 1982 to 2006, and is the largest to date on the topic of understanding whether genes or the environment contribute to autism, which affects about one in 100 children globally, and as many as one in 68 in the United States.

“We were surprised by our findings as we did not expect the importance of environmental factors in autism to be so strong,” said study author Avi Reichenberg from the Mount Sinai Seaver Center for Autism Research in New York.

The study did not pinpoint which environmental factors could be at play, but said generally they could include things like the family’s socioeconomic status, birth complications, maternal infections or medications taken before and during pregnancy.

Co-authors on the study came from Kings College London and Karolinska Institutet in Sweden.



May 7, 2014, Vol 311, No. 17 >

Original Investigation | May 7, 2014
The Familial Risk of Autism FREE

Sven Sandin, MSc1,2; Paul Lichtenstein, PhD1; Ralf Kuja-Halkola, MSc1; Henrik Larsson, PhD1; Christina M. Hultman, PhD1; Abraham Reichenberg, PhD3,4,5
Author Affiliations
JAMA. 2014;311(17):1770-1777. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.4144.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Fri Feb 27, 2015, 03:55 PM (1 replies)

PDF: National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program Statistics Report For February 2015


National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program Statistics Report
For February 2015

10 page report
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Fri Feb 27, 2015, 02:07 PM (10 replies)

"Good things happen when people stand up."

The White House ‏@WhiteHouse 2h2 hours ago
To everyone who spoke out in support of an open and free internet: Thank you. #NetNeutrality → http://wh.gov/net-neutrality


Net Neutrality
President Obama's Plan for a Free and Open Internet


Good things happen when people stand up.

The FCC just voted in favor of a strong net neutrality rule to keep the Internet open and free. That happened because millions of Americans across the country didn't just care about this issue: You stood up and made your voices heard, whether by adding your names to petitions, submitting public comments, or talking with the people you know about why this matters. Read a special thank-you message from the President, then learn more about how we got to where we are today.

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Fri Feb 27, 2015, 12:31 AM (1 replies)
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