Intro: #HighFunctioningMeans – and its siblings, #LowFunctioningMeans and #FunctioningLabelsMean are trending on Twitter right now. For insight into what neurodiverse people really think of functioning labels, I suggest you check those tags out. I participated in the hashtag, and in my usual verbose way, I realized that I’d completely flood it if I posted all that’s in my brain, but I’m perseverating on it so I decided to turn it into a post. 

Content note: There are some offensive views I’ve written about in a first-person sense for reasons of satire. Content note for ableism and abuse. 

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Antisemitism in France: Yes, No, and Maybe


vu de pompidou

In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo/ policewoman/ kosher market killings here in Paris that took 17 lives last January, people have asked when they might expect to see a ‘point de vue’ on two subjects: whether daily life has changed, and whether antisemitism is on the rise in France. The two are terribly intertwined, for Jews and non-Jews alike.  Were these acts ghastly aberrations, media-genic statistical outliers? Or, is antisemitism at their root and on the march? If it is taking ground, then by how much, how fast? By what measure? How much does one, can one know?

I only live here: in the Marais, the old traditional Jewish enclave. I don’t have insider information and I’m not even sure I think what I think. But everyone can have an opinion– and apparently everyone does. President Netanyahu of Israel expressed his when he invited the Jews of France to…

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The math of Ferguson: percentages don’t show how bad it really is

Being A Better Scientist

The other day, I was talking to my colleague Dr Scott Roy. We were working on the second midterm exam for our genetics class at SF State, but got distracted. We started talking about the DOJ report on Ferguson and especially the numbers in the report about racial bias. These are some of the numbers we talked about:

  • 67% of the population in Ferguson is black.
  • Blacks account for 85% of vehicle stops.
  • Blacks account for 90% of citations.
  • Blacks account for 93% of arrests.
  • Blacks account for 95% of “Manner of Walking in Roadway” charges.
  • Blacks account for 94% of all “Failure to Comply” charges.
  • Nearly 90% of documented force used by FPD officers was used against African Americans.
  • Blacks account for 100% of dog bites.
  • Blacks account for 96% of cases where someone was arrested by FPD only because of an outstanding municipal warrant.

So, from reading…

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Eco’s echo

The sparse brown blades of grass

Speckle the Midwest tundra

Hinting of solemn life below.

I return the layers of winter shields

To the solitary closet visited only in autumn.

The day light lingers an hour longer

A man made feat that defies nature

And I bask in the rays that will bring the Colors of spring.

But the twilight of rays will forward me to the autumn closet again

And I will trade my pinks and peaches for the colors of the sparse Midwest tundra again.

The meaning of life – what’s the point?

Contemplation is the highest form of activity. Aristotle 

As far as we can discern the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being? Jung

The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful… honorable… compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well. Emerson

Insert your meaning here- I would like to know! Di

Wordpress.com versus Wordpress.org

Did you know they were two different sites? If you are reading this you reached me through .com.  Wordpress.org is built for profession web builders using domain and code. 

If you need details on how you can build a business or personal website with bells and whistles but at a reasonable cost just reply and I can get you the details. 

How many times a day do you hear

these words said? This pic reminds us a simple word or two can relay a strong message. These are customer friendly words we teach to sales people. But add a hand shake, smile, touch of the shoulder and the message is amplified. So pick 5 people today give them a smile, a complement, a peck on the check and make some ones day. PS not a bad idea to do this for bosses and spouses too.