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If you came for the alternative autism criteria, they are available here (revised version here).

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mapsbynik:

Nobody lives here: The nearly 5 million Census Blocks with zero population

A Block is the smallest area unit used by the U.S. Census Bureau for tabulating statistics. As of the 2010 census, the United States consists of 11,078,300 Census Blocks. Of them, 4,871,270 blocks totaling 4.61 million square kilometers were reported to have no population living inside them. Despite having a population of more than 310 million people, 47 percent of the USA remains unoccupied.

Green shading indicates unoccupied Census Blocks. A single inhabitant is enough to omit a block from shading.

Lies Policy Wonks Tell You, Part 1: Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics

policy-wank:

So this is part 1 of a continuing (maybe, if I feel like it) series explaining the ways policy wonks lie to you (except, obviously, not those of us here at policy wank. Other wonks, bad wonks).

Today: Statistics.

I’m not going to bother with telling you about statistics that are just wrong (maybe, someday, we’ll see) instead, we’re talking about statistics that are both true and a lie.

Because wonks will lie to your fucking face while telling you facts.

Also, this is obviously extensively researched and comprehensive, like everything we do here at policy wank and is in no way just a list of things that particularly annoy me.

All statistics below are 100% made up, because who the fuck do you think I am that I would have time to look up statistics for this shit?

Under a cut because it’s fucking long.

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naturally the printer quits when I have to make a shitton of labels

naturally the printer quits when I have to make a shitton of labels

budgiebazooka:

glitteringknight:

"Your highness" is gender neutral.

So you know, if you’re ever confused about my pronouns.

That’ll work.

M, I found something for you

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bloomingbanana:


Adora Belle Dearheart - a tall young woman in a tight gray dress, with coal-black hair plastered down and forced into a tight bun at the back… There was a slight redness to her eyes that suggested she had been crying.

Didn’t turn out quit how I’d planned, but it was so nice to paint something again…

bloomingbanana:

Adora Belle Dearheart a tall young woman in a tight gray dress, with coal-black hair plastered down and forced into a tight bun at the back… There was a slight redness to her eyes that suggested she had been crying.

Didn’t turn out quit how I’d planned, but it was so nice to paint something again…

So I just got back from filming for the queer group at work’s sponsored it gets better video. As hokey and problematic as I find them, not to even start on Dan Savage, it was actually surprisingly good and I’m hopeful it will come out well. If it’s not terrible, I might even show you guys.

Posted 5 days ago With 3 notes

Guess who has two thumbs and is a registered business because there is a wholesale offer too good to refuse.

Posted 5 days ago With 2 notes

Oh my god, day 3 and I want to collapse in an exhausted heap.

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The first day back at work was underwhelming. The barley tomato mush I made for dinner was amazing.

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bebinn:

Um. WHAT.

Supreme Court Justice Scalia’s wife is on the board of a crisis pregnancy center, a name for organizations that use lies, manipulation, and delay tactics to prevent people from getting an abortion. Their page on the risks of abortion is full of junk science, decades-old studies, and logical leaps, and their resources for pregnant women are virtually all deceptive crisis pregnancy centers.

No wonder Scalia defends anti-abortion harassment masking itself as “sidewalk counseling.” The Supreme Court is currently hearing a case on buffer zones outside abortion clinics, which would keep protestors a respectful (and safe) distance from patients and staff. Justice Scalia is clearly biased and should recuse himself from the case. This is ridiculous.

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I have to give a presentation about my work tomorrow, and I made this. My powerpoint is titled “Processing: what do you even do downstairs?”

I have to give a presentation about my work tomorrow, and I made this. My powerpoint is titled “Processing: what do you even do downstairs?”

“There is a perception that speaking up for boundaries is somehow introducing conflict into a situation, or at very least, escalating it in an unkind way, like, everything was fine until you spoke up for your needs and now you made it weird. But not speaking up is not making the situation better, it’s just giving the other person more license to operate and communicating that you are okay with the behavior. There is no prize for being the world’s most stoic and accommodating person. A friendship that cannot survive a the momentary discomfort of you standing up for your needs is not actually a friendship worth holding onto.

Nobody loves being told that they are screwing up, obviously, but if you don’t have the ability to ever take any negative feedback along the lines of “Hey, could you not do that one thing anymore, thanks?” from a friend, YOU are the problem. When told that they are stepping on someone’s foot, good adult people will apologize and get off the foot and not perpetuate a FEELINGSDUMP about their need to really stand on feet sometimes. Communicating “Hey, that’s where my boundary is, thanks” IS KINDNESS. It is giving the other person the tools they need to be in a good relationship with you.”

Jennifer Peepas (via astheshadowslovethecastle)

this this this.

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Posted 1 week ago With 4,230 notes

I read your autism criteria and I think I might have a milder form of autism?? They really helped but my therapist refuses to believe me because I talk well with adults (sometimes) and look people in the eye. Am I just projecting or is my therapist being close minded?

@librarytree

I have literally no idea.

I get asks like this a lot, and I’m really unclear why—do people think I’m a professional of some kind who can magically diagnose them on the internet? I’m just an autistic person who wrote a list of what I think are (most of) the major, important parts of being autistic that are recognizeable to other people. It’s great that the list has generated such interest and support from the community, but I am not a clinical researcher or diagnostician. 

Maybe your therapist is right. Maybe you are. I don’t know you, and even if I did I couldn’t offer a pocket diagnosis guide. If you’re in the US there is probably a good autism diagnostic clinic within your state. If you happen to be in North Carolina, I can thoroughly reccomend TEACCH. If you end up doing more research than glancing at an unverified list some weirdo on the internet typed up and continue to think autism may be a good descriptive fit for you and your neurology, talk to someone qualified to diagnose you. I’ve had some shitty therapists and psychiatrists try to give me terrible, bullshit reasons why I “can’t” be autistic because of prejudices they hold about what developmental disorders have to look like. Maybe you’ll never find someone to diagnose you, or you’ll decide you don’t want that. Self-dx has its place. But reading a checklist and then asking a complete stranger for a diagnosis is not going to work.

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