Saturday, December 5
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In Honor of ADA30

disability, disabled, inspiration
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5qQU2EwVnM I can't believe that it's been 30 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law. If it's been difficult for do things as a person with a disability since that time, it would probably have been a nightmare before then. I never needed accommodations as a young person; but if I had, I had no way of knowing that was a possibility or how to ask for them. If we need something to help us do things we need to do or get where we need to go, we can ask. At least there is the opportunity for basic access. It's certainly not enough, but it's better than nothing. I pray one day there will be a system that goes further and does more. I don't mean to imply that people with disabilities are inspirational just for living their ...
Goetterdaemmerung And The “Goldwater Rule”

Goetterdaemmerung And The “Goldwater Rule”

25th mendment, autonomy, awareness, causality, Challenge, Change, citizenship, civics, community, conflict, conservatism, constitution, courage, critical judgment, culture, disability, disabled, Discernment, Ethics, Evidence, Ideology, justice, law, Presidency, Psychoanalysis, Rationality, Trump, trust, Uncategorized
I urgently recommend that, in addition to reading today's "Skeptic's Collection" column, you also watch the 14 January 2018 episode of Madame Secretary ("Sound and Fury"). I am neither a psychologist nor a psychiatrist nor any other type of mental-health professional. Consequently, I am unqualified to pronounce a clinical judgment on the mental health of President Donald Trump. My layman’s assessment – based on Bob Dylan’s “weatherman rule”:  “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows” – is that Trump, at best, has some grave challenges, both emotional and cognitive, when dealing with stress, criticism, and adversity. (For the record, I also take exception to this morning's [11 January] New York Times editorial alleging that Trump's mental state is irrelevant. Mat...
It Is What It Is

It Is What It Is

Art, Creativity, disability, disabled, inspiration
  I don't want to stray into inspiration porn here, but there's something I find very striking about this painting. Andrew Wyeth used a real person, his neighbor in Maine, as his inspiration. We don't know for certain what her disability is, but it's clear that her mobility is severely limited. Apparently, she refused to use any kind of mobility aid for whatever reason, and at the time the painting was done, in 1948, I have a feeling that her options were limited to ones that didn't really do much to help her navigate her world. I can't figure out how she would have been able to get out of her house, much less go outside and do anything. The technology is much further advanced in today's world, but so are the barriers that prevent people with disabilities from accessing the ...