AutismOne livestream

If you want to stab yourself in your face, AutismOne has a live-stream for their speakers available:
Free live streaming by Ustream

Im watching some presentation now (dial-up, w00t!). This woman (Laurette Janak, qualifications: Mom) is ‘teaching’ Paul Offit some ‘science’ with cartoon figures. She is really sciencey and not even remotely crazy. Quote someone in the chatroom “She really knows her stuff!” LOL!

*wanders into the kitchen to find a knife for face stabbing*


  1. #1 JohnV
    May 27, 2010

    Dial-up internet still exists?

  2. #2 ERV
    May 27, 2010

    It does in the alternate universe where my parents live.


  3. #3 kb
    May 27, 2010

    Ha, my parents upgraded from dial-up last year!

  4. #4 D. C. Sessions
    May 27, 2010

    Ha, my parents upgraded from dial-up last year!

    And my mother is determined to die with her fingers innocent of touching a computer.

    Still, Abbie really ought to pay attention. That mama must have lots of Important Science to teach virologists.

  5. #5 JohnV
    May 27, 2010

    If it’s any consolation, my parents live out in the middle of nowhere (no cable) and they didn’t get DSL or satellite TV until I started grad school. But that was 9 years ago (sadly) I figured they must have been the last hold outs.

  6. #6 Travis
    May 27, 2010

    Wow, this talk of parents and dial-up is all very weird sounding. My parents have had a high speed DSL or cable connection for years (not sure when they got it, the late 1990’s I guess, basically they got it when it was first available to them) and would never be able to live without it. They also got a dial-up connection in 1994. But I was still living with them then so that might have influenced their decision.

  7. #7 Jesse
    May 27, 2010

    My parents have been fairly up to date on that stuff. My mom did not have anything other than dial up for a while because she lived where nothing else was available. As soon as that changed, so did she.

    The one who’s behind is me. I did not have a cell phone until about 3 or 4 months ago. And you know what? I was happier that way.

  8. #8 kb
    May 27, 2010

    Guy lecturing: “We found that all our autistic subjects had high levels of iron. We think this means they somehow had a deficiency.”

  9. #9 gf1
    May 27, 2010

    The moment I tuned in had some guy saying:

    “We’ve identified all manner of biological abnormalities with autism. Remarkably, our supplement seems to solve all of them.”

    I really feel for those parents who have ended up with a rubbish kid and don’t know what to do about it. I think that our own developing notions of fairness and equality of opportunity make this more of a problem, combined with a confused understanding as to what aspects of ones identity people should be held accountable for.

    Traditionally, medical doctors have been keen to avoid seeing autism as being on their patch, and that’s left a lot of room for quacks to step in.

    The guy is now talking about the fact that they accidentally made their placebo effective in treating autism, thus throwing some of their results.

  10. #10 Pierce R. Butler
    May 27, 2010

    There are worse things than dial-up internet still happening in Oklahoma:

  11. #11 ERV
    May 27, 2010

    kb– *facepalm* Of course! It all makes sense!

    Im supposed to vaccinate the babies before I eat them!

    Thats why Im always anemic!


  12. #12 ERV
    May 28, 2010

    The dude talking right now is ranting against fluoride.

    Yeah, no, these people arent nuts. Not at all.

  13. #13 Monado
    May 28, 2010

    Hiya! I’d like to see Dr. Offit in action but I don’t really want to know how much weapons-grade stupid there is in the world.

    I remember when acoustic modems (you placed the handset of the phone on a box with foam cradle for the earpiece and mouthpiece so your modem could *beep* and *boop* at their modem. were the latest thing. I have an ad for one in the technology file illustrated by a lovely drawing of a cheetah or at least a cat.

    But I digress. Isn’t there some way to make those snake-oil salesmen post a bond or something to be forfeited if their “foolproof” treatment doesn’t work?

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