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 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Why I would never support the Republican Party

Posted: 18 Jul 2022, 12:24 pm 

Replies: 30
Views: 1,145


I rather thought Boris was finished in politics now, while Trump might be back. AFAIK Trump's approval rating didn't drop as badly as Boris' did, and judging by the last US election, Trump didn't lose the last election as heavily as the Tories would have done if they'd not kicked Boris out: https://...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: New Prime Minister for the UK?

Posted: 18 Jul 2022, 11:15 am 

Replies: 338
Views: 5,975


It's also given the Tories a free hand to ignore human rights. The EU is a centre-left organisation. It was far from perfect but at least it helped to temper the right wing machinations of the UK government here and there. And I've not seen any benefit from leaving yet. The whole venture seems to be...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Hello Fellow "Losers"

 Post subject: Re: Hello Fellow "Losers"
Posted: 18 Jul 2022, 8:20 am 

Replies: 4
Views: 258


The concept of the "undeserving poor" has been around in the UK for centuries. It's been used as a means of blaming the poor for their own poverty, of sidestepping the idea of improving the system that keeps them poor. The workhouses were deliberately designed to make people afraid of bein...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Why I would never support the Republican Party

Posted: 18 Jul 2022, 7:29 am 

Replies: 30
Views: 1,145


I wouldn't support them because they wouldn't support me. Where's the logic in helping somebody richer than I am to become even richer at my expense? The right wing seems to feel that it's OK for one person to have loads of possessions and servants while another person barely has enough to live on a...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: New Prime Minister for the UK?

Posted: 18 Jul 2022, 6:58 am 

Replies: 338
Views: 5,975


I never trusted Boris for competence or integrity, but it took 3 years for public opinion to accept that I was right. He was a little Trump - an arrogant right-wing populist in it for his own advancement. The only difference I noticed was that Boris had some command of the English language and was a...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Getting the urge to flee

Posted: 18 Jul 2022, 6:16 am 

Replies: 7
Views: 198


I don't physically run away, but if I have a task that scares me then my mind tends to avoid tackling it until it's so late in the day that my fear of not getting it done in time becomes greater than my fear of making a start. I've certainly been in situations where I've wanted to just run off, but ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: The dilemma of asking a personal question

Posted: 17 Jul 2022, 12:40 pm 

Replies: 9
Views: 372


I guess one workaround would be to put out feelers rather than put them on the spot with a direct question that they can't dodge without looking rude. I don't know of anybody who would feel uncomfortable if asked what their job was, in fact a lot of people seem keen to talk about that. And "how...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Have you suffered from chronic loneliness/isolation?

Posted: 17 Jul 2022, 12:02 pm 

Replies: 15
Views: 414


Certainly I'm alone much more than I'd like to be, and it gives me unpleasant feelings of loneliness and vulnerability. But it's not an easy thing to fix. It doesn't ease my sorrow to mix with any but a select few with certain characteristics, in fact with the wrong people (i.e. the majority), I fee...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Hyper Focus "God Mode"

 Post subject: Re: Hyper Focus "God Mode"
Posted: 06 Jul 2022, 6:42 am 

Replies: 32
Views: 1,341


I remember first noticing something like that a few decades ago when I successfully wrote a program that acted as a flexicurve for joining up points on a graph with a curved line rather than straight lines. At the time I felt that I didn't know what I was doing. But looking back, I think my work was...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Nitpicking

 Post subject: Re: Nitpicking
Posted: 01 Jul 2022, 6:39 am 

Replies: 10
Views: 322


Interesting. I don't mind my work being checked for errors as long as it's done by somebody who is broadly on my side, but I know a lot of people do mind. I tend to think the fault is with them because to discourage people from checking your work suggests an attempt to hide mistakes. But sometimes p...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: ASDs and Essay Writing

 Post subject: Re: ASDs and Essay Writing
Posted: 01 Jul 2022, 6:14 am 

Replies: 59
Views: 7,780


I don't suppose I'd have much trouble writing essays as such - every time I post on WP I'm at risk of accidentally writing an essay instead of a short post. But it depends on the exact remit. If somebody else has chosen the subject and the rules, it's not going to be so easy for me. I might not be n...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: anxiety and aspergers

 Post subject: Re: anxiety and aspergers
Posted: 18 Jun 2022, 7:08 am 

Replies: 8
Views: 1,047


It's very rare that I get intensely anxious, but there's a lower-level nagging anxiety that follows me about wherever I go. It's usually fairly rational but I don't think most people are bugged by it like I am. It rather spoils my life because anxiety is obviously unpleasant and because it tends to ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: often make grammatical mistakes when speaking?

Posted: 17 Jun 2022, 9:53 am 

Replies: 9
Views: 434


Yes the spoken word isn't generally expected to be as grammatically correct as the written word. I make more mistakes when speaking, and my language is less tied to exact grammar, but I doubt I'm very different to NTs in that respect.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Aspie Confusion

 Post subject: Re: Aspie Confusion
Posted: 14 Jun 2022, 5:48 am 

Replies: 4
Views: 408


On some levels I'm satisfied with my life, on other levels I'm not. Some things are OK, other things are uncomfortable or regrettable. I can't see how it could be otherwise for anybody, except quantitatively, i.e. some are more satisfied than others with their lives. I think it's rare for it to be c...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Dealing with frustration without shutting down

Posted: 13 Jun 2022, 10:48 am 

Replies: 9
Views: 482


I tend to do a lot of planning to pre-empt frustration in the tasks I take on, and I'm always reluctant to do anything that I haven't thought out beforehand, anticipating the snags and figuring out some idea of what to do if they happen. I'm unlikely to bite off more than I think I can chew unless I...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Drumming Treatment

 Post subject: Re: Drumming Treatment
Posted: 13 Jun 2022, 10:39 am 

Replies: 3
Views: 252


Yes I've seen research saying that music helps general academic performance in practically everybody. And drumming would seem an easy way to start, because you don't have to worry about pitch so much. I used to have a drum machine that got donated to a charity who used it to give some disabled kids ...
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