AUTISM ENTERS POLITICS . . . and other news

Pauline Hanson delivering her comments on autism in schools. (http://www.2gb.com/podcast/pauline-hanson-comments-on-autism/)

Pauline Hanson is an Australian Member of Parliament.  She has her own political party, “Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party,” and often speaks out on immigration and related issues.

This week she spoke out on autism.   Specifically, she is calling for autistic children to be separated from other children, so that the others are not held back in their education.

Our eldest grandson, Aubren, who is five, is autistic.   I drive him to school most days and collect him from school seven hours later.    Because of this, I interact with his teachers a great deal.

All are aware of his autism.  Their approach is very different to Ms. Hanson’s.

About half of the pupils in his pre-kindergarten class do not have special needs.  Those who do have special needs participate in everything.  In addition, they have private sessions with speech therapists and others to help them keep up with the other children.  From what I have seen, this works very well.

There could be a case for separating autistic children if it is found that they will benefit.   What Ms. Hanson is suggesting is that autistic children be educated separately as their presence in the classroom is having a negative effect on non-autistic children.   Again, I’ve not seen any evidence for this.  And with so many children with autism, normal children need exposure to this to understand it, handle it, and see these children as potential friends, not objects of scorn and derision.

Nobody knows for sure what causes autism.  There are plenty of theories.  Some of these are put forward quite volubly by their adherents, but it remains the case that nobody knows for sure what causes the problem.  What is known is that the number of autistic children is increasing.  It is now one in 68.

The correct name for autism is Autism Spectral Disorder.  There is a wide spectrum when it comes to autism.  Many autistic children function well in different areas; but there are others, at the other end of the spectrum, who find it difficult to carry on a conversation, or indeed, speak at all.    Communication is a major challenge for autistic children.   So are emotions and affection.   In addition, many autistic people need “sameness” – they do not adjust well to a different environment or any change to their routine.  We are anxious about Aubren’s first day at kindergarten in August – new school, new teacher, new environment; he may bolt, trying to escape from it as it could be overwhelming for him.  His teacher, Miss Sue, from the last school year has volunteered to regularly take him to his new school and new playground to familiarize him with his future environment.  The right teachers make all the difference!

Aubren is a delightful boy.   Everybody loves him.   He plays well with other children.  He’s affectionate and loving.  I for one am very much against the idea that autistic children should be separated from other children of the same age.   After all, when they finish school at 18, they are going to have to mix with others in the working world.   Why not start now?

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BRITISH COMPROMISE

The news from England can be quite discouraging, with terrorism and Brexit dominating everything.  Britain’s position on just about everything reminds me of a verse in the Old Testament about Ephraim.   In Hosea 7:8 we read:   “Ephraim compromises with the nations; he’s a half-baked cake.” (International Standard Version.)   A half-baked cake is of no use to anybody.

Julius Caesar put it somewhat differently, when he described Britain as “perfidious Albion.”   England is no longer ruled by those ancient Britons, having been taken over by Angles and Saxons shortly after the Romans left the country.   Perhaps it’s the weather, which is very unpredictable.

Whatever the reason, Mrs. May is perfecting “compromise.”   It’s been the British way all my lifetime.

Consider the following:

After a “terror” attack outside of a leading London mosque, she had the opportunity to boldly speak some badly needed truths.  The attack was by a “lone wolf,” a man from Cardiff in Wales who was obviously upset about recent terrorist attacks by Islamic extremists. He drove his car into a crowd outside of the mosque.   Nothing can excuse this, but it provided Mrs. May with an opportunity to say that people are understandably scared after the recent terror attacks. Instead, she condemned “Islamophobia” and said the government was going to stamp it out. Islamophobia is a natural and reasonable response to Islamic terror – the only way to defeat Islamophobia is by Muslims themselves doing something about terrorism.

Also, was the driver of the car really a terrorist?   He had no links to any terror organization, domestic or foreign.  Describing him as a “terrorist” puts his act on a par with the real terror attacks that have taken place, when they are very different.   His was motivated by a fear of Muslims.

Thirdly, Mrs. May is promising more security for mosques.   There is no such protection for churches.  What the prime minister is doing is inadvertently giving Islam a special status.

Today, there was yet more compromise, this time with the European Union, as Britain negotiates itself out of the 27-member organization.

Mrs. May announced this morning that 3 million people from other EU countries can remain in Britain after Brexit.   Jean Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, responded with: “It’s not sufficient.”  Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, was equally dismissive.   Neither man was elected by the people.  They are professional bureaucrats — with all the arrogance that comes with it.

The UK is going to find that compromise doesn’t work with the EU – or with Islam!   Britain will keep on compromising with both, until another Winston Churchill arises – if there is one.

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ROYAL DEPRESSION

It’s surely a depressing time for the Queen.   The multicultural dream she has spent decades developing seems to be crumbling.   It’s not just Islamic terrorism.   Even the fire at the 24-storey apartment block in London brought it out. Most of the residents were from other cultures with no understanding of the way Britain works. After an incident like this, there’s usually a government inquiry and then changes are made based on recommendations received.

On this occasion, residents were quick to protest and even riot, storming the local county offices who are responsible for building safety.   Mrs. May had to quickly promise new accommodation in a luxury apartment block.   The taxpayer will have to foot the bill.

It turned out the fire was started by a faulty fridge.   It spread quickly because of the insulation used.

In view of all these problems, it’s not surprising that nobody in the royal family wants to be king, according to Prince Harry in an interview this week.

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MEDIA BEWILDERED BY VOTE

I don’t know if the Queen has ever been to Georgia, a colony (now a state) named after her ancestor, George II, who reigned from 1727-1760.

Georgia was the center of attention this week due to a by-election in the 6th Congressional district.

As the election got nearer, TV news people were ecstatic at the prospect of a Democratic victory.   It had to happen as Donald Trump is so unpopular!  The election was even described as “a referendum on Trump.”

The party that represents the wealthy elite, the Democrats, spent more than eight times as much money contesting this seat, as the Republicans, now the party of the working man.   In spite of this massive outlay of cash, the Democrats lost.   If this truly was a referendum on Trump, he must be doing ok.

The BBC was totally discombobulated.   Commentators kept repeating that the president has less than a 40% approval rating, so how could this possibly be the result?   It won’t happen again when the mid-term elections take place in November next year, they assured viewers.

Haven’t they learned yet that polls are not reliable?

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ISRAEL’S TICKING TIME BOMB

“The southern neighborhoods of Tel Aviv have been overrun in recent years.   The number of African asylum-seekers and economic migrants now living there is approaching 100,000.

Some have been repatriated.   But most remain in the country illegally.

Israel finds itself in a conundrum – how can it turn away or deport those in need considering the Jews’ own history?   At the same time, how can the tiny nation of Israel absorb such numbers without taking a serious hit to its economy?

And time’s running out to find a solution.

According to Oved Hugi, a social activist from southern Tel Aviv, the “infiltrators’ birthrate stands at 10,000 per year.   That means 50,000 children in five years, and that should cause the Prime Minister to lose sleep.   South Tel Aviv is a ticking time bomb.”   (Israel Today)

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SAUDIS BETRAY REAL FEELINGS

On June 8, 2017, the Saudi national football team met the Australian national team for a match in Adelaide as part of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. The match began with a minute of silence for the victims of the London Bridge terror attack on June 3, among whom were two Australians.   However, while the members of the Australian team observed the minute of silence, the Saudi players appeared to ignore it and continued moving around the pitch. (MEMRI 6-21)

Why are people surprised, when Wahhabism is the official religion of Saudi Arabia? Wahhabis support violence against infidels (non-believers) and believe violence is justified to spread Islam.

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Canadian sniper makes record kill shot                                                                    A sniper with Canada’s elite special forces has shot and killed an Isis fighter in Iraq from a distance of 2.1 miles, shattering the world record for the longest confirmed kill shot previously held by a British sniper.  The shot took 10 seconds to reach its target and the sniper would have had to consider distance, wind and the curvature of the earth when taking aim.  (Globe and Mail) 

Refugees in Germany to be jobless for years                                                       Up to three-quarters of Germany’s refugees will still be unemployed in five years’ time, according to Aydan Özoğuz, the country’s commissioner for immigration, refugees and integration. The stark admission of the challenges Germany faces in integrating its huge migrant population comes as Angela Merkel seeks a fourth term as chancellor in elections in September. (FT)

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3 thoughts on “AUTISM ENTERS POLITICS . . . and other news”

  1. Hello from us in Sydney Australia Thanks for keeping us up to date Peter and Vivienne

    On Sat, Jun 24, 2017 at 9:00 AM, MEL RHODES’ PLACE . . . world news th

  2. Melvin, just started reading your blog today and it feels like home. Pauline H is from Queensland where her party is strong and fields the most candidates. If I could vote there, I would. We lost our centre right PM Tony Abbott to a lefty, who knifed him. This lefty at one time incited a referendum to change us to a republic, which would have in reality power was shifted to those who could take advantage of the new polity, ie the lefty’s friends, not the electorate.

    Pauline is our only significant voice for traditional Australians.

    I know you are thinking of your lovely grandchild, but think she is right on autistic kids I think, but not so much in the primary school setting.

    Autistic spectrum disorder captures a broad group of issues. Being a spectrum means some will cope with even rigourous mathematics, but frankly, most will not manage even average. Anyone of an IQ less than 100 is not going to be doing subjects beyond their ability. Autism by definition means impaired intellect. Asperger’s describes a condition where this isn’t affected so much, but also typically is, just to a lesser degree.

    The two categories are now merged into autistic spectrum disorder.

    This can lead to confusion and manipulative arguments, where one may refer to one spectrum to agrue the case, leaving out the reality.

    The reality is, I expect Pauline is referring to those of sub par intellect who are just not up to it and should be streamed elsewhere.

    I went to a private school, so those with special needs diverged away from my classes in middle and high school onwards. I would definitely have felt hindered if the teacher had to cater for intellectually or behaviourally impaired students in mathematics, chemistry, physics, biology a few foreign languages and English.

    It is wrong to confuse issues. That is done for political purpose, ie influence not truth.

    The intellectual capacity makes its mark at the developmental stage which defines its limit. So, those of an IQ of 70 will not mature in the same way beyond the relevant age in childhood. C’est impossible.

    At the other end, clearly brilliant children, and I mean brilliant, were plucked out of my primary school class and put in the one above. The creme de la creme also had special classes. If your grandchild was a prodigy, wouldn’t you want it developed to potential, especially as a paying parent?

    I was in grade 10 studying “advanced maths”, the kind that yr11’s studied and there was one or two in a year below me studing first year university maths and completing their degree virtually by the time they matriculated.

    Why hold these people back by forcing them to be people who just are not as good?

    In the same way, we should not hold better than average or even average people back by forcing the teaching down to the lowest common denominator, nor to cater for behaviours which distract from teaching. It’s roudy enough.

    Pauline is up against it. As you well know, the mainstream media is hard left. Our ABC is like your BBC. If I flick it on, there is either a British show on auctions, some stripped back similarly inoffensive history show like “Coast” and every second minute a reference to racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, climate change, ie all the neo-Marxist class conflict narratives to indoctrinate the problem, orchestrate reaction and provide solution, all the while eroding community power, reframing the authoritarianism as empowerment or “human rights”.

    I am looking forward to reading your spiritual arguments. The decay of Christianity is the obvious shift in community organisation that has weakened defense against the intrusive propaganda of media.

    1. This is Diane, Mel’s wife. Of course autistic kids should be separated if anyone is being held back. Our school SEEMS to have a way of handling this with maximum involvement with normal kids. If the school can’t handle it, they should not! However, how well this school handles it is yet to be seen. But the opportunity to be with normal kids is appreciated. And there isn’t always any intellect issue involved – Aubren knew his letters and numbers at 2. Many have an area of genius, while other areas are suffering. It’s more an inability to express and communicate due to neurological problems. Another problem we are watching for is bullying. Kids can be cruel. First time it happens, we’re out of there!

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