Tag Archive | Autism

Shit that Pissed me Off 2/17

Assholes Throwing Their Garbage on the Ground

I actually witnessed this at a McDonald’s drive through this week.  Someone purchased an iced coffee drink (I’ll tell you how I know it was an iced coffee drink in a minute).  Then they drove forward about twenty feet and (I presume) poured the iced coffee into another container.  They stopped, opened the passenger door, and threw the cup on the ground.

Then they drove off.

Now at this particular McDonald’s, there is a trash can just around the corner from the drive through no more than ten feet from where they dumped their cup on the ground.  It is conveniently situated so a driver could roll down their window and throw their trash away.

But that, apparently, was too much work for these folks.

They would probably watch twelve hours of C-Span because they were too lazy to find the remote

They would probably watch twelve hours of C-Span because they were too lazy to find the remote

Such behavior isn’t an accident.  Tossing your cup into the parking lot when there is a trash can mere feet away isn’t something that you do by mistake.  There was a clear intent to make someone else’s life more difficult.  And to make a McDonald’s parking lot somehow more unattractive than it already was.

I don’t know why.  Maybe the person at the drive through was rude.  Maybe they were pissed that their iced coffee tasted a lot like it was made at a McDonald’s and not a Starbucks.  Maybe they think trash on in a parking lot is beautiful. Maybe they were fired from that McDonald’s and felt that throwing a cup on the ground in the parking lot would send a powerful message of defiance to their former manager.

My son, being the helpful sort, pointed out that he would have no trouble picking up the cup and together we cleaned up their mess (which is how I know it was iced coffee).

Which means that manager will never learn a valuable lesson.  I guess that’s a price I was willing to pay.

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Shit that Pissed me Off – 5/29

The Earth Might be Struck by an Asteroid but it Won’t be This One

Thanks, CNN, for creating the most useless news source ever devised.  They fired editors and other staff who might have vetted stories like this and instead they have a hoax masquerading as legitimate news on their site.

Either you are a news organization or not.  Having a section of your website devoted to user-generated content is a pretty trendy thing to do but if you can’t be bothered to fact check what they post, you’d better be clear that people clicking through to this material should have their bullshit detector on high alert.

I understand you can get these things super cheap on E-Bay

Something everyone should remember, unless you can find a source for the article you linked to, there is a good chance what you are posting is either opinion or completely made up.

The only difference between this CNN article and Armageddon is I didn’t have to sit through an Aerosmith song to read this article.

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Shit that Pissed Me Off This Week – 6/14

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. is Off the Rails

Kennedy has long been an Anti-Vaccine crusader and I dislike the anti-vaxx movement with only slightly less zeal than the creationist movement.

I have two children on the autism spectrum. They were both vaccinated and I know two things:

1)  Vaccinating my kids did not make them autistic

2)  Even if it did (and it didn’t), I would rather have autistic children than children with Smallpox or Polio

You think this guy was happy he wasn’t vaccinated?

Kennedy and others like him have been pushing misinformation and, as this article proves, they are willing to name names.  They people they name, however, never actually said what they are claimed to have said.  Nor do the studies they cite actually say what they claim those studies say.

So all he is doing is engaging in character of assassination.

I get that big pharma is theoretically evil but here’s the thing – vaccines are not.  Yes, pharmaceutical companies make money off vaccines.  I guess that’s a price I’m willing to pay to ensure that my kids don’t get the measles.

Claiming vaccines cause autism is to make the claim that you understand a shitload more about autism than all the folks out there researching the condition.

And in the meantime, making people afraid of vaccines is contributing to the rise of diseases we thought had been eradicated.  That’s what I call a lose-lose.

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