Jun 6th 2010 3:15PM I'm not sure where you're getting your pronunciation of the word Asperger. The name comes from the Austrian doctor, Hans Asperger, so I would think it makes much more sense that it would be pronounced like a Germanic word rather than a French one, which would make it sound like asper-ger and not asper-jhay. I have never heard it pronounced the way you said it, so I tried to find it online. According to Miriam-Webster, it is ˈäs-ˌpər-gərz. Many say the "a" like "ah" though, and some use a soft g. I am not finding it pronounced like Faberge, however.
As far as the article, it would be absolutely amazing if they could find a simple test to diagnosis autism, but I too am skeptical. I'm afraid they might only be able to diagnose some of them, and like others have expressed, it may take services away from those who truly need them if the test they use is not based on firm fact from a large study of people from all over the spectrum.
I am not concerned with OVER-diagnosis of this syndrome. It is very very difficult to get a diagnosis, and there are definite symptoms. My concern initially was "why is there so much of this now and not when I was a child?" But, upon further thought, there probably was. I think all of us went to school with people that we just thought were "different" or "weird" that may have just had a different way of looking at and reading or reacting to the world.
Like I told my nephew, who we are in the process of getting diagnosed right now...."it's only a disability because it's different from the average person so navigating the world is harder for you....it doesn't make you less then or worse at all....and average is overrated anyway." :)
Jun 6th 2010 12:33PM "MY OWN observations have shown me, that "mixed race" children are generally more beautiful than a child of either of the two races which were combined. I have observed that the children in classrooms which are of mixed races are more intelligent than other students in their class. Mixed race children are more compassionate, more caring, more motivated, and have higher goals for themselves, than other children."
William, your comments are just as scary as the other one. Mixed-race children are simply that. Children of parents from different races. There really are no generalizations you can make, even good ones, because being mixed race does not impart upon you any particular traits. I agree there are many absolutely beautiful mixed-race children, but there are also many beautiful one-race children, and there are less good-looking children of every race or mix. The same goes for intelligence, compassion, etc. I love diversity, but it's ignorant to make good generalizations too. However, what a boring world this would be if everyone was exactly alike!
Jul 9th 2009 1:42AM What I think is scary is all the people that bash Obama and act like he got us into the economic crisis to begin with. Yes, he was a senator, but....what party was in power in the White House and the Cabinet? Who got to set the preidential agenda? Ohhhhh yeah, wasn't that the Republicans? But, that's right, as usual with them, the money all went to the rich and greedy, making possibly the biggest gap between rich and poor in any recent history in America, and the hard-working middle class kept getting the shaft again and again. How dare you judge Obama's policies on a few months when Dubbya had eight years to mess it up and some of you are STILL mourning him! It's pathetic and frightening.
May 25th 2009 2:27PM I have been a long-time fan, and I have nothing but admiration for Jon and Kate, and I hope these difficulties they're going through are nothing but a blip in their lives. I get really annoyed by people who comment on these boards who have really never watched the show or at least not enough to even get to know how the relationship works. I know other couples like these two. They balance each other out. He's too laid back, she's too anal. It's worked for them for 10 years so far. Yes, she is harsh sometimes. Know what? So is he. He isn't henpecked or walked all over. If you have watched the show much, you know that. And anybody that says it's all about money for either of these two and feel bad for the "poor children" have NO clue. Both Jon and Kate have obviously spent MUCH time with their children. They know each one very very well. Everything they do is obviously for the kids, other than a possible mistake they make here and there. Who hasn't made mistakes? And, on top of it, they have given and raised money for St Jude's and Pediatric Cancer Foundation. The ones who call Kate evil or a bad mother? Puleeeeez....let's put cameras in your house all the time and see if you always come off well.
Keep it up, Jon and Kate! And don't split up over stupidity! I would hate to see the show end, but I would definitely prefer them to save the marriage over getting to watch their children grow up further. Love you guys, and you have the cutest children ever!
Apr 28th 2009 9:15AM I don't think it's a big deal, one way or the other. The ad is sexy though I wouldn't call it lewd. But I'm wondering if the issue may be more that it's a threesome rather than that it's women? Just a thought.
Nov 26th 2008 10:09PM Well, I think the study is interesting, though not all that enlightening. Let's face it...IQ basically measures "book-smarts," but does not necessarily predict future success. There are also people with "street-smarts" who could leave a 180-IQ person looking like an idiot in certain situations. Many factors determine success, and I think that's what this researcher was trying to point out. To be successful, it is perhaps more important to be determined and persistent and focused on a goal. Attitude is also important. And often, the most successful are the ones that can think outside the box...the creative thinkers. We all have our place in this world, and while IQ tests serve a purpose, it might be nice to actually have some way of measuring other predictors of future success, if there is a way.