To any autistics who’ve been told you’re “paranoid” for thinking people dislike you


“Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), including those who otherwise require less support, face difficulties in everyday social interactions. 

“Research in this area has primarily focused on identifying the cognitive and neurological differences that contribute to these social impairments, but social interaction by definition involves more than one person; social difficulties may arise not just from people with ASD themselves, but also from the perceptions, judgments, and social decisions made by those around them. 

“Here, across three studies, we find that first impressions of individuals with ASD made from thin slices of real-world social behavior by typically-developing observers are not only far less favorable across a range of trait judgments compared to controls, but also are associated with reduced intentions to pursue social interaction. These patterns are remarkably robust, occur within seconds, do not change with increased exposure, and persist across both child and adult age groups. However, these biases disappear when impressions are based on conversational content lacking audio-visual cues, suggesting that style, not substance, drives negative impressions of ASD. 

“Collectively, these findings advocate for a broader perspective of social difficulties in ASD that considers both the individual’s impairments and the biases of potential social partners.

Neurotypical Peers are Less Willing to Interact with Those with Autism based on Thin Slice Judgments


Birds, birds, birds

Maybe it’s a symptom of getting older, or maybe part of learning to sit and not move and enjoy instead of chugging that cup of coffee or glass of wine, or maybe it’s finally being aware of the easiest part of being outside: one’s own yard or the park across the street. Whatever, I’ve noticed birds in our yard, and I never realized we had so many. Maybe it’s because the neighborhood cats (strays, but TNR cats) are gone. Maybe because I’m paying attention.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been sitting on the front porch, seeing this view. (Note: the tree is a sweet acacia. The yellow flowers happen in March-April. They’re gone now.)

And seeing these birds, plus others. (The others include the mourning dove, raven, starling, common house sparrow, common finch.) Note: none of the bird photos are mine.

Hooded oriole. I noticed this one sits at the hummingbird feeder sucking the sugar water almost as frequently as the hummingbirds.

Orange-crowned warbler.

White-crowned sparrow.

Western tanager.

Blue-gray gnatcatcher.



Anna’s hummingbird. We have about six hummingbirds, always fighting and chasing each other. I think we also have a Rufuous hummingbird. One thing amazes me about these birds: they drink sugar water, then zip around and snatch bugs flying around in the air, then back for more sugar, then more bugs, then they fly around and pee and poo prodigiously, then more sugar and so on.




my mama got home today and she was so excited. she said she got me a present, so then i was excited too. i had no idea what she got me. she said ‘close your eyes and put your hands out’, so i did. and then i felt her put something in my hands. i opened my eyes and

“i saw it and it was chubby and you called a frog ‘big boy’ last night and i had to get it! it’s big boy!”







let me demonstrate my point wrt doctoring social media using my twitter


here’s my original tweet here

if i right click and click “inspect element” on chrome and find the line that says my actual tweet like so


and select that line, right click, and click “edit as html”


I can type in whatever i want like this


and like that i can make a screenshot that says that i like to eat children and use it to call myself out


and thats why you should’t believe screenshots of tweets at face value w/o a link to the original tweet

this is terrifying

this is terrifying because no matter how many notes this post gets, people on tumblr still don’t think about sources

See also:

Feldman, Brian. (2015, Dec 11). “It Is Incredibly Easy to Fake a Screenshot. Here’s How”

guys op is really problematic i heard they eat children :/



We drafted the final boss

But now it has to pass the House of Representatives and then get a signature from Donald Trump. Don’t just stand by and watch. PLEASE go to the voting booth for the midterm elections. I understand that people are jaded and that there absolutely is corruption on both sides, but when it comes to major (for the general public) issues it’s inaccurate to say both parties are the problem. There is absolutely one party that focuses on protecting the wealthy rather than the disenfranchised.

Here’s a list of all the senators who voted in favor of repealing net neutrality:

  • Alexander (R-TN)
  • Barrasso (R-WY)
  • Blunt (R-MO)
  • Boozman (R-AR)
  • Burr (R-NC)
  • Capito (R-WV)
  • Cassidy (R-LA)
  • Corker (R-TN)
  • Cornyn (R-TX)
  • Cotton (R-AR)
  • Crapo (R-ID)
  • Cruz (R-TX)
  • Daines (R-MT)
  • Enzi (R-WY)
  • Ernst (R-IA)
  • Fischer (R-NE)
  • Flake (R-AZ)
  • Gardner (R-CO)
  • Graham (R-SC)
  • Grassley (R-IA)
  • Hatch (R-UT)
  • Heller (R-NV)
  • Hoeven (R-ND)
  • Hyde-Smith (R-MS)
  • Inhofe (R-OK)
  • Isakson (R-GA)
  • Johnson (R-WI)
  • Lankford (R-OK)
  • Lee (R-UT)
  • McConnell (R-KY)
  • Moran (R-KS)
  • Paul (R-KY)
  • Perdue (R-GA)
  • Portman (R-OH)
  • Risch (R-ID)
  • Roberts (R-KS)
  • Rounds (R-SD)
  • Rubio (R-FL)
  • Sasse (R-NE)
  • Scott (R-SC)
  • Shelby (R-AL)
  • Sullivan (R-AK)
  • Thune (R-SD)
  • Tillis (R-NC)
  • Toomey (R-PA)
  • Wicker (R-MS)
  • Young (R-IN)

Furthermore, here’s a list of the Republicans who voted to save Net Neutrality:

  • Collins (R-ME)
  • Kennedy (R-LA)
  • Murkowski (R-AK)

I will not be making a list of Democrats who voted to repeal Net Neutrality because none of them did. This is NOT over. The Senate vote was the easiest part of the process. Passing the House will be significantly more difficult and the final step is that Donald Trump has to sign the bill. The fact that the bill passed is great, but the prospect of it passing the House is iffy and the final step being Donald Trump’s signature when Michael Cohen’s been taking AT&T money is not promising. Don’t celebrate yet. Keep fighting back and keep voting. Pay attention to your local and state governments and their voting too because it’s likely they’re also fucking you in some way. And anytime you think a Republican seems decent, check their voting record. Actions speak louder than words, but when it comes to politics we often let words speak louder than actions, in particular when it comes to holding people accountable.