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Sunday

Romance LOL

Friday after school, Step Dad Tim had papers to gather up from the little man's teacher.
A girl from little man's class noted Tim's approach.
G "Little man! Is that your Dad?"
LM "He is my step dad"
G "Ask him!! Hurry!! little man ask him"
LM "I will ask him" (Face beet red)
G "QUIIICCCKKK ask him little man!"
Girl runs up to Tim dragging little man with her. "Little man's Step Dad!! Hellooo!! Little man wants to ask you something!"
G "Go on ask!"
LM "um"
G "Can little girl.... go on!!!"
LM "Ummmm. Tim. Little Girl wants to know if she can come to my house after school today. Which is now, as school is completed for this day. "
Tim of course grinning away "Well.."
G "Oh please little man's stepdad! Just for a bit?"
Tim "Your dad comes to get you this afternoon little man."
(Tim see's that little girl is completely crushed.) "But you guys can plan something for next week."
G "YES!!" scampers off.
Tim turns around to tease little man, but little man is HUSTLING to the van. (Hustling in capps as this has never before been seen. Little man takes forever to get shoes, jacket and assorted gear on.)

Later, I ask little man about his 'girlfriend'. He informs me that YESSS he likes her. She enjoys Bakugon (or whatever) and if interesting. But that NOOOO she is not his friend.
I point out that having a female friend is ok.

Little man says "Yes a friend that is a girl is ok. But this girl has decided that I need to be her boyfriend and I do not want this."

Laughing, I make a comment to the effect of 'she can't make you' to which he replies-

"yes that is correct, she can not make me her boyfriend. She can make me miserable if I dont do what she wants. This is what she does."

Oh my.
She is coming over monday. I am taking the afternoon off work so that I dont miss it!

Thursday

You Can Not Cure Stupid

I was quite excited about the whole retraction of Wakefield's so called findings.

But as the day wore on and I read the comments springing up all over the internet I began to understand a fundamental truth.

Stupidity truly cannot be cured. Regardless of how many ways the wakefield - mccarthy - oprah - safeminds - ageofautism etc etc etc followers are shown that autism is in FACT a neurological difference not a disease, that vaccinations do not in FACT cause autism, that woo is in FACT woo....well regardless of any court case, science, logic, glaring truths these persons will insist on being right. They will not allow the smallest bits of information that do not coincide with their already firm beliefs to enter their narrow minds.

They simply will not.

I have seen this phenomena before. It is not restricted to conspiracies, pseudo science or autism in general. I am sure Kim can give us a proper label for it :), but it does seem that a great majority of people are unable to intake information that contradicts their beliefs.

So while I am still smiling gently over the long awaited retraction of the bogus wakefield study, I am not holding my breath that it will change much for the persons whom were already sucked in to believing the woo. I hope that the new comers to the fray will be less likely to fall into a woo-wagon in light of the recent retraction.

But I will no longer hold out in hopes that such wonderous events will cure the stupid that already exists.
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