Clearing off the desktop…

…sometimes I fall behind.  So to catch up, I just dump a lot of stuff with short commentary and reboot the browsers so my computer can think again.

Here goes…

First up is an acknowledgement of the change to Arizona law.  This took away the worst of it, but I’d expect the rest to be bad enough to fall on its own.

Here’s some of the local reaction to the immigration law.  The march took place before the changes.

Some Fox revisionism.  Seriously, WTF.

The smoke monster gets lose in the gulf.

They caught some guy who doesn’t know how to make a good bomb.

Who did what now?  You don’t say.

Federal money is only *sometimes* evil.  How very Hindu of you

No need for that extra $130 for a 3G iPad.  $99 3G iPhone works fine.

Some speculation by a sci-fi guy about Jobs hatred of flash.

More on the immigration law change in Arizona.

Tattle tales!  How silly.   I say let people strip in the name on art, like that.  This’ll get tossed.

The global warming witchhunt continues in VA via the Cooch.

A good Street Fighter movie? Unpossible.  Possible…

It’s like a cliche now.

The Tea Party takes the Republicans to a new dimension, and beyond.

The alternate question about who “introduced” nukes to the Middle East.

Wonderful reading about the longest living organism(s).

Kilmeade falsely suggests Phoenix Suns players were forced to be used “as billboards”

Sarver came up with the “Los Suns” jersey idea but left it up to the players for the final decision, Suns guard Steve Nash said, and all of them were for it. “I think it’s fantastic,” Nash said after Tuesday’s practice. “I think the law is very misguided. I think it’s, unfortunately, to the detriment of our society and our civil liberties. I think it’s very important for us to stand up for things we believe in. As a team and as an organization, we have a lot of love and support for all of our fans. The league is very multicultural. We have players from all over the world, and our Latino community here is very strong and important to us.”

Sports and international politics don’t cross too often, but sports has a Looong history of being very progressive. The gods of sport don’t care a whit about you outside of how well you compete (within the rules as interpreted by the human judges, like all gods).

Autism: What to Make of the Dramatic Rise in Cases

Here’s where the second debate comes in: if more kids are developing autism-spectrum disorders, what’s causing the increase? As with most illnesses,both genetics and environmental factors almost certainly play a role: As the popular analogy goes, genetics loads the gun and the environment pulls the trigger. Kids may be genetically predisposed to autism, but they won’t develop it unless they’re exposed to outside factors that affect the activity of their faulty genes.

Scientists know something about the genetics of autism. They’ve found genes that are loosely linked to the disorder on practically every chromosome. But they know less about environmental factors, which could include heavy metals, pesticides, flame retardants, or many other culprits. A vocal minority of advocates, of course, is also concerned about vaccinations, although there’s no solid evidence that vaccines are linked to autism. “More than ever, environmental factors are being recognized as important,” says Cathy Rice, a CDC researcher who led the agency’s new study. “But our research tools just are not as good for understanding them.”

This article completley fails to mention the hypothesis from my previous post. Please note that said hypothesis (I.e the rise in autism is explained largely by a rise in mother’s age at conception) very easily explains a disorder marked by “genes that are loosely linked to the disorder on practically every chromosome.”

If it’s something that is marked by generalized gene disorder, and we already know genes in eggs break down the longer they are left on the shelf, as it were, then there’s enough there to do a serious study about te correlation.

The article mentions how adovcacy groups are calling for more funding on research, but if this is the best explanation, they ain’t going to like it (and it’s cheap).

I think I found the reason for the rise in autism

Nearly 14 percent of mothers of newborns were 35 or older two years ago – and only about 10 percent were in their teens. The age trend was reversed in 1990, when teens had a 13 percent share of births.

I do think this trend also explains the autism one quite easily. Have to look into it a bit more, but we’ve never had such old mothers before, nor so many kids with mental issues.