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"my life after near death experiences". I have experienced many Visions of the Afterlife, Spirit worlds, over the years.
This weblog is about how I deal with the material world after having these experiences!

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I have all my written-up Dreams, where Guides and Angels take me to experience places in the afterlife realms, at HERE at yahoogroups
You can go there and read many interesting things, that I saw and experienced, of Soul and Spirit and prophecy, in the folders in the "files" section, and then perhaps subscribe to this mailing list. I update my files about one to five times per month: get my new writings in your mailbox!

MY WRITINGS, ON MY SITE, INCLUDE...

[1] My Dreams and obe-Visits to Heaven and hell.

[2]WORLD TRADE CENTER....other people's visions and channelings, about the "how" and the "why", of this event.

[2B] my writings about AUTISM and what it is like for me to be "autistic".

[3] my alien abduction experiences: I was taken to see some of the scenes of alien worlds and even had the UFO implant experience!

[4] MY OWN visions of the endtimes and Earthchanges! I too have a "map of the usa", after the Changes!

[5a] EARTHCHANGE VISIONS FROM OTHER PEOPLE... earthchange visions that i have on file from other people, channeled or envisioned!

[5] my writings upon my observations about life. [6] my and other people's writings and visions about the Quake/tidal wave dec. 26th.












I have also another weblog deepinpaper Near the back of the newspaper are articles that often tell the REAL news! The Good Stuff is often not on page 1. Or even on page 2! Often it is found on page 20, or on a Mural. Or in a random book left on a library table. Even in a "top 40 songhit"! Perhaps in a religious Tract: but not in its *overt* messege! Even in your dreams!















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Friday, December 31, 2004
 
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http://www.kryon.com/altindex.html

From Lee Carroll - A Channel for KRYON

Dear friends, thank you for visiting this web site, and for your interest in my work.


The thirty five (35) channelling choices below will take you to the complete transcriptions of some of the channellings of Kryon from live events around the globe. We update these occasionally as we travel. The most recent channellings of Kryon can also be found in "Sedona Journal of Emergence." This magazine publishes a Kryon channelling each month.

There are also ten Kryon books filled with channelling from 1989 to 2004.

Please take a few moments to look at the information contained after these descriptions.

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the kyron Group of entities channeled messeges. if you like this site, you will be reading a LOT of stuff here, about the end times and the earthchanges as well as advice for spiritual growth!



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Tuesday, December 28, 2004
 
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http://blog.photoblogs.org/
http://blog.photoblogs.org/2004/05/about_blogphoto.html

blog.photoblogs.org
The Photoblogs.org Blog. Collaboratively created by Photoblogs.org members.

Saturday, May 01, 2004
About blog.Photoblogs.org
Welcome to the new companion blog to Photoblogs.org! Since this is the first post for the blog, I figured I'd also make it act as the "about" page for the site. Read on to learn more about the blog and its philosophy.

Also, if you're interested in being a contributor, let me know.

Why was this blog created?

This blog was created because Photoblogs.org didn't really have a voice. It had voting and rankings, but it didn't focus enough on the individual people and events that make photoblogging so interesting. As an increasing number of happenings and developments occur in the photoblogging world, it makes sense for Photoblogs.org to help point them out and encourage discussion about them.

What does this blog hope to accomplish?

This blog has the following list of goals. These goals will inevitably change and evolve over time:

To continually point out noteworthy photos and blog entries that people have posted to their sites. This will make it easier for people to browse a diverse cross-section of the photoblogging community.
To encourage discussion about photography and blogging and the intersection of the two.
To provide a place to announce real, live photoblogging events in cities throughout the world. We'd like people to get together in the real world and form connections with each other.
To give Photoblogs.org a voice where it can announce new features, bugs, and bug fixes.
To provide a way for anyone to discuss any of the above.

thumbs way way up!!



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Tuesday, December 21, 2004
 
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http://www.nytimes.com/2004/12/20/health/20autism.html
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December 20, 2004
How About Not 'Curing' Us, Some Autistics Are Pleading
By AMY HARMON

OICEVILLE, N.Y. - Jack Thomas, a 10th grader at a school for autistic teenagers and an expert on the nation's roadways, tore himself away from his satellite map one recent recess period to critique a television program about the search for a cure for autism.

"We don't have a disease," said Jack, echoing the opinion of the other 15 boys at the experimental Aspie school here in the Catskills. "So we can't be 'cured.' This is just the way we are."

From behind his GameBoy, Justin Mulvaney, another 10th grader, objected to the program's description of people "suffering" from Asperger's syndrome, the form of autism he has.

"People don't suffer from Asperger's," Justin said. "They suffer because they're depressed from being left out and beat up all the time."

That, at least, was what happened to these students at mainstream schools before they found refuge here.

But unlike many programs for autistics, this school's program does not try to expunge the odd social behaviors that often make life so difficult for them. Its unconventional aim is to teach students that it is O.K. to "act autistic" and also how to get by in a world where it is not.

Trained in self-advocacy, students proudly recite the positive traits autism can confer, like the ability to develop uncanny expertise in an area of interest. This year's class includes specialists on supervolcanoes and medieval weaponry.

"Look at Jack," Justin pointed out. "He doesn't even need a map. He's like a living map."

The new program, whose name stands for Autistic Strength, Purpose and Independence in Education - and whose acronym is a short form of Asperger's - is rooted in a view of autism as an alternative form of brain wiring, with its own benefits and drawbacks, rather than a devastating disorder in need of curing.

It is a view supported by an increasingly vocal group of adult autistics, including some who cannot use speech to communicate and have been institutionalized because of their condition. But it is causing consternation among many parents whose greatest hope is to avoid that very future for their children. Many believe that intensive behavioral therapy offers the only rescue from the task of caring for unpredictable, sometimes aggressive children, whose condition can take a toll on the entire family.

The autistic activists say they want help, too, but would be far better off learning to use their autistic strengths to cope with their autistic impairments rather than pretending that either can be removed. Some autistic tics, like repetitive rocking and violent outbursts, they say, could be modulated more easily if an effort were made to understand their underlying message, rather than trying to train them away. Other traits, like difficulty with eye contact, with grasping humor or with breaking from routines, might not require such huge corrective efforts on their part if people were simply more tolerant.

Spurred by an elevated national focus on finding a cure for autism at a time when more Americans are receiving autism diagnoses than ever before - about one in 200 - a growing number of autistics are staging what they say amounts to an ad hoc human rights movement. They sell Autistic Liberation Front buttons and circulate petitions on Web sites like neurodiversity.com to "defend the dignity of autistic citizens." The Autistic Advocacy e-mail list, one of dozens that connect like-minded autistics, has attracted nearly 400 members since it started last year.

"We need acceptance about who we are and the way we are," said Joe Mele, 36, who staged a protest at Jones Beach, on Long Island, while 10,000 people marched to raise money for autism research recently. "That means you have to get out of the cure mind-set."

A neurological condition that can render standard forms of communication like tone of voice, facial expression and even spoken language unnatural and difficult to master, autism has traditionally been seen as a shell from which a normal child might one day emerge. But some advocates contend that autism is an integral part of their identities, much more like a skin than a shell, and not one they care to shed.

The effort to cure autism, they say, is not like curing cancer, but like the efforts of a previous age to cure left-handedness. Some worry that in addition to troublesome interventions, the ultimate cure will be a genetic test to prevent autistic children from being born.

That would be a loss, they say, not just for social tolerance but because autistics, with their obsessive attention to detail and eccentric perspective, can provide valuable insight and innovation. The neurologist Oliver Sacks, for instance, contends that Henry Cavendish, the 18th-century chemist who discovered hydrogen, was most likely autistic.

"What they're saying is their goal is to create a world that has no people like us in it," said Jim Sinclair, who did not speak until he was 12 and whose 1993 essay "Don't Mourn for Us" serves as a touchstone for a fledgling movement.

At this year's "Autreat," an annual spring gathering of autistics, attendees compared themselves to gay rights activists, or the deaf who prefer sign language over surgery that might allow them to hear. Some discussed plans to be more openly autistic in public, rather than take the usual elaborate measures to fit in. Others vowed to create more autistic-friendly events and spaces.

Autreat participants, for instance, can wear color-coded badges that indicate whether they are willing to be approached for conversation. Common autistic mannerisms, like exceedingly literal conversation and hand-flapping, are to be expected. Common sources of autistic irritation, like casual hugs and fluorescent lighting, are not.

For many parents, however, the autistic self-advocacy movement often sounds like a threat to the brighter future they envision for their children. In recent months, the long-simmering argument has erupted into an online brawl over the most humane way to handle an often crippling condition.

On e-mail lists frequented by autistics, some parents are derided as "curebies" and portrayed as slaves to conformity, so anxious for their children to appear normal that they cannot respect their way of communicating. Parents argue that their antagonists are showing a typical autistic lack of empathy by suggesting that they should not try to help their children. It is only those whose diagnosis describes them as "high functioning" or having Asperger's syndrome, they say, who are opposed to a cure.

"If those who raise their opposition to the so-called oppression of the autistic would simply substitute their usage of 'autism or autistic' with 'Asperger's,' their arguments might make some sense," Lenny Schafer, publisher of the widely circulated Schafer Autism Report, wrote in a recent e-mail message. "But I intend to cure, fix, repair, change over etc. my son and others like him of his profound and typical disabling autism into something better. Let us regain our common sense."

But the autistic activists say it is not so easy to distinguish between high and low functioning, and their ranks include both.

In an effort to refute parental skeptics, the three owners of autistics.org, a major Web hub of autistic advocacy, issued a statement listing their various impairments. None of them are fully toilet-trained, one of them cannot speak, and they have all injured themselves on multiple occasions, they wrote: "We flap, finger-flick, rock, twist, rub, clap, bounce, squeal, hum, scream, hiss and tic."

The touchiest area of dispute is over Applied Behavior Analysis, or A.B.A., the therapy that many parents say is the only way their children were able to learn to make eye contact, talk and get through the day without throwing tantrums. Some autistic adults, including some who have had the therapy, say that at its best it trains children to repress their natural form of expression and at its worst borders on being abusive. If an autistic child who screams every time he is taken to the supermarket is trained not to, for example, he may still be experiencing pain from the fluorescent lights and crush of strangers.

"Behaviors are so often attempts to communicate," said Jane Meyerding, an autistic woman who has a clerical job at the University of Washington and is a frequent contributor to the Autistic Advocacy e-mail discussion list. "When you snuff out the behaviors you snuff out the attempts to communicate."

Perhaps the most public conflict between parents and adult autistics came in a lawsuit brought by several Canadian families who argued that the government should pay for their children's A.B.A. therapy because it is medically necessary. Michelle Dawson, an autistic woman in Montreal, submitted testimony questioning the ethics of the therapy, which the Canadian Supreme Court cited in its ruling against the families in November.

Ms. Dawson's position infuriates many parents who are fighting their own battles to get governments and insurance companies to pay for the expensive therapy.

"I'm afraid of this movement," said Kit Weintraub, the mother of two autistic children in Madison, Wis.

Ms. Weintraub's son, Nicholas, has benefited greatly from A.B.A., she said, and she is unapologetic about wanting to remove his remaining quirks, like his stilted manner of speaking and his wanting to be Mickey Mouse for Halloween when other 8-year-olds want to be Frodo from "The Lord of the Rings."

"I worry about when he gets into high school, somebody doesn't want to date him or be his friend," she said. "It's no fun being different."

The dispute extends even to the basic terminology of autism.

"I would appreciate it, if I end up in your article, if you describe me as 'an autistic' or 'an autistic person,' versus the 'person with...,' " Ms. Dawson wrote in an e-mail message. "Just like you would feel odd if people said you were a 'person with femaleness.' "

Ms. Weintraub insists on the opposite. "My children have autism, they are not 'autistics,' " she wrote in her own widely circulated essay, "A Mother's Perspective." "It is no more normal to be autistic than it is to have spina bifida."

Terry Walker, 37, who has Asperger's syndrome, said he was not opposed to the concept of a cure for autism but he suggested that there was a pragmatic reason to look for other options.

"I don't think it's going to be easy to find," Mr. Walker said. "That's why I opt for changing the world around me; I think that does more long-term good."
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http://home.att.net/~ascaris1/
Autistic Advocacy

---with a email list at yahoogroups
http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/AutisticSpectrumTreeHouse/
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a 500 member autism "pro-autism" support group on yahoogroups.

http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/AS-and-Proud-of-it/
This is a list for people anywhere on the Autism Spectrum (speaking, not speaking, LFA, HFA, AS, PDD, PDD-NOS, etc. if you like categories) or their families/friends. This list is to encourage us to look for the positives in our situations, learn as much as we can above all SUPPORT one another through difficult times. NO personal attacks (name-calling, etc) will be tolerated!
[on the page of this mail list....




posted by freestone wilson at 8:56 AM

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a good site to follow the corporate world in light of the new age liberal slants!

"Unintended Consequences"

I read of this phrase a lot, of late, as people discover just how interrelated everything is.
Recently the state of Florida faced a Petition movement to increase the minimum
work wage by a dollar of so. The Change, or not, was put on the ballot, for the election, and it passed; it will go into effect on Jan ist.
Already there are several Tallahassee businesses, mostly locally homeowned, who will close up shop, and go out of business! Some of them have 20 or more min wage employees.
surely, in the weeks ahead, I will tell some person, who is fuming about his favorite store closing...."Well, you Voted for it! You wanted them out of business
and to further complicate things, only the Interstate/international Chains of stores will Absorb the loss, and even advertise that they will not raise the prices by 15%, as all other business have raised their prices by that amount, on January 1st: you, lady, have just voted FOR Walmart, go their now and buy everything that you own or eat, there, in the future, as the "wonderful" mom and pop, small homeowned businesses will be the very first to go under, with this new law!"

---probably the min wage people will not see that dollar an hour either!
.00004 seconds after midnight, on Jan 1st, the price of cigarettes and beer and coffee may jump from 5% to 30%!! Probably everything will jump up.

net gain= ZERO!

[what I would like to see is to have the WHOLE WORLD have the very same wage, but have the cost of living ALSO be the same: a cup of rice in America or a cup of rice in china be exactly the same!]

here, sports fans, is a good example of "unintended consequences"!
the high minded liberals want to help the working poor and at the same time these liberals like the small "chic" or "earthy" small town home owned stores. Most of them are just struggling to get by and then they are hit with a killer wage increase: do they raise the cost of everything by 40% and lose all their business to K-mart or walmart, or just decide to choose retirement a couple of years early?!!

thus the liberals "want" only K-marts and global multi-international companies to Rule, as these companies are the most efficient in cost control!

true "one worldness": go to a small village in England and find the Gap, Starbucks,
and McDonald's and walmart. No local stores, pleeeeese!

from
http://www.corpwatch.org/print_article.php?&id=11624

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UK: To Be a 'Clone Town,' or Not: That Is the Question

by Lizette Alvarez, New York Times
November 1st, 2004


STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, England - To survive the approach to the home where William Shakespeare was born, a striking timber-frame house in the center of this bustling town, it would be wise to bid adieu to all bucolic notions of quaint old England and ready oneself for the onslaught of globalization.

A visitor must march past Country Casuals, Boots pharmacy, Next, and Marks & Spencer, and pass Accessorize, HMV, Whittard and of course, the dueling coffee shops, Starbucks and Costa Coffee. If it were not for Shakespeare's dwelling and a few notable old houses, this town - with row upon row of British chain stores - would scarcely be different from any other in Britain these days. Most butcher shops and hardware stores have closed. So have the family clothing shops, the fishmongers and a long list of other independent businesses.

"If someone blindfolded you, put you in a helicopter and set you down in a town somewhere in England, you wouldn't be able to tell where you are anymore," said Jim Hyslop, 55, who lives just outside Stratford. The chain stores, he said, "change the character of a place."

In the past five years, chain stores owned by corporations and out-of-town megastores similar to Wal-Mart (one of them, Asda, is, in fact, owned by Wal-Mart), have come to dominate many British towns and cities, creating a palpable sense of homogeneity from Kent all the way to Cumbria, and drawing striking parallels to America.

Many of the main shopping thoroughfares, so-called "high streets," now traffic in sameness: ubiquitous cellphone shops (Orange, Vodafone, O2); the familiar coffee chains (Starbucks, Caffe Nero and Costa Coffee); the typical clothing stores (Gap, Next, Warehouse); and the cookie-cutter restaurants (Café Rouge, ASK, Pizza Express). Neighborhood greengrocers are also on the way out, replaced by chain minisupermarkets, most notably Tesco, a company that has become one of the world's top retailers.

"In the case of Britain, and especially England, there is a huge sense of identity investment in the image of towns and cities, and the notion that this sort of bland, gradual effacement of character is taking place has taxed people at a deep level," said Andrew Simms, policy director for the New Economic Foundation, an independent economic research organization that published a report in August called "Clone Town Britain."

"It makes life boring," Mr. Simms added. "It makes our communities boring places to be. That is one thing that has touched people deeply. People don't want to live in towns that look all the same. It's dull."

In its report, the foundation visited a series of towns and cities and counted both chain shops and independent businesses. It also contends that the spread of chains and sprawling Tesco-style stores winds up hurting local economies, because less money is pumped back into the area, and people are deprived of choice. A previous report in 2002 found that specialty stores like butchers and bakers were closing at a rate of 50 a week, along with 20 traditional pubs a month.

The reasons independent businesses are vanishing here are familiar to Americans: high rents; customer demand for cheaper goods; and corporate muscle. It is just that in the past few years their disappearance has become increasingly visible and particularly striking in a part of the world that once took such pride in its community shops.

"It's happening because of the consumer," said Nick Gladding, senior analyst at Verdict Research, a group that specializes in retail. "They are becoming more demanding.

"And people increasingly like familiarity," he added, noting that there are generational differences in shopping trends. "People like to know what to expect when they go into a shop or restaurant."

Lacey's, an ironmonger, or hardware store, in Stratford-upon-Avon, has been in town for generations. It is run by David Haywaid, 53, as it was by his father and grandfather before him. Mr. Haywaid said the town had changed markedly in recent years as independents had been driven to close because of high rents. "The only shops that can make money are the clothing shops, with their horrendous markups," he said.

His own shop is so old-fashioned that it is now a draw in itself, luring nostalgic out-of-towners who pine for "something different," said Mr. Haywaid, who owns the building his store occupies. Around the corner, at Barry the Butcher, Stewart Ashfield, the deputy manager, agrees. Not too long ago, there were 12 butcher shops in town; now there are 2. "Stratford has changed out of all recognition," he said. "We've been damaged by these chains, and the out-of-town shopping stores where people shop for everything under one roof as in America. What's been lost is the personal touch."

"Clone towns," though, as the report calls them, are beginning to encounter resistance as people question whether Britain should emulate America or follow Continental Europe, which is trying hard to preserve its uniqueness. In France and Poland, for example, local authorities can veto the construction of large supermarkets.

Local governments here are starting to push for economic incentives to guarantee a greater variety of shops. One town, Ludlow, has joined an Italian movement called Citta-slow, which embraces the "slow town" concept and promotes the benefits of eating locally grown produce.

A few powerful landlords have also taken stands against chain stores. The Mercers' Company, one of London's biggest landlords, is trying to attract independent shops by offering them discounts on the streets around Covent Garden, a popular tourist spot. Howard de Walden Estates, the hereditary landlord of much of Marylebone Village in London, has rejected a number of chains on its high street in order to preserve a unique, and quite popular, mix of shops. The company's chief executive has been critical of local governments, saying they are taking a short-term view of planning by always going with the highest bidder.

The question is: Is it too late to stem the tide?

"They talk about a tipping point, where you suddenly see independent retailers wiped out in certain areas," said David Bishop, a spokesman for the Federation of Small Businesses. "Unless you take some constructive action now it will resemble the U.S. We're a long way from that, but it is a real danger."
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the min wage supporters might be the very first to embrace this article concept above, to have all of England become just corporate stores, but by their vote for the wage increase, they end up being in favor of the end-state of where this article is showing England to be headed!
a hardware store owner told me, bitterly, once, how he went last week to Home Depot to buy a hammer, and the same brand of hammer that he carries in his store was there for sale and it was cheaper retail than he could buy it WHOLESALE!
I suppose if he has 5 min wage employees, he might then just give up and go to Home Depot and get a job there, and thus also stop having to do the TONS of paperwork and tax forms that a small business requires of him to do!

shop walmart now.







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http://www.kheper.net/

Welcome to the new look Kheper website, over 1500 pages, dedicated to a new scientific and esoteric evolutionary paradigm concerning the nature of existence and its infinite metamorphoses, and the transformation of the Earth and the planetary consciousness to a post-singularity state of Supramental (Infinite Truth-Consciousness) divinisation

Because this is a large project, with thousands of pages to still add, upgrade, or revise, this site is likely to be under construction for some time to come. But please feel free to explore anyway

a big site.
strong emphethis on teutonic and german myths.
think:"Sethians" of the Temple of Set but maybe not, as there are no links to that homepage, but the site has that FLAVOR.
A good looking site, anyway, i will come back to it: not light reading either!!

the set site?
http://www.xeper.org/

The only physical requirement for admission is that the aspirant be at least 18 years of age. Those below the age of 18 may not visit Temple functions, ceremonial or otherwise, whether or not they are relatives of Initiates. The Temple has no programs for children. It is our position that children and adolescents should not be indoctrinated into the assumptions and prescriptions of any suprarational system, whether it be our own philosophy or the faiths and superstitions of conventional religions. Rather their youthful years should be a time of exclusively rational training and education, giving them a sound and meaningful basis by which, as adults, they may consider and choose whatever philosophy or faith seems most meaningful to them.
[an Inituation Order, one can join.]



The Esoteric Order of Beelzebub
The Order of Horus
The Order of Leviathan
The Order of Setne Khaumuast
The Order of the Trapezoid
The Order of Uart
The Order of the Vampyre
The Order of Xnum







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Wednesday, December 08, 2004
 
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http://www.isn.net/~jypsy/AuSpin/ournames.htm


Our Names Are Autism, Too


In her essay "My Name is Autism," Marty Murphy, a 41 year-old (by self-description) "high functioning" autistic woman describes what autism means to her. In a "Dear Sir/Madam" letter, which frequently was circulated in conjunction with the "My Name is Autism" essay, Ms. Murphy, posing as a 25 year-old male, claimed to be speaking for all autistics (using such phrases as "those of us with autism would like an answer" and "we are all waiting for our answer").

We, the undersigned, neither agree with Ms. Murphy's conception of autism nor appreciate Ms. Murphy's claim to be speaking for "those of us."

We do not believe that we are akin to "calves born in Texas with defects," that we are "victims" of autism, and that our families were "taken hostage" by autism.

We do not believe that autism "taketh away and gives nothing but bewilderment and loathing in return;" that autism "takes away common sense" and "all but physical life;" that autism "looks for new children to consume and new lives to destroy."

We do not believe that being autistic "is almost worse than death."

We find these statements to be dangerous, sensationalist and false. We believe these statements demean and devalue the lives of all autistics. These statements resonate with similar historical efforts to incite fear and hatred against identifiable groups of people, with the goal of restricting then eliminating the existence of these people.

Finally, we do not "dread the day" that autism "will be looked upon with understanding," and we do not believe that will be the day that autism will "die." Rather, we wholeheartedly welcome the day that we, as proud autistics, are understood and fully accepted for who we are.

Peruse our websites, read our books, listen to our words. Appreciate our voices.

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about 100 links to people with Autism and their stories and how they live with and deal with various types of autism, aspergers or high level functionings.



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6024

I outdid myself today, i added into one place a who bunch of seach engines for finding weblogs and journals and the topics in them.
Have fun: some sites index all the weblogs, some only their own addedlinks, go find something now!!


BLOG SEARCH ENGINES!




from
http://www.faganfinder.com/blogs/
a masterlist of search engines and Feeds.

bloogz.com/. a good one.

http://blogs.feedster.com/

blogsearchengine.com/

blogarama.com/. with a forum

blogdigger.com/. a big one.

bloglines.com/

blogwise.com/. big one

.daypop.com/. very good

globeofblogs.com/

technorati.com/

www.waypath.com/. good one

.google.com//Weblogs/. google has one too!

diarist.net/registry/

photoblogs.org/

blogdex.net/search.asp. seems to be very good!!
.blogs4god.com/linker/index.php. christian blogs!









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