We are facing an unprecedented crisis in our nation and the Western world. There has been a meteoric rise in the rates of autism, developmental delays, learning disabilities, allergy, asthma, autoimmune diseases and more in the way of chronic and debilitating diseases. And tragically, we are losing a large portion of the next generation of children to neurological, neurodevelopmental, behavioral and learning disabilities. According to statistics released by the CDC in 2008, 1 in 6 children suffered from either autism or some form of developmental problem! (https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/developmentaldisabilities/about.html) Now 10 years later, given the increasing prevalence and current estimates, that number may be as high as 1 child in 4! And, those statistics show that these developmental delays including behavioral and learningdisabilities are continuing to increase at alarming rates.And, all of the learning and behavioral conditions have a prevalence much higher in boys. In addition, all across the spectrum, the rates of allergy, asthma and autoimmunity are nearing epidemic proportions. Autism Spectrum Disorder (Autism), is just one of those many conditions that are affecting our children. But it is the condition that get most of the press. The incidence of autism is rising sharply and unabated. The 2014 CDC estimates were that 1 in 45 children were autistic (NHIS data*), up from 1 in 150 in 2002 (ADDM Network **), just 12 years prior. Compare that to rates of autism estimated at 1 in 10,000 in the 1950s and 1960s, 1 in 5,000 in the 1970s and increasing to 1 in 300 in the 1990s.* https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhsr/nhsr087.pdf**https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/data.htmlWhen the 2018 statistics come out in less than 2 years, it is expected that the rate of autism may be as high as 1 in 25 children, with approximately 4 times as many boys than girls being affected. That means that approximately 1 in 5 boys will be on the autism spectrum!! Many experts believe at the current trajectory, somewhere between the years 2025 and 2032, 1 in 2boys will be autistic!! And, that is not even considering the crippling rates of other intellectual disabilities just mentioned.THIS IS COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE!What would this mean for our society? It is estimated that it takes between two and three million dollars to raise an autistic child. Think about the current cost economically. And as the proportions of autistic children continue to increase, the cost over the next thirty years of raising millions of young people on the spectrum will be astronomical! We cannot sustain it. Just doing some simple math let’s take just boys, since the prediction of 1 in 2 becoming autisticis only for boys. There were approximately 2-million boys born in the U.S. in 2017*.If we reach a point (heaven forbid), where 1 in 2 boys are autistic, conservatively using today’s birth numbers of 1 million boys, and the current cost of an estimated of $60,000 annually to raise an autistic child to age 40, t hat amounts to an annual expenditure of 60 billion dollars at today’s cost! Add girls in to the equation and that expenditure climbs to around 80 billion dollars (since autism is 3-4 times more prevalent in boys, fewer girls are affected). Over 40 years (withoutinflation factored in), that amounts to 3 trillion, 200 billion dollars (3,200,000,000,000)! That is very close to the nearly 3 trillion 400 billion dollars in TOTAL health care expenditure FOR ALL U.S. health care spending in 2017***. This will be an economic disaster! It gets worse. In addition, consider that as the years elapse, most likely many more boys and girls will be born annually than at the current birth rates. And, when the increased costs of caring for an autistic child, (i.e. medical and educational/vocational costs) increase, which we know they will, all of a sudden that huge spending number we just considered could be twice as high. And, to makematters even worse, this calculation doesn’t even take into effect the added costs involved for children with other neurodevelopmental delays, learning or behavioral problems, chronically ill with allergies, asthma and autoimmune disorders.In addition, can you imagine the impact on us socially, on militarily readiness and on the affected children and families themselves? What about our intellectual capacity to churn out scientists, inventors and business innovators for the years to come? The clock is ticking. Left unchecked, it is truly a doom and gloom scenario. We must get to the bottom of it and we must do it now! And by sharing this document, you can be a part of the driving force to make this happen.* https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/vsrr/report004.pdf** https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24911948*** https://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/Statistics-Trends-and-Reports/NationalHealthExpendData/Downloads/ForecastSummary.pdfIt is my hope that this document will be the clarion call, that will create urgency and a groundswell of public insistence that action be taken in identifying the causative factors and changing them before it is too late. And you can help be a difference maker. In a few pages, you will find links to the download page for this FREE e-Book and social media links to share it throughout your sphere of influence …
I wish people would define what they mean by “free market capitalism”. Corporations have piggybacked on this term as if immortal gangs claiming institutional “human rights” while avoiding human income taxes and the slightest display of human empathy or concern are in any way compatible with human freedom. If they were actual humans, most of them would be in jail.
Free markets are free people acting out their free choices in the marketplace. Corporations are not people. They are emergent legal fictions constructed for shielding gangsters from legal liability. While there are some projects that require the long-term continuity that corporations provide, there’s no reason we can’t include a sunset clause in corporate charters as we used to have, so that they dissolve when the project is accomplished.
On the occasion of the publication of Permanent Record, a memoir of Edward Snowden’s journey from gung-ho would-be special forces sergeant to CIA and NSA spy to whistleblower — a memoir that the US government is suing to repress — Snowden has given an interview with CBS where he expresses his desire to return to the USA and stand trial for his actions, even if that means going to prison.
Snowden’s only condition is that this not be a secret military tribunal, and that he be allowed to explain to the jury what motivated him to take the extraordinary step of handing a trove of state secrets to journalists, mounting a “public interest defense” for his actions.
I’m three quarters of the way through the Snowden memoir and I’m looking forward to reviewing it this coming week (watch this space).
I’m not asking for a parade. I’m not asking for a pardon. I’m not asking for a pass. What I’m asking for is a fair trial. And this is the bottom line that any American should require. We don’t want people thrown in prison without the jury being able to decide that what they did was right or wrong. The government wants to have a different kind of trial. They want to use special procedures. They want to be able to close the court room. They want the public not to be able to know what’s going on. And essentially, the most important fact to the government, and this is the thing we have a point of contention on, is that they do not want the jury to be able to consider the motivations — why I did what I did. Was it better for the United States? Did it benefit us? Or did it cause harm? They don’t want the jury to be able to consider that at all. They want the jury strictly to consider whether these actions were lawful or unlawful not whether they were right or wrong. I’m sorry but that defeats the purpose of a jury trial.