Deadly Blasts: Four people are dead and more than 30 are injured after 11 explosions hit provinces across Thailand. The attacks, detonated by mobile phone signals, all came within 24 hours of a national holiday marking the birthday of Thailand’s queen. No one has claimed responsibility, but Thai authorities suspect local separatist groups.
Security Checks: This week, the TSA found 68 firearms in travelers’ carry-on luggage, including a palm-sized 3-D printed pistol—which would have slipped by the scanners, if not for the fact that it was loaded. Based on a 2015 undercover test, the TSA has a 95 percent fail rate in detecting weapons, suggesting there may have been even more guns that the agency missed. But Juliette Kayyem, an international security expert, argues that homeland security systems aren’t the best measure of a country’s safety anyway—rather, it’s the readiness of individual families.
On a sweltering day in July, the sole inhabitant of Budelli, a small Mediterranean island in Italy’s Maddalena archipelago, glances up from his iPad just in time to observe a single wave crashing on the shore. He is Mauro Morandi, the frail, 77-year-old caretaker of this rugged paradise’s wild ecosystem. Aside from weekends and the peak tourist season, when day-trippers peer into Morandi’s ramshackle home, Budelli is silent, but for the lapping of the water, the calling of gulls, and the howling of the strong northwest wind. The winters here are long and brutal; once, Morandi endured a 20-day storm on the island, alone. He almost went mad.
Now, Morandi fears his possible eviction from Budelli, his home of 27 years. Granted the right to reside on and work as a caretaker of the island by its previous, private owners, Morandi’s future became uncertain this past May when the Italian government reclaimed jurisdiction of Budelli. It is now part of La Maddalena National Park, which is contesting Morandi’s right to remain on this one-mile stretch of sand.
Most of the criticism here seems to be directed at ABA therapy targeted at social skills. I can understand this, though I’m not sure that the people regretting their treatment would actually have been better off without that treatment. Still, impossible to say.
But ABA is also teaching children to eat and communicate and use the bathroom and get dressed. It’s teaching them the basics of independent living.
As someone who works in a home for adults with various types of disabilities, including several women who are recipients of ABA therapy, while I feel somewhat uncomfortable with several aspects of how therapy is done, I still see it transforming people who are functioning at a much lower level than the people in this article who will never in a million years be “neurotypical” but who, by learning life skills, can live a life with dignity and with more independence than otherwise. It also makes it much easier for the caregiver as well (though that may sound heartless).
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