Home Music Lane

It's all about the music, dude! Sit down, relax and listen to some tunes.

RE: Yes - I gave him a two-week vacation sometime ago, but not because. . .

My wife works with students who are on what is known as as asperger's/autism spectrum, and over the years I've come to recognize some telltale signs. These individuals can be very bright and talented at music, languages, math and science, for example. But they lack the ability to pick up on social cues and empathize with other people. Some spout racist or homophobic insults while being genuinely and completely unaware that they are doing anything wrong, or that it is any different from having an ordinary argument. It's hard to describe, but anyone here who has a relative with asperger's syndrome knows what I'm talking about.
I don't presume to make online diagnoses here, but I've seen at least two posters here who exhibit these symptoms. Criticizing or baiting these people doesn't accomplish much. I usually don't engage them unless attacked directly, and if I do respond I try to be honest and direct without being antagonistic. The trouble is, the moderators can't let racist, homophobic and similar unacceptable posts remain, so there's not much that can be done.
Edit: IMO, jdaniel has exercised great restraint and good humor in dealing with this, but if my suspicions are right, neither restraint nor humor will have any impact.

Edits: 03/13/17

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