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Nobody knows the causes of Autism, that range of neurological development disorders that has stymied scientists since it was first identified in the 1940s. But now researchers may have some more concrete information on which to base new studies.

The New York Times reports the results of a study published in the journal Neuron that indicates the cause may be linked to an over abundance of brain synapses. In the normal course of development the brain discards some of these synapses in order to allow the areas of the brain to acquire specific functions. The new study, by neurobiologists at Columbia University Medical Center suggests that Autism causes this process to malfunction.

Scientists who study Autism have debated whether or not Autism results from too much, too little, or some combination of brain activity.  This study clearly indicates that it results from too much.

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Riley June Williams in the Capitol, left, and in police mugshot

Earlier this week, as part of his campaign to gaslight the public about the Capitol insurrection, Tucker Carlson tried to claim on his Fox News program that "there's no evidence white supremacists were responsible for what happened on January 6. That's a lie." Of course, the claim was immediately debunked, but that hasn't prevented Republicans from continuing to lie and mislead the public into believing up is down about the event and its meaning, and for online trolls to continue repeating Carlson's claim.

Multiple examples abound to prove Carlson a baldfaced liar, but the most striking was revealed this week: An investigation by Bellingcat's Robert Evans found that Riley Williams, the 22-year-old woman from Pennsylvania who faces multiple charges in the Capitol siege and is suspected of having stolen Nancy Pelosi's laptop, is the same person who posed in neo-Nazi gear in an online video and made Nazi salutes, all while posting on social media as a white nationalist "Groyper" and participating in a popular neo-Nazi Telegram channel.

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