Just set the autoPlay to true in the .ready(function of the script at the end of the html.
1.) The user has to "start" the slide-show. (Because this is for my home page, it should play automatically. The goal is to "force-feed" people content in case they don't navigate on their own to what I want them to see!)
Likewise I would probably set the hoverPause: to "true" also. That allows them to pause it with their cursor and read the entire content before it slides away.