Monday, August 09, 2010

Goverment Bans E-Readers?

A story you got to read to believe...

Sometimes the federal government does something so laughably moronic, that one has to stop and ask the question “Are they really that dumb or is something else going on?”
Here is the setup.  Recently a number of universities around the country decided to take a look at using some modern technology in the classroom in an effort to save money.  These universities took part in an experimental program to allow students to use the Amazon Kindle for textbooks.  As you know, many people now use e-readers like the Kindle or the Nook as a replacement for traditional printed books.  There are many reasons for this including cost, environmental impact, and convenience.  Further, anyone who has gone to college understands the high cost of textbooks and would likely support any way to reduce this large expense.
Here is the pathetic punchline.  For conducting this experiment with the Kindle, Obama’s Department of Justice threatened legal action against the universities.  The ridiculous contention of the Obama administration is that the Kindle and e-readers violate the Americans With Disabilities Act.  Why?  Because the blind can’t easily use them.
Now the first thing that would pop into the minds of anybody with a third grade education and that does not work for the government is this simple question.  If e-readers discriminate against the blind, do not traditional textbooks discriminate equally?  The obvious answer is yes.

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