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Obama Administration Cracks Down on Kindles
A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 27 August 2010 | John Semmens

Posted on 08/28/2010 10:13:39 PM PDT by John Semmens

University efforts to test Amazon’s electronic readers—Kindles—as substitutes for standard textbooks has run into trouble with the Obama Administration. The idea behind using Kindles is to save money by supplanting bulky paper-based books with lighter and smaller electronic devices. For example, one small hand-held Kindle could hold all the books needed for a four-year degree.

Despite the seemingly obvious benefits, the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division is threatening legal action against any school that might be tempted to try the devices. Thomas Perez, head of the Civil Rights Division, warns that the devices violate the Americans with Disabilities Act.

“Even though uses of the devices are voluntary and no one unable to use the device would be made any worse off than they were under the old system, allowing some to save money and avoid the inconvenience of lugging around heavy texts cannot be permitted,” Perez declared. “Progress that isn’t uniform across all demographics is discriminatory. Until all can take the same step into the future, no one must be allowed to inch ahead.”

Perez characterized the need to prevent Kindles “one of the easy calls. We’re still struggling with other inequalities that plague our educational system. Many students are held back by deficiencies in energy or intelligence. Their need and desire for a degree is just as real as their more gifted peers, but their abilities may not be up to it. We’ve got to level this playing field.”

One idea gaining some traction is a “handicapping” system along the lines used in golf, bowling and horse racing. “If we can figure out how much of an extra burden to put on those with more ability it would give everyone a fair chance of winning a college degree,” Perez said. “It would be a way of equalizing the pursuit of happiness promised in the Declaration of Independence.”

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http://azconserv1.wordpress.com/2010/08/28/fed-may-introduce-negative-interest-rates/


TOPICS: Computers/Internet; Education; Government; Humor
KEYWORDS: disabilities; discrimination; satire; universities

1 posted on 08/28/2010 10:13:43 PM PDT by John Semmens
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To: John Semmens

Obama hates common sense.


2 posted on 08/28/2010 10:15:43 PM PDT by MuttTheHoople
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To: MuttTheHoople
One idea gaining some traction is a “handicapping” system along the lines used in golf, bowling and horse racing. “If we can figure out how much of an extra burden to put on those with more ability it would give everyone a fair chance of winning a college degree,” Perez said. “It would be a way of equalizing the pursuit of happiness promised in the Declaration of Independence.”

WHAT!!!!!???

I am seriously speechless.

3 posted on 08/28/2010 10:19:21 PM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama = Epic Fail)
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To: MuttTheHoople

One idea gaining some traction is a “handicapping” system along the lines used in golf, bowling and horse racing. “If we can figure out how much of an extra burden to put on those with more ability it would give everyone a fair chance of winning a college degree,” Perez said. “It would be a way of equalizing the pursuit of happiness promised in the Declaration of Independence.”

WHAT!!!!!???

I am seriously speechless.


4 posted on 08/28/2010 10:20:27 PM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama = Epic Fail)
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To: John Semmens

It so unfair that Obama’s administration has behaved in such a freakish manner that now, when I read satire, I tend to think it’s real. I mean, Obama IS satire so freakish satire articles seem like that came from ‘The One’ himself. Sometimes.......


5 posted on 08/28/2010 10:21:01 PM PDT by ransomnote
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To: John Semmens
........it would give everyone a fair chance of winning a college degree,”

Hysterical!

6 posted on 08/28/2010 10:21:19 PM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: John Semmens

One of my objection to Kindles and the like is that the schools
will charge 80% , if not 100% of textbook prices for
temporary e-books, i.e. ones that expire, (”vanish”) after
the end of the year.
I have many others. Odd as it may seem to many, I think
the disability people might have a legitimate complaint
here.
Any required material should be mandated to be in hardcopy
form in the school library (reserve status will usually
suffice).
There’s quite a few situations where electronic books can’t
be used, and that deprives the student of that time.
Access to e.g. library catalogs is another problem. Although
the majority of catalogs (my surmise) exist in a legacy
form allowing usable access, the libraries keep changing
the interface, often making text access impossible, one
example being the NYPL catalog currently.


7 posted on 08/28/2010 10:27:26 PM PDT by cycjec
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To: John Semmens

Your link in the post wasn’t clickable. This one is:

http://azconserv1.wordpress.com/2010/08/28/fed-may-introduce-negative-interest-rates/


8 posted on 08/28/2010 10:28:39 PM PDT by shibumi (Pablo is Miley- wily, clever and detractive as all get out!)
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To: John Semmens

This has got to be a joke!


9 posted on 08/28/2010 10:32:33 PM PDT by jonrick46 (We're being water boarded with the sewage of Fabian Socialism.)
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To: John Semmens

One cannot whack a spider with a Kindle, whereas a Statistics textbook despatches a spider or even a scorpion tidily.


10 posted on 08/28/2010 10:38:34 PM PDT by FlyingEagle
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To: John Semmens
Until all can take the same step into the future, no one must be allowed to inch ahead.
Damn those inchworms. They're worse than bookworms.
11 posted on 08/28/2010 10:39:57 PM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: John Semmens

ROTFMAO! You got me this time! I was four paragraphs in before I even thought to check! Th line between satire and reality has become razor thin, and you manage to dance on it! Great one!


12 posted on 08/28/2010 10:41:45 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: jonrick46

It is only partly a joke.

The Obama Admin has moved to prohibit Kindles as a substiture for textbooks.


13 posted on 08/28/2010 10:41:45 PM PDT by John Semmens
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To: John Semmens

Welcome to Zimbabwe USA !


14 posted on 08/28/2010 10:42:48 PM PDT by Candor7 (Obama . fascist info..http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: FlyingEagle
One cannot whack a spider with a Kindle, whereas a Statistics textbook despatches a spider or even a scorpion tidily..

A Statistics textbook also makes a good pillow in the library - a Kindle is too flat.

15 posted on 08/28/2010 10:47:39 PM PDT by Talisker (When you find a turtle on top of a fence post, you can be damn sure it didn't get there on it's own.)
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To: cycjec

Just wait until they have to clean all the Hi-Liter off the screen...


16 posted on 08/28/2010 10:47:54 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Smokin' Joe

This justice dept is totally out of control. One of the other benefits of the repubs getting control of the house or senate will be to hold some hearings. I am beginning to feel like I am living in a communist state.


17 posted on 08/28/2010 10:56:12 PM PDT by gswilder
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To: gswilder
I am beginning to feel like I am living in a communist state.

The more you want to do, the worse it is. I got that feeling when the edict came down that ordinary folks (with or without specialized degrees) couldn't recover vertebrate fossil material on Federal Land without a permit.

18 posted on 08/28/2010 10:59:19 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Talisker; FlyingEagle
Yeah, and a Kindle would break if I used it to steady a wobbly table, unlike a phonology book.
19 posted on 08/28/2010 11:02:27 PM PDT by Othniel (Meddlng in human affairs for 1/20th of a millennium.......)
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To: John Semmens

Anther thing blind people cannot operate, and thus is illegal under the ADA: Bazookas.


20 posted on 08/28/2010 11:02:40 PM PDT by jonrick46 (We're being water boarded with the sewage of Fabian Socialism.)
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To: John Semmens

Out “satire” this:

Ground Zero Muslim center may get public financing
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/2579464/posts


21 posted on 08/28/2010 11:02:54 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I don't need a newspaper to know the world's been shaved by a drunken barber.)
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To: jonrick46
"Anther thing blind people cannot operate, and thus is illegal under the ADA: Bazookas."

Au Contraire, Mon Frere!

Bazookas were frequently operated as a (two man fire team) crew served weapon. It is perfectly conceivable that a blind person could be the gunner.
22 posted on 08/28/2010 11:13:26 PM PDT by shibumi (Pablo is Miley- wily, clever and detractive as all get out!)
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To: FlyingEagle

Tidily? I don’t know about tidily. how about “messy”.


23 posted on 08/28/2010 11:22:06 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: shibumi

I guess two people will have to use the Kindle. One to turn it on and read it and the blind person to listen.


24 posted on 08/28/2010 11:22:26 PM PDT by jonrick46 (We're being water boarded with the sewage of Fabian Socialism.)
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To: John Semmens

This happened a few months ago!!!!!


25 posted on 08/28/2010 11:26:00 PM PDT by Arthur McGowan (In Edward Kennedy's America, federal funding of brothels is a right, not a privilege.)
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To: jonrick46

Good opportunity for out-of-work handicapped bazooka fire teams!


26 posted on 08/28/2010 11:32:28 PM PDT by shibumi (Pablo is Miley- wily, clever and detractive as all get out!)
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To: shibumi

LOL! I can see it now: Blind Bazooka teams on skate boards. Look out! Zer0’s new Special Forces.


27 posted on 08/28/2010 11:54:14 PM PDT by jonrick46 (We're being water boarded with the sewage of Fabian Socialism.)
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To: jonrick46

Transgender RumpRangers with unloaded rifles riding Segways.


28 posted on 08/28/2010 11:58:50 PM PDT by shibumi (Pablo is Miley- wily, clever and detractive as all get out!)
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To: cycjec

My work an schooling involves JANE’s reference books which are very expensive. I am issued both the PDF an paper versions of the books. Both have their place an work equally well in readers, laptops, flash drives etc.

My order is in for the new kindle.

Embrace but control the technology in your lives is my rule.


29 posted on 08/29/2010 12:09:11 AM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: John Semmens

The saddest part of this all is that with the federal government, and especially with 0, the ‘truth’ has become so twisted, that satire such as this is believable.


30 posted on 08/29/2010 1:46:04 AM PDT by Quiller (When you're fighting to survive, there is no "try" -- there is only do, or do not.)
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To: John Semmens

Kindles—as substitutes for standard textbooks. Just great now when you ask for a book they ask paper or electric.


31 posted on 08/29/2010 2:47:08 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: John Semmens
A surprisingly fertile topic.


Its flying well below the usual radar.
32 posted on 08/29/2010 3:25:41 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus)
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To: cycjec
Odd as it may seem to many, I think the disability people might have a legitimate complaint

Help me out here. It's early, and I haven't been feeling well, but I'm not getting where this violates the ADA.

What type of disability will it effect, and how?

As a paraplegic, I personally don't see Kindle as a problem, but I must be missing something.

33 posted on 08/29/2010 3:36:40 AM PDT by airborne (Why is it we won't allow the Bible in school, but we will in prison? Think about it.)
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To: cycjec; John Semmens

Never mind. It’s satire.

I’m going back to bed.


34 posted on 08/29/2010 3:38:04 AM PDT by airborne (Why is it we won't allow the Bible in school, but we will in prison? Think about it.)
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To: John Semmens
Progress that isn’t uniform across all demographics is discriminatory. Until all can take the same step into the future, no one must be allowed to inch ahead.”

Mygosh, the person who said this with regard for textbooks on kindle is dumber than a rock. Kindles are a choice that not everyone makes for regular reading and how is a choice discrimination? Besides that, for some disabilities, carrying around those heavy textbooks is what's impossible.

35 posted on 08/29/2010 3:38:27 AM PDT by grania
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To: TexasFreeper2009

“One idea gaining some traction is a “handicapping” system along the lines used in golf, bowling and horse racing. “If we can figure out how much of an extra burden to put on those with more ability it would give everyone a fair chance of winning a college degree,” Perez said. “It would be a way of equalizing the pursuit of happiness promised in the Declaration of Independence.”

I read in a recent post that the Saudi courts had asked a hospital about severing the spinal cord of someone accused of causing paralysis in another man. It’s an attempt to create a just eye-for-an-eye system. I’d say that if there is one person on campus in a wheelchair that all students need to undergo an operation to sever their spinal cords so that equality can be achieved. This is certainly a way of “equalizing the pursuit of happiness promised in the Declaration of Independence.”

Uhm....uh...do I need to add the sarcasm tag or not?


36 posted on 08/29/2010 4:17:43 AM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: John Semmens

I’m reading this on my Kindle. I am so screwed . . .


37 posted on 08/29/2010 4:52:08 AM PDT by BraveMan
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To: TexasFreeper2009

I am speechless too.


38 posted on 08/29/2010 4:54:14 AM PDT by cajungirl
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To: BraveMan

I psted something on this last week.

Beyond absurd.


39 posted on 08/29/2010 5:00:43 AM PDT by GlockThe Vote
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To: jonrick46

Not at all. Look it up. Its very real.


40 posted on 08/29/2010 5:02:39 AM PDT by GlockThe Vote
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To: John Semmens

For those that may never have read this. First published in October 1961.

HARRISON BERGERON
by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
http://www.tnellen.com/cybereng/harrison.html


41 posted on 08/29/2010 5:06:08 AM PDT by listenhillary (When will our government stop abusing us and stop hurting our children?)
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To: John Semmens

In other news, Perez now demands that every student using a personal computer be blindfolded, and that every student taking physical education do so from a wheelchair.


42 posted on 08/29/2010 5:09:33 AM PDT by silverleaf (Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.)
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To: jonrick46

John does write satire, but this is just a fraction away from reality.

Department of Ed Lays Down Law on Kindle E-Reader Usage
By Dian Schaffhauser 06/29/10

http://thejournal.com/articles/2010/06/29/department-of-ed-lays-down-law-on-kindle-e-reader-usage.aspx


43 posted on 08/29/2010 5:17:10 AM PDT by listenhillary (When will our government stop abusing us and stop hurting our children?)
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To: John Semmens
It is only partly a joke.

You know what? It really isn't a joke at all. Degrees and certifications are handicapped in the name of meeting individual needs, equalizing opportunity for various groups, teaching in a foreign language, etc. College and job opportunities are handicapped so that minorities have preference. It's just written in a way that points out the absurdity of it all.

44 posted on 08/29/2010 5:28:34 AM PDT by grania
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To: John Semmens

Using Kindles instead of textbooks is a stupid idea. Half of them would be broken by the end of the first year because of mishandling and being crammed in backpacks, etc.


45 posted on 08/29/2010 6:40:10 AM PDT by DemonDeac
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To: listenhillary

The satire was an amusing end to a great Saturday. I do agree that it was hard to detect that it was fantasy.

I wonder how many took it as real and emailing their friends that Zer0 is taking away the Kindle because of the Americans with Disabilities Act’s equal access rules. Your link puts a factual light on the subject.

When such devices have speech recognition capability and can read back the text, it will be a great innovation for us all (I admit I am not aware that such a device exists).


46 posted on 08/29/2010 11:50:20 AM PDT by jonrick46 (We're being water boarded with the sewage of Fabian Socialism.)
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To: airborne

Oh, I missed that, thanks.


47 posted on 08/29/2010 9:02:04 PM PDT by cycjec
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