OpenMarket.org advises us of yet another behind the scenes move by the current administration to control more stuff.
This time it’s blogging…
by HANS BADER
Can websites be forced to change to accommodate the disabled — by using “simpler language” to appeal to the “intellectually disabled,” or by making them accessible to the blind and deaf at considerable expense?
The key passage:
But now, the Obama administration appears to be planning to use the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to force many web sites to either accommodate the disabled, or shut down. Given the enormous cost of complying, many small web sites might well just go dark and shut down. The administration wants to treat web sites as “places of public accommodation“ subject to the ADA, even though they are not physical places. Courts used to reject this argument when it was made just by disabled plaintiffs, but now that the Justice Department is making it, too, some judges are beginning to buy it, opening the door to trial lawyers surfing the web and sending out extortionate demand letters to every small business whose web site is not accessible to the blind (or perhaps too hard to understand for the mentally-challenged).
Can you say government wholesale censorship? Sure you can. And I can, too, but perhaps not for long.
Or rather two of them…
Yesterday, I had a usual scheduled doctor follow-up appointment (having chronic conditions, and all). It went generally well, but, afterward, I had more pain than I usually get, and it continued throughout the day.
Even after application of the ‘extra-special’ meds!
So, I’m running some errands last night, and AGAIN, my SES (Service-Engine-Soon) light comes on! Since I know very little about auto mechanics, that always scares me. I do know it could mean my gas cap isn’t tight enough or my engine is getting ready to fall out.
Today, I’m going in for an oil change. Not me, the car. Hopefully, that will happen quickly, ‘they’ can check the SES light meaning and it can be fixed tuit suite cheaply. We’ll see.
“The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang aft a-gley.–Robert Burns* (To a Field Mouse)”
A Bobbie Burns day.
*Robert Burns – the poet laureate of Scotland
Addendum – Whole thing took about 45 minutes. Oil changed, fluids topped. Windshield cleaned. SES light decoded. Came back to an air injection malf (pollution control), and cam sensor (may need alignment or replacement)
She’s an old car and there are oil leaks – could be affecting the sensor, too!
No repair today, cannot afford it. But, she runs – next the emissions/registration thing. Not today.
Cudos to Oasis Auto Center (who gives me nothing but great, fair service, FTC!) $22.62 for everything!
I’ve been getting numerous emails from them for some time now, alerting me to dealings in Washington which could use my attention.
Usually a day or two in advance of the NRA-ILA emails.(?)
I don’t have any money, but I sent them a small amount, anyway.
Go check out their site. It’s worth a look.
I recently (due to problems I had with Firefox and IE10) opened up Google Chrome. I know, it’s the dreaded Google.
And I’ve been very happy with the result whilst blogging – lightening fast, no pop-ups. Secure and stable. A good choice. (Which coincidentally works with my new (to me) smartphone (Android – another Google product).
But, I’ve noticed not only did I not have SPAM, I also wasn’t seeing email copies of post comments by many folks – some regulars. And I finally got around to checking my SPAM files.
Huzzah! Therein lie the heretofore unaccounted emails…
Hopefully, all has been corrected, now. We shall see.
…says we’re in need of guffawing! (Well, I AM, at least!)
Hopefully, this next week will be better for all! :-)
When suddenly, I start getting error messages on Outlook. To wit:
A script on this page may be busy, or it may have stopped responding. You can stop the script now, or you can continue to see if the script will complete.
Whatever the HELL THAT means! (I am not a geek – I only play one in the blogosphere!)
So, I do the standard remedial stuff…reboot…run malware software, run security protection software, update malware software and re-run the LONG version (4 hours+)!
Nothing, nada, bupkis, the big goose egg…no viruses or malware found. Still getting error messages every few minutes on Firefox. Look for solutions on the Internet. Nope.
SO, I do as I said I would never do. Crawl back to Internet Explorer 9. And upgrade it to 10. And start using that.
I miss Firefox.
And IE10 is not without it’s bugs. *double-sigh*
This Just In - After failing to properly ‘repair’ FF, and being sick of IE 9/10 silliness after a few days, I downloaded CHROME. I’m not a big fan of Google, but it seems to be working flawlessly and without a hiccup. Thanks for all your suggestions! - Guffaw
(or, I hate polls, part two…)
So, what do you think?
Or do you get Guffaw in AZ via blog reader or email, and not even see the extrania?
(Feel free to leave comments, but don’t hurt me too badly! )
*for you youngsters, one of the first mainstream X-rated films released in the U.S. was I am Curious (Yellow) (1967)
and the pic below, with an approximation of the spoken line, is from Dirty Harry (1971).
It was a different time.
of some guffaws!
…so will be blogging/posting/stealing other’s wisdom later in the A.M.
Not to worry, just routine…
Self - Aggrandizing S.O.B.!
Uh, that would be me…
If one were to mouse their way to the upper left corner of this blog (or any other WordPress blog) next to the capital W within the circle where the blog name is located (and my tiny photo), and mouse-over the blog name, one would find a short pull-down menu. Upon which the felicitous phrase Random Post is to be found.
Clicking on said phrase bring you just that. A random previous posting from my blog. A great way to get to know my blog, that about which I write (or steal ) and such.
I only mention this because, while I am a geek of sorts, I really just play one on the Internet, and just found this out! After I’ve been blogging almost two years, and using WordPress for almost one!
(Warning – there is a lot of tripe amidst the flotsam and jetsam therein, including mixed metaphors.)