May 23rd, 2008

brainy smurf

"the government discriminated against the blind... by making its paper money all the same"

this article is full of interesting stuff, but here's the part that stood out for me:

There was some criticism of the court decision, however. “We hope that this ruling will not have the unintended consequence of reinforcing society’s misconception that blind people are unable to function in the world as it currently is,” Marc Maurer, president of the National Federation of the Blind, said in a statement.

WHAT unintended consequence? that is exactly the point of the ruling, is it not? if blind people had no trouble with the world as it currently is, then there would be no reason to redesign the money. this is total needless pc doublethink.
the only thing i can think of that would make sense of this is if he meant 'unable to function' like 100% worthless and incapable of anything. but if so, what 1800s throwback would he be addressing that to? because i think society at large has been allowing the disabled to leave its asylum dungeons for quite a few years now.

note: just to be clear, i'm not against the money thing. i think that's a great idea. i just don't get this quote.
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