The Obama administration is nearing completion of a proposal to require that movie theaters offer technology so blind and deaf people can go to the cinema. The draft rule, which is part of a decades-long effort by advocates for people with disabilities, would likely require thousands of movie theaters across the country to offer devices that display closed captioning and provide audio narration of what’s happening onscreen.(Snip) But theater owners worry that a federal mandate will force small, rural and struggling theaters to close given the costs associated with the rule.
I´m all for most things that benefit the blind but this is just crazy. If a blind person can´t see the screen why not just tape the soundtrack and sell the tapes separately. That way the blind can hear the movie either in the comfort of their own homes, or if they want to have a theater experience they can take a portable CD player and sit in the theater and listen. No need for special equipment to be installed by theaters. The studios wouldn´t even have to charge much if anything for the CDs. After all, they really won´t benefit anyone but the blind, so it´s not something that would be pirated, etc.
This "agency law" garbage is killing the country. The very notion that rules published by unelected, anonymous, and unaccountable swivel-chair hussars should have the same weight and reach as laws enacted through the constitutional process, is repugnant to a free people. Time to FIRE some people and to abolish in toto most of these departments and agencies. This one would seem a good place to begin.
"Disability associations say that the new regulation will make sure that blind and deaf people can appreciate the latest blockbuster just like everyone else." “The National Association of the Deaf believes strongly that all deaf and hard of hearing people should have equal access to all services in society available to everyone else.” HELLO!!! They can´t. 1. Tactile System– sense of touch 2. Visual System— sense of sight 3. Auditory System—sense of hearing 4. Gustatory System—sense of taste 5. Olfactory System—sense of smell 6. Vestibular System– sense of balance 7. Proprioception System– sense of body position If your "system" is not working an individual can not experience that particular sense. Are politicians that SENSELESS?
FTA: ´The draft rule, which is part of a decades-long effort by advocates for people with disabilities, would likely require thousands of movie theaters across the country to offer devices that display closed captioning and provide audio narration of what’s happening onscreen.´ They spelled "daft" wrongly.
This is like the law that requires pools to have an expensive hydraulic lift for getting the handicapped in and out of swimming pools. Most communities couldn´t afford the device, so they were shutting down the pools rather than risk a Federal violation. Eventually the gov´t relented and eased implementation of the law. This is another similar potential job killer.
these are not "advocates" for ANYTHING.. they are COMMUNISTS, one and all, with one purpose in mind.. the destruction of capitalism and the institution of Global Communism.. on the backs of AMERICANS.. no one else...
Why not require the theatre owners to send taxis for the people who don´t have cars? And require them to supply free Arizona Iced Tea and Skittles to those who can´t afford the treats? And personal translators for those who don´t understand English? And personal tutors for those who don´t understand the plot? And grief counselors for those who are overly affected by emotion? And lawyers for those who want their money back for being defrauded by the crappy movies Hollywood is making these days? Where´s the end of this wacky liberal Utopia?
I´m old enough to remember a time when disabled people went out of their way to avoid being a burden on others. I have a minor disability. As a result, there are things I can never do, and some things I can do only with difficulty. To the extent that I still want to do the latter, I make the effort. What I do not do is impose on others the burden of the gap between my desires and my disability.
The idea that blind/deaf people can force others to bear the cost of retrofitting expensive hardware into theaters to enhance their personal movie going experience is so selfish and wrong-headed, I can´t believe we tolerate it. The Americans with Disabilities Act encourages the belief that your defect is my problem.
One of the most valuable things anyone ever said to me came during one of my earliest crybaby rants about my medical condition. My father said, simply, "It´s your disease." And so it is: My disease, my challenge, and my choices.
One of my lawyers built a new office. OSHA required him to make the entire suite handicap-accessible, including doorways wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair and raised fixtures in the single bathroom. The construction revisions cost him thousands of dollars. At the time, he had never had a wheelchair-bound client or visitor. Now, fifteen years later, he still has not had one.
Did a little research at the City of White Plains, NY web site and found the following explanation for the cuckoo and chirping/tweeting bird sounds. I drive and am a pedestrian there quite often and still see people involved in near misses when they cross the street. "1. What are those bird sounds I hear downtown? • White Plains has one of the more ambitious programs in the northeast for installing audible pedestrian signals to aid the elderly and sight impaired. Ninety-one units are currently installed at 17 intersections with more planned. Bird sounds activate during the "Walk" phase and identify the range of time when it is safest to start crossing. The "chirp-chirp" is for east-west crossing and the "cuckoo" for north south crossing. "
I´m torn on this. I certainly don´t like seeing the federal government making it harder for small businesses to prosper. On the other hand, if theaters close, Hollywood ends up getting hurt. Nothing wrong with that.
Yep. More regulation to stifle the private sector.
However, if every movie theater in the nation went out of business, it wouldn´t be a blip on my radar screen. I quit putting my hard earned cash in Hollywood´s back pocket somewhere around the time Smokey And The Bandit was released. Not a dime from me.
If this new regulation goes into effect, I wonder how long it will take hedonist Hollywood to understand what it will do to their bottom line?
Sorry for the second post, but #16 correctly points out that the pragmatics of these special accommodations are all wrong. Then there´s the principle. For example, let´s stipulate that a certain number of wider spaces should exist in each parking lot so handicapped people have a chance at parking. However, if the lot is full, should these spaces still be reserved exclusively for them? I know what we´re told to think, but here´s the deal: There are times when I can´t find a parking space. The lot is full. It´s a universal human experience. Why should having a handicap exempt you from this reality? Should these last spaces be held open and unused by people who got there first on the off chance that a handicapped person might show up and have the inconvenience of not finding a space? I realize there are other practical issues, but the principled question about special privileges remains.
Disney lets handicapped people come to the front of the line. Why shouldn´t handicapped people have to wait in line like everyone else?
#21, I have a problem hearing certain high-pitched sounds. (Not all, buy some.) What if a blind person has the same problem - won´t that be a problem, too? I don´t know how many others are affected this way, but I know if I were blind it could be a disaster in waiting.
I have been tied up for a long time now attempting to make the software I work on "accessible." It is a Kafkaesque nightmare of irrational and conflicting rules, which in the end _cannot_ be satisfied no matter what. Worse yet, many _real_ software bugs that affect all users are routinely ignored in favor of attempting to hurdle this huge and utterly pointless barrier. Our group has a joke "All this time, expense, and pain for one blind would-be system administrator in China."
Well, folks, when the grandchildren of the survivors ask how the US became a fascist/communist/socialist country, hopefully the reply will be, because the citizens of the time didn´t hang or put up against the wall every last libtard when the nonsense regulations started. If not, then history will repeat itself on down the road again, after this. One rotten apple can spoil the whole barrel. We´ve had a load of rotten apples tolerated in the Republic for the past century.
What´s wrong here is not the idea of converting the theaters -- if the article is right, a large fraction have already been converted -- it´s the unfunded mandate. Whoever thinks this is an important thing to do should pay for it. If a majority think it´s worth doing, that´s what the general tax fund is for. And if a billion dollars (rough guess, 100,000 theaters times 10,000 dollars, it might be a good bit less) strikes the voters as reasonable, fine, and if it doesn´t , then you don´t do it, and that´s democracy. Imposing it as a fine on a dying industry without counting the costs, on the other hand, is just tyranny posing as civil rights.
Next stop: genitalia enhancement subsidies and regs. I guess we are all supposed to be carbon copies of one another with no differentiating features ... tall people will have to slouch. fast people will have to slow down. Smart people will have to act stupidly .... hey wait, that´s what all those smart Democrats are already doing.
#26...awww poor baby, can´t find a parking spot so that gives you the excuse to be selfish and inconsiderate. So you park in a handicap space then I come after you. I have to have a wide handicap spot so with my sliding door a ramp comes out for my mobility scooter. You can´t do that in a normal parking space. I didn´t ask for this condition but I have to live with it and selfish and inconsiderate people. So take your whiny cry baby behind and park in the next block and walk.
By the way #26, most places will fine you anywhere from $100 to $500 for parking in a handicap spot. And if you do try using someone´s card, you best have that handicap person IN the vehicle or the fine is higher.
Oh yes, try going through a shopping mall on a mobility scooter. You will find hundreds of selfish inconsiderate people who think it is MY responsibility to get out of THEIR way. Yes I´ve had them walk into me, or they try to jump in front of me because they are what I call "impatient imbeciles". Then when I hit them (not on purpose) they want to blame me.
Truthfully, I am no one special, but then neither are any of you. If I am authorized a handicap spot and you are not then stay the heck out of it.
Time for people to grow up and start exercising Manners, Courtesy, and Respect, that is if your parents were intelligent enough to teach you, but these days it sure makes me wonder.
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