Ladies and gentlemen, the President Elect of the United States:

@realDonaldTrump I think, I’ll keep it . . . so I’ve got 46 million people right now — that’s a lot, that’s really a lot — but 46 million — including Facebook, Twitter and ya know, Instagram, so when you think that you’re 46 million there, I’d rather just let that build up and just keep it @realDonaldTrump, it’s working — and the tweeting, I thought I’d do less of it, but I’m covered so dishonestly by the press — so dishonestly — that I can put out Twitter — and it’s not 140, it’s now 280 — I can go bing bing bing . . . and they put it on and as soon as I tweet it out — this morning on television, Fox — ‘Donald Trump, we have breaking news’.

I’m going with: Whatever he tweets on either account will get posted on the other. Sheesh.

I didn’t watch the election coverage, but from what I’ve read on Twitter and Facebook, and from other news sources, Trump appears to have won the election. Speaking to those who are cheering the election of a fascist, racist, misogynist, and an ableist, someone who has demonstrated that to him, the race for the presidency is nothing more than a reality TV show, that the rules don’t apply to him in politics or in business, who is proud of fucking over those who work for him, and who sums up just about every single hateful quality that one person can possess, fuck all of you. Some of you insist that globalism has been defeated by a Trump victory. If you really believe that, you’re a lot stupider than I thought you were. Even if your crowing were correct, you defeated globalism by electing the American version of Hitler. You elected a man who is heartily endorsed by organizations like the Ku Klux Klan. You have demonstrated that hate is perfectly acceptable as long as the person pedaling that hate tells you just enough things that you want to hear. When some republicans who had guts and decided to act on them tried to warn you that Trump is no conservative, you didn’t listen. Report after report after report of anti-semitism surfaced, from liberals and conservatives, and you said, “no big deal,” because reasons, or what the fuck ever. Oh, and I hope those of you who are celebrating and who are also disabled like your accessibility self-service, because that’s exactly what we’re in for. So in six months, I don’t want to hear any of you complaining about what you’ve wrought. You will have brought it on yourselves and the rest of us.

I am primarily an NVDA user. I switched after close to twenty years of Jaws for Windows usage, (including a stint as a technical support rep, so yeah, I’m really familiar with how it works), because as a web developer NVDA meets my needs better than Jaws does when it comes to less hand-holding and more stability. But I still keep a copy of the latest Jaws for Windows around because part of my job as a web developer is ensuring as much cross-screen-reader compatibility as possible along with cross-browser compatibility. Every single time I load Jaws to test something I re-encounter a host of bugs, random crashes, the need to kill the jfw.exe process when it randomly stops speaking and reload, only to find that now the display chain is fucked so let’s kill process after process after process and load clean. And yet, the National Federation of the Blind feels it necessary to go after Apple and leave Freedom Scientific alone. I’ll be the first one to tell you as a web developer that there are times I’d like to see VoiceOver die in a healthy forest fire. But Jaws for Windows is buggier by far, and I expect that the only reason the NFB is going after Apple is because it’s not giving proper obeisance and providing a suitable offering as its act of worship. Why doesn’t the NFB just come out and say that, as long as you pay for an indulgence, you’ll be fine. The NFB will leave you alone, look the other way, ETC. Also, how can the NFB be trusted as an accessibility advocacy organization when it’s more than clearly indicated that it’s willing to jump in bed with, and snuggle up to, any organization that’s willing to fill its coffers, regardless of whether or not they’re doing anything about accessibility? That’s not an advocacy organization, it’s a shake-down organization. But yes, we should totally trust their judgment when they sue people over websites.

Just because it’s a word in the English language doesn’t mean you need to turn it into a hashtag. Stop with the gratuitous hashtags already. From the Twitter:

Inclusion is #Action. Takes effort. Do or you do not, there is no try. #walkthetalk

It is leadership in action. quoting Leah McRorie: #Inclusion is an Action not a conversation. @abndpcaucus #WalkTheTalk #Disability #ableg

It’s painfully obvious that absolutely no research was done here. Just pulling words out of thin air and attaching a hash symbol to them in the hopes they’ll stick. And this is what goes for marketing. Well, if you’re going to call it marketing, then do some work and back up your choices with some keyword research. Otherwise, you just look stupid. Oh, and too many hashtags will kill you.

“Do you Want Fries with That?”
The above is a really good post on something that’s blown up the blinkosphere over the last few days. You can read that post for all the details, but TL. DR.: someone’s suing McDonalds because drive-thrus are open longer than the brick and mortar restaurant is, and since he can’t drive, he and apparently his lawyer believe that McDonalds is discriminating against blind people with said drive-thru.

OK, I get it. Late night munchies are a thing, and sometimes only a big mack will do the trick. But blind people aren’t any different than anyone else who doesn’t get to walk through drive-thrus, (Read: everybody), and if we want equal treatment, then we have to put up with the same crap everyone else does. We can’t scream that all we want is equality and then sue over something this trivial and claim discrimination. We already have quite a problem with ADA trolls, (see the comments to that post for more examples), and lawsuits like this don’t help. Also, I’m curious about what prior steps were taken before the suit was filed. I’ve heard through the blind grapevine that lawsuits like this don’t happen until all other methods have been exhausted. So what happened in this instance? Because if nothing else was tried, that ADA lawsuit qualifier goes out the window, and consequently this lawsuit casts yet more doubt on the process.

While we’re waiting on this one to settle down though, massive internets points to whoever writes an activist ditty about quarter pounders and posts the result.