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Beware the ides of April, as it's tax deadline day here in the U.S. (except in Massachusetts where it's patriotic to pay your state taxes a day late, though federal returns are still due today). Today is also Jackie Robinson day in Major League Baseball, were teams will celebrate the civil rights pioneer by having all players wear Robinson's retired number 42, making Mariano Rivera the only player in the league who won't need a special uniform (his use of #42 was grandfathered when the number was retired).

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59. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 16, 2013, 00:29 wraithnix
Agent.X7 wrote on Apr 15, 2013, 21:19:
Beamer wrote on Apr 15, 2013, 14:54:
jdreyer wrote on Apr 15, 2013, 14:39:
Agent.X7 wrote on Apr 15, 2013, 13:14:
Oh noes, the GED is going computerized and now 21 year old mothers of three can't imagine passing because they may have to *gasp* use a computer to take the test!

Newsflash, bitch! If you can't use a computer at 21 in 2013, you would never have passed high school to begin with. Hence, you don't deserve to pass an equivalency test. Equivalent. Look it up. High school kids all know basic computer skills by the time they graduate. (Or should, anyway.) If you don't have those skills, you do not have the EQUIVALENT skills of a high school graduate and shouldn't be able to pass the damn test anyway.

Wow, dude. Way to show some compassion for someone in hard straights doing their best for self-improvement so they can be a working, productive member of society. And even while computers are cheap and widespread, getting connected to the internet can be a huge problem.


Let's be honest, there are plenty of school systems out there without computer programs or, in some cases, solid access to computers for their students, period.

And plenty of students that don't have access to computers in their homes, anyway. It's not something you can expect everyone to have, either. I mean, hell, the government years ago tried making phones something everyone should expect by giving access to those that couldn't otherwise afford it and it's mocked by several people on this site, let alone in the rest of the internet (see: Obamaphone, a program that predates Obama and has nothing to do with him yet is still repeated by a handful of members here at least once a month.)
Until there's a program allowing those living below the poverty line to have computers, you can't really expect them to know how to use them. Sure, there are programs out there to teach computer literacy for free at unemployment centers, but rural areas often don't have, you know, unemployment centers.

My heart bleeds. Truly. I grew up in a rural farm town. We had computers IN THE 80S. My business is in a small town surrounded by farms. All 3 area schools have computers. My wife taught inner city kids in 2 states, all of the poor schools STILL HAD COMPUTERS. Maybe if people didn't completely ignore everyone telling them not to drop out of school, they wouldn't make this life altering, big time mistake. But they do. And I don't have sympathy. Life's hard. Suck it up and rectify your mistakes or not, but don't expect the world to cry for your self-inflicted misfortune.

And rural areas? The whiny woman in the story is from KC. If you read the story, she is where she is because she decided to get knocked up 3 times before she was 21. Sucks. To. Be. You.

And let's be honest, even with a GED you are pretty much screwed unless you go on to college. A place where you need to know how to use a PC.

<sarcasm>Yeah, make a mistake, make a few mistakes, and fuck you. You don't deserve anything but what you get. Trying to better yourself and being held back by poverty or, well, anything else? Fuck off. You don't deserve to be able to better yourself. You don't deserve anything. In fact, you SHOULD be held back. Can't afford a computer? Fuck you. Can't afford an Internet connection? Fuck you. Can't afford a car to get someplace with an Internet connection and a computer? Fuck you.</sarcasm>

I'm glad you lived in a rural area that had computers. There are many, many, MANY places in this country that are not so fortunate. Hell, if you drive an hour away from my house, there are places in the mountains where you can't get any kind of Internet connection, so being able to afford a computer (which, many of the people in those communities are too poor to do) wouldn't help. And don't tell me "they can move". If you can't afford a computer and an Internet connection, do you think that they can afford to move?

Jesus, man, have some compassion.
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