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News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd

By News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd

Published May 28, 2015

Handicapped thinking | Leading Economic Indicators

At Australia's sixth annual National Disability Summit in Melbourne in March, all of the speakers except one were able-bodied. That person, in a wheelchair, had to be lifted up to the stage because there was no ramp.

Furthermore, disabled activists in attendance told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. that the "disabled" section's table was at the back of the room, the food tables were elevated to accommodate standers, and one accessible toilet was being used as storage space. [Australian Broadcasting Corp. News, 3-26-2015]

In additional fallout from the budget cuts and personnel reductions at the IRS, the supervisory revenue official for the Dallas region disclosed in April that his office had so few collectors that it would pursue only scofflaws who owe the government at least $1 million.

"I have to say," the supervisor told a reporter, "nobody's ever going to knock on (the) door" of anyone who owes from $100,000 to $999,999. [Washington Post, 4-8-2015]

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