I’ve found each of these available for download on the Internet. I’ll not “out” the sources as I do not wish to send a mad mob of Communist / Socialist / Progressive / Democrat (is there really any difference between them anymore?) Culture Abusers after them.
Each one has had the PDF inspected and opened and such by me while watching that nothing horrible seemed to happen to my computer. that said, it is always possible that anything you find on the internet can have crap embedded in it. I’ve not done a full forensic analysis on these, and not inspected the metadata for source (if they left that in, it’s on them).
I’m putting them up one at a time. So this list will grow to all 6 in the next few hours. Right now I’m just going to test that one of them is available. In theory you can click the link and get the PDF to open in your browser.
I’d originally intended to just put these on the Dark Web i2p copy of this site, but figured “You know what, this is Dr. Seuss and it is out of copyright. IFF TPTB want to try to cancel my site over that, then we will know absolutely they are evil and it is a “no holds barred” fight of destruction against America. If I can’t say “Come And Take It!” over Dr. Seuss, when can I?
So here we go:
Number One of Six
If I Ran The Zoo – I can’f find any image in here at all that could possibly be a problem. I rough scanned the text but didn’t read it with a full on SJW Corrupt Mind Filter in place, so maybe it is just too subtle (or isn’t there at all…). Maybe it’s a PITA thing and ANYTHING “zoo” is considered horrible? Maybe you can find something that’s a possible trigger. (If so, shout out so I can start posting it everywhere!)
Number Two of Six
McElligot’s Pool – A fanciful story about a kid daydreaming of his isolated little pond connecting to the ocean and all sorts of odd fishes in it. Again I can find nothing. There’s one picture of an Eskimo in a traditional fur coat fishing, perhaps it is no longer allowed to depict people in the clothing of prior traditional cultures? If so, a whole lot of history is going up in smoke…
Number Three of Six
And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street
This is a fanciful tail of a kid daydreaming again, about things he might see on his boring street. On page 20, his imaginary parade adds a “A Chinaman who eats with sticks”. Well I’ve eaten with “chop sticks” too and they ARE sticks. The guy has long pigtail in his hair as was common in prior history and is in traditional clothes (rather like the folks in top hats and tails are in traditional clothes). He is shown with a yellow skin tone, but a quick scan shows no tan or brown used in the book. Looks like a 5 color offset print to me. So the choices would be one of the other solid colors (black, red, blue…) or NO color at all like the other “white” people who are printed without any skin color, just as black outlines.
So does that fit the definition of “hate crime” now? Any skin color not a perfect match to reality? Even in books with yellow giraffe like things and sky blue elephants? Sheesh, somebody psychotic has got ahold of a microphone and is shouting idiocy at the world about their imaginary hallucinatory offendedness.
Number Four of Six
On Beyond Zebra – A fanciful story of letters past Z and the imaginary animals they stand for. I can find nothing offensive it it. Apparently I’m not insane enough… /sarc;
Number Five of Six
Scrambled Eggs Super
All about scrambling eggs from a huge variety of imaginary birds.
About page 17 he enlists help from friends from a town near the north pole. They are NOT shown as Eskimos, but just as people in what look like fur pajamas with fur around the face. Then a few pages later enlists a friend named “Ali” who is wearing a Fez and again somewhat traditional Turkish clothes. So where’s the beef? Can’t ever show anything other than post 2000 clothes or what?
Number Six of Six
The Cat’s Quizzer
On about page 11 it asks how old you must be to be various things. One of them is Japanese. the Character shown, very tiny as only a part of the page, has on a traditional big round hat of the kind still worn in the field. It looks like he might have a yellow skin color. Then again, there’s a BUNCH of kids / people with unrealistic PINK skin too. Plus his targets of getting 100% WRONG on the quiz are both Gingers. Does any of that matter? Not that I can tell.
More disturbing is the number of questions I got wrong… ;-)
I Think That’s It
I found a reference saying those were the Banned Book By Neo-Nazi-Socialists. If there are others, leave a comment and I’ll try to find and preserve them.
As time permits I’m going to download a PDF of all the Dr. Suess books “just in case”. It also looks like Cat’s Quizzer might have a few pages chopped a bit short at the bottom in the scan, so I’m on the hunt for a better copy.
Then there’s Pepé Le Pew. Pointers to on-line videos of his to download and archive highly appreciated. Looks like we’ll likely need to find the entire pre 2000 cartoon and comedy library…
For The Life Of Me – They Don’t Offend
So farI can’t find anything in these that rises to the level of banning offense. The only possible explanation for taking offense lies in the mind of the reader. Someone desperately hunting to find a cause to justify an empty pointless life via the Offended Warrior Deception.
Supposedly one has a “Black man drawn as a boxing gorilla”, but what I remember is in a book full of animals doing human things, a Gorilla who was a boxer. We’ll see if I can find that one as I work my way through them.
I draw my line here. Dr. Seuss will NOT disappear and I’ll make sure to read these to my GrandKids. I may even print them out, put them in nice folio binders and leave them at playgrounds…
Sidebar On Tech:
As I was sent off to paranoia forensic land by a stupid SystemD behaviour that had me working with my home directory in two different file systems… I moved these to an isolated “disposable” system image prior to inspecting them. Yes, ever one of these was opened and inspected in a Chromium Browser on an Orange Pi One computer. That’s (roughly) $14 H3 SOC based computer with 512 MB of memory and ONE USB connection.
It has done a credible job. Having looked at 3 so far, and opened them sometimes 2 at the same time, for fairly large PDF files, and with Chromium open with 7 tabs at the moment (one this posting edit window), I have 385 MB of memory currently used and 244 MB on swap ( a mix of about 128 MB of ZRAM and a 1 GB /var/SWAPFILE swap file on the uSD card). It has occasional swap lags, but really not bad at all.
It feels about like the v6 Raspian on the Pi M3 with 1 GB of memory. Go figure.
I does need a $25 USB hub with it to use both KB and Mouse (or get a combined KB / Trackpad on one wire or dongle) and to allow adding USB disks to it. I’m running Debian 10 Buster on it (and tested i2p routing) from Armbian. As I’m not moving my home directory around on it, the SystemD homedir management bug has not bit me here.
Sometime later I will re-candle this device as a NetBSD board and do a comparison of browser and such. (ALL my Armbian boards are headed toward some kind of BSD or a Devuan port. I have Devuan Ascii on the Odroid AUX and Devuan Buster on the RockPro64. Other than the occasional test cases and / or some other special need, all my Armbians are headed for one of those two. Oh, and the odd Gentoo like I have on one of the Raspberry Pi boards.
Oddly, this particular Debian refuses to let me change the clock speed by the usual means. Not sure why or how. It is running at a measly 1.01 mHz on what ought to be 1.2 MHz chipset. So 1/5 or 20% slower than spec. I’m hoping BSD runs full speed.
But even with that, were this my ONLY computer, I’d still get done what was needed.
Really surprising really. IIRC list is $10 and it ended up $14 with tax, shipping, etc. a couple of years back. One of these fits in an Altoid tin with room to spare and there’s a similar board with a built in WIfI chip / antenna. So a very low end entry point to things like a Freedom Box or simlar.
Once this posting is done, this instance will be set aside for conversion to BSD, so it is somewhat amusing to think of it spending it’s last work day reading Dr. Seuss ;-)