Thursday, September 08, 2005
Evil Jagoffs = MS and Katrinasafe.com
These guys can rot in hell.
The list on that page has 27 sites but does NOT include KatrinaList.net. Meanwhile, a group of volunteer netizens in a loose network there (and elsewhere) pounded the web and merged data from countless sources and crammed tens of thousands of records into a new standard interchange format. People were working their fingers to the bone and not a link to that site -- nothing.
The FEMA, Red Cross, Microsoft corporate folks did a hijack and some seemed to have left the citizen centric project after unloading poison pills.
This is ten days after the storm and that end-all, be-all mega site is just coming online.
By the way, all the work done in terms of bits and bytes by the volunteer network has been submitted and uploaded to the jagoffs' site. They got the data already. And they should have been given it. We all agree that the data should be out there -- far and wide. But, the data ain't coming back. And, the net isn't going to be there for the next update yet alone the next crisis.
I really gets me mad when some people don't play well with others. And, when it is by design -- it is worth a little name calling.
It feels like Steve Leeper or Tom Cox has their hands in this.
Well, more windmills await around the next bend and in the days ahead. Perhaps good, open cooperation will champion for 10-weeks then, rather than 10 days.
Perhaps after all those boneheads at FEMA get sacked, the next crew will arrive and see the stupidity and fatal flaws in thinking and process and security and accessibility and outreach and stability, etc.
Or, there is always the "INVESTIGATION" to come.