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(Yahoo)   Google's decision to replace sat photos of New Orleans to pre-Katrina images has raised the ire of Congress. The same group that has done almost nothing to actually help New Orleans   (news.yahoo.com) divider line 158
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2007-03-31 08:49:01 AM
you mean the same congress that approved $61 billion in federal relief aid for Katrina victims? all of that our tax dollars to help people who live in a bowl in a swamp in a hurricane zone?
 
2007-03-31 08:54:18 AM
What on earth do they do in Congress all day?
I mean, if I had to form opinions on the most important issues of our time and make decisions that have a direct impact on hundreds of millions of people every day, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be putzing around on googlemaps and bothering everyone within earshot about whatever I noticed.

Porn, sure, but not googlemaps.

Come to think of it, when is Congress going to subsidize fetish pr0n? There's gotta be some equal opportunity or affirmative action crap that will give those of us that can only get off on stapler or zebra pr0n the same chance to kill a kitten as the average playboy subscriber.
 
2007-03-31 08:54:30 AM
Thats OK, the image of my house is about 10 years old.
 
2007-03-31 08:55:40 AM
albo: you mean the same congress that approved $61 billion in federal relief aid for Katrina victims? all of that our tax dollars to help people who live in a bowl in a swamp in a hurricane zone?

I can assure you not all that money was headed for New Orleans. Mississippi got a huge chunk in addition to other parts of Louisiana outside New Orleans. If they can spend $80 billion every few months on the Iraq misadventure, they can find money to assist the Gulf Coast.

AND I might add the latest batch of aid is tied up in the Iraq budget clusterfark, and Bush will veto that and has said he will veto the latest Louisiana aid, which isn't actually a grant of money, but a waiver of the $1.7 billion bill Bush wanted to send the state. Bush and Congress can go take a flying fark at a rolling donut as far as I'm concerned.
 
2007-03-31 08:58:09 AM
albo: you mean the same congress that approved $61 billion in federal relief aid for Katrina victims? all of that our tax dollars to help people who live in a bowl in a swamp in a hurricane zone?

Oh come on. The city was basically leveled- and the fact that every single congressman didn't personally go down there and completely rebuild it from the ground up within 3 days means they don't give a crap.
 
2007-03-31 08:59:55 AM
Nabb1: If they can spend $80 billion every few months on the Iraq misadventure, they can find money to assist the Gulf Coast.

No... I'm sorry... that isn't how it works.

When it comes to blowing things up, there appears to be no limit to the amount of money we can burn on that...

But when it involves helping our own people, the purse strings are MUCH MUCH tighter.

Sick and wrong, I know... but none the less, true.
 
2007-03-31 09:04:05 AM
You know, if we didn't let women in Congress they'd use a wallet. Wallets don't have strings. Problem solved.

I blame women for everything south of Pennsylvania.
 
2007-03-31 09:06:53 AM
$80 Billion. I remember when blowing that much money with nothing to show for it would have been upsetting to some folks...

At this point if we could toss $60 Billion at a real problem and flat out solve it I'd jump at the chance.
 
2007-03-31 09:08:04 AM
If Congress is so upset, why don't they demand the military move around their KH-13 satellites to take pictures, then give those pictures to Google? Heck, they can blanket the entire United States at the highest resolution Google accepts, so it's all up to date.

/"Wah, wah, your company's pictures aren't helping me with my political agenda!" Morons.
 
2007-03-31 09:09:40 AM
CaptainJim: Thats OK, the image of my house is about 10 years old.

ditto
 
2007-03-31 09:17:18 AM
I tried to find my house on GoogleMaps and this is the clearest resolution they had:

wgow.com

I live ten minutes from downtown of a city of 250,000+ people, not out in the boonies somewhere.
 
2007-03-31 09:19:26 AM
Unless they make kids memorize the location of your city by 5th grade geography, you live in the boonies.
 
2007-03-31 09:20:36 AM
KellyLockhart: I tried to find my house on GoogleMaps and this is the clearest resolution they had:

Hey! I've been down that road!

/looks just like the Google Map search of my house.
 
2007-03-31 09:22:05 AM
A) Not really something the House needs to be worrying about.

B) That said: Google, what the fark?
 
2007-03-31 09:22:57 AM
According to GoogleMaps, my old apartment hasn't burned down yet, and I'm currently living in an empty lot ;)
 
2007-03-31 09:23:26 AM
I hate to say this but I don't think NOLA will get rebuilt to it's former glory. Everyone with the money knows it's folly to build a city below sea level. They are all just waiting for the public to figure it out too.
 
2007-03-31 09:24:41 AM
Google still has SD Petco Park under construction & the rubble from Philly Vet Stadium ~ at least 2 years old.

I like searching stadiums from above
 
2007-03-31 09:24:46 AM
"albo [TotalFark]

you mean the same congress that approved $61 billion in federal relief aid for Katrina victims? all of that our tax dollars to help people who live in a bowl in a swamp in a hurricane zone?"

The entire gulf coast area that was affected consisted of parts of texas, louisiana, missisippi, and alabama. That region is not a bowl in a swamp.

I bet OUR tax dollars go to help out tornado victims everyday. Ever heard of tornado alley? At least we have warning and can leave if a hurricane hit. With a tornado you go to sleep every night not knowing if you'll wake up the next morning.


/what was that you were saying?
 
2007-03-31 09:25:40 AM
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2007-03-31 09:26:47 AM
Private enterprise. Free service. STFU Congress.
 
2007-03-31 09:27:28 AM
My daughter, God bless her soul, goes down to the Big Easy every Xmas break and helps with the reconstruction, as does many hundreds of college students country wide.

I guess those billions didn't quite get the desired effect if they need college students to chip in.....
 
2007-03-31 09:27:52 AM
KellyLockhart: I tried to find my house on GoogleMaps and this is the clearest resolution they had:

They still don't have hi-res at my old place either. Flashearth does with both ask.com and yahoo.com maps (one apparantly winter or fall, the other apparantly summer).
 
2007-03-31 09:29:09 AM
Swapping the post-Katrina images and the ruin they revealed for others showing an idyllic city ...

packy.dardan.com
 
2007-03-31 09:29:38 AM
The Google map pic of my house looks to be a couple of years old. But pretty good resolution, and I do live in the boonies.

intronfilms.com
 
2007-03-31 09:30:00 AM
GaryPDX: I hate to say this but I don't think NOLA will get rebuilt to it's former glory. Everyone with the money knows it's folly to build a city below sea level. They are all just waiting for the public to figure it out too.

And I hate to say it, but god I hope so. I want NOLA to come back, I want people to have homes, I have nothing against beads and hoodoo and a really great jazz band, but if we could do that a few more miles inland, that would tickle me pink.

I grew up in a flood plain, and after a while, seeing people get flooded out and flooded out and flooded out again, and just rebuilding " 'cuz that's were pappy bilt" got old. Places like New Orleans (or Eastern Ky) that have poverty problems to begin with, could really use that money to do some good, rather than just be washed away again. It's infuriating. Might as well take the check and flush it down the toilet. It'll all end up at the same place eventually, anyway.
 
2007-03-31 09:30:04 AM
babalu87

What are you, a titty bar announcer?
 
2007-03-31 09:31:00 AM
Oh, hey, little Google Maps tidbit I found interesting:

*Washington DC's metro area is in max resolution, except for one location.
*That location? The U.S. Naval Observatory (and Vice President's house), which is pixellated past even boonie levels.
 
2007-03-31 09:31:02 AM
Google = more powerful than Congress
 
2007-03-31 09:32:34 AM
I HAVE A BLACK VW NOW GOOGLE....WTF. I DONT HAVE THAT RED S-BOX 85' CHEVY ANY MORE...THIS IS A GREAT INJUSTICE. WHO WILL DATE ME NOW GOOGLE..WHO???
 
2007-03-31 09:33:01 AM
Trinilos , That is an excerpt from Frank Zappas Thingfish.
Well worth finding and giving it a listen.
 
2007-03-31 09:33:42 AM
Guvmehnt needs to rebuild their houses.
 
2007-03-31 09:36:11 AM
Amazing how people can ignore the real issue -- obvious censorship that benefits insurance companies to the detriment of property owners -- and jog off on irrelevant threads.
 
2007-03-31 09:38:47 AM
jules_siegel:
Wouldn't being able to show what was there be more useful than what you could take a picture of right now?
 
2007-03-31 09:41:32 AM
Google is a company, with management and owners. Unless they are doing something illegal they can do whatever they want, and congress should shut its pie hole. Congress needs to go back to doing their own jobs, not creating an oligarchy where they control every aspect of the government and of life in general.
 
2007-03-31 09:43:04 AM
...oh no! - He's got to Google too!
 
2007-03-31 09:43:56 AM
Now I know why MC Rove was so squirrelly, it was all those airbrush fumes.
 
2007-03-31 09:44:13 AM
Warning: Congressional Grandstanding!
 
2007-03-31 09:48:21 AM
SuperSally: grew up in a flood plain, and after a while, seeing people get flooded out and flooded out and flooded out again, and just rebuilding " 'cuz that's were pappy bilt" got old. Places like New Orleans (or Eastern Ky) that have poverty problems to begin with, could really use that money to do some good, rather than just be washed away again. It's infuriating. Might as well take the check and flush it down the toilet. It'll all end up at the same place eventually, anyway.

New Orleans has flooded like this ONCE in its history. The last major flood event was 200 years ago. And this one was largely due to man-made error in the levee system. The old parts of the city that were built up pre-levee were largely unscathed (and those parts are largely back to normal). The flooding happened after the storm had completely passed over. San Francisco has been leveled by earthquakes more than New Orleans has been flooded and we've been here far longer.

Now, I will say that I feel that the some sections of Orleans Parish that were completely wiped out should never be zoned for residential development again. I'd raze the 9th Ward and build the largest port on the Gulf Coast there, but politically, it will never happen.
 
2007-03-31 09:48:30 AM
Why rebuild there? It's been proven to be inherently unsafe.
 
2007-03-31 09:48:39 AM
jules_siegel: Amazing how people can ignore the real issue -- obvious censorship that benefits insurance companies to the detriment of property owners -- and jog off on irrelevant threads.

i've been wondering why anyone outside Orleans and Jefferson counties...
 
2007-03-31 09:48:43 AM
That's kind of weird for Google to decide to do that.
 
2007-03-31 09:50:43 AM
Oh wait, I found my house after all.

wgow.com
 
2007-03-31 09:51:03 AM
CanyonMan: Google is a company, with management and owners. Unless they are doing something illegal they can do whatever they want, and congress should shut its pie hole. Congress needs to go back to doing their own jobs, not creating an oligarchy where they control every aspect of the government and of life in general.

Amen! Sorry to say, Congress, but in free enterprise Google can do that if they want. If the shareholders get pissed about it then mgmt might change it. But until then STFU and GBTW. If you need some hi res pictures of the current situation, I am sure there is some time on some Russian spy sats for lease cheap.... oh wait that is right the government of the US has these things called "air planes" with some new fangled invention called a "camera" that can get you the pictures.

Congress pisses me off.... does not matter who is in charge, the just piss me off.

/rant off
//sorry about that, I think someone pissed in my corn flakes today.
 
2007-03-31 09:54:44 AM
staplermofo [TotalFark]

Wouldn't being able to show what was there be more useful than what you could take a picture of right now?

It would depend on the claim. I am not going to get into a discussion about all the different possibilities. Scrubbing the raw and ugly information and reverting to old but pretty pictures speaks for itself.

When you use Google Earth do you want accuracy or Nineteen Eighty-Four.
 
2007-03-31 09:54:49 AM
Of all the things that deserve the 'Asinine' tag. A perfect example of STFU. It's Google's product - they can do whatever the hell they want with it, and use whatever data they want. You want post-Katrina images? Get your own data and make your own application.
 
2007-03-31 09:54:51 AM
The problems in New Orleans have less to do with George Bush and More to do with Anheuser Bush.
 
2007-03-31 09:55:17 AM
albo: As opposed to the Congress that could have spent 1% of that *before* Katrina to prevent the after-effects? Oh wait, that means 99% less money for cronies and sycophants.
 
2007-03-31 09:57:50 AM
I assume Brad Miller voted to increase funding for levee building prior to the hurricane if he's really doing his job and cares about poor people.

So easy to pick on Google. The last line of the article is pretty clear, though: Google does provide imagery of New Orleans and the region following Katrina through its more specialized service called Google Earth.

Just more political junk.
 
2007-03-31 09:58:28 AM
Uhm, it's not Congress's responsibility to rebuild New Orleans. The only thing they could do to help is to make it a federal tax free zone.
 
2007-03-31 09:59:24 AM
I remeber when Hurricane Floyd came in and basically leveled the eastern half of NC, the telethons and all the rel...oh...wait...we didn't get crap.

/Was above sea level
//That is all.
 
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