Ballmer vs. Google

Via Digg:

Steve Ballmer hates Google

Prior to joining Google, I set up a meeting on or about November 11, 2004 with Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer to discuss my planned departure….At some point in the conversation Mr. Ballmer said: “Just tell me it’s not Google.” I told him it was Google.

At that point, Mr. Ballmer picked up a chair and threw it across the room hitting a table in his office. Mr. Ballmer then said: “Fucking Eric Schmidt is a fucking pussy. I’m going to fucking bury that guy, I have done it before, and I will do it again. I’m going to fucking kill Google.” ….

Thereafter, Mr. Ballmer resumed trying to persuade me to stay….Among other things, Mr. Ballmer told me that “Google’s not a real company. It’s a house of cards.”
(Source: John Battelle’s Searchblog)

Oh dearie me…

I wish I had video footage of this. It’d be even funnier than the classic dancing Ballmer.

Bush Golfed While Hurricane Raged

Via Joalby:

Last September, a Category 5 hurricane battered the small island of Cuba with 160-mile-per-hour winds. More than 1.5 million Cubans were evacuated to higher ground ahead of the storm. Although the hurricane destroyed 20,000 houses, no one died.

What is Cuban President Fidel Castro’s secret? According to Dr. Nelson Valdes, a sociology professor at the University of New Mexico, and specialist in Latin America, “the whole civil defense is embedded in the community to begin with. People know ahead of time where they are to go.”

“Cuba’s leaders go on TV and take charge,” said Valdes. Contrast this with George W. Bush’s reaction to Hurricane Katrina. The day after Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, Bush was playing golf. He waited three days to make a TV appearance and five days before visiting the disaster site. In a scathing editorial on Thursday, the New York Times said, “nothing about the president’s demeanor yesterday – which seemed casual to the point of carelessness – suggested that he understood the depth of the current crisis.”

“Merely sticking people in a stadium is unthinkable” in Cuba, Valdes said. “Shelters all have medical personnel, from the neighborhood. They have family doctors in Cuba, who evacuate together with the neighborhood, and already know, for example, who needs insulin.”

After Hurricane Ivan, the United Nations International Secretariat for Disaster Reduction cited Cuba as a model for hurricane preparation. ISDR director Salvano Briceno said, “The Cuban way could easily be applied to other countries with similar economic conditions and even in countries with greater resources that do not manage to protect their population as well as Cuba does.”
(Source: Truthout)

The above will undoubtedly be dismissed as lefty propaganda, even though the United Nations has acknowledged Cuba’s efficiency. But, of course, the UN is just a bunch of corrupt COMMUNISTS! Bush and his neo-Nazi friends say so, so it must be true. Oh, apart from when a country ignores a UN resolution that the US instigates, then that justfies going to war. Funny that, eh?

My thanks to Joalby for sending me this educating but ultimately depressing article. I’ve not written about Katrina because the scale of the loss is just too horrible, anything I write will sound trite and petty.

But the above article angered me so much. That America, the richest country in the world, can have such an appalling lack of care and organisation is staggering. And yet, tiny Cuba, which has been under continuous economic attack by the US for decades, manages so well that it receives praise from the UN. What the hell is going on?

It’s a one way deal with Bush: Americans are expected to pay their taxes, send their children to die in pointless wars and then wave the flag when the bodybags come home. But when a national disaster occurs…?

An Editor and Publisher article Wednesday said the Army Corps of Engineers “never tried to hide the fact that the spending pressures of the war in Iraq, as well as homeland security – coming at the same time as federal tax cuts – was the reason for the strain,” which caused a slowdown of work on flood control and sinking levees.

“This storm was much greater than protection we were authorized to provide,” said Alfred C. Naomi, a senior project manager in the New Orleans district of the corps.

Unlike in Cuba, where homeland security means keeping the country secure from deadly natural disasters as well as foreign invasions, Bush has failed to keep our people safe. “On a fundamental level,” Paul Krugman wrote in yesterday’s New York Times, “our current leaders just aren’t serious about some of the essential functions of government. They like waging war, but they don’t like providing security, rescuing those in need or spending on prevention measures. And they never, ever ask for shared sacrifice.”
(Source: Truthout)

It all comes down to a question of priorities. Please read the full article, linked above.

An Angry American Writes

I got this email from Joalby Phoenix:

Hey Jyoti,
I thought you’d like to read this. It is an article posted September 3rd about a Category 5 storm which hit Cuba last September. the difference is in Cuba noone died and people got away ahead of time. What was the difference?

People are genuinely looking out for oneanother in Cuba. I always get criticism and after posting this on my message board I don’t doubt I’ll get a few hate mail letters. But who cares, it needs ot be said. I have said many times and stand by my idea that communism is a good foundation upon which to build upon. In the US we could learn from that. We have this bullshit idea of a government with a leader who’d rather golf and choke on a pretzel than worry about his people.

This is not the first time Bush or the governement and the US in general has let down her people. Do I believe we would be better off in a communist nation. At the risk of sounding Un-american. YES!. Cuba has demonstrated various times that opposed to what one might say about Castro he seems to genuinely care about Cuba’s people. Some may be poorer some may be richer. But all are looked after.

When Hurricane Ivan hit Cuba.. noone died, everyone had doctors and medical care, and there was NO LOOTING. What the fuck is wrong with us as Americans. It’s so disappointing. If we as a people looked after each other moreso we might not have had so much hurt and loss.

That’s just my opinion but you can see the entire article

See, if you could possibly post that on your site to let people know that not all Americans are the way we are depicted and that we as well as the entire world DO realize that our nation lacks in many aspects and that without proper leadership we will never grow.

This serves as proof that as anation we are so young. We not only have to fear our government not caring
but the reporters the scientists who knew something was coming and did NOTHING to get our brothers and sisters out of danger. We, the USA pride ourselves on calling ourselves brothers and sisters, but what kind of a fucked up relationship are we living in that this is what we would do to our own?

You may agree or disagree with Joalby. I’m posting this to counter the racist anti-Americanism I come across in so-called left-wing circles. It’s the sloppy, idiotic thinking that labels all Americans as gun-toting, Bible-thumping, ignorant Bushites. It’s a grave dis-service to the millions of Americans who, like Joalby, are working every day to try and make their country and the world a better place.