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· Naughties
· · 2005
· · · September
· · · · 08 (3 entries)

Callous, Inept, and Racist · That’s from the last para­graph of this re­mark­able first-person New Or­leans nar­ra­tive. The high-level re­crim­i­na­tion dance has be­come pre­dictably par­ti­san, and I as­sume it will end when those in charge re­ceive the usu­al Wash­ing­ton pun­ish­ment. But the cops on the ground, once this is over can a whole bunch of them please be sent to jail? I’d nev­er pre­vi­ous­ly heard of Gret­na, Louisiana but it’s go­ing to go down in his­to­ry as the place where the cops drive off refugees at gun­point, then steal their food and wa­ter. [Up­date: In­ter­est­ing meta-story. I orig­i­nal­ly linked to this sto­ry over at an Emer­gen­cy Med­i­cal Ser­vices com­mu­ni­ty site (the au­thors are both EMS work­er­s). But then it van­ished, as did the ver­sion at Craigslist. It turns out that the au­thors are, well, com­mies of the old school, and this ap­par­ent­ly spooked the sites host­ing the sto­ry. While com­mies have en­hanced suspension-of-disbelief ca­pa­bil­i­ty, they are not a pri­ori liars, and now I see via Rogers Caden­head that, class-struggle is­sues aside, the sto­ry is ap­par­ent­ly true.]
 
Pfizer Offer · Britt Blaser is post­ing news of a re­mark­able of­fer from Pfiz­er; emer­gen­cy, free pre­scrip­tion fill­ing for all their prod­ucts for Ka­t­ri­na sur­vivors. Good on ya Pfiz­er, and since I haven’t seen this in the main­stream news, oth­er blog­gers might want to pass the word on. [Up­date: Huw Gil­bert of Pfiz­er adds: “Also, it is im­por­tant to note that free medicines are avail­able to all those with­out pre­scrip­tion drug cov­er­age (re­gard­less of gen­er­al health in­sur­ance status)”.]
 
Apple-Futures Roundtable · This is a new kind of gig. Next week, I’ll be par­tic­i­pat­ing in an on­line roundtable called Apple—The Next Gen­er­a­tion over at Sil­i­conVal­ley.­com. Al­so on board will be Nathan Brook­wood, Dawn Ch­mielews­ki, Michael Garten­berg, Peter Glaskowsky, Mark Gon­za­les, John Gru­ber, Andy Hertzfeld, Le­an­der Kah­ney, Keven Krewell, Brent Sim­mons, and Dean Taka­hashi. Check it out, should be fun.
 
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