Michael Brown


"Former FEMA Head Blames Others for Hurricane Response Problems"
What a pathetic excuse for a human being.
Notan
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Notan wrote:

Certainly...but he's not wrong.
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3D Peruna wrote:

As an old project manager was fond of saying, there's enough blame to go around.
He's spinning it, so that's no surprise. He's a lawyer and a political crony of an appointee, also no surprise.
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RicodJour wrote:

And only by admitting to ones fuck ups, learning from them, and putting those lessons to action the next time something happens can anyone move forward.

Of course he is.
But what's really dangerous about Michael Brown's behavior is that he's actively impeding any effort to prevent the horrendous aftermath of Katrina from happening again the next time a major hurricane hits that region.
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> "Former FEMA Head Blames Others for Hurricane Response Problems"
And he is correct.....your point is?
> > What a pathetic excuse for a human being. > > Notan
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Don wrote:

Who said I "just now" noticed?
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Don wrote:

Sorry, Don, you'll have to find someone else to "play with," today.
Have fun!
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You're being too kind. More like a pathetic waste of DNA.
Nobody anymore seems to have the cahones to just stand up and say, "Well, to be honest, I accepted a job for which I was not qualified, and I screwed up - if there is a positive effect from my situation, please let it be that only qualified people will henceforth be given similar positions of great responsibility".
But there are so few politicians or even businesspeople these days who are actually Men. Or for that matter, Women. Most are snivelling, stunted, frail creatures who never progressed mentally (or psychoemotionally) past the onset of puberty.
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Kris Krieger wrote:

Mind you, he's *still* being paid his $148,000/yr salary.
If you, or I, ever failed so miserably at a civilian job, we'd be out on our asses, looking for work, elsewhere.
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I know you're being sarcastic (it's almost impossible to not be). But in truth, the people who would be capable of accepting such a challenge would *never* be given it. Never.
It's like an orchestra. After leaving classical guitar, I took on the oboe, and became proficient enough to again thin about a career in music - but my teacher told me something interesting, whcih I later learned held true universally. She said, "The first oboist has a say over who will be hired as the second oboist. So, before you audition, spend time studying the performances of both the second oboist and the first oboist - the trick is to be better than the second, but not so good that the first oboist perceives you as a threat, because a threat will not be hired."
That is why stupidity reigns. The idiots and crooks in charge will *NEVER* hire, or appoint, *anyone* for or to a position who is percieved as being a threat to the status quo - they'll *ALWAYS* hire or appoint people who are also idiots and crooks, and most especially, people who are more idiotic and more crooked.
This holds true in gov.t, corporations, and any other realm of human affairs.
The only way for an intelligent person to get anywhere is to realize at a very young age (i.e., grade school) that they have to *pretend* to be an idiot, or at least a semi-idiot, and learn to suck up to idiots, and only after years of that, make the big power move.
Society is created by, and exists for, idiots. That's why, starting with cartoons for the youngest children and through to popular movies, it's always the "evil professor/scientist", or at best, the "bungling professor/scientist", and very *very* rarely the "competent and concerned solution-finding professor/scientist". America was founded by intelligent people, and in the early years, democracy was understood to demand a certain level of intelligence and education and rational thought in order for it to function. Now, however? Current society is anti-Intellectual. the word "intellectual" has become a condemnation.
So why in bloody hell did and does *anyone* actually EXPECT <!!!> that a gov.t entity such as FEMA is capable of actually *doing* anything at all?
People who sit around waiting for the gov.t, ot any other large entity, to "help them", to "do the reconstruction", are fooling themselves.
Even if NO gets rebuilt, nobody with any brains will think that it will be rebuilt so as to repopulate it with the poor. Or even the middle class, which is seen as bieng nothing more than a donkey (a.k.a. ass), a beast of burden, by the Power Elite. And the only thing hte Power Elite will do "for" anyone who isn't one of their own is give them a high colonic.
If anything, Brown will be promoted, or at least moved laterally because he's one of their "good buddies".

I used to work for the gov.t, as I've mentioned, but the bureaucracy made me sick. As I've said, you can be a top-notch analyst, you can have a genius IQ and the ability to know what to do with it in terms of hunting and ferreting out information and putting it together, your reports can make it all the way to the NIE - and all it takes is ONE idiot politician whining "Well I don't *believe* that!" to have all your work summarily flushed down the toilet. And so what if the adversary nation falls and the new reoprts reveal that everything you ever reported turned out to be right. So the bloody hell what. You're still, to them, just a piece of moldy lettuce that ends up in the landfill.
Not that corporations or most businesses are any better, because they are not, but at least they pay more for one to pretend to be an idiot.

No, Don, sorry but you are wrong on that one. It's completely the opposite. The people who last are the ones who are so full of themselves that there is no room in their thoughts for anything else.
It's the relatively few competent, hard-working gov.t employees who have the inferiority complex.

Exactly. The world might be burning, but the main "goal" (both gov.t and corporate) is nothing more than trying by any means to claw one's way up to a "higher" bureaucratic level and gain and additional modicum of the pathetic excuse for "power" and the extra allmighty Goddollars that the promotion brings.
Such is the glory of the human species. In essence, no better than a troupe of baboons with the ability to speak. The superior point of baboons being that at least they have no pretensions of nobility - they simply are what they are.
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I just quit.
Which ended up being the equivalent of shooting myself in the foot, because I looked for work for 9 yrs in Canada but, regardless of my "excellent qualifications", I was never hired because I "only" had US work experience and was "only" a Landed Immigrant and "only" a US citizen. Thank goodness for Freelance Work. But after 10+ years in the Socialist Paradise, my health had gone to hell and my professional life was nonexistent.
Principles never come cheap, it seems. Which would explain why so many people tend to not bother with them.
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