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September 2, 2005

Imagine that
Posted by Patrick at 12:11 PM * 13 comments

China Miéville on the Gulf disaster, here, here, and here.

Amazingly, it turns out that Baton Rouge-based Innovative Emergency Management, beneficiaries of the clever plan to privatize emergency planning, have suddenly turned shy about letting the world see their old announcements and press releases.

It’s almost as if someone was trying to evade responsibility for incompetence that’s resulted in the deaths of thousands, or something.

Itís almost as if “business” includes a social class of people who don’t care if we live or die. But only a wild-eyed communist would think anything so rude.

Comments on Imagine that:
#1 ::: aphrael ::: (view all by) ::: September 02, 2005, 12:21 PM:

The first two links appear to be broken ATM (they seem to be of the form [nielsenhayden-url]"[destination URL].
Here's the first, unmangled. And the second.

#2 ::: aphrael ::: (view all by) ::: September 02, 2005, 12:21 PM:

Never mind; it was fixed by the time I finished posting. :)

#3 ::: Keith Kisser ::: (view all by) ::: September 02, 2005, 01:02 PM:

Efing hell, Katrina's turned me into a freeking Socialist. Not that I wasn't leaning that way to begin with but... ugh. This is what happens when Grover Norguist gets his way. The government, drowned in a bathtub the size of the Gulf of Mexico, takes New Orleans and environs with it. The shrub smirks and sends Condi out for shoes and I jst don't know anymore. If this could have come out worse, I'd rather not know how.

#4 ::: PiscusFiche ::: (view all by) ::: September 02, 2005, 01:03 PM:

Weird. I just saw my old employers linked in China Mieville's blog. That's surreal. (The Insurance Journal, not IEM, thank you.)

#5 ::: PiscusFiche ::: (view all by) ::: September 02, 2005, 01:06 PM:

Kieth Kisser: If it's any comfort to you, I was nominally Republican before 9-11. (A fact I blame on Utah, where politics is like having two rugby teams, and you are born into a family that cheers for one team, and only one team, even if they are the worst rugby team ever.) The first half of the Bush2 administration turned me completely off of the Republican party. (I do try to be non-partisan and vote issues and not parties, but the Republicans have made it really easy for me to vote for other people.)

#6 ::: Clark E Myers ::: (view all by) ::: September 02, 2005, 01:16 PM:

Easy to believe. Humanity includes a social class of people who don't care if we live or die see e.g. Odysseus on the use of a rope in terminating servants, the Church on "kill them all, God will know his own", aristocracy during the potato famine and Milovan Djilas on The New Class: An Analysis of the Communist System.

#7 ::: Vicki ::: (view all by) ::: September 02, 2005, 01:22 PM:

I said something similar on my LJ, and I know this won't happen, but: Bush has admitted that the response was unacceptable. He needs to admit that his response was unacceptable. And then he needs to find Rice, which shouldn't be difficult, and hand her a short letter, resigning the presidency. I'm no fan of Cheney or Hastert, but the only vaguely honorable thing Dubya can do at this point is resign, to save the country an impeachment trial, sell his ranch, and donate the proceeds to the Red Cross.

He won't, of course, because he's part of that class that doesn't care whether most of us live or die.

#8 ::: Dave Weingart ::: (view all by) ::: September 02, 2005, 01:36 PM:

Vicki, I'm actually hard-pressed to think of ANY time that Bush did the honorable thing.

#9 ::: Mark D. ::: (view all by) ::: September 02, 2005, 02:53 PM:

IEM took down the wrong stuff. Their site includes a section on "Working Conditions" that includes this link to Careers/Testimonials. Here's a sample:

IEM has a curious atmosphere of highly intense laid-backness (or laid-back high intensity). It's kind of an extension of graduate school: smart and fun people; intellectually stimulating work; challenging deadlines; flexible hours; T-shirts and Birkenstocks; swell parties. Oh yeah, and they pay you for it.
óChris, Business Development Manager

There are seven (7) multi-screen pages of this bizarre self-congratulatory crap. Look quick - I bet it'll be gone soon.

#10 ::: Steve Glover ::: (view all by) ::: September 02, 2005, 03:09 PM:

Never mind - Google's cache is your friend....

[interesting - you don't display email addresses, and yet I'm getting spam at my "steve-ml" address: some other comment system picking up the cookie on my machine, perhaps?]

#11 ::: Christopher Davis ::: (view all by) ::: September 02, 2005, 04:32 PM:

Steve: the "view all by" links leak the address, alas.

#12 ::: Tom ::: (view all by) ::: September 02, 2005, 08:32 PM:

Here's the address to IEM's press release about the contract: http://www.ieminc.com/Whats_New/Press_Releases/pressrelease052604_Manscen.htm

#13 ::: Avery ::: (view all by) ::: September 08, 2005, 01:29 PM:

On this very topic, everyone ought to read Greg Peters's account of the planning sessions. Greg writes (or wrote, not so much demand anymore from his now underwater publisher) Suspect Devices, a Louisana political comic and was recently an employee of Innovative Emergency Management.

Guess what, "Authority can be delegated. Responsibility can not." (I've been using that phrase so often I feel like I ought to be paying Jim royalties or something.)

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