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  •  is there something here? (3+ / 0-)
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    Diggla, Simplify, El Duder

    care to offer your thoughts?

    -7.63, -5.79 The Christian Right is neither.

    by sfluke on Thu May 11, 2006 at 10:23:02 PM PDT

    •  Ellison may have donated the sofware... (1+ / 0-)
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      yet another liberal

      but you can bet he didn't donate the support contracts! And, likely not any of the upgrades. I think Ellison is like any of the other corporatist. He's a multinational player with primary patriotism to profits.

      Complicit? I doubt he cares one way or the other.

      •  I had written (0+ / 0-)

        To several contacts at Oracle - including Larry - after Katrina, suggesting they donate time and product to find missing children or assist in other aspects of the disaster. No response.

        I had already found that there was a database program already installed under FEMA for use by contractors, that I thought could be adapted to either the missing people or resources to rebuild.

        All this crap we pay for and that the agencies have, but are wasted or never used!!  Like those trailers!

        Changing America 1 cup at a time... "I'm not a Liberal, I just use my brain."

        by coffeeinamrica on Fri May 12, 2006 at 12:33:56 AM PDT

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        •  I saw an interview on Democracy Now.. (0+ / 0-)

          with the second in charge in Cuba. It was shortly after Katrina, and he was attending a UN conference in NY. His comments about not understanding how the US could lose track of its children, or refuse Cuba's offer of Doctors were memorable. I remember feeling that he was what I expected our government reps to be. He was all about caring for people with a sincerety I've yet to hear an American politician express.

          According to the UN, Cuba has the best record in the world for responding to natural disasters. Few people die, or are injured because they evacuvate before hurricanes strike. And, they do so without sophisticated databases or high tech solutions.

          I'm not surprised no one responded from Oracle. I think much of the country lost its ability to care about others a long time ago. Katrina is seen as an opportunity to make money, not the tragedy it really was/is.

          Your attempting to do something to help is both wonderful, and rare in today's world. Wish there were more people like you.

          •  It is perhaps a stereotype, but... (0+ / 0-)

            It must be the luxury of wealth that allows us to not 'really care' and to be ideologues rather than realists.  Money insulates, to be sure.

            I heard the same on Cuba.  Our stance toward Castro and Cuba has long baffled me!!  Although having an 'evil' component - our capitalism, that is, what better way to make a country a free, consumerist society than to flood it with our products and television programs??  What idiocy on DC!

            And while I'm on a tangent...the whole Iraq thing was a farce since the embargo on... If Saddam ever posed a REAL threat (and we should know, if we have technology to read license plates from satellites) we could have used ICBM's at the last moment and in a justified way and probably killing fewer Iraqis than we already have. Not to mention US deaths.  What a farce!

            Thx for the kind words :)

            Changing America 1 cup at a time... "I'm not a Liberal, I just use my brain."

            by coffeeinamrica on Fri May 12, 2006 at 02:03:15 PM PDT

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