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Friday, September 09, 2005

Brain dead FEMA, promotes Microsoft

FEMA Aid Site Only Takes IE; Firefox, Mac Users Need Not Apply
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), already the subject of sharp criticism in the wake of the Hurricane Katrina disaster, may find itself chastised further for restricting access to its online assistance site to Windows and Microsoft Internet Explorer users.

To file a claim online at FEMA's Individual Assistance Center, where citizens can apply for government help, the browser must be IE 6.0 or later with JavaScript enabled.
That cuts out everyone running Linux or the Mac operating systems, as well as Windows users running alternate browsers such as Firefox or Opera. When TechWeb tested the site using Windows XP and Firefox 1.0.6, the message "In order to use this site, you must have JavaScript Enabled and Internet Explorer version 6. Download it from Microsoft or call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) to register" popped up on the screen.
I am a Mac and Firefox user. I was willing to give FEMA a pass given the magnitued of the Katrina disaster. Sh** happens, and plans get changed by the situation. But, this is an action that was planned well in advance of the disaster. Locking out 20 percent of Internet users, and promoting Microspoft is over the top! And it looks like they may be in violation of federal informaiton policy. More details here.

Mike Brown FEMA Director just got fired, lets hope this situation gets changed.

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Blogger Frederic Christie said...

Go Russ! Continue to battle Microsoft's dominion! You might be interested to know that IE is considered so bad by those seeking to plant spyware on your computer that, when dealing with Firefox users, they will run Javascripts to open your IE window and implant the spyware there.

Fri Sep 09, 02:03:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Sherry said...

Sorry Russ---Know you hate the blame game, but I couldn't resist:

Old Joke---revisited:

Question: How many members of the Bush administration does it take to change a light bulb?

Answer: Ten. (My quotes representative of typical George utterings.)

1. One to deny that a light bulb needs to be changed; ("What levies? What hurricane?")

2. One to attack the patriotism of anyone who says the light bulb needs to be changed; ("These people are dying, let's not worry about assigning blame--not now!"

3. One to blame Clinton for burning out the light bulb; ("He Said "NO" TO Louisiana FIRST--remember, before I got here?")

4. One to tell the nations of the world that they are either for changing the light bulb or for eternal darkness; ("Sinful City"? Dennis Hastert says city should not be rebuilt.")

5. One to give a billion dollar no-bid contract to Halliburton for the new light bulb; (Or, for all of the military reconstruction, and within HOURS of disaster?)

6. One to arrange a photograph of Bush, dressed as a janitor, standing on a step ladder under the banner 'Bulb Accomplished'; (Or,"Where are my waders?" as he "determines" FEMA did what it could!?)

7. One administration insider to resign and in detail reveal how Bush was literally 'in the dark' the whole time; ("Good job Brownie"--doesn't EVERYONE think he should move from horses to jackasses, maybe write a book on the differences?)

8. One to viciously smear No. 7; (How about Rick Santorum as he aligns the victims with Brownie in laying the blame where it REALLY belongs?)

9. One surrogate to campaign on TV and at rallies on how George Bush has had a strong light-bulb-changing policy all along; (George will assure you of this in his own words. Either, "We Tried To Tell Them", a collaboration of his and Gods, or "Spend More, Think Less", guide for the poor, could be books available sometime after 2010---testament to his presidency and the consumerism religion he'll found.

10. And finally, one to confuse Americans about the difference between screwing a light bulb and screwing the country. (KATRINA proving there is no difference, as FEMA is recognized as a money laundering operation, not an AGENCY MANAGING EMERGENCIES confused further under HOMELAND SECURITY titling AND as a "necessary evil" supporting consumerism.)


Fri Sep 09, 06:09:00 PM PDT  

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