this is unfuckingbelievable

apparently, *sometime* in the past few days GoogleMaps has gone and replaced post-hurricane Katrina satellite pictures of New Orleans with images taken prior to the storm.  

Google's product manager for satellite imagery doesn't know when the images were taken or when they replaced the post-Katrina ones (!!!)   . from the article in the Huffington Post

"Chikai Ohazama, a Google Inc. product manager for satellite imagery, said the maps now available
are the best the company can offer. Numerous factors decide what goes into the databases, "everything from resolution, to quality, to when the actual imagery was acquired."

He said he was not sure when the current images replaced views of the city taken after Katrina struck Aug. 29, 2005, flooding an estimated 80 percent of New Orleans.

In the images available Thursday, the cranes working to fix the breach of the 17th Street Canal are gone. Blue tarps that covered roofless homes are replaced by shingles. Homes wiped off their foundations are miraculously back in place in the Lower 9th. So, too, is the historic lighthouse on Lake Pontchartrain."

folks, check this out:  the lower ninth ward as per Google maps.  it sure as hell didn't look like
that two weeks ago when we were there.   I'll post some pics this weekend.

Even if I wasn't a cynic, I'd find it hard to believe that this switch of images  "just happened"…  surely City Hall and other assorted city boosters didn't encourage Google to present a less devastated picture of the city, no?

Google, don't forget your much vaunted Corporate Motto and bring back the images of NOLA as it is.

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18 thoughts on “this is unfuckingbelievable

  1. [this is dethpicable]
    Oh! Oh! I heard this on the radio this morning while I was still half asleep in bed!!! Liars. I hate that. Fucking liars. How could they? and why??? gah!

  2. As if the people who survived Katrina don't already feel sufficiently forgotten about and shoved aside. Now we're altering reality to pretend it never happened?

  3. ripped from the pages of the Stalinist handbook "if we pretend it didn't happen, it didn't happen""if we pretend it didn't happen, it didn't happen""if we pretend it didn't happen, it didn't happen"and IG, don't worry. I've done the same thing. VOX really needs to add a non-positive statement to choose from.

  4. Google also censors some of the videos from Iraq at the request of the US Government. (They deny it's at the request of the government but why else would they censor them) You can still see them if you use the UK search.

  5. Hmmm. I know some serious map people. I will make inquiries. Might be interesting to see what they think. I'll get back to ya, if I get any additional perspective.

  6. oooo, please do and let us all know. I know there have been changes because I used GE to look at New Orleans three weeks ago (no saved screenshots, unfortunately), and it corresponded quite well to what we saw a dew days later.

  7. that is news to me, Kevin. how sycophantic. I would have never known, as I am too much of a wimp to watch those videos. the written description is quite enough for me.

  8. "surely City Hall and other assorted city boosters didn't encourage Google to present a less devastated picture of the city, no?"I don't know, m, I wouldn't discount this entirely, especially if they're interested in rebuilding tourism? Put your best face forward and all that. If that's the case, NO's politicians' main interest is money, tourism is money, looking good is tourism… and Google can make them look good. Just a thought…

  9. I wonder if ClearChannel owns Google Maps. That is wierd isn't it. i saw that on the news this morning and couldn't figure out why. We used to chat with a friend in Miami via the NOLA cam. They satnd on the street and read posts and we would do it for hours (not continuously) and send her messages.

  10. One map person I spoke with today said Google buys US images from each state. Still, no idea why Google Images is using false data on New Orleans. It doesn't make sense. Some map companies have refused to sell images to Google. To me, I will now think of Google Images as unreliable and unrealistic.I have another map friend who I'll check with too.

  11. [omgwtf] The correct Google maps have probably been buried with all the BBC's news footage from Sept. 11, 2001. The piece of footage of particular interest is one that keeps cropping up on YouTube and Google Video in which a newscaster is talking quite dramatically about the explosion and destruction of the second tower–while the video behind her shows a picture of the tower complete and undamaged. Apparently BBC reporters are psychic, because the time stamp shown on the video indicates the feed from New York was live while she was predicting the tower's fall. Every time it appears on YouTube and Google, it somehow gets pulled, but people just keep posting it again.

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