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Great to see Obama and Christie crossing (imagined) borders in the spirit of (real) public interest.
 
I live at the Jersey Shore. Did you see Brian Williams of NBC reporting from the hardest-hit area? That's where I live. The area has been devastated. Entire towns were destroyed. There are mile-long lines for gasoline at the few stations that have any. I'm hearing a lot of people in other parts of the country complaining that people shouldn't “politicize” this natural disaster, and I have one thing to say to them:

Shut up.

Just shut the hell up. There's an election next week, and this is politics. Now is exactly the right time to point out that we have one candidate who wants to eliminate or cut FEMA (it depends on which day you ask him), who thinks the states should handle this stuff themselves, who thinks disaster relief should be a for-profit enterprise. One candidate who said that it is “immoral” to borrow money to help disaster victims. One candidate whose idea of “small government” is to leave people to fend for themselves.

Mitt Romney staged a photo op pretending to collect canned goods to send to the victims of Hurricane Sandy. His staff spent a few grand at Walmart and handed out cans for people to be photographed handing back, and he got his picture taken picking up boxes of stuff. What a jackass.

Remember when Paul Ryan got his picture taken pretending to volunteer at a homeless shelter? At least the thing he was pretending to do would be good if other people actually did it. The Red Cross neither needs nor wants your canned goods. All that does is create a logistical problem to transport the items. They don't accept that kind of donation because it doesn't help.

More to the point, we don't need your canned goods. Canned goods? Really? Do you think we don't have grocery stores out here? We have more canned goods than we could ever possibly need. How clueless can you be and still be seen as a viable candidate for president?

What we need is power. We need the lines and transformers and substations fixed. We need a more resilient infrastructure. And we need gasoline, very badly – but fixing the power will take care of that, too.

Mitt Romney thinks the states should take care of all of this themselves. He thinks New York City should be pumping out its own subway tunnels. He thinks the president shouldn't have brought FEMA to New Jersey with him, or sent those Navy ships to land the helicopters on. He thinks the power companies whose services go out every time it rains need less regulation. He thinks the market should be left to deal with the cleanup. He compared it with his experience cleaning up a school football field after a celebration. And he thinks what we really need is some canned soup.

Heckuvajob Brownie – remember him, from Katrina? – said the president responded to Hurricane Sandy too quickly. That's the Republican philosophy in action. Need to rebuild your home? Borrow money from your parents!

Meanwhile, Romney ignores questions from reporters about his intentions for FEMA. His party insists that disaster relief funding requires offsets. And now they're attacking our Republican governor, Chris Christie, for doing his job and working with the president to help the people of his state, rather than adhering to the Republican religion. We're all very grateful that Gov. Christie doesn't adhere to that religion.

But Mitt Romney does, and Paul Ryan does, and the party in general does. No state has the resources to deal with this kind of thing, and privatizing it would be despicable. We live in a society; let's act like it. Let's elect people who act like it. Not people who stage photo ops pretending to do things that won't help anyway.

Meanwhile, if you want to help, we don't need your old clothes or your dusty cans of cream of mushroom soup. Text “redcross” to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
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Really enjoyed my recent interview on public engagement and co-design with Dr Don Lenihan of Canada's Public Policy Forum. Hard to know when to pull the plug on the chat - the guy's a treasure trove of lived wisdom.
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Hi +Simeon Oriko Hope we can sneak away to join your Hangout! All the best for your Space Apps event in Nairobi
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New interview to kick off @Gov20Radio @IntlSpaceApps coverage w/ @WhiteHouseOSTP dCTO Chris Vein + Nicholas @Skytland now on > http://gov20radio.com/2012/04/countdown-spaceapps #gov20 #opengov #opendata
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Hear about the international state of eGovernment with Barbara-Chiara Ubaldi from the +OECD  eGovernment unit in a new interview as part of our +Gov 2.0 Radio ICEGOV 2012 pre-event coverage
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After a long absence... a good ol' West Wing walk-and-talk. Not likely to be Aaron Sorkin at work... not quite as crisp writing.  But then there's The NewsRoom.
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New special "event section" of +Gov 2.0 Radio site launched at http://gov20radio.com/spaceapps for International Space Apps Challenge - with feature interviews, city updates and more. Part of "Open NASA" month on Gov 2.0 Radio
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Good to meet - you joining Space Apps in Sao Paulo??
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Fascinating to see how candid Mr Salem was - even with challenging questions. Encouraging leadership methinks!
 
Just concluded a very impressive 2 hr marathon tweetup by Mr. Salem Al Shair - Director of UAE Federal eGovernment hosting a live talk session on Twitter today. Open questions and discussion using #AskSalem
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Very valid suggestion and we thought about it, but we had other constraints here so we had to do it in this time. Definitely should consider having a session in a time suitable to North America timezone .. will keep you posted
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This year the UN's day for Telecoms and the Information Society in May is focused on women in IT. Be great to have more ppl involved. We'll be doing special episodes at +Gov 2.0 Radio
 
The lack of women in technology is disturbing. To fix it, we need to re-engineer the industry's male-dominated culture.
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