Ceeon Quiett, spokeswoman for Mayor Ray Nagin, said that as far as she was aware, "the city did not request the map change". She said: "My first reaction was, that's a bit problematic."
Ruston Henry went further, demanding: "Is Google part of the conspiracy? Why these images of pre-Katrina? Seems mighty curious."
Chikai Ohazama, a Google product manager for satellite imagery, admitted he didn't know when the new images were uploaded and stressed he hadn't been asked "personally" to make the change. He added that "the maps now available are the best the company can offer", and explained that Google used "numerous factors" to decide what's selected for the databases - "everything from resolution, to quality, to when the actual imagery was acquired".
One local offered a plausible explanation for the transformation. Fisherman Pete Gerica, who said he'd used Google images of his flooded waterside homestead "in his arguments with insurance adjusters", offered: "I think a lot of stuff they're doing right now is smoke and mirrors because tourism is so off. It might be somebody's weird spin on things looking better." ®
Scotland is like...
i always thought Scotland was a _post-industrial_ wasteland, not a post-apocalyptic one; difference being one is act-of-man (or slightly evolved ape, if you like, and therefore it is grimy, tawdry and/or pathetic), the other is act-of-god-or-atomic-physics (and thus has a certain catastrophic fallen grandeur, which only natural forces can produce, and which is absent in industrial leftovers).
somewhat like Detroit, in Michigan, or any other offshored/outsourced manufacturing area in the USA. other countries export products, consultants or raw materials; we export jobs (and don't reeducate people to make them employable afterwards).
This just proves it!...
coming soon to a theater near you... Katrina 2.0 Stupidity can strike twice!! Google the premier search engine, and advertising mogul of the internet all around the world is actually just a front for a sinister group aiming to trick the world in to believing that "the big easy" has regained its status as the icon of american culture, in hopes of luring tens of thousands of tourists in to visiting NOLA, as the army core of engineers prepares to blow the levees for a second time...
rated S for stupid!
More severe google earth problems:
Personally, I am outraged that the Coulsdon bypass is not yet shown in it's full glory.