Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Calling BS on the new guy's first news conference

So that guy who oozes confidence, Steve Ashton, introduces our "new" flood forecaster to the oohs and aahs of the MSM who report on the exciting event.

Missed in all that is the first line of BS we are given by him. He offered up that he's here because of a Google search. "What is the best place for water and flood fighting" http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/new-flood-forecaster-came-to-the-right-place-247010001.html

Lemme try that... just a sec... hmmmmmm

Aside from current stories about him having said that... nothing. Maybe I need to remove the quotes? I'll give you that the Wikipedia page lists the flood way in it's "Americas" section. Even Winnipeg is mentioned, but he didn't mention Wikipedia, he mentioned Google which seems to have most of it's references to some other place... in Europe. You likely guessed some country where they speak Dutch, that we call Holland, and is known as The Netherlands. China seems to come up quite often too, as does (believe it or not) New Orleans.

Perhaps I should rephrase the search? You see the problem with doing such a search from here is that we're not currently searching from Africa, so we actually come up with a few references to Manitoba in our search... and almost none for Africa where the alleged search occurred. I think there must be some way to alter my search to suit this... how about if I use a different search site, like https://www.google.com.et/ ? There appears to be a language barrier here, but we'll try the original search. Ummm...no.

The only hits are related directly to this story, and again, our Dutch friends, some references to a few other things, but nothing for Manitoba. How do you translate "What is the best place for water and flood fighting" into Ethiopian? (Oh wait... that is Amharic, not Ethiopian)

የጎርፍ መቀልበሻ ቦይ ? Is that it? best I could get... flood protection canal. Hey! We got the best one of those! Should get a hit!

Nope. Maybe if I try adding "best" to that? 

Still nothing.

OK... so perhaps I'll stop chasing that particular idea. Where has this guy been the past five years?


"For the past five years Unduche was the senior water control systems planning engineer for the province where he got first-hand experience with flooding in 2009 and 2011." (WFP)

He was in charge of the water control structures for MIT... like the SHELL MOUTH DAM! You know, the one that was kept too full! And Fairford! The one that was keeping the level of Lake Manitoba artificially high, causing the lake to flood when the other structure he was responsible for, the Portage Diversion, was set to "full on"  dumping all the water he kept in Shellmouth into Lake Manitoba!

Excellent resume!

Remember, these are the guys soundly thrashed in a report for using old excel spreadsheets to do their best "guestimates" of how much flooding we'd get... and this was the place he claimed was his answer to "What is the best place for water and flood fighting" .

"Wow" is all I can say. The general public, as well as the MSM who seem to just blindly regurgitate this stuff must really be fools. A guy who was involved in the unmitigated disaster of flood forecasting gets promoted to "boss" to much fanfare and accolades... and he was the cream that rose to the top. Staying with that analogy, I've been down to the river after a serious high water event... and that isn't cream I see floating.

Let's see if he can read a map better than his old boss could, and recognize that the only watershed that's bigger than the Red River is that of the Assiniboine. We'll see if he mentions that river at all, as old Philip seemed to forget all about it a few years ago.

"What is the best place for water and flood fighting"

You can't make this shit up.

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