IBM Suggests Ways to Make St. Louis Smarter -- and Safer -- City

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The official title of IBM's initiative to help municipalities increase government efficiency is the "Smarter Cities Challenge."

In St. Louis, though, the initiative may as well be called the IBM "Safer City Challenge," as IBM's braniacs focused their efforts here on ways to improve public safety. Following three weeks of observation earlier this year, IBM yesterday released its 60-page conclusion that acknowledges the desire of St. Louis leaders to rid the town of its "Most Dangerous City" label.

But how can St. Louis achieve that? By sharing more information across city departments, says IBM.

The company noted that St. Louis' complicated structure -- with the police and judges under state jurisdiction, while the mayor, sheriff and prosecutor are each elected independently -- has led to a lack of communication between those charged with ensuring public safety. IBM suggests that these players meet regularly and organize their data and information in one system that can be accessed by all departments.

Already some judges are using streamlined information when determining bonds and sentencing for repeat offenders. At a news conference yesterday, the heads of the various departments all seem to agree with the study.

"We will get more for our money when the different agencies work much more closely together and share more information to target dangerous, career criminals," said Slay.

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Tim
Tim

Fuck IBM. They are full of shit and bad for the economy. They actively encourage companies to outsource their tech workers, thus destroying jobs and sending them overseas.

Even worse, IBM provided Hitler with early computing machines that were used to track Jews in concentration camps. There is ample evidence that IBM knew what was happening, but they looked the other way so they could keep selling their computers. Do some googling, I'm not making this up.

Great job IBM, you made the Holocaust a lot more efficient. I hope you're proud.

Rudy Moore
Rudy Moore

"DuPont, Ford, General Electric, General Motors, IBM, Kodak, and Shell Oil had subsidiaries and investments in Germany shortly before or during the war. GM (Opel) and Ford controlled 70 percent of the German automotive market when Hitler launched WWII in 1939. GM and Ford subsidiaries in the Reich built nearly 90 percent of the armored 'mule' 3-ton half-trucks and more than 70 percent of the Reich's medium and heavy-duty trucks."http://histclo.com/essay/war/w...(Grain of salt, you can't trust everything you read on the net, etc. etc.)

BMW, Mercedes/Daimler Benz, VW all made engines for the Nazi war effort. Mitsubishi (which owns Nikon) made engines for Japanese aircraft. Granted, these are mostly foreign companies but you can't deny their penetration and share of the American market since WWII.

My opinion: I'm on the fence about IBM's involvement in this project. I'm not excusing IBM or any other corporations' actions, I'm just making the point that it's damn near impossible to not contribute to some corporation in your everyday life that doesn't have skeletons in the closet. Walmart, Target, BP, Exxon, Georgia-Pacific, Coke, Whole Foods... all have done or are doing unethical things. Keeping up with these things in all the everyday products you consume is more than a full time job. Kudos to those who can and refuse to support them for their personal reasons. I am begrudgingly not one of those people.

Tim
Tim

Sorry Rudy, but you're not the Human Tornado that you think you are.

IBM wasn't just making machines for war. They were specifically making machines to operate concentration camps and identify Jews.  IBM actually invented the concept of a "racial census" just to help Germany identify Jews and Jewish lineage.  We're not talking engines or trucks or anything.  We're talking JEW TABULATING MACHINES.  There's a big ass difference.

Lets see how much money IBM wants from the city of St Louis for their "groundbreaking" project.  And lets just see how much offshore labor they use for it.

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