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Thread by @zeynep: "@elonmusk So Vern is the diver who was among the first there, dug up the maps, brought in the other divers, figured out where the boys were […]"

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@elonmusk So Vern is the diver who was among the first there, dug up the maps, brought in the other divers, figured out where the boys were and convinced authorities. Look beyond your irritation with his irritation and listen for a sec why he might be irritated, ok? edition.cnn.com/2018/07/13/uk/…
@elonmusk I know you said clearly you'd defer to the divers, and I point that out in my piece. But rescuers hate high profile interventions & VIP visits etc. Quiet, background development is great, publicity is not) because they're also fighting a million officials with own ideas/agendas.+
@elonmusk I was once in the middle of an earthquake rescue with an amazing team. Politest people. Their lives on the line. Humble. Years later, I just don't have words. Literally the biggest problem they faced was local officials, politicians & celebs who butted in. Even if well meaning.+
@elonmusk Officials pull/push actual rescuers. Sub as a back-up option (are people still working on it with domain experts?) is great to explore quietly, but the thing they fear is that an official comes and overrules the rescuers. Try this flashy thing! Happens to disastrous consequence.
@elonmusk We had someone important and famous land with a @#$@!! helicopter to the earthquake zone to "support our work and improve our morale." At that point, we were working round the clock next to a burning refinery and the biggest challenge was establishing silence to listen for life.+
@elonmusk These rescuers I had been working, who were so humble, polite and expert—and who accepted everything and just worked and worked at great risk to themselves, climbing into rubble in the middle of 6.5+ aftershocks.. I learned more English curse words that day than since or before.+
@elonmusk I've too-long for Twitter stories on how hard it was to keep officials on track and from meddling wrongly. Anyway, the lesson I took is that publicity—even well-meaning—and anything flashy that officials might be attracted to during a rescue is dangerous. Many stories like that.+
@elonmusk Take from all this, my piece, my thread, his irritation what you want, but we're all human and my two-cents is that too many people blindly cheer-on wealthy/famous people, and want saviors, and we're all worse off for it, and the wealthy famous people perhaps worst. /end
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