Apple has cut the performance of Kanye West from the QuickTime stream of its special event in San Francisco.

In the original QuickTime Stream, Kayne West’s performance was included along with its attendant explicit language. The total run time (TRT) of the QT stream was originally 1:04:57. Now it clocks in at 48:15.

We’re not sure if Apple cut it becaus of the explicti language, because it just plain sounded so bad, or because West has been critical of the Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts during a national telethon broadcast and then again on the U.S. daytime show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, or for some other reason.

The link revised QuickTime stream is here.

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A note about the aftermath of hurricanes: MacDailyNews and iPodDailyNews staff weathered four hurricanes between 1996-1999 (Hurricane Bertha, Hurricane Fran, Hurricane Bonnie, Hurricane Floyd) while living in Wilmington, NC and Surf City, NC. Direct hits, all of them.

In each case, people would get all fired up about the “slow” response, start screaming about why they couldn’t go back to their homes, etc. We did the same thing after our first hurricane. Until we learned a few simple rules:
• You can’t go back to your house if there are no roads leading to it and/or there is water where there wasn’t before.
• Bureaucracies are slow, love to wrap themselves in red tape and, if there are no roads for you, there are no roads for them, so it takes awhile to get assistance back into the damaged area.
• Get a generator if you want electricity immediately.
• Things cannot be instantly fixed.
• You won’t have Internet access or cable TV for quite some time. Count yourself among the lucky ones if you still have a roof over your head.
• The initial reports of lives lost were always too high.
• Get used to hearing bulldozers and dump trucks because they’ll be driving around while you’re trying to sleep for months.
• Don’t try to ride out a hurricane if you live on a sand bar (or in a bowl below sea level).
• People make mistakes, but generally, the government officials were trying to help the best they knew how before, during, and after each hurricane.
• We learned how to do it better each time. Louisiana will, too.

After each hurricane hit, new people would move in and the next hurricane would hit and they would start screaming about “slow” response and yelling to go back to their house via washed out roads and the rest of us would look at them and try to explain, usually unsuccessfully. Then they would learn and look at the next batch of newcomers and try to explain to them.

When the next hurricane hits somewhere, the government response won’t be instant, electricity won’t come back on immediately, and people who haven’t been through it before will begin to scream about “slow” response.

As for Katrina, response has been slower before: http://www.charleston.net/stories/default_pf.aspx?newsID=38758

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