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  •  Those Were the Days, Indeed! (9+ / 0-)

    The fast and furious Gore diaries.  Trying to read into and decipher his every move.  The endless debates on Daily Kos and offline in Yahoo Groups.  The Emmy Award.  The stars were aligned for VP Al Gore.  The supporters as well as the skeptics.  The Nobel Peace Prize. The cryptic Gore statements.  "An Inconvenient Truth" Oscar award.  And, so it went.

    Good times, too.  I have no regrets at all.  That period in 2007-07 was personally one of the most satisfying ones for me on this blog.  :-)

    •  Hell no. I'd do it all over again... (6+ / 0-)
      I have no regrets at all.

      "Anyone with an aquarium knows that if you change the temperature and chemistry of the water, you're asking for trouble... big trouble." -- Oceanographer David Gallo

      by markthshark on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 05:05:07 PM PDT

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    •  I've changed my mind completely about him. (4+ / 0-)

      I thank and respect him for his advocacy for calling attention to climate change, but the more I read and hear, my "feelings" are different for him.

      He runs in different circles now.  Maybe the "straw" for me is just too recent, when I saw him sitting in the front row Monday at Apple's WWDC.  He sat next to Steve Jobs' wife.  And Gore is developing what for Apple?

      And previously it was his business dealings with Joel Hyatt and Current TV.

      In 1990, Hyatt Legal Services paid a $157,000 judgment for illegally firing an attorney in their Philadelphia offices, Clarence B. Cain, because of his AIDS diagnosis.[2] This case became the basis for the 1993 film Philadelphia.
      •  Current TV was a debacle from the start... (6+ / 0-)

        It had some good programming. (Vanguard comes to mind for one) But if he was going to switch to a prime time political format, he should have done so at the outset -- back when MSNBC was still in its nascent stage.

        I never understood why he didn't. I kept waiting for it. The market for a liberal/slant was there; it just hadn't been fully exploited yet. They had a chance to be where MSNBC is today.

        He blew it. Regretfully, by the time he decided to switch formats it was too late.

        It was a great investment. But it was a poor business model going forward.

        He's still a hero to me. I'm glad he's done well financially since he was (unconstitutionally, in my view) denied his presidency.

        "Anyone with an aquarium knows that if you change the temperature and chemistry of the water, you're asking for trouble... big trouble." -- Oceanographer David Gallo

        by markthshark on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 06:31:24 PM PDT

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        •  Vanguard was great. I hadn't heard of it until (2+ / 0-)
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          markthshark, WarrenS

          I started watching Current when Keith Olbermann joined.  Shortly after, they canceled the show.

          I have a visceral dislike for Joel Hyatt.  I do question why Gore got involved with him.

          I only watched Current when Keith was there, period.

          During that time, that was the only station that I watched that never broadcasted in HD.  ?????

      •  I Hear You (4+ / 0-)

        VP Al Gore has been on the Apple Board of Directors since 2003.  Reportedly, his shares in the company have netted him a fair bit of profit.

        That said, a story from the 2000 Gore Campaign in Nashville, TN.  A retired couple used to come twice a week to volunteer in the group I managed in that campaign.  The wife was a college roommate of Nancy Gore (she died of cancer in the 1980s) and used to babysit Al when he was 7-8 years old.  Through them, I also met Gore later on a couple of times in personal settings.  At the time - and having known the Gore Family for decades - she spoke glowingly of the fact that Gore was never about money; rather, public service is what motivated him.  When he left office in 2001, his net worth was barely over a million dollars.

        In recent years, I've heard Al Gore say that he's enjoyed his involvement in the business world.  Prior to the 2008 financial crash, he was worth over $100 million dollars, based on what I read in various newspapers.

      •  Remember how Jimmy Carter said... (0+ / 0-)

        that he got more done as an ex-President than as a President?

        Gore has on the whole been doing really decent stuff.  (The Hyatt dealings are a very indirect link with people who did bad stuff.)  

        Right now, in our kleptocracy, it looks like the only way to get big things done is to become supremely rich.  So Gore is getting supremely rich.  And doing it relatively honestly.  Fine -- good for him -- the money is damn well needed to fight climate change.

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