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  •  "I PRACTICALLY INVENTED the internet" (0+ / 0-)

    said Al to Barbara Walters, back in '99(?), when she interviewed Al and Tipper in prime-time.

    Yes, he really did.  For some unknown reason, I was watching it, and I heard it...so I'd love to see folks stop saying it never happened.

    Show me the whisky stains on the floor
    Show me an old drunkard as he stumbles to the door
    And I'll see a young man with so many reasons why...
    ...and there, but for FORTUNE, go you - or I... - thanks, Phil

    by chmood on Sun Jun 16, 2013 at 10:54:01 PM PDT

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    •  Even if so, everyone knew what he meant (0+ / 0-)

      That anyone would think Gore actually tried to lay claim to personally building and programming the devices that first constituted an Internet is ludicrous. He was taking credit for his legislative successes, like any politician worth his salt would.

      Actually met McCullagh once and argued with him about this very story, although at the time I didn't know he was the "I invented the Internet" guy. When I realized it a while later, it certainly explained why he was so worked up and dismissive about it!

      Government and laws are the agreement we all make to secure everyone's freedom.

      by Simplify on Mon Jun 17, 2013 at 12:42:27 AM PDT

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      •  "That very story" = Gore/Internet, not NSA (0+ / 0-)

        Government and laws are the agreement we all make to secure everyone's freedom.

        by Simplify on Mon Jun 17, 2013 at 12:57:42 AM PDT

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        •  NO idea WHO you're name-dropping, nor do I care (0+ / 0-)

          Piling up he-saids and she-saids isn't going to help you.  Or me.

          Or the country.  But keep playing if it's fun for you.

          Show me the whisky stains on the floor
          Show me an old drunkard as he stumbles to the door
          And I'll see a young man with so many reasons why...
          ...and there, but for FORTUNE, go you - or I... - thanks, Phil

          by chmood on Mon Jun 17, 2013 at 06:21:50 AM PDT

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      •  The Net of massive commercial powers and ISPs (0+ / 0-)

        as Swiftian gatekeepers is his creature, if not his expilict intent.

        That anyone would push an emotion-based 'argument' about how the wrong-wing mangles things for political purposes, puts them not so far from Hannity's plaintive-aggressive "you know what he meant", back in the days of Dubya's massive misspeakage.

        Oh:  "Even if so..."  Am I a liar now?  You were watching the same cozy interview and he DIDN'T say it?  Then CALL me a liar like you got a pair, and post the clip - or quit your partisan talk-radio weaseling.  Thank you.

        Show me the whisky stains on the floor
        Show me an old drunkard as he stumbles to the door
        And I'll see a young man with so many reasons why...
        ...and there, but for FORTUNE, go you - or I... - thanks, Phil

        by chmood on Mon Jun 17, 2013 at 06:18:38 AM PDT

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