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Al Gore at Stanford: 'Democracy has been hacked'

Original post made on Apr 25, 2013

Former Vice President Al Gore said Tuesday at Stanford University that America's democratic system has been "hacked" and if the country wants to resolve the "climate crisis" it has to first reform its political process.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, April 25, 2013, 9:34 AM

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Posted by Al-Gore--Getting-MegaRich-The-American-Way
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 25, 2013 at 9:58 am

> The U.S. news media was "utterly wrong about the Iraq war"
> and "does not inform people about serious issues," Gore said.

So the former Vice-President, the man who “invented the Internet” and has made hundreds of millions of dollars hawking “climate change”—although he has never taken a science class—has now sold his failed cable TV channel (Current TV) to Al Jazeera for $500M:

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Al-Jazerra announced Jan. 3 that it would pay $500 million for San Francisco-based Current TV.
Terenzio alleges he first brought the idea of the Qatar-owned Al-Jazeera's purchase of Current TV to board member Richard Blum in July, and he expected to be paid if his plan was used. The lawsuit claims Blum was open to the plan, which Terenzio laid out with a detailed PowerPoint presentation but feared Gore would find such a deal with the oil-rich government of Qatar "politically unappealing."
No doubt Mr. Gore is convinced that Al Jazeera will now tell the American people “the truth” that the US media won’t.
Thank you, Al Gore, for saving us from ourselves!

By the way, Mr. Gore--the US is a Republic, which is somewhat different than a "democracy".

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Posted by foxy
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Apr 25, 2013 at 10:35 am

Rupert Murdoch is the devil. Just saying.

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Posted by Ed DeMeo
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 25, 2013 at 10:57 am

To the first commenter above: Rather than attacking the messenger, please - I implore you - pay attention to his message. It is a critically important message for Palo Alto, the nation, the world and future generations. You ignore it at your peril - and mine, and our kids' and grandkids'. I don't know if Mr. Gore attended science classes, but his message comes from thousand of scholars who have attended many science classes and in many cases teach them.
Please wake up and stop denying this message.

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Posted by Vin Cert is the Godfather of the INTERNET
a resident of Stanford
on Apr 25, 2013 at 10:58 am

And here come the Al Gore Hate Club! The ignorance is appalling in this day of, well, yes, in this day of the internet.

Let's start with “invented the Internet”. Talk about a Fox inspired canard broadcast loud so all the silly fools can hear it.

If Al Gore had no legit cred in IT, why would he be on the Board of Directors at Apple? A Senior Adviser at Google? Makes me wonder what senior technology positions our poster above has found herself in...

"the man who “invented the Internet”"

Al Gore NEVER said that. Who invented the Internet? Why, Big Government, of course! (ARPA & DARPA, for a start, and our tax dollars, mostly.) Al Gore, as a senator, sponsored many of the initiatives that funded the research and later said, in a clumsily worded statement in an election year interview: "During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet. I took the initiative in moving forward a whole range of initiatives that have proven to be important to our country's economic growth and environmental protection, improvements in our educational system"

The facts? “The Internet didn’t get invented on its own,” President Obama said. “Government research created the Internet...”

So let's ask the experts, the very godfathers of the internet about Al Gore. Internet pioneers Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn:

"As far back as the 1970s Congressman Gore promoted the idea of high-speed telecommunications as an engine for both economic growth and the improvement of our educational system. He was the first elected official to grasp the potential of computer communications to have a broader impact than just improving the conduct of science and scholarship [...] the Internet, as we know it today, was not deployed until 1993. When the Internet was still in the early stages of its deployment, Congressman Gore provided intellectual leadership by helping create the vision of the potential benefits of high speed computing and communication. As an example, he sponsored hearings on how advanced technologies might be put to use in areas like coordinating the response of government agencies to natural disasters and other crises..."

Wow! Al Gore made spectacular decisions! Better than anything the poster above ever did!

Further: "A second development occurred around this time, namely, then-Senator Al Gore, a strong and knowledgeable proponent of the Internet, promoted legislation that resulted in President George H.W Bush signing the High Performance Computing and Communication Act of 1991. This Act allocated $600 million for high performance computing and for the creation of the National Research and Education Network. The NREN brought together industry, academia and government in a joint effort to accelerate the development and deployment of gigabit/sec networking"

What came of that? Ummmm... the internet and the WORLD WIDE WEB.

Roots trace directly to Mosaic and then Netscape. If the poster above took her head out of the sand in the Nineties, she would know what that met.

Don't believe me?

"Gore's legislation also helped fund the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois, where a team of programmers, including Netscape founder Marc Andreessen, created the Mosaic Web browser, the commercial Internet's technological springboard. 'If it had been left to private industry, it wouldn't have happened,' Andreessen says of Gore's bill, 'at least, not until years later."

So the poster above is wrong on almost every one of her silly claims. Note she submits zero documentation, quotes or links for her hogwash. I would address more of her absurd, fact free claims (like the "made hundreds of millions of dollars hawking “climate change”" silliness -- most of Gore's current fortune is Google money) But you get the picture.

When it comes to the internet and World Wide Web, Al Gore is an American hero, one of many.

[Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]

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Posted by successful deal
a resident of Atherton
on Apr 25, 2013 at 11:07 am

How is selling a network to a bunch of oil sheiks for half a billion dollars considered a failure?

The Al Gore hater has done better? I haven't, and I'm doing pretty good right now!

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Posted by successful deal
a resident of Atherton
on Apr 25, 2013 at 11:13 am

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Posted by successful deal
a resident of Atherton
on Apr 25, 2013 at 11:19 am

Want to know why you never hear in the news that 15 of the 19 Sept11 hijackers were Saudi?

Look at the news companies that the Saudis own, just one slice: "Ownership stakes in a number of U.S. companies including .... News Corporation (FOX) ... Time Warner (CNN), and the Walt Disney Company (ABC)"

Geez, why hate an American fighting for democracy, when so may foreigners are trying to take it from you?

Yes, FOX NEWS is partially owned by Arab oil money. Things making more sense now?

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Posted by Garden Gnome
a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 25, 2013 at 11:22 am

This comments thread is going to be absolutely delightful!

Thank you in advance to all my neighbors for participating.

I'm just glad we have Mr. Gore. Otherwise who would have inspired Erich Segal to write Love Story? Yes, I know, that too is now disputed.

Me, I'm just trying to figure out if I'd be happier living in his (former) home in Montecito, or the cozy place in Tennessee.

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Posted by So true
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 25, 2013 at 11:47 am

AG is right....democracy has been hacked, surreptitiously, by American politicians who do not care what is in the best interest of the nation, and by the Chinese government , which hopes to undermine this nation completely.

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Posted by Oliver Barrett IV
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 25, 2013 at 11:58 am

>Otherwise who would have inspired Erich Segal to write Love Story? Yes, I know, that too is now disputed.

No dispute at all. Just listen to Erich Segal: "(Segal) did acknowledge that he had known Al Gore and his Harvard roommate, actor Tommy Lee Jones, in 1968 and drew on their lives for the central male character of "Love Story," Oliver Barrett IV."

See? No dispute at all. At least, no dispute, among the reality based world.

Oh, you watch the Saudi investment channel, fox news, don't you? Yeah, then facts will be a problem for you.

My sympathies...

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