Check out the May 2008 Esquire and if you can get past the laddie mag pictures you will find an fascinating interview with Vint Cerf.
Who is Vint Cerf? He IS the person who invented the Internet. This fine old gent now works with the yong whippersnappers at Google, but back in 1980 he developed the programming language that led to MCIMail, the first commercial email system to be connected to the Internet.
Happy now? It isn't Al Gore.
Oh, by the way, when asked about Al Gore, Cerf said,
(Gore) had seen what happened with the National Interstate and Highways Act of 1956, which his father introduced as a military bill. It was very powerful. Housing starts went up, suburban boom happened, everything went mobile.May it be added that all this driving led to the rise of the automobile industry with eventually employed 50% of the nation. Cerf goes on:
Al was attuned to the power of networking much more than any of his elective colleagues. His initiatives led directly to the commericalization of the Internet. He does deserve some credit.So what do we do to say thanks? Make up some nonsense about Al Gore saying he invented the Internet. This fantasy has been attributed to Maureen Dowd at the liberal New Your Times.
But of course this post won't stop those of you from repeating this stupid cant over and over. Facts with some you don't seem to have that kind of spell.
What nation posses such a mass of pin heads who rather than lionizing or even just thanking someone with such foresight instead turns him into an object of ridicule based on a fabrication?
Certainly not in our politics, where now so-called gaffs are constructed from out of context comments or in Gore's case, a comment he never made at all.
Oh yeah I forgot. You are overtaxed, your guns will be taken away and you are being fooled about climate change by a handful of "scientists" on the payroll of the oil companies. So let's build a flaming bonfire and put Gore on it.
No wonder we can't move ahead in this hillbilly nation.