drink (was Re: Klava Recipies)

Fri Mar 21 14:04:41 PST 2003

On Fri, 21 Mar 2003, Matthew Hunter wrote:

> On Fri, Mar 21, 2003 at 01:19:31PM -0500, Richard Congdon <richard at pikachu.harvard.edu> wrote:
> > > > Really?  I was told that Hungarians invented beer, and
> > > > that they make the best beer in the world.  Hmm ... I think
> > > > the same guy said they invented sex, Whiskey, and some other
> > > > stuff too, now that I think of it....
> > > Will you people *stop* listening to Al Gore ?
> > I know it's off topic, but given current events, I can't resist.  Al Gore,
> > who except for a judicial coup might well be president, would not be the
> > cause of so many deaths just to please his oil industry buddies.
> > Furthermore, if you are alluding the alleged remark of his that he created
> > the internet, it simply isn't true that he said that.  Yes, he has a
> > tendency to exaggerate, but what he said was that he was very important in
> > getting the internet (nee DARPA net) commercialized.  (I wish I had a URL
> > handy, so that you could read his words.)
> Didn't we just go over this?

I think you're risking an inquiry after the health of your tapeworm here.
                 |_______ A French-ish way of talking that I recommend
                          Paarfi's translator consider adding to his use
                          of "pretend"

> Making this kind of remark in an inappropriate forum only pisses
> off people who *really* do care about the issues and want to
> respond... but feel they cannot because of the forum.  It's sort
> of like saying "Your mother wears army boots" from behind an
> army; not terribly fair and certainly not conducive to useful
> discussion.

Just to be clear - when you wrote "this kind of remark" in the singular,
you meant that the original Gore slander was fine but the reply wasn't?

I'm a bit unhappy about the imposition of an "if people care about it we
can't mention it (well, except for discussions of G*d)" doctrine but I
won't object as long as it's even-handed and not applied to discussion
directly related to the Vladiad.  I've just spent a few minutes deleting
the discussion of Belgian beers, a few minutes I could have spent sleeping
or doing something useful, and I feel dumb for replying to the original
Gore remark, the kind of Jay Leno comment a wiser person would have just
ignored.  I think this forum can stand a little politics on occasion,
especially of the "suggest you read this" type, which the second remark
above failed but at least attempted to do, and which my previous reply
didn't do.  Anyway, as this forum in my view belongs both to the people
who read it and to SKZB, I for one would welcome hearing his political
views on occasion, especially since we seemed blessed to live in
interesting times.

- Philip