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This is not a joke...

I'm not posting this to be funny. I'm just trying to raise awareness of the level of education/intelligence most the majority of American citizens possess, and what we as a society accept.

This is a direct from from Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska):

I just the other day got, an internet was sent by my staff at 10 o'clock in the morning on Friday and I just got it yesterday. Why? Because it got tangled up with all these things going on the internet commercially... They want to deliver vast amounts of information over the internet. And again, the internet is not something you just dump something on. It's not a truck. It's a series of tubes. And if you don't understand those tubes can be filled and if they are filled, when you put your message in, it gets in line and its going to be delayed by anyone that puts into that tube enormous amounts of material, enormous amounts of material.

I was rendered speechless.


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Jul. 12th, 2006 07:20 pm (UTC)
That's not even coherent.
Jul. 12th, 2006 08:07 pm (UTC)
Yes, but Jim won't get an internet about your comment until tomorrow.
Jul. 12th, 2006 09:01 pm (UTC)
Dammit Wes this is no time to be joking!!!!

That was hilarious by the way.
Jul. 12th, 2006 08:09 pm (UTC)
Just out of curiosity, do you read slashdot.org?
Jul. 12th, 2006 09:04 pm (UTC)
It's one of my feeds, but it usually dupes what I read elsewhere.
Jul. 12th, 2006 08:29 pm (UTC)
See, this doesn't seem to make sense to us. But given the context that he's from Alaska it is perfectly normal.

First off, Alaska only has access to dial up. The telecommunications system that exists in Alaska is left over from when they first joined the union in 1959. The fastest available speed for internet in Alaska is 2K, I kid you not.

Additionally, it is a little known but enlightening fact that Senator Steven's office is located one hundred miles from the nearest settlement. When he wants to send an internet (so called as the internet is not used for anything but email in Alaska... the lack of bandwith will not support anything as complex as 'webpages'), he must write it out, hand it to his girl friday, who then rides a dog sled into Wainwright, where she telegraphs the information into Fairbanks. In Fairbanks the telegraph operator takes down the message and sends it via the internet. Suffice it to say, exchanges in this method can take some time.

That said, the honorable gentleman from Alaska is complaining about spam.
Jul. 12th, 2006 10:08 pm (UTC)
Jul. 12th, 2006 10:11 pm (UTC)
He's obviously joking. His office is actually 150 miles from the nearest settlement. It takes his girl friday bit longer by dogsled.
Jul. 12th, 2006 10:27 pm (UTC)
i couldn't tell what i was reading
Jul. 12th, 2006 08:30 pm (UTC)
Just in case you needed further proof, turn no further than bash.org:

docsigma2000: jesus christ man
docsigma2000: my son is sooooooo dead
c8info: Why?
docsigma2000: hes been looking at internet web sites in fucking EUROPE
docsigma2000: our fucking phone bill is gonna be nuts
c8info: Ooh, this is bad. Surfing long distance adds an extra $69.99 to your bill per hour.
docsigma2000: ...!!!!!! FUCK FUCK FUCK
docsigma2000: is there some plan we can sign up for???
docsigma2000: cuz theres some cool stuff in europe, but i dun wanna pauy that much
c8info: Sorry, no. There is no plan. you'll have to live with it.
docsigma2000: o well, i ccan live without europe intenet sites.
docsigma2000: but till i figure out how to block it hes sooooo dead
c8info: By the way, I'm from Europe, your chatting long distance.
** docsigma2000 has quit (Connection reset by peer)

(sorry for posting a bunch of comments)
Jul. 12th, 2006 10:00 pm (UTC)
The man can hardly string three words together. He should run for president.
Jul. 12th, 2006 10:02 pm (UTC)
No, he shouldn't.
Jul. 13th, 2006 03:52 am (UTC)
Yes he should! Seriously, all of Bush's stupidity, none of his charisma. It'd be like conceding.
Jul. 12th, 2006 10:06 pm (UTC)
Best quote: It's not a truck. It's a series of tubes.
Jul. 12th, 2006 10:28 pm (UTC)
Haha -- I have an audio clip of him stumbling through that if you haven't heard it.

It's more incoherent than simply trying to read it.
Jul. 13th, 2006 04:53 am (UTC)
Provide it to us. Quick.
Jul. 13th, 2006 04:58 am (UTC)
Just download TWiT #60.

Jul. 12th, 2006 11:39 pm (UTC)
I'm all about "dump-trucking" the internet, man. Make it into that useless, vast repository of knowledge that it was never meant to be.

Alex Out.
Jul. 12th, 2006 11:43 pm (UTC)
I think, I THINK.. you might be a little late.
Jul. 12th, 2006 11:40 pm (UTC)
And just think, these are the men and women influencing internet legislation.
Jul. 13th, 2006 08:31 am (UTC)
Jon Stewart ragged on this guy on tonight's Daily Show. It was fun.
Jul. 14th, 2006 07:57 pm (UTC)

Jesus Christ.

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