Hilarious! Gore-Olbermann email exchange “leaked”

From the Daily Caller: Keith Olbermann and Al Gore: the secret emails revealed

By Jamie Weinstein and Wil Rahn – The Daily Caller   10:59 PM 04/08/2012

On March 30th, Current TV terminated its relationship with outspoken liberal anchor Keith Olbermann. The Daily Caller has exclusively obtained many of the emails between Olbermann and network founder Al Gore in the months leading up to the split. 

They are reprinted here for the first time, in their entirety, and without comment. 

FROM: Keith Olbermann
TO: Al Gore
DATE: June 18, 2011

Dear Albert,

“In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.”

Those words come from Samuel Clemens, perhaps better known to you as literary colossus Mark Twain.

I need not tell you, Al, that I am that scarce man who refuses to remain silent when he sees injustice, that patriot who stands tall and strong and brave, even when hated and scorned. And I do see injustice – even here at Current TV.

I tried to remedy my current morass without coming to you, Al, but with no remedy forthcoming, I feel compelled to bring to your attention my roadblock, which you shall note is something far more severe than a mere speed bump.

In the new studio for my show, I find no golden scepter despite my explicit request to Joel Hyatt for one. This will be an indispensable part of my new show and I see no reason why I have to justify its expense.

Also, the Current proletariat seem to have no inhibitions about walking up to me and freely engaging me in conversation, as if I have time for their verbal meanderings. For all their faults, my employers at MSNBC made it explicitly clear that if someone wanted to communicate with me, they could do so — but only through letters written in calligraphy that were deposited in a receptacle outside my office between 2:30 a.m. and 3:00 a.m.

Why has this same policy not yet been communicated at Current?

In a letter written in his jail cell in Birmingham, Alabama at a time of great tumult, Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote prophetically: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

Will you fix my injustices, Al?

Yours Truly,

Keith Theodore Olbermann
Cornell University, Class of 1979

p.s. We also have to replace stinky my car driver — pronto!!!


Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/04/08/keith-olbermann-and-al-gore-the-secret-emails-revealed/#ixzz1rYVmjhji

Be sure to read all the way to the bottom. (update: please note the category this is posted under at WUWT)

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101 Responses to Hilarious! Gore-Olbermann email exchange “leaked”

  1. Wade says:

    How were these emails obtained? Current TV is not a publicly funded institution, so these emails are not our right to have. All I see is that they were leaked. A name is not important, but were they legally obtained? The Climategate emails were our right to have; the Fakegate emails were phished and one was invented. We do not need to emulate Fakegate.

  2. Eric says:

    Remember to look at what the entry was posted under…. ;)

  3. Charles.U.Farley says:

    I understood none of it.
    Must be a bit too high brow for a lowen brow like me.
    I must admit, it sounds like bollocks, could be bollocks, probably is bolocks but i would never know as im a mere beginner in the art of talking bollocks, unlike Al and olly.

  4. Ged says:

    If you read them, I think you’ll realize their true nature, and not worry about how they were “obtained”. ;)

  5. Wade, do you even bother to read before commenting?

  6. anotherfred says:

    On the Internet you have to label everything, otherwise some people won’t understand that this is a gag email. At least I hope it’s a gag email. But with these two can anyone be sure?

  7. Mardler says:

    “Red all the way to the bottom.”

    I like that!

  8. Mike M says:

    We hate to keep reminding you Keith but you NEVER attended IV League Cornell University and you do NOT have a diploma from there either, you attended the NY land grant College of Agriculture at Cornell. Didn’t you learn anything from Ann Coulter? (She ought to know, she has a real degree from Cornell!) Sheesh!

  9. jbird says:

    Gosh. If these emails are real, these guys are exactly what we have throught they were all along!

  10. _Jim says:

    Is this written comedy? Was this parody? Was this intended for an April 1st release?

    In the new studio for my show, I find no golden scepter

    scepter
    to endow with the scepter, or emblem of authority; to invest with royal authority. to Britain’s queen the sceptered suppliant bends.

    scepter
    a staff to lean upon, a scepter; probably akin to e. shaft. see shaft, and cf. scape a stem, shaft.
    1. a staff or baton borne by a sovereign, as a ceremonial badge or emblem of authority; a royal mace. and the king held out esther the golden scepter that was in his hand.
    2. hence, royal or imperial power or authority; sovereignty; as, to assume the scepter. the scepter shall not depart from judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until shiloh come.

    Golden
    1 consisting of, relating to, or containing gold
    2 being or having the color gold or the color of gold
    3 lustrous, shining
    4 of a high degree of excellence : superb
    5 prosperous, flourishing
    6a radiantly youthful and vigorous
    6b having talents that promise great success —often used with boy
    6c highly favored : popular
    7 favorable, advantageous
    8 of, relating to, or being a 50th anniversary or its celebration
    9 mellow, resonant

    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    I would add: Touched (in a ‘mental’ way) …

    … the Current proletariat seem to have no inhibitions about walking up to me and freely engaging me in conversation, as if I have time for their verbal meanderings.

    For all their faults, my employers at MSNBC made it explicitly clear that if someone wanted to communicate with me, they could do so — but only through letters written in calligraphy that were deposited in a receptacle outside my office between 2:30 a.m. and 3:00 a.m.

    “Prima donna” (Italian for “first lady”) much Keith?

    .

  11. DJ says:

    I can’t imagine what Al’s supposed to do here, I’ve checked both Ebay and the San Francisco area Craigslist, and there’s no golden sceptres available.

    Keith’s demands aren’t unreasonable, but Al’s feet shouldn’t be held to the fire because of the lack of a golden sceptre….perhaps a hockey stick will do? Draped with a Nobel?

    (ps… I thought the writing was brilliant!!)

  12. Terry says:

    Where’s my golden scepter so I can rule over the proletariat? Don’t talk to me, Knave!!

  13. Matthew W says:

    I almost that that was serious !!!

  14. dtbronzich says:

    Alas, my moon is eclipsed, the olives do not speak to me of mock turtle-doves. I have no sense of apricots, no purpose in hugging myself, who is unequal before the tides of Tahiti.

  15. DJ says:

    Wade says: “How were these emails obtained? Current TV is not a publicly funded institution, ..”

    Wade, Wade, Wade….. In fact, Current TV was funded initially by Gore tapping into CALPERS. Whether the hundreds of thousands of dollars purloined for this speculative venture were ever paid back is not known to me,,, nor do I know if CALPERS enjoyed a potential income from Current TV if it became profitable.

    I’ll bet the employees who have a stake in CALPERS would like to know.

  16. Latimer Alder says:

    Maybe this is hilarious if you live in the USA.

    Totally meaningless elsewhere. I have never heard of Olbermann and thought Gore had retired years ago.

  17. jayhd says:

    I didn’t “red” all the way to the bottom, but I did “read ” all the way. Good satire. But to be honest, the “gold scepter” and “only through letters written in calligraphy that were deposited in a receptacle outside my office between 2:30 a.m. and 3:00 a.m” in the first email gave it away as a spoof. But who knows, maybe Olbermann does think like that. I’m certain Gore does.

  18. VCmom says:

    to half the people who posted about these emails – did you know that the word “gullible” is NOT in the dictionary?

  19. Frederick Michael says:

    At first I was concerned about how they were obtained. However, after reading them, I think they were deliberately leaked.

    My theory is that Olbermann leaked them so that the world could see how fair he has been in his dealings with Current TV. However, it’s possible that Gore leaked them in order to display the incredible depth of his wisdom and spirituality. Maybe they leaked it together, just to show off their amazing complexity and courage.

    I doubt this will work though. Most folks won’t understand and will just think the whole thing’s some kind of parody.

  20. paul milligan says:

    Let me echo Wade’s call for a test of the veracity of these e-mails!

  21. _Jim says:

    This IS comedy; here is the follow-on from AlGore (they are writing back and forth in some sort of liberal haiku, either that, or they are truly ‘tripping’ as in “acid-rain trip” but with no ‘rain’):

    FROM: Al Gore
    TO: Keith Olbermann
    DATE: June 22, 2011

    Hello Keith,

    When do you think they will commodify the rain? Someday they will try and turn it to poison. You came onboard to this endeavor full of promise. Has that good tide soured?

    You are a part of me. We are all one. My life force drives Current. I am its noble blood.

    I intend to be the Defender of Nature. Will you join me? Gold from streams untapped is all the more sweet. Can you taste it on your tongue?

    I am standing in an almond now. It stands inside me. My scepter is made from almond wood and laced with sage. It is powerful. Soon I will command the oceans. The fish listen already.

    We are all one. Even Stinky.

    Mahalo,

    A.G.

    To use a quote from Seinfeld: Comedy GOLD

    (Bolding above mine)

  22. paul milligan says:

    Never mind. I assumed Olbermann was satirizing himself. Now I feel foolish!

  23. wermet says:

    DJ says: April 9, 2012 at 8:30 am

    I can’t imagine what Al’s supposed to do here, I’ve checked both Ebay and the San Francisco area Craigslist, and there’s no golden sceptres available.

    BTW, there IS a golden scepter available on eBay and for a quite reasonable price… ;)
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Golden-King-or-prince-scepter-/180859204128?pt=US_Costume_Accessories&hash=item2a1c0c7220

  24. Chuck Nolan says:

    Please! Does anyone really think WUWT would publish stolen emails?
    No way!

  25. philjourdan says:

    A kingdom cannot have 2 kings. I had heard of Olbermann’s contempt for the average man, bu this seems more like a parody than reality. Still, it would not surprise me. Liberals hate the common man.

  26. Chuck Nolan says:

    dtbronzich says:
    April 9, 2012 at 8:34 am
    Alas, my moon is eclipsed, the olives do not speak to me of mock turtle-doves. I have no sense of apricots, no purpose in hugging myself, who is unequal before the tides of Tahiti.
    —————————–
    How profound. Well said.

  27. Glacierman says:

    Latimer Alder said: “Totally meaningless elsewhere. I have never heard of Olbermann and thought Gore had retired years ago.”

    You don’t know how lucky you are!

  28. David Madsen says:

    Wow, how far have we come (or gone) in society when people cannot recognize satire without it being labeled as such in bright flashing letters. I needed to “red” no farther than “Golden Scepter” to see it was irony. Where has the critical thinking gone in this society?

    By the way Anthony, you should fix that typo at the bottom. Great find. Almost laughed out loud at my desk.

  29. Pete says:

    Yagottaluvit!

  30. I’m surprised that Hugh P. hasn’t [yet] weighed in with a simpering lecture on double standards and the true heroics of the big Mahalo hisse’f.

  31. Ed_B says:

    I don’t believe for a moment that these emails are real. April fool!

  32. Richard deSousa says:

    What an faux imperious bastard. Who does he think he is… King George III??? Actually, this is very funny. Both Olberman
    and Gore deserve each other!!!

  33. MikeH says:

    Did anyone ‘click’ on the ‘red’ link at the bottom of the 2 emails to reveal the other correspondence? Maybe that’s what Anthony was referring to?

  34. Jenn Oates says:

    The absolute best satire is that which you can’t really tell if it’s real or not.

    Yeah. It’s good. Very very good. :)

  35. mwhite says:

    “Golden Pharaoh Sceptre”

    —-By Halloween Gore Store

    A snip at £5.99.

  36. John Gf says:

    Cornell A&M is more like it. Dufus boy didn’t graduate from an Ivy league school. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but it is very wrong to continue to lie about it after you have been caught. Think of the psychology of this man, an inferiority complex, envy, pride, etc.., without a shred of integrity. In fact, if you look up the seven deadly sins in the dictionary, there’s probably a picture of Olbermann front and center. A psychiatrists wet dream, a bigger douche has never been born.

  37. pat says:

    Wish I had one of them almond rods.

  38. Bill Sticker says:

    Page 2 of the satirical (can it be anything but?) Dailycaller article contains;

    “I’m not happy that you expect me to show up to work regularly and sober.” ROFL

  39. Hoser says:

    Eh. Boring. How about a new topic?

    I’m more interested in SFI (10.7 cm) 93 and SN 25, See solarham.com. Any ideas about why the Sun is so variable? Past peak SC24 (doubtful)? Hathaway prediction is 61/2013. See http://solarscience.msfc.nasa.gov/predict.shtml.

    Predicting the behavior of a sunspot cycle is fairly reliable once the cycle is well underway (about 3 years after the minimum in sunspot number occurs [see Hathaway, Wilson, and Reichmann Solar Physics; 151, 177 (1994)]).

    Neutron counts are almost back to what they were before the recent X flares. See http://cosmicrays.oulu.fi.

  40. Ben Wilson says:

    Jeez, I’m not sure you should really post stuff like this. . . . . .

    It’s going to take several hours just to clean up my monitor from spewing all over it, and even then I’m not sure I’m going to be able to work for the rest of the day because of the side ache I’ve got from laughing!!

    Pure comedy gold. . .

  41. HankHenry says:

    pull the other leg

  42. toyotawhizguy says:

    quote by Mike M: “We hate to keep reminding you Keith but you NEVER attended IV League Cornell University and you do NOT have a diploma from there either, you attended the NY land grant College of Agriculture at Cornell.”

    Sorry Mike M, I’m not defending Olbermann, but you are 100% wrong. You’re just perpetrating a an old and tired snobbish myth generated by a number of the endowed section graduates and their cronies. All diplomas issued by the College of Agriculture at Cornell as well as all of the other Statutory Colleges at Cornell have printed at the TOP of each diploma “Cornell University” in large black Gothic script. You can confirm this yourself by googling “Cornell University diploma”, and searching for pictures. BTW, the entirety of Cornell University, both the endowed and statutory sections are New York State’s land grant university.
    Olbermann likes to spin the truth on many occasions, but this is not one of them.

  43. P. Solar says:

    Well you’d have to be a moron not to work out this is a spoof by the second paragraph but where is this “please note the category this is posted under”.

    I have seen this referred to on a number of posts at WUWT but, having scoured the page have never worked out what it refers to or where it is indicated.

    REPLY: Then you need either of these two things or both

    1. A bigger and/or sharper computer monitor

    2. Better powers of observation

    It is right at the bottom left of the post:

    Posted in Al Gore, Humor, satire

    – Anthony

  44. shrnfr says:

    Good Grief, if anyone could not figure out those are not a satire after the first few words, I do not want to hear your opinion on climate. You may believe in flying hockey sticks.

  45. Myrrh says:

    Great fun, now all we need is Black taking the hacking of them seriously..

    And by the way:
    “I am standing in an almond now. It stands inside me.” The almond is:

    “An ancient symbol, the mandorla is the most concise way to express Christ’s majesty, glory and divinity in holy icons. It is found surrounding Jesus Christ in icons of His Resurrection, Transfiguration, Ascension, the Dormition, and of Christ in Glory. As with much of the symbolism in Icons, it reveals a straight-forward truth, whilst at the same time containing layers of hidden meaning.

    Mandorla is Italian for “almond”, and describes the most common shape of mandorlas, though circular or star-shaped mandorlas are also seen. Also known as a vesica piscis, the oval shape formed by the overlap of two circles as they approach each other.”

    http://iconreader.wordpress.com/2011/01/29/the-mandorla-in-icons-revealing-mystery/

  46. Ric Werme says:

    _Jim says:
    April 9, 2012 at 8:28 am

    In the new studio for my show, I find no golden scepter …

    scepter
    to endow with the scepter, or emblem of authority; to invest with royal authority. to Britain’s queen the sceptered suppliant bends.

    scepter
    a staff to lean upon, a scepter; probably akin to e. shaft. see shaft, and cf. scape a stem, shaft.

    Sounds to me like he finally got the Royal Shaft.

  47. TonyG says:

    David Madsen says:
    Where has the critical thinking gone in this society?

    Long gone, I’m afraid.

  48. Warren in Minnesota says:

    VCmom at 8:43
    Hmmm…gullible is also spelled with an “a” as gullable and IS in my dictionary. But then perhaps the half of the people of whom you speak have not checked . /humor

  49. Dave says:

    Good stuff!

    Olbermann and Current TV/Al Gore are suing each other, which to me is almost as funny as the faux emails shown here. Normally I can’t stand lawyers but in this case, I hope that the two opposing law firms clean up, thus making the wallets of Olbermann and Gore considerably lighter.

  50. Steve from Rockwood says:

    You had me until the calligraphy slipped under the door between 2:30-3:30am. I completely bought the scepter – who wouldn’t have. But after bombing out on the Christian Science Monitor Science Test the other day, I’ve picked up my skeptical boots a little – apparently zygote is not a mythical farm animal.

  51. Steve from Rockwood says:

    345 vacation days a year.
    ————————————
    What do you think this is – the EPA?

  52. theOtherJohninCalif says:

    You guys crack me up! The other day I was reasonably impressed after completing the science test. You folks appear to be such knowledgeable guys. Then today, I see such serious responses to a joke from some of the same guys. Maybe they didn’t follow the link? Makes it pretty clear this is a farce. I guess we’re all human. I once hoped for cold fusion.

  53. anotherfred says:

    Latimer Alder:
    “Totally meaningless elsewhere. I have never heard of Olbermann and thought Gore had retired years ago.”

    Let’s just say that after reading it I wasn’t sure it was a parody. Oby really talk that way on national TV. That is, when he has a job.

  54. Lubos Motl says:

    I only became sure that the e-mails were parodies when I got to the middle or so. At the end, it says that it’s satire quite explicitly. But it’s an amazingly realistic satire that really nicely captures the main roles and non-roles of these two men in their mutual battle.

  55. More Soylent Green! says:

    At first I thought this was a fake or satire. Since there is no mention of prominent client scientist/moral crusader Peter Gleick, I can only assume the email is real.

    If it’s not real, it’s close enough.

  56. dave736 says:

    Al should have had the sense too lend Keith his own golden scepter. And lend him one of his own sedans too. Or even his own stretch limo. Then peace could have reigned in the silence of the studio, unwatched and unseen by anyone.

  57. Mike Alger says:

    It’s a measure of Olbermann himself that it’s so difficult to tell if this was satire or not.

    I did enjoy the writing… Very clever.

  58. pesadia says:

    There’s a famous sea side place called Blackpool
    Wots noted fo fresh air an fun
    and Mr & Mrs Al Gorical
    went there, one day for some fun

    A grand little lad was young Albert
    All dressed in is best, quite a swell
    with his stick with a hockey stick handle
    The finest wot woolsworth could sell

    Well they didn’t think much of the ocean
    The waves were all piddlin an small
    There were no wrecks and nobody drownded
    In fact nothing to laugh at at all

    So; looking fo further amusment
    They paid and went into the zoo
    There were lions and tigers and elephants
    And old ale and sandwiches too

    There was one great big lion called Olberman
    His face was all covered in scars
    He lay in a somnulent posture
    With his face on the side of the bars

    Now Albert ad erd about lions
    ow they were ferocious and wild
    and seing Olberman so peaceful like
    Well; it didn’t seem right to the child

    So straightway, the brave little fella
    Not showing a morsel of fear
    Took his stick with the hockey stick handle
    And shoved it in Olbermans ear.

    Well, Olbermans face was a picture
    But his sceptre was nowhere in sight
    So he wimpered and scowled at young Albert
    And chewed on Al’s hockey stick all night.

    There was no consoling young Albert
    He wanted his hockey stick back
    He wouldn’t leave zoo without it
    He’d rather give stinky the sack.

    There’s a moral to this story
    And; for those who can’t work it out
    If you don’t know what you are doing
    Best to keep quiet and do nowt

    With profuse apologies to Marriott Edgar
    and for abusing his wonderful monologue “Albert and the lion

  59. howarth says:

    That was absolutely hilarious from one end to the other. SNL should pick it up for one of their sketchs. But I agree with Keith, I hate it when the proletariats actually try and communicate with me. Don’t they know who I am?
    But it had me going. While reading the first couple of exchanges I was thinking to myself there is no way Algore has this level of vocabulary. But alas he doesn’t…….So all is right with the world.

  60. EternalOptimist says:

    Being from the UK, I have little idea who Olbermann is, and only slightly more about Gore the buffoon. What intrigued me about the story was that Gore actually runs his own tv station.

    Lets get this straight…the world is on an irreversible path to CAGW caused disatster, we are already past the tipping point and ‘buffoon – Gore’ has a tv station ?

    When God almighty decided we were past the tipping point, he got Noah to build an ark and take mitigating measures, but Gore goes for self-aggrandizing PR instead.

    Maybe Gore thinks he is better than God

  61. Bill Tuttle says:

    Art imitates Life.

    Oh, wait. Art didn’t write it — Jamie and Will did.

    Never mind…

  62. Paul Westhaver says:

    Al Gore IS insane.

    That is his “rational” framework from which his claim to science flows?

    really? Seriously…

    At what point need we to simply ignore all of this? Now sounds like a good time to start since we are clearly too late already.

  63. Mac the Knife says:

    Me’thinks April Fools Day arrived a tad late this year!
    Really funny stuff – Thanks for the laughs!!!!
    MtK

  64. P Wilson says:

    Oh my word..

    If Al Gore was ever to admit he were not God, then at the very least he would think himself as an omnipotent deity

  65. RockyRoad says:

    Two options:

    If this is really an indication of their correspondence, they’re screwed.

    If this is simply an April Fool’s joke, that about sums up the level to which this argument has risen.

    It’s a fail-fail situation either way.

  66. Mike M says:

    quote by Mike M: “We hate to keep reminding you Keith but you NEVER attended IV League Cornell University and you do NOT have a diploma from there either, you attended the NY land grant College of Agriculture at Cornell.”

    toyotawhizguy says: April 9, 2012 at 10:05 am Sorry Mike M, I’m not defending Olbermann, but you are 100% wrong.

    No, you are wrong. Check http://www.cornell.edu/academics/colleges.cfm and you’ll find that CALS is the ONLY one with a little asterisk next to it to indicate it is a New York State contract unit

    At http://cals.cornell.edu/cals/about/overview/index.cfm you’ll find it written:

    CALS’ land-grant mission intersects and overlaps all our core academic priorities, from the applied social sciences, to the environmental sciences, to the new life sciences.

    There are four statatory land grant colleges at Cornell that are NOT “Ivy League” – here they are: http://landgrant.cornell.edu/nys-established-colleges.cfm

    Find me that statement in any of the other “Ivy League” colleges at cornell.edu and then maybe you’ll have something to denigrate. Keith Olberman did NOT attend “Ivy League” Cornell and does not have an “Ivy League” education from Cornell. I never said he he doesn’t have a degree with “Cornell” at the top – those are your words.

    Be it known that I am not trying to put down anyone who attended those land grant colleges, they provide a very good education. But the point is the size of Olbermann’s lying head in his repeated claim to have an Ivy League education; that he does not have.

    http://www.anncoulter.com/cgi-local/article.cgi?article=300

    Olbermann’s incessant lying about having an “Ivy League education” when he went to the non-Ivy League ag school at Cornell would be like a graduate of the Yale locksmithing school boasting about being a “Yale man.”

  67. MrX says:

    The Internet is the great sarcasm remover. I knew what this was just by the title. But apparently, we just can’t tell how far Al Gore and Olbermann will go.

  68. AprilFool2012 says:

    April 1 joke carried too far. 345 days of vacation a year? It’s a blatant satire people. The reason why it was believable is because this is how these people speak in real life. But the emails are a spoof.

  69. For those who didn’t understand ‘pesadia April 9, 2012 at 12:06 pm’,
    here’s the original, in the correct accent. (Don’t know if the ‘embed’ will work!)
    [ youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3jXMsfLxhI&w=420&h=315 ]

  70. Oh, damn! It didn’t!

  71. dtbronzich says:

    Chuck Nolan says:
    April 9, 2012 at 8:57 am

    It was my homage to the Goricle.

  72. Tucci78 says:

    It’s kind of a pity to see this (admittedly unnatural, sick and twisted) relationship broken up.

    Both Olbermann and Algore have such flagrant delusions of adequacy….

  73. DonS says:

    @EternalOptimist says:
    April 9, 2012 at 12:15 pm : Gore owns a network, named “Current”, which creates content for the wonderful world of cable and satellite television. You could think of it as a proxy for a digestive tract, where the content of the Olberman show is the same as the content of the bowel in the tract.

  74. Tucci78 says:

    At 1:50 PM on 9 April, Mike M had written:

    Be it known that I am not trying to put down anyone who attended those land grant colleges, they provide a very good education. But the point is the size of Olbermann’s lying head in his repeated claim to have an Ivy League education; that he does not have.

    There’s the intensely cement-headed supposition on the part of millions that the quality of an education depends upon what’s offered in the curriculum instead of what the matriculant takes away from his expensive experience between his ears.

    =============

    …I had learned that more depended on the student than on the school.

    – Robert A. Heinlein, Have Space Suit – Will Travel (1958)

  75. Andrew says:

    I don’t believe the emails come from the sources they purport to because without doubt, if these exchanges genuinely reflected the kind of thing going through their heads, both parties would have been institutionalised a long time ago. And the psychiatrists would have given Banana #2 his golden sceptre (made of something nice and soft, so he couldn’t hurt himself).

  76. pyeatte says:

    If this is real, Olbermann is mentally ill, and needs to seek help for his misplaced ego

  77. MB says:

    I feel sorry for the driver. He was just doing his bit for the planet by not showering.

  78. kim2ooo says:

    Reblogged this on Climate Ponderings and commented:
    Clever, funny though esoteric NOTE: Two of Americas Drama Queens

  79. Reed Coray says:

    Most jokes made at the expense of a person or group of persons aren’t funny unless the punchline contains a modicum of truth. In this case (a) the e-mails in their entirety constitute the punchline, and (b) the punchline contains more than a modicum of truth.

  80. Mike M says:

    Tucci78 says: There’s the intensely cement-headed supposition on the part of millions that the quality of an education depends upon what’s offered in the curriculum instead of what the matriculant takes away from his expensive experience between his ears.

    Count me as a cement head. While I completely agree that the breadth of one’s education is generally much more dependent upon the individual than the particular college they attend or the cost of tuition, I don’t agree that any curriculum you choose is just as effective as another. As proof I can cite that the typical major selected by the students who ‘protest’ at the scheduled riots at UMass and throw their empty beer cans out of their SW dormitory windows – are very likely NOT enrolled in business or engineering or strict sciences like math or biology; (they have homework to do), most are taking ‘political science’ or psychology or ‘women’s studies’, or journalism, etc. (I.e. typically have no clue why mommy and daddy forced them to go to college but they had to pick ~something~, ya know?)

  81. Ron House says:

    This article was a dreadful mistake. When people have lost contact with reality you just can NOT parody them. The reality is its own parody, and making up things for a joke merely raises the question – which of the utterly absurd things we are told they said are the real ones? – because no degree of absurdity is beyond them, in actual dreadful real life fact!

    I expect as a result of this, to read real soon that “Anthony Watts has reprinted forged emails from Al Gore” – as a serious, but dishonest, of course, attack upon you. And they’ll be saying you are a hypocrite for criticising Gleick when you do the same thing yourself. (And there will be millions of fools who believe them too.)

    Never, ever, ever, not in joke, not even on April 1, invent words for the mouths of the climate alarmists.

  82. LazyTeenager says:

    anotherfred on April 9, 2012 at 8:22 am said:
    On the Internet you have to label everything, otherwise some people won’t understand that this is a gag email. At least I hope it’s a gag email. But with these two can anyone be sure?
    ———–
    It took me 3 seconds of reading for me to figure out this email was a joke. It took me another 3 seconds to figure out that the WUWT readership will acknowledge that is a joke and then go on blithely insisting that it’s true.

    You’d have to have zombies sucking half my brain out before I would become that self-delusional.

  83. Pamela Gray says:

    Am I ever GLAD that Wade posted first.

  84. Smokey says:

    LazyTeenager says:

    “You’d have to have zombies sucking half my brain out before I would become that self-delusional.”

    So that explains it.

  85. Leg says:

    Anthony – you may have missed your other planned Apri Fool’s Day offering, but this was outstanding! It nails those two buffoons.

    Warren in Minnesota says:
    “Hmmm…gullible is also spelled with an “a” as gullable and IS in my dictionary. But then perhaps the half of the people of whom you speak have not checked . /humor”.
    Probably true, Warren. However I suspect that most often those who say gullible (or the rare gullable) is not in the dictionary are actually pulling the gullible reader’s leg. The first time I saw this meme (gullible is not in the dictionary), I went to the dictionary. Then it dawned on me – “I’ve been had”. A good joke on me. The joke is getting stale, but it still catches people – et tu?

  86. Mr Lynn says:

    This has the potential of a followup to the Alice in Wonderland books. Imagine stepping through the TV screen and encountering preposterous characters, like the ego-maniacal OverMan and the charlatan priest, the dreamlike Algoracle. . .

    /Mr Lynn

  87. Brian H says:

    “Wot? Wasting our lives raising children?
    To feed bloody lions — not me!”

  88. Stinky says:

    You try sitting in an idling limo for hours waiting for Al and see if you’re not ripe by the end of the day!

  89. Stinky says:

    Anthony, your blog is a breath of fresh air (111,000,000 ). You can imagine the conversations I’ve had to listen too, ………

  90. Bill Tuttle says:

    LazyTeenager says:
    April 9, 2012 at 6:40 pm
    It took me 3 seconds of reading for me to figure out this email was a joke. It took me another 3 seconds to figure out that the WUWT readership will acknowledge that is a joke and then go on blithely insisting that it’s true.

    As opposed, naturally, to the oh-so-smarter-than-we-are set who (grudgingly) acknowledge that Gleick’s forged HI agenda *is* a forgery, but continue to natter about it as if it were the genuine article?

  91. Bill Tuttle says:

    howarth says:
    April 9, 2012 at 12:07 pm
    That was absolutely hilarious from one end to the other. SNL should pick it up for one of their sketchs.

    Yeah — they might actually be funny for the first time since 1985…

  92. garymount says:

    I suspected this was a spoof even before I began reading it. I even set this article aside to read later, when I could use a good laugh. So there Lazy Teenager, I beat you. By the way LT, did you take that science quiz?

  93. Ed Zuiderwijk says:

    Next time I give a presentation I will insist on a golden scepter too. It’s only just, that’s what I say.

  94. Rei says:

    Reblogged this on Defender of The Light's and commented:
    uhmm…finally

  95. Jim morris says:

    This is all going to come out at the trial. Hold your hats for more hilarity.

  96. Watching the watchers says:

    A parody hidden within a satire wrapped around comedy with a generous helping of humor.

    Discussing this, pretending to believe in the authenticity of this exchange while knowing deep down that it’s a joke, this is a pantomime for the denizens of alarmist blog sites. There lies true wisdom.

  97. Amazing! The Chandelier vs. The Climatoligist

  98. Beth Cooper says:

    i would certainly like one of those gold Pharoah sceptres!

  99. agimarc says:

    Better than SNL would be South Park. But how could you improve on the sublime perfection of ManBearPig? Great read. Cheers -

  100. AJB says:

    Hoser says April 9, 2012 at 9:29 am.
    Could be antediluvian (or playing too much World of Darkness).

  101. mwhite says:

    Found on Jame Delingpoles blog

    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/jamesdelingpole/100149889/why-id-rather-be-a-tree-hugger-than-a-hedge-funder/

    Not satire???????????????????????????

    http://www.uws.edu.au/hie/research/research_projects/eucface

    “Eucalyptus woodland free-air CO2 enrichment is a $65 million government-funded project researching how increased levels of CO2 affect Australian Eucalypt Forests”

    “Hawkesbury Institute scientist Professor David Ellsworth has said the project will show changes in growth and water consumption with the added CO2″

    “The project involves large cranes pumping carbon dioxide gas into the ecosystem at the canopy level of the forest to mimic expected atmospheric conditions in 2050. Over a ten-year period, changes such as water consumption and growth will be monitored to determine how carbon dioxide affects forestry ecosystems.”

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