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You didn't make that

I’d dearly love to take the time to write a blog post about what the president just said, but I’m too busy writing novels. I’d really like to know who was supposed to be writing all of these novels for me, because they are totally slacking on the job. I hope to get a blog post up about his stupid comments this week, but in the meantime, some of my friends get it:

Rob Allen http://blog.robballen.com/Post/5713/great-news-you-will-be-receiving-an-olympic-medal

Marko Kloos http://www.munchkinwrangler.com/2012/07/16/you-didnt-build-that/

An interview with me that I can't remember if I posted or not.
The Burning Throne, Episode 36: Magatsu at the All Mother

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Robert
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4 years 4 months ago
RabidAlien
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4 years 4 months ago

Well why the heck not? He’s already got a Nobel that he did nothing for…

steve
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steve
4 years 4 months ago

I think that his “hard work” and “smarter” comments were Freudian slips. Even though he’s the worlds largest narcissist, by now he must have encountered people who are truly smart and hardworking. Bibi from Israel, for instance.

I believe he was subconsciously trying to self justify his own lack of smarts and hard work relating to his own considerable unearned success.

We do have to admit, HE certainly didn’t do anything to merit his own success.

Stephen L. Lent, MAJ (Ret), US Army
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Stephen L. Lent, MAJ (Ret), US Army
4 years 4 months ago

But he has an exemption – his mentor whatshisface Davis taught him this philosophy. The POTUS would make Plekhanov, Ulyanov, Dzhugashvili, and Bronshtein proud.

Christopher Leete
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4 years 4 months ago

Did he give Algore any credit for inventing the internet?

Kristopher
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Kristopher
4 years 4 months ago

I think some nerds networking with some folks at CERF-NET might have had a bit to do with it.

Ted N
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Ted N
4 years 4 months ago

Why’s my boss got to embarrass me all the time?

Jenny
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Jenny
4 years 4 months ago

Pretty much what you’d expect a post turtle to say. That’s his experience.

akjfm
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akjfm
4 years 4 months ago

I thought that the internet was started as a decenteralized communications system in case of nuclear war. Commerce was not the reason it was developed.

Tirno
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4 years 4 months ago
As with many projects of military/governmental origin, that was only the kernel of the idea. Much like the original computers were primarily for code breaking. And rockets were primarily for dropping bombs on the enemy. And ballooning was for artillery spotting. Many ideas like this get implemented, grow, wither and die inside the military sphere. Every once in a while, a idea with a potential for a military advantage breaks loose and its non-military potential is realized. The original ARPAnet started being implemented as an inter-university communication system primarily because the researchers that made the ARPAnet work were in academia… Read more »
Bill Sayre
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Bill Sayre
4 years 4 months ago

I’ll be eagerly awaiting that blog post, since it’s sure to be epically awesome!

perlhaqr
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4 years 4 months ago

This. CorreiaTech brand Rants are always awesome.

greyasher
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4 years 4 months ago
I think you have to submit to the Bureau of Typesetters, Bookbinders and Illuminators your application for novelist status in triplicate first, then wait 6-8 years (plus all mandated breaks, extended leave and sabbaticals) for the Scribes and Liberal Artists Union to hammer out a rough-draft to be vetted by the Commission on Race, Gender and Social Equality in Fiction (a division of the EPA of all things). After it passes standards, you’ll have the finished product in just a short decade, ready to earn you 1/10 of a cent per copy sold after all relevant fees, fines and union… Read more »
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Jake
4 years 4 months ago
I use the website http://www.amomentintime.com as my browser’s default page. It’s the online version of a radio segment on the local NPR station (don’t laugh) that does short, 1-3 minute vignettes of some historical figure, invention, battle, movement, or period of time. The guy who runs it is a history professor at Richmond University, and overall it’s not bad. They do a pretty decent job of not revising history, despite their venue. He’s no Minimum Wage Historian (I cannot thank you enough for pointing me to that one, Larry!), but he’s not half bad. Today’s episode? None other than the… Read more »
B.E. Sanderson
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4 years 4 months ago

Funny. The people who’re supposed to be writing my novels are slacking, too. Sheesh. Well, I guess I’ll just have to do it myself… Oh wait, are people even allowed to do stuff for themselves anymore?

pseudotsuga
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pseudotsuga
4 years 4 months ago
Hey, you didn’t write those novels all by yourself! You had a computer built by other people, an’ people who strung electrical wires and kept the generators running and built the whole thing– And all that money you made from those books? Well, sir, you didn’t make that all by yourself– you had a whole village at Baen, helping you out! And besides, you didn’t make yourself–you had help from a mother and father! And all that writing–it comes from government schools, you know, and….. Nope, I just can’t keep up the class warfare nonsense anymore. The scary thing isn’t… Read more »
Ken Harkin
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Ken Harkin
4 years 4 months ago
Every time he opens his mouth it is another statement demonizing those who have more and trying to turn the masses against them. I swear it sounds like the crap that came out of the Soviet Union during the Cold War. I work for a company doing machining in Switzerland. Several years ago our main raw material supplier for brass rod (Swiaametal Boillat) had a strike. The employees TOOK THE MANAGEMENT HOSTAGE and some of the local press supported this because they stated the employees own the business because they work there and the business could not function without them.… Read more »
Kristopher
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Kristopher
4 years 4 months ago

Books?

You didn’t write those. The government internets are responsible.

Harry the Horrible
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Harry the Horrible
4 years 4 months ago

You didn’t do that. WE did it by reading your books! /sarc /barf

The sad part isn’t that Obama said it. He is a commie, pure and simple. It is what you would expect him to say.

The sad part are the ab-humans that cheered this remark, and the ones that voted for him in the first place.

Sharon
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Sharon
4 years 4 months ago
I am disappointed that you said that. I love your books, Larry, and I have even introduced them to my Dad, who also loves them. But while you certainly did all the work necessary to write your books, what you didn’t do was to create an audience of readers who would buy your books. While individuals enjoy their own past-times, reading is taught in schools – a government program. Your copyright is protected by laws – is it fair to call it a regulation that prohibits others from profiting from your work by calling it their own? The roads I… Read more »
Robb Allen
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4 years 4 months ago
The missing part from Obama’s little off the record gaffe (he didn’t have a telelprompter telling him to shut up) is that there is RISK that is NOT shared by the totality of society. When Larry decided to quit his day job and become a writer full time, YOU did not share in the risk that Monster Hunter: Saskatchewan would be a total failure. Doesn’t matter how many roads were built or how many kids got educations (by the way, you do know that there are other, non public, schools right? And that private and homeschooled kids generally perform better… Read more »
Kristopher
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Kristopher
4 years 4 months ago

And downtown merchants who have the state vacate roads in their downtown districts, and privately handle road maint, can trespass stumblebums and occupy protesters for peeing on their doorstep … and damned good reason to roll back state ownership of roads in downtown core areas.

Kristopher
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Kristopher
4 years 4 months ago
This society is great because members in it trust each other to respect the rights of others, especially property rights. I suggest you read John Ringo’s book, The Last Centurion. Tribal societies have no trust in them … if you loan a lawn mower to a tribal who is not your relative, you will not get it back, unless you go to a cop. If they police find it, it will be worn up and useless, and your neighbor will smirk at you for loaning it. But because of that lack of trust, tribal societies completely fall apart into paleolithic… Read more »
Joe in PNG
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Joe in PNG
4 years 4 months ago

For a great example of this in action, follow the utter mess that is current Papua New Guinea elections.

Tony S
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Tony S
4 years 4 months ago
Sorry, that is incorrect. The government has no money. it uses taxpayer money to fund infrastructure and everything it manages. That tax money comes from the same people who use those roads and services. Think of them as pre-paid. They took the money from us, built a road because we told them we wanted roads to get from here to there for both personal and business reasons. They continue to use taxes from us to maintain that infrastructure. so really, we are the ones who demanded they build the roads, they responded by taking our money and contracting (in most… Read more »
Jay G.
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4 years 4 months ago

There’s two “b”s in Robb, boys…

Matt
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Matt
4 years 4 months ago
You know, I have sneaking suspicion that those who are so grateful to the government for things like schools, roads, utilities, etc. are the same folks to don’t pay enough taxes to understand that the ONLY reason the government can provide anything is because lots of other INDIVIDUAL someones did something productive, and the gov’t takes an (increasingly large) cut of that productivity – all in the name of progress. Government services are bought and paid for by each taxpayer (not necessarily each citizen) – for damn sure they’re not gifts from On High or The Won, contrary to the… Read more »
Stephen L. Lent, MAJ (Ret), US Army
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Stephen L. Lent, MAJ (Ret), US Army
4 years 4 months ago
Here’s a little something else to make the steam come out your ears. Remember the BP oil spill? Remember how long it took the Oval Office to act? The first day or so, the Netherlands offered the equipment to contain The spill. The Oval Office refused to suspend The Jones Act on so called environmental grounds. Why did it take until 27 May for Maine to be asked to send its spill contain- ment equipment (Oh, FEMA, where art Thou?) Let’s talk about how he proposed Israel return to its 1967 borders. If you look at a map, the President… Read more »
Tony S
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Tony S
4 years 4 months ago
Matt, that would be interesting but I would say in the defense of many people who have taxes taken out of their paycheck only to have them refunded later. The gov’t is using them like a worn out pair of shoes and is making money on that money that gets taken out of every paycheck in the form of interest. The politicians are to blame for too much money being refunded, it’s not like the avg Joe had a direct voice in the matter. So I would not say all people who get their taxes back are not trying to… Read more »
Russell
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4 years 4 months ago

The State is all, and all must serve the State. Duh.

Scott Deering
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Scott Deering
4 years 4 months ago

Larry,

Based in Obama’s logic, for your writing to use a well know analogy, you would be the Navy Seals, he and the govt would be providing command and control and doing the real hard work (‘doing it’), and we the readers would be Bin…hey, wait a minute…uh….ok, if you are the doctor, and the govt is the death panel, and…dang it…this is getting complicated…

🙂

Joe in PNG
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Joe in PNG
4 years 4 months ago

It’s a bit like telling a master chef “you didn’t make that” because they didn’t lay the eggs, cast the frying pan, grow the spices, build the stove, or butcher the meat.

C
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C
4 years 4 months ago
I see you’re jumping on the hate bandwagon by quoting the president out of context, while conveniently ignoring the sentences before and after the now infamous quote. Out of context, the president looks like an asshole. In context though, it is clear that the “that” refers to infrastructure such as roads, bridges, education, and the internet that enable business owners to create a successful operation. Furthermore, if you read Romney’s response where he criticizes the president, Romney actually agrees with him: Romney: “I know that you recognize a lot of people help you in a business. Perhaps the banks, the… Read more »
joecrouse
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joecrouse
4 years 4 months ago
collectivism is false We funded the GI Bill Because politicians thought it was a good idea to avoid having another fiasco like McArthur and Eisenhower using tanks to put down another Bonus Army. It was a bribe to put up standardized benifits. The Middle Class arose out of the skilled labor and merchant classes of the mid 19th through the middle end of the 20th century as we transitioned from an agrarian society to a skill based society. The Middle Class has Fallen through failure to educate themselves as the transition to a knowledge based economy. The Golden Gate bridge… Read more »
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Jake
4 years 4 months ago
Yes, let’s take it in context. Excellent idea. How about the paragraph immediately preceding the part that has us most incensed? “So I’m going to reduce the deficit in a balanced way. We’ve already made a trillion dollars’ worth of cuts. We can make another trillion or trillion-two, and what we then do is ask for the wealthy to pay a little bit more. (Applause.) And, by the way, we’ve tried that before — a guy named Bill Clinton did it. We created 23 million new jobs, turned a deficit into a surplus, and rich people did just fine. We… Read more »
Harry the Horrible
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Harry the Horrible
4 years 4 months ago

With context, that roughly translates as “Because somebody else built the tools, you didn’t build that birdhouse.”
Sorry. He’s still scum.

Wil
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Wil
4 years 4 months ago

I’m on the toilet right now. I was going to wipe my ass, but I think I’ll just sit here and see how long it takes Obama to take care of that for me.

TheRealCBONE
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TheRealCBONE
4 years 4 months ago

Shit. A stroll around the internet shows people about to take it to the streets over a throwaway campaign speech gaffe from a dude already evaluated to be a fuckup. I just want to see the heads explode when he really does some shit. I’ve got the popcorn on standby.

Stephen L. Lent, MAJ (Ret), US Army
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Stephen L. Lent, MAJ (Ret), US Army
4 years 4 months ago

Thank you O’ DARPA for the internet.

joecrouse
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joecrouse
4 years 4 months ago

Again Major,

Vannevar Bush,Ted Nelson and Tim Berners-Lee, A few pure researchers looking for a better way to access data developed it.

Darpa put up the money to militarize it and combined it with their computer networks.

Individuals develop and innovate not committees.

Kristopher
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Kristopher
4 years 4 months ago
Actually, DARPA impeded progress. A bunch of university UNIX geeks cooked up TCP/IP because they needed something right now, not something DARPA and Xerox might cook up any day now. So a bunch of them put up a proposed standard and issued a request for comments ( which became the absolute standard for doing any new internet standards ), and hammered out something that worked. DARPA and a bunch of big name dataprocessing companies spent years in committees working on a networking protocol that would not offend all of the vested money interests at the table. When they finally released… Read more »
Stephen L. Lent, MAJ (Ret), US Army
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Stephen L. Lent, MAJ (Ret), US Army
4 years 4 months ago

Learned something new.

Stephen L. Lent, MAJ (Ret), US Army
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Stephen L. Lent, MAJ (Ret), US Army
4 years 4 months ago

Interesting spin, but I did my research and although the information is essentially correct, DARPA laid the ground work for the internet although ARPANET was a precursor. Essentially what you are saying in your last paragraph is Babbages’s difference engine fell into the same category as the spin you put on DARPA.

Russell
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4 years 4 months ago
Says the man using a personal computer (private company created and built) with a keyboard and mouse (private company) using either cable or dialup (private companies again, given the telco’s quasi monopoly granted by the government, but the technology was created not by the government) powered by a modern OS (private company created) through an ISP (private) to access Larry’s blog (hosted by, you guessed it, a private company) utilizing a modem (tech developed by Hayes, privately). You can Google all that for more information. Google, if you didn’t know, is a private company. Obama sets up a straw man… Read more »
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Jake
4 years 4 months ago
Exactly. The “context” of Mr. Obama’s comments given by his defenders seems to boil down to some sort of bizarre statement that no one formed matter ex nihilo to make things just for the heck of it, and being able to sell said products is simply a fortunate and completely unplanned side effect. I’m actually kind of intrigued now; I had no idea Mr. Obama had regular contact with Dr. Manhattan. Mr. Obama’s apologists still have yet to mention anything about A) the fact that all services, materials, and infrastructure that entrepreneurs use is paid for by those entrepreneurs to… Read more »
18echoChuck
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4 years 4 months ago

IF I’m not doing this myself the why the hell am I so tired at the end of the day and where are all those slackers hiding? The only time my partner Uncle Sam shows up is when I’m writing checks each quarter.

Like they say, the difference between us and them is we WRITE the checks.. They CASH the checks..

Off the the range for some anger management…

tuco
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tuco
4 years 4 months ago

So who’s responsible for the businesses that fail?

tuco
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tuco
4 years 4 months ago

Also, why are we even listening to a guy who has never started a business, owned a business, run a business, or for that matter even worked at a business in his adult life talk to us about what makes a business succeed?

Anyone want to hear me blather on about what makes a successful microprocessor? Keep in mind I have only the most basic idea of what a microprocessor even is beyond the fact that is it small and processes stuff.

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