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Wednesday, December 21, 2005 |
( 12/21/2005 10:38:00 AM ) Bill S.
STORY TIME – Dunno what it is, but this time o' year seems to've brought an influx of forwarding emails from friends and family disseminating crap urban legends. First is an email purporting to tell how Oliver North, way back in the 1987 Iran-Contra Hearings, attempted to warn unheeding liberal senators (and the name of that senator – my hand to God – was Al Gore!) about Osama bin Laden, a story that North himself, to his credit, has refuted. (See this Snopes page for details.) The second, which I've received more than once, attempts to score points against them shiftless types in N'Orleans by contrasting the effects of Katrina with a recent big-ass snowstorm in North Dakota: problem is (as this second Snopes piece makes clear) many of the points made ("No one" in North Dakota "howled for the government," the email states, but in fact the state's governor did officially request federal aid and FEMA help) are bogus.
The first email claims to be part of a chain that has circulated for over three years, which speaks to the gullibility and bone-ass laziness of too many people on this yere Internet Thingie – especially when it comes to stories that reinforce their own politicial biases. Hey, friends and family, there are online resources that make it quick-'n'-easy to fact-check these damn things – why not use 'em before casting these b.s. emails out to the rest of us? I've got important penis-enlargement spam to be reading . . .