Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 20th Nov 2009 17:11 UTC
Linux Now this is one to ponder. This year, the Nobel Peace Prize went to Barack Obama, president of the United States. The prize has been given to both politicians and non-politicians alike, and Keith Lofstrom thinks its time to hand over the Peace Prize to a non-politician once more: Linus Torvalds.
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Why not
by Googol on Fri 20th Nov 2009 21:15 UTC
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After the prize got finally totally devaluated and became totally meaningless, it is only just and right if each and every one of us can have it at random.

Other people got it for a lifetime achievement -- Obama got it after six months, i.e for nothing at all whatsoever, and the noble committee said so themselves, so don't you dare calling me a troll.

Now, the thing is this: First you get into office, where you do all the shit you have to do as you get into office anew - that will take a few months. So Obama hasn't done anything AT ALL, and even less so in a manner that would deserve the noble price.

In parallel, the assignment of the price takes consideration. It is not like they sat together, figured Obama did a great job during, if only during the past few months and then chose him. No, they had to set this out kinda when he got into office so they could agree on him 6 months later.

The decisions of the noble committee have been questionable for a long time, and now it is clear they need medical aid (actually this has been clear for 1-2 decades, but courtesy demands one does not say so without pressing need in public, so that they may retire with dignity).

So yeah, if Linus can have it, go for it. I'd sure take it - after all, it is a known fact that I did more for world peace then Linus and Obama did together.

What BS - "time to hand it to a non-politician" Dude, the price has never been for politicians only, check the record. They say, that in a saner world, Chomsky would have gotten it decades ago - whoever is this Linus-dude in terms of peace achievements?! He has abso-f--king-lutely, zero, zilch, nada to do with politics or peace for that matter. And Linux is not a peace-factor at ALLLL.

Rather make Linus Miss Universe, that would be more befitting still. Have everybody lost their minds?

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