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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RE[3]: Why not
by tomcat on Sat 21st Nov 2009 01:11 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Why not"
tomcat
Member since:
2006-01-06

The reason I find the prize for Obama specifically ridiculous is that he is someone who actually has the means to make a difference - and specifically THIS man gets the prize as an encouragement? It makes no sense to me. Presidents of the US should be evaluated for the peace prize AFTER their term(s) is/are over. For all we know, Obama starts a crippling war somewhere down the line, and who'll look silly then? In the end, Obama hasn't achieved a darn thing yet that earns him that prize. I mean, go him, but let's wait until we can actually evaluate what he has done with all this power he has now. Disclaimer: this is not a political statement in any way. I'm not from the US, so I have no particular affiliation. Although, I do think Palin is totally hot.


Agree with you, Thom about all things other than Palin being "totally hot". I like that she's a populist figure, but I do think that she needs to educate herself a bit more before she jumps onto the world stage. Let's face it: Very few people in this world are actually qualified to assume the office of POTUS, but Palin, especially, wasn't prepared for the kind of rough and tumble politics played in Washington, where every nuance of your domestic & foreign policy is put under a microscope. Her problem was that she only had a cursory understanding of a lot of important subjects, didn't know the history, and therefore would have required a steep learning curve. That said, if simple guys like Reagan and Bush could get up to speed, I think that Palin would be okay.

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RE[4]: Why not
by rhyder on Sat 21st Nov 2009 05:48 in reply to "RE[3]: Why not"
rhyder Member since:
2005-09-28

I vote her hot.

I remember when she was being put through her paces on foreign policy. I couldn't believe that her advisers hadn't coached her on the basics. I mean, even if she'd spent the night before reading up the Wikipedia page on US foreign policy, she'd have been able to answer some of the questions.

That said, obviously I don't approve of her taking a short cut. Someone on the world stage of politics should be appropriately experienced in the first place.

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RE[4]: Why not
by bugjacobs on Sun 22nd Nov 2009 08:02 in reply to "RE[3]: Why not"
bugjacobs Member since:
2009-01-03

If "Palin" is president I will know for sure that we are fully down into the rabbithole of insanity.

"Whoooaaa - the colours !" Only in a completely insane world could Sarah Palin be president of anything but the local PTA. What?? You say BUSH jr was president for EIGHT YEARS in the USA ???

***BINNGGGGG*** My lightbulb just went out ..

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