Tuesday, October 06, 2009

This is What A Real Nobel looks like

The Nobel Physics award this year is for fiberoptics and CCD detectors, otherwise known as the guts of digital cameras. I worked with CCD detectors more directly when I did my research with photoelectron spectroscopy. They are extremely clever little gizmos and they make possible photos that range from the sublime (Hubble space telescope) to the ridiculous (countless drunken cell phone pictures) to the heartbreaking(pictures of Buddhist monks killed by the regime in Burma, basiji thugs beating peaceful protesters in Iran). Real science that has affected the lives of millions for the better (yes, getting the word out about horrific abuse is better than letting violent regimes keep it a secret.) The Nobel Science prizes are truly an honor and reflect the best humanity can offer.

And then we have the Nobel Peace Prize. Awarded to a weapons-grade narcissist who had been in office a mere three weeks when the committee made its decision, and who now joins the likes of Yasser Arafat, Jimmy Carter, Al Gore, and Kofi Annan, who also received this ... accolade. (You know, it *does* seem appropriate now that I think about it. A terrorist, a wimp, a blowhard, and a corruptocrat...)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It should be re-named the "Nobel Appeasement Prize", as that would reflect its actual status far more accurately.

Hmm.... ...refuse to meet with the Dalai Lama, offer to turn Afghanistan back to the Taliban, apologize for the United States to the IOC in Copenhagen, throwing Israel to the wolves, alienating Britain and Australia--these are all indeed worthy accomplishemnts deserving of a Nobel. Arafat may actually be in good company.

9:10 AM, October 09, 2009  
Anonymous BillT said...

A terrorist, a wimp, a blowhard, and a corruptocrat...

With Obama, you get three out of four.

Of course, now that Bill Ayers appears to have taken credit for authoring *both* of Obie's books, we might be able to claim "terrorist" as a peripheral additive.

12:18 PM, October 09, 2009  

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