EU Gets The Nobel Peace Prize Jukebox And Weekend Open Thread

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  1. Avatar Jaybird says:

    If the past is any indication, we can look forward to the EU droning the shit out of somebody.Report

  2. Avatar Kolohe says:

    That young woman in Pakistan that the Taliban has been after for years and was shot last week.

    Chris Stevens and/or Richard Holbrooke, though I don’t know if you can give them out posthumously (though Stevens’ award nomination would have been before he died and possibly the vote as well)Report

  3. Avatar Stillwater says:

    I think I’d roll with the Lincoln Memorial over the EU. Maybe even the NYSE.

    Oh, how about McDonalds. No two countries with a McDonald’s have ever gone to war, ya know.Report

    • Avatar BlaiseP says:

      That’s not quite true. There were plenty of McDonald’s restaurants in Yugoslavia.Report

      • Avatar Stillwater says:

        You mean this isn’t true? Damn. (So close!)

        I would like to formally withdraw McDonald’s from being considered a better recipient than the EU for 2012, or any other, Nobel Peace Prize.Report

      • Avatar Mike Schilling says:

        They have to have had McDonalds long enough that none of their young men are fit for military service.Report

      • Avatar Glyph says:

        Most notably, this theoretical ‘fast-food war-prevention effect’ failed to avert the 1984 invasion of McDonaldistan by Wendistan, after chief WTB Inspector Clara El-Peller failed to receive a satisfactory answer to her repeated queries regarding the location of “The Beef”.Report

        • Avatar BlaiseP says:

          Moreover I haven’t seen the Hamburglar make an appearance in public for some time now. Was the Hamburglar placed on a Kill List?Report

          • Avatar Glyph says:

            I think to solve that crime, we may need to look closer to home.

            It’s possible the Grimace has gone recidivist, boys.Report

            • Avatar DavidTC says:

              There’s always the possibility that the Grimace is working with Wendistan.

              The theory is basically, and this is a bit out there, is that they promised him all the remaining milkshakes after the invasion. Wendistan, while after the other natural resources of McDonaldistan, (Especially the beef), has no need for the milkshakes. This is because, instead of milkshakes, they have based their society on an alternate cold-milk formulation called a ‘Frosty’, and standardize milkshakes are incompatible and expensive to convert. (The use of Frosties have caused human rights criticism in the past, with allegations of anti-vanilla discrimination, but they asserted that was due to technical issues, and claimed to have remedied this in 2006.)

              I’m not sure if this theory makes sense, but it’s been bouncing around the fast food blogosphere for a bit.Report

  4. I am super-bummed about the Peace Prize, because I totally had Europe down to take home the Physics money in my office Nobel pool.Report

  5. Avatar Rtod says:

    My understanding is that th NPP is similar to a Nobel, in as much as you’re recognized for a body of work; it is not meant to be Ben & Jerry’s MVP.

    So while i may not agree with the decisions made by he committee, I think to say that the Dali Lama and Tutu “didn’t do anything” is pretty far off the mark.Report

  6. Avatar Steve S. says:

    So you get the Peace Prize for not initiating a world war in the recent past? Kind of like Obama got one because he hadn’t yet done anything atrocious? Awesome, that means I’m on the list. You all needn’t worry if I win, I’d spend the prize money on liquor and I’m a docile drunk.Report

    • Avatar Jaybird says:

      This is an interesting point. When Obama got the Peace Prize, people made jokes about how he got it because “he wasn’t George Bush” and other people defended Obama getting the Peace Prize by pointing out that certain winners had gotten it even though they hadn’t accomplished anything at the time (my counter-argument to that was “we knew damn well why Tutu and Lama got the Prize”).

      I have no idea why the EU got it.

      For not being America?Report

      • Avatar Burt Likko says:

        I have no problem at all with the EU getting the Peace Prize.

        They really need the money.Report

      • Avatar Matty says:

        I grew up with my grandparents stories of the blitz and a brief scan of the history books suggests their ancestors for a good few hundred years would have seen war close to home. Today Germany bombing Britain seems about as likely as Boston attacking New York. So while I have no idea if the EU specifically deserves the credit I do think the past 67 years is an achievement in the peace stakes.Report

        • Avatar Tom Van Dyke says:

          Pax Americana.Report

        • Avatar Steve S. says:

          Sheesh, what’s next, community service awards for not committing murder? They’re treating the EU like a fourth grade class: “You kids have behaved all week so we’re having a pizza party Friday afternoon.” I mean, by this criterion you might as well give a posthumous one to Stalin. Give one to South Carolina for not seceding lately. Give one to the Manson family. C’mon, fair is fair.Report

        • Avatar Mike Schilling says:

          Today Germany bombing Britain seems about as likely as Boston attacking New York.

          Never been to a Yankees-Red Sox game?Report

  7. Avatar Kolohe says:

    Open thread peace theme:

    I’d like all the public sector union champions to embrace this, in the name of solidarity, of course, as the public sector union is.Report

    • Avatar Jaybird says:

      This is one of those things that indicts the entire department. How many of these things don’t get caught on cellphones that the police response is “one of our own”?Report

      • Avatar Kolohe says:

        The other thing is when one gets to be around forty years old with almost 20 years on the job, one generally doesn’t just start then out of the blue beating the snot out of random passersby.Report

        • Avatar Glyph says:

          Hey, that kind of pointless violence takes years of practice! Brutalists are made, not born. You think Michael Jordan sunk his first-ever shot?Report

  8. Avatar James Vonder Haar says:

    I’m baffled by the opposition to this award. The creation of a superstate has undoubtedly been a contributing factor in pacifying a previously wartorn part of the world. While it overreached in attempting economic integration too swiftly, and may ultimately be responsible for the unraveling of the world economy, it remains one of the greatest success stories of engineering peace in the history of statecraft.Report

  9. Avatar Pinky says:

    I would have suspended the award for a year in recognition of the failure of the international community in their follow-through for Haitian aid. It wasn’t going to be an easy job; we all knew that. But things are desperate there even by Haiti standards.Report

  10. Avatar Scott says:

    Barry deserves another Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end the feud between “American Idol” hosts Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey.

    http://theclicker.today.com/_news/2012/10/15/14450335-president-obama-thinks-nicki-minaj-mariah-carey-can-sort-out-idol-feud

    Seriously, the prize is supposed to be awarded to those who have “done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.” If no one meets the standard then why award it that year? Clearly the committee has been hard up for candidates for the past two years.Report