Who Holds The Patent for Medical Marijuana ?

Long story short, in the US, it’s the United States Government. More specifically the the US Department of Health and Human Services.

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 Disclaimer : The following facts will railroad you into the accident prone zone on the highway of hypocrisy. Those with pre-conceived notions of ‘ganjakhors’ are advised to turn back or exercise extreme caution to make sure their bubble of self-serving lies is not pierced by the thorns of truth.

Also I am not high. I repeat I am not.

And yes, you read that right, the same United States Government which has been fighting a “War on Drugs” all across not just their own nation but across half of the South American and African continent and actively denies that Marijuana has any medical properties is the very same government that holds the patent for the same. The level of hypocrisy here will put even american foreign policy in the middle east to shame. In fact the level of hypocrisy is so high that i created an entire “Hypocrisy” category on my blog solely for the purpose of categorising this piece under that heading.

 

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Essentially sums up American Hypocrisy on Drug Enforcement.

In case you find this impossible to believe feel free to check out this patent number 6,630,507 .

The patent claims that –

“Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties, unrelated to NMDA receptor antagonism. This new found property makes cannabinoids useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases.The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and HIV dementia.”

 

tumblr_n05fckyrrc1s7dr8eo1_500Schedule I drugs are those that have the following characteristic according to the United States Drug Enforcement Agency: The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse. The drug or other substance has no currently accepted medical treatment use in the U.S.)

Essentially citing this patent stops…scratch that, demolishes the “medical marijuana is a myth” advocates dead in their tracks.

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The forces that would keep cannabis illegal are vocal and well funded, but they are not impervious to persistent effort. The lynch pin in the ‘War on Drugs’ is cannabis. Without the suppression and interdiction of this popular and widely used substance, there simply would not be enough “illegal drug use” going on to justify the huge amount of money and resources spent on “fighting drugs” in the United States of America. Fortunately due to growing public pressure in recent years, 23 states of United States have permitted the use of Medical Marijuana while at the same time the Federal Govt refuses to budge from its hypocritical position and continues to maintain its as illegal under US federal law.


Dear US Govt,

Do you really believe that you could patent Medical Marijuana and deny its uses at the same time without the masses calling bluff on it ?

So much for being the “Land of the Free” and “Home of the Brave”. I mean come on United States, even in North Korea, distribution, possession and consumption of cannabis is very legal, and is recommended as a healthier alternative to tobacco.

 ( But then again maybe you really need Marijuana  in North Korea to get high just to be able to handle the place: After all North Korea is a dictatorship that relies on forced labor and oppression )



 

Greek Note #1

Marijuana is the largest cash crop in the U.S., exceeding corn and wheat combined

Marijuana remains the largest cash crop in America despite law enforcement spending an estimated $20 billion annually to pursue efforts to outlaw the plant. Recent studies have shown that marijuana exceeds the combined value of corn ($23.3 billion), wheat ($7.5 billion) and artichokes ($53.7 million).

 

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Are There Immortals On This Planet ?

In short, Yes.

Disclaimer : The following information may change the way you look at life, reality and how you think the world works. Viewer discretion is advised if you are a medieval man who believes in the concept of heresy and has recently used a time machine to come to the future.

So is there really a grand secret of immortality hidden in the real world, in plain-sight waiting to be deciphered, like a Dan Brown mystery novel would have you believe. More importantly, are there immortal beings on our planet earth right now ?

Sorry to disappoint the skeptics, but the answer is Yes. There is at-least ONE known case of  Biological Immortality in our planet’s natural world. Of course, the animal we are talking about might not be as interesting as the “Ancient Aliens” that HistoryTv is obsessed with and it might not be as omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent as the Gods of our scriptures, but then again on the plus side they are real and not fictional.

It’s a Jellyfish.

"Forever and Ever", published in the December 2, 2014 issue of The New York Times Magazine

Yes, you read that correct. The secret to immortality is hidden in a a blob of jelly floating in the oceans.

( If you think this isn’t exciting enough for you then how about this – Not only is it immortal, it’s silently invading the world’s oceans, swarm by swarm, But more on Alexander-the-Conqueror-of-the-maritime-world business later )

140827142636-jellyfish1-horizontal-galleryHaving raised your expectations sky high by now with the promise of a fact of cosmic proportions let me bring you back to earth. About as wide as a human pinky nail when fully grown, the immortal jellyfish (scientific name: Turritopsis dohrnii) was discovered in the Mediterranean Sea in 1883. But its unique ability was not discovered until the 1990s, that is the ability to be immortal.

The natural question that arise is – How ? How does this tiny, otherwise barely visible, 0.18 inch tall spot in the ocean make itself prone to the ravages of time ?

The answer ( as is the case with every other question worth answering on this planet ) lies in Sex. Or to be more precise how this jellyfish can revert completely to a sexually immature, colonial stage after having reached sexual maturity as a solitary individual. How long does this take ? The jellyfish spends three days returning to its polyp ( sexually immature ) stage and eventually becomes an adult again.

If you find this infinitely complex to comprehend (like the rest of the human race) then liken what this jellyfish does to a butterfly that, instead of dying, turns back into a caterpillar. Or imagine a chicken that transforms into an egg, which gives birth to another chicken. Or even better- a human analogy is that of an old man who grows younger and younger until he is again a fetus. For this reason Turritopsis dohrnii is often referred to as the Benjamin Button jellyfish.

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But please note all this kinky reproductive stuff doesn’t happen always. Turritopsis typically reproduces the old-fashioned way, by the meeting of free-floating sperm and eggs. And most of the time they die the old-fashioned way too.But when starvation, physical damage, or other crises arise,

“instead of sure death, [Turritopsis] transforms all of its existing cells into a younger state”

said study author Maria Pia Miglietta, a researcher at Pennsylvania State University.The jellyfish turns itself into a bloblike cyst, which then develops into a polyp colony, essentially the first stage in jellyfish life.

Interestingly but not surprisingly the jellyfish’s cells are often completely transformed in the process. Muscle cells can become nerve cells or even sperm or eggs. ( I can hear the Bio nerds screaming – like Stem Cells in Humans) Through asexual reproduction, the resulting polyp colony can spawn hundreds of genetically identical jellyfish—near perfect copies of the original adult.

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Now lets return to the invasion of oceans business that i had mentioned initially.Unlike Chinese Navy in the South China Sea and the Russian navy in the Polar Waters, this tiny Jellyfish is a bit less conspicuous about its job and in recent years has begun a silent invasion of the oceans.

Maria Pia Miglietta and her colleague Harilaos Lessios of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama compared the DNA of immortal jellyfish from waters off Spain, Italy, Japan, Florida, Panama, and elsewhere for their study, published in the June 2008 issue of the journal Biological Invasions. ( I am not making this up goddamn it, its a real journal )

The pair was surprised to discover that, even though the specimens came from all over the globe, all the genes the scientists looked at were identical. Here’s what they said in their study :

There’s no way genetically identical jellyfish swarms could have ended up in so many far-flung places simply by riding ocean currents We suspect that the jellyfish are hitching rides inside long-distance cargo ships. The creatures are likely traveling in the ship’s ballast water—water sucked into and pumped out of ships to provide stability. Meanwhile, polyps could be attaching to the hulls.

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But can you really call this an ‘invasion’ per se ? After all we are not Donald Trump, we can’t call all ‘immigrants’ invaders right ?

Wrong.

In the words of biologist John Darling of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency –

Often we simply don’t recognize when things have been introduced because they’re inconspicuous or we don’t have the expertise to recognize them as something new. But this invasion is happening for real.

So why isn’t the entire scientific community rallying behind the research of this jellyfish ? After all if L’Oreal can invest millions in R&D of an exaggerated ‘anti-ageing’ cosmetic creams, surely for an animal that potentially holds the key to immortality in humans there should be no dearth of human or capital resources ?

You are right. But the most frustrating explanation for our dearth of knowledge about the immortal jellyfish isn’t lack of enthusiasm or funds, It is of a more technical nature. This Jellyfish, it turns out, is extraordinarily difficult to culture in a laboratory. It requires close attention and an enormous amount of repetitive, tedious labor; even then, it is under only certain favorable conditions, most of which are still unknown to biologists, that a Turritopsis will produce offspring.

So what do you take away from this blogpost ? ( Apart from the obvious fact that i am pretty jobless )

Well ,the good news is that you can be immortal. The bad news is that you have to become a floating blob of jelly to do so. Go figure.

 


 

Dear Cosmetics Industry,

I know it really bothers you that humans may just discover a cure to ageing and learn to defy the ravages of time forever. I know this bothers you because this will kill your industry and raze your existence. But what can i say, sometimes in life  you just have to learn how to move on. I hope you remember that.

A Non-Cosmetic User’s Obedient Son,

Your Truly,

Fact Boy


 

Geek Note #1

The discovery of this Jellyfish was made unwittingly by Christian Sommer, a German marine-biology student in his early 20s. He was spending the summer in Rapallo, a small city on the Italian Riviera, where exactly one century earlier Friedrich Nietzsche conceived “Thus Spoke Zarathustra”: “Everything goes, everything comes back; eternally rolls the wheel of being. Everything dies, everything blossoms again. . . .” Coincidence ? Fate ? You decide.

Geek Note #2 : 

There’s a shocking amount of genetic similarity between jellyfish and human beings

Until recently, the notion that human beings might have anything of value to learn from a jellyfish would have been considered absurd. Your typical cnidarian does not, after all, appear to have much in common with a human being. It has no brains, for instance, nor a heart. It has a single orifice through which its food and waste pass — it eats, in other words, out of its own anus. But the Human Genome Project, completed in 2003, suggested otherwise. Though it had been estimated that our genome contained more than 100,000 protein-coding genes, it turned out that the number was closer to 21,000. This meant we had about the same number of genes as chickens, roundworms and fruit flies. In a separate study, published in 2005, cnidarians were found to have a much more complex genome than previously imagined.

Until recently, the notion that human beings might have anything of value to learn from a jellyfish would have been considered absurd. Your typical cnidarian does not, after all, appear to have much in common with a human being. It has no brains, for instance, nor a heart. It has a single orifice through which its food and waste pass — it eats, in other words, out of its own anus. But the Human Genome Project, completed in 2003, suggested otherwise. Though it had been estimated that our genome contained more than 100,000 protein-coding genes, it turned out that the number was closer to 21,000. This meant we had about the same number of genes as chickens, roundworms and fruit flies. In a separate study, published in 2005, cnidarians were found to have a much more complex genome than previously imagined.

 

A War of Words and Whiskey : The Most Hilarious International Dispute

MG-0303-hans-island-20090715Ever heard of Hans Island ? Unless you are an overzealous Scandinavian legal scholar, chances are you haven’t. In short, It is a disputed rock.( or Island, call it what you will )

Within the Nares Strait (  Between Greenland and Ellesmere ) is half-a-square mile piece of rock called Hans Island, notable for absolutely nothing. No one lives there and while the area, generally, was once an Inuit hunting ground, there is little evidence that Hans Island itself is anything more than a dry rest stop across the Strait. To call Hans Island non-notable would, perhaps, be an understatement.
Nevertheless, Hans Island’s legal status is ‘disputed ‘ : it is subject to conflicting claims, one by Denmark and another by Canada.

Which, of course, requires a colossally silly “war” which deserves to go down in history as either the most creative use of cross-border understanding to create a living satire out of territorial disputes or as the most humorous conflict of all time. But then again these are Danes and Canadians we are talking about.

But first, lets have some background. After all, we can’t study a ‘conflict’ without understanding the ‘severe’ political grievances behind it. It all began in 1973 when Denmark and Canada endeavored to map out the continental shelf dividing Greenland and Ellesmere. They ended up with the map, below, as a result, which placed Hans Island collinear with the points creating the boundary:leLrv-2

So why do you deserve to know about this conflict over a piece of rock ? Well, because of ‘how’ the conflict has turned out.

War ships from both sides patrol the area, and when they encounter each other they…wait-for-it…show their flags.
When the soldiers leave the ships they…wait-for-it…take the other side’s flag down and raise their own.

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If this sounds terribly boring then read on. As successive Danish and Canadian landings on the island erect and dismantle flag poles and markers, they leave Bottles of Whiskey for the next contingent. This ‘whiskey war’ was initiated in 1984, when the Danish minister for Greenland landed on the island leaving a bottle of schnapps and a sign proclaiming “Welcome to the Danish Island.”

Peter Takso Jensen, head of international law department of the Danish Foreign Ministry, noted that

“When Danish military go there, they leave a bottle of schnapps. So when Canadian military forces come there, they leave a bottle of Canadian Club and a sign saying ‘Welcome to Canada’”

(FILES) A group of Danish soldiers and the Danish flag stand on the Hans Island between Greenland and Canada on this undated file picture. Denmark 25 July 2005 protested against an unannounced visit last week by the defence minister of Canada to a small and uninhabitable island in the Arctic claimed by both countries. Defence Minister Bill Graham stopped on Hans Island, north of Greenland, on 20 July while on a whirlwind tour of Canada's Arctic military posts, to survey the barren patch of land that sits on the boundary between Canada's Ellesmere Island and Denmark's Greenland. AFP PHOTO SCANPIX ROYAL DANISH NAVY (Photo credit should read Royal Danish Navy/AFP/Getty Images) May be use witn Randy Boswell (CanWest) slug: MOTTO-Timeline For Randy Boswell (CanWest) Slug: MOTTO- Soverignity CAN BE USED FOR CANWEST WEEKLY FEATURES PACKAGE MARCH 24, 2008. CNS-FEAT-FAR-NORTH-TWQuite possibly the tamest war ever, yet USA and Sweden have tried their best to make the sides hate each other. USA’s media have had stories about Denmark “invading Canadian soil” and Swedish media had a few stories about it as well and later comedians called Danish politicians and pretended to be Canadian politicians.

Canada-Denmark responded by starting a war of whiskey alongside what seems to be an international version of the school game ‘ Capture the Flag ‘


On a more serious note I have given serious thought as to how this dispute can have serious geo-political implications in the Arctic and hence, i have come up with a solution

Dear Canada/Denmark

I was wondering if I could convince either of the government of Canada/Denmark to pay me to live on Hans island. You build me a solar powered mansion, greenhouse and desalination plant, airdrop supplies and pay me a good sum and I hoist the Canadian/Danish flag for them. Also, you could just leave your Whiskeys in my care-taking.

I’d go for this solution if i were you. For the greater good, please consider this compromise.

Yours Truly,

Fact Boy


Geek Note #1

There is a joke of an Independence movement from both Canadians and Danes in Hans Island. They call themselves the Hans Island Liberation Front. Their website talks of the aims of the movements as

The people of Hans Island yearn to breathe free! Free from the oppression of Canadian and Danish interlopers!

Over the past months, there has been an escalation of aggression from both the Danes and the Canadians, following the traditional Arctic warring rituals of building ornate rockpiles (called cairns or “inukshuks”). Whilst the Canadians and the Danes try to win the war by building the largest and most elaborate inukshuk possible, the people of Hans Island suffer.

“Our island is small,” said Hans, one of the indigenous residents. “There isn’t really room for all of these rockpiles. I can hardly get from one end of the island to the other without stubbing my toe on something.”

“He’s right,” said the other resident, also named Hans. “Plus, they’re using up all the best rocks. It’s not fair. How can we compete, with our militia of two unarmed volunteers (me and him), against the might of the world’s two greatest military superpowers, Canada and Denmark?”

Before the recent resurgence in interest in Hans Island, Canada and Denmark fought to establish sovereignty by leaving bottles of their respective national spirits, Canadian rye whiskey and Danish aquavit, on the island.

“That we didn’t mind” said Hans.

UPDATE 

Since Christmas is around the corner , the Hans Liberation Front has made the following plea

With the North Pole under attack by the Reds, it is more important than ever that Santa Claus relocate to Hans Island. Otherwise the Soviets will take over Christmas gift delivery for the world, filling children’s stockings with old copies of Pravda, bottles of vodka, and spare parts for Ladas. Then they will remember that religion is the opiate of the masses and ban Christmas forever!

Friends, we must not let this happen! The Russkie vodka must come directly to us! And as always, we need the company. We hope some of Santa’s elves are female. Even if they aren’t, just having Mrs Claus around would be nice.

Yours in hope,

Hans & Hans


Faith vs Football : How Football Unites Where Faith Divides

Did you know that star striker, Didier Drogba almost single handedly ended the Civil War in Ivory Coast ?

carlos_bacca_sevilla_efe_2d1Yes, you didn’t misread that. In case you are wondering this isn’t a story of how a retired celebrity played some minor token role as a symbol of unity. No, this is the story of how one determined footballer at the prime of his career actually convinced two warring sides , fighting for nearly half a decade, to lay down arms and establish a ceasefire – an incident so rarely witnessed that the United Nations could do with a few more Drogba like figures in the african continent. Just to express to you the magnitude of how ridiculously spectacular this event was let me give you an Indian analogy. Drogba ending the civil war in Ivory Coast was the political equivalent of say a Mahendra Singh Dhoni convincing the Naxalites of his home state Jharkhand to give up their arms and settle for peace.

But let’s not digress. After all each story requires a setting, so does ours. So this tale is set in a war-torn African nation named Ivory Coast (also known as Côte d’Ivoire), divided so badly along the lines of faith that for five years (2002-2007) in the Ivory Coast, the northern region was held by the rebels ( Muslim majority ) and the southern was held by the government loyals ( Christian majority ).

1043172_big-lndBut Drogba was intent on changing everything. It began with the run-up to the 2006 World Cup. As the Elephants ( The Ivorian national side ) fought their way to the top of their qualifying group, Drogba led his teammates in peace gathering following each game, asking for peace back home. When the team officially qualified in October 2005, it sparked days of celebrations and dancing in the streets. People in government-controlled Abidjan, the country’s economic capital and its largest city, telephoned bars in rebel territory to order cases of beer for revelers who couldn’t afford them. The team’s players were from all over Ivory Coast, and their cooperative spirit was hailed by Ivorians as an example of how the warring sides should reconcile.

This is how Drogba was described at his peak by Vanity Fair :

Drogba, the charismatic captain, became an icon. Young Ivorian men dressed like him, favoring sleeveless T-shirts and hair gel. Women swooned over his classic runway looks—broad shoulders, high cheekbones, sculpted jaw. Musicians wrote songs about him, and billboards with his likeness called on people to display their Drogbacité—their Drogba-ness. One-liter bottles of Bock, a locally brewed beer, became known as “Drogbas,” a nod to the star’s imposing physical presence. And whenever Chelsea played a game, life in Ivory Coast came nearly to a halt, as everyone watched the flamboyant striker dash across the screens of their flickering television sets.

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This was the perfect opportunity for Drogba to cash in on his celebrity capital and fan-following. Drogba pleaded the warring factions to have a cease-fire atlas for a temporary period of time. Surprisingly, they heard him and a cease-fire was enacted. Drogba suggested in an interview that the game against Madagascar be played in Bouake, the rebel-north’s capital city. In one brilliant masterstroke Drogba used the game to bring the whole country together for the first time in five years. Government military were invited to the game to help maintain control during and after the soccer match. It was the first time in five years that they’d been in the north without any violence and fighting involved.

clip_image002Drogba scored the fifth and last goal with a few minutes left in the game. The stadium exploded in celebration, and several fans jumped the fence near him and sprinted along the sidelines before being caught by security forces. Once time had expired and Drogba and his teammates had been escorted from the field, the spokesman for the Ivorian minister of sports said

“We, the politicians, we went to the best universities; we’re the intellectuals, the supposed leaders of the country,” he said. “But when it came to making peace, we failed. It’s a group of soccer players that brought us together. Didier Drogba came from nothing. Now he’s a worldwide star and a hero for us. He’s done a great thing for his country.”

After the game, the rebellion army and the government military worked together to control the crowd. After all the Ivorian Elephants had just beaten Madagascar 5-0.

“I have won many trophies in my time,” he explained after the match, “but nothing will ever top helping win the battle for peace in my country. I am so proud because today in the Ivory Coast we do not need a piece of silverware to celebrate.”


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Dear politicians & diplomats of this world ,

We all know you love being holed up in your cocoons of smug self-confidence and power. But that is not how you unite a nation divided along the lines of faith and religion. You unite them by reminding people as Drogba did, of things that are closest to their heart and self worth as a nation. When football fans say ” Football is not just a sport, It’s a religion ” they are not exaggerating. They really mean it and they sincerely hope you are taking notice. Faith divides, but football is the only ‘religion’ that can unite.

Yours Truly,

Fact Boy.


Geek Note #1

Drogba’s mother nicknamed him “Tito”, after president Josip Broz Tito of Yugoslavia, whom she admired greatly. Interestingly Tito was a benevolent communist dictator credited for being the ” Unifier of Yugoslavia ” because his internal policies maintained the peaceful coexistence of the nations of the Yugoslav federation. Prophetic much ?

Geek Note #2

Drogba has been a devout Roman Catholic all his life. Surprised ?


Source : ” Football Rebels ” a documentary by Filmmaker Gilles Rof, presented by Eric Cantona, the legendary Red Devil.The documentary is a story of five international players and their activities off the pitch against corporative influence on sport and society. It follows humanitarian and social activities by Ivorian Didier Drogba, Chilean Carlos Caszely, Algerian Rachid Mekhloufi, Brasil’s Socrates and Bosnian Predrag Pasic.


Why The Nobel Peace Prize Is a Joke : Living Up To The legacy Of The Merchant of Death

In short, the Nobel Peace Prize has degenerated into a sad joke because unlike every other Nobel Prize, the award does not represent achievement or accomplishment, instead it’s a political incentive give on the basis of hope. The irony of the ‘Merchant of Death’ – Alfred Nobel leaving behind a will that created a ‘Peace Prize’ can perhaps be ignored, but can we continue to overlook and ignore the glaring ironies behind the awarding of meaningless, politically motivated and understandably controversial Nobel Prizes over the last half a century or so.

The Wikipedia page says the following about the Nobel Peace Prize :

Since 1901, it has been awarded annually (with some exceptions) 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

Keep the criteria in mind while you are introduced to the proud of legion of peace-mongerers who were awarded this sad excuse of a Nobel Prize.

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  1. Corden Hull 

The 1945 prize was awarded to Cordell Hull as “Former Secretary of State; Prominent participant in the originating of the UN”.

What we forget often is that Hull was Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Secretary of State during the SS St. Louis Crisis. The St. Louis sailed from Hamburg in the summer of 1939 carrying over 950 Jewish refugees, seeking asylum from Nazi persecution. Initially, US President Franklin D. Roosevelt showed some willingness to take in some of those on board, but Hull and Southern Democrats voiced vehement opposition, and some of them threatened to withhold their support of Roosevelt in the 1940 election. On 4 June 1939 Roosevelt denied entry to the ship, which was waiting in the Florida strait between Florida and Cuba. The passengers began negotiations with the Cuban government, but those broke down. Forced to return to Europe, over a quarter of its passengers subsequently died in the Holocaust

2.  Henry Kissinger & Lê Đức Thọ

b2bdeb8c385955cff7fc5130083f39d8Once called “the most controversial to date,” the decision to award the Nobel Peace Prize to Henry Kissinger in 1973 was fraught with debate. Kissinger’s alleged involvement as Secretary of State in Operation Condor and the U.S. bombing campaigns in Cambodia made a mockery of the prize and led Tom Lehrer to quip that the award “made political satire obsolete.”

Kissinger’s history included the secret 1969–1975 bombing campaign against Khmer Rouge and North Vietnamese Army troops in Cambodia, the U.S. complicity in Operation Condor—a mid-1970s campaign of kidnapping and murder coordinated among the intelligence and security services of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay—as well as the death of French nationals under the Chilean junta. He also supported the Turkish Intervention in Cyprus resulting in the de facto partition of the island and 1/3 of the island being occupied by foreign troops for 33 years.

Kissinger’s Realpolitik also resulted in policies such as CIA involvement in Chile and U.S. support for Pakistan, despite its genocidal actions during the Bangladesh War.

kissinger2Further incensing the situation, North Vietnam’s Le Duc Tho, who was jointly awarded the prize, declined his half of the spoils on the grounds that he didn’t want to share the award with the realpolitik ringmaster. To date, his detractors continue to dispute the accolade, arguing that the prize was for efforts to conclude the Vietnam War — something that didn’t actually happen until 1975. ( North Vietnam invaded South Vietnam in April 1975 and reunified the country whilst Lê Đức Thọ was still in government. )

So looking to win a diploma, a media and about $ 1.5 Million for ending a war when it actually hadn’t, the Nobel Peace Prize might be your best bet.

3. Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin

5616776aad94a.imageThe 1978 prize went to Anwar Sadat, president of Egypt during the 1973 Yom Kippur War against Israel, and Menachem Begin (Prime Minister of Israel ) “for the Camp David Agreement, which brought about a negotiated peace between Egypt and Israel”. The world would have you forget that Menachem Begin was involved in a failed plot to assassinate German chancellor Konrad Adenauer, the first post war German Chancellor credited for ushering in an era of peace in Germany.  The world would also have you forget that Begin had also previously been head of the militant Zionist group Irgun, which is often regarded as a terrorist organization and had been responsible for the King David Hotel bombing in 1946.

By the way, if any of you are ever free, do look up how the Cam David agreement actually turned out.

Spoiler Alert : It was a miserable failure.

4. Barack Obama

main-qimg-e8e4c64cbd97e44b5aa23bd89a96bcdaSeriously ? Like why ? This was the most irrelevant, ill-motivated, and simply wrong conferring of the Nobel Peace prize since the infamous Henry Kissinger case.

The 2009 prize went to Barack Obama “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples”. The award, given nine months into Obama’s presidencyas undeserved, premature and politically motivated. Obama himself said that he felt “surprised” by the win and did not consider himself worthy of the award, but nonetheless accepted it, because how can he not right ?

Also btw, if you think 9 months is too less just hear this. The nominations for the award had been due by 1 February 2009, only 12 days after Obama took office. Yeah you read that right, Obama accomplished something so prize worthy within less than two weeks of being in Office. I am sure it takes longer to just explore the entire White House.

By the way, Obama holds the unique record for being the only Nobel Peace Prize winner to BOMB another Nobel peace prize awardee ( Doctors Without Borders ).

obama-nobel-400x354 Obama-Peace-PrizeBut then again What to expect of an institution whose founder invented dynamite, which seriously postulated the choice of Bush and Blair for the Peace Prize ,and which perpetuates its existence by pandering to the whims of its amoral overlords?

I mean looking at this Barack Obama fiasco makes you realise that George Bush was such an arsehole, you can win the Nobel Peace Prize just by not being him

5. Malala Yousafzai 

Giving Malala Yousafzai the Nobel Peace Prize is like giving the Nobel Prize for Literature to the winner of the National Spelling Bee.

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This is nothing to take away from her; she is a tremendously courageous person and, in my opinion, a force for good in the world. She is an inspiration, and everyone in the world should see her as such. It is completely possible – and perhaps even likely, based on her activism so far – that in the decades to come she will have an impact on the world that is worthy of the Nobel Prize. It is also possible she will retire to obscurity, or simply devote her life to projects that turn out to be unsuccessful. We simply don’t know; but as courageous a person as she is, she hasn’t done much to further the lot of children in the world yet. She was thrust into the international spotlight by a brutal attack, and has impressed us all with her perseverance, intelligence and principles, but she hasn’t yet had the time to accomplish much. Winning the Spelling Bee is a tremendous accomplishment, something only a truly exceptional person could achieve – but it’s not the same as writing a great work of literature, nor should one of its contestants be judged by that standard.

In every news story I’ve seen, Yousafzai gets top billing while Satyarthi is relegated to a subheadline, sometimes not even getting a picture. Yet his organisation has helped, if the reporting is correct, tens of thousands of children in a very tangible way. This is an achievement worthy of the prize; Yousafzai, meanwhile, has done very little on the ground, having mostly completed books and speeches for a Western audience. No knock against her – no one could have accomplished much in such a short time at such an age! – but the fact is the prize is supposed to be a reward for accomplishments, not a statement of support for someone who might have them in the future. The standards of the Peace Prize aren’t really appropriate for someone like her who is only just starting out her humanitarian activist career ­– none of us know if that career will be worthy of such an award, though of course we hope it is.

6. Mother Teresa

120907055813-teresa-1-horizontal-large-galleryThis “fanatic, a fundamentalist and a fraud” has since been beatified by the Roman Catholic Church. For those who are too lazy to click on that link, or read the late great Christopher Hitchens’ damning expose The Missionary Position, here’s the gist:

“She spent her life opposing the only known cure for poverty, which is the empowerment of women and the emancipation of them from a livestock version of compulsory reproduction. And she was a friend to the worst of the rich, taking misappropriated money from the atrocious Duvalier family in Haiti (whose rule she praised in return) and from Charles Keating of the Lincoln Savings and Loan. Where did that money, and all the other donations, go? The primitive hospice in Calcutta was as run down when she died as it always had been—she preferred California clinics when she got sick herself—and her order always refused to publish any audit.”

111207111147-1979-nobel-peace-prize-winner-horizontal-galleryDuring the deliberations over the Second Vatican Council, under the stewardship of Pope John XXIII, Mother Teresa was to the fore in opposing all suggestions of reform. What was needed, she maintained, was more work and more faith, not doctrinal revision. Her position was ultra-reactionary and fundamentalist even in orthodox Catholic terms. Believers are indeed enjoined to abhor and eschew abortion, but they are not required to affirm that abortion is “the greatest destroyer of peace,” as MT fantastically asserted to a dumbfounded audience when receiving the Nobel Peace Prize.* Believers are likewise enjoined to abhor and eschew divorce, but they are not required to insist that a ban on divorce and remarriage be a part of the state constitution, as  Mother Teresa demanded in a referendum in Ireland (which her side narrowly lost) in 1996.


Geek Note #1

Alfred Nobel owned the Bofors AB, the name infamous in India for the Bofors Gun Scandal in 80’s

Recap time for for those of you who were born a bit late like me – In 1986, a $285 million contract between the Government of India and Swedish arms company Bofors was signed for supply of 410 155mm howitzer field guns. In 1987, Swedish Radio alleged that Bofors paid illegal commissions to top Indian politicians and key defence officials to seal the deal. The scandal contributed to the defeat of Rajiv Gandhi in elections three years later. It has since become infamous as India’s Watergate moment in history.

The Political Fiasco Of The Century : Why The Berlin Wall Actually Fell.

In Short : The fall of the Berlin Wall happened by mistake.

Gunter Schabowski was an East German politician charged with holding the press conference that would alert Germany to the new, minor changes to the travel code. On Nov. 9, 1989, Schabowski was handed a piece of paper that he expected to be so business-as-usual that he didn’t even read it before he approached the podium.

ADN-ZB Link 4.11.89 Berlin: Demonstration 500.000 Bürger beteiligten sich an einer Demonstration für den Inhalt der Artikel 27 und 28 der Verfassung der DDR. Auf dem anschließenden Meeting auf dem Alexanderplatz ergriff auch Günter Schabowski, Mitglied des Politbüros und 1. Sekretär der Bezirksleitung Berlin der SED, das Wort.
As expected, the speech was so tedious and uninteresting that it nearly put the crowd to sleep, until ears perked up at references to relaxing travel between the borders. Through either poor wording or boredom-induced lapse of concentration, some journalists got the impression that Schabowski was implying they were to drop the restrictions entirely.

When someone asked him when this was to take effect, Schabowski flipped through the speech he hadn’t read, and unable to find the answer, and probably feeling like his fly was undone in front of the world’s press, he shrugged and said, “Immediately, right away.” The press ran back to their typewriters and visors and declared to the world that East Germany had just canceled the Berlin Wall, effective, like, right fucking now.

The resulting frenzy at the border was too much for authorities to handle, and although they considered firing on the crowd, they decided that doing so would escalate the situation to an all-out heads-in-guillotines revolution. So the military fell back, the wall came down, communism ended, David Hasselhoff sang a song, and politicians everywhere learned how important it was to read the goddamn speech before a press conference.

In the following purges of the “party’s old guard”, Schabowski was quickly expelled from the Party of Democratic Socialism successor to the SED, in an attempt to improve the party’s image. Just months earlier, he had been awarded the country’s prestigious Order of Karl Marx.

Dear Politicians,

Please read your speeches before you speak,

You may lose a nation.

Yours Truly,

Factboy


Geek Note #1

John F. Kennedy expressed relief when the Berlin Wall was erected.

In June 1961, Khrushchev warned President John F. Kennedy that he would blockade West Berlin if Western forces were not john_kennedy_nikita_khrushchev_1961removed, a belligerent act that could lead to war. When Kennedy heard news that the communists had walled off East Berlin instead of cutting off West Berlin, he confided to an aide, “It’s not a very nice solution, but a wall is a hell of a lot better than a war. This is the end of the Berlin crisis. The other side panicked—not we. We’re going to do nothing now because there is no alternative except war.”

Geek Note #2

East Germany called the wall the “Antifascist Bulwark.” 
Rather than keeping its citizens in, the East German government claimed it erected the Berlin Wall to keep Western fascists, spies and ideas out. Two weeks after ordering the construction of the “Antifaschistischer Schutzwall,” East German leader Walter Ulbricht claimed, “We have sealed the cracks in the fabric of our house and closed the holes through which the worst enemies of the German people could creep.”


Source :  6 Tiny Mistakes That Shaped Huge Parts of Modern History

The Most Important Salary Hike That History Forgot.

In 1955, the members of Lok Sabha & Rajya Sabha made an unusual agreement to increase their salary by Re 1.

Why?

Because the salaries of MP at that time was Rs.420.

This was the same year that the Hindu Marriage Act was being debated, the Imperial Bank of India was being transformed into RBI, Devdas and Pather Panchali were setting milestones,USS Nautilus, the first nuclear powered submarine was put into the sea, the Baghdad Pact, South East Asia Treaty Organisation and the Warsaw Pact were being formed, Lolita was published for the first time and the Vietnam War began.

Dear Indian MP’s of 1955 ,

Now I can totally see, why you had nothing else to do in such an ‘uneventful’ year. Of course you are not to be blamed.

Yours Truly,
FactBoy

Geek Note (#1)
For those of you who are not Indians, ‘420’ is a term used to refer disparagingly to dishonest and shady characters. The Origins of the term lies in the Section 420 of the Indian Penal Code that covers offences relating to cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property, and leads to punishments of fines and/or jail terms of up to 7 years
Geek Note( #2)
For those of you who are Indians like me, did you know that the term “420” has an entirely different connotation in the US ? 420, is a code-term that refers to the consumption of cannabis and by extension, as a way to identify oneself with cannabis culture or simply cannabis itself. As a result it’s always been fraught with controversy.
The term 420 originated at San Rafael High School, in 1971, among a group of about a dozen pot-smoking wiseacres who called themselves the Waldos, who are now pushing 50. The term was shorthand for the time of day the group would meet, at the campus statue of Louis Pasteur, to smoke pot. Intent on developing their own discreet language, they made 420 code for a time to get high, and its use spread among members of an entire generation.


Source : Tata Crucible Campus Championship National Finals Question.