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I don’t know if Ace or anybody picked up on this reeking gem last week, but I’m still trying to wrap my braincell around it. It’s from the Daily Telegraph — once the best center-right newspaper I know. Brace yourselves. Ready? Here we go:

How the Nobel Prize has favoured white western men for more than 100 years

Complete with helpful maps and graphics.

Let’s leave aside for a moment that Alfred Nobel was a white western man. He might have called this thing “a prize for people who are a whole lot like me.” He could have called it “white western men who do white western man things awesomely well.” His money. He could’ve done.

But I’m sure he’d have been happy if people from other places invented lots of amazing things. Even people from brown places. Gosh, even the ladies.

Who doesn’t look at the actual results and think, “wow — white western men kick all kinds of science ass!”?

How did we get to a place where you have a contest with clear winners and clear losers, first reaction is the winners must have cheated and the losers must be victims?


Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: October 14, 2014, 9:32 pm

That article marked a new low for a newspaper which, I’m afraid, recently appointed an American Lefty to oversee its direction.

It isn’t even fit to wrap chips in these days.

Comment from Paula Douglas
Time: October 14, 2014, 10:18 pm

It never occurs to the writers of articles like that that when the standard is objective excellence in a given science, those who most fully embrace reason and Western values are necessarily those who will most often triumph. Nor does it seem to occur to them to stop whining and start considering and admiring the incomparable benefits brought to the rest of us when those men succeed. Still less does it occur to them to thank those men, rather than revile them as oppressors. Mediocrity never recognizes anything better than itself, however, so don’t look for change any time soon.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: October 14, 2014, 10:51 pm

@Paula Douglas – very well said. I can only add a tiny thing: those who talk about White Western Male Oppression are simply envious and cannot admit to themselves that the Western culture that has historically recognized the value of distinguishing the best way for men and women to coordinate and organize their efforts has been the most successful way for humans in general to coordinate and organize their efforts to produce the highest proportion of free and wealthy families and individuals.

(Looking over what I just wrote reveals to me that it is a bit awkward but I hope you get my drift.)

Comment from CrabbyOldBat
Time: October 14, 2014, 11:10 pm

Evan Sayet explained it as the modern progressive’s obsession with equality and equivalency. No religion, no race, no country, no civilization is better than any other – so when one achieves greater prosperity than another, there must have been cheating and exploitation. This is why liberals always denigrate what is good and elevate what is evil – they must be made equivalent. 9-11 was not proof of the barbarism of Islamo-fascism, but was “America’s chickens come home to roost” (Obama’s pastor, Jeremiah Wright); it was a “a natural and unavoidable consequence” of America’s unlawful conduct, well-deserved by all the “Little Eichmanns” who worked at the Twin Towers (Ward Churchill, leftist moonbat and former University of Colorado professor).

Comment from CrabbyOldBat
Time: October 14, 2014, 11:14 pm

Palate cleanser: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSuF-ygmUEs

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: October 14, 2014, 11:22 pm

There’s a deep irony in self styled ‘progressives’ refusing to admit that there is any such thing as ‘progress’ – and that such progress is exemplified by Western culture.

Though, on second thoughts, I possibly should have expressed that last sentiment in the past tense.

Comment from Skandia Recluse
Time: October 14, 2014, 11:31 pm

“winners must have cheated”

It’s the liberal mind set. They say to themselves, “I’m smart, well educated, smarter than them, and I lost. So they must have cheated, so the only way I can win is to cheat more.”

That’s how you get fabricated data, close friends to ‘peer review’ you work in exchange for a favorable review of their work. They know they are right, they have to be right. They can’t make mistakes, they have worked so hard and they deserve it. That’s why they attack their competition.

They don’t know any better because their self esteem has been over inflated.

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: October 14, 2014, 11:44 pm

Society is turning to shit, because people are convinced the road to glory and riches is to be able to claim the most disgustingly absurd Jerry Springer moment in history…

Comment from Paula Douglas
Time: October 15, 2014, 5:20 am

Not awkward, Uncle Al, and spot on. To paraphrase a philosopher, ‘Don’t bother to examine a folly; just ask yourself what it accomplishes.’ It’s stupid on the face of it to complain about whether Nobel winners have breasts or not. What these whiners are trying to accomplish is not to raise women and minorities to greater achievements, but to tear down the achievements of the men who have already attained them. It’s one thing to be of modest intelligence yet admire those who use their higher IQs to reach greatness in their fields. It’s another to be of modest intelligence and be so consumed with envy and spite that you cannot stand the sight of greatness. The destruction of the good to soothe the self-loathing of the mediocre is the curse of every age, and this assault on the best men in science is just another manifestation of that spiritual poverty.

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: October 15, 2014, 6:05 am

Read The Blank Slate by Stephen Pinker. It’s a systematic demolition of the dogma dear to every mid-20th century progressive – that there are no hereditary elements in human nature, that all qualities of character and intellect are acquired.

Though leftists (including many scientists) still won’t admit it, the reality of biological nature won’t go away.

Incidentally, the Telegraph seems to have missed another form of bigotry in the Nobels.

Looking at the Physics prize, there have been no Spanish or Portuguese winners, but four Swedes. Only one Belgian, but nine Dutch winners. Thirteen French, but twenty-four British.

Obviously, the Nobel committee is prejudiced against Catholics.

Comment from Sam Paris
Time: October 15, 2014, 5:56 pm

The Nobel Committee is obviously biased, they only award the physics prize to scientists who work in places where real physics research is done.

That would be western countries like Japan.

Comment from Sam Paris
Time: October 15, 2014, 9:15 pm

@Rich Rostrom: Obviously, the Nobel committee is prejudiced against Catholics.

And heavily biased toward Jews. Is there a prize for dumbest piece of journalism? ‘Cause I want to nominate this article.

Comment from Bikeboy
Time: October 15, 2014, 9:40 pm

I think they should take Duffer-in-Chief’s Piece Prize away, and give it to some western white guy.

(But then, I’m a racist western white guy – just like the Nobel people obviously are.)

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