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The Nobel Committee pored through 301 peace prize nominees and came up with a winner: Not Greta Thunberg. Media scribblers were outraged by the Oslo peaceniks, notably Newsweek with the story, “Greta Thunberg snubbed for Nobel Peace Prize by committee run by Norway, one of the world’s biggest oil and natural gas exporters.”

The Nobel Committee has surprised oddsmakers by not picking 16-year-old Greta Thunberg to win the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize.

Thunberg has become the figurehead of the youth climate movement after skipping school to protest outside the Swedish Parliament in August 2018, inspiring the waves of student strikes that followed.

Over the last year, she has (among other things) led a Global Climate Strike spanning 150 countries, graced the cover of Time Magazine as a ‘Next Generation Leader’ and sailed across the Atlantic Ocean in a yacht to speak to lawmakers in Washington and New York.

“Greta Thunberg has become a household name, elevating the climate conversation both globally and generationally,” Gregory Wetstone, president and CEO of the American Council on Renewable Energy, told Newsweek.

Shock quickly spread across social media, both from climate activists on the committee’s decision and by everyone else learning that Newsweek still exists.

Why did the Oslo-based Nobel Committee snub Greta? Newsweek, again, on the case:

“Norway has benefitted from oil and gas production in multiple ways, but primarily from the security and economic advantages they have derived from exporting energy to other parts of the world,” Michael Webber, Josey Centennial Professor in Energy Resources at the University of Texas at Austin and Chief Science & Technology Officer at ENGIE, told Newsweek.

“That has earned them phenomenal wealth (divided amongst a small population) and security (because they do not need to rely on other countries for their energy).”

The perfidy.

Who did win the celebrated Nobel Peace Prize? Ugh, some African dude who didn’t skip school, get on the cover of Time magazine, or even travel by yacht. The only thing this guy accomplished was ending a 20-year war. How do you sell that lame story on “Morning Joe?”

The Nobel Committee Awarded Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed its annual peace prize early Friday morning, lauding the African leader for his substantial efforts in brokering a peace between his country and neighboring Eritrea.

The 43-year-old Abiy assumed the role of prime minister in April 2018, and made remarkable strides in his first 100 days toward resolving decades of conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea, which were formerly one county until Eritrea seceded in 1991. For decades, the two East African countries were in a complex state of “neither peace nor war,” the New York Times writes; families were separated and unable to reunite, and violent conflicts on the Eritrean-Ethiopian border cost more than 80,000 people their lives over a span of just two years.

“This award is for Ethiopia and the African continent,” Abiy tweeted upon receiving the news. “We shall prosper in peace!”

I look forward to young Miss Thunberg traveling to Addis Ababa by blimp so she can yell at the Ethiopian Parliament. “People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction. And all you can talk about is prizes and fairytales of peace with Eritrea. How dare you!”

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  1. Eustace C. Scrubb Member

    This won’t be Greta’s last opportunity. Perhaps when she becomes the POTUS (pesky constitution can be dealt with) she’ll be a shoe-in.

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    • October 11, 2019, at 11:01 AM PST
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  2. Jon1979 Lincoln

    Remember when all the progressives in 2009 knew it was a dead solid lock that the International Olympic Committee would pick Chicago to host the 2016 Summer Olympics, because Barack Obama told them to pick Chicago to host the 2016 Summer Olympics? You had the same type of stunned disbelief then, when Chicago didn’t even make the cut to the finals, as you do among the left today, that Thunberg didn’t win the Nobel (and the reality that the progressives are outraged that the Nobel Committee gave the prize to a black man from Ethiopia instead of a rich white girl from Sweden would be the funniest example of the week of woke hypocrisy, if the NBA and ESPN weren’t around).

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    • October 11, 2019, at 11:11 AM PST
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  3. James Gawron Thatcher

    Jon,

    Amazing that the Nobel committee still has a tiny dram of integrity left. Instead of this mentally ill climate freak child, they actually chose someone who might deserve the prize.

    Go figure.

    Regards,

    Jim

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    • October 11, 2019, at 11:14 AM PST
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  4. Vance Richards Member

    Jon Gabriel, Ed.: Who did win the celebrated Nobel Peace Prize? Ugh, some African dude who didn’t skip school, get on the cover of Time magazine, or even travel by yacht. The only thing this guy accomplished was ending a 20-year war. How do you sell that lame story on “Morning Joe?”

    Hey, I’m no PR guy or anything like that, but if you want to win an award for “peace” perhaps it would make sense not to act so angry and maybe stop yelling at people. And the whole “how dare you” thing . . . kinda makes it seem more about you than saving the unicorns or whatever you’re trying to do.

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    • October 11, 2019, at 11:21 AM PST
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  5. Jon1979 Lincoln

    James Gawron (View Comment):

    Jon,

    Amazing that the Nobel committee still has a tiny dram of integrity left. Instead of this mentally ill climate freak child, they actually chose someone who might deserve the prize.

    Go figure.

    Regards,

    Jim

    Someone elsewhere noted the Committee may still be smarting a decade later over giving Obama in the 2009 Peace Prize essentially for getting elected president, and then had to suffer through seven years of periodic military flare-ups in the Middle East that Obama either did nothing to stop, or managed to make worse with his inaction (ISIS).

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    • October 11, 2019, at 11:25 AM PST
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  6. Theodoric of Freiberg Member

    Jon Gabriel, Ed.: I look forward to young Miss Thunberg traveling to Addis Ababa by blimp

    I assume that’s how she traveled to the United Nations as well. Blimps are a nice way to travel.

    Of course, they require helium and we’re in the midst of a helium shortage. Extracting helium ain’t all that great for the environment either. Hmmmmm. Maybe this is more complicated than it first appears……

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    • October 11, 2019, at 11:33 AM PST
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  7. Patrick McClure Member

    Missed your chance for a great headline:

    Nobel Committee Snubs Greta. Women and Minorities Hardest Hit.

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    • October 11, 2019, at 11:33 AM PST
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  8. DonG (skeptic) Coolidge

    Jon Gabriel, Ed.: I look forward to young Miss Thunberg traveling to Addis Ababa by blimp so she can yell at the Ethiopian Parliament. “People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction. And all you can talk about is prizes and fairytales of peace with Eritrea. How dare you!”

    Ironically, Abiy Ahmed ended the war by yelling, over and over, “How dare you!”. The phrase is all-powerful. I for one will stop using TNT for a week in protest. 

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    • October 11, 2019, at 11:49 AM PST
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  9. David Deeble Member

    2019 Hottest Year On Record, Ethiopian Prime Ministers Hardest Hit 

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    • October 11, 2019, at 11:51 AM PST
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  10. Basil Fawlty Member

    Theodoric of Freiberg (View Comment):

    Jon Gabriel, Ed.: I look forward to young Miss Thunberg traveling to Addis Ababa by blimp

    I assume that’s how she traveled to the United Nations as well. Blimps are a nice way to travel.

    Of course, they require helium and we’re in the midst of a helium shortage. Extracting helium ain’t all that great for the environment either. Hmmmmm. Maybe this is more complicated than it first appears……

    Hydrogen is more sustainable.

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    • October 11, 2019, at 11:53 AM PST
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  11. Jimmy Carter Member

    Basil Fawlty (View Comment):

    Theodoric of Freiberg (View Comment):

    Jon Gabriel, Ed.: I look forward to young Miss Thunberg traveling to Addis Ababa by blimp

    I assume that’s how she traveled to the United Nations as well. Blimps are a nice way to travel.

    Of course, they require helium and we’re in the midst of a helium shortage. Extracting helium ain’t all that great for the environment either. Hmmmmm. Maybe this is more complicated than it first appears……

    Hydrogen is more sustainable.

    Hot air is more abundant. 

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    • October 11, 2019, at 11:57 AM PST
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  12. Basil Fawlty Member

    Jimmy Carter (View Comment):

    Basil Fawlty (View Comment):

    Theodoric of Freiberg (View Comment):

    Jon Gabriel, Ed.: I look forward to young Miss Thunberg traveling to Addis Ababa by blimp

    I assume that’s how she traveled to the United Nations as well. Blimps are a nice way to travel.

    Of course, they require helium and we’re in the midst of a helium shortage. Extracting helium ain’t all that great for the environment either. Hmmmmm. Maybe this is more complicated than it first appears……

    Hydrogen is more sustainable.

    Hot air is more abundant.

    But it doesn’t give you the same bang for the buck.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    • October 11, 2019, at 12:07 PM PST
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  13. Theodoric of Freiberg Member

    Basil Fawlty (View Comment):
    But it doesn’t give you the same bang for the buck.

    Oh, the humanity!

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    • October 11, 2019, at 12:09 PM PST
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  14. James Gawron Thatcher

    Jon1979 (View Comment):

    James Gawron (View Comment):

    Jon,

    Amazing that the Nobel committee still has a tiny dram of integrity left. Instead of this mentally ill climate freak child, they actually chose someone who might deserve the prize.

    Go figure.

    Regards,

    Jim

    Someone elsewhere noted the Committee may still be smarting a decade later over giving Obama in the 2009 Peace Prize essentially for getting elected president, and then had to suffer through seven years of periodic military flare-ups in the Middle East that Obama either did nothing to stop, or managed to make worse with his inaction (ISIS).

    Jon1979,

    I was hoping that the Nobel Committee would ask for Obama’s peace prize to be returned to Stockholm. Just quietly UPS it back. Even though they sent Obama a bubblewrap mailer he wouldn’t take the hint.

    Regards,

    Jim

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    • October 11, 2019, at 12:12 PM PST
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  15. Steven Seward Member

    Well, at least the Nobel Committee gave out the award to someone who actually caused “Peace” by ending a war.

    I’ve always thought it was notable that not a single key figure who helped end Word Wars I and II were ever given the Nobel Prize. Nor was anybody else who ended any of the major wars of the 20th Century. In 118 years of awards, the only recipients I could find who actually brought about Peace by stopping some bloody invading power or by ending a war were Teddy Roosevelt for negotiating an end to the Japanese-Russian War in 1906, some guy who mediated a truce between two obscure South American countries in 1936, Henry Kissinger for his role in leaving Vietnam thus allowing the North Vietnamese to slaughter a million people, and several key players in the Israeli-Egypt peace accords.

    Here is the reason given for the award to Christian Lange, a Norwegian, in 1921:

    “[For his work as] the first secretary of the Norwegian Nobel Committee” and “the secretary-general of the Inter-Parliamentary Union

    Not withstanding the current recipient, I don’t think the Nobel Committee has a very good track record.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Nobel_Peace_Prize_laureates

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    • October 11, 2019, at 12:32 PM PST
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  16. Stad Thatcher

    Jon Gabriel, Ed.: The Nobel Committee pored through 301 peace prize nominees and came up with a winner: Not Greta Thunberg.

    Wah.

    Let’s move on . . .

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    • October 11, 2019, at 12:53 PM PST
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  17. Misthiocracy grudgingly Member

    The question I have is, why didn’t the Nobel Committee grant a joint award to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia and the President of Eritrea?

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  18. Steven Seward Member

    Misthiocracy grudgingly (View Comment):

    The question I have is, why didn’t the Nobel Committee grant a joint award to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia and the President of Eritrea?

    He must be a right winger.

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    • October 11, 2019, at 3:06 PM PST
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  19. Randy Webster Member

    Basil Fawlty (View Comment):

    Theodoric of Freiberg (View Comment):

    Jon Gabriel, Ed.: I look forward to young Miss Thunberg traveling to Addis Ababa by blimp

    I assume that’s how she traveled to the United Nations as well. Blimps are a nice way to travel.

    Of course, they require helium and we’re in the midst of a helium shortage. Extracting helium ain’t all that great for the environment either. Hmmmmm. Maybe this is more complicated than it first appears……

    Hydrogen is more sustainable.

    And flammable.

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    • October 11, 2019, at 3:19 PM PST
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  20. Basil Fawlty Member

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    Basil Fawlty (View Comment):

    Theodoric of Freiberg (View Comment):

    Jon Gabriel, Ed.: I look forward to young Miss Thunberg traveling to Addis Ababa by blimp

    I assume that’s how she traveled to the United Nations as well. Blimps are a nice way to travel.

    Of course, they require helium and we’re in the midst of a helium shortage. Extracting helium ain’t all that great for the environment either. Hmmmmm. Maybe this is more complicated than it first appears……

    Hydrogen is more sustainable.

    And flammable.

    And inflamable.

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    • October 11, 2019, at 3:46 PM PST
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  21. Samuel Block Member

    Basil Fawlty (View Comment):

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    Basil Fawlty (View Comment):

    Theodoric of Freiberg (View Comment):

    Jon Gabriel, Ed.: I look forward to young Miss Thunberg traveling to Addis Ababa by blimp

    I assume that’s how she traveled to the United Nations as well. Blimps are a nice way to travel.

    Of course, they require helium and we’re in the midst of a helium shortage. Extracting helium ain’t all that great for the environment either. Hmmmmm. Maybe this is more complicated than it first appears……

    Hydrogen is more sustainable.

    And flammable.

    And inflamable.

    Word witchcraft!

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    • October 11, 2019, at 4:50 PM PST
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  22. Clifford A. Brown Contributor

    Ended an endless war? That will never do!

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    • October 11, 2019, at 4:59 PM PST
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  23. Percival Thatcher

    But … but … according to the theology school dropouts running the Church of Sweden, she’s Jesus!

    Or bigger than John Lennon, anyway.

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    • October 11, 2019, at 5:44 PM PST
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  24. Judge Mental Member

    Percival (View Comment):

    But … but … according to the theology school dropouts running the Church of Sweden, she’s Jesus!

    Or bigger than John Lennon, anyway.

    C’mon, they don’t say she’s Jesus, they say she’s the Successor to Jesus. Totally different thing.

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    • October 11, 2019, at 5:47 PM PST
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  25. Patrick McClure Member

    Judge Mental (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):

    But … but … according to the theology school dropouts running the Church of Sweden, she’s Jesus!

    Or bigger than John Lennon, anyway.

    C’mon, they don’t say she’s Jesus, they say she’s the Successor to Jesus. Totally different thing.

    Go home Lutherans, you’re drunk. (And please take Frankie boy with you)

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  26. Percival Thatcher

    Patrick McClure (View Comment):

    Judge Mental (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):

    But … but … according to the theology school dropouts running the Church of Sweden, she’s Jesus!

    Or bigger than John Lennon, anyway.

    C’mon, they don’t say she’s Jesus, they say she’s the Successor to Jesus. Totally different thing.

    Go home Lutherans, you’re drunk. (And please take Frankie boy with you)

    Not me. Stone cold sober.

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    • October 11, 2019, at 7:31 PM PST
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  27. Randy Webster Member

    Those bastards snubbed me, too.

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    • October 11, 2019, at 7:46 PM PST
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  28. Zed11 Lincoln

    HOW DARE YOU.

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    • October 11, 2019, at 10:02 PM PST
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  29. MACHO GRANDE' (aka - Chri… Coolidge

    That sucks! She’s earned it.

     

    Image result for Greta Van Susteren

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    • October 12, 2019, at 5:47 AM PST
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  30. Doctor Robert Member

    Clifford A. Brown (View Comment):

    Ended an endless war? That will never do!

    It’s not possible.

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    • October 12, 2019, at 10:18 AM PST
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