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Hoodwinked

Ah, yes! ‘Tis the season for Halloween pumpkins, costumes and scary things. And that screaming heard is from the grave of Alfred Nobel, the man who bequeathed millions for peace prizes. He left this world with the understanding that the word “peace” was the antithesis of “war,” not synonymous with “hoodwink.”

The Nobel Peace Prize lost some of its luster when conferred upon Yasser Arafat in 1994. He had fooled no one but the Nobel Foundation when proclaiming his efforts to “combat terrorism.” But also having been awarded to that visionary Al Gore, it now has all the glitter of a cow pie.

How does he so deserve? Did he contribute to world peace with his fiction about the horrors of global warming and the perpetuation of this myth with a flick for those who can’t read? Or maybe when considering Gore, the Nobel Foundation reasoned that laughter is a viable deterrent for war. But his “Inconvenient Lie” evoked hardly a snicker, only a sense of being had. Perhaps the criteria for this prize are actually deceit and duplicity.



Rest in peace, Alfred. Your peace prize ranks just above the Atta-Boy Award for skillfully manipulating a pooper-scooper!

Ed Westervelt




Nevada City


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