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Old 12-09-2014, 06:12 PM
 
Location: Grove City, Ohio
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Russian oligarch & Putin buddy buys Nobel medal for $5 million and returns it to winner Watson

Now that is doing the right thing!

Russia's Usmanov to give back Watson's auctioned Nobel medal

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Russia's richest man has revealed that he bought US scientist James Watson's Nobel Prize gold medal, and intends to return it to him.

In an interview with the Financial Times recently, Mr Watson said he had been made to feel like an "unperson" since a Sunday Times interview seven years ago in which he linked race to intelligence.
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Old 12-09-2014, 06:29 PM
 
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Thats pretty classy. I read about Watson selling it,and felt bad for him. This is awesome.
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Old 12-09-2014, 06:42 PM
 
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It's all in the DNA !!!!
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Old 12-09-2014, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Grove City, Ohio
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Thats pretty classy. I read about Watson selling it,and felt bad for him. This is awesome.
A real contrast with most of America's billionaires who would have melted down the medal, all in the name of political correctness, before burning Watson at the stake for daring to speak the truth.
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Old 12-09-2014, 06:59 PM
 
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Getting kind of weird. Wilson was donating the proceeds to charity. So does he get to donate them again?

How may times?

If Wilson wished to pick up that well known issue he should have been wearing full body armor and have unassailable science. Otherwise he should have cloaked it carefully as an area to be explored. Suicide can be unpleasant particularly for the participant.
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Old 12-10-2014, 12:42 AM
 
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I didn't read the Wilson story.
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Old 12-10-2014, 01:26 AM
 
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That's Francis Crick & James Watson (not Wilson) that discovered the structure of DNA. You can find them in any Biology textbook.
Props to Usmanov and Putin! Watson earned that medal and no way politics should ever censor science. Without science, people would still be living in caves.
Also, some of the money went to charities but it also went to scientific research so yeah, if he auctions the medal again then Usmanov and Putin will just give more money (indirectly) to science and charities. Cool.
I totally do support Separation of Science and State!
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Old 12-10-2014, 10:46 AM
 
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That's $5million worth of PR for Russia towards getting sanctions removed costing them tens of billions a year.

Russian oligarchs are about as warm hearted as the mafia.

What's especially funny is people cheering on an old-school robber baron for doing this turn around and hate the koch brothers and poo poo their funding for the arts, PBS, Simthosian evolution exhibit and NAACP and then say "well their still evil" because they lobby against politicians attacking their industry.
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Old 12-10-2014, 12:48 PM
 
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That's $5million worth of PR for Russia towards getting sanctions removed costing them tens of billions a year.

Russian oligarchs are about as warm hearted as the mafia.

What's especially funny is people cheering on an old-school robber baron for doing this turn around and hate the koch brothers and poo poo their funding for the arts, PBS, Simthosian evolution exhibit and NAACP and then say "well their still evil" because they lobby against politicians attacking their industry.
Bwqahahaha.

Seriously? , this is good, other things are bad. I don't think the Koch brothers are awesome people just because they fund a hospital. Bad people can do good things. Hitler liked dogs for example. And because some Russian oligarch does somethign good doesnt mean suddenly the sanctions should be dropped.
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Old 12-10-2014, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Midwest City, Oklahoma
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That's $5million worth of PR for Russia towards getting sanctions removed costing them tens of billions a year.

Russian oligarchs are about as warm hearted as the mafia.

What's especially funny is people cheering on an old-school robber baron for doing this turn around and hate the koch brothers and poo poo their funding for the arts, PBS, Simthosian evolution exhibit and NAACP and then say "well their still evil" because they lobby against politicians attacking their industry.

First, I never understand the infatuation with branding wealthy people oligarchs. This man is no more an oligarch than Warren Buffett or the Koch Brothers.

Secondly, the belief that his buying this medal from "a racist" who was basically forced to sell it because his statements made him an pariah, is somehow going to change US foreign policy, just seems delusional.


I think this man bought the medal, probably to jab the politically correct scientific community which made Watson such an outcast for basically saying what everyone deep-down knows to be true.


Keep in mind, Russians are heavy on nationalism and tend to be very racist. If Hitler had been Russian, he would feel right at home in modern Russia.
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