Whether it was done out of jealousy of Barack Obama or not, Iran has stepped into the realm of the ridiculous in the wake of a report that the Nobel Peace Prize medal has been confiscated from the Iranian human rights attorney who won it in 2003.
Canada has won its share of Olympic medals over the years, but apparently not enough. Whether to reward or recognize its athletes, Canada will now pay them $20,000 per gold medal. That’s not so extraordinary—a number of countries, including the U.S., already shell out, and Italian gold medalists in the Turin Games took home a cool $150,000 per gold.
How’s this for corporate responsibility? Halliburton told one of its employees who was wounded while working in Iraq that it would nominate him for the civilian equivalent of a Purple Heart—if he promised not to sue the company. He didn’t sign; he got the medal anyway; and he’s suing Halliburton. (h/t: Huff Po)