I’d Rather Have A Nobel

Meet Time Magazine’s person of the year:

For you memorabilia hunters,that poop he deposited is now available on Ebay.

OK, it was a shared award, this guy is also being honored.

Time loves symbolism, and still thinks of itself as edgy, so anyone or anything that can be portrayed as “sticking it to the man”, gets special consideration:

“The Protester” has been named Time’s “Person of the Year” for 2011.

The news magazine cited dissent across the Middle East that has spread to Europe and the United States and said these protesters are reshaping global politics.

The selection was announced Wednesday on NBC’s “The Today Show.”

Time’s “Person of the Year” is the person or thing that the magazine feels has most influenced the culture and the news during the past year, for good or for ill.

Time said it is recognizing protesters because they are “redefining people power” around the world.

That’s quite a stretch, lumping those Egyptians and other ME protestors who were fighting despotism and embracing democracy with those disaffected spoiled and grumpy youth at Zuccotti Park, and Frank Ogawa Plaza who’s beef primarily is that they want more free shit from the government. I guess we could put those London rioters protestors in to the mix, their actions were in defiance of their government’s new austerity programs that were needed to stave of bankruptcy. Ditto with those people of the year folks in Greece, although for them it was too late.

It is difficult to calculate a monetary figure, to put a price tag on the damage caused by these celebrated protestors. The last word out of NY that I heard was that the current cost was $15 million, and rising. Times that by all the other cities that had to pony up extra funds to police their protestors. Factor in the commerce lost in those affected cities, the jobs lost by businesses closing their doors. Then move to all the dopey port closures yesterday, the goods that did not get unloaded, trucked, and moved to their proper destinations. I won’t even count all the property damage done and the costs to replace that.

Given Time’s biases in the past wrt their political endorsements, and being an unabashed and unrepentant Obama supporter, you would think that Time would be scolding these protestors for their part in retarding the economic recovery, which is still on this president’s watch.

Well, at least all the rape, assault, mugging, and VD spreading victims can get some solace, knowing that they were just a small part of history in the making.

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  1. Thrill

    Well, remember that “Person of the Year” has never been about being a good or decent person. I think Hitler got it twice in the 30’s. It’s about being a newsmaker as the clipping said.

    Occupy did accomplish that pretty well. They would even be quick to point out that they did do a good job of getting the concept of “income inequality” into the public’s mind. Whether that or the crapping is going to be the great takeaway from the “movement” is too soon to tell.

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  2. richtaylor365 *

    I wasn’t criticizing the selection, knowing their criteria and acknowledging the love affair between the LSM and OWS, it makes perfect sense. I was just providing some cover art for their pick, and some background they left out.

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  3. richtaylor365 *

    Maybe we can name this woman mother of the year as well.

    I still remember Brian Wilson, and I was actually there when it happened.

    On September 1, 1987, while engaged in a protest against the shipping of U.S. weapons to Central America in the context of the Contra wars,[2] Willson and other members of a Veterans Peace Action Team blocked railroad tracks at the Concord, California Naval Weapons Station. An approaching train did not stop, and struck the veterans. Willson was hit, ultimately losing both legs below the knee while suffering a severe skull fracture with loss of his right frontal lobe.

    He missed his Darwin Award due to an on scene ambulance.

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  4. CM

    I wasn’t criticizing the selection, knowing their criteria and acknowledging the love affair between the LSM and OWS, it makes perfect sense

    I think it makes perfect sense even without LSM/OWS love-affair narratives. The Arab Spring protests were more significant than OWS, certainly in terms of risk, precedence, and outcome. Perhaps TIME’s decision reflects an international viewpoint/stance, not just an American or Western one.

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