28 November 2013

Teh stoopid, it burns.....

As the end of the year approaches, Time Magazine is getting ready to choose its "Person of the Year" -- the person who "for better or for worse, ...has done the most to influence the events of the year."

There are plenty of obvious possibilities.  The President of the United States is always a strong contender simply because of the power of his office, and this year President Obama led the way in bringing about the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons and a historic rapprochement with Iran.  Vladimir Putin continued the transformation of the world's second-greatest military power from a wobbly democracy to a blood-and-soil caudillo state, with gays in the demonized-minority role usually allotted to the Jews; at the same time, he helped catalyze the Syrian deal by working with the West.  Hassan Rouhani, newly elected as President of Iran, brings a promise of change that could transform the Middle East, though it's too early to tell yet how far that promise will be realized.  Angela Merkel won a new mandate to continue the economic destruction of southern Europe via austerity policies.  Malala Yousafzai gave the world an inspirational example of refusing to bow to tyranny and backwardness.  Even Ted Cruz might be a dark-horse candidate, having brought the world economy to the verge of collapse with his debt-ceiling brinkmanship.

Time's editors make the final choice for Person of the Year, but they also conduct an online poll to gauge opinion among their readers.  So who's leading the readers' poll?

See for yourself.

And we're surprised that we have millions of people who don't understand evolution or Keynesian economics?

5 Comments:

Blogger Shaw Kenawe said...

Oy! An empty-headed, talentless fame-monger as Person of the Year?

For me, anyone who steers people away from war deserves the title.

Enjoy the holiday.

28 November, 2013 05:50  
Blogger Ahab said...

MILEY. @#$%. CYRUS.

REALLY.

That publication is losing journalistic credibility fast.

28 November, 2013 07:10  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Shaw: There are several of those, and I hope one of them gets the honor.

Ahab: Well, it's the readers and not the editors who are voting for her, and I'm sure the editors will make a better choice. Frankly, I'm impressed that that many Americans know who Narendra Modi is.

29 November, 2013 07:42  
Blogger uzza said...

Either confirm that the poll has been hacked, or kill me now. Only two choices possible.

29 November, 2013 11:31  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Uzza: The linked article now has an update saying that there may indeed be an effort to rig the voting, but also with Time saying they're successfully screening out its effects -- so you may or may not be off the hook.

I sure hope that's the explanation.

29 November, 2013 16:54  

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