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12-14-2011, 05:49 AM   #1
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TIME magazine reveals its Person of the Year 2011, The Protestor !

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TIME magazine revealed the 2011 choice for its iconic Person of the Year cover live on TODAY Wednesday. The Protester is this year’s choice, managing editor Rick Stengel told Matt Lauer and Ann Curry.
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Good pick, IMO.
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Excellent idea.
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Too bad it is made to be a quite sinister, outlaw looking portrait. Is this a rendering from an actual photo? Then I suppose that wouldn't be as bad, but still, it is a pretty cliched look.

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Evidence of a liberal bias, why not include - at least as honorable mention - the Tea Party?
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Evidence of a liberal bias, why not include - at least as honorable mention - the Tea Party?
The Tea Party had their fifteen minutes of fame in 2010 but people found out they were a gift to Wall Street and the 1% .
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Evidence of a liberal bias, why not include - at least as honorable mention - the Tea Party?
Times people of the year are supposed to be worthy news makers. The Tea Party is a sideshow act, nothing more.

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Well, based on result to date in the USA, I'd say the Tea Party has had a bigger impact than Occupy has. Look at the Republican party and what's happening in Washington and the states.

And none of them have anything on the Arab Spring folks.
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When the circus comes to town, everyone get's loopy. This doesn't make the circus newsworthy, it just makes it a circus.
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Well, it is somewhat of an about face. Not long ago, the press was complaining about apathy as a major problem in this country.
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The tea-party seems to have had a major effect: an effective paralysis of the normal political process.
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The tea-party seems to have had a major effect: an effective paralysis of the normal political process.
Agreed. The Time cover is pointing to the progressive protests not just in the US but around the world. Since the tea party is regressive, not to mention vicious and outright threatening and counter-productive regarding any sort of political issue, I'd say it hasn't earned its place in being mentioned on the cover.
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Being progressive or a positive influence is no criterion for Time:
Time Person of the Year - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Putin, "you", GWB/Obama/Bernake/Clinton/Starr/Newt (the first incarnation)/John Paul II/ the Ayatollah Khomeni / Stalin / Hitler / and the Baby Boomers have all received the nod.
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Time Magazine's Choice For Person Of The Year Points To 20%+ Equity Gains In 2012 | Business News | Minyanville.com

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Hard to believe, but one of the most bullish stock market indicators around is Time magazine selecting a Person of the Year that reflects an environment of negative social mood.

Time has been selecting persons of the year since 1927, and increasingly the selection has reflected the social mood of the year. 2011's selection of “The Protester” is the fifth time in the past decade that the award has gone to a category of people instead of any one individual. In the award's first four decades there were only four such selections.


Over the years the award has gone to all kinds of people ranging from political leaders to business leaders to scientists and the pope. When Time selects someone or a group of people other than generic political leaders, especially when the selection revolves around global problems or scandal, investors should take note.

Take 2002's selection of “The Whistleblowers,” the women who blew the whistle on scandals at Worldcom, Enron, and the FBI. Or 1998's selection of Bill Clinton and Kenneth Starr in light of the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Or 1988's selection of “The Endangered Earth” as environmental activism was heating up.



All highlighted negative issues or concerns of the year. Until 2011, these have been the only three years in the past three decades focused on negativity. So how'd the stock market do the following years?

In 1989 the S&P 500 rallied 27.2%.
In 1999 it rallied 19.5%.
In 2003 it rallied 26.4%.

While 2011's selection was global in nature, the image Time chose was one of an Arab. Also noteworthy. It was the first Arab image on the cover since the 1970's, when three were selected as Person of the Year (then Man of the Year). They were King Faisal of Saudi Arabia in 1974 for the OPEC price hikes, Anwar Sadat of Egypt in 1977 for peace efforts, and Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran in 1979. Faisal (1974) and Khomeini (1979) were chosen for negative reasons. How'd the stock market do the following years?

In 1975 the S&P 500 rallied 31.5%.
In 1980 it rallied 25.8%.

It works the other way as well. Jeff Bezos of Amazon's (AMZN) selection in 1999 represented the peak of the dot com boom, with the S&P 500 falling 10% in 2000. 2005's selection of “The Good Samaritans” and 2006's selection of “You” (individual content creators on the internet) occurred at the peak of the housing and credit cycles.

Many see these Time issues as trivialities, the news equivalent of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition, but something as all-encompassing as Person of the Year is deeply socionomic. While not quantifiable, it's a great measure of social mood and popular sentiment, and in this case, points to a strong equity rally in 2012.




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