Here are the final ten contenders for TIME’s Person of the Year (listed alphabetically):
Bashar Assad, President of Syria
Jeff Bezos, Amazon Founder
Ted Cruz, Texas Senator
Miley Cyrus, Singer
Pope Francis, Leader of the Catholic Church
Barack Obama, President of the United States
Hassan Rouhani, President of Iran
Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services
Edward Snowden, N.S.A. Leaker
Edith Windsor, Gay rights activist
TIME Managing Editor Nancy Gibbs announced the group on the TODAY show Monday morning. TIME’s Person of the Year will be announced Wednesday morning.
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Edward Snowden, N.S.A. Leaker
Has my vote!!!!!!!!!!!
Some ten thousand students rally in western Ukrainian city of Lviv on December 10, 2013, a day after Ukrainian police forced protesters who have blockaded the government headquarters in central Kiev for a week to move away from the building.
Several thousand Ukrainian riot police gathered in the early hours of Wednesday morning around Independence Square in central Kiev, where protesters have been demonstrating against the government’s decision to pull out of negotiations on a trade pact with the European Union.
Police amassed on all sides of the square housing the protest camp which has been the centre of protests that have gripped Kiev for the past two weeks, just a few hours after the EU’s top foreign policy representative Lady Ashton had met Ukraine’s president Viktor Yanukovych. Ashton had also been due to meet three opposition leaders who have been leading the protests, including the heavyweight boxer Vitali Klitschko.
On the north side of the square, several hundred riot police rushed a barricade that has been in place for 10 days.
A soulmate is an ongoing connection with another individual that the soul picks up again in various times and places over lifetimes. We are attracted to another person at a soul level not because that person is our unique complement, but because by being with that individual, we are somehow provided with an impetus to become whole ourselves.
~Edgar CayceI cant wait to meet you.
sometimes i feel like the whole point of a “soul mate” is to distance yourselves entirely to realize your strength as an individual
During the summer, nothing is better than the smell of freshly cut grass. That is, unless, you have a giant vegetable garden growing in the place of your lawn. Instead of turf, this awesome homeowner, user locolukas on Reddit, opted for tomatoes. The results are absolutely epic.
Instead of mowing grass, one man decided to say “screw the lawn” and plant vegetables. He filled his yard’s grid with compost that the city gave away. Seeds began growing quickly and he had to keep up by planting support systems around them. He even developed an irrigation system, which is much more difficult than it looks. He lined his garden with cinder blocks, covered the ground with wood chips and filled the cinder blocks with compost as well. The man even began giving out the veggies he couldn’t possibly eat, helping to spread the wealth.
Hot damn! over ten thousand notes, I think that’s definitely a new record. Thanks for the support everyone :D
New Delhi: The Supreme Court today said gay sex remains a criminal offence, leaving the largely-closeted homosexual community in India looking to legislation by Parliament as their last hope.
The top court today said that the Delhi High court’s 2009 order decriminalising homosexuality is constitutionally unsustainable.
This means gay sex between consenting adults will go back to being a criminal offence under Section 377, a British colonial era law banning “carnal intercourse against the order of nature”, which had been struck down by the high court.
Luisa Capetillo (October 28, 1879 – October 10, 1922) was one of Puerto Rico’s most famous labor organizers. She was also a writer and anarchist who fought for workers and women’s rights.
During a farm workers’ strike in 1905, Capetillo wrote propaganda and organized the workers in the strike. She quickly became a leader of the “FLT” (American Federation of Labor) and traveled throughout Puerto Rico educating and organizing women. Her hometown, Arecibo, became the most unionized area of the country.
In 1908, during the “FLT” convention, Capetillo asked the union to approve a policy for women’s suffrage. She insisted that all women should have the same right to vote as men. Capetillo is considered to be one of Puerto Rico’s first suffragists.
In 1912, Capetillo traveled to New York City, where she organized Cuban and Puerto Rican tobacco workers. Later on, she went to Tampa, Florida, where she also organized the workers. In Florida, she published the second edition of “Mi Opinión”. She also traveled to Cuba and the Dominican Republic, where she joined the striking workers in their cause.
In 1919, she challenged the mainstream society by becoming the first woman in Puerto Rico to wear pants in public. Capetillo was sent to jail for what was then considered to be a “crime”, but, the judge later dropped the charges against her. In that same year, along with other labor activists, she helped pass a minimum-wage law in the Puerto Rican Legislature.
>The exceptions, of course, were Jews and other persecuted classes
No shit, if you’re disarmed, you can’t fight back, which is what we’re worried about. Of course, you can only not fight back in theory, remember the 1943 and 1944 Warsaw Uprisings, which turned the city of Warsaw into Stalingrad 2 with submachine guns made in garages.
Like how many times do we have to point out every single instance of people fighting back before people get it through their thick heads? How do you just blatantly ignore history over and over again?
Obama lied about Syrian chemical attack, ‘cherry-picked’ intelligence: report
The Obama administration quashed intelligence reports that suggested an al Qaeda-linked group could have been responsible for the sarin gas attack carried out in Syria last August, according to a news report published in London on Sunday.
In threatening a U.S. military strike on Syria during the weeks that followed after the Aug. 21 chemical attack, President Obama and Secretary of State John F. Kerry cited “definitive” evidence that Syrian President Bashar Assad had been responsible for the incident.
What they kept secret, according to an article by Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh, was the belief of U.S. spy agencies that military forces loyal to Mr. Assad were not ones in Syria’s civil war to have access to sarin.
“In the months before the attack, the American intelligence agencies produced a series of highly classified reports, culminating in a formal ‘Operations Order’ — a planning document that precedes a ground invasion — citing evidence that the al-Nusra Front, a jihadi group affiliated with al Qaeda, had master the mechanics of creating sarin and was capable of manufacturing it in quantity,” Mr. Hersh wrote in the London Review of Books.
The al-Nusra Front was officially designated a “foreign terrorist organization by the Obama administration last year and should have been a suspect, according to the Hersh article.
Instead, in order to solidify a White House narrative that Mr. Assad had crossed Mr. Obama’s “red line” by using chemical weapons, the Obama administration “cherry-picked intelligence to justify a strike against Assad,” the article claims.