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24 October 2008

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New York City Council Overturns Term Limits -- Twice in recent years, the people of New York City voted in referenda to limit the number of terms the mayor and city council members can serve. As a result of this, a majority of the council and Mayor Bloomberg are finishing their final term. Yesterday on a vote of 29-22, the council decided to suspend democracy and allow a third term.

Europe Gives Chinese Dissident Human Rights Award -- The European Parliament struck a blow for human rights and annoyed the ChiCom government in Beijing by awarding the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought to Hu Jia, a dissident currently in prison. His crime, according to the BBC, was “chronicling instances of abuse and alerting both fellow Chinese human rights activists and foreign news organisations.” Andrei Sakharov would approve of the award.

Greenspan Testifies before Congress -- Former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan testified before the House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform yesterday. He told the legislators that he was “shocked’ that the self-interest of lending institutions didn’t prevent a credit meltdown. He sounded like Claude Rains as Captain Renault in “Casablanca;” he was “shocked” to find out there was gambling at Rick’s. Except the good captain was being sarcastic.

Virtually Divorced Woman Kills Virtual Ex -- The Associated Press reports, apparently with a straight face, that a 43-yearold Japanese woman who was suddenly divorced in a virtual game got so upset she killed the ex-virtual husband’s online persona. She’s in jail right now, not because killing a virtual character is illegal but because she is under suspicion of hacking.

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