Hugo Chavez

Hugo Chavez obviously idolizes Fidel Castro and Simon Bolivar, but it looks like he has a Saparmurat Niyazov jones as well. From today's NYT World Briefing: Moved by claims that it will help the metabolism and productivity of his fellow citizens, President Hugo Chavez said clocks would be moved forward by half an hour at the start of 2008. He announced the change on his Sunday television program, accompanied by his highest-ranking science adviser, Hector Navarro, the minister of science and technology. "This is about the metabolic effect, where the human brain is conditioned by sunlight," Mr.

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Chavez Goes Bananas

Jason's post about Hugo Chavez's bizarre mass clock change leaves me no choice but to roll out this unforgettable gem: From this day on, the official language of San Marcos will be Swedish. Silence! In addition to that, all citizens will be required to change their underwear every half-hour. Underwear will be worn on the outside so we can check. Furthermore, all children under 16 years old are now... 16 years old! Heh. --Michael Crowley

Free For All

Last week, the United Nations hosted a debate on the meaning of freedom. George W. Bush, in town for the opening of the General Assembly, made his usual pitch: The United States wants a world "where ordinary men and women are free to determine their own destiny." Then Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took the podium and insisted that the United States wants no such thing.

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Oppo Research

AT JANUARY’S SUMMIT of the Americas in Mexico, a gathering of nearly every nation in North and South America, President Bush took his push for democratization to the United States’ backyard. "At past summits, we resolved that democracy is the only legitimate form of government in this hemisphere and that the peoples of the Americas have an obligation to promote it and defend it, " Bush said.

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