Alibi V.18 No.41 • Oct 8-14, 2009 
The New Mexico Symphony Orchestra Players Association performs Mozart, Verdi and Tchaikovsky at the Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Nob Hill on Sunday, Oct. 4.

Newscity

A Sour Note

Contract dispute grows bitter between NMSO and musicians

Stalled negotiations have pushed New Mexico Symphony Orchestra players into the cold—with picket signs.

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Thin Line

Election in a Can

We sweat. We toiled. We tried to frame questions so mayoral candidates would give us something other than the polished nuggets espoused on their websites. But if this election cycle had one theme for me, it's this: The sound bites win again.

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Gene Grant

"Broad" Support?

Here’s the problem with the idea of deploying broadband to “everyone,” be it Albuquerque or Pie Town: It gets policy-makers loopy. The holiest of postmodern grails, broadband for all has produced all manner of magic carpet ride promises in recent years. And some serious meltdowns. But the pull of broadband—and all its related economic and social theories—is just too juicy to resist.

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Odds and Ends

Odds & Ends

Dateline: New York—In August, ultra-dissatisfied customer Dalton Chiscolm sued the largest U.S. bank, demanding “1,784 billion, trillion dollars” for poor customer service. He also asked for an additional $200,165,000 in punitive damages, according to court papers. Last Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge Denny Chin called Chiscolm’s lawsuit against Bank of America “incomprehensible” in Manhattan Federal Court. “He seems to be complaining that he placed a series of calls to the bank in New York and received inconsistent information from a ‘Spanish woman,’ ” the judge wrote. Chiscolm’s unusual monetary demand is larger than a sextillion dollars, or a 1 followed by 21 zeros. The sum far exceeds the world’s 2008 gross domestic product of $60 trillion, as estimated by the World Bank. “These are the kind of numbers you deal with only on a cosmic scale,” Sylvain Cappell, New York University’s Silver Professor at the Courant Institute for Mathematical Science, told New York’s Daily News. “If he thinks Bank of America has branches on every planet in the cosmos, then it might start to make some sense.” Judge Chin gave Chiscolm until Oct. 23 to better explain the basis for his claims or else see his complaint dismissed.

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Letters

I enjoy living simply and healthy at less than half the U.S. poverty level for me as a single person. I lived well for all of 2008 on $3,539 for my total expenses—rent, food, etc. I have no right to more than I need while others in this world have less than they need.

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