Retirement News of the Day: Legendary Anime Director Hayao Miyazaki Announced His Retirement

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Miyazaki's announcement was made at a news conference at the Venice Film Festival on Sunday by Koju Hoshino, president of Miyazaki's production company, Studio Ghibli. Despite retiring sporadically since 1988's Princess Mononoke, Miyazaki turned 72 this year and many believe this will be the end of his movie making career.

His latest project, The Wind Rises, has been playing in Japanese theaters since late July, will be his last feature film.

Farewell of the Day

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In case anyone still cares about U.S. politics, Texas' longtime legislator and three-time presidential candidate Ron Paul gave his farewell speech to Congress yesterday, as he prepares for retirement at the end of this year. Having spent 23 years of his life on the floor of the House of Representatives, the congressman had quite a bit of things to say and questions to raise (and rightfully so!) during his 48-minute long speech, the highlights of which have been summarized into a list article by The Atlantic. Some of the memorable questions included:

  • Why is the TSA permitted to abuse the rights of any American traveling by air?
  • Why haven't we given up on the drug war since it's an obvious failure and violates the people's rights?
  • Why does changing the party in power never change policy?
  • Why do so many in the government and the federal officials believe that creating money out of thin air creates wealth?
  • Why should anyone be surprised that Congress has no credibility, since there's such a disconnect between what politicians say and what they do?

Farewell of the Day is a feature series that serves as the sad news bearer of notable departures, disappearances and deaths.