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Editor’s Notes

Bush (like his counterpart in Iran) claims he’s doing the work of God
but if one was to play in that theatre I would say he is the anti-Christ

Democracy is something we can never take for granted. Like cancer within the human body authoritarianism is ever present, ever trying to take control. — 419 words.

Op-Ed contributor

A new Asian century as Russia and China
increasingly become commercial partners

• Group of Eight: “China has evinced not the slightest desire to join an organization that it sees as a club of losers, an association of sunset powers solemnly gathered to discuss their fading glory.”

Emerging countries “ . . . have employed some mix of free markets and state capitalism, rejecting equally the dogmas of Marx and Adam Smith.”

Eric Kraus  writes, “At the beginning of the decade, when I first argued that Russia was moving toward an alliance with China, this was met with derision.” — 1,184 words.

More evidence revealed
in Court of Judge Wright

You can pack an awful lot of information in — 43 words.

From the west coast Geriatric Desk
of Social Worker Wendy Asman

With photo from Judge Harold Wright

(It’s the desk that’s geriatric not Wendy Asman. Judge Wright’s age is for him to tell. – ed.) — 38 words plus two balloons.

Health Watch

What's Wrong With British Cattle?

It's been a rough start to the fall for British farmers, with reports of sporadic cases of BSE (mad cow disease) and more cases of foot-and-mouth disease. And then on Friday, British public health officials officially pronounced an outbreak of bluetongue disease among the nation's cattle. So what makes British cattle so sickly? — 497 words.

From the Desk of Mike ‘The Hammer’ Garvin 

NOT GREEN: Norway has banned ads that say cars such as this Toyota Prius are "clean" or environmentally friendly". 


Prove 'clean, green' ads, Norway tells automakers 

Norway's consumer ombudsman has targeted automakers who claim that their cars are "green", "clean" or "environmentally friendly" with some of the world's strictest advertising guidelines. They will take effect in Norway on October 15, 2007. — 419 words.

Iraq oil minister: recent ‘secret’
oil deals with Kurds are illegal

Oil and gas deals signed after February 2007 between foreign firms and the Kurdish regional government (KRG) are illegal and the crude cannot legally be exported, says Iraq's oil minister. — 294 words.

Both Ahmadinejad and Bush believe they are doing the
work of God — while Cheney guns for control of Iraq oil

‘U.S. media failed the First Ammendment
now Bush has accepted ethnic cleansing'

Seymour Hersh began his career as a police reporter. Since then, he has become one of the most important investigative journalists in the history of American journalism. Hersh first made a name for himself in 1969 by uncovering the My Lai Massacre during the Vietnam War, for which he won the 1970 Pulitzer Prize. Hersh has worked for the New Yorker since 1992 and in 2004 was instrumental in uncovering the U.S. military's abuses of prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Hersh was in Berlin last week to accept the Democracy Prize handed out by the political journal Blätter für Deutsche und Internationale Politik. Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh has consistently led the way in telling the story of what's really going on in Iraq and Iran. SPIEGEL ONLINE spoke to him about America's Hitler, Bush's Vietnam, and how the U.S. press failed the First Amendment. — 1,298.

Venezuelan Anti-Domestic Violence Campaign Targets Men

World free of violence against women action
is planned for November 25 to December 10

If the coffee is cold, he goes ballistic, smashes the cup on the floor and lashes out at his partner. If she doesn’t come running when he calls, or their daughter cries, he shouts impatiently and hits her. These are some of the scenes in unprecedented TV spots now appearing in Venezuela. — 863 words.

Chavez spreads university education to rural students
and builds modern apartments to replace shantytowns

President Hugo Chavez has inaugurated new initiatives in housing and education. As a part of a new government program called Mission Alma Mater, the government last week opened five new universities and began construction of several others across the country. The president was also present at the opening of nearly 100 new government-built apartments in Caracas as a part of a new program called Mission Villanueva. Some 510 modern, three bedroom, two bathroom apartments, are planned as a step toward decent housing for shantytown residents. — 717 words.

U.S. conducts successful missile defense test
Each test costs about 100 million U.S. dollars

A U.S. ground-based missile Friday successfully intercepted a target missile over the Pacific in a test of the U.S. defense system, the Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency said.— 213 words.

Ethanol’s boom stalling as glut depresses price

The ethanol boom of recent years — which spurred a frenzy of distillery construction, record corn prices, rising food prices and hopes of a new future for rural America — may be fading. — 1,666 words.

Democrats Weekly Agenda #1: 37,773 Sent and Victories Begin

A week ago, after the Democratic Senate surrendered to Republicans on Iraq and condemned Moveon, we decided it was time for Democrats in Congress to hear from the people who elected them - us. — 1,178 words

True North Canuck Fact of the Day

‘Old Poison’ had his day in Montreal, New York and Boston

Hockey player Nelson ``Nels’’ Stewart, was nicknamed ``Old Poison’’ because of his habit of spitting chewing tobacco into the eyes of opposing goaltenders. The Montreal native joined the Montreal Maroons in 1925, and later played with the New York Americans and Boston Bruins.

Trivia compiled by Randy Ray and Mark Kearney. For all the books of the best-selling duo visit their Web site at:

Harold Wright, Doctor of Punology, says, * Police were called to a daycare where a three-year-old was resisting a rest. 

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Carl Dow, Editor and Publisher
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Harold Wright, Contributing Editor
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