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Editor’s Notes

True North readers alert and persuasive
I’m voting YES on one ballot, two votes

Before noon Wednesday my in-box handled enough information from readers on the First-Past-The-Post and Mixed Member Proportional referendum to put out several issues of True North. Other topics: • True North embraces Internet magic  • Humour can be dangerous

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From the Desk of Mike ‘The Hammer’ Garvin

Ford celebrates 60 years of F-Series history with special models

The F-Series pickup from Ford has spent half its life as a best-seller as it goes into its 60th anniversary. To help celebrate, Ford has recently announced special F-150 and Super-Duty Anniversary models to commemorate the occasion. — 241 words.

Don’t miss Christians for Israel

Bill Moyers Journal

Airdate: Friday, October 5, 2007, at 9 p.m. EDT on PBS. (Check local listings at — 176 words.

Blame Yeltsin


Fred Kaplan of Slate Magazine says, ‘When I arrived in Moscow in the summer of 1992, as the Boston Globe's new bureau chief, Boris Yeltsin's reforms were in full swing; the Communist Party, already swept out of power, was on trial; and the new Duma looked like it might become a serious parliamentary power. So, I called on the head of Russia's leading pro-democracy organization. Which cities, I asked him, should I go visit? Where were his movement's chapters taking off, possibly even taking control?’ — 1,226

Anxious times for U.S. workers
(Called the middle class by CNN)

Mark Trumbull of The Christian Science Monitor writes The UAW contract struggled with thorny issues facing the entire workforce. — 950 words.

Why Bush was dumb to veto SCHIP
It greases the skids for universal health care

In vetoing reauthorization of the State Children's Health Insurance Program, George W. Bush has fired the first shot in the battle over health-care reform. The likely result will be to help mobilize support for further government intervention in the health-care market. — 828 words.

Iraqis reject U.S. guns as poor quality, slow deliverys
will pay $100 million to China for light military arms

With 190,000 U.S. weapons already unaccounted for experts fear even more will go to insurgents

BAGHDAD — Iraq has ordered $100 million worth of light military equipment from China for its police force, contending that the United States was unable to provide the materiel and is too slow to deliver arms shipments, says Iraqi President Jalal Talabani. — 1,042 words.

House of representatives bill would allow prosecution
of contractors who are America’s shadow army in Iraq

WASHINGTON — Amid the fallout over the shooting of Iraqis by private American security guards, the House today overwhelmingly passed a bill to make all private contractors working in Iraq subject to prosecution in United States civilian courts.  — 422 words.

‘Russian idiots are not ashamed of being idiots’

Russian literature has weak response
to challenges of the post-Sputnik era

‘We’ve just celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Sputnik flight — the first time that a man-made object went into orbit.’  — 431 words.

Crude Awakening

Sarah Phillips of The Guardian UK asks why more people aren't talking about the imminent oil supply crisis.

 "2007 is likely to go down as the year peak oil went mainstream", predicts David Strahan on the environment pages in the Guardian UK. Strahan's bookThe Last Oil Shock is likely to play a part in instigating such discussions about the impending oil supply crisis. As is A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash, a powerful Swiss documentary on peak oil, which finally gets a UK cinema release next month.  — 809 words.

True North Canuck Fact of the Day

That’s a lot of rock

Toronto’s Union Station train terminal is built from 27-metric-tonne blocks of Indiana limestone. The existing terminal, officially opened in August 1927 on Front Street between Bay and York, is the fourth version of Union Station.

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

Harold Wright, Doctor of Punology, says, The roundest knight at King Arthur's round table was Sir Cumference

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Carl Dow, Editor and Publisher
Yvette Pigeon, Assistant Editor
Benoit Jolicoeur, Art Director
Carl Hall, Technical Analyst and Web Editor
Harold Wright, Contributing Editor
Randy Ray, Contributing Editor