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Editor’s Notes

Iraq war is now, and always has been, about oil

Reports by United Press International and other sources about a strike by Iraq oil workers cross our desk as we go to press. We haven’t got time to give it the attention it deserves so I’ll deal briefly with it here and prepare a more comprehensive report for Monday. — 1,195 words.


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while we got our www

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Take it easy

Carl Hall

Humour in the Court
of Judge Harold Wright

Getting it right

A man spoke frantically into the phone: "My wife is pregnant and her contractions are only two minutes apart".
"Is this her first child?" the doctor asked "No!" the man shouted,
"This is her husband!"

Death by a Thousand Pratfalls
Harper's slow-motion
slapstick slide to suicide

By Isaac Bickerstaff
Op-Ed Contributor

‘Canadians have been entertained through the spring by the amazing antics of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his cabinet of mentally challenged blowhards as they try to cope with a tsunami of problems, many of their own making.’ — 662 words.

Boston Globe says

‘No reason for Putin to go ballistic —
Bush system benefits only defense contractors
and weakens only the American taxpayer’

In a prelude to this week's Group of Eight summit in Germany, Russian President Vladimir Putin railed against the Bush administration's plan to deploy a missile defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic. — 472 words.

Hunt for missing girl now world wide
Madeleine's unusual eye holds vital clue

Little girl headshotEyeball closeup

Madeleine McCann's family believes a new picture of the missing four-year-old could play a vital role in the search for her. — 230 words.

From the desk of Mike ‘The Hammer’ Garvin

Veridian President drives hybrid
with solar panels and batteries

The president and CEO of Veridian Corporation, a company that is responsible for distributing electricity to more than 107,000 customers in a dozen Ontario cities, drives a hybrid vehicle on a daily basis to assess its environmental performance and convenience factor. But here's the twist: Solera-designed solar panels have been added to the roof and connected to rechargeable batteries made by Hymotion. — 224 words.

Farewell, New Europe
How Bush administration blunders
destroyed budding pro-American alliance.

It was a sunny day in June, and George W. Bush was making a speech at the University of Warsaw. Inside, the politicians listened with interest; outside, crowds gathered to cheer. Afterward, the press was full of praise. —724.

Iraqi lawmakers pass resolution that
may force end of occupation this year

While Washington lawmakers play procedural games with an out-of-control executive branch, Iraqi legislators are working to bring an end to the occupation of their country. — 1,103 words.

The Six-Day War
What if Israel Had Turned Back?

Tom Segev, a columnist for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, the author, most recently, of “1967: Israel, the War and the Year That Transformed the Middle East, writes in an op-ed piece in The New York Times, “Forty years ago, on the morning of June 5, 1967, Jordan launched an artillery attack on the Israeli part of Jerusalem. In reaction Israel conquered the Arab sections of the city as well as the West Bank.” — 1,015 words.

Who will be the last Bush loyalist?
Whoever you are, don't forget to kill the lights.

Things have gotten so bad for President Bush that the June 6 Washington Post quotes an unidentified White House adviser suggesting that if Bush were to pardon I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the consequences would be minimal because Bush's current political difficulties are already as bad as they can get. — 750 words.

China market booms
despite recent stumbles

Tony Sagami of Money and Markets tells us why the recent China market stumbles are just a bump in the road. He says the boom is still on. — 1,175 words.

The Universe is expanding
beyond all understanding

When Albert Einstein was starting out on his cosmological quest 100 years ago, the universe was apparently a pretty simple and static place. Common wisdom had it that all creation consisted of an island of stars and nebulae known as the Milky Way surrounded by infinite darkness. We like to think we’re smarter than that now. We know space is sprinkled from now to forever with galaxies rushing away from one another under the impetus of the Big Bang. Bask in your knowledge while you can. — 1,539 words.

True North Canuck Fact of the Day

A compulsive shoppers dream

Okay, it’s not Disney World, but there sure are a lot of things to buy. The Eaton Centre in Toronto is the number one (non-natural) tourist attraction in Canada. Latest figures show that more than 2.4 million people visit it annually.

Trivia compiled by Randy Ray and Mark Kearney. Visit their Web site at: www.triviaguys.com

A book for all seasons

Mark Kearney and Randy Ray, prolific writers of Canadian best sellers, have produced a perfect book for the beach blanket season. Entertaining and informative, it will make you feel good about being a Canadian.

To purchase the book:
Randy Ray
(613) 731-3873


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