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Editor's Notes
Sleeping giant awakening
as world's economic engine
Napoleon said China was a sleeping giant. He said better to let it sleep because when it wakes up it will shake the world. Carlius Dowius, dauntless philosopher of growing note, said more than ten years ago, that China was waking up and that it would soon shake the world as the economic engine of the 21st Century. And so these are coming to pass. - 477 words

Wisdom rules in the court
of Judge Harold Wright


Judge Wright is easy but has strict minimums. He’ll accept four correct answers out of ten as a passing grade in the world’s easiest quiz. Pass or you can’t practice in his court. — 280 words

You too can drive safely for
150,000 km on one oil change


 Mike ‘The Hammer’ Garvin says, “My last installment was meant to introduce new knowledge — read the owners manual. For those who read the manual and want more, I throw this question out in the cyber wind. Why are we being told to change lubricants at a certain kilometre range?  — 789 words.

Honey, I'm Dead!
How God rewards a female suicide bomber


A female suicide bomber detonated a vest filled with explosives at a university in Baghdad Sunday, February 25, killing more than 40 people. If male martyrs can expect to find 72 virgin maidens in paradise when they die, what rewards can female suicide bombers expect? — 404 words

A New York Times editorial
on Bush visit to Latin America


An Editorial in The New York Times gives “Thanks to Mr. Chávez” on the eve of President Bush’s departure for Latin America. “Venezuela and its demagogic president, Hugo Chávez, won’t get a visit from President Bush. But Mr. Chávez’s appeal will be very much on Mr. Bush’s mind when he visits Latin America over the next week. That’s actually a healthy development. If your taste runs to three-hour speeches, chiseling away at democracy and a world-class personality cult, Mr. Chávez is your man. But if the goal is to lift millions of people out of grinding poverty, only a major effort by the United States — the hemisphere’s biggest economy and strongest democracy — can make a serious difference. And if it takes Mr. Chávez’s demagogy to spur Washington toward more enlightened policies in the Americas, so be it. — 461 words.

Bush faces clash of agendas
in his tour of Latin America


Jim Rutenberg of The New York Times says “President Bush is scheduled to arrive in Sao Paulo, Brazil, for a Friday start of what he has portrayed as a ‘We Care’ tour aimed at dispelling perceptions that he has neglected his southern neighbors. But the fresh graffiti on streets here calling Mr. Bush an "assassin," and the protests and the placement of anti-aircraft guns around town that preceded his arrival, presented an alternate interpretation of his visit: as a clash between the United States-style capitalism the president espouses and the socialist approach pushed by leftist rivals growing in power and popularity. —  775 words.

One woman's path from hinterlands
to World Cup athletics in China


When Liu Huana was 5 or 6 years old, she learned to help her older sister put goats out to pasture. By the time she was 7, she could take care of 20 goats by herself, often stopping to sneak fresh watermelon from another farmer's fields. Today, Liu is a member of China's national women's soccer team, training day and night and hoping to play in the Women's World Cup that China is hosting this fall. Her journey out of poverty has been marked by single-mindedness and luck. — 1,200 words

Red China Inc.
Communists run the country like a giant corporation


American sinologist Roderick MacFarquhar is astonished by China’s performance. “Never before,” says MacFarquhar, “has so much wealth been created by so many people in such a short time span.” If China continues to grow at the same pace, it will oust Germany as the world’s third-biggest economy in only two years, perhaps even dethroning the United States from its leading position one day. In 2005, China was already the US’s second-largest goods supplier and Japan’s largest. Not satisfied with being No. 2, Beijing’s strategists are continuing their plans to shower the world with inexpensive products such as T-shirts and DVD players — and, increasingly, with Chinese high technology. Ironically enough, while economists in Europe and the United States advocate “less government” and “open markets” as a response to globalization and the Chinese challenge, the Marxist-Leninist party that rules China blatantly avails itself of every advantage of capitalism while steadfastly refusing to give up state control over the economy. — 3,381words.

True North Canuck Fact of the Day

Canada’s Legion went Royal in 1960

Canada’s Legion was born during the First World War as the Great War Veterans Association and in 1926 it evolved into the Canadian Legion of the British Empire Services League. In 1960, Queen Elizabeth consented to adding the word ``Royal,’’ and it became the Royal Canadian Legion, which continues to provide a strong voice for war veterans and advises the government on veterans’ issues.

Trivia compiled by Randy Ray and Mark Kearney. Visit their Web site at:   www.triviaguys.com
Harold Wright, True North's  Doctor of Punology, says,  “The roundest knight at King Arthur's round table was Sir Cumference.”

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