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Editor’s Notes

Relax, we haven’t sold out
to the China big spenders

Before the more paranoid among our readers hit the hysteria button please be advised that the three stories we have below under the one cover heading does not mean that True North has become a tool of the Chinese Communists. — 314 words.

In the Court of Judge Wright you may hear them singing
‘Those were the days my friend, we thought they’d never end’

A father testifies: "Hey Dad," one of my kids asked the other day, "What was your favorite fast food when you were growing up?" "We didn't have fast food when I was growing up," I informed him. "All the food was slow." — 674.


From the Desk of Mike (The Hammer) Garvin

Mazda2 - it's aimed at the iPod generation

Mazda has lacked an entry-level car in its line-up ever since the demise of the 323 in 2003 and brand-conscious parents buying a first car for school-leaving children have had to look elsewhere. But that's all changed now with the arrival in South Africa this week of the fun and funky Mazda2 hatchback, first seen at the Geneva auto show in March 2007. — 841 words.

Health Watch

From the Desk of Geoffrey Dow, Science Editor

The breakthrough of 'gene targeting'

Almost every human disease has a genetic component and the research that earned this year's Nobel Prize in medicine developed into a practical method of finding out which defective gene gives someone a particular disorder. — 498 words.

From the Desk of Boris Kay, Quebec Editor

Ann Coulter's dream of a Jew-free America

From time to time, particularly in the wake of schoolyard shootings, failing markets, failing wars, failing administrations and the like, Americans take pause to take stock, wondering what's at the bottom of the malaise that afflicts their beloved, chronically clueless nation. — 689 words.

The UnAmericanism in the imperial court of George W. Bush -

Spies, Lies and FISA
The New York Times
Sunday 14 October 2007

As Democratic lawmakers try to repair a deeply flawed bill on electronic eavesdropping, the White House is pumping out the same fog of fear and disinformation it used to push the bill through Congress this summer. President Bush has been telling Americans that any change would deny the government critical information, make it easier for terrorists to infiltrate, expose state secrets, and make it harder "to save American lives." — 914 words.

‘Generation Q has got to come out
from behind their mouse-clicks’

‘I spent the first week of October visiting several colleges — Auburn, the University of Mississippi, Lake Forest and Williams — and I can report that the more I am around this generation of college students, the more I am both baffled and impressed.’ — 837 words.

How U.S. Congress forgot its own strength
as it is defined in the country’s Constitution 

By Mario Cuomo  (Mario M. Cuomo, the governor of New York from 1983 to 1995, practices law with Willkie Farr & Gallagher.) ‘SENATORS Jim Webb of Virginia and Hillary Clinton of New York are right to demand that the president go before Congress to ask for a “declaration of war” before proceeding with an attack against Iran or any other nation. But there is no need for this demand to be put into law, as the two Democrats and their colleagues are seeking to do, any more than there is need for legislation to guarantee our right of free speech or anything else protected by the Constitution.’ — 565 words.

Putin to visit embattled Iran as leaders meet
on dividing land-locked energy-rich Caspian

RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin's trip to Iran this week, the first by a Kremlin leader in three decades, comes at a vital moment for the Islamic republic's controversial Russian-backed nuclear program. — 619 words.

Conservatives are such jokers: They think
problems of the poor and the sick are funny

Paul Krugman of The New York Times says ‘In 1960, John F. Kennedy, who had been shocked by the hunger he saw in West Virginia, made the fight against hunger a theme of his presidential campaign. After his election he created the modern food stamp program, which today helps millions of Americans get enough to eat. But Ronald Reagan thought the issue of hunger in the world’s richest nation was nothing but a big joke. Here’s what Reagan said in his famous 1964 speech “A Time for Choosing,” which made him a national political figure: “We were told four years ago that 17 million people went to bed hungry each night. Well, that was probably true. They were all on a diet.” — 808 words.

Russian roundup: Putin goes live on air
Death plot in Iran; anti-fascist riots in Kiev

Questions are being accepted for President Vladimir Putin's live call-in interview to begin at noon, Moscow time, on October 18, the Kremlin press service has reported. — 420 words.

China Channel

Communist Party of China
elects new central leadership

BEIJING -- The 17th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) meeting here this week will elect a new Central Committee and a new Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, congress spokesman Li Dongsheng said here Sunday at a press briefing. — 1,107 words.

True North Canuck Fact of the Day

Pearson suffered Communist support for new flag

Prime Minister Lester Pearson encountered four key criticisms in 1964-65 when he attempted to sell Canadians on a new flag emblazoned with a maple leaf:  Opponents argued that the maple leaf did not represent the existence of English and French Canada; the sugar maple tree didn't grow anywhere west of the Ontario/Manitoba border; the Communist Party of Canada supported the flag and the Sugar maple was the official tree of New York State. Nevertheless, the new red and white maple leaf flag was raised on Feb. 15, 1965.

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