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Editor’s Notes

Buccaneer Stephen Colbert swarms New York Times
Captures Maureen Dowd and seizes her op-ed column

For humorous balance we’ve got a piece by Maureen Dowd of The New York Times, one of the world’s top columnists, telling about how she surrendered her column to Stephen Colbert, one of the world’s top satirists. Colbert’s column is a hoot. — 287 words.

NEWS FLASH! — Colbert says he’ll join presidential crowd as North Carolina’s favourite son! Click here for video. (Requires flash player 8 or higher)

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

Memories from a friend — 405 words.


From the Desk of Mike (The Hammer) Garvin

Car buyers just want the truth

Who wouldn't cross the border to save between $5,000 and $15,000 on a new vehicle? Even those annoying border backlogs are worth putting up with to save that kind of money. Automakers, domestic and international, defend the lower price of vehicles sold in the U.S., claiming that different regulatory standards, such as daytime running lights and bumper safety regulations, drive up the cost of new vehicles here. There may be some truth to that, but given the size of the price gulf, there's got to be more to the story. — 405 words.

Health Watch

From the Desk of Geoffrey Dow, Science Editor

In Diabetes, a Complex of Causes

An explosion of new research is vastly changing scientists’ understanding of diabetes and giving new clues about how to attack it. — 1,689 words.

A Mock Columnist, Amok

Esteemed columnist Maureen Dowd surrenders
op-ed column to esteemed satirist Stephen Colbert

By Maureen Dowd
Op-Ed Columnist
The New York Times

I was in my office, writing a column on the injustice of relative marginal tax rates for hedge fund managers, when I saw Stephen Colbert on TV. — 868 words.

China Communist Party worried about election upsets

BEIJING (Reuters) — China's ruling Communists are worried that delegates to this week's five-yearly Congress may deliver surprise upsets in elections due on Sunday according to two inside sources. The Party fears its plans for who will move into the top echelon of power, the Politburo Standing Committee, could be thwarted if the larger membership fails to vote the anointed few into the 200-odd member Central Committee. — 646 words

Hu Jintao charts roadmap for China:
sustainable growth, greater democracy

BEIJING — China will continue to power the engine of economic growth by quadrupling the per capita gross domestic production (GDP) of 2000 by the year 2020. And the rapid growth will be under the condition of reduced consumption of resources and greater efforts in environmental protection. — 947 words.

Chinese Communist leader uses ‘democracy’ at least
60 times in keynote address to national congress

BEIJING — The Communist Party will further increase transparency in the selection and promotion of cadres as part of its efforts to promote socialist democracy, a senior official with the Organization Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) said yesterday. — 433 words.

Long-absent Castro speaks to Chavez live on TV

SANTA CLARA, Cuba (Agence France Presse) — Cubans heard their ailing President Fidel Castro joking and chatting as he spoke live for the first time in months on a television show hosted by his Venezuelan ally Hugo Chavez. — 676 words.


The ‘Good Germans’ among us need to pull their heads out of the sand

‘Our humanity has been compromised by those who use Gestapo tactics in our war.’

“BUSH lies” doesn’t cut it anymore. It’s time to confront the darker reality that we are lying to ourselves.

Frank Rich, Op-Ed Columnist, The New York Times says “Recently The Times unearthed yet another round of secret Department of Justice memos countenancing torture. President Bush gave his standard response: ‘This government does not torture people.’ Of course, it all depends on what the meaning of ‘torture’ is. The whole point of these memos is to repeatedly recalibrate the definition so Mr. Bush can keep pleading innocent.” — 1,451 words.

‘Why I still favour China for investment!’  
IMF says China Market will expand another 10%

By Tony Sagami
Money and Markets

JASPER, Florida — The International Monetary Fund just updated its 2008 global economic forecast, cutting its expectations for global growth to 4.8% from 5.2%. The previous forecast was made in July before all the subprime bombs started blowing up.

The lion's share of the downward revision was because of the U.S. The IMF revised its growth forecast there from 2.8% to 1.9%! — 1,381 words.

True North Canuck Fact of the Day

A summer pass along

The Stanley Cup is the only trophy in all of sport that is passed along from player to player the summer their team wins it.

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, Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.

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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