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Editor’s Notes

The RCMP today, the CSIS tomorrow

Dave Brown’s report on RCMP management marks the seventh recent such analysis. He says the RCMP is “institutionally sick”. Mr. Brown offers changes to remedy the corruption that has seriously weakened a Canadian icon. He says that no further investigation is necessary. However, while his examination has been excellent — his conclusion falls short. — 454 words.

Globalization in the Court
of Judge Harold Wright

Impatient with paradoxical interpretations of Globalization, Judge Harold Wright today hammered his gavel, asked a rhetorical question and answered himself. The court listened in respectful silence. — 154 words.

No it really didn’t happen before
Scientists find brain mechanism
that finally explains that old déjà vu

Most people have had deja vu — that eerie sense of having experienced something before — but U.S. researchers have identified the part of the brain responsible for this sensation, and they think it may lead to new treatments for memory-related problems. — 410 words.


From the Desk of Mike ‘The Hammer’ Garvin
Environmental protection
is more popular than ever

Since 1997, when Toyota introduced the world's first production hybrid vehicle, the Prius, 16,066 Canadians have joined the ranks of green consumers by purchasing a low-emission, fuel-efficient gasoline/electric hybrid from Toyota or Lexus. — 239 words.

This may wipe the smirks off the MacPoles
who think their smart because they’re skinny

‘The implications were clear. There is a reason that fat people cannot stay thin after they diet and that thin people cannot stay fat when they force themselves to gain weight. The body's metabolism speeds up or slows down to keep weight within a narrow range. Gain weight and the metabolism can as much as double; lose weight and it can slow to half its original speed.’ — 1,837 words.

New Orleans turns
to international aid

City has received only half of promised funds

The cash—strapped city of New Orleans is turning to foreign countries for help to rebuild as federal hurricane-recovery dollars remain slow to flow. — 436 words.  

Secretary General of Organization of American States
says Venezuelan democracy is safe and secure

Democracy is not being threatened in Venezuela according to the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) Jose Miguel Insulza. — 566 words.

Senators try to limit
fuel-efficiency rules

WASHINGTON — Allies of the U.S. auto industry stepped up a campaign yesterday to soften strict vehicle fuel-efficiency mandates in proposed energy legislation before the Senate, even as momentum for the tougher measures continued to build. — 489 words.

U.S. funded billion-dollar private illegal armies
in Iraq are being attacked with increasing fury

As security work increases, so do casualties

BAGHDAD — Private security companies, funded by billions of dollars in U.S. military and State Department contracts, are fighting insurgents on a widening scale in Iraq, enduring daily attacks, returning fire and taking hundreds of casualties that have been underreported and sometimes concealed, according to U.S. and Iraqi officials and company representatives.  — 2,602 words.

It’s not what you think that counts, it’s what you do
A free flowing imagination is the key to creative genius

A Genius for Rebellion

Smart Folks are a dime a dozen. What truly matters is creativity. As Albert Einstein put it, "Imagination is more important than knowledge." — 751 words.

From the Desk of Geoffrey Dow, Science Editor
Scientist sifts through meteorites and bricks
to learn secrets of giant dragon fallen from sky

"A gigantic dragon fell down from the sky, terrifying all the people. In that moment the Earth shook and many people heard the noise." With these words, an extraterrestrial object made its dramatic entry into Russian history. The account appeared in the "Lavrenty Chronicle" of 1091, describing a hunting trip by Prince Vsevolod near Kiev where he witnessed the apparent fall of a meteorite. Close to 1,000 years later, samples of what may be that meteorite can be found in the Russian Academy of Sciences' meteorite collection, one of the world's oldest collections of meteorites. — 1,789 words.

Broker says Toronto real estate market
is hot but objects to new culture of greed

Dissident targets shady agents in bid to head Toronto’s real estate board

Phantom offers, double-ended deals, commission drops – welcome to Toronto's red-hot and sometimes cutthroat real estate market. "There's definitely a culture of greed that you didn't really see 10 years ago," says Michael Manley, from his office at the Prudential Properties brokerage he owns in the Beach. — 1,161 words.

U.S. profit margins
have probably peaked

‘The problem with doing something well is that people expect you to do even better next time. Corporate profit margins — earnings as a percentage of revenue — have been running close to all-time highs, but they can improve only so much.’ — 617 words.

Off the Charts: The great
Chinese export machine

The great Chinese export machine is producing rising trade surpluses with the United States and soaring surpluses with Europe. But when it comes to the rest of the world, it is running a trade deficit. — 491 words.

True North Canuck Fact of the Day

And millions of students have been cheering ever since 

Coles Notes first introduced their helpful guides to literature in 1948.  The first booklet was for a French novella called Colomba, while The Merchant of Venice was the first Shakespearean play to get the Coles treatment. 

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

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