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Editor’s Notes

Orwell’s Animal Farm
thrives in Ethiopia

Whenever I learn of a new authority replacing a totalitarian regime I hold my breath and hope that I’ll not see another birth of George Orwell’s Animal Farm — a novel that was an analogy of Stalin’s Soviet Union. — 454 words.

Letter to the Editor
Ideological fanatic informants
help cause intelligence failures

Editor, True North

This might interest you:

" . . . if any of you have ever looked at your FBI file through a Freedom of Information Act release, you've probably discovered that intelligence agencies are in general extremely incompetent — that's one of the reasons why there are so many intelligence failures; they just never get anything straight, for all kinds of reasons. . ." — 364 words.

Critical analysis a must
in Court of Judge Wright

Judge Harold Wright has little patience for jurors who don’t have the capacity for critical analysis. Here’s one of his tests. See if you can make the jury in his court. — 97 words.

Health Watch

When it comes to pain try
to stay away from Celebrex

Step-by-step recommendations for pain medicines

Not long ago, choosing a pain reliever meant finding one that eased your pain without being too hard on the stomach. Now, research suggests that some commonly used pain medications — not just the now-banned Vioxx — can raise the risk of having a heart attack or stroke. — 229 words.

From the Desk of Mike ‘The Hammer’ Garvin
Ontario and California sign pact
to force producers to reduce carbon

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. — 202 words.

Ray/Kearney book moves
into best-seller territory

OTTAWA — Randy Ray, journalist and much-published author, said today that his latest book, like others he has co-authored, is heading for Canadian best-seller territory. — 120 words.

Report on Real Estate — here and there
Summer buyer’s market emerges in booming Alberta

True North Perspective

CALGARY — Judy Drzymala of RE/MAX Real Estate Central says that as summer begins a buyer’s market has developed. She says this is a good time for sellers too. Real estate here and there — 1,290 words.

Mafia widow says press should focus
on that violent ‘mob in Washington’

As a weary nation awaited the fade-out of "The Sopranos" last Sunday, June 10, the widow of the actual Mafia don John Gotti visited his tomb in Queens to observe the fifth anniversary of his death. Victoria Gotti was not pleased to find reporters lying in wait. — 1,574 words.

In Ethiopian desert, fear
and cries of army brutality

In the Ogaden Desert, Ethiopia — The rebels march 300 strong across the crunchy earth, young men with dreadlocks and AK-47s slung over their shoulders. Often when they pass through a village, the entire village lines up, one sunken cheekbone to the next, to squint at them. "May God bring you victory," one woman whispered. — 2,161 words.

Empowered Democrats
draw wrath of voters

WASHINGTON — The new Democratic-led Congress is drawing the ire of voters upset with its failure to quickly deliver on a promise to end the Iraq war.

This is reflected in polls that show Congress — plagued by partisan bickering mostly about the war — at one of its lowest approval ratings in a decade. Surveys find only about one in four Americans approves of it. — 697 words.

Libby deliberately poured poison into the drinking water of democracy
They beg his pardon because
to them the truth doesn’t matter

“We have yet another remarkable revelation of the mindset of Washington's ruling clique of neoconservative elites — the people who took us to war from the safety of their Beltway bunkers. Even as Iraq grows bloodier by the day, their passion of the week is to keep one of their own from going to jail.” — 848 words.

Edwards steps forward
on prescription drugs

John Edwards may not end up as president, or even as the Democratic nominee, but he is having far more influence on the substance of this campaign than any other candidate. His strong opposition to the Iraq war (reversing his Senate vote in support of the war), has pushed the other leading Democratic contenders to also highlight their opposition to the war. His proposal for universal health care, which allows businesses and individuals to buy into a government-run, Medicare-type system, was largely lifted by Senator Obama, and will certainly have a large impact on the plan that will eventually be put forward by Senator Clinton.  — 726 words.

China's dubious distinction
Editorial: The Boston Globe

Sometime later this year, the United States will be able to relinquish to China the dubious mantle as the world's biggest source of greenhouse gases. The two runaway leaders in carbon dioxide emissions have something else in common, as well: Both reject any mandatory limits on their industries' freedom to spew into the atmosphere the pollutants that are trapping heat and causing global warming. The world's efforts to limit climate change will be halting at best until the United States changes its policy and persuades China to do the same. — 444 words.

Strategy on Iran stirs new debate at White House
To bomb or not to bomb remains the question

WASHINGTON — A year after President Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announced a new strategy toward Iran, a behind-the-scenes debate has broken out within the administration over whether the approach has any hope of reining-in Iran's nuclear program, according to senior administration officials.    — 1,395 words.

How Do You pick winners?
Start by weeding out losers

Investors who want to add a margin of safety when searching for hot growth stocks might want to consider a grading system developed by Partha Mohanram, an associate professor at Columbia University's business school. — 779 words.

True North Canuck Fact of the Day

Loss of a symbol

The Bluenose, Canada’s most famous ship, was sold in 1942 to a West Indies trading company.  Four years later it was wrecked off the coast of Haiti.

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 , " He broke into song because he couldn't find the key."

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.

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