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Editor’s Notes

More On Brain Washing

One of our readers challenged the authenticity of the advertising posters in our brainwashing series. He just couldn’t believe the first one about doctors promoting Camel cigarettes (see TN, Mon. June 16). However, you’ll find authentication on page 89 of the March 17, 2007, edition of The Economist. In a review, An evil weed, The Economist writes: —216 words.

Brain Washing by the tobacco industry. So this is sexy . . ?

Humour in the court
of Judge Harold Wright

It’s hard to remember that your job is to drain
the swamp when you’re up to here in alligators

—43 words.

Health Watch

Follow-up is vital key to
gastric bypass success

Checkups at specialist clinics are a key component to the long-term success of obese patients who have had gastric bypass surgery, according to new research. — 342 words.


From the Desk of Mike ‘The Hammer’ Garvin

Soy foam: improved comfort, cleaner
environment in the new Ford Mustang

Ford Motor Company, together with Lear Corporation, will begin production of soy-based foam for seats in the 2008 Mustang. — 164 words.

Imperial Tobacco agrees to
buy Altadis for €12.6 billion

Imperial billion, gaining brands like Gauloises cigarettes and Cohiba cigars and control over one of the last large companies that was still available in a consolidating industry. Tobacco Group on Wednesday agreed to buy Altadis for €12.6— 623 words.

Debating in New Orleans

Women of the Storm
say ‘See it for yourself’

International Herald Tribune

The commission that will pick the venues for next year's final presidential debates has begun visiting the 19 universities and cities eagerly vying for the headline recognition that the candidates' showdowns ignite. — 301 words.

International revulsion at
public executions in Iran

The Russia Herald

Iran continues to draw international condemnation with its public execution policy. — 131 words.

Bush says he will veto
children's health plan

President Bush has rejected entreaties by his Republican allies that he compromise with Democrats on legislation to renew a popular program that provides health coverage to poor children, saying that expanding the program would enlarge the role of the federal government at the expense of private insurance. — 870 words.

The politics of fear

International Herald Tribune

On Tuesday, the director of national intelligence released a report with the politically helpful title of "The Terrorist Threat to the U.S. Homeland." Fran Townsend, the president's homeland security adviser, held a news conference to trumpet its findings. The message, as always: Be very afraid. And don't question the president. — 442 words.


The Tyrant's Turn

Russian President Vladimir Putin was thought
a pro-American reformer. So what went wrong?

George Bush stood with his hand on Vladimir Putin's shoulder. It was November 2001, and the two leaders had just enjoyed Texas steaks personally barbecued by Bush at his family ranch, before heading to Crawford High School to address an audience of students. "It's my honor to welcome a new style of leader," — 1,494 words.

French firm Total wins access
to giant Russian Arctic gas field

Total signed a long-awaited deal Friday to develop the giant Shtokman gas field with Gazprom that will allow it to book part of the Arctic field's lucrative reserves. — 653 words.

Venezuela buys majority
control of oil production

Venezuela’s state oil company PDVSA announced that it has taken majority control over all of the country’s oil production, including two fields operated by ConocoPhillips and ExxonMobil that resisted the nationalization process. —  442 words.

Beijing quits pipeline, blasts
Ottawa for dragging its feet

CALGARY — Beijing has issued a scathing rebuke of the Harper government's unwillingness to attract Chinese investment and help sell Canadian oil to the Far East, as the state oil company PetroChina said it was withdrawing support for a major pipeline between Alberta's oil sands and a West Coast port. — 693 words.

A Pipeline Into The Heart Of Europe

Not many know that Russian President Vladimir Putin co-authored in 2004 a fascinating book on classical judo titled Judo: History, Theory, Practice. In his book, Putin describes how with "minimum effort, maximum effect", it becomes possible to bring your opponent flying on to the mat. The trick is to "give way in order to conquer".— 2,520 words.

Moscow's Favorite Poison

It seems like the French and British will always find something to tussle over. Out of their colonies in Africa and the Middle East, now the two European giants are fighting for favour with Russia. France is winning. — 776 words,

True North Canuck Fact of the Day

It’s a gas

The first Canadian service station was set up in Vancouver in 1908.  Prices have been rising ever since.
Trivia compiled by Randy Ray and Mark Kearney. Visit their Web site at: www.triviaguys.com

Harold Wright, Dean of Punology, says, A patient said, "Doctor, I have a serious memory problem." The doctor asked, "When did it start? "The man replied, "When did what start?"

A book for all seasons

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A Book for all Seasons
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(613) 731-3873

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