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Editor’s Notes

In case you missed it we repeat here …

Shaking the Money Tree

A long-time girl friend used to say on greeting, “Hey! What’s shakin’?”

I haven’t seen her for a few years but if she were to ask me today I’d say, “The Money Tree!”

And that would be the True North Readers Money Tree. Today marks edition 116 since we began publishing in December 2006. From a naturally slow start we grew from about 14 hits that month to more than 10,000 hits a month by October 2007. — 444 words.

While the jury’s wrangling about a stolen bicycle wrench
Judge Harold Wright recalls  lessons his mother taught him

— 429 words.

Health Watch

Report says unfavorable drug studies don't get into print

BOSTON (Reuters) — Nearly a third of antidepressant drug studies are never published in the medical literature and nearly all happen to show that the drug being tested did not work, researchers reported last week. — 538 words.

From the Desk of Mike (The Hammer) Garvin

Motor vehicle fuel consumption regulations: consultations begin

Since the transportation sector accounts for about 25 percent of all greenhouse gas words. (GHG) and air pollutant emissions in Canada, the federal government is committed to implementing national fuel consumption regulations for motor vehicles. — 239  words.

Interesting historical notes … by George Laidlaw

George Laidlaw is a novelist and President of the Ottawa Independent Writers.

A billion dollar bribe — sleaze, greed, traitors, and politicians

It is no longer a surprise when once again we hear of a politician receiving questionable payments. — 232 words.

From the Desk of West Coast Editor Wendy Asman

Humour from the land of subprime

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From the Desk of RCAF Lt. Col. (Ret’d) Harold Wright

‘Inquiry into chemical spraying on Canadian Forces
more urgent than Mulroney brown-bagging money’

The following was published in the Fredericton, N.B. Daily Gleaner.

It hit the headlines Jan. 12; Prime Minister Steven Harper will call a public probe into the Mulroney-Schreiber affair.

This, no doubt, will cost taxpayers millions of dollars just to find out Brian Mulroney didn't want the cash in a brown paper bag.

All will go on their merry way and Opposition MPs will grumble that they didn't get the political hay out of the story they hoped for.

Damage control will have been done, and everyone will be back to Brian Who? within a year. — 561 words.

Faith, freedom, and bling, as Bushie
sashays in post-modern slave states

By  Carl Dow
True North Perspective

Draft dodger and arms peddler, coward and bully, war loser President George W. Bush in another refinement of his hypocrisy, sells $50 billion in arms to sworn enemies while preaching peace and democracy. When he hit the post-modern slave states of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Kuwait it was delusional Bush all over again as his hosts acted with official politeness while smirking up their sleeves. — 226 words.

Artificial Intelligence

President Bush's cavalier dismissal of the NIE undermines our credibility, again.

By Fred Kaplan
Slate Magazine
A division of The Washington Post

President George W. Bush hasn't accomplished much on his voyage to the Middle East, but he did take the time to inflict another wound on the entire U.S. intelligence community—and on the credibility of anything he might ever again say about the world. — 1,041 words.

A spectacular mess

‘This is not an exercise in diplomacy. This is a travelling road show for a failed Middle East policy.’

By Michael Boyle
The Guardian UK
January 16, 2008 7:30 PM

Does the United States have a policy in the Middle East? Anyone following President Bush's current visit to the region could be forgiven for thinking that the answer is no. — 1,096 words.

Dalai Lama changes program
says China is good for Tibet

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has said that Tibet has gained greater material benefit under China authority. — 172 words.

An Officer and a Family Man

Why is the U.S. Army losing so many talented midlevel officers?

By Fred Kaplan
Slate Magazine
A division of The Washington Post

The early retirement of a lieutenant colonel ordinarily wouldn't merit the slightest mention. But today's news that Lt. Col. John Nagl is leaving the U.S. Army is a big deal.

Lt. Col. John Nagl —  1,137 words.

Third Russian uranium shipment to Iran despite Israeli warnings

The third Russian fuel shipment arrived Friday at the Bushehr nuclear power plant in southern Iran despite warnings by Israel. — 195 words.

Russia would use nuclear weapons
to protect itself and its allies

MOSCOW (Xinhua) — Russia would use its armed forces including nuclear weapons to protect the country and its allies, the Russian Armed Forces' Chief of the General Staff Yuri Baluyevsky said Saturday. — 292 words.

¡Ay Caramba! Stephen Colbert Interviews Lou Dobbs As Spanish Alter Ego

Gimmicks are doing a good job of replacing writers on The Colbert Report, if last Thursday's interview with Lou Dobbs is any indication. Colbert turned the interview on its head with a hilarious conceit of interviewing Dobbs as his Spanish-language counterpart, "Esteban Colberto."

The Fraud of Bushenomics: They’re Looting the Country

The New York Times made it official. The Economy is a problem!

So, now, at last we can discuss it.

Not just discuss it, in rapid order "recession" became the word of the day, from White House, Congress, the Fed and the media.

It's blamed, mostly, on the subprime crisis.

But that's not the problem. It's a symptom. It is the logical, and probably one of the necessary results, of Bushenomics. — 3,282 words.

Harold Wright, Doctor of Punology, and his colleague George Carlin succinctly deal with profound questions of life and living:”If people from Poland are called Poles, why aren't people from Holland called Holes?”

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Carl Dow, Editor and Publisher
Yvette Pigeon, Assistant Editor
Benoit Jolicoeur, Art Director
Carl Hall, Technical Analyst and Web Editor
Contributing Editors
Rosaleen Dickson
Tom Dow
Randy Ray
Harold Wright