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Editor’s Notes

For those who missed it, here’s
a repeat of my thesis on Big Oil

If advertisers can repeat a message, so can True North. I wrote the following Editor’s Notes for our Friday, September 7 issue. At the end you’ll see a reference to “next Monday” you’ll find the latter in our archives dated Monday, September 10. Even if you recall it, it wouldn’t hurt to read that issue again — just like a good book. — 62 words + 523.

Stephen Harper’s Arctic Tar-Baby

By Isaac Bickerstaff
Op-Ed Contributor

The irony isn’t lost on anyone that the rush to claim stakes in the high Arctic’s putative treasure of fossil fuels (perhaps 25% of the word’s reserves of oil and gas) is a result of climate change brought about by global warming resulting from our monstrous consumption of fossil fuels. — 536 words.

Complicated thoughts
in Court of Judge Wright

Sometimes Judge Harold Wright has to force considerable concentration to exercise fair judgment on those who appear before him. Here are a few of the conundrums that call on his wisdom. — 178 words.

From the west coast Geriatric Desk
of Social Worker Wendy Asman

(It’s the desk that’s geriatric not Wendy Asman. – ed.) — 324 words.

From the Desk of Mike ‘The Hammer’ Garvin

Audi Tech Day: A glimpse into a future
of several sources of alternative fuel

With environmental issues weighing heavily on the world's collective mind, the methods with which to deal with climate change and dwindling resources are becoming more and more critical. — 1,745 words.

The misguided politics of corn ethanol
overwhelm sound science, economics

Backed by the White House, corn-state governors and solid blocks on both sides of Congress' partisan divide, the politics of biofuels could hardly look sunnier. The economics of the American drive to increase ethanol in the energy supply are more discouraging. — 701 words.

Democratic Rep accused of anti-Semitism
for calling pro-Israel lobby "Powerful"

Rep. Moran (D.Va) says, "Any time you question AIPAC's motives, you are accused of being anti-Semitic."

Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) has been accused of being anti-Semitic because he described the Pro-Israel lobby, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), as "extraordinarily powerful" and suggested in a recent interview that they played a significant role in promoting the war in Iraq. — 1,764 words.

Iraq Death Toll Rivals Rwanda Genocide

‘A new study estimates that 1.2 million Iraqis have met violent deaths since Bush and Cheney chose to invade. Recall that the stated reason for the invasion was to reduce the number of countries suspected of having an illicit WMD program from 36 to 35. Amid all the talk of troop deaths and the billions of dollars being thrown away in Iraq, it's important to remember that it is the Iraqis that are paying such a dear price for achieving that modest goal.’ — 1,180 words.

From the Desk of Geoffrey Dow, Science Editor

Weird Russian mind-control research is financed
by American Department of Homeland Security

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A project in a dungeon-like room in the Psychotechnology Research Institute in Moscow, financed by the American Department of Homeland Security, is used for human testing. The institute claims its technology can read the subconscious mind and alter behavior. — 2,367 words + photos.

Fears of dollar collapse
as Saudis take fright

"If Ben Bernanke starts running those printing presses even faster than he's already doing, we are going to have a serious recession. The dollar's going to collapse, the bond market's going to collapse. There's going to be a lot of problems.” — Jim Rogers. — 687 words.

True North Canuck Fact of the Day

It all boils down to a matter of averages

The average height of Canadian women is 163 centimeters, or 5 feet 4 inches. Their average weight is 65.8 kg, or 145 pounds. The average height of Canadian men is 178 centimeters, or 5 feet 10 inches.  Their average weight is 83.2 kg, or 183 pounds.

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

Harold Wright, Dean of Punology, says, Another guy told the doctor that he thought he was a deck of cards. The doctor simply said, "Go sit over there. I'll deal with you later."


Whatever Happened To…?
Catching Up With Canadian Icons
Randy Ray and Mark Kearney
ISBN:  1-55002-654-2  
$21.99   Trade Paperback  ORIGINAL




bookWhatever Happened To…? Catching Up With Canadian Icons by Randy Ray and Mark Kearney has been reprinted.  The second printing consists of 3,000 copies.

``We’re excited that the first print run, also 3,000 copies, sold out in seven months,’’ says Ray, who with Kearney has written eight books about Canada. "Canadians seem to be interested in knowing what's happened to a range of interesting people and things over the years and we’ve given them plenty of food for thought."

Whatever Happened To…? tracks the whereabouts of about 100 celebrities, newsmakers, places and things that have played a significant or interesting role in Canada’s recent history.  Long after making headlines or burrowing their way into our collective consciousness, these icons have traveled different roads—or in some cases kept more quietly to the path that gained them attention in the first place.

Ever wonder what became of Marilyn Bell, the first Canadian woman to swim across Lake Ontario?  Or of Roger Woodward, the boy who survived the treacherous beauty of Niagara Falls?  And what about Lea Parrell, the famous baby-face of Heinz, who was signed on before she was even born?

Kearney and Ray, who are known as Canada’s Trivia Guys, spice up their stories with dozens of fascinating facts.  With website links to further information, the book is a great resource for anyone who wants to learn more about Canada’s heritage or have a little fun.

Randy Ray is a freelance writer, author, and publicist.  He worked for the London Free Press for 13 years, including three years as a Parliament Hill correspondent.  Ray lives in Ottawa.

Mark Kearney is an award-winning journalist who has worked as a reporter, public relations specialist, and freelance writer.  He has taught writing at the University of Western Ontario for the past 17 years.  Kearney lives in London.


To set up an interview with Randy Ray and/or Mark Kearney, please contact
Randy Ray at: (613) 731-3873 or rocket@intranet.ca

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Harold Wright, Contributing Editor
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