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Don’t be shy! Just don’t buy !

By buying gas on Fridays you’re wasting money. Join True North No Gas Fridays and hit back at Big Oil price gouging. When enough drivers make the point that they’re “mad as hell and won’t take it anymore” Governments will act. You can count on it. Protect yourself with True North No Gas Fridays.

Editor’s Notes

Higher gas price prompts labour strife, violence in Nigeria
The Canadian Way: Friday, Don’t be shy! Just don’t buy!

Like the proverbial greased lightning, here we are again on another True North No Gas Friday. We can fight gas gouging by the Oil Barons in the typical Canadian Way — quietly. Simply don’t buy gas on this and future Fridays. Just let your imagination free for a moment to consider the reaction of the legal bandits who want to keep their record profits to themselves, when they discover that the Canadian driver is mad as hell and won’t take it anymore. — 344 words.

Two jurors take a break
in Court of Judge Wright

Sometimes Judge Harold Wright must contend with jurors who fall beneath his high standards. Here following is a conversation between two jurors during coffee breaks. — 97 words.

Health Watch

Cancer cells lurk within us all of the time
A healthy immune system knocks ‘em dead

Cancer Update from Johns Hopkins Hospital

Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable size. — 789 words.

From the Desk of Mike ‘The Hammer’ Garvin

Gas prices: summer will be hot

Drivers, get ready! According to the U.S. National Energy Board, geopolitical events, weather conditions and storage supplies could have a major influence on gas prices this summer. — 202 words.

“ . . . and Stockings for the Ladies” wins top prize
at Montreal’s Centaur’s Off the Main Fringe Festival

Montreal playwright Attila Clemann's monodrama inspired by the wartime experiences of his step-grandfather, titled ... and Stockings for the Ladies, will headline Centaur's Wildside Festival in January. — 381 words

High gas prices in oil rich Nigeria
drive people to strike and violence

Government and corporate greed against a background of abject poverty are making people “mad as hell” saying “they won’t take it anymore.” Inside are three takes on the crisis. One by an entrepreneur who supports a labour strike, a second on the peaceful start of the strike, and a third about a violent clash between the Nigerian army and militants. — 1,473 words.

Detroit blinks as U.S. senate
nears vote on new energy plan  

For a quarter-century, American automakers and their allies argued that any legislation to increase fuel economy standards would rob them of profits, force them to lay off workers and deprive consumers of the vehicles they wanted to buy. . . . But this week, with a vote possible in the Senate on an energy plan, Detroit blinked, and the car companies retreated from their longstanding argument. They are now lobbying for a modest increase in mileage standards, a position already adopted by Toyota, in the hopes of silencing calls for even tougher targets. — 1,243 words.

U.K. eyes more Russian coal
but insists on secure supplies

LONDON , Reuters — Russian coal exporters to Britain, their largest export market, must ensure secure supplies to maintain a share of the British energy market, says a British industry official. — 204 words.

General: Bush and Rumsfeld
"Knew About Abu Ghraib"

The two-star Army General who led the first military investigation into human rights abuses at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq has bluntly questioned the integrity of former U.S. Secretary of Defence, Donald Rumsfeld, suggesting he misled the U.S. Congress by downplaying his own prior knowledge of what had happened. — 603 words.

Mortgage rate rise pushes U.S. housing
and economy to "Blood Bath" recession

The worst is yet to come for the U.S. housing market. The jump in 30-year mortgage rates by more than a half a percentage point to 6.74 percent in the past five weeks is putting a crimp on borrowers with the best credit just as a crackdown in subprime lending standards limits the pool of qualified buyers. The national median home price is poised for its first annual decline since the Great Depression, and the supply of unsold homes is at a record 4.2 million, according to the National Association of Realtors. — 2,208 words.

Enduring corporate structures
developing in Putin’s Russia

‘Until now, economic analysis and science fiction were considered separate fields, but the ( Russia) Economic Development and Trade Ministry has managed to achieve a synthesis.’ — 607 words.

There’s something happening here
and what it is, is very, very clear

“There is something happening today in America. With the right kind of ears, you can hear it in the sound of millions of brows slowly furrowing in anger and disgust. It feels like those tense moments just before the eruption of a summer thunderstorm, those moments when the air is electric, the ozone reek of spent lightning fills the world, and you know something very loud is about to happen.” — 1,262 words. 

Former President Jimmy Carter
blasts U.S. policy on Palestinians 

Former President Jimmy Carter accused the U.S., Israel, and the European Union on Tuesday of seeking to divide the Palestinian people by reopening aid to President Mahmoud Abbas' new government in the West Bank while denying the same to the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. — 474 words.

The Biggest Hoax of All Time!
Despite claim, inflation thrives

Larry Edelson of Money and Markets says, “I am thoroughly convinced that they're smoking something in Washington. After all, the pundits by the Potomac keep dishing out these absurdly low inflation figures, thinking you're too dumb to realize they're full of it! — 882 words.

Invest now in serious companies working
to solve the world’s potable water problems

In China, an estimated 500 million people go without access to clean water every day. In India, the crisis is even worse. Over half the cities in India are suffering from a shortage of potable water. They have essentially become nothing more than cesspools, causing tens of thousands of men, women and children to die every year. — 1,044 words.

True North Canuck Fact of the Day  

One of the most famous faces on Canadian currency  

He’s not the Queen and he’s not a Prime Minister, but Sandy McTire is one of the most famous faces on Canadian currency.  That’s the name of the elderly gentleman on Canadian Tire money.  McTire’s face has graced the company’s coupons since 1958 when Canadian Tire first introduced the gimmick to boost sales at its gas bars. 

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

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