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Take care, beware, don’t go near that thing on Friday . . . there’s a gouger lurking, with a very greedy eye on your hard-earned money.

Editor’s Notes

We celebrate our 2007 100th issue
and some good news about Big Oil

Today, Friday, October 26, 2007, marks our 100th issue for 2007. A proud landmark for the little on-line newsmagazine that will. But more of this on Monday. — 145 words.

In the Court of Judge Harold Wright honest
reflections by a priest, a rabbi, and a minister

A Catholic priest, a Protestant minister, and a rabbi are discussing what they would like people to say after they die and their bodies are on display in open caskets. — 79 words.


Health Watch

A wake-up call for coffee drinkers:
Prepare to be buzzed even if you ordered decaf

You may be getting an unwanted jolt from that morning decaf. — 347 words.

From the Desk of Mike (The Hammer) Garvin

2007 BMW Z4 3.0si road test

Sun shines upon man and roadster

Probabilities can mislead. For example, the probability of enjoying a week of solid sunshine in Canada's rain forest concurrent with testing a roadster is as unlikely as being struck by a meteorite while hundreds of feet below the ground in a subterranean vault- but I guess it could happen. And so it did for me recently. The meteorite in question — a 2007 BMW Z4 3.0si. — 1,092 words.

Denying Children

The New York Times

The House approved a revised bill to finance the children’s health insurance program yesterday by a 265-to-142 margin — a strong mandate, but still not enough to overcome another promised veto by President Bush. — 539 words.

Figures don’t lie — statistics compare firearm
death rates and what the U.S. should do

Regardless of where you stand on the issue of the U.S. involvement in Iraq, here are sobering statistics.  — 104 words.

The Colbert Generation?

Stephen Colbert pulls down 13 percent of the vote in a national telephone poll, conducted by Rassmussen Reports, that pits him as a third-party candidate in a three-way November election with Hillary Clinton and Rudy Giuliani. Joshua Micah Marshall of Talking Points Memo is more intrigued, however, by the detail that, among voters between the ages of 18 and 29, Colbert receives more support than Giuliani (or than Fred Thompson, when Thompson is cast as the Republican nominee). “There’s something appropriate in this,” Marshall writes. “Americans in their twenties would prefer a normal person pretending to be a Republican buffoon than the real thing.” — 968 words.

Presidential Power     
Bill Moyers Journal     
t r u t h o u t | Programming Note
Airdate: Friday, October 26, 2007, at 9 p.m. EDT on PBS. — 188 words.

Not Beyond Prosecution: BP Must Pay $373M
for fleecing innocent consumers by price fixing

Energy Giant to Pay Up for Price-Fixing, EPA Violations; Ex-Traders Indicted

WASHINGTON — After a massive government investigation into a propane price fixing scheme and environmental infractions, oil and gas giant BP has agreed to pay $373 million in fines and restitution. — 773 words.

True North Canuck Fact of the Day

Remembrance Day feature  -

11 things you may not know about November 11

On November 11, Canadians everywhere will remember the people who sacrificed their youth and in many cases, their lives, during the wars of the 20th century.

It’s the ideal time to reflect on the role played by thousands of ordinary people who were called upon to do extraordinary things during times of military conflict.

On this Remembrance Day, the following 11 facts, prepared with input from the Canadian War Museum, Veterans Affairs Canada and the Royal Canadian Legion, will provide some additional insight into the wars Canada has been involved in and the significance of this special day.

In honour of our armed forces past and present True North will add Remembrance Day facts until they total 11 by our Friday, November 10 issue.

1. Private George L. Price was the last Canadian killed in action before the Armistice took effect at 11:00 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918. He was shot by a German sniper only minutes before the Armistice ended the First World War.

Trivia compiled by Randy Ray and Mark Kearney. For all the books of this best-selling duo visit their Web site at:

Harold Wright, Doctor of Punology, says, When the smog lifts in Los Angeles, U C L A

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