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Editor’s Notes

Playing politics with the troops

I never fail to be amazed at the audacity of politicians in power who accuse members of the opposition who question their wisdom of playing politics. Of course they're playing politics. They're politicians exercising their duty. What would governments have the opposition do? Play baseball? — 644 words.

Humour in the Court
of Judge Harold Wright

The Buffalo Theory
according to Cliff

The sitcom Cheers had as warm a cast of neurotics as you could hope to enjoy on the screen but whom you would never want to have live in your home. — 335 words.

Health Watch

Gastric bypass increases alcohol’s effects

Those who undergo gastric bypass surgery may find they get drunk faster and sober up slower. According to scientists, the reason is that bypass surgery bypasses the stomach, which is one of the two places the enzyme needed to metabolize alcohol is found. — 304 words.


From the Desk of Mike ‘The Hammer’ Garvin

Ford completes testing
of next generation Hybrid

Ford has just completed months of rigorous testing on the next generation of hybrid vehicles. — 203 words.

Canadian book best-sellers Ray and Kearney
go international with Boomer Life contract

Ottawa Independent Writers member Randy Ray, who has co-authored eight books about Canada with sales of more than 50,000, has gone international. — 196 words.

CIA reveals papers that
set off spying scandal

The CIA released hundreds of pages of internal reports Tuesday on assassination plots, secret drug testing and spying on Americans that triggered a scandal in the mid-1970s. The documents detail assassination plots against foreign leaders like Fidel Castro, the testing of mind- and behavior-altering drugs like LSD on unwitting citizens, wiretapping of U.S. journalists, spying on civil rights and anti-Vietnam war protesters, opening mail between the United States and the Soviet Union and China, break-ins at the homes of ex-CIA employees and others. — 587 words.

From the Desk of Geoffrey Dow, Science Editor

Darwin still rules; some biologists
favour dream of a paradigm shift

Is Darwin due for an upgrade? There are growing calls among some evolutionary biologists for just such a revision, although they differ about what form this might take. But those calls could also be exaggerated. There is nothing scientists enjoy more than the prospect of a good paradigm shift. — 1,295 words.

U.S. pays $75 million to finance regime change

Iran using U.S. threat as excuse
to accelerate crackdown on dissent

Iran is in the throes of one of its most ferocious crackdowns on dissent in years, analysts say. with the government focusing on labor leaders, universities, the press, women's rights advocates, a former nuclear negotiator and Iranian-Americans, three of whom have been in prison for more than six weeks. — 1,042 words.

The Israeli point of view
on the Middle East tragedy

The terrible turmoil in the Middle East has churned out a morass of claims and counter-claims that can boggle the mind. As a public service True North hereby offers an Israeli version of the history and current situation. I hope that it helps readers to increase their understanding. I challenge just one contention and that is that no country offered Jews refuge from the Nazis during World War 11. Harrison Salisbury, assistant editor of The New York Times, wrote in his book, 900 Days, The Defense of Leningrad, that the Soviet Union threw open its doors but only 50,000 Jews took advantage of the invitation. Just click on the line. It’ll take a little time but we think it’ll be worth your while. — Carl Dow, Editor.


Chavez talks of arms buy
ahead of Russia-Iran trip

President Hugo Chavez said Friday that he was considering arms purchases, including submarines and a missile-equipped air defense system, as he prepared for a tour of Russia, Belarus and Iran. — 307 words.

China considers sending
peacekeepers to Darfur

The Chinese special envoy on the Darfur issue, Liu Guijin, said that his country would seriously consider sending troops for a peacekeeping mission in the war-torn Sudanese region and insisted that Beijing was doing its best to help solve the conflict. — 445 words.

Iraqi officials say draft oil law will soon
be returned to Cabinet for approval

Iraqi officials said Friday that a U.S.-backed draft oil law soon will be returned to the Cabinet for approval after Kurdish leaders agreed to a compromise revenue sharing measure, although many key sticking points are unresolved and not addressed in a much-watered down piece of legislation. — 634 words.

Democrats campaign for impeachment
of Dick Cheney on war criminal grounds

Dick Cheney is in the news because his lawyers say he's " not an entity within the Executive Branch " and therefore does not have to obey its laws. Rep. Rahm Emanuel wants to cut off the funds for Cheney's office until he admits he's part of the Executive Branch. Of course we support this, but there is an infinitely more important issue that is getting buried by this sideshow. — 329 words.

PwC is criticized for
pulling Yukos audits

Yukos' former managers on Monday criticized PricewaterhouseCoopers for withdrawing its audits of the now-bankrupt oil firm and said the world's biggest auditing firm was "bowing to Kremlin pressure." — 472 words

‘, , , sending shudders across Wall Street’

Mortgage meltdown hits
American housing market

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True North Canuck Fact of the Day  

Phoney as a $4 bill?

The last Dominion of Canada four-dollar notes were issued in 1911. They were replaced in 1912 by Dominion of Canada five-dollar notes.

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

Harold Wright, True North's  Doctor of Punology, says , A plateau is a high form of flattery.”

A book for all seasons

Mark Kearney and Randy Ray, prolific writers of Canadian best sellers, have produced a perfect book for the beach blanket season. Entertaining and informative, it will make you feel good about being a Canadian.

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(613) 731-3873


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