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Oversight: Due to the rush and roar of producing our Friday, November 16, edition we neglected to credit Roy Acres for the two photographs used with our story about the Ottawa Authors Book Sale November 10-11. We are a firm believer in giving credit where credit is due and thank Roy Acres for his indulgence.

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Editor’s Notes

That man may appear silly but beware
because he can be very, very dangerous

I recall thinking when George W. and Putin first met, how foolish Bush sounded when he said about Putin something like “I looked into his soul and liked what I saw.” The Americans I thought have got themselves a fool for a president. Only an ignoramus would say something like that. I’ll bet that Bush has never read a single Russian short story or a novel that would allow him any sensitivity about the “Russian Soul”.

In the Court of Judge Harold Wright
Hi Tech problems have their day

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Health Watch

Our enemy hands

The ancient Greeks believed that cleanliness
is next to Godliness — what’s wrong with us?

It's hard to see North Americans as under-washed. Sales of antibacterial soap, tooth whiteners and "intimate hygiene" products are skyrocketing. Scientists actually connect the rising rates of asthma and allergies in the West to our overzealous cleanliness. And yet, in a compulsively sanitized culture, cleaning one part of the body — the hands — seems to be more honored in the breach than the observance. Studies show that hospital doctors resist washing their hands, and researchers report that only about 15 percent of people in public restrooms wash their hands properly. — 774 words.

From the Desk of Mike (The Hammer) Garvin

Volvo recalls 56 000 units worldwide

Volvo has recalled 56 000 cars worldwide because of two separate problems linked to crash bags and engines. — 176 words.

Larry King, the Sucker

Now it's official. America's preeminent
TV interviewer will believe anything.

The Wall Street Journal, in a Nov. 26 Page One story, reports that Larry King got conned into trading two life insurance policies with a combined worth of $15 million for $1.4 million in after-tax cash.  — 608 words.

When the Spanish king recently told Hugo Chavez
to 'shut up' it reflected a complex colonial history

‘Venezuela is a friendly country . . . and if one is lucky not to be caught in the middle of a gunfight, well, it's almost paradise.’

CARACAS, Venezuela Even though they achieved independence more than a century ago, the Spanish-speaking nations of Latin America often look to Spain as a reference point. Sometimes the mother country is a foil, sometimes a support, sometimes a mirror, for what unfolds on this side of the Atlantic. —  888 words.

As Latin American countries withdraw from U.S. torture school

Twenty thousand protest at Fort Benning
Eleven face federal criminal charges

In what has become the nation's largest annual gathering for peace and human rights, more than twenty thousand protested outside the gates of Fort Benning, GA, on November 18, 2007. Eleven were arrested on federal criminal charges and face up to six months in prison. By Bill Quigley Bill Quigley is a human rights lawyer and professor at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. He is also a member of the legal collective of School of Americas Watch. — 592 words.

Unmasking President Putin's Grandiose Myth

“Abundant oil revenues have made it possible for Putin to avoid difficult reforms and to allow his inner circle to indulge in some of the worst corruption the world has ever seen.” By Anders Aslund. Anders Aslund, a senior fellow of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, is author of the recently published book "Russia's Capitalist Revolution: Why Market Reform Succeeded and Democracy Failed." — 1,170 words.

In the Byzantine world of Russian politics
Putin is on the horns of his own dilemma

President Vladimir Putin still hasn't declared his final intentions regarding the presidential election in March, and all of this uncertainty is driving the Kremlin elite crazy. The most serious economic consequence of Putin's presidency is that many of his friends have acquired tremendous wealth during the past seven years. — 648 words.

Gazprom, Dow, Sibur study joint ventures
to process gas from Siberia to Germany

Gazprom and U.S.-based Dow Chemical Company intend to study opportunities to create joint ventures for processing gas in Germany and Siberia, the companies announced Tuesday. — 380 words.

Finland, Russia tackle trade and traffic
as one million trucks a year cross border

The prime ministers of Russia and Finland on Tuesday hailed growing trade and discussed efforts to ease one of its annoying byproducts — traffic jams at their border. — 236 words.

Back to the brink In the Balkans
as separatism cause spreads

By Richard Holbrooke
The Washington Post

Richard Holbrooke was the chief architect of the Dayton peace agreement, which ended the war in Bosnia. He writes a monthly column for The Post.

At a most inopportune time, the Balkans are back. On Dec. 10, the U.S.-E.U.-Russian negotiating team tasked with getting the Serbs and Albanians to agree on Kosovo's future status will report to the United Nations that it has failed. A few weeks later Kosovo's government will proclaim that Kosovo is an independent nation -- a long overdue event. The United States and most of the European Union (led by Britain, France and Germany) will recognize Kosovo quickly. Russia and its allies will not. Kosovo's eight-year run as the biggest-ever U.N. project will end with great tension and a threat of violence that could spread to Bosnia. — 841 words.

The Battle of the Bushes

An insider tells of how father and son differed about the attack on Iraq — and more.

Read the untold story of how the Neocon-Christian Right Alliance brought down the House of Bush. — 4,591 words.


God in Bulk: The New Yorker on the recent
success of New England megachurches.

Today, Other Magazines reads The New Yorker, New York, Newsweek, Harper's, Texas Monthly, and the Weekly Standard to find out what's worth your time—and what's not. — 773 words.

True North Canuck Fact of the Day

Five million killer cats stalk Canada

Cats first arrived in North America with European immigrants.  Large numbers were imported during the late nineteenth century in an attempt to control a growing rodent population associated with agriculture. It's estimated there are now about five million domestic cats in Canada and these animals kill approximately 140 million birds and small mammals every year.

Mark Kearney of London, Ont. and Randy Ray of Ottawa, are the authors of eight books about Canada, including ``Whatever Happened To…? Catching Up With Canadian Icons.’’ For all the books of this best-selling duo visit their Web site at:

Harold Wright, Doctor of Punology, says The math professor went crazy with the blackboard.  He did a number on it.

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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