Friday November 04 2011

 

Ahem, Humanitarian Bombers Obama and Clinton, slaves for sale 'in these here United States of America' but no hope for slaves, the oil already is yours 

Woman for $100, a child for $35, in all shades of the rainbow

27 million slaves in the world, more than at any time in history

North Carolina today ranks 8th of all U.S. states in slave trading
 
The Daily Herald
Roanoke Rapids
North Carolina, U.S.A.            
rrdailyherald.com
 
29 October 2011 WELDON North Carolina U.S.A. — Human trafficking and the sex trade’s international statistics and local impact were brought centre stage Wednesday 26 October during a forum at Halifax Community College.
 
Many in the room were surprised to learn that there are more than 27 million slaves in the world today, most of them women and children.
 
'This is not just something that happens overseas' 598 words.
 

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By Tom Sykes
The Daily Beast
 
30 October 2011, LONDON England  Not in Front of the Corgis, from monarchy chronicler Brian Hoey, is out in June and provides a tantalizing peek inside palace life. Tom Sykes gets his hands on a U.K. copy and offers the best tidbits, from Prince Charles’s shoelace-ironers (and massive staff) to a royal murder.
 

Brian Hoey writes that he was once in Buckingham Palace when he passed two young footmen whispering together in a corridor. “I jokingly asked them if they were conspiring, to which they replied, ‘Please Sir, not in front of the Corgis.’”

The footmen meant that when they saw the corgis—the breed of dog beloved by the queen—they knew the monarch would not be far behind.

The Queen Mum never let anyone touch Her soft centres

The late James [later Lord] Callaghan, when he was prime minister, was a frequent guest of the queen mother at Clarence House, and on one occasion, when just the two of them were present, she was eating from an enormous box of chocolates when he arrived, writes Hoey. 1,583 words.
   
   

Terror in high places as Goldman Sachs worth $933 billion

attacks tiny NY Occupy Wall Street bank worth $30 million

By Greg Palast
Gaurdian UK
 
30 Ocober 2011 NEW YORK CITY — Mega-bank Goldman Sachs (assets $933 billion), has declared war on one of the smallest banks in New York (assets $30 million), the customer-owned community bank that happens to also be the banker for Friends of Liberty Plaza, Inc, also known as Occupy Wall Street. And you thought Goldman didn't care.
 
The trouble began three weeks ago when the occupiers suddenly found their donation buckets filling with thousands of dollars, way more than needed for their pizza dinners. Suddenly, the anti-bank protesters needed a bank.948 words.
 
 
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True North Perspective
Vol. 6, No. 36 (296)
Friday, 04 November, 2011

 

Europe falls victim to a classic Greek tragedy

 
By Thomas Walkom
National Affairs Columnist
The Toronto Star
 

Like all Greek tragedies, the euro crisis is a story of noble intention poisoned by overweening arrogance. And like all Greek tragedies, it promises to end badly.

Friday’s combination of parliamentary drama and farce in Athens has served only to underline the obvious — that this is the beginning of the end of Europe’s dream for a continent-wide, common currency. 596 words.

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The Binkley Report

Food banks and soup kitchens struggling to keep up

 
By Alex Binkley
True North Perspective

4 November 2011 — Food banks have become a fixture in Canadian cities and towns and, judging by the growing demands for their services, won’t disappear any time soon unless governments get serious about easing the plight of the poor.

That’s the inescapable conclusion of a study released by Food Banks Canada. While the 2008 recession has been declared over, the country’s 4,100 food banks and soup kitchens are busier than ever. Visits to them have risen 26% since the start of the recession, says Executive Director Katherine Schmidt.

“It is shocking that hundreds of thousands of Canadians need help from food banks each month to make ends meet,” she notes. “The level of food bank use over the past three years has grown at an alarming rate and food banks are stretched to the limit.” 1,017 words.
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From the Desk of Dennis Carr, Sustainable Development Editor

Your commute is slowly killing you

By Eric Jaffe
The Atlantic Cities
 
Eric Jaffe is a contributing writer to The Atlantic Cities and the author of The King's Best Highway: The Lost History of the Boston Post Road, the Route That Made America. He lives in New York.
 
04 November 2011 — Stop us if you've heard this one before: long commutes are bad for your health. Some of the strongest recent findings in behavioral science have focused on the perils of a long ride to work. People with a lengthy commute show an increased amount of stress, get worse sleep, and experience decreased social interaction. A commute of 45 minutes carries such a cost to well-being that economists have found you have to earn 20 percent more to make the trip worth it. Length alone isn't the source of the problem: stress rises with a commute's variability, and for transit riders it rises with the unpredictability and overcrowding of a bus or train. 615 words.
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'The RCMP seemed to have decided that our families could not be trusted with the knowledge we were alive.'

The Globe and Mail

3 November 2011 — Ottawa is bungling rescue missions by not telling families in Canada whether their loved ones are alive or dead, a Canadian diplomat once held hostage overseas says.

Robert Fowler says that Ottawa’s mission to free him is tarnished by the fact that his wife, Mary, was kept in emotional limbo for much of his 130-day ordeal. She got so frustrated by official silence in Ottawa that she went to the United Nations complex in Manhattan to demand answers.591 words.
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Bits and Bites of Everyday Life

It gets better — if we make sure it gets better!

By Alberte Villeneuve-Sinclair
True North Perspective

Alberte Villeneuve-Sinclair is the author of The Neglected Garden and two French novels. Visit her website to learn more www.albertevilleneuve.ca.

4 November 2011 — What an exciting week it has been for the six young writers of Saint-Guillaume! First, Lea and Stéphanie got their first TV experience on the “Ginette Gratton reçoit” show which will air next Wednesday on Rogers TV – cable 23.
 
Their message resonated clearly: BULLYING HURTS! BULLYING MUST STOP! Ginette, a seasoned TV host and a real sweetheart made sure the girls enjoyed their first appearance as young writers who have something to share and are proud of “Le génie de Jessie”. 1,161 words.
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Spirit Quest
 
 
By The Rev. Dr. Hanns F. Skoutajan
True North Perspective

04 November 2011 — “Papa, don’t you have work to do?” Papa had just put his four year old daughter to bed. He had read her one of her favourite stories that she knew by heart. He tucked the blanket around her and then stretched out beside her for a few moments before going to his desk.
 
Suddenly, her little head perked up. She looked questioningly at her father and then exclaimed the words quoted above, cute and probably a bit precocious for her age. She had often observed her papa, that he was a busy man and knew that he didn’t get to bed for a long time, and was probably up in the morning long before she stirred from sleep. 889 words.
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ParkTales 

Frances shines light as Mayor Rob Ford victimizes Parkdale

By Frances Sedgwick
True North Perspective

Frances Sedgwick's keen eye and ear for the human condition reveals the heart and soul of Parkdale in southwest Toronto, one of the country's most turbulent urban areas where the best traditions of human kindness prevail against powerful forces that would grind them down. True North Perspective proudly presents a column by writer Frances Sedgwick. Her critical observation combined with a tender sense of humour will provide you with something to think about ... and something to talk about.

Major Rob Ford you need to come to my community centre and my Parkdale Library.
 
Maybe then you will think twice about the cuts you are planning to these valuable community services.
 
We have just learned of proposed cuts to the Parkdale Library.
 
They include a 13 hour reduction in hours each week, fewer new titles and copies of books, audiobooks, DVDs and magazines. 517 words.
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From the Desk of Darren Jerome

A continuing update on the war against WikiLeaks transparency

Please be advised that the below is not just the same old thing. By clicking on it you'll find the petition in support of Julian Assange and discover fascinating on-going reports and videos related to one of the most important events in modern history, and the desperate attempts to put a lid on information that everyone should know. Don't miss this special opportunity to stay informed.

Julian Assange's Guardian Angel

Jail in Sweden could lead to extradition to U.S. where justice does not prevail

Denied his appeal against extradition to Sweden, Assange returns to his digs at a British countryside manor. Mike Giglio talks to the libertarian sheltering the WikiLeaks founder.

'Julian is presented as some sort of slightly nutty proponent of radical transparency. Actually, the truth is, he isn’t anything of the sort.'

02 November 2011 LONDON England — At the Frontline Club, a convivial hangout for journalists in London’s Paddington neighborhood, the audience was packed in tight to watch Wednesday evening’s panel debate on Occupy London—and one panelist in particular, Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder and current ward of the British court system. Seated onstage in a brown leather jacket, Assange looked a little weary. “I’ve had a hard day,” he told the crowd.

Hours earlier, a British high court had denied his appeal against extradition to Sweden, where authorities want to question the 40-year-old Australian over allegations of sexual assault. Assange’s chances of staying put in Britain have become slimmer than ever. Though there is still some legal wrangling ahead, he could find himself in a Swedish jail by the end of the month.1,183 words.
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London: Medieval autocracy sits

cheek-by-jowl with the mother of parliaments

Working beyond the authority of parliament, the Corporation of London undermines all attempts to curb the excesses of finance

By George Monbiot
The Guardian

31 October 2011 — It's the dark heart of Britain, the place where democracy goes to die, immensely powerful, equally unaccountable. But I doubt that one in 10 British people has any idea of what the Corporation of the City of London is and how it works. This could be about to change. Alongside the Church of England, the Corporation is seeking to evict the protesters camped outside St Paul's cathedral. The protesters, in turn, have demanded that it submit to national oversight and control.

What is this thing? Ostensibly it's the equivalent of a local council, responsible for a small area of London known as the Square Mile. But, as its website boasts, "among local authorities the City of London is unique". You bet it is. There are 25 electoral wards in the Square Mile. In four of them, the 9,000 people who live within its boundaries are permitted to vote. In the remaining 21, the votes are controlled by corporations, mostly banks and other financial companies.1,187 words.

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By Correo del Orinoco International
 
In a tireless round of regional diplomatic summits last week, Venezuela led a surge of political momentum in favor of the integration of Latin America into a “zone of peace” that solves its problems without foreign or domestic military action, as part of the construction of a multi-polar world that is independent of major superpowers. 1,250 words.
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Cuba to increase oil refining capacity

Cuban News Agency
 
03 November 2011 HAVANA Cuba — Cuba and Venezuela are currently implementing projects to increase the Caribbean island’s oil refining capacity from 100,000 barrels per day to more than 350,000 with the expansion of the refineries of Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba, as well as the creation of a new one in Matanzas. 166 words.
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or Big Brother's latest terrifying fascist plot?

By Anneli Rufus
AlterNet
 
1 November 2011 — If you and I were together on the middle-school playground and you could poke me in the gut while calling me a stupid cripple and nobody would see us except seven passive cowards and three of your suck-up toadies, would you? Sure you would.

But what if I could film you on my iPhone? Better yet, what if with one click I could send this footage instantly to school administrators, your parents and mine and the police?

A new app can do that.1,242 words.

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A secret history of (scientific) fraud

Psychologist admits to faking dozens of scientific studies

By Robert T. Gonzalez
io9.com
 
2 November 2011 — Every branch of science has its share of "sexy" studies—so called for their supposed tendency to provoke media attention, even in the absence of strong or conclusive findings—but investigations in the field of social psychology are often especially popular targets of the "sexy" label.
 
Now, prominent social psychologist Diederik Stapel (who earlier this year reported that something as trivial as litter can promote discriminatory behavior) has been outed as one of the biggest frauds in scientific history. Will social psychology be able to recover?653 words.
 

Always worth repeating

'Give us the tools and we'll finish the job'

— Winston Churchill

Let's say that news throughout human time has been free. Take that time when Ugh Wayne went over to the cave of Ugh Wayne with news that the chief of his group had broken a leg while chasing his laughing wife around the fire. That news was given freely and received as such with much knowing smiles and smirks to say nothing of grunts of approval or disapproval. — 688 words.
 

 
Unsafe At Any Speed (Ralph Nader, 1965)

'They Occupy Wall Street because Wall Street

occupies America' — Bill Moyers at tribute to Ralph Nader

By Bill Moyers
Reader Supported News
 
3 November 2011 — Excerpt: "Let's name this for what it is: Democratic deviancy defined further downward. Our politicians are little more than money launderers in the trafficking of power and policy — fewer than six degrees of separation from the spirit and tactics of Tony Soprano.
 
Why New York's Zuccotti Park is filled with people is no mystery. Reporters keep scratching their heads and asking: 'Why are you here?' But it's clear they are occupying Wall Street because Wall Street has occupied the country. And that's why in public places across the country workaday Americans are standing up in solidarity." 5,212 words.
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Health Watch

Toyota displays health-care robots

The Associated Press/CBC News
 
1 November 2011 — Toyota unveiled its ambitions for high-tech health care Tuesday, displaying experimental robots that the auto giant says can lift disabled patients from their hospital beds or help them walk.

The company aims to commercialize products such as its "independent walk assist" device sometime after 2013 — seeking to position itself in an industry with great potential in Japan, one of the world's most rapidly aging nations.

Eiichi Saitoh, a professor in rehabilitation medicine, demonstrated the "walk assist" device on Tuesday, strapping the computerized metallic brace onto his right leg, which was paralyzed by polio.554 words.

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Third Ways

Decline of the automotive empire

Ecomobility gaining ground, step by green step

"Five years ago who would have thought Paris would have over 22,000 bikes as part of a tremendously successful bike sharing system?"

By Stephen Leahy
IPSNews

1 November 2011 — CHANGWON, South Korea — Berlin is a big capital city of a country famed for making excellent automobiles, but it can no longer afford roads and is now moving people by transit, bike and especially through walking.

Berlin is not alone. Paris, Tokyo, Seoul, Bogotá, New York City and other major cities simply cannot afford the cost, the pollution, the noise and the congestion of more cars. They are embracing a new concept called EcoMobility - mobility without private cars.877 words.

   

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Always looking forward ...

New longer-life batteries have green appeal

04 November 2011 VANCOUVER B.C. — A new lineup of replacement batteries from Dr. Battery of Richmond, British Columbia, is saving consumers and businesses money and significantly reducing the number of used batteries that end up in landfill sites.

Thanks to ground-breaking battery cell technology developed by its research and development partners, Dr. Battery’s Advance Pro Series, Green Series and Professional Series batteries are providing users of cameras, hand-held game systems, laptops, PDAs, I-pods, and other electronic devices with a power source that has a longer life, is more reliable and performs better in extreme temperatures. 793 words.


 

Justin Bieber's one and only time

Are virgins any more or less fertile than other people?

By Forrest Wickman
The Explainer
Slate Magazine
 
03 November 2011 — Twenty-year-old Mariah Yeater reportedly filed a paternity suit against Justin Bieber on Monday, claiming that Bieber, who was then 17 years old, had said the impregnating affair was his “first time.”
 
Are virgins any more or less fertile than other people?
 
No, except insofar as virgins tend to be young, and young people are more fertile. Semen quality, a key factor in male fertility, tends to be highest in the late teens or early 20s, and then gradually declines over the rest of a man’s life. 416 words.
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Third Ways

 
Die Welt/WorldCrunch
 
29 October 2011 — "Weltbild," Germany’s largest media company, sells books, DVDs, music and more -- and also happens to belong 100% to the Catholic Church. Few people knew about this connection until this month when Buchreport, a German industry newsletter, reported that the Catholic company also sells porn.
 
A Church spokesman responded: “Weltbild tries to prevent the distribution of possibly pornographic content.”

Well, it's prevention efforts have apparently not been so successful. For more than 10 years, a group of committed Catholics has been trying to point out what is going on to Church authorities, and they are outraged at the hypocrisy of the spokesman's statement. In 2008, the group sent a 70-page document to all the bishops whose dioceses have shared ownership of Weltbild for 30 years, detailing evidence of the sale of questionable material.327 words.

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4 Days Inside Guantanamo 

A Must See DVD documentary about a Canadian child soldier

abandoned by his government, jailed and tortured by the U.S.

By James Garner
subtitledonline.com 

Organisations such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have campaigned for almost a decade to have the Guantanamo Bay detention centre closed down, but as admirable as their protests about the legal status and abuse of detainees at Guantanamo may be, they don’t have the same impact as accounts of people who have actually experienced what it is like to be detained there.

4 Days Inside Guantanamo is a deeply disturbing documentary about Omar Khadr, a young Canadian who has been described as the first child soldier to be charged with war crimes since World War 2. 734 words.


The Old Man's Last Sauna
A collection of short stories by Carl Dow
 
An eclectic collection of short stories that will stir your sense of humour, warm your heart, outrage your sense of justice, and chill your extra sensory faculties in the spirit of Stephen King. The final short story, the collection's namesake, The Old Man's Last Sauna is a ground-breaking love story. The series begins with Deo Volente (God Willing). Followed by The Quintessence of Mr. FlynnSharing LiesFlying HighThe Richest Bitch in the Country or Ginny I Hardly Knows YaOne Lift Too ManyThe Model A Ford, the out-of-body chiller, Room For One Only and O Ernie! ... What Have They Done To You! The series closes with the collection's namesake, The Old Man's Last Saunaa groundbreaking love story. All stories may also be found in the True North Perspective Archives.

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