Friday 10 September 2010

Foreign companies and governments are buying up millions of hectares of African farmland, but there's no reason to think Africans will benefit
By Hilaire Avril
Inter Press Service

8 September 2010  —  After weeks of rumours sparked by the leaking of a draft World Bank position paper on so-called land grabs in poor countries, the international financial institution has officially released its report on the surge in farmland purchases and leasing which have elicited controversy for over two years

Acquisitions of vast tracts of fertile land in Africa by foreign governments and companies eager to secure affordable food resources in highly volatile commodity markets stirred public attention when the South Korean company Daewoo bought more than a million hectares of farmland in the east African island state Madagascar.

The World Bank report, titled "Rising Global Interest in Farmland. Can It Yield Sustainable and Equitable Benefits?" and released on Sep 8, cautions that "an astonishing lack of awareness of what is happening on the ground" exists -- even by the public sector institutions mandated to control this phenomenon.

It estimates that 2009 saw 45 million hectares of farmland deals going through and predicts that, "given commodity price volatility, growing human and environmental pressures, and worries about food security, this interest will increase, especially in the developing world".

. Read the full story at Inter Press Servi ce, 820 words.
Cartoon by Henry Payne,
(Cartoon by Henry Payne,, 9 September 2010.)


Alberta is showing the way brace for an ugly 'age of tough oil'

Canada leads the way to an oil sands world

The Alberta tar sands developments are serving as a model for many other nations eager to exploit similar reserves within their borders
By Geoff Dembicki

9 September 2010 Huge unconventional fuel reserves -- extra heavy crude, oil sands and oil shale -- lie untapped across the globe. These resources emit much more carbon than regular oil, causing green groups to call them climate killers. So far, only a small fraction of the planet's unconventional oil has been tapped. Most countries lack the necessary capital, technology and expertise.

But Canada is helping to change that. The Alberta oil sands -- where sludgy bitumen is mined or steamed from the ground, then cooked or diluted with chemicals -- have become an unconventional oil extraction classroom.

Energy companies from around the world are learning valuable lessons in the northern muskeg. They're now eyeing reserves in Africa, Europe, Latin America, the U.S. and the Middle East. Some operations have begun producing. Others could start shortly.

Pushing the trend is a growing consensus that conventional sources of fossil fuels will become increasingly scarcer. World leaders are already failing to curb fossil fuel demand. Coming years will likely see more cars on roads every year combusting dirtier and dirtier fuel. Read the full story, 700 words.
Editor's Notes
True North Perspective
Vol. 5, No. 39 (243)
Friday, September 10, 2010
The key elections to hang our hopes on are the one in Venezuela on Thursday, September 23, and the one in Brazil on Sunday, October 3. — Read the full story inside,  423 words.
From the Desk of Judge Harold Wright, Contributing Editor
Judge Harold Wright ruling on airport scanner problem
would send all potential bombers to the great beyond
Here's a solution to all the controversy over full-body scanners at the airports:
All we need to do is develop a booth that you can step into that will not X-ray you, but will detonate any explosive device you may have hidden on or in your body.
The explosion will be contained within the sealed booth.
This would be a win-win for everyone. There would be none of this crap about racial profiling and the device would eliminate long and expensive trials.
This is so simple that it's brilliant. I can see it now: you're in the airport terminal and you hear a muffled explosion. Shortly thereafter an announcement comes over the PA system, "Attention standby passengers, we now have a seat available on flight number..."
Next case.
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MPs often parade as hyperactive eunuchs

Can power-hungry Harper stand to deliver promised changes?

By Alex Binkley
True North Perspective

10 September 2010 Members of Parliament are our representatives in Ottawa. But they often appear as hyperactive eunuchs—constantly on the go but without any real influence on federal government decisions.

This shadowy existence has been an issue since the days of Pierre Trudeau but has steadily worsened since Jean Chretien became prime minister. Despite promises of reform, Paul Martin did little to correct the situation.

Until now, Stephen Harper has tried to keep his MPs on a tight leash. That led to grumbling from Tories about the control freaks in the prime minister’s office running every aspect of the government and interfering with MPs trying to represent their constituents. Which is what the old Reform/Canadian Alliance party was supposed to be about. Read more inside,  441 words.
Triumph of the ideologues
Ottawa scrapped long-form census anyway
By Steven Chase
The Globe and Mail

9 September 2010, OTTAWA A study conducted by Statistics Canada weeks before Ottawa revealed its plan to scrap the mandatory long-form census found that significant errors can creep into survey results gathered on a voluntary basis.

The Harper government’s early summer announcement that it would make the 40-page long-form census optional has caused a major rift between Ottawa and researchers, businesses and health officials who warn it will undermine the rich trove of data upon which they rely.

A June, 2010, internal study obtained by The Globe and Mail under the access-to-information law offers an inside look at how new census-taking rules could skew data in a range of areas from housing to demographics. Read more inside,  724 words.
Bits and bites of everyday life

What ever happened to Big Red?

In a garden, as in all of life
interconnectedness is of the essence
True North Perspective
Alberte Villeneuve-Sinclair is the author of The Neglected Garden and two French novels. Visit her website to learn more:
10 September 2010 Again this year, my garden was bountiful. You should see my green peppers! Huge, juicy, crunchy! My yellow peppers on the other hand didn’t do as well. Why remains a mystery… Just like the rosebush named Big Red, on the north side of the property. 

For many years Big Red was the best-looking rosebush there. His fuschia-coloured roses bloomed in June and again later during the summer. But last year, Big Red developed a disease, a fungus of some kind. I trimmed him back as much as I could but this year the fungus came back in full force. I have already started cutting back some of the diseased branches but now I really don’t know if Big Red will survive. Should I use a fungicide? The choice of intervention is always critical. 

Our lives have the same cycles as do all creatures of this Universe and when something goes wrong, one must question the various aspects of the creature’s life, whether it be plant, animal or human. This musing comes at a time when we, as a collectivity, are looking once more at suicide intervention and prevention. Read more inside,  1,577 words.

CBC News

9 September 2010 — A black bear in Whistler, B.C., was so intent on getting at a few tomatoes growing in a window box that he climbed a three-storey condominium building to get them.

The bear made the climb Thursday morning as a stunned resident of the Whistler Creekside condominium complex on Gondola Way scrambled to get his video camera to record the feat.

The bear used his claws and teeth to get a grip on the vinyl siding, working his way up the corner of the building to a third-floor balcony where he plundered the small crop of tomatoes.

On the way up, he encountered second-floor resident Vickie Jensen, who was busy painting her condo. — Read the full story at CBC News, 354 words.
From the Desk of Dennis Carr, Sustainable Development Editor
The Stranger at the Door
'Biggest rollback of worker rights in Canadian history'
By Tom Sandborn
7 September 2010 One of the stories that just kept coming all decade had to do with the controversial increases in the number of non-Canadian workers brought here as temporary workers, with critical comment focused both on the exploitation these workers were exposed to by their vulnerable status and the impact these labour imports had on the ordinary workings of supply and demand, making it easier for employers to keep wages down and unions weak.
In 2006, controversy swirled around a group of European ironworkers brought in to work on the Golden Ears Bridge project. That same year, a group of Latin American tunnel workers hired on Vancouver's Canada Line project joined the Construction and Specialized Workers Local 1611 after telling union organizers they were being paid substandard wages and provided with housing and other benefits inferior to those the company provided European workmates. Read the full article, 401 words.
Prairie farmers battle to get their crops in after incessant rain this season
CBC News

8 September 2010 Manitoba farmers contending with soaking fields after a deluge of recent rain are taking a different track for this year's harvest.

Instead of using standard-issue tires on combines, some farmers have turned to using wide rubber tracks — similar to those on a bulldozer — to traverse their wet, muddy fields and get at their crops before it's too late.
Time is of the essence, said canola farmer Craig Riddell of Warren, Man.
Things are ripe and ready to be harvested and the land is saturated to the point where it won't support our equipment," Riddell said. — Read more at CBC News, 352 words.
Spirit Quest
By The Rev. Dr. Hanns F. Skoutajan
True North Perspective

10 September 2010 I was already 18 by the time I kissed a girl, passionately, for the first time. Most of pals had cleared that rite. of passage long before and moved on to "bigger things." They spoke quite openly about that event and all their many conquests since. I envied them.

I suffered from a personal dilemma. On the one hand I had very high standards. She would have to be beautiful and intelligent, good-humoured and lively. On the other hand, I could not fathom why such a woman would give me the time of day. Such women petrified me.

I was cut but shy, not a very masculine boy, no athlete or even outstanding in school. I suffered from low self-esteem. I was no alpha male, for sure.

But one day, or night, it happened. On a sideroad In the family car, out on the country side-road I had dared to turn down on my way to delivering her home. — Read more inside,  words.
The dumbing of the beast

The Walrus magazine's diminished aspirations speak to
the impoverished state of the Canadian intellectual realm

The Walrus is a magazine that should matter. It doesn't
Managing Editor
True North Perspective
Back in the early days of the new century, I took a leap of nationalist faith and subscribed, sight unseen, to a new Canadian magazine, The Walrus. Deliberately modeled upon Harper's, up to and including its design, the first issue of The Walrus even boasted an essay by Lewis Lapham.

Although I thought the first issue was flawed, I was reasonably impressed by its debut and for a time was optimistic it would improve.

But during Ken Alexander's run as editor, the magazine remained flawed, a victim, I surmised then, of a small and insular and insecure Canadian intelligentsia and of what struck me as a basically content, bourgeois political mind at its helm, unsure where or how to sail the wannabe ship of Canada's public intellectuals. — Read the full story inside, 2,171 words.

In case you missed it ... and always worth repeating

Let's say that news throughout human time has been free. Take that time when Ugh Wayne went over to the cave of Mugh Payne 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.

From the Desk of Alex Binkley, Contributing Editor
Maybe this time, someone in Ottawa knows what she's doing
Originally published in The Globe and Mail
J.L. Granatstein is a Senior Research Fellow of the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute.

1 September 2010 In a slow summer for serious political matters, the government announcement that Canada will buy 65 F35 fighter jets for a cost (including maintenance) of $16 billion has upset the Opposition and critics of the government’s defence policy. For its part, the Harper government did little to help itself by having the Defence minister talk about how pilots like fast aircraft and having them would help recruiting. Nor did the Prime Minister’s press secretary assist much by announcing that the Russians were invading across the Pole and that only Canada’s present-day fighter jets had turned their bombers away. It really is the summer silly season.

But there are serious issues here.

One of the basic duties of a nation is the protection of its sovereignty, its territory, and its people. The Russians of today aren’t the Soviets of 1960 or 1970, to be sure, and the old bombers the Russian Air Force regularly puts over the North are likely on training flights and merely checking to see if Canada’s Air Force is still there. That’s today. But tomorrow? Ten years hence? We cannot see into the future very clearly, and simply because there is no credible threat to our airspace today does not mean that the future is permanently secure. Which commentators in 1990 or 2000 could have predicted that the Canadian Forces would be fighting a war in Afghanistan in 2010?  Read the full story inside, 849 words.

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Big lies

The rightwing peddles unabashed lies to promote
their criminal causes both here and in Venezuela
Like the dishonest right wing in the U.S. trying to blame President Obama for the current economic crisis that he inherited from the Bush gang, the right wing in Venezuela, with the support of more than 90 per cent of the local media, is trying to blame President Chavez for crime in Caracas and throughout Venezuela. The facts are that Chavez inherited the human cesspool and has been doing everything in his power to resolve the situation including the establishment of a national police force to supplant corrupt local police. In the below, Eva Golinger, U.S. lawyer, exposes the lies in one of her Postcards from the Revolution.
2 September 2010 — The New York Times mistakenly headlined last week that violence in Venezuela is worse than Iraq. The sensationalist and distorted article, authored by correspondent Simon Romero, fed an ongoing anti-Chavez campaign attempting to portray Venezuela as a failed state. 

Pulling on non-official figures of crime statistics in Caracas and declarations exclusively from anti-Chavez analysts, Romero engaged in the worst kind of yellow-journalism, distracting from the hundreds of thousands of Iraquis killed in the US-led war in the days before President Obama’s announcement of an “end to combat”, to turn the focus to another one of Washington’s targets, Venezuela  — much closer to home.

That crime exists in Caracas is undeniable. But to somehow imply, as opposition media in Venezuela do daily, that crime and violence are the “fault” of the Chavez administration is not only absurd, but also dangerously sinister. — Read the full story at, 1,161 words.

South American cross-roads
Will Brazil continue to follow's Lula's independent path
or return to the orbit of the United States?
By Nikolas Kozloff

8 September 2010 In a scene from my first book, "Hugo Chávez: Oil, Politics and the Challenge to the U.S." (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2006), I discuss how Brazil became an ally of Venezuela during a key moment of heightened political tensions. It was December 2002 and Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez was facing down an economically damaging lockout of the oil sector launched by the right-wing political opposition. The lockout capped a tumultuous political year for Chávez: just eight months earlier, he had scarcely managed to face down a coup d'etat launched by pro-US elements within the country's military and business elite.

As a result of the lockout, Venezuela was obliged to import gasoline for domestic use. Chávez, who at the time was locked in a bitter political struggle with the Bush White House in Washington, desperately needed allies. Fortunately, just across the border Venezuela found an important diplomatic supporter in Brazil. In a clear sign that the South American giant was in no mood to cooperate with US efforts designed to isolate Venezuela, Brazil shipped half a million barrels of oil to the Chávez government. Find out what's in store for Brazil and for South America at, 2,783 words.

The decades long attempt by the U.S. to isolate Cuba has prompted scorn by other nations. Some 173 countries at the UN have voted against the blockade.

Canada ignored U.S. policy from the start. Most, if not all, European nations have developed friendly relations as have countries in Asia, including Japan. Here following is a report on the recent signing of the document maintaining sanctions and on the right, reports on Cuba's current busy diplomatic activity.

The third International Seminar on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology will develop from September 6 through 10 at the Havana Convention Center. More than 70 first-level specialists from Russia, China, Japan, Holland, France, Italy, the US, Spain, Iran, South Africa, among others, will participate in this event.
The First Vice-president of the Councils of State and Minister, Jose Ramon Machado, welcomed the Japanese Parliamentary Delegation that is visiting Cuba, headed by Mr. Hidehisa Otsuji, Vice-president of the Senate. The delegation includes other four senators, and representatives of the political forces making up this legislative body.
Salvadorian Vice-president Salvador Sánchez committed himself to work for the release of the Cuban Five —the antiterrorist fighters unfairly imprisoned in US jails— during his key address at the closing ceremony of the 3rd National Congress of Solidarity with Cuba.
Dominican journalist Felix Jacinto Bretón opened his photo exhibition titled From the Dominican Republic to Cuba in Bayamo, Granma, a province in eastern Cuba.
Cuban President Raúl Castro met on Monday afternoon with the President of the National Assembly of Vietnam, Nguyen Phu Trong, who is on an official visit to the Caribbean island.

3 September 2010 President Barack Obama notified on Friday the extension of sanctions against Cuba as established by the Trade with the Enemy Act. The action aims at maintaining the US economic, financial and commercial US blockade on the Caribbean nation.
A communiqué released by The White House says that Obama signed and sent a memorandum to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and to the Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner extending the enforcement of the legislation until September 14, 2011.
In the memorandum, the US President says that the extension for a year of these measures on Cuba is in the national interests of the United States.  Read the full article, 215 words.
By Jim Hightower

8 September 2010 There's a difference between being paranoid and being suspicious. Paranoia is mental disturbance; suspicion is a rational deduction.

For example, if you suspect that America's economy, politics, government, media, judiciary and practically every other system has been wired to favor corporate interests over every other interest in our country, you're deducing, not hallucinating. From the infamous Wall Street bailout to the Supreme Court's shameful decree that corporations have more political rights than humans, we see again and again that corporate might overwhelms what's right.

This is not by accident, but by the deliberate, relentless efforts of corporatists to bend our nation's institutions to their will. Take one huge corporation you've probably never heard of, even though your consumer dollars are financing its right-wing agenda.  Read the full article, 215 words.
Ignoring the afflicted
The submerging of one-fifth of a country the size of Pakistan
should be a dramatic global event
By Juan Cole

9 September 2010 The Great Deluge in Pakistan passed almost unnoticed in the United States despite President Obama’s repeated assertions that the country is central to American security. Now, with new evacuations and flooding afflicting Sindh Province and the long-term crisis only beginning in Pakistan, it has washed almost completely off American television and out of popular consciousness.
  Canadian government to
  match Pakistan donations
  until Sepbember 12
  The Government of Canada has announced
  that all individual donations made to
  Pakistan relief  efforts will be matched.
  Double your impact - any amount you
  can give will help save kid’s lives.

Don’t think we haven’t been here before. In the late 1990s, the American mass media could seldom be bothered to report on the growing threat of al-Qaeda. In 2002, it slavishly parroted White House propaganda about Iraq, helping prepare the way for a senseless war. No one yet knows just what kind of long-term instability the Pakistani floods are likely to create, but count on one thing: the implications for the United States are likely to be significant and by the time anyone here pays much attention, it will already be too late.

Few Americans were shown -- by the media conglomerates of their choice -- the heartbreaking scenes of eight million Pakistanis displaced into tent cities, of the submerging of a string of mid-sized cities (each nearly the size of New Orleans), of vast areas of crops ruined, of infrastructure swept away, damaged, or devastated at an almost unimaginable level, of futures destroyed, and opportunistic Taliban bombings continuing. The boiling disgust of the Pakistani public with the incompetence, insouciance, and cupidity of their corrupt ruling class is little appreciated. — Read the full article at, 2,379 words.
By Emily Chung
CBC News

6 September 2010 — The unpredictable nature of quantum physics has been mimicked by Queen's University computer scientists to invent a new version of chess

In the quantum chess computer game created by undergraduate computer science student Alice Wismath, a piece that should be a knight could simultaneously also be a queen, a pawn or something else. The player doesn't know what the second state might be or which of the two states the piece will choose when it is moved.

"It was very weird," said Ernesto Posse, a Queen's postdoctoral researcher who took part in a recent "quantum chess" tournament at the university in Kingston, Ont. "You only know what a piece really is once you touch the piece. Basically, planning ahead is impossible."

Wismath wrote the game based on ideas proposed by Selim Akl, a computer science professor at Queen's, in a paper that will be published in September in a special issue of Parallel Processing Letters.Read the full story at CBC News, 846 words.

Social Science

Study says male dancers with big flashy moves attract the most women
9 September 2010 John Travolta was onto something. Women are most attracted to male dancers who have big, flamboyant moves similar to the actor's trademark style, British scientists say in a new study.
Kris McCarty and colleagues at Northumbria University and the University of Gottingen in Germany asked 19 men aged 18 to 35 who were not professional dancers to dance in a laboratory for one minute to a basic drum rhythm. They filmed the men's movements with a dozen cameras, and then turned those movements into computer-generated avatars so the study could focus on moves, not appearances. — Read the full article at,  404 words.
From the Desk of Dennis Carr, Sustainable Development Editor
Amazon River at lowest level in 40 years

Travel along the Amazon severely disrupted
Water source in Peru at lowest level in 40 years


2 Sepmber 2010 Officials in the Peruvian city of Iquitos said the river level had fallen to 14.4ft, a point not seen in more than four decades, and was predicted to drop further.

Low levels have brought economic havoc in areas of Peru that depend on the Amazon for shipping, by denying boats a navigable river as well as usable ports and harbors.

At least six boats are stranded because of the lack of river flow over the past three weeks and several shipping companies have been forced to suspend service, leading to economic hardship in areas of Peru that depend on the Amazon for shipping. The drop has been caused by a lack of rain and high temperatures.

The Amazon is the second-longest river in the world, after the Nile, but discharges far more water at its mouth than any other.

It also drains more territory than any other, from Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, Paraguay and Venezuela before running across Brazil and into the Atlantic.
From the Desk of Mike (the Hammer) Garvin

Hyundai demonstrates South Korea’s first electric car

The Associated Press

9 September 2010 — Hyundai Motor unveiled its first electric car Thursday — the BlueOn — as it moves to catch up with Japanese rivals that have jumped ahead in the field.

Hyundai showed off the car on the grounds of Seoul's hillside Blue House, the office and residence of South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, who took it for a spin while Cabinet ministers, officials and electric-vehicle industry representatives looked on.

South Korea's biggest automaker said that it invested about 40 billion won ($34.3 million) over one year to create the vehicle, which is based on the automaker's small i10 hatchback. — Read the full story at, 452 words.
Money and Markets
By Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.
7 September 2010 — It is strangely comforting to see that the United States is not alone as it struggles in its morass of failed fiscal policy.
P. O'Neill, a regular contributor to the online magazine A Fistful of Euros, has published some good observations on the mess that followed Ireland's 2009 plunge into harsh austerity. He writes that the debt crisis has led to Irish banks, "owning businesses they never expected to, so that they are now operating hotels that they have taken over and selling repossessed farm equipment.
"But there is a strange flip side to this situation," he writes. "There is exactly one sector of the economy that the government has declared off limits from the process of debt distress, restructuring and external management - the banking sector. Read the full article at, 761 words.
Annals of Education
By Graeme Paton

10 September 2010 Ashmount Primary in north London is using call centre-style staff more than 4,000 miles away to lead mathematics lessons for 11-year-olds.

The service – which costs £12 an hour for each pupil – is being used as a cheaper alternative to employing one-to-one tutors for children falling behind in the subject.

A private tutor in the capital normally costs around £40 an hour, it was claimed.

Academics said the move could be expanded to other schools nationally but warned that it risked undermining teaching standards. Read the full article, 541 words.
Reality Check
'If a Florida bigot can get a place of worship halted because of his threats, then we are all truly doomed'
Like internet newbies feeding the trolls, the American media, military and political establisments dance to " nutjob preacher's" tune
By Michael Moore


10 September 2010, WASHINGTON/GAINESVILLE, FloridaThe estranged daughter of a Florida pastor who has threatened to burn copies of the Koran believes he has gone mad and needs help, she said in a German media interview conducted on Friday.

Emma Jones, the estranged daughter of Pastor Jones, told Spiegel Online she had e-mailed her father urging him to drop the plan to burn the Koran.

"As a daughter, I see the good-natured core inside him. But I think he needs help," said Jones, who lives in Germany.

"I think he has gone mad." — Read the full story at, 1,030 words.


9 September 2010 So the friggin 'SECRETARY OF DEFENSE took time off running all our wars to call some nutjob preacher in Florida.

And we have to witness the sissy sight of Gen. Petraeus begging from Afghanistan for this nutjob preacher not to burn a Koran.

And now the nutjob preacher is filled with delusions of grandeur that he's stopped the "Ground Zero" "mosque" from being built. Look Secretary Gates and General Petraeus and all the rest of our pants-pissing brass: the "freedoms" you constantly say you're protecting (hahahahhahaha  ahahahahahahahahahahahaha hahahahahahahahahaha —oh excuse me, I just love a good comedy line when I hear one!) include the freedom of a whacko in a state full of whackos to protest by burning something as long as that fire doesn't burn down anything else like his own church! Hmmmm? Oh Jesus, I beseech thee!!... No, nevermind. I got distracted. (What's really surprising is there aren't MORE preachers like this. Remember, 31% of Republicans think Obama is a Muslim.)
All I can say is, they had better build that mosque now. If a Florida bigot can get a place of worship halted because of his threats, then we are all truly doomed. All this crap about how if the Koran was burned "we'd really be hated by Muslims then!" Are you kidding me? Get outta the house and take a trip through the Arab world! THEY ALREADY HATE OUR GUTS. And not because of a stupid book burning. They hate us because we've killed hundreds of thousands of their people! We've claimed their oil as ours.) Read the full article at, 524 words.

In case you missed it ...

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. Flynn, Sharing Lies, Flying High, The Richest Bitch in the Country or Ginny I Hardly Knows Ya, One Lift Too Many, The 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 Sauna, a groundbreaking love story. All stories may also be found in the True North Perspective Archives.