Friday 12 April 2013

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Obama/Kerry scramble to end squabbling among allies

to allow focus on Syria attack that will hike the 'Butcher Bill'


TrueNorth Humanist Perspective

Russia and China flex their military muscle as they warn

the US to keep the international peace, especially in Syria

By Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya
Global Research

04 April 2013 — While on his way from Durban in South Africa, where the BRICS — Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa — announced they were forming a new development bank to challenge the IMF and World Bank, Russia’s president Vladimir Putin gave the go ahead for unscheduled war games in the Black Sea. By themselves the games mean little, but in a global context they mean a lot.

According to the Kremlin, the war games involved about 7,000 Russian servicemen; Russian Special Forces, Russian Marines, and airborne rapid deployment troops. All of Russia’s different services were involved and used the exercises to test their interoperability. Over thirty Russian warships based out of the Ukrainian port of Sevastopol in the Crimean Peninsula and the Russian port of Novorossiysk in Krasnodar Krai will be participating. The objective of the games are to show that Russia could mobilize for any event at a moments notice. (More)


A sportswriter takes on the myth of Margaret Thatcher

'Dear Friend' of Chilean butcher General Augusto Pinochet

'He (Pinochet) had the hands and wrists of the country's greatest folk singer Victor Jara broken in front of a crowd of prisoners before killing him. He had democratically-elected Socialist President Salvador Allende shot dead at his desk. His specialty was torturing people in front of their families.'
'Thank you for bringing democracy to Chile,' Margaret Thatcher said to General Pinochet.
By Dave Zirin
The Nation
Dave Zirin is the author of Welcome to the Terrordome: the Pain Politics and Promise of Sports (Haymarket) and the newly published A People's History of Sports in the United States (The New Press). His writing has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Sports, New York Newsday and The Progressive. He is the host of XM Radio's Edge of Sports Radio. Contact him at
Thousands took to the streets to celebrate death of Margaret Thatcher09 April 2013 — Never have I witnessed a gap between the mainstream media and the public, quite like the last 24 hours since the death of Margaret Thatcher.
While both the press and President Obama were uttering tearful remembrances, thousands took to the streets of the UK and beyond to celebrate. Immediately this drew strong condemnation of what were called "death parties", described as “tasteless”, “horrible”, and “beneath all human decency.”
Yet if the same media praising Thatcher and appalled by the popular response would bother to ask one of the people celebrating, they might get a story that doesn't fit into their narrative, which is probably why they aren't asking at all. (More)

To play or not to play?

is BBC's connundrum

Ding Dong the Witch is Dead soars to No. 10 (and climbing) on English Charts
Does the NDP still believe in putting people ahead of profits? Or does it believe in winning power? Stay tuned.
By Thomas Walkom
The Toronto Star
05 April 2013 — Opposition politics in Canada is a tricky business. The Liberals are trying to decide who will lead their federal party. The New Democrats are trying to decide who they are.

Both quests are due to come to a head next weekend.

In Ottawa, the Liberals will finish voting on whether Justin Trudeau should be crowned their new chief.

Meanwhile, in Montreal, New Democrats will be wrestling with the thorny question of what they stand for.

Specifically, they will be debating — again — the preamble to their party’s constitution. (More)

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Editor's Notes
Prominent macroeconomist Dean Baker of the Center for Economic and Policy Research found The New Yorker’s factual contention and subsequent unresponsiveness astonishing: “This is pretty outrageous,” he wrote by email. “Do they have any data to support their assertion, or is the argument that because they don’t like Chávez they can say anything they want about him?”

Venezuelans vote for a new president April 14 against a background

of lies bordering on hysterical by local and foreign mainstream media

The degree of dishonesty at large throughout the world's mainstream media today is appalling. And that includes the so-called liberal media and writers like the late Christopher Hitchens.
On a visit to Venezuela Hitchens responded with the kind of shriek one would expect from someone who had just realized that his god had failed.
In one piece I read recently he sounded like he had been personally offended by Hugo Chavez when, in fact, Chavez had allowed Hitchens and two other foreign journalists to accompany him on a brief tour of Venezuela. (More)
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The Binkley Report

A lost opportunity by First Nations?

Nishiyuu Walkers left their homes at the mouth of the Great Whale River on the eastern shore of Hudson Bay and took a 1,600 km walk through bitter winter to defend treaty rights in Ottawa. But they didn't get their 15-minutes of fame.

By Alex Binkley
True North Perspective
Nishiyuu Walkers on Parliament Hill. Image via boisterous welcome a Parliament Hill crowd gave to the Nishiyuu Walkers from Northern Quebec in late March brought back memories of when Terry Fox reached Ottawa back in 1980.

He had jog-thumped from Newfoundland to the Capital aiming to reach the Pacific Coast to raise attention for the need for funding for a lot more cancer research. He made it as far as Thunder Bay before cancer finally claimed him. His guts and determination made him a national hero.

Or to quote famed Second World War U.S. Admiral Bull Halsey, “There are no great men, just great challenges which ordinary men, out of necessity, are forced by circumstances to meet.” Winston Churchill had a similar tribute to bravery. (More)


From the Desk of Dennis Carr, Sustainable Development Editor

The press and the public are contained

as 'tar sands' oil soaks an Arkansas town

'Since ExxonMobil and its employees have not yet been convicted of committing a crime, it seems premature to consider jailing them'

By William Boardman
Reader Supported News
08 April 2013 MAYFLOWER, Arkansas — The first "Tar Sands Oil Arkansas" (published April 7) discussed a number of questions raised by the ExxonMobil Pegasus pipeline that burst in Mayflower, Arkansas, on March 29, pumping tar sands oil Ð technically Wabasca Heavy crude oil Ð into a residential neighborhood for almost an hour.

Among the questions touched on in that piece were protecting the pipeline from terrorists, residents suing ExxonMobil in federal court, the nature of Wabasca Heavy tar sands oil, some effects of the spill, and the "martial law" atmosphere described by reporters trying to look at the cleanup site.

As the second week of toxic air in Mayflower begins, here are more of the questions this disaster raises and some of the current answers, subject to future refinement. A reader writes:

What is the point of origin of the leak? In front of whose house? Why no image of the hole in the ground or in the pipe? Was it corrosion, a weld failure, sabotage by cutting or explosives, or WHAT? Do we have to wait for NTSB for answers? Are ExxonMobil and their execs too big to jail?

The point of origin appears to be in the woods, behind the houses, and underground. The absence of images is unexplained. (More)


Geneviève Hone introduces herself and her new column with all due modesty

Where There Is A Family

Granny Witch has something to say

Hone, small image.Granny Witch image, detail.12 April 2013 — Sometime ago, I boasted to a few colleagues, who also happen to be good friends, that I could answer any question concerning families. My friends exchanged conspiratorial glances and I knew right then that they would put me up to the challenge.
I hastened to add: “As long as you give me two years to come up with an answer!”
A few weeks later, I received a letter requesting my opinion on a family situation. It was signed with a pseudonym, in typical Dear Abby form, but I easily recognized the sender, because my friend had written her name and return address on the envelope. (More)
Bits and Bites of Everyday Life

Let it be Spring!

Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you. (Frank Lloyd Wright)

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

Wild turkeys detail. Image.12 April 2013 — Fed up with winter? I hear you! I came home from an eleven-day Barbados vacation in mid-February to delays in Toronto because of snow and -22C weather. The next day was a chilly -29C. I wanted to go back to Barbados’ sunny weather of 27 to 30C.

And I wasn’t the only one complaining! A Citizen’s March 23 article read: “Punxsutawney Phil indicted over spring forecast”. Amanda Lee Myers and Mark Scolforo suggested Phil, the Ohio groundhog, might want to go back into hibernation.

This is precisely how some people in Ottawa felt… sluggish, tired and worn out. I even heard the word “winter burn-out”! This winter, I wore my heavier Columbia boots instead of last year’s short leather boots. You were either knee deep in snow or trudging through slush. (More)

Spirit Quest

Self respect was the issue for the Nishiyuu Walkers

By The Rev. Dr. Hanns F. Skoutajan
True North Perspective

Nishiyuu Walkers detail, small.12 April 2013 — By now the Cree youths have arrived back home. This time not on foot over ice and snow and hard ground the way they came. I have not heard  but I surmise that they returned by more modern modes of transportation.

Did their winter odyssey change anything? Undoubtedly that question has been asked many times. Will the Journey of Nishiyuu (the Journey of the People) have accomplished anything at all? Will it have made a visible impact on Indian and non-Indian relations, on the way the government treats the First Nations and have done so from time immemorial. Doubtless their appearance in the various communities through which they passed made an enormous impact on the residents causing some to leave home and join their ranks. Their numbers had grown to hundreds. (More)


Spring in my neighbourhood

Frances Sedgwick is on a working holiday so here is a ParkTales classic

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.

Friday 28 May 2010

It's been years now since my husband Paul had a stroke.

When I was looking after him at home I used to take him for walks in the neighbourhood and we would end up sitting on a bench in front of Parkdale Collegiate, and enjoy watching and talking with the children.

Many students remembered Paul as the man who had helped save their school.

As I walk by the schoolyard now, I see the basketball players have returned. In this case mostly Tibetan. There is a large community from Tibet in Parkdale.

One young man from Tibet gave me a refresher course in driving and much to his dismay, and to my delight, I failed both tests.

Such a gentle young man. He would tell me his problems while I was driving.

"You know Fran, what should I do? My girlfriend used my cell phone to phone Tibet!!"

I looked at him, thinking that in my day we sure never had problems like that. We didn't even have a phone let alone a cell phone. I smiled and said the obvious, "Don't let her use it."

On this walk, as I looked at Parkdale Collegiate, I thought to myself, this school may not have been here but for the will of the people in the community.

I recalled attending a meeting to save the school. There had been government cutbacks and they were trying to save money by closing schools. I remember the principal saying that there were over 127 nationalities represented at the school and 57 different languages spoken.

I marvelled at this at the time and still do, as I look at the school today seeing the sign "Registration Starts May 1." (More)


Beating the Drum

Beverly Blanchard is an Ojibway First Nation from Northern Ontario.  She holds a degree in Economics. During the last twenty-two years, she has worked as a consultant to First Nation and Inuit organizations in a variety of disciplines including: homelessness, suicide prevention, violence prevention, childcare, HIV/AIDS, women’s issues, business planning, and economic development. She has also designed and delivered Aboriginal awareness and stress management workshops to Federal government employees. Currently, Ms Blanchard is a life strategy coach, author and energy healer in Ottawa.
Beverly Blanchard is on assignment so we're running a Beating the Drum classic
By Beverly D. Blanchard
True North Perspective

Friday 27 July 2012 -

It was a week of interesting articles in First Nations country this week. Justin Bieber lead the way by announcing in a Rolling Stone article that he believes that he has Indian or Inuit heritage and apparently it is enough to get him free gas. This of course sparked outrage among some First Nations and called for a public apology. (More)


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I reiterate that there must be full emphasis on quality words

no matter in what way, shape or form that they may appear

Being fundamentally conservative, and I'm not talking politics here, although John Diefenbaker will always be one of my favourite politicians, I'm talking of resisting change simply for the sake of change.

This time it's about words. One time, while working my way through a 40-pounder of brandy, I remember thinking, words are so beautiful, if they didn't exist I'd invent them. So I take offense when they are abused

In my early days in journalism my attention was often caught by politicians who would declare that they would support or oppose something in any way, shape or form. It took a great deal of restraint to not challenge the speaker to explain what was the difference in meaning between the words shape and form? There is no difference. They mean the same thing. But the speaker would use the phrase as if he was making profound use of the English language.

Speaking profoundly, another politician would say at this point in time. I would think, what's the matter with the word now? (More)


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.

There can be no life without laughter

From the Desk of Nick Aplin

A Chinese Ming Vase is up for auction. The bidding opens at a half-million Euro. Bidding is brisk and each bidder is clearly identified as each raises the bid by 100,000 Euro. Within seconds, the bid stalls at one million Euro, and the gasp from the crowd identifies the excitement that prevails in the room. The successful bidder is the last one who bid one million, and the auctioneer counts down the bid, "Going once, going twice, and sold to the gentleman sitting in front of me for one million Euro."

Now, you are going to have to see the video for yourself. The auctioneer is exuberant. The pace is fast. This is how an auction should be run. Note the excitement on the auctioneers face after the final bid.


Naked breasts blind Russian President Vladimir Putin

while display offends German Chancellor Angela Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel walked with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Hannover Fair in Germany on Monday 08 April. Several activists from Ukraine's Femen group bared their breasts and shouted Putin Dictator! Putin smiled and said it was good publicity for the Fair but suggested politics were better discussed fully clothed. 'I can't remember whether they were blondes or brunettes.' Chancellor Merkel was not amused. “Whether one has to resort to such an emergency measure in Germany and can’t say one’s piece some other way, I have my doubts,” she said. The girls were immediately detained by police.


Church notices

• The sermon this morning: Jesus Walks on the Water. The sermon
tonight: Searching for Jesus.

• For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a
nursery downstairs.

• Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 PM . Please
use the back door.

Spring 2013 Golf Quiz

By Mark Kearney and Randy Ray

Mark Kearney of London, Ont. and Randy Ray of Ottawa are the authors of nine books about Canada, with best-seller sales of more than 50,000. Their Web site is:

Big Book of Canadian Trivia cover

Get in the swing to make the cut

April is here and with it thoughts of hitting the links and attempting to shave a few strokes off our scores once we haul the clubs out of the basement.

To get you into the spirit of a fresh season of golf, we’ve teed up a quiz to test your knowledge of Canadian golf history. As some of the world’s greats begin rattling off birdies and eagles at this weekend’s Masters tournament in Augusta, Georgia, take a swing at some of these puzzlers and see if you can score well enough to make the cut.

1. John H. Oke captured the first Canadian Open in 1904.  How much did he win?

a)  no money, just a trophy b) $20 and pocket watch  c) $60   d) $100

2. Sherri Turner is one of only two LPGA players with two career double-eagles.  The other is a Canadian. Is it:

a) Lorie Kane  b) Dawn Coe-Jones  c) Gail Graham  d) Sandra Post

3. True or false.  Pat Fletcher, who on the Canadian Open in 1954 at the Vancouver Point Grey Golf Club, was the last Canadian-born player to win the championship.

4.  In 1932, Sandy Somerville of London, Ont. became the first Canadian to win the U.S. Amateur Golf Championship.  But he was also the first golfer to do this at the Masters in Augusta, Georgia.

a)  score a hole in one   b) complete 18 holes at the first Masters  c)  be disqualified  d) play a round without a caddy

5.  George S. Lyon of Toronto is the only man to ever win a gold medal in golf at the Olympics.  True or false.

6.  In 1977, the Glen Abbey Golf Club, designed by Jack Nicklaus, hosted the Canadian Open for the first time.  Who won the tournament that year?

a)  Lee Trevino  b) Tom Watson c) Tom Weiskopf  d) Lanny Wadkins

7.  Name at least one of the two Canadian golfers who teamed up to win the World Cup of Golf in Rome in 1968 – the first time Canadians ever won the event.

8.  When Bob Panasiuk of Windsor, Ont. played the Canadian Open in 1957, he became the youngest player ever to make the cut at a PGA event.  How old was he?

a)  12  b) 15  c) 17  d) 19

9.  The Links O’Tay Golf & Country Club is the oldest golf course on a permanent site in Canada. Where is it located?

a)  Windsor, N.S.  b)  Fredericton, N.B  c) Pointe Claire, Que.  d) Perth, Ont.

10. When Canada’s Mike Weir won the Masters, he was the first left-hander to win a major tournament.  True or false?



International On Line News
Baseball players' victory image.10 April 2013 PARIS FranceThe shape of a man's face can help predict his sporting acumen, according to a study on Wednesday that found Japanese baseball players whose faces were relatively broad rather than long were most likely to hit a home run.

University of London psychologists measured the facial width-to-height ratio, or fWHR, of 104 batters in Japan's professional Central League Pennant who played in the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

In both seasons, the players who scored the most home runs had the highest fWHR, said the study in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters. (More)


They didn't ask for it but 'Cuban Diet' saw weight loss

accompanied by sharp fall in diabetes and heart attacks

The collapse of the Soviet Union, Cuba's major trading partner, and the continuing economic blockade by the United States, wrought some unexpected positive results, according to the British Medical Journal.
By Jeremy Laurence
The Independent
International On Line News
11 April 2013 LONDON England — A country whose citizens collectively succeeded in losing weight and increasing their level of physical activity saw their health improve and early-death rates plunge.

In a unique natural experiment, externally imposed, researchers have observed how a nation lost an average of 5kg per head over five years, contributing to a halving of the death rate from diabetes and a one third reduction in deaths from heart disease.

The natural experiment occurred in Cuba which was plunged into crisis in the early 1990s following the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Its experience demonstrates what could be achieved elsewhere if the same changes could be brought about, without an economic crisis. (More)

Third Ways

After three-year strike, Mexican workers

win ownership of shuttered factory

By Jane Slaughter
Third ways, Mexican tire image.6 April 2013 — “If the owners don’t want it, let’s run it ourselves.” When a factory closes, the idea of turning it into a worker-owned co-operative sometimes comes up — and usually dies.
The hurdles to buying a plant, even a failing plant, are huge, and once in business, the new worker-owners face all the pressures that helped the company go bankrupt in the first place. Most worker-owned co-ops are small, such as a taxi collective in Madison or a bakery in San Francisco.
But in Mexico a giant-sized worker cooperative has been building tires since 2005. The factory competes on the world market, employs 1,050 co-owners, and pays the best wages and pensions of any Mexican tire plant.
Aware that this unusual victory is virtually unknown in the U.S., friends in Guadalajara urged me to come down and see how the TRADOC cooperative is working. (More.)

Mining licence approved in wake of violence

while investigation into murder is pending

Mining Watch Canada

08 April 2013 WASHINGTON DC — After more than two years of delay, the Guatemalan Minister of Energy and Mines (MEM) announced on Wednesday, April 3, that it had approved the exploitation licence for Tahoe Resources' Escobal mine in San Rafael Las Flores, Guatemala.

The announcement comes less than two weeks after four indigenous Xinca leaders were abducted while returning from a community referendum in El Volcancito, in which more than 99 percent voted against the Escobal project. One of those abducted was found dead the next day. (More)


Inter Press Service
06 April 2013 TUNIS — Tunisian families have begun to dread knocks on their doors, or late-night phone calls, fearing that the messenger will bear the news that their son has been smuggled out of the country to join the 'jihad' in Syria.
Families here told IPS that they have no way of contacting their sons once they leave — whether by choice or coercion they will never know — for the warring nation nearly 3,000 miles away. At most, family members receive an inaudible telephone call from Libya, where the soon-to-be militants are trained, the muffled voice on the other end of the line saying a quiet and final goodbye.
After that point, no news is good news. If they are contacted again, it will only be an anonymous caller announcing the death of a son, brother or husband, adding that the family should be proud of their martyred loved one. (More)

In the spirit of Berezovsky the Bush attack on Iraq

was not to own oil but to control production and price

Secret plans reveal how Bush won the war in Iraq — Really!
If you thought it was 'Blood for Oil' - you're wrong. It was far, far worse
By Greg Palast
Blair and Bush, the twins of war in 200302 April 2013 — Because it was marked "confidential" on each page, the oil industry stooge couldn't believe the US State Department had given me a complete copy of their secret plans for the oil fields of Iraq. Actually, the State Department had done no such thing. But my line had been so well-practiced and the set-up on my mark had so thoroughly established my fake identity, that I almost began to believe my own lies.

I closed in. I said I wanted to make sure she and I were working from the same State Department draft. Could she tell me the official name, date and number of pages? She did.

Bingo! I'd just beaten the Military-Petroleum Complex in a lying contest, so I had a right to be stoked.

After phoning numbers from California to Kazakhstan to trick my mark, my next calls were to the State Department and Pentagon. Now that I had the specs on the scheme for Iraq's oil — that State and Defense Department swore, in writing, did not exist — I told them I'd appreciate their handing over a copy (no expurgations, please) or there would be a very embarrassing story on BBC Newsnight. (More)


Intelligence documents reveal

Obama administration lied about who Drones kill

The reports, obtained by McClatchy, show targeted assassinations go beyond Al Qaida leaders.
By Steven Hsieh
Predator drone, image.10 April 2013 — The Obama administration hasn’t been forthright about who it kills with drones, according to classified intelligence reports obtained by McClatchy.

Contradicting previous rhetoric claiming the U.S.’s targeted killing program only targets “specific senior operational leaders of al-Qaida and associated forces,” the documents corroborate existing reports that hundreds of “other” Pakistanis and Afghans have died at the hands of the Obama administration’s drone attacks. McClatchy’s analysis goes into numbers and details: (More)

By Robert Dobson
International On Line News
Night olw image.02 April 2012 LONDON England —  “There is a romance,” said Robert Louis Stevenson, “about all those who are abroad in the black hours.”
Now research on teenagers suggests that night owls, far from being lazy, indisciplined slug-a-beds who can't get up in the morning, may indeed be brighter than the much better-regarded early risers.
In scientific tests, evening types showed more of the kind of intelligence that has been linked to prestigious jobs and higher incomes. Larks or morning types, however, tend to get better school grades, possibly because lessons were at the wrong time of the day for night owls. (More)
Money and Markets
By Padraic Halpin and John O'Donnell
Business Report
11 April 2013 DUBLIN Ireland — Under fire for its banking secrecy, Austria hit back at Britain and the United States on Thursday, urging them to crack down on money laundering and tax havens in their own backyards, as EU ministers prepared to debate the issue in Dublin.

Friction emerged before the Dublin meeting as France's budget minister warned Austria it could be blacklisted if it refused to share information on EU citizens' bank accounts, a threat Vienna dismissed as an “improper diversionary tactic”.

Isolated in the European Union following Luxembourg's move this week to share foreigners' bank data to foil tax cheats, Austria's finance minister said she might discuss a change of tack, but insisted it could not be a “one-way street” and accused London and Washington of failing to close international tax loopholes in the likes of Delaware and the Channel Islands. (More)


How and what the rich buy, live-in, and sell

Top ten real estate deals in the United States

Hot Home News:  Jackie's Mom, Rita Rudner and Fifty Shades Of Grey Penthouse

This week at we take a look at the just sold $8.6 million Georgetown home that Jacqueline Kennedy's mother, Janet Lee Auchincloss, purchased during John F. Kennedy’s presidency. Its history also includes Martha Washington’s great great granddaughter; the first mayor of Georgetown; and Laughlin Phillips, former CIA operative, founder of Washingtonian magazine and head of the family's Phillips Collection — the first American modern art museum. Hillary Clinton considered buying this home in 2000 following her election to the U.S. Senate.

In other home new:

The setting for the steamy Fifty Shades Of Grey novel is a stunning penthouse on top of Escala, Seattle’s new high rise condo in the heart of downtown. It was picture perfect for the character Christian Grey and is now that for the new owners, who paid $6.2 million to acquire the fantasy laden condo. The 5,100 square-foot home in the sky has stunning views over Elliott Bay, the Olympic mountains and downtown. It is the highest price ever paid for a condo in Seattle.

The 1920's era Villa Lauriston estate was built by Herbert Edwards Law, a San Francisco capitalist better known for purchasing the historic Fairmont Hotel just days before the 1906 earthquake. Unlike his peers who built their mansions in the city, Law chose to build his 16,000 square foot home in the rolling hills to the south in today’s Silicon Valley. Law made many trips to Europe where he acquired marble flooring, fountains and statuary, wrought iron gates, leaded and stained glass windows, brass hardware, bronze and crystal light fixtures, paintings and artwork. Villa Lauriston was for sale at $20 million, now going to auction.

Also, Rita Rudner has made a funny video to help sell her $8.975 million California beach home, and Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are Florida neighbors with new homes who will be competing this week in The Masters.

Real estate is never boring at TopTenRealEstateDeals. Check out today's most entertaining and unusual real estate news stories of the week. News such as weird celebrity homes, haunted homes you can actually buy, and dirty real estate tricks. also features Top 10 Condo Developer Deals, Top 10 upcoming home and condo auctions, and regional real estate agents' choices for the best deals in their areas.

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The Old Man's Last Sauna
(To read the stories just click on the italic titles. Please tell us what you think.)
An eclectic collection of short stories by Carl Dow 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.