Friday 25 February 2011

 

How Obama's organizing election efforts

are influencing the spreading U.S. protests

Organizers have created a harmonious community inside the Wisconsin capitol that's part Paris commune and part Midwestern union hall — and many got their start with Obama

By Mike Elk

Mike Elk is a third-generation union organizer who writes for Campaign for America's Future. He previously worked for the United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers (UE).

23 February 2011 MADISONIt's a constantly shifting, energetic crowd on the third floor of the capitol, with graduate students running around frantically in the situation room of the Teacher Assistant Association. They are discussing setting up phone banks to get more graduate students to come out for protests, plans to arrange for more food to come into the capitol, and coordinating volunteer protest marshals who in conjunction with Capitol Police, have been self-policing the several hundred protesters who have occupied the building.

For the last nine days, the Teaching Assistants Association of the University of Wisconsin-Madison has been at the core of organizing events in Wisconsin that have galvanized the world. They have created a harmonious, sustainable community inside of the capitol that is part Paris commune and part old-school Midwestern union hall. How sustainable that community is will be the key to achieving victory over the next several weeks or months. 956 words.
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  Cartoon by Chan Lowe, Comics.com, 22 February 2011  
  Cartoon by Chan Lowe, Comics.com, 22 February 2011  

not to pursue failed Bush policy on Latin America

By Rebecca Ray
Common Dreams
 
Rebecca Ray is a Research Associate at the Center for Economic and Policy Research (www.cepr.net).

14 February 2011 — President Obama has given little indication of the strategy for his upcoming trip through Chile, Brazil, and El Salvador. Will "the great listener" promote cooperation and understanding, or carry on the Bush administration’s approach of fighting against regional alliances?

Words of wisdom from past leaders

Diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks show that last year Chilean President Bachelet urged the Obama administration to avoid separating South American nations into ideological pigeonholes:

President Bachelet emphasized the need to understand the nuances of Latin America’s leaders and their countries rather than lumping them into populist and pro-western camps … emphasizing that Morales was very different from Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez. 949 words.
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to fund opposition to Venezuela's Chavez

By Eva Golinger
Postcards from the Revolution
 
The U.S. government is setting the terrain for the 2012 presidential elections in Venezuela, soliciting funding to back anti-Chavez groups and help prepare a "candidate" to oppose Chavez. Republicans call for an "embargo" against the oil-producing nation
 
17 February 2011 — This week, U.S. President Barack Obama presented Congress with a $3.7 trillion dollar budget for 2012, the most expensive budget in United States history. Within his massive request, which proposes cuts in important social programs and federal jobs throughout the country, is a partition for special funding for anti-Chavez groups in Venezuela. — 946 words.

 
Wisdom is a result of a happy marriage between intelligence and experience.
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Editor's Notes
 
True North Perspective
Vol. 6, No. 7 (265)
Friday, February 25, 2011
 

on 'President' Stephen Joseph Harper

'They're getting rid of dictators over there … we've got to deal with ours right here'

Against the background of president-turfing revolts in Mediterranean countries there seems to be a tsunami of revolt developing in Canada, especially among the elderly.

An unofficial and unscientific poll by yours truly suggests a growing sense of alarm among mature women and men about the kind of leadership our country has been getting out of Ottawa.

One grandfather said, "We have a prime minister who exhibits that he has neither principles nor policies. What stands out are only prejudices and obsessions."

A grandmother, in a conversation at a coffee shop in the capital's up-scale The Glebe, said her information is that the whole Harper caucus lives in fear of their leader's wrath. — 464 words.
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for clearing snow and cutting grass

Tenants can be responsible for snow shovelling, but you need a separate contract

Jose M. Osorio/MCT

More on renting:
            What a landlord can't ask you
            No-pet clauses unenforceable
            Should I rent or buy?
            How much downpayment is needed?
            Fixing up on the cheap
            Must the tenant shovel snow?
 
 
By Mark Weisleder
The Toronto Star

Mark Weisleder is a lawyer, author and speaker to the real estate industry

18 February 2011 TORONTO — Lindsay Montgomery rented a basement apartment in a sixplex building from Duc Van in 2002. She agreed to be responsible for shoveling snow and so her lease had the following clause: “Tenants are responsible for keeping their walkway and stairway clean (including snow removal).”

On January 30, 2003, Montgomery slipped on the walkway leading to the basement apartments, dropped a juice bottle and cut herself. She claimed that she suffered permanent nerve damage to her left hand and that the Landlord was negligent in not clearing the snow.

The landlord’s defence was that since it was her responsibility to clear the snow under the lease, he should not be responsible. When this case went to trial in January, 2009, the judge agreed that the landlord could delegate snow removal to the tenants if they agreed, so Montgomery’s claim was dismissed. The case then went to the Ontario Court of Appeal and in a decision dated June 29, 2009. The court ruled that since the responsibility for snow removal is the landlord’s under the Act, then the landlord cannot transfer this responsibility to the tenant unless there is separate consideration given. In other words, the landlord would have been required to sign a separate agreement whereby he paid the tenant to remove the snow. Without this, the clause requiring snow removal was void. — 647 words.
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Bird stranded 2200 kilometres from home for six months by U.S. border regulations

By Stephen Messenger
TreeHugger.com
 
24 February 2011 — t's a rare thing for a pelican to have a name, and rarer still that that name would be inspired by a strip club — but Ralph's life has been full of such unlikelihoods in recent months. Last August, the brown pelican from Florida was going about his business when he was swept up by hurricane Earl and blown some 1400 miles to the north, finally settling on the roof of Ralph's Place, an adult-entertainment venue in Halifax, Canada. Now, after six months of being stuck north of the border, thanks to one helpful volunteer, Ralph will soon be heading home.
 
In a twist of fate, someone spotted the distressed pelican as he landed on the strip club — and that person happened to be Hope Swinimer, the founder of The Hope for Wildlife Society in Nova Scotia. Since September, rescue staff has been taking care of Ralph, feeding him plenty of fish and keeping him warm throughout the cold Canadian winter.655 words.
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The high cost of eating

Higher food prices will be the new normal —  but that doesn't have to be a bad thing

By Alex Binkley
True North Perspective

25 February 2011 — Higher food prices are here to stay and they could be the key to feeding the world.

After nearly three decades of relative stability, prices for grain products and livestock are on the rise because of bad weather and production shortfalls.

In countries where people spend much of their income on food, it’s a recipe for political turmoil. —  858 words.

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By James Travers
National Affairs Columnist
The Toronto Star
 
19 February 2011 OTTAWA — Some conclusions roll too easily off political tongues. One echoing around the capital this winter is that an election now won’t change much. Possibly true, the assumption is almost certainly false. Campaigns matter and the next will matter more than most. — 579 words.
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From the Desk of Dennis Carr, Sustainability Editor

In Vancouver, a new effort to sell Olympic condos

as city taxpayers bite the bullet for 750 million dollars

 
Prices of the former Olympic Village condos have been cut by 30 percent
By Linda Baker
The New York Times
 
22 February 20ll  VANCOUVER, British Columbia — On a typical weekend Larry W. Campbell flies into this city from Ottawa, where he is a Liberal Party senator representing British Columbia, then spends the night at his 600-square-foot condominium at the Olympic Village.
 
Mr. Campbell, who was the mayor of Vancouver in 2002 when the city won the bid for the 2010 Winter Olympics, said he liked the community’s environmentally friendly features, including radiant ceiling heat and toilets flushed with recycled water, as well as the ample public spaces and proximity to the Canada Line rapid transit station. He paid 580,000 Canadian dollars for the unit in 2007.
 
His enthusiasm for the development is not widely shared, however. A year after the winter games, fewer than half of the 737 condos have been sold — almost all as preconstruction sales in 2007 — and the city’s taxpayers now owe about 750 million Canadian dollars for a project that was never intended to be a public sector development. (On Tuesday, one Canadian dollar was worth $1.01 American dollars.)
 
Last week the city began a fresh effort to sell off the remaining condos, rebranding the cluster of 16 midrise buildings that once housed elite athletes as the Village on False Creek— a reference to the inlet bordering the development — and slashing prices by an average of 30 percent. “It is a lightning rod, politically and journalistically,” said Bob Rennie, the principal of Rennie Marketing Systems, which is handling the Village on False Creek marketing and sales campaign.1245 words.
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Bits and Bites of Everyday Life

Why do I write?

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.
 
25 February 2011 — I pondered the question this week as I prepared for Arts Night at the First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa on the 25th of February. When did an interest in writing appear?
 
I honestly think we are bestowed certain gifts at birth. And at a very young age, I was extremely curious and loved words. Once I learned to read in Grade One, books became treasure islands where other worlds manifested themselves and I could travel freely there. Considering I was schooled in a one-room country school where there was only one teacher for eight grades, a school day offered lots of time to indulge my passion. And so it was, that at the age of twelve, after reading Anne Frank’s diary, I truly started writing.1,208  words.
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Spirit Quest

Trading freedom for false stability is no bargain

Some peace. Some stability

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

25 February 2011 — Have you ever had deja vu? It is the strange experience of feeling sure that one has witnessed a current situation. I have.
 
For instance,  over the past weeks the press, including True North Perspective have given rapt attention to the events in Egypt and Tunisia. There are more coals in that fire. News correspondents and talking heads in safe locations are conjecturing how this conflagration will play out. Will it affect neighboring countries? Indeed, it already has. I doubt it will merely fizzle.
 
Many of these dictatorships that are now smoldering are friends of democracies such as our own. It has been said, ”Better the devil we know than the devil we don’t know.”  We have also heard a well-known saying that some dictators “are bastards but they are our bastards.”
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ParkTales
 
 
Turn that @#!@#! sound down!
 
By Frances Sedgwick
True North Perspective
 
25 February 2011 — Everyone likes music.
 
I love music. All types of music. Symphony, Jazz, Blue Grass, Western, and oh yes, Folk.
 
History is recorded in music. That's why I love Folk music. One of my favourite Folk singers is Pete Seeger.
 
But music is a very personal enjoyment.
 
I like different music for different occasions.
 
Yes, I jived to Elvis. And I danced to the old tunes of Glen Miller. I polkaed, I waltzed.  And "thank god " I still do.
 
But I do not impose my music on others.385 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 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 Darren Jerome, Ottawa, Canada

Toronto Star Exclusive: Police ignore probes

by Special Investigations Unit, documents show

Michele Henry and David Bruser
Staff Reporters
The Toronto Star

22 February 2011 TORONTO Police forces across Ontario are thumbing their noses at the provincial agency that investigates cops, refusing to cooperate with or even respond to the Special Investigations Unit, documents obtained by the Toronto Starshow.

A trail of letters written by SIU director Ian Scott to the province's chiefs of police show his mounting frustration at not being able to hold officers accountable.1556 words.
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Iran-financed Islam now controls southern Iraq

American invasion put women back in the middle ages

Under Saddam Iraqi women had rights of Western women

By Abdu Rahman and Dahr Jamail
Inter Press Service

12 March 2010 BAGHDAD (IPS) — Under Saddam Hussein, women in government got a year's maternity leave; that is now cut to six months. Under the Personal Status Law in force since Jul. 14, 1958, when Iraqis overthrew the British-installed monarchy, Iraqi women had most of the rights that Western women do.

Now they have Article 2 of the Constitution: "Islam is the official religion of the state and is a basic source of legislation." Sub-head A says "No law can be passed that contradicts the undisputed rules of Islam." Under this Article the interpretation of women's rights is left to religious leaders – and many of them are under Iranian influence. — 728 words.
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Since the American invasion Iraqis have suffered

eight years of human rights abuses and impunity

By David Elkins
Inter Press Service

21 February 2011 WASHINGTON A leading human rights group released a report Monday documenting the proliferation of human rights abuses in Iraq since the United States' invasion in 2003.

Among the most egregious cases, the 102-page report by Human Rights Watch identifies women, journalists, detainees and marginalised groups, including internally displaced persons and religious minorities, as the most vulnerable populations in Iraq.

"Beyond the continuing violence and crimes associated with it, human rights abuses are commonplace," the report found. — 896 words.
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Annals of Military Intelligence
 
 
 
By Spencer Ackerman
Wired.com
 
Just in case death rays aren't enough ...
 
 
By Adam Rawnsley
Wired.com
25 February 2011 — Perhaps you thought the four-legged BigDog robot wasn’t eerily lifelike enough. That’ll change soon. BigDog’s makers are working on a new quadruped that moves faster than any human and is agile enough to “chase and evade.” 440 words

18 February 2011, NEWPORT NEWS, Virginia — Walking into a control station at Jefferson Labs, Quentin Saulter started horsing around with his colleague, Carlos Hernandez.

Saulter had spent the morning showing two reporters his baby: the laboratory version of the Navy’s death ray of the future, known as the free-electron laser, or FEL.

He asked Hernandez, the head of injector- and electron-gun systems for the project, to power a mock-up electron gun — the pressure-pumping heart of this energy weapon — to 500 kilovolts. No one has ever cranked the gun that high before.

Smiling through his glasses and goatee, Hernandez motioned for Saulter to click and drag a line on his computer terminal up to the 500-kV mark.

He had actually been running the electron injector at that kilovoltage for the past eight hours. It’s a goal that eluded him for six years.

Saulter, the program manager for the free-electron laser, was momentarily stunned. Then he realized what just happened. “This is very significant,” he says, still a bit shocked. Now, the Navy “can speed up the transition of FEL-weapons-system technology” from a Virginia lab to the high seas.1,078 words.

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Always looking forward

Tough luck Mr. Nice Guy

Man of mystery wins women's attention

over those who honestly declare their affections

By Robert Cribb
Staff Reporter
The Toronto Star

Ian is a discloser of romantic intentions.

When the hopeful tingles of attraction to a woman enter his consciousness, he does what he believes men of integrity should do: Make an open and honest declaration of entrancement.

In transforming his inner truth into an outward expression of interest, the 36-year-old Toronto musician believes he is conveying his essential character: honest, straight-shooting authenticity.

“I don’t find myself attracted to someone very often. When it happens, I was always taught to be up front and let her know,” says my chronically single and sadly misguided pal. “Looking back, I’ve certainly noticed it doesn’t have the impact I might have hoped for. What often seemed like really promising relationships seemed to take a turn after I put it out there.”

While courageous romantic declarations may be deal-sealers that precede a crescendo of string flourishes in romantic comedies, they’re often a bonehead move in real life, according to new research.833 words.
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Sex Science

The glow of fertile women attracts unattached males

But threatens men already involved with someone else

By John Tierney
The New York Times

21 February 2011— The 21-year-old woman was carefully trained not to flirt with anyone who came into the laboratory over the course of several months. She kept eye contact and conversation to a minimum. She never used makeup or perfume, kept her hair in a simple ponytail, and always wore jeans and a plain T-shirt.

Each of the young men thought she was simply a fellow student at Florida State University  participating in the experiment, which ostensibly consisted of her and the man assembling a puzzle of Lego blocks. But the real experiment came later, when each man rated her attractiveness. Previous research had shown that a woman at the fertile stage of her menstrual cycle seems more attractive, and that same effect was observed here — but only when this woman was rated by a man who wasn’t already involved with someone else. 1245 words.
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drops as Tories fill board positions

By Glen McGregor
Postmedia News

20 February 2011 OTTAWA — The percentage of offenders in Canadians prisons who are granted parole has dropped steadily as the Harper government fills up posts on the National Parole Board with like-minded conservatives.

Two dozen members of the National Parole Board appointed since 2006 have donated to the Conservatives or have close political links to the party, an Ottawa Citizen review of Elections Canada records and cabinet appointment notices found.

At least 24 Tory appointees to the parole board have made financial contributions to the party or its candidates or had other involvement in Conservative politics at the federal or provincial level. These appointments are happening while the Tories are putting forward new legislation to tighten parole rules. — 1,050 words.
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The battle against phony news

In Russia social media and TV Guide

more credible than mainstream media

The Moscow Times

William Dunkerley is a media business analyst and consultant specializing in Russia and the former Soviet Union.

22 February 2011 MOSCOW — Social media triumphed during the January 24 terrorist attack at Domodedovo Airport. Twitter is credited for breaking the story. Many believe this spells victory for new media outlets and casts doubt on traditional media’s continuing role. But a closer look actually calls into question the utility of both new and traditional media in Russia. 728 words.
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Health Watch

Cuba is a world leader in health care

It's free but costs plenty to maintain it

Here's what it would cost if Cubans paid out of pocket

By José A. De La Osa
Granma
 
19 February 2011 HAVANA— Amidst a period of national and foreign economic turbulence, a thorough look at how much Cuba’s healthcare sector spends is enough to realize the importance of further becoming more efficient in resource management, as the only way possible to continue ensuring free quality medical assistance for the Cuban people. — 660 words.
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From the Desk of Alex Binkley, Contributing Editor
 
 
Inflation, new technologies, drive increases in health care costs
 
Canadian Health Services Research Foundation
 
22 February 2011 — Fact: The proportion of Canadians 65 years of age and older is increasing as the baby-boomer generation reaches retirement age.
 
Fact: Older adults need more medical services than younger people.

Taken together, these snippets of reality can conjure a frightening image, in which the healthcare costs of the aging population balloon until the system becomes unsustainable, necessitating cuts to services and/or tax increases. But, healthcare costs don’t inflate uncontrollably just because there are more seniors. “Boomerangst”, as it has been cleverly dubbed, isn’t based in reality, so say the experts.1,000 words.

 
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Kyrgyzstan mountains continue their political march

Latest named after Putin while Lenin Peak is highest

Reuters

21 February 2011 BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan — Kyrgyzstan's parliament voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to immortalize Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin by naming a mountain in his honor, in a move to reinforce ties with Moscow.

The nation's legislature held three rapid-fire votes within just one minute to name a 4,446-meter peak in the Tien Shan mountains after Putin, a brawny, five-foot-six black belt in judo also known for his fondness for skiing.

The government's motion to name the mountain after the former KGB spy, officially said to have originated from local farmers in the Chuy region, aims "to immortalize the name of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin."

It would also "cement friendly ties between Kyrgyzstan and Russia," the parliament said in an explanatory note.

Putin Peak is substantially higher than the 3,500-meter Yeltsin Peak in the nearby Issyk Kul region, but the two mountains are dwarfed by the 7,134-meter Lenin Peak on the Kyrgyz-Tajik border.
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From painful binding of female feet

To one billion yuan massage industry

Asian feet made for more than walking

 
The China Foot Massage Industry Association said in 2008 that the foot massage sector was raking in one billion yuan ($152 million) every day — yet another leisure practice benefiting from rising incomes in China.
 
By Staff Writers
Agence France Presse

22 February 2011 HONG KONG Most people put one in front of the other as a most basic way to get around, though they often come in handy to kick a ball, ride a bicycle or dance a jig — maybe even walk a tightrope.

But in Asia, feet are far more than just the two pins that keep us upright and get us from A to B — they can lead people into a cultural minefield. 928 words.
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Not so fast there . . . 

Science takes another look at speed of human Evolution

By Staff Writers

23 February 2011 CHICAGO —The most popular model used by geneticists for the last 35 years to detect the footprints of human evolution may overlook more common subtle changes, a new international study finds.

Classic selective sweeps, when a beneficial genetic mutation quickly spreads through the human population, are thought to have been the primary driver of human evolution. But a new computational analysis, published in the February 18, 2011 issue of Science,reveals that such events may have been rare, with little influence on the historyof our species. 898 words.
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The end of chocolate?

10 Agribusiness methods that could fail within 20 years

By Charlie Jane Anders and Michael Ann Dobbs
Io9.com

24 February 2011 — A generation ago, most farms were still relatively small and independent, but the past 20-30 years have seen factory farms become a quasi-monopoly. What will farms look like a generation from now?

One thing's for sure — farming won't look the same as it does now. Even if you ignore larger factors — like skyrocketing fuel prices that may make transporting food long distances way more expensive, or increasing droughts that may drive up feed prices — the way we're farming now probably can't be sustained for another generation.

Here are 10 wide-spread methods of food production that may well collapse under their own weight in the next two decades.2,213 words.
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Money and Markets

The U.S. at grave risk as millions of Americans

economically sink silently down for the count

By Bob Herbert
Op-Ed Columnist
The New York Times

21 February 2011 NEW YORKBuried deep beneath the stories about executive bonuses, the stock market surge and the economy’s agonizingly slow road to recovery is the all-but-silent suffering of the many millions of Americans who, economically, are going down for the count.

A 46-year-old teacher in Charlotte, Vt., who has been unable to find a full-time job and is weighed down with debt, wrote to his U.S. senator, Bernie Sanders:

“I am financially ruined. I find myself depressed and demoralized and my confidence is shattered. Worst of all, as I hear more and more talk about deficit reduction and further layoffs, I have the agonizing feeling that the worst may not be behind us.”

Similar stories of hardship and desolation can be found throughout Vermont and the rest of the nation. The true extent of the economic devastation, and the enormous size of that portion of the population that is being left behind, has not yet been properly acknowledged. What is being allowed to happen to those being pushed out or left out of the American mainstream is the most important and potentially most dangerous issue facing the country. 805 words.
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Shock Doctrine, U.S.A.
 
 
 
By Paul Krugman
The New York Times
 
24 February 2011 — Here’s a thought: maybe Madison, Wis., isn’t Cairo after all. Maybe it’s Baghdad — specifically, Baghdad in 2003, when the Bush administration put Iraq under the rule of officials chosen for loyalty and political reliability rather than experience and competence.

As many readers may recall, the results were spectacular — in a bad way. Instead of focusing on the urgent problems of a shattered economy and society, which would soon descend into a murderous civil war, those Bush appointees were obsessed with imposing a conservative ideological vision. Indeed, with looters still prowling the streets of Baghdad, L. Paul Bremer, the American viceroy, told a Washington Post reporter that one of his top priorities was to “corporatize and privatize state-owned enterprises” — Mr. Bremer’s words, not the reporter’s — and to “wean people from the idea the state supports everything.”804 words.

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Graffiti Venezuelan style

'Communicational Guerrilla in Action' in Murals & Stencils

By GUERRILLA COMUNICACIONAL – GC

Venezuela today is home to some of the most vanguard popular art forms, including the graffiti arts and their expansion into new styles and spaces. Venezuela's Guerrilla Comunicacional- or Communicational Guerrilla - is just one example of art in action on the streets of Venezuela. Here are a few images of their works, as well as some of the people, faces and places where their works have arisen. 

More images, as well as stencils, are available at: http://venezuelanalysis.com/images/5988
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Book Review

Stormwinds over a cardboard world:

Nebula-nominated first novel is epic failure

By Geoffrey Dow
Managing Editor, True North Perspective
Originally published at Edifice Rex Online
 
22 February 2011 — I opened N.K. Jemisin's (now Nebula Award nominated) first novel, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, having occasionally read the author's blog and commentary elsewhere on the internet, and was well-aware the book had been getting a lot of positive attention since it was published last year. In other words, I was looking forward to reading at least a very good debut novel and hoping for even more than that.
 
Instead, I find myself obliged to discuss a first novel about which I can find almost nothing good to say whatsoever — except to note that, on page 222, the author offers a striking and (I think) original metaphor for the female orgasm.2,294 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. 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.