Friday 25 May 2012

 

Obama vs. Romney: Battle of the Metrosexuals

'. . . part sitcom, part reality show, in fact, an American tragedy.'

By Gerald Celente, Publisher
The Trends Journal

21 May 2012 KINGSTON, NY — A recent Newsweek cover provocatively depicted Barack Obama beneath a glowing rainbow halo and carried the bold headline, “The First Gay President.” Days later, The New York Times broke the story of a billionaire-funded smear campaign that labeled the President a “metrosexual black Abe Lincoln.”

The incendiary magazine cover and the revelatory Times piece set off a firestorm of commentary and accusations replete with racial overtones and sexual innuendos.

While the sensationalistic Newsweek cover can be brushed aside as an obvious sales gimmick, the metrosexual label applied to Obama (minus the “black Abe Lincoln”) not only has merit, it aptly applies to Romney as well. Lost in the political mudslinging and shallow punditry are the deeper psychological aspects of the archetypal metrosexual that fit them both so well. Among these: (More)
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While US-led NATO blundered in Afghanistan it fomented

increased corruption and authoritarianism in regional states

23 May 2012

By Alex Cooley
Oxford University Press
EurasiaNet Partner Post

Editor's note:  Alexander Cooley is the Tow Professor of Political Science at Barnard College, Columbia University and author of Great Games, Local Rules: The New Great Power Contest in Central Asia, forthcoming with Oxford University Press (July 2012). Cooley is also a board member of the Open Society Foundation’s Central Eurasia Project. EurasiaNet operates under OSF’s auspices. A version of this commentary first appeared on the blog of Oxford University Press.

23 May 2012 — NATO leaders missed an opportunity during their recent summit in Chicago. In addition to trying to garner international support for an Afghanistan drawdown and stabilization strategy, they also should have considered the overlooked toll that the Afghan campaign has taken on the adjacent Central Asian states. Western security assistance has made the Central Asian states more authoritarian and more corrupt, while these trends are only likely to deteriorate as the drawdown of US and ISAF forces accelerates.

From the very outset the United States treated Central Asia instrumentally, as a region in support of the coalition effort in Afghanistan. The US established supply bases in Karshi-Khanabad (K2) in Uzbekistan and at the Manas airport, near Kyrgyzstan’s capital of Bishkek, and secured overflight rights and refueling agreements from all of the Central Asian states. US defense officials also launched a host of cooperative programs to provide training and resources for counterterrorism and border management for Central Asian security services. (More)

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You can track the arc of modern American journalism from its apex at the Pentagon Papers and Watergate curving downward to Iran-Contra before the nadir of Bush’s war in Iraq.
 
By Robert Parry
Consortium News via AlterNet.org
 
Editor’s Note: From May 10 to May 12, journalist Robert Parry participated in a conference entitled, “From the Pentagon Papers to WikiLeaks: A Transatlantic Conversation on the Public’s Right to Know,” sponsored by the Heidelberg Center for American Studies in Heidelberg, Germany.
 
21 May 2012 — The conference consisted of media figures, legal scholars and freedom-of-information advocates – and included Neil Sheehan, the New York Times correspondent who got the Pentagon Papers from Daniel Ellsberg, and Barry Sussman, the Washington Post editor who oversaw the newspaper’s coverage of the Watergate scandal.

Parry spoke on the last day and offered the following observations: (More)

 
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True North Perspective
Vol. 7, No. 17 (319)
Friday 25 May 2012
 
Editor's Notes

Occupy Wall Street flowers in Québec, Canada

The Quebec student strike now spreading to include thousands of adults is a manifestation of the spirit of last year's Occupy Wall Street. There is a universal fundamental anger at unchecked corporate greed that includes wars around the world that benefit no one but the one per cent and their fellow travellers. The hypocrisy is not lost on growing millions. But I'll stop here and turn over this space to two Canadian analysts, David McLaren from English-speaking Canada and the other, Larry Rousseau from French-speaking Canada. There is a satisfying unity in thought between the two minds. — Carl Dow, Editor and Publisher, True North Communications.

Guest Editorial
 
Dial down the diatribes for a bit and what do the streets of Montreal look like?
 
By David McLaren
Special to True North Perspective
David McLaren is an award-winning writer living at Neyaashiinigamiing on Georgian Bay. He has worked in government, in the private sector, with ENGOs (Environmental Non-Government Organizations) and First Nations. Comments on this and other essays are welcome at http://jdavidmclaren.wordpress.com/.
What are we to make of 100 days of mayhem in Montreal? Étudiants en grève—students on strike.

Coddled kids with a mistaken sense of  entitlement? Yes there’s some of that. But if it were just that, the strike would have fizzled out long before now.

The idea of a free education which has deep philosophical and political roots in France and Québec? OK … but does it run deep enough to pull thousands of young Québecois into the streets week after week?

Ah-ha! The unions have hijacked the demonstrations. The Québec unions are there alright, and they’re a lot bolder than their English cousins. But the people on the streets were … and are … students, with growing support from adults.

Dial down the diatribes for a bit and what do the streets of Montreal look like? They look like Toronto or Seattle during a G20 meeting. They look like Occupy Wall Street. We say we want the young engaged in the political process. But they’re young. Why are we surprised they engage in a way we don’t approve of?

Listen. Our sons and daughters, in Québec this time, are trying to tell us something. Their leaders are articulating it even if we, in English Canada, can’t hear them. No jobs in the future. No money in the money bank. No food in the food bank. Dishonest business leaders. Dishonourable political leaders. The house is burning down and the pumps don’t work ‘cause the vandals took the handles … to quote an old Bob Dylan tune from the sixties … except the real vandals are not the black-masked kids we see on TV.

Mais c’est la vie, hein? (shrug) But that’s the way it is, eh? What can you do? But then, maybe that’s the problem. 

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Guest Editorial

The Quebec student protest is not just about tuition

By Larry Rousseau

Larry Rousseau is Regional Executive Vice-President of the Public Service Alliance of Canada. The below was published in The Blog, The HuffPost, 24 May 2012.

The ongoing — perhaps growing — student strikes in Quebec have brought into focus the most pressing question in this period of austerity: is the only solution to current economic challenges to cut public services and raise "user fees" such as post-secondary tuition? The answer to this question has as much a consequence for student strikers as it has for workers and Canadians from coast to coast.

Just as there are reasonable alternatives to cutting public services at any level of government in Canada, there are also many viable alternatives to raising Quebec's tuition fees that should be considered. But these, unfortunately, have been successfully kept out of the realm of public discussion over the course of this strike.

The most obvious is a higher tax rate on the super rich. Why is it, for instance, that under Quebec's current tax scheme, someone who earns $85,000 per year pays the same rate of tax — 24 per cent — as someone who earns ten times more or $850,000? After all, someone who earns $40,000 is subject to a lower 16 per cent rate of tax, so why does the same progressive bracketing approach not apply to the other end of the wage spectrum? (More)

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-- PBS journalist Bill Moyers.
 
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Alex Binkley is a foremost political and economic analyst, whose website is www.alexbinkley.com. Readers will be aware that his columns in True North Perspective have foreseen political and economic developments in Canada. This week in ...
 
The Binkley Report

The great hue-and-cry about same-sex marriage misses the point

Gender is the least problem facing marriage

By Alex Binkley
True North Perspective
 
25 May 2012 — When the electors of North Carolina voted in favour of a ban on gay marriage and President Obama responded by saying he supported same-sex marriages, the stage was set for a debate that really is way off target.

Gay marriage opponents usually trot out tiresome, even tedious, lines about protecting the sanctity of the holy state of matrimony.

In the wake of Obama’s announcement, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said, “We cannot be silent in the face of words or actions that would undermine the institution of marriage, the very cornerstone of our society. The people of this country, especially our children, deserve better.”

There were plenty of similar comments splashed about in the media and we’ll probably hear lots more in the presidential election campaign during the coming months.
However, marriage seems to be a very shaky cornerstone. (More)
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From the Desk of Dennis Carr, Sustainable Development Editor

Hastings Urban Farm offers food security, connection to land

By David B. Ball
Vancouver Observer
 
21 May 2012 VANCOUVER BC — “I've been a drug addict, but I'm at a transition point,” says Discount Dan, reaching through the alley's chain link fence to shake my hand. “You guys taking volunteers?”

The long rows of Hastings Urban Farm – located on an empty lot at 58 West Hastings, right off of W2 – are sprouting green, leafy vegetables as workers water the crops and haul in wheelbarrows of dark soil.

Derek King, one of the locals hired to tend the harvest this summer, leans on his shovel as Dan explains why he wants to help grow food in the Downtown Eastside, just around the corner from his home at First United Church shelter. (More)

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From the Desk of Dennis Carr, Contributing Editor

 
'Rather than relying strictly on farebox revenue and taxation, transit agencies in North America should be freed to develop other revenue sources, just as the Japanese private railways have done to great success.'
 
By Eric Jaffe
theatlanticcities.com
 
18 May 2012 — Twice during my recent trip to Tokyo, once at Shibuya and again in a suburb to the west of the city, I exited a subway platform only to find myself swaddled in a massive department store. This was the Tokyu store. In Shibuya, at least, it felt every bit as gigantic as Macy's gigantic flagship store on New York's 34th Street. It had at least 10 stories to its name and a curious arrangement of chairs outside the elevator bank, which people sat in so attentively, you'd think that's exactly what they'd awakened to do.
 
In other words the railway itself was just a sideline attraction. This is no accident. As John Calimente reminds us in the latest issue of the Journal of Transport and Land Use [PDF], a major reason Tokyo's private rail lines are so successful is that they've diversified the business beyond transportation into real estate holdings and retail outlets. (More)
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Spirit Quest

' . . . til earth and I are one'

“I feel the tumult of new birth;
I waken with the wakening earth;
I match the bluebird in her mirth;
And wild with wind and sun,
A treasure of immortal days,
I roam the glorious world with praise,
The hillside and the woodland ways,
Til earth and I are one.”

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

25  May 2012 — The beautiful and evocative words by Archibald Lampman (1861 - 1899) quoted above, which he called April in the Hills, is the last of four poems named The Lyrics of the Earth.  Set to music by Thomas Annand, a well known Canadian organist, harpsichordist and composer, and sung by the Musica Viva, an Ottawa choir, filled the audience at Centretown United Church with a sense of the awe and joy of the season.
 
What a gift it was for me coming at the end of a warm and sunny spring day. (More)
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A True North Perspective Classic:
 
Bits and Bites of Everyday Life
 
 
Personal matters have forced Alberte to offer our readers a classic column, originally present in the June 26, 2009 edition of True North Perspective. We are pleased and proud to re-present it, with new illustrations. If you have read this before, we feel sure you will enjoy paying another visit to Alberte's garden; if you missed it the first time around, we are certain you will be glad you had a second chance.
 
 
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.

26 June 2009 —  I have good news to share! News that gardeners have always suspected ...
 
An extensive survey, financed by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, has shown the numerous benefits of plants, flowers and gardening on the environment and on peoples' physical and mental health. (More.)
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Beating the Drum

Conflicting medical 'info' and the profits they smokescreen

By Beverly Blanchard
True North Perspective
 
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.

25 May 2012 — Have we all just become sacrificial lambs on the altar of the pharmaceutical industry? Every day new studies appear in the media that offers the solution to all that ails you, and weeks later another study comes along that refutes the findings. The problem is, many of the studies refuting the findings get lost in the information shuffle. Information falls down the memory fox hole.

Part of the problems deals with the media’s need to churn out information. It does not matter whether the information is true. Investigative journalism is all but obsolete. All that matters is that there is something to report on and in the reporting we are bombarded with conflicting information.

The other half of the equation deals with the consumer’s belief in whatever they are told through the media. By the media I am not just referring to the news, I am also including the commercials that are on the television. For many individuals, the first piece of information delivered by the media becomes the truth and it becomes ingrained in their beliefs about the world of health.

This week there was a news article dealing with the testing for prostate cancer. Apparently the testing produces a false positive 80% of the time, and a false positive leads to more testing. The additional testing leads to more invasive procedures and more stress for men. Yet, how many more men will undergo the testing because they believe that prostrate test is beneficial for them? (More)
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From the Desk of Darren Jerome

A continuing update on the war against WikiLeaks transparency

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

 
By Steve Gutterman
Reuters
 
23 May 2012 MOSCOW Russia —  Russia tested a new long-range missile on Wednesday that should improve its ability to penetrate missile defense systems, the military said, in Moscow's latest warning to Washington over deployment of a missile shield in Europe.
 
The Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) was successfully launched from the Plesetsk facility in northwestern Russia and its dummy warhead landed on target on the Kamchatka peninsula on the Pacific coast, the Defense Ministry said.

The new missile is expected to improve Russia's offensive arsenal, "including by increasing the capability to overcome missile defense systems that are being created", the ministry said in a statement. (More)

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Syria and Iran in Focus
 
By Stephen Lendman
mathaba.net
 
No Hope: Cartoon by Geoffrey Dow19 May 2012 — America's longstanding agenda targets both Syria and Iran. Israel wants regional rivals removed. Washington wants independent regimes replaced by pro-Western puppet ones.
 
All options are considered, including war. For months, saber rattling targeted Tehran. Multiple rounds of sanctions were imposed. Stiffer ones are considered. More on Iran below.
 
For 15 months, Syria's been wracked by Western-generated violence. No end of conflict appears likely.Constitutional reform and democratic elections don't matter. Neither does majority pro-Assad support.
 
Washington's comfortable dealing with democrats, despots, or anything in between so long as regimes serve its interests. Otherwise they're targeted for removal. International law is a non-starter. So are fundamental US statute laws and America's Constitution.. (More)
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Tennesse court says American mother who sent adopted boy

back to Russia on a one-way ticket must pay $150,000 plus

Associated Press

21 May 2012 NASHVILLE, Tennessee —The U.S. woman who adopted a boy and later sent him back to Russia on a one-way flight has been ordered to pay $150,000 and produce an additional $1,000 a month in child support.

A judge in Tennessee said Torry Hansen must begin making the child support payments in June and continue to pay until the boy, who is now 9, turns 18. Judge Lee Russell said the $150,000 Hansen must pay includes damages for breach of contract, legal fees and support for the boy.

Hansen sent Artyom Savelyev back to Russia in April 2010 with a letter saying the child was disturbed, violent and she didn't want him anymore. The incident created an international uproar and prompted Russia to temporarily put a moratorium on its adoption program with the United States. (More)
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Former Malaysia prime minister Mahathir Mohamad

writes on a 'toothless' tribunal and international justice

By Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad
 
16 May 2012, KUALA LAMPUR Malaysia — Kuala Lumpur Tribunal on War Crimes sat for five days in the courtroom at the Al-Bukhary Foundation to listen to charges against George W. Bush, Richard B. Cheney, Donald H. Rumsfeld, Alberto Gonzalez, David Addington, William Haynes II, Jay Byber and John Choon Yoo of the United States for the torture of detainees held in the Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo detention camps. Many would ask of what use is this hearing by a toothless tribunal. The answer is that the international community has failed in the proper implementation of international laws to which all countries have officially subscribed. Worse still, the laws are applied only against weak countries and their leaders who are judged and punished. (More)
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By Malou Innocent and Danny Markus
The Washington Times
 
A failed project to begin with, as this report from The Washington Times reveals, the Taliban and the al Queda are laughing up their sleeves as the Americans and NATO cut and run after 11 years and thousands of dead and wounded. Poppies for heroin. anyone? We've built a thriving business under American guns. — Editor Carl Dow.
 
21 May 2012Corruption in Afghanistan extends beyond petty bribery and kickbacks, so much that too many Karzai power brokers gain much from war and will lose from peace. Corruption is everywhere, from the central government to development and security contracting. Speak out against corruption too strongly, however, and you may find yourself prohibited from entering the country.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai recently banned Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, California Republican, from entering Kabul for alleging that Mr. Karzai and his supporters rule through exclusionary tactics and make money to stay in power.

That the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs oversight and investigations subcommittee was restricted from entering Afghanistan is appalling, given that American taxpayers spend nearly $2 billion a week on the 11-year-old conflict and almost 2,000 U.S. military personnel have lost their lives for its government. For the endemically corrupt regime and its band of thugs and cronies, this is business as usual. (More)

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They say that where there's smoke there's fire

For 16 years Barack Obama was born in Kenya

Then he's born in Hawaii: Real Obama, please stand up

news.investors.com

21 May 2012 — The discovery of the president's false book bio claiming Kenyan birth fits an increasingly disturbing pattern. We've long described Obama as radical, but he's also deceitful.

The mix of these two traits in the Oval Office is toxic. But the Washington media are anything but alarmed, still believing as they do the mythical savior figure they created in 2008.

The other night, MSNBC's Chris Matthews argued on his "Hardball" show that Americans would be wise to re-elect Obama because he's "the candidate we know." He claimed he's a trusted brand who "is who he seems to be."

He went on to describe the president as "a fairly pragmatic progressive" and "tough defender of the country." Therefore, he argued, he's the safer choice vs. GOP foe Mitt Romney, whom Matthews warns is an unknown commodity — "Brand X" — who could turn out to be a nutty puppet of the "radical right."

Of course, Obama isn't at all who he seems to be. And judging from Obama's sinking poll numbers, this is becoming more apparent to the electorate — thanks in part to the new media's revetting of Obama after the old media's half-hearted attempt in 2008. (More)
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Slave trade in the Land of the Free

Hey Hilary and Obama! Put Syria on hold

End the slave trade in southern California

Last year, more Mexicans left the U.S. than entered, but human trafficking for sex and labor is still an issue in Southern California

By Adam Townsend
belmontshore.patch.com

Starting as early as 2006, Mario “Don Tony” Antunez-Sotelo, a handyman by trade, made a habit of befriending poor families in rural Mexico, authorities say.

He then offered the campesinos' sons and daughters a complete emigration package, including transportation into the U.S., a job in construction or housekeeping and a place to stay — all for several thousand dollars, payable in installments.

But that's not quite how things played out. Authorities allege Antunez-Sotelo packed those sons and daughters into squalid quarters in San Diego, then coerced them to hand over their wages by threatening to slit their throats, send hitmen to murder their families in Mexico or drag them into the desert at gunpoint and abandon them, according to America’s Most Wanted. (More)
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Science
 
 
By Christina Warinner
Special to CNN
 
Editor's note: Christina Warinner is a research assistant at the Center for Evolutionary Medicine at the University of Zürich, Switzerland and will be a research associate at the Molecular Anthropology Laboratories at the University of Oklahoma. She spoke at the TED Talks in Long Beach, California in February. TED is a nonprofit dedicated to "Ideas worth spreading," which it distributes through talks posted on its website.
 
20 May 2012 — As a molecular archaeologist, I research the origins and evolution of human disease by conducting genetic research on the skeletal and mummified remains of ancient peoples. By extracting DNA from ancient human bones, we can reconstruct the human genome at different times in the past and look for differences that might be related to adaptations, risk factors, or inherited diseases.
 
The aim is to better understand the evolutionary vulnerabilities of the human body so that we can better manage and improve our health in the future.
 
Using plaque to track ancient diseases
But this only tells us half of the story. Many of today's most important health challenges are not caused by simple mutations in the human genome, but result from a complex interplay between genetic variation, diet, microbes and parasites, and our own immune response. (More)
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Health

Why we cry: The fascinating psychology of emotional release

that takes us away from the absurd 'steam-kettle thinking'

Knowing how our nervous systems work can help guide what we do—and don’t do—when people burst into tears.
 
18 May 2012At the site of the 2010 Chilean mine disaster, the son of miner Florencio Avalos burst into tears when his father was brought safely to the surface. Later that month, Caylee Anthony’s grandmother was shown weeping over her granddaughter’s death.
 
How can two such totally different events—one joyful, one tragic—both elicit tears? (More)
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Music

World's youngest conductor?

Boy, 14, to direct Venezuelan orchestra

José Ángel Salazar, part of the country's successful El Sistema music programme, is not old enough to earn a wage
 
By Virginia Lopez
gaurdian.co.uk
 
20 May 2012 CARACAS Venezuela — For a professional conductor, José Ángel Salazar has a fresh-faced, youthful demeanour: he is quite short, with disproportionately large hands for his narrow frame and a face framed by a mass of dark curls. But if Salazar looks boyish then it's because he is in fact a boy. At 14, and recently appointed to direct a Venezuelan youth orchestra, he may well be the youngest conductor in the world.

"I am not sure I am the youngest. I don't know who said that," he told the Guardian. "Maybe there is a younger conductor in some small town somewhere else," he said, trying to brush aside a claim that has brought him more fame than he seems ready to handle. (More)

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Venezuela's El Sistema has 330,000 of country's children

playing classical music and brings it to English schoolkids

Children in one of Britain's poorest areas are embracing orchestral music, inspired by El Sistema, the movement in Venezuela that has sparked a revolution in learning and life
 

Click here for a thrilling example.

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How and what the rich buy, live-in, and sell
 
Top ten real estate deals in the United States
 
This week's Top 10 homes spotlight at www.toptenrealestatedeals.com/ includes a look at Julie Andrews modest (by movie star standards) home in Los Angeles. Her traditional-style home is 2,574sf with 4 bedrooms and 3 baths, pool and an artist’s studio apartment above the garage. It is walled and gated with a lush and charming garden, but nothing close to the massive, show-off homes preferred by many celebrities. She is asking $2,649,000.

In other home news:

The Miami home where many of the infamous scenes from Deep Throat were filmed is for sale at  $1,750,000. The home was quite the showplace back in the 1960s when Raquel Welch, Eva Gabor, Ava Gardner, and Brigitte Bardot were house guests. Scenes from Frank Sinatra’s Tony Rome  and Dustin Hoffman's Lenny were also filmed here. The home is located on almost an acre of secluded jungle at the end of a private winding road hidden by bamboo and trees. Down a slight grade is the dramatic glass house. The home has deteriorated quite a bit and will require extensive repair or it may be a teardown.  

We told you last week about the auction of Meadow Farm in Virginia – the place where Secretariat was born. It went to auction this week and sold for $5.35 million. Now another famous horse farm is going to auction on May 31st. Padua Stables in Ocala, Florida was once known as Sliverleaf Farm and was where Kentucky Derby winner Silver Charm was born. Four Breeders Cup champions were raised here. Padua Stables is almost 800 acres with a one mile irrigated grass track, two mare/yearling barns with center courtyard, and 20 run-in paddocks.

Also, Joan Rivers' opulent New York penthouse is for sale at $29.5 million, Law & Order star, Christopher Meloni, is selling his New York condo for $12 million and is throwing in a brand new, fully-loaded 2013 Porsche Panamera Hybrid, and a San Juan Capistrano estate with a 3,600sf garage-ballroom that was once highlighted in a HGTV production of Million Dollar Rooms recently sold for $4.7 million. It was originally listed at $15 million.

Real estate is never boring at TopTenRealEstateDeals. Check out today's most entertaining and unusual real estate news stories of the week at: www.toptenrealestatedeals.com/real-estate-news-headlines/ where you won't get information about home loan rates or housing starts or stuff like that. Instead, we will bring you news such as South Florida's hot housing market, famous TV series home values, and Octomom's real estate headaches.

We also have Top 10 Condo Developer Deals, the Top 10 upcoming home and condo auctions, and regional real estate agents' choices for the best deals in their areas.

 

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.

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