Friday 30 September 2011

 

The Arab Spring spreads to America as thousands rally

 

By Cate Woodruff
Reader Supported News
 
29 September 2011 — With much of the media focused on pepper-spraying police officers rather than what the protesters have to say, perhaps the best way to understand the motives and the people of OccupyWallStreet is to go down there and find out for yourself.

I first visited Liberty Plaza and OccupyWallStreet on the 4th day of the protest. At that time, it was new and vibrating with energy and peaceful determination. The protest was still taking shape.

My second visit was on Tuesday, September 27th - Day 11 of the protest - and the change is striking. Now there is a marked difference in the occupiers - they are more focused and they work in a highly organized way on a myriad of tasks. It feels like a well-run camp, with an outdoor office and a community living area.

They are determined and their efforts prove it. Good examples of this growing sense of commitment come from Patrick Bruner, one of the OccupyWallStreet organizers. I spoke with Patrick in Liberty Plaza.

Despite 11 days of occupation, Patrick remained upbeat and impressed by what has evolved all around him. For example, protesters started out sleeping on cardboard, but now have mattresses and bedding. A de facto media center popped up in the center of the camp, complete with computers, ongoing social networking and video live stream. They have set up information desks, a makeshift cafeteria filled with food donations delivered from both Manhattan restaurants and individual supporters, a small library, suggestion and donation boxes, a sign-making shop, and a communal area where they hold General Assembly meetings.

During those meetings, they employ the "human microphone" technique in which every sentence is repeated by the group so those in the back can hear every word. This happens every morning when they plan the day's schedule, share ideas, and voice and hear concerns.

It sounds a lot like democracy. — 818 words
 

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Would-be spy graduates

Reveals email 'discourse' between Bob Dechert and Shi Rong

By Kate Zimmerman
North Shore News

25 September 2011, VANCOUVER — Critics allege that flirtatious emails sent between the parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bob Dechert, and Chinese journalist Shi Rong represented a security breach, because the Xinhua News Agency for which Rong works is widely seen as controlled by the Chinese government.

LAST week in this space, I noted that everlowering standards at the Canadian Security Intelligence Service mean I am now its ideal candidate for intelligence officer.

This week, I've proved my spying abilities beyond a shadow of a doubt by releasing this email discourse — I don't like to call it "evidence," per se — between Bob Dechert and Shi Rong, clearly using aliases. 865 words.
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Food for Thought ...
 
   
  China still #2. According to The Economist, the U.S. Department of Defence employs nearly 1,000,000 more people than does the Chinese People's Liberation Army. Walmart and McDonald's are next in line. Click here for more at The Economist.  

 

Tony Blair's six million-dollar secret visits

to 'Mad Man' Colonel Muammar Gaddafi

Tony Blair’s close relationship to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has come under fresh scrutiny after it emerged he had six private meetings with the 'dictator' in the three years after he left Downing Street.

  Tony Blair gleefully shakes hands with 'Mad Man' Gaddaffi on one of Blair's million dollar visits before the 'humanitarian bombing' began.  
   
  'Hug me and kiss me, 'cause I love you only ...'  
By Robert Mendick
Chief Reporter
The telegraph.co.uk

24 September 2011 LONDON — Five of those meetings took place in a 14-month period before the release of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, the Lockerbie bomber.

Mr Blair is coming under increasing pressure to make public details of all his meetings and discussions with Gaddafi. It follows the disclosure in The Sunday Telegraph last week that on at least two occasions Mr Blair flew to Tripoli on a private jet paid for by the Libyan regime.

Tony Blair’s close relationship to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has come under fresh scrutiny after it emerged he had six private meetings with the dictator in the three years after he left Downing Street.

Among the new meetings uncovered by this newspaper is a visit to Gaddafi in January 2009, when JP Morgan, the US investment bank which pays Mr Blair £2 million a year as a senior adviser, was trying to negotiate a deal between the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA) and a company run by the Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, a friend of Lord Mandelson. The multi-billion dollar deal, which later fell through, would have seen the LIA provide a loan to Rusal, the world’s largest aluminium producer.  — 610 words.
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Vol. 6, No. 31 (290)
Friday, September 30, 2011
 
Editor's Notes 
 

from the Canada that we have always held with pride

Maude Barlow, Chair of the Council of Canadians, was arrested Monday 26 September during a demonstration in Ottawa against the TransCanada Corporation's Keystone XL pipeline. (Please see Barlow foresees new wave of civil disobedience below).

It was Ms. Barlow's first arrest. She said, "I do see a new wave of civil disobedience coming …"

Ms. Barlow has got to be right on target.

Mostly ignored by the corporate media has been the peaceful demonstrations of thousands throughout the United States expressing rage at betrayal of public interest by business and especially by government. 533 words.

"News is what (certain) people want to keep hidden. Everything else is just publicity."
-- PBS journalist Bill Moyers.
 
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Reflections on True North Perspective

Editor and Publisher Carl Dow in conversation

 

25 September 2011 — Carl Dow, the editor and publisher of the weekly news site True North Perspective, which "is dedicated to filling in the gaps to help round out the news knowledge of Canadians," discusses the project by way of standards in journalism, the situation in Libya, Stephen Harper and Quebec politics with podcaster Mark A.

Carl is also President of the Ottawa Independent Writers and introduces some of his short-stories and novels.
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Bio-fuels get a bad rap

By Alex Binkley
True North Perspective

It’s widely expected the Harper government will propose a significant overhaul of food safety laws in the current session of Parliamernt.

It will be driven by a promise to fully implement the recommendations of a report on the deadly 2008 Listeria outbreak and pressure from federal regulators and the food industry for changes.

The government should take a close look at a survey recently completed for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and some sage counsel from Ronald Doering, a former CFIA president and Ottawa based food law lawyer. They suggest the government needs to be selective rather than sweeping in what it changes. Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill. 632 words.
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From the Desk of Dennis Carr, Contributing Editor

Barlow foresees new wave of civil disobedience

By Tom Sandborn 
The Hook — The Tye
 
30 September 2011 VANCOUVER — Fresh from her first-ever political arrest at a Parliament Hill demonstration on September 26 against TransCanada Corporation’s controversial Keystone XL pipeline, Maude Barlow, chairperson of the Council of Canadians, told the Tyee in a recent email exchange that she hopes many others will follow her example of nonviolent civil disobedience.

"I do see a new wave of civil disobedience coming and a lot of it will be led by Indigenous communities whose land, water and minerals are especially vulnerable to the global resource grab now taking place," Barlow told The Tyee.

"Governments are like animals caught in a headlight; they don't know how to deal with the financial, social and environmental crisis they have allowed the big business community to unleash on the world, so they are just ducking for cover. Communities and community resistance will lead the way to a more sustainable and just system." 495 words.
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On the streets of Ottawa, Parliament's back ...

Photo-illustration by Geoffrey Dow, www.ed-rex.com.
Don't despair, but there's a lot of hard slogging ahead.

Cartoon by Geoffrey Dow (originally posted at Edifice Rex Online).
Lament for a (Harper) nation
 
'How did this happen, this paleolithic official mindset with its darkly Disneyfied world view? The Tea Party wannabes who control Parliament represent no more than a third of Canadians, and yet they've put their stamp on all of us. Their counter-intuitive politics have become our mark of Cain.'
By Janice Kennedy
The Ottawa Citizen
 
27 September 2011 — Parliament resumed this week. So did the profound nuttiness.

It is no coincidence that, also this week: a Mexican refugee claimant and mother of two Canadianborn children was ordered deported - despite credible fears for her safety from an abusive ex-partner, a Mexican police officer; Walt Natynczyk, Canada's high-flying top general, faced questions about his taxpayer-funded $93,000 Caribbean vacation flights; unionized Air Canada employees were, for the second time in under three months, effectively deprived of their right to strike.

And did I mention the resumption of Parliament?

Parliament is the stage for Stephen Harper's Conservative agenda. And this week's news stories about labour abuse, top-brass entitlement and screwed-up immigration priorities are all, not coincidentally, mirror reflections of the Harper Conservative perspective.  — 827 words.

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Canadian ice shelves breaking up at record speed

Region lost almost half its ice shelves in last six years

CBC News
 
 

Climate change could cost billions a year by 2020

By Laura Payton
CBC News
 
29 September 2011 — Climate change could cost Canada billions a year as early as 2020, depending on how severe it is and how well the country adapts, says a report released Thursday morning.

The National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy looked at the cost of climate change on Canada's prosperity, public health and in coastal areas affected by weather events.

  —  637 words.
 

28 September 2011 — Researchers say ice shelves in the Canadian Arctic are breaking up and changing at an unexpectedly fast rate.

They say the region lost almost half its ice shelf extent in the last six years. This summer alone saw the Serson ice shelf almost completely disappear and the Ward Hunt shelf split in half. The ice loss equals about three billion tonnes, or about 500 times the mass of the Great Pyramid of Giza.

“This is our coastline changing,” says Derek Mueller, from Carleton University’s department of geography and environmental studies.

“These unique and massive geographical features that we consider to be a part of the map of Canada are disappearing and they won’t come back.”296 words.

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Why spend money on something that will have no bearing whatsoever on policy when you can do the same thing with a 7 dollar Ouija board channeling the spirit of Ayn Rand?

'Compared to the current Canadian government, the Tea Party is a voice of reason. How does that make you feel?'

By Lalo Espejo
XRayMagazine.ca
 
29 September 2011 — I'll hand it to the Tories. They're clever buggers when it comes to political maneuvering, and I hope the other parties keep "political savvy" at the top of their list when picking a leader.

Case in point: The Conservatives new omnibus crime bill called The Safe Streets and Communities Act (aka the "if you love criminals so much why don't you marry them?" bill) makes it sound like the streets are a panoply of pandemonium, and order must be restored!

 
By Bill Curry
The Globe and Mail
 
28 September 2011 — The Correctional Service of Canada will spend more than $450-million this year implementing just one of the Conservative government’s new tough-on-crime measures – the Truth in Sentencing Act – as Canada’s prison system expands to accommodate a rush of new inmates.633 words.
 

The bill is being eloquently attacked by the usual knowledgeable suspects: criminologists, police, judges, and lawyers from all sides. And statisticians. The numbers just don't support the amount of money being thrown at criminals, but Harper has a majority now, so who gives a shit. I mean, check out this quote from Justice Minister Rob Nicholson:

“We’re not governing on the basis of the latest statistics; we’re governing on the basis of what’s right to better protect victims and law-abiding Canadians.”

Not governing on the basis of the latest statics. You mean the ones that show crime down everywhere, and at their lowest since 1973? Irrelevant.436 words.

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Against (his own) government's rules

Baird demands gold, denies history

Drops 'Canada' from his business cards

Goodbye 'Lester B. Pearson Building', hello gold-embossed stationary

By Dean Beeby
The Canadian Press/The Globe and Mail
 
30 September 2011 — John Baird has set a new gold standard for business cards.

The Conservative Foreign Affairs Minister demanded – and got – gold embossing on his business cards shortly after being shuffled into the portfolio last May, contrary to government rules.

Mr. Baird then ordered the word “Canada” dropped from the standard design, also against federal policy.

And he insisted that “Lester B. Pearson Building” be removed from the standard street address for Foreign Affairs’ headquarters in Ottawa, thereby erasing the name of a former Liberal prime minister and Nobel Peace Prize winner.785 words.

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Claims release of 70-year-old RCMP files on 'Greatest Canadian' could jeopardize country's security
 
The Canadian Press/CBC News
 
29 September 2011 — The Harper government is appealing a court order to lift the shroud of secrecy over a decades-old RCMP dossier on socialist trailblazer Tommy Douglas.

Federal Court Justice Simon Noel ordered the government in August to reconsider its decision to withhold at least one-third of the 1,142-page security intelligence file and heavily censor the rest.

He gave Library and Archives Canada 90 days to determine what additional information ought to be released in response to a six-year-old Access to Information request by The Canadian Press.481 words.

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And finally, on a lighter note ...

A Parliamentary cover-up

Contrarian.ca

20 September 2011 — The Globe and Mail says Scarborough-Rouge River MP Rathika Sitsabaiesan, 29, might be “the most compelling of the new crop of young NDP MPs.”

"She’s the first Tamil-Canadian MP, and so has become the de facto standard-bearer for thousands of Canadians who have felt defeated – militarily, in their country of birth, and politically, in their new home. As a 29-year-old woman from political cultures – both Canadian and Sri Lankan – in which older men make most of the decisions, she exudes the poise, organizing skills and confidence of an old-school political veteran."

How awkward for Contrarian, then, to report alert reader Mark Austin’s discovery of an evident cover-up concerning the estimable Ms. Sitsabaiesan (pronounced SITS-a-bye-EE-sin, according to the Globe). Driven by what we are certain was only the purest of citizenly motives, Mr. Austin carried out a Google image search of the compelling Parliamentarian and stumbled upon the thumbnail at right.386 words.
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Bits and Bites of Everyday Life

Intimidation and bullying ... When will it stop?

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.

I have been following the Rock Dagenais case ever since he was arrested for entering a Buckingham elementary school last April, armed with a sawed-off .22 rifle, 100 rounds of ammunition and a hunting knife tied to his ankle. I wasn’t expecting what this 26 year-old man would tell the court.

His reason for doing the unthinkable ... Apparently, Rock snapped after hearing his aunt complaining about him not doing his chores. After this confrontation, he says he relived his parents’ divorce and the many moves and school transfers he went through afterwards. He admitted to being beaten and bullied after school when he was young and that his teachers told him to put up with it. He also confided that he was sexually abused by his stepfather.
 
Rock Dagenais explained why he forced his way at the Saint-Laurent elementary school on April 19th: he wanted to talk to students from Grades 4, 5 or 6 about the damaging repercussions of bullying. He wanted to inform children, not harm them..973 words.
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Spirit Quest
By The Rev. Dr. Hanns F. Skoutajan
True North Perspective

Miracles might happen, or so it seems. Who am I to doubt it?

On a Sunday morning in 1961 as I approached my church in downtown Kingston, I saw a man sitting on the church steps. He rose as I approached and then introduced himself as a farmer from near Perth, Ontario. His accent informed me that he hailed from Holland and his rugged looks told me that he was a man of the soil.
 
He explained that his wife was in the hospital across the street and very ill, would I go to see her and pray for her. 968 words.
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ParkTales

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.

Three elections in such a short period of time is enough already, give me a break. 

And a break I took from all candidate's meetings, electioneering, leafleting, talking my head off warning of yet another possible Conservative Government, this time at the Provincial level.
 
We have the Harper disaster federally. Not really by a majority vote like he likes to pretend.
 
Then we have the embarrassment of Mayor Ford in Toronto. 570 words.
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From the Desk of Darren Jerome

A continuing update on the war against WikiLeaks transparency

Please be advised that the below is not just the same old thing. By clicking on it you'll discover fascinating on-going reports on 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 it. 

 
 
 
 
New York Times
 
26 September 2011 TRIPOLI Libya — Fighters battling Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s loyalists on Monday entered the coastal city of Surt from the east as residents fleeing the besieged city, one of the loyalists’ few remaining strongholds, warned of an escalating toll from the fighting. 
 
The foray by the former rebels, backed by a heavy bombardment from NATO warplanes, brought them to a traffic circle more than a mile from the city center, Reuters reported. In recent days, the former rebels have struck deep into the city from the west, only to be beaten back by heavy resistance from pro-Qaddafi fighters ensconced in the city. 647 words.
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after she tells bald lies about what's happening in Venezuela

Venezuelanalysis.com

29 September 2011 MERIDA, Venezuela — This week, U.S. President Barack Obama announced his choice for the State Department’s top Latin America post.

An outspoken critic of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, Obama’s nominee, Roberta Jacobson, recently told a U.S. Senate subcommittee that she was "particularly concerned" with the Venezuelan president because he "continues to disrespect the legitimate role of democratic institutions, restrict freedom, including by closing press outlets and uses the judiciary to persecute political opponents and criminalize dissent."

(None of which is true — Editor.)

The U.S. President said it gave him “great confidence that such dedicated and capable individuals," including Jacobson, "have agreed to join this Administration to serve the American people.” 439 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.

 
   

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Cuba on front line in war against illiteracy in Argentina

Cuban News Agency

8 September 2011 HAVANA Cuba — About 21,800 learned to read and write in Argentina between 2003 and 2011 with the help of the Cuban method Yes I Can, currently used in 22 municipalities of that South American country. 187 words.
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From the mouth of a stock-market player ...

'I go to bed every night, I dream of another recession.'
       — Independent stock market trader Alessio Rastani

Governments Don't Rule The World

Goldman Sachs Rules The World

   
  Interview no prank: The Yes Men, The Guardian (UK)  439 words.  

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Annals of Corporate Governance

HP's payouts to fired CEOs tops US$80 million

Black is white, failure is success ...

By Robert McGarvey
InternetRevolution.com
 
26 September 2011 — Quick now -- name the tech behemoth that in the past half dozen years has shelled out more than $80 million to make three (3) CEOs disappear?

You got that right. It’s Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ), which has plunged deeper into the sea of expensive stupidity, led by its own board of directors.

Start in 2005 with the ouster of Carly Fiorina, who was forced out because the board was disappointed with the lack of stock market enthusiasm for the Compaq merger. It was reported at the time that Fiorina walked out the door with $21.4 million.

But then there were the deal sweeteners. Factor in options, restricted stock, and her pension, and Fiorina pulled in another $21 million, putting her farewell jackpot at over $42 million.

For six years on the job.678 words.

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Science

Rat's brain given digital cerebellum

An artificial cerebellum has restored lost brain function in rats, bringing the prospect of cyborg-style brain implants a step closer to reality

By Linda Geddes
NewScientist.com
 
27 September 2011 — An artificial cerebellum has restored lost brain function in rats, bringing the prospect of cyborg-style brain implants a step closer to reality. Such implants could eventually be used to replace areas of brain tissue damaged by stroke and other conditions, or even to enhance healthy brain function and restore learning processes that decline with age.

Cochlear implants and prosthetic limbs have already proved that it is possible to wire electrical devices into the brain and make sense of them, but such devices involve only one-way communication, either from the device to the brain or vice versa.

 
"It's proof of concept that we can record information from the brain, analyse it in a way similar to the biological network, and return it to the brain," says Mintz, who presented the work this month at the Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence meeting in Cambridge, UK.617 words.
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The Way of the Sage: Confucius

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Confucius say, 'Man who go to bed with problem . . .'

Decades ago, and perhaps even today, the ancient Chinese phlosopher was streetcorner humour for 12-year-old males. One joke began like this, 'Confucius say, man who go to bed with problem . . ." And I'll leave it there as a secret among males whose memories still work, and perhaps for 12-year-olds who learn it at the streetcorner today. These things have a way of lasting and of being passed on from generation to generation. Anyway, enough of mystery and humour, here below is an interesting story on The Way of the Sage still alive with perhaps renewing credibility in China today. — Carl Dow, Editor.

By Cang Lide
China Daily News

25 September 2011, BEIJING — Confucius believed that a good education not only benefited the individual, but it would also be for the greater good. Cang Lide argues that the sage's guiding principles to education are still very relevant today.

Confucius would turn in his grave if he knew how many students in China are learning by rote these days. He would get even more upset if he knew that almost all are taught the same way regardless of their different levels of aptitude and attitude. His approach to education was very different two thousand years ago.

He had about 3,000 students throughout his lifetime, including 72 whom he considered the most outstanding. Even among this elite group, Confucius took pains to clearly understand individual strengths and weaknesses so he could teach them even better. Among them, Yan Hui was a gentleman of virtue, Zi Lu was full of courage, Zi Gong aspired to go into business and Ran You had political potential. For them, Confucius designed four separate curriculums — Virtue, Language, Administration and Literature — so he could cater to their aptitudes and nurture their talents accordingly.

One day, Zi Lu had asked in class: "Shall I take action when I've learned the truth?" Confucius replied: "You have your father and elder brother at home so you'd better wait before you rush out." But when Ran You asked the same question a short while later, Confucius told him, "Sure! You must act as soon as you've learned the truth." Gong Xihua, another of his students, was surprised by the conflicting replies and queried him.

The sage explained: "Ran You is weak and timid so I must inspire him to be courageous. But Zi Lu can be foolhardy in his bravery, so I should encourage him to be humble and prudent."

Thus, he tempered courage with prudence, and hesitation with action.

Confucius taught his students that action always spoke louder than words, and he openly showed contempt of those who hid behind declarations of adulation and hypocrisy. 991words.
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Health Watch

Thanks to Tommy Douglas and the New Democratic Party

Canadians don't suffer the American health-care nightmare

Martin D. Weiss, a millionaire and a renowned American financial analyst, reveals his real-time health insurance nightmare when protecting his father and mother.

By Martin D. Weiss
Money and Markets

I’m turning 65 this month, contemplating my own Medicare options, and remembering the health insurance nightmare I had with my father and mother.

At first, we tried a “Medicare Advantage” program with an HMO that took over my parents’ Medicare benefits and promised complete care.

But it was a total disaster.

When I went with my parents for their doctor visits, it wasn’t like a doctor’s office. It seemed more like a factory assembly line, with patients treated no better than herds of cattle.

Dad had a particularly bad experience. He went to a hospital run by an HMO for a regular check-up, and they decided to keep him overnight.

As fate would have it, the hospital had just cut back sharply on night staff. So, when Dad called for help in the middle of the night, no one came. He got up, tried to make it to the nurse’s station, fell in the corridor, broke his hip and never fully recovered. 2,021 words.
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Money and Markets
 
 
 
Martin D. Weiss of Money and Markets has been on the money for decades. Here he offers advice on how you can protect yourself from the inevitable world financial collapse.
 
By Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D.
Money and Markets

 
Monday, September 26, 2011 JUPITER Florida — Imagine this scenario ... The largest economy in the world is on the brink of a financial meltdown that could make the debt debacle of 2008 seem small by comparison.

Its giant banks are buried in bad loans and vulnerable to failure.

Its central government is paralyzed.

Chaos looms.

A Desperate Meeting

One weekend, in a last-ditch attempt to avoid disaster, top finance officials —representing 117 countries and six billion souls — come together and meet.

The officials engage in intense — sometimes frantic — debate. They explore every possible solution known to modern man, plus some that are still not known.

But they’re stumped. They come up with no new ideas.

That’s when the highest finance official of the world’s second-largest economy speaks.

He can barely mask his frustration — and fear — as he calls for massive, unprecedented steps to stem a domino-like series of defaults. — 1,066 words.
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The Glass Teat 

Doctor Who: The God Complex

God complex, character simple

Managing Editor, True North Perspective
Originally published at Edifice Rex Online
 
Taken by itself, The God Complex is a mostly entertaining episode, competently-scripted and boasting quite stylish direction.

At least one guest star really shines, none of them bore us, and we're treated to the requisite chills expected of an encounter with the unknown in company of Doctor Who.

But The God Complex comes after three stand-alone adventure in what this viewer, at least, had thought had been advertised as a complex, series-long arc of single story, one that would presumably lead to a climax providing two series' worth of answers to dangling threads.

Does The God Complex deliver as prophesied? — 1,426 words.
 
 

The Old Man's Last Sauna

A collection of short stories by Carl Dow

An eclectic collection of short stories that will stir your sense of humour, warm your heart, outrage your sense of justice, and chill your extra sensory faculties in the spirit of Stephen King. The final short story, the collection's namesake, The Old Man's Last Sauna is a ground-breaking love story.

The series begins with Deo Volente (God Willing). Followed by The Quintessence of Mr. FlynnSharing LiesFlying HighThe Richest Bitch in the Country or Ginny I Hardly Knows YaOne Lift Too ManyThe Model A Ford, the out-of-body chiller, Room For One Only and O Ernie! ... What Have They Done To You! The series closes with the collection's namesake, The Old Man's Last Saunaa groundbreaking love story. All stories may also be found in the True North Perspective Archives.


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