Friday 4 February 2011

 
The wages of realpolitik

For the U.S. in Egypt, blowback is a bitch

By Michael Winship
Truth-Out.org

4 February 2011 — Almost seven years have passed since I spent some time in the Middle East. The closest I get to the opinions of "the Arab street" these days is the fellow who runs the delicatessen a block away from me. Mohamed is Egyptian, with family living in Cairo and outside the city. All of them are safe - as far as he knows.

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak must go, Mohamed says, but he fears that, regardless of the promises, Mubarak will figure out a way to keep his henchmen in power and the brutal legacy of cruelty and torture will continue.1,208 words.
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  Cartoon by Chris Britt, 4 February 2011, Comics.com  
 

 
Wisdom is a result of a happy marriage between intelligence and experience.
© Carl Dow, Editor and Publisher, True North Perspective
 
Editor's Notes 
 
True North Perspective
Vol. 6, No. 4 (262)
Friday, February 4, 2010
 
 
By Geoffrey Dow
Managing Editor, True North Perspective

It's become a familiar, oft-repeated story since 1989, when the mere voices of citizens in the streets shattered the rotted-out hulk of the old Soviet empire, shocking casual observers and "experts" alike with the sudden demise of the U.S.S.R.

Again and again since then, the scenes have been repeated. Massive protests, mostly peaceful, with a simple demand. That the existing government, corrupt and repressive and vicious, should go. Go now.

The government says no. It threatens reprisals, then offers concessions. The people stand firm, unwilling to bargain, now that they sense they have the upper hand.

Each time, the rest of the world watches, wondering whether this iteration will see the joyful hope of another Velvet Revolution or the horror of another Tiananmen Square.

And each time, the Western world, citizens and governments alike, are united in solidarity with those men and women who dare to face down the secret police and soldiers of the brutal, dictatorial regime.

At least, that's the story we tell ourselves. Like all good myths, that story holds some truth; but like all myths, good and bad, there is more to it than the feel-good fairy tale. — 1,052 words.
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WikiLeaks
 
 
By Colin Freeze
The Globe and Mail
 
4 February 2010 — A leaked U.S. State Department cable suggests that al-Qaeda in Africa was “strengthened” by a ransom that freed two kidnapped Canadian diplomats two years ago.
 
The rare mention of the ransom, which is contained in a cable released by WikiLeaks, revives a key unanswered question: Who paid?715 words.
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Travers: When Canada speaks, the world yawns

By James Travers
National Affairs Columnist
The Toronto Star
 
1 February 2011 — Canada should look long in the mirror before advising Egypt on democracy or demanding accountability from the developing world. A sorry record defending one and delivering the other strips credibility and exposes hypocrisy. — 582 words.
 
Our readers write
The Mexican police rape of Rebecca Rutland
 
I agree with Yohanna Loonen concerning her comment over last week's Editor's Notes "The Mexican police rape of Rebecca Rutland". Mexico has a very corrupt police force; they abuse their power, both physically and in ransom money demands. And the last thing they are willing to admit is wrong doing.

I know a hairdresser who vacationed in Mexico and visited a former boyfriend while she was there. She rented a car so they could visit the area. Her friend drove. He had invited two of his friends to join them. Once in the mountains, he missed a turn and the car crashed in a ravine, killing the two friends. But it's the Canadian lady who was thrown in jail. It took her a year before she was set free. It cost her all her savings and her house and while she was in prison, her dad died ... She never got to see him again.

When I vacationed in Mexico, I saw first hand the lawlessness of the police force. Coming back from a visit to Chichen Itza, our driver was stopped and asked to show his permit to operate in the next province. The policeman held us back for half an hour. What he wanted was money. When the driver finally paid him, he let us go on our way.

Although I loved Mexico, I will not return anytime soon because of the corruption. Alberte Villeneuve-Sinclair, Ottawa, Canada

 
Diversity — on the bus and in True North Perspective
 
I really enjoyed Dr. Skoutajan's column about living in Ottawa and the way in which he wove the experiences of your earlier life into the piece. We, but especially the author, have come here with a history and experience from many places, and in that way he (and we) are similar to all of those diverse people you see while riding the bus. Thanks for a good piece of writing. — Dennis Gruending, Ottawa, Canada
 

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Delay, delay, delay ...

... Meanwhile, food allergy sufferers looking for action

Beer companies' lobying puts lives at risk

By Alex Binkley
True North Perspective
 
4 February 2011 — It’s been a decade, probably a lot longer, since groups that represent Canadians with life threatening food allergies began to ask the federal government for mandatory warning labels on food products and beverages.
 
This should have been a no brainer decision but Health Canada has delayed and delayed, one thing the department excels at. It seems to have a proclivity toward not making a decision. 556 words.
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NDP leader rates highest, needs to put a clear proposition to Canadians.
 
By Murray Dobbin
Today, TheTyee.ca

31 January 2011 As parliament resumes, Canadians could be forgiven if they decided they would rather stick pins in their arms than watch another round of Stephen Harper's cynical manipulation compete with Michael Ignatieff's inept political meandering. I haven't seen a recent poll on whether or not people want an election, but it wouldn't surprise me if 75 per cent put an X beside "I couldn't care less."

Our democracy is suffering from multiple chronic ailments, with the overall effect being that it can't even get out of bed. It is gridlocked in an absurd standoff where one national party is led by Stephen Harper, who is obsessed with dismantling everything decent ever done by government. The "natural governing party" is headed up by a right-wing snob who has no idea what he would do with power if he got it. The "third" party is led by Jack Layton, who is far and away the most trusted and well-liked leader in the country, but he cannot break through 18 per cent support for his party.

Layton is far ahead of the other three party leaders according to data provided by Angus Reid. The poll asked people to rank the four leaders by getting them to respond to nine key political terms, giving each man one to four points for each. The popularity index which resulted saw Jack Layton graded A, Stephen Harper C+, Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe D, and Michael Ignatieff F. 

In terms of total points: Layton received an amazing 34 out of a possible 36 points (94 per cent) while Stephen Harper finished second with 25 out of 36 (69 per cent). Gilles Duceppe got 18 out of 36 (50 per cent). The hapless and mistrusted Michael Ignatieff was an also-ran with just 12 out of 36 (33 per cent).

One of the chronic illnesses of our system is revealed here, and that is the nearly pathological aversion for many people to making the leap from other parties to the NDP, the coinciding of their values notwithstanding. It's almost as if people look at the party and say "Well, they're low in the polls, so there must be something wrong with them." — 1,500 words.
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From the Desk of Dennis Carr, Sustainable Development Editor

Heat your home with the power of a hair dryer

 
Low-energy homes could mean thousands of new jobs

In Europe, Passivhaus principals are already going into building codes

By Monte Paulsen
TheTyee.ca
 
27 January 2011 — Thirty-two years elapsed between the invention of the Saskatchewan Conservation House and the erection of Austria House in Whistler (structures this series profiled in the previous two stories).
 
Canada's second certified Passivhaus was completed just a year later. And a dozen more Canadian Passivhaus projects are underway.
 
Passivhaus buildings -- which include schools, offices, apartments as well as a growing number of renovated structures -- use 90 per cent less energy for heating and cooling than conventionally built buildings. —  1,762 words.
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More than 10,000 jam Hamilton's core to protest

U.S. Steel and Harper's foreign investment policies

By Steve Arnold
The Hamilton Spectator
 
31 January 2011 — Ken Bolton had hoped for a secure retirement after giving Stelco 36 years of sweat, toil and a little blood.
 
Today, eight years into retirement, the former millwright is 70 years old, alone after the death of his wife, and worried about the future.
 
He is one of 9,000 local people facing that concern as U.S. Steel demands an end to the small annual pension increases they get under a deal between the company and the United Steelworkers.1,084 words.
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U.S. poor to benefit from sixth year
of subsidized Venezuelan heating oil
By Juan Reardon
Venezuelanalysis.com

28 January 2011 MÉRIDA — Yesterday Venezuela’s Petroluem Corporation, CITGO announced the start of its sixth year providing subsidized heating oil to low-income people in the United States. An estimated 132,000 households across the U.S. will benefit from the program this year, amounting to $60 million dollars worth of savings.
 
Joseph P. Kennedy II, son of the late U.S politician Robert Kennedy and president of Citizen Energy Corporation, the U.S.-based non-profit organization that partnered with Citgo in 2005 to launch the Citgo-Venezuela Heating Oil Program, spoke at the Citgo ceremony on Thursday. 472 words.
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Secrets, strategies and whistleblowers

Don't be fooled by character assassination

Judge by what the whistleblowers reveal

By Cecil Rosner
The Canadian Journalism Project
 
30 January 2011 — Earlier this month I took part in a discussion at the University of Manitoba about the ethics of Wikileaks. During the debate, I thought it was important to outline how investigative reports – particularly those that involve whistleblower allegations – are often greeted by the targets of the investigation. 1,175 words.
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From the Desk of Carl Hall, Technical Analyst

Globalive is Found to Not Meet Ownership Requirements

By Iain Marlow, Rita Trichur and Jacquie McNish
The Globe and Mail

4 February 2011 — Today, a federal judge ruled in a case brought on by wireless newcomer, Public Mobile, with Support from Telus, overruled the Federal Government's decision to allow Globalive Wireless to operate in Canada.
 
The ruling gives 45 days for Globalive to prove the "Canadian Control" part of the law, proving that Orascom does not have a controlling shareholders' stake in the company. 874 words.
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additional $32,500 for libel: total $57,500
By Dana Lacey
The Canadian Journalism Project
 
28 January 2011 — Blogger and free speech activist Ezra Levant has been ordered by the Ontario Superior Court to pay an additional $32,500 in libel to human rights lawyer Giacomo Vigna. — 405 words.
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No Swiss haven for Bush

Former President's Swiss visit called off after complaints of torture

Reuters
 
5 February 2011, GENEVA — Former U.S. President George W. Bush, under fire from human rights group over allegations of ordering torture, has canceled a visit to Switzerland where he was to address a Jewish charity gala.
 
Bush was to be the keynote speaker at Keren Hayesod's annual dinner on February 12 in Geneva. But pressure has been building on the Swiss government to arrest him and open a criminal investigation if he enters the Alpine country.
 
Criminal complaints against Bush alleging torture have been lodged in Geneva, court officials say, and several human rights groups signaled that they were poised to take further legal action this week.638 words.
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Bits and Bites of Everyday Life
I’m finally ready… to talk about ALZHEIMER’S 
 
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 toying with the idea of writing an article on Alzheimer’s for almost two years, ever since my sister-in-law, Arline, proposed the subject. “I’m not ready, I explained. It’s too raw! Too close to home…” You see my Dad died in the final stages of the disease. His sister, Yvette, died earlier after fracturing her hip and was spared what I call “the vegetative state” of the disease. Dad’s youngest brother also suffers from Alzheimer’s as does my mother.
 
So you may understand my reluctance to talk about it! The disease has affected many aspects of our family life and has caused division. When Dad was diagnosed, I was writing a novel about growing up on the farm in Cumberland. My inspiration went down the drain as I took center stage in having him diagnosed. This novel may never be completed unless my grandchildren take a vested interest in the story of how I grew up on the farm in the 50s and 60s. — 1,874 words.
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Spirit Quest
 
4 February 2011 — Am I naive? Probably, especially in matters of politics and most certainly when I suggest that a country, such as Canada, can be governed without rancour.
 
It seems that we have become accustomed to seeing attacks and abusive language directed across the aisle of the House of Commons. Question Period has been degraded to the point that I hesitate to take foreign visitors to see it. Attack has become a national sport.
 
There are rules that the Speaker is there to enforce. Members are forbidden to call each other liars; nevertheless they are legally protected to make statements that outside the castle walls would be open to legal recourse.
 
Michael Ignatieff, the leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition, has stated that malicious verbal attacks will be one of the legacies of the Harper government. Dion, the former Liberal leader, was in fact destroyed by such tactics. — 817 words.
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ParkTales

The storm that never was

 
By Frances Sedgwick
True North Perspective
 
4 February 2011 — For several days we were warned of this severe storm on its way - the worst since 2008!!

Now, this is Canada, this is winter, it would have to be a pretty big storm to interfere with our daily routine.

As we all prepared for this 'on-slot' questions arose "will this or that be canceled?."

As it happened I had an event to attend the night of the expected storm.650 words.

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From the Desk of Darren Jerome, Ottawa, Canada

At trial of Cuban exile, a rebuffed Venezuelan lawyer

sits quietly on the sidelines while the man he wants

for terrorist murder is on trial for lying to immigration

By James McKinley Jr.
The New York Times
 
01 February 2011 EL PASO, Texas— Perhaps the most frustrated person in the courtroom the last two weeks at the perjury trial of Luis Posada Carriles, the Cuban militant and former C.I.A. operative, was the sad-eyed lawyer who represents Venezuela.
 
For five years, the lawyer, José Pertierra, has been seeking the extradition of Mr. Posada to stand trial in Venezuela in the bombing of a Cuban passenger jet in 1976, which killed everyone on board. But the State Department and the Justice Department have never presented the request to a federal judge.
 
Instead, the Justice Department is prosecuting Mr. Posada for having lied during two immigration hearings more than five years ago. — 1,285 words.
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Revealed: World’s first known celebrity stalker
 
Teen was more interested in sitting on her throne
Reuters
 
02 February 2011 — He caused a right royal fuss by breaking into Buckingham Palace, sitting on the throne, sleeping in a servant’s bed and even stealing Queen Victoria’s knickers.
 
But brazen Edward Jones has earned a place in the history books —as the world’s first known celebrity stalker.
 
Even by the standards of modern celebrity culture, the 14-year-old went to astonishing lengths to get close to the object of his admiration, breaking into the palace on three occasions. — 599 words.
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The triviality of U.S. Mideast policy

 
U.S. Mideast policy has been irrelevant and fails to accommodate the current movement that is sweeping across the region
 
By Robert Grenier
CIA Retired
Al Jazeera
 
Robert Grenier is a retired, 27-year veteran of the CIA’s Clandestine Service. He was Director of the CIA’s Counter-Terrorism Center from 2004 to 2006.
"Watching and responding."
 
That was the phrase used by P.J. Crowley, the U.S. state department spokesman, in his recent interview with Al Jazeera.
 
In the midst of the startling and compelling events taking place in the Middle East since the advent of Tunisia's ongoing "jasmine revolution", with people taking to the streets in Algeria, in Yemen, in Jordan, and, most importantly, shaking the foundations of the Mubarak regime in Egypt — the U.S., he said, is passively "watching and responding".
 
It all reminds me somehow of my poor old headmaster. A tall, unbending, flinty New Englander, he had presided over my boarding prep-school — what the British would call a "public school" — since 1949. — 959 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.


 

Canadian grandmothers raise $10 million to help African grandmothers protect children from the tragic AIDS pandemic

By Jennifer Cook Baniczky
Ottawa, Canada  

(Grandmother Jennifer Cook Baniczky writes adult and young adult novels under her maiden name Jennifer Cook and her website is: http://jennifercook.ca.  Email: jcookbaniczky@sympatico.ca — below she presents a powerful true story of the heartbreak and courage of grandmothers in sub-Saharan Africa as they cope with the terrible results of the AIDS pandemic. — Carl Dow, Editor, True North Perspective.)

I am a member of the Capital Grannies, who are part of the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign raising funds for projects in sub-Saharan Africa to assist African grandmothers.

In May 2010, I was lucky enough to be chosen to go to Manzini, Swaziland, with a group of 42 Canadian grandmothers from across Canada, to witness a gathering of 500 African grandmothers from 13 sub-Saharan countries.  These grandmothers represented the many African grandmothers who are raising their grandchildren orphaned by the AIDS pandemic, and we were representing the 240 groups of Canadian grandmothers who have so far raised more than $10 million to assist them. — 1,468 words.
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'If I have to sell you, I'll sell you. So obey!'

 
The Associated Press
31 January 2011  NEW YORK— A U.S. citizen who used a fake Russian passport while living in Ukraine has agreed to go to Michigan to face charges he was a member of a violent ring that lured Eastern European women to the United States and forced them to become strippers.
 
Veniamin Gonikman consented to the transfer from New York during a brief appearance in federal court in Brooklyn.  — 549 words.
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Congressional Republicans run a prostitution ring
and other things you didn’t know

Written by Jodi Jacobson for RHRealityCheck.org – News, commentary and community for reproductive health and justice.

02 February 2011 — Congressional Republicans run a prostitution ring.  I know this because Senator David Vitter admitted in 2007 to procuring the services of a sex worker, though he later refused to admit it was “illegal.”  I don’t want to keep score, but elected Republicans outrank Democrats in prostitution scandals six to one, so clearly they are pimping people out. — 434 words.
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Glenn Beck: Losing his viewers, maybe his mind?

Now he says George W. Bush is part of a left-wing
Muslim world conquest plot to destroy the U.S.

His warnings about a Muslim Caliphate and Chinese New Zealand are only one of the right's delusions about Egypt VIDEO

By Joan Walsh
Salon.com
 
02 February 2011 It took a few days for right-wing opportunists to figure out exactly how to deal with the popular uprising against Egypt's Hosni Mubarak, but they've caught up. Most of the world has watched the massive, peaceful demonstrations with deep admiration, hopes for a peaceful outcome, and uncertainty about where it will end up, especially with the emergence of violent Mubarak thugs Wednesday.
 
Some Republicans, including John Boehner and even Mitt Romney, have actually managed to praise President Obama's cautious but increasingly firm statements demanding change. Despite the confusion, some right-wing fear-mongers are galloping to wildly false conclusions that serve them politically. — 2,018 words.
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Six good reasons to have more sex

According to studies, sex helps with sleep, mood, and health.

By Katherine Butler
EcoSalon                                                                                                                      

27 January 2011Let’s put on our leg warmers and take a trip to 1980s-ville, shall we? The year is 1987, and George Michael’s I Want Your Sex had just hit the airwaves. The Flagship Censorship was in overdrive. Meanwhile, tweens (before they knew they were tweens) were singing “Sex is natural, sex is good. Not everybody does it. But everybody should!” Sung, of course, without really understanding what it all meant.

The result of George Michael’s romp on the airwaves? A certain segment of impressionable minds, now aged like fine wines, subconsciously can’t help but remember that “sex is natural, sex is good, not everybody does it, but everybody should.”

But are other age groups still getting some? — 558 words.
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 TerraDaily.com

31 January 2011 WASHINGTON DC — Artifacts unearthed in the United Arab Emirates date back 100,000 years and imply that modern humans first left Africa much earlier than researchers had expected, a new study reports.
 
In light of their excavation, an international team of researchers led by Hans-Peter Uerpmann from Eberhard Karls University in Tubingen, Germany suggests that humans could have arrived on the Arabian Peninsula as early as 125,000 years ago - directly from Africa rather than via the Nile Valley or the Near East, as researchers have suggested in the past. — 489 words.
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Money and Markets
 
 
Food and Agriculture Organization warns prices will rise for months to come
 
CBC News
 
3 February 2011 — World food prices reached a record high in January, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization said Thursday.
 
The Rome-based FAO warned that prices are expected to keep rising and that inflation might create unrest in the hardest-hit countries.
 
"The new figures clearly show that the upward pressure on world food prices is not abating," FAO economist Abdolreza Abbassian said in a release. 508 words.
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Asians, Russians bid for Mongolian coal

Reuters
 
02 February 2011 SEOUL, South Korea / TOKYO— Resource-hungry Asian states, including a Korean-led consortium that has Russian Railways as a member, are locking horns with steelmaker ArcelorMittaland miner Vale to develop the world's largest untapped coking coal deposit in Mongolia, as they scramble for raw materials to produce steel. — 614 words.
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Bloomberg
04 February 2011 MOSCOW— Nassim Taleb, author of The Black Swan, said ballooning debt in the United States and the risk of asset bubbles in China make the Russian economy look comforting by comparison.
 
Professor Taleb is a Lebanese philosopher, essayist and practitioner of mathematical finance. He wrote the 2007 book The Black Swan, which a Sunday Times review described as one of the twelve most influential books since World War II, and in which Professor Taleb predicted the current recession.
 
“When I look at the future, I feel comforted by a country like Russia,” Taleb said Wednesday in Moscow at a conference organized by Troika Dialog. He said he feels “a little nervous about China and very nervous about the United States.”— 371 words.
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More women are baring all

'Taking it off can be liberating'

Belfast Telegraph

02 February 2011 BELFAST— Germaine Greer did it in 1999 at the age of 60 and Demi Moore did it when she was pregnant. Alicia Silverstone did it to promote vegetarianism and Jamelia did it for Peta.
 
Even Naomi Campbell and Marge Simpson did it for Playboy. With the likes of Gok Wan's “How to Look Good Naked”, posing nude isn't quite the taboo it used to be. — 482 words.
 
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Screening Room

Churchill Didn't Say That

The King's Speech is riddled with gross falsifications of history

By Christopher Hitchens
Slate
 
24 January 2011 — The King's Speech is an extremely well-made film with a seductive human interest plot, very prettily calculated to appeal to the smarter filmgoer and the latent Anglophile. But it perpetrates a gross falsification of history. One of the very few miscast actors—Timothy Spall as a woefully thin pastiche of Winston Churchill—is the exemplar of this bizarre rewriting. He is shown as a consistent friend of the stuttering prince and his loyal princess and as a man generally in favor of a statesmanlike solution to the crisis of the abdication.
 
In point of fact, Churchill was—for as long as he dared—a consistent friend of conceited, spoiled, Hitler-sympathizing Edward VIII. And he allowed his romantic attachment to this gargoyle to do great damage to the very dearly bought coalition of forces that was evolving to oppose Nazism and appeasement. — 1,231 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.


 

 
Wisdom is a result of a happy marriage between intelligence and experience.
© Carl Dow, Editor and Publisher, True North Perspective
 
Editor's Notes 
 
True North Perspective
Vol. 6, No. 3 (261)
Friday, January 28, 2010

The Sign Remains the Same (at least for now)

Farewell to the Glebe Apothecary:

One small step on the road to monopoly

By Geoffrey Dow
Managing Editor, True North Perspective
Originally published at Edifice Rex Online

One of the comforting myths about capitalism — one that has the benefit of, sometimes, even being true — is that investment is about creating wealth, not just amassing it. And so we tell each other inspiring stories about the Steve Jobs of the world far more often than we do the cautionary tales of the Bernard_Madoffs or Conrad Blacks.
 
The reality, though — and more now than since the Gilded Age — is that most investment has little to do with creating wealth and almost everything to do with consolidating it (or stealing it outright). There are many more Blacks and Madoffs than there are Jobs. — 1,052 words.
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Our readers write
The Mexican police rape of Rebecca Rutland
(Please see last week's Editor's Notes)

Thank you for publishing the reports that reveal the shocking behaviour of the Mexican police in the rape and humiliation of Canadian Rebecca Rutland. It is no surprise that the criminals in police uniform have denied the charge. This is typical of many, if not all, such offenders. The hostile humiliation leaves deep scars in violated women. Sadly this crime also happens in civilized countries where one would expect men in positions of power would have at least some decency. Thank you again for revealing such a sad story. — Yohanna Loonen, Ottawa, Ontario

Reader sees biblical wisdom in words of Villeneuve-Sinclair
 
Alberte Villenuve-Sinclair's article, "Don't be a chicken" could qualify as a biblical parable used to bring moral support and compassion to women who still suffocate under male dictatorship. The article brings about thoughtful consideration that may help oppressed women in their quest to free themselves from a tyrant's yoke. — Anita Bourdeau, Ottawa, ont.
 

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Wisdom is a result of a happy marriage between intelligence and experience.
© Carl Dow, Editor and Publisher, True North Perspective
 
Editor's Notes 
 
True North Perspective
Vol. 6, No. 3 (261)
Friday, January 28, 2010

The Sign Remains the Same (at least for now)

Farewell to the Glebe Apothecary:

One small step on the road to monopoly

By Geoffrey Dow
Managing Editor, True North Perspective
Originally published at Edifice Rex Online

One of the comforting myths about capitalism — one that has the benefit of, sometimes, even being true — is that investment is about creating wealth, not just amassing it. And so we tell each other inspiring stories about the Steve Jobs of the world far more often than we do the cautionary tales of the Bernard_Madoffs or Conrad Blacks.
 
The reality, though — and more now than since the Gilded Age — is that most investment has little to do with creating wealth and almost everything to do with consolidating it (or stealing it outright). There are many more Blacks and Madoffs than there are Jobs. — 1,052 words.
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Our readers write
The Mexican police rape of Rebecca Rutland
(Please see last week's Editor's Notes)

Thank you for publishing the reports that reveal the shocking behaviour of the Mexican police in the rape and humiliation of Canadian Rebecca Rutland. It is no surprise that the criminals in police uniform have denied the charge. This is typical of many, if not all, such offenders. The hostile humiliation leaves deep scars in violated women. Sadly this crime also happens in civilized countries where one would expect men in positions of power would have at least some decency. Thank you again for revealing such a sad story. — Yohanna Loonen, Ottawa, Ontario

Reader sees biblical wisdom in words of Villeneuve-Sinclair
 
Alberte Villenuve-Sinclair's article, "Don't be a chicken" could qualify as a biblical parable used to bring moral support and compassion to women who still suffocate under male dictatorship. The article brings about thoughtful consideration that may help oppressed women in their quest to free themselves from a tyrant's yoke. — Anita Bourdeau, Ottawa, ont.
 

Do you have something to say about what you've read in True North Perspective?

Then say it!

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Wisdom is a result of a happy marriage between intelligence and experience.
© Carl Dow, Editor and Publisher, True North Perspective
 
Editor's Notes 
 
True North Perspective
Vol. 6, No. 3 (261)
Friday, January 28, 2010

The Sign Remains the Same (at least for now)

Farewell to the Glebe Apothecary:

One small step on the road to monopoly

By Geoffrey Dow
Managing Editor, True North Perspective
Originally published at Edifice Rex Online

One of the comforting myths about capitalism — one that has the benefit of, sometimes, even being true — is that investment is about creating wealth, not just amassing it. And so we tell each other inspiring stories about the Steve Jobs of the world far more often than we do the cautionary tales of the Bernard_Madoffs or Conrad Blacks.
 
The reality, though — and more now than since the Gilded Age — is that most investment has little to do with creating wealth and almost everything to do with consolidating it (or stealing it outright). There are many more Blacks and Madoffs than there are Jobs. — 1,052 words.
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Our readers write
The Mexican police rape of Rebecca Rutland
(Please see last week's Editor's Notes)

Thank you for publishing the reports that reveal the shocking behaviour of the Mexican police in the rape and humiliation of Canadian Rebecca Rutland. It is no surprise that the criminals in police uniform have denied the charge. This is typical of many, if not all, such offenders. The hostile humiliation leaves deep scars in violated women. Sadly this crime also happens in civilized countries where one would expect men in positions of power would have at least some decency. Thank you again for revealing such a sad story. — Yohanna Loonen, Ottawa, Ontario

Reader sees biblical wisdom in words of Villeneuve-Sinclair
 
Alberte Villenuve-Sinclair's article, "Don't be a chicken" could qualify as a biblical parable used to bring moral support and compassion to women who still suffocate under male dictatorship. The article brings about thoughtful consideration that may help oppressed women in their quest to free themselves from a tyrant's yoke. — Anita Bourdeau, Ottawa, ont.
 

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Wisdom is a result of a happy marriage between intelligence and experience.
© Carl Dow, Editor and Publisher, True North Perspective
 
Editor's Notes 
 
True North Perspective
Vol. 6, No. 3 (261)
Friday, January 28, 2010

The Sign Remains the Same (at least for now)

Farewell to the Glebe Apothecary:

One small step on the road to monopoly

By Geoffrey Dow
Managing Editor, True North Perspective
Originally published at Edifice Rex Online

One of the comforting myths about capitalism — one that has the benefit of, sometimes, even being true — is that investment is about creating wealth, not just amassing it. And so we tell each other inspiring stories about the Steve Jobs of the world far more often than we do the cautionary tales of the Bernard_Madoffs or Conrad Blacks.
 
The reality, though — and more now than since the Gilded Age — is that most investment has little to do with creating wealth and almost everything to do with consolidating it (or stealing it outright). There are many more Blacks and Madoffs than there are Jobs. — 1,052 words.
______
 
Our readers write
The Mexican police rape of Rebecca Rutland
(Please see last week's Editor's Notes)

Thank you for publishing the reports that reveal the shocking behaviour of the Mexican police in the rape and humiliation of Canadian Rebecca Rutland. It is no surprise that the criminals in police uniform have denied the charge. This is typical of many, if not all, such offenders. The hostile humiliation leaves deep scars in violated women. Sadly this crime also happens in civilized countries where one would expect men in positions of power would have at least some decency. Thank you again for revealing such a sad story. — Yohanna Loonen, Ottawa, Ontario

Reader sees biblical wisdom in words of Villeneuve-Sinclair
 
Alberte Villenuve-Sinclair's article, "Don't be a chicken" could qualify as a biblical parable used to bring moral support and compassion to women who still suffocate under male dictatorship. The article brings about thoughtful consideration that may help oppressed women in their quest to free themselves from a tyrant's yoke. — Anita Bourdeau, Ottawa, ont.
 

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Wisdom is a result of a happy marriage between intelligence and experience.
© Carl Dow, Editor and Publisher, True North Perspective
 
Editor's Notes 
 
True North Perspective
Vol. 6, No. 3 (261)
Friday, January 28, 2010

The Sign Remains the Same (at least for now)

Farewell to the Glebe Apothecary:

One small step on the road to monopoly

By Geoffrey Dow
Managing Editor, True North Perspective
Originally published at Edifice Rex Online

One of the comforting myths about capitalism — one that has the benefit of, sometimes, even being true — is that investment is about creating wealth, not just amassing it. And so we tell each other inspiring stories about the Steve Jobs of the world far more often than we do the cautionary tales of the Bernard_Madoffs or Conrad Blacks.
 
The reality, though — and more now than since the Gilded Age — is that most investment has little to do with creating wealth and almost everything to do with consolidating it (or stealing it outright). There are many more Blacks and Madoffs than there are Jobs. — 1,052 words.
______
 
Our readers write
The Mexican police rape of Rebecca Rutland
(Please see last week's Editor's Notes)

Thank you for publishing the reports that reveal the shocking behaviour of the Mexican police in the rape and humiliation of Canadian Rebecca Rutland. It is no surprise that the criminals in police uniform have denied the charge. This is typical of many, if not all, such offenders. The hostile humiliation leaves deep scars in violated women. Sadly this crime also happens in civilized countries where one would expect men in positions of power would have at least some decency. Thank you again for revealing such a sad story. — Yohanna Loonen, Ottawa, Ontario

Reader sees biblical wisdom in words of Villeneuve-Sinclair
 
Alberte Villenuve-Sinclair's article, "Don't be a chicken" could qualify as a biblical parable used to bring moral support and compassion to women who still suffocate under male dictatorship. The article brings about thoughtful consideration that may help oppressed women in their quest to free themselves from a tyrant's yoke. — Anita Bourdeau, Ottawa, ont.
 

Do you have something to say about what you've read in True North Perspective?

Then say it!

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Wisdom is a result of a happy marriage between intelligence and experience.
© Carl Dow, Editor and Publisher, True North Perspective
 
Editor's Notes 
 
True North Perspective
Vol. 6, No. 3 (261)
Friday, January 28, 2010

The Sign Remains the Same (at least for now)

Farewell to the Glebe Apothecary:

One small step on the road to monopoly

By Geoffrey Dow
Managing Editor, True North Perspective
Originally published at Edifice Rex Online

One of the comforting myths about capitalism — one that has the benefit of, sometimes, even being true — is that investment is about creating wealth, not just amassing it. And so we tell each other inspiring stories about the Steve Jobs of the world far more often than we do the cautionary tales of the Bernard_Madoffs or Conrad Blacks.
 
The reality, though — and more now than since the Gilded Age — is that most investment has little to do with creating wealth and almost everything to do with consolidating it (or stealing it outright). There are many more Blacks and Madoffs than there are Jobs. — 1,052 words.
______
 
Our readers write
The Mexican police rape of Rebecca Rutland
(Please see last week's Editor's Notes)

Thank you for publishing the reports that reveal the shocking behaviour of the Mexican police in the rape and humiliation of Canadian Rebecca Rutland. It is no surprise that the criminals in police uniform have denied the charge. This is typical of many, if not all, such offenders. The hostile humiliation leaves deep scars in violated women. Sadly this crime also happens in civilized countries where one would expect men in positions of power would have at least some decency. Thank you again for revealing such a sad story. — Yohanna Loonen, Ottawa, Ontario

Reader sees biblical wisdom in words of Villeneuve-Sinclair
 
Alberte Villenuve-Sinclair's article, "Don't be a chicken" could qualify as a biblical parable used to bring moral support and compassion to women who still suffocate under male dictatorship. The article brings about thoughtful consideration that may help oppressed women in their quest to free themselves from a tyrant's yoke. — Anita Bourdeau, Ottawa, ont.
 

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"News is what (certain) people want to keep hidden. Everything else is just publicity."
-- PBS journalist Bill Moyers.
 
Your support makes it possible for True North to clear the fog of "publicity" and keep you informed on what's really happening in the world today. Please send your donation to:
 
Carl Dow, True North, Station E, P.O. Box 4814, Ottawa ON Canada K1S 5H9.
 
Or use our new Paypal system! Just click the secure link below —
and if you're paying by credit card, you don't need a PayPal account to make a donation!

 

 

Blackbur

"News is what (certain) people want to keep hidden. Everything else is just publicity."
-- PBS journalist Bill Moyers.
 
Your support makes it possible for True North to clear the fog of "publicity" and keep you informed on what's really happening in the world today. Please send your donation to:
 
Carl Dow, True North, Station E, P.O. Box 4814, Ottawa ON Canada K1S 5H9.
 
Or use our new Paypal system! Just click the secure link below —
and if you're paying by credit card, you don't need a PayPal account to make a donation!

 

 

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