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                                                                                          Commentary Articles of Michael Hammerschlag

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RUSSIA- 89-93  '94-'09 w UKRAINE           IRAQ            BUSH          IRAN          PAKISTAN+INDIA   ISRAEL-EGYPT    N. KOREA      CHINA

 9-11+SECURITY     ECONOMY   POLITICS          SPACE+SCIENCE          NUCLEAR THREAT        ELECTION 2000           BIG BIDNESS

MEDIA CRITIQUE           MOVIES+TV            FUNNY           TRAVEL- CAIRO, ROME, VALENCIA        LUMINARY LETTERS           BLOG  MENU

ACCURATE FORECASTS               AUDIO               EXCERPTS              PHOTOS 
              TRAVEL PHOTOS       (this line on separate pages)

updated Dec 2012;   Many Surfbest links don't seem to work- use   http://hammernews.com/   and add file name

                                                                    NATIONAL SCOOPS  +  ELECTION 2000
"WHOOPS"- HOW THE NETWORKS GOT IT WRONG- PROBLEM POLLING POLICY - Nat. Scoop- Intellectual Capita1- 11/25/00 - Inside story on the screw-ups (3-4) at the VNS and Florida counties that caused the networks to blow the election call in a strong article/analysis/commentary against the networks projection policy and the squirrelly polls w interviews w TV news execs, Walter Cronkite, Florida officials, pollsters, Sen. Gorton and VNS people, voting machine reps.- MediaChannel- 12/26/00 Anchor of largest media related network.      Issue Cover    Talk Show

Media Tenor Book w Whoops Article MEDIOCRACY - 234 pgs       Table of Contents


SAMPLE BALLOT DECEPTIVE, DIFFERENT -     Dems denied hand count in Duval Co. - Nat. scoop         Capital Times - Madison WI - Nov 25, 2000                HTML longer vers.                                                                                          Duval Sample Ballot                 Duval Actual Ballot               FLORIDA ELECTION DOCS

COMET PHOTO ALTERED, UH SCIENTIST SAYS- .. -
(Honolulu Advertiser)-Sun Front Page-April 20,'97- Nat. scoop
Faking of Univ of Hawaii telescope photo to "show" a "spaceship" following Hale-Bopp comet by psychic "remote viewing" institute; Publicized on Art Bell national radio show + website, may have been incitement for San Diego Heavens Gate cult suicide
. Original Article before lame editing- CLICK HERE                         AP RELEASE of article - (small)


THE GOLDEN RING- Quest for the Presidency - Yahoo Network
LOCAL Republican contenders + pretenders - all too extreme? Blow by blow flips in states; Profile of Romney and his Mormon exoticism (can he ever win Repub hearts?); and Obama's problems, and supposed betrayal of the base in various suppressive acts; w long interview of fmr DNC chair + Pres. candidate Howard Dean - April-May 2012 - Scoop    in Ukrainian       Russian

RI NIGHTCLUB FIRE
- exclusive - Worst US fire in quarter century rips through smallest state- w photos, interviews, radio reports  MIRROR
                                                                 Inferno horror at The Station nightclub, R.I.- March 03


DUNNING DEAN- nat. scoop - DID the DOCTOR GET GORED - mediachannel HTML  COLUMNIZED Did the media try to destroy Howard Dean by harping on his liberalness and inexperience (both untrue), and electability until it became a self-fulfilling prophecy with Dems desperate to defeat Bush? Analysis of coverage of campaign fm Wash. Post, Newsweek, New Republic, US News, TV debates; + my NH reporting- Jan 26,04

PUTIN'S CHILDREN (Orig.) - exclusive International Herald Tribune/NYT - SCAN    July 6 -  from Moscow    The Putin Youth groups: Nashi, Young Guard, Young Russia; badger and terrorize anyone who even differs with Kremlin positions; By propagandizing the vulnerable, is the Kremlin poisoning the seed corn of young minds? On June 12th, Russian Independence Day, Red Sq. was reserved for the Party faithful   po Ryccki    ONLINE NYT vers.

THE INFINITE PUTIN - Capital Times ORIGINAL    Moscow: Putin is supposed to leave office in March, but that was impossible to believe. Appointing unknown crony Viktor Zubkov PM (told only the day before and rammed through rubber stamp Congress 2 days later) ends the doubt. Zubkov will be anointed President (+ win), Putin will become Prime Minister, and Zubkov will resign in 6-12 months to let Vladimir Vladimirovich return as Prez. Massive conflicts of interests in the Kremlin, where mini oligarch ministers control the biggest corporations in the world and can't separate their interests from those of the state, crushing and absorbing competitors.- October 10, 2007

GETTING GOOD NEWS: The Government vs. the Press in Times of War (realaudio) windowsmedia- Mike's BROWN U. Lecture (listing)- History of Press restrictions in War since WW2; How Vietnam changed everything and made the media the enemy; 30 min., Salomon Hall, Brown Univ., Dec 13, 2004  POSTER

10th Anniversary of Moscow Oct '93 Revolt - (Exclusive AUDIO) - VIOLENT COMMUNIST ATTACK that ALMOST DEPOSED YELTSIN --200 killed in 2 days of battles at WHITE HOUSE and OSTANKINO TV CENTER ; w article 24 Hours in October Revolt +  Photos      AUDIO ONLY - 7:20 min

STOPPING the NEXT BOSNIA- comn. scoop Capital Times -Dec 13, 03 FULL version. - It seems obvious we will be forced out of Iraq, which will explode into Civil War between the 63% Shiites and 17% Sunni former rulers (and the 19% Kurds?); Bosnia across California; Beirut in the third biggest oil country- Maybe partitioning Iraq could mitigate or prevent the coming bloodbath - Nov 4, 03 ;      TALK SHOW (audio) on subj.- 40min w Barry Farber- Dec 4     Brown U. Conf. on Kurds (audio) 4:03 min- Oct 1

HUNTING  TRUTH - The Trouble with Harry- MediaChannel  Exclusive  Is the Veep's story as honest as the Iraqi WMD's?, Accident report shows much closer distance than 90 ft claimed- smaller pellet spread, too many pellets + too much penetration; Cheney + Willeford abandon him and go 100 yards farther, Cheney shoots him behind him in the safe zone in a line towards the car, "Witness" sees everything from inside car 100 yards away; with Interviews of Corpus Christi reporters; investigative shotgun pattern comparisons; Whittington blasted by 2/3 of shot in shell!- March 24

CRIME  STORY -(gif) Dec 94 - UNTOLD STORY of REASONS Behind 1st CHECHEN WAR - Exclusive; Hijackings of Buses with Children, Raids + Stripping of Trains, Hundreds of Billions of Counterfeiting, Vicious Chechen Mafia; Historical Genocides and Hatreds; STORY Western Media repeated was simplistic "Soviet Bear Rising" HTML vers (hear '94 NPR talk show on Chechen War + rise of Russian Mafia) NPR Comments on Moscow theater storming- slider to 25:30

AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION    AlterNet   Scoop  Sept 2005  ALT    ALT2    Against every rule of occupation, almost no effort was made to secure the vast munitions stores of Iraq after the invasion;  250,000 tons, 39% of the ordinance was looted by insurgents and is killing our soldiers every day. IED deaths have more than doubled in the last year- now 71% of US hostile fatalities, and there's enough looted armaments to make ten 500 lb IED's a day for the next 274 years. Interview of Military Intelligence agent who reveals how even an ammo dump next to huge US base was negligently allowed to be looted.

NSA Director Gen. William Odom (news article) - exclusive (REALAUDIO)- 52 min    Dissects strategic blunder of Iraq, escape strategies, geopolitical consequences, Iran attack, Korea- April 7 -Watson Institute Brown Univ.- OpedNews, Scoop + 69,000 venues- My Questions 7m (wma)


                                                                         ECONOMY

THE BUSH BATTERED DOLLAR - Scoop, OpedNews -April '08  In the News Malaga, Spain:  With 4-6 trillion dollars of tax cuts to the rich + his wanton war, Bush has rung up more deficits than all Presidents combined. Since he took office, the dollar has dropped 47%, 8% in just a recent 5 weeks- halving the value of trillions of dollars of foreign investments. For Americans living abroad the slow sickening slide of the dollar is devastating- every week less Rubles or Euros or Crowns. The now worthless Republican-deregulated junk mortgage derivative bonds are supposedly more than all the real stocks and bonds put together... and world markets are hanging by a thread. Swiss UBS Bank just wrote off $37 billion, and Japan could have $300 billion of losses. A collapse by any major player could create a chain reaction that would cause a worldwide collapse. Desperate to prevent that, the Fed injected $500 bil just to stabilize things. Lehman Bros collapses, Merril sold, AIG, WashMutual tottering


THE SOCIAL SECURITY SCAM + DEBT BOMB
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SS trust fund has no cash, so Bush's privatization plan would need to borrow $200-300 bil a year but Deficit is real threat to SSS; Dollar has dropped 38% since mid 2001- disaster if foreigners stop buying our bonds that fund deficit, let alone sell them- Mar 10, 05   Energy Bulletin, Los Angeles Herald, SCOOP -NZ, Smkg Chp

IT'S THE ECONOMY, STUPID- (Don't Wreck It) - onlinejournal.com- Greenspan endorses a tax cut; Danger of George Bush's $1.6 tril one- Jan 26, 2001

CALIFORNIA ENERGY RIPOFF WASN'T JUST CRIME- 6 power companies, led by Enron, by manipulating power production, raised rates up to 90 fold; CAL paid in one day what it had been paying in 3 months; Used this vast scam to punish Gore voting state (+12%) and depose Dem governor; secret Cheney Energy Task Force likely plotted Iraq war - May '06 Bartcop, Buzzflash

                                                                        SPACE + SCIENCE
My LECTURE (wma) @MOHYLA U, KIEV Are We Cooked? Global Warming Worse

VOYAGES to NEW WORLDS: though the end of the Shuttle means we are dependent on Russian launches, a plethora of unmanned missions are happening: the Dawn orbited the second biggest asteroid Vesta July 16th (330mi. diam. and will go on to the biggest Ceres in a year (arrive 2015) - 590mi diam. with significant water ice); the $1.1 bil JUNO spacecraft blasted off Aug 5th for a 5-6 year trip to a a polar orbit of Jupiter, the Mini Cooper-size Curiosity rover takes off for Mars on Thanksgiving; and the Sun has had the longest period of quiet + cool in shenkrecorded history: from 2006-2009, 800 days without a sunspot, yet we still had the hottest years in history (now maybe back 4 million years) in 2005 + 2010, when the cool sun was negating some of the Global Warming!  But, the 11 year-cycle warmer solar maximum is in 2013-2014, when the coming Great Drought may hit- Texas everywhere. July 2011  Dawn leaves Vesta for Ceres 9/5/2012

ARE WE COOKED?
- Global Warming Worse Than You Think new 8 Latest Scientific Findings each show warming will be much worse than worst case estimate; 850,000 yr old 4 km Antarctic ice cores prove radical temperature changes 5-12C happened as fast as 3 years; CO2 generation exploding from Chinese (+ Indian) coal power plants; Methane's threat from melting tundra and gigantic ocean bottom methane hydrate deposits (twice all other fossil fuels combined!); High altitude sulfur from commercial jets have cooled the whole earth 1 C- so real global warming is over double what we see, and airline collapses could instantly raise worldwide temps; 1/3 of Gulf Stream not flowing North; 1/3 of warming from black atmospheric soot from soaring coal burning; Catastrophic ice sheet collapse into deep ocean could make worldwide killer tsunamis; 8 Feedback loops multiply effects many fold, inc. ice pack going from 90% reflecting to 80% absorbing; CO2 in oceans released as it gets warmer; increased CO2 in ocean dissolving limestone shells, deforesting a WA state every year; Interviews w 5 top GW scientists fm Nasa Goddard, UAlaska, USGS, UCLA - coming;

CLOUD WORLD: MISSION to TITAN- Jan 14,2005 - the 11 year $3 billion Cassini mission to Saturn, successfully dropped a landing probe into the most earthlike atmosphere in the Solar System, the heavy clouds of Titan, the largest moon in the solar system- at 3200 mi. diameter, bigger than planet Mercury, and with an atmosphere- (94 % nitrogen, 6% methane) 1.5 X Earth’s pressure and 4½X as dense. But it is a bitter -178C (-290F), leading to speculation of lakes, oceans, and volcanoes of liquid methane- photos seem to show that (inc.)-With interview of Huygens scientist European Space Agency, Germany- SCOOP (NZ), MSN-UK

LUNAR ECLIPSE - total lunar eclipse May 15, 2003- PHOTOS- 20 to 40 power from video stills

FAIRWELL COLUMBIA- The nightmare of manned spacecraft- an immolating reentry- finally has struck after being staved off for 42 years. What should NASA have done to prevent it? Personal wonders of space. - Liberal Slant 2/3

A WARM + BRIGHT FUTURE part 1+2 gif-(Maui Time- Sept 1+15, 98)- Evidence and results of worldwide unprecedented warming- hottest ten years in last 2000 all since 1981. 1998 hottest year ever, 1997 hottest before that, each month a new world's record. Discusses Nitrogen oxide, methane, + water vapor's huge contributions (3-5 TIMES what we've been computing).  Part 1 - Evidence for worldwide global warming-
PART 2 What we can do + what we will do; Weather extremes + resulting deaths..       Letter from VP Gore about article                         HTML FULL Article
US NEWS + World Report cover article on Global Warming 2/28/00 - Antarctic Meltdown,       WEST ANTARCTIC ICESLIDE        4800 Cu. Mi. ARCTIC ICE MELTED- 2-17-05 new

The STATE of SPACE  Oct'97 Likelihood of space disaster in Russian space program and Mir (from 2 years in Russia); America's mistakes (predicts cost cutting would lead to lost missions- subsequently 3 Mars and several launches met disaster) + needs in space and latest wonders from Galileo spacecraft around Jupiter: massive water ocean on Europa; and Cassini launch to Saturn and Titan.

IT'S THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT - Science + history behind meteor, asteroid, + cometary impacts (rel. to Armageddon + Deep Impact movies- 8/98)

STORMING LIONS -- Nov 18th, 2001+ Nov '98 Leonid Meteor Showers w End of World article above

FOLLY OF CUTTING SPACE SPENDING- (Providence Journal) Miracles of Voyager revelations- Jupiter + Saturn Moons; Madness of Reagan plan to cut funding for receipt of data from Uranus + Neptune
PLUS                               GRAPHIC of BOTH
THE NEWS, ALL THE NEWS + NOTHING BUT THE NEWS -- (scroll right) Columbia Journalism Review (page 1 of 4) ...

                                        911 + SECURITY

WHO'S SAYIN HUSSEIN NOW? - Scoop  Bin Laden's death is good news, but his quick disposal will fuel conspiracy theories: monsters must be displayed to prove they are gone- PolPot, Ceaseacu, Mussolini; Better he rotted in a US prison- now he become myth and martyr; But America was changed and damaged forever, by it's own overreaction and Bush's Oedipal criminal invasion of Iraq; $3 trillion of endless war + 400,000 dead 

9-11 NARCISSISM -
The Oliver Stone movie World Trade Center is another moving hagiopic to the terrible sacrifice of 9-11. But we've been celebrating ourselves for being victims for 5 years now, and it's too much. It's time to stop congratulating ourselves for something we didn't do. And we didn't do many things.- Aug 2006 Scoop, Worldnews


UNPATRIOTIC SPYING - OpedNews,  Scoop, Online Journal  The FBI is doing full spectrum warrantless monitoring of 30,000 people a year, but are there even 3000 legitimate terrorism suspects a year?  Now the Pentagon, CIA, NSA have also been spying on Americans- all illegally or illegitimately. No judge, no magistrate, no control, no limits;  Records are open to state, local, and corporate "authorities" and are never destroyed. Thousands can rip through anyone's life, and could this vindictive administration avoid persecuting critics? With stunning revelation from Joe Wilson. Jan 5, 06

COULD AMERICA GO BAD? -  What would America do if we were hit with a terrorist nuclear attack ... with this President, Congress, and a packed Supreme Court? Hyperbolic nightmare scenario- Nov 23- Op-Ed News, USA Editorial, Tokyo Hello, North American Media, Chinese American News, Saudi Post, Hiroshima Post, Scoop, Liberia Sport, Turkmen Post, Tunesia Cup, World News Network

MIXED SIGNALS- President Bush has promised to punish states that shelter terrorists while soliciting Pakistan + Iran's help, 2 of the leading supporters of terrorism// Now he claims we won't overthrow the Taliban, but then whom is this war against?- Sept 22,2001- Liberal Slant      Interview w Commander Massoud (saying Paki army were fighting w Taliban- reporter killed in Israel in April)     WTC Ruins 12/6    More PHOTOS

A BRUTAL WAKE-UP CALL - We have been heedless and careless in failing to dispatch bin Laden, protect our airliners w skymarshals or an air cap over our cities; blind in our ignorance of the growing Palestinian rage; stupid in our cruel embargo of a crushed foe; arrogant in our imagined invulnerability// Our enemies noticed...but will reap the whirlwind- Liberal Slant-Sept 12,01   WTC Summit PHOTO'S   More

AIRLINE INSECURITY-5 months after 9-11 gaping security holes exist in the airline system. "Screening" now means "passenger bag matching", but they can't even manage that for the connecting flight; Skymarshals are nowhere to be found, even by pilots; and up to 50,000 Al Qaeda members lust for revenge; 2200 bag scanning machines are needed by Dec- new orders since 911?- ten until March 5- March 12,02   ALT          Radio Comments

STEPHEN FLYNN (audio) Radio News Report - author + director of  HART-RUDMAN Report on America's continued huge vulnerability to terrorism -4:52, Watson Institute, Brown U. 2/10/2003              Council on Foreign Relations Sn. Fellow - Oct 2002 Task Force inc. Gary Hart, Warren Rudman, William Webster, Warren Christopher, George Shultz, 2 Joint Chiefs;   Flynn's Senate Testimony on containers

GARY HART (full audio) 5:10 min Mar 18,03- Senator, Pres. candidate and Chairman of Nat. Security Commission - Brown U lecture on US security on eve of Iraq War

                                                                       IRAQ  WAR
AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION  Sept 2005 AlterNet   Scoop   ALT    ALT2    Against every rule of occupation, almost no effort was made to secure the vast munitions stores of Iraq after the invasion;  250,000 tons, 39% of the ordinance was looted by insurgents and is killing our soldiers every day. IED deaths have more than doubled in the last year- now 71% of US hostile fatalities, and there's enough looted armaments to make ten 500 lb IED's a day for the next 274 years. Interview of Military Intelligence agent who reveals how even an ammo dump next to huge US base was negligently allowed to be looted.

OVER THERE - Capital Times Feb 26 HTML Bush claims we are fighting them there so they won't come here, and that seems logical, even to some liberals; After all there haven't been more attacks in America- Feb 15

NO RESPONSIBILITY IN BUSH'S FANTASY WORLD  ALT Bush steamed straight ahead in a speech that penalized no one for the systematic brutalization of our Army prisoner policy and ignored the insanity of dumping entire Iraq mess on a government in 5 weeks that doesn't exist -May 25   SmrkCp

STOPPING the NEXT BOSNIA- comn. scoop Capital Times (online)-Dec 13, FULL version. - It seems obvious we will be forced out of Iraq, which will explode into Civil War between the 63% Shiites and 17% Sunni former rulers (and the 19% Kurds?); Bosnia across California; Beirut in the third biggest oil country- Maybe partitioning Iraq could mitigate or prevent the coming bloodbath - Nov 4;      TALK SHOW (audio) on subj.- 40min w Barry Farber- Dec 4     Brown U. Conf. on Kurds (audio) 4:03 min- Oct 1

BUSH's BIG BETRAYAL -comn. scoop First Cheney + Co. tried to bully the CIA into claiming Iraq was an imminent threat; then they created their own “intelligence” outfit, which incorporated every wild rumor to fuel Bush's War. Now that the Iraq Niger uranium purchase was proved a cheap forgery Bush knew about for a year, Cowards betray CIA second time by trying to blame them. Worse, they punish Ambassador that reported on Niger forgery by outing his wife as a CIA agent; The CIA has many ways to hurt him; imperial lies, stupidities, and distortions carefully filed and indexed. - Smirking Chimp , Liberal Slant , Buzzflash , Bartcop- July 23

FIRM of MIND, SOFT on FACTS - 3-18 Bush has, with a steady stream of lies, deceptions, and propaganda, has managed to convince half the country that Saddam supports Al Qaida or even was behind 9-11. Iraq invasion historic blunder that may echo through the decades- Liberal Slant, Bartcop ALT   WARBLOG

BUSH's WANTON WAR- Saddam is a monster, but Bush's militancy is due to the '93 plot to kill his father and upcoming elections, not any imminent danger or 9-11 guilt. Punishing enemies is a family tradition, where he started his career- Liberal Slant, Bartcop 10/12/02     LOCAL      ALTER

SANCTIONS ON SANCTIONS- (Moscow Guardian- Aug 20, 93)- Uselessness + immorality of endless sanctions- In Iraq, Cuba, Serbia, South Africa; Hurting the innocents rather than the leaders
                                                                 IRAN + BIG BIDNESS
BOMBING IRAN - Action against the nuclear facilities of Iran is said to be impossible, but this is a real urgent security concern; Iran has consistently been the most murderous terroristic nation + has a perverse obsession with martyrdom; Extremist leader Ahmadinejad still sees America as the Great Satan; For quarter century the world has known- Iran must never possess nuclear weapons- what's changed now? Reckless dishonest Iraq invasion paralyzes all options- 4/'06

NEW HOPE for IRAN html-   (scroll right below)                           NPR  TOTN comments on Iran- 1/22/03    Move slider to 21:45-24:40
Overwhelming election of Khatami; likelihood of overthrow of Islamic dictators. A country of children: 70% under 25 years, 40% under 14- tired of sexual and cultural repression: strict segregation of sexes, no dances, Western videos, movies, handholding. Corruption of ruling mullahs and perversion of Islamic values: 98% of clergy NOT in leadership. Origin of Shiite's obsession with death and sacrifice. America's options- (forecasts lifting of Rushdie Fatwa) - June '97                               
PLUS               GRAPHIC of BOTH ARTICLES
MONSTER MERGER MANIA - July '97                                                        Bishop Estate Firestorm - Hon. Advertiser Aug 17, '97
$800 billion of mergers a year. Good for the economy, improve efficiency, good for stockholders? Untold is brutal downsizing of target company workers, crushing load of debt, monopolist concentration of power, and obscene amount of executive profits. Criticizes crooked management of Bishop Estate, largest charity in US: 2 weeks later Governor ordered massive investigation- West Hawaii Today html
                                           
OUR FAILURE OF WILL IN IRAN - (East Side/West Side-also in Providence Journal)-Dec '79-Jan '80 Outrage of Iran Hostage Crisis + our weakness in dealing with it

                                                                          NORTH KOREA + NUCLEAR THREAT
SPEAKING LOUDLY WITHOUT ANY STICK - Nightmare of North Korean nukes: the most dangerous country in the world has started to mass produce a nuclear arsenal; Administration response?- no negotiations, no problem;   But Saddam needs crushing;   History of NK terrorism- Liberal Slant 1/4/03   ALTER

TREMBLING ON THE BRINK-- Pakistan + India have mobilized almost all their forces and are marching towards a war that neither can control; Both countries have 30-100 nuclear bombs and the missiles to deliver them; With such tiny numbers, paranoia and pressure for a first strike could be irresistible- a threat that will last a decade- Online Journal 1/16/02   Cover   ALT HTML

VULNERABLE WINDOW of OPPORTUNITY (2 panel gif- pan right)                                          NEXT STAR of BETHLEHEMmeaning of Israeli nuclear arsenal
  Chance to buy + destroy Soviet missiles and bombs- Moscow Tribune ‘93                                                                                Seattle Times '87

MAD FANTASY OF LIMITED NUCLEAR WAR-2 panel gif- scroll right (Prov.Journal) Dangerous lunacy and impossibility of limited nuclear warfighting strategies

A WARM + BRIGHT FUTURE (orig .-1/2 pending OCR)  - Threat of nuclear war w visit to FEMA defense center, and detailed effects of 20 meg blast on NYC (long mag. art.)
                                                                              CHINA
RISING DRAGON Feb '97 Dangers of China burgeoning wealth and power. Aggressive actions in firing missiles 22 miles from Taipei, huge amphibious landing "training", occupying Spratley Is., murdering Tibetans and their culture, rage + paranoia over world acknowledging Taiwan.1.23 billion people- if they all run east at noon, they could change the rotation of the earth, and 20 mil added every year- 2 people every 3 seconds.        LETTER fm US Sen JACK REED (D-RI) about article

                                                                           PAKISTAN +  INDIA
MIXED SIGNALS- President Bush has promised to punish states that shelter terrorists while soliciting Pakistan + Iran's help, 2 of the leading supporters of terrorism// Now he claims we won't overthrow the Taliban, but then whom is this war against?- Sept 22,2001- Liberal Slant      Interview w Commander Massoud (saying Paki army were fighting w Taliban- reporter killed in Israel in April)     WTC Ruins 12/6    More PHOTOS

TREMBLING ON THE BRINK-- Pakistan + India have mobilized almost all their forces and are marching towards a war that neither can control; Both countries have 30-100 nuclear bombs and the missiles to deliver them; With such tiny numbers, paranoia and pressure for a first strike could be irresistible- a threat that will last a decade- Online Journal 1/16/02   Cover   ALT HTML

                                                                              ISRAEL
WHY THEY HATE US - Israel's savage assault on Lebanon is shattering the rebuilt country and threatening the tenuous government, all with GB2's blessing; Hezbollah are bad guys, but destroying the only Western-style free Middle East country will have long term poisonous effects, creating thousands of Hezbollah/Hamas recruits and perhaps reigniting the hideous civil war- July 24, 2006 - Scoop, Smrk Chp

BLIND FAITH- War Without End
- Bush, who received only 47% of the vote, has demanded the removal of Arafat (whom he's never met), who received 88%, though the most likely successor is Hamas. Our extreme tilt towards Israeli hard liners risks our position as an honest broker of peace, increases potential US terrorists from a few thousand to millions, and perhaps extended our war a decade. The real problem in the Middle East- Liberal Slant- July 15,02   ALTERN

NEXT STAR of BETHLEHEM
Seattle Times '87 meaning of Israeli nuclear arsenal

AVNER COHEN
(aud) - Israeli historian of their nuclear program; Author- Israel and the Bomb, The Last Taboo Question when America knew about Israeli bomb + if Israel has missile silos and IRBMs- Brown U Watson Institute- Feb 10, 05 5:50 min

DENNIS ROSS
(aud)- Ambassador + Mideast Negotiator - 1:36 min April 29, 03 Brown U. - about difference between US Camp David proposal + Arafat claims; whether Abu Mazen will be endangered by plan to confiscate arms

RAYMOND COHEN
- (aud- threat of Shiite control in Iraq 3:14) Israeli terrorism expert 4-23-03- Palestinian Peace prospects (3:36), Brown U., Watson Institute, Rabin Assasination,     

CAIRO CALM - new CAIRO: Obama mak
es a historic speech in the heart of the Arab World June 4th. A Feb 22nd terrorist bombing in Cairo sounded like business as usual... but Cairo is really one of safest cities in world, where one can walk anywhere at 3am; and never hear an anti-Western sentiment in 2 months; partly due to the civilizing effect of Islam, which punishes rude, criminal,or violent behavior, but Egyptians are really special-a warm blend of world peoples- Scoop, OpEdNews

                                                                              MEDIA CRITIQUE
LIVING in the DANGER ZONE - new COA News, MediaChannel Reporters risk themselves in war zones for far more than glory, Vulnerability of freelancers, Tales of personal terror in the dissolving Russian Empire; A prayer for Jill Caroll- Jan 20, 2006

THE COPYCAT EFFECT-   proves sensational media coverage of deadly mayhem causes people to copy it; Loren Coleman's important new book; Media + journalistic response; Ethics and better approaches; Analysis of newsmags coverage of murder; Imminent risks: CLEAR and PRESENT DANGERS - Columbine + Waco/OKC bombing anniversaries and apocalyptic cults re. miniseries Revelations; w interviews of cult members + experts

GETTING GOOD NEWS
: The Government vs. the Press in Times of War (audio) - Mike's BROWN U. Lecture - History of Press restrictions in War since WW2; How Vietnam changed everything and made the media the enemy; 30 min., Salomon Hall, Brown Univ., Dec 13  POSTER
                                                                                                                                   
"WHOOPS"- How the Networks Got it Wrong- PROBLEM POLLING POLICY - Nat. Scoop- Intellectual Capita1- 11/25/00 - Inside story on the screw-ups (3-4) at the VNS and Florida counties that caused the networks to blow the election call in a strong article/analysis/commentary against the networks and projection policy and the squirrelly polls w interviews w TV news execs, Walter Cronkite, Florida officials, pollsters, Sen. Gorton and VNS people, voting machine reps.- MediaChannel.org- 12/26/00 Anchor of largest media related network. IF DOESN'T LOAD      Issue Cover    Talk Show

DUNNING DEAN- nat. scoop - DID the DOCTOR GET GORED - mediachannel HTML  COLUMNIZED Did the media try to destroy Howard Dean by harping on his liberalness and inexperience (both untrue), and electability until it became a self-fulfilling prophecy with Dems desperate to defeat Bush? Analysis of coverage of campaign fm Wash. Post, Newsweek, New Republic, US News, TV debates; + my NH reporting- Jan 26

NETWORK NEWS HEADS IN THE DOCK - Tauzin Hearings Confused by Red Herrings, Election Woes- Exclusive
Comprehensive Jigsaw Narrative of Tauzin Hearings testimony + Network Reports (CNN,CBS,ABC,RTI) + Our analysis- with TABLES + TIMELINE- Relative Times of Network Calls, Minute x minute CBS/CNN Election Nt Miscall Timeline- March 13, 2001- MediaChannel.org - Issue Cover

RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT TAKES CONTROL of TELEVISION- War of the Vladimirs.. Return to the Bad Old Days?- Putin Has Taken Control of 2 Other Networks; Strengthened Press Ministry; Prosecuted and Persecuted Gusinsky's (+ Berezovsky's) Media Empire- History of, Reasons for, + Meaning of Conflict- with timeline - mediachannel.org- April 9,01   3000 or 1500 wd      Issue Cover                  TALK SHOW Comments on Reporter Attacks - (move slider to 44:40)

THE NEWS, ALL THE NEWS, AND NOTHING BUT THE NEWS- (Columbia Journalism Review)- more complete version from Isthmus, Madison WI
Analysis + examination of plethora of late late night news programs; Distilled from 22 page art.; CBS Nightwatch, NBC Overnight, ABC Last Word, America Tonight, + others;
1st page of 4 Columbia Journalism Review version- scroll right

PRIVATE WARS - Feb '84      Analyzed media's ability to cover wars in Vietnam, +  Predicted new restrictive policies in Grenada, Lebanon, Falklands was ominous trend that could cripple Press ability to cover conflicts       Jan '91     Press is rigidly controlled in Gulf War, not allowed free movement or to talk to soldiers without officers present; Reporters set out on their own  + are captured + tortured by Iraqis

                                 1989                                            RUSSIA - SOVIET UNION
WINDS OF CHANGE - Predicts collapse of the Warsaw Pact + possible end of the Cold War in June '89... 5 months before the Berlin Wall fell


                       1993-94 >>> from Russia   chronological

SANCTIONS ON SANCTIONS- (Moscow Guardian- Aug 20, 93)- Uselessness + immorality of endless sanctions- In Iraq, Cuba, Serbia, South Africa; Hurting the innocents rather than the leaders
PLUS                                    GRAPHIC of BOTH
A VULNERABLE WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY-scroll right (Moscow Tribune- Mar 5, 93) Chance to buy + decommission Ukrainian, Kazakh, Byelorussian Nuclear bombs and Plutonium; Cheap at any price....

THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE
- (Mos News- April 23,93) Supreme Court Justice Valerie Zorkin plotting perilous middle road in power struggle between Yeltsin and Parliament + allies Veep Rutskoi and Speaker of Congress; Rule of law new concept in Russia
PLUS                                GRAPHIC of BOTH 
SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVILS- scr. down (Moscow Guardian- Jun 11,93) Dismissal of prosecutors in '91 Coup plotters case; Perversion of law in typical Soviet style; Prosecutors go on trial for libel while plotters go free-

WELCOME TO DODGE- VIOLENCE TAKING ROOT IN MOSCOW- scroll right (Moscow News-English- most respected liberal paper in Russia)-Aug 27,93-
Epidemic of Gangland shootouts, contract murders, government willful ignorance of organized crime. Dangerous effects of violence + death; What can + must be done HTML 1st
PLUS                                   GRAPHIC of BOTH
UP, UP, AND AWAY- (Moscow News- Sept 24, 93) Effects and dangers of rampant inflation (2600%)

NOT SO DANDY LITTLE WAR -(Moscow Tribune- Oct 15,93) reflections on Oct '93 revolt; ~200 killed in attempted Yeltsin overthrow; Yeltsin's possible culpability; 25 Government soldiers that defended television center from 3000 Communists
PLUS                                GRAPHIC of BOTH
THE CULT OF THE WARRIOR
-scroll right (MosNews-) Wry commentary on Russians' penchant for ritualistic abuse and casual violence; Rude, sullen, offensive service possibly cured by Mafia murders...

24 Hours in an October Revolt - Moscow OCTOBER REVOLT - Oct 1-2, 1993 - Communist Revolt that almost Overthrew Yeltsin - 200-500 died;  Speaker of Parliament + Vice President urged violent attack on Mayors Skyscraper + Ostankino TV Studios with live AUDIO Reports + 10 year anniv. report

A MORE PERFECT UNION -
scroll right (MosNews- Nov 26,93) Russia's cynical effort to cripple CIS states Georgia, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, Estonia; Territory lust + yearning for reunifying Soviet Union vs. new morality and poverty      HTML vers.
PLUS                       GRAPHIC of BOTH                          
FORTIFYING THE CASTLE-
(MosNews- Jan 10,94) Yeltsin's move to strengthen the presidency + weaken other political groups could lead to disaster when he's gone; Dec '93 elections results- loss of Russia's Choice, Zhirinovsky, crimes of KGB ... HTLM vers.

THE BLUES CALLING
- (Moscow News Nov 5,93) Funny take on diseased Moscow phone system and a listing of it's many ailments
PLUS                               GRAPHIC of BOTH
AROUND THE WORLD IN 63 DAYS- scroll down (We/Mui- Feb 7,94 weekly- Moscow/Wash DC -Hearst/Izvestia)- (Full Front Page-2nd sec) story of round the world Russia aircraft expedition, hitting 50 odd countries, 7 continents, in antique planes.. inc. Soviet DC-3.. In Russian + English editions
                       1994
MOVIE REVIEW- Tombstone-- Moscow Radisson Slavjansky Hotel- Moscow News-Jan 94       HTML vers.
PLUS                              GRAPHIC of BOTH
A BOY NAMED SUE - (Mos News- Feb 94) -scroll right- Funny reflection on Russian penchants + redundancy of names: 60% of country are Sergei, Oleg, Lena, + Natasha; COMMUNIST names- Tractor, Vladlen; Persecution of "unsafe" names so better stick w old stalwarts       HTML Vers.

RUMBLES in the SOUTH (Pt 1)-html 7/93 Article about the Moslem wars of the South (Armenia/Azerbaijan,Georgia,Abkhazia,Tadjikistan) that morphs into an argument for Russia to not sell submarines and advanced arms to Iran (rel. to Gore/Iran deal) - ROUGH DRAFT (rumbles.gif); Page 2- (rumbles2.gif)

QUÉ SERA SERA- html Rumination on the vagaries of fate, fatalism, and the line between life + death: in the Russian Oct. revolt, Mt. St. Helens explosion, + the Moscow metro- Nov '93

from RUSSIA  (AUDIO)  RADIO  TALK  SHOWS - KING-am Seattle, Radio South Africa Reports, Press Conference Questions

1994-95
TV TALK SHOW on RUSSIA (Audio)- 13th State, WSBE -Ch 36, Providence RI       - VIDEO (real)- 2:25 min
                                                           Only Guest - 1/2 Hour - RealPlayer streaming G2 File fm Realproducer 8


CRIME  STORY
-(gif) Dec 94 - UNTOLD STORY of REASONS Behind 1st CHECHEN WAR - Exclusive; Hijackings of Buses with Children, Raids + Stripping of Trains, Hundreds of Billions of Counterfeiting, Vicious Chechen Mafia; Historical Genocides and Hatreds; STORY Western Media repeated was simplistic "Soviet Bear Rising" HTML vers (hear '94 NPR talk show on Chechen War + rise of Russian Mafia) NPR Comments on Moscow theater storming- slider to 25:30
RUSSIAN MAFIA + CHECHEN WAR (audio)- KUOW-FM Seattle- NPR- Weekday Talk Show - Dec 94 - 20 min REALPLAYER

SPEAKER ABOUT "RUSSIA on the EDGE"- Ad for my lecture on Russia and its myriad problems PRESS HERE

THE NEW EVIL EMPIRE - The Mafiya in Russia- details the rise of the vicious Russian Mafia and full-scale '93 gang war intercut with my kidnapping at gunpoint in St. Petersburg 3 days after Soviet Union collapsed (avail only on special request) -5700 wds

1996-98

THE SWAN HAS FLOW AWAY
West Hawaii Today Oct '96  Firing of Russian Gen. Lebed from Security Council-
- The most popular and toughest politician in Russia driven from Yeltsin's government; Litany of his offenses;

NON-WAGE SLAVES
- Johnson Russia List - Sept 10, '98 (Center for Defense Information + Carnegie Corp) Abusive Russian habit of not paying workers or creditors, employees for months- including submarine captains and nuclear workers; Makes business ex. difficult and semi-criminalized; Security concerns

BACK TO THE FUTURE -Johnson Russia List - Sept 29, '98   Disastrous reappointment of Victor Gerashchenko as Russian Central Bank Chrmn, whose reckless policies caused 40,000% hyperinflation before- regarded as worst central banker in the world
2000-2001
SEASON of PLAGUES - Russian Kursk Submarine + Ostankino TV tower disasters- Aug 29, 2000

RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT TAKES CONTROL of TELEVISION- War of the Vladimirs.. Return to the Bad Old Days?-mediachannel.org- April 9,01 - Putin Has Taken Control of 2 Other Networks; Strengthened Press Ministry; Prosecuted and Persecuted Gusinsky's (+ Berezovsky's) Media Empire- History of, Reasons for, + Meaning of Conflict- with timeline -    3000 or 1500 wd      Issue Cover                  TALK SHOW Comments on Reporter Attacks - (move slider to 44:40)
2003
10th Anniversary of Moscow Oct '93 Revolt - 2003 (EXCLUSIVE AUDIO) - VIOLENT COMMUNIST ATTACK that ALMOST DEPOSED YELTSIN --200 killed in 2 days of battles at WHITE HOUSE and OSTANKINO TV CENTER ; w article 24 Hours in October Revolt +  Photos          AUDIO ONLY - 7:20 min
2006
LIVING in the DANGER ZONE - new COA News, MediaChannel Reporters risk themselves in war zones for far more than glory, Vulnerability of freelancers, Tales of personal terror in the dissolving Russian Empire; A prayer for Jill Caroll- Jan 20, 2006

2007>>> from Russia
FADING FREEDOMS- Capital Times - from Moscow (must view in IE) Step by step democracy has become a fading photograph of the nineties, as Putin restricts, harrasses and crushes political independence, the free press, and concentrates all power in the Kremlin; Giant state industries reconstituting as the state forces out foreign oilcos- March 24, 2007      LONG with Pics


RATTLING RUSTING SABERS-   from Moscow- The US's proposed "missile shield" in Eastern Europe has provoked a heated reaction by Russia; Encircled by NATO against promises, facing renewed US nuclear development and bases in FSU, the US cancelling ABM treaty + non-proliferation regimes; Have the Russians been betrayed? Heavy handed cutoffs of gas + oil supplies to neighbors have led them to seek shelter with the West, no matter how destabilizing. Can Russia glean respect without threats? April 2007    OpedNews, Scoop


DEATH OF A BEAR - from Moscow    Boris Yeltsin, despite his faults, was a courageous decent leader and a historical giant; Tagged with much that wasn't his fault, the early Boris broke up the largest empire on earth without bloodshed + ended the Cold War that could have killed 500 million- Scoop, Johnson Russia List, OpedNews- April 22, 2007

PUTIN'S CHILDREN (Orig.) - International Herald Tribune/NYT - SCAN    July 6 -  from Moscow    The Putin Youth groups: Nashi, Young Guard, Young Russia; badger and terrorize anyone who even differs with Kremlin positions; By propagandizing the vulnerable, is the Kremlin poisoning the seed corn of young minds? On June 12th, Russian Independence Day, Red Sq. was reserved for the Party faithful   po Ryccki    ONLINE IHT vers.

THE INFINITE PUTIN - Capital Times ORIGINAL  new  Moscow: Putin is supposed to leave office in March, but that was impossible to believe. Appointing unknown crony Viktor Zubkov PM (told only the day before and rammed through rubber stamp Congress 2 days later) ends the doubt. Zubkov will be anointed President (+ win), Putin will become Prime Minister, and Zubkov will resign in 6-12 months to let Vladimir Vladimirovich return as Prez. Massive conflicts of interests in the Kremlin, where mini oligarch ministers control the biggest corporations in the world and can't separate their interests from those of the state, crushing and absorbing competitors.- October 10, 2007
(On May 7, 2008 Putin became PM; In 2012 he will return for 12 years as Prez, the "tandem" decided)

NO SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL- Moscow: Putin visited the NKVD killing fields of Butovo and expressed sympathy for the tens of millions of victims of the purges and murders, for the first time; Before he had exalted the security agencies and diminished the crimes of his agency; Many places have had genocidal monsters, but only Russia still has fans of them; supposedly 35% would vote for Stalin now if he were running- Oped News ; Nov 07

2008-12>>>  from Ukraine
 
GEORGIA'S FOLLY & the RAGE OF THE BEAR - Kiev:   Saakashvili's reckless invasion of S. Ossetia was bound to provoke a virulent Russian reaction, but it has disappeared in the news as the world's condemnation falls entirely on Russia;  McCain's foreign policy advisor is a paid lobbyist for Georgia- did he or Administration encourage this to create a new bugaboo enemy to intimidate voters, since terrorism wasn't working anymore?; Georgia isn't Budapest or Prague, but the Russians can't resist grinding their face in the dirt as an object lesson for Ukraine, Estonia, or Poland- Scoop, OpedNews Aug 19, 2008

NO NATO NOW - PIK (Russian, Ukrainian), Scoop- KIEV: The invasion of Georgia scared FSU states, esp. Ukraine who lobbied fervently for NATO membership, but that would provoke the exact crisis it was designed to prevent, which the callous gas cutoff is showing. Nobody really wants Ukraine in NATO, the people (61% against vs 24%), the Rada, and NATO itself, for whom Ukr instability and Russian military presence would be destabilizing.- Dec 2008

TALE OF THREE WORLDS - Skullduggery in the Sugar Business- KIEV: What is going on at the Ukrainian Sugar Company, a Mykolayev project of the commodities giant ED&F Man with a 25% Ukrainian investor UPK/TEKT. TEKT claims that the coal bought for the renovated plant by the Polish managers is "dead rock" and the new factory is a sweetheart deal used one; Man and USC say the plant was in such poor shape they had to replace it, and that original assets were diverted. After over 2 years it still hasn't started production - Aug 2009
 "DEADLY" EPIDEMIC in UKRAINE - KIEV: Ukraine panics over swine flu epidemic but the numbers don't support anything out of the ordinary- less deaths or sickness from flu than last year - Nov 2009

Radio Report (MP3 audio) - KIEV:  Realplayer - 6:06 min, Jan 17-18, 2010 Ukrainian voters are exhausted and disillusioned by the endless vicious battles between the big 3 candidates: President Yushchenko, PM Tymoshenko, and former PM Yanukovich, but after Presidential elections Jan17, one will soon be gone.- Yushchenko's support has plummeted to 5%. The top 2 will participate in the second round runoff in 3 weeks with Yanukovich (35% -results) leading Timoshenko (25%) by 10%. Early fresh face former Speaker Yatseniuk (7%) faded with an atrocious advertising campaign, but newcomer Sergei Tigipko has surged to third (13%). Interviews of a dozen voters in Kiev + Mohyla Academy Political Science Professor Olexiy Haran. 

BLUE STEEL - Billionaire's Boy's Club; Ukraine Pres Election - Business Ukraine KIEV: Mar 25, 2010, Ex-convict ex-PM Yanukovich has won the Presidential election by 3.47% points over Tymoshenko in a 69% turnout. She claimed fraud and challenged the result in a friendly Appeals Court (which was threatened in an occupation by POR MP's weeks ago), but liberals were dispirited. 4.4% voted "against all". All election observer groups have declared the result fair. Yanukovich was inaugurated Feb 25th. With blinding speed, her coalition collapsed and enough of her BYuT delegates and orphaned Our Ukraine MOP's defected to Yanukovich's Party of Regions to give them a majority and end her reign as PM on March 3. Yanukovich immediately packed his Cabinet with the billionaire bosses of the POR, without a single Orange face, and has moved to control the Court system and attain absolute control.Yushchenko's reckless constant undercutting of Tymoshenko, no matter what the damage to the country, has given Ukraine back to the oligarchs, and to a lesser extent Russia, as dreams of European integration recede and Soviet-style corruption returns.

ENDLESS GAS - Kyiv Weekly - April 30, 2010 Ukraine got some breathing space on gas prices- 30% discount in exchange for 25 years longer stay of Black Sea Fleet, but at what cost; Tymoshenko's deal was horrible, Ukr paid among the highest prices in Europe, but gas is plentiful due to exploding US (and soon Polish/Ukr) shale gas production and Ukraine has negligible transportation costs, so the 30% "discount" was maybe 4%; Is the next part of this deal turning over Ukraine's pipelines to Russia, it's last bargaining chip? With Russia buying Industrial Union of Donbass, (probably) stage-managing the Kyrgyz revolt, helping Ukraine with billions of loans for nuclear power plants- Russia is rising, and looking to extend it's web of influence throughout Ukraine

TAKEOVER - Kyiv Weekly  May 20,2010  Can Ukraine Remain Independent - FULL Putin's suggestion that Gazprom and Naftogaz merge hit with a thunderclap; At 6% value, Naftogaz would be devoured by Gazprom and Ukraine would be under Moscow's thumb; Oligarchs maybe last guarantors of Ukr independence- they would lose immense powers being vassals of Moscow; Yanukovich resists proposal- Ukrainians have been managing Russian overlordship for centuries

THE BEAR'S EMBRACE - Kyiv Weekly May 27, 2010  FULL Pres. Medvedev comes to Kiev- signs deals on nuclear loans and plant-building; joint aviation projects; controversial border "resolution" and joint Rukrainian textbook production to howls from marginalized opposition; Answers questions at Taras Shevchenko U; Linguistic war against Russian is over- deep sense of comfort among Russian speakers; Yanukovich attacked by Mother Nature

DON'T BE SAD, BE BOTANICAL - Botanical gardens of Kiev - Kyiv Weekly- May 27
The beauty of Kiev's 2 Botanichsky Sads- the central one by Universitet Metro, and the huge Vydubichy one south
 
ABSOLUTE POWER Scoop , OpEdNews, KIEV: In seizing full control of the Courts, City of Kiev, changing the Constitution to the old powerful-President one, prosecuting the impotent opposition (imprisoning 25!), and restricting who can run in local elections; Yanukovich and his Party of Regions have managed to do in 7 months what took Putin 7 years- achieve an absolute monopoly of control in Ukraine. The Supreme Court was demoted and bowdlerized, as the High Court of Justice and Constitutional Court were packed with majority POR judges.- Oct 2010
BACK IN THE USSR - Kyiv Post  Nov 2011   ORIGINAL   After a teaser of decriminalizing the ridiculous charges against Tymoshenko, the Yanukovich government decided to crucify her- with a dozen new investigations inc. contract killing. In the financial charges there may be a glimmer of truth, but the 7 year treason sentence for her normal duties was preposterous. Examples of treason, betraying one's state, were the Oedipal Bush-neocon invasion of Iraq, which benefited no one but war profiteer Dick Cheney and killed 300-400,000... or the throwing of the RosUkrEnergo case in the Stockholm Arbitration Tribunal, which bankrupted state co. Naftogaz and could lose Ukraine its sovereignty

SAFE HAVEN - June 12, 2012 - Is Ukraine racist? Sometimes it is endlessly surprising. Story of a beloved Angolan Ukrainian  - Kyiv Post     LOCAL

Oct 28 Ukraine Parliamentary Elections: new Great Clean Hope?- Heavy weight champion Vitaly Klitschko's political party UDAR (PUNCH) underperforms but beats Communists; Could Dr. Iron Fist have reduced the Africa-level corruption of the richest resource FSU country?   Photos Audio    
WITH 98% reporting: Party of Regions wins sweeping but tainted victory 30.2%, 25.4% Batkivshchina (Tymoshenko), 13.8% Udar, 13.3% Communist,  10.3% Svobody (Ukr nationalists) in party list vote; though fully allied opposition would outmatch POR-Com 49.5% v 43.5%; but real determinant- individual precincts in the bizarre 50/50 party list/individual split system, POR coalition could get 56% of final seats- at least 250 of 450 Rada seats (assuming they "per$uade" 60% of 50 "independent" and smaller party victors to join); leaving them w commanding majority; -----according to the Central Election Commission, Party of Regions will get a total of 188 seats in the new parliament, Batkivshchyna - 104, independents - 43, UDAR - 40, Communist Party - 32, Svoboda - 36, others - 7 ----    Opera's parallel vote count indicates official count accurate.
 "Many problems but unclear if it's systemic," says a US election observer in Sevastopol. "Incompetence is not a crime" (unless it is) .... including massive DOS hacker attack on opposition and observer websites 



                                                                   
ELECTION 2000
FLORIDA'S SLANTED SECRETARY- Online Journal- Katherine Harris may face the music for violating oath of office- Dec 4, 2000        Jan 14: 40 suits filed against Sec St + $2/3 million spent defending her already       Longer HTML vers.                   FL Div. Elections Letter ordering Supervisors to NOT do Hand-Count      P. 1


RELATIVITY- OnlineJournal +  Bartcop    A rumination on the changing firmament of truth + the nature of  integrity as it pertains to vote-counting and the election- Jan 4, 2001 ALTERNATE

SOME SOLUTIONS - semi-funny ideas on Presidential election resolution- Nov 26, 2000

SUPREME ARROGANCE
- Online Journal-
Supreme Court trashes separation of powers + destroys its legitimacy in Presidential race decision- Dec 13, 2000

IT'S ONLY WORDS - (onlinejournal.com) - the Inauguration + how George Bush's words have no connection with his actions - Jan 22, 2001 ISSUE Cover                  
                                                            BUSH (+ see 4 above)

THE PRESIDENT'S CONTEMPT - After 7 years of lies, corruption, national security failures, and a disastrous unjustified war, the new Dem Congress is asking questions; Heedless of the Constitution, Bush is giving no answers + with unprecedented arrogance, directed staffers to not testify; Time for inherent contempt charges? Tally of Bush's cost in human lives- OpedNews, Online Journal- Aug 2007


END of BUSH's ROHYPNOL HONEYMOON?- Bush's Blunders in Foreign Policy, the Environment, the Economy, + Corporate Payoffs have won him dislike throughout world + awakened a blindly non-critical press- onlinejournal.com- April 12, 01
                                                                                  POLITICS

OBAMA's STRENGTHS TRUMP ROMNEY - new  Kyiv Post   Obama's calm tough leadership in foreign policy has decimated Al Qaida, ended US involvement in Iraq, saved the Benghazans, won America world respect; whereas hothead Romney has promised new conflicts in Iran, Syria, and with Russia and China.. and wants to unleash Wall St. hucksters and punish the poor; the FSU is sadly not a priority with the West [written before BO's pitiful performance in 1st debate]

THE GOLDEN RING- Quest for the Presidency - Yahoo Network LOCAL Republican contenders + pretenders - all too extreme? Blow by blow flips in states; Profile of Romney and his Mormon exoticism (can he ever win Repub hearts?); and Obama's problems, and supposed betrayal of the base in various suppressive acts; w long interview of fmr DNC chair + Pres. candidate Howard Dean - April-May 2012 - Scoop    in Ukrainian       Russian

HALLELUAH... HEALTH CARE- Obama Gets his Mojo Back - Scoop LOCAL On the cusp of a "failed Presidency", Obama settles down, gives up on bipartisanship, and wins the strange half-a-loaf health care bill. Like a magician, he then achieves a historic START arms control agreement with the Russians, cuts out banks from the student loan business, and makes 15 recess appointments. This President has depths of resilience and smarts unseen before.- April 1, 2010


THE MORAL VOTERS
- Nov 5, 08 For decades harsh evangelicals have controlled and distorted the Republican party, drowning out other voices and imposing their narrow views on the country; But a new morality has emerged in Obama's historic election from the vast bulk of voters who are sick of war, of corruption, of lies, and stupidity... who believe in Obama's phrase that we are our brother's keepers

A QUESTION OF JUDGMENT - Oct '08 Despite his "maverick" image, John McCain's judgment has been abysmal, starting with his decision to remain in a brutal NV prison for 4 1/2 years rather than go home (which we questioned him on). His economic advisor, friend, and so-called "genius" Phil Gramm wrote the bills that tore down Depression protections and exempted these junk bond derivatives from any regulation- creating this economic meltdown; McCain was a fervent backer of the catastrophic Iraq invasion + has never had any qualms; Cynical choice of the woefully unqualified Palin for Veep endangers nation; Rash reckless decisions the norm- Scoop, OpedNews

COULD AMERICA GO BAD? - Op-Ed News  - What would America do if we were hit with a terrorist nuclear attack ... with this President, Congress, and a packed Supreme Court? Hyperbolic nightmare scenario- Nov 23

HOW KERRY LOST
 
- The first Catholic candidate in 44 years lost the Catholic vote, almost lost the Hispanic vote, lost ground with women; and neglected to talk about the immorality of Bush's "values"... If he actually did lose- Nov 4-20- Crisis Papers

KERRY's COMEBACKWashington Dispatch - Kerry outmatched the accidental President in the first debate but he could have put him away had he concentrated on Bush's greatest weakness- his pathological dishonesty; With evaluation of all debates, and strategy- Oct 2-16         

HOWARD DEAN and the WORLD - (columnized doc)   MIRROR  Dems are asking who can stop Dean, but they should ask, should we even try? Dean's world view is solidly in the mainstream, inc. Iraq- increasingly strident attacks on him are sign of desperation, but may doom Party candidate; With analysis of Dean's foreign policy; inc. questioning him and reporting from NH;    AUDIO of NH Town Meeting           TALK SHOW (audio) on subject w Barry Farber- 38min- Jan 6

JFK- LINGERING SHADOWS - 40 years ago the greatest murder mystery of our time occured and the echos still reverberate; The conspiracy theories defeat themselves, multiplying like mutant strains, till the truth itself is just another aberation, another chip in a pile of chips; With interview of historical conspiracist - Nov 17

JACKSON DESERVES A SEAT AT THE TABLE - Seattle Times- Jackson's energy, eloquence, careful reasoned arguments, + superb performance in 1988 debates has earned him a shot at Sec. State



                                                                            MOVIES  +  TV
MOVIE REVIEW- Tombstone-- Moscow Radisson Slavjansky Hotel- Moscow News-Jan 94       HTML vers.
PLUS                              GRAPHIC of BOTH
A BOY NAMED SUE - (Mos News- Feb 94) -scroll right- Funny reflection on Russian penchants + redundancy of names: 60% of country are Sergei, Oleg, Lena, + Natasha; COMMUNIST names- Tractor, Vladlen; Persecution of "unsafe" names so better stick w old stalwarts       HTML Vers.

MOVIE REVIEWS- Internet Movie Database- City of God (2002), Badlands (1973) , The Bear (1990), Dolores Claiborne (1995), The Jackal (1997), Magnolia (1999), The Omen (1976), Summer Lovers (1982), Zulu (1964), Life of David Gale (2003), Mission to Mars (2000), The Invisibles (1999), Max Headroom (1987), The Anderson Tapes (1971)
                                                 Altered States - RI  Times    

SNOW ON THE TUBE - scroll right (Jackson Hole News- Weekly column on television- funny, hip, snide reflections on trends, shows, movies, + actors

                                                                                   FUNNY (see boy named sue + snow on tube above)
THE BLUES CALLING- (Moscow News Nov 5,93) Funny take on diseased Moscow phone system and a listing of it's many ailments

                                                                                   TRAVEL
CAIRO CALM - CAIRO: Obama makes a historic speech in the heart of the Arab World June 4th. A Feb 22nd terrorist bombing in Cairo sounded like business as usual... but Cairo is really one of safest cities in world, where one can walk anywhere at 3am; and never hear an anti-Western sentiment in 2 months; partly due to the civilizing effect of Islam, which punishes rude, criminal,or violent behavior, but Egyptians are really special-a warm blend of world peoples- Scoop, OpEdNews

ENDLESS SUMMER
- Element Moscow (travel) ORIGINAL   Morocco: Beautiful, spacious, stylish Valencia, Spain is a place without winter; where the museums are mostly free and open till 8:30pm (even 1am!), where the food is good and people live well, where 2200 years of history and an Islamic heritage are on display in the architecture. LOCAL - Mar 13, '08

ROMAN HOLIDAY- Element Moscow (travel) ORIGINAL   Rome: Tired of the frigid gloom of the third Rome's mud season? Get away - to the first Rome. From the bldgs of the Forum, to the massive Colosseum (where up to a million people died over 330 years), to the most perfectly preserved lg ancient building, the Pantheon ... Rome is magnificent. LOCAL     3000 years of Roman history are splayed out, with Christian churches cannibalizing ancient buildings, and a dizzying array of overlapping layers of antiquity.- Jan 22, 08

                                                                                  LUMINARY LETTERS
President BILL CLINTON - to Moscow - on Economy 1993

Vice President AL GORE - on global warming article 1998 MY LETTER to GORE (not done)

        AL GORE Letter #3 - effusive letter about proposal 1999

Press Secretary MIKE McCURRY after his resignation during impeachment 1998                                                                                

Senator LINCOLN CHAFEE (R-RI)-Page 2 about suggested Federal Election Service 3/2005

Senator JACK REED (D-RI)- About rotton election procedures 2004 + 2000

Assis. US Attorney General JOEL KLEIN re Microsoft prosecution 1998

Senator JACK REED (D-RI)-           about China article 1997

Senator LINCOLN CHAFEE (R-RI)-Page 2 about Gonzales AG appointment 2/2005

President JIMMY CARTER-     on 1980 Olympics Boycott 

Senator  JACK REED -                on IRAQ INVASION
 
Senator ORRIN HATCH (R-Ut) -            on Ashcroft nomination

Senator MARIA CANTWELL (D-Wa)        Ashcroft


                          BLOG  ARTICLES  - Breaking Stories -   http://HAMMERNEWS.blogspot.com

OCT 2012  new  ICE CAP SHRINKS 18% FROM RECORD!, BIDEN KICKS BUTT, OBAMA COMES OUT SLEEPING, LIBYAN ATTACK DETAILS, TURKISH TANGO, IRAN'S RIAL WRECKED

OCT 1  OBAMA COMES OUT SLEEPING, LIBYAN ATTACK ANALYSIS, TURKISH TANGO, IRAN RIAL WRECKED

MARCH 2012     FATHER PUTIN RETURNS- Don't Cry for Me Roosiya

JAN-FEB 2012      RUSSIANS RUNNING UKR; SLAUGHTER IN HOMS, BYE MACKERALS, IRAN PRESSURIZED, EU-PERIL, END OF IRAQ (WAR), REPUB DWARVES, ARAB FALL, SECRET SHYLOCKS, WHOSE HOMELAND?, WARMING WORRIES, BACK IN THE USSR2, FRANK is RICH, WHY NOT WIFI
AUG 2011    SCAND MONSTER, COLD COLD, TYMOSHENKO JAILED, TP DEBT DOPES LOSE AAA RATING
MAY 2011 
  TEPCO TWITS; Khaddaffi Quadafi, etc. ;
NUCLEAR NIGHTMARES, FREEDOM RINGS in ARABIA

April 2011   OBL DEAD

JAN 2011  1st PERSON SHOOTER, LEAKING TRUTHS, HOT WET + WILD, HAMMER COMES DOWN

NOV 2009 UKRAINIAN EPIDEMIC , JAMES  LILLEY (aud) who died Ambassador to China during Tiananmen

AUG 2009 - LION of the SENATE- Ted Kennedy

MAY 2009- OBAMA in MIDEAST, SUPREME DECISION, CHENEY'S TREASON HITS TOUR, OBAMA SPEECH audio, AFGHANISTAN QUANDRY, HELL ON EARTH, KIEV KAPADES

DEC 2008- THE AL FRANKEN DECADE, GOTTA BE THE SHOES, WE DON’T NEED NO STINKING BRIDGES, GM GM, DOUBTING DYNASTY, RETRO ROOSIYA- GASWARS, DANCING DOLLAR, MELTDOWN, DEATH OF A GENTLEMAN, CHRISTMAS 2

NOVEMBER 2008 - THE DAY, JESSE JACKSON; G SMITH CONCEEDS (57 Dem Senate); FRANKEN FUNK, SAXBY RUNOFF, SEN. FELON, SENATOR PALIN!!!???, NASHI SUROUNDS EMBASSY, PERMANENT PUTIN, GB2 OUT NOW!, MIKE ON NPR (33m), PREZ OBAMA PRESS CONFERENCE, THE UNMENTIONABLE

OCTOBER 2008 - FORECASTS, MELTDOWN, JOE the Fraud, Battling Polls in new America, OBAMA’s LAST DEBATE, 2nd DEBATE NASHVILE, MESSAGE TO TOP OBAMA OFFICIAL, UKRAINIAN UNDULATIONS, PICKING PALIN


OCT 2007 - THE INFINTE PUTIN, MERCENARY MURDERS, IRAQ PARTITION, IRAN DRUMBEAT,

AUGUST 2007 - PUTIN'S CHILDREN, THE PRESIDENTS CONTEMPT, ESTONIAN EGRESS, POLONIUM POISON, MPLS BRIDGE COLLAPSE

MAY 2007- BACK IN THE USSR ; GONZALES GOING; IRAQ CUTOFF; WOLFOWITZ WAVERING; GULIANI's SLANDER, THE BEST + THE BRIGHTEST, ANTARCTIC TSUNAMIS, PADILLA TRIAL + FT DIX PLOT


Aug 11, 2006 CHAFEE FADING in RI- Bizarre Ad Loses Support; LIEBERMAN'S LOSS

June 12 KOS SLAMS CHAFEE, MASSACRES OK TO AG, ABRAMOFF TIED TO MOB HIT, WHO KILLED ELECTRIC CAR?, ELECTION STOLEN- SALON-RFK HUBUB, JPL GUY ON TITAN LANDING- MOVIE, WHY NEW OMEN?, ROE WINNER Interview

May 7 KING BUSH IGNORES LAWS, GAS FLOATS UP, PORTER DROSS FIRED, IMMIGRANT UPRISING, ENVIROS ENDORSE CHAFEE, KING MUSABI

April 8-23 THE LAST DAYS of the FISHERIES, CORAL CATASTROPHE, DIMMING THE SUN, HU's ON FIRST-skit

March 14   MORASS MELTDOWN, DUPING DUBAIYA, PATRIOT COWARDS, CHERKOFF COMEUPPANCE, DEATH of a CITY, CARTOON VIOLENCE, IMPEACHMENT TALK, DESTROYING the INTERNET

Feb 15 COOL HAND DICK- Questions remain in VEEPSHOOT- MEDIACHANNEL ARTICLE

Jan 5-20, 2006 ICE AGE HERE?, ALITO CONFIRMED, BIRD FLU in TURKEY, EXPLODING MINES, MUNICH MONSTERS


Nov 27, 2005 KILLING the CRAZY,  HIGHWAYMEN SOLDIERS,  WET CONTRACTORS, JOE WILSON,  FALLING PINS,  ROOT SPYWARE, HOLIDAY SCAMS, 

Oct 30 LOOTED WEAPONS, STEWED LIBBY PEAS, PEAS, BIG BROTHER SPYING, GRAHAM CRACKER, KILLING the MESSENGER;

Oct 23  WHITHER WILMA, DELAY CAMPAIGN PHOTO, DAMN DAM, NYT COLUMNS FREE, BREAKING CHINA IN SPACE

Sept 12 911 Predictions + Dreams + GALLOWAY-HITCHENS DEBATE + BEAR SURVIVAL, SUPREME SYCHOPHANTS 2

Aug 28-Sept 16 KATRINA + RITA DROWN BIG EASY-Waterworld Wipeout

Aug 23  TRIAL BY FIRE + GAZA GAZING + ADMIN SCANDALS

Aug 7 BLACKBASS DOWN- RESCUEING the RESCUE SUB + REPORTER'S BASRASSINATION

July 24  Al Qaida's Summer Offensive + NASA Wimps Out + Death by Air + Aunt Emily

July 11  LONDON CALLING + SUPREME SYCOPHANTS + ROVING CRIMES + GUNS-GERMS-STEEL + BIRD FLU SPREADING

June 27  LAT WIKITORIAL + Crossfire on women

June 13  DOWNING ST. MEMO HEATS UP + BUSH WANTED to INVADE in 1999 + Tears for America

May 18 FILIBUSTER PRESERVAL SENATE SWING LIST

May 10 SMOKING GUN for IMPEACHMENT- Iraq lies exposed

May 4  VIETNAM REDUX- final terrible act 30 years ago

April 26 1st Post  SOMETHING OLD ON SOMETHING NEW, PAPAL PAINS, TURKISH TERROR
2005