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20.Nov.2004 It is useful to examine some of the unexplained or poorly explained observations in astronomy + astrophysics that could bear witness to many galaxies being at a KT-III level.

The Missing Mass. 

~80-90% of the mass of nearby galaxies is considered "missing"

because the number of observable stars does not correspond to the rotation curves of the galaxies. [See Dark Matter essay by Joe Silk] URL:

URL: Footnotes -

A Matrioshka Brain is a term invented by the author to more accurately describe an optimal computing architecture for megascale structures that use stars as power sources. 

Earlier papers + discussions have referred to megascale thought machines as "superintelligences" or "Jupiter Brains". 

The term "Jupiter Brains" creates the impression of a semi-solid brain the size of Jupiter. 

There are a number of problems with this image. 

First, such a structure cannot consume stellar power outputs without melting. 

Second, a computer with this architecture would consume a significant fraction of its energy budget circulating cooling fluids. 

Finally, if collections of such structures were arrayed around a star, they would have to resolve the problem of not radiating heat onto each other (acerbating the already difficult problem of staying cool). 

The term "matrioshka" is derived from the nesting wooden dolls (Matryoshkas), found in Russia +

is intended to bring to mind the nested shells of "computronium" from which a Matrioshka Brain is constructed.

An expanded discussion of the harvesting of the entire power output of a star may be found in the Planetary Disassembly discussion.

Though not discussed here, there appear to be MB designs that would allow sunlight to continue to reach the Earth.

The most obvious would be to place all construction outside of Earth's orbit. 

Other designs could contain orbital "holes" synchronized with the Earth's orbit or collectors that reorient themselves so as to minimize light interception when between they pass between the sun + the Earth.

Most people have a difficult time believing the growth rates allowed by self-replicating, self-assembling machines. 

Bacteria have an optimal replication time of 20 minutes +

supplied with sufficient energy + nutrients a single bacteria could grow into an Earth equivalent mass in less than 2 days. 

Drexler [Nanosystems, 1992] estimates the doubling time for general purpose assemblers at 1-3 hours. 

Hall [1999] + Freitas [1999] have proposed that special purpose assembly line arrangements would have much faster production times.

20.Nov.2004 Apec-Gipfel: Bush droht den Mullahs im Iran

20.Nov.2004 Diskussion um Leitkultur: Schröder warnt vor Kampf der Kulturen

20.Nov.2004 Irak: Kein Sieg in Falludscha - aber Angriffe auf die Regierung

20.Nov.2004 Bundeswehr-Skandal: General bestätigt Foltervorwürfe

20.Nov.2004 Integration: Auf der Spur der Hassprediger

20.Nov.2004 Einigung: Gläubiger wollen dem Irak 80 Prozent Schulden erlassen

20.Nov.2004 Foltervorwürfe gegen Bundeswehr: Abu Ghureib in Coesfeld

20.Nov.2004 Exit poll data will be delayed By Mark Memmott, USA TODAY

On future election days, news organizations that pay for surveys of voters leaving polling places won't see results until late afternoon or early evening.

The goal is to avoid a repeat of what happened this Election Day, when leaked information from exit polls was posted by Internet commentators known as bloggers about 1 p.m. ET.

That was just minutes after the data had been given to the five television networks that, along with the Associated Press, formed a consortium to pay for exit polls and count votes during major elections.

Sheldon Gawiser, chairman of the polling consortium's steering committee + NBC's director of elections, said Wednesday that

in future elections, no data will be sent to the networks + AP until at least 4 p.m. ET.

The "first wave" of data that bloggers posted this year, he said,

was just too raw to be valuable to "people who don't know what they're dealing with."

The data were supposed to be kept confidential + only used to help the networks plan their election night broadcasts.

The early polls showed Sen. John Kerry leading President Bush in the race for the White House + in key states such as Florida + Ohio.

By shortly after 3 p.m. ET, some television commentators were hinting that Kerry appeared likely to win.

After polls closed across the nation + real votes were counted, it became clear Kerry had lost the race.

Kerry got 48% of the vote nationally.

Bush got 51%.

Gawiser said the consortium is continuing to review how future exit polls can be made more accurate.

The networks had hoped to avoid any controversy involving exit polls.

They were still stinging from what happened in 2000.

Then, flawed exit polling in Florida contributed to the mistaken "calls" giving that key state to Vice President Gore + then to Bush.

This year, the leaking of the early exit poll data and the subtle use of it to hint at a possible Kerry victory caused the networks + the pollsters they hired to do the work some embarrassment.

The polling firms — Edison Media Research + Mitofsky International — + the networks said critics didn't understand that early day exit polling often produces results much different from final vote tallies.

This year, some pollsters theorize, Kerry's supporters may have been more eager to get to their polling places early.

Mark Blumenthal, a pollster who caught attention this year for his Web site,, said the delayed release of the exit poll data means "better numbers" that will still be "leaked immediately."
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Matrioshka Brains by Robert J. Bradbury

21.Jul.1999 Created; Derived from a
discussion of Jupiter Brains created ~ 00.Nov.1997
Abstract Predictable improvements in lithographic methods foretell continued increases in computer processing power.

Economic growth and engineering evolution continue to increase the size of objects which can be manufactured and power that can be controlled by humans. 

Neuroscience is gradually dissecting the components and functions of the structures in the brain. 

Advances in computer science and programming methodologies are increasingly able to emulate aspects of human intelligence. 

Continued progress in these areas leads to a convergence which results in megascale superintelligent thought machines. 

These machines, referred to as Matrioshka Brains, consume the entire power output of stars (~10 26 W),

consume all of the useful construction material of a solar system (~10 26 kg),

have thought capacities limited by the physics of the universe and are essentially immortal.

A common practice encountered in literature discussing the search for extraterrestrial life is the perspective of assuming and applying human characteristics and interests to alien species. 

Authors limit themselves by assuming the technologies available to aliens are substantially similar or only somewhat greater than those we currently possess. 

These mistakes bias their conclusions, preventing us from recognizing signs of alien intelligence when we see it. 

They also misdirect our efforts in searching for such intelligence. 

We should start with the laws on which our particular universe operates and the limits they impose on us. 

Projections should be made to determine the rate at which intelligent civilizations, such as ours, approach the limits imposed by these laws. 

Using these time horizons, laws and limits, we may be better able to construct an image of what alien intelligence may be like and how we ourselves may evolve.

Monchichis was an American animated series based on a line of Japanese toys.

The Monchichis were monkey-like creatures living in trees. Like many animated series from the 00.000.1980 s, the animated series was basically one long commercial.

20.Nov.2004 "Escolhemos a Ilha do Pacuio para esse projeto em função de ser um dos maiores centros turísticos do Brasil.

A marca Montilla é sinônimo de festa, animação, alegria, e em Porto Montilla, os visitantes poderão realizar a fantasia de se sentir em uma ilha pirata", salienta Douglas Tsukimoto,

gerente de produto da Seagram.

20.Nov.2004 O mais sofisticado centro de aquários da América do Sul foi transformado numa autêntica
Ilha do Pirata

20.Nov.2004 I Do Not Concede  by Miriam Axel-Lute
Kerry, man, what happened?

What happened to the promised armies of lawyers, planes waiting to take them where they’re most needed, etc. etc.?
Tens of thousands of wrongly purged voters;

60,000 absentee ballots not mailed just from Broward County alone;

hours-long lines in Ohio;

voting machines in Florida and Texas telling people they’d voted for Bush when they hadn’t;

hackable electronic-voting machines providing no paper trail or way to verify your vote, built by Republican donors who won’t reveal their code;

exit polls suspiciously different from election totals. And the list goes on and on and on. ...more URL:
20.Nov.2004 Analysis: 'Security' moms decided election

Analysis: Groups unite for recount demand

Cops and spies at odds over al-Qaida tape


20.Nov.2004 Religion's Eternal Life


20.Nov.2004 Washington State Recount May Be Finished By Thanksgiving
Washington State Election Could Be Decided by Coin Toss If Race Ends in Tie


20.Nov.2004 Newly Installed New Jersey Governor Mulling Re-election Bid. May Not Concede Race to Corzine

19.Nov.2004 Corzine Holds Big Lead for New Jersey Governor


20.Nov.2004 Presidential Election Results University Researchers Challenge Bush Win in Florida; 'Something Went Awry With Electronic Voting in Florida,' Says the Lead Researcher

19.Nov.2004 So Far, New Hampshire Recount Reveals No Surprises

19.Nov.2004 Release of Future Election Day Poll Results Is to Be Delayed

19.Nov.2004 Election Officials in Ohio Find Possible Double Votes, Ballots Counted Twice

18 Nov 2004 Bush Has Solid Lead in New Mexico After Canvass



20.Nov.2004 Self Censorship What the U.S. Press didn't tell you today.

19.Nov.2004 Canadian Prime Minister Expels Anti-Bush Deputy From Party

19.Nov.2004 – 10:23] Drops Hard-hitting Liberal Ted Rall's Cartoons

19.Nov.2004 – 10:03] 3rd of Bush Top Fund-raisers Got Federal Jobs After 2000 Vote

19.Nov.2004 – 09:45] Now Outspoken, Walter Cronkite Rips Bush's Record
19.Nov.2004 - 10:18]
Media Matters: Media Now Mum on Condoleezza Rice's Apparent Falsehoods
19.Nov.2004 - 10:52]
Reporter Faces Jail for Failing to Name Source
19.Nov.2004 - 09:03]
Sen. Dodd Expected to Introduce Federal Shield Law Within Days
19.Nov.2004 - 10:04]
The Secrets of Flight: Why TSA Guards Don't Have to Tell You What They Won't Tell You
19.Nov.2004 - 10:39]
Anonymice Infestation! Sanger and Weisman Set Some Sort of Record at New York Times
19.Nov.2004 - 09:59]
Ann Coulter Labels Democrats Who Question Qualifications of Rice, Clarence Thomas As 'Racist'
19.Nov.2004 - 10:51]
A Racy TV Promo Gets Iced + So Does 'Private Ryan'
20.Nov.2004 18:39:41
The Invasion of the Theocrats
20.Nov.2004 18:39:02
The Purge at CIA
20.Nov.2004 18:38:50
When Presidents Win Re-election, They Too Often Think They Are Masters of the Universe
20.Nov.2004 Bush
Didn't Win The Campaign---Kerry Lost It
16 Nov 2004
Kerry Campaign Was A Heavy Anchor for Democratic U.S. Senate Candidates
Republican governors quietly hear Karl Rove, wrap up two-day meeting 20 Nov 2004 

Complaint in Congress over Gingrich-era call taped in Florida

20 Nov 2004 Ethics complaint filed against Rep. McDermott

Lawyers Documenting Voting Problems To Challenge Election Results

20.Nov.2004 Bush
Didn't Win The Campaign---Kerry Lost It
Kerry Campaign Was A Heavy Anchor for Democratic U.S. Senate Candidates

20.Nov.2004 Purple America: No Red and Blue Lies
For Kerry supporters, the most awful sight of the night of 02.Nov.2004 was to watch a red Republican tide sweep across the election result maps on network TV.

By early next morning, USA s hue seemed as bloody as it's foreign war in Iraq.

But, those maps - like the rest of Bush's "victory" - were just an illusion. Purple America tells a different tale. Read on

Google Censors VoteFraud Stories
Search engine, Google is ignoring thousands of news stories which are in its news database --all about the alleged theft of USA presidential election.

Google : Working hard to preserve the Status Quo.

20.Nov.2004 FAKE_ Tank Confronts LA Anti-War Protestors
I asked one Marine if he was "rolling around Westwood". He said, "Yeah, We was lost."
So... they were lost. And they figured the antiwar protesters would be the people to help. I couldn't have made this up if I tried...     See also:

Michael Scheuer: The CIA's No-Brainer
If you believe Scheuer was allowed to violate protocol + the CIA has nothing to do with his histrionics, carefully plotted misinformation + theatrics for the corporate media - I have a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn."

20.Nov.2004 Agent Orange Babies Sue Monsanto
Villagers in Vietnam have a name for birth defect infants: Agent Orange babies.

There are 150,000 children whose parents have filed a class action law suit in a New York court.

In all, up to three million Vietnamese were exposed to these chemicals during the USA VIETNAM WAR + at least 800,000 suffer serious health problems today as a result.

02.Nov.2004 The Kerry-Edwards campaign was already down by a almost a million votes.

That's because, in important states like Ohio + Florida + New Mexico, voters had been systematically removed from the rolls +

absentee ballots in minority areas had been overlooked.

02.Nov.2004 Kerry began with a nationwide deficit easily over one million votes URL:
GOP Hijacks Broward County--with help from top Democrat
None of this makes sense. In Broward, Democrats outnumber Republicans almost two-to-one.

Why would the Dem's County Commission buy voting machines with no paper trail?

And how did Brenda Snipes, surrounded by rabid GOP opportunists, come to be Supervisor of Elections?
Jeb installed her after the Democratic leadership chased out Miriam Oliphant.

Ironically, after she had urged the county to buy a vote scanner system, which allows for a paper trail. URL:
Broward County is Screwed
Am I working on a conspiracy theory that Republican operatives stole the ballots? You bet.
In Broward County, it's never stupid to theorize that the worst has happened.

Remember that we're talking about anything up to 58,000 ballots.

Literally tons of them. Kind of hard to lose, if you think about it.

Whether it was caused by cluelessness or criminal minds, Broward needs the truth. And it's going to take more than a Jeb Bush brushoff to get it.

20.Nov.2004 Broward County Hit by Recount Suit
South Florida opponents of slot machines have filed a lawsuit seeking a recount of 78,000 absentee ballots cast in Broward County on Amendment 4 in the 02.Nov.2004 election.

The votes were "discovered" late on election night after a claimed glitch in computers.

About 94% % of the new votes turned out to be "yes" + 6 % "no."

State Rep. Randy Johnson, chairman of No Casinos, says: "It's bizarre. It's easy to build the case for a conspiracy."
Florida hit by "Perfect storm" for gambling interests
Slot Machines Absentees 9-to-1 in favor
Machine error caused slots vote problem
Slots win in late surge
Fighting the slots Goliath
Absentees were expected oppose gambling
Jeb Bush covers ass - At last minute opposes slots

20.Nov.2004 The Big Fix, 2004 PART 1 -By Daniel Hopsicker
Executives + owners of the two largest electronic voting companies, ES&S + Sequoia Pacific,

have been convicted of bribery + suborning public officials in more than a dozen states + until recently ---also accused of bribing the Prime Minister of Ireland.
While the name Dr. Michael Smurfit is not well-known to Americans,

Dr. Michael Smurfit company manufactures the software used to compile more than two-thirds of USA nation's electronically-counted votes.
Perhaps this may help explain why, for the second Presidential election in a row, a Democratic bandwagon was derailed early on Election Night by an unusual television appearance by the Bush Family,

after exit polls showed them losing in key battleground states. URL:
Was It Hacked?
Despite mainstream media attempts to kill the story, talk radio + the Internet are abuzz with suggestions that

02.Nov.2004 John Kerry was elected president - but Republican election officials made it difficult for millions of Democrats to vote

while employees of four secretive, GOP-bankrolled corporations rigged electronic voting machines +

then hacked central tabulating computers to steal the election.

20.Nov.2004 Bev Harris: First Breakthru in Florida !
Dueling lawyers, election officials gnashing teeth, film crew catching it all.
This is it. The first crack in Florida. Time to talk about contesting the election in Volusia.
After a day of furious auditing Bev, Andy and Kathleen of Black Box Voting have uncovered discrepant results in Volusia county.

Their attorny has LOCKED DOWN all poll tapes, memory cartridges and the GEMS central tabulator.
The discrepancies were concentrated in mainly minority areas.

They also found some very interssting things in trash obtained early this morning via an FOIA request.

At one point they were threatened with arrest. Full Story

20.Nov.2004 Bush Swing Was 260,000 'Ghost' Votes in Florida --from eVoting Machines
A study by Prof Michael Hout + colleagues at Berkeley Univ. says that

irregularities associated with electronic voting machines may have swung 260,000 excess votes to George Bush in Florida.
Counties with electronic voting machines were significantly more likely to show increases in support for President Bush

between 2000 + 2004 compared to counties with paper ballots.
20.Nov.2004 Portimão is a
city located in Algarve

The Algarve is the name of the southern coast of Portugal, incorporating, amongst others, the towns of Faro, Lagos, + Sagres.

The region's administrative centre is the town of Faro, which has its own international airport.

The Algarve is composed of 5,411 square kilometres with approximately 350,000 permanent inhabitants.

This figure increases to over a million people at the height of summer due to an influx of tourists.
coast of
Portugal Portugal is a democratic republic located on the southwestern corner of the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe.

Portugal is bordered by Spain to the north + east and by the Atlantic Ocean to the west + south.

In addition, Portugal contains several island territories in the Atlantic, including the Azores, Madeira, + Savage.

Portugal also claims Olivença or Olivenza , currently under Spanish administration, as part of its national territory.
Photo of Portimão preview not available. Click the link for more information.  

Some articles mentioning "Portimão": URL:ão
Latin names of European cities
List of Cities in Portugal
List of Concelhos of Portugal
List of Freguesias of Portugal
Monuments of Portugal
Municipalities of Portugal
Political divisions of Portugal
20.Nov.2004 Church air is 'threat to health' -

Air inside churches may be a bigger health risk than that beside major roads, research suggests.

Church air was found to be considerably higher in carcinogenic polycyclic hydrocarbons than air beside roads travelled by 45,000 vehicles daily.

It also had levels of tiny solid pollutants (PM10s) up to 20 times the European limits.

The study, by Holland's Maastricht University, is published in the European Respiratory Journal.

This discovery is very worrying -Dr Theo de Kok-
The researchers say that December, with churches lighting up candles for Christmas, could be an especially dangerous month

for the lungs. URL:

20.Nov.2004 Remaining tensions

Present were heads of state from DR Congo, Kenya, Sudan, Burundi, Malawi, Uganda, Rwanda, Zambia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, South Africa, Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic.

00.000.1994 -the genocide in Rwanda in which 500,000 people from the country's Tutsi minority were killed by militants from the Hutu majority –

00.000.1994 -the genocide in Rwanda -Following-large numbers of Hutu rebels fled into eastern DR Congo.

00.000.1996 They launched raids on Rwanda which helped to trigger a Rwandan invasion of DR Congo.

00.000.1998 Rwanda, Uganda + Burundi invaded DR Congo to back Congolese rebels, sparking a war that drew in other African nations +

led to the deaths of an estimated 3.3 million people.

20.Nov.2004 Great Lakes leaders promise peace Presidents of the Great Lakes region in Africa have signed a declaration designed to bring peace to the region.

Fifteen leaders signed the accord on security, democracy and development at a summit in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said leaders who faced each other in armed conflict had come together to back a "common vision of peace".

Millions have died in inter-related regional conflicts that erupted in the region after the 1994 Rwanda genocide.

20.Nov.2004 Bei Personen, die von häufigen bis sehr häufigen Panikgefühlen berichteten, war der Gehalt an Spaltprodukten des Proteins Fibrin erhöht + der Gehalt an Fibrinogen, dem Vorläufer des Fibrins, reduziert.

Aus Fibrinogen entsteht während der Blutgerinnung Fibrin, das lange, sich vernetzende Ketten bildet + zur Verdickung des Blutes führt.

Die Ergebnisse lassen auf einen erhöhten Fibrinumsatz bei Gefühlen von Panik schließen.

Weitere Studien müssen nun zeigen, ob diese Vorstufe der Blutgerinnung zu einem erhöhten Herzinfarktrisiko bei panikartiger Angst führt.
World News Summary
Church air is 'threat to health'
Onward we must fight. Don't just stand there, do something!!!

Wear black armbands, carry them, distribute them: they stand for our feelings about this election.
If you were involved in any of the phone banking efforts + you still have those lists,

organize the phone banks to call people, before Friday, in Ohio + Florida, or elsewhere + find their stories.

Ask them to help by telling their stories, by getting groups together + expressing their feelings on local TV.

Or you can do it for them.

Stand up and speak out.

20.Nov.2004 "SPEAKOUT" AGAINST VOTE FRAUD AND UNVERIFIED VOTING. It's easy & we need YOU all. Here's how

ACTION STEP #1: We would like you to attend a MoveOn party, this Sunday afternoon (about 3:30 - 5:30pm west coast time). You can host a party or find one near you here:
(In some locales existing parties may already be full, if so please consider hosting one -- it's easy!)

At the meeting, please propose that MoveOn members at the party support a long weekend of media action,

THIS COMING Thanksgiving weekend, Friday 26.Nov.2004 + Saturday 27.Nov.2004 + Sunday 28.Nov.2004  

As you are aware, the media has been accused of having a blackout on voting irregularities
being investigated in Ohio and Florida + has published few reports of ongoing investigations,
or reports of voter intimidation or disenfranchisement.
The mainstream media's apparent lack of concern for unverified voting systems in
Florida + the disturbing reports from Ohio of voter disenfranchisement/vote suppression are calling into question not just the results of the election but

whether our democracy can ever recover when voting systems are not verifiable + the media is disinterested, at best.  

We strongly feel that there is VERY LITTLE TIME to publicize
and implement any movement for national voting reform.

Thus the urgency. (please consider forwarding this message widely, and right away!!)

20.Nov.2004 & co. battled over crucial elections records dumped in the trash.

When they compared the discarded, signed, original tapes with the recent printouts submitted to the state and used to tabulate the Florida election winners, Harris says a disturbing pattern emerged.

"The difference was hundreds of votes in each of the different places we examined," said Bev, "and most of those were in minority areas."

When I asked Bev if the errors they were finding in precinct after precinct were random, as one would expect from technical, clerical, or computer errors, she became uncomfortable.

"You have to understand that we are non-partisan," she said. "We're not trying to change the outcome of an election, just to find out if there was any voting fraud."

That said, Bev added: "The pattern was very clear.

The anomalies favored George W. Bush. Every single time."

Of course finding possible voting "anomalies" in one Florida county doesn't mean they'll show up in all counties.

It's even conceivable there are innocent explanations for both the mismatched counts and trashed original records;

this story undoubtedly will continue to play out.

And, unless further investigation demonstrates a pervasive and statewide trend toward "anomalous" election results in many of Florida's counties,

odds are none of this will change the outcome of the election (which exit polls showed John Kerry winning in Florida).

Nonetheless, Bev and her merry band are off to hit another county.

As she told me on her cell phone while driving toward their next destination,

"We just put Volusia County + their lawyers on notice that they need to continue to keep a number of documents under seal, including all of the memory cards to the ballot boxes + all of the signed poll tapes."


"Simple," she said. "Because we found anomalies indicative of fraud."

Are Ohio and NH Recounts Being Hacked?

Zogby was concerned about the difference between some of the exit polls (surveys of individuals who have just cast ballots) and the official vote counts. "We're talking about the Free World here," he pointedly noted. 11/20 Commons motion to impeach Blair gets go-ahead 11/20
Iraqi forces, backed by U.S. soldiers, stormed one of the major Sunni Muslim mosques in Baghdad after Friday prayers, opening fire and killing at least three people 11/20
Listen to the Full Roster of BuzzFlash GOP Hypocrites of the Week Right Here
Was It Hacked? 11/20
More Than 25,000 Protestors March Against Bush in Chile 11/20

All time:
Ohio recount could put Kerry in the White House Stolen Election 200 Wednesday Update How do we start looking for the right person for the next election in 2008? Where do we begin? Do we start now? Greg Palast says Kerry won Ohio Ohio recount moves from conspiracy to reality

This Just In: Bush got extra votes in Florida? by c-macdonald 3:40am.

UC Berkeley: Bush May have gotten 130,000 to 200,000 extra votes in Florida

This isn't some random professor either - this is the UC Berkeley
Survey Research Center and they've been studying election fraud + voting irregularities since at least 2000.

Press conference tomorrow at 10:00 am PST to announce their findings.

19.Nov.2004 So where are the strong? And who are the trusted?

Thursday was the first full day that I had a counter installed on this website. -- > Go to for more info. --> 2004 Election

Close to 10,000 hits in one day, close to 6,000 unique visitors.

Not bad for a weblog begun less than 14 days ago.

Thank you for coming to this site; more importantly, thank you for leaving this site and taking with you information to share, pass on + spread to others.
Spreading the word is essential -- I ran into a friend tonight at the Wilco concert who was following politics like a crazy man these last few months.

Yet he had absolutely no idea that a recount was going on in Ohio, and hadn't heard about the Berkeley report. Looking through the most prominent blogs and newspapers, I don't blame him.

How would he have known?
There's no piece yet in the New York Times about the Hout report.

Google News shows that the report has received coverage in the San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today, the St. Louis Post Dispatch, while Newsday, Boston Herald (which both ran the AP story), the News + Observer of NC, + the San Francisco Examiner carried the AP story.

This is a start. This is not enough.
The leading survey center of the country's top public university just released a report saying that the President probably received at least 130,000 excess votes in Florida.

Let me put it this way: 130,000 is 3% of 3,500,000, the approximate entire popular vote margin by which Bush beat Kerry.

And that's what this report says is the minimum number of excess votes.
Meanwhile, there is still no explanation for the irregularities in Ohio. But there will be a recount.
In the meantime, if you want a good laugh, then please,
read this.

"How Ohio pulled it off," indeed. We are fans here, of course, of Mr. Shakespeare + we think that Mr. Blackwell's op-ed piece smacks of "me think the lady doth protest too much."
Posting will be spotty this weekend, all depending on my wi-fi access in New York.

I'll be back from NYC by early Monday. We will hopefully have more news about New Hampshire and Ohio -- and more coverage about the Berkeley/Hout report.
Have a great weekend, everyone. Continue to spread the word.
Tonight, at the Wilco show at the Wiltern Theater here in Los Angeles, a highlight was when the band played "California Stars," a favorite song of mine, one that would make a fine wedding song.

The music was written by Wilco and Billy Bragg, but the lyrics were written by Woody Guthrie + never put to music until the Mermaid Avenue album of a few years back.
As the band played the song, I remembered how Woody Guthrie, of course, used to play an acoustic guitar which had, painted on the side, This Machine Kills Fascists.
And so, I like to think, can this machine, too.

posted by Anon. at 1:18 AM | 5 comments    

18.Nov.2004 A call to action

1. John Kerry should make a public statement .

Not David Wade.

Not Stephanie Cutter.

Not Tad Devine.

John Kerry.

It should be simple.

It should just be, "We are committed to every vote being counted in this election."

That is very different than the "It's time to move on from the election results" line that Donna Brazille etc. are taking.
It's fine to leave everything else to surrogates. I understand why that has to be.

Let other people say that concession speeches are political speeches, not legal statements.

Let others point out and itinerize the list of troubling developments in Ohio, Florida + elsewhere.
But John Kerry should make a statement that he is committed to making sure that every vote was counted.


And that he is troubled -- no, concerned, concerned is better -- concerned by reports that not every vote has been counted.



Thank you.
It would be a tacit statement of support for the Ohio and New Hampshire recount efforts, for the exploration of what the Hout Report means;

and for all the people who voted for John Kerry -- or, for that matter, George W. Bush -- to have the confidence in the security and sanctity of the election of 02.Nov.2004 .
The Hout Report changes a great deal of the landscape.

It is a credible, extensive survey by people who do such surveys and statistical analysis for a living.
It should be covered by the mainstream media. And not just Keith Olbermann.

This is not a part of this story that should be merely existing on the far left.
But -- as we've seen with RatherGate, as we've seen with the Trent Lott story -- the blogosphere can perform an important function here.

Important function? Essential function. URL:
Especially the big boys.
Get to it.
Call attention to the Berkeley SRC report. Even the fact that it's out there and online and available to be read is big information to pass on.
If you print it, no doubt, the others will follow.
If you build it, they will come.

20.Nov.2004 Thrombose-Gefahr: Angst macht das Blut dick

20.Nov.2004 Integration: Neuer Streit um deutsche Leitkultur

20.Nov.2004 Innere Sicherheit: Champions League der Krawalleros

20.Nov.2004 Gentechnik: Uno lehnt weltweites Klonverbot ab

19.Nov.2004 Nach Arafats Tod: Witwe nimmt Krankenakte entgegen

19.Nov.2004 Wall-Street-Schluss: Ölpreisanstieg und Zinssorgen zum Wochenausklang


11.Sep.2001 THE TRUTH BEHIND by Michel Chossudovsky

In this timely study, Michel Chossudovsky blows away the smokescreen, put up by the mainstream media, that 11.Sep.2001 was an "intelligence failure".

Through meticulous research, the author uncovers a military-intelligence ploy behind the 11.Sep.2001 attacks + the coverup + complicity of key members of the Bush Administration.

According to Chossudovsky, the so-called "war on terrorism" is a complete fabrication based on the illusion that

one man, Osama bin Laden,

outwitted the $30 billion-a-year American intelligence apparatus.

The "war on terrorism" is a war of conquest. Globalisation is the final march to the "New World Order", dominated by Wall Street + the U.S. military-industrial complex.

11.Sep.2001 was the moment the Bush Administration had been waiting for,

the so-called "useful crisis" which provided a pretext for waging a war without borders.

The hidden agenda consists in extending the frontiers of the American Empire right around the world to facilitate complete U.S. corporate control outside the U.S. + a police state on the inside.

Chossudovsky peels back the layers of rhetoric to reveal a huge hoax —

a complex web of deceit aimed at tricking the American people + the rest of the world

into accepting a military solution which threatens the future of humanity.

Michel Chossudovsky is the author of the international best-seller "The Globalisation of Poverty " published in eleven languages.

He is Professor of Economics at the University of Ottawa and Director of the Center for Research on Globalization which hosts the critically acclaimed website:

20.Nov.2004 Often the CNN report is based on information published on an Islamic website or a mysterious Video or Audio tape.

The authenticity of the website and/or the tapes is not the object of discussion or detailed investigation.

Bear in mind that the news reports never mention that Al Qaeda is a creation of the CIA + that Al Zarqawi had been recruited to fight in the Soviet-Afghan war

(This is in fact confirmed by Sec. Colin Powell in his presentation to the UN Security Council on 05.Feb.2003 ) (see details below).

Both Osama bin Laden + Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi are creations of the US intelligence apparatus.

The recruitment of foreign fighters was under the auspices of the CIA.

The press usually present the terrorist warnings emanating from the CIA as genuine,

without acknowledging the fact that US intelligence, has provided covert support to the Islamic militant network consistently for more than 20 years. 

Amply documented, the training camps in Afghanistan established during the Reagan Administration had been set up with the support of the CIA.

In fact, several members of the current Bush administration including Armitage, Richard + Powell, Colin

were directly involved in channeling support to Al Qaeda in Afghanistan,

where bin Laden + Al Zarqawi received specialized training. (See Michel Chossudovsky, and )
20.Nov.2004 Consistent Pattern

What is the role of this new mastermind in the Pentagon's disinformation campaign, in which CNN seems to be playing a central role?

In previous propaganda ploys, the CIA hired PRopaganda firms to organize core disinformation campaign s, including the Rendon Group.

The latter worked closely with its British partner Hill and Knowlton, which was responsible for the

00.000.1990 Kuwaiti incubator media scam, where Kuwaiti babies were allegedly removed from incubators in a totally fabricated news story, which was then used to get Congressional approval for the 1991 Gulf War.

What is the pattern?
20.Nov.2004 Al-Zarqawi's profile "is mounting a challenge to bin Laden's leadership of the global jihad."

In Iraq, Al-Zarqawi is said to be determined to "ignite a civil war between Sunnis and Shiites".

But is that not precisely what US intelligence is aiming at ( "divide and rule") as confirmed by several analysts of the US led war?

Pitting one group against the other with a view to weakening the resistance movement. (See Michel Collon, , See also )

The CIA, with its $30 billion plus budget, pleads ignorance: they say they know nothing about Al-Zarqawi , they have a photograph, but, according to the Weekly Standard ( 24.May 2004 ), they apparently do not know his weight or height. 

There is an aura of mystery surrounding this individual which is part of the propaganda ploy.

Zarqawi is described as "so secretive even some operatives who work with him do not know his identity."
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The US intelligence apparatus has created it own terrorist organizations.

And at the same time, The US intelligence apparatus creates its own terrorist warnings concerning the terrorist organizations which it has itself created.

In turn, The US intelligence apparatus has developed a cohesive multibillion dollar counterterrorism program "to go after" these terrorist organizations.

Counterterrorism + war propaganda  are intertwined.

The propaganda apparatus feeds disinformation into the news chain.

The terror warnings must appear to be "genuine".

The objective is to present the terror groups as "enemies of America."

The underlying objective is to galvanize public opinion in support of America's war agenda.

The "war on terrorism" requires a humanitarian mandate.

The war on terrorism is presented as a "Just War", which is to be fought on moral grounds "to redress a wrong suffered."

The Just War theory defines "good" and "evil."

It concretely portrays and personifies the terrorist leaders as "evil individuals".

Several prominent American intellectuals + antiwar activists, who stand firmly opposed to the Bush administration, are nonetheless supporters of the Just War theory:

"We are against war in all its forms but we support the campaign against international terrorism."

To reach its foreign policy objectives, the images of terrorism must remain vivid in the minds of the citizens, who are constantly reminded of the terrorist threat.

The propaganda campaign presents the portraits of the leaders behind the terror network.

In other words, at the level of what constitutes an  "advertising"  campaign, "it gives a face to terror."

The "war on terrorism" rests on the creation of one or more evil bogeymen, the terror leaders, Osama bin Laden, Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi, et al,

whose names + photos are presented ad nauseam in daily news reports.

Paul Craig Roberts: The Coming Currency Shock: China's currency peg to the US dollar prevents correction of the US trade imbalace + imperils the US dollar's role as reserve currency.

20.Nov.2004 The Arrival of Secret Law : In a qualitatively new development in U.S. governance, Americans can now be obligated to comply with legally-binding regulations that are unknown to them + that indeed they are forbidden to know.

20.Nov.2004 DeLay Supporters Move to Protect His Spot : Supporters of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay proposed a Republican rules change Tuesday that would protect the Texan's leadership position if he were to be indicted by a Texas grand jury that already charged three of his associates.

20.Nov.2004 GOP Lawmakers Alter Intelligence Reform Bill to Cloak Financial Ties: Watchdog groups say the provision would make it harder to detect conflicts of interest.

20.Nov.2004 New chief tells CIA its job is to `support administration'

20.Nov.2004 Molly Ivins: White House to 'gut' CIA: Purging for disloyalty makes us sick to our stomachs

20.Nov.2004 Primacy: The Declaration of Independence: If you think that the Constitution codified a tyranny free government, you would be mistaken

20.Nov.2004 Greg Palast: Why Kerry Conceded Though He Had the Most Votes: The ugly, secret shame of American democracy is that 2 million votes are "spoiled" in presidential elections -- tossed away untallied as "unreadable." And the nasty part is that roughly half are cast by African-Americans.

20.Nov.2004 Recount New Hampshire: The first recount begins--in New Hampshire, of all places, a state George Bush didn't even win. But in those areas where he did well, sometimes the numbers look decidedly odd.

20.Nov.2004 Police scoff at Ashcroft speech: A day after Attorney General John Ashcroft told the nation's largest association of law enforcement executives that the Bush administration had made the nation more secure from terrorist attacks and violent criminals, the group lashed back at the White House on Tuesday.

20.Nov.2004 Senate OKs $800B Debt Limit Hike : Congress is ready to send President Bush an $800 billion debt limit increase, a testament to the massive federal deficits that have marked his administration.

20.Nov.2004 Colin and the crazies : The culling of the US secretary of state is symptomatic of a swing even further to the right

20.Nov.2004 Greeks Protest US Aggressions in Fallujah: At least 13,000 Greeks marched in downtown Athens on Wednesday, November 17, to protest the US military offensive on the Iraqi city of Fallujah

20.Nov.2004 Chile protests precede Bush visit: Chilean anti-riot forces and student protesters have clashed, three days before President George Bush's arrival for a weekend Asia-Pacific (APEC) summit.

20.Nov.2004 Self-burned man is key terror witness: Law enforcement officials told the newspaper Alanssi had been paid about $100,000 for his work in building a case against a Yemeni cleric

20.Nov.2004 We were told to fix Ukraine election, say police chiefs: Senior police officers say they have been ordered to help rig the result of the Ukrainian presidential election + to use violence, including bombings, to undermine the opposition.

20.Nov.2004 America, "Left Behind": Bush, the Neocons + Evangelical Christian Fiction

20.Nov.2004 History of Fundamentalism: How far apart are Al-Queda + Extremist Judeo-Christianity?

20.Nov.2004 Patrick J. Buchanan : The Sweetheart Contract With Sharon : Should Bush demand that Sharon negotiate, the cry of "Munich!" will be raised and echoed by the Israeli lobby, Congress, evangelical Christians + neocons. At which point, we will learn whether we have a tough or a timorous Texan in the White House.

20.Nov.2004 The law chief who bowed to Blair The NS reveals how, on the eve of the Iraq invasion, Tony Blair and George Bush leant on Lord Goldsmith, the Attorney General, to change his mind on the legality of the war.

20.Nov.2004 Seven retired military leaders agree: Bush Screwed Up. We spoke with a group of generals and admirals that included a former supreme Allied commander and a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs + they all agreed on one thing: Bush screwed up.

20.Nov.2004 Mystery remains over who killed Margaret Hassan In previous kidnappings, Iraq's several insurgent groups have been quick to identify themselves and claim responsibility, using videos to make their demands. From the moment Mrs Hassan was seized her case was different.

20.Nov.2004 Prof. Francis A. Boyle: The Dems Are Caving on Gonzales: War Criminal as Attorney General?: Gonzales is a prima facie war criminal.

Gonzales must be prosecuted under the Geneva Conventions and the US War Crimes Act.

20.Nov.2004 Civil liberties low on Gonzales priority list: It was Mr. Gonzales who described the Geneva Conventions governing the treatment of prisoners as “quaint” and suggested that President Bush could ignore them.

20.Nov.2004 Bush snubs Blair over detainees: Tony Blair has asked George Bush to return the Birmingham man being held in Guantanamo Bay, Ministers said yesterday.

But the Americans have refused to free Moazzam Begg

20.Nov.2004 Guantanamo Hearings Continue in Wake of Ruling Against Hamdan Trial: In spite of a court ruling that halted the military trial of a Guantánamo detainee last week, the military is continuing to conduct another kind of controversial hearing for prisoners held at the US base in Cuba.

20.Nov.2004 The Laws of War: In his second term, President Bush has an opportunity to rectify the errors of his first + one of those was the ad hoc assertion of the right of the president to treat captives in the war on terrorism as he saw fit, without regard to U.S. or international law.

That strategy inflicted terrible damage on the United States' reputation as a bastion of human rights

20.Nov.2004 In case you missed it: Zbigniew Brzezinski How the US provoked the Soviet Union into invading Afghanistan : Question: The former director of the CIA, Robert Gates, stated in his memoirs [From the Shadows], that USA intelligence services began to aid the Mujahadeen in Afghanistan six months before the Soviet intervention.

In this period you were the national security adviser to President Carter. You therefore played a role in this affair. Is that correct?

00.000.1979-00.000.1992 In case you missed it: William Blum : Afghanistan 1979-1992 America's Jihad :

00.000.1979 USA began supporting Afghan Islamic fundamentalists in despite the fact that in 00.Feb.1979 some of them had kidnapped the USA ambassador in the capital city of Kabul, leading to his death in the rescue attempt.

In case you missed it: U.S. Government Assassination Plots : Following is a list of prominent foreign individuals whose assassination (or planning for same) the United States has been involved in since the end of the Second World War.

20.Nov.2004 Interview with an under-appreciated radical... : Mickey Z. Interviews William Blum : "If I were president, I could stop terrorist attacks against the United states in a few days."

20.Nov.2004 Afghanistan: a nation abandoned to drugs: Country produces 87% of global opium. One in ten Afghans works in opium trade

20.Nov.2004 Jack Straw Admits Brits Knew of Eq.Guinea Coup Plot : The UK government knew about the alleged plot to overthrow the President of Equatorial Guinea at least five weeks before a group of mercenaries was arrested in 00.Mar.2004 for planning the coup.

20.Nov.2004 Some of Bush Fund-Raisers Got Appointments : One-third of President Bush's top 2000 fund-raisers or their spouses were appointed to positions in his first administration, from ambassadorships in Europe to seats on policy-setting boards, an Associated Press review found.

20.Nov.2004 GOP seeks repeal of food origin label law: Telling consumers where their meat, fruit + vegetables came from seemed like such a good idea to many U.S. ranchers + farmers in competition with imports that Congress two years ago ordered the food industry to provide such information.

But meatpackers + food processors fought the law from the start + newly emboldened Republicans now plan to repeal it before Thanksgiving

20-Nov.2004 'Stinking Evidence' of Possible Election Fraud Found in Florida

20.Nov.2004 Bush-Terror, The ‘Supreme International Crime’

20.Nov.2004 The Missing Voices of Our World

20.Nov.2004 Chile protest sours Bush mission of friendship: Get out, Yankee people-killer!” students chanted this week as police beat them back with water cannon + teargas.

20.Nov.2004 Don Nash: The politics of corruption: We have arrived at the bottom line.

Hypocrisy is the true name of the beast that is the Republican Party in the House of Representatives.

The Republican conversion to the ‘Party of God and the American Taliban’, was a slow and evolutionary process.

20.Nov.2004 Palestinians Called "Filthy Animals" On MSNBC's "Imus: CAIR today called on American Muslims + other people of conscience to contact the MSNBC cable television network to demand an apology for comments made on its "Imus in the Morning" program that referred to Palestinians as "filthy animals" + suggested that they all be killed.

20.Nov.2004 U.N. Committee Investigates Torture Allegations : The UK government has submitted a report to the U.N. Committee Against Torture acknowledging 17 possible cases of torture committed by its troops in Iraq

20.Nov.2004 Sam Hamod: Who Killed Margaret Hassan? I Know: One must always look to see who benefits from a crime when you are trying to get to the motive and the perpetrator of the crime.

20.Nov.2004 The Failure of the Corporate Media's Coverage in Iraq: Professor Mahmood Mamdani discussing the corporate media's coverage of Iraq + the U.S. assault on Fallujah. Audio + transcript.

20.Nov.2004 Media Cover-up of US War Crimes in Iraq: What the news reports fail to mention is that the killing of wounded insurgents + the strafing of civilians has become a routine practice of the US military in Iraq.

20.Nov.2004 Nuclear Disclosures on Iran Unverified : : Secretary of State Colin L. Powell shared information with reporters Wednesday about Iran's nuclear program that was classified + based on an unvetted, single source who provided information that two U.S. officials said yesterday was highly significant if true but has not yet been verified.

20.Nov.2004 US Media Propaganda-Phase II : Preparation For Attack On Iraq : "Powell says Iran pursuing nuclear bomb." Isn't this the same no-show-but-tell routine Powell mouthed to the UN before the Iraqi kickoff?

20.Nov.2004 Video: Elite Propaganda : The Propaganda Model of News: Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky demolish one of the central tenets of our political culture, the idea of the "liberal media

20.Nov.2004 In case you missed it: John Pilger: Power, Propaganda and Conscience in The War On Terror

20.Nov.2004 Fallujah Video has congressman calling for reporter ban Texas Democrat Sylvestre Reyes says it's time to rethink the presence of embedded reporters in combat zones.

"We don't want to know everything that's going on on the field."

20.Nov.2004 Fallujah refugees estimated at 250,000

20.Nov.2004 US Losses In Fallujah to Overweight Victory: Expert : Branding the US practices against the Fallujah residents as "state terrorism," Pascal Boniface, Director of the Institute for International and Strategic Studies in Paris, expected the onslaught to further fan anti-US feelings in the entire Islamic world.

20.Nov.2004 UK complained to US about alleged Iraq abuse: UK has frequently expressed concern to Washington at the highest level about US troops allegedly mistreating victims in Iraq, most recently in 00.Oct 2004 a UK official has told the UN's anti-torture panel.

20.Nov.2004 Iraq War Topping $5.8 Billion A Month : The Pentagon is spending more than $5.8 billion a month on the war in Iraq, according to the military's top generals.

That is nearly a 50 % increase above the $4 billion-a-month benchmark the Pentagon has used to estimate the cost of the war so far.

20.Nov.2004 Iraq Elections: Allawi aide says deadline looks more and more unrealistic : The 00.Jan.2005 deadline for Iraq's first post-Saddam elections looked increasingly in doubt yesterday after a senior aide to the interim prime minister predicted a delay.

20.Nov.2004 US 'inflated' foreign fighters' numbers: "The question of foreign fighters crossing Iraqi [borders] has been exaggerated, given that only 24 of the 1000 insurgents captured in Falluja are foreign," al-Thawra said on Thursday

20.Nov.2004 Why Iraq Will End as Vietnam Did: An armed force that keeps beating down on a weaker opponent will be seen as committing a series of crimes; therefore it will end up by losing the support of its allies, its own people + its own troops.

20.Nov.2004 No Way Out?: Iraq can’t defend itself if U.S. troops leave : “It’s clear the [USA] intention has been to establish a protectorate,” says W. Patrick Lang, formerly one of the Defense Intelligence Agency’s top experts on the Middle East.

20.Nov.2004 Eyewitness Report: Terrorizing those who are praying… : : “I am being held at gunpoint by USA soldiers inside Abu Hanifa mosque Dahr,” he yells,

Everyone is praying to God because the Americans are raiding our mosque during Friday prayer!”

20.Nov.2004 Only the Dead Have Seen the End of War Manuel Valenzuela
For war – that human weakness created by warmongering leaders that send to battle the mostly young, ignorant, easily manipulated, testosterone-filled members of the lower castes of any one tribe – unleashes in human beings a most vicious animal from the deepest reaches of our psyches.

The primordial necessity to kill, the hunger to maim + rape, the desire to inflict pain + suffering is therefore reborn, free to act indiscriminately, away from the menacing glow of the rule of law + the watchful eye of humanity. Continued

20.Nov.2004 + today the New York Times continues its series of "Making Vote Counts" editorials with a pretty solid stance on the necessity of journalistic + governmental proof that the elections weren't tampered with. ... I suspect the
coverage is going to go through the roof as the news spreads that [presidential candidate Ralph] Nader has gotten his recount in New Hampshire + that the Greens + Libertarians are actually going to get their Ohio recount.

When reporters discover what Jonathan Turley pointed out to us on Tuesday's show, namely that 70% of Ohio's votes were done with punch cards + as Florida proved in 2000, in court, a lot of those punch cards -- as Jon put it -- "turn over," I suspect there will be long-form television on the process.


16.Nov.2004 at 11 PM EST URL:

On Friday, [NBC News correspondent] David Shuster, who has already done some excellent research at Hardblogger [the weblog associated with MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews ],

did a piece on the mess for Hardball + Chris followed up with a discussion with Joe Trippi and Susan Molinari.

There was a cogent, reasoned, unexcited piece about the mechanics of possible tampering and/or machine failure on CNN's "Next" yesterday +

Saturday alone there were serious news pieces in the Cincinnati Enquirer + Cleveland Plain Dealer + Los Angeles Times + Salt Lake Tribune + Seattle Post-Intelligencer. NPR did a segment of its "On The Media" on the topic (with said blogger as the guest).

20.Nov.2004 Olbermann asked Newsweek senior editor and columnist Jonathan Alter, "why has the cascade of irregularities around this country occurred virtually in a news blackout?" Alter responded by saying that "I'm not justifying this, but by way of explanation, I think it is that there's no sense that, with a three-and-a-half-million vote difference [between President George W. Bush and Senator John Kerry], that this would affect the outcome, even if there were widespread irregularities found."

11.Nov.2004 edition of Countdown , Congressional Quarterly columnist + MSNBC political analyst Craig Crawford offered another perspective: "The glib answer, which is part of the truth, is I think everybody was tired after that election. ... [W]e're often wimps in the media. And we wait for other people to make charges, one political party or another + then we investigate it."

20.Nov.2004 Conservatives rail against MSNBC's Olbermann for reporting election irregularities

Media conservatives have labeled MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann a "voice of paranoia" + accused him of perpetuating "idiotic conspiracy theories" for his sustained spotlight on the numerous local news reports of voting irregularities during the 02.Nov.2004 presidential election.

Olbermann's emphasis during Countdown with Keith Olbermann on voting irregularities has been part of a critique of what he has called the "Rube Goldberg voting process of ours" -

as well as a criticism of the major media outlets' failure to report on the irregularities.

11.Nov.2004 In her nationally syndicated column, right-wing pundit Ann Coulter falsely asserted that Olbermann has been "peddling the theory that Bush stole the election" + referred to "Olbermann's idiotic conspiracy theory."

14.Nov.2004 A column by associate editor Bill Steigerwald in the conservative Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (owned by right-wing financier Richard Mellon Scaife) claimed Olbermann "really made a Dan Rather of himself" by focusing a segment of MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann on allegations of voter fraud. +

10.Nov.2004 in his "Inside Politics" column, Washington Times columnist Greg Pierce quoted the conservative Media Research Center's analysis of Olbermann's coverage:

"With 'Did Your Vote Count? The Plot Thickens' as his on-screen header, MSNBC's Keith Olbermann on Monday night led his 'Countdown' program with more than 15 straight minutes of paranoid + meaningless claims about voting irregularities in states won by President Bush," the Media Research Center reports at .

But Olbermann has not suggested that the election was stolen. Discussing the possible causes of the bevy of reported voting irregularities from around the country, Olbermann offered this analysis on the 10.Nov.2004 edition of Countdown :

There are really only three possible explanations for all of this :

The first is hoped for virtually unanimously by supporters of every candidate and every party -- namely, that all those elected last Tuesday got in because that's the way the people voted.

The second is that some of them got in through manipulation of a series of insufficiently sophisticated, insufficiently secure computer voting machines that might be hacked into by the nearest 9-year-old.

But the third possibility is actually more heart-stopping still, one that threatens the democracy in the way 100 terrorist rings could not - that the president or the District 90 dog catcher or other Republicans or other Democrats were elected because a series of insufficiently sophisticated, insufficiently secure computer voting machines was affected by bad design, bad use, damp ballots, power surges, and/or static cling

19.Nov.2004 Auch die Darstellung der inneren Zerrissenheit sowohl der Deutschen als auch der Emigranten und der Umerzieher gibt zu denken.

"KZler zu sein (Gefangener eines früheren Konzentrationslagers) ist eine schlechte Empfehlung bei einer Behörde in Deutschland."

Hin und wieder spricht Zuckmayer von möglicherweise drohender "Renazifizierung" + davon,

wie wenig die Besatzungsmacht sich in die Befindlichkeit der Besiegten hineindenken könne. URL:,1518,druck-328666,00.html
00.Nov.1946 Er wolle die Abgründe überbrücken, schrieb Carl Zuckmayer aus Deutschland.

Der Autor des "Fröhlichen Weinbergs", des "Hauptmanns von Köpenick" + "Des Teufels General" war nach seiner Emigration zum ersten Mal wieder in seinem Heimatland, diesmal im Auftrag der USA Besatzungsmacht.

Für sie sollte er Möglichkeiten des kulturellen Wiederaufbaus sondieren, der damals auch unter dem Blickwinkel der Umerziehung gesehen wurde. URL:,1518,druck-328666,00.html
19.Nov.2004 Carl Zuckmayer arbeitete nach dem WWII. für das US-Kriegsministerium.

Der Schriftsteller reiste aus Amerika zurück in seine Heimat und schrieb seine Beobachtungen auf.

Nach dem "Geheimreport" wird nun der "Deutschlandbericht" veröffentlicht, in dem Zuckmayer die Zustände der Nachkriegszeit beschreibt. URL:,1518,druck-328666,00.html

19.Nov.2004 Der Rechtsausschuss nahm deshalb nach Angaben von Diplomaten in seiner letzten Sitzung dieses Jahres Kurs auf eine völkerrechtlich nicht verbindliche Deklaration,

die einzelne Positionen von beiden Seiten berücksichtigt.

Damit soll an die Uno-Mitgliedstaaten appelliert werden, das Klonen von Menschen zu unterbinden.

Zugleich sollen sie aufgerufen werden, dafür zu sorgen, dass bei der wissenschaftlichen Forschung "die menschliche Würde unter allen Umständen respektiert" wird.
Etliche Länder, die das therapeutische Klonen erlauben, sehen darin eine Bestätigung ihrer Position.

Die deutsche Gesetzgebung verbietet es bereits unabhängig von den Uno-Verhandlungen über eine Klon-Konvention. URL:,1518,druck-328761,00.html
Uno-Mitgliedsstaaten: Keine Mehrheit für weltweites Klonverbot

19.Nov.2004 IAEO: Iran arbeitet emsig an waffentauglichem Uran