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ELECTION CAMPAIGN US DEFENSE DEPT. AWARDED $7 BILLION
CONTRACT TO CORP. IN WHICH CHENEY WAS STOCKHOLDER—
Electronic Data Systems Corp. website says he stayed on
Board of Directors and still owned 5,743 stock in EDS source
which has risen more than 80% since the award of the
contract source. EDS
had sustained considerable losses prior to the award of
the contract source,
which was the largest ever awarded by the US. Cheney is
former US Secretary of Defense.
US WATCHDOG GROUP SAYS BUSH & CHENEY
ACCEPTED $10 MILLION FROM DONORS WHO DID NOT NAME THEIR
EMPLOYER OR OCCUPATION—US election laws require that a
donor's occupation and employer be fully disclosed opensecrets.org.
MAJOR MILESTONE IN BIOLOGY—A complete map of the
genes of a plant has been achieved. "The sequencing and
analysis of the genome of Arabidopsis thaliana,
(Thale Cress) the 'model' plant for research...
sequences of its remaining three chromosomes, and an
overview of the annotation and analysis of the whole
genome source." The fruit fly, the nematode worm,
600 viruses and two dozen bacteria as organisms have
revealed their entire DNA blueprints. Says
Science, "Compiling maps and sequences for the
genetic pattern of a variety of organisms might well be
the breakthrough of the decade, perhaps even the
century, for all its potential to alter our view of the
world we live in.''
"AS THEY DEEMED BEST FOR THE PEOPLE" GORE'S WIN
OF TOTAL VOTE BY MORE THAN 300,000 REVEALED AMERICA'S
SEMI- DEMOCRACY TO MUCH OF WORLD—George 'W'ashington's
ghost? Three times in US history a candidate has won the
total vote and not the election source. This is due to the system of Electors conceived
by Irish-born ex-British soldier Pierce
Butler and set up in Article
II of the US Constitution by George Washington and
the Federalists in order to retain the power to usurp a
national vote. It was slightly revised in Ammendment
XII. Electors are not elected. They are chosen by
political parties, and many are not legally required to
vote for candidate with the majority of votes. "When the
Founding Fathers drafted the Constitution, they intended
that the Electors had not only the right, but also the
duty to vote as they deemed best for the people
US CHARITY ANNOUNCES
DETAILS OF HUNGER IN TEXAS
COLLEGE' 'ELECTS' GEORGE 'W'—Says its website,
"December 18, 2000 - Meeting of Electors: The electors
in each State meet to select the President and Vice
President of the United States. The electors record
their votes on six 'Certificates of Vote,' which are
paired with the six remaining original 'Certificates of
Ascertainment.' The electors sign, seal and certify the
packages of electoral votes and immediately send them to
the President of the Senate [Albert Gore, Jr.], the
Archivist of the United States and other designated
Federal and State officials. December 27, 2000 -
Deadline for Receipt of Electoral Votes: The President
of the Senate, the Archivist of the United States, and
other designated Federal and State officials must have
the electoral votes source."
JR., WINNER OF US ELECTION BY 300,000 VOTES, AUTHOR OF
EARTH IN THE BALANCE, CONCEDES US ELECTION TO
ELECTORAL SYSTEM BROUGHT ABOUT BY GEORGE 'W'ASHINGTON
QUESTION: WHY DID EXIT
POLLS FOR ALL THREE TV NETWORKS GIVE GORE THE WIN IN
FLORIDA? ANSWER: GORE GOT MORE VOTES THAN BUSH IN
FLORIDA—Exit polls survey how voters say they
DALLAS MORNING NEWS SAYS BUSH DID NOT MENTION '76 DRUNK DRIVING
ARREST DURING INTERVIEW OR ON JURY-DUTY QUESTIONNAIRE.
CHENEY HAD SIMILAR ARRESTS IN HIS TWENTIES source.
BUSH NAMED PERSON OF THE YEAR BY HUGE CORP
$1.3 trillion tax cut.
NEWSWEEK POLL—"Sixty-five percent of those surveyed say
politics or partisanship played a role in the 5-4
decision to reverse the Florida Supreme Court and stop
handcounting of the ballots in that state source."
BUSH NOMINATES FORMER MILITARY GENERAL FOR US
SECRETARY OF STATE —Colin Powell is an alumnus of
City College of New York, the "Poor Man's Harvard," and
is trained in military science and business
CONVICTIONS OF DEMONSTRATORS AT REPUBLICAN
CONVENTION IN CITY OF BROTHERLY LOVE LAST AUGUST
PERSIST—But the best the Courts can do is disorderly
conduct and obstructing a highway source.
US SUPREME COURT TEMPORARILY STOPS
RECOUNT ORDERED BY FLORIDA SUPREME COURT—RE GEORGE W. BUSH AND RICHARD CHENEY,
Applicants, v. ALBERT GORE, JR., et al., Respondents. EMERGENCY
APPLICATION FOR A STAY OF ENFORCEMENT OF THE JUDGMENT BELOW PENDING THE
FILING AND DISPOSITION OF
A PETITION FOR A WRIT OF CERTIORARI TO THE SUPREME COURT OF FLORIDA—Rules
Court, "Under these circumstances, the effect of a
failure to grant a stay could well be to deny Applicants fully effective relief
in this case and to inflict material harm on the
electoral process. A stay is
further justified by the extraordinary importance of
the outcome of this case
and the extremely time-sensitive nature of
US SUPREME COURT SENT ELECTION CASES BACK TO FLORIDA
COURT AS "STATES' RIGHTS" TENTH
AMMENDMENT LOOMED LARGE—"The powers not delegated to
the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by
it to the states, are reserved to the states
respectively, or to the people."
FLORIDA ELECTION COMMISSIONER KATHERINE
HARRIS--NOW WITH VANITY
WEBSITE-COURTESY FLORIDA TAXPAYERS- CERTIFIES 537
VOTE WIN FOR BUSH—Says, "American democracy has
triumphed once again."
NAACP WANTS U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL TO INVESTIGATE
CLAIMS OF "FAILURE TO PICK UP AT LEAST ONE BALLOT BOX"
AND THAT BLACKS "WERE PREVENTED FROM VOTING IN SOME
FLORIDA PRECINCTS source."
FIRST e-LECTION? Did websites make
the ultimate difference in one of the closest elections
in US history? The three debates didn't change the dead
heat. Our daily polling suggested majority of undecided
would use Internet to decide. "This is the first
election where the Web can make a vast difference
(attorney Paul Cambria)." (2) In the US, women now outnumber men using the
Internet source, and the polls showed more women for
Gore, more men for Bush.
EARTH DEPT. NEWS—(5) Torrential Texas rains end drought which
exceeded famous Dustbowl of 1934 summer in Texas
EarthLive. (6) NASA says
30 cubic miles of ice melt off Greenland yearly
EarthDept.(7) Researchers say historical documents show
increasingly shorter winters since 1840 source. (8) The Russian
sub sinking in Sept. revealed the surprising depth of
the erosion-caused radiation leakage problem.
Kursk joined eight other
sunken nuclear subs on the North Atlantic floor. A
h-bomb has been lying on ocean floor off Newfoundland
since a 1968 bomber crash. Concern with the bomb lies
not with explosion but erosion-caused radiation leakage.
(9) Study finds, "population growth alone accounts for
43% of the rise in flood damages from 1932 to 1997, with
a much smaller effect from increased precipitation. Most
of the other 57% increase is due to burgeoning national
wealth source." (10) The Meyers Corp. makes transformers for power
lines. They deal in transformation too. Says their website,
"To be 'saved' means that you have accepted Jesus Christ
as your personal Savior, and made Him Lord of your
life." They don't mention that Canada may have to pay a
$50m fine by refusing to send PCB waste to Meyer's
processing plant in the US source.
HUGE TURNOUT IN KOSOVO ELECTIONS—Ibrahim Rugova,
moderate who lead passive resistance to Milosevic
defeats militant Hashim Thaci, former KLA Commander
source. Serbian Constitution
CHINA & YUGOSLAVIA SIGN ACCORD—People's
Daily (See also New China News on PAGE
LIGHT DRIVEN MEMS MORE PREVALENT—"Tiny mills the
size of a single red blood cell, driven by light beams,
are turning the cogs of some of the world's smallest
machines. Péter Galajda and Pál Ormos of the Biological
Research Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in
Szeged have used light to create, hold and power little
rotors that could have a big future as pumps and
switches. The miniaturization of mechanical technology
is already producing machines with moving parts too
small for the naked eye to see. These
'microelectromechanical' systems (MEMS) are typically
just a few millimetres across, and their microscopic
components might include strips that bend or resonate to
detect pressure or sound, or cogs and gears that
manoeuvre little mirrors for guiding light beams
ICANN, the Internet's
'government', tried to choose for the world new suffixes
such as .biz, .health, and .nom, after having rejected
.web, .kids, and .xxx. But instead it was forced at its
in Marina del Ray to say, "The applications selected
for further negotiation are the following:
.aero – Societe Internationale de
Telecommunications Aeronautiques SC, (SITA)
.coop – National Cooperative Business
.museum – Museum Domain Management
.name – Global Name Registry, LTD
.pro – RegistryPro, LTD."
ICANN is registering 75,000 new websites a
HACKERS BREAK DEEP INTO MICROSOFT, COPY 'DNA'
INSTRUCTIONS UNDERNEATH WINDOWS. HAD ACCESS FOR THREE
MONTHS—Software may now be open to 'cloning'. Hackers
had been in for three months. It began when an e-mail
attachment was opened that contained hidden instructions
Trojan. The QAZ replaced the NotePad text editor
with its own software which enabled it to enter any
connected computers, and then sent the Internet
addresses of all the connected computers to an outside
e-mail address. The hackers were then able to use the
'infected' MSN computers more
about QAZ. Why did
Microsoft keep such important and secret source code in
computers connected to the Internet? more
5 OCTOBER REVOLUTION: YUGOSLAVIA BACK IN HANDS OF
ITS PEOPLE, POWER-ADDICTS MILOSEVIC AND PROFESSOR WIFE
MIRIANA STILL IN BELGRADE—During take-over, Serb police
shook hands with protestors who threw a few
Photo), set symbolic
fires, (BBC Photo),
and took over .gov TV
stations. Vojislav Kostunica ("Kosh-too-neetza"), 56,
sworn in as president.
(serbia-info.com photo). He is
pro-democracy, anti-NATO. GOTO FreeB92.net or Serbia-info.com.
CLINTONS IN HISTORIC VISIT TO VIETNAM—US
national anthem played at ceremony.
US VIOLENT CRIME RATES IN
RECORD DECLINE—FBI reports murder rate lowest since the sixties.
Possible causes: low unemployment, high imprisonment
rates, higher police presence. (2) Last month, the
National Crime Victimization Survey said, "A 10% decline
in violent crime is the largest single-year percent
decrease in NCVS history. Victimization rates in 1999
are the lowest recorded since the survey's creation in
7 OF THIS YEAR'S 13 NOBEL PRIZES GO TO AMERICANS.
KOREA PRESIDENT WINS PEACE PRIZE, LITERATURE TO EXILED
CHINESE WRITER source.
SUN'S SURFACE & 100TH SHUTTLE CELEBRATE
NASA'S GREAT ACHIEVEMENTS—Photo from nearby satellite is
first picture of a star's surface.
WON IN PER-POPULATION MEDALS, CUBA
By dividing a country's medals total (3 for each
gold, 2 for silver, 1 for bronze) by its population in
millions, one gets an entirely different ranking in
which the superpowers finish nearly last.
Inspiring opening ceremony presented utopian vision of
united planet. Segments focused on history of aboriginal
and other native peoples of the world after UN had in
August criticized Australia's treatment of its native
peoples. (3) N & S Korea entered as one team. (4)
While NBC-TV complained of 10% fewer viewers, www.olympics.org had 7 billion
hits. Television coverage from a technical standpoint
was excellent. (5) Romanian all-round gold gymnast lost
her gold medal because she tested positive for Pseudo-ephedrine
which came from taking Nurofen a very
popular over-the-counter medication for colds and
rejects 97-year-old's application to end 65-year
marriage on grounds of infidelity.
CONCORDE TIRES—Ford Motor
Co. could face criminal charges in Venezuela as
Firestone tires recalled worldwide after at least
88 deaths linked to tread & belt separation leading
to peeling treads and blowouts. Recall primarily affects
Ford's Explorer. The recalled tires include all sizes of
P235/75R15 Firestone radial ATX, radial ATX II, and
Wilderness AT tires. (2) All Concordes grounded after
investigators found there have been 70 tire incidents,
seven of them rupturing fuel tanks in the wings. E.g.,
"British Airways Concorde burst five tires on landing at
JFK on Aug. 11, 1987. Nobody was hurt and no emergency
evacuation was necessary, but two engines were later
replaced as a precaution because they had ingested
UN Millennium Conference was largest assembly
of world leaders in history—minus Saddam Hussein, Kim
Jong-il of North Korea, Muammar Gaddafi, Slobodan
Milosevic, and Afghanistan's ruler, Mujahid. The
conference pledged to halve the billion people who live
on less than $1 a day.
NASA finds asteroid with 1 in 500 chance of
hitting earth in 2030 source.
WEBSITE HAD WARNED ABOUT GREEK FERRY EXPRESS
SAMINA—"...a large grimebucket... definitely a
boat to be avoided."
MASER & LASER CO-INVENTOR SEES CONNECTION
BETWEEN SCIENCE & RELIGION IN ROLES OF LOGIC &
28 US states sue five largest record labels re
price fixing. (See also
MUSIC WARS, On the Net, below.)
Florida jury decides Walt Disney Co. stole
idea for sports theme-park from former baseball umpire
& architect partner, and must pay them $240
Stowaway in wheel well of airliner survives
7-1/2 hour flight from Tahiti to Los Angeles.
IBM SUPERCOMPUTER TRACKS 9000 OBJECTS ORBITING EARTH
INCLUDING JUNK SUCH AS GLOVE AND
"Do not impose on others what you yourself do not
desire."—Chinese Proverb (6) "Every day I wash my face
with tears (Lulu Wang, author of intl. bestseller The
Lily Theater)." Click
Russian wins US Ultra-Marathon 138-mile run from dessert
floor to top of Mt. McKinley highest in US. (2) Tiger
Wood's caddy is now highest paid sports figure in
history of his native NZ. (3) Clinton
appoints Billy Blanks, Tae-Bo fitness system, to
President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports
US VICE PRESIDENT CHENEY UNVEILS BUSH GOVT.
ENVIRONMENT POLICY—Are they right? Say new nuclear power plants are
an answer for those ''really serious'' about reducing
greenhouse gases, rather than a ''seriously flawed''
Kyoto treaty to fight global warming source.
SATELLITE VERIFIES INCREASES IN GREENHOUSE
GASES—Long disputed by
corporate interests, Japanese study of past and present
spectro-photography finds, "direct evidence for a
significant increase in the greenhouse effect, with
atmospheric levels of methane, carbon dioxide, ozone and
chlorofluorocarbons all seen to have increased source." Meanwhile US says, "We need more refineries.
We need more power plants. We need more natural gas
pipelines. It’s as simple as that source." See also Earth Dept.
Dept.of State Press Releases
corp. is the subject of a music copyright
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