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Douglas Herman
United States

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Award winning artist, photographer and freelance journalist, Douglas Herman enjoys exploring the occasional ghost town or spooky conspiracy and can be found wandering the back roads of America. Recently Doug finished writing, directing and producing an independent feature film, naturally a "road movie," and credits STR for giving him the impetus to write well, both provocatively and entertainingly. A longtime gypsy, Doug completed a 10,000 mile circumnavigation of North America, by bicycle, at the age of 35, and still wanders between Bullhead City, Arizona and Kodiak, Alaska with forays frequently into the so-called civilized world of Greater LA.


Columns by Douglas Herman

Smarter Than a Rothschild or a British Prime Minister?
Douglas Herman 2008-03-19 17:00
March 20, 2008 "Financially, the US is not an independent country." ~ Paul Craig Roberts Gold surpassed $1000 on Friday, March 14, to the collective silence of the financial advisors and investment columnists of the mainstream US media. When the economic gurus of the MSM missed the predictable, seven year rise of precious metals, their ignorance was obvious.
Truther Long Before It Was Cool
Douglas Herman 2008-03-02 17:00
March 3, 2008 "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." ~ George Orwell
What Do You Need to Survive?
Douglas Herman 2008-02-24 17:00
February 25, 2008 'Forewarned, forearmed; to be prepared is half the victory.' ~ Cervantes Ask yourself: what do you personally need to survive in case of an economic meltdown, in case of sudden hyperinflation, a global resource blockade, a sudden declaration of martial law--or a simple nuclear exchange resulting in national panic?
The Controlled Demolition of the American Republic
Douglas Herman 2007-03-20 17:00
March 21, 2007 'The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.' ~ Edmund Burke Edmund Burke, an Englishman of Irish birth, anarchist by inclination, is considered the father of Anglo-American conservatism (a defunct, nearly extinct sect) and also one of the earliest anarchist thinkers and supporter of the American revolution. Few such men exist today in Anglo-...
The First Annual Liberty Internet Awards
Douglas Herman 2007-03-15 17:00
March 16, 2007 "In many ways, what we in journalism need is a spine transplant." ~ Dan Rather The first Oscar ceremony (1927-28) was a modest affair. Now look at it. Hollywood spends far more time and money lavishing praise on itself than making good movies. That gold-plated statuette is as coveted as the crown jewels.
What Was Asked of Us
Douglas Herman 2007-03-06 17:00
Exclusive to STR March 7, 2007 "I found myself in a highly civilized world ignoring the Vietnam War . . . . Nobody I knew even talked about Vietnam, making it a very difficult situation to return to." ~ Oliver Stone, movie director and Vietnam veteran
Aftermath: Day 2, the War With Iran
Douglas Herman 2007-01-30 17:00
In the first fierce day of war, when coordinated air strikes on Iranian targets destroyed most of the Iranian air force and navy, the US military appeared invincible again. Wrecking a second-rate military power does that for an imperial war machine. By the second day of the war, however, most American and Iranian citizens wished for peace. Unfortunately, wars are always easier to get into than...
What Is the 'Root' of Evil?
Douglas Herman 2007-01-02 17:00
January 3, 2007 'There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.' ~ Thoreau Lake dweller Henry David Thoreau enjoyed an enviable, pastoral life in the pre-industrial age. Living in the woods on the shore of the 60 acre Walden Pond, a mile from the village of Concord, Massachusetts , Henry had ample time to dwell on the topic of good and evil.
Dear Senator McCain: When and Why Did You Sell Your Soul?
Douglas Herman 2006-11-19 17:00
Exclusive to STR November 20, 2006
Working Class Hero: 40 Jobs in 40 Years
Douglas Herman 2006-10-17 16:00
Exclusive to STR October 18, 2006 "A working class hero is something to be." ~ John Lennon
Voting: Placebo Or Drug of Choice?
Douglas Herman 2006-10-15 16:00
"Choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil." ~ Jerry Garcia So you have a choice, Americans. You can vote and hope your votes get counted, properly recorded by those electronic black boxes. You can vote and convince yourself you have performed your "patriotic duty." You can vote and pick some candidate you know very little about. You can vote and feel really, really, really good...
These Are the Troops I Support
Douglas Herman 2006-07-24 16:00
'The Republican Party has been reduced to one principle ' its own power. It protects the Bush regime from accountability and covers up its lies and misdeeds. Under the myths and lies that enshroud 9/11, the Democrats have collapsed as an opposition party.' ~ Paul Craig Roberts The US mainstream media, from time to time, projects New York Senator Hillary Clinton and Secretary of State Condaleeza...
These Are the Troops I Support
Douglas Herman 2006-05-24 16:00
'Wherever you can look - wherever there's a fight, so hungry people can eat, I'll be there. Wherever there's a cop beatin' up a guy, I'll be there. I'll be in the way guys yell when they're mad . . . .' ~ Tom Joad, The Grapes of Wrath I used to think I was the only oddball in the military, the only malcontent, the only dissident, the only 'bad troop,' as they used to say.
Revolt in the Ranks? Be VERY Careful, Neocon
Douglas Herman 2006-05-14 16:00
A few weeks ago, about the same time those high-ranking US generals were stating-- emphatically--their displeasure with Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and the conduct of the war in Iraq, ran a story on the Internet'Wounded Soldiers Left in Debt.
Two Cheers for Immigrants
Douglas Herman 2006-05-09 16:00
I love immigrants. I hope to marry one someday. Since 100% of Americans are immigrants or descended from immigrants, either legal or 'illegal' ones, I guess that makes me an immigrant too.
United 93: Film Review--Questions, Questions
Douglas Herman 2006-05-02 16:00
Will we, each of us, live or die heroically? Most of us will never know, right up to the exact moment of our death. We might, however, act exactly like the doomed passengers of United Flight 93, terrorized, dithering, agonizing before finally taking decisive action, according to the recent movie about the hijacked flight.
Vendetta: Heroism, Terrorism or Patriotism?
Douglas Herman 2006-03-28 16:00
'The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.' ~ Thomas Jefferson Maybe you have seen that movie, V for Vendetta. Surprisingly, if you click on the flags on the website that indicate specific countries, you will notice the movie hasn't opened in many countries.
Young Oliver Stone in Fallujah
Douglas Herman 2006-03-27 16:00
While you finished your second cup of coffee or morning commute, a young soldier in Iraq recorded 'a world of hurt' as troops used to say in Nam . He recorded them in his mind. He saw so many things that young people just out of high school shouldn't see. He saw them while shouldering a heavy pack and wearing body armor, unaware his mind was recording them. All the things he saw jumbled...
Live Free or Die: Is Liberty an Illusion?
Douglas Herman 2006-03-22 17:00
No man is free who does not realize he is foremost a prisoner. Imprisoned by unfulfilled desires, as Buddha described, and selfish worldly aspirations. Not to mention bills, bodily functions, jobs, duties, obligations, allegiances, plus hunger and thirst. Diogenes sought an honest man; Jesus explained that no man is good; Marx theorized no one is free until they have cast off their chains.
You Disgrace Your Uniform, Sir!'
Douglas Herman 2006-03-21 17:00
How many patriots work in the Pentagon? Lots of professional military officers work there--Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines--hurrying along the corridors, good and decent men mostly. Wouldn't it be wonderful to read their thoughts, as they conduct America 's military business?
Whorehouses I Have Known
Douglas Herman 2006-03-08 17:00
I get wistful whenever I think of Rio de Janeiro . The most beautiful women in the world live in Brazil , many of them what polite society would call working girls. But I get ahead of myself. Now most parents haven't the slightest clue what happens when their little Johnny gets his gun and finishes his training for war. They think the US military might make a man out of him'if it doesn't kill...
The S.O.B. Has to Go--Yeah, But Which One?
Douglas Herman 2006-02-28 17:00
'Neighbor, how stands the Union ?' ~ Stephen Vincent Benet (The Devil and Daniel Webster) The liveliest writers live on the Net. The best and brightest American essayists flourish not on the printed page, neither in polite college presses nor pulp newsprint but where free thought meets the free form use of the English language. Only on the Net.
Gold, Silver and the Coming Crisis in Iran
Douglas Herman 2006-02-12 17:00
Some might call it the Deja Vu War, the same war happening all over again. The same accusers and the same accusations, the same threats and the same predictable UN sanctions, the same script and timetable. The same Shock and Awe air attack. The same stalemate. The same wasted lives, wasted resources and squandered billions by the exact same culprit, the state.
A Million Little Pieces
Douglas Herman 2006-02-05 17:00
Man, I'd love to write a bestseller. Sell a million copies and appear on prime time TV. I'd love to hobnob with Larry King Live and Oprah and Regis. Party at the Playboy mansion, my name printed atop the New York Times bestseller list, and have my book reprinted a zillion times in paperback. Best of all, I'd love to get a million little pieces of US currency stuffed in my wallet. Sure, I'd...
Bumper Stickers I'd Love to See
Douglas Herman 2005-12-19 17:00
One thing I've noticed about bumper stickers: They piss off adults and amuse adolescents. Motorists stuck behind my slow-moving vehicle are forced to read a dozen or so flippant, provocative or anti-authoritarian messages before can safely pass (see photo). Most of these motorists emerge stony-faced, staring straight ahead, as they speed past me on some country road.
Deadliest Catch: One Alaska Fisherman to Another
Douglas Herman 2008-09-28 16:00
Exclusive to STR September 29, 2008
The Confessions of Osama Bin Laden
Douglas Herman 2008-11-17 17:00
I confess I did not know then, but I know now, why you Americans stopped chasing me at Tora Bora in October 2001.
Does the American Empire Deserve to Die?
Douglas Herman 2009-11-01 17:00
 Exclusive to STR November 2, 2009 I’m halfway through a reflective book written by an old curmudgeon. Part patriot, part historian, all gadfly, Gore Vidal wrote Imperial America: Reflections on the United States of Amnesia in 2004, just before the upcoming national elections. Almost a time capsule coupled with dire prophecy, the book is a sober,...
Adventures in Silver and Gold, Part 1: Seeking Precious Metal in The Melting Pot of Life
Douglas Herman 2011-04-25 03:00
Column by Douglas Herman. Exclusive to STR Metal, heavy metal is much in the news these days. While heavy radioactive metals are melting down in Japan, the twin precious metals of gold and silver are melting upwards. We are always surrounded by precious metal. It is inside us. Sometimes we sacrifice our more precious mettle inside of us to sweat and sacrifice and finally extract the less valuable...
Star-Crossed Super Ships: Titanic, Enterprise, America
Douglas Herman 2012-03-23 00:00
Column by Douglas Herman. Exclusive to STR The whole world looked different one hundred years ago.   In 1912, the automobile and the airplane were curiosities. England enjoyed an enormous empire in 1912, served by freighters, tankers, liners and warships. As immigration flooded across the Atlantic Ocean, hundreds of those ships ferried passengers across to America. Shipyards launched bigger...
Dick Cheney and the Dead Pool
Douglas Herman 2014-07-07 07:41
Column by Douglas Herman. Exclusive to STR “It is a universal trend for peoples to unite in a national emergency.” ~ Uri Avnery Dick Cheney rarely reads my columns here at STR. Certainly I’m glad that millions of Winston Smiths over at NSA read my stuff. I want them to read my stuff. I want young and impressionable minds, like Edward Snowden, to read STR and have ideas implanted...
Kindness Generates Kindness
Douglas Herman 2014-06-27 07:16
Column by Douglas Herman. Exclusive to STR “I’d love to change the world But I don't know what to do So I'll leave it up to you” ~ Ten Years After Memorial Day weekend. Mixed emotions. Sunshine and flowers in bloom and flags flying everywhere. Pretty girls and propaganda on TV and more empty, patriotic slogans from those who want to stir up trouble but never served....
They Stole His Money, Her Money & Mine Too
Douglas Herman 2012-01-24 01:00
Column by Doug Herman. Exclusive to STR  Just before the holidays, I walked into my local Wells Fargo bank to cash a small birthday check one of my sisters gave to me. Imagine my surprise when the teller informed me my small savings account was closed. I told her she was mistaken, and asked her to please check again; I knew I had about $800 in the account and I never use the ATM and don...
All My Heroes Died Broke, Broken, Not Beaten
Douglas Herman 2012-03-08 01:00
Column by Douglas Herman. Exclusive to STR  “The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure that it will kill you too, but there will be no special hurry.” ~ Ernest Hemingway   Recently I...
Fifty Years After JFK, the Empire Strikes Back
Douglas Herman 2013-11-04 09:12
Column by Douglas Herman. Exclusive to STR H3 { margin-top: 0.14in; margin-bottom: 0in; color: rgb(79, 129, 189); page-break-inside: avoid; }H3.western { font-family: "Cambria",serif; font-size: 12pt; }H3.cjk { font-family: "Arial Unicode MS"; font-size: 12pt; }H3.ctl { font-size: 12pt; }P { margin-bottom: 0.08in; }A:link { }“The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able...
Black Swans vs. Canary in the Coal Mine
Douglas Herman 2012-02-27 01:00
Column by Doug Herman. Exclusive to STR  Not all Black Swans are created equally.     Orchestrated human events are rarely Black Swan events. No matter how surprising to the masses, sudden and spectacular world events are rarely random, or so called Black Swans. Most Black Swans are human creations, created by and for the power elites. Pearl Harbor (1941), followed by the...
'Lone Gunman': Suspicious Similarities, Norwegian, Australian, American Shooters
Douglas Herman 2012-12-17 09:24
Column by Douglas Herman. Exclusive to STR “We live in a dirty and dangerous world. There are some things the general public does not need to know, and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows.” ~ Katherine Graham, Publisher of the Washington...
A Naturalist Looks at Avatar
Douglas Herman 2010-01-12 04:00
Exclusive to STR Maybe you’ve seen the first billion dollar movie. Maybe you saw it in 3-D, at an IMAX theater, with Dolby Surround Sound. Maybe you saw that movie and wondered what James Cameron was trying to say, if anything, and whether it was just another popcorn matinee movie with little substance behind the special effects.  Avatar might be one of those movies discussed in...