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Douglas Herman
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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

Tabloid America: Myth-Making, Mythology and Sensationalism
Douglas Herman 2004-05-16 15:00
I'm not making this up, but I wish I was. After my recent STR column Let Us Now Thank Lynndie England went to the top of Google, the fringe element who usually follow the party line of Fox News and talk radio wrote me--shocked, shocked!--that I would resort to mythological or cult icons to make my point. Well, the cult icons who inhabit the select places of power, like large and stupid...
Jimi Hendrix: Anti-War Forever
Douglas Herman 2004-05-12 15:00
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was a helluva time by any cultural timeclock--but undeniably the music certainly fit those times. The Vietnam War raged, Washington bathed in an orgy of lies, and the rock and pop you heard on the radio--whether AM or FM--carried an edginess rarely approached in music today. Few references to bitches or whores, more lyrics and battlecries,...
Andersonville: Earlier War Crimes "Abuse" Trial
Douglas Herman 2004-05-11 15:00
"Andersonville, or Camp Sumter as it was officially known, was one of the largest of many established prison camps during the American Civil War," wrote researcher and Georgia historian, Kevin Frye. "It was built early in 1864 after Confederate officials decided to move the large number of Federal prisoners kept in and around Richmond, Virginia, to a place of greater security and a more abundant...
Let Us Now Thank Lynndie England
Douglas Herman 2004-05-07 15:00
Who is Lynndie England and why-the-hell should we all thank her? Well, Lynndie England is the fall girl in the prison torture flap, the poster girl for the abuses that occurred in Iraq and--hardly ever mentioned--a former honor student from a small town in West Virginia, a town now hanging its head in collective shame over this picture. Hard to believe such a wisp of a girl might bring down the...
Achtung, Nazi!--One Year Later
Douglas Herman 2004-05-06 15:00
One year after I wrote the controversial, much reprinted column Achtung! Are We the New Nazis?, how much has changed? Have things gotten better or worse in Iraq for "liberating" US troops and the so-called liberated Iraqi people? Sadly, the much-ballyhooed liberation has become the brutal occupation we critics always predicted it would become. But warhawks have now gone from cheerleaders of war...
Hollywood Invasion!
Douglas Herman 2004-05-03 15:00
Does the Pentagon--the Department of Defense, Joint Chiefs, Rummie, Wolfie--ever watch war movies? I'm sure they do, but wouldn't it be truly worthwhile if our leaders left the theatre with a view of the Bigger Picture? With that idea in mind, I suggest three very good Hollywood war movies that offer the astute moviegoer (and war planner) all the things he should look for in a war film: action,...
Black Walls, Barricades and Tombs
Douglas Herman 2004-05-02 15:00
Nations are possessed with an insane ambition to perpetuate the memory of themselves by the amount of hammered stone they leave. What if equal pains were taken to smooth and polish their manners? One piece of good sense would be more memorable than a monument as high as the moon. ~ Henry David Thoreau Young soldiers are the blunt instruments of sinister, fraudulent or failed government policy....
Jesus Tortured! News at Eleven!
Douglas Herman 2004-05-02 15:00
"Forgive them father, for they know not what they do." A coalition of the willing tortured Jesus Christ, it was reported yesterday. A loose coalition of civilian contractors, powerful Judeocons and jackbooted Christian thugs followed a weekend of torture with the murder of an alleged, innocent political prisoner. Denied a fair trial and falsely imprisoned--according to a few of his followers--...
No One Knows the Spam I've Seen
Douglas Herman 2004-04-26 15:00
Two questions: Who sends this crap and how do we get Ashcroft off his ass to stop it? While I may not believe in most forms of censorship, it would be nice to have the ability to resend the e-mail spam and badly spelled porno blasts back to the morons who sent it, with a double dose of their own dreck. Remember when we were naive enough to think we could simply reply to Heather the porno girl or...
Pat Tillman, Meet Max and Lutz
Douglas Herman 2004-04-26 15:00
Pat Tillman died for our sins. Like Custer and Jesus, Tillman, the former National Football League star who volunteered to serve in Afghanistan, went to his death for failed, fraudulent government policies. In case you missed the last few days of tributes, Tillman, 27, was the best and brightest, a man with everything to live for, sent to die by the worst and most cynical of men, for cruel and...
Buy Gold--Before They Sell Out
Douglas Herman 2004-04-19 15:00
Money. Neither a solid nor a liquid but a vaporous gas--impossible for rich or poor and even most economists to grasp--money remains an illusion. Ask yourself: why is the printed paper money in your purse or wallet worth so much more than the newsprint in the trash? Is it human faith or a fabulous con job that makes paper money retain the value that all governments give it? US paper dollars...
The Osama Recruiters
Douglas Herman 2004-04-18 15:00
"I think that some heads should roll over Iraq," said retired Marine Gen. Anthony Zinni. "I've been called a traitor and a turncoat for mentioning these things." Everywhere you look, recruiting offices have been set up to enlist fanatics and loyal followers of Osama Bin Ladin. The success rate is difficult to determine, but new recruits flock to the Al Qaida cause in increasing numbers....
"I Wouldn"t Wear That Shirt If I Was You"
Douglas Herman 2004-04-13 15:00
He didn't look like one of the regular security guards. Dressed in black, like the teenager he confronted, he appeared about 30 years of age. Crew cut and tanned, he sternly chided the kid and his pal in the main room of Broward County Library, here in Florida, and for a while I observed. "I wouldn't wear that tee shirt if I was you," he said. From behind I inspected the black cotton tee worn...
Footsoldier: The Achilles Heel in America"s Quest for Empire
Douglas Herman 2004-04-11 15:00
If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle. ~ Sun-Tzu, The Art of War We were always the good guys in old Hollywood movies. We were always the unselfish defenders of freedom,...
Dear Mr. President: Step Down
Douglas Herman 2004-04-08 15:00
Harry Truman once said: "The buck stops here." Truman acknowledged that the office of the presidency bore the ultimate responsibility--or blame--for whatever political disaster befell the nation. Remember your words, sir, of approximately ten months ago: "Mission Accomplished"? As I recall, you seemed to strut and gloat with personal pride on the deck of that aircraft...
The Star and the Swastika
Douglas Herman 2004-04-04 15:00
Symbols are decorative propaganda. Artful designs that entangle minds, the colorful symbols, flags and insignias of nation-states conceal a broad swath of crimes. Some flags mimic the double cross of pirate lore or the pagan pentagram, while others weave from humble beginnings into an entire tapestry of sinister patterns and officially sanctioned felonies. Consider Israel. When did the Star of...
An American Samurai: A Special Forces Warrior Speaks of War and Peace
Douglas Herman 2004-03-30 15:00
Bushido a sense of justice and honesty, courage and contempt for death, self-control, sympathy towards all people, politeness and respect for etiquette, sincerity and respect for one's word of honour, absolute loyalty to one's superior, a duty to defend the honour of one's name and guild. Bushido literally...
Ten Ways to End War
Douglas Herman 2004-03-28 15:00
(1) The foremost way to end war is to declare yourself to be a No War Zone. When powerful nations attempt to control the airspace above weaker nations, they declare a policy of No-Fly Zones, which reduces the subject nation to subservient status. Powerful governments attempt to do the same to each individual citizen whenever they can. If a state can control the airspace within the mind, dissent...
What Will You Do When They Come for You?
Douglas Herman 2004-03-18 16:00
"Wherever a man goes, men will pursue and paw him with their dirty institutions, and, if they can, constrain him to belong to their desperate odd-fellow society. It is true, I might have resisted forcibly with more or less effect, might have run 'amok' against society; but I preferred that society should run 'amok' against me, it being the desperate party." ~ Henry David Thoreau, Walden...
A Tale of Two Heroines: Rachel Corrie & Jessica Lynch
Douglas Herman 2004-03-11 16:00
Life is a series of little deaths followed by a larger, final death. What we do in the interim, how we handle that portion of our adversity--those little deaths--determines how we handle that larger finality. Dignity and courage along the way makes the departure easier, as a few examples show. A friend sent me a bookmark with this epitaph of Jackie Robinson: "A life is not important except...
Shock & Awe One Year Later: The Awful Shock of Reality
Douglas Herman 2004-03-02 16:00
Where have all the flowers gone? What has become of all the heady predictions of garland-strewn, victory parades in downtown Baghdad one year after the war began? The toppled bronze statue, a media event staged to celebrate the toppling of Saddam Hussein, signaled an end to one phase of the war'The Shock and Awe quick strike phase'and the beginning of the long, hard slog of military occupation....
Ass, Bass & Gas--All Coming to Pass
Douglas Herman 2004-02-23 16:00
You've seen them before, especially if you live in the Midwest or Southern states. The bumper sticker--Ass, Bass & Gas--an impudent allegiance to a trilogy of needs or pleasures, is usually displayed next to Old Glory, the Star & Bars or the "Proud To be An American" bumpersticker. Not inconsistent with the patriotic slogans, ABG just about sums up the American Dream for a sizable segment...
Bone Collectors Buoyant for 2004
Douglas Herman 2004-02-15 16:00
Whichever way you roll the dice, they come up snake eyes. They win and you lose. What were the odds that TWO Yale grads and TWO Bonesmen would be vying for the position of president in 2004? Yale University, coincidentally, was the site of the old O.S.S., forerunner of The CIA and for the last forty years--not coincidentally--almost ALL victorious presidential candidates (aside from that Nobel...
A Return to the Scene of the Crime
Douglas Herman 2004-01-20 16:00
The real power structures are always the invisible ones behind the visible sovereign powers.' ~ Buckminster Fuller Who benefited most by the death of JFK? Who had the most to gain 'in terms of wealth and power' by the death of Kennedy? Forty years after that professional killing, with four decades of evidence, the answer is clear. In October 1963, one month before his death, Kennedy wrote...
Did the War Party Kill Chandra Levy?
Douglas Herman 2004-01-04 16:00
Gary Condit sues tabloids for $209 million'recent CNN news item It was the Black Dahlia Case without the nude body. But unlike that sensational and still unsolved Hollywood murder case, the unsolved Chandra Levy case probably has more sinister undertones than we shall ever be permitted to know. Gary Condit never killed Chandra Levy. Something bigger than both of them killed her. One year after...
Deadliest Catch: One Alaska Fisherman to Another
Douglas Herman 2008-09-28 15:00
Exclusive to STR September 29, 2008
The Confessions of Osama Bin Laden
Douglas Herman 2008-11-17 16:00
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 16:00
 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 02:00
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 2012-03-22 23:00
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 06:41
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 06:16
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 00:00
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 00:00
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 08:12
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Black Swans vs. Canary in the Coal Mine
Douglas Herman 2012-02-27 00:00
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 08:24
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 03:00
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...