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19 September 2005

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Volume IV, Number 112
Carter-Baker Commission Calls for US Election Reform -- George “Nero” Bush clearly won the 2000 election, goes the joke – 5-4 in the Supreme Court. Until then, Americans believed (probably naively) that their votes not only counted but were counted. In a radical change, many now don’t think the votes that go into the machines have anything to do with what comes out. To address this, former president Carter and Bush family fixer (meant as a compliment) James Baker III, have managed a commission on US electoral reform that reports to Congress this week. Now, if Congress and the state legislatures will just listen.

North Korea Abandons Nukes, Sort of -- The criminally insane regime of North Korea has surprised just about everybody by announcing that it is giving up on nuclear arms. The fourth round of the six nation talks that have gone on for two years have brought about a result the world might be able to live with (and it can’t live comfortably without one). The only problems are that none of the details have been worked out yet, and the US got the deal by essentially deferring some of the hard work that remains.

Mississippi Sues Insurance Companies for Welching -- The mess that Hurricane Katrina left behind is going to be very expensive to clean up. Mr. Bush’s proposal for the region runs to $200 billion, and that won’t get it all done. The insurance industry is likely to pony up $60 billion. However, it will be like pulling teeth to make them pay. Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has sued five insurance companies saying adjusters have tried to trick Hurricane Katrina survivors out of millions of dollars in homeowner claims.

"Fawlty Towers" at 30 -- September 19, 1975, on BBC Two – a new comedy from John Cleese, “Fawlty Towers,” set in a hotel in Torquay. Featuring Connie Booth, Prunella Scales and Andrew Sachs. Tonight: “A Touch of Class.” It only ran 12 episodes, two seasons of six installments each. And yet, this Britcom has won viewers polls the world over. After 30 years, it’s obvious why – there wasn’t a single detail glossed over. As the new TV season begins in the States, a look back at what works only illustrates how tough it is to do TV well, and why it so often bores.

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