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protected speech pursuant to the "inalienable rights"
of all men, and the First
(or even the Second)
Amendment to the Constitution
of the United States of America.
Conceptual Penis as a Social Construct. This
academic paper - written as a hoax - that claimed penises cause climate
change was reviewed and approved with no changes by two peer reviewers at
a scientific journal.
Republican Candidate Charged With Assault After "Body-Slamming"
Guardian Reporter. He is alleged to have slammed a Guardian reporter
to the floor on the eve of the state’s special election, breaking his
glasses and shouting: “Get the hell out of here.”
Slingshot Was as Deadly as a .44 Magnum. On a fortified hill in
Scotland some 1,900 years ago, a Roman army used slings and lead bullets
with lethal accuracy.
Devastating Effects of Dental Inequality in America. The state of our
teeth reveals - and reinforces - economic disadvantage in society.
Vonnegut Ponders Why "Poor Americans Are Taught to Hate Themselves."
A timely passage from "Slaughterhouse-Five."
Olbermann: 40 Shady Things
We Now Know About Trump and Russia.
"A grotesquely immoral budget." Bernie Sanders on Trump's budget plan.
Stephen Colbert describes the incredible cruelty of Trump's new budget proposal in no uncertain terms.
Seth Meyers says Trump's cruel
budget breaks his campaign promises.
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Let's recap: Following his Phat Phlattery Tour to Saudi Arabia, Trump flew to Israel and "prayed" at the
Wailing Wall - yet God did not smote him with flying lava. Then off to
Rome to meet with the pope. Same deal. No fire.
Gifts For the Rich, Big Cuts For the Poor In Trump's Budget. He would
give a lot more money to the defense industry and wealthy taxpayers, and
he would pay for that with an unprecedented slashing of safety net
programs for America's poor.
AmericanConservative: When ISIS Ran the American South. When the barbarians who burned people alive and celebrated it publicly were us.
Justice and Five of the Most Shocking Lynchings in America. Lynching
has never been a legal form of capital punishment like hanging or firing
squad. Yet, throughout the country, law enforcement overlooked the actions
of angry mobs seeking vengeance for perceived crimes.
Seth Rich Conspiracy Theory is Shameful Nonsense. For the people who
cannot bear to read anything that isn't from certified right-wing media,
here is the very conservative National Review pleading on behalf of
Groveling Speech in Saudi Arabia Was a National Embarrassment.
"His speech was disgusting, nonsensical, and profoundly un-American.
It was all terrorism, Iran, and empty flattery."
of Trump and Glowing Globe Perplexes Internet. "One orb to rule
Chris Hedges: The Death of the Republic. The despotic forces that destroyed ancient Rome and other empires are destroying us. And removing Trump would not halt the disintegration.
Trump Won't Solve America's Crisis. "There is no way out for
America at this point."
80s Punk Found Metal And Changed It Forever. Included is an historic
collection of videos.
signs largest arms deal in American history - $350 billion over the
next decade - with Saudi Arabia.
If you can stomach it, watch
this video of Trump, Rex Tillerson, and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross
dancing with murderers in Saudi Arabia. Catchy tune, but you can't behead
F _ _ _ Pippa.
Investigative reporters have begun to flesh out the Trump/Russia
timeline. To keep everything in one location, here’s
an updated summary (so far).
Yugoslavia's Mysterious Abandoned Brutalist Monuments. Photos of some
forgotten post-World War II sculptures.
Time Jackie Kennedy Found Marijuana Growing in Her Garden. Throughout
most of the early sixties, JFK and Jacqueline were as high as kites,
receiving near-daily amphetamine-laced injections.
Check out this short, animated documentary of how
Hunter Thompson created gonzo journalism. On a binge with Ralph
Steadman at the Kentucky Derby.
Everything he's touched has turned to shit, and now we're allowing Trump
the seats of the world's three great religions: what could possibly go
Look! And it will easily fit in a 140-character
Bill Maher: Orange Sphincter to
Impeachment Talk Grows, Have Trump's Former Top Aides Already Cut Deals
With Federal Prosecutors? The art of the deal comes back to haunt
is perhaps the greatest playwright of the 20th century, and the author of
the masterpiece, Waiting
for Godot. It’s hard to understand the modern world without his
perspective. Check out this
about Beckett's literature from School
Biggest Myths About Drug Testing. No one wants to face a drug test,
but anyone who tokes should be aware of some basic testing facts. You
know, just in case.
Cornell sings haunting acoustic covers of Prince, Michael Jackson, and
"When I was young, I believed in three things: Marxism, the
redemptive power of cinema, and dynamite. Now I just believe in
I'm finishing a proposal for a film project. I'll be back tomorrow, if we're all still here.
Presidency Falls Apart. After an extraordinary 10 days, the tenure of
the chief executive may have deteriorated beyond his ability to repair it.
Jump On Special Prosecutor Bandwagon. Justice Department names former
FBI Director Robert Mueller to oversee the Russia investigation.
What Members of Congress Think About Impeaching Trump. One Dem called
for it on the House floor.
Evidence of Authoritarianism in Washington, DC. The Turkish
president's security detail beats peaceful protestors in front of the
pioneer of Fox News, dead at 77.
Kimmel: Schoolhouse Rock -
I'm Just a Lie.
Gorey Illustrates H. G. Wells' The War of the Worlds in His Inimitable
Gothic Style. The book is now long out of print, but you can now see
the fantastic illustrations online.
Soundgarden - The Day I Tried To
25th Amendment Solution to Remove Trump. Removal, not impeachment, for
a president unfit for office.
President Donald Trump Must Be Impeached. The time has come for
Congress to launch an impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump
for obstruction of justice.
Family's Slave. "She lived with us for 56 years. She raised me
and my siblings without pay. I was 11, a typical American kid, before I
realized who she was."
Gobekli Tepe the World's First Temple? Predating Stonehenge by 6,000
years, Turkey's stunning site upends the conventional view of the rise of
Obsessively Detailed Map of American Literature's Most Epic Road Trips.
Road trip with Kerouac and Fitzgerald and Twain and...
Rise and Fall of the Infamous SarcMark.
Vonnegut's Eight Tips on How to Write a Good Short Story. When it came
to giving advice to writers, Kurt was never dull.
WashingtonPost: Trump Revealed Highly Classified Information to Russian Foreign Minister and Ambassador. He was boasting of the "great intel" he receives when he discussed intelligence provided by a US partner.
Gonzaga commencement, writer
Sherman Alexie tells graduates to "remember your promises."
and Ignorance Revisited. It shouldn't come as a surprise that less
knowledge about a foreign country corresponds with a preference for more
destructive and irresponsible policies.
Keith Olbermann: Here's
How Trump Could Already Be Prosecuted.
Must Be Impeached. Here's Why. "Now the country is faced with a
president whose conduct strongly suggests that he poses a danger to our
system of government."
Madness Invites Mutiny. "Something is happening. It's in the air.
It is an awakening, it is an adjustment, it is a growing up."
Robert Reich: The
End of Trump. The law is reasonably clear. If Trump removed Comey to
avoid being investigated, that's an impeachable offense.
Checks and Balances "Under Assault" by Trump. Says former
director of national intelligence, James R. Clapper Jr.
Chris Hedges: Trump
Is the Symptom, Not the Disease. The crisis we face is the result of a
four-decade-long, slow-motion corporate coup that has rendered the citizen
impotent, left us without any authentic democratic institutions and
allowed corporate and military power to become omnipotent.
Have Identified 50-Foot Creature That Washed Up On Indonesian Beach. A
giant sea creature, possibly with tusks and possibly straight out of
Unsolved Mysteries That Keep Scientists Up at Night. From the mystery
of dark matter to the inevitable end of the universe...
Reasons the Comey Affair Is Worse Than Watergate. A journalist who
covered Nixon’s fall 45 years ago explains why the current challenge to
America may be more severe—and the democratic system less capable of
Man Lying. We're witnessing an historic moment. Unyielding dishonesty
and belligerence have landed Trump one investigation away from
Is How the Trump Administration Ends. "We have come to a very
strange and bad place where we have to rejoice at the fact that the
president of the United States lacks the basic managerial skills to lead
any elaborate political plan to completion."
Mystery of the Dog Suicide Bridge. Over the past five decades, more
than fifty dogs have jumped to their deaths from Overtoun Bridge, near
ScreenCraft: 10 Scripts to Read Before You Die.
Fox: "This isn't a
game." Chris Wallace and Shep Smith on Friday were perplexed by
the recent developments in the ongoing Donald Trump/James Comey saga, with
the hosts noting the president’s actions only serve to erode the trust
of the American people.
American Conservative magazine calls
for Trump's impeachment.
sets out the ideas behind Trumponomics. His economic plans are based
on a picture of America that is decades out of date—and dangerous for
America and the world
Conservatives Know Jeff Sessions Won't Win the War on Drugs. Trump's
attorney general just told prosecutors to go hard on mandatory minimum
sentences for drug offenders.
P. J. O'Rourke on Trump's Impending Doom. "You could be really
Harsh words from ForeignPolicy:
"We have the tin-pot leader whose vanity
knows no bounds. We have the rapacious family feathering their nests
without regard for the law or common decency. We have utter disregard for
values at home and abroad, the disdain for democracy, the hunger for
constraining a free press, the admiration for thugs and strongmen
I watched a good but very unsettling documentary called The
Imposter, about a 13-year-old boy who vanished in Texas and showed up
three years later in Spain. He had the same tattoos but looked different
and spoke with an accent. An investigator attempts to unravel the mystery.
I saw it on Netflix
hats, broomsticks, caldrons, cats. Why do we assume witches look a
certain way? Blame the rise of the mass-produced woodcut.
My friend Simon, bartender at Hogwash Whiskey Den, shows how
to make an Old Fashioned.
Hey, girl, I'll cover your preexisting condition...
You can take the entire Cornell University physics course, via
these lectures by the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman on
Would Happen in the Minutes and Hours After a Coup in America. Never
going to happen, right?
is Not a Drill. Who can sincerely believe that President Trump fired
FBI Director James Comey for any reason other than to thwart an
investigation of serious crimes? Which crimes—and how serious—we can
No One to Hold Donald Trump Accountable. The creeping sense of terror
you're feeling in the wake of the president firing James Comey is entirely
Al Franken slams Trump for
to Toughen Rules on Prosecuting Drug Crimes. A major rollback of
Obama-era policies that would put his first big stamp on a Justice
Department he has criticized as soft on crime.
Firing Draws Comparisons to Nixon's Saturday Night Massacre. It was
one of the most dramatic turns of events in the Watergate scandal.
Was James Comey Thinking? FBI Director Comey has long been renowned
for his integrity and independence. So why did he upend the 2016 election?
An exclusive report from inside the FBI.
Declared at Hanford Nuclear Site in Washington State. Hundreds of
workers were in "take cover" position after a tunnel in a
plutonium finishing plant collapsed yesterday morning.
Trump's Simplified Language Means. “You don’t have to be an expert
on dangerousness or spend 50 years studying it like I have in order to
know how dangerous this man is.”
Key Issues Ignored by the Washington Elite and the Media. The media's
current obsession with Donald Trump just provides one additional excuse
for highlighting trivia, while slighting issues that deserve far more
Says He'll Do What He Wants about Medical Marijuana. It’s not easy
keeping up with Trump’s contradictions, bizarre bragging, blatant lies
and general ignorance of how government functions. And, yeah, the fact
that he doesn’t seem to realize there’s this document called the
Olbermann: Sally Yates is an
John Oliver: Net
Ignorance is Becoming More Evident With Each Passing Day. It's
laughable when pundits try to distill a Trump doctrine from his word
Anxiety Didn't Make People Vote Trump, Racism Did. New data provide a
compelling answer to this vexing question.
Enlightenment. Poor Nietzsche. Not only is he blamed for World War I
and Nazism, but he's maligned as the godfather of postmodern relativism.
Nonsense. He was a champion of the Enlightenment.
Took a Century to Created the Weekend, and Only a Decade to Undo It.
"A Marxist might point out that the weekend is an act of corporate
trickery, a dangling carrot that keeps workers tethered to their
Power Brings Out Your True Self. "... power does not merely
corrupt: It exposes your true character. It releases inhibitions and sets
your inner self free. If you’re a jerk..."
17 objetos sonoros prehispánicos
originales de cerámica de la reserva arqueológica del Museo MAAC
Herzog Offers 24 Pieces of Filmmaking and Life Advice. "Ask for
forgiveness, not permission."
Chris Hedges: Going
to the Daytime Emmys. "There were once gradations of culture.
There were once broadcast news programs that took journalism seriously.
There were once talk shows that focused on books, political philosophy,
economic theory, art and ideas. There was once a literate public. This is
gone now, replaced by a vast burlesque."
Jesus Said Unto Paul of Ryan.
Vonnegut Diagrams the Shape of All Stories in a Mater's Thesis Rejected by
The University of Chicago. "What has been my prettiest
contribution to the culture?" asked Vonnegut. His answer?
Mozart in the Machine. Art is rooted in emotions. So what happens when
algorithms are able to understand and manipulate human emotions better
than Mozart, Picasso, or Shakespeare?
Street artist Blu creates a powerful, hand-painted stop motion film
around a water tower: Big Bang Boom.
This is what IBM thinks
the world will be like in five years.
History of Alternative Music Mapped Out on a Transistor Radio Circuit
Board - 300 punk, alt and indie artists.
Vox: Marx Still Matters. What the modern left can learn from the philosopher.
Movies for a Student of Philosophy. Movies that (seem to be)
incarnations of classic philosophical thought experiments or movies that
have a major philosophical problem as a main theme. I was so happy to see
some of my favorite films included: A Clockwork
Orange, Rope, Crimes and
Misdemeanors, Pi, Waking
Life, The Pervert's Guide to
Cinema, and others.
Brewer Puts the "P" in Pilsner. A Danish brewery is drawing
on 50,000 liters of urine collected from the largest music festival in
Northern Europe to produce a novelty beer.
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Trumpcare Disaster. "In a display of breathtaking hypocrisy,
House Republicans — without holding any hearings or giving the
Congressional Budget Office time to do an analysis — passed a bill that
would strip at least 24 million Americans of health insurance."
American Health Care Act 101. A primer on what the bill passed by the
House would do if enacted into law.
Kennedys - Kill the Poor.
Keith Olbermann: The
Shame and Cruelty of the GOP. "Be heartbroken. Be terrified. Be
angry. But mostly, be calmly vengeful. Quietly, persistently,
permanently vengeful. Trump and Ryan and every so-called man and woman who
voted for this medieval act, this barbarism, we know your names, we will
destroy your careers, we will make you suffer..."
2014 tweet from Donald Trump is pure prophecy.
Complexity of Social Problems is Outsmarting the Human Brain. Social
problems are fantastically complex, while human minds are severely
under-engineered. Is democracy doomed?
ScreenPrism: What's So Great
About Twin Peaks?
Staggering Amount of Vinyl Was Sold On Record Store Day 2017. Another
landmark year for the format.
George Will: Trump
Has a Dangerous Disability. "It is urgent for Americans to think
and speak clearly about President Trump’s inability to do either."
Nautilus: From 1500 to 1700, the way humans read was
transformed. They did it in private, at their own pace, rereading and
thinking about reading. They
deepened a new set of cognitive skills.
Greg Palast: Trump's
Tax Cuts Are More Evidence America's Billionaires Have Staged a Political
Coup. "Those guys in the red trucker hats - he's pissing in their
Have Revealed the Potential Dangers of Elon Musk's Neuralink Brain
Interface. Ultra high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces to connect
humans and computers might be a bad idea.
Why Won't the Press Ask Trump
Shaving Brushes Gave World War I Soldiers Anthrax. A critical shaving
tool caused critical illness in hundreds of people.
Frustration With Trump Just Boiled Over. It's all about "The
Massive Lake of Molten Carbon the Size of Mexico Was Just Discovered Under
the US. A recent scientific discovery has drastically changed our view
of the global carbon cycle and identified a new significant risk.
Smoking Marijuana Contribute to the Next Flu Pandemic? There are
around 10 million more Americans than a decade ago passing around that
the West Carved Up the Middle East. Because the end of the Ottoman
Empire was the beginning of the modern Middle East.
Miracle of the Sun, 1917: Ancient Angels at Fatima? If the apparitions
which are said to have been witnessed at Fatima in 1917 had taken place
centuries earlier they might have been described as Fairy encounters or
visions of spirits and demons.
War In Korea Might Unfold. If there is one problem the US military has
studied and thought about, it is another war on the Korean
Park pavilion, an icon of Expo '74, to undergo extensive renovation.
Very Compelling Evidence the Tower of Babel Was Real. Inside the
legendary city of Babylon in modern-day Iraq lie the remains of a vast
structure, which ancient records suggest was the Tower of Babel.
Horror Movies I Wish Were Novels. Most of your favorite horror movies
are novel adaptations. Here are the movies I wish I could read.
Artist Illustrates His Fight Against Depression In Mysterious Dark And
Surreal Paintings. Sometimes you can take your weakness and turn it
into something beautiful.
HistoryLink: IWW formally begins Spokane free-speech fight, 1909.
SpokesmanReview: It would take an entire book to do justice to this wild period of Spokane’s history. Yet we can sum it up a few sentences...
offices raided and martial law declared, 1917.
Accomplished More in His First 100 Days Than We Give Him Credit For.
Trump could leave office tomorrow and still qualify as the most
consequential POTUS in any living American's memory.
Anxiety Is Weed Culture's Bigfoot. Ever get the fear when you smoke
up? Scientists are still trying to work out why.
Philosophical Fascists of the Gay Alt-Right. Among the priests of the
"religion" of masculinity.
Tales of Potatoes That Caused Mass Sickness and Even Death. A greened
potato indicates the presence of a toxin that can cause gastrointestinal
distress, induce coma or even death within 24 hours of consumption.
Books That Predicted the Future With Eerie Accuracy. While the books
are often written as a metaphor for their contemporary society, some
authors have made amazingly accurate predictions about what modern life
has actually become.
Camus' "The Plague" Infects the Modern Political Mood.
Seventy years after it was first published, reading the novel can feel
"like watching the ten o'clock news."
is Marijuana Legalization's New Enemy Number One.
Offers a Potent Philosophical Reason to Cut Meat Out of Your Diet. One
of the central Buddhist precepts is ahimsa, which means
"I thought it would be easier."
Here is the official White House video:
99 days in 99 seconds from
Stephen Colbert Show.
Nazi Board Games of World War II. he Nazis fueled children’s
enthusiasm for both their war effort and genocide partly by stocking toy
stores with cheerful-looking but insidious board games.
say all pot strains are basically the same. The cause of their unique
characteristics is everything else that's in the plant.
to Stop World War III - An Asymmetrical Response. How the history
books describe the beginning will depend on how it ends.
Is What Musical Notes Actually Look Like. Do musical notes have their
own personalities? If one was to make a portrait of G sharp, what might it
Korea Releases New Video showing the White House Under Attack. The
video comes as tensions between the US and North Korea continue to rise.
Would You React If We Discovered Alien Life? Experts weigh in on what
the detection of other life forms might mean to the human race.
cult figure known as the clandestine Orange Sunshine LSD chemist, dead at
LSD Trips Last Forever. What Happens When You Inject Psilocybin. Fun
facts from the world's largest gathering of psychedelic researchers.
People Microdosed LSD for a Month in the Name of Science. As its name
suggests, microdosing involves regularly taking hits of acid that are so
small (between 1 and 10 micrograms, or below a tenth of a regular dose)
that users won't feel any of the trippy effects.
reason you didn't get high the first time you tried pot. It's not just
because you didn't know what you were doing.
Crucial Difference Between LSD and Mushrooms. Two hallucinogens, two
BoredPanda: Let us take you on a journey through the curious mind of a Polish artist who made a name for himself with his dystopian surrealism paintings, filled with post-apocalyptic imagery and nightmarish creatures.
Beksiński on Wikipedia.
Academy Award winning director Jonathan
Demme, dead at 73.
KeithOlberman: It sure
looks like a Russian cover-up.
Rather's Second Coming. With millions of Facebook fans and the freedom
to speak his mind, the 85-year-old journalist is back in the arena -
facing the opponent he's been waiting for his entire life.
Atlantic: In 2010, Google said it would scan all 129,864,880
books in the world, building the greatest library that's ever
failed, sort of ...
Esquire: Ten best movies booed
at Cannes Film Festival.
Why J. R. R. Tolkien Found Walt Disney
went to see Snow White with C. S. Lewis.
theories about why the Neanderthals died out.
Neocon Imperialism Leads the World Into Dante's Vision of Hell.
Washington’s paranoia and confusion bear an uncanny resemblance to the
final days of the Third Reich, when the leadership in Berlin became
Trump's Casus Belli. Former intelligence officers on Trump and Syria:
"The uncompromising demand that al-Assad must go will lead, in their
opinion, to a rapid escalation of military activity that inevitably will
result in conflict with Russia."
If We're Living In a Computer Simulation? There’s a religious
element to the notion of a giant simulation, a sense that there is a
higher, purer reality.
John Oliver on Ivanka and Jared.
Horrifying Legacy of the Victorian Tapeworm Diet. You take a pill
containing a tapeworm egg. Once hatched, the parasite grows inside of the
host, ingesting part of whatever the host eats.
in the Cloud. Transhumanism's simulation theology. Transhumanists tend
to see religion as a threat. But the movement's appeal is fundamentally
religious, a secular outgrowth of Christian eschatology.
On his Waking Up podcast, Sam
Harris talks with Charles Murray about his very controversial book
Curve," as well as the validity and significance of IQ as a
measure of intelligence, the problem of social stratification, the rise of
Trump, universal basic income, and other topics.
The actor Wallace Shawn (Inconceivable!) talks with Noam Chomsky about what
we really want.
Have We Depicted Madness Throughout History? The author of “Madness in
Civilization,” a new cultural history of madness, examines more than a
dozen depictions of insanity.
of a White Lighter. A mini-investigation into the origins of a bizarre
Time: Here's Google's 3-decade
timelapse of the Earth.
Legend of London's Time-Traveling Tomb. This tomb would be remarkable
for its imposing stature and cryptic veneer alone, but there's more to the
Grim Archaeological discoveries.
Alien World of the Burgess Shale. A time when there was nothing on
land and all life existed in the oceans.
in celebration of 4/20 Day, I watched a documentary on marijuana. Even
still, I was totally able to understand it.
the Man Who Could Turn Eastern Washington Blue. Can Democrat Ben
Stuckart win Spokane's congressional district for the first time in more
than 20 years?
night show hosts bid Bill O'Reilly a not-so-fond farewell.
Drugs Push the Brain to a State Never Seen Before. Brain measurements
have revealed that LSD, ketamine and psilocybin cause patterns of brain
activity that are far more diverse than normal consciousness.
KeithOlberman: Is there
an actual tape of Trump's Russia collusion? Also, Trump
wants to ride in a gilded coach?
Famed Bog Bodies Are Starting to Reveal Their Secrets. High-tech tools
divulge new information about the mysterious and violent fates met by
Intros to five heavyweights of
media criticism: Noam Chomsky, Roland Barthes, Marshall McLuhan,
Edward Said and Stuart Hall.
Marijuana is a No-Brainer. There are a lit of reasons to celebrate the
fact that Washington ended the costly, counterproductive and racist war on
Most Successful Marijuana Enthusiasts You Should Know. From Bob Dylan
and Rihanna to Bill Gates and Cameron Diaz, here's what a lot of famous
people think about weed.
Seeks to Unlock Marijuana's Secrets. With marijuana's rising
acceptance comes more debate about its potential benefits and drawbacks.
Charts That Show Marijuana Has Truly Gone Mainstream. The data
comes from a wide-ranging new survey on how and why people use marijuana
in the US.
Mysterious History of Marijuana.
Half of Parents Smoke Weed With Their (Adult) Kids. Yo, bonding with bong
rips and joints.
t o i c i s
m and Mariju ana. Incidentally, there is no good reason why I
put a space between each letter of the word "Stoicism" in this
title. Also, I have inexplicably put a double space between the
"u" and the "a" in the word "Marijuana." I
will probably do something similar before we conclude. Moreover, none of
this has anythin g to do with Stoicism.
NBC: Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Tuesday that marijuana
is a "gateway drug" and vowed his agency will uphold federal
laws against it.
and Virtue. For Aristotle, there is a form of reason that is practical,
which we ought to use to make choices that foster our individual
well-being and contribute to the common good. This leads to true happiness
Great Quotes About Marijuana.
to Calm Someone Who's On a Bad High. Three main factors play into the
effect a drug has on you. Here's how to handle them.
From Spokane Craiglist: Self-Starter
Needed for HempChannel.tv Promotions.
Legalization Boost Teen Marijuana Use? Drug warriors were notably
quiet when data indicated that adolescent consumption in Colorado fell
after state-licensed marijuana stores began serving the recreational
Martha Steward of Marijuana Edibles. It's a category that used to
begin and end with the bone-dry pot brownie, served in a college dorm
Spokane the Next Big Thing? The Seattle weekly dedicate an entire
issue to Spokane and discover what we've been shouting about. They did A
Tour of Spokane's Remarkable Literary Landmarks. And
Snapshots of Spokane's Booming Record-Store Economy. They profiled The
Weed Queen of Spokane, a city council member who put down roots in the
marijuana biz. And of course they interviewed Rachel Dolezal, the
White Woman Who Identifies as Black.
Designed all Your Favorite Album Art. 10cc, AC/DC, Black Sabbath,
Peter Gabriel, The Police, Genesis, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Paul
McCartney, Robert Plant, Syd Barrett, Throbbing Gristle, T. Rex, Wings,
Yes and XTC, to name but a few.
Are Witnessing the First Global Alliance of Far-Right Parties Since the
1930s. Much like their American counterparts, they hate immigrants and
Alex Jones Possibly Be a Brilliant Artist? The generous interpretation
of the rabid Infowars host's work as performance art.
that Donald Trump is Getting Crazier.
for Evolutionary Success. What makes us quintessentially human?
Not a joke. Nietzsche
in Shapes and Colors. A book that explains the German philosopher ...
If you live in the Browne's Addition neighborhood like I do, you are a
part of ultra-noisy music festival Elkfest - whether you like it or not. Here's
this year's lineup from The Inlander.
TheStranger: Is North Korea Going to Bomb Seattle? We’ve got two unstable leaders with weird hair and daddy issues threatening each other, and Seattle is located right in between them.
In 1943, a mock bombing
raid was held at Husky Stadium on the University of Washington campus in
Seattle. The event intended to demonstrate and how civilian and
military defense organizations can respond in case of an enemy attack. A
film was produced about the event. Watch
Expert Claims Latest Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria Was Staged. He
concluded that the US government's report does not provide any
"concrete" evidence that Assad was responsible, adding it was
more likely that the attack was perpetrated by players on the ground.
10 Rules and Laws Nobody Obeys. There are laws and rules, on the books
basically everywhere, not cruel and evil enough to justify a mass protest,
but are barely followed or enforced by anybody unless there is absolutely
no other choice.
Fox: Alex Jones says in custody battle that he's only "playing a character" on air.
Stephen Colbert rips Alex Jones.
Besides Joe Rogan, the other podcast I frequently listen to is Sam Harris, author, philosopher and neuroscientist. Here Harris interviews Tristan Harris, called by The Atlantic magazine as the "closest thing Silicon Valley has to a conscience."
This just went online: Sam
Harris talks to General Michael V. Hayden. Haven't listened to it yet.
Grants Erdogan Sweeping New Powers. Supporters say replacing the
parliamentary system with an executive presidency will modernize the
country. Detractors say it gives Erdogan dictatorial powers.
Violent Clashes in Berkeley Weren't "Pro-Trump" versus
"Anti-Trump". The media's oversimplification of what
happened during Saturday's rally risks obscuring a long-brewing and
fast-escalating conflict between the far left and the far right.
John Oliver on the French
We Sleep Badly on Our First Night in a New Place. Is it because half
our brain is staying up to keep watch?
"True" Human Diet. From the standpoint of paleoecology, the
so-called Paleo diet is a myth.
Dylan is the Kryptonite We Need Against Trumpism. This may quite
possibly be the best Nobel Prize choice ever for literature, right up
there with the recognition of William Faulkner.
Check out this animation of the
sinking of the Titanic in REAL TIME - 2 hours and 40 minutes.
Jones is Just "Playing a Character," According to His Lawyer.
The conspiracy goes deeper than we thought.
is Throwing a Royal Tantrum, Demanding to Ride in the Queen's Golden
Chillingly Clear Portrait of Saloth Sar, the Man Who Would Become Pol Pot.
He killed up to a fifth - some thing a quarter - of the seven million
Cambodian people to whom he said he was bringing a new and better life.
Five Most Powerful Populist Uprisings in US History. Populism
stretches through the American experience.
known survivor of the 19th century dies at 117.
Utter Uselessness of Job Interviews. We use them to try to "get
to know" people. It doesn't work.
Booth Said After He Killed Lincoln. He saw himself as a dramatic
figure in history. He jumped onto the stage and condemned his victim in
And people are somehow still amazed that animals
have fucking babies...
is the historical evidence that Jesus Christ lived and died? Some
people claim that Jesus is just an idea, rather than a real historical
figure, but there is a good deal of written evidence for his existence
2,000 years ago
American Government's Secret Plan for Surviving the End of the World.
Newly declassified CIA files offer a glimpse of the playbook Trump will
reach for it he stumbles into a nuclear war.
on Roy Cohn and Donald Trump. Many of Trump's private conversations
with Cohn were listened to by Cohn's longtime switchboard operator and
fallen women - prostitution in literature. The commodification of sex
has fascinated writers, playwrights and painters for centuries – but for
all the supposed liberation of our times, have attitudes really changed
Burn a Body When You Can Efficiently Dissolve It? Bio-cremation techniques make burning the dead look old-fashioned.
adjunct professors contemplate mortality in a Forever 21 dressing room.
Can We Stop the 1 Percent From Robbing Us? You'd get prison time for
robbing a bank at gunpoint; bankers who rob customers get
Here is the mystery perplexing Spokane: Late Wednesday afternoon, a man
jumped or fell from the downtown side of the Monroe Street Bridge into the
violently raging Spokane River. He jumped from the upriver side of the
bridge, between the bridge and the falls. Moments later, he had to be
rescued from the opposite bank of the river, on the same upriver side of
the bridge. This means he survived a fall of 140-feet, made it across the
unimaginable flow and volume of water currently roaring through the city,
and got to the other side of the river without going even a few feet
downstream. How is that possible?
Profound Agony of Solitary Confinement. Solitary confinement involves
spending 22.5 hours of every day in the confines of an 8ft by 10ft cell
– roughly the area of a king-size bed. Some inmates spend years, or even
decades, in solitary confinement. In these moments it is ritual, routine,
and paying attention to the senses that can help one survive.
Tombstone Brings the Dead Back to Life. A historic cemetery in
Slovenia is now installing tombstones with interactive digital screens.
County marijuana businesses net $15 million in March.
The US just dropped its largest non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan. The 21,000-pound bomb, is dubbed the "mother of all bombs," and has an explosive yield almost as big as that of the "Fat Man" dropped on Hiroshima.
"I'm going to bomb the shit outta them."
NealGabler: Why Trump Was Able to Sucker the World on Syria. Trump was never moved by the babies dying in Syria. Trump has always been moved by one thing and one thing only: his ego.
Vox: Confused about the situation in Syria? The war in Syria is complicated. This video will help you understand.
Syria Doesn't Provide Humanitarian Relief. It's also unconstitutional
and violates international law.
is Sliding Into a Dictatorship. There is nothing wrong with a strong
president, but Turkey's new constitution would make President Erdogan into
a 21st century sultan.
Optimist's Guide to Impeaching the President. A Harvard prof makes the
case, and it's not for the reason you expect.
Shrimp Species Named after Pink Floyd. The Synalpheus Pinkfloydi uses
its large pink claw to create a noise so loud it can kill small fish.
Writer Sets Us Straight About the Genius of Birds. Are birds geniuses
or idiots? Two writers "debate."
Smithsonian: "Lincoln in the Bardo" not only breaks
new literary ground, but raises
again fascinating questions about Abraham Lincoln’s deep interest in the
supernatural and the spirit world.
Do People say Friggin', Frickin', and Freakin'?
New Statesman: Dear
Google, please solve death. Meet the transhumanists who believe the
brain can outlive the body.
Sunrise above the foggy Spokane River --->
Incompatible Food Triad is the Most Delicious Philosophical Problem of Our
Time. Academics have been trying to solve it for decades.
Heartfelt Message to Our President.
Long Do You Need to Look at a Work of Art to Get It? Experts say
you're doing it all wrong.
Human Rights Anything More Than Legal Conventions? Do human rights
exist independently of human-made laws? Are they somehow embedded in the
culture of a liberal democratic society? Surely, human-rights law exists
in order to give force to human rights that in some sense pre-exist their
legal recognition – slavery, torture and racial discrimination did not
suddenly become human-rights violations only when they were legally
Beauty and Terror - Sam
Harris speaks with physicist Lawrence Krauss.
interesting theories that are difficult to believe. The Potato
Paradox, Simulacra and Simulations, the Four Dimensional Black Hole and
KeithOlbermann: The Media
Fell for Trump's Syria Stunt.
Timeline. Investigative reporters have begun to flesh out the
timeline. To keep everything in one location, here's an updated summary
TheStranger: Chechnya reportedly has "World's
first concentration camp for homosexuals since Hitler's in the 1930s."
The President of Chechnya's denial was "You cannot arrest or repress
people who just don't exist in the republic."
America Become the Reality of the Stanford prison Experiment? The
Great Zimbardo has a qualified lot to say.
is the Pentagon a Pentagon? The Pentagon has one of the more unique
shapes ever assigned to an office building. So how did it come to be that
Young Men Line Up to Die in the French Foreign Legion. The French
Foreign Legion is famed for marching great distances with heavy loads, but
the legionnaires are carried too by their legends, their mythos of
belonging and self-sacrifice. How a division of nationless,
death-idolizing, desert-traversing young men evolved into an elite
fighting force that continues today.
sheriff's video about heroin gets compared to ISIS clips.
BostonGlobe: US Military Should Get Out of the Middle East. A military withdrawal is by far the safest path for the US and the region.
Ansel Adams's Photography Can Teach Us. Because Ansel Adams's
black-and-white landscapes have become so ubiquitous, it’s easy to take
the beauty of his images for granted. But there’s perhaps never been a
better time to re-examine the careful, deliberate approach Adams took to
JohnOliver: Syria attack raised
Words That Survived by Getting Fossilized in Idioms. For whatever
reason, we started pronouncing words differently, or stopped using them
entirely, and they became obsolete.
Irish and American products, such as bourbon, rye and Tennessee,
are known as whiskey and
are spelled with an e. Products produced in Scotland, Canada and
Japan are spelled without the e.
Paces. Oregon moves to dissolve constitutional ban on public officials
settling grudges with duels.
"You can't con people, at least not for long. If you don't deliver
the goods, people will eventually catch on."
Nuke your hometown.
Nukemap is a Google Maps mash-up that calculates the effects of the
detonation of a nuclear bomb.
Deploys Warships to Korean Peninsula. Trump has said the US is
prepared to act alone to deal with the nuclear threat from North Korea.
It Could Happen Again. Instability in Ukraine, chaos in Syria,
conflict in the East China Sea - the trigger points for World War III are
DemocracyNow: Trump's strike on a Syrian airbase "has
nothing to do with concerns about the people of Syria."
Jeff Sessions wants to bring back the war on drugs.
Obscure Religion that Shaped the West. It has influenced Star Wars and
Game of Thrones – and characters as diverse as Voltaire, Nietzsche and
Freddy Mercury have cited it as an inspiration. So what is Zoroastrianism?
Took Kit. Thinking like a philosopher need not be a strange and arcane
art, if you get started with these tricks of the trade.
Here's Louis C.K.'s monologue from SNL last night.
Filthy Moralist. How the comedian Louis C.K. became America's unlikely
AmericanConservative: The Incredibly Bad Arguments for Intervening in Syria. The assumption that the Syrian government will be deterred from using unconventional weapons in the future if it is made to “pay a price” now is a very shaky one.
Also from AC: Trump the Phony. It took Trump less than three months in office to break one of his core campaign promises: that he would not involve the United States in these unnecessary regional wars, especially not in Syria.
BBC: Decoding the Trump "War Room" Photograph. What can we learn from the image?
Esquire: Trump's Syria Strike is Government Run Wild. The unilateral decision to strike the Syrian government was just the latest example.
Axios: This map of Syria and Iraq shows who's in control.
AlterNet: Five prominent Trump critics who were positively
gushing about his Syrian airstrike.
Landscape is Still Scarred by World War I. Photos of abandoned
battlefields reveal scars still run deep.
Delight. Vintage photographs of opium dens.
Did Modern Philosophy Begin?
Reuters: TUS fires missiles at Assad airbase; Russia denounces aggression. Nearly 60 Tomahawk missiles hit military base near Homs.
Trump tweet from 2013: "The President must get Congressional approval before attacking Syria - big mistake if he does not!"
A Facebook post from Spokane welder, Ian MacDonald: "It's amazing how people who were so against Syrian refugees are now backing a US military action against Syria, because Syrian civilians were killed ... If only they had a place to seek refuge before the attacks happened."
State is Teaching the World How to Regulate Weed. It had never been
done before we did it - not even in the Netherlands.
Don Rickles, dead at 90.
NYT: Don Rickles, Equal Opportunity Offender of Comedy.
Rickles and the Lost Art of the Insult.
Hunter S. Thompson Became a Legend. He had a briefcase of drugs and a
supreme command of language, but as he defined his legacy at 'Rolling
Stone,' he changed journalism in the process.
Supreme Hypocrisy on Chemical Weapons and Civilian Deaths. It is also
very suspicious in that the loudest voices of sympathy are the ones
closest to the US military industrial complex.
Nerdwriter: Trump's Golden Boy.
The mystery of Jared Kushner.
Man Who Brought the Swastika to Germany. Even after decades, the
symbol can't shake free from its evil associations.
SeattleWeekly: Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson releases guide on how Washington cities can resist immigration agents.
Here's the guide
The evil men do...
See, Spokane, rainbows still exist.
And, staying on the bright side, the lives of countless innocent Spokane
couches and davenports have been spared.
Bannon Removed from National Security Council.
Game Further Marred by Awful Officiating. What could have been.
Gonzaga University could have been national champions, if only for, well,
for a lot of things. Things like the Zags’ 14 turnovers. Or 27.6 percent
shooting after halftime. But the topic of conversation tomorrow may not
have much to do with those things. Instead, it will be about a second half
marred by, well, there is no easy way to put this: It was marred by awful
the linguistic theory at the center of the film "Arrival" have
Keith Olbermann: Do authorities
now have what they need on Trump?
Was Lenin Thinking? In the shape of its first leader, the Russian
Revolution had a strategic genius it never found again.
Esquire: The producer of "The Shining" explains why
Stanley Kubrick chose to change Stephen King's ending.
was widely and frequently practiced, in almost of every corner of the
globe. It is
perhaps the strongest taboo – centered on the convergence of the sacred
and the profane, the uncleanliness and holiness of the dead.
How to Fly a Plane.
Documentary, 1968 (?)
awesomely sexy propaganda ditty was put out by the Ortho
Pharmaceutical Corporation in 1970 for their salesmen pushing the birth
puts sour end on great Zags' season. Spokane will not forget these
Gonzaga Bulldogs because of one loss - one heart-breaking, head-banging
LA Times Editorial Board: Our
Dishonest President. "He is a man so unpredictable, so reckless,
so petulant, so full of blind self-regard, so untethered to reality that
it is impossible to know where his presidency will lead or how much damage
he will do to our nation."
John Oliver on marijuana.
On the subject of, that is.
Was Benjamin Franklin's Basement Filled With Skeletons? Repairs on
Franklin's old London house turned up 1200 pieces of bone from at least 15
Aeon: At the height of its power, the Roman empire was nothing
if not prepared for battle. This
video reveals how the empire’s armies were structured with a
precision that might astound today's most assiduous bureaucrat, and how
organization can be the key to military might.
Crumb and friends flush Donald Trump down the toilet, 1989.
is no joy in Mudville.
Tonight is the culmination of a peculiar style of basketball that has been forming in the Inland Northwest over past 40 years: adroit and artful coaching along with an unlikely combination of team finesse and the peppering of an ace-in-the-hole threat of caveman-like brutality.
Zags by 2. You heard it here.
AlterNet: Noam Chomsky says if Trump falters with supporters, don't
put "aside the possibility' of a "staged or alleged terrorist
Odds of Coincidence. "It is absolutely clear that the Russians
did interfere in our election. This is not a debatable issue. This is not
fake news. This is not a witch hunt. This happened."
Nation of the Walking Dead. Desperate citizens in Aldous Huxley’s
1932 novel “Brave New World” ingested the pleasure drug soma to check
out of reality. Our own versions of soma allow tens of millions of
Americans to retreat daily into addictive mousetraps that generate a
Happens in the Brain When Music Causes Chills? For some people it’s
David Bowie. For others it’s Franz Liszt. But regardless of the genre,
when the right chords combine, many people will get goose bumps or a chill
up the spine.
Spokesman-Review: Gonzaga advances to NCAA men's basketball title game, guts and guile in tow. Will play North Carolina in Monday's national championship.
S-R puts today's sports section on the front page --->
Damn, there haven't been this many happy Catholics since the Second Council of Nicaea in the Eighth Century.
Future conspiracies: First Jesuit college in NCAA Championship Game.
First Jesuit pope. Coincidence?
Was a Slacker and You Should Be Too. Many famous scientists have
something in common - they didn't work long hours.
government posts April Fools' Day prank offering "election
Scientist Lawrence Krauss (who I usually find to be excessively
arrogant) discusses the universe,
and the possibility of the multi-verse, with Joe Rogan. Here's the full
Scientific American: Hollywood's
Mischievous Vision of Artificial Intelligence. With the new sci-fi
flick "Ghost in the Shell" hitting theaters this week, SA asks
experts which movies, if any, have gotten AI right.
Atlas Obscura: Need
a Chill Pill? Here's a recipe from the 19th century. In the 80s and
early 90s, if you were acting uncool, your sassy friend might have told
you to "take a chill pill" - that is, to relax...
Which answer in this list is the correct answer to this
The following news items are NOT April Fool's jokes:
Prep for the Super-Rich. Some of the wealthiest people in America are
getting ready for the crackup of civilization.
Yikes. Bill Maher interviews
Flag Dog-Wag Warning. The time has never been riper for a false flag
terror attack. Reality television product Donald Trump and his top
political advisor, Steve Bannon, a veteran right wing propaganda
filmmaker, need a dog to wag.
the Nazis Tried to Bring Animals Back From Extinction. Their ideology
of genetic purity extended to aspirations about reviving a pristine
landscape with ancient animals and forests.
Guardian: US border agents carry out these invasive searches
without any warrant or even suspicion, going through text messages,
socaial media accounts and photos, while asking the owner about the people
they are interacting with, their religious affiliations and travel
how to protect your privacy.
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