It's where you are whenever you're here.  

 


D
ocumenting modern culture 
as it manifests
on or near that hotspot
on the surrealistic power grid
kn
own as Spokane, WA and/or
the kn
own or unknown universe

                  

 


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Running With Scissors Since 1999


I'm helping Jesse produce his Mr. Dark series. 

Episode Two is ONLINE NOW!


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I won first place in The Inlander's Short Fiction Contest. Read:
Uncle Le-o-nard's
Perplexing Exit


Elsewhere...

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MY ViDEOS

Does God Hate Spokane?
A pop quiz about the Westboro Baptist Church, who brought their God-Hates-Everything show to Spokane.

What I Learned from 
the Spokane Anarchists

We march with the young rebels during their July 4th March for Rights.

Cuttin' Onions with Zemek
I try to show graffiti artist gangsta dude Zemek how to chop onions. 
Weirdness ensues.

Welcome to the Fire Room
A young man is confronted by a menacing bartender. Horror. Quite disturbing.

Five Finger Fillet
The Contender challenges Tough Guy Champ to the ultimate knife game.

Rogue Wave
I dream I am swamped by a rogue wave as I explore the beaches of The Olympic Peninsula.


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My brush with the
Black Scythe 9/1/13


Mi VIDEOhS

Cloudburst
I come upon a cloudburst near 
Joshua Tree National Park.

The Perfect Haunted House
Mr. Needles, Professor Terrington and Stik Mann search for the perfect haunted house to use in a zombie movie - but Stik Mann has ulterior motives.

(I am not) The Blue Bear
Espionage, kidnapping, torture, kinky sex and teddy bears. S-s-psychological, p-political horror.

Nib-Ron's Warning to OrbEarth
Take heed, gullible earth creatures. (But something is lost in the translation.)


Poster by Chris ?

Here's Screen Test (2014), a bizarre little Jesse James Hennessy film. I wrote the script and was assistant director.


MY ViDS

Ditching Mr. D
I foolishly invite Mr. D to accompany me on my summer vacation.

Shadow Biker
... I slipped into a wormhole and spend 24 years as apprentice to Evil Lord Saint-Chev who instructed me in the black arts.



The Al-Ray
James and I canoe out on Mystery Bay to check on an old-school wooden work boat.

Soup
I make soup.

Encounter 
Nature and I softly collide on the Fish Lake Trail early one Easter morning.


CONTESTS
I've been a part of

NYC 100 Hour Film Race

2014
The Dairy Heirs
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NYC 24 Hour Film Race

2015
Mental

2014
A Drink in the Dark
(Made the top 24 films in this worldwide competition. Premiered in New York.)
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50 Hour Film Slam

2014
Cursed

2013
The Burning

2011
Oxy and Drakkar
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48 Hour Film Fest
 (discontinued)

2013
The Appraisal

2012
Gazoombas!

2011
The Sacrifice

2010
The Tenth Floor


2009

 
bag

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MY V-ViDS

Occupy Spokane
Dominates Downtown

The movement takes over downtown as they march on Chase Bank and the Bank of America, 10/15/11.

PFC Bee Dies for the Homeland
The last few horrible moments of brave Private First Class B. Bee.

PETA Protests Cruelty to Fish
An awesome moment in Spokane's surreal history.

Geothermal 
Giggle

 It's a joke. 
It's just a joke.


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Check out the work of my friend and occasional collaborator, filmmaker 
Jesse James Hennessy


MORE OF MY ViDEOS

Fun with Firearms
Jesse and I have fun with firearms on Fourth of July morning.

Compliments
Randomly generated compliments with a rosemary/veal sauce.

Occupy Spokane
I film the first rag-tag meeting of the local offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street phenomenon.

Dick's Day - Day of the Dick
Vice President Cheney is welcomed to Spokane.

Crossing the Mighty Kootenai
I cross the very scary swinging bridge above the Kootenai River as it surges above flood stage..


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Go to my IMDb site, unless you have laundry to do or something.


MY ViDS

RetroViral Village
Stik Mann attempts to escape an alternate reality (of his own making?).

The Flood
A paranoid "documentary" about the Ice Age floods that scoured much of Washington State around 15,000 years ago.  I also freak out about caves and hotel rooms and Indian spirits.

Travel Notes
The mystery, religious pilgrimage, and Doubting Thomas angst I experience while traveling.

High Water
The Spokane River roars through downtown Spokane - Spring 2011


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MY TRIP(Y) CLIPS

The Great Salt Flats

Descent into the Valley of Death

Anasazi Ruins

Mi Dentista Mexicano

No Thirteens in Las Vegas

Ghost Town

Antelope Near Devil's Tower

Paradox at Bonneville Salt Flats

Kansas Prairie Fire

Chicago Revelation 


MO of MY
STUFF

The Klamath River Whale
I film a gray whale who wouldn't leave the Klamath River Bridge.

Arm Chomping
Keeping the revered art of arm chomping alive at Mootsys Tavern.

Seaworthy
James shows off his salvaged boat. Then we tour his boat building school.

The Western Loop
The video journal of my 1/14 road trip.


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EARLY CREEPY COLLABORATIONS
with weird stories 
behind them.

CORK
Mr. Needles and Professor Terrington instruct an inept waiter on proper wine service.

GUNTher
(re-uploaded 10/14) 
GUNTher and friends have murderous Halloween fun.


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AND EVEN MORE
of my stuff

Tat
Jesse visits the 2010 Spokane Tattoo Convention. I follow along with a camera.

Darlin'
Local band Darlin' plays Prago cafe in downtown Spokane. Angela Landsbury and Andy Griffin provide the subplot.

Lunch with Arp Xigar
Arp and I consume raw animal products and redefine the three martini lunch.

Vitt
A moment at the sauté station with the inimitable Joe Vitt.

OtherSpokane's
 Christmas Special
The Leroy Lovegun Christmas Special (Party Crashing 101)
Click here to see Jesse's version using the same footage.

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AAAAAAAND
EVEN MORE
of my stuff

A Christmas Moment
James has a "moment" at the Leroy Lovegun Christmas party. 

Drip
Shemaleiah's retelling of the Gilgamesh legend. Artsy bondage.

Occupy Spokane's March 
on Chase Bank
 
The Occupy Spokane movement swells 10/14/11 and spills over into downtown Spokane.

the making of MEAT
A short film of us preparing to make the short-short film MEAT (included within).

Texas Tea
 I meet Ash, a "pumper" from one of the many oil fields north of Pecos. He explains the mechanics of it all, from pump jack to wellhead. This is rural Texas.

Foxxy Moron Show 7/2/05
Foxxy Moron and the Sexxy Revolution at The B-Side Tavern.

OtherSpokane Intro
OtherSpokane's Instructional Video


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MY ViDEO SHORTS

Jumping to Conclusions 
at Pig Out in the Park

Whores4wars

Occupy Spokane's
 Diverse Folk

Deer in Downtown Spokane

Bestial Zen

Maniac

Drunk Dude Rescued

Because Art Matters

Ride

Shadows of Luigi

Do you smite me, sir?

Wiener

$1 PBRs

Where Did I Put 
My Sunglasses?

Ledger Parade

Titanic

Shem in Snow

The Line

Leroy Promo

Dealing with Evil

1night@Mootsys


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POLiTICS 2012

Ron Paul in Spokane

Part One
Part Two

The Newt in The Kan at The Bing

Part One
Part Two


Heeere's my face 
on Facebook


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Favorite Blasts from this
Website's Past:

Judy Roger's
Sarcastic Pantyraid 2000

ColdFire Labyrinth

My meeting with
Stacey #1 - #2

dewD-ling --
Coversations with dewD

The Martyrdom of
MAGOO
#1 - #2 - #3 - #4

TheOTHERSpokane
Prototype Project
Issues 1 - 5

Paranoid-Critical
Letters

Correspondence

Other Past Issues


I first used "The Bing" as a name for The Bing Crosby Theater


OtherSpokane.com is 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. Don't tread on me, pretty-please.

9/4/15

I spent way too much time yesterday watching videos of outrageous standup comedian Doug Stanhope.
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Altered statue in Vancouver.Private jets, sex toys, and faux-native American headdresses return to burning man.
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How trustworthy are DNA and other crime scene tests?
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Mars has seen its fair share of pareidolia in recent months. But a soup spoon? The debate goes on.
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If attacked by a mob of clowns, go for the juggler.
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What searchable speech will do to you: Will recording every spoken word help or hurt us?
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Pieces of advice from Werner Herzog.
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Alice Cooper talks about his drinking buddies Hendrix and Lennon.


9/3/15

I'm not ashamed to say that in the 70s I was a Johnhead. Here are 10 of Rolling Stone readers' favorite Elton John songs. But, how could they not pick this. Or, Holy Moses, this. Or this. And of course, the song that may have saved my life.
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A century before the recent controversy about blackface at Whitworth, Al Jolson appeared at Spokane’s Auditorium Theater in blackface.
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Fifty things about the CIA that the world needs to know.
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How far can a motorcycle lean in a turn? (Get out yer thinkin' cap.)
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The most amazing buildings in the world that haven't been built yet.
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Video essay: Scorsese in the red

Scorsese's 85 films every film student needs to see. (What?!! No Bergman, Fellini, or even Woody Allen? C'mon Marty.)
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Diagrams that changed the world.


9/2/15

"Fear and Loathing" cartoonist Ralph Steadman illustrates birds on the brink of extinction.
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In 1641, when the American colonists established a legal code, the first capital crime was idolatry. The second was witchcraft.
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Ron Paul says Bernie Sanders destroyed the Audit the Fed Bill at the last minute.
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The driverless car has been involved in a smattering of minor accidents because it observes traffic laws to the letter - and people don't.
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An illustrated guide to pairing wine and cheese.
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Here's an homage to the late Wes Craven in the form of a very short video essay analyzing the use of sound in his horror classic, "A Nightmare on Elm Street." 


9/1/15

A 4.3 [downgraded to 4.2] magnitude earthquake near Coulee Dam. What could go wrong there?
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The religio-erotic paintings of Clovis Trouille. Now with Hi Fructose!
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Cold-blooded murder (:58).
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Outrage after Auschwitz installs showers to "cool down" visitors.
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Squeezing, falsifying, accentuating, stiffening: Clothing has always been about artifice. Choosing what we wear has never been rational.
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This animation maps the journeys of 15,790 slave ships in two minutes. 
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From the ACLU: A DEA handbook reveals a government form entitled "Consent to Assume Online Identity." Here's how cops impersonate your friends.
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Some physicists believe we're living in a giant hologram.
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A lady ordered a double entendre at the bar. The bartender gave it to her.
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How come some people believe in the paranormal?
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Inventors killed by their own inventions.


8/31/15

Nowadays, we are besieged by imagery of shootings, executions, kidnappings and all manner of crime. Why are we inescapably drawn to disasters and especially the moment of death?
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Andre and Wally (mostly Andre) on reality...
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X88B88 looks like the word "voodoo" reflecting off of itself.
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Wes Craven, master of the modern horror film, dead at 76.

Here's an article Craven wrote about his favorite scary movies.

Here is his website. How many of his movies have you seen? Ten Craven quotes.
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Study says that wearing black clothing makes you appear more attractive, intelligent, and confident.
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Why do people believe in ghosts?
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I understand that the person who proofread Hitler's speeches was a real grammar Nazi.
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Cattle ranchers across fire-ravaged north-central Washington aren't sure of their total losses. The devastation includes not only body counts but hundreds of miles of fence, grazing land and water sources.


8/30/15

Rain! Fresh air...
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No awards from the Film Racing Gala event last night, but our person at the New York scene says our film "Mental" was well received by the audience. Congratulations to all involved!
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Officials close the entire Nez Perce-Clearwater Nation Forest to human entry.
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Nestle's California water theft censored by Reddit.
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Revisiting 1930s authoritarianism through Donald Trump.
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A chocolate company slipped colorful cards depicting theoretical life in the year 2000 into boxes of their sweets. Altogether, 12 such cards were produced, predicting how a range of activities would get upgraded for the 21st Century.
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Revealing the hidden patterns of birds and insects in motion.
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What would happen if everyone on Earth jumped at the same time?
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The belief that prolific writing equals bad writing is snobbish, inane, and demonstrably untrue, says Stephen King - who once published four books in one year.
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Here are some slang terms for sexual intercourse over the last 600 years. I found "Ride a dragon upon St. George" from 1698 a bit troubling. 


8/29/15

Idaho closes all public lands starting tomorrow.

Dust storm warning in Spokane and area until 5:00. Avoid travel. 

Just a small earthquake or a wee meteor strike is all Spokane needs for the atmosphere - physically and psychologically - to feel truly apocalyptic.
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photo - ssgIf you are in New York City tonight consider attending the 24 Hour Film Race's Gala Screening and Awards Ceremony. JJH Productions entry, "Mental," (which I helped produce) will debut as one of the top 24 films in this worldwide event - for the second year in a row. I'll provide a link to the film after tonight's winners are announced.
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Three ways to end life on earth, according to 1962 cold war-era scientists.
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In Orwellian fashion, Americans have been stripped of the right to walk, challenging their humanity, freedom and health.
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You can only ran through a campground because it's passed tents.
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A new technology, which scans crowds to decide what kind of product to advertise, is evidence that we're living in a dystopian satire written by a heavy-handed idiot.
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Sarah Palin interviews Donald Trump. 


8/28/15

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8/27/15

Writing today...


8/26/15

 This morning a disgruntled TV reporter murdered his colleagues live on air.  The gunman filmed the murder. Obviously disturbing.
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The FBI thought Ray Bradbury (yeah, you read that right) MIGHT BE A TERRORIST, saying, "The general aim of these science fiction writers is to frighten the people into a state of paralysis or psychological incompetence bordering on hysteria."
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Glenn Greenwald: Chilling legal memo from Obama DOJ justifies assassination of US citizens.
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Books that even scared Stephen King.
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Links to find out about air quality, smoke plumes and road closures linked to wildfires throughout the Northwest.
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Here is Banksy's promo video for Dismaland.
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From the Sumerians to Shakespeare to Twain: why fart jokes never get old.
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The mythical mushroom portals of the supernatural: Do you dare enter a fairy ring
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A picture of language: The fading art of diagramming sentences.
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What the avant-garde industrial group Laibach learned in North Korea.
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Spiders tune their webs like guitars, interpreting the vibrations produced by visitors that might be food or mates.


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Spokane's air is still unhealthy.
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I'm happy to report that all zero of my stocks didn't lose a single penny.
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The Okanogan Complex is now the largest wildfire in state history.
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Here's the Guardian article about the fires surrounding Omak.
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A Spokane Valley deputy trained to spot stoned and drunk drivers is wrong nearly as often as he is right, blood tests from drivers show.
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What might future colonists of the Red Planet be able to grow, cook, and eat?
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photo - ssgA New York Times columnist says the US has a unique opportunity to capture a war criminal: Let Sudan's president come to New York to attend the General Assembly of the UN. Then arrest him.
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A remote island, an Arctic expedition, a one-way trip to Mars - what drives our urge to explore the farthest reaches?
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The new Oreo Thins: Will people pay more money for less Oreo? Yes.


8/24/15

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8/23/15

Air quality in Spokane is currently unhealthy.

City of Republic on Level 2 evacuation notice.

Entire Spokane Reservation is under Level 2 evacuations. All current info.
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Boeing patented a drone that flies, submerges, and swims.
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"Sometimes you just have to jump out the window and grow wings on the way down."
   ~  Ray Bradbury
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The submission period ends tonight for Terrain, an annual, juried multimedia art and music event celebrating young and emerging artists in the Spokane area.
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H. P. Lovecraft has inspired board games, phone cases, thongs, podcasts, even a bar. Pretty good for an artist unappreciated in his own time.
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 Here's a short article about David Cronenberg's "Consumed." I'm reading this amazing novel right now.
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A video tour of Banksy's Dismaland.
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The rumor that "orange" rhymes with no other word is incorrect. Orange rhymes with Blorenge (a mountain in Wales) and sporange (a sac where spores are made).
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Ten great opening lines in dystopian literature.


8/22/15

Fairly clear skies this morning in Spokane. Was yesterday all a bad dream?
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Last Sunday, Chuck Todd on Meet the Press - that stalwart of broadcast journalism, the longest running news show in history - did three minutes and 20 seconds on how much fried food you can get for $50 at the Iowa State Fair.

Naturally, I threw my shoe at the television.

Then, last night the NBC nightly news did two and a half minutes on the fires in Washington state, three minutes and 20 seconds on the stock market dropping 520 points, and then followed up with a two and a half minute dog-that-climbs-trees medley of three stories I'd already seen on YouTube: the guy who made a half-court basketball shot, a giant red ball that terrorized the streets of Toledo, and  a family of bears frolicking in a backyard swimming pool. 

The bear story began with "... the woods in New Jersey can really get unbearable..."

There went my other shoe.
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Did you know that the Catahoula Leopard Dog - the official dog of Louisiana - can, in fact (seriously), can actually climb a tree.


8/21/15

People wearing dust masks, ash falling from the sky, eerie red sun - you have to go back to the Mt. St. Helens' eruption to compare.
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It is actually getting smokier by the minute in Spokane, 2:45.

Northeast Washington fire update, 1:45 pm.

Priest Lake on evacuation notice.

Obama declares a state of emergency for the state of Washington.

Map of road closures due to wildfires.

For first time in state history, Washington is accepting citizen volunteers to help fight fires.

Evacuations ordered for northern sections of Ferry County.

Springdale/Hunters area in Stevens County are ordered to evacuate. We're running out of places to go.
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Michel Foucault was a philosophical historian who questioned many of our assumptions about how much better the world is today compared with the past. When he looked at the treatment of the mad, at the medical profession and at sexuality, he didn't see the progress that's routinely assumed.
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If David Lynch and Stanley Kubrick had a baby...
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Nestle pays only $524 to extract 27,000,000 gallons of California drinking water.
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There were maple bars, chocolate donuts, and lemon meringue pies everywhere. The streets were oddly desserted. 
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Banksy's Dismaland: Take a first look inside the nightmare version of Disneyland. 

Banksy talks to The Guardian.
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There is no other 1960s intellectual figure whom Timothy Leary came to admire more than Marshall McLuhan. He considered McLuhan’s famous statement - “The medium is the message” - the most important cultural insight of the ‘60s.
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Bernie Sanders announces bill to abolish for-profit prison industrial complex.


8/20/15

One million acres of the Northwest are on fire.
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Three firefighters are killed by fire near Twisp yesterday after their vehicle crashes.
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Here's an excerpt from an interview with Banksy about his largest project to date: Dismaland.
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H. P. Lovecraft would have been 125 today and even creepier-looking.
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From Romero to "Walking Dead": A brief history of zombies in popular culture.
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A new novel, "Diary of an American Terrorist," by Chuck Darwin, pictures Wall Street bankers and billionaires mowed down by machine gun fire, dropped from high places, and having their throats slit. It could be the feel-good hit of the year!
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First near-fully formed brain grown in lab, Ohio scientists say.
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What is in synthetic cannabis and why is it so dangerous?
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Learn the 18th century rules of proper dueling.
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Here's the trailer for "The Witch" a New-England folktale written and directed by Robert Eggers.


8/19/15

They couldn't come up with a name after naming 56 other fires in the Inland Northwest so they just called it the "Not Creative Fire."
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Downtown Spokane River access point opens today.
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Psychopaths may be immune to contagious yawning.
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Vladimir Nabokov's novel "Lolita" - one of my favorite books ever - was published 57 years ago. Here's The Atlantic's review at the time.
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Six very handy foreign expressions.
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Sarcasm is good for creativity, says Harvard.
Sarcasm is just hostility disguised as humor, says Psychology Today.
Sarcasm Detector is reeeeeally useful, says this dweeb. 


8/18/15

Thirteen essential literary terms.
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Ten novels that deserve a prequel.
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I'm reading David Cronenberg's new novel "Consumed." Frankly, while enjoyable, it's not an easy read. I've said nearly the same about many of his films: enjoyable, but not easy to watch...
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More good news on the literary front: Cormac McCarthy has a new novel coming out soon. "The Passenger" will be released sometime in 2016.

[Cormac flaunts sexy new beach body.]
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Neil Young coming to Spokane Friday, Oct. 2, at the Arena.
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Banksy has allegedly been constructing a massive pop-up theme park under the guise of filming a Hollywood movie, and it's rumored to open a just a few days in the UK.
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Scientists are still struggling to understand how marijuana affects individual users: Exploring the science behind differing marijuana highs.
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Anti-suffragette postcards from the early 20th century.


8/17/15

I'm glad I waited a while before heading south...
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Animal Farm was published 70 years ago today. 
What Orwell really meant
(by George Orwell).
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Everything you've heard about chastity belts is a lie.
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How a hellish road trip revolutionized American highways: Quicksand, food rationing, and embarrassment may have prompted Eisenhower to push for a better highway system.
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When a film is so awful that directors don't want their name on it, they'll credit it to a fake person named "Alan Smithee."
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Mirrors of Bergman: The Criterion Collection has published and interesting film essay that analyzes Ingmar Bergman's use of mirrors.
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The Pacific Northwest is on fire.
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 "If you were never concerned about the threat of fire in the PNW & our ability to protect people and property... you should probably rethink that concern. To say that this season is epic is an understatement."
  ~   Brian Schaeffer, Spokane Fire Dept.
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John Oliver on televangelists.
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By reading this you have briefly given me control of your mind. Careful with that.
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Seminude women in body paint stroll  parts of Times Square to be photographed for tips, drawing curious onlookers and complaints.
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What pilots see when you shine a laser pointer at them.


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The entire Okanogan County is under a Level 1 fire evacuation notice.
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   Seen in Riverfront Park. (From the same people who write their menus?)  --->
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Julian Bond, civil rights leader, dead at 75.
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A brief history of skateboarding in Spokane.
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The modern world, especially online, is full of people getting offended with one another. Chill.
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Facial recognition software moves from overseas wars to local police.
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Photographing the real bodies of incorrupt saints.
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photo - ssgIn Connecticut, a real-life ghostbusters couple built a museum below their house to display the haunted artifacts from their many cases.
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Five reasons humanity desperately wants monsters to be real.
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The federal drug schedule has absolutely no scientific reasoning behind it.


8/15/15

Fifteen hilarious newspaper corrections.
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Rep. Matt Shea and Infowars react to Sheriff Knezovich's comments in this week's Inlander cover story.
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Leader of ISIS kept American hostage as sex slave.
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Worldcon is an annual celebration of all things science fiction and fantasy, and that it's beaming into the Inland Northwest next week is a pretty big deal.
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Envision Spokane's Worker Bill of Rights campaign was handed a victory by a Spokane Superior Court Judge, who denied an attempt by Mayor Condon to keep the sweeping measure off of the ballot.
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Why do we say incorrigible and not corrigible?


8/14/15

Escribiendo hoy (en Ingles).


8/13/15

Spokane man accused of videotaping himself having sex with three dogs and a horse. (But not at the same time. So, I guess it's not that weird. Right?)
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Could the Third Reich happen here?
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From The Inlander: So what are "constitutionalists" and why would a deputy worry about them?
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Clarkston, WA, hires special counsel to prosecute pot shop owners.
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A Syrian monitor group says planes from the US-led coalition killed civilians, including five children, in an airstrike near Aleppo this week.
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Why didn't people smile in old photos?
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Rolling Stone: Inside the GOP Clown Car - On the campaign trail in Iowa, Donald Trump's antics have forced the other candidates to get crazy or go home.
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Computer scientists find mass extinctions can accelerate evolution.
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How do motorcycles lean so far without tipping over?


8/12/15

Longtime Spokane broadcaster Bob Briley dead at 91.
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How time got its arrow: Why does time only go in one direction?
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Surprising patterns underlie the growth of all urban systems.
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Smithsonian Magazine doesn't buy the Shakespeare smoked pot theory.
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Pope's climate push at odds with US Catholic oil investments.
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Saudi Arabia's new law defines atheism as "terrorism." Bans all criticism of the government.
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Curiously shaped forests on Google maps.
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ISIS plans to blow up the queen on Saturday.
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Ten interesting facts about heroin.
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Astronauts on the ISS ate their first salad of lettuce grown in space.
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Why does coffee make you poop?


8/11/15

 Drawings of police torture seize China's attention: A man wrongly convicted in a shooting death hired an artist to depict scenes of the tactics he said were used to force him to confess.
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Leonardo DiCaprio to play America's most famously prolific serial killer for Martin Scorsese.
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Teenage girls have led English language innovation since at least the 1500s.
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Was brontosaurus blissed out on prehistoric psychedelics as he munched the swamp grass in Southeast Asia 100 million years ago? 
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Earth’s orbit is looking more and more like the planet’s surface - heavily armed and primed for war.
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How to hot wire a car.
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The United States, Russia and China are waging a secret arms race that could soon usher in a new generation of high-speed weapons never before seen in warfare.
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A brief history of the words that literally drive people crazy.
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A searing first encounter with David Lynch's "Blue Velvet."
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This is your brain on shopping, and it's not very smart: The ways that conumers are hopeless at math.
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Why does coffee make you poop?


8/10/15

"Is this a doobie which I see before me?" 
DYK Cannabis was discovered in tobacco pipes found in William Shakespeare's garden?

Forty famous pot heads
[I think the Lincoln quote has been discredited.]
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What selfie sticks really tell us about ourselves. People forget that narcissism is not just about being an egomaniac - it's also driven by underlying insecurity.
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John Oliver on sex education.
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The five most depraved sex scenes from important cultural myths.
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83 Ways to Film a Road Movie: Breaking down a road movie into every shot. A visual index of all the different ways to film a car.
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For most of World War II, the United States military was seriously developing a plan that would have unleashed thousands of firebomb-armed bats from planes above Japanese cities - and it could have worked.
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Ten dark books for the literarily disturbed.
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Ending job discrimination against marijuana smokers.
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Tarrare was an eighteenth-century glutton who could eat paper, gold, meat pies, and cats in one sitting. His peculiar and insatiable appetite got him a job as a spy in the French army.
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Seven tips for keeping your man (from the 1950s).


8/9/15

"Black Lives Matter" activists shut down Bernie Sanders' speech in Seattle yesterday.

Sanders issued this statement on the Seattle protesters.
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New mural in DC: Shooting the "war thug" presidents in the balls.
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What makes "Goodfellas" so good? A video essay breakdown.
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Q: How many Freudian analysts does it take to change a lightbulb?
A: Two. One to change it, and the other to hold the penis.
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Heat index in Iran hits 164 degrees: Among the hottest urban temperatures ever endured by mankind.
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The ambient sounds in the films of David Lynch.
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Please don't have sex with robots. Why would anyone put breasts on an android?
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Teleportation is the transportation of a person or object from one place to another instantaneously. There are many accounts where people have supposedly disappeared suddenly and the phenomenon is found in the myths and legends of many cultures.
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Three fun facts about cannabis and eating.
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Astronauts have some weird pre-launch traditions.
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Ladder. I meant to say ladder.


8/8/15

Okay, so I didn't consider that Hiram might have lived at NORTH Perry (see below). It's considerably less romantic.
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Boredom reveals the finitude and futility of existence. It is excruciating, debilitating, tedious, and essential to a happy life.
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The 25 Best-Dressed human beings at the 33rd Annual Montana Testicle Festival.
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Mary Poppins sings death metal.
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Trump's triumph: Billionaire blowhard exposes fake political system.
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Henry Miller on materialism and the deeper psychological hunger beneath our fixation on money.
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Five ways that nuclear weapons could still be used.


8/7/15photo - ssg

I tracked down the home address of Hiram J. Markham as reported in his 1907 obit. (See yesterday's post.) It is an undeveloped area with the remnants of some kind of old structure (Hiram's old digs?). One thing for sure, Mr. M had a great view of the developing city.

One benefit of my obsessive research project was to discover the Ben Burr Trail and its many offshoots. I am ever amazed at how much of South Hill/South East Spokane is wooded and undeveloped. 
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photo - ssgHere's a walk-in butt to teach Japanese children where poop comes from. For kids? It's kind of creepy. But, put this in a downtown Spokane bar and you'd have something.
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Deja Moo: When you know you've experienced this bullshit before.
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What happens when you blindfold Ouija board believers?
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photo - ssgWhatever happened to the wild camels of the American West?
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A sheriff's Facebook post asked drug dealers to snitch on the competition. It worked.
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"Art is always already vandalism."
   ~  Timothy Morton


8/6/15photo - ssg

Yesterday I walked through the "old section" at Greenwood Cemetery and snapped these photos. Later, I could find nothing on the internet about Hiram J. Markham except for this brief obit in the Spokesman-Review, Dec. 3, 1907. His home address 632 Perry appears on Google Earth to be a small, undeveloped wooded area near Liberty Park. Maybe I'll do some exploring tomorrow morning ... Today I write...
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The most depressing video game ever: I spent a few hours last night nuking Spokane.
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On any given day, the average American going about his daily business will be monitored, surveilled, spied on and tracked in more than 20 different ways, both by government and corporate eyes and ears.
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Jon Stewart signs off.
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Scenes from the 2015 KuroKekoCon at the Spokane Convention Center this weekend.
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photo - ssgUS carries out first drone strike in Syria from Turkey.
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Ten great quotes from notable people about marijuana.
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The "sanitized" narrative of Hiroshima's atomic bombing.
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Game of Thrones' author George R.R. Marin is coming to Spokane later this month for the World Science Fiction Convention.


8/5/15

Spokane Mayor David Condon is trying to block the Worker Bill of Rights from appearing on the November ballot just a week after the City Council approved the measure for ballot.
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The flip side of optimism about life on other planets: A case for why we're alone in the universe.
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National Geographic's photo contest winners.
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An old cartoon describing how Marijuana effects a person. The character's smoke pot and are cavemen for some reason. Its kinda random.
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The City of Spokane began demolishing the under-the-freeway skate park yesterday.
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To whom or not to whom, that is the question.
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Can we design the ideal city, or must it evolve?


8/4/15

The City of Spokane sues Monsanto over PCB contamination of the Spokane River.
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Naked is what you are when you haven't got your clothes on. Nude is what you are when you have intentionally taken your clothes off. Here's why the difference matters.
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A "creativity algorithm" explains: Why do we love Picasso?
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Just when you crave one more sensual hit, the void of the float tank stops time, strips ego and unleashes the mind.
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Here's a collection of tweets with the hashtag #HistoricalClickbait - historical events written as sensationalist headlines guaranteed to attract readers.
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Here is Psychology Today's collection of articles on The Narcissist in Your Life.
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We need to start thinking about what kind of world we're going to leave Keith Richards.


8/3/15Artwork by Gianluca Lerici

I've been pen pals with nearly 50 murderers and serial killers.
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The ancient roots of doomsday prophecies and end of the world beliefs.
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What's behind stage fright? Paralyzing performance anxiety plagues even the greatest artists, and nobody knows what to do about it.
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The questions people asked advice columnists in the 1690s.
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Artwork by Gianluca LericiHow to know if you're going to have a bad trip.
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What would have happened if Germany had invaded the US during World War II?
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Monkey's cozy alliance with wolves looks like domestication.
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Ten smart things to do when writing.


8/2/15

Ten charming words for nasty people.
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Donald Trump's companies have sought visas to import at least 1,100 workers.
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Fashion and pop culture have been especially quick to seize on the notion that robots are slicker versions of ourselves.
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The Espionage Act under the Obama administration is being used against journalists and sources when it's never been used like that in history..."
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This year, 25 new words or phrases have been added to an unofficial lexicon designed to let you criticize the Chinese government.
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What it's like to be a death row executioner in America.
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Jimmy Carter: The US is an "oligarchy with unlimited political bribery."
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Of lions and men: Mourning Samuel DuBose and Cecil the Lion.
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There's something about Bernie. The revolutionary zeal of the senator from Vermont is powering his improbable candidacy forward.
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Drug testing 101.
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The colors we eat: Food color does more than guide us, it changes the experience of taste.
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Latin words and phrases everyone should know.
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The science of munchies: Why does cannabis stimulate your appetite?


8/1/15

Bill Moyers: Based on developments in our post-9/11 world, we could be watching the birth of a new American political system and way of governing for which, as yet, we have no name.
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Bernie Sanders plans to speak at a rally in Seattle's Westlake Park on Aug. 8.

This article in Counterpunch about Bernie Sanders is brutal: Bernie and the Sandernistas.
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What options were there for the US regarding the atomic bomb in 1945?
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Meet Madame LaLaurie: The baddest bitch in New Orleans.
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How to shake someone who's tailing you.
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Thirteen pictures that capture the wonder and thrill of archaeology.


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