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WATCH MY VIDEOS

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

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

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

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

(I am not) The Blue Bear
Espionage, kidnapping, torture, kinky sex and teddy bears. Horroror.

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

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

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I won first place in The Inlander's 2014 Short Fiction Contest. Read:
Uncle Le-o-nard's
Perplexing Exit

MORE OF MY VIDEOS

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

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

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

What I Learned from 
the Spokane Anarchists

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

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.

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My brush with the
Black Scythe 9/1/13

MORE VIDEOS

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

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

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

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.

Soup
I make soup. Quickly.

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

I helped Jesse produce 
his Mr. Dark series. 

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The full series is online

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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MORE VIDS

Occupy Spokane
Dominates Downtown

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

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

Geothermal Giggle
 It's a joke. 
It's just a joke.

Poster by Chris ?

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

AND 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.

AND MORE

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

 

MY TRIP 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 

MORE VIDEOS

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.

 

& EVEN MORE VIDEOS

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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MORE OF MY VIDS

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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ViDEoSHoRTS

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

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.

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 5/25/17 

 photo 40.jpgFreeBeacon: The 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.
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Guardian: Montana 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.”
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NationalGeographic: Ancient 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.
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NewRepublic: The Devastating Effects of Dental Inequality in America. The state of our teeth reveals - and reinforces - economic disadvantage in society.
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OpenCulture: Kurt Vonnegut Ponders Why "Poor Americans Are Taught to Hate Themselves." A timely passage from "Slaughterhouse-Five."
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Keith Olbermann: 40 Shady Things We Now Know About Trump and Russia
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"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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 5/24/17 

Been having some computer problems...

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.
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CNN: Big 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.
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"Trump brings peace to the Middle East!"
   ~  a Trump guy I know
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AmericanConservative: When ISIS Ran the American South. When the barbarians who burned people alive and celebrated it publicly were us. 

HistoryCollection: Mob 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.
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NationalReview: The 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 sanity.
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 5/22/17 

Trump is now in Israel. Be afraid...
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TheWeek: Trump's 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."
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Guardian: Image of Trump and Glowing Globe Perplexes Internet. "One orb to rule them all."
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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.

 AmericanConservative: Removing Trump Won't Solve America's Crisis. "There is no way out for America at this point."
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CvltNation: How 80s Punk Found Metal And Changed It Forever. Included is an historic collection of videos.
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 5/21/17 

TheWeek: Trump signs largest arms deal in American history - $350 billion over the next decade - with Saudi Arabia. 
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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 to it.
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F _ _ _  Pippa.
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Investigative reporters have begun to flesh out the Trump/Russia timeline. To keep everything in one location, here’s an updated summary (so far).
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Vice: Exploring Yugoslavia's Mysterious Abandoned Brutalist Monuments. Photos of some forgotten post-World War II sculptures.
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HighTimes: The 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.
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Check out this short, animated documentary of how Hunter Thompson created gonzo journalism. On a binge with Ralph Steadman at the Kentucky Derby. 
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 5/20/17 

Everything he's touched has turned to shit, and now we're allowing Trump to visit the seats of the world's three great religions: what could possibly go wrong?
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Look! And it will easily fit in a 140-character tweet.    ----->
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Bill Maher: Orange Sphincter to the Rescue.
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AlterNet: As Impeachment Talk Grows, Have Trump's Former Top Aides Already Cut Deals With Federal Prosecutors? The art of the deal comes back to haunt Donald Trump.
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Samuel Beckett 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 of Life.
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HighTimes: Seven 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.
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OpenCulture: Chris Cornell sings haunting acoustic covers of Prince, Michael Jackson, and Bob Marley. 
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"When I was young, I believed in three things: Marxism, the redemptive power of cinema, and dynamite. Now I just believe in dynamite."
   ~  Sergio Leone
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 5/19/17 

I'm finishing a proposal for a film project. I'll be back tomorrow, if we're all still here.


 5/18/17 

Atlantic: The Presidency Falls Apart. After an extraordinary 10 days, the tenure of the chief executive may have deteriorated beyond his ability to repair it.
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Politico: Republicans Jump On Special Prosecutor Bandwagon. Justice Department names former FBI Director Robert Mueller to oversee the Russia investigation.
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Time: Here's What Members of Congress Think About Impeaching Trump. One Dem called for it on the House floor.
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Esquire: Video Evidence of Authoritarianism in Washington, DC. The Turkish president's security detail beats peaceful protestors in front of the White House.
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Chris Cornell, one of the architects of the grunge movement, dead at 52.

Roger Ailes, pioneer of Fox News, dead at 77.
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Jimmy Kimmel: Schoolhouse Rock - I'm Just a Lie.
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OpenCulture: Edward 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.
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Soundgarden - The Day I Tried To Live.
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 5/17/17 

NYT: The 25th Amendment Solution to Remove Trump. Removal, not impeachment, for a president unfit for office.
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ChicagoTribune: Why 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.
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Atlantic: My 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."
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Smithsonian: Is 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 civilization. 
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AtlasObscura: The Obsessively Detailed Map of American Literature's Most Epic Road Trips. Road trip with Kerouac and Fitzgerald and Twain and...
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DailyBeast: The Rise and Fall of the Infamous SarcMark
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OpenCulture: Kurt Vonnegut's Eight Tips on How to Write a Good Short Story. When it came to giving advice to writers, Kurt was never dull.
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 5/16/17 

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.

CNN: Anderson Cooper and crew discuss Trump sharing classified info with Russians.
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SpokesmanReview: At Gonzaga commencement, writer Sherman Alexie tells graduates to "remember your promises."
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AmericanConservative: Interventionism 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.
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Keith Olbermann: Here's How Trump Could Already Be Prosecuted.
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 5/15/17 

WashingtonPost: Trump 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."
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NYT: Trump's Madness Invites Mutiny. "Something is happening. It's in the air. It is an awakening, it is an adjustment, it is a growing up."
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Robert Reich: The End of Trump. The law is reasonably clear. If Trump removed Comey to avoid being investigated, that's an impeachable offense.
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NYT: US Checks and Balances "Under Assault" by Trump. Says former director of national intelligence, James R. Clapper Jr.
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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.
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WashingtonPost: Scientists Have Identified 50-Foot Creature That Washed Up On Indonesian Beach. A giant sea creature, possibly with tusks and possibly straight out of your nightmares...
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Futurism: Five Unsolved Mysteries That Keep Scientists Up at Night. From the mystery of dark matter to the inevitable end of the universe...
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 5/14/17 

Atlantic: Five 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 handling it.
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Salon: Dead Man Lying. We're witnessing an historic moment. Unyielding dishonesty and belligerence have landed Trump one investigation away from impeachment.
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TheWeek: This 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."
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DangerousMinds: The Mystery of the Dog Suicide Bridge. Over the past five decades, more than fifty dogs have jumped to their deaths from Overtoun Bridge, near Dumbarton, Scotland.
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ScreenCraft: 10 Scripts to Read Before You Die


 5/13/17 

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.
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American Conservative magazine calls for Trump's impeachment.
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Economist: Trump 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
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Vice: Even 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.
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Salon: Humorist P. J. O'Rourke on Trump's Impending Doom. "You could be really unpleasantly surprised."
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 5/12/17 

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 worldwide."
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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 DVD.
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PublicDomainReview: Pointed hats, broomsticks, caldrons, cats. Why do we assume witches look a certain way? Blame the rise of the mass-produced woodcut.
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My friend Simon, bartender at Hogwash Whiskey Den, shows how to make an Old Fashioned
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Hey, girl, I'll cover your preexisting condition...
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You can take the entire Cornell University physics course, via these lectures by the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman on YouTube.
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 5/11/17 

Vice: What Would Happen in the Minutes and Hours After a Coup in America. Never going to happen, right?
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Atlantic: This 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 only guess. 
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RollingStone: There's 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 appropriate.
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     Al Franken slams Trump for firing Comey. 
     Keith Olbermann: You can't fire the person investigating you
     Samantha Bee tears into Trump's "Clusterfuck of Ineptitude" on Comey.
     Seth Meyers on the fallout from firing Comey.
     Trevor Noeh: The shady firing of Comey.
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NYT: Sessions 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.
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 5/10/17 

NYT: Comey Firing Draws Comparisons to Nixon's Saturday Night Massacre. It was one of the most dramatic turns of events in the Watergate scandal.
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Esquire: What 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.
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CBC: Emergency 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.
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Nautilus: What 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.”
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TruthDig: 24 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 attention.
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HighTimes: Trump 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 Constitution.
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 5/9/17 

Keith Olbermann: Sally Yates is an American Hero.
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John Oliver: Net Neutrality II.
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Guardian: Trump's Ignorance is Becoming More Evident With Each Passing Day. It's laughable when pundits try to distill a Trump doctrine from his word salad. 
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Nation: Economic Anxiety Didn't Make People Vote Trump, Racism Did. New data provide a compelling answer to this vexing question.
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Spiked: Nietzsche's 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.
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Atlantic: It 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 jobs."
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Nautilus: Why 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..."
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17 objetos sonoros prehispánicos originales de cerámica de la reserva arqueológica del Museo MAAC -Guayaquil/Ecuador.
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OpenCulture: Werner Herzog Offers 24 Pieces of Filmmaking and Life Advice. "Ask for forgiveness, not permission."
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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."
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NYT: And Jesus Said Unto Paul of Ryan
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 5/7/17 

Oh yeah, it's Bloomsday today. It's a Spokane thing. I'll be celebrating my 41st year of not running. Here's where to follow the madness. My prediction: the Kenyan will win.
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 OpenCulture: Kurt 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?
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Bloomberg: The 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?
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photo by ssgStreet artist Blu creates a powerful, hand-painted stop motion film around a water tower: Big Bang Boom.
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This is what IBM thinks the world will be like in five years. 
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Aeon: The Cosmology of Poe. Edgar Allan Poe is known for his supernatural horror and detective stories. But in his final major work, Eureka, he turned to cosmology.
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 5/6/17 

SpokesmanReview: McMorris Rodgers Says It's the People We Love Who Are the Inspiration Behind Trump's AHCA.

Inlander: A Counterargument to McMorris Rodgers' Defense of Thursday's Trumpcare Vote
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OpenCulture: A History of Alternative Music Mapped Out on a Transistor Radio Circuit Board - 300 punk, alt and indie artists.
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Vox: Marx Still Matters. What the modern left can learn from the philosopher.

Mubi: Essential 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.
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Reuters: Danish 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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 5/5/17 

NYT: The 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."
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SpokesmanReview: The American Health Care Act 101. A primer on what the bill passed by the House would do if enacted into law.
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Dead Kennedys - Kill the Poor.
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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..."
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This 2014 tweet from Donald Trump is pure prophecy.
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Aeon: The Complexity of Social Problems is Outsmarting the Human Brain. Social problems are fantastically complex, while human minds are severely under-engineered. Is democracy doomed?
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ScreenPrism: What's So Great About Twin Peaks?
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FactMag: A Staggering Amount of Vinyl Was Sold On Record Store Day 2017. Another landmark year for the format.
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 5/4/17 

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."
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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.
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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 faces."
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Conversation: Experts 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.
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 photo tumblr_nvebs18mr81ru5h8co1_500.gifKeithOlbermann: Why Won't the Press Ask Trump Anything?
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Smithsonian: How Shaving Brushes Gave World War I Soldiers Anthrax. A critical shaving tool caused critical illness in hundreds of people.
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WashingtonPost: Breitbart's Frustration With Trump Just Boiled Over. It's all about "The Wall."
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 5/3/17 

Keith Olbermann: Trump's New War on Free Speech
                              Trump is Panicking About Russia.
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Forbes: A 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.
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HighTimes: Could Smoking Marijuana Contribute to the Next Flu Pandemic? There are around 10 million more Americans than a decade ago passing around that joint.
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Ozy: How the West Carved Up the Middle East. Because the end of the Ottoman Empire was the beginning of the modern Middle East.
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 photo ap190x21012x161f8f8f8t-pad210x230f8f8f8.lite-1.jpgAncientOrigins: The 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.
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 5/2/17 

ForeignPolicy: How 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 peninsula. 
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SpokesmanReview: Riverfront Park pavilion, an icon of Expo '74, to undergo extensive renovation.
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Smithsonian: Some 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. 
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LitReactor: Ten Horror Movies I Wish Were Novels. Most of your favorite horror movies are novel adaptations. Here are the movies I wish I could read.
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DesignYouTrust: Polish Artist Illustrates His Fight Against Depression In Mysterious Dark And Surreal Paintings. Sometimes you can take your weakness and turn it into something beautiful.
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 5/1/17 

IWW: The Brief Origins of May Day. Wikipedia: Mayday, Mayday, or Mayday? CNN: What is May Day, anyway?
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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...

SpokaneHistorical: IWW offices raided and martial law declared, 1917.
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Playboy: Trump 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.
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Vice: Marijuana-Induced Anxiety Is Weed Culture's Bigfoot. Ever get the fear when you smoke up? Scientists are still trying to work out why.
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NYMag: The Philosophical Fascists of the Gay Alt-Right. Among the priests of the "religion" of masculinity.
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Smithsonian: Horrific 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.
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TopTenz: Ten 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.
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 4/30/17 

Economist: How 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."
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HighTimes: This is Marijuana Legalization's New Enemy Number One
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AlterNet: Buddhism Offers a Potent Philosophical Reason to Cut Meat Out of Your Diet. One of the central Buddhist precepts is ahimsa, which means "non-harming."
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DiscardedImage: The Art of Slow Motion in Film.
ThisGuyEdits: How Werner Herzog Masters Storytelling.
SocietyOfGeeks: Vertigo - A Look at Color in Film.
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 4/29/17 

"I thought it would be easier."
   ~  Donald J. Trump, explaining that he thought being leader of the free world would be easier than being a fat, filthy rich, old lecher.
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Here is the official White House video: 
President Trump's First 100 Days
How propaganda is done. Try not to gag.
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NYT: 100 Days of Noise From Donald Trump. From their Editorial Board.
          Our White House Reporters Recall Their Most Vivid Moments of Trump's 100 Days.
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On Trump's 100 Days with: 

Trump.

Bernie Sanders.
Keith Olbermann.
Stephen Colbert.
The cats at Washington Week
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99 days in 99 seconds from Stephen Colbert Show.
100 days in 100 seconds from NBC News.
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The Onion: Trump - The First 100 Days.
Not the Onion: Trump Proclaims May 1 as "Loyalty Day."
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 4/28/17 

AtlasObscura: The 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.
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Reuters: Trump says he thought being president would be easier than his old life
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ScientificAmerican: Researchers say all pot strains are basically the same. The cause of their unique characteristics is everything else that's in the plant.
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StormCloudsGathering: How to Stop World War III - An Asymmetrical Response. How the history books describe the beginning will depend on how it ends.
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Nautilus: This 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 look like?
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Time: North Korea Releases New Video showing the White House Under Attack. The video comes as tensions between the US and North Korea continue to rise.
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Alfred Hitchcock on Dead Bodies ... Garrison Keillor on Humor ... Rod Serling on Kamikazes ... Stephen King on Childhood ... Carl Sagan on Extraterrestrials ...
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Marx Brothers: Harpo gets the Whammy.
W. C. Fields: The Ping Pong Match.
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 4/27/17 

Smithsonian: How 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.
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Nicholas Sand, cult figure known as the clandestine Orange Sunshine LSD chemist, dead at 75.
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ThirdWave: The Essential Guide to LSD
Erowid: LSD.
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Reason: Why LSD Trips Last Forever. What Happens When You Inject Psilocybin. Fun facts from the world's largest gathering of psychedelic researchers.
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Vice: 400 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.
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Refinery29: The 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.
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Inverse: The Crucial Difference Between LSD and Mushrooms. Two hallucinogens, two different experiences.
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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

Here's Zdzisław Beksiński on Wikipedia.
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 4/26/17  

Academy Award winning director Jonathan Demme, dead at 73.
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KeithOlberman: It sure looks like a Russian cover-up.
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Politico: Dan 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.
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Atlantic: In 2010, Google said it would scan all 129,864,880 books in the world, building the greatest library that's ever existed. It failed, sort of ...
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Esquire: Ten best movies booed at Cannes Film Festival.
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AtlasObsura: Why J. R. R. Tolkien Found Walt Disney Vulgar. He went to see Snow White with C. S. Lewis.
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TopTenz: Ten theories about why the Neanderthals died out
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 4/25/17 

Nautilus: Where Did Language Come From? Cormac McCarthy explains the brutal, beautiful neuroscience of the unconscious. [Yes. that Cormac McCarthy.]
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TruthDig: American 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 completely unglued.
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AmericanConservative: Debunking 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."
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 4/24/17 

Guardian: What 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.
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John Oliver on Ivanka and Jared.
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StormCloudsGathering on World War 3: 
Trump Won't Be Cancelling World War 3 After All

The Geopolitics of World War 3

Who Will Be Blamed
The New Axis of Evil.
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AtlasObscura: The 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.
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N+1: Ghost 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.
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On his Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris talks with Charles Murray about his very controversial book "The Bell 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.
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The actor Wallace Shawn (Inconceivable!) talks with Noam Chomsky about what we really want.
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 4/23/17 

ParisReview: How 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.
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AtlasObscura: Fear of a White Lighter. A mini-investigation into the origins of a bizarre myth.
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Time: Here's Google's 3-decade timelapse of the Earth.
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MentalFloss: The 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 story.
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TopTenz: Ten Grim Archaeological discoveries.
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EarthArchives: The Alien World of the Burgess Shale. A time when there was nothing on land and all life existed in the oceans.
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 4/22/17 

                         


 4/21/17 

Yesterday, in celebration of 4/20 Day, I watched a documentary on marijuana. Even still, I was totally able to understand it.
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TheStranger: Meet 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?
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TruthDig: Late night show hosts bid Bill O'Reilly a not-so-fond farewell.
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NewScientist: Psychedelic 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.
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KeithOlberman: Is there an actual tape of Trump's Russia collusion? Also, Trump wants to ride in a gilded coach?
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Smithsonian: Europe's Famed Bog Bodies Are Starting to Reveal Their Secrets. High-tech tools divulge new information about the mysterious and violent fates met by these corpses.
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Intros to five heavyweights of media criticism: Noam Chomsky, Roland Barthes, Marshall McLuhan, Edward Said and Stuart Hall.
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Spokesman-Review: Legalizing 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 marijuana.
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RollingStone: 50 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.
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NationalGeographic: Science Seeks to Unlock Marijuana's Secrets. With marijuana's rising acceptance comes more debate about its potential benefits and drawbacks.
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WashingtonPost: Eleven 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.
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NPR: The Mysterious History of Marijuana
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Playboy: Almost Half of Parents Smoke Weed With Their (Adult) Kids. Yo, bonding with bong rips and joints.
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S 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.
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For balance ... here's the marijuana section from the National Institute on Drug Abuse ... here's the marijuana section from Norml.
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NBC: Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Tuesday that marijuana is a "gateway drug" and vowed his agency will uphold federal laws against it.
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Snopes: How 420 Entered Drug Parlance as a Term Signifying the Time to Light Up a Joint.
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PsychologyToday: Marijuana 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 ...
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MaryJanesDiary: 101 Great Quotes About Marijuana
"Of course I know how to roll a joint." 
   ~  Martha Stewart
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Vice: How 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.
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From Spokane Craiglist: Self-Starter Needed for HempChannel.tv Promotions.
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Reason: Does 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 market.
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NewYorker: The 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 room.
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 4/19/17 

TheStranger: Is 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 "clicked" Four 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.
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Spokesman-Review: David Rodgers, mayor who "taught Spokane to dream big," dies at 93 / S-R photo gallery / Wikipedia
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Juxtapoz: Hipgnosis 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.
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AlterNet: We Are Witnessing the First Global Alliance of Far-Right Parties Since the 1930s. Much like their American counterparts, they hate immigrants and love Putin.
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Salon: Could Alex Jones Possibly Be a Brilliant Artist? The generous interpretation of the rabid Infowars host's work as performance art.
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KeithOlbermann: Proof that Donald Trump is Getting Crazier.
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NYT: The Hidden Messages in North Korea's Military Parade
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Nautilus: Dress for Evolutionary Success. What makes us quintessentially human? Fashion!
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Not a joke. Nietzsche in Shapes and Colors. A book that explains the German philosopher ... to children.
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 4/18/17 

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.
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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 it here.
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Yahoo: MIT 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.
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TopTenz: Top 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.
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Fox: Alex Jones says in custody battle that he's only "playing a character" on air.

Stephen Colbert rips Alex Jones.
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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.
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BBC: Turkey Referendum 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.
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Esquire: The 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.
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John Oliver on the French elections
"It is way more important than you may realize."
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Atlantic: Why We Sleep Badly on Our First Night in a New Place. Is it because half our brain is staying up to keep watch?
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ScientificAmerica: The "True" Human Diet. From the standpoint of paleoecology, the so-called Paleo diet is a myth.
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Salon: Bob 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.
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Check out this animation of the sinking of the Titanic in REAL TIME - 2 hours and 40 minutes.
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NYMag: Alex Jones is Just "Playing a Character," According to His Lawyer. The conspiracy goes deeper than we thought.
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 4/16/17 

I watched a really unusual movie. Collective: Unconscious is an anthology of five directors who present stylized versions of each other's dreams. It's streaming on Netflix. 
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Esquire: Trump is Throwing a Royal Tantrum, Demanding to Ride in the Queen's Golden Carriage. 
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Economist: A 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.
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AmericanConservative: The Five Most Powerful Populist Uprisings in US History. Populism stretches through the American experience.
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TheWeek: Last known survivor of the 19th century dies at 117
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NYT: The Utter Uselessness of Job Interviews. We use them to try to "get to know" people. It doesn't work.
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Smithsonian: What 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 Latin. 
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Snopes: Gays are Lacing Easter Eggs with Homosexual-Inducing Food Colorings
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And people are somehow still amazed that animals have fucking babies...
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 4/15/17 

Guardian: What 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
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ForeignPolicy: The 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.
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NewYorker: Eavesdropping on Roy Cohn and Donald Trump. Many of Trump's private conversations with Cohn were listened to by Cohn's longtime switchboard operator and courier.
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Guardian: The 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 that much?
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AtlasObscura: Why Burn a Body When You Can Efficiently Dissolve It? Bio-cremation techniques make burning the dead look old-fashioned.
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McSweeney's: Three adjunct professors contemplate mortality in a Forever 21 dressing room
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JimHightower: How 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 multimillion-dollar payouts.
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 4/14/17 

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?
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Aeon: The 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.
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I always enjoy (but not always agree) with this guy's take on current events. Here the Corbett Reports tackles the conspiracy of the Syrian strikes.
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Smithsonian: Digital Tombstone Brings the Dead Back to Life. A historic cemetery in Slovenia is now installing tombstones with interactive digital screens.
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Spokesman-Review: Spokane County marijuana businesses net $15 million in March
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 4/13/17 

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."
   ~  Trump, on campaign trail
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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.

AmericanConservative: Bombing Syria Doesn't Provide Humanitarian Relief. It's also unconstitutional and violates international law.
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TheEconomist: Turkey 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.
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Poynter: An Optimist's Guide to Impeaching the President. A Harvard prof makes the case, and it's not for the reason you expect.
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EarthArchives: New 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.
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TheStranger: Science Writer Sets Us Straight About the Genius of Birds. Are birds geniuses or idiots? Two writers "debate."
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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.
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AtlasObscura: Where Do People say Friggin', Frickin', and Freakin'
F-word substitutes vary by region.
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 4/12/17 

photo - ssgNew Statesman: Dear Google, please solve death. Meet the transhumanists who believe the brain can outlive the body.
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Sunrise above the foggy Spokane River --->
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AtlasObscura: The Incompatible Food Triad is the Most Delicious Philosophical Problem of Our Time. Academics have been trying to solve it for decades.
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KeithOlbermann: A Heartfelt Message to Our President.
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Artsy: How Long Do You Need to Look at a Work of Art to Get It? Experts say you're doing it all wrong.
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Immerse. Telugu Live. Live stream from India...
                Dawn News. Live stream from Pakistan...
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Aeon: Are 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 prohibited.
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Beauty and Terror - Sam Harris speaks with physicist Lawrence Krauss.
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TopTenz: Ten interesting theories that are difficult to believe. The Potato Paradox, Simulacra and Simulations, the Four Dimensional Black Hole and more.
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 4/11/17 

KeithOlbermann: The Media Fell for Trump's Syria Stunt.
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StevenHarper: Russia/Trump Timeline. Investigative reporters have begun to flesh out the timeline. To keep everything in one location, here's an updated summary (so far).
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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."
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AlterNet: Has America Become the Reality of the Stanford prison Experiment? The Great Zimbardo has a qualified lot to say.
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Smithsonian: Why 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 way?
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Aeon: Why 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.
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NYDailyNews: Florida sheriff's video about heroin gets compared to ISIS clips
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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.


4/10/17 

NerdWriter: What 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 his work.
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JohnOliver: Syria attack raised complicated questions.
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MentalFloss: Old 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.
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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.
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AP: Ten Paces. Oregon moves to dissolve constitutional ban on public officials settling grudges with duels.
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"You can't con people, at least not for long. If you don't deliver the goods, people will eventually catch on."
   ~ Donald J. Trump, The Art of the Deal
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 4/9/17 

Trump and Putin are the modern day counterparts of Saint-Fond and Noirceuil.
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Nuke your hometown. Nukemap is a Google Maps mash-up that calculates the effects of the detonation of a nuclear bomb.
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BBC: US Deploys Warships to Korean Peninsula. Trump has said the US is prepared to act alone to deal with the nuclear threat from North Korea.
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Atlantic: Yes, It Could Happen Again. Instability in Ukraine, chaos in Syria, conflict in the East China Sea - the trigger points for World War III are in place.
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DemocracyNow: Trump's strike on a Syrian airbase "has nothing to do with concerns about the people of Syria."
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WashingtonPost: How Jeff Sessions wants to bring back the war on drugs.
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BBC: The 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?
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Aeon: Philosophy Took Kit. Thinking like a philosopher need not be a strange and arcane art, if you get started with these tricks of the trade.
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Here's Louis C.K.'s monologue from SNL last night.

Atlantic: The Filthy Moralist. How the comedian Louis C.K. became America's unlikely conscience.
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 4/8/17 

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.
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Smithsonian: Europe's Landscape is Still Scarred by World War I. Photos of abandoned battlefields reveal scars still run deep.
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DangerousMinds: Smoker's Delight. Vintage photographs of opium dens.
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TLS: When Did Modern Philosophy Begin
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 4/7/17 

 photo monogram_usa-ussr-missiles_box-cover.jpgExactly 100 years later...
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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." 

From local concert promoter Craig Heimbigner: "Dammit. My Reichstag Bracket is broken. I had Yemen."
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TheStranger: Washington State is Teaching the World How to Regulate Weed. It had never been done before we did it - not even in the Netherlands.
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Don Rickles, dead at 90.

NYT: Don Rickles, Equal Opportunity Offender of Comedy.

Esquire: Don Rickles and the Lost Art of the Insult.   
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RollingStone: How 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.
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TruthDig: Washington's 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.
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Nerdwriter: Trump's Golden Boy. The mystery of Jared Kushner.
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 Smithsonian: The Man Who Brought the Swastika to Germany. Even after decades, the symbol can't shake free from its evil associations.
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SeattleWeekly: Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson releases guide on how Washington cities can resist immigration agents.

Here's the guide in pdf.
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 4/6/17 

 

                                                  The evil men do...
                                                     God help us.
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 4/5/17 photo by ssg

See, Spokane, rainbows still exist.

 And, staying on the bright side, the lives of countless innocent Spokane couches and davenports have been spared.
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Bloomberg: Steve Bannon Removed from National Security Council.
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Spokesman-Review: Ugly 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 officiating.
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Smithsonian: Does the linguistic theory at the center of the film "Arrival" have any merit?
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Keith Olbermann: Do authorities now have what they need on Trump?
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NYT: What Was Lenin Thinking? In the shape of its first leader, the Russian Revolution had a strategic genius it never found again.
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Esquire: The producer of "The Shining" explains why Stanley Kubrick chose to change Stephen King's ending.
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Aeon: Cannibalism 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.
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How to Fly a Plane. Documentary, 1968 (?)
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This awesomely sexy propaganda ditty was put out by the Ortho Pharmaceutical Corporation in 1970 for their salesmen pushing the birth control pill.
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 4/4/17 

Spokesman-Review: Loss puts sour end on great Zags' season. Spokane will not forget these Gonzaga Bulldogs because of one loss - one heart-breaking, head-banging loss.
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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."
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John Oliver on marijuana. On the subject of, that is. 
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Smithsonian: Why 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 people.
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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.
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DangerousMinds: Robert Crumb and friends flush Donald Trump down the toilet, 1989.
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 4/3/17 

There is no joy in Mudville. 
Zags lose to North Carolina, 71-65. 
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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.
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AlterNet: Noam Chomsky says if Trump falters with supporters, don't put "aside the possibility' of a "staged or alleged terrorist attack."
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NYT: Dwindling 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."
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CommonDreams: A 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 self-induced autism.
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Smithsonian: What 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.
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 4/2/17 

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 --->
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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? 
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Nautilus: Darwin Was a Slacker and You Should Be Too. Many famous scientists have something in common - they didn't work long hours.
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CBS: Russian government posts April Fools' Day prank offering "election interference."
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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 podcast.
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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.
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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...
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Is the correct answer 6, none of the above?Which answer in this list is the correct answer to this question?
   1. All of the below.
   2. None of the below.
   3. All of the above.
   4. One of the above.
   5. None of the above.
   6. None of the above.
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 4/1/17 

The following news items are NOT April Fool's jokes:
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ZAGS WIN IN FINAL FOUR! Spokane's Gonzaga Bulldogs beats South Carolina, 77-73, in heart-stopping game. On to the NCAA National Championship.
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NewYorker: Doomsday Prep for the Super-Rich. Some of the wealthiest people in America are getting ready for the crackup of civilization.
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AlterNet: Dan Rather sees Trump's presidency spiraling downward with no hope of recovery.
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Yikes. Bill Maher interviews Roger Stone.
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CounterPunch: False 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.
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Smithsonian: When 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.
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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 patterns. Here's how to protect your privacy.
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