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the first time in many years, I got though Hoopfest without ridiculing or
even mentioning the Hellish Hoopaballoo on these pages.
Why should axing due process stop with the Second Amendment?
people who were wrongly placed on the "Terror Watch List."
A major crack has
appeared in the edifice of globalization, and the neoliberal order that
has dominated the world's economy since the end of World War II is now in
not necessarily a bad thing.
Conservative columnist George
Will leaves the Republican Party over Trump.
Rod Serling on how
imagination turns science fiction into fact.
One archeologist is
convinced that Turkey's
Gobekli Tepe is the site of the world's oldest temple.
pulls out of the European Union. "We have woken up in a different
country." Prime Minister resigns.
Everyone just lost my vote: Sanders
says he will vote for Clinton.
Led Zeppelin did not plagiarize "Stairway to Heaven," jury rules.
Here are the 10
weirdest moments of the trial.
happens in the brain when music causes chills?
Democrats' congressional sit-in is still going on. I can't help but admire
the method, but the cause is misguided: Putting anyone on a governmental list
that denies an American their rights without due process is wrong - few
people know how individuals get on the list, and a growing number
are finding out how difficult it is to get off of it. Imagine how an
unhinged and/or dishonest president - which we have foolishly guaranteed
ourselves - will abuse this power. And, it's hypocritical: where were
these "protesters" when we produced and sold billions of dollars
worth of weapons to a dictatorial regime in Saudi Arabia? If we want to change our
culture of violence, we need to strike at the roots, and we're still not
willing to do that.
Of all the people involved in the Led Zeppelin/Spirit
copyright suit concerning "Stairway to Heaven," I feel sorry the
most for the jurors who have to listen to that song over and over yet
again, as if the latter third of the Twentieth Century never ended.
From those gun-totting,
right-wing wackos at the ACLU: The
use of error-prone and unfair watchlists is not the way to regulate guns
elites hate the left: Bernie Sanders, by aggressively fighting for
progressive causes, has pushed liberal hypocrisy out into the open.
secret societies you might not know.
psychedelic ads from the Sixties and Seventies.
Because I can...
Clinton's likely Pentagon chief
already is advocating for more bombing and intervention.
The Grateful Dead guide to dealing with a bad acid trip.
Owsley of Owsley Acid fame.
Why animal metaphors describe
how we think.
Jot a gob. Morking for the wan. Tay suned...
If you cannot see the irony in having a gun ban enforced
by men with guns, then you fail to understand why the Second Amendment was
written in the first place.
latest US and swing state polls, updated every day through Election
made humans cooperate to build civilizations.
Since the day my daughter was born, my son called her
"Clarence" for some unfathomable reason. Yesterday my grandson
disappeared for an hour and came back to present her with a
"traditional" Mom tattoo.
shooter's wife: The
FBI told me not to tell the media he was gay.
Gary Johnson believes Second Amendment rights are too fundamental to be
denied without due process, and being
put on a list arbitrarily by the government is certainly not due process.
kills himself in Taiwan courtroom after pot conviction.
McCain says Obama
is "directly responsible" for the Orlando attack.
Senate votes to require women to register for the draft.
Hackers just released the DNC's secret file on Donald
One in 10 Germans would
support the rule of a dictator.
"This is the same Bill who rammed NAFTA down our
throats, creating the job-sucking sound that continues to devastate
today’s middle class. He also colluded with laissez-faire ideologues and
plutocratic Republicans to deregulate Wall Street, allowing global
speculators to wreck our economy by playing casino games with our bank
deposits and home mortgages."
Newt Gingrich calls for a
new House of Un-American Activities committee.
art of conversation: Timeless, timely do's and don'ts from 1866.
Is there really a valid reason for documenting the
collapse of civilization?
The science and gruesome spectacle of
Rod Serling on how
imagination turns science fiction into fact.
A starship would place
humans in captivity for generations. There could be serious mental health
implications for inhabitants, and questions raised regarding the morality
of reproduction when those who are born will also die on board. On
the concept of freedom on an intergalactic Noah's ark.
Hillary Clinton will be bad news for marijuana research.
From the American Conservative: Trump
worships at the altar of himself - Trump's personal Jesus.
Will Orlando shooting swing election for Trump?
John Oliver on the Orlando shooting: This
Watch the Hamilton cast's explosive Tonys performance.
Where are the songs about Hamilton's
disdain for the lower class?
You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment
on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are
condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.
A huge monument is found "hiding
in plain sight" in Petra, Jordan.
How Trump bankrupted Atlantic City casinos and
still made millions.
Are moral judgments expressions of the same disgust forged
by evolution to protect us from disease? Read
the Aeon conversations.
of people to flood to Philadelphia for Democratic National Convention
protests and marches.
The best photo-op of the year - the Pride Parade - starts
at noon in downtown Spokane today. If you were in town last night you'll
have an idea of how crazy this can be.
up with this week's megaquake/tsunami drill in Seattle?
Ron Paul also says the
US elections are rigged.
Democrats are building their own wall to keep out undesirables: a
"no-scale fencing" will surround the Wells Fargo Center in
Philadelphia where the potentially volatile Democratic National Convention
will be held.
death of Stalin: An empire that sows fear, reaps it.
I left Arizona --->
about time," says libertarian women.
approved CIA drone assassinations with her cellphone.
In a year when one
presidential candidate is a raving bigot who wants Muslims banned from
entering this country and the other is a war hawk who has supported every
war in the Middle East, one of the reddest states in the union paid homage
most famous Muslim on earth.
Federal appeals court says Americans
have no right to carry concealed weapons in public.
Governments don't want a population capable of critical
thinking. They want obedient workers, people just smart enough to run the
machines and just dumb enough to passively accept their situation.
Hey, check out the
official GOP website. You'll find pics of Hill and Bernie, even Abe Lincoln,
but not Donald Trump! Not even a mention.
I go away for a few months
and the entire world falls apart. Let me get my bags unpacked and we'll
get back to saving America. Oh, the stories I have to tell...
I'm on the road for a few days and consequently offline...
Here are the biggest of the big wigs - kings, presidents,
and dictators - who
are caught in the offshore data leak.
As Ukraine's troops were being slaughtered, their
president was setting up his off-shore holding company.
Cameron's father ran an offshore fund that avoided ever having to pay
tax in Britain.
NOTHING on NBC's Today Show this morning about yesterday's
massive release of The
NYT: What are the Panama Papers? The leaked documents reveal the offshore accounts of 140 politicians and public officials, including a dozen current and former world leaders. Putin's in it deep.
Here's the official website from The International Consortium of Investigative Journalist who conducted this largest journalistic investigation in history.
How to hide
a billion dollars.
The military wants to expand its training footprint in
Washington state. Not
everyone is happy about it.
Russell Williams - model
husband, pilot of prime ministers and royalty, commander of Canada's
largest air force base, deviant, rapist, murderer - and
this story of a very smart man being outsmarted by a skillful interrogator.
The Marx Brothers were
antic, zany, madcap, anarchic. Yet scholars and critics insist on
attaching deep significance to the act. Groucho
Zappa on Crossfire in 1986. He sees
the future of the Republican party.
Yellowstone is opening
a section of the park to bicyclists only for the next two weeks. No
cars allowed. Look out for griz.
beginner's guide to encryption.
written in chalk are becoming the
source of free speech debates on college campuses.
phone call with Charles Manson.
13 Short Film Scripts - Horror, Sci-Fi, Fantasy is now available on
your Kindle device or smart phone! This is not an April Fool's Joke!
Police weren't going to
investigate the Jones Radiator art theft in Spokane. Now they are. Here's
German historian says
Press cooperated with the Nazi regime.
Here are excerpts from Trump's
interview 26 years ago in Playboy magazine. "Some of our
presidents have been incredible jerk-offs," he said. "We need to
Galileo was a talented
theorist and experimenter, but he was one man in a community of scientists
that was collectively pushing the boundaries. How
Galileo became mythologized.
The novel American
Psycho came out 25 years ago this month. Author Bret
Easton Ellis talks about the legacy of one of fiction's most notorious
two-thirds of Americans believe torture can be justified to extract
information from suspected terrorists, according
to a Reuters/Ipsos poll. We deserve Trump.
Democrat's "mistake" keeps Sanders off of the Washington, DC ballot.
New polls show
inching ahead of Hillary in Wisconsin.
Trump says his proposed ban on Muslims entering the US would have an exception for the billionaire's rich friends.
Simmons of KISS says Trump
is "good for the political system."
Former Trump strategist says the
Big D never expected to be president in the first place.
from inside North Korea.
Inslee has ordered an end to publically funded trips to North Carolina,
after that state's legislature passed a law overriding local
nondiscrimination ordinances. This is a bad idea, and reflects poorly on
the people of Washington State. Are we withholding our presence and meager
funds to punish them for not agreeing with us? Should we not talk to them
as well? - that is implied. Why wouldn't we continue going there
for the off chance of engaging them on this subject specifically? Perhaps
we could convince them of their folly. And since we're there, in order to
satisfy that bit of darkness that apparently lurks in our state's soul, we
could leave a big burning bag of Carolina pig poop on their Governor's
doorstep and ring the doorbell.
Stop calling this photo a "selfie." This is a photograph. Someone unseen took the picture. A selfie is taken when you take a photo of your self. This is not a selfie. It's an awesome photo, but not a selfie.
Innes on why
he had his photo taken with the hijacker.
New gun is disguised as
a cell phone. Here, selfie
Cooper calls out Trump: "Sir, with all due respect, that's the
argument of a 5-year-old."
video of comedian Sarah Silverman's
plea for Bernie is big on the web right now.
NYT: Trump is "confronting most of these issues for the first time,
and many of his
thoughts are contradictory and shockingly ignorant."
From National Review: Trump
exemplifies the Stupid Psychopath Problem, the belief that tough
problems have simple solutions.
Listen to Donald
Trump's very contentious interview with Wisconsin radio host.
Turks pick apart Clinton camp's bogus attack on Sanders to avoid
debate in New York.
We need to stop
worshipping the false god of the strong leader.
Castro's letter to Obama: "We don't need the empire to give us
The Obama Doctrine: The
audacity of ignorance. One foreign commentator said the US has
"turned into a nation of idiots, incapable of doing anything except
conducting military operations against primitive countries."
Relive the punk rock scene of 1970s Los Angeles: Pages
from the fanzine Slash.
These comics provide hilariously
abridged summaries of classic novels.
The Spokesman-Review just
picked up the story about the girl band that ripped off a painting
from a downtown bar. It led on the opening string of teasers on one of the
ISIS carries out Good
Friday crucifixion of Indian priest in Yemen.
John Oliver solves the
conspiracy of Cadbury Creme Eggs.
Here's an interesting bit of history about The Bing (The
Bing Crosby Theater, that is).
Some Sanders supporters say it's "Bernie or
Bust" and they
will never vote for Hillary Clinton.
If you have Facebook, read the comments to Congressman Rick Larsen's Easter greetings. Larsen is the Washington State US Representative for the 2nd District, a superdelegate who said he's casting his vote for Hillary, despite her crushing defeat by Bernie Sanders.
[I'm not sure why people have singled out Larsen; there
are others, including the Governor.]
hundred years ago in Spokane, The American Theater showed a movie that
had a title "that we can only represent euphemistically as, 'The N-Word.'"
Life is boog.
Sanders wins Washington, Alaska and Hawaii in
landslide vote. Wins every county by overwhelming margins.
may now be eyeing switch from Clinton.
Painting by Spokane artist stolen
from local bar.
Robert Reich sees the
death of the two-party system.
architect of the Reich: On the architectural horror of Albert Speer.
2000 people show up to one caucus site at Spokane's Ferris High
Why Ronald Reagan was the best
thing that ever happened to punk rock.
You can now carry
a concealed firearm statewide in Idaho without a permit.
wins big in Washington and Alaska.
backers demand Washington superdelegates fall in line and back Bernie
if he wins Saturday's caucuses.
The Rolling Stones play the largest
concert in Cuba's history.
An estimated 15,000
people came out for Bernie Sanders at Seattle's Safeco Field last
It's going to be awesome watching how inelegantly the
Republicans backslide on their support for militarized police forces when
the mega-heat packing goon squads get called out for the GOP Cleveland
Where to go to caucus
Robertson, and why
Washington State has both a primary and a caucus.
people are right about Hillary Clinton.
"Republicans are still imprisoned in the Reaganite
model. Now along comes Donald J. Trump, an angel of destruction, to blow
it all to smithereens," says David Brooks in the
NYT's Opinion Section.
What can psychology tell us about
the mind of a terrorist?
It took less than 24 hours for Tay, Microsoft's artificial
intelligence chatbot, to
start generating racist, genocidal replies on Twitter.
Bernie Sanders in Spokane yesterday.
are you voting for Clinton? A letter to liberal America, from
Glenn Greenwald: Hillary
Clinton has embraced some of the most brutal dictators in the world.
Insiders to Trump: No
majority, no nomination. It's 1,237 delegates or bust.
Some Spokane businesses
out about the new downtown marijuana retailer.
things about Gaddafi they don't want you to know.
fraud in Arizona? From Tucson Weekly: What
the hell happened in the Arizona primary yesterday?
Evolutionary psychologist argue that smart
people are happier the less often they are made to interact with other
Stones perform a free concert in Havana, Cuba tomorrow night.
Republican strategist says he'll
take Clinton over Trump.
Idaho governor has allowed
legislation forbidding local voters, cities or counties from raising the
minimum wage to become law without his signature.
Ten things you should know about the
reptilian conspiracy theory.
Man comes down from tree.
If you supported Sanders, and he doesn't get the nomination, and you switch your vote to Hillary, you are making a mockery of everything Sanders stands for.
backers want change, not the status quo that Clinton offers; they
have no obligation to her in November.
Check out what Jesse
James Hennessy's media
guy is doing to help promote the arts in Spokane!
is back in Spokane tomorrow.
campaign is straight out of Hollywood - his
ascent is based on two classic movie archetypes.
Stone endorses Hillary, explaining that idealism and honesty are
important, but... [So, was Kurt right about you being a sell-out,
This website will
soon officially be changed to "Webbie
Top adviser to Nixon
admits that the "War on Drugs" was a policy
tool to go after hippies and blacks.
remains on top of an 80-foot tall tree in downtown Seattle.
"Issue appears to be between the man and the tree," Seattle
“Unless we again begin
to tell fairy stories and ghost stories at night before going to sleep and
recounting our dreams upon waking, nothing more is to be expected of our
Bill Clinton slams Obama in Spokane speech:
"If you believe we can all rise
together, if you believe we've finally come to the point where we can put
the awful legacy of the last eight years behind us and the seven years
before that when we were practicing trickle down economics and no
regulation in Washington, which is what caused the crash, then you should
vote for her."
We have to thank Trump for the rebirth of great American
comedy. And this from an immigrant American: John
Oliver tears down Trump's wall.
The Young Turks on Bernie Sanders giving
the bought establishment a big headache.
This from The American Conservative: How
the Right Created Trump - Decades of indulging extreme, talk radio
rhetoric, and the bill comes due.
has a lung cancer vaccine - and America wants it.
Soon-to-be retro style?
Here are seven
of the most colossal Nazi structures from Hitler's top architect.
The next time someone talks about how Spokane is soooooo
conservative, remind them of the night when thousands of citizens waited
for hours in the rain in perhaps the longest line in Spokane history
to listen to a socialist Jew stick it to the ultra-rich.
I'm spending the day
doing the final edit on my e-book "Liar - 13 Short Screenplays -
Horror, Sci-Fi and Fantasy." I have to submit it tonight by midnight
to be ready for the scheduled April 1st release.
Congratulations to Jesse
James Hennessy and crew for the successful shooting of their entry
into the Straight 8 Film Contest! All done in one single shot!
Can't wait to see it!
Obama is the first
president in 90 years to visit Cuba.
This is so me: How
traveling made me unemployable.
see you tonight at 6 pm at the Bernie Sanders rally in downtown Spokane!
practices are precisely
what the founders feared and Lincoln warned against.
rally in Tucson, AZ.
protesters clash with police in Arizona and New York.
Bill Maher on Trump
and the self-esteem movement.
the 100-day campaign to deny Trump the Republican presidential
Chomsky: Trump's rise is
fueled by the same societal
breakdown that birthed Hitler.
ways to leave The Donald.
Sheriff Arpaio to police Trump's Arizona rally.
Bernie says Arpaio is "un-American
That time Keith
Richards nearly stabbed Donald Trump.
Sanders is coming to Spokane this Sunday at the Convention Center at 6
the NYT, from David Brook no less: "Donald J. Trump insults the
office Abraham Lincoln once occupied by running for it with less
preparation than most of us would undertake to buy a sofa."
it happen here? by Amy Goodman.
Cleveland is getting
ready for Republican Convention riots.
The Economist rates Trump
presidency among its top 10 global risks.
The Simpson's predicted
a Trump presidency 16 years ago.
Matt Cartwright challenges Michigan Governor Rick Snyder on his
handling of Flint's water crisis.
As we enter the straight-stretch of the U.S. elections,
and celebrate this bonnie St. Patty's Day with Jamison and goofy hats,
let's remember the rich landlords who - driven by greed, political
insensitivity, and religious bigotry - exported most of the food out of
Ireland and let a million people starve to death surrounded by rotting
NYT blames TV for The Great Bernie Blackout, "a failure of news organizations, particularly television networks, to seriously cover the Sanders candidacy."
Rolling Stone blames NYT.
Wow, America. You really suck at this election
Bernie should drop out of the race, form the new U. S.
Democratic Socialist Party, and run as a third party candidate.
Prediction: There will
be blood spilled before this election cycle is over.
Yeah, Trump says he'll
purposely target and kill the family of terrorists, and that's disgusting.
But don't forget that in September 2011, Obama and Hillary did exactly
that when they sent a drone-delivered, good-morning-you're-dead message to
the innocent, non-terrorist, 16-year-old son of Anwar Al-Awalki.
Trump "is basking
in the energy created by turning one American against another, hoping
hatred will propel him to the Republican nomination," writes
the NYT's Editorial Board.
The Chinese government
is now using Trump
as proof that democracy doesn't work.
have never seen such lunatics in the political system." Noam
Chomsky lays waste to the Republican field and sounds the alarm about
Hillary's foreign policy.
How to use
and arson: Why do artists' studios so frequently go up in flames?
Sanders sends vegan
attack peace-loving Nazis.
I'm back in Spokane but I'm keeping a low profile; I'm in the crunch zone with my book of screenplays, trying to complete and release it by April 1st.
Oliver on why your iPhone isn't
safe, and that Apple is right about encryption.
The NYT on Donald
Trump's Epic Neediness.
North Korea claims it
could wipe out Manhattan with a hydrogen bomb.
Check out what my friend Spokane film director Jesse
James Hennessy is up to.
An interesting phenomenon can be seen right now below the confluence of the muddy-flowing Hangman Creek and the relatively clear Spokane River. Seen here from the Centennial Trail below North Summit Boulevard.
Here's a few shots from my trip to Spokane:
Caliente, NV Walla Walla, WA
Near Washtucna, WA
I'm back in the Kan! I'll be here for a month or so. Hit me up, yo.
route I took on the way back.
Goodbye to the desert for now. Need to take care of some biz in the homeland. See you soon...
I toured the Yuma Territorial Prison yesterday. It's definitely worth the $6 admission, especially if you're a photographer.
Made a good run but I run too slow ...
How they dealt with "The Incorrigibles."
I just applied to renew my passport.
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