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until you come along and give it a past, present, and future.
This Tokyo pod living experiment turned
out to be a failure.
Pseudo Bowl of politics: Is it time to end these phony debates?
How a rude egomaniac has effectively
channeled working-class anger.
we evolve opposable thumbs so we could punch each other in the face?
If you missed it the
other night, you can stream Frontline's "The
Choice 2016." If you're voting for Clinton or Trump you really,
really need to see this.
Harris TED Talk: Can we build AI without losing control over it?
The notion of time
travel beguiled Bertrand Russell, Kurt Gödel, and Stephen Hawking. Has
any idea produced more convoluted and futile philosophical analysis?
Today's editorial board has never sided in a presidential election, until
is "unfit for the presidency."
The shock of the crazed:
world of Art Brut.
powers: Six amazing things your unconscious mind can do.
overrides Obama's veto of 9/11 bill, which will allow families to sue
Mexican magazine Letras
Libres declares Donald Trump an "American fascist."
At the debate, each
candidate was clueless on America's place in the world, says military
Alex Jones says Hillary
was giving secret signals to Lester Holt.
Scholars have long
wondered why complex mythical stories that surface in cultures widely
separated in space and time are strikingly similar: Society's
myths are tracable to primordial origins.
world's largest post-apocalyptic festival that makes Burning Man look
ram pot shop in North Spokane. Got away with a bunch of bongs. Pot
locked up. Duh.
You think your boss is a jerk? Meet
Mike Davis of Tiger Oil Company: “Do not speak to me when you see
me,” Davis ordered in a memo. “If I want to speak to you, I will do
so. I want to save my throat. I don’t want to ruin it by saying hello to
all of you.”
Poll finds seven percent of voters have ended friendships over the election.
Putin resurrects the KGB. The new agency revives the name of Stalin's
Chelsea Clinton suggests marijuana
is killing people.
Scientific American says Trump is driven by one thing and
one thing only: the
search for glory.
America is officially overrun
by terrifying evil clowns (and we're not talking politics).
This is how Elon
Musk plans to get one million people to Mars.
I hate them both so much. I hate what their parties have
become. I hate the system that's oozed out of their sliminess. This makes
me impartial. And my impartiality says Trump could have won that debate
had he not eventually tripped all over his own bombast. That is not to say
that Clinton won, she didn't, although she had some notable moments. The
winner of the debate was Lester Holt (who, as it turned out, was not
wearing a suicide jacket, as I hoped) with Donny and Hill tied for a distant second.
After the big dog debate, KSPS went to a gubernatorial
debate between Washington State Governor Jay Inslee and challenger Bill
Bryant. But, they did not bring out totally wicked swords and those old
Roman gladiatorial nets, so they lost me.
up the presidential debate.
Spokesman-Review's full coverage of the debates.
Here are Politico's fact checks of the debate.
examples where "fact-checking" became opinion journalism.
Rolling Stone's 19
WTF moments from the first presidential debate.
"It doesn't matter how the debates go, or what the
polls say; the press will portray the final stretch of this horserace as
neck and neck, a photo finish, you won't want to miss this, stay
all is forgiven. I guess Stalin was too busy being dead for some FLOTUS
Five ways candidates mislead you in debates: A guide to the tactics of political deception, why they work - and how to avoid being fooled.
Five things to watch in tonight's debate.
8 biggest unforced errors in debate history: A mistake on live TV that
permanently cements the way voters see a candidate.
Stephen Hawking is still
afraid of aliens.
Seven things you need to know about deceptively harmful technology.
Google tracks every move you make, and here's the link to prove it.
And on a somewhat related note: The
24 top pot destinations.
Ten rising scientists predicted
to transform their research fields.
Golf great Arnold
Palmer dead at 87.
win a debate with mind
games and dirty tricks.
Hitler: How Nazi drug abuse steered the course of history.
Who's in charge of
America after a catastrophe? Who
The Huffington Post published an article about Yiannopoulos, comparing him to Nazi military officer Ernst Rohm.
LGBT media condemns
Out Magazine article as a puff piece.
cannabis: Do's and Don'ts.
In some parts of
open-carry America, even a
trip to Wal-Mart can require an AR-15.
illustrated map of America's worst utopias: The road to weird food
communities and sex cults is paved with good intentions.
The Depression radically
the way Americans ate.
The 2016 Ig
Nobel prizes are awarded: Studies of the sex life of rats, and the
personalities of rocks are "honored."
Siskel and Ebert give
"Faces of Death" two
thumbs down, 1987.
new app tracks your location in the air and gives you historic and
geographical information about what's below.
The sum of all numbers
on a roulette wheel is 666.
Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie
Knezovich is calling on the Spokane County Republican Party to censure
state Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, as a result of Shea’s
allegations that a sheriff’s deputy was connected to a triple homicide
Take away the drug marketplaces and whistleblower forums
dark web is mostly garbage.
plan to save this man's life by transplanting his head.
The American Conservative magazine says "A Trump presidency would be destabilizing in a way we have never seen before."
The 257 people Donald Trump has
insulted on Twitter.
Essay: Sodom, LLC. The Marquis de Sade and the
Countries don't really recover from being taken over by unstable authoritarian nationalists of any political bent - right or left. If Trump comes to power, there is a decent chance that the American experiment will be over.
The apocalypse has been good to Seth. Seth Meyers on Trump's Birther lies.
Klux Klan leaflets are showing up all across the country.
to start using Facebook exclusively for public commenting on stories.
A law professor explains why you
should never talk to police.
Why President Obama should pardon
A 1928 Ford Tri-Motor aircraft "The Tin Goose"
to Felts Field this Thursday.
Not sure what's up with drug tests. Here's
some solid info.
George H. W. Bush says he
will vote for Hillary Clinton.
Bill Moyers: There is no debate. The candidates and the media have thoroughly corrupted the presidential debates. Our democracy deserves better. There's still time for a change.
Stuff about Salvador Dali that has nothing to do with ants.
most exquisite creation: The diversity of eyes in the animal world
illustrates how natural selection can transform simple structures into
powerful, camera-like mechanisms.
The best way to learn anything: The
The "God Particle" was just the beginning. The Large Hadron Collider and other accelerators are poised to answer questions about the very fabric of the cosmos.
case against reality: A professor of cognitive science argues that the
world is nothing like the one we experience through our senses.
Three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Edward
Albee, dead at 88.
What are the smartest minds in politics reading? Here
are their 50 best books.
immigration plan threatens the republic, says the Houston Chronicle;
it would be impossible to round up and deport 11 million people without
resorting to tyrannical policing practices.
disagree on whether the Star Spangled Banner is racist.
An animated Aldous
Huxley identifies the dystopian treats to our freedom (1958).
artist envisions a pajamas-like burial outfit that would not only
encourage bodily deterioration, but would use mushrooms and other
microorganisms to remediate any environmental toxins in the flesh, such as
from pesticides or pollution
Not since Marcel Duchamp has a toilet garnered this much attention: The artist Maurizio Cattelan has created a solid-gold toilet for a Guggenheim Museum rest room. And, yes, it is fully functional.
Additionally, you could take
this pill to make your poop glitter gold.
dangerous week: Donald Trump has increased the chances of political
violence like no major party candidate in recent memory.
Three, ah, word
thingies, by Kafka.
for hallucinogenic honey in Nepal.
Reuters web cast: Why
nuclear war looks inevitable.
The Main Ave. streetscape project starts this week in Spokane. Check out the changes.
Proposed redesign of downtown Spokane Macy's for turning
the department store into apartments.
in Einstein's head: How his creative thinking led to a new rulebook
for the universe.
Keith Olberman's 176
reasons Donald Trump shouldn't be president.
Newly released historical documents show the Sugar
Research Foundation paid scientists to blame fat and cholesterol, not
sugar, fir coronary heart disease.
Hillary Clinton isn’t wrong that Donald Trump has
fostered division and fear in this country, but we also need to take
seriously the prejudices of the other side.
How does nobody go
to jail in Wells Fargo case after over 1.2 million people were
Nearly a quarter of Americans
feel neutral or do not have a strong sense of what makes their lives
Corporations running the
world used to be science fiction - now
it's a reality.
long-awaited Iggy and the Stooges doc, 'Gimme Danger,' hits theaters
next month. Preview
the film with a clip of Iggy Pop's notorious "peanut butter
incident" at the 1970 Cincinnati Pop Fest.
The rumors are flying: Emmy-winning MSNBC and al-Jazeera
reporter David Shuster tweeted
that the DNC is meeting to consider replacing Hillary Clinton because of
Here's a comic of Banksy's
call to arms against advertisers.
Bill Moyers: How
to save democracy from the plutocrats.
Meet INSA; one
of the UK's best known street artists. The paradoxical nature of his
work questions both his own position as an artist and society's often
Jim Hightower: Dear
media elites, you have Trump completely wrong.
buried coup d'etat in the US: A new documentary exposes a seldom
acknowledged 1898 massacre, perpetrated by a gang of white-supremacist
Democrats in North Carolina.
the pornography of cruelty and the theater of ultra-violence.
Ten ways you can tell for yourself that the
world is not flat.
The costs of 9/11.
9/11 Conspiracy Theory in under five minutes.
war photo no one would publish.
American Legion wants the federal government to change
course on marijuana.
warrant issued for Democracy Now's Amy Goodman in North Dakota after
covering pipeline protest.
It's been more than 100
years since America's richest people have been so united behind a
presidential candidate: The
1% want President Hillary Clinton.
longest recreational trail is set for completion next year: All 14,913
miles of Canada's Great Trail will be ready in 2017. Here's an interactive
Ketchup sandwiches and other things stupid poor people eat.
Korea conducts a fifth nuclear test, setting off a blast more powerful
than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima.
For the 15 years since 9/11, the US
has waged an endless campaign of violence in the Middle East.
How ayahuasca, an ancient Amazonian hallucinogenic brew, became the latest trend in Brooklyn and Silicon Valley. Some people report experiencing their own death. Others feel transported to a higher dimension.
tested for use for depression; brew hints at its therapeutic
"Commander-in-Chief" forum panned as colossal failure of journalism.
Video of Dakota
Access pipeline company attacking Native American protesters with dogs and
black eyes in Donald Trump's life. Over his seven decades he's left a
trail of victims.
My friend, filmmaker Jesse James Hennessy, has launched
his "Night of the Witch" campaign, complete with a Proof of
Concept trailer and "rad perks." Help Jesse make a horror flick!
Riverfront Park planners to
rename Canada Island to something that reflects Salish history.
crazy Kratom ban dresses pharmacological phobia in scientific garb.
Why our ancestors drilled
holes in each other's skulls.
Awesome Craigslist find:
year marks the first year that high school freshmen will learn about 9/11
as an historical event that happened before they were born.
Garrison Keillor: God
help us. I mean it. We're in trouble down here.
For months the Standing
Rock Sioux tribe has led a non-violent protest against the Dakota Access
Pipeline. On Saturday the protesters were attacked by dogs & pepper
Goodman & Democracy Now! was there...
Google Trekker images feature
Spokane area online.
Why conservatives mistrust
even the most modest efforts at gun control.
lessons from Rod Serling.
Instead of having children say The Pledge of Allegiance, let's have them recite the follow. Some of you might recognize it.
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their Creator, with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.
That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."
That's great stuff, but as the
magazine Counterpunch pointed out, "the people who run this
country would never allow it. They’d never allow our kids to recite an
incendiary, revolutionary document like that every day for fear it would
incite violence against the state."
Yesterday I biked from downtown Spokane to the western reach of the Centennial Trail to check out the new 1.7 mile addition that runs from Sontag Park in Nine Mile Falls to the Nine Mile Recreation area. It's a nice addition through a well-manicured forest. Still, once you're there, there's little to do but turn around and traverse the final steep decent that got you there.
(The other 14.8 miles of the westbound trip is challenging - with its steep hills - but thoroughly worth it for its vistas and side trails, the Camp Seven Mile CCC camp, the amazing Deep Creek area, etc.)
They've dumped a lot of
money into the addition, and still dumping. I wish they would have instead
put the effort into a trail from the north side of the Nine Mile Dam to
the Spokane House/Little Spokane River area.
to music with my son James at the controls is a wild experience. Last
night's playlist: Einstürzende
Puppy, Gary Numan,
Nick Cave, and the Legendary
Pink Dots with Edward
Spokane explodes with colossal weirdness and awesomeness. Last night: Pig
Out in the Park, a street fair in Kendal
Yards, and this (not a die-in, but) yoga in the cool new area next to City
Police arrested a group of grandmothers yesterday who were protesting
oil and coal trains passing through the city.
Ninth Circuit Appeals
Court says medical
marijuana cardholders have no Second Amendment rights.
grants clemency to a Deadhead sentenced to die in prison for selling
LSD at a concert.
Is it possible to measure
supernatural or paranormal phenomena?
Having faked his death
in 1891 to escape mounting debts and increasingly credible threats of
violence from rival traders in the Gulf of Aden, Arthur
Rimbaud (1854 - 1933) lay low for more than four decades.
Cindy Sheehan led the anti-war movement against George W.
Hillary isn't much better.
message to future revealed under Rome obelisk.
people died 100 years ago and how we die today.
Trump told thousands of supporters at a rally in Everett last night that
he would win Washington state, which hasn't voted for a Republican
presidential candidate since Ronald Reagan in 1984.
The sixteen most
beautiful places to visit in Washington state. Riverfront Park in
Spokane is rightly featured.
If women can do
everything men can, how come they've never successfully opressed an entire
is right about 9/11: Bush didn't do all he could to prevent the
"I cannot stand and
sing the anthem. I cannot salute the flag."
Anthropocene epoch: Scientists
declare the dawn of human-influenced age.
Why did Saudi regime and other Gulf tyrannies donate
millions to Clinton Foundation?
The Spokane City Council voted in favor of renaming
Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples' Day. Supposedly we're not hip like
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar writes in The Washington Post: Insulting
Colin Kaepernick says more about our patriotism than his.
Wilder, dead at 83.
Muhammad Ali essentially did the same (or
"worse") as the San Francisco 49er QB who didn't stand for the
National Anthem, and Ali was ultimately regarded as an American hero.
What's the difference?
Dostoevsky predicted Trump's America: "Demons" warns readers
about the destructive force of demagoguery and unchecked rhetoric.
Egyptian stories will be published in English for the first time.
are there Gideon Bibles in hotel rooms?
Current practices in
reveal the dark side of speculation.
The longer you
speak to police officers, the more likely it is that you
will confess to some crime that you did not commit.
My friend, local filmmaker Jesse James Hennessy, is
launching the Indiegogo campaign for his film "Night of the
Witch" on September 5th. Go to JJHproductions.com
for more info.
illustrated A to Z of torture: The tactics in this comic were used by
the agency at black sites around the world.
anarchy: It's all pun and games until somebody loses a sign.
A man's thoughts controlled
robots inside a cockroach: The nanobots could one day dispense drugs
with more precision in people.
Democratic pundits downplay
serious ethical issues raised by the Clinton Foundation.
Spokane council to
consider exchanging Columbus
Day for Indigenous Peoples Day.
ISIS children execute
prisoners on video.
LSD opened the door to the Beatle's "Revolver": The hallucinogenic
drug inspired their masterpiece but also opened wounds that never healed.
Clinton's transition team: A
corporate presidency foretold.
Mulholland Drive leads the pack in the list
of 21st Century's top films.
A great sentence makes you want to chew it over slowly in
your mouth the first time. What
makes it a masterpiece?
Racism and talk of religious war: Trump staff's online posts.
Trump is going to be elected because ... TV
The alchemical creation of little people with great powers.
Hateful Eight: Marijuana's biggest opponents.
Churchill was a staunch protector of the British Empire,
but he had a love of the Orient and Islam. His
family begged him not to become a Muslim.
the Christian Science Monitor: Scientists
spot "rebellious" object orbiting beyond Neptune. "The
outer solar system just got a lot weirder."
Rules about putting your hand over your heart during the
National Anthem came about because no
one wanted to look like a Nazi.
Why your dreams are suddenly so intense after
you stop smoking marijuana.
human sacrifice filmed at Cern. Spokeswoman says the "scientific
users" of the Geneva facility "let their humor go too far."
Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas doesn't put her hand
over her heart during the National Anthem and she's called unpatriotic.
Ryan Lochte vandalizes a gas station and lies about being robbed and it's
"boys will be boys."
The Justice Department issued a memo yesterday instructing
to renew any contracts with private prison operators.
Did the brutal
death of Mussolini contribute to Hitler's suicide?
Donald Trump statues appear in cities across the country.
are the Hells Angels all about in 2016?
Spokesman-Review: Historic Spokane B&B allows
guests to use legal marijuana. Owner Louie Flores gave me a personal
tour of the place when I helped filmmaker Jesse James Hennessy produce
episode two of his Mr. Dark web series in this beautiful building. See it here.
Spokane realtor's billboard
Donald Trump ruined journalism? Matt Taibbi says most political media
is shilling for one side or the other.
Atheist, neuroscientist Sam
Harris on the example of Muhammad.
Will we ever know why
Nazi leader Rudolf Hess flew to Scotland in the middle of World War
charges are filed against Spokane Mayor David Condon. Charges accuse
the Mayor of "malfeasance and misfeasance" and violating his
oath of office.
Here's Michael Moore's
piece about how he
"knows" that Donald Trump is trying to sabotage his own campaign.
I don't know...
Trump's endgame the launch of Trump News? Vanity Fair says the
candidate is considering starting his own cable empire.
republic will endure until the day congress discovers that it can bribe
the public with the public's money."
dead at 89 ... Bye, bye ...
The Inlander: George Nethercutt says he and Republicans of character won't vote for Trump.
The 49 top Republicans (and counting) who
won't support Donald Trump for president.
The Howard Street Bridge
in Riverfront Park is about
to be demolished.
China's soon-to-be-mandatory Sesame Credit - The true danger of gamification.
Wikipedia: Sesame Credit.
China has made obedience to the State a game.
Beijing sets up huge
social credit system - BBC
Kiri: The magazine so "stupid and evil" it was banned by the
Trump: "I'll only lose with cheating." Asks
supporters to watch polling places. Call is decried as voter
Isolation and frustration have made people disdain
community, public values and the public good — making them perfect
targets for Trump's authoritarian and oversimplified rhetoric.
Scientists have 20
burning questions for presidential candidates.
So we don't forget: Here's
Frontline's examination of why no Wall Street execs have faced fraud
charges for the financial crisis.
psychopaths and presidential candidates: An analysis Scientific
American shows where some of this year's aspirants rank on a standard
assessment of psychopathic traits.
Time magazine's cover story: Inside
Donald Trump's Meltdown.
The DEA has rejected petitions challenging the federal
classification of cannabis as a Schedule I controlled substance with
no accepted medical utility.
US approves $1
billion in weapons sales to Saudi regime. Obama may be preaching
"tough love" to Saudis, but arms sales tell another story.
A lot of Trump supporters are comparing Trump's statement that Clinton could be stopped by "Second Amendment people" to Hillary's statement during the 2008 campaign, saying she would not drop out of the race because "We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated..." They're also comparing it to Joe Biden's comment of the same year, saying that he wouldn't let Obama take his shotgun. Why weren't people as upset by Clinton's and Biden's comments as they are about Trump's?
Here's why. If Joe Biden had just spent a year ridiculing the handicapped, women in general, and the parents of dead soldiers, etc.; if he said that he would kill the families of terrorists, if he incited violence at his own campaign rallies, said buffoonish things about the use of nuclear weapons; if his daily utterances were largely psychopathic and he was condemned by much of the political world and many from his own party, then yes, people would have gotten worked up over Biden's comments. Biden was expressing his support for the Second Amendment in clumsy Biden-speak; he did not believe Obama was "coming for his guns."
Also, people were indeed upset and critical about Clinton's stupid comment, and rightfully so; maybe only half as upset, but Clinton - also dangerous and psychopathic - appears to be only half as dangerous to the survival of our republic as is Trump.
arguing about the size of the asteroid as it's hurling toward our heads.
Trump's ambiguous wink: Clinton could be stopped by "Second Amendment people."
The US Secret Service tweeted this: "The Secret Service is aware of the comments made earlier this afternoon."
US Code 879 - Threats against former Presidents and certain other
An American authoritarian: Trump's campaign bears notable similarities to the reign of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini.
Trump and the banality of Evil.
Michael Moore's Five
Ways to Make Sure Trump Loses.
Remember, from two years ago? --->
John Oliver on the
current state of journalism.
"We know the personal qualities required of a President of the United States," a group of 50 senior GOP officials wrote. "None of us will vote for Donald Trump."
GOP senator Susan Collins: Why
I cannot support Trump.
WikiLeaks founder warns of close ties between Hillary Clinton and Google.
Why would Clinton want an
endorsement from Henry Kissinger?
exceptionalism on ice: Ice does not strike one as American until one
is out of America.
"Not everybody is comfortable with the idea that
politics is a guilty addiction. But it is. They are addicts, and they are
guilty and they do lie and cheat and steal — like all
seem to be on their way out.
100 jokes that shaped modern comedy. (You might want to scroll down to
Documentary delves deeply into Hitchcock's
compendium of demonology and magic comprised of more than 30
watercolors from 1775.
What are the tactical advantages of
a trebuchet over a catapult?
mini road trip day
there any check on a president's power to launch nuclear arms that could
destroy entire cities or nations? Debate
over Trump's fitness raises issue.
The real tragedy of
Trump is that he
has turned America into a one-party state.
trend of liberals
policing free speech.
Cops who stop drivers to
give them Good Driving Awards or other stuff are
abusing their power.
real story of the mysterious black briefcase that follows the
the script comedian Billy Domineau wrote for Seinfeld's 9/11 episode.
eternal return of unenlightened despotism: Can Trump's embrace of an
explicitly authoritarian strategy take him all the way to the White House?
Joe Rogan Experience with Duncan Trussell: two very original, very
funny, very stoned friends having an amazing conversation.
More Republicans are dumping
Six ways Trump
will assault core constitutional rights.
The American soldiers
who tortured in Bush's wars are
starting to write about it.
The New York Times Editorial Board says the voters
deserve to know what Trump is hiding in his tax returns.
no business like the arms business: Economic and political
instability, and war keeps the global arms industry profitable, and the
industry, in turn, makes sure the world remains volatile.
John Oliver on the
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