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protected speech pursuant to the "inalienable rights"
of all men, and the First
(or even the Second)
Amendment to the Constitution
of the United States of America.
Totalism Works. The brainwashing methods of isolation, engulfment and
fear can lead anyone to a cult.
OpenCulture: Here is Albert Einstein's 1949 essay "Why
Socialism?" where he attempts to find a solution to the
"grave evils of capitalism."
Keith Olbermann: Why Are
We Appeasing Trump?
"Those who do not move, do not notice their chains."
Universe May Be Conscious, Prominent Scientists State. A
proto-consciousness field theory could replace the theory of dark matter.
Search for Ecstasy. In 1960 an estimated 20 percent of Americans said
they'd had a mystical experience. Now it's 50 percent.
Death of Democracy and All Those Colorful Sneakers. When will these
talking heads representing the government, and their slavish patrons in
the mass media, end this utter nonsense and baloney about the U.S. being
either exceptional or a democracy?
Alexie on How Trump is Turning the US Into a Reservation. And other
stuff. The seamless transition between personal mythology, profanity,
self-flagellating humor, and politics is classic Sherman Alexie.
Journalist Seymour Hersh says in German magazine that US
lied about Syrian chemical attack then bombed them anyway.
Gatherings. Images From a Modern-Day Hippie Paradise. Hippies,
anarchists, artists, and reincarnations of religious figures come together
at the Rainbow Gathering to celebrate love and peace and nakeness.
John Oliver is incredulous over Trump's
explanation of the Comey tapes.
Middle East's Crisis Factory. Just like Europe in 1914, the Middle
East stands precariously at the edge of expansive regional conflict.
Ralph Nader: The
Democrats Are Unable to Defend the US from the "Most Vicious"
Republican Party in History. How did it come to this? One person the
Democratic Party is not going to ask, but perhaps should, is legendary
consumer advocate and three-time presidential candidate Ralph Nader.
Three Kinds of People Who Live in the United States. Personality
traits on their own, rather than the usually cited factors like religion,
racial diversity, education, or wealth, could help explain the country's
differing political views.
The Comma Queen explains the order of operations for punctuation
marks in asides and afterthoughts. Watch
the full video.
Marky Ramone revisits the last days of the Ramones in this
Rolling Stone segment of "Had to Be There."
St. Augustine Invented Sex. Whose body is this, anyway? Where does
desire come from? Why am I not in command of my own penis? St. Augustine
had some questions.
Their Bluff - What the GOP Health Bill is Really About. Senate
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (pictured) and his fellow Republicans are
taking us all for chumps when it comes to health-care legislation.
Cheer As Trump's Military Escalation in Syria Risks Kicking Off Global War.
Another Trump lie - he campaigned on a pledge to pursue a
Is Just the Latest Example of the US Pretending to Be Dragged Into War.
The most common lie told by the corporate media is that the US military
always goes to war reluctantly.
the Subculture Of Competitive Punning. Yes, you read that right.
LSD Became the Go-To Drug of Silicon Valley. Creatives tell us why
microdosing LSD beats coffee, Adderall and other stimulants.
of Trump's Lies. All of them. A definitive list.
Cocaine Influenced the Work of Sigmund Freud. A potted history of the
psychoanalysis founder's gak habit.
Be Scared if You Were Donald Trump, Too. A simple Google search
reveals Trump has ties to Russia. Imagine what special counsel Robert
Mueller will find.
Jim Hightower: Trump's
Puny Poll Numbers Are About to Crash into His Ego. Trumps greatest
failure is that he has no understanding of grassroots democratic idealism.
Occult Roots of Modernism. For all their faded creepiness, mystics
like Joséphin Péladan are worth revisiting, as they prepared the ground
for the modernist revolution of the early twentieth century.
Sam Harris speaks with Fareed Zakaria on
The Politics of Emergency.
Explosive Details From The Washington Post's Damning Report On the Russia
Hacking. On Friday, The Washington Post published an
extraordinary, comprehensive report
of the Obama administration's actions in the face of mounting evidence
that Russia severely affected the U.S. presidential election last year.
in the Dead Zone. The desolate waters of the Gulf of Mexico pale next
to the electoral dead zone now confronting the Democratic Party... A
political landscape deadened by the Party’s remorseless commitment to
neoliberal economics, imperial wars and open hostility toward the working
class base which once served as its backbone.
BlankOnBlank: Aldous Huxley on Technodictators. An interview by Mike Wallace in May of 1958. Animated.
Video SparkNotes: Huxley's
Brave New World summary.
A South African–Canadian film director recently launched a
new film project devoted to creating experimental short films. Here is
their very first production, a short film called "Rakka."
Starring Sigourney Weaver, "Rakka" takes us inside the
aftermath of an alien invasion sometime in the year 2020. Watch
it free online. Here's a review.
Open a Window on Brutal CIA Interrogations. A lawsuit filed in Spokane
on behalf of former prisoners reveals new details about a program that
used techniques widely viewed as torture.
ABC: Trump says he
doesn't have "any such recordings" with former FBI Director
NBC: Here's the full, much ballyhooed Megyn
Kelly interview with Alex Jones.
Wants Solar Panels on US-Mex Border Wall. "Pretty good
imagination, right? Good? My idea."
From Metallica's Black Album to Black Sabbath's "Paranoid,"
the greatest metal albums of all time.
You Like a Drink of Water? Please Ask a Yemini Child. The U.S. and
other nuclear armed nations have sent a chilling signal. They have no
intention of giving up the power to explode, burn and annihilate planetary
life. “The United States is spending $1 trillion USD over the next
thirty years to modernize its nuclear weapon arsenals and triple the
killing power of these weapons”
Salvador Dali Was Asked to Create a Pavilion For the 1939 World's Fair.
A spectacular and perverse Surrealist funhouse.
United States is at War With Syria. The United States is overtly
engaged in another aggression against a sovereign country that poses no
conceivable, let alone actual or imminent, threat to the nation. The US is
at war with Syria.
Ossoff's Loss Should Be a Lesson to Corporate Democrats. It's time to
bury the Panera Bread strategy.
Politico: Why the White House Is Reading Greek History. Thucydides is especially beloved by the two most influential figures on Trump's foreign policy team.
Neo-Fascist Philosophy that Underpins Both the Alt-Right and Silicon
Valley Technophiles. What is the Dark Enlightenment?
Greatest Polymaths, and the Advice They Left Behind. The advice of
three great polymaths - Aristotle, Leonardo, and Bertrand Russell.
What You Should Know About Satirizing Political Assassinations. In
defense of symbolic violence in art.
Your God Dead? Building walls, banning refugees and ignoring the poor
are the social expressions of bankrupt theologies.
Risks Quagmire and Catastrophe in Syria. Trump has betrayed the
voters who trusted him to "stay out" of the Syrian conflict
Keith Olbermann: Trump
Appears to Be Self-Destructing.
So Many Critics Hate the New Obama Biography. It’s a stunning and
indispensable work of history, David Greenberg writes. So why isn’t the
book on everyone’s nightstand?
"I ate between battles, I slept among murderers, I was careless in
loving and I looked upon nature without patience. Thus the time passed
which was given me on earth."
John Oliver: Trump's
Egregious Lies to Coal Miners. John blasts the constant lies that
President Donald Trump has used to give false hopes to coal miners
desperate for work.
Kelly Presses Alex Jones on Conspiracy Theories in NBC Interview. Her
much-hyped interview with him did not paint a flattering picture.
Battle of Waterloo Was One of the Defining Events of European History.
The scale of the slaughter and suffering remains shocking: when darkness
finally fell, up to 50,000 men were lying dead or seriously wounded and
10,000 horses were dead or dying.
Business Ties in Persian Gulf Raise Questions About His Allegiances.
Trump has business with the Saudis, but none with Qatar. Does that explain
his view on the Qatar feud?
Radicals Are Fighting the Alt-Right in America's Streets. In the wake
of Donald Trump’s election and the rise of the alt-right, several
militant anti-racist and anarchist groups have left the fringes and
entered the national spotlight.
Owes Lenders at Least $315 Million, Disclosure Shows. Trump had
personal liabilities of at least $315.6 million to German, U.S. and other
lenders as of mid-2017, according to a federal financial disclosure form
released late on Friday by the U.S. Office of Government Ethics.
David Sedaris: Why
Aren't You Laughing? Reckoning with addiction.
is Sending a Chicken Sandwich to Space. Privatization of space
exploration has had the unintended consequence of opening it up to
frivolous PR stunts.
(and Terrible) Advice From the Middle Ages. "Furthermore never
fart when you are dancing; grit your teeth and compel your arse to hold
back the fart... Do not have a dripping nose and do not dribble at the
mouth. No woman desires a man with rabies."
Carter Didn't Kill With a Text. Convicting the 20-year-old of
involuntary manslaughter could have serious implications for free speech.
"Dead Souls" Should Be On Trump's Summer Reading List. For
Trump, nothing has been so effective as fabrication and barefaced lying.
Nautilus: When Neurology Becomes Theology. Is the pursuit of the nature of consciousness more akin to metaphysics and theology than it so to hard science? Are theories of consciousness really a matter of how we wish to see ourselves in the world, and how we wish the world might be?
Roots of Consciousness - We're of Two Minds. Surgery that severs the
link between brain hemispheres reveals that those halves have way
different views of the world. We ask a pioneering scientist what that
tells us about human consciousness.
Jones Leaks Secretly Taped Chat With Megyn Kelly. The interview just
turned into a media game of he-said, she-said.
It might take a while to recover ... I'm in a state of aesthetic shock after watching the great Swedish director Ingmar Bergman's masterpiece "The Magician" (1958) - one of the great films of all times. Wow.
Loneliness of Donald Trump. On the corrosive privilege of the most
mocked man in the world.
Harris speaks with Graeme Wood, national correspondent for The
Atlantic, about his experience reporting on ISIS, the myth of online
recruitment, the theology of ISIS, the quality of its propaganda, the most
important American recruit to the organization, the roles of Jesus and the
Anti-Christ in Islamic prophecy, free speech and the ongoing threat of
jihadism, and other topics.
36 Dadaist Magazines. Plus other avant-garde books, leaflets and
Has there been some kind of major geologic reformation here? I don't
remember this undercut - at the west end of Canada Island in Riverfront
Park - being so pronounced. --->
Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller is Investigating Trump for
Obstruction of Justice. Mueller is interviewing as early as this week
three top intelligence officials as part of the probe.
Alexander Hamilton Solved America's Gun Problem - 228 Years Ago. The
answer is right there in the the Second Amendment, unchanged since it
first flowed from the quill of James Madison.
Trump's Shock Politics. Naomi Klein explains the key message from
"The Apprentice" that Trump has applied to the presidency.
Keep a Diary? Benjamin Franklin sought to log 13 virtues a day, Samuel
Johnson “to methodise” his life. For Susan Sontag, private writing was
a source of strength.
Vice: In honor of the 100th anniversary of the Lumiere brothers' first "motion pictures," 39 directors from around the world were invited to participate in an experiment. Filmmakers were given a reconstruction of the old camera that the Lumieres used, as well as three rules: The short could be no longer than 52 seconds, there could be no synchronized sound or unnatural light, and filmmakers had only three takes.
Here is David
Lynch's offering. Deliciously creepy.
Did the congressional Republicans think they could give billions of dollars in
tax breaks to the ultra-rich, take away poor people's health care, slash
Medicaid and social programs, and work to dismantle the democratic
institutions that Americans have fought and died for for two centuries,
and not expect some blowback? Karma's a bitch, traitors. Learn to duck.
Madness of King Donald. Donald Trump is ruling the United States like
a mad king. If he continues on his present course, history tells us that
his royal court could take the reins of his presidency.
Private Letter, Sessions Asks Congress for Permission to Go After Medical
Marijuana. While everybody obsesses over the Russia investigation
within the Justice Department, this Attorney General is busy expanding
federal law enforcement powers and eroding freedom.
Is a Cult? Cults are exploitative, weird groups with strange beliefs
and practices, right? So what about regular religions then?
Cyber Hacks on US Electoral System Far Wider Than Previously Known.
The cyberattack breached 39 US states.
Dodges Trump Questions. Attorney General Jeff Sessions clashed with
Democratic lawmakers over his refusal to detail his conversations with
President Donald Trump.
The Kissing of the Ring ... Trump looks like he'd just feasted on
Mussolini's raw liver ... It's interesting that in each of cabinet
member's introductions they neglected to mention their own name ... Reince
Priebus nearly levitates as he becomes filled with Donald Trump's unholy
Trump's Cabinet Lovefest. "Everyone on the team was
invited to praise the president in a public display of affection more
Pyongyang than Washington, while the dear leader soaked up the love."
May Commit a Felony to Cover Up Nonexistent Crimes. Trump's
implausible and gratuitous contradiction of Comey will be a crime if he
repeats it to federal investigators.
Chris Hedges: The
Age of Anger. The nihilism and rage sweeping across the globe are not
generated by warped ideologies or medieval religious beliefs. These
destructive forces have their roots in the obliterating of social,
cultural and religious traditions by modernization and the consumer
Advertisers Flee. Ad sales plummet nearly 90 percent in three months
as Trump's troubles mount.
Do Evangelicals Have a Persecution Complex? Many persecution
narratives in Christian culture fetishize suffering.
Arab World Has Never Recovered From the Loss of 1967. Fifty years
after the Six-Day War, the intellectualism that once lit up the Middle
East has been all but extinguished by dictatorship and religious
Lynch Forces Your Brain to Work Differently. Lynch demands to be
appreciated on Lynch’s terms, and those terms are often intuitive and
is TV Awash in Afterlifes, Hells, and Purgatories? The supernatural is
taking over television.
Major US Crisis Will Unleash the Worst of Trump's Toxic Agenda.
Survivalists stockpile canned goods and water in preparation for major
disasters; these guys stockpile spectacularly anti-democratic ideas.
IndependentAustralia: Want To Stop Terrorism? Get
Out of the Middle East. The tragic loss of innocent lives to terrorist
acts will not stop until we admit to the folly of current policies.
Crises are Exploited by Politicians and Corporations. This is not the
usual passing of the baton between parties. It’s a naked corporate
takeover, one many decades in the making.
West, 1960s-Era Batman, dead at 88. Before Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer,
George Clooney, Christian Bale and Ben Affleck...
This is awesome, and a bit bizarre. The classic Max Fleischer Betty
Boop cartoon Minnie the Moocher
featuring the legendary Cab Calloway.
Not 1984, Defines Trump Era. The most prominent characteristic of our
era is not the monolithic power of one party, but the erratic personality
of one man. The best literary precedent for what we're enduring now is not
the absolute order of Big Brother but the irrational eruptions of King
Lear. (Google King
Has What It Needs to Impeach Trump. The evidence of Trump's
obstruction of justice invites comparison with Watergate-era articles of
impeachment - and demands action.
Eureka Moments in Science Happen. Newton getting bonked by an apple,
Archimedes problem-solving in the bath: What eureka moments say
— and don’t say — about the scientific process.
Lake Farm First in Washington State to Plant Hemp. A Grant County
farmer has planted 75 irrigated acres of hemp, becoming the first
Washington grower to try a crop that remains a federally controlled
substance, but can be cultivated under state supervision.
Moorby Makes a Whiskey Sour. I know Simon and I know whiskey.
Olbermann: What We Now Know
From James Comey.
Real Red Scare. This list of Soviet problems, vintage 1986, should
have a familiar ring to it, since it sounds uncannily like a description
of what’s wrong with the United States today.
FoxNews: Fox News Host Just
Snapped On Trump. "Mr. President, you are the problem.
Does This End? Survival seems within reach for Trump, but perhaps not
much more than that. Here are four alternatives for the scandal-plagued
presidency of Donald Trump.
White House Transitions from Lies to Authoritarian-Style Propaganda.
Trump is taking a page out of Putin's media playbook.
Sam Harris: The
Great Unraveling. Sam speaks with David Frum about polictical
partisanship, recent security leaks, Trump's foreign policy, the Russia
investigation, Kathy Griffin's joke, and other topics.
Paul Ryan defends Trump on Comey saying, "The president's new at this."
Here is James Comey's opening statement to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
Key Things Said During Comey's Testimony.
Police Investigate Homeland Security Agent for Rape and Burglary.
Police are suspected of flashing his badge, then knocking a woman
unconscious and raping her in her North Spokane apartment last week.
Time for Donald Trump to Leave the White House. His ignorance is
matched only by his incompetence.
Fox News Host Delivers Network's Most
Withering Criticism of Trump to Date.
Tanguy - Master Surrealist. The man who ate spiders and created smutty
sketches just for fun.
to Topple a Dictator. An interview with Erica Chenoweth, a leading
scholar of authoritarian regimes.
for Trump's Soul. "Trump is nothing if not a brilliant
salesman," Mark Singer wrote in this 1997 profile of Donald
did tarot cards come from? Not ancient Egypt, but a place almost as
mysterious: Paris, in 1781, with its occult-obsessed secret societies and
Up for Cinema. Film as an art form is routinely dismissed in
comparison to books. The attitude is so taken for granted that people
assume even Martin Scorsese subscribes to it. He doesn't.
Wall Street Journal editorial board savages Trump's
"humiliating," "self-destructive" tweeting. "Some
people with a propensity for self-destructive behavior can’t seem to
help themselves, President Trump apparently among them."
Bob Dylan Recite His Nobel Lecture in Literature. Six months after he
received the Nobel Prize in Literature at a ceremony he did not attend,
the songwriter has fulfilled the award's criteria by delivering a lecture
on the topic to the Swedish Academy.
Trump's Triumph of Stupidity. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and
other G-7 leaders did all they could to convince Trump to remain part of
the Paris Agreement. But he didn't listen. Instead, he evoked deep-seated
nationalism and plunged the West into a conflict deeper than any since
World War II.
National Security Team Blindsided by NATO Speech. "They thought
the president would commit to the principle of collective defense. They
War Against the Checks on His Power Keeps Expanding. And as we know,
Trump is used to being king...
the United States Looked Before the EPA. The Nixon administration
commissioned 100 photographers for the project.
Most Treacherous Battle of World War I Took Place in the Italian Mountains.
Even amid the carnage of the war, the battle in the Dolomites was like
nothing the world had ever seen - or has seen since.
French Postcards From the 1900s. Erotic postcards were the pornography
of the late 1800s and early 1900s. Small pocket-sized cards with a risqué
photograph on one side and a postcard design on the other. They were
mainly produced in Paris.
Liu-Wong Paints Candy-Colored Scenes of Sex and Violence. Cheerfully
NSFW paintings of Satan worshippers, serial-killers, suicide and strange
Richest Man Who Ever Lived. Jacob Fugger was a late-medieval banker
from Germany. Were he alive today, he would have cut a swathe through Wall
Street and the City. Not for nothing was he known as "Jacob the
Rich." His story is still little known.
Benedict Arnold Turned Traitor Against the American Revolution. The
story behind the most famous betrayal in US history [until today] shows the complicated
politics of the nation's earliest days.
Chooses Most Ironic Location in the Entire World for Anti-France Rally.
[He should have one of his servants Google "Lafayette."]
Great Betrayal of Middle America. The people who wanted Trump to halt
the rule of their "betters" are having a rude awakening.
Anti-Aging Start-Up is Charging Thousands of Dollars for Teen Blood.
Elizabeth Bathory goes high tech.
Ten Classic German expressionist Films. From Nosferatu to The Cabinet
of Dr. Caligari.
Spicer Reaches Orwellian Levels of "Duckspeak" With His News
Briefing. The vocabulary and speaking style of Trump's press secretary
resembles a form of speech from George Orwell's 1984.
Has a President Been Quite So Big. So Absolutely Monstrous. Or Quite So
Small. If luck doesn’t hold, Donald Trump may end up making Caligula
and Nero look like statesmen.
Here is Sherman Alexie's new short story in The New Yorker: Clean,
Trump Muzzle Comey? A look at executive privilege.
Dali's Bizarre, Sexy 1973 Playboy Photoshoot. A gaggle of Playboy
Bunnies and a giant egg...
Jimmy Kimmel on Trump's Decision
to Leave the Paris Accord.
Exempts 17 Senior White House Staff Including Steve Bannon From Ethics
Rules. Advisers Kellyanne Conway and Reince Priebus also among
high-profile staffers granted waiver from standard conflict of interest
SpokesmanReview: Watch Spokane's Whitworth University Choir stage
a flash mob at the renowned Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain.
State, California, and New York Band Together to Form Climate Alliance.
A response to Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate
End of History Is the Birth of Tragedy. Americans have forgotten that
historic tragedies on a global scale are real. They'll soon get a
Reason This South American Tribe Shrunk Their Enemies' Heads. The
Shuar of South America is the only tribe to have never been conquered by
the Spanish Empire.
Magical and Disturbing Dream-Like Nude Oil Paintings of Erik Thor Sandberg.
the Making of the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper." In 1967, the
Beatles were at a crossroads — they quit touring, experimented with
drugs and set out to change rock & roll forever. It was fifty
years old today.
Trump's Insult to History. The tectonic plates of Europe are shifting,
and President Trump is at the heart of this upheaval.
Why Comedy Matters. We’re
used to thinking that the purpose of comedy is just to help us relax and
‘have a good laugh’. But in fact, the mission of comedy is far grander
and more world-changing. We should wake up to the full potential of
comedy. A video from The
School of Life.
Is a Cornered Megalomaniac Who's Losing His Mind. Men like Trump do
not fade gently into the political night.
Activists Probing Ivanka Trump's Factories Have Gone Missing. The two
men were looking into labor abuses at a Trump clothing factory in China.
I am so sorry that Kathy Griffin apologized
for this traditional form of political protest. History is filled with
this imagery - rendered both symbolically and with sharp knives. I would
have included the video of that Nazi's limbs being torn off by wild horses
and the torso flung to the celebratory bonfire as the townsfolk cheered
to Pull Out of Paris Climate Change Agreement. The upcoming decision
is a victory for the nationalist wing of Trump's White House.
Matt Shea Makes a Desperate and Silly Attempt to Shield Himself From
Defamation Lawsuit. Opinion from Shawn Vestal.
Harris speaks with Timothy Snyder about his book On Tyranny: Twenty
Lessons from the Twentieth Century.
History of Heads Lost and Heads Found. Book review - the history of
decapitation that asks why severed heads have always bewitched the living.
"Thump-thump ... Thump-thump ..."
Chris Hedges: The
Artist as Prophet. The artist, if true to his or her vocation,
recovers the past and explains the present. The artist is the true
chronicler of who we were and where we came from. Culture, in times of
distress, is not a luxury but a life raft.
In case you missed it: Bannon's
War. The inside story of Trump adviser Stephen Bannon’s war — with
radical Islam, Washington and White House rivals.
Ted-Ed: A Brief History of Goths.
What do fans of atmospheric post-punk music have in common with ancient
Many US Soldiers Died in Each US War?
Science and the Occult Went Head-to-Head on a German Mountaintop. One
of the spells in the "High German Black Book" was the "Bloksberg
Tryst," a ritual designed to transform a young male goat into a human
the Nazis Made Art Fascist. The Nazis pursued a new aesthetics for a
new order — and showed how swiftly liberal principles can be hollowed
Budget Is American Caesarism. Caesarism is roughly characterized by a
charismatic strongman, popular with the masses, whose rule culminates in
an exaggerated role for the military. America is moving in this direction.
Would Jared Kushner Trust Russian Officials So Much? The reasons for
the contacts between Trump associates and Russian officials—and the
willingness of those associates to conceal those contacts—remain an
the Armed Uprising Against the Federal Government. An investigation of
how the Bundy family’s fight against the federal government invigorated
armed militias and “patriot” groups — helping them grow to levels
not seen in decades.
Million Years of Whale Evolution in One Minute.
Allman Brothers Story. Read Cameron Crowe's iconic 1973 story on how
Gregg Allman kept the Allman Brothers Band going after his brother's
Southern Rock pioneer, dead at 69.
Is Lone G7 Holdout On Supporting Paris Climate Deal. Trump refused to
join his counterparts in the G7 Saturday in a pledge to uphold the
195-nation Paris accord on climate change, breaking the unified front of
the world’s most exclusive geopolitical club.
question for this Court, distilled to its essential form, is whether the
Constitution, as the Supreme Court declared in Ex parte Milligan, 71 U.S.
(4 Wall.) 2, 120 (1866), remains “a law for rulers and people, equally
in war and in peace.” And if so, whether it protects Plaintiffs’ right
to challenge an Executive Order that in text speaks with vague words of
national security, but
in context drips with religious intolerance, animus, and discrimination."
Moral Holiday. The permissiveness of Republican leaders who acquiesce
to violence, collusion, and corruption is encouraging more of the same.
Paul Krugman: It's
All About Trump's Contempt. Trump clearly despises the very voters who
Bodyslam Candidate Wins Election Despite an Assault Charge. Republican
wins special House election, holding a longtime GOP seat a day after he
was charged with assaulting a reporter.
Navy SEALS killed Five Civilians in Raid in Yemen. The Pentagon says
the raid targeted al-Qaeda and that seven militants were killed.
Problem with Dracula. Bram Stoker's most famous novel was published on
this date in 1897. It put Transylvania on the tourist map – but not
everyone was pleased.
in Washington state hated both Trump and Clinton more than in any other
Conceptual Penis as a Social Construct. This
academic paper - written as a hoax - that claimed penises cause climate
change was reviewed and approved with no changes by two peer reviewers at
a scientific journal.
Republican Candidate Charged With Assault After "Body-Slamming"
Guardian Reporter. He is alleged to have slammed a Guardian reporter
to the floor on the eve of the state’s special election, breaking his
glasses and shouting: “Get the hell out of here.”
Slingshot Was as Deadly as a .44 Magnum. On a fortified hill in
Scotland some 1,900 years ago, a Roman army used slings and lead bullets
with lethal accuracy.
Devastating Effects of Dental Inequality in America. The state of our
teeth reveals - and reinforces - economic disadvantage in society.
Vonnegut Ponders Why "Poor Americans Are Taught to Hate Themselves."
A timely passage from "Slaughterhouse-Five."
Olbermann: 40 Shady Things
We Now Know About Trump and Russia.
"A grotesquely immoral budget." Bernie Sanders on Trump's budget plan.
Stephen Colbert describes the incredible cruelty of Trump's new budget proposal in no uncertain terms.
Seth Meyers says Trump's cruel
budget breaks his campaign promises.
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.
Gifts For the Rich, Big Cuts For the Poor In Trump's Budget. He would
give a lot more money to the defense industry and wealthy taxpayers, and
he would pay for that with an unprecedented slashing of safety net
programs for America's poor.
AmericanConservative: When ISIS Ran the American South. When the barbarians who burned people alive and celebrated it publicly were us.
Justice and Five of the Most Shocking Lynchings in America. Lynching
has never been a legal form of capital punishment like hanging or firing
squad. Yet, throughout the country, law enforcement overlooked the actions
of angry mobs seeking vengeance for perceived crimes.
Seth Rich Conspiracy Theory is Shameful Nonsense. For the people who
cannot bear to read anything that isn't from certified right-wing media,
here is the very conservative National Review pleading on behalf of
Groveling Speech in Saudi Arabia Was a National Embarrassment.
"His speech was disgusting, nonsensical, and profoundly un-American.
It was all terrorism, Iran, and empty flattery."
of Trump and Glowing Globe Perplexes Internet. "One orb to rule
Chris Hedges: The Death of the Republic. The despotic forces that destroyed ancient Rome and other empires are destroying us. And removing Trump would not halt the disintegration.
Trump Won't Solve America's Crisis. "There is no way out for
America at this point."
80s Punk Found Metal And Changed It Forever. Included is an historic
collection of videos.
signs largest arms deal in American history - $350 billion over the
next decade - with Saudi Arabia.
If you can stomach it, watch
this video of Trump, Rex Tillerson, and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross
dancing with murderers in Saudi Arabia. Catchy tune, but you can't behead
F _ _ _ Pippa.
Investigative reporters have begun to flesh out the Trump/Russia
timeline. To keep everything in one location, here’s
an updated summary (so far).
Yugoslavia's Mysterious Abandoned Brutalist Monuments. Photos of some
forgotten post-World War II sculptures.
Time Jackie Kennedy Found Marijuana Growing in Her Garden. Throughout
most of the early sixties, JFK and Jacqueline were as high as kites,
receiving near-daily amphetamine-laced injections.
Check out this short, animated documentary of how
Hunter Thompson created gonzo journalism. On a binge with Ralph
Steadman at the Kentucky Derby.
Everything he's touched has turned to shit, and now we're allowing Trump
the seats of the world's three great religions: what could possibly go
Look! And it will easily fit in a 140-character
Bill Maher: Orange Sphincter to
Impeachment Talk Grows, Have Trump's Former Top Aides Already Cut Deals
With Federal Prosecutors? The art of the deal comes back to haunt
is perhaps the greatest playwright of the 20th century, and the author of
the masterpiece, Waiting
for Godot. It’s hard to understand the modern world without his
perspective. Check out this
about Beckett's literature from School
Biggest Myths About Drug Testing. No one wants to face a drug test,
but anyone who tokes should be aware of some basic testing facts. You
know, just in case.
Cornell sings haunting acoustic covers of Prince, Michael Jackson, and
"When I was young, I believed in three things: Marxism, the
redemptive power of cinema, and dynamite. Now I just believe in
I'm finishing a proposal for a film project. I'll be back tomorrow, if we're all still here.
Presidency Falls Apart. After an extraordinary 10 days, the tenure of
the chief executive may have deteriorated beyond his ability to repair it.
Jump On Special Prosecutor Bandwagon. Justice Department names former
FBI Director Robert Mueller to oversee the Russia investigation.
What Members of Congress Think About Impeaching Trump. One Dem called
for it on the House floor.
Evidence of Authoritarianism in Washington, DC. The Turkish
president's security detail beats peaceful protestors in front of the
pioneer of Fox News, dead at 77.
Kimmel: Schoolhouse Rock -
I'm Just a Lie.
Gorey Illustrates H. G. Wells' The War of the Worlds in His Inimitable
Gothic Style. The book is now long out of print, but you can now see
the fantastic illustrations online.
Soundgarden - The Day I Tried To
25th Amendment Solution to Remove Trump. Removal, not impeachment, for
a president unfit for office.
President Donald Trump Must Be Impeached. The time has come for
Congress to launch an impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump
for obstruction of justice.
Family's Slave. "She lived with us for 56 years. She raised me
and my siblings without pay. I was 11, a typical American kid, before I
realized who she was."
Gobekli Tepe the World's First Temple? Predating Stonehenge by 6,000
years, Turkey's stunning site upends the conventional view of the rise of
Obsessively Detailed Map of American Literature's Most Epic Road Trips.
Road trip with Kerouac and Fitzgerald and Twain and...
Rise and Fall of the Infamous SarcMark.
Vonnegut's Eight Tips on How to Write a Good Short Story. When it came
to giving advice to writers, Kurt was never dull.
WashingtonPost: Trump Revealed Highly Classified Information to Russian Foreign Minister and Ambassador. He was boasting of the "great intel" he receives when he discussed intelligence provided by a US partner.
Gonzaga commencement, writer
Sherman Alexie tells graduates to "remember your promises."
and Ignorance Revisited. It shouldn't come as a surprise that less
knowledge about a foreign country corresponds with a preference for more
destructive and irresponsible policies.
Keith Olbermann: Here's
How Trump Could Already Be Prosecuted.
Must Be Impeached. Here's Why. "Now the country is faced with a
president whose conduct strongly suggests that he poses a danger to our
system of government."
Madness Invites Mutiny. "Something is happening. It's in the air.
It is an awakening, it is an adjustment, it is a growing up."
Robert Reich: The
End of Trump. The law is reasonably clear. If Trump removed Comey to
avoid being investigated, that's an impeachable offense.
Checks and Balances "Under Assault" by Trump. Says former
director of national intelligence, James R. Clapper Jr.
Chris Hedges: Trump
Is the Symptom, Not the Disease. The crisis we face is the result of a
four-decade-long, slow-motion corporate coup that has rendered the citizen
impotent, left us without any authentic democratic institutions and
allowed corporate and military power to become omnipotent.
Have Identified 50-Foot Creature That Washed Up On Indonesian Beach. A
giant sea creature, possibly with tusks and possibly straight out of
Unsolved Mysteries That Keep Scientists Up at Night. From the mystery
of dark matter to the inevitable end of the universe...
Reasons the Comey Affair Is Worse Than Watergate. A journalist who
covered Nixon’s fall 45 years ago explains why the current challenge to
America may be more severe—and the democratic system less capable of
Man Lying. We're witnessing an historic moment. Unyielding dishonesty
and belligerence have landed Trump one investigation away from
Is How the Trump Administration Ends. "We have come to a very
strange and bad place where we have to rejoice at the fact that the
president of the United States lacks the basic managerial skills to lead
any elaborate political plan to completion."
Mystery of the Dog Suicide Bridge. Over the past five decades, more
than fifty dogs have jumped to their deaths from Overtoun Bridge, near
ScreenCraft: 10 Scripts to Read Before You Die.
Fox: "This isn't a
game." Chris Wallace and Shep Smith on Friday were perplexed by
the recent developments in the ongoing Donald Trump/James Comey saga, with
the hosts noting the president’s actions only serve to erode the trust
of the American people.
American Conservative magazine calls
for Trump's impeachment.
sets out the ideas behind Trumponomics. His economic plans are based
on a picture of America that is decades out of date—and dangerous for
America and the world
Conservatives Know Jeff Sessions Won't Win the War on Drugs. Trump's
attorney general just told prosecutors to go hard on mandatory minimum
sentences for drug offenders.
P. J. O'Rourke on Trump's Impending Doom. "You could be really
Harsh words from ForeignPolicy:
"We have the tin-pot leader whose vanity
knows no bounds. We have the rapacious family feathering their nests
without regard for the law or common decency. We have utter disregard for
values at home and abroad, the disdain for democracy, the hunger for
constraining a free press, the admiration for thugs and strongmen
I watched a good but very unsettling documentary called The
Imposter, about a 13-year-old boy who vanished in Texas and showed up
three years later in Spain. He had the same tattoos but looked different
and spoke with an accent. An investigator attempts to unravel the mystery.
I saw it on Netflix
hats, broomsticks, caldrons, cats. Why do we assume witches look a
certain way? Blame the rise of the mass-produced woodcut.
My friend Simon, bartender at Hogwash Whiskey Den, shows how
to make an Old Fashioned.
Hey, girl, I'll cover your preexisting condition...
You can take the entire Cornell University physics course, via
these lectures by the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman on
Would Happen in the Minutes and Hours After a Coup in America. Never
going to happen, right?
is Not a Drill. Who can sincerely believe that President Trump fired
FBI Director James Comey for any reason other than to thwart an
investigation of serious crimes? Which crimes—and how serious—we can
No One to Hold Donald Trump Accountable. The creeping sense of terror
you're feeling in the wake of the president firing James Comey is entirely
Al Franken slams Trump for
to Toughen Rules on Prosecuting Drug Crimes. A major rollback of
Obama-era policies that would put his first big stamp on a Justice
Department he has criticized as soft on crime.
Firing Draws Comparisons to Nixon's Saturday Night Massacre. It was
one of the most dramatic turns of events in the Watergate scandal.
Was James Comey Thinking? FBI Director Comey has long been renowned
for his integrity and independence. So why did he upend the 2016 election?
An exclusive report from inside the FBI.
Declared at Hanford Nuclear Site in Washington State. Hundreds of
workers were in "take cover" position after a tunnel in a
plutonium finishing plant collapsed yesterday morning.
Trump's Simplified Language Means. “You don’t have to be an expert
on dangerousness or spend 50 years studying it like I have in order to
know how dangerous this man is.”
Key Issues Ignored by the Washington Elite and the Media. The media's
current obsession with Donald Trump just provides one additional excuse
for highlighting trivia, while slighting issues that deserve far more
Says He'll Do What He Wants about Medical Marijuana. It’s not easy
keeping up with Trump’s contradictions, bizarre bragging, blatant lies
and general ignorance of how government functions. And, yeah, the fact
that he doesn’t seem to realize there’s this document called the
Olbermann: Sally Yates is an
John Oliver: Net
Ignorance is Becoming More Evident With Each Passing Day. It's
laughable when pundits try to distill a Trump doctrine from his word
Anxiety Didn't Make People Vote Trump, Racism Did. New data provide a
compelling answer to this vexing question.
Enlightenment. Poor Nietzsche. Not only is he blamed for World War I
and Nazism, but he's maligned as the godfather of postmodern relativism.
Nonsense. He was a champion of the Enlightenment.
Took a Century to Created the Weekend, and Only a Decade to Undo It.
"A Marxist might point out that the weekend is an act of corporate
trickery, a dangling carrot that keeps workers tethered to their
Power Brings Out Your True Self. "... power does not merely
corrupt: It exposes your true character. It releases inhibitions and sets
your inner self free. If you’re a jerk..."
17 objetos sonoros prehispánicos
originales de cerámica de la reserva arqueológica del Museo MAAC
Herzog Offers 24 Pieces of Filmmaking and Life Advice. "Ask for
forgiveness, not permission."
Chris Hedges: Going
to the Daytime Emmys. "There were once gradations of culture.
There were once broadcast news programs that took journalism seriously.
There were once talk shows that focused on books, political philosophy,
economic theory, art and ideas. There was once a literate public. This is
gone now, replaced by a vast burlesque."
Jesus Said Unto Paul of Ryan.
Vonnegut Diagrams the Shape of All Stories in a Mater's Thesis Rejected by
The University of Chicago. "What has been my prettiest
contribution to the culture?" asked Vonnegut. His answer?
Mozart in the Machine. Art is rooted in emotions. So what happens when
algorithms are able to understand and manipulate human emotions better
than Mozart, Picasso, or Shakespeare?
Street artist Blu creates a powerful, hand-painted stop motion film
around a water tower: Big Bang Boom.
This is what IBM thinks
the world will be like in five years.
History of Alternative Music Mapped Out on a Transistor Radio Circuit
Board - 300 punk, alt and indie artists.
Vox: Marx Still Matters. What the modern left can learn from the philosopher.
Movies for a Student of Philosophy. Movies that (seem to be)
incarnations of classic philosophical thought experiments or movies that
have a major philosophical problem as a main theme. I was so happy to see
some of my favorite films included: A Clockwork
Orange, Rope, Crimes and
Misdemeanors, Pi, Waking
Life, The Pervert's Guide to
Cinema, and others.
Brewer Puts the "P" in Pilsner. A Danish brewery is drawing
on 50,000 liters of urine collected from the largest music festival in
Northern Europe to produce a novelty beer.
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Trumpcare Disaster. "In a display of breathtaking hypocrisy,
House Republicans — without holding any hearings or giving the
Congressional Budget Office time to do an analysis — passed a bill that
would strip at least 24 million Americans of health insurance."
American Health Care Act 101. A primer on what the bill passed by the
House would do if enacted into law.
Kennedys - Kill the Poor.
Keith Olbermann: The
Shame and Cruelty of the GOP. "Be heartbroken. Be terrified. Be
angry. But mostly, be calmly vengeful. Quietly, persistently,
permanently vengeful. Trump and Ryan and every so-called man and woman who
voted for this medieval act, this barbarism, we know your names, we will
destroy your careers, we will make you suffer..."
2014 tweet from Donald Trump is pure prophecy.
Complexity of Social Problems is Outsmarting the Human Brain. Social
problems are fantastically complex, while human minds are severely
under-engineered. Is democracy doomed?
ScreenPrism: What's So Great
About Twin Peaks?
Staggering Amount of Vinyl Was Sold On Record Store Day 2017. Another
landmark year for the format.
George Will: Trump
Has a Dangerous Disability. "It is urgent for Americans to think
and speak clearly about President Trump’s inability to do either."
Nautilus: From 1500 to 1700, the way humans read was
transformed. They did it in private, at their own pace, rereading and
thinking about reading. They
deepened a new set of cognitive skills.
Greg Palast: Trump's
Tax Cuts Are More Evidence America's Billionaires Have Staged a Political
Coup. "Those guys in the red trucker hats - he's pissing in their
Have Revealed the Potential Dangers of Elon Musk's Neuralink Brain
Interface. Ultra high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces to connect
humans and computers might be a bad idea.
Why Won't the Press Ask Trump
Shaving Brushes Gave World War I Soldiers Anthrax. A critical shaving
tool caused critical illness in hundreds of people.
Frustration With Trump Just Boiled Over. It's all about "The
Massive Lake of Molten Carbon the Size of Mexico Was Just Discovered Under
the US. A recent scientific discovery has drastically changed our view
of the global carbon cycle and identified a new significant risk.
Smoking Marijuana Contribute to the Next Flu Pandemic? There are
around 10 million more Americans than a decade ago passing around that
the West Carved Up the Middle East. Because the end of the Ottoman
Empire was the beginning of the modern Middle East.
Miracle of the Sun, 1917: Ancient Angels at Fatima? If the apparitions
which are said to have been witnessed at Fatima in 1917 had taken place
centuries earlier they might have been described as Fairy encounters or
visions of spirits and demons.
War In Korea Might Unfold. If there is one problem the US military has
studied and thought about, it is another war on the Korean
Park pavilion, an icon of Expo '74, to undergo extensive renovation.
Very Compelling Evidence the Tower of Babel Was Real. Inside the
legendary city of Babylon in modern-day Iraq lie the remains of a vast
structure, which ancient records suggest was the Tower of Babel.
Horror Movies I Wish Were Novels. Most of your favorite horror movies
are novel adaptations. Here are the movies I wish I could read.
Artist Illustrates His Fight Against Depression In Mysterious Dark And
Surreal Paintings. Sometimes you can take your weakness and turn it
into something beautiful.
HistoryLink: IWW formally begins Spokane free-speech fight, 1909.
SpokesmanReview: It would take an entire book to do justice to this wild period of Spokane’s history. Yet we can sum it up a few sentences...
offices raided and martial law declared, 1917.
Accomplished More in His First 100 Days Than We Give Him Credit For.
Trump could leave office tomorrow and still qualify as the most
consequential POTUS in any living American's memory.
Anxiety Is Weed Culture's Bigfoot. Ever get the fear when you smoke
up? Scientists are still trying to work out why.
Philosophical Fascists of the Gay Alt-Right. Among the priests of the
"religion" of masculinity.
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