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

 


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

                  

 


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Running With Scissors Since 1999


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

Check it out!


Elsewhere...

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MY ViDEOS

Special Halloween Picks!

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

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

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

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


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EARLY CREEPY COLLABORATIONS
with weird stories 
behind them.

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

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


Mi VIDEOhS

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

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

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

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

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


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


MY ViDS

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

Soup
I make soup.

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

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

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


Poster by Chris ?

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


MY V-ViDS

Occupy Spokane
Dominates Downtown

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

What I Learned from 
the Spokane Anarchists

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

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

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


CONTESTS

NYC 24 Hour Film Race

2014
A Drink in the Dark
(Made the top 24 films in this worldwide competition. Played in New York City.)

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48 Hour Film Fest

2013
The Appraisal

2012
Gazoombas!

2011
The Sacrifice

2010
The Tenth Floor


2009

 
bag
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50 Hour Film Slam

2014
Cursed

2013
The Burning

2011
Oxy and Drakkar

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MORE OF MY ViDEOS

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

Compliments
Randomly generated compliments with a rosemary/veal sauce.

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

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

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


Go directly to my
YouTube Site


MY ViDS

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

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

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

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


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MY TRIP(Y) CLIPS

Anasazi Ruins

Mi Dentista Mexicano

No Thirteens in Las Vegas

The Great Salt Flats

Descent into the Valley of Death

Ghost Town

Antelope Near Devil's Tower

Paradox at Bonneville Salt Flats

Kansas Prairie Fire

Chicago Revelation 


MO of MY
STUFF

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

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

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

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


Special Report

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My brush with the
Black Scythe 9/1/13


AND EVEN MORE
of my stuff

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

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

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

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

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


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


AAAAAAAND
EVEN MORE
of my stuff

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

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

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

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

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

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

OtherSpokane Intro
OtherSpokane's Instructional Video


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MY ViDEO SHORTS

Geothermal 
Giggle

Jumping to Conclusions 
at Pig Out in the Park

Whores4wars

Occupy Spokane's
 Diverse Folk

Deer in Downtown Spokane

Bestial Zen

Maniac

Drunk Dude Rescued

Because Art Matters

Ride

Shadows of Luigi

Do you smite me, sir?

Wiener

$1 PBRs

Where Did I Put 
My Sunglasses?

Ledger Parade

Titanic

Shem in Snow

The Line

Leroy Promo

Dealing with Evil

1night@Mootsys


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POLiTICS 2012

Ron Paul in Spokane

Part One
Part Two

The Newt in The Kan at The Bing

Part One
Part Two


Heeere's my face 
on Facebook


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Favorite Blasts from this
Website's Past:

Judy Roger's
Sarcastic Pantyraid 2000

ColdFire Labyrinth

My meeting with
Stacey #1 - #2

dewD-ling --
Coversations with dewD

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

TheOTHERSpokane
Prototype Project
Issues 1 - 5

Paranoid-Critical
Letters

Correspondence

Other Past Issues


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


OtherSpokane.com is protected speech pursuant to the "inalienable rights" of all men, and the First (or even the Second) Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America. Don't tread on me, pretty-please.

10/31/14

Boo.


10/30/14

Y'all ready for this?!! The webwide premier of Mr. Dark is just hours away!

          "I'll take it."

(Did you see our ad in The Inlander? Top left on the I Saw You page.)
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The Masonic initiation wells of the Quinta da Regaleira ... - a pair of wells spiraling deep within the earth. The wells were not for water collection; the underground towers were designed for secretive rites.
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Scientists dropped dead pigs in the ocean and watched what happened
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Predictions about the year 2000 by Arthur C. Clarke from 1964 (and the Stanley Kubrick connection).

An Interview with Stanley Kubrick in 1969.
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Biologists have been wary of applying the strange world of quantum mechanics, where particles can be in two places at once or connected over huge distances, to their own field. But it can help to explain some amazing natural phenomena.
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The American "drugs wizard" who ran one of the biggest LSD labs in England.
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The Good-Faith Exception gives cops a pass on illegal searches. And courts keep expanding it.
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Scientific American mag says the black hole in Christopher Nolan's new sci-fi film "Interstellar" is "amazingly realistic."
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It was a dark and stormy alternative universe: Opening your sci-fi short story.


10/29/14

Last night I watched James Franco's attempt to bring Cormac McCarthy's brilliant and demented novel "Child of God" to the big screen. To all of my friends and acquaintances who proclaimed artistic blasphemy at the very thought of this, to those of you to whom I said, no, no, give it a chance blah blah, sometimes a director will bring new blah blah and the result can be blah blah blah... Well, I was wrong and you were right.
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Dario Argento's horror classic "Suspiria" and the most vicious murder scene ever filmed.
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Here are several methods for outlining novels and longer pieces, including free-write summary, skeletal summaries, "snowflake" summeries, visual outlines, and more.
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Here is a story in The Inlander about the Spokesman-Review cutting back in the newsroom again: The New Normal.


10/28/14

In the decades after World War II, the CIA and other US spy agencies employed at least 1,000 Nazis.
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Are you unusually calm while traveling Amtrak? How about unusually nervous? Whichever, you're probably a criminal.
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What will life be like in 2064?
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From Common Dreams: The myth of the free press.
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Remembering Cream bassist Jack Bruce, an uncompromising artist and one of rock and roll's modern architects.
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Who's going to get rich fighting the Islamic State? Obama's small war means big profits - and little oversight - for defense contractors and hired guns.
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Are drunk people more philosophically rigorous? At a bar in France, researchers made people answer questions about philosophy. The more intoxicated the subject, the more utilitarian he or she was likely to be.
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Here is 48 hours of sun activity in 10 seconds, recorded by NASA.
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Nick Cave and The Cavemen, 1984.
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From BHO to Xanax: Artist drew 45 self-portraits on different drugs.
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Here's what happens to your body when you die: Everything you ever wanted to know about (the chemistry of) death.


10/27/14

Here's a time lapse shot I took of the sky above downtown Spokane yesterday morning.
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High Times picks up the story about Spokane considering testing the sewage to determine local cannabis use.
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Capturing the lonesome look of mid-century America, Edward Hopper's x-ray vision caught the soul of the country in paint.
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Have you seen this parody site of The Huffington Post from the Harvard Lampoon?
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photo - ssgI've been there many times (once when it was 127 degrees!). A magical place: Badwater Basin - the lowest point in America - is full of growing crystals and its own Badwater snail.
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The dangerous American myth of corporate spirituality: How invocations of "karma" and Zen are being used to justify deeply unequal systems of power.
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The truth about Darwin and God: A reexamination of the legendary naturalist's work gives new insight into his complex views on religion.
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Inside the billion-dollar industry that turned local cops into Seal Team Six. Do police really need grenade launchers?
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Facebook uses mathematical formulas to predict what its users might want to read on the site, from which about 30 percent of adults in America get their news.
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Each year, half a million horseshoe crabs are captured and bled alive to create an unparalleled biomedical technology.
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Top ten scary movie clowns.
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Can you solve Martin Gardner's best mathematical puzzles?
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An original recently sold for more than $3 million. Now you can read Action Comics #1 of Superman online.


10/26/14

So you want to make a horror film? On jump scares and other basics of fright.
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An animated guide to breathing.
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Here's your sexy Ebola nurse costume for Halloween.
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Twilight Zone episodes where society is the monster.
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William Gibson: The future will view us "as a joke." The dystopian author on time travel, cronuts, and his 22nd-century novel.
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Jack Bruce, rock music legend, dead at 71. Click for some sun.
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There is something very strange about this post   about this post   about this post

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New technologies are making it easier for private companies and the government to learn about everything we do: Invasion of the Data Snatchers.
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Spokane police investigate attacks on homeless.
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Here's an informative documentary about the  History of Halloween.
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Interviews with four black-market marijuana growers: Under-the-radar weed farmers critique I-502 and explain why they're doing things the old fashioned way.

Seattle medical marijuana dispensaries ordered to obtain licenses that don't exist.
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The ancient art of magic, curses and supernatural spells.
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Random WikiScare: Melon heads.
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Filmmakers: Everything you need to know about film festivals.
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Federal funds fuel nationwide increase in "No Refusal" blood draw DUI checkpoints.


10/25/14

Damn it, Jim. I'm a blogger, not a riddle master. What do the Batmobile, the DeLorean, and William Shatner have in common? They're all in Spokane this weekend for a "comic con," as they are called, attracting fans of comics, zombies, science fiction, anime and much, much more.
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Alfred Hitchcock: On nightmares, suspense and how to scare people.
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Google exec jumps from stratosphere, falling 25 miles in 15 minutes, reaching speeds of over 820 miles per hour.
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Why David Lynch's Mulholland Drive is a great horror film.

Mulholland Drive: Six top cinema critics are challenged to explain the plot.
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Russell Brand: What monkeys and the Queen of England taught me about inequality.
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There is no good reason for the alphabet to be in that order.
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Tesla exec Elon Musk warns that artificial intelligence could be more dangerous than nuclear weapons. "We are summoning the demon..."
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This film from 1955 shows an experiment conducted by Nicholas A. Bercel, M.D. of USC's psych department (himself the first American to take LSD) interviewing a man who he had just dosed with 100 liquid micrograms. 
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Isaac Asimov asks, "How do people get new ideas?"
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The chair that spills its guts. The "why" you'll have to figure out on your own.
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From the ACLU: Ordering pizza in the future
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Some very odd facts about Clive Barker's groundbreaking horror film "Hellraiser".


10/24/14

Here's something no one has ever written before: "Snodipple-grass wiper tittle. How flip ouchy Drake-less? Toddful hyper-dicky." No one's written that, not McCarthy or Ellis, or even Palahniuk. I'm pretty proud of that.
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Mondrian called green a "useless color." Kandinsky compared it to "a fat cow." Nonetheless, we live in green's triumphant age.
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Dehumanization plays a key role in fomenting genocidal violence. Yet we still know remarkably little about it.
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Here are 25 classic nonfiction movie features that have been named to the Cinema Eye Honors annual list of The Influentials, the films that most inspired this year's class of filmmakers eligible for the 2015 awards.
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The science behind the movie "Interstellar".
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Can you name the horror movies depicted in these minimalist posters?
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Famous and funny quotes about drugs.

Ten famous geniuses and their drugs of choice.
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From the ACLU: In 2014, 100 cities [including Spokane] banned sitting or lying down in public places - The Criminalization of Homelessness
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The 50 weirdest movies ever made.
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That time we tried to nuke South Carolina.
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Medieval beasts that cannot even handle it right now.
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Bush Family Fortunes - the full documentary by Greg Palast.
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More evidence of Victorian Age creepiness: Memento Mori (literally "remember to die") - Postmortem photography.

Ghastly, gothy Victorian mourning attire.


10/23/14

Here's an animation made from the audio from an Opie and Anthony radio show: Guest Louis CK confronts Donald Rumsfeld about the accusations of being a lizard.
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Severed heads on tables, severed heads below headless bodies, severed heads of accomplices grouped together: Photographing the guillotine.
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Forget wearable tech. The pioneers of our "post-human" future are implanting technology into their bodies and brains. Should we stop them or join them?
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Department of Defense to spend $1 billion destroying $16 billion worth of ammo.
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Colorado's edible marijuana civil war
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The secrets of Mormon underwear revealed. For the first time, Mormon leaders are attempting to explain one of their most gossiped-about practices to outsiders.
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The favorite alcoholic drink of every president in American history.


10/22/14


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Here's Roger Ebert's review of director Alejandro Jodorowsky's hyper-bizarro film El Topo. The final few paragraphs beautifully reveal this amazing, very odd man.
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There's not a link here or even a bit of witticism. I'm just opening up some space between the two images.
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Betty White, not dead at 92.
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War, propaganda and the media: A detailed primer on the tactics of modern war propaganda.
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Season of the Witch: How the occult saved Rock and Roll.
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How did post-apocalyptic stories become the hottest book genre?
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 photo 10484984_731069153614738_6823531478006205220_n.jpgHow good is Hollywood at portraying mental illness? Not great, says one psychologist/film buff.
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Top 10 slow-mo moments of all time.
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Filmmaker explains the thought process that led him to slaughtering a pig on screen.
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The entire Halloween franchise explained in two exhausting minutes.
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Stanley Kubrick's high-contrast images of Chicago in 1949.


10/21/14

Ben Bradlee, Washington Post editor who directed the Watergate coverage, dead at 93.
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Werner Herzog on creativity, self-reliance, making a living of what you love, and how to turn your ideas into reality.
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In the 1950s, Hollywood provided fertile ground for early LSD experimentation, with celebrities using it as an aid during therapy sessions.
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Fifty years of the Jetsons: Why the show still matters.
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Here is Aeon Magazine's page of essays on Sleep and Dreams.
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"Z Nation" - the post-apocalyptic zombie flick filmed and produced in Spokane - is picked up for a second season.
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Naughty nuns, flatulent monks, and other surprises of sacred medieval manuscripts.
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Six astronauts will mimic a stay on Mars for the next eight months. The goal? To see how well a small group of people, isolated from civilization can get along.
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Oscar de la Renta, de la dead at 82.
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Twenty creepy sideshow performers.
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Video essay: Film Noir as a Subversion of Melodrama.
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A few facts about some of your favorite horror movies.


10/20/14

nefelibata [orig. Portuguese]  (n.) lit. "cloud walker"; one who lives in the clouds of their own imagination or dreams; one who does not obey the conventions of society, literature, or art.
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People are freaking out about terrorism and Ebola as the election looms.
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Wow. This guy says it's only a hobby: North American English Dialects. "Some people collect stamps. Others collect coins. I collect dialects."
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Books dictated from "beyond the grave."
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A porn star is filming a reality show in which she travels across England picking up random locals for sex in the back of a van. Local politicians are miffed
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The Obama administration has secured 526 months of prison time for national security leakers, versus only 24 months total jail time for everyone else since the American Revolution.
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Why is salvia such a uniquely terrifying drug?
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In this video, 90 famous female portraits throughout human history morph into each other in chronological order.
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What is with this new, disturbing YouTube trend? Here is TEN HOURS of Jeff Goldblum's laugh from Jurassic Park.


10/19/14

 photo - ssgDorothy Powers, Spokesman-Review journalist, dead at 93.

Here's an article she wrote in November of 1955: "The Row" Belongs to Broken Men, Shattered Dreams.
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It's been a long time since a movie has churned in my gut for so long after the initial viewing as has Roman Polanski's "Venus in Fur." Streaming on Netflix.

Last night I watched "The Den."  While researching webcam chat habits, a young woman witnesses a gruesome murder online. This hip-looking, web-savvy story will have you clicking at the windows and video files that fill your screen, not knowing if they're yours or from the film. Also streaming on Netflix.
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An illustrated history of unbelievably camouflaged ships.
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 photo - ssgThe most well-known geoglyphs in the world are the Nazca Lines of coastal Peru. Yet, in the Atacama Desert of Chile, there is another group of geoglyphs that are equally as impressive.
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Captain Beefheart's Ten Commandments of guitar playing: "Your guitar is not really a guitar."
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I'm not sure why, but here's Bauhaus's "Bela Lugosi's Dead" time-stretched to nine hours. Here's the original.


10/18/14

Because people like me will write about it, USA Today is picking the "Best American Riverfront" contest. It's come down to Wilmington, N.C., where I've heard gangs of rabid teenagers roam the streets, looting and maiming and often actually crucifying tourists, and Spokane, WA., one of the greatest city on Earth. You can vote until Monday.
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Jesse directing Maddie     photo - ssgFilmmakers: How to create a forced perspective as seen in "Back to the Future."
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Ten murderers who changed how we investigate murder.
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Cinematography tips for directors with no space and no budget.
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Haunting voices: Ancient Greek music reconstructed.
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How did Iosif Vissarionovich Djugashvili—the grandson of serfs, the son of a washerwoman and a semiliterate cobbler—become one of the most brutal mass murderers the world has ever known? Understanding Stalin.
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How well will world religions cope with extraterrestrials?
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Today's chancy click.
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Here's another interesting study of "The Silence of the Lambs": The roots of a modern horror classic.
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Teens keep finding radical and wildly inappropriate ways to have sex.


10/17/14

It is possible that this date does not exist.


10/16/14

Don't you think it's more than just a bit ironic that a deadly virus has come to the American shores on Columbus Day?
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So you want to make a horror film? On jump scares and other basics of fright.
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Twenty things you didn't know about blood.
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Doppelgangers and the mythology of spirit doubles.
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Where the dead become diamonds: A Swiss company wants to change the way people mourn by transforming the remains of their loved ones into gems.
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Here's a video essay on the hidden side of "Silence of the Lambs'" most famous scene.
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This is what developing acute schizophrenia feels like.


10/15/14

I just watched Roman Polanski's  film Venus in Fur (2013). Wow. Two actors. One set. Brilliant acting. Provocative, funny, sexy. Deeply psychological. A study of sexual power dynamics. With a beautiful and surreal ending. (Now streaming on Netflix.)  
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The New York Times art critic rips David Lynch's art show.
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Foo Fighters cover Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" on the Late Show with David Letterman.
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John Oliver: Columbus Day - How Is That Still A Thing?
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The disturbing expansion of the military-industrial complex, by Nobel Peace Prize winner Mairead Corrigan Maguire.
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Sgt. Scott Brennan, a 26 year police veteran, on why Initiative 594 (the gun show loop hole law) is a bad idea.
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Auto Erotic: A man admits on a morning TV show that he has had sex with over 700 vehicles, including Mustangs, luxury Jaguars and even an attack helicopter.


10/14/14

There has been much interesting conversation and conceptualization in the past few decades on the subject of Post Scarcity Societies in science fiction literature. 
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The male ladybug must really suffer from an identity crisis.
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David Cronenberg: Why frustrated novelists hate the screenplay.
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How the US media sold the war on ISIS: The media's award-winning war propaganda.
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The murderous Chinese cult that thinks Jesus has returned - and she's Chinese. 
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Debating God: Notes on an unanswered question.
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The Hellfire Caves of West Wycombe are a network of man-made chalk and flint caverns in Buckinghamshire, England, made famous by their sordid past. They are named after the infamous Hellfire Club.
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Hitler was "a regular user of crystal meth," American military intelligence dossier reveals.
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Police arrest one of the 20 clowns terrorizing residents in the San Joaquin Valley 
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How to put out a fire.


10/13/14

Happy Columbus Day! Here's an excerpt from Chapter One of A People's History of the United States. Howard Zinn describes why he tells the story of Columbus's arrival "from the viewpoint of the Arawaks" and "the inevitable taking of sides which comes from selection and emphasis in history."
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John Pilger on ISIS: Only when we see the war criminals in our midst will the blood begin to dry.
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What it's like to carry your Nobel Prize through airport security.
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Telepathy may be best known in science fiction, but over the past 20 years, scientist have made huge breakthroughs in achieving "mind links" in real life.
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How neuroscience explains the urge to self-harm.
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One Nobel Peace Prize winner to another: Stop bombing people.
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The whale is a good demonstration of the reality of evolution.


10/12/14

I am awed by the desperation and rush-to-accept-ignorance in this web headline from DailyKos, "President Obama makes strongest statement yet for real net neutrality." 

The article is about how Obama has added his voice to the millions of Americans in opposition to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposal for a tiered internet. The article begins "It helps to have the leader of the free world on your side..."

 photo net-neutrality.jpgWheeler, a venture capitalist and once one of the most powerful lobbyists for the cable and wireless industry, whose opinions about a tiered internet (i.e., one for us and one for the commoners) have been well known for years - well known by everyone - including Obama, WHO APPOINTED WHEELER TO THE POSITION LESS THAN ONE YEAR AGO!

It helps to have the leader of the free world on your side.
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A German filmmaker used a half-dozen GoPro cameras, a 3D printer, and a lot of spatial intelligence to make this unreal time-lapse.
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How long could you survive in a coffin if you were buried alive?
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The Art of Painting: where Stanley Kubrick and Johannes Vermeer try to see eye-to-eye. Literal comic relief. 
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Lemon juice, orange juice, onion juice; saliva, urine, blood, vinegar, aspirin, and a laxative: How to mix your own invisible ink.
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Big Brother is watching you through your metadata.
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The Inlander Short Fiction Contest is back.
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Elon Musk argues that we must put a million people on Mars if we are to ensure that humanity has a future.


10/11/14

 photo embryocover.gifParis museum promotes Marquis de Sade show with orgiastic trailer.
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A beginner's guide to building a wine collection.
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Watch three new documentary shorts about peace from the great filmmaker Errol Morris.
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Why we are innately afraid of certain things: Some fears are the lingering result of natural selection.
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How to survive an elevator free fall.


10/10/14

New release from StormCloudsGathering: How to Overcome Fear When Facing Real Danger.
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 photo fear.jpgAbout 70 people gathered outside of the Convention Center in downtown Spokane yesterday to protest the appearance of Condoleezza Rice and her role in US's invasion of Iraq under Bush.
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Transfixed by his own mind, Richard Dawkins misses much that is important about human beings: a monument to unthinking certitude.
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Confession: When I was a kid, all of those times I said "Cross my heart and hope to die" - I didn't really mean that last part.
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The former head of the CIA said he expects the war against ISIS tand affiliated groups to last 30 years.
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Paul Krugman's defense of Obama.
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Looking to blame someone for Kim Kardashian? Look no more. Oscar Wilde was the first to become famous for being famous.
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The Nazca head-hunters and their trophy heads.


10/9/14

The Mr. Dark Facebook page:
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10/8/14

 photo - ssgI've been very busy lately: the restaurant is demanding, and I'm working on the Mr. Dark website (some technical issues this morn), and I'm writing a short script that is meant to be shot in one take. Very challenging.
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John Oliver on Civil Forfeiture. Brilliant.
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A flooded sinkhole in southern Mexico that terrifies local villagers was recently explored by underwater archaeologists, who found the submerged cavern littered with elongated skulls and human bones.
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The worst Draculas of all time.

photo - ssgKurt Vonnegut's advice to high school students: "Pretend you're Count Dracula."
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Dr. Cornel West says Obama has set back progressive movements in the US.
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"He had a thing for clip-on neckties. He once said LSD was the lazy man's Finnegans Wake." Marshall McLuhan 50 years later.
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Many of the weapons the militant group ISIS fights with in Iraq and Syria came from the US.


10/5/14

Jesse is going on some local podcast tonight to talk about his web mini-series, Mr. Dark. I gave him the obvious advice: Say something threatening. Take off your pants at some point during the interview. 
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photo - JJHThis one, though, yes,
you can click this one.


10/4/14

Don't do it. I'm warning you. Don't click on the floating bracelet.

photo - JJH


10/3/14

I just woke from a full night's sleep feeling all spry and "full of piss and vinegar," as Old Richard used to say. On my desk is a to-do list that appears to have been written by my hand: photo - ssg

     1) Work on MrDarkSeries.com
     2) Put ad for experienced cook on Craig's List.
     3) Clean yuck apartment. Hydrogen peroxide. Milk.
     4) Get goat head out of Marty's freezer.


10/2/14

Still no sleep. Must salvage what is left of my "real" job. Oh, and look at all the little birdies. Some have tiny horns. This one is named Carl. He's my friend...


10/1/14 photo/graphic - JJH

The "Mr. Dark" series opener is in the can. Wow, what a ride. Yes, it's awesome! Some incredible visuals and some great acting. Jesse is trying to have it edited and finished by Halloween. Fifteen amazing people were directly involved in the project: actors, extras and crew - and more have been added since. 

But for now, some sleep...


9/30/14

Day three of "Mr. Dark" production. We're nearing that point in moviemaking when things like logic and adherence to ethics begins to break down. "More flaming monkeys! Where are my monkeys? Who here can not see that we need more flaming monkeys!?


9/29/14

I realize now that it's possible to hallucinate on coffee, red wine and straight shots of DayQuil.


9/28/14

 photo - tahlia rubinThe evening sky last night just before we began filming --->
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One of the very cool high points of last night's filming was when Jesse surprised actor Wes Deitrick and asked him to autograph a VHS copy of Guyver: Dark Hero (1994), the well-received, alien/human hybrid flick in which Deitrick played the role of Volker. 
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For only a hundred bucks the RoboRoach kit transforms an ordinary cockroach into a remote-control cyborg, removing the antennae and transmitting electrical signals through the stumps.
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By "hiding something evil in something boring," companies are hoping we don't notice their attack on the internet. John Oliver explains it wonderfully.
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The truth about lie detection in ancient and modern times.
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What would people eat in a permanent space colony?


9/27/14

 photo - JJH.  Starring Jason Young and Tahlia RubinTonight we begin the major filming phase of Jesse's serial series "Mr. Dark." It's the biggest thing we've ever attempted, complete with professional actors, makeup people, set designers, young cute girls hanging around for no apparent reason, etc. I'll be quite out of my mind for the next three or four days.
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Learn how to play six fun, strange, and potentially deadly historical drinking games.
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Much has been said about Carl Jung over the years, and despite the fact that many now in psychiatry and even some therapists seem to find him irrelevant, the amount that has been written about his ideas belies this claim
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Now that Bush's "Axis of Evil" has become Obama's "Network of Death," I'm assuming the next phase of the president's W-morph will be him riding mountain bikes and painting really stupid portraits.
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 photo - ssgUS is creating a perpetual state of war, fighting ISIS while funding ISIS.
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The Spokesman-Review's Shawn Vestal: Downtown Spokane concerns expose hypocrisy.
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Myths about suicide from Scientific American.


9/26/14

 Fuck. I'm totally glad I watch my mouth in public.The strange, expensive world of iPhone-destruction videos.
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As US bombs ISIS in Syria, even some pro-war pundits express skepticism.
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How propaganda and perpetual war have poisoned our imaginations.
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George Carlin: Advertising and bull shit. Crude and true.
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A private tour of the CIA's museum of relics from half a century of cloak-and-dagger exploits.
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Private security teams raid pot farms in California: They wear camo and military-style insignia. They fly helicopters.
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 photo - ssgTop ten reasons why you should not talk to the police.
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Abby Martin interviews the creator of the Zeitgeist Movement, Peter Joseph, on wealth illusion, structural violence and hope for survival.
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"Politicians and diapers must be changed often, and for the same reason."
   ~  Mark Twain


9/25/14

Obama launched yet another illegal war and is bombing the snot out of Syria, killing an untold number of innocents. But it took him saluting someone with a coffee cup in his hand to get people to not talk football. 
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Why are packets of food that belong to Nazi war criminal Rudolf Hess sitting in a Maryland basement?
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Out of the blue, an old guy in a crumpled hat - a total stranger - walked up to me in the coffee shop this afternoon and asked if I'd like to hear a joke:
     "Okay."
     "Okay," he said. "Paul Ryan, the Koch brothers, and Rand Paul walked into a bar and ordered a drink. But the alcohol was unregulated - AND THEY DIED!"
     "Oh," I said. "That's kinda funny."
     "God damn it," he said, and walked off.
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To determine how many people smoke week in Spokane, our sewage could be tested for marijuana levels. That's some good shit.
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The myth of religious violence.
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The universe according to Nietzsche: Modern cosmology and the theory of eternal recurrence.


9/24/14

Suspicions run deep in Iraq that CIA and ISIS are united.
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It's what we do best: The $70 billion F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jets finally made its combat debut over Syria.
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A senior writer at The Weekly Standard was informed yesterday that he has been placed on the Department of Homeland Security's Terrorist Watchlist.
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Hey, we're bombing the shit out of Syria.
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The Spokane County Sheriff's Office says a new mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle will help them in case of an active shooter or rescue situation. Or, I suppose, if someone mines Spokane.


9/22/14

Larry: You can raed tihs whit no porlqebm baecuas yuor jsut taht sarmt.
Ned: Yro'ue
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The 1970's guide to surviving nuclear war.
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Dreams escalate in weirdness as the night wears on. They start out grounded in reality, but by the end, anything goes.
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A new Reuters poll found that almost a quarter of people in the US are open to their states leaving the union.
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AssMatrix.com analyzes the asses of the masses. Yes, there is a collective of people all over the world held together by the love of the posterior?
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Paleo has charged toward the mainstream, not just as a hugely popular diet, but also as a caveman-inspired lifestyle that has spawned a fast-growing industry.
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In the latest Freedom of Information Act CIA disclosure, the agency reveals media manipulation, foreign covert operations details, and a moment by moment account of being by Bush's side the morning of 9/11, and more.
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John Oliver on the Miss America Pageant
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Because hard cash: iPhone campers do not violate Spokane's Sit and Lie ordinance.


9/21/14 photo - ssg

 

A typical moment in a Jesse James Hennessy film shoot. We were replicating crime scene photos. Yes, those are pentagrams made of flour on the dirt floor of a cellar. Yes, my camera just happened to have 666 photos on it. No, I don't really worship Satan.

 photo - ssg

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spokane - now resorting to jackhammers to escape its subjugation to 1950's modernist architecture.

 

 


9/20/14

There were hundreds of people lined up very early yesterday morning waiting to get into the Apple store to buy the new iPhone 6. 
     I wondered what would happen if I picked up a big brick and tossed it through the window: 
     1) the people would join me and tear the place down with their bare hands. 
     2) the people would chase me down and tear me apart with their bare hands. 
     3) the people would all check the time on their iPhone 5 and bemoan the holdup.


9/19/14

Scotland: "NO!"
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Arf. Arf. Arf arf arf, arf arf. Arf. Arf, arf. photo eyead1.gif
     "Arf arf," arf Killer.
      "Arf," arf Daisy. Arf arf. Arf
      Arf. Arf. Arf, arf...
      Arf?
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Mission Improbable: When it comes to fighting terror, America's leaders have offered nothing but unrealistic strategies that are destined to fail. Obama's plan to defeat ISIS is no different.

Russell Brand responds to Barack Obama's "Destroy and Degrade" strategy
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 photo IMGA00016-1_zps0f06d9f2.jpgOnce again, a US president vows to eliminate an extremist militia in the Middle East to make the region, and America, safe. Once again, America, you're being force fed a big bucket of shit.
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Is David Lynch as compelling a fine artist as he has been a filmmaker? NYT takes a look at his drawings and paintings.
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Tips on working in the restaurant industry.
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Terry Gilliam's work is way more influential than you think.
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The Washington Post editorializes against legalization of marijuana.
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The posterior is fast becoming the erogenous zone of choice in America.


9/18/14

The God of War is on the verge of another victory. The president tried to sell us a new war on the thirteenth anniversary of 9/11.
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Someone in Grand Prairie, Texas, is engaged in a standoff with the local SWAT team, and is uploading photos to the anonymous social network Whisper.
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 photo - ssgA new Johns Hopkins study has found that psilocybin, the active hallucinogenic ingredient in magic mushrooms, could help long-term smokers kick the habit.
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Obama rallies America to war. Why ISIS is thrilled.

John Oliver on the reluctant Commander-in-Chief.
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Why is this movie getting no media attention? Terry Gilliam's "The Zero Theorem" is grim.
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ABC Australia is reporting that ISIS planned to grab a random person from a crowd in Sydney and behead them.
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Infamous Spokane perv Kevin Coe's request for release is denied.


9/16/14

How indie movies brought deranged, haunting and bizarre sex acts to the big screen.
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Have you met Steve from Colorado? He does cannabis reviews while getting totally baked. 
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The mother of the journalist beheaded by ISIS told the media that the federal government threatened to file lawsuits against her and her family if they raised money to pay the ransom for their son. The White House denies the allegation.
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Who pays the pro-war pundits? Conflicts of interest exposed for TV guests backing military action.

Contractors ready to cash in on ISIS war.
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Are you watching The Roosevelts on PBS? All of the episodes are now online.


9/15/14

The Adbuster/Occupy people are trying to start something again on the 17th by encouraging some symbolic skullduggery
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Some Jon Stewart insults worthy of Shakespeare.
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Sex in space may not be safe. 
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How many left-over mine-resistant vehicles did your school get from the military?
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People living near volcanoes have tried a lot of weird and different methods to redirect lava flows.
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Forget about the awful things that fluoride in the water supply supposedly does to us; the New York Times is reporting that there's lithium in our water supply.


9/14/14

graphic - ssgThe words "Verb," "Adverb," and "Adjective" are all nouns. 
Even "Noun" is a noun. 
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Last words: every writer eventually faces the question "Is there anything left to say?"
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If "Noun" was the name of a band, I think the band would be a classic rock type cover band. If "Verb" was the name of a band, they'd be punk rock or some version of metal. "Adjective" would be some heady, avant-garde stuff like David Byrnes or early Floyd. "Adverb" would be your Britneys, your Ke$has, your Mileys, your Nicki Minaj, Justin Bieber, Kanye West - that sort of thing.
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Is artificial intelligence a threat?
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No, it's not National Noun Day or anything like that.
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The pornography of Jihadism: what ISIS videos and x-rated movies have in common.
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Yes, Bernice, "twat" is a playable Scrabble word. 
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The revolution will be glamorized: Sharon Tate models Mao Tse-tung.
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Imagine that there is something here that is visually pleasing and extremely thought provoking and makes you say, woah, dude dat do this site be poopin' in tall cotton.


9/13/14

For the first time since cannabis  has been legal, I resorted to buying a small quantity from my friendly, local, illegal dealer. The lowest pits of lava-spitting, flesh-searing, bone-crunching, demons-sucking-the-eyeballs-from-my-skull hell region is too good for this lowly, civic sinner. On the other hand, I saved about 40 bucks.
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 photo - ssgA case against bombing ISIS: a warning to the war supporters.

Jon Stewart takes down Obama's ISIS speech.

Frontline: Inside the rise of ISIS.
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Michael Moore's 13 rules for making documentary films.
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What protocol does a hotel follow when a guest is found dead in the room?
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A Spokane company sends out reminder email about not scrawling "REVENGE" in blood in the conference room.
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One professor left his home to live in a 36-square-foot dumpster, and he is happier for it.


9/12/14

Out of respect for the hundreds of thousands of people who died resulting from the events of September 11, 2001,  I went all day yesterday without ranting about what a nation of brainwashed, follow-the-leader, ignorant, Big Lie-believing bunch of sheep people we've become. Never forget!
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The Geopolitics of World War III: The real reason Russia and Syria are being targeted right now.
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Dennis Kucinich says US is an Orwellian state.
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Sometimes a movie comes out and everybody says it's terrifying, so you go see it. And it's no big deal. What is the deal?
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Explore the legalization of marijuana in WA and CO and the impact it's had.


9/11/14

  Saint George and The Dragon

  photo - ssg


9/10/14

What is with the super sleek, seemingly sprayed on, futuristic bike attire now commonly seen on the city's trail complex? I was in a convenience store yesterday when two identically dressed guys in rubber-like, black with orange lightning bolt-patterned wetsuit-looking body wraps with impenetrable sunglasses and streamlined helmets designed to be shot from bazookas.  photo - ssgTheir codpiece-like penile projections were so pronounced you could use them as stepladders to grab something from the top shelf. I felt appropriately uncomfortable with them behind me in line waiting to pay so I let them go ahead of me. They stepped up to the counter like Schwarzenegger's Terminator twins and silently paid for their goods, leaving me to confront their four chiseled, shrink-wrapped buns like granite toss cushions. And just before they left - I swear by everything holy - one of them turned to the proprietor and said with squeaky, un-Arnold voice and a creepy grin, "We'll be back."
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Where lit-fic and horror converge: Nightmare-fueled narratives and "literary merit" are not so unfamiliar as one might believe. In fact, they make quite excellent bedfellows.
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Becoming One with Nature     photo - ssgInside Germany's sex supermarkets: how Germany became "Europe's bordello."
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The dog killer in your pocket.
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Drowning the conscience: a story from 1890 about how much Leo Tolstoy and others loved smoking.
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Noam Chomsky says the short, strange era of human civilization may be drawing to a close.
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Here's Salvador Dali on the 1950's game show "What's My Line."


9/9/14

 Enhancement by Liam J. St. George


9/8/14

 photo - ssgHa! Here's a parody site of The Huffington Post from the Harvard Lampoon.
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Time travel simulation resolves Grandfather Paradox.
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Six objects you won't believe people managed to lose. It takes a special kind of stupid to lose a letter from Jack the Ripper, mailed with a human kidney.
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What is a stone baby?
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Local man has shortness of breath while walking, takes breather, is fine.


9/7/14

Hmmm, where can I pick up a camera that I can slip under a door to spy on private citizens, or a flashlight that blinds people? - at Urban Shield, of course, the convention for warrior cops. Be sure to check out the t-shirts they are selling.
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The Spokane City Council will decide Monday whether to buy the last piece of property necessary to extend the Ben Burr Trail to the University District. This would allow a cyclist to ride from downtown Spokane all the way to Cheney or Coeur d'Alene without really sharing the road with a car.
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Conservatives love to talk about Ronald Reagan - but conveniently leave out the fact that he backed death squads that assassinated Catholic church officials.
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Spokane police to hold a forum on body cameras.
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Regular objects turned into prison weapons.
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Twenty wine words most drinkers don't know.
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People who stir the shit pot should have to lick the spoon.


5/12/2083

!GMO
!sdrawkcab si erutuf eht ni gnihtyrevE
!FTW


9/6/14

On a scale of one to ten, how would you rate those polls where they ask you to rate something on a scale of one to ten?
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Imagine graffiti here.


9/5/14

I haven't posted in a few days having been in awe of the collective insanity overtaking the world, the country, and the people around me. Excuse me while I bask in this moment: For once in my life, I am not the craziest person in the room.
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Scientific American is making a case for kill switches in military weaponry following the ISIS capture of three army divisions' worth of US supplied equipment.
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NYT: ISIS is a disgrace to true fundamentalism.
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Alex Jones wonders whether Joan Rivers was killed by the Illuminati for calling Obama gay and Michelle a tranny. Alex, can we talk? If they haven't killed you by now...
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Six reasons to question and investigate 9/11 on the 13th anniversary.
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"In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is Freedom, in water there is bacteria."
   ~  Benjamin Franklin


9/2/14

Punctuation Pairs: As if the rules of punctuation weren't confusing enough, what do you do when you have more than one punctuation mark to contend with?
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British PM David Cameron is poised to unveil powers making it "easier to take people's passports away." Cameron says, "passports are not an automatic right." Brace yourselves, US...
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The original Tea Partier was an atheist.
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Researchers who have advocated against legalizing pot have also been on the payroll of top pharmaceutical firms with products that could be easily replaced by using medical marijuana.
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Finally there's a sex party that doesn't let ugly people participate.
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Archaeologists still don’t know the true purpose of the thousands of megalithic jars in the Xieng Khouang plain of Laos.


9/1/14

 photo/graphic - ssgThe covert origins of ISIS...
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Do you know about "secret" watchlist the FBI is sharing with foreign governments, local police, and more? The US can brand you a terrorist based on a Facebook post.
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The horrible truth about the police's favorite anti-protest tool: Flash bang!
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In Australia, they mean you've lost your virginity. In Spain, they are a signal from the mafia. What do dangling sneakers on telephone wires represent in the US?
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We all know our culture puts a premium on good looks - does that mean that the ugly are oppressed?
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 Luis Bunuel? or Stephen Harper?

Click here to play the Canadian National Anthem.
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Next time you're taking a stroll in Riverfront Park, consider how really, really, really, really ugly downtown Spokane used to be.
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What will the future be like? Prominent figures in science and philosophy talk post-humanism, the singularity, and why we feel the need to predict the future anyway.
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Here's a pretty cool, short documentary on Cryonics: We will live again.
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The US is having so many cultural disasters and meltdowns you would think it was built on thousands of ancient Indian burial grounds.


8/28/14

Filmmaker Jesse James Hennessy - having recently returned from the semi-triumphant showing of his entry to the NYC 24-Hour Film Race, A Drink in the Dark, and already sizing up his next project - just asked me if I could think of a way to rig blinking red lights in the eyes of my frozen, skinned goat head, knowing full well the sockets hold large, milky, blue-white orbs. graphic - ssg
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I watched a surprisingly good documentary: Cane Toads: The Conquest. Very quirky, and with an odd sense of humor - it details the spread of the Cane Toad throughout Australia in a botched effort to introduce them as counter pests.
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This is the reason "moist" is the most hated word in American English.
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Sen. Bernie Sanders is touring the country to capture the pulse of populist sentiment and to see whether or not hunger exists for a real political revolution.


8/27/14 "Wrong Turn"   photo - ssg

Such wonderful pain. I took my bike out yesterday for the first real expedition since my brush with the Grim Reaper one year ago. (Read all about that unfortunate incident here.)

 Muscle pain ... good. 

Internal bleeding, , pinching, cramping, hallucinating, ambulance siren singing, ER room nurse and doc sex joking, drugs (not the fun kind), liquid diet, more drugs, 100 thousand dollar bill for two nights in a bed ... bad.


8/26/14

It's back online! - A Drink in the Dark - our entry into the 24-Hour Film Race, having played last Saturday night in New York City. Jesse and Jason are back on Spokane soil and are already planning some kind of supernatural detective series. I'm trying not to get involved so to concentrate on some personal projects, but these things always seem to suck me in.
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 photo -ssgI just read one of Spokane local Jess Walter's early novels "Land of the Blind" (2003), and really enjoyed it. The structure of the novel is quite original and the insights into Spokane culture and curious mindset are deliciously exposed. I also read Walter's recent collection of short stories "We Live on Water." How could you not read a story called "Don't Eat Cat."
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I just watched Noah (2014), Darren Aronofsky's bumbling retelling of the biblical story, including six-armed "angels" (are they good? are they bad?) who look like bulimic versions of The Incredible Hulk. The film - while getting generally good reviews (!) - wildly deviates from the legend and ends up being a frustrating subversion of an intriguing worldwide archetype: It's like telling the New Testament story where Jesus is a serial killer. You can't expect to be taken seriously.


8/25/14

Almost all of us have, as adults, gone back to the stuff we watched as a kid and realized it contained some "dirty" stuff that went over our heads. Innuendo in kid's comedies is pretty common. But how much innuendo do kids understand?
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Shanghai to San Francisco in 100 minutes? The Chinese are reportedly working on a submarine that would "fly" in an "air bubble."
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Bestiality is experiencing a weird public renaissance in Europe. 
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Loneliness can be a shameful hunger, a shell, a dangerous landscape of shadowy figures. But it is also a gift.
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Inside the Surrealist Ball, 1972.
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Computer scientists have written a computer program that finds connections between paintings and can eve discover influences between artists, they claim. But art history is about so much more.
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Conspiracy of the Lizard Illuminati: Vice's take on David Icke.


8/24/14

No prizes awarded to the Spokane kids in New York last night. Last time I heard from Jesse, he and Jason were schmoozing with filmmakers and young actresses at the event's free bar. More news coming soon.


8/23/14

TONIGHT! TONIGHT! Just a stone's throw from Ground Zero, at the Galapagos Art Space in Dumbo, Brooklyn, at 6 pm, you can see a film that I co-wrote and in which I co-star - A Drink in the Dark - one of the 24 finalists in the NYC 24-Hour Film Race. Director Jesse James Hennessy is in The Big Apple and at the gala event at this very moment along with co-writer, co-star Jason Young. Make us proud, boys.
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I think it would be funny if someone named Carrie did the Ice Bucket Challenge and mean teenagers switched the ice water with pig's blood.
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Antarctica is actually an ice wall that surrounds Earth and holds in the oceans, like a scooped bagel: The Flat Earth Society.
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Here is an excerpt from Werner Herzog's journals during the filming of Fitzcarraldo.
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Why you shouldn't vandalize Banksy's graffiti in Utah. A man is charged with vandalizing artful vandalism.

Banksy's collaboration with Damien Hirst sold for over $1.8 million at auction.
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Well played, Quentin. Well played.


8/22/14

Social media spreads threats of "Purge"-like violence in Spokane. Some social websites are circulating flyers promising a purge in Spokane similar to the 2013 popular horror movie. Police say it's a prank. Supposedly, it starts tonight.
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Brad Templeton: Today's surveillance society is beyond Orwellian.
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Entertaining bewilderment, yo.
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I know it makes me a horrible person, but this makes me giggle: The Texas Huey P. Newton Gun Club pushes #BlackOpenCarry to protest police violence.

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Tear gas, rubber bullets, and assault weapons: free speech zones, gags, and press pens: This is the arsenal of the police state.
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Vandalizing Soviet-era war memorials to fallen soldiers in clever ways in Eastern Europe has become an anonymous sport..
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Spokane deputies are tracking prostitution online


8/21/14

photo - ssgI recently watched Lars Von Trier's powerful and disturbing film "Nymphomaniac" (Part 1 and Part 2). During the same time period, I read Cormac McCarthy's equally - or more - powerful and disturbing novel "Child of God." Some of you will understand why I have to be careful or I'll ask someone if they've seen Lars Von Trier's powerful and disturbing film "Necrophiliac."
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The riots in Ferguson and the armed showdown in Nevada this past year demonstrate that insurrection is just a spark away in America.
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 photo - ssgFootage out of Ferguson shows a police officer pointing his gun directly at protesters and press while shouting, "I'm going to fucking kill you!" When the cop is asked for his name he responds, "Go fuck yourself."

The ACLU asked The Missouri Highway Patrol to identify and remove the police officer. They in fact did identify the officer and said he has been removed from his duties in Ferguson and suspended indefinitely.
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In Ferguson the violence of the state created the violence of the street. As Martin Luther King said, "a riot is the language of the unheard."
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Martin Scorsese on the films of Rossellini, Cassavetes, Minnelli and more.
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Frank Lloyd Wright student builds tiny desert dwelling big enough for only one bed.
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The criminal George W. Bush finally gets waterboarded. See! No harm done.
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I am quite amazed at how many people celebrated H. P. Lovecraft's birthday yesterday.


8/20/14

From May 30 -31, thousands of filmmakers around the world were challenged to create an original short film in just 24 hours based on a theme (an ultimatum), an action (biting into something), and a prop assignment (a broom). 

The field was narrowed down to 24 films - of which our film "A Drink in the Dark" was chosen. 

The films will screen THIS SATURDAY at the Galapagos Art Space in Dumbo, Brooklyn at 6 pm. 

Director Jesse James Hennessy and actor Jason Young will be there! Tickets are still available!

I'll post any photos or news that Jesse sends me so check back here Saturday night.
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Harmony Korine talks to Kenneth Anger about his beliefs in Thelema, his filmmaking style, the missing Malaysian plane, and more.
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Twitter and YouTube moved quickly yesterday to suspend accounts that linked to a jihadi propaganda video showing the beheading of an American photographer. I guess it's okay to show the beheading of Christians though.

The Isis fighter who beheaded US journalist appears to be British.
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Could the Ferguson conflict produce actual reform on the limits of policing?

Why are there no news helicopters over Ferguson? 

Lessons from Ferguson: Prepping for Civil Unrest and Martial Law.


8/19/14

National Guard troops fail to quell unrest in Ferguson.

Here are some of the images taken by photographer Scott Olson just before he was arrested.

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d127/stevstgeo/660653400656314_6105920768135444988_n.jpgOutside agitators worsening unrest in Ferguson, residents say.

Live feeds from Ferguson.

Here is Sen. Bernie Sanders on the Ferguson riots.
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Don Pardo, dead at 96.
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The New York Times says you have plenty of reasons to be upset with Texas Gov. Rick Perry, but the veto that led to his indictment is not one of them.
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Scientific American says the flip-flop summer weather is being caused by a strange jet stream.
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Why the world smells different after it rains.


8/18/14

How do you know you're real?
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Clashes escalate last night between protesters and police in Ferguson, MO. Police fire tear gas, rubber bullets before curfew.

Chaos erupts in Ferguson as police launch abrupt offensive.

Autopsy shows Michael Brown was shot at least six times.

Some of the latest scenes out of Ferguson.
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One nation under SWAT: How and why are law reinforcements bringing war to your homes?

Another day, another 124 violent SWAT raids. It's 3:00 a.m. Your children are screaming and your dog is lying dead in a pool of blood.
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Forty-five years ago today, The New York Times reported on Woodstock: "300,000 at Folk-Rock Fair Camp Out in a Sea of Mud."
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Why do paper cuts hurt so much?
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Gwar sends off Oderus Urungus with a Viking funeral.


8/17/14

In this 4-minute documentary, the carcass of a blue whale - the planet's largest mammal - provokes confusion, revulsion and wonder on a California beach.
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The rise of the narco-saints: A new religious trend in Mexico.
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If the sun went out, how long could life on Earth survive?
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The monotheistic Hebrew/Christian God is referenced in the plural form many times in both the Christian and Jewish holy books. How does this coincide with the beliefs they are promoting?
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"I ain't afraid to love a man. I ain't afraid to shoot him either."
   ~  Annie Oakley


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Dumping a bucket of ice on your head does not make you a philanthropist. The Ice Bucket Challenge is the latest in lazy, narcissistic "hashtag activism."
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Zoey, honey, can you shake your hair out a bit, ah, fluff it up.
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Henry Rollins traces the racist origins of marijuana prohibition.
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Going to a protest? Know your rights.
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Headhunting is a practice that has been carried out by numerous cultures throughout the world. A deeper look reveals reasons and explanations for what otherwise seems like a despicable act. Also, how does one shrink a head?


8/13/14

They're calling the dust storm we had yesterday a haboob. I'm sorry but no matter how ominous or awesome it may be, it's difficult to take seriously any weather phenomenon that has the word "boob" in it. Haboob sounds like the name of a stereotypical Arab marauder in a Bugs Bunny cartoon.


8/11/14

 Jesse's latest. It's a hoot! Compare it to my script on which it's based.

 


8/10/14

"Tomorrow never comes."
   ~  Tamara


8/9/14

I just watched Lars Von Trier's Nymphomaniac and I'm still in shock. Maybe I'll be able to comment on it tomorrow. 
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The road to World War 3: StormCloudGathering uploaded this video on September 11, 2012.
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Spokane's second legal pot shop opens today

Do the math: Washington state took in $1 million in ganga taxes during the first month of legalization. Total sales: $3.8 million.
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New feature in Riverfront Park tells Spokane's settlement history.
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How an architect who has never left North Korea imagines the future.
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Which watchlist are you on? Numbers tell the story of our government's watchlisting binge.
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Good movies that got horrible reviews when they were released.
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There is a celebration of the life of a Spokane original - Russ Nobbs - starting today at 5 pm in Grant Park. People are asked to "wear your brightest, and most festive clothes and beads."


8/8/14

If I seem in a state of horrified wonderment, it's because I'm reading Cormac McCarthy's Child of God. So, cut me some slack...
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Countess Elizabeth Bathory de Ecsed would have been 454 years old today. Happy birthday, Liz!
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You haven't made it as a big time architect until you've designed a cool chair.
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The truth about Molly.


8/7/14

Hey! I know! Freakin' brilliant, dude. Let's bomb Iraq again

The US denies bombing Islamic State positions in Iraq.


8/6/14

Yesterday on NBC News, Brian Williams pointed out that it was hotter in Spokane, WA than in Death Valley, CA.
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To survive as the wife or girlfriend of a rock star, a woman must cultivate a strange combination of poise, glamour, and willful self-obliteration.
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Scientist say the sudden appearance of the giant Siberian crater may be the result of methane gas, released by the thawing of frozen ground; which makes more sense than my theory of an exit portal for an invading hoard of winged, flesh-eating mole people.
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Here's an excerpt from Chuck Palahniuk's upcoming novel "Beautiful You."
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A reporter from News Channel 13 and his camera man were threatened with arrest by a corrections lieutenant for having an empty prison in the background of their video footage on Grant's Cottage -  a nearby historical site where President Ulysses S. Grant died. Why the hassle from the officers? The prison houses 0 prisoners, yet has 76 working officers.
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Live animals sold as key rings in China.


8/5/14

Sorry, it's impossible to keep this updated properly in this hot weather. My computer will only run for 15 minutes or so before it rebels and shuts down.
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Jesse's fundraiser to send his movie-making ass to New York City to attend the judging of the 13th Annual 24 Hour Film Race apparently went well. Our film "A Drink in the Dark" was chosen as one of the 24 elite finalists. You can still view and vote for the film here
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Thanks to the few of you who heeded my call to repent a few days ago. I don't think it's enough to keep God from destroying us for our multitudinous national sins of militarism, avarice and gluttony, but it's a reach in the right direction. 


8/2/14

Repent /


8/1/14

"We tortured some folks."
   ~  President Barack Obama


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