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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.
Chris Hedges: The
Warring Kleptocrats. The Trump kleptocrats are political arsonists.
They are carting cans of gasoline into government agencies and Congress to
burn down any structure or program that promotes the common good and
impedes corporate profit.
Common Dreams: What
He Could Do. If it remains to be seen whether we are truly
“witnessing…the birth of a new political order,” it is clear, a
month into Trump’s ascension, that we are all his prisoners, held fast
in the projected drama of his mind.
Lenin's love of literature shaped the Russian Revolution. The father
of the Soviet Union was also a Latin buff who adored Goethe and liked to
compare his enemies to figures in novels.
Gonzaga Bulldogs beat Xavier 83-59 to secure the program's first NCAA
Final Four berth.
National Geographic: Spinach
Leaf Transformed Into Beating Human Heart. Using the plant like
scaffolding, scientists built a mini version of a working heart, which may
one day aid in tissue regeneration.
NPR: Alex Jones apologizes for promoting "Pizzagate."
Will Never Die. Here's why the conspiracy theory has new life.
Aeon: It took a lot of fossil fuels to forge our industrial
world. Now they're almost gone. In a post-apocalyptic society could
we reboot a technological civilization without them?
Big Can a Land Animal Get? King Kong's biggest enemy isn't humans -
it's the laws of physics.
Lawrence O'Donnell: Trump's
presidency effectively over after repeal failure.
New Yorker: The
Gig Economy Celebrates Working Yourself to Death. Welcome to the gig
economy, where an unhealthy obsession with work is sold as
"hustle" and "entrepreneurial spirit."
is a video compilation of area
flooding of the Spokane River, taken a few days ago from a Sheriff
department's helicopter (by someone having too much fun with the zoom).
And the river is even higher now!
I don't usually watch her but this Rachel Maddow review of the latest developments in the litany of investigations of Trump and chumps is pretty good.
True Story of Pocahontas. Pocahontas might be a household name, but
the true story of her short but powerful life has been buried in myths
that have persisted since the 17th century.
CNN: In 5 months, 8 prominent Russians - all in key positions in
Russian politics - have wound up dead in recent months. Conspiracy theories are swirling.
Playboy: Meet the author who exposed the
hidden history of Nazis on meth.
Russia recruited Ernest Hemingway.
Zags win again! Gonzaga beats West Virginia, 61 - 58. They'll take on Xavier
Saturday in the Elite 8.
the "Cyrus prophecy" help explain evangelical support for Trump?
The Persian king might have been a pagan, but he still served God's plans.
For some Christians, Trump does just that.
Here is Trump's interview with Time Magazine on
truth and falsehoods.
Aeon: Human-pig chimeras could help us meet our desperate need
for transplantable organs. But
a chimera such as this would be genetically human-animal, not just an
animal with human organs. How do we decide the moral status of this
creature, and would its slaughter be murder?
strange rehabilitation of crusader-in-chief George W. Bush. Standing
on the south lawn of the White House just days after 9/11, Bush told the
nation - and the world - that “[t]his crusade, this war on terrorism is
going to take awhile.”
It's No Trump Thursday! No Trump. All day.
"Stuck in Spokane writin' songs..." Here's Tom T. Hall and
the Spokane Motel Blues.
highest flow on the Spokane River in 20 years is showing that the
river may be changing.
The Conversation: Think water comes in just liquid, ice and gas?
again. Scientists finds that water might exist in an entirely new
Smithsonian: What you need to know first to
understand the Russian revolution.
languages are the hardest to learn?
New York Mag: The
"Airplane!" Guide to Joke Delivery. The writers of the
classic 1980 comedy deconstruct their screenplay.
Popular Archaeology: The
Forgotten Wisdom of the Chauvet Cave. "It is a direct window into
our earliest forms of artistic and abstract expression."
was an actor, a priest, a gambler, and a common man passing as (and
sleeping with) the aristocracy.
New Republic: The
Art of Paying Attention. Why we need critics to think about power and
how it works.
this novel the deadliest book in history? The most popular book in the
late 18th century was also its most lethal.
Flooding emergency declared as the Spokane River reaches near-record highs.
It's a mixed bag. The Spokane River is putting on a spectacular show of
water power, but at the same time, recharging
our aquifer and protecting us from future droughts.
big thing marijuana opponents warned you about is definitely not happening.
A state-run survey of 37,000 middle and high school students in Washington
state finds that marijuana legalization there has had no effect on
youngsters’ propensity to use the drug.
Rolling Stone: Matt
Taibbi on Trump the Destroyer. In a chaotic rollout for the ages,
Trump stuffed his Cabinet with tyrants, zealots and imbeciles - all bent
on demolishing our government from within.
Keith Olbermann: The only true
surprise? These people are idiots.
NY Daily News: Per the 25th Amendment of the Constitution, Trump
should be removed from office.
The Nation: By understanding how Trump fits within our recent history
will we can see how the
end of the US empire can be a new beginning for our democracy.
Spokesman-Review: His family's name adorns a downtown Spokane building.
He was once a cocaine kingpin, busted for conspiring to distribute between
15 and 50 kilograms of coke. Today, Cip
Paulsen is the legal "King of Green" who runs a marijuana grow
operation in the Spokane area.
Street Journal issues scathing condemnation of Trump. "If
President Trump announces that North Korea launched a missile that landed
within 100 miles of Hawaii, would most Americans believe him? Would the
rest of the world? We’re not sure..."
One of the greatest and most heinous acts of treason in the history of humanity could be taking place before our eyes. This is not the time to let your guard down.
Here is the full testimony of James Comey and Mike Rogers on Trump's wiretapping claims, and possible Trump collusion with Russian in the election.
Washington Post: Six big takeaways from Congress's extraordinary hearing on Russia, Trump and wiretapping.
Keith Olbermann: The most
telling thing about the FBI's probe into Trump.
method, our madness. What we're all experiencing now is somewhat like
the confusion an analyst encounters with a psychotic patient.
GOP leaders say there is room in the political party for differing
opinions on abortion and said they plan to stand by their invitation
to Tomi Lahren,
the conservative political commentator who set off a social media storm
Friday when she referred to pro-life conservatives as hypocrites on the TV
show “The View.”
Rockefeller, super-rich guy, dead at 101.
We made it. First day of Spring!
official. Gonzaga is now the most hated team in America. But the
referees who missed the goaltending call are a close second.
American Conservative: Foreign
policy and the "chosen people" narrative. For five
generations, Americans have been told that we're "good guys" who
have been chosen to wage war against "bad guys."
The Spectator: Seducing
Mussolini. Star-struck Claretta Petacci was determined to conquer her
"divine Caesar" - and was finally strung up beside him.
Atlantic: A democracy with an exceptionalist heritage is unprepared to
respond wisely when arrogance takes over. That's the lesson of Athens
and Plato. Greatness
has to be earned again and again.
John Oliver explains why Trump's
followers will turn on him.
extremely underrated films that every movie buff needs to see.
beat Northwestern; advance in tourney. Studio crew learned what Zags
fans already know - never assume a Gonzaga victory.
American Conservative: Jeff
Sessions is Rip Van Winkle on drug policy. "He apparently went to
sleep shortly after Richard Nixon declared a “war” on illegal drugs in
1971 and just recently awakened from his slumber. There is little evidence
that Sessions understands what havoc the war on drugs has wrought both
domestically and internationally since Nixon issued his declaration."
TruthDig: The theme that unites all of Trump's initiatives so far is
their unnecessary cruelty.
Jake Tapper on Bill Maher -
the three basic truths of covering Trump's lies.
and Mussolini - 11 key lessons from historical fascism. Italian
fascism provides a better model for our moment than Nazi Germany - and the
comparison is not encouraging.
Berry was rock's master theorist and conceptual genius, a songwriter
who understood what the kids wanted before they did themselves.
flights are boosting travel options at Spokane airport.
Futurism: Meet the future of warfare - the
dead at 90.
The Conversation: The
power of ordinary people facing totalitarianism. Hannah Arendt, a
political theorist, fled Germany during Hitler's rise to power and later
wrote about "the banality of evil." Her work has recently become
The Stranger: Why did rural and poor Americans vote for a man whose
budget will hurt them? Here's
Futurism: NASA's Curiosity rover has just sent back some
As we celebrate this bonnie St. Patty's Day with Jamison and goofy
hats, let's remember the rich landlords who - driven by greed, political
insensitivity, and religious bigotry - exported most of the food out of
Ireland and let a million people starve to death surrounded by rotting
The Spokesman-Review's John Blanchette says the Zags
didn't exactly shine as guardians of the No. 1 seed.
Mother Jones: The Trump administration's four
most heartless statements about the budget. Such as cutting Meals on
Wheels "is one of the most compassionate things we can do."
Aeon: What we physically feel shapes our minds; the impact of immersive
virtual violence must be questioned, studied, controlled. Until then, should
murder in virtual reality be illegal?
Guardian apologizes to the City of Spokane. A bit condescending,
maybe, but pretty cool.
journalists covered the rise of Mussolini and Hitler. Reports on the
rise of fascism in Europe were not the American media's finest hour.
Spokesman-Review: Attorney General Jeff Sessions has repeatedly condemned the recreational use of marijuana. Yesterday he went a step further, casting doubt on medical marijuana use.
His prophecy from seven
years ago regarding the court's Citizen's United decision.
oligarchy breeds tyranny, according to Plato.
Here's The Guardian story that says what a hellhole is the city of Spokane and why everyone wants to kill themselves (if not for the Zags).
Spokesman-Review's Shawn Vestal rips them a new one.
KXLY says "Pffft."
Even Seattle's The Stranger comes
to Spookaloo's defense.
Aeon: Our intelligence is rooted in our evolved, embodied needs as an
organism. In short, we think with our whole body, not just with the brain.
without embodiment can only learn so much and so quickly.
Politico: Trump aides describe a White
House hobbled by rampant mistrust and paranoia. Staffers are leaving
their phones at home, using secret apps and monitoring each other's social
Slate: Rachel Maddow turned a scoop on Trump's taxes into a cynical, self-defeating spectacle.
Rolling Stone: Here's what we did learn about Trump's taxes.
New Yorker: Who
leaked part of Trump's 2005 tax return? It is curious that the return
is for a particularly good year for Trump's business.
Guardian: The 1930s were humanity's darkest, bloodiest hour. Are
you paying attention? A decade haunted by mass poverty, violent
extremism and world war gives us one crucial advantage: the chance to
learn the era’s lessons and avoid its mistakes.
AlterNet: If we don't act now, fascism
will be on our doorstep, says Yale historian.
Atlas Obscura: In 1849, the
collection of erotic art from excavations of Pompeii and Herculaneum was
bricked off and remained famously off limits to women, youngsters, and
the general public. For a century and a half the collection remained out
of sight. Here's more
on Wikipedia. And (NSFW) here.
BBC: We think of the Greeks as the orderly people who gave us drama,
democracy and philosophy. But
the fearsome monsters in Hellenic art reveal a dark side.
National Geographic: This
region fooled scientists for decades. They couldn't account for the
strange landforms of eastern Washington State.
Atlas Obscura: Before the Soviet Union began, they
exiled hundreds of academics and journalists on "Philosopher Ships."
Scientific American: House Republicans would let
employers demand workers' genetic test results.
psychedelic movies that will alter your perception of reality.
Prospect: In 1936, a middling novelist went to live among the poor and
unemployed in the north of England. He
returned as George Orwell, champion of democratic socialism.
NYT: Columnist Paul Krugman is floored by the GOP's
Obamacare replacement bill's "surreal" awfulness.
Daily Dot: This
artist put Trump quotes on sexist 1950s ads to send a sharp message.
of Trump's ties to Russia in seven charts.
NYT: The Bombs of Steve Bannon. From his films on Sarah Palin to his time running Breitbart, Steve Bannon learned how to be a very good propagandist. It's a role that has served him well in the White House.
AlterNet: Some of Bannon's biggest
intellectual influences are fascists and white supremacists.
should we do about a mentally ill president?
did evil evolve, and why did it persist? "Evil" behaviors
can be categorized into four basic groups - and they are far from being
unique to our species.
"Propaganda works best when those who are being manipulated are
confident that they are acting on their own free will."
some neuroscientists call consciousness the c-word.
staff used spy tools on spouses and ex-lovers.
The Atlantic: Why
do so many men watch lesbian born? Sexual fantasy obeys its own set of
rules that have nothing to do with propriety, common sense, or even the
physical laws of the universe.
the Russia story is a minefield for Democrats and the media. "The
press has to cover this subject. But it can't do it with glibness and
excitement, laughing along to SNL routines, before it knows for sure what
it's dealing with. Reporters should be scared to their marrow by this
story. This is a high-wire act and it is a very long way down. We might
want to leave the jokes and the nicknames be, until we get to the other
side – wherever that is."
"We're all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone
should make us love each other but it doesn't. We are terrorized and
flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing."
The Point: Of
Ice and Art. From Freud’s unconscious to
Hemingway’s theory of artistic ingenuity, the iceberg has come
to represent the creative process. Why?
WikiLeaks just unmask CIA cyberoperations?
The Nation: Every perished democracy died in its own way. In
1930s Germany, what mattered most was that so
many citizens were willing to allow Hitler to do what he did.
Lawrence O'Donnell: Lies can be
impeachable offense. Trump is "unfaithfully" executing his
duties as president by lying about President Obama – and how that could
lead to his impeachment.
legal marijuana industry generated nearly $13 million worth of revenue in
Spokane County in February, amid potential federal action.
AP: China approves new Trump-branded
massage parlors, bars and escort services.
Chronicle of Higher Education: In
praise of "useless" knowledge. The best scientific minds
have been driven by curiosity and intellectual challenge, not practical
The Stranger: Trump
signals that he wants to restart the War on Drugs. Right as Washington
State was about to clean up its shameful drug-law history.
Here ya go: WikiLeaks' Vault 7.
Don't get lost.
is pre-fascism. The possibilities are much darker than Americans are
used to considering.
Keith Olbermann: The Russian developments that matter most.
Watch this amazing moment during a recent Senate confirmation hearing
when Al Franken accuses Jefferson Beauregard
Sessions of lying under oath.
wiretap tweets raise risk of impeachment. If a president makes false
claims of a crime without proof, there's only one constitutional remedy.
and Sean reveal the eight tricks for defending Trump.
Aeon: Where the old autocrats wanted their subjects to become ‘new
authoritarian does not pretend to make you better, only to make you
feel better about not wanting to change.
Pitchfork: A history
of anti-fascist punk around the world in nine songs.
NYT: Trump's political career is built on a lie about Obama. That's the
first thing to remember when trying to divine the meaning of Trump's
accusation that he was wiretapped on Obama's orders: Trump
tells a lot of lies.
Rachel Dolezal once faced down racists.
Foreign Policy: Trump's recent tweets aren't just conspiratorial
gibberish - they're the erratic ravings of a guilty conscience. Trump
knows the feds are closing in on him.
CNN: For a man with 26.1 million Twitter followers, Trump follows back
surprisingly few people on his @realdonaldtrump account - a mere 43. Here's
what he sees on his phone.
Dennis Kucinich: Our
political economy is designed to create poverty and inequality.
Trump's new travel ban.
is a fight against fascism. There continues to be a gross
underestimation, even amongst politically aware liberals, of what we are
really up against, and how to counter it.
The Economist: There are three explanations for Trump's accusation that
Barack Obama ordered his phones to be tapped. None
of them is comforting.
Washington Post: Putin destroyed Russia's independent press. Trump
seems to want the same.
Stone forgot other people can read his tweets.
Incredible animation summarizes Noam
Chomsky's five filters of the mass media machine.
John Oliver explains how Trump's
growing Russia scandal is like Watergate, only stupider.
Letterman on life after TV, late night today, and the man he calls
a group of anonymous keyboard commandos conquered the internet for Trump
- and plans to deliver Europe to the far right.
Keith Olbermann: Why Trump is
refusing to confront reality.
Trump and the New Dawn of Tyranny.
SNL's Weekend Update brutally
mocks Trump's baseless wiretapping claims against Obama.
accuses Obama of "wire tapping" Trump Tower phones.
“Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my wires tapped’ in Trump
Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” Terrible! Just
parliament votes to end visa-free travel for Americans in the European
Union. Thanks, Trump.
XL builders can use non-US steel, White House says just days after
Trump tells nation no.
airport pat-downs are about to get more invasive. While few have
noticed, U.S. airport security workers long had the option of using five
different types of physical pat-downs at the screening line. Now, those
have been eliminated, replaced instead with one universal approach. And
this time, you will notice.
Nietzschean Struggle. Representatives of the American right are
reminiscent of what nineteenth-century German philosopher Friedrich
Nietzsche referred to as the ancient aristocrats or “nobles.”
Media's Rapid Retreat. "...(T)he roaring lions of the press
suddenly became cuddly kittens...The media response would be laughable if
it weren't so terrifying."
One of my favorite Coen
Brothers' movies is one of their least watched and least understood. A
Serious Man, is a bleak and masterful meditation on the absurdity and
futility of existence. One of the most unsettling endings in movie history.
analysis from The Nerdwriter.
The Intercept: As Americans deify the Navy Seal who died, just
remember Seal Team 6 is a death squad. Behind the heroic narratives is
a darker, more troubling story of criminal brutality and war crimes.
and Congress. "The wild child of American politics had been caged
... For the most part, his big speech, in both substance and tone, could
have been given by Jeb Bush or Hillary Clinton. It was pure political
says officials have daily talks with "US partners."
"Almost the entire US elite is , it turns out, linked to Russia.
Including the attorney general ... Paranoia knows no bounds."
"This is a great-looking hat," says military-clad Trump,
during a speech aboard a warship in Virginia. In his youth, Trump received
five deferments from the Vietnam war draft, including one for ‘heel
spurs’. "Great-looking hat."
TruthDig: The Deep State's hatred of Trump is
not the same as yours.
Arkansas Times: A bill is introduced to the Arkansas
congress to ban Howard Zinn books from public schools.
Aeon: Anselm saw God where Spinoza saw the totality of the universe,
but their underlying arguments were similar. In
debates about the existence of God, what matters is the way logic is
developed and deployed. It is easier to denounce someone's God than to
engage with their reasoning.
in the White House? This guy says no ... sorta.
"The fuse is lit": Dan Rather says Trump-Russia scandal is about to go off like a bomb.
Esquire: Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III recuses himself from the Russia investigation while the plot thickens elsewhere.
The Guardian: Attorney General Sessions did not disclose meeting with Russian ambassador during Trump campaign.
Esquire: Obama officials reportedly left
a trail to preserve intel of Russian hacking.
The Nation: Trump goes all in for the military-industrial complex. His address signaled his plans for domestic austerity and military bloat.
Internet Archive: Weapons,
an international encyclopedia from 5000 BC to 2000 AD.
The Stranger: Looking
to understand the mind of Steve Bannon? Watch his documentaries.
Telegraph: Why Anthony Burgess's savagely brilliant A
Clockwork Orange is a modern masterpiece.
The poetic harmony of filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky
David Lynch: The elusive subconscious.
Stanley Kubrick: The cinematic
full text of Trump's joint address to Congress.
The Intercept: Trump's use of Navy SEAL's wife highlights all the key ingredients of US war propaganda.
Washington Post: President Trump has done some low-down, rotten
things in his cushy life, but shifting the blame for the death
of U.S. Navy SEAL during a covert mission in Yemen to
his military commanders will
go down as one of the most contemptible and cowardly acts ever committed
by a U.S. commander in chief.
Reuters: Always a showman, the TV
reality star-turned-politician laid out plenty of promises - a massive
infrastructure and public works program; tax cuts for the middle class;
immigration reform; a healthcare overhaul; an education bill.
Here's Bernie's take. I'm
sorry I didn't vote for him. (I didn't vote for any of 'em.)
Senate panel agrees to delete climate change from new school science
Empire Files: Abby Martin talks to Chris Hedges about Trump,
fascism and the Christian Right.
Witness the awesome and horrifying power of a great showman, a
teleprompter, and creative writing: Trump
addresses the Joint Session of Congress.
New Yorker: Did
the Oscars just prove that we are living in a computer simulation?
causes violence? Sessions’ latest comments describe a reality that
only exists in the world of alternative facts. Marijuana legalization has not
lead to increased crime or violence, but rather is
associated with lowered
youth use rates and access, increased
tax revenue, and fewer
arrests of otherwise law abiding American citizens.
New Republic: Hate
in the Age of Trump. Photo essay. All across America, Klan and
neo-Nazi groups are not only flourishing - they're joining forces.
American Conservative: Throwing
more money at the military is a waste. "Needless to say, the
military doesn’t need a larger budget, so Trump will be piling more debt
on future generations for no good reason. The U.S. spends as much on our
military as the next seven countries combined..."
Trump: "Nobody knew that health care could be so
New Statesman: How
nature created consciousness and our brains became minds.
City Hall will be asked to approve $1.75 million in funding for
Ridpath Hotel rehab.
Chris Hedges: The
return of American race laws.
TomDispatch: The Art
of the Trumpaclysm. How the US invaded, occupied, and remade itself.
wants to raise military spending - but cut everywhere else.
The Intercept: The
long history of deportation scare tactics at the US - Mexico border.
no longer have three branches of government. "I served in
Congress for 16 years and taught civics for 13 more. Our government no
longer looks like the one I told my students about—or the one the
John Oliver explains the GOP's
ObamaCare replacement dilemma, talking points.
Neil deGrasse Tyson responds to
Stephen Hawking's take on aliens (from Joe Rogan Experience #919)
of the American party system.
cast "mass spell" against Donald Trump.
songs inspired by George Orwell's 1984. Before Orwellian lingo was
emblazoned across social media, the themes of 1984 found a home in rock n'
roll throughout the decades.
Seattle Times: Three
questions for opponents of the death penalty.
war against the media won't sustain itself for four years.
"We have art so that we shall not die of reality."
BYU beats the Gonzaga Bulldogs 79 - 71. Cougars put an end to the Zags'
On the way: more snow more snow more
snow more snow more snow more snow...
Actual False-Flag Operation. Meet the protesters who tricked CPAC
attendees into waving Russian flags.
The Stranger: Washington
state is on a collision course with the White House. And it will be a
The Economist: Trump's
CPAC speech was an affront to much of what Ronald Reagan stood for.
Vanity Fair: Trump
lashes out after FBI refuses to refute reports about Russia.
Reuters: We can already destroy Earth's population many times over, yet
Trump wants more nukes.
Huffington Post: Attorney General Jeff Sessions withdrew
an Obama administration memo aimed at scaling back and ending the
federal government’s use of private prisons.
News: Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson says the
state is ready to fight if necessary to keep its legal marijuana.
TruthDig: Trump bars whole spate of news outlets from White House briefing in an act of pure authoritarianism.
Just a few months ago, White
House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said, "...you can't ban an
entity... conservative, liberal or otherwise, that's what makes a
democracy a democracy versus a dictatorship."
"News is what somebody somewhere wants to suppress; all the rest
expanding military empire continues to bleed the country dry at a rate
of more than $15 billion a month, or $20 million an hour.
desire to fit in is the root of almost all wrongdoing. But in
going along to get along, we become servile, and servility can cause much
graver moral transgressions.
KXLY: Inslee, Ferguson respond to potential marijuana push-back. The Trump administration hinted yesterday that it might forego precedent for enforcing recreational marijuana laws.
Inslee to meet with Trump this Monday.
Washington Post: Bannon said Trump's Cabinet nominees were "selected
for a reason, and that is deconstruction."
nationalists papered areas of downtown Spokane Thursday morning.
agencies won't enforce federal immigration laws, Inslee says.
Politico: The Department of Justice, said White House spokesman Sean Spicer, will be "further looking into" the marijuana enforcement question.
House hints at federal pot crackdown.
Washington must prepare to fight the Trump administration on everything
from a crackdown on the state’s legal marijuana system to a rollback of
Obamacare to any shirking of responsibility for nuclear waste cleanup at
Patty Murray said yesterday.
Keith Olbermann: The intel
community and the slow death of Trump's presidency.
Under a sweeping rewrite of enforcement policies, migrants
might be dumped over the border into a violence-plagued land where
they have no ties.
What do Leftists really want? Here's a scene from the film "Wild
in the Streets", a lost classic of hippie-sploitation, where
counterculture-loving young people take over the government, imprisons all
adults over 35 into psychedelic re-education "mercy centers,"
and, as revolutionary leader Max Frost explains, “in groovy
surroundings, we’re going to psyche ‘em all out on LSD.” And you
were freaked out about ISIS.
Cost of a Narcissist in the White House. Ask yourself: How much time
during the last week did you spend on Trump?
Christian Post: Heaven
has extreme vetting? CPAC pilloried for suggesting Trump has God-like
Trump is not the first to discredit the media. There was Lenin, Stalin,
Hitler, Mussolini, Castro, Mao, Idi Amin, Pol Pot, Saddam Hussein, Assad,
Putin, ISIS, Boko Haram,..
Six Questions with Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Aeon: Our
universe is too vast for even
the most imaginative science fiction. It's as close as Spokane
constituents are going to get to any answers. Last night 100
people showed up to a town hall meeting, minus the congresswoman.
One was a Trump guy, the other not.
It immediately struck me how similar their vocal recitations and poo-slinging were to the online battering that I read and in which I participate nearly every night.
One delivered a factoid punch. The other ducked and countered with a statistic jab. Reverse and repeat. Louder. Angrier.
I listened for a few minutes and realized they would never agree. On
anything. Then I considered how, in a few hours, all parties, including
me, would be back home in front of our computers, reciting factoids and
statistics, maybe slinging a little poo, while Abraham Lincoln stands
eternal, and watching over, as before. Silent. Made of Iron.
US appeals court upholds
Maryland's ban on assault rifles.
Bill Maher: What
The turbulent early weeks of President Donald Trump’s White House have
had an unexpected side effect: boosting
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s national profile.
Keith Olbermann: The mistake
Trump can't ever walk back.
Matt Taibbi: Milo
Yiannopoulos Isn't Going Away. The Alt-Right troll's latest scandal
looks like a career-ending gaffe - but don't be so sure.
The idea of intelligence has justified slavery, oppression, eugenics.
wonder the prospect of artificial intelligence fills us with dread.
New Republic: The
Eye of the Beholder. Somewhere at the uneasy intersection of art and
science, Impressionism and empiricism, objectivity and subjectivity, sits
the Rorschach test.
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Sorry ISIS, you lost the title of
"Enemy of the American People."
American Conservative: How
we got here. The misuse of American military and the Middle East in
CSM: Some Republicans (Hi, Cathy!)
for conference calls instead of town halls - questions screened by
aides, with no follow-ups, no crowd reactions, no visuals...
Adbusters entertains the notion that Trump
might be an amphetamine addict.
Robert Reich on the four
dangerous syndromes of coping with Trump.
For the fourth week, Spokane's undefeated Gonzaga Bulldogs (28-0) are
number one college basketball team in the nation.
Milo Yiannopoulos is disinvited
from the CPAC conservative conference. The publication of a video in
which he appeared to be condoning sex with boys was more than
conference organizers could swallow. He tried to explain
himself. Later, he tweeted that his
book deal got cancelled. And then, and then, even Breitbart dumped
Sam Harris speaks
with neo-conservative columnist David Frum, one of the most vocal of
Republican critics of Trump.
The Russian ambassador to the UN died
suddenly yesterday in New York.
is humanity’s greatest idea? It may be atomic theory - that all
things are made of atoms. A tragedy, then, that the works of its
originator, Democritus, were lost.
McCarthy's three punctuation rules, and how they all go back to James
Don't dismiss Trump's attacks on the media as mere stupidity. We
should assume they are darlky brilliant.
Oliver makes it clear exactly how
Putin is using Trump.
History Today: No historians are
seriously suggesting that the Third Reich and the Trump administration are
similar phenomena, but that does not mean comparative
study of the two cannot shed light on two contrasting periods.
is no US President's Day. Why does the charade continue?
Salon: Sincerely, Niccolo Machiavelli
open letter to Donald Trump, from the guy who wrote the book on power
Foreign Policy: How to assess the
damage after the first 30 days. Trump's
terrible one-month report card.
BBC: Nobody understands what
consciousness is or how it works. Nobody understands quantum mechanics
that be more than coincidence?
CSM: Scientists say we can clone a
woolly mammoth. But
appeared to invent a terrorist attack in Sweden during a
campaign-style rally in Florida yesterday, inviting questions that he may
have confused the Scandinavian country with a city in Pakistan.
if a president loses control? What is the constitutional remedy in the
case of imminent peril resulting from presidential instability, or even
Sinatra Has a Cold. This story by Gay Talese ran in April 1966 and became one of the
most celebrated magazine stories ever published, a pioneering example of
what came to be called New Journalism.
Alternet: Five scary ways Trump
mirrors some of the worst leaders in history.
Futurism: Russia claims it's building
a nuclear space bomber capable
of striking any country in the world.
true power over the National Guard, explained.
defends the free press. Suppressing it - "That's how dictators get started."
Reuters: The Department of Homeland
Security has prepared new guidance for immigration agents aimed
at speeding up deportations by denying asylum claims earlier in the
Vanity Fair: Trumpism, which was
formed in rebellion against the dominant mindset, is actually an unusually
thought-out political ideology. Refuting
it requires similar clarity.
Common Dreams: Trump's
timeline with Russia is stranger than fiction.
Alternet: Anti-Semites are gushing
over Trump's berating of a Jewish reporter.
Futurism: NSA warns of the
dangers of quantum computing. Be sure to watch the video embedded in
Swinging closet door alert: I like Milo Yiannopoulos. I like his anti-political correctness. He's intelligent, articulate, funny and original. His appearances on Joe Rogan's podcast are fun and revealing. He is the kind of writer I was looking for when we did The Scene magazine in the early Nineties, when the political correct movement first took hold.
Obviously, Milo's racism-lite, his worship of Trump (who he calls "Daddy), and his choice of employer - Breitbart News, which has essentially become Trump's Reich Ministry of Propaganda - is as troubling to me as it must be (for different reasons) to the GOP core. Do you think Mike Pence likes flaming gay Milo? (As Bill Maher said, "Spoiler alert!") Do the evangelicals - whose political ignorance was instrumental in putting Trump in the Oval Office - like Milo?
No. The GOP is using Milo, obviously. But why?
Here's what I think they have in mind: They believe they will eventually, very publically, cure Milo Yiannopoulos of his evil homosexuality with some new hyper-defagulating gay conversion therapy and treatments. Afterwards, they'll hook him up with someone like Tomi Lahren, who'll say the sex is great but she gets nervous when the hubby enjoys a blackberry Popsicle.
And everyone will get a new book
Here's Bill Maher interviewing Milo Yiannopoulos last night on Real Time with Bill Maher. I came out of this with slightly more respect for them both.
Here's Milo with
Bill and the panel: Larry Wilmore, Malcolm Nance and Fmr. Rep. Jack
Kingston. Less congenial but still fun to watch.
is considering mobilizing the National Guard to start rounding up illegal
immigrants. Since there are literally millions of them, we're going to
need some kind of deportation centers or camps to put them in before
they're shipped off, a lot of them, preferably somewhere out of the way,
and to save time and money, preferably concentrated. And, also to save
time and money, maybe we'll need some laws preventing people from giving
these law-breakers aid or sheltering them and their children in the attic.
psychical health of American culture will in the future be measured by the amount of
sunsets we allowed following yesterday's news conference before we removed
this dangerous psychopath from the Oval Office.
Et tu, Fox News?
"Demonstrably, unquestionably, 100 percent false." Shep
Smith goes all in on Trump.
Trump to appoint a billionaire
with no intelligence experience to
conduct a high-level internal review of the intelligence community,
and to root out "low-life leakers."
if Trump isn't being blackmailed by Vladimir Putin?
nation's to cartoonists weigh in on Trump, the Senate and more.
CounterPunch: Before Trump, the media
loved "alternative facts." Journalists
should always be at war with the governments they cover.
Nonadversarial journalism isn't journalism - it's stenography.
451 is a better guide than 1984: "In Orwell’s dystopia, it’s
the obviously nasty people who run the fascist state; in Bradbury’s,
it’s simple minds with good intentions who have brought about such a
Seth Meyers: Trump's
first solo press conference as president.
alternative-reality press conference. AP: Trump
says the White House is a "fine-tuned
machine." Esquire: Trump
melted down over a question about anti-Semitism. The Week: Trump
would have been "okay with me" if he knew Flynn was talking to
Russia about sanctions before the inauguration. Rolling Stone: 18
WTF moments from Trump's unhinged press conference. The Stranger: Let's
talk about the lies Trump told at his press conference today. Vice
News: Trump responds to how the
leaks are real but the news is fake.
DeVos declines offer to visit Spokane-area schools.
are wrong about Trump. Ummmm-huh. Political analysis for those feeling
a bit peckish.
Keith Olbermann: Is the Trump
White House high, or what?
help us. Here's
the video and full transcript of Trump's news conference today.
Don't make the mistake of calling
Trump a snallygaster when you mean to say snollygoster, though I suppose
the former could be used metaphorically.
Post: Admit it. Trump
is unfit to serve. He has no business being president of the United
Paris Review: How
to make the color red. Scholars and artists long sought the tools.
Arsenic, Asian flora, sulfur, mercury, and ox blood have been involved.
Wall Street Journal: Spies
keep intelligence from Trump on leak concerns. Decision to withhold
information underscores deep mistrust between intelligence community and
Stephen Colbert: So
much Russian influence, so little time.
Vanity Fair: Trump
continues to hand SNL the power to topple his presidency.
Foreign Policy: Trump's Russia scandal is just getting started.
Politico: Let's stop focusing on Flynn's resignation, and start
focusing on the real issue here - the
mystery of Trump's Russia ties.
How Infowars became the opposite
of everything it set out to be.
Dan Rather: Watergate is the biggest political scandal of my lifetime, until
Immanuel Kant: Philosopher
of freedom. If you want to understand the moral basis of a free
American Conservative: Congress
needs to step up to avert a threat to our democratic institutions.
"It certainly looks at this point like major elements within the
national security bureaucracy are prepared to create a constitutional
crisis in response to what they believe is a serious and real threat to
American national security from the White House itself."
like Christmas in February: Milo
Yiannopoulos will appear on Real Time with Bill Maher this Friday.
Miami Herald: Mr. President, just
who the hell do you think you are?
Daily Kos: "The Environmental
Protection Agency shall terminate on December 31, 2018." That's not
the title of HR 861, it's the whole bill. "The
Environmental Protection Agency shall terminate on December 31, 2018."
assailed U.S. intelligence agencies today for what he said were illegal
information leaks, and dismissed reports of contacts between members
of his presidential campaign and Russian intelligence officials.
Spokesman-Review: Shawn Vestal says
Cathy McMorris Rodgers and GOP "snowflakes" shouldn't
confuse dissent with violence.
NYT: Trump campaign aides had repeated contacts with Russian intelligence.
This is what we all thought: Trump colluded with the Russians to throw the election to him. He is a traitor. Remove him NOW!
The Intercept: What
did Trump know and when did he know it?
Frightening. Frightening. Here's a
compilation of Sunday news show appearances of Trump senior advisor
Stephen Miller. These monsters need to be removed from the White
spy ship spotted off east coast of US, near Navy submarine base.
Keith Olbermann: Michael
Flynn must now be arrested.
will ignite a war with Iran, which will be great news for ISIS.
Automation nightmare: Philosopher
warns we are creating a world without consciousness.
CSM: Is the FBI taking the Russian
dossier about Trump more seriously?
Washington Post: Hillary Clinton should absolutely
not run for president in 2020. And Democrats should stop her if she
health professionals warn about Trump. "We believe that the grave
emotional instability indicated by Mr. Trump’s speech and actions makes
him incapable of serving safely as president."
Flynn resigns as national security adviser amid Russia controversy.
How Hitler came to power: A
warning to America.
The Intercept: Questions the FBI uses to
determine if someone is a likely terrorist.
Christian Post: Rejecting refugees is like "closing
the door on Jesus."
Olbermann: Is this how Trump will
Miami Herald: CIA files reveal how
US used psychics to spy on Iran.
He's back! John Oliver reveals how
Trump creates his own reality.
New Yorker: "Saturday Night
Live" and the
limits of Trump mockery.
Spokesman-Review: Columnist Doug
Clark says State Rep. Matt Shea's proposed state of
a new state song.
political comedy is a case of life or death: Trump tweets against Saturday
Night Live but Saddam Hussein ordered his satirists dead. The
powerful see danger in humor.
The Intercept: As tensions rise, Steve Bannon and ISIS get closer to
their common goal: civilizational
"Andy Puzder is perfect for
Trump's cabinet. He's a billionaire, pays employees starvation wages and
knows nothing about being Secretary of Labor."
Politico: Ladbrokes, the British
oddsmaking giant, has Trump's
chances of leaving office via resignation or impeachment and removal at
Here's Al Franken on Real Time
with Bill Maher.
Daily Beast: The
most patriotic act of treason in American history? As President
Nixon's list of enemies grew long and his grip on reality fragile, his
defense secretary ordered the Joint Chiefs of Staff to ignore any White
House military initiative lacking his signature.
The Kellyanne Conway sketch on SNL last night was downright bizarre.
Alec Baldwin's scarier,
nastier Donald Trump.
is now the face of your party." Tell us again how Trump is not
The Nation: Are
we on the verge of another civil war? Historian David Armitage didn't
intend his new book to be a "handbook for our times." But that's
just what it is.
NBC News: Russia may extradite Snowden as
a "gift" to Trump.
The Inlander: A
massive new, touring exhibit at The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture
highlights our region's connections to the iconic beasts of the last Ice
Age: the Mammoth. It opens today and is on display through May 7.
of immigrants arrested in "routine" US enforcement surge.
letter in the Spokesman-Review. I did not believe the Review would
ever publish something like this.
the fire comes. "We can't handle another post-9/11-style
suspension of doubt about the man in charge; if that happens, America as
we know it will soon be gone," Paul Krugman writes in The New York
The Christian Post: Trump isn't the Antichrist but he is anti-christ.
Two thousand years ago, two
men figured out that nothing is solid: The idea that reality is
comprised of atoms and space goes way, way back.
commander tells congress more troops are needed in Afghanistan. Surprise,
Seth Meyers is one
motivational speech away from giving up on the Democrats.
loses travel ban appeal: Federal court maintains suspension of Trump's
Tom Tomorrow on
Trump's tomorrow: Nuclear strikes, martial law, and cyborg
precursor of today's alt-Right libertarianism is in Italy, not Germany,
in the Italian Futurism that bolstered Benito Mussolini. The alt-Right
libertarian movement desires unfettered freedom – freedom from the
shackles implicit in the limits of the natural world, codes of respect,
Kellyanne Conway-Goebbels says to
"go buy Ivanka's stuff." Yes, the counselor to the president is recommending
you purchase his daughter's clothing line.
CSM: Twelve of Trump's
biggest executive actions explained - all of them in one place in
BBC: The story of a painting that fought fascism: Guernica
by Pablo Picasso.
Did Plato's Republic predict the rise of Trump? Watch
this chilling animated video narrated by Andrew Sullivan.
Playboy: If Betsy DeVos can't get Republicans to wise up, who
Washington state lawmakers
want a wall around legal marijuana.
Working with a journalist who visited the targeted Yemeni village five
days after the raid and gathered survivors' testimony, The
Bureau of Investigative Journalism collected the names and ages of 25
civilians reportedly killed when US Navy SEALs descended on January
29. Nine children under the age of 13 were among the victims.
Here's a pretty good documentary
about the life of George Orwell: A
Life in Pictures.
a perfect model for how to sell a false story. Exaggerate wildly.
Manipulate statistics egregiously. Double down on lies. Apply grotesque,
racist stereotypes. When people who know the facts tell you you’re
wrong, accuse them of being part of a globalist conspiracy. Bonus points
if you can get an alternative-universe lawmaker or two, like Idaho’s
Heather Scott, to spread your tale. That was the pattern of propaganda
peddled by the alt-right echo chamber Breitbart News last year in its 'coverage' of a ginned-up
'Muslim refugee crisis' in Twin Falls,
Spokesman-Review: By the end of the week, Washington state's
multimillion-dollar recreational marijuana industry may
be targeted for a federal crackdown.
Keith Olbermann: The
travesties done in your name and mine.
a “chilling truth that much of educated America has yet to face about
the Trump era,” Matt
Taibbi writes in Rollling Stone. “Amid all the howling about Trump's
deceptions, the far more upsetting story is the mandate behind them –
not so much the death of truth in politics, but the irrelevance of it."
MSNBC: Trump wants to be seen as the
sole authority for truth.
Washington Post: Republicans vote to rebuke Elizabeth Warren, saying she impugned Sessions's character. She is now forbidden from speaking during the remainder of the debate on the nominations of Sessions after reading a letter from Martin Luther King's widow.
the letter Warren was silenced for and not allowed to read.
Intercept: Trump's executive order will
let private equity funds drain your 401K.
Miami New Times: Marco
Rubio took almost $100,000 from Betsy DeVos' family before confirming
her today. And 22 other senators who voted for her were paid off as well.
Science teachers on why Betsy
Devos is a monstrous mistake for education secretary.
Olbermann: The 50 craziest things
Trump has done as president.
From pulp writer to religious
messiah. L. Ron Hubbard despised science fiction but wrote four
million words of it in his lifetime. Why? Because
just declared the "court system" a threat to national security:
This was not merely an intemperate tweet. It was the president instructing
the American people to view the next terrorist attack on U.S. soil as an
indictment of the judiciary.
Der Spiegel: Trump
as Nero - Europe must defend itself against a dangerous US president.
is the new herpes," says Laura Kipnis. You didn't get it on
purpose, but you got it. "Now everyone's pointing fingers and trying
to pretend they don't have it, too"
Washington Post: California and Trump are going
to war with each other.
Paul Waldman: Beware
Trump's Reichstag fire - "There will come a moment when something
awful happens, and Americans need to be ready for the Trump
administration's effort to exploit it."
Common Dreams: Trump
"not fully briefed" on order elevating Bannon to security
last time the US invaded Mexico. In the early 1900s, Woodrow Wilson
was plagued by our Southern neighbor's "bad hombres."
Drunk Stoned Brilliant
Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon is streaming on Netflix.
language...is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder
respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind."
Bernie Sanders on Trump: "This
guy's a fraud. He told us, in fact, it's in the Republican platform,
he's going to bring back Glass-Steagall, we're going to be dividing up
commercial banks from investment banks to insurance companies. Then he has
all of the big Wall Street guys on his side, and now he is working for
Washington Post: Trump's continued defense of Putin confounds Republicans: his coziness with Russia is at odds with years of GOP foreign policy.
plan to fight ISIS with Putin isn't just futile. It's
The White House wants to build
dozens of new jails for up to two million people along the US-Mexico
Steve Bannon's fever dream of an American gulag.
The authors of "The Dictator's Handbook" weigh in on the
long-term stability of American democracy: Just
how close is Trump to becoming a full-blown dictator?
Appeals court rejects Trump's
order still blocked.
Seattle Times: How
Washington state upended Trump's travel ban.
checking this week in the Trump administration.
American Conservative: The
Trump administration's lies about Iran.
The Stranger prints a retraction: Milo
Yiannopoulos is not a white nationalist.
Democracy Now: "Trump’s people say that, by all standards, this
is a success. It’s
never a success when you have 8-year-old kids and infants being killed,
or when you have Navy SEALs being sent on missions that are not really
about the defense of the United States."
Bill Moyers: An
actual American war criminal may become our second-ranking diplomat:
Elliott Abrams spent the Reagan years abetting genocide - now he has been
floated as Trump's deputy secretary of state.
Washington Post: Trump
launched a stunning attack on the legitimacy of a Bush-appointed judge
who was unanimously confirmed by the Senate for ruling against his
hear it for the OTHER Washington!
Dystopian fiction, political memoirs,
and cautionary tales from Nazi Germany it might not be terrible to get
familiar with: 20
essential books to prepare you for what's next.
Trump would corrupt the pulpit. Allowing churches and other nonprofit
tax-exempt institutions to endorse political candidates would be a
disaster for our political system, already reeking of corruption.
Washington Post: Kellyanne
Conway cites "Bowling Green massacre" that never happened to
defend travel ban.
Reuters: A veteran CIA clandestine service officer who ran one of the
agency's "black site" prisons set up after the 9/11 attacks was
named Deputy Director of the CIA.
Daily Banter: "By creating the unholy alliance between Trump's GOP
and a subculture in American society that would be marching Jews to the
gas chambers given half the chance, Bannon is the 21st century Joseph
Goebbels. And to be clear, I
am comparing him to a Nazi."
"What's making America less safe is to have a white supremacist
named to the National Security Council as a permanent member."
Vanity Fair: Russian stocks surge as Comrade
Trump eases relations with Vlad.
The Independent: Trump will "get
rid of and totally destroy" a 60 year old law that divides church
and state in America.
Common Dreams: SCOTUS nominee Gorsuch started the "Fascism Forever" club at elite prep school.
was likely a "joke" meant to annoy liberals.
Autopsy - a
new poem by Sherman Alexie.
Bill Moyers: "The smell of a
coup hung over the White House this past weekend, like the odor of
gunpowder after fireworks on the Fourth of July. In these first few days
of the Trump administration we
have witnessed a series of executive orders and other pronouncements that
fly in the face of the republic’s most fundamental values."
Foreign Policy: America's
Mao Zedong: Trump's administration has been chaotic. Chinese history
suggests that's by design.
Only months ago, Trump's chief strategist Steve
Bannon predicted military involvement in east Asia and the Middle East
in Breitbart radio shows. "No doubt."
Esquire: At Trump's first National Prayer Breakfast he
gave a lengthy discussion about Arnold Schwarzenegger, as God
AP: White House says Trump's
comments about sending troops to Mexico were "lighthearted."
"If large numbers of people are interested in freedom of speech,
there will be freedom of speech, even if the law forbids it; if public
opinion is sluggish, inconvenient minorities will be persecuted, even if
laws exist to protect them.”
Alex Jones and Eddie Bravo on the Joe
Rogan Experience #911. They smoke weed and drink whiskey and talk
about Trump and Geo-engineering and obelisks and aliens and Satan and the
world elite. Alex gets hammered.
threatens to send US troops to Mexico to take care of "bad
Keith Olbermann: Donald Trump is
aiding the enemy.
The Senate just confirmed as Secretary of State a man who refused to
say that Putin - who has assassinated political rivals and journalists
worldwide, and has purposely targeted and killed women and children - is a
war criminal. May history remember these Republican senators and the four
Dems who voted with them as the neo-Nazi collaborators they've revealed
themselves to be.
Daily Beast: Trump
eyes nukes to eradicate terror: The president's shills say he's
keeping his campaign promises. Remember just how apocalyptic those
push anti-protest laws: Bills targeting nonviolent protests are
multiplying across the country.
Seattle Times: More
than 21,000 Washington state residents are from countries banned by Trump.
Foreign Policy: Ten
ways to tell if your president is a dictator. Just because the US is a
democracy now, it doesn't mean it will stay that way.
Chomsky calls for "militant labor movement" to transform
American politics and fight Trump.
New York Times: A
lie by any other name. Our president is a pathological liar.
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