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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
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Running With Scissors Since 1999


   Elsewhere . . .

How 'bout watchin'
 
some of
MYViDEOS

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

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

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

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

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.


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I won first place in The Inlander's 2014 Short Fiction Contest. Read:
Uncle Le-o-nard's
Perplexing Exit


MoRE of MyViDS

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

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

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

What I Learned from 
the Spokane Anarchists

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

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.


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My brush with the
Black Scythe 9/1/13


MoRviDS

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

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

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

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

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


I helped Jesse produce 
his Mr. Dark series. 

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The full series is online


ViDviD

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.

Soup
I make soup. Quickly.

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


CONTESTS
I've been a part of

NYC 100 Hour Film Race

2014
The Dairy Heirs
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NYC 24 Hour Film Race

2015
Mental

2014
A Drink in the Dark
(Made the top 24 films in this worldwide competition. Premiered in New York.)
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50 Hour Film Slam

2014
Cursed

2013
The Burning

2011
Oxy and Drakkar
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48 Hour Film Fest
 (discontinued)

2013
The Appraisal

2012
Gazoombas!

2011
The Sacrifice

2010
The Tenth Floor


2009

 
bag

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MOreViDS

Occupy Spokane
Dominates Downtown

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

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

Geothermal 
Giggle

 It's a joke. 
It's just a joke.


Poster by Chris ?

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


MoMiViD

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..


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


V-v-ViDS

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 CLIPS

The Great Salt Flats

Descent into the Valley of Death

Anasazi Ruins

Mi Dentista Mexicano

No Thirteens in Las Vegas

Ghost Town

Antelope Near Devil's Tower

Paradox at Bonneville Salt Flats

Kansas Prairie Fire

Chicago Revelation 


MOaMY
ST
UFF

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.


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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.


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&EVEnMoRE

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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ViDViDViD

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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somViDEoSHoRTS

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


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.

 

 3/27/17 

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.
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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.
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Guardian: How 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.
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 3/26/17 

ZAAAAAAAAGS!!! Spokane's Gonzaga Bulldogs beat Xavier 83-59 to secure the program's first NCAA Final Four berth.
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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.
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NPR: Alex Jones apologizes for promoting "Pizzagate."

Esquire: Pizzagate Will Never Die. Here's why the conspiracy theory has new life.
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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?
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Smithsonian: How Big Can a Land Animal Get? King Kong's biggest enemy isn't humans - it's the laws of physics.
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Lawrence O'Donnell: Trump's presidency effectively over after repeal failure.
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Dangerous Minds: Vintage sleaze and pulp erotica by prolific fetish illustrator Eric Stanton.
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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."
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 3/25/17 

Here 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!
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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.

It all makes Morning Joe goofy. And Trevor? Well...
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Große Lüge.
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Smithsonian: The 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.
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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.
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Playboy: Meet the author who exposed the hidden history of Nazis on meth.
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DailyBeast: How Russia recruited Ernest Hemingway
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 3/24/17 

Zags win again! Gonzaga beats West Virginia, 61 - 58. They'll take on Xavier Saturday in the Elite 8. 
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Guardian: Does 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.
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Here is Trump's interview with Time Magazine on truth and falsehoods.
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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?
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 Alfred Hitchcock on how to create suspense.
                                              manipulate an audience.
                                              edit a film.
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CounterPunch: The 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.”
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Seth Meyers on
Trevor Noah on             TRUMPCARE...
Stephen Colbert on
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 3/23/17 

It's No Trump Thursday! No Trump. All day.
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"Stuck in Spokane writin' songs..." Here's Tom T. Hall and the Spokane Motel Blues.
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Spokesman-Review: The highest flow on the Spokane River in 20 years is showing that the river may be changing.
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The Conversation: Think water comes in just liquid, ice and gas? Think again. Scientists finds that water might exist in an entirely new state.
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Smithsonian: What you need to know first to understand the Russian revolution.
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Mental Floss: What languages are the hardest to learn?
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New York Mag: The "Airplane!" Guide to Joke Delivery. The writers of the classic 1980 comedy deconstruct their screenplay.
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Popular Archaeology: The Forgotten Wisdom of the Chauvet Cave. "It is a direct window into our earliest forms of artistic and abstract expression."
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Aeon: Casanova was an actor, a priest, a gambler, and a common man passing as (and sleeping with) the aristocracy.
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New Republic: The Art of Paying Attention. Why we need critics to think about power and how it works.
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Ozy: Is this novel the deadliest book in history? The most popular book in the late 18th century was also its most lethal.
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Quentin Tarantino reveals how all of his movies are connected.
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 3/22/17 

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.
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Spokesman-Review: A 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.
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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.
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Keith Olbermann: The only true surprise? These people are idiots.
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NY Daily News: Per the 25th Amendment of the Constitution, Trump should be removed from office.
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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.
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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.
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Wall 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..."
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 3/21/17 

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.
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NYT: Trump's method, our madness. What we're all experiencing now is somewhat like the confusion an analyst encounters with a psychotic patient.
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Spokesman-Review: Spokane 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.”
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David Rockefeller, super-rich guy, dead at 101.
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 3/20/17 

We made it. First day of Spring!
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Spokesman-Review: It's official. Gonzaga is now the most hated team in America. But the referees who missed the goaltending call are a close second.
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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."
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The Spectator: Seducing Mussolini. Star-struck Claretta Petacci was determined to conquer her "divine Caesar" - and was finally strung up beside him.
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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.
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John Oliver explains why Trump's followers will turn on him.
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Esquire: 15 extremely underrated films that every movie buff needs to see.
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 3/19/17 

You will rarely see the Spokane River roaring through downtown as it is now. Go witness for yourself. Amazing, even a bit scary!
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Spokesman-Review: Zags beat Northwestern; advance in tourney. Studio crew learned what Zags fans already know - never assume a Gonzaga victory.
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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."
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TruthDig: The theme that unites all of Trump's initiatives so far is their unnecessary cruelty.
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Jake Tapper on Bill Maher - the three basic truths of covering Trump's lies.
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Alternet: Trump 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.
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NYT: Chuck Berry was rock's master theorist and conceptual genius, a songwriter who understood what the kids wanted before they did themselves.
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Spokesman-Review: New flights are boosting travel options at Spokane airport.
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Futurism: Meet the future of warfare - the electromagnetic railgun.
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 3/18/17 

Chuck Berry, dead at 90.
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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 a best-seller.
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The Stranger: Why did rural and poor Americans vote for a man whose budget will hurt them? Here's one explanation.
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CenterPunch: The hardening of society and the rise of cultures of cruelty in neo-fascist America.
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Futurism: NASA's Curiosity rover has just sent back some mysterious inconsistencies.
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 3/17/17 

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 potatoes.
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The Spokesman-Review's John Blanchette says the Zags didn't exactly shine as guardians of the No. 1 seed.
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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."
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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?
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 3/16/17 

Guardian: The Guardian apologizes to the City of Spokane. A bit condescending, maybe, but pretty cool.
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Smithsonian: How journalists covered the rise of Mussolini and Hitler. Reports on the rise of fascism in Europe were not the American media's finest hour.
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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.

Rolling Stone: Jeff Sessions goes full "Reefer Madness" on pot. (Don't get the reference? Watch Reefer Madness in all it's insane, exploitation film glory here.)
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Keith Olbermann is on a roll:
Trump's amazing speech sure didn't age well.
Russia! Russia! Russia! 
Trump can't even watch TV correctly.

His prophecy from seven years ago regarding the court's Citizen's United decision.
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PublicBooks: How oligarchy breeds tyranny, according to Plato.
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 3/15/17 

Not Spokane.Ubi es, Brute?
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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.
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Not Spokane.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. AI without embodiment can only learn so much and so quickly.
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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 media.
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Not Spokane.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.
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 3/14/17 

Yuck.


 3/13/17 

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 3/12/17 

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.
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AlterNet: If we don't act now, fascism will be on our doorstep, says Yale historian. 
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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.
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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.
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National Geographic: This region fooled scientists for decades. They couldn't account for the strange landforms of eastern Washington State.
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 3/11/17 

The city of Spokane has renamed Riverfront Park's Canada Island to "snx(w) mene," which is Salish for salmon people. Say it with me - "sin-Hoo-men-huh." Just like it looks.
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Atlas Obscura: Before the Soviet Union began, they exiled hundreds of academics and journalists on "Philosopher Ships."
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Scientific American: House Republicans would let employers demand workers' genetic test results.
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Trancentral: Ten psychedelic movies that will alter your perception of reality.
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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.
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NYT: Columnist Paul Krugman is floored by the GOP's Obamacare replacement bill's "surreal" awfulness.
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Daily Dot: This artist put Trump quotes on sexist 1950s ads to send a sharp message.
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Politico: All of Trump's ties to Russia in seven charts.
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 3/10/17 

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.
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Jim Hightower: What should we do about a mentally ill president?
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BBC: How 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.
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"Propaganda works best when those who are being manipulated are confident that they are acting on their own free will."
   ~  Joseph Goebbels
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3QuarksDaily: Why some neuroscientists call consciousness the c-word.
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Reuters: NSA staff used spy tools on spouses and ex-lovers.
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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.
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 3/9/17 

Rolling Stone: Why 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."
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"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."
   ~  Charles Bukowski, who died on this day in 1994.
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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?
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CSM: Did WikiLeaks just unmask CIA cyberoperations?
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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.
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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.
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Spokesman-Review: The legal marijuana industry generated nearly $13 million worth of revenue in Spokane County in February, amid potential federal action.
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AP: China approves new Trump-branded massage parlors, bars and escort services.
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Chronicle of Higher Education: In praise of "useless" knowledge. The best scientific minds have been driven by curiosity and intellectual challenge, not practical applications.
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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.
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 3/8/17 

Here ya go: WikiLeaks' Vault 7. Don't get lost.
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AlterNet: Post-truth is pre-fascism. The possibilities are much darker than Americans are used to considering.
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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.
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Bloomberg: Trump's wiretap tweets raise risk of impeachment. If a president makes false claims of a crime without proof, there's only one constitutional remedy.
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Politico: Kellyanne and Sean reveal the eight tricks for defending Trump.
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Aeon: Where the old autocrats wanted their subjects to become ‘new men’, today's authoritarian does not pretend to make you better, only to make you feel better about not wanting to change.
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 3/7/17 

Pitchfork: A history of anti-fascist punk around the world in nine songs.
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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.
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Spokesman-Review: Much-maligned Rachel Dolezal once faced down racists.
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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.
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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.
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Dennis Kucinich: Our political economy is designed to create poverty and inequality.
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NYT: Analyzing Trump's new travel ban.
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 3/6/17 

AlterNet: This 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.
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CNN: FBI chief asked Justice Department to refute Trump wiretap claim.
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The Economist: There are three explanations for Trump's accusation that Barack Obama ordered his phones to be tapped. None of them is comforting.
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Washington Post: Putin destroyed Russia's independent press. Trump seems to want the same.
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Esquire: Roger Stone forgot other people can read his tweets.
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Incredible animation summarizes Noam Chomsky's five filters of the mass media machine.
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John Oliver explains how Trump's growing Russia scandal is like Watergate, only stupider.
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Vulture: David Letterman on life after TV, late night today, and the man he calls Trumpy.
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 3/5/17 

Politico: How a group of anonymous keyboard commandos conquered the internet for Trump - and plans to deliver Europe to the far right.
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Keith Olbermann: Why Trump is refusing to confront reality.
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Time: Donald Trump and the New Dawn of Tyranny
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SNL's Weekend Update brutally mocks Trump's baseless wiretapping claims against Obama.
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 3/4/17 

Politico: Trump 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 
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TruthDig: European parliament votes to end visa-free travel for Americans in the European Union. Thanks, Trump.
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Reuters: Keystone XL builders can use non-US steel, White House says just days after Trump tells nation no.
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Bloomberg: US 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.
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CounterPunch: Our 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.”
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Neal Gabler: The 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."
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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. Here's an analysis from The Nerdwriter.
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White Noise.
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 3/3/17 

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.
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CounterPunch: Trump 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 boilerplate."
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CSM: Russia 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."
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"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."
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TruthDig: The Deep State's hatred of Trump is not the same as yours.
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Arkansas Times: A bill is introduced to the Arkansas congress to ban Howard Zinn books from public schools.
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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.
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 3/2/17 

American Conservative: Fascism in the White House? This guy says no ... sorta.
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"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.
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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.
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The Stranger: Looking to understand the mind of Steve Bannon? Watch his documentaries.
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Telegraph: Why Anthony Burgess's savagely brilliant A Clockwork Orange is a modern masterpiece.
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The poetic harmony of filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky

David Lynch: The elusive subconscious.

Stanley Kubrick: The cinematic experience.
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 3/1/17 

Here's the full text of Trump's joint address to Congress.
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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.
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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.
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Here's Bernie's take. I'm sorry I didn't vote for him. (I didn't vote for any of 'em.)
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Stephen Colbert on the speech. Then he responds to Democrats responding to Trump.
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Spokesman-Review: Idaho Senate panel agrees to delete climate change from new school science standards.
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Empire Files: Abby Martin talks to Chris Hedges about Trump, fascism and the Christian Right.
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 2/28/17 

Witness the awesome and horrifying power of a great showman, a teleprompter, and creative writing: Trump addresses the Joint Session of Congress.
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New Yorker: Did the Oscars just prove that we are living in a computer simulation?
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Norml: Marijuana 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.
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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.
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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..."
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As we're yearning for an alternative for Trump, don't forget that, on the average, Obama dropped a bomb somewhere every 20 minutes for eight years.
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Trump: "Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated." Nobody!!!?
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New Statesman: How nature created consciousness and our brains became minds.
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Spokesman-Review: Spokane City Hall will be asked to approve $1.75 million in funding for Ridpath Hotel rehab.
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 2/27/17 

Chris Hedges: The return of American race laws.
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TomDispatch: The Art of the Trumpaclysm. How the US invaded, occupied, and remade itself.
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Politico: Trump wants to raise military spending - but cut everywhere else.
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The Intercept: The long history of deportation scare tactics at the US - Mexico border.
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Politico: We 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 Constitution describes."
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John Oliver explains the GOP's ObamaCare replacement dilemma, talking points.
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Neil deGrasse Tyson responds to Stephen Hawking's take on aliens (from Joe Rogan Experience #919)
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 2/26/17 

Le Monde: Collapse of the American party system.
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BBC: Witches cast "mass spell" against Donald Trump.
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Paste: Ten 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.
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Seattle Times: Three questions for opponents of the death penalty.
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Playboy: A war against the media won't sustain itself for four years.
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Daily Dot: Cards Against Humanity creators send newest board game, Secret Hitler, to all 100 US senators.
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"We have art so that we shall not die of reality."
   ~  Friedrich Nietzsche
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 2/25/17 

BYU beats the Gonzaga Bulldogs 79 - 71. Cougars put an end to the Zags' perfect season.
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On the way: more snow more snow more snow more snow more snow more snow...
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The Atlantic: An Actual False-Flag Operation. Meet the protesters who tricked CPAC attendees into waving Russian flags.
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The Stranger: Washington state is on a collision course with the White House. And it will be a massive crash.
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The Economist: Trump's CPAC speech was an affront to much of what Ronald Reagan stood for.
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Vanity Fair: Trump lashes out after FBI refuses to refute reports about Russia.
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Reuters: We can already destroy Earth's population many times over, yet Trump wants more nukes.
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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.
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 2/24/17 

KHQ News: Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson says the state is ready to fight if necessary to keep its legal marijuana.
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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."
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"News is what somebody somewhere wants to suppress; all the rest is advertising."
   ~  Alfred Harmsworth
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CounterPunch: America's expanding military empire continues to bleed the country dry at a rate of more than $15 billion a month, or $20 million an hour. 
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Aeon: The 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.
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KXLY: Inslee, Ferguson respond to potential marijuana push-back. The Trump administration hinted yesterday that it might forego precedent for enforcing recreational marijuana laws.

KREM: Gov. Inslee to meet with Trump this Monday
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CNN: FBI refused White House request to publicly dispute Trump-Russia stories.
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Washington Post: Bannon said Trump's Cabinet nominees were "selected for a reason, and that is deconstruction."
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Spokesman-Review: White nationalists papered areas of downtown Spokane Thursday morning.
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 2/23/17 

Spokesman-Review: State agencies won't enforce federal immigration laws, Inslee says. 
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Politico: The Department of Justice, said White House spokesman Sean Spicer, will be "further looking into" the marijuana enforcement question.

Norml: White House hints at federal pot crackdown.
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Spokesman-Review: 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 Hanford, Sen. Patty Murray said yesterday.
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Keith Olbermann: The intel community and the slow death of Trump's presidency.
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AP: Under a sweeping rewrite of enforcement policies, migrants might be dumped over the border into a violence-plagued land where they have no ties.
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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.
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Jeff Schon: The Cost of a Narcissist in the White House. Ask yourself: How much time during the last week did you spend on Trump?
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Christian Post: Heaven has extreme vetting? CPAC pilloried for suggesting Trump has God-like border policy.

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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,..
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Here's KHQ's 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.
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photo - ssgI took this photo yesterday, downtown, early afternoon. These two people were arguing, passionately and loudly, at the very feet of Abraham Lincoln. 

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.
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 2/22/17 

US appeals court upholds Maryland's ban on assault rifles.
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Bill Maher: What Conservative Principles?
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Spokesman-Review: 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
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Keith Olbermann: The mistake Trump can't ever walk back.
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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.
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Aeon: The idea of intelligence has justified slavery, oppression, eugenics. No wonder the prospect of artificial intelligence fills us with dread.
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REUTERS: Morteza NikoubazlNew 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.
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The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Sorry ISIS, you lost the title of "Enemy of the American People."
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American Conservative: How we got here. The misuse of American military and the Middle East in chaos.
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Philosophy Matters: Theory of Totalitarian Leadership by Hannah Arendt. It's a looong read. I only skimmed it so far, but it looks good.
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CSM: Some Republicans (Hi, Cathy!) are opting for conference calls instead of town halls - questions screened by aides, with no follow-ups, no crowd reactions, no visuals...
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Adbusters entertains the notion that Trump might be an amphetamine addict.
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Robert Reich on the four dangerous syndromes of coping with Trump.
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 2/21/17 

For the fourth week, Spokane's undefeated Gonzaga Bulldogs (28-0) are rated the number one college basketball team in the nation.
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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 him.
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Sam Harris speaks with neo-conservative columnist David Frum, one of the most vocal of Republican critics of Trump. 
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The Russian ambassador to the UN died suddenly yesterday in New York.
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What 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.
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Cormac McCarthy's three punctuation rules, and how they all go back to James Joyce.
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 2/20/17 

Time: Don't dismiss Trump's attacks on the media as mere stupidity. We should assume they are darlky brilliant
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John Oliver makes it clear exactly how Putin is using Trump.
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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.
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CSM: There is no US President's Day. Why does the charade continue?
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Salon: Sincerely, Niccolo Machiavelli - An open letter to Donald Trump, from the guy who wrote the book on power moves.
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Foreign Policy: How to assess the damage after the first 30 days. Trump's terrible one-month report card.
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BBC: Nobody understands what consciousness is or how it works. Nobody understands quantum mechanics either. Could that be more than coincidence?
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CSM: Scientists say we can clone a woolly mammoth. But should we?
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 2/19/17 

Guardian: Trump 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.
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New Yorker: What if a president loses control? What is the constitutional remedy in the case of imminent peril resulting from presidential instability, or even insanity?
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Esquire: Frank 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.
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Alternet: Five scary ways Trump mirrors some of the worst leaders in history.
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Futurism: Russia claims it's building a nuclear space bomber capable of striking any country in the world.
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Graphic by Skyler AndersonEsquire: Trump's true power over the National Guard, explained.
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NBC News: McCain defends the free press. Suppressing it - "That's how dictators get started."
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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 process.
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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.
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Common Dreams: Trump's timeline with Russia is stranger than fiction.
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Alternet: Anti-Semites are gushing over Trump's berating of a Jewish reporter.
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Futurism: NSA warns of the dangers of quantum computing. Be sure to watch the video embedded in the article.
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 2/18/17 

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 deal. 
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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.
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 2/17/17 

Trump 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.
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The 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. 
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AP: Trump weighs mobilizing National Guard for immigration roundups.
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Et tu, Fox News? "Demonstrably, unquestionably, 100 percent false." Shep Smith goes all in on Trump.
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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."
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Andrew Sullivan: What if Trump isn't being blackmailed by Vladimir Putin?
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Politico: The nation's to cartoonists weigh in on Trump, the Senate and more.
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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.
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Fahrenheit 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 nightmare."
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Seth Meyers: Trump's first solo press conference as president.
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The New Yorker: Trump's 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 said it 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.
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Spokesman-Review: Betsy DeVos declines offer to visit Spokane-area schools.
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Why liberals are wrong about Trump. Ummmm-huh. Political analysis for those feeling a bit peckish.
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Keith Olbermann: Is the Trump White House high, or what?
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 2/16/17 

God help us. Here's the video and full transcript of Trump's news conference today. 
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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.
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CNN: The pentagon might recommend sending ground troops to Syria.
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Washington Post: Admit it. Trump is unfit to serve. He has no business being president of the United States.
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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.
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Wall Street Journal: Spies keep intelligence from Trump on leak concerns. Decision to withhold information underscores deep mistrust between intelligence community and president.
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Stephen Colbert: So much Russian influence, so little time.
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Vanity Fair: Trump continues to hand SNL the power to topple his presidency.
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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
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How Infowars became the opposite of everything it set out to be.
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Dan Rather: Watergate is the biggest political scandal of my lifetime, until maybe now.
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Immanuel Kant: Philosopher of freedom. If you want to understand the moral basis of a free society...
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 2/15/17 

The 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."
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It's like Christmas in February: Milo Yiannopoulos will appear on Real Time with Bill Maher this Friday.
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Miami Herald: Mr. President, just who the hell do you think you are?
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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."
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Reuters: Trump 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.
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Spokesman-Review: Shawn Vestal says Cathy McMorris Rodgers and GOP "snowflakes" shouldn't confuse dissent with violence.
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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?
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Frightening. 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 House.
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Fox: Russian spy ship spotted off east coast of US, near Navy submarine base.
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TheBlazeTV’s Tomi Lahren will headline the GOP Lincoln Day Dinner at the Davenport Grand Hotel in downtown Spokane on June 3.
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Keith Olbermann: Michael Flynn must now be arrested.
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 2/14/17 

The Karma Award goes to ex-national security advisor Michael Flynn, who cheerleaded the "lock her up" chants as he was literally committing treason.
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Counterpunch: Trump will ignite a war with Iran, which will be great news for ISIS.
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Automation nightmare: Philosopher warns we are creating a world without consciousness.
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CSM: Is the FBI taking the Russian dossier about Trump more seriously?
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Washington Post: Hillary Clinton should absolutely not run for president in 2020. And Democrats should stop her if she tries.
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NYT: Mental 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."
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Reuters: Michael Flynn resigns as national security adviser amid Russia controversy.
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How Hitler came to power: A warning to America.
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The Intercept: Questions the FBI uses to determine if someone is a likely terrorist.
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Christian Post: Rejecting refugees is like "closing the door on Jesus."


2/13/17

Keith Olbermann: Is this how Trump will deport millions?
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Miami Herald: CIA files reveal how US used psychics to spy on Iran.
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He's back! John Oliver reveals how Trump creates his own reality.
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New Yorker: "Saturday Night Live" and the limits of Trump mockery.
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Spokesman-Review: Columnist Doug Clark says State Rep. Matt Shea's proposed state of "Liberty" deserves a new state song.


2/12/17

BBC: When 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.
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The Intercept: As tensions rise, Steve Bannon and ISIS get closer to their common goal: civilizational war.
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"Andy Puzder is perfect for Trump's cabinet. He's a billionaire, pays employees starvation wages and knows nothing about being Secretary of Labor."
   ~  Bernie Sanders
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Politico: Ladbrokes, the British oddsmaking giant, has Trump's chances of leaving office via resignation or impeachment and removal at just 11-to-10.
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Here's Al Franken on Real Time with Bill Maher.
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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.
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The Kellyanne Conway sketch on SNL last night was downright bizarre.

Alec Baldwin's scarier, nastier Donald Trump.


2/11/17

Trump: "Pocahontas is now the face of your party." Tell us again how Trump is not a racist
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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.
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NBC News: Russia may extradite Snowden as a "gift" to Trump.
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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.
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Reuters: Hundreds of immigrants arrested in "routine" US enforcement surge.


2/10/17

They published my letter in the Spokesman-Review. I did not believe the Review would ever publish something like this.
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When 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 Times.
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The Christian Post: Trump isn't the Antichrist but he is anti-christ.

NPR: Exploring the nationalistic and Christian Right influences of Trump.
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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.
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Politico:  US commander tells congress more troops are needed in Afghanistan. Surprise, surprise.
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Seth Meyers is one motivational speech away from giving up on the Democrats.


2/9/17

PBS: Trump loses travel ban appeal: Federal court maintains suspension of Trump's immigration order.
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Tom Tomorrow on Trump's tomorrow: Nuclear strikes, martial law, and cyborg billionaires.
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Aeon: The 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, justice, truth.
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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
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CSM: Twelve of Trump's biggest executive actions explained - all of them in one place in chronological order.
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BBC: The story of a painting that fought fascism: Guernica by Pablo Picasso
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Did Plato's Republic predict the rise of Trump? Watch this chilling animated video narrated by Andrew Sullivan.
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Playboy: If Betsy DeVos can't get Republicans to wise up, who can?
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Washington state lawmakers want a wall around legal marijuana.
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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.
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Here's a pretty good documentary about the life of George Orwell: A Life in Pictures.


2/8/17

Spokesman-Review: "It’s 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, Idaho."
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Spokesman-Review: By the end of the week, Washington state's multimillion-dollar recreational marijuana industry may be targeted for a federal crackdown.
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Keith Olbermann: The travesties done in your name and mine.
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There’s 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."
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MSNBC: Trump wants to be seen as the sole authority for truth.
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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.

Here's the letter Warren was silenced for and not allowed to read.
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The Intercept: Trump's executive order will let private equity funds drain your 401K.
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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.
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Philosopher Slavoj ZiZek on the "Is it OK to punch a Nazi?" question.
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Science teachers on why Betsy Devos is a monstrous mistake for education secretary.


2/7/17

Keith Olbermann: The 50 craziest things Trump has done as president.
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From pulp writer to religious messiah. L. Ron Hubbard despised science fiction but wrote four million words of it in his lifetime. Why? Because it sold.
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NY Mag:Trump 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.
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Der Spiegel: Trump as Nero - Europe must defend itself against a dangerous US president.
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"Narcissism 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"
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Washington Post: California and Trump are going to war with each other.
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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."
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Common Dreams: Trump "not fully briefed" on order elevating Bannon to security council.


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Politico: The last time the US invaded Mexico. In the early 1900s, Woodrow Wilson was plagued by our Southern neighbor's "bad hombres."
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Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon is streaming on Netflix. Awesome.
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"Political language...is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind."
   ~  George Orwell, Politics and the English Language
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Seattle Times: Microsoft, Google, Facebook and 94 more tech companies support the legal challenge to Trump's entry ban
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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 Wall Street."
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Washington Post: Trump's continued defense of Putin confounds Republicans: his coziness with Russia is at odds with years of GOP foreign policy.

Politico: Trump's plan to fight ISIS with Putin isn't just futile. It's dangerous.


2/5/17

The White House wants to build dozens of new jails for up to two million people along the US-Mexico border: Inside Steve Bannon's fever dream of an American gulag.
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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?
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Appeals court rejects Trump's challenge. Refugee order still blocked.
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Seattle Times: How Washington state upended Trump's travel ban.
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NPR: Fact checking this week in the Trump administration.


2/4/17

The American Conservative: The Trump administration's lies about Iran.
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The Stranger prints a retraction: Milo Yiannopoulos is not a white nationalist.
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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."
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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.
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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 immigration ban.


2/3/17

Let's hear it for the OTHER Washington! 
Spokesman-Review: A federal judge in Seattle has halted nationwide major portions of Trump’s executive order on immigration. Immediately following the hearing, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson obtained a restraining order immediately halting the executive order nationwide.
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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.
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NYT: How 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.
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Washington Post: Kellyanne Conway cites "Bowling Green massacre" that never happened to defend travel ban.
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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.
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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."


2/2/17

"What's making America less safe is to have a white supremacist named to the National Security Council as a permanent member."
   ~  House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, finally fucking leading.
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Vanity Fair: Russian stocks surge as Comrade Trump eases relations with Vlad
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The Independent: Trump will "get rid of and totally destroy" a 60 year old law that divides church and state in America.
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Common Dreams: SCOTUS nominee Gorsuch started the "Fascism Forever" club at elite prep school. 

It was likely a "joke" meant to annoy liberals.
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Autopsy - a new poem by Sherman Alexie.
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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."
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Foreign Policy: America's Mao Zedong: Trump's administration has been chaotic. Chinese history suggests that's by design.
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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."
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Esquire: At Trump's first National Prayer Breakfast he gave a lengthy discussion about Arnold Schwarzenegger, as God intended.
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AP: White House says Trump's comments about sending troops to Mexico were "lighthearted."
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"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.”
   ~  George Orwell, from his essay "Freedom of the Park."


2/1/17

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.
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Time: Trump threatens to send US troops to Mexico to take care of "bad hombres."
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Keith Olbermann: Donald Trump is aiding the enemy
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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.
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Daily Beast: Trump eyes nukes to eradicate terror: The president's shills say he's keeping his campaign promises. Remember just how apocalyptic those promises were.
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The Guardian: Eight-year-old American girl "killed in Yemen raid approved by Trump." 
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Republicans push anti-protest laws: Bills targeting nonviolent protests are multiplying across the country.
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Seattle Times: More than 21,000 Washington state residents are from countries banned by Trump.
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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.
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Alternet: Noam Chomsky calls for "militant labor movement" to transform American politics and fight Trump.
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New York Times: A lie by any other name. Our president is a pathological liar.


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