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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

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

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

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

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.

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

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


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My brush with the
Black Scythe 9/1/13


MoRviDS

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.

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

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


I helped Jesse produce 
his Mr. Dark series. 

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The full series is online


ViDviD

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

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

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.

 

 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.


1/31/17

 photo neil-gorsuch.jpg Trump nominates Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. He'll easily be confirmed.

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been approved to serve as energy secretary. Now if he can only remember where he works.
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Shawn Vestal of the Spokesman-Review: Great again, one act of citizenship at a time. Maybe this is how it becomes great again. Citizens using their constitutional authority to gather and protest. 
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In 2015, Jeff Sessions pressed Sally Yates about whether she would be willing to stand up to the president if he pursues policies or actions that don’t appear lawful. Last night, Trump fired her for refusing to defend his immigration executive order.
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The Guardian: The first step toward denying it ever happened. "The Nazis were broad in their hatred, targeting Roma, gay people and disabled people, as well as socialists, communists and many others. But any full account of the Holocaust begins with the recognition that Jews were singled out for total eradication. Why would the Trump White House be resistant to acknowledging that uncontroversial fact?"
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"It's becoming increasingly clear that the aroma of bigotry infuses the whole operation, and anybody who aligns too closely will end up sharing in the stench," David Brooks writes in The New York Times.
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SPOKANE, WASH. -- I'm especially proud of my hometown today for taking action and giving voice to US Constitution. First our state's attorney general took a public stand vowing to challenge the constitutionality of any executive order which targets Muslims. In rare form, my own city council signed an ordinance refusing to implement any registration based on religion. Good to know that even in this largely conservative and predominantly white region, people can see such a registry for what it is -- a violation of inalienable rights.
   ~  Danyelle Robinson
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Acting attorney general said the Justice Department will not defend Trump's controversial executive refugee and immigration ban.

"I am not convinced that the defense of the Executive Order is consistent with these responsibilities nor am I convinced that the Executive Order is lawful."
   ~  Sally Yates

Trump fires her.
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Keith Olbermann: On behalf of America, an apology.
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Spokesman-Review: Washington state to sue over Trump's immigration order.


1/30/17

AN URGENT MESSAGE!

Trump removed the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Director of National Intelligence from the National Security Council. He replaced them with Steve Bannon. Bannon has no government, intelligence, or high-level military experience; his experience is leading a propaganda outlet (Breitbart News) that peddles nationalist and white nationalist viewpoints.


This would be deeply concerning in and of itself. But one of the jobs of the NSC is to oversee a secret panel that authorizes the assassination of “enemies of the United States Government” – including American citizens. These targeted killings are fully authorized by law under the Congressional military authorization act following 9/11. There is no trial, no due process, and no public record of the decision or the assassination itself.


Just to recap the absurdity: the President of the United States has appointed a known propagandist, nationalist, and white supremacist to replace the highest military advisor in the country on a council that authorizes secret, legal, targeted killings of American citizens (and others) without due process.


What You Can Do:
- Call your Senators and Congressperson this week and demand that they publicly and legislatively oppose Trump’s appointment of Steven Bannon to the NSC. 
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The Atlantic: How to respond to Trump's betrayal of American values. "Either you stand up for your principles and for what you know is decent behavior, or you go down, if not now, then years from now, as a coward or opportunist. Your reputation will never recover, nor should it."
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Time: Trump says it's not a Muslim ban. But during the campaign he called for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States."
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Esquire: That time Keith Richards nearly stabbed Donald Trump. Today's feel-good story.
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CNN: Over the weekend, the American Civil Liberties Union received 356,306 online donations totaling six times as much as the ACLU typically receives in a year online. The record surge in contributions came in response to Trump's executive order suspending the U.S. refugee program and barring travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries.
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USA Today: UK petition against Trump visit gets more than one million signatures.
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Bill Moyers: Trump is turning American democracy into a demolition derby. "We're gonna turn the Land of the Free into a giant muuuuuud pit!"
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The Intercept: Obama killed a 16-year-old American in Yemen. Trump just killed his 8-year-old sister. The War on Terror framework continues to savage the world's poorest civilians.
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Smithsonian: How the 19th-century Know Nothing Party reshaped American Politics: From xenophobia to conspiracy theories, the movements effects are still felt today.
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"Should I kill myself, or have a cup of coffee?"
   ~  Albert Camus


1/29/17

NY Mag: America has never been so ripe for tyranny. That's what's scariest about Trump.
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The Russian Spy who was believed to be the primary source of intelligence against Donald Trump in the recently leaked dossier was found murdered in his car.
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Federal judge puts a halt to Trump's Muslim ban. The ACLU hands him his first stinging rebuke. 

Here's the petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus and Complaint for Injunctive Relief.

Lev. 19:34 "The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the LORD your God."
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Trump removes DNI and Chairman of Joint Chiefs from National Security Council; adds Bannon, a legitimate neo-Nazi with no accountability. 
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 photo 16195976_10155144400599267_3469464946420735508_n.jpg"After a shameful history, Congress outlawed discrimination against immigrants based on national origin in 1965. That means Trump's actions are illegal," writes David Bier, an immigration policy analyst, in the New York Times.
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Trump's immigration executive order even bans legal permanent US residents (green card holders) and visa-holders from seven countries from re-entering the United States.
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Christians who reject all refugees are "hypocrites," Pope Francis says.


1/28/17

CNN: Trump barred citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US for at least the next 90 days by executive order, which a senior White House official said later Friday is likely just a first step toward establishing a broader ban.
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The fact sheet "Myths and Facts on Refugees, Migration, and Humanitarian Assistance" was removed from the State Department web site. It is still available in the Wayback Machine.

Smithsonian: The first moments of Hitler's Final Solution - and why it matters 75 years later.

Daily Beast: How the Nazis took control of Germany: Hitler was not that popular when he first took office, but the Nazis quickly changed that, for the simple reason that power magnifies the ideas of those who hold it.
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NPR: It's not just the Park Service: "Rogue" federal Twitter accounts multiply.
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Lawrence O'Donnell: Trump's first negotiation was a humiliation. Mexican President Peña Nieto's decision to not attend a scheduled meeting with Trump over the border wall is Trump's first humiliation on the global stage and sends a message to other world leaders about future negotiations.
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Seth Meyers: Trump's false claims and executive orders.
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Sacramento Bee: Calexit organizers are collecting signatures to get California secession on the ballot.
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This astoundingly complex visualization untangles Trump's business ties.
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Your cheat sheet for executive orders, memorandums and proclamations.
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John Hurt, legendary British actor, dead at 77.

Here is Sir John Hurt in Krapp's Last Tape, a Samuel Beckett play.


1/27/17

Hegel said there'd be days like this. There'd be days like this oh Hegel said. Hegel said now.
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Welcome to dystopia: George Orwell experts on Donald Trump.

George Orwell explains how "Newspeak" works, the official language of his totalitarian dystopia in the novel 1984. "It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words..."

This guy's explanation is easier to grasp because he's not George Orwell.

Orwell's 1984 predicted Donald Trump and alternative facts.
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The Independent: Trump to publish weekly list of crimes committed by immigrants.
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Corporate media looks away as Trump Era begins with arrests of journalists.
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The Guardian: Burst your bubble - Five conservative articles critical of Trump.
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Viceland: America's Far White - Hate Thy Neighbor. Hard to watch, but with a payoff at the end.
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The Guardian: Five conservative articles to read during Trump's first week.
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no Moore.


1/26/17

It doesn't surprise me at all that the market hit 20,000. I predict 30,000 by Fourth-of-July. No more pesky EPA oversight or scientific criticism to impede profit-making; reality-denying madmen at the highest levels of government. Fascism is great for business in its early manifestations. Ask Germany and Italy.
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The Guardian: Frightened by Trump? You don't know the half of it. Many of his staffers are from an opaque corporate misinformation network. We must understand this if we are to have any hope of fighting back against them.
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On yesterday's date in history, Caligula, psychopathic emperor of Rome, who sought to increase the personal power of the throne, who undertook ambitious construction projects dedicated to himself, who led a life of debauchery and incest, and who eventually thought himself to be a god, was murdered by his own guards. 
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The Texan Tribune: Texans in Congress offer scant support for full border wall. None of the 38 Texans in Congress offered a full-throated endorsement of a complete border wall.
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Vanity Fair: In his first interview as president, Trump rejects reality.
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The Week: Why are Senate Democrats rolling over for Trump? They're acting like a bunch of spineless jellyfish.
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Nation: "It is vital to be clear about the fact that Trump is lying — intentionally, deliberately and consistently — about so-called 'illegal' voting," writes John Nichols.
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Trump said he's asked people at "the highest level of intelligence," and they told him that torture "absolutely" works.

Spokesman-Review: Spokane psychologist who designed CIA torture program agrees with Trump that harsher interrogation techniques are needed.
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Samantha Bee unloads on Trump's surreal inaugural: Morning in Dystopia.
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Thanks to a gas bubble and a liquid lubricant, China's future submarine could go the speed of sound.
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no Moore...


1/25/17

Orwell's 1984 book sales spike after US Presidential inauguration. 
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Global watchdog, the Economist Intelligence Unit, rules that the US is not a full democracy anymore
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Trump said on Wednesday he would seek an investigation of what he believes was voter fraud in the November election, despite overwhelming consensus among state officials, election experts and politicians that voter fraud is rare in the United States.
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To understand Trump's erratic behavior, you must understand his media addiction: He can't shut off the tele, and it's worrying his aides.
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Trump to sign executive orders restricting immigration from Syria and six other Middle Eastern and African countries.
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Trump to sign executive orders enabling construction of proposed border wall and targeting sanctuary cities.
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<--- As American as apple pie.
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Trump threatens to "send in the Feds" to Chicago. He warns of dispatching federal authorities if the crime rate doesn't fall.
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Trump orders USDA science researchers to stop publishing news releases, photos, fact sheets, news feeds, and social media content.

Trump bans Environmental Protection Agency employees from posting on social media and speaking to reporters.

The ACLU says this goes against the basic notions of government transparency and accountability.


1/24/17

 photo antifa.sized.gifChris Hedges: Revolt is the only barrier to a fascist America.
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Keith Olbermann: This man is dangerous.
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Do you really want to experience the awesome level of brainwashing and ignorance that somehow has occurred very recently in this country? Watch the interview between Kellyanne Conway-Goebbels and Chuck Todd, then go read the comments about the interview on this Facebook post from Breitbart, that began with the teaser "Kellyanne Conway just OBLITERATED Chuck Todd on 'Meet the Press'" 
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Politico: Trump is expected to sign executive actions to advance Keystone, Dakota Access pipelines.
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Pope Francis warns against leaders "like Hitler" in interview given during Trump's inauguration.
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Welcome to the Sexual Innuendo Club. Thank you for coming.


1/23/17

Joseph Goebbels - meet the new boss. Watch as Kellyanne Conway is asked by Chuck Todd of Meet the Press, why Press Secretary Sean Spicer used his first appearance before the press to dispute a minimal issue like the inauguration crowd size, and why he used obvious falsehoods to do it. I dare you to watch it to the end. These people are dangerous and need to be removed. 
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Oh yeah, and Trump won't be releasing his tax returns, Kellyanne told George Stephanopoulos. 
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And then this morning, Kellyanne Conway-Goebbels tweeted another outright lie to try to soften the press secretary's outright lie. 
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CSM: What Sean Spicer's first news conference tells us about White House relations under Trump.
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Ethics lawyers to sue Trump over foreign payments they say violates the U.S. Constitution.
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Trump's vainglorious affront to the CIA: His remarks, delivered in front of a hollowed memorial, stirred anger and astonishment among current and former agency officials.
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The venom and vengeance of Donald Trump.
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A prelude to Trump's war on the free press: The Sundance documentary "Nobody Speaks" chronicles how an angry billionaire was able to take down the news site Gawker out of spite, providing a disturbing window into our future.
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Nation: Neo-Nazi Richard Spencer got punched - you can thank the Black Bloc


1/22/17

What a ride: photo - james st. george

Friday: For me, it was one of the darkest days in American history, where we allowed fascism to set its goosestep-yearning feet into the Oval Office. We all watched the Holy of Holies of American politics transgressed and polluted, leaving the country's freedom and liberty-loving people in a black depression, waiting for the Clown King to slaughter the prophetic pig.

Saturday: Literally MILLIONS of people - primarily women - pour into the streets of America and the world to show their opposition to the coronation of a true sociopath. As my son insightfully and inelegantly put it: "Imagine that. First day at your new job, and like 5-6 million people show up to tell you you're a c---."
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Not one to be upstaged by a bunch of chicks, Trump goes to CIA to attack media, lie about the crowd size at his inauguration, and suggest stealing Iraq's oil in a supremely bizarre speech.

 “I love you. I respect you. There's no one I respect more," said Trump, who just over a week ago likened CIA operatives to Nazi Germany for their role in publicizing allegations that Russian has compromising information on him. 
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Do the people who criticize the "sucker punch" of neo-Nazi Richard Spencer also think the people who planted the bomb under Hitler's desk "weren't fighting fair"?
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photo - sherri st. george-darley"President Trump, you have made a big mistake. By trying to divide us up by race, religion, gender and nationality you have actually brought us closer together. Black, white, Latino, Native American and Asian American, gay or straight, male or female, native born or immigrant we will fight bigotry and create a government based on love and compassion, not hatred and divisiveness."
   ~  Senator Bernie Sanders 


1/21/17

In first hour: Trump delivers "punch in the gut to middle class," suspends indefinitely a scheduled cut in mortgage insurance premiums.

Trump signs executive order targeting ObamaCare

Civil rights, climate change, and Healthcare were all immediately scrubbed from the White House website.
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Even Bush was smart enough to take Gallagher-level protection against Trump's inaugural Hitlerian spew  --->

The great Dan Rather on Trump's inauguration speech.

Chris Matthews: "Trump's speech was Hitlerian."
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Police arrest at least 217 in anti-Trump protests across Washington, DC.
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Violence punctuates UW talk by Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos. Man in crowd is shot. Scheduled appearance at WSU is cancelled. 
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POLL: Are Drudge polls merely the stained rags where the ill-informed publicly masturbate their ignorance and racist-stained psyches? [My suggestion to Drudge for his next poll question.]
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It seems just a few short years since I've gone from "Please be careful crossing the street" to "Please try to avoid the riot police."
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Here's the video of white nationalist Richard Spencer getting punched in the head.


1/20/17

Five things Trump needs to remember to avoid a failed presidency.


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Here's some stuff to read about our collapsing civilization instead of celebrating civilization's collapse at the inauguration:

The Guardian: An Indiana bill would allow police to shut down protests "by any means necessary." Opponents argue that Senate Bill 285 would give police power "even to the point of costing lives."
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S-R: House proposal would require assault rifle owners to obtain annual licenses and complete a gun safety course. 
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Tom Price, Betsy DeVos and Scott Pruitt "paraded across the screen in a cavalcade of misstatements, lapses of judgment, conflicts of interest and from time to time spectacular displays of ignorance and insensitivity," the Editorial Board writes in the NYT opinion section.
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The Week: The Trump White House will be an orgy of looting and corruption.


1/19/17

Remember: the hand is placed on the Bible, not thrust upward.
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Politico: By the time he is sworn in tomorrow, Trump will have undergone a haunting rite of passage: the classified briefing given to every incoming president that explains how he can order a nuclear attack.
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I finally got around to watch Frontline's "Divided States of America. (Released Monday.) Part One and Two are now streaming.
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Insane Clown President: Matt Taibbi chronicles election of "billionaire hedonist" Donald Trump on Democracy Now!.
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Remember the guy who got kicked out of the Spokane Starbucks for hitting on an underage girl? Spend 10 minutes with him in his kitchen. 
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"I ate between battles, I slept among murderers, I was careless in loving and I looked upon nature without patience. Thus the time passed which was given me on earth."
   ~  Berthold Brecht


1/18/17

Garrison Keillor is seeking a new religion for the Trump Era. "Too many of my fellow Christians voted for degradation of the beautiful world God created."
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Keith Olbermann: The one crucial question Trump refuses to answer.
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David Brooks: "We're living with exactly the kinds of injustices that lead to carnival culture, and we've crowned a fool king."
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Tahlia Rubin, who I was fortunate enough to work with in a number of Jesse James Hennessy films, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for South Africa to begin training as a Community HIV Outreach Volunteer.
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Chicago Tribune: Obama commutes sentence of Oscar Lopez Rivera, member of Puerto Rican militant group.
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BBC: Obama reduces sentence of Wikileaks source Chelsea Manning.
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WP: Six astonishing things Betsy DeVos said - and refused to say - at her confirmation hearing.
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Nation: Multi-billionaire Betsy DeVos flunked her senate test.
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More evidence that Groucho Marx is alive and in control of world events: CNN hires Rick Santorum as a contributor.
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Room for one more, honey --->
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NYT: Earth (the planet we're on) sets a temperature record for the third straight year.
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Betting website gives Trump 4-1 odds of being impeached within six months. There are also 5-1 odds of the golden shower video leaking.
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"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead."
   ~  Thomas Paine


1/17/17

The Trump administration may evict the press from the White House. "They are the opposition party," a senior official says. "I want 'em out of the building. We are taking back the press room."
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Trump to Europe: Drop dead. Politico says Trump is a mortal threat to the Western alliance.
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Thirteen Democratic Senators voted against cheaper prescription drugs - including our own Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell.
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Cathy McMorris Rodgers booed during MLK speech in Spokane. People in the crowd chanted "liar" and "save our health care."
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And now the US just sent 300 Marines to Norway, the first time since WWII that foreign troops have been allowed to be stationed there, which irked Norway's Arctic neighbor Russia.


1/16/17

Here are nine Martin Luther King quotes the mainstream media won't cite.
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Trump vows "insurance for everybody" in replacing Obamacare, he said in an interview with the Washington Post. He offers no details.
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Yertle the (goofy-haired) Turtle: Dr. Seuss shows us how protest can sometimes topple a tyrant.
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Here's the video of pharm-dick Martin Shkreli taking a doggie loaf to the face.
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From Internet Archive: What happens when a 140 lb. waterhog (whatever that is) meets a river full of piranhas
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As a majority of the country misses Obama, remember that in the last year, the US bombed seven countries, three bombs and hour, 504 bombs a week, 26,172 bombs in total.
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They called it "Angel's Glow": Why some Civil War soldiers glowed in the dark.
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“A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.”
   ~  Martin Luther King Jr.


1/15/17

Six of Donald Trump's most appalling moments this week.
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And to make matters worse (you know, all of them), we just deployed 4000 troops to Poland, amid rising tensions with Russia.
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Trump nixes visit to black museum amid his torrent of disparaging tweets about congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis. Officials say it's due to "scheduling issues."
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¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 


1/14/17

New Republic: Who's the illegitimate president now, Mr. Birtherism? Trump spent five years trying to delegitimize Obama. Now he's taking office under a cloud of suspicion, and only has himself to blame.
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ACLU: Dissent is patriotic. It's also a powerful antidote to propaganda.
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With only days until Trump takes office, the Obama administration on Thursday announced new rules that will let the NSA share vast amounts of private data gathered without warrant, court orders or congressional authorization with 16 other agencies, including the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Department of Homeland Security.
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The kinkiest world leaders: Dictators and deviant sex go together like Russia and blackmail.


1/13/17

As T-Day ticks down, I'm noticing how many Liberals and others who are usually not prone to such propositions are finally considering the worthiness of the "Good Man with a Gun" scenario.
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Donald Trump accused his political opponents, "both Democrats and Republicans," for putting together a dossier of unverified claims linking him to Russia and said the document was probably released by intelligence agencies.
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Fourteen fake news stories created or publicized by Donald Trump.
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The Nation: His testimony just disqualified him. Rex Tillerson is too conflicted, too ill-prepared, and too disengaged to be seriously considered for the position of secretary of state.
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The Week: What Trump has wrought.
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S-R: Idaho Rep. Heather Scott is stripped of all committee assignments in the Idaho House after she publicly claimed that female House members get leadership positions only if they "spread their legs."
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Stephen Colbert tells potty jokes. Samantha Bee tells potty jokes. Seth Meyers tells potty jokes.
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How Putin played the far Left. The Kremlin didn't just rely on the alt-right to help Trump win.
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Russia dossier: What happens next - and could Trump be impeached? 
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The Inlander: The Landed and the White. "I can tell you that we will survive a Trump presidency like the indigenous people of America have been surviving presidents like his for 228 years."
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North Idaho man falls off roof and gets stick stuck up butt. A disturbingly vague, tongue-in-cheek (!) article from KREM news.


1/12/17

Breitbart News isn't even trying to hide its neo-Nazi leanings anymore. Yesterday, in a Facebook post that praised the surge of France's far right-wing, nationalist, authoritarian National Front Party, Breitbart used the teaser phrase "French Deplorables: Your Turn," which equates America's "Deplorables" - a tongue-in-cheek reference to Trump voters (via Hillary Clinton) - with the French voters who are responsible for the popularity of the fascistic organization.
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Watch Marco Rubio ask Rex Tillerson, undoubtedly our next Secretary of State, if Vladimir Putin is a war criminal. Some people wear their corruption like smeared-on war paint.
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Esquire: Yesterday we saw a live performance from an aspiring American dictator.

Guardian: Trump's train wreck of a press conference ushers in a clueless presidency.

Intercept: Trump contradicts himself, and reality, at press conference.
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NY Daily News' Shaun King: Trump's integrity is so low that we believe most bad news about him by default.
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Huffpost: Trump's purge of non-loyalists takes shape.
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Seattle Times: Congress must investigate Russian disruption of US election
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S-R's Shawn Vestal: Idaho's Butch Otter's reefer madness needs a cure. He’s the only governor in the nation to have vetoed a bill that would allow people to use cannabidiol, or CBD, to treat inflammation, seizures, pain and other symptoms of chronic illness.


1/11/17

Well, that would explain the orange hair ... Apparently Urethra Franklin just agreed to perform at the Inauguration ... Tinkle, Tinkle, Little Czar ... Mr. Trump would like to see you all in his room, but first he wants to know if any of you ate asparagus today ... New meaning to the Trickle Down Theory ... Maybe it's just yellow journalism ... Live streaming at its worst.
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Here is the full document of Trump intelligence allegations released by BuzzFeed. 
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Trump dossier: Russia "has compromising material" on Trump. Live updates from The Guardian.
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Trump blasts intel agencies for "leak" (sorry). "Are we living in Nazi Germany?" he asks.

NYT: BuzzFeed posts unverified claims on Trump, stirring debate.

Seth Meyers interviews incoming White House counselor Kellyanne Conway about the allegations.
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In a Chicago farewell, Obama warns of threats to democracy.
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As the legend of SEAL Team 6 grew, a rogue culture arose that operated outside of the Navy's established mechanisms.


1/10/17

America dropped 26,171 bombs in 2016 - a bloody end to Obama's reign. Do you suppose Trump will continue this legacy?
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Henry Kissinger: Good or evil. Historians and Kissinger buffs put in their two cents.
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The bizarre and shameful history of the lobotomy.
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A brief history of the Devil's tritone: This combination of tones has led to some of the most chilling chords and melodies in music history.
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Olbermann: This Russian obsession shows how Trump will be undone.
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Japanese fart scrolls: The images show people happily expelling their gasses at cats, horses and each other.
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Inside the attempted neo-Nazi takeover of a rural North Dakota town.


1/8/17

"This is not a new world, it is simply an extension of what began in the old one. It has patterned itself after every dictator who has ever planted the ripping imprint of a boot on the pages of history since the beginning of time. It has refinements, technological advances, and a more sophisticated approach to the destruction of human freedom. But like every one of the super-states that preceded it, it has one iron rule: logic is an enemy and truth is a menace ..."

From Rod Serling's opening narration of The Twilight Zone, episode 65, The Obsolete Man, starring Burgess Meredith. Streaming on Netflix. 
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The Frankfurt School knew Trump was coming: With the election of Trump, the latent threat of American authoritarianism - indentified decades ago by German intellectuals - is on the verge of being realized.
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Conan: You don't need newscasters to tell you that gas prices are on the rise.
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Eleven movies every English major should see at least once. (Or you could read the book.)
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"The chancellor, the late chancellor, was only partly correct. He was obsolete. But so is the State, the entity he worshiped. Any state, any entity, any ideology that fails to recognize the worth, the dignity, the rights of Man, that state is obsolete. A case to be filed under "M" for Mankind—in The Twilight Zone."


1/7/17

Spokane will fight to keep the zombies, and film crews, interested in filming in Washington, as state incentives for film production, used by Spokane-based "Z Nation," are set to expire.
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Reuters: Putin personally ordered a campaign to influence the 2016 election in favor of Trump.
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Every terrifying thing that Trump did this week.
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Living in Canada: A guide to moving to Canada as an expatriate.


1/6/17

You might end up loosing your health insurance, but it'll be replaced by a series of tweets calling you a loser, so, there's that ...
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Vice: How to fall 15,000 feet, hit the ground, and survive.
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Rolling Stone: John Prine at 70 - Inside the songwriter's wild past, grounded present.
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Edge asks scientists and thinkers: What scientific term or concept ought to be more widely known?


1/5/17

Internet Archives's Trump Archive launches today with more than 700 televised speeches, interviews, debates, and other news broadcasts related to the Big D.
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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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What you need to know about English artist Francis Bacon.
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The lure of laudanum, the Victorians' favorite drug.
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Christians who still support Trump - help me understand ... Donald Trump couldn’t even pass the basic screening to volunteer in your church’s children’s ministry, but he still receives your full Christian support as the president of the United States?
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Playboy, yeah, for the articles. Bret Easton Ellis on modern sexuality: a case study on nudity.


1/4/17

This is perplexing on so many levels: All This and World War II - movie clips and war footage to a Lennon/McCartney inspired soundtrack. 
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The mystery of Spokane's Council Circle.
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Ten politically subversive novels veiled in surrealism and absurdity.
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IBM made a "crash course" for the White House, and it'll teach you all the AI basics.
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Art by Dariusz ZawadzkiIt has become obvious to me that Martin Scorsese and David Lynch's evil, imaginary twin, Lenny, are co-directing reality. 
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Trump hires former "Apprentice" contestant Omarosa to serve on his White House staff. All over the world, monkeys spontaneously fly out of people's butts.

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Don't ask, don't tell. Four things to know about George Washington's Inspector General Baron von Steuben.
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On this date in 1521, Martin Luther was excommunicated from the Catholic church. Years later, he found solace and joy in a bottle of liquor.
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Robert Reich: 15 signs of impending tyranny under President Trump.


1/3/17

Trump says Chicago must seek US help if no progress is made cutting murders.
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With no advance public notice or debate, House Republicans vote to hobble independent ethics office. So much for getting corruption out of DC.
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The Stranger: One way to protect Washington state's legal weed market from Trump is to burn it to the ground.

Smoking vs. eating pot - why is it so different?


1/2/17

International weapons experts say North Korea's claim that it is close to test-launching an intercontinental ballistic missile is plausible.
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Elon Musk: We must leave Earth for one critical reason.
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Cannabis businesses across the country scramble after feds announce that extracts are now illegal - and some worry it foreshadows actions under President Trump.
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Rotha Lintorn-Orman - how she became the unlikely founder of British Fascism.
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Paul Krugman: The art of the scam - Trump's hallmark has been turning a profit on failed business projects because he finds a way to leave other people holding the bag.
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Worst of the worst: 12 moments of right-wing horror and absurdity from 2016.
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Alcohol has been ubiquitous in the history of war, and stimulants have fueled conflicts since World War II. Whatever the substance, war is rarely fought sober.


1/1/17

Vice investigates the rumors that Fidel Castro is Justin Trudeau's real father.
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The Economist's most popular article: The argument for the legalization of cannabis has been won. Now for the difficult bit.
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We can't go on ignoring inequality, says Stephen Hawking, because we have the means to destroy our would but not to escape it. This is the most dangerous time for our planet.
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 Facing possible threats under Trump, Internet Archive to build server in Canada.
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Forbes: All of Trump's assets - and what they're worth.
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<--- My New Year's Resolution
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Trump says he knows "things that other people don't know" about the Russian hacking situation, and that the info would be revealed "on Tuesday or Wednesday."
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Abolish Abortion Idaho, a grassroots citizen group, wants to change Idaho law to make people who perform or have an abortion face a penalty of first-degree murder.


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