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


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




Running With Scissors Since 1999



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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

I make soup.

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

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

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

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.

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

Occupy Spokane
Dominates Downtown

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

What I Learned from 
the Spokane Anarchists

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

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48 Hour Film Fest

The Appraisal


The Sacrifice

The Tenth Floor



50 Hour Film Slam


The Burning

Oxy and Drakkar

NYC 24 Hour Film Race

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

Go to my IMDb site.


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

GUNTher and friends have murderous Halloween fun.

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..

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

Special Report

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My brush with the
Black Scythe 9/1/13


Randomly generated compliments with a rosemary/veal sauce.

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

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.

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

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

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

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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Seek out my friend and colleague, filmmaker 
Jesse James Hennessy

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Jumping to Conclusions 
at Pig Out in the Park

$1 PBRs



Occupy Spokane's
 Diverse Folk

Deer in Downtown Spokane

Bestial Zen


Drunk Dude Rescued

Because Art Matters


Shadows of Luigi

Do you smite me, sir?


Where Did I Put 
My Sunglasses?

Ledger Parade


Shem in Snow

The Line

Leroy Promo

Dealing with Evil


Go directly to my
YouTube Site

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Anasazi Ruins

Mi Dentista Mexicano

No Thirteens in Las Vegas

The Great Salt Flats

Descent into the Valley of Death

Ghost Town

Antelope Near Devil's Tower

Paradox at Bonneville Salt Flats

Kansas Prairie Fire

Chicago Revelation

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Ron Paul in Spokane

Part One
Part Two

The Newt in The Kan at The Bing

Part One
Part Two

Heeere's Facebook

I Twitter

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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
#1 - #2 - #3 - #4

Prototype Project
Issues 1 - 5



Other Past Issues

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

Yo, PayPal Pal, pay up that money 
you don't owe me. 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.


Filmmaker Jesse James Hennessy - recently returned from the semi-triumphant showing of his entry to the NYC 24-Hour Film Race, A Drink in the Dark, and already sizing up his next project - just asked me if I could think of a way to rig blinking red lights in the eyes of my frozen, skinned goat head, knowing full well the sockets hold large, milky, blue-white orbs. graphic - ssg

I watched a surprisingly good documentary: Cane Toads: The Conquest. Very quirky, and with an odd sense of humor - it details the spread of the Cane Toad throughout Australia in a botched effort to introduce them as counter pests.

This is the reason "moist" is the most hated word in American English.

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

 Muscle pain ... good. 

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


It's back online! - A Drink in the Dark - our entry into the 24-Hour Film Race, having played last Saturday night in New York City. Jesse and Jason are back on Spokane soil and are already planning some kind of supernatural detective series. I'm trying not to get involved so to concentrate on some personal projects, but these things always seem to suck me in.

 photo -ssgI just read one of Spokane local Jess Walter's early novels "Land of the Blind" (2003), and really enjoyed it. The structure of the novel is quite original and the insights into Spokane culture and curious mindset are deliciously exposed. I also read Walter's recent collection of short stories "We Live on Water." How could you not read a story called "Don't Eat Cat."

I just watched Noah (2014), Darren Aronofsky's bumbling retelling of the biblical story, including six-armed "angels" (are they good? are they bad?) who look like bulimic versions of The Incredible Hulk. The film - while getting generally good reviews (!) - wildly deviates from the legend and ends up being a frustrating subversion of an intriguing worldwide archetype: It's like telling the New Testament story where Jesus is a serial killer. You can't expect to be taken seriously.


Almost all of us have, as adults, gone back to the stuff we watched as a kid and realized it contained some "dirty" stuff that went over our heads. Innuendo in kid's comedies is pretty common. But how much innuendo do kids understand?

Shanghai to San Francisco in 100 minutes? The Chinese are reportedly working on a submarine that would "fly" in an "air bubble."

Bestiality is experiencing a weird public renaissance in Europe. 

Loneliness can be a shameful hunger, a shell, a dangerous landscape of shadowy figures. But it is also a gift.

Inside the Surrealist Ball, 1972.

Computer scientists have written a computer program that finds connections between paintings and can eve discover influences between artists, they claim. But art history is about so much more.

Conspiracy of the Lizard Illuminati: Vice's take on David Icke.


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


TONIGHT! TONIGHT! Just a stone's throw from Ground Zero, at the Galapagos Art Space in Dumbo, Brooklyn, at 6 pm, you can see a film that I co-wrote and in which I co-star - A Drink in the Dark - one of the 24 finalists in the NYC 24-Hour Film Race. Director Jesse James Hennessy is in The Big Apple and at the gala event at this very moment along with co-writer, co-star Jason Young. Make us proud, boys.

I think it would be funny if someone named Carrie did the Ice Bucket Challenge and mean teenagers switched the ice water with pig's blood.

Antarctica is actually an ice wall that surrounds Earth and holds in the oceans, like a scooped bagel: The Flat Earth Society.

Here is an excerpt from Werner Herzog's journals during the filming of Fitzcarraldo.

Why you shouldn't vandalize Banksy's graffiti in Utah. A man is charged with vandalizing artful vandalism.

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

Well played, Quentin. Well played.


Social media spreads threats of "Purge"-like violence in Spokane. Some social websites are circulating flyers promising a purge in Spokane similar to the 2013 popular horror movie. Police say it's a prank. Supposedly, it starts tonight.

Brad Templeton: Today's surveillance society is beyond Orwellian.

Entertaining bewilderment, yo.

I know it makes me a horrible person, but this makes me giggle: The Texas Huey P. Newton Gun Club pushes #BlackOpenCarry to protest police violence.


Tear gas, rubber bullets, and assault weapons: free speech zones, gags, and press pens: This is the arsenal of the police state.

Vandalizing Soviet-era war memorials to fallen soldiers in clever ways in Eastern Europe has become an anonymous sport..

Spokane deputies are tracking prostitution online


photo - ssgI recently watched Lars Von Trier's powerful and disturbing film "Nymphomaniac" (Part 1 and Part 2). During the same time period, I read Cormac McCarthy's equally - or more - powerful and disturbing novel "Child of God." Some of you will understand why I have to be careful or I'll ask someone if they've seen Lars Von Trier's powerful and disturbing film "Necrophiliac."

The riots in Ferguson and the armed showdown in Nevada this past year demonstrate that insurrection is just a spark away in America.

 photo - ssgFootage out of Ferguson shows a police officer pointing his gun directly at protesters and press while shouting, "I'm going to fucking kill you!" When the cop is asked for his name he responds, "Go fuck yourself."

The ACLU asked The Missouri Highway Patrol to identify and remove the police officer. They in fact did identify the officer and said he has been removed from his duties in Ferguson and suspended indefinitely.

In Ferguson the violence of the state created the violence of the street. As Martin Luther King said, "a riot is the language of the unheard."

Martin Scorsese on the films of Rossellini, Cassavetes, Minnelli and more.
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Frank Lloyd Wright student builds tiny desert dwelling big enough for only one bed.

The criminal George W. Bush finally gets waterboarded. See! No harm done.

I am quite amazed at how many people celebrated H. P. Lovecraft's birthday yesterday.


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

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

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

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

I'll post any photos or news that Jesse sends me so check back here Saturday night.

Harmony Korine talks to Kenneth Anger about his beliefs in Thelema, his filmmaking style, the missing Malaysian plane, and more.

Twitter and YouTube moved quickly yesterday to suspend accounts that linked to a jihadi propaganda video showing the beheading of an American photographer. I guess it's okay to show the beheading of Christians though.

The Isis fighter who beheaded US journalist appears to be British.

Could the Ferguson conflict produce actual reform on the limits of policing?

Why are there no news helicopters over Ferguson? 

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


National Guard troops fail to quell unrest in Ferguson.

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

Outside agitators worsening unrest in Ferguson, residents say.

Live feeds from Ferguson.

Here is Sen. Bernie Sanders on the Ferguson riots.

Don Pardo, dead at 96.

The New York Times says you have plenty of reasons to be upset with Texas Gov. Rick Perry, but the veto that led to his indictment is not one of them.

Scientific American says the flip-flop summer weather is being caused by a strange jet stream.

Why the world smells different after it rains.


How do you know you're real?

Clashes escalate last night between protesters and police in Ferguson, MO. Police fire tear gas, rubber bullets before curfew.

Chaos erupts in Ferguson as police launch abrupt offensive.

Autopsy shows Michael Brown was shot at least six times.

Some of the latest scenes out of Ferguson.

One nation under SWAT: How and why are law reinforcements bringing war to your homes?

Another day, another 124 violent SWAT raids. It's 3:00 a.m. Your children are screaming and your dog is lying dead in a pool of blood.

Forty-five years ago today, The New York Times reported on Woodstock: "300,000 at Folk-Rock Fair Camp Out in a Sea of Mud."

Why do paper cuts hurt so much?

Gwar sends off Oderus Urungus with a Viking funeral.


In this 4-minute documentary, the carcass of a blue whale - the planet's largest mammal - provokes confusion, revulsion and wonder on a California beach.

The rise of the narco-saints: A new religious trend in Mexico.

If the sun went out, how long could life on Earth survive?

The monotheistic Hebrew/Christian God is referenced in the plural form many times in both the Christian and Jewish holy books. How does this coincide with the beliefs they are promoting?

"I ain't afraid to love a man. I ain't afraid to shoot him either."
   ~  Annie Oakley

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Dumping a bucket of ice on your head does not make you a philanthropist. The Ice Bucket Challenge is the latest in lazy, narcissistic "hashtag activism."

Zoey, honey, can you shake your hair out a bit, ah, fluff it up.

Henry Rollins traces the racist origins of marijuana prohibition.

Going to a protest? Know your rights.

Headhunting is a practice that has been carried out by numerous cultures throughout the world. A deeper look reveals reasons and explanations for what otherwise seems like a despicable act. Also, how does one shrink a head?


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


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



"Tomorrow never comes."
   ~  Tamara


I just watched Lars Von Trier's Nymphomaniac and I'm still in shock. Maybe I'll be able to comment on it tomorrow. 

The road to World War 3: StormCloudGathering uploaded this video on September 11, 2012.

Spokane's second legal pot shop opens today

Do the math: Washington state took in $1 million in ganga taxes during the first month of legalization. Total sales: $3.8 million.

New feature in Riverfront Park tells Spokane's settlement history.

How an architect who has never left North Korea imagines the future.

Which watchlist are you on? Numbers tell the story of our government's watchlisting binge.

Good movies that got horrible reviews when they were released.

There is a celebration of the life of a Spokane original - Russ Nobbs - starting today at 5 pm in Grant Park. People are asked to "wear your brightest, and most festive clothes and beads."


If I seem in a state of horrified wonderment, it's because I'm reading Cormac McCarthy's Child of God. So, cut me some slack...

Countess Elizabeth Bathory de Ecsed would have been 454 years old today. Happy birthday, Liz!

You haven't made it as a big time architect until you've designed a cool chair.

The truth about Molly.


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

The US denies bombing Islamic State positions in Iraq.


Yesterday on NBC News, Brian Williams pointed out that it was hotter in Spokane, WA than in Death Valley, CA.

To survive as the wife or girlfriend of a rock star, a woman must cultivate a strange combination of poise, glamour, and willful self-obliteration.

Scientist say the sudden appearance of the giant Siberian crater may be the result of methane gas, released by the thawing of frozen ground; which makes more sense than my theory of an exit portal for an invading hoard of winged, flesh-eating mole people.

Here's an excerpt from Chuck Palahniuk's upcoming novel "Beautiful You."

A reporter from News Channel 13 and his camera man were threatened with arrest by a corrections lieutenant for having an empty prison in the background of their video footage on Grant's Cottage -  a nearby historical site where President Ulysses S. Grant died. Why the hassle from the officers? The prison houses 0 prisoners, yet has 76 working officers.

Live animals sold as key rings in China.


Sorry, it's impossible to keep this updated properly in this hot weather. My computer will only run for 15 minutes or so before it rebels and shuts down.

Jesse's fundraiser to send his movie-making ass to New York City to attend the judging of the 13th Annual 24 Hour Film Race apparently went well. Our film "A Drink in the Dark" was chosen as one of the 24 elite finalists. You can still view and vote for the film here

Thanks to the few of you who heeded my call to repent a few days ago. I don't think it's enough to keep God from destroying us for our multitudinous national sins of militarism, avarice and gluttony, but it's a reach in the right direction. 


Repent /


"We tortured some folks."
   ~  President Barack Obama


US conducted atomic weapons tests on beer.

FBI spied on Sartre and Camus in an effort to unravel subversive conspiracy behind existentialism.

Did Nero really fiddle while Rome burned?

Highlights from the New York Times' editorial board's changing view of marijuana over the last 60 years.

No, Earth wasn't nearly destroyed by a 2012 solar storm.

Personal privacy is only one of the costs of NSA surveillance.


Flight MH17 - What you're not being told.

The New York Times comes out in favor of national marijuana legalization.

Despite the myth of the lone genius, the partnership of Lennon and McCartney shows the brilliance of creative pairs

A Greener path to worm food: The growing popularity of eco-funerals


Bear with me. I'm suffering from a debilitating bout of existential angst. I'll be back.


Here are some of the photos I didn't take on my recent trip to the devastated town of Pateros, WA, on the edge of the 400-square-mile Carlton Complex Fire:

Two women hold each other as if they've been holding each other for quite some time. The younger looks down at the black earth with large, black eyes. The elder comforts her. There is an unsettling, haunting calmness about the elder's stone face. Behind them are the smoldering remains of what is presumed to be their home.

An old man sits in a lawn chair in front of his house, which has been spared. All around him is the evidence of the flames' unsuccessful attacks from multiple fronts.  He holds the end of a dry garden hose on his lap like a loaded shotgun. 

In the midst of a vast, blackened, lightly smoking hillside dotted with the charred skeletons of small outbuildings, a bright orange pickup truck glows like an alien craft. A man in a shiny blue shirt like a spacesuit absently wipes something off of the hood with a bright white handkerchief. 


Forty-five years ago today I was a 14-year-old kid playing pool with my cousin Greg in the Big Eddy Tavern in North Idaho while watching a small black-and-white television set showing the first human being putting a footprint somewhere that wasn't Earth. 

Later, we went fishing and talked about how cool it was to live in the future.

Plan B: Speechwriter Bill Safire completed this statement on July 18, 1969, to be read by President Nixon if the moon landing met with disaster.

The mystery of laughter: It has confounded philosophers, neurologists, and historians.

Blitzkrieg cops: Bill Maher rails against militarized police.

ACLU: The excessive militarization of American policing.


I've watched director Jonathan Glazer's atmospheric, artsy, sci-fi film Under the Skin with Scarlett Johansson four times in the past few days - and not just to see Scarlett Johansson naked (though that was a definite plus). If Stanley Kubrick and/or David Lynch affected the way you look at movies and/or life in general, you should see this very strange movie.


I'm on a grey matter vacation. Don't forget about me. I'll be back.


Where was Spokane's version of Edward Bernays when we needed him most?

Seattle's first legal marijuana customer was a tiny, kindly, 65-year-old grandmother. Awww. Good PR job, Seattle. Whereas, on the other side of the mountains, Spokane's first legal marijuana customer was a dingy stoner dude in a tie-dyed T-shirt shouting "Marijuana! Marijuana!" through a plastic beer cup. 


Catch Jesse on KXLY radio tomorrow morning around 8 am, talking about our placing in NYC's 24 Hour Race (see below.)


Our entry to the New York City's 13th Annual 24 Hour Film Race has been chosen - from among THOUSANDS of entries worldwide - as one of the 24 elite finalists. You can now view the judges' picks and vote for your favorite

Go vote for Spokane-made "A Drink in the Dark," and check out some of the other flicks from across the US, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, Sweden and one country I haven't yet been able to identify.

Maybe it was all just a dream... Today, no marijuana shops open in Spokane. Stay tuned...


photo - Dominic HoldenAn excellent article from The Stranger: Why it's worth paying more for legal pot.

My favorite media post about Washington state's first day of legal pot sales came from none other than KXLY news:

Throughout history people have said some pretty profound things; Pres. Kennedy's "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech, Neal Armstrong's first step on the Moon, Hunter S. Thompson and "Buy the ticket, take the ride." And then there's Mike Boyer: I am going to be the first guy to buy recreational marijuana here in Spokane."

[... which prompted many readers to ask what KXLY had been smoking ...]

KXLY also published "A first-timers guide to legal recreational marijuana."

Why the Egyptians worshiped beetles that eat poop.

Metaphors are us: War, murder, music, art - we would have none without metaphor.

On the absinthe trail.

Mummy aren't exclusive to Egypt: Ten incredible mummy discoveries from around the world.

Atheists weren't always as intellectually lazy as Dawkins and his ilk: Atheists used to matter because they took the idea of God seriously.

ACLU: Billions of dollars wasted on racially biased arrests. It's time to end the War on Marijuana.


Marijuana goes on sale throughout Washington state today. Sort of. If they have any to sell, that is. And only then if you have lots of money. But, give it time: from a civil libertarian point of view, this is a wonderful moment in the state's history. The bugs will get worked out. One year from now, the only people complaining will be the illegal dealers.

I watched an amazing movie last night. Enemy is a Doppelganger-type, Canadian flick with an ending that'll punch you (or that person who looks just like you) smack in the jaw. The cast had to sign a confidentiality agreement that forbids them to explain or even speak about the meaning of spiders in the film.

Spokane County will try to enter the Guinness Book of World Records on August 9th by attempting the world's largest water balloon fight.

Barry approved!Ditching the doctrines of fire and brimstone.

The brain's processing of humor can be observed by scientists: The science of humor.


Marilyn...A typical Arp Xigar correspondence:

Hey StiKman:

On the Eve of POT (People Out There!!) Put this link on your website. >>>dude<<< Just sit back, put on the head phones, and think of your own embryo...  Because I can. Or You eat that Twinkie at the speed of lite!!! (burp) or >bad dreams< or have a toke and a race to the store for more twinks!!  (I-90 is a great at night!) IT HAS BEGUN!

Skinhead schmimhead. German fascism has a friendlier, web-savvy face. Heil hipster!

Over the last decade, archaeologists have uncovered more than 100 Nazca "trophy heads" - decapitated heads attached to ropes which were hung from buildings and strung around people's waists. What was their purpose?

People would rather do anything than sit and think for 15 minutes - including being electrocuted.

Why do we invent monsters? Why are we obsessed with them?

Why does coffee make you poop?

"Ideas are like ............................................................................................ fish."
  ~ David Lynch


The sun does not rise: How magical thinking haunts our everyday language.

To finish Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell moved to a desolate Scottish island, and freaked out about death.

Anthony Bourdain's theory on the foodie revolution.

Some people see things others can't see and we call them geniuses. Some people see things others can't and we call them ill. Is madness the essence of creativity?

The science of turning plants into booze.


Either the fuse of the Big Report of my soul fizzled out, or it's a dud today.


An op-ed in today's New York Times calls for the end of the persecution of witches. Yes, witches.

Frederick Douglass' historic speech: What to the Slave is 4th of July?

Before you go waving your flags tonight...

 photo enduringfreedom.gifRegardless of where on this planet you live, and no matter what your nationality, the fact that the indefinite detention provisions of the NDAA are still on the books, should disturb you on a fundamental level. If not, give it three minutes.

As the newly legalized marijuana trade of Washington state prepares to open its doors next week, police across the state are preparing to be the bummer dude at the party by staking out retail pot shops and busting people for stoned driving.

It's yearly appearance is as sure as The Wizard of Oz. Here is Roger Simon's award-winning column - America's Glorious Failures - written on July 4, 1976.

The Obama administration is actively pursuing legal action against a former Navy SEAL to seize hundreds of thousands of dollars he received for writing a  controversial memoir about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.


Our entry for the 24 Hour Film Race - A Drink in the Dark - has been selected as one of the 24 finalists. (I co-wrote, and played the priest.) Jesse says he is going to New York to watch the screening.

Yes, you did wake up in the future. The headline in today's Spokesman-Review: Pot grower's prep will soon pay off, along with a big photo of a warehouse full of lush, ready-to-harvest marijuana plants.


Anti-Semitism, caustic sex jokes, class-based put-downs - the friendship of T.S. Eliot and Groucho Marx was anything but friendly.

If you are at the Concordia Research Station in Antarctica, your nearest neighbors are astronauts orbiting the Earth.

Nineteen legal thinkers run down the court's most important decisions: How the Supreme Court changed America this year.

Pablo Escobar's hippos are wreaking havoc in Colombia.

The Nest, a short film by David Cronenberg. Unsettling, to say the least.

A brief history of toys, from the dangerous to the harmless, from the complex to the simple.


MORE troops going back to Iraq ... Told you so ...

The 1914 assassination of Archduke Ferdinand helped trigger the First World War. To mark the 100th anniversary, Scientific American is collecting 1,200 articles they reported from 1914 to 1918 that reveal how the war shaped the political, cultural and technological future.

Been there, done that: The Clown Motel, right next to the Tonopah Cemetery.  I love this part of Nevada.

Some of the wide-ranging opinions on the Hobby Lobby decision:

The Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision is a balancing act, not a bludgeon - and certainly not an attack on women's rights.

Hobby Lobby and Soylent Green.

Corporate rights above your health: Taylor Weech in the Inlander.

Devil in the Room: a short film about the science - and horror - of sleep paralysis.

ACLU report: War at Home - an in-depth analysis of over 800 SWAT raids by local and state enforcement agencies. 

I predicted this years ago: Extreme piercing taken to a w-hole new level.

Ten commandments of marijuana edible safety.

Facebook: Screwing with your head in the name of science.

Everything we know about Facebook's secret mood manipulation experiment.




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Bounce. Bounce. Thump. Screech. Honk. Bounce. Applause. Thump, thump. Screech. Bounce, bounce. Whistle. Thump. Siren. Thump, thump. Bounce. Honk. Applause. Honk. Whistle. Screech. Bounce. Thump. Thump. Bounce. Siren. Honk. Bounce. Screech. Honk. Bounce. Whistle. Thump, thump. Screech. Bounce, bounce. Thump. Siren. Bounce. Thump. Whistle. Thump. Applause. Thump. Bounce, bounce.


I'm not saying I'm better than anyone else, or that I'm quicker on the draw, or that I have a better aim; but, in the "Who Can Pepper Spray The Largest Number Of Drunken And Aggressive Hoopfesters In The Face" competition, I have clearly jumped to an early lead.


Good folk, hide your daughters. Restaurateurs, count your silverware. Hoopfest is back in town! 


 photo ssgWatch our entry to the 50 Hour Film Slam, "Cursed," tonight at 7:00 PM on the local public television station, KSPS channel 7! You can find the show times for all of the Slammers here.

Supreme Court unanimously rules that phones can't be searched without a warrant.

Where Hollywood buys its dead bodies.

A federal appeals court has ruled the "no-fly" list barring passengers from flying to or within the US is unconstitutional

Here's a video of Howard Zinn testifying for the defense in a criminal trial of seven citizens who hammered equipment and poured blood on blueprints for the Cruise Missile.

On killing government leaders...


ACLU: Militarization of police encourages a warrior mentality and to think of the people they are supposed to serve as enemies.

The WA Liquor Control Board announces delay for buying marijuana. Stores can start selling pot on July 8th.

How did this ancient civilization avoid war for 2,000 years?

Can the President strike an American anywhere in the world? Drone memo raises troubling questions.

A mug-shot-gone-viral reveals our biases when it comes to judging attractive people.

Here is Washington state's informational web site that provides "science-based information" about pot. It's just a matter of days until the weed will be openly sold in shops.

It's the oil, stupid! Insurgency and war on a sea of oil.

Dog lovers in Yulin, China are not what you think: China's Dog Meat Festival.


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ISIS jihadists put out Hollywood-style propaganda film.

For fifty years, there was only one molecule known to be psychoactive in the microgram range: LSD. Today, there are at least a dozen.

Is the Mongolian Death Worm real?

Anarchist icon Emma Goldman's warning about capitalism from jail, 1893.

How Albert Einstein became a celebrity: The face of science.

Introducing the Gillette OctoBlade with built-in wifi.


I watched the police this morning as they tried to pick the locks of the Daiquiri Factory so to evict them, and it took them forever. You'd think they'd know people who could do it quite well.

You know you're from Spokane when you tolerate that small percent of frightened, small people who have never walked through the most beautiful downtown park in America, have never people-watched in a local espresso shop, have never conversed with a street performer or skateboarder, and who are so paranoid and gullible as to believe and repost a phony article about Spokane being the "second most dangerous city in America," when there are endless similar stories where Spokane isn't mentioned. 

Spokane? More dangerous than Detroit, Oakland, Stockton, South Chicago, East LA?

Seriously, I don't understand how these people can even tell they're from Spokane with their heads lodged so far up their own ass.

Neil Gaiman and a host of writers and comedians select their favorite Monty Python sketches.

Joseph Campbell's theory of the Monomyth suggests that all mythical and legendary tales told throughout human history share a common structure.

I may be colorblind but I can solve Rubik's cube every time.

Army captain: Hero worship of the military is getting in the way of good policy.

Mike Myers is making a documentary about a hippie drug dealer who hung out with Janis and Jimi.

Footage of the bloody aftermath when a suicide bomber tried to kill the head of Afghanistan's Peace Council.

The book is much better now that it's had its appendix removed.


I make soup for 100.


The International 24 Hour Film Race people emailed us the criteria: Your movie must contain a broom, a bite, and an ultimatum. You have 24 hours to write, cast, rehearse, shoot, edit and submit the finished product. Keep that in mind as you watch our entry:

Also on Vimeo.

My boss bought a whole baby goat for a BBQ. Obviously I had dibs on the head. Having skinned my first goat head, I can assure you, the likelihood of a second is slim.

Lie by Lie: A timeline of how we got into Iraq.

Worshipping warfighters: The militarized realities of fortress America.

Is it healthy to eat nothing but the food-substitute Soylent?

How to make your own soylent.


[Listen, listen, Lovely Lily. When I said I'd vote for Hillary if she was a man, I was obviously joking. You're always so emotional.]

 painting by Paul LehrFrom StormCloudsGathering: The Fall of Iraq - What you aren't being told.

The Iraqi state in its historic territorial configuration is gone - solid gone, and it ain't coming back. 

"Iraq" is STILL Arabic for "Vietnam."

The ghosts of religious wars past are rattling in Iraq.

A neuroscientist describes her DMT experience.

Alfred Hitchcock on utilizing materials to the fullest
Billy Wilder on The Lubitsch Touch
Martin Scorsese on Story vs. Plot
Quentin Tarantino on making movies.

They've been with us for a while. Here's an ad in the April 1973 issue of Armed Forces Journal for military drones, then known as RPVs: Remotely Piloted Vehicles.

The gory and grotesque art of Soviet antireligious propaganda.

Ralph Nader's pitch for a Left-Right convergence ... That's right. I've been sermonizing on this for two years. Now Nader's on board. You're welcome.


We're back, baby! Miss us? Obama to deploy up to 275 military personnel in Iraq.

Will human teleportation ever be possible?

The history of the sexualization of edible plants is more widespread than you might think.

The US Dept. of Defense is funding universities to study ways of dealing with large-scale civil unrest.

An absurd Swiss Army-type Knife from 1880.

Politico says libertarians are wrong about drugs. The writer uses the Straw Man fallacy: he substitutes a misrepresented version of the libertarian position, then proceeds to tear it down. 

Libertarians do know that drugs are dangerous. But they also know that freedom is dangerous. And they know how to juggle.

Will mutual assured destruction continue to deter nuclear war?


[Yes, yes, Captain Fudge. I know RT is Russian corporate media.]

The following question was asked of me recently. I'm still stumped as to how to answer:

Are you weird because you like Spokane? Or do you like Spokane because you're weird?

R. Crumb's illustration of Philip K. Dick's spiritual "exegesis."

The World Cup you won't see on TV: Protests, tear gas, displaced Favela residents.

Update: The Psychic Fair has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

Here's The New York Times SundayStyles section's lead cover story that appeared this weekend about hipsters experimenting with Ayahuasca.

Abby Martin calls out Hilary over her lucrative speaking tour in the run up to the 2016 presidential elections as well as outlining the former first lady's corporate ties including Wall Street fat cats and defense contractors.

That's the spirit! LA King fans destroy a LAPD drone during the aftermath of the Stanley Cup win.

Here's where you can buy your BodyGuard - a "bullet resistant protective blanket" designed for children to duck behind during a school shooting. The video is very unsettling.


On Thursday, June 26 at 7:00 PM on KSPS channel 7, you can watch CURSED, our entry to the 50 Hour Film Slam - on the tele-vision! Put away that stuffy Brit highbrow pretentiousness and have a healthy snort of good ol' American tale-telling ingenuity. You can find the show times for all of the Slammers here.

I could not convey how wonderful, interesting, funny, sad, tragic, touching, provocative, surprising and sexy is the documentary Bettie Page Reveals All (2013). The cult icon and world's greatest pinup model recounts her amazing life, in her own words, recorded just before her death in 2008 at the age of 85. Her career ended over 50 years ago, yet she continues to influence today's popular culture. 

Also, I was totally surprised by Eddie: the Sleepwalking Cannibal (2012).  Ah, yeah, that's what I thought, too, when I saw the title. And it does start off a bit corny. But, it pulls you along, and eventually has something to say about the nature of art and humanity, relationships, creativity and inspiration, albeit in a rather bizarre way.

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One of the best photo-ops of the year happens today in downtown Spokane. But the colors of the Gay Pride Parade could be a bit muddled by the forecast of blustery nastiness at the noon start time.

Here's an interesting article (in The Weekly Standard(!)) about the science and philosophy of putting on/taking off weight: Flesh is Weak.

Researchers believe they've found the real-life Dracula's grave, hidden in the crypt of a church. And they want to open it. Seriously.

A NASA-funded study has found that there might be serious drawbacks to having a bunch of extroverts on a long space mission. Finally, a win for the introverts.

As sectarian civil war takes hold in a nation shattered by US invasion, Obama reportedly weighs a bombing campaign

Some people would call this "Tea Party sentiment."In The Onion: Spokane woman who changed self to please boyfriend enjoying happy long-term relationship. 

Watch 1000 years of European borders change in three minutes. Think of all of the blood spilled for each tiny change in the map.

Is Jack White the last true rock star?


Have a totally radical - and rational - Friday the 13th! Also, there is no corresponding, sign-in-the-sky full moon tonight to cast its orange dread o'er our part of the planet. You missed it early this morning.

How to trick the guilty and gullible into revealing themselves. Or, what do David Lee Roth, King Solomon, and game theory have in common?

Twelve futuristic forms of government that could one day rule the world.

Hillary won't admit that her shift on marriage equality was a calculated political decision

The DEA obstructs research into medical marijuana.

How edibles became the marijuana industry's biggest headache.

Imagine a world without hypothetical situations.

Here's the trailer for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.

Jihadist gains in Iraq blindside American spies

Be a freethinker. Not a Kool-Aid drinker.


I love being in the shoot-em-up cowboy times of marijuana legalization. 

Right now in Seattle, you can have up to one ounce of high-quality weed delivered to you anywhere in the city - at, what seems to me, in my limited knowledge of such things, fairly decent prices ($13-$17 a gram/$250-$300 an ounce). I said no anchovies.

In the online FAQ of one such delivery service, they admit that what they're doing is illegal, Washington state has banned recreational cannabis delivery, but law enforcement officials have not enforced the law.

They are careful to point out (in a bizarre, stoner legalese) that they are not selling marijuana: "We purchase cannabis products from various venders and have them in stock ... Once an order is placed, we then transport existing inventory to a customer for a nominal delivery fee."

Hands up, cowpuncher. 


An interesting point...

"Here are white men poised to run big marijuana businesses, dreaming of cashing in big - big money, big businesses selling weed - after 40 years of impoverished black kids getting prison time for selling weed, and their families and futures destroyed. Now, white men are planning to get rich doing precisely the same thing?"
   ~  Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow

Obama administration's changes made to a key FBI interrogation manual highlight the bureau's increasing focus on questioning suspects - including Americans - in overseas prisons

Noam Chomsky: A surveillance state beyond imagination is being created in one of the world's freest countries.

Al Gore: Snowden revealed crimes "way more serious" than any he committed.

Yesterday, Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq, fell to "Al Qaeda" (actually people worst than Al Qaeda).  Huge parts of Iraq - that we paid for with thousands of American lives, tens of thousands of Iraqi lives and trillions of dollars - have now fallen. The US-trained Iraqi Army shed their uniforms, dropped their rifles, and scattered. 

As is always the case, the only winners are the warmongers. Too bad those US soldiers - before taking up residence in cold boxes - hadn't turned their weapons against the true enemies: the weapons makers and the military brass and their enabling politicians who are, even now, planning new crimes.

The "Mother of Forensic Science" built dollhouse crime scenes. And they're very creepy.

Here's what happens when you're executed by having molten gold poured down your throat. 

Can mammoths really be brought back? Is de-extinction possible?


Gender-bending, promiscuous, and dangerous sex isn't limited to humans. New research in birds, reptiles, and insects is redefining normal sexual behavior.

Seven decades of the best Soviet propaganda art.

I went on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday. Never again...

Hollywood's golden age of LSD therapy

The rules of revolt: There are some essential lessons we can learn from the student occupation of Tiananmen Square, which took place 25 years ago.

Fahrenheit 1989: To this day, Beijing uses pressure, censorship and money to stifle all attempts to commemorate Tiananmen Square in an up-and-coming China.

The story of -ish. Interesting-ish.

Demonology is one of the most misused terms in English, particularly by those relating the phrase to the occult. But what is it?

Fecal transplants could be the next big thing in health care.

Twelve essential psycho-political films.

Have you heard this deja vu joke before?


What You Should Know About My Dislike of the Trend in Headline Writing That Starts "What You Should Know About..." And Then They Tell You What They Think You Should Know

What you should know about psychopaths and serial killers.

There are extraordinary parallels between linguistic diversity and biodiversity. As habitats disappear, so do spoken languages.

Firstly, I'd like to say a few things about Nitrous Oxide    ,

Yes, there is a North Korean restaurant chain.

Why we really go to the movies. New research finds a new surprising reason why major movies appeal to us.

Things statists taught me about being a libertarian.

Anyone can learn to be a polymath. Humans are at their best when they turn their minds to many things.

Seven signs you may be experiencing a dark night of the soul.


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Walking in a city is the greatest unpriced pleasure there is.

The Sultan of Sewers: The paradoxical politics of William Burroughs. Disliking the right and the left, he dreamt of public-works projects.

Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer backs Obama in the Bowe Bergdahl deal.

How Jewish designers fleeing Hitler created the modern American home.

High Times' response to Maureen Dowd and The New York Times:
The 10 Commandments of Marijuana Edible Safety.

Vice mag is more direct: Maureen Dowd Freaked Out on Weed Chocolate Because She's Stupid.

From Alternet: What Maureen Dowd's Absurd Weed Stunt Tells Us About Privileged White People.

Life lessons from a line cook.

Z Nation begins filming in Spokane.

The origin of a counterculture icon: Alfred E. Neuman.


New York Times writer Maureen Dowd was in Denver covering Colorado's new legal marijuana industry when she tried a pot-infused candy bar and got way too high. She later wrote critically about the experience and the industry. Was she wrong?

Here is Dowd's column in yesterday's NYT: Don't Harsh Our Mellow, Dude.

Here is The Stranger's defense of Dowd's article.

Here's Salon's predictable knee-jerk reaction.

Dowd teased mercilessly on twitter after pot freakout.

My take: Maureen, you made some good points, but, you - a New York Times investigative reporter - went all the way to Denver to consume a drug you've never taken before, and you didn't first investigate the drug? Were you drunk?

Here's the video of the Taliban releasing Bergdahl.

Comic book cartography: A collection of maps and diagrams.

Who is the Slender Man character that allegedly inspired 12-year-old girls to stab a classmate near Milwaukee?

Slender Man wiki - creepypasta - know your meme

Trained to kill: The policing tactics the public isn't supposed to know about.


I just watched two films that have a definite Lovecraftian feel to them:

In Event Horizon (1997), a rescue spaceship investigates signals received from a long-missing craft. The ships builder reveals that the core of the craft is a time-bending machine that allows faster-than-light flight. Of course, something unimaginable happens.

In Dead Birds (2004), a bad of thieves take refuge in an old mansion during the Civil War, only to discover the strange rituals that took place there and the resulting horror.

I also watched The Searchers (1956), (definitely not Lovecraftian) a richly scenic Western by the great John Ford, starring John Wayne - that's right, haters, I'm talking the Duke - as an ex-Confederate soldier out to find his niece who was captured by Comanche warriors. It's an awesome flick, but obviously from a different era, where the "injuns" are undeniably the bad guys. After a woman is raped by the renegades, Wayne declares, "Well, she ain't white no more."

And, I watched Gravity (2013), which won seven Academy Awards, nominated for 10. I assume the awards were bones thrown to someone, as it was simply a decent sci-fi flick. But seven Oscars, including best director, editing, and cinematography? I don't get it...

Don't Stop Believin': In defense of schlock music.

Bodies of 800 babies found in septic tank at former Irish home for unwed mothers.

Note to Washington State: 64 answers to commonly asked questions about buying pot in Colorado.


"Hitler as the AntiChrist." Artwork by Arthur SzykAaaah. Justh cabe fum ta dentith. Oooo. Ooo.

The Jewish artist who propagandized against Hitler: Arthur Szyk's World War II-era political art is returning to the public consciousness.

The gruesome art of medical illustration

Three Chuck Palahniuk short stories you can read online: 
How the Jew Saved Christmas

The apocalyptic strain in popular culture: The American nightmare becomes the American Dream.

I don't always agree with his politics but I envy Charles Krauthammer's brain. This critique in The Nation says he has paid the price for composing too many 800-word op-eds and 20-second sound bites.

Five things I learned about survival while lost at sea.

What botched executions tell us about the death penalty.

Wine has always been more than a beverage. "I put my nose in the glass and feel time and space grinding to a halt."


Self-starvation has become the latest craze among the "death with dignity" crowd. This has been coming on for some time.

 photo 10373521_465789540233521_151765987441264235_n.jpgWhat do you get when you cross a joke with a rhetorical question?

Computer can match or surpass top humans in chess, Othello, Scrabble, backgammon, poker, even Jeopardy. But not the ancient game of Go.

The art Hitler hated: A review of a book that reviews an art show in New York that reviews the Nazi Degenerate Art show that reviewed what they considered bad art.

Existentialist: A cup of coffee, please. No cream.
Server: We're out of cream, sir. How about with no milk.


I just saw Jesse's final cut for "A Drink in the Dark," our entry to the 24 Hour Film Race. I love it! (What a surprise, huh?) Congratulations and many thanks to my cohorts: Jesse James Hennessy, Jason Young, Christopher Lamb, Ron Ford and Dani Wiyrick.

During last night's filming, I set up my camera so to do a behind-the-scenes time lapse of the entire event: the setting up of lights, the positioning of the camera, the actors acting, the director directing - that sort of thing, all in really fast motion. Evidently I bumped the camera and ended up with five hours in the life of a napkin holder, told in an uneventful three and a half minutes.

At the tail end of an all night film shoot, I caught myself looking at my battered, blurry-eyed form in the mirror and saying, you know, maybe you need to remember, you're not fifty anymore.


The game is afoot! The 24 Hour Film Race has waved the checkered flag.

I'd be really disappointed if no one thought to park a Bilderburger food truck in front of where the Bilderberg Group is meeting today in Copenhagen.

The revolution will be mummified. From the embalmed corpse of Lenin to the severed hands of Che - what happens to the bodies (and parts) of revolutionaries after the fight is over.

Highlights from Snowden's NBC interview.

The NSA has complete control of your iPhone, and can activate your microphone and camera without you knowing.

Could you get drunk by drinking the blood of a drunk person?

A toddler is critically burned during a SWAT raid when a stun grenade is tossed into the child's crib.

Anything with mass warps the space-time surrounding it. Here are 20 other things you may not have known about gravity.

A rooftop restaurant, bars, and a cafe are coming to the former Masonic Temple in downtown Spokane. The building is getting a long overdue renovation. (President Theodore Roosevelt was at the original groundbreaking.)

How to hot-wire a car.


Tomorrow night, Jesse James Hennessy, Jason A. Young, and I will be participating in the 24 Hour Film Race, which is a nationwide version of the local 48 Hour Film Fest or the 50 Hour Film Slam, but with twice the caffeine.

(By the way, the viral voting contest is still on for the Slam. Go vote for our entry: Cursed.)

The consequences of American hubris: Why war is inevitable.

The US military tried to censor one of the biggest stories in the world. "Hey, boys. Let's keep this Germany surrender thing under our hats for a while, huh?"

Seattle police officers - 126 of them - filed a lawsuit to block rules intended to stop excessive force.

Storm chaser gets hit by lightning; is caught on video.

Richard Clarke, the nation's former top counterterrorism official said he believes President George W. Bush is guilty of war crimes.

Here is Monica Lewinsky's entire Vanity Fair essay, Shame and Survival.


Maya Angelou, dead at 86.Agreed...

Origins of inebriation revealed: In prehistoric Eurasia, drugs and alcohol were originally reserved for ritual ceremonies, and weren't used merely to satisfy hedonistic motives.

In the sixties, TV and film writers dreamed up a bunch of supercomputers with one thing in common: they were hell-bent on annihilating humanity.

I before E, except when you run a feisty heist on a weird beige foreign neighbor.

The US military is working to develop an implantable brain device to treat PTSD and other mental disorders.

Washington state parolees to get the right to smoke pot starting next week.

The 42 best lines from the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Surgeons are set to begin suspended animation trials by dramatically cooling down trauma victims in an effort to keep them alive during critical operations.

A new NASA book looks beyond astrophysics to figure out how we'll communicate with extraterrestrials.


Just a guess about what we don't know yet about the Santa Barbara stabber/shooter: Think about it. He wasn't a bad looking guy. He was rich. He drove his own BMW. His father was a movie director. He lived in Southern California. And he still couldn't get laid. I'm predicting the autopsy reveals one of the smallest penises known to mankind.

"Were we to knock down the myth that the warrior's sacrifices serve the ideals and the security of our country, perhaps we would compel more Americans to question the very concept of war itself."

Ten books that come close to telling the truth about war.

The science of bubbles: bubbles can perform computations, drive climate, and even act as weapons.

Wine is an elixir, a miracle-worker and shapeshifter - no wonder even the most secular of us hold it sacred still.

Over 160,000 people died here, creating what many believe is the most haunted island on Earth. And now it's for sale.


I just watched an excellent documentary - Beware of Mr. Baker - about the iconic, wildly influential, and thoroughly crazed drummer, Ginger Baker - best known for his work with Cream and Blind Faith, as well as many excursions into jazz and world music. Streaming on Netflix.

This design firm's goal was to redesign useful objects, making them uncomfortable but usable and maintain the semiotics of the original item.

The sci-fi myth of robotic competence: What is it about robots that makes people assume they understand them?

I never thought I would say this, but, "Way to go Iran!" An Iranian businessman at center of a 2011 investigation into a $2.6 billion fraud is executed.

When literature goes to war: How Kurt Vonnegut, Norman Mailer and Catch-22 changed the novel forever.

Author Henry Giroux talks to Bill Moyers about the troubling trend of police arrests in public schools.

North Carolina GOP pushes unprecedented bill to jail anyone who discloses fracking chemicals.

These printed words would be illegal.


The Perverts Guide to Ideology with Slavoj Zizek is now streaming on Netflix.

The $666 Burger food truck in New York City mocks the expensive burger phenomenon with the Douche Burger: a cheeseburger featuring a Kobe beef patty wrapped in gold leaf, foie gras, caviar, lobster, truffles and imported aged Gruyere cheese melted with champagne steam. According to the owner of the truck, Franz Alique, "It's a fucking burger topped with rich people shit." (Bacon costs extra.)

Gregg Allman in Spokane at The Bing, July 5th.

What lies beneath the flood myths - from Atlantis to Noah's Ark? Why are we drawn to stories of submerged lands?

Reminder: The press can publish any classified material. "The press was protected so that it could bare the secrets of government and inform the people," ruled Justice Hugo Black in his 1971 court opinion.

With a fateful lunge landward, the ancient tiktaalik changed the course of life on earth forever. How the vertebrate invasion of land took place.

There are now more pot shops in Denver than Starbucks.

Here's transcripts of Seymour Hersh's 2004 ACLU keynote speech where he says the US government has videotapes of children being raped in front of their parents at Abu Ghraib prison.

Video details mass murder plans of the Santa Barbara slayer. "I'll take great pleasure in slaughtering all of you. You will finally see that I am in truth the superior one, the true alpha male."

Toward a universal theory of "cool": Two business and psychology professors just defined it.


Bob Dylan turns 71 today.

The origin story of LOL.

Misused words, abused grammar, sloppy syntax: English might seem in decline. But woot! Recognize the persistence of slang.

Max Ernst and the surrealist revolution.

The flush toilet has transformed lives for millions but it continues to be derided as a wasteful, almost evil, part of modern life. Why is America turning to shit?

From Paul Theroux: The joys and dangers of exploring Africa on the back of an elephant

Stock footage of Nazi atrocities in concentration camps.


The 80 US military personnel being deployed to Chad will add to the troops already in 12 other African countries. Check out the map.
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When the Occupy protests erupted a few years ago, state and local law enforcement officials cast a wide net in monitoring the movement.

There is a term for when you hear Jimi Hendrix sing, "s'cuse me while I kiss this guy." What's the science behind mondegreens?

How the NSA is using the Bahamas as a model for total control.

Does Daily Kos hire third graders to write their headlines on Facebook? Explain this: "It's Official: Republicans Truly are Big, Fat, Lying, Liar-holes."

The ten algorithms that dominate our world.

Trigger warnings on classic literature are one small step from book banning.

The man behind cult favorites El Topo and The Holy Mountain, Alejandro Jodorowsky premiered his first directorial feature in 23 years at Cannes this year with the fictionalized autobiographical film The Dance of Reality.


El arte es basura. I love what this guy does with street trash.

Say ... you were looking in the mirror and saw your reflection blink ... That's not normal, right?

Idaho's GOP Governor primary results:
The Cowboy  51.3 %
The Curmudgeon  1.8 %
The Biker  3.3 %
The Normal Guy  43 %

The erotic world of Salvador Dali. Well, maybe ...

Sex in the Ancient World: Pompeii. Sodom and Gomorrah had nothing over Pompeii.

Sex in the Ancient World: Egypt. This documentary revolves around the Turin Erotic Papyrus, possibly the world's oldest "porno mag."


Activists with the Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth are distributing this pamphlet - designed to look like the official pamphlet - at the National September 11 Memorial Museum in lower Manhattan, which opens today. They say it is geared to counter the government's official narrative of how the events of September 11, 2001 unfolded.

by Christopher HuetThe U.S. Bureau of Reclamation said they won't allow water for pot growers. This will hit Washington state particularly hard, where the water supply for two-thirds of the state is controlled by the feds.

Here's the video of Spokane police shooting and killing 30-year-old Steven C. Corkery as he steps out of a North Spokane home. This is the fourth officer involved shooting this year.

Check out the Judgmental Map of Seattle. I wonder what Spokane's map would look like.

Here are some of the parks and public spaces the Riverfront Park committee looked to for inspiration.

What makes a work of art an icon? The Mona Lisa became famous when it was stolen, and popularity begets popularity.

Co-inky-dink? Denver murder rate cut in half after marijuana legalization.

From my old stomping grounds: Metaline Falls residents up in arms over Mill Pond Dam removal.


#bringbackourgirls and the pitfalls of schoolgirl feminism.

Trigger warnings, campus speech, and the right to not be offended.

Here is the online art collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Inside the offensive 9/11 gift shop.

Man lets a 20 foot snake swallow his leg in order to hunt it.

Wow, this is soooo me: 15 things that introverts would never tell you.

Fascinating. Slavoj Zizek on the ideology of violence

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Man facing criminal charges for hanging an American flag upside down.

Here's a cover I did out of torn paper for The Scene magazine, July 1991. Some people freaked out about it. (They should have freaked out about the horrible design. At the time, I thought it was edgy.)

Biggest dinosaur ever is discovered. Based on a recently found thigh bone, it was 130 feet long and 65 feet tall.

Insect trap patents: the ambitious ways we've tried to capture bugs.

Some scientists believe that matter will be created from light within a year.

Chart shows how to banks got "too big to fail" - how 37 banks became just four banks in only two decades.

How your smartphone can be used against you in a court of law.

What most media won't tell you about the Odessa massacre. Disturbing images.

The world's riskiest roads.

The build-your-own drone movement grows. What would you do with a drone?

Rubik's Cube is 40 years old today and I've still not solved it.

How do we know the Earth is 4.6 billion years old?




Well, here's a lawsuit in the making: 

Check out this week's Inlander for the otherwise interesting cover story on the businesses along Sprague Avenue. "A Downtown Bar" tells a short story of a man who nonchalantly buys eight hits of acid from the bartender of a tavern that the Inlander map (shown in the print copy but not in the online edition) identifies as being next to P. M. Jacoy's. 

Being a patron of one of the alleged dens of drug iniquity, and having known the bartenders for many years, I had to wonder why I've been excluded from this convenient service. Strangely, none of the bartenders knew what the hell I was talking about. 

I called the Inlander's office for some clarification: Which bar were they referring to? Who wrote the article? The nice lady told me that, for obvious reasons, they could not answer any of these questions. 

Well, isn't that as libelous as naming four or five people who happen to be in the same area and saying one of them likes to torture kittens? You're not going to say which one, and you heard it from someone whose name you're not going to reveal either.

Would you like to express your concerns in our voice mail box, sir? 

Sure, will it be your voice mail box? Or will it be the voice mail box of one of four or five possible weekly magazines?

This infographic seeks to shed some light on current combat drones, their use and their spread around the world.

Here's the full Idaho GOP Governors primary debate. The madness begins. I seriously hope the biker wins. Here are the top 13 lines of the surreal, magic debate.

Henry Rollins produced an album by Charles Manson in the 1980s.

Islamic judge orders pregnant girl to be hanged for being Christian.

I hate it when people say, "You have a better chance of winning the lottery than being killed by a shark." People win the lottery all the time.


This is my big toe that I am sticking into the pond to see how's the water and whether something horrible and toothy will emerge and strip my lower leg of flesh.


Why does my computer hate me?


H. R. Giger, dead at 74.
The unearthly delights of Giger's personal sculpture garden.
H. R. Giger and Debbie Harry interview, 1981

Vice President Joe Biden's son is appointed to the board of a major Ukrainian gas company. Because that's how oligarchy works.

The Pentagon has a plan to stop the zombie apocalypse. Seriously.

What if ignorance really is bliss

What the future was going to look like according to these old ads.

Nineteenth century erotica is way raunchier than we expected.


And number one on our Top 40 list of Missing Top 40 List Compilers With Parkinson's Disease Who May Or May Not Be On A Washington State Indian Reservation is none other than the great Casey Kasem.

Did CIA's fake polio vaccination program in Pakistan help fuel a global health emergency?

Scientists discover children's cells living in mothers' brains.

Pulitzer Prize-winner Glenn Greenwald on the Snowden documents, the "banal" Hillary Clinton, and why Tim Russert is so vastly overrated.

Twenty things you didn't know about light.

Cui Bono? Democrat Keith Crisco, who was competing against "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken in a very tight North Carolina primary for the House, died Monday.

Kurt Vonnegut's rules for reading fiction.

Arresting children is now commonplace in America. Our society has completely lost the ability to tell the difference between "that's bad, I'll scold my child" and "Call the police!"

Here's the opening creation sequence from the movie Noah. Pretty cool.


Can you control your dreams? Is conscious dreaming real? Lucid dreaming remains a controversial concept, but some experts are convinced.

What happens when alcohol, LSD, cocaine and heroin roast Mr. Weed?

King Henry VIII loved the deep red, lean, lightly gamy, succulent flesh of roast swan. Why don't we eat it anymore?

When Hitler was curator.

Here's the Boko Haram video showing 100 of the kidnapped Nigerian girls.

I after E except after C. Weird.

A new straight-to-video film out of Israel has the Holy Land infested with Hezbollah zombies.

Salvador Dali would have been 110 years old yesterday and thrilled by the spectacle of his own rotting corpse.


The founder of Mother's Day hated the commercial orgy the holiday became.

Mother's Day grew to horrify its own mother.

Obama threatens Pulitzer Prize winner with a contempt of court charge if he doesn't release the identity of one of his confidential sources.

The Obama administration is the "greatest enemy of press freedom."

Identity replacement tools: sophisticated attempts at foiling facial recognition technology. Also: the anti-drone hoodie and burqa.

The lost art of the lurid VHS cover. VHS Cover Junkie posts hi-res scans taken from gaudy, tacky, yet strangely alluring video covers.

Eight interesting films stuck in development Hell.


My oldest child turns 39 today. My youngest grandchild is about to turn one. A slew of offspring populate the decades between. And while my part in the whole ordeal was rather easy, I feel my biological imperative has been realized. Nature has pat me on the back and said with a wink, "Well done, Earth creature. Well done."


In the digital age, humanity's relationship with noise hasn't changed from the time of Gilgamesh. 

Food in the Roman world: The ancient Mediterranean diet revolved around four staples which still dominates today's menu.

(And now that you've eaten, how about a nice bath...)

Did you celebrate NOID yesterday?

Wikipedia's big success is a big problem; it can allow misinformation to flourish and provides it with a cloak of respectability.

The wars to end all wars: Peace, as we have seen, is not an  order natural to mankind.

Wave goodbye to literary fiction. The future will be full of tweets, text messages, and computer games - nothing too difficult, nothing too serious.


All of the 50 Hour Film Slam films are online! Watch our film "Cursed" and all of the other fine offerings. Vote for your favorite at the bottom of the page.


Here's the list of winners of the 50 Hour Film Contest - notably the Judges Choice award and the Audience Choice award. No we didn't (officially) win. They're still going to do an online vote; all of the films will be online at 5 pm, later today. I'll provide a link.

Not only is this an incredible busy and stressful time at work, but my pleadings for caution and my warnings of catastrophe were totally ignored during a switch of internet providers and the entire website and email for the business tragically disappeared into the void. As we're losing thousands of dollars of business and countless customers, please let me take this public opportunity to say, "I told you so."

OWS protester Cecily McMillan's "guilty verdict" demonstrates how American dissention will not be tolerated.

Outrage and protest have followed the unbelievable guilty verdict of Cecily McMillan.

Just when you were starting to miss Monica Lewinsky jokes...

Who said it, Irish novelist James Joyce or surrealist rapper Kool Keith?

Why haven't any of the US Presidents been reelected to nonconsecutive terms?


photo - ssgScene magazine co-founder Rick Nesbitt reminded me that 22 years ago today, while editors of The Easterner, Eastern Washington University's student newspaper, we were responsible for the ultimate headline typo: Instead of Cinco de Mayo, we wrote Chinco de Mayo. No one believed it was a mistake. We were accused not only of insensitivity but also of not knowing that it was a Mexican and not an Asian holiday.

The winners of the 50 Hour Slam should be announced today. All of the films should be on line by Wednesday. I didn't go to the Bing fling but Jesse says our film "Cursed" was well received.

One of the great things about Bloomsday is that the auto-correct features on most cell phones will change Bloomsday to Doomsday, resulting in many wonderful texts such as "I sure hope the weather is nice on Doomsday," and "Be sure to thank the many volunteers who are working to make Doomsday a success."




See our entry to the 50 Hour Film Slam, "Cursed," tonight at 6 o'clock, on the big screen at the Bing Crosby Theater in beautiful downtown Spokane.

Just released: the list and addresses of Spokane County's 18 marijuana retail stores

How laziness corrupts the Sum of Knowledge: Alexander the Great tomb found ... or not ...

Split opinions: Reviews of Twentieth Century art.


Here's The Inlander article about the 50 Hour Film Slam.

What would a movie without cuts look like? How would viewers' eyes get from one place to the next? A scientist experiments with expanding cinema's language.

Eight tips on directing a one-man movie.

Public interest could push Spokane leaders to open Riverfront Park's clock tower.

From Karen J. Greenberg's "The Road from Abu Ghraib":

No one questions whether some individuals died being tortured in American custody. (They did.) No one questions that it was a national policy devised by those at the very highest levels of government. (It was.) But many, it seems, still believe that the torture policy...was a good thing for the country.

What would happen if the Vice President killed the President?


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