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

                  

 


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Running With Scissors Since 1999


I helped Jesse produce 
his Mr. Dark series. 

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The full series is online!


Elsewhere...

 

MY ViDEOS

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

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

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


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


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

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

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


Mi VIDEOhS

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

What I Learned from 
the Spokane Anarchists

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

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

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.


Poster by Chris ?

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


MY ViDS

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.

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

Soup
I make soup.

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

 
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MY V-ViDS

Occupy Spokane
Dominates Downtown

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

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.

Geothermal 
Giggle

 It's a joke. 
It's just a joke.


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


MORE OF MY ViDEOS

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

Compliments
Randomly generated compliments with a rosemary/veal sauce.

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

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

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


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


MY 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(Y) 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 

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MO of MY
STUFF

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

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

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

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


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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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AND EVEN MORE
of my stuff

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

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

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

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

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

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AAAAAAAND
EVEN MORE
of my stuff

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

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

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

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

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

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

OtherSpokane Intro
OtherSpokane's Instructional Video


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MY ViDEO SHORTS

Jumping to Conclusions 
at Pig Out in the Park

Whores4wars

Occupy Spokane's
 Diverse Folk

Deer in Downtown Spokane

Bestial Zen

Maniac

Drunk Dude Rescued

Because Art Matters

Ride

Shadows of Luigi

Do you smite me, sir?

Wiener

$1 PBRs

Where Did I Put 
My Sunglasses?

Ledger Parade

Titanic

Shem in Snow

The Line

Leroy Promo

Dealing with Evil

1night@Mootsys


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POLiTICS 2012

Ron Paul in Spokane

Part One
Part Two

The Newt in The Kan at The Bing

Part One
Part Two


Heeere's my face 
on Facebook


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Favorite Blasts from this
Website's Past:

Judy Roger's
Sarcastic Pantyraid 2000

ColdFire Labyrinth

My meeting with
Stacey #1 - #2

dewD-ling --
Coversations with dewD

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

TheOTHERSpokane
Prototype Project
Issues 1 - 5

Paranoid-Critical
Letters

Correspondence

Other Past Issues


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


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

 

2/6/16

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2/5/16

James finds a rocket engine. 

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1/30/16

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1/28/16

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1/27/16

Choose carefully ...

Dignity in death ...

Illusion ...



1/25/16

Desert Exit ...

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1/24/16

Shot and edited on my iPhone...

Fun with my iPhone.

Posted by Steve St George on Saturday, January 23, 2016


1/23/16

Desert rat.

The Oscars got nothing on us: Meet Miss Yuma - the only blonde white girl in the entire Southwest. 

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I went to the Yuma marine base today to get my permit to enter the vast Barry M. Goldwater Range that stretches from a few blocks from my trailer, across 20 miles of open desert, to the Mexican border. Strangely, I couldn't get an answer from the solder who issued the permit whether the range was a wildlife range or a bombing range.
     "So, is it a bombing range where the wildlife is protected or is it a wildlife range where they bomb?" I asked.
     "Yes," he said.
     I had to sign a release saying I wouldn't hold the US government responsible if I got lost and starved to death or died of thirst, or if I was injured from being bitten by poisonous creatures, or if I blew myself up by stepping on unexploded bombs, or if the military accidentally shot me, or if I am killed or maimed by illegal aliens or drug smugglers.
     "Enjoy yourself, sir," said the soldier.
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The Kochs and the Nazis: Book revels billionaires' father built key oil refinery for the Third Reich.
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Evidence stacks up for a planet beyond Pluto.
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Try to make the words "President Trump" roll off of your lips. Go ahead. Try.


1/20/16

The moon over the Yuma Desert last night...


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Stephen Hawking said "the development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race."
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Fairytales are much older than previously thought.
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The psychology of what makes a great story.
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Sometimes it's necessary: The White Noise Machine.


1/19/16

It's 70 degrees and beautiful in the desert. You think I'm gonna sit in front of this computer?


1/18/16



1/17/16

      

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1/16/15

I've been setting up a little travel trailer and finally figured out how to keep my computer running. I've taken a few short trips out into the open desert but nothing too adventurous yet. Stay tuned.


1/14/16

I'm back! Welcome to this very special series of reports from Stik Mann's OtherSpokane - in exile, from the beautiful Yuma Desert. 


1/10/16Art by Rabittooth

 This will be the last daily post for a week or so while I take care of some biz. 
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Imagine if the world economy finally collapses and it takes a wheelbarrow full of money to buy a loaf of bread. No one will feel worse than that person who wins the billion dollar lottery. 

On the other hand, I guess he could still buy lots of bread.
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Instead of giving one lottery prize of $1.5 billion, why not give 100,000 prizes of $15,000. That way people would spend the money on children and computers and refrigerators instead of $1,000 bottles of wine and gold-plated bidets.
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Here's a list of stuff on Netflix that you won't find on Netflix.
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Nobody reached the top of Mount Everest in 2015.
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Sean Penn met with Mexican drug lord El Chapo in his jungle hideout for seven hours.
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Werner Herzog is making a film about the Internet. He believes "the common denominator of the Internet is not harmony, but chaos, hostility, and memes."
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FBI uncovers national sex dungeon ring.
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The ten richest people of all time. Bill Gates barely made the list.


1/9/16

Over 200 members of German boys' choir were abused, it's assumed that the older brother of Pope Benedict knew of the abuse when he ran the choir for 30 of its 40 years.
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A new epoch - the Anthropocene - has begun. So says an international group of geoscientists, in a paper published Friday in the journal Science.
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The moral danger of reading a novel: We give authors enormous - potentially diabolical - power to shape our ideas, our politics, our selves.
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Planned Parenthood, in its first primary endorsement, backs Hillary Clinton. There's a lot I could say about this, but Spokane's Jon Brown said most of it here (if you do the Facebook thing).
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Washington lawmakers try to hike legal smoking age to 21.
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Reuters: An Islamic State militant executed his mother in public because she had encouraged him to leave the group.


1/8/16Remember when guns were cool?

Hey, kiddies, come gather 'round while the old guys 'member back when guns were hip and cool...
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An excellent TED talk: This is what happens when you reply to spam.
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The Mega Mao statue being erected in China has suddenly been dismantled.
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Blunt political assessments in Bill Clinton transcripts: He thought George W. Bush was perpetrating "a fraud" on America and Vladimir Putin had "enormous potential."
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Is it crazy how saying sentences backwards creates backwards sentences saying how crazy it is?
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Spokane poet/writer and Gonzaga professor Tod Marshall has been named Washington's Poet Laureate.
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Matt Taibbi takes on the Oregon militia standoff: The Dumb and the Restless.

Here's The Inlander's take.
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Gun owners grill Obama at town hall meeting; NRA sits it out.
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The first Hyperloop tubes have arrived in the Nevada desert.
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Just because xenophobes are fanning the flames doesn't mean we should censor the discussion about the assaults in German cities on New Year's Eve.
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This proposed apartment in Kazakhstan is the first of its kind to have a 1,000-foot ski slope.


1/7/16

Mass attacks on German women by mob of Arab and North African men: what does it spell for the refugee crisis?

Tensions rise in Germany over handling of the mass sexual assaults in Cologne.
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Downtown Spokane's Macy's store to close. Macy's will close 40 stores and layoff thousands of employees nationwide.
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Here are some more blasphemous cartoons on the anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo attacks.
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Spokane County Sherriff Knezovich is not impressed with Obama, Inslee gun control initiatives.

Knezovich and Rep. Matt Shea clash on social media over how the sheriff would handle an Oregon militia-style event.
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Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz told the New York Times she continues to oppose legalizing marijuana - even as she has courted alcohol PACs as one of the largest sources of her campaign funding.
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In 2015, more people have been killed taking selfies than by shark attacks.
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The Nineteenth Century obsession with premature burial.


1/6/16

We are soooo being played right now...
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 We should close the loophole that allowed the US to sell 100 BILLION DOLLARS in weapons to Saudi Arabia over the past 5 years. 

Let me wipe a tear for the 47 people they beheaded last Saturday.
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Transgenders in Washington state to use restroom based on identity, not anatomy.
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North Korea says it successfully conducted a hydrogen bomb test.

What's the difference between an A-bomb and an H-bomb?
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Ammon Bundy is suspended from Twitter.
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Washington state governor Inslee to announce executive order related to gun violence.
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The nuance you may have missed in Obama's gun control plan: Executive order versus executive action.
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The Feds will graciously give Washington state residents 120 days notice before the rule requiring residents to provide a passport or enhanced state ID to fly takes effect.
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Unpopular opinion: Punk rock is for old farts.
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Federal court rules that tattooing is a constitutional right under the First Amendment.
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Hillary vows "to get to the bottom" of UFOs and Area 51.
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Ten good short horror/sci-fi films free online.
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Here's the trailer for Werner Herzog's new internet documentary.


1/5/16

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I can't believe the White House interrupted Hoda and Katie Lee for that...
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Germany is shocked by Cologne's New Year gang assault on women by Arab and North African men.
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 Here is every Donald Trump film and TV cameo over the years.
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I'm already tired of the Oregon standoff story.
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Can you feel the tension? Right now slow-witted members of both the far right and far left are stocking up on their poorly thought out, misspelled, clumsily worded memes to be mutually launched following Obama's gun speech today.
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Since legal marijuana entered the market in July 2014, prices have dropped from $25 to $30 per gram to about $10 a gram now, which "sources tell me" is equal to the street market prices.


1/4/16

Washington State Supreme Court: Paring knives not protected by the Second Amendment.
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Officials in Oregon are facing a choice they confronted in past standoffs: Whether to act cautiously and risk looking weak and emboldening others, or to react forcefully and risk turning a small group of people into martyrs for their cause.

The war against the cowboys: The Oregon stand off and US imperialism.

Two military strategists face off over the Bundy occupation in Oregon.
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The common mistakes criminals make at a crime scene.
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The absurdly harsh penalties that sparked the Oregon rancher protest.
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How the British government covered up a VIP pedophile ring.
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A historian who fled the Nazis wants us to read Hitler; the first German edition of "Mein Kampf" since 1945 will be published this month.

Hitler and the Nazis were seriously into their amphetamines and opiates.
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Iran warns of "divine vengeance." Saudi Arabia breaks relations.
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What draws people back to Augustine? Perhaps his frankness about descending into a "seething cauldron of lust."
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Congress wants NASA to create a deep space habitat by 2018.
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Swearing is like songwriting - it structures the world around us. Explore the philosophy of "shit."


1/3/16

Lowering the bar for what counts as terrorism is not a winning move for critics of authoritarianism and unconstitutional exercises of police power.
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I drove through Burns, Ore., and the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge last summer. The refuge is a fairly remote, treeless place, and if I remember correctly, the building that is being occupied is accessible by a single road. The feds could easily isolate it with a few troops. Or they could just go in and waste them all, and probably be on firmer legal ground than the totalitarian bumble-fests of Waco and Ruby Ridge. But they won't, not for a while. For people who are licking their lips about Obama's imminent executive order about gun control on deck for tomorrow, the pathetic Oregon "uprising" is like a very timely gift from heaven.
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I almost feel guilty for the pleasure I'm having watching both the left and the right playing the part of good social media puppets by re-posting stupid memes and blatant propaganda websites concerning the Oregon uprising.
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This will not end well...

Militia takes over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters.

Video of Ammon Bundy and militia declaring their occupation of a federal wildlife headquarters in Oregon. [I had some sympathy for the first guy, Ammon Bundy, but then the Desert Fox came on and gave it all an ugly, neo-Nazi tinge.]

Even Alex Jones thinks it's a bad idea.
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Protesters storm the Saudi embassy in Tehran, burning images of the Saudi king.
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Michio Kaku on free will.
Steven Pinker on free will.
Daniel Dennett
on free will.
Alfred Mele on free will.


1/2/16

How Donald Trump answers a question and manipulates language to sell his ideas.
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Art by Sarah SoleThe ethics of killing baby Hitler: A moral dilemma is better understood as a historical one.
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The ISIS New Year's Eve terror plot story leaves out or buries key details.
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Hyphenated.
Non-hyphenated.
Oh, how ironic.
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Writer's block is when your imaginary friends refuse to talk to you.
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The most fascinating things we learned about the brain in 2015.

What watching horror films does to your body: Can fear really curdle the blood?
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Forgive me, father, pastor, vicar, padre, priest, for I have synonymed. 
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Turkey's Erdogan cites Hitler's Germany as an example of effective government.
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How art became irrelevant: A chronological survey of the demise of art.
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Knowledge is knowing that Frankenstein isn't the monster.
Wisdom is knowing that Frankenstein is the monster.
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The serpent priestesses and ancient sexual rites.
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Jim Hightower: The corporate media is basically pretending that Bernie Sanders doesn't exist.


1/1/16

All stories are the same: Why would a child unconsciously echo a story form that harks back centuries? Why would a child display knowledge of story structure that echoes so clearly generations of tales that have gone before?
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My New Year's resolution is to keep it at 1280 X 1024 like always.
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What does "Happy New Year" even really mean? Physicists engage in a strange debate about whether time really passes.
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Despair at the number of Americans who choose security over liberty and privacy.
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By blowing out people's brains, Quentin Tarantino wants to blow our minds.

How to make a Tarantino movie.
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The New York Times most memorable photos of 2015.
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From the tiny dragon dinosaur to the largest land mammal ever, here are the top ten fossil discoveries of 2015.
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What caused the Southern California methane leak?


12/31/15

Tonight at 11:59 pm, this humble website celebrates 15 years of tossing slush balls at cultural dorkiness.
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I just put the last blanket/sleeping bag/old coat on my bed, and it's starting to look like a beaver hut (there's probably a better simile to use). I feel like the guy who just stuck the entirety of his cash in the poker pot and is hoping no one raises.
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News stories from 2015 you should have heard about but probably did not.
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Gotta admit. This is pretty funny (and often revealing). Obama in Jerry Seinfeld's "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee."
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"Censorship is telling a man he can't have a steak just because a baby can't chew it."
   ~  Mark Twain
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Generation Z: They are the brand.
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Noam Chomsky on Trump: "We should recognize the other candidates are not that different."
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It's warmer at the North Pole than in Spokane right now. Bizarre, deadly weather is sweeping the country.
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We finally have an answer to the question from Bill Cosby's famous routine: How long can you tread water?
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"There are some people who have trouble recognizing a mess."
   ~  Bill Cosby
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It's not that difficult to tell alligators and crocodiles apart. One will see you in a while whereas the other one will see you later.
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How long would it take you to fall through the Earth?
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Great metaphors, terrible sex, and talking dogs in some of the most memorable sentences of the year.
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The paranoid style of American policing: When officers take the lives of those they are sworn to protect and serve, they undermine their own legitimacy.

US police kill more in days than other countries do in years. Here's a comparison.
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Here's the Spokesman-Review's quiz on the highlights of 2015's political year.
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Aldous Huxley's 1950 predictions for the year 2000.
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Psychedelic therapy removes the negative experiences surrounding hallucinogenics.
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Understanding the differences between Sunni and Shia.


12/30/15

Don't temp me...Spokane is considering a ban on vaping in public places.
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There was a 4.8 earthquake near Seattle last night.
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Matt Taibbi:  What better way to spoof the thinness of the Republican field than to shove a bombastic reality star with orange hair, a sixth-grade vocabulary and no behavioral filter onto the GOP debate stage. But the joke turned ugly fast.
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The puzzling persistence of pee tests: There's very little evidence it's worth the cost.
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The storm that will unfreeze the North Pole: this week, temperatures will rise above freezing for only the second time on record.
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The true story of Roland the Farter, and how the internet killed professional flatulence.
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Don't try to discern the "original intent" of the American founders - they contradicted one another. But this is clear: They had no intention to created a religion-based government.
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Here's The Stranger's ode to Lemmy Kilmister's hedonism.
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Forehead slap: I went to eighth and ninth grade in Kahlotus, WA. I knew Kahlotus was an Indian word, but I never knew what it meant. It all makes sense now.


12/29/15Art by Sarah Sole

Here's a guide to speaking Washington State: So you didn't know how to pronounce Cathlamet, Quileute, Dosewalips, or, gulp ... Spokane?
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Lemmy Kilmister, dead at 70.
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Sherman Alexie's book "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" was the most banned and challenged book of 2014. (Cops were recently called when teens distributed the book in a park.) C'mon, local writers. Let's keep the 2015-16 trophy in the Inland Northwest.
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Meadowlark Lemon, dead at 83. 
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Islamic State ruling aims to settle who can have sex with female slaves.
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Advertising phrases we use every day.
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Haskell Wexler, dead at 93
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Workplace drug testing is intrusive and ineffective. Why do employers still use it?
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Ellsworth Kelly, dead at 92.
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Engineers can't stop Los Angeles' enormous methane leak.
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Oxford's Word of the Year, dead at 12.
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Qatari royals rush to Switzerland in nine planes after an emir (as in one person) breaks his leg.
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So you just got eighty-sixed from a bar. Why that number?


12/28/15

I miss a m y .
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Coming April 1st or sooner (no, seriously) --->
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Led Zeppelin's first recorded concert happened in Spokane when they opened for Vanilla Fudge.
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The year's best drug scares: Impossibly potent marijuana edibles, formaldehyde in e-cigs, pills of war, MDMA disguised as Halloween candy, and superhuman flakka zombies.
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This Newsweek article suggests that Mars exploration is preparation for the elite to leave us po' folk behind in a hungry, warring world.
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All-electric flying bicycle takes to the skies in first manned flight.
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Dream control isn't entirely a Hollywood fantasy. We can strategize to dream about a particular subject, solve a problem or end a recurring nightmare.
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Ten best horror movies of 2015 according to Rolling Stone.


12/27/15

George Orwell on the seven ways politicians abuse language to deceive you.
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This 1882 patent for a 50-caliber mousetrap is probably overkill.
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How to avoid immediately destroying your new drone.
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Journalist Seymour Hersh says Pentagon leaders conducted a secret alliance with Assad and Putin to undermine Obama.
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"Every writer is a frustrated actor who recites his lines in the hidden auditorium of his skull."
   ~  Rod Serling


12/26/15

 
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Admit it. You just want your own dictator. Calls for "leadership" are unsavory, dangerous, and unAmerican.
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The US remained the single largest provider of arms around the world last year, controlling just over 50 percent of the market.
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ISIS fatwa permits the removal of organs from a living non-Muslim captive to save the life of a Muslim.
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How to make perfect coffee. The six fundamental principles of the ideal cup.


12/25/15

 


12/24/15

   The final issue of The Scene magazine: I designed this cover 22 years ago to protest the commercialization of Christmas. It purported to show the depiction of Jesus throughout history. Oh, to be young(er) and idealistic.  --->
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Mass surveillance may seem futuristic, but it marks a return to a time when we were watched by an omniscient authority. We called it God: The medieval origins of mass surveillance

Watch for the Orwellian re-branding of "mass surveillance" as merely "bulk collection." It's just like when the Bush administration and the media re-labeled "torture" with the euphemism "enhanced interrogation techniques."

Philosopher Michel Foucault warned decades ago of a future in which society is under constant surveillance. The elf on the shelf is preparing your child to live in a dystopian police state.
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Just be afraid. The FBI warned Austin residents to be on high alert with the following statement: ""There are no credible threats against Austin but the FBI says there could be a threat it doesn't know about yet."
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Bernie Sanders calls for a full independent audit of the Federal Reserve.

Here's his op-ed piece in the New York Times.

Ron Paul says Sanders destroyed the Audit the Fed Bill at the last minute.
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The expected high temperature today in New York City is 73 degrees. Expected high in Jerusalem: 61. Death Valley: 67. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: 68.
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War photography is brutal and beautiful, making the aestheticisation of violence inevitable.
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How a misleading story is changing immigration policy: Erroneous claims that one of the San Bernardino shooters made public social-media posts about jihad have led to legislation overhauling the process of screening visas.
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Is String Theory science? Physicists and cosmologists have been debating the question for the past decade. No they're looking to philosophy for help.

Is an untestable theory science or science fiction?
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Twenty things you didn't know about light.
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Dave Barry's year in review: We're not making this up.
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NYT: No matter who wins the presidency, the reckless abandonment of the norms of political discourse has profound implications.
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The Beatles' five boldest rip-offs.


12/23/15

I watched and loved the very bleak 1985 Russian war drama Come and See, about the Nazi occupation of Byelorussia through the eyes of a young boy, who joins the Soviet Army and experiences the horrors of World War II. It's available on YouTube. Here's Roger Ebert's review

"I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, 'Come and see.' And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him."
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"It was a pleasure to burn." Error 451: A new dystopian internet code inspired by the writings of Ray Bradbury aims to let users know when websites are unavailable because of government censorship.
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Research confirms a link between intelligence and life expectancy.
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My favorite John Oliver bits from 2015:
Tobacco.
Municipal Violations.
Marketing to Doctors.
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Wow! Enter one of Emma Willard's "Temples of Time," configured to help students memorize the events between Creation and the Roman Empire.


12/22/15WWJB?

Celebrate Holy Week by flogging a banker; it's what Jesus would have done.
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Christmas was actually illegal in America at one point in history.

Compassion, Christianity or Consumerism? The true meaning of Christmas.
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USA Today uses Vulcan hand signal to tout Star Wars movie. Nerds freak.
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Unsee this...Ralph Nader and Abby Martin on the corporate elections.
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On Donald Trump's use of the word "schlonged": Many goyim are fertummelt by the large number of Yiddish terms.
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The permanent war state: Of the $1.15 trillion that Congress authorized Wednesday to fuel this country, over half - $572.7 billion is going to the Pentagon.
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The biggest threat to American public safety is the American police state.

What if Jesus had been born 2,000 years later in the American police state?
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One of my favorite places to bike in Spokane: An extension of the Centennial Trail to the west past Kendall Yards received "Best City Project of the Year" honors from the WSDOT and the Federal Highway Administration.
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The Tokyo disaster preparedness guide is packed with great design.


12/21/15

Congratulations to Jesse James Hennessy and crew for  the successful showing of the season finale of the Mr. Dark Series at the Magic Lantern Theater last night in snowy downtown Spokane. It was the culmination of a year-long project, shot in three episodes. It'll be online soon. Look for it here
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Spokane is expecting 4 to 8 inches of snow today between noon and 10 pm. 
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It's the Winter Solstice, and you know what that means...

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12/20/15

Yeah, baby. It's happening tonight!

  
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I wasn't able to watch the Democratic debate last night, but I watched the news this morning and perused social media. Here's what I learned: Hillary didn't make it back from her potty break in time. Bernie said, "Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa." Hillary said everyone should love her and many people applauded. The O'guy said stuff that didn't matter, and they all said Trump sucks. Then Hillary plugged a movie. The winner? I gotta go with J.J. Abrams.


12/19/15

Meet us tomorrow night at the Magic Lantern Theater in downtown Spokane for a showing of all three episodes of Mr. Dark. Doors open at 6. Film at 7. Congratulations to Jesse and crew!
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A hunter found a live 60mm mortar round near Fairchild Air Force Base, and took it to their Visitor's Center, tending to freak a few folks out.
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Obama commutes sentences of 95 offenders, most with non-violent drug charges. One is from Spokane.
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The Christmas tree as political lightning rod.
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Garageland proprietor hopes to start a local absinthe craze.
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Blues fans are freaking out over a new photo of Robert Johnson
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Christopher Hitchens called her "a fanatic, a fundamentalist, and a fraud." Nevertheless, Pope Francis is going to make her a saint.


12/18/15

The Craziness of the Daily News: One of many amazing things to be found at 
The School of Life
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Why did seventeenth-century Europeans eat mummies?
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"My thoughts and prayers are with those affected." This is the phrase mouthed automatically and hypocritically by Western generals and political leaders trying to defend or explain away a particularly vile atrocity committed by their nation's military.
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Like most CEOs, Martin Shkreli - the Richie Rich kid who raised the price of an Aids treatment drug from $1.50 to $750 a pill - will unlikely face real punishment for security fraud.
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Philosopher William James' delightfully unhinged nitrous oxide writings.
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Aphrodisiacs in early modern England: 1619 book on erotic melancholy argued that "salt things doe cause a kind of Itching or Tickling in those parts that serve for Generation."
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Neurocomic: A graphic novel about how the brain works.
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Saudi millionaire is cleared of all rape charges after claiming he accidently tripped and fell on her, resulting in penetration.
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Denmark wants to seize jewelry and cash from refugees.


12/17/15

Spokane roads are treacherous. Freezing rain expected Friday.
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Putin says Trump is "a very bright and talented man ... I think that I would probably get along with him very well." 
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Eating people might be wrong, but is it against the law?
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ISIS Twitter accounts traced back to UK government by hackers.
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The surrealist republican debate scorecard.
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The Liquor and Cannabis Board says it intends to boost the number of marijuana stores in Washington from 335 to 556 stores statewide.
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Donald Trump was on Jimmy Kimmel last night.

Jimmy Kimmel's Lie Witness News team proves that even the most ridiculous comments seem plausible coming from Republican presidential frontrunner.


12/16/15

Debate notes:

Donald Trump will be seen as the clear winner of last night's Republican debate. He's going to come away with even higher poll numbers. He's your guy, GOP. Now you have to be nice to him again.

Ben Carson is toast, unless surrealism is suddenly recognized as a Republican value. He used his introduction time to ask for four seconds of silence for the San Bernardino victims; that's one second per 3.5 victims. When asked if he would order air strikes that would kill thousands of innocent children, he say he would "do what is necessary in order to get it done." It was like Mr. Rogers threatening to torture your puppy.

Jeb Bush had multiple opportunities to stand up to Trump and failed miserably each time. He even looked weak in his "Oh, yeah? - Yeah!" exchange with The Donald. He'll stay in the race, but look for him to necessarily don some kind of symbolic cowboy hat or cod piece.

Marco Rubio was the smartest man on the stage and the closest thing to what I always thought was a mainstream Republican. He doesn't have a chance.

Rand Paul did okay. Some people will even say he came in second or third. He was the only one to stand up to all of the saber rattling. He doesn't have a chance.

Ted Cruz was the most dangerous man on the stage, next to Trump. His smugness seems spread on with a trowel.  He is the riptide beneath the waves. He is Dr. Lecter smiling behind that creepy face mask.

Carly Fiorina might be a decent candidate but is sorely disadvantaged by not having a penis to swing around and brag about how big it is. 

Chris Christie doesn't have a chance; but he's fun, like the doll where you pull the string on its back and it tells you to go fuck yourself.

Kasich, Walker, Graham ... buh-bye.


12/15/15

This should make you nervous: Saudi Arabia says 34 nations have agreed to form a new "Islamic military alliance" to fight terrorism with a joint operations center based in the kingdom's capital, Riyadh.
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Donald Trump appears to have hired the Donald Trump of doctors.
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We think of love as merely spontaneous - but it is in fact an emotion acutely shaped by its history
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All private drone owners must register with the FAA.
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How the brain gets addicted to gambling: Addictive drugs and gambling rewire neural circuits in similar ways.
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Why animals eat psychoactive plants.
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Texas plumber sues car dealer after his truck ends up on Syria's front lines.
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Buster Keaton and the art of the visual gag.


12/14/15

Art by Pawel KuczynskiWelcome to Weimar America: It’s getting restive in the beer halls. People are sick of politics as usual. They want blunt talk. They want answers.
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Ten of the US's most intriguing archaeological mysteries. I've been to a couple of them.
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Every restaurant worker has wondered: Why walking through a doorway makes you forget.
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Can a Supreme Court justice be forcibly removed from the bench?
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This guy sing the dorky "All I Want For Christmas is You" in a minor key, and it ends up pretty cool.
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George Orwell quotes that predicted life in 2015 America.


12/13/15

The shamefully unfinished story of the CIA torture program.
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   UFO (!!?) seen today above Spokane --->
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Here's Ron Paul's refreshingly sane analysis: Are we in a clash of civilizations?
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Check out this guy's analysis  of A Serious Man, one of the Cohen Brother's less "accessible" films.
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The language of lying.


12/12/15

Defense contractors pat themselves on the back for steering candidates toward militarism.
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The definitive guide to Creepypasta - the Internet's scariest urban legends.
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Turning tech companies into spies won't work; it's counterproductive and potentially harmful. Here's why.
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How masks explain the psychology behind online harassment.
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Why do the postal service, USDA, EPA, and the Department of Agriculture need their own SWAT teams?
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Why physics needs art to help picture the universe.
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Trump is a symptom not the disease: He is a decoy, a diversion so outrageous that it overwhelms and hides the real disease.
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How Anonymous is trolling ISIS in the most obnoxious ways possible.

ISIS showcases its massive arsenal of American-made weapons in new video.


12/11/15

Say what you want about Trump; he got Democrats and most Republicans to finally agree on something.
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The Kalispel Indian Tribe just bought the Spokane Country Club. Let that sink in for just a moment.
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Many things are being identified as "Lynchian" lately. This video essay explores the term that makes even David Lynch uneasy.
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You just done effed up, ISIS. El Chapo sent ISIS leader a narco-threat after they destroyed one of the cartel's shipments. Satire?
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A wheel that spins forever; a bird that never quenches its thirst; a clock that never stops ticking, an endless source of free energy. Are these machines possible without violating the laws of physics?


12/10/15

ACLU: The government is increasingly relying on the 18th-century “All Writs Act” to get data from locked mobile devices, and circumventing an important public debate about its right to do so.
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 photo 982455.jpgA new poll finds Donald Trump with his most commanding lead yet.

The Trump Effect, and how it spreads.

Last night on Facebook, George Takei's response to Donald Trump internment camp statements, got one million views in one hour.
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Kim Jung Un says North Korea has hydrogen bomb.
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NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden took to social media Wednesday to note that one armed citizen in Garland, Texas, was able to accomplish what the surveillance state hasn’t – prevent a terror attack.
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Spokane will get its first greenway, a type of street with little car traffic that prioritizes pedestrians and cyclists.


12/9/15

Spokane is getting ready for take two of the Destruction by Windstorm scene. Last night the Rosauers store looked like the Survivalist Expo. I expected someone to hand me literature about Obama's birth certificate.
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Is it just me or is Time magazine's Angela Merkel portrait 10% Donald Trump?
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Many thanks to KHQ News for the piece this morning on how to tell if your tree might fall over. It seems that if there are cracks in the ground surrounding the tree, or if roots are breaking through the earth, it's possible that your tree might fall over. No doubt there's a follow-up report coming: How to tell if your tree has fallen over. (If your tree is horizontal...)
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President Obama says that allowing people on the No-Fly list to purchase guns is a loophole around gun laws. In reality, the No-Fly list itself is a loophole allowing federal officials to trample citizens' constitutional rights without due process.

Over one-third of the 680,000 suspected terrorists on the feds No-Fly list have "no recognized terrorist group affiliation."

Which watchlists are we even talking about here? The no-fly list is just a small subset of the full terror watchlist. And even the White House seems to be referring to the two lists interchangeably.
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Homeland Security secretary unveils new terror alert system.
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White House says Trump's bar Muslim plan disqualifies him from the presidency.
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Spokane police had to stop accepting new concealed gun license applications for a "brief period of time" due to a recent spike in applications.
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A new invention seals a gunshot wound in 15 seconds.
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Soon after John Lennon was shot, Fred Rogers produced a special episode on violence that was shown as part of PBS' evening programming in 1981.


12/8/15

Donald Trump is conducting a national version of the infamous Milgram experiment. His outrageous comments are an epic social psychology experiment in which he exploits his position as an authority figure to see how far the public will let him go.
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Another windstorm to hit Spokane tonight and tomorrow.
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Live by the sword; die by the sword - This is why we kill each other at home: US air strike kills 36 civilians yesterday in Syrian village
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Americans want ground troops in Syria because most Americans don't really know what that means. How many "boots on the ground" it would take to defeat ISIS.
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Horror beyond description: Noam Chomsky on the latest phase of the War on Terror.
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Trump wants to ban all Muslims from entering the US.

Trump's "ban Muslims" proposal is wildly dangerous but not far outside the US mainstream.
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ACLU: Until the No Fly List is fixed, it shouldn't be used to restrict people's freedoms.
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Dear World, did you not read my book? Sincerely, G. Orwell


12/7/15

Here's the full video and transcript of Obama's speech last night.

Obama's speech reminded Americans that the war with ISIS is still illegal.
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Women could be forced to register for the draft.
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Listen to this eyewitness description of the San Bernardino killers.
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I've been reading David Lynch's book "Catching the Big Fish" and I now understand I need to dissolve my stinking Suffocating Rubber Clown Suit of Negativity. Sehah.
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"Graphic skin removal" - and inverse tattoo crated by skin splitting, peeling, carving, and removal ... is now a thing.
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Three years in, legal pot sales soar in Washington State.
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Peter Griffin and Homer Simpson washing a car: Your life will never be the same.
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Here's a CNN clip about that Spokane bird-flipping crosswalk sign.


12/6/15

Obama to address nation about gun violence tonight at 5:00.
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How to create a gun-free America in five easy steps.
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As the wealth gap widens, advertising embraces the French Revolution.
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When the FBI went after Mad Magazine.
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The electromagnetic spectrum is where the wars of the future will be won or lost. Here’s a brief glimpse of what those battles will look like.
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Facebook group seeks to recall newly reelected Spokane Mayor David Condon.
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After he spoke out against police brutality, the Fraternal Order of Police issued a cryptic threat to Quentin Tarantino, saying “something is in the works.” Now, Tarantino has responded.
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The B-52, originally scheduled for retirement generations ago, has outlived its replacement. And its replacement’s replacement. And its replacement’s replacement’s replacement.
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The folly of the New York Times pleading for gun control on page one.


12/5/15graphic by ssg

For the first time since 1920, the New York Times runs an editorial on page 1: End the gun epidemic in America.
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The tools that governments could use to contain public demonstrations by remote control – firing tear gas from drones, for example – are advancing at a troubling and unregulated rate.
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Undercover police crack down on freedom of speech in Paris during corporate Solutions 21 event.
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Spokane Police Guild president has been criminally charged.
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Want to see what corporate media have done to standards of journalism? Take a look - and tremble for our country.
   ~  Bill Moyers
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Tashfeen Malik pledges allegiance to ISIS just before killing 14 in San Bernardino.
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A marble bust of Dick Cheney will reside in the US Capitol. First we shield our torturers and war criminals from prosecution, then we officially honor them. The Obama administration has moved from legally protecting Bush-era war criminals to honoring and gushing over them in public.
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From the left: Hillary Clinton praised Australia's gun control measures, which seized 650,000 guns. 

And from the right: The Australian gun ban conceit.
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Welcome to Mexico City's punk rock flea market.
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Why some Civil War soldiers glowed in the dark.
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This guy killed 1,626 men, women and children. He got a cool certificate.


12/4/15

There were so many people applying for concealed weapons permits at the Spokane Public Safety building yesterday that they had to close the offices early. Local stores reported record gun sales on Black Friday.
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A bust of Dick Cheney was unveiled at the US Capitol yesterday, honoring his work for ending terrorism. Here's a video I did in 2006 when the Big Dick came to Spokane.
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NYT: How many mass killings are there, really? The frequently repeated statistic of 355 this year is distorting our understanding of these killings.
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Scott Weiland, former frontman for the Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, dead at 48.

Weiland's Q&A with Rolling Stone.
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"Playing jazz is like being on fire: you can’t grasp the flames – you can only try to contain the panic, the notes spilling frantically everywhere from your fingers; and it also eventually kills you. There is something sacred in the art of jazz improvisation."
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Artists fill Paris with 600 fake ads to protest corporate sponsorship of climate conference.
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Bombing hasn't worked. Bombing won't work. And yet, we will bomb. The logic of our political class is always the same: We must do something. Bombing is something. We must bomb.
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Washington, DC's main allies in its war on Syria are the two biggest terrorist incubators on the planet: Saudi Arabia and Turkey.


12/3/15

 photo 3540382319_logo.jpgNo one has come as close to explaining the American need to kill one another as did Michael Moore in his brilliant documentary "Bowling for Columbine." Moore and Marilyn Manson point out that there was a connection between the Columbine shooting and Clinton's same day US bombing of the Balkans. How many countries were we bombing yesterday while we were slaughtering one another at home? These shootings are not the fault of the NRA or Jesus, they are symptoms of a sick, bloodthirsty society; they are the pimples on our fat, warmongering ass.
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I doubt if Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik were NRA members.
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According to Obama, the first thing we should do, while the entire country is in shock from a barrage of shootings, is to change that law that allows people on the No Fly List to still buy guns. The choir shouts amen but few can say how one gets put on the list, who puts them on it, or how to get off of it if they're wrongly tagged.
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There was also a shooting in Syria yesterday.
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 photo Blood-Thirsty-Medal-Vector-T-Shirts.jpgNeighbor of San Bernardino killers Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik refused to report the pair to authorities after witnessing suspicious activity at their apartment over fears she would be labeled racist.
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Standard Washington driver's licenses may no longer be good enough to visit certain federal facilities and, eventually, they may prevent people from getting on a commercial airplane - even for a domestic flight.
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Donald Trump makes surprise appearance on the Alex Jones Show.
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Fences have been installed to close trails around the scenic Palouse River waterfall that plunges about 190 feet over a basalt cliff. 


12/2/15

As many of you know, I am a geology nerd. I dig rocks (!), in particular, those rocks and the landscapes they inhabit that have suffered Nature's catastrophic ire. And being from Spokane, I live in the spillway of one of the greatest series of deluges the world has ever suffered, The Great Missoula Floods. (Here's my early, rather goofy take on the matter, a film I made in 2008 about the Ice Age event, The Flood, where I also freak out about caves and hotel rooms and Indian spirits.) 

I spent most of yesterday pursuing my obsession on YouTube:
     I watched all of this guy's videos, tremendously informative. Here's his website.
     Here's the excellent Discovery Channel documentary.
     Here's an animated illustration of how it all happened, the glacier blockage, the forming of Lake Missoula, the flood, and the aftermath.
     A network of marked Ice Age Floods touring routes has been proposed, extending across Montana, Idaho, Washington, and Oregon, with interpretive centers located across the region.
     If you're a freak, a Google search will ruin your week.
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photo - ssgAnnouncing the birth of his baby girl this morning, Mark Zuckerberg has said that he'll give away 99% of his Facebook shares – worth $45 billion – committing himself to improving the world his daughter will live in.
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Why is real sex in films such a turn-off? Take Gaspar Noe's film Love, for instance...
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Neurotic people may be more likely to see faces in objects.
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Syria is a chemical weapons free-for-all. The Islamic State is gassing civilians. Assad is dropping chlorine from helicopters, and Washington is sleeping off its Thanksgiving hangover.


12/1/15

I envy animals that can hibernate through December.
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Spokane City Council leaders are demanding answers from Mayor Condon about his handling of personnel issues within the SPD.
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In quest for federal aide, Spokane Emergency Management asks citizens to report storm damage.
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Another earthquake hit Lake Pend Oreille Monday morning. It's the second one in seven days.
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Paris is a snapshot of our violent, militarized future. How climate change, terrorism, and the "precrime" arrest of dozens of activists are all connected at the global climate conference in Paris.
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 Is Donald Trump a fascist? Or just tapping into America's latent fascistic impulses? "He is merrily leading us down the path towards a fascist state even without being himself an overt fascist."

Trump: Give me five million dollars to participate in the next debate.

Trump video shows Obama cracking up over Islamic State attacks.


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