8/ 4 /15
City of Spokane sues Monsanto over PCB contamination of the
Naked is what you are when you haven't got your
clothes on. Nude is what you are when you have intentionally taken
your clothes off.
why the difference matters.
A "creativity algorithm" explains:
do we love Picasso?
Just when you crave one more sensual hit,
void of the float tank stops time, strips ego and unleashes the mind.
of tweets with the hashtag #HistoricalClickbait - historical
events written as sensationalist headlines guaranteed to attract
Here is Psychology Today's collection of articles on
Narcissist in Your Life.
We need to start thinking about what kind of world
we're going to leave Keith Richards.
8/ 3 /15
I've been pen
pals with nearly 50 murderers and serial killers.
ancient roots of doomsday prophecies and end of the world
behind stage fright? Paralyzing performance anxiety plagues even
the greatest artists, and nobody knows what to do about it.
people asked advice columnists in the 1690s.
to know if you're going to have a bad trip.
would have happened if Germany had invaded the US during World
Monkey's cozy alliance with
smart things to do when writing.
8/ 2 /15
charming words for nasty people.
Donald Trump's companies have
sought visas to
import at least 1,100 workers.
Fashion and pop culture have
been especially quick to seize on the notion that robots
are slicker versions of ourselves.
The Espionage Act under the
Obama administration is being
used against journalists and sources when it's never been used like
that in history..."
This year, 25
new words or phrases have been added to an unofficial lexicon
designed to let you criticize the Chinese government.
What it's like to be a death
row executioner in America.
Carter: The US is an "oligarchy with unlimited political
Of lions and men: Mourning
Samuel DuBose and Cecil the Lion.
something about Bernie. The revolutionary zeal of the senator
from Vermont is powering his improbable candidacy forward.
Drug testing 101.
colors we eat: Food color does more than guide us, it changes
the experience of taste.
words and phrases everyone should know.
The science of munchies: Why
does cannabis stimulate your appetite?
8/ 1 /15
Bill Moyers: Based on developments in our post-9/11
world, we could be watching the
birth of a new American political system and way of governing
for which, as yet, we have no name.
Sanders plans to speak at a rally in Seattle's Westlake Park on
This article in Counterpunch about Bernie Sanders is
and the Sandernistas.
options were there for the US regarding the atomic bomb in 1945?
Madame LaLaurie: The baddest bitch in New Orleans.
How to shake
someone who's tailing you.
Thirteen pictures that capture
the wonder and thrill of archaeology.
7/ 31 /15
I'm taking a vacation from
e-stuff today and trying to finish some writing projects...
7/ 30 /15
out this story about Scott Meyers and the tragic overdose and
death of his daughter, Rachel, who struggled with drug addiction
most of her short life. [Scott is an old friend of The Scene
magazine, and was promoter of the local band Black Happy for many
A Tacoma man wants
Spokane's Wilson Elementary School to be renamed because Woodrow
Wilson was a segregationist and a racist.
psychology of revenge: biology, evolution and culture.
police stop is a death threat. This is the nature of the State
a live feed of the Shell oil ship moving toward St. Johns Bridge
in NW Portland, where protesters are dangling from the bridge and
kayak activists are in the water below.
here for a random Existential Comic.
7/ 29 /15
Last night I watched As
Above So Below, a decent horror flick that's a lot like The
Descent. I like the whole claustrophobia-as-horror-element
thing, but I think it's yet to be used to its maximum effect.
You just lost
El Chapo builds his tunnels: Sinaloa's secret team of architects
and builders has perfected the art of underground drug smuggling.
Michael Moore's new film attacks
US government's state of infinite war.
A Hebrew professor claims the
Bible's Moses was
Watch the Adbuster's uncommercials.
The costly, deadly
dangers of traffic stops in the American Police State.
do mammals breastfeed? Researchers are piecing together the
story of lactation's evolution. It all started with an egg.
Bob Dellwo, former Spokane
councilman, Native American activist, FBI spy, dead
Did you know that the
ampersand was once
considered a part of the alphabet?
The quick history of aliens
"Either write something worth reading or do
something worth writing."
7/ 28 /15
friends with murderers and the world of murderabilia.
death of satire: Once the smartest form of comedy, satire has
turned into fake news and dumbed-down clickbait. From Colbert to The
Onion, the tide is going out.
Thesauruses are fun: 17
useful words for drinking.
Will intellectual combat ever regain
entertainment value of the William F. Buckley-Gore Vidal jousts?
video of lightning in slow motion is strangely entrancing.
Musk and Steve
Wozniak lead artificial intelligence experts
who want killer robots banned.
The great Ralph
Steadman illustrates the great Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451.
How did armies keep
archers supplied with arrows while fighting?
7/ 27 /15
"We’ve arranged a society on
science and technology in which nobody understands anything about
science and technology, and this combustible mixture of ignorance
and power sooner or later is going to blow up in our faces." Carl
When "The Big One"
hits in Western Washington, we're
likely to feel it in the Inland Northwest, but it might seem
like nothing more than the shaking from a large truck.
William Mortensen: the
photographer who Ansel Adams called the Antichrist.
short film about Mortensen.
How to use
the passive voice correctly.
Which of the 11
American nations do you live in?
to the heavens: The Assyrian account of the Tower of Babel -
very similar to the Bible.
7/ 26 /15
The New York Times and other
major US media outlets airbrush
out of history the disastrous and criminal role Uncle Sam has played
and continues to play in the world.
American road-tripping has
left its mark on literature: Here
are the actual routes they took.
Californias plan to break up the state into six different states
it to the 2016 ballot.
A Cambridge professor suspects
deaths of three scientists investigation melting Arctic ice may have
Street art images testify
to uncomfortable truths.
Over the last century, archaeologists have uncovered
more than 100
"trophy heads" – decapitated heads attached to ropes
which were hung from buildings and strung around peoples’ waists.
7/ 25 /15
was watching a YouTube video about how CERN is going to open the
abyss and release Apollyon the Antichrist who will subjugate and
destroy all of creation and it was interrupted by a commercial for
Sandra Bland's autopsy
Washington state implements
new cannabis laws: What's
New photos show Bush
administration reaction to 9/11 attacks. The images, taken by
Cheney's staff photographer, were released in response to a Freedom
of Information Act by Frontline.
an ordained minister for only $14.99.
"And the LORD God said unto the serpent,
Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all
cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon
thy belly shalt thou go..."
~ Genesis 3:14
Here's an excellent article in The Inlander
Spokane's architectural style.
use semicolons; they make me feel smart.
Court declares air
fresheners, pro-police stickers as reasonable suspicion for cops
to pull you over.
When the brothel trade falls on hard times you do as
you must: you buy the closest property you can to Area 51 and turn
it into an extraterrestrial boning bar.
Jonah complex and various interpretations of it, the fear of
success stems from the sense of overwhelming responsibility that
might come with success, of living an extraordinary life that lacks
The notorious and much feared ancient
order of Hashshashins.
7/ 24 /15
I keep hearing reports of
Macklemore getting booted from local restaurants...
Why do pendulum clocks that
hang on the same wall eventually
said it: Donald Trump or Mr. Burns from "The Simpson"?
nuclear war with industrial agriculture.
The five best and five worst
get possessed by.
Here's a cool article in Iran
an ancient city of dwarfs. On the same page you'll find an
excellent article on how to make Beef Yogurt.
bear triggers the motion-activated shutter of a wildlife
research trail camera set up by biologists just four minutes behind
hikers on a trail in Pend Oreille County.
do people have foot fetishes?
Surgeons successfully graft
hand onto patient's leg and keep
it alive for a month.
7/ 23 /15
will happen to Spokane when The Really Big One wipes out the
good news about the earthquake that will destroy the Northwest.
Exploring the catastrophic possibilities of the
modern world, scientists and sociologists explain why
the sky may, in fact, be falling.
to speak American: Steal words, invent new ones, turn nouns into
verbs and verbs into nouns. Smush words together.
Golden Ratio, one thing that ancient Greeks, Renaissance
artists, a 17th century astronomer and 21st century architects all
have in common.
More data have been created and stored in the past
15 years than in the previous history of humanity. To handle the
An army-sponsored workshop on the future of war
mashed-up vision of swarmbots, cyborgs, and technology run wild.
7/ 22 /15
Transhumanism and its associated philosophies can be
divisive. To be sure, the movement has some negative stereotypes
attached to it. But nonetheless, it's
gaining traction in mainstream discourse.
to get out of your own light – Aldous Huxley on who we are,
the trap of language, and the necessity of mind-body education.
Here's Frontline's documentary about El Chapo:
Legend of Shorty.
Taxidermists use their art as a way to preserve a
disappearing species—but that wasn't always the case. Watch
as one expert discusses the evolving ethics of the practice.
Starting September 26, it will be
the law to have an open container of marijuana in your vehicle.
in a crematorium: What it's like to burn bodies for a living.
7/ 21 /15
and Ryan Lewis are in Spokane this week filming a new music
video. We will survive.
Here is the exclusive Rachel
Dolezal interview in Vanity Fair, trying to suck a few more
drops of blood out of this dying dog of a story.
Teaching Queen Elizabeth the Nazi salute is
nothing compared to what the Duke may have been up to with the Third
Reich. No wonder Churchill sent spies to post-war Berlin to find
records - and destroy them.
Are you smart enough for Menza? I got 17 out of 20, with two
outright edjumacated guesses.
entrepreneurs don't have a
special gene for risk - they're
just rich kids with safety nets.
Trump hits double digits in a new GOP poll. The apocalypse is
Robert Reich on how
Goldman Sachs helped create the Greek debt crisis.
Dean Martin vs. Frank
the last four presidents declare that the US is bombing Iraq.
7/ 20 /15
I dream of a world where
chickens can cross the road and not have their motives questioned.
Oliver on food waste.
virtual reality is the future of religion? Twenty-five years
from now people will think about Virtual Reality the same way we
think about the Internet today - we won't even be ablt to imagine
our global existence without it.
The strange, sad story of the
man named Mr. Hands who
died from having sex with a horse.
origins of human beings according to ancient Sumerian texts.
is hash oil medicinal and when does it pose health risks?
is undermining free speech, expression, liberties: The
"shut it down" crowd that would sanitize humor just
doesn't get it - radical comedians should be allies.
Five of the most
common grammar mistakes.
mistakes even smart people make.
7/ 19 /15
Yes, Donald Trump - who
received several deferments during the Viet Nam War - is a ninny and
a hypocrite for dissing John McCain's war record. But McCain's
criticism of Trump for "firing up the crazies" is equally
hypocritical coming from someone who tried to give us Sarah Palin as
a Vice President.
Historians urge that secret
correspondence be made pubic about their the
Royal Family's ties to the Nazi regime.
The Greek government’s capitulation to its
predator-creditors, coming less than a week after Greek voters
proudly said NO, illustrates for the umpteenth time, the essential
correctness of a remark of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s, that “
you strike at a king, you must kill him.”
Why the best post-apocalyptic stories are
usually kind of silly.
Is this for
real? Did Wesley Clark just call for the internment of
"disloyal" Americans for the duration of the war on
are we supposed to do with our lives now that the world is
thoughts for 100 years of the greatest short story in all
7/ 18 /15
Buckingham Palace defends
footage of Queen giving Nazi salute as a child. Here's the Sun's
article that exposed it.
The European Space Agency's
new head just proposed to build
a village on the moon.
surrendered: But to whom exactly?
transhumanism overcome a widespread deathist culture?
How to use
the passive voice correctly.
Texans fear invasion: The Lone Star State's history explains the
alarmed reaction to Jade Helm.
creepiest, most disturbing cakes you can have at your next
7/ 17 /15
out this trailer for "The Revenant" starring Leonardo
DiCaprio, and directed by Alejandro
Gonzalez Inarritu, who also directed "Birdman," which
won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay.
"Irregardless" is a
word, but here's
why you still shouldn't use it.
Drop a basketball with
backspin from a great enough height, and something rather
interesting happens. The Magnus
Effect explained (and other related stuff, too).
new paper on phantom phone vibration syndrome suggests that we
rethink our negative approach to technology and its effects on us.
Here's an infographic
on how to deal with the police. These are probably the four most
common encounters people have with them.
mummy wearing an artificial toe was found in the tomb of
Tabeketenmut in the necropolis of Thebes, near Luxor.
Despite the weirdness of existence, most of us are
able to get on with our lives and avoid debilitating feelings of
despair, personal failure, and cosmic meaninglessness. But
Cat pianos, sound-houses, and other imaginary
7/ 16 /15
corporate dismantling of civil society is nearly complete in Greece.
It is far advanced in the United States. We, like the Greeks, are
undergoing a political war waged by the world’s oligarchs. No one
elected them. They ignore public opinion. And, as in Greece, if a
government defies the international banking community, it is
targeted for execution. The banks do not play by the rules of
Existentialism? Don't even get me
Inslee signs off on Spokane Gateway Bridge, connecting the
University District with Sprague.
endangered by new strain of fact-resistant humans: "It's
possible that they will become more receptive to facts once they are
in an environment without food, water, or oxygen," a researcher
Geographic: This graphic looks at how marijuana affects the body
- and how researchers are using the knowledge to develop new
How did nobody notice five
million pounds of rock fall off of Half Dome in Yosemite National
Comics: A philosophy comic about the inevitable anguish of
living a brief life in an absurd world. Also some jokes.
What top athletes look like without
Bradbury on creative
purpose in the face of rejection.
[Did you know: Ray Bradbury is
a descendent of Mary
Bradbury, who was tried at one of the Salem witch trials in
is the difference between cannabis-infused edibles and inhaled
7/ 15 /15
Airway Heights mayor said he
didn't realize that comparing Obamas to monkeys was racist.
"I didn't mean to offend anyone."
The New Yorker story about
Cascadia's "Really Big One" has
a lot to do with colonial hubris, says The Stranger.
A look at
got what in the Iran Nuclear Deal.
of El Chavo's escape.
The man who
his memory at the dentist.
Psychedelic drugs including LSD and magic mushrooms
are much less harmful than has been claimed, and
be reclassified to make it easier for scientists to research their
potential benefits, a leading psychiatrist has said.
7/ 14 /15
An earthquake will destroy
Seattle, Portland, and a sizable part of the coastal Northwest. The
question is when.
Alien coffee stain found on my kitchen counter.
cannabis testing: A guide to cannabinoids and terpenes and all
of those numbers.
Dark Web: What it is, how it works, and why it's not going away.
Should children do
Conservationists want you to stop
building rock piles.
7/ 13 /15
similarity between Hindu flood legend of Manu and the Biblical
account of Noah.
The ancient Romans have passed
many traditions on to modern society, but they certainly had a
different perspective on urine, for
which they found many uses.
When your reasons are worse
than useless, sometimes
the most rational choice is a random stab in the dark.
What are those tiny,
sticky crystals that cover cannabis flowers?
Thoreau on hard
work, the myth of productivity, and the true measure of meaningful
ball pit for grown-ups opens to the public in Washington, DC.
They went down to Catemaco,
Mexico - the
Disneyland of satanic tourists - to check out all the chicken
killing, voodoo dolls, and spirit possession the town had to offer.
moments from classic kids cartoons.
7/ 12 /15
Civilian victims in Yemen will
be ignored because
US and its allies are responsible.
Why are some drug legal and
others illegal? Racism.
I still have some faith in
protesters chase Serbian prime minister from ceremony.
are wrong about "The Human Centipede" film trilogy.
They "should be viewed as surrealistic, cleverly politicized
fables of corruption, excess, and lunacy."
The crisis in Greece isn't an
ancient tragedy; it's
a modern farce only Samuel Beckett could have written.
From Bacon's Rebellion to the
Boston Bombings: How well do you know American extremism? Take
John Oliver on Thailand's
bizarre fixation on Hitler imagery.
7/ 11 /15
how to translate DC's favorite foreign policy clichés, from
"boots on the ground" to "thank you for your
I thought becoming
Jack Kerouac would cure my depression.
Most of Lawrence
Ferlinghetti's poet friends were on some kind of drug most of the
Ferlinghetti. "Somebody had to mind the shop."
Kayaking and paddle boarding
coming to downtown! The Spokane Parks and Recreation Department is
small boat launch near the Division Street Bridge.
Here are 11 science fiction books that are
taught in college classes.
The ancient art of magic,
curses and supernatural spells.
a bite out of MacSabbath, a McDonald's-themed Black Sabbath
I sound gay? A filmmaker's personal journey explores the
the trailer for Bruce Campbell's "Ash Vs. Evil Dead."
A Netherlands city could be the
first to pave its streets with recycled plastic bottles.
The rise and fall of
"Modern Americans behave
as if intelligence were some sort of hideous deformity."
7/ 10 /15
Jesse's film " Mental"
was chosen as one of the top 24 in the world for the New York 24
Hour Film Racing Contest!
virtual reality porn could bring about world peace: An okay
article. I thought it was fun that the console used in the photos
required two hands.
R. Crumb illustrates Philip K.
secret history of the word "Cracker."
Police now rely
on SWAT teams and their violent tactics for routine police work.
to build a pyramid: Hidden ramps may solve the mystery of the
Great Pyramid's construction.
One of the largest
human experiments in history was conducted on unsuspecting residents
of San Francisco.
British government tested
chemical and biological agents on thousands of citizens.
7/ 9 /15
Here's the Spokane
Arena's bucket list. They asked people to tell them who they
want to see play at the arena. The results show Spokane's staggering
Underneath the Division Street Bridge.
Fire-walking, skin piercing,
bloodletting, even voluntary crucifixion: Why
do people across cultures participate in extreme rituals of bodily
Organizational Structures: A
The group is called the
Northwest Front, and its
final solution to the race problem is to expel non-white people
from the Pacific Northwest and to establish a mono-racial republic.
Greece is the latest
battleground in the
financial elite's war on democracy.
virtual reality porn could bring about world peace: an okay
article. I thought it was funny that the console used in the photos
required two hands.
A revolutionary way of using psychedelics?
Tunguska event: Still a mystery after 107 years.
7/ 8 /15
The Greek crisis: What
you're not being told.
are Americans so easy to manipulate and control? shoppers,
students, workers and voters are all seen the same way: as passive, conditional
Required viewing for thinking
Century of the Self.
I am so, so very sorry: 10
reasons zombies are physically impossible.
comedy's proud history of offensiveness: In the 70s, SNL and
National Lampoon helped define groundbreaking, subversive comedy
that wasn't afraid to infuriate its audience.
"What a fascinating
thing! Total control of a living organism!"
~ psychologist B. F. Skinner
7/ 7 /15
person is dead and three are injured after ice caves collapse at
the Big Four Ice Caves in Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.
A researcher from WSU is attempting
to understand exploding head syndrome.
native Northwest species.
this real? A wingsuit flight through a six and a half foot cave.
In this wide-ranging interview
in The Nation, socialist presidential candidate Bernie
Sanders says the elite are in for an ugly surprise.
Crow and the Ku Klux Klan don't even merit mention in
conservative Texans' new version of American history.
Wine and drugs in ancient
7/ 6 /15
: Maybe we should stop asking what's
wrong with wheat and begin asking what's wrong with us. The
myth of big, bad gluten
A homunculus refers to the
representation of a fully formed but tiny human being. According to
sixteenth century alchemical texts, the
small human could be created through an alchemical process and
carried great powers.
One of the
last grim scenes of the Civil War was caught on camera.
I know it's hard to hear, but
we should be grateful for stories like this that demonstrate both the
harshness and the beauty of Darwinian reality: Man
dies after strapping fireworks to his head and setting them off.
7/ 5 /15
I have officially quit my
position at The Restaurant. Rest assured I'll be
touching on this more in the future. Wink, wink...
7/ 4 /15
Now it's dark...
7/ 3 /15
One more day until Mr.
Dark #2. I just saw the nearly complete film. Pretty dang cool,
as Jesse might say.
I believe I'll celebrate Independence Day by officially quitting my job at The Restaurant.
7/ 2 /15
It was the hottest June ever
recorded in Spokane's history, with 90s and 100s at least through
The 10th century chronicle of the
violent, orgiastic funeral of a Viking chieftain.
video breaks down in simple terms the only way "those in
power" can stay in power. It's not as complex at it may seem.
Stanley Kubrick archivist talks
about the controversy around A Clockwork Orange.
marks that you probably didn't know existed.
trial of Salvador Dali - a BBC production about when the
original surrealist group put Dali on trial for being a
douche. A good show albeit with terrible acting by the dude
playing Dali. I'd like to see this done with local actor Christopher
Lamb (who I've worked with many times in various JJH films), whose
portrayal of the Spanish loon is right on.
George Orwell blasts
American fashion magazines (1946).
John Oliver on
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