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

 


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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Frog Spirt - sculpture SSG (Yeah, I know. It's un-Spokane-y)

Running with Scissors Since 1999




Me 3.   
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Five Finger Fillet
The Contender challenges Tough Guy Champ to the ultimate knif
e game.

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.

What I Learned from the Spokane Anarchists
We march with the young rebels during their July 4th March for Rights.

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

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

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

Nib-Ron's Warning to OrbEarth
Take heed, gullible earth creatures. (But perhaps 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.

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.

(I am not)
The Blue Bear

Espionage, kidnapping, torture, sex and teddy bears.

PFC B. Bee Dies for the Glorious Homeland
What B(he) said.

Encounter 
A strange meeting on the Fish Lake Trail early Easter morning.

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

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

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

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

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

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?). [My first "movie," made with pilfered photos and a twenty dollar camera.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Compliments
Randomly generated compliments with a rosemary/veal sauce.

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.

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

OtherSpokane's
 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. 

Drip
Shemaleiah's retelling of the Gilgamesh legend. Artsy bondage. Last hit count: 57,000

GUNTher
GUNTher and friends have murderous Halloween fun.

Dick's Day
Vice President Cheney is welcomed to 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


POLITICS '12

Ron Paul in Spokane

Part One
Part Two

The Newt in The Kan at The Bing

Part One
Part Two


MY SHORTS

Jumping to Conclusions at Pig Out in the Park

$1 PBRs

Geothermal 
Giggle

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

Where Did I Put My Sunglasses?

Ledger Parade

Titanic

Shem in Snow

The Line

Leroy Promo

Dealing with Evil

1night@Mootsys


TRIP CLIPS

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


CONTESTS

Watch Jesse's and my entries to Spokane's 48 Hour Film Contest.

2012
Gazoombas!

2011
The Sacrifice

2010
The Tenth Floor


2009

 
bag

as well as the 
50 Hour Film Slam

2011
Oxy and Drakkar


You are feeling
 veeeery generous...

Three of four of the four or five patrons in Mootsys Tavern on 6/26/11 agreed that your chances of going to heaven increases 10% with every $10 donation.


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1/31/13

Just in time for the Super Bowl! Alan Watt's harsh analysis on the purpose of sports in our culture: The Truth About Sports.
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Have you seen Homeland Security’s instructional video for confronting a murderer? Cower under a desk. Fight back with scissors.
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Arp Xigar read that I slept in the desert and listened to coyotes singing. He sent me the following cartoon by Sam Singer, called by Animato magazine "the Ed Wood of animation." Watch Bucky and Pepito - The Coyote Catcher.
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Military equipment flowing to local law enforcement raises questions
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I wonder what Gabrielle Gifford - who, before she was shot was a pro-gun, Blue Dog Democrat - would think if she was actually aware of the way she is being used as a puppet by anti-Second Amendment extremists. Politics don't get any more shameful then this.

Here's Feinstein's Assault Weapon ban bill.
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Fighting for American freedom in the Middle East is like going to the strip club to work on your marriage.


1/30/13

Ooops...

 Me no speaka the English.

(Hey, maybe we should make guns illegal so we can be safe like Mexico.)


1/29/13

You know, you have to go there a least once in your life.

God is great.
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Some of my favorite Facebook posts from my trip:

1/20 near Lakeview, OR: 
     "I just dropped into the north end of the enormous basin that runs from here in southern Oregon all the way to Mexico, which is my planned route. Coming into the town of Lakeview at night in 15 degree weather with the thermal springs and fountains steaming and everything else frozen white is like a scene from Dante's Inferno."

1/22 near Beatty, NV:
     "Leaving Beatty, NV and descending into Death Valley (but I shall fear no evil)."

1/22 near Furnace Creek, CA:
     "Badwater Pond, Death Valley. Blue skies. Very few people. Seventy degrees. Last time I was here with James it was 54 degrees hotter."

1/23 near Twenty Nine Palms, CA:
     "After spending most of yesterday photographing in Death Valley, I drove the sparsely traveled Kelbaker "Road" from Baker, CA, through the Mojave Preserve to Twenty Nine Palms. The road is to road building what graffiti is to art - interesting but unconventional: in some places, instead of paving, they merely scraped the ground and painted the lines directly on the packed desert floor."

1/24 near Yuma, AZ:
     "I'm sitting in the Yuma desert on my mom's porch 7/8ths of the way through my second drink trying to convince mom and her boyfriend to dump the prescription drugs and get a prescription hooch card and maybe tie-dye that kiss-the-cook apron and actually enjoy this amazing desert that is howling and vibrating all around us."

1/25 near Yuma, AZ:
     "I'm outside in my sleeping bag in the 65 degree Yuma desert looking up at the stars and wondering what kind of sign would help me understand life and my place in the universe. And then the coyotes begin to sing."

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Here's a panoramic cell phone video of me somewhere in the Mojave Desert.


1/28/13

I spent last Friday night in Las Vegas. 
Not a bad view for a $40 hotel room.

   

I prefer downtown Vegas to The Strip. The hotels are cheaper, and it's no myth that the casinos pay off better downtown. Also, the decadence and insanity is concentrated into a very tight area. 

    


1/20/13

I'm gone, my faithful readers. See you in a week or so...


1/19/13

Road trip! It's past time: I need to get away from this city, away from work, away from this chill, away from this computer. No more gun talk. No more Obama talk, drone talk, bad banker talk, apocalypse talk. No right wing, no left wing, no pro, no con. No NDAA, no NRA, no I-502. No confirmation hearings, no executive orders, no Drudge, no Huffington, no asteroid close calls, no particulate levels, no OtherSpokane, no Spokesman-Review, no Inlander, no YouTube, no Facebook... 

Well, okay, I'll still upload to Facebook. But all that other stuff - no.


1/18/13

I'm planning another epic Stik Mann road trip - this time with instant photo and video uploading ability. I'm departing in the next few days. Friend me on Facebook if you want to tag along. Stay tuned for more details.
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What the hay?!!In the New York Times: Who says you can kill Americans, Mr. President? "President Obama has refused to tell Congress or the American people why he believes the Constitution gives, or fails to deny, him the authority to secretly target and kill American citizens who he suspects are involved in terrorist activities overseas."
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Here's a video of a DEA agent giving a gun safety demonstration to a classroom of kids whereupon he SHOOTS HIMSELF IN THE FOOT. He then proceeds to try and handle yet another gun. The kids shout, "Put it down! Put it down!"
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The Cave: an adaptation of Plato's allegory in claymation
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ACLU files lawsuits against Philadelphia Police Department for arresting citizens who photograph or video tape them.
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"Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal."
   ~  Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Six baffling discoveries that science can't explain.


1/17/13

If you believe the hype on the local news, there is a gun-totting cult of 7,000 wacked out North Idaho survivalist families about to erect the Disney version of David Koresh's fantasy fortress.Click for a larger graphic.

But Benewah County sheriff, Dave Resser, isn't buying it. "...(A) project of this size and nature - the logistics are extreme... road access, power, sewage, none of these items have been approached or even talked about..."

Here's The Citadel's website.
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NBC Nightly News just did 30 seconds on Michelle Obama's birthday hairdo.
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Look for reports to come up in the next few days: the FBI and Homeland Security knew of serious plans to assassinate leaders of the Occupy Wall Street movement across the country and did nothing to warn the potential victims.
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“Can you imagine being put on a list because you’re a threat? What’s going to happen when they come to the media? What if the media becomes a threat? … This is the way this works. It’s incrementalism.
   ~  Ron Paul
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Benjamin Franklin, scientist, author, politician, political theorist, printer, musician, satirist, inventor, statesman and civic activist, was born on this date in 1706. 
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The Inlander, coming out today, chooses the AR-15 as its cover photo and story.
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Are you made of copper and tellurium? 'Cause you're kind of Cu Te.


1/16/13

Here's what's about to start a civil war: Obama announces 23 executive orders to control guns.
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It's not just about personal protection. It's not just about the protection of personal liberties. It's not just about following the Constitution. It's also about the responsibility, danger, excitement, skill, fellowship, and sheer joy involved in shooting guns for sport.

Evidence: Watch my film Fun with Firearms with Jesse James Hennessy.
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The Fourth Amendment, gone. Fifth Amendment, gone. Sixth Amendment, gone. Now they're carving away at the Second Amendment. What's next? Should we be more careful about what we say?
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Linn County Sheriff Tim Mueller in Oregon sent a letter to Vice President Joe Biden to inform him that he will not be enforcing any unconstitutional gun laws passed by the president.
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According to a Washington Post-ABC News poll, an assault-weapons ban has the support of 58 percent of Americans. According to a USA Today poll, 70 percent of Americans believe Saddam Husseim was responsible for the 9-11 attacks.
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Gun control isn't about guns. It's about control.


1/15/13

New York residents will be arrested if they are caught with more than seven rounds in their firearms, even for home defense. 

Only criminals and control freaks benefit. Americans should be outraged at the arrogance and the arbitrariness of this, where - with this part of the bill, at least - law-abiding citizens are purposefully targeted and held in the sights. Ready. Aim...

click
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Five creepy new ways for police to intrude on your rights: Handcuffs that give shocks? Mobile iris scan readers? Thanks to Homeland Security cash, police departments are stocking up on all kinds of creepy new technologies.
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New York Senate passes strict gun ban.

One of the most powerful Democrats in Washington - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid - offers a valuable reminder that gun control is even more complicated than we thought: The NRA’s Democratic helpers.
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All of the two million dollar luxury apartments in the Kansas "doomsday-proof" missile silo have been sold. Not to worry, though; they're building another. Does anyone else see major problems with this? Isn't it basic knowledge that if you live in a hole, all someone has to do to enslave, starve, smother or kill you is to plug the hole?
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We can only be kept in the cages we do not see: a brief history of human enslavement.
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It's being widely reported that cyclist Lance Armstrong has admitted to doping in a pre-recorded interview with Oprah Winfrey. Wake me when it's over...
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“How much evidence does the President need to determine that a particular American can be lawfully killed?” Senator Ron Wyden, a Democratic member of the Senate intelligence committee, asks of John Brennan, nominee to be head of the CIA. “Does the President have to provide individual Americans with the opportunity to surrender before killing them?”

Still, no answers from Brennan or the White House.
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Right here I was going to provide a link to a story from ScienceAcademy.org entitled "Scientific Evidence that You Probably Don't Have Free Will", but I chose not to and I chose not to read it.


1/14/13

Here's five Yellowstone Park geothermal features which I rename in honor of comedians from the Golden Age of Television.
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Democratic Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, is asking John Brennan, who is looking to be confirmed for the top CIA job, to provide Congress with the secret legal opinions outlining the government’s ability to target and kill Americans believed to be involved in terrorism.

No answer yet from the White House.
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Smells like civil war...
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A new Montana bill - HB 145 - proposes to nullify all unconstitutional federal acts. 

"...any implementation of federal policies in and for Montana by federal executive branch agencies that is contrary to the United States constitution and fundamental notions of federalism and self-determination must be identified, and countered, and resisted."

How's the bill doin'?
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How to draw a realistic eye.
How to paint a realistic eye.
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Dr. Peter Breggin testifies before the FDA during its hearing on antidepressants. 
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A People's History of American Empire by Howard Zinn.
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The hidden cost of war: In 2003, Donald Rumsfeld - with a straight face - estimated that "the war on terror" would cost $60 billion. We're now pushing three trillion. War mongers are laughing all the way to the bank.
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During the Q & A portion of Saturday night's 92nd Miss America pageant, Miss Iowa was asked about the way marijuana should be treated in our society. 

"I don't think it should be used for anything but recreational use and health care," she said... 

Amen, sister...
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America, flirting with the dark side of history. You think mass killings of political dissidents couldn't happen in the United States? Think again.
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Is the novel beyond saving? Novelists believe they can't compete with the shiny objects on the Internet -- and therein lies the problem.
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The president signs a law giving himself and G.W. Bush federally subsidized armed guards for life.
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Here's a link to 38 survival downloads and handbooks.
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Narrated by trial lawyer William “Billy” Murphy, Jr. (from HBO’s The Wire), here's Ten Rules for Dealing with Police. It depicts innocent people dealing with heavy-handed policing tactics used every day in the United States.
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If we needed a whole new agency to defend this country (i.e., The Department of Homeland Security), what has the Department of Defense been doing all of this time?
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Charley Reese's column for the Orlando Sentinel still get reprinted after 20 years because it remains so relevant. 
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Here's an interesting shot from the movie Sucker Punch - the reversing reflections.


1/13/13

My friend Randall says the dyslexic
Jew in him made him look twice:

 Photobucket
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Many insects have telescoping penises.
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When other nations finally get drones - and they will - and they suspect a terrorist is hiding near a school in the U.S., Americans won't mind if they bomb, right? Especially since we feel morally justified to do it to other countries, right? Right?
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From drone strikes to proxy detentions to warrantless wiretapping, Obama has kept the U.S. on permanent war footing.
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Hmmm... Gun advocates thank Harry Reid and celebrate "secret" Obamacare provision forbidding an executive order to regulate guns and ammo.

Kentucky Sheriff to feds: "You are never going to pull guns out of Jackson County."
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Harassed by the FBI and others, internet freedom activist Aaron Swartz, committed suicide on Friday at age 26,  but his life was driven by courage and passion.

Here's the full statement by Aaron Swartz' family blaming out-of-control prosecution for his death.

Here's a formal White House petition to remove the prosecutor responsible for bullying Aaron Swartz to death.

Ode to Swartz from NYT.

"Information is power. But like all power, there are those who want to keep it for themselves."
   ~  Aaron Swartz
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TED talk: David Christian narrates a complete history of the universe, from the Big Bang to the Internet, in 18 minutes.
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New York artist to debut "drone-proof" anti-surveillance clothing line.
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Q: If a good American has 10 guns, and a federal law requires him to turn in eight of them, how many does he have left?
A: 10When snuggling is outlawed, only outlaws will snuggle.
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Here's a website dedicated to stopping the NDAA, specifically about Hedges v. Obama: a lawsuit against the indefinite detention of American citizens.
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The U.S. government is developing software to create multiple fake social media profiles to promote propaganda.


1/12/13

More on the history of architecture.
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Obama administration throwing medical marijuana patients into federal prison at unprecedented rate; sent to prison despite compliance with state medical marijuana laws.
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Obama's CIA pick, John Brennan, stinks of torture and targeted killings.
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Secret documents reveal "counterterrorism" monitoring of the Occupy Wall Street movement from its earliest days.
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Robert F.Kennedy Jr: "Very convincing" evidence that John F. Kennedy wasn't killed by a lone gunman. He says his father believed the Warren Commission report was a "shoddy piece of craftsmanship."
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One out of every 86 adults in Louisiana is in prison. How to run a prison for profit.
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George Orwell called sports “war minus the shooting.” A bit elitist perhaps. Competition is brutal, ruthless, and full of joy.
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Ten recycled ship houses.
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Some of the most bizarre animal penises around: detachables and ballistics just to name a few.
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The Icelandic revolution has not been televised. Why was it not mentioned on mainstream media?
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"We still name our military helicopter gunships after victims of genocide. Nobody bats an eyelash about that: Blackhawk, Apache and Comanche. If the Luftwaffe named its military helicopters Jew and Gypsy, I suppose people would notice."
   ~  Noam Chomsky


1/11/13

9/11: A Conspiracy Theory in five minutes.
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Krauthammer: Gun confiscation "unconstitutional and would cause insurrection in the country."

Ron Paul: The Obama administration’s effort to pass a draconian gun ban via executive order could cause a second American revolution. 
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You've probably heard that Spokane has been chosen as the third gayest city in America by the nation's largest gay rights magazine The Advocate.

But, Spokane the third gayest city in America? In the last election, voters in Spokane county rejected gay marriage by 56%. Tacoma, who was voted the number one gayest city,  rejected gay marriage by 52%, and is the population center of the only Puget Sound county to do so.
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Ooooo-kay. As it turns out, Larry is not missing after all (see the earlier post below). Apparently the problem was a combination of miscommunications and Facebook frenzy. Anyway, he's a good guy and I'm glad he's not a Larrysickle on some I-90 side cliff.
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HAVE YOU SEEN OUR FRIEND?

 Larry Shepard, 42, also known as Lazer Larry and Larry the Piercer, went missing Wednesday night on his way to Seattle. His last contact was around 6:00 pm, and he had just made it over Snoqualmie Pass. He never made it to his destination. He was driving a dark blue '95 Subaru Outback wagon. If you have any information, call the police.
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Wyoming has introduced House Bill No. HB0104 providing that any federal law which attempts to ban a semi-automatic firearm or to limit the size of a magazine of a firearm or other limitation on firearms in the state shall be unenforceable. Any government agent trying to enforce a federal gun law will be guilty of a felony.

Reality Check: Executive order for gun control - can it happen?
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The onetime CEO of National Lampoon Inc., was sentenced to 50 years in prison for defrauding investors in an unrelated company he partly controlled. I find this strangely humorous. 
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The upside down world map.
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“Whenever you put your faith in big government for any reason, sooner or later you wind up an apologist for mass murder.”
   ~  Karl Hess

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Questions no one knows the answers to: from one of TED's big heads.
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The Moneyless Manifesto: the entire book online - demystifying money and the system that binds us to it.


1/10/13

Police raid the home of a mourning husband to confiscate his deceased wife's painkillers.
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You still have time to get in on this: Available on Ebay - Caveman's AR15 Assault Rock. Current bid is only $180. Free shipping!
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Siberian princess reveals her 2,500 year old tattoos.
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Creatures from the Mariana Trench.
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Citizen spies are being recruited by the police. Taxi drivers will be the newest snitches for the State. Reminiscent of East Germany, the spies will be reporting all "suspicious" things they notice on their routes. "If you see something, say something."
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What if Jupiter was the same distance from the Earth as the Moon?
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"America can't collapse! We're as powerful as ancient Rome."
   ~  Homer Simpson


1/9/13

Just confess, Lance. I thought you had ball.
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At least read the first few paragraphs of this article Guantanamo is Still Open by an attorney who is representing one of the prisoners. I salute Michael Moore for publishing this.
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Hasbro says it's going to retire one of its eight Monopoly pieces and let the public pick a new one. I say scrap the iron, the boot, the Scottie dog, the hat, the wheelbarrow,  the car, the battleship, and the thimble; and update them: an EBT card, a jail cell door, an AK-47, a bong, an eviction notice, a drone, a gas pump, and something totally ambiguous that could be either a sex toy or some kind of Christmas food-loaf.
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo outlined a seven-point gun control plan and called for the state to enact the “toughest assault weapon ban in the nation” in his State of the State address today.
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SOFEX is where the world's leading generals come to buy everything from handguns to laser-guided missile systems.
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Obama's pick for CIA director, John Brennan, claimed in summer 2011 there had been no civilian deaths in nearly a year. But dozens of civilians were killed in a strike weeks before his speech.

John Brennan's extremism and dishonesty rewarded with CIA Director nomination.
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U.N. wants to start using drones for "peacekeeping missions."
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How the U.S. military plans to control the internet
Here's the military's document on Information Operations.
The BBC report on the document.
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Surveys say: Congress is now less popular than cockroaches and Genghis Khan.
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It was nearly 60 degrees in Walla Walla at 5 o'clock this morning.
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As we debate why our society is so violent, U.S. drones kill 25 people in Pakistan in two days. But there's no connection here, right?
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Reality Check with Ben Swann: Piers Morgan vs. Alex Jones, and the truth about gun homicide rates. 

Sources: 1 and 2
Watch the "debate" here: Part 1, Part 2.

The following night, Piers Morgan's guests call for shooting Alex Jones, and all have a good laugh about it.
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Here's the largest freely available archive of online books about religion, mythology, folklore and the esoteric on the Internet.


1/8/13

The 33rd annual Golden Raspberry Award nominations (aka Razzies) for the worst achievements in cinema have been announced. The final chapter in the "Twilight" series appeared in every single category, including worst picture, worst director, worst screenplay and worst acting.Photo - SSG   "The Dangers of Drink"
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What a joke. Texas cop freaks out on a journalist. Justice in America has become a big, pathetic joke.
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How to sleep warm if you're winter camping or if the electricity is out.
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The magician's con: Renewing FISA & NDAA under the smokescreen of the fiscal cliff jabbering. 
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Military judge rules Bradley Manning was illegally treated, awards 112 days credit. That means if they give him 52 years - which is what he is facing - he will only have to serve 51 years and 253 days.
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David Bowie releases first song in 10 years - and there's an album to come in March.
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Here's Alex Jones on Piers Morgan "debating" gun control. They both come across like babbling idiots.
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How do you feel about the government confiscating an extra 2% of your wages starting this week? And half of that will be used to blow up unsuspecting poor people in faraway countries... Enjoying that big government you asked for?
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Washington state is getting a growing list of pot growing tips: residents weigh in with ideas on what rules growers should face.
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Bombs away! The mastermind of Obama's "secret" drone war, John Brennan, was chosen yesterday to head the CIA.
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Richard Ben Cramer, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, dead at 62.
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The world's most pierced man has 453 piercings - 278 of them are on his penis and testicles. What's funnier than Hitler on a little sled? C'mon... Wanna see a picture? No, me neither...
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Excusing torture, again... Newspaper such as the Washington Post still give space to people like former CIA torturer-in-chief José A. Rodriguez Jr. to spout their lies.
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Ten surprising facts about Google.


1/7/13

Vlogger Julie Borowski, aka TokenLibertarianGirl posted this video, addressing the lack of female Libertarians. Cathy Reisenwitz, a Libertarian blogger at Anarcho-Capitalism-blog.com, responded with Sex, Butts & Orgasms.
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American Spirit Arms, a gun shop in Scottsdale, Arizona, had its recent deposits frozen by Bank of America, according to owner Joe Sirochman.

Recent talk of new gun laws caused a 500% jump in his website e-commerce, says SirochmanFrom Facebook page of Art & Fashion, and that the swelling deposits coughed up a red flag with B of A, who froze the deposits for future review. When he finally got a manager on the phone for an explanation, Sirochman quotes them as saying, "We believe you should not be selling guns and parts on the internet." 

He has since gotten most of the deposits returned. He's set up a new account - with a local bank.
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While everyone was watching the fiscal-cliff debacle, Congress and Barack Obama decided that they could still eavesdrop on Americans' private conversations without putting themselves to the trouble of obtaining a warrant.
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Penn and Teller don't need no hocus-pocus to cut through the BS about gun control

Why the Swiss are never invaded and why their crime rate is so low.
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Eight million dog mummies have been recovered at the dog catacomb in Saqqara, Egypt.
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National Geographic: CIA Secret Experiments.
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Here's a look at eyewitness accounts from the scenes of the Colorado theater shooting, Eye see you. the Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting and the Connecticut elementary school shooting that indicate more than one shooter may have been involved in all three shootings.
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On this date 224 years ago, the U.S. 
held its first presidential election.
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Technology companies from around the world are showing off their newest developments at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.


1/6/13

Wow, again - here on MSNBC: Is it time to get rid of the U.S. Constitution? These talks are always connected to gun control. 
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The mystery of consciousness, from both scientific and mystical perspectives.

Arthur Kroker on Born Again Ideology - the remixing of faith-based politics and cyberwar in the American mind.Get ready for it...
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On January 15, 1919, a giant tank full of 14,000 tons of molasses burst and created a 30-foot wave rolling throught the streets of Boston, killing 21 people and injuring 150.
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Ho hum... More "militants" or someone killed somewhere by someone's drones... Isn't the 'Hawks game on yet?
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Ex-FBI agent on the Kennedy assassination.
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Did you know that one of the ways people are seriously talking about averting financial chaos is to mint one (as in one single one, as in one less than two) -      ONE      TRILLION      DOLLAR      COIN    ?
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Amy Goodman on Obama's continuing Bush's attacks on American liberties.
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Another smart guy trying to explain the Higgs boson to the rest of us.
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Why let drug companies have all the fun? You can invent diseases, too! Click the "Generate" button to create your own desease, disorder or syndrome.
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Equations that rule the world.

Is zero an even number. Numberphiles go round and round.


1/5/13

Okay, then....Pegasus. Here's your damn Pegasus and your damn rainbow.
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Why...? Yesterday Rep. Jose' Serrano D-NY filed H.J.Res. 15

"Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to repeal the twenty-second article of amendment, thereby removing the limitation on the number of terms an individual may serve as President."
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The Only Eight Types of TV Shows that Get Made.

Motion Feel - insanely inventive animation.
Rot - a short, face paint, stop-motion animation.
Five Second Horror - a five-second long horror story in claymation.

Six important things you won't believe were invented in comics.
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"We all agree that there’s a limit beyond which more material goods would make little difference to the goodness of our lives. But almost all of us think we are considerably below that limit." 
Capitalism and the Good Life
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Woman hiding with kids shoots an intruder. How can people not see this as a good thing?
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Anti-gun folks are re-posting this scene of Archie Bunker on gun control. Maybe it would have been funnier if Archie and company would have included in the gag about the 20 million humans exterminated in the Soviet Union - the bit about the 1.5 million dissidents exterminated in Turkey, or the 13 million in Germany, or the 20 million in China after those countries confiscated the peoples' weapons.
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"People say we're not fighting for oil. Of course we are. They talk about America's national interest. What the hell do you think they're talking about? We're not there for figs." 1
   ~  Sen. Chuck Hagel, a former Nebraska Republican, who will likely be nominated by President Obama to be Secretary of Defense.
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What's going to happen in 2013? In ten years time? 50 years? 100?
BBC looks ahead to see what the future holds according to predictions from thinkers, scientists and pundits - and the odds of them happening.

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The long term effects of Ayahuasca.
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Shameful. A "doomsday prepper" in a rural area of Maryland became a target for police and the FBI. The only thing our government has learned from Ruby Ridge and Waco is how to become better Nazis.
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There was a 7.5 Alaska earthquake early this morning.
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Has the zombie genre finally gone too far? I give you Ozombie: The Axis of Evil Dead. Osama bin Laden has returned from his watery grave and is making an army of zombie terrorists. The troops must find and destroy the root of the zombie insurgency before it infests the rest of the world.
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I put on a hat and wig and James' head shrinks to 1/10 its original size. On the set of a Jesse James Hennessy shoot.A graphite disk levitating over a bed of rare earth permanent magnets can be spun using a laser beam. The phenomenon could be used to convert sunlight into movement, offering a possible alternative way to harness solar energy.
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"The State is a soulless machine. It can never be weaned from violence to which it owes its very existence."
   ~  Mohandas Gandhi


1/4/13

A tiny picture of Newt Gingrich.
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The evolutions of humans as is understood by scientists today. Told by a quirky, fast talking, funny and very intelligent guy named Hank.
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Nokia has invented tattoos that vibrate when your phone rings.
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How the news really works:

CNN: Obama appeals to Pepsi fans.
Fox: Obama declares war on Coke.
MSNBC: Coming up, live coverage of the president drinking the best cola. Are those who disagree racists?
BBC: Eight people killed in U.S. drone strike in Pakistan.
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In this new RSAnimate Steven Pinker shows us how the mind turns the finite building blocks of language into infinite meanings.
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PhotobucketDude: "Dude, if I didn't know about God and sin, would I go to Hell?"
Priest Dude: "No. Not if you didn't know."
Dude: "Dude, then why did you tell me?"
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Study: Cows are 25 percent snake.
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Guns are welcome on this website. Please keep all weapons holstered unless need arises. In such cases, judicious marksmanship is appreciated.
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Google intends to scan all known existing 129,864,880 books by the end of the decade, accounting to over 4 billion digital pages and 2 trillion words in total.
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The City of Spokane comes up with a plan to haul off the homeless, or as they put it, "formalizes coordinated approach to address illegal homeless camping."


1/3/13

Ain't no sunshine when she's gone...
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For all of you people waiting to see a damn unicorn jumping over a damn rainbow, well, here it is:
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In a big win for our team: The U.S. Court of Appeals ruled today that a motorist cannot be stopped for "giving the finger" to a police officer. 
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PhotobucketIn a big loss for our team: Yesterday President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act - which allows the military to indefinitely detain American citizens, without a court order, and possibly without access to an attorney -  despite all the smoke he blew up America's ass about threatening to veto it. 
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And, strike two... A federal judge issued a 75-page ruling yesterday that declares that the US Justice Department does not have a legal obligation to explain the rationale behind killing Americans with targeted drone strikes.Photo - SSG
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"Praising Congress for the fiscal cliff deal is like giving an arsonist an award for putting out his own fire."
   ~  Andy Borowitz
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The United States and New Zealand conducted secret tests of a "tsunami bomb" designed to destroy coastal cities by using underwater blasts to trigger massive tidal waves.
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Fast Sketch - Deconstructivism: still not sure I understand the concept, but it's fun to attempt.
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I've been lucky enough to keep my child-like fascination with this kind of thing: here's a 1948 Encyclopaedia Britannica Film on Building a Highway.
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Witchcraft, spells, curses and exorcisms are thriving in the Welsh countryside, claims minister.


1/2/13Photo -SSG

Marijuana vending machines may be headed to Washington state.
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A high school student is suspended for writing a poem about trying to understand alleged Newtown shooter Adam Lanza.
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The Journal News of West Nyack, N.Y., who recently published the names and addresses of area residents with pistol permits, has hired armed guards to protect their offices.
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Should auld civil liberties be forgot? The Bill Of Rights closed out 2012 by having one of the worst weeks it's had in the two centuries of its existence.
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Why can't we see evidence of alien life? by Chris Anderson.
_____A still from my film-in-progress: Shadow Biker.

Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it into a fruit salad.
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"When the people are being beaten with a stick, they are not much happier when it is called 'the people's stick'."
   ~  Mikhail Bakunin


1/1/13

Yippee... 

Sorry about my lack of enthusiasm, but I'm not overly optimistic about 2013. And also, I'm really confused about what the 48 Hour Film Fest people did to our film last night at First Night (see below). The reason can't be as horrible as it seems on the surface, can it? They should explain. I'd hate to see them get a bunch of bad publicity over this.
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OtherSpokane.com yearend stats:
Total hits for December:  105, 261.

Total hits for 2012:  1,006,731

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In 1994, the US Air Force spent $100,000 researching the feasibility of using a "Gay Bomb." The concept was to aerosol female sex pheromones over an enemy army, which might cause the soldiers to lose control of their libidos and have sex with each other. The U. S. military would then be able to catch them with their pants down.
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I remember 2012 like it was yesterday.
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I'm not sure what to think of this YouTube trend:$5.99

Russell's First Salvia Trip
How to Smoke Salvia
Gardening on Salvia

What is Salvia divinorum?
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Throughout the Nineties, around 90% of the world's LSD was made by one man.
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Minerality, tar, tobacco, gas, cat urine - why does wine talk have to be so creepy and weird?
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Self-help is an American genre, with a history of gurus and hucksters, and an abiding faith that anything can be fixed, especially ourselves...

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Have you seen this travel bag for kids?!! Are they nuts? The child can't breath when it's all zippered up. This is sick. At least put him in one of those pet carriers they use in airplanes... Really, dude...
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In 2013 you can re-use calendars from 2002, 1991. 1985, 1974, 1963, 1957, 1946, 1935, 1929, and 1918.
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Wow... In the New York Times: Let's Give Up on the Constitution by Louis Michael Seidman. Apparently we're being held back because we're restrained by the Constitution. 

It's a particularly convenient argument, I guess, if you want to do things like bomb countries without a declaration of war, or send paramilitary soldiers on the streets to crush legal protesters, or read personal papers without a warrant, or jail someone without access to an attorney - you know, kind of like what's happening now. The problem is that our "leaders" are ignoring the Constitution, not that they are bound by it.

And besides, the Constitution is meant to be a restraint.


12/31/12 

If you're going to watch the 48 Hour Film Fest, be forewarned: Our wonderfully raunchy and entertaining movie Gazoombas! has been cut, in fact, amputated. This is how Jesse really looked after they butchered our wonderful film.The reason: "time constraints." 

Our film was three minutes and thirty-one seconds long - the shortest of all the finalists. They took the final 35 seconds off the end of the film. No other film was cut. 

The inferior version playing downtown ends when boob-swollen Merv gives the invading alien a big, wet kiss with his toilet plunger. And it totally cuts out Jesse calling the Pentagon about the Boob-a-demic, and the awesome boob-deflating witticisms  from James St. George and Jordan Hennessy.

C'mon, Spokane. We're better than this.

I'm calling for all good men and women who love justice to stand at random moments during the remainder of the showings in City Hall tonight and flash your breasts to the crowd while yelling, "Gazoombas!"
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If you're going to the First Night festivities tonight in downtown Spokane, be sure to stop in at City Hall and watch the finalists in the 48 Hour Film Festival. Vote for your favorite film! which I hope will be Gazoombas! - the official OtherSpokane entry by director Jesse James Hennessy and yours truly.

"Gazoombas! - Alien contact causes peculiar bodily abnormalities in male humans. The fate of the earth is in the hands of two unlikely saviors."

Still from film Gazoombas!Here's the deal: 

We had 48 hours to make a short film no longer than 5 minutes within the following parameters and with specifics that were required to be included.

 Theme: Across the Universe -- The Year of the UFO
Still from film Gazoombas! Dialogue: "Are you sure? I don't think my therapist is going to like this."
Action: A kiss between two people
Props: A toilet plunger and a wrapped gift (the contents of which can not be seen).

Strangely, boobs were not one (or two) of the requirements.


12/30/12

The 2012 World Bodypainting Festival in Austria.
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China tightened Internet controls Friday with approval of a law that requires users to register their names with the government.
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Prison labor booms as unemployment remains high; companies reap benefits.Selfportrait - SSG
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Eighteen health "tricks" you should know about your body.
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I'm not agreeing that there's a connection, but some are pointing out that since marijuana has become legal in Washington state and Colorado, the Broncos and the Seahawks have yet to lose a home game.
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In 1997, Yahoo turned down the offer to acquire Google for only $1 million. Today Google is worth $250 billion. Check your portfolio... 
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The tent city underneath I-90 near the Division St. exit continues to grow.
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There is a thin line between freedom and slavery.How the FBI coordinated the crackdown on the Occupy movement.
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Washington D.C.'s long-time love affair with dictators.
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"I prefer peace. But if trouble must come, let it come in my time, so that my children can live in peace."
   ~  Thomas Paine


12/29/12

There's one good thing about these gun "turn-ins" and "buy-backs" - people who turn in their $800 weapon for a $100 food coupon do not have the common sense to have guns in the first place.
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‎Like the streakers in the Seventies, hypocrisy is stark naked and running amok. Twenty children die in Connecticut, and "too much liberty" is blamed for the massacre. One hundred or more children are bombed and killed in Pakistan, and the instigator of the bombing - "the decider" - is named Time Magazine's Person of the Year.

List of drone strikes in Pakistan.
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Free download of The Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency by John Seymour. I first read this decades ago and was profoundly influenced by it, though I've been a city boy ever since.
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How to build a bicycle generator.
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Some days the supply of available curse words is insufficient to meet my demands.
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Here's a collection of postcards - issued in France around 1900 - predicting what the world will look like in the year 2000.
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Facebook suspended the account of NaturalNews.com after they posted an historical quote from Mohandas Gandhi:

"Among the many misdeeds of British rule in India, history will look upon the Act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest." - from Mohandas Gandhi, an Autobiography, page 446.
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The Congress destroys the Fourth Amendment and what do they get? A pay raise. What they deserve --->
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Living with guns: a liberal's case for the Second Amendment.
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Clearing the Smoke: a documentary about the science of cannabis from PBSMontana.
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Fact: Fifty percent of the word "Canada" is the letter A.

Click here to hear the Canadian National Anthem.
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I'll believe corporations are people when Texas executes one.          
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Science fictions that became science facts in 2012.
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Andy Kaufman was one of the strangest men alive, or dead (?). He was also the best Elvis impersonator ever.
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It was another year of Wall Street treachery. Those who took down our economy still have not been held accountable. From blatant robbery to money laundering, here are the biggest scandals of 2012 banking history. What they deserve --->


12/28/12

Then again, let's pretend everything's fine... 
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So, try to grasp this: at the behest of the Democratic White House, the Democratic Senate - who rightly wanted to impeach the neo-Nazi George W. Bush for doing the same thing - has renewed the warrantless wiretapping program. Of course, Bush only wanted to spy on us without judicial review; Obama has claimed the right to ASSASSINATE people without judicial review. And the Democrats, from the top to the bottom say nothing. NOTHING. Well, here's your chance. Say something. I dare you, my Democratic friends. Defend this.
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Eight theories on why the art world has become filled with such pretentious crap.
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A view of the largest mass execution in U.S. history.
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JFK conspiracy theorists want to be included in the Dallas, TX observation of the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's assassination. 
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Murder number 500 this year proves Chicago's strict gun laws don't work.
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Washington State minimum wage goes up to $9.19 on January 1st.
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Norman Schwarzkopf, warmonger, dead at 78.
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Woman finds a note from a Chinese labor camp prisoner in a $29.99 box of Kmart decorations.
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The 10 sleaziest ads of 2012.
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"The welfare of humanity is always the alibi of tyrants."
   ~  Albert Camus


12/27/12

Man - the biggest predator on Earth.
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Have U.S. police forces become too militarized?
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Oliver Stone tears apart Obama's empire.
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Mt. Spokane webcam
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Journalists Matt Taibbi and Chrystia Freeland discusses with Bill Moyers how far America’s super-rich will go to keep the One Percent in charge. Plutocracy rising.
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"You cannot invade mainland America. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass."
   ~  Isoroku Yamamoto, Japanese admiral
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Can you really make art out of Legos?
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Drones on domestic surveillance duties are already deployed by police and corporations. In time, they will likely be armed: the coming drone attack on America.
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The adventure gene: the urge to explore, take risks, embrace change is innate. So how does sailing off the map make evolutionary sense?
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Amazing animated optical illusions.

Unintentionally sexual optical illusions.
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John Kerry's flip-flop over WikiLeaks and how it could affect his upcoming position as U.S. Secretary of State.
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WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 755 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 752 days - 190 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been in prison without trial for 947 days.

Jeremy Hammond has been in prison without trial for 298 days.
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 833 days.
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2012: the year in scientific discoveries.
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Building a human-powered helicopter is as difficult as one would think.
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David Stockman explains to Bill Moyers how the courtship of politics and high finance rewards the super-rich and corporations.
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Coffee: the greatest addiction ever.
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How stuff works: an interesting collection of automated gifs.


12/26/12 

We may have dodged the Mayan doomsday bullet, but we're not out of the Megiddo woods yet. Here's five more possible apocalypses to consider.
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Well, now that everyone's celebrated Christmas, we can get back to talking about how hypocritical Christianity is.Silly String - $ 2.29 a can
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The full documentary: Hollywood and the War Machine - Tinseltown's deal-with-the-Devil relationship with the Pentagon.
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Weird reasons not to smoke.
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To all of my Canadian readers: Happy Boxing Day - a Brit thing - traditionally the day after Christmas when servants would receive gifts from their superiors, then flip them off when the superiors walked back to their sitting rooms.

Click here to play the Canadian National Anthem.
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When is it ethical to kill someone


Christmas 2012

D.C. police are investigating whether any city laws were violated when NBC’s David Gregory displayed what appeared to be a 30-round gun magazine on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday.
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Michio Kaku: What is déjà vu?
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Ron Paul has rejected a call from the National Rifle Association to put armed guards in schools, saying in a statement on his website that “government security is just another kind of violence.”
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Was Santa a stoned magic mushroom shaman?

Trippy tales: The history of eight hallucinogens.
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One of the most inexplicable moments in human history: 

During World War I, on Christmas Eve, men on both sides of the trenches stopped shooting, climbed from the trenches to meet in 'No Man's Land' where they buried the dead, sang Christmas carols, exchanged gifts, ate and drank together, and even played soccer.

Then they went back to slaughtering one another.
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Here's the full documentary The Tank Man - about the massacre by the Chinese government of their own people in Tiananmen Square, and about the lone, unknown man who stepped in front of the battalion of rolling tanks and firepower.
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Here's the text of Julian Assange's Christmas speech from the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
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Writer's notes reveal Cormac McCarthy's pathological resistance to elaboration.
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You'll "get it" if you're good with grammar: Would you rather cuddle then have sex, or would you rather cuddle than have sex?
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Another Seattle anarchist will be jailed the day after Christmas for resisting the grand jury.
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Why he was late this year...On Christmas Eve, oh holy night, was the blessed time that the powers that be decided to strike targets in southern Yemen with U.S. drones, killing five unidentified people. Oh well, those heathen's concept of peace aren't as refined as ours, right? 

Keeping with the spirit of the season: the U.S. will sell $1.2 billion in spy drones to South Korea.


12/24/12

Theoretical physicist Frederik Van Der Veken talks about The Afterlife Dysfunction.
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Michael Moore: Celebrating the Prince of Peace in the Land of Guns. "And here's the dirty little fact none of us liberals want to discuss: The killer only ceased his slaughter when he saw that cops were swarming onto the school grounds – i.e, the men with the guns."
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The spy state tightens its grip: Americans are paying an ever-increasing price to maintain the spy state.
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A quiet astronomical debate has been bubbling away for decades. Could some real cosmic event have drawn the "three wise men" on a journey to find the "swaddling Child?"
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How weed works: the science behind the effects of that wackiest of weeds, cannabis sativa - aka, marijuana.
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We didn't really believe in the Mayan prophecies, but many of us believed something nearly as bizarre: so whatever happened with that L.A. valley apocalypse porn bunker?
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The 5 most unintentionally creepy Christmas albums.
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Is there poop on the moon?
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The Chirurgeon's Apprentice: a website dedicated to the horrors of pre-anesthetic surgery - The 12 Instruments of Deathmas.
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"Many people die at 25 and aren't buried until they are 75."
   ~  Benjamin Franklin 


12/23/12

Gun sales in general have surged, and sales of the AR-15 in particular - the weapon used in the Connecticut school massacre - have tripled. The mere discussion of banning guns has put more guns in our communities. 
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This morning on "Meet the Press" in Washington, D.C., host David Gregory waved around a 30-round AR-15 magazine. 

D.C. Official Code § 7-2501.01 (13a) says "No person in the District shall possess, sell, or transfer any large capacity ammunition feeding device regardless of whether the device is attached to a firearm. A 'large capacity ammunition feeding device' means a magazine, belt, drum, feed strip, or similar device that has a capacity of, or that can be readily restored or converted to accept, more than 10 rounds of ammunition."

Zero tolerance, baby. String him up.
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Ninety year old actor Christopher Lee releases heavy metal versions of classic Christmas songs.
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Have you noticed that about the time you stop believing in Santa is when you start getting underwear and gift cards from Wal-Mart for Christmas?
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"Among the many misdeeds of British rule in India, history will look upon the Act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest."
   ~ 
Mahatma Gandhi

Michael Moore answers questions about his great documentary Bowling for Columbine. The movie hit the nail on the head. Still, some of his answers here subsequently smash his own thumb.
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Twenty-five dangerous situations and how to escape them.
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The world would be more interesting if more people spontaneously combusted.
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Here's Milt Priggee's editorial cartoon take on who's to blame for gun violence. I miss Priggee, who used to be the daily editorialist for the Spokesman-Review. 
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A Senior Policy Advisor with the U.S. Department of Education during the Reagan Administration on the deliberate dumbing down of the world.
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I just saved a lot of money on my car insurance by switching to reverse and fleeing the scene.
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Scary but interesting research: gaining insight to another level of reality through ayahuasca. 
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The road to World War III.
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The Forgotten Tales of the Brothers Grimm: the motives and passions of the two folklorist brothers. 
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I'm happy about the discovery that "Dammit I'm mad" is "Dammit I'm mad" spelled backwards. But I'm mad that you have to spell "Damn it" incorrectly, and that I spent this much time thinking about it.


12/22/12

Meet the new cosmic, spiritual awakening. Same as the old cosmic, spiritual awakening.
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It's possible that the world really did end, but the afterlife is exactly the same.
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A Mayan is all depressed and tossing down drinks at a bar. "Cheer up, pal," says the bartender. "It's not the end of the world."
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I have to say I'm a bit let down by the lack of universal chaos yesterday. The worse thing that happened was that a man attacked a train passenger with a sock full of poop.
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So making guns illegal will take them off the street? How's that working with marijuana, cocaine, heroin and meth?
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The U.S. House of Representatives passed a $633 billion dollar defense spending bill. The massive bill scraps even the feigned efforts to stop the indefinite detention of American citizens. 

The Senate rubberstamps it. Traitors. American traitors, all of them. Do you think the President will join their ranks and sign the bill?
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Book brawl: A Christmas Carol vs. How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
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I'll bet that Santa prefers the cookies from Washington State and Colorado.
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What were you thinking about the moment before you read this question? I, of course, was thinking about this question. 


12/21/12

Ooooommmmmmmmm...
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R.E.M. - It's the End of the World as we know it, and I feel fine...
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Here's Rex Reed's review of Quentin Tarantino's new movie Django Unchained. "[A] massive overdose of brutal sex, bloodshed, carnage, torture and man's inhumanity to man - and just in time for Christmas."
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Just posted on the Freemasons Facebook page: "World didn't end - we can now proceed with our plans to take over...one pancake breakfast at a time!"
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House Republicans circulate a plan to oust John Boehner as Speaker of the House.
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 Gangnam Style hits one billion views on YouTube. 
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NDAA fuels militarization, enriches defense corporations, and expands the empire: Ron Paul gave this amazing speech on the House floor yesterday.
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"Germans who wish to use firearms should join the SS or the SA. Ordinary citizens don't need guns, as their having guns doesn't serve the State."
   ~  Heinrich Himmler
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Who goes to prison due to gun control?
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Stephen Hawking - The Mad Scientist Paradox. The reason time travel is impossible?... Feedback.
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Here's how the prep crew at the restaurant dressed for work today. "If we're gonna die we're gonna be well dressed." L to R in left photo: Regan Provus, Billy Berg, and Kyle White, dressed for the Apocalypse.

 Photo SSG     Photo SSG


12/20/12

I have to say that I'm fairly humbled by the sizable percentage of my fellow citizens who entertained a 24% probability that the world might actually end this very next day but still went to work and wrote reports and counted tills and listened to employee pep talks and made soups and sauces and thought to themselves, hey, if the world really does end, then nothing really matters; yet, if the world doesn't really end, then I'm about 10 steps ahead of you other dorks.
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Sometimes I like to print a tiny little picture of Newt Gingrich for no apparent reason. Not right now, though. But I do reserve the right to do so at some random time in the future.
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Texas state trooper in body cavity search video is suspended.
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Two Michigan counties decided to cancel classes today and tomorrow because of talk of the Sandy Hook shootings and rumors of the end of the world.

Scientists foretell the cataclysms that could bring on Doomsday.
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Here's an editorial by Michael Moore he wrote after the Aurora massacre, where he gets it exactly right (as he did in his great documentary Bowling for Columbine): It's the Guns - But We All Know, It's Not Really the Guns.
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Thirty homeless people in Spokane - including 6 children - have died this year as a result of their homelessness.
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A Congressional committee has eliminated a provision the Senate passed earlier this year in the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act which aimed to prevent US citizens from being detained indefinitely without charge or trial.
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Full Disclosure: Is there a connection between the Libor scandal and the school shootings?
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This is not a joke. This is the man doing the autopsies on the Sandy Hook victims, the alleged gunman and his mother.
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Why pot is illegal everywhere on Earth (but here).

42 Reasons to Legalize.
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Drunk and hallucinating cartoon characters: Pink Elephants on Parade - fun for kids of all ages. I remember this freaking me out as a child.


12/19/12

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Waking Life - the entire movie - is online. Director Richard Linklater's amazing animation-ish film focuses on the nature of dreams, consciousness and existentialism.
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A reader told me I was delusional the other day and I almost fell off of my unicorn.
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Something will end on Dec. 21: Coca Cola will officially be banned from the entire country of Bolivia.
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Not a joke: the sale of bulletproof backpacks for kids is skyrocketing.
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"We are all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other, but it doesn't. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing."
   ~  Charles Bukowski


12/18/12

My sources claim that starting this Thursday The Elk restaurant in Spokane's Brownes Addition will sell reindeer burgers with a cherry tomato on top: that's right, the Rudolph Burger...
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HA! George Takei reads from "Fifty Shades of Grey. Oh, myyyy."
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I dare some Spokane restaurant to offer a special of "Who-pudding, and rare Who-roast beast," which, in How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, "the Grinch couldn't stand in the least."
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Strindberg and helium: because life and the universe and everything else just can't get weird enough.
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The problem: it's Christmastime and toy guns aren't acceptable gifts anymore. What to do? Get the kid a replica Predator drone - fun and educational too. Or, if your budget allows, get nearly the real thing!
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NBC's chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel and members of his production crew have been freed after being kidnapped inside Syria.
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The Democrats will use our national despair of the Sandy Hook shootings to get their political way - the same way Republicans did with 9-11 - by knee-jerking an assault weapons ban bill to Congress. How do we know an "assault weapon" ban would not have stopped the Connecticut shooter? Because it didn't; Connecticut already has one.
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A Chinese furniture maker named Liu Qiyuan who constructed a Great Ball of China in the village in Hebei Province. "The pod won't have any problems even if there are 1,000m high waves...It's like a ping-pong ball."
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Men, who traditionally start their Christmas shopping around the 22nd December, are pinning their hopes on the Mayan’s prediction that the world will end on the 21st.
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What drives suicidal mass killers?
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"Did we just kill a kid?" The woes of an American drone operator.
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Faking it: manipulated photography before Photoshop.
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The power of concentration: we can learn a lot from the way Sherlock Holmes trains his mind.


12/17/12

The prophet Johnny Cash: "Mama said the pistol is the Devil's Right Hand."
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Awesome! The Folding Origami Kayak.
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Hawaii Senator Dan Inouye, the highest-ranking Asian American politician in U.S. history, dead at 88.Don't sue me, Katie.
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A new Hans Christian Andersen's tale is discovered and has been translated into English. Read The Tallow Candle
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Marijuana and Cancer: Scientists find cannabis compound stops metastasis in aggressive cancers.
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My Favorite Lead this month:

"About 200 million years ago, a leech released a slimy mucous cocoon that unwittingly encased and trapped a bizarre animal with a springy tail, preserving it until researchers discovered the teardrop-shaped creature in Antarctica recently."

In the article you are advised to check out Bizarre Tongue-Eating Parasite Discovered Off the Jersey Coast or Leech with Enormous Teeth Discovered.
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"Clean up on Aisle 15."What are the health risks of space travel?
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Neil deGrasse Tyson: who are we to say we are intelligent?
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In a secret government agreement granted without approval or debate from lawmakers, the U.S. attorney general recently gave the National Counterterrorism Center sweeping new powers to store dossiers on U.S. citizens, even if they are not suspected of a crime.
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Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, Rabbi David Wolpe, Rabbi Bradley Artson Shavit debate the idea of an afterlife.
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What's the tallest thing we've ever built? How tall will we ever be able to build?

How hot can hot get? Is there a maximum temperature?
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In one of their last acts in Congress, Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich will introduce a resolution in Congress that would pressure Obama to handover documents revealing the apparent justification for drone use overseas.
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 "Every mystery ever solved has turned out to be not magic."
   ~  Tim Minchin


12/16/12

Anonymous just released the entire membership list, phone numbers and addresses of the members of the Westboro Baptist Church, who are planning to picket the funerals of the Connecticut shooting victims. 
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From Mother Jones: A Guide to Mass Shootings in America.
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I just realized that last Sunday the Spokesman printed my letter about the new marijuana laws. What I initially submitted (identical to my 12/6 OtherSpokane post) was a simple, one sentence thank you to voters for allowing many of us to wake up not as criminals,Photo - ssg "but as law-abiding citizens of this amazing American state." The S-R editors changed the ending to "this amazing America," which is not what I meant. America is still clinging to immoral and irrational pot laws. It is our Washington State that is so amazing. The unfortunate edit made me look, well, stoned -- which I was not.
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Today's editorial in the Spokesman-Review: Obama needs to clarify pot stance soon. They should score me a big blunt and a shot of Jack and let me edit it for them.
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What will change if we Thelma and Louise over the fiscal cliff.
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Why you can never truly delete your email.
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Go the Fuck to Sleep -- a bedtime story for tired parents, read by Samuel L. Jackson.
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Researchers at some high falootin'  institute in Germany have developed a camera that's no larger than a grain of salt.
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Nine signs the War on Drugs is almost over. (Reason number one: Washington State and Colorado make history on Election Day.)
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"We've created a 'gun-free zone,' a killing zone, for the sickest criminals on the face of the Earth." -- the Libertarian Party's unusual take on the massacre of innocence.
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Shooting on Chicago's West Side.
Shooting at Las Vegas hotel.
Shooting at L.A. mall.
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"The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it."
   ~  George Orwell


12/15/12

Blaming the gun is evidence of our collective denial of our extremely violent nature. 

We're not killing each other because of the guns. We kill because we are a violent people, who have chosen our lot: we invade countries, we bomb people by remote control, we force Don't me point that thing at me! families out of their homes at gunpoint, we profit greatly from making war. And sometimes, back home, where we don't have to worry about things like carpet bombing and midnight raids, some of us erupt, like a skin disease caused by an overindulgent, unhealthy lifestyle.

More gun laws might stop some of these massacres. But focusing on the gun only allows us to ignore the root of the problem. We as a nation need to acknowledge our violent ways, and to repent of them, and to end them.
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I'm baaaaaaaack!!! No, my faithful readers, I would not forsake you. Shame on those folks who thought my inactivity was the result of the new marijuana laws. Simply put, my internet connection was down for six days. So, let's jump right back into it and save civilization from the powers of Evil! 


12/8/12

My and Jesse's entry for the Spokane 48-Hour Film Festival -- Gazoombas! -- has been picked as one of the eight films to be shown during First Night, New Year's Eve, at 7pm in the City Hall Chambers. There will be four showings of the eight films. During each viewing the audience will be able to vote for their favorite. But you don't have to wait! See our Gazoombas! now.
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Judge rejects bid to block Washington state "stoned driving" rules.
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Pot prohibition is supposed to protect America's youth, but reality proves the opposite is true.
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From Erowid: Guidelines for saying no to police searches.

Know your rights in the surveillance state.
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The unforgivable failure of Congress to rein in drone strikes.
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Indefinite Detention and the NDAA: The rise of America's imperial presidency.
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"If we're looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power."
   ~  P. J. O'Rourke


12/7/12

Initiative 502 FAQ Sheet
Initiative 502 text
Washington State Liquor Control Board Fact Sheet
Seattle Police Department guide to legal marijuana use in Seattle
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How the War on Drugs caused the fake pot problem.
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Just a few miles from here, a Montana legal medical marijuana grower faces 92 years in prison.
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Why marijuana is illegal (elsewhere, that is).
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Twelve things to know about the new Washington State marijuana law as legalization takes hold.
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Hmmm. This morning I seem to have slightly less motivation for all of this for some reason...


12/6/12

Thank you, Washington State voters, for letting me and a multitude of similarly productive, neighborly, and non-threatening folk, to wake up this Thursday morning NOT as criminals, but as law-abiding citizens of this amazing American state. 


12/5/12

Look at this headline from today's New York Times: U.S.-Approved Arms for Libya Rebels Fell Into Jihadis' Hand. I like how the Times helps the White House play dumb here. As if no one could have possibly foreseen problems with giving massive amounts of weaponry to people we don't know.
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Dying hip: Dave Brubeck, dead at 91.
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There is a higher probability of North Korea invading Spokane than there is of me paying money to see a movie with that plot.
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Anyone else skeptical about the motivation? One of Britain BBC's most shared stories online today is about the research on falling sperm count among French men
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Here's the entire book online: Propaganda by Edward Bernays, with a forward by Noam Chomsky
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Laptop seizures by U.S. government highlight climate of fear.
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Each Javelin missile costs $80,000, is shot by someone not making half of that a year, and shot at someone not making half of that in a lifetime. 
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Yes, they can and do. Ten outrageous tactics that cops get away with.
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While testifying under oath, Illinois police officer Michael Reichert admits to planting drugs or drug scents on cars in hotel parking lots for K9 "training" without notifying the owners.
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Does it come in punk blue?Tibetan protesters are setting themselves on fire in greater numbers.
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"What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult."
   ~  Sigmund Freud


12/4/12

You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, I'm telling you why: because you're 12 years old and you have a freaking iPhone.
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The 25 greatest documentaries of all times.
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If Kate's baby isn't the Antichrist then all of my efforts have come to naught.
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Thirty words journalists should stop using...
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"What if the American people woke up and understood that the official reasons for going to war are almost always based on lies and promoted by war propaganda in order to serve special interests?"
   ~  Ron Paul
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Yikes! Super busy time at work all through this month. Look for dark eye bags and insincere holiday wishes from your normally friendly restaurant workers.


12/3/12

You got 'er now, Elroy! Moonshine Making 101 -- In Depth -- Start to Finish, 45 Minutes Vid-e-o. Sheee-it!
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Here's a demonstration of basic suture technique on a pig's leg.
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Text messaging is 20 years old today.  
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"All great truths begin as blasphemies."
  ~  George Bernard Shaw
       
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Budget smudjet! Homeland security is building a $4 billion, 170-acre complex for 17,000 employees.
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Bradley Manning nominated (along with 231 others) for the Nobel Peace Prize.

On Bradley Manning: The U.S. ignores war crimes and Wall Street fraud, yet demonizes the whistleblower.
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Holy Roman Empire! I now follow the Pope! (on Twitter).
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North Korea says unicorns exist, and they can prove it. Scientist have "reconfirmed" the location of the burial site of the unicorn ridden by King Dongmyeong. And it must be true because they also found a sign that says "Unicorn Lair" near the site.

Here's a different take.


12/2/12

The KING 5 News show Up Front with Robert Mak - which was how many of us on this side of the state got the lowdown on Washington State government news - just signed off for the last time. The dumb-down continues.
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Investors see profit potential in new pot law. Two Seattle-based Yale MBAs emerge as the straight men on the business frontier of legal marijuana.
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Soooo close to the truth: The Three Stooges in You Nazty Spy. One of their most bizarre and creepiest shorts.

If you're a real glutton for the absurd, here's The Stooges follow up to You Nazty Spy: I'll Never Heil Again
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In a just universe, pigsticking very well could be an Olympic sport.
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Is the word "programming" in the phrase "television programming" a verb or a noun?
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Here's Zbigniew Brzezinski admitting that globalist elites are getting scared about the awakening of the little people whom they exploit.
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Before the U.S. put the first man on the moon, it had a secret plan to detonate a nuclear bomb on it to show the USSR who's wiener was bigger.
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Seventy-three totally random facts.
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The Senate voted to outlaw indefinite Detention... or did it?
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Drunk guy in police car sings Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody.
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Czech president: The destruction of Europe's democracy is in its final phase.
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"I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity."
  ~  Edgar Allan Poe
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On the evils of toilets.
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Eleven ways a condom can save your life.
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12/1/12

The allegory of Plato's cave.
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Crack a big smile for Officer Fingers: One-third of Americans would submit to a body cavity search by the TSA.
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Another scam everyone's falling for: For everybody who reposts the photo of Nolan Daniels holding his winning lottery ticket, he will randomly give one of them one million dollars. (Does this count, Nolan?)
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Next Friday, the Spokane Justice Campaign coalition will host the opening night of "The House I Live In", a drug war expose'. The screening starts at 7pm and will be followed by a short discussion.
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We've all seen the photo and heard the story of the cop who bought the homeless guy a pair of shoes. Every day I see dozens of videos of cops parading themselves around in militarized gear and vehicles, shooting dogs, tasering people in handcuffs, beating people with batons, arresting legal protesters -- forgive me if the warm, fuzzy feeling doesn't last.
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"Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you."
  ~  Friedrich Nietzsche
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