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

                  

 

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

Running with Scissors Since 1999




Me 3.   
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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.)

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.

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
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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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3/31/13

Easter Day. Blue skies and seventy degrees. Spokane's nicest weather day so far this year.
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Eleven classic movie scenes as Ottoman motifs.
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This undergraduate dissertation was created as part of an experimental investigation into the power of post-production techniques on a movie's genre: The movie The Hangover as a horror story.
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The Hollow Men, read by T. S. Eliot.
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The mindless media parrots that repeat generic scripts with zero questioning and pass it off as news.
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We’ve all been told that the Salem witch trials were the low point in the judicial history of North America. Now a former Maryland prosecutor has concluded that at least some were, indeed, guilty of witchcraft.
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All reports that I've heard of the Tracy Morgan show - Excuse My French - at the Fox in downtown Spokane Friday night can be summed up in one word: RAAAAAUNCHY.
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Twenty perfectly timed photos.
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Washington state Governor Jay Inslee wants the state Liquor Control Board to figure how to stop the spread of bars allowing pot consumption on their premises.
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The Human Exoskeleton: Lower extremity exoskeletons to augment human strength and endurance during locomotion.
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The next time you say the Pledge of Allegiance – 'I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all' – remember: it’s a lie. A whopper of a lie."
   ~  Bill Moyers
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What's your probable cause, sir?
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Fifty years ago,  a fire at the town dump ignited an exposed coal seam which eventually wiped out the entire community of Centralia, Pennsylvania. The fire still burns.
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At the age of 16 1/2 years old, Sister Charlotte, entered the White Veil (open convent) as a nun to serve the Lord. When 21 years old she entered the Black Veil (closed convent) where she endured starvation, sexual attacks and torture until her escape 22 years later. 


3/30/13

Existence is one of my favorite things. I'd rather not do anything else.
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They can move together in swarms, build towers, dance, throw and catch, assess targets and soon will even make their own decisions. Both in war and at home, drones are developing fast and gaining control.
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The speeches written but never given. What if John F Kennedy had returned home safely from Dallas? And other probing questions.
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The Supreme Court is still a little squeamish about equal rights for all. The government has no business deciding who it is we can and cannot marry.
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Instant vapor: Boiling water freezes instantly in Siberia.
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Chicago, LA, and New York prosecuted the fewest federal gun crimes.
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A new theory on why men love breasts. Why do straight men devote so much headspace to those big, bulbous bags of fat drooping from women's chests?

The cleavage countdown: Eight facts about breasts.
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The daily routines of famous writers.


3/29/13

Nazis in action.
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How do astronomers pinpoint Easter Sunday? (The exact date of Easter is already known for every year until 4099 A.D.)
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Officially sanctioned hairstyles of North Korea.
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Schools are training second-graders to attack mass shooter: let's turn children into little psychos over the rare possibility of a school shooting.
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Spokane is divided on the recent shooting of a car thief.
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Speed read: the 14 naughtiest bits in 50 Shades of Grey.
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One of the most secretive countries in the world, uncovered. Find out about unicorns, hamburgers and golfing records by watching 10 things you didn’t need to know about North Korea.
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King's aide: Sire, the peasants are revolting!
King: Yes, yes they are.
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Counterfeit goods from China.
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Mayor Bloomberg's irresponsible gun attack ads: the actor portraying the gun owner violates all three of NRA's gun-safety rules.
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Hard facts about 9/11 that cannot be debunked.
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Obama's crackdown on whistleblowers.
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Here's the photos taken by the crazy Russians who illegally climbed Egypt's Great Pyramid.
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I have a gun.My friend Randall says he met a woman who says she's looking for a guy who's, "funny and spontaneous." Yet when he tapped on the kitchen window late last night dressed like a clown with a knife, it's all panic and screaming.
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Resist the temptation to join the wankerati.
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Guys who do housework get less sex.
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Billionaire investor Jim Rogers says on a CNBC program that taking people's money from their bank accounts is a certainty as both the IMF and ECB have already condoned it in their precedent.


3/28/13

Some people get confused if a sentence does not end as they potato.
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Dave explains to Spring Breakers star James Franco why director Harmony Korine is banned from the Late Show with David Letterman.
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Listen to arguments from inside the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday about the issue of same-sex marriage.
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The word "ungoogleable" has been removed from a list of new Swedish words after a trademark spat. But it raises the question of what can and can't be found with a search engine.
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San Francisco cops lean on nightclubs to become arms of the security/surveillance state.
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A 19-year-old has developed an Ocean Cleanup Array that could remove millions of tons of plastic from the world's oceans.
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Fourteen signs that our modern world has begun collapsing. But you still have time to read the article.
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U.S. agencies join war against gun owners.
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A Love Magazine video featuring Louis Vuitton's Fall 2013 collection is filled with disheveled, half-naked models walking the streets of Paris. French activists say it is promoting prostitution.
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Vintage NASA images.
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Russia to ban cash transactions over $10,000.
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How the "Monsanto Protection Act" snuck into law: A provision that protects the biotech giant from litigation passed Congress without many members knowing about it.


3/27/13

While everyone was opining about gay marriage yesterday, the Supreme Court issued a ruling that has far-wider reaching consequences: that law enforcement can't search your property with drug-sniffing dogs without a warrant.
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Eight in 10 Americans are unhappy with Washington, according to a new poll - with nearly 30 percent describing themselves as “angry.”
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Here's a collection of amazing chemical reactions in one video.
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Angry music scares me the same way horror movies scare me - in a good way. Here's Pigface: The Horse You Rode in On.

I can't believe I'm into Pigface.
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Rand Paul threatens Filibuster II on guns.
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In addition to the large number of forests that are popular tourist destinations in the world, there are also small and very unusual forests which are less well known to the general public: The seven most unique forests of the world.
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Milan's vertical forest.
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William Shatner says he's appalled at the IRS Star Trek parody video


3/26/13

 photo bush_paintings.jpgGeorge W. Bush's paintings: eerie ineptitude.
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The bizarre history of insect head transplants: Entomologists are some of the creepiest people on the planet. Even entomologists know this. They've been switching bug heads for nearly 90 years now.
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If you were to watch all of the Saw movies, it would take you 666 minutes and parts of your brain would be permanently twisted out of shape.
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In his controversial book The Singularity is Near, Ray Kurzweil speaks of a time in the very near future when human intelligence will be amplified by thousands of times current abilities with artificial implants: Is ADHD an evolutionary gift?
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How to make a duct tape hammock
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Here's a few of the myths surrounding military service, and the propaganda used by the US military to encourage young people to enlist. Be all that you can be.
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China still has not solved the great 16,000 dead pigs mystery.
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According to a new poll, 65% of Americans approve of Obama's drone strategy. Here's why that number should be zero percent: Drone efficiency is pure fantasy. The deadly air strikes have proven neither cheap nor surgical.
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The more one dissents from political orthodoxies, the more the attacks focus on personality, style and character: How Noam Chomsky is discussed.
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Fifty things they never told you about being a chef.


3/25/13

Question: The movie InAPPropriate Comedy is being panned as one of the worst movies in recent times. With Oscar-winner Adrien Brody and Lindsey Lohan, Michelle Rodriguez, Rob Schneider - how is that even possible? 
Answer: Hire the ShamWow guy to direct it! That's right, it was directed by Vince Offer, tYesterday's shoot with Jesse James Hennessy and Jason A. Young.he infomercial guru. This was decided in a fancy boardroom by people in expensive suits.
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Pulitzer-winning NYT columnist Anthony Lewis, dead at 85.
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The Obama administration is claiming that authorities do not need court warrants to affix GPS devices to vehicles to monitor their every move, despite the Supreme Court’s decision last year that concluded that attaching the GPS devices amounted to search protected by the Constitution.
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Tipping and tooting: a comic about people who wait tables.
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I'm extremely liberal about immigration. Still, I'm troubled by the term "undocumented immigrant." Calling an illegal alien an undocumented immigrant is like calling a drug dealer an unlicensed pharmacist.
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Department of Homeland Security to buy even more ammo: 360k hollow point rounds.
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Was Lincoln a tyrant?
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Yesterday's shoot with Jesse James Hennessy and Kori Turk.Militant atheism has become a religion: Prominent non-believers have become as dogmatic as those they deride
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Twenty money-saving tips from bankers and their wives. I love number seven: Stop carrying so much cash; it reduces the temptation to tip too much. They forgot to add number twenty-one: Avoid angry crowds carrying nooses.
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Here's a collection of intriguing and quite useless maps.
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Aldous Huxley author of Brave New World on his vision for the "ultimate revolution," a scientific dictatorship where people will be conditioned to enjoy their servitude, and will pose little opposition to the "ruling oligarchy."
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There is a town in Brazil that powers its streetlights by having convicts pedal bicycles attached to generators.


3/24/13

The persecution of a pioneer: "Mountain man" Eustace Conway.
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Bloomberg is to launch a $12 million national gun control ad campaign: "It's time for another voice."
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"You want a peace of me," said the passive aggressive hippie.
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Here's an animated interview of John Perkins, author of "HoodWinked" and "Confessions of an Economic Hitman."
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The stinky truth behind farts.
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Chess and 18th century artificial intelligence: How a "chess robot" - the mechanical Turk - was more than just an elaborate hoax.
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The five most irresponsibly badass live rock shows of all time.
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Free bungee jumps for Congress: no strings attached.


3/23/13

At any given moment, the urge to sing "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" is just a whim away, a whim away, a whim away, a whim away...
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A typical Tuesday morning for 42-year-old Olympia man quickly became a citywide multi-jurisdictional manhunt for him and what witnesses thought was a assault rifle in his hand.
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Common sense guidelines for playing in a (punk) band.
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The battle of Cyprus: Counterpunch magazine tells the facts and names the names.
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The statutes of limitations are expiring on some of the Bush era crimes.
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Bloomberg: In five years, there will be cameras every place. Get used to it.
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Obey: a film by Temujin Doran. Based on the book "Death of the Liberal Class" by Chris Hedges.
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"The weight of the gold that Solomon received yearly was 666 talents."
   ~  1 Kings 10:14
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Eighteen obsolete words which never should have gone out of style. Go ahead, try to use the words spermologer, queerplungers and pussyvan in a sentence.
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"Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet."
   ~  Bob Marley


3/22/13

Corn Flakes were invented as part of an anti-masturbation crusade.
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William S. Burroughs interviews David Bowie in this 1972 Rolling Stone article: Beat Godfather Meets Glitter Mainman.
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Elizabeth Warren flunks the marijuana question.
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Cutting-edge fashions that are clearly practical jokes.
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Rep. Charlie Rangel said on MSNBC yesterday that "millions of kids" are killed by assault weapons. Anything is possible when you pull it out of your butt.
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A pair of scientists at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco has found that a compound derived from marijuana could stop metastasis in many kinds of aggressive cancer.
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Legal pot means big changes for Washington state's drug-sniffing dogs.
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New Guantanamo prison plan shows the U.S. to remain. I seem to remember lots of talk about closing this thing...
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Lie by lie: A timeline of how we were sold a bogus case for invasion of Iraq.


3/21/13

Way to ruin a nice Spring day NY Daily News: Chilling new report predicts massive earthquake and tsunami for Pacific Northwest.
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Today's pot is way too strong for the baby boomers who want to buy it legally.
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Halliburton made nearly $40 billion on the Iraq War, much of it no no-bid contracts.
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From the ACLU: You should be careful about what you say when approached by federal, state or local law enforcement officials. If you give answers, they can be used against you in a criminal, immigration, or civil case.
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Sometimes I wrestle with my demons. Sometimes we just snuggle.
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Sacred Economics traces the history of money from ancient gift economies to modern capitalism, revealing how the money system has contributed to alienation, competition, and scarcity, destroyed community, and necessitated endless growth.
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They're back: "ag-gag" laws that would make it illegal to make an undercover film inside livestock operations.
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A woman tried to kill her husband by putting "poison in her private parts."


3/20/13

I just watched Obama pick 18th ranked Wisconsin beating number one ranked Gonzaga in a later round of the NCAA tournament. What more proof do you want that he's the Antichrist?
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First day of Spring!
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Pentagon Papers lawyer on Obama, secrecy and press freedoms: "Worse than Nixon."
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Prison profiteers are the new slaveholders. If, as Fyodor Dostoevsky wrote, “the degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons” then we are a nation of barbarians.
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Twenty-four places blocked on Google Maps and Earth.
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The German Finance Minister warns Cyprus that its banks may never be able to reopen, after its parliament rejected a bailout deal.
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On the media who helped warmonger us into Iraq: The deadly consequences of spin.
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A New Jersey man says that, on the basis of mere hearsay about a Facebook photo of his 11-year-old son with a .22 rifle, police and child protection arrive at his door and demand entry.
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Lively facts about death.
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Sometime in the next year, Washington residents will be able to walk into a store and buy legal marijuana. Will that store be like Nordstrom, Wal-Mart or a mom-and-pop grocery?
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Ten mysteries surrounding World War II.
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Testing an anthrax vaccine on children as young as infants is okayed by a presidential ethics panel.
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Now Monsanto wants to control and genetically modify your pot seeds.


3/19/13 

Dying vet's "fuck you" letter to George Bush.
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Two year old Onion story predicted CNN's shocking Steubenville rape trial coverage.
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Five ways to induce lucid dreaming.
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God and drugs: Ancient Egyptians drank beer; the Greeks praised Dionysus. Buddhists, Muslims, and Mormons take a dimmer view of intoxicants. Christians can't decide.
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The History Channel says that Satan in "bible" series wasn't meant to look like Obama.
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It takes CNN ten years to finally admit it: Yes, the Iraq War was fought for Big Oil.
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I'm not saying I am Superman, I am just saying no one has ever seen me and SnorkleMan in the same room together.


3/18/13

I can only assume that some people don't realize how they inspire my inner serial killer.
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Boeing and Democrats kill Washington state Anti-Drone Bill. It is another sign of how drones have upended traditional left-right thinking about issues like privacy and human rights. 

"The best way to put it, quite frankly, is profits over people's privacy."
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Companies, universities and lawmakers in the U.S. are preparing for a world in which remote-controlled planes will be ubiquitous in civilian air space.

Oregon company to sell drone defense technology to the public.
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Rand Paul wins the CPAC straw poll; continues to shake up the GOP.
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Iraq, 10 years later: What about the Constitution?

Tomorrow is the 10 year anniversary of the invasion of Iraq and the real war criminals are still at large.

Here's the coverage from Democracy Now!

The Iraq invasion: 53% of Americans think it was a mistake.
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Saying we don't need guns because we have policemen is like saying we don't need fire extinguishers because we have firemen.
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"This country has a mental health problem disguised as a gun problem, and a tyranny problem disguised as a security problem."
   ~  Joe Rogan
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Unusual caves from around the world.
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The robbery continues: The people of Cyprus react with shock to news of up to a 10% "tax" on their bank savings, "negotiated" by the European Union and the International Monetary Fund.

Europe braces for renewed turmoil.
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Nazi Goebbles' step-grandchildren are hidden billionaires.


3/17/13Okay, at least all of you with tiny little hands...

Zags go into big tourney as #1 in the nation. 

Heard a lot now on Spokane streets: "I'm not really into sports, but..." 
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Federal government reports marijuana effective in combating certain cancers.
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Humans have made big strides in toilet technology, though some latrines have changed little from Roman days: A gallery of toilets.
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Put on your thinking caps: Noam Chomsky and Michel Foucault debate human nature and power, 1971.

The Chomsky-Foucault debate in five seconds.

Chomsky says Obama is worse than Bush or Blair.
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The artist and his demon.
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“Smart” trash cans monitor your recycling, forks regulate your diet. It’s social engineering, disguised as product engineering: Is smart making us dumb?
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Here's a video of a drone shooting videos of citizens attending South by Southwest in Austin.
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A growing number of states toy with bills to defy federal gun laws.


3/16/13

A federal court in California has ruled that a surveillance tool widely used by the FBI to obtain information on Americans without court oversight is unconstitutional because the gag order that accompanies it violates the First Amendment.
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Science fiction items that became science facts in 2012.
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A system that doesn't work aims to stop missiles that aren't coming: U.S. to add to missile defense over the "North Korea Threat."
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Assassinations that shook the world.
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How beer gave us civilization.
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) introduced a constitutional amendment on Tuesday, aimed at reversing the Supreme Court's ruling on Citizens United. Titled "Democracy is for People," the amendment would "stop corporations and their front groups from using their profits and dark money donations to influence our elections."
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Why Spokane winters are not all that bad: See how it looks in Siberia.
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At least we're not measles: Rationalizing drone attacks hits a new low.
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Do you know about the PBS Online Film Festival? Right now you can check out 25 short films, all online, and all free.


3/15/13

I predict that scientists will continue to rediscover the Higgs Boson particle until more than five people on Earth know what the Higgs Boson particle is.
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The Obama administration is drawing up plans to give all U.S. spy agencies full access to a massive database that contains financial data on American citizens and others who bank in the country.
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How to make a secret hollow book.
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While praised for his work with the poor, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio - now Pope Francis - has long been dogged by accusations of his role during Argentina’s military dictatorship.
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Church find pope; science finds God: theology vs. physics.
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Here's an essay on Assisi and Saint Francis, the new papal namesake, by a biographer of the popular and controversial Catholic saint.
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Twenty-five hoaxes that had us fooled.
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This incident was the first time a drone owned by the U.S. government was used against civilians for local police work. American neighborhoods are increasingly being policed by cops armed with the weapons and tactics of war.
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 Huppin's is closing its 104-year-old downtown Spokane store.
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Meet the ganga guru for the Washington state agency charged with implementing our new legal pot system.
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New Hampshire house votes to prohibit state cooperation with indefinite detention without due process under the National Defense Authorization Act.
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Nillionaire: adj. Someone having little to no money.
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The war on consciousness: Graham Hancock at TED.
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Beware today.


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3/13/13

Fran!
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The post-Rand effect: House Dems demand Obama release "full legal basis" for drone strikes. Where have they been the last four years?
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Judge approves use of "truth serum" on accused Aurora shooter James Holmes.
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It's Captain Beefheart on the Hot Line at American Bandstand on June 18, 1966. After some probing questions from one of the shows dancers, everyone dances (?) to Diddy Wah Diddy.
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Futuristic handcuffs would administer shocks and/or pacifying drugs.
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Obama joins a long line of presidents - Jackson, Harding, Nixon, the Bushes - to offer exclusive access to the White House for big bucks.
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Is it rude to ignore voice-mails, or just out-of-date to leave them? Is it lazy and even impolite to asking someone for information you can easily get from a web search? Disruptions: Digital era redefining etiquette.
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U.S. secrecy, classification procedures increase under Obama.
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Here's the audio recording of Bradley Manning's statement in court, leaked by The Freedom of the Press Foundation. 
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The ACLU and allies on legalized marijuana: Think small. [These guys must not know the Washington state legislature at all...]
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Locust swarm the Middle East.
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A newly deciphered Coptic text describes Jesus as having shape-shifting abilities; explains why Judas had to identify Him with a kiss.
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California agents seize guns by force as owners lose right to bear arms.


3/12/13

Twelve companies cashing in on drones.
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Five failed currencies and why they crashed.
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In America today, approximately 130,000 people are locked up in private prisons that are being run by for-profit companies, and that number is growing very rapidly.
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Re: Screen propaganda, Hollywood and the CIA.
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The Idaho State House of Representatives voted yesterday to nullify federal gun laws, rule, regulations and orders on semiautomatic firearms, or any firearm magazine, plus any federal registration on all firearms, magazines, or other firearm accessories.

Here is House Bill 219, introduced by 22 sponsors.
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How does it feel to be under a nuclear attack?
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Michio Kaku explains string theory.


3/11/13

Three Facebook account owners die every minute. 
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I can't come to grips with the fact that the world's richest man is named Carlos Slim.
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New York City's groundbreaking limit on the size of sugar-laden drinks has been struck down by a judge shortly before it was set to take effect. 
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From Forbes magazine (of all places): 1.6 billion rounds of ammo for Homeland Security? It's time for a national conversation.
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Six ghastly works of art made from dead animals.
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The amazing rise and fall of the presumption of innocence.
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Because of a shortage of swordsmen for beheadings, Saudi Arabia  considers using firing squads for executions.
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It’s easy to assume that new forms of technology have dumbed down the English language. But it ain't all bad: Five ways that social media benefits writing and the English language.
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History of Blue Jeans.
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Breitbart published a fake article saying Paul Krugman is bankrupt. They pulled the article but didn't issue a correction
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Two years ago today a great earthquake and tsunami devastated the Japanese coast, killing nearly 19,000 people.
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Is the White House changing the story on Anwar al-Awlaki? Democracy Now! debates the inside account of the 2011 drone strike given in yesterday's New York Times story.
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Getting low on uranium ore? Help is here.
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The papal conclave: How cardinals elect a Pope.
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Boeing lobbyists attempt to derail Washington state drone regulation bill.
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Gritty photographer Arthur Fellig - better known under the alias Weegee - made a name for himself by documenting the harsh reality of crime, injury and death while covering New York City from the 1930s into the 1940s. Check out some of his most famous work.
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Harvard economist: Legalizing drugs suits ideal of American freedom.


3/10/13

"Jimmy don't kiss no boy fishes."
   ~  Jimmy Houston
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David Corn rips Rand Paul in Mother Jones mag. 

So, Mr. Corn disagrees with Matt Rothschild, Amy Goodman, Matthew Stewart, the ACLU, Jon Stewart, etc.; and aligns himself with John McCain and Lindsey Graham?
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How not to talk to people about liberty.
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In 1964, minimum-wage was five silver quarters per hour. Today, those five quarters are worth more than $25.00.
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Three Democratic myths used to demean the Rand Paul filibuster.
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How fascists handle controversy: U.S. Air Force stops reporting data on Afghanistan drone strikes.
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I want to ask God why He allows poverty, famine and injustice in the world when He could do something about it. But I'm afraid He might ask me the same question.


3/9/13

I just listened to Don Adair on KPBX playing and discussing the amazing Jack White. (9 pm)
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Award-winning journalist Trevor Aaronson digs deep into the FBI’s massive efforts to create fake terrorist plots.
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Washington state senate endorses NRA Child Gun Safety Program.
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"Damn Libertarian kids. Get off my lawn!"
   ~ Sen. John McCain
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Some news items teeter on the edge of becoming a sci-fi movie: Russian scientists have claimed the discovery of a new type of bacteria in Lake Vostok, Antarctica. Analysis reveals bacterial DNA that does not match any known species. They are calling it an "unidentified and unclassified" life form.
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A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that U.S. border agents do not have carte blanche authority to search the cellphones, tablets and laptops of travelers entering the country - a “watershed” decision in the court’s own terms and one at odds with the policies of the Obama administration.
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Fifty life hacks to simplify your world.
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Here's a short documentary film about the obsessive and fascinating world of anagrams.
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"Democrats: Do you have ANY thoughts on Obama's transition from a progressive academic Humanist, to a regressive Corporatist warlord?"
   ~  John Cusack
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In this essay on drones, Bill Moyers explains how indiscriminate killing by our military forces not only cuts down innocent bystanders, but drives “their enraged families and friends straight into the arms of the very terrorists we’re trying to eradicate.”
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Is Rome falling again? "There's no government, there's no pope. And now it's snowing in Rome."
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Rand Paul's filibuster highlights how the upper chamber can represent minority interests otherwise ignored: Stop hating on the Senate.


3/8/13

Oooooh. Puppies! 
How could I have called this man a Nazi for so many years?
Look! Puppies!

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Rand Paul accepts White House answer to whether the president has the authority to kill citizens on U.S. soil. "The answer to that question is no."
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Matt Rothschild, editor of The Progressive: Right On, Rand Paul!
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ACLU: Don't let Boeing block reasonable rules for drones.
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Left-wing Code Pink group to visit Rand Paul's office to thank him for the filibuster. 
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Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman on Rand Paul's filibuster.
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The ACLU has launched a nationwide investigation of police militarization.
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Russian scientists say they have found a new type of bacterial life form in water from a buried Antarctic lake.
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Attorney John Yoo, Bush-era torture justifier, says Obama is getting too much grief over targeted killing. This is the guy who once suggested that it was okay for the president to order a child's testicles be crushed.
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Liberals should proudly cheer on Rand Paul. If he's right on principle, progressives should back him up - even if he's wrong on everything else. Here's why.
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As Rand Paul's filibuster demonstrated, the drone debate is about more than judging technology: How to think about drones.
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Eighty percent of NYC high school grads cannot read.
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They can have my Pop Tart when they pry it from my cold, dead hands.


3/7/13

After nearly 13 hours of filibustering yesterday, Sen. Rand Paul finally yielded the floor, putting an end to his historic protest against the administration’s lack of answers on its authority to execute targeted assassinations of American citizens abroad and on U.S. soil.
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Message T-shirts reveal much in mug shots.
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Jon Stewart applauds Rand Paul for using filibuster over drone issue. "Worth kicking up a fuss for."
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Interviewer: What would you consider to be your greatest weakness?
Applicant: Honesty.
Interviewer: Honesty? I don't think honesty is a weakness.
Applicant: I don't give a fuck what you think.
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Rand Paul has to do a 12-hour filibuster in order to ask a Nobel Peace Prize winner if he agrees with killing U.S. citizens without trial.
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The word “FREEDOM” is among the list of banned vanity license plate slogans for Washington D.C.
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A man who ran the drone assassination program under Obama, "extraordinary rendition" torture program under Bush, has been the "principle coordinator" of the American citizen kill list, crafted the so-called disposition matrix that expands and codifies the policy of targeting and secretly killing American citizens is Obama's choice for Director of the CIA.
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The non-literal meaning of the word "literally" is literally in the dictionary now.
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A recent study has found that people can have memories of events that never occurred implanted in a laboratory setting, even when they know that it never actually happened.
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The ACLU backs Rand Paul's filibuster.
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The government still doesn't want you to know what caused the financial crisis, despite its vast investigation.
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Rand Paul's filibuster lasted longer than the entire Senate's debate on the invasion of Iraq.
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"Government is a disease masquerading as its own cure."
   ~  Robert LeFevre
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John Cusack on Rand Paul's filibuster over drones: "For God's sake, where are the Democrats?"
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Don't drone me, bro... 


3/6/13

Rand Paul ends his filibuster after 12 hours, 52 minutes.
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The Rand Paul filibuster on C-Span (10 hours and counting as of 7:00 pm).
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A Washington state bill, S.B. 5618, that would allow police officers, or "school resource officers," to search students without probable cause or parental consent, passed the State Senate Monday, 30-19.
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What Christopher Hitchens learned about Hugo Chavez's mental health when he visited Venezuela.

A different take: Green Party candidate Jill Stein on the death of President Hugo Chavez.

From the NY Post: Chavez's grim legacy.

Vaya con Dios, Hugo Chavez, mi amigo, by Greg Palast.
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So, this dyslexic man walks into a bra and...
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Eric Holder: Drone strike to kill U.S. citizen on American soil is legal.

Yes, the president can kill Americans: In a letter to Rand Paul, Attorney General Eric Holder affirms, again, the expansive powers of the chief executive.
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Here's a video from 1989 of Ron Paul talking up the Second Amendment while sporting an AR-15.
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Sorry folks. The claim that a mixture of Mountain Dew, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide will produce a brilliant glow is a hoax.
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Gulp. How hot dogs are made.
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Two U.S. senators have criticized the Department of Justice for offering an “aggressively evasive” response to their questions in an ongoing war of words over why major banks have avoided prosecution for their role in the financial crisis.
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The U.N. attempts to thwart marijuana decriminalization laws in Washington and Colorado.
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Final Report: $60 billion Iraq reconstruction accomplished little.
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Yes, it's come to this: Counseling for the children who were traumatized by the kid who chewed his Pop Tart into the shape of a gun.
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Two key figures in Washington’s legal pot law said there’s nothing new or particularly relevant in the call from eight former DEA chiefs to nullify new pot laws in Colorado and Washington.


3/5/13

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, dead of cancer at 58.
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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has customized its Predator drones, originally built for overseas military operations, to carry out at-home surveillance tasks that have civil libertarians worried: identifying civilians carrying guns and tracking their cell phones, government documents show.
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America has become a crazy control freak nation where almost everything is illegal.
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Washington state politician says bike riders pollute the environment.
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Eight former Drug Enforcement Administration chiefs say the federal government needs to act now or it might lose the chance to nullify Colorado and Washington's laws legalizing recreational marijuana use.


3/4/13

Fascinating: Chaos and Butterfly Effect.
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A Johns Hopkins brain scientist is finding a neurological basis for a notion that many people believe intuitively - that music is as much a form of language as Spanish or French.
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Party like a pharaoh: Cash-strapped Egypt is considering renting out the pyramids in Giza, the Sphinx, the Abu Simbel Temple and the temples of Luxor.
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Five questions with Stoker director Park Chan-wook.
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The 50 most inspiring quotes about books and reading.
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The Gonzaga Bulldogs are rated the number one team in the nation by everyone who takes polls.
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Here's a 1933 newsreel of a Michigan farmer playing Yankee Doodle with hand-farts.
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Japanese advertising firm rents ad space on young women's bare legs. (Yes, of course there are photos.)
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A euthanasia rollercoaster has been designed to take the life of 24 human beings with "elegance and euphoria."
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The West Virginia Department of Homeland Security released an app for mobile phones they have called the “Suspicious Activity Reporting” application.
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History's strangest inventions.
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Newly unearthed tapes shed light on John Lennon's feud with Paul McCartney and his relationship with Yoko Ono.
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If you pour root beer into a square cup, will you then have beer?
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Scientists have shown that transplanted eyes located far outside the head in a vertebrate animal model can confer vision without a direct neural connection to the brain.
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Car shoots 15 feet into the air in this Russian dash-cam video.
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Chinese state TV broadcasts live images of four condemned killers shortly before they are executed. Human rights lawyers and others express outrage at the unprecedented coverage.
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"When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it."
   ~  Frederic Bastiat


3/3/13

Doctors announced that a baby had been cured of an H.I.V. infection for the first time, a startling development that could lead to more aggressive treatment of babies infected at birth.
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When I get a headache I take two aspirin and keep away from children, just like the bottle says.
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I think it'd be cool if the mass psychogenic illness Dancing Mania were to kick up its' heels again.
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A mysterious, distorted carcass,  dubbed the "Beast of Tenby" and the "Beast from the East" by local press, has been discovered on a beach in Wales, baffling the masses.

Remember the Montauk Monster?
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Rolling Stone: Leakers, Hackers and Activists - a who's who of U.S. political prisoners.
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Journalist and historian Susan Jacoby talks with Bill Moyer about the role secularism and intellectual curiosity have played throughout America’s history
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Are you ready for Big Brother 2.0? If you think that the hundreds of ways that the government watches, monitors, tracks and controls us now are bad, just wait until you see what's coming.Pedro Reyes
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Mexico City based artist Pedro Reyes acquired some 6,700 weapons that were scheduled to be buried and instead collaborated with six musicians to create 50 working instruments as part of a statement regarding increased gun violence in Mexico.
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"If the natural tendencies of mankind are so bad that it is not safe to permit people to be free, how is it that the tendencies of these organizers are always good? Do not the legislators and their appointed agents also belong to the human race? Or do they believe that they themselves are made of a finer clay than the rest of mankind?"
   ~  Frederic Bastiat


3/2/13

My favorite commie: Slavoj Žižek on The Dark Knight Rises, Marijuana, Consumerism and Love. This video is audio only, which is unfortunate, because I can't help imagining him slinging saliva everywhere as he speaks.
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Turn your broken mobile phone parts into survival tools.
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Scientists, environmentalists and even World War II historians have reacted with a mixture of excitement and concern to news that Russian geologists have drilled through to a huge subterranean lake in Antarctica, some 20 million years old.
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I've always suspected it. NewScientist magazine implicates bunnies in the demise of the Neanderthals.
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From the NYT: Spending cuts imposed; U.S. starts to trim it's budget.

Defense cuts may mean no more flyovers at sporting events. Oh, the humanity!
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What happens when you put a bar of Ivory soap in the microwave?
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Here's an easy to understand animation explaining Einstein's Theory of Special Relativity and General Relativity.
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Two men walk into a bar. The first man says, "I'll have some H2O." The second man says, "I'll have some H2O too." The second man spit it out.
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The beautiful art of Turkish paper marbling.
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A new bill would require all people, ages 18-25, to perform a mandatory "National Service" to fulfill their supposed "obligation" to serve the government. The requirement would apply to both men and women, and sentence them to work for a term of two years in various government agencies, including the military.
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"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known."
   ~  Carl Sagan


3/1/13

The sequester has begun. The cities are burning. Cuban soldiers are marching up our streets. Meteorites are crashing in old folk's homes. Birds are falling from the sky and fish are washing up on the shore. If only we had spent 2.3% more.
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Solved: Which came first, the chicken or the egg?
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Q: Know any jokes about sodium?
A: Na.

(I'd make another chemistry joke but all the goods ones argon.)
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Bradley Manning pleads guilty to 10 of 22 charges against him, pleads not guilty to charge of "aiding the enemy."
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3D printing and tissue engineering now allow bio-printing: the design and fabrication of three-dimensional tissues. The meat created in this process could be carefully designed to have the same mouth feel, texture and flavor as traditional meat.
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The most inaccessible monasteries in the world. 
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Your face is fine but I'll have to put a bag over your personality.
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Raytheon developed software that uses social networking sites to track your movements, and predicts future behavior, draws heat.
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Congressman brings to light some important questions concerning Anwar al-Aulaqi and national security in the House Judiciary Committee Hearing on drones and the War On Terror.


2/28/13

How come it's never "that's what he said."?
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Sede vacante. Apparently we are pope-less.
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Who was the Patriot Act intended for? Terrorists? Think again. Senator Feingold questions Department of Justice officials at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on reauthorizing the U.S. Patriot Act.
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Ten Quotes by Carl Jung.
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Diamonds: because nothing says "I love you" like a superficial, overvalued rock mined by African slave labor.
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Bob Woodward said last night on CNN that a "very senior person" at the White House warned him in an email that he would "regret doing this," the same day Woodward said Obama was showing a "kind of madness I haven't seen in a long time."
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Seven tips from F. Scott Fitzgerald on how to write fiction.
Seven tips from Ernest Hemingway on how to write fiction.


2/27/13

Scientists create mice that can't feel cold.
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Three year old girl in wheelchair is detained by the TSA
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An interview with Ray Kurzweil on the future artificial intelligence project at Google.
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The most human-like robot ever.
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Shocking but true historical facts.
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In the 1500s, urine was used to tan animal skins. Some families would pee in a pot, and take and sell it to the tannery. If you had to do this to survive you were "piss poor." If you couldn't even afford to buy a pot, you "didn't have a pot to piss in."
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"Propaganda works best when those who are being manipulated are confident that they are acting on their own free will."
     ~  Joseph Goebbels

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You can't handle the truth...
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Here's a link to Makers: Women Who Make America - on PBS last night.


2/26/13

Six months ago I was called a conspiracy theorist and anti-Obama for asking the same question as what's asked on the cover of this issue of Time Magazine: "What happens when they're unleashed at home?"  --->
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Spokane City Council puts city pot businesses on hold
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It's a stretch for New York to claim that they're being gung ho on gun control to "protect the children" when penalties for having an eight-round magazine are more severe than for being a repeat child molester.
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Happy birthday Victor Hugo (1802-1885), well-known as author, not so well as an artist.
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A bill is unveiled to federally legalize medical marijuana in an effort to end the confusion surrounding federal pot policy.
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Would you like some Bayer Heroin for that cough? How about some cocaine for that back pain


2/25/13

Boo.
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Moo, bitch.I have to say I'm quite surprised that cow painting - the covert act of illegal bovine graffiti application - is yet to catch on.
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Perverted advertising.
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"Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity."
   ~  Voltaire
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Trent Reznor announces the return of Nine Inch Nails: extensive touring for 2013 and 2014. "The band is reinventing itself from scratch."
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Oscar's very weird night.
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4000 Years of Medicine:

   2000 BC: Here, eat this root.
   1000 AD: That root is heathen. Here, say this prayer.
   1865 AD: That prayer is superstition. Here, drink this potion.
   1935 AD: That potion is snake oil. Here, swallow this pill.
   1975 AD: That pill is ineffective. Here, take this antibiotic.
   2000 AD: That antibiotic is poison. Here, eat this root.
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How to make an emergency gas mask: updated from a 1942 Time Magazine article.


2/24/13

Lichtenberg figures: the fractal scars left on the flesh of people struck by lightning.
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Chris Peck, former managing editor of The Spokesman-Review, compares the marijuana mindsets in different parts of the country.
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An insect's ability to fly is perhaps one of the greatest feats of evolution. Here's a look at how a common housefly takes flight with such delicate wings, thanks to a clever flapping motion and flight muscles that are both powerful and nimble. But the secret ingredient: the incredible fly brain.
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Domestic drone legislation is catching on. Check out this recently updated chart for the latest on active bills coming in through each state.
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Here's the full two hour version of "Blueprint for Truth - The Architecture of Destruction." Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth takes you through most of the forensic evidence proving that the destruction of WTC was accomplished with explosive controlled demolition.
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When can your government kill you? The focus has been on drones. But the real question is whether targeted killings by other means occur in the U.S.
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What happens when a smoker quits - a 15 year timeline.
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Film is finished; digital is taking over Hollywood.


2/23/13

Hippopotomonstrosesquippedalio phobia: the fear of long words.
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Eleven secret documents all Americans deserve to see.
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The alleged arrest of Britain's elusive, uber-famous street artist, Banksy, is a hoax ... Ah, who
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"Sometimes I feel so sick at the state of the world, I can't even finish my second apple pie."
   ~  Banksy
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Here's a scene from the film Wild in the Streets, a lost classic of hippie-sploitation, where counterculture-loving young people take over the government, imprisons all adults over 35 into psychedelic re-education "mercy centers," and, as revolutionary leader Max Frost explains, “in groovy surroundings, we’re going to psyche ‘em all out on LSD.” 

And you were freaked out about Al Qaeda.
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A man who lost an eye in a shooting accident has been turned into an ‘eyeborg’, after doctors fitted a tiny camera into his eye socket.
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The 10 strongest strains of weed.
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"Everything is autobiographical" - an interview with Federico Fellini from 1972. Making a movie is a very mathematical operation, he explains. It is like firing a missile into space - everything has to be prepared.
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Liberal racial hypocrisy: Racism is unacceptable for American liberals, except when it comes to killing Pakistani and Yemeni toddlers.
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From PBS: Where the Journal News went wrong in mapping gun owners.
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A toddler on Sumatra smokes 40 cigarettes a day.
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JesseLocal movie maker Jesse James Hennessy says the article in the New York Times about David Lynch (that I linked to yesterday) can be summed up in one sentence: "David Lynch is too busy meditating to make movies."


2/22/13

Idol worship: ancient Egypt to modern day.
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In today's NYT: David Lynch is back ... as a guru of Transcendental Meditation.
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A gay man comes out on Facebook. His friends are supportive, but are offended by his lack of tech savvy exhibited on his blog.
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Theater and film have always delighted in depictions of suffering. But how much is too much?
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The distinctiveness of left-libertarianism.
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I predict the !Kung hunters' penis sheaths will soon become popular in the U.S.
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Here's a good article in this week's Inlander about surveillance in Spokane.
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CIA Director nominee John Brennan's statements from the past about absolute human rights and his current role in coordinating U.S. drone strikes.
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Who can own life? Farmer vs. Monsanto before U.S. Supreme Court.
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Our future is measured by the books we intend to read. As more becomes possible, less becomes actual.
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Permafrost explained in 90 seconds.
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There are events in over 60 cities tomorrow protesting Bradley Manning's 1000th day imprisoned without a trial.
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Bill plants the seed for hemp farming in Washington state.
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"Despots themselves don't deny that freedom is a wonderful thing, they only want to limit it to themselves; they argue that everyone else is unworthy of it."
   ~  Alexis de Tocqueville


2/21/13

Just don't look up.The Walmart of weed opens in Seattle, retail sales coming next.
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New York bill would force gun owners to buy at least one million dollars in insurance.

More gun manufacturers and retailers have stopped selling to law enforcement in states that are enacting stringent new gun laws.
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Journalists and politicians demand the blood of Julian Assange.
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PhotobucketMillions of blackbirds and starlings have invaded a small Kentucky city - a real-life version of The Birds.
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Arrested for your politics in America? It's already happening.
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Defense budget sustains bloated, obsolete military.


2/20/13

Will legal recreational pot be better or worse?
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Local author Jess Walter: How I Write.
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On this date 71 years ago, Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 ordering Americans into concentration camps.
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Loggers in Brazil captured an eight-year-old girl from one of the Amazon’s last uncontacted tribes and burned her alive as part of a campaign to force the indigenous population from its land.
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The Vice President: "Buy a shotgun. Buy a shotgun."
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Here's a link to last night's Frontline specials: 
Raising Adam Lanza
.
Newtown Divided.
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The chances of two unrelated asteroid events happening almost at the same time is next to zero. What happened last week with the meteor that fell in Chelyabinsk, Russia, and the DA14 near miss?
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Ten amazing gadgets you can wear.
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The Drone Threat by Ron Paul.

Can police be trusted with drones? In one California county, citizens are far from convinced.
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Louis Pasteur, kept a loaded gun in his laboratory while working on a vaccine for rabies; if he or one of his lab assistants got infected, they were to be shot in the head.


2/19/13

I predict the Russian-dashboard-camera kick will catch on big-time in the U.S.
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Belief in black magic persists in Papua New Guinea. Women are blamed, accused of sorcery and branded as witches - with horrific consequences.
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Be sure to check out the ceiling.Scientists say they've discovered a weird new property of matter that breaks all of the rules.
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One of the major gun-control efforts in Olympia this session calls for the sheriff to inspect the homes of assault-weapon owners.
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Five Grimms' fairy tales way too dark to read to kids.
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Nine unique alternative housing ideas.
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The president has a clandestine network targeting a "kill list" justified by secret laws. How is that different than a death squad?
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We measure our lives with unread books – and "difficult'' works can induce the most guilt. How should we view this challenge?
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The Spovangelist expresses the general uneasiness about the closing of the Knitting Factory.


2/18/13

Citing concern for public safety, Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub just ordered the Knitting Factory to shut down. Police have responded to four shootings at the venue in the past year.Monkey see. Monkey do.
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In the ten years following 9/11, the FBI and the Justice Department convicted more than 150 people following sting operations, though few had any connection to real terrorists.
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If someone asks me for spare change I fake a shocked look, glance around nervously and whisper, "You can see me?"
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A wrench to toss into the gears of your Monday: Five Slovakian folk songs.
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Four people were shot in Spokane last night and people are freaking out. As it turns out, though, they were all gang members shooting each other - which makes it a problem that will obviously take care of itself.
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Hyperlinking is not copyright infringement, scholars say.
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Coffee is the world to me.If his father hadn't changed his name in 1877, Hitler's name would have been Adolf Schicklgruber, and he probably would have remained just a lousy artist.
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Which president do you think was the most eloquent? Find out by reading (and listening) to 10 great presidential speeches.
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A bleeding heart history of Libertarian thought - John Locke.


2/17/13

The Spokane Harlem Shake at the Big Red Wagon. Disturbing. But, I'd love to work with (photograph, film) the girl, though, local model Rachel Cox.
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If you are within 100 miles of the border, the Department of Homeland Security now claims they can seize your electronics and search your data - without a warrant - making 8 to 10 percent of the country a Fourth Amendment free zone. Spokane is 92 miles from the border.
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Apeman.

"I'm at your house..."

The last 24 hours in the life of Keith Moon.
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Ten exceedingly bizarre buildings.
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White House moves to counter online radicalization.
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RoboRoach? The race to create "insect cyborgs."
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Are you a psycho who's desperate enough to be a cop that you'll work for free in order to have an opportunity to pretend you are one? Here's your chance.
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Study predicts political beliefs with 83 percent accuracy.
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"The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion."
   ~  Albert Camus


2/16/13

Egypt's police are about to buy 100,000 9mm pistols because of increased lawlessness. I find it odd that none of the reports I've seen say who the Egyptians are buying the weapon from.
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The last time a pope resigned, Dante put him in Hell.
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When was the last time you did something for the first time?
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Here's a bias and somewhat rude love letter to Washington State.
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Scientists say a giant can of white paint could be used to repel an asteroid strike.
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FAA moves toward creating six drone test sites in the U.S.


2/15/13

Gary Singer, owner and operator of downtown Spokane's Dutch's musical instrument/pawn shop (the guy with the red suspenders), dead at 66.
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There have been many other meteor sightings reported today: Cuba, Morocco, California. No photos or videos have surfaced. If true, scientists believe that these sightings, the near-miss asteroid, and the meteor that exploded above Russia - all that happened today - is coincidence
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Russian parliament member says meteor was actually a U.S. weapons test.
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A meteor shower rains down on town in Russia's Ural mountains. Injures at least 1200 people. Shockwave blows out windows and rocks buildings. 

The videos are numerous.

Coincidence? A few hours later, the Earth  experienced the closest asteroid flyby in history when 2012 DA14 misses us by a mere 17,000 miles.


2/14/13

Here's an animation from 1964: Principles of Mechanical Refrigeration. At 3:20 I thought it was going to break out into full-blown anime porno.
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Ship happens. 

I'm sorry, but I can not stop laughing about the Great Carnival Cruise Ship Poop and Urine Tour. Today, some of the "survivors" for Valentine's Day shaped a big heart on deck out of red sacks of...something. Of course, I suggest the bags were filled with cruiser feces. Now, that's funny! And an appropriate symbol for their Love-Boat-gone-bad ordeal. To be honest, I don't think we should let them come back, all contaminated and poop-ified as they are. Let's install cameras throughout the ship. Let's drop a crate of raw meat and tequila on deck every week or two. America loves reality shows. Let's take it to a new level.Loneliness...
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Obama's empty promises of transparency on national security. 
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Some of the most fascinating and deplorable experiments ever conducted on human beings that prove that we do have a dark side.
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The dark origins of Valentine's Day.
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Just like the suspected 9/11 terrorist’s explosion-proof passport that was found magically intact amid the ground zero rubble, the mainstream media is now reporting that suspected cop killer Christopher Dorner’s wallet and identification card were found beside charred remains in the burned out Big Bear cabin where police cornered him yesterday.

How law enforcement and media covered up the plan to burn Christopher Dorner alive.
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An asteroid the size of the Paulsen Building will whiz uncomfortably close by Earth tomorrow. No, we won't be able to see it.
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Yesterday, Washington state Sens. Ed Murray (D), Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D) and Adam Kline (D) have introduced new gun control legislation that goes far above and beyond what anyone would consider a simple sales ban.

Here's Senate Bill 5737.
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Most and least religious states: Mississippi - most. Vermont - least. Washington State is in the bottom 10 of the least religious states.


2/13/13

I predict the next pope will choose the name Winchell.
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My BS detector is still on red alert with this California cop killer cop story with buckets of Waco splashed in our faces. It's all too perfect. It's all so hyper-macho. Big Bear, California. Big black renegade runaway from LA's finest. What a crock of shit. I think it was all arranged just so they could have a good made-for-TV movie special.
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Fact Checks on the State of the Union:
   from CNN   
   from Salon
   from Huffington Post
   from Politico
   from Fox
   from Chicago Tribune
   from Washington Post
   from BreitBart

Fact checking the fact checkers from The Daily Beast.
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Here's the Libertarian Party response to the State of the Union Address.
Here's the Tea Party response to the State of the Union Address.
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The NYT's coverage of the speech.


2/12/13

Full text: State of the Union Address.
Full text: the Republican response.


2/11/13

Targeted killing is murder. No amount of bureaucratic layering will rescue perpetrators from that judgment of history, says Mark Rothschild.

The Fifth Amendment says no person shall "be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law." Due process, however, isn't very popular with government officials today. Los Angeles police don't feel bound by it, and neither does the president. You can't just execute him.
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Here's the Ku Klux Klan clothes catalogue from 1925.
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Ha! In yesterday's Spokesman-Review: Ralph Walter (who was sports editor of The Easterner, Legends in their own minds... EWU's student paper, when I was the editor) interviews his brother, New York Times best-selling author Jess Walter.

Hey, Ralph. Next time you should interview these guys -->
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Doctors in Turkey clinically diagnose man as real-life vampire.
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As legalized pot spreads, states wonder how to deal with stoned drivers: How high is too high to drive?
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What?!! Pope Benedict XVI to resign! "Lack of energy to fulfill his mission" is cited as the reason. He will be the first pontiff since the Middle Ages to quit.

If you think you've heard conspiracy theories before, just hold on to your divining rod.
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I just finished watching all 15 one-hour chapters of Mark Cousins' amazing documentary The Story of Film: An Odyssey. It's now streaming on Netflix.
_____Not Chris Dorner's truck.

Police shoot up a truck with two innocent women in it because it resembled fugitive Chris Dorner's. A $1,000,000 reward is put on his head. Now they're rolling out the drones. Do you think there might be more to the California cop killer cop story than appears on the surface?

Here's Christopher Dorner's uncensored manifesto.

From CBS in Sacramento: Support growing for former L.A. officer accused of killing spree.


2/10/13

Prince Philip turns 90 - nearly a century of being inbred and saying stupid things.
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Everyone is talking about drones now. Six months ago I was being called "anti-Obama" for saying the use of drones to kill - and particularly to kill American citizens - is immoral and illegal. (Of course, the administration at that time didn't even admit that drone warfare existed.) Just don't look up.

We're now seeing a good example of how drones in the future will be used (and, inevitably, misused) against Americans on American soil: Police plan to use spy drones in the hunt for the ex-soldier and policeman who has murdered three people in California. 

The current logic: The thermal imaging cameras the drones use may be our only hope of finding him. On the ground, it’s like looking for a needle in a haystack. Spot him from the sky. Go in. Get him.

The future logic: Why put our police in harm's way? If we use a drone to find the evildoer, why not use it to kill him?
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Here's a very early, full-color Kodachrome film made in 1922 to test new film stock and color processing. The way the women communicate with their hands, the way they tilt their heads, their facial expressions - it's almost like a different language.
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Department of Homeland Security okays "suspicionless" seizure of electronic devices along U.S. borders.
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Just a few days after two Colville middle school students were arrested for having a "kill list," another Western Washington kid is facing similar charges. In response, the school district is asking children to stay off of Facebook
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In today's Spokesman-Review: Marijuana's hazy future - local medical pot dispensaries hope legalization opens new door.


2/9/13

HB 1581, "The Washington State Preservation of Liberty Act," was introduced to the legislature and quickly gained over 20 Republican and Democrat co-sponsors. The bill criminalizes the use of the NDAA's indefinite detention provision.
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A Japanese man murdered an innocent woman and spent three days eating her flesh. Due to loopholes in the law, he is a free man to this day. "Maybe if we'd had dinner once more, I wouldn't have eaten her."
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How to turn a cigarette into a knife while entertaining a goat.
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A $25 computer?
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Editorial in today's Seattle Times: A sensible approach to driving while stoned.
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Artists and burlesque dancers explore the soapy surrealism of David Lynch’s cult-classic TV show Twin Peaks.
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Absolute worse face tattoos.
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Michael Moore on the academy's new documentary rules.


2/7/13

I think Bill Maher is one of the funniest people on the planet, but his rhetoric about guns is asinine and hypocritical. His big thing now is to question why gun owners and Second Amendment supporters - who are talking up the necessity of keeping guns for protection against tyranny - have done little as our freedoms are being stripped from us.

But isn't it a bit hypocritical of Maher to criticize  gun owners for not doing anything about our loss of freedoms when he actively campaigned for and gave a million dollars to the person who in a large part is responsible for us losing those rights?
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A bill is introduced to end federal marijuana prohibition.
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Santa Clausifying Martin Luther King Jr.
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I've never been on the Hate Ayn Rand bandwagon (or the Love Ayn cart, for that matter), but the Idaho lawmaker who has proposed a bill to require students to pass a test on Atlas Shrugged in order to graduate high school is missing something important: THEY'RE BARELY REQUIRING STUDENTS TO KNOW HOW TO READ.
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How to protect your privacy on Facebook: Start by asking yourself these four simple questions.


2/6/13

This comic book was released by Disney in 1951. In the strip, Mickey and Goofy discover a new medicine called ‘Peppo’ that represents amphetamine. Their enthusiasm for the chemical pick-me-up leads them to become salesman for the product in Africa: Mickey Mouse and the Medicine Man.
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Ronald Regan would have been 102 years old today and I still would have been ridiculing his Nazi ass.
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Classic Canadian graffito seen on the wall of an Edmonton public restroom: Your mom is a nice lady.

Click here to hear the Canadian National Anthem.
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Maybe we should build a kinder-prison for all of these new mini evildoers: Second grader playing "rescue the world" at recess is suspended after throwing pretend grenade at "evil forces."

A high school freshman has been suspended because he saved a picture of a gun as the desktop of his laptop.
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The gun industry trade group that renovated the skeet-shooting range at Camp David offered President Obama some constructive criticism on his shooting stance.
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Obama Administration's memo on killing Americans twists "imminent threat" like Bush.

When liberals ignore injustice: why isn't there more outrage about the president's unilateral targeted assassination program on the left? 
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The Republican obsession with Israel and Iran.
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The street art of 2012.


2/5/13

I've rated 793 movies on Netflix: 

5 Stars - 211     4 Stars - 336     3 Stars - 217     2 Stars - 27     1 Star  - 2
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Here's the trailer for the new Werner Herzog documentary: Happy People.Just in case Beyonce got too rambunctious.
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A report by a New York-based human rights organization, says that at least 54 countries co-operated with the global kidnap, detention and torture operation that was mounted after 9/11.
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Human-rights advocates were floored yesterday when NBC News published the details of a Justice Department memo detailing the protocol for sending drones after United States citizens.
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The Obama administration has granted itself the right to launch a preemptive cyber-military strike on foreign targets.
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How to make snowshoes with sticks, duct tape and some glue.
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I missed this during the Super Bowl: the Scientology ad. It was probably on when I was gagging and retching over The Kiss ad. 
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Calling Ron Paul an isolationist is like calling your neighbor a hermit because he doesn't come on your property and break your windows.
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A skeleton found beneath a Leicester car park is confirmed by archaeologists as that of English king Richard III.


2/4/13Janie's got a gun. The whole world's come undone...

About that photo...

At first glance, the Obama skeet shooting photo seems like an amazingly brilliant piece of propaganda: the way the photo is cropped at the crotch of his tight jeans, the way the white, steamy ejaculate billows from the end of his carefully held, silvery-black, hot rod: women will giggle, gays will go ga-ga, pro-gun bulldogs will take it as a bone [!] thrown to them, and anti-gun people, who are predominately O-Dems, will accept it because they obviously accept anything Obama does without much questioning.

 But upon closer examination...

Anyone who's actually shot skeet knows there is always some kind of arch in the shot; is the clay pigeon he's shooting sitting on a fence post? And what kind of gun is that that has no recoil at all after it's shot? But, it's a good thing there is no recoil because the way he's holding it against his shoulder would damage the collar bone of most of us with mortal flesh. And the billowing smoke: is that a musket? Since when did ammo makers stop using smokeless powder? It's even gushing from the top of the barrel like a discharging sperm whale.

Along with the photo, the White House released a statement saying the "photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions..." which is like telling Americans how delicious the cookies are but to stay out of the jar.

Ssssss, Mr. Pwesident. We're hunting wabbits...

 Photobucket
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Let's not forsake our long held tradition of sticking it to leaders who take us for fools:

 bushshoe  bushsnowball  Photobucket 
         bushstomp  bushmoe


2/3/13

American Football as Ritual Homosexuality.
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More than 100 documentaries from Frontline.
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Only this late in my life am I finally coming to grips with the fact that there probably really is not a place in France where the alligators dance.
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But, there is an place in Canada with less gravity than the rest of the Earth. 

Click here to hear the Canadian National Anthem.
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A former Navy SEAL who said his 150-plus sniper kills prompted Iraqi insurgents to place a bounty on his head was fatally shot at a Texas gun range by a former Marine.
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A good article, but I think they underestimate America's bloodlust: Football's death spiral - corroded by scandal and undermined by shocking new science, America's killer sport may be nearing collapse.
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From yesterday's NYT: Why Police Lie Under Oath.
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The mystery censor (read CIA) behind Monday’s disruption of the military commissions hearings for 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other defendants was again the center of attention.
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Preserving justice by just saying no. How principled men and women in the military justice system resisted encroachments on civil liberties.
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Ever wonder how your brain processes information? These brain tricks and illusions help to demonstrate the two main systems of Fast and Slow Thinking in your brain.
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This is how easily "truth" can be manipulated on the internet:


2/2/13

My prediction for tomorrow's Super Bowl:
     Baltimore Ravens - 34
     San Francisco 49ers - 31


2/1/13

Here's the lead on KHQ.com:

SPOKANE, Wash. - A student at Garry Middle School in North Spokane has been arrested and taken to a juvenile detention center after school officials found a "Kill List" naming fellow students.

Here's the video on the 5:30 news: "Kill List" Found At North Spokane Middle School.

The reader's comments on the KHQ Facebook page are shocking, with everyone assuming the poor kid is the reincarnation of Martin Bormann.  No one is giving him the benefit of the doubt: maybe he's guilty only of an active imagination. Maybe, as he says, it was only a joke. Fine, punish him for that, after the Quentin Tarantino movie is over.

What we're about to watch is the public crushing and neutering of a potentially creative child so to validate society's paranoia and irrationality.

(Hey, wait a minute. If the president can have a Kill List why can't this kid? At least the kid isn't actually killing anyone.)
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"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary."
   ~  H. L. Mencken

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There are rumors that Chuck Palahniuk's ultra-creepy novel Haunted has received financing for the film adaptation. If you're into sexual deviance, desperation, molestation, social distastefulness, disease, murder, existentialism and death, then you must be as excited as I am.
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Neigh it ain't so: Burger King has admitted that some burgers made in the plant of one of its processors were tainted with horse meat.
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This is conditioning; this is happening in other cities as well: Army drill scares residents on Houston's south side. The last quote in the story is frightening.
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Porky Bickar, a dedicated April Fools prankster, flew hundreds of tires into the crater of a dormant volcano in Alaska and set them on fire, fooling the local populace and Coast Guard into thinking the volcano had come back to life.
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A strangely balancing giant rock in Finland.
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Netflix: who's watching who?
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A Kansas City high school will begin collection hair from students to conduct mandatory drug tests.
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Studies have shown that people who have more birthdays live longer.


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