US conducted atomic
weapons tests on beer.
FBI spied on Sartre and Camus in an effort to unravel
subversive conspiracy behind existentialism.
Nero really fiddle while Rome burned?
Highlights from the New York Times' editorial
view of marijuana over the last 60 years.
wasn't nearly destroyed by a 2012 solar storm.
Personal privacy is only
one of the costs of NSA surveillance.
Flight MH17 - What
you're not being told.
The New York Times comes
out in favor of national marijuana legalization.
Despite the myth of the lone genius, the partnership
of Lennon and McCartney shows
the brilliance of creative pairs.
A Greener path to worm food: The
growing popularity of eco-funerals.
Bear with me. I'm suffering from a debilitating bout
of existential angst. I'll be back.
Here are some of the photos I didn't take on my
recent trip to the devastated town of Pateros, WA, on the edge of
the 400-square-mile Carlton Complex Fire:
Two women hold each other as if they've been holding
each other for quite some time. The younger looks down at the black
earth with large, black eyes. The elder comforts her. There is an
unsettling, haunting calmness about the elder's stone face. Behind
them are the smoldering remains of what is presumed to be their
An old man sits in a lawn chair in front of his
house, which has been spared. All around him is the evidence of the
flames' unsuccessful attacks from multiple fronts. He holds
the end of a dry garden hose on his lap like a loaded shotgun.
In the midst of a vast, blackened, lightly smoking
hillside dotted with the charred skeletons of small outbuildings, a
bright orange pickup truck glows like an alien craft. A man in a
shiny blue shirt like a spacesuit absently wipes something off of
the hood with a bright white handkerchief.
Forty-five years ago today I was a 14-year-old kid
playing pool with my cousin Greg in the Big Eddy Tavern in North
Idaho while watching a small black-and-white television set showing
the first human being putting a footprint somewhere that wasn't
Later, we went fishing and talked about how cool it
was to live in the future.
B: Speechwriter Bill Safire completed this statement on July 18,
1969, to be read by President Nixon if the moon landing met with
mystery of laughter: It has confounded philosophers,
neurologists, and historians.
Blitzkrieg cops: Bill
Maher rails against militarized police.
The excessive militarization of American policing.
I've watched director Jonathan
Glazer's atmospheric, artsy, sci-fi film Under
the Skin with Scarlett
Johansson four times in the past few days - and not just to see
Scarlett Johansson naked (though that was a definite plus). If Stanley
Kubrick and/or David
Lynch affected the way you look at movies and/or life in
general, you should see this very strange movie.
I'm on a grey matter vacation. Don't forget about
me. I'll be back.
Where was Spokane's version of Edward
Bernays when we needed him most?
Seattle's first legal marijuana customer was a tiny,
kindly, 65-year-old grandmother. Awww. Good PR job, Seattle.
Whereas, on the other side of the mountains, Spokane's first legal
marijuana customer was a dingy stoner dude in a tie-dyed T-shirt
shouting "Marijuana! Marijuana!" through a plastic beer
Catch Jesse on KXLY
radio tomorrow morning around 8 am, talking about our placing in
NYC's 24 Hour Race (see below.)
Our entry to the New York City's 13th Annual 24 Hour
Film Race has been chosen - from among THOUSANDS of entries
worldwide - as one of the 24 elite finalists. You can now view
the judges' picks and vote for your favorite.
Go vote for Spokane-made "A Drink in the
Dark," and check out some of the other flicks from across the
US, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, Sweden and one country I haven't yet been
able to identify.
Maybe it was all just a dream... Today, no marijuana
shops open in Spokane. Stay tuned...
An excellent article from The Stranger: Why
it's worth paying more for legal pot.
My favorite media post about Washington state's
first day of legal pot sales came from none other than KXLY
Throughout history people have said some pretty
profound things; Pres. Kennedy's "Ich bin ein Berliner"
speech, Neal Armstrong's first step on the Moon, Hunter S. Thompson
and "Buy the ticket, take the ride." And then there's Mike
Boyer: “I am going to be the first guy to buy recreational
marijuana here in Spokane."
[... which prompted many readers to ask what KXLY
had been smoking ...]
KXLY also published "A
first-timers guide to legal recreational marijuana."
Why the Egyptians
worshiped beetles that eat poop.
are us: War, murder, music, art - we would have none without
On the absinthe
aren't exclusive to Egypt: Ten incredible mummy discoveries from
around the world.
Atheists weren't always as intellectually lazy as
Dawkins and his ilk: Atheists
used to matter because they took the idea of God seriously.
ACLU: Billions of dollars wasted on racially biased
time to end the War on Marijuana.
Marijuana goes on sale throughout Washington state
today. Sort of. If they have any to sell, that is. And only then if
you have lots of money. But, give it time: from a civil libertarian
point of view, this is a wonderful moment in the state's history.
The bugs will get worked out. One year from now, the only people
complaining will be the illegal dealers.
I watched an amazing movie last night. Enemy
is a Doppelganger-type, Canadian flick with an ending that'll punch
you (or that person who looks just like you) smack in the jaw. The
cast had to sign a confidentiality agreement that forbids them to
explain or even speak about the meaning of spiders in the film.
Spokane County will try to enter the Guinness Book
of World Records on August 9th by attempting the
world's largest water balloon fight.
Ditching the doctrines
of fire and brimstone.
The brain's processing of humor can be observed by
science of humor.
typical Arp Xigar correspondence:
On the Eve of POT (People Out There!!) Put this link on your
website. >>>dude<<< Just sit back, put on the head
phones, and think
of your own embryo... Because I can. Or You eat
that Twinkie at the speed of lite!!! (burp) or >bad
dreams< or have a toke and a race to the store for
more twinks!! (I-90 is a great at night!) IT HAS
Skinhead schmimhead. German
fascism has a friendlier, web-savvy face. Heil hipster!
Over the last decade, archaeologists have uncovered
more than 100 Nazca "trophy heads" - decapitated heads
attached to ropes which were hung from buildings and strung around
people's waists. What
was their purpose?
People would rather do anything than sit and think
for 15 minutes - including
Why do we invent monsters? Why
are we obsessed with them?
Why does coffee make
"Ideas are like
sun does not rise: How magical thinking haunts our everyday
To finish Nineteen
Orwell moved to a desolate Scottish island, and freaked
out about death.
Anthony Bourdain's theory
on the foodie revolution.
Some people see things others can't see and we call
them geniuses. Some people see things others can't and we call them
madness the essence of creativity?
The science of turning
plants into booze.
Either the fuse of the Big Report of my soul fizzled
out, or it's a dud today.
An op-ed in today's New York Times calls
for the end of the persecution of witches. Yes, witches.
Douglass' historic speech: What
to the Slave is 4th of July?
Before you go waving your flags tonight...
of where on this planet you live, and no matter what your
nationality, the fact that the indefinite detention provisions of
the NDAA are still on the books, should disturb you on a fundamental
level. If not, give it three
As the newly legalized marijuana trade of Washington
state prepares to open its doors next week, police
across the state are preparing to be the bummer dude at the party
by staking out retail pot shops and busting people for stoned
It's yearly appearance is as sure as The Wizard of
Oz. Here is Roger Simon's award-winning column - America's
Glorious Failures - written on July 4, 1976.
The Obama administration is actively
pursuing legal action against a former Navy SEAL to seize
hundreds of thousands of dollars he received for writing a
controversial memoir about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
Our entry for the 24 Hour Film Race - A
Drink in the Dark - has been selected as one of the 24 finalists. (I co-wrote, and played
the priest.) Jesse says he is going to New York to watch the
Yes, you did wake up in the future. The headline in
today's Spokesman-Review: Pot
grower's prep will soon pay off, along with a big photo of a
warehouse full of lush, ready-to-harvest marijuana plants.
Anti-Semitism, caustic sex jokes, class-based
put-downs - the
friendship of T.S. Eliot and Groucho Marx was anything but
If you are at the Concordia
Research Station in Antarctica, your nearest neighbors are
astronauts orbiting the Earth.
Nineteen legal thinkers run down the court's most
important decisions: How
the Supreme Court changed America this year.
Pablo Escobar's hippos
are wreaking havoc in Colombia.
a short film by David
Cronenberg. Unsettling, to say the least.
brief history of toys, from the dangerous to the harmless, from
the complex to the simple.
MORE troops going back to Iraq ... Told you so ...
The 1914 assassination of Archduke Ferdinand helped
trigger the First World War. To mark the 100th anniversary, Scientific
American is collecting 1,200 articles they reported from 1914 to
1918 that reveal how the war shaped the political, cultural and
Been there, done
Clown Motel, right next to the Tonopah Cemetery. I love this part of
Some of the wide-ranging opinions on the Hobby
The Supreme Court's Hobby
Lobby decision is a balancing act, not a bludgeon - and
certainly not an attack on women's rights.
Hobby Lobby and
rights above your health: Taylor Weech in the Inlander.
in the Room: a short film about the science - and horror - of
ACLU report: War
at Home - an in-depth analysis of over 800 SWAT raids by local
and state enforcement agencies.
I predicted this years ago: Extreme
piercing taken to a w-hole new level.
commandments of marijuana edible safety.
with your head in the name of science.
we know about Facebook's secret mood manipulation experiment.
Bounce. Bounce. Thump. Screech. Honk. Bounce.
Applause. Thump, thump. Screech. Bounce, bounce. Whistle. Thump.
Siren. Thump, thump. Bounce. Honk. Applause. Honk. Whistle. Screech.
Bounce. Thump. Thump. Bounce. Siren. Honk. Bounce. Screech. Honk.
Bounce. Whistle. Thump, thump. Screech. Bounce, bounce. Thump.
Siren. Bounce. Thump. Whistle. Thump. Applause. Thump. Bounce,
I'm not saying I'm better than anyone else, or that
I'm quicker on the draw, or that I have a better aim; but, in the
"Who Can Pepper Spray The Largest Number Of Drunken And
Aggressive Hoopfesters In The Face" competition, I have clearly
jumped to an early lead.
Good folk, hide your daughters. Restaurateurs, count
your silverware. Hoopfest
is back in town!
Watch our entry to the 50 Hour Film Slam,
"Cursed," tonight at 7:00 PM on the local public
television station, KSPS channel 7!
You can find the show times for all of the Slammers here.
Supreme Court unanimously rules that phones
can't be searched without a warrant.
Where Hollywood buys
its dead bodies.
A federal appeals court has ruled the
"no-fly" list barring passengers from flying to or within
the US is unconstitutional.
Here's a video
of Howard Zinn testifying for the defense in a criminal trial of
seven citizens who hammered equipment and poured blood on blueprints
for the Cruise Missile.
ACLU: Militarization of police encourages a warrior
mentality and to
think of the people they are supposed to serve as enemies.
The WA Liquor Control Board announces
delay for buying marijuana. Stores can start selling pot on July
How did this ancient civilization avoid
war for 2,000 years?
Can the President strike an American anywhere in the
world? Drone memo raises
A mug-shot-gone-viral reveals our
biases when it comes to judging attractive people.
Here is Washington state's informational web site LearnAboutMarijuanaWA.org
that provides "science-based information" about pot. It's
just a matter of days until the weed will be openly sold in shops.
the oil, stupid! Insurgency and war on a sea of oil.
Dog lovers in Yulin, China are not what you think:
Spokane? Why do you make it so easy for the haters?
ISIS jihadists put out Hollywood-style
For fifty years, there was only one molecule known
to be psychoactive in the microgram range: LSD. Today,
there are at least a dozen.
Is the Mongolian
Death Worm real?
Anarchist icon Emma
Goldman's warning about capitalism from jail, 1893.
How Albert Einstein became a celebrity: The
face of science.
Gillette OctoBlade with built-in wifi.
watched the police this morning as they tried to pick the locks
of the Daiquiri Factory so to evict them, and it took them forever.
You'd think they'd know people who could do it quite well.
You know you're from Spokane
when you tolerate that
small percent of frightened, small people who have never walked
through the most beautiful downtown park in America, have never
people-watched in a local espresso shop, have never conversed with a
street performer or skateboarder, and who are so paranoid and
gullible as to believe and repost a phony article about Spokane
being the "second most dangerous city in America," when
there are endless similar stories where Spokane isn't
Spokane? More dangerous than Detroit, Oakland,
Stockton, South Chicago, East LA?
Seriously, I don't understand how these people can
even tell they're from Spokane with their heads lodged so far up
their own ass.
Neil Gaiman and a host of writers and comedians
favorite Monty Python sketches.
Joseph Campbell's theory of the Monomyth
suggests that all
mythical and legendary tales told throughout human history share a
I may be colorblind but I can solve Rubik's cube
Army captain: Hero
worship of the military is getting in the way of good policy.
Myers is making a documentary about a hippie drug dealer who
hung out with Janis and Jimi.
Footage of the
bloody aftermath when a suicide bomber tried to kill the head of
Afghanistan's Peace Council.
The book is much better now that it's had its
I make soup for
The International 24 Hour Film Race people emailed
us the criteria: Your movie must contain a broom, a bite, and an
ultimatum. You have 24 hours to write, cast, rehearse, shoot, edit
and submit the finished product. Keep that in mind as you watch our
Also on Vimeo.
My boss bought a whole baby goat for a BBQ.
Obviously I had dibs on the head. Having skinned my first goat
head, I can assure you, the likelihood of a second is slim.
Lie by Lie: A
timeline of how we got into Iraq.
Worshipping warfighters: The
militarized realities of fortress America.
Is it healthy to eat
nothing but the food-substitute Soylent?
How to make
your own soylent.
[Listen, listen, Lovely Lily. When I said I'd
vote for Hillary if she was a man, I was obviously joking. You're
always so emotional.]
Fall of Iraq - What you aren't being told.
Iraqi state in its historic territorial configuration is gone -
solid gone, and it ain't coming back.
"Iraq" is STILL
Arabic for "Vietnam."
The ghosts of religious wars past are
rattling in Iraq.
A neuroscientist describes her
Alfred Hitchcock on utilizing
materials to the fullest.
Billy Wilder on The Lubitsch Touch.
Martin Scorsese on Story vs.
Quentin Tarantino on making
They've been with us for a while. Here's
an ad in the April 1973 issue of Armed Forces Journal for
military drones, then known as RPVs: Remotely Piloted Vehicles.
The gory and grotesque art of Soviet
Ralph Nader's pitch
for a Left-Right convergence ... That's right. I've been
sermonizing on this for two years. Now Nader's on board. You're welcome.
back, baby! Miss us? Obama to deploy up to 275 military
personnel in Iraq.
teleportation ever be possible?
history of the sexualization of edible plants is more widespread
than you might think.
The US Dept. of Defense is funding universities to study
ways of dealing with large-scale civil unrest.
An absurd Swiss
Army-type Knife from 1880.
Politico says libertarians
are wrong about drugs. The writer uses the Straw Man fallacy: he
substitutes a misrepresented version of the libertarian position,
then proceeds to tear it down.
Libertarians do know that drugs are dangerous. But
they also know that freedom is dangerous. And they know how to
Will mutual assured destruction continue
to deter nuclear war?
[Yes, yes, Captain Fudge. I know RT is Russian
The following question was asked of me recently. I'm
still stumped as to how to answer:
Are you weird because you like Spokane? Or do you
like Spokane because you're weird?
Crumb's illustration of Philip K. Dick's spiritual
The World Cup you won't see on TV: Protests,
tear gas, displaced Favela residents.
Update: The Psychic Fair has been cancelled due to
Here's The New York Times SundayStyles section's
lead cover story that appeared this weekend about hipsters
experimenting with Ayahuasca.
calls out Hilary over her lucrative speaking tour in the run up
to the 2016 presidential elections as well as outlining the former
first lady's corporate ties including Wall Street fat cats and
That's the spirit! LA
King fans destroy a LAPD drone during the aftermath of the
Stanley Cup win.
you can buy your BodyGuard - a "bullet resistant protective
blanket" designed for children to duck behind during a school shooting.
The video is very unsettling.
On Thursday, June 26 at 7:00 PM on KSPS channel 7,
you can watch CURSED, our entry to the 50 Hour Film Slam - on the
tele-vision! Put away that stuffy Brit highbrow pretentiousness and
have a healthy snort of good ol' American tale-telling ingenuity.
You can find the show times for all of the Slammers here.
I could not convey how wonderful, interesting,
funny, sad, tragic, touching, provocative, surprising and sexy is the documentary
Bettie Page Reveals
All (2013). The cult icon and world's greatest pinup model
recounts her amazing life, in her own words, recorded just before
her death in 2008 at the age of 85. Her career ended over 50 years ago, yet
she continues to influence today's popular culture.
Also, I was totally surprised by Eddie:
the Sleepwalking Cannibal (2012). Ah, yeah, that's what I
thought, too, when I saw the title. And it does start off a bit
corny. But, it pulls you along, and eventually has something to say
about the nature of art and humanity, relationships, creativity and
inspiration, albeit in a rather bizarre way.
One of the best photo-ops of the year happens today
in downtown Spokane. But the colors of the Gay Pride Parade could be
a bit muddled by the forecast of blustery nastiness at the noon
Here's an interesting article
(in The Weekly Standard(!)) about the science and
philosophy of putting on/taking off weight: Flesh
Researchers believe they've found the real-life
Dracula's grave, hidden in the crypt of a church. And they want to
open it. Seriously.
A NASA-funded study has found that there might be
serious drawbacks to having a bunch of extroverts on a long space
mission. Finally, a
win for the introverts.
As sectarian civil war takes hold in a nation
shattered by US invasion, Obama
reportedly weighs a bombing campaign.
Onion: Spokane woman who changed self to please boyfriend
enjoying happy long-term relationship.
Watch 1000 years
of European borders change in three minutes. Think of all of the
blood spilled for each tiny change in the map.
Is Jack White the
last true rock star?
a totally radical - and rational - Friday the 13th! Also, there
is no corresponding, sign-in-the-sky full moon tonight to cast its
orange dread o'er our part of the planet. You missed it early this
How to trick
the guilty and gullible into revealing themselves. Or, what do
David Lee Roth, King Solomon, and game theory have in common?
futuristic forms of government that could one day rule the
Hillary won't admit that her
shift on marriage equality was a calculated political decision.
obstructs research into medical marijuana.
How edibles became the
marijuana industry's biggest headache.
Imagine a world without hypothetical situations.
Here's the trailer for Sin
City: A Dame to Kill For.
Jihadist gains in Iraq blindside
Be a freethinker. Not a Kool-Aid drinker.
I love being in the shoot-em-up cowboy times of
Right now in Seattle, you can have up to one ounce
of high-quality weed delivered to you anywhere in the city - at,
what seems to me, in my limited knowledge of such things, fairly
decent prices ($13-$17 a gram/$250-$300 an ounce).
In the online FAQ of one
such delivery service, they admit that what they're doing is
illegal, Washington state has banned recreational cannabis delivery,
but law enforcement officials have not enforced the law.
They are careful to point out (in a bizarre, stoner
legalese) that they are not selling marijuana: "We purchase
cannabis products from various venders and have them in stock ...
Once an order is placed, we then transport existing inventory to a
customer for a nominal delivery fee."
Hands up, cowpuncher.
An interesting point...
"Here are white men poised to run big marijuana
businesses, dreaming of cashing in big - big money, big businesses
selling weed - after 40 years of impoverished black kids getting
prison time for selling weed, and their families and futures
destroyed. Now, white men are planning to get rich doing precisely
the same thing?"
Alexander, author of The
New Jim Crow
Obama administration's changes made to a key FBI
interrogation manual highlight
the bureau's increasing focus on questioning suspects - including
Americans - in overseas prisons.
Noam Chomsky: A
surveillance state beyond imagination is being created in one of
the world's freest countries.
Al Gore: Snowden
revealed crimes "way more serious" than any he
Yesterday, Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq,
fell to "Al Qaeda" (actually people worst than Al
Qaeda). Huge parts of Iraq - that we paid for with thousands
of American lives, tens of thousands of Iraqi lives and trillions of
dollars - have now fallen. The US-trained Iraqi Army shed their
uniforms, dropped their rifles, and scattered.
As is always the case, the only winners are the
warmongers. Too bad those US soldiers - before taking up residence
in cold boxes - hadn't turned their weapons against the true
enemies: the weapons makers and the military brass and their
enabling politicians who are, even now, planning new crimes.
The "Mother of Forensic Science" built
dollhouse crime scenes. And
they're very creepy.
what happens when you're executed by having molten gold poured
down your throat.
Can mammoths really be brought back? Is
Gender-bending, promiscuous, and dangerous sex isn't
limited to humans. New
research in birds, reptiles, and insects is redefining normal
Seven decades of the
best Soviet propaganda art.
I went on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday. Never
age of LSD therapy.
The rules of revolt: There
are some essential lessons we can learn from the student occupation
of Tiananmen Square, which took place 25 years ago.
1989: To this day, Beijing uses pressure, censorship and money
to stifle all attempts to commemorate Tiananmen Square in an
The story of -ish.
is one of the most misused terms in English, particularly by those
relating the phrase to the occult. But
what is it?
transplants could be the next big thing in health care.
Have you heard this deja vu joke before?
What You Should Know About My Dislike of the Trend
in Headline Writing That Starts "What You Should Know About..."
And Then They Tell You What They Think You Should Know
What you should know about
psychopaths and serial killers.
There are extraordinary parallels between linguistic
diversity and biodiversity. As
habitats disappear, so do spoken languages.
Firstly, I'd like to say a few things about Nitrous
Yes, there is a
North Korean restaurant chain.
we really go to the movies. New research finds a new surprising
reason why major movies appeal to us.
statists taught me about being a libertarian.
Anyone can learn
to be a polymath. Humans are at their best when they turn their
minds to many things.
Seven signs you may be experiencing
a dark night of the soul.
in a city is the greatest unpriced pleasure there is.
Sultan of Sewers: The paradoxical politics of William Burroughs.
Disliking the right and the left, he dreamt of public-works
Conservative columnist Charles
Krauthammer backs Obama in the Bowe Bergdahl deal.
designers fleeing Hitler created the modern American home.
High Times' response to Maureen Dowd and The New
Commandments of Marijuana Edible Safety.
Vice mag is more
Dowd Freaked Out on Weed Chocolate Because She's Stupid.
From Alternet: What
Maureen Dowd's Absurd Weed Stunt Tells Us About Privileged White
lessons from a line cook.
Z Nation begins
filming in Spokane.
The origin of a counterculture icon: Alfred
New York Times writer Maureen Dowd was in Denver
covering Colorado's new legal marijuana industry when she tried a
pot-infused candy bar and got way too high. She later wrote
critically about the experience and the industry. Was she wrong?
Here is Dowd's column in yesterday's NYT: Don't
Harsh Our Mellow, Dude.
Here is The
Stranger's defense of Dowd's article.
predictable knee-jerk reaction.
teased mercilessly on twitter after pot freakout.
My take: Maureen, you made some good points, but,
you - a New York Times investigative reporter - went all the way to
Denver to consume a drug you've never taken before, and you didn't
first investigate the drug? Were you drunk?
video of the Taliban releasing Bergdahl.
Comic book cartography: A
collection of maps and diagrams.
is the Slender Man character that allegedly inspired 12-year-old
girls to stab a classmate near Milwaukee?
Slender Man wiki
- know your meme
to kill: The policing tactics the public isn't supposed to know
I just watched two films that have a definite Lovecraftian feel to them:
Horizon (1997), a rescue spaceship investigates signals received
from a long-missing craft. The ships builder reveals that the core
of the craft is a time-bending machine that allows faster-than-light
flight. Of course, something unimaginable happens.
Birds (2004), a bad of thieves take refuge in an old mansion
during the Civil War, only to discover the strange rituals that took
place there and the resulting horror.
I also watched The
Searchers (1956), (definitely not Lovecraftian) a richly scenic
Western by the great John Ford, starring John Wayne - that's right,
haters, I'm talking the Duke - as an ex-Confederate soldier out to
find his niece who was captured by Comanche warriors. It's an
awesome flick, but obviously from a different era, where the "injuns"
are undeniably the bad guys. After a woman is raped by the
renegades, Wayne declares, "Well, she ain't white no
And, I watched Gravity
(2013), which won seven Academy Awards, nominated for 10. I assume
the awards were bones thrown to someone, as it was simply a decent
sci-fi flick. But seven Oscars, including best director, editing,
and cinematography? I don't get it...
Don't Stop Believin': In
defense of schlock music.
of 800 babies found in septic tank at former Irish home for
to Washington State: 64 answers to commonly asked questions
about buying pot in Colorado.
Justh cabe fum ta dentith. Oooo. Ooo.
The Jewish artist who
propagandized against Hitler: Arthur Szyk's World War II-era
political art is returning to the public consciousness.
art of medical illustration.
Three Chuck Palahniuk short stories you can read
How the Jew
apocalyptic strain in popular culture: The American nightmare
becomes the American Dream.
I don't always agree with his politics but I envy Charles
Krauthammer's brain. This
critique in The Nation
says he has paid the price for composing too many 800-word op-eds
and 20-second sound bites.
things I learned about survival while lost at sea.
What botched executions tell
us about the death penalty.
has always been more than a beverage. "I put my nose in the
glass and feel time and space grinding to a halt."
Self-starvation has become the latest craze among
the "death with dignity" crowd. This
has been coming on for some time.
What do you get when you cross a joke with a
Computer can match or surpass top humans in chess,
Othello, Scrabble, backgammon, poker, even Jeopardy. But
not the ancient game of Go.
art Hitler hated: A review of a book that reviews an art show in
New York that reviews the Nazi Degenerate Art show that reviewed
what they considered bad art.
Existentialist: A cup
of coffee, please. No cream.
Server: We're out of cream, sir. How
about with no milk.
I just saw Jesse's final cut for "A Drink in
the Dark," our entry to the 24
Hour Film Race. I love it! (What a surprise, huh?)
Congratulations and many thanks to my cohorts: Jesse
James Hennessy, Jason
Lamb, Ron Ford
and Dani Wiyrick.
During last night's filming, I set up my camera so
to do a behind-the-scenes time lapse of the entire event: the
setting up of lights, the positioning of the camera, the actors
acting, the director directing - that sort of thing, all in really
fast motion. Evidently I bumped the camera and ended up with five
hours in the life of a napkin holder, told in an uneventful three
and a half minutes.
At the tail end of an all night film shoot, I caught
myself looking at my battered, blurry-eyed form in the mirror and
saying, you know, maybe you need to remember, you're not fifty
The game is afoot! The 24
Hour Film Race has waved the checkered flag.
I'd be really disappointed if no one thought to park
a Bilderburger food truck in front of where the Bilderberg Group is
meeting today in Copenhagen.
The revolution will be mummified. From the embalmed
corpse of Lenin to the severed hands of Che - what
happens to the bodies (and parts) of revolutionaries after the fight
Highlights from Snowden's
NSA has complete control of your iPhone, and can activate your
microphone and camera without you knowing.
Could you get drunk by drinking
the blood of a drunk person?
A toddler is critically burned during a SWAT raid
stun grenade is tossed into the child's crib.
Anything with mass warps the space-time surrounding
it. Here are 20
other things you may not have known about gravity.
A rooftop restaurant, bars, and a cafe are coming to
the former Masonic Temple in downtown Spokane. The
building is getting a long overdue renovation. (President
Theodore Roosevelt was at the original groundbreaking.)
How to hot-wire
Tomorrow night, Jesse
James Hennessy, Jason
A. Young, and I will
be participating in the 24
Hour Film Race, which is a nationwide version of the local 48
Hour Film Fest or the 50 Hour
Film Slam, but with twice the caffeine.
(By the way, the viral voting contest is still on
for the Slam. Go vote for our entry: Cursed.)
The consequences of American hubris: Why
war is inevitable.
military tried to censor one of the biggest stories in the world.
"Hey, boys. Let's keep this Germany surrender thing under our
hats for a while, huh?"
Seattle police officers - 126 of them - filed a
block rules intended to stop excessive force.
Storm chaser gets hit by lightning; is
caught on video.
Richard Clarke, the nation's former top
counterterrorism official said he
believes President George W. Bush is guilty of war crimes.
Here is Monica Lewinsky's entire Vanity Fair essay, Shame
Angelou, dead at 86.
of inebriation revealed: In prehistoric Eurasia, drugs and
alcohol were originally reserved for ritual ceremonies, and weren't
used merely to satisfy hedonistic motives.
In the sixties, TV and film writers dreamed up a
bunch of supercomputers with one thing in common: they
were hell-bent on annihilating humanity.
I before E, except when you run a feisty heist on a
weird beige foreign neighbor.
military is working to develop an implantable brain device to
treat PTSD and other mental disorders.
state parolees to get the right to smoke pot starting next week.
42 best lines from the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
are set to begin suspended animation trials by dramatically
cooling down trauma victims in an effort to keep them alive during
A new NASA book looks beyond astrophysics to figure
we'll communicate with extraterrestrials.
Just a guess about what we don't know yet about the
Santa Barbara stabber/shooter: Think about it. He wasn't a bad
looking guy. He was rich. He drove his own BMW. His father was a
movie director. He lived in Southern California.
And he still
couldn't get laid. I'm predicting the autopsy reveals one of the
smallest penises known to mankind.
"Were we to knock down the myth that the
warrior's sacrifices serve the ideals and the security of our
we would compel more Americans to question the very concept of war
Ten books that come close to telling the
truth about war.
science of bubbles: bubbles can perform computations, drive
climate, and even act as weapons.
Wine is an elixir, a miracle-worker and shapeshifter
- no wonder even
the most secular of us hold it sacred still.
Over 160,000 people died
here, creating what many believe is the most haunted island on
Earth. And now it's for sale.
I just watched an excellent documentary - Beware
of Mr. Baker - about the iconic, wildly influential, and
thoroughly crazed drummer, Ginger
Baker - best known for his work with Cream
and Blind Faith,
as well as many excursions into jazz and world music. Streaming
This design firm's goal was to redesign
useful objects, making them uncomfortable but usable and
maintain the semiotics of the original item.
sci-fi myth of robotic competence: What is it about robots that
makes people assume they understand them?
I never thought I would say this, but, "Way to
go Iran!" An
Iranian businessman at center of a 2011 investigation into a $2.6
billion fraud is executed.
literature goes to war: How Kurt Vonnegut, Norman Mailer and
Catch-22 changed the novel forever.
Author Henry Giroux talks to Bill Moyers about the
troubling trend of police arrests in public schools.
North Carolina GOP pushes unprecedented bill to jail
anyone who discloses fracking chemicals.
These printed words would
Perverts Guide to Ideology with Slavoj Zizek is now streaming on
The $666 Burger food truck in New York City mocks
the expensive burger phenomenon with the Douche Burger: a
cheeseburger featuring a Kobe beef patty wrapped in gold leaf, foie
gras, caviar, lobster, truffles and imported aged Gruyere cheese
melted with champagne steam. According to the owner of the truck,
Franz Alique, "It's
a fucking burger topped with rich people shit." (Bacon
Allman in Spokane at The Bing, July 5th.
What lies beneath the flood myths - from Atlantis to
Noah's Ark? Why
are we drawn to stories of submerged lands?
press can publish any classified material. "The press was
protected so that it could bare the secrets of government and inform
the people," ruled Justice Hugo Black in his 1971 court
With a fateful lunge landward, the ancient tiktaalik
changed the course of life on earth forever. How
the vertebrate invasion of land took place.
There are now more pot shops in Denver than
of Seymour Hersh's 2004 ACLU keynote speech where he says the US
government has videotapes of children being raped in front of their
parents at Abu Ghraib prison.
Video details mass
murder plans of the Santa Barbara slayer. "I'll take great
pleasure in slaughtering all of you. You will finally see that I am
in truth the superior one, the true alpha male."
Toward a universal theory of "cool": Two
business and psychology professors just
Dylan turns 71 today.
The origin story of LOL.
Misused words, abused grammar, sloppy syntax:
English might seem in decline. But woot! Recognize
the persistence of slang.
Ernst and the surrealist
The flush toilet has transformed lives for millions
but it continues to be derided as a wasteful, almost evil, part of
modern life. Why
is America turning to shit?
Theroux: The joys and dangers of exploring
Africa on the back of an elephant.
Stock footage of Nazi
atrocities in concentration camps.
The 80 US military personnel being deployed to Chad
will add to the troops already in 12 other African countries. Check
out the map.
When the Occupy protests erupted a few years ago,
state and local law enforcement officials cast a wide net in
monitoring the movement.
There is a term for when you hear Jimi Hendrix sing,
"s'cuse me while I kiss this guy." What's
the science behind mondegreens?
How the NSA is
using the Bahamas as a model for total control.
Kos hire third graders to write their headlines on Facebook?
Explain this: "It's Official: Republicans Truly are Big, Fat,
algorithms that dominate our world.
Trigger warnings on classic literature are one
small step from book banning.
The man behind cult favorites El
Topo and The
Holy Mountain, Alejandro
Jodorowsky premiered his first directorial feature in 23 years
at Cannes this year with the fictionalized autobiographical film The
Dance of Reality.
El arte es basura. I love what
this guy does with street trash.
Say ... you were looking in the mirror and saw your
reflection blink ... That's not normal, right?
Governor primary results:
The Cowboy 51.3 %
The Curmudgeon 1.8 %
The Biker 3.3 %
The Normal Guy 43 %
world of Salvador Dali. Well, maybe ...
Sex in the Ancient World: Pompeii.
Sodom and Gomorrah had nothing over Pompeii.
Sex in the Ancient World: Egypt.
This documentary revolves around the Turin
Erotic Papyrus, possibly the world's oldest "porno
Activists with the Architects
and Engineers for 9/11 Truth are distributing this
pamphlet - designed to look like the official pamphlet - at the
National September 11 Memorial Museum in lower Manhattan, which
opens today. They say it is geared to counter the government's
official narrative of how the events of September 11, 2001 unfolded.
Bureau of Reclamation said they won't allow water for pot growers.
This will hit Washington state particularly hard, where the water
supply for two-thirds of the state is controlled by the feds.
video of Spokane police shooting and killing 30-year-old Steven C.
Corkery as he steps out of a North Spokane home. This is the
fourth officer involved shooting this year.
Check out the
Judgmental Map of Seattle. I wonder what Spokane's map would look
Here are some
of the parks and public spaces the Riverfront Park committee looked
to for inspiration.
makes a work of art an icon? The Mona Lisa became famous when it
was stolen, and popularity begets popularity.
Denver murder rate cut in half after marijuana legalization.
From my old stomping grounds: Metaline
Falls residents up in arms over Mill Pond Dam removal.
the pitfalls of schoolgirl feminism.
Trigger warnings, campus speech, and the
right to not be offended.
Here is the online
art collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Inside the offensive
9/11 gift shop.
Man lets a 20
foot snake swallow his leg in order to hunt it.
Wow, this is soooo me: 15
things that introverts would never tell you.
Zizek on the ideology of
Man facing criminal
charges for hanging an American flag upside down.
Here's a cover I did out of torn paper for The Scene
magazine, July 1991. Some people freaked out about it. (They should
have freaked out about the horrible design. At the time, I thought
it was edgy.)
dinosaur ever is discovered. Based on a recently found thigh
bone, it was 130 feet long and 65 feet tall.
trap patents: the ambitious ways we've tried to capture bugs.
Some scientists believe that matter
will be created from light within a year.
shows how to banks got "too big to fail" - how 37
banks became just four banks in only two decades.
smartphone can be used against you in a court of law.
What most media won't tell you about
the Odessa massacre. Disturbing images.
The world's riskiest
The build-your-own drone movement grows. What
would you do with a drone?
Cube is 40 years old today and I've still not solved it.
How do we know the
Earth is 4.6 billion years old?
Well, here's a lawsuit in the making:
Check out this week's Inlander
for the otherwise interesting cover
story on the businesses along Sprague Avenue. "A Downtown
Bar" tells a short story of a man who nonchalantly buys eight
hits of acid from the bartender of a tavern that the Inlander map
(shown in the print copy but not in the online edition) identifies
as being next to P. M. Jacoy's.
Being a patron of one of the alleged dens of drug
iniquity, and having known the bartenders for many years, I had to
wonder why I've been excluded from this convenient
service. Strangely, none of the bartenders knew what the hell I was
I called the Inlander's office for some
clarification: Which bar were they referring to? Who wrote the
article? The nice lady told me that, for obvious reasons, they could
not answer any of these questions.
Well, isn't that as libelous as naming four or five people who
happen to be in the same area and saying one of them likes to
torture kittens? You're not going to say which one, and you heard it
from someone whose name you're not going to reveal either.
Would you like to express your concerns in our voice
mail box, sir?
Sure, will it be your voice mail box? Or will it be
the voice mail box of one of four or five possible weekly magazines?
This infographic seeks to shed some light on current
drones, their use and their spread around the world.
Here's the full Idaho
GOP Governors primary debate. The madness begins. I seriously
hope the biker wins. Here are the top
13 lines of the surreal, magic debate.
Henry Rollins produced an
album by Charles Manson in the 1980s.
Islamic judge orders pregnant
girl to be hanged for being Christian.
I hate it when people say, "You have a better
chance of winning the lottery than being killed by a shark."
People win the lottery all the time.
This is my big toe that I am sticking into the pond
to see how's the water and whether something horrible and toothy
will emerge and strip my lower leg of flesh.
Why does my computer hate me?
R. Giger, dead at 74.
delights of Giger's personal sculpture garden.
H. R. Giger and Debbie Harry interview,
Vice President Joe
Biden's son is appointed to the board of a major Ukrainian gas
company. Because that's how oligarchy works.
The Pentagon has a plan to stop the zombie
What if ignorance
really is bliss?
What the future was going to look like according
to these old ads.
Nineteenth century erotica is way
raunchier than we expected.
one on our Top 40 list of Missing Top 40 List Compilers With
Parkinson's Disease Who May Or May Not Be On A Washington State
Indian Reservation is none other than the great Casey Kasem.
fake polio vaccination program in Pakistan help fuel a global
Scientists discover children's
cells living in mothers' brains.
Prize-winner Glenn Greenwald on the Snowden documents, the
"banal" Hillary Clinton, and why Tim Russert is so vastly
Twenty things you didn't
know about light.
Cui Bono? Democrat Keith Crisco, who was competing
against "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken in a very
tight North Carolina primary for the House, died
Kurt Vonnegut's rules
for reading fiction.
children is now commonplace in America. Our society has
completely lost the ability to tell the difference between
"that's bad, I'll scold my child" and "Call the
Here's the opening creation sequence from the movie
Can you control your dreams? Is
conscious dreaming real? Lucid dreaming remains a controversial
concept, but some experts are convinced.
when alcohol, LSD, cocaine and heroin roast Mr. Weed?
King Henry VIII loved the deep red, lean, lightly
gamy, succulent flesh of roast swan. Why
don't we eat it anymore?
Boko Haram video showing 100 of the kidnapped Nigerian girls.
I after E except after C. Weird.
A new straight-to-video film out of Israel has the Holy
Land infested with Hezbollah zombies.
Dali would have been 110 years old yesterday and thrilled by the
spectacle of his own rotting corpse.
of Mother's Day hated the commercial orgy the holiday became.
Mother's Day grew to horrify
its own mother.
threatens Pulitzer Prize winner with a contempt of court charge
if he doesn't release the identity of one of his confidential
The Obama administration is the "greatest
enemy of press freedom."
replacement tools: sophisticated attempts at foiling facial
recognition technology. Also: the
anti-drone hoodie and burqa.
art of the lurid VHS cover. VHS Cover Junkie posts hi-res scans
taken from gaudy, tacky, yet strangely alluring video covers.
Eight interesting films stuck
in development Hell.
My oldest child turns 39 today. My youngest
grandchild is about to turn one. A slew of offspring populate the
decades between. And while my part in the whole ordeal was rather
easy, I feel my biological imperative has been realized. Nature has
pat me on the back and said with a wink, "Well done, Earth
creature. Well done."
In the digital age, humanity's
relationship with noise hasn't changed from the time of
in the Roman world: The ancient Mediterranean diet revolved
around four staples which still dominates today's menu.
(And now that you've eaten, how
about a nice bath...)
Did you celebrate NOID
Wikipedia's big success
is a big problem; it can allow misinformation to flourish and
provides it with a cloak of respectability.
wars to end all wars: Peace, as we have seen, is not an
order natural to mankind.
goodbye to literary fiction. The future will be full of tweets,
text messages, and computer games - nothing too difficult, nothing
All of the 50
Hour Film Slam films are online! Watch our film
"Cursed" and all of the other fine offerings. Vote for
your favorite at the bottom of the page.
list of winners of the 50 Hour Film Contest - notably the Judges
Choice award and the Audience Choice award. No we didn't
(officially) win. They're still going to do an online vote; all of
the films will be online at 5 pm, later today. I'll provide a link.
Not only is this an incredible busy and stressful
time at work, but my pleadings for caution and my warnings of
catastrophe were totally ignored during a switch of internet
providers and the entire website and email for the business
tragically disappeared into the void. As we're losing thousands of
dollars of business and countless customers, please let me take this
public opportunity to say, "I told you so."
OWS protester Cecily McMillan's "guilty
verdict" demonstrates how American
dissention will not be tolerated.
and protest have followed the unbelievable guilty verdict of
Just when you were starting to miss Monica Lewinsky
Who said it, Irish
novelist James Joyce or surrealist rapper Kool Keith?
Why haven't any of the US Presidents been reelected
to nonconsecutive terms?
Scene magazine co-founder Rick Nesbitt
me that 22 years ago today, while editors of The Easterner, Eastern
Washington University's student newspaper, we were responsible for
the ultimate headline typo: Instead of Cinco de Mayo, we wrote
Chinco de Mayo. No one believed it was a mistake. We were accused not only of insensitivity but also
of not knowing that it was a Mexican and not an Asian holiday.
The winners of the 50 Hour Slam should be announced
today. All of the films should be on line by Wednesday. I didn't go
to the Bing fling but Jesse says our film "Cursed" was
One of the great things about Bloomsday is that
the auto-correct features on most cell phones will change Bloomsday
to Doomsday, resulting in many wonderful texts such as "I sure
hope the weather is nice on Doomsday," and "Be sure to
thank the many volunteers who are working to make Doomsday a
See our entry to the 50 Hour Film Slam,
"Cursed," tonight at 6 o'clock, on the big screen at the
Bing Crosby Theater in beautiful downtown Spokane.
Just released: the list and addresses of Spokane
County's 18 marijuana retail stores.
How laziness corrupts the Sum of
Knowledge: Alexander the Great tomb found ... or
Split opinions: Reviews
of Twentieth Century art.
Inlander article about the 50 Hour Film Slam.
What would a movie without cuts look like? How would
viewers' eyes get from one place to the next? A scientist experiments
with expanding cinema's language.
tips on directing a one-man movie.
Public interest could push
Spokane leaders to open Riverfront Park's clock tower.
From Karen J. Greenberg's "The Road from Abu
No one questions whether some individuals died being
tortured in American custody. (They
did.) No one questions that it was a national policy devised by
those at the very highest levels of government. (It
was.) But many, it seems, still believe that the torture
policy...was a good
thing for the country.
What would happen if
the Vice President killed the President?
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