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Tonight at 11:59 pm, this humble website celebrates 15 years
of tossing slush balls at cultural dorkiness.
I just put the last blanket/sleeping bag/old coat on my bed, and it's
starting to look like a beaver hut (there's probably a better simile to
use). I feel like the guy who just stuck the entirety of his cash in the poker
pot and is hoping no one raises.
stories from 2015 you should have heard about but probably did not.
Gotta admit. This is pretty funny (and often revealing). Obama in Jerry
in Cars Getting Coffee."
"Censorship is telling a man he can't have a steak just because a
baby can't chew it."
It's warmer at the North Pole than in Spokane right now. Bizarre,
deadly weather is sweeping the country.
We finally have an answer to the question from Bill Cosby's
famous routine: How long can you tread water?
"There are some people who have trouble recognizing a mess."
long would it take you to fall through the Earth?
Great metaphors, terrible sex, and talking dogs in some
of the most memorable sentences of the year.
The paranoid style of American policing: When officers take the lives of those they are sworn to protect and serve, they undermine their own legitimacy.
US police kill more in days than other countries do in years. Here's
Here's the Spokesman-Review's quiz
on the highlights of 2015's political year.
therapy removes the negative experiences surrounding hallucinogenics.
Understanding the differences between Sunni and Shia.
Matt Taibbi: What better way to spoof the thinness of the
Republican field than to shove a bombastic reality star with orange hair,
a sixth-grade vocabulary and no behavioral filter onto the GOP debate
the joke turned ugly fast.
storm that will unfreeze the North Pole: this week, temperatures will
rise above freezing for only the second time on record.
true story of Roland the Farter, and how the internet killed
Don't try to discern the "original intent" of the American
founders - they contradicted one another. But this is clear: They
had no intention to created a religion-based government.
Here's The Stranger's ode
to Lemmy Kilmister's hedonism.
Forehead slap: I went to eighth and ninth grade in Kahlotus, WA. I knew Kahlotus was an Indian word, but I never knew what it meant. It all makes sense now.
Lemmy Kilmister, dead
Sherman Alexie's book "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time
Indian" was the
most banned and challenged book of 2014. (Cops were recently called when
teens distributed the book in a park.) C'mon, local writers. Let's
keep the 2015-16 trophy in the Inland Northwest.
Lemon, dead at 83.
Islamic State ruling aims to settle who
can have sex with female slaves.
phrases we use every day.
dead at 93
Workplace drug testing is intrusive and ineffective. Why
do employers still use it?
dead at 92.
Engineers can't stop Los
Angeles' enormous methane leak.
Word of the Year, dead at 12.
royals rush to Switzerland in nine planes after an emir (as in one
person) breaks his leg.
Coming April 1st or sooner (no, seriously) --->
Zeppelin's first recorded concert happened in Spokane when they opened
for Vanilla Fudge.
year's best drug scares: Impossibly potent marijuana edibles,
formaldehyde in e-cigs, pills of war, MDMA disguised as Halloween candy,
and superhuman flakka zombies.
This Newsweek article suggests that Mars
exploration is preparation for the elite to leave us po' folk behind
in a hungry, warring world.
flying bicycle takes to the skies in first manned flight.
control isn't entirely a Hollywood fantasy. We can strategize to dream
about a particular subject, solve a problem or end a recurring nightmare.
Ten best horror movies of 2015 according to Rolling Stone.
George Orwell on the seven ways
politicians abuse language to deceive you.
patent for a 50-caliber mousetrap is probably overkill.
How to avoid
immediately destroying your new drone.
Journalist Seymour Hersh says Pentagon
leaders conducted a secret alliance with Assad and Putin to undermine
"Every writer is a frustrated actor who recites his lines in the
hidden auditorium of his skull."
Admit it. You
just want your own dictator. Calls for "leadership" are
unsavory, dangerous, and unAmerican.
remained the single largest provider of arms around the world last
year, controlling just over 50 percent of the market.
ISIS fatwa permits
the removal of organs from a living non-Muslim captive to save the
life of a Muslim.
How to make perfect coffee. The six fundamental principles of the ideal cup.
The final issue of The Scene magazine: I designed this cover 22 years ago
to protest the commercialization of Christmas. It purported to show the
depiction of Jesus throughout history. Oh, to be young(er) and
Mass surveillance may seem futuristic, but it marks a return to a time when we were watched by an omniscient authority. We called it God: The medieval origins of mass surveillance.
Watch for the Orwellian re-branding of "mass surveillance" as merely "bulk collection." It's just like when the Bush administration and the media re-labeled "torture" with the euphemism "enhanced interrogation techniques."
warned decades ago of a
future in which society is under constant surveillance. The elf on the
shelf is preparing your child to live in a dystopian police state.
Just be afraid. The
FBI warned Austin residents to be on high alert with the following
are no credible threats against Austin but the FBI says there could be a
threat it doesn't know about yet."
Bernie Sanders calls for a full independent audit of the Federal Reserve.
Here's his op-ed piece in the New York Times.
Ron Paul says Sanders destroyed
the Audit the Fed Bill at the last minute.
War photography is brutal and beautiful, making
the aestheticisation of violence inevitable.
a misleading story is changing immigration policy: Erroneous claims
that one of the San Bernardino shooters made public social-media posts
about jihad have led to legislation overhauling the process of screening
Is String Theory science? Physicists and cosmologists have been debating the question for the past decade. No they're looking to philosophy for help.
Is an untestable theory science
or science fiction?
things you didn't know about light.
Dave Barry's year in review: We're
not making this up.
NYT: No matter who wins the presidency, the
reckless abandonment of the norms of political discourse has profound
The Beatles' five boldest rip-offs.
I watched and loved the very bleak 1985 Russian war drama Come and See, about the Nazi occupation of Byelorussia through the eyes of a young boy, who joins the Soviet Army and experiences the horrors of World War II. It's available on YouTube. Here's Roger Ebert's review.
"I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, 'Come and see.' And I
looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death,
and Hell followed with him."
was a pleasure to burn." Error 451: A new dystopian internet code
inspired by the writings of Ray Bradbury aims to let users know when
websites are unavailable because of government censorship.
Research confirms a
link between intelligence and life expectancy.
Wow! Enter one of Emma Willard's "Temples of Time," configured to help students memorize the events between Creation and the Roman Empire.
Celebrate Holy Week by flogging a banker; it's
what Jesus would have done.
Christmas was actually illegal in America at one point in history.
Compassion, Christianity or Consumerism? The
true meaning of Christmas.
USA Today uses Vulcan hand signal to tout Star Wars movie. Nerds
Ralph Nader and Abby Martin on
the corporate elections.
Donald Trump's use of the word "schlonged": Many goyim are
fertummelt by the large number of Yiddish terms.
permanent war state: Of the $1.15 trillion that Congress authorized
Wednesday to fuel this country, over half - $572.7 billion is going to the
The biggest threat to American public safety is the American police state.
if Jesus had been born 2,000 years later in the American police state?
of my favorite places to bike in Spokane: An extension of the
Centennial Trail to the west past Kendall Yards received "Best City
Project of the Year" honors from the WSDOT and the Federal Highway
The Tokyo disaster preparedness guide is packed with great design.
Yeah, baby. It's happening tonight!
I wasn't able to watch the Democratic debate last night, but I watched the news this morning and perused social media. Here's what I learned: Hillary didn't make it back from her potty break in time. Bernie said, "Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa." Hillary said everyone should love her and many people applauded. The O'guy said stuff that didn't matter, and they all said Trump sucks. Then Hillary plugged a movie. The winner? I gotta go with J.J. Abrams.
hunter found a live 60mm mortar round near Fairchild Air Force Base,
and took it to their Visitor's Center, tending to freak a few folks
Christmas tree as political lightning rod.
Garageland proprietor hopes
to start a local absinthe craze.
Blues fans are freaking
out over a new photo of Robert Johnson.
Christopher Hitchens called her "a fanatic, a fundamentalist, and a fraud." Nevertheless, Pope Francis is going to make her a saint.
Why did seventeenth-century Europeans eat
thoughts and prayers are with those affected." This is the
phrase mouthed automatically and hypocritically by Western generals
and political leaders trying to defend or explain away a
particularly vile atrocity committed by their nation's military.
Like most CEOs, Martin Shkreli - the Richie Rich kid
who raised the price of an Aids treatment drug from $1.50 to $750 a
pill - will
unlikely face real punishment for security fraud.
in early modern England: 1619 book on erotic melancholy argued
that "salt things doe cause a kind of Itching or Tickling in
those parts that serve for Generation."
A graphic novel about how the brain works.
Saudi millionaire is cleared of all rape charges
after claiming he accidently tripped and fell on her, resulting
Denmark wants to seize jewelry and cash from refugees.
Spokane roads are treacherous. Freezing rain
Putin says Trump is "a
very bright and talented man ... I think that I would probably
get along with him very well."
Eating people might be wrong, but
is it against the law?
Twitter accounts traced back to UK government by hackers.
republican debate scorecard.
The Liquor and Cannabis Board says it intends to boost
the number of marijuana stores in Washington from 335 to 556
Donald Trump was on Jimmy Kimmel last night.
Jimmy Kimmel's Lie Witness News team proves that even the most ridiculous comments seem plausible coming from Republican presidential frontrunner.
Donald Trump will be seen as the clear winner of last night's Republican debate. He's going to come away with even higher poll numbers. He's your guy, GOP. Now you have to be nice to him again.
Ben Carson is toast, unless surrealism is suddenly recognized as a Republican value. He used his introduction time to ask for four seconds of silence for the San Bernardino victims; that's one second per 3.5 victims. When asked if he would order air strikes that would kill thousands of innocent children, he say he would "do what is necessary in order to get it done." It was like Mr. Rogers threatening to torture your puppy.
Jeb Bush had multiple opportunities to stand up to Trump and failed miserably each time. He even looked weak in his "Oh, yeah? - Yeah!" exchange with The Donald. He'll stay in the race, but look for him to necessarily don some kind of symbolic cowboy hat or cod piece.
Marco Rubio was the smartest man on the stage and the closest thing to what I always thought was a mainstream Republican. He doesn't have a chance.
Rand Paul did okay. Some people will even say he came in second or third. He was the only one to stand up to all of the saber rattling. He doesn't have a chance.
Ted Cruz was the most dangerous man on the stage, next to Trump. His smugness seems spread on with a trowel. He is the riptide beneath the waves. He is Dr. Lecter smiling behind that creepy face mask.
Carly Fiorina might be a decent candidate but is sorely disadvantaged by not having a penis to swing around and brag about how big it is.
Chris Christie doesn't have a chance; but he's fun, like the doll where you pull the string on its back and it tells you to go fuck yourself.
Kasich, Walker, Graham ... buh-bye.
should make you nervous: Saudi
Arabia says 34
nations have agreed to form a new "Islamic military
alliance" to fight terrorism with a joint operations center
based in the kingdom's capital, Riyadh.
Donald Trump appears to have hired the
Donald Trump of doctors.
We think of love as merely spontaneous - but it
is in fact an emotion acutely shaped by its history.
All private drone
owners must register with the FAA.
the brain gets addicted to gambling: Addictive drugs and
gambling rewire neural circuits in similar ways.
Why animals eat
Texas plumber sues car dealer after his truck
ends up on Syria's front lines.
Buster Keaton and the art of the visual gag.
to Weimar America: It’s getting restive in the beer halls.
People are sick of politics as usual. They want blunt talk. They
Ten of the US's
most intriguing archaeological mysteries. I've been to a couple of
Every restaurant worker has wondered: Why
walking through a doorway makes you forget.
a Supreme Court justice be forcibly removed from the bench?
This guy sing the dorky "All I Want For
Christmas is You" in
a minor key, and it ends up pretty cool.
George Orwell quotes that predicted life in 2015 America.
The shamefully unfinished story of the
CIA torture program.
UFO (!!?) seen today above Spokane --->
Here's Ron Paul's refreshingly sane analysis: Are
we in a clash of civilizations?
The language of lying.
contractors pat themselves on the back for steering candidates
definitive guide to Creepypasta - the Internet's scariest urban
Turning tech companies into spies won't work; it's
counterproductive and potentially harmful. Here's
explain the psychology behind online harassment.
Why do the postal service, USDA, EPA, and the
Department of Agriculture need
their own SWAT teams?
physics needs art to help picture the universe.
is a symptom not the disease: He is a decoy, a diversion so
outrageous that it overwhelms and hides the real disease.
How Anonymous is trolling ISIS in the most obnoxious ways possible.
Say what you want about Trump; he got Democrats and
most Republicans to finally agree on something.
Kalispel Indian Tribe just bought the Spokane Country Club. Let
that sink in for just a moment.
Many things are being identified as "Lynchian"
lately. This video essay
explores the term that makes even David Lynch uneasy.
You just done effed up, ISIS. El
Chapo sent ISIS leader a narco-threat after they destroyed one
of the cartel's shipments. Satire?
A wheel that spins forever; a bird that never quenches its thirst; a clock that never stops ticking, an endless source of free energy. Are these machines possible without violating the laws of physics?
ACLU: The government is increasingly relying
on the 18th-century “All Writs Act” to get data from locked
mobile devices, and circumventing an important public debate
about its right to do so.
A new poll finds Donald Trump with his most commanding lead yet.
The Trump Effect, and how it spreads.
Last night on Facebook, George
Takei's response to Donald Trump internment camp statements, got
one million views in one hour.
Kim Jung Un says North
Korea has hydrogen bomb.
NSA whistleblower Edward
Snowden took to social media Wednesday to note that one
armed citizen in Garland, Texas, was able to accomplish what the
surveillance state hasn’t – prevent a terror attack.
Spokane will get its first greenway, a type of street with little car traffic that prioritizes pedestrians and cyclists.
Spokane is getting ready for take two of the
Destruction by Windstorm scene. Last night the Rosauers store looked
like the Survivalist Expo. I expected someone to hand me literature
about Obama's birth certificate.
Is it just me or is Time magazine's Angela Merkel
portrait 10% Donald Trump?
thanks to KHQ News for the piece this morning on how to tell if your
tree might fall over. It seems that if there are cracks in the
ground surrounding the tree, or if roots are breaking through the
earth, it's possible that your tree might fall over. No doubt
there's a follow-up report coming: How to tell if your tree has
fallen over. (If your tree is horizontal...)
President Obama says that allowing people on the No-Fly list to purchase guns is a loophole around gun laws. In reality, the No-Fly list itself is a loophole allowing federal officials to trample citizens' constitutional rights without due process.
Over one-third of the 680,000 suspected terrorists on the feds No-Fly list have "no recognized terrorist group affiliation."
Which watchlists are we even talking about here? The
no-fly list is just a small subset of the full terror watchlist.
And even the White House seems to be referring to the two lists
Homeland Security secretary unveils
new terror alert system.
White House says Trump's
bar Muslim plan disqualifies him from the presidency.
police had to stop accepting new concealed gun license applications
for a "brief period of time" due to a recent spike in
A new invention seals
a gunshot wound in 15 seconds.
Soon after John Lennon was shot, Fred Rogers produced a special episode on violence that was shown as part of PBS' evening programming in 1981.
Trump is conducting a national version of the infamous Milgram
experiment. His outrageous comments are an
epic social psychology experiment in which he exploits his position
as an authority figure to see how far the public will let him go.
to hit Spokane tonight and tomorrow.
Live by the sword; die by the sword - This is why we kill each other at home: US
air strike kills 36 civilians yesterday in Syrian village.
Americans want ground troops in Syria because most
Americans don't really know what that means. How
many "boots on the ground" it would take to defeat ISIS.
Horror beyond description: Noam
Chomsky on the latest phase of the War on Terror.
Trump wants to ban all Muslims from entering the US.
Trump's "ban Muslims" proposal is wildly
dangerous but not far outside the US mainstream.
ACLU: Until the No Fly List is fixed, it
shouldn't be used to restrict people's freedoms.
Here's the full video and transcript of Obama's speech last night.
Obama's speech reminded Americans that the
war with ISIS is still illegal.
Women could be forced
to register for the draft.
Listen to this eyewitness
description of the San Bernardino killers.
I've been reading David Lynch's book "Catching
the Big Fish" and I now understand I need to dissolve my
stinking Suffocating Rubber Clown Suit of Negativity. Sehah.
"Graphic skin removal" - and inverse
tattoo crated by skin splitting, peeling, carving, and removal ... is
now a thing.
Three years in, legal
pot sales soar in Washington State.
and Homer Simpson washing a car: Your life will never be the
Here's a CNN clip about that Spokane bird-flipping crosswalk sign.
to address nation about gun violence tonight at 5:00.
How to create
a gun-free America in five easy steps.
As the wealth gap widens, advertising
embraces the French Revolution.
When the FBI
went after Mad Magazine.
The electromagnetic spectrum is where the wars of
the future will be won or lost. Here’s a brief glimpse of what
those battles will look like.
seeks to recall newly reelected Spokane Mayor David Condon.
After he spoke out against police brutality, the
Fraternal Order of Police issued a cryptic threat to Quentin
Tarantino, saying “something is in the works.” Now, Tarantino
The B-52, originally scheduled for retirement
generations ago, has outlived its replacement. And its
replacement’s replacement. And
its replacement’s replacement’s replacement.
The folly of the New York Times pleading for gun control on page one.
The tools that governments
could use to contain public demonstrations by remote control –
firing tear gas from drones, for example – are advancing at a
troubling and unregulated rate.
Undercover police crack
down on freedom of speech in Paris during corporate Solutions 21
Spokane Police Guild president has
been criminally charged.
Want to see what corporate media have done to
standards of journalism? Take
a look - and tremble for our country.
Tashfeen Malik pledges
allegiance to ISIS just before killing 14 in San Bernardino.
A marble bust of Dick Cheney will reside in the US
we shield our torturers and war criminals from prosecution, then
we officially honor them. The Obama administration has moved from
legally protecting Bush-era war criminals to honoring and gushing
over them in public.
From the left: Hillary Clinton praised Australia's gun control measures, which seized 650,000 guns.
Welcome to Mexico
City's punk rock flea market.
Why some Civil
War soldiers glowed in the dark.
This guy killed 1,626 men, women and children. He got a cool certificate.
There were so many people applying for concealed
weapons permits at the Spokane Public Safety building yesterday that
they had to close the offices early. Local stores reported record
gun sales on Black Friday.
many mass killings are there, really? The frequently repeated
statistic of 355 this year is distorting our understanding of these
Scott Weiland, former frontman for the Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, dead at 48.
with Rolling Stone.
"Playing jazz is like being on fire: you
can’t grasp the flames – you can only try to contain the panic,
the notes spilling frantically everywhere from your fingers; and it
also eventually kills you. There
is something sacred in the art of jazz improvisation."
fill Paris with 600 fake ads to protest corporate sponsorship of
Bombing hasn't worked. Bombing won't work. And yet, we
will bomb. The logic of our political class is always the same:
We must do something. Bombing is something. We must bomb.
Washington, DC's main allies in its war on Syria are the two biggest terrorist incubators on the planet: Saudi Arabia and Turkey.
No one has come as close to explaining the American
need to kill one another as did Michael Moore in his brilliant
documentary "Bowling for Columbine." Moore and Marilyn
Manson point out that there was a connection between the Columbine
shooting and Clinton's same day US bombing of the Balkans. How many
countries were we bombing yesterday while we were slaughtering one
another at home? These shootings are not the fault of the NRA or
Jesus, they are symptoms of a sick, bloodthirsty society; they are
the pimples on our fat, warmongering ass.
I doubt if Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik were NRA
According to Obama, the first thing we should do,
while the entire country is in shock from a barrage of shootings, is
to change that law that allows people on the No Fly List to still
buy guns. The choir shouts amen but few can say how one gets put on
the list, who puts them on it, or how to get off of it if they're
There was also a shooting in Syria yesterday.
Neighbor of San Bernardino killers Syed Farook and
refused to report the pair to authorities after witnessing
suspicious activity at their apartment over fears she would be
Washington driver's licenses may no longer be good enough to
visit certain federal facilities and, eventually, they may prevent
people from getting on a commercial airplane - even for a domestic
Fences have been installed to close trails around the scenic Palouse River waterfall that plunges about 190 feet over a basalt cliff.
As many of you know, I am a geology nerd. I dig rocks (!), in particular, those rocks and the landscapes they inhabit that have suffered Nature's catastrophic ire. And being from Spokane, I live in the spillway of one of the greatest series of deluges the world has ever suffered, The Great Missoula Floods. (Here's my early, rather goofy take on the matter, a film I made in 2008 about the Ice Age event, The Flood, where I also freak out about caves and hotel rooms and Indian spirits.)
I spent most of yesterday pursuing my obsession on
Announcing the birth of his baby girl this morning, Mark
Zuckerberg has said that he'll give away 99% of his Facebook shares
– worth $45 billion – committing himself to improving the world
his daughter will live in.
Neurotic people may be more
likely to see faces in objects.
Syria is a chemical weapons free-for-all. The Islamic State is gassing civilians. Assad is dropping chlorine from helicopters, and Washington is sleeping off its Thanksgiving hangover.
City Council leaders are demanding answers from Mayor Condon
about his handling of personnel issues within the SPD.
In quest for federal aide, Spokane
Emergency Management asks citizens to report storm damage.
earthquake hit Lake Pend Oreille Monday morning. It's the second
one in seven days.
Paris is a snapshot
of our violent, militarized future. How climate change,
terrorism, and the "precrime" arrest of dozens of
activists are all connected at the global climate conference in
Is Donald Trump a fascist? Or just tapping into America's latent fascistic impulses? "He is merrily leading us down the path towards a fascist state even without being himself an overt fascist."
Trump: Give me five million dollars to participate in the next debate.
Trump video shows Obama cracking up over Islamic State attacks.
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