The Southern Poverty Law Center lists
the St. Michael's Parish in Spokane as a hate group. That's
right, those singing nuns could be packing heat under those blue
dem·a·gogue • noun • a political leader who
seeks support by appealing to popular desires and prejudices rather
than by using rational argument.
Chris Hedges: The
Age of the Demagogues.
Why Silicon Valley techies
are dropping LSD at work.
The US had the exact flight path of the Russian
plane. They knew where and when it would be flying: are we supposed
to believe they didn’t communicate this to the Turks, their NATO
this was an orchestrated event – orchestrated by Washington –
seems almost beyond dispute.
origins of nicknames: Where did we get Dick from Richard? Why is
Bill short for William?
Help me! I am trapped
in a Haiku factory.
Save me, before they
The world can fall apart without me today. I need to
get stuff done.
This year's most outrageous Black Friday fight looks
like it was faked.
Donald Trump's police
Pilger on Paris, ISIS and
Quincy Adams once approved
an expedition to the center of the earth.
Seemingly taking a cue from Donald Trump, the
Republican field is cursing in public at a rate unheard of in
modern presidential politics.
Artists make and model full-body suit made of chicken skin.
Paris, where the ideals of liberty, equality and
descendant of a man who filmed the JFK assassination from an angle
depicting the grassy knoll, is
suing the federal government for $10 million for allegedly losing
the original footage.
The Two Turkeys: What's the deal with a country and a bird having
the exact same name?
"Charlie Sheen does
drugs at my house."
the elite deal with sparks of revolt: "I can hire one half
of the working class to kill the other half."
Times editorial board: Donald
Trump's creeping fascism needs to be rejected.
Donald Trump's alarming skid
toward outright fascism.
Donald Trump under
fire for mocking disabled reporter.
"fascist" is the term that best describes Donald
Ben Carson's end
Smith of Jamestown remembers 1609, the "starving time,": "And one amongst the rest did kill his wife, powdered
her, and had eaten part of her before it was known, for which he was
executed, as he well deserved; now whether she was better roasted,
boiled, or carbonadoed, I know not, but of such a dish as powdered
wife I never heard."
John Oliver says kill
to explain an iPhone using only the 1000 most common English
war on terror coincides with a dramatic increase of terrorism: A
reminder that "endless war" like "terrorism" is
The gruesome history
US military is a national security threat: America's armed
forces are a massive drain on resources that could otherwise
strengthen the country.
Empty Room: "On Thanksgiving Day the three of us took
psilocybin mushrooms and sprawled on a dirty, marijuana
seed–infested section of carpet in the middle of Deanna’s
The mighty have fallen: Woody
Allen goes digital.
Obama makes a statement on
national security. Says everything's fine. Happy Thanksgiving. It
was supposed to be broadcast from the Oval Office but was changed to
be closer to the Situation Room. Everything's fine. Happy
[There was an air
strike on the Syrian/Turkey border at about the same time.]
I keep having this reoccurring dream of me and my
family all wearing funny-looking pants and performing Edelweiss
before a stern-looking crowd of Trumpzis just before we ditch out
the back door and over the mountains to Canada.
Spokane Mayor David Condon knew of alleged sexual
harassment by police chief in April, records
Did Condon's administration withhold
damning public records until after his re-election?
old documentaries on Spokane worth watching.
to Seduce a Turkey: The bizarre poultry sex experiments of the
hail Der Donald.
ISIS will not work. They want us to bomb them. Without an enemy,
they're just a bumch of bearded guys in tacky outfits that the
locals really don't like.
In his essay Industrial
Society and Its Future, The Unabomber Theodore
J. Kaczynski argued that while his bombings were “a bit”
extreme, they were quite necessary to attract attention to the loss
of human freedom caused by modern technology. His book Technological
Slavery breaks all of his philosophies down for those of us that
just know him through corporate news stations.
"The sharper the tools, the darker the
First snow in Spokane. You could even say it blows.
So far, 136 Spokane families have come home and
found notes on their doors from the Spokane Fire Department telling
them their home is unsafe to live.
This is even scarier than it sounds: Turkey
just shot down a Russian warplane. Turkey is a member of NATO.
We are sworn to defend them. The winds of war are blowing. What do
you suppose that Turkey's action, using US-supplied F-16 planes, was
taken with the full knowledge and advance support of the US?
earthquake felt in parts of North Idaho.
A stretch of road near Santa Clarita has
inexplicably lifted upward and crumbled over the course of just a
few hours. Geologists
NYT editorial board today outright calls
Trump a racist liar.
skid toward outright fascism.
Some conservatives are defying expectation and backing
Colorado juries are refusing
to convict pot-influenced drivers.
lessons from the leaked CIA style book.
35,000 people are still without power around Spokane.
Many will be in the dark until Thanksgiving. All public schools are
still closed. Snow is in the forecast.
cool Spokesman-Review article about my friend Dan Sanchez, owner
of Mootsys Tavern, who is renovating two downtown buildings.
video I did for Dan last year to show the project to potential investors.
John Oliver explains
the refugee vetting process.
Pope Francis says Christmas
is a charade this year because the whole world is at war.
personifies everything the rest of the world despises about America:
casual racism, crass materialism, relentless self-aggrandizement,
vulgarity on an epic scale. He is the Ugly American in excelsis.”
France can now shut
down any website and search whoever it wants.
A prominent economist has a radical proposal for
stimulating the economy: just
add money to everyone's bank account.
Lennon wrote a song with the goal to confuse, befuddle, and mess
with the people analyzing the Beatle's music. Goo
Paris is being used to justify
agendas that had nothing to do with the attack: let’s
ban encryption, even though there’s no evidence the terrorists
used it to carry out their crime, and let’s ban Syrian refugees,
even though the attackers were neither.
The country - one of our allies - where
journalism is being murdered.
The hacktivist collective Anonymous
says the Islamic State is planning to launch attacks in the U.S.,
Paris, Indonesia, Italy and Lebanon today.
The story of the
chemists behind the legendary LSD known as Orange Sunshine.
into the void.
The inexplicable world of Hitler
chic in Thailand: Yes, this is a real thing. There's even a
Hitler fried chicken chain with a Nazi-saluting, Ronald
wants us to invade them. And they say so in every issue of their
glossy, full-color magazine called Dabiq.
day lynching in Mississippi: "This is what they did for
threat of attack": Brussels closes metro as the Belgian
capitol is put on high alert.
coffee? The "Seattle Speedball" is now actually a
Wikileaks released this
prophetic open letter that Gaddafi penned as the US and NATO
"Now listen you, people of NATO. You’re
bombing a wall which stood in the way of African migration to
Europe, and in the way of Al-Qaeda terrorists. This wall was Libya.
You‘re breaking it. You’re idiots, and you will burn in Hell for
thousands of migrants from Africa and for supporting Al-Qaeda. It
will be so. I never lie. And I do not lie now."
The US State Department approved a
deal to sell the government of Saudi Arabia a shipment of “smart
bombs” that is worth over $1.29 billion.
How to live
and write like Kurt Vonnegut.
This question has plagued me for years: Why
don't we just throw all our garbage into volcanoes?
favorite amphetamine, explained.
meth was an antidepressant: President Kennedy was routinely
injected with 15 mg of methamphetamine by his personal physician in
order to maintain his spritely appearance.
"When a foreigner resides among you in your
land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be
treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were
foreigners in Egypt. I am your God."
~ Leviticus 19:33-34
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Subfreezing temps in Spokane. Wind chill at 15
degrees. 100,000 people still without power.
When asked how
requiring Muslims to register differs from Jews having to register
in Nazi Germany, Donald Trump said, "You tell me."
porn videos are getting millions of hits on YouTube.
The Literary Review has announced the (obviously
NSFW) nominees for its 2015 bad sex in fiction award. It’s
about to get 50 shades of terrible in here.
John Malkovich and Robert Rodriguez made a
movie that won't be released for 100 years.
The most important moments from Bernie
Sanders' speech defending Democratic Socialism. Here's the
we have depicted insanity throughout history.
strange history of "flipping the bird."
I just watched Soaked
in Bleach, a docudrama - - dealing with the events leading up to
the death of Kurt
Cobain, as seen through the perspective of Tom Grant, the
private detective who was hired by Courtney
Love to find Cobain shortly before his death in 1994. He asserts
that Cobain's death was not a suicide. I doesn't look good for
streaming on Netflix.
Washington Governor declares
state of emergency. Activates National Guard.
Tuesday's windstorm in Spokane was the product
of a unique set of meteorological circumstances.
Suspected ringleader of Paris attacks killed
day one, I am appointing a special committee to investigate the
crimes on Wall Street."
~ Bernie Sanders
Movie stars from Golden Age of Cinema dance
to Uptown Funk.
<--- Yay, this guy.
On the eve of the Holocaust, Americans
overwhelmingly rejected Jewish refugees.
America faces existential threats, yet there's
a good chance an idiot might become president.
Very strange. I woke up to a different landscape. I
can now see downtown buildings from my Brownes Addition apartment,
where yesterday I could see only trees...
people are killed in the windstorm. The wind obliterated
much of the Chinese Lantern Festival in Riverfront Park.
In Spokane County alone, over 100,000 customers (not
people, but customers - households and businesses) woke up cold and
without electricity. All schools and colleges are closed.
The tree that disappeared in the above gif --->
France moves to strip
citizens of liberties after Paris attacks. This is how we let
the terrorists win.
We talk democracy, then overthrow elected
governments and prop up awful regimes. How
would we like it if another country overthrew our president and
installed a dictator?
What really killed the dinosaurs --->
Here's Bill Maher's awkward
chat with Stephen Colbert.
says they'll attack DC.
threats of attack on US soil, Spokane County Sheriff Knezovich
supports deputies carrying their weapons while off-duty.
Charlie Sheen is HIV-Positive.
declares war on ISIS.
Washington state governor says the state will
"continue to be a state that welcomes those seeking refuge from
Idaho governor calls on Obama to halt the Refugee Resettlement
The Stranger says putting
the French flag on the Space Needle is racist.
The Nation's reading list of what's
going on in with ISIS.
What you need to know about the
origin of ISIS.
Syria's war: Who
is fighting and why.
Neither airstrikes nor boots on the ground will do
must address the conditions that let to the rise of ISIS.
And yet, we've
never lived in such peaceful times.
Maher walks a tricky line on Paris, religion and race.
Oppenheimer and Einstein wrote
a top secret document on aliens and UFOs.
Shessh. I go away for a few days and the whole world
We couldn't agree on whether it's ISIS or ISIL, so
... Let's confuse it even more. Actually I predicted something like
this long ago, that we would come up with an umbrella term for all
boogymen. How about NOTUS?
I just read that Johnny
Mathis is coming to Spokane in April. Honestly, I thought he
died in the early 70s.
What ISIS (or whatever you want to call them) really
Here's an analysis of punk's history, evolution and
does being punk even mean anymore?
intelligence warned France of ISIS attack a day before the Paris
Crows are capable
of human-style reasoning.
Just had a death in the family. I'll be back in a
Rest in peace, Uncle
Thank you for everything.
Young is 70.
This is awesome. David Foster Wallace's 2005
commencement address at Kenyon College: This
A study involving nearly 1,000 heterosexual men and
women finds that neuroticism,
impulsiveness and obsessive tendencies may be advantageous when
seeking a mate.
Hunter Thompson on
Kurt Vonnegut on man-eating
Tom Robbins on jitterbugs...
In 2014, the United States, a country at peace with
its neighbors, that has less than 5 percent of the world's
population, accounted for more than a third of the world's military
could cut the Pentagon's budget in half, and the U.S. would still be
the strongest military power in the world.
How an article on face perception inspired
a surrealist masterpiece.
workers rally in Spokane for $15 minimum wage.
Black Lives Matter supporters in Oregon are targeted
by state surveillance.
Thermal scans of the Great
Pyramid of Giza have revealed an "impressive" anomaly in
the rock - a change in temperature that could indicate something
behind the 4,500-year-old walls.
Ethical Guidelines for Pro-Life Time Travelers:
Killing baby Hitler - Good
Killing fetus Hitler - Bad
Only six percent of Americans aced this
basic science survey from the Pew Research Center.
In order to win the best
butt contest in Brazil, you have to look like a shaved gorilla.
Watch the territorial
history of the US in this video.
Jeb Bush says, given the opportunity, he'd
go back in time and kill baby Adolf Hitler. I don't know about
killing him. But I'd at least give him a good spanking.
I just liked President
Obama's new Facebook page. Not only can he now legally wipe me
out with a drone attack, he can also make a snide comment to one of
The Spokane City Council voted yesterday that anyone
guilty of a misdemeanor possession of marijuana charge in the city
of Spokane will
soon be able to have the conviction removed from his or her criminal record.
Check out this piece Jesse wrote about
an important part of
the filmmaking process: Storyboard
Like a Mutha.
Chris Hedges: The
TPP is the most brazen corporate power grab in American history.
husband and wife attempt to survive three weeks in southern Mexico
deathtrap for six-part reality TV survival series on the
Keillor says Prairie Home Companion will
broadcast from the INB Performing Arts Center on May 14th.
From Vice: Calling
bullshit on the internet's left-wing gun control memes.
of movie foreshadowing you might have missed.
founder and CEO believes that one day, we'll
be able to share our toughts directly - brain to brain - using
This short film At
The End asks the question: Would you become a slave to escape a
How much did the Pentagon pay your favorite sports
team for its patriotism? Check
weather clown Al
Roker brings his traveling goofball show to Spokane this
Trump's appearance on Saturday Night Live is universally
of strange lights in skies over California.
Noam Chomsky and Abby Martin: The
Empire's election extravaganza.
Bush finally gives Junior a spanking.
questions that we'll probably never solve.
Here's a good film about
military, government, and corporate psyops.
"To understand the nature of the present war
— for in spite of the regrouping which occurs every few years, it
is always the same war — one must realize in the first place that
it is impossible for it to be decisive.”
~ George Orwell, 1984
Mexico Supreme Court rules that smoking
pot is a fundamental human right.
to play the Mexican National Anthem.
Can we picture
the fourth dimension?
Dutch artists often
included people or animals pooping in their work partly as a
joke and partly to remind viewers of Nature's inspiration in their
Check out this animation
of a racist preacher's descent into madness.
Anonymous carries out its threat, releases
identities of alleged Ku Klux Klan members. Here's
the list. It really isn't much of an "outing." Most
of these people declare their alliance with the KKK on their
The CIA actually prints
Sabotage Field Manual on their website.
Neil deGrasse Tyson on Star
Trek's worst fight scene ever.
Socialist sourpuss Chris Hedges on what
it takes to be a rebel in modern times.
love the Nerdwriter
on YouTube. Check out his defense of offensive jokes: Louis
CK is a Moral Detective. And this: Why
Trump is a Gift to Democracy.
Chew on this: Seattle magazine The
Stranger says the Pike Place Market Gum
Wall is a symbol of white privilege.
on acid: Hippie madness at the end of the Sixties.
Key of Hell: an 18th-century manual on black magic.
Seth MacFarlane introduces
Marco Rubio says socialism is distinct from the
communism his parents fled in Cuba, and he
doesn't fault Bernie Sanders for promoting it.
Here are Trump"s
promos for his appearance on this week's SNL.
The horrible, literal origins of the phrase "don't
blow smoke up my ass."
First freeze in Spokane.
Spokane Mayor Condon is first
mayor to be reelected in 40 years.
Spokane voters reject
Worker Bill of Rights.
One hundred years ago Spokane
gave women the vote before New York, Massachusetts or
Ohio voters overwhelmingly
reject marijuana legalization.
Pat Robertson says "Gay
people should wear specially-colored clothes to warn straight people."
[I thought they already did.]
A local developer has bought an entire city block in
West Central Spokane and
gave all of the residents 27 days to get out. His plan is to
raze the block, build a coffee shop and a car wash.
The Pentagon is sending F-15Cs - supposedly to fight
the ISIS war. But the jets only have air-to-air weapons, and ISIS
has no planes. Which
means the real adversary is Russia.
psychology of statistics: In the coin flip paradox, you
have to know what the coin flipper is thinking.
was tripping, and other scientific explanations for biblical
rare illness that makes people think they're dead: "Walking
Corpse syndrome" is often misdiagnosed as schizophrenia.
Salo in Kuala
of Pasolini, murdered 40 years ago yesterday.
Here's a UCLA
student film of an interview from 1979 with the then 33 years
old David Lynch,
about the making of his recent film Eraserhead.
David Foster Wallace on
Things that aren't
as dangerous as Hollywood thinks.
What it feels like to die
from a snake bite.
gash forms on Wyoming ranch, unleashing fears of hidden
volcanoes and earthquakes.
On Friday, President Obama
announced the deployment of special ops forces in Syria. The
decision to commit ground troops stands in direct opposition to his
September 2013 speech in which he promised that U.S. military action
in Syria would not include a ground war.
A visit to the
largest body farm in the world, where researchers study human
decomposition in order to help law enforcement.
the difference between scotch, whiskey and bourbon?
you're not paranoid, you're crazy: How can we live free lives
with more and more intrusive means of watching and influencing
It's streaming on Netflix - treat yourself to one
hour of awesomeness: Kung
crack in the Earth - six football fields long - appears near
The big ideas
behind Andy Warhol's art.
Horror movies that are scary
because of what they say about humanity.
How we punish people for
cures from famous heavy drinkers.
science of death and zombies: Can you escape zombies if you
smell like death?
much consciousness does an octopus have?
Check out the new trailer!
About that tapping: I think I got it figured out.
Anyone looking for an apartment?
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play" is the secret of genius.
Ted Cruz is right: Let
Limbaugh and Hannity moderate a GOP debate.
The European Parliament has voted to support a
nonbinding resolution that calls on EU member states to protect
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden from extradition.
NASA releases photos of mysterious,
giant, ancient earthworks.
Part documentary, part sci-fi - "The
Visit" explores what
would actually happen if aliens came to Earth.
Ecstasy and acid in your medicine cabinet? Doctors
More tapping last night, all night.
Again, the tapping was rapid - about three per second - and equally spaced
between raps. The number of taps began as being completely random, between one and
twenty-some, followed by a short period of silence.
As I listened, it seemed that patterns were
forming. I was able to tape record the phenomenon. This morning I
transcribed the numbers of knocks that occurred in rapid succession,
and the length of the silence between. (The "-"
representing about one second, the spaces representing three or four
seconds, and paragraph returns representing six or seven seconds.)
This is getting creepy...
Remembering "Tuesday's Child," LA's
best Satanist magazine.
The grisly details of early
Men are taking photos of beautiful landscapes and
allowing their exposed scrotums to creep into the frames. It's
No rapping at the door last night...
Lynch's hard stand against any analysis of his work has done
little to dissuade his legion of interpreters.
The tragic, forgotten
history of zombies. The horror-movie trope owes its heritage to
Haitian slaves, who imagined being imprisoned in their bodies
Yesterday the US set a
record for not having a president die in office.
Sanders says he will end
marijuana's federal classification as a schedule 1 drug.
guide to the female psychopath.
biggest myths about drug testing.
I laid in bed last night, waiting for the rapping to
begin. Then, just as I was falling asleep - a loud BANG! I sat up.
But this has happened to me before. There's
even a name for it: Exploding Head Syndrome (seriously), which
consists of a loud noise that you suddenly imagine just before you
wake up or fall asleep.
As I pondered this, the tapping began
again. Same as last night. Though maybe not as loud. I got out of
bed and stepped to the door. A long 2x4 was
leaning in the corner for some long forgotten reason, which I had to
move to get near the tapping. I leaned the board upright against the wall and put my ear
closer to the door.
Again, the rapping was coming from
"inside" the thin center board of the door. I walk around
and can hear it
from both sides of the door. But I say to myself, no, this can't be;
the noise has to be the result of something moving, and it's not
possible for anything to be moo-
Then BAM! - suddenly, from the door. I fall beck.
The board had fallen over and slammed the doorknob.
I went back to bed, fairly shaken. There
was no more rapping. I knew I would have to take the investigation
to the next level, whatever that was.
Later that night, I dreamed there was a comically
large wad of some kind of food in my cheek, which I unsuccessfully tried
to chew. My cheek was bulged absurdly large, like a soccer ball.
later interpreted this as my subconscious warning me not to bite off
more than I can chew.
There is a rapping in my apartment.
I realize such things are common,
especially in old buildings like the one I live in. And I understand how the
imagination can interpret these creaks and chirrs to be screeches
and groans. This is different.
The tapping is coming from an unused door,
inside my apartment, which separates the bedroom from the hallway.
Further, I have pinpointed the exact location of the disturbance -
inside the wood of the center of the door itself.
The tapping is rapid - about three per second - and equally spaced
between raps. The number of taps is random, between one and
twenty-some, followed by a short period of silence.
If it happens again tonight I'll try to
My internet's been out...
Two Spokane teen brothers allegedly used
Backpage.com to pimp
out underage girls.
The former Catacombs
restaurant/bar in downtown Spokane will reopen as The Gilded
Unicorn. Yes, you read that correctly.
NYT Op-Ed: Jimmy Carter says the US, Turkey and
Saudi Arabia should join with Russia and Iran to
develop a peace plan for Syria.
In Wisconsin, evidence
of prehistoric human sacrifice.
Sanders rants about military spending in this 1992 speech.
Ben Carson: Intensify
the War on Drugs and keep marijuana illegal.
Ignoring US destabilization of Libya, GOP Benghazi
hearing asks Clinton all the wrong questions.
technologies NASA is developing so we can make it to Mars and
Twenty-seven percent of US adults didn't
read a single book last year.
I did a mini road trip yesterday. Here's
the map. I took I-90 east, over Fourth of July Pass, to the
Highway 3 Rose Lake turnoff, just before you get to Cataldo, ID.
Highway 3 follows the Coeur d'Alene River and chain of lakes south
to the very cool little town of Harrison, on Coeur d'Alene Lake.
Then I took Highway 97 along the lake, checking out many bays and
back roads, and back to I-90 to complete the loop.
Thanks, GOP, for insuring Hillary Clinton will be
our next president.
Libya is a festering pit of radicalism, anarchy and
death, epitomizing everything that can go wrong when Western
intervention has no clear long-term purpose. And a woman who
believes she should be president of the United States believes
that what's going on in Libya is a success.
US ally Saudi
Arabia prepares to behead and crucify a pro-democracy protester.
I had a nice road trip yesterday. Here's
At one point, I was out in the Pine City/Malden area
looking for the John Wayne Trail when I came upon Texas Ferry Road
and I knew I was getting warm. (Before you chastise me, I said
nothing about the fact that running through the same area is Negro
Creek. I kid you not.)
This is the house my grandparents built just outside of Fernwood,
Idaho, on Carpenter Creek Road, in the late 50s. It's now
all boarded up and looks like it's about to collapse over the
I spent nearly every summer of my childhood here, in
the surrounding wood, and along the meandering St. Maries river that