FINALLY, I'm on the road, heading South. Check back
in a few days for updates or follow the journey on
My trip is postponed for one more day. Why is it so
hard to get out of Spokane? It's like my foot is caught in a marmot
Last night Jesse and crew shot another
Dark scene at the beautiful 1899
House Bed & Breakfast. Many thanks to owners Louis Flores
III and Gillian Cranehahn for their hospitality and support of the
arts in Spokane.
There's a deeper meaning here somewhere:
Dismaland will be used to house refugees.
Major NASA announcement:
flows on Mars.
hundred years of investigation, imagination and speculation
about life on Mars.
John Oliver on
of the Blood Moon from around the world.
If the world doesn't end, I'll be on the road again, starting early tomorrow
morn following the eclipse and setting of the year's fourth Blood Moon. I
able to update these pages during my travels. If not, follow the journey on my
When I read the headline "
Wahlberg had some fun with the pope in Philadelphia" my
first fear was that it might have something to do with a certain
prosthetic he reportedly stole from a certain movie shoot.
Stephen Colbert found some of
most absurd Pope Francis merchandise money can buy.
the perfect 19th-century pope.
the pope really say that you don't have to believe in God to go to
Let's suppose every night you were able to
every dream you wanted to dream.
A look at
messages hidden in popular movies.
the em dash.
I'm getting ready for another road trip: The Blood
Moon Tour. More on this tomorrow.
Francis' connection with Argentina's military dictatorship and
the 1976 abduction of Jesuit priests.
The New Yorker:
pope is no more a liberal pope than he is a secret Muslim pope.
super moon eclipse in 32 years happens this Sunday.
Labor Leader says 9/11 was manipulated to look like Osama Bin
Laden was responsible to allow the West to go to war in Afghanistan.
features in iOS 9.
Take a tour through
I just heard Pope Francis speak to the United
Nations - beautiful words, all true. But, they are the same words
Pope Paul VI said at the UN in 1965, and Pope John Paul II in 1979,
and Pope Benedict XVI in 2008: No more war, no abortion or gay
stuff, be kind to the poor, stand up for purity, love, hope,
text of the pope's speech to the UN.
Yesterday, a religious leader - who claims to be
infallible and incapable of making a mistake because he speaks in
place of Jesus Christ Himself - warned America against
"ideological extremism," and that we must be careful
"of every type of fundamentalism" - which is like going to
a tittie bar and having the lap dancer grind on you throughout a
Hall and Oates song while lecturing on the dangers of STDs.
text of the pope's speech to Congress.
A visual guide to
people were killed in a stampede near Mecca.
How to tell if your subversive artwork is really
the shock from the schlock.
The closest religious act I've
committed in many years occurred when the pope said something about
curbing global arms production, and the United States Congress had
the audacity to stand and applaud, and I threw up a little bit in my
I am baffled by the Left's extreme schizophrenia
regarding the pope. How can you spend years trouncing evangelical
Christians for being ignorant and superstitious, and then praise the
pope who - in front of billions of people on American television
yesterday - claims he magically transformed a piece of bread into
the actual, physical body of Jesus ... and then ate Him! Maybe if Jimmy
Swaggart, or Jerry Falwell, or Jim and Tammy Faye would have claimed
to be able to make fire dance on their fingertips, or said they could
pull a rabbi out of their hats ... well, maybe things would have
been different between you guys.
For many years, American society has lived under a
state of siege. We have constantly been bombarded, every minute of
every day, with psychological conditioning that is meant to lead us
into a state of hopelessness.
are addicted to the source of this Pavlovian conditioning -
by ultra-raunchy, in-your-face comedian Doug Stanhope. It was
recorded in New York in 2007, with Stanhope at the height of his
career and drunkenness. The
funniest and most uncomfortable hour I've spent in years.
Doug Stanhope illustrates "
absurdity of the bin Laden death fable."
the Alex Jones show.
day of Autumn!
He'd still be alive if he hadn't died.
, dead at 90.
Bill Gates, Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk are
speaking out about the dangers of our increasingly smart machines:
we need to prepare for the robot uprising?
Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub
been forced to resign.
Neoliberalism: How the Council of Foreign Relations marketed
What the internet looked like 20 years ago:
out this edition of Computer Chronicles in '95.
Oakland residents respond as
largest police training in the world invades.
The 1998 Robert Smigel animated short film Conspiracy
Theory Rock, part of a March 1998 "TV Funhouse"
segment, has been removed from all subsequent airings of the
Saturday Night Live episode where it originally appeared.
---> Everything you wanted to know
about sects but were afraid to ask --->
very weird in the sky in Snowflake, AZ yesterday morning.
Getting to Mars would require nine months spent in a
tiny, hermetically sealed capsule - and that's the easy part.
not move to Mars. Recent plans to colonize the red planet are
The best political scandal of the decade:
British PM David Cameron have sex with a dead pig? #piggate
Here's the trailer for
Peak, a new film by Guillermo del Toro.
_ _ _ _ the
Gettin' ready for the road...
and the problem with sarcastic art.
of the Popemobile.
Twenty years ago The Washington Post made the
difficult decision to print Ted Kaczynski's rambling text.
led cops to the Unibomber.
When overcome with the nuts-and-bolts of reality,
it's necessary to take a moment and remember what you once
considered important and beautiful:
Buffalo Bill's defunct
woods on a snowy evening
The Love Song of
I'm a' fixin' to go South again ...
giving Obama the peace prize.
clown pranks are so wonderfully wrong.
does light travel at the speed of light? Why not slower? Or
Our friends in
Arabia are planning to behead Ali Mohammed al-Nimr, crucify him
on a cross, and leave his body to rot in public.
I still have some hope that the 14-year-old, Muslim,
Clock-(not-a-bomb)-Kid, Ahmed Mohamed, when taking his invention to
the White House, will ask President Obama about the 16-year-old,
Muslim, Not-a-Terrorist-Kid, Abdulrahman Awlaki, who was killed by a
CIA drone strike, as well as the seven other predominately Muslim
countries Obama has authorized bombing in his presidency so far, or
the practice of considering all military-age males as
"combatants," or the "signature strike" practice
of drone-killing unidentified individuals based on their location
and behavior visuals alone, or the "double strike"
practice of drone-bombing anyone who tries to come to the aid of
victims of a previous strike. Think about it, Ahmed. Your invention
could still be considered a bomb.
reminds one of Mussolini - a corporatist buffoon with a huge ego
and a mean streak. He is a first rate demagogue. His brand of racial
politics is just vague enough to be popular with enough people to
earn him a serious following, but specific enough for us to know the
atrocities this type of talk can lead to."
going to replace Donald Trump as the host of Celebrity
Apprentice. That's right, another American job is taken by a foreigner.
talk at the Republican debate.
Remember when someone actually said something
important in front of that big airplane?
Paul schools the warmongers on Iraq. Watch this! It's important.
Billy, the Teenage Stoner:
lesson on the "General Welfare" clause of the U.S.
literature of laughing gas.
Photos of the
of climbers left on Mt. Everest.
Clearly, the big winner of the GOP debate was the
commercial for the pharmaceutical drug that combats toenail fungus.
transcript of the debate.
of Ronald Reagan's debate lines that would have gotten him booed
off the stage of his own library.
CNN points out Nancy Reagan in the crowd.
GOP candidates, asked to name iconic American women,
foreigners and their relatives.
His 14 most memorable debate lines.
awful debate questions rephrased as good ones.
Sanders' tweets during the GOP debates.
Trump tried to make up for making misogynistic
comments about Carly Fiorina, the only woman in the Republican
presidential race, by saying she was "beautiful."
is how she reacted.
overdose of Trump. How the Republicans
The kid in Texas was not arrested for making a clock
that looks like a bomb; he was arrested for being a student who
looks like a bomber.
about Ronald Reagan you won't hear at the Reagan Library GOP debate
From The Guardian: If Europe faced another
catastrophe, can you be sure you wouldn't join the killers? Hitler's
world may not be so far away.
NYT: Hitler denied science and exploited ecological
panic to lay the groundwork for genocide.
could happen again.
A Liberty University Alumnus explains how an
Evangelical Christian can be both theologically conservative and
politically liberal, and support Bernie Sanders. Short
version. The full recorded
cocaine ads from the '70s and '80s.
A network of remote caves where
were sacrificed and children's heads gruesomely displayed on poles
has been uncovered by archaeologists.
We finished day three of the first round of shooting
sessions for Mr. Dark #3. Oh the weirdness that will be revealed...
I have enormous respect for Bernie Sanders - who
spoke at Liberty University, an evangelical Christian college. And I
also have respect for the students of that college, who listened
respectfully, even though they obviously did not agree with him.
coverage. Here's the
entire speech. Here's the Q
Farrakhan on 60 minutes interviewed by Mike Wallace (2000).
See, I'm not the only one -
Oliver on The Queen.
An opinion piece in The Guardian
for the elimination of the monarchy.
Cheerleaders from a Texas high school
a routine that was accompanied by the sound of news reports from
9/11. Try to watch without your mouth agape.
Two of the Mr. Dark #3 shoot is in the can. I will never understand
how Jesse can get a bunch of unpaid actors to spend 10 hours in a
dusty, subterranean Hell pit and then come back the next day and do
Kori Turk in full makeup for the Mr. Dark shoot --->
truths about the American Revolution.
More than your stomach or psyche can handle:
erotic surrealist cookbook.
The new band called 1029 MB shouldn't be surprised
they haven't had any gigs.
Shamans publish a
traditional medicine encyclopedia.
Melinda Hurt, Nirvana Drew and Annamarrie Gorny doing Kori's
People guilty of not using punctuation deserve the
longest sentence possible.
Wives, lawsuits, razzes, billions and more.
Donald Trump's life breaks down, by the numbers.
The crew shot all day yesterday - 89 takes for Episode 3
of Mr. Dark - in the spooky recesses of an infamous downtown
Z Nation has a star-studded
premiere at the Garland Theater.
Sm sy tht vwls rnt ncssry ... Bllsht.
Hunter S. Thompson saw through the booze and cocaine
predicted the post-9/11 world.
history of false
From Ragnarok to zombies,
have feared the apocalypse for millennia.
Astronauts put a
in a floating sphere of water.
is NOT a long shot. Brrr.
Gate Student's final exit statements: The videos they recorded
just before they committed mass suicide in order to reach what they
believed was an alien space craft following Comet Hale-Bopp.
Some of the creepiest stuff on the internet: Here
are the statements of
and their leader DO
We are shooting Mr. Dark #3 today (and most of this
month): Dark is the new light.
Excuse me for being surprised that Rick Perry
dropped out of the presidential race; but, I didn't know he was even in it.
liberties lost since 9/11. Also, you should take the Building
The Nazis were
on meth. And guess what Auden, Sartre, and Ayn Rand have in
Trump says that once he is president, it
take him less than two years to get 11 million illegal immigrants
out of the country. Then he'll build a BIG fence...
You might as well blow your October rent money; the
end of the world happens on September
So awesome. Here's
Jones on the Howard Stern Show from a few years ago.
sailors survived an 1813 shipwreck and managed to live an entire
month in an Alaskan winter with just the wreckage of their ship.
propaganda that was used against Marie Antoinette.
9 / 11
Key to Immortal Consciousness: The 82 commandments of the great
film director Alejandro Jodorowsky.
A cave in South Africa
the discovery of a previously unidentified member of the early human
lineage - Homo naledi, a new hominid species who seem to
have buried their dead.
Here is the story of
the chicken who lived
for 18 months without a head.
of the unpopular NoPhone have released the latest version, the
NoPhone Zero, which does even less than ever before.
The terror and tedium of living like Thoreau: I
lived alone in a cabin in the Alaskan wilderness.
from Vanity Fair of the Macklemore and Ryan Lewis video shot in
Spokane a few weeks ago.
the Germans give their own countrymen on how to handle the
peculiarities of American culture.
to the Fox Theater in Spokane: NBC's Last Comic Standing on
September 11. I hope I'm not the only one who sees that there's a
beautifully inappropriate joke here.
Why do fish, frogs and golf balls sometimes
from the skies?
on the Psychonaut Culture.
Movies that Roger Ebert
artificial intelligence surpass our own? A philosopher worries
about computers' ever accelerating abilities to outpace human
Christopher Hitchens's last
Morris asks Donald Trump about the meaning of "Citizen
should read Marx.
Creepy. Remember the Heaven's Gate cult who all
killed themselves to insure a seat on the Eternity Train? Their
is still online.
This author thinks
Day is a scam to keep you poor and miserable forever.
When reading them the Riot Act was
you actually had to read to them.
Manson revisited: What drew Regan-era bands like Sonic Youth to
the seediness of all things Manson?
Man is so over. Susan Sarandon carried Timothy Leary's ashes in
a Burning Man ceremony.
between the alien contact experiences of two American writers,
Philip K. Dick and Robert Anton Wilson.
does "The" mean? Why do we say, "I love the
ballet," but not "I love the cable TV?" Why do we
say, "I have the flu," but not "I have the
The social and legal arguments for
women to go topless in public.
funerals: The ultimate in recycling.
I know a guy who faked an acid flashback to get out
acid flashbacks a myth?
to the Butt Song from Hell written on the posterior of someone
suffering in Hell in Heironymus
Bosch's 500-year-old massive triptych The
Garden of Earthly Delights.
A new device that can preserve the hearts of the
recently-deceased might help people in need of a transplant.
technology is raising ethical questions.
does your religion legally excuse you from doing part of your
Synchronicity has been being experienced since
before recorded history but it was
Jung who combined science with parapsychology in the 1920s.
Martin on the Joe Rogan Experience.
Kerouac's "On the Road" reviewed
by The Atlantic in 1957.
Here are 10 more
written under the influence.
Tyson on the Joe Rogan Experience just ate up my whole morning.
Treatment of migrants evokes memories of Europe's
darkest hours: Migrants
are tricked into going to camps and marked with identification
The real "Dear Prudence"
meeting the Beatles in India.
Chemical engineers have developed
plastic that instantly heals itself when it's cracked by a
bullet or other projectile.
"Clown gun" for police
down a single bullet to 1/5 the normal speed. Not a good idea.
This will only encourage police to shoot with even less impunity.
apes get revenge.
"They tried to bury us. They didn't know we
~ Mexican proverb
I spent way too much time yesterday watching videos
of outrageous standup comedian
Private jets, sex toys, and faux-native American
to burning man.
trustworthy are DNA and other crime scene tests?
Mars has seen its fair share of
in recent months. But a soup spoon? The
debate goes on.
If attacked by a mob of clowns, go for the juggler.
searchable speech will do to you: Will recording every spoken
word help or hurt us?
of advice from Werner Herzog.
Cooper talks about his drinking buddies Hendrix and Lennon.
I'm not ashamed to say that in the 70s I was a
Johnhead. Here are
of Rolling Stone readers' favorite Elton John songs. But, how
could they not pick this.
Or, Holy Moses, this. Or this.
And of course, the song that may have saved
A century before the recent controversy about
blackface at Whitworth,
Jolson appeared at Spokane’s Auditorium Theater in blackface.
things about the CIA that the world needs to know.
How far can a motorcycle
in a turn? (Get out yer thinkin' cap.)
The most amazing buildings in the world
haven't been built yet.
in the red.
films every film student needs to see. (What?!! No Bergman,
Fellini, or even Woody Allen? C'mon Marty.)
"Fear and Loathing" cartoonist
Steadman illustrates birds on the brink of extinction.
In 1641, when the American colonists established a
legal code, the first capital crime was idolatry.
second was witchcraft.
Ron Paul says Bernie
Sanders destroyed the Audit the Fed Bill at the last minute.
The driverless car has been involved in a smattering
of minor accidents because it observes traffic laws to the letter -
An illustrated guide to
wine and cheese.
Here's an homage to the late Wes Craven in the form
a very short video essay
analyzing the use of sound in his horror classic, "A
Nightmare on Elm Street."
[downgraded to 4.2] magnitude earthquake
near Coulee Dam. What could go wrong there?
paintings of Clovis
Trouille. Now with Hi
installs showers to "cool down" visitors.
Squeezing, falsifying, accentuating, stiffening:
Clothing has always been about artifice.
what we wear has never been rational.
This animation maps the
of 15,790 slave ships in two minutes.
From the ACLU: A DEA handbook reveals a government
form entitled "Consent to Assume Online Identity." Here's
how cops impersonate your friends.
Some physicists believe
living in a giant hologram.
A lady ordered a double entendre at the bar. The
bartender gave it to her.
How come some people
in the paranormal?
by their own inventions.
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