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ocumenting modern culture 
as it manifests
on or near that hotspot
on the surrealistic power grid
kn
own as Spokane, WA and/or
the kn
own or unknown universe

                  

 


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Running With Scissors Since 1999


Elsewhere...

How 'bout watchin'
MYViDEOS

!

Five Finger Fillet
The Contender challenges Tough Guy Champ to the ultimate knife game.

Welcome to the Fire Room
A young man is confronted by a menacing bartender. Horror. Quite disturbing.

(I am not) The Blue Bear
Espionage, kidnapping, torture, kinky sex and teddy bears. S-s-psychological, p-political horror.

The Perfect Haunted House
Mr. Needles, Professor Terrington and Stik Mann search for the perfect haunted house to use in a zombie movie - but Stik Mann has ulterior motives.


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I won first place in The Inlander's 2014 Short Fiction Contest. Read:
Uncle Le-o-nard's
Perplexing Exit


MoRE of MyViDS

Does God Hate Spokane?
A pop quiz about the Westboro Baptist Church, who brought their God-Hates-Everything show to Spokane.

PFC Bee Dies for the Homeland
The last few horrible moments of brave Private First Class B. Bee.

Nib-Ron's Warning to OrbEarth
Take heed, gullible earth creatures. (But something is lost in the translation.)

What I Learned from 
the Spokane Anarchists

We march with the young rebels during their July 4th March for Rights.

RetroViral Village
Stik Mann attempts to escape an alternate reality (of his own making?).

The Flood
A paranoid "documentary" about the Ice Age floods that scoured much of Washington State around 15,000 years ago.  I also freak out about caves and hotel rooms and Indian spirits.


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My brush with the
Black Scythe 9/1/13


MoRE ViDS

The Al-Ray
James and I canoe out on Mystery Bay to check on an old-school wooden work boat.

Cuttin' Onions with Zemek
I try to show graffiti artist gangsta dude Zemek how to chop onions. 
Weirdness ensues.

Rogue Wave
I dream I am swamped by a rogue wave as I explore the beaches of The Olympic Peninsula.

Cloudburst
I come upon a cloudburst near 
Joshua Tree National Park.


I helped Jesse produce 
his Mr. Dark series. 

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The full series is online


ViD-ViDS

Ditching Mr. D
I foolishly invite Mr. D to accompany me on my summer vacation.

Shadow Biker
... I slipped into a wormhole and spend 24 years as apprentice to Evil Lord Saint-Chev who instructed me in the black arts.

Soup
I make soup. Quickly.

Encounter 
Nature and I softly collide on the Fish Lake Trail early one Easter morning.


CONTESTS
I've been a part of

NYC 100 Hour Film Race

2014
The Dairy Heirs
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NYC 24 Hour Film Race

2015
Mental

2014
A Drink in the Dark
(Made the top 24 films in this worldwide competition. Premiered in New York.)
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50 Hour Film Slam

2014
Cursed

2013
The Burning

2011
Oxy and Drakkar
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48 Hour Film Fest
 (discontinued)

2013
The Appraisal

2012
Gazoombas!

2011
The Sacrifice

2010
The Tenth Floor


2009

 
bag

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MORE ViDS

Occupy Spokane
Dominates Downtown

The movement takes over downtown as they march on Chase Bank and the Bank of America, 10/15/11.

PETA Protests Cruelty to Fish
An awesome moment in Spokane's surreal history.

Geothermal 
Giggle

 It's a joke. 
It's just a joke.


Poster by Chris ?

Here's Screen Test (2014), a bizarre little Jesse James Hennessy film. I wrote the script and was assistant director.


ViDS

Fun with Firearms
Jesse and I have fun with firearms on Fourth of July morning.

Compliments
Randomly generated compliments with a rosemary/veal sauce.

Occupy Spokane
I film the first rag-tag meeting of the local offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street phenomenon.

Dick's Day - Day of the Dick
Vice President Cheney is welcomed to Spokane.

Crossing the Mighty Kootenai
I cross the very scary swinging bridge above the Kootenai River as it surges above flood stage..


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Go to my IMDb site, unless you have laundry to do or something.


MY ViDS

Travel Notes
The mystery, religious pilgrimage, and Doubting Thomas angst I experience while traveling.

High Water
The Spokane River roars through downtown Spokane - Spring 2011


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MY TRIP CLIPS

The Great Salt Flats

Descent into the Valley of Death

Anasazi Ruins

Mi Dentista Mexicano

No Thirteens in Las Vegas

Ghost Town

Antelope Near Devil's Tower

Paradox at Bonneville Salt Flats

Kansas Prairie Fire

Chicago Revelation 


MO of MY
STUFF

The Klamath River Whale
I film a gray whale who wouldn't leave the Klamath River Bridge.

Arm Chomping
Keeping the revered art of arm chomping alive at Mootsys Tavern.

Seaworthy
James shows off his salvaged boat. Then we tour his boat building school.

The Western Loop
The video journal of my 1/14 road trip.


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EARLY CREEPY COLLABORATIONS
with weird stories 
behind them.

CORK
Mr. Needles and Professor Terrington instruct an inept waiter on proper wine service.

GUNTher
(re-uploaded 10/14) 
GUNTher and friends have murderous Halloween fun.


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AND EVEN MoRE

Tat
Jesse visits the 2010 Spokane Tattoo Convention. I follow along with a camera.

Darlin'
Local band Darlin' plays Prago cafe in downtown Spokane. Angela Landsbury and Andy Griffin provide the subplot.

Lunch with Arp Xigar
Arp and I consume raw animal products and redefine the three martini lunch.

Vitt
A moment at the sauté station with the inimitable Joe Vitt.

OtherSpokane's
 Christmas Special
The Leroy Lovegun Christmas Special (Party Crashing 101)
Click here to see Jesse's version using the same footage.

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ViD-ViDS

A Christmas Moment
James has a "moment" at the Leroy Lovegun Christmas party. 

Drip
Shemaleiah's retelling of the Gilgamesh legend. Artsy bondage.

Occupy Spokane's March 
on Chase Bank
 
The Occupy Spokane movement swells 10/14/11 and spills over into downtown Spokane.

the making of MEAT
A short film of us preparing to make the short-short film MEAT (included within).

Texas Tea
 I meet Ash, a "pumper" from one of the many oil fields north of Pecos. He explains the mechanics of it all, from pump jack to wellhead. This is rural Texas.

Foxxy Moron Show 7/2/05
Foxxy Moron and the Sexxy Revolution at The B-Side Tavern.

OtherSpokane Intro
OtherSpokane's Instructional Video


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MY ViDEo SHoRTS

Jumping to Conclusions 
at Pig Out in the Park

Whores4wars

Occupy Spokane's
 Diverse Folk

Deer in Downtown Spokane

Bestial Zen

Maniac

Drunk Dude Rescued

Because Art Matters

Ride

Shadows of Luigi

Do you smite me, sir?

Wiener

$1 PBRs

Where Did I Put 
My Sunglasses?

Ledger Parade

Titanic

Shem in Snow

The Line

Leroy Promo

Dealing with Evil

1night@Mootsys


Heeere's my face 
on Facebook


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Favorite Blasts from this
Website's Past:

Judy Roger's
Sarcastic Pantyraid 2000

ColdFire Labyrinth

My meeting with
Stacey #1 - #2

dewD-ling --
Coversations with dewD

The Martyrdom of
MAGOO
#1 - #2 - #3 - #4

TheOTHERSpokane
Prototype Project
Issues 1 - 5

Paranoid-Critical
Letters

Correspondence

Other Past Issues


I first used "The Bing" as a name for The Bing Crosby Theater

OtherSpokane.com is protected speech pursuant to the "inalienable rights" of all men, and the First (or even the Second) Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America.
 Don't tread on me, pretty-please.

 

This is a archive edition
Go to the current blog

12/31/16

The story of the Starbucks deportee guy I linked to yesterday was picked up by KREM news.
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Unseen images of the Viet Nam war from the winning side.
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Esquire: 81% of white evangelicals voted for the most irreligious presidential candidate in American history.
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Matt Taibbi: Something about this Russia story stinks. If the American security agencies had smoking-gun evidence that the Russians had an organized campaign to derail the U.S. presidential election and deliver the White House to Trump, then expelling a few dozen diplomats after the election seems like an oddly weak and ill-timed response.
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This is coffee: a short 1961 doc from The Coffee Brewing Institute. Also, why good people like bad coffee.
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Aeon: We live in the age of information, which means that we also live in the age of bullshit. Why bullshit is no laughing matter.
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Images of hell and its demons from the 15th century.


12/29/16

I met this guy in Starbucks downtown a while back. Very intriguing. He says the enzymes in the skin of older men will make you live longer if you touch them often. BTW he's 86ed from that establishment now. Here's his website; read his manifesto. Check out his Facebook.
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In retaliation for election hacking, US expels 35 Russian diplomats, closes two compounds.
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The 10 most notable art historical discoveries of 2016
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One hundred years ago, someone had the audacity to publish a novel that began:
"Once upon a time and a very good time it was there was a moocow coming down along the road and this moocow that was down along the road met a nicens little boy named baby tuckoo…"
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12/28/16

NYer: The world’s great minds have argued about the essence of time and the feeling of inhabiting it. To consider time, Augustine argued, is to glimpse the soul
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Aeon: If someone changes drastically, does he or she become a different person? The answer to this old philosophical riddle may be in the nature of the change
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Common Dreams: Last Friday Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act, providing $619 billion for war and military spending. Part of it will fund a national anti-propaganda center and press freedom advocates are raising alarm


12/27a/16

Here I would type a bunch of stuff in really small characters so when you squinted and finally read what I wrote it would be this and boy would you feel confused.


12/27/16

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee criticizes Donald Trump, and the leader and members of his own party, for mishandling a “grave danger” to the republic.
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US sold $40 billion in weapons in 2015, topping the global market.
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Taiwan "Nazi rally" school principal resigns.
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Rat kings have been reported since the 1500s, and have been documented across the world. But are they real?


12/26/16

Here's the Christmas message from GOP Chairman Reince Priebus:

"Over two millennia ago, a new hope was born into the world, a Savior who would offer the promise of salvation to all mankind. Just as the three wise men did on that night, this Christmas heralds a time to celebrate the good news of a new King."

As I've suspected, the purpose of the elaborate orange hairdo is to obscure the three sixes carved in Trump's head.
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The Nazis fought the original War on Christmas: As they rose to power, party leaders sought to redefine the holiday to suit their own political needs.
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From installing Wall Street executives in his Cabinet to avoiding news conferences, Trump is adopting the same behavior for which he criticized Clinton during their fiery presidential campaign.
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Aftermath: Sixteen New Yorker writers on Trump's America.
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At college, things should get more complicated, not less. But students today are told not to think through complex issues themselves - that's been done for them
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What does it mean to “know” the future? The question has perplexed Aristotle, Newton, Laplace, Thomas Nagel, and quantum theorists alike. Is an answer possible?


12/25/16



12/24/16

Remember tomorrow's date: Christmas 2016 will be famous. It'll be the date that time travelers return to to try to change what has become of their world.
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Trump tweets praise of Putin for attack on Clinton.
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Here's the Christmas letter Putin sent to Trump. The letter was addressed to HIS EXCELLENCY DONALD TRUMP.
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The exact moment each of Trump's enemies sold their souls.
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The Stranger: The real reason Trump wants to go nuclear - increase government spending.
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Dystopian Donald: The future according to Trump (Trump to Earth: drop dead, bitch.)
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Here's what the electoral map would look like if only people who weren't burnt to a crisp in the nuclear holocaust voted.

Here's Bob Dylan singing "Talkin' World War III Blues," in March of 1964.
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Keith Olbermann: How our new corporate overlords plan to thrive.
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11 spices — Mix with 2 cups white fl 1) 2/3 Ts salt 2) 1/2 Ts thyme 3) 1/2 Ts basil 4) 1/3 Ts oregano 5) 1 Ts celery salt 6) 1 Ts black pepper 7) 1 Ts dried mustard 8) 4 Ts paprika 9) 2 Ts garlic salt 10) 1 Ts ground ginger 11) 3 Ts white pepper.
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The long and brutal history of fake news.
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Top 10 science stories of 2016,


12/23/16

Within a few hours of one another, Trump and Putin put out statements on nuclear weapons, saying their respective countries need to strengthen their strategic nuclear forces. The media faked a grimace and mumbled about another arms race. 

This little devil on my shoulder is whispering that you-know-who and you-know-who-else have colluded and planned to make unimaginable amounts of greenbacks and rubles for themselves and their Scrooge McDuck/Boris Badenov buds. Existential jeopardy; existential shmempardy - there's big bucks to be made. Think of all those sweet crumbs that might trickle down to us proles under the table. 

(And remember, kids, to paraphrase another notable degenerate political figure, it's not treason if the president does it.)
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Update: "Let there be an arms race, because we will outmatch them at every pass and outlast them all," said Trump.
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Trump campaigned saying he's going to "Drain the swamp." Then he filled the swamp. Then he had one of his field marshals announce that Rotorootor-elect would stop using the term. Then Trump said, no, he didn't really say he'd stop saying he's drain the swamp - so now we're back at the beginning, where Trump says he is going to drain the swamp, but in fact has no intention of doing so. 
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Trump could set new precedent (or is it "president"?) with his private security force, or as it was referred to in the last century when the last guy had one, his Schutzstaffel.
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American Fascist: Your going to the camps.
American Liberal: You're.


12/22/16

Yeah, all the way ... jingle ...


12/21/16

It has become very obvious to me that worldwide devilry is afoot.
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The Berlin attack, which saw a driver steer a speeding tractor-trailer through crowds of shoppers at a popular Christmas market in central Berlin, during a time of ominous, worldwide political uneasiness, happened in front of the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. True story.
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I'm far beyond most conspiracy guys about the Russian ambassador assassination. I think the conspiracy is a conspiracy. I think it was a staged event made to look like a staged event.

How did the Russian ambassador get shot nine (?) times and there not be any spilled blood? This could be a Tarantino film but for the obvious lack of gore. (I realize there's an actual dead Russian to account for.) 

Did you notice (in the high quality video) right after the close-up of the ambassador being gunned down, there is a photo directly behind him of a cannon aimed to barely miss the viewer? Symbolism 101? (And how easy is it to get an art show in Ankara? Were those pieces really museum quality art?)

By the way, the exhibition was called "Russia in Turk's Eyes."
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Random find: 
Here is Oceanwavex's take on the past few days

Madman or sage?


12/20/16AP photo

Trump easily wins Electoral College vote despite protests.
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Russian ambassador to Turkey is assassinated in Ankara. Here's the raw video.
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The first postmodern political assassination: The footage epitomized everytthing threatening about the fusion of youth, media, technology, and radicalism.
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CNN: An acrid whiff of 1914? Turkey ambassador killing comes at a nervous time.
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Key ally of Putin claims shadowy NATO forces masterminded the assassination of Russian ambassador. 
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Investigators say Ankara assassination was "not a one-man action."
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Trump's sons are asking for $1 million "donation to charity" in exchange for access to president-elect.
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Austria's Freedom Party casually mentions it met with Trump's national security adviser before signing pact with Moscow. The far-right Freedom Party, which nearly won Austria's presidency last month, was founded by ex-Nazis in the 1950s.
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Trump's frighteningly unbound foreign policy. He's not going to be an "America First" isolationist.
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Tom Arnold says he's got recordings of Trump using racial slurs and calling son a "retard."
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Obama continues historic clemency push with a month left in presidency - commutes the sentences of 153 prisoners yesterday, bringing total to 1,176.


12/19/16

A personal appeal to the Republican members of the electoral college from Michael Moore.
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Trump nominates billionaire investor to be secretary of the Army.
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Paul Krugman: How Republics End.
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A white supremacist website called The Daily Stormer has posted a call to "TAKE ACTION" against Jewish people in Whitefish, Montana, providing personal contact information and urging a "troll storm" against them.
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Jesus' radical politics: enemies are loved, the marginalized prioritized, and wealth inequality exposed for the sham it is.
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Why angry white America fell for a degenerate, Russian dictator.
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Free yourself form the Rudolph rut: Christmas cantatas by J.S. Bach
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Zsa Zsa, paragon of fabulousness, famous for being famous, dead at 99. "I'm a marvelous housekeeper. Whenever I leave a man, I keep his house." 

That time the Beatles took LSD at Zsa Zsa Gabor's house.
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Salvador Dali's illustrations for Dante's Inferno.


12/18/16

Boston Globe wonders whether Trump is guilty of treason.

Trump names his personal bankruptcy attorney as ambassador to Israel.
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Ben Swann: Five problems with CIA claim that Russia hacked DNC/Podesta emails.
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Jim Hightower: Why in the world would Trump tap Perry to be Energy Secretary?
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Check out this video of a Samsung phone exploding upside CeeLo Green's head.
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Kill Santa, or at least stop lying to your kids about him.


12/17/16

Temps in Spokane dip to subzero for first time in a few years. 
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FBI in agreement with CIA that Russia aimed to help Trump win White House. 
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Trump is filling his administration with current and former Goldman Sachs guys. “His recent appointments are absolute proof that his ‘populist’ message was a crock all along – not that we couldn't have guessed anyway,” says Matt Taibbi.


12/16/16

The 17 people who US president-elect Donald Trump has selected for his cabinet or for posts with cabinet rank have well over $9.5 billion in combined wealth. This is greater than the combined total of the bottom third of the households in the US.
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Keith Olbermann: The grave danger of Trump's intelligence failure. "- It's treason."

Reason: How Trump endangers global peace.

NYT: Is Trump a threat to democracy? With norms weakening, past stability is no guarantee of our government's future survival.
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The CIA is celebrating its cartography division's 75th anniversary by sharing declassified maps.
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People abandon cars in Portland, Ore. over just 1-3 inches of snow.
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Imagine waiting for 2017 and all of a sudden comes 2016 S.


12/15/16

Sp0ºkane. Brrr.
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Mystery sound baffles hundreds in Spokane Valley. Theories are abundant on the internet as to what it could be.
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The CIA is accusing Russia of interfering in our free and fair elections to install a right-wing candidate it deemed more favorable to its interests. Yet during the Cold War, that’s exactly what the CIA did to the rest of the world.
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The Electoral College will pick America's next president on Monday. Here's how it works.

Politico: The case against an electoral coup.
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Philippine president says he's personally killed lawbreakers.
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Trump's foreign-policy appointees are set to provoke war with Iran
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Seattle Times: Trump and his team are using conspiracy theories to dismiss facts and further divide the country ... We're being played for dupes.
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Shaun King: I will never call him "President Trump."
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Seth Meyers has a scathing takedown of every Trump cabinet pick.
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Inventors who died by their own inventions.


12/14/16

55 members of Electoral College request intelligence briefing about Trump/Putin ties before vote.
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Keith Olbermann: We are no longer a democracy, we are no longer a free people - we are the victims of a bloodless coup (so far) ...
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Divisions deepen inside Trump Tower: Insiders paint a picture of constant score-keeping and simmering suspicion within Trump's world - one even called it “vitriolic.”
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US Energy Department balks at Trump's request for names on climate change.
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This Monday the 538 members of the electoral college cast their ballots for the next president. Could they dump Trump?
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How journalists covered the rise of Mussolini and Hitler - it was not the American media's finest hour.
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Why did the Spokane County Commissioners pass a temporary ban on new outdoor pot farms without telling anyone?
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NASA scientist warns Earth is due for an "extinction-level event," and suggests we build a special rocket, put it in storage, and deploy it if a giant asteroid comes too close to Earth.

 


12/13/16

In the 2011 debates, Perry said he'd get rid of three governmental departments. He couldn't remember the third. The third was the Department of Energy. Trump has picked Rick Perry as Secretary of the Department of Energy.
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Robert Reich: Six reasons why Trump's presidency is illegitimate. And they're all related to Russia.
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Donald Trump, the all-knowing know-nothing.
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Trump may be the perfect vehicle for Kissinger's philosophy. The elder statesman has always insisted on the importance of unpredictability, even irrationality, in diplomacy.
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Electors demand intelligence briefing before Electoral College vote. The electors are seeking info on any ongoing investigations into Trump's ties to Russia.
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Could massive Russian oil deal with Exxon explain why Putin appears to have meddled in US election?
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The 10 budtenders you will come in contact with in your life.


12/12/16

Boeing has finalized its agreement to sell 80 airplanes to Iran Air, despite staunch opposition from many lawmakers, including President-elect Donald Trump.
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Bolton suggests Russian election hacks were "false flag" by Obama administration.
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The Electoral College can and must stop Donald Trump.
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Essentially, Trump is finally getting his Trump TV in the form of Voice of America, financed by taxpayers to the tune of $800 million per year.
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I love this. Here is SpokanePlanner.com's 12 reasons for artists, tech firms, and entrepreneurs to relocate to Spokane.


12/11/16

Democratic and GOP senators issue joint statement: Russian hacking must be investigated and cannot become a partisan issue. "(S)hould alarm every American."
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Trump don't need no daily briefing: "You know, I'm, like, a smart person. I don't have to be told the same thing in the same words every single day for the next eight years."
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Reuters: Trump will pick McMorris Rodgers, a climate-change skeptic and advocate for expanded oil and gas development as Interior chief.
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Inlander: Bing Crosby wasn't the only musician to come from Spokane; here are others you may not know about.
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The new punchline will be ExxonMobil CEO is the new secretary of state, has ties to Vladimir Putin..


12/10/16

Trump's latest Tweet says reports he will be working on The Apprentice during his presidency "are rediculous." 

I predict this is how America will now spell "rediculous." How can the Great Leader be wrong? Spelling rediculous "ridiculous" is rediculous. Everybody says so.
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CIA says Russia intervened to help Trump win White House. 
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Post: you can raed tihs whit no porlaebm baecuas yuor jsut taht sarmt
Comment: yro'ue
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Jewish photographer Nadav Kander's cover shot of Donald Trump seems simple enough, but look closer. There's more to it than you might think: Why Time's Trump Cover is a subversive work of political art.
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Milo Yiannopoulos is coming to Washington State University on Jan. 19. Talk about "gum"ming up something...
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Inlander: Nine things you should know about Spokane's U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Trump's presumed pick for Secretary of the Interior.
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Keith Olbermann takes a look at Trump's cabinet of Batman villains


12/9/16

Spokane psychologist who developed CIA's waterboarding program has become a torture pundit amid Trump's "torture works" rhetoric.
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John Glenn, American hero of the Space Age, dead at 95.
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NYT: Trump - Madman of the Year.

Trump to remain as Executive Producer on "Celebrity Apprentice" as POTUS.
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Portland becomes first city to tax companies for outsized CEO pay.
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Here's George Orwell's essay "What is Fascism?".
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Spokane Valley Reps. Matt Shea and Bob McCaslin have proposed splitting Washington in two and renaming the eastern half Liberty, but House Joint Memorial 4000 has about as much chance of getting through the 2017 Legislature as it did in 2015, 2005, 1991, 1985 … or 1915.
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Sliced, stabbed, punctured, bleeding, harassed on all sides by various weaponry, the curious image of Wound Man is a rare yet intriguing presence in the world of medieval and early modern medical manuscripts
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The Nun's Story: A bestselling 1836 book offered unbelievable tales of sexual depravity in a convent.


12/8/16

Michael Moore predicts Electoral College will deny Donald Trump.

What a top FBI profiler taught me about extreme narcissists like Donald Trump.
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In defense of the film Last Tango in Paris.
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This is how close you live to a nuclear bomb.
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Lapham Finds:

Winners of the Bad Sex in Fiction Award.
Here are the punishments meted out to sinners in Dante's Inferno.
Herman Melville describes surfboarding in 1849.

A well without a bottom: Have devils, demons, and spirits disappeared from the world, or do we just no longer know their names?
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"What reason weaves, by passion is undone."
   ~  Alexander Pope


12/7/16

State representatives Matt Shea and Bob McCaslin want to make eastern Washington its own state.
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S-R's Shawn Vestal: Spokane County Commission's surprise ruling on outdoor pot farms stinks. "The Spokane County Commission – the body that passes laws on behalf of almost half a million citizens – rushed a six-month ban on outdoor pot farms into existence, without a public hearing, without a public agenda item, without a public whisper."
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Thousands of snow geese die in Butte, Montana after landing on contaminated water in open pit mine.
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Trump is an eerily perfect match with Umberto Eco's famous 14-point guide to identify fascist leaders.

Donald Trump is Time magazine's Person of the Year.
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The case against reality: A professor of cognitive science argues that the world is nothing like the one we experience through our senses.
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Rotten Tomatoes 100 best movies of 2016. The 25 best from Esquire. Rolling Stone's 20 best movies of 2016.


12/6/16

Pentagon buries evidence of $125 billion in bureaucratic waste.
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Trump says "cancel order" on new Boeing Air Force One plane.
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In 1963, a sixteen-year-old San Diego high school student named Bruce McAllister sent a four-question mimeographed survey to 150 well-known authors
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CNN's Van Jones on The Daily Show argues Trump is "much worse" than anybody is "willing to accept."
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The true story of the Molotov Cocktail: You say you want a revolution?
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Images of pagan costumes worn at winter celebration around the world.


12/5/16

Trump is about to inherit a turnkey tyranny. All the ingredients are there: the machinery, the impunity, and the expressed desire to do it. Thanks Presidents Bush. Thanks Obama.

The dark conspiracy theories that consume the mind of Trump.

Former CIA officer writes in NYT on Trump's threat to the constitution.
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Army Corps blocks drilling of Dakota Access oil pipeline. Indians beat the cowboys for now.
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Trump chooses former campaign rival, neurosurgeon, and pyramid theorist Ben Carson for HUD secretary.
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Federal judge orders recount of presidential vote in Michigan.


12/4/16

Fake news, a fake president and a fake country: Welcome to America, land of no context. Donald Trump's supporters have locked themselves in a "Matrix"-style simulated America - but they're not alone.
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During WWII, there was no Internet, no memes. Then came John Heartfield, Dadaist, the man who tried to take down Hitler with memes.

More Heartfield images.
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Evangelicals looking to Trump to make America manly again.
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This week's political cartoons.


12/2/16

I'm in awe that the LEAST controversial of Trump's cabinet choices is nicknamed "Mad Dog."
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President-Elect Donald Trump recently tweeted that people who burn the American flag should be put in jail or even lose their American citizenship. This ignorant, despicable statement should make a plain truth even more obvious: Trump will not defend free speech from the forces of censorship - he represents the forces of censorship.
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Fascism is the future, I am sorry to say (though I've been saying it for nearly 40 years). I see it now in fashion; there's the swept-over hipster haircut known as a “fashy” (as in fascist-like). The Alt-Right has learned to use dapper style as a propaganda tool. I predict the media will promote this fascism Lite as sexy and edgy. We could become the sexiest Nazis ever. With our artistry and our money and our gall and arrogance, we'll make the actual Nazis look like mall security.
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So far, the president-elect is tapping people with deep ties to Washington and Wall Street as he fills out his Cabinet, turning to two power centers he vilified as greedy, corrupt and out of touch with Americans during his White House campaign. 
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Studies show that a "single psychedelic experience could produce profound and enduring mental health benefits."
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Nuking hurricanes: The surprising history of a really bad idea.
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An open letter to Mitt Romney from The Stranger: Please sell out and be Secretary of State. (He'd be the only adult in Trump's cabinet of recists, bigots, homophobes, and ignoramuses.)


12/1/16

Trump trolls must be horrified that Trump's pick for Secretary of the Treasury, Steve Mnuchin, used to work for a former "Nazi SS officer" who "worked under Himmler" and "helped with the death squads" (what they say about George Soros).
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What populism? Trump's America is party time for the corporate elite.
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Wilbur Ross and Steve Mnuchin led companies that committed fraud to foreclose on millions of homeowners. Now Trump has put them in charge of the entire US economy. What could possibly go wrong?
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Resupplying the Dakota protesters? Get a $1000 fine.
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Does what happened to this journalist at the US-Canadian border herald a darker trend?
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Congresswoman Cathy McMorris-Rodgers of Spokane is reportedly under consideration as Secretary of the Interior by Trump.
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Hunter S. Thompson's widow to clone author's weed he smoked and sell it to dispensaries.
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The worst paid freelance gig in history was being the village sin eater.


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