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ocumenting modern culture 
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on or near that hotspot
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own as Spokane, WA and/or
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Five Finger Fillet
The Contender challenges Tough Guy Champ to the ultimate knife game.

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.

What I Learned from the Spokane Anarchists
We march with the young rebels during their July 4th March for Rights.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

(I am not)
The Blue Bear

Espionage, kidnapping, torture, sex and teddy bears.

PFC B. Bee Dies for the Glorious Homeland
What B(he) said.

Encounter 
A strange meeting on the Fish Lake Trail early Easter morning.

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

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

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

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

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

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

RetroViral Village
Stik Mann attempts to escape an alternate reality (of his own making?). [My first "movie," made with pilfered photos and a twenty dollar camera.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Compliments
Randomly generated compliments with a rosemary/veal sauce.

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.

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

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

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

Drip
Shemaleiah's retelling of the Gilgamesh legend. Artsy bondage. Last hit count: 57,000

GUNTher
GUNTher and friends have murderous Halloween fun.

Dick's Day
Vice President Cheney is welcomed to 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


POLITICS '12

Ron Paul in Spokane

Part One
Part Two

The Newt in The Kan at The Bing

Part One
Part Two


MY SHORTS

Jumping to Conclusions at Pig Out in the Park

$1 PBRs

Geothermal 
Giggle

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

Where Did I Put My Sunglasses?

Ledger Parade

Titanic

Shem in Snow

The Line

Leroy Promo

Dealing with Evil

1night@Mootsys


TRIP CLIPS

Mi Dentista Mexicano

No Thirteens in Las Vegas

The Great Salt Flats

Descent into the Valley of Death

Ghost Town

Antelope Near Devil's Tower

Paradox at Bonneville Salt Flats

Kansas Prairie Fire

Chicago Revelation


CONTESTS

Watch Jesse's and my entries to Spokane's 48 Hour Film Contest.

2012
Gazoombas!

2011
The Sacrifice

2010
The Tenth Floor


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bag

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50 Hour Film Slam

2011
Oxy and Drakkar


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Three of four of the four or five patrons in Mootsys Tavern on 6/26/11 agreed that your chances of going to heaven increases 10% with every $10 donation.


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9/30/12

Me and J.S. Martin in the office of The Scene magazine, on the Monroe Street side of the Fox Theater, sometime in the early Nineties. Nothing says professional journalism like beer and cigarettes. [A Balch photo?]

It has been said, if you remember The Scene Magazine, you weren't really there.
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New evidence has emerged that all Guantanamo Bay detainees were drugged involuntarily with scopolamine, a substance that has a long history as a truth serum.
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The Wall Street Journal has cataloged more than 20 different ways information about people can be recorded during everyday activities.
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WTF!On the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week, Bill Moyers explains why censorship is the biggest enemy of truth.
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Here's this week's Inside Washington -- the best political talk on TV.
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Government officials claim they’re ultra-precise killing machines that never, ever miss their targets. Outside groups say they’re covered in children’s blood. The fact is no one has a clue exactly how many militants and how many innocents have been slain in the U.S. drone war that spans from Pakistan to Somalia.


9/28/12

This video is an example of the importance of filming the police because it provides transparency, accountability, and an accurate account of incidents that occur.
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The Justice Department’s use of electronic devices to intercept phone numbers, email addresses and online information has climbed by 64 percent since 2009.
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Check out the YouTube page Sixty Symbols, cool videos about physics and astronomy from the University of Nottingham.
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Military documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request and posted online by Wikileaks show that the US government has designated the whistleblower website and its founder Julian Assange as "enemies of the state"—the same legal category as Al Qaeda and other foreign military adversaries.


9/27/12

This Japanese video shows 32 metronomes set rocking on a wobbly surface. They begin in a state of chaos, and as they feed motion into the table, they begin to influence one another, until, four minutes later, they attain synchrony.
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When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains,
And the women come out to cut up what remains,
Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains
An' go to your Gawd like a soldier.

From Rudyard Kipling's poem, The Young British Soldier
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The greatest hits in contraceptive history.
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President Obama told the UN General Assembly that a nuclear Iran could not be contained, leaving out the fact that Iran has no weapons program.
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Ouch...An ancient Buddhist statue which was first recovered by a Nazi expedition in 1938 has been revealed to be made of a meteorite.
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Julian Assange addresses the U.N. General Assembly. He says the United States is building a "regime of secrecy."
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A well-known Hong Kong billionaire has offered $65m to any man able to woo and marry his lesbian daughter.
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"War against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it."   ~  George Orwell


9/26/12

Can art still shock?
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Sarcasm Wars: A small group of rogue Americans hijack an airplane and fly it into the BurJ Al-Arab, in Dubai. The United Arab Emirates spend the next five years invading Canada and torturing its citizens, eventually leaving over 80,000 dead.
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Feds target Los Angeles in medical marijuana crackdown.
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"It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority."
   ~  Benjamin Franklin
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Advice from the NYT on writing well.


9/25/12

The Arab League and the European Union issued a joint statement recognizing the importance of religious freedom and "respecting all prophets, regardless of which religion they belong to." 

This troubles me. All prophets? Any religion? Mormon prophets? Scientology see-alls? David Koresh? What about Charles Manson?
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The Four ElementsThe CIA's Predator drones are bringing to Pakistan the same horror that Hitler's V-1 flying bombs inflicted on London.
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In the U.S. you are eight times more likely to be killed by a police officer than by a terrorist attack.
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"It's easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled."
   ~  Mark Twain


9/24/12Daligraph - ssg

Scientists have discovered that people will believe anything when you say that scientists have discovered it.
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Eight philosophical questions that we'll never solve.
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Ha! People are angry and massing together to regulate the dangerous chemical compound Dihydrogen Monoxide
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ACLU sues CIA over drone killings.
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Pop art in downtown Spokane - ssgAnother brick in the wall: The Architecture of Power and Authority.
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Here's a short extract from Murray Rothbard's book "The Ethics of Liberty".
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"Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocitites."
   ~  Voltaire


9/23/12

Why Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson won't shut up about marijuana.
_____What'cha gonna do when they come for you?

Oh, my god. Here's Jesse's reenactment of a scene from Bad Boys 2, where I play a 15 year old black kid.
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Could a guy pee really far on the moon?
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Are you a terrorist? Take the test.
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David Brooks calls Romney "the least popular candidate in history." And more from the Sunday political shows.


9/22/12I forgive her.

The woman who ruined a prized Jesus Christ fresco in Spain is now demanding royalties after her botched restoration became a hit with tourists. The once-dignified portrait now resembles a crayon sketch of a very hairy monkey in an ill-fitting tunic.
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Gen. Petraeus: We can't leave Afghanistan now, they have trillions of dollars of minerals.
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Judge on drone secrecy: the emperor has no clothes.
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Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson files anti-trust lawsuit to get into the presidential debates.


9/21/12

Frog Collage - ssg
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Apple is moving forward on location-based disabling of iPhone cameras.
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Spokane County declares stage one impaired air quality.
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Here's Kucinich's bill -- H.R. 2977 -- that would require the President to take action to adopt and implement a world treaty banning space-based weapons. 
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Green Party candidate Jill Stein says liberty rests on resistance to Obama's National Defense Authorization Act.
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Former Florida Gov. Bob Graham said U.S. authorities should reopen an inquiry into who assisted the 9/11 hijackers while they were in the United States.


9/20/12Graphics study - ssg

Jon Stewart's epic rant at Fox News over its Romney Video Coverage.
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A Jewess to die for: Sarah Silverman - Get Nana a Gun.
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An investigation into the street drugs known as "bath salts." From PBS
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From my iPhone: Philosophy Bites
How can we make sense of things that don't exist? What can we say about them?
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CAUTION: THIS SIGN HAS SHARP EDGES 
       Do Not Touch The Edges of this Sign
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A team of doctors has flown out to Afghanistan after a British servicewoman gave birth to a boy having not realized she was pregnant.
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Washington's Mideast Follies: It's time for U.S. policy makers to acknowledge the genuine horrors that have resulted from their actions.
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Is It Time For An October Surprise?
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Christina


9/19/12

      

                                   

     Early this morning in downtown Spokane.
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Why no one is talking about drone strikes, Israel-Palestine, and American troops occupying Muslim countries.
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So far I've gotten through Talk Like a Pirate Day without hearing anyone actually talk like a pirate (except for those people who do it without realizing it).
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Mad Hatter:  Have I gone mad?
Alice:  I'm afraid so. You're entirely bonkers. But I'll tell you a secret. All the best people are.
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I'm in that awkward stage between birth and death.
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Here's the full transcript of the Romney video.
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U.K. man on trial for anti-war Facebook comment. 


9/18/12

A federal appeals court judge granted the government’s request to suspend a federal judge’s ruling last week that ended the provision of the National Defense Authorization Act that empowered the government to indefinitely detain suspects in the “war on terror,” even American citizens. One step forward; two steps back.
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President Obama says his message to the Muslim world, after attacks on U.S. embassies, is "we expect you to work with us to keep our people safe." A bit arrogant, isn't it, coming from someone who is bombing the Muslim world?
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How Jimmy Carter's grandson helped leak the secret Romney fundraiser video.
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"I'm fed up to my ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in."   
~ George McGovern
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Blasphemy and empire: the rage over the Mohammed movie and why our secular elites just don't get it.


9/17/12

Soldiers, veterans and their family members tell what is missing from the sales pitches presented by recruiters and the military's marketing efforts.
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Secret video: It's very possible that Mitt just lost the election.
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The U.S. Constitution was signed 225 years ago today.

Without peeking, name the four rights guaranteed by the First Amendment (surveys suggest that only six percent of Americans can).
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George Will says on ABC's This Week that the Federal Reserve Bank is becoming the fourth branch of the government.
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Happy Rosh Hashanah!
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Over 300 U.S. district attorneys have made arrangements with strong-arm debt collectors, through which the debt collectors send out threatening notices on the DAs' letterhead to people who've allegedly bounced checks, and split the payments they get back.
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There are 1,500 newspapers, 1,100 magazines, 9,000 radio stations, 1,500 TV stations, and 2,400 publishers owned by three corporations.
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A NATO warplane attacked a group of women who were collecting firewood in the Laghman Province of Afghanistan, killing eight of them and wounding seven others.
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The ambassador's death in Libya is a symptom of a wilting Arab spring for which the US and its allies bear much responsibility.
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Listening to the Republicans and the Democrats bicker over the U.S. debt is like watching two drunks argue over a bar bill on the Titanic.


9/15/12

"Politics is the entertainment division of the military industrial complex."
     ~  Frank Zappa
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What is causing large parts of Canada, particularly the Hudson Bay region, to be "missing" gravity?
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Told you so! The Farmer's Almanac has picked Spokane as having the number one best Summer weather in the United States.
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"I have had men watching you for a long time and I am convinced that you have used the funds of the bank to speculate in the breadstuffs of the country. When you won, you divided the profits amongst you, and when you lost, you charged it to the Bank....You are a den of vipers and thieves." 
    ~  Andrew Jackson, 1834, on closing the Second Bank of the United States.
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The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that the U.S. tortured Australian David Hicks in Gitmo with assorted chemicals.
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Less than 24 hours after a judge blocked a law that gives the government the power to indefinitely detain U.S. citizens without trial, attorneys for the Obama administration were already filing an appeal.
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Google rejects White House request to pull Mohammad film clip.
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"People who dismiss the unemployed and dependent as “parasites” fail to understand economics and parasitism. A successful parasite is one that is not recognized by it’s host, one that can make it’s host work for it without appearing as a burden. Such is the ruling class in a capitalist society."   ~ Jason Read


9/14/12

Look, I have to be honest: I can't wait to see Kate Middleton's tits.
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Rachel Maddow: Witnesses say "There was no protest at all" outside U.S. Embassy in Benghazi.
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Obama promised change but has embraced the secrecy doctrines of George W. Bush.


9/13/12

An anti-terrorism law was struck down Wednesday by a federal judge who said she saw legitimate fears in claims by journalists, scholars and political activists that they could face indefinite detention for exercising First Amendment rights.
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Hitchens on free speech.
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Here's the movie trailer to the film that the Obama administration want you to believe is causing the embassy attacks. (BTW, it had nothing to do with the forty-five 2,000-pound bombs that U.S. B-2s dropped on key Libyan cities, not to mention the phosphorus and cluster bombs and the missiles.)
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Do not pass go.

Feel safer?
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Soon to be on LooTube: British schools put cameras in bathrooms and lockers.
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The Obama administration still refuses to disclose how many Americans have been caught up in the warrantless surveillance program. Now they're urging Congress to renew the controversial powers.

And they got it...


9/12/12

Hillary Clinton has a lot of gall saying that people of faith should be outraged by the killing of the American ambassador in Libya after she was one of the architects of the illegal, unconstitutional mass bombings of that country that killed thousands of innocent people.
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This post existed in all possible states before you observed it. 
Now it has collapsed into a single state.
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How 9/11 made Democrats more like Republicans: neither party wants to end the wars.
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Slowly but surely, government and telecommunications companies have forged a police-corporate surveillance complex.
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Colorado Public Television and PBS aired a documentary from Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth. High-rise architects, structural engineers, scientists, physicists, chemists, scholars, educators, firefighters, forensic fire engineers, demolition experts and others have put together a ground-breaking scientific assessment of the events at the World Trade Center. Watch the documentary.
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Georgia opens the first jail devoted to U.S. veterans.


9/11/12

I just walked through downtown Spokane, and have never before seen so many cops on bikes, cops walking, cops in unmarked cars, parking patrols, security guards of all sorts, all with their own super-macho paramilitary uniforms, old people in police costumes, as well as Homeland Security agents in bulletproof vests, and a K9 Explosives Unit with a warning about dangerous dogs. I saw a security guard in sunglasses stand motionless for up to fifteen minutes watching a small group of teens. Then he moved slightly. Then he stood motionless again. I saw bike cops stop a middle-age woman who was walking her bike and warn her that she had to wear a helmet. I saw a young couple move to the other side of the street to avoid two cops (dressed completely in black). And to top it all off, one of those "security ambassador" boy scout/bank guard hybrids in the Pizza Hut-like kitchen uniforms informed me that "Spokane has a municipal law against jaywalking."

Did we ask for this? Is this really what we want for our city? 
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Instead of OtherSpokane.com, I originally wanted to call this website CowJelly. True story. 
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Another 911 Video.
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The Army wants to build what it calls a “Lethal Miniature Aerial Munitions System, for when the Army needs someone dead from up to six miles away in 30 minutes or less. Who ya gonna call?
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Have a wonderful Believe-Everything-You're-Told-No-Matter-How-Absurd Day!
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I'm not siding with any particular conspiracy theory, but the official explanation of why this building fell is total bullshit.
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If you don’t know about the “coincidental” military drills taking place on September 11, 2001, or about the political cabal known as PNAC or the Project for a New American Century, or if you don’t know what WTC7 is, or the 1,500 plus architects and engineers who have serious questions about how and why it dropped like a pancake on 9/11, or if you don’t know about the fact that up until his supposed murder, the FBI did not list Osama bin Laden as wanted for the events of 9/11 because, in their own words, they had no proof of his involvement, are you qualified to enter a discussion about the event?
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Why did the news agencies report that WTC 7 collapsed almost 1/2 hour before it did, even though it was not hit by a plane, only had a few floors on fire, and gave no indication that it was in any serious danger?

Why do we still believe the tale of the 19 hijackers when so many of the accused hijackers showed up ALIVE within days? And why do we still believe the fable of the 19 hijackers when the FBI admitted that they are not sure about either the identity of the hijackers or if there were any hijackers at all?

Why was WTC 7 rebuilt, reopened and reoccupied with no press attention? Wouldn’t this be an important victory in American resolve and perseverance?

Why were the NORAD rules changed for the first time several weeks prior to 9/11, taking responsibility/authority for shooting down hijacked lanes away from NORAD military command for the first time in its history, and given to a civilian, Donald Rumsfeld, and then returned to NORAD the day after 9/11?

Why would hijackers planning on attacking NY and Washington DC drive from Florida, pass both DC and NY, and drive all the way to Maine and hinge this huge operation on a connecting flight from Maine to Boston, where we are told they hijacked their plane? Why wouldn’t they fly out of any of the airports that are visible from their targets, like Newark, La Guardia or JFK…or even some of the smaller local airports that would have given them a clear easy path to their target and reduce the amount of time that our air defense systems would have to stop them?

Who placed all of those put options on the airlines just prior to the event, as if they knew that the stock prices on those specific airlines would lose a huge amount of value?

Why did George W. Bush’s Secret Service detail not rush the president to safety when it was evident that the nation was under attack? If the nation was under attack, and they did not know the scope of the attack, and the president’s location was known, how did they not worry about being attacked in Florida?. Why did they act as if they knew that there was no threat? And why, when our nation was under attack, did the president not rush into action? If you say he was concerned about upsetting the children, you are the ultimate apologist. He could have told them that his mommy was on the phone and he had to see what she wanted. Our county was supposedly being attacked and he/they waited 20 minutes before they moved. This is the smoking gun of smoking guns.

Why did the FBI never list Osama bin Laden as being wanted for 9/11? Actually, we know this one…because they admitted that they had no evidence linking him to the event.

Why was their molten metal flowing under the wreckage of the WTC for months? No jet fuel can melt metal, and nothing explainable could melt that much metal and keep it hot enough to remain molten for a month.

How did a passport of one of the so called hijackers make it through the huge fireball and end up on the street?

Why have photos from the 80+ cameras confiscated at the Pentagon never been released?

Why did the airplane that supposedly crashed at Shanksville vaporize so that nothing remained, not bodies, not luggage, not metal, – nothing – for the first time in aviation history? However, we are told that even though the plane vaporized at Shanksville, a hand-written note from a hijacker was found.

From TvNewsLIES.org


9/9/12

Here's my video of James jumping to conclusions at Pig Out in the Park.
Here's my video of James doing Mootsys $1 PBR sign.
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A mysterious ringing hum baffles Seattle residents.
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Democrats retreat on civil liberties in 2012 platform. 
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Today's edition of Inside Washington. 
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The Obama administration is making it easier for bureaucrats to take away guns without offering the accused any realistic due process.
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Abraham Lincoln was a third-party candidate. Take a look at some "also-rans" who have influenced the outcome of elections or shifted the national conversation in our third-party presidential candidate timeline.

Republicans are attempting to remove Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson from the ballot.
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Genius! Jon Stewart on The Party of Inclusion.
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WHAT!!? The New York Police Department opens a branch in Kfar Saba, Israel.
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Why you should be worried about facial-recognition technology.
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Debt collectors cashing in on student loan roundup.


9/8/12

The Yangtze River in China has mysteriously turned red since yesterday.
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"The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule."
  ~  H. L. Mencken
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PhotobucketJon Stewart on the DNC platform Amendments: Hope and Change 2. The teleprompter gets the final vote.
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A first hand look inside an Earthship.
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Jeff Foxworthy's appearance at WSU has been canceled. All four tickets will be refunded.
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Bernie Sanders talks to Bill Moyers about the Independent in politics.
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Twenty-five people at the heart of the financial meltdown.
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I'd marry out of my religion for this girl: Sarah Silverman tries to convince a rich casino mogul to support Obama over Romney.
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Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to God.  
 ~  Lenny Bruce
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The top 10 opening lines of novels.
The top 10 closing lines of novels.


9/7/12

How could I possibly have anything to say today?


9/6/12

Our choice is now clear: Warmonger #1 or Warmonger #2.
Let us pray we make the right decision.

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Wow. I just watched Obama's speech. So, he ended the war in Iraq? Really? Because, if you remember correctly, the departure of U.S. troops was negotiated and propagandized by the other war criminal who got us there in the first place, George W. Bush. In fact, Obama wanted to keep troops in Iraq past the agreed-upon 2011 deadline.

Also, he said the troops will be out of Afghanistan by 2012, even though he just signed a pact with Hamid Karzai to keep troops in the country through at least 2024.
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So far the Democratic National Convention has been like the opening of the Olympics, but without the creepy, giant puppets. (Though some people say that's coming up later tonight.)
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Here's the text of Bill Clinton's awesome speech last night. He was scheduled for 28 minutes and ended up speaking for over 48 minutes.
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I love the new light graffiti. This is from last night in Spokane. (I like how the Wells Fargo building looks like a giant coffin.)

Photo by Michael Beasley (I cropped it. See the originals on his Facebook page.)                 Photo by Michael Beasley

Here's a video of light bandits being escorted out of Riverfront Park after flashing on the clock tower during Pig Out.
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50 things we wouldn't have without The Beatles.


9/5/12

The White House is stepping up its campaign of drone attacks in Yemen, with four strikes in eight days, 29 dead. Not even the death of 10 to 14 civilians two days before the opening of the DNC have slowed the pace in yet another of the United State's undeclared wars.

Obama's all hush-hush about it. Probably saving his voice for tomorrow.
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In 2008, candidate Obama hailed whistleblowing as "acts of courage and patriotism", which "should be encouraged rather than stifled as they have been during the Bush administration". The reality is that he has waged the most aggressive and vindictive assault on whistleblowers of any president in American history.
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I'm still coming to grips with the fact that Bill Clinton got people to applaud George W. and George H. W. Bush at a Democratic convention.
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Hey, when does Kucinich speak? Remember Kucinich? Arch liberal. Anti-war hero of the left. When does Kucinich speak?

Here he is, being interviewed by Amy Goodman on the convention floor. Go to 78:30. This takes guts.


9/4/12

The ghost of Ted Kennedy haunts Mitt Romney.

Bill O'Reilly says it's a "vampire move."
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Wow. Having watched the first night of the Democratic National Convention, I have to say, if you judge by production values, organization, excellent speech writing, oratory qualities, emotion and passion -- and knowing who all's yet to come up to bat -- it doesn't look good for the Republicans.
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The DNC was going amazingly well for me until former Republican governor Lincoln Chafee tried to blow self-righteous smoke up our stern with his anti-military-aggression sermon -- as we're presently bombing people.
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Harry Reid zz Zzzz Zzzzzz.

Then, some guy in a white cowboy hat endorsed Obama. No kidding, a white cowboy hat.

Just as some PBS commentator compared the non-appearance of Jimmy Carter at the DNC to the lack of Nixon mentions at GOP shows, Jimmy Carter appeared on screen.

Wow. A powerful tribute to Edward Kennedy; very damaging for Romney.

The abortion lady was really good, too.
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Play the Mother Jones official DNC Scavenger Hunt.
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Things we would not know without Wikileaks.
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Bertrand Russell's 10 Commandments for teachers.
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Former FBI lawyer and 9/11 whistleblower Coleen Rowley discusses the credulous Americans who keep falling for Democrat/Republican divide-and-conquer politics.
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Who are the Mormons? What do they believe? From PBS's American Experience.
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Tales from the Apocalypse: Taco Bell is pushing a new "breakfast drink" -- a mix of orange juice and Mountain Dew.


9/2/12

You can tell Monopoly is an old game because 
there's a luxury tax and rich people can go to jail.
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George Carlin: We love war.
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"The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie -- deliberate, contrived, and dishonest, but the myth -- persistent, persuasive and unrealistic."   ~  John F. Kennedy
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Four Great Religious Truths:

1) Muslims do not recognize Jews as God's chosen people.
 2) Jews do not recognize Jesus as the Messiah.
3) Protestants do not recognize the Pope as the leader of the Christian world.
4) Baptists do not recognize each other at Hooters.
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Obama's justice department grants final immunity to Bush's CIA torturers.

Deportation of illegal immigrants increases under the Obama administration
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I love the Popemobile. Nothing says "I trust God" like three inches of bullet-proof glass.
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That wasn't so bad..."For me, the most ironic token of that moment in history is the plaque signed by President Richard M. Nixon that Apollo 11 took to the Moon. It reads: 'We came in peace for all mankind.' As the United States was dropping 7.5 megatons of conventional explosives on small nations in Southeast Asia, we congratulated ourselves on our humanity: We would harm no one on a lifeless rock."   ~  Carl Sagan
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Gigantic spiders are nature's reminders that we are all little girls.
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In 1969, a 14-year-old Beatle fanatic named Jerry Levitan, armed with a reel-to-reel tape deck, snuck into John Lennon's hotel room in Toronto and convinced John to do an interview about peace.
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Want to End the Drug War? Stop rewarding Drug Warriors with your vote. Obama's hypocrisy on marijuana. And just "a little blow."

During a web interview, the president was asked dozens of times about his medical marijuana crackdowns. He answered a question about his recipe for homebrewed beer.
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"After the game, the king and the pawn go into the same box."
     ~  Italian proverb
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Democratic National Convention security rules trigger free speech worries.
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The war on drugs just got a whole lot more warlike. The US just sent 200 marines into Guatemala to fight the Zeta drug cartel.
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Foreign policy night in Tampa: A horror movie. What a blast from the past it was – John McCain and Condi Rice yelping "Give War A Chance."

Rand Paul got his four paragraphs in, but the Republican Party is still firmly interventionist.


8/31/12

If you're sad, as I am, that the awesome fun of ridiculing the bizarre Republican convention has ended, just remember: next week there'll be a brand new group of hypocrites to make fun of.
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I like how the Republicans sucked up to Hispanics all last night and didn't even one time mention immigration. 


8/30/12

Come up with your own symbology here if you want; but, Mitt Romney is accepting the Republican nomination as a blue moon is rising above Spokane.
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Clint Eastwood's bizarre speech just saved the show.
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So far the Republican convention is a lot like some peoples' remembrance of war: Long periods of boredom punctuated by moments of horrific surrealism.
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Note to RNC: If ya'all would have just told me from the beginning that Mitt Romney is God we could have cut though all of this preliminary crap. Amen?

The Bishop dude, the sympathetic old couple, the crying spinster-type -- amazing political showmanship.
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Jeb Bush -- congratulating himself for high Hispanic reading grades in his state -- just read the teleprompter wrong.
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 Be honest. How many of you, who are watching the Republican National Convention, threw up, just a little bit, in your mouth right now? (4:50 pm)
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KREM 2 did a story about a man who was beaten by three Spokane Transit Authority guards with batons. I, too, witnessed the beating. The short version that KREM aired does not show the brutality of the guards' attack. At one point the guard hit the man as hard as he could across the face. Why did they not show that part? 
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It seemed a simple idea for an iPhone app: Send users a pop-up notice whenever a flying robot kills someone in one of America's many undeclared wars. Apparently, not so simple.
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Bill Cosby, not dead at 75.


8/29/12Oooooo-kay...

Ha! Paul Ryan's intro music was the opening riffs to "The Boys are Back in Town," by Thin Lizzy. (At least his mom smoothed down his cow lick.)
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Wow. The RNC almost had my sympathy with Huckabee's excellent speech; but then they wheel out Condoleezza Rice -- who was National Security Advisor when three planes ridiculed our national security -- and immediately starts spouting "9-11, 9-11." I expected Cheney and Rove to come out and tap-dance behind her with top hats and canes.
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One thing about John McCain -- he can make warmongering seem grandfatherly and kind.
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During Rand Paul's watered-down Ron-Paul-speech at the RNC, he got the biggest applause when he said we should never give up liberty for security. From there we go to a gushy interview with liberty busting, security/police state worshipping Bush 1 and Bush 2, blubbering about how great they each were. Goebbels would have been proud.
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TSA harasses Ron Paul and his wife in Florida.
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Space elevator takes baby steps towards becoming a reality.
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I've been finishing up a short video; it should be online by tonight.
Shadow Biker: A new kind of superhero.


8/28/12

Note to Ted Cruz, Republican Senate candidate speaking at the RNC: Even though it says "Wait for Applause to End" in your script, you can't pause and wait for the applause to end if there is no applause.
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Guess what I'm watching: 

Quack, quack. Quack quack quack quack. Quack! Quack, quack-quack. Quack quack, quack quack quack. [Applause.] Quack quack quack quack quack; quack quack quack, quack or quack. [Applause.]
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A video detailing the creative process behind "Sloop John B." from The Beach Boys' 1966 Album "Pet Sounds".
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Defense Secretary Leon Panetta declares to Senator Sessions that the military can take action authorized by the UN or NATO before it is authorized by the US Congress.

Lou Dobbs and Andrew Napolitano on the exchange.
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Ron Paul defends Bradley Manning and Julian Assange.


8/27/12

Why the hell do we want everyone to die and eat our brains?: Zombie fiction and the American obsession with the end of the world.
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An open message to police and military from StormCloudsGathering.
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US foreign arms sales reach $66.3 billion -- TRIPLES in one year, with more than half of the weapons going to repressive dictators.
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Getting rid of Bush wasn't enough. The US remains a bully.


8/26/12

Ancient builders created monumental structures that altered sound and mind, say researchers.
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Whether Obama or Romney come out on top in the election, it's a safe bet that civil liberties will not.
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"What you need to control a media system is ostensible diversity that conceals an actual uniformity.  ~  Joseph Goebbels
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Anarchy in the UK:
Q: Would you like some tea?
A: No.
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Job opening for copy editor at NBC news:

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A low-flying fighter jet of some sort just flew directly over downtown Spokane (11:03 am).
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An excited soccer fan runs out on the field and is stopped by police officers who choose the wrong day to use excessive force. Angry fans attack the cops.
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Lynyrd Skynyrd -- known for their cheeky 1970s anthem to cowardice, "Gimme Three Steps" -- cancelled their show at the GOP convention because of concerns about the tropical storm.
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Ron Paul was offered a chance to speak at the GOP convention -- but only if he endorsed Mitt Romney. He said no.


8/25/12Photo by Steve St.George

"I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth."
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You cowardly, little weeny-men. The GOP just scrapped the first day of their convention because of Tropical "Not-A-Hurricane" Isaac. And they want to lead us through the storm? Lead your troops back to that building, Mitt, board up the windows, recite your lines properly, and I'll consider voting for you.
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Neil Armstrong, first man on the moon, dead at 82. One of my most memorable experiences was when I was 14 years old, at the Big Eddy resort on the St. Joe River with my cousin Greg, watching live TV as Armstrong put his boot in lunar soil, and we were amazed and filled with wonder.
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During the Bush administration, I called the president a warmonger, a hypocrite because of the War on Drugs, and denounced him for being disastrous for American civil liberties - which was true - and I was called a "left winger." 

Now I'm saying the exact same thing about Obama - which is true - and I'm being called a "right winger." 

Please, can someone tell me what changed?


8/24/12

An actual rule from the game of Monopoly: 

11. What if the Bank runs out of money?

Some players think the Bank is bankrupt if it runs out of money. The Bank never goes bankrupt. To continue playing, use slips of paper to keep track of each player's banking transactions - until the Bank has enough paper money to operate again. The banker may also issue "new" money on slips of ordinary paper.
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Rachel Maddow: Libertarians could kick Romney off the Washington State ballot.
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One thing the Congress and the President did overwhelmingly agree on this year: to be able to indefinitely detain American citizens.


8/23/12

TSA's clever new security protocol: Nosy questions about your vacation.
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The problem with voting the lesser of two evils: How can you be sure you aren't actually voting for the better of two liars?
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INSANITY: Doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results.
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Grim milestone: over 2000 US troops slain in Afghanistan.
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Tampa, Florida is emptying its jail in anticipation of mass arrests at GOP convention.
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If you can afford to buy a senator, you don't need a tax break.
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An interview with novelist Paul Auster shows how the left is incapable of attributing any blame for policies they dislike to President Obama.


8/23/12

I was transferring videos from Google to YouTube and this message came up:

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Sorry, something went wrong. A team of highly trained monkeys has been dispatched to deal with this situation. If you see them, show them this information:

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Finally, we have a real choice.

World Piece...

Here's a short Vitt-eo I did featuring the inimitable Joe Vitt four years ago.
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When the president orders a killing...
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Alex Jones, conspiracy theorist extraordinaire, has a new video: 
New World Order: Blueprint of Madmen.


8/20/12

"When I hear a person talking about political solutions, I know I am not listening to a serious person."  ~  George Carlin
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Attacking rescuers – a tactic long deemed by the US as a hallmark of terrorism – is now routinely used by the Obama administration.
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Phyllis Diller, dead at 95.
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The benefits of traveling: seeing new things creates vital neural pathways.
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Ron Paul turns 76-years-old today.
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Film-maker Tony Scott, famous for movies including Top Gun, dies after jumping from a bridge in Los Angeles.


8/19/12

"It's not so much staying alive, it's staying human that's important. What counts is that we don't betray each other."  ~ George Orwell
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It's been twenty years since the Ruby Ridge fiasco.
How government agents set Randy Weaver up and took his family down.
Sara Weaver on the agents who shot her mother and younger brother.
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"Everyone's worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there's really an easy way: Stop participating in it."  ~ Noam Chomsky
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Here's the transcript of Julian Assange's speech in front of the Ecuadorian embassy in London earlier today.
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Ruth and Johnny, side by side
Went out for an auto ride.
Johnny hit a bump, Ruth hit a tree
And Johnny kept driving, ruthlessly.

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Here's the English translation of Pussy Riot's song "Virgin Mary, Put Putin Away," which they sang in Moscow's Cathedral and for which they'll spend two years in prison.
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At a crucial moment in his acting career, Ronald Reagan talked to the FBI about communism in Hollywood.


8/18/12

This is awesome: Pussy Riot releases a new single just hours after being sentenced. 
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Try this one: If I were an enzyme I'd be DNA Helicase so I could unzip your genes.
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There are certain people whose newest creative work will always, always capture my attention. One is David Cronenberg.
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Well, now that the Pussy Riot story is wrapping up, we can all thank god that if the same thing happened here in America, say, at the National Cathedral in Washington DC, the protesters would merely be pepper-sprayed and beaten with clubs.
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Here's Ben Franklin's 200 synonyms for "Drunk."


8/17/12

I'd be unstoppable if not for law enforcement and physics.
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AmericanaThe Young Turks host Cenk Uygur goes off about the Julian Assange hit piece in the New York Times today.
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This just in: No more Pussy Riot for awhile. Three members of the Russian punk rock band are sentenced to two years in prison for hooliganism for their anti-Putin rant in Moscow's central cathedral.
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It's one thing to be walking down the street and have the uncontrollable urge to yell out "Pussy Riot" (as I do) but another thing entirely to expect mayhem to break out.
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Is there a limit to how tall buildings can get?
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Pussy Riot is found guilty of hooliganism. The band members could spend three years tucked in Putin's symbolic chastity belt. 
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I like how some people are ready to burn Ayn Rand but think Nietzsche is the cat's meow.
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I found this humerus.

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Synonym: A word used in place of the one you can't spell. 
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I can not help but like this guy: Spokane's "sovereign citizen."


8/16/12

50 state stereotypes in two minutes.
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KREM 2 News just put a story on their Facebook site about a church that got vandalized with "A spray-painted 666 and an upside down cross," which is horrible. But they called it a "message of hate," which seems a bit sensational, considering we know nothing about the vandels. Yes, it might indeed be a message of hate, but it might also just be the boredom-inspired bravado of stoned, stupid kids.
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I like this quote by Mark Twain, even though it seems tame now: 

"A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining, but wants it back the minute it begins to rain." 

Today, if it rained, the umbrella would melt and release a chemical contaminate that would slowly eat away all of your flesh.
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Read this quote by John Adams, an American Founding Father, a leader of the American Revolution, and one of our greatest presidents:

"The right of a nation to kill a tyrant can no more be doubted, than to hang a robber, or kill a flea. But killing one tyrant only makes way for worse, unless the people Amend this... have sense, spirit and honesty enough to establish and support a constitution guarded at all points against the tyranny of the one, the few, and the many."

I'm not calling for the killing of any particular tyrant; but the loss of this attitude is a major reason why we are so easily being robbed of our finances, our personal rights, our American dignity, and our future: "They" no longer fear us. And as said another American Founding Father, a leader of the American Revolution, and one of our greatest presidents, Thomas Jefferson:

"When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny." 

(BTW, do you know the rest of this quote?)
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On YouTube: A documentary about the military treatise The Art of War.
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26 indispensable writing tips from famous writers.
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Writers stress themselves out over the idea of devising a unique, compelling voice in their writing. Here's why a lot of that anxiety is underserved.
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The sham "terrorism expert" industry: A highly ideological, jingoistic clique masquerades as objective scholars, all to justify US militarism.
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Billionaire investor backs a new venture aimed at producing 3-D printed meat.
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Google News VP, Richard Gingras, calls on journalism educators to take bigger risks, experiment more and partner with computer science departments.
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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who is facing extradition from the UK to Sweden over rape and sexual assault allegations, is at the Ecuadorean embassy in London after claiming asylum. What happens next?


8/15/12

"My name is Felix Hernandez. You killed my father. Prepare to die."
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Felix Hernandez just pitched the first perfect game in Seattle Mariners history. Honestly, I don't follow sports, but I know enough to know this must be something big.
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I stayed up all night reading Ayn Rand's dystopian novella Anthem. I liked it. If you believe the soft-bellied politicos on Facebook and elsewhere, this makes me an evil and dangerous person. I even liked the ending, with its sappy symbolism and its sticky sweet Nietzscheism. And who of us guys in the same situation wouldn't do Liberty 5-3000?
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The 25 most absurd moments of the Olympic closing ceremonies.
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Julia Child would have been 100 years old today. This is a surprisingly big deal to people in the restaurant industry. Go out today and eat something French and fattening and artery-clogging in respect.


8/14/12

"Liberty is lost through complacency and a subservient mindset. When we accept or even welcome automobile checkpoints, random searches, mandatory identification cards, and paramilitary police in our streets, we have lost a vital part of our American heritage. America was born of protest, revolution, and mistrust of government. Subservient societies neither maintain nor deserve freedom for long."  -- Ron Paul
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Here's Spokesman-Review columnist Doug Clark's take on the mysterious picnic table pyramid builders that have mystified the city.
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I love this 'cause, you know, I do...  Speak with Conviction - in typography poem, by Taylor Mali.
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“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.”  -- Albert Einstein
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Wesley Clark, Picabo Street, Todd Palin, Superman, a WWE Diva Champion, Nick Lachey and some GI tough guy blow stuff up for America.
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A military magazine details plan for putting down domestic uprising
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America's biggest drone show: How a defense-based industry is preparing to fill the home skies with robots.
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Outright hooliganism.Across the nation, police are arresting adults and even citing children for temporary chalk drawings on sidewalks.

Downtown fixture Harpman Hatter is up to his beard in this "controversy."

Here's the scene from Mary Poppins where the dangerous radical anarchist Bert encourages children to engage in criminality.
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Here's the prototype for a new camera that can recognize shoppers from their Facebook pictures as they enter a shop.


8/13/12

How the War on Terror has militarized the police. Over the past 10 years, law enforcement officials have begun to look and act more and more like soldiers. Here's why we should be alarmed.
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For what it's worth, if I type "betty" into Google, it automatically assumes I'm looking for (in order) Betty Crocker, Betty White, Betty Page (sic) or Betty Boop.
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Helen Gurley Brown, a pioneering journalist who helped redefine magazine publishing and the image of American women during her 32 years as editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, dead at 90.
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"I prefer someone who burns the flag and then wraps themselves up in the Constitution over someone who burns the Constitution and then wraps themselves up in the flag." 
 -- Molly Ivins
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Alfred Hitchcock would have been 113 years old today.
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Graham Hancock questions Richard Dawkins on psychedelics and challenging his world view.
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You think ribbon twirling is odd? Did you know the Olympics once included team dueling pistols and shooting running deer?
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Washington Week's five essential reads of the day about Paul Ryan.
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Ready for a good laugh? Go to What has Obama Done? Here are 194 Accomplishments! I especially liked the claim that he loosened the rules and allowed legalized medical marijuana to regulate themselves without federal interference as the MM stores are boarded up and the owners are facing prison time.
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Twenty common grammar mistakes that (almost) everyone makes.
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Wikileaks says US government is secretly spying on Americans by using civilian security cameras.


8/12/12

Many people think the XXX Olympics is an entirely different event.
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Here's Pussy Riot's translated closing statement in court which denounces the "totalitarian system."
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An animated video explaining what makes us tick. Taken from a lecture by Daniel Pink, the bestselling author of Drive: The Surprising Truth about what Motivates Us.
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Here's Bill Moyers' interview with documentary filmmaker Anthony Baxter about his efforts to save Scotland's sand dunes from Donald Trump’s aggressive efforts to build “the greatest golf course in the world.”
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Everyone's going to make a big deal now about Paul Ryan being a big fan of Ayn Rand. Rand would have hated him, just like she hated Ronald Reagan.
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The warmongers are loving the Paul Ryan VP pick.
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How to stop a massacre. Arm grandpa
(And he wasn't even required to be a good shot.)


8/10/12

Romney says he will announce his VP pick tomorrow morning.
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KREM just called a sparkler bomb found on Third Avenue an IED. 
I'm surprised they didn't say it was planted by insurgents.
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I told you this would happen! Wikileaks reports that surveillance cameras around the country are being used in a huge spy network.
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ABC News just did a story about the Son of Sam killer and how he thinks the Aurora and Sikh massacres were senseless. Maybe next they'll talk to Kevin Coe about the yuckiness of poop fetishes. 
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The future of drones: Pack mules and camera grenades.
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The New York City Police Department and Microsoft have partnered up to bring the world a surveillance system straight out of a sci-fi novel: the Domain Awareness System.
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Americans are eight times more likely to be killed by a police officer than by a terrorist.  --U.S. National Safety Council


8/9/12

NASA's new Mars rover has returned its first 360-degree color panorama from the surface of the Red Planet.
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Engineers working with the Pentagon have created a robot that mimics a worm's movements - crawling along surfaces by contracting segments of its body
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There have been over 30 medium sized earthquakes from Alaska to southern California since Tuesday. I don't really feel sufficiently inland.
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"Until you make the unconscious conscious it will rule your life and you will call it fate."  
-- C. G. Jung


8/8/12

In this new animation, psychiatrist and writer Iain McGilchrist explains how our 'divided brain' has profoundly altered human behaviour, culture and society. To view the full lecture it was taken from, go here.
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This is a pro Pussy Riot site.

Final pleas for Pussy Riot in Moscow Court.
Pop stars line up for Pussy Riot.
Madonna wants Pussy Riot leniency.
121 German parliamentarians support jailed Pussy Riot members.

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I called it last month. This week's cover story for The Inlander: Back on the Block -- why last month's spa raids may put more prostitutes on the street.
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“By the way, we have about 8,000 honey bees in our living room.”
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Eight phrases we owe to W. Shakespeare:

Love is blind; wild goose chase; green-eyed monster; the world is my oyster; break the ice; make your hair stand on end; in a pickle; and knock knock, who's there.
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Yesterday's election results.
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Fourteen "facts" kids will learn in Louisiana's voucher schools, including: slave masters weren't that bad, the KKK is A-Ok, and dragons were real.
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A museum in Italy is setting paintings on fire. If nobody cares about the art, the cash-strapped director says he'll burn it.
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Two amazing art critics are no longer with us: Robert Hughes, dead at  72; and Judith Crist, dead at 90.


8/6/12

Here's the trailer to How to Make Money Selling Drugs, which will premier at the Toronto Film Festival next month.
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What we thought the internet would be in 1969 -- actually, not that far off the mark.
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Challenges of getting to Mars: Curiosity's seven minutes of terror.
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"Only government can take perfectly good paper, cover it with perfectly good ink and make the combination worthless."  --  Milton Friedman


8/5/12

Curiosity has landed.

I just saw an image from the surface of Mars.
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Ha! In 1980 the US boycotted the Summer Olympics. Do you know why? It was because of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. C'mon, think about it. That's funny.
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Uncanny.
On location with Jesse James Hennessy and Jordan Hennessy.

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I'm getting all psyched up to act a short part later today in a Jesse James Hennessy project, where I play a 15-year-old black kid. 
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For eight or more hours a day we lose control of our faculties, leave ourselves totally vulnerable, bade farewell to the outside world, and are subject to complex hallucinations and delusions. Why?
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Two   of me   triptych
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"Tolerance is giving to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself."  
-- Robert Green Ingersoll
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Lost in translation: Brit English to American English.
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Obama and Romney - two big government statists that agree on war, the drug war, the Patriot Act, the Fed, and the belief that we are too afraid to vote for anyone else. 1
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The stock market's activity prior to 9/11.
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Jesse Ventura doubts the Bin Laden assassination story on CNN.


8/4/12

Here's the latest Libertarian Party pledge:

"It's not my fault that your corrupt, anti-liberty, pro-war, sold-out political parties nominated corrupt, anti-liberty, pro-war, sold-out candidates. I will NOT vote for Romney or Obama."

I took the pledge long before they wrote it.
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What was it that woke them? Almost a year after three American citizens were targeted and killed in US drone strikes, Congress is getting off its fat, corrupt ass and asking President Obama to explain why he believes it's legal to kill American terror suspects without due process.
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Allen Ginsberg and friends musically interpret  Songs of Innocence and Experience by William Blake. I started out thinking this was dreadful; but then I ended up liking it, a lot -- kind of like the Sixties.
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Porn star Jenna Jameson endorses Mitt Romney for president. 
You're imagining it right now, aren't you? You can't help it. Mitt and Jenna. Oh my god.
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Accolades for Truman Capote's In Cold Blood were not universal. Here's William Burroughs' damning, fascinating, bizarre letter to Capote.
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You think our justice system has problems? On day 5 of the Pussy Riot trial, Russian experts diagnosed the women in the riot grrrl art collective with personality disorders based on their tendencies to voice opinion, a journalist was kicked out of court for laughing, and three protesters were removed from a balcony by crane. Need to keep up? Go to FreePussyRiot.org.
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“If the Bush administration didn’t like somebody, they’d kidnap them and send them to torture chambers. If the Obama administration decides they don’t like somebody, they murder them.”  -- Noam Chomsky

(The quote is from Chomsky's appearance on Democracy Now.)
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A North Dakota court upholds the arrest of the first US citizen based on drone surveillance.
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The insanity is about to erupt: A Tennessee state representative sent email to his constituents that warned Obama was planning to impose martial law and indefinitely delay the elections by staging a phony assassination attempt.
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Here's Libertarian candidate Ron Paul nearly 25 years ago on the Mort Downey Show -- before he learned to control his anger. I voted for him that election.


8/3/12

In commemoration of the life of American writer and troublemaker Gore Vidal (1925–2012), the American Masters | PBS film ‘The Education of Gore Vidal’ is available for online streaming for a limited time (until Aug. 9th).
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2045 "Immortality" Transhumanism Program threatens humanity's integrity.
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Pussy Riot update: Putin comes out and says the anti-Putin riot grrrls should not be judged so harshly.
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Found graffito: Real Eyes Realize Real Lies.
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While stumbling into metaphysics, this is still an interesting video and set of links: an analysis of consciousness.
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The amount of misinformation and outright lies on the internet is staggering. Why it's important to check facts.
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Gore Vidal: The quotable American.

Vidal: The Last Jeffersonian.
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UC Riverside philosopher awarded $5 million grant to fund research on aspects of immortality, including near-death experiences and the impact of belief in an afterlife on human behavior.
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Ha! A Vermont farmer, angry over his arrest for marijuana possession, crushes seven police cars with a tractor.


8/1/12

Ron Paul tears into warmongers this morning on the House floor.
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Obama authorizes "secret support" (read weapons and CIA) into Syria.
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O You the Great God Whose Name is Unknown.
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"If we are not able to ask skeptical questions, to interrogate those who tell us that something is true, to be skeptical of those in authority, then we're up for grabs."    -- Carl Sagan
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An except from Martin Luther King's Vietnam anti-war speech
Just as relevant now, if not more.
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Francis Crick was tripping when he saw the double helix. Steve Jobs said it was among the most important things he’d done. What's up with LSD?
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Reality Check: Do we really need to audit the Federal Reserve?

What if I told you that one private bank counterfeited $16 trillion and gave it to the ultra rich?
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Gore Vidal, author, playwright, essayist, screenwriter, political activist, chronicler of major US shifts and upheavals, contrarian, rebel, dead at 86.


7/31/12

I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say that --
[crack...]
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Check out today's edition of NPR's All Things Considered: the Spokesman-Review's Addy Hatch Hanley, Shawn Vestal and Dave Oliveira on online anonymity.
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They say you have 70,000 thoughts a day... Make that 70,001.
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Real text messages:

James: Watching you tear some liberal wannabe intellectual a new poo is fun.

Me: Passion and anger are a volatile mix. I have to watch that. So should you.

James: What ev...

[Intermission]

James: 111 cases of West Nile in Texas this year.

Me: Deet

James: Deet causes brain cancer, and blind obedience to MSNBC.

Me: I heard that on Morning Joe.
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Why are militarized police on patrol in Anaheim?

It's happened: Paramilitary police vs Civilians in Anaheim.

Anaheim police protests: Hundreds march outside police department, nine arrested.
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It's not just that I like saying PUSSY RIOT (which I do); it's because it's an amazing story.
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Crop circles have reappeared in a wheat field in Eastern Washington near the town of Wilbur.


7/30/12

Plunging to Earth: the existential thrill of skydiving.
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Here's an excellent essay about W. B. Yeats and his preoccupation with the study and practice of magic. 
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Ron Paul supporters amass -- in Poland!
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Here's an excerpt from a 1962 Speech at U.C. Berkeley by Aldous Huxley.
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Is Harry Reid about to flip his 25 year position on auditing the fed?
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Yesterday CIA drones fired six missiles at buildings and vehicles in North Waziristan, Pakistan. At least four were killed and another four injured. Here's the Pakistan drone statistics visualized
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A growing number of law enforcement agencies have been adopting software tools with predictive analytics, based on algorithms that aim to predict crimes before they happen.
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Bob Ross remixed: Happy Little Clouds. Since Thursday this has generated 1.6 million hits.


7/29/12

Exorcist for the Archdiocese of Rome and close friend of the Pope, Monsignor Corrado Balducci discusses the existence of aliens.
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Oy vey...Here's the latest Olympic conspiracy freak out: the Olympic 2012 symbol is proof of the Brit's bloody Zionistic leanings.
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A billboard in Caldwell, ID ruffles feathers by equating Obama and Colorado shooting suspect.
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A Congressional investigation revealed horrific new details this week about a U.S. funded military hospital in Afghanistan that kept patients in “Auschwitz-like” conditions. Warning: Graphic images.
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I've been saying that the world was going to end in the next few years for the past thirty years and I still think I'm right.
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Wikileaks' Facebook page claims this is an official poster of the Olympics. It is not. The creepy doll figure is the official mascot; but, the Orwell quote and comment was added and promoted by opinionated pranksters.
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From space no one cares about your tweets.
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"Everyone tries to get out of jury duty, like it's a big pain in the ass. But it's honestly the easiest way you can make a difference as a single human being. If it's any kind of bullshit crime, drug possession, victimless crime, anything that's none of your goddamn business, you just say: not guilty."   
   -- Doug Stanhope, comedian


7/28/12

Suddenly the web is all aflutter about alleged Colorado shooter James Holmes' father, Dr. Robert Holmes, 61, who has degrees from Stanford, UCLA and BerkeleyDr. Robert Holmes and currently works as a senior scientist at American credit score company FICO in San Diego. He has been developing fraud predicting computer programs for financial services.

All of this can be confirmed from his LinkedIn profile.

Same guy?Supposedly he was about to testify before a Senate committee on the current banking scandals, and that his testimony would be damning to the currently unraveling LIBOR scandal. His new software would have been able to trace the trillions of dollars that seem to have vanished into thin air.

So far, my research has revealed this part of the story to be unsubstantiated rumor.
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The Julian Assange Show.

Today at Wikileaks.
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"War is organized murder, and nothing else."   -- Harry Patch, last surviving soldier of World War I.
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Things your bartender won't tell you.
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Saturday morning breakfast cereal.
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A documentary about Scopolamine, the South American mind control drug.
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Two sides of the same coin: Buddhism meets Science.


7/27/12

Some of my favorite tweets about the Olympic Ceremony:

See, America? When Obamacare socializes our hospitals, your kids will have to sleep 2 to a bed in an outdoor stadium!

Americans are watching British people in top hats, muttonchops and waistcoats and thinking, "They didn't even wear COSTUMES?"

The queen is thinking "owned that, didn't own that, rebelled, rebelled, didn't want that but still have, owned that..,"

I’m enjoying watching The Parade of iPhones.

Alright now, you guys are just making up countries. 
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From a poster produced by the Libertarian Party:

George W. Bush did NOT order 241 drone strikes, launch FBI raids on antiwar activists, expand the Patriot Act, authorize the assassination of US citizens abroad and appoint Monsanto executives to the FDA...

You're thinking of Barack Obama.
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Pictures coming out of the Olympic opening ceremonies in London look like medieval conceptions of Hell: flames, red smoke, howling people with contorted faces. 
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The Obama GITMO myth: new vindictive restrictions on detainees highlights the falsity of Obama defenders regarding closing the camp.
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How to Survive an Active Shooter Event -- a six minute video produced with federal Homeland Security money. Strangely, none of the suggestions involve shooting back (even thought it was made in Texas).


7/26/12Yeah, that high...

Here's the map of my road trip.

(In retrospect, I would have excluded Great Falls and taken the 89/287 route.)
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A few highlights: 

ALL of Glacier Park is a highlight.

But also, I drove the very questionable road to Skalkaho Pass over a renegade shoot of the Bitterroot Mountains (between the Anaconda/Georgetown area and Hamilton, MT). Seeing Skalkaho Falls alone is worth the effort. Just off of the mountain I almost hit a herd of Bighorn sheep.

And I drove the very stimulating mountain road between St. Regis, MT and St. Maries, ID, following the amazingly beautiful St. Joe River from near its sources. (Lots of saints, I know.)


7/25/12

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Ranger Rick casts me a suspicious eye.

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Rush to discovery.

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Bird Woman Falls. Get it?

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Hood ornament. 

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A little bite of Nature.


7/21/12

I'm going to the Nesbitt Golf Tournament tonight. Then I'm on a road trip to parts unknown. Check my Facebook for updates the next few days. 
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Shawn Vestal from the S-R talks with one advocate who says closing area brothels only puts women into more danger.
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From traces of drugs or gun powder to what you had for breakfast to the adrenaline level in your body -- Homeland Security will soon wield a laser-based molecular scanner fired from 160 feet that can reveal all of this and more.
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Obama publically marked the start of Ramadan. Comments at the end of news articles are filled with people saying this proves Obama sides with Muslims because he made no mention of Easter or Christmas or holy days of any other religion. Here's Obama hosting the Easter Prayer Breakfast. And his Christmas message. Hannukkah.
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Scientists say a belch of laughing gas could heat up our planet
Do you think that's funny?...


7/20/12

"After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn't do it."     -- William Burroughs
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We know exactly how the Colorado shooting aftermath will play out.
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UFO historian Dr. David Clarke talks about the most compelling sightings and investigations from the recently released United Kingdom government files.
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Michele Bachmann tops a team of conspiracy-crazed clowns.


7/19/12

Here's my letter to the S-R about the Operation Red Light sideshow. 
And please, please read all of the awesome comments.
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Being in awe can expand time and enhance well-being.
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Can we please stop talking about Mick Jagger's penis now?
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Money is an abstraction. Whatever it looks like or whatever it’s backed by, what matters is that people believe in it.
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In 1965, New York cops put aside their own prejudice to bust an extortion ring that preyed on prominent gay men.
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The FBI is consulting local police and vendors about technology currently in use that can spot crooks and terrorists by interpreting the symbolism of their tattoos.
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Justice Scalia on Bush vs. Gore: "Get over it. He would have lost anyway."
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David Attenborough: the evolution of the eye.


7/18/12

Remembering Clara Rockmore: the greatest Theremin Virtuosa.
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Sacre bleu! Did I really forget to mention that last Saturday was Bastille Day?!!
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The killing of three US citizens, one a 16-year-old boy, in targeted drone strikes last year were unlawful and violated their constitutional rights by not affording them due process, according to a lawsuit filed by their relatives today.
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Had he not chosen to radically rearrange his gray matter, my hero Hunter S. Thompson would have been 75 years old today.
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If you see something, say something: 
Okay, I see my government killing innocent people with remote controlled planes.


7/17/12

The draft is immoral and unconstitutional: a awesome blast from the past from Ron Paul.
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Take this presidential election quiz and see which candidate you side with. 

I side with the Libertarian Party 92% of the time; with the Green Party 71%; with Republicans 44%; and with the Democrats 43%.
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Geo-engineers want to release planet-cooling gas into the New Mexico atmosphere.
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New video shows Gaddafi's dead body used by rebels as ghoulish ventriloquist doll.
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Five soldiers in 1957 volunteer to stand directly beneath an atomic bomb.
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Two spaces after a period: why you should never, ever do it.
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Hundred of Olympic branding police begin patrolling Britain today.
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An ominous and beautiful cloudy morning in Spokane, the sky flashing, distant rumblings.


7/16/12

Hedging their bet: the employees of Goldman-Sachs are among the top financial contributors to elitist fellows Obama and Romney. 1 2
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I wrongly assumed the hamburger lovers of America would have found another name for Asperger syndrome by now.
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France's far-right National Front is suing Madonna after she showed an image of party leader Marine Le Pen with a swastika imposed on her face at a Paris concert.


7/15/12

Political junkies, here's a link to today's very entertaining edition of PBS's Inside Washington.
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Have you heard about the movie, "The Last War Crime," about indicting Dick Cheney for war crimes, that debuted at Cannes? One of the few places you'll hear about it is here.
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Politicians who look like Disney characters. 
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Best headline of the week: 
Notorious Pervert Suspected In Walmart Toe Suck


7/14/12

Take the test: How Cynical are You?

I'm happy to report that I am 48% cynical, or, as the official diagnosis states:

Yes, you are cynical, but more than anything, you're a realist.
You see what's screwed up in the world, but you also take time to remember what's right.

Hmm. How skeptical are you?
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To what depths of Hell will fall the person who pulled the plug on rock stars Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney after playing too long at a concert in London's Hyde Park.
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An artist has genetically engineered mice using Elvis Presley's DNA.


7/13/12

The religion tree.
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Who or whom? The Philadelphia Inquirer hedged their bets yesterday with two editions.
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Obama's war on medical marijuana just got even uglier.
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There are three Friday the 13ths this year. They are all 13 weeks apart.
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Drafting millions of our boys and girls. What problems wouldn't it solve? asks ludicrous New York Times editorial.
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If a cop comes up to you and says, "papers," just say, "scissors." You win. Walk away.
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It's Friday the 13th: responding to lucky and unlucky numbers.
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Bringing back the military draft is a terrible idea.
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The NAACP was rude for booing Romney, but Limbaugh's response was outright racist.
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Remember when Obama promised to end raids on medical marijuana dispensaries that complied with state laws? Psych!
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Keith Richards has outlived Davie Jones, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and Elvis. Bet you didn't see that coming.
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The United States Department of Agriculture has declared natural disaster areas in more than 1,000 counties and 26 drought-stricken states, making it the largest natural disaster in America ever.


7/12/12

Why do we endure this same Operation Red Light/massage parlor/police crackdown/media event every seven or eight years like it's mandated in some Orwellian scripture? 

All of the places that were busted were, in no small part, helping to keep prostitution out of the alleyways. Where do you think it'll go now? 

Why don't we legalize it, regulate it, tax it, and help Joe Jean keep it off the streets.
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A cross-border agreement with the U.S. will see American police authorized to arrest people in Canada.
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The red, white and blue berets, blazers, pants and shoes to be worn by American athletes at the opening Olympic ceremony in London will be made in China.
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Another reason why this is the greatest country on earth: Police want to raise money for two Spokane officers who were shot in the line of duty -- so they're RAFFLING A RIFLE!
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The Pentagon is considering awarding war medals to those who operate America's death-delivering video games. Whatever one thinks of the justifiability of drone attacks, it’s one of the least “brave” or courageous modes of warfare ever invented.
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I wonder if Operation Red Light would have nabbed even more of the dangerous Spokane massage parlor prostitutes if the cops had the drones they're lusting after so badly?
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How America's surveillance state breeds conformity and fear.


7/10/12

Temporarily experiencing existential angst. 
Service will resume shortly. 
Sorry for any inconvenience. 
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But, if I was a duck:

Quack quack from quack quack I quack quack quack quack on quack quack. Quack quack the quack "quack goes quack, quack quack." Quack quack quack, "quack comes quack, quack quack." Quack quack quack adage quack quack to quack quack of quack quack; but, quack quack it's quack quack is quack quacking, "Quack quack, if quack quack quack quack quack, quack end up quack quack quack quack quack Jenkins quack."
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Walking home from work today I heard two different people on cell phones. One used the term "what goes around, comes around." The other said, "what comes around, goes around." I understand the adage is suppose to conjure implications of impending karma; but, the way it's presently used is like saying, "You know, if you take the old Jenkins road, you'll end up at the old Jenkins place." 
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Nikola Tesla would have been 156 years old today.
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DC insiders are worried about Holder's inaction on Wall Street crime.
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Here is NOVA's excellent and compelling documentary on the Dover, Penn., creationism case: Intelligent Design on Trial.
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It is likely that law enforcement have made surveillance requests on 2% of the adult population of the country.
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"Some drink at the fountain of knowledge. Others just gargle and spit."     -- Anonymous 


7/9/12

What would you call a chocolate bar stuffed between two slices of white bread? Andy Warhol called it cake.
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People who have long been describing the pharmaceutical industry as a "criminal racket" over the last few years have been vindicated by recent news.
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The 10 most important numbers in the world.
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If you're an American taxpayer, this is how you spent 9.2 billion in four days.
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Obama has presided over the most deportations, most leaks prosecutions, most troops in Afghanistan, most medical marijuana raids, and most drone strikes, says David Boaz.
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Is it blasphemous to describe science as "magic"?


7/8/12

Big Brother street lights will soon spy on American cities. I'll bet the editorial writers for the Spokesman-Review would think this is just fine.
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Diplomacy at Gunpoint
Washington's military mindset goes beyond the armed forces.
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The most honest three and a half minutes of television: 
the beginning scene of the new HBO series The Newsroom.
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The Higgs Boson: Why you should care about the "God particle."  
And, sadly, why you don't.

The grand experiment explained with a pop-up book
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The long history of the espresso machine.
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ACLU phone app lets you secretly record police interactions.
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Why are The Beatles still so popular after 50 years?
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"Socialism never took root in America because the poor there see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires."     -- John Steinbeck
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Dassie.
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A hoax? Natural erosion? Or is this a giant human-like footprint in a 200 million year old rock?
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Here's the PBS Frontline special: Top Secret America. How much does it really cost to keep all of America's secrets?


7/6/12

Colombia has decriminalized cocaine and marijuana, saying that people cannot be jailed for possessing the drugs for personal use.
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From my Yahoo "Trending Now" list: 

1. White People's Day
2. Hitler protected Jewish Vet
3. Jessica Simpson
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Our messy liberties, then and now...
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"Trying to be happy by accumulating possessions is like trying to satisfy hunger by taping sandwiches all over your body."     -- George Carlin
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The CIA has killed at least 2,501 people in Pakistan.

Here are The Bureau of Investigative Journalism's visualizations of the past eight years of CIA drone strikes in Pakistan's north west. 

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Malware may knock thousand off of the internet on Monday.
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A group of Texas school board members foisted a conservative political agenda onto schoolchildren by rewriting history books to include more Falwell, Gingrich and Reagan, and downplay the separation of church and state.
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A U.S. helicopter pilot blasts an Afghan man while singing "Bye, Bye, Miss American Pie."
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Here's the Civil Disturbance Operations course offered by the U.S. Army Military Police School, to "teach you how to use crowd control techniques and plan for and supervise control forces during a civil disturbance."
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Reformed Nazi twin singers: "Cannabis saved my life."
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How hot is it? All you need to see are these two maps.


7/5/12

Okay, I don't actually want him to die. 
But, the convulsing, the screaming kids, sirens, dogs -- yeah.
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Oink.Whenever I see hot dog eating contests, or the equivalent, I secretly hope the biggest pig convulses and publicly suffers a horrible and lingering death as children scream, sirens wail and dogs bark. Does this make me a bad person?
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Thomas Jefferson: our least Christian president.
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From Forbes: President Obama's Executive Order 13603 would allow total control over the economy and populace. But only in a state of national emergency, right? Well, the United States is already in a state of national emergency declared by President George W. Bush and extended last year by Obama.
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Conservative National Review flays Fast and Furious "conspiracy theory."


7/4/12

Click here to take a virtual ride on the Jackrabbit, the rollercoaster from the old Natatorium Park in west central Spokane. My first traumatic experience came from riding this as a small child.
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Powerful people DO NOT want you to read this.
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First animation reveals how a face forms in the womb.
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Here are 56 short biographies of each signer of the Declaration of Independence. 
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A discovery like the Higgs boson particle reveals to me how much I don't know about so many things.

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I heard the first fireworks of the day at 4:57 a.m.
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When Confederate Gen. John Pemberton surrendered to Union forces at Vicksburg, Miss., on July 4, 1863, it marked a turning point in the Civil War. The town of Vicksburg refused to celebrate the Fourth of July for the next 81 years.
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Downtown Spokane, 4:45 a.m. Currently 45 degrees. Expecting a high in the upper seventies. I'll bet that sounds pretty good to most of America right now.
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AP Stylebook: Fourth of July
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"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb deciding what to have for dinner. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote."   -- attributed to Benjamin Franklin
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Miners in Swan City, Colo., blew up their local post office on Independence Day in 1884 because the town did not supply them with fireworks.
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So far, I've spent most of this potential-filled Fourth of July morning reading Ayn Rand quotes.

"The most depraved type of human being is the man without a purpose."


7/3/12

Operation Mockingbird was a secret Central Intelligence Agency campaign to influence domestic and foreign media beginning in the 1950s.
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Andy Griffith dead at 86. Yeah, I've been whistling that song all day as well.
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A man high on synthetic marijuana reportedly ate his family dog alive. At least it's not cannibalism, right? Let's chalk this one up for human progress.
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Defense contractors are trying to frighten Americans into believing that Pentagon budget cuts will destroy the economy. It's bogus.
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A German bank asked its patrons to choose from among 10 designs for its next MasterCard issue. The overwhelming winner was this Karl Marx card. Priceless.
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The nation's poor are being jailed as companies add huge fees for probation. 


7/2/12

I just saw Anderson Cooper's face on a three dollar bill.
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"All civilization has from time to time become a thin crust over a volcano of revolution."     -- Havelock Ellis
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Members of Congress should wear uniforms like NASCAR drivers so we could identify their corporate sponsors.
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Fellow restaurant workers are all saying, "Well, we survived Hoopfest."
Yeah, I guess. People who fought Mike Tyson technically survived.

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Sheldon Richman rips New York Times columnist David Brooks for his column “The Follower Problem.”
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"God particle" is "found": Scientists at Cern expected to announce tomorrow that the Higgs boson particle has been discovered.
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The nation-state is dying. Fiat money is the killer.
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I take Aspirin for the headache caused by the Zyrtec I take for the hayfever I got from Relenza for the uneasy stomach from the Ritalin I take for the short attention span caused by the Scopederm I take for the motion sickness I got from the Lomotil I take for the diarrhea caused by the Zenikel for the uncontrolled weight gain from the Paxil I take for the anxiety from Zocor I take for my high cholesterol. 

Thank god they're FDA approved.
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From my friend Madeline McKenna
"If only Rob McKenna was Terence McKenna."
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Mitt Romney invested in a firm that has been targeted by anti-abortion advocates for its role in the disposal of aborted fetuses.
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When you see those fireworks light up the sky this Wednesday night, think of the second war for independence you and/or your children are going to have to fight if you want to keep what little freedom you have left. 
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"Very simply put, our children and grandchildren will not understand why we turned apathetic instead of fighting back when we could. They will not like the country we leave them. Their fight will be twice as hard as ours is."    -- Ron Paul


7/1/12

We're coming down the home stretch. Who will win George Bush's fourth term? Obama or Romney?
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The best #RepublicanMovie tweets.
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It wasn't just the 13 hours I worked yesterday that made the day seem so long, it was also because NASA added another one second to the day.
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Nanny state news: French motorists are now required by law to carry a breathalyzer kit, a high-visibility safety vest and a warning triangle. Drivers are expected to test themselves to determine if they're over the limit. 

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