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

                  

 


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Running With Scissors Since 1999


   Elsewhere . . .

How 'bout watchin'
 
some of
MYViDEOS

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

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

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

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

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


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


MoRE of MyViDS

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

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

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

What I Learned from 
the Spokane Anarchists

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

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


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My brush with the
Black Scythe 9/1/13


MoRviDS

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

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

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

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

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


I helped Jesse produce 
his Mr. Dark series. 

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The full series is online


ViDviD

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

Soup
I make soup. Quickly.

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


CONTESTS
I've been a part of

NYC 100 Hour Film Race

2014
The Dairy Heirs
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NYC 24 Hour Film Race

2015
Mental

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

2014
Cursed

2013
The Burning

2011
Oxy and Drakkar
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48 Hour Film Fest
 (discontinued)

2013
The Appraisal

2012
Gazoombas!

2011
The Sacrifice

2010
The Tenth Floor


2009

 
bag

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MOreViDS

Occupy Spokane
Dominates Downtown

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

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

Geothermal 
Giggle

 It's a joke. 
It's just a joke.


Poster by Chris ?

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


MoMiViD

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

Compliments
Randomly generated compliments with a rosemary/veal sauce.

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

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

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


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


V-v-ViDS

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

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


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MY TRIP CLIPS

The Great Salt Flats

Descent into the Valley of Death

Anasazi Ruins

Mi Dentista Mexicano

No Thirteens in Las Vegas

Ghost Town

Antelope Near Devil's Tower

Paradox at Bonneville Salt Flats

Kansas Prairie Fire

Chicago Revelation 


MOaMY
ST
UFF

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

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

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

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


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EARLY CREEPY COLLABORATIONS
with weird stories 
behind them.

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

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


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&EVEnMoRE

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

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

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

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

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

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ViDViDViD

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

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

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

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

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

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

OtherSpokane Intro
OtherSpokane's Instructional Video


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somViDEoSHoRTS

Jumping to Conclusions 
at Pig Out in the Park

Whores4wars

Occupy Spokane's
 Diverse Folk

Deer in Downtown Spokane

Bestial Zen

Maniac

Drunk Dude Rescued

Because Art Matters

Ride

Shadows of Luigi

Do you smite me, sir?

Wiener

$1 PBRs

Where Did I Put 
My Sunglasses?

Ledger Parade

Titanic

Shem in Snow

The Line

Leroy Promo

Dealing with Evil

1night@Mootsys


Heeere's my face 
on Facebook


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Favorite Blasts from this
Website's Past:

Judy Roger's
Sarcastic Pantyraid 2000

ColdFire Labyrinth

My meeting with
Stacey #1 - #2

dewD-ling --
Coversations with dewD

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

TheOTHERSpokane
Prototype Project
Issues 1 - 5

Paranoid-Critical
Letters

Correspondence

Other Past Issues


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

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

 

 4/28/17 

AtlasObscura: The Nazi Board Games of World War II. he Nazis fueled children’s enthusiasm for both their war effort and genocide partly by stocking toy stores with cheerful-looking but insidious board games.
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Reuters: Trump says he thought being president would be easier than his old life
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ScientificAmerican: Researchers say all pot strains are basically the same. The cause of their unique characteristics is everything else that's in the plant.
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StormCloudsGathering: How to Stop World War III - An Asymmetrical Response. How the history books describe the beginning will depend on how it ends.
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Nautilus: This Is What Musical Notes Actually Look Like. Do musical notes have their own personalities? If one was to make a portrait of G sharp, what might it look like?
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Time: North Korea Releases New Video showing the White House Under Attack. The video comes as tensions between the US and North Korea continue to rise.
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Alfred Hitchcock on Dead Bodies ... Garrison Keillor on Humor ... Rod Serling on Kamikazes ... Stephen King on Childhood ... Carl Sagan on Extraterrestrials ...
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Marx Brothers: Harpo gets the Whammy.
W. C. Fields: The Ping Pong Match.
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 4/27/17 

Smithsonian: How Would You React If We Discovered Alien Life? Experts weigh in on what the detection of other life forms might mean to the human race.
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Nicholas Sand, cult figure known as the clandestine Orange Sunshine LSD chemist, dead at 75.
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ThirdWave: The Essential Guide to LSD
Erowid: LSD.
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Reason: Why LSD Trips Last Forever. What Happens When You Inject Psilocybin. Fun facts from the world's largest gathering of psychedelic researchers.
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Vice: 400 People Microdosed LSD for a Month in the Name of Science. As its name suggests, microdosing involves regularly taking hits of acid that are so small (between 1 and 10 micrograms, or below a tenth of a regular dose) that users won't feel any of the trippy effects.
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Refinery29: The reason you didn't get high the first time you tried pot. It's not just because you didn't know what you were doing.
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Inverse: The Crucial Difference Between LSD and Mushrooms. Two hallucinogens, two different experiences.
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BoredPanda: Let us take you on a journey through the curious mind of a Polish artist who made a name for himself with his dystopian surrealism paintings, filled with post-apocalyptic imagery and nightmarish creatures

Here's Zdzisław Beksiński on Wikipedia.
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 4/26/17  

Academy Award winning director Jonathan Demme, dead at 73.
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KeithOlberman: It sure looks like a Russian cover-up.
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Politico: Dan Rather's Second Coming. With millions of Facebook fans and the freedom to speak his mind, the 85-year-old journalist is back in the arena - facing the opponent he's been waiting for his entire life.
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Atlantic: In 2010, Google said it would scan all 129,864,880 books in the world, building the greatest library that's ever existed. It failed, sort of ...
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Esquire: Ten best movies booed at Cannes Film Festival.
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AtlasObsura: Why J. R. R. Tolkien Found Walt Disney Vulgar. He went to see Snow White with C. S. Lewis.
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TopTenz: Ten theories about why the Neanderthals died out
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 4/25/17 

Nautilus: Where Did Language Come From? Cormac McCarthy explains the brutal, beautiful neuroscience of the unconscious. [Yes. that Cormac McCarthy.]
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TruthDig: American Neocon Imperialism Leads the World Into Dante's Vision of Hell. Washington’s paranoia and confusion bear an uncanny resemblance to the final days of the Third Reich, when the leadership in Berlin became completely unglued.
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AmericanConservative: Debunking Trump's Casus Belli. Former intelligence officers on Trump and Syria: "The uncompromising demand that al-Assad must go will lead, in their opinion, to a rapid escalation of military activity that inevitably will result in conflict with Russia."
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 4/24/17 

Guardian: What If We're Living In a Computer Simulation? There’s a religious element to the notion of a giant simulation, a sense that there is a higher, purer reality.
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John Oliver on Ivanka and Jared.
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StormCloudsGathering on World War 3: 
Trump Won't Be Cancelling World War 3 After All

The Geopolitics of World War 3

Who Will Be Blamed
The New Axis of Evil.
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AtlasObscura: The Horrifying Legacy of the Victorian Tapeworm Diet. You take a pill containing a tapeworm egg. Once hatched, the parasite grows inside of the host, ingesting part of whatever the host eats.
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N+1: Ghost in the Cloud. Transhumanism's simulation theology. Transhumanists tend to see religion as a threat. But the movement's appeal is fundamentally religious, a secular outgrowth of Christian eschatology.
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On his Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris talks with Charles Murray about his very controversial book "The Bell Curve," as well as the validity and significance of IQ as a measure of intelligence, the problem of social stratification, the rise of Trump, universal basic income, and other topics.
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The actor Wallace Shawn (Inconceivable!) talks with Noam Chomsky about what we really want.
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 4/23/17 

ParisReview: How Have We Depicted Madness Throughout History? The author of “Madness in Civilization,” a new cultural history of madness, examines more than a dozen depictions of insanity.
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AtlasObscura: Fear of a White Lighter. A mini-investigation into the origins of a bizarre myth.
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Time: Here's Google's 3-decade timelapse of the Earth.
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MentalFloss: The Legend of London's Time-Traveling Tomb. This tomb would be remarkable for its imposing stature and cryptic veneer alone, but there's more to the story.
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TopTenz: Ten Grim Archaeological discoveries.
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EarthArchives: The Alien World of the Burgess Shale. A time when there was nothing on land and all life existed in the oceans.
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 4/22/17 

                         


 4/21/17 

Yesterday, in celebration of 4/20 Day, I watched a documentary on marijuana. Even still, I was totally able to understand it.
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TheStranger: Meet the Man Who Could Turn Eastern Washington Blue. Can Democrat Ben Stuckart win Spokane's congressional district for the first time in more than 20 years?
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TruthDig: Late night show hosts bid Bill O'Reilly a not-so-fond farewell.
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NewScientist: Psychedelic Drugs Push the Brain to a State Never Seen Before. Brain measurements have revealed that LSD, ketamine and psilocybin cause patterns of brain activity that are far more diverse than normal consciousness.
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KeithOlberman: Is there an actual tape of Trump's Russia collusion? Also, Trump wants to ride in a gilded coach?
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Smithsonian: Europe's Famed Bog Bodies Are Starting to Reveal Their Secrets. High-tech tools divulge new information about the mysterious and violent fates met by these corpses.
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Intros to five heavyweights of media criticism: Noam Chomsky, Roland Barthes, Marshall McLuhan, Edward Said and Stuart Hall.
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Spokesman-Review: Legalizing Marijuana is a No-Brainer. There are a lit of reasons to celebrate the fact that Washington ended the costly, counterproductive and racist war on marijuana.
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RollingStone: 50 Most Successful Marijuana Enthusiasts You Should Know. From Bob Dylan and Rihanna to Bill Gates and Cameron Diaz, here's what a lot of famous people think about weed.
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NationalGeographic: Science Seeks to Unlock Marijuana's Secrets. With marijuana's rising acceptance comes more debate about its potential benefits and drawbacks.
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WashingtonPost: Eleven Charts That Show Marijuana Has Truly Gone Mainstream.  The data comes from a wide-ranging new survey on how and why people use marijuana in the US.
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NPR: The Mysterious History of Marijuana
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Playboy: Almost Half of Parents Smoke Weed With Their (Adult) Kids. Yo, bonding with bong rips and joints.
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S t o i c i s m and Mariju  ana. Incidentally, there is no good reason why I put a space between each letter of the word "Stoicism" in this title. Also, I have inexplicably put a double space between the "u" and the "a" in the word "Marijuana." I will probably do something similar before we conclude. Moreover, none of this has anythin g to do with Stoicism.
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For balance ... here's the marijuana section from the National Institute on Drug Abuse ... here's the marijuana section from Norml.
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NBC: Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Tuesday that marijuana is a "gateway drug" and vowed his agency will uphold federal laws against it.
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Snopes: How 420 Entered Drug Parlance as a Term Signifying the Time to Light Up a Joint.
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PsychologyToday: Marijuana and Virtue. For Aristotle, there is a form of reason that is practical, which we ought to use to make choices that foster our individual well-being and contribute to the common good. This leads to true happiness ...
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MaryJanesDiary: 101 Great Quotes About Marijuana
"Of course I know how to roll a joint." 
   ~  Martha Stewart
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Vice: How to Calm Someone Who's On a Bad High. Three main factors play into the effect a drug has on you. Here's how to handle them.
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From Spokane Craiglist: Self-Starter Needed for HempChannel.tv Promotions.
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Reason: Does Legalization Boost Teen Marijuana Use? Drug warriors were notably quiet when data indicated that adolescent consumption in Colorado fell after state-licensed marijuana stores began serving the recreational market.
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NewYorker: The Martha Steward of Marijuana Edibles. It's a category that used to begin and end with the bone-dry pot brownie, served in a college dorm room.
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 4/19/17 

TheStranger: Is Spokane the Next Big Thing? The Seattle weekly dedicate an entire issue to Spokane and discover what we've been shouting about. They did A Tour of Spokane's Remarkable Literary Landmarks. And "clicked" Four Snapshots of Spokane's Booming Record-Store Economy. They profiled The Weed Queen of Spokane, a city council member who put down roots in the marijuana biz. And of course they interviewed Rachel Dolezal, the White Woman Who Identifies as Black.
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Spokesman-Review: David Rodgers, mayor who "taught Spokane to dream big," dies at 93 / S-R photo gallery / Wikipedia
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Juxtapoz: Hipgnosis Designed all Your Favorite Album Art. 10cc, AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Peter Gabriel, The Police, Genesis, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Paul McCartney, Robert Plant, Syd Barrett, Throbbing Gristle, T. Rex, Wings, Yes and XTC, to name but a few.
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AlterNet: We Are Witnessing the First Global Alliance of Far-Right Parties Since the 1930s. Much like their American counterparts, they hate immigrants and love Putin.
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Salon: Could Alex Jones Possibly Be a Brilliant Artist? The generous interpretation of the rabid Infowars host's work as performance art.
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KeithOlbermann: Proof that Donald Trump is Getting Crazier.
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NYT: The Hidden Messages in North Korea's Military Parade
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Nautilus: Dress for Evolutionary Success. What makes us quintessentially human? Fashion!
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Not a joke. Nietzsche in Shapes and Colors. A book that explains the German philosopher ... to children.
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 4/18/17 

If you live in the Browne's Addition neighborhood like I do, you are a part of ultra-noisy music festival Elkfest - whether you like it or not. Here's this year's lineup from The Inlander.
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TheStranger: Is North Korea Going to Bomb Seattle? We’ve got two unstable leaders with weird hair and daddy issues threatening each other, and Seattle is located right in between them.

In 1943, a mock bombing raid was held at Husky Stadium on the University of Washington campus in Seattle. The event intended to demonstrate and how civilian and military defense organizations can respond in case of an enemy attack. A film was produced about the event. Watch it here.
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Yahoo: MIT Expert Claims Latest Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria Was Staged. He concluded that the US government's report does not provide any "concrete" evidence that Assad was responsible, adding it was more likely that the attack was perpetrated by players on the ground.
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TopTenz: Top 10 Rules and Laws Nobody Obeys. There are laws and rules, on the books basically everywhere, not cruel and evil enough to justify a mass protest, but are barely followed or enforced by anybody unless there is absolutely no other choice.
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Fox: Alex Jones says in custody battle that he's only "playing a character" on air.

Stephen Colbert rips Alex Jones.
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Besides Joe Rogan, the other podcast I frequently listen to is Sam Harris, author, philosopher and neuroscientist. Here Harris interviews Tristan Harris, called by The Atlantic magazine as the "closest thing Silicon Valley has to a conscience." 

This just went online: Sam Harris talks to General Michael V. Hayden. Haven't listened to it yet.
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BBC: Turkey Referendum Grants Erdogan Sweeping New Powers. Supporters say replacing the parliamentary system with an executive presidency will modernize the country. Detractors say it gives Erdogan dictatorial powers.
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Esquire: The Violent Clashes in Berkeley Weren't "Pro-Trump" versus "Anti-Trump". The media's oversimplification of what happened during Saturday's rally risks obscuring a long-brewing and fast-escalating conflict between the far left and the far right.
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John Oliver on the French elections
"It is way more important than you may realize."
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Atlantic: Why We Sleep Badly on Our First Night in a New Place. Is it because half our brain is staying up to keep watch?
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ScientificAmerica: The "True" Human Diet. From the standpoint of paleoecology, the so-called Paleo diet is a myth.
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Salon: Bob Dylan is the Kryptonite We Need Against Trumpism. This may quite possibly be the best Nobel Prize choice ever for literature, right up there with the recognition of William Faulkner.
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Check out this animation of the sinking of the Titanic in REAL TIME - 2 hours and 40 minutes.
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NYMag: Alex Jones is Just "Playing a Character," According to His Lawyer. The conspiracy goes deeper than we thought.
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 4/16/17 

I watched a really unusual movie. Collective: Unconscious is an anthology of five directors who present stylized versions of each other's dreams. It's streaming on Netflix. 
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Esquire: Trump is Throwing a Royal Tantrum, Demanding to Ride in the Queen's Golden Carriage. 
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Economist: A Chillingly Clear Portrait of Saloth Sar, the Man Who Would Become Pol Pot. He killed up to a fifth - some thing a quarter - of the seven million Cambodian people to whom he said he was bringing a new and better life.
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AmericanConservative: The Five Most Powerful Populist Uprisings in US History. Populism stretches through the American experience.
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TheWeek: Last known survivor of the 19th century dies at 117
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NYT: The Utter Uselessness of Job Interviews. We use them to try to "get to know" people. It doesn't work.
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Smithsonian: What Booth Said After He Killed Lincoln. He saw himself as a dramatic figure in history. He jumped onto the stage and condemned his victim in Latin. 
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Snopes: Gays are Lacing Easter Eggs with Homosexual-Inducing Food Colorings
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And people are somehow still amazed that animals have fucking babies...
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 4/15/17 

Guardian: What is the historical evidence that Jesus Christ lived and died? Some people claim that Jesus is just an idea, rather than a real historical figure, but there is a good deal of written evidence for his existence 2,000 years ago
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ForeignPolicy: The American Government's Secret Plan for Surviving the End of the World. Newly declassified CIA files offer a glimpse of the playbook Trump will reach for it he stumbles into a nuclear war.
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NewYorker: Eavesdropping on Roy Cohn and Donald Trump. Many of Trump's private conversations with Cohn were listened to by Cohn's longtime switchboard operator and courier.
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Guardian: The fallen women - prostitution in literature. The commodification of sex has fascinated writers, playwrights and painters for centuries – but for all the supposed liberation of our times, have attitudes really changed that much?
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AtlasObscura: Why Burn a Body When You Can Efficiently Dissolve It? Bio-cremation techniques make burning the dead look old-fashioned.
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McSweeney's: Three adjunct professors contemplate mortality in a Forever 21 dressing room
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JimHightower: How Can We Stop the 1 Percent From Robbing Us? You'd get prison time for robbing a bank at gunpoint; bankers who rob customers get multimillion-dollar payouts.
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 4/14/17 

Here is the mystery perplexing Spokane: Late Wednesday afternoon, a man jumped or fell from the downtown side of the Monroe Street Bridge into the violently raging Spokane River. He jumped from the upriver side of the bridge, between the bridge and the falls. Moments later, he had to be rescued from the opposite bank of the river, on the same upriver side of the bridge. This means he survived a fall of 140-feet, made it across the unimaginable flow and volume of water currently roaring through the city, and got to the other side of the river without going even a few feet downstream. How is that possible?
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Aeon: The Profound Agony of Solitary Confinement. Solitary confinement involves spending 22.5 hours of every day in the confines of an 8ft by 10ft cell – roughly the area of a king-size bed. Some inmates spend years, or even decades, in solitary confinement. In these moments it is ritual, routine, and paying attention to the senses that can help one survive.
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I always enjoy (but not always agree) with this guy's take on current events. Here the Corbett Reports tackles the conspiracy of the Syrian strikes.
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Smithsonian: Digital Tombstone Brings the Dead Back to Life. A historic cemetery in Slovenia is now installing tombstones with interactive digital screens.
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Spokesman-Review: Spokane County marijuana businesses net $15 million in March
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 4/13/17 

The US just dropped its largest non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan. The 21,000-pound bomb, is dubbed the "mother of all bombs," and has an explosive yield almost as big as that of the "Fat Man" dropped on Hiroshima.

"I'm going to bomb the shit outta them."
   ~  Trump, on campaign trail
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NealGabler: Why Trump Was Able to Sucker the World on Syria. Trump was never moved by the babies dying in Syria. Trump has always been moved by one thing and one thing only: his ego.

Vox: Confused about the situation in Syria? The war in Syria is complicated. This video will help you understand.

AmericanConservative: Bombing Syria Doesn't Provide Humanitarian Relief. It's also unconstitutional and violates international law.
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TheEconomist: Turkey is Sliding Into a Dictatorship. There is nothing wrong with a strong president, but Turkey's new constitution would make President Erdogan into a 21st century sultan.
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Poynter: An Optimist's Guide to Impeaching the President. A Harvard prof makes the case, and it's not for the reason you expect.
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EarthArchives: New Shrimp Species Named after Pink Floyd. The Synalpheus Pinkfloydi uses its large pink claw to create a noise so loud it can kill small fish.
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TheStranger: Science Writer Sets Us Straight About the Genius of Birds. Are birds geniuses or idiots? Two writers "debate."
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Smithsonian: "Lincoln in the Bardo" not only breaks new literary ground, but raises again fascinating questions about Abraham Lincoln’s deep interest in the supernatural and the spirit world.
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AtlasObscura: Where Do People say Friggin', Frickin', and Freakin'
F-word substitutes vary by region.
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 4/12/17 

photo - ssgNew Statesman: Dear Google, please solve death. Meet the transhumanists who believe the brain can outlive the body.
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Sunrise above the foggy Spokane River --->
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AtlasObscura: The Incompatible Food Triad is the Most Delicious Philosophical Problem of Our Time. Academics have been trying to solve it for decades.
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KeithOlbermann: A Heartfelt Message to Our President.
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Artsy: How Long Do You Need to Look at a Work of Art to Get It? Experts say you're doing it all wrong.
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Immerse. Telugu Live. Live stream from India...
                Dawn News. Live stream from Pakistan...
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Aeon: Are Human Rights Anything More Than Legal Conventions? Do human rights exist independently of human-made laws? Are they somehow embedded in the culture of a liberal democratic society?  Surely, human-rights law exists in order to give force to human rights that in some sense pre-exist their legal recognition – slavery, torture and racial discrimination did not suddenly become human-rights violations only when they were legally prohibited.
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Beauty and Terror - Sam Harris speaks with physicist Lawrence Krauss.
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TopTenz: Ten interesting theories that are difficult to believe. The Potato Paradox, Simulacra and Simulations, the Four Dimensional Black Hole and more.
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 4/11/17 

KeithOlbermann: The Media Fell for Trump's Syria Stunt.
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StevenHarper: Russia/Trump Timeline. Investigative reporters have begun to flesh out the timeline. To keep everything in one location, here's an updated summary (so far).
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TheStranger: Chechnya reportedly has "World's first concentration camp for homosexuals since Hitler's in the 1930s." The President of Chechnya's denial was "You cannot arrest or repress people who just don't exist in the republic."
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AlterNet: Has America Become the Reality of the Stanford prison Experiment? The Great Zimbardo has a qualified lot to say.
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Smithsonian: Why is the Pentagon a Pentagon? The Pentagon has one of the more unique shapes ever assigned to an office building. So how did it come to be that way?
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Aeon: Why Young Men Line Up to Die in the French Foreign Legion. The French Foreign Legion is famed for marching great distances with heavy loads, but the legionnaires are carried too by their legends, their mythos of belonging and self-sacrifice. How a division of nationless, death-idolizing, desert-traversing young men evolved into an elite fighting force that continues today.
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NYDailyNews: Florida sheriff's video about heroin gets compared to ISIS clips
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BostonGlobe: US Military Should Get Out of the Middle East. A military withdrawal is by far the safest path for the US and the region.


4/10/17 

NerdWriter: What Ansel Adams's Photography Can Teach Us. Because Ansel Adams's black-and-white landscapes have become so ubiquitous, it’s easy to take the beauty of his images for granted. But there’s perhaps never been a better time to re-examine the careful, deliberate approach Adams took to his work.
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JohnOliver: Syria attack raised complicated questions.
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MentalFloss: Old Words That Survived by Getting Fossilized in Idioms. For whatever reason, we started pronouncing words differently, or stopped using them entirely, and they became obsolete.
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Irish and American products, such as bourbon, rye and Tennessee, are known as whiskey and are spelled with an e. Products produced in Scotland, Canada and Japan are spelled without the e.
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AP: Ten Paces. Oregon moves to dissolve constitutional ban on public officials settling grudges with duels.
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"You can't con people, at least not for long. If you don't deliver the goods, people will eventually catch on."
   ~ Donald J. Trump, The Art of the Deal
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 4/9/17 

Trump and Putin are the modern day counterparts of Saint-Fond and Noirceuil.
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Nuke your hometown. Nukemap is a Google Maps mash-up that calculates the effects of the detonation of a nuclear bomb.
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BBC: US Deploys Warships to Korean Peninsula. Trump has said the US is prepared to act alone to deal with the nuclear threat from North Korea.
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Atlantic: Yes, It Could Happen Again. Instability in Ukraine, chaos in Syria, conflict in the East China Sea - the trigger points for World War III are in place.
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DemocracyNow: Trump's strike on a Syrian airbase "has nothing to do with concerns about the people of Syria."
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WashingtonPost: How Jeff Sessions wants to bring back the war on drugs.
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BBC: The Obscure Religion that Shaped the West. It has influenced Star Wars and Game of Thrones – and characters as diverse as Voltaire, Nietzsche and Freddy Mercury have cited it as an inspiration. So what is Zoroastrianism?
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Aeon: Philosophy Took Kit. Thinking like a philosopher need not be a strange and arcane art, if you get started with these tricks of the trade.
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Here's Louis C.K.'s monologue from SNL last night.

Atlantic: The Filthy Moralist. How the comedian Louis C.K. became America's unlikely conscience.
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 4/8/17 

AmericanConservative: The Incredibly Bad Arguments for Intervening in Syria. The assumption that the Syrian government will be deterred from using unconventional weapons in the future if it is made to “pay a price” now is a very shaky one. 

Also from AC: Trump the Phony. It took Trump less than three months in office to break one of his core campaign promises: that he would not involve the United States in these unnecessary regional wars, especially not in Syria.

BBC: Decoding the Trump "War Room" Photograph. What can we learn from the image?

Esquire: Trump's Syria Strike is Government Run Wild. The unilateral decision to strike the Syrian government was just the latest example.

Axios: This map of Syria and Iraq shows who's in control.

AlterNet: Five prominent Trump critics who were positively gushing about his Syrian airstrike.
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Smithsonian: Europe's Landscape is Still Scarred by World War I. Photos of abandoned battlefields reveal scars still run deep.
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DangerousMinds: Smoker's Delight. Vintage photographs of opium dens.
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TLS: When Did Modern Philosophy Begin
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 4/7/17 

 photo monogram_usa-ussr-missiles_box-cover.jpgExactly 100 years later...
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Reuters: TUS fires missiles at Assad airbase; Russia denounces aggression. Nearly 60 Tomahawk missiles hit military base near Homs. 

Trump tweet from 2013: "The President must get Congressional approval before attacking Syria - big mistake if he does not!"

A Facebook post from Spokane welder, Ian MacDonald: "It's amazing how people who were so against Syrian refugees are now backing a US military action against Syria, because Syrian civilians were killed ... If only they had a place to seek refuge before the attacks happened." 

From local concert promoter Craig Heimbigner: "Dammit. My Reichstag Bracket is broken. I had Yemen."
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TheStranger: Washington State is Teaching the World How to Regulate Weed. It had never been done before we did it - not even in the Netherlands.
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Don Rickles, dead at 90.

NYT: Don Rickles, Equal Opportunity Offender of Comedy.

Esquire: Don Rickles and the Lost Art of the Insult.   
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RollingStone: How Hunter S. Thompson Became a Legend. He had a briefcase of drugs and a supreme command of language, but as he defined his legacy at 'Rolling Stone,' he changed journalism in the process.
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TruthDig: Washington's Supreme Hypocrisy on Chemical Weapons and Civilian Deaths. It is also very suspicious in that the loudest voices of sympathy are the ones closest to the US military industrial complex.
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Nerdwriter: Trump's Golden Boy. The mystery of Jared Kushner.
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 Smithsonian: The Man Who Brought the Swastika to Germany. Even after decades, the symbol can't shake free from its evil associations.
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SeattleWeekly: Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson releases guide on how Washington cities can resist immigration agents.

Here's the guide in pdf.
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 4/6/17 

 

                                                  The evil men do...
                                                     God help us.
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 4/5/17 photo by ssg

See, Spokane, rainbows still exist.

 And, staying on the bright side, the lives of countless innocent Spokane couches and davenports have been spared.
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Bloomberg: Steve Bannon Removed from National Security Council.
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Spokesman-Review: Ugly Game Further Marred by Awful Officiating. What could have been. Gonzaga University could have been national champions, if only for, well, for a lot of things. Things like the Zags’ 14 turnovers. Or 27.6 percent shooting after halftime. But the topic of conversation tomorrow may not have much to do with those things. Instead, it will be about a second half marred by, well, there is no easy way to put this: It was marred by awful officiating.
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Smithsonian: Does the linguistic theory at the center of the film "Arrival" have any merit?
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Keith Olbermann: Do authorities now have what they need on Trump?
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NYT: What Was Lenin Thinking? In the shape of its first leader, the Russian Revolution had a strategic genius it never found again.
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Esquire: The producer of "The Shining" explains why Stanley Kubrick chose to change Stephen King's ending.
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Aeon: Cannibalism was widely and frequently practiced, in almost of every corner of the globe. It is perhaps the strongest taboo – centered on the convergence of the sacred and the profane, the uncleanliness and holiness of the dead.
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How to Fly a Plane. Documentary, 1968 (?)
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This awesomely sexy propaganda ditty was put out by the Ortho Pharmaceutical Corporation in 1970 for their salesmen pushing the birth control pill.
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 4/4/17 

Spokesman-Review: Loss puts sour end on great Zags' season. Spokane will not forget these Gonzaga Bulldogs because of one loss - one heart-breaking, head-banging loss.
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LA Times Editorial Board: Our Dishonest President. "He is a man so unpredictable, so reckless, so petulant, so full of blind self-regard, so untethered to reality that it is impossible to know where his presidency will lead or how much damage he will do to our nation."
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John Oliver on marijuana. On the subject of, that is. 
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Smithsonian: Why Was Benjamin Franklin's Basement Filled With Skeletons? Repairs on Franklin's old London house turned up 1200 pieces of bone from at least 15 people.
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Aeon: At the height of its power, the Roman empire was nothing if not prepared for battle. This video reveals how the empire’s armies were structured with a precision that might astound today's most assiduous bureaucrat, and how organization can be the key to military might.
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DangerousMinds: Robert Crumb and friends flush Donald Trump down the toilet, 1989.
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 4/3/17 

There is no joy in Mudville. 
Zags lose to North Carolina, 71-65. 
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Tonight is the culmination of a peculiar style of basketball that has been forming in the Inland Northwest over past 40 years: adroit and artful coaching along with an unlikely combination of team finesse and the peppering of an ace-in-the-hole threat of caveman-like brutality. 

Zags by 2. You heard it here.
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AlterNet: Noam Chomsky says if Trump falters with supporters, don't put "aside the possibility' of a "staged or alleged terrorist attack."
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NYT: Dwindling Odds of Coincidence. "It is absolutely clear that the Russians did interfere in our election. This is not a debatable issue. This is not fake news. This is not a witch hunt. This happened."
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CommonDreams: A Nation of the Walking Dead. Desperate citizens in Aldous Huxley’s 1932 novel “Brave New World” ingested the pleasure drug soma to check out of reality. Our own versions of soma allow tens of millions of Americans to retreat daily into addictive mousetraps that generate a self-induced autism.
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Smithsonian: What Happens in the Brain When Music Causes Chills? For some people it’s David Bowie. For others it’s Franz Liszt. But regardless of the genre, when the right chords combine, many people will get goose bumps or a chill up the spine.
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 4/2/17 

Spokesman-Review: Gonzaga advances to NCAA men's basketball title game, guts and guile in tow. Will play North Carolina in Monday's national championship.

S-R puts today's sports section on the front page --->
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Damn, there haven't been this many happy Catholics since the Second Council of Nicaea in the Eighth Century. 

Future conspiracies: First Jesuit college in NCAA Championship Game. First Jesuit pope. Coincidence? 
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Nautilus: Darwin Was a Slacker and You Should Be Too. Many famous scientists have something in common - they didn't work long hours.
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CBS: Russian government posts April Fools' Day prank offering "election interference."
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Scientist Lawrence Krauss (who I usually find to be excessively arrogant) discusses the universe, and the possibility of the multi-verse, with Joe Rogan. Here's the full podcast.
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Scientific American: Hollywood's Mischievous Vision of Artificial Intelligence. With the new sci-fi flick "Ghost in the Shell" hitting theaters this week, SA asks experts which movies, if any, have gotten AI right.
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Atlas Obscura: Need a Chill Pill? Here's a recipe from the 19th century. In the 80s and early 90s, if you were acting uncool, your sassy friend might have told you to "take a chill pill" - that is, to relax...
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Is the correct answer 6, none of the above?Which answer in this list is the correct answer to this question?
   1. All of the below.
   2. None of the below.
   3. All of the above.
   4. One of the above.
   5. None of the above.
   6. None of the above.
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 4/1/17 

The following news items are NOT April Fool's jokes:
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ZAGS WIN IN FINAL FOUR! Spokane's Gonzaga Bulldogs beats South Carolina, 77-73, in heart-stopping game. On to the NCAA National Championship.
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NewYorker: Doomsday Prep for the Super-Rich. Some of the wealthiest people in America are getting ready for the crackup of civilization.
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AlterNet: Dan Rather sees Trump's presidency spiraling downward with no hope of recovery.
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Yikes. Bill Maher interviews Roger Stone.
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CounterPunch: False Flag Dog-Wag Warning. The time has never been riper for a false flag terror attack. Reality television product Donald Trump and his top political advisor, Steve Bannon, a veteran right wing propaganda filmmaker, need a dog to wag.
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Smithsonian: When the Nazis Tried to Bring Animals Back From Extinction. Their ideology of genetic purity extended to aspirations about reviving a pristine landscape with ancient animals and forests.
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Guardian: US border agents carry out these invasive searches without any warrant or even suspicion, going through text messages, socaial media accounts and photos, while asking the owner about the people they are interacting with, their religious affiliations and travel patterns. Here's how to protect your privacy.
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 3/31/17  

The Film Theorists

The Horror You Don't See. How directors oftentimes make what you DON'T see scarier than what you DO. The threat is outside the frame, but very real.

The Stolen Techniques of Slasher Film Horror. In fact, the slasher film was born with Bob Clark's 1974 chiller Black Christmas.

The Disgusting Origins of Found Footage Films. And it wasn't Blair Witch...
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"That was some weird shit."
   ~  George W. Bush, on Trump's inauguration.
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Spokesman-Review: Spokane's Mark Few, who led Gonzaga to a 36-1 record, is The Associated Press' Coach of the Year.
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 Next month's cover.Smithsonian: The Redacted Testimony That Fully Explains Why General MacArthur Was Fired. Far beyond being insubordinate, the military leader seemed to not grasp the consequences of his desired strategy.
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Guardian: After the Attack. The FBI has released previously unpublished images of the damage done to the Pentagon during the 9/11 attacks.
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Inlander: Riverfront Park could find itself with some new recreation-oriented entrances
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Public Domain Review: Cecil H. Dill, a farmer from Traverse City, Michigan, demonstrates his ability to render popular melodies with "fart hands" before modestly telling how he discovered his unusual talent.
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 3/30/17  

CounterPunch: War and Propaganda. The U.S. has been at war throughout much of its history. Whatever the real reasons for our military actions, they were usually sold to the public as being defensive in nature and this practice still goes on.
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Keith Olbermann: Could Donald Trump pass a sanity test?
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Rolling Stone: Rolling back climate regulations is Trump's most dangerous con yet.
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AlterNet: Are Congressional Republicans Ready to Dump Trump? Three hardcore officials break ranks, as the Senate vows to take up charges of collusion and money laundering.
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Prospect: The FBI files on being and nothingness. From 1945 onwards, J. Edgar Hoover's FBI spied on philosophers Camus and Sartre. The investigation soon turned into a philosophical inquiry.
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Spokesman-Review: Food Network dude Alton Brown again eats around Spokane.
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Popular Archaeology: Researchers reconstruct a house in Pompeii by using 3D technology
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 photo tumblr_o6mleimutN1txeruoo2_r1_540.gif"He hymns the rotten queen with saffron hair
Who has saltier aphrodisiacs
Than virgins’ tears. That bawdy queen of death,
Her wormy couriers are at his bones.
Still he hymns juice of her, hot nectarine." 

Sylvia PlathOuija
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 3/29/17 

Frontline: Climate Change Skeptic Group Seeks to Influence 200,000 Teachers. Every public school science teacher in America may soon receive literature rejecting humans' role in climate change. 
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Politico: House Republicans voted Tuesday to revoke the FCC’s broadband privacy rules, sending legislation to the White House that would undo the federal government’s strongest-ever online privacy regulations.

Here are the 265 members of Congress who sold you out to ISPs, and how much it cost to buy them.
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AlterNet: Noam Chomsky says Trump has put the future of human civilization in jeopardy.
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Independent: Dick Cheney says Russia's interference in US presidential election is "an act of war."
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E. J. Dionne Jr.: Admit It. Trump is Unfit to Serve. What is this democratic nation to do when the man serving as president of the United States plainly has no business being president of the United States?
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OpenCulture: Hear Jimi Hendrix's virtuoso guitar performances in isolate tracks.
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How many Lowes could Rob Lowe rob if Rob Lowe could rob Lowes? 
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Spectator: Why Milton Still Matters. Even Miltonists know that almost no one reads Paradise Lost anymore.
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Review of Black Holes: Zero Stars
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 3/28/17 

If you are lucky enough to be in Spokane right now, you are sharing in a spectacular time: the Spring weather is delicious, the Zags are in the NCAA College Basketball Final Four, and the Spokane River is providing a rare and awesome show directly through the belly of our fair burg.
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Keith Olbermann: Which of Trump's Cronies Will Flip on Him First
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Todd Gitlin: Gibberish Is the White House's New Normal. "He does not release words into a stream of consciousness but into a heap. He heaps words on top of words, to overwhelm meaning with vague gestures. He does not think, he lurches..."
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Michael Winship: A Couple of Things About Jimmy Breslin. The brash, profane and brilliant newspaper columnist knew a lot about life - and Donald Trump.
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Smithsonian: The Truth About Pheromones. The sight of someone in tears might make you feel concerned. But the smell of tears, researchers say, has a different effect.
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Guardian: Gastrophysics - The New Science of Eating. The pleasures of the table reside in the mind, not the mouth.
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Roland Barthes on how to read the signs in the news.
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And then toss in two cents from Seth Meyers, and Stephen Colbert, and Trevor Noah.
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 3/27/17 

Chris Hedges: The Warring Kleptocrats. The Trump kleptocrats are political arsonists. They are carting cans of gasoline into government agencies and Congress to burn down any structure or program that promotes the common good and impedes corporate profit.
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Common Dreams: What He Could Do. If it remains to be seen whether we are truly “witnessing…the birth of a new political order,” it is clear, a month into Trump’s ascension, that we are all his prisoners, held fast in the projected drama of his mind.
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Guardian: How Lenin's love of literature shaped the Russian Revolution. The father of the Soviet Union was also a Latin buff who adored Goethe and liked to compare his enemies to figures in novels.
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Scientific American: How the science of "Blue Lies" may explain Trump's support. They're a very particular form of deception that can build solidarity within groups.
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Tablet: In the mid-1930s, when Nazi jurists and politicians looked for innovations in racism and a guide on how to discriminate, they looked to America.
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 3/26/17 

ZAAAAAAAAGS!!! Spokane's Gonzaga Bulldogs beat Xavier 83-59 to secure the program's first NCAA Final Four berth.
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National Geographic: Spinach Leaf Transformed Into Beating Human Heart. Using the plant like scaffolding, scientists built a mini version of a working heart, which may one day aid in tissue regeneration.
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NPR: Alex Jones apologizes for promoting "Pizzagate."

Esquire: Pizzagate Will Never Die. Here's why the conspiracy theory has new life.
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Aeon: It took a lot of fossil fuels to forge our industrial world. Now they're almost gone. In a post-apocalyptic society could we reboot a technological civilization without them?
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Smithsonian: How Big Can a Land Animal Get? King Kong's biggest enemy isn't humans - it's the laws of physics.
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Lawrence O'Donnell: Trump's presidency effectively over after repeal failure.
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Dangerous Minds: Vintage sleaze and pulp erotica by prolific fetish illustrator Eric Stanton.
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New Yorker: The Gig Economy Celebrates Working Yourself to Death. Welcome to the gig economy, where an unhealthy obsession with work is sold as "hustle" and "entrepreneurial spirit."
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 3/25/17 

Here is a video compilation of area flooding of the Spokane River, taken a few days ago from a Sheriff department's helicopter (by someone having too much fun with the zoom). And the river is even higher now!
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I don't usually watch her but this Rachel Maddow review of the latest developments in the litany of investigations of Trump and chumps is pretty good.

It all makes Morning Joe goofy. And Trevor? Well...
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Große Lüge.
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Smithsonian: The True Story of Pocahontas. Pocahontas might be a household name, but the true story of her short but powerful life has been buried in myths that have persisted since the 17th century.
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CNN: In 5 months, 8 prominent Russians - all in key positions in Russian politics - have wound up dead in recent months. Conspiracy theories are swirling.
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Playboy: Meet the author who exposed the hidden history of Nazis on meth.
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DailyBeast: How Russia recruited Ernest Hemingway
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 3/24/17 

Zags win again! Gonzaga beats West Virginia, 61 - 58. They'll take on Xavier Saturday in the Elite 8. 
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Guardian: Does the "Cyrus prophecy" help explain evangelical support for Trump? The Persian king might have been a pagan, but he still served God's plans. For some Christians, Trump does just that.
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Here is Trump's interview with Time Magazine on truth and falsehoods.
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Aeon: Human-pig chimeras could help us meet our desperate need for transplantable organs. But a chimera such as this would be genetically human-animal, not just an animal with human organs. How do we decide the moral status of this creature, and would its slaughter be murder?
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 Alfred Hitchcock on how to create suspense.
                                              manipulate an audience.
                                              edit a film.
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CounterPunch: The strange rehabilitation of crusader-in-chief George W. Bush. Standing on the south lawn of the White House just days after 9/11, Bush told the nation - and the world - that “[t]his crusade, this war on terrorism is going to take awhile.”
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Seth Meyers on
Trevor Noah on             TRUMPCARE...
Stephen Colbert on
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 3/23/17 

It's No Trump Thursday! No Trump. All day.
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"Stuck in Spokane writin' songs..." Here's Tom T. Hall and the Spokane Motel Blues.
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Spokesman-Review: The highest flow on the Spokane River in 20 years is showing that the river may be changing.
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The Conversation: Think water comes in just liquid, ice and gas? Think again. Scientists finds that water might exist in an entirely new state.
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Smithsonian: What you need to know first to understand the Russian revolution.
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Mental Floss: What languages are the hardest to learn?
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New York Mag: The "Airplane!" Guide to Joke Delivery. The writers of the classic 1980 comedy deconstruct their screenplay.
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Popular Archaeology: The Forgotten Wisdom of the Chauvet Cave. "It is a direct window into our earliest forms of artistic and abstract expression."
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Aeon: Casanova was an actor, a priest, a gambler, and a common man passing as (and sleeping with) the aristocracy.
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New Republic: The Art of Paying Attention. Why we need critics to think about power and how it works.
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Ozy: Is this novel the deadliest book in history? The most popular book in the late 18th century was also its most lethal.
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Quentin Tarantino reveals how all of his movies are connected.
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 3/22/17 

Flooding emergency declared as the Spokane River reaches near-record highs.

It's a mixed bag. The Spokane River is putting on a spectacular show of water power, but at the same time, recharging our aquifer and protecting us from future droughts.
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Spokesman-Review: A big thing marijuana opponents warned you about is definitely not happening. A state-run survey of 37,000 middle and high school students in Washington state finds that marijuana legalization there has had no effect on youngsters’ propensity to use the drug.
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Rolling Stone: Matt Taibbi on Trump the Destroyer. In a chaotic rollout for the ages, Trump stuffed his Cabinet with tyrants, zealots and imbeciles - all bent on demolishing our government from within.
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Keith Olbermann: The only true surprise? These people are idiots.
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NY Daily News: Per the 25th Amendment of the Constitution, Trump should be removed from office.
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The Nation: By understanding how Trump fits within our recent history will we can see how the end of the US empire can be a new beginning for our democracy.
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Spokesman-Review: His family's name adorns a downtown Spokane building. He was once a cocaine kingpin, busted for conspiring to distribute between 15 and 50 kilograms of coke. Today, Cip Paulsen is the legal "King of Green" who runs a marijuana grow operation in the Spokane area.
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Wall Street Journal issues scathing condemnation of Trump. "If President Trump announces that North Korea launched a missile that landed within 100 miles of Hawaii, would most Americans believe him? Would the rest of the world? We’re not sure..."
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 3/21/17 

One of the greatest and most heinous acts of treason in the history of humanity could be taking place before our eyes. This is not the time to let your guard down. 

Here is the full testimony of James Comey and Mike Rogers on Trump's wiretapping claims, and possible Trump collusion with Russian in the election. 

Washington Post: Six big takeaways from Congress's extraordinary hearing on Russia, Trump and wiretapping.

Keith Olbermann: The most telling thing about the FBI's probe into Trump.
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NYT: Trump's method, our madness. What we're all experiencing now is somewhat like the confusion an analyst encounters with a psychotic patient.
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Spokesman-Review: Spokane GOP leaders say there is room in the political party for differing opinions on abortion and said they plan to stand by their invitation to Tomi Lahren, the conservative political commentator who set off a social media storm Friday when she referred to pro-life conservatives as hypocrites on the TV show “The View.”
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David Rockefeller, super-rich guy, dead at 101.
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 3/20/17 

We made it. First day of Spring!
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Spokesman-Review: It's official. Gonzaga is now the most hated team in America. But the referees who missed the goaltending call are a close second.
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American Conservative: Foreign policy and the "chosen people" narrative. For five generations, Americans have been told that we're "good guys" who have been chosen to wage war against "bad guys."
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Jimmy Breslin, dead at 88.
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The Spectator: Seducing Mussolini. Star-struck Claretta Petacci was determined to conquer her "divine Caesar" - and was finally strung up beside him.
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Atlantic: A democracy with an exceptionalist heritage is unprepared to respond wisely when arrogance takes over. That's the lesson of Athens and Plato. Greatness has to be earned again and again.
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John Oliver explains why Trump's followers will turn on him.
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Esquire: 15 extremely underrated films that every movie buff needs to see.
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 3/19/17 

You will rarely see the Spokane River roaring through downtown as it is now. Go witness for yourself. Amazing, even a bit scary!
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Spokesman-Review: Zags beat Northwestern; advance in tourney. Studio crew learned what Zags fans already know - never assume a Gonzaga victory.
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American Conservative: Jeff Sessions is Rip Van Winkle on drug policy. "He apparently went to sleep shortly after Richard Nixon declared a “war” on illegal drugs in 1971 and just recently awakened from his slumber. There is little evidence that Sessions understands what havoc the war on drugs has wrought both domestically and internationally since Nixon issued his declaration."
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TruthDig: The theme that unites all of Trump's initiatives so far is their unnecessary cruelty.
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Jake Tapper on Bill Maher - the three basic truths of covering Trump's lies.
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Alternet: Trump and Mussolini - 11 key lessons from historical fascism. Italian fascism provides a better model for our moment than Nazi Germany - and the comparison is not encouraging.
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NYT: Chuck Berry was rock's master theorist and conceptual genius, a songwriter who understood what the kids wanted before they did themselves.
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Spokesman-Review: New flights are boosting travel options at Spokane airport.
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Futurism: Meet the future of warfare - the electromagnetic railgun.
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 3/18/17 

Chuck Berry, dead at 90.
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The Conversation: The power of ordinary people facing totalitarianism. Hannah Arendt, a political theorist, fled Germany during Hitler's rise to power and later wrote about "the banality of evil." Her work has recently become a best-seller.
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The Stranger: Why did rural and poor Americans vote for a man whose budget will hurt them? Here's one explanation.
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CenterPunch: The hardening of society and the rise of cultures of cruelty in neo-fascist America.
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Futurism: NASA's Curiosity rover has just sent back some mysterious inconsistencies.
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 3/17/17 

As we celebrate this bonnie St. Patty's Day with Jamison and goofy hats, let's remember the rich landlords who - driven by greed, political insensitivity, and religious bigotry - exported most of the food out of Ireland and let a million people starve to death surrounded by rotting potatoes.
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The Spokesman-Review's John Blanchette says the Zags didn't exactly shine as guardians of the No. 1 seed.
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Mother Jones: The Trump administration's four most heartless statements about the budget. Such as cutting Meals on Wheels "is one of the most compassionate things we can do."
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Aeon: What we physically feel shapes our minds; the impact of immersive virtual violence must be questioned, studied, controlled. Until then, should murder in virtual reality be illegal?
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 3/16/17 

Guardian: The Guardian apologizes to the City of Spokane. A bit condescending, maybe, but pretty cool.
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Smithsonian: How journalists covered the rise of Mussolini and Hitler. Reports on the rise of fascism in Europe were not the American media's finest hour.
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Spokesman-Review: Attorney General Jeff Sessions has repeatedly condemned the recreational use of marijuana. Yesterday he went a step further, casting doubt on medical marijuana use.

Rolling Stone: Jeff Sessions goes full "Reefer Madness" on pot. (Don't get the reference? Watch Reefer Madness in all it's insane, exploitation film glory here.)
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Keith Olbermann is on a roll:
Trump's amazing speech sure didn't age well.
Russia! Russia! Russia! 
Trump can't even watch TV correctly.

His prophecy from seven years ago regarding the court's Citizen's United decision.
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PublicBooks: How oligarchy breeds tyranny, according to Plato.
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 3/15/17 

Not Spokane.Ubi es, Brute?
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Here's The Guardian story that says what a hellhole is the city of Spokane and why everyone wants to kill themselves (if not for the Zags).

Spokesman-Review's Shawn Vestal rips them a new one.

KXLY says "Pffft."

Even Seattle's The Stranger comes to Spookaloo's defense.
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Not Spokane.Aeon: Our intelligence is rooted in our evolved, embodied needs as an organism. In short, we think with our whole body, not just with the brain. AI without embodiment can only learn so much and so quickly.
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Politico: Trump aides describe a White House hobbled by rampant mistrust and paranoia. Staffers are leaving their phones at home, using secret apps and monitoring each other's social media.
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Not Spokane.Slate: Rachel Maddow turned a scoop on Trump's taxes into a cynical, self-defeating spectacle.

Rolling Stone: Here's what we did learn about Trump's taxes.

New Yorker: Who leaked part of Trump's 2005 tax return? It is curious that the return is for a particularly good year for Trump's business.
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 3/14/17 

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 3/12/17 

Guardian: The 1930s were humanity's darkest, bloodiest hour. Are you paying attention? A decade haunted by mass poverty, violent extremism and world war gives us one crucial advantage: the chance to learn the era’s lessons and avoid its mistakes.
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AlterNet: If we don't act now, fascism will be on our doorstep, says Yale historian. 
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Atlas Obscura: In 1849, the collection of erotic art from excavations of Pompeii and Herculaneum was bricked off and remained famously off limits to women, youngsters, and the general public. For a century and a half the collection remained out of sight. Here's more on Wikipedia. And (NSFW) here.
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BBC: We think of the Greeks as the orderly people who gave us drama, democracy and philosophy. But the fearsome monsters in Hellenic art reveal a dark side.
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National Geographic: This region fooled scientists for decades. They couldn't account for the strange landforms of eastern Washington State.
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 3/11/17 

The city of Spokane has renamed Riverfront Park's Canada Island to "snx(w) mene," which is Salish for salmon people. Say it with me - "sin-Hoo-men-huh." Just like it looks.
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Atlas Obscura: Before the Soviet Union began, they exiled hundreds of academics and journalists on "Philosopher Ships."
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Scientific American: House Republicans would let employers demand workers' genetic test results.
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Trancentral: Ten psychedelic movies that will alter your perception of reality.
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Prospect: In 1936, a middling novelist went to live among the poor and unemployed in the north of England. He returned as George Orwell, champion of democratic socialism.
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NYT: Columnist Paul Krugman is floored by the GOP's Obamacare replacement bill's "surreal" awfulness.
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Daily Dot: This artist put Trump quotes on sexist 1950s ads to send a sharp message.
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Politico: All of Trump's ties to Russia in seven charts.
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 3/10/17 

NYT: The Bombs of Steve Bannon. From his films on Sarah Palin to his time running Breitbart, Steve Bannon learned how to be a very good propagandist. It's a role that has served him well in the White House.

AlterNet: Some of Bannon's biggest intellectual influences are fascists and white supremacists.
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Jim Hightower: What should we do about a mentally ill president?
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BBC: How did evil evolve, and why did it persist? "Evil" behaviors can be categorized into four basic groups - and they are far from being unique to our species.
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"Propaganda works best when those who are being manipulated are confident that they are acting on their own free will."
   ~  Joseph Goebbels
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3QuarksDaily: Why some neuroscientists call consciousness the c-word.
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Reuters: NSA staff used spy tools on spouses and ex-lovers.
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The Atlantic: Why do so many men watch lesbian born? Sexual fantasy obeys its own set of rules that have nothing to do with propriety, common sense, or even the physical laws of the universe.
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 3/9/17 

Rolling Stone: Why the Russia story is a minefield for Democrats and the media. "The press has to cover this subject. But it can't do it with glibness and excitement, laughing along to SNL routines, before it knows for sure what it's dealing with. Reporters should be scared to their marrow by this story. This is a high-wire act and it is a very long way down. We might want to leave the jokes and the nicknames be, until we get to the other side – wherever that is."
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"We're all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other but it doesn't. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing."
   ~  Charles Bukowski, who died on this day in 1994.
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The Point: Of Ice and Art. From Freud’s unconscious to Hemingway’s theory of artistic ingenuity, the iceberg has come to represent the creative process. Why?
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CSM: Did WikiLeaks just unmask CIA cyberoperations?
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The Nation: Every perished democracy died in its own way. In 1930s Germany, what mattered most was that so many citizens were willing to allow Hitler to do what he did.
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Lawrence O'Donnell: Lies can be impeachable offense. Trump is "unfaithfully" executing his duties as president by lying about President Obama – and how that could lead to his impeachment.
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Spokesman-Review: The legal marijuana industry generated nearly $13 million worth of revenue in Spokane County in February, amid potential federal action.
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AP: China approves new Trump-branded massage parlors, bars and escort services.
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Chronicle of Higher Education: In praise of "useless" knowledge. The best scientific minds have been driven by curiosity and intellectual challenge, not practical applications.
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The Stranger: Trump signals that he wants to restart the War on Drugs. Right as Washington State was about to clean up its shameful drug-law history.
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 3/8/17 

Here ya go: WikiLeaks' Vault 7. Don't get lost.
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AlterNet: Post-truth is pre-fascism. The possibilities are much darker than Americans are used to considering.
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Keith Olbermann: The Russian developments that matter most.

Watch this amazing moment during a recent Senate confirmation hearing when Al Franken accuses Jefferson Beauregard Sessions of lying under oath.
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Bloomberg: Trump's wiretap tweets raise risk of impeachment. If a president makes false claims of a crime without proof, there's only one constitutional remedy.
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Politico: Kellyanne and Sean reveal the eight tricks for defending Trump.
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Aeon: Where the old autocrats wanted their subjects to become ‘new men’, today's authoritarian does not pretend to make you better, only to make you feel better about not wanting to change.
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 3/7/17 

Pitchfork: A history of anti-fascist punk around the world in nine songs.
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NYT: Trump's political career is built on a lie about Obama. That's the first thing to remember when trying to divine the meaning of Trump's accusation that he was wiretapped on Obama's orders: Trump tells a lot of lies.
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Spokesman-Review: Much-maligned Rachel Dolezal once faced down racists.
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Foreign Policy: Trump's recent tweets aren't just conspiratorial gibberish - they're the erratic ravings of a guilty conscience. Trump knows the feds are closing in on him.
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CNN: For a man with 26.1 million Twitter followers, Trump follows back surprisingly few people on his @realdonaldtrump account - a mere 43. Here's what he sees on his phone.
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Dennis Kucinich: Our political economy is designed to create poverty and inequality.
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NYT: Analyzing Trump's new travel ban.
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 3/6/17 

AlterNet: This is a fight against fascism. There continues to be a gross underestimation, even amongst politically aware liberals, of what we are really up against, and how to counter it.
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CNN: FBI chief asked Justice Department to refute Trump wiretap claim.
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The Economist: There are three explanations for Trump's accusation that Barack Obama ordered his phones to be tapped. None of them is comforting.
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Washington Post: Putin destroyed Russia's independent press. Trump seems to want the same.
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Esquire: Roger Stone forgot other people can read his tweets.
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Incredible animation summarizes Noam Chomsky's five filters of the mass media machine.
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John Oliver explains how Trump's growing Russia scandal is like Watergate, only stupider.
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Vulture: David Letterman on life after TV, late night today, and the man he calls Trumpy.
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 3/5/17 

Politico: How a group of anonymous keyboard commandos conquered the internet for Trump - and plans to deliver Europe to the far right.
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Keith Olbermann: Why Trump is refusing to confront reality.
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Time: Donald Trump and the New Dawn of Tyranny
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SNL's Weekend Update brutally mocks Trump's baseless wiretapping claims against Obama.
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 3/4/17 

Politico: Trump accuses Obama of "wire tapping" Trump Tower phones. “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” Terrible! Just 
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TruthDig: European parliament votes to end visa-free travel for Americans in the European Union. Thanks, Trump.
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Reuters: Keystone XL builders can use non-US steel, White House says just days after Trump tells nation no.
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Bloomberg: US airport pat-downs are about to get more invasive. While few have noticed, U.S. airport security workers long had the option of using five different types of physical pat-downs at the screening line. Now, those have been eliminated, replaced instead with one universal approach. And this time, you will notice.
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CounterPunch: Our Nietzschean Struggle. Representatives of the American right are reminiscent of what nineteenth-century German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche referred to as the ancient aristocrats or “nobles.”
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Neal Gabler: The Media's Rapid Retreat. "...(T)he roaring lions of the press suddenly became cuddly kittens...The media response would be laughable if it weren't so terrifying."
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One of my favorite Coen Brothers' movies is one of their least watched and least understood. A Serious Man, is a bleak and masterful meditation on the absurdity and futility of existence. One of the most unsettling endings in movie history. Here's an analysis from The Nerdwriter.
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White Noise.
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 3/3/17 

The Intercept: As Americans deify the Navy Seal who died, just remember Seal Team 6 is a death squad. Behind the heroic narratives is a darker, more troubling story of criminal brutality and war crimes.
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CounterPunch: Trump and Congress. "The wild child of American politics had been caged ... For the most part, his big speech, in both substance and tone, could have been given by Jeb Bush or Hillary Clinton. It was pure political boilerplate."
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CSM: Russia says officials have daily talks with "US partners." "Almost the entire US elite is , it turns out, linked to Russia. Including the attorney general ... Paranoia knows no bounds."
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"This is a great-looking hat," says military-clad Trump, during a speech aboard a warship in Virginia. In his youth, Trump received five deferments from the Vietnam war draft, including one for ‘heel spurs’. "Great-looking hat."
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TruthDig: The Deep State's hatred of Trump is not the same as yours.
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Arkansas Times: A bill is introduced to the Arkansas congress to ban Howard Zinn books from public schools.
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Aeon: Anselm saw God where Spinoza saw the totality of the universe, but their underlying arguments were similar. In debates about the existence of God, what matters is the way logic is developed and deployed. It is easier to denounce someone's God than to engage with their reasoning.
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 3/2/17 

American Conservative: Fascism in the White House? This guy says no ... sorta.
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"The fuse is lit": Dan Rather says Trump-Russia scandal is about to go off like a bomb.

Esquire: Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III recuses himself from the Russia investigation while the plot thickens elsewhere. 

The Guardian: Attorney General Sessions did not disclose meeting with Russian ambassador during Trump campaign.

Esquire: Obama officials reportedly left a trail to preserve intel of Russian hacking.
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The Nation: Trump goes all in for the military-industrial complex. His address signaled his plans for domestic austerity and military bloat.

Internet Archive: Weapons, an international encyclopedia from 5000 BC to 2000 AD.
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The Stranger: Looking to understand the mind of Steve Bannon? Watch his documentaries.
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Telegraph: Why Anthony Burgess's savagely brilliant A Clockwork Orange is a modern masterpiece.
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The poetic harmony of filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky

David Lynch: The elusive subconscious.

Stanley Kubrick: The cinematic experience.
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 3/1/17 

Here's the full text of Trump's joint address to Congress.
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The Intercept: Trump's use of Navy SEAL's wife highlights all the key ingredients of US war propaganda.

Washington Post: President Trump has done some low-down, rotten things in his cushy life, but shifting the blame for the death of U.S. Navy SEAL during a covert mission in Yemen to his military commanders will go down as one of the most contemptible and cowardly acts ever committed by a U.S. commander in chief.
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Reuters: Always a showman, the TV reality star-turned-politician laid out plenty of promises - a massive infrastructure and public works program; tax cuts for the middle class; immigration reform; a healthcare overhaul; an education bill.
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Here's Bernie's take. I'm sorry I didn't vote for him. (I didn't vote for any of 'em.)
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Stephen Colbert on the speech. Then he responds to Democrats responding to Trump.
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Spokesman-Review: Idaho Senate panel agrees to delete climate change from new school science standards.
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Empire Files: Abby Martin talks to Chris Hedges about Trump, fascism and the Christian Right.
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