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ocumenting modern culture 
as it manifests
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Running With Scissors Since 1999


WATCH MY VIDEOS

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

Nib-Ron's Warning 
to OrbEarth

Take heed, gullible earth creatures. (But something is lost in the translation.)

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

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

(I am not) The Blue Bear
Espionage, kidnapping, torture, kinky sex and teddy bears. Horroror.

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

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

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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 MY VIDEOS

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

Geothermal Giggle
 It's a joke. 
It's just a joke.

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

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

What I Learned from 
the Spokane Anarchists

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

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

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My brush with the
Black Scythe 9/1/13

MORE VIDEOS

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.

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

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.

I helped Jesse produce 
his Mr. Dark series. 

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The full series is online

CONTESTS
I've been a part of

NYC 100 Hour Film Race

2014
The Dairy Heirs
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NYC 24 Hour Film Race

2015
Mental

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

2014
Cursed

2013
The Burning

2011
Oxy and Drakkar
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48 Hour Film Fest
 (discontinued)

2013
The Appraisal

2012
Gazoombas!

2011
The Sacrifice

2010
The Tenth Floor


2009

 
bag

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MORE VIDS

Occupy Spokane
Dominates Downtown

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

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

Poster by Chris ?

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

AND MORE OF MY VIDEOS

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.

AND MORE

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

 

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 

MORE VIDEOS

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.

 

& EVEN MORE VIDEOS

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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MORE OF MY VIDS

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

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

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

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

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

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

OtherSpokane Intro
OtherSpokane's Instructional Video

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ViDEoSHoRTS

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.

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 6/22/17 

NYT: Psychologists Open a Window on Brutal CIA Interrogations. A lawsuit filed in Spokane on behalf of former prisoners reveals new details about a program that used techniques widely viewed as torture.
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ABC: Trump says he doesn't have "any such recordings" with former FBI Director Comey.
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NBC: Here's the full, much ballyhooed Megyn Kelly interview with Alex Jones.
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BBC: Trump Wants Solar Panels on US-Mex Border Wall. "Pretty good imagination, right? Good? My idea."
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From Metallica's Black Album to Black Sabbath's "Paranoid," here are the greatest metal albums of all time.
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Nautilus: The Multiverse of 1686. In 1686, Leibniz, a Lutheran, and Spinoza, an excommunicated Jew, had quite the conversation. And, it's a comic book!
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photo by ssgCounterPunch: Would You Like a Drink of Water? Please Ask a Yemini Child. The U.S. and other nuclear armed nations have sent a chilling signal. They have no intention of giving up the power to explode, burn and annihilate planetary life. “The United States is spending $1 trillion USD over the next thirty years to modernize its nuclear weapon arsenals and triple the killing power of these weapons”
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DangerousMinds: When Salvador Dali Was Asked to Create a Pavilion For the 1939 World's Fair. A spectacular and perverse Surrealist funhouse.
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 6/21/17 

CounterPunch: The United States is at War With Syria. The United States is overtly engaged in another aggression against a sovereign country that poses no conceivable, let alone actual or imminent, threat to the nation. The US is at war with Syria.
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Nation: Jon Ossoff's Loss Should Be a Lesson to Corporate Democrats. It's time to bury the Panera Bread strategy.
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Politico: Why the White House Is Reading Greek History. Thucydides is especially beloved by the two most influential figures on Trump's foreign policy team.

Wiki: Thucydides & The Thucydides Trap...
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Quartz: The Neo-Fascist Philosophy that Underpins Both the Alt-Right and Silicon Valley Technophiles. What is the Dark Enlightenment?
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BigThink: History's Greatest Polymaths, and the Advice They Left Behind. The advice of three great polymaths - Aristotle, Leonardo, and Bertrand Russell.
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TheWeek: Here's What You Should Know About Satirizing Political Assassinations. In defense of symbolic violence in art.
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 6/20/17 

NYT: Is Your God Dead? Building walls, banning refugees and ignoring the poor are the social expressions of bankrupt theologies.
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Atlantic: Trump Risks Quagmire and Catastrophe in Syria.  Trump has betrayed the voters who trusted him to "stay out" of the Syrian conflict
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Keith Olbermann: Trump Appears to Be Self-Destructing.
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Politico: Why So Many Critics Hate the New Obama Biography. It’s a stunning and indispensable work of history, David Greenberg writes. So why isn’t the book on everyone’s nightstand?
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"I ate between battles, I slept among murderers, I was careless in loving and I looked upon nature without patience. Thus the time passed which was given me on earth."
   ~  Bertold Brecht
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 6/19/17 

John Oliver: Trump's Egregious Lies to Coal Miners. John blasts the constant lies that President Donald Trump has used to give false hopes to coal miners desperate for work.
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NYT: Megyn Kelly Presses Alex Jones on Conspiracy Theories in NBC Interview. Her much-hyped interview with him did not paint a flattering picture.
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Economist: The Battle of Waterloo Was One of the Defining Events of European History. The scale of the slaughter and suffering remains shocking: when darkness finally fell, up to 50,000 men were lying dead or seriously wounded and 10,000 horses were dead or dying.
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 6/18/17 

NYT: Trump's Business Ties in Persian Gulf Raise Questions About His Allegiances. Trump has business with the Saudis, but none with Qatar. Does that explain his view on the Qatar feud?
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Vice: Young Radicals Are Fighting the Alt-Right in America's Streets. In the wake of Donald Trump’s election and the rise of the alt-right, several militant anti-racist and anarchist groups have left the fringes and entered the national spotlight.
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Reuters: Trump Owes Lenders at Least $315 Million, Disclosure Shows. Trump had personal liabilities of at least $315.6 million to German, U.S. and other lenders as of mid-2017, according to a federal financial disclosure form released late on Friday by the U.S. Office of Government Ethics.
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David Sedaris: Why Aren't You Laughing? Reckoning with addiction.
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Salon: KFC is Sending a Chicken Sandwich to Space. Privatization of space exploration has had the unintended consequence of opening it up to frivolous PR stunts.
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MentalFloss: Timeless (and Terrible) Advice From the Middle Ages. "Furthermore never fart when you are dancing; grit your teeth and compel your arse to hold back the fart... Do not have a dripping nose and do not dribble at the mouth. No woman desires a man with rabies."
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 6/17/17 art by Mr.Go

NYT: Michelle Carter Didn't Kill With a Text. Convicting the 20-year-old of involuntary manslaughter could have serious implications for free speech.
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NewYorker: Gogol's "Dead Souls" Should Be On Trump's Summer Reading List. For Trump, nothing has been so effective as fabrication and barefaced lying.
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Nautilus: When Neurology Becomes Theology. Is the pursuit of the nature of consciousness more akin to metaphysics and theology than it so to hard science? Are theories of consciousness really a matter of how we wish to see ourselves in the world, and how we wish the world might be?

art by Mr.GoNPR: The Roots of Consciousness - We're of Two Minds. Surgery that severs the link between brain hemispheres reveals that those halves have way different views of the world. We ask a pioneering scientist what that tells us about human consciousness.
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RollingStone: Alex Jones Leaks Secretly Taped Chat With Megyn Kelly. The interview just turned into a media game of he-said, she-said.
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 6/16/17 Art by Glenn Palmer-Smith

It might take a while to recover ... I'm in a state of aesthetic shock after watching the great Swedish director Ingmar Bergman's masterpiece "The Magician" (1958) - one of the great films of all times. Wow.

Here's the NYT review from Aug. 1959.
Here's the review from Rotten Tomatoes.
Here's more ... And it's available on Netflix.
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LitHub: The Loneliness of Donald Trump. On the corrosive privilege of the most mocked man in the world.
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Sam Harris speaks with Graeme Wood, national correspondent for The Atlantic, about his experience reporting on ISIS, the myth of online recruitment, the theology of ISIS, the quality of its propaganda, the most important American recruit to the organization, the roles of Jesus and the Anti-Christ in Islamic prophecy, free speech and the ongoing threat of jihadism, and other topics.
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OpenCulture: Download 36 Dadaist Magazines. Plus other avant-garde books, leaflets and ephemera.
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 6/15/17 photo by ssg

Has there been some kind of major geologic reformation here? I don't remember this undercut - at the west end of Canada Island in Riverfront Park - being so pronounced.   --->
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CNN: Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller is Investigating Trump for Obstruction of Justice. Mueller is interviewing as early as this week three top intelligence officials as part of the probe.
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 photo by ssgTheWeek: How Alexander Hamilton Solved America's Gun Problem - 228 Years Ago. The answer is right there in the the Second Amendment, unchanged since it first flowed from the quill of James Madison.
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DemocracyNow: Resisting Trump's Shock Politics. Naomi Klein explains the key message from "The Apprentice" that Trump has applied to the presidency.
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NewStatesman: Why Keep a Diary? Benjamin Franklin sought to log 13 virtues a day, Samuel Johnson “to methodise” his life. For Susan Sontag, private writing was a source of strength.
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Vice: In honor of the 100th anniversary of the Lumiere brothers' first "motion pictures," 39 directors from around the world were invited to participate in an experiment. Filmmakers were given a reconstruction of the old camera that the Lumieres used, as well as three rules: The short could be no longer than 52 seconds, there could be no synchronized sound or unnatural light, and filmmakers had only three takes.

Here is David Lynch's offering. Deliciously creepy.
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 6/14/17 

Here's my seventh inning stretch: 

Did the congressional Republicans think they could give billions of dollars in tax breaks to the ultra-rich, take away poor people's health care, slash Medicare and social programs, and work to dismantle the democratic institutions that Americans have fought and died for for two centuries, and not expect some blowback? Karma's a bitch, traitors. Learn to duck.
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ForeignPolicy: The Madness of King Donald. Donald Trump is ruling the United States like a mad king. If he continues on his present course, history tells us that his royal court could take the reins of his presidency.
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Reason: In Private Letter, Sessions Asks Congress for Permission to Go After Medical Marijuana. While everybody obsesses over the Russia investigation within the Justice Department, this Attorney General is busy expanding federal law enforcement powers and eroding freedom.
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Aeon: What Is a Cult? Cults are exploitative, weird groups with strange beliefs and practices, right? So what about regular religions then?
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<---  Last week's statistics from OtherSpokane.com
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Bloomberg: Russian Cyber Hacks on US Electoral System Far Wider Than Previously Known. The cyberattack breached 39 US states.
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Reuters: Sessions Dodges Trump Questions. Attorney General Jeff Sessions clashed with Democratic lawmakers over his refusal to detail his conversations with President Donald Trump. 
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 6/13/17 

The Kissing of the Ring ... Trump looks like he'd just feasted on Mussolini's raw liver ... It's interesting that in each of cabinet member's introductions they neglected to mention their own name ... Reince Priebus nearly levitates as he becomes filled with Donald Trump's unholy spirit.
 

NYT: President Trump's Cabinet Lovefest. "Everyone on the team was invited to praise the president in a public display of affection more Pyongyang than Washington, while the dear leader soaked up the love."
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 6/12/17 

Reason: Trump May Commit a Felony to Cover Up Nonexistent Crimes. Trump's implausible and gratuitous contradiction of Comey will be a crime if he repeats it to federal investigators.
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Chris Hedges: The Age of Anger. The nihilism and rage sweeping across the globe are not generated by warped ideologies or medieval religious beliefs. These destructive forces have their roots in the obliterating of social, cultural and religious traditions by modernization and the consumer society...
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Digiday: Breitbart Advertisers Flee. Ad sales plummet nearly 90 percent in three months as Trump's troubles mount.
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AP: Sessions to Testify as Republicans Prod Trump on Tapes
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Atlantic: Why Do Evangelicals Have a Persecution Complex? Many persecution narratives in Christian culture fetishize suffering.
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ForeignPolicy: The Arab World Has Never Recovered From the Loss of 1967. Fifty years after the Six-Day War, the intellectualism that once lit up the Middle East has been all but extinguished by dictatorship and religious distortion. photo PURGATORY_GUNNAR-MONTANA.jpg
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Vulture: David Lynch Forces Your Brain to Work Differently. Lynch demands to be appreciated on Lynch’s terms, and those terms are often intuitive and uncanny.
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TheWeek: Why is TV Awash in Afterlifes, Hells, and Purgatories? The supernatural is taking over television.
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Yesterday was Pride Day in Spokane - the oddest and most colorful event of the year. Also, Elkfest going on in Brownes Addition. What an amazing city this is.
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Intercept: A Major US Crisis Will Unleash the Worst of Trump's Toxic Agenda. Survivalists stockpile canned goods and water in preparation for major disasters; these guys stockpile spectacularly anti-democratic ideas. photo sword2.jpg
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CriterionCollection: Bergman's Dreams. An original video essay on the films of Ingmar Bergman ... Woody Allen on Bergman.
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IndependentAustralia: Want To Stop Terrorism? Get Out of the Middle East. The tragic loss of innocent lives to terrorist acts will not stop until we admit to the folly of current policies.
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 photo sword2.jpgGuardian: How Crises are Exploited by Politicians and Corporations. This is not the usual passing of the baton between parties. It’s a naked corporate takeover, one many decades in the making.
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Vulture: Norm Macdonald on Why He's Tired of Trump Satire and the Joke He'll Never Tell Again
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SpokesmanReview: Adam West, 1960s-Era Batman, dead at 88. Before Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Christian Bale and Ben Affleck...
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NoFilmSchool: German Expressionism Explained.
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This is awesome, and a bit bizarre. The classic Max Fleischer Betty Boop cartoon Minnie the Moocher featuring the legendary Cab Calloway.
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 6/10/17 

TruthDig: Lear, Not 1984, Defines Trump Era. The most prominent characteristic of our era is not the monolithic power of one party, but the erratic personality of one man. The best literary precedent for what we're enduring now is not the absolute order of Big Brother but the irrational eruptions of King Lear. (Google King Lear Trump.)
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Nation: Congress Has What It Needs to Impeach Trump. The evidence of Trump's obstruction of justice invites comparison with Watergate-era articles of impeachment - and demands action.
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NationalGeographic: How Eureka Moments in Science Happen. Newton getting bonked by an apple, Archimedes problem-solving in the bath: What eureka moments say — and don’t say — about the scientific process.
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CapitalPress: Moses Lake Farm First in Washington State to Plant Hemp. A Grant County farmer has planted 75 irrigated acres of hemp, becoming the first Washington grower to try a crop that remains a federally controlled substance, but can be cultivated under state supervision.
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SpokesmanReview: Simon Moorby Makes a Whiskey Sour. I know Simon and I know whiskey.
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 6/9/17 

Keith Olbermann: What We Now Know From James Comey.
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TruthDig: America's Real Red Scare. This list of Soviet problems, vintage 1986, should have a familiar ring to it, since it sounds uncannily like a description of what’s wrong with the United States today.
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FoxNews: Fox News Host Just Snapped On Trump. "Mr. President, you are the problem.
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Atlantic: How Does This End? Survival seems within reach for Trump, but perhaps not much more than that. Here are four alternatives for the scandal-plagued presidency of Donald Trump.
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AlterNet: Trump White House Transitions from Lies to Authoritarian-Style Propaganda. Trump is taking a page out of Putin's media playbook.
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Sam Harris: The Great Unraveling. Sam speaks with David Frum about polictical partisanship, recent security leaks, Trump's foreign policy, the Russia investigation, Kathy Griffin's joke, and other topics.
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 6/8/17 

Just watched the Comey testimony. Wow. Here's the entire 2 hours and 43 minutes along with the comments of journalists and White House correspondents. Here it is in 3 minutes.

Paul Ryan defends Trump on Comey saying, "The president's new at this."

Here is James Comey's opening statement to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

WashingtonPost: Five Key Things Said During Comey's Testimony
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SpokesmanReview: Spokane Police Investigate Homeland Security Agent for Rape and Burglary. Police are suspected of flashing his badge, then knocking a woman unconscious and raping her in her North Spokane apartment last week.
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Esquire: It's Time for Donald Trump to Leave the White House. His ignorance is matched only by his incompetence.
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Graphic by Bruce NaumanFox News Host Delivers Network's Most Withering Criticism of Trump to Date. 
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John Lennon describes the first time he took LSD in this animated video.
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DangerousMinds: Yves Tanguy - Master Surrealist. The man who ate spiders and created smutty sketches just for fun. 
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 6/7/17 

Nation: How to Topple a Dictator. An interview with Erica Chenoweth, a leading scholar of authoritarian regimes.
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NewYorker: Searching for Trump's Soul. "Trump is nothing if not a brilliant salesman," Mark Singer wrote in this 1997 profile of Donald Trump. 
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Aeon: Where did tarot cards come from? Not ancient Egypt, but a place almost as mysterious: Paris, in 1781, with its occult-obsessed secret societies and private clubs.
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TLS: Standing Up for Cinema. Film as an art form is routinely dismissed in comparison to books. The attitude is so taken for granted that people assume even Martin Scorsese subscribes to it. He doesn't.
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 6/6/17 

Wall Street Journal editorial board savages Trump's "humiliating," "self-destructive" tweeting. "Some people with a propensity for self-destructive behavior can’t seem to help themselves, President Trump apparently among them."
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NobelPrize: Hear Bob Dylan Recite His Nobel Lecture in Literature. Six months after he received the Nobel Prize in Literature at a ceremony he did not attend, the songwriter has fulfilled the award's criteria by delivering a lecture on the topic to the Swedish Academy.
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DerSpiegel: Donald Trump's Triumph of Stupidity. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other G-7 leaders did all they could to convince Trump to remain part of the Paris Agreement. But he didn't listen. Instead, he evoked deep-seated nationalism and plunged the West into a conflict deeper than any since World War II.
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 6/5/17 

Politico: Trump National Security Team Blindsided by NATO Speech. "They thought the president would commit to the principle of collective defense. They were wrong."
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Esquire: Trump Has No One in Charge of FEMA or the NOAA, Just in Time for Hurricane Season. Summer in Trumplandia. 
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WashingtonPost: Trumps's War Against the Checks on His Power Keeps Expanding. And as we know, Trump is used to being king...
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Fortune: How the United States Looked Before the EPA. The Nixon administration commissioned 100 photographers for the project.
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Smithsonian: The Most Treacherous Battle of World War I Took Place in the Italian Mountains. Even amid the carnage of the war, the battle in the Dolomites was like nothing the world had ever seen - or has seen since.
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DangerousMinds: Erotic French Postcards From the 1900s. Erotic postcards were the pornography of the late 1800s and early 1900s. Small pocket-sized cards with a risqué photograph on one side and a postcard design on the other. They were mainly produced in Paris.
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HiFructose: Kristen Liu-Wong Paints Candy-Colored Scenes of Sex and Violence. Cheerfully NSFW paintings of Satan worshippers, serial-killers, suicide and strange sex.
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Economist: The Richest Man Who Ever Lived. Jacob Fugger was a late-medieval banker from Germany. Were he alive today, he would have cut a swathe through Wall Street and the City. Not for nothing was he known as "Jacob the Rich." His story is still little known. 
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 6/4/17 

Smithsonian: Why Benedict Arnold Turned Traitor Against the American Revolution. The story behind the most famous betrayal in US history [until today] shows the complicated politics of the nation's earliest days.
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NewYorkMag: Trump Chooses Most Ironic Location in the Entire World for Anti-France Rally. [He should have one of his servants Google "Lafayette."]
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DailyBeast: The Great Betrayal of Middle America. The people who wanted Trump to halt the rule of their "betters" are having a rude awakening.
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VanityFair: This Anti-Aging Start-Up is Charging Thousands of Dollars for Teen Blood. Elizabeth Bathory goes high tech.
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OpenCulture: Watch Ten Classic German expressionist Films. From Nosferatu to The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.
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 6/3/17 

Todd Gitlin: Sean Spicer Reaches Orwellian Levels of "Duckspeak" With His News Briefing. The vocabulary and speaking style of Trump's press secretary resembles a form of speech from George Orwell's 1984.
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AlterNet: Never Has a President Been Quite So Big. So Absolutely Monstrous. Or Quite So Small. If luck doesn’t hold, Donald Trump may end up making Caligula and Nero look like statesmen.
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Here is Sherman Alexie's new short story in The New Yorker: Clean, Cleaner, Cleanest.
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NYT: Could Trump Muzzle Comey? A look at executive privilege.
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Salvador Dali's Bizarre, Sexy 1973 Playboy Photoshoot. A gaggle of Playboy Bunnies and a giant egg...
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Jimmy Kimmel on Trump's Decision to Leave the Paris Accord.
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 6/2/17 

Independent: Trump Exempts 17 Senior White House Staff Including Steve Bannon From Ethics Rules. Advisers Kellyanne Conway and Reince Priebus also among high-profile staffers granted waiver from standard conflict of interest checks. 
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SpokesmanReview: Watch Spokane's Whitworth University Choir stage a flash mob at the renowned Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain
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Politico: Washington State, California, and New York Band Together to Form Climate Alliance. A response to Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement.
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ForeignPolicy: The End of History Is the Birth of Tragedy. Americans have forgotten that historic tragedies on a global scale are real. They'll soon get a reminder.
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Smithsonian: The Reason This South American Tribe Shrunk Their Enemies' Heads. The Shuar of South America is the only tribe to have never been conquered by the Spanish Empire.
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DangerousMinds: The Magical and Disturbing Dream-Like Nude Oil Paintings of Erik Thor Sandberg
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 6/1/17 

RollingStone: Inside the Making of the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper." In 1967, the Beatles were at a crossroads — they quit touring, experimented with drugs and set out to change rock & roll forever. It was fifty years old today.
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NYT: Donald Trump's Insult to History. The tectonic plates of Europe are shifting, and President Trump is at the heart of this upheaval. 
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Why Comedy Matters. We’re used to thinking that the purpose of comedy is just to help us relax and ‘have a good laugh’. But in fact, the mission of comedy is far grander and more world-changing. We should wake up to the full potential of comedy. A video from The School of Life.
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Nation: Trump Is a Cornered Megalomaniac Who's Losing His Mind. Men like Trump do not fade gently into the political night.
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Alternet: Chinese Activists Probing Ivanka Trump's Factories Have Gone Missing. The two men were looking into labor abuses at a Trump clothing factory in China.
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Check out the podcasts from the legendary writer and editor Lewis Lapham
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 5/31/17  

I am so sorry that Kathy Griffin apologized for this traditional form of political protest. History is filled with this imagery - rendered both symbolically and with sharp knives. I would have included the video of that Nazi's limbs being torn off by wild horses and the torso flung to the celebratory bonfire as the townsfolk cheered --->
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Politico: Trump to Pull Out of Paris Climate Change Agreement. The upcoming decision is a victory for the nationalist wing of Trump's White House.
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SpokesmanReview: Rep. Matt Shea Makes a Desperate and Silly Attempt to Shield Himself From Defamation Lawsuit. Opinion from Shawn Vestal.
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Sam Harris speaks with Timothy Snyder about his book On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century.
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KREM: Spokane Rabbi's Facebook Event Flooded with Anti-Semitic Comments
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Telegraph: A History of Heads Lost and Heads Found. Book review - the history of decapitation that asks why severed heads have always bewitched the living.
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 5/30/17 

"Thump-thump ... Thump-thump ..."
   ~  my head


 5/29/17 

Chris Hedges: The Artist as Prophet. The artist, if true to his or her vocation, recovers the past and explains the present. The artist is the true chronicler of who we were and where we came from. Culture, in times of distress, is not a luxury but a life raft.
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In case you missed it: Bannon's War. The inside story of Trump adviser Stephen Bannon’s war — with radical Islam, Washington and White House rivals.
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Ted-Ed: A Brief History of Goths. What do fans of atmospheric post-punk music have in common with ancient barbarians?
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KQED: How Many US Soldiers Died in Each US War?
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AtlasObscura: When Science and the Occult Went Head-to-Head on a German Mountaintop. One of the spells in the "High German Black Book" was the "Bloksberg Tryst," a ritual designed to transform a young male goat into a human boy.
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 5/28/17 

Graphic by Otto DixNewRepublic: How the Nazis Made Art Fascist. The Nazis pursued a new aesthetics for a new order — and showed how swiftly liberal principles can be hollowed out.
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ForeignPolicy: Trump's Budget Is American Caesarism. Caesarism is roughly characterized by a charismatic strongman, popular with the masses, whose rule culminates in an exaggerated role for the military. America is moving in this direction.
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Atlantic: Why Would Jared Kushner Trust Russian Officials So Much? The reasons for the contacts between Trump associates and Russian officials—and the willingness of those associates to conceal those contacts—remain an ongoing mystery.
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Graphic by Otto DixFrontline: Inside the Armed Uprising Against the Federal Government. An investigation of how the Bundy family’s fight against the federal government invigorated armed militias and “patriot” groups — helping them grow to levels not seen in decades.
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Slate: 50 Million Years of Whale Evolution in One Minute
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RollingStone: The Allman Brothers Story. Read Cameron Crowe's iconic 1973 story on how Gregg Allman kept the Allman Brothers Band going after his brother's death.
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 5/27/17 

Zbigniew Brzezinski, dead at 89 ... NYT ... BBC  

Gregg Allman, Southern Rock pioneer, dead at 69.
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Politico: US Is Lone G7 Holdout On Supporting Paris Climate Deal. Trump refused to join his counterparts in the G7 Saturday in a pledge to uphold the 195-nation Paris accord on climate change, breaking the unified front of the world’s most exclusive geopolitical club.
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Here are the first two sentences of the ruling from the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit that shut down Trump's travel ban:

"The question for this Court, distilled to its essential form, is whether the Constitution, as the Supreme Court declared in Ex parte Milligan, 71 U.S. (4 Wall.) 2, 120 (1866), remains “a law for rulers and people, equally in war and in peace.” And if so, whether it protects Plaintiffs’ right to challenge an Executive Order that in text speaks with vague words of national security, but in context drips with religious intolerance, animus, and discrimination." [Italics mine]
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AlJazeera: At least 106 civilians, including 42 children, were killed in air strikes by the US-led coalition in eastern Syria.
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Atlantic: Trump's Moral Holiday. The permissiveness of Republican leaders who acquiesce to violence, collusion, and corruption is encouraging more of the same. 
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Paul Krugman: It's All About Trump's Contempt. Trump clearly despises the very voters who elected him.
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 5/26/17 

Politico: Montana Bodyslam Candidate Wins Election Despite an Assault Charge. Republican wins special House election, holding a longtime GOP seat a day after he was charged with assaulting a reporter.
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TruthDig: Pentagon Confirms Airstrike Killed More Than 100 Civilians in Mosul

DemocracyNow: US Navy SEALS killed Five Civilians in Raid in Yemen. The Pentagon says the raid targeted al-Qaeda and that seven militants were killed.
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HistoryToday: Romania's Problem with Dracula. Bram Stoker's most famous novel was published on this date in 1897. It put Transylvania on the tourist map – but not everyone was pleased.
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SeattleTimes: Voters in Washington state hated both Trump and Clinton more than in any other state
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Prospect: How a philosophy professor turned out to be a spokesman for the neo-Nazis.
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 5/25/17 

 photo 40.jpgSkeptic: The Conceptual Penis as a Social Construct. This academic paper - written as a hoax - that claimed penises cause climate change was reviewed and approved with no changes by two peer reviewers at a scientific journal.
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Guardian: Montana Republican Candidate Charged With Assault After "Body-Slamming" Guardian Reporter. He is alleged to have slammed a Guardian reporter to the floor on the eve of the state’s special election, breaking his glasses and shouting: “Get the hell out of here.”
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NationalGeographic: Ancient Slingshot Was as Deadly as a .44 Magnum. On a fortified hill in Scotland some 1,900 years ago, a Roman army used slings and lead bullets with lethal accuracy.
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NewRepublic: The Devastating Effects of Dental Inequality in America. The state of our teeth reveals - and reinforces - economic disadvantage in society.
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OpenCulture: Kurt Vonnegut Ponders Why "Poor Americans Are Taught to Hate Themselves." A timely passage from "Slaughterhouse-Five."
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Keith Olbermann: 40 Shady Things We Now Know About Trump and Russia
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"A grotesquely immoral budget." Bernie Sanders on Trump's budget plan.

Stephen Colbert describes the incredible cruelty of Trump's new budget proposal in no uncertain terms

Seth Meyers says Trump's cruel budget breaks his campaign promises.
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 5/24/17 

Been having some computer problems...

Let's recap: Following his Phat Phlattery Tour to Saudi Arabia, Trump flew to Israel and "prayed" at the Wailing Wall - yet God did not smote him with flying lava. Then off to Rome to meet with the pope. Same deal. No fire.
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CNN: Big Gifts For the Rich, Big Cuts For the Poor In Trump's Budget. He would give a lot more money to the defense industry and wealthy taxpayers, and he would pay for that with an unprecedented slashing of safety net programs for America's poor.
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"Trump brings peace to the Middle East!"
   ~  a Trump guy I know
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AmericanConservative: When ISIS Ran the American South. When the barbarians who burned people alive and celebrated it publicly were us. 

HistoryCollection: Mob Justice and Five of the Most Shocking Lynchings in America. Lynching has never been a legal form of capital punishment like hanging or firing squad. Yet, throughout the country, law enforcement overlooked the actions of angry mobs seeking vengeance for perceived crimes.
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NationalReview: The Seth Rich Conspiracy Theory is Shameful Nonsense. For the people who cannot bear to read anything that isn't from certified right-wing media, here is the very conservative National Review pleading on behalf of sanity.
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 5/22/17 

Trump is now in Israel. Be afraid...
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TheWeek: Trump's Groveling Speech in Saudi Arabia Was a National Embarrassment. "His speech was disgusting, nonsensical, and profoundly un-American. It was all terrorism, Iran, and empty flattery."
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Guardian: Image of Trump and Glowing Globe Perplexes Internet. "One orb to rule them all."
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Chris Hedges: The Death of the Republic. The despotic forces that destroyed ancient Rome and other empires are destroying us. And removing Trump would not halt the disintegration.

 AmericanConservative: Removing Trump Won't Solve America's Crisis. "There is no way out for America at this point."
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CvltNation: How 80s Punk Found Metal And Changed It Forever. Included is an historic collection of videos.
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 5/21/17 

TheWeek: Trump signs largest arms deal in American history - $350 billion over the next decade - with Saudi Arabia. 
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If you can stomach it, watch this video of Trump, Rex Tillerson, and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross dancing with murderers in Saudi Arabia. Catchy tune, but you can't behead to it.
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F _ _ _  Pippa.
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Investigative reporters have begun to flesh out the Trump/Russia timeline. To keep everything in one location, here’s an updated summary (so far).
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Vice: Exploring Yugoslavia's Mysterious Abandoned Brutalist Monuments. Photos of some forgotten post-World War II sculptures.
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HighTimes: The Time Jackie Kennedy Found Marijuana Growing in Her Garden. Throughout most of the early sixties, JFK and Jacqueline were as high as kites, receiving near-daily amphetamine-laced injections.
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Check out this short, animated documentary of how Hunter Thompson created gonzo journalism. On a binge with Ralph Steadman at the Kentucky Derby. 
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 5/20/17 

Everything he's touched has turned to shit, and now we're allowing Trump to visit the seats of the world's three great religions: what could possibly go wrong?
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Look! And it will easily fit in a 140-character tweet.    ----->
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Bill Maher: Orange Sphincter to the Rescue.
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AlterNet: As Impeachment Talk Grows, Have Trump's Former Top Aides Already Cut Deals With Federal Prosecutors? The art of the deal comes back to haunt Donald Trump.
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Samuel Beckett is perhaps the greatest playwright of the 20th century, and the author of the masterpiece, Waiting for Godot. It’s hard to understand the modern world without his perspective. Check out this about Beckett's literature from School of Life.
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HighTimes: Seven Biggest Myths About Drug Testing. No one wants to face a drug test, but anyone who tokes should be aware of some basic testing facts. You know, just in case.
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OpenCulture: Chris Cornell sings haunting acoustic covers of Prince, Michael Jackson, and Bob Marley. 
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"When I was young, I believed in three things: Marxism, the redemptive power of cinema, and dynamite. Now I just believe in dynamite."
   ~  Sergio Leone
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 5/19/17 

I'm finishing a proposal for a film project. I'll be back tomorrow, if we're all still here.


 5/18/17 

Atlantic: The Presidency Falls Apart. After an extraordinary 10 days, the tenure of the chief executive may have deteriorated beyond his ability to repair it.
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Politico: Republicans Jump On Special Prosecutor Bandwagon. Justice Department names former FBI Director Robert Mueller to oversee the Russia investigation.
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Time: Here's What Members of Congress Think About Impeaching Trump. One Dem called for it on the House floor.
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Esquire: Video Evidence of Authoritarianism in Washington, DC. The Turkish president's security detail beats peaceful protestors in front of the White House.
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Chris Cornell, one of the architects of the grunge movement, dead at 52.

Roger Ailes, pioneer of Fox News, dead at 77.
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Jimmy Kimmel: Schoolhouse Rock - I'm Just a Lie.
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OpenCulture: Edward Gorey Illustrates H. G. Wells' The War of the Worlds in His Inimitable Gothic Style. The book is now long out of print, but you can now see the fantastic illustrations online.
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Soundgarden - The Day I Tried To Live.
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 5/17/17 

NYT: The 25th Amendment Solution to Remove Trump. Removal, not impeachment, for a president unfit for office.
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ChicagoTribune: Why President Donald Trump Must Be Impeached. The time has come for Congress to launch an impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump for obstruction of justice.
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Atlantic: My Family's Slave. "She lived with us for 56 years. She raised me and my siblings without pay. I was 11, a typical American kid, before I realized who she was."
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Smithsonian: Is Gobekli Tepe the World's First Temple? Predating Stonehenge by 6,000 years, Turkey's stunning site upends the conventional view of the rise of civilization. 
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AtlasObscura: The Obsessively Detailed Map of American Literature's Most Epic Road Trips. Road trip with Kerouac and Fitzgerald and Twain and...
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DailyBeast: The Rise and Fall of the Infamous SarcMark
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OpenCulture: Kurt Vonnegut's Eight Tips on How to Write a Good Short Story. When it came to giving advice to writers, Kurt was never dull.
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 5/16/17 

WashingtonPost: Trump Revealed Highly Classified Information to Russian Foreign Minister and Ambassador. He was boasting of the "great intel" he receives when he discussed intelligence provided by a US partner.

CNN: Anderson Cooper and crew discuss Trump sharing classified info with Russians.
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SpokesmanReview: At Gonzaga commencement, writer Sherman Alexie tells graduates to "remember your promises."
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AmericanConservative: Interventionism and Ignorance Revisited. It shouldn't come as a surprise that less knowledge about a foreign country corresponds with a preference for more destructive and irresponsible policies.
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Keith Olbermann: Here's How Trump Could Already Be Prosecuted.
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 5/15/17 

WashingtonPost: Trump Must Be Impeached. Here's Why. "Now the country is faced with a president whose conduct strongly suggests that he poses a danger to our system of government."
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NYT: Trump's Madness Invites Mutiny. "Something is happening. It's in the air. It is an awakening, it is an adjustment, it is a growing up."
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Robert Reich: The End of Trump. The law is reasonably clear. If Trump removed Comey to avoid being investigated, that's an impeachable offense.
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NYT: US Checks and Balances "Under Assault" by Trump. Says former director of national intelligence, James R. Clapper Jr.
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Chris Hedges: Trump Is the Symptom, Not the Disease. The crisis we face is the result of a four-decade-long, slow-motion corporate coup that has rendered the citizen impotent, left us without any authentic democratic institutions and allowed corporate and military power to become omnipotent.
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WashingtonPost: Scientists Have Identified 50-Foot Creature That Washed Up On Indonesian Beach. A giant sea creature, possibly with tusks and possibly straight out of your nightmares...
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Futurism: Five Unsolved Mysteries That Keep Scientists Up at Night. From the mystery of dark matter to the inevitable end of the universe...
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 5/14/17 

Atlantic: Five Reasons the Comey Affair Is Worse Than Watergate. A journalist who covered Nixon’s fall 45 years ago explains why the current challenge to America may be more severe—and the democratic system less capable of handling it.
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Salon: Dead Man Lying. We're witnessing an historic moment. Unyielding dishonesty and belligerence have landed Trump one investigation away from impeachment.
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TheWeek: This Is How the Trump Administration Ends. "We have come to a very strange and bad place where we have to rejoice at the fact that the president of the United States lacks the basic managerial skills to lead any elaborate political plan to completion."
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DangerousMinds: The Mystery of the Dog Suicide Bridge. Over the past five decades, more than fifty dogs have jumped to their deaths from Overtoun Bridge, near Dumbarton, Scotland.
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ScreenCraft: 10 Scripts to Read Before You Die


 5/13/17 

Fox: "This isn't a game." Chris Wallace and Shep Smith on Friday were perplexed by the recent developments in the ongoing Donald Trump/James Comey saga, with the hosts noting the president’s actions only serve to erode the trust of the American people.
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American Conservative magazine calls for Trump's impeachment.
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Economist: Trump sets out the ideas behind Trumponomics. His economic plans are based on a picture of America that is decades out of date—and dangerous for America and the world
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Vice: Even Conservatives Know Jeff Sessions Won't Win the War on Drugs. Trump's attorney general just told prosecutors to go hard on mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenders.
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Salon: Humorist P. J. O'Rourke on Trump's Impending Doom. "You could be really unpleasantly surprised."
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 5/12/17 

Harsh words from ForeignPolicy: "We have the tin-pot leader whose vanity knows no bounds. We have the rapacious family feathering their nests without regard for the law or common decency. We have utter disregard for values at home and abroad, the disdain for democracy, the hunger for constraining a free press, the admiration for thugs and strongmen worldwide."
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I watched a good but very unsettling documentary called The Imposter, about a 13-year-old boy who vanished in Texas and showed up three years later in Spain. He had the same tattoos but looked different and spoke with an accent. An investigator attempts to unravel the mystery. I saw it on Netflix DVD.
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PublicDomainReview: Pointed hats, broomsticks, caldrons, cats. Why do we assume witches look a certain way? Blame the rise of the mass-produced woodcut.
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My friend Simon, bartender at Hogwash Whiskey Den, shows how to make an Old Fashioned
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Hey, girl, I'll cover your preexisting condition...
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You can take the entire Cornell University physics course, via these lectures by the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman on YouTube.
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 5/11/17 

Vice: What Would Happen in the Minutes and Hours After a Coup in America. Never going to happen, right?
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Atlantic: This is Not a Drill. Who can sincerely believe that President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey for any reason other than to thwart an investigation of serious crimes? Which crimes—and how serious—we can only guess. 
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RollingStone: There's No One to Hold Donald Trump Accountable. The creeping sense of terror you're feeling in the wake of the president firing James Comey is entirely appropriate.
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     Al Franken slams Trump for firing Comey. 
     Keith Olbermann: You can't fire the person investigating you
     Samantha Bee tears into Trump's "Clusterfuck of Ineptitude" on Comey.
     Seth Meyers on the fallout from firing Comey.
     Trevor Noeh: The shady firing of Comey.
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NYT: Sessions to Toughen Rules on Prosecuting Drug Crimes. A major rollback of Obama-era policies that would put his first big stamp on a Justice Department he has criticized as soft on crime.
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 5/10/17 

NYT: Comey Firing Draws Comparisons to Nixon's Saturday Night Massacre. It was one of the most dramatic turns of events in the Watergate scandal.
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Esquire: What Was James Comey Thinking? FBI Director Comey has long been renowned for his integrity and independence. So why did he upend the 2016 election? An exclusive report from inside the FBI.
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CBC: Emergency Declared at Hanford Nuclear Site in Washington State. Hundreds of workers were in "take cover" position after a tunnel in a plutonium finishing plant collapsed yesterday morning.
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Nautilus: What Trump's Simplified Language Means. “You don’t have to be an expert on dangerousness or spend 50 years studying it like I have in order to know how dangerous this man is.”
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TruthDig: 24 Key Issues Ignored by the Washington Elite and the Media. The media's current obsession with Donald Trump just provides one additional excuse for highlighting trivia, while slighting issues that deserve far more attention.
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HighTimes: Trump Says He'll Do What He Wants about Medical Marijuana. It’s not easy keeping up with Trump’s contradictions, bizarre bragging, blatant lies and general ignorance of how government functions. And, yeah, the fact that he doesn’t seem to realize there’s this document called the Constitution.
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 5/9/17 

Keith Olbermann: Sally Yates is an American Hero.
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John Oliver: Net Neutrality II.
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Guardian: Trump's Ignorance is Becoming More Evident With Each Passing Day. It's laughable when pundits try to distill a Trump doctrine from his word salad. 
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Nation: Economic Anxiety Didn't Make People Vote Trump, Racism Did. New data provide a compelling answer to this vexing question.
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Spiked: Nietzsche's Enlightenment. Poor Nietzsche. Not only is he blamed for World War I and Nazism, but he's maligned as the godfather of postmodern relativism. Nonsense. He was a champion of the Enlightenment.
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Atlantic: It Took a Century to Created the Weekend, and Only a Decade to Undo It. "A Marxist might point out that the weekend is an act of corporate trickery, a dangling carrot that keeps workers tethered to their jobs."
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Nautilus: Why Power Brings Out Your True Self. "... power does not merely corrupt: It exposes your true character. It releases inhibitions and sets your inner self free. If you’re a jerk..."
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17 objetos sonoros prehispánicos originales de cerámica de la reserva arqueológica del Museo MAAC -Guayaquil/Ecuador.
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OpenCulture: Werner Herzog Offers 24 Pieces of Filmmaking and Life Advice. "Ask for forgiveness, not permission."
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Chris Hedges: Going to the Daytime Emmys. "There were once gradations of culture. There were once broadcast news programs that took journalism seriously. There were once talk shows that focused on books, political philosophy, economic theory, art and ideas. There was once a literate public. This is gone now, replaced by a vast burlesque."
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NYT: And Jesus Said Unto Paul of Ryan
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 5/7/17 

Oh yeah, it's Bloomsday today. It's a Spokane thing. I'll be celebrating my 41st year of not running. Here's where to follow the madness. My prediction: the Kenyan will win.
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 OpenCulture: Kurt Vonnegut Diagrams the Shape of All Stories in a Mater's Thesis Rejected by The University of Chicago. "What has been my prettiest contribution to the culture?" asked Vonnegut. His answer?
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Bloomberg: The Mozart in the Machine. Art is rooted in emotions. So what happens when algorithms are able to understand and manipulate human emotions better than Mozart, Picasso, or Shakespeare?
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photo by ssgStreet artist Blu creates a powerful, hand-painted stop motion film around a water tower: Big Bang Boom.
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This is what IBM thinks the world will be like in five years. 
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Aeon: The Cosmology of Poe. Edgar Allan Poe is known for his supernatural horror and detective stories. But in his final major work, Eureka, he turned to cosmology.
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 5/6/17 

SpokesmanReview: McMorris Rodgers Says It's the People We Love Who Are the Inspiration Behind Trump's AHCA.

Inlander: A Counterargument to McMorris Rodgers' Defense of Thursday's Trumpcare Vote
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OpenCulture: A History of Alternative Music Mapped Out on a Transistor Radio Circuit Board - 300 punk, alt and indie artists.
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Vox: Marx Still Matters. What the modern left can learn from the philosopher.

Mubi: Essential Movies for a Student of Philosophy. Movies that (seem to be) incarnations of classic philosophical thought experiments or movies that have a major philosophical problem as a main theme. I was so happy to see some of my favorite films included: A Clockwork Orange, Rope, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Pi, Waking Life, The Pervert's Guide to Cinema, and others.
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Reuters: Danish Brewer Puts the "P" in Pilsner. A Danish brewery is drawing on 50,000 liters of urine collected from the largest music festival in Northern Europe to produce a novelty beer.
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 5/5/17 

NYT: The Trumpcare Disaster. "In a display of breathtaking hypocrisy, House Republicans — without holding any hearings or giving the Congressional Budget Office time to do an analysis — passed a bill that would strip at least 24 million Americans of health insurance."
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SpokesmanReview: The American Health Care Act 101. A primer on what the bill passed by the House would do if enacted into law.
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Dead Kennedys - Kill the Poor.
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Keith Olbermann: The Shame and Cruelty of the GOP. "Be heartbroken. Be terrified. Be angry. But mostly, be calmly vengeful.  Quietly, persistently, permanently vengeful. Trump and Ryan and every so-called man and woman who voted for this medieval act, this barbarism, we know your names, we will destroy your careers, we will make you suffer..."
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This 2014 tweet from Donald Trump is pure prophecy.
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Aeon: The Complexity of Social Problems is Outsmarting the Human Brain. Social problems are fantastically complex, while human minds are severely under-engineered. Is democracy doomed?
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ScreenPrism: What's So Great About Twin Peaks?
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FactMag: A Staggering Amount of Vinyl Was Sold On Record Store Day 2017. Another landmark year for the format.
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 5/4/17 

George Will: Trump Has a Dangerous Disability. "It is urgent for Americans to think and speak clearly about President Trump’s inability to do either."
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Nautilus: From 1500 to 1700, the way humans read was transformed. They did it in private, at their own pace, rereading and thinking about reading. They deepened a new set of cognitive skills.
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Greg Palast: Trump's Tax Cuts Are More Evidence America's Billionaires Have Staged a Political Coup. "Those guys in the red trucker hats - he's pissing in their faces."
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Conversation: Experts Have Revealed the Potential Dangers of Elon Musk's Neuralink Brain Interface. Ultra high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces to connect humans and computers might be a bad idea.
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 photo tumblr_nvebs18mr81ru5h8co1_500.gifKeithOlbermann: Why Won't the Press Ask Trump Anything?
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Smithsonian: How Shaving Brushes Gave World War I Soldiers Anthrax. A critical shaving tool caused critical illness in hundreds of people.
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WashingtonPost: Breitbart's Frustration With Trump Just Boiled Over. It's all about "The Wall."
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 5/3/17 

Keith Olbermann: Trump's New War on Free Speech
                              Trump is Panicking About Russia.
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Forbes: A Massive Lake of Molten Carbon the Size of Mexico Was Just Discovered Under the US. A recent scientific discovery has drastically changed our view of the global carbon cycle and identified a new significant risk.
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HighTimes: Could Smoking Marijuana Contribute to the Next Flu Pandemic? There are around 10 million more Americans than a decade ago passing around that joint.
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Ozy: How the West Carved Up the Middle East. Because the end of the Ottoman Empire was the beginning of the modern Middle East.
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 photo ap190x21012x161f8f8f8t-pad210x230f8f8f8.lite-1.jpgAncientOrigins: The Miracle of the Sun, 1917: Ancient Angels at Fatima? If the apparitions which are said to have been witnessed at Fatima in 1917 had taken place centuries earlier they might have been described as Fairy encounters or visions of spirits and demons.
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 5/2/17 

ForeignPolicy: How War In Korea Might Unfold. If there is one problem the US military has studied and thought about, it is another war on the Korean peninsula. 
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SpokesmanReview: Riverfront Park pavilion, an icon of Expo '74, to undergo extensive renovation.
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Smithsonian: Some Very Compelling Evidence the Tower of Babel Was Real. Inside the legendary city of Babylon in modern-day Iraq lie the remains of a vast structure, which ancient records suggest was the Tower of Babel. 
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LitReactor: Ten Horror Movies I Wish Were Novels. Most of your favorite horror movies are novel adaptations. Here are the movies I wish I could read.
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DesignYouTrust: Polish Artist Illustrates His Fight Against Depression In Mysterious Dark And Surreal Paintings. Sometimes you can take your weakness and turn it into something beautiful.
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 5/1/17 

IWW: The Brief Origins of May Day. Wikipedia: Mayday, Mayday, or Mayday? CNN: What is May Day, anyway?
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HistoryLink: IWW formally begins Spokane free-speech fight, 1909.

SpokesmanReview: It would take an entire book to do justice to this wild period of Spokane’s history. Yet we can sum it up a few sentences...

SpokaneHistorical: IWW offices raided and martial law declared, 1917.
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Playboy: Trump Accomplished More in His First 100 Days Than We Give Him Credit For. Trump could leave office tomorrow and still qualify as the most consequential POTUS in any living American's memory.
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Vice: Marijuana-Induced Anxiety Is Weed Culture's Bigfoot. Ever get the fear when you smoke up? Scientists are still trying to work out why.
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NYMag: The Philosophical Fascists of the Gay Alt-Right. Among the priests of the "religion" of masculinity.
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