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



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Running With Scissors Since 1999


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with my friend
Spokane director 
Jesse James Hennessy

Check out some of the press this project has been receiving:

Dread Central
B Movie Film Vault
 Written in Blood

How 'bout watchin'

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

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

What I Learned from 
the Spokane Anarchists

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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My brush with the
Black Scythe 9/1/13


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

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

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

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

I come upon a cloudburst near 
Joshua Tree National Park.

I helped Jesse produce 
his Mr. Dark series. 

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The full series is online


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

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

I make soup.

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

I've been a part of

NYC 100 Hour Film Race

The Dairy Heirs

NYC 24 Hour Film Race


A Drink in the Dark
(Made the top 24 films in this worldwide competition. Premiered in New York.)

50 Hour Film Slam


The Burning

Oxy and Drakkar

48 Hour Film Fest

The Appraisal


The Sacrifice

The Tenth Floor



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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.


 It's a joke. 
It's just a joke.

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


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

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.


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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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 

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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.

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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with weird stories 
behind them.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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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Jumping to Conclusions 
at Pig Out in the Park


Occupy Spokane's
 Diverse Folk

Deer in Downtown Spokane

Bestial Zen


Drunk Dude Rescued

Because Art Matters


Shadows of Luigi

Do you smite me, sir?


$1 PBRs

Where Did I Put 
My Sunglasses?

Ledger Parade


Shem in Snow

The Line

Leroy Promo

Dealing with Evil


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
#1 - #2 - #3 - #4

Prototype Project
Issues 1 - 5



Other Past Issues

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

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OPINION   WikiLeaks: More evidence the Democratic National Committee tipped the scales for Clinton.

Ten scariest rock and roll songs of all time.

Check out this intricate, interactive map of alternative music history.

Watch a dude destroy Trump's Hollywood Walk of Fame star with a sledgehammer.

What is hashish and how does it relate to cannabis?

The disturbing true story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin.


The 70 greatest conspiracy theories in pop-culture history: Paul is dead.

Bernie Sanders is prepared to be a liberal thorn in Clinton's side.

Tom Hayden, social and political activist, dead at 76.

Rob Brewster is redeveloping the old McKinley School in East Central Spokane.

Jack Chick, publisher of evangelical Christian "Chick tracts", dead at 92.

John Oliver on opioid abuse.


 photo stick_figures_hand_shake_anim_500_clr.gifHere's one of those phony things we do that I wish we'd stop: You know when some politician is meeting some head-of-state or some dignitary, and they're shaking hands, and they just keep on shaking and shaking for the cameras, and it all seems so uncomfortable and pretentious, still shaking still shaking, and everyone is thinking, Okay, you can stop shaking now, and everybody looks like they wish they were someplace else? Let's not do that anymore.

Short of troops to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan a decade ago, the California National Guard enticed thousands of soldiers with bonuses of $15,000 or more to reenlist and go to war. Now the Pentagon is demanding the money back.

How science fiction got the future wrong. Great-power rivalry, demographic collapse, mass migration have been absent from futurist literature.


Here's what crippled the internet. "We have seen three waves and here is no reason why we can't expect more."

How to lie: Pro tips from an undercover cop, a lawyer, and a dominatrix.

Forty of the scariest books of the last 200 years.

Why Trump TV would thrive. If you build it, they will come.

What is the secret behind gravity hills? Gravity hills are a type of slope where things seem to move against gravity on their own accord. For instance, if water is poured onto the surface of the hill, it would seem to move upwards, instead of in the opposite direction, as one might expect it to. Ten magnetic hills, gravity roads and mystery spots.


Season Three of the amazing series Black Mirror is now streaming on Netflix. The series features stand-alone dramas - sharp, suspenseful, satirical tales that explore techno-paranoia. My highest recommendation!

WikiLeaks poisons Hillary's relationship with the left: liberals vow to push back against her agenda and appointments.

WikiLeaks reveals late astronaut Ed Mitchell's dedication to aliens.

Carl Bernstein warns of a "neo-fascist" movement and media empire if Trump loses.

Once upon a time: The lure of the fairy tale.

Spokane Tribe to rename Canada Island in Riverfront Park.

The philosophy of Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius: Stoicism is a tool anyone can use to seek wisdom, strength, and the "good life."

"I was young enough to believe that I could be anybody." Revisiting Balthus's painting "Therese Dreaming."


S-R columnist Shawn Vestal: "Say what you will about the frustrations of road construction: It’s another signal among many that downtown Spokane is poised to take another leap forward. ... Put simply: Downtown Spokane is in the midst of a massive, generational transformation, a series of changes that will redefine it for years to come."

WikiLeaks poisons Hillary's relationship with the left.

What if Trump refuses to concede? Although the failure by a major party nominee to concede defeat on election night would throw American democracy into uncharted territory, from a legal standpoint it would hardly make a difference.

Madonna to provide "special service" to fans who vote for Hillary.

Bob Dylan removes mention of Nobel prize from his website.

A letter by Arthur Rimbaud to his family, dated 1878, about crossing the Swiss Alps.


I never thought I'd say this: Nice work Chris Wallace. Trump was less bombastic than usual, and it didn't work well for him. Hillary won the debate - probably the election.

Here's the entire ordeal.

This election cycle has seen many scary moments, but none as dangerous as Trump's refusal to say whether he would accept the results of the election.

The 17 other WTF moments of the debate.

John Pilger on why Hillary Clinton is more dangerous than Donald Trump.

A book by its cover: The strange history of books bound in human skin.


The rules for tonight's Presidential Debate Drinking Game now include options for snorting Drano and injecting Krocodil directly into your eyeballs.

The US and Russia are prepping for Doomsday: With the collapse of yet another arms reduction agreement, DC and Moscow are now sitting on a stockpile of plutonium good for tens of thousands of years.

Why won't anyone admit that America is fighting five wars?

One of Spokane's torture doctors trying to keep his waterboarding book secret before federal trial.

The Guardian's review of Michael Moore in TrumpLand: part dingus, part holy roller aiming to help Clinton.

100 years ago in Spokane: Pastor blames booze, golf and cars for people skipping church.

Here are The Stranger's endorsements for the November 2016 General Election.


When you're in the voting booth next month, be sure to take an excessively long time, then poke your head from the curtain and shout, "Hey, there's no toilet paper in here."

New York Times: Bob Dylan and his poetic gift.

Frontline: Confronting ISIS.

A school that embraced paradox, chance, irony, and humor. It sought to free people from the insanity of the times: What was Dada

John Oliver would like to remind you that the third party candidates are crazy as well.

A disproportionate number of mass killings in the US have been committed by military veterans. We should be asking ourselves why.


"The first symptom of a degraded aristocracy is a lack of capable candidates for the throne. After years of indulgence, ruling families become frail, inbred and isolated, with no one but mystics, impotents and children to put forward as kings. Think of Nikolai Romanov reading fortunes as his troops starved at the front. Weak princes lead to popular uprisings."

An interview with the most hated man on the internet: Milo Yiannopoulos.

Noam Chomsky unveils America's deplorable history of playing footsie with fascism.

Fareed Zakaria talks to Bill Maher about Trump and his followers.

Selling a dictatorship: Throughout its decade of power, the Peron regime in Argentina pumped out propaganda of every kind, exploiting every medium, in a massive effort to rally the country behind him.

From the American Conservative: "Trump is not a builder; he’s a destroyer. But he is our destroyer. We are all responsible for conjuring him up, and we all have to participate in the exorcism."


Washington Post: Russians are not preparing for war.
ABC News: Russians are preparing for war.

Trump calls for Hillary drug test before the next debate.

Trump's refusal to accept intelligence briefing on Russia stuns experts.

Speech transcripts disclosed by WikiLeaks show Clinton avoided blaming Wall Street.


photo by JamesThere are more than just a few websites that are saying Trump is the prophesied leader who the Bible says is the next Cyrus the Great.
      Google Trump Cyrus the Great.
      Here's the most entertaining: Trey Smith's TRUMP - The Coming Landslide.

Yesterday afternoon, KXLY.com posted the following: Unidentified fighter jets buzz Spokane/Coeur d'Alene. It was a bit unsettling. Later it was revealed that they were on a training mission from the Marine Corps in Miramar, CA.

Nostalgia Magazine: Rock and Roll collectibles from Spokane, Washington.

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New York Times: (Trump is) Burning down the house.

What Ken Bone's porn preferences tell us about internet privacy today.

How two newspapers brought down Trump.


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Bob Dylan wins Nobel Prize for Literature.

High winds and heavy rains are coming to the Inland Northwest. 

Trump says he'll be dating the 10-year-old in 10 years

A timeline of Trump's creepiness while he owned Miss Universe.

Team Trump is reportedly "furious" about the growing trickle of women accusing Trump of fondling, groping, and unwanted kissing, and Trump isn't going down without a fight.

Russia, US move past Cold War to unpredictable confrontation.

State department spokesman struggles to explain difference between US-supported Saudi airstrikes in Yemen and the Russian strikes in Syria.

"If they vote for Hillary it's war ... There will be Hiroshimas and Nagasakis everywhere," said an ultra-nationalist ally of Putin.


Carpe Cunnus, Donaldites.

Trump won't drop out. Republicans will see what it feels like to be forced to carry something to term they don't want or can't afford.

The choice this election is between everything that is wrong with our culture and everything that is wrong with our government.

The 18 essential foreign-policy questions Clinton and Trump need to answer.

The most explosive new Wikileaks revelations: Newly released emails provide a window into the inner-workings of Clinton World.

Okay, now it's just getting weird: Glen Beck says electing Hillary "is a moral, ethical choice."

The disturbing medieval practice of gibbeting.

The long-awaited revival of architectural Brutalism.

Nine facts about breasts: Scientists have done bizarre studies on the cultural fascination with breasts.


Trump's erratic and defective temperament was squarely in the spotlight at last night's debate. Seeking to recover from the "Trump tape," he delivered a bullying performance, using language we have not heard in the age of televised presidential debates.

Trump says he'll toss Clinton in the slammer: The jailing of political opponents is a feature of repressive dictatorships, not vibrant democracies. But it is fully in keeping with how Trump’s campaign has worked.

Washington state Republican delegates call for Trump to step down.

The editors of Foreign Policy magazine have never endorsed a candidate - until now.

Not just Trump: The chilling rise in global authoritarianism.

The developing world thinks Hitler is underrated: In the West, the Nazi Fuhrer is thought of as a genocidal maniac - elsewhere, he's considered a political inspiration.


It's not about the words. Trump was bragging about committing sexual assault. He bragged about grabbing non-consenting women between the legs (or whatever word your intelligence level dictates you call that area). Are people who are defending his behavior saying that grabbing a non-consenting woman between the legs is not sexual assault?

Pussy Whipped Trump.

The RNC has lawyers examining the possibility of putting forth another nominee one month from Election Day, with ballots already printed and early voting in progress in some states.

The Habsburg royal family behaved strangely, had some weird ideas, and were apparently mentally ill. A mysterious mental illness may actually have been one of the reasons for the fall of their dynasty.


Republicans rush to condemn Trump after lewd video emerges. "And when you're a star they let you do it," Trump says. "Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything."

And then he issued an apology that wasn't.

Washington State GOP Chair says it's okay 'cause Trump "was a Democrat at the time."

Hillary Clinton’s paid closed-door speeches to Wall Street banks apparently included her dreams of “open trade and open borders,” according to hacked emails made public Friday by WikiLeaks.

Howard Dean: How to move beyond the two-party system. The major parties have a stranglehold on our elections. A different form of voting would give minor parties a bigger voice in campaigns.

Salvador Dali's bizarre sex-cookbook to be republished.


Here's the list: Visual Arts Tour kicks off a month of arts-related events in Spokane.

The US Air Force just dropped two fake nukes: The tests in the Nevada desert come as tensions rise with Russia and the Pentagon seeks to replace its aging nuclear arsenal.

Here's the European science journal - Europhysics News - that concludes building collapses on 9/11 were caused by controlled demolitions. [Note: This is not "The European Scientific Journal" as some websites are reporting.]

Karl Marx, yesterday and today: (This from The New Yorker!) The nineteenth-century philosopher's ideas may help us to understand the economic and political inequality of our time.

What was the purpose of the giant stone jars of the Xieng Khouang plain?


In 2010, Lil Wayne did eight-months in Rikers Island, where he  kept a journal. Here’s an excerpt from Gone ’Til November. Out this week. I like it. It's well-written, revealing prose.

The CIA says it can predict social unrest as early as 3 to 5 days out. The reason: a dramatic improvement in analytics, cloud computing and "deep learning."

The Donald fancied himself a player in the ’90s, but shock jock Howard Stern knew just how to play him. Now that’s back to haunt the candidate.

Thermobaric bombs and other nightmare weapons of the Syrian civil war.

The shifting symbolism of the Gadsden flag.

An elder from a remote Papua New Guinea tribe wished to keep a waning tradition alive so he prepared for his own mummification.

The Atlantic magazine endorses Hillary Clinton, only the third presidential endorsement in their 159-year history: Lincoln in 1860 and LBJ in '64.

What the average diet was like in medieval times.

How many laser pointers would it take to kill a human?


This Halloween I'm gonna buy a gigantic, cartoon sledgehammer, and if any any creepy clown comes chasing after me with a big knife or holding a bunch of balloons or something, boy, oh, boy, it's really gonna suck to be him.

Here's a short rant I posted on Facebook exactly four years ago today:

     With all of the whining about the presidential debate, let's not forget the things that Obama and Romney do wholeheartedly agree on:
     Both support unmanned aerial drone warfare and targeted assassination of alleged terrorist suspects. Both want to bomb, bomb, bomb Iran. Both think Gitmo is neato. Both are for torture, whether the solitary confinement of whistleblowers in this country or "extraordinary rendition" in others. Both support the growing surveillance state and the erosion of civil liberties via the Patriot Act. Both are for the continuation of the devastating drug war. Both support overturning the most basic civil liberty of them all: due process, via the National Defense Authorization Act. Both are funded by the same banks and lobbyists, while claiming they want to "reform Wall Street."
     A vote for either of these of these criminals is a vote to continue the policies that are destroying this country.

US suspends contact with Russia over Syria impasse. [How retro.]

Spokesman-Review: Clown hysteria makes its way to the Inland Northwest.

Garrison Keillor: The question no one is asking about Donald Trump.


Clown lives matter.The plethora of creepy clown sightings across America shouldn't surprise anyone when you consider how many can fit into one of those tiny cars.

Creepy clown spotted on Coeur d'Alene trail. Creepy clown sighting reported in Pierce County. Clown sightings: The psychology of creepy clowns. Killer Clowns: Inside the terrifying hoax sweeping America. Killer Clowns sweeping America. Police weigh in on creepy clown sightings in the Inland Northwest.

The Sociopath's Diary, NYT op-ed.

Nation's first carbon tax is on the ballot in Washington. It is opposed by both business and labor groups. So, who's supporting it, and why?

When René Magritte wasn’t stoking the flames of his surreal obsession with men in bowler hats, he was writing art criticism: and now some of it is finally available in English

Clown lives matter...


A video editor describes how he made fake al Qaeda propaganda films for the Pentagon in Iraq that were specially encoded to track whoever watched them.

What happens to your body and brain when you combine different drugs.

Do Earth laws apply to Mars colonists? 

DNA testing on 2,000-year-old elongated Paracas skulls changes known history.

On creepiness. Clowns, taxidermists, and funeral directors: We think they're odd - but why? Perhaps they pose a threat. Or perhaps they simply transgress the natural order.


Spokane's Spokesman-Review endorses Hillary Clinton for president. It's their first endorsement of a Democratic candidate since Bill Clinton in 1992.

This could end up being the new national anthem: "Choctaw Bingo."

The New York Times has obtained Trump's 1995 tax records. They suggest he could have paid no federal income tax for 18 years. The NYT risked legal trouble to publish the returns: Federal law makes it illegal to publish an unauthorized tax return.

ACLU: Cities across America are pushing back against secret surveillance by police.

Microdosed: An everyperson's guide to hallucinogenic therapy.

Like millions of immigrants, Friedrich Trump disembarked at Castle Garden, in New York, and made his way in a crowded, polyglot, grossly unequal city.

In an alley in postwar France, the greatest painters and sculptors of the time once lived and worked together, sharing beds, a single toilet and their creative brilliance.


Time might exist only in your head: To physics, time has no direction, until you come along and give it a past, present, and future.

This Tokyo pod-living experiment turned out to be a failure.

The Pseudo Bowl of politics: Is it time to end these phony debates?

How a rude egomaniac has effectively channeled working-class anger.

Did we evolve opposable thumbs so we could punch each other in the face?


If you missed it the other night, you can stream Frontline's "The Choice 2016." If you're voting for Clinton or Trump you really, really need to see this.

Sam Harris TED Talk: Can we build AI without losing control over it?

The notion of time travel beguiled Bertrand Russell, Kurt Gödel, and Stephen Hawking. Has any idea produced more convoluted and futile philosophical analysis?

USA Today's editorial board has never sided in a presidential election, until today: Trump is "unfit for the presidency."

The shock of the crazed: The hidden world of Art Brut.

Hidden powers: Six amazing things your unconscious mind can do.


Congress overrides Obama's veto of 9/11 bill, which will allow families to sue the Saudi government.

Mexican magazine Letras Libres declares Donald Trump an "American fascist." 

At the debate, each candidate was clueless on America's place in the world, says military historian.

Alex Jones says Hillary was giving secret signals to Lester Holt.

Scholars have long wondered why complex mythical stories that surface in cultures widely separated in space and time are strikingly similar: Society's myths are tracable to primordial origins.

It's the world's largest post-apocalyptic festival that makes Burning Man look lame.

Thieves ram pot shop in North Spokane. Got away with a bunch of bongs. Pot locked up. Duh.

You think your boss is a jerk? Meet Mike Davis of Tiger Oil Company: “Do not speak to me when you see me,” Davis ordered in a memo. “If I want to speak to you, I will do so. I want to save my throat. I don’t want to ruin it by saying hello to all of you.”

Poll finds seven percent of voters have ended friendships over the election.


Vladimir Putin resurrects the KGB. The new agency revives the name of Stalin's secret police.

Chelsea Clinton suggests marijuana is killing people.

Scientific American says Trump is driven by one thing and one thing only: the search for glory.

America is officially overrun by terrifying evil clowns (and we're not talking politics).

This is how Elon Musk plans to get one million people to Mars.


I hate them both so much. I hate what their parties have become. I hate the system that's oozed out of their sliminess. This makes me impartial. And my impartiality says Trump could have won that debate had he not eventually tripped all over his own bombast. That is not to say that Clinton won, she didn't, although she had some notable moments. The winner of the debate was Lester Holt (who, as it turned out, was not wearing a suicide jacket, as I hoped) with Donny and Hill tied for a distant second.

After the big dog debate, KSPS went to a gubernatorial debate between Washington State Governor Jay Inslee and challenger Bill Bryant. But, they did not bring out totally wicked swords and those old Roman gladiatorial nets, so they lost me.

Stephen Colbert sums up the presidential debate.

Here's The Spokesman-Review's full coverage of the debates.

Here are Politico's fact checks of the debate.

New York Times' fact checks. NPR's fact checks.

Eight examples where "fact-checking" became opinion journalism.

Rolling Stone's 19 WTF moments from the first presidential debate.

"It doesn't matter how the debates go, or what the polls say; the press will portray the final stretch of this horserace as neck and neck, a photo finish, you won't want to miss this, stay tuned."


Aww, all is forgiven. I guess Stalin was too busy being dead for some FLOTUS love. 

Five ways candidates mislead you in debates: A guide to the tactics of political deception, why they work - and how to avoid being fooled.

Five things to watch in tonight's debate.

The 8 biggest unforced errors in debate history: A mistake on live TV that permanently cements the way voters see a candidate.

Stephen Hawking is still afraid of aliens.

Seven things you need to know about deceptively harmful technology.

Google tracks every move you make, and here's the link to prove it.

And on a somewhat related note: The 24 top pot destinations.

Ten rising scientists predicted to transform their research fields.

Golf great Arnold Palmer dead at 87.


How to win a debate with mind games and dirty tricks.

High Hitler: How Nazi drug abuse steered the course of history.

Who's in charge of America after a catastrophe? Who knows?

Here's a well-written piece about internet supervillain troll Milo Yiannopoulos in Out Magazine. 

The Huffington Post published an article about Yiannopoulos, comparing him to Nazi military officer Ernst Rohm.

LGBT media condemns Out Magazine article as a puff piece.

Buying recreational cannabis: Do's and Don'ts.


 My angry phase...   photo - ssg   Spokane Valley could become a Second Amendment sanctuary city. But proponent councilman couldn't say what that means.

In some parts of open-carry America, even a trip to Wal-Mart can require an AR-15.

The illustrated map of America's worst utopias: The road to weird food communities and sex cults is paved with good intentions.

The Depression radically changed the way Americans ate.

The 2016 Ig Nobel prizes are awarded: Studies of the sex life of rats, and the personalities of rocks are "honored."

Siskel and Ebert give "Faces of Death" two thumbs down, 1987.

A new app tracks your location in the air and gives you historic and geographical information about what's below. 

The sum of all numbers on a roulette wheel is 666.


Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich is calling on the Spokane County Republican Party to censure state Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, as a result of Shea’s allegations that a sheriff’s deputy was connected to a triple homicide in Spokane.

Take away the drug marketplaces and whistleblower forums and the dark web is mostly garbage.

The audacious plan to save this man's life by transplanting his head.

The American Conservative magazine says "A Trump presidency would be destabilizing in a way we have never seen before."

The 257 people Donald Trump has insulted on Twitter.

George Carlin: How to Speak English
                         Common Phrases.
                         Stupid Euphemisms.


Essay: Sodom, LLC.  The Marquis de Sade and the office novel.

Microsoft says it will cure cancer in the next 10 years by treating the disease in the same way as a computer virus.

Countries don't really recover from being taken over by unstable authoritarian nationalists of any political bent - right or left. If Trump comes to power, there is a decent chance that the American experiment will be over.

The apocalypse has been good to Seth. Seth Meyers on Trump's Birther lies.

Ku Klux Klan leaflets are showing up all across the country.

Spokane's Spokesman-Review to start using Facebook exclusively for public commenting on stories.

A law professor explains why you should never talk to police.

Why President Obama should pardon Edward Snowden.


A 1928 Ford Tri-Motor aircraft "The Tin Goose" is coming to Felts Field this Thursday.

Not sure what's up with drug tests. Here's some solid info.

George H. W. Bush says he will vote for Hillary Clinton.

Bill Moyers: There is no debate. The candidates and the media have thoroughly corrupted the presidential debates. Our democracy deserves better. There's still time for a change.


Stuff about Salvador Dali that has nothing to do with ants.

Dali's signs of the zodiac. And his Alice in Wonderland.

Nature's most exquisite creation: The diversity of eyes in the animal world illustrates how natural selection can transform simple structures into powerful, camera-like mechanisms.

The best way to learn anything: The Feynman Technique.

The "God Particle" was just the beginning. The Large Hadron Collider and other accelerators are poised to answer questions about the very fabric of the cosmos.


Alcohol is central to human culture and biology because we were probably drinking fermented beverages from the beginning,” says archaeologist Patrick McGovern, the "Indiana Jones of alcohol."

The reality show: Schizophrenics used to see demons and spirits. Now they talk about actors and hidden cameras - and make a lot of sense.

How two American teens became assassins for a Mexican cartel.

Hostile, divisive, and uninformed - is American patriotism getting out of hand?

Reasons why the government must stop the little, neighborhood free libraries for the sake of the nation.

Cops to get "Potalyzers" for roadside marijuana tests.

Salvador Dali suffered from the irrational fear that insects were crawling all over his skin


The case against reality: A professor of cognitive science argues that the world is nothing like the one we experience through our senses.

Three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Edward Albee, dead at 88.

Oh, the irony...

What are the smartest minds in politics reading? Here are their 50 best books.

Trump's immigration plan threatens the republic, says the Houston Chronicle; it would be impossible to round up and deport 11 million people without resorting to tyrannical policing practices.

Historians disagree on whether the Star Spangled Banner is racist.


It's Constitution Day. I dare you to actually read it and still vote for either of the two leading presidential candidates.

An animated Aldous Huxley identifies the dystopian treats to our freedom (1958).

An artist envisions a pajamas-like burial outfit that would not only encourage bodily deterioration, but would use mushrooms and other microorganisms to remediate any environmental toxins in the flesh, such as from pesticides or pollution

Not since Marcel Duchamp has a toilet garnered this much attention: The artist Maurizio Cattelan has created a solid-gold toilet for a Guggenheim Museum rest room. And, yes, it is fully functional.

Additionally, you could take this pill to make your poop glitter gold.


A dangerous week: Donald Trump has increased the chances of political violence like no major party candidate in recent memory.

Three, ah, word thingies, by Kafka.

Hunting for hallucinogenic honey in Nepal.

Reuters web cast: Why nuclear war looks inevitable.

The Main Ave. streetscape project starts this week in Spokane. Check out the changes.

 Proposed redesign of downtown Spokane Macy's for turning the department store into apartments.


All in Einstein's head: How his creative thinking led to a new rulebook for the universe.

Keith Olberman's 176 reasons Donald Trump shouldn't be president.

Newly released historical documents show the Sugar Research Foundation paid scientists to blame fat and cholesterol, not sugar, fir coronary heart disease.

Hillary Clinton isn’t wrong that Donald Trump has fostered division and fear in this country, but we also need to take seriously the prejudices of the other side.

How does nobody go to jail in Wells Fargo case after over 1.2 million people were defrauded?

Nearly a quarter of Americans feel neutral or do not have a strong sense of what makes their lives meaningful.

Corporations running the world used to be science fiction - now it's a reality.

Jim Jarmusch's long-awaited Iggy and the Stooges doc, 'Gimme Danger,' hits theaters next month. Preview the film with a clip of Iggy Pop's notorious "peanut butter incident" at the 1970 Cincinnati Pop Fest.


The rumors are flying: Emmy-winning MSNBC and al-Jazeera reporter David Shuster tweeted that the DNC is meeting to consider replacing Hillary Clinton because of her health.

Here's a comic of Banksy's call to arms against advertisers.

Bill Moyers: How to save democracy from the plutocrats.

Meet INSA; one of the UK's best known street artists. The paradoxical nature of his work questions both his own position as an artist and society's often hypocritical ideals.

Jim Hightower: Dear media elites, you have Trump completely wrong.

A buried coup d'etat in the US: A new documentary exposes a seldom acknowledged 1898 massacre, perpetrated by a gang of white-supremacist Democrats in North Carolina.

Nigredo, the pornography of cruelty and the theater of ultra-violence.

Ten ways you can tell for yourself that the world is not flat.


Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth on CNN.

The costs of 9/11.

The 9/11 Conspiracy Theory in under five minutes.

The war photo no one would publish.

The American Legion wants the federal government to change course on marijuana.

Arrest warrant issued for Democracy Now's Amy Goodman in North Dakota after covering pipeline protest.

photo - ssgIt's been more than 100 years since America's richest people have been so united behind a presidential candidate: The 1% want President Hillary Clinton.

World's longest recreational trail is set for completion next year: All 14,913 miles of Canada's Great Trail will be ready in 2017. Here's an interactive map.

Ketchup sandwiches and other things stupid poor people eat.



North Korea conducts a fifth nuclear test, setting off a blast more powerful than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima.

Kim Jong-Un bans sarcasm in North Korea, fearing that people will only agree with him "ironically." Oooh, what a gooood ideeeea...

Facebook slammed after censorship of "Napalm Girl" Vietnam war photo.

For the 15 years since 9/11, the US has waged an endless campaign of violence in the Middle East.


How ayahuasca, an ancient Amazonian hallucinogenic brew, became the latest trend in Brooklyn and Silicon Valley. Some people report experiencing their own death. Others feel transported to a higher dimension.

Ayahuasca tested for use for depression; brew hints at its therapeutic potential.

"Commander-in-Chief" forum panned as colossal failure of journalism.

Liberals lash out at Lauer and NBC for forum. Media turns on Lauer for not fact-checking Trump.

Video of Dakota Access pipeline company attacking Native American protesters with dogs and pepper spray.

NYT: The black eyes in Donald Trump's life. Over his seven decades he's left a trail of victims.

Bob Dylan (yeah, that one) to unveil his enormous iron archway in Maryland.


My friend, filmmaker Jesse James Hennessy, has launched his "Night of the Witch" campaign, complete with a Proof of Concept trailer and "rad perks." Help Jesse make a horror flick!

Riverfront Park planners to rename Canada Island to something that reflects Salish history.

The DEA's crazy Kratom ban dresses pharmacological phobia in scientific garb.

Why our ancestors drilled holes in each other's skulls.

Awesome Craigslist find: FREE CHURCH PEWS.


Do me.               HEX!!!!!


This year marks the first year that high school freshmen will learn about 9/11 as an historical event that happened before they were born.

Garrison Keillor: God help us. I mean it. We're in trouble down here.

For months the Standing Rock Sioux tribe has led a non-violent protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline. On Saturday the protesters were attacked by dogs & pepper spray. Amy Goodman & Democracy Now! was there...

Google Trekker images feature Spokane area online.

Why conservatives mistrust even the most modest efforts at gun control.

Screenwriting lessons from Rod Serling.

"Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies."
   ~  Groucho Marx


Instead of having children say The Pledge of Allegiance, let's have them recite the follow. Some of you might recognize it.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their Creator, with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."

That's great stuff, but as the magazine Counterpunch pointed out, "the people who run this country would never allow it. They’d never allow our kids to recite an incendiary, revolutionary document like that every day for fear it would incite violence against the state."


Yesterday I biked from downtown Spokane to the western reach of the Centennial Trail to check out the new 1.7 mile addition that runs from Sontag Park in Nine Mile Falls to the Nine Mile Recreation area. It's a nice addition through a well-manicured forest. Still, once you're there, there's little to do but turn around and traverse the final steep decent that got you there. 

(The other 14.8 miles of the westbound trip is challenging - with its steep hills - but thoroughly worth it for its vistas and side trails, the Camp Seven Mile CCC camp, the amazing Deep Creek area, etc.)

They've dumped a lot of money into the addition, and still dumping. I wish they would have instead put the effort into a trail from the north side of the Nine Mile Dam to the Spokane House/Little Spokane River area.


Photo - ssgListening to music with my son James at the controls is a wild experience. Last night's playlist: Einstürzende Neubauten, Claus Nomi, Skinny Puppy, Gary Numan, Nick Cave, and the Legendary Pink Dots with Edward Ka-Spel.

Sometimes downtown Spokane explodes with colossal weirdness and awesomeness. Last night: Pig Out in the Park, a street fair in Kendal Yards, and this (not a die-in, but) yoga in the cool new area next to City Hall --->

Spokane Police arrested a group of grandmothers yesterday who were protesting oil and coal trains passing through the city.

Ninth Circuit Appeals Court says medical marijuana cardholders have no Second Amendment rights.

Obama grants clemency to a Deadhead sentenced to die in prison for selling LSD at a concert.

Is it possible to measure supernatural or paranormal phenomena?

Having faked his death in 1891 to escape mounting debts and increasingly credible threats of violence from rival traders in the Gulf of Aden, Arthur Rimbaud (1854 - 1933) lay low for more than four decades.

Cindy Sheehan led the anti-war movement against George W. Bush, say Hillary isn't much better.

Mussolini message to future revealed under Rome obelisk.

How people died 100 years ago and how we die today.

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