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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Hey, you. (Yeah, you.)

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.

Poster by Chris ?

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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MO of MY

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

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.



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.


Donald Trump told thousands of supporters at a rally in Everett last night that he would win Washington state, which hasn't voted for a Republican presidential candidate since Ronald Reagan in 1984.

The sixteen most beautiful places to visit in Washington state. Riverfront Park in Spokane is rightly featured.

If women can do everything men can, how come they've never successfully opressed an entire gender?

Trump is right about 9/11: Bush didn't do all he could to prevent the attack.

"I cannot stand and sing the anthem. I cannot salute the flag."
   ~  Jackie Robinson


The Anthropocene epoch: Scientists declare the dawn of human-influenced age.

Why did Saudi regime and other Gulf tyrannies donate millions to Clinton Foundation?

The Spokane City Council voted in favor of renaming Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples' Day. Supposedly we're not hip like Seattle.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar writes in The Washington Post: Insulting Colin Kaepernick says more about our patriotism than his.

Gene Wilder, dead at 83.


Muhammad Ali essentially did the same (or "worse") as the San Francisco 49er QB who didn't stand for the National Anthem, and Ali was ultimately regarded as an American hero. What's the difference?

How Dostoevsky predicted Trump's America: "Demons" warns readers about the destructive force of demagoguery and unchecked rhetoric.

Ancient Egyptian stories will be published in English for the first time.

Why are there Gideon Bibles in hotel rooms?

Current practices in journalism may reveal the dark side of speculation.

The longer you speak to police officers, the more likely it is that you will confess to some crime that you did not commit.


My friend, local filmmaker Jesse James Hennessy, is launching the Indiegogo campaign for his film "Night of the Witch" on September 5th. Go to JJHproductions.com for more info.

An illustrated A to Z of torture: The tactics in this comic were used by the agency at black sites around the world.

Linguistic anarchy: It's all pun and games until somebody loses a sign.

A man's thoughts controlled robots inside a cockroach: The nanobots could one day dispense drugs with more precision in people.

Democratic pundits downplay serious ethical issues raised by the Clinton Foundation.


How Obama helped lay the groundwork for Trump's thuggery.

Spokane council to consider exchanging Columbus Day for Indigenous Peoples Day.

ISIS children execute prisoners on video.

How LSD opened the door to the Beatle's "Revolver": The hallucinogenic drug inspired their masterpiece but also opened wounds that never healed. 


Clinton's transition team: A corporate presidency foretold.

Mulholland Drive leads the pack in the list of 21st Century's top films.

A great sentence makes you want to chew it over slowly in your mouth the first time. What makes it a masterpiece?

Racism and talk of religious war: Trump staff's online posts.

Trump is going to be elected because ... TV ...


Homunculus: The alchemical creation of little people with great powers.

The Hateful Eight: Marijuana's biggest opponents.

Churchill was a staunch protector of the British Empire, but he had a love of the Orient and Islam. His family begged him not to become a Muslim.


From the Christian Science Monitor: Scientists spot "rebellious" object orbiting beyond Neptune. "The outer solar system just got a lot weirder."

Rules about putting your hand over your heart during the National Anthem came about because no one wanted to look like a Nazi.

Why your dreams are suddenly so intense after you stop smoking marijuana.

Fake human sacrifice filmed at Cern. Spokeswoman says the "scientific users" of the Geneva facility "let their humor go too far."


Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas doesn't put her hand over her heart during the National Anthem and she's called unpatriotic. Ryan Lochte vandalizes a gas station and lies about being robbed and it's "boys will be boys."

The Justice Department issued a memo yesterday instructing officials not to renew any contracts with private prison operators.

Did the brutal death of Mussolini contribute to Hitler's suicide?

Nude Donald Trump statues appear in cities across the country.

What are the Hells Angels all about in 2016?


Spokesman-Review: Historic Spokane B&B allows guests to use legal marijuana. Owner Louie Flores gave me a personal tour of the place when I helped filmmaker Jesse James Hennessy produce episode two of his Mr. Dark web series in this beautiful building. See it here.

Spokane realtor's billboard attracting attention.

Has Donald Trump ruined journalism? Matt Taibbi says most political media is shilling for one side or the other.

Atheist, neuroscientist Sam Harris on the example of Muhammad.

Will we ever know why Nazi leader Rudolf Hess flew to Scotland in the middle of World War II?


Recall charges are filed against Spokane Mayor David Condon. Charges accuse the Mayor of "malfeasance and misfeasance" and violating his oath of office.

Here's Michael Moore's piece about how he "knows" that Donald Trump is trying to sabotage his own campaign. I don't know...

Is Trump's endgame the launch of Trump News? Vanity Fair says the candidate is considering starting his own cable empire.

"The American republic will endure until the day congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money."
   ~  Alexis de Tocqueville


John Mclaughlin, dead at 89 ... Bye, bye ...

The Inlander: George Nethercutt says he and Republicans of character won't vote for Trump.

The 49 top Republicans (and counting) who won't support Donald Trump for president.

The Howard Street Bridge in Riverfront Park is about to be demolished.

Werner Herzog on revenge porn, adult diapers and what  the Internet will be like 100 years from now.


China's soon-to-be-mandatory Sesame Credit - The true danger of gamification.

The evil genius of Sesame Credit.

Wikipedia: Sesame Credit.

China has made obedience to the State a game.

Beijing sets up huge social credit system - BBC


Hara Kiri: The magazine so "stupid and evil" it was banned by the French government.

Trump: "I'll only lose with cheating." Asks supporters to watch polling places. Call is decried as voter intimidation.

Isolation and frustration have made people disdain community, public values and the public good — making them perfect targets for Trump's authoritarian and oversimplified rhetoric.

Scientists have 20 burning questions for presidential candidates.

So we don't forget: Here's Frontline's examination of why no Wall Street execs have faced fraud charges for the financial crisis.


Of psychopaths and presidential candidates: An analysis Scientific American shows where some of this year's aspirants rank on a standard assessment of psychopathic traits.

Spy vs. Spy was the subversive brainchild of an exiled Cuban illustrator.

Time magazine's cover story: Inside Donald Trump's Meltdown.

The DEA has rejected petitions challenging the federal classification of cannabis as a Schedule I controlled substance with no accepted medical utility.

US approves $1 billion in weapons sales to Saudi regime. Obama may be preaching "tough love" to Saudis, but arms sales tell another story.


A lot of Trump supporters are comparing Trump's statement that Clinton could be stopped by "Second Amendment people" to Hillary's statement during the 2008 campaign, saying she would not drop out of the race because "We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated..." They're also comparing it to Joe Biden's comment of the same year, saying that he wouldn't let Obama take his shotgun. Why weren't people as upset by Clinton's and Biden's comments as they are about Trump's?

Here's why. If Joe Biden had just spent a year ridiculing the handicapped, women in general, and the parents of dead soldiers, etc.; if he said that he would kill the families of terrorists, if he incited violence at his own campaign rallies, said buffoonish things about the use of nuclear weapons; if his daily utterances were largely psychopathic and he was condemned by much of the political world and many from his own party, then yes, people would have gotten worked up over Biden's comments. Biden was expressing his support for the Second Amendment in clumsy Biden-speak; he did not believe Obama was "coming for his guns." 

Also, people were indeed upset and critical about Clinton's stupid comment, and rightfully so; maybe only half as upset, but Clinton - also dangerous and psychopathic - appears to be only half as dangerous to the survival of our republic as is Trump.

We're arguing about the size of the asteroid as it's hurling toward our heads.


Trump's ambiguous wink: Clinton could be stopped by "Second Amendment people."

The US Secret Service tweeted this: "The Secret Service is aware of the comments made earlier this afternoon."

18 US Code 879 - Threats against former Presidents and certain other persons.

An American authoritarian: Trump's campaign bears notable similarities to the reign of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini.

Trump and the banality of Evil.

Michael Moore's Five Ways to Make Sure Trump Loses.


Remember, from two years ago? --->
What started out as "limited airstrikes" in Iraq quickly became bombings in Syria, Afghanistan, and Libya - all with little media attention and nearly zero public debate.

John Oliver on the current state of journalism.

"We know the personal qualities required of a President of the United States," a group of 50 senior GOP officials wrote. "None of us will vote for Donald Trump."

GOP senator Susan Collins: Why I cannot support Trump.

WikiLeaks founder warns of close ties between Hillary Clinton and Google.

Why would Clinton want an endorsement from Henry Kissinger?

American exceptionalism on ice: Ice does not strike one as American until one is out of America.

"Not everybody is comfortable with the idea that politics is a guilty addiction. But it is. They are addicts, and they are guilty and they do lie and cheat and steal — like all junkies." 
   ~  Hunter S. Thompson


Hey, it's No Politics Monday!

Passwords seem to be on their way out. 

The 100 jokes that shaped modern comedy. (You might want to scroll down to the Sixties.)

Documentary delves deeply into Hitchcock's filmmaker mind.

A compendium of demonology and magic comprised of more than 30 watercolors from 1775.

What are the tactical advantages of a trebuchet over a catapult?


mini road trip day


Is there any check on a president's power to launch nuclear arms that could destroy entire cities or nations? Debate over Trump's fitness raises issue.

The real tragedy of Trump is that he has turned America into a one-party state.

The counterproductive trend of liberals policing free speech.

Cops who stop drivers to give them Good Driving Awards or other stuff are abusing their power

The real story of the mysterious black briefcase that follows the president everywhere.

Here's the script comedian Billy Domineau wrote for Seinfeld's 9/11 episode.

The eternal return of unenlightened despotism: Can Trump's embrace of an explicitly authoritarian strategy take him all the way to the White House?


The Joe Rogan Experience with Duncan Trussell: two very original, very funny, very stoned friends having an amazing conversation.

More Republicans are dumping Trump.

Six ways Trump will assault core constitutional rights.

The American soldiers who tortured in Bush's wars are starting to write about it.

Painting by Pawel Kuczynski8/1/16

The New York Times Editorial Board says the voters deserve to know what Trump is hiding in his tax returns.

There's no business like the arms business: Economic and political instability, and war keeps the global arms industry profitable, and the industry, in turn, makes sure the world remains volatile.

John Oliver on the DNC.

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