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Already Has Trump in a Soviet Sleeper Hold.
Wants a "Space Force." What Does That Mean?
Says US Will Reach Mars "Very Soon."
What 75% of us already knew: When you hire a clown, expect
Computer problems ... Back in a bit ...
State Governor Signs First State Net Neutrality Bill. Residents of
Washington State are getting so-called net neutrality rules back, with the
nation’s first state law that prevents internet service providers from
blocking and slowing down content online.
Camus on Faith, Suicide, and Absurdity. His ideas on how to live our
lives and deal with existence are bold and often less than comforting.
Cruelty by Homeland Security: Separating a 7-Year-Old From Her Mother.
No explanation was offered.
"The child who is not embraced by the village will
burn it down to feel its warmth."
the Crimes of Pop Culture. Popular culture is not just bad art, it
enslaves us to repetition and robs us of our aesthetic freedom.
Smart Set - Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? Do
animals possess language, culture, morality, a soul? “It would be less
interesting to know what animals are, if it were not a means to know
what we are."
of Sex and Nowhere to Sit. Paris's Left Bank during the war:
Strict rationing, shocking poverty, and yet: “I lived in a kind of
blessed island, in the middle of an ocean of mud and blood."
Have We Seen Such Chaos and Corruption. None of what's happening is
normal, and none of it should be acceptable. The Trump administration is
an insult to banana republics.
Invented Modern Life. Now We're Using Opioids to Escape It. No other
developed country is as devoted to the poppy as America. By Andrew
Members of Punk Group Pussy Riot Disappear After Protests. Olga
Borisova and Sasha Sofeyev were meant to fly from Simferopol on the
Crimean Peninsula to Moscow Monday evening. Instead, they disappeared
without a trace.
New Nukes Are Similar to a Risky Project the US Abandoned. The U.S.
Air Force’s Project Pluto sought to create nuclear-powered cruise
missiles, but was terminated decades ago after second thoughts over the
"I think I'm almost too honest to be a
the Alt-Right's Psychology Through Sartre's Writings. Jean-Paul
understood pretty clearly 75 years ago because of that thing with, you
know, actual Nazis.
Causes Some Cities to Become Sites of Revolution? Why do people in
some places—but not others—become radicalized, driving revolutions
into previously uncharted territory?
Photos of a Gun "Commitment Ceremony" Are a Shocking Portrait of
America. The gun worshippers clutched AR-15s at an event in rural
Stock Ban Passes Washington State Legislature. Bans the sale or
possession of a device to increase the rate of fire of a semi-automatic
rifle. Inslee says he'll sign it.
and Other Hate Groups Make Washington Home. White supremacy isn't new
to the Pacific Northwest.
Vision. The forgotten theory of dreams that inspired Vladimir Nabokov.
“I confess I do not believe in time ... I like to fold
my magic carpet, after use, in such a way as to superimpose one part of
the pattern upon another.”
Including Inslee, Fear For Election Security Amid Russian Cyberattacks.
“Because of some infatuation with Vladimir Putin, the president of the
United States refuses to recognize that we’re under attack. It’s like
December 8, 1941, and Franklin Roosevelt getting up there and saying,
‘yesterday nothing happened.’” Inslee said. “That’s the
situation we have right now, and it’s disturbing.”
Says He Would Have Rushed In to Protect Students from Gunman. "I
really believe I'd run in, even if I didn't have a weapon," he said.
Real Scandal Is Hiding in Plain Sight. "The scale of dishonesty
and criminality that is now apparent is an enormous scandal in its own
"You" Just Inside Your Skin or Is Your Smartphone Part of You?
The right to remain silent is based on a model of the free individual with
an untouchable inner life. But your smartphone contains some of your most
intimate thoughts and memories, and is not at all protected in the way
your mind is. Do devices deserve similar legal protections to our brains
Times Jesus Contradicted the Old Testament. Jesus would never
contradict the Old Testament scriptures, right?
Last Real Evangelical. "Being born again is not enough,"
said Billy Graham. "We are also called to do justice, love mercy and
live humbly. Those who are born again must also feed the hungry, care for
the sick, house the homeless and confront the powers that lead to death
for our planet and for all those who live upon it."
Dressed? It's All Relative. Einstein as fashion model.
From NASA's Legendary X-Plane Program. Some highlights of recently
released footage of some of their coolest projects in history.
"Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make
you commit atrocities."
Truth: I think therefore I am.
"Hell is Truth seen too late."
Here's looking at Euclid...
Billy Graham, who preached to millions and was known as the "pastor to presidents," dead at 99.
Here's his obit in NYT.
in Spokane. In 1982, Billy Graham drew more people to his Spokane
crusade than the city had people.
Former Russian Troll Explains How to Spread Fake News. A former
Russian troll explains how to spread fake news.
Planet. Animal-voiced poems tend to be quirky and quaint, like T.S.
Eliot’s on cats. Enter Don Marquis, a fatalistic newspaperman who
wrote cockroach-based poetry.
"Always stay in your own movie."
Psychology of Columbo. It was 50 years ago yesterday that the first
episode of 'Columbo' aired on TV. This article looks at the psychology of
television's greatest detective.
Guru Rick Steves' Guide to Marijuana. Europe vs. the US.
For the Robot Rembrandt. What needs to happen for artificial
intelligence to make fine art.
Hugo's Surreal, Forgotten Art. The author of "Les Miserables"
was an artistic visionary, whose spooky drawings and paintings were
admired by the Surrealists.
Figuring in the wind chill and the physio- and psychological
affects, it is currently 1000 degrees below zero in Spokane.
John Oliver on Trump
Vs. The World. America's reputation is being damaged by its own
president. John Oliver, several dinosaurs, and the NYC Gay Men's Chorus
remind the world that our country is...complicated.
Trump is Our First Porno President. "The tawdry aesthetic of
pornography is what lies behind his orange skin, his bleached blond hair,
his protruding stomach, even his tiny white tennis shorts. Trump Tower,
with its faux marble and imitation gilt and lifeless plastic palms, is a
porno location. So is Mar-a-Lago, where overweight boomer tycoons pay
hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to engage in a Ron Jeremy parody
of leisure. So, too, in Trump's mind, is the White House."
Senator Yells at Students Lobbying for Birth Control. A state senator
shouted at University of Idaho students affiliated with Planned Parenthood
trying to schedule a meeting with him to discuss birth control and sex
education. Republican Sen. Dan Foreman said he would call law enforcement
officials if they attempted to visit his office at the Capitol again.
Erotic Year. In 1932 the artist, 50, had a torrid affair with his
22-year-old model. Even his banal subjects — a fruit platter, a shadow
— turned phallic.
Guitarist Randy Bachman Demystifies the Opening
Chord of The Beatles "A Hard Day's Night."
Everything A Computer? If something is computable, does that
necessarily make it a computer?
TheStranger: Mass Shootings Reveal America Is a Civilization That's Reverted to Ritual Sacrifice. Americans are protected from people who have never killed Americans, but not from Americans who kill Americans in large numbers on the regular.
Suspect Possibly Linked to White Nationalist Group. As the criminal
case against the suspect took shape, the leader of a white nationalist
militia called the Republic of Florida said Cruz was a member of his group
and participated in exercises in Tallahassee.
Lies That Enable Perpetual War. The U.S. is at war around the world
because our government chooses to be at war around the world.
Parenthood Files Suit in Spokane to Stop Trump Cuts to Teen Pregnancy
Prevention. The local office of Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit in
Spokane Thursday seeking to have a federal judge reverse a decision by the
Trump Administration decision to cut the grants that fund the Teen
Pregnancy Prevention Program.
the Caricature of Jack Kerouac the Nihilist. Mindless hedonist and
word-vomiting miscreant. Or the humblest, most devoted American religious
writer of the 20th century?
Infamy. We may not always know why we kiss, but we do it all the
time, which is kind of disturbing, and absurd when you think about it.
Down Below. Ten visions of the underworld.
New Budget Plan Is a Fiscal Disaster. We are likely to be entering a
regime of permanent trillion-dollar deficits. And, as the recent financial
market turbulence suggests, there is a limit to investors' patience with
this new reality.
Parade is Political Genius. The only ones who will be sour are the
Democrats, who will have discovered that Trump, contrary to their beliefs
and hopes, is not a buffoon. Or at least not a total one.
Deadly Rule of the Oligarchs. Once oligarchs take power, rational,
prudent and thoughtful responses to social, economic and political
problems are ignored to feed insatiable greed.
Shuddup shuttin' up...
Sound and Fury Has Signified Nothing. Who could have predicted that a
... reality show host whose personal life was tabloid fodder ... would end
up presiding over a White House whose defining feature thus far has been
backstabbings, betrayals, and bumbling?
Christianity Is Now Everything It Once Hated. Post-Modern, Morally
Relative, and Post-Truth.
Brief History of Dude. No matter how I use the word, it always implies
the same thing: solidarity without intimacy. It says close, but dude, not
Kills Over 100 Syrian Fighters In "Self Defense". It's a lot
of people to kill, particularly since the US supposedly isn't at war with
Rank Nine Recreational Drugs From Safest to Most Dangerous. Turns out,
'magic' mushrooms are responsible for the lowest percentage of emergency
ward visits, followed by cannabis in second place, and LSD and cocaine in
joint third place.
Trump's Thinking on Nukes Is Insane and Ignorant. Nukes are the
ultimate Trump policy problem because it's a subject that requires
scientific knowledge he completely lacks, while also forcing him to choose
between two of his most sharply conflicting narcissistic affectations.
of Defeat: Trump Prefers Spectacle Over Strategy. "As we awaken
to news that President Trump ordered the Pentagon to plan for a massive
military parade, one cannot help but wonder what it is we’re
celebrating. Nearly 17 years of indecisive quagmire?"
Clears Pot Convictions, Following San Francisco Lead. More than five
years after Washington state legalized marijuana, Seattle officials said
Thursday they’re moving to automatically clear past misdemeanor
convictions for pot possession – a step similarly announced by San
Francisco last week.
Remember last year when all of the Trump apologists were laughing at people who said Trump is a fascist? Now he wants a military parade, and if you don't applaud, it's treason.
Many people did Nazi that coming.
Anyway, Trump already had his parade with the Tiki torches and sweaty Aryan boys.
Here's MoveOn's petition to stop the war parade in DC.
Wants a Big Parade. It Would Be a Big Mistake. The United States has
the world’s most capable fighting force. But do we really want to spike
the ball at a time when the country is embroiled in two wars, with no end
is Considering Zip Line Under the Monroe Street Bridge. The idea would
have the zip line go from just north of the library, under the bridge, and
end at Glover Field.
Lawmakers Considering Cutting Climate Change Out of Curriculum.
Idaho's House Education Committee agreed to submit a rule that would
remove language that deals with environmental effects of fossil fuels and
deforestation for the state's K-12 schools.
Spokane - at 49 degrees - was the most pleasant place in America - if not
the planet. A
spectacularly beautiful day.
"Marching Orders" to Pentagon: Plan a Grand Military Parade.
Trump’s vision of soldiers marching and tanks rolling down the
boulevards of Washington is moving closer to reality.
to Tell if Someone is Lying. Either way, can you handle the
truthiness? Research says probably not: we’re terrible at
"Trump, in Wolff’s portrait, is a figure in reverse, like the
Pompidou Centre, where everything that’s typically inside –
air-conditioning ducts, pipes etc – hangs outside. For Trump, every
action is a visceral reaction. There are no second thoughts."
Art of Madness. Ready-mades before Duchamp, Cy Twombly-esque
scribblings 40 years before his heyday. The work of mentally ill
artists reveals their bold originality.
PD" Paints Spokane at It's Ugliest. Shawn Vestal on how
reality-TV shows have helped fuel an image of the city as a place
where a methed-up man stands on every corner, the arms of his T-shirt cut
off, bleeding from an ear and blaming the other guy for starting it.
Militarization of the NFL. The pre-game patriotism is military
History of Smell-O-Vision. The 1960 film "Scent
of Mystery" used a renowned osmologist to revolutionize
cinema. The result smelled like cheap cologne. Here's the NYT
review from 1960. Rotten
Toms. A short doc.
by Fear. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich was the first major history
of Nazi Germany and remains the most-read book on the subject. Time
for a corrective.
History for Truthdiggers: Original Sin. Trump promises to “Make
America great again,” this moment is an appropriate time to reconsider
our past, look back at various eras of United States history and
re-evaluate America’s origins.
We Transport Our Consciousness Into Robots? Michio Kaku ponders the
the Darwinian Faith. Darwinism is loaded with cultural and aesthetic
baggage rarely found in science. Has evolutionary theory become
Your Computer Being Cryptojacked? Nothing is free these days.
All-Out Attack on the Rule of Law. Accusing the FBI and DOJ of
partisanship and conspiracies, the president is setting the stage for a
Myth of the Limited Strike on North Korea. A strike would have no
guarantee of successfully destroying North Korean capabilities, and Kim
may well feel compelled to respond to even a limited attack.
State Readies Marijuana Lawsuit Against Trump Administration. Ferguson
said that his office is ready to defend cannabis businesses that are in
strict compliance with state law.
Golden Age of Conservative Magazines. Irrelevance is the fate of most political
magazines. Yet there are times when they change the course of history. Now
might be one of those moments.
Here is the State of the Union Address without
the applause breaks.
Shallowness of Google Translate. The program uses state-of-the-art AI
techniques, but simple tests show that it's a long way from real
Bill Would Require Concealed Weapon Carriers to Seek Permission to Bring
Guns Into Others' Homes. Whether a homeowner’s right to keep guns
out their home takes precedence over the right of a person with a
concealed pistol license to be armed is a question lawmakers may have to
"One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If
we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the
bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The
bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even
to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power
over you, you almost never get it back."
Website Crashes During State of the Union Address. Trump's first State
of the Union address proved too much for non-partisan fact-checking
site PolitiFact Tuesday night.
Long, Low-Energy SOTU Changed Nothing. The White House promised a
speech calling for unity. Instead we got nativism, jingoism, and
Stephen Miller's SOTU Was a White-Nationalist Wish List. Sure, Trump
did the talking. But that was President Stephen Miller's first State of
the Union Address.
Lawmakers Respond to the SOTU.
Hedges on The Useful Idiocy of Donald Trump. The problem with Donald
Trump is not that he is imbecilic and inept—it is that he has
surrendered total power to the oligarchic and military elites.
Vox: Understanding the Fake Historian Behind America's Religious Right. Newly appointed ambassador for religious freedom, Sam Brownback, is an admirer of controversial "scholar" David Barton.
Christian Scholars Smack Down an Unruly Colleague. The phony
evangelical "historian" David Barton meets his match at last.
Book that Colored Charles Darwin's World. Cuttlefish were “hyacinth
red and chestnut brown,” sea slugs “primrose yellow,” soft coral
“light auricular purple”: Darwin, one admirer noted, was “a
first-rate landscape painter with the pen”
Alt-Right Is Not Who You Think They Are. "Far from defending the
ideas and institutions they inherited, the alt-right—which is
overwhelmingly a movement of white millennials—forcefully condemns their
parents’ generation. They do so because they do not believe their
parents are racist enough."
misunderstands Jay-Z, and the Black Community. Jay-Z, and many before
him, have espoused capitalism and economic empowerment as a means to an
end: racial equality. Being rich is a secondary benefit to the power, stability,
and peace of mind that money can provide in a country that has forced
blacks into poverty and segregation.
Pick Anti-Pot Kennedy to Deliver Dem Response to State of Union. Some
observers see the young Kennedy, 37, as a rising political star. But he is
starkly out of step with his party — and a majority of U.S. voters —
on a key issue now emerging at the forefront of mainstream American
IMAX theater in Riverfront Park is
being demolished tomorrow!
Spartas. What causes some cities to become sites of revolution?
Rumsfeld's Snowflake Poetry is Exactly What America Needs Right Now.
In newfound verse from 2001, the former defense secretary rages against
time, space and indecipherable acronyms.
the GOP Rigs Elections. With a combination of gerrymandering, voter-ID
laws and dark money, Republicans have tipped the political scales in their
favor. Will it be enough to keep Democrats from claiming victory in 2018?
Aren't Being Hypocritical for Supporting Trump. They're Being
Biblical. There is an analogy often floated in evangelical circles: of
Trump to Cyrus, the Persian king who restored the Israelite kingdom.
Albert Speer's "Inside the Third Reich." Right-wing populism
is rising around the world; there are lessons to be learned from the
memoir of Hitler’s close associate.
Irony of the Pope Decrying Fake News. "The Catholic Church
amassed much of its vast following and fortune, still held to this day, on
the generation of fear."
8 of the 10 screenplays nominated for the 2018 Oscars.
Penfield - honored today in Google Doodles - was born in Spokane.
Asked to Borrow a Van Gogh. Guggenheim Offered an 18K Gold Toilet Instead.
The piece is an interactive work entitled "America" that critics
have described as pointed satire aimed at the excess of wealth in the U.S.
Dibs. "Dibs on that last slice of pizza!"; "I call dibs
on the front seat." More than likely, you've heard expressions like
these, but—really—why dibs?
It kind of sounds like divs, but having dibs doesn't imply dividing
or sharing—the person wants the whole thing. We'll call dibs on
divulging the origins of the term (sort of)
Darker Implications of Trump's Vulgarity. Appealing to the lowest
common denominator threatens to drag the entire American experience down
Orwell Reviews Salvador Dali's Autobiography. "Dali is a good
draughtsman and a disgusting human being."
Pain is Necessary. "How does consciousness emerge out of nerve
cells? Well, it doesn’t. You’re not dealing with the brain
Jazz Was Dangerous. “Jazz, now well advanced into its second
century, had an especially violent youth. It was more than merely
dangerous—it was homicidal.”
Politico: What Pence Just Did in Jerusalem. The Trump administration has fused itself to Israel more than any in American history.
WashingtonPost: Female Journalists Covering Pence in
to Stand Behind Male Colleagues.
Patty Murray Offers Vague, Gutless Statements on Vote to Reopen
Government; Sen. Cantwell Says Nothing. Why are Democrats like Murray
and Cantwell so scared? Unless protecting immigrants isn't really their
Border Patrol Behave Like Monsters. Activist arrested hours after aid
group released video showing agents dumping out life-saving water.
Wrongs. The Iliad, the Odyssey, and the Epic of
Gilgamesh were preserved through oral tradition. What has been
gained, and lost, from writing things down?
K. Le Guin, best-selling science fiction author, dead at 88.
Entire West Coast is on Tsunami alert after 7.9 earthquake 175 miles SE of Kodiak Island in Alaska. Expected to hit Washington State about 5 am.
Update: Alert called off.
Stoned Housewives of Washington, DC. When marijuana was legalized,
many began experimenting. But a quirk in the law left them in for a
Water-Based Religion: How Fishing Liberates the Mind. For fishermen,
even the smallest grayling lifted flashing from the water stands as a true
image, a true sentence, the scrap, as it were, of a greater truth.
K. Dick and the Fake Humans.
Ours is a world in which the human and the nonhuman, the real and the
fake, blur together. We live, in short, in Philip K. Dick’s future,
not Orwell’s or Huxley’s.
People is Wrong - But It's Also Widespread and Sacred.
Cannibalism was widely and frequently practiced, in almost every corner of
the globe. Indeed it still occurs, in ritualistic and often propagandistic
Nigel Warburton talks to philosopher Rebecca
Roache about swearing.
Hyperplane. Pioneering researchers of the fourth
dimension: a German physicist perplexed by optical illusions and a
charismatic American who swindled the bereaved.
Was the Most Influential Photograph in History? Top photojournalists
reveal their picks.
I watched an excellent documentary, Voyeur,
about legendary journalist Gay
Talese unmasking a motel owner who spied on his guests for decades.
The story soon becomes a scandal of its own. Streaming
on Netflix. Reviews: The
Here's the New
Yorker article by Talese referenced in the film.
Is What a White Supremacist Department of Justice Looks Like. Jeff
Sessions's tenure as attorney general shows how far to the right the
Republican Party has swerved under Trump.
A revolution against boredom, punk music was the 20th
century’s last avant-garde movement. What does its demise mean for
Was a Bank Robber Until I Read Kant. The one thing that criminals and
philosophers share is a sense of being an outsider.
Border Patrol Routinely Sabotages Water Left For Migrants.
Humanitarian groups report agents routinely destroy supplies left in
Arizona desert, condemning people to die of thirst.
is what your Nazism is doing for America --->
Colbert, Trevor Noah, and Jimmy Kimmel Have Questions About Trump's
Excellent Health. "Look, to be honest, I'm not really surprised.
Donald Trump has dictator blood. We're used to this in Africa and other
places in the world: Castro, Mugabe, the queen — we're all shocked at
how long they live."
Suggests Countering Devastating Cyberattacks With Nuclear Arms. The
Pentagon sent a plan to Trump for approval that would permit the use of
nuclear weapons to respond to a wide range of devastating but non-nuclear
attacks on U.S. infrastructure.
Hasn't the World Been Destroyed in a Nuclear War. "It’s
unsettling to live in a world whose existence is maintained only by the
threatening logic of the Nash
Daguerreotypes. A collaboration with time: the beauty of decayed and
damaged daguerreotypes from the studio of one of the most celebrated
19th-century photographers Mathew Brady.
Cities in the US. NG says Spokane is one of the most surprising cities
We are living through a new epidemic of insanity, far darker than anything
the pioneers of psychoanalysis could ever have imagined.
TruthDig: Martin Luther King's Revolutionary Dream Deferred. Long ago co-opted and sanitized by mainstream political figures, the King of memory bears little resemblance to the radical, complex man himself.
Celebrations Overlook His Critiques of Capitalism and Militarism.
America’s celebrations of Martin Luther King Jr. typically focus on his
civil rights activism: the nonviolent actions that led to the Civil Rights
Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The last few years of
King’s life, by contrast, are generally overlooked. When he was
assassinated in 1968, King was in the midst of waging a radical campaign
against economic inequality and poverty, while protesting vigorously
against the Vietnam War
Artists Fall Into Disgrace, Must Their Art Be Consigned to Oblivion?
What to do with the works of artists whose conduct has been abhorrent? If
a work of art speaks, it does so in a way that transcends the limitations
and imperfections of the artist.
Great Awokening. As politics and pop culture converge, we must
distinguish between what's engineered to flatter contemporary taste and
what says something new.
Film Actress Reportedly Paid By Trump Filmed Movie in Spokane. A
former adult film star who reportedly was paid to keep silent about an
alleged sexual encounter with President Donald Trump was once in Spokane
to film a mainstream romantic comedy movie about the adult film industry.
Manhunt For the High Priest of LSD. A new book asks whether Leary
really was "the most dangerous man in America," as President
Richard Nixon claimed. The story follows Leary as he hops from country to
country, trying to stay one step ahead of the Nixon administration.
We Reboot a Modern Civilization Without Fossil Fuels? Fossil fuels lie
at the foundation of modern civilisation. Without them, an Industrial
Revolution would not have been possible. But as the need to transition to
a low-carbon economy becomes ever-clearer, it’s worth considering
whether or not society could re-boot without fossil fuels.
Famous People and What They're Buried With. Icons of their time, these
celebrities didn't stray far from their public personaes.
War on the Press Follows the Mussolini and Hitler Playbook. To realize
the gravity of where we are now we need more context than is provided by
recent history, we need to look at the history of Italy in the 1920s and
Germany in the 1930s.
wrng wth vwls?
Sean Penn: Donald
Trump Is the Enemy of Compassion. The actor's bitter response to
Trump's comments about Haiti.
Dark Tourism Okay? Visiting places associated with death and suffering
can be a profoundly moving experience that deepens our capacity for
compassion and empathy.
and Jokes. The Old Testament isn't funny. Jews, however, produce so
much humor. Why? Theories abound, few of them funny.
Reality of Color is Perception. Our perception of color cannot
be reduced to physics or to psychology. It’s neither external or
internal, but somehow in between.
Reviewer's Fallacy. Most literature and film is mediocre or worse. Yet
reviewers spout effusive praise. Why aren’t critics critical enough?
AP: Trump: Why Allow Immigrants From "Shithole Countries"? In a meeting with lawmakers, Trump used profane language to disparage African nations.
NYT: After Trump Said It, How News Outlets Handled It. Lester Holt opened the “NBC Nightly News” with a parental warning: “This may not be appropriate for some of our younger viewers.”
GQ: Trump, Your White Supremacy Is Showing. According to Trump, immigrants from Haiti and African countries come from "shithole countries."
racial. Not racially charged. Racist. "Let's not kid ourselves or
dance around it." said Anderson Cooper, anchor of AC360. "The
sentiment the President expressed today is a racist sentiment."
of Experts Urge Doctor to Examine Trump's Neurological Health During
Physical. More than 70 psychologists, psychiatrists and others note
the president's "declining faculties for complex thought."
Support From Nancy Pelosi and Dems, House Gives Trump Broad Latitude to
Spy on Americans. House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday that
would renew one of the government’s most sweeping surveillance
authorities for six years with minimal changes.
Pulls "Diabolical" and "Devious Two-Step" By Pairing
Wage Hikes With Mass Layoffs. "Politics at its most cynical"
is how one analyst described Walmart's attempt to claim wage hikes were a
result of the GOP tax plan.
of Germans Living as if the Reich Never Ended. Most Germans are not
prone to conspiracy theories. Nevertheless, a tiny but growing movement of
"imperial citizens" is pursuing bizarre pseudo-legal beliefs.
Secret Plan to Scrap Obamacare. The document, revealed for the first
time by Politico, shows that despite the chaos surrounding repeal, the
administration had an elaborate plan to take apart the law using executive
Trump's Language of Fascism. Trump has normalized the notion that the
meaning of words no longer matters, nor do traditional sources of facts
Wolff's Withering Portrait of Trump. Michael Wolff recounts near the
end of the book “Fire and Fury” that, five months after James
Comey’s firing, Steve Bannon was predicting the collapse of Trump’s
the full transcript of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s interview
with Glenn Simpson, the co-founder of a firm behind a controversial 2016
dossier on President Donald Trump’s ties with Russia.
of the Rich. "Our plutocracy now lives like the British in
colonial India: in the place and ruling it, but not of it. If one can
afford private security, public safety is of no concern; if one owns a
Gulfstream jet, crumbling bridges cause less apprehension."
of Souls. Christian theology has ingested the toxic brew of American
exceptionalism, the myth of American virtues and the conflation of freedom
with unfettered capitalism.
the Age of Trump, What Will Evangelicalism Become? It might be
understandable why a Christian would vote for Trump on the basis of key
issues. But to make him a hero, a standard-bearer for Christians?
WashingtonPost: Why Would Bannon Compare Himself With Thomas Cromwell? He's not the first public official who compared himself to King Henry VIII's adviser who was beheaded.
Ousted From Breitbart. Steve Bannon’s ouster from Breitbart News
marks a precipitous decline for the former White House chief strategist.
Is Evolving Through a Hurricane of Human Pollution. Life is adapting
to the toxic soup of pollution – and we're only just beginning to
understand the strange costs.
Speech Has Dems Buzzing About Possible 2020 Run. “She would be a
serious candidate,” said Jennifer Palmieri, former White House
communications director under President Barack Obama.
On the Issues. Winfrey, who has never held public office and has no
prior political experience, remains largely a mystery on a wide array of
political and policy matters.
Throne-And-Altar Liberalism. "I would call President Oprah
the Pallas Athena of Moralistic Therapeutic Deism. She would be the
goddess of the nation-state."
TheHill: Neocons Flock to Oprah. Bill Kristol tweets "I'm with Her" on possible Oprah 2020 bid.
Golden Globes' Speech Deflects Attention From Hollywood. Oprah's
much-praised speech last night at the Golden Globes doesn't deserve the
acclaim it's getting. The speech smacked more of Hollywood smugness than
the sort of insight that should launch a political career.
Trump Praises Oprah's Speech. Her tweet, praising a rousing speech
that spurred calls of Oprah running against President Trump in 2020,
caught many people by surprise.
2020? Oprah would be a better president than the current guy. But
she's a magical solution to an imaginary problem.
we know: The J in Donald J. Trump stands for Genius...
ReligionForBreakfast: The Origins of Animal Sacrifice. It is one of humanity's oldest rituals. But how old? When did this ritual originate?
1968 Book That Tried to Predict the World of 2018. What a 1968 book
gets right (your life is so consumed by technology that you are looking at
it at this very moment) and wrong (suppression of lightning by the 1980s)
Nixon's Paranoia + Reagan's dementia + Bush's complete
lack of knowledge = Trump.
It Possible to Get High From Secondhand Marijuana Smoke? It is
possible to experience some psychoactive effects, but you'd really have to
put some effort into it.
NewRepublic: Michael Wolff and Donald Trump Deserve Each Other. Why an unscrupulous journalist is the ideal chronicler for an unscrupulous White House.
GentlemansQuarterly: Michael Wolff Did What Every Other White House Reporter Is Too Cowardly to Do. Why is Fire & Fury having such an impact? Drew Magary writes it’s because Wolff was willing to throw decorum away and torch his access—and more journalists should do the same.
of What Michael Wolff Says About Trump Rings True. So says Trump
I'll be back in a bit ... God help us.
AP: What Does Session's Policy Mean For the Future of Legal Weed? How is Sessions' policy going to affect medical and recreational marijuana users? Can it be reversed by Congress?
the Supreme Court for Letting the Feds Target Pot. What gives the
federal government the authority to target legal state pot? The answer is
not the Constitution. This federal power grab is the product of two awful
Supreme Court precedents.
Comes Nihilism, the Uncanniest of All Guests? Nihilism is not a choice
or intellectual commitment, but a thing that comes upon you.
Natural Selection Explain Why You Exist? Darwinian evolution explains
how life forms change, but has been unable to account for how life emerged
from non-life in the first place. Here is one model with a mechanism for
how it all could have come to be.
HighTimes: Jeff Sessions' Anti-Pot Federal Crackdown Is In Full Force. Is the party over?
Administration Takes Step That Could Threaten Marijuana Legalization
Movement. Federal prosecutors will be given discretion to more
Marx. He is perpetually reinvented to fit the needs of a given era. In
the midst of the Cold War, the humanism of Marx's early writing was
brought to the fore. In the wake of the financial crash, the details of
his economic theories have been re-scrutinized.
NYT: Would Twitter Ever Suspend Trump's Account? President Trump boasted Tuesday evening that he had a “nuclear button” that is “much bigger” and “more powerful” than North Korea’s, again prompting fears that an errant tweet could lead to a nuclear conflict.
By the way, there
is no nuclear button...
Highest Highs and Lowest Lows of 2017. A look back at a truly insane
trip around the sun.
Humans and Insects Keep Holding Funerals for Insects. We have
surprisingly overlapping death traditions.
Neuroscientist Explores the Sanskrit Effect. MRI scans show that
memorizing ancient mantras increases the size of brain regions associated
with cognitive function.
the Demonic. How at the heart of Dictionnaire Infernal, a monumental
compendium of all things diabolical, lies an unlikely but pertinent
synthesis of the Enlightenment and the occult.
Fight Over Andrew Johnson's Impeachment Was a Fight for the Future of the
US. Three years after the end of a bloody civil war that had sundered
the Union, and nearly three years after the assassination of Abraham
Lincoln, the government of the United States had triggered the most
serious process in the constitutional mechanism: the power of impeachment.
the Lower Class Fights Back. Twelve of history's greatest peasant
and Military Intervention. Trump is a weak president, and escalation
of ongoing wars is the path of least resistance in Washington, so that is
what he is doing.
Inc. Most utopian communities are, like most start-ups, short-lived.
What makes the difference between failure and success?
Fantastic. Why some people embellish their already accomplished lives
with incredible tales.
Backstage in the 70s. Behind the scenes of an iconic era of music
SpokesmanReview: Harold Balazs, titanic figure on Northwest art scene, dead at 89.
Inlander: Harold Balazs, iconic Spokane artist, dead at 89.
SpokesmanReview: The Best of Balazs. From Jan. 2016. Harold Balazs has always been part artist, part prankster. He even borrowed his motto – “transcend the bullshit” – from original “merry prankster” Ken Kesey.
"Comparatively few people care anything about art and
when they do, it is because they have confused it with something
the Messiahs. Around the world, men claim to be the Second Coming of
Christ. This photographer recounts the years he spent documenting - and
befriending - six of them.
Duchamp's Final Work Harbored a Secret for Five Decades? One artist
has the theory that the work is meant to function as a camera obscura.
Problem with Dracula. Bram Stoker’s novel was a mixed blessing for
Romania. It attracted tourists, but the legend was at odds with communist
ideals and made a villain of a national hero.
American Dream Has Moved to Canada. By every measure, Canada is the
true place to find ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.’
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