Friday, March 31, 2017



Messier 43

Explanation: Often imaged but rarely mentioned, Messier 43 is a large star forming region in its own right. It's just part of the star forming complex of gas and dust that includes the larger, more famous neighboring Messier 42, the Great Orion Nebula.

Orion Nebula: The Hubble View

Explanation: Few cosmic vistas excite the imagination like the Orion Nebula. Also known as M42, the nebula's glowing gas surrounds hot young stars at the edge of an immense interstellar molecular cloud only 1,500 light-years away. The Orion Nebula offers one of the best opportunities to study how stars are born partly because it is the nearest large star-forming region, but also because the nebula's energetic stars have blown away obscuring gas and dust clouds that would otherwise block our view - providing an intimate look at a range of ongoing stages of starbirth and evolution.


Orion’s lesser-known nebula takes centre stage

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has taken a close-up view of an outer part of the Orion Nebula’s little brother, Messier 43. This nebula, which is sometimes referred to as De Mairan’s Nebula after its discoverer, is separated from the famous Orion Nebula (Messier 42) by only a dark lane of dust. Both nebulae are part of the massive stellar nursery called the Orion molecular cloud complex

- posted by H.V.O.M - Kerry Wayne Burgess 3:19 PM Pacific Time Spokane Valley Washington USA Friday 31 March 2017

Thursday, March 30, 2017

"Looks like a real nice crowd we have out here tonight."


Springfield! Springfield!

Night of the Comet (1984)

TV news reporter: The first earthlings to see the effects will be in Newfundland. Or, Newfoundland. This is expected to begin at 2.04. That's Pacific Standard Time. ...Interesting sidebar to this story is the fact that all telecommunications seem to be out in that part of the world.

- posted by H.V.O.M - Kerry Wayne Burgess 10:01 PM Pacific Time Spokane Valley Washington USA Thursday 30 March 2017

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Homestead Day 1278

1984 film "Night of the Comet" DVD video:

Hector: Reggie! Merry Christmas. Reggie? Samantha! Hi.

White: Hi.

Hector: Did you happen to see two girls running around here? One is a cheerleader.

White: I'm not thinking straight. I wrote everything down, but I think I misspelled it.

1984 film "Night of the Comet" DVD video:

White: That pad on the table. You need this?

Hector: No, thanks. I have one.

1984 film "Night of the Comet" DVD video:

White: It seems to be the perfect Christmas gift this year. I'm going to miss Christmas. Permanently. I want you to know that I thought they were talking hypothetically, until they found the first survivors. Then they really did it. Some of those survivors were just kids.

Hector: Hey, wait a minute. What's all this about... blood?

Night of the Comet (1984)

Dr. White: They think they can generate a serum.

Hector: A serum?

Dr. White: We were exposed. Not a lot. Just enough. They left the ventilating ducts wide open. The fans going. Very scientific. Very stupid. In 36 hours, you will be able to vacuum up the last of them from the carpet.

Night of the Comet (1984)

Hector: Hey.


Night of the Comet (1984)


Samantha Belmont: What's your name?

Danny Mason Kenner aka DMK: Danny Mason Keener.

Samantha Belmont: [to the others] Danny Mason Keener, okay?

Regina Belmont: Yeah, alright, well - just be back by midnight, okay?

Danny Mason Kenner aka DMK: Midnight?

Samantha Belmont: [with mock sincerity] The burden of civilization is on us, okay?

Danny Mason Kenner aka DMK: [smiling] Oh yeah. Bitchin', isn't it?

[last lines]

From 11/16/1984 ( premiere US film "Night of the Comet" ) To 3/28/2017 is 11820 days

11820 = 5910 + 5910

From 11/2/1965 ( my birth date in Antlers Oklahoma USA and my birthdate as the known official United States Marshal Kerry Wayne Burgess and active duty United States Marine Corps officer ) To 1/7/1982 ( Ronald Reagan - Statement About Continuation of the Registration Program Under the Military Selective Service Act ) is 5910 days

From 11/16/1984 ( premiere US film "Night of the Comet" ) To 3/28/2017 is 11820 days

From 11/2/1965 ( my birth date in Antlers Oklahoma USA and my birthdate as the known official United States Marshal Kerry Wayne Burgess and active duty United States Marine Corps officer ) To 3/14/1998 is 11820 days

From 12/7/1962 ( the Atlas supercomputer launched in Manchester England ) To 5/2/2014 ( Homestead Day 217 - The Homestead Apartments Phase 2 Day 1 ) is 18774 days

From 11/2/1965 ( my birth date in Antlers Oklahoma USA and my birthdate as the known official United States Marshal Kerry Wayne Burgess and active duty United States Marine Corps officer ) To 3/28/2017 is 18774 days

From 6/6/2011 to 5/2/2014 ( Homestead Day 217 - The Homestead Apartments Phase 2 Day 1 ) is 1061 days

from 5/2/2014 ( Homestead Day 217 - The Homestead Apartments Phase 2 Day 1 ) to 3/28/2017 is 1061 days


Night of the Comet (1984)

Release Info

USA 16 November 1984

The American Presidency Project

Ronald Reagan

XL President of the United States: 1981 - 1989

Statement About Continuation of the Registration Program Under the Military Selective Service Act

January 7, 1982

Last July 1 established a Presidential Military Manpower Task Force chaired by Defense Secretary Weinberger. One of the mandates of the Task Force was to examine the cases for and against continued military registration, as well as to review other issues affecting military manpower.

I have now received the report of the Task Force and the recommendations of its members. On the basis of their findings, I have decided to continue registration.

Make no mistake: The continuation of peacetime registration does not foreshadow a return to the draft. I remain firm in my conviction, stated in 1980, that "Only in the most severe national emergency does the Government have a claim to the mandatory service of its young people." No such emergency now exists, and registration is in no way a proxy for conscription.

However, we live in a dangerous world. In the event of a future threat to national safety, registration could save the United States as much as 6 weeks in mobilizing emergency manpower.

This administration remains steadfast in its commitment to an all-volunteer defense force. In 1981 we demonstrated that, in a healthy, just society, men and women will serve their country freely when given the proper encouragement, incentives, and respect. All services met their recruiting goals, test scores improved dramatically, and recruits included the highest proportion of high school graduates ever. Just as volunteer warriors won American independence more than two centuries ago, they stand as proud guardians of our freedom today.

I know that this generation of young Americans shares the sense of patriotism and responsibility that past generations have always shown. All that the action I have taken today requires is that young men when they reach their 18th birthday provide their name, address, and social security number to the Selective Service or at any U.S. Post Office. Late registrations are being accepted, and I have instructed the Department of Justice to make provision for a grace period for late registrants.

From 7/4/1924 to 3/3/1959 is: 12660 days
From 7/16/1963 to 3/14/1998 is: 12660 days

JOURNAL ARCHIVE: 04/30/2007 3:05 PM
3/14/1998 to 6/24/2001 is 3 years, 3.333~ months.

JOURNAL ARCHIVE: 04/30/07 3:06 PM
When does this end? What is the goddamned point to all this?

[JOURNAL ARCHIVE 30 April 2007 excerpt ends]

JOURNAL ARCHIVE: 08/24/09 8:55 PM

From 3/15/1998 ( date hijacked from me:as U.S. Navy Fleet Admiral Thomas Reagan I was secretly deployed on an official United States federal assignment consistent with prevailing strategic orders from 1981 and earlier to prosecute and convict the terrorist organization that is in control of Microsoft Corporation and the government of State of Washington among other regions of the U.S. and to prosecute and convict the International War Criminal and national traitor against the U.S. federal government that is George Bush ) to 7/2/2007 ( Lewis Libby trying to evade paying for providing material support to coup d’état and subversive activity against the U.S. federal government by foreign power ) is: 3396 days

[JOURNAL ARCHIVE 24 August 2009 excerpt ends]

JOURNAL ARCHIVE: 04/30/07 5:57 PM
Hmmm....that's a very interesting number to show up as I just now calculated it. Regardless of the number....if it is greater than 1, that is one too many days we have been apart.

From 3/14/1998 to 4/30/2007 is: 3334 days

JOURNAL ARCHIVE: 04/30/07 6:17 PM
From 3/14/1998 to 4/30/2007 is: 9 years, 47 days

JOURNAL ARCHIVE: 04/30/07 6:23 PM
From 3/14/1998 to 4/18/2007 is: 35 days, 9 years

[JOURNAL ARCHIVE 30 April 2007 excerpt ends]

JOURNAL ARCHIVE: 04/29/07 1:41 PM
From 3/15/1998 to 6/28/1998 was 3.433 months. I don't know if that means 3/15/1998 was the last time I saw Phoebe Cates, but how do I really know any of this.

JOURNAL ARCHIVE: 04/29/07 1:44 PM
I got that wrong actually. The date 3/15/1998 was the age difference with me, which I then applied to 7/16/1963.

And it should be 3/14/1998. I'm not thinking too well right now.

goddamnit I hate this place.

[JOURNAL ARCHIVE 29 April 2007 excerpt ends]

- posted by H.V.O.M - Kerry Wayne Burgess 4:58 PM Pacific Time Spokane Valley Washington USA Tuesday 28 March 2017

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Blue Tree Galactica


Humans Season 2 Episode 7


Aired Monday 10:00 PM Mar 20, 2017 on AMC

Mattie asks Max to help save Leo from Hester's influence. Toby receives a disturbing message from Renie, while Mia and Hester break into the Silo, but things don't go as planned.

AIRED: 3/20/17

Humans Season 2 Episode 8


Aired Monday 10:00 PM Mar 20, 2017 on AMC

In the aftermath of the Silo tragedy Karen takes matters into her own hands. Can Niska leave her family? Joe leaves Laura shell-shocked, while Hester seeks revenge on Leo.

AIRED: 3/20/17

Springfield! Springfield!


Season 2, Episode 8

APPLAUSE Do you want to go and watch? It's all right, I'll be right here.
I was wondering about that line of clowns at the job centre.
THEY LAUGH Yeah, I know.
We hired one of those balloon animal ones.
It was 25 quid.
And it did anything.
You ever seen a balloon Taj Mahal? Not for a while now.

From 12/17/1964 ( Victor Francis Hess deceased ) To 5/25/1995 is 11116 days

11116 = 5558 + 5558

From 11/2/1965 ( my birth date in Antlers Oklahoma USA and my birthdate as the known official United States Marshal Kerry Wayne Burgess and active duty United States Marine Corps officer ) To 1/20/1981 ( my [ when I was still a natural { human being cloned from another } human being ] biological maternal grandfather Ronald Wilson Reagan in office as the 40th President of the United States of America ) is 5558 days

From 9/30/1958 ( premiere US TV series "The Rifleman"::series premiere episode "The Sharpshooter" ) To 4/21/1988 ( from my official United States Navy documents: "Qualified M-14 Rifle" ) is 10796 days

From 11/2/1965 ( my birth date in Antlers Oklahoma USA and my birthdate as the known official United States Marshal Kerry Wayne Burgess and active duty United States Marine Corps officer ) To 5/25/1995 is 10796 days

[ See also: ]


Boeing Pre-Merger News Release Archive,

1995 to July 31, 1997

May 25, 1995 First Comanche Helicopter Prototype Unveiled

JOURNAL ARCHIVE: July 26, 2006

According to this wikipedia article, that there were 53 hostages at the Tehran embassy being held by the radicals. According to this article, there were 52 that were releaed, but at the time of the rescue attempt, there were 53 captives.

[JOURNAL ARCHIVE 26 July 2006 excerpt ends]

Springfield! Springfield!


Season 2, Episode 8


- posted by H.V.O.M - Kerry Wayne Burgess 5:26 PM Pacific Time Spokane Valley Washington USA Tuesday 21 March 2017

The FALSE HOPE of your Jesus Christ Fairy-tale.

Star Trek: The Next Generation - All Good Things... - series finale episode - season 7 episodes 25 & 26 - Monday 23 May 1994

(Q appears as a ancient man with an ear trumpet)

Q: Eh? What was that she said, sonny? I couldn't quite hear her.

PICARD: Q? What is going on here? Where is the anomaly?

Q: Where's your mommy? Well, I don't know.

From 2/6/1911 ( my biological maternal grandfather Ronald Reagan ) To 12/18/1969 ( from my official United States Navy documents: In the Circuit Court of Sevier County Arkansas Thedia Gay Burgess was granted a divorce ) is 21500 days

21500 = 10750 + 10750

From 11/2/1965 ( my birth date in Antlers Oklahoma USA and my birthdate as the known official United States Marshal Kerry Wayne Burgess and active duty United States Marine Corps officer ) To 4/9/1995 is 10750 days

From 7/13/1940 ( Patrick Stewart ) To 12/18/1969 ( from my official United States Navy documents: In the Circuit Court of Sevier County Arkansas Thedia Gay Burgess was granted a divorce ) is 10750 days

From 11/2/1965 ( my birth date in Antlers Oklahoma USA and my birthdate as the known official United States Marshal Kerry Wayne Burgess and active duty United States Marine Corps officer ) To 4/9/1995 is 10750 days

From 4/21/1926 ( my biological paternal grandmother Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II ) To 9/26/1955 ( premiere US TV series "Jungle Jim" ) is 10750 days

From 11/2/1965 ( my birth date in Antlers Oklahoma USA and my birthdate as the known official United States Marshal Kerry Wayne Burgess and active duty United States Marine Corps officer ) To 4/9/1995 is 10750 days

From 7/21/1925 ( John Scopes found guilty by jury in Tennessee ) To 6/1/1984 ( premiere US film "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock" ) is 21500 days

21500 = 10750 + 10750

From 11/2/1965 ( my birth date in Antlers Oklahoma USA and my birthdate as the known official United States Marshal Kerry Wayne Burgess and active duty United States Marine Corps officer ) To 4/9/1995 is 10750 days

From 3/16/1991 ( my first successful major test of my ultraspace matter transportation device as Kerry Wayne Burgess the successful Ph.D. graduate Columbia South Carolina ) To 4/9/1995 is 1485 days

From 11/2/1965 ( my birth date in Antlers Oklahoma USA and my birthdate as the known official United States Marshal Kerry Wayne Burgess and active duty United States Marine Corps officer ) To 11/26/1969 ( Richard Nixon - Executive Order 11497—Amending the Selective Service Regulations to Prescribe Random Selection ) is 1485 days

From 3/16/1991 ( my first successful major test of my ultraspace matter transportation device as Kerry Wayne Burgess the successful Ph.D. graduate Columbia South Carolina ) To 4/9/1995 is 1485 days

From 11/2/1965 ( my birth date in Antlers Oklahoma USA and my birthdate as the known official United States Marshal Kerry Wayne Burgess and active duty United States Marine Corps officer ) To 11/26/1969 ( Richard Nixon - Proclamation 3945—Random Selection for Military Service ) is 1485 days

The Spokesman-Review


Philosopher Takes On Evolution He Says Science Supports ‘Intelligent Design’ Idea


By Kelly McBride

As a philosopher and a physicist, Stephen Meyer is trying to answer the most basic of questions: How did life begin?

The Whitworth College associate professor is rattling scientific norms with his answers.

Scientists across the country have read his articles and heard his theories. They either dismiss him as a religious kook or hail him as a pioneer in his field.

Meyer, 36, challenges the theories of evolution. He argues that the very first cell was made by a mind, a being, some outside force.

In other words: God.

He calls the theory “Intelligent Design” and he says there is scientific evidence to support it.

Meyer’s work, along with that of a few other scientists in the United States and England, competes with the Darwinian theory of evolution - the prevailing theory in biology since early this century.

In the last few years, Meyer has taken on other researchers in scientific journals and mainstream publications.

It’s the Scopes Monkey Trial, nature vs. God, with a new twist for the ‘90s. Now, both sides claim scientific evidence.

Meyer was a geophysicist for a Texas oil company in the mid-1980s when he started thinking seriously about how life started.

Like most religious scientists, he meshed his beliefs about God with his knowledge about evolution.

One of the tenets of evolutionist theory is that life arose from a mindless, undirected process.

“Theists, which I was, generally think that God was in some way directing evolution,” Meyer says. “But they really aren’t thinking very carefully about that. Because if evolution is an undirected process, how can it be directed by anyone, God or otherwise?”

After attending a debate between Christian and atheist scientists, Meyer was impressed by the people who believed God’s existence could be proven. He decided to take their work further.

At Cambridge University in England, where he received his Ph.D in the philosophy of science, he began critiquing evolution research.

Evolutionists believe the amino acids floating around in the “primordial soup” arranged themselves into the very first cells and life unfolded.

Meyer says that’s improbable and that scientific experiments have backed him up.

“What they learned in the ‘60s is that pure chance isn’t going to do it,” he says. “Even if you concede all of the most positive conditions, all you have is amino acids sitting around. They still need to be arranged properly.”

Inside a cell there are precise arrangements. Amino acids in proteins, as well as the components of DNA molecules, are in a specific order.

It’s that encoded information in the cell that indicates the presence of a designer or a creator, Meyer says. Nature can’t make such a code on its own, he says.

“What makes this controversial is that people see it has religious implications,” Meyer says. “If there is evidence for an intelligence that preexists the advent of humans and all other life, if the big bang is true, and if other laws of physics are fine-tuned to allow for life to exist, you start putting these things together and it looks like a God hypothesis.”

By 1990, when Meyer came to Whitworth to teach philosophy, his theories were making ripples on the smooth surface of the scientific community.

A guest editorial in the Wall Street Journal in 1993 sparked a frenzied response from scientists around the world. Some supported Meyer’s ideas; others thought he was crazy.

“The problem is more and more scientists are going crazy,” Meyer says. “Especially the young people, who, frankly, are not as frightened by convention and are tired of the old ways of thinking.”

Now he has hooked up with a mathematician and a biologist to write a book that offers a new explanation of how life began more than 3 million years ago.

It’s a question no scientist can answer conclusively, but Meyer wants to try.

At times the debate degenerates from science to personalities. On one side are a few young, eager scientists, fresh out of school with their Ph.Ds. On the other are researchers with years of experience.

“It’s not like (design) ideas haven’t been looked at,” says Eugenie Scott, executive director for the National Center for Scientific Education, the organization that reviews and certifies scientific curriculum for classroom use. “They’ve been looked at and greeted with a big yawn.”

Still other noted scientists acknowledge that Meyer’s theory has some weight and that evolution theories are falling apart.

“If the topic didn’t carry such ideological weight, current theories of chemical evolution would be laughed into silence,” wrote Michael Behe, a chemistry professor at Lehigh University.

Before Meyer and others can even discuss the evidence, they have to convince the world of science to hear their arguments.

“When you present your theory for intelligent design, people respond by saying, well, that’s not science,” Meyer says. “It might be true and it might be false, but you can’t talk about that in science.”

Scott is among the many scientists who say Meyer’s work is religion, not science. And her opinion carries weight among educators.

“It’s really frustrating to deal with these folks,” Scott says. “There’s a difference between being on the cutting edge and being on the fringe.

“I think it’s important to realize what the burr is under their saddle.”

Science traditionally has been defined as the study of nature. Thus, all the scientific answers must be naturalistic, Scott said.

Meyer and his colleagues say those rules are preventing scientists from coming up with the best answers to the origin-of-life question.

“Make your best theory, no holds barred, and forget all these silly rules,” Meyer says.

Scott and others say the rules keep charlatans off to the sidelines, where they can’t do any harm.

“It’s really sad to see this controversy,” she says. “They are behaving like something would happen to their faith if you could explain the origin of life.”

Even among the faithful, Meyer finds little support. From Pope John Paul II to the Association of Unitarian Churches to the Central Conference of American Rabbis, religious leaders have shied away from Intelligent Design.

Most churches teach that evolution and faith can co-exist.

“You can accept a lot of different theories about what happened, whether it was gradual or it was sudden,” Meyer said. “Irrespective of all of those debates, here in the cell, in the very simplest living form present, we have the distinctive hallmarks of a designed system.”

In other words: God.


All Good Things [ Star Trek: The Next Generation ]

Stardate: 47988

Original Airdate: May 23, 1994

Q: This is you. I'm serious. Right here, life is about to form on this planet for the very first time. A group of amino acids are about to combine and form the first protein, the building blocks of what you call life. Strange, isn't it? Everything you know, your entire civilisation, it all begins right here in this little pond of goo. Appropriate, somehow, isn't it? Too bad you didn't bring your microscope. It's really quite fascinating. Oh, look, there they go. The amino acids are moving closer and closer, and closer. Oh! Nothing happened. See what you've done?

- posted by H.V.O.M - Kerry Wayne Burgess 2:38 PM Pacific Time Spokane Valley Washington USA Tuesday 21 March 2017

Monday, March 20, 2017

"NCIS" Spokane


Stargate: The Movie (1994)

I'm Colonel Jack O'Neil from General West's office. I'll be taking over from now on.

(low, to Shore)
This figure 10,000 is ludicrous. I mean, Egyptian culture didn't even exist—

Mmm. We know. But the sonic and radio carbon tests are conclusive.

Well, these are cover stones. Was there a tomb underneath?

No, no, no. But we found something a lot more interesting.

NCIS: New Orleans - Swift, Silent, Deadly - Season 3 Episode 17 - Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Mar 14, 2017 on CBS

NCIS New Orleans

Swift, Silent, Deadly / Slay the Dragon

Don't want you running into Brossette without backup.
Copy that.
I've seen some struggling neighborhoods since I got back, but nothing like this one.
It's sad.
Yeah, Clearwater got hit pretty hard by Katrina, never recovered.
Doesn't make sense, though.
It's right by the river.
You'd think this would be one of the first places to bounce back.

From 1/4/1941 ( Maureen Reagan ) To 8/29/1980 is 14482 days

From 11/2/1965 ( my birth date in Antlers Oklahoma USA and my birthdate as the known official United States Marshal Kerry Wayne Burgess and active duty United States Marine Corps officer ) To 6/27/2005 is 14482 days

From 6/14/1801 ( Benedict Arnold dead ) To 6/27/2005 is 74523 days

'74523' - the United States Postal Service code for Antlers Oklahoma

[ See also: ]

The Seattle Times

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Murray seeks $1 billion for VA

By Hal Bernton

Seattle Times staff reporter

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray yesterday sent a letter to the White House asking President Bush to shore up a $1 billion shortfall in Department of Veterans Affairs health-care funding.

Murray, D-Wash., said the deficit could be addressed in an emergency-spending bill in the Senate in the days before the Fourth of July recess.

The shortfall for the current fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30, was disclosed by VA officials last week, prompting Murray to accuse the Bush administration of either "deliberate misdirection or gross incompetence."

Yesterday, Murray held a rally outside the Puget Sound VA Health Care System hospital in Seattle

Los Angeles Times

California and the West

Spokane: Portrait of a Murder Scene

Crime: The slayings of at least eight women have sent chills through the community of prostitutes and drug users that has been preyed upon by a serial killer.


SPOKANE, Wash. — Blinking in the soft light that spills out of the corner tattoo parlor, she backs into the street, pulling the darkness like a blanket around her. Soon, only her wispy blond hair and the tip of her cigarette--held provocatively to her lips with a hand that's trembling--can be seen.

"I got somebody watching me," she says in a small voice. "Everywhere I go." She points the cigarette over her shoulder, out where her protector is supposed to be. But there is only a dark sidewalk, and beyond that, the barking of a dog. "I'm not alone here," she says.

But she is very much alone on this street, which these days may be one of the most dangerous in America. A serial killer is at work in this crossroads town, and nearly all of his victims--at least eight, possibly as many as 22--have been the women down on their luck who frequent this three-mile stretch of taverns, pawnshops and small appliance repair shops east of downtown.

Prostitute killings have been a fact of city life for years. What is chilling about the women's bodies dumped in Spokane in recent months is the fact that a uniquely urban form of terror has struck in the middle of the American wheat belt--with a seemingly relentless vengeance.

Despite the efforts of a police task force working since November and a $10,000 reward fund, the killer has struck four more times--most recently on July 7--preying on the same relatively small population of prostitutes and drug abusers who frequent a neighborhood along East Sprague.

"Right now we're looking at anything and everything," said Spokane County Sheriff's Capt. Doug Silver, co-chairman of the task force.


To think of Spokane, a town of 188,300 perched amid the ranches and low hills of eastern Washington, as a rural community would be to commit a grave error of geography: Although isolated, Spokane is the largest city between Minneapolis and Seattle, planted along the interstate highway that plumbs much of the northwestern United States.

For half of Washington state, all of northern Idaho and even parts of Oregon and Montana, Spokane is the city, the place where nearly everyone goes when they want to shop at the mall, or get a job when a farm fails or a timber mill closes. The castoffs of welfare reform, which is hitting hard in rural America, drain into Spokane.

Like many small cities across the country, Spokane has been hit hard by methamphetamine use and a heroin epidemic that has seen methadone treatment center populations double in the last few months.

"In the last couple years, it's been more and more violent," said Edweena Skinner, a social worker with the Spokane Regional Health Department. "More crack houses, more meth labs, more people holding guns when you walk in the door."

And now this, this methodical killer who is plucking some of the city's most vulnerable off the streets.

Theories abound: A sex killer. A neighborhood vigilante. An angry ex-cop. With no suspects, all scenarios are possible.


An idea of just how rough these streets are became clear when the health department recently asked prostitutes working the East Sprague neighborhood to submit a list of "bad Johns" for their colleagues to beware of.

"It started off on 8 1/2-by-11 paper. And then we put it on legal-size paper, and then we put it in smaller print. Now, it's on 11-by-17 paper," said Lynn Everson, a county health worker in the neighborhood.

The list speaks for itself: "White car, newer, 4-door. Driver is Asian male, uses a knife, likes to cut."

"White Chevy truck. White male; wants to 'butcher' a prostitute."

"White Chevy minivan, new California plates. Latino (?) Robs, rapes, strangles."

There are 105 entries on the bad John list. Is one of them a killer?

Police have traced as many as 22 killings, some going back as far as 1984, that seem to fit the profile: a woman with drug or prostitution connections, shot, stabbed or strangled, body dumped out in the middle of nowhere.

The latest round began in November, a series the authorities are relatively certain is the work of the same killer or killers who shot three Spokane-area women in 1990. All of them, eight including the three in 1990, were shot. All but one were found clothed, their bodies dumped in remote locations on the outskirts of town, in places with names like Hangman Valley.

In early July, the body of 47-year-old Michelyn Derning, an on-again, off-again drug user who lived in the East Sprague neighborhood, was found in a vacant lot.

Derning had moved up to Spokane not long before from Oceanside, Calif., trying to kick a drug habit. She applied for a job at a local horse ranch, run by fellow ex-Californian Michelle Wallace.

"She had no experience, but she came to me with a spirit of excitement and enthusiasm, and I hired her on the spot," Wallace said.

In the months to come, Wallace heard stories about the boyfriend Derning had fled, who allegedly beat her and allowed her to shower only once a month.

Los Angeles Times

(Page 2 of 2)

California and the West

Spokane: Portrait of a Murder Scene

Crime: The slayings of at least eight women have sent chills through the community of prostitutes and drug users that has been preyed upon by a serial killer.


"Michelyn was afraid," she said. "She would have flashbacks. She was so afraid somebody was going to hit her. Sometimes, she would come in my arms and just cry."

Derning, friends said, hoped to get her life arranged well enough to regain custody of her 13-year-old son, who was living with her parents while she battled her drug addiction.

"We would have hoped that everything was going to go right," said her father, Edward Derning. "I don't pretend that I understood her. Of course, I don't know if any parent can say that."

Shawn McClenahan was another one who was hoping to turn her life around. Battling heroin for years, McClenahan, 39, had grown distant from much of her family and sold herself near the Kmart on East Sprague to buy drugs.

But she remained close to her sister, Kathy Lloyd, a Spokane Head Start teacher, who would gossip with her for hours and go shopping to collect the Winnie the Pooh trinkets McClenahan adored.

The heroin was ravaging her, Lloyd said. "I went one time when she was working, and I found her and got her in the car," she said. "This was not what you see in TV land, with the nylons, trying to be outgoing, friendly. She had on jeans and a cruddy old sweatshirt. No makeup, looked like she hadn't had a shower for days. I told her to be careful. I told her I was worried. It was just, 'I'm very careful. Don't worry about me.' "

For her birthday a month later in December, Lloyd got a card from her sister with a long message. After years of despondency, it was a testimony of hope. McClenahan said she had made her way through the long waiting list--67 days--and was about to be admitted to a methadone program.

"I have never been so lonely as I have these last four months or so," McClenahan wrote. "I'm still using heroin daily, still prostituting to pay for it. But the good news is a week from this coming Monday, I stop the heroin and go on methadone. God, I'm soooo happy, Kathy. This nightmare is almost over now."

A week or so later, on the night of Dec. 17, she left the house where she baby-sat, going out with a few girlfriends. The next morning, she phoned, saying that she would be "a little late," but added, "I'm on my way."

She was never heard from again. They found her body in a gravel pit nine days later.

Now, Lloyd spends her days retracing her sister's trail, finding old clients from the street, interviewing friends who knew her and passing on tips to the police.

"She was so much a part of my life. The loss, the loss is horrendous, and it's not getting better," Lloyd said. "Every new body makes it worse."

On Thursday, there was a new grim discovery, perhaps from the killer: a scalp, with long strands of dark hair attached, found in a wooded area near Mt. Spokane, where three bodies have already been found. There were no other clues.


In some ways, the East Sprague neighborhood was a battleground even before the killer began striking. Residents long ago had gotten fed up with the prostitutes and drug dealers who haunted it by night.

Now the neighborhood has upped the ante, figuring the night walkers have lured a killer into their midst.

Carol Taylor, a grandmother who lives a block back from Sprague Street, leads an army of neighbors who go out each night and follow the prostitutes with bullhorns. "You better let her off," she screams at men when they pick up a hooker. "We'll call your license number into Crime Check."

One recent night, one of the prostitutes rushed up to Taylor's niece, Cori Bains, reached through the open window of her car and grabbed her hair.

"She was like, 'Ha ha ha, what do you think of that?' I Maced her," said Bains.

"This is the third time now they've assaulted us," Taylor interjected. "The second time, one Maced me in the face after wrecking my car. She threw this huge rock . . . and broke the windshield, and when I got out, she Maced me. I screamed for my husband, and he shoved her back into a plate-glass window at the Dogbone Pawnshop."

Neighbors complained to police about used condoms and needles in their front yards, but got little response.

"It's getting scary now," Taylor said. "There's violence now, because the prostitutes are getting killed. And one day, maybe it's going to be some young girl walking down the street that isn't a prostitute getting killed. It's just got to stop. We don't even want our kids outside."

The Coalition for Women on the Streets hopes that a shelter will help. So far, there is nowhere in Spokane for women with drug or alcohol problems to go to pay for food and a bed.

"There are women who are homeless and on the street, who may not be real prostitutes, but who will go home with a man just to have a bed to sleep in and something to eat. And then a lot of them will have sex with the guy and still get thrown out in the middle of the night," said Skinner, a member of the coalition, which is seeking donations and grants for the $150,000 a year needed to open and operate a shelter.

Giving up the street, even in the face of a serial killer, is not an option for most of the women whom county health worker Everson counsels. One teenage girl says she was thrown out of her house by her mother after telling her that her father had molested her. Many are desperate to earn enough money for a motel room so they won't have to sleep in a crack house, where they are considered prey for any man around.

For now, Everson says, outreach workers are trying to counsel women on how to stay safe on the streets. Work in groups, they are advised, and have a partner take down license plate numbers. Tell clients that someone is watching out for you and will know if you don't come back.

"The women out there are in a terrible situation," Everson says. "There's a serial killer out there. There's almost no way to keep people safe. What they're doing is illegal. But I don't think they ought to have to die for it."


Stargate: The Movie (1994)

(into phone)
General West, Jackson has identified the seventh symbol.


[West, O'Neil, Kawalski, and the rest of the military brass are still watching from the briefing room window. West is on the phone.]

Go ahead.


Programming seventh symbol into computer. Chevron One is holding.

From 10/28/1994 ( premiere US film "Stargate" ) To 12/10/2004 is 3696 days

From 11/2/1965 ( my birth date in Antlers Oklahoma USA and my birthdate as the known official United States Marshal Kerry Wayne Burgess and active duty United States Marine Corps officer ) To 12/16/1975 ( premiere US TV series "One Day at a Time" ) is 3696 days

From 2/6/1952 ( my biological paternal great-grandfather His Majesty King George VI deceased ) To 3/16/1991 ( my first successful major test of my ultraspace matter transportation device as Kerry Wayne Burgess the successful Ph.D. graduate Columbia South Carolina ) is 14283 days

From 11/2/1965 ( my birth date in Antlers Oklahoma USA and my birthdate as the known official United States Marshal Kerry Wayne Burgess and active duty United States Marine Corps officer ) To 12/10/2004 is 14283 days

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The Spokesman-Review

SATURDAY, DEC. 11, 2004

Rotary breaks ground on park fountain

By Hilary Kraus

You've viewed 4 of 5 free stories this month.

The seed was planted nearly 30 years ago, but it wasn’t until Friday that city and Rotary Club officials broke ground on the Rotary Fountain in Riverfront Park.

Beneath an intermittent drizzle, the group gathered on a three-quarter-acre site that will be transformed into a $1.25 million interactive water fountain and plaza. It is scheduled to open in late May 2005, in time for the Northwest district Rotary conference.

Project designer Bob Perron was among those who watched as the first holes were dug into the cold, wet ground by Mayor Jim West, Dan Cadagan, Rotary Foundation project committee chairman, and other dignitaries. Perron, designer of Riverfront Park, had the vision of an elaborate entrance fountain in 1975.”There was not enough money in the budget then,” Perron said.

Perron, a resident of Portland and architect of that city’s Salmon Street Spring, said the idea resurfaced about 2½ years ago. The Rotary Club wanted to make a major contribution to the city.

The fountain and plaza are being funded by a public-private partnership between the Spokane Park Board and the Downtown Spokane Rotary Club 21. The fundraising has reached 96 percent of the needed amount, thanks to 415 donors, including 31 who each gave more than $5,000.

“This is by far the most significant project we have ever taken on,” Nancy Kennedy, Club 21 president said during the formal ceremony.

The fountain and plaza will bring a radically different look to the entrance of the park. It will cover an area from the Spokane River to Spokane Falls Boulevard on the south border and from the carousel to the “Christmas tree” on the west edge.

Harold Balazs, commissioned as the sculptor, has designed a work that will tell the story of the Spokane Falls and its relationship to native people.

“We were interested in a fountain that reflected in the history of the community,” said Perron, who has worked with Balazs on other architectural projects.

But unlike Perron’s original idea – sculptured children holding hands in water – the flat-deck Rotary Fountain will be run by computer and will be constantly changing. It will have about 140 water jets, sprays, misters, ground hugging fog and other features. It will stand on five stainless columns that are 24 feet high.

The fountain will be open for anyone who wants to play in the water, and will operate from 6 a.m. until midnight from mid-spring to mid-fall, temperature permitting. The fountain may be operated in winter with the mist creating ice formations.

Annual maintenance is estimated between $20,000 and $25,000, Cadagan said. Power alone would cost about $12,000 a year.

Perron said most of the construction is underground piping, which can be done in winter.

“This is going to be one of those things that brings ‘Wow!’ to the city,” West said.



Children of the Gods

EPISODE NUMBER - 101 [ Season 1 Episode 1 ]



Night. A car pulls up in front of Jack O'Neill's house and Major Samuels climbs out. He walks up to the front porch and knocks on the door. No one answers, and the camera pans up to the roof.

DRIVER: Sir. There's a ladder over here.

The view pans up to show O'Neill on the roof, looking at the night sky through a telescope. A laptop rests on a small table beside him. Samuels climbs up the ladder to join O'Neill.

SAMUELS: Colonel Jack O'Neill?

O'NEILL:(not looking up) Retired.

SAMUELS: I'm Major Samuels.

O'NEILL:Air Force?

SAMUELS: Yes, sir. I'm the General's executive officer.

O'NEILL:A little piece of advice, Major? Get re-assed to NASA. That's where all the action's gonna be. (Brief shot of O'Neill's POV, at the cluster of stars in the scope.) Out there.

SAMUELS: I'm under orders to bring you to General Hammond, sir.

O'NEILL:Never heard of him.

SAMUELS: He replaced General West. He says it's important. Has to do with the Stargate.

Springfield! Springfield!

NCIS New Orleans

Swift, Silent, Deadly / Slay the Dragon

I'm so sorry, Mr. Mayor. I couldn't stop him.

HAMILTON: Oh, that's all right, I'm used to it. I'll call you back. Oh, a-a return phone call would've sufficed, Dwayne. That's all I'm saying.

What do you want?

Should I call security?

Nah, he ain't gonna hurt me. You know, whether you like it or not, Dwayne, I'm the mayor. (door closes) And that means when I call you, you damn well better pick up that phone next time, you understand?

Los Angeles Times

The Nation

Mayor Under Fire, but Paper Feeling Heat Too

Spokane's James West is accused of sex abuse. But many call a newspaper's inquiry tactics bad news.

May 12, 2005 Sam Howe Verhovek Times Staff Writer

SPOKANE, Wash. — In this normally placid city, which some call "the world's biggest small town" and where a road sign proclaims there have been no traffic fatalities this year, the shocking questions about the mayor and the local newspaper just keep coming.

Is Mayor James E. West a pedophile, as two men alleged to the paper last week? Did he offer young men jobs and perks in a bid to have sex with them? Is he a hypocrite, announcing he is homosexual after a 25-year public career -- including a stint as the state Senate majority leader -- in which he opposed gay rights? Should he resign? Or be recalled?

And was the Spokane Spokesman-Review justified in lying in a bid to get at the truth?

The paper hired a forensic computer expert to pose as a 17-year-old boy who conducted an online relationship with the mayor. West has admitted to using screen aliases such as RightBi-Guy and Cobra82nd, an apparent reference to his service as a paratrooper in the Army's 82nd Airborne Division.

Sordid details emerge every day in the newspaper's ongoing investigative report on the Republican mayor's alleged misuse of office.

Did he once tell a councilwoman that he had masturbated in his City Hall office? Did he offer a young man, whom he later appointed to the city's human rights commission, $300 to go swimming naked with him?

The scandal has left residents in this city of 200,000 people using words like disgusted, embarrassed and creeped out. It has created "a civic freak show," as columnist Doug Clark wrote in the Spokesman-Review on Tuesday. The mayor's troubles even got a mention by Jay Leno on "The Tonight Show."

Many want the 54-year-old mayor, once promoted as a potential candidate for governor or U.S. senator, gone -- and not just from office.

"He should get on his horse and ride far, far away into the sunset," said John Kallas, 53, who once served with West as a sheriff's deputy and is now the fishing department manager at the White Elephant, a sporting goods store. "His gig is up."

West informed the City Council on Monday that he was taking a leave of absence, and he expressed his "hope that you and the people will reserve judgment on me until the newspaper is done persecuting me and allow me to have the fair opportunity to respond to each of the allegations in due time."

The FBI said Wednesday that it had opened a preliminary inquiry into a possible public corruption case involving West. A variety of civic leaders, including two former mayors, have called on West to resign.

Certainly, some are willing to reserve judgment on the most serious allegations -- made by two men with criminal drug records -- that West molested them in the 1970s and early '80s when he was in law enforcement and serving as a Boy Scout leader.

The mayor has denied their accusations.

But there is a widespread sense that West is a hypocrite. Until last week, he was a closeted gay man who once sponsored legislation to bar gays and lesbians from teaching in public schools.

He also voted to prohibit the state from distributing pamphlets telling people how to protect themselves against AIDS, denouncing the information as "something people go buy at dirty bookstores."

Joan Overfield, a Spokane native and author of 26 romance novels, said she was appalled that the mayor contended he was being "destroyed because I am a gay man," as he told the Spokesman-Review's editor in a phone call he made at 6:37 Sunday morning.

Overfield said West bid's for gay martyrdom was absurd.

"It's like a member of the Ku Klux Klan saying, 'Ooh, I'm a victim of discrimination because I'm wearing a white sheet,' " she said, shaking her head.

As far as she and many others are concerned, the issue is not whether West is gay, but whether he is a pedophile, and whether he misused his office in a bid to lure young men.

Since news of the scandal broke, the mayor has at turns been contrite and defiant, telling the paper's editor in his phone call about the "hell" of his "double life" as a gay man. In 1990, West proposed to a woman from the floor of the state Senate; he was married and divorced after five years.

Despite supposedly being on leave, he sent an e-mail this week to a local task force on race relations -- using his city e-mail address -- posing a series of questions about its antidiscrimination work.

"Does that include people who have an internal struggle with who they are sexually and are searching for a way to come out and are torn by a desire to be out and a fear of what happens if they are?" the mayor wrote.

He added: "Should we not stand up for justice -- even for those we despise? Because if we don't, who will stand up for us?"

Although there seems to be much sentiment against West, there is a far more complicated debate going on in town about a decision by the Spokesman-Review to use a fictitious online persona on the website to engage in sexual banter with the mayor.

Los Angeles Times

(Page 2 of 2)

The Nation

Mayor Under Fire, but Paper Feeling Heat Too

Spokane's James West is accused of sex abuse. But many call a newspaper's inquiry tactics bad news.

May 12, 2005 Sam Howe Verhovek Times Staff Writer

Editor Steven A. Smith said in a "note to our readers" last week that the newspaper had engaged in the ruse to make absolutely sure that the young men it had interviewed for its investigation were describing correct screen names for the mayor.

"Under ordinary circumstances," Smith wrote, "the newspaper would not use a fictional scenario in pursuit of a news story. But the seriousness of the allegations and the need for specific computer forensic skills overrode our general reluctance."

Smith said in a telephone interview that the possibility the mayor was a pedophile weighed in his decision. He said there was no truth to allegations from West's supporters that the paper was engaged, as he put it, in "prurient titillation."

The newspaper's actions have stirred debate within the community, as well as among journalism professors and newspaper editors; several editors have said they would not allow their reporters to carry out such a ruse.

Many Spokane residents seemed to agree.

"Entrapping a guy," said Lonnie Luce, 56, a landscape gardener. "Isn't that what the police do? That's not a newspaper's job."

Complicating the paper's coverage are charges by some West supporters that it is payback for the mayor's role in reducing city financing of a downtown mall project involving the newspaper's owners.

Smith denied any connection.

At the Art Deco-style City Hall on Wednesday, beneath a banner proclaiming Spokane an "All America City," a few protesters held signs saying "Boycott the Spokesman-Review Newspaper Forever" and "Stop This Great Injustice." A motorcyclist riding by honked his horn in support.

"I think it's all a big lie," said one protester, Livia Vanweerthuizen, a nurse and 18-year resident of Spokane. "I don't care what they're printing. I think Jim West's a good man."

Springfield! Springfield!

NCIS New Orleans

Swift, Silent, Deadly / Slay the Dragon

JAG Rita: I am worried about you, though.

Dwayne Pride: How so?

JAG Rita: Well, you said that you think Mayor Hamilton had something to do with Javier Garcia's murder.

Dwayne Pride: I know that he did. Just have to find a way to prove it.

JAG Rita: Well, and then what? You go after him, or try to take him down? Is that it?

Dwayne Pride: I'm gonna do what I have to do, Rita. Mayor's corrupt. Known it for a long time.

The PTA Disbands [ The Simpsons ]

Original airdate in N.A.: 16-Apr-95

The Springfield Elementary School Bus is looking the worse for wear. Its back bumper is loose and its muffler sparks as it drags along the ground. The children on the bus seem to be enjoying the bumpy ride, all except for Wendell.

Milhouse: This bus has seen better days.

Bart: Well, at least it's safer than the old bus.

[shot of old bus, propped up on blocks] [a leaf from a tree falls on it; it explodes]

Milhouse: Uh oh, time to move: the hole's getting bigger.

[they climb onto the seat in front as their seat falls through]

Edna: Seymour, the children are playing in the hole again. Shouldn't you get that fixed?

Skinner: Edna, you _know_ they just cut the school's budget. If I had the money I'd fix the exhaust leak in the back. Actually, I think it's causing some of our low test scores.

[shot of the children in the back surrounded by smoke and drooling, except for Ralph Wiggum who looks normal]

The Spokesman-Review


West departs on routine note

FRIDAY, DEC. 16, 2005

By Jim Camden

Jim West left his fifth floor City Hall office for the last time as mayor Thursday after a routine day.

West, whose term will end shortly after 9:30 this morning when the results of the Dec. 6 recall election are certified, held his regular daily Cabinet meeting with all city department heads, discussed labor negotiations and attended a service club luncheon where the featured speaker talked about the journalism that led to his ouster.

He started the one-hour Cabinet meetings soon after taking office in January 2004, an idea borrowed from a book by former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. At first West said he worried about taking an hour out of the day of busy executives like the police chief. But he decided if New York’s police commissioner could handle it, Spokane’s chief could too.

“People could catch me after a meeting for a few minutes. They didn’t have to set up an appointment,” he said.

Police Chief Rodger Bragdon said Thursday the meetings have helped each department head learn what was going on around the city, learn about other’s problems and ask for help when they need it.

Some days the meetings involve intense discussions of pressing city problems. The biggest issue West recalled from Thursday’s meeting was a discussion of the number of photocopy machines the Police Department has, which is greater than other city departments.

The group emptied a wooden cigar box that keeps the $1-per-minute fines for members who show up late to the 8 a.m. meetings. Deputy Mayor Jack Lynch will use the $60-plus for a “Christmas family” city workers are helping. They posed for a group picture, possibly the only one ever taken, said city Chief Financial Officer Gavin Cooley.

City Council President Dennis Hession, who will become temporary mayor today when the results are certified and is expected to be appointed by the council Monday to the rest of West’s term, said he’ll ask department heads for their advice about continuing the meetings. The ones he’s attended have been helpful, Hession added, but he’s not sure they need to be every day.

West described the rest of his calendar for his last day as strictly routine. He met with Lynch and union leaders about negotiations briefly after the Cabinet meeting, had e-mails and letters to open and phone calls to return. Most of his personal items have already been removed from the office with its commanding view of Riverfront Park, the Spokane River and the north bank.

“One of the best views in Spokane,” he said.

Leather office furniture, which he bought with his own money, will likely stay and the city will reimburse him, public affairs officer Marlene Feist said later.

At lunch, West attended the regular meeting of the Spokane Downtown Rotary Club at the Ridpath Hotel, where the guest speaker was Steven A. Smith, editor of The Spokesman-Review, and the topic was the newspaper’s journalism.

“It’s my Rotary Club,” West said with a shrug when asked why he was attending.

He sat at a center table near the front as Smith explained the goals of serving as a watchdog on government and empowering citizens, and how that fit with the newspaper’s reporting on West. The mayor may have done good work, even extraordinary work, while in office, Smith said, but it’s not the newspaper’s job to “weigh good works against bad” and refuse to print stories of West’s misuse of office.

West sat silently through the speech and questions asked by other Rotarians, shook hands with longtime friends and acquaintances as he left the hotel, and returned to City Hall to close out his day.

West’s future job prospects are uncertain.

He said he has no plans to return to City Hall today. Instead he’s scheduled a session of chemotherapy to treat his colon cancer.

November 1916

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The following events occurred in November 1916:

November 1, 1916 (Wednesday)

Pavel Milyukov, leader of the Constitutional Democratic Party in Russia, delivered his "stupidity or treason" speech in the Russian State Duma, precipitating the downfall of the Boris Stürmer government.

American shoe manufacturer Endicott Johnson became one of the first U.S. companies to introduce the 40-hour work week, in this case for workers of the Endicott-Johnson factories in the Binghamton metropolitan area of New York.

Seattle Times

Friday, June 19, 1992

Same Concerns, Different Angles -- Don Bonker And Patty Murray Debate The Issues In Senate Race

By Mark Matassa

OLYMPIA - While tossing off a couple of weak jokes about his tie, her shoes and even their wristwatches, Don Bonker and Patty Murray did get around to the issues.

As the first debate between the two prominent Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate, this was to be a test of substance.

Trouble was, with a couple of exceptions, the jokes offered as much help in distinguishing the candidates yesterday as the debate did.

For example, Bonker said he was in the race to address the economic well-being of the country, while Murray said she's motivated by pressures on individual and family finances.

Those differences in perspective are what Murray has continued to stress. She started a running joke months ago by relating a story about an Olympia lawmaker who said Murray would never be taken seriously because she was "just a mom in tennis shoes." With that, the tennis shoe became the symbol of her campaign and she began decrying all the male politicians wearing blue suits and red ties.

The Spokesman-Review


Plan to rid river of phosphorous almost complete

SATURDAY, DEC. 17, 2005

By Karen Dorn Steele

A yearlong regional collaboration to clean up the polluted Spokane River seems to be working.

The Washington Department of Ecology endorsed a multiyear, many-faceted attack on oxygen-gobbling phosphorous in the river that comes from sewage, polluted runoff and industrial discharges on Friday.

“Our goal is a healthy Spokane River,” said Dave Peeler, Ecology’s chief water regulator.

The goal of the plan: to cut phosphorous pollution from all sources in half over 20 years.

Peeler’s presentation Friday was Ecology’s first public response to detailed compliance proposals submitted last month by river dischargers and the Sierra Club. Under state law and the federal Clean Water Act, Ecology and the Environmental Protection Agency have the final say on discharge permits along the river and can veto plans that fail to protect dissolved oxygen, vital to fish survival and water quality.

Phosphorous promotes algae growth in the river, which diminishes dissolved oxygen.

Ecology’s goal is to cut daily “point source” phosphorous discharges from a current 195 pounds a day to approximately five pounds a day. “Point source” dischargers – the primary source of phosphorous – are municipal sewage treatment plants and industries with pipes in the river.

The dischargers have proposed a plan that starts with city sewage plant and industrial pilot projects to test various technologies to treat wastes, using some of the treated water to irrigate golf courses and parks. The discharger group includes the cities of Spokane and Spokane Valley, Spokane County, the Liberty Lake Sewer District, Coeur d’Alene, Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Co., Avista and Inland Empire Paper Co.

Peeler called the phosphorus cutback a “managed implementation plan.”

“It will take time and continuous effort … it must be under way on all fronts next year,” he said. Ecology will require a “checkup” every five years to ensure the plan is working. The plan requires:

Improvements in wastewater technology to remove more phosphorous – the highest priority.

Water conservation measures.

Effluent re-use, which creates “Class A” reclaimed water that can be used for any purpose except human consumption.

Aggressive control of “nonpoint” sources, including farm and subdivision runoff.

The plan would include a schedule to eliminate 14,000 septic tank systems that are leaching pollutants into the Spokane Valley/Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer. Spokane County is laying pipe to connect 10,000 septic tanks in the Valley to a sewer and will be done in 10 years, Spokane County Commissioner Todd Mielke said.

Ecology will seek legislative authority to contribute about a third of the money for a $1 million a year, 20-year program to curtail nonpoint phosphorous sources, Peeler said. The dischargers and EPA may split the balance, but the financial details haven’t been worked out, he said.

Following Ecology’s presentation, participants said they were cautiously optimistic. But they also stressed that many details remain unresolved.

“There’s lots to be ironed out, but it’s a good framework,” said Tom Eaton, EPA’s Washington operations manager.

In 2004, EPA challenged Ecology’s assurance that Spokane County would obtain a discharge permit for a new, $100 million sewage treatment plant in Spokane Valley, saying the river was maxed out on phosphorous.

Last month, the river dischargers sided with the county, saying it should be allowed to build the plant and get 20 years to meet phosphorous pollution standards – the same as existing plants. Environmentalists disagreed, citing federal regulations requiring a new pollution source in an impaired river to meet water quality requirements when it opens.

But now, Ecology’s new proposal “seems to leave an opening” for a new Spokane County treatment plant, said Spokane County Utilities Director Bruce Rawls at Friday’s meeting.

“There’s still a lot of work to do,” said Jack Lynch, Spokane’s deputy mayor.

Ecology’s multifaceted plan, which emphasizes water conservation and reuse, echoes many of the recommendations of environmentalists, said Tim Connor, of the Sierra Club. “We are very much encouraged by this,” he said.

“We’re in the home stretch,” Mielke said.

In addition to the phosphorous-dissolved oxygen issue, the Spokane River is included on the state’s “impaired waters” list for a litany of other problems: overly warm temperatures, heavy metals from a century of mining in North Idaho, PCBs and dissolved gas from dams.

From 10/28/1955 ( Microsoft Bill Gates the transvestite and 100% female gender as born and the Soviet Union prostitute and the cowardly International Terrorist violently against the United States of America actively instigates insurrection and subversive activity against the United States of America and United Nations chartered allies ) To 7/22/2006 is 18530 days

18530 = 9265 + 9265

From 11/2/1965 ( my birth date in Antlers Oklahoma USA and my birthdate as the known official United States Marshal Kerry Wayne Burgess and active duty United States Marine Corps officer ) To 3/16/1991 ( date hijacked from me:my first successful major test of my ultraspace matter transportation device as Kerry Wayne Burgess the successful Ph.D. graduate Columbia South Carolina ) is 9265 days

From 3/20/1958 ( premiere US TV series episode "Navy Log"::"One Grand Marine" ) To 12/7/1998 ( my first day working at Microsoft Corporation as the known official United States Marshal Kerry Wayne Burgess and the active duty United States Marine Corps lieutenant colonel circa 1998 ) is 14872 days

From 11/2/1965 ( my birth date in Antlers Oklahoma USA and my birthdate as the known official United States Marshal Kerry Wayne Burgess and active duty United States Marine Corps officer ) To 7/22/2006 is 14872 days

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The Seattle Times

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Jim West, Republican politician, dead at 55

By David Postman and Ralph Thomas

Seattle Times Olympia bureau

Jim West died Saturday of complications from surgery.

Only cancer could end Jim West's dream of a renewed political career.

The former Spokane mayor died early Saturday in Seattle of complications from surgery. He was 55. He already had lost his office by recall and his reputation by allegations of sexual misconduct.

- posted by H.V.O.M - Kerry Wayne Burgess 11:07 PM Pacific Time Spokane Valley Washington USA Monday 20 March 2017

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Time After Time


Time After Time Season 1 Episode 3

Out of Time

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 12, 2017 on ABC

John gives Herbert 12 hours to repair the time machine and bring it to him. While Herbert and Jane try to find a key component, John meets an intriguing woman.

AIRED: 3/12/17

Springfield! Springfield!

Time After Time

Out of Time

It's not that I don't see the appeal of surgery, I just figured out very early on that I'd be terrible at it.
Oh, nonsense.
You have a surplus of talent.
The rest is just practice, repetition.
Oh, no.
No way.
What you do is a form of performance.
With my work, I spend most of my time thinking.
I wander in 1,000 different directions, and then, only when I'm as ready as I'll ever be, then I test.
Yes, but if you don't like how it goes, you test a different way.
Step and repeat.
I don't get that luxury.
No, but you're completely in the moment.
You have a human being lying in front of you their body open, their heart beating.
It's [Sighs] Yes, you have your talent and your training, but it's your instinct, your courage of precision.
Surgery is primal.
I guess there is an addictive quality to it, knowing that a life is in you hands.
[Laughs] There it is, the hero complex I was talking about.
Sometimes I fear the drive to do what I do doesn't always come from a place of heroism.
Where does it come from? It's about power, isn't it? Control.
Who lives, who dies.
Forgive me.
Hey, I know a lot of surgeons.
At least you're honest about it.
Most are too egotistical to truly see themselves.
The only reason our brains tell us we're flawed is so that we find a way to be better.
Besides there's nothing wrong with the occasional evil thought.
Somewhere you have to be? More like a deadline I've promised to keep.
Well thanks for the drink.
Leaving so soon? You just said you have a deadline.
Something tells me I'm going to make it.

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- posted by H.V.O.M - Kerry Wayne Burgess 3:34 PM Pacific Time Spokane Valley Washington USA Wednesday 15 March 2017

Tuesday, March 14, 2017



1991 film "Flight of the Intruder" DVD video:

Title Card: Off the coast of North Vietnam after 7 years of war.

Title Card: September 10, 1972.

Grafton: Hey, Morg. Did you ever notice how - how some nights you could see more stars than other nights? Huh? You ever notice that?

Morgan McPherson: Hmm?

Grafton: The stars.

Morgan McPherson: Oh, yeah. I've got an update. I'm cycling to the coast-in point.

Grafton: You're getting in a rut. You're getting in a rut. I mean, did you ever stop to think you're taking your job just a little bit too seriously? Look at me - I enjoy my work.

Morgan McPherson: [laughing] Yeah, I'll bet.

Grafton: See, I'm happy. See? Look.

Morgan McPherson: Enemy search radar looking for company.

Springfield! Springfield!

Flight Of The Intruder (1991)

Black Eagle, Devil 5-0-5. Feet dry.

That's a roger, 5-0-5.

Look at that small-arms fire down there, Morg.

Every peasant with a rifle, huh?

Jesus, you call that a rifle?

I lost them.

Yeah, you hope.

You got that riverbend ahead?

Just picked it up.

One more minute on this heading to the turn point.

23 Mike, Mike-- I see them.

Go active on ECM. Jam 'em up.

ECM active. We're jammin'.

Red Storm Rising (1986)

Tom Clancy

31 – Demons

But now he stood in front of the mirror, looking at a man with hollow eyes who wished his wife were there.

Morris went out to the kitchen of his one-story house and went mindlessly through the process of making coffee. The morning paper was on the doorstep, and he found himself reading stories about the war that he knew to be inaccurate or out of date. Things were happening much too fast for reporters to keep up. There was an eyewitness account from an unnamed destroyer about a missile that had leaked through her missile defenses. An "analysis" piece explained how surface warships were obsolete in the face of determined missile attacks and asked where the fleet's vaunted carriers were. That, he thought, was a pretty good question.

Morris finished his coffee and returned to the bathroom for a shower. If he had to be awake, he thought, he might as well be at work. He had one set of undress whites in the closet. He donned them a few minutes

"Red Storm Rising"

later and walked out to his car. It was already first light when he drove to the Norfolk Navy Base.

Forty minutes later he was in one of several operations rooms, where the positions of convoys and suspected submarine locations were plotted. On the far wall the threat board listed estimated Russian assets and the numbers and types of kills accumulated to date. Another wall showed losses. If the intel guys were right, he thought, the war at sea had the look of a draw-but for the Russians a draw was the same as a win.

"Good morning, Commander," COMNAVSURFLANT said. Another man who had not slept very much. "You look a little better."

Better than what? Morris wondered.

"We have some good news for a change."


The B-52 crews were nervous despite the heavy fighter escort. Five thousand feet above them, a full squadron of F-14 Tomcats flew top cover, having just refueled from KC-135 tankers. The other squadron was tanking now for their part in the mission. The sun was just peeping above the horizon, and the ocean below them was still dark. It was 0300 local time, when human reaction times are at their worst.


The alarm klaxon jolted the sleeping Russian pilots off their cots. Their ground crews took fewer than ten seconds to begin preflight procedures as the airmen climbed the steel ladders into their cockpits and plugged in their helmet radios to learn what the emergency was.

"Heavy enemy jamming activity to the west," the regimental commander announced. "Plan Three. Repeat: Plan Three."

In the control trailer, radar operators had just seen their radar screens turn to a cluttered nightmare of white-noise jamming.

Red Storm Rising (1986)

Tom Clancy

40 – The Killing Ground

Again it was like watching a video game. The symbols designating the Backfires changed as the planes switched on their own protective jammers. The jamming reduced the effectiveness of the Phoenix missiles, but Russian losses were already serious. The Backfires were three hundred miles away. Their radars had an effective range of only half that, and already fighters swarmed over their formations. "Tallyho" calls cluttered the radio circuits as the Tomcats converged to engage the Russian bombers, and the ^ symbols started dropping off the radar screens. The Backfires closed at seventeen miles per minute, their radars searching desperately for the American fleet.

"Going to get some leakers," Toland said.

"Six or eight," Jacobsen agreed.

"Figure three missiles each."

By now the Tomcats had fired all of their missiles, and drew off for the Hornets to join the action with Sparrows and Sidewinders. It wasn't easy for the fighters to keep up with their targets. The Backfires, speed made for difficult pursuit curves, and the fighters were notoriously short on fuel. Their missiles continued to score, however, and no amount of jinking and jamming could defeat all of them. Finally one aircraft got a surface radar contact and radioed a position. The seven remaining Backfires fired their missiles and turned north at Mach 2. Three more fell to missiles before the fighters had to turn away.

Again the Vampire call came in, and again Toland cringed.

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Stealth (2005)

And I can rely on these numbers?

Well, this isn't figure skating, Ray. You either score or you don't.

- posted by H.V.O.M - Kerry Wayne Burgess 5:39 PM Pacific Time Spokane Valley Washington USA Tuesday 14 March 2017

Sunday, March 12, 2017

The walking dead

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MONDAY, MAY 16, 2016

God Is Ignorance.

Springfield! Springfield!

Mission: Impossible II (2000)

Dr Vladimir Nekhorvich is dead.
So is Gradski,
but that happened earlier.
We had Nekhorvich on a flight
from Sydney
that crashed in the Rockies.
- Dead...
- Are you listening to me?


From 5/24/2000 to 3/16/2013 ( the untimely demise of Kerry Burgess 2005 ) is 4679 days

From 10/2/1959 to 7/24/1972 is 4679 days

Springfield! Springfield!

Mission: Impossible II (2000)

You crashed on the plane.
You're dead.
Tired, certainly,
but dead is a little extreme.
On the other hand,
when my colleague Gradski had
your pulse and your blood pressure
he had less than a day to live.
You are infected with Chimera,
my friend.
No use, my friend,
the medical staff
wants no part of this.
Doctors don't like dying
more than anybody else.
How could I possibly be infected?
That's exactly what Gradski said

Springfield! Springfield!

The Twilight Zone



The Twilight Zone Season 1 Episode 1

Where is Everybody?

AIRED: 10/2/59

Google Books

Better than Prozac: Creating the Next Generation of Psychiatric Drugs

By Samuel H. Barondes

In 1982 Astra began selling zimelidine in Europe as an antidepressant with the trade name of Zelmid. Licensed by Merck for distribution in the United States, Zelmid might well have been on its way to becoming a breakthrough drug. But then disaster struck: several patients treated with Zelmid developed a form of paralysis called Guillain-Barre syndrome. Although the side effect is rare, it can persist after the drug is discontinued, and it is potentially fatal. As a result, Zelmid was withdrawn from the market.

Astra's cloud had a silver lining. Its beneficiary was Eli Lilly, an American pharmaceutical company based in Indiana. In the early 1970s it too had started making derivatives of an antihistamine, in this case diphenhydramine - the active ingredient in popular allergy pills such as Benadryl, as well as over-the-counter sleeping pills such as Sominex and TylenolPM. Explicitly interested in finding a new antidepressant, scientists at Lilly tested the effects of the new chemicals on reuptake of serotonin and norepinephrine. On July 24, 1972, David Wong, a Hong Kong-born pharmacologist, found that one of these chemicals, Lilly 110140, is a potent inhibitor of serotonin reuptake and a weak inhibitor of norepinephrine uptake. Named fluoxetine, this selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor would eventually become world-famous - as Prozac.

7 Days Season 2 Episode 23

The Cure

Aired Unknown May 24, 2000 on UPN

A scientist comes up with a cure for cancer, unaware it will unleash a deadly plague. The NSA of 168 years in the future sends back an assassin to kill her before her "cure" wipes out the world.

AIRED: 5/24/00

Star Trek: Voyager Season 6 Episode 26

Unimatrix Zero (1)

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM May 24, 2000 on UPN

Stardate: Unknown

Seven of Nine is led to a place known as Unimatrix Zero; a place where Borg drones are individuals for a short period of time during their regeneration. However, once their regeneration is complete, all recollection of the event is erased. Captain Janeway uses this to form a plan of attack that would create a mutiny from within the Collective.

AIRED: 5/24/00


Mission: Impossible II (2000)

Release Info

USA 18 May 2000 (Westwood, California) (premiere)
Canada 24 May 2000
USA 24 May 2000

Mission: Impossible II

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Mission: Impossible 2 was released in theatres worldwide on May 24, 2000.


Ethan Hunt is alerted by the IMF that someone has used his identity to assist bio-chemical expert Dr. Vladimir Nekhorvich to enter the United States, only to kill him in a subsequent plane crash. Nekhorvich, an old friend of Ethan, had forewarned the IMF of his arrival, planning to deliver to them a new bioweapon, Chimera, and its cure, Bellerophon. He was forced to develop these by Biocyte Pharmaceuticals. IMF determines that rogue IMF agent Sean Ambrose is responsible. IMF assigns Ethan to recover the virus and its cure. It also insists that he recruits Nyah Nordoff-Hall, a professional thief presently operating in Seville, Spain. Later, Ethan finds out that she is Ambrose's ex-girlfriend.

After recruiting Nyah, Ethan assembles his team, computer expert Luther Stickell and pilot Billy Baird, in Sydney, Australia, where Biocyte laboratories are located and Ambrose is staying. As Ethan stakes out Biocyte, Nyah gets close to Ambrose and begins to learn about the Chimera virus. At a horse racing event, Ambrose meets with Biocyte's CEO, John C. McCloy. He shows McCloy a video of Chimera affecting one of Nekhorvich's colleagues. He then blackmails McCloy into cooperating with him. Nyah steals video footage and transfers it to Ethan. Ethan's team learn that Chimera has a 20-hour dormant period before it causes death by mass destruction of the victim's red blood cells. Bellerophon can only save the victim if used within that 20-hour window.

The IMF team kidnaps McCloy to force him to give up Bellerophon. However, they learn that the only samples of Bellerophon were taken by Nekhorvich, and are now in Ambrose's hands. Ambrose has the cure, but does not have the virus (which Nekhorvich injected himself with). As a result, Ambrose forced McCloy to exchange a sample of the virus for a sample of Bellerophon. The team break into Biocyte to destroy the virus. Ambrose, posing as Ethan, tricks Nyah into revealing his plan. Ambrose captures Nyah and raids Biocyte to secure the virus. Ethan is able to destroy all but one sample of the virus before Ambrose intervenes, and a firefight ensues. Ambrose orders Nyah to retrieve the last sample of Chimera. She injects herself with it, preventing Ambrose from simply killing her to get it. Ambrose takes Nyah away, and Ethan escapes from the laboratory.

Ambrose lets Nyah wander the streets of Sydney in a daze, intending to start a pandemic. He offers to sell Bellerophon to McCloy in exchange for stock options, to make him the majority shareholder. He predicts that the price of Biocyte's stock will skyrocket due to demand for Bellerophon after the Chimera outbreak.

Springfield! Springfield!

Mission: Impossible II (2000)

My regular driver-where is he?
Gone home, sick. Touch of flu.
Is the building up and running?
That's not exactly it.
Sorry. This is
the Biocyte storage structure.
I'll have it in a minute.
- Take a look at this.
- Start from the inside.
All storage and production
of Chimera is done here -
in this lab on the 42nd floor.
Hunt's target will be the Chimera,
stored and manufactured
at Biocyte on the 42nd floor.
If you look at Hunt's
operational history-and I have -
he invariably favours
misdirection over confrontation.
He'll never break in from the bottom
where security is heaviest.
No garage entrances,
Iobby's protected by five guards
on rotating patrol.
Not going in from the ground.
Show the atrium.
The atrium-one of a kind.
Runs through the centre
of the building,
provides 24-hour natural light via
mirrors and daylight storage cells.
Ends in a glass floor which doubles
as part of the lab ceiling.
The atrium roof closes at sundown,
and if the louvers are up
for more than 40 seconds,
the civil emergency alarms are
tripped. Those even I can't stop.
Ethan, that's 40 seconds
to get you in and the cables out.
No, Hunt will prefer to enter Biocyte
somewhere from the top
where security is minimal.
He'll undoubtedly engage
in some aerobatic insanity

Springfield! Springfield!

Mission: Impossible II (2000)

Well, Dimitri,
every search for a hero
must begin with something
that every hero requires...
a villain.
Therefore, in the search
for our hero, Bellerophon,
we created a monster...
I beg you, Dimitri,
come to Sydney and accompany me
to Atlanta. Immediately.
However we travel,
I must arrive at my destination
within 20 hours of departure.
We're two and a half hours
from Atlanta.
Right now, we have a great view
of the Rocky Mountains.
You stare at that watch as if
your life depended on it, Doctor.

- posted by H.V.O.M - Kerry Wayne Burgess 5:23 PM Pacific Time Spokane Valley Washington USA Sunday 12 March 2017