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Captain Zero Goes Too Far: Health Insurance Premiums


Normally WC doesn’t get this worked up about the election antics of our politicians, but Governor Sean “Captain Zero” Parnell’s machinations of Alaska’s health insurance premiums, as Dermot Cole, puts it, crossed a line. “Health insurance premiums are going ‘way up!,” Captain Zero is shouting. “It’s that evil Obamacare!” That’s a lie. It was Captain Zero’s…

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Just Playing for Change


We’ve been Very Serious around here lately. Criticizing politicians, worrying about climate change, mourning the extinction of species, even studying geology. Let’s take a break, and spend some time with the marvelously named Playing for Change. As the story goes, in 2005, Mark Johnson was walking in Santa Monica, California, when he heard the voice of street…

The plaque on the Passenger Pigeon Monument. Artist Owen Gromme sketched the bird. Ornithologist A. W. Schorger drafted the inscription: “Dedicated to the last Wisconsin Passenger Pigeon shot at Babcock, Sept. 1899. This species became extinct through the avarice and thoughtlessness of man.” Reproduced with permission of the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology.

Another Sad Anniversary


As WC has noted earlier, this year is the 100th Anniversary of the death of Martha, the last Passenger Pigeon, and of the formal extinction of a species that once dominated the skies of North America. Even the New York Times has noticed. In 1947, the late Aldo Leopold spoke at the dedication of a…

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Healthcare Revisited


We Americans actually argue over whether or not access to healthcare is a basic human right.  Guns, in America owning a gun is a right, but not the ability to see a doctor. That’s some seriously f**d up logic right there, folks. – Jim Wright, Stonekettle Station WC admires Jim Wright’s ability to summarize an argument. True,…