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An Ancient Owl


Yoda is a Boreal Owl. He’s been in captivity for some 14 years, making him at least 15 years old. An injury damaged his foot; he cannot grip prey and so cannot hunt. He’s retired from a long – very long – career as an educational bird. For scale, this little guy is about ten…

Billboard erected in Washington, D.C., by the Private Manning Support Network, via Wikipedia Commons

Edward Snowden in Perspective: Chelsea Manning


Chelsea Manning, formerly Bradley Manning, presents a difficult case of whistleblowing. Certainly she has retired the trophy for number of leaks: in 2010 she leaked to WikiLeaks some 250,000 United States diplomatic cables; and 500,000 army reports that have come to be known as the Iraq War logs and Afghan War logs. She also leaked videos of the July 12, 2007 Baghdad…

Squatters along highway near Bakersfield, California. Penniless refugees from dust bowl. Twenty-two in family, thirty-nine evictions, now encamped near Bakersfield without shelter, without water and looking for work in the cotton fields

Visiting the Masters; Visiting History


Yale University and the Library of Congress have created an amazing website showcasing an archive of Depression-era photographs taken by some of the great photographers of the first half of the 20th Century. It’s called Photogrammar, and it hosts 170,000 photos made by photographers for the United States’ Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information (FSA-OWI).…

Would You Trust This Man with Your Money?

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…