Senator Lisa Murkowski, Climate Change Denier (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Senator Murkowski Reports the Sky Is Falling


Senator Lisa Murkowski (R, Exxon) announced to the Alaska Legislature last week that President Barack Obama plans to shut down the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. WC can’t make this stuff up. Walking the same path that former Governor Sean “Captain Zero” Parnell used to scare Alaskans into giving Big Oil $2 billion dollars, she’s trying to frighten Alaskans into some…

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Chihuly!


Dale Chihuly is a truly extraordinary artist whose medium is epic scale hand blown glass. WC offers a few photos of his permanent exhibition in Seattle, “Chihuly Garden and Glass,” for your pleasure. This is a tiny, tiny fraction of the exhibit itself. Some of the sculptures are very large; all are three dimensional. They don’t…

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Five Reasons to Loath the Republican Party


  WC is an unrepentant liberal. But a registered Independent. The Democrats have made mistakes; you can’t have lived through the Vietnam War without acknowledging that horrific example. But what has happened over the last 15 years is that the Republican Party, the party of Abraham Lincoln, has become so loathsome, so despicable that it…

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NSA Hacks: What’s Goes Around


Kaspersky Labs, the Russia-based computer security firm, has published a detailed analysis of what is almost certainly an NSA hack that has affected computers in at least 42 countries, some of them U.S. allies. Kaspersky calls the author of the malware the “Equation Group,” but there’s little question its the United States, and specifically the…

Amazonomachy, Parthenon Metopes, Panel 9, part of the Elgin Marbles, British Museum (Photo by Frozen Feather Images, 1972)

Lord Elgin’s Looting


He’s perhaps the most famous looter in history. Thomas Bruce, the 7th Earl of Elgin, while serving as the rather grandly titled “Ambassador Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of His Britannic Majesty to the Sublime Porte of Selim III, Sultan of Ottoman Empire,” carried off half of the ancient treasures of the Parthenon and the Acropolis.…