You Want Complex Geology?


WC has gotten complaints that geology is too complex. Piffle. Until now, WC hasn’t tackled complex geology. Nevada’s geology is notoriously, infamously complex. WC had a glimpse of that complexity in his recent hike in the Ruby Mountains in northeastern Nevada. While Idaho has some interesting geology, for the most part everything but the volcanism…

Three Wise Monkeys, Brass Casting

A Fallacy Bestiary


WC is off birding. Posts will be short, sketchy or missing altogether for a few days. WC has from time to time written about logical fallacies, describing specific fallacies and analyzing rhetorical content to illustrate fallacies. During Donald Trump’s candidacy and administration, WC pretty much stopped writing on the topic because we were all living…

Rocket Science Is Hard!


Since Elon Musk’s SpaceX has succeeded in making money launching rockets, an entire battalion of rocketeer wannabes have sprung up in an effort to get some of that cheese. They are discovering that rocket science is hard. Some examples. Firefly Aerospace Inc. (“Firefly”) is headquartered in Austin, TX. Firefly launched its first Alpha rocket September…

What Ever Happened to . . . Tom Van Flein?


WC was working through a long New York Times article (paywalled) recently on U.S. House of Representative’s Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s bizarre terroristic threat to “get even” with folks who complied with the law. When this jumped out at WC: [The House panel investigating January 6] demanded records of communications between the White House and…

Sawtooth National Recreation Area, July 16, 2016

Loving ‘Em to Death


WC has written before about the looming crises in public use of recreational lands. Those crises will worsen as the rest of the Boomer Generation retires and seeks to recreate. National Parks and Wilderness Areas, in particular, are starting to suffer damage from the sheer number of visitors who are flocking to them. Yellowstone National…

Ignorant Anus


Once in a while WC sees a truly lovely malapropism. This one is a classic. Patricia Silva, a certified “life mastery consultant,” is a candidate for the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly. For non-Alaskans, “boroughs” are Alaska’s equivalent to counties. The Fairbanks North Star Borough, as the name implies, is the borough around Fairbanks, WC’s…

Spaghetti Arguments and Bad Lawyers


WC suspects readers may be getting tired about reading blog posts about legal decisions. Certainly, WC, who wants to be retired from the practice of law, is tired of reading court decisions. But the thing is, really important issues that affect our nation and its future are being addressed in the federal and state court…

Phil and Don Everly, Doing What They Did Best - photo by Pete Cronin/Redferns

Bye Bye Love: R.I.P. Don Everly


WC can’t add much to the excellent tributes and obituaries from Rolling Stone and the New York Times. The guy had a voice like an angel, and despite heavy drinking, drugs and decades of smoking, he never lost that pitch-perfect sound. Or the skills that created those amazing parallel thirds harmonies with his brother, Phil.…

When Does Corporate Negligence Become Criminal?


T-Mobile has suffered yet another massive “security breach,” the euphemism for being hacked by unknown persons. T-Mobile learned it had been robbed when The Motherboard reported T-Mobile’s customer data was for sale on the black web. Some 7.8 million T-Mobile customers had their personal information, including names, addresses, social security numbers and telephone numbers, stolen.…

Autumn Migration


Across the evening sky All the birds are leaving But how can they know It’s time for them to go Before the winter fire I will still be dreaming I have no thought of time For who knows where the time goes Who knows where the time goes — Sandy Denny, “Who Knows Where the…

Geology Matters: Haiti and the Enriquillo Fault


WC gets a lot of blowback from readers on his geology posts. “Who care about rocks?” one reader wrote. Yet geology really, really matters, and WC will offer one case in point, from the island of Hispaniola,1 to illustrate his claim. Hispaniola, the island divided between the Dominican Republic on the east and Haiti on…

OAN Gets SLAPPed


It’s a classic case of the bad guys getting out-lawyered. And a pretty nifty result. OAN gets to pay Rachel Maddow more than $247,000 as a result. But WC is once again starting in the middle. On July 22, 2019, Rachel Maddow reported on MSNBC about a Daily Beast story. It seems that a reporter…