Ray Troll's "Jammin' Salmon," used with permission

Murkie Emerges; Still Dodges the Issues


Remember Frank Murkowski? He was a mostly ineffective U.S. Senator, and after that the Governor who presided over the biggest corruption scandal in Alaska’s history. He was the President and CEO of Alaska National Bank when the decisions were made that led to that bank’s failure.1 He’s the guy who appointed his daughter to succeed…

Red Hill from the Loop Trail, Painted Hills Unit, John Day Fossil Beds Nat'l Monument, Oregon

Notes on Geologic Time


Geologic time can be beyond human comprehension. Sure, geologists have broken it into units: periods, epochs and stages, but it is still mind-numbingly vast. And at the same time, just a bit facile. Let’s use the Oligocene Epoch as an example. On the one hand, in terns of the history of the planet, the period…

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

UPDATED The Best People, the Very Best.


Donald Trump promised us his administration would hire “the best people, the very best. Not the biggest donors or biggest supporters.” As a service to readers, WC provides this updated summary table of how that’s working out. Spoiler alert: Not so good. Note this is only a partial list. As investigations proceed, WC will continue…