What Real Class Warfare Looks like


Various Republican presidential wannabes have accused President Obama of  “class warfare” for suggesting that the wealthiest one percent of Americans should be paying more taxes. But that’s nonsense. This is what real class warfare looks like: . Santorum is not arguing about the president’s policies (which are actually all about vocational training and apprenticeships). Santorum…

DOMA Goes Down


DOMA is the Defense of Marriage Act, the Republican Congress’s and President George W. Bush’s homophobic response to the risk that gays might have civil rights. With very little fanfare, and almost no response from the equally homophobic Republican presidential wannabes, DOMA was found unconstitutional last week by Judge Jeffrey White of the United States…

Okapi Itself


WC thinks an Okapi looks like it was designed by a committee. Start with the hindquarters and forelegs of a zebra. Add the torso and general build of a large antelope. And then stick on the head of a giraffe. In a way, the Okapi is a “living fossil,” with most of its close relatives…

Instead of the Shanghai Circus


WC won’t be attending the Fairbanks Concert Association’s New Shanghai Circus performance this weekend. The tickets went to young friends with a small child whose sense of marvel should be considerably expanded by the experience. So instead of a concert review, here’s a concert request. Bring Jake Shimabukuro to Fairbanks next year. He was on the…

What WC Worries About: Innumeracy


There are three kinds of people in the world: those who are good at math and those who aren’t. – Neil deGrasse Tyson We’ve all been to parties where someone brightly announces, “I’m not any good at math.” WC has joked that if he had been good at math he wouldn’t have had to go…