Cliff Edwards, voicing Jiminy Cricket, sings "When You Wish Upon a Star," from Walt Disney's Pinochio

WC’s Wishes for 2014


Wonkette said recently, “The internet’s no good at solving stuff like world hunger, but it’s excellent at shitstorms.” There’s more truth in that than WC would like. But despite the wretched outcome of his wishes for 2010, wishes for 2011,  wishes for 2012 and most recently his wishes for 2013, WC will once again set out his wishes for 2014. While…

A Planarian, Polycelis_felina

2013 in Review: Politics and Planaria


A planarian is an exceedingly simple animal. It’s a non-parasitic flatworm, long the favorite of experimental biology. But even the minimalist nervous system of a planarian can learn. If you shock a planarian and simultaneously expose it to a bright light, pretty soon the planarian will react as if shocked to the bright light alone. If…

Hundreds line up outside the Weber County clerk's office on first day county began accepting applications for same-sex marriage licenses. Photo: Benjamin Zack /AP

2013 in Review: Religion


Religion offered the usual mix of entertainment and hypocrisy in 2013. Harold Camping, who forecast the end of the world at least four times – twice in 2011 alone – died at age 92. Whether Camping believed his silly prophecies or not, they were a terrific money-raising tool for his radio ministry. It would be…

Ginny Wood with a Camp Denali Truck

2013 in Review: Those We Lost


“Ah well, life goes on,” people say, when someone dies. But from the point of view of the person who just died, it doesn’t. It’s the universe that goes on. Just as the deceased was getting the hang of everything it’s all whisked away, by illness or accident or, in one case, a cucumber. Why…