The Burglary, by Betty Medsger

Edward Snowden in Perspective: The Media Burglary


WC has already reviewed Betty Medsger’s The Burglary, a history of the peace activists who in 1971 burglarized the Media, Pennsylvania office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, stealing and leaking to the press the records they found there. Those leaked records included the first public disclosure of COINTELPRO, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover’s highly secret, highly…

Trumpeter Swan, late August, 2014

Swan Song


Among the last of the migratory birds to leave Alaska in the Fall are the swans. It takes a while for the hatch year birds – the cygnets, to use the precise term – to mature and develop the stamina to carry all that weight all the way to the interior west, where they will…

A Common Thread


In times of crisis, people often retreat to militarism, nationalism, and extreme respect for authority. This is part of why an aggressive foreign policy is so counterproductive; every time we rattle our saber at Iran, for example, we empower the theocracy and the establishment government and hurt the resistance. Our showy disdain for Russia, the…

Sandhill Crane Pair, Wander Lake, Fairbanks

Autumn Cranes


The surest sign of autumn is when the Sandhill Cranes arrive at Creamer’s Refuge, staging for their fall migration to the Southwest U.S. Sure, the leaves are just starting to turn. We haven’t had a really hard frost yet. But the Cranes are staging, and very soon, some morning when the wind is out of…