Following Up and Following Down: August 2014


Towards the end of each month, WC gives a brief nod to accountability and credibility and revisits issues raised in earlier posts. WC’s readers are right to call the effort lame and superficial. We live in a world of diminished expectations.

It’s official. Monkey Macaque selfies cannot be copyrighted. The US Copyright Office, in a 1,222 page “Compendium of US Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition.” (very long PDF) determined “The Office will not register works produced by nature, animals, or plants.” Wikimedia was right; the camera owner was wrong. At least in the United States. WC has heroically refrained from including the selfie in this follow up.

WC received an unsolicited email from a 29-year old, filthy rich Silicon Valley nerd who wanted WC to read and comment on his 1,286 slide PowerPoint presentation on Lessons from My 20s. That’s right; 1,286 pages. WC has time to offer one comment: Too long, dude. WC infers 29-year old filthy rich, tech nerds abjure editors.

The Bad Penny lost. Joe Miller finished a distant second to Dan “Carpetbagger” Sullivan in the race for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination. His increasingly hysterical advertising was a pretty good indication Miller had polling data showing his campaign was in trouble. So it proved. It would be nice to think that we’ve heard the last of Joe Miller, but that’s unlikely. Remember, Dick Nixon lost both the 1960 presidential campaign and the 1962 California gubernatorial race, made his infamous “You won’t have Dick Nixon to kick around any more” concession and still came back to haunt American politics in 1968. But in the meantime, Miller is going to have to find a job. Good luck with that.

Lt. Gov. Mead “Who?” Treadwell also went down in flames, actually finishing behind Bad Penny in the race for the Rep. U.S. Senate nomination. That has to sting. WC would like to think that Treadwell’s poor finish is voter commentary on his boss. But that’s wishful thinking. Note that unlike Bad Penny, Who? still has a job. Well, he’s still Lt. Governor.

Canada’s reaction to the Mount Polley mine disaster was swift and predictable: they want to build more mines in the coastal watersheds. Because, Jobs! WC thinks that Canadians are free to do whatever they want with their country, except where their mining catastrophes wreck Alaska’s fishing as well as their own. And, except that it is kind of a small planet.  But the KSM project, also known as Kerr-Sulphurets-Mitchell Mine, will store its mine tailing in “another, less sensitive area,” so that’s all right.

On a more positive note, the Boreal Owls nesting on WC’s property successfully fledged three out of their four owlets. As WC scrambled in the underbrush, laying in the leaf mold and fighting the mosquitoes for this photo, the adult female was more curious than alarmed.

Boreal Owl Female's Commentary on Bird Photographers

Boreal Owl Female’s Commentary on Bird Photographers

And on that hopeful note, we’ll leave this month’s follow-up with WC, there in the leaf mold and mud.

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One thought on “Following Up and Following Down: August 2014

  1. Thanks for the picture. She’s absolutely gorgeous, as is the picture. She knows you’re a friend. I choose not to comment on Alaskan politicians & voters, don’t want to soil my fingers. =)

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