You Say You Want a Revolution?


The chart comes from Pavlina Tcherneva. The blue bar is the bottom 90% of the population, measured by income; the red bar is the top 10%. The vertical axis is percentage growth in income, averaged over three to nine year periods. What the graph shows is that since the so-called Reagan Revolution in 1981, most…

Republican Members, U.S. House Subcommittee on the Environment

Calling Out the Clowns


WC has, shall we say, criticized the U.S. House Subcommittee on the Environment. Perhaps a better word would be mocked. Or ridiculed. But that subcommittee is merely a small, egregious part of the larger problem of the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. At a September 17, 2014 hearing, John Holdren, Director, Office of Science…

Naval Criminal Investigative Service Seal

Getting Geeky: RoundUp, Hash Tags, Gnutella and Posse Comitatus


It really doesn’t get much geekier than the Ninth Circuit’s decision in United States v. Dreyer on September 12, 2014. The case includes discussion of three different open source software applications: RoundUp, SHA-1 Hash Tags and Gnutella. There’s the obscure but critically important doctrine of posse comitatus. And, of course, there’s child porn. It’s the kind of…

Fairbanks Autumn 2014, Looking Northeast Upriver

Photography Challenges: Fairbanks (Again)


WC has written before about the challenges of getting a flattering photograph of Fairbanks. Make no mistake, WC is fond of his homely northern town, but the community just isn’t very photogenic. But sometimes, in autumn, if the leaves don’t immediately blow down after changing, and we’re lucky enough to also get a sunny day, from…

A Right Hook

Now This Is a Brawl


There’s been considerable fuss about The Quitter’s family’s recent brawl in South Anchorage. WC doesn’t give a fat fig about The Quitter, her ridiculous family or their ignorant antics. But WC was recently present at a biting, scratching, punching brawl, that went on for some 45 minutes and was a lot more interesting than The…

Too Exhausting, Need a Nap

An Ancient Owl


Yoda is a Boreal Owl. He’s been in captivity for some 14 years, making him at least 15 years old. An injury damaged his foot; he cannot grip prey and so cannot hunt. He’s retired from a long – very long – career as an educational bird. For scale, this little guy is about ten…

Billboard erected in Washington, D.C., by the Private Manning Support Network, via Wikipedia Commons

Edward Snowden in Perspective: Chelsea Manning


Chelsea Manning, formerly Bradley Manning, presents a difficult case of whistleblowing. Certainly she has retired the trophy for number of leaks: in 2010 she leaked to WikiLeaks some 250,000 United States diplomatic cables; and 500,000 army reports that have come to be known as the Iraq War logs and Afghan War logs. She also leaked videos of the July 12, 2007 Baghdad…

Squatters along highway near Bakersfield, California. Penniless refugees from dust bowl. Twenty-two in family, thirty-nine evictions, now encamped near Bakersfield without shelter, without water and looking for work in the cotton fields

Visiting the Masters; Visiting History


Yale University and the Library of Congress have created an amazing website showcasing an archive of Depression-era photographs taken by some of the great photographers of the first half of the 20th Century. It’s called Photogrammar, and it hosts 170,000 photos made by photographers for the United States’ Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information (FSA-OWI).…

Captain Zero Pointing to the Right

Captain Zero and the Alaska National Guard


WC has read the whole, nauseating, scathing report by the Federal National Guard Bureau’s Office of Complex Investigations.1 WC has read the Captain Zero’s protestations and apologies. Sorry, Captain. Your excuses don’t cut it; your apologies don’t go far enough. You were told, repeatedly, for years, that senior officers at the Alaska National Guard and Air National…