Ursula K. Le Guin

WC’s Heroes: Ursula K. Le Guin


WC is extremely pleased to report that one of his personal heroes and favorite authors, the inestimable Ursula K. Le Guin, won the National Book Award for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. It’s her second National Book Award; in 1973 she won for one of her early books, The Farthest Shore, the third book in her…

Income Inquality Worsens, via Steven Rattner, NY Times

Getting Geeky: Income Inequality Worsens


It’s been a while since WC got down and wallowed in the warm, geeky mud of economics. So even though WC can see readers nodding off already, let’s look at some numbers and charts. Warning: this post is depressing, too. First, the Federal Reserve released a report showing that, unless you are in the richest…

The U.S. Supreme Court, Mark 2014

Watching the SCOTUS Scuttle Us


Of the many injuries that the John Roberts Court has brought on American law and the U.S. Constitution, King v. Burwell may well be the worst.  The Roberts Court appears to have abandoned any pretext of standards, of precedent, neutrality or apoliticality. They have performed a patent, political act and granted certiorari in a case that meets none of…

Demon Weed for Sale in Alaska

One Toke Over the Line, Sweet Jesus


One toke over the line sweet Jesus One toke over the line Sittin’ downtown in a railway station One toke over the line – Brewer & Shipley, “One Toke Over the Line,” 1970 So Brewer and Shipley were right?1 Alaska has legalized marijuana. Dope got more votes, 142.552, than any statewide candidate, more than Captain Zero,…