The Chicago Picasso, Daley Plaza, Chicago, Illinois

A Heroic Monument to Some Dead Dodo


The late Chicago 47th Ward Alderman John Hoellen particularly disliked Pablo Picasso’s sculpture at then-Civic Center Plaza in downtown Chicago. In a resolution introduced at a Chicago City Council meeting July 7, 1967, Hoellen called for the statue to be “deported,” preferably to Paris, France, and called the sculpture (according to a Tribune article): … a heroic monument to some…

State of the Art Equipment

Internet Service in Interior Alaska: A Visual Guide


Out here in the hinterlands of suburban Fairbanks, at the World Headquarters of Wickersham’s Conscience, we’ve received complaints about the low JPEG quality of photos, brevity of some postings and failure to include video on Wickersham’s Conscience. It’s easily explained. While WC lives in a very nice neighborhood, the area isn’t served by GCI cable. WC isn’t served…

Source: UC Berkeley Economist Danny Yagan, “Capital Tax Reform and the Real Economy: The Effects of the 2003 Dividend Tax Cut”

Getting Geeky: Raising Capital Gains Taxes


One of President Obama’s proposals in his 2015 State of the Union speech was that Congress raise the capital gains tax to increase revenue, decrease income inequality and make the richest 0.1% pay a fairer portion of their income to taxes. After the speech, Republicans and Fox News flew into the expected paroxysm of rage…

Wrigley Field, September 23, 2015

R.I.P. Ernie Banks, 1931-2015


WC watched Ernie Banks play his last game. September 25, 1971, the Cubs hopelessly mired in the bottom half of the National League East, the 40-year old Banks was playing with the bad knees that had forced him from shortstop to first base to sometime substitute, but there was still utter, child-like joy in every…