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Lamar Smith’s War on Science


Science, the system of knowledge and discovery that has made and kept the United States a superpower, is under attack. And the attack is being made by Congress, specifically by Rep. Lamar “Lysenko” Smith (R, Texas, of course). WC has written about Rep. Smith’s intellectual deficiencies. And his lobbyist-induced limited grasp of reality. And the…

The Donald Acting Out (David Becker/Getty Images)

The Trump Dump: Does the Truth Still Matter?


When Donald Trump’s supporters beat and kicked a protester at a Trump rally recently, The Donald seemingly cheered them on, saying, “Get him the hell out of here, will you, please? Get him out of here. Throw him out!” Afterwards, The Donald  said on Fox News Channel, “Maybe he should have been roughed up, because it was…

Einstein's Field Equations - Brushing up on Your Tensor Calculus

Happy 100th Anniversary to General Relativity


Today is the 100th anniversary of the publication of Albert Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity. The field equations contain all the information needed to define general relativity, describe its key properties, and address a question of crucial importance in physics, namely how the theory can be used for model-building. Not that WC or all of his…

Sacrificing Accountability for Wretched Reasons


The Second1 Session of the current Legislature is only a few weeks away. The Alaska Legislature will be finding new ways to trash the state’s economy, wreck the statewide university system and spend down the remaining Constitutional Budget Reserve soon. The Republican majority caucus remains delusional, believing Alaska has a spending problem and not a…

M/V Susitna on alleged sea trials, photo via WikiMedia

Tales from Wasilla: The M/V Susitna


Alaska has a long history of political boondoggles. The list is nearly endless. But few boondoggles carry more object lessons than the Mat Su Borough’s adventures with the M/V Susitna. It has lessons for everyone: “free” gifts from the federal government, federal grants with fine print, local governments venturing where they shouldn’t, poor project planning by…