U.S. Supreme Court Building, Washington, D.C.

SCOTUS Ties: Republican Chickens Come Home to Roost


The Republicans in the U.S. Senate are mighty proud of themselves for stopping President Obama from appointing a successor to the late Justice Antonin Scalia. True, they had to make up fake history to explain their refusal to discharge their constitutional duties. And it has been amusing to see some of the Republican senators (cough-Lisa-Murkowski-cough)…

Grab the Money and Run

62 people own the same as half the world


Runaway inequality has created a world where 62 people own as much wealth as the poorest half of the world’s population – a figure that has fallen from 388 just six years ago, according to an Oxfam report published recently ahead of the annual gathering of the world’s financial and political elites in Davos. Year Number of…

Barn Swallow, Yakutat, Alaska

Bird of the Week – Barn Swallow


Barn Swallows are uncommon in Interior and Southcentral Alaska, but pretty easy to find in Southeastern. WC got this photo near the Yakutat Airport. For many years, WC chased steelhead trout along the Situk River, outside of Yakutat. For obvious reasons, WC carried only a pocket camera while fishing, so image quality isn’t great here.…