Anatol France, born François-Anatole Thibault. Photo 1921

A Few Words from Anatole France


WC isn’t really much of a fan of things French. Some might blame the dislike on the shabby treatment WC got on a trip down the Rhine in 1972. But WC has always made an exception for Anatole France, the Nobel Prize-winning author, poet, playwright and philosopher who brightened French literature from 1844 to 1924.…

Wells Fargo: Why We Need More Banking Regulation


In the storm and fury of the presidential election and the chaos that has surrounded the president-elect, we’ve almost lost sight of the biggest banking scandal since the mortgage loan scandal that triggered the last recession. The fourth largest bank in the U.S., Wells Fargo & Co., was caught stealing customers’ money.1 With total assets…

Crimson-mantled Woodpecker, Lower Manu Road, Peru

A Peck of Woodpeckers


Here are some shots of random Peruvian woodpeckers. There were about 24 species of woodpeckers in the areas we birded; we saw ten species. Note the nest cavity below the bird. Yes, it was active. In fact, we found several active nest cavities. Woodpeckers are highly specialized. Their bills and heads are designed to hammer…