A picture taken 29 April 1984 shows various graffiti painted on the Berlin Wall on the West Berlin side while East German and Soviet flags (R) fly on the other side of the East Berlin no-mans-land spiked with anti-tanks traps AFP Photo Joel Robine

Walls & Illegal Immigration


The Trumpster – sorry, President Trumpster – isn’t the first politician to advocate for a big wall along the U.S.-Mexico border to stop illegal immigration. Joe “Bad Penny” Miller famously argued for a “fence like East Germany built” to control illegal border crossings. It was President Trumpster who made the idiot idea a central claim of…

The Donald Acting Out (David Becker/Getty Images)

An Easy Path to Disaster


Whatever else you may have to say about Donald Trump, he’s easily the thinnest-skinned American president, ever. He makes Dick Nixon’s enemies list look almost reasonable. He’s so easily offended that he is still arguing that he won the popular vote in the presidential election. President Trumpster is also the first American president who owns…

Nine Year Microwave Sky The detailed, all-sky picture of the infant universe created from nine years of WMAP data. The image reveals 13.77 billion year old temperature fluctuations (shown as color differences) that correspond to the seeds that grew to become the galaxies. The signal from our galaxy was subtracted using the multi-frequency data. This image shows a temperature range of ± 200 microKelvin. Credit: NASA / WMAP Science Team WMAP # 121238 Image Caption 9 year WMAP image of background cosmic radiation (2012)

Cosmology 101: The Big Bang Brouhaha


We’re only a few days into the Trump Administration and WC is already tired of the Liar-in-Chief’s antics. Wickersham’s Conscience will take a break from politics and presidential churlishness and revert to the magpie principle. At least until WC’s atrophied moral outrage recovers. For a sense of perspective, lets talk about cosmology instead. Let’s focus on…