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So Much for States’ Rights: Perry Claims Trump Might Overrule States’ Renewable Energy Goals


Rick Perry, Trump’s Secretary of Energy who earlier couldn’t remember the agency’s name, announced last week that the Trump administration is having “very classified” conversations about preempting state and local support for renewable energy under the pretense of national security. Bloomberg reported: During an on-stage interview, Perry was asked if the administration would interfere with state policies requiring…

Tree Swallows Squabbling Over a Perch, Benson Pond, Malheur NWR

A Few Moments on Benson Pond


Benson Pond is a large, seasonal pond along Center Patrol Road in Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Bounded on the north by a line of magnificent, ancient willows, in spring bird migration it can be an astonishing place. As you can see from the background, Benson Pond is an oasis of green in a desert scape.…

Young No More


The Alaska Dispatch News reports that Congressman Don Young (R, Senility) has announced he is running for another term. Young said, in a video from his office, “I like what I do. I’m good at what I do. I’m right for Alaska.” Of the the sentences, only the second is testable. Let’s look at a specific instance.…

R.I.P. Robert M. Pirsig, 1928-2017. Quality, Indeed.


What follows is based on actual occurrences. Although much has been changed for rhetorical purposes, it must be regarded in its essence as fact. However, it should in no way be associated with that great body of factual information relating to orthodox Zen Buddhist practice. It’s not very factual on motorcycles, either. -– Robert Pirsig, Zen…

California Quail, Malheur Nat'l Wildlife Refuge

Uptown Quail


WC doesn’t even like Billy Joel, but for some reason the song comes to mind with this bird. WC spent the last three days on a birding trip to Malheur. Photos were taken. Blog posts will follow. For now, it’s late and WC needs to catch up on his sleep.