Sarah Palin in 2016. In a lawsuit, she contends that The New York Times improperly linked her to a 2011 mass shooting. Credit Eric Thayer for The New York Times

Doh! The Quitter Loses Again


You can usually tell when a would-be politician is descending into complete obscurity and irrelevancy. They start filing defamation lawsuits. The Quitter, Alaska’s infamous half-term governor, McCain’s mistake, she of the salad shooter grammar and fake accent, filed a defamation lawsuit against the New York Times. It’s a classic illustration of a politician’s descent. Although you…

Credit: International Union of Concerned Scientists

ExxonMobil, Truth and Corporate Responsibility


WC has written before about ExxonMobil’s detestable two-faced conduct.1 On the one hand, its own scientists established the scientific certainty of anthropogenic climate change (AGW); on the other, it bought “advertorials” – advertisements disguised as opinion pieces – in the New York Times and other national newspapers, disputing and denying the reality its own scientists had…

Medical Expenses: An Illustration


Mrs. WC’s dad was born in 1923. Mrs. WC recently came across the receipt for the medical bill for his birth. So Mrs. WC’s father, Larry, had total hospital expenses of $62.00. That’s in 1923 dollars, of course. Adjusted for inflation, it would be $887.53. But that’s not today’s price; it’s not even close. Today, the…