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Beware of Zinkes Bearing Gifts


Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke at first appears to have been stricken with an attack of reasonableness. How else to explain his decision to re-think allowing the Pebble Mine to go forward? But there is less or perhaps more here then meets the eye. To understand why we need to talk about American law…

The Peter Principle in Action: Sam Brownback


The Peter Principle is a bit forgotten now. Formulated by the late educator Laurence J. Peter, it is a management theory that states that the selection of a candidate for a position is based on the candidate’s performance in their current role, rather than on abilities relevant to their intended role. Thus, employees only stop being promoted once…

This diagram shows the Georgetown terrane, in green, joining Australia around 1.6 billion years ago during the formation of the supercontinent Nuna. Credit: Geology, https://doi.org/10.1130/G39980.

Back When Australia Was Part of North America


Long-time readers of this blog understand that the continental plates are in a very, very slow dance around a earth-sized, spherical skating rink. They collide, separate, collide, and separate again in a supercontinent cycle that’s been going on for perhaps 3 billion years. Collisions among the continental plates create supercontinents; the supercontinents rift apart. The…