Bad Judgment Personified: Senator Mike Dunleavy (Photo by Anchorage Dispatch News)

Will Alaska Voters Allow Another Candidate to Buy an Election?


Dermot Cole wrote an excellent essay recently on Mike Dunleavy’s efforts to buy the Alaska governorship. Dunleavy is a Republican candidate and Cole documents the very large contributions to his political action committee. Donors include his brother, the ethically challenged Francis Dunleavy. Francis Dunleavy escaped indictment when JP Morgan got caught fixing electrical rates; Francis…

Stanley Lake and the Sawtooths at 6:10 AM

“What Is Your ‘Why’?”


WC attended Wild Idaho recently. Among the many excellent speakers was Connie Myers, the founding director of the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center. The Center is an inter-agency training facility for the four federal agencies with a stake in wilderness: the Forestry Service in the Department of Agriculture; the National Park Service and the…

Risk Assessment Starts with Data

Poor Risk Assessment Skills


Technically, it’s an aspect of critical thinking, but risk assessment – the ability to judge and respond appropriately to a threat – is at the heart of critical thinking skills. Americans are terrible, truly awful, at risk assessment. And that has helped give us Donald Trump. Consider this table, which was a meme a while…

Return of Bird of the Week: Macaroni Penguin


Macaroni Penguins, despite their silly name, are another amazing mountaineering species of penguin. These photos are all from a bouncing Zodiac rubber raft; we couldn’t make a landing where the Macaroni Penguins routinely did. Note the different bill structure. The Macaroni’s bill is adapted for a different genus of krill, its primary prey, resulting the…