Map Credit: National Audubon Society

Ryan Zinke Pisses All Over the Endangered Species Act


The Greater Sage-Grouse is an endangered species. More precisely, the species meets all the requirements for classification as an endangered species, but a painfully negotiated, multi-state agreement was made that protects and attempts to recover the Greater Sage-Grouse to avoid the sometimes Draconian consequences of endangered species classification. You can read the history of that…

Draft Environmental Assessment, p. 28

Why WC Remains an Environmental Activist


WC has never driven spikes in to trees designated for cutting. WC has never monkeywrenched,1 although sorely tempted a few times. But WC has been an environmental activist since high school. One of the lessons of 50 years of environmental activism has been is that you have to watch the government very carefully. The folks…

Testosterone Levels Plotted Against Age, Human Males

The Steinkruger Principle


Niesje Steinkruger, WC’s friend, colleague, and retired superior court judge, first postulated the principle that WC call’s the Steinkruger Principle. Her theory was explained to WC at a Hallowe’en party at her house – a party that has since become a legend – and it may be that alcohol was involved.[^1] But the theory is…

Sea Otter, Valdez Arm, Alaska

Theodore Sturgeon (1918-1985) and “Like Young”


Theodore Sturgeon is nearly forgotten. A part of science fiction’s Golden Age, he was a prolific, very highly regarded author. He wrote a dozen or so novels, but mostly he wrote short stories, more than 200 of them. Today is the 60th anniversary of WC’s favorite Sturgeon short story, “Like Young.” It’s an unmatched parable…

Sir Thomas More, by Hans Holbein the Younger, via Wikicommons

Trump Sucks. So What Can We Do?


Several of WC’s readers have written to ask what a good citizen should do when the government is bad. WC is frankly astonished that anyone would ask him. WC, after all, is a tree-hugging, retired lawyer. But as must be obvious, not shy about his opinions. How bad has Trump gotten? George Will, the closest…

The Grandfather of the Blues: Buddy Guy


Most (maybe all) of his contemporaries are dead. Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Albert King; all gone. Seven-time Grammy winner Buddy Guy is still standing. He’s 81 years old and can still rock the house down, make his guitar weep and make you laugh out loud. He’s the living spirit of…