Cartoon by Jesse Duquette, author of The Daily Don

The Scariest Hallowe’en Ever


The eight quotes attributed to Trump in Duquette’s cartoon are accurate, vetted by Snopes. We have a President who really does endorse and approve violence, who convenes rallies where he encourages his followers to use violence. This has never happened before in all of American history. The President’s spokespersons deny it. But the quotes are…

Hey, I caught a slug!

Slugger


This past summer, WC was in the Pahshimeroi Valley in eastern Idaho, a guest at a ranch there. On a foggy, grey morning, a very young Western Wood Pewee appeared on the patio. Pewees are insectivores, but this youngster was willing to experiment. These photos were taken in very low light, through a double-pane glass…

Redoubt Volcano, Chigmit Mountains, Alaska, Ranked No. 4 (Very High Threat)

Gasp! Dangerous Volcanoes Sighted Near America


The U.S. Geological Survey has released its update to 2005’s Volcano Threat Assessment. The 2018 Report is a good read, especially if you live on the west coast, in Alaska or in Hawai’i in these United States. But the press coverage has been a little hysterical. The Associated Press lead, for example: “Government scientists have…

Dr. Stephen Hawking's gravestone in Westminster Abbey

The Temperature of a Black Hole


In a stylized engraving of a black hole, in Westminster Abbey, London, England – not far from the stones marking the remains of Sir Issac Newton and Charles Darwin – is the signature achievement of the late Stephen Hawking, his formula for the temperature, the radiation level, emerging from a black hole. In the formulation…