Trans-Alaska Pipeline, Black Rapids, Alaska

Cause, Effect and Kara Moriarty


Kara Moriarty is a flack for the oil and gas industry.1 Her wages are paid by ExxonMobile and British Petroleum, among others, through the Alaska Oil and Gas Association. You know, the folks who pay royalty and property taxes on North Slope production. So when Kara Moriarty says current tax levels are just fine, a…

A shifty-eyed Governor Mike Dunleavy, March 9, 2018. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)

Dunleavy Violates His Oath of Office


Governor Dunleavy, as required by the Alaska Constitution, took an oath of office, swearing that he did “solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Alaska, and that I will faithfully discharge my duties as Governor of the State of…

Hacking with mXtract, a dark web tool

A Malware Bestiary and Primer


If you own a digital device – a smart phone, a laptop or desktop computer – you need to understand that it is a jungle out there. There are bad guys who want to steal your identity, steal your information and steal your money. There are bad guys who want to steal your computer’s power.…

A shifty-eyed Governor Mike Dunleavy, March 9, 2018. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)

Mike Dunleavy Steps In It


Idaho has a lot of cattle. Almost certainly too many. So many that you have to be careful where you step when you’re outside of a town, or you’ll get something on your boot you probably don’t want. There aren’t many cattle in Alaska, but Governor Dunleavy has stepped in something and gotten stuff all…

This view of asteroid Bennu ejecting particles from its surface on January 19 was created by combining two images taken by the NavCam 1 imager onboard NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft: a short exposure image (1.4 ms), which shows the asteroid clearly, and a long exposure image (5 sec), which shows the particles clearly. Other image processing techniques were also applied, such as cropping and adjusting the brightness and contrast of each layer. Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona/Lockheed Martin

Meet Bennu, Who Is a Little Strange


OSIRIS-REx, the very ambitious effort to obtain a sample from an asteroid in space, is a success to this point. The manmade satellite is in orbit around the small asteroid 101955 Bennu. It’s a triumph of celestial navigation and technology. There were serious critics of the OSIRIS-REx’s mission, who asked “What was the point, what…

Tomàs Rodrigues, performing at a house concert in Boise, Idaho, March 17, 2019

. . . And Then Tomas Began to Play


As WC has written, he was lucky enough to attend four concerts in seven days. The fourth and last was a house concert, where WC had a front row seat for a recital by Tomas Rodriguez. You may not have heard of Tomas, but he is a New York-based classical guitarist, whose skill is far…

Postmodern Jukebox at the Egyptian Theater, Boise (Photo by Mrs. WC)

Four Concerts in Seven Days: Postmodern Jukebox


Because random stuff happens, WC wound up attending four concerts in a memorable seven day stretch earlier this month. You can read WC’s review of Jake Shimabukuro’s show, and WC’s time with Jimmy Bufffett, both posted earlier. But in a further demonstration of the Magpie Principle, we turn now to the third concert, Scott Bradlee’s…

Greater Sage Grouse, Bennett Mountains, Idaho

BLM Sells Out the Sage Grouse


Greater Sage Grouse populations have suffered catastrophic declines in recent years. It easily qualifies for classification as an endangered species. But in 2015, after years of painful negotiation and compromise, the stakeholders in the struggle to protect the iconic symbol of the Sagebrush Sea reached an agreement that avoided the painful consequences of classification as…

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band performing "Pencil Thin Mustache" at the Taco Bell Area, Boise, March 13, 2019

Hanging with the Parrotheads


Jimmy Buffett has a gift for lyrics that speak strongly to WC. You’ve probably seen some of them quoted in this blog over the years. This morning, I shot six holes in my freezer I think I’ve got cabin fever I wanna go where it’s warm — Jimmy Buffett, “Boat Drinks,” from the album Volcano Or,…

Jake Shimabukuro, New Orleans Jazz Festival, 2018 (publicity photo)

Jake!


Long-time readers of Wickersham’s Conscience know that WC is a serious fan of Jake Shimabukuro, You can find WC’s review of his 2015 concert elsewhere in this blog. No one should be surprised that WC and Mrs. WC fought the ghastly rush hour traffic from Boise to Caldwell to see Jake again last Tuesday night.…

Nome Sunset; Open Water in Norton Sound in Mid-March; photo © Laurent Dick 2019

Climate Change Gets Real


Laurent Dick, one of Alaska’s best nature photographers, is in Nome, Alaska for the end of the 2019 Iditarod Sled Dog Race. He captured this lovely sunset photo from the beach, not far from the arch marking the end of the Iditarod. What’s astonishing about the photo is that Norton Sound is open. Open water.…

Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of Clostridium tetani endospores and vegetative cells, Gram-positive, anaerobic, endospore-forming, rod prokaryote.

Children Are Not Property


At the start of WC’s legal career women and children were still property of men in many states. Women have made great progress in erasing that historic detritus. Kids, not so much. And no where is it more evident than in the childhood vaccine debates. If a parent mistreats his or her children, the state…