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The Mueller Report — WC’s Final Notes


The Mueller Report is going to be analyzed, dissected and criticized for years, maybe decades. WC predicts multi-volume treatises will eventually be written. It’s also somewhat talismanic: every side of the Trumpian debates — and there are more than two sides — can find something to seize upon in support of their positions. Although sometimes…

© 2019 George Danby, staff editorial cartoonist for the Bangor Daily News.

Who Is Wheeler Working For, Anyway?


Andrew Wheeler was confirmed as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency earlier this year, succeeding Scott Pruitt as Worst Trump Appointment Ever. Wheeler, most recently a flack for the coal industry, the former vice president of a coal industry federation, and a former staffer to U.S. Senate dinosaur James Inhofe, was confirmed by the Senate…

(Not An Actual F-35 in Flight)

The Absurdity of the F-35


When the F-35 program was announced in October 2001, the estimated cost per aircraft was set at $40 to $50 million. The F-35 is now in its 18th year of development. Not deployment. Development. It’s an appalling saga of continuing redesign, test deficiencies, botched fixes, schedule slippages and, above all, cost overruns. In fact, last…

Donald F. McGahn, Former White House Counsel (January-October, 2018)

The Case for Obstruction of Justice


The Mueller Report is going to be analyzed, dissected and criticized for years, maybe decades. WC predicts multi-volume treatises will eventually be written. It’s also somewhat talismanic: every side of the Trumpian debates — and there are more than two sides — can find something to seize upon in support of their positions. Although sometimes…

Sage Thrasher, Malheur NWR, Oregon

Notes from Malheur NWR


WC was able to spend a couple of days at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge earlier this week. The good news is that the Refuge has a lot of water have several years of low water conditions. Steens Mountain, at the south end of the Refuge, and the source of maybe two-thirds of the water, still…

(Yuri Gripas/Reuters) Former energy lobbyist David Bernhardt is sworn in before a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on his nomination of to be Interior secretary, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., March 28, 2019.

Not Since John Mitchell


The Mueller Report is going to be analyzed, dissected and criticized for years, maybe decades. WC predicts multi-volume treatises will eventually be written. It’s also somewhat talismanic: every side of the Trumpian debates — and there are more than two sides — can find something to seize upon in support of their positions. Although sometimes…

Bernd Heinrich at Boise State University, April 17, 2019

Some Time with Bernd Heinrich


Bernd Heinrich is a highly regarded biologist. The Birds of North America note on Common Ravens cites to him an amazing eighteen times. He’s now an emeritus professor at the University of Vermont and, at 80 years old, still runs ultra marathons. He’s also the author of some twenty popularizations, of wildly uneven quality. Here’s…

Measles, Day 4

WC Blames the Lawyers


There is a measles epidemic in New York City. So far, it has sickened some 329 people, with no end in sight. This isn’t to be confused with the ongoing epidemic of measles in eastern Washington State. New York City has declared a public health emergency. The City has issued an emergency health order. ll…

Shoofly Oolites, about 5 times life size; 100mm f2.8 at 6 inches

Geology 101: The Shoofly Oolite


WC knows geology isn’t the most popular topic around Wickersham’s Conscience, but today, at least, it can take your mind off of taxes. WC has written earlier about the massive Lake Idaho that filled much of the western Snake River Plain, in southwestern Idaho. Lake Idaho was an extremely long-lasting freshwater lake, possibly as long…

Notes on Ken Philip


WC has written of the sad death of his friend Kenelm Philip, physicist, fellow fan of good books, programmer and, above all, astonishing lepidopterist. WC has also written of Ken’s little “surprise” for WC: Ken named WC as his executor, to WC’s consternation. There have been subsequent events that merit a blot post. First, Ken’s…

Governor Dunleavy: Ignorance Is Not Bliss


WC’s adopted state, Idaho, is politically a very conservative place. More conservative than Alaska, in most respects. At least until recently. But Idaho’s conservatism isn’t ostrich-head-in-the-sand conservatism. Unlike, say, Alaska. WC is speaking here of the approach to climate change. Governor Dunleavy in February abolished Alaska’s climate change commission. He didn’t explain why he issued…