What if Carl Sagan was wrong?

WC Gets Conspiratorial


WC is sharply critical of Americans’ tendency to see a conspiracy – sometimes two or three conspiracies – under every stone. In part it’s wish fulfillment; in other part is the primitive part of our brains seeing patterns that aren’t there. When the suspicious noise could have been a tiger, that pattern recognition skill served…

Alaska's economy under Dunleavy (not to scale)

An Open Letter to Dunleavy Supporters


Governor Dunleavy vetoed $444 million in line items from Alaska’s 2019-2020 operating budget. That’s likely more than all of Alaska’s past governors combined have axed from the operating budget.1 The Anchorage Daily News and other media have detailed the specific items cut. Dermot Cole has done a fine series of articles. But WC wants to address…

Yakutat Forelands with GPS route overlay

WC’s Epic Fails: State v. Carman and Mad Dog


Early in WC’s legal career, the superior court would appoint private attorneys to defend criminals when the Public Defender Agency had a conflict of interest. WC was appointed to represent Mike Carman in an armed robbery case back in 1977. Court-appointed counsel wasn’t given a choice. WC undertook the defense of Carman. Carman was being…

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…