Yellow-headed Blackbird, Centennial Marsh, Camas Prairie, Idaho

Bird Break


WC needs a break from the various and sundry crises, and assumes readers do, too. So WC declares a bird break. These photos are from a recent trip to Camas Prairie. WC is genuinely baffled how Camas Prairie can support so many Horned Larks; there are clouds of them, and they’ve been around since there…

A Westinghouse project in Waynesboro, Ga., remains unfinished, its future in doubt after the bankruptcy filing.

An Object Lesson in Nuclear Power


Westinghouse Electric has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The bankruptcy filing may signal the death of the nuclear power industry in the United States. Westinghouse Electric – a subsidiary of Japan’s Toshiba Corporation since 2005 – has four large nuclear power reactors under construction in the southeast United States. The plants, located in Georgia and South…

Credit: Norwegian news outlet VG, December 2016, Tidsånden flirer ikke lenger

A Matter of (In)Competence


Amy Davidson, writing in New Yorker, said of Trump’s Press Secretary Sean Spicer: President Trump has given an important job to a person not competent to carry it out.  . . .  Then again, in the Trump Administration, what would competent communications looks like? How do you persuasively promote the travel bans, or Ivanka’s role in matters…