A schematic model that links the slab hole with other physiographic features. The view is from the east, and theJuan de Fuca slab is shown in blue. The propagator wake (bold gray line underneath Oregon) causes a weakness in the slabalong which a tear is propagating. The High Lava Plains (contours in Oregon) lie above the southern edge of theslab hole. The Gorda slab rotates clockwise, causing intraplate seismicity in the Gorda region.

Untangling Oregon Volcanism


Most of Oregon is igneous rock. Pretty recent igneous rock, as geologists measure time. It’s almost embarrassing. While some of it is pretty well understood, parts of all that volcanism are unexplained. The stratovolcanoes of the High Cascades? Subduction of the Juan de Fuca Plate and Pacific Plate. The lava that flowed into the Pacific…

Jeffrey Epstein in 2017. CreditNew York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, via Reuters

Jeffrey Epstein and Hanlon’s Razor


Pervert, pimp, serial sexual predator, felon and multi-millionaire Jeffrey Epstein reportedly committed suicide in his jail cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan a week ago. Even before his corpse had cooled, there were dozens of conspiracy theories. The facts, at least the facts we know, suggest enough irregularities in the Feds’ treatment of…

Mitch McConnell, "Ol' Turtle Neck"

WC Resorts to Doggerel (Again)


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R, Moscow)1 is starting to feel the heat. Reportedly, #MoscowMitchTraitor is trending on Facebook, and even in his home state of Kentucky voters are wondering why, after Robert Mueller’s strong warning of ongoing Russian interference, he is bottling up all election reform legislation. McConnell really dislikes being called “Moscow Mitch.”…

Yellow-pine Chipmunk, Central Oregon

Little Stripy Guys


WC is again taking heat from readers for being avian-centric. WC could point out that birds are what he does. WC could plead that birds are the only taxonomic area in which he is even marginally competent. But instead, here’s a sampler of mammals, specifically a set of rodents, that have wandered in front of…