Who Knows What Donald Trump Is Hearing

Tariffs, Trump and Econ 101


Trump reportedly graduated from the Wharton School of Business with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics.1 It’s hard to believe. On Sunday, Trump tweeted, So how can a guy with a degree in economics spout this kind of nonsense? There are so many misstatements, lies and half-truths in these two tweets that it would…

Smolt to Adult Fish Ratios at Dams Along the Columbia and Snake Rivers

Science, Salmon and the Snake


The Snake is the Snake River, once one of the world’s preeminent salmon streams, famed for its chinook,sockeye and steelhead runs. Now those fish are an endangered species and at the heart of a complex struggle involving fish, water rights, hydroelectricity and, most of all, dam-foolishness. One way to measure the health of an anadromous…

Geeky Fridays: Effect of Corporate Tax Cuts


Nothing hammers readership here at Wickersham’s Conscience like writing about economics. The dismal science is just not a popular topic. But it is important, and we are finding out how important as we live with the fallout from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) of 2017.  Harvard has published an interesting study of the effect…

Trickle Down Didn’t. Anyone Surprised?


President Trump and the Republicans that control Congress promised the giant, budget-busting tax bill passed last year would have a trickle-down effect as big corporate employers passed tax breaks down to their employees in the form of bonuses and raises. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R, Quitting) back in January in response to Apple’s decision to reward…

Plutonium on Parade


Plutonium is vile, nasty stuff. It’s poisonous, highly radioactive, spontaneously combusts and some isotopes have a half-life of 12,400 years. Which means it will decay to something harmless only on geologic time scales. It’s literally unnatural: it doesn’t occur in nature. Essentially all of the plutonium on the planet was made by mankind. And, of…