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Equifax Screw Ups: Let Me Count the Ways


WC’s apologies to Elizabeth Barrett Browning, but the count of Equifax’s multiple, awful screw ups are reaching the level of Abomination. Here’s a partial list: (1) Five months ago, Equifax, whose business is holding securely every single bit of information necessary to permit identity theft and fraud, got hacked. It didn’t tell anyone. Nor has…

MAGA? Not on the Evidence.

Exactly the Opposite


“Make America Great Again”? WC wonders if it isn’t exactly the opposite. If Trump doesn’t have a checklist of everything that made America great, and then set out to destroy everything on that list, it’s not for lack of trying. The idea isn’t new to WC; Gary Kasparov, among others, has suggested the same thing.…

Martin Shkreli, chief executive officer of Turing Pharmaceuticals LLC, exits federal court in New York, U.S., on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015. Shkreli was arrested on alleged securities fraud related to Retrophin Inc., a biotech firm he founded in 2011. Photographer: Louis Lanzano/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Convicted Felon Martin Shkreli Finds Another Way to Be a Jerk


Convicted felon and alleged human being Martin Shkreli is back in the news. Shkreli earned national infamy for drug profiteering. As CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, he acquired an anti-parasite medication called Daraprim and immediately increased the price from roughly $13.50 to $750. Daraprim treats toxoplasmosis, which kills people with weakened immune systems. Like people with AIDS or…

Sarah Palin in 2016. In a lawsuit, she contends that The New York Times improperly linked her to a 2011 mass shooting. Credit Eric Thayer for The New York Times

Doh! The Quitter Loses Again


You can usually tell when a would-be politician is descending into complete obscurity and irrelevancy. They start filing defamation lawsuits. The Quitter, Alaska’s infamous half-term governor, McCain’s mistake, she of the salad shooter grammar and fake accent, filed a defamation lawsuit against the New York Times. It’s a classic illustration of a politician’s descent. Although you…

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ExxonMobil, Truth and Corporate Responsibility


WC has written before about ExxonMobil’s detestable two-faced conduct.1 On the one hand, its own scientists established the scientific certainty of anthropogenic climate change (AGW); on the other, it bought “advertorials” – advertisements disguised as opinion pieces – in the New York Times and other national newspapers, disputing and denying the reality its own scientists had…

University of Virginia, Friday, August 11, 2017. Photographer unknown

What Happened at Thomas Jefferson’s University?


The University of Virginia was founded by, among others, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe and Chief Justice John Marshall. No other university in the United Staes can claim three presidents and a SCOTUS Chief Justice among its founders. Jefferson thought it important enough that he had his role carved on his gravestone. Friday, a…