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…

Senator Pete Kelly: Economic Ignoramus or Political Coward?

29 Months, and Counting


The national media have started to notice the sad state of Alaska’s economy. Newsweek even has an article. April was the 29th consecutive month of job losses in Alaska. Maybe it is time to re-think the Mike Dunleavy- Pete Kelly approach to recovering the state’s economy? After all, Senator Pete Kelly (R, Arrogance) told us to judge him…

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The GOP’s Big Lies: Changes in the Deficit


It’s National Tax Day. It seems appropriate to write about the deficit. As long as WC has been paying attention to politics – more than 50 years now – a cornerstone of Republican economic policy has been the size of the federal deficit. Back in 2009, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell decried the $787 billion stimulus…

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Toys Bankruptcy ‘R Us


There was a time Toys ‘R Us owned the children’s toys market. From Barbie to Wookies, from Tonka trucks to Play Doh, if you wanted a birthday present or, Bog forbid, a Christmas present, you battled the crowds at Toys ‘R Us. The company is done. A victim of family heirs with lesser skills than…

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Train ‘Em Up Young


WC has grave doubts about capitalism. Certainly when unregulated, it can be horrific. Read Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle if you think otherwise. The late Larry Carpenter, a sometime client of WC’s, said that made WC a Communist. Perhaps not. The problem for WC has always been that he doesn’t have a particularly good alternative. Particularly now,…