Measles, Day 4

WC Blames the Lawyers


There is a measles epidemic in New York City. So far, it has sickened some 329 people, with no end in sight. This isn’t to be confused with the ongoing epidemic of measles in eastern Washington State. New York City has declared a public health emergency. The City has issued an emergency health order. ll…

(Yuri Gripas/Reuters) Former energy lobbyist David Bernhardt is sworn in before a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on his nomination of to be Interior secretary, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., March 28, 2019.

Meet the Next Ryan Zinke


Ryan Zinke, of course, was Trump’s ethically-challenged Secretary of the Interior, who resigned under pressure as the ethics investigations mounted. Not before working grievous harm to the lands, airs and waters he had sworn to protect, of course. Trump’s nominee to succeed Zinke is David Bernhardt, a career lobbyist for Big Agriculture. Bernhardt was a…

Izembek National Wildlife Refuge Uplands (photographer unknown)

A Couple of Wins for the Good Guys


Good news for Alaska conservationists has been scarce the last two years. Too many old fights have come back. So when on a single day, Friday, March 29, 2019, there are two different wins, well, it’s worth a blog post. The first win came for Izembek National Wildlife Refuge. Disgraced former Secretary of the Interior…

Office Depot Inc. signage is displayed outside the company's store in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., on Friday, Feb. 19, 2016. Photographer: Christopher Dilts/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Problem with Capitalism


When WC was a much younger lawyer, circumstances put him in extended contact with the late, arch-conservative Larry Carpenter, former Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly member and former member of the Alaska State House. At one point, WC mentioned to Carpenter that WC was involved in a case where unrestrained capitalism had run amok. Carpenter’s…