Breakfast Smörgåsbord, Madison, Wisconsin

WC’s Smörgåsbord Edition


If you didn’t grow up in a household influenced by a Swedish grandmother, or haven’t been to Sweden, you may not know what a smörgåsbord is. Certainly none of the American efforts to establish smörgåsbord restaurants here appear to have survived contact with Americans. A smörgåsbord is “a celebratory meal and guests can help themselves…

Source: Annual Review of Public Health

A Look Into the Insys Chapter 11


Thou hast committed fornication . . . But that was in another country and, besides, the wench is dead. — Christopher Marlowe, The Jew of Malta Insys Therapeutics is the company that gave America Subsys, a powerful, quick-acting Fentanyl product. Insys’s management team was convicted of RICO activities arising out of its abhorrent marketing practices and…

Qualcomm Corporate Headquarters, San Diego, California

Getting Geeky: Qualcomm’s Crimes


It’s a been a while since WC wallowed in some geekiness. This is admittedly a long post, and involves both geeky law and technogeekery. But this will affect every cell phone in the United States and most of the phones abroad. Here we go: Qualcomm is a San Diego, California-based microchip manufacturer. For more than…

Rep. Justin Amash at GRand Rapids, Michigan Town Hall May 19

The Difference Between Conservatism and Christianists


Congressman Justin Amash (R, Michigan) recently did a remarkable thing. He not only read the Mueller Report, he understood it, understood the evidence presented and concluded that President Donald Trump should be impeached for obstruction of justice. None of that would be remarkable, except Rep. Amash is the only Republican member of Congress to do…

Open Pit Mine (upper right) and Tailings Storage Pond (lower left), Sonora Mexico (from 35,000 feet)

The Lessons from Cloud Peak


As WC noted yesterday, Cloud Peak Energy has filed Chapter11. The promises, actual and implied, Cloud Peak made in its mining plan and environmental impact statements are in very serious jeopardy, because the continued existence of Cloud Peak itself is doubtful. What are the lessons to be drawn from all this? First, and most obviously,…

Cloud Peak's Gillette-based Cordero Rojo mine. Photo Credit: Cloud Peak Energy

Another One Bites the Dust


Cloud Peak Energy used to be the nation’s third largest coal producer. Last year it slipped to fourth place. This year it quietly slipped in to Chapter 11. How’s that coal thing working for you, Donnie? Cloud Peak had nearly no cash, was hundreds of millions of dollars in debt and sold less coal in…