Articles by: Chuck Shephard


Uncategorized March 31, 2016 at 10:13 am

Hardly a “do-nothing” congress ■ In March, U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas, chairman of the House Rules Committee, introduced a resolution to recognize “magic” as one of America’s “national treasure(s),” backed by a 711-word paean urging all to “support and protect” the storied craft — which needs to beRead More

News of the Weird

Uncategorized March 24, 2016 at 12:52 am

GLACIERS AND GENDER ■ University of Oregon professor Mark Carey produced a 10,300-word journal article in January proposing a new sensitivity to Earth’s melting icecaps: a “feminist glaciology framework” to “generate robust analysis of gender, power and epistemologies” with a goal of more “just and equitable” “human-ice interactions.” The jargonized,Read More

News of the weird – Mar 17

Uncategorized March 16, 2016 at 8:53 pm

Take That, Portland! ■ Seattle’s ambitious Office of Arts & Culture has allocated $10,000 this year to pay a poet or writer to create a work while present on the city’s Fremont Bridge drawbridge. The office’s deputy director told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer in January that the city wants to encourageRead More

News of the weird

Uncategorized March 9, 2016 at 9:17 pm

The Square Wheel of Justice In February, New York’s highest court finally said “enough” to the seemingly endless delays on a multimillion-dollar judgment for negligence that occurred 23 years ago. Linda Nash had sued, among others, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for injuries she suffered whenRead More

News of the weird – Mar 3

Uncategorized March 3, 2016 at 8:42 pm

Cat Culture ■ Longtime National Symphony cellist David Teie announced in November that his crowdfunding project was hugely successful, freeing him to produce an album of music meaningful to cats. (Cats, for example, relax in response to the earliest sound of their mother’s purring, which Teie clocked at 23 harpRead More

News of the Weird Feb 11

Uncategorized February 11, 2016 at 3:39 am

FRONTIERS OF FASHION Even though concealed-carry gun permit-holders in Texas can now “open carry,” pistol-packing women concerned with fashion are not limited to traditional firearms in ordinary cowboy holsters. An online company, The Well Armed Woman, offers such carry options as stylish leggings, lace waistbands and an array of underarmRead More

News of the Weird

Uncategorized December 18, 2015 at 1:50 pm

But Isn’t That Their Skill Set? In November, lawyer Michael Petersen of Appleton, Wisconsin, was ordered by county judge Philip Kirk (in a sentence for contempt of court) to inform every client he acquires in the following 12 months that Petersen is a “crook,” “cheat,” “thief” and “liar.” Kirk concludedRead More

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