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On November 23, 1891, a miner in Alaska named Patrick Whalen was injured in a mining accident. After a lower court awarded him financial compensation, the Supreme Court stepped in to make sure that injured workers would get nothing. This moment both demonstrates the indifference of mine owners to the safety of their workers and […]
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Arctic Drilling

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On May 13, 2015
I am extremely disappointed that President Obama and Interior Secretary Jewell decided to open up Arctic oil drilling. Certain environmental conditions are supposed to be met, but as we all know too well, the oil industry is inherently dangerous and terrible accidents occur all the time (Exxon Valdez, BP disaster, Santa Barbara spill of 1969, […]

Exxon Valdez

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On March 24, 2014

Happy 25th Anniversary to the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Those were some good times. What did biologists discover from it? That the oil industry is horrible for wildlife: Scientists had traditionally bel

Oh Alaska

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On July 17, 2012
Well, I guess this could have the silver lining of getting Noon to the Lower 48 more frequently: Cutting Alaska’s health care costs by sending employees out of state for cheaper treatment might work to trim budgets, but even so it may not be in the state’s best interest, say some who would have to […]

Linkocity

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On February 3, 2012

A lot of interesting stories today, too many to comment upon: 1. Neil Genzlinger on the absurd proliferation of strip club scenes on television. As he points out, the problem with the scenes is not so

Palin?

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On August 29, 2008

Huh. Well, I guess maybe that secures Alaska’s 3 electoral votes for McCain. It should also play well in British Columbia. If McCain is picking Palin (and we should note that this hasn’t e

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