Eric Scigliano

Eric Scigliano has written on varied environmental, cultural and political subjects for many local and national publications. His books include Puget Sound: Sea Between the Mountains, Love War and Circuses (Seeing the Elephant), Michelangelo’s Mountain, Flotsametrics and the Floating World (with Curtis Ebbesmeyer), The Wild Edge, and, newly published, The Big Thaw: Ancient Carbon and a Race to Save the Planet.

Coming to Terms with Vaccination

One problem is that the term “fully vaccinated,” perpetuates the initial presumption that two Moderna or Pfizer doses are all that will ever be needed. Not so.

Why is the Biden Administration Slow-Walking Military Aid to Ukraine?

Might all the whingeing and slow walking of support be a matter of policy, not pusillanimity or red tape?

World Food Crisis as Ukraine Halts Grain Exports? There’s A Simple Solution (and a Silver Lining)

Governments spend large sums to nudge their societies away from fossil fuels. But they make no such effort to promote a food transition matching that energy transition.

For Putin, Ukraine Is a Chance for a Soulless Leader to Reclaim Russia’s Soul

Putin seems to think Russia has lost its soul and his destiny is to win it back—literally, by brute and extremely brutal force, inch by bloody inch across Ukraine.

Putin’s Ukraine Invasion: An Ominous WWI Parallel

Germany was destined to undo what one of its politicians called Britain’s “intolerable hegemony” over the world. Substitute “America’s” and the words could be Xi’s or Putin’s.

Irreverent Afterthoughts on Our Afghanistan Misadventures

Rumsfeld’s gone and Bush and Cheney have the sense to keep their heads down. But their neocon cheerleaders (Bill Kristol!) have risen from their crypts to pile onto Biden and proclaim that we coulda shoulda woulda won in Afghanistan. It’s a bumper crop of shamelessness.

Goodbye, Walker Rock Garden. Another Treasure We Failed to Save

Various schemes were proposed to save the rock garden that the Walkers built, a mosaic landscape of river rock, lava rock, agates, thunder eggs, petrified wood, quartz, beach glass, and whatever else caught their eyes. The Walkers’ vision was at once exuberant and serene, outsider art without the dark side. But now it is mostly demolished.

Trump Echo: Myanmar’s Power-Sharing Government is Toppled by a Military Coup

On Monday, the Myanmar generals did what Trump and the mob that stormed the Capitol failed to do. They overturned the elected government and arrested its leadership and many civil-society leaders.

Jumping the Line: Insidious Effects of Vaccine Favoritism

Allocating vaccine according to professional, social or economic status only deepens the grievous race and class disparities we’ve already seen in deaths and other pandemic impacts.

Impeachment Sand Trap: What Are They Thinking?

Is there something here I’m not getting? Yes, Trump merits impeachment for trying to overturn a legitimate election and the constitutional system underlying it and stoking the attack on the Capitol through two-plus months of false and inciteful claims. Still, why? This impeachment was a mug’s game from the start, and it looks even worse now.

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