Up the Creek

Anyone who fishes for stripers, or who is interested in the history of striped bass conservation needs to get a copy of Dick Russell’s new book, “Striper Wars, An American Fish Story.” This 358-page, illustrated $26.95 hard cover book from Island Press, ISBN 1-55963-632-7, is a history of the fight to save a species, told […]

Fishing for the Future

Striper Wars: An American Fish Story. Dick Russell. x + 358 pp. Island Press, 2005. $26.95. Can a book about a single species or genus of fish teach us more about ourselves and our interrelationships with our environment than it does about that fish? “Yes” is the answer suggested by a rapidly growing literary genre […]

“No Queda Titere Con Cabeza”

(Literally, “there’s not a puppet left with his head on”, in other words, “it’s all trashed”) Mexico’s standing in the world is at rock bottom, and that of the President in his own country, whose inhabitants mock him cruelly, is even lower. In Memoriam: Adolfo Aguilar Zinser (former Mexico’s ambassador to the UN, fired for […]

Deadly Immunity

When a study revealed that mercury in childhood vaccines may have caused autism in thousands of kids, the government rushed to conceal the data – and to prevent parents from suing drug companies for their role in the epidemic. In June 2000, a group of top government scientists and health officials gathered for a meeting […]

Delta Blues

Striped bass (Lawrence K. Ho / LAT) Six a.m. on the Mokelumne River. The sun has yet to rise over the meandering waterways of Northern California’s Delta country. Clyde Wands has driven 50-some miles south from Sacramento, winding across a maze of levees and sloughs with his 17-foot boat hitched to his Ford pickup. Backing […]

World Plunder Day

The year has its calendar of environmental anniversaries and today is World Earth Day, although under present circumstances it should be called “World Plunder Day”. On May 22, the International Day of Diversity was celebrated confirming the alarming loss of species that the Earth is suffering, due mainly to destruction of habitat, climate change, pollution […]