The Seattle Weekly published my letter to the editor on Non-Profit Comedy on Nov 29, 2006:

After two years on the Seattle comedy scene, I was convinced that no other profession could match our collective fixation with blow jobs, hoary stereotypes, and cynicism. But silly me---I forgot journalism! ["The Last Laugh?" Nov. 22]

First, Brian Miller and the Weekly's editors flog the "dick joke" angle for all it's worth, even though few of the comics mentioned in the article go below the belt. Then, Miller blithely dismisses Puyallup as a political backwater---"Bush jokes, out. Iraq war jokes, out"---after week one of the comedy competition. If he'd bothered to come back to Puyallup the next week, he would have seen some antiwar jokes---mine, I'm proud to say---receive what may have been the only standing ovation of the competition!

As for cynicism, shame on you for failing to mention that each Non-Profit Comedy show is a benefit for a different worthy nonprofit organization.

The Economist published my letter to the editor on climate change on Sept 9, 2006:

Sir -- In 1997 you mocked global warming as "the mother of all environmental scares" and asserted that people who "peddle ecological catastrophes" were "invariably wrong" ("Plenty of gloom", December 20th 1997). Did someone mention Al Gore? Good work with your recent survey, but you still have a lot of making up to do.

[In another 10 years I'll mock them for saying that "[p]eople who want to make the world a better place cannot do so by shifting their shopping habits" ("Good food?" December 9th 2006).]

An op-ed piece I co-authored ("Imagine Sharing State's Abundance") appeared in the Seattle P-I on July 27, 2004.

The archive website for the Pesticide Reduction Initiative, an attempted 2004 ballot measure.

My parody of Mankiw's Ten Principles of Economics, as published in the Annals of Improbable Research. (Harvard professor N. Gregory Mankiw, currently the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, is the author of a best-selling economics textbook.)

My conversation with two Texas economists about their textbook's amazingly lousy treatment of global warming.

An op-ed piece I wrote ("Setting The Record Straight On Capital-Gains Tax Relief") appeared in the Seattle Times on April 30, 1998.

Tax Shift, a book I co-authored with Alan Thein Durning of Northwest Environment Watch, was published in April 1998. You can buy it from NEW or from, or you can read the full text for free online.