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Frontrunning: June 16

  • Russia may have killed ISIS leader Baghdadi (Reuters)
  • About 4,000 more US troops to go to Afghanistan (AP)
  • Insurers Look to Ramp Up Premiums in Health Law Exchanges (WSJ)
  • U.N. envoy urges North Korea to explain why freed U.S. man is in coma (Reuters)
  • Wal-Mart Offers a Refuge for Sellers Tired of Amazon  (BBG)

More Solar Jobs Is A Curse, Not A Blessing

Citing U.S. Department of Energy data, the New York Times recently reported that the solar industry employs far more Americans than wind or coal. This is supposed to be a good thing, according to the Times. In reality, it’s not a good thing at all, and certainly not a positive trend. In fact, the job numbers actually underscore how wasteful, inefficient and unproductive solar power actually is.

...And Now For The Bad News

This is the most important thing to understand about US federal government spending: the built-in costs are so extreme that they can’t possibly make ends meet. And the problem becomes worse each year...

Is Communist Speech Free Speech?

Last month, former Vermont governor Howard Dean announced that "hate speech is not protected by the first amendment." If Howard Dean is looking to condemn something that has perpetuated hate to an unmatched level throughout much of the last century, the answer should be plain as day...

The Inconvenient Truth About Electric Vehicles

Electricity is a specialty product. It's not appropriate for transportation. It looks cheap at this time, but that's because it was designed for toasters, not transportation. Increase the amount of wiring and infrastructure by a factor of a thousand, and it's not cheap.

Border Wall Bids Emerge; Include Everything From Tourist Attractions To Nuclear Waste Storage

Yesterday was the deadline for companies to submit bids for Trump's "physically imposing" yet "aesthetically pleasing" border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.  And while the U.S. government has said they won't disclose bids, rather just the names of companies actually awarded contracts on June 1st, some of the companies decided to disclose their plans themselves.  Here are a couple of our faves...

Westinghouse Bankruptcy Puts Fate Of Four U.S. Nuclear Reactors In Limbo

Few appear to have been prepared for the aftermath of the Westinghouse Electric bankruptcy, which has set off a showdown between Toshiba and a major U.S. utility, has left the fate of four half-finished nuclear reactors and is threatening to drive a wedge between the US and Japanese governments over the fate of industries each considers vital.