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As California's drought continues, social media and smart phone apps let just about anyone call out water waste, often very publicly. Read More

Source: NPR News Headlines (2015-05-26 06:10:01)
Charter Communications has struck a $55 billion deal for Time Warner Cable, and will merge with Bright House Networks. The combined cable giant would have 23 million total customers, second only to Comcast. Read More

Source: The Wall Street Journal - U.S. Business (2015-05-26 07:10:01)
The young, roasted form of wheat has been eaten in the Middle East for millennia. But over time many Palestinians replaced it with rice. Now it's becoming a nutritious, native food worthy of pride. Read More

Source: NPR News Headlines (2015-05-26 07:10:01)
Do the glasses make the man? Four years ago, then-Texas Gov. Rick Perry's presidential run was derailed by one word — oops. He admits now he wasn't healthy then, and he's trying to make up for it. Read More

Source: NPR News Headlines (2015-05-26 05:10:01)
CNN last week first reported on this mission over the South China Sea, which received multiple warnings from the Chinese navy to leave the contested area. This is a behind-the-scenes look at the journey.
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Source: CNN - Politics (2015-05-26 07:10:01)
The dollar hits a high of nearly eight years against the yen, as investors returning from a long weekend in Europe bet on the greenback. Read More

Source: The Wall Street Journal - Markets News (2015-05-26 06:10:01)
Canada says it's the first country with a law requiring the elimination of 1 federal regulation for every new 1 that's adopted. The government there passed the law last month to help small businesses. Read More

Source: NPR World News (2015-05-26 05:10:01)
Money is only part of the equation. New research offers surprising insights into the complex path to satisfaction. Read More

Source: The Wall Street Journal - U.S. Business (2015-05-26 07:10:01)
The discovery of missing Nazi-era sculptures during a police raid cast light on the sale of works by artists favored by the former National Socialist regime. Read More

Source: The Wall Street Journal - World News (2015-05-26 06:10:01)
The city has settled with the Justice Department over a pattern of civil rights violations by its police. The deal could be announced as soon as today, a senior federal law enforcement official said. Read More

Source: NPR News Headlines (2015-05-26 05:10:01)

Silicon Valley could save the planet. All they need to do is combine their entrepreneurial brilliance with an enormous infusion of cash, and, more importantly, have our society grant them the cultural permission to lead us to a green future.

But we don't want that. And, frankly, that's why we peons annoy the titans of tech so much.

Why won't we hand our environmental challenges to our top technologists to solve? After all, these are among the world's most successful people at identifying unsolved problems and tackling them. And they're loaded with enough money, resources, and cache to get things done.

The reason is simple: We're afraid.

Instead we demand solutions from policymakers — not because we think they're the biggest geniuses, but because we think only the government has the legitimate authority to do big binding things that affect us all, which is what stopping climate change requires.

What's more, many of us think that only government can do the right thing in a divided world. Regardless of our partisanship or our policy preferences, we're increasingly doubtful that big goals can be met except by coercive force. In fact, we suspect that, at bottom, everything is a matter of coercive force.

Consider, for a moment, Jeb Bush. After teasing environmentalists with dreams of a "moderate" Republican — as opposed to yet another "denier" — Bush recently laughed off restrictive policymaking as a solution to our climate challenges, enthusing instead over, well, Silicon Valley.

Innovation and technology, said Bush, are "the source of a lot more solutions than any government-imposed idea and sometimes I sense that we pull back from the embrace of these things." Instead, Americans should "tear down the barriers," allowing new inventions to "accelerate in our lives to find solutions" to our humanity-wide problems.

Speaking for a host of green activists at their wits' end, Salon political writer Simon Maloy called Bush's vision "an impossibly vague nothingburger […] that gives the impression that Jeb cares about climate change as he advocates for the status quo." And indeed, that's one way the story Bush tells could wind up.

Here's another real possibility: Bush's vision could actually make enormous progress toward soliving our environmental struggles.

Why not trust our technologists to actually tackle the difficulties our scientists warn us about? Why do we put our faith in government not even to compel us to do great things, but to stop us from doing little things that add up, such as emit carbon?

We are setting our sights too low, envisioning a government that just skims some value off the top of our emissions in the form of taxes and fees. This is not nearly enough. And our government is incapable of doing the big things that actually need to be done.

At Vox, David Roberts warns that reversing the trend line of net emissions requires us "to imagine all of human society turning on a dime, beginning in 2030, deploying massive amounts of nuclear, bioenergy, wind, and solar, and doing so every year for decades." That public effort "may not violate the laws of physics," says Roberts, "but it is unlikely, given what we know about human beings, path dependence, and political dysfunction."

It's almost as if the best approach is to set aside our lawmakers' climate policy agendas and focus on rendering our old energy technologies ridiculously obsolete. That would take a ton of work, yes. It would probably take government subsides on a massive scale. But if we really wanted to, we could create an energy-industrial complex every bit as powerful, wealthy, and supreme as the military-industrial complex that grew out of World War II. Just look at what one person, Elon Musk, has been able to achieve with even modest government subsidies.

Humanity has a simple problem: We are not good enough at making and using energy. We're slow, inefficient, fearful, and unserious about how plentiful energy can be.

Why don't we turn Washington into the biggest venture capitalist in the world, and hand Silicon Valley a blank check marked "climate"? Because it makes them masters of the universe. Yes, it's all about our fear again. Even worse than lining their pockets with "public money" we envision going to poor people instead, letting our tech titans lead would make them a civilization apart: plainly higher and better than us, in a way that cuts to the heart of our egalitarian envy and pride.

Unless we get over that resentful queasiness about the new ruling techno-class we're winding up with anyway, we'll just keep choking on climate.

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Source: The Week - World News (2015-05-26 06:10:01)
Economic growth in developed countries slowed for the second straight quarter in early 2015, the OECD said, as the recovery from the financial crisis remained weak and uneven. Read More

Source: The Wall Street Journal - U.S. Business (2015-05-26 07:10:01)
Charter Communications agrees to merge with Time Warner Cable, a deal that would give cable-mogul John Malone the prize he has been chasing. Read More

Source: The Wall Street Journal - Technology (2015-05-26 07:10:01)
ROGER SIMON: Jeb Should Withdraw to Save the Country from Hillary. Jeb Bush should withdraw from the presidential contest of 2016. He should do so soon to become a true hero to our country that sorely needs one. And he should accompany his withdrawal with a detailed explanation of his reasons. It is not just […] Read More

Source: INSTAPUNDIT.COM (2015-05-26 06:10:01)
ROGER SIMON: Jeb Should Withdraw to Save the Country from Hillary. Read More

Source: INSTAPUNDIT.COM (2015-05-26 05:10:01)
A Chinese draft law treats the entire sector of foreign nonprofits as potential enemies of the state, reflecting a gathering sense of siege within President Xi’s administration. Read More

Source: The Wall Street Journal - World News (2015-05-26 05:10:01)
CNN's Jim Sciutto was given exclusive access to fly over man-made islands in the South China Sea in a classified U.S. surveillance plane.
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Source: CNN - Politics (2015-05-26 07:10:01)
The deal would make Charter Communications a significant rival to Comcast, which had also sought to buy Time Warner but it met regulatory objections. Read More

Source: NPR News Headlines (2015-05-26 07:10:01)
The euro tumbled to a one-month low against the dollar as doubts over Greece’s ability to repay its debts intensified, while Greek bonds came under renewed pressure. Read More

Source: The Wall Street Journal - Markets News (2015-05-26 05:10:01)
BOB WOODWARD: Bush Didn’t Lie About WMD, And Obama Sure Screwed Up Iraq In 2011. [Y]ou certainly can make a persuasive argument it was a mistake. But there is a time that line going along that Bush and the other people lied about this. I spent 18 months looking at how Bush decided to invade […] Read More

Source: INSTAPUNDIT.COM (2015-05-26 07:10:01)
Canada says it's the first country with a law that eliminates one regulation for every new measure that's adopted. The One-for-One Rule is designed to ease the burden on businesses. Read More

Source: NPR World News (2015-05-26 06:10:01)
A Chinese play for Fortescue Metals is about more than snapping up iron ore at low prices. China has a strategic interest in keeping marginal producers alive. Read More

Source: The Wall Street Journal - Markets News (2015-05-26 05:10:01)
"Brays Bayou described as being above 500 year flood level." Read More

Source: Twitchy (2015-05-26 07:10:01)
Italy holds regional elections on Sunday. Trying to make a comeback is scandal-plagued former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. This time around, he has discovered social media as a campaign tool. Read More

Source: NPR World News (2015-05-26 05:10:01)


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