Karl Mathiesen, The Guardian: Billionaire climate philanthropist George Soros invested more than $2 million in struggling coal giants Peabody Energy and Arch Coal in recent months, despite having once called the fuel "lethal" to the climate. Filings with the Securities and Exchange commission show that between April and June this year Soros Fund Management bought more than 1 million shares in Peabody ($2.25m), the world's largest private coal company, and 500,000 shares in Arch ($188,000). The size of the investments, which were small relative to Soros' vast wealth, indicate they may have been speculative. Dan Lowrey, a coal analyst at SNL Energy, said Soros had also owned shares in Peabody and Arch during 2011 and 2012.
Chanell Temple, a black woman originally from Huntington Park, delivered a strident, politically incorrect speech against illegal immigration on Monday evening at the local city council meeting.Temple, who now lives in the Hawthorne area of Los Angeles, was protesting the council's recent decision to appoint two illegal aliens to city commissions. She told Breitbart News she had not intended to speak at the meeting, but was offended when someone compared illegal aliens to slaves. She added that she supports Donald Trump "a hundred percent." read more
MY mind was absorbed by the biochemistry of gene editing when the text messages and Facebook posts distracted me.So sorry about Cecil.Did Cecil live near your place in Zimbabwe?Cecil who? I wondered. When I turned on the news and discovered that the messages were about a lion killed by an American dentist, the village boy inside me instinctively cheered: One lion fewer to menace families like mine.My excitement was doused when I realized that the lion killer was being painted as the villain. I faced the starkest cultural contradiction I'd experienced during my five years studying in the United States.Did all those Americans signing petitions understand that lions actually kill people? That all the talk about Cecil being "beloved" or a "local favorite" was media hype? Did Jimmy Kimmel choke up because Cecil was murdered or because he confused him with Simba from "The Lion King"? read more
It's a commonplace by now to bemoan how broken U.S. politics is, but a good deal of the blame for that breakdown goes to our broken media.Nothing has made this clearer than the mainstream media's treatment of two presidential hopefuls who refuse to play by the rules of the game.One is Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, who doesn't put up with the "gotcha" journalism of false narratives and whose appeal to large crowds of enthusiastic voters is dismissed by the Beltway punditocracy as a temporary aberration.The other, of course, is Donald Trump, the billionaire real estate developer and reality TV star who tends to say what he thinks before he thinks.But he also draws loud and enthusiastic crowds while his larger-than-life antics drive coverage of the other mealy-mouthed candidates off the newspaper pages and airwaves. read more
Donald Trump appears to have Mark Cuban's vote, at least in terms of how the billionaire real estate mogul is conducting his political campaign---referring to the Republican presidential candidate as "probably the best thing to happen to politics in a long, long time." "I don't care if he says the wrong thing. He says what's on his mind. He gives honest answers rather than prepared answers. This is more important than anything any candidate has done in years." "Up until Trump announced his candidacy the conventional wisdom was that you had to be a professional politician in order to run," Cuban wrote. "You had to have a background that was politically scrubbed."I think people are tired of politics as usual," Cuban told ESPN Radio last week. "We're tired of everything being scripted, we're tired of every comment being politically correct.