We Live In a World Gone Mad

These are perilous times: Iran is on its way to getting the bomb, Russia is on the march, China’s economy is teetering, the U.S. has a historic election in prospect. So what is the number one news story in the world? Cecil the lion.

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Free Speech

I went – very, very briefly – to the rally at the Planned Parenthood in Saint Paul over the lunch hour yesterday.   It was hot and clammy – so humid the air seemed to congeal into little clumps of atmospheric sweat.

I didn’t even try to count the crowd; it was in the hundreds:

The crowd was jammed onto a one-lane “free speech zone” (my term) on one lane of Charles Avenue.

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City fights solar system approved by state

ANNANDALE, Minn. — Chip Purcell, who built his family’s dream home in woods and fields just outside the city, got quite the shock when he heard about a new neighbor — a 70-acre solar farm.

“While building, we heard about it, but we didn’t have any time to act against it, like we would have wanted to,” Purcell said about the six-megawatt solar farm planned next door. “We’re not a big fan of it at all.”

 Read the Rest at Watchdog.org MN Bureau

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Hang on

Do you like thrill rides? Are you up for a good scare? Try this one on for size:

Chinese equities have suffered the sharpest one-day crash in eight years, sending powerful tremors through global commodity markets and smashing currencies across East Asia, Latin America and Africa.The Shanghai Composite index fell 8.5pc despite emergency measures to shore up the market, with a roster of the biggest blue-chip companies down by the maximum daily limit of 10pc. The mood was further soured by news that corporated profits in China are now contracting in absolute terms, falling 0.3pc over the past year.The violence of the moves unnerved investors worldwide, stirring fears that the Communist Party may be losing control after stoking a series of epic bubbles in property, corporate investment and equities to keep up the blistering pace of economic growth.

What happens if the Chinese gubmint loses control? No one knows for sure, but it won't be good:

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CNN poll: Majority rejects Iran deal, 44/52

Polling prior to the announcement of a deal with Iran showed that the American public felt conflicted on the issue. A substantial majority wanted a deal in the abstract — but a substantial majority also didn’t think a deal would stop Iran from acquiring or developing nuclear weapons. Now that the deal is no longer in the abstract and people have had a brief opportunity to see it for themselves, the conflict has disappeared, at least in a CNN poll today. A solid majority of Americans reject the deal — but probably not enough to sway Congress into supermajorities for a veto override:

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City fights solar system approved by state

ANNANDALE, Minn. — Chip Purcell, who built his family’s dream home in woods and fields just outside the city, got quite the shock when he heard about a new neighbor — a 70-acre solar farm.

“While building, we heard about it, but we didn’t have any time to act against it, like we would have wanted to,” Purcell said about the six-megawatt solar farm planned next door. “We’re not a big fan of it at all.”

 Read the Rest at Watchdog.org MN Bureau

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There’s Just No Way…

…anybody could have predicted this: Seattle workers whose minimum wage has been jacked up to 15 bucks an hour…

…are now asking for fewer hours, so they don’t lose their housing subsidies.

Naturally, the artificially-high minimum wage was supposed to cut welfare dependency, blah blah blah.

So now we’ve got fewer jobs, and just watch – the program dependence is going to stay the same.

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Market Forces

"Life is good these days if you are a yuppie. For those making minimum wage - not so much..."

The good news today was a reminder that our state's minimum wage is going up to $9/hour on August 1st. The minimum wage will go up to $9/hour. That is $360 for a 40 hour week (that is, if you can get a job for 40 hours), $1,560/month and $18,720/year. Progress! If you are single, you will be way above what the 2014 government poverty level is ($11,670). And living in Minneapolis, what can you do with all that extra money? Not much.

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A Good Girl With A Gun

A West Virginia sex worker shoots and kills a man who police believe may be a serial killer.

“When he strangled me he just wouldn’t let me get any air,” she said. ” I grabbed my rake and when he laid the gun down to get the rake out of my hands, I shot him. I just grabbed the gun and shot behind me.”

And how do the police figure he’s a serial killer, and not just another Democrat operative looking for something edgier than strip clubs?

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What’s Happening In States That Are Paying Attention Is Reassuring

Following the headlines every day, one could easily give in to despair. But if you want a shot of optimism, focus on these NBC/Marist poll results in states where voters might actually be paying attention–Iowa and New Hampshire.

This poll is a simple approval/disapproval comparison. Of course, it reflects the fact that politicians in general are not held in high esteem. And Bernie Sanders scores well, especially in New Hampshire, which is not surprising for this stage of the campaign. Still, the findings are encouraging. Here are the Iowa results:

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