The solar-power-user-as-free-rider myth returns -- with a vengeance! The Nevada Public Utilities Commission has brought the "sun tax" to residential solar power users, jacking up fees they'll pay for using the grid and slashing reimbursements for feeding the grid -- but now faces an intense backlash from good Nevadans. Fossil-fuel utilities must have salivated at the prospect of killing the nation's biggest solar market with just a few rate changes, and I also can't help but think the Commission made the rate changes retroactive so they'll have something to "graciously" "give up" in exchange for everything else they're trying to do to solar owners. Best of luck to Nevadans in battling this unconscionable evil.
Speaking of unconscionable evil, Tom Donohue, President of the reactionary U.S. Chamber of Commerce, says Hillary Clinton will support the Trans-Pacific "Partnership" if she gets elected President, regardless of what she says now. He also says Congress won't touch the TPP until the lame-duck session, and while it is true that Congressfolk don't really have to worry about their approval ratings getting any lower, Mr. Donohue is one arrogant prick to have said all of this a full nine months before Election Day; he might as well have just said the American people are all losers. Well, we might have something to say about that. I mean, seriously, that is some big-time locker-room bulletin-board material there.
From the "stupid 'liberal' media tricks" file: FAIR catches a New York Times pen hound gnashing his teeth that "idol-smashing outsiders" will beat the "deeply experienced, proven political leaders" in Iowa. Never mind that Bernie Sanders actually does have a full eight years of experience actually running an executive branch in addition to his quarter-century in the legislative branch -- what, exactly, are people like Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton "deeply experienced" in? Selling out to their biggest donors, that's what. No wonder the American people want to indulge in some idol-smashing. And no wonder the Grey Lady's got such a furrowed brow.
Federal jury orders WalMart to pay pharmacist over $31 million in a wrongful firing/gender bias lawsuit. Maureen McPadden alleged that WalMart fired her because she raised concerns that workers under her didn't receive proper training, which is a big deal when they're handling, you know, prescription drugs. Walmart supposedly fired her for losing her pharmacy key, but then didn't fire a male pharmacist for the same offense. Well, what's WalMart going to say? "We didn't fire her because she was a woman; we fired her because she was a troublemaker"? (Note to tort "reformers": I'd lay money that the U.S. District judge will reduce this award, probably substantially, and when he does, would it be too much to ask to foreground that detail in your breathlessly hysterical anecdotes about the case?)
Finally, Josh Israel at Think Progress reports that as Ben Carson's campaign has floundered, his campaign has spent more and more money on advisors and consultants. Hmm, folks who don't do real work getting rich off other people's failure -- maybe Ben Carson really does understand our economy!