America Needs to Talk about Voter Suppression

First, we must ask why no Republican leaders are condemning voter suppression and demanding the party stop the practice. Second, we must ask why “moderate” Republicans; like Arnold Schwarzenegger, and supposedly “principled conservatives” like U.S. Senator Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) and the Bush Brothers, are silent about the issue.

Third, we must ask why white Democratic leaders have been silent about voter suppression. Why have people like Hillary Clinton, her husband Bill, former Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. Rep Nancy Pelosi (D-California), and others been silent?

Fourth, we must ask if racism is motivating political leaders on both sides of the aisle. Are both “conservative Republicans” and “progressive Democrats” afraid of people of color voting?

Fifth, we must ask why African American leaders like former President Barrack Obama (D-Illinois), Oprah, and former Attorney General Eric Halder have been silent about voter suppression. Why are these supposed champions of civil rights afraid to defend such a fundamental right?

Finally, we must ask why the big national media ignored voter suppression for so long. Evidence of widespread voter suppression in Wisconsin surfaced immediately after the 2016 election, yet the “investigative journalists” from the national media were missing in action.

For instance, outlets like CBS, CNN, and Fox refuse to run more than a handful of stories on voter suppression. Considering all the print and airtime devoted to the questionable Russia investigation, the motivations of the media leaders are suspect.

Are decisions in New York’s editorial offices and executive suites motivated by racism? Is the white media establishment in New York in favor of voter suppression?

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Is IBM (NYSE: IBM) Making Money?

Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) will bring a lot of value to International Business Machines.

For example, Red Hat possesses the world’s largest portfolio of open-source technology, Forbes contributor Panos Mourdoukoutas claims. Moreover, Red Hat operates an innovative hybrid cloud platform.

To add icing to the cake, Red Hat is well-respected in the open-sourced developer community. Thus, IBM gets access to a large pool of experienced open-sourced developers to extend its software reach.

For instance, IBM could utilize those developers in its work with blockchain projects like the Hyperledger. Beyond that Red Hat claims its Enterprise Linux delivers a 348% return on investment, 68% less downtime, and 26% faster development times. I doubt those claims, but they demonstrate the potential of Red Hat’s technology.

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Tesla Autopilot could Navigate Interchanges

Musk claims Tesla will release “the world’s most advanced computer for autonomous driving” in six months.

Moreover, Tesla is developing its own artificial intelligence (AI) chips to compete with those of NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA), Electrek claims. Therefore, Tesla plans to enter the chip business.

In addition, Tesla hired one of the biggest chip architects in the business; Jim Keller, in 2018. Hence, Tesla’s value could increase because NVIDIA is one of the most profitable companies in Silicon Valley.

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Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and Jack Ma investing in Hot Fusion Company

To explain, Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS) appears on a list of companies Gates’ hedge fund Breakthrough Energy Ventures (BEV) is investing in, Quartz reveals. Importantly, Commonwealth claims it can commercialize hot nuclear fusion within 15 years.

The first goal at CFS is to build a tokamak fusion reactor capable of generating 100 Megawatts (MW) of electricity, a press release reveals. In detail, 100 MW is enough juice to power a city of 100,000 people or the size of Boulder, Colorado.

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Is Exxon-Mobil (XOM) Making Money?

Money rather than moral outrage is the probable motivation for the lawsuits. Exxon-Mobil’s (XOM) financial numbers indicate the company is generating a lot of money.

For example, Exxon-Mobil reports a free cash flow of $2.853 billion; and an operating cash flow of $7.78 billion, for 2nd Quarter 2018. Moreover, Exxon-Mobil earned a $23.799 billion gross profit on $73.501 billion in revenues during the 2nd Quarter.

Exxon-Mobile received a $3.95 billion net income and a $6.659 billion in operating income in 2nd Quarter 2018. However, Exxon-Mobile had only $3.43 billion in cash and short-term investments on June 30, 2018.

Therefore, Exxon-Mobil is not making that much money for a company that generated $244.363 billion in revenue in 2017. Exxon-Mobil generates a lot of revenues but it does not keep that much money in the bank.

Another problem is that Exxon-Mobil’s high revenue growth (26.56% in 2nd Quarter 2018) is not translating into cash. The return on Exxon-Mobil’s revenues is low.

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Democrat Presidential Front Runner embraces Basic Income

In particular, Harris is trying to buy the votes of middle class soccer moms – who will decide the 2020 presidential election. If Harris’s proposal is successful it will dramatically change the American electorate and shift the balance of political power to the left.

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Ford Motor (NYSE: F) spending $11 billion on 16 Electric Vehicles

Like Volkswagen AG (OTC: VLKAY); and Toyota Motor (NYSE: TM), Ford Motor (NYSE: F) is hedging its bet on electric.
For example, Ford unveiled several impressive gasoline-powered vehicles at the Detroit Auto Show. Those models included the Mustang Bullitt (inspired by the 1968 Steve McQueen car chase movie), a 2019 Ranger, and the Edge ST.
In addition, Toyota is still investing heavily in hydrogen-fuel cell technology despite an electric push. For example, Toyota is marketing the fuel-cell powered Mirai sedan and testing two hydrogen-powered semi tractors at the Port of Los Angeles.

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Why Microsoft is Giving Away Patented Software

Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) can easily afford it. On June 30, 2018, Microsoft Corp reported a gross profit of $20.343 billion on 2nd Quarter revenues of $30.085 billion. Therefore, Microsoft can afford to give away patents.

Microsoft could distribute the software through GitHub; which it purchased for $7.5 billion in June. Notably, the OIN announcement came right before the European Commission approved the GitHub deal. To explain, Microsoft needs Commission approval to operate GitHub in the European Union.

GitHub is the perfect place to distribute the OIN patents because it is the world’s largest open-sourced software repository. In detail, GitHub serves 1.8 million organizations and 28 million software developers.

Unfortunately, news articles do not say which software will be released on GitHub.

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Is SolarEdge a Value Investment in Clean Energy?

SolarEdge is potentially a value investment because it makes money and markets products critical for the commercialization of solar electricity and electric vehicles. For example, SolarEdge makes optimizers which solar cells need to operate.

SolarEdge’s inverter technology could be even more valuable than modules. Without inverters, the electricity produced by solar panels is useless.

Therefore, every solar electric system will need an inverter. SolarEdge has developed inverters that could convert up to 100-kilowatt hours of electricity. Critically, SolarEdge’s phase three inverters are small, easy, to carry, and easy to install.

SolarEdge has developed large capacity inverters for use at solar power plants. Moreover, SolarEdge has smaller inverters for homes and businesses.

SolarEdge reported $227.12 million in revenues, a gross profit of $81.95 million, $40.67 million in operating income, and $34.57 million in net income for 2nd Quarter 2018. That sets SolarEdge apart from most clean energy companies, which lose money.

In addition, SolarEdge’s revenues grew at a rate of 66.88% during 2nd Quarter 2018. Interestingly, SolarEdge has some cash flow. It recorded an operating cash flow of $43.89 million and a free cash flow of $33.83 million on 30 June 2018.

SolarEdge even has some money in the bank. It reported $216.59 million in cash and equivalents and $134.82 million in short-term investments on June 30, 2018. Therefore, SolarEdge had $351.41 million in cash.

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