Montana

The Bouncy Counterterrorist

eet the Bouncy Counterterrorist. "Look," Shannen Rossmiller says, pointing at her computer screen. She's in an online chat room, and the name Terrorist11 has just popped up. "He's one of the more popular guys." To get here, she signed onto alfirdaws.org. Then she clicked into the Paradise Jihadist Supporters Forum. The site is in Arabic, so she turns on the basic Google text translator that renders the discussion into clumsy phrases. "Take a charge with caution," warns one jihadist posting, "this thread is monitored." Meanwhile, Terrorist11 is praising the 2004 Madrid train bombings and posting videos of the dead for...

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Coal, The New Oil

've heard that diesel fuel can be made from coal. The price would correspond to making diesel from crude oil at $45 a barrel. My source for that number is the Governor of Montana. The US is switching to Europe’s clean diesel standard so this might be the time to do it. Coal diesel and biodiesel might be a good combo. The oil markets could nix this by dropping to $30 again. We would need to place tariffs on oil imports below $50 to protect the domestic investments. The US with $60 a barrel oil is managing well enough. We...