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  • The sky hasn't fallen, and the Obama administration's persistent warnings that the market would react negatively to the debt ceiling crisis may have undercut its negotiating position. “They have lost all credibility,” former TARP chief Neil Barofsky says. “It’s so typical of the way Treasury and the Fed treat everything - always to warn that Armageddon is coming.”  [View news story]
    I think it has something to do with audiences. Liberals do have better comics. And more of them. We needed them when Bush was around.
    Jul 28 08:19 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A partner at VC firm Kleiner Perkins thinks the government's loan guarantee programs for renewable energy projects could be a casualty of the debt ceiling standoff. That would likely have a major impact on certain solar module vendors - First Solar (FSLR) shot higher last month after the DOE provided $4.5B in guarantees for 3 solar projects.  [View news story]
    This has nothing to do with solar. It has to do with markets. The markets are moving toward renewable resources. How fast or how slow does depend, partly, on government action. But the momentum is clear.
    Jul 27 05:47 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The sky hasn't fallen, and the Obama administration's persistent warnings that the market would react negatively to the debt ceiling crisis may have undercut its negotiating position. “They have lost all credibility,” former TARP chief Neil Barofsky says. “It’s so typical of the way Treasury and the Fed treat everything - always to warn that Armageddon is coming.”  [View news story]
    Let 'em impeach, then. I can't wait. The markets tank, the President saves the day, and the Republicans in Congress try to impeach him for it.

    I'll be laughing right through November, 2012.
    Jul 27 05:46 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The U.S. is "becoming a bit of a laughingstock" overseas because of the debt squabbles, Dow Chemical (DOW) CEO Andrew Liveris says, calling it "a massive distraction we didn’t need." That's not the only area where the U.S. is sliding: "My access to R&D talent in China is extraordinary... [The U.S. is] losing our competitiveness on talent generation and IT generation."  [View news story]
    At last, some wisdom. China is wasting money on its military. Who's going to war against it? Not us, that's for certain. You can easily get a flight from Shanghai to Taiwan, and the commercial links are extremely tight between the two places.

    Although it might be nice if they decided they really needed Afghanistan...which has a border with them. Unlike us.
    Jul 27 05:45 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The U.S. is "becoming a bit of a laughingstock" overseas because of the debt squabbles, Dow Chemical (DOW) CEO Andrew Liveris says, calling it "a massive distraction we didn’t need." That's not the only area where the U.S. is sliding: "My access to R&D talent in China is extraordinary... [The U.S. is] losing our competitiveness on talent generation and IT generation."  [View news story]
    You mean China just caught up in the last two years? Really? Really. I know ideology is strong, but gee whiz.
    Jul 27 05:43 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The U.S. is "becoming a bit of a laughingstock" overseas because of the debt squabbles, Dow Chemical (DOW) CEO Andrew Liveris says, calling it "a massive distraction we didn’t need." That's not the only area where the U.S. is sliding: "My access to R&D talent in China is extraordinary... [The U.S. is] losing our competitiveness on talent generation and IT generation."  [View news story]
    The Chinese will enjoy reading that. Please read the whole link.

    "My access to R&D talent in China is extraordinary... [The U.S. is] losing our competitiveness on talent generation and IT generation."
    Jul 27 05:43 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft's Cloud Power Struggle [View article]
    Yeah, you're right. None of the big investment houses saw this second quarter for Juniper coming. None.

    Think we'll see any pink slips from that? Me, neither.
    Jul 27 05:42 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • First Solar Assures Its Future [View article]
    Are you really saying there's not enough land on which to site solar panels? Really? Thin film solar panels, as opposed to those flat sheets FSLR's competitors make?

    Really? Not enough Earth? We can fuel the world with solar energy hundreds of times over. Solar systems become more efficient every year, and economies of scale assure that those advances get to the market. The cost of FSLR solar is now under $1/watt.

    But have a nice day.
    Jul 27 05:41 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The sky hasn't fallen, and the Obama administration's persistent warnings that the market would react negatively to the debt ceiling crisis may have undercut its negotiating position. “They have lost all credibility,” former TARP chief Neil Barofsky says. “It’s so typical of the way Treasury and the Fed treat everything - always to warn that Armageddon is coming.”  [View news story]
    I hope so. The sooner the scare gets into Wall Street, the sooner this thing can end.
    Jul 27 05:37 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The sky hasn't fallen, and the Obama administration's persistent warnings that the market would react negatively to the debt ceiling crisis may have undercut its negotiating position. “They have lost all credibility,” former TARP chief Neil Barofsky says. “It’s so typical of the way Treasury and the Fed treat everything - always to warn that Armageddon is coming.”  [View news story]
    Actually, there was an event about a year ago when the Teleprompter went out and the President went right along as though nothing had happened. With his actual speech. I think it might have even been a State of the Union address.

    I know conservatives have created a cottage industry in claiming the President is lost without one, but that was his predecessor.
    Jul 27 05:37 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The sky hasn't fallen, and the Obama administration's persistent warnings that the market would react negatively to the debt ceiling crisis may have undercut its negotiating position. “They have lost all credibility,” former TARP chief Neil Barofsky says. “It’s so typical of the way Treasury and the Fed treat everything - always to warn that Armageddon is coming.”  [View news story]
    The "false equivalence" of the media is as much to blame for this as anything. This idea that an equal distance between the two sides represents truth. It only encourages one side to go all wacky, and thus push truth closer to its own view.

    Thank God for markets, which tend to see things clearly. The descent into hell has begun, and it will accelerate until someone does something rational.

    (Oooo, I had a real nasty thought on that last sentence. If I changed the word God to Allah (which is literally, God in Arabic) I'd bet the Tea Party people here would have a fit and fall in it. Glad I didn't do that.)
    Jul 27 05:33 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The sky hasn't fallen, and the Obama administration's persistent warnings that the market would react negatively to the debt ceiling crisis may have undercut its negotiating position. “They have lost all credibility,” former TARP chief Neil Barofsky says. “It’s so typical of the way Treasury and the Fed treat everything - always to warn that Armageddon is coming.”  [View news story]
    Actually, no. Not at all. The total unmet cost of the Bush wars, during his Administration, which he didn't put into the budget but left for supplementals, was over $1 trillion. The total loss to the Treasury of the tax cuts that wasn't met was another $1 trillion.

    Compare that to the $787 billion of the stimulus and you can do the math yourself. Or are you now blaming Obama for trying to wind down the Bush wars and for keeping the tax cuts through to their 10-year sunset?

    Yeah, I know. Math has a liberal bias.
    Jul 27 05:30 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The sky hasn't fallen, and the Obama administration's persistent warnings that the market would react negatively to the debt ceiling crisis may have undercut its negotiating position. “They have lost all credibility,” former TARP chief Neil Barofsky says. “It’s so typical of the way Treasury and the Fed treat everything - always to warn that Armageddon is coming.”  [View news story]
    Actually, it does. Remember that the original Constitution was created with a 3/5th compromise for census purposes, counting slaves as partial people.

    The Executive doesn't appropriate money, But the executive power includes a requirement to follow the Constitution, to see to it the bills are paid. If the President doesn't pay the bills he's violating his oath to see to it the Constitution isn't violated. He violates the will of Congress in not doing anything to pay the bills, but the choice is pretty clear, IMO.
    Jul 27 05:28 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The sky hasn't fallen, and the Obama administration's persistent warnings that the market would react negatively to the debt ceiling crisis may have undercut its negotiating position. “They have lost all credibility,” former TARP chief Neil Barofsky says. “It’s so typical of the way Treasury and the Fed treat everything - always to warn that Armageddon is coming.”  [View news story]
    This President doesn't require a Teleprompter, as he's proven in the past. Unlike his predecessor.

    And for those who cry "socialism" at every opportunity, they probably don't know there's a word for an ideology that consistently puts the interests of major corporations ahead of those of the people. It starts with the letter f. And the second letter isn't r.

    You are welcome to your ideology, sir. But I don't think you're profiting from it.
    Jul 27 05:26 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The sky hasn't fallen, and the Obama administration's persistent warnings that the market would react negatively to the debt ceiling crisis may have undercut its negotiating position. “They have lost all credibility,” former TARP chief Neil Barofsky says. “It’s so typical of the way Treasury and the Fed treat everything - always to warn that Armageddon is coming.”  [View news story]
    You are NOT a libertarian. You're a Republican. A libertarian is just a Republican who doesn't want to admit he hangs out with wackos.

    Government must be big enough to enforce the law against all bad actors. Foreign and domestic. Otherwise the bad actors are the government.

    Which means we're both out of luck, because this looks like the second Dimon Administration. <g>
    Jul 27 04:13 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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