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  • Iranian Politics Will Ultimately Knock Down Oil Prices [View article]
    I am not going to put America's national security into the hands of any foreign power, and neither should any other American. Period. Full stop.

    No, it's not up to Israel. America's security is not up to Israel.
    Feb 26 08:26 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Iranian Politics Will Ultimately Knock Down Oil Prices [View article]
    Yeah, Bush lied to get us into war. Just as you're doing. You are telling lies in order to encourage a war.
    Feb 26 08:25 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why The NatGas Glut Did Not Kill Renewables [View article]
    Renewables are scaling and their cost effectiveness is improving at the very same time. Current natgas prices are unsustainable, and frankly nuclear remains a chimera, as the people around Fukushima will tell you.
    Feb 26 08:24 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dendreon Gains Will Be Short-Lived [View article]
    Health care represents 17% of the economy. It's our biggest industry. And our leadership in that industry, on a global scale, is largely driven by the system that lets any doctor give a late-stage cancer patient Dendreon when it only extends life by 4 months.

    Bloomberg will tell you the same, but they won't have this nice long comment thread about ethics and culture to go along with it.
    Feb 26 08:22 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dendreon Gains Will Be Short-Lived [View article]
    OK. We'll stop trying to control health care costs. Because if this is OK, so is everything else, for everyone else.

    That's not political posturing. That's reality. I know you used the phrase "political posturing" to dismiss the reality, but reality isn't dismissed that easily.

    We pay 50% for health care than any other nation, as a % of GDP, covering only about 80% of our people, and what we get for all that are the health care outcomes of Cuba.

    Why should someone put jobs here, rather than say Canada, and subject themselves to these costs and employees to these outcomes?
    Feb 26 08:20 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why The NatGas Glut Did Not Kill Renewables [View article]
    Scaling takes time. More time than I'd like, and less time than you think.
    Feb 25 10:42 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • More Proof The Spectrum Shortage Is Phony [View article]
    A dozen years ago there were Wireless ISPs demonstrating that simple "Pringle can" antennas would repeat WiFi signals over many, many miles, and those connections could then be distributed within a town.
    Feb 25 10:40 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Iranian Politics Will Ultimately Knock Down Oil Prices [View article]
    That generational difference is important. Netanyahu is 62, with personal memories of wars going back to 1956. To the average Iranian, even the 1979 revolution is something they read about in history books. And this makes a big difference to people, in how they act, and react to one another.
    Feb 24 02:42 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Bearish Take On HP Under Whitman [View article]
    I absolutely agree. If and when Whitman comes up with a coherent strategy, I think it might pay off in 3-5 years. But there's plenty of time and money can be doing other things until that coherent strategy is made clear.
    Feb 24 02:40 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • What Matters In Real Estate Matters More Than Ever [View article]
    For a city like Chicago, these "islands" are a good way to start the process. In time they will have to look outward, but by first providing safety for real estate investment (and for families) at relatively high density you could be on to something.

    But it can only be the start of something. True urban renewal comes from expanding islands into archipelagos of prosperity.

    Oh, the best places to do this are contiguous to some area that is already doing well, and proximity is vital. If you're very, very close to the University of Chicago, for instance. Each block distance from campus matters. That's why it's so tough moving inland from Lake Shore Drive.
    Feb 24 02:39 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • What Matters In Real Estate Matters More Than Ever [View article]
    Are these publicly funded or private developments? If private, they may be efforts to give newly-urbanized knowledge workers a feel of the suburbs they left, of safety, along with the proximity to resources they need.

    My guess is they are first efforts to deal with this new economic reality, of cities built around university research centers, and the need for investors, researchers, and others to be close to the action.
    Feb 24 12:16 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why The NatGas Glut Did Not Kill Renewables [View article]
    You're probably right. But the end state of his world view is really sad. We have no alternative but to bring up oil, gas and coal, no matter the cost, and all he has for the resulting damage is denial.

    In fact, that doesn't have to be the case.
    Feb 24 11:27 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why The NatGas Glut Did Not Kill Renewables [View article]
    You take from me the taxes and then I pay you for green subsidies and you ignore the subsidies used for fossil fuels because you just said "energy security."

    The answer for energy security is harvesting the abundance, not in sending young men and young women to die. Put the money now going into securing oil into green energy, and we'll not only have security within a few years but enough left over to create unicorns.
    Feb 24 09:58 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Waiting For The Cloud To Fall On Oracle [View article]
    The cloud stymies this by doing everything at a fraction of the cost.
    Feb 24 09:54 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Iranian Politics Will Ultimately Knock Down Oil Prices [View article]
    Juan Cole isn't a CNN employee. He is a University of Michigan professor and I've read his work for a decade. His blog is called Informed Comment.

    Thanks for the reference.
    Feb 24 09:53 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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