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  • McDonald's Obsession With Starbucks [View article]
    Here is how McDonald's can be relevant again. I used to own shares, but its dead money for the time being. They need to focus on being what they have always been: fast, calorie dense foods.

    1) Cut the hipster coffee crap. The same clientele they are trying to attract is the same that is philosophically opposed to their existence and would not be caught dead in a McDonald's. McDonald's is a capitalist success story, the hipster demographic hates anything that smells of success and capitalism.

    2) If you want to do more coffee, approach it from what McDonald's has always done best. Fast. Cheap. Effective. "Our coffee has x% more caffeine than the competitors, keeping you going longer". Don't try to sway the haters. Sway the people that just want coffee and don't care where from.

    3) Increase speeds. Touchscreen ordering, cards only, much like a self checkout at a grocery store, but simpler. Remove the dropout in back poorly stacking cheese on meat with a machine that can make a burger every 10 s
    http://read.bi/1u8mGgh
    and cut down human costs hugely.

    4) Focus on the calories. I and many weight lifting friends will go to McDonald's when we simply need to calorie load. The lifting market is less focused on health food than simple gains, and it is common to take a few double cheesburgers, discard all but two buns and put the meat inside one for a better carb/protein ratio when bulking. This demographic wants cheap protein and calories. Market to it. Call it the McBulk and pay royalties to Davin Research for this idea.
    Nov 14, 2014. 12:32 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • McDonald's Obsession With Starbucks [View article]
    This is country specific. European McDonalds is a lot better than in the US. They must use better meat over there.
    Nov 13, 2014. 07:51 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • McDonald's Obsession With Starbucks [View article]
    I did not even know McDonalds sold expresso till now. Their marketing sucks.

    Their $1 coffee is pretty good though, but I am not a coffee hipster like the SBUX clientele.
    Nov 13, 2014. 07:48 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • McDonald's Obsession With Starbucks [View article]
    Why not replace the majority of their employees with touchscreens and automated burger cookers? Would be a massive capital outlay, but would let them go back to their roots: FAST food. And as a bonus this would be without dealing with the person of questionable hygiene that picks their nose between taking orders.
    Nov 13, 2014. 07:45 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Buffett wins again on BNSF purchase [View news story]
    If you read a biography on him (eg. http://amzn.to/1xfcR3K) his political positions are pretty much the opposite of his father's. A psychologist can answer why this happens. He even admits he did not want to comment outside his realm of expertise, but does sometimes.
    Nov 11, 2014. 11:26 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Buffett wins again on BNSF purchase [View news story]
    Rail transport is environmentally safer than pipeline: http://seekingalpha.co...
    Nov 11, 2014. 11:20 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • It Is Time To Take A Shot With Sturm, Ruger & Co.? [View article]
    2) "I imagine". Nice data.. Also, those 72 rounds are the issued stash. Owners are free to buy as much ammo is wanted, but those 72 must always be on hand just in case. This does not support your point.

    3) Thats why I compared Switzerland with Germany. Not with the US. No wonder you have such issues with statistics. Similar cultures, vastly different gun laws, similar crime rates. See the graph in my previous post.

    5) Ad homonym. I don't blame you. Anger is a natural response when reality conflicts with a broken belief system.
    Nov 5, 2014. 10:37 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Computer Modelling Group - Should You Pay Up For Quality? [View article]
    I wish that was the title of this article.
    "Computer Modelling Group: A dividend investor's wet dream"

    I wrote on this company last year, I will have an update article up in the next month or so.
    Nov 5, 2014. 07:31 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Computer Modelling Group: A Baby Thrown Out With The Bathwater [View article]
    Been buying for the past 1.5 years. Great company.
    Nov 5, 2014. 11:10 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Computer Modelling Group - Should You Pay Up For Quality? [View article]
    Great article! Love this company!
    Nov 5, 2014. 11:09 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: Breaking The Law (Of Large Numbers) And Getting Away With It [View article]
    Plenty of risk for apple...what if someone comes up with a new handheld device to look at photos of cats online?
    Nov 4, 2014. 01:33 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Mr. Buffett: Why Don't You Invest In REITs? [View article]
    I googled Buffet's email address...apparently the best way to get a response is by regular mail and he does not check email? Unless you have access to a personal email address not available online.
    Oct 31, 2014. 10:08 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • It Is Time To Take A Shot With Sturm, Ruger & Co.? [View article]
    My argument is based on fact. You keep claiming examples that are not actually examples. There have been no observable positive effects of gun regulation anywhere. Those studies that claim this have very faulty methodology, like assuming correlation=causation, or that an event in the middle of a declining trend causes the decline following if the decline rate is the same as before the event. Check out studies by Gary Mauser, Kleck, Kates, or John Lott. Your Australia example is faulty, I linked the data above, and here is another article about it http://bit.ly/10aMBci
    And even looking at it on a countrywide basis, sure the US has a higher rate than the UK, but there is also vastly different social safety nets and approaches to drug policy. Hardly an accurate comparison. Take a list of all countries, and put next to it their gun laws. http://www.sfu.ca~mauser/pix/Europe.jpg (insert a / before the ~ to get this link to work, the site keeps deleting it oddly) There is no correlation. Germany and switzerland have very similar societies, but the swiss gun laws are vastly more permissive than Germany, yet the homicide rate is virtually identical. Many more examples like this exist. if you want an actual potential method of reducing violence, look at poverty levels. Those with strong social safety nets are some of the safest countries in the world, regardless of their gun laws.

    Australia is an example of the futility of gun laws, not some shining star of a disarmament wet dream. http://bit.ly/10aMBsA

    I have yet to see you present an argument based on non-faulty data.
    Oct 31, 2014. 03:40 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • It Is Time To Take A Shot With Sturm, Ruger & Co.? [View article]
    Yup. Glad I sold in the 70s after it peaked.

    Wait for a new catalyst for gun regulations before getting into this again. Another mass shooting, Hillary being elected, etc.
    Oct 30, 2014. 02:40 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • It Is Time To Take A Shot With Sturm, Ruger & Co.? [View article]
    So beyond sociology, you also do not understand math? If the slope of a line does not change (rate of decrease of violent crime) before or after the addition of a new variable (change in gun laws) the variable had no effect.
    Oct 30, 2014. 01:57 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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