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  • The U.S. population on April 1, 2010, according to the new Census: 308.7M. Republican-leaning states in the South and Southwest will add congressional seats in the next election - Texas will gain four House seats, while Florida will add two seats.  [View news story]
    Right on, Amerika! Keep voting with your feet. Lets make New York City, Detroit, and other case studies in liberal failure into wilderness areas. In the meantime lets build up Texas, the southwest, and Florida with entrepreneurs and right-to-work labor forces.
    Dec 21, 2010. 01:58 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • M&A Spotlight: Defense Goes on Offense [View article]
    The Anointed One said he would not use drones: but their effectiveness in Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan and the West Bank augurs well for continued commitment to these ever smarter weapons.

    Similarly, increased use of Private Contractors augurs well for the SAICs and CACIs of the world. I wonder if the US will soon end up with the equivalent of a Foreign Legion, with much less oversight and much more ability to wage conflicts described in T.R. Fehrenbach's "This Kind of War."
    Dec 21, 2010. 01:52 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Won't the FCC Just Let the Internet Be? [View article]
    Global warmingism. End of history. Paradigm shifts. Peak oil. Japan Inc. Net Neutrality.

    The luddites never sleep.
    Dec 21, 2010. 09:10 AM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Exxon Mobil Dividend Analysis [View article]
    Thomas....alot of the bluest of the blue (wmt, jnj, ect) have "NOT" in their performance over the last 12 years. I prefer to sit and wait for investors to come to their senses, rather than chase 500x eps stocks from China recommended by the same analysts who told us the future was JAPANESE, 30 years ago.
    Dec 20, 2010. 02:13 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Solar: Looking Forward to a Bullish 2011 [View article]
    All the outperformance by FSLR was from the year 2007. Since then it has gone nowhere, as vulnerable to PE compression as the most pedestrian blue chip.
    Dec 20, 2010. 11:49 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Fracking Stocks: The Top Growth Sector for Investors in 2011 [View article]
    No mention of Carbo Ceramics, which makes the ceramic proppants especially suited for shales with dense hydrocarbons as well as the gases? Its not on the bargain counter perhaps!
    Dec 20, 2010. 11:12 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Chicken Little and Oil Prices [View article]
    John: a couple points.

    First going back to 1986 is not "LONG TERM". You can go back further and it would make your case stronger if you did.

    Second, always use a logarithmic scale for long term price charts, since people think in terms of percentages, not absolute dollars. Readers who can't understand Log charts aren't worth worrying about anyway. :)
    Dec 20, 2010. 10:49 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Lithium-ion a Dead-End Electric Drive Technology? [View article]
    Well the Volt is not all electric, is it? Its a hybrid. The Leaf is the subject this board. I just wanted to point out that your examples were not examples of single passenger/family vehicles.

    Thanks for pointing the others out. Truck fleets would be great...and we all know how trucks can stink up the air.
    Dec 17, 2010. 11:00 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Commodities and the 130+ Year Bear Market [View article]
    I love it! I love it. Luddites exposed. "BOTTLEnecks" indeed...just a bunch of bureaucratic ninnies (as under Jimmy Carter then and the Anointed One now). Once your hyperventilating about one commodity (lumber) no longer works go to another (whale oil) then another (petroleum) and now on the ga-gag list for luddsters, WATER! Only a commodity trader would want you to invest in something that falls freely from the sky! The middle east might run short of water sometime soon: we can trade em a barrel of oil for a barrel of water.

    More fun than a barrel of monkeys!
    Dec 16, 2010. 03:32 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Lithium-ion a Dead-End Electric Drive Technology? [View article]
    (1) Methinks I hear a bit of cassandras creeping in when we talk about our future. Keep in mind that PER CAPITA oil consumption in the US has been falling for decades and is now lower than any time since 1967. On a GDP unit basis, the decline has been even more pronounced. Nothing I see in the future will reverse this already generational decline.

    (2) Isn't the fact the REE article appeared in the NYTimes enough to make you realize it would be howling point for those who have had to abandon global warmingism as the hair shirt worn by Limousine Liberals? Most rare earths are no more rare than many metals which are all around us. The same people who bark CHINA CHINA CHINA are the ones who thought the Japs owned the future in 1985.

    (3) One thing I love about this discussion board is that you realize how many things there are changing around us that will affect (in this case) battery usage. Material science was not my emphasis in science when I was younger but it sure seems t be relevant now.
    Dec 16, 2010. 03:01 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Lithium-ion a Dead-End Electric Drive Technology? [View article]

    I'm not so sure your speculation didn't just prove John's point. With the exception of 'high end cars,' not ONE EXAMPLE of your applications of lithium batteries has to do with meaningful transportation alternatives.

    << I would not be at all surprised to see Li-Ion in high-end golf carts, fork lifts, scissor-lifts, etc. in a few years, now that the price-per-deep-cycle for Li-Ion has dropped so much recently.>>

    If it will take a few years for Golf carts and scissorlifts, I can only imagine the time it will take for Joe Sixpack.

    Someone said it on another discussion board: if you can carry it, use batteries. If it carries you, use gasoline.
    Dec 16, 2010. 01:54 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Lithium-ion a Dead-End Electric Drive Technology? [View article]
    Do I give Corvette buyers a 10,000 tax credit? Do I give Escalade buyers a 10,000 tax credit?
    Dec 15, 2010. 03:01 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Two Strategic Metal ETFs Go Head-to-Head: Rare Earth Metals vs. Lithium [View article]
    You are chicken poop on lead acid. LA batteries have been recycled completely and massively for decades.
    Dec 15, 2010. 01:08 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Get Ready for the e-Commerce Internet Tax [View article]
    An internet based sales tax is just a ruse by high sales tax states to get no-sales tax states to subsidize them. Before, to avoid confiscatory taxes you had to relocate to another state. Now, you can just relocate to the internet, which is (as any gamer will tell you) is a world of its own.

    Face it: the power of government is declining, including the power to tax. The rest of your post is just Obamamania redistributive pap. Instead of having one efficient waitress in a restaurant, why not INCREASE EMPLOYMENT by hiring two INEFFICIENT waitresses! Such foolishness was addressed and destroyed by economists centuries ago.
    Dec 15, 2010. 10:30 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Cap and Trade - A Train Wreck [View article]
    Since the EPA thinks that Carbon Dioxide is a pollutant, the first step if to insist employees of that whacko agency stop exhaling.

    Second, to protect some very endangered and oppressed anaerobic species, I suggest the EPA list oxygen as a pollutant.

    Cap and trade was one of several good ideas for addressing carbon emissions; but as it became porked out, I opposed it as well.
    Dec 14, 2010. 03:45 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment