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James Quinn is a senior director of strategic planning for a major university. James has held financial positions with a retailer, homebuilder and university in his 25-year career. Those positions included treasurer, controller, and head of strategic planning. He is married with three boys and... More
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  • doubleguns
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    James, I don't see why you are so upset. It is a very long, very good article and at the burning platform is it fine. SA is more into the markets today not this type of historical cause and effect. It just is not timely as to what is effecting the markets at this very moment.

     

    Keep up the good posts, I enjoy them. Don't feel SA is putting the disc on you, they are not in my humble opinion.
    12 Aug 2009, 10:46 AM Reply Like
  • susansong
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    James, the more you complain, the more immature and petty you sound. If you hate Seeking Alpha so much, why are you one a Seeking Alpha author! You can't expect them to publish every single one of your articles. With your attitude, I'm surprised they publish any at all!
    12 Aug 2009, 11:11 AM Reply Like
  • Barry Blogs
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    Quinn writes some good stuff but throwing tantrums isn't becoming.
    12 Aug 2009, 11:35 AM Reply Like
  • speeddaimon
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    He talks about one paragraph ads, yet most of his comments are just a link to his site, nothing else. While I appreciate the attempt to drive traffic to your site to increase page views and ad views, maybe if you left insightful comments people would be more likely to visit your site. Just a thought.
    12 Aug 2009, 11:39 AM Reply Like
  • Dan Katz
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    Agreed.
    12 Aug 2009, 11:41 AM Reply Like
  • James Quinn
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    Author’s reply » I'm not really upset. The title of the instablog is meant to grab attention. I could really care less about Seeking Alpha. I want people to come to my website.

     

    They have a history of driving away the best bloggers. Mike Shedlock and Barry Ritholtz told them to take a hike.

     

    I'll post the links to my articles within my instablog from now on.
    12 Aug 2009, 12:18 PM Reply Like
  • I.H.
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    Great article James. But what does the US education system have to do with investing on Seeking Alpha? I'm afraid in this case, the editors were right to leave this on your instablog. Don't get so upset over it, it just makes you look silly and unprofessional.
    12 Aug 2009, 12:21 PM Reply Like
  • James Quinn
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    Author’s reply » Yes your right. What does intelligence and education have to do with investing. It is clear the two have nothing in common. Not really upset. The title seems to be working. It is called marketing. Picked up 5 new followers and I didn't even post the article on SA.

     

    On Aug 12 12:21 PM I.H. wrote:

     

    > Great article James. But what does the US education system have to
    > do with investing on Seeking Alpha? I'm afraid in this case, the
    > editors were right to leave this on your instablog. Don't get so
    > upset over it, it just makes you look silly and unprofessional.
    12 Aug 2009, 12:23 PM Reply Like
  • I.H.
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    Glad to hear you aren't as upset as you sound. But I don't think you are being fair - Seeking Alpha is very successful with millions of readers and thousands of authors (including you). They must be doing something right :)

     

    And remember, this is a financial site. You could always submit the article to other sites like Huffington Post.
    12 Aug 2009, 12:26 PM Reply Like
  • I.H.
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    It's cheap, spammy advertising. The title was very misleading and sensationalistic. True, it got me to click on your post. But it didn't leave me impressed. My impression of you decreased because of it, not increased. And I did add you to my follow list, but only because I was curious to see what your response would be. I come to Seeking Alpha for articles about finance. I'll go to Huff or other sites if I want to read about politics, sports, etc.

     

    This instablog post of yours is entertaining, but not from a respectable point of view. I wouldn't be surprised if some of your followers were following you because of this. You are a talented writer, stick to the good stuff and don't bother with these silly antics - mudslinging and fake headlines. It only damages your standing in the financial community here.
    12 Aug 2009, 12:34 PM Reply Like
  • TradingHelpDesk
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    We are all here to increase our knowledge about markets aren't we? It's a decent article but I can't see the direct relevance to what SA is about - markets, investing, trading, etc. It's not even about education within our industry.

     

    I can't see how SA is at fault here. If they published this, next we would have articles on cooking because traders eat lunch at their desks.
    12 Aug 2009, 12:52 PM Reply Like
  • James Quinn
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    Author’s reply » People can decide whether they want to read my articles or not. I don't worry about my standing in the SA community.

     

    On Aug 12 12:34 PM I.H. wrote:

     

    > It's cheap, spammy advertising. The title was very misleading and
    > sensationalistic. True, it got me to click on your post. But it didn't
    > leave me impressed. My impression of you decreased because of it,
    > not increased. And I did add you to my follow list, but only because
    > I was curious to see what your response would be. I come to Seeking
    > Alpha for articles about finance. I'll go to Huff or other sites
    > if I want to read about politics, sports, etc.
    >
    > This instablog post of yours is entertaining, but not from a respectable
    > point of view. I wouldn't be surprised if some of your followers
    > were following you because of this. You are a talented writer, stick
    > to the good stuff and don't bother with these silly antics - mudslinging
    > and fake headlines. It only damages your standing in the financial
    > community here.
    12 Aug 2009, 12:52 PM Reply Like
  • Pax Americana
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    Dear James, please stop reponding to this Article as you coming over as shallow and immature.

     

    On Aug 12 12:18 PM James Quinn wrote:

     

    > I'm not really upset. The title of the instablog is meant to grab
    > attention. I could really care less about Seeking Alpha. I want people
    > to come to my website.
    >
    > They have a history of driving away the best bloggers. Mike Shedlock
    > and Barry Ritholtz told them to take a hike.
    >
    > I'll post the links to my articles within my instablog from now on.
    12 Aug 2009, 01:44 PM Reply Like
  • optionsgirl
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    Anything run by government is a disaster. Why should the public school system be any different?
    12 Aug 2009, 02:11 PM Reply Like
  • doubleguns
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    The truth of that statement was never so pertinent as it is now with the healthcare fiasco underway.

     

    On Aug 12 02:11 PM optionsgirl wrote:

     

    > Anything run by government is a disaster. Why should the public school
    > system be any different?
    12 Aug 2009, 02:28 PM Reply Like
  • John Lounsbury
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    Jim - - -

     

    I thoughly enjoyed your article on education on The Burning Platform. It caused me to think about the education system, and I came up with an education pyramid, which I posted on my Instablog. I think it is a good opportunity for stimulating discussion. I also posted a topic addressing the pyramid on The Burning Platform, looking for additional discussion there.

     

    With regard to Seeking Alpha not posting what I try to link from my Instablog (and submitted directly before the Instablog was implemented), I have always found that they either (1) asked me to flesh out what I was trying to say (they don't like me to just offer data snippets or quotes from others without extensive original interpretation/commentary from me) or (2) to relate the topic investment activity. I suspect the second is the reason for difficulty with the editors looking at "American Idiots".

     

    With regard to reason (1) above, I have observed they do not have editorial review restrictions as rigorous for some contributors. I live with that situation and hope that the rigor applied to me will become universally applied, and not that requirements on my contributions will be relaxed.

     

    Jim, just keep writing. Your readers will find you even when you have something good not accepted by SA.
    12 Aug 2009, 03:12 PM Reply Like
  • Tom Armistead
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    James, I recently had a submission that was not published, like you I was upset. The article in question was well-researched and thoughtful, on "financialism," which has become a blanket term for what's wrong with the financial system, trading for tradings sake, HFT, transactions that are purely speculative or manipulative in nature and have little if any connection with the real economy, etc.

     

    I was aware when submitting it of what their requirements are, which are clearly stated, but hoped for a waiver on the grounds what I had to say was important, at least in my opinion. However, this type of philosophical or moral discussion doesn't produce any investabe ideas so when the article was not published I figured I would polish it up and submit it in venues where it would be more appropriate.

     

    So I don't see any reason for you to take it personally, they have to draw a line somewhere or S-A would lose its fundamental character as an investment website. You can put anything you want into the instablog, if your followers are interested in what you have to say they will read it there.
    12 Aug 2009, 03:58 PM Reply Like
  • claremont
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    James, I like your articles, but you would be well served if you went easy on the ALL CAPS LOCK TITLES.

     

    I read the beginning of the article, and while I think it is interesting and well thought out, its understandable that it was rejected. Its style and historical orientation are clearly somewhat outside of the traditional seeking alpha mold, and I think the editors of the site want to avoid going into that territory, which makes sense. If they include things like that, they are going to get a lot more similar submissions, and the site's focus will get watered down and move away from its specialty.

     

    You are not getting censored, and you are not being targeted for your political views. Keep in mind that nothing I said should be interpreted as a criticism or attack on views you express in your articles.
    12 Aug 2009, 04:53 PM Reply Like
  • You're Kidding
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    optionsgirl said:
    "Anything run by government is a disaster. Why should the public school system be any different?"

     

    and doubleguns said:
    "The truth of that statement was never so pertinent as it is now with the healthcare fiasco underway."

     

    I would like to point out that government run Medicare, although not perfect, is far superior to private care in terms of efficiency. The overhead of the private health sector is about 30%. This means that 30 cents out of every dollar that comes in, goes to just running the program (including profits) and only 70 cents to actual health care. Care to guess what the overhead of Medicare is?

     

    Try between 1% and 2%.

     

    I know its topical to detest the "government" for everything its involved in, but if everyone was covered under Medicare, the country would be far better off in terms of the money saved and the care given.

     

    But you two above may never understand this because you have been brainwashed by greedy corporate interests that want to keep their disgusting gravy train of profits rolling on forever, as they deny care to those deserving, and people suffer and die unnecessarily in far too many cases. (Does someone you care about have to die unnecessarily before you understand this?)

     

    Of course, you have to do some research and pay attention to what's really going on, below the superficial jingoisms and empty statements like, "Anything run by government is a disaster," and, "...the healthcare fiasco," in order to understand this.

     

    But even you guys know the difference between 1-2% and 30%, right?

     

    And what do you think the "government" is, anyway? Some alien invasion force from another planet?

     

    Its "us." We ARE The government.

     

    "We" are also private enterprise, too, of course. But it really doesn't take that many brain cells to realize that private enterprise is way too interested in making money, to the detriment of all else, and what we all lose when greed runs big institutions.

     

    Or, are you two for privatizing more government institutions? How about the military? Would you like to privatize the military? Should we turn over the military to, say, Blackwater? Wouldn't that be a great idea...

     

    There are things the government best handles, and there are things private enterprise does best. Its a good idea to understand the intrinsic difference and not make silly, blanket statements about either, don't ya think?
    13 Aug 2009, 12:54 AM Reply Like
  • doubleguns
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    1-2%. Now theres a blanket statement for ya, don't ya think!!!

     

    Site your reference please!!!!

     

    I work in the healthcare field and deal with medicaid and medicare. They do not pay enough to remain in business. The insurance payemnts subsidize the lack of payment from these programs. Many doctors will not accept these insurance for that very reason. How do you expect them to pay for staff, office equip, medical equip, student loans, rent,utilities and the list goes on and on.

     

    We have people waiting 3 months to get a filling we are so backed up. There is suffering for ya!!!! That is an example of the rationing that is presently going on. HOW MUCH RATIONING AND SUFFERING WILL HAPPEN WITH YOUR IDEA OF A WONDERFUL PROGRAM. A WHOLE LOT MORE!!!!!

     

    I agree we need REFORM but we do not need REPLACEMENT. There is a hugh difference. You dont seem to understand that difference and the implications of that choice. SSI, medicare, medicaid, fannie mae, freddie mac and even our country is broke because politicians have run them into the ground. I do not want them to come anywhere near another program to run into the ground on the backs of taxpayers. NO THANK-YOU.

     

    Ya might want to rethink that brain washed line of yours and consider who the party stooge in this discussion is.
    14 Aug 2009, 10:57 AM Reply Like
  • doubleguns
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    A few of the problems with the proposed health care. Is this what america wants from health care.

     

    1. Page 22 of H.R. 3200 mandates that the federal government will audit the books of all employers that self insure.

     

    2. Page 30, Sec 123 of H.R. 3200 states that a federal government committee will decide what treatments/benefits will be given in place of the patient or provider.

     

    3. Page 354, Sec 1177 of H.R. 3200 states that the federal government will restrict the enrollment of special needs patients.

     

    4. Page 42 of H.R. 3200 states that the Health Choices Commissioner will choose individual health care benefits instead of individuals or their providers.

     

    5. Page 50, Section 152, of H.R. 3200 states that health care will be provided to all non US citizens, illegal or otherwise.

     

    6. Page 58, of H.R. 3200 states that the federal government will have real time access to individuals' finances and that a National ID health care card will be issued.

     

    7. Page 59 of H.R. 3200, lines 21 24 state that the federal government will have access to individual bank accounts for electronic funds transfer, and seizure of individual funds.

     

    8. Page 72, lines 8 14 of H.R. 3200 state that the federal government is creating a health care exchange to bring all private health care plans under federal government control.

     

    9. Page 84 of H.R. 3200, Sec 203 states that federal government mandates all benefit packages for private health care plans in the Exchange.

     

    10. Page 95 of H.R. 3200, lines 8 18 states that the federal government will use groups i.e., ACORN and Americorps, to sign up individuals for Federal government health care plan.

     

    11. Page 124 of H.R. 3200, lines 24 25 state that no company can sue federal government on price fixing. There will be no "judicial review" against a federal government monopoly.

     

    12. Page 127 of H.R. 3200, lines 1 16 state that the federal government will determine physician salary regardless of training and experience.

     

    13. Page 145 of H.R. 3200, lines 15 17 state that all Employers must auto enroll employees into public option plan.

     

    14. Page 126 of H.R. 3200, lines 22 25 state that employers must pay for health care for part time employees and their families.

     

    15. Page 149 of H.R. 3200, lines 16 24 state that any Employer with payroll 400k & above, who does not provide public option, pays an 8% tax on all payrolls.

     

    16. Page 150 of H.R. 3200, lines 9 13 state that businesses with payroll between 25,000 and 400,000, who don't provide public option, must pay 2 6% tax on all payrolls.

     

    17. Page 167 of H.R. 3200, lines 18 23 state that any individual who doesn't have acceptable health care according to the federal government will be taxed an additional 2.5% of income.

     

    18. Page 195 of H.R. 3200 states that the officers and employees of the health care Admin will have access to all Americans' finances/personal records.

     

    19. Page 203 of H.R. 3200, lines 14 15 state: "The tax imposed under this section shall not be treated as tax."

     

    20. Page 239, H.R. 3200, lines 14 24 state that the federal government WILL REDUCE PHYSICIAN SERVICES for Medicaid Seniors, and low income people.

     

    21. Page 241 of H.R. 3200, lines 6 8 state that regardless of training or experience, all physician salaries will be determined by the federal
    government.

     

    22. Page 425 of H.R. 3200, lines 4 12 state federal government mandates Advance Care Planning Consultations for the elderly.

     

    23. Page 425 of H.R. 3200, lines 17 19, state that the federal government will mandate and instruct living wills, durable powers of attorney.

     

    24. Page 426 lines 1 3 state that the federal government will provide an approved list of end of life resources, guiding patients in death.

     

    25. Page 427 of H.R. 3200, lines 15 24 state that the federal government mandates program for orders for end of life. The federal government has a say in how patients' lives end.

     

    26. Page 429 of H.R. 3200, lines 1 9 state that an "advance care planning consult" will be used frequently as patients health deteriorates.

     

    27. Page 429 of H.R. 3200, lines 10 12 state that an "advance care consultation" may include an ORDER FOR END OF LIFE plans.

     

    28. Page 429 of H.R. 3200, lines 13 25 state that the federal government will specify which Doctors can write an end of life order.

     

    29. Page 430 of H.R. 3200, lines 11 15 state that the federal government, not physicians or their patients, will decide what level of treatment will be available at the end of life.

     

    Can you say fiasco!!!!!
    14 Aug 2009, 02:41 PM Reply Like
  • TeresaE
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    You forgot to add the FIFTY THREE new government departments.

     

    Many of your snippets are chilling enough, then add FIFTY THREE more Postal Service Type departments and SEE what this is becoming.

     

    Thank you so much doubleguns, I am sick of being bashed for "blocking progress that reform will bring."

     

    Those fools such as You're Kidding will be blindsided when the inevitable deaths start happening as the reality of over 50 million people, many with pre-existing conditions and weight/depression issues, hits the health care community virtually overnight.

     

    And the reality that for most employers, who are struggling to just keep the doors open under reduced sales and increased regulation (before health care), will do one of two (or both) things: Fire 25% or more of their staff to pay for this. Or, pay the fine (less than insurance) and knock every one of their employees off insurance altogether.

     

    At the same time that insurance premiums and pharmaceutical usage will skyrocket.

     

    Love it when a good plan comes together.
    18 Aug 2009, 12:56 PM Reply Like
  • TeresaE
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    Sorry James for not keeping comments relevant to the discussion.

     

    But, in my defense, isn't government mismanagement relative to your discussion?

     

    I read this last week and will restate my feelings here.

     

    You sir, are an anomaly in our educational system. Keep up the great work.
    18 Aug 2009, 12:59 PM Reply Like
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