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    Jul 13, 2011 7:44 AM

    "Falls" by Stan Bruns
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  • Author’s reply » Prior Comment from QC #185:


    When it comes to GDP calculations, this is a case of "everyone does it". When we were over-building what ended being untold millions of empty, foreclosed and never-sold properties, their construction was certainly included in the GDP numbers at the time.


    This is an area where the keynesian vision of the universe leads one down a black hole.... That pouring money into massive numbers of men digging holes, and even more massive numbers immediately re-filling them, gets counted as GDP.


    13 Jul 2011, 07:47 AM Reply Like
  • I was going to wait until (PSEC) got close to $9.50 to add it. Am i being too aggressive as far as a lower price. My concern if it dropped that low they might cut their dividend as well. Any thoughts


    13 Jul 2011, 08:29 AM Reply Like


    Watch the Yen.


    The move by China to drive up the value of the Yen (and increase pressure for Japanese technology firms to move operations to China - this ties into REE and other commodity battles, of course) continues.


    Yuan peg to dollar will continue while this passion spiele continues.


    Japan is whining, but their very weak government will do little, they are trapped.


    Dollar is likely to continue to weaken vs the Yen.


    Asymmetrical currency moves vs other major currencies (particularly Euro and Pound, but also Swiss franc and Brazilian real) will occur.


    Currency wars are heating up, putting pressure in places not necessarily on the MSM radar.


    Plans assuming a strong dollar may be in deep trouble.
    13 Jul 2011, 11:37 AM Reply Like
  • Just sold all paper gold and silver and remaining bars at monex. Thanks to Ben we got a big pop today in metals prices. When debt limit is raised next week or two expect dollar to strengthen and metals to fall for a buy in point somewhere after that.


    Dont know how long the stronger dollar lasts however after that. Seems doomed over the long run.


    Ben was good for something today.
    13 Jul 2011, 11:42 AM Reply Like
  • Looking over the Fed minutes, it was an amazing piece of agitprop.


    It had a headline for EVERYBODY.


    Anyone wishing for more QE saw more QE coming.


    Anyone wishing for higher interest rates saw higher interest rates coming.


    Anyone wishing for stronger rules and a more conservative Fed saw those, too.


    TIghtening? Ditto.


    Loosening? Ditto.


    Stronger dollar? Ditto.


    Weaker dollar? Ditto.


    The market is wearing blinders en masse today.




    I believe some will wake up and realize the massive contradictions in this worthless pile of paper, and run for the hills.
    13 Jul 2011, 11:55 AM Reply Like
  • "M Theory Politics!" Eleven dimensions of collusion, illusion and delusion.
    13 Jul 2011, 02:45 PM Reply Like
  • ...and running for the hills will also have them running for PMs. Great day today... portfolio gained nearly 5%. PMs may sink with a new QE but that is not happening just yet. I think the rest of this week still holds some good gains potential for PMs. My stops are in place but frankly I don't think any of them trigger this week. SIRI also had a nice run today.


    With all the ups and downs I still say PMs are the place to be!
    13 Jul 2011, 04:01 PM Reply Like
  • Actuallly QE3 WILL help the pm's . The more they print the higher they go,,,,,,and they will be printing, i don;t care what they say the machines have been greased for the big run !!!


    14 Jul 2011, 10:34 PM Reply Like
  • Double down on (EGO) gold .
    13 Jul 2011, 12:13 PM Reply Like
  • EXK and AVL and the current target for Gold is $1650-1700.


    I wouldn't sweat the small moves but a $100 pop could signify the end of upside pressure
    13 Jul 2011, 12:40 PM Reply Like
  • While the POTUS and death eaters run around the media circus decrying Republicans and telling everyone in earshot that Social Security, Medicare and veterans/retirees benefits may not be paid the treasury report says different.
    13 Jul 2011, 01:09 PM Reply Like
  • "What are you going to believe, me or your own two eyes"?
    13 Jul 2011, 02:33 PM Reply Like
  • PAL is busting out, I missed the move, congrats to those holding...
    13 Jul 2011, 02:35 PM Reply Like
  • TB: Greetings. North American Palladium (PAL) announced it will be producing gold from it's Quebec mine next year. IIRC we discussed this a couple of months ago when the stock dipped. Nice move today thanks.
    13 Jul 2011, 02:57 PM Reply Like
  • Hellooooo...


    GWM is busting out too, up over 12% and accelerating...


    Long and overweight GWMGF.
    13 Jul 2011, 02:36 PM Reply Like


    I like the thinking here....


    LOL, probably because it makes me feel better sitting on a mountain of cash right now.
    13 Jul 2011, 02:59 PM Reply Like
  • Bank of America (BAC) may have more troubles ahead as new plaintiffs are emerging regarding MBS based on Country Wide trash. The NY AG is making noises as well. I own BAC which would suffer. I also own Metropolitan Life ((MET) and Principle Financial (PFG) which would benefit. Go figure
    13 Jul 2011, 03:04 PM Reply Like
  • (CPST): ... Third Service Blanket Order Valued at $8.6 Million From Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX)



    Be aware that over the last couple of months it has *not* been unusual to see PPS tank big time on good news. My feeling is that a combination of profit taking after a short rise and shorters doing their thing.


    Today's one-minute chart seems to indicate that this scenario may be playing out as the initial early share-price rise has been mostly given back already.


    14 Jul 2011, 10:42 AM Reply Like
  • The times are a-changing....


    My high school has passed a measure for participation in extracurricular activities. $75 for interscholastic sports. $50 to be in the marching band. $25 for intramural, club sports or select competition groups:




    Surely, my high school is not the first to create funds this way. I recall that I was responsible, back in the day, for buying a mouth guard. Everything else was provided, free. The wild part is that this is a humongous high school, with a well run football program, which was the PA Quad A state champion last year.


    Most large high school football programs are profitable entities, which help pay for the band, and the more minor sports.


    Gouging of the hard working, tax paying middle class continues.


    Another little fact is that back in 1974, North Allegheny built a football stadium that cost more than the building of Cleveland stadium about 50 years earlier; this fact floored my old man.




    Re-intitiated a small position in Exide at $7.14.
    14 Jul 2011, 01:00 PM Reply Like
  • MAYA


    Now add to that i am a high school sports official, before my back surgery i was rated #5 in my section of over 125 umpires for girls softball, boys and girls basketball, and boys and girls soccer...


    We voted to take a freeze this year. But here is the rub, I am sure you attended games and seen what were called GAME MONITORS. Do you know that at a teaches salary, because all positions were held by teachers, they made MORE money than us !!!


    Now you played basketball, do you think a Varsity official should make less money than the friiggen monitor that did absolutlely nothing....and i mean nothing..


    I officiated soccer and a fight would break out on the field, fine my job was to take numbers and call it into my assignor. What annoyed me was where were the monitors keeping the fans from running onto the field.


    I will tell you one story that should have cost the coach his job. About 10 years ago a rivalry soccer game wa being played and we warned the players pre game we were calling a tight game to keep in under control,


    Well don't you know a fight breaks out, the benches clear. Now all i can do is step back and take numbers so the kid get suspended. The coach had his best player switch shirts with another sub on the sideline so that the sub was essentially ejected and had to serve the suspension.


    I saw it, i reported that incident to the athletic director, my assignor, and my Preident of soccer officials. Do you know absoluetly nothing was done to the coach. He still kept his job, still has it, Now because of my back i asked to be put down to 7th and 8 th grade level just for exercise...I go to his school and don't you know he is now coaching the lower level. Comes over to give me a big hug and i cannot repeat what i told i thought of what he did years prior, what message he was sending to the kids, and if he even asked me how much time was left in the half he was getting red carded and i was gonna make up a nice story to get him banned


    Well he sat on the bench for 90 minutes and never said a word..I know i vented but my initial point is high school sports is getting hit from all over, yet i wonder if the game monitors are taking less money to essentially sit and do nothing !!!




    Final profit on my silver was 116% profit !!!!!!! Sorry for story telling
    18 Jul 2011, 09:20 PM Reply Like
  • adding absolutely nothing, selling absolutely nothing.


    Hoping FSC drops to $10 or AGNC below $26.


    AGNC has a dble top in place or a M formation.


    The Transports hit a new all time high, the Dow failed to hit a new high. Negative divergence in place.


    GL all
    14 Jul 2011, 01:14 PM Reply Like


    Shoot. I hate this, I really do. I'm simply tired of the morons in Washington like Wormtail playing their games - and the confusion which results.


    So now Wall Street is "re-evaluating Wormtail's comments".


    Ha. Its surreal. Our entire culture is now hostage to a combination of short attention span analists with reading comprehision issues and the slime like Wormtail who use it to their own agenda.
    14 Jul 2011, 02:37 PM Reply Like
  • Yesterday, on C-Span, I inconcievably saw the Bernanke answer a Ron Paul question as to whether Bernanke thought gold is money (paraphrasing): "Gold is not money. It's an asset, like treasuries."


    6000 years of gold coins being made...are now not money? Don't the US Mints make a ton of money from stamping out gold coins? Doesn't the IRS single out gold bullion to coins as a "collectable," taxed at a higher 28% rate? Isn't an ounce of gold equal to over $1500 right now? Didn't Utah just pass a bill that stated gold can be used in subsitute of US currency? Are not central banks accepting gold in payment, rather the US dollars?


    14 Jul 2011, 03:13 PM Reply Like
  • You don't expect "The Fiat Czar" to admit there's a competing non-fiat currency do you?


    14 Jul 2011, 03:36 PM Reply Like
  • Voldemort has made one of the biggest political blunders of all time. Just last year he told the world that the Social Security Trust Fund is solvent through 2037 and Medicare has a few years left too. Now he's telling us that there is no Social Security Trust Fund and neither program is solvent through the end of August. You would think some brilliant pundit or news anchor would have picked up on that eh?
    14 Jul 2011, 05:17 PM Reply Like
  • Guess where I "may" be on July 20th? Will be clearing up the schedule tomorrow, to try to make this happen. Heck, going over to western PA anyway, might as well time the trip so I can write it off!

    14 Jul 2011, 05:25 PM Reply Like
  • We expect a full report...


    Let us know which hotel you stay in. My suggestion, book a room in the event facility if at all possible. Worth the money, in my experience.
    14 Jul 2011, 06:39 PM Reply Like
  • He-he - I can't resist.


    We'll get right after he finishes his book! >8-O
    <*ducks flying shoes*>


    14 Jul 2011, 08:34 PM Reply Like
  • Deserved!


    Too bad I'll do it through email, and you won't get the report in time with others.


    Take that! ;-)
    14 Jul 2011, 08:41 PM Reply Like
  • Already on it, Trip. However, the event facility is New Castle Golf Club. Having played there before in a tournament, I know there are no rooms on site. Already have suggested for JP to provide me with a list of questions, too.


    Still have to re-schedule an appointment with a consignment store, a family doc appointment...that little ransom for prescription thingy, an appointment here with a painter and carpenter, and, on the 21st, I'm scheduled to get the chicklets cleaned.


    So it's not a done deal, yet. 70/30, I'm going.
    14 Jul 2011, 07:19 PM Reply Like
  • God i love holding my physical !!!!! Just can;t wait to see its value in a year from now....Giddyup cowboys !!!!


    14 Jul 2011, 10:37 PM Reply Like
  • Sandstorm. Came across this stock talk catching up on the last two days. My knowledge on Sandstorm is low, but didn't see any comments mentioning this in the QC or Compass, and know its being traded (and well) by TB and others:
    "Clemens Scholl: Sandstorm Metals STTYF.PK in copper streaming deal with Xstrata-partner Donner Metals DONFF.PK and gas stream with Thunderbird TBDYF.PK"
    15 Jul 2011, 04:36 AM Reply Like
  • Absolutely. I love the Sandstorm "family". The natural gas streaming is something new (and I mean NEW for the entire industry). I expect BIG results from STTYF. I only have a small position thus far, I have had to begin accumulating these microcaps in my primary retirement account (which is HEAVY in cash) since my small accounts where I normally trade the pennies have little dry powder (I have been buying up SNDXF, SDXXF and TAMO like mad, plus some rare earth juniors like NOURF and GWMGF).


    I particularly like the SDXXF warrants, which have already more than doubled since I entered them in May, and I believe will continue to appreciate going foward (I continue to accumulate on dips).


    Freya, I would invite you to look over STTYF and see what you think of the streaming concept as applied to the NG arena. You are wise in that energy sector.
    15 Jul 2011, 10:40 AM Reply Like
  • (XIDE): Launches new revamped web site.



    15 Jul 2011, 08:07 AM Reply Like
  • Every seldom once in a while, things just fall into place. If I don't break a leg, I will be in New Castle attending Axion's shareholders meeting.


    Very cool to be able to piggyback this meeting onto an already intended trip, and now be able to write off the trip.


    Expecting a return call from Lisa Herrington, Executive Adminstrator, to advise on where best to stay.


    JP has already submitted a question for me to ask. Looking forward to Granville's reaction when I explain the origin of that question. If any of you have a question, please PM me and I will see what I can do.




    Big news (indirectly) for us TAMO freaks. Oil Sands Quest is up over 60% today on news of Saskatchewan granting permits for their Axe Lake project. Volume is astronomical today.
    15 Jul 2011, 01:58 PM Reply Like
  • C&Ped this in from Phil Davis' "Wake Up America" article just up on the board:


    "Our $50.2Bn trade deficit for May was more than the $42.7Bn that economorons expected. They cannot grasp the concept that when oil is at $100, it tends to add to the trade deficit.


    That's right, last May (2010), we imported 357M barrels of petroleum products and paid $27.7Bn for them but this May, we imported 350M barrels and paid $38.7Bn for them. If you pay MUCH MORE MONEY for the same stuff - THAT's INFLATION!"




    Nope. No inflation out there, Mr. Fed Chairman.
    15 Jul 2011, 04:27 PM Reply Like
  • NJ is funny state, and a tricky one. They have to lowest gas prices around but the locals know the trick. YOU have to pay in cash for the lower price. The kicker is the state does not allow you to pump your own gas either. So you can hand them your debit card, drive away and never know you paid 10 cents or more per gallon than advertised....


    So be careful coming up North you travelers...
    16 Jul 2011, 04:36 PM Reply Like
  • There used to be a scam by gas station attendants known as "hanging the pump." but it is not nearly as effective or frequently used these days of high gas prices. Back in the good old days when gas was a buck or two a gallon, some customers would stop in for a quick 5 or 10 dollar refill. Attendants would then "hang the pump" on the lever that reset the pump and when the next customer came in and asked "to fill it up" the tank would begin filling from the 5 or 10 dollar mark and the attendant would pocket the original 5 or 10 dollars. Too many people these days get $20 or more so it is tougher for the attendant to get away with "hanging" the pump. There may be other methods of cheating by attendants but that one is the only one I'm aware of. To this day I always make sure I turn around and watch the attendant reset the pump to $00.00 before pumping. Yes, I grew up in NJ.
    16 Jul 2011, 11:52 PM Reply Like
  • Gotta admit, cheap prices...But i go further i actually get ou of the car to streatch and watch at the same time. You just aged yourself with that story as i had friends maka a killing on doing exactly what you described..Pretty funny how they actually bragged how stupid drivers were,


    Wonder what method they use now. Still has to be a scam


    17 Jul 2011, 01:31 AM Reply Like
  • Folks


    I am looking for thoughts from the core group. If u have time i appreciate an opinion. AS we get closer and closer to default day i too wonder what the immediate impact besides the slide the market would probably take. Could it be as bad as i presented in my first instablog. Appreciate you taking a gander and dropping a line if you would like



    I am no Maya in my writing skills but i carry an inert fear that bad things will occur. In fact in just conversation at the pool people feel we already have a black eye. But is the black eye the worst of what could happen. Imagine a 5k drop in the market.. How would all of the world be affected. I am trying to turn a new leaf and open up my learning curve. Actually put some silver on Ebay to monitor the sales and people are all over it.


    So what is the worst that could happen if our two parties just become idiots and what about the pitfalls of all the qe's we will see just in different forms. How far has anyone gone yet in protecting their assets ... Appreciate give it some honest thoughts and appreciate an opinion,


    As you can see i have changed the topic from a stock to a market reaction from the damage done already. Am i way off base or are other doing things but are afraid to post it. The non believers are the easy posts. It is the believers in a possible world problem that may last for years is what i am looking for.


    17 Jul 2011, 11:28 PM Reply Like
  • Ahh...umm...Thanks Ace...but I'm not that great at writing. Others here are much better. Writing for me is unnatural. I was a jockstrap cheesesteak flipper, before undertaking the near impossible, without formal study or training.


    I'm much better at confabbing while smoking up some ribs, while hoisting beers to all comers, early and late.


    What I really do love, though, is learning the science of writing, and every once in a while, executing that learned science such that I have hopefully, possibly even successfully, conveyed my point.


    Debt deal will occur. Moody's ranking I'm far more worried about.
    18 Jul 2011, 02:27 AM Reply Like
  • Ace,


    There are certainly unthinkable possibilities so I prefer.... not to think about it. Like so many negotiations in sports, I think this one will be solved in the 11th hour. It may be a band aid rather than a "big" deal but i do not believe we will see catastophe in the market...NOT YET. If they just stick a band aid on this without serious concessions then it is a detour, not a repair.


    I simply find it hard to believe that knowing the consequences of failure, our government will default. Regardless of what happens in a week this is one really sad state of affairs.


    So who replaces Obama next year anyway?
    17 Jul 2011, 11:43 PM Reply Like
  • To me i look at what happened in todays market, Commodities through the roof, markets fallings. What was once good stocks at discounts. Now the big question " is it different this time "??


    This raising the debt ceiling solves nothing. Like adding more to my charge card. I am more interested in lowering what we owe. I do not see how besides riots in our streets as well....imho




    Not even gonna ask HTL what planet he learned to write on,,,,lol,,,


    19 Jul 2011, 01:45 AM Reply Like
  • 4real


    would you take a team of the FOX BUSINESS GIRLS...Pretty bright


    19 Jul 2011, 01:47 AM Reply Like
  • Here is one opinion what would happen. Now if it does what happens to you ??





    17 Jul 2011, 11:43 PM Reply Like
  • The Default and the Debt Ceiling are 2 different animals.


    When will the Interest on our outstanding Debt exceed GDP?
    18 Jul 2011, 03:12 AM Reply Like
  • Freya: Greetings. As you point out reaching the debt ceiling is not the same as defaulting on the debt. Just as reaching the credit limit on your Mastercard does not mean you are in default. President Obama with the assistance of his willing accomplices in the lame stream media is playing a political gambit. He is using a artificial time line to bolster the appearance of a fabricated crises to push through the legislature terms that are favorable to him. He wants to use the issue of tax rate increases to drive a wedge between TEA party activists and candidates and establishment Republicans. Should the debt ceiling be reached sans an agreement the POTUS will have to prioritize what gets paid for and what doesn't. He will then be required to explain and justify his decisions to the electorate. Ultimately if the Republicans remain unified and the Democrats present no plan the POTUS will most likely cave at the last second. He won't have much of a choice since he has not provided any guidance to his party other than blaming Republicans and would in all probability get most of the blame for anything that happens if a deal is not reached.
    18 Jul 2011, 02:53 PM Reply Like
  • Sorry, robert, I have to disagree. The underlying contest is one between a spoiled brat and his sychophants on one side, vs a staid but adult group on the other. Given the mutual suicide which awaits the set deadline, it strikes me as likely that the idiot child is likely to win simply because he really WILL let the whole thing slam the wall rather than yield.


    IF there was sufficient support in the Senate to override Voldemort it would be different...


    But that's the way it is.


    18 Jul 2011, 03:35 PM Reply Like
  • FBKZF... if I recall my studies correctly... think it will go down to $1.22... have a GTC buy in at $1.24 as I'm no scientist (which for that matter means it may go much lower)... currently trading at $1.299...


    Have a good day all !
    18 Jul 2011, 10:58 AM Reply Like
  • FBKZF... closed at 1.2298... picked up 2/3 of shares I had GTC on at $1.24 yesterday... this is a paper pulp for toilet paper stock...
    19 Jul 2011, 05:59 AM Reply Like
  • keep Fighting, all i know is my silver and gold are profiting, selling some to gain a profit. Grabbed a 100% profit on some physical in one year ....


    Not bad guys huh...


    18 Jul 2011, 04:07 PM Reply Like
  • Great rate of return, in anyone's portfolio.
    18 Jul 2011, 04:13 PM Reply Like
  • Congrats on that profit!


    Feels good whenever you get a win over the (manipulated) markets!


    18 Jul 2011, 04:19 PM Reply Like
  • WTG Ace. Profits in the bank are always a sign of progress.
    18 Jul 2011, 04:39 PM Reply Like
  • well it is nice to have great teachers and am learning to not be too greedy. Have enough but being disabled if certainly helps pay the bills.
    Anyone hear from Rattie lately ???


    18 Jul 2011, 05:52 PM Reply Like
  • ace: Greetings. He was posting earlier on the Hedge Shack and Compass 3.
    18 Jul 2011, 05:58 PM Reply Like
  • YaHoo!!! 100% Now that's investing :) Great job.
    18 Jul 2011, 07:18 PM Reply Like
  • Well Guys


    I thought i was smart as prices in silver kept rising. Being a noobie i really was stupid to not think the markets are manipulated. Boy did i learn what could happen. So my friend threw a few 100 oz bars on Ebay for me and seeing the markets confused today and the metals starting to rise it looks like the perfect storm.


    In fact the auction has not ended yet and i am over 100% profit. The second bar will end in three days. I am guessing that the govt will raise the ceiling , metals will come down a few bucks, and i can buy them back if i choose to from my vendor.


    But actually the money will be well spent by the wife on house bills with a big thank you !!!! Now watch, they won't agree on a ceiling. Silver will jump another 10 bucks an ounce and i will have egg on my face.


    But i have learned that you guys believe take your profits and don't look back. To me the markets are teetering. DG seems to have dug in someplace already. But i have a wife that has been very patient and quiet with a husband who can't move much with a bad back.


    So this actually gives me great pleasure as i can hand her a check to take some pressure off us and buy us some time. My gold ain't moving for a while


    So i applaud all who have taken time out to explain different aspects of the market to me. I do not day trade much. I did it a few times and i guess i was either lucky or i comprehended what all of you taught.


    Profit is money i never had !!!! Now i do...Focal , you wanted to know what my selling point was. Well here is one of them..


    18 Jul 2011, 08:00 PM Reply Like


    Nice overview of my favorite PM stock, SNDXF (or particularly their warrants, SDXXF). Sandstorm rocks.
    18 Jul 2011, 04:42 PM Reply Like
  • Talon Therapeutics (TLON) submitted it's NDA to the FDA for accelerated acceptance of Marquibo. Since this was expected a month ago PPS was relatively unaffected and dropped $0.01.
    18 Jul 2011, 04:43 PM Reply Like
  • More news on the manned commercial space flight front. If the Delta 5 is successful perhaps the venerable Saturn V heavy lift booster is going to make a come back next. New and improved of course.
    18 Jul 2011, 06:00 PM Reply Like
  • Life and casualty insurers could be going on sale shortly if any one is interested.
    18 Jul 2011, 06:28 PM Reply Like
  • VAERF update. Virginia Energy Resources, a stock that has an interest in Coles Hill uranium deposit in Virginia (top 10 in untapped uranium deposits) but is up against a ban on uranium mining in Virginia since 1982. I own a little because if the ban is going to get lifted, it will be with this governor. Here is a July 13 article I just came across where the governor sounds cautiously favorable:


    Despite having some other uranium properties outside of Virginia, this stock is probably between dead money and a big loser if the uranium ban does not get lifted, so take it for what it is: high risk.
    19 Jul 2011, 06:39 AM Reply Like
  • Interesting. I like to keep an eye on stocks with unique political problems - for politics can be extemely fluid.


    GDLNF is a company in a similar fix in Greenland (also includes strong REE deposit with the U).


    As for Virginia, Voldemort (my sobrique for the President, I find that spelling out his name attracts legions of search engine trolls) is once again in campaign mode, and it is looking like he may lose Virginia in 2012. In that case, he may also have negative coat-tails...


    There may be a strong shift in the composition of the state's legislature in 2013 as a result. Opportunity could come knocking...
    19 Jul 2011, 07:12 AM Reply Like
  • Pittsylvania County, where the potential mine site is, is the bright red tall block on the south border of Virginia with 3 purple blocks to the right and 1 purple block to the left on this map:


    Purple means 10% or higher unemployment, and the blocks are counties.


    If interested on the other side, in North Carolina, on this interactive map, Caswell county is the county directly south of Pittsylvania along NC's northern border:


    Working at a uranium mine is not a job I'd wish on my worst enemy, however I think the economics of the local region will be a factor.


    Back in May, I posted a laundry list of linked articles about issues this mine/company is facing (protest groups) in the first comment after this article:
    19 Jul 2011, 07:36 AM Reply Like
  • Greetings gang. Thanks for bringing this up Jon. I'm watching this situation for improvement. After the 2012 election should Voldemort lose I may open a position but not until. If he wins I'll keep watching as I'm absolutely certain he will not be of assistance in this area.
    19 Jul 2011, 10:17 AM Reply Like
  • Jon: Up in northwestern PA, Bradford County, famed for sometimes having the lowest daily temperarture in the lower 48, is enjoying a 3% unemployment rate.


    Thanks to the Marcellus shale formation.
    19 Jul 2011, 01:55 PM Reply Like
  • Thanks for that note Maya. I would think job creation and energy independence combo plays would be positive arguments to bring into elections, and therefore things politicians want to do, regardless of party...
    19 Jul 2011, 03:59 PM Reply Like
  • Jon, Springer: Greetings. Unfortunately that whole ideology thing comes into play. People who are getting the benefit of the "Spread the wealth." idea like it because they are unemployed/underemployed or ultra rich like Buffet and Soros. Those who are paying the freight not so much, which makes them pragmatic unreliable voters/supporters. When you are robbing Peter to pay Paul you can always count on Paul's support regardless of external factors. Peter on the other hand won't be such a happy camper and is more likely to vote his wallet and specific issues.
    19 Jul 2011, 04:12 PM Reply Like
  • The environmentalist movement has been shanghaied by failed leftists. No one should confuse "environmentalist politics" and what we once thought of as "environmentalism" as the same thing.
    19 Jul 2011, 04:55 PM Reply Like
  • Alexander & Baldwin (ALEX) has formed a JV to build a large PV farm. I'm not sure about it though as details are skimpy and this isn't in line with their core business.
    19 Jul 2011, 12:07 PM Reply Like
  • Capstone Turbine (CPST) has sold a C1000 for installation at a MA hospital. See the 08:33 entry.
    19 Jul 2011, 01:49 PM Reply Like
  • RBF: Thx for catching that! It was in my RSS feed, but I was oblivious!


    19 Jul 2011, 05:08 PM Reply Like
  • H.T.Love: Greetings. No problem sir you can't catch everything that comes along. That's what makes this a great investing site. Some one always has their eye on the ball. LOL.
    19 Jul 2011, 05:19 PM Reply Like
  • Why Norfolk Southern hired Axion Power to develop an "over the road" battery system.



    Pretty big down volume today, despite the conference tomorrow. Perhaps because the DOE has shifted their awards they'll be granting back to mid-August.
    19 Jul 2011, 02:05 PM Reply Like
  • (AXPW): I suspect it's down just because it was time. Looking over the last 10 days subsequent to 7/1 spike up, we'd been making a steady sequence of lower highs. After an initial few days of the lows doing the same, the lows flattened out while highs continued to drop.


    Today's action looks like capitulation as we had both a drop to, and a slight overshoot below, two support lines with a volume spike (~3 times 25 day average and highest since 6/8).


    So tomorrow, another foray to $0.62, *maybe* (good support @ $0.63) and it ought to hold close to there, *maybe* go flat a few days and then start back up.


    19 Jul 2011, 04:44 PM Reply Like
  • (CPST): Management presentation. 26 pages PDF.



    19 Jul 2011, 02:11 PM Reply Like
  • (AXPW): Added more for wife's account @ $0.63.


    19 Jul 2011, 02:12 PM Reply Like
  • I auto piloted @ $0.64. Tomorrow should be fun. A couple peeps over on Yahoo! Chat said they'll be there.




    I should have brought a paint scraper. Dust adherence factor worst I've ever encountered, anywhere. Ugh! Things toppled over, like there was an earthquake. Boxes scrunched up. Cobwebs everywhere. My locker would make the Addams Family proud. Long, long way from even making a dent. Body's contorted in ways a yoga master would not consider. Danger lurking everywhere, for this old coot. In the hotel mirror, my salted up, dust strewn hair stands starched straight as if this room is zero gravity. "Just For Men" now has a new competitor!


    Polished up some neat antiques I forgot I owned. Saddening to see the beautifully framed renderings of my old restaurants, which go right into the dumpster, when I rent one. That chapter's long over.
    19 Jul 2011, 03:49 PM Reply Like
  • Agrifeed Industries (FEED) is back in the buy box. The company is now going to start producing sausage in KS with hogs it raises in IA. Talk about an integrated business model.
    19 Jul 2011, 03:18 PM Reply Like
  • Dang, I like that... I was just reading about the explosive food inflation in China, with pork the #1 item going up in price...


    19 Jul 2011, 04:58 PM Reply Like
  • Funds have reached the point of capitulation in the Eurozone. They may reach that point here in just a few weeks. Got cash?
    19 Jul 2011, 03:40 PM Reply Like
  • Here is an update regarding life and casualty insurers going on sale as I posted upstream. If your portfolio is underweight this sector you may get some on the cheap at this juncture. However DD is requisite as all insurers are not created equal.
    Disclosure: I maintain long positions in Principle Financial (PFG) and Metropolitan Life (MET) and may buy more if the price comes down enough. Applied 13% stops on both today.
    19 Jul 2011, 03:57 PM Reply Like
  • (CRDC) Cardica announces first laparoscopic procedure using their micorcutter and stapler. Shares up 5.56% today. And another 7.74% in AH trading.


    Freya: Seems someone actually has learned how to use this fantastic new surgical technique.

    19 Jul 2011, 04:55 PM Reply Like
  • Any one holding Fairholme Funds (FAIRX) may want to reallocate those funds. Their overweight exposure to financials will likely produce significant headwinds for the foreseeable future.
    19 Jul 2011, 05:36 PM Reply Like
  • Expect energy and power related stocks to zoom up as the debt ceiling is resolved and European woes are toned down. Not the strength in potash stocks, oil stocks, oil related stocks, and almost anything energy related. It looks like a bounce off lows but I think it is maybe more than that.
    20 Jul 2011, 12:51 AM Reply Like
  • (July 20, 2011) Gold To Rise On U.S. Debt Limit Increase – Bloomberg Chart of the Day From: Zero Hedge, by Tyler Duran


    I think this is a chart to save in your research archives.
    20 Jul 2011, 07:25 AM Reply Like


    I agree with you. In fact i have seen several charts with the same facts. Now do you have any stats that show if gold could possibly break 2k this year.


    I know you are busy but i sent you a pm as well.


    20 Jul 2011, 10:19 PM Reply Like
  • No don't Ace...
    21 Jul 2011, 12:18 AM Reply Like
  • Related to Maya's Oil Sands Play


    (July 20, 2011) The Chinese state oil company CNOOC agrees to buy Canadian oil sands producer OPTI Canada for $2.1bn. From: BBC News


    The deal - which must be approved by regulators - is the latest move by state-run Chinese firms to buy stakes in North American oil producers.


    Canada's Alberta province is believed to have the third-largest reserves of oil in the world. However it is far more expensive to extract oil from Canada's oil sands than from conventional fields.
    20 Jul 2011, 07:41 AM Reply Like
  • When you cut the branch off a tree up here, oil comes out. Did you happen to see the movie Avatar? Those big trucks in the movie with the arrows stuck in the tires... those were the actual trucks up in Fort MacMurray. The scale of the operations up at the oil sands is just mind boggling. My son works "in the patch" as it's called. Pays him more than being a commercial pilot does. He did one stint when he worked 17 hours per day for 89 days straight. No time for drinking and carrying on, so you'd never find him in one of the bars up there... as seen in this video:
    20 Jul 2011, 04:33 PM Reply Like
  • Opti was in bankruptcy as of last week and selling for 12 cents -- but the assets -- 195 million barrels of proved reserves and another 535 million barrels of probable reserves -- make this a sweet deal for CNOOC. Fellow TAMO and BQI holders, take heart!
    20 Jul 2011, 05:59 PM Reply Like
  • BQI... dilution is at hand...
    Shareholders as of 7/25 & 7/28/2011 will receive rights to purchase .816 shares per share owned at $.20 per share.


    Up to 300,000,000 new shares to be created. They say this can raise up to $60,000,000.


    Announcement and revision of announcement:
    20 Jul 2011, 11:13 PM Reply Like
  • (AXPW): Maya reports from the AGM that he spoke w/David Gelbaum (Quercus) and they are not be liquidating all their shares - they are reallocating now.


    Mention of John Petersen got smiles all around. Quercus strongly believes in Axion's biz model.


    Maya got to speak w/Granville too and is off to tour the plant.


    Says 50-60 VC folks are in attendance too.


    Says the trip was well worth it!


    20 Jul 2011, 01:00 PM Reply Like
  • I figure I owe him for that trip - there's nothing like having boots on the ground and eyes and ears in the room.
    20 Jul 2011, 01:44 PM Reply Like
  • I'm jealous! Maya gets to take all the cool trips and talk to all the cool kids while I'm stuck in this sweat shop (Over 95 DEG F in the high bay.) slaving away for "Da Man.". :-)
    20 Jul 2011, 03:06 PM Reply Like
  • Retribution for a misspent youth? ;-))


    20 Jul 2011, 03:17 PM Reply Like
  • When I got out of the Army, it was hard times, and I couldn't find a good job while I was going to college at night.


    I ended up with a group of part time jobs, including selling mobile homes (Sundays), used cars (Saturdays), and clothes (days).


    But I replaced those with the only full time job (with an actual paycheck rather than trying to squeeze sales commissions out of an economic recession) which I could get - loading boxcars.


    The old Southern RR 50 foot cars were bad, but the little 40 footers were ancient (and horrible). It was summer in Atlanta, and opening those cars with a chain hoist and brute muscle was like peering into the gates of Hell - and then jumping in to work for hours, cleaning them out, removing nails, and packing them full of furniture.


    I was young and strong and still it almost killed me.


    We borrowed a thermometer from the shipping office one day and set it in the corner of one of our cars while we worked. It hit the highest point it could (120 degrees F) and never wavered all day.
    20 Jul 2011, 05:26 PM Reply Like
  • Recalls days that weren't quite that bad, but pretty decent.


    Phx AZ, 100 days strait of 100+ degrees. Several 120 and a slew of 115.


    Moving furniture for local Allied Van Lines outfit.


    20 or so yrs old, did phase me. I was used to playing b-ball all day in that heat on the concrete outdoor courts.


    A football player from Phx college and I worked the same truck. For lunch we hit a pizza joint, ate a full family-size pizza each and drank a full pitcher of beer each and shot pool.


    Then back to work.


    The only problem was one some customer would complain while we hauled heavy couches and stuff into the house.


    She was upset we dropped sweat on her carpet.


    Both of us showed good judgment and had nothing to say.


    The vans were hottest. That was the only part we made sure that once we dropped the tailgate we were in and out of that van ASAP.


    I've no idea how hot it was in there.


    20 Jul 2011, 05:37 PM Reply Like
  • It sounds like the army made you strong and the world made you stronger. I am always amazed at people these days looking down on good old fashioned hard work especially physical. That mentality precedes the fall of a civilization. Laziness, entitlement, and the belief others should do your work are the seeds of economic destruction.
    20 Jul 2011, 09:49 PM Reply Like
  • I just moved recently. The movers are my friends. I respect good hard work and they respect me for it. I have no qualms about pitching in even though I paid to have them move it. Ahh the good old days of youth. I feel like we are all at a High School reunion or something.


    As for the market, the physical labor sector is doing great... commodities, energy, healthcare. I certainly can't complain. As for poor SKM and CEO, their recent buyouts are hurting their stock, but I think it was oversold before their announcement. That's why you diversify. You never know when some company you own does something the market doesn't like.
    20 Jul 2011, 09:53 PM Reply Like
  • FOR ALL THOSE SILVER INVESTORS THAT DON'T BELIEVE IN A MANIPULATION WATCH THE VIDEO. sorry as i copied everything just so that i did not miss this.




    BrotherJohnF has posted an excellent video that shows just how removed from reality the COMEX silver market is. He shows that in just one minute 50,000 contracts were traded on the COMEX silver market. That calculates out to 250M ounces of paper silver or $10B worth of physical silver. IN ONE MINUTE! You can see his video here:
    Silver Update 71811 Caught in the act


    Wow! That's a lot of silver. Brother John claims that these contracts were "dumped" on the market but I think that is highly doubtful. Who took the other end of those trades? Surely someone was not laying in wait for $10B worth of paper silver in that very minute.


    What seems more likely is that this was a computer driven price manipulation carried out by members of the banking cabal (JPM? EWT? UBS?) trading back and forth to each other in order to SET the price at a lower level before things got really ugly with the debt ceiling debate. Computers trading back and forth to each other at such high volumes as to destroy true price discovery.


    Sick, isn't it?


    The good news is that it exposes, once again, that the silver manipulation is alive and well and there will be no FREE MARKETS in silver until the computers are turned off...for good!


    Silver has already jumped back above $40 because they can't keep up this scam forever.
    21 Jul 2011, 12:24 AM Reply Like
  • Pals: Just put an Insta up on the board about my visit to the Axion Shareholders' meeting. I'm plum tuckered out. But what a fabulous day it was:

    21 Jul 2011, 01:07 AM Reply Like
  • Is the Insta being converted to an article? I can't pull it up... though I see there are 13 new comments on it...


    Anyone who hasn't read it... should.
    21 Jul 2011, 03:05 PM Reply Like
  • MAYA


    I get an insta on COPAN,,,


    21 Jul 2011, 03:09 PM Reply Like
  • I think so Jon. When an Insta is submitted for publication, its not accessible. I am seeing new comments, but its not in Maya's Instablog list anymore.
    21 Jul 2011, 03:09 PM Reply Like
  • Maya has submitted it for publication.


    Seeking Alpha's process for conversion leaves a lot to be desired. I posted a link to it on another board yesterday and, of course, that link doesn't work either.


    21 Jul 2011, 03:09 PM Reply Like
  • Peru...
    Humala has stabilized markets some by agreeing to keep the well liked on Wall Street head of their Central Bank ahead of his taking office on July 28:


    On purchases from 6/9 and 6/16, up 16.5% in SCCO. Purchase in ANMCF made during the Peru panic time also doing similarly well, but that stock is still very rocky (daily) with community agreements stuck in pending mode. Looking at EPU (Peru ETF; I didn't buy), up 15.7% from low point closing price on June 27.


    All this to say:
    - Stock picking ekes out win over country ETF here
    - ETF might have been easier than guessing which stock will do better for a short-term trade (got it right... but that's probably more luck than skill... and there's probably some other stocks that did far better on the bounce)
    - Peru is looking to be in the clear for investing... with the caveat that Humala's policies still need to be watched as there may be industry-specific issues and labor issues still to arise...


    Still holding SCCO and ANMCF
    21 Jul 2011, 07:58 AM Reply Like
  • Zimbabwe...


    New stinks:


    Or is only fairly bad:


    However, Zimbabwe is very much in flux. They are getting a lot of pressure from outside (particularly from South Africa). They are supposed to revise their constitution and have new elections (neither of which I'd count on; but South Africa is pressing for both). The opposition party is not on board with these indigenization proposals. Opposition could win elections if elections were legit and fair. And, Mugabe is 87 and in poor health.


    Anyway... expecting a bad day for CALVF and NEDMF in the markets (only own CALVF)...
    21 Jul 2011, 08:22 AM Reply Like
  • Sprint (S) and Apple (APPL) may well reach an agreement allowing Sprint to sell the i-phone 5 4G. This would be a significant development putting Sprint on equal footing with it's larger rivals who already sell i-phones and i-pads. I'm still maintaining a price target above $8 for (S).
    21 Jul 2011, 12:46 PM Reply Like
  • here is an article that i found interesting. Can the govt ever allow the debt ceiling not to be raised??? If so should we be taking our money out of the banks right now. Or is just all hog wash ??



    21 Jul 2011, 01:04 PM Reply Like
  • Ace: Greetings. Wouldn't you think they would be planning to avoid a default by asking the executive branch which nonessential departments and programs could be defunded? Which non essential personnel could be furlowed? What foreign aid packages could be shut down? ETC... I've never seen more unmitigated and unchallenged BS in my entire life. If there is a default which I doubt, it would sit squarely on the executives shoulders, and I seriously doubt he would let that happen. That would ensure that he's a one term President which is not what he wants. That being said if the economy fails to improve and unemployment continues to rise it may be a moot point.
    21 Jul 2011, 01:49 PM Reply Like
  • Robert..Thanks...Now explain to me if markets look 6 months ahead why are they rising when all i see is bad news day after day. I just don't see buying improving if more people are out of work. I see malls are empty, fast food joints are even a little less crowded. Even though that food isn't good for you i can't believe that is why the lines are none.


    I myself, am still learning but am confused as hell when i turn on FOX and see the markets up triple digits the same day unemployment numbers are worse than expected. I also can't wrap my mind around the reason that other countries will be rising when Europe is falling apart!!!


    So what am i missing??


    A strange thought i had was that since so many people are underwater on their homes and haven't made payments in years are they spending that money on other items. If i wasn't payiing my mortgage and knew i was going to eventually be kicked out i might be looking at that 72 inch TV as well. Just a sick thought but any credibility to it?


    21 Jul 2011, 02:58 PM Reply Like
  • (AXPW): He-he! Picked up some more for my wife @ $0.621.


    I was all ready to holler at E-Trade this A.M. as I saw trades go right by my bid. Fortunately, I held my peace.


    Support *immediately* came back at $0.63 both this A.M. and this afternoon.


    21 Jul 2011, 03:13 PM Reply Like
  • Ace: Greetings. I'm no expert but as best I can tell when folks say the market looks ahead six months they are talking about probability trend lines, an inexact science at best. For example based on polling data we can see that person x running for or under consideration for a specific office will likely be the next to occupy said office and will likely take this attitude toward industry, company or program Y. Meaning our investment profile would be adjusted to those facts. Day to day PPS and volatility is driven by specific current events. For example a bad earnings report will result in price depreciation short term. A middle East war breaking out would trash markets and raise volatility short term. Not things readily predictable six months out in many cases. Traders are more concerned with day to day events and have a very short event horizon. Many of them will close out entire positions going into week ends just to have a fresh start every week. Investors are more cognizant of long term trend lines in sectors or industries with an eye to long term appreciation. Buy to hold and will maintain positions indefinitely. For example you have perceived that inflation will likely rise meaning PM would be a solid investment looking a year out. Thus you have been amassing quantities of gold, silver or other commodities you deem appropriate. So the market out look is a matter of perspective and intent. A wise dragon told me once that it's of the utmost importance to understand why you want to buy a stock and what you intend to do with it. Good advice as far as I'm concerned. I hope that helps.
    21 Jul 2011, 03:48 PM Reply Like
  • Robert


    It did help somewhat, but i am collecting my Pm's as i also believe the American fiat dollar will come to an end within a few years. Hence something will need to take its place until the country and world reorganizes. But i am learning that our boys in office use smoke and mirrors to either confuse or trick us.


    Now as an investor i have to decide can they pull it off again or the old saying this time is different. I am still confused what to buy, and how long to hold onto such stock. I can use just a percent gain but not sure this is the best method. I read here a lot that plenty are day traders and i am positive that lots of money has been gained , and lost.


    I also believe it is natural to not want the world to know how much you lost, but like to show how much you made. Personally i listed my gain on a 100 oz bar of silver at over 100%. In fact my second bar sold for over 100% as well. I chose to sell just from a fear factor about the debt ceiling which to me is a joke anyway.


    Someway somehow the govt will still run, no President wants egg on his face. Having said this i am a firm believer that our currency is on life support. Just who decides and when they decide to pull the plug has everyone guessing ..IMHO


    21 Jul 2011, 04:37 PM Reply Like
  • Joseph Shaefer's BNKPF idea up 14.35% today. Wish I had accumulated more.


    Article on it here:
    21 Jul 2011, 04:17 PM Reply Like
  • (CPST): weighs in with support.



    21 Jul 2011, 04:21 PM Reply Like
  • >H.T. Love


    With 83% of analysts posting a BUY rating on CPST I am worried. They are more often wrong than right. Should I sell now? :-)


    Nervous in Texas
    21 Jul 2011, 08:47 PM Reply Like
  • > Siliconhillbilly


    (CPST): That's something I can't say. This stock has always been both heavily shorted and heavily manipulated. All the long-term trends of the company financials have been improving for 14 quarters, IIRC, and at the last CC the CEO said the upcoming report would be the best in co. history.


    Since he was within a few weeks of EOQ, he should have known for sure.


    The recent quarter reported loss was not as bad as it seemed. $0.12, IIRC, was due to warrant accounting, which per FASB rules, are a liability on the balance sheet. So as share price was up this non-cash charge delivered a big hit.


    I mention that because the miss on earnings was the reason for the sharp drop in share price. It has been steadily climbing since then but you never know if that will continue.


    As I always say, only you can determine that. If you are investing, not trading, the company seems to warrant riding out the bumps.


    If you're trading it, the bumps matter.


    For *me*, I'm hoping for a small pullback so I can get some more.


    But that's a long-term investment for me.


    22 Jul 2011, 03:10 AM Reply Like
  • > H.T. Love


    (CPST): I see the same future you do for Capstone. The only thing that would cause me worry is if their product quality dropped noticeably. Selling long term maintenance plans should give the customer a warm feeling about that possibility. Every other metric looks good to me.


    I own CPST and already have a modest profit, thanks to the last sharp drop after the earnings surprise (BUY limit orders). I see a long term trend for CHP natural gas driven generators. They make too much economic sense to be ignored by NG industrial consumers.
    22 Jul 2011, 11:39 AM Reply Like
  • I just arrived back home now. Submitted the Axion article around 10:45 this morning because of the positive response, and suggestions for me to do so. I spent around three hours writing the Instablog, and it's still in abeyance! Complete mystery to me why.


    Thanks to all who made comment. And thanks to all whom have contacted the editorial department. Unfortunately, I did not save the draft, and I'll be darned if I'm going to spend another three hours recreating the Instablog.


    Was great fun today to speak with Hard To Love, and John Petersen for about 150 miles of my return trip across PA today.


    Top temperature in the PA flats was 104 degrees!
    21 Jul 2011, 07:21 PM Reply Like
  • You should be able to view the article if you go to "Author Board" and click on "Pending"... however, if SA publishes... (fine print says you're not supposed to share it in any other fashion... said in parentheses as I'm grumbling)


    I think 48 hour turnaround time is expectable... it is what it is...


    I'm concerned they'll not published it because AXPW trades for under $1 (remember, Jack Lifton says he won't write for SA anymore because they won't publish articles exclusively about companies under $1)... but you can always: add some fluff about a company over $1 as a random non sequitr (e.g. "compared to GE's battery development..."... or, just put XIDE's ticker in the related stocks list, since its already in your article)


    The $1 rule is just a rule that needs to be worked and fidgeted with, not a brick wall...


    Thanks again for sharing everything. I tend to doubt most visits to AGMs are like that...
    21 Jul 2011, 10:39 PM Reply Like
  • Thank you very much, Jon. But I'm not buying your notion. Nor should founding father David Jackson, who has more than once asked me why I have never attempted to submit an article for, "publishing."


    I did, with the oils sands Insta, two years ago. At least that one did not get eradicated. But this one did. As has another. Now two years later, blah, blah, blah, quasi same crap, but worse. Why would I ever attempt to bother spending time writing anything again? Damned shame. I just want to contribute.


    John Petersen's under a buck AXPW stock articles get published. Why my article/Insta is now unaccessible, either in Insta format, or, in the form of a published article, is a tad befuddling to me.


    Especially when I have to write back to those whom PM me, or cell phone text me, or call me about their being stifled from reading the synopsis of a fantastic and rewarding visit to the Axion Power meeting.


    Included in this is Axion's CEO, who John recommended to read what I wrote. Nope, he can't either.


    Quite frustrating. The 48 hour turn around is unacceptable, these days and times of instant I-Net news.


    Axion Power, whether one or two months from now, or as long as two years from now, is a stock that is going to far outpace the general market movement, by folds.


    All I wanted to do was pass on this one investing idea.


    I love this website, but for years's been...well...straining.


    If it were not for the fantastic relationships developed, I'd be "so outta here." So much crap over the years, why any more bother?


    I want answers. And I want them now. Right now.


    What amazes me is that I see 4 comments, made after I submitted the article for publication. What gives?


    Sigh...yeah...I'm pissed off. I love to share, and that's been thwarted, once again.
    22 Jul 2011, 01:59 AM Reply Like
  • Just to clarify. I said a 48 hour turnaround was "expectable" (as in, what I expect from SA). I never said it was acceptable.


    Apologies for getting you riled. I was just trying to communicate what my experience was, and what could be expected.


    I think JP may get some exceptions as he has 50,000+ followers which he has earned with his dedication to responding to readers of his articles, as well as his quality writing.


    Your writing should get published.
    22 Jul 2011, 06:24 AM Reply Like
  • LoL! You didn't get him riled Jon! All us original 'Gades have a "history" with SA that has eaten away a lot of the formerly long fuse that we might have had.


    Add in that he's now one of those notorious "temperamental artistes" ... ;-)) </joke/>


    22 Jul 2011, 06:39 AM Reply Like
  • Great job Maya!!! (and kudos to Dan on Yahoo for saving it for us impatient types).


    Here is the "copy", see yahoo link below, to the Instablog post (now vanished) that is still being considered for Seeking Alpha editorial.


    imho - I think Seeking Alpha will be posting this on the main page soon.

    22 Jul 2011, 04:39 AM Reply Like
  • bazoooka: Thanks for what you did (and Dan did). Unfortunately, the entire article did not come through. Weird to read even a portion of it on Yahoo! when it was intended for Seeking Alpha members.


    Jon: You didn't rile me at all. It's the idea that a lot of us have a stake in Axion, and we all are being prevented from discussing what I learned. The new HT30 battery is a game changer, of which not even John Petersen is aware of the extent of it's design purposes and capabilities.


    I wish I had never submitted the article for publication. Just left it as an Instablog. We all would have sorted through many issues by now. It's an odd feeling having something I took time to write essentially being trapped by the border guards.
    22 Jul 2011, 11:37 AM Reply Like
  • >Maya: A tip.


    After you have the final form you want, go to your index of instablogs and right-click the link pointing to your instablog.


    That'll open a drop-down menu where you can pick something along the lines of (depending on your browser) "Save link ...".


    That will download the whole thing onto your computer.


    Then if this sort of thing happens again, on your computer you can double click the saved copy and C & P right from your browser into a new insta and just add any formatting as you were doing a new one.


    Another possibility is to write it first in your word processor so you always have the original - but you knew that part already.


    22 Jul 2011, 12:10 PM Reply Like
  • SA Articles
    Publishing in an article format involves tradeoffs. Articles are seen by a larger number of SA members. Articles also have the opportunity of being professionally edited. That review process acts as a quality check.


    But against that, articles are less timely, and the value of news diminishes with the passage of time. Articles are a more rigid format. You can't update the main body of an article like an Insta because to make an addition, you have to go through the publication / quality check delay again. The tradeoff could be made less obvious with a more rapid review process, but that means cost.


    Then we have the size issue. The responsiveness of SA diminishes with the number of comments. There is something about SA's software that makes it bog down with comments in excess of 150. However, with the concentrators and QCs, the number of comments in those threads runs into the thousands.


    SA deals with the size issue by breaking up the comment stream into multiple sections. But to see those sections, you have to hit a button to up-load more comments. I wonder how many people miss that button. When you hit that button, you don't just get a new segment of comments, you get all the comments in the stream. If there are more then 200 comments in that stream, the delay gets to the point where you really can't access the bottom of the chat stream and that leads to people publishing their comments at the top of the chat stream which destroys time continuity.


    So articles are a mixed bag. You will get a lot more followers from a good article, but against that, you have to deal with the rigidity of the formal publication process and the inherent size limitations on the comment stream. To me, the wider audience is worth the hassle as you get exposed to a lot more people's viewpoints. I got around the size limitation on the number of comments by turning the article into an insta. So after 150 or so comments, copy the article, and publish it as an insta with a Part X designation.
    22 Jul 2011, 01:18 PM Reply Like
  • Hopefully it will be released from its cage today. =)


    I was one of the lucky few that read it before it was pulled. It was a great write-up and I'm sure this weekend more people will be able to enjoy and discuss.
    22 Jul 2011, 12:12 PM Reply Like
  • Kind Folks: I just pulled rank and sent a politely written PM to David Jackson about how Yahoo! is commenting like crazy not only about what I wrote but others, too, about the Axion conference.


    I indicated I was a tad frustrated, and advised and guided David to open up Yahoo! to see how much is being written over there, when a lot of these comments should be here on Seeking Alpha.


    I'm going to go water my plants!
    22 Jul 2011, 12:14 PM Reply Like
  • That should get some attention. Number of eyes on an article equals number of clicks which relates to advertising revenues.
    22 Jul 2011, 01:28 PM Reply Like
  • (July 22, 2011) Senate rejects House debt-ceiling bill
    From: MarketWatch by Robert Schroeder


    Senators voted down a House-passed bill on Friday that would raise the debt ceiling and require a balanced budget amendment, as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said talks between the White House and congressional Republicans were continuing.


    The Senate had been expected to reject the bill and voted 51-46 to kill further consideration of it. Obama had said he’d veto it and continued to press Friday for as big a deficit-cutting agreement as possible. House Speaker John Boehner told fellow Republicans that he’d continue negotiations over the weekend.
    Time is running short for an agreement. The Obama administration says the $14.3 trillion U.S. debt ceiling needs to be raised by Aug. 2 or the government will begin to default on its obligations.
    22 Jul 2011, 01:27 PM Reply Like
  • Great quote here...


    “Economists who adhere to rational-expectations models of the world will never admit it, but a lot of what happens in markets is driven by pure stupidity – or, rather, inattention, misinformation about fundamentals, and an exaggerated focus on currently circulating stories.”


    Bob Shiller’s article Debt and Delusion.
    22 Jul 2011, 01:39 PM Reply Like
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    NEW QC is ready.




    22 Jul 2011, 02:53 PM Reply Like
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