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  • How Apple And Google Crushed Windows Phone [View article]
    Sure it has a USB connection. The Lightning adaptor is different but it works with a USB and a wall socket. Been around a long time. And having had all three the iPhone is the winner. Having said that Windows phone is still a much better operating system than Android IMHO.
    Sep 7 09:21 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Should You Invest In Farm Land? [View article]
    Very few comments here on this topic which perhaps is normal since most folks on this site are not into working with dirt. My comment about aquaculture still holds, particularly with regard to shrimp, and a disclaimer, I am in the business. Another potential ag activity is African Palm, oil palm. I am also in that business. The major producers are Malayasia and Indonesia which unfortunately do damage to the environment on an industrial scale to hack out more plantations. Palm oil more or less follows the price for petroleum. The palm fruit is processed and used for food, high quality grease, cosmetics, bio-diesel, and other specialty products. Some countries mandate the use of vegetable oil primarily palm oil to be used in diesel either 10% or 20%, and with all due respect to Elon Musk, a diesel engine is more efficient and less dangerous to the environment than a Tesla. A diesel of course can run on 100% used vegetable oil as long as you add something so it doesn't clog up the lines and injectors which was an objective of Rudolph Diesel. A REIT for this I would like to form. So there is another disclaimer.

    Farm land has steadily increased in value forever discounting the occasional depression or recession when like other asset classes is the time to not be fearful. It will only go higher as global warming effects increase which will affect crop production in the lower latitudes including in time the seed producing areas of the U.S. Palm oil prices fluctuate and both Malaysia and Rotterdam along with a lot of commodity exchanges have markets. It is a green activity and the trees last up to 40 years. Palm trees suck down CO2 and release O2. In the long run we all disappear but feeding people never ends nor does the need for transportation.
    Aug 8 11:13 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Should You Invest In Farm Land? [View article]
    Yes is the answer to the question. Even more interesting is direct investment in a niche area: seafood farming. 60% of seafood now comes from aquaculture. This will only increase over time as it has already in the last 40 years. The row crop type farm in the northern or southern hemispheres, of wheat, cotton, sorghum, soybeans, corn etc. is hampered by high initial costs to buy land, high operating costs, and limited growing time. On top of that the Cargills and ADMs of the world control the markets to a great extent. On the other hand a shrimp farm for sale for example somewhere would be a year-round business and a particularly good one now due to EMS. But there are others, clams, oysters, salmon, trout, mussels, all of which are farmed.
    Jul 29 04:31 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Facebook makes new highs; Q2 ad performance well-received [View news story]
    The real question is why thus the deterioration of civilization enthralled as it is by wisps of smoke and infinite mirrors, vacuous in its endless pursuit of mammon, pusillanimous in its inability to see beyond itself. Amazing to see. Easy to understand. Difficult to escape.
    Jul 24 12:31 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Can Samsung Crush Apple's Tablet Market Share? [View article]
    Samsung is not an innovator. Apple is and they work well. Had them all. No contest. Had an Asus with that goofy touchscreen. Went to the dogs in a month, gave it away. There is a reason for fans and so-called "fanboys". The subject of adoration delivers.
    Jun 14 08:03 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Goldman Sachs: The Vampire Squid Strikes Back [View article]
    Well, at least you always know where they are, just follow the slime trail.
    Apr 12 08:24 AM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Only 20 Companies That Matter [View article]
    I always seem out of my element commenting on this site since everybody knows more than I. And here I go again as somebody once said in another setting. But to see the statement that business writes the laws that govern business expressed nonchalantly is quite stark and would be alarming except everybody knows it and most if not all here accept it. The question is why. Why is it that the government is completely co-opted by business right down to its underwear. Short answer self interest overwhelms it all. Why is it in all this economic talk with charts and comparisons, a discussion focused on whether or not at this point profits are normal or not and how that portends or not a problem on the horizon that nothing else intrudes into the equation. American corporations own more, make more, write the rules, while the rest, the bulk, of this society, mainly the middle class, slowly slide into water over their heads. Nobody is against capitalism, but this is not capitalism. It is a capitalist oligarchy. And it is wrong in its entirety which is a moral judgment of course in an ocean bereft of such consideration.
    Mar 27 09:34 AM | 14 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Week Ahead: Ignore This Warning At Your Own Peril [View article]
    The west will not lift a finger for all the reasons contained in other`s comments and for the further reason Obama never assisted the rebels in Syria in any significant way, only blah, blah, blah. He should have armed them and droned the genocidal Assad toute suite. So his credentials other than droning American citizens and terrorists killing women and children in the process are a no show. And if you say "Oh, but they are terrorists," may I remind you that there would be not terrorism if the U.S. got out of the M.E. and let them live in whatever part of the dark ages they wish.
    Mar 10 08:14 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 10 Reasons To Avoid Apple's Shares [View article]
    The writer, not the raider.
    Feb 27 12:26 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Alcatel-Lucent: Expectations Management May Be At The Core Of Recent Announcements [View article]
    The stock price has not been at all volatile. Rather it is in stasis at the moment and has been for a while. I count 3 "could"s and 1 "may". If ifs and buts were candy and nuts we'd all have a merry Christmas. You make no mention of Michel Combes and Jean Raby who are a major part of the story in the last year with shoring up finances and trying to make ALU profitable along with the technology shift and new customers almost daily. So I think your take on things I shall give it the due warranted which is none whatsoever.
    Feb 26 05:24 PM | 11 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Must-Know News [View article]
    It was in fact the opposite Killer. Government under George Bush regulated nothing. The SEC did nothing. "The markets are self-regulating,¨ ring a bell. The regs on the books were not enforced. The controls were off, and New York went nutso.

    From Bretton Woods to the late 90´s there were no killer recessions. Bush and company, aided at the time of course by Dems who aspired to be seen as less Dem and more business friendly in order to win elections are to blame as well for 2008. Bush, a President chosen by the Supremes, prime banana republic caudillo territory, and the rubber stamp Congress started two useless wars, passed a drug bill to get older votes, and engineered a tax break for the uber riche, none of which was paid for and all of which led us to the present.

    There is a gross unfairness when 400 families in the U.S. own half the wealth of the country. There is something gravely wrong when the middle class is slowly becoming the working poor. Nobody is against making money. But there is a problem when all the income goes up and little goes down, when Walmart pays $8 an hour and cuts hours, when 15% of all the China exports goes to that one company. Not even two working adults in a family can make enough to live on that. And what for? What exactly is the reason? More and more money? How much flocking money does one business or one person need. If one does not understand this fundamental problem which began with Reagan and trickle down nonsense, then one needs to read more history as to what the end result will be. History moves forward, in fits and starts, but it moves mankind ahead eventually. There is no going back. The fact that some in the U.S. wish to halt history and return to the 1880´s will not stop it. Europeans make money and have social programs and safety nets. Germans get 6 weeks paid vacation a year. German corporations have union reps on the boards. Pregnancy gets a year off with pay. And it seems to me Siemens does rather well.
    Feb 19 11:01 AM | 10 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tremendous Risk Awaits Tesla Investors In Q4 2013 Earnings Release [View article]
    Tesla is like another CA company Disney. It sells magic. It sells the future, imagination, what could be not what is or was. It may be the carny huckster selling the wizard behind the curtain, but mankind has always imagined and yearned for the future which makes the little rodent when not searching for sex, power, and money different, at least on this planet. The numbers are unimportant therefore. Having said that, it is too high the stock, and it will inevitably come down at which time one should get behind the wheel.
    Feb 19 08:59 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Must-Know News [View article]
    Oh by all means add them. The Democrats became centrist Repubs 25 years ago. Billy Bob along with Rubin ended Glass-Steagall. They all swim in the same water and eat the same plankton. A pox on them all. I have a 66 year perspective mi amigo. The whole system is flawed. Otherwise 11% of the population would not have 40% of the power. It was baked into the Constitution, that perfect document, over 200 years ago, along of course with owning other human beings and ignoring the brains women have. But let us be certain, the Republicans are against all help to the underpaid and are generally anti-science and anti-reality seized as they are with gross indifference and overwhelming apathy toward reality. In other words they do not care at all about the general welfare. I read that phrase somewhere. And Obama ain't and never was much pumpkin. All better now?
    Feb 19 08:06 AM | 14 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Must-Know News [View article]
    Oh wall street perfected stealing on a leviathan scale long ago from the government. 2008 was a stellar example. Crony capitalism at work. One group receiving largesse from laws enacted by life-long in the pocket of the rich pols is as old as the U.S. Republicans just perfected pay for play along with hitching up to religious yo-yos and right-wing nut jobs to win elections. Business moved labor offshore safe from minimum wage laws. The tax code is riddled with give-a-aways to GE, Romney, the business crowd. It would undermine the foundations of the country to raise a worker $2 an hour would it. Sunday School obviously had no effect.
    Feb 19 07:45 AM | 15 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Galena Biopharma: Numerous Red Flags Suggest A Significant Overvaluation [View article]
    And why would you want that? Because you intensely dislike the company and they are phonies and frauds perpetrating a great hoax to get rich off of lies and false hopes? Do you seriously want GALE to fail for self gratitude. This is a company with a potential drug that could help a lot of women. The optimism in most people, most normal people, would be to hope and pray that it works. What makes a person hope otherwise? What drives that attitude? Is it all just dollars and cents, a dry, barren, soulless exercise in being right and proving others wrong while making money along the way? That is a shallow, negative life view.
    You who carp and complain make nothing, offer nothing, but negativism. It is legitimate to point out problems, but every last iota of your criticisms are contradicted by others especially by people who are experts and you are not. Those who ascribe bad motives to others are usually keenly aware of them because they harbor them as well. Go away and peddle your dogma elsewhere.
    Feb 14 07:04 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment