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  • Deja Vu All Over Again [View article]
    your moniker needs changing
    Apr 19, 2015. 06:07 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's Loser Strategy [View article]
    I am going to say you are correct Clint and I was wrong. Apple has shown a suppleness in marketing and a genius for change and innovation at the right time. Everybody wants an Apple phone everywhere. That kind of appeal maybe has never been mimicked, perhaps by Coke. Apple has become synonymous with cellular telephony. Doubtful that ever changes.
    Feb 21, 2015. 12:49 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Update: BlackBerry Earnings Down But Not Out [View article]
    Lessee, Apple was in the tubes also in the mid-90s. The fact that the ship is appearing to head for the shoals omits the possibility of the guy at the wheel turning away. So you are not a soothsayer and neither am I. To rely on present numbers as a guide to the future is naive. Things change. Buy a passport mi amigo and see how it compares with the iOS. You can not look at the past. It is only a guide to the future if like some governments they make no course correction.
    Dec 21, 2014. 10:16 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Update: BlackBerry Earnings Down But Not Out [View article]
    I got a passport in hand and one for a German friend. So that speaks also for itself. Why get on the bankruptcy bandwagon when the band is still playing. You bet on turnarounds primarily on who is running the show. This guy shows every reason to bet on him. Were the other yahoos in charge no. But they are now in the Caribbean on an island. Better this time of year than Sweden.
    Dec 21, 2014. 10:08 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Update: BlackBerry Earnings Down But Not Out [View article]
    and about to be swamped.
    Dec 19, 2014. 06:26 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry: Data Points To Hardware Collapse [View article]
    don't be snarky…you don't like it…short it…never saw a phone on amazon get 5 stars….and I have had plenty of Nokias, and one or two Apples which I do not like, but I am like a baby duck on phones, new world every day, but never a Blackberry…but I am getting one.
    Dec 17, 2014. 06:56 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry: Data Points To Hardware Collapse [View article]
    I think I´ll stick around with the Berry…great new phone in the Passport, 5 star rating on Amazon. What some analyst comes up with means diddly.
    Dec 15, 2014. 12:34 PM | 16 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Crude Oil: A Bounce Is On The Horizon [View article]
    The Mugwumps say otherwise, along with the Flat Earths and that other party that replaced the Whigs.
    Dec 8, 2014. 03:50 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 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, 2014. 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, 2014. 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, 2014. 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, 2014. 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, 2014. 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, 2014. 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, 2014. 09:34 AM | 14 Likes Like |Link to Comment