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  • Apple (AAPL -2.5%) has dived over the last 30 minutes of trading on heavy volume, without any news to explain the move. The decline comes with the NASDAQ still up 0.5% on the day. [View news story]
    I heard there was a rumor circulating that Steve Jobs died again.
    May 14, 2013. 03:32 PM | 15 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Intel: Earnings Post Mortem [View article]
    Russ, I hope you are right, but in my own field I have seen highly intelligent people make stupid mistakes too many times to remember. There are many reasons for it. Hubris, a strong desire to lead with bold moves, a reluctance to admit to error, and so on.
    Jan 17, 2014. 04:43 AM | 12 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Intel: What If PC Units Did A U-Turn In The First Quarter? [View article]
    Russ, I hope that you are right, but it concerns me that your breath is "baited."

    In the phrase 'bated breath', 'bated' is simply a shortened form of 'abated', meaning 'to bring down, lower or depress'. 'Abated breath' makes perfect sense and that's where the phrase comes from. Geoffrey Taylor, in his little poem Cruel, Clever Cat, 1933, used the confusion over the spelling of the word to good comic effect:

    Sally, having swallowed cheese
Directs down holes the scented breeze

    Enticing thus with baited breath

    Nice mice to an untimely death.
    Apr 3, 2014. 01:18 PM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • When Will SSDs Finish Off Spinning Rust? [View article]
    Phred, SA rejected your article? It's hard to believe they reject anything. I receive notice of many articles every day that do nothing to increase understanding. Just work Apple or the Fed into the title, and SA will publish your grocery list and get thousands of clicks. Try, "I Fed Apple to my CAT" next time. Nice article, by the way.
    Dec 8, 2013. 03:32 PM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The World Just Got A Lot More Dangerous: Buy Oil Now [View article]
    This is little more than inflammatory rhetoric. Fear sells, I suppose. The article does not educate but rather misinforms. Because there are peace talks, because Iran has agreed to limit its enrichment and to allow close and constant monitoring (for 6 months, while the sanctions remain in place), war must now be more likely! ... "the pusillanimous handling of Syria..." Oh, a big word, a pretentious way to call someone a coward. Why, because we didn't bomb them? Because we got them to hand over their WMD without us even invading and spending a trillion dollars? Oh, so cowardly, so feckless. Or is it because we didn't rush sophisticated weaponry to the disorganized democrats in exile who haven't stood a chance inside Syria against the radical, dictatorial Islamists who have taken control of much of the country and execute anyone who raises an independent voice? Let the brave MLP Trader (no pusillanimity in him) educate us as to how we could set Syria straight once and for all. We could all use another war about now, couldn't we?

    Yes, the Arabs hate the Persians, the Persians hate the Arabs, the Sunnis hate the Shiites, and they all hate the Jews. And the history of all nations of the world going back forever is war, war, and more war. That is, if we ignore the peace that broke out in between all of those wars and the progress that was made advancing civilization when saner minds prevailed.
    Nov 28, 2013. 02:38 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • John Hussman: A Textbook Pre-Crash Bubble [View article]
    Fund's objectives: To let someone else worry about your money so that you don't have to, while it earns just enough to pay management fees, aiming to mirror the performance of a stuffed mattress without risk of loss to fire or theft.
    Nov 11, 2013. 08:37 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Next 10 Years: Much More Misery [View article]
    FDR gave away money for people who didn't want to work? You might be thinking of men like my grandfather, who worked at everything from to day labor to carpentry, supplemented with gardening and hunting to keep his family fed. At one time he relied on WPA work, earning one dollar per day for heavy, manual labor in a quarry. My grandmother also took any work she could find, waitressing, cleaning, whatever, and made most of their childrens' clothing. I have to laugh whenever i read the revisionist ideas of free-marketeers who proclaim that the only reason the depression lasted so long was that the unemployed refused to accept sufficiently low wages!
    Oct 20, 2012. 09:14 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Forget The Weak Payroll Numbers. January's Employment Report Was Fundamentally Positive [View article]
    Oh, my god. The recent report didn't say that the new health care law will cost 2 million jobs. It said that some (mostly older) workers who would rather not work but are hanging on only for health coverage will be inclined to retire. This can only be a good thing, both for humanity and for the economy. Those jobs won't disappear, as younger workers will take them. Another positive aspect that the report did not mention is that when people are not forced to remain in boring jobs to just to get affordable health care, then some are emboldened to start their own companies. The absence of affordable health care has been a drag on entrepreneurship and innovation in the economy.
    Feb 9, 2014. 11:16 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Nat Gas Transportation: China Is Trouncing The U.S. At Its Own Game [View article]
    Riiiiight. It must be Obama's fault.

    I have read that the Koch brothers are among the powerful interests who oppose infrastructure changes needed to use natural gas as a fuel or to export natural gas. Both would cause natural gas prices to rise in the US and would harm some industries (e.g., fertilizer manufacturing, petroleum refining) while helping others. It ain't just lawyers who oppose change; it's anyone with money at stake.
    Sep 4, 2013. 09:06 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Cook Does Icahn's Dirty Work At Apple [View article]
    The big error here is to harp on a sense that innovation at Apple has stalled. In contrast, Apple is ever pushing Samsung et al to keep up. About 99% of innovation, by the way, is, and always was, incremental. Until someone else innovates better or comes up with something revolutionary and leaves Apple behind, the criticism is hollow. Google glass anyone? Samsung watch? These products are duds, toys for the nerdiest of nerds, annoying clutter for the rest of us without much market or real value -- just as they were kinda obvious (Google didn't originate the computer screen on glasses.) To find something revolutionary that we actually want and need? That's tough. It will happen again, but no one can will it to happen -- no one.

    I'm with you on welcoming bite-size option plays, though.
    Apr 24, 2014. 12:37 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Drexel Hamilton Correct In Assuming That Micron Technology Could Double? [View article]
    Yes, I sense a change in sentiment. Past resistance at 24.50 to 25 could now become support (fingers crossed).
    Apr 23, 2014. 08:09 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • IMF Deal Will Break Ukraine, Harm Global Stability [View article]
    Ukraine is broken as it is. They must end those insane gas subsidies. The subsidies have prevented them from developing their own energy resources. No, they won't pay 1/5 of income on heating. Instead they will stop wasting so much energy, the way all people waste what is heavily subsidized. People adapt. Now, perhaps they will be motivated to make these and other painful changes, especially in politics, government, and law. This is a great opportunity for them to make the kind of progress that Putin fears and the EU requires, toward building a society based on transparency and laws.
    Mar 28, 2014. 08:56 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • No Longer Posting At Seeking Alpha [View instapost]
    I am sorry, though I respect your decision. I hope that you will continue elsewhere and let us know. Your articles have provided good insight in an amusing style.
    Mar 27, 2014. 07:07 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Investors Should Steer Clear Of Intel [View article]
    I've heard that flat seems bleak if you're a company or a 16-yr-old girl who has been counting on some growth. Of course the girl can get over it.
    Dec 2, 2013. 08:45 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 2 Reasons This Recovery Has Been So Weak [View article]
    "One reason this has been the weakest recovery ever is that there have never been so many people receiving unemployment insurance compensation for so long."

    Oh, my. People keep wanting to recycle this silly stuff. Why is the author so sure about cause and effect? I wonder if he could wrap his head around this idea: it is possible that unemployment benefits have been extended so long because this was the worst recession with the slowest recovery by far since the depression of the 1930s. Same reason for the stimulus, and for the Fed's actions.

    I have read this argument before, made by some conservative economists as a way to explain the great depression, the argument being that the depression lasted so long because people were unwilling to accept wages that were low enough! It's a fine theory with no basis in reality. My grandfather at one time found work for a WPA program for one dollar per day, moving rocks in the hot sun in a quarry. And no, that was not a good wage even in those times, but he was happy to get the work.
    Nov 23, 2013. 10:18 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment