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  • BP axes drilling rig contract with Seadrill [View news story]
    As amazing as your supercharged six seems, the A6/A7 turbo-diesel blows everything away. Lucky Europeans even get a high-torque diesel SQ5. The efficiency of those things is astounding.
    Mar 30, 2015. 12:09 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • REIT ETF/ETN Showdown: REM Vs. MORL [View article]
    If you are going to be "cranking them out" and are not thin-skinned, do an analysis of CEFL and the effects of declining NAV of its CEF components.
    Mar 29, 2015. 08:23 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • REIT ETF/ETN Showdown: REM Vs. MORL [View article]
    Agreed-- The volatility helps with total returns if dividends are reinvested.
    Mar 28, 2015. 01:16 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 'The U.S. Is Broke' [View article]
    Waiter: "Would you like you like your pizza cut into 4 slices, Mr. Krugman?"
    Paul Krugman: "No, slice into 8 pieces. I'm really hungry today."
    Mar 28, 2015. 08:38 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Seadrill's Strong Cash Flow Provides Confidence In Ability To Handle Debt [View article]
    I wonder if Seadrill's CFO leaving to be part of Norway's largest lender's investment division has anything to do with the lender's support of Seadrill...
    Mar 26, 2015. 11:36 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 'The U.S. Is Broke' [View article]
    "Really Vooter, take a chill pill. I personally take offense to you putting a gun to anyone, even to make a point, it is offensive."
    The you must be offended by the government, since government by definition of the Supreme Court of the United States and the UN, is defined as whoever has a monopoly on the use of violent coercion against its own citizens. Try not paying your voluntary taxes and find out about those guns. Wanna find out how many federal agencies have SWAT teams now?
    What incentive forces politicians to protect the nation's future? Voting? LOL.
    Mar 25, 2015. 06:31 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The Future Of Seeking Alpha [View article]
    Instead of following decent authors, you want me to pay to follow decent authors...
    Good luck with that.
    Mar 25, 2015. 06:14 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Buy These 5 Small-Cap Oil Stocks With Low Debt Levels [View article]
    It appears to have been debt/equity and debt/revenue.
    Mar 24, 2015. 06:47 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Gastar Exploration misses by $0.03, beats on revenue [View news story]
    Preferreds are nice. The A series is callable at any time, but the B preferreds are not callable until November 2018.
    Mar 24, 2015. 06:40 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 'The U.S. Is Broke' [View article]
    Social contract? I didn't sign anything.
    Mar 24, 2015. 11:02 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 'The U.S. Is Broke' [View article]
    Hobart, I too have worked (and still sort of do) for government. I had conniptions over the waste- they do it on purpose to keep next year's budget from being cut. I did save the taxpayers some money, but only because I was the only employee out of 1200 who cared. My family also works for federal agencies, and the stories they tell of intentional waste are incredible. My carpenter said they would order entire cargo containers from China to be tossed in the trash to bulk up the cost of "cost +" government construction contracts. Those agencies you named worked better without 16,000 clerks, we do not need DHS police to be a federal militia, and TSA is a joke.
    When I was going to run for my state senate, I was immediately lobbied by managers of the department I had left, looking for money, not independence. Voting is not about preparing for the future; it is about voting yourself some largess. The guy who won the seat did so by joining the largest church in the county and taking Chamber money. Our Chamber openly advocates high taxes and licensing to prevent competition. (He keeps trying to raise taxes, supposedly for "roads," but the bills allow the state to do transfer money from DOT to the general fund.)
    Voting only works when the voters are intelligent, logical, informed, and care about the future; this is not my experience, and Congress is evidence otherwise.
    You think that welfare & disability fraud is minimal. (I have insider information that one part of FICA entitlements could be bankrupt by July 2016.) Perhaps you were born wealthy and were always an "administrator," never worked with juveniles from housing projects, never shopped at Walmart yourself, never worked in Financial Aid at a college, or corrections, or customer service. That's nice for you, but you are very removed from reality about how widespread waste is. None of what I did for the feds or state would be allowed by me or my wife at our little businesses, and less than half those EBT people at Walmart need assistance.
    Mar 24, 2015. 10:56 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 'The U.S. Is Broke' [View article]
    Voluntary missions have done a better job in areas of drought and poverty than governments, so thanks for your support.
    Mar 24, 2015. 10:19 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 'The U.S. Is Broke' [View article]
    I agree with darnoc- I have worked for private, county, state, and the federal government. The further away the employer is from immediate accountability, the worse the (often openly intentional) waste.
    Mar 23, 2015. 10:17 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 'The U.S. Is Broke' [View article]
    "It's easier to blame government for your failure to succeed in business than to accept responsibility for one's drinking habits or inferior products.
    It's easier to blame government for not starting a business than a confess to a fear of failure, a lack of marketable skills, or a weak work ethic."

    That is like telling a slave, "If you aren't free, it's your failure-- don't blame the chains."
    Mar 23, 2015. 10:13 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • U.S. considers working with AIIB [View news story]
    "Wouldn't it be great if the US had an infrastructure investment bank?"
    We do, and most states have their own, as well.
    Mar 23, 2015. 10:10 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment