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  • Wall Street Breakfast: A Very Black Friday For Chinese Stocks [View article]
    I find this new font to be difficult to read easily or quickly. How about a button to push to get back to the old standard font?
    Nov 27, 2015. 04:12 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Pfizer, Allergan To Form World's Largest Drugmaker [View article]
    @Richard Carleton & Chudzikb:

    Kale is the big fad for some time now. Spinach leaves and shredded cabbage are probably at least as good but there are no drums beating currently for spinach or cabbage.
    Nov 23, 2015. 03:38 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: World Equities Lower As French Police Raid Terrorist Hideout [View article]
    @DCV: Federal law. Applies to over the counter meds from which Meth can be made.
    Nov 18, 2015. 03:30 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: World Equities Lower As French Police Raid Terrorist Hideout [View article]
    @Husker Bob: SS delays are being changed/have been changed.
    Nov 18, 2015. 03:27 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: World Shares Look For Clarity [View article]
    My pocketbook nerve cringes at the price of Starbucks coffee. Micky D's coffee is good. Even better is home brewed instant coffee. For the coffee shop latte effect, a scoop of ice cream from the container in the freezer part of the fridge stirred into the coffee and usually a little extra coffee powder from the jar of instant motivation.

    I use throw-away 18-oz size cups that are usually blue color but sometimes are red. Rinse and reuse a few times. I avoid the clear ones if I can.

    New recipe for ice tea is a gallon of tea made with one family-size [Luzianne] tea bag, 6 green-tea individual-size bags, a rounded teaspoon of Matcha Powder; unsweetened. Throw away the bags after making the tea and allow the Matcha Powder to remain in the mix. My Matcha Powder came from Amazon. $35 delivered for a 2.8-oz can of a prime Japanese brand and another $35 delivered for a pound from a Taiwan company. The pound package arrived direct from south China [Port of Hong Kong; Port of Houston] complete with Customs Declaration. [Quoted prices are a couple years ago.]

    Green tea was sparse a few years back. I still have some boxes of obscure brands that were all that I could find. It is good tea. Now Lipton and others are on the bandwagon. Green tea is hyped as being good for several ailments as preventative and treatment; also very recently I saw something hyping it for weight loss. Tea with or without fresh lemon juice and no sweeteners [sugar or no-calorie] is a good tasting and healthy beverage.

    A Matcha Cocktail [cup and a half milk, cow or other milk; teaspoon honey-- preferably raw honey but any kind-- ; a 'drop' of quality Vanilla Extract; two rounded teaspoons of Matcha Powder; shake or stir, wait 5 minutes; shake again & drink: has enough caffeine to wake me up for a few hours. Very nice in early afternoon.

    Starbucks "Secret Menu" Green Tea Frappuccino is pricy and has the usual overload of calories but is a good Matcha Cocktail too. Advise to do it all and enjoy.
    Green Tea Frappuccino
    Add Hazelnut syrup (1.5 Tall, 3 Grande, 4 Venti)
    Add Caramel syrup (.5-1 Tall, 1.5 Grande, 2 Venti)
    Add Java chips
    Optional: Top with whip cream and Caramel Drizzle.
    Nov 12, 2015. 01:13 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Hewlett-Packard Begins New History [View article]
    @Husker Bob: Before things happen the military and/or police are seen as single forces. When revolt does happen the police and military usually tend to fragment and the weapons and trained personnel line up in whatever proportions on opposite sides. Sometimes there are two factions struggling for supremacy and power. Sometimes it gets really messy like in Syria and there are so many factions that nobody really has much of a chance or any edge?
    Nov 3, 2015. 11:18 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Hewlett-Packard Begins New History [View article]
    @Buckoux: I had an interest in aviation and aircraft electronics once. Maintenance in the Air Force and a little other. Heard a lot of stories. Now I use Nav Apps in my car that may be as good as the aircraft systems of a generation or two ago. I am frustrated and appalled at the failings of the Nav Apps and would never be comfortable in a vehicle or near another vehicle that was autonomous unless I was sure that the control systems were at least several orders of magnitude better than the state of the art I see in my own available electronics.
    Nov 3, 2015. 11:06 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Hewlett-Packard Begins New History [View article]
    Did anyone read Josh Brown [The Reformed Broker] on Friday? He had a lot to say about Tesla, Google, Uber, others-- in relation to self-driving automobiles. He sees and references sources/articles saying that about 10% of current vehicles could pick up the entire individual transport load if they were all autonomous Uber-style systems.

    Josh Brown sees the demise of the entire automotive industry. Manufacturers, maintenance operations, professional & commercial drivers of all kinds, the auto insurance industry, all the other support businesses. 10+ million workers and kinds of jobs.

    I would ask if this is a part of the Electronics Revolution ??? There was an early Industrial Revolution that was a product of Steam-Powered equipment. The later Industrial Revolution amplified that with the internal combustion engine and electric motors. I am asking and suggesting that the Depression of the 1930's-- noting that for the people in the workforce it wasn't much better for most of the "Roaring" 1920's. And we have forgotten the little Depressions that were daisy-chained together in the late 1800's and early 1900's. All probably linked by the Industrial Revolution machinery replacing specialized skilled workers. -- That the Depression of the 1930's was a "correction" as the older workers who were skilled with jobs needed just prior to cars and ICE motors and electric motors and devices were abandoned. The "rescue"-- if it can be called that-- was WW-2. WW-2 ate up much of the detritus that caused the World Depression of the 1930's in its devastating maw. When that war was finally ended it was possible for our society to start over and benefit from all the new technology.

    In Theory the new and better jobs replace the older human-intensive jobs. In reality the older workers are left behind unemployed and the young/new job market entrants start over with the better/newer jobs/kinds of jobs.

    I wonder if we are now, in these early decades of this Millennium, repeating the cycle of embracing new and unexpected technology and abandoning the older workers who were the moving force of the earlier systems/technologies? And how bad it might get this time and how long to resolve itself?

    Perhaps we are repeating the 1920's now? Market highs and lows and all jobs and industries in one kind or another of trouble? But not quite yet into the dark depths that will equal 1933 (for those who were there and experienced it). (My own knowledge is 'Virtual' by way of my parents and I got a lot of the 'Virtual' feedback. And second-hand well back into the late 1800's when the 1% had all the wealth and the commoners had almost nothing.).
    Nov 2, 2015. 12:11 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Hewlett-Packard Begins New History [View article]
    @gggl: 401K offering a pension-like option--- Yes they do (?) sort of-- Since I formally retired my (TSP) (401 Whatever) has paid a distribution each month that is a part of my routine financial arrangements. Except that the account does/will eventually run dry? Then a 'Plan 2.0' (more formal and organized than most 'Plan B's' ??) has to be in place and take over. And yes, I have a Plan 2.0 ready to roll.
    Nov 2, 2015. 11:10 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: FOMC Meeting In Focus [View article]
    Tesla is mentioned again. And almost every day. Jalopnik (a car forum and group within FaceBook) said in the last few days: "Tesla is no longer cool." Also there is now either an awareness or belief that the electronics and the mechanical parts-- the motors?-- in the Tesla cars are less than reliable. In spite of the price tag.

    With the hype of "Back To The Future" Day there was a letter posted from the actor who played "Biff." In reality, a nice person. He said of the DeLorean: "The DeLorean was an inferior automobile, and nearly impossible for an individual of normal size like myself to enter and exit."

    The poor quality of the DeLorean has been remarked on elsewhere recently, too, that I read-- and passed beyond without much thought. Jalopnik mentioned that from the perspective of car enthusiasts road handling and power were seriously lacking. The buying public recognized all this and the DeLorean became history rapidly.

    Now I read all the hype of the Tesla and wonder when it will also become a relic in that dustbin of history? Perhaps rather quickly? And if the giant battery factory will also soon end in the dustbin as another monument to . . . what? There are many big buildings and other large and very costly things like ocean liners and even railroads (and the associated businesses) abandoned because it was either not yet time or the world changed or the effort to make something happen failed.

    This is very rhetorical. My money, however, wouldn't touch Tesla or the battery factory with a pole of any length.
    Oct 28, 2015. 12:23 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Utilities' Campaign Against Rooftop Solar Is Largely Failing [View article]
    In a residence in the south and southwest-- if the air conditioner had a second motor that was operated by power from the solar array and was electronically controlled to either help the motor using power from the grid or not produce drag-- might reduce meter power consumption enough to be worthwhile? My electric use here in Texas is such that power doubles early and late, as in April and May and late September and October; triples June through early September. It does not take much to benefit from any effort. Example: For me, a $1K of added insulation paid for itself in a single year. And that was a few years ago. Electric rates have increased a lot since then.
    Oct 28, 2015. 09:27 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Duke Energy buying Piedmont Natural Gas for $4.9B [View news story]
    What was that yesterday in a separate notice from SA where PNY has a significant penalty clause against DUK if the regulators refuse to allow the deal?
    Oct 28, 2015. 09:16 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Valeant Confirms Appropriateness Of Accounting [View article]
    The 0% loan for a new car will be on list sticker price. It is not really difficult to use a 3rd party loan (Credit Union or bank for anyone who can qualify) and get a 10% minimum discount on the transaction. Possibly 12% or more? That's the combined selling price of the new car at discount from the sticker price plus the trade value paid on the old car as compared to real book values. Lot's of games to confuse what really comes down.

    A 3rd party loan from an entity like a Credit Union is often easier out here in the brier patch to work with and to pay early. Don't know what the current going interest rates are for Credit Union or bank loans, but probably either lower rates or fewer attached fees.

    A reasonable interest rate on a significant discount to 'list' seems to me to often/usually be cheaper than list price at 0% interest? Especially with an early payoff? Which seems easier with my local Credit Union branch on a first-person basis in the brick & mortar location than it is by mail with a big automobile-company finance machine?

    I buy new because the machine has not been abused. Or wrecked. My experience has been that many newer cars on the used car lots are there because they were wrecked. Owners don't want to deal with possible longer-term consequences. Or, people trade every however often and see no reason for doing routine maintenance. Like a car 2 years old, 37 000 miles, factory oil and original oil and air filters still in place.

    I tried to help a lady with a 15-year old high-mileage car that broke down once. Several guys were trying. Someone brought some gasoline, put a gallon or two into her car's tank, and then we tried to prime the carb. Original factory air cleaner assembly and all the parts of it were corroded in place. No question that oil was only added when the warning light came on. We pushed her car into a gas station to get it off the highway and all of us split. There is only so much that can be done sometimes. Mindset of car owners is just the way it is for each one. Maintenance or purchasing.

    Sounds just like buying/selling stocks, doesn't it? Following rules or not following rules; discipline in trading or a lack of discipline? LOL.
    Oct 26, 2015. 12:50 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Duke Energy buying Piedmont Natural Gas for $4.9B [View news story]
    Somebody write an article on ATO? Or post a link to an article? As a replacement for PNY?
    Oct 26, 2015. 11:11 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Linn Energy Sees Its Borrowing Base Cut [View article]
    To: rhiannion and Downtown Investment Advisory:
    Its all Online Discount Brokerage Account. I am well past eligibility for any IRA or 401K due to age. It will all be OK in all probability. Not something everyone can say. Many percentages in my Brokerage Account are disasters but the dollar amounts are manageable. Total dividend return percentages and dollars are OK. As far as LINE is concerned, I need to write it off and use the loss for offsetting future gains in other positions. Maybe the price of oil will increase in the Winter? LINE may increase a little. I can wait and see between now and Valentine's Day/Chinese New Year after which it all might be different?

    Yes, I hold too many MLP's. Part of the solution is to buy more positions in other sectors. Which I need to do anyway. Selling LINE and the affiliated small positions that accumulated with or from LINE will change my mix a lot, too.
    Oct 24, 2015. 05:44 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment