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  • Ethanol makers cheer as EPA punts on renewable fuel mandate decision [View news story]
    Not many solar jet airplanes either.
    Nov 26, 2014. 01:31 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ethanol makers cheer as EPA punts on renewable fuel mandate decision [View news story]
    Blue22 - You might be right about US gov't collusion to drive down the price of oil. Would that be to hurt US P&E companies or just help consumers prior to an election? There is no evidence. It's all speculation.

    But on Russia, we have Obama saying on a hot mic to then President Medvedev "Tell Vladimir [Putin] that after the election I'll have more flexibility." Flexibility to do what, we do not know. But Putin drove a truck, and several dozen tanks, through that opening.

    The flaw in the speculative theory that US is colluding with Saudis is that it implies the administration is competent to act on a given strategy. Where is the evidence of that?
    Nov 26, 2014. 01:29 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ethanol makers cheer as EPA punts on renewable fuel mandate decision [View news story]
    If you look at the following chart from the same site, you can see where the heavy-hitters of contributions really come from. Contributors ranking #2,3,6 and 9-17 are labor unions that give almost all their dough to Democrats. #1 is ActBlue - Exclusively promoting Democrats. You have to go all the way down to #42 to find Koch Industries, the highest oil & gas contributor, which gives 76% to Republicans. And I'm pretty sure they're against ethanol subsidies. Chevron's #72 and Exxon is #77.

    Sure, oil & gas industries have clout, but it seems that politicians have a lot of competing interests trying to gain influence.
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    Nov 22, 2014. 08:19 AM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • GCVRZ Forum [View instapost]
    The delayed approval of Lemtrada reminds me of this quote:
    “The stock market is a highly efficient mechanism for the transfer of wealth from the impatient to the patient.”
    - W. Buffett
    Nov 18, 2014. 12:02 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Seadrill Is A Value Play For Those Willing To Wait [View article]
    sts66, re: LMT fusion, I am also skeptical. However, I am reminded of what the founder of Paypal said. They were told that fraud would be a tremendous problem for them and it turns out that it was, but it was manageable. Had he been a banker steeped in knowledge of credit card fraud, he might have been convinced that online payments were a pipedream and never have continued the project. But since they did not know it was impossible, they actually tried to solve the problem and succeeded.
    Oct 29, 2014. 08:24 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Seadrill Is A Value Play For Those Willing To Wait [View article]
    Debutant, you make good points. Ukraine is quite dysfunctional. I just wanted to clarify that she should not feel beholden to Russia after having suffered decades of Russian domination.

    Why wife is a former-Ukrainian of Russian descent. Her sympathies tend to be with Russia. I have visited a few times and seen the corruption firsthand. It makes me feel sad as I had hoped it would turn out better for them. But decades of the dysfunctional Soviet system has made most of them very cynical. Cynicism is an awful thing. It punishes both the speaker and the listener.

    As for paying back debt, no American can criticize any other debtor nation. Our debt is truly horrifying. Still, as for Europe and the repayment of debt, I don't believe the Marshall Plan was ever truly reimbursed, so sometimes a bit of charity and forbearance is required.
    Oct 29, 2014. 08:13 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Casual Dining Dying? [View article]
    Red Lobster has significant brand loyalty, which can be witnessed every weekend night: People are willing to wait for tables. Sales may be down, but they are still pulling in customers.
    Oct 27, 2014. 12:35 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Casual Dining Dying? [View article]
    I believe that the tableside tablet devices do not eliminate the need for servers. They do, however, enable the guest to scroll through photos of food and see how taste-tempting they are. This boosts appetizer and dessert sales (and tips are a percentage of sales).

    Since the customer can pay and leave, this makes the server's job easier and turns over the table faster. Still, a server is required to assemble and present the food, to check on the guest, to enhance the "guest experience" so the guests feel welcome and taken care of.

    In short, this makes the server's job easier, and with increased turnover, also increases their tips. It is the rare customer these days who would refuse to tip a server merely because they can swipe and leave.
    Oct 27, 2014. 12:31 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The 'Sarah Palin' Oil Shock [View article]
    Jerry, you and I disagree. You ignore or dismiss facts presented to you and then accuse us of the same. You have a closed mind. I recognize that. I do wonder how you shave since you seem to have no mirror in your house.

    I don't think you are a bad person, nor do I call your somewhat anti-American opinions garbage. I don't feel the need to persuade you, nor to denigrate you. I just disagree with you.
    Oct 27, 2014. 12:24 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Seadrill Is A Value Play For Those Willing To Wait [View article]
    "The Ukraine will need to pay upfront for gas supplies because they are a bad debtor. They owe Russia in the region of 4.5bn USD for gas already consumed which they have yet to pay."

    Good luck getting NG to the European customers without co-operation from Ukraine (i.e. without using the pipelines located therein).
    Oct 27, 2014. 11:34 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Seadrill Is A Value Play For Those Willing To Wait [View article]
    Regardless of the disputed involvement of the US in the Maidan revolution, it was Ukrainian students who were protesting and were shot and killed. The horror of the Ukrainian gov't killing its own people on the streets of Kiev is what brought down that country's corrupt president. If the US is powerful enough and so inclined as to liberate the Ukrainian people, then why are they not arming the Ukrainians (as they promised to do) now that Putin is stealing eastern provinces?

    The answer is quite simple: The US was not significantly involved (at least not at a governmental level). The Ukrainians in West Ukraine resented their corrupt president and took to the streets in protest. Putin is not permitted to enslave any country, and any country has a right to desire a less corrupt gov't.
    Oct 27, 2014. 11:30 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Seadrill Is A Value Play For Those Willing To Wait [View article]
    "The EU has been baiting the Russian bear for years by enticing former Soviet countries into the EU"

    Some of us believe that independent nations are allowed to determine their own alliances and are not beholden to their former Soviet masters.


    "US then enticed those into Nato, an organisation mostly financed by the US."

    Perhaps those who were "enticed" (e.g. Poland, the Baltic states) genuinely appreciated the threat posed by Russia to their independence (an appreciation born during the decades of Soviet military and cultural domination). Seems natural to me to join an alliance that opposes one's former jailer.

    "The US wanted to base missile defence systems in Poland aimed at Russia but the Polish people stopped that."

    The Polish gov't, elected by the people, did not stop the deployment of those ABM systems. It was the US gov't, elected by the US people who stopped those deployments (for better or worse) in a misguided attempt to curry favor with the Russian bear. How'd that work out?
    Oct 27, 2014. 11:25 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Seadrill Is A Value Play For Those Willing To Wait [View article]
    If you think the point of recent US military action is to dominate the world militarily, you have not been paying attention to fact. For better or worse, the US withdrew from the last country it dominated. It is slowly withdrawing from Afghanistan and is certainly not there to dominate it.

    The notion that the US has done anything other than liberate other countries in the vain attempt to set men free from their oppressors is a calumny of the worst kind. US wars may be expensive, but they are not imperialistic.
    Oct 27, 2014. 11:18 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Casual Dining Dying? [View article]
    Maybe the blame should be put on the modern "hook up" culture. Used to be girls wouldn't respond favorably (how's that for a euphemism) without dinner beforehand.
    Oct 27, 2014. 10:59 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Casual Dining Dying? [View article]
    The tip guide on an Olive Garden check shows 15%, 18% & 20%. I can remember when 10% was standard and 15% was generous. Has being a server gotten more difficult over the years? Actually, the opposite is true.
    Oct 27, 2014. 10:55 AM | 17 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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