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  • WTO is expected to issue a ruling Monday clearing the way for Brazil to allow local drugmakers to infringe on the patents of U.S. drugmakers, as retaliation for subsidies the U.S. paid to its cotton farmers.  [View news story]
    If you had bothered to read the article you would know that this all started in 2002, what that got to do with cotton and now?

    On Aug 30 10:59 PM (S)wingman wrote:

    > This is simply the result of the cotton lobby being a larger donor
    > to the Democrats than the pharmaceutical lobby. When the drug company
    > lobbyists realize they've been outspent and solve their dilemma (under-donating),
    > you'll see an about-face by the administration.
    Aug 31 09:20 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • WTO is expected to issue a ruling Monday clearing the way for Brazil to allow local drugmakers to infringe on the patents of U.S. drugmakers, as retaliation for subsidies the U.S. paid to its cotton farmers.  [View news story]
    Yes indeed, it's Obama's fault (OMG, Socialism every where you look!)that the drug companies won't make AIDS and other drugs available to Brazil at a reasonable price for the thousands of people suffering from these diseases and Brazil and South Africa got tired of it and basically said "we can't afford the drugs, we can't afford to wait so screw the U.S. drug manufacturers we will make them ourselves".
    You right wing ideologs forget that U.S. taxpayer money pay for the largest part of the R&D claimed by the drug companies through NIH and Universities and not out of their own pocket so they can damn well afford to sell drugs to third world countries at cost.
    Of course the Bush administration tried to stop Brazil and South Africa by taking the issue to WTO to protect the big campaign donor drug companies bottom line (and screw the sick and dying) so I think Mr Obama had nothing to do with this ruling-I would think more of him if it had been his doing but I don't think it was.
    Aug 30 09:36 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Incredimail Cracks the $10 Barrier: Where to from Here? [View article]
    Aug 30 04:37 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Sobering Stat: ARMS Index Indicates Market Is at Peak, Not Bottom [View article]
    My knowledge of technical indicators is marginal at best so I wont speak to the TRIN index but I will say that all the comments written here have been the same since DJI 7500. No market goes up or down in a straight line so of course there will be a pullback somewhere in the future but IMHO this market is not being driven on fundamentals including the TRIN Index, it's all about perception and the perception is that the worst of the recession is over. Even if the recovery is in the distant future people don't want to get left behind and hope to recover their losses eventually. The question is "will those who have been buying panic on a correction and sell, it has very little to do with fundamentals
    Aug 29 11:06 AM | 11 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Investing in Natural Gas: It's Time [View article]
    Show me the inflation! Oil has edged higher but basically has been in a trading range for months, natural gas is cheap and getting cheaper, commodity ETFs have been languishing, The dollar is neither up nor down to any great extent in the last few months. All that electronic money the Fed. created has not led to hyperinflation as predicted in 90% of the blogs here on SA.

    On Aug 24 11:51 AM Wilson Siu wrote:

    > What the writer is also implying is that Obama's policy is inflationary,
    > thus Natural Gas would also naturally go up in price.
    Aug 24 02:37 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Preview from Europe: What's This Week's Catalyst? [View article]
    "Michael Moore is part of the politically corrupt and an opportunist."

    Doubleguns, tell me how Moore is "politically corrupt" We here on SA like to buy low sell high, is that not being an "opportunist"? It is sad that so many amoral opportunities exist as to allow Moore to be an "on-the-money opportunist".

    On Aug 24 08:52 AM doubleguns wrote:

    > Michael Moore is part of the politically corrupt and an opportunist.
    > He is not going to miss out on an opportunity to profit from this
    > crisis either and get his political statement made at the same time.
    > I expect there to be some of his liberal ideology somewhere in this.
    Aug 24 09:13 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • S&P's New High for 2009 - Another Victory for the Bulls [View article]
    Well said "Nuff Sed". This Market has had every reason of crash since it's recent bottom in March but it has moved higher. Everyone wants the recession to be over so even if it isn't 'it is" and they are buying, especially on pullbacks. As this market has moved higher more and more investors are getting the "I missed the buying opportunity of a lifetime feeling". I feel it here on SA with so many negative post trying to defend their "fundamentals" reasoning for having missed an almost 50% move to the upside, wishing for a market collapse so they can say "see, I told you so".
    Those who have rode this rally have plenty of room to absorb a major pullback if it happens and still have a profit when they decide that "the bear is back" and sell.

    On Aug 23 02:37 PM E Nuff Sed wrote:

    > Arguing with a recovery again. When will you guys learn? A recovery
    > is born out of sentiment not fundamentals.
    > Fundamentals take over only when a market is mature.
    Aug 23 07:51 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Can Americans Save Their Economy? [View article]
    Also, where was all this indignation when Bush pushed through the thousands of pages of the homeland security act before it could be read by lawmakers? Where was all this indignation when Bushies crammed through the Medicare prescription drug plan which was a Trojan horse to destroy Medicare? OMG, two weeks would have been great!

    "A key element of the Obama Administration is its 1,000-page healthcare reform bill. Despite the impossibility of reading, let alone understanding, the legislative behemoth, Obama tried forcefully to push it through Congress in just two week"

    On Aug 20 08:29 AM Bob 123 wrote:

    > Sorry,
    > but trying to convince us "we don't want health-care" because we
    > are "individualistic and resent big government" is getting a little
    > long in the tooth.
    > Where were you "fiscal-responsibility" guys when Reagan and Bush
    > Jr. were jacking up the deficits ?
    > If and when the Republicans regain the power, I'm sure you'll go
    > back into silence mode as more trillions stolen from our grandchildren
    > go to fighting unwinnable wars.
    > If Obama fails with is programs, then I guess it's back to the party
    > that says "government is bad" ---- then turns it into a self-fulfilling
    > prophecy.
    > " Universal health care? Are you out of your mind?
    > Where for that, might I ask, would the money you find?
    > Bridges and roads? What do we need them for?
    > There's no jobs so you don't need to get there no more!
    > But wait! Like Iraq, there's terror ahead
    > Wall Street's meltdown is worse than burning in bed!
    > Trillions of dollars to bail them all out?
    > The world's bestest minds - those you would doubt?
    > Social security - yeah, let's privatize that
    > if we had, just think where we'd all now be at! "
    Aug 20 10:41 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Truth About Fossil Fuels and Renewable Energy [View article]
    like the U.S.?

    On Aug 07 12:47 PM Heyya wrote:

    > Excellent article. I enjoy all of Mr. Shaefer's articles. They
    > are a bit wordy, but informative, very interesting, and very intelligent.
    > Also interesting comments above, and I highly agree with jerrydd.
    > The issue of overpopulation came up a few times above, and this is
    > certainly a significant issue that is largely ignored. Perhaps,
    > instead of or in addition to spending the big bucks on climate change
    > programs, we should increase funding for population control in unsustainable
    > growth countries?
    Aug 8 10:20 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Friday Jobs Report Discounted: Why the Rally Will Continue [View article]
    Jasper, were you the one calling Cetin "the village idiot"? Poor Cetin was called every nasty thing in the book back when the DJI was 7000 and he was predicting a rally. I don't know for certain where this market will go but I think with all the negative sentiment here the guys at my might be correct.

    On Aug 06 04:38 PM Jasper M wrote:

    > Wow . . . this author is about as far from correct, on Everything,
    > as one can ge.
    Aug 6 05:55 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Lawyers take pro bono cases, and doctors treat the uninsured in medical emergencies, giving up profit to do so. So Joe Nocera wonders: What is banking's moral obligation to the country that fished it out of the abyss?  [View news story]
    Many years ago the Supreme Court ruled in favor of giving institutions many of the rights as individuals including free speech which they hide behind to control our politicians with large campaign donations. Early in the formation of our Union the idea was to limit the power of institutions and they were at the will of the people (the State) to operate reversing the policies of the the English Monarchy but the Supreme Courts decision nullified that concept. I see no reason why "moral obligation" shouldn't be legislated for institutions.

    On Aug 01 05:14 PM Neil459 wrote:

    > Individuals should have moral obligations not institutions. This
    > is just more socialists crap that masquerades as politically correct
    > thinking. The next step is to force institutions to have moral obligations
    > thereby rising costs for everyone.
    Aug 1 08:37 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Safest High Yield Stocks to Buy on the Next Dip (Part I) [View article]
    My online broker usually does allow trading off the pink sheets but not this one?

    On Jul 31 08:41 AM Dividend Growth Investor wrote:

    > While this analysis is great, how can US investors take advantage
    > from it? I know for a fact that most brokers don't allow trading
    > pink sheets, while opening canadian brokerage accounts for the purpose
    > of owning one REIT sounds silly..
    Jul 31 09:29 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • An Interview With Paul Krugman [View article]
    I wonder what the reactions here would have been had krugman been a conservative?
    Jul 30 09:32 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Reality Check on U.S. 'Economic Recovery' [View article]
    If the market tanks like you and Jeff think you would be better off in cash than ENERGY, FOOD, AND PHARMA... cause they are going to tank right along with the rest of the market.

    On Jul 30 03:00 PM Tom Colangelo wrote:

    > WE know that pure lies and fabrications have levitated the market
    > for 7 months, ever since the green shoots mirage started to appear.
    > The question that GS has answered so well is "How do you make money
    > in this market?"
    > So I ask you, Jeff, what are you investing in to make money despite
    > the ugly scenario you describe?
    > I'll start the sauce. INothing fancy. 'm betting on the things we
    > can't do without no matter what the economy. ENERGY, FOOD, AND PHARMA...with
    > some utilities thrown in for extra dividends. Yes they may decline
    > in market value until we pull out of the recession, but they will
    > pay good dividends because they won;t go out of business and everyone
    > needs what they sell.
    > Now your turn.
    Jul 30 09:02 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Jonathan Weil thinks the banker bonus backlash, which has now taken the form of a bill that proposes to prohibit "any incentive-based payment arrangement" that "regulators determine encourages inappropriate risks," is way out of hand. "The government shouldn’t overreact to its own gross negligence by imposing systemic-risk controls on companies that don’t pose systemic risk." (earlier)  [View news story]
    agreed! Unfortunately the chances of any bill having real teeth before it becomes law is zip anyway.

    On Jul 30 03:48 PM Graham and Dodd Investor wrote:

    > The bankers had zero sense of decency in deciding to take systemic
    > risks. And while we dislike government "do and don't" mandates, this
    > seems like the lesser of two evils.
    Jul 30 04:04 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment