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  • Wall Street Breakfast: Equities-Oil Relationship Gets Warmer  [View article]
    "Puerto Rico is just another Latin country to our south that cannot run an effective government."

    Which also can't depreciate its currency and has wage laws that will continue to render it an unattractive place for businesses to employee locals, considering the lack of productivity vs. other places with the same wage laws.
    Feb 4, 2016. 10:23 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Equities-Oil Relationship Gets Warmer  [View article]
    Good morning Blueline. I have no disagreement with any of that. Especially if declaring a state of emergency also authorizes things like funding/efforts to do other things that help mitigate mosquito breeding -- like detecting abandoned houses to drain any swimming pools that have stagnant rainwater sitting in them.

    The one thing I would add though -- I hope they are increasing proactive monitoring in the adjacent counties; would even be better to take the mosquito control efforts in those, as well... get out ahead of it.
    Feb 4, 2016. 08:29 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Alphabet Becomes World's Most Valuable Company  [View article]
    From FoxNews website, right now...

    "In the earlier interviews, Sanders mentioned that Clinton’s campaign apparently won a series of coin tosses to resolve ties – which then helped her gain additional, local delegates. Those delegates, though, may have had a negligible effect on the final tallies of what are known as state delegate equivalents. Further, reports have emerged that the Sanders campaign also won several coin tosses."
    Feb 3, 2016. 02:45 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Alphabet Becomes World's Most Valuable Company  [View article]
    From what I can tell, neither Senator Cruz or Senator Obama accomplished much as a legislator. At least Obama was harmless, whereas Cruz was actively counterproductive. They both came in and immediately started running for POTUS.
    Feb 3, 2016. 02:26 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: ChemChina Makes $43B Offer For Syngenta  [View article]
    "The ONE alleged sexually transmitted case of Zika in the world, was a man who had sex with a pregnant woman"

    Then you can add that the disease may now have evolved its capabilities to utilize non-blood fluids for transmission.

    Haven't heard about this new super bacteria. If you want something to worry about, watch for the next high-mortality pandemic to evolve out of the Asian poultry markets. A time bomb waiting to explode.
    Feb 3, 2016. 09:07 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: ChemChina Makes $43B Offer For Syngenta  [View article]
    But speaking of eradicating sex, some panicky officials in afflicted countries have publicly (and evidently, sincerely) recommended that women not become pregnant until 2018.

    I don't think that strategy is going to work.
    Feb 3, 2016. 07:59 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: ChemChina Makes $43B Offer For Syngenta  [View article]
    Please tell me you know that was sarcasm.
    Feb 3, 2016. 07:54 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Health officials confirm sexually transmitted Zika case  [View news story]
    Illegal human immigration had practically zero to do with Zika spreading from Brazil up through Central America.

    But maybe if we build that border wall high enough, mosquitoes won't be able to fly over it.

    Carry on.
    Feb 3, 2016. 07:22 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Alphabet Becomes World's Most Valuable Company  [View article]
    "Agreed. Wasn't there some recent talk about bumping Iowa from "1st contest" status?"

    Yep, but "the establishment" actually slammed the door pretty hard on some large states that wanted to move up their spot in the calendar. How about we start with California and Texas, to quickly wipe out those merely interviewing for cabinet positions and gigs on 24-hour news channels?
    Feb 3, 2016. 07:18 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: ChemChina Makes $43B Offer For Syngenta  [View article]
    A public health update for our resident conspiracy theorists...

    As mentioned before in the SA comment streams, viruses can evolve at lightning speeds. And we're watching it happen now before our eyes. Not only has Zika spread from Brazil up thru Central America only since May 2014...

    It has now been able to change vectors from mosquitoes to humans (so what makes you think it can't easily jump into different mosquito species within the US?). It has even been able to diversify its suspected methods of transmission (sexual contact, as well as mosquito bites).

    Perhaps we'll have to eradicate humans (or at least, sex) as well as mosquitoes.

    So maybe the alarms over Zika are not simply an international conspiracy between public health bureaucrats and Big Pharma.
    Feb 3, 2016. 07:12 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Alphabet: The Elephant In The Room  [View article]
    I'm long "Google", Apple and MS -- so a few objective observations of product comparisons...

    "Even AltaVista was a better search engine than Google offered for years"

    No. I lived thru those days as an Internet 1.0 combatant. AltaVista could have owned Internet search, but its results were so horrifically bad and so easily "gamed" (dozens of pages of useless results before getting something relevant), that's what left the titanic opportunity available for Google. I will admit that habit and marketing lead me to use Google as the default search engine, so can't really compare to Bing results.

    A free offering is a different product class than a paid offering. You are comparing apples/oranges.

    For enterprise uses... I'm not as enamored with Google Calendars as some other commenters. And Google Docs simply isn't "there" yet for business purposes, it's worth it to me to pay up for MS Office. Hangouts has a long way to go vs. Skype for quality of calls (and people even being able to join... and then STAY on calls w/o being dropped).
    Feb 3, 2016. 06:54 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Health officials confirm sexually transmitted Zika case  [View news story]
    Either that, or public health officials are justifiably worried about a disease that has now proven its ability to: 1) spread from Brazil up thru Central America since May 2014, and 2) change its vector (human, as well as mosquito), and 3) change its method of transmission (sexual contact, as well as insect bite)
    Feb 3, 2016. 06:25 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Alphabet Becomes World's Most Valuable Company  [View article]
    I agree that 6 out of 6 is statistically "improbable". But it's also not statistically "impossible".

    So... no one answered my question about how coin flips are handled. I really don't know, I'm asking, this isn't a set-up loaded question.

    If the flips are done outside the light of day, I haven't heard anything about the Sanders campaign complaining? Why only the "dark hints" from our right-wing partisan SA commenters?
    Feb 3, 2016. 05:38 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Alphabet Becomes World's Most Valuable Company  [View article]
    Aramco is not "dumping" oil, even the current price is above their cost. I say this as a Texan whose local economy would benefit from higher oil prices.

    Like I say, you find out who the true Darwinian capitalists are when someone's drinking THEIR milkshake.
    Feb 2, 2016. 12:48 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Alphabet Becomes World's Most Valuable Company  [View article]
    Just to address the allegations... are the coin flips done in the presence of "objective observers" or filmed? Or is it a process of some official saying "trust me, I flipped a coin, and here's the result"?

    Whether Clinton or Sanders won, the most remarkable aspect is Sanders starting w/ a 3% poll and making this so close. Not turning out to be the straightforward coronation process that she anticipated.
    Feb 2, 2016. 12:45 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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