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  • Wall Street Breakfast: Euro Drops To Fresh 11-Year Low [View article]
    Buckoux - It's not a question of how easily viruses move around in the modern world. If a group has been exposed for many generations, it has had time to adapt by natural selection. This is the same mechanism that gradually makes many antibiotics ineffective. "Superbugs" are descendents of the small minority of viruses that survived treatment. To prevent that from happening is the reason that you are supposed to finish a course of treatment by antibiotics even if you feel fine.
    Jan 23, 2015. 04:07 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    Alex - I don't understand your logic on shipping stocks. Lower fuel costs should help them all. But you suggest buying rail and barge and dumping truck and air, though lower fuel costs should help in a relative fashion those means of transportation that are the least efficient in their use of fuel.

    I have a long position in Wabash National, (WNC), a truck trailer manufacturer and in a miniscule Canadian competitor, Manac (MA in Toronto). The latter represents a play on Canadian exporters, likely to benefit from the oil-based drop in the Loonie.
    Jan 23, 2015. 02:08 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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    Spald - Congratulations - - - Genetics determines what you CAN be. By your behavior, you have maximized that potential.
    Jan 23, 2015. 12:37 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    Blueline - Just today, Sierra Leone announced that it was ending quarantine measures in the provinces that had been affected by it. It's hoping for zero cases as of March 1 and plans to reopen schools in mid-March.

    As to where anti-Ebola treatments should be made, if the infrastructure is available, testing would be cheaper in Africa and would stimulate battered economies. The theory surrounding viral diseases is that the indigenous population may have developed a greater ability to ward off disease, natural selection having killed off the most vulnerable over a long period of time. The ultimate test for any vaccine would be with a population never having been exposed to it. Thus, in the case of Ebola, any population group other than those living in areas where it is endemic, would be ideal.
    Jan 23, 2015. 10:07 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Gold Rises Ahead Of ECB Meeting [View article]
    James - Even being a soldier on the "right" side comes with costs. The obvious since the beginning of time is the possibility of death and physical injury. What has become evident lately are the psychological costs of participating in warfare. No, being a soldier or Marine does not "do everybody some good."

    Moreover, your suggestion smacks of conscription during the Civil War. Those who could get ahead without the "advantages" of military service, could use money to have their way. You would have being part of the military as a means for the downtrodden to get ahead and provide no helping hand to others who would prefer another path. War is so easy to support in the U.S. when you don't personally have to partake, and even comes accompanied with a tax cut.
    Jan 22, 2015. 02:45 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: ECB Poised To Launch Quantitative Easing [View article]
    A64hoo - Canadian tobacco labels display some of the bad effects of tobacco. I see no problem with government attempting to prevent a dangerous product from doing harm. In the case of tobacco, it is even more obvious since the harm is brought about by using the product in the way it was intended. If glue sniffing became a great problem, I would not mind manufacturers being compelled to modify their packaging and use warning labels even though the product was being misused.
    Jan 22, 2015. 02:13 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    Deer - The big trend to play, it would seem to me, is the massive drop in the price of petroleum products. I had recommended Goodyear (GT) back in October thinking that their feedstock costs would lessen while driving and thus the use of tires would increase. I had sold GT puts which expired without value. GT took off and eventually profit taking ensued. I'm back in as of last Tuesday.

    I've got a couple more recommendations later, but I'm off to the curling rink now. Take care.
    Jan 22, 2015. 08:33 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Gold Rises Ahead Of ECB Meeting [View article]
    If helium or hydrogen were used to inflate a football, it would reduce the weight of the ball by about 1 or 2%. That would allow for a very slightly quicker release on a throw. Likely, any such ball would leak a lot more than when inflated with the larger nitrogen and oxygen molecules of air, thus explaining the loss in pressure. The tampering would have been done earlier in using the lighter (illegal ?) gas. The easy test would be to put the needle in the ball, put your mouth to the needle and breathe in and then say a few words. If you speak like Mickey Mouse, conspiracy confirmed. If you come up as Mickey, the Hindenburg test, a match to the needle, would confirm which gas was the culprit.

    Just a few days ago, someone on these pages was condescendingly laughing at the public's interest in vacuous celebrities - - - and now were going on about 2 PSI in a football.
    Jan 21, 2015. 10:29 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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    Husker Bob - It is undeniable that great wealth leads to greater wealth. We know or should that wealth tends to corrupt the political process in favor of those who already have wealth to accumulate even more. According to Oxfam, 80 individuals have as much wealth as the poorer half of the world's population. The richest 1% will soon have as much wealth as the other 99%. These figures confirm Marx's original vision. Not too many of us would like to revisit a revolution leading to any thing like a Leninist, Stalinist or Maoist solution to social inequity. Capitalism must be tweaked.
    Jan 21, 2015. 07:16 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    Buckoux - The U.S. had a free to the user public school system aimed at all classes of society. In comparison, 19th century European countries generally provided free education to those without the wherewithal to do better.. Europe has progressed to where the U.S. was and made it better by extending free to the user education to university level. There are writers here today on WSB who have regressed to what existed, or failed to exist centuries previous. A dog eat dog society is good only to those who don't mind living with a gated community fear of the masses around them.
    Jan 21, 2015. 04:49 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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    SoCalNative - You're recycling an argument used at least a century and a half ago in the U.S. against "free" public schools.
    Jan 21, 2015. 11:23 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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    Panamerican - Insisting on the increasingly unequal blessings of capitalism can and has caused a change towards the miseries of Marxist Leninist socialism. Must two terribly inadequate systems be the only possibilities?
    Jan 21, 2015. 10:17 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    Tony - You seem to discount modern marketing. Money can be used to sell you soap or a political point of view. That's why democracies tend to limit bought speech. In the U.S., it will now take a Constitutional amendment to bring a return to democratic principles. That will be exceedingly difficult when, it would seem from opinions expressed on this site, that the masses should be viewed with an attitude reminiscent to that expressed by the more conservative of the Founding Fathers over two centuries ago.
    Jan 21, 2015. 10:10 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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    Husker Bob - Though I might disagree on the politics, I had to LIKE your humorous link of the two subjects.
    Jan 21, 2015. 09:58 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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    James - I have been trying to figure out WHY your rush to judgment on the Patriots. I had forgotten the Patriots victory over the Bears 51-23, including 38-7 at half time. And the Patriot's coach does have a negative effect on opponents' supporters similar to Red Auerbach lighting up a victory cigar at the end of so many Boston Celtics games a half century ago. I had expected lots of comments on Obama's speech this morning, not on a football game. I guess that the Romans had it right in providing bread and games to the masses as a distractive means of maintaining favorable policies for the ruling class.
    Jan 21, 2015. 09:44 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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