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  • The Pros Pick 4 Solar Stocks For 2014 [View article]
    Attacks on solar are gaining bite-back. I love the songs in Arizona from TUSK and Barry Goldwater, Jr., and others. One of the songs is an earworm.
    Jan 2, 2014. 08:17 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Book Review: Code Red [View article]
    Understanding the risks in the bond market over-all, the only bond type I will invest in now is convertibles. Some convertible funds have good track records.

    Beyond that, it's tough. I'm not much in large-cap because I see rocks all over the place for them.

    I carefully look over holdings with my own social screen.

    This is one of those periods when U.S. people are having to scurry and do work-arounds.

    The bias in favor of consolidations to take out little guys is still great, but it looks to me that it is starting to wobble in spots.

    Also, independent science is growing stronger and getting more savvy in how to find and expose conflicts of interest. These exposures kind of float around underground on the internet for a while, until they are so self-evident that the powers that be can't hire enough jammers and trolls to subvert conversations about substance.
    Dec 2, 2013. 12:39 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Stagflation And Financial Repression [View article]
    Spot on, said far more succinctly than I could have done.

    We have either local leaders who understand or local leaders who think that if they do not comply with federal mandates to feed federal monster corps, the feds will put them in jail. They actually have said that here in Portland concerning projects that harm water quality to feed the big concrete monsters.

    Some of us have tried to show them Matt Taibbi's article in Rolling Stone about what happened in Birmingham, Alabama, with this, but they still do not get it.

    Be the Change, by Linzey and Campbell, discusses new initiatives on the local level, largely triggered by salt-of-the-earth Reds in Pennsylvania, to make a kind of Green Tea that reaches across the usual demonization divides.

    I have heard these initiatives upset the elites, which I am in favor of doing.

    Did you see yesterday's Bill Gates Can't Build a Toilet in the New York Times? At some point, the old, moribund liturgists are going to have to look up to see what real lay people are doing, joyfully, to change the old, dead, dirty, and ugly processes that growing numbers of disgusted real people want to get over.

    This was so refreshing. Do more of it.
    Nov 21, 2013. 10:47 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Krugman Versus ZeroHedge [View article]
    They could go on vacation in Greece, which they have done in the past. Greece is also a source of some food production. There are a number of things that could be done to help the Greeks. I am not sure we know that some of these things are not being done.
    Nov 16, 2013. 09:39 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 3D Systems Is Not The Best Pick In 3D Printing, Organovo Is [View article]
    Tengion might have been a competitor for Organovo, but it has encountered some pretty tough seas. Another SA article discusses this in great detail, some of the details of which might apply to Organovo as well. These are interesting issues to watch.
    Nov 5, 2013. 11:54 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How This Ends [View article]
    Voters may not look to party label as much going forward as they have in the past.

    Rather, they may look for value, as odd as that sounds.

    The community-rights movement has salt-of-the-earth conservative sorts of people constructing ways to protect themselves with way-blue environmental lawyers. This movement is a wild card.

    Some times it has been referred to as green tea.
    Oct 15, 2013. 12:06 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The Rules, Part XLIX [View article]
    I appreciate this focus. Even though I don't need many losses, I still harvest them to move on. If I goofed, I goofed and learned.
    Aug 24, 2013. 12:17 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Value Investing When Debt Levels Are High [View article]
    Great article, thanks. It made me think of Garrison Keilor's colorful "Worst-Case-Scenario" skits.

    People may now get kicked out of houses (some used to say they would pay mortgage first--that's over), but most of them are still going to want to wash clothes, even more maybe when they can't buy new.

    Those people who keep houses are going to have to fix roofs.

    Those people who can't buy food retail are going to try growing some, etc.

    Peter Lynch used to talk about this kind of thing.

    Three-d printing is for play money, not for what might be needed to buy beans and rice.

    For me, financials are over, so over. I got out of munis in time, before I started watching what goes on at city hall, but I will never fiddle with that stuff ever again. Never. I can't know enough about the shenanigans they can pull off, no-bid, last-minute.
    Aug 16, 2013. 12:57 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Chart Of The Day: U.S. Stock Market Vs. U.S. Labor Market [View article]
    National data sets do not tell us much about the fashionable hunt for what works by looking at "pilot projects."

    If you kvetch to a local official, as I have been known to do, they sometimes ask if you have a pilot project to address your issues.

    I'm not opposed to pilot projects. I think they are a good idea. They do require capital, energy though.

    How does a down-on-its-luck locality find its mines of hidden capital and energy?

    I know of good examples of kids to inventing their own proposals and then asking locals to let them present their grant pitches.

    These examples are the science projects of Michael Becker's middle-school students in Hood River, Oregon.

    The resulting historically-compliant greenhouse, with a subsequent farmer's market and community-supported kitchen is a favorite case I like to discuss.

    I'm not sure this case will be loved on SA. Who would want to compete for a job with a middle-school kid?

    Nonetheless, this school is now fielding field trips from other schools wanting to do the same entrepreneurial-type stuff.

    Some venues are going to be doing better.

    I'm not equipped to analyze big data sets on this, but I would be interested to read an article from someone who has methodically looked into it, both around the country and around the world.
    Aug 10, 2013. 01:06 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Optimal Interest Rate Scenario, Until Now [View article]
    The government does not carry through on promises made. It carries through on private deals kept secret from the voters.

    These secret deals may well be allowing privileged parties to front-run the market even more than what we already knew they were doing.

    In the meantime, local governments are debt-swamping local assets, sometimes because of federal mandates requiring the use of wired-in federal contractors. Some local citizens have caught on and are starting to learn from jurisdictions that have more successfully resisted. It's a mess. It will take a long time to unwind this stuff.

    Meanwhile, U.S. people are going to have to end-run these betrayals, again. This is one of the reasons investing now is so tricky. As corruption becomes so egregious as to surface, its grip on resources is less secure. Many large corporations have been extracting subsidies and privileges that may have pull dates coming due.
    Aug 4, 2013. 10:46 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Optimal Interest Rate Scenario, Until Now [View article]
    It makes sense.

    While the government will use resources to do things it sees as important, such as snooping, services that were expected of it will have to be performed in the private sector. I have been observing the rise in buzz about private currencies and alternative ways of trading. Also, some churches are turning into tool, seed, and repair centers, sometimes with community gardens attached. I don't know if this is happening everywhere, but it is where I live.
    Jul 28, 2013. 10:47 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Sustainable Infrastructure Income Trust [View article]
    Thanks for posting this.

    I can't help inventing my own idea for a new name: Sustainable Income Trust (SIT). Who could forget that one? It has the extra feature of hinting you can buy it and sit on it.
    Jul 9, 2013. 12:31 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Many Will Not Retire; What About You? [View article]
    I am part of a cohort of older people who have decided to piece together an ad hoc, at-risk working life. As a displaced jobbette-holder, to mix metaphors, this can be made to sort-of work, at least for a time.

    I cannot take medications for arthritis as my parents did because I have violent and obvious side-effect issues.

    Consequentely, this life-long geek has become an aerobic-exercise group leader, as absolutely unlikely as that sounds. My only choice to deal with inflammation dysfunction is to generate my own, endogenous feel-good chemicals, and there is not any other choice I know of, other than exercise, specifically high-intensity interval training, affectionately known by me as HIT or HIIT.

    I also pretend to be a patient for the National College of Natural Medicine. This is also an utterly weird job, but I get to learn the same stuff others are paying to learn. I really like that.

    It is possible to work for conventional-medicine places like traditional medical schools. The models I know prefer NCNM and the chiropractic school. Working conditions are challenging at the traditional school.

    The Oregon College of Oriental Medicine appears not to have to pay models because people volunteer.

    It used to be that medical students practiced on each other. That had adverse side effects. It is my understanding that lawyers no longer allow this.

    I do not think my age cohort is going to age the same way our parents did. I cannot imagine living in a old-person high-rise and getting my hair done every week, as my mother did.

    The wallpaper for my age group is more likely to be Grateful Dead than pastel flowers.
    Jul 9, 2013. 12:20 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Google, Facebook, And The Holy Grail Of Ads That Work [View article]
    I use fb and li.

    I have fewer international friends on fb.

    li supports international brainstorming threads, and I have used these a lot.

    Aside from whether anybody buys much from these entities, I think they are a strong force for peace. We can all get on there and brainstorm about how to survive in spite of government efforts to pick wars, which may be a bit off-topic for an investment site, if you discount the value of good will, which I don't.

    I don't buy much, but if I did, good will would mean a lot to me.

    I also use TripAdvisor. I do spend money because of what I find out on TA.
    Jul 9, 2013. 12:01 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 90% Of Green Stocks Will Go Bankrupt - So What? [View article]
    Amory Lovins has been in China consulting about how to get to the "islandable" micro-grids that he speaks about.

    Some of the natural-capital community speakers/doers have received better reception off-shore than on-shore.

    The political clout of existing structures in the U.S. are not completely shutting off innovation here, but often things go on under the radar until they get to critical mass.

    This makes it difficult for small investors to ride new technology.

    I do not know what will happen with Ostara, for example, which makes high-quality golf-course fertilizer out of sewage, but until it goes public, small investors are not going to get in.
    Apr 25, 2013. 02:31 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment