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  • Apple Could Go Down In The Class Struggle [View article]
    I read this with great interest and amusement. I probably will not care enough to follow up much, but this is a thesis that can be tested.

    Gentlemen, those of you who are not attention-deficit, start your graphing functions.

    I probably will check back, at some unpredictable interval, on both the x and y functions.

    Thanks for posting this. It's raining. I could not be in the sun in my garden.
    Mar 31, 2015. 02:07 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Could Go Down In The Class Struggle [View article]
    I just do not think so about the resentment thing. I think both populations are too distracted, spaced out, and narcissistic to expend energy being resentful. If they are in the store in the first place, they do not come from the houseless cohort. Well, it's likely they don't come from there. It is not assured.
    Mar 31, 2015. 01:02 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Could Go Down In The Class Struggle [View article]
    As a U.S. person, I acknowledge we have the finest whines on the planet.
    Mar 31, 2015. 12:58 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Could Go Down In The Class Struggle [View article]
    But there is a difference. The expensive one comes with something resembling valet service.
    Mar 31, 2015. 12:49 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Could Go Down In The Class Struggle [View article]
    Here is a thing though. Some people I know who live in Virginia in modest places take visiting family and friends to a town where the rich come in in their jodphurs to buy a book or a coffee. So watching the rich is the poor tourist's accessible zoo, if one lives in the country and the nearest zoo is far away. I get your gist here, but I think most U.S. people are so used to the crazy rich that they consider them entertainment. That is a problem in our culture because it diverts attention from our challenges that need to be attended to from many perspectives, but it also is just what is right now. To be honest, it was a problem in my grandmother's time as well. She always wanted to buy those magazines about the rich while buying groceries.
    Mar 31, 2015. 12:41 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Could Go Down In The Class Struggle [View article]
    Actually, I feel superior, in that French nez dans le merde way that U.S. people are also good at exercising. I will not spend that money, but I will still get the function I want. I don't play games either. I don't feel superior to those who do, I just feel puzzled that people use their time and energy that way. I do not choose that.
    Mar 31, 2015. 12:35 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tenet Plays The Doctor Glut [View article]
    I don't doubt what you are saying here, even though I am wondering why the threat of not enough primary care was such a big hype before now.

    I am also wondering about specialties such as cancer care, where I participate in patient/survivor conferences. There are many issues I see with this specialty. I will tackle two.

    The first is world-wide research as opposed to U.S. exceptionalism in research.

    Patients can do world-wide research and get a certain view because they tend not to go behind pay-walls. They can find treatments in other countries that they may prefer. I participated in a conventional, more or less, trial, concerning exercise for survivors to address some known special challenges. One of my co-exercisers was going offshore for a treatment she wanted.

    Another issue may be that insurance companies can also do world-wide research, and in seeking advantage over competitors may perhaps offer to finance those customers who are provably capable of informed consent and want to go off-shore, including perhaps some medical professionals here who are well aware of how things are working in their countries of origin that are not the U.S. I know of an example of this as well.

    While resources have been flowing into dollars, and the U.S. itself also receives some medical tourists, I am curious about winds and trends that can sneak up.

    We in the U.S. and in some other markets, have for some time had issues with nondisclosure of All The Trials and with doubt about the methods and outcomes when pharmas are insufficiently forthcoming, which could also be because university researchers may not be forthcoming with the pharmas. This is a complicated topic that is receiving more attention presently than in the recent past, especially with the psych specialties, on which there is a genre of well-documented books.

    Added to this is the issue of demographics and how many U.S. boomers want to go to warmer places where the costs of living day-to-day are lower and where elders are held in better regard culturally.

    It seems to me this is a business environment that has a lot of hard-to-pin-down variables floating around in it.
    Mar 26, 2015. 12:34 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • 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