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  • The Investment Lesson Of 2015  [View article]
    I read a posting the other day in which Robert Reich, I think it was, was down in Mexico and some people there were saying too many U.S. immigrants were entering Mexico. They guessed they should build a fence and have the U.S. pay for it. I do think if U.S. people are to be saved from monumental corruption, it will be other countries that will have to help our people do it. I am also reminded of women gangs taking crowbars to an ADM facility after Carla Hills said she would bring such companies into India if she had to use a crowbar. I do find the increasing involvement of women in word battles to be a somewhat good sign.

    As for the "good" Bill Gates says he wants to do, he invested in Monsanto's "research foundations." Excuse me?

    U.S. incarceration rates are a world wonder though. I wonder if some other country will storm the private prisons?

    Infant mortality in the U.S. is another crying shame.

    Big data can hide some pretty sad little data.
    Dec 31, 2015. 09:29 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Solar Suppliers Best Bet For Next Leg Up In Energy  [View article]
    Some progressive utilities are ok with installation of solar plus batteries, especially if they control the use of the storage so they can draw on it during peak times, often when residents are not home. This makes sense from many perspectives, especially for families affected by pollution. This is working for some utilities. The ones who are not on full-zombie may notice. As to how to benefit from this, that is not easy to suss out right now. Maybe Tesla and Solar City?
    Oct 21, 2015. 12:25 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Getting Constructive On Microsoft  [View article]
    Thanks for a fresh perspective on this stock. If it weren't you, I would not have clicked over. Usually, I don't even want to know this company exists. I won't act so allergic any more.
    Oct 1, 2015. 10:59 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is This 2007 Or 2011?  [View article]
    I believe some production is coming home. I expect exports (except for very high-end) and imports will drop. These new businesses are small enterprises born of frustration from customers and job-seekers. Some will not even have formal business addresses. I am not sure how and when this sort of activity can be measured and factored in. It is being reported in travel magazines and anecdotes here and there. We do not have the level of local currencies we had in the Great Depression, but there is some activity business to business, as Switzerland accommodated small business with the WIR Bank. The WIR Bank, last I checked, has persisted since the Great Depression. Maybe Bitcoin is a sort of international version.
    Sep 30, 2015. 11:02 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Health Insurer Consolidation Aims For Market Control  [View article]
    So, I am interested in how Zoom is going to fit into this picture.

    Also, since conventional medicine is not working very well for people who want optimum health, both M.D.'s and other practitioners are going fee-only again, for people who want privacy, etc.

    Here is an interesting case study. Aetna covered New Seasons, a grocery chain in Oregon that was famous for being employee-supportive.

    They sold out to a guy who promptly sponsored a fund-raiser for Jeb Bush, in Portland. The new owner changed the health insurance to a choice between Zoom and a Blue Cross outfit.

    Zoom is out in the 'hoods, where many Portlanders prefer to go for convenience reasons. Zoom also employs various care-givers other than M.D.'s, which Portlanders also like.

    Nonetheless, Aetna had been bargained into covering more stuff than will now be covered. That is why I chose Aetna for my Medicare supplemental plan, among other reasons. I was naive.

    Medicare still seems largely stuck in the 1950's. Choices for primary care are not as broad as for large pools of young people who do their own research and want what they want. This uneven situation irritates me enough that I periodically think of writing the CEO of Aetna, who at least decided to pay his lineworkers pretty well, for which he got some positive PR.

    Getting help with optimum health is a tricky path, all the jawing about "wellness" notwithstanding. There is more money in sick people than in healthy people or dead people, so sick is what the system is designed to maximize, at present.

    If someone has better experience than this with Medicare, I would love to know about it.
    Jun 18, 2015. 11:47 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Monsanto's Bid For Syngenta Means A Shift In Strategy  [View article]
    I was hoping to see included here some discussion of the new organic ag REIT in California and the increased-profit from increased tilth in the Dakotas. Also, the Amish are gearing up organic, low-input production. If legal and PR troubles are haunting both Monsanto and Syngenta, this is not happening in a vacuum, right?
    May 24, 2015. 12:57 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 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