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  • 11 Clean Energy Stocks For 2012: July Update [View article]
    Thanks. Waterfurnace and Rockwool strike my interest, especially.
    Jul 10 12:48 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • First Solar Finds A Survival Strategy [View article]
    I read the article and the comments with great interest, and also with a curious question in the back of my head.

    What is going on with spray-on and other surface changes in solar? I am reading things about this in other places, and I am not sure what to make of it.

    If you look at present solar installations, you often see glare. Is that energy that new surfaces could better harvest?

    For remote power, we are going to have solar, and knowledge about how it works is going to make gains, the kind of gains that are incremental and can add up from small change to large, over time.

    Any input on this issue?
    Jul 10 12:29 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Steve Forbes: How To Bring Back America [View article]
    We do not have health care.

    We have Illness Maintenance.

    This is what is subsidized, so we get more of it.

    Search iatrogenic adverse events. People are increasingly aware of side effects. They are turning to integrative medicine, even when they have to pay out of pocket.

    Present conversation does not address some of the most pressing issues.

    If we stopped the wars, we could perhaps afford to endow neighborhood clinics for primary care, for those who want this rather than the prison-like compounds that are now common in big cities.

    The pharma scandals are just beginning. Increased awareness has some populations turning away from conventional medicine for chronic issues not well addressed by it.

    We cannot continue with the same patterns of increasing costs and side effects.

    The public conversation pays insufficient attention to the costs and to the outcomes of what is presently (inaccurately) called Health Care, and this is just one piece of a messed up pie.
    Jul 9 12:49 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • U.S. Stock Market Complacency On Verge Of Collapse [View article]
    It seems to me there are a number of wild cards.

    How many local governments had money in MF Global and could be facing trouble as a consequence?

    How many local governments have been forced by federal agencies to contract with big corps and to borrow to do so?

    What is going on underground, as local people seek to trade with each other and survive anyway, even if federal bucks are draining off to the feds and to corporate headquarters elsewhere?

    Meanwhile, my credit union has raised the interest on my fusion account to 3% for parked money.

    Indonesia, which apparently took its medicine some time ago, is contributing to the IMF, while some central and south American countries want nothing to do with them.

    Advice groups other than SA are advising inverse ETF's.

    Former darlings, like Brazil, have had changes in regimes that are not seeming to work out too well.

    Then, there is LIBOR and Barclay's. What am I to make of that?

    It's a mess, but it is not looking like bull time to me.
    Jul 8 08:48 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • America's 'Trente Glorieuses'? [View article]
    Congratulations, doc. Your English is good indeed.

    The crazy fence is to keep U.S. people in, as much as anything else.

    This is especially unfortunate for retirement-age people, though the fence is a joke and is not going to stop anybody, either direction.

    Many do not like patronizing Homeland Offensiveness, and are taking those fancy MIT educations back home.

    I suppose that is fine. Then U.S. and Canadians will go offshore for better prices and customer service on their new body parts.
    Jul 6 12:50 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Never Trust A U.S. Money Center Bank, Or Buy One [View article]
    Matt Taibbi is documenting what they did to municipalities, right out in the open. The banks get away, and the pols go to jail.

    Anyway, that is how it is working so far.
    Jun 26 12:11 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Never Trust A U.S. Money Center Bank, Or Buy One [View article]
    Matt Taibbi was trying to explain the bond mess to Bill Moyers yesterday on truthout. It was interesting. Many local governments are already in big trouble or will be soon.
    Jun 26 12:09 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • An Investment Case For Glass-Steagall [View article]
    Let 'em wither. Part 'em out. It is best to keep loans near collateral, and the TBTF phenom is the opposite of that.

    It's not like credit unions don't know how to make alliances so their ATM's are widely available.

    I would rather see alliances of things at scale than see mini-Borgs.
    Jun 13 03:44 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why The NatGas Glut Did Not Kill Renewables [View article]
    Vanadium batteries are supposed to have better cycles because of less corrosion.

    Anybody have an opinion on this? I find it interesting.
    Mar 8 12:24 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Statins, Genomics, Patents, And Speculation [View article]
    Personalized or N=1, whatever you call it, it is coming down the freeway at a fast clip. Thanks for the distinction between reactive- and pro-active medicines. I am looking forward to the changes heading toward us: it's a geek's cornucopia.
    Mar 8 12:05 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Chesapeake Still Spells Trouble To Me [View article]
    So, given a blow-out, have changes been made?

    What are their reserves for "accidents"?

    Have they done with their insurers what BP did (pay high premiums in return for calling lack of maintenance an "accident"?

    I don't have the expertise or patience to analyze this sort of thing, but it seems to me there are due-diligence buyers who do.
    Mar 8 11:57 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Calpine Powering Up [View article]
    Thanks. I find this to be in line with how Re-Inventing Fire, Amory Lovins, sizes up what is going to be happening with energy, for business reasons, going forward.

    I find it useful to look at which companies are just chugging ahead, and which ones are asking for U.S. government for special privilege (e.g., Solar World).

    I do not trust the U.S. government's assessments of who deserves special privilege.
    Mar 8 11:28 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How Good Can Ford Get? [View article]
    So, my take-away here is that Ford is learning to listen to customers, but GM still isn't up to speed on this metric?
    Mar 8 11:19 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Statins, Genomics, Patents, And Speculation [View article]
    Dana, another thing you can get tested is C-reactive protein, implicated in heart and other diseases. It is an indication of inflammation issues.

    I don't know who does the tests for this, but it seems to be of increasing interest.
    Mar 7 09:31 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Why The NatGas Glut Did Not Kill Renewables [View article]
    No, my reply would be companies like Solar Bee.

    Here is a link. I hope it works.

    As for the heron, I don't think Monsanto has patented him yet.
    Feb 26 03:21 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment