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  • Initial jobless claims dives to 292K [View news story]
    That's a huge improvement in terms of direction in the last few months, yet somehow job creation was revised down from prior months. Something is not quite adding up!
    Sep 12 08:45 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla: The $64 Billion Question [View article]
    So much of the discussion on this stock seems to verge on the religious as in "How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?"

    Sep 12 08:34 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Reading Rates: MBA Application Survey - Sept. 11, 2013 [View article]
    It would seem that the refi-boom was the most significant positive result of the low interest-rate regime in that it probably freed up a lot of disposable income for those that could take advantage of it.

    Curious if the burst in this metric will have an impact upon future consumption patterns.
    Sep 11 03:16 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Trend Toward Part-Time Employment: A Closer Look [View article]
    For those of you who might have missed this story, I nearly gagged when I read it:
    "Left behind: Stories from Obamacare’s 31 million uninsured

    By Sarah Kliff and Lena H. Sun, Published: September 8 at 7:26 pm
    The Affordable Care Act, the most sweeping health care program created in a half century, is expected to extend coverage to 25 million Americans over the next decade, according to the most recent government estimates. But that will still leave a projected 31 million people without insurance by 2023. Those left out include undocumented workers and poor people living in the 21 states, such as Virginia, that have so far declined to expand Medicaid under the statute, commonly called Obamacare."

    So what was the point of doing Obamacare in the first place? Does anyone remember?
    Sep 10 10:12 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Kerry: International support growing for action against Syria [View news story]

    So you are a supporter of a war against Syria?

    Were you a supporter in the war against Iraq where we know for a fact not a guess that he used chemical weapons against his people and the people of Iraq?

    People who are clearly hypocrites should not accuse those of us who think this is a disaster in the making from being one as well.

    Be objective. If it was Bush pushing this strategy you would not support it.

    Have a nice day.
    Sep 8 06:26 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Kerry: International support growing for action against Syria [View news story]

    Considering the well thought and reasoned response you provided this is hilarious:

    "Do you ever think or just repeat what your puppet masters on Fox Spew for you? "

    Do you actually think they attacked the "embassy" because of that video?

    Did you miss all that congressional testimony on the issue?

    Did you support the war against Saddam Hussein for using chemical weapons on his people and the people of Iran?

    What are you a war monger?
    Sep 8 06:22 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Weighing The Week Ahead: What Does The Syrian Crisis Mean For Stocks? [View article]

    You are in la-la land on this one. The opposition to Bush from the Dems in the Senate and the House at the time dwarfs anything the current President has faced.

    You can discuss history and interpret as you want but you can't rewrite it or make it up.

    He had complete veto-proof control of both Houses of Congress for 2 years! If you want to blame anyone blame Pelosi & Reid.

    FYI, both parties suck. All they care about is getting re-elected and paying off their supporters.
    Sep 8 04:03 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Weighing The Week Ahead: What Does The Syrian Crisis Mean For Stocks? [View article]

    You can't honestly believe what you wrote based upon how Bush was bashed during his time in office.
    Death of a President (2006)
    "Years after the assassination of President George W. Bush in Chicago, an investigative documentary examines that as-yet-unsolved crime. "

    Both parties suck but you can't possibly say with any credibility that the current President has been treated worse than any other.

    Not even close.
    Sep 8 02:50 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Weighing The Week Ahead: What Does The Syrian Crisis Mean For Stocks? [View article]

    It's sad that this true:

    "However, when you look at historical equity returns following the outbreak of a war, you'll find the wars seem to have a slightly positive impact on the equity markets."

    As investors we have to be cold and calculating but it sure doesn't change the fact that is a morally bankrupt proposition to benefit from death and destruction.

    I wish it weren't so!
    Sep 8 02:08 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Weighing The Week Ahead: What Does The Syrian Crisis Mean For Stocks? [View article]

    Obama. Barack Obama.

    The only* Nobel Peace Prize Winner in history with a license to kill!


    * I guess with the exception of Yasser Arafat which only goes to show how stupid this entire idea of a Peace Prize is.
    Sep 8 02:03 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Kerry: International support growing for action against Syria [View news story]
    This is the same group that said the murder of our Ambassador in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 was the result of a spontaneous protest for a YouTube video that no one has actually seen. According to them it was a coincidence that it happened on that date. Yet here we are a full year later and we still don't know what happened even though there was real-time observation of the entire event.

    Yet somehow we have "iron-clad" evidence that the intelligence on this issue is perfect (even though no one on our end saw it happen) in almost no time at all. Really?

    Why should we believe them?
    Sep 8 10:34 AM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Putting Tesla Motor's Gargantuan Battery Supply Problem Into Perspective [View article]
    All John has done is expanded upon and explained Elon's broad comments on the issue which is why all the negative vitriol is truly extraordinary. He is actually providing all of the Tesla investors a very valuable service.

    The video is less than 2 minutes and it is quite amazing.

    I love this quote: "This problem will be solved one way or another."

    This is truly a faith-based cult stock!
    Musk: 'Truly gargantuan battery factory'
    Thu 22 Aug 13 | 03:00 PM ET
    Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk discusses the need to create what he calls a "truly gargantuan battery factory of mind boggling size." With CNBC's Phil LeBeau.
    Sep 7 02:44 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • August Nonfarm Payrolls misses estimates [View news story]
    Uncle B,

    No one apparently noticed that Q1 2011 was revised to NEGATIVE 1.3%!

    The third revision at the time was positive 1.9%. The total slowdown in growth rate from Q4 2010 was over 4% which is frickin freaky outside of a recession. I am not aware of that kind of negative rate of change occurring outside of a recession at a prior time.

    So we won't really know what's happening at this moment until a couple of years from now given the standard deviations on these numbers we could be way higher or way lower than we are today.

    Jobless claims suggest strengthening but the massive misses in durables, new home sales, and IP suggest weakness. Add the slowdown in corporate profit growth and revenues to the mix and it suggests weakness not strength but we'll know the full truth of it at some point in the future.
    Sep 7 01:49 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Report: Harper to accept emissions reduction targets to win Keystone approval [View news story]

    "...makes you wonder what their agenda really is"

    It's actually quite simple: first population control and second population reduction. To hardcore environmentalists humans are a "cancer" upon the earth. Making energy abundant, cheap, and affordable would only serve to spread the "cancer" so they are entirely opposed to any breakthrough that would accomplish this. As you may know, nuclear energy has no carbon emissions. Even hydro-electric is not considered "clean" because of the dams used to generate the water necessary to make it cost-effective.

    There is literally no way to appease them so why even bother trying.

    Unsurprisingly they refuse to do the honorable thing and kill themselves which would be the most effective way in which they themselves could reduce the "carbon footprint" of humankind.

    Sep 7 01:38 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • August Nonfarm Payrolls misses estimates [View news story]

    "By and large, the balance sheets have been rebuilt. "

    For whom?

    " A Tale of Two Recoveries: Wealth Inequality After the Great Recession"

    Blog Post by: Benjamin Landy, on August 28, 2013
    "The inequality of the economic recovery has been even worse. According to a Pew Research Center analysis, every dollar and more of aggregate gains in household wealth between 2009 and 2011 went to the richest 7 percent of households. Aggregate net worth among this top group rose 28 percent during the first two years of the recovery, from $19.8 trillion to $25.4 trillion. The bottom 93 percent, meanwhile, saw their aggregate net worth fall 4 percent, from $15.4 trillion to $14.8 trillion. As a result, wealth inequality increased substantially over the 2009–2011 period, with the wealthiest 7 percent of U.S. households increasing their aggregate share of the nation’s overall wealth from 56 percent to 63 percent. (See Figure 1.)"

    This is an economy that is currently benefiting the rich disproportionately.

    Are you a proponent of trickle down economics?
    Sep 6 04:53 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment