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  • Solar Energy Is The Next Gay Marriage [View article]
    From your own link:
    "Less oil on the surface does not mean that there isn't oil still in the water column or that our beaches and marshes aren't still at risk."
    Jul 5, 2015. 05:16 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Drop In How Many U.S. Stocks Equaled 1 Greek Economy? [View article]
    Way from me to consider the Obamacare a panacea: I have seldom seen such a poor health system in the whole world.

    Obama had to hold his promise, while not hurting the Private insurances, and not controlling them enough.

    He tried to protect the cabbage and the goat.
    But the goat was too strong and was able to keep eating the cabbage.

    For that the Americans are to blame themselves (or their Constitution).

    Had he done otherwise, the whole country would have called him a socialist, a communist!

    Americans had only a little fee to pay if they did not register for an insurance! The young did not want to pay for the old, forgetting that even as a young person, especially a young male, you are at risk for terrible accidents.

    A real healthcare system is paid by everyone in the country, through taxes, and managed by the state, NOT through for profit insurances, for profit hospitals, for profits intermediaries!
    And yes it is expensive.

    I understand that in the US the States have lots of jurisdictions, so it makes the problem more difficult.

    I just meant that for many people it was better then it was before.

    Some, like the example you give, did not choose their insurance plan properly, but how can a senior, maybe with limited income, choose properly?
    And what would have this Senior had without the Obamacare?
    I don't know the answer to this.

    All what I know is that I can remember of American friends could not afford insurance, who had a sick child (not a sickness from which you die) that would have requested intense treatments.
    They sold their house, and then the child was diagnosed, but that was about it: no money to treat her.

    My sister (we live in Quebec) has many different and heavy health problems, and a very small income.
    Still she has access to at least five specialists, including the 2 best neurologists in Quebec.
    And doesn't pay more then ~$150.00 a year, the minimum you must pay on your taxes.
    I have a much better income, better health, and my taxes are used to care for her, and I am happy of this.
    Jul 3, 2015. 04:49 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Solar Energy Is The Next Gay Marriage [View article]
    You don't call this "balls of steel", I call this arrogant stubbornness.
    Jul 1, 2015. 01:24 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Solar Energy Is The Next Gay Marriage [View article]
    The best analogy? You couldn't think of something else?
    What about the change from human force to the vapor force in the 19th century?
    When the first cars came out, there were still so many people who believed that it would never replace a couple of good horses.
    What about the change from the lamp to the transistor?
    What about the change from the telegrams to the emails (with all the transitions in between).
    Years ago (this will tell you about my age) I went to a conference in Holland, where a Japanese explained that one day images and even "videos" could be digitized and put on something like what became a DVD, and everyone in the room thought this guy was crazy: in that time, for my lab I paid $1000.00 for 1 K (yes one K) memory, so that I could digitally analyze 1 second of sound. (1/10th of a sec. if I wanted full spectrum).

    You just wanted a sexy title, you've got it, and you finally got God into it.
    Jul 1, 2015. 01:20 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Solar Energy Is The Next Gay Marriage [View article]
    Mr. Blamkenhorn,
    You are the only one responsible for the comments that we can read.
    You, in a way that you maybe did not measure but that was easy to predict - in the US more then anywhere else - made so that God would come into the discussion.

    As I said since the beginning, your choice of your title was a big mistake, and instead of keeping defending it, you should recognize it openly.
    Jul 1, 2015. 01:06 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Drop In How Many U.S. Stocks Equaled 1 Greek Economy? [View article]
    Sorry Mr. Ploutos: you had feedback and comments, but I wouldn't qualify them as "great".
    Your article gave a lot to think about, and most comments seem to be written by people who prefer not to think too deep.

    Thank you for this article: it won't change the world, but it helps us put things in perspective.

    The sad part is that those who will suffer most, (the retirees and the families with young kids) are not responsible for the corruption that brought their country to default.
    And part of the responsibility can be attributed to Goldman Sachs who helped (before the first Greek crisis a few years ago) - well paid by the then Greek government - falsify the books in order to hide to the EU the immensity of the Greek debt.

    Austerity is not the answer, and if the US had adopted an austerity politic when the crisis was at its worst, it wouldn't have recovered as is it.
    Like it or not, the Obamacare has helped hundreds and thousands of people not to loose everything they had when the were very ill.
    Jul 1, 2015. 12:53 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry: Why It's No Ordinary Turnaround Story [View article]
    For me Chen is a remarkable CEO, and this is why I am still long Blackberry, adding sometimes to my position (which I very rarely do: adding to a loosing position.

    But still you write: "he's not going to throw shareholder money into the fire by investing more money than necessary into smartphones."

    I am always surprised, to the opposite, that Chen is still putting money in smartphones: we keep hearing about new models.
    Are they necessary?
    I can understand that they have a sort of agreement with Porshe for a extreme luxury model.
    (But you can find some very "cheap" ones Amazon, if you consider that 980.00 $ CND is cheap)

    I don't quite understand Chen's direction when it comes to the smartphones.
    Jun 30, 2015. 05:03 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Solar Energy Is The Next Gay Marriage [View article]
    YOU really miss my point again.

    1. " climate change denialists" do not deny for religious reasons but to support the oil industry,

    2. they are not totally wrong: I wouldn't deny that what we do on this planet has an impact, but very little as compared to universe influences like the sun, the magnetic field. Look in the very long history of the earth and you will see extreme climate changes not provoked by humans.
    Massive extensions of species (including almost total extension of the humans), have happened before.

    3. I think that the use of fossil energy is more dangerous as a health problem for humans: the planet and life will survive any climate change: the humans not necessarily.

    4. the other point that I made in a comment, at a more short term, was that new technology will make actual solar panel become totally obsolete: unless the producers quickly adapt, they will go extinct too: actual solar cells cost too much energy to produce.
    Jun 30, 2015. 05:57 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Solar Energy Is The Next Gay Marriage [View article]
    What point I am missing?
    I agree for the future of solar power.
    My point was that "NO ONE opposed solar energy for social, moral, religious or biblical reasons."
    Jun 29, 2015. 03:44 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Solar Energy Is The Next Gay Marriage [View article]
    "People opposed solar energy because they were committed to old ways of thinking. "

    Who opposed solar energy? Only people who wanted to keep the fossil energies industry from falling apart, for financial reason (the oil and gas industry had a lot of money for lobbying).

    Some did not really opposed solar, but were skeptical because of the cost of producing it, and as a matter of fact, if oil had been as cheep as now, solar (and other alternative energies) might have not have progressed as fast.

    But NO ONE opposed solar energy for social, moral, religious or biblical reasons.
    Jun 29, 2015. 02:27 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Solar Energy Is The Next Gay Marriage [View article]
    I said that the title was inappropriate, not offensive, although some people might find it offensive.

    I would need a long discussion to understand your explanation: " both gay marriage and solar energy seem to be opposed by many of the same people, for many of the same reasons."
    By the same people, I could agree, but for the same reasons?
    I am not an American, and I often do not understand the American Society and its values. So your title might as well have been:"Solar energy is the next guns control". 

    Anyway, by reading the other comments, it seems that the title might have attracted lots of clicks, but distracted from the content of the article.
    Jun 27, 2015. 03:25 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Solar Energy Is The Next Gay Marriage [View article]
    A new generation of solar cells could come out, I hope sooner then later.

    Do you know that a solar cell must produce energy for 3 years before it compensate for the energy that was used to produce it?
    The new ones, when they come out, will make as a big a difference as transistors were to lamps.
    Jun 26, 2015. 05:51 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Solar Energy Is The Next Gay Marriage [View article]
    I did read the article, but I had to force my-self into doing it.
    My first reaction was - like often - "Authors must spend the longest time to find the sexiest title that will bring lots of clicks"

    I also think that the title is totally inappropriate.
    Jun 26, 2015. 05:36 PM | 14 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • CEO pay vs. performance [View news story]
    This article would make more sense if comparisons were made with CEOs of other countries, Canada and European countries.

    American CEOs are paid outrageously more then anywhere else, and I do not think that - performance or not - they work SO much harder.
    (as are the politicians too, who we all know work extremely hard in courting the companies CEOs)
    Jun 25, 2015. 05:55 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Alibaba: This Is The Right Time To Buy [View article]
    I am only afraid that Yahoo, (and possibly other big share holders from the pre IPO), but mainly Yahoo who promised to redistribute the BABA shares profits to its own share holders, will be selling and prevent BABA shares to go up.

    Will Yahoo announce when it has finished selling?

    As for the competition between Alibaba and Amazon, I really think that there is room for both because:
    1. they have completely different business plans,
    2. lots of products sold by Amazon have been purchased first on Alibaba in big quantities and sold one item at a time at a much higher price.

    I would tend to favor Alibaba because it is much more then the main platform.
    On the other hand, I am somewhat disappointed by Jack MA as a CEO: some of his comments (like his comment that he wish he had not gone public) and investments make me think he is not a perfect CEO. He seems too excited by his news personal wealth.

    I have made lots of money by being long BABA and short YHOO, then long both.
    Now I an out of both, (but not short).
    Jun 13, 2015. 05:47 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment