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  • The Phantom Recovery [View article]
    We should all be terrified... I am - very much! When he did not react on the third day the oil platform caught fire, I knew he and the cohorts he appointed to his cabinet were clueless as to what to do. And when he did react, sending his Homeland Security chief to the beach, one wondered what Janet Nopolitano could do ... arrest the illegals and terrorist who may have been on the shrimp boats and working the drilling rigs? When Ken Salazar said he has the government boots on BP's neck and Obama said nothing ... it revealed his total lack of executive experience, a fact many concerned voters brought up during the 08 campaign. No one in his government volunteered that they start helping help BP clean up the oil spill right away at the same time BP was trying to stop the leak.

    When Saudi Arabia who has a lot of people with experience and equipment gained from cleaning up the Arabian Gulf during the Gulf War and occasional spills since then, and Abu Dhabi who frequently deal with oil leaks in its hundreds of oil platforms on the Gulf offered to help - his administration refused. What arrogance!

    And finally, when he brought Eric Holder to the scene to threaten to sue BP.... he really was grasping at straws to show the American people that he was a leader. Instead what these incidents have shown us is that this guy is good at blaming (Bush was his favorite) and criticizing others but is clueless as to how to solve problems. After 18 months on the job I cannot even say he is learning.
    Jun 8 02:04 PM | 13 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Sirius Has Another Breakout: Up 3,136% From 2009 Low [View article]
    The company made a very good choice of CEO in Mel. He has proven to have a good vision for the company and management skills that enable him to steer the company through the worse depression in US history in 70 years and out of potential bankruptcy and into what is today one of the most successful companies in the US.... and counting..
    Feb 3 03:58 PM | 11 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • As Liberty Media Dips Sirius XM Investors Rant [View article]
    Great article, thanks. There should be more information explaining the deal from Liberty. At the moment, just having the brief offer stated is not going to convince the minority shareholders to vote yes. My take from the Seeking Alpha readers' comments is it is a resounding NO, and rightfully so; it is a low ball offer. Knowing Malones' past, we will have to wait a while. The "independent trio" looking into this as to the "fairness" of the offer will take time, the duration of which is completely unknown. And no one knows if the trio will be fair in its evaluation. There is a lot of uncertainties and the safest thing to do for the minority shareholders is to turn it down and vote no. Looming in the background are the law firms (sharks) who smell something rotten in the waters. As a long term large shareholder, I am voting NO!

    John Malone, if you want to use SIRIXM as a piggy bank, convince us!
    Jan 14 01:39 AM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Growth Potential In The Uranium Industry [View article]
    The Japanese are currently trying to stop the leak of contaminated water from the area around the reactor casement. The more cooling water they pour in the more leaks they have.

    Somehow and surprisingly, they have not learned from the Russian experience. When the plant in Chernobyl Ukraine blew up, the Russians quickly entombed the reactor core in concrete. After that they no longer had to contend with additional radiation leaks or contamination coming from the reactor. They only had to deal what had come out when it blew up. The entombment is good to last for a couple of hundreds of years. The only deaths they had were the few operators on the job and a handful of heroic helicopter pilots who sacrificed their lives by flying over a very radioactive reactor and dropping concrete on it.

    They could do the same in Fukushima without heroics. They have time to lead line helicopters to protect the pilots and they can entomb the reactor core with concrete. That will stop the leaks and finish up on cleanup.

    The Fukushims disaster was a result of a simple mistake that could have been fixed with a simple solution. The mistake was they did not review their design assumption (the height of the tsunami wave) after the Bander Ache earthquake in Indonesia. Had they looked at that, they would have arrived at the conclusion that their design assumptions may be short and made corrections. The sea water that flowed over the concrete barriers went into the emergency generator building and drowned the generator. The generator supplied emergency power to the circulating pumps; without the pump running, the reactor overheated and melted.

    The simple fix that would have prevented the disaster from happening was to completely enclose the generator building to prevent flood waters from coming through the large ground level vent louvers on the walls. To bring in ventilation air into the generator room, they could have installed a 40 foot intake air/ventilation shaft which will bring air in even if the plant is surrounded by tsunami waters.
    Feb 12 09:52 AM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Merkel's About-Face on Nuclear Energy [View article]
    Merkel has succumbed to irrational and political thinking that is really bad for the German economy... perhaps good for the US and other countries that keep their nuclear plans moving forward.

    Germany does not have the two big problems Japan has with nuclear plants -- big earthquakes and tsunamis. Because of this, the flawed design that caused the emergency cooling system to fail in the Fukushima plants is not a problem, if they exist, in the German plants. If there is no problem, why shut the plants down?

    Nuclear plants supply base load power. Reliable power that factories, infrastructures and offices need. Wind and solar can never be the source of an economically viable baseload power. They just are not reliable. To make them so will require very expensive energy storage systems.

    By the time Germany (and Italy) realize their mistake around 15 years from now when oil prices may be closing in on $200/barrel it would be years behind trying to catch up with other countries that did not stop building nuclear plants that are superior and safer in their designs. Of course by that time, Merkel would have retired from politics and will not suffer from the consequences of her decisions.
    Jun 16 12:47 PM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Bernstein And Ricardo Report: Cheap Will Beat Cool In Vehicle Electrification [View article]
    I agree with you John. When George Bush II and congress tried to push hydrogen fuel cells when it was obvious it would require a huge unaffordable and expensive infrastructure to support it, I thought he was severely science/economics impaired. Then comes Obama, another severely science/economics impaired President pushing solar and wind when there are huge limitations to his wanting them to replace hydrocarbon fuels. I can only wish we will have a President more attune to good science and not wishful thinking.
    Nov 25 12:33 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BioTime Joins Advanced Cell Technology In The AMD Race [View article]
    ACTC is going to finish first, way ahead of competitors that may not even it to the make the finish line. ACTC, should they finish first, meaning their just completed trials show that patients' vision improves enough and reverses the deterioration, will have enough money (stock will jump several fold) to pursue this litigation with better patent lawyers.

    Several patents they have received in the last two years will be theirs exclusively, I hope, and will lift up the stocks so much their funding woes will go away.

    Should the trials result show high efficacy, they can quickly apply to the FDA for Compassionate approval. Approval will leave the competition in the dust.

    So, we are all now just waiting ..... and waiting..... and waiting..... for the trial report which they started writing back in November and I believe is going thru peer review or have gone thru peer review.
    Mar 24 11:12 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Liberty Media Speaks About Charter And Sirius XM [View article]
    Majority of SIRI stockholders are voting no. The deal is no deal. SIRI has much higher potential standing alone.
    Mar 1 11:43 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Advanced Cell Technology's Intellectual Property Takes A Hit [View article]
    Esekla, are you trying to lower the price so you can buy shares low knowing that very good results from the trials are about to come out? As you yourself wrote:

    "To summarize briefly, Advanced Cell Technology estimates the total addressable market for Retinal Degeneration to be $25-$30 billion.", then why the emphasis on iPSC patents which are immaterial at this time since ACTC has not even started a Phase I trial on it?
    Feb 12 10:27 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Phantom Recovery [View article]
    "I keep hearing that the former administration caused the mess we're in not only from the informed but the uninformed. And I am sure that it is partially true."

    To this I say --- that is why you were voted into office! You were voted in to solve problems and lead the nation. You knew going in what the problems were ... you kept harping on them during the campaign. If you cannot solve the nations problems, hand in your resignation, you will be replaced.... and stop blaming others!
    Jun 8 02:18 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Must-Know News [View article]
    People have died..... because of executive decisions. Some have to go to jail so it will force a change in culture. The lawyer who gave them legal advice that they followed should go to jail too. If the executives went contrary to the lawyers sound legal advice then the lawyer does not go to jail.
    Mar 19 09:29 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • StemCells, Inc. And Advanced Cell Technology: The Race To Treat AMD [View article]
    This is in addition to the great comments above and Ryan Pollack's below.

    Not mentioned anywhere is the fact that ACTC is thinking of or has already requested the FDA to waiver the trials for 200,000 cells cohort. ACTC thinks the results are so good at 150,000 cell cohorts that the 200k cohort cells is not needed. Furthermore, ACTC is thinking (maybe wishful as some would say) of applying for "compassionate" approval (sorry, at this moment the proper technical term escapes me). If they get the FDA nod of approval for both, ACTC will be a blockbuster stock.

    At the last CC, management was rocked by Rabin's forced resignation and the SEC $4M fine. At that time they did mention that an update is forthcoming so resolution to these questions will hopefully be answered in the very near future.... like in the next few weeks, perhaps?

    Should ACTC live up to our expectations and really come up with great trials update, the stock price will zoom up and their money problems will disappear. In the meantime, all we can do is wait patiently.
    Mar 5 01:55 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Updating The Impact Of Axion Power's PIPE [View article]
    All the communications companies experience this problem -- cell phone companies, telephone companies, internet providers, network providers, cloud computing, military facilities -- this is huge in numbers of facilities, large and small, and not only US located companies but it is worldwide.
    Nov 25 12:46 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Updating The Impact Of Axion Power's PIPE [View article]
    Thanks for the article JP. Always good to read your insight.

    I wonder what you think of the other business Axion might get in that was mentioned at the last CC -- the use of Axion system for addressing the momentary power glitches communications companies experience in their operations. Axion power systems might be the only way to address this problem. If so, this will be hugh! Unlike automotive and railroad applications, there will be a shorter time requirement to prove its applicability and reliability for this industry..
    Nov 25 11:52 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Sirius XM: Showing You Why I See $4.50 [View article]
    Sirifair6 listed 7 reasons why SiRIXM is a very solid company with a share price direction clearly pointed up. To us SIRIXM (and SF) followers and longs, SF does not have to rehash them again and again in his articles. Six months from now, it could very well become apparent how much Agero will be helping in pushing the share price up.

    SF, we appreciate your well written articles, please keep 'em coming..... it makes our day!
    Nov 18 11:15 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment