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  • Molycorp: Overpriced on Rare Earth Excitement [View article]
    The Molycorp corporate website refers to that mine as the Mountain Pass Mine. The Mountain Pass Mine and the Eagle Pass Mine must be one and the same then.
    If they actually had two different mines I would be more interested in buying the dips in stock price.
    Oct 7, 2010. 12:53 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Molycorp: Overpriced on Rare Earth Excitement [View article]
    For the sake of clarity, is Mountain Pass now called Eagle Pass?
    The rare earth mine that is located right off of Interstate 15 about 15 miles south of the Nevada border, right?
    Oct 7, 2010. 11:55 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Did a Trade War Just Break Out? [View article]
    Simon Winchester's book "The Man Who Loved China" is the best source I've read detailing China's history of innovation, invention and trading.
    Oct 1, 2010. 10:17 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Race to the Bottom [View article]
    If you amend your comment to read "Crony Capitalism" I for one would agree with you.
    Oct 1, 2010. 11:12 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Companies Show No Will to Hire [View article]
    The offshore wages help to define these economic times compared with times past.
    Many employers are closing up shop and retiring for numerous reasons; they are out on strike so to speak.
    Sep 30, 2010. 03:49 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Companies Show No Will to Hire [View article]
    Employers are essentially on strike. They are shying away from hiring because the risks of hiring are more apparent in these economic, regulatory and political times.
    Sep 30, 2010. 02:42 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Did a Trade War Just Break Out? [View article]
    There are some Indochinese refugees here in inland California. I got into conversation with one of them at the local library about the time of the jet fighter incident nine or ten years ago. He was an older fellow from Laos.
    I asked him what he thought of China and if Laos felt any military threat from them. He replied no, the Chinese were respected as very shrewd traders so therefore one had to keep one's wits sharp when trading with them, that's all.
    That conversation stuck in my mind as I developed a curiosity about investing in Asian countries.
    Sep 30, 2010. 02:03 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Are We Killing the Recovery? [View article]
    International trade was only a small fraction of the economy in 1930 compared to today. Europe at that time didn't have the capital to trade intensively with us because they were saddled with war debts to America dating from World War One. But the trade was evidently large enough to worry domestic manufacturers and farmers; otherwise the Smoot Hawley Tariff would not have passed so easily. That was in Spring 1930 when it was by then obvious that the economy was in recession since 1929 with the farm economy still in depression since 1920.
    That said, I think the tariff was too stringent. If the Republican Congress had instead simply extended the less stringent Fordney-McCumber Tariff of 1922, it probably would have not caused such a fuss. Jobs were lost from the tariff but they did not go overseas.
    Sep 29, 2010. 03:41 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Are We Killing the Recovery? [View article]
    As fallible as Hoover and Roosevelt were, they at least did not ship jobs overseas.
    Sep 28, 2010. 03:06 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Six Sizzling Bay Area Stocks [View article]
    If investors are interested in specific Bay Area stocks, it is a good idea to consult the San Francisco Chronicle at sfgate.com.
    Navigate to their business section, then click on the Chron 200 Index. Browse around, then click on components. There will be a list of 200 Bay Area stocks, mostly technology stocks, with their statistical performance.
    A similar resource is found at the San Jose Mercury, MercuryNews.com.
    Navigate to their business section, then click on the Silicon Valley 150 Index. Browse around, then click on components. There will be a list of 150 Bay Area stocks, predominantly technology stocks, with their statistical performance.
    There is plenty of easily obtained information in these two sources for happy hunting.
    Sep 28, 2010. 03:01 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • IMF: Large Number of 'Structural Unemployment' Is Foreclosure Crisis, Underwater Mortgages [View article]
    It might be worthwhile to tax foreclosures by some amount while giving small businesses a tax break by the same amount.
    Sep 26, 2010. 11:01 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Question of the Day: How Many People Have Exhausted All Their Unemployment Benefits? [View article]
    The majority of voters here in California have been on edge about the two parties for a number of years.
    At long last, in the last elections, the voters approved a state ballot initiative to legalize open primaries. Now we voters who are nominally Republican or Democrat have the ability to express our independent thoughts about how future reforms can possibly happen.
    Sep 24, 2010. 01:36 PM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Thursday Market Outlook: Listening to Herbert Hoover [View article]
    His reputation was that he didn't meddle in the economy but he actually meddled sensibly. He did the following:
    The most important successes:
    cut government expenditures including military
    cut government debt
    cut taxation
    Successes of lesser importance:
    work on peace treaties
    encourage more oil drilling because oil prices were high
    discourage immigration
    set up a bureau to oversee the budget
    encourage local government spending on public works
    agree with Congress on a fair tariff
    intervene in strikes
    privatize certain public functions
    start a federal road program
    work with the steel industry about reducing 12-hour workdays
    Failures:
    scandals involving lack of oversight regarding privatization
    merchant marine for trading farm products etc. did not pass
    Sep 23, 2010. 02:56 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Thursday Market Outlook: Listening to Herbert Hoover [View article]
    Judging by his dismal performance in the Great Depression, President Hoover should have paid more attention to his old boss President Harding.
    President Harding had a good economic record in fighting the Post World War One Depression. That consisted of war-related inflationary dislocations in 1918-1919 followed by a deflationary bust in 1920-1921.
    It makes at least as much sense to study success as it is to study failure.
    Sep 23, 2010. 11:35 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • How Alternative Energy Can Arrest Job Loss Momentum [View article]
    I sometimes feel compelled to remind my fellow conservatives that we are supposed to be in favor of innovation.
    Sep 22, 2010. 12:44 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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