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  • The Real Problem With Chinese Banks [View article]
    A fresh, succinct, and cogent article on a subject that everyone needs to know about. Thank you.
    Jul 5 10:26 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The World Turns Against Monsanto [View article]
    Bookseller--

    Speaking for myself, not a short seller. Not an environmental whacko either. Not by a long shot. I used to be in-house counsel for one of the largest integrated major oil companies and the majority of my work was on environmental issues. I didn't have any problems with the environmental policies and efforts of that company.

    I thought Exxon did a pretty good job responding to the Valdez spill. Of course, it should have happened in the first place. Exxon also did an extraordinarily poor job of handling public relations and information dissemination. But as far as actually cleaning up the spill and taking appropriate actions afterward, they were actually pretty good. I am not an environmental whacko.

    I have been studying environmental issues since before 1978, which is when I organized my first "paper drive" (which also included aluminum and steel cans--I personally began recycling in 1972--back then I had to take my paper and metal to recyclers myself). I have worked as an environmental professional since 1987. I've worked on issues related to refineries, landfills, landfarms, cement kilns, chemical plants, steel mills, and commercial hazardous waste disposal facilities, including incinerators. I have experience in hazardous waste, superfund, water quality including wetlands, air quality, petroleum storage tanks, pesticides and herbicides, endangered species, NEPA, etc. I have experience on all three sides of the fence, representing protesters, representing private industry, and representing the government.

    My experience gives me quite a bit of perspective in evaluating what are reasonable, necessary, and effective environmental requirements. I also have the education, experience, and perspective to effectively evaluate what issues are significant problems and what issues are not.

    I have never worked for, with, or against Monsanto, nor have any of my family or friends. My opinions regarding Monsanto are strictly as a result of my own research and analysis.

    With that said, it is my informed and considered opinion that Monsanto has done more environmental damage than any other company I can think of, by a long shot. I would also add that they are not just unrepentant about it, they have the temerity to be sanctimonious. Monsanto's ethics, values, principles, and methods are so far beneath those of the average large company it is almost like they are from another planet.

    Sometime in the not-to-distant future, there are going to be some long overdue legislative changes that are going to cripple Monsanto. I am going to continue to work to make sure those changes happen.

    And Bookseller, if you are interested in doing some reading and giving yourself a foundation to do some meaningful analysis from, I'll be happy to recommend some reading.
    Jun 22 11:54 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Little Known Hero Bringing Shareholder Value And Bettering The World [View article]
    Interesting and well done article on an interesting company that I had never even heard of before. Thanks
    Jun 14 10:04 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Massive Insider Deal Threatens Erickson Air-Crane [View article]
    Super-trades--

    I'm sure everyone is looking forward to reading it.

    What has been refreshing about the comments to this article, for the most part, is that there is obviously some serious disagreement and strong feelings, but despite that the comments have focused on adding information and raising issues and not on personal attacks.
    Jun 14 02:44 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Very Large Tree Is Falling In The Stock Market Forest [View article]
    Good info-- thanks
    May 30 08:34 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Bakken Update: The Top Eagle Ford Wells Of All Time Are Moving To The Bakken [View article]
    Michael--

    I'm going to predict that this article will be widely read . . . .
    Like by everybody.
    May 28 04:09 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • What We're Doing To Stop Stock Price Manipulation, And How You Can Help Us [View article]
    AlbionWood

    Agreed-- There are several frequent "authors" that use what is essentially a template for every article (e.g., Insider Monkey is one that I personally find inane). I find that type of "article" to have virtually no value; they are of no interest to me. Yet a lot of times I have clicked on an article link that didn't show the author and found myself on one of the cookie cutter type articles I despise.

    I want opposing viewpoints: I'm actually going to go read some of New Low Observer's stuff based on their description of what they do. What I want to filter out is the stuff where people are obviously turning out cookie cutter articles that require virtually no work and are of virtually no use just to get views, exposure, a penny, or whatever. There are also a few commenters who seem to know nothing except how to personally attack authors. I wouldn't mind getting those few people ignored either-- I hate wasting my time and to me having the ability to ignore both authors and commenters makes things more time efficient.

    Thanks for a very useful suggestion. I hope SA pursues it.
    May 28 12:17 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Utica Shale Does Not Seem To Be The Ace Up This Producer's Sleeve [View article]
    I genuinely dislike seeing gratuitous unpleasantness in comments. Seeking Alpha should be to share information and analysis. It should be helpful to everyone to see well-considered opinions and analysis, especially those that they may not agree with. What better way to improve and test your analysis than dissecting a contrary argument?

    That process, however, does not have to be unpleasant or involve disparaging others with differing viewpoints. If you don't find an author credible, I would suggest not wasting time reading them. If you have material information that was not considered, by all means share it. If your analysis is different, please share that and your reasons. But don't insult and malign other people while doing so.

    I used to do a lot of litigation involving expert witnesses. In my experience experts who obviously had strong personal feelings about their position were uniformly ineffective. In fact, you worked at eliciting testimony that showed that type of personal bias underlying an experts opinion. The point is that personal attacks detract from someone's credibility if they are trying to make a point.

    Put me down as someone with experience who finds Value Digger's articles to be well researched, have good analysis, and to be valuable.
    May 27 07:52 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Uinta Basin: Intermediate Oil And Gas Producers Are Disappearing From Utah [View article]
    Value Digger--

    Excellent article about an area that doesn't get much attention. And you were right about NFX-- I'm waiting for 20.

    Thanks
    Feb 26 08:26 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How Did Chesapeake Sell $12 Billion Of Assets And Actually Increase Its Debt? [View article]
    One hell of a useful comment Bill.
    Jan 30 09:38 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Hedge Funds Are Selling These 4 Large Cap Financials [View article]
    This article doesn't make any sense. Tech Sector??? Then when I hit the arrow, it takes me to another website and shows market capitalization over time, not analyst sentiment.

    I hope you will understand if I don't give a lot of credence to whatever it was you were trying to tell us . . . . .
    Jan 25 08:59 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Micron Earnings: The Next Day [View article]
    @kjjerome --

    Hey thanks! I don't know about poetry, but I do think folks could lighten up and have a bit more fun . . . . .
    Apr 12 11:57 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Express Scripts Trying To Shame Gilead Into Reducing Sovaldi Price: Who Is Really The Greedy One? [View article]
    Great article. It is amazing how many companies like Express Scripts exist that do nothing to add wealth. I'm amazed it does exist: If I were a pharmaceutical company I wouldn't even negotiate with them. If I were GILD I'd cut them off; it would give a nice boost to the pharmacies that don't use them and perhaps make those that do think again.
    Apr 10 11:05 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 3 Quick Rules Of Thumb To Determine A Strong Business [View article]
    Very helpful article. Thanks
    Apr 7 12:02 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • What Seeking Alpha Is Doing To Prevent Paid Stock Promotion [View article]
    @blueice --

    Agree with your comments replying to Ford Perfect 1969.

    It would be very tough to think of any comparable market cap stock with LESS risk of manipulation by paid shills than Tesla. Hell, the running dialog between the fanboys and the shorts is already so loud and long any paid shill --short or long-- would barely be able to get a word in edgewise.

    Yeah, the only thing missing from Ford Perfect 1969's suggestion is a proposal to charge the negative commenters about TSLA with a "thought crime."

    Surely there is a website out there that has only comments from TSLA fanboys that he can use rather than trying to fundamentally change -- and devalue -- SA simply because he doesn't want to feel uncomfortable or threatened by negative comments about TSLA.

    Hey wait a minute. I'm kind of negative on TSLA. Maybe Ford Perfect 1969 has generally got the right idea, only backwards. How many positive comments has he written about TSLA??????? And what percentage of his comments are about TSLA????? Hmmm. Sounds like a suspiciously large percentage to me. Certainly worth a little censorship scrutiny . . . . . .
    Apr 4 06:42 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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