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  • Retirement Strategy: The Politics That Could Affect Our Retirement Portfolios And Income [View article]
    if we get the same kind of republican policies we got during bush II, then what's to prevent another collapse, further weakening of legal protections against corporate fraud, another mbs scandal, further job offshoring, banks threatening to crash and a riot of illegal foreclosures and a couple of expensive deployments to achieve nothing in particular?

    i'm all for partisanship, but there was none of what's been discussed in the article or in the comments within the republican election campaigns.

    there is an argument to be made that neither side can and will really change things all that much as they are all too beholden to their own vested interests.

    i hope you guys are right. but the sales pitch hasn't matched the product for a long time.

    even before the republicans swore eternal war against obama, their own track record was more than weak.

    they didn't run on hope. they ran on anti hope.
    Nov 9, 2014. 12:55 PM | 24 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Must-Know News [View article]
    isn't a vat or a goods and services tax actually an end user tax?

    rich people think it's fairer because they only pay on purchases. but poor people don't because the tax makes up a much larger percentage of their income because they don't make as much.

    there is this fallacy that cutting taxes to business makes business more competitive. it doesn't. it gives the business more profit, that's all. a few individuals have more shekels in their pockets, but not the mass market.

    it's the mass market which is hurting. the small elite market is doing not so badly, thank you very much.

    it's like back in the depression, there were people who made out like bandits. after years of tinkering they'd gotten the system set up to profit them and theirs until fdr came along and tipped the whole thing over.
    Jun 11, 2014. 08:31 AM | 19 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Even The Council On Foreign Relations Is Saying It: Time To Rain Money On Main Street [View article]
    nice observations.

    first the republican fascination with the word entitlement (which more accurately applies to the 1%) had to be proven to be electoral death.

    and second the corporate welfare handouts had to be shown as having been taken as profit, for buying the corporate equivalent of crack and importing rather than hiring and engaging in value added manufacturing.

    essentially, we are in a situation quite like imperial china prior to their collapse, when many of the compradores and the political types were corrupted by the money of opium.

    our political system can't touch them, they are too powerful to be dealt with by normal state institutions (they run state institutions).

    and they all use human shields- they argue that if they're dealt with, so many innocent people will be hurt from the fall out, it's better just to let them keep on keepin' on.
    Sep 2, 2014. 06:41 AM | 16 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 3D Systems: A Sobering Reality [View article]
    msft didn't buy it.

    and they didn't get the deal.

    ibm picked them and then msft couldn't get the job done. they had no os when they were picked.

    you're trying to compare apples to nuclear aircraft carriers.
    Jan 17, 2013. 09:12 AM | 16 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: SEC Reforms, Tech Earnings, PayPal Expansion [View article]
    paypal in nigeria means that now you can get scammed by the nigerian prince and pay without even having to leave the comfort of your rollie chair in front of the 'puter!
    Jul 23, 2014. 07:33 AM | 15 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Telefonica, Telecom Italia In Bidding War For Vivendi's GVT [View article]
    orange peel, engineers don't make things of which the operating parameters include regular exploding. it lacks finesse.

    explosions at oil refineries are not a way of life.

    poor maintenance and cut backs and poor safety culture makes things explode.

    incompetent or negligent supervision makes things explode.

    a lack of strenuous penalties for explosions makes things explode.
    Aug 28, 2014. 08:26 AM | 14 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Here's The Alarming Table Kinder Morgan Doesn't Want You To See [View article]
    didn't seem venomous at all to me.

    the reader comments were much more venomous and childish than the article.

    i enjoyed the article. not so the comments of the pampers wearing responders.
    Aug 12, 2014. 12:36 PM | 13 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: AIG Settles Crisis-Era Lawsuit And Posts Profit [View article]
    clearly, the separatists aren't waging war with the rest of ukraine. they are being attacked by the mercenaries and street corner hoodlums in the kyivan national guard.

    if the rebels were fighting a war, there'd be bombs going off in western ukraine.

    the separatists are acting like separatists do. they are staying on their patch and they're taking their hammering and they're doing some hammering of their own.

    it's an important thing to remember- if they stay on their home patch, they're more likely to be nationalists and very serious.

    if it was some kind of expansionary thing run by russia, they'd be attacking deep into the west to destabilise the regime. basic tactics, 101.

    the coup regime started the trouble by cancelling russian language reforms and threatening to burn the east and crimea if they complained.

    and crimea asked to join russia. it wasn't taken over. there was a referendum and everything.

    even the uke troops are fleeing into russia!
    Aug 5, 2014. 08:34 AM | 13 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Must-Know News [View article]
    killer- I guess you cut your own trails with a stone knife to walk too and from your cave to where you labour by yourself, hmm?

    a family is a collective entity. be careful your karma doesn't run over your dogma.

    so is a society. and so are police, who prevent people from coming and taking what you have because they can.
    Apr 2, 2014. 09:04 AM | 12 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Bulls vs. Bears: Where Gold Goes Next [View article]
    i thought that much of the gold 'stored in a vault' was not actually stored in a vault. i thought gld and other etf's leveraged their physical holdings, so the majority of holders don't actually have gold, but paper.

    if there isn't enough gold for all the people who think they own a certain weight, isn't it another thrilling cable car ride over a gorge in the middle of earthquake country, like employment, infrastructure reinvestment and housing?

    the unimaginable happens, happened, is happening, to those other three pillars of the economy. a delivery call rush and it's all done for the gold etf's, isn't it?
    Nov 5, 2010. 06:37 AM | 12 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Must-Know News [View article]
    main st. huh. you the pres of the rolls royce club? you spend a lot of time on main st., do yuh? i thought maybe you were one of the folks who helped develop the just over the town limits mega malls which gutted our downtowns and made a lot of snotty millionaires who blamed gov't rather than their redevelopment of farmland for the collapse of america's downtowns. like a bunch of scarecrows, pointnig everywhichway, except at their own chests.

    the pickle was dilled long before the current pres came to office. anyone with any sense of logistics knows that.

    the rest is just sour grapes.
    Nov 2, 2012. 07:52 AM | 11 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • "Let us actively make markets," says Jamie Dimon. We have the "deepest, widest and most transparent markets in the world," and that is a huge value to the investor. A balance needs to be struck between regulators who want less risk taken by market makers, and making sure that you can buy and sell securities actively enough to keep markets narrow for customers. (video)  [View news story]
    and vampire squid said, "LET THERE BE MARKETS."

    and there were. and the 1%'rs saw that it was good.

    and the vampire squid led HIS people unto the valley of the 99%'rs and did feast therein upon their entitlements, as they were entitled.

    and the 1%'rs saw that it was good.

    and the vampire squid did tell HIS people, "at any time i might convert your goods and bet against you. at any time i might be lying to you. but i'm all you've got. so you'll have to rationalise anything i do as being somehow good, somehow a lesson."

    and many of the 1%'rs saw they were in it with the 99% after all.
    Jan 9, 2012. 09:40 PM | 11 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: European Shares Slip After EU Commission Cuts Forecasts [View article]
    how many no fault settlements or convictions before the genius of jpmorgan stops being a genius and becomes a confidence artist?
    Nov 4, 2014. 07:04 AM | 10 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: EU CPI Data Adds To Deflation Fears [View article]
    the consumers are the mass market. the masses aren't doing so well in europe. like in north america but worse.

    hoping for xmas without realising the consumer is the worker and the workers are all on minimum wage and have no money to buy things, that might be called the santa claus put.
    Oct 14, 2014. 07:15 AM | 10 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Misperceptions About Hayek: A Response To Soros [View article]
    In kosinki's being there, two characters refer to deTocqueville, and then one admits to the other but he's never read him. And the other replies not to worry, nobody has, that's why everyone quotes him.

    perhaps the main reason Hayek isn't known is because his thought was not amenable to being converted into a tool for enriching elites at an expected rate of return. He's too balanced and thoughtful.

    Economics is like pro baseball. You don't get brought up to the majors unless you have something to contribute to the owners' bottom line.
    Sep 25, 2014. 09:07 AM | 10 Likes Like |Link to Comment