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  • Tesla Claims Are Out Of Sync With Reality [View article]
    When Elon finally makes it to Mars, I fear he will discover that the auto dealers have banned direct sales of Teslas on other planets. And the stock will plummet of course.
    Dec 12, 2014. 01:41 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why I'm Buying Up Coal Stocks [View article]
    <<<"It's called the "Cornwall Alliance Declaration on Global Warming". It's a bit longwinded, but basically it reiterates the fundamentalist view that "God is in charge", and due to his "infinite power" his perfectly designed earth is self-sustaining and self-correcting no matter what stupid and irresponsible things we might do to it.

    They flat out state, regarding the "alleged" global warming that "Recent global warming is one of many natural cycles of warming and cooling in geologic history". They go on to imply that God wants us to use lots of fossil fuels and nuclear energy. " >>>


    I'm afraid you get an F in reading comprehension! These issues are simply too complex for you to comprehend.

    I detest evangelical Christianity and most evangelical Christians. But even Isaac Newton took a walk on the dark side of superstition and mysticism. And the US is supposedly terrified of fanatical Muslim countries developing nuclear weapons, so apparently religious belief does not necessarily stand in the way of scientific achievement.

    Oil prices are falling, gas guzzlers are proliferating, India and China are rising, and if man-made contributions to planetary temperatures are actually a problem, there is absolutely nothing that can be done at this point. Misguided government interventions will simply bankrupt the masses, and hysterics will only make the masses anxious and physically sick.
    Dec 5, 2014. 01:24 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Saudi Arabia: Do The Math [View article]
    What makes more sense to me is that the Saudi's are collaborating with the US government to decimate the Russian economy. The US government has been pressing relentlessly to surround Russia with nuclear weapons on their borders, to draw former Soviet bloc countries into NATO, and to marginalize and bankrupt Russia. The US threw away $1 trillion invading the wrong country in 2003, how much would they be willing to waste to destroy Russia?

    A side benefit for all oil producers would be to crush the electric car industry. Gasoline is now at two dollars a gallon in some places and gas guzzlers are becoming popular again. Turns out we didn't need electric cars after all. Electric car and solar panel subsidies will be phased out over the next couple of years, and while electric car sales to the masses have been pitiful, without subsidies they will be almost nonexistent.

    This explanation makes a lot more sense to me than the Saudi's giving up some revenue for a while in order to force consolidation and efficiency among US oil producers.
    Dec 5, 2014. 01:05 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Why I'm Buying Up Coal Stocks [View article]
    "Talk about cherry picking what you want to see. "

    You might enjoy reading "the great global warming blunder", by Roy Spencer, a climate scientist. He talks a lot about cherry picking data, exaggerated charts and graphs, ignoring contrary data, and the fact that the warmist fear-mongers aren't actually concerned about the direct effects of CO2 in the atmosphere, but rather about the hypothesized positive feedbacks, which with each passing year have proven to be considerably less powerful than predicted and modeled.

    And the email debacle demonstrates exactly what was intended: climate scientists were cherry-picking data, refusing information requests, hiding their data-sets, and releasing two different reports through the IPCC, one which was all gloom-and-doom, end-of-the-world hyperbole, and then a science report months later which stated that there was a great deal of uncertainty, and that temperatures were not rising as had been predicted by the models, and that furthermore, there was no good explanation as to why temps had not risen in 15 years, except that perhaps feedbacks had been over-estimated.

    To quote a well known climate scientist testifying to the congress, "You have to pick cherries if you want to make cherry pie". Shame on all of them!
    Dec 2, 2014. 08:39 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Why I'm Buying Up Coal Stocks [View article]
    I thought it worth the trouble to at least peruse WinMD’s linked Wikipedia article, and not to my surprise, at least one of the ‘investigating’ bodies didn’t investigate at all, but declared their faith in the so-called ‘science’ of global warming.

    Oh what a tangled web they weave.

    <<< Winmd: “See, when EIGHT independent esteemed bodies around the world actually bothered to read those emails in context, and realized what they actually meant, they all found the same thing: absolutely zero scientific wrongdoing by the parties involved. None:” >>>

    The Met Office ‘investigation’ (!): <<< On 23 November 2009, a spokesman for the Met Office, the UK's national weather service, which works with the CRU in providing global temperature information, said there was no need for an inquiry. "The bottom line is that temperatures continue to rise and humans are responsible for it. We have every confidence in the science and the various datasets we use. The peer-review process is as robust as it could possibly be." >>>
    Dec 1, 2014. 09:34 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Motors - Summative And Algorithmic Evaluation [View article]
    My guess is that low oil prices are an attempt to kill the EV industry in its infancy. Once the death of the EV has been announced yet again, oil prices will go right back up.
    Nov 4, 2014. 11:51 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Motors - Summative And Algorithmic Evaluation [View article]
    “I Know First is a financial company that uses an advanced self-learning algorithm based on artificial intelligence, machine learning, and artificial neural networks to analyze, model and predict the stock market.”

    Wouldn’t a self-learning algorithm ultimately conclude that buy-and-hold is the superior strategy?
    Nov 3, 2014. 09:12 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Investing: It Ain't Rocket Surgery [View article]
    <<< A "joke" does not have to be explained by 5 comments. But a mistake does.>>>

    That’s funny! I think they call it a mixed metaphor, which worked great for Yogi Berra, but maybe not so well for others. Sometimes a joke turns out to be a mistake.

    They actually performed a sort of rocket surgery on the Hubble space telescope once, but the patient died anyway. Speaking of the price of tits in China, stock markets are a quick path to ruin when treated as a get-rich-quick-scheme. On the other hand it takes a great deal of faith to have a 40-60 year time frame, because very few people have 40 or more years of experience in buy-and-hold investing. And a lot of people don’t even live 60 years. Who wants to die with money in the bank???
    Oct 16, 2014. 09:05 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Daze Of Peak Oil... Or At Least Peak Oil Production [View article]
    LOL! I got lost after the 3rd or 4th chart. The one thing that stuck is that annual production growth has been a steady 1% for the last 24 years. Sounds to me like a steady increase in supply, while consumption has been dropping, thus the fall in prices and the collapse in offshore drillers.

    What I'll never forget is that when W took office, diesel was $1.49/gal, and when he left office, having nearly destroyed the country, diesel was $4.80/gal, a 300% increase. Oil price and supply is mostly political.
    Oct 15, 2014. 01:55 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why I'm Buying Up Coal Stocks [View article]
    “Respectfully, were you using electricity when you typed that comment?”

    And were you using the internet when you typed that you would not invest in companies that produce or distribute pornography. By far the greatest distributors of pornography are ISP’s, and by paying for internet service, you are supporting the distribution of pornography, even if you don’t directly invest in it.

    But would you rather lose money in coal, or make money in some other investment, like AT&T (which distributes porn), or Altria (which produces tobacco, which is less lethal than black lung disease, a coal miner’s malady)?
    Oct 12, 2014. 01:30 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why I'm Buying Up Coal Stocks [View article]
    To the author, I just finished reading an analysis of the US coal sector after your article piqued my curiosity. World coal supply at current use rates is more than 500 years. Coal mining is oppressive, dangerous, messy and nasty. And burning coal is just as nasty, producing such toxins as arsenic and mercury. (I don't consider CO2 a toxin, neither does nature). In short, a person of good conscience would steer clear of coal mining and use, but would have trouble living in the world without it. An investor of good conscience would see that oversupply, transport constraints, and pollution/regulatory issues make it a very poor prospect.
    Oct 12, 2014. 09:53 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • EVs Are Winning, So Is Tesla [View article]
    "Has anyone ever just asked "how does this all work"? 125 dealers selling 35000 cars in 2014. Average 280 per dealer per year. Or a little less than 25 per month. How many salesmen does to it take to sell 1 car per day?"

    All good questions. I believe Tesla only has showrooms and online sales, and service centers are for repairing the many things that go wrong with the cars. The 'loaners', however many there are, are for the convenience of people who spent $100,000 on a start-up product and need to feel that their money was well spent.
    Oct 5, 2014. 08:52 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • EVs Are Winning, So Is Tesla [View article]
    "However, much of the evidence put forward thus far has shown correlations between sea ice loss and particular weather patterns, but has not revealed the direct physical connections and causation between the two, leading many mainstream climate scientists to be skeptical of the work so far. "

    fiwiki2, Really, that's the best you can do? To link to an article that says that MAINSTREAM climate scientists don't understand the physical causes and are therefore skeptical of the claims that warming leads to cooling?

    Next you'll tell me that the atmosphere can tell whether CO2 is natural or 'man-made', and then warm or cool depending on its mood. But you are right about one thing, the argument is over! LOL.
    Oct 3, 2014. 12:13 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • EVs Are Winning, So Is Tesla [View article]
    "How about if you actually made sense and had a point? "

    I always have a point, frequently made through humor. In this case laughing about arguments over what constitutes 'solar powered'. One person claims their EV is solar powered, another objects that if they are still connected to the grid, they can't make that claim. Seems like splitting hairs to me.

    For my purposes the grid is just a storage medium for my solar generated electricity, a type of socio-economic battery. I don't care how they return my power to me, as long as I can get it back.

    I find it more enjoyable to argue about how a warmer climate can make the weather cooler.
    Oct 3, 2014. 10:18 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • EVs Are Winning, So Is Tesla [View article]
    "If you use your solar panels to charge your car directly or to charge a battery bank and then your car at night then it is solar powered."

    How about if you use solar panels to charge up a taser, then use the taser to coerce homeless people to push your car around? Would that make it 'green' transportation? Or at least 'solar motivated'? ROFL.
    Oct 2, 2014. 10:28 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment