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  • Ready For A Rebound? Gilead's $1000 Pill [View article]
    I knew I would see some stupid ignorant comment like Mr. Miller's.

    I'm glad most of the people here at SA can have an intelligent conversation about this disease without the finger pointing of things someone MAY OR MAY not have done 30-40 years ago.

    Of all the people in my High School, the ones that didn't straighten up are dead anyway.

    BTW I am not on Medicare. I self pay my health insurance. It isn't cheap either.

    moving on here
    Apr 18 10:57 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ready For A Rebound? Gilead's $1000 Pill [View article]
    As this is an investors colume, perhaps I'll open up and give this another view point.

    I have Hepatitis C-1A. The hardest to kill.

    And before we go on my doc said this. "IT don't matter HOW you got it, you just got it so deal with it!"

    11 years ago I did the Interferon/Ribavirin treatment for 48 friggin long damn weeks. I'll tell ya that treatment will test your mettle. A lot of people quit early because of the side effects, one of the reasons for a less than stellar results. I just barely made it across that finish line.

    The treatment damned near nuked my thyroid though after two years bounced it's merry self back up and has behaved since then. It was a very difficult time and the cost was back then still over 30 grand. I took more pills for side effects then the treatment. I gave myself a shot in the stomach once a week. Talking about paying the Piper for your youthful sins!

    ...and it didn't work. Talk about a let down.... However I was viral free for the last 3/4's of the treatment. For about 3 months post treatment I felt the difference NOT having the virus. I felt like superman. When the virus came back I could tell.

    I would gladly pay some of the cost to get rid of this viral infection. So far I have no liver problems to date. Eat right, very little alcohol, stay active, ect.

    I could most probable die with Hep C, but not from Hep C. Not everyone reacts the same to the Hep C virus.

    However being in a committed relationship, however slight the chances are to infect your partner the cost isn't worth it to not try this treatment.

    I've waited all this time for a non-interferon treatment. I just couldn't make myself go through that again. It really sucked big time.

    I am excited about a real cure.

    I have good insurance, have paid into it for over 25 years and it's time for a payback.

    Sign me up! I want to try this next fall when the summer is over.

    good day
    Apr 18 10:44 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Faces A Problem And Increasing Prices Will Make It Worse [View article]
    it is a samsung, I still have it. It still works, I can pull the sim out of my Lumia and use an adapter.

    I'm going to start using it on those suicide drive @ 3am 250 miles to the Russian River(Alaska) Sockeye fishing frenzy's. Taking a smart phone out in the river, well, ain't so smart!

    Apr 17 10:42 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Faces A Problem And Increasing Prices Will Make It Worse [View article]
    @ bart...

    as I said, Jobs was a marketing genius, absolutely brilliant. Whether iphone, samsung, blackberry, whatever they are all still phones that can do much more than make calls. IMO smart phones are much more similar than different.

    yea I got the model number wrong, so what, yawn who cares not me

    good day gents
    Apr 17 10:35 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Faces A Problem And Increasing Prices Will Make It Worse [View article]
    sometimes I miss my good old cheap $39 flip phone that fits in my front pocket....
    Apr 16 09:41 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Advanced Micro Devices - Should You Sell? [View article]
    I have an AMD Phenom II x6 1090t OC,d to 3.7 GHz, last month I left Prime95 on, to those not in the know Prime95 runs your cpu at 100%. I was testing out a new liquid cooling system.

    So I start up and play game of Civilization 5 and played for over 2 hours before I started to notice the game running slow. IT was a huge map too. funny but I was surprised on just how well things ran that long. Boy was it warm in there! The fans were really blowing out some heat.

    My point is just how much power do you need?? Obviously enough at my house! Power isn't the goal anymore. Battery efficiency is. I'm becoming reinterested in AMD when they decided to quit butting head to head with Intel, not exactly a screaming stock either.

    Amd is a bit volatile for me right now, I bought some twice this year and was booted out with sell stop loss orders. Win some, save capital some.

    My best trades were beat up company's that redefined themselves. I buy and have an exit planned, not just hold forever no matter what the stock.

    And what's this about BlackBerry????? Not with a ten foot pole. Too many other better company's. Like CityGroup (C), another thrashed on company that, in time will be worth the $60 or more it's worth.

    cheers gents
    Apr 15 07:38 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Faces A Problem And Increasing Prices Will Make It Worse [View article]
    On my recent visit to my parents I bought my mom a new laptop, it was the xp thing you know!

    So we plow through setting up Windows 8.1 (really not that bad of an OS IMHO!) and I run into the new "2 step verification" for running apps like Yahoo mail.

    Now we come to the crapple part. Mom and pop both got talked into buying iPhone 4c, the cheaper plastic ones. First of all neither one of their iPhones could send/receive texts (Verizon). It is the first time I've touch an iphone. (I do have a old iPod touch ver. 1)

    Just great, so I have to use my own Nokia Lumia 820, over 1 1/2 years old, to get the verification passwords, they are 16 letters long. MY windows phone offers the ability to actually "see" what the password is while typing. But not the great crapple, hell I must of entered those passwords 3-4 times, per each of their phones to get the email to work on their phones, about pulled the rest of my hair out. Plus you need skinny little kids fingers to punch up letters anyway.

    Not impressed at all. It's all about marketing, and Steve Jobs was the master at that game.

    Anyway I'll keep my $360 Lumia 820 over the overprice, over hyped iPhones any day. I just cannot imagine having a $600 phone anyway, one good drop might do it in. Funny, I've dropped my Lumia several times now, it still keeps on ticking.

    Apr 15 10:17 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • What Seeking Alpha Is Doing To Prevent Paid Stock Promotion [View article]
    Oh hell what's the fun of investing in the stock market without some risk?????

    I don't win with every stock I pick but I'll say this I'm a damned sight better than I was 15-20 years ago and wet behind the ears.

    To be fair I do quite a bit of reading on SA. And since I just got back from vacation I'll never catch up on the comments of which I value as much as the articles.

    I like the old saying "Bulls make money and Bears make money, but pigs get slaughtered." My routine of buy low and sell a bit higher works. I use stop/loss sells. My number one rule, PRESERVE CAPITAL!!!!!! A nibble here, a nibble there, hey it works.

    I'm not perfect but I've managed to make money from the stock market. Half of the cost of building my house is from stock profits, probably one of my best investments, a home all out of pocket. I'm not rich by no means either. I just learned how to save and invest, it's called money management, I wish they would have taught that in High School. And no learning how to write checks doesn't fall into that scene.

    I spent the last 10 days at my parents home and got to talk to the "golden years gen" (I'm 59) and quite a few other people older then me want nothing to do with investing. My folks, using a paid stockbroker lost money and that scared them off. I would never let someone else touch my stash!

    Point being to be successful in this you need lots and lots of info. Being an investor means quite a bit of work. The more I put into it the more I get out of it. Investing is like work, it takes effort.

    I get pretty good info here. I love the comments, just some brilliant stuff.

    Apr 14 10:59 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Citigroup beats by $0.15, beats on revenue [View news story]
    I bought in two weeks ago @ 47.11 and went on vacation, I would be a liar if I wasn't a tiny worried there the end of last week!

    Apr 14 10:25 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • What Seeking Alpha Is Doing To Prevent Paid Stock Promotion [View article]
    Dear Mr. Hoffman

    I am soon to be 59, retired and also an early bird. I have to be up early, see in Alaska were 4 hours from the east coast, it's 5:30 am market open baby! yea have that coffee brewing! lol

    My g/f ask me the other day; "What do you do back in that office every morning?"

    Well I'll tell ya all, a good part of my everyday morning is going over Seeking Alpha articles, I mean hours some-days!!!

    Yes I do see the one sided articles and was pleased to see that so do you and are doing something about.

    But the best part of SA articles is this, it's the vast, huge amount of wisdom from the collective knowledge of your readers. Everyone gets to get their 2 cents in, some good, some not so good, but most are just great. The debates that go on in the comments section, well to me it's priceless. I get to see and get the feel what others are thinking, and often it is what I'm thinking. Really just some brilliant stuff here, not like anywhere else. Fool, Street, Yahoo, phooey on them, Seeking Alpha is my number one read in the morning starting with the morning briefing.

    Very good job, keep up the great work!

    Mar 30 10:41 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Citigroup: No Dividend Hike Now, But What About The Long-Term Future? [View article]
    All good points.

    Yes the numbers look good. Very compelling. I have bought/sold C 2 times this week, kept tripping my stop/loss (I hate going under water...). Ended up buying C today for 47.11, seems like a bottom has formed today. We'll see...

    But in regards to your comment; "Interestingly enough, the Fed's rejection will allow Citigroup to tuck away $15 billion in net profits this year to its balance sheet, enabling the bank's balance sheet to get stronger as it builds up capital."

    I was thinking the same thing, this stock has got to move eventually and with a large pile of cash to propel it.

    Time to stop following the crowd and hunker down. What is it the Warren Buffet said; "Be greedy when others are fearful?"

    Mar 28 06:27 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • A Defense Of Citi: Easily Overlooked And Misunderstood Franchise [View article]
    City some day will have it's day in the sun...

    Mar 28 09:06 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Citigroup Will Be Back Above $50 In No Time [View article]
    my #1 rule, PRESERVE CAPITAL!!!!!

    Mar 28 09:05 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Citigroup Will Be Back Above $50 In No Time [View article]
    Well make my day, I jumped on yesterday after hours, to me $47.33 is an excellent price for C. Go long or swing it, I'll probably sell @50.

    Mar 27 04:24 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Citigroup Is A Bargain As The Shares Will Trade At Book Value [View article]
    Has anything intrinsically changed with City's finances from this morning till this afternoon??

    I didn't think so either. I jumped on after hours 500 @ $47.28

    I couldn't resist!

    Mar 26 08:17 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment