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  • Tesla: The Short Of The Decade? [View article]
    I'm somewhat amazed a couple of guys above actually follow my posts making fun of Tesla and its fans. I'm more amazed they post links to other such comments I made.

    Battery cars have been around since 1901 and there is no "breakthrough technology" that can defeat the laws of physics or chemistry. A battery is just an inferior way to store energy to push a car hither and yon.

    I invented a carriage vehicle pulled by a unicorn who lives on lichens and he belches no methane from either end so it's very safe for the environment.

    Unicornholier than Thou was rejected as a company name, any ideas guys?
    Aug 19 06:00 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla: The Short Of The Decade? [View article]
    Tesla is corporate welfare disguised as a car company.
    Musk is Don Quixote.
    All of the Tesla promises of world car domination are just "hype and change".

    Consumer reports, NYTimes and others weren't impressed.

    Batteries simply aren't good for powering cars around. Volt is superior technology and hybrids are vastly more convenient.

    In extreme cold and heat remember how batteries lose significant power.

    Imagine trying to get somewhere in Florida, Texas or Arizona in summer with the AC on full blast. How about New Hampshire in the wintertime?

    The Tesla fanboys think the whole world is California but it's not.

    Tesla=AOL: some guys will make money on this stock, others will be caught holding the bag.
    Aug 19 11:26 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Deere & Co.: Plowing Its Way To Lower Prices [View article]
    I guess the author believes that worldwide 1. growing food is going away 2. Deere quality is going away 3. Deere brand power is going away.

    I doubt all 3 myself but it's all grist for the mill.
    Aug 19 09:00 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla: The One Major Item That Concerns Me [View article]
    My reply is for the guys below.

    Whether people learn sooner or later to save $2/gallon on natural gas is unknown, but smart guys would buy a Civic and invest the $75K in something useful, you can do whatever you want with your money.
    There are places to fill up with natural gas, of course, you can also install your own compressor and save another 75 cents a gallon by avoiding the fuel tax.
    There are many natural gas stations in California but where you live I don't know.
    The Columbia car company in Hartford sold an electric car in 1901.The 2014 Nissan Leaf has the *same range*. Batteries are not magical devices to defy the laws of physics.
    More cars will be offered with natural gas and already truck fleets are moving towards natural gas.
    Where I live, all of the buses run on natural gas. This is a growing trend.
    Effeciency is not what the customer cares about, he cares about 1. convenience 2. cost
    Waiting around to charge a car is your idea of freedom but not mine.
    High temperatures and low temperatures both knock the range down. I can't imagine someone riding around a Tesla in summertime in Texas or Florida.
    Tesla is selling in California and beyond that it's going to be tough.
    Aug 12 02:10 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla: The One Major Item That Concerns Me [View article]
    Tesla is a corporate welfare scheme disguised as a car company.
    The premise that people want to drive battery cars is false. The premise that batteries are a good way to propel a car is false. The premise that Tesla will be able to compete with the likes of Ford, GM, Toyota, BMW is false.
    You may be in love with Musk, but the laws of physics can't be defeated. Many people posting here probably haven't studied it.
    A car must have a power source to back up the battery power. A Chevy Volt or other hybrids are more convenient and will be more popular.
    The vast amounts of natural gas under our feet can power our cars and trucks for 200 years. Eventually more people will buy natural gas cars, today Honda Civic runs on natural gas. This is under $2/gallon on most places.
    Where I live in Santa Cruz, all Teslas run on natural gas anyway; Moss Landing Duke Power burns natural gas. So, cut out the waiting, wires, batteries and frustration and just buy a new Honda Civic.
    Go to Carmel, San Francisco, Napa, Bodega Bay, etc. with the $75,000 you saved and buy your girlfriend lunch.
    Aug 12 08:27 AM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's Q3 Risks Are To The Downside [View article]
    If Apple has "downside risk", I can handle it. If Apple shares fall a little my dividend buys me more shares of AAPL. I like the idea.

    It's called compounding dividends, try it sometime.
    Jul 20 01:12 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's Q3 Risks Are To The Downside [View article]
    The Apple iPhone 4S is about $700 in Mexico, go to Telcel and see it.

    If you think iPhones are losing popularity you 1. don't know any women 2. don't know any yuppies 3. don't know any old people

    When I heard about Apple and IBM I thought that somehow Siri would be connected with Watson at IBM.

    Oh man if Apple really someday leverages it's power and wealth to go after Google's core business, i.e. search, look out.
    Jul 20 01:45 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividends Don't Matter In Retirement Either [View article]
    The premise of the article is interesting but will be difficult or useless in practice.

    Dividends are paid by "blue chip" companies that are successful.

    Capital gains are paid by a stock being sold at auction (stock market) for more than it cost me in a previous auction (stock market).

    How would one be safely consistently buying low/selling high to capture the "earnings growth" of growth companies?

    I know I will prefer to collect my Apple dividends rather than have to sell shares as I get older. What would you prefer to do?

    WmHilger1 comment is cool.
    He showed up with the hot young girlfriend and I asked "How did you get her?" "I lied about my age" "But you look old" "I told her I was 95".
    Jul 17 04:24 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Now It's Really Time For Apple To Buy BlackBerry [View article]
    I wonder if someday Apple will try to buy some Blackberry patents instead?

    The Z30 phone reminds me of the Motorola Moto X=$300 Republic wireless.

    I have noticed that people are infatuated with their iPhones and as Apple keeps improving their specs, more people stay more loyal to the brand.

    I have no such loyalty regarding phones and tablets, of course my computers are Macs, I'm not a masochist nor crazy.
    Jul 17 12:45 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Now It's Really Time For Apple To Buy BlackBerry [View article]
    That was great to read.
    Jul 17 12:32 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla: 4 Reality Checks For Bulls To Consider [View article]
    So, the prediction of interest rates is also a guess, like predicting Tesla products and sales.

    What do you see around you that would make the Federal Reserve raise interest rates?

    "Interest rates about to rise" where did you get this information?
    Jul 17 12:27 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla: 4 Reality Checks For Bulls To Consider [View article]
    There is so much irrational hope and change thought by Tesla fanboys here, I wonder if Musk should run for president?
    Oh, he can't he's a foreigner. Too bad.

    He has evidently successfully started a personality cult so he should maybe start up his own religion instead?

    Promises of hundreds of thousands of non-existent cars sold does not make Tesla a great stock in the long run.
    Jul 17 12:25 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla: 4 Reality Checks For Bulls To Consider [View article]
    I don't have a natural gas car, but I would buy one as a better alternative to any Tesla.

    If you lived in Santa Cruz and worked at Netflix (as the CEO does), he could not make the round trip in a Nissan Leaf. He could make it in a Volt or the Tesla expensive tank.

    There are many locations in California to put natural gas in cars. Of course, you could do it yourself if you had a compressor installed since out here we have natural gas piped in already (for heat, hot water, stoves, etc.)
    You could pay for this compressor out of the $80K you saved by NOT buying the Tesla.

    Everyone who loves Tesla loves the concept, but the reality is batteries are inferior for powering a car.
    Jul 17 12:18 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Big Banks Hit With Monster $250 Billion Lawsuit In Housing Crisis [View article]
    This article is mystifying if true.

    The homeowners who applied for and got "sub-prime" mortgages were one root of the problem. The house of cards began to collapse as some homeowners began defaulting, then others followed suit defaulting intentionally as house values fell.

    I see no reason why any homeowner has lost anything buying bonds based on bad mortgages, nor derivatives thereof. The homeowners weren't buyers of those bonds.

    Of course banks were criminally stupid, negligent and greedy but they had a lot of help along the way.

    How about suing Alan Greenspan for keeping interest rates low which drove investors to lousy mortgage derivatives to earn more yield?

    How about suing Rubin, Summers, and Congress for repealing Glass-Steagal when Clinton was president?

    History shows that banks love to gamble with depositors' money, they can't help themselves. When they lose it, we all suffer. We should not suffer, but it was decided to bail out banks, AIG and Merrill (make a bank buy it) rather than let them take the hit. Instead, we taxpayers took the hit.
    Jul 16 11:03 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • S&P 500's Justified P/E Ratio [View article]
    I wonder if the author is correct, although I like Pompano and Chris Mahoney's comments.

    My view is: where else could you put your money today but stocks anyway?

    Maybe there are others who think this way.
    Jul 16 02:01 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment