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  • Russia, Ukraine to hold new gas talks [View news story]
    My thoughts exactly, Sakelaris. Our far more dangerous adversary is radical Islam, which HAS stated animosity towards us, complete with threats, on a very short timeline.
    Sep 1 07:34 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Russia, Ukraine to hold new gas talks [View news story]
    Your reply is political only, but my comment suggests a thoughtful approach (rather than visceral) to current investments. I am not here to argue, but to expand (just a bit) approaches and fully realize I'm swimming against Cold War tides.
    Sep 1 07:25 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Russia, Ukraine to hold new gas talks [View news story]
    Ah, yes. Neville Chamberlain, who is famous or infamous for his attempts at appeasement. Learn from history (the 1930's?) but don't assume history repeats itself. I'm not here to defend Putin, but he is not Lenin, not Stalin, not Kruscheff, not Hitler, and this isn't 1935 or so. I might also suggest that you not demean yourself by insulting others.
    Sep 1 07:21 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Russia, Ukraine to hold new gas talks [View news story]
    Just a further thought: We seem to have a hard time growing beyond a possibly outdated Cold War mentality. But if we're cautious and selective, there are investment opportunities here. Should Russia overextend her boundaries, well, that's another judgment call.
    Sep 1 02:21 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Russia, Ukraine to hold new gas talks [View news story]
    Having been out of school for "some time" isn't any excuse for not keeping up with current events as they relate to history, but your remark still puzzles me. Just my opinion, but don't we all try to keep up with world events as they relate to our investments? Rather than buy into one-sided propaganda, it's best to consider negotiating positions, I believe. Sanctions simply send Russia into other alliances (thinking of China and the recent energy deal) and winter is coming to Europe. The ruble is down...but so is the euro. Consider those unintended consequences. Also consider that it's dangerous and expensive to Putin should he push boundaries. Putin is deeply nationalist, but usually performs in Russia's best interests. Okay to learn from history, but these are different times, different personalities, and form judgments according to modern positions. Again, imho.
    Sep 1 02:14 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Russia, Ukraine to hold new gas talks [View news story]
    The Russia/Ukraine conflict is also about a land bridge to the Crimea and control of the Sea of Azov, economically. Eastern Ukraine is largely ethnic Russian and speaks Russian. Since the new regime in Kiev came to power in February, they have shown little interest in fair rule, hoping to retain Eastern Ukraine wealth for themselves, hoping to involve NATO, the EU and the West (fully understanding Propaganda 101) in their own civil war. Some form of partition seems logical with the least bloodshed, and I doubt Putin plans for all of Ukraine.
    Sep 1 11:17 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ukraine continues offensive against rebels [View news story]
    Agree, Sakelaris. Recent "wars" have been won rather handily. It's the occupation that is difficult and expensive. But politicians seem intent on drawing lines on maps without regard to geopolitical and ethnic differences. Most times we've intruded into what are basically local tribal and civil wars for power. What has our quest for imposed democracy gained? Often only bloodshed and chaos. In the current case of the Ukraine, partition seems much less lethal and complicated than moving entire popuations. imho
    May 4 08:10 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Futures slip amid heightened Ukraine tensions [View news story]
    Western meddling along Russia's borders and threatening deeper sanctions seems to be painful for everybody. Any guesses how it will all end? We'll spend a bunch of money we don't have, supporting a months-old coup govt everybody seems to have forgotten, while Ukraine begs more aid and military support and disregards ethnic differences, killing separatists. My guess is they also fed media manipulation with the anti-Jewish pamphlets, all to hold off Russia in the interests of their own self-preservation. Didn't we go thru this with Georgia not long ago? All IMHO, of course, in the formof a rant.
    Apr 25 11:25 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ford Motor beats on revenue [View news story]
    F is now a high-volume trade stock. Traders pulling money out during current tension, will come back with more high-volume when tensions ease. Good time to buy, imho. F just beat estimates by 1.84B. But consider that HFT will skim any gains immediately. The only way C beat HFT was a 1 for 10 stock split.
    Apr 25 11:12 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Crimean crisis set to dominate Obama's trip to Europe [View news story]
    Ouch, TAS. That's a little harsh. Take a little time, look at a map. Think about borders, and think in terms of ~current~ geopolitical and military positions. Above all, think of ethnic populations and lines drawn on the map by politicians without consideration for ethnic peoples.
    Mar 24 01:50 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Crimean crisis set to dominate Obama's trip to Europe [View news story]
    What most articles barely mention and this article mentions not at that the military based "stormed" by Russia is "in Crimea" so it doesn't seem unreasonable that a Ukraine military base in Crimea, except by authorization, should leave. Crimea ELECTED to withdraw from Ukraine and join Russia, was then annexed by Russia. Most citizens have an ethnic Russian background. Yanokovich was thrown out by coup short months ago, so where was the grab? My guess would be that Russia won't have to "invade" Eastern Ukraine, despite the hype.
    Mar 23 06:20 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Summers: U.S. risks becoming a Downton Abbey economy [View news story]
    Summers statements are loaded with Talking Points, with Downton Abbey thrown in for an attention-draw. We foresee more hearty debates between capitalists and socialists, but...can we maintain some sense of reality? Or, alternatively, we can just continue to trade Talking Points.
    Feb 17 10:30 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Obama signs debt-cap suspension into law [View news story]
    Suspending the debt limit is a seriously dangerous precedent to set, making it all too easy to suspend a debt limit altogether. At the very least we can expect a vicious fight just to once again enact the debt limit in any sense of reality. That is, until "other people's money" runs out. Does ANYbody remember Economy 101?
    Feb 17 10:11 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tech ratings changes: Amazon, Intuit, Veeco, comScore, Itron [View news story]
    AMZN's Cloud platform is exceptional in its volume allowance and ease of use. Customer service is exceptional, too. There is still value in Prime, even with a $20 increase, IF it is used. Anyone who loves "deals" will appreciate AMZN's constant search for the "deals" and follow-up policies are....guess what....exceptional, too. The downgrade seems excessive.
    Feb 12 12:00 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • NYT: Dimon was asked for JPM to hire friend of Chinese regulator [View news story]
    Time for regulators to realize that's "just business" in most of the world, pay a little more attention to "received strong performance revues." Why should anybody NOT be hired as a potential qualified employee just because they have "friends" in high places? Isn't this being too politially correct? Rather, regulators now in power are too conscious of "revenue" to be gained and too involved in opposing capitalism.
    Feb 12 11:07 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment