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  • 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
  • Airliners starting to hear about wages [View news story]
    A "string of profitable quarters" is no guarantee for future profitable quarters. So much of airline profitability depends on fuel prices, weather, economic stability, and yes, unions, all variables. Yet unions would like to lock in higher wages dependent on temporary profits. Suggest buy stock in that airline.
    Jan 30 12:57 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ford Motor Company beats on revenue [View news story]
    Look at the volume. $$ leaving F as fast as it comes in. HFT?
    Jan 28 12:10 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Target CFO to get Senate grilling [View news story]
    Makes much more sense for grandstanders, including DOJ, to go after the hackers in a very serious way. Seem to be penalizing the victim here.
    Jan 24 09:09 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ford explores self-driving car features [View news story]
    We'll likely fight every step of the way to retain self-driving cars, but the expanded computer-driven car will possibly be the car of the future. As highways and freeways especially improve to include a dedicated lane with something like a "ribbon" control, many will be more than happy to login, turn the controls over to the car and highway system, lean back and enjoy reading the morning "tablet" on the commute. Imagine.
    Jan 23 10:13 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • U.S. won't renew deal with contractor CGI for Obamacare website [View news story]
    Simple fact: CGI "won" a NO-bid contract, and the "cronyism" claim has some legitimate questions due to a contact of Michelle Obama's.
    Jan 13 04:19 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Amazon confirms it has 20M+ Prime subs [View news story]
    At the end of the day traders like profits....and customers like good deals. Happy customers always build the client base and provide good profits to well-managed companies.
    Jan 8 01:07 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Amazon confirms it has 20M+ Prime subs [View news story]
    Probably true, IF you compare only to Netflix content speed, etc. Consider possible "loss leader" as established strategy to draw customers to actual content of physical products. Look at the AMZN site, including clothing, shoes, electronics, jewelry, etc. Think: expanding markets.
    Jan 8 12:37 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Amazon confirms it has 20M+ Prime subs [View news story]
    The difference is in the expanded and very efficient marketing system of Amazon. My FIRST source for ANY new item is nearly always Amazon. Comparison to Netflix is only part of the story. As an avid reader, AMZN draws satisfied customer responses, a great system for identifying preferences, constant "suggestions" with free download by Whispersync, free text-to-voice. Many mailed items free delivery, TV and movie choices. The complete marketing system is amazing and draws brand loyalty. Sometimes I think of it as a 'frequent buyer' club. ;)
    Jan 7 05:01 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Amazon confirms it has 20M+ Prime subs [View news story]
    Just personal observation, but I began on 6 mo free trial, pleased with services, bought 1 yr Prime and will renew. Great customer satisfaction, and yes, I spent more with AMZN even so. Guessing many will buy and renew Prime.
    Jan 7 12:40 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment