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  • The Solar Bubble Has Officially Burst - Survivors Will Ultimately Capture More Market Share [View article]
    Hi SD,
    I know that a few (very few) companies have done this, but Gebby specifically stated charging with solar panels. Of those very few companies how many charged with solar panels and would it work at a more northern clime?
    Apr 9 05:57 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Solar Bubble Has Officially Burst - Survivors Will Ultimately Capture More Market Share [View article]
    Gebby,
    You can plug into solar power all night long and you won't get zip. Is everybody going to have to work night shift so they can charge their cars during the day?
    Apr 9 04:34 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Where Is The (Relative) Bottom For Agriculture? [View article]
    MAG,
    I got out of farming in the late 70s. We were always listening to the farm report for spot prices on grains daily. If the price was good enough we would load the trailer and deliver to the grainery that day, if not a good spot we would hang on to it. I have seen some crops plowed under when the bottom fell out of the market, just not worth the costs of harvest. Cattle go from the ranch to commercial feed lots before butchering where they are fattened up, one of the largest is Harris Ranch here in California. Overall a farmer or rancher has no control over the price he gets, the market controls it.
    http://bit.ly/IAAGEC Wiki
    http://www.beefusa.org
    http://bit.ly/HBprjf
    Harris Ranch is not a normal feedlot, they take cattle from the ranch and have a process that puts their product into the grocery stores, but it does give an idea of the distribution network and all the middlemen involved, the rancher only provides the raw materials much as a miner does.
    Apr 9 12:42 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Where Is The (Relative) Bottom For Agriculture? [View article]
    Livestock eat grains and hay, the more grains and hay cost the less willing the livestock owners are to produce as costs are too high for a reasonable profit, if any. Rising costs in fertilizer, water restrictions, machinery, transport and fuel costs leave farmers and ranchers in an economic bind. If not for machinery agriculture would be hugely labor intensive. Even as it is farmers and ranchers work long hours for little compensation with massive overhead and no garuantee of profit. Developed countries have forgotten that there can be no society without farmers and ranchers. When they do remember they tend to treat them as serfs, making unreasonable demands and price regulations. When you look out your office window during spring and summer watching a hail storm you think about your car getting dented, a farmer is wondering if he has a total crop failure or not. One or a couple of bad years in a row can ruin a farmer that has had many good years. I did not mention land banks or subsidies as I am talking about real farmers. And yes, there is crop insurance if you can afford it.
    Apr 8 05:00 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • New Research Dissects Lithium-Ion Battery Mythology [View article]
    Hi Don,
    I have never done DD on Valence, but I have on AONE, they had some serious problems in quality control that is going to be very expensive to straighten out. I am not sure that I would directly compare AXION as they generally fill a different set of applications, but for investment purposes they have huge potential for profit in the next 18-24 months for a small cap company.
    Apr 8 02:20 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • New Research Dissects Lithium-Ion Battery Mythology [View article]
    D,
    As with anything else, as long as the charger is working as designed. This is assuming no one has modified or that relay contacts haven't burnt, or any other malfunction. Just as the assumptions of bad O rings for CNG fillers have been made.
    Apr 8 02:05 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • 3 Myths About Gold That Just Won't Die [View article]
    Net,
    I disagree. Our electrical infrastructure is the point. That is the weak link. Look at last summer when parts of SoCal and AZ lost power for a couple of days as an example. No banks, ATM machine, retail card swipes or gas stations were working. Imagine the problems with electricity if the big one hits SoCal, large hurricane back east or in the south. It could take weeks or months to repair the grid. We already know that solar flares can disrupt the grid and do severe damage. It is not a matter of IF, but of when. This isn't a doomsday outlook, it is reality.
    Apr 8 01:03 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Has Gold Peaked Or Not? [View article]
    Hi HW65,
    With BB talk is cheap, watch what he does not what he says. The Fed has fingers in pies all over the place, they just might lose a few (fingers).
    Apr 8 02:07 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Fed must fight unemployment with more aggressive policies, even if they lead to higher inflation, Paul Krugman writes: "If the Fed refuses to take even the slightest risk on the inflation front, despite a disastrous performance on the employment front, it’s violating its own charter. And, beyond that... a rise in inflation to 3% or even 4%... would almost surely help the economy."  [View news story]
    Yeah, for not being Bush.
    Apr 8 01:08 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The Fed must fight unemployment with more aggressive policies, even if they lead to higher inflation, Paul Krugman writes: "If the Fed refuses to take even the slightest risk on the inflation front, despite a disastrous performance on the employment front, it’s violating its own charter. And, beyond that... a rise in inflation to 3% or even 4%... would almost surely help the economy."  [View news story]
    PT,
    How about cutting their compensation by 66% and pay them for performance.
    Apr 8 12:59 AM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • North American rail traffic posts impressive numbers despite plunging coal shipments (thanks to natural gas), notes Todd Sullivan. Leading the increase are metal and stone - think construction. The economy is continuing to strengthen; those who "sell in April/May and go away" may regret the decision.  [View news story]
    I agree that they may be reading things wrong.
    Apr 8 12:33 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • As the saying goes, "when it rains it pours." For Goldman Sachs lately, it's been nothing short of a deluge. First it was the Greg Smith "tell-all" op-ed in the New York Times, now its a report in the Sunday edition that a private equity fund controlled by Goldman was holding a 16% stake in a web site called Backpage.com - purported to be one of the largest sex trafficking sites in the United States.  [View news story]
    Ui and TVI,
    Good discussion. Any news on Jon Corzine? Bernie is getting sooo lonely.
    Apr 7 11:35 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Solar Bubble Has Officially Burst - Survivors Will Ultimately Capture More Market Share [View article]
    Gebby,
    It is obvious that we agree the elected politicians aren't taking their duties and responsibilities to the people of this country seriously. We do disagree on why, which by the way is fine. I also agree that solar has a place at the table as one of the solutions to our energy needs, but do not see it as a be all, end all solution. The efficiency of panels needs to double and battery storage must improve before it becomes a viable answer. Recycling of old panels to reuse resources must also be developed to make it a sustainable technology.
    Apr 7 11:19 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The U.S. Economy Is Producing Too Many Jobs [View article]
    TakeFive,
    I would have to agree that ethics and respect go hand in hand. By watching the politicians all the time and not just in election cycles it is easier to determine what they are up to. Living in California I know exactly what you are saying about one party that dominates will use and abuse. Unfortunately, here the parties are almost indistinguishable. Not that much difference between the Govinator and Governor Moonbeam.
    Apr 7 09:29 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The U.S. Economy Is Producing Too Many Jobs [View article]
    TakeFive,
    My user name is short for "still dazed and confused". I see many billion dollar propoganda machines working at, bending, twisting and corrupting the truth. Rarely, we get a small glimpes of the truth behind all the facades of deceit and have trouble fitting it into our frame of reference. So i quit listening to what is said and look to what is done. Sadly, with the US Constitution as a guide, truth, freedom, ethics, rule of law and justice have suffered greatly for at least the last 50 years and severely for the last eleven years. Until we demand strong ethics from our elected leaders we will not have strong ethics demanded of business or government.
    Apr 7 07:05 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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