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  • USW rejects Shell's contract offer  [View news story]
    Totally agree with aggkiusa. Used to be an old union saying that "we got more time, than they got money…" Not so sure that's the case anymore. Even though I might have financial interests from time to time with various oil companies, it's hard to feel very sorry for the top floor when they can't/won't take care of their own employees.
    Feb 21, 2015. 08:20 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Few Quick Observations On Crude  [View article]
    But the Saudis don't want the price to increase right now. Their aim is to slow down, stop, and wreck the US shale producers which to some degree will probably happen. The competition has begun in earnest now. But think back, where was oil the last time we had a supply "shortage"?…(not exactly sure, but it was below $100). It might take a few years, but it will go back up because there is no way demand is going to decrease from here (especially @ $50-$60). And yes, huge politics involved here today. I am planning on trying to be patient for a while - I can't believe there isn't a pony somewhere in this pile of $%*&.
    Nov 28, 2014. 05:19 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Pure Income Portfolio Alternative: Closed End Income Funds  [View article]
    Thank you for all your work untangling the variables here. I am in a couple of CEFs for a few years now and have more or less been "flying blind" with them I guess. I am looking forward to taking a look at them with these comparisons in mind.
    Nov 15, 2014. 10:56 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Pure Income Portfolio: The CORE, The Alternative And The Poison, Part II  [View article]
    Thanks for your time on this. Looking forward to read what you might have for the closed end funds as well.
    Nov 8, 2014. 09:47 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dropped Call: AT&T Transmits Unimpressive Q3 Results  [View article]
    I agree w/ 2bears, but this assumes using existing technology as it stands today. Imagine what you could do if you had 15 million existing DTV customers who were connected to your satellites along with your set top boxes. (actually, set top boxes will go away.) You say you want to pick what you want to watch? No problem…

    Thats fine because our satellites ARE THE INTERNET and NOW television is no different than telephones. Anything you can see or hear on your phone, you can now watch in your living room. As a matter of fact, you can now use your television set to communicate with any other connected television any where in the world. (Coming soon… the question, used to be "whats your phone number?" will be "whats your SET address?")

    Obviously, determining fee structures and dealing with the lawyers and regulators is going to take a HUGE amount of creativity, but I'd still like to see them pull this off.
    Oct 25, 2014. 11:10 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dropped Call: AT&T Transmits Unimpressive Q3 Results  [View article]
    Who knows?…but one thing about it, regardless of whatever company folks use, they aren't going to quit talking to each other. Personally, I'll take a 5%+ dividend away from this fact any day of the year.
    Oct 23, 2014. 09:02 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dropped Call: AT&T Transmits Unimpressive Q3 Results  [View article]
    They reported earnings of $366,666,666 a DAY and this is considered a "miss"…?

    Good lord…with numbers of these magnitudes, 0.9% is more like noise. Calm and steady everyone….
    Oct 23, 2014. 08:39 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • What 'Bendgate' Means For Apple  [View article]
    ohhhh… very good. iLike this iDea !!
    Sep 25, 2014. 07:04 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's iPhone 6+ Isn't Indestructible, But Who Cares?  [View article]
    This is waaaaay bigger than "Antennagate". This was their "answer" to Samdung's bigger piece of crap that Apple rolled over to "compete" with. It was their bright star that only appears about once every 3 or 4 years…etc etc. The problem is negative sentiment. A current Samsung owner thinking about becoming prospective iPhone customer only hears the negative remarks. So much for the "blow away" Christmas quarter… they messed up bad this time.
    Sep 25, 2014. 02:40 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's iPhone 6+ Isn't Indestructible, But Who Cares?  [View article]
    Fricken clowns. I just don't understand (and never have understood) this constant quest for "thinner and lighter"… the 4S was perfect. GAWD…... I miss Steve.
    Sep 25, 2014. 12:07 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • On the hour  [View news story]
    fricken clowns
    Sep 25, 2014. 12:01 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's Bigger iPhones Could Steal Samsung's Market Share; Stock Heading Higher  [View article]
    A couple of months ago, the on-off switch on my old 4S finally just wore out…I ran down and replaced it the next day with a 5S, but personally I liked the size of the 4S much better. Plus, I miss the heftiness of my old 4S. Being so much lighter, the 5S feels much easier to drop for some reason. I know everyone has been screaming for a bigger screen, and the 6 will be even larger yet.

    Again, this is my personal preference, but I HATE seeing the screens becoming larger. Even at this point with the 5S, it now takes TWO HANDS to operate some of the functionality because the human thumb is only so large…Steve had the size of the 4S absolutely perfect - even though the evolution of the screen size is apparently helping the stock price, I am a little disappointed that they found it necessary to chase the Koreans.
    Jul 23, 2014. 12:28 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Correction 2014: Take Cover  [View article]
    Frankly, I have found covered calls are a lot more trouble than they are worth. Plus synthetically they are identical to naked puts, which can turn out very nasty unless your risk management is extremely conservative. Good luck all.
    Jun 8, 2014. 01:44 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Will Lead In Self-Driving Vehicles  [View article]
    Nobody wants a fricken self driving car. How much trouble is it to D R I V E anyway....
    Jun 6, 2014. 12:02 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • 3 Opportunities To Grab Before The Great Market Crash Ahead  [View article]
    I just stay diversified with a lot of puts
    May 23, 2014. 09:56 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment