This was an amazing video that was just released today on Google Video. This man Stan Meyer's built a car that runs entirely on water. The car gets 100 miles to the gallon, which is just astonishing. Well, what do you think happened to this earth changing inventor.... hmm the man was allegedly poisoned, and died in 1998. Later that week all of his equipment and the car that he created has stolen and never recovered. Stan Meyer's had spoken repeatedly about how he was being threatened by oil companies, but refused to bow to their wishes of abandoning the project.
here or you can just google his name. You can view the actual patent here. Please show this video to as many people as you can before it is pulled from google video. It is really sad that the technology is already here in our world we just can't use it, because of our government and oil companies do everything in their power to keep it off of the market.
Wake up people before it is too late...
You can check out how oil companies and The White House deceive us right now here and here, or learn about who killed the electric car here or just watch the video below.
This video shows how we are being mislead by the White House and our government in general. Come on people wake up, the evidence has become overwhelming and we still stand by and do nothing! We are simply letting the oil industry control our politics and therefore our environmental policies. Something is very wrong with this picture...
You can see more video proof here.
The rich get richer and the poor stay the same. This has been a fact of life in our world for a very long time now. A new study just came out that shows that 2% of the world population owns more than half of the world's wealth! That is just a staggering number and do you know what, it's not going to change. You see it really takes money to make money. These rich people have their money working for them. They invest in such things as stocks, bonds, real estate and anything else they can get their hands on. Stocks that pay dividends and bonds have guaranteed returns on investment to where there is little or no risk at all. They can just sit there and watch as their money compounds interest and rack in dividend payments and yes they can live off of just this alone. Then you have the rest of us working day to day just to pay the mortgage and other expenses and what does our government do... more tax breaks for the rich, that sure seems like it will help the average American. Isn't it time that the 98% of the population stand up for itself and demand a change? Or do you think that a small sliver of the population should be controlling the direction our world is headed?
Putting a value on stocks can be a very tricky thing to do. First of all you need to understand the P/E ratio. Basically you take the Price of The stock divide it by the Earnings Per share and you get the multiple that a stock carries. For instance for Google their price is $505 (price) / 7.86 (earnings per share) = 64 multiple. Now you can do this with any stock that has earnings, for instance Motorola... $22.46/1.68 = 13.37 multiple. So based on that Motorola is a lot cheaper than Google based on the multiple that you are paying for it.
There are a lot of other factors though that go into pricing a stock including revenue growth, float, and the general market condition. A big factor is the revenue (sales) growth, let's use Motorola and Google again. 36,843 million in 2005 and 31232 million in 2004 a 17% revenue gain for Motorola. Google's on the other hand was 6138 million in 2005 and 3189 in 2004 a 92% revenue gain. So you can see why Google gets such a high multiple. You have to also consider that Motorola pays a small dividend (small cash/stock amount for every stock you own) as well while Google does not pay any dividend yet. Normally the older the company the bigger the dividend as their revenue growth tends to slow and they need to give shareholders a reason to own their stock.
When valuing a stock though you should compare similar companies to try and find what value they should be at. Use the equation above and compare companies like Google vs Yahoo or Microsoft, Motorola vs Nokia is a good one as well. Try to compare companies in the same industries basically.
A note though, it depends on what stage you are in life as far as what you investment strategy is going to be. The older you get the less risky you should be, stick with high paying dividends and such, the younger you are the more risky you can be as it doesn't matter if you lose what you invested. I could go on forever about this subject it would seem so I will leave it at that. If you have any questions just let me know. I would also suggest reading "Real Money" by Jim Cramer, he is kinda a nut on TV but the book really lays it out very well. Good luck to you!
Lately I have heard a lot of talk about Google's stock price hitting $500. I think this makes for an interesting lesson on valuing stocks. You see there is some method to the madness of putting a value on a stock. It is not about the stocks price at all really, it is about how much return you get on your investment.
So here is a few examples of stocks that outperformed Google. First of all vdsi, Vasco data securities. If you would have invested $1000 in both Google stock and Vasco stock, the Vasco investment would be worth a cool $4963.50 a (496 percent gain) compared to Google's at $3,662.50 (362 percent gain) since Google's initial public offering (IPO). Sure a lot of people don't know about vdsi, but what about Apple computer AAPL? That $1,000 would have been $4,950, I mean everyone knows about Apple computer, but no one talks about the massive gains there since 8-27-04. Please remember that the price of one share of a company doesn't really mean anything in the end, it is more about the P/E ratio and return on investment! There is no difference in a stock going from $5 dollars to $10 and a stock going from $500 to $1,000, think about that when you think that $500 is a lot to pay for one share of a company.
You can learn more about Google here.
Why don't we have solar powered windshields and windows in cars? Harnessing the power of the sun could at least power some parts of a car. Hybrids run on gas and electric so why don't we have these solar powered windows helping store the electricity for the car? Also why can't we have a series of fans running underneath the car that kicks on when the car gets over a certain speed. This could generate some power from wind resistance that could be stored as well. I guess I just don't understand why engineers are so concerned with the look of cars and trucks and not the energy efficiency of them. I know that the car companies are all in bed with the oil companies so perhaps this what is holding us back. I mean after all we did have electric cars that were successfully produced by GM. They worked so well that GM had to pull them off the market and destroy every last one of them. Just check out the documentary "Who Killed The Electric Car?" if you don't believe me...
This is one of my favorite songs by Bob Marley... I hope you enjoy!
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I also just want to say thanks to everyone who has commented on this blog. Growing Growing Gone was the original and will always be my favorite. I have branched out into many different directions, as you can see in my blogger profile, but the main message still stands. Let make a difference in this world before it is too late. Thanks everyone for your support and kind words I really do appreciate it. Peace... I hope we can find it soon : )
NASA has reported just last month that there has been "dramatic" melting of Greenland's ice mass, at a rate of 41 cubic miles per year, far surpassing the gain of 14 cubic miles per year from snowfall.
U.S. climate scientists reported in September of 2007 that world temperatures have risen to levels not seen in at least 12,000 years, propelled by rapid warming in the past 30 years
In Britain Hadley Center for Climate Prediction and Research forecasts that extreme drought could eventually affect one-third of the planet if climate change is not reined in.
So what has the good old USA done about these findings... well
The Bush administration objects to Kyoto-style mandates because, it says, they would hamper U.S. economic growth. Hmm, but I thought this election was all about how great are U.S. economy is growing right now. I think we can afford a little economic slowdown to save humanity, seems like a fair trade. In fact, wouldn't developing alternative energies and great fuel efficiencies increase jobs here in the USA? Wouldn't this also help with "America's addiction to oil?"
Even our biggest ally the British released a study last week that predicts the damage from unabated climate change will eventually cost between 5 percent and 20 percent of global gross domestic product each year. So why are the money hungry "oily" politicians in the white house not doing anything about it.... perhaps they still need more proof.
In closing I will leave you with this little statistic, emissions of all industrialized countries excluding the USA declined by 3.3 percent between 1990 and 2004, while U.S. emissions grew by almost 16 percent, so who is really at fault here?
As I watch Zoltek's stock price defy the laws of gravity, I think we need to go back and ask ourselves, "how and why?" First and foremost, they did report good numbers the last quarter, but that is not the whole story. Zoltek also have a massive monopolistic hold on the carbon fiber market, which is used to make the wind generators that have become more and more economically viable as we watch the energy prices sky-rocket. This really made the growth investors flock to the company, and due to the fact that Zoltek has such a small float (number of shares available for trading) the price went up even more dramatically. Remember, that stocks on the most basic level are driven by supply and demand. Zoltek also had been mentioned by Jim Cramer on the way up, so that brought even more buyers to the table. This is very evident if you sit and watch a company with a large float like Lucent, Sirius or Motorola. These companies stock prices do not make these type of dramatic moves, because the market is so diluted with the amount of shares outstanding, that it becomes difficult for the stock to move at all either up or down. The only way a company can increase it's float is to free up some of it's restricted stock by means of a secondary offering or by issuing a stock split. Both of these tend to be signs of a healthy business, as the company is confident that there is enough demand for the stock, and these secondary offering often raise a pretty penny for the company to spend on research and development or just pay down debt. Recently, companies such as Google and Netflix have both issued such offerings to invest in research and development. So I think Zoltek will do something similar possibly. Where do you think Zoltek is headed? Post your prediction below. Price targets for any stocks welcome as well.
When are people going to realize that change needs to happen now, we do not have time to sit and wait around for someone else to change the world. Mass extinction of entire ecosystems are predicted within the next 50 years. Think of your children and their future generations and make a difference in this dark world we live in before it is just too late...
Here's a thought on a possible fix for our ghetto fabulous Detroit. It may be as simple as changing our surrondings. Ghetto tends to stay that way, because no one seems to care about what is around them, or maybe they just don't believe that things ever could change. The graffiti, broken glass, and other unsightly trash seem to litter every ghetto in America. Sure, just cleaning up is not going to fundamentally change the people that live there, but maybe it would make them take a second look at their living environment. That drug dealer or pimp may think twice about operating on a nice clean street corner, rather then the typical ghetto street corner. I guess I don't understand why the individuals living in these areas don't step outside their doors and think to themselves "wow", maybe I should pick up that empty beer can, or paint over those gang signs that have been there for years. Or maybe take it one step further and demolish that old abandon house across the street. Why are people that live in these areas so set in their ways that change seems impossible? In my opinion, all we need is for people to lead by example. We need leaders to step up to the plate and start making a difference. It is amazing how human nature is to always follow the crowd. I think it could catch on like a standing ovation. Once those few people stand up in the front row, others follow until soon they are all standing united. Don't get me wrong Detroit is definitely on the road to recovery with Comerica Park, Ford Field and the renovation of the Detroit River Front, but we need the individuals there to start feeling proud of their surrondings. Boy, wouldn't that be a change. Let's not let the bad seeds in Detroit ruin the whole city. Let make a stand against violence, drugs and unsightly street corners. It's a lot of work but I am confident it can be done with the support of the people of Detroit. Let me know what you think. Can our fair city return to it's former motown glory? Let's make it happen.
Why don't we have solar powered lamps that simply sit by our windows during the day? That way when we draw the shades at night, they turn on and use the energy that was generated by the solar panel. The price of solar power has been going down as it becomes produced on a mass scale, but it still seems like products like this just don't exist. It would be great this type of merchandise was readily available at a Wal-mart or Home Depot. Hey, how about fans in the summer, and solar heaters in the winter? It could even be as simple as powering a clock. I say if plants can do it why cann't we? What do you think of this idea?
Right now 2/3 of the power generated from fossil fuels is just wasted and harming our environment every day. This movie sums up a lot of the real solutions to our energy problems. It discusses some of the policies already in place in other countries like Sweden and Germany. We need to harness energy created from solar PV cells, wind generators, geothermal energy or simply catching the wasted heat given off by traditional power plants. Let have our generation be the ones that made a difference. Is anyone with me?
I am sure most of you have heard the story of Johnny Appleseed or John Chapman (1774-1847), as he was know back then, but for those of you who haven't, here is a quick recap. He was a simple man from colonial times that traveled across the vast USA planting apple seeds all along the way. Years from then there were hundreds, if not thousands of apple trees, all full grown and providing a healthy treat for those in it's vicinity. My question to you is, "Why can't we use this same logic today to help out poor parts of cities, or even countries?" I mean how about planting an orchard in Central Park, or blueberry and raspberry bushes all along the Detroit River Front. It's not like there isn't all ready trees and bushes in these locations, so why not have them serving their community. I certainly don't think there would be a problem with the fruit rotting considering how many hungry mouths there are out there in the world. In fact, it might be the exact opposite, in that there would not be enough for everyone, or people would pick the fruits and vegtables too early, but they would learn the hard way if they had to. So why hasn't the government, or someone else started a program such as this? Instead, we hear every year about all the starving people in the world, when we could be slowly growing towards a solution. Hopefully, this may at least make you think twice about tossing that apple core in the trash, and who knows maybe you will be the next Johnny Appleseed?
It's time for a change. More and more people are voicing their opionion about high oil and energy prices. So, what do you think the solution is? Here are my thoughts, first I think that governments in the world should provide more subsidies or tax credits for Solar, Wind, Geothermal, and other forms of "Green Energy". On a smaller level, I also believe corporations and individuals need to receive at least half of their energy from these type of energy sources and eventually even higher. The problem is that this issue needs to be solved on a global level and with tensions growing in the world every day, I don't know if any one nation can even begin to solve this growing phenomenon. So, do you know how I am going to do my part? Well, I am putting my money where my mouth is. I mean what could be better than making money and saving mother nature at the same time? Companies like Evergreen Solar stock symbol (eslr), Sunpower (stp), Suntech (spwr), Zoltek (zolt), Quantum (qtww) and Ormat (ora) are all great growth stories of alternative energy. With the price of oil, very uncertain and most likely not headed south with the Middle East situation, and the huricane season bearing down on us. We need to take action immediately, and if the government isn't going to subsidies them, then perhaps the individual investor like me or you can, and maybe even make a bit of mula in the process. Join the alternative energy revolution, and help save us from our own human ignorance, before it is too late. Voice your opinion below in comments and please watch the videos throughout the blog for even more info on global warming and alternative energy.
Here is the simple science of it. Hurricanes feed and strengthen over warmer waters. Fossil Fuels and other forms of pollutants are causing the oceans to warm. Hmm, you make the connection. In a study released just yesterday it is estimated there is an 84 percent chance that at least two-thirds of the sea surface temperature increase in the past century was due to human activity. This conclusion was reached by using 22 unique computer models from 10 different climate centers around the world that recorded changes in the past century. One these days it sure would seem that there would be enough research out there to satisfy all the critics of Global warming. What do you think? Are you still not convinced this could be a problem. See the actual report at the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Ok, here's the problem I've been running into for the past few months. Being that I live in Michigan, I had been looking for a job for quite some time. I did most of my job searching online at places like monster and michworks.org. Well, I started to notice that almost every job that I looked at was posted by a staffing company or temporary service like Kelly's Services or Manpower. It seems to be the perfect scam for these "middle-men". They let the company that needs workers feel all warm and fuzy by making it seem as if the employees that they are hiring are already pre-screened. Then once the person starts working, the staffing or temporary service takes 1/2 to 1/3 of their hard earned paycheck every week. Now this is a real problem, because it seems to be happening more and more. I think it is time that we cut out the middleman. It makes me sick to think of all the money that these staffing or temp services are making by riding on the backs of the american worker. I know I am not the only one with this problem. Please, let your voice be heard. Let's stop hard working American's from losing their paychecks to some worthless piggy backer. Encourage business to hire direct!! Maybe this way we won't have to raise the minimum wages anytime soon. Thanks in advance for your input.
Isn't it just amazing that traditional advertising still receives the kind of market share that it does. I mean how can a company even track how effective their advertising really is on mediums like TV and radio? Just because I see an ad for a Dell computer on the TV over and over and over again doesn't mean that I need a computer, does it? I suppose there plan is to pump it into your head until you eventually link computers with Dell instinctively, alot like "brain washing". Nowadays, people are obviously very annoyed with TV and radio advertising, otherwise things like TIVOs, DVRs, Sirius and XM wouldn't be so popular. Amazing that people will actually pay money to avoid having ads shoved in their faces. This is why there is such a giant push towards internet advertising. People want, and need targeted advertising to help cut costs. If they are searching for a new computer it's because they want or need a new computer, not because Dell told them to go out and get it this second. Plus, the company can easily track this advertising directly through Google Analytics to the purchase in some cases. Instead of the traditional way of advertising, which is throw money at it and hope something sticks. Just wait until the local advertising really catches on the local web. Then we will really see just how big the market is for internet advertising. It will essentially give more leverage to the little guy as it levels the playing field. Maybe someday when you search for computers in Detroit it will come up Discount Computer and not a big world wide corporate like Dell. I don't think this is very far off. How about you? Please comment below.
So when do you think companies like Wal-mart and Meijer going to offer an online grocery store? I think this could be huge for whomever comes out with it, and markets it correctly. There are many elderly people, or others that just don't have enough time in their days to go grocery shopping. The store could team up with a Fed-Ex, UPS, or even the newcomer DHL to do the deliveries. They could start out by have a certain radius in which it could delivery from the store. Of course, this would make the goods more expensive, but I have a good feeling people are willing to pay a premium for this service. Just think you would never forget to get something, because you would make up this list all online. The companies would have to rev-up their websites, but I don't think they are too far from it. I mean, if you think about it, you can order items from Meijer and Wal-mart all ready online, but for some reason groceries are not yet an option. I suppose that the orders would need to be processed quicker than they are now, but with the way technology is charging ahead, I am surprised that no one has taken advantage of this potinetial market. Imagine how much business is being lost just due to the fact that people can not physically get out of their house or just don't want to go to the grocery store. In today's day and age people simply want convinence. Meijer and Wal-mart better step up soon or someone like me might just take this idea and run with it! Or maybe you? What is your prediction. Comment below on which company you think will win the online grocery race. Maybe the established Swan's, which all ready has the refrigderated trucks to do the deliveries.
Adsense is still in it's infancy for me, but I can all ready see why it has become so wildly popular. Simply put, Google produces a piece of html (the guts that make your website work), that you paste directly into your webpage right where you would like the ads to appear. They give you several different formats to choose from, for instance vertical, horizontal or square. Google also gives you the option to choose text ads, image ads, local business ads, video ads, or any variation of the like. Then, once the adsense code is in your website, Google automatically scans the text on your site, and almost immediately you start seeing ads that are relevant to your site's content. So now for example, if your site is all about mosquitoes you will see ads for mosquitoes nets, traps, and the like. They even have an option to report if ads from your competitors are showing on your site. Not only is it a free sign-up for adsense, but they also offer two mediums in which you can use it in, as usual for free. One is blogger, and the other is googlepages. All you need to do is create relevant content that attracts web traffic, and soon you will be throwing pennies in the jar at no cost to you except the time and inclination to create the quality sites. So, what are you waiting get started today? Or, whenever you feel like making some extra cash in your pocket. Leave me a comment below if you like....
One industry that I have not spent too much time on is biotech. These stocks seem to be just another form of speculation, only this time instead of the consumer it is up to a biochemist and eventually the FDA to even approve these drugs for sale. This all has to happen before they can ever hit the market and become profitable. Of course, they will probably be bought out by a Pfizer or Merck long before that. I am not particularly fond of this industry as a lot of the companies operate behind closed doors, and you pretty much need an insider's scoop of sorts before I would put anything on the table. Even then profiting from people getting sick is not really my thing. Nowadays, it would appear as if they have a pill for everything. The last few commercials I have seen are even targeting children. It really caught my eye to hear a child on television telling me how great it was to be Clariton clear. It sure seems to me like the drug companies are in bed with the FDA considering the flood of new pills all accompanied by their own advertisements, just in the last few years. Or perhaps, the FDA just made the rules much more loose then they used to be. The drug company's argument probably was since they are telling them all the side effects as the radioactive Lunesta butterfly gently glides through the air, there is no harm in releasing it to the public. They don't really care, as long as their pockets are jingling. Don't get me wrong there are a lot of quality companies out there working for the greater good, but watch out its is a jungle out there. What do you think of the biotech industry? Bull, bear or just a lame duck?
It has been a rough few days for pretty much all of the speculative plays in the market. Alternative energy has been hit hard, especially the ethanol stocks. With the fed seeming like it will keep tightening rates, investors have dumped the speculation and have begun concentrating on short term earnings and not the bigger picture. I look at it as a gift of sorts. These stocks had been going up way too fast and that is why they have been coming down so hard. I mean what has really changed besides the fed? As far as I know we are still in an energy "situation" of sorts, and I don't see the price of oil plummeting in relation to these stocks. I haven't really seen much of an improvement in the middle east. Maybe I am missing something, but wasn't everyone always in this industry for the long term anyways. I suppose we need to shake out all the people on the bandwagon every once in a while to keep the prices from getting out of control. With places like Germany and Japan leading the way in the alternative energy race, I don't think it will be long before the USA, (excluding California) will follow suit and provide more government subsidies. Although, we may have to wait till the next election. Any speculative plays for me? Leave your picks below in the comment section, and I will review them, and get back with you.
Here is a possible pick that relates to the ongoing situation in Iraq and Afganistan. The company's name is Ceradyne, stock symbol CRDN. They manufacture light-weight ceramic body armor for our men and women in uniform. Now it did take a while before our administration realized that we could help save lives by equiping our men and women in uniform with body armor. In fact, it wasn't until the American people started making a bit of noise before our government finally acted. I am sure it has saved many a life since then though. Well, with increasing tension in Iran and the war in Iraq and Afganistan with no real end in site I don't see why Ceradyne's numbers will detiriorate. Even if the war ever ends, I have a feeling this company will be able to attracked other buyers besdies the U. S. government. Of course, this stock has been thru the roof since the war started so we may have all ready missed a lot of the move. I believe it has gone up something like 13x, but with numbers like that what is another double. What do you think did we all ready miss the boat? Or is there still room to grow? What do you think of Ceradyne?
Just recently I had some problems with my computer that led me have to re-install Windows. During the install, all of my programs needed to be re-installed as well. So, all of a sudden I had tons of Microsoft Excel and Word files that I couldn't opened or edited, because I could not find my Microsoft Office CD. Thinking that all was lost I turned to my good friend and president of theamusementmachine.com for advice. He asked me if I had heard of Open Office, I said I had as I am following relationship between Google and Sun Microsystems, but I had not used it as of yet. Well, he informed me that it opens Excel and Word files. This I had to see. So I downloaded it (for free) and so far I am very impressed. First of all, it carries all of the formulas and formats over from excel, so it was a seemless transition. Plus, did I mention that is it free. This is a huge step in the right direction for Sun Microsystems, and I applaud them for all the hard work in making the transition from Excel to Open Office so easy. Ala Firefox this is just another of the many applications that I do not have to rely on Microsoft the monopoly to provide. I wonder how long it will be before it is released in the Google Desktop Package? I cann't wait, as this hits at the core of the microsoft monopoly. I for one have never worked in an office, or been taught in school anything other than Microsoft Office. Have you? I mean, what else is there besides sun and microsofty's versions?
I know alot of growth investors these days tend to be drooling over the "amazing" growth of countries like China, Russia, and Brazil, but do we really want all our money pouring into these countries? That said, I would rather see coutries like Canada, Mexico, and the USA grow and flurish much more than China, Russia and Brazil. I tell you what, we could have avoided a lot of pain from GM and Ford if we would have kept our money in the USA, instead of Ford and GM workers turning their backs on their own companies and buying foreign automobiles. I know that we could have avoided a lot of hardships here in the great state of Michigan. So maybe we should think twice, and not make the same mistake again. As of now we are just pouring our money into foreign companies, and only hurting the average American by outsourcing everything simply because the labor laws in other countries are far more lackst. I mean what happened to the whole "buy american" thing? It just seemed to disappeared as we realized that we could buy things for $20 made in China instead of $25 for the same product only made in the USA. Sure, I buy foreign products all the time, but I just want everyone to be aware of this issue so it does not get worse. American pride has taken a backseat to American greed and I think it is time we took a stand. Hmmm, buying American to support the American economy, seems like a simple concept to me. Perhaps, it is all ready too late? Your comments are welcome.