Monthly Archives: March 2007

Why is BMW not listed in the U.S.?

A question from Yahoo! Answers: How come BMW is not traded as an adr on the NYSE or Nasdaq? Because BMW management refuses to publish accounts according to U.S. GAAP. Daimler Benz, which listed its ADRs in the U.S. long … Continue reading

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Forced sterilization by Nazis

A question from Yahoo! Answers: Did the ‘Nazis’ castrate male communists,homosexuals and others? Not systematically. The primary target of German sterilization policy as mandated by the “racial hygiene” laws were mental patients (by and large German) of both sexes. It … Continue reading

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Does history focus on the negative?

A question from Yahoo! Answers: How is it that western history focuses on the negative as opposed to moving forward and learning? can someone give me examples from western history when the negative was focused on heavily? when i say … Continue reading

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What does the U.S. export?

A question from Yahoo! Answers: What are some items that the USA exports? See for yourself: http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/stat… If you want the skinny, U.S. exports in 2006 were a little over $1 trillion. The exports are broken down in 139 categories, … Continue reading

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An ideal Daoist goverment?

A question from Yahoo! Answers: What kind of government do you think Daoists would consider ideal? Minimally sufficient and founded on consent rather than force. To quote from Lao Tsu: Whenever you advise a ruler in the way of Tao, … Continue reading

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Shareholder, Stakeholder, and Stockholder

A question from Yahoo! Answers: Which are the main differences between Shareholder , Stakeholder , and Stockholder? Any clue? Shareholder and stockholder are the same; they own shares of the company’s stock. Stakeholder, in the context of corporate control, is … Continue reading

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Is moral progress unstoppable?

A question from Yahoo! Answers: Is moral progress in society unstoppable? The moral progress of humanity is unquestionable: From ancient societies based on slavery (when huge numbers of people could be unjustly killed, tortured, imprisoned for no reason), to feudalism … Continue reading

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Where did the name Nissan come from?

A question from Yahoo! Answers: Where did the name Nissan for Japanese cars originate? Does anybody know the meaning of it? Is it a Japanese word? ISNT THIS A JEWISH CALENDAR MONTH OR SOMETHING? Nissan is an abbreviation of the … Continue reading

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Indexing vs. active management

A question from Yahoo! Answers: Do index funds really work better than an actively managed portfolio? Not exactly. They work better than the MAJORITY of actively managed portfolios that ONLY contain the index’s member stocks IN THE LONG RUN. There … Continue reading

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HYIP again…

A question from Yahoo! Answers: Is hyip a scamp? Maybe, maybe not. But the label is definitely deceptive. Most HYIP (“high-yield investment programs”) promoters actually advise you to invest in assets that have no yield. When you read descriptions of … Continue reading

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