Sunday, February 15, 2015

Taking Water Trucks Off The Road; Libya About Ready To Call It A Day -- Getting Ready To Shut Down -- Take Some Time Off To Fight A War -- February 15, 2015

The other day I posted a note about all the fracking that will be required this summer. It generated a nice little discussion regarding some data points on fracking water. These are just ball-park figures, not exact at all, but gives newbies a feel for what this all means. A reader noted that "he/they" have 1200 acre-feet of fresh water under contract for fracking "by hose." Going through all the conversions, if I understand the conversation correctly, 1200 acre-feet "by hose" equates to about 40,000 + truck sorties -- i.e, taking trucks off the road -- which, by the way, means some operators won't have to wait for lifting of road restrictions if sand/ceramic is pre-positioned. Idle chatter. Not sure about that. But gets me thinking.


Bloomberg is reporting:
The North African nation’s oil production was reduced by 180,000 barrels a day after a fire at a pipeline that carries crude to the eastern Hariga port, National Oil spokesman Mohamed Elharari said by phone in Tripoli. Hariga, near Tobruk, has oil left in storage for exports and the last ship to load there was the Greek-flagged Minerva Zoe.
Libya, holder of Africa’s largest oil reserves, was producing 350,000 barrels a day in January.
The nation may be producing less than 200,000 barrels a day after the pipeline fire. The previous lowest daily average was in March 2014, at 150,000 barrels. A member of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, Libya was producing 1.6 million barrels a day before the 2011 rebellion that ended Muammar Qaddafi’s 42-year rule. 
What does it matter?

So, who are the terrorists threatening Libya? None other than the JV team (President Obama's word terminology). Reuters is reporting:
Islamic State released a video on Sunday purporting to show the beheading of a group of Egyptian Christians kidnapped in Libya, violence likely to deepen Cairo's concerns over security threats from militants thriving in the neighboring country's chaos.
Egypt's state news agency MENA quoted the spokesman for the Coptic Church as confirming that 21 Egyptian Christians believed to be held by Islamic State were dead.
Egypt has a lot to worry about. Under President Obama, US foreign policy --
  • "Strategic Patience" 
  • "terrorism" does not exist
  • Islamists are just like the rest of us; we just need to understand their grievances
Closer to home:
  • close GITMO
  • open borders
  • blanket amnesty
What The Greek Debt Story Is All About

Just An Excuse To Extend The Deadline

Fox News is reporting that the ObamaCare websites "hit a snag" on the deadline weekend. 
Consumers trying to sign up for health insurance ahead of a looming deadline are getting snagged by technical difficulties, the Obama administration said Saturday.
Administration spokeswoman Katie Hill said some people trying to get coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law haven't been able to get their income information electronically verified.

That's crucial because the amount of financial assistance to help pay premiums is based on people's income. The health care law offers subsidized private insurance to people who don't have coverage on the job. More than 8 in 10 of those who apply qualify for help. Without it, most can't afford the coverage.
Not to worry. This is simply an "excuse" to extend the deadline another couple of weeks. How many folks really knew that the deadline was this weekend. Now with "everyone" reporting the snags, more folks will know; more will sign up with President Obama signs an executive order extending the deadline, or puts pressure on insurance companies to extend the deadline. 
This is a non-issue; "deadlines" are sort of like lane markers on Italian highways: just a suggestion.

Notes For The Granddaughters

Our 8-y/o granddaughter is working on her art project. In the background we are hearing mostly, but watching a little, the DVD, "The Art of Norton Simon."

May and I visited the Norton Simon art museum in Pasadena last summer. We had visited it only once before. I've always wanted to return but this past summer it was even more important to go: the Norton Simon was showing "The Railway," an Édouard Manet painting on loan from the Musée d'Orsay in Paris.

I was interested in looking at the video again. It just so happened that in the "Review" section of The Wall Street Journal today had a long article on that very painting, and noted that it was on loan to the Norton Simon through March 2, 2015. 

The article also happened to mention one of my favorite words, flâneur. Between 2001 and 2004, on many trips back to Yorkshire, northern England, I was a hiker and a flâneur. The word brings back many, many good memories.

Incidentally, just below the fold on the page that has the story on Manet's "The Railway," there is a short music review by the suspense novelist Jonathan Kellerman. He talks about Santo and Johnny's 1959 "Sleep Walk." I hardly need say more. 

Sleep Walk, Santo & Johnny

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