But this is, without question, the "best" thing I've seen all day:
"Going to work for someone else" is about as good as it gets in this drilling environment. Wow, that's funny.
Western oil workers in Saudi Arabia may be the target of militant attacks, the U.S. embassy warned on Friday.
"The U.S. Embassy has information stating that, as of early March, individuals associated with a terrorist organization could be targeting Western oil workers, possibly to include those U.S. citizens working for oil companies in the Eastern Province, for an attack(s) and/or kidnapping(s)," it said.
The message did not identify the militants.But their initials are I.S.I.S. or I.S.I.L. if you work in the White House.
5th person to be monitored for Ebola symptoms has arrived at Nebraska Medicine, hospital says - @NebraskaMedAt least it's hard to catch.
Islamic State fighters kidnapped about 20 medical workers from Sirte, Libya, hospital during an attack on the facility, official says - @cnnbrkThe JV team.
Apple is in talks with programmers including CBS, 21st Century Fox and Walt Disney to launch a subscription-based streaming TV service this fall, according to The Wall Street Journal. The report, citing sources familiar with the matter, claims that the service would have about 25 channels, cost between $30 to $40 per month and be available on iPad, iPhone and Apple TV. The service is said to debut at Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference in June ahead of a September launch in the United States.Compare that with three channels I actually watch and 22 channels that are a) in Spanish; b) televangelists; or, c) shopping networks and getting charged $125/month for the privilege.
Iraqi forces’ operation to retake the city of Tikrit has stalled as troops suffer heavy casualties at the hands of Islamic State militants, raising concerns about whether the [American-trained varsity team is] ready for major offensives.
After two days of little activity on the battlefield, Iraq’s interior minister, Mohammed al-Ghabban, confirmed Monday that the offensive has “temporarily stopped.” The steady flow of caskets arriving in Iraq’s Shiite holy city of Najaf suggests a reason for the pause; cemetery workers say as many as 60 war dead have been arriving each day.
Since last week, Iraqi forces have hemmed in the Sunni militants in Tikrit, claiming control of the majority of the former Islamic State stronghold. But the operation has come at a cost, with soldiers saying the fight has been tougher than expected. As the momentum has slowed, some Iraqi officials have begun to publicly call for U.S.-led air support. [Why isn't the Iraqi Air Force or the Jordanians providing air support?]
While Iraqi officials still express confidence that they can retake the city, the stuttering offensive does not bode well for the more complex battles for the city of Mosul and for militant-held areas of Anbar province that were expected to begin in coming months.
AMERICA is a country built by immigration, but nothing in its history compares to the rise in its Hispanic population.
Changes to immigration law in the 1960s triggered a decades-long surge in arrivals, taking the Hispanic population from just 7 million in 1970 to 57 million today, a number that is set to double by mid-century.
At that point one in four Americans will be of Latino descent.
In relation to the population of the day, there have been proportionally larger surges in the past, notably involving European migrations in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Two factors make the rise of Hispanic America different. Never before has such a large group of new arrivals lived so close to their ancestral homelands, linked to grandparents in the same time zone by cheap flights and Skype. Secondly, America is entering an era of white decline.
For almost two centuries, from the time of George Washington's presidency to the election of Ronald Reagan, whites of European descent made up at least 80% of the population. That share is below two-thirds now, and the white majority is set to become a minority by 2044.
That brings both challenges and opportunities. Today's Hispanics lag behind whites when it comes to education and wealth. But they are strikingly young, lowering America's median age and offering workers to fill the labour market when other rich countries face greying decline. Politicians too often discuss Hispanics as almost a single-issue group, as victims or villains of immigration.
But five-sixths are legal residents and recent Latino growth has been mostly from births, not new arrivals. Hispanics are dispersing across the country and their political clout will only grow: nearly 1 million US-born Latinos reach voting age annually.Will US become a bilingual country?
The U.S. government has officially hit its debt ceiling. Beginning today, the Treasury Department is taking “extraordinary measures” to keep the government from defaulting on its debt which now exceeds $18 trillion.A suggestion: starting exporting US oil. LOL.
ABC News launches on Roku, joins other major networks reaching 10 million players - @tvnewser
National Institutes of Health changes status of aid worker with Ebola virus from serious to critical condition - @NIH
For the Federal Reserve, patience may no longer be a virtue.
Surrounding the Fed's policy meeting this week is the widespread expectation that it will no longer use the word "patient" to describe its stance on raising interest rates from record lows.
The big question is: What will that mean?
Many economists say the dropping of "patience" would signal that the Fed plans to start raising rates in June to reflect a steadily strengthening U.S. job market. Others foresee no rate hike before September. And a few predict no increase before year's end at the earliest.
Complicating the decision is a surging U.S. dollar, which is keeping inflation far below the Fed's target rate and posing a threat to U.S. corporate profits and possibly to the economy. A rate increase could send the dollar even higher.
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OPEC says low oil prices may hit U.S. output by late 2015But they are watching the frackers closely, it seems:
U.S. oil output could start to take a hit by late 2015 due to low prices, OPEC said on Monday, suggesting the exporter group will have to wait beyond its next meeting in June to see if its strategy to defend market share will dent the shale oil boom.
In a monthly report, OPEC left its forecast for non-OPEC supply this year unchanged and said output of U.S. "tight" oil, also known as shale, might only start to be curbed towards the end of the year.
"Tight crude producers are aware that typical oil wells in shale plays decline 60 percent annually, and that losses can only be recouped by drilling new wells," OPEC said.
"As drilling subsides due to high costs and a potentially sustained low oil price, a drop in production can be expected to follow, possibly by late 2015."
The Obama administration is abandoning plans to cut the number of U.S. forces in Afghanistan to 5,500 by year's end, bowing to military leaders who want to keep more troops there, including many into the 2016 fighting season, U.S. officials say.
.....some misguided employee had managed to buy organic kitty litter instead of inorganic kitty litter, and so an undetermined number of barrels with the wrong mix added to nuclear waste had been transported from Los Alamos to Carlsbad - before it was revealed that some barrels had corroded/burst/leaked.I was not even aware there was such a thing as organic kitty litter. I guess that is the sand from the neighbor's sandbox.
WIPP is closed for an estimated 5 years to allow for the cleanup. Where is Los Alamos going to send their nuclear brew in the meantime? hmmm..... So, now we have "the sky is falling" update.
In mid-January, a block of salt ceiling – an 8-foot-by-8-foot square, 2 feet thick – came crashing down at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant nuclear waste repository.No one was injured, and no waste containers were damaged.But the roof collapse offered a reminder of the dangers lurking underground at the plant, where hundreds of drums of radioactive waste, packed with a volatile mix of materials that caused one drum to breach last year, are stored in panels that have yet to be permanently sealed – despite a state order to do so.WIPP’s managers say they’re making progress but admit the going is slow due to the radiological contamination. The New Mexico Environment Department says WIPP is moving as quickly as it can while ensuring the safety of workers.The reader concludes: Sure does make it seem safer to rely on oil and gas from North Dakota's Bakken (;>).
An average of 13 Bcf/d of natural gas flows into the Midwest from producing regions in Canada, the Midcontinent, the Southeast and the Rockies. Over the past 7 years the region has been in the crosshairs of major infrastructure and supply changes to the North American natural gas market, starting in 2008 with the Rockies Express (REX) pipeline and continuing today as surplus Northeast supplies reverse pipeline flows and push into the Midcontinent. Today we begin our look at rapidly evolving fundamentals in the Midwest by describing changing supply sources.
This is Part 6 in our natural gas forward curve series. Part 1 provided a definition of forward curves and how they work. Part 2 and Part 3 dove into two Northeast gas markets – Transco Zone 6 in New York and Dominion South in Appalachia – examining how their forward curves have been reshaped by the shale revolution and assessing the resulting transformation of the Northeast gas market from a net demand region to a net supply region. In Part 4, we previewed the fundamental drivers influencing Northeast forward curves for the next several years. And, finally, Part 5 dissected the timing of these fundamental changes, how they correlate to current Northeast forward curves and what they indicate about when regional natural gas prices may begin to recover.
The bottom line is that the Marcellus really is about to change everything. So far the full impact of the supply growth has been somewhat contained to the Northeast by limited takeaway capacity. But when surplus northeast supplies begin to target outside regions, the Midwest will be one of the first to feel the pinch, with the first wave coming as early as this summer. Today we begin our look at what this all means for Midwest gas prices.