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  • Ukraine pro-Russian demonstrators refuse to stand down [View news story]
    Or make all the chickenhawks, and their offspring, join the infantry themselves
    Apr 18, 2014. 05:43 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ukraine pro-Russian demonstrators refuse to stand down [View news story]
    For those advocating we "do something", what specifically are you recommending?
    Apr 18, 2014. 04:44 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ohio geologists link earthquakes to fracking, state unveils tougher rules [View news story]
    The technologies (which include combinations of technologies, as well as associated processes) only recently got to the point to make widespread exploitation of the shale formations economically viable. Or it would have happened before. The formations have been known for a long time, it's not like geologists suddenly woke up in the 21st century and said "oh hey, look at all this shale". And it's not like people suddenly realized that technology at the state it existed 20 years ago would have been suitable for economical use now -- the various components were not in a state to make it economically viable. That's why the Dept of Energy put so much funding to support the development of the technology (shh, the industry doesn't like when that's discussed). And I learned this from the people actually using it, through direct conversations as well as hearing these O&G executives say it to our audience. So again, I'll take their word for it over yours.
    Apr 18, 2014. 03:49 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ohio geologists link earthquakes to fracking, state unveils tougher rules [View news story]
    Given that I've attended multiple conferences in recent years, in which senior executives of many of the major players have stated that it is technological breakthroughs that are making it possible... I think I'll take their word for it.
    Apr 18, 2014. 03:13 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ohio geologists link earthquakes to fracking, state unveils tougher rules [View news story]
    More generally, words mean whatever the majority of a populace decide it means. If you don't believe me Google the phrase "words that now mean the opposite of what they used to mean". And see what I did there with using a company name as a verb?

    The petrochem purists argue that the shortening of "hydraulic fracturing" is "fracing" not "fracking".

    So the general populace has hijacked the word "fracking" to refer to the modern (circa 2010) technology and processes utilized to extract hydrocarbon-based products from previously unexploited resources on a large scale.

    Booyah. :-)
    Apr 18, 2014. 09:53 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ohio geologists link earthquakes to fracking, state unveils tougher rules [View news story]
    You have a higher opinion of the general public than I do.

    I live near the Eagleford Shale formation and I can assure you that all the activity is in decidedly rural areas. What part of the Bakken activity would you consider not rural? How about Fayetteville? I know many people who are actually doing the drilling in the Marcellus, ain't many staying in big city hotels because all of their activity is in more rural areas.

    Tell me more about this "fracking boom" that waited until 2008, until it drove a recent massive runup in land and mineral rights prices that were otherwise backwaters in South Texas, a precipitous supply-driven drop in US natural gas prices, switching the plans for Gulf of Mexico LNG ports to change from import to export facilities, and enabling diner waitresses in Williston ND to get paid up to $25/hour. Or is that all a figment of the general public's imagination because it is only now that the left wing media Illuminati just now started to cover it?
    Apr 18, 2014. 09:36 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Obamacare signs up 8M [View news story]
    Yes, as a supplier of patients
    Apr 18, 2014. 07:41 AM | 18 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ohio geologists link earthquakes to fracking, state unveils tougher rules [View news story]
    Okay. So the general public is using 1 word to substitute for the ~47 you put forth directly above.
    Apr 18, 2014. 07:35 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ohio geologists link earthquakes to fracking, state unveils tougher rules [View news story]
    Then please propose an intellectually honest definition that captures the modern methods of drilling that have made the recent gas boom possible in shale formations, starting circa 2008-ish.

    Every industry-written definition I've ever seen, and have heard described by industry participants themselves at conferences on the subject, speak to the new technologies and techniques re: combination of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling.

    I guess I'm sympathetic if the general public wants to simplify all this into a single verb.
    Apr 17, 2014. 06:55 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Pentagon warns of major cuts due to sequestration [View news story]
    If you'd bother doing some math, you'd see that, even after this shave, we're still WAY ahead of everyone else... combined.

    So I don't buy the squelching of the welfare queens at the Pentagon, shrieking as if a shave is going to result in our enslavement. Typical lobbying BS, just like any other special interest group.
    Apr 16, 2014. 09:51 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Pentagon warns of major cuts due to sequestration [View news story]
    No, see, if we shave even $.01 off the Pentagon budget, we're all going to be enslaved by Kim Jong Un.
    Apr 16, 2014. 09:35 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Pentagon warns of major cuts due to sequestration [View news story]
    Remember that we spend more on our military than... pretty much everyone else in the world put together.

    Remember!
    Apr 16, 2014. 09:15 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Pentagon warns of major cuts due to sequestration [View news story]
    Military industrial complex going on a wee bit of a diet? Good.

    It is particularly difficult to work up any sympathy for the F35 project.
    Apr 16, 2014. 06:16 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • News flash: pot use affects motivation and emotion [View news story]
    Dude. I was going to read the link, but just couldn't work up the motivation.
    Apr 16, 2014. 07:52 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Ukraine retakes airport [View news story]
    Indeed, the notion of "what is Ukraine vs what is Russia" is incredibly complex and the loyalties are even moreso, going back over 1000 years.

    This morning, I watched a live report on CNN where a Ukrainian tank pulled into an eastern city, the soldiers climbed out and calmly handed it over to a pro-Russia group, without incident and to much cheering.

    If we thought "who exactly would we arm" was complex in Syria, it's even more baffling in Ukraine.
    Apr 16, 2014. 07:51 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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