Tanked Up

Each day in North Dakota, they load up a 104 car tank-train with oil.  Each car holds 70,000 gallons of oil which came out of the Bakken Field which has known proven reserves that exceed those of Saudia Arabia.  This oil then leaves this location and heads south on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railroad for a port in Louisanna.  Please note I said port and not refinery, because you see, all of this oil is being exported oversea’s to locations such as China and India.  Soon, the loading facility will expand, which will when it comes on line, double the export of the oil.

If you ever wondered where it is all going, take another look at the photo above, this year China will be largest automotive manufacturer in the world.  This would be a pretty good indicator why it is you pay so much for fuel, it is leaving the country in a massive flood, one train at a time.

Why do they get priority and you do not?  Simple … They own us.

Do a little research on the country, the numbers will astound you.  China has 19% of the world’s population, China consumes … 53% of the world’s cement, 48% of the world’s iron ore, 47% of the world’s coal and the majority of just about every other major commodity that you can think of.

In 2010, China produced 11 times more steel than the United States.  They recently set a New World Record: China made and sold 18 million vehicles in 2010.  China recently bought the entire rice crop of the country of Brazil, not part of it, all of it.

There are more pigs in China than in the next 43 pork producing nations combined.  A pig produces more waste than a human, something like 8 times more.  China currently has the world’s fastest train and the world’s largest high-speed rail network, along with steam and coal burners.  The largest dam in the world, Three Gorges, ten million people lost their homes when they built this, so big and environmentally unsound the World Bank would not finance it.

China is currently the number one producer in the world of wind and solar power. But don’t use it themselves. While they manufacture 80% of the world’s solar panels.  They install less than 5% and, build a new coal fired power station every week.  In 1 year they turn on more new coal powered electricity than Australia’s total output!!!

China currently controls more than 90% of the total global supply of rare earth elements.  In the past 15 years, China has moved from 14th place to 2nd place in the world in published scientific research articles.  China now possesses the fastest supercomputer on the entire globe.  At the end of March 2011, China accumulated US $3.04 trillion in foreign currency reserves – the largest stockpile on the entire globe.

Chinese consume 50,000 cigarettes every second … They are already the largest carbon dioxide emitter, and their output will rise 70% by 2020.  Of the top 30 cities in the world rated for pollution, China has 28 cities on the list.

 So we’re saving the planet are we, LITTLE Vegemites?

 This so-called green initiative that is being pumped thru the media, is it really going to work?  It will not make one iota of difference what we do or what people anywhere else do for that matter.  As long as you have countries growing and consuming at these extraordinary rates.

Take three carbon credits and a buck sixty-nine to Denny’s and that will buy you a cup of coffee (that is, if there is any left).

OOO

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Up On The Soapbox Again

Hi Guy’s, greetings to all of you this Monday morning, I trust you had a productive and fruitful weekend and were sated and amused.  As I am an inquisitive sort, I often wonder about things.  All sorts of things.   Things in general, things that don’t seem right, this thing and that thing.

Take Ol T Boone Pickens, my favorite West Texas Oil man, for example.  Before the elections Ol T Boone was on every channel, telling us we had to get rid of the trucks, that we were dependent on foreign oil and that we needed a windmill in every back yard.

This includes Martha’s Vineyard Teddy, you don’t get a pass on this either.

Where is he now?  You don’t see hide nor hair of Ol’ T Boone and I am wondering, “What happened to this West Texas brush popper?  He doesn’t seem to be anywhere to be found these days.”  Could it be that Big Oil discreetly told him to shut up?  Perhaps pointing out to Ol T Boone, that talking about national energy problems and God forbid, unabashedly presenting solutions to those problems, was not in his best interest. That it might be more prudent for him to just be quiet, if he knew what was good for him.

Here is another “thing” that bothers me this morning.

Why is it we are constantly being dumbed down or kept in the dark on most everything, like mushrooms, fed a constant diet of BS and never allowed out into the sunshine.  Why is it we are always being “fed bad math” when it comes to oil and oil reserves in this country?

Why is it when a report is issued that is favorable in nature, why is it never “reported.” Being as T. Boone Pickens, an oil man, the modern day energy savior of the country, has all the answers.  Perhaps he could tell us why was this particular U. S. Geological Service energy based report was kept hush hush?

The U. S. Geological Service issued a report in April (’08) that only scientists and oil men knew was coming, but man was it big.  It was a revised report (hadn’t been updated since ’95) on how much oil was in this area of the western 2/3 of North Dakota; Western South Dakota; and extreme Eastern Montana.  Check this out: The Bakken field is the largest domestic oil discovery since Alaska’s Prudhoe Bay, and has the potential to eliminate all American dependence on foreign oil.

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates it at 503 billion barrels.

Even if just 10% of the oil is recoverable … at $107 a barrel, we’re looking at a resource base worth more than $5.3 trillion.  When first briefed, legislators on this were virtually ignorant of its existence, you could practically see their jaws hit the floor. They had no idea.’ says Terry Johnson, the Montana Legislature’s financial analyst. This sizable find is now the highest-producing onshore oil field found in the past 56 years reports, The Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

It’s a formation known as the Williston Basin, but is more commonly referred to as the ‘Bakken.’  And it stretches from Northern Montana, through North Dakota and into Canada.  For years, U. S. oil exploration has been considered a dead end.  Even the ‘Big Oil’ companies gave up searching for major oil wells decades ago.  However, a recent technological breakthrough has opened up the Bakken’s massive reserves and we now have access of up to 500 billion barrels.

And because this is light, sweet oil, those billions of barrels will cost Americans just $16 PER BARREL!  That’s enough crude to fully fuel the American economy for 41 years straight. And if THAT didn’t throw you on the floor, then this next one should – because the report is from TWO YEARS AGO.  You can read all about it.  (U. S. Oil Discovery- Largest Reserve in the World! Stansberry Report Online – 4/20/2006)

Hidden 1,000 feet beneath the surface of the Rocky Mountains lay the largest untapped oil reserve in the world. It is more than 2 TRILLION barrels .. On August 8, 2005 President Bush mandated its extraction. In three and a half years of high oil prices none has been extracted.

With this mother-load of oil why are we still fighting over off-shore drilling?

The report also reported this stunning news:  It is entirely possible that we have more oil inside our borders, than all the other proven reserves on earth. Here are the official estimates:  8-times as much oil as Saudi Arabia  – 18-times as much oil as Iraq – 21-times as much oil as Kuwait – 22-times as much oil as Iran – 500-times as much oil as Yemen – and it’s all right here in the Western United States.  I find it somewhat curious that no mention is made of Venezuela who we import 5% of our crude.

HOW can this BE? HOW can we NOT BE extracting this?

Because the environmentalists and others have blocked all efforts to help America become independent of foreign oil.  The major oil companies secreting it away doesn’t seem to help matters any either. Again, we are letting a small group of people dictate our lives and our economy.  WHY?  James Bartis, lead researcher with the study says we’ve got more oil in this very compact area than the entire Middle East -more than 2 TRILLION barrels untapped.

That’s more than all the proven oil reserves of crude oil in the world today, reports The Denver Post.  Don’t think ‘OPEC’ will drop its price – even with this find?  Think again!  It’s all about the competitive marketplace, – it has to . Think OPEC just might be funding the environmentalists?  Got your attention/ire up yet?  Hope so!  Now, while you’re thinking about it … and hopefully find yourself just a little bit P.O’d, do this: you should stifle yourself.

The next time you want to complain about gas prices (and you will, Americans LOVE to complain) remember this .. because by doing NOTHING, you’ve forfeited your right to complain … cold hard fact of life, sorry. I just wonder what would happen in this country if every one of you sent a copy of this to every one in your address book.

By the way… this is all true …That is the truly sad part.

If you have any problem with it and doubt its validity, please check it out at the link.

Think about this the next time you are reaching deep into that pocket to pony up some bucks for a tank full of liquid gold.  If any of you happen to come across Ol T. Boone, let me know, I want to ask him a question or two.  We now return you to the REAL NEWS in this country, which seems to be which movie star or media personality and/or celebrity is currently pushing up daisies.

OOO

Chocolate Bars and Happy Dreams

A British Canoeist was arrested, jailed and had his DNA sample taken for the crime of paddling down a river. Hmmm, no beating from the cops that might have bruised the hippy’s organic granola bars, but apart from that, it seems tough but fair. Apparently in Britain some people actually believe in ownership of a stretch of river and require you to pay for a sail on it.

And you thought airline travel was bad in this country. An Air India flight soared past its Mumbai destination on June 4 as its pilots allegedly dozed off in the cockpit, The Times of India reported this week. The napping pilots flew 359 miles past the airport and were still at cruising altitude when nervous air traffic controllers woke them up.

Air India officials vehemently denied the report, saying the plane lost radio contact with air traffic control for some time, and only flew 14 miles off course. “We emphatically deny the report. No such incident took place. We’ve checked our records,” Some pilots and air traffic controllers argue Air India is trying to cover up for the pilots’ mistake.

Jeeze, do you think so?

Harnessing the power of a volcano yeah this is gonna be a barn burner for sure. They are talking about drilling into active volcano’s in Alaska as a source of geothermal power … This sounds like modern science to me, take something that is very powerful, awfully hot, really unpredictable, and drill a hole it and pi** it off even more.

Man, this one isn’t going to end well at all; the handwriting is on the wall for this fiasco for sure.

Honk if you love Hispanics, this one is lame. A Hispanic-tag proposal is being reviewed by Florida highway officials. It proudly proclaims that “Hispanics Discovered Florida.”  It also has the support of state Sen. Gary Siplin a Democrat in a district with many Hispanic residents. The favorite television show in his district is called, “The Little House On The Chevy.”

We have a new novelty tag this year too. It reads: Where In The World Is Oklahoma? That was for all my friends over at the retirement home in Arkansas.

Your tax dollars at work. IBM is working with candy maker Mars Inc. and the U.S. government to study the genetic code of cocoa trees to safeguard the world’s chocolate supply. Closely held Mars, the maker of M&M candies and Snickers bars, and the U.S. Agriculture Department will sequence the entire cocoa genome, deciphering the plant’s biological map. IBM will analyze the results using Blue Gene, the world’s second- fastest supercomputer, the company said today in a statement.

Political unrest and plant diseases in Africa, home to two- thirds of cocoa production, have driven up prices more than 50 percent in the past year. Cocoa trees in Africa and Asia have become increasingly stunted from fungus, insects and drought, triggering supply shortfalls.

“Mars is trying to improve the reliability of the cocoa supply and IBM is looking for new ways to market its Blue Gene supercomputer power,” said Lora Cecere, an analyst for AMR Research in Boston. IBM can apply the same tools to other food staples falling short of demand, such as corn, she said

After that, who knows?  Maybe what causes zits on a 14 year old, or why they have “Happy Dreams” at night? When it comes to U.S. Government grant money … The sky is the limit these days.

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It Cannot Get Any Worse …

There is an old expression in this country, ‘It cannot get any worse.”  But that is not exactly true, it can always get worse.  I was in Las Vegas and having an incredible run of “bad luck” and I muttered to myself, “It cannot get any worse.”  Then I walked across the street to Caesars’’ Palace, and worse followed me right over there.

 

Just when you thought it was over and it could not get any worse, it does.  How much do you weigh?  I ran across a Airlines article this morning and it informs me that the airlines are now going to treat you like common freight.  They are not only going to weigh your bags, but YOU are going to get weighed too.  This should be interesting, your ticket to Cleveland will cost $800 and some change, Richard Simmons will fly for free. 

 

Check it out.

 

Because of my weight issues, I am no longer able to fly.  You see, every time I yawn those little air delivery masks automatically drop down out the cabin ceiling for all the other passengers.  It is no wonder the lines are so long, for a flight these days, look at where 14 of the worlds’ 20 busiest airports are located, in the United States.

 

Personally I stopped flyin’ years ago, they’re rude, they’re demanding, hateful and mean, and that is just the guy that checks your luggage at the curb, the rest of them are …. I am sorry …… Much worse.

 

A woman scorned.  I see this week that a girl in Trenton, N.J., a teenager set fire to the home of a boy who didn’t ask her to the senior prom.  Now that is taking it kind of personal wouldn’t you say?  The home burned to the ground, with the boy’s family escaping by climbing out of the windows.

 

Last week I am swinging by the 7-11 to make my weekly contribution to the “oil executives retirement fund” and I see this young thing, standing there, all decked out in her prom dress pumping gas into her old hoopie.  And I thought to myself, gee look, I see the gas fairy! 

 

And yes, it just got worse after that.

 

GM continues to hemorrhage and announces the closing of three truck plants in North America and one in Mexico.  At the same time, they have announced the possible demise of the Hummer.  You remember the Hummer don’tcha, The Governator In Caliy-forn-yuh drives one.  A major testosterone rush of steel and chrome at about 5 mpg.  We are talking Major League Interstate Boulevard Slurpy here … The American Dream. They have the aerodynamics of a brick and are not selling well at this time. 

 

Ford is going to build their most popular vehicle in Mexico, instead of using a U.S. Plant to do the work.  The company announced more numbers that were in the dumper this week, and said that even after closing 11 plants since 2005, they still cannot cut a profit.  And that deeper cuts will now be needed, I suppose all the way to the bone this time.

 

God Bless Alabama! 

 

The politicians in that state this week announced that they have hurriedly put together a measure that will allow the citizens of that state to KEEP ALL OF THEIR ECONOMIC STIMULUS CHECKS.  Up and until now, they were planning on taking taxes out of the stipend.  Isn’t anything sacred in this country anymore?  This will save the taxpayers $30/$60 depending on the size of the check.

 

Times are tight, Warren Buffet says that we are in a “recession” and it is going to be long and hard.  Bush & Company are currently doing damage control on the new book that came out that categorically says “he was out to lunch on most of this” and it is a nice house, but nobody’s home.  I sure hope my stimulus check doesn’t bounce. 

 

Most American’s are really starting to feel the pressure from poor monetary decisions on both sides of the coin.  I used to worry abut paying my bills until I read about Chapter 11.  You don’t have to pay anyone off, and you don’t go to jail.  Then there is Chapter 12 … That is where you load up and run like hell!  Things have gotten so bad, that we are desperately trying to just “get back to zero.”  A point where we have absolutely nothing … So that when I do die, I can look my kids in the eye and say …. See this?  None of this is yours!

 

Local Malcontent has a good post on it, go over there and check it out.  People are starting to rummage thru the old change drawer, under the couch cushions for coinage.  Strange things happen when you find yourself mired deeply in debt.  Two weeks ago, my car broke down, and my telephone got disconnected and I was one electric bill away from being Amish.  Just remember, no matter how bad it gets, you are always going to be rich at the Dollar Store.

 

Tioga, North Dakota having discovered a significant oil field that the major oil companies cannot deny has declared a trademarked “Oil Capital of North Dakota name for their town.  Elk Point, South Dakota has a Texas company on line to build the first oil refinery in the U.S. in more than thirty years (which I don’t believe is exactly true, I understand Arizona permitted a refinery last year). 

 

It is supposed to cost in the neighborhood of $10 billion to construct.  Which is ironically about the same amount of money that American Oil Companies and refiners cheat the Government out of each year on taxes owed.

 

Meanwhile, back in Houston, orders for new bumper stickers are up. 

 

They read, “Lord give us another Oil Boom … We promise we won’t blow it this time.”

 

Get your order in early, most major credit cards accepted.

 

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