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Eight Questions to Determine If Your Busyness Is Actually Accomplishing Anything (Reading Time: 2 Mins)
“Oftentimes unimportant distractions that masquerade as very urgent matters can creep up and take our attention away from things we should be doing, but it’s not easy to recognize that they might be distractions in the first place. Inc.’s Jeff Haden suggests asking eight questions to help you keep organized and keep on top of the right to-do items”
Donald Trump’s ‘shadow president’ in Silicon Valley
(Reading Time: 10 Mins)
“Gelernter’s potential elevation is just one small sign of Thiel’s growing stature in Trump world. He was a near-constant presence throughout the transition: Working with a staff of four to six aides from an office in Trump Tower, Thiel dispatched associates from his investment firms to help staff agencies across the government. Their reach extended from the Department of Commerce to the Pentagon and eventually to the White House, where one of his closest aides, Kevin Harrington, was recently elevated to the National Security Council.”
Texas Fracking and the Death of Big Oil
(Reading Time: 11 Mins)
“Fracking” plays (Oil Speak Note: Play = producing oil well) are normally for four years, with most of the oil in the first two years. They cost $10 to $15 million. They are profitable at $50 a barrel for a new play and already fracked wells cover their costs at half that price. The “new revolution” technique the oil service firm mentioned doubles those times to four years of high flow with a further four years of declining flow. Depending on whatever drilling costs are involved, this effectively earns them profit at a price as low as 1/2 of the per barrel cost of previously fracked wells over the new well’s longer productive lifetime.
A Big Oil drilling play in the deep ocean, arctic, or politically unstable/corrupt 3rd World nation (This now includes Putin’s Russia) runs between $1 and $5 billion because of all the infrastructure Big Oil has to build to extract and move the large quantities of oil from howling wilderness at the edge of civilization. They run 7 to 15 years.”
From The Blog Vault:
Nothing for the past two weeks :(.
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