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The Oil Depletion Spiral

Squeezed between the rapidly rising cost of oil production and our society’s inability to digest high oil prices, the dynamics of the oil depletion spiral will be delivering increasingly frequent bouts of pain to our oil dependent economies.

August 31, 2014
In-depth topic: Peak oil
Energy

And Justice For All – The Case Of Medical Malpractice Claims

By the age of 65, 99% of all high-risk specialty physicians practicing in the US had faced a malpractice claim.

August 14, 2014
Misc

Drilling Treadmill In Action – US Shale Oil update

See how the phenomenon of the drilling treadmill is playing out in the two biggest tight oil fields in the US.

August 3, 2014
In-depth topic: Tight oil Shale gas
Energy

Peak Malls? Retail Floor Space Overbuild Meets Tectonic Structural Shifts, Part 1

Multiple fundamental factors driving retail sales growth in past decades are shifting not in favor of the retail sector. Combined with an overbuild of retail floor space, this does not bode well for brick and mortar retail properties.

July 1, 2014
In-depth topic: Urban planning
Urban development

Behind The Oil & Gas Abundance Narrative: The True Status of Crude Oil

How does the claim of oil abundance and energy independence brought on by tight oil in the U.S. measure up against reality? What is the impact of tight oil in the context of global crude oil production and consumption?

June 21, 2014
In-depth topic: Tight oil Shale gas
Energy

Deconstructing the 100 Years of Natural Gas Abundance Narrative

How does the claim of 100-years of natural gas abundance touted by the shale oil and gas industry measure up against reality? What are the reasons the industry is maintaining this narrative?

May 27, 2014
In-depth topic: Tight oil Shale gas
Energy

Supply And Demand Fundamentals of Crude Oil

Regardless of which side you are on in the peak oil and climate change debates, it is important that you are equipped with a good understanding of the fundamental factors driving the supply and demand of crude oil which is arguably the most important e …

May 21, 2014
In-depth topic: Peak oil
Energy

Chinese steps to turn RMB into world reserve currency

In an orchestrated step to make its RMB a world reserve currency, China uses the recent U.S. foreign policies and domestic events to call for a new world order and reserve currency.

October 14, 2013
Currency, Gold

Google no longer uses GPA and test scores for hiring

In a recent interview, Google declared G.P.A. and test scores are worthless as criteria for hiring and are no longer using them to screen candidates other than the fresh grads. The statement highlights the growing knowledge mismatch between the type of skill set the industries are looking for and the type of graduates status quo education are rolling off their assembly lines, and a contributing factor to the coming paradigm shift in education.

October 6, 2013
Education

The tapering that was not and the concept of stock and flow

The Fed surprised the world this week by calling off its widely anticipated ‘tapering’ plan which would have called for a gradual reduction of the amount of bond purchases from its current $85 billion per month level. The decision highlights the box the Fed is in and the increasing dominance of flow over the stock of the bond purchase program, a concept missed by the vast majority of economists and so called subject matter experts.

September 22, 2013
In-depth topic: Monetary reset
Finance & Economy