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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

Pickled Mustard Index provides glimpse of Chinese population migration trend

An index called the Pickled Mustard Tuber Index has recently surfaced in China. This newly coined index provides an insight into a subtle but significant change in the movement patterns of migrant workers in China in recent years.

September 2, 2013
China

Peak auto? Driving might have passed generational peak in the U.S.

Total miles driven in the U.S. has gone down to a level last seen in 1995 after reaching a peak in 2005. Could this be the generational peak in driving we are witnessing?

August 29, 2013
In-depth topic: Urban planning
Transportation, Urban development