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How Venezuela Became a Narco State:

Posted by Brian Simpson on October 15, 2018 at 15:29

Chinese Natural Gas Revolution.









Posted by Brian Simpson on December 13, 2017 at 9:53

Oil industry snubs EU effort to defy Trump sanctions on Iran









Big companies say payments plan would not protect them from US penalties.

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Big European oil companies are spurning the EU’s attempt to shield Iranian crude from US sanctions because of fears the effort would leave businesses exposed to harsh penalties from the Trump administration. The EU has announced plans to create a special payments channel for crude from Iran, but oil executives and lawyers said the move was largely symbolic because there were no guarantees it would protect big multinationals from US retribution.

Patrick Pouyanné, chief executive of Total, said this week the French oil company would not join EU efforts to bypass US sanctions on Iran. “We cannot afford to take the risk to be banned from using the US financial system,” he told a conference in Russia. The corporate resistance underlines the struggle faced by EU governments that are trying to keep a landmark Iran nuclear deal alive in the face of US sanctions, which are due to be reimposed on oil exports and Iran’s central bank in November.

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Visit Scotland in 2018.

Posted by Brian Simpson on August 16, 2018 at 13:53

Inside Irans Giant Oil Fields...

Posted by Brian Simpson on June 15, 2018 at 14:18

Shetland Oil and Gas...









Posted by Brian Simpson on May 16, 2016 at 13:27

Total Discovers Major Gasfield 'Glendornach' Offshore Shetland, Scotland.

PARIS -- Total announces a major gas discovery on the Glendronach prospect, situated offshore UK, West of Shetland. The well was drilled to a final depth of 4,312 m and encountered a gas column of 42 m of net pay in a high-quality Lower Cretaceous reservoir.

Preliminary tests confirm good reservoir quality, permeability and well production deliverability, with recoverable resources estimated at about 1 Tcf.

Located on Block 206/04a, in water depth of about 300 m and in a formation below the Edradour reservoir, the discovery can be developed quickly with the existing infrastructure around the Edradour field, and the Laggan-Tormore facilities of the Shetland Gas Plant.

“Glendronach is a significant discovery for Total, which gives us access to additional gas resources in one of our core areas and validates our exploration strategy. Located on an emerging play of the prolific West of Shetland area, the discovery can be commercialized quickly and at low cost by leveraging the existing Laggan-Tormore infrastructure,” stated Arnaud Breuillac, President of E&P at Total.

The Glendronach discovery is operated by Total E&P UK, with a 60% interest, alongside partners Ineos E&P UK Limited (20%) and SSE E&P UK Limited (20%).

Posted by Brian Simpson on September 25, 2018 at 6:11

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'Headless chicken monster' caught on camera off East Antarctica

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In the deep, dark Southern Ocean encircling Antarctica lies a creature so bewildering and elusive, it hasn't been filmed for a year. 

Behold, the 'headless chicken monster,' which has been filmed casually swimming near East Antarctica, the first time it's been filmed in the region. 

Except that it's not headless, a chicken, or a monster. It's a sea cucumber.

Deep-sea resident Enypniastes eximia, also known as the 'headless chicken monster' to undeniably hilarious scientists, has been filmed in the Southern Ocean. Read more...

More about Oceans, Marine, Fishing, Science, and Climate Environment

Cate Blanchett defends straight actors playing LGBTQ roles

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Hollywood has a long history of straight actors playing LGBTQ roles, and it's something Cate Blanchett has defended.

The Australian actress played a lesbian woman in 2015 film Carol, and according to the Hollywood Reporter, she had never been asked about her sexuality until she played an LGBTQ character. 

Blanchett disagrees with the notion that an actor should have lived the experience of the character they play, saying that it defies the whole point of acting.

"It also speaks to something that I’m quite passionate about in storytelling generally, but in film specifically, is that film can be quite a literal medium," she said at the Rome Film Festival. Read more...

More about Entertainment, Lgbtq, Cate Blanchett, Lgbtq Rights, and Lgbtq Representation

Slack on an SNES? Engineer beams Slack messages to decades old Super Nintendo game

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The Super Nintendo really was far ahead of its time.

Bertrand Fan, a senior engineer for the messaging and chat application Slack, recently came across an interesting find. During the mid-'90s in Japan, Nintendo released a satellite modem peripheral for its SNES game console (called the Super Famicom over there).

Known as the Satellaview, Nintendo would beam daily broadcasts to gamers’ consoles. According to Fan, Nintendo actually did this for years, broadcasting content over Satellaview every day from April 1995 to June 2000. 

This gave Fan an idea. “If you can beam satellite signals to a SNES, you can probably run Slack on it,” the engineer said in a post. So, that’s what Fan set out to do. Read more...

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Transgender rights activists are flooding Twitter with helpful tips for allies

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Sometimes social media is a good thing.

The anger over a Trump administration plan to curtail the rights of transgender citizens is still palpable. But the Sunday morning eruption that followed the revelations aired in a New York Times report came with a hefty side of advice from the people who knows these issues best.

Trans activists spent the morning and afternoon flooding social media with helpful tips. Charities to support. Activist organizations to connect with. Meaningful, tangible suggestions that any ally can act on immediately if they want to help. Read more...

More about Social Good, Transgender, Donald Trump, Activism, and Transgender Rights

NYPD pulls thousands of body cameras after one caught fire while a police officer was wearing it

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The New York Police Department is pulling thousands of body cameras from the field after one of them caught on fire while a police officer was wearing it.

The Daily Beast reports that a Vievu model LE-5 body camera “burst into flames” early Sunday morning while an officer was wearing it right outside a Staten Island police precinctAccording to the NYPD, “an officer retrieved a body-cam for deployment on a midnight tour and noticed there was smoke exiting from the bottom portal and immediately removed it. After it was safely removed, the device exploded.”

The officer wearing the faulty body camera was not injured. Read more...

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