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An Inconceivable Truth

Let’s face it most of us have great difficulty recognizing the truth even when it is being told to us. We filter and analyse all incoming information on an ongoing basis using all the natural tools that we have in our possession to determine if the stories that we are being told are accurate and true. We consciously and subconsciously monitor the narrator for body language, eye contact, breathing, blinking, facial expression and other signals, but when all is said and done, unless we are listening to Pinocchio we really can’t be sure that the information is in fact true or false. Pinocchio was a fictional character from the children's novel  The Adventures of Pinocchio  (1883) by Italian writer  Carlo Collodi . He was a wooden  puppet  who dreamt of becoming a real boy and was known for his tendency to lie, which caused his nose to grow . What is said is not always what is heard; marriage councillors regularly will get people to restate what the other party has “just

A warming World - The climate issue

Published in: The Economist Climate change touches everything this newspaper reports on. It must be tackled urgently and  clear-headedly F ROM ONE year to the next, you cannot feel the difference. As the decades stack up, though, the story becomes clear. The stripes on our cover represent the world’s average temperature in every year since the mid-19th century. Dark blue years are cooler and red ones warmer than the average in 1971-2000. The cumulative change jumps out. The world is about 1ÂșC hotter than when this newspaper was young. To represent this span of human history as a set of simple stripes may seem reductive. These are years which saw world wars, technological innovation, trade on an unprecedented scale and a staggering creation of wealth. But those complex histories and the simplifying stripes share a common cause. The changing climate of the planet and the remarkable growth in human numbers and riches both stem from the combustion of bil

Why Oil & Gas Matters

Why Oil & Gas Matters Oil + Gas 101 Why Oil + Gas Matters As posted on Careers in Oil & Gas petroLMI website Oil + Gas Matters The oil and gas industry contributes to the Canadian economy, by paying royalties, fees and taxes. There are also over 540,000 Canadians directly and indirectly employed by the industry who live, work, pay taxes and support the businesses and services in communities across the country. According to Alberta Energy, there are more than 3,000 products made from petroleum, including many of the things we use every day – from gasoline and diesel fuel for cars, trucks, buses, trains and boats, jet fuel for airplanes, and natural gas to heat homes, businesses and public buildings, to toothpaste, telephones, garden tools, lighter fluid and lipstick. Countless other products around us are also made from crude oil and natural gas – such as plastics, synthetic rubber, lubricants, paints, solvents, asphalt

The Future Of Oil and Gas Exploration In Canada

By: Brad Hayes Published: Daily Oil Bulletin The oil and gas industry in Canada is founded upon a tremendous history of exploration, beginning in the mid-19th century in southern Ontario and expanding across the country throughout the 20th century. But we’ve stalled out on exploration in Canada. Today industry is focused on developing unconventional plays —the oilsands, Montney , Duvernay , Bakken , Wilrich / Deep Basin, Cardium , Viking and a few others — and spends little effort on looking for new conventional fields.  Isn’t that OK, considering the immense resource potential of the unconventionals? Maybe not.  Looking past the greenhouse gas / climate change rhetoric that dominates the media today, we see an unrelenting increase in oil and gas consumption across the world, supported by increasingly tenuous supply chains.  What will happen if links in the chains fail — U.S. tight oil production fails to live up to projections (which looks increasingly likely), more s

Back to School

By Rod Garland Summer is just about over. Where did it go? At last mothers across the western world can breathe a sigh of relief as their precious little ones head back to school and their attention can turn away form finding things to do to keep their kids active over, what ahs been a long, wet and dismal Summer. " If there were no schools to take the children away from home part of the time, the insane asylums would be filled with mothers". - Edgar Watson Howe   Most mothers will, by now have kitted their kids with the latest designer backpack, sneakers and replenished the supplies of necessary school paraphernalia from the local Walmart or BestBuy store.   This is the time of year that many parents most look forward to. The house can be restored to its former organized state of order. No more sports bags lying in the hall; no more piles of clothes strewn across the floor of every room; and no more bikes, toys and sports equipment thrown down on the drive or in the