Indian <b>Oil</b> Corp writes new shale tale, fetches first consignment from US

In a first, IOC had last month sealed a deal to import 1.6 million barrels of Mars crude from the US and 400,000 barrels of Western Canadian Select oil ...

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Weekly Fundamentals – Aluminum Soared in Trump’s Trade Complaint While Silver Rose on Heightened Geopolitical Tensions

The best performer in the commodity market last week was natural gas. EIA's report showed that the US exported more natural gas than it imported in three of the first five months this year. This signals a reversal of the net imports trend over the past 6 decades. In the metal complex, aluminum shone with the 3-month LME contract breaching above US$2000/oz for the first time since 4Q14.

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‘We want to use <b>crude oil</b> to give different narrative about the Niger Delta’

The managing director, Boma Brown, says the company is set to use the same crude oil that ruined the image of the oil region to change the narrative ...

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Weld County’s <b>oil</b> journey doesn’t stop with <b>crude</b>

One 42-gallon barrel of oil creates roughly 20 gallons of gasoline. The rest (over half) is used to make myriad products from cosmetics to plastics.

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Charlottesville is a Symptom of a Much Greater Problem in America Today

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So I was walking around Maine today, without a phone, totally unplugged from the world. Since I'm a personable person, quite affable at times, I conversed with lots of strangers, many people who might disagree with my 'world view.' Although I have strong opinions, I'm mature enough to know my ideas are meaningless time fodder, the result of theories concocted through emotional and cognitive experiences. Too many Americans actually think their ideas matter. They're told this lie by the media and their politicians all the time, in an effort to trick people into thinking we live in a participatory democracy. Everyone is trying to ram their ideologies down the necks of others, which of course results in backlash.

The vast majority of people just want to larp around, drink something strong, and procreate. I can't think of the last time when I thought discussing politics was a good idea for casual conversation. I did it more when I was younger, filled with vigor -- stuck in the amber of idealism. I've always felt dreadful after engaging in political debate -- even with people who totally agreed with me. It's a time sink down the hole of extreme negativity and only serves to make people angry.

Why?

Because government can never please everyone, which is why I believe the less government, the better.

The connectivity of our phones and social media, amplified by the media, has turned total imbeciles into activists. These people are sick and have nothing better to do than foment strife. The 'white supremacists' who marched in Virginia yesterday were idiots. They weren't idiots because they had low IQs or because they wanted to express their opinions, but because they actually took the time out of their day to bring attention to themselves for a negative reason. What did they think was going to result from this?

A great man once told me, 'if it doesn't generate revenue, I'm not interested.' He'd actually say that to total strangers at a bar, ordinary men asking for the time or if he had watched some sports game on the tube, which caused him to get punched hard in the face more times than I can remember. But it's a good way to live, if you think about it.

I'd like to tie this up in a pretty bow and simply say 'we're all so different and America can never truly come together because of idealogical differences.' But that'd be false. The core issue here isn't politics, or racism, or identity politics, but the fact that ordinary citizens are getting wound up by social engineers, who are seeking to divide people, bringing out the ugliest in people. We're all ugly, in one way or another -- some uglier than others. When Americans work together and leave out politics, we produce beautiful, life changing, things. But it seems every god damned news report I read these days is talking about an angry white man, a violent black man, or an evil Russian. Naturally, if you keep fucking with people's emotions and pride, bad things will happen.

I won't say the news needs to accentuate the positive things in life -- because they have a business to run. What I am saying, however, is that the combination of having everyone with a phone and social media account wanting to be a celebrity, coupled with an atmosphere of purposeful divisiveness, is a toxic, if not deadly, combination. At some point, I hope all people will realize that it isn't Joe from down the block that is the problem -- but Jim in DC messing up America's legacy.

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Error 404: Visualizing The Internet’s Digital Decay

In 2005, one of the most intriguing advertising stunts of the internet age was hatched.

As Visual Capitalist's Nick Routley explains, Alex Tew launched the The Million Dollar Homepage, where anyone could “own a piece of internet history” by purchasing pixels-plots (minimum of 10×10) on a massive digital canvas. At the price of just one dollar per pixel, everyone from individual internet users to well-known companies like Yahoo! raced to claim a space on the giant digital canvas.

Today, The Million Dollar Homepage lives on as a perfect record of that wacky time in internet history – or so it seems. However, the reality is that many of the hyperlinks on the canvas are now redirects that send incoming users to other sites, while over 20% of them are simply dead.

Here are the links that still work on the Million Dollar Homepage today:

The revealing graphic above, via John Bowers, raises the question – how do hyperlinks disappear, and what implications does this “digital decay” have?

DIGITAL DECAY

The internet is stitched together by an incalculable number of hyperlinks, but much like cells in an organism, the sources and destinations have a finite lifespan. Essentially, links can and do die.

Most “link rot” is the result of website restructuring, or entities going out of business and pulling their website offline.

A high-impact example of this is when Yahoo! pulled the plug on GeoCities, one of the first popular web hosting services. In one fell swoop, roughly 7 million websites (containing a plethora of animated gifs, auto-playing midi files, and traffic counters) went dark forever.

Links can also die because of more deliberate reasons, as well. In 2015, the editor-in-chief of Buzzfeed, Ben Smith, came under fire for deleting thousands of posts from the site (including content that was critical of Buzzfeed advertisers). Journalism has traditionally acted as a public record, so this type of “decay” has serious implications on the credibility of media brands.

WHO CARES?

This idea of a public record is at the heart of why digital decay is an issue worth addressing. Once millions of links simply burn out, what will people in the future know about society in the early-ish days of the internet? What record will remain of people’s thoughts and feelings in that era?

I worry that the twenty-first century will become an informational black hole.

– Vint Cerf, Internet pioneer

Perhaps more urgent are public records that live in the digital realm. Supreme Court decisions and academia lean heavily on citations to build their arguments. What happens when those citations simply vanish? A Harvard study found that 49% of the hyperlinks in Supreme Court decisions are now broken.

Even that ubiquitous resource, Wikipedia, has serious issues caused by digital decay. Over 130,000 entries link to dead pages – a troubling development, as linked citations are what lend entries their credibility.

BACKING UP THE INTERNET

A handful of people are taking steps to archive the internet.

The most well-known solution is Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine, which has archived hundreds of billions webpages over the past 20 years. Even the The Library of Congress – which is well known for archiving digital information such as tweets – contracts Internet Archive to do its web crawling.

The academia-focused Perma is another example of a company looking to create permanent records of the web sources (particularly citations).

Many of the weird and wonderful forums and hand-coded homepages of early internet lore may be gone, but we’re finally taking steps to combat digital decay. As awareness grows, avoiding an “informational black hole” may be possible.

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