Archive for November, 2013

Captain Rick: Each day when I am on Flickr tending to my photos and photo groups, I am greeted by the Flickr team in a different language, when my mouse hoovers over my icon. Over the past many months I think I have received a greeting in every language spoken in every country on earth. It has been very educational.

Today I received a new greeting in a language I readily recognized. It is spoken by many of my friends that I meet on my daily morning walks. I congratulate the Flickr team for the huge smile that emerged upon my face when they greeted me with this today…

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As a Flickr pioneer (paying member since January 2007), I appreciate the Flickr team for their great support and refinement over the years, especially the recent, totally new, awesome look and feel of Flickr. Your diligent efforts have propelled Flickr to become the most respected, quality home for photographic sharing.

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Captain Rick: That awful day in November 1963, when President John Kennedy was assassinated, was forever burned in my memory. It was such a tragic day that the world seemed to stop turning. I was 16, in my junior year in high school, when I heard the awful news projected over the school PA system during lunch. I do not remember many details…only that there seemed to be an awesome silence that totally engulfed everyone of all ages as we listened to the live news feed being broadcast. The memory remains as the most outstanding public event of my childhood. It was a day that the world truly stopped turning with the loss of a great American president.

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Captain Rick: The endless problems experienced by people trying to sign up for Obamacare deserve a little humor as displayed in these cartoons…

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Captain Rick: The U.S. will pass Saudi Arabia as the world’s top energy producer by 2015, but will fade over the coming decade, according to a report from the International Energy Agency.

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Massive investment in the production of shale gas has driven the U.S. supply boom, thanks in large part to new technologies such as hydraulic fracking, which has made the extraction of oil and gas from shale rock commercially viable.

But limited reserves will cap the surge in shale oil output within the next 10 years. "Shale oil is good news for the U.S, but we do not expect this trend will continue after the 2020s," IEA chief economist Fatih Birol told reporters Tuesday, at the launch of the 2013 World Energy Outlook in London.

That will translate into an increase in OPEC producers’ share of global output since those nations would remain the only large source of relatively low cost oil. "Middle East oil is crucial to the global oil industry today, and also tomorrow," Birol said.

The OPEC oil cartel, which includes Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, controls the vast majority of world oil reserves. As a major exporter, top producer Saudi Arabia is critical to future energy supplies. By contrast, the United States relies on its newfound energy wealth to power domestic consumption.

The Future … in the eyes of the International Energy Agency …

Birol said despite the growth in U.S. energy supplies, the new era isn’t one of "oil abundance," due to demand pressures and declining production from existing crude fields. The IEA also noted that power-hungry Asia will continue to re-shape the global energy landscape. About two-thirds of future world energy demand will come from the region. India will take over from China as the biggest energy demand center around 2020. The Middle East will also have a rising impact on demand. By 2035 the Middle East will consume the same amount of oil as China does today, according to the IEA.

The Future … in the eyes of Captain Rick …

The IEA has things well figured out. However, what is not weighed into their vision is the massive monetary catastrophe that the U.S. faces. How the U.S. handles (or evades, as has been the case) its pending debt crisis will add to the future outlook. If the U.S. stays on is current course of ‘kicking the debt can down the road’, the future outlook as presented by the IEA could change significantly. The IEA is not considering the fact that the U.S. could be well on its way to becoming a third world country a decade from now. 

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Captain Rick: A magnificent view along one of my daily morning multi-mile walks in my neighborhood.

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Captain Rick: The rollout of the ObamaCare website ‘Healthcare.gov’ was a fiasco. The look on the face of Secretary Sebelius as she receives a a copy of ‘Web Sites for Dummies’ is ‘priceless’ and speaks for itself.

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The book was a gift from GOP Tennessee Senator Brian Kelsey, an opponent of ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion, who was on hand when Sebelius visited a Memphis library on November 4, 2013 to promote the new national health plan. When Kelsey sprung the gift on her, the embattled HHS secretary didn’t look particularly grateful, as revealed in a photo snapped by the Memphis Daily News.

At the event, Sibelius continued her apology tour for the botched site – while vowing to fix it.

The do-it-yourself guide, which goes for about $25 on Amazon, bills itself as “a step-by-step guide for creating your own web sites.”

According to estimates, the feds have spent $630 million on information technology for the creation and rollout of Healthcare.gov, which has been beset with problems and shut down repeatedly.

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