OPEC Games?

Posted: May 22, 2017 in Business, Farros, Oil, OPEC, Royal
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To say the oil market is sensitive to news coming out of the Middle East is an understatement.

In November I wrote, “If I Were A Bad (Oil) Guy“… essentially wondering if countries in the Middle East might be jerking oil markets around on purpose to earn a little side money.

Guess we’ll find out this week… there’s another very big meeting on Thursday… and while everything seems quite hunky-dory right now… it will be interesting to see if anyone tries to upset the apple cart this week.

Stay tuned.

P.S.  It’s quite possible that something like this already happened… UWT (which tracks crude oil) was trading just under 23 about a month ago… about two weeks ago it his just above 13.50… that’s a pretty sizable drop in such a short period of time.

On Friday, May 12th, the Giants were the worst team in the Major Leagues.

That all changed with their HUGE 17 inning win that night against the Cincinnati Reds.

I was there for all 17 innings.  In fact, in a rarity, I was at the game about an hour early… so that’s about 6.5 hours of baseball for me!

By the end of the game… which ended just before 1am… there were only a couple dozen of us left in the park… you can see my picture of Buster Posey being greeted by his teammates after his game-ending homerun in the bottom of the 17th on the jumbotron… not a single soul in the bleechers.

From worst to first.  You heard it here… first.

SF Giants 17 inning win!

Trump often ridiculed Obama for playing golf and even went as far as saying that if he became president he was “not going to have time to go play golf.”

This chart from BusinessInsider shows why it’s difficult to take anything Trump says seriously:

TrumpGolf

Forget about yet another false statement, President Trump spent almost 20% of his first 100 days playing golf?  Really?  Nothing better to do?

 

 

 

I believe the Giants had a season-changing win last night.

A young (almost) rookie Ty Blach will pitch against Mr. Universe Clayton Kershaw tonight.  This will tell us if its season changing or not.

For those that follow this blog, I thought Giants Skipper Bruce Bochy really mismanaged (blew!) the last two months of the 2016 season, including the last playoff game that could have sent the Giants to the World Series…

… and there’s no way the Cleveland Indians were going to beat the Giants in the World Series… the “even year” mojo would have been ON… ’10, ’12, ’14, AND ’16.

One of the many solutions open to Bochy last year was to put Ty Blach in the bullpen.  He didn’t.  And the Giants lost.

Tonight’s game is a reasonable proxy to see how this strategy would have worked.

Please stay tuned.

UPDATE:  The strategy would have worked GREAT!  Ty gave up 1 hit in 3 innings!  THAT would have taken us to the World Series… and beyond.

That also shows something else:  That Bochy’s “platooning” strategy of mathematically matching pitcher to hitter has big flaws.  The axiom in sports has ALWAYS been:  If someone has a hot hand, don’t take them out… let them play.

It’s just flat out weird that someone as experienced as Bochy doesn’t get that.

For the game, the Giants lost 2-1 but Blach pitched admirably well.  He gave up 4 hits and 2 runs in 5 innings… biggest issue was he’s been training as a reliever, not a starter, so apparently Bochy was concerned about arm strength/stamina/injury.

Welcome to the starting rotation, Ty!

By now everyone knows about the poor old man — a doctor! — was forcibly dragged off a United Airlines flight.

Ironically, even though United Airlines is getting the blame, it wasn’t even a true United crew, rather, it was a “rented” crew from Republic Airlines… and, further, it wasn’t even a United employee that did the dragging… it was an employee of the Chicago Department of Aviation — a deputized police officer.

Doesn’t matter who did the “re-accommodating,” though, the passenger — who was holding up about 80 other people from getting to their destination — who was acting completely uncooperative and disruptive  — was at fault.

Maybe the rules sucked… but that doesn’t give you permission to irresponsibly flaunt the rules… unless you want to suffer the consequences… and in this situation, the consequences were — as best as they could given the unreasonable resistance the passenger was putting up — forcibly removing the passenger from the plane.

I know if I was on the plane… and some idiot was holding up all of the other 80 passengers… I’d feel like “escorting” that jerk off the plane, too.

Before everyone blindly designates the process of “overbooking” simply as a device for evil corporate greed, be careful what you wish for… one of the reasons the airlines overbook is because people have some flexibility in changing reservations at the last minute… which is a PRIVILEGE we’ve all been thankful to use now and then.

So while maybe the airlines should be authorized to pay a bit more to folks volunteering to give up their seat, bottomline is that I much prefer the current system than to not having the flexibility to change a reservation at the last minute.

Think before you randomly jump on a social-media frenzied bandwagon, people.

United Airlines, you acted according to the situation you were presented… DON’T BACK DOWN!

P.S.  Details are emerging about the quality of the passenger in question, Dr. David Dao:

          “In 2003, he was arrested and eventually convicted of prescription drug-related charges, according to the Courier-Journal. He was also convicted of several felony charges of obtaining prescription painkillers by fraud or deceit in November 2004 and was placed on five years of supervised probation in January 2005, surrendering his medical license the next month. He was, however, permitted to resume practicing in 2015 under certain conditions.”

P.P.S.  I found this… I can’t attest to its authenticity, but it certainly fits this guy’s dubious character… as this person says, here’s the rest of the story:United tweet

Readers know I’m not so happy with Klay Thompson.  Common sense dictates wearing a f***ing Dodger hat to a Giants game is simply out-of-bounds.  The Cavs have had the Warriors number ever since.

But, over the weekend, I spoke to an in-the-know Warriors exec.  I, of course, voiced my Klay Thompson outrage… and he said, “you know, he got taken to task by the other players pretty good for that one.”

That is not the same thing as an apology.  But it’s nice to know the Warrior players (unlike Warrior management) care enough about their SF Giant fanbase to police their own on this one.

And, somehow, the fog that Thompson cast upon the Warriors magically started to lift:  Warriors 126 Cavs 91.

Still waiting for an apology… most likely will be waiting forever… but it’s a start.

I like celebrity gossip.  But I don’t like celebrities that are knuckleheads and waste my time… I simply don’t listen or read anything about them.  I “vote” by turning them off.

Kanye West is a good example.  West doesn’t have any talent in my opinion… nor does he have anything cogent to say.  And whether you like or dislike Taylor Swift, West was simply a bully to the young girl several years back at the Grammys.  Therefore, I choose to live a “Kanye West-free” life.

Meryl Streep — probably THE MOST IMPORTANT ACTRESS OF OUR TIME — tee’d off on President-Elect Trump at the Golden Globes the other night.

Even if biased, she did so professionally… tastefully… and effectively.

All the news headlines the next day were about Trump’s tweets in response.

Knowing (dreading?) what I’d see, I almost choose not to look at these stories…

… and then it hit me smack in the face that I — literally — almost relegated the future President of the United States of America to buffoon status!

How can you ignore the President of the United States of America?  You can’t.

So I looked at what he wrote.

It was worse than I could even imagine.

Will someone tell Trump that HE WON… HE’S PRESIDENT… and he doesn’t have to keep acting like an idiot?

He could have taken the high road, something like:

          “I apologize to Ms. Streep if there are things I am doing that she may not agree with.  It is certainly her right as an American citizen to voice her concerns.  She is a wonderful actress.  I only hope at the end of my term America will be better off than it is today and that history will remember me similarly.  I appreciate being given a chance.”

THAT would have blown people away… because THAT is the REASONABLE response from a person that doesn’t have to immaturely squabble and bicker… because THAT person already occupies THE HIGHEST SEAT IN THE LAND.

You’re already President, President-Elect Trump, PLEASE START ACTING LIKE IT!