Frac Hoax

I want to say up front this is probably 10% true, but it is strange.

I wrote a full post on fracking, so if you are interested check out the May archive (May 10). To recap, I pointed out a major blunder on the frac hoax side. In short if you read any fracking article they always want to state the evil trinity of the frac fluid recipe: sand, water, and CHEMICALS. The obvious reason is to scare the public with the word chemicals. I pointed out they screwed up by including “sand”. The reason is because this shows the size of the fractures created, the width of a grain of sand. This is because the sand props open the fractures.

I wrote the same article on a forum about a year ago, and not soon after I read some fracking articles that stated “water and chemicals”, but left out the sand. Again, 90% chance it was a coincidence. So here it is a few weeks after my last article and what do I find in an AP story?

The energy industry uses hydraulic fracturing , or fracking , to extract oil and gas from rock by injecting high-pressure mixtures of water, sand or gravel and chemicals.

So probably a coincidence, but there’s a 10% chance someone who follows me posted the information on social media that has a larger audience and the fake news media felt a need to change their story. Don’t know. Anyhow gravel is never used for fracking. There’s no way to create a slurry with gravel, and the gravel would never pass through the perforations in your casing. The hoax media wants to spread the impression of larger cracks in the formation.

If you are on social media, start spreading this story. If you are on twitter (I’m not), how about starting #frackhoax.

Critical Deposition: Sibel Edmonds

First a background:  Sibel Edmonds was an FBI interpreter who is probably the biggest whistleblower in history.  Her story was covered up and she was placed under multiple gag orders utilitizing “state secret privilege”.  She found a way to speak.  There was an election lawsuit over Turkish influence, so she was deposed over her knowledge of Turkey.

Note the questions are awkward.  Sibel and the questioning attorney obviously worked out the questions beforehand to keep her from breaking the law.

Of particular note: this deposition was done in 2009.  Listen to when she says: “Denny Hastert is being blackmailed for sexual impropriety.”, then decide if you believe her.

A few years later she said f*ck it, and wrote two books.  One is a “faction”.  I’ve not read her books, but probably should.  In another interview she revealed the source of her information: the FBI was collecting dirt on the behest of the Clintons during the Lewinsky scandal.  Most of the targets were Republicans.  However the FBI was dragging in democrats also, so the operation was shut down.

More on the Leftist Mindset

An interesting discussion between Cernovich and Posobiec:

I gave you the model, and here’s a great example.  There’s one word for these people: inadequate.  That is why Mike and Jack witnessed the hatred coming from the elite fake journalists.  Those people know they are not real journalists.  They are sell out hacks, and they know it.  They also know that if the bribes and payoffs weren’t there, they would starve.  Because they lack the ability to do journalism.

Thus the hatred.  They hate Jack and Mike because they are the real deal.  The darkness can not abide by the Light.  There’s an element of that.  When Jack and Mike walk into the Whitehouse briefing room, they are the light of truth illuminating the inadequacy of the Leftists.  The Left responds with hatred.  They can’t produce, so the only way they can feel any power is to destroy.

Did you ever wonder why the Leftists always kill millions?  As I wrote before, I agree this is reality, but I still can’t accept it.  I worship Life.  I want to produce.  I can’t imagine not wanting that.

All About Fracking

This is a post you will want to refer to in the future.

If you haven’t heard about fracking, then you’ve been hibernating.  As a reader of this blog you are probably suspicious of the hysteria surrounding this old completions process.  And you should be.  I’ll give you the facts so that you can argue the issue effectively.

To begin, we’ll go over conventional drilling.  This involves drilling a vertical hole in the ground and setting a pipe in the bore.  Next comes compeletions, such as perfing.  You have this pipe in the ground and you want to open up say 20 feet of it to let the oil flow out of the sandstone into your bore.  To do this you lower a special explosive charge, which consists of small shaped charges on a tool called a gun.  This is set off and blows perfectly round holes in the pipe we call perforations.  The oil then flows into the pipe and up to the surface.  Later as the well ages you come back and set a pump to pump the oil out.  This is conventional production.

Now occasionally in the old days they would come across a formation that had oil in it, but it didn’t flow particularly well (pun intended).  This is called tight oil.  Way back when, they’d put dynamite down the hole and set it off.  Amazingly this would actually work to stimulate the formation, though results were not always consistent.  This was the original fraturing technology, or frack job.

Around 1947 engineers invented hydraulic fracturing which used water and sand to fracture the formation with high pressure, with the sand holding open the fractures.  This technology was developed over the years and was quite common by the early 1970’s.  I’ve read papers from that time period discussing the technique.  Hydraulic fracturing is therefore old technology that has been around for a long time;  in fact, over 4 million oil wells have been hydraulically fractured.  In 1997 I even bought a used frac tank (used to store the water) for a small plant I was running.

Now there was a type of formation that no one could produce, the famous shale formations.  They had a lot of oil in them, however drilling a vertical well and fracking it gave poor results since you could only get say 50 feet into the formation from your bore, so the oil you could eventually produce was limited to an uneconomical  amount.  You would have basically a cylinder 80 feet high and 50 feet in radius.  There’s just not enough oil contained in that cylinder to make you any money.

In the mid aughts horizontal drilling was more-or-less perfected and someone came up with the bright idea to run the bore horizontally in the shale.  Now your cylinder just became up to 2 miles long, and thus the potential was there to produce a lot of oil (and gas).  A shale oil horizontal well can typically be counted on to deliver over 300,000 bbls. of oil today.  That is economical to produce.

There was one big problem.  You could only frack say 50 feet of it.  If you tried to do more, all you would end up doing is pumping your water into the formation through the first section of your frack.  In other words, you could frack say 50 feet, and then the process would stop as you could not maintain pressure.

Here then came the new technology.  It was called multi-zonal fracking which basically consists of using sliding sleeves to cover up previous frack zones and move to a new zone.  This allowed oil companies to place fracks down the entire 2 miles in different zones.  THIS was the new technology, not hydraulic fracturing.

So how did this mass confusion arise?  It started innocently enough with a newspaper article describing the shale boom.  The reporter wanted to insert some slickster jargon (and the oil patch has plenty of jargon), so the reporter called the new technology “fracking”, instead of giving a detailed description of the sliding sleeve technology which had been the breakthrough.  I do not believe the reporter was malicious, I believe instead she wanted to use the sexy term “fracking” to spice up the story.

Only a few weeks later the eco freaks came crawling out whining how oil companies were experimenting on our water supply with this new technology.  As an aside, I wonder what they would think about acid stimulation (LOL).

So let’s analyze the scare stories.  You know, fracturing will pollute the water.  I guess they think you will get huge fissures coming up and polluting the water table.  To get an idea of how stupid this is, first take your two hands and touch your thumbs and pointer fingers together and make a circle.  This is about the size of the bore hole.  Now imagine standing at the base of the Empire State Building and looking up the side of the building.  The top of the building is way up there, in fact you can’t even see it.  Except that’s not high enough.  Stack 10 Empire State Buildings on top of each other, and now you have the right height.  Yes, the small circle of your hand (the horizontal well bore) is separated from the water table by 10 Empire State Buildings of rock and clay.

How about the fissures?  Well unfortunately for the eco freaks, in order to scare you they always make sure to mention the recipe for frack fluid.  Read any news article about fracking and you will be sure to see the following: “sand, water and CHEMICALS”.  They really want to mention the chemicals, which as an aside are similar to your hair conditioner, but that doesn’t matter, it could be tetra methyl death and still would not matter.  Did you notice “sand”?  Oops, they’ve screwed up.  Why is there sand in the frack fluid?  Yes, that is right, the size of the fractures are the width of a grain of sand and the sand props the fractures open after the pressure is taken off.  Oops.  Furthermore an oil company is lucky if they can get these sand sized fractures to extend even 100 ft. from the well bore.  That leaves a good 10,000 feet of rock and clay before you get to the water table.

Finally you have the scare stories of lighting water on fire.  Personally I think this is naturally occuring methane.  In fact, that is how you find oil and gas.  You look for surface indications like methane bubbling up or oil seeps like the La Brea tar pits in California.  You don’t have to believe me on this, just Google search “methane separator water well” and you will find these tank devices for sale.  They separate out the methane from well water and vent it off through a pipe to your roof.  Methane in well water has been around.

But there IS a small chance that an oil company is responsible, though this was never claimed and there was never a lawsuit.  The problem here is that people now confuse “fracking” with drilling and production.  IF there was a problem, 99% of the time this was due to a fly-by-night company doing a crappy job with a cement job.  Think about the Macondo Oil Well blow out that took down the Deep Water Horizon.  That is an example of a crappy oil company screwing up a cement job.  Bottom line, this has absolutely nothing to do with fracking and instead involves the conventional drilling and completions process.  In that case (pun intended) gas can leak up the outside of the well casing and into the water table.  Again, this has nothing whatsoever to do with fracking and is a potential problem with any oil or gas well.

The final myth is the earthquake myth.  Fracking does not cause earthquakes.  What probably causes earthquakes is the disposal of produced water.  Most people think of oil wells as tapping into an underground lake of oil.  This is incorrect.  What you do is drill into sandstone, shale, or other rock formations and release the trapped fluid.  The fluid is a mixture of oil, gas, and salt water.  The fluid is called emulsion.  At the surface you separate out the emulsion into its constituents in a process vessel called a treater, and you get your oil, gas, and salt water.  Unfortunately the salt water is saltier than the ocean in most cases and there is no way to clean it up since you would end up with tons and tons of contaminated salt.  Instead what happens is that companies drill disposal wells and pump the water back into the formation, or into a depleted formation.

This is the problem.  In Oklahoma many of the older wells are what we call “watered out”.  There might be 100 bbls. of water for 1 bbl. of oil.  When oil was high, companies discovered that they could pump real hard on a few wells, out of the water layer, and this would allow them to produce oil economically from the other wells.  This of course produced a lot of salt water, so disposal wells were drilled to handle it.  Unfortunately the wells were drilled on hidden fault lines.  This caused the earthquakes, not fracking.

Now yes even shale wells will produce a lot of salt water, a typical number being 30 bbls. of salt water for 100 bbls. of oil.  This is known as the water cut.  This water has to be disposed of (as is the case for the vast majority of oil wells).  This is not a problem if you make sure there are no faults where you are drilling.  In the Bakken they probably dispose of 300,000 bbls. of salt water per day, and they don’t have earthquakes.  Same in Saudi Arabia where they produce probably 10 times as much water.

This ends my review of the fracking controversy.  It is stupid, and hopefully you are now better equipped to argue it.

Tired of Winning Yet?

Trump just fired a bunch of “scientists” (hacks) at the EPA.  Their whines will cheer your day:

The Environmental Protection Agency has dismissed at least five members of a major scientific review board, the latest signal of what critics call a campaign by the Trump administration to shrink the agency’s regulatory reach by reducing the role of academic research. … Some who opposed the dismissals denounced them as part of a broader push by the E.P.A. to downgrade science and elevate business interests.

”This is completely part of a multifaceted effort to get science out of the way of a deregulation agenda,” said Ken Kimmell, the president of the Union of Concerned Scientists. ”What seems to be premature removals of members of this Board of Science Counselors when the board has come out in favor of the E.P.A. strengthening its climate science, plus the severe cuts to research and development — you have to see all these things as interconnected.”

The scientists dismissed from the 18-member Board of Scientific Counselors received emails from an agency official informing them that their three-year terms had expired and would not be renewed. That was contrary, the scientists said, to what they had been told by officials at the agency in January, just before Mr. Trump’s inauguration.

”Most of us on the council are academic people,” said Ponisseril Somasundaran, a chemist at Columbia University who focuses on managing hazardous waste. ”I think they want to bring in business and industry people.”

Courtney Flint, a professor of natural resource sociology at Utah State University who has served on the board since 2014, said she was surprised by the dismissal.

”I believe this is political,” said Dr. Flint, whose research focuses on how communities respond to major disruptions in the environment, such as exposure to toxic pollution, forest fires and climate change. ”It’s unexpected. It’s a red flag.”

Another of the dismissed scientists made his grievances public. ”Today, I was Trumped,” Robert Richardson, an environmental economist at Michigan State University, wrote on Twitter. ”I have had the pleasure of serving on the EPA Board of Scientific Counselors, and my appointment was terminated today.”

Now this advisory board is supposed to give objective reviews of the science used in EPA decisions.  Yes, you definitely want some industry scientists on the panel to bring a different point of view and to keep everyone honest.  Instead we have a rubber stamp committee that is entirely political.  These whiners just had their lucrative gig ended.  It’s wonderful.

So how effective are they?  Here’s the “science”used to enact Climate Change regs.  Note the “A” line reflects current CO2 conditions, the “B” line is if we held steady, and the “C” line was the aggressive reduction case.  Unfortunately the graph is older, but the black line, the temperature, has held steady except for a blip up in 2016 due to El Nino.

You’ll note that this was a complete fail, and yet the “science” committee did not catch it resulting in Billions wasted in the USA alone on worthless Green Energy scams and costly regulations.  The Board failed and all of them need to lose their jobs.

Models Explaining the Left

I am obviously on the right according to the economic spectrum I put forward in my book.  Now while I admit that the leftists suffer from various delusions and sometimes downright evil, I can’t accept it.  This is because I worship Life and want to create.  I can not accept that people would want to worship death and seek destruction.  And yet I admit they do.  Perhaps you have this same problem of accepting the Leftist mindset.

In order to wrap your brain around understanding what a leftist believes, I’ve come up with various models, listed in the order of malevolence:

1. The Feel Good Leftist:  These are ignorant people who are usually young.  They want to “do good” and help people.  This is why they willingly support government efforts to spend money.  Their main problem is the lack of recognizing there is nothing good in voting for a government that spends money, even if, per impossibile, we assume it is benign.  It lacks virtue and merit to just vote.  They are also woefully ignorant about economics.  A classic example is the good looking young feminist woman.  She will spout her feminist crap while in college, but a few years later she will marry and have kids, at which point she starts opposing feminism.  In general, leftists in this category can usually be reasoned with.

2.  Left as Religion:  These people are agnostic or atheist.  While similar to the Feel Good Leftist, they are more hardened in their views as they are trying to fill the emptiness they have.  They usually discover leftism in school and join the cult.  It is usually a waste of time challenging their views as they would be left with nothing if they give up their leftist mindset.

3.  The Insecure:  These people never grew up and need mommy to wipe their arse.  In place of mommy they substitute government.   They look to government power to protect them and relieve them of their insecurity.  It is a waste of time talking to them as any efforts to oppose government they will view as a personal threat.  These people are mentally ill.

4.  The Haters:  For whatever reason, perhaps childhood trauma, they view themselves as worthless.  This manifests itself in their hatred of creators.  Since they view themselves as powerless and worthless, they view the only way for themselves to have power is to destroy the creators.  They worship death and get a thrill out of controlling others.  These people are mentally ill and demonic.  The only way to cure them is to take them on a helicopter ride.

5.  The Sadist:  These people have similar traits as the Haters, however they don’t feel worthless.  Instead they are diabolical narcissists who are filled with pride.  They relish power for power’s sake and get a kick out of controlling others.  A classic example was Stalin.  Again, it is worthless to try to talk with these people.  Reserve a seat on the helicopter for them.

Government Usury

Today I’m writing about a particular problem with government usury.  In short, usury is charging interest on a non-productive loan.  By definition 95% of government debt is usury (the exception being road construction bonds backed by toll roads).  Before I begin my analysis, I want you to imagine the following:

Tomorrow you wake up and it is announced that Trump and Congress have canceled Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Food Stamps, Agricultural subsidies, WIC, and educational grants.  The plan going forward is for the individual States to take care of all of these.  Now I’d celebrate,  but I’m a tiny minority that shows up as a rounding error.  What would be the reaction of most Americans?  How about, “That’s insane, there’s no way that the States will be able to afford all of this.”.  Hopefully you’ve already figured it out.

Or consider the current (early May) bleating and caterwauling by the sub-100 IQ party known as democrats over the supposed opt-out for States to cover preexisting conditions.  Well, why shouldn’t the States pay the medical bills for those with preexisting conditions?  Again, because they can’t afford it.  But the Federal Government can, right?  Mommy will come wipe my arse and government will come take care of these infantile adults, right?

This insanity is due to usury.  Government usury consigns our kids and grandkids to debt slavery so that democrat idiots can try to build their utopia today.  The reason the States can’t pay for all of this socialism is because they don’t have access to the debt markets they’d need and can’t magically print up “money”.  The Federal Government has access to the Distributist Banking Soviet known as the Federal Reserve and can issue as many bonds as they please (for now), which the bankers’ guild will purchase.  However printing money does not equate with creating wealth and real production, so this will end in Argentina.

It’s already starting.  First it was smaller municipalities like the California towns, the Alabama town and Harrisburg going bankrupt.  Then it was a major city like Detroit.  Recently it was a territory, Puerto Rico, which is quite large.  On deck we have Chicago, New Jersey, and California.  After that will be the US government.  Yes it can happen here and it WILL happen here.

Or you can recall the whole purpose of Obamacare.  Quick aside I’ll be publishing a podcast on High Medical Costs (not insurance costs) in a few weeks.  Anyhow Obamacare was nothing more than a tax to bail out Medicaid and Medicare.  And it blew up to the point that you have to pay a ton of money for a policy that you can not use due to the deductibles.  All of that money was used to pay for Medicaid patients.  People got ticked so it failed.  However the problem has not gone away and Trump Care will hit the same dead end unless the reforms I talk about in the podcast are enacted.  If you want to get a jump on this discussion, go to my Links section and check out Link 3.

Usury has many problems, but in this case we are seeing Moral Hazard.  This country’s flirtation with the utopian leftists is not being punished by something called Reality.  Instead, we borrow the money with government bonds and leave it to our kids and grand kids to pay off.  I think the end of the road is a lot sooner than most people think however.

Pocast Segment 3: Racism on the Left

Segment 3: Before listening to the podcast, you should first watch the youtube video. The whole video is good, but the relevant part starts at 39:30.

The racism in this lady is remarkable. I want to draw your attention to 2 arguments she makes, one showing her racism and a second showing a problem with the leftist world view of utopia.:

1. Where she proffers that blacks who were given vouchers would not choose what’s best for their children.

2. Her asking, “What would you do now for people stuck in poverty?”.

And now for the podcast:

Direct Download: http://traffic.libsyn.com/catholicsubsidiarity/Sowell_Ep_3.mp3

Hitler 2.0

If you went to publik skool, chances are you were fed an anti-Christian false narrative on the rise of Hitler. It went something like this: “The Germans watched one-too-many Passion plays and decided to kill jews. The End.” Besides being a slur against Christians it also robs you from learning from history. And history is currently repeating itself.

The real history started with the rise of communist revolutionaries, especially in Hungary and Bavaria. The Hungarian revolution came about in 1919, and these revolutionaries were some sick brutal animals. The Germans were aware of this. Another revolution during the same time was attempted in Bavaria and initially succeeded. Here the Germans started battling the commies in the streets, and eventually Catholics, Freekorp, and a small contingent of the German Army succeeded in defeating the commies. An interesting aside, Hitler was originally on the side of the commies and attended the funeral of the first Bavarian leader, Kurt Eisner after he was killed. Hitler would eventually join the DAP, predecessor of the National Socialists in late 1919.

Germany entered into a depression after WWI, and street battles between commies and nationalists (both left and right) were frequent. It was during this time that the S.A. started rising to prominence, especially after Klintzch took over as the leader and later Rohm. The National Socialists under Hitler with their street fighters the S.A. became the only organized force in number to protect people from the commie monsters. This then was the source of their popularity, not Passion plays.

Interestingly in the only free election Hitler was involved in not a single Catholic State in Germany voted for him, including Bavaria, and later the Catholic Church condemned Nazism. So ends the brief history.

How is this relevant today? We are seeing the rise of leftist violence, initially during the Trump campaign, and now during the Trump presidency. At first the Right did not fight back. Then we started seeing women and old men get assaulted simply for wearing a Trump hat. The Right finally fought back notably “Based Stickman”, Huntington Beach, and then Berkeley 2.0. The Left has created the environment for the rise of Hitler 2.0. Furthermore, as of now, the Trump administration is following in the footsteps of Weimer Germany. Clearly antifa and BAMN are domestic terrorist organizations that operate across State boundaries, so why hasn’t the FBI acted by making arrests and at least warning off financial backers like Soros?

Fortunately as of now there are key differences, but this is not guaranteed to persist. First the main Right wing street brawlers consist of Proud Boys, militia, bikers, and Oathkeepers, the latter bringing military organizing capabilities. None of these groups are fascist or white supremacists, or for that matter, anti-jewish. There was a small group of Nazis, some sort of “Europa” group at Berkeley 2.0, but they were shunned by the main group and they numbered only a handful of people. Of course they got most to the press. A quick aside, if you want to keep the Right street fighters on the side of Christianity and Constitutionalism, go over to Oathkeepers and give them a donation. Stewart Rhodes is doing an excellent job keeping people sane.

The other difference is there really isn’t a major white supremacist, or even white nationalist street brawler group of any prominence. You may think “Richard Spencer”, but first he is a white nationalist and does not appear to be especially violent. I would think someone like Andrew Anglin is more capable, but to be honest I know very little of what I’ll call the “Violent Nationalist” and may be totally wrong. So I don’t see the rise of the “Violent Nationalists” anytime soon. Note Proud Boys will resort to violence in self defense, but I exclude such groups from my “Violent Nationalist” term because of the self defense, or community defense aspect. Also note I do not use the term “Violent Right” because Spencer and Anglin are Leftists economically.

We have to take the long view however. It took Hitler 15 years to get into power, and this chapter of street violence has only just begun. We are in year 1. Imagine a deep depression and the rise of a left-of-center nationalist, perhaps from the labor unions rising in prominence. Imagine the now completely radicalized commie Left retaking power in 2020 and upping the street voilence. Under those conditions, a Hitler 2.0 could come to power. This is not far-fetched.

As a Catholic you can help out. Support groups such as Oathkeepers, Proud Boys, and Bikers for Trump, among others. Also, contact your Senator and Representative and complain about the lack of action by the FBI against these leftist terror organizations.

I’ll leave you with a quote from Vox day. Note this is not an exact quote, but I doubt he’d object:

REPORTER: Do you think Trump will resort to violence?
VOX DAY: No, I think Trump is the last chance we have to avoid violence.