Oh!-PEC Ready to Talk; Cry Me a River: Minecraft Creator’s Got the Blues; Listeria Out. Blue Bell In.

To heck with the Prius…

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Image courtesy of Stoonn/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

I hope you enjoyed that cheap gas while it lasted because OPEC is now ready to dig deep inside itself to talk about the current oil situation – news that sent oil prices surging 8.8% today to almost $50 a barrel. That, my friends, is the biggest 3 day gain in 25 years. OPEC, as in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (they have a magazine!) is ready to put the brakes on its output just as the U.S. also revised numbers its own estimates of oil production. (The Energy Information Administration came up with a new way to calculate U.S. oil production and that resulted in a 13 million barrel difference from the previous method. Talk about your margin of error.) OPEC’s willingness to talk stems from its desire to achieve “fair and reasonable prices.” Which basically means, OPEC isn’t enjoying the low price of oil – due to the glut – and wants to get those prices right back up again. I suppose that since it produces 40% of the world oil output its entitled to feel this way.  Of course, Saudi Arabia, an OPEC member has to be willing to play ball too. However, some experts don’t think that’s going to happen. OPEC is also hoping that these low oil prices will get people to consume more of it and maybe buy some gas-guzzling SUV’s to facilitate this idea. OPEC is estimating that oil use will rise to 1.3 million barrels per day, up from 2014’s 92.7 million barrels per day.  So…about that hybrid…

Poor little rich boy…

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Image courtesy of ddpavumba/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

“The problem with getting everything is you run out of reasons to keep trying, and human interaction becomes impossible due to imbalance.” So tweeted Minecraft creator Marcus “Notch” Persson over the weekend as he lamented over his obscene wealth.  He then tweeted how he feels unappreciated by his former employees: “When we sold the company, the biggest effort went into making sure the employees got taken care of, and they all hate me now.” Boo hoo. Good thing he sold his company to Microsoft for $2.5 billion. He can use all that money to blow his nose and wipe away his tears as he wallows in his $70 million, 23,000 square foot home in one of Los Angeles’ best zip codes. He also attributes his women troubles to his immeasurable wealth: “Found a great girl, but she’s afraid of me and my life style and went with a normal person instead.” And that’s totally understandable. To want to be with someone normal. See where I’m going with this? Thought so. By Monday, however, Persson’s spirits seemed to have lifted since he tweeted: “fwiw, while there are articles about my depression because I had a bad day and vented on a trend I saw, I’m sitting here having a nice day.” Good because I, for one, was worried. Maybe now he can sit around and find a solution for the oil glut?

We all scream…

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Image courtesy of rakratchada torsap/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Order has been restored as Texas-based Blue Bell Ice Cream hits the freezer shelves once again. And this time the ice cream is presumably listeria-free! According to the Centers for Disease Control, the deadly virus found in the ice cream was responsible for three deaths and several illnesses and the dairy company’s products were yanked from stores. The 108 year old company now has to pull out all the stops to recover – and not just fiscally.  The company laid off and furloughed thousands of employees and upgraded or is in the process of upgrading its various facilities. But if you really want your Blue Bell fix, make sure you’re in Texas or Alabama, as the cold creamy confection is only available in those parts. Stores are even betting that the demand for the stuff will be so great that some chains have limited purchases of Blue Bell products to four per person.

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