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Cookies are Not Accepted - New York Times. Saudi oil filling a New Brunswick refinery – what kind of a domestic energy policy is that? A Calgary based oil trader wishing to remain anonymous recently went on record to say that Irving Oil has “fixed the 299,235t Kamakshi Prem to ship crude on January 21 from Ras Tanura, Saudi Arabia to its 300,000 b/d refinery in St.

Saudi oil filling a New Brunswick refinery – what kind of a domestic energy policy is that?

John, NB in Canada.” Yes you read that right, Canada’s largest refinery, the Irving Oil New Brunswick facility, imports oil from Saudi Arabia. Why It Takes 75 Elements To Make Your Cell Phone - Seeker - Video. That smartphone in your pocket is an incredibly complex little rectangle.

Why It Takes 75 Elements To Make Your Cell Phone - Seeker - Video

The various components required to make a cell phone work come from all over the world. In fact, the typical modern smartphone uses 75 of the 118 base elements on the periodic table. By comparison, the human body only needs about 30 functional elements. Forrest: A disproportional emphasis on upstream oil and gas is not a solution for reducing GHGs. Hey, Leonardo DiCaprio: true climate champions don’t fight against urban density [Updated] From Trump to Brexit: Trust in Government Is Collapsing Around the World. On Wednesday, Facebook made an announcement that you’d think would only matter to Facebook users and publishers: It will modify its News Feed algorithm to favor content posted by a user’s friends and family over content posted by media outlets.

From Trump to Brexit: Trust in Government Is Collapsing Around the World

The company said the move was not about privileging certain sources over others, but about better “connecting people and ideas.” But Richard Edelman, the head of the communications marketing firm Edelman, sees something more significant in the change: proof of a new “world of self-reference” that, once you notice it, helps explain everything from Donald Trump’s appeal to Britain’s vote to exit the European Union.

Elites used to possess outsized influence and authority, Edelman notes, but now they only have a monopoly on authority. Influence largely rests with the broader population. People trust their peers much more than they trust their political leaders or news organizations. Trust in Institutions, by Income Level.

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Hypocrite! Leo takes private jet to collect environmental award

DiCaprio was at the Cannes Film Festival this week, and was spotted there partying at club Gotha on Monday with model Georgia Fowler, then jetted back to New York for the Riverkeeper Fishermen’s Ball at Chelsea Piers on Wednesday, where he was honored by the clean-water advocacy group and Robert De Niro. Just 24 hours later, DiCaprio reappeared back in France for amfAR’s glitzy Cinema Against AIDS gala, where he gave a speech.

SEO: Greenpeace Lied, Jobs Died: Resolute Forest Products. What Would a Realist World Have Looked Like? Here’s a puzzle for all you students of U.S. foreign policy: Why is a distinguished and well-known approach to foreign policy confined to the margins of public discourse, especially in the pages of our leading newspapers, when its recent track record is arguably superior to the main alternatives?

What Would a Realist World Have Looked Like?

I refer, of course, to realism. I’m not suggesting that realism and realists are completely marginalized these days — after all, you’re reading a realist right now — but the public visibility and policy influence of the realist perspective is disproportionately small when compared either to liberal internationalism (among Democrats) or neoconservatism (in the GOP). Obama and the Wrong Side of History. Barack Obama has always evinced a fascination with history.

Obama and the Wrong Side of History

He announced his candidacy in Springfield, Illinois, recalling Abraham Lincoln. He modeled his own cabinet after Lincoln’s “team of rivals.” He has compared his own accomplishments to his predecessors, and he invited historians to the White House for private conversations about where he might fit within the pantheon of American leaders. If Obama’s interests run toward history, so does his rhetoric. “It's the answer that led those who have been told for so long by so many to be cynical, and fearful, and doubtful of what we can achieve to put their hands on the arc of history and bend it once more toward the hope of a better day,” he said the evening of his first election. Most recently, during is December 6 Oval Office address on terrorism, Obama said: “My fellow Americans, I am confident we will succeed in this mission because we are on the right side of history.” But the expressions are hardly original to Obama.

'Wife bonuses' determined by their banker husbands. 11 etiquette rules to remember next time you fly. Bitch_this_sentence_construction_is_everywhere_why_is_it_so_powerful. Photo by Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images Here’s the setup for the one indelible line in the so-so Tina Fey–Amy Poehler comedy Baby Mama.


Fey’s uptight yuppie confronts Poehler’s South Philly bigmouth with evidence of her habit of depositing used chewing gum on the furniture.