Economist warns insufficient oil demand hinders Trans Mountain pipeline
Author Jeff Rubin says the new pipeline expansion will not be the economic boon it's made out to be.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed high hopes for the newly-approved Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline this week. But Jeff Rubin has been crunching the numbers and according to him, the promised economic benefits of the pipeline don’t add up.

Rubin, a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation and former chief economist at CIBC World Markets, explained his skepticism in an interview with The Current’s guest host Kelly Crowe.

One of the main selling points of the pipeline has been that it will give Canadian bitumen access to Asian markets. But according to Rubin, the economic advantage of selling oil to Asia has been over-stated.

“The reality is that Asian markets pay less, not more, for the bitumen that Canada wants to sell than U.S. refineries,” he told Crowe.

Rubin pointed to Mexican Maya Crude, saying the product, which is similar to oil sands crude, sells for $8 per barrel less in Asian markets than American markets.

At such low prices, the revenue that Canadian oil sands companies would gain from selling their oil to Asia wouldn’t be worth the cost of extraction, he said.

Not only is it economically unwise now, he added, but it always will be.

“There’s even less of a business case in the future than there is today,” he said. “Not if Canada and 170 other countries come even remotely close to living up to their pledge to hold global climate change to one-and-a-half to two degrees.”

The notion of building an oil pipeline while trying to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Rubin said, is “akin to having your foot on the brakes and the accelerator at the same time.”

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Alone together, scholar and cat
Each has his own work to do daily;
For you it is hunting, for me study.
Your shining eye watches the wall;
My feeble eye is fixed on a book.
You rejoice, when your claws entrap a mouse;
I rejoice when my mind fathoms a problem.
Pleased with his own art, neither hinders the other;
Thus we live ever without tedium and envy.

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Not the Same, Maybe Better - len1985 - Holby City [Archive of Our Own]
An Archive of Our Own, a project of the Organization for Transformative Works
By Organization for Transformative Works

Chapters: 6/?
Fandom: Holby City
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Serena Campbell/Bernie Wolfe
Characters: Serena Campbell, Bernie Wolfe

Serena and Bernie didn’t get together on Bernie’s return from Kiev, Their family, friends and even exes get involved. Will they help or hinder? Will the two women reconcile or is it too late?

your imaan is strengthened with your good deeds and is weakened by sins, take it upon you to continue to carry out good, and don’t let a wrong you do hinder you, that’s not where it ends.

If we regulated our life with a sober mind and directed all of our interest toward spiritual things, and if we ate as much as we needed to satisfy our necessary needs and offered our entire lives to good works, we would not have any need of the help rendered by the fast. But because human nature is indifferent and gives itself over mostly to comforts and gratifications, for this reason the philanthropic Lord, like a loving and caring father, devised the therapy of the fast for us, so that our gratifications would be completely stopped and that our worldly cares be transferred to spiritual works. So, if there are some who have gathered here and who are hindered by somatic ailments and cannot remain without food, I advise them to nullify the somatic ailment and not to deprive themselves from this spiritual teaching, but to care for it even more.
—  St. John Chrysostom, On Fasting


The ancients created magical systems with varying degrees of complexity. One area in which they excelled was the art of timing ritual acts in accordance with astronomical phenomena. Some of these systems were rigidly controlled by the phases of the Moon; others took the seasons into account, and in others still, the stars and their positions were all-important.

Some of these systems are still in use today, with good results. But any system can kill off spontaneity and hinder the effects of magic—even its very performance. Timing is important, true, but there should be only one inviolable rule: magic is used when needed.

If I have a headache which disturbs my sleep or work, I cannot wait for the Moon to enter the proper sign, or until Ursa Major rises; I need relief immediately.

This is a trifling example but it holds true for all magic. It is no use waiting three weeks to perform a money spell if your bills must be paid by the end of the week. I am not arguing that timing with the planets, stars, seasons, Lunar phases and so on does not provide extra power to spells: I am simply arguing against the necessity for such extra power. If the magic works it will work at any time of the day or night.

I can hear ghostly complaints from Magicians: “You can’t perform love spells during the waning Moon”; “Money spells fail unless performed on a Thursday during Spring while the Moon is in Taurus, at the third or tenth hour of the night.”

Such pronouncements are common in magic—usually from people who do little or no practical work. Spells need not have ideal astronomical, seasonal, and weather conditions to be successful.

Those who wish to follow the old ways of timing magic with the Sun, Moon, and stars can find this information in any good magical textbook, but it is by no means a necessity.

If you need courage before facing a job interview, don’t look at the phase of the Moon—grab some thyme and get on with it!

Though some instances of magical timing are mentioned in this book, especially regarding the collection of specific plants, they may be followed, or not, as you please, with almost identical results.

(from Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham)

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