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A loathsome man

Rick Perry. Truly loathsome.

Blaming the government

Ezra has some sensible things to say here, but you have to separate them from his “on the other hand”-ism and inside-the-Beltway conventional thinking, and I can’t be bothered.

Shocked

Yes, I’m reeling from the news that hedge funds, Wall St. bankers, oil companies, the Koch brothers were behind the crippling 2008 price surge in oil, huh? Yeah, me too:

Last month, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) leaked confidential data about oil speculation to a number of media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal. Ordinarily, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the regulatory body that oversees futures trading, does not provide identities of speculators to the public. However, the data leaked by Sanders provides a rare snapshot into the trading volumes by major speculators right before the oil price spike in the summer of 2008.

As experts from Stanford UniversityRice University, the University of Massachusetts, andauthorities have concluded, rampant oil speculation was the prime driver of the record highprices for crude oil three years ago.

To view a copy of the data, click here for documents leaked by Sanders. To view an organized spreadsheet, click here.

Notably, the top speculators are noncommercial players, meaning they are companies that simply and buy and sell crude contracts with no interest in actually refining and selling the product. Each contract in the list represents 1,000 barrels of oil. The documents show the total volume of trades made on one specific day shortly before the record high price of $148 per barrel.

The data, though revealing, still does not give a complete picture of trading strategies. Speculators invest in multiple private exchanges, and trading tactics can shift from day to day. Moreover physical plays, such as buying up large quantities of actual oil and storing it on tankers or in large containers, are still largely hidden from public view.
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Man like me

Robert Downey Jr.:

Man-size

PJ Harvey:

I wish I was a punk rocker

Sandi Thom:

Weather

It’s actually cold tonight, which means I can sleep with the window open. Woo hoo!

Sara smile

Monte Montgomery and Daryl Hall:

All about tonight

Pixie Lott:

Be there

They’re stealing our country. What are you going to do about it?

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