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Mr. Robot review: The final season premiere begins the endgame – The A.V. Club

October 6th, 2019
Photo: Elizabeth Fisher (USA Network)
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This is how we are believers today—we make fun of our beliefs, while continuing to practice them, that is, to rely on them as the underlying structure of our daily practices…when we think we are making fun of the ruling ideology, we are merely strengthening its hold over us.”—Slavoj Žižek, Welcome To The Desert Of The Real

Who is to blame for the evils of the world? If you’re like most of us on an average day, it’s easy to point the finger at broad but nebulous targets like “corporations,” or “the government,” or even “capitalism” itself (or maybe “The Man,” if you’re feeling particularly retro with your rhetoric). Think back to Elliot’s impassioned monologues from the very first episodes of Mr. Robot; these were the references with which he peppered his jeremiads, finally embodied in the single target of E Corp. But while structures have arisen that rig the system firmly in favor of the rich, simply blowing apart that structure won’t necessarily help those on the bottom. And neither will scorn; ironic detachment from the cruelties of our system is structurally no different than full participation. Flipping the middle finger to institutions is about as effective as a breath against the wind. As Elliot—and Mr. Robot—learned in the aftermath of 5/9, the one percent will always find a way to profit from disaster, helping themselves to the spoils of catastrophe and feeding off the misery of the many. So after walking back arguably the single biggest insurrectionary act the world had ever seen, Elliot now has a more direct villain to blame, and a more pragmatic goal: Taking down Whiterose, the Dark Army, and any rich bastards that may have thrown in their lot with his nemesis.

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After two years, Mr. Robot is back, and just as rich and engaging as ever. Actually, it’s more so; last season recovered some of the rich emotional drama that got occasionally neglected during the complex narrative expansions in season two, returning the series to its position as a brash and compelling consideration of the value of human connection and how to understand the fucked-up world we’re currently living in. Push past the red herring that supposedly anchors the story—that this is a world in which there are always shadowy men in back rooms pulling the levers of history in a purposeful way—and what’s left is an existential meditation on the need for friendship and love, gussied up with some damn fun techno-mystery adventure. Rami Malek’s Elliot Alderson has reversed the 5/9 attack that destroyed the world’s financial systems and crippled economies on a global scale, and as society recovers, he’s turning his attention to those who caused him, his friends, and his family so much pain.

“Unauthorized” isn’t just the first episode in the show’s history to not have its title formatted in the form of a computer file or program; it’s also a thrilling return to the espionage-thriller excitement that drove much of the first season. The episode’s extended opening sequence, in which Elliot hacks and blackmails the lawyer responsible for hiding the Dark Army’s money (in the phony offshore financial front of Cyprus National Bank), hearkens back to the first scene we ever saw of the series. Once more, Elliot is hacking a sexual predator—but unlike the smaller stakes of just calling the cops on a guy hosting child pornography on his servers, for no reason other than the satisfaction of seeing justice done, there’s an added layer of pressure here. It’s a ticking-clock exhilaration that stems from the Dark Army operatives tailing Elliot’s mark, lawyer Freddy Lomax (Jake Busey doing a spot-on coked-out asshole), whose capture by the enemy could spell the end of all of Elliot’s plans for retribution.

Photo: Elizabeth Fisher (USA Network)

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Combine that with the way director Sam Esmail plays with presence by having Robot seem to be in Grand Central, only for it to be revealed he was “watching” via the closed-circuit camera feeds from Elliot’s computer, and you’ve got a perfect blend of two of the series’ best tricks: The long-con visual fake-out and the race-against-time thriller sequence. Plus, it’s worth noting the most important element of this scenario: It reaffirms what happened in the season-three finale, in that Elliot and Mr. Robot are finally working together again. After last season saw them wrangling back and forth for control, here they’ve accepted and agreed to the process of trying to act in concert, no longer wresting the body (and consciousness) away from one another. It’s a welcome transition, and adds to the fleet pacing of the show.

But let’s address the meat of what happens in this episode. Elliot is working out of the abandoned AllSafe office, putting together his (and Robot’s) plans to take down their nemeses, by hacking and stealing the money that funds the Dark Army and all of Whiterose’s machinations. After being fed a name by Lomax before he offed himself, Elliot heads to the apartment of “John Garcin” only to realize, too late, that it’s a honeypot. But after he’s drugged and left for dead, only to be brought back to life (that’s a hell of a way to demonstrate to someone that you’re in charge), the person who appears at his side is…Phillip Price. He started off this episode wearing a wire, seemingly under the thumb of Whiterose, but seeing his daughter murdered broke something in the E Corp CEO. The odds are equally good that he’s there to enlist Elliot in some payback as they are that he’s once more doing Whiterose’s bidding.

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Photo: Elizabeth Fisher (USA Network)

Poor Angela, but at least her misery seems to be at an end. (She could still be alive, obviously—we didn’t see the body, just the gun firing, and Elliot’s “picture” might be doctored—but let’s assume for now she’s gone.) The remaining survivors of last season’s barn showdown are all dealing badly with the consequences, to put it mildly. Darlene has turned to drugs, living in Angela’s apartment and ingesting whatever substances she can get her hands on. It’s not just that Dom’s words from several months earlier rattled her (“You’re a terrible person…you’ve taken everything from me”), but that Darlene is shouldering the blame for all they’ve lost, especially Angela. So much so, she’s seeing visions of her old friend, still dressed in the ratty bathrobe they last saw her in. Elliot tries to pull her into his orbit, but yelling “She’s fucking dead, and it’s not our fault!” probably isn’t the best way to get through to his sister.

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Dom may still be employed, but that’s about the only stable thing she’s holding down. Having moved back into her mother’s house, she’s a frazzled mess—drinking too much, and so paranoid, she’s just this side of a tinfoil hat. Unfortunately, to quote Kurt Cobain, just because you’re paranoid don’t mean they’re not after you: Following an awkward dinner in which a friendly but reserved taxidermist named Janis is brought home in a clumsy attempt by Dom’s mother to set the two up on a date, things quickly get dark. Janis ends her talk with Dom by suggesting the agent be on time and presentable to a meeting the next morning at the FBI about the fallout from Santiago, Dom’s former boss (and deceased Dark Army mole). Otherwise, she says with a nod to Dom’s house—and her mother inside—“I’m gonna have to be forced to do something really bad.” That copy of Sartre’s No Exit Elliot pulls out of the bookshelf at John Garcin’s apartment should probably be stocked in Dom’s room, too.

But Elliot is responding badly in his own way, as well, and it’s the most significant shift in the series since season two brought us directly into Elliot’s apartment to have a look around: Elliot isn’t talking to us. We, his silent friend, have been shut out, the same way he’s shutting out his sister and Robot and any form of emotional help. So his alter ego, Mr. Robot, turns to us, breaking that wall and pulling us ever more ineluctably into the reality of the show. “Right now, Elliot needs you more than he lets on,” Robot says, as the viewer finds themselves for the first time in communication with someone else. “We’re gonna need a friend. That’s still what you are, right?” It’s not quite a “hello” to bookend the “Goodbye, friend” Elliot receives right before his near-fatal overdose, but it’s an invitation nonetheless. There’s not much time until Whiterose’s project completes its journey to the Congo, at which point Elliot’s life is forfeit. Last season made an argument for the observer effect—that simply by watching and understanding, we can exert change, be it on the scale of global revolutionary shifts or simple individual growth. That’s what Robot is exhorting us to do. Let’s hope, for Elliot’s sake, that Mr. Robot—and Mr. Robot—is right.

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Stray observations

  • Taking a couple years off has reinvigorated Esmail’s direction and given him some new tools in his arsenal, perhaps carried over from Homecoming. This is immediately apparent in the slow zoom out from Lomax’s office to show Robot standing on the street outside, a camera move with no precedent in the history of this series. It was straight from the ’70s conspiracy thriller playbook, and it was great.
  • That blackmail sequence really did nicely parallel the pilot’s first scene, right down to the callback to Elliot’s line, “I don’t give a shit about money.”
  • Mr. Robot noteworthy music cue of the week: Elliot being dragged from the honeypot apartment, kicking and screaming, to the pleasant strains of “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.”
  • The opening scene of Angela arguing with Price—her father—was an effective twist of the knife, and helpful emotional preparation for what turned out to be an awfully bleak episode, in terms of optimism for our protagonists.
  • “Lomax And Looney Law” is a pretty hilarious name for a film. And it brings to mind two other Lomaxes: Bernie Lomax, the dead guy from Weekend At Bernie’s, and Kevin Lomax, Keanu Reeves’ lawyer seemingly destined to lose his soul, in The Devil’s Advocate. Which, combined, are a pretty perfect reference for doomed Freddy.
  • Can someone tell me what the guy sitting in the lobby of the “John Garcin” apartment building owned by E Corp was saying in his phone discussion? Mr. Robot’s lack of subtitles again frustrates.
  • Tyrell Wellick is considered a hero by the population at large, but doesn’t seem to be able to keep up a happy front. Last we saw him, he was committed to blowing up the world of his employer and the Dark Army.
  • For those curious, that was creator and showrunner Sam Esmail playing the guy who injects Elliot with drugs.
  • Welcome, friend. It’s the final season of Mr. Robot, and the final round of reviews for it on The A.V. Club, and I couldn’t be more excited to go on this journey with all of you one more time. I’ll do my best to steer us through the rabbit hole, or wormhole, or whichever metaphor seems most apt, but let’s be honest: This is a dense show, chock-full of allusions, symbolism, and pop-culture references. Nobody can catch them all. So, to quote Elliot, inviting us into his home to comb over all that we see: “Can you help? Can you look? Do you see anything?” Let’s see what we can find together.

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Monday morning strike averted at Ontario schools after deal reached Sunday night – Ottawa Citizen

October 6th, 2019

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A strike by support staff at most of the schools across the province was averted Sunday when a deal was reached just hours before picket lines were set to go up.

Education Minister Stephen Lecce and officials from The Canadian Union of Public Employees said just after 9 p.m. on Sunday that a tentative deal had been reached.

“This is welcome news for families, students, and workers alike, as schools remain open across our province,” said Lecce in a statement. “We will continue to negotiate in good faith to ensure students in this province remain in class.”

Full details of the deal will not be released pending ratification by the 55,000 members of CUPE.

However, CUPE released a statement saying the agreement includes a modest wage increase, retains members’ sick-leave plan and restores many of the cuts the provincial government made to education earlier this year.

The government agreed to renew the “local priorities fund,” said Laura Walton, president of CUPE’s Ontario School Board Council of Unions.

The fund was negotiated during the last round of bargaining and expired at the end of August when contracts with educators expired. Many school boards used the fund to hire additional teachers and educators for special-education and at-risk students.

The tentative deal “invests in high-quality services for students in Ontario’s schools, now and for the future,” said Walton.

Premier Doug Ford released a statement saying the government “worked tirelessly at the bargaining table to achieve this goal and as a result two million students will remain in the classroom where they belong.”

“Throughout this process our goal has been to establish agreements that respect taxpayers, students and families, while also recognizing the important contributions of our front-line education workers,” said Ford’s statement.

The union had set a deadline of midnight Sunday for reaching a deal.

Hundreds of schools across the province were set to close if there was a strike Monday morning, including all schools at the Ottawa Catholic School Board.

Officials there had said they couldn’t guarantee student safety if there was a strike. The board has nearly 44,000 children at its 67 elementary, 15 secondary and one middle school.

Many parents would have been left scrambling to find babysitters, work at home or take the kids to work.

The Ottawa Catholic School Board’s director of education released a statement Sunday night confirming that schools and daycares located within them would open as usual on Monday. “This is good news for our students and staff,” said Denise Andre.

A CUPE strike would also have affected Ottawa’s two French-language boards, but they had planned to remain open. CUPE doesn’t represent any educational support staff who work in classrooms at either of the French boards.

The largest school board in Ottawa is not affected because no employees at the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board are represented by CUPE.

CUPE represents office staff; educational assistants who help children with special-education, behaviour or mental health needs; early childhood educators in kindergartens; IT staff; librarians; and custodians, among others. It varies by board. The custodians at the Ottawa Catholic School Board, for example, are represented by another union.

CUPE members began a partial withdrawal of services last Monday. That work-to-rule campaign has ended tending ratification of the deal.

All week, Education Minister Stephen Lecce said the two sides were close and he was confident a deal could be reached.

A media blackout was imposed on details of negotiations that began Friday afternoon and continued all weekend.

The school boards and provincial government had identified rising rates of absenteeism among CUPE members as a major concern. They had proposed reducing the percentage of pay given CUPE members on short-term disability.

While CUPE officials said the tentative deal made no changes to the sick-leave plan, Lecce said it “strengthens the integrity” of the sick leave program.

The union had said job security, wages and working conditions were key concerns, and had fought the Conservative government’s cuts to some education programs. CUPE says 585 positions have been eliminated this year, and other members have had their hours cut.

Contracts with all the province’s education unions expired at the end of August, but CUPE is furthest along in the bargaining process.

Elementary teachers in English public schools are taking strike votes this month.

with files from the Canadian Press

jmiller@postmedia.com

Twitter: @JacquieAMiller


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WWE Hell in a Cell 2019: Full results, horrible ending, new champions and reactions – CNET

October 6th, 2019
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It’s fine. Everything is fine. 

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Hell in a Cell 2019 kicked off with two great matches in Becky Lynch versus Sasha Banks and the tornado tag match pitting Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan against Luke Harper and Eric Rowan. Then the show went downhill. It could have been saved by an electric main event, but sadly that main event ended up being both the final and most painful nail in the coffin.

I’m reluctant to call Hell in a Cell a bad show, since the two opening matches were so strong. But of all the wrestling events with two great matches on them, this is as bad as it gets. The show was laid out in a way that made most of it skippable, and the ending was fantastically stupid. So, y’know what, yes, I’ll say it. This was a bad show.

The quick things you need to know: Lynch beat Banks to retain her title, Charlotte beat Bayley to become 10x women’s champ, and Seth Rollins versus The Fiend in a Hell in a Cell match, a stipulation specifically designed to yield a clear victor, ended in a no contest. Yep. Below you’ll find full results and recaps, from the end of the show to the beginning.

Seth Rollins retains his championship in a no contest

Really. 

It’s not just internet wrestling nerds like me, or the crowd who paid money for a clean ending, who are mad. X-Pac, doing WWE’s own Watch Along talk show, was flustered. 

The story of the match was that The Fiend is unbeatable. After about 10 minutes of wrestling, Rollins hit about a dozen curbstomps and got only a one count. He hit Bray Wyatt in the face with a chair for another one count. He stacked a ladder, chairs and a tool box atop Wyatt’s face, then got a sledgehammer and smashed Wyatt with it. And the ref called for the bell, because Rollins had, I dunno, gone too far?

The crowd boos. Wyatt kills Rollins after the match with the mandible claw, and hits Sister Abigail onto the concrete. WWE didn’t want to beat The Fiend, but they didn’t want to put the title on him either. So they resorted to a finish that made zero sense. The show ends with the crowd booing, chanting “AEW” (for WWE’s new rival promotion) and “refund”.

Rating: 2 stars. The Fiend is still cool as hell, but here was a dumb finish that made no sense. Hell in a Cell matches have no rules, and several have included a sledgehammer. So the ref called the match off for literally no reason.

Charlotte is 10x Women’s Champion.

This show had a great start but it’s been a slow hour-plus since the tornado tag. The crowd is deflated as Bayley versus Charlotte Flair begins. 

The match centered around the two women working over each others’ legs. Crowd wasn’t into it, until about a minute before the finish when they started loud dueling chants of “Let’s go Charlotte” and “Let’s go Bayley”. Finish came moments later when, after Bayley is caught putting her feet on the ropes during a roll-up, Charlotte gets her in a Figure Eight for the submission.

Charlotte taunts Bayley on her way up the ramp. Bayley cries. 

Rating: 2 stars. After following so many no-heat matches, these women never really had a chance. It was just OK.

Chad Gable beats Baron Corbin, is christened as Shorty Gable

Baron Corbin starts the match off with a promo about Gable being short. My housemates walked in during this, and I had to explain to them why he’s wearing a crown. It was a bad time to be a wrestling fan.

After a long match that the crowd didn’t care much about, Gable rolled up Corbin for a three count following Corbin trying to hit Gable with his sceptre. During the match, Corey Graves kept referring to Chad as “Shorty Gable.” After the match, Greg Hamilton announced that “Shorty Gable” had won. Somewhere, Vince McMahon is laughing his ass off.

Rating: 2 stars. It was fine. Crowd for the most part didn’t care. 

The O.C. vs. Braun Strowman and The Viking Raiders ends in DQ

Braun Strowman is The Viking Raiders’ surprise tag team partner, so you know The O.C. isn’t winning.

After a Raw-quality tag team match, the O.C. triple teams Braun Strowman and the ref calls a DQ. Not much to this match. The Viking Raiders had beaten Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson twice on TV already, and WWE is prepping Strowman for an angle with boxing star Tyson Fury. So no one really expected the heavily-bearded team to lose. 

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After the match the Viking Raiders hit stereo suicide dives on Gallows and Anderson. Styles works over Strowman in the ring. He goes for a phenomenal forearm but Strowman hits a huge punch while Styles is in midair. Styles does a great job afterwards selling that he was knocked out, stumbling up the ramp and asking the ref which city he’s in.

Rating: 2 stars. It was fine. 

Kabuki Warriors win the tag titles

Asuka is the best female wrestler on the roster, and among the best performers on the roster full stop, and Kairi Sane is also fantastic. So the fact that these two have been so underused is criminally stupid. 

Hopefully, this is the beginning of a change. The two won the Women’s Tag Team titles off Nikki Cross and Alexa Bliss after Asuka spit green mist into Cross’ face and caught her with a high kick. Like the last match, this having no build up on TV hurt it. There was very little crowd reaction. This wasn’t helped by Asuka and Sane inexplicably being heels now. 

Rating: 2 stars. No build up, and the Kabuki Warriors being villains with no explanation, meant the crowd didn’t have much interest. Hopefully Asuka and Sane, two great performers, can bring meaning to these titles.

Randy Orton RKO’s Ali into oblivion

Hell in a Cell only had four matches announced for it as of Saturday, and two of those matches have already gone on. So we got some time to fill, and Randy Orton versus Ali isn’t a bad way to fill it. On paper, at least.

This was a good match in a technical sense. Ali’s offense is crisp, and he played his underdog role well. Orton is Orton, meaning he’s not particularly exciting to watch but he does feel like a star. But, since this had no build up on TV at all, the crowd didn’t care for most of the contest. 

Orton suplexed Ali onto an announcer’s table early in the match, giving Ali a gnarly scrape on his abdomen for the rest of the bout. The only real moment of note was Ali’s creative counter of an RKO, which saw him hit something of a handstand to stop his head from hitting the mat. It would only be a few moments later that Orton would hit an RKO for real, though.

Orton was putting a concerted effort into nodding at the fallen Ali, and pounding his chest in admiration of his efforts. So the idea here was probably to make Ali look good by doing so well against Orton.

Rating: 2.5 stars. Good wrestling, dead crowd. 

Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns beat Erick Rowan and Luke Harper

These guys beat the crap out of each other.

This match was contested under tornado tag rules, which means no tagging in or out and, well, no rules at all. The match started with a big blitz, with suicide dives and superman punches, but Harper and Rowan got control and slowed the pace down. There was a long period of heat, of Harper and Rowan slowly beating down both Bryan and Reigns, to reset the crowd. Then the two good guys made their comeback.

This was another terrific match. The second half was loaded with creative spots. The best part came when the two big men tried to double powerbomb Bryan through the announce tables, but Bryan countered with a hurricanrara, sending Harper to the floor. Reigns then followed up with a huge spear to Rowan, flattening him through another announce table. 

Reigns and Bryan got the pin after a Superman punch, running knee and spear combo on Harper. The two hugged it out after the match, which was very wholesome. 

Rating: 4 stars. Bryan, Reigns and Harper are all fantastic performers. How could it be bad? 

Becky Lynch defeats Sasha Banks

This was a great match, and by far the best of Becky Lynch’s reign as champion. The crowd started lukewarm — perhaps a bad omen for the rest of the card — but the two women got them well and truly invested in the match. And, despite the bevy of weapons used throughout, it wasn’t cheap. This was a match that methodically built, at a steady-but-not-boring pace, to the climax, which saw Lynch tap out Banks with the Disarmer armbar.

The Hell in a Cell Match began with a lot of brawling on the outside of the ring, which led to chairs, a table and even a ladder being brought out from under the ring. All of those weapons would end up being put to use. Lots of great spots, mostly involving Banks’ meteora, a move which sees her jump off the top rope, or any high platform, and descend knees-first onto her opponent’s shoulders.

Banks hit a meteora from the apron onto Lynch into a standing ladder. She hit the meteora from the top rope onto Lynch through a chair. And later, through a table. Banks was in many ways the hero of this match, with a lot of sharp offense and great selling too.

The crowd ended very hot for this. Banks set up a bunch of chairs in the ring and ascended the ropes, only for Lynch to throw a chair at her, hit an exploder suplex from the second rope into more chains, and then lock in the Disarmer.

Rating: 4 stars. Great match.

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Preshow Results

Only one match on this preshow, and it’s one you’ve seen multiple times over the past few weeks if you watch Raw.

Natalya defeats Lacey Evans: Evans tapped out to the sharpshooter. 

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Oil prices up as US-China trade talks loom, supply issues mount – CNBC

October 6th, 2019

Workers cross walkways between zones aboard an offshore oil platform in the Persian Gulf’s Salman Oil Field, near Lavan island, Iran, on Jan. 5. 2017.

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Oil prices were up on Monday, buoyed by hopes of progress in U.S.-China trade talks and supported by challenges to supply facing major exporters.

Brent crude rose 34 cents or 0.6% to $58.71 a barrel by 0840 GMT, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude was at $53.16, up 35 cents or 0.7%.

Both futures contracts ended last week with a more than 5% decline after dismal manufacturing data from the United States and China, with the trade row between the world’s top economies undermining global economic prospects.

U.S. and Chinese officials meet in Washington on Oct. 10-11 in a fresh effort to work out a deal.

On the supply side, deadly anti-government unrest has gripped Iraq, the second-largest producer among the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries.

Iraq’s oil exports of 3.43 million barrels per day (bpd) from Basra terminals could be disrupted if instability lasts for weeks, Ayham Kamel, Eurasia Group’s practice head for Middle East and North Africa, said in a note.

“Any oil production disruption would occur at a time when Saudi Arabia has lost a significant part of its energy system redundancies (spare capacity),” he said.

The major Buzzard oil field in the British North Sea was also shut for pipe repair work, China’s CNOOC said on Friday.

Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) said on Sunday it would close the Faregh oil field at Zueitina port for scheduled maintenance from Monday until Oct. 14. But analysts said the resumption in Saudi Arabian production after the Sept. 14 attacks could undermine a price rally. 

“The Saudi attacks have quickly been forgotten about and global growth is back to being the main driver of oil markets,” said Craig Erlam, senior market analyst at OANDA.

“Such complacency could come back to bite oil traders as another aggressive spike will likely accompany any further escalation in the region.”

Despite Monday’s gains, Brent is still down more than 20% from the 2019 peak of $75.60 a barrel recorded in April.

But OPEC Secretary-General Mohammed Barkindo said it was still too early for the group to discuss deeper oil output cuts to support prices, Russian news agency TASS reported on Monday.

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Oil prices on ebb tide as gloom gathers over global economy – CNBC

October 6th, 2019

Workers cross walkways between zones aboard an offshore oil platform in the Persian Gulf’s Salman Oil Field, near Lavan island, Iran, on Jan. 5. 2017.

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Oil prices fell on Monday, extending last week’s heavy losses, with traders fearing the global economic slowdown will weigh on future oil demand growth while pegging hopes for a rebound on progress in talks this week on ending the U.S.-China trade war.

Brent crude futures edged down 28 cents to $58.09 a barrel by 0300 GMT, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude was at $52.64, down 17 cents.

Both contracts ended last week with a more-than-5% decline after dismal manufacturing data from the United States and China, as the lingering row between the world’s top economies hurts global growth and raises the risk of recession.

U.S. and Chinese officials will meet in Washington on Oct. 10-11 in the next, much-anticipated fresh effort to work out a deal.

On the supply side, a faster-than-expected resumption in Saudi Arabia’s production after a Sept. 14 attack on key production facilities also exerted downward pressure on oil prices, although the Middle East remained tense.

“The macro headwinds outweigh supply concerns for oil now, despite tensions in the Middle East and a reduced spare capacity pillow,” said Stephen Innes, Asia Pacific market strategist at AxiCorp.

In Iraq, the second-largest producer among the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, deadly anti-government unrest is posing the biggest security and political challenge so far to Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi’s year-old government.  

Iraq’s oil exports of 3.43 million barrels per day (bpd) from Basra terminals could be disrupted if instability lasts for weeks, Ayham Kamel, Eurasia Group’s practice head for Middle East and North Africa, said in a note.

“Any oil production disruption would occur at a time when Saudi Arabia has lost a significant part of its energy system redundancies (spare capacity),” he said.

“While Saudi oil production is now close to 9.9 million bpd, it is not clear that the capacity is fully operational at 11.3 million bpd and the (attacked) Abqaiq facility has lost a significant part of its redundancy.”

Global supply also faces facility repair and maintenance pressures.

The Buzzard oil field in the British North Sea has been shut for pipe repair work, a spokesman from China’s CNOOC said on Friday. Buzzard is the main contributor to the Forties crude stream, the largest of the five North Sea oil grades that underpin Brent crude futures. 

Meanwhile Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) said on Sunday it will close the Faregh oil field at Zueitina port for scheduled maintenance from Monday until Oct. 14.

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The Walking Dead showrunner explains the season premiere trip to space – Entertainment Weekly News

October 6th, 2019

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Yep, NVIDIA’s next-gen Ampere GPU will launch in 1H 2020 – TweakTown

October 6th, 2019