The direct and indirect impacts of the United States becoming the world's primary energy producer in the next fours years are just coming into view.
Smithfield Foods, the largest pork producer in the world, based in Smithfield, Virginia, has been purchased by Communist Chinese state-owned enterprise Shuanghui Group.
The announcement by BNSF Railway that it is testing liquefied natural gas to power its locomotives is one small indication of the huge revolution taking place in the energy business, thanks to fracking.
Another report on unemployment, another slight uptick. But the numbers don't reflect reality, nor do they portend a stronger economy in the future.