Down with OPEC

Okay – up front, I’ll say that I know it’s worse in a lot of places, but this is pretty bad for where I’m located. Last week I got fuel for the car on Monday for $1.40 something…. Today, I paid $1.849. That’s ridiculous. “Average prices are up .15” yeah right. There are tons of excuses floating around about this, but the fact of the matter is, we are using more fuel than ever on this planet, especially in the US of A, and production is “cut” randomly here and there. I just don’t see how this can be tolerated, to be honest. I got 5 gallons of fuel for $10 today, basically. I’m going to get 25% less distance for the same amount as I did last week. This is just insane. It’s the first time I’ve seen a pump over $2.00 in my area in recent times, and New Jersey typically has pretty low prices for gasoline, it seems.

For those people who don’t want any drilling in the US, or this or that – unless you’re someone who isn’t getting around via car, I don’t want to hear from you. I’m not necessarily for ANWRing the country, trashing this and that wildlife or plant refuge, but when we’re at a point that we’re up against an organization or organizations that really has nothing to do in a positive way with us. We have capitalism used against us. The oil companies are selling us fuel TODAY at a price for what it will be in the future. How random is that? Orange Juice is traded publicly, yet I don’t see the prices for that commodity changing 25% in a week. Sorry – it doesn’t happen, even when there is a bad crop. This is people being blatantly taken advantage of BECAUSE THEY CAN.

I’ve heard a lot of debates of this type recently, many of which in the New York area are about the US Open in Flushing Meadows, and how you can’t bring your food in anymore, or they charge you $5 to store it if you don’t want to throw it away. So you’re captive for a $10 chicken sandwich, a $5.50 bottle of water, or a $7 ice cream bar. They charge it because they know people will pay. There are tons of grassroots efforts to staunch these things, but for some reason they never work – last year, there was the baseball fans’ supposed strike when the baseball players were possibly going to be striking or get locked out. That never really panned out. Why? Is it easier for the human…er American condition to just capitulate and say, “well, I’ve got the $7 so I can get an ice cream” when you know it’s ridiculous, and then complain about it? Will anyone be able to organize anything against this? Sports owners, especially in baseball, have managed to slow the market prices of players down slightly by just not signing certain people right away, or at all. Could the average fan/consumer do the same? Probably – there’s just a lot more fans to have to get together to do this.

When do the gasoline emails about “not getting gas” start coming out again? I don’t know about you, but I wish I could find mine right now – they’re probably deleted. All I know is, I’m about to start watching “Network”, if you know what I might be saying.


For those of you feening for Kobe Bryant info, it looks like more info has leaked out. Supposedly, there’s a hand print on the neck of the alleged victim. Fascinating. While we’re on this law enforcement type topic, have you ever almost used the word “vic” in place of victim? I almost did just there, and believe I can firmly plant the blame on Law & Order, CSI, and Homicide: Life on the Street. So there. was nice enough to link back to the lingosphere after my comments earlier this week, so I’ve made sure and done the same on the “reads” section. I’ll perhaps have something up there if I can come up with a nice solid article to contribute.

I’m still promoting where’s george…. I don’t know why everyone doesn’t use it. It’s a fascinating little experiment, I think…. But I digress.

A new tool has been added to the world of “teaching your kids to grow up” by Privacy Activism. This tool comes in the Flash game called “Carabella Goes to College”, which you can read about here at Wired. Forget college kids – this is probably helpful for anyone who’s getting into using technology for shopping, or just general sharing of information. Great idea, I must say.

A Toll Cut on a bridge? Could it be? Delaware/NJ crossings may be slashed a bit, and would vary based on the crossing you were taking. Perhaps they should try this on the George Washington Bridge.

Found this link to on metafilter’s ads. Got a pretty good kick out of it.. One trick pony, but that trick is a riot.

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