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Three dollar bills and gallons of gasoline


Tonight when I went down to Bernalillo to buy my lottery tickets the price on gas, I saw again, is again the highest I've ever witnessed in the US.  I'm told the price jumped immediately when the hurricane came in.  I got to talking to a guy outside the store who was obviously taking a break from driving.  Noted his Maryland tags and asked how the gas prices had been along his route.

"Higher than here.  $4 a gallon in Needles, California.  But it's going to go higher."

Interesting news.  A person has to wonder how high gasoline can go before it puts a boa-constrictor squeeze on all other consumer spending.  I'd guess, not a lot higher than it's gone already.

Meanwhile, Public Service Co of NM, has notified customers that charges for gas and electricity will be maybe doubled this winter.  If that's true here, I'd guess it's also true elsewhere.

So, I asks myself, what's happening here?

I'm seeing no assertions that these higher fuel prices have anything to do with the war we're in, but  they're coincident with it. 

I'm hearing no explanations for fuel prices going up the exact moment when a hurricane comes inland leaving a path of devastation, but from here it appears to opportunistic price-gouging.  The fuel in those tanks couldn't possibly have cost more as a result of the storm.  It was bought before the storm.  But, the price increase happened to be coincident with the storm in much the way the earlier price increases were coincident with the war.

In '74, when the Arab oil embargo drove gasoline prices sky-high for those times, Americans got awfully angry about it in fairly short order.  Admittedly, that was before the wussification of the citizenry was complete. 

But I'm inclined to believe that if this fuel price situation becomes an enduring feature of American life, there's no way it can fail to result in inflation, a wintertime disaster to almost match the Hurricane, but concurrent with it, and a lot of Americans who've never experienced hunger suddenly knowing there are more important things in life than who won the Super-Bowl.

My pre-wussification mind tells me those Americans will be looking for scapegoats, which might well not be true.  But if Americans discover suddenly that they've squandered the legacy of abundance left them by their ancestors, that they've sent their industry overseas by sleight of hand, that they've elected politicians based on the deadly desire to abdicate responsibility for their own lives, there's probably going to be a comeuppance.

Today there's a tender compassion for victims of a disaster.  But the day mightn't be far distant when Americans turn their backs on those in need because their own needs seem hardly less demanding.

I recall pictures when I was a kid, of Benito Mussolini hanging upside down from a lamp post while his former admirer/worshipers strolled by to spit on the corpse.  That's because Il Duce quit making the trains run on time.

But that's all pre-wussification.  No bearing on what happens in America when gasoline prices go to five bucks a gallon and home heating oil doubles in post wussificated America.



Entry #233


four4meComment by four4me - September 1, 2005, 3:17 am
30 oil platforms were shut down by the epa before the storm . A few of them toppled some of them broke free from their moorings. one is laying on the shore and another is parked under a bridge. Several refineries in the area are destroyed but might be salvagable that is they will try and get them up and running. Another out west burned to the ground not long ago. Best guess is unless they come up with a fuel plan this could go on for a year. prices are expected to go to 5 bucks a gal Whew i never dreamed we would see this happen in our lifetime. Our countrys leaders will be in the think tank for a long time on this disaster. They need to develop better plans for the future. They arent any more prepaired to deal with this disaster than any other disaster. People are standing around saying what do we do now they have no communications set up as the cell towers are down. It a rescue operation first and a releif effort after they get the people to safety. Gonna be a long road of burden for those folks. They don't even know where the releif effort people are going to stay.
Comment by LOTTOMIKE - September 1, 2005, 6:30 am
that scapegoat will be....bush.i'm not bashing so i hope people don't think thats what i'm doing.but there is a love/hate thing going there........
Comment by Rip Snorter - September 1, 2005, 7:50 am
Might well be so. On the other hand, it might not stop there. If things become sufficiently bad there might be groups of people not too different from those looters they're talking about wandering around trying to find individuals their own bright ideas and some fiery speaker lead them to believe's to blame. In an earlier entry comment someone observed environmentalists might be a target. The folks hanging upside down won't necessarily be people who, when they were right-side up had anything to do with the causes for the problems.
That's not the way mob thinking works. Mobs don't do a lot of thinking. Someone skilled at such things tells them what to think, most often, and they become his arms and legs and ropes.
Comment by Rip Snorter - September 1, 2005, 7:55 am
"Whew i never dreamed we would see this happen in our lifetime."
Yep, me too, sort of, I suppose. I've always thought it would happen in my lifetime, but after Y2K I must have ceased believing it. I'm finding this is catching me a bit by surprise.
LottoVantageComment by LottoVantage - September 1, 2005, 11:49 am
This might be a fine example of how prepared this country is in defending homeland security. A lot of what if's available here. Naturally, shutting down all those defense centers in a time like we are now experiencing makes a lot of sence, doesn't it? The total disorder down there in the south with absolutely no plan in place to recover makes a lot of sence too, huh? Let's see, all those secret meetings Dick Chaney had with the energy zar's at the beginning of the Bush administration must have included how this country is going to prepare for increased fuel demands to meet our needs, or was it more like how they were going to get away with screwing this country's energy user's into the ground with the governments backing?

A lot of what if's abound right now!

Comment by Rip Snorter - September 1, 2005, 12:02 pm
Lotto Vantage:
It ain't looking all that rosy. When the song's ended but the melody lingers on a person has to wonder what instruments they'll be playing. Maybe it's just the malady that lingers.
Comment by Rip Snorter - September 1, 2005, 12:11 pm
A person might wish to keep a close eye peeled and do some scrutineering over who they choose to be their scapegoats on all this.

I find myself wondering if the quick response time of the heavy Christian thinkers mentioned in the next entry up didn't get some prompting from the ideas manufacturers who'd rather the fingers got pointed into the direction of elsewhere.

Anywhere elsewhere but the source.
LottoVantageComment by LottoVantage - September 1, 2005, 1:09 pm
There's a close resemblance in true believing christians and false believers. There's also a close resemblance in false believers and politicians. The most significant differance in true and false and politicians is preparedness.

Comment by Rip Snorter - September 1, 2005, 1:28 pm
I'm not certain such an animal as a false believing Christian exists.

Either a person is one, or he isn't. The entry requirements aren't that high, but they're more-or-less accepted across the board, be it Inquisition Spaniards, Prison-camp guard Lutherans, or Educate-the-Heathen Anglicans, Baptists, Methodists, and Dutch somethingorotherists. Belief is the lowest common denominator.

I've never been able to observe it mitigating their behavior when it came to the 'Let them rot in jail if they see things differently than I do' school of Christian thought, but it tends to raise the volume and tenor of the dialogues when they discover some previously undiscovered Truth about someone who needs jailing, or killing.

As for the politicians, seems to me they'd be crazy not to be Christians. Both herds graze in the same fields, chew the same cud, stampede through the same prairies of contradictions between aspired-to-and-professed-benevolence while they guard the prisons.

Maybe I'm missing your point.


Comment by LOTTOMIKE - September 2, 2005, 5:44 am
i think if we concentrated on the united states instead of iraq and other countries we will be prepared for our own disasters.do you think iraq is going to come help us when we end up at the bottom looking up? i doubt it.........people here starving and we are giving aid to other places its asinine.......
Comment by Rip Snorter - September 2, 2005, 8:46 am
"i think if we concentrated on the united states instead of iraq and other countries we will be prepared for our own disasters."

Seems doubtful, Mike. The old saw says generals always prepare for the war they just fought. The coincidence coordinators tend to be innovative enough to make sure the next one requires some imagination to prepare for. If there'd been no Iraq, no USSR, no Vietnam, no Korea we still wouldn't have retrofitted a higher freeboard on those levies. If we hadn't rebuilt Europe after WWII those levies would have still been there at the same elevation. If we hadn't sent all our industry to Asia, Mexico and anywhere else labor's cheap those levies still would have failed.

"do you think iraq is going to come help us when we end up at the bottom looking up? i doubt it."

Of course they won't. The people in Iraq, Iran, most of Europe, the Middle East, South America hate us. They'd rather hate the people just over the hill from them, the one's they've been hating for hundreds of years because it's so much easier and so much more convenient, but we won't let them alone to do it. So they join hands with those neighbors they hate and sing their songs of hatred against us. The only way that's going to change is if we come home and mind our on affairs. Then after a while they'll get back to hating their neighbors, the way it's intended.

"people here starving and we are giving aid to other places its asinine......."

People won't starve here long. Probably nobody's going to starve to death. Whatever starvation results from this storm will be over quickly and there'll be a while when nobody starves to death on the continental US.

At least, for now.


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