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Gasoline Resumes Climb, Rises 6.65 Cents In Two Weeks, Hits $3.57/Gallon (And Almost $9/Gallon In Europe)

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More bad news for America's motorists experiencing first hand the objectivity of the Nobel peace prize award committee: all those who were expecting a decline in gasoline prices following one of the fastest jumps in history will have to defer their dreams just a little longer. As Trilby Lundberg observes: "this weekend the world has changed. Instead of seeing
the end of the price rise coming up, or even a decline, we might see a
resumption of the climb at the pump." And as we enter April with near record high prices (for this time of the year -gas is still 54 cebts below its all time summer high in July 2008), this month's consumer confidence number will once again print sorely lacking, causing the most reflexive market indicator to take another step down demanding every more nuanced attention from the Fed, which will soon have no choice but to step in and replace consumption lost (read buy the Russel 2000) due to unprecedented gas prices, further detaching markets from the underlying economy, and not to mention reality. Yet even these nosebleed US gas prices are nothing compared to the decimation in Europe, where gas is now likely almost $9/gallon (when we observed it last two weeks ago, it was $8.632/gallon). Does anyone wonder why France is so eager to liberate the Libyan people from the oppression of their light sweet crude oil, er, pardon, dictatorial regime...


Gasoline prices in the United States rose 6.65 cents per gallon over a two-week period, carried by the rise in crude oil prices stemming from the turmoil in Libya, an industry analyst said.

The national average for a gallon of self-serve, regular gasoline was $3.57 on March 18, according to the Lundberg Survey of about 2,500 gas stations.

The 6.65-cent increase came two weeks after gasoline prices jumped almost 33 cents in the prior two-week period, according to survey editor Trilby Lundberg.

"This is the rest of what crude oil prices did to gasoline, as violence and protest in varying degrees swept through" oil-producing countries in the Middle East and Africa, Lundberg said in an interview on Sunday.

Prices in crude oil "declined somewhat in the last two weeks," she said, citing some traders' fears that the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis in Japan "might mean economic devastation."

But after U.S. and European forces started a military intervention in Libya this weekend, oil prices may be headed for another spike, according to Lundberg.

"This weekend the world has changed," she said. "Instead of seeing the end of the price rise coming up, or even a decline, we might see a resumption of the climb at the pump."

The current average price is nearly 76 cents above the year-ago level, but is still about 54 cents below the all-time high of $4.1124 on July 11, 2008.


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Sun, 03/20/2011 - 19:12 | 1079799 Racer
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And in the UK petrol and diesel prices continue to surpass all time highs, thanks to higher taxes and taxes and oh oil prices... that too


Meanwhile, the UK gov has money to burn killing in Libya but none for the UK people

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 19:16 | 1079815 EscapeKey
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The problem with our fiscal situation is that £210+£120+£80=£410bn is spent on welfare, NHS and education, with only £550bn in total intake.

We spend way too much on ourselves.

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 19:23 | 1079833 jesse livermoore
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I am glad I live in the US  were fiscal responsiblitity reigns............

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 19:28 | 1079845 EscapeKey
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Public sector spending as part of GDP is 53% here in the UK. Yes, 53%. Every third of all ads on TV/Radio seems to be for some stupid government agency telling us what to do.

I mean, fuck me, if it wasn't for those intrusive nanny state ads, I might just not be able to find my asshole when I go on the shitter.

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 19:36 | 1079863 jesse livermoore
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Its for the common good ..right...?

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 19:41 | 1079883 EscapeKey
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Oh yeah, Gordon Brown - the thoroughly arrogant prick - knew what was best for everyone. At least according to himself.

After all, he eliminated boom and bust. Who wouldn't trust that asswipe, who turned our 3% surplus into a 13% deficit, while at the same time overseeing an annual 14% private sector debt/GDP growth, deeming it a healthy development, and coming up with all sorts of "golden rules" which don't work no more when the "boom and bust" elimination has turned into a bust.

Private sector spending went to 53%, and people were clamouring for more of the same. Fucking unbelievable.

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 19:48 | 1079901 Racer
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and don't forget that the stupid idiot sold gold just before it took off and never looked back..

and he said 'an end to boom and bust' just before the biggest bust in many generations

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 19:57 | 1079919 EscapeKey
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He also performed a significant private sector tax raid in '99, only then to spike underfunded public sector pension funds to an incompletely unsustainable level, the majority of which hasn't even been publicly comprehended as of yet. Some areas - Labour areas, of course - went from 20-30% of the population being employed by the public sector to over 50% under him/Tony Blair. All with generous un/der/funded pension benefits.

When the Tories dealt with their mid-90'es recession in a responsible manner, he heavily criticised them for it. But when hit with his own recessions, he blows up bubbles, and blames everyone else.

On top of that, he essentially plied about 100 new taxes on the middle class during his stay, the majority of which hit the private sector. And then, that disgusting asshole David Miliband claims Labour are the party of the middle class as soon as Gordon is out. Absolutely shameless.

Argh, I should stop ranting about Brown. But that man really was the biggest financial disaster ever to hit these isles, WW2 included.

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 19:57 | 1079925 Racer
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+1Trillion! him and smiley face Bliar destroyed the UK

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 20:52 | 1080071 Gimp
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Isn't Gordon Brown Scottish?  They are good at spending everyone elses money but their own. Cheap fucks.

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 21:14 | 1080153 Abitdodgie
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I so miss England -NOT at least over here you can have guns so when you really get pissed off you can go shoot a grizzly or for the good shot's one of those bald eagle things 

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 23:08 | 1080487 Abitdodgie
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Some people do not have a sense of humour

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 06:23 | 1080979 Fenlander
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I don't know who keeps junking you:  this and your other posts below seem to be pretty truthful to me.

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 19:38 | 1079876 spanish inquisition
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I am sure there is a camera with technician close by ready to help.

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 02:36 | 1080848 Broomer
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Sun, 03/20/2011 - 20:52 | 1080066 Michael
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The economic edifice of world markets was dealt a major blow by Japanese intervention entities (BOJ) and the international banking cartel last week. The question now is; When does the esoteric herd hive mind shift happen again? What day does the herd sell off mega US dollars and treasuries?

I can pinpoint the herd hive mind shift in SW Florida RE for Lee County’s median home price to December 2005 at the height of the residential real estate boom that reached a peak of $322,300.  The median price of an existing home there sold today is $94,400.  What triggered the hive mind shift? The blogosphere's housing bubble blogs certainly brought awareness to the sheeple something was wrong with paying 10 times gross income for a home. When critical mass reached 55% or so awareness, the sell-off began in earnest with many investors left holding the bag. The same phenomenon will most certainly happen to the dollar and treasury bonds as the blogosphere's work reaches critical mass in the dollar crisis arena.

The US dollar is dying, as evidenced with the counterintuitive drop in value last week when hundreds of trillions of Yen were printed. So what day, week, month, in the the near future do US Treasuries and dollars sell off worldwide?

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 02:02 | 1080816 Doña K
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It was probably wives like me nagging their husbands. "We going to be priced out." Thank god he asked me to hold my horses.

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 19:52 | 1079910 NewThor
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If only Ben Bernanke could figure out a way to print bullets, Tomahawk Cruise missiles, 

soldiers and oil, "Operation Nobel Peace Prize Bitchez" would be a 110% success.



Sun, 03/20/2011 - 21:30 | 1080208 Larry Darrell
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a 110% success


The Keynesian programming is so thorough amongst the masses that even those of us in the know still accidentally attach 10% (interest) where there should be none.

That type of math (interest rates) is what has brought us to this point in history (again) and the reason the dollar will go to the graveyard and join the 300 or so paper currencies which came before it.


Mon, 03/21/2011 - 01:00 | 1080722 Xkwisetly Paneful
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But it already died 5 times alone in the last 40years.

are you related to Joe Granville?

In the interim of the 5 previous deaths it's share of world commerce has completely and totally plummeted to 65% from 72%.

 As recently as DEC 2008 US bonds pre POMO traded under transactional costs.

 But don't let any of this get in the way of the dollar's 6th death in 40yrs.


Broken clocks are at least right twice a day.

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 08:22 | 1081109 GBruenetti
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> If only Ben Bernanke could figure out a way to print bullets, Tomahawk Cruise missiles, soldiers and oil, "Operation Nobel Peace Prize Bitchez" would be a 110% success.

The clone army is nearly finished, master!

About the fuel though ...

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 08:23 | 1081117 asteroids
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The FED said there is no inflation. Case closed.

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 20:22 | 1079994 robertocarlos
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If you cut all three of those programs to zero what would be the affect on total intake. Hint: the Chav pays taxes on the beer. 

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 21:10 | 1080134 Ben Fleeced
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Well done.

Pray tell the percentages by... (insert politically incorrect groups here).


Sun, 03/20/2011 - 19:16 | 1079816 Enkidu
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Just like all the other governments...

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 20:25 | 1080007 DeweyLeon
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Report states that they don't think this oil came from the DWH event last year.  So it's either from another rig or a new leak from the capped well?

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 19:12 | 1079805 Long-John-Silver
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Stock Market Crash soon.

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 20:52 | 1080075 Gimp
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Agree. Get into cash now before the Tsunami hits!  Another raping of the scheple about to happen soon.

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 19:14 | 1079807 Bodhi
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Let the good times roll.

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 19:15 | 1079814 Judge Judy Scheinlok
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An increased in the cost of gasoline brings with it an increase in gasoline tax revenue for the financially crippled.

So you should all be happy to pay, no? Save the system.

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 19:32 | 1079852 bonin006
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Gasoline taxes in the US are per gallon, so no increase in the only tax that might be benefitial, if actually used for its stated purpose of maintaining roads.

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 19:38 | 1079873 Seasmoke
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and they will go down, as people decide/forced to drive less and buy less gallons

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 19:44 | 1079887 Long-John-Silver
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Demand Destruction Baby!

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 20:30 | 1080016 robertocarlos
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What? You don't have a VAT? 

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 19:25 | 1079830 Racer
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Thanks ZH for highlighting the very painful pain of EU prices  :'(

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 20:55 | 1080086 Zero Govt
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what ZH needs to point out is the reason for high European petrol/diesel prices... State extortion (taxation) ... 150-180% taxes on top of fuel

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 19:26 | 1079836 mfoste1
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ugg America. What can I say? What an embarassment and poor excuse for a country. The people of America need to do something radical, it seems that is the only way the corrupt political and banking system will change. My god what the fuck has America become!?

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 20:09 | 1079946 slewie the pi-rat
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hi mfoste1! 

with the $ going in the crapper, plenty of vacation travellers may come and see 4 themselves, this summer!  but to be more direct:  a bunch of penny-ante trickle-down rent collectorz?  a casino?


Fraud City?

Goobermint employees without borders?

militarized?  privatized?  feminized?  secure, yet lawless? radioactive?  hum-nipotent?  bankrupt?  jobless?  topless? 

How tf would i know?

maybe the best answer from slewie wld be:  altho the worst thing that can happen to a US pol is to be labelled "radical", many MOR (middle of the road) types are coming to value preparedness, PM's, God, and/or the universe & the light/dark she is showing us, and the fuking Constitution, esp. Amendment #2.

those of us who are thinking this way do the radical all day, every day. then, maybe, eat out.

how do you roll?


Sun, 03/20/2011 - 20:54 | 1080090 Gimp
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We are becoming impedent just what the elitists and globalists want. Easy to mold the scared, the stupid, the needy...

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 21:32 | 1080226 Ben Fleeced
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i have friends vacationing from Firenze driving North from Florida. They are currently encroaching on the mid-atlantic and simply cannot believe how vibrant this country is and how well it is doing. Their most frequent statement? I thought the US was in a depression.


B. Fleeced

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 19:26 | 1079841 NOTW777
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havent seen 3.57 for months; that would be great

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 19:36 | 1079857 TwoShortPlanks
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Time for the gas under the pressure cooker to be ratcheted up another notch. Fed approves Bank Dividend increases to shareholders...third tier Lifeboats are now being deployed. But Shareholders are expendable.

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 19:33 | 1079860 ZackAttack
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Ghadafy's first move should be to burn every drop of petroleum in every tank farm, refinery and oil terminal in the country.

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 23:11 | 1080494 Trillax
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My god son, hush your mouth. I enjoy my hookers and blow on the weekend, and higher gas prices would put a nasty dent in that.

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 19:35 | 1079868 Hedge Jobs
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"Does anyone wonder why France is so eager to liberate the Libyan people from the oppression of their light sweet crude oil, er, pardon, dictatorial regime..."

this is spot on. Does any one really think this has anything to do with a couple of hundred dead civilians? If "protecting civilians" was a genuine goal of the UN in the misddle east then there would also be a no fly zone over israel who's warplanes have been masacring innocent and unarmed palestianian civilians for decades. The UN is a disgrace! 

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 19:42 | 1079885 Blano
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Innocent and unarmed???   Hahahahahahaha!!!!

You're a stupid fuck.

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 19:58 | 1079929 tmosley
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I guess it's fine to run over little old ladies with armored bulldozers in your book?

Because that is what Israel does.

And yes, the majority of the Palestinian population is unarmed, unless you count the kids who throw rocks and get shot with assault rifles in retribution.  Sure, some groups are able to smuggle weapons in, but that is far from having an armed populace, which would of necessity be far more polite, and less liable to the repeated invasions from Israel.

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 20:07 | 1079959 Hedge Jobs
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a stupid fuck heh Blano? anyone who tries to justify israeli actions is a satanic jew zionist dog peice of shit like you.

but instead of name calling im happy debate th e topic with facts and figures if you like.

Do these kids look like they were guilty and armed to you?

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 21:01 | 1080080 Spalding_Smailes
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................. " In the 1930s, the emergence of organized youth cadres was rooted in the desire to form a youth paramilitary along German and Italian Fascist lines. It was believed that armed youth might bring an end to British hegmony in the Middle East as well as the very existence of Jewry. Youth were cajoled into violence by Palestinian political figures and newspapers that glorified violence and death. The Palestinian Arab Party sponsored the development of storm troops consisting solely of children and youth patterned on the German model. A British report from the period stated that "the growing youth and scout movements must be regarded as the most probable factors for the disturbance of the peace". As a youngster, Yasir Arafat led neighborhood children in marching and drills, beating those who did not obey. In the 1940s, Arafat's father organized a group of militants in Gaza which included Yasir Arafat and his brothers. The leader, Abu Khalid, a mathematics teacher in Gaza, gave Arafat the name Yasir in honor of the militant Yasir al-Bireh." .........

.......... " Khairallah Tulfah, participant in the 1941 pro-Nazi coup and an advocate of a pan-Islamic Nazi alliance along with the Mufti, raised and educated his nephew Saddam Hussein from age 10. In 1959, the 22-year-old Saddam failed in an attempt to assassinate Iraqi leader Abdel Karim Qassim. He subsequently fled to Egypt, where he received refuge from fellow Mufti disciple Nasser.

At the time, Nasser, along with the Mufti himself, who resided in Cairo after the war and his conviction by the Nuremberg Tribunal of war crimes, was spearheading what was known as the Odessa Network, which facilitated the settlement of thousands of Nazi criminals in Egypt and elsewhere in the Arab world. " .............................


Sun, 03/20/2011 - 20:43 | 1080044 Spalding_Smailes
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Over 170 suicide bombings since 1993 by the terrorist groups against Israeli civilians • 786 killed many more injured.

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 21:17 | 1080163 Clay Hill
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Really Mr. Smailes?

How about Isreal's response to katyusha attacks in 2006?

A full-on invasion of southern Lebanon, destruction of bridges and other infrastructure, bulldozing nearly every home within two miles of the border. Total dead 1,024.

*hint*  Southern Lebanon is 70% Christian.

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 21:35 | 1080234 Spalding_Smailes
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No katyusha attacks, * hint * no invasion.....


Sun, 03/20/2011 - 21:46 | 1080270 Clay Hill
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I have a healthy respect for Isreali tactical capability, but their discretion in using it against what could or should be their natural allies seems ...  lacking.

The same can be said for the U.S. sometimes.

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 00:38 | 1080676 Hedge Jobs
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I think it is actually higher than that smailes. Since the intafada kicked off in 2000 1084 isrealis have been killed by pal terrorists while the Isreali army (funded by the US gov) have killed 6430 palestinians. you can argue all day whether these dead isrealis and palestinians were unarmed or innocent all you like.

You cant argue about children being being innocent though, they are all innocent, always!

124 Isreali children have been killed by palestinians while 1452 palestinian children have been killed by israel. The scoreboard speaks for itself. The vast majority of these murders of innocents are committed by israeli warplanes. Hence my comment on a no fly zone over israel if the UN was serious about protecting innocent civillians, which they clearly are not. The libya situation is about oil and oil only.

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 19:51 | 1079903 mfoste1
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get a fucking clue....palestinians have not been "unarmed for decades"

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 00:53 | 1080709 Hedge Jobs
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typical zionist response. Cant handle facts so try to manipulate what people say. Re red the post dick head...where does my post say "unarmed for decades"?

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 20:01 | 1079936 Tail Dogging The Wag
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UN should be dismantled. Take that from a disgruntled former UN paperpusher. It's a venomous institution. A poisonous octopus.

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 21:48 | 1080276 Ben Fleeced
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+W. K. Harrison luxury condominiums.

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 19:36 | 1079870 SteveNYC
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$3.85 ++ in Manhattan today; $3.75 ++ in Westchester County climbs.....

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 19:49 | 1079882 Hannibal
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EU 65%   US 11%


Sun, 03/20/2011 - 19:44 | 1079888 billwilson
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"More bad news for America's motorists experiencing first hand the objectivity of the Nobel peace prize award committe"

C'mon Tyler. More bad news for US motorists who think they have a god given right to using (wasting) a disproportionate amount of the world's oil at cheap prices (25% of the wolrd's oil with 5% of the world's population).


STOP driving gas guzzling cars/trucks ... like the rest of humanity.!


Bring on higher and higher prices until we get soem sensible conservation.




Sun, 03/20/2011 - 20:10 | 1079966 Flakmeister
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You didn't get the memo?

"The American way of life is non-negotiable"

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 20:38 | 1080033 JR
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Tyler’s wit means something; it’s thought provoking. When the president is appearing ridiculous it’s hardly appropriate to be serious about it; it shouldn’t be passed up. And if you have the talent, there’s truth and style in wit. P.J. O'Rourke had it and it worked economic wonders.

It is a little bit odd that we have all these serious problems and Obama’s touring around in the air all the time with press people, secret service, loads of administrative help, burning five gallons of fuel per mile – it kinda makes you wonder why we have the White House spending all that money on cooks and servants and door keepers.  All we need is a pilot, a co-pilot and Air Force One.

For someone who believes that the rising gas prices are because of the guzzlers, there needs to be some levity surrounding this strange viewpoint.  Where's Lloyd Blankfein when you need him?

Now that the bills for Obama’s and Bernanke’s Keynesian deficit spending and ZIRP and Lloyd's speculatin' are coming due, it’d be kinda nice for Obama and Michell to sashay off the dance floor and tell us how we’re gonna pay them.

Ben and Barack and Lloyd ought to take some advice from Fred Hayek:  "The recognition of the insuperable limits to his knowledge ought indeed to teach the student of society a lesson of humility which should guard him against becoming an accomplice in men's fatal striving to control society – a striving which makes him not only a tyrant over his fellows, but which may well make him the destroyer of a civilization which no brain has designed but which has grown from the free efforts of millions of individuals."

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 09:06 | 1081262 Bicycle Repairman
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Hayek is right, but social engineering is fun.

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 02:47 | 1080854 Xkwisetly Paneful
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Conserve power and stop posting on the internet!


Atta boy had to be at least one raise the tax on gas nitwits around.

Drive a sardine can and let the laws of nature take care of itself.

Raise the price to $9/gal like Europe that wouldn't inhibit the personal freedom of the US peasants even a teeny bit.

and yet even with higher taxes Europe is mostly broke,

go figure.


Have no fear the like minded folks in the US want to be Europe badly and soon enough most won't be property owners or be able to afford a car either and then maybe they will finally be happy as the class warfare bullshit will finally be true.



Mon, 03/21/2011 - 09:04 | 1081248 Bicycle Repairman
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We'd need the leadership to build viable mass transportation, instead of dismantling it.

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 19:43 | 1079889 Yen Cross
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Keep smoking those krak spreads. Look @ refinery ratios

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 19:46 | 1079894 THE DORK OF CORK
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Higher petrol prices benefit core European investments although not their savings in peripheral countries.

 In a zero sum world France & Germany can centralise production in their economies and leave the peripherial to rewild as their input costs are lower.

The price is not important to Global growth , only the amount of BTUs burned - the price will however change the nature of consumption.

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 19:58 | 1079920 Yen Cross
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A man with a mind! Lets go fishing.

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 19:46 | 1079897 John McCloy
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The market has had about 250+ points via inflated futures ramping in the past 3 days. Further proof it cannot survive on it's own without a built in buffer. All designed to prevent selling with promises of future manipulation. And according to the past few months all proven to be bullshit promises that cannot withstand actual market volume. Should be very indicative of a market begging to be shorted.

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 19:49 | 1079900 Vampyroteuthis ...
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Since for a good majority of Americans (me included) the only way to get to a store for food and supplies is by driving, they are going to pay the gas robbery. Pay up bitchez!!!

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 19:53 | 1079902 Racer
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And is it no surprise that the US futures are of course taking off in the wee small US hours ....

edit: oh perhaps not, looking at ET time... but end of weekend and no one looking opportunity time

and we all know tomorrow is monday and doesn't matter how many swans black grey or purple are out there, US market ALWAYS GOES UP on Monday so BTFD

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 19:51 | 1079904 10kby2k
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My job in late 70's at age 16----drive all the important peoples cars at my dads company on odd/even days and sit in line and get them filled up. It was boooring. Everyone was speculatring our future would be 2 seater cars w/ 100 mpg and condos---to conserve our resources.  How are we doing consumption wise?

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 19:51 | 1079905 robobbob
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under my policies...."energy prices will necessarily skyrocket"

September 2008, candidate Obama's Energy Secretary in-waiting said: "Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe."

CNBC’s John Harwood: "So could the (high) oil prices help us?"

Barack Obama: "I think that I would have preferred a gradual adjustment"

mm, mm, mm, Barack Hussien Obama, mm, mm, mm

where are the chants now?

come on now, admit it, some of you are secretly starting hope there's something to that birth certificate story, aren't you?

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 19:54 | 1079911 mfoste1
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Sun, 03/20/2011 - 19:59 | 1079927 RobotTrader
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Futures are up.

Looks like everyone is celebrating runaway inflation.

I guess that means cult retail stocks like LULU, CMG, PNRA, WFMI, etc. will be screaming higher again tomorrow.

Amazing how the retail sector simply gets stronger as the Black Swan Cluster grows and grows.

No doubt, when Japan starts to rebuild, we could see the biggest consumer spending orgy of all time.

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 19:59 | 1079932 tmosley
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What, no gold or silver charts?

Oh that's right, you only post those on downticks.

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 20:04 | 1079942 FunkyMonkeyBoy
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I don't know which is uglier, the S&P chart or those two tarts.

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 20:05 | 1079948 EscapeKey
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They're pretty old for a Robo post.

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 20:42 | 1080043 lord of the fire
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As a side conversation to this article, you stated that you live in the UK.  Since Obama wants to ultimately institute a single payer health care system, I was wondering if you could give a comment about the current state of the NHS and if it is still in rough shape?  I just want to get some info from someone who lives in the UK.

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 20:57 | 1080097 Vampyroteuthis ...
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Yes, they are of legal age in the US.

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 20:34 | 1080029 slewie the pi-rat
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the S&P looks more toppy, but maybe RT is showing us how the wife and daughter of a japanese nukuler engineer roll.  the wife has a great layered look, with about $8-10K in gold bracelets peeking out from what i hope is a great faux sable look.

RT:  who we got here?

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 21:03 | 1080109 Gimp
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Sir, those are not "tarts", those be "bitchezs"

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 23:53 | 1080583 Ahmeexnal
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"old farts" would also correctly describe them.

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 21:22 | 1080184 Bob
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That's not fair.  They're a warm and fuzzy reminder that girlz just wanna have fun . . . and the same shopping rituals seem to define a certain class of them worldwide. 

They're attractive enough.  Even if they're not trophy wives, they're either somebody's air head daughters or (least likely, you must admit) some sadly diverted career women. 

They can stay with me if nobody objects. 

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 20:23 | 1079998 Racer
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All things bad = banksters win and get given more loot taken by politicians from working peasants to the rich robbers

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 20:43 | 1080048 John McCloy
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  Obviously Robo does not subscribe to the Broken Window Fallacy. 

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 23:40 | 1080557 JR
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LOL, John.  This is priceless! Had to look you up again and tell you it’s made my evening.

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 20:03 | 1079933 sbenard
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May crude now up $2 tonight, but trading sideways since.

If Gadhafi carries out his threat of attacks on vessels in the Mediteranean, crude oil will become much more costly. If he carries out terrorist attacks like the Lockerbie bombing, all bets are off!

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 20:18 | 1079984 robertocarlos
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NASCAR biatches!

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 20:36 | 1080030 Trying to Understand
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Building in Gadhafi compound possibly struck by cruise missiles

A four-story building in Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's Tripoli compound has been heavily damaged, possibly by cruise missiles, CNN's Nic Robertson reported.

Robertson, invited by government officials to see the damage, said early Monday local time that two circular holes in the building may be telltale signs of cruise missiles, although that could not be immediately confirmed.

The leader's whereabouts were not known.


Sun, 03/20/2011 - 21:05 | 1080122 Ahmeexnal
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Didn't Sarkozy get the memo? Gaddafi is already in Rio!

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 20:44 | 1080051 TradingJoe
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Fact is, we are nearing "the edge" of no return(s)!!! Prepare?Trade Accordingly!!!

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 21:10 | 1080136 JR
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Two days’ vacation last week left Nate of Nathan’s Economic Edge in full view of a different economic edge – a consumers' economic edge that looms precariously ahead.  He wrote Friday:

“My current journey into ‘the hot zone’ has produced nothing but sticker shock.  Rising prices are everywhere, from gas, to dog grooming, dog food, more expensive dinner, on and on. To add insult to injury, I received a $25 parking ticket because I failed to notice that the spots in front of the Tacoma Spaghetti Factory where I have parked free for years and years were now pay for parking with tiny signs that had small print indicating that you now walk half a block to the little pay station.  None of the 6 of us noticed, and thus the ticket upon completion of the meal.  Slowly but surely, the city is turning into a police state with ticket by mail cameras everywhere and simply more and more attempts to squeeze every last unit of revenue out of you they can.  My reaction?  After more than 40 years of going there with family, that will probably be my last time – and letters to the chain’s CEO and the Mayor will be in the mail by tomorrow letting them know how they are driving revenue away. Of course I’ve already moved away, and am glad that I did.

“While I have never been one living on the margins, I am now beginning to feel very unsecure with the relationship of rising costs and steady income.  I am trying to imagine what it will be like if gas, food, and most other things rise by say another 50% in cost.  That type of a move will put the vast majority of Americans on the margins if they weren’t already there, and right now, I can only see one central banker action after another to get us there.  The one notable central banker exception is in China where more tightening occurred this morning, but they are so far gone off the deep end of money creation it’s not even funny.”

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 21:03 | 1080111 Gimp
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They can fire cruise missles at Gaddafi all day but please spare the Ukranian nurse..

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 21:22 | 1080176 bbq on whitehou...
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As your hate for the kings and elites grows, remember all sons shall suffer the sins of their fathers.

These "masters" will pay through their sons. I hear Obama has no sons. So remember this when you cut some one off in traffic ;P.

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 21:54 | 1080291 sunny
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Let's see, gas price up worldwide.

We are in (yet) another war in the Mideast.

Japanese reactors are possibly dumping radioactive water in the ocean.

Another huge oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico

US futures are way up as I type (10PM Eastern-Sunday night). 

Yep, that all makes a lot of sense, right???


Mon, 03/21/2011 - 01:03 | 1080731 Xkwisetly Paneful
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Sure does with POMO everything has gone up in price and when it ends everything will come down in price.


Meanwhile where did all the raise taxes on gas to save the planet folks suddenly go?

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 21:59 | 1080312 gnomon
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It should be evident by now to everyone that the whole damn world is on life support.

Someone, some event, something is invariably going to stumble into the main plug, (Saudi Arabia?).

Then it will be "lights out".

Sun, 03/20/2011 - 23:59 | 1080590 Ahmeexnal
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And don't forget vuvuzelan ladies!

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 00:14 | 1080615 CrashisOptimistic
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Behold the Export Land Model.  Once an oil producer subsidizes gasoline domestically, it's extremely hard to remove the subsidy.  Domestic consumption spikes, and exports are crushed.  If you're an oil importer, it gets more and more scarce and wars start.

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 00:48 | 1080697 Flakmeister
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ELM certainly is a bitch....By my estimate Libya is 3.8% of oil on the open market...

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 00:30 | 1080649 RockyRacoon
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Price of food to U. S. citizens who are "poor" -- zero, that's $0.00.

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 02:00 | 1080739 Xkwisetly Paneful
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Shh government spending on anything but those evil greedy banksters has nothing to do with anything.

The immense resources being sucked out of the world by the federal government alone is benign.

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 01:56 | 1080742 Xkwisetly Paneful
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Mon, 03/21/2011 - 01:09 | 1080743 Xkwisetly Paneful
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Europe graphically proves that they could dramatically raise taxes on those who actually still pay them in the US and the government would still outspend it's means.


Contrary to the avg ZH neo marxist doomsdayer,

the destitution and wretchedness is going to come from the yoke of government spending wrapped tightly around anyone or anything productive's neck.

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 01:25 | 1080761 Flakmeister
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 You sound like some faux intelligensia poseur that spent time spouting socio-politco-economic drivel in the fashionable Parisian salons at the turn of the century. 

It is very clear that you really haven't thought things through to the level that you think you have...


Mon, 03/21/2011 - 01:46 | 1080778 Xkwisetly Paneful
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No faux anything, I am a total moronic imbecile unlike yourself the wannabee intellectual, thing is I get it but the rocket surgeons and brain scientists such as yourself don't.

Europe really isn't mostly broke with significantly higher taxation and the dollar really hasn't been delcared dead 5 times in the last 40years and world commerce in USD really hasn't only dropped from 72% to 65% over that time period,

and US bonds didn't really trade under transaction costs in DEC 2008 pre POMO, no there really is an alternative out there, just ask any ZH neo marxist wannabee intellectual.


Jefferson said it better than I could ever have and this was pre 50% paying no federal income tax.


"We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty or profusion and servitude. If we run into such debt, as that we must be taxed in our meat and in our drink, in our necessaries and our comforts, in our labors and our amusements, for our calling and our creeds...[we will] have no time to think, no means of calling our miss-managers to account but be glad to obtain subsistence by hiring ourselves to rivet their chains on the necks of our fellow-sufferers... And this is the tendency of all human governments. A departure from principle in one instance becomes a precedent for[ another]... till the bulk of society is reduced to be mere automatons of misery... And the fore-horse of this frightful team is public debt. Taxation follows that, and in its train wretchedness and oppression. "



Now please go on and on and on about the wealth gap all the while the concept of unattainable luxury is largely dead, anyone could have borrowed as much as they wanted at historically low interest rates in the last 10yrs and the 0% rates on savings are not hurting the poor or middle class in the slightest. The trillions in foregone interest from the savers being the only folks who have actually paid a penalty for folks borrowing the net present value of their lives from 2000-2006.

I know those evil banksters and Wall St are to blame, except of course the bankers could have worked for free and nothing changes. Somehow making capital accessible to the masses at lint like interest rates was really a ploy by the wealthy to plunder the masses. While use your house as an ATM was cashing out for hundreds of thousands the system made pennies on the dollar-but I get it-those damn wealthy elite banksters are the devil incarnate.


I get it though, to the wannabee ZH neo marxist the US federal government being the largest: consumer, employer, lender, borrower, landlord, tenant, real property owner and parents to 50million people has no bearing on anything.


The wars on drugs and poverty have been abysmal failures, somehow Oprah Winfrey can become a billionaire but in the end the American public really doesn't live a far greater lifestyle than even their immediate ancestors could have dreamed about, they are all being oppressed by the evil wealthy elite and not being strangled to death by the immense size of the state and federal governments.


I have created jobs in this country but given the current circumstance of hard work largely meaning rolling out of bed and the endless regulations leading to boons in things like payroll paying industries, temp industries et al-I won't be again anytime soon.


Afterall those assembly line jobs of doing the same thing 500times a day for 50yrs straight were the good jobs.


Remember I am the moronic imbecile and I get it,

they could raise taxes to 90% and two months later would be looking for 95% and not because of the wealthy elite.



Mon, 03/21/2011 - 01:48 | 1080793 Flakmeister
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I may be many things, but a moronic imbecile is certainly not on the list...GFY and the horse you rode in on...

Why don't you go masterbate to your libertarian fantasies...

It's late, otherwise, I would take you to school on the intellectual bankruptcy of your thought and rhetoric. You wouldn't know a Marxist if he pissed in your face.

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 02:35 | 1080802 Xkwisetly Paneful
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Of course you would now go look in the mirror and say I am so smart 1000times. 

I know what a neo marxist is, they are all over this site not that tough to find one and if the shoes fits wear it next time instead of denying the sky is blue.


Nothing novel in the teeniest bit to the same old doomday woe is the common man, class warfare bullshit posted here ad infinitum, the same crap was being promulgated by like minded individuals 40yrs ago, 30yrs ago, 20yrs ago and will be 30yrs into the future.  Libertarian? How hilarious as if anyone advocating for moderating the obviously beyond out of control US federal government is now a libertarian. 

No, if world's governments sucked just 1/3rd less than they do out of the global economy  it wouldn't make any difference at all- if one takes LSD and/or is a neo marxist.

THe ultimate irony here is the same unaccountable ideological academic theoreticals- like the neo marxist wannabee intellectuals that are overtly abundant on ZH -are perpetually at the helm and perpetually fucking things up-go figure.


Mon, 03/21/2011 - 11:57 | 1081958 JR
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You nailed it, Xkwisetly. Bravo!

“He is free…who knows how to keep in his own hands the power to decide, at each step, the course of his life, and who lives in a society which does not block the exercise of that power.” –Salvador de Madariaga, NY Times, January 29, 1957

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 02:02 | 1080817 robertocarlos
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Food is going up 8% minimum in the next two months. That doesn't even compute on my calculator.

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 05:20 | 1080936 Alex Zhyk
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Does anyone wonder why France is so eager to liberate the Libyan people from the oppression of their light sweet crude oil, er, pardon, dictatorial regime...


Not at all. The business as usual. At least they try to maintain a facade of decency by waiting for UN resolution. I wonder hovewer, do they have so many tomahawks to dispose or this is again Uncle Sam's fiendly contribution to the victory of democracy in yet another oil rich country?

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 07:44 | 1081049 bigredmachine
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stick with the funnies

Mon, 03/21/2011 - 07:55 | 1081058 Sudden Debt
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In Europe euro95 is at 8.96$/gallon


Mon, 03/21/2011 - 09:18 | 1081317 Bicycle Repairman
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If the average price of gasoline in the US exceeds $5/gallon, the US exits the matrix and enters the real.  Therefore gasoline will not exceed $5/gallon.

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