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Coming To A Gas Station Near You?

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This is neither from the near (or distant) future, nor from a movie starring Will Smith in which he fights vampire zombies (at least not yet). It's from the here and now, Calabasas, CA to be precise. And it may be coming to a gas pump near you in the immediate future.


and from San Francisco... the fill 'er up is getting a little pricey...


h/t JR


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Fri, 10/05/2012 - 19:44 | 2861571 Dr. Engali
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Fuck yeah. Soon we will be like India ...little scooters with baskets of junk and bicycles with little carts everywhere.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 19:45 | 2861576 NewThor
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This year I am asking Santa Claus for a printing press

so I don't have to worry about trifflin' shit like this.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 19:47 | 2861587 DoChenRollingBearing
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Maybe I should buy a bicycle...  The only downside is getting caught in thunderstorms (happen all the time here), and I only live two miles from work.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 20:12 | 2861678 ThisIsBob
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Polyester dries real fast.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 20:30 | 2861726 Stackers
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Cant wait for $200 fill-ups in the Raptor.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 23:24 | 2862099 nope-1004
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Inflation pressures are seen as largely transient.

- Dr. Benjamin Bernanke


He said it, so it must be true.  Now go back to sleep, Muppitchez.


Sat, 10/06/2012 - 02:41 | 2862290 CrashisOptimistic
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People will stay asleep until they cannot awaken.

The EIA is calling black sludge coming out of the ground crude oil.  Not all crude is created equal and older refineries cannot deal with this shit.

It's Not Oil.  There is bullshit going on end to end across the conceptual spectrum about all sorts of things.  It is AMAZING how quickly outright lying became palatable to the guy doing it.

Propane is not crude.  Butane is not crude.  Venezuelan sludge is not crude that can be refined anywhere but a few refineries.

There Is Not Enough Oil Coming Out Of The Ground.  The population rises every day.  Oil total does not.  

Most won't survive the events leading to "fair dividing up of what there is".

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 07:02 | 2862404 negative rates
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Yet the question still remains, are yeast smarter than humans?

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 09:49 | 2862521 bobola
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I commute to work on a bicycle.

Right now, early Saturday morning, am getting ready for the weekly ride to restock the fruit/veggie stock.

I run almost all my local errands via bike.

Truck rarely gets used.

The more gas prices rise, the less often I will drive.

Who's with me on this...???

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 10:37 | 2862627 azzhatter
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I broke down and bought a Prius earlier this year. I paid $23,200 for it. Gets 53-54 MPG for my mostly urban driving. I expect it to last me 10-12 years. Fuck 'em I decided, I'm taking gas out of my budget as a big expense. Used to drive a Yukon, damn nice vehicle but after govt take over of GM refuse to drive their shit anymore.

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 11:03 | 2862679 johnQpublic
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if you expect a modern auto to last that long, you sir, are a dreamer, or willing to throw good money after bad into auto repairs

i suggest you start saving up for your replacement battery now.

neighbor has two of those turd wagons in the family. both needed a battery in a little over four years. the big make it go vroom battery. 4+grand worth of battery.

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 11:15 | 2862696 Hulk
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my hybrid battery  lasted 10 years and was replaced for free due to a charging algorithm problem

Its  now 12 years old and doing just fine with 120k miles on it...

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 18:48 | 2863594 malek
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Not sure how smooth traffic is at your urban driving,

but I just helped my girlfriend get a 12 year old Corolla, needed investment just $4000 (with 70,000 miles and salvage title but well repaired).
She now gets 35+ mpg at mostly freeway, good enough for her 20,000 annual commuter miles.
Still keeps her BMW X5 4.8 though <roll eyes>

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 13:30 | 2862935 Talcott
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Im' down with that



Sat, 10/06/2012 - 10:46 | 2862642 Citxmech
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In regards to self-population control in a confined environment - people are about as proactive as yeast. It's about 11:59:58. . .

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 10:32 | 2862612 Lord Drek
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The population/oil bubble is the greatest bubble of all time.

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 10:54 | 2862657 mjcOH1
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"Polyester dries real fast."

Those conical straw hats shed water pretty well too.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 20:34 | 2861747 noses
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If you're that kind of coward, you might need a better bicycle...

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 20:53 | 2861784 Parrotile
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Apart from the facts that rain-soaked brakes can be "less than effective", and car-esconced commuters are, shall we say, "less than concerned" with the plight of wet cyclists, lightning can, and has, killed many cyclists. I've had a couple of "near misses" during thunderstorms that "popped up" as they do, and the realisation that you're the tallest object for km around can certainly "add a spring to your step" in terms of pedalling performance!

There's nothing cowardly about taking sensible precautions. You only get a single chance.


Fri, 10/05/2012 - 21:22 | 2861866 Bringin It
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Relax, you are insulated. Rubber tyres. 

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 00:31 | 2862181 myne
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Lightining will travel kilometers towards the earth, to be stopped by an inch of rubber.

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 10:51 | 2862654 Citxmech
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Here in Seattle, most serious folks ride with disc brakes. I've got a set of cable-actuated Avids on my drop-bar 29er and they barely notice the rain. They work substantially better than the hydro Maguras rim brakes I used to run. If you run flat bars, hydro discs would probably be an even better option.

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 13:32 | 2862937 Talcott
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Yup luv my bike's disc brakes, water is

not a problem.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 23:31 | 2862111 A Nanny Moose
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or a better chamois

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 23:36 | 2862117 merizobeach
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Wow, $8K for a bicycle.  My first thought was "kidnapping and ransom magnet".

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 20:38 | 2861755 DCFusor
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Volt, DoChen.  Nicely watertight.  So far, one year, 20.5 gallons, mostly burned on purpose for winter heat (electric heat is wasteful).  182 mpg for me so far.  Luxurious, quick, agile, fun.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 21:18 | 2861851 TWSceptic
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Luxurious, quick, agile, fun.


You forgot gay.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 21:23 | 2861868 Ima anal sphincter
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+1.....Laugh of the day!

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 21:39 | 2861910 knukles
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Probably got a big ass OBAMABIDEN2012 sticker on it.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 22:38 | 2862024 CrimsonAvenger
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Sticker or no sticker, it's still the most expensive vagina repellent you can buy.

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 00:40 | 2862195 Mr.Bigfoot
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... it has a specially designed cup holder for your testicles

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 21:28 | 2861881 kaiserhoff
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And if they got anything like the performance advertised (they don't) the gas would go bad in the tank.

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 01:44 | 2862255 BeetleBailey
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The other fucked up thing is Gubbermint Motors has picked the dumbest looking, gayest, cross-eyed pitch "common folks" to "rave" about their Chevy Dolts on TEE VEE.

From that gay nasel-voiced goat-tee sporting fag, to the cross eyed bimbo blonde - all seemingly in "love" and garage-fucking their rides.

Wait...those ARE the only people actually owning them....stupid gay guys and dumb-looking cross eyed people.

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 14:42 | 2863099 Whiner
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Focus group tested, paid for by taxpayers and entirely correct: normal folks don't buy DaDolt. Sell to gays and Obummer ladies.

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 14:42 | 2863100 Whiner
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Focus group tested, paid for by taxpayers and entirely correct: normal folks don't buy DaDolt. Sell to gays and Obummer ladies.

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 14:42 | 2863101 Whiner
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Focus group tested, paid for by taxpayers and entirely correct: normal folks don't buy DaDolt. Sell to gays and Obummer ladies.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 21:51 | 2861937 Overfed
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You can get a Prius for half the $$.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 23:09 | 2862080 TeddyBear
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Lease a New 2013 Chevrolet Volt for $299/month, for 36 months 36,000 miles. Save $100/mo in gas, this makes the lease effectively $199/mo. That kind of money is a steal for a car with the features and ride quality that a Volt has. 

GM the manufacturer can take the available $7,500 federal tax credit for themselves., a vehicle pricing and data provider, said Wednesday.

"I'm utterly surprised people are not lining up to get one at that price," Toprak said. "The annual fuel savings alone make this car very appealing."

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 23:44 | 2862129 A Nanny Moose
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Sorry...I like shit that works, and lasts. I'll keep my 2000 Subaru with a $0/mo payment, liability insurance only, and no fire extinguisher as standard equipment.

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 04:57 | 2862351 Urban Redneck
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Purple K is worth it in any car.  It may ruin the finish if ever used, but that a small price.  The user has more snuffing power with less weight & volume (and long term fuel expense).

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 11:47 | 2862681 Citxmech
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Seriously.  My vehicles (which are both paid for) are cheaper to run than that Volt lease per month - including insurance AND gas.  And after I'm done commuting in my Honda for about $20/wk, I can load up the Cummins pickup with 3k lbs of shit in the back and still tow 10k more lbs if I need to and be able drive more for 500 mi on a single tank of diesel.

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 00:19 | 2862169 adr
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and the $10k worth of electric upgrades required for just about any house built before 1990 makes the $100 saved a month just about useless.

My house would need a new breaker box, and new lines run from the street. Pretty much would need to rewire the entire basement. You can't have the high voltage line near the water heater or furnace. Even if it weren't against code, I don't think I'd risk putting a rapid charger anywhere close to a gas line.

I guess I could unplug the dryer and run a heavy duty extension cord from the basement, but that still charges the Volt in 8 hours. Sorry hun, can't dry the clothes at night, car is charging. I guess charging for a couple hours would still get you about 15 miles, and then you are stuck with the almost 30mpg range extender, in optimal conditions, 20 mpg is actually closer to the mark in real driving conditions.

Of course since it is a lease, you don't have an asset worth anything when you are done, not that the resale value will be great anyway. God, how much is GM taking as a writedown on depreciation to get the Volt lease to $299 a month? You could take the $12k+ you spent on the Volt lease and buy a two year old Kia that gets 35mpg. Or you can lease a new 40mpg Hyundai Sonata for $99 a month with $2k down and be way ahead of the game. $100 saved in gas for three years plus the Volt, is still far more expensive.

It doesn't matter. There is virtualy no situation where the Volt comes out on top. Perhaps if you live in silicon valley and your tech firm has a fast charger installed at work, and you live five miles away. That can't be everyone though. Besides, just the savings in living expenses in the middle of the country alone can make $10 a gallon gas a value.

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 03:02 | 2862298 Wile-E-Coyote
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Surely a fire extinguisher strapped to the hood reduces aerodynamic efficiency.

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 03:15 | 2862305 cbxer55
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Wile E. knows all about aerodynamic efficiency, huh?

Got to know them facts when falling great distances regularly!  ;-)

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 19:55 | 2861616 Tsunami Wave
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I'd rather ask him for a bank, so I don't ever have to worry about paying myself again.  That, and break the law constantly, start wars with countries that don't have central banks, make sure my candidate for president always wins, and never worry about losing my job forever.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 22:45 | 2862033 vast-dom
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and how is oil UNDER $120? Oh yeah uh election...

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 19:59 | 2861630 CrazyCooter
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Do an image search on "vietnam scooter burden" at Google.



Fri, 10/05/2012 - 20:04 | 2861648 Walter E Kurtz
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I was thinking more like Bartertown with gyrocopters and guys named Blaster but I guess scooters would be acceptable.  Btw, I like your commentary Dr. E.  Keep up the good work.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 20:42 | 2861727 Dr. Engali
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I hope it never gets as bad as Barter town.
Thank you for the kind compliment, I appreciate it. I am very grateful that I found the Hedge. There are so many brilliant people who post in the commentary that I learn as much from them as I do from Tyler and the articles. It is sometimes very humbling to be a part of the discussion.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 20:33 | 2861740 Buck Johnson
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NO kidding, and I still wonder why is there a gas situation going on?

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 20:56 | 2861803 Parrotile
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The ubiquitous Honda Cub 50 - literally the World's most popular motorbike! The "bike" component is repairable by any Blacksmith / Cycle repairer, whils the "engine" component is repairable byany garden machinery / lawnmower dealership.

Owned one of these for years in the UK -by far the best and cheapest way to commute in London!

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 21:28 | 2861883 john_connor
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Just filled up both cars and extra 5 gallon container. Still $3.95 in Midwest. Godspeed all.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 19:45 | 2861572 LMAOLORI
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If you don't have locking gas caps you better get one!

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 19:52 | 2861582 JuliaS
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Helps keep mosquitoes out of your empty tank

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 03:05 | 2862299 Wile-E-Coyote
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That won't help in the UK people have been drilling holes into the gas tanks.

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 03:18 | 2862306 cbxer55
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Mostly they are plastic nowadays. So drilling does not even create any sparks.

Gee, whodathunk it?  ;-)

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 07:28 | 2862422 Element
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That is a seriously shitty crim right there.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 19:45 | 2861581 DoChenRollingBearing
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YOW!  More than $1.80 than I paid today ("Super+")

Gasoline in S FL is generally more expensive than the national average.

It must be terrible living in California now.  It looks like the smart ones are leaving.  Good luck, such a beautiful state ruined by statists.

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 00:49 | 2862204 Mr.Bigfoot
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CA is for suckers. Move to Texas. Made the move 10 years ago, never looked back.

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 03:19 | 2862307 cbxer55
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+10 years

Moved from CA to OK ten years ago.

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 03:34 | 2862319 akak
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Why do so many millions of Californians flee that state out of disgust for any number of reasons --- and then try their damnedest to re-create it wherever they end up?  I wonder if those still living in California, or former Californians who have left it, realize the extent of the resentment and loathing so many in neighboring states have for them.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 19:47 | 2861585 Zone1
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When do we get the Meanwhile, in California post?

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 20:07 | 2861628 knukles
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Meanwhile in California, the statists have already publicly stated (double entendre) that it has nothing to do with no fucking refinery capacity shortage (the last being built in the US in the late 60's) the additional blending requirements, the absence of any pipelines running east/west not that the environmental shit had anything to do with it, not that California taxing oil coming out of the ground helps, nor any other idiocy here...
But.... they have said it was all Bush's fault, clean renewables woulda taken care of this shit, everybody should be forced to own a Volt, greedy oil companies, specualtors, Republicans, Tea Party, RACISM
And the food in California tastes worse than Lady Gaga's re-fried testicles.
But... we do get to golf all year round in temperate zones manifesting themselves far far away from the shit holes of San Fran and LA.  So just leave us in peace.
Meanwhile elsewhere, everybody should prepare... for CA does lead the way.
Unfortunately, with respect to the human shit...

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 20:20 | 2861698 Bicycle Repairman
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Having the ability to own a viable electric car (EV-1?) might be helpful for Californians about now.  Electric cars existed 100 years ago, but the technology never advanced.

Oh never mind, it's just a pipe dream.  Electric cars?  Can you imagine?  Why not flying cars?  Or Jetpacks?

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 20:42 | 2861763 DCFusor
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Tesla, Leaf, I think Ford finally came out with a pure electric, but the sales leader vs time in market - Volt.  The one everyone else has to catch up with in versatility.  No wonder BMW and VIA hired off their design team.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 21:56 | 2861945 Overfed
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Dude. Toyota has been building the Prius hybrid since 2000.

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 00:27 | 2862175 adr
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Yep Ford "borrowed" about $4billion from the Federal Government at around 2% interest to build an electric Focus.

Or at least that is what we are supposed to believe.

Been about $350 million every month from the Federal Financing Bank advanced vehicles loan program. Sometimes a lot more, sometimes a little less. I think one month last year Ford borrowed $650 million.

Holy shit that electric Focus has to be one hell of a car!!!!!

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 11:51 | 2862773 SoCalBusted
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I bet most of the electric cars in Los Angeles are driven less than 75 miles per week.  Probably just back and forth to Trader Joes or Whole Foods.  They are like iPhones- a fashion accessory to help the owner think that they are cool, despite the fact that there are more economical alternatives.

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 05:11 | 2862352 Urban Redneck
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Meanwhile (a couple yards away) in Nevada the avg price is $3.85 per gallon, so scratch the refining capacity and the lack of pipelines arguments.  If Gov. Moonbeam had any balls or brains he would simply suspend the idiotic regulations by fiat, and they could truck non-PRC approved gas into the state and still sell it  for a lot less than is currently being extracted from the muppets.  In fact, big bad oil could financially rape the meat puppets of the PRC with out of state gas and they would be screaming thank you sir, can I get some more.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 19:51 | 2861596 HD
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Doesn't matter. I fill up my car at the new hopium station. My gas tank is still empty, but I just know it's gonna be full someday, somehow.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 20:35 | 2861750 ziggy59
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Hopium never lets you down.. Best inert gas Evaaaaaa

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 19:53 | 2861601 Insideher Trading
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Californians are happier than  pigs in shit.

Your state's regulations on energy put you there. It's your fault, CA citizens, that a gas refinery hasn't been built since the 70's because some penguin got lung cancer.

Get on your big government provided Huffy bikes and STFU you tree hugging liberal freaks. This is what you ASKED for.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 19:56 | 2861618 HD
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 I knew that Penguin. Smoked two packs a day and had a temper when he drank. Hell of a swimmer though.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 20:10 | 2861646 JuliaS
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Would've been a mayor of Gotham City if it weren't for f*ing Batman!

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 20:25 | 2861717 HD
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Julia, this is ZH, no asterisks needed. In fact, you are required to curse...I mean you are fucking required to curse.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 20:32 | 2861737 NewThor
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A Penguin fucked Batman?


Fri, 10/05/2012 - 20:38 | 2861752 Insideher Trading
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How else would you explain the existence of Barney Frank?

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 21:02 | 2861815 knukles
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Butt he's not from California!

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 21:25 | 2861862 e-man
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DAMMIT!!! There goes another keyboard.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 22:00 | 2861956 KK Tipton
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"A Penguin fucked Batman?"


In a Wesley Willis song no doubt.

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 04:52 | 2862346 Slewburger
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+100 SNAPS

The vultures, the vultures ate my dead ass up!

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 20:45 | 2861746 JuliaS
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My fucking apologies.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 21:03 | 2861814 HD
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You are now one of us.

Expect a Flowers By Irene truck to be parked across the street from you from now on.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 21:30 | 2861888 ZeroAvatar
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Yeah, if you're outside at night and suddenly get this strange sensation that you need to hide your heat signature, trust your instincts.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 22:05 | 2861963 Ms. Erable
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If you insulate your walls and ceiling with mylar blankets, there's no need for a tinfoil hat.

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 11:51 | 2862775 SoCalBusted
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Always a classy dresser too.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 19:56 | 2861620 Curt W
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Almost every product you purchase has a small disclaimer,

The state of california has determined that this product may cause cancer

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 20:01 | 2861638 knukles
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Is on boxes of Fleet enemas in CA.

(Why the fuck do I know about this shit?)

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 20:56 | 2861796 palmereldritch
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And ironically, in car culture capital California, gasoline is about to become the enema of the state

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 20:07 | 2861661 Insideher Trading
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Everything in CA causes cancer, this is true.

Except when Al Gore cruises in on his global cooling jet. A jet plane that only expels rainbows as exhaust as he is picked up in SUVs that run on lucky charms and magic.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 20:40 | 2861761 Dr. Engali
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They're magically delicious.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 20:13 | 2861684 shuckster
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CA may cause cancer to the US

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 20:34 | 2861748 ziggy59
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Hmmm, now it makes sense why abbreviation for cancer is CA.

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 00:52 | 2862210 Mr.Bigfoot
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California has determined that the act of living may result in cancer

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 23:50 | 2862133 A Nanny Moose
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I didn't vote for this shit...but you are right.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 19:51 | 2861602 akak
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Gotta keep that nine-tenths of a cent on the end of it, though!

Why the FUCK do they still pull that bullshit? Where else in the USA is ANYTHING priced to the tenth of a cent?

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 19:57 | 2861625 Tsunami Wave
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Hookers, drugs, and other illegal stuff not regulated in this country that don't need a stinkin 9/10 at the end of it.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 19:58 | 2861626 ToddGak
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I'm cool with gas at $5.69, but $5.69.9 ... that's where I draw the line.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 21:38 | 2861901 ZeroAvatar
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It's like the 90% point on NutbagYahoo's 'bomb' cartoon.


(Plutonium Be Upon Him)

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 20:00 | 2861636 Frank N. Beans
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because it sounds cheaper than rounding it up, like buying a car for 9,999.99


Fri, 10/05/2012 - 20:03 | 2861649 knukles
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Earl Schieb, any car any color, $29.99

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 20:26 | 2861718 The Gooch
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I'll take Chevy Volt in "Gobstopper Blue" for 200, Earl. I mean Alex.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 20:45 | 2861769 RSBriggs
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ou've been away for a while.   I think they were up to $499.99 before they went out of business a couple of years back...

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 20:54 | 2861791 knukles
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The other prisioners wouldn't let me watch anything other than Jimmy the Door Opener, which they'd convinced the warden was a kid's program.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 23:54 | 2862142 A Nanny Moose
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Last commercial I saw for him was $119.95...back in the 90's. Inflation.

At least Cal Worthington is still at it.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 20:06 | 2861664 akak
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You know, that is apparently the perceived "wisdom" of marketing experts and advertisers, but I say it is pure bullshit.

Are you really telling me that you do NOT instantly convert a price such as $69.99 into $70 in your head as soon as you see it?  Just like so much else in our sheepish society today, what "everyone" knows to be true is once again a ball of crap.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 21:10 | 2861830 palmereldritch
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My understanding is that it was originally devised early in retail by vendors so that a purchaser wanting his one cent change would force the sales clerks to use the cash register and record the sale, preventing the clerk from pocketing the cash. Some marketer probably took credit once the sheer gullibility of the average consumer began to sink in.

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 00:33 | 2862184 adr
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Which is why the credit card was invented, because it became too hard for the common clerk to figure out how to make change for a $9.99 item when the customer handed them a $10 bill.

*by the way you are correct.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 21:23 | 2861863 SanOvaBeach
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Your a loser!!  Thats why your still living w/ mommie and daddie...

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 22:49 | 2862037 akak
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No, your daddy left a long time ago, with his "friend" --- the downlow just wasn't doing it for him any more.  And while your mommy's STDs tend to encourage me to keep her at arm's length, she does make a Hell of a good meatloaf, so I let her stay around.

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 07:04 | 2862405 SanOvaBeach
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All you -9'er's r still w/ your parents, banging on a keyboard, in the bedroom u grew-up in.  See how mad AkAk is!  Your a fuck-up, Akak.  Your anger proves it along w/ the four that think your so kool w/ your comment.  Get a life, dud!

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 07:03 | 2862406 SanOvaBeach
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All you -9'er's r still w/ your parents, banging on a keyboard, in the bedroom u grew-up in.  See how mad AkAk is!  Your a fuck-up, Akak.  Your anger proves it along w/ the four that think your so kool w/ your comment.  Get a life, dud!

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 10:49 | 2862646 Lord Drek
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Did you seriously go through the process of creating a ZH profile and wait for the turn-around time for approval for the sole purpose of making that comment?

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 10:59 | 2862673 nmewn
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Tyler really needs to go back to captcha.

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 11:27 | 2862725 Hulk
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I never knew that AKAK was a dud.I hate duds...

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 13:53 | 2862977 SanOvaBeach
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Oh fuck!  To kool for words!

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 14:50 | 2863112 akak
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Apparently, you are "to kool" for an education, either.

It's always sad to find a raging methhead here --- they're usually more attracted to making comments on Yahoo or Twitter.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 23:04 | 2862071 Maxter
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I have worked as a seller in a retail store and I can tell you this from experience:  The .99 make a difference in people mind.

When they ask me the price and I say 59.99$ instead of 60$, you can see they stop listening after i say 59.  Their brain just cut out the rest as useless details.  But they still stay with the feeling that it is leess than 60$.

Not everyone is like that, but I can tell you there is enough of them to justify the trick.

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 01:32 | 2862247 formadesika3
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It's funny as hell when I say "so it's $60," and they look at me like  "how did he find out?"

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 06:32 | 2862390 Obadiah
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The Crazy advertising researchers have proved that the sheeple brain DOES respond that 9.99 IS a more appealing deal than 10 bucks.  Baaaa... somehow my brain goes in to caveman mode every single time i see titites.  OMG look at those... I cant help myself!!!

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 20:02 | 2861643 Curt W
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the $.99.9 cent store wher the disclaimer states all prices will be rounded up to the nearest cent at the register.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 20:14 | 2861685 BurningFuld
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Well if you get 10 gallons that's an extra penney. Penney saved is a penney not to give a shit about.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 21:18 | 2861853 SanOvaBeach
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HEy loser,

Is'nt kinda a drag living w/ your parents,  Your a complete loser!  I now it must feel good to blame the world by pounding on the keyboard blaming.  Have a nice life. asshole...

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 00:46 | 2862201 lasvegaspersona
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San guy

if you want to insult people and not look like grade school drop out stop using contractions. They confuse some people who say'your' when they mean 'you're'.

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 07:10 | 2862409 SanOvaBeach
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Another self-appointed English teacher.  Do you shit ice cream?  Or perhaps a poker chip up your ass.  How much underwater r u big shot?

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 09:27 | 2862499 SanOvaBeach
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I finally figured it out.  Your a true believer!  In yourself.  Do u get up in the morning and kiss the fuck'in mirror?  U really take yourself seriously, don,t yea.  I fact, your (thought you had me,huh)  you're  (happy now,asshole) fuck'in ego is so big, u don't use pencils w/ erasers because you don't make any mistakes .  That figures since you shit ice cream..............  ps your, you're, u is,  a jerk!........................Damm that was fun..........

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 10:21 | 2862593 GMadScientist
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"Why the FUCK do they still pull that bullshit?"

Because Americans are, by and large, a mass of innumerate buffoons who can't multiply or divide by 9 as easily as 10.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 19:52 | 2861606 Curt W
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Meanwhile in southern AZ I paid $3.49   $2.20 less and only a couple hundred miles away.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 19:54 | 2861612 Zone1
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Long PSX.  They are probably arbitraging the fuck out of this.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 19:55 | 2861614 holdbuysell
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Helluva week:

Gas shortages beginning

Carriers and big deck amphibious warships amassing in the ME

Bank virus (Gauss) talk increasing

I"m sure I missed a few.

Yea, everything's normal; in the pipe five by five. Nothing to see move along.


Fri, 10/05/2012 - 20:17 | 2861694 shuckster
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Rumor has it the Iran invasion plan (document) was floating around the internet back in 2001 (probably pre 9/11)

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 22:42 | 2862029 Bringin It
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PNAC <-- search

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 19:57 | 2861622 ebworthen
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California is the future.

More regulations which allow higher prices.

Higher prices to bleed the middle class and enrich the elites.

"Shortages" to induce angst and panic, and calls for politicians to "do something".

Politicians to keep bleeding the assets of the post WWII generations and give nothing to the millenials and Always On generations while fomenting age based warfare.

"Forward" hoodies and legions of Progressive youth crushing the Constitution and the economy following in the foodsteps of Hitler, Mao, Stalin, etc.

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 05:19 | 2862355 Urban Redneck
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It's actually only the middlemen who are being enriched by this, and that only lasts if they have inventory to hold out until the price drops, because if the have to restock, then their "windfall" is wiped out.

This isn't an elite-peon conflict, its a conflict between the basic laws of economics and the collective stupidity of elected leadership.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 20:00 | 2861632 Zerohedge fan
Fri, 10/05/2012 - 20:00 | 2861635 Tsar Pointless
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This, Americans will stand for and accept.

But turn on TBS and see what Americans - both of the "red" and "blue" persuasion - won't put up with.

Greatest. Country. In. The. World.

There will only be riots and social unrest if sports games are involved.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 20:05 | 2861654 HD
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Fri, 10/05/2012 - 20:22 | 2861709 robertocarlos
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They are throwing away perfectly good beer. Or at least it's beer.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 20:02 | 2861642 SILVERGEDDON

Fucking commodity speculative trading robot algorithims anyway. Wall street leeches. Greedy corporate petrochemical companies. First viable technology to compete head to head with these bastards, I hope will bury the bullshit jack the price for any reason motherfuckers in a grave marked " Obsolete Energy Ransom Artists " No other utility is allowed to game the shit out of their consumer market the way these leeches have been progressively allowed to do over the past few decades in particular. Fill their corporate graves with gasoline after tossing them in, and toss in a match. Vking Funeral - It's the least we can do. Live by the gas, die by the gas.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 20:33 | 2861732 Insideher Trading
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Wrap your face in cellophane and dive into a pool, preferably a pool with no water.

Tue, 10/16/2012 - 20:40 | 2896573 SILVERGEDDON

I already did that - it is called voting for an honest politician. You never hit bottom - there is none.

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 00:36 | 2862188 adr
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1985 Mercedes 300Ds run on peanut oil.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 20:10 | 2861665 Miffed Microbio...
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Wow just filled up @4.99! Woohoo, on my way to my first 5 buck gas fill up in a few days. In your face the rest of the nation, were #1. Yah Cali rules! We've even got Amazon charging us sales tax too! God I just love living here. Shit, all of you are just F'ing jealous. Now I'm going to go get drunk.


Fri, 10/05/2012 - 20:35 | 2861745 knukles
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Yeah, and to just make 'em jealous, where I live in the Winter Home of the Great Satan, I pay naught for heating and cooling... Gas for hot water.... that's about it.  Period.
Makes a difference from when I was East Coast, commuting in and out of the Great Shit Hole on the Island of Manhattan every day, paying a second mortgage for heating and air-conditioning.


Fri, 10/05/2012 - 22:19 | 2861989 ebworthen
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Someone posted this on another thread on another day so I can't take credit:

"What are you doing still living in that shit hole!?!?"

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 00:32 | 2862183 Miffed Microbio...
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I'm so drunk now so I shouldn't post but he'll what the fuck. Why do I still live here? Hmmmmm. Great question. Well I was born in San Fran in 1961. Moved to Malibu in 1970. Ojai in1973. In in1977 moved to Spokane,Wa and met mr miffed. Told him I wouldn't marry him unless he got a job in Cali. And the poor dumb schmuck did what I asked and we moved back to San Diego in 1982 and have be here ever since. Cali during those times we absolutely wonderful. This state was at the time was the envy of the nation and I have watched it spiral into the sewer for 3 decades. Don't blame me, I tried to stop it as many of my friends did as well, we were over run by the gimmies, the ivy tower acedemia, liberal power seekers and the unions. Why am i still here? Well at this point financially we cant escape yet but we are trying. Eventually when they tax us to a point where it is no longer worth living here we'll bail to the old family farm back in Washington. Cleaning calf pens would be truly preferable than shoveling the shit I do now. Let those assholes find someone else to bleed dry!


Sat, 10/06/2012 - 03:23 | 2862309 ebworthen
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I hear you.

I lived in La Jolla when I was a kid, ~1975-1981, great place, unbeatable climate.

Sadly, the nation is on the path of California; sold out for the money grubbers and ideologues.

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 08:46 | 2862472 Diesel Seven
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Aww, quit your whining, sober-up and count your blessings--it could be so much worse! You could live in Pakistan ( or Illinois). JK! Awesome post!

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 09:37 | 2862505 Miffed Microbio...
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Your right. As I sit here on the porch with a splitting headache, watching the sun rise and the mist clearing to reveal the majestic scenery where we live, I am truly grateful for my life. Mr miffed made extra dark french roast to aid in the recovery. It is very cathartic to have a good rant at times over things you are powerless to change and then the things you cherish seem so much more vibrantly beautiful.


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