Month: March 2020

Gas prices declining as I predicted

So prices for gasoline – It’s now down to $1.79/$1.85 cash/credit. How much further will it go I’m guessing $1.50/$1.65. This Russia vs. Saudi Arabia thing is great for making the price of a barrel of oil drop like the proverbial rock.

I am loving it, normally to fill up from half a tank was $16-$18. Today it was $13. And the Shell station near me – it was selling for $1.639 I am absolutely loving this. Why? Because cheap gas that’s why. Prices I haven’t seen since the early 1990’s.

Plus I know a few other things. The fact that cars are getting much more fuel efficient also played into this. Consider if you will the state and federal tax on a gallon of gasoline. Here in Georgia it’s 49.42 cents so if you back that out of that $1.639 you get $1.1358 a gallon. About 30% of that is refining, so 79 cents a gallon.

 

 

Car washing

So Artemis the car was getting a little dirty. There’s that and covered in pollen. So I spent $20 and had it washed and waxed. Why the hell not – even though I know we’re not past the pollen thing yet. She needed it. I mean when a silver car starts looking greenish yellow there’s a problem.

And when you think about it, pollen is nothing but tree sperm. I know.

A great comparison on family leave between two countries

I’ve said before we spend far too much on the military-industrial complex in this country. Hell I even worked with one in my career.

But this article compares having a child in Sweden and the U.S. Here’s what I’ll say the Swedish system has a government that wants people to have children. To the point where they pay for each child, have universal healthcare, etc. The U.S. has the inverse. We do non paid 12 weeks, the Swedish system does 480 days paid. The article even mentions just maybe we could stop military misadventure and take a few percent to stimulate families in the U.S. Who could argue with that I mean really does a politician really want to get up in front of the public and say he doesn’t support families?

When you consider our nominal military budget is $690 Billion. Hell I’d take $90 Billion off that and do the system Sweden has here in the United States. BTW, the woman in Sweden is a U.S. expat.

A New Site I’ve Stumbled Upon: A Litany of the Catholic Churches Misdeeds

Oh this is a good site. It details all the fun stuff about the Catholic church that I’ll bet they just want to keep quiet.

Details on the Borgia pope Alexander VI is familiar as I saw the series on I believe Netflix called Borgia – detailed about Cesare and the debauchery of the Pope, in fact I believe I’ve written about the Borgia pope before – and how in the series the Pope’s right hand man was in bed with a guy.

But the link above has much more. All the misdeeds of the Catholic Church laid out for all to peruse.

And I know two big laments the church has, first is the translation of the Bible into local vernacular, and the invention of the printing press. I just laugh. I mean come on they held onto those laments until the 1960’s. Thankfully John the 23rd knew the gig was up. Liberalized the church and then that mutt JP II fucked it all up. Oh well.

 

Oil prices dropping like a rock

Damnation, a barrel of oil is now trading at $21. And I’m noticing gasoline prices around here have now dropped below $2. Couple days ago I saw $1.95. If this continues and the Saudis and Russians continue to battle in the market we could see prices of $1.50 a gallon in spring/summer. Wooohoo. The oil companies taking it on the chin is just a side benefit.

The Horror

This whole coronavirus thing. It’s getting ridiculous. Why just a visit to a Bj’s club showed they had no more toilet paper, no more water, the freezer cases and many shelves empty. No alcohol wipes, hand sanitizers. Nothing.

Now reading around the web I see people are hoarding things like Toilet Paper – I think congress should act quickly and that way when we find a hoarder trying to sell a roll for $20 we can execute them on the spot. Scumbags, that’s what those people are.

Oh boy oil prices are declining

Now  you have to understand oil is traded on what they call the futures market. I liken it to rampant speculation.

Apparently there’s a little price war going on between Saudi Arabia and Russia right now. And it’s pushing the price of a barrel of oil down below $30. I’m just laughing my ass off right now because this means this spring/summer gasoline prices are gonna tumble too. We could see sub $2 a gallon gas again.

Now this will also reduce the demand for electric cars too. Maybe.

interesting results

So I stumbled upon bdsmtest.org and took the test.

== Results from bdsmtest.org ==
90% Voyeur
60% Exhibitionist
59% Switch
55% Vanilla
50% Experimentalist
47% Primal (Hunter)
42% Daddy/Mommy
41% Non-monogamist
41% Primal (Prey)
39% Submissive
39% Dominant
29% Brat tamer
29% Brat
10% Rigger
7% Master/Mistress
7% Slave
4% Pet
4% Boy/Girl
1% Owner
0% Rope bunny
0% Ageplayer
0% Degradee
0% Masochist
0% Degrader
0% Sadist

the voyeur and exhibitionist thing is something of a surprise to me. And the other thing daddy and brat. Those two relate to my roguish character the one i learned by being owned by felids aka cats.