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    $5.33 a Gallon in Redwood City

    I'm now stunned.
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    Is that what economists call the throat-clearing price?

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    That would be relatively cheap around here. Diesel is well over $5.00 and premium is running up to $4.80 or so. You can still find regular in the $4.25 range at Costco but the lines are really getting long!

    Whoops! I totally misread the title, either that or the price in Redwood City went up a buck overnight! My bad.
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    $5.33 a gallon for what, milk? Bourbon? Bottled water?
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    Once it reaches about $9, you'll be paying about what I've been paying for months now.

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    Yeah, $4.79 is so passé.

    For once it's cheaper in my town than somewhere in the USA other than Alaska. I'll mark than on a calendar.

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    I don't know Lianachan,

    I'm getting a group together to go raid some Australians for their gas. Picked a lonely coastal town and everything. One road through, one small harbor and no airport. All long range communications centrally located for your convience. No guns. No problem. Yay Google Earth!


    Have a decker on tap to drop their satelite phones and several tuned bolluxes (as in the electonic warfare use of the term, not the UK) for ham and citizins band. Though some nit picking bean counter is insisting we will burn all the fuel stolen getting back home. We had to give him a wedgy for being a wiseguy. And sort of not getting it.

    Already have my head shaved into a mohawk and bought a spiffy set of cestuses?, cesti? big spikey gloves weighted with lead. For smacking heros and "red shirts". Have a vest good enough to stop most shotgun and pistol rounds.

    Though unlike my role model, knowing myself I'll probably pick a female as a girlfriend. (A man has to know himself, and that was an easy guess.) I'll pick a local wench, as a pack of mutant gasoline raiders will still probably treat them nicer than the local males, if memory holds true. And they talk cute.

    Open to all. Sign up sheet below.Standard rules of raiding by independants apply.

    We leave in a week. I want more bodies in on this as those Aussies can be hard as ticks when they get riled. Seen it. Land combat vets get 3 extra shares. Dyerwolf, since you were a combat Marine and an O to boot, I'll cut you in for ten extra shares if you sign up. Though I'll need you to secure the road south. Won't even require you to enter the town unless something goes way wrong.
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    Baut members, worldwide, even US-wide, do you find useful this sort of thread about what is the retail price in US dollars of a gallon of gasoline/petrol charged by some particular seller in some particular US town?

    Would you rather get a new thread spurred by each significant jump in the wholesale cost of gasoline in standard measures -- where we could all comment in universal terms our observations and impacts? Or, should there maybe be one thread where the inevitable wholesale jumps might be noticed over time?

    I keep wondering how I'd look at a few threads that were about the particular prices in euros of a litre of essence in Orléans -- multiplied by a bunch of members around the globe.

    1-decimal-how many?!
    0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 ...
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    Am I getting that bad? I'm asking honestly.

    I do have organic brain damage and need to "take breaks" once in a while like other guys in my boat. I moved furniture with several who would get more and more "excitable" over a period of weeks until they have to take a break for awhile and come back a few weeks later all calm and refreshed. Been chased out of satirical threads four times in the past week when the previous record was zero. As I'm not unobservant this tells me something.

    I'm not huffy or nothing but I think I'm going to ban myself for a few days until this sorts itself out.

    Thank you 011. And that stomach link you came up with was cool too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDon View Post
    Am I getting that bad? I'm asking honestly.
    Not bad. I just like looking at the big picture -- this time that of the global increase in fuel prices. Sometimes the specific anecdotes help make it real to all. Sometimes the units get in the way of everyone's grokking the message.

    Just, all, please keep in mind that BAUT is read very widely, and try to write for the whole audience.

    I try to picture what is probably an untypical reader, say a curious schoolkid in Uganda using the school library's computer, or a retired Japanese salaryman, when I write, trying to connect.
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    Well, Don, if you said you had inorganic brain damage I'd be more worried.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike alexander View Post
    Well, Don, if you said you had inorganic brain damage I'd be more worried.

    I guess I have inorganic brain damage; I have a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry.
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    I invoke Donnie B's Theorem after a grand total of six posts.

    (I saw this thread when it had zero responses, and was actually typing in a comment that I gave it about six posts before the DBT was confirmed. I got called away to do some actual work and never posted that comment. I'm astonished that my prediction was exactly right, except if I had hit Post it would have been seven instead of six.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDon View Post
    I'm now stunned.
    Is that premium, diesel, or what? I'm sure it isn't regular.

    Premium at my favorite gas station (not the most expensive or the cheapest, but right on my way to work) is $4.60 something (didn't catch the last digits as I went by this morning). Diesel is higher. Sacramento has prices close to, but not quite as high as bay area, and if you work at it, you can find more expensive gas stations (I always wonder how the more expensive ones get business). Also, California tends to have prices on the high end of national prices because of effect of clean air rules on refining.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donnie B. View Post
    I invoke Donnie B's Theorem after a grand total of six posts.

    (I saw this thread when it had zero responses, and was actually typing in a comment that I gave it about six posts before the DBT was confirmed. I got called away to do some actual work and never posted that comment. I'm astonished that my prediction was exactly right, except if I had hit Post it would have been seven instead of six.)
    I'll keep pointing it out, too. I really do find it hard to sympathise with people who are complaining at suddenly having to pay as much as less than half of what I have to pay for fuel.

    Your theorem, by the way, can probably be expanded to include the "there's always somebody worse off that you" factor. It applies to virtually any complaint!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDon View Post
    I don't know Lianachan,

    I'm getting a group together to go raid some Australians for their gas. Picked a lonely coastal town and everything. One road through, one small harbor and no airport. All long range communications centrally located for your convience. No guns. No problem. Yay Google Earth!

    Have a decker on tap to drop their satelite phones and several tuned bolluxes (as in the electonic warfare use of the term, not the UK) for ham and citizins band. Though some nit picking bean counter is insisting we will burn all the fuel stolen getting back home. We had to give him a wedgy for being a wiseguy. And sort of not getting it.

    Already have my head shaved into a mohawk and bought a spiffy set of cestuses?, cesti? big spikey gloves weighted with lead. For smacking heros and "red shirts". Have a vest good enough to stop most shotgun and pistol rounds.

    Though unlike my role model, knowing myself I'll probably pick a female as a girlfriend. (A man has to know himself, and that was an easy guess.) I'll pick a local wench, as a pack of mutant gasoline raiders will still probably treat them nicer than the local males, if memory holds true. And they talk cute.

    Open to all. Sign up sheet below.Standard rules of raiding by independants apply.

    We leave in a week. I want more bodies in on this as those Aussies can be hard as ticks when they get riled. Seen it. Land combat vets get 3 extra shares. Dyerwolf, since you were a combat Marine and an O to boot, I'll cut you in for ten extra shares if you sign up. Though I'll need you to secure the road south. Won't even require you to enter the town unless something goes way wrong.
    As an Aussie I'd like, in a friendly manner, to offer a cautionary word or two...

    1. Insects & arachnids - we have a few here to give pause to the bravest souls. Couple of spiders that specialise in large mammalian types, another as big as a plate that likes meat. Got a couple of flies about an inch long that bite like the deveil's pitchfork.

    2. Snakes - of the top 13 most poisonous snakes on the planet, we have 12 of them. The King Cobra is about No. 8 i think. The top five a a whole order of magnitude above all others, in toxicity & amount delivered. Tiger snakes like to come hunting if you so much as walk too close. Most of them like to swim.
    We have a snake that like to climb trees & hang around till someone walks near the tree. They can flatten their bodies & glide so from 100ft tree you aren't safe out to about 60ft away.

    3. We have lizards that like to eat snakes...

    4. Those kookaburras that you hear in jungle sound tracks in movies? The laughing jackass as we call them? They like to pick up poisonous snakes & fly up in the air & drop them. This tends not to please the snakes. Try not to be under one.

    5. Kangaroos - about 4ft tall (the greys) up to about 7ft tall (the reds), claws an inch or more long, head of bone, hind legs able to rip the belly from a rhino. Get a little short tempered when anything gets between them & food. Try not to...

    6. Wombats - short cute little sorts, build from molybdenum steel. If one starts running, DON'T let it hit you. You'll lose the bit it hits. Sherman tanks were designed after them but they couldn't quite get the solidity factor with mere metal.

    7. Koalas - We keep them stoned on eucalyptus because they have muscles of steel to drive 2 inch claws. Australia would be uninhabitable if they ever get straight.

    8. Emus - About the size of an Ostrich but meaner. Like to kick & capable of giving you new front ribs - sticking out your back

    9. Cassowary's - Emus are afraid of them, think they're too stroppy.

    10. You don't need to worry about sharks in the estuary waters. The crocs ate them out...

    When & if you get past all of that, you'll probably reconsider the whole 'raid' idea & figure anything requiring that kind of committment should probably result in you becoming an Aussie.

    That's OK, we've got a few nationalities here - 130+ at last count. We accept almost anyone. *grins* ...that survives...

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    So what you're saying, Acolyte, is that the Drop Bears are the least of your problems?
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    Never mind the drop bears - we breed all that other fauna because we have BUNYIPS!

    Deadly to most humans, the only way to tackle one is to wear them down with all the other life forms...

    Besides, Bundy rum isn't that popular... *grins*

    But even bunyips turn & run when they see an Aussie heading in for petrol. It's not that we get upset at the price so much that we know the only reason we pay so much is because of a nasty little trick called parity pricing - we produce our own fuel but then get to pay according to what it sells for OS.

    Politics - from poly (meaning - many) & tick (meaning -blood sucking insect)

    Oh, and we have ticks too... & cane toads... & magpies that like to peck heads... & flies. The flies are harmless in themselves but they provide a nice method for distraction - can be quite hard to line up the sights with a fly landing on your lip. We have them trained so they keep coming back to the same spot when you try to brush them away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 01101001 View Post
    Baut members, worldwide, even US-wide, do you find useful this sort of thread about what is the retail price in US dollars of a gallon of gasoline/petrol charged by some particular seller in some particular US town?

    Would you rather get a new thread spurred by each significant jump in the wholesale cost of gasoline in standard measures -- where we could all comment in universal terms our observations and impacts? Or, should there maybe be one thread where the inevitable wholesale jumps might be noticed over time?

    I keep wondering how I'd look at a few threads that were about the particular prices in euros of a litre of essence in Orléans -- multiplied by a bunch of members around the globe.

    1-decimal-how many?!
    Fact: You can ask Google "5.33$/gallon in €/liter" and it will translate for you.

    5.33 (US$ / US gallon) = 0.910054963 € / liter (= 8.46130341 Swedish kronor / liter)

    I've seen up to almost 1.4€* here in Sweden and have been since the beginning of the year. I find Americans moaning over fuel prices ridiculous (and have you stopped driving those giant gas guzzlers yet?).



    *) Current according to bensinpriser.se: Stockholm 12,45(95) 11,74(98) 11,99(Diesel) 8,04(E85) 2008-06-11 [in SEK.]
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    Quote Originally Posted by jokergirl View Post
    Fact: You can ask Google "5.33$/gallon in €/liter" and it will translate for you.

    5.33 (US$ / US gallon) = 0.910054963 € / liter (= 8.46130341 Swedish kronor / liter)
    I discovered that yesterday, after working it all out the old fashioned way anyway.

    Google says: 5.33 (US$ / US gallon) = 0.721404365 UK£ / liter.

    I think UK based people would be absolutely delighted to be paying 72p a litre for their fuel.

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    How high are the gas prices in the UK right now? Sweden is a bit extraordinary since we have such ridiculously high taxes (E85 is untaxed, that's the only reason it's cheaper).

    I'd totally take the American prices. I haven't seen prices that low since the 90es (though from what I heard from friends, US gas is badly mixed and unefficient - I wonder if that's still true).


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    Quote Originally Posted by jokergirl View Post
    How high are the gas prices in the UK right now? Sweden is a bit extraordinary since we have such ridiculously high taxes (E85 is untaxed, that's the only reason it's cheaper).
    It's quite variable, and increases almost daily. Where I am, in the Highlands of Scotland, it's particularly bad.

    Today, I saw 121.9p for unleaded and 137.9p for diesel. That's per litre, of course.

    Google says that's $9 per US gallon for unleaded, and $10.19 for diesel. So yes - $5.33? Boo hoo.

    Scotland, of course, is by far the main oil producer in the UK. We produce more oil than Kuwait.

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    have you stopped driving those giant gas guzzlers yet?
    Not everybody here drives (or has driven) a gas guzzler. My current vehicle is a Honda Civic. Previous vehicles - Hyundai Accent, Mazda 323 and a Mazda 626.

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    $5.33?

    Wow - it's around $4.00 here. I know that isn't bad compared to some places (and no, I don't drive a gas guzzler - I drive a subaru outback that gets about 28mpg, and I couldn't use anything smaller), but what is really somewhat surprising is that how cheap it still is here compared to some areas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lianachan View Post
    I discovered that yesterday, after working it all out the old fashioned way anyway.

    Google says: 5.33 (US$ / US gallon) = 0.721404365 UK£ / liter.

    I think UK based people would be absolutely delighted to be paying 72p a litre for their fuel.
    Yeah, 72p - I think that was sometime last millennium! IIRC it was briefly down in the high 80s a couple of years ago.

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    I put 95 RON in the Lotus the other day at €1.49/L. That works out to $8.82 US per American gallon. 95 and 91 were the same price... Figure that out.

    Diesel is running about €1.45/L. Not much different.

    Worst I've ever seen was in Holland at €1.69. Seems like prices over there are consistently 20%-30% more than here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lianachan View Post
    Google says that's $9 per US gallon for unleaded, and $10.19 for diesel. So yes - $5.33? Boo hoo.
    Aw c'mon. We're not accustomed to paying these prices.

    Your reaction would be the same if it'd been the equivalent of UNDER $1.50 per gallon for all of your life (38 years for me).

    Who wants to spend more? Neither me nor you.

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    Was up to $1.35 Cdn the other day, back down to $1.31/litre today. ETA: reg. unleaded

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lianachan View Post
    Google says that's $9 per US gallon for unleaded, and $10.19 for diesel. So yes - $5.33? Boo hoo.
    Here's the thing, though - North America is, on average, less dense and cooler than Europe. I can tell you for a fact that Canadians use the most fossil fuel in the world per capita. Why? It's bloody cold in the winter and we have a lot of land to drive over. I'm certain that the northern United States (not to mention Alaska) is in a similar situation. So, yes, per unit the price of petroleum products is lower in North America, but we need to use more so we don't freeze and so we can ship food in. And so, yeah, high oil prices hurt us just as much as you.

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