“Wyrd biõ ful ãræd.”

Monday, February 3, 2014

Beat down to Parade Rest.

"je suis fatigué"





The NFL turned down a perfectly good add from a gun manufacturer, but allowed an add that exalted "the gay family."   I watched two "hosts" talking about the add on ABC news.  One greasy looking fat boy was talking about how "people in New York" don't like guns, so it should be banned.   If the secession movement down here keeps growing, it gets my vote.

  



I went to town today to pay my propane bill.  It was chaos.  The propane place was filled with senior citizens trying to get off the "auto fill" program.  That's where they come around without your calling and top you off. I never surrender any kind of control so I am not on it.   January 14th, when I bought my last load, propane was $2.69 a gallon.  Today they want $5.49  a gallon.  The woman said it will be "months" before the price of propane comes down.  I told her good luck, that nobody here can afford that price.  I didn't order anymore.  She tried to tell me all this bogus stuff about why the price has skyrocketed, but she was wasting her breath. I worked in oil and gas for twenty years, and I know exactly what's going on. The stuff you hear on the news is just smoke.  Purely and simply, this is people like my old boss manipulating gas prices to make a killing on "futures" deliveries they bought last summer. I'm not getting hosed to enrich people of that nature and will go back to wood until the price comes down.  Fortunately, I think I have enough already stacked up to stay warm for the rest of the winter unless we get more Science Fiction cold spells here.  Tough on everybody else that doesn't have a back up heat source though.


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  1. It's a shame but you are so correct.

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    1. It's the way the system works. All you can really do is buy as much as you can store when summer is making demand low. But God help you even then if something comes up in the news that the traders can use to artificially boost prices. You'd think people would catch on. Things like "Irans threaten to close Gulf of Hormuz" on the Crack News Network airs at 5:00 p.m. and the next day gas is .25 cents a gallon more at the pumps. That's just speculators jacking up the price , there's no basis in reality for it.

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  2. Exactly. First of April propane will be once again back to its two dollar mark. Wish I had a natural coal mound in my back yard.

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    1. I wish we had natural gas here. Natural gas is so low that a partnership I invested in ten years ago just folded. They weren't making enough money to pay the management fees. Lots of wells are just burning off the gas at the wellhead because they have no way to get it to a pipeline and it doesn't bring anything if they could. But people are going cold up here for lack of affordable energy. There's no technical reason that natural gas couldn't be used in rural areas, it's transportable. But that would cut into propane sales, and the same people control those companies.....

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    2. it's a sin to burn it off. they should cap the wells and wait. wasting what resources you have is horrible, for the day may be coming when the owners wish to God they had never wasted gas but you can't undo the sin.
      djh

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    3. Well, it's what has always been done with natural gas since the early days. You can pump oil out of a well and put it in a collecting tank, then some guy drives a truck around and collects the product and takes it to a company who buys it, then takes it to a refinery. But natural gas can't be compressed so it isn't really economically viable unless there is a pipe line to put it into. So they just burn it off, you have to get rid of it somehow. I agree that burning it off is not smart these days, with energy at such a crunch. However, as soon as you say "pipeline" all the green weenies come out with their little signs and people write their congressmen and you can't get a permit. Human society is shooting itself in the foot on this one.

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  3. Harry, Sad to say most people will beleive the propaganda and or panic. We see it with the ammo and all other basics with supply/demand cycles. Last year in Idaho we had what I consider the normal cold snap in Jan. and a bunch of people had frozen pipes and you could not buy a small electric heater for "love or money".

    I bet out west of the rockies we will see a shortage of rain and water barrels about May when people start to wake up to the drought happening here. They will have missed the rainy season to fill the barrels and get all "butt hurt" expecting the PTBs to save them from their own lack of preparing.

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    1. Once "they" can get a panic going, it sweeps everybody along. Even people who don't need some commodity have to deal with the idea that when they do have to "top off" it's going to cost a hell of a lot more down the road than it does now. So even good planners have to pay higher prices to keep their stores up. I have quit buying ammunition, period. A box of 9mm , just the run of the mill Turkish stuff, is now $22.00 for 50 rounds at Walmart. From here on in, I replace what I shoot with reloading, not off the shelf purchase.

      As for things like propane, all I really have to use it for is water heating and cooking. I don't have to heat with it, and heating with it is the major consumer of propane. I'll have to hump firewood, but I can do that. If it gets too cold, I have kerosene heaters. I won't be burning them much, though. I just bought 10 gallons of K1 today and it was $50.00. Last time I bought Kerosene it was $2.91 a gallon, before last summer.

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  4. We really are two or three different countries anymore. Just waiting for everyone else to figure that out. With luck we will figure out and do something about it before it does something about it. If you get my meaning.

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    1. If we do leave the "Union" it's a good thing Robert E. Lee won't be in command of the army this time. He wouldn't let Confederate troops burn Northern cities, (Sherman and Grant had no such compunction when they got down here." I don't have a damn thing in common with people like that grease ball on ABC. His point was if people in New York don't like something, let's ban it and to hell with what anybody in the rest of the country wants. If they want the Great Socialist Hive, let them have it. They can make Obama Emperor for all I care, as long as they can't tell me how to live or what to do down here. I get your meaning. I agree whole heartedly.

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  5. Harry,


    (captaincrunch)

    Down here in Texas we have "Secede" stickers with the Texas flag stickers on bunches of cars and trucks down here.

    I really don't want the Union to disintegrate, but' alas its the path our leaders have chosen.
    History is filled with former empires and usually when the leaders crack down on dissent is when the acceleration to chaos begins. Maybe we will get lucky and the people will wake up and vote out the current crop in D.C. but after 64 million misguided fools voted Democrat, my hope evaporates.

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    1. The vast majority of "the people" are too concerned with getting government benefits, or too overwhelmed with trying to survive, to do any serious thinking about anything but paying the next set of bills. I think things will just go on like they are, getting worse and worse. You should see how bad things are getting up here in Appalachia. It's never been a wealthy area, they don't call it "hard scrabble country" for nothing, but the situation, especially for the elderly and the younger people, is really bad now. I feel really sorry for people on the sort end of the stick but I'm damned if I know what to do about it. The lady at the propane company said people are coming in leaving cash donations to help those who can't afford to buy more propane. I guess that would make you feel good, and it might help somebody, but it's not a solution.

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  6. Funny how so many go with the flow, until that flow is cut off. Natural gas is being burned off in N.D. as they can't ship or store it, in the next breath, the natural gas companies want to raise the price to the consumer......Wrong Answer.

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    1. Rob, it's all messed up. I often think it's intentionally messed up, so the people who pull the strings at the Energy companies can harvest the common man for more profits.

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  7. Missouri's attorney general is investigating the price here.

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    1. Our state officials here are bought and paid for. They are mostly Republicans and they are as corrupt as the old Democratic administration of Georgia was in the 80's. I hope Missouri is better off in that respect.

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