Looks Like We Can’t Find Any Gazzuline

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Mad Max drove around looking for gas. At least he was able to do that.

Many Americans  will wake up today to find they have no gas – or rather, that none’s available. Hard to drive around looking for it when you haven’t got any – and can’t get it, either. Which is also a function of not being able to pay for it – a problem Max never had.

Thanks to the “cyber attack” on the Colonial Pipeline by “Russian hackers”- in air quotes to emphasize the questionability of “cyber” whatever to do what is alleged to have been done (I have discussed this with some knowledgeable people in the business who tell me they smell a rat; that the story has all the ring of truth of a Fauci press conference) there is no gas at many stations along the east coast – especially the Carolinas and Virginia, where Gesundheitsfuhrer “Coonman” Northam just declared a state  of emergency (again) over not just the lack of gas but the Max Max behaviors the lack of gas might prompt.

The fuel shortage is probably temporary but – as with the weaponization of hypochondria – the damage may last longer.

Fuel price spikes are happening; I spent almost $70 filling up my old muscle car with premium (which it needs) which I may need, if the situation gets ugly.

I also fueled up all my five gallon jugs and my bikes and my truck. Looks like I’ve found some gazzuline. For now.

It may not be much, but it’ll keep me mobile, for awhile.

It’s not just cars that won’t move, either, when the pumps run dry. Food – and practically everything else people need – gets delivered by trucks that use gas (and diesel) and when these stop moving, the food and the rest stops showing up – and that’s when people tend to go Mad Max.

Keep in mind how they behave when the weather guy says a snowstorm is coming.

Well, it may be spring – but it’s going to snow.

But these are momentary concerns. The bigger concern is what it may mean if prices don’t go back down when the pipeline comes back online. This is entirely possible, for reasons that have nothing to do with the supply of gas, including the over-supply of “money” – as the arbitrarily-worth-something pieces of paper we keep in our pockets is styled. It may become worth less (and possibly worthless) at any moment, since these piece of paper are backed by nothing of value.

Just the “full faith and credit” of the government of the United States. Which is worth as much as the promises made by an AIDS-riddled, crack-smoking hooker. She’ll tell you anything – and so will Uncle. Who is far worse than AIDS in terms of his destructive capacity.

It is also in the interests of Uncle to keep gas prices high – in order to make the Green New Deal seem “cheap.” When gas is $5 – or $10 – per gallon, an electric car seems like a really sweet deal. Until you remember how much you had to pay for the electric car, which you probably can’t afford – even if Uncle gives you a $7,500 “tax credit” as an inducement.

But what will people do when they can’t afford to drive their paid-for, not-electric cars – which are currently very cheap to drive?

Well, they were.

On Monday, I could full up my little ’02 Nissan Frontier’s 15 gallon tank for about $30. This constitutes my cost to drive the truck every day for a week, since the truck itself is paid for. That’s $120 per month, $1,440 annually – at Monday’s prices.

By Tuesday, the cost to fuel it had risen to nearly $40. That’s an extra $480 annually – about the sum received in “stimulus” last fall, with some pizza and beer money left over. Still manageable.

But everything changes if it rises to say $5 per gallon – which means $75 to fill it, which means $300 a month – which is almost a car payment, on a truck long since paid off. This could well be what Uncle Joe is after.

A nudge – of people not stupid enough to trade in a paid-for not-electric car for the payments of a brand-new electric car, which Joe (and those operating the senescent puppet’s strings) want very much for everyone to drive – those who can still afford to drive at all – because electric cars are so much easier to control.

Debt being a form of that, by the way.

If you are in hock, you are under control. It is much harder to tell an employer who insists you Diaper or get Needled to go to Hell when you need the money because of all the bills you have. It much easier when you haven’t got them, because you don’t need the money – ipso facto, as Bill Cosby used to say.

But also, literally.

Many people do not understand that electric cars are much easier to control because they are connected, via their umbilicus, to the centralized source of power – electricity – which the government can easily ration, as it likes and just like that.

Also, the EV is connected – literally, again – like a cell phone, to the company that made it. It receives “updates” over the air. These include adjustments to its charging/battery system, which can be tweaked for more – or less – range. Tesla did just that the year before the ‘Rona, when it sent out an update, giving the cars more range than they nominally had, to enable them to get away from the path of a hurricane; the same capability can be used to reduce the range, to zero – if your social credit is low.

It’s all . . . connected.

Maybe we can connect the dots. Before it’s too late, ideally.

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98 COMMENTS

  1. No gazz? Oh well Mengele fauci, guess I can’t make it to the doc’s for my poison injections.

    Pipeline hacked by Russians? LMAO. This is standard procedure for Dems and socialists to blame every backwards event that they fueled on the Ruskies. Once again, like a fake 2020 pandemic, we will never get the truth about what really happened.

    How will the blm-ers and antifarts get to their next peaceful riot without gazz? Joey, please turn the spigot back on…yes it goes to the left…no Joey, not that left, your other left. Forget it Joey, go back down to the basement and practice on the washer hot and cold spigots. And go sniff some black mold.

  2. Report from Corona 92882, Western Riverside Co, CA
    $4.40 for 87 octane Chevron @ independent Chevron dealer near SR91
    $4.15 for 87 octane Mobil @ Circle K @ same intersection.
    $3.70 cash price @ Sinclair on W. 6th St.
    No supply problem at this time, just high prices.

    If trend continues, I would not rule out the possibility of $5/gal gasoline by July.
    We’ll see..

    • Guys you all act like faddle, daddles .I have no problem with fooling around with gas ,or diesel ,took the darn motor out of my carriage ,sold it for a profit and put a wind mill on top . You start out rolling down a hill, and the mill starts spinning making power, then through it in gear and the faster you go the more power you have .Not you stupid, the car. You make your own wind by going as fast as the car will run and the mill spinning like crazy ,making more power the faster you go . A little battery in the trunk stores the power not used to start the car ,the next morning for your next joy ride .

  3. This just shows everyone the weakness of centralization. I’m actually happy when things like this happen, because although it’s painful, it does demonstrate the ramifications of centralized systems of energy and resource generation.

    This is one time in which an electric vehicle may be useful, because if the proper systems have been procured, electricity can be generated anywhere.

    Luckily, gazzuline and diezel can be generated anywhere as well, but systems to do such are much more seldom found. I’d like to change all of that.

    • Yep.

      Centralization is more efficient in some ways, but it is far more brittle in the event of a disruption.

      Electricity is highly centralized, however, in terms of its production/distribution.

  4. ‘if prices don’t go back down when the pipeline comes back online’ — EP

    Should gasoline prices go back down, still plenty of other prices are ripping higher with a screaming vengeance.

    Big Gov confessed today that its [manipulated] Consumer Price Index soared 4.2% in the past 12 months — the largest increase since Sep 2008, when crude oil’s record high of $147 a barrel was just a few weeks in the rearview mirror.

    Thanks, Resident Joe!

    Even more piquant: ‘The index for used cars and trucks rose 10.0 percent in April. This was the
    largest 1-month increase since the series began in 1953.’

    Only since 1953? Nice work, guys! Kited stimmy checks, conveying Federal Reserve keystroke kurrency to nigh on every household in the land, are lifting prices like the majestic thunder of a Saturn V rocket breaking free of its launch scaffolding.

    Inflation notoriously produces a ‘live for today’ zeitgeist, since planning for tomorrow becomes impossible. This is the Biden summer of free money, free beer and free love. The livin’ is easy … but the brittle facade of Joe’s Yellenschrift pleasure dome is visibly cracking, as more items become unavailable at any price.

    ‘One million cash takes this vintage Tesla — lost everything in Dogecoin!’ (hand-lettered sign, 2022)

    • >This is the Biden summer of free money, free beer and free love.
      Meanwhile, The Nuisance in Sacramento is attempting to win the upcoming recall election the old fashioned way, by buying it. What a creep.

      • > ‘The Nuisance in Sacramento is attempting to win the upcoming recall election the old fashioned way, by buying it.’ — turtle blues

        Funny that —

        PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich on Mar 25, 2021 sued the U.S. Treasury Department over a provision in President Joe Biden’s coronavirus relief law that bars states from using the cash they get to directly or indirectly cut taxes.

        What it does bar is using the $4.8 billion Arizona is getting from the American Rescue Plan Act to backfill revenue cuts with the federal money.

        https://tinyurl.com/2a9nhata

        Free money good; tax cuts B-A-A-A-A-A-A-A-A-D!!

          • Paying down state debt might be ‘Biden legal.’

            But since the main benefit of debt reduction is long-term, no politician would do such a sensible thing that brings no personal benefit.

            Instead, this: ‘L.A. County considering $1,000 for 1,000 residents in basic income program’ — LaLaLand Times

            Not enough,‘ hiss the insulted beneficiaries.

            • And from the Sacramento sewer comes $500 apiece for illegals, paid for by our tax dollars.

              D’ya think at least some of the wetbacks are voting? I am certain of it, because I have observed people being signed up, i.e. duly registered to vote, without being required to show any proof of citizenship.

              No doubt los mojados will cast their (illegal) votes for Sr. “Muy Bueno” Newsom, out of gratitude for el dinero gratis.

        • Nah, shit is actually worth something.
          Chicken shit, cow shit, horse shit, all will make your garden grow.
          FRNs? Maybe burn them for heat, same as die Papiermark.

        • Hi Norman,

          I tried just now to “reboot” my long dormant Bitcoin account; guess what? They demand I provide my driver’s license or state-issued ID in order to buy/sell using their “currency.”

          Even worse than FRNs.

          Well, for now.

  5. The extortion ransomware bandits are asking for a lot of something. Is it even money?

    Màybe pure mayhem is the goal.

    CP is between a rock and a hard place. Must be a lot of senseless bickering going on today

    The swindlers might have the upper hand. Can’t do that, wouldn’t be prudent.

    The hunt is on.

  6. I heard or read somewhere that this pipeline shutdown was payback to the mostly GOP or freer states along its route. The shutdown was payback for not following the mask “mandates” from on high; it was also payback for not going along with the Green New Deal.

    • The shutdown could be staged, as Eric said, to drive up gasoline prices. I also think it could be Uncle Sam doing a “Who’s your DADDY?” moment, to show that they’re in control. In any case, I’ve lived long enough to know better than to trust the “official” version…

    • Monday, the D govking in NC pens an op-ed for national publication offering his support to Biden’s plans to fight climate change and promote the green new deal and EVs. The next day he declares a new state of emergency over the “gas crisis.” Seems more like collusion than payback

        • Hi Mark,

          Amen – if we know anything, it is that we know we cannot trust anything the government says. The institution has proved itself to be fundamentally unworthy of even being the benefit of the doubt.

          • I disagree. The government is perfectly trustworthy, in that whatever it decrees is in its favor, not in yours, is unlikely to in any way resemble the truth, is guaranteed not to adhere to any moral or ethical standard, and last but not least, is designed to create its ability to inflict tyranny at will.

  7. Has anyone been watching diesel in the SE US? Has has supply been in your area? Here in Central VA gasoline has been running low, but diesel doesn’t seem too affected yet. The current synopsis is it would take 13k tankers daily to cover the eight states affected. As of now Colonial has pumped out 41 million barrels in 5 days. The issue is this pipeline usually pumps 100 million a day. We are getting about 8% capacity, which is a damn fearful number and one that will have dire consequences not only to the region, but countrywide.

    • Hey RG!

      Nice seeing you. You’re more rare than you used to be.

      Make sure you pronounce it “diezel”. Soon you might actually have to do some raiding. 😉

      • Hi BaDnOn,

        Will do. 🙂

        I feel like I have been raiding for a year….it is always fun to try to find supplies when one will not step foot into a grocery store.

    • RG:

      I’ve noticed many filling stations charging more for regular unleaded than diesel in central KY which as you noted wouldn’t indicate a shortage IMO. IF I’m not mistaken you can only squeeze out about half the highway diesel from a barrel crude compared to how much gasoline you can extract.

      I think the whole thing is another psyop, another nudge, not at all what any mainstream news outlets are saying it is.

      Saying “fuel shortage” will become a self fulfilling prophecy

      “Hey look, fuel shortages coming!” Everybody panic buys fuel, coupled with the amount of fuel delivery drivers that quit or were laid off when demand was down. “Aww geez…see!? Fuel shortage!” Just rewind eight months back and think TP, inexpensive meat, beans, and rice. Wash rinse repeat. Orchestrated scarcity.

      For what, who knows?

      • Yes, but prices for all grades of fuel are based on supply/demand, not entirely on cost (or avialability). So, diesel would be likley be less affected by a supply contraction than gasoline as there is less of it and doesn’t appear to be affected by the pipeline as much

      • Hi SS,

        In my area it seems diesel is fine, not plentiful by any means, but no gas station is out of it. Gasoline is hard to come by. I think my next car may be a diesel, if nothing else, there isn’t the demand that there is for gas.

          • Hi Eric,

            The independents seem to have more fuel than the nationwide guys. Exxon and company are all out in my area, but Quarles and Southern States have half of their pumps operating. As I was driving in on my way to work a Southern States tanker pulled in. Two lanes open and about 7 cars total in line. I love living in the country!

  8. There are a lot of aspects to this, including primarily the attempt to hide/excuse the coming price inflation that is symptomatic of the unprecedented monetary expansion, but there’s no shortage of gas. They just turned off the pipeline (supply) so when they turn it on again, the dough heads will be so relieved that they will happily pay significantly higher prices at the pump. Because hackers, durr.

    More examples of how this works.

    Thousands of unfinished Ford trucks stockpiled due to purported chip shortage.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/satellite-imagery-captures-thousands-unfinished-ford-trucks-stashed-kentucky-speedway

    How about soaring lumber prices? Video of prodigious amounts of lumber being stored at an abandoned rail yard in VT.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/commodities/what-lumber-shortage-train-loads-lumber-just-stacked

    • I recently drove from Seattle to LA down the I 5. I can attest there is no lumber shortage. I don’t remember which town in southern Oregon. Near Medford, Grants Pass perhaps? Miles of lumber 2 by, 4 by, you name it. Stacked to the heavens. I think you are correct, all of this is contrived to hide the hyper inflation built into printing Trillions of trash coins (FRNs).

    • Quoting from your link:
      “Federal Reserve slashed interest rates to zero, sparking a housing boom. The influx of demand outpaced supply and has caused lumber prices to jump 340% from a year ago, according to Random Lengths.”

      That is pure rubbish, from where I live in SoCal.
      Residential building is moribund, but lumber prices have skyrocketed.

      • You need to go back and read the first part of the sentence you quoted. It starts with “The narrative touted in the public domain…”. The rest of the article raises a lot of questions about that very statement. I don’t know if the “DeBeers diamond strategy” is exactly what’s going on but lumber yards in my area are noticeably full up AND prices are sky high. It doesn’t compute.

        • >It starts with “The narrative touted in the public domain…”.
          Yes, exactly. Random Lengths is a well known and “respected” publication in the lumber industry.
          The entire point of the article, as you’ve noted, is to question, and indeed debunk, that assertion. We have both offered up data points which contradict the “party line,” so to speak.

  9. A potential positive that could emerge from the string of unmitigated disasters that will surely befall us (starting with this one) is that the average Americanoid will finally have something to *really* be afraid of. Just today in my neck of NC, I noticed a shockingly lower amount of masks around town (even the local policeman took it off!). We’re out of gas down here, so I’m guessing people are too worried about transportation to play sickness kabuki for now.

    • Amazing how fast people forget about their sickness cult and if you have a diaper on your face if they think their supply of cheetos and hot pockets are going to be disrupted.

  10. This truly has turned into a third-world country. If we’re gonna live third-world style…may as well do it in a true third-world country where there is much less government infrastructure and thus more freedom.

    • Is it wrong to hope for collapse? Maybe to be pleased with the current order of things, and hope that continues apace, or even accelerates, until the whole rotten thing implodes? Because then we at least have a chance.

      • Chance for what? To walk around like a caveman and hunt for food?

        I like the trappings of a once civilized country.

        I can put up with just about anything but a gas shortage, real or fake.

        • Three days without food delivery in urban areas and we will see that civilization is a thin paint job applied to human behavior. Three days without food, and the average person won’t hesitate to murder their neighbor to get some.

          • It is coming. Right now Richmond and Norfolk 60% of stations have run out of gas. Similar figures in Atlanta, GA and Wilmington, NC. My town still has a little gas. The town 20 miles over has none. On my way into work this morning I just passed two tankers at the local truck stop. They were delivering diesel. I didn’t stop, but I could tell from the road not one person was wearing a mask.

            We will soon see that fuel shortages cure COVID. I wonder what cures fuel shortages?

      • Au Contraire, collapse is our only hope. But it will be wrenching and difficult for the most prepared, life shattering and deadly for the unprepared. Until the established crooks lose their confidence game, the communist enforcers will still get paid. Prepare yourself accordingly and you are far more likely to survive and thrive. We’re entering the asymptotic phase of hyperinflation now.

  11. RE: “It is also in the interests of Uncle to keep gas prices high”

    I’ve heard that said about quite a few other subjects which most people wouldn’t even begin to draw a connection to, the whole notion is a bit disturbing, if you think about it for a few minutes.

    Anyway, your article reminded me of this Metallica song (I sometimes hear it in my head in place of – or alongside of – the VW GTi song when I’m doing something dangerous and fun) hope you don’t mind if I post the lyrics:

    Gimme fuel, gimme fire
    Gimme that which I desire
    Ooh

    Turn on, I see red
    Adrenaline crash and crack my head
    Nitro junkie, paint me dead
    And I see red

    A hundred plus through black and whites, ha, ha
    War horse, warhead
    Fuck ’em man, white knuckle tight
    Through black and white

    Ooh, and I burn
    Fuel is pumping engines
    Burnin’ hard, loose and clean

    And I burn
    Turning my direction
    Quench my thirst with gasoline

    So gimme fuel, gimme fire
    Gimme that which I desire, hey
    Yeah

    Hey, turn on beyond the bone
    Swallow future, spit out hope
    Burn your face upon that chrome
    Yeah

    Take the corner, going to crash
    Headlights, head on, headlines
    Another junkie lives too fast
    Yeah, lives way too fast, fast, fast, woh

    Ooh, and I burn
    Fuel is pumping engines
    Burnin’ hard, loose and clean

    Ooh, and I burn
    Churning my direction
    Quench my thirst with gasoline

    So gimme fuel, gimme fire
    Gimme that which I desire

    Ooh, yeah, hey

    Hey, hey, hey, hey
    Hey, hey, hey, hey
    Hey, hey
    Feel it burning
    Burn my fuckin’ pain

    Ooh, I burn
    Fuel is pumping engines
    Burnin’ hard, loose and clean

    Then I burn
    Turning my direction
    Quench my thirst with gasoline

    Gimme fuel, gimme fire
    Gimme that which I desire, yeah

    That burn, yeah

    • Helot – has to be one of my favourite songs by them. Infact the first song by them which really caught my attention. Man its an amazing song… But damn now will go through my head all day now….

  12. I knew immediately to what you were referring in the title, Eric!

    I’m always calling it “gazzuline”, which wins me many a confused look.

  13. I don’t buy the false flag argument here. I’m responsible for the security of all of our network infrastructure, and public internet communication systems that self-driving cars talk to. It’s quite important that this is resistant to hacking, so I stay up to date on developments in network security.

    The Colonial pipeline was indeed hacked, by extortionists, who have hacked many companies before. It’s really easy, because most companies will have computers connected to the internet, which have no business being connected to the internet, and have things like default passwords, so, say “admin/admin”. These extortionists will log into such a computer and spend some time snooping network traffic to figure out what other computers share that network, and will try to log into each of those. Some they’ll get into, others they won’t but once they have a good number compromised, they install some malware which copies out data, and also encrypts the hard disk so you can’t access it any more. THis is where the extortion begins – pay us $1M in Bitcoin or we leak your inconvenient data on the internet, and we permanently delete the data on the compromised computers. If someone pays the ransom, they will provide decryption keys to decrypt the data on the compromised machines, but they probably leave behind a little, hard to find backdoor so they can do it again.

    This happens _every single day_ to several companies in exactly the same way. These hackers, and it’s presumably a group named “DarkSide”, but it’s not definitive yet, have turned this into a HUGE business for themselves.

    So, in my professional opinion, since I’m very familiar with this area, is that it’s most likely an extortion attempt by people who don’t give a damn about the collateral damage that they’re causing.

    • Oh, here we go, the FBI confirmed that it’s DarkSide:
      https://www.fbi.gov/news/pressrel/press-releases/fbi-statement-on-compromise-of-colonial-pipeline-networks

      It’s pretty clear these guys hacked something too big. The CIA is really good at taking these people down. Their days are numbered. Privacy on the internet is almost impossible, so it takes one tiny slip up for someone to figure out the people behind DarkSide.

      Also, people who build industrial networks are often naive or incompetent. There are some very important rules to follow, which Colonial did not.
      1) DO NOT put anything on the internet if you can help it.
      2) If you must have internet facing systems, put them into an isolated network which can’t connect, for any reason, to your control systems.
      3) If you must interact with your control systems via something on the internet, you build some very narrow exceptions to rules 1) and 2), use industry standard, well tested authentication, and for really important things, you require 2 people to make changes (imagine nuclear missile launch keys in movies)

      • How did pipelines operate before the Internet? That is the question that must be asked. We need to get back to that type of operation.

          • You would think… there used to be people reading the pressure sensors and the flow meters and reporting it to a centralized place. Those idoits running the pipeline are lazy and had no backup plan in place. They prefered to “save money”. No one will face consequences for this nor will anyone care after the gasoline flow is restored.

        • Swamprat,

          Probably because they don’t teach these guys how to do things manually anymore so they have no clue. “But why learn about that when i can just push a button?”

          • Yeah, that’s what I thought. I worked at asphalt plants and they were getting into remote monitoring. No one, myself included, had a clue how the mixing formulas worked or anything. At least their operation was not on the internet (or at least anything I knew about). This whole internet of things is an invitation to hackers and to surveillence as we are finding out.

      • OK Opposite lock, the FBI said it. That settles it, its as true as true can be. SMFH, come on man, if you still trust the FBI about anything you’re not really paying attention.

        • I’d trust month old gas station sushi before i trusted anything the fbi says. They have proven themselves completely corrupt with their only job to cover up crimes of the commiecrat party and persecute the commiecrat’s political enemies.

      • “People who build industrial networks are naive or incompetent”… It’s not that we’re either, but IT security is the enemy of good working systems. It is hard enough to connect multiple devices from competing vendors for different purposes. But if your devices’ communications are constantly being interrupted by IT security you might as well not even bother to connect them. And there are BIG benefits to connecting automation.

        In the industrial world, we practice: 1. security by obscurity, 2. keep it in the family (keep IT and their minions away from the systems that actually do something), 3. Firewall everything (really a corollary to 2) 4. keep current physical offsite backups in multiple hands so anything that goes wrong can be promptly fixed.

        I’m not sure what the pipeline was doing- but I suspect it is the involvement of too G-D much gooberment as that is the reason my company avoids oil and gas work.

        • >2. keep it in the family
          a.k.a. “Ned tgo Know”
          No fingers in the pie that do not need to be there.
          >4. keep current physical offsite backups in multiple hands so anything that goes wrong can be promptly fixed.
          Redundancy is your friend.

          • >2. keep it in the family
            a.k.a. “Ned to Know”
            No fingers in the pie that do not need to be there.
            >4. keep current physical offsite backups in multiple hands so anything that goes wrong can be promptly fixed.
            Redundancy is your friend.
            Internet itself, particularly DNS, is built on this principle.

          • Redundancy, and the good kind of diversity. The kind that leads to “anti-fragile” functioning.

            The internet is built on redundancy of paths and self healing. But it is inherently not diverse- everything runs on fiber, copper, and the same standardized routers and switches and security appliances.

            The internet illustrates the strengths and weaknesses of communism- it does some things very very will but the infrastructure has big holes in it. If it is effective, it cannot be secure or private. Encryption helps but when you get to the era of quantum computing, you cannot trust anything too much.

    • I think you’re too close to it. I’ve worked in critical infrastructure IT security and I still know not to believe the alphabet men.

      Their narrative’s pretty comfortable though isn’t it? Simplest solution is the obvious one? Obvious one’s just the one that they’re peddling.

    • Ergo, about as dumb as what should have been physically IMPOSSIBLE back in ’83 when “War Games” came out…they postulated that the kid hacker (Matthew Broderick), in “war-dialing” Silicon Valley (given the ‘319’ area code, which is Eastern Iowa around Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, and so on), dials up an Air Force “Space Division” (At the time, the “Blue Cube” at the former Onizuka AFS, then known as Sunnyvale AFS, next to Moffet Field) and in that way hacks into the War Operations Planned Response supercomputer, or WOPR, aka “Joshua”. That should have been patently impossible, i.e., no physical connection whatsoever.

      • Meaning, as I took it, the movie makers are letting you know, right up front, they are telling you a “whopper,” a.k.a. tall tale.
        Same as Stanley Kubrick providing a disclaimer @ beginning of Dr. Strangelove, stating USAF say this could not happen as depicted.
        If there are any old enough to remember it, introduction to 1938 “War of the Worlds” broadcast by Orson Welles made it clear this was fiction, not an actual invasion from Mars. But some people tuned in late and didn’t get the message.

  14. don’t worry – everything will get more expensive soon.

    then i predict, everything will get cheaper very quickly.

    will the fed use that opportunity to take money out of the system and “normalize” the amount of funny money? who knows.

  15. I wonder if this “Cyber Attack” is chapter 2 of the World Economic Form’s Great Reset? First came Convid which they rehearsed right before Convid hit. The stuff Ive been reading on LRC etc said something about the WEF talking about cyber attacks. https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/markets-by-sector/agriculture/food-crisis-of-2021-in-europe/

    On another note, looks like plenty of gas in Florida, for now. I drove from St. Petersburg to Miami and back yesterday and today, and had no problem getting gas.

    • Central Florida receives gas via barge from New Orleans three times a week, docking at a transfer facility at the south end of the Interbay Peninsula (Mac Dill AFB). North Florida depends on the pipeline, but I’m not sure about Miami. South Florida may be a barge as well.

      • Roscoe, You are correct! I drive up and down Westshore Blvd, which leads to the transfer facility, almost everyday, and always run into tanker trucks up and down that road. I hate it because they have to completely stop at the 2 railroad crossings on Westshore, and it seems like I always get caught behind one.

  16. This past Friday, front month gasoline futures (/RBM21) closed at $2.132 (in cents per gallon, 1 contract is 42K gallons). During the previous week, it was as high as $2.182. On Sunday at 6pm (when the futures markets open), the price opened at $2.2046 (!!) then was immediately sold off. It dipped as low as $2.0948 on Monday morning at 9am. It is currently trading at $2.1349 at the time of this writing.

    While it’s not out-of-the-question/impossible for the futures market to be “out of sync”, it is typically the leading indicator of the broader markets. So, unless the people that trade this shit for a living haven’t got the memo, the futures market doesn’t think there is an issue with gas… apparently.

    How that jibes with reality, don’t ask me! I dunno, we’ll see in the coming days but there’s reports of them opening the pipelines with temporary relief of usual requirements for doing so.

    There’s no scenario in which I believe this “cyber” attack is genuine. Not that I’ve heard anyway. These kinds of operations typically can just swap out their entire disk drives (or RAIDS) and be back to baseline operation in a day. I’m not buying the bullshit.

    • RBOB is 2.1388 at 6AM 5/12/21. The futures market is not at all indicating a shortage.

      I smell a rat as well. A big government cheese eating rat. This shit is on purpose and this will lead to more regulation and less freedom as the RAT won’t let a crisis go to waste.

      • It’s moved a little. It’s 2.141 as I’m writing this. (~7pm 12-May) It still has not even broken last week’s high which was 2.182. So, sure, it’s *following* the hysteria but from what I see, the futures market ain’t buying the hype. Too bad people are panic buying it up. There really isn’t a real “shortage”.

  17. They say killer bees will send out a couple of bees to warn as you approach the hive. Same as nine eleven was telegraphed by test runs in the 90s, same as covid was test run with Zika, Ebola, etc. Could this be a test run for Y2K-22, which nationwide cyberattack undoes our infrastructure or banking system, to finish off the reset.

    • Like the fall 2019 Corona virus exercise with Johns Hopkins, et al, in July the WEF and others will be doing “Cyber Polygon” which will game scenario a total supply chain disruption…
      https://www.electronicspecifier.com/news/events-news/cyber-polygon-to-focus-on-digital-ecosystems

      It’s not a conspiracy, they’re doing it right out in the open.

      The good news and bad news is the same: it will all crash and burn.

      I would submit that “Government” was a concept instituted by civilized people in the effort to advance “civilization”. The experiment has failed. To whit, Exhibit “A”, The United States. A nation founded on the idea of individual rights endowed by The Creator has turned into the most rapacious global enterprise in history. We need to find ways to arrange our affairs as civilized people that does not involve the coercive, violent entity known as “Government”.

      Let’s hope we, The Remnant, can build a society on Liberty and peaceful co-existence.

      • Sure, if we don’t get killed first. Oh well, I got to live a pretty good life. Lived through the twin energy crises of 73-4 and 79. Got to repeal the 55 mph speed limit. Drove a lot of miles. I just wish I was too old to care about what’s going on.

        • I am with you, swamp rat. I was a little kid when Carter was President, but what I am seeing sure seems reminiscent of that time….Mid East conflict, inflation, gas shortages, etc. All I am waiting for is interest rates to increase to about 17%.

          I would like to see the system reinvent itself, but shortages in gas, supplies, and ammo is going to bring on an abundance of crime that we haven’t seen in decades (if ever).

          • Amen, RG – and Swamp…

            I’m grateful I live in The Woods – far away from the epicenter of the Shit Show. Even so, I’m under no illusions that any of us will escape the hard times ahead. All we can do is prepare – and hope for the best.

            • We are going to see how well my prepper pantry holds up. I think hubby and I will start kicking ass on the greenhouse this weekend. We have all of the supplies just need to get the damn thing up. I feel like we are going to need it this winter.

          • “All I am waiting for is interest rates to increase to about 17%.” That, and The Bee Gees to start making music again, or the reincarnation of John Denver. How gloomy would THAT be?

            • Hi BAC,

              I think the Bee Gees are out since both Robin and Maurice are dead. Barry is the only living brother. I can handle some some John Denver, it is James Taylor that I don’t want to hear. or Debby Boone. Do we need another rendition of You Light Up My Life? 😉

              • Rolling Stones are still here.

                I’m not all that into the Green Movement.
                But I believe it’s high time we started thinking about what kind of world we’re going to leave behind for Keith Richards.

                • LOL. Don’t forget Grace Slick! She is another one that I cannot believe made it through the 1960s and is still chugging along.

                  It has got to be good genes or a lot of luck.

                  • Dep’t of What If:
                    What if Grace Slick had managed to slip Tricky Dick the 500 mics of LSD she had under her fingernail?
                    Nixon on acid…what a concept!

                    • Trippy Dick would likely have been Dead Dick. I think Grace should probably be thankful Hoffman ruined it for her. Getting drugs in prison is very expensive. 😉

  18. “Russian hackers”… yeah. I smelled a rat the second I heard about this. Obviously part of the green new deal. Expect more. The goal is to make us immobile. In small steps.

    • “Russian hackers” who are probably working for some hedge fund commodities brokers who wanted to beat the returns people were getting on dogecoin. Nothing makes a futures contract pay out big like a late frost. When there’s no frost, why not make one? Worked a treat in Texas!

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