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Bill Hicks

You would think that upon hearing this story even your average clueless NPR listener would then question why, if it is true that the U.S. is about to overtake Saudi Arabia as the world's biggest oil producer, gasoline is still selling for north of $3.50 a gallon. Just goes to show how little critical thinking there is in any segment of society these days.

Dave Cohen

Well, Bill --

I better tread lightly. Only yesterday I was criticized in the comments for lampooning dumb people.

Yeah, I did that. I went after dumb people like Ben Bernanke, Paul Krugman and Rene Descartes. The "liquid asset" poor are merely mindless followers of neo-Keynesian ideologues. Mindlessness is not stupidity per se, but it is senseless and foolish.


And to your point, NPR listeners would no doubt attribute gasoline prices to a conspiracy by the oil companies to keep prices high.

-- Dave


Hi Dave,

Perhaps they just got their tenses mixed up.

The United States WAS Saudi Arabia, only it was in the first 70 years of the last century. All that easy to get mainland oil was used up developing the country from an agricultural backwater into a superpower and fueling the war effort for the Allies in World War II.


Dave, in my experience, even highly educated American voters generally:

a) don't know there is an energy crisis
b) believe we are well on our way to transitioning to "green alternatives"
c) have never heard the term "oil peak"
d) have never heard of "ocean acidification"

If you start from that perspective, it's hard to really dissect NPR's glib prognostications during your distracted morning commute.

John D

I've read that oil companies are pushing this myth of self sufficiency in energy because they don't want an outcry from the public as they apply for export licenses to ship US oil to higher price markets.

BTW, pleasantly surprised you're hip enough to have heard of 'Gangnam Style'.

Dave Cohen

@John D--

If that video doesn't summarize the main message of this post, what would?

Heeeeyyyy Sexy Lady!
Wo! Wo! Wo! Wo! Wo!
Gangnum style!

-- Dave


Sharia Law can't be far behind on Main Street USA.

يمكن الشريعة لا يكون وراء ذلك بكثير على الشارع الرئيسي الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية.

Ken Barrows

Sharia may be soon, but at least not in Oklahoma!


OOOOk-lahoma, where the nukes come sweepin' down the plain,
And the wavin' weak can sure feel bleak,
When the fallout comes right behind the rain

OOOOk-lahoma, Ev'ry night my honey lamb and I,
Sit alone and groan and watch a drone makin' lazy circles in the sky.

We know we belong to thieves abroad
And the land we belong to is a fraud!
And when we say
Yeeow! Ayipioeeay!
We're only sayin'
You're doin' fine, Oklahoma!
Oklahoma O.K.


>Sharia Law can't be far behind on Main Street USA.

I lol'ed.

MK Ultra

Good job! That's pretty much what I thought when I first heard the noise (quite by accident on National Prostituted Radio). I've seen heard the noise repeated several times and no matter how often I hear it, it still sounds like bullshit to my ears. Although I didn't go to the author's extent to dissect and expose the lie, my gut impulse was simple "if the US is experiencing such an oil boom, how come the Empire is invading every country with oil and planning never-ending war and occupations on the rest?" Riiiiight! If it looks like bullshit, smells like bullshit and sounds like bullshit...but galee, it must be bullshit!

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