I know I’ve made this point a million times, but there was not actually an obligation to do insane illegal sanctions against Russia for invading the sacred borders of a “country” that was a part of Russia for hundreds of years before 1991. Russia crushed Chechnya in two wars that were actually brutal (as opposed to this Candyland Ukraine thing) in the 1990s-2000s, Russia invaded Georgia and took land in 2008, and Russia took part of the Ukraine in 2014.
None of that was a big deal to anyone. But all of a sudden, the Ukraine is the most important thing that ever happened in history, the most democratic thing since abortion, and therefore we’re going full psycho mode.
Washington was aware that sanctions against Russia would have consequences for the US, causing a spike in energy prices, President Joe Biden said on Wednesday.
Speaking at the White House, Biden blamed Russia for hikes in US fuel costs, saying the American people and the rest of the world would have to pay a price for siding with Ukraine.
“We cut off Russian oil into the United States, and our partners in Europe did the same, knowing that we would see higher gas prices.” he said, adding that the US Congress gave near unanimous support to the oil ban, “knowing full well the cost.”
Gasoline prices in the US are now hovering near $5 per gallon, compared to roughly $3 per gallon a year ago. According to Biden, the US government is doing everything it can “to reduce this pain at the pump.” The president proposed suspending the 18-cent federal gas tax for the next three months, and called on states to remove their own taxes on fuel. Biden also urged oil refining companies to increase their capacity.
I’ve been known to write the same thing over and over again, but I just wrote all this yesterday, when talking about a poll showing that only 11% of Americans believe the gas prices are Putin’s fault.
Short story – Republicans are actually claiming that the sanctions are not causing an increase in gas prices and it is entirely due to Biden doing Green New Deal bullshit. That is an obvious lie. Democrats agree with the Republicans that the sanctions were some kind of historical necessity, which is also stupid and an obvious lie.
I need to make a new meme because it’s a dollar higher now, but here’s the thing:
Yes, Biden’s attacks on America’s energy sector are insane, but fossil fuel is a global market. If the Keystone XL pipeline was running, that would not really change the price of gasoline at the pump significantly. That pipeline was intended to move 830,000 barrels per day, and the world as a whole consumes 100 million barrels per day.
So, let me get out my calculator… yeah, that is less than 1% of global consumption. It’s obviously higher than 1% of potential American oil, but there are still several pipelines running from Canada.
Also, the pipeline was going to transport oil for refining and sale in America. Canada is refining at least some of the oil from the same wells themselves. (Honestly, I don’t know the details of that and generally try not to talk out of my ass, but I remember when the pipeline was canceled by Biden to try to stop tornados or whatever the hell, I read some long article about how Canada would expand refining capacity.)
Meanwhile, Russia produces nearly 15% of the world’s oil.
Again, the math just doesn’t work here.
I 100% agree with everyone saying that shutting down the pipeline is just a completely nonsensical act for any purpose other than inflicting austerity, but gas going from $2 to $5 is not because Biden canceled Keystone. That’s dumb, and people should stop saying it, because it’s what scumbag Republican neocon war supporters want you to say.
Biden actually called out Republicans in his remarks, saying that they all voted for the war against Russia. I actually like that he did that.
Joe Biden literally implying if you’re upset about high gas prices, you’re a Putin supporter. pic.twitter.com/mW4sfxxobR
— 🅹🅾️🅴🆈աrecκ ☭ (@joeywreck) June 22, 2022
Openly telling people: “if you’re middle class or lower, your quality of life has to drop drastically because there’s a border skirmish in the former USSR and because of who we are values of democracy from a rules based order we believe the values of 1991 Eastern European borders are permanent ya see” is fundamentally hilarious and like satire. This is all designed to slowly ease people into the idea that we are now at war with Russia (and China somehow), but it just sounds so funny.
“Are things tough all over? Fact check: False.”
It kind of reminds me of the only funny San Francisco punk band, Dead Kennedys, telling comfy trendy California liberals wearing hammer and sickle flags they should take a holiday in Cambodia (the song was released when Pol Pot was still in power).
(Lyrics video – the song is actually not terrible, but it’s the lyrics that are so funny.)
With regards to the 11% believing in Putin’s Price Hike™ – more Democrats believe in a secret price-gouging conspiracy by evil oil companies than believe Putin is responsible.
This is the worst forced meme since “Ultra MAGA.”
Biden says #putinpricehike, but voters disagree. Who is to blame?
— Rasmussen Reports (@Rasmussen_Poll) June 21, 2022
No one knows anything about anything really, people just watch TV or read websites and their brains are just pumped full of idiotic, convoluted, conflicting lies that are purposefully confusing, so the question “who is doing the gas-hiking?” is effectively “who is the villain of the world?”
This is not even a joke: if the pollster asked if “white supremacy” was responsible, Democrats probably would have picked that instead of oil companies.
Democrats prefer to point to oil companies as the global villain. The left had a conspiracy in the 00s that oil companies as opposed to Jews were the reason George Bush invaded Iraq (which was retarded, because Saddam was pumping and selling the oil cheaply; no one needed to do a multi-trillion dollar war, they could have just bought the oil from Saddam) and oil companies are now being blamed for supposedly changing the weather somehow. Democrat voters will go along with whatever idiotic bullshit you cook up and then repeat it, but when you ask them “who is the most evil of the rogues’ gallery?” they rank oil companies worse than Putin. That really shows that the narrative is completely broken, and that no one really cares about this war in the Ukraine. If they cared about the Ukraine, they would have just blamed Putin like Biden keeps telling them to do.
“Putin’s Price Hike™” is another one of these stupid focus-grouped talking points. Yes, Democrat politicians have also been spreading price-gouging conspiracies, but the main focus has been promoting Russia as the global villain, and if that isn’t working with their own people, they are in bad shape.
Probably because of the polling, Biden himself alluded to the price-gouging theory in his remarks, but he seemed to be blaming… gas station managers? (It would be funny as hell if leftists started viewing gas station attendants like the right started viewing nurses during the Covid hoax.)
Joe Biden to gas stations: ‘Bring down the price… do it now, do it today.'
Me to Biden: Restart the Keystone XL pipeline… do it now, do it today. pic.twitter.com/Qr42gPvIiH
— Daniel Turner (@DanielTurnerPTF) June 22, 2022
Despite the dreams of many retards, the left is not ever going to go back to being anti-war. These people are literally zombies. They are the NPC meme. They will just believe anything you tell them to believe. That is the real political divide – people who just believe anything and people who say “hey – I don’t know about that!” I want to write a long article sometime in the future about this – basically, it comes down to a divide between people who are driven by over-socialization and people who are driven by base instinct. Those are two very easy-to-control groups of people you can use against each other with minimal effort. They are both totally defenseless. It’s a result of information overload in a totally censored environment, and a part of Future Shock.
All of the “old left” people are just right-wingers who believe in free healthcare or whatever at this point – Glenn Greenwald, Max Blumenthal, Michael Tracey – and their audiences are entirely right-wing now. Tulsi Gabbard spoke at CPAC, which demonstrates this “sympathy for the audience” phenomenon where public people tend to take on roles to better suit their supporters.
I support free speech, but not any one candidate. In fact, I gave money to & voted for Hillary & then voted for Biden.
However, given unprovoked attacks by leading Democrats against me & a very cold shoulder to Tesla & SpaceX, I intend to vote Republican in November.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 30, 2022
The best you’re going to get in terms of sides-switching is people mad about money. People can spend their whole lives talking about convoluted spooks that are not even real, but when it comes to voting time, you only vote for “saving the Ukraine,” “changing the weather,” “stopping the virus,” or “preserving democracy” if it’s free or at least reasonably affordable (or because you believe it is free or reasonably affordable).
Most of the readers of this site either make enough money that they don’t have to think about gas prices, or they never leave their house because they hate all other human beings (society? they let women and colored folk into it? srsly?). But gas is kind of the symbolic lifeblood of the country. If you look at the country as an organism, gas is the blood. A price hike on gas is an everything tax, because everything has to move, and actual wealthy people lose money when the peasantry loses money.
The problem is of course twofold:
- Voter fraud
- Republicans won’t do anything anyway
Despite that, general anti-government sentiment is a good thing.
Also, with the voter fraud thing – we’re looking at a situation where you could have 80% of the population voting Republican. I think Trump got something close to 65%. He got way more than they thought he would, because they did all these fake mail-in ballots and it wasn’t enough, so they had to stop counting at 3 AM and truck in more ballots.
Look at this:
President Biden should be pushing for a transit fare holiday, rather than a gas tax holiday, if he's serious about tackling climate change and cutting emissions, according to climate advocates and some House Democrats.⁰
by @maxinejoselow @vanessamontzz https://t.co/A8uY081OSW
— Dave Clarke (@davecclarke) June 23, 2022
It’s like saying “instead of saying ‘for God’s sake c’mon man,’ Biden should tell Americans they are all faggots and should kill themselves.”
These people have lost the plot.
The economic crisis is a good thing. I know it sucks. But it’s the only reason anyone is actually going to address the social problems. Also, when we hit a certain point, these foreigners are going to start leaving. Yes, the crisis will be global, but it’s a lot better to be poor in a country designed for poor people. When we talk about “food shortages leading to hunger,” we’re really just talking about Africa and poor people in first world countries. Third world countries all produce food, except for in Africa, where people are literally so low IQ that they can’t do industrial farming at scale. But third world Latin America and Asia can just ban food exports.
So, yeah – looking forward to a lot of these foreigners leaving.
Someone told me or I heard on a podcast that someone was talking to an Indian who moved in next to them and asked him if he was worried about the economy and he was like “nah, not really – if things go bad here, I’ll just move back to my country.” How you say that to an American whose country you came to feed off of without blushing is – you have to have dark skin, I guess.
When things get tough, people’s behavior is going to change significantly. They are going to start looking for answers to questions, as I wrote yesterday. They’re also going to get rowdy. Of course, most of them are vaxed, so they’re not going to get very far. Imagine a scene from a war, Dunkirk maybe, where a group of soldiers are running into gunfire and falling one by one, but instead of getting shot, they’re having heart attacks. That’s what an uprising of the vaxed would look like.
Eventually, they’re going to tell people the vax caused permanent cardiovascular damage in everyone (but it’s better than the coronavirus, which is ultimate doom), and tell you the only solution is to not get your heart rate above a certain level. It will be like that movie Speed, except in reverse, and your life.
Man, Speed was so good. I hate what Disney has done to my people. Marvel movies are ALL BAD (except for Guardians and Captain America 2) and Star Wars is worse. Ironically, Keanu Reeves is the only actor still making real action films. I wish Mel Gibson would start making good action films. Mel is de facto blacklisted, but the first two John Wick movies were under $30 million, and Nobody, a John Wick adjacent film, only cost $16 million. Mel could make and distribute action films himself, instead of starring in these disgusting “straight to video” movies that just make me sad.
Honestly, I got interrupted when I was writing this and I forget what it was about. Whatever it was, I’m sure it was important.