It’s beginning to look a lot like Moscow…

The bread shelf at the crappy little market in the crappy little town nearest where I live…


Glad I bake my own, though of course the price of flour is going the way of all things.

The rise in the local price of gas has paused. Last week it passed $5: Yesterday I poured the last of my bottled gas into the Jeep and brought all the empties to town. Last time I did that, it cost just about $80. Yesterday it was a hair over $85. And regular gas was the same price as last week. First time that’s happened in a while.

Really don’t know how you guys put up with it.

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16 Responses to It’s beginning to look a lot like Moscow…

  1. Ben says:

    Things could be worse, I remember when cars routinely got single-digit MPG. Imagine what 2x to 3x demand would do to the price of gas.

  2. paulb says:

    Yep. 20 mpg was a big deal once. Course big trucks still have to push it to get 5 mpg. So things delivered are going to cost a lot more soon

  3. Spud says:

    We live on a finite world. So the supply of all things , are not infinite.

  4. anonymous says:

    The price in gasoline pattern appears to spike about 25 – 30 cents in the matter of a day, then settles down a few cents for a bit until it happens again. The new ‘normal’ never goes back down to original. This morning, I saw $4.38 for standard grade, most others are about 10 cents more.

    Sobering when you see gas prices at $4.25 and think “Wow – gas up while its that low !” I’m really wondering how high it will get before the end of summer.

    School districts with school busses will feel the pinch – likely be less bus pickup in front of home. Kids will have to learn to go to common bus stop, just like when we were kids.

  5. jabrwok says:

    While it’s technically true that resources are limited, the current prices are not driven by natural limits on petrochemicals. We’ve got enough proven oil reserves to last centuries. The current situation is entirely political.

    Stolen elections have consequences.

  6. matismf says:

    jabrwok nailed it!

  7. Malatrope says:

    $5.12 here and still rising daily, and this in an area with normally lower-than-average prices. I’m about to break out my little 250cc bike that gets 105 mpg, but not until the weather improves.

  8. Trean says:

    No, Russia doesn’t look like that at all. Go on YouTube and look up survival Russia. He’s done a few on Russian supermarkets. In his latest his wife goes around Moscow supermarkets.
    I’d say they have fewer supply problems than us.

  9. A few days ago I went to Walmart, bread was on the list. The Walmart brand was unavailable. I’m 100 miles away from Walmart’s corporate HQ, but their brand wasn’t there. This was the case for other products as well. Not looking good, IMHO.

  10. Mike says:

    “Stolen elections have consequences.”

    Seriously jabrwok?

    You may want to take a moment and look what is going on in other countries. The situation with rising prices and interest rates isn’t exclusively American, and it’s nothing to do with the last American election.

    As for gas prices, it’s $5.85 a gallon up here where I live north of disorder and friends in Germany are paying $7.65 a gallon. And, while there are lots of reasons for the price hikes, Trump losing the last election isn’t one of them.

  11. jabrwok says:

    There certainly are lots of reasons, and Trump being robbed of his re-election IS one of them. Not the only one, but definitely one. Especially here in the US. Trump didn’t just down the Keystone XL pipeline, that was Biden. Trump didn’t ban fracking on Federal land, that was Biden. Trump didn’t cancel oil leases, that was Biden. And all of those actions contributed significantly to the recent spike in gasoline prices *everywhere*, which contributes directly to inflation *everywhere*.

    Sure, the ChiComs share a big chunk of the blame (as do all of the Marxists worldwide [*cough*Trudeau*cough*] who used the WuFlu as an excuse to shut down the world), but I still contend that had the 2020 election not been stolen, we wouldn’t be seeing $4.50/gallon gasoline here in the States (and higher elsewhere), Putin’s adventurism, or rising crime rates.

  12. coloradohermit says:

    Our local small town is getting $4.81 for regular and I paid $5.16 for mid grade this morning. I’m glad I’m not a commuter and I can afford it.

  13. jabrwok says:

    Joel, saw this and thought you might find it interesting: https://bigthink.com/the-future/solar-desalination-water/

    Apparently it’s a new approach to solar desalination. Not a lot of details at the link, but it might be worth investigating.

  14. Joel says:

    🙂 Trean, I’m a boomer. Everything I (think I) know about Russian economic conditions, I learned from propaganda in public school. And it was common knowledge back then, with what degree of accuracy I really can’t say though I’m inclined to believe it, that in the cold war period Russian markets tended to have reasonable prices marked on empty shelves. That was what I was referring to, a reference I freely concede is decades out of date.

  15. paulb says:

    Less so than you think there, Joel.

    And, yes the dems stole the 2020 presidential election. And so far we have not done anything to right that wrong.

  16. The Neon Madman says:

    What I am afraid of is that a year from now, we’ll look back on these as “the good old days”.

To the stake with the heretic!