Teh Squeaky Wheel
Hope all the ailing gerbils are healing up.
Gas prices out here in SoCal continue to drop--down to about $3.30 a gallon. It’s a nice surprise being able to fill up the truck for less than $50. Food prices though seem to be climbing.
SpaceX has a terrible reputation out here as an employer. Long hours.
Mid-week salutations from soon-to-be-stormy Happy Larryville, GN!
Hai, Sven! I’ve seen gas here as low as $2.86 this week; I’ll be curious to see where prices go next Wednesday. (Cynicism? You’re soaking in it.)
Food prices have been very obviously rising for the past couple of years ’round here.
I’ve been very glad to see the successes of various private sector space operations and hope to see a metric carp-tonne more for a whole passel of reasons which go beyond my having been such a “space-happy” kid (and old bastid).
Read last night that the Israeli media’s been trying to come up with a Hebrew equivalent of “chickenshit” which properly captures the, um, nuances of that term. (My first approximation of a Yiddish equivalent would be “Barackscheiß”…but then, I’m known for cheap shots.)
Happy Wednesday, Gerbil Nation!
Good morning Sven and Fatwa!
Yep, gas prices have been going down (but I doubt they’ll drop below $3/gal out here) and food prices have been going up. Beef, especially has seen a huge increase and I noticed yesterday that pork is following suit. 18 months ago I could get a pound of 80/20 ground beef at TJ’s for $2.49, now it’s $4.19. Bacon is now $7-$8/lb.
The food price increases were expected. I read some time back that between the drought, the restrictions on water, and the use of food and animal feed (corn) for ethanol, that ranchers and farmers were having to slaughter livestock they could not afford to feed, so meat prices were low while the market was glutted but would rise sharply this summer, as they have. Isn’t central planning wonderful? I just can’t wait until these same apparatchiks are running the medical system and we see a medical version of Michelle’s school lunch wisdom in place.
Oh wait, I don’t have to. Our surgeon was explaining how a Doctor like him can not charge a cash customer like us, less than what medicare would pay or he will be charged with fraud. So even if he wants to charge us less he can’t without risking jail. But greedy Doctors are responsible for high costs.