Sunday, February 26, 2012

How to Control Gasoline Prices

I keep hearing about how the oil speculators cause the prices of oil/gasoline to go up or down, but the way I see it, the oil companies (Exxon, Shell, BP, Chevron, etc.) are the ones who pump out the oil, refine it, and deliver it to retailers, so THEY are the ones who control the price of gas.

So -- if the government REALLY wants to help the consumers they should tell these oil companies that they will immediately cut the price of gasoline delivered to retailers by at least $1 per gallon. And if they don't then they will be fined $1,000,000 PER DAY.

And if, after 30 days they haven't complied, then all the executives of these companies - the presidents, all the VPs, the CEOs, the CFOs, the COOs and all board members will be arrested and will stay in jail, and the fines will increase to $2,000,000 per day, until they do.

Also -- if the retailers don't follow suit and decrease their prices by the same amount, they will be fined $1,000 per day for 30 days, then the owners will be arrested and the fine will increase to $10,000 per day until THEY do.

So what if the oil companies don't make the $38,000,000,000 in profits like they did in 2011? I don't think they will suffer (and I'm quite sure the execs can afford the gas prices they jack up).

Monday, February 13, 2012

Rest in Eternal Peace, Beautiful Whitney!

Saturday we got the horrific news that Whitney Houston was found dead in a bathtub in a hotel room. And the rumors are saying that she died of an alcohol and Xanax overdose. Which may or may not be true, but as far as I'm concerned she started dying the day she hooked up with Bobby Brown!

To my knowledge, there were NEVER any reports of her having problems with drugs and alcohol until they got together.

I've been told that she should have been more responsible for her life, but when you're around drugs 24-7-52, and the one who is supposed to love and protect you feeds the shit to you, it's virtually impossible not to indulge.

And as far as I'm concerned, the only good thing that came out of their relationship was her daughter, Bobbi.

Whitney was a beautiful person, with an amazing voice. And it's a god damned shame she died so needlessly, and so young!!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

42" Sanyo Plasma TV - Part 2

So far I've mostly gotten used to my new TV, but I was having problems with some of the video connections (I found out that Video Input #3 has to have 5 [ FIVE! ] video jacks plugged in so there would be more than just a grainy black and white picture).

So, while talking to the Sanyo tech, I was complaining about the sorry quality of the speakers, and he agreed that with such small speakers, sound quality suffered.

So why in the hell are there so many settings? -- Standard, Dynamic, Mild, Auto, and Manual. And in the Manual setup you have bass, treble, dynamic bass, and four equalizer frequencies. That's crazy!

There should be jacks not only to plug into a home theater system, but for external speakers as well.

But there aren't.