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(BBC)   Remember that e-mail urging you to boycott gasoline made from oil produced by terrorist sponsors? This gas station is actually doing it. You submitted this with a fungible headline   (news.bbc.co.uk) divider line 78
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2007-02-03 11:20:35 AM
This gas station is right down the street from my house.

So far as I can tell, it hasn't sold any gas yet.
 
2007-02-03 11:28:05 AM
The station is reported to have had a quiet start, not helped by a nearby rival dropping its prices.

Damn unpatriotic competitors!
 
2007-02-03 11:33:43 AM
welcome to two days ago
 
2007-02-03 11:37:49 AM
But the terror gas tastes so much sweeter!
 
2007-02-03 11:46:18 AM
But they are bringing in gas from CANADA!!! Isn't that where all the terrorists came from, into the US (or at least that's what someone at work told me last week)?

/silly idea
 
2007-02-03 11:46:33 AM
andyofone

What are their prices like?
 
2007-02-03 11:46:37 AM
It's confusing. I my madrassa told me it would stick it to the man, so buy Citgo gas.
www.asphaltinstitute.org

But now I don't know. Venezuela isn't even in the Axis of Slightly Evil.
 
2007-02-03 11:47:52 AM
My plan has been to ride my bike to work once a week in the spring/summer and buy a Prius.

If people will pay a premium for non blood diamonds, why should fuel bought from non terror supporting countries not work? I'm for 3 cents a gallon surcharge, if you have a good validation trail.
 
2007-02-03 11:49:32 AM
I don't buy food made by terrorists.
That's how I stop foreign gas.
 
2007-02-03 11:51:30 AM
The station is reported to have had a quiet start, not helped by a nearby rival dropping its prices.

And thus we learn why this is easier said than done. While they get points for ingenuity, I don't know if I could bring myself to support a company that uses the Twin Towers as a logo. Who's profiting off terrorism now?

/owns stock in an oil company
//that does no business with the Middle East
///since Iran nationalized everything, anyway
 
2007-02-03 11:53:56 AM
I only buy American throwing stars, freedom toast and dungarees.
 
2007-02-03 11:56:45 AM
pag.csail.mit.edu
Just in case the headline is confusing
 
2007-02-03 11:57:17 AM
"Because of this, and other reasons as well, our quest is to get away from Middle Eastern oil altogether."

i30.photobucket.com
 
2007-02-03 11:58:30 AM
Run down and fill up your global warming free car!
 
2007-02-03 12:01:41 PM
Does the US Gasoline Distrobution system allow you to isolate gas by origin? I thought that there was alot of mixing in the pipelines and that usually you don't necessarily get the same gas back that you put in (just gas of the same grade)... so how are they doing this? bypassing the standard distro system, only only paying for the American gas going into the system regardless of wether thats what they actually receive?
 
2007-02-03 12:02:13 PM
Control_this
Venezuela isn't even in the Axis of Slightly Evil.

Whatever, pinko Commie sympathizer.
 
2007-02-03 12:04:55 PM
hillbillypharmacist: Just in case the headline is confusing

What confuses me is the first panel.

Fuel efficiency is always a good thing, whether it's your anti-terrorist duty or not.
 
2007-02-03 12:05:39 PM
Would a fungicide cancel out fungible commodities?
 
2007-02-03 12:07:49 PM
Wow. I learned a new word today, and it sounds like a made up word.
 
2007-02-03 12:09:23 PM
seatown75
Whatever, pinko Commie sympathizer.

Well to make up for buying commie Citgo gas, I drive a Hummer. Plus I'm pretty sure Dilbert says if you're not blowing up Citgo stations, you're part of the problem.
 
2007-02-03 12:10:32 PM
You submitted this with a fungible headline

No I didn't; I boycotted this article by not submitting it. Did it work?
 
2007-02-03 12:11:04 PM
I want terror free gas prices
 
2007-02-03 12:11:56 PM
If this is actually in good intentions, good for these people.

But I see this as someone's brilliant idea to work up more traffic for their gas station...

Perhaps most emotive is the TFO's logo, which combines the twin towers, the Pentagon and the United 93 designation of the fourth 9/11 plane.

This doesn't sound like people who want to make a difference, this sounds like people who want to make a buck and differentiate themselves.

Besides, it's not like China is going to say 'you know, these Americans have the right idea...screw these terrorists.' They are going to say 'cool, lower demand means lower prices and more gas for us to waste.'

Lose / lose...we really need a better solution.
 
2007-02-03 12:12:09 PM
I thought my gasoline came from countries ruled by the Easter Bunny. I'm so disillusioned.
 
2007-02-03 12:14:35 PM
I don't get it. Why did we bother invading Iraq to control their petroleum if we're going to use all of our own?
 
2007-02-03 12:15:28 PM
Eidolon: I don't know if I could bring myself to support a company that uses the Twin Towers as a logo. Who's profiting off terrorism now?

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2007-02-03 12:15:37 PM
Unfortunately the free market has a tendency of disappointing those who choose to work against it...
 
2007-02-03 12:18:35 PM
According their website, Sinclair is another company that doesn't use middle-eastern oil.
 
2007-02-03 12:19:58 PM
biowillie.org
 
2007-02-03 12:20:06 PM
NYMoogle: OK, about two of those were actually relevant...
 
2007-02-03 12:20:16 PM
So every oil-profucing country but the US and Canada is a "terrorist" nation? Shall we count up how many countries the US has bombed, invaded and terrorised? How many democracies overthrown and dictators supported?
 
2007-02-03 12:20:37 PM
Here's something I found:

The plan is to purchase only US and Canadian oil and sell petrol at the same price as other garages. Even nearby suppliers such as Venezuela are out. "We know that the Government of Hugo Chávez is very aligned with the Government of Iran, so we are certainly not going to have anything to do with Venezuela," Joe Kaufman, the group's spokesman, said.

However, the world market for a fungible commodity such as oil makes the goal almost impossible to achieve. The garage buys its petrol from Sinclair Oil, which has refineries in Oklahoma and Wyoming that use US and Canadian crude. But even Sinclair could not guarantee that its petrol was 100 per cent "terror-free" because some of the oil used in its Tulsa refinery comes from overseas through a pipeline from the Gulf of Mexico.

Even so, customers voiced support. Melanie Drinkall, a computer programmer, said that she filled up with "terror-free" petrol because she felt guilt at owning a gas-guzzling Mazda Tribute 4x4. "I want to try any way I can not funding terrorism. Everybody at work is talking about it," she said.


Here
 
2007-02-03 12:26:01 PM
Fireproof: OK, about two of those were actually relevant...

ummmmmm...consider it the expression of my Saturday morning; the diversion that replaced cartoons in me, drinking and pot smoking and fark posting.
 
2007-02-03 12:26:18 PM
It's a pure commodity. That's like boycotting a brand of salt. You're not going to effect demand/supply in any way because somebody else will buy the said oil from the same country/countries.

That's why they call it "cold hard economics."
 
2007-02-03 12:28:55 PM
Hickory-smoked

What confuses me is the first panel.

Fuel efficiency is always a good thing, whether it's your anti-terrorist duty or not.


What matters for the comedy/statement is not the action, but the reason behind it.

Dilbert made a simple statement. Dogbert inquired as to the rationale behind that statement, completely neutral as to whether he felt it was a good or a bad thing. That is the setup, and one doesn't need to read into it more than that.

It wasn't until Dilbert explained his thought process that Dogbert began to cut him down.
 
2007-02-03 12:30:18 PM
The station is reported to have had a quiet start, not helped by a nearby rival dropping its prices.

American flags do not a business model make.
 
2007-02-03 12:32:46 PM
Eidolon: //that does no business with the Middle East

I'm curious - what oil company does no business with the Middle East? Oil is a commodity, and you really have no clue where your finished gasoline product originated. I like the concept, but doubt it's provable.
 
2007-02-03 12:32:50 PM
Perhaps most emotive is the TFO's logo, which combines the twin towers, the Pentagon and the United 93 designation of the fourth 9/11 plane.

www.msu.edu

/is asshative a word?
//should be
 
2007-02-03 12:33:08 PM
I doubt it will work out for them, but if it creates a competitive advantage, go for it.

It goes along with the hippies buying "Green Energy" credits. It is more expensive, soeconomicly it does not make much sense but they believe they are making a statement that will lead the way for others. It's all capitalism.
 
2007-02-03 12:33:51 PM
Terror free gas...

Seriously, I want to move to another country. My fellow Americans are just depressingly stupid.

Maybe an island... yes I want my own island, with high speed Internet and some hookers. Anyone have one for sale, cheap ?

BTW the hookers don't have to be Hawt but no fatties and the Internet better not be Satellite.
 
2007-02-03 12:35:16 PM
I don't think these people understand how a global market commodity works..
 
2007-02-03 12:36:31 PM
The Maverik stations here in Utah do that. It's all North American oil. I don't know how much comes from Mexico, but I'm guessing not much. Most of it comes from TX, WY and AK.
 
2007-02-03 12:37:53 PM
Personally, I think the gov should tax the hell out of gasoline. Like 25% on top of what we pay now. Then use the money to provide more road improvements and what not. That's about the only way people will stop using gas on the basis they do now. Problem is that is just not politically expedient, and people opposed to it will label it in the catchall 'raising taxes' category.

I say, don't want to pay the tax on gas, than don't farkin buy it.
 
2007-02-03 12:38:28 PM
"But they are bringing in gas from CANADA!!! Isn't that where all the terrorists came from, into the US (or at least that's what someone at work told me last week)?"

Stop listening to your co-workers?
 
2007-02-03 12:39:25 PM
frostcrow

I've thought about that...get one a major backbone, setup a huge research institution and model education system...if you are in a good climate and have a very good standard of living, you can attract the best people, and have your main export be licensing of technology.

Why not? It would probably take a few billion, but it could be rather lucrative. Try and create a utopia for research...
 
2007-02-03 12:39:58 PM
Wait a minute...that little dog doesn't have a mouth! How can it be talking?
 
2007-02-03 12:40:26 PM
If you vote Republican, you've been supporting terrorism....both directly and indirectly.

/Shock & Awe!!!!!
//No..the one we did to them, not the one they did to us.
///It's different when we do it?
 
2007-02-03 12:43:08 PM
I say we buy *all* our oil from 'teh terror countries' and get a discount for it.

Then, when all their oil is gone because we bought it all and used it all... we laugh at them because we still have oil and they don't !

Then the terrorists can't come blow our shiat up cause they ain't got no gas to get here from there !

/not really
//well, sort of really
/// \
 
2007-02-03 12:44:12 PM
I don't know if I could bring myself to support a company that uses the Twin Towers as a logo. Who's profiting off terrorism now?

Shh, don't tell all the conservative kooks that. People who rail against terror profiteering and traitorism while large, glossy photos of a crime half-a-decade old scream from their cover pages might get upset and then Ann Coulter will call you something witty like "head injury boy".
 
2007-02-03 12:44:37 PM
Mr. Xhin: If you vote Republican live in America, you've been supporting terrorism....both directly and indirectly.

There.
 
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