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2012-08-18 01:59:53 PM  

randomjsa: bugmn99: What are these "gas prices" of which you speak?

[texaslynn.files.wordpress.com image 650x364]

Not for stealing the gas... for messing with the car.


I'll remember not to shiat on the hood of your Datsun.
 
2012-08-18 02:00:48 PM  
I found the average daily wage info far more interesting....it seems I make the same as the average for Spain, or about 60% of the US average.


/man that sucks...
 
2012-08-18 02:02:24 PM  

hasty ambush: Aw yes,life style and behavior control to include where you can live and how yo get to and from work. A perfectly legitimate function of government that in no way would be abused and infringe on individual freedoms.


Behavior control... in the form of higher initial taxes on gasoline, coupled with investment in public transit instead of throwing all the money at an interstate highway system. It would have kept more people and companies in the cities and discouraged urban sprawl. Also, the government stepping in to prevent Standard Oil and GM from killing urban light rail would have been nice.

And yes, behavior control via taxation is absolutely a legitimate function of government, especially when it prevents market failure, properly allocates responsibility for externalities, and improves economic conditions for the population.

It's not an issue of Environmentalism. It's basic math. Resources are finite. We want our species to continue. If we don't use our brains, these are going to be incompatible scenarios.
 
2012-08-18 02:02:50 PM  

violentsalvation: Typical Americans always biatching, petrol here in Atropia is 800 Kramers a litre. Pay no mind that most of that goes to the taxman to sling roller coaster rails all over my country, which is the size of one of your counties.


Is that you Borat?
 
2012-08-18 02:05:18 PM  

LeoffDaGrate: This list is highly misleading and practically worthless.

These prices include taxes, which are often much, much more than what the US pays.

Yes, the UK is currently paying $7.87 a gallon, but considering that at least half of that is taxes that covers NHS and other social programs for the country, it would be interesting to know what prices countries are paying for the ACTUAL gas, minus taxes on a local or nationwide level.


Well part of it is relevant in terms of how much the consumer is spending. How much tax is on it really doesn't matter because it's not like they can get it and avoid the taxes.

Also, the much vaunted European transit doesn't apply in the UK at least. Unless you're wanting to get into and around London.

Otherwise you're pretty much better off driving, or flying (if going to Edinburgh or Dublin)

Train system in Germany though seems pretty reasonable to get around.
 
2012-08-18 02:08:41 PM  

Z-clipped: Venezuelans believe that low gas prices are practically part of their human rights. Did you read the bit about how people rioted all over the country last time they tried cutting subsidies?


Knowing about that is the reason I clicked the link in the first place.

The subsidies aren't Chavez's idea.

And that is relevant how?

The reasons are social, not political.

So you believe that sentence makes sense? That says a lot.

I find it hilarious how similar the US and Venezuela are when it comes to consumption (both flatly refuse for the most part to adjust their lifestyles in the face of an obviously destructive and unsustainable energy profile)

Interesting. You are amazed that people act rationally based on the circumstances they find themselves in?

and yet when Chavez starts forcing the wealthy to pay their fair share of the subsidies so that poor people can afford to buy... y'know... food and stuff

The starvation is mainly due to his price controls which cause most stores to just sit empty. And there really aren't any wealthy people left except those who have connections to the state owned oil company.

the self-righteous, self-entitled, corporate whore conservatives in the US want to make him out to be the Antichrist.

Well someone has to, since the people in his country would be disappeared for doing that.

Nobody wants to have their cake and eat it too quite as well as Americans do.

Ah, the irony.
 
2012-08-18 02:10:08 PM  

LeoffDaGrate: This list is highly misleading and practically worthless.

These prices include taxes, which are often much, much more than what the US pays.


Taxes don't count?

If something costs $1 and $99 for shipping, how much does it cost?
 
2012-08-18 02:14:53 PM  

LeoffDaGrate: This list is highly misleading and practically worthless.

These prices include taxes, which are often much, much more than what the US pays.

Yes, the UK is currently paying $7.87 a gallon, but considering that at least half of that is taxes that covers NHS and other social programs for the country, it would be interesting to know what prices countries are paying for the ACTUAL gas, minus taxes on a local or nationwide level.


I don't understand this argument. How does the fact that taxes and subsidies affect the price at the pump make the list worthless? It's reflecting the actual price people are paying for gas, compared with their average income.

International crude market prices fluctuate constantly. What does it matter if the US pays 1 or 2 cents less per barrel than the UK on a given day or vice versa? Crude oil extraction, refinement, and transport costs what it costs. The only important number regarding international markets is how, since 2005 the price has doubled while total available exports worldwide have slowly but steadily declined.
 
2012-08-18 02:15:41 PM  
It's REALLY HARD to compare the price of anything in Country A verse Country B. It really is apples and oranges. I say this as someone who was born in the US but lives and works in the EU.

Currencies are different. We all know that. But the exchange rate doesn't really give you any sort of appreciation for what you can actually buy with a given amount of currency. I make the same now (in Euros) as I did back when the Euro was at it's peak near 1.44 - I think it's down around 1.22 now. But my ability to purchase goods here hasn't really shifted at all. The goods I'm buying are also priced in Euro, and with only a few exceptions (like gas maybe) things pretty much balance themselves out.

Even still, that's the least of your problems. It's taxes and governments. Good luck figuring it all out. It's near impossible to understand the laws and taxes of one country, much less 60 to put together a list. In Ireland, I might pay something like 20% sales tax on a TV I buy - while in the US, in USD I could purchase the same TV and pay 0% sales tax, depending on the state in which I live (assuming I purchase it online). But that 20% I pay in sales tax may or may not be offset by taxes I don't pay in the US. For example, I pay no property tax and no water bill (currently, much of this is all set to change). Likewise, in Ireland, my wife's education in veterinary medicine would have cost her about $2,000 dollars instead of $200,000 dollars.

You've also got to remember that the average salaries for jobs, the income taxes, and the working conditions all vary considerably. I have 8 weeks of vacation and unlimited sick-time; I used to have 3 weeks of 'personal' time in the US. I don't earn as much, but I don't work nearly as hard. A tank of gas *at the same price* would represent a larger burden/larger percentage of my monthly income because I earn less (but also work considerably less on average).

Not to mention all of the government oversight that goes into things. Different countries give consumers different rights or require sellers to meet different legal obligations. This does have a significant impact on the price of things (but arguable benefits the society). If I buy a microwave in the US - getting rid of my old one is my own problem. I can figure it out. In some countries sellers are obligated to accept and properly dispose of, the old microwave. This is true of all electronics (as far as I know). The purchase price of a dishwasher in Ireland includes the disposal fees, where as one in the US does not.

Bottom line is - this article is meaningless fluff.
 
2012-08-18 02:21:57 PM  
I'll just leave this here.

Link
 
2012-08-18 02:24:46 PM  

Z-clipped: hasty ambush: Aw yes,life style and behavior control to include where you can live and how yo get to and from work. A perfectly legitimate function of government that in no way would be abused and infringe on individual freedoms.

Behavior control... in the form of higher initial taxes on gasoline, coupled with investment in public transit instead of throwing all the money at an interstate highway system. It would have kept more people and companies in the cities and discouraged urban sprawl. Also, the government stepping in to prevent Standard Oil and GM from killing urban light rail would have been nice.

And yes, behavior control via taxation is absolutely a legitimate function of government, especially when it prevents market failure, properly allocates responsibility for externalities, and improves economic conditions for the population.

It's not an issue of Environmentalism. It's basic math. Resources are finite. We want our species to continue. If we don't use our brains, these are going to be incompatible scenarios.


So the lifestyle you get to live is based on our ability to afford the taxes government imposes to obtain it? Hooray for being rich then. The rest of us will just have to be happy with however many square feet of living space government allocates us in our collective apartment block conveniently located near our assigned place of employment People's Tractor Factory #104 and buy what we can get with our ration card.

A legitimate use of taxation is to build roads, provide emergency services, etc not control my lifestyle.

How about a gay /sexual promiscuity tax to control the spread of HIV/AIDs?

How about a fat tax based on points over BMI to control obesity?

Loud music tax to control incidents of hearing loss?
 
2012-08-18 02:30:13 PM  
I notice North Korea's not on this list.

BAZING
 
2012-08-18 02:34:31 PM  

jmr61: steamingpile: BBRModitha: According to republicans the US pays 600 times more than anyone else because the president is a black democrat.

Have fun with that one y'all.

Ahhhh Fark, becoming infowars for the libs here, in most political threads, the main reason to never click on the politics tab.

Speaking of infowars, a friend of the GFs now believes all their conspiracy nutbags and thinks we are insane for not accepting them. The one going around now is all these gun incidents are Obama's way to get guns banned and that the Aurora shooter was drugged which is why he described as being in a haze the next day, when I told him mental patients have described the same thing in a psychotic episode he just said we are full of shiat. Even after giving him links to papers written on their studies.

I told the GF he's never allowed at the house and she should probably drop all contact for a while to see if we can get lower on the list in case he snaps.


There's no chance you have a girlfriend.


Sorry to disappoint you but eating lunch with her right now, shocker for the rest of you is she thinks I'm too liberal leaning sometimes. And as fox has shown us, rightwing nut job chicks are hot.
 
2012-08-18 02:37:25 PM  

steamingpile: jmr61: steamingpile: BBRModitha: According to republicans the US pays 600 times more than anyone else because the president is a black democrat.

Have fun with that one y'all.

Ahhhh Fark, becoming infowars for the libs here, in most political threads, the main reason to never click on the politics tab.

Speaking of infowars, a friend of the GFs now believes all their conspiracy nutbags and thinks we are insane for not accepting them. The one going around now is all these gun incidents are Obama's way to get guns banned and that the Aurora shooter was drugged which is why he described as being in a haze the next day, when I told him mental patients have described the same thing in a psychotic episode he just said we are full of shiat. Even after giving him links to papers written on their studies.

I told the GF he's never allowed at the house and she should probably drop all contact for a while to see if we can get lower on the list in case he snaps.


There's no chance you have a girlfriend.

Sorry to disappoint you but eating lunch with her right now, shocker for the rest of you is she thinks I'm too liberal leaning sometimes. And as fox has shown us, rightwing nut job chicks are hot.


You're posting on FARK while having lunch with your girlfriend? Does she know this?
 
2012-08-18 02:48:24 PM  
The Czech Republic - The average daily income is $53. The share of a day's wages needed to buy a gallon of gas is 12 percent.

/doesn't matter since I don't have a car and I drink too much Czech beer anyway
 
2012-08-18 02:57:12 PM  
I wonder why the last slide has the table of gas prices and the rankings, but not the percent of daily wages a gallon of gas costs, which is the most interesting part of the slideshow (well, aside from the pics).
 
2012-08-18 02:59:29 PM  
And that $53 a day for Czech is quite high. The average salary is hovering around 25000kc a month (€1000 - $1200) before taxes
 
2012-08-18 03:00:04 PM  

Lunchlady: steamingpile: jmr61: steamingpile: BBRModitha: According to republicans the US pays 600 times more than anyone else because the president is a black democrat.

Have fun with that one y'all.

Ahhhh Fark, becoming infowars for the libs here, in most political threads, the main reason to never click on the politics tab.

Speaking of infowars, a friend of the GFs now believes all their conspiracy nutbags and thinks we are insane for not accepting them. The one going around now is all these gun incidents are Obama's way to get guns banned and that the Aurora shooter was drugged which is why he described as being in a haze the next day, when I told him mental patients have described the same thing in a psychotic episode he just said we are full of shiat. Even after giving him links to papers written on their studies.

I told the GF he's never allowed at the house and she should probably drop all contact for a while to see if we can get lower on the list in case he snaps.


There's no chance you have a girlfriend.

Sorry to disappoint you but eating lunch with her right now, shocker for the rest of you is she thinks I'm too liberal leaning sometimes. And as fox has shown us, rightwing nut job chicks are hot.

You're posting on FARK while having lunch with your girlfriend? Does she know this?


Yes she laughed when I showed her the post, she wanted to post her cleavage with my name in lipstick on them, I had to stop that.....
 
2012-08-18 03:00:20 PM  
But...but...but... America...



//Riding to work everyday on the v65. $10 a week.

///Winter is going to suck when it goes back to $75.
 
2012-08-18 03:00:28 PM  
Why is Egypt so cheap?
 
2012-08-18 03:04:53 PM  

BMFPitt: The subsidies aren't Chavez's idea.

And that is relevant how?


You brought the subsidies up with regard to Chavez. We're you not intending to imply that they existed as a result of collusion between his administration and the oil companies? Because your post certainly reads that way. Though, upon a second look I must confess that your post is so glib, I may be crediting it with more substance than it deserves.

BMFPitt: The reasons are social, not political.

So you believe that sentence makes sense? That says a lot.


Gosh, you mean to say that politics and societies are related somehow? What a stunning insight, thank you.

It means that the subsidies stem directly from the government's reactions to the social expectations of the people, not from the government manipulating those expectations for its own benefit or the benefit of a few large corporations, (which is more in line with what happens in the US). I'm sorry if that distinction is too subtle for you.

BMFPitt: Interesting. You are amazed that people act rationally based on the circumstances they find themselves in?


You have an interesting definition of "rational". I suppose if you're willing to ignore issue of the ultimately flawed initial social and cultural climate and accept it as a given, you might be able to consider blind greed and unchecked consumption of a finite resource with no thought of the welfare of future generations to be rational. But your head would have to be pretty firmly planted up your... ahem, in the sand to do so.

BMFPitt: Ah, the irony.


It's ironic that you think that my appreciating the irony of the situation is ironic.

Conservatives love to demonize Venezuela but I think they're secretly envious. I think nearly half of Americans would be as happy as pigs in shiat if gas was $.09/gal and food was scarce. Just think of it: your own personal armored assault vehicle to tear up and down the crumbing highways in, and free reign to use your highly modified AR-15 to defend your stockpile of canned corn and Dinty Moore stew from the desperate, starving brown people. Every man a king in his castle. Sounds like the American Dream.
 
2012-08-18 03:05:42 PM  

bugmn99: [cache.gawkerassets.com image 500x365]

What are these "gas prices" of which you speak?


LOL...when I was a kid in Kenya, we called that a "Ugandan Credit Card".
 
2012-08-18 03:05:43 PM  
I am responsible for making some of you click on 60 slides. And i enjoyed making you suffer.
 
2012-08-18 03:05:49 PM  
1. Why are they looking only at the price of premium when most cars in North America require regular and most cars in Europe are diesels ? That being the case, the percent of income needed to fuel the family car is less than what is stated.

2. They may list Canadian prices at 5.56/US gallon, but the gas stations around where I live currently sell premium at 1.52/liter or approx $5.81/US Gal.

Fortunately, my car is a diesel. $1.36/l = $5.20/US Gal.
 
2012-08-18 03:06:28 PM  

Enemabag Jones: Yes, but the US has a wider space so people have to drive everywhere. So it should still be cheaper. The same excuse is used for why our internet coverage is relatively weak and expensive.

/Ignoring that you may not need that suv or pickup, but whatever, people will whine about what they can.


Oh shut up, Americans don't drive across the country. They take an airplane ride.
 
2012-08-18 03:15:07 PM  

Enemabag Jones: Yes, but the US has a wider space so people have to drive everywhere. So it should still be cheaper. The same excuse is used for why our internet coverage is relatively weak and expensive.

/Ignoring that you may not need that suv or pickup, but whatever, people will whine about what they can.


The same argument is made as to why the US has lousy cellphone coverage, or no trains. To which I always say: look, Norway has about the same population density as the US. So how come they can and you can't?
 
2012-08-18 03:16:07 PM  
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2012-08-18 03:16:48 PM  
Canadian cities are much farther away and spread out from each other than America's and we pay higher gas prices.
 
2012-08-18 03:18:22 PM  
See how spread out Canada's major cities are?
members.shaw.ca

Look at a U.S map and they'll be much closer to each other
 
2012-08-18 03:18:32 PM  
Please read the comments from that site and guess which one is from me.
Smug bike assholes think everybody on the planet can ride a bike to work, doctors, grocery stores and physical rehabilitation facilities.
People like that make me sick.
 
2012-08-18 03:19:36 PM  
FTFA: #4 Israel... Gasoline prices are controlled by the government, and taxes typically make up about half the cost of a gallon.

I am shocked -- SHOCKED! -- to find that zOMG SOOOOOOCIALISM! is going on in Israel!
 
2012-08-18 03:20:55 PM  

jehovahs witness protection: Please read the comments from that site and guess which one is from me.
Smug bike assholes think everybody on the planet can ride a bike to work, doctors, grocery stores and physical rehabilitation facilities.
People like that make me sick.


Yeah, everyone can't do everything conceivable, therefore nobody should do anything at all.
 
2012-08-18 03:27:18 PM  

Lee Jackson Beauregard: jehovahs witness protection: Please read the comments from that site and guess which one is from me.
Smug bike assholes think everybody on the planet can ride a bike to work, doctors, grocery stores and physical rehabilitation facilities.
People like that make me sick.

Yeah, everyone can't do everything conceivable, therefore nobody should do anything at all.


Not saying that riding a bike when possible is a bad thing, but for someone decides to post a rant saying EVERYONE should do that, it really pisses me off.
I'm in the process of getting a power chair now because I can no longer walk.
But you are right...I am evil scum for having serious health problems.
Also, people like you meke me feel 100% better about myself. Not being able to be a productive member of society is the best feeling I ever experienced.

/sarcasm off
 
2012-08-18 03:29:20 PM  

jehovahs witness protection: Please read the comments from that site and guess which one is from me.
Smug bike assholes think everybody on the planet can ride a bike to work, doctors, grocery stores and physical rehabilitation facilities.
People like that make me sick.


But what if it's one of those old-timey bikes with the massive front wheel and the tiny rear wheel? At least riding to all those places would be a blast.
 
2012-08-18 03:30:28 PM  
Sorry, I got a little too upset and missed several typos.
That is not usually something I do, but having to take Dilaudid five times a day may be to blame.
 
2012-08-18 03:33:01 PM  
TFA does list gas prices relative to average daily income... and the country of India? You have to work 1.4 *days*, on average, to pay for 1 gallon of gasoline there. And gasoline is around 5 dollars a gallon there. And people wonder why companies love outsourcing jobs to India...
 
2012-08-18 03:34:25 PM  

miss diminutive: jehovahs witness protection: Please read the comments from that site and guess which one is from me.
Smug bike assholes think everybody on the planet can ride a bike to work, doctors, grocery stores and physical rehabilitation facilities.
People like that make me sick.

But what if it's one of those old-timey bikes with the massive front wheel and the tiny rear wheel? At least riding to all those places would be a blast.


LOL
If it were physically possible, I would love to do that...just for the experience.
Now I get to learn how to drive my chair on to the ramp lift and work my way back up to the drivers door.
Yes, I'm still able to drive, but I have to stop every 30 minutes to move around and stretch.
 
2012-08-18 03:38:18 PM  

hasty ambush: So the lifestyle you get to live is based on our ability to afford the taxes government imposes to obtain it? Hooray for being rich then. The rest of us will just have to be happy with however many square feet of living space government allocates us in our collective apartment block conveniently located near our assigned place of employment People's Tractor Factory #104 and buy what we can get with our ration card.


Are you trying to troll me with this nonsense, or are you just an idiot who doesn't understand how taxation is used to provide incentives and disincentives for individuals and corporations to affect desirable and undesirable behavior?

hasty ambush: A legitimate use of taxation is to build roads, provide emergency services, etc not control my lifestyle.


Oh, so it's the second one I guess. Listen, when the government decides whether to use your tax dollars to build highways instead of trains or vice versa, it is controlling your lifestyle. The fact that you drive a car to work instead of taking a train, or that you live in a housing development in the 'burbs instead of an apartment building in a city center was "controlled" by someone decades ago when they let one group of companies drive another out of business for their own profit, instead of stepping in to steer the energy economy in a better direction.

And (theoretically) when your lifestyle conflicts with what's in the best interests of the rest of the people in the country, taxing certain behaviors allows the rest of us to recoup the negative impact of those behaviors. This is not a new or nefarious concept. We all have a short list of things we're comfortable being taxed to pay for. But guess what- you're not the only person in the universe and your specific list isn't any more important than mine, or anyone else's. Promoting the general welfare takes precedence over your individual welfare, or it at least it would if our system wasn't so farked in favor of redistributing wealth to the already wealthy.
 
2012-08-18 03:38:25 PM  
Dear submitter, next time you feel like submitting a 63 slideshow article, don't.
 
2012-08-18 03:40:44 PM  

Jayone: The price per country is totally not comparable since some countries heavily subsidize it, some heavily tax it, others produce most of there own oil. To compare price per gallon is MEANINGLESS.


This!
 
2012-08-18 03:41:02 PM  

Daeva: Dear submitter, next time you feel like submitting a 63 slideshow article, don't.


That just makes me want to submit a 126 slideshow article
 
2012-08-18 03:41:44 PM  
ontariolightning
I am responsible for making some of you click on 60 slides. And i enjoyed making you suffer.


Yeah? Then do some useful work for a change and fix the broken HTML at the end of (the JSON for) the caption of the last slide.
It looks like ass with that unclosed attribute quote and the missing link text.
 
2012-08-18 03:42:31 PM  

steamingpile:

Sorry to disappoint you but eating lunch with her right now, shocker for the rest of you is she thinks I'm too liberal leaning sometimes. And as fox has shown us, rightwing nut job chicks are hot.


So you're posting in a FARK thread while on a lunch date with your girlfriend? Who says chivalry is dead?
 
2012-08-18 03:42:44 PM  

GAT_00: Attention to gas prices has dramatically waned as a presidential campaign theme after the price of gasoline declined for 14 straight weeks after peaking in April.

What bullshiat is this? I paid $2.80 a month ago for gas. It's $3.44 now.


Changes in global economies, how do they work?
 
2012-08-18 03:44:32 PM  

miss diminutive: But what if it's one of those old-timey bikes with the massive front wheel and the tiny rear wheel? At least riding to all those places would be a blast.


Hey, you know the first person to ride a bicycle across North America did so on one of those giant front wheel fixies, right?

/he was probably a hipster...
 
2012-08-18 03:44:36 PM  

BBRModitha: According to republicans the US pays 600 times more than anyone else because the president is a black democrat.

Have fun with that one y'all.


Race card all the time with Dimocrats.

Feel better BBRModitha?
 
2012-08-18 03:47:14 PM  

bugmn99: www.hostingbytes.us

What are these "gas prices" of which you speak?

 
2012-08-18 03:47:27 PM  

ontariolightning: Daeva: Dear submitter, next time you feel like submitting a 63 slideshow article, don't.

That just makes me want to submit a 126 slideshow article


and welcome to ignore for both replying like a conceited fark and openly admitting your an asshole.
 
2012-08-18 03:49:45 PM  

Daeva: ontariolightning: Daeva: Dear submitter, next time you feel like submitting a 63 slideshow article, don't.

That just makes me want to submit a 126 slideshow article

and welcome to ignore for both replying like a conceited fark and openly admitting your an asshole.


Like Ecuador, I will not be intimidated or told what to do
 
2012-08-18 03:55:32 PM  
hes on ignore but 10 bucks says he is so full of himself that he still replied directly to me already.
 
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