Thursday, May 11, 2006

"Stick it up their behind" day?

I read this today on Ryze: (emphasis mine)

It has been calculated that if everyone did not purchase a drop of petrol for one day and all at the same time, the oil companies would choke on their stockpiles.

At the same time it would hit the entire industry with a net loss over 4.6 billion dollars which affects the bottom lines of the oil companies. Therefore "thursday september 22nd " has been formally declared "stick it up their behind" day and the people of this nation should not buy a single drop of petrol that day.

The only way this can be done is if you forward this e-mail to as many people as you can and as quickly as you can to get the word out. waiting on the government to step in and control the prices is not going to happen. what happened to the reduction and control in prices that the arab nations promised two weeks ago?

Rremember one thing, not only is the price of petrol going up but at the same time airlines are forced to raise their prices, trucking companies are forced to raise their prices which affects prices on everything that is shipped. things like food, clothing, building supplies medical supplies etc. who pays in the end? we do!

We can make a difference.if they don't get the message after one day, we will do it again and again. so do your part and spread the word. forward this email to everyone you know. mark your calendars and make september 22nd a day that the citizens say "enough is enough"

Why don't we all walk to work instead? Or use bicycles? Or only travel with Reva Cars?

That's the only way the concept may make sense: If I don't buy petrol on that particular day it means nothing - I can tank up on September 21st or wait till the 23rd. And if it appears that I am stranded with a near-empty tank, chances are I will go straight to the bunk and fill 'er up.

Why? Because if I don't, the only behind getting the sticking up will be mine. The oil companies don't give a hoot about our collective "not-buying" of petrol - they know we'll buy it either today or tomorrow. This "oil companies will choke on their stockpiles" bit makes for dramatic reading but in reality they are more than willing to wait it out, but you and I need to drive tomorrow.

But not driving a gas guzzler to work - walking, bicycling or otherwise - makes perfect sense. Not for giving the oil companies a certain finger, but for our own health, wealth and wisdom. Lesser pollution, more exercise, and the lack of FM radio on the road will do wonders for me, at least.

(Oh and the whole thing is an urban legend. Read more about it)


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