What’s New With Water

Ok so here goes my first try at writing a conspiracy piece…

In 1975, Oil prices in the USA were rising every day.  The prices were so high that car sales literally dropped to zero.  The US Government was under a lot of pressure as Saudi Arabia had cut its oil supply to the United States. Many organizations went bankrupt, and the American automotive industry took a major hit.  During this time, Stanley Meyer thought of doing something new. He wanted to develop something that would revolutionize the entire Auto Industry.  He wanted to cut the dependency on oil and fossil fuels.

This is when he designed a device that could power cars with water.  The water used would split into two parts of hydrogen and one part of oxygen. The Hydrogen would be used to power up wheels while remaining oxygen would be released back in the atmosphere.  Everyone was impressed by Stanley Meyer’s revolutionary hydrogen car. They all approved Meyer’s work which turned water into hydrogen fuel with electrolysis.  Meyer claimed that his hydrogen car would use only 22 gallons (83 liters) of water to travel from Los Angeles to New York.

On 20th March 1998, Meyer had a meeting with two Belgian investors. The meeting was held at a Cracker Barrel restaurant where Stanley’s brother Stephen was also present.  At the dinner table, they all had a toast after which Stanley ran outside holding his throat. He told his brother that he had been poisoned.  Stanley took a sip of cranberry juice. Then he grabbed his neck, bolted out the door, dropped to his knees and vomited violently.  There was an investigation which lasted for three months. Later, the Grove City Police went with the Franklin County coroner report that Stanley Meyer died of a cerebral aneurysm.

A fuel forecast from GasBuddy in 2021 predicted gasoline prices would potentially jump as high as $4.13 per gallon, though a likely bump in crude supply was expected to push prices lower by the end of 2022.  GasBuddy’s 2022 Gasoline Forecast (pdf), released Dec. 29, predicted that the national retail gasoline price would average $3.41 per gallon for all of 2022—assuming no significant interruptions to the ongoing economic recovery.  This recent spike is not a product of President Biden or Trump. It is the culmination of many issues, with Russia’s aggression at the top of the list.  Do you remember the rules of economics – supply and demand?  The amount of a commodity, product, or service available and the desire of buyers for it, considered as factors regulating it price – well that’s not the answer either.  Oil companies are reluctant to produce more oil because if they overproduce, they’ll see the profits drop.  This began in 2015 before the pandemic and got worse during the pandemic.

So, what is pushing oil and gas prices up? Mainly it’s an effort by oil firms in the United States and elsewhere to resist overproducing, which has torpedoed profits many times in the past and, here in the U.S., caused billions of dollars in losses for oil producers and their investors. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the resulting sanctions have limited oil supplies from Russia, the world’s third-largest producer, accounting for a 20% price spike since Russia invaded on Feb. 24. But supply was tightening, and oil prices were rising before then, as drillers worldwide adapted to a world weaning itself off fossil fuels. Since oil accounts for more than half the cost of gasoline, gas prices rise and fall in tandem with oil prices.

Meanwhile – present day – one Saturday afternoon, a white gunman in body armor killed 10 Black shoppers and workers at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York. Another Black person and two white people were wounded. Federal officials are investigating the shooting as a hate crime; a state-level murder case is already underway.  The gunman opened fire at around 2:30 p.m. Saturday outside Tops Friendly Market, a supermarket in a predominantly Black neighborhood in the western New York city.  The gunman began shooting in the parking lot. Inside, he exchanged gunfire with a security guard, who was killed, as he stalked through the aisles shooting shoppers.

Fifteen people accepted avowed white supremacist Payton Gendron’s invitation to a private chatroom — chillingly named “Happening: This is not a drill” — where he allegedly spent months meticulously planning his attack in Buffalo that killed 10 people.  The 18-year-old invited people on the Discord app 30 minutes before the massacre, CNN reported.  The chatroom included months of posts written by an author who identified himself as Gendron, describing his twisted views and outlining how he’d scouted the Tops Friendly Markets in a crazed plan to kill as many black people as possible.

Aaron Salter Jr., a security guard at the Tops Friendly Markets store in Buffalo who was killed in the recent mass shooting, had reportedly just patented a new type of vehicle engine that runs on water instead of gasoline.

Describing his invention as a “newly discovered energy source,” Salter, just prior to his death, had been working on and speaking publicly about environmentally sustainable vehicles that have the potential to replace existing ones that rely on either internal combustion (gas) or battery-powered (electric) engines.

Salter’s LinkedIn profile reveals that one of his main passions in life was coming up with a free energy transportation solution. In a YouTube video, he demonstrated how his 2010 Ford F-150 truck operated using an AWS Hydrogen Fuel System, which is based on water.

Things to Consider When Renting A Car

Comparing prices online can save you a bundle when you rent a car. Learn how to compare the total cost — not just the advertised price. Fees and options can increase the base price dramatically.

Choosing a Rental Car

Here are some things to think about when choosing a rental car:

  • Size matters — The size of your rental can affect the price you pay. Terms like “compact,” “mid-size,” and “luxury” vary across rental car companies.
  • Comparison shop — Check out a few websites for the kind of rental you want. Look for rates with individual rental companies and price comparison websites.
  • Special deals — You may find deals if you book in advance, or in combination with a flight or hotel stay. Check the fine print for limitations, including blackout dates when an advertised price may not be available. You also may get discounts as a perk with your credit card company, or if you belong to certain groups, like auto clubs or big box stores.
  • Your driving record — Ask the rental car company if they check customers’ driving records. Many do, and even if you have a confirmed reservation, recent driving violations may prevent you from getting the car.

Fees and Charges

The advertised rates for rental cars may not give you a true picture of what you’ll actually pay. Factor in other possible fees and charges.

Early returns — Some companies may charge a fee if you return the car more than 24 hours before your reservation ends. If you have to return the car early, call the company to talk to an agent.

Late returns — Many companies won’t charge you extra if you’re late returning a car by less than 30 minutes. But you still may have to pay a full day’s charge for optional items, like liability coverage. If you’re running late, find out if it’s cheaper to pay the late charges or extend your reservation.

Airport surcharges — Renting a car at the airport can be expensive. Surcharges can apply even when a rental company shuttles you to their off-site lot.

Gas — Most companies require you to return your rental with a full tank of gas. If you don’t, you’ll be charged the rental company’s price for gas, which is usually more expensive than what you’d pay at a local station. Some companies may offer to let you prepay for a full tank of gas so you don’t need to stop for gas before you return the car. This may add convenience but could also be more expensive than filling up yourself, especially if you return the car with plenty of gas that you already paid for.

Mileage — Most companies offer unlimited miles, but there may be daily limits, depending on the type of car you rent (for example, some SUVs or high-performance cars). It helps to know about how far you plan to drive. That way, you can choose the company that offers the best mileage terms.

Taxes — Before making your reservation, review your quote carefully to confirm that required state, city, or county taxes and other fees, like a “vehicle licensing fee” or an “energy recovery fee,” are included to avoid surprises later.

Tolls — Most companies offer ways to pay tolls automatically with devices, but that comes at a cost. The company might:

  • charge you a service fee for every day of your rental — even if you don’t use the service again. There’s usually a maximum dollar amount for the rental period.
  • add a service fee each time you pay a toll with the device, meaning that you pay the toll and an additional fee.
  • offer the device for a set fee for the entire rental period, which covers all tolls you pass through. But that means you pay for the device, even if you don’t go through any tolls.

Roadside assistance — Ask if this service is included in the base price of your rental car or if you have to pay extra. If there’s a fee, find out what it covers — for example, if you have a flat tire, dead battery, or lock the keys in the car. If you belong to an auto club, check to see if your membership includes free or low-cost roadside assistance. You can also check if your credit card (assuming use it to pay for the rental) or your auto insurance may had roadside assistance for rentals.

Out-of-state charges — Most companies will let you take your rental out of state, but some may charge extra.

Drop-off fees — It may be expensive to return your rental to a different place than where you picked it up.

Equipment-rentals — If you want extra items, like a car seat, or ski or bike racks, it will cost you. Reserve these items in advance to make sure they’ll be available.

Additional drivers — Some companies charge to add another driver to your contract.

Underage drivers — The minimum age to rent a car is 25. However, most major car rental companies allow younger people to drive a rental for a fee.

Coverage Options

Insurance — Rental car companies usually offer drivers additional insurance coverage options for a price. They say you can limit your liability while driving their car if you buy their coverage. But you may already be covered by your car or homeowner’s insurance. Check your policies, and call your insurance company if you’re not sure about coverage. If you’re traveling on business, you may be covered by your employer’s insurance. Some credit card companies and auto clubs include free rental protection when you use their cards to pay for rentals.

Waivers — Rental companies also may try to sell you a Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) or a Loss Damage Waiver (LDW) that guarantees the rental company will pay for damages to your rental car. But unlike collision insurance, a waiver won’t pay for any injuries to you or damages to your personal property. Check your health insurance policy. It might offer protection that CDW coverage doesn’t.

Some credit cards also offer CDW when you use them to pay for the rental.

If you don’t buy a CDW or aren’t covered by your personal car insurance, you’re responsible for any damages to the rental — sometimes the full value.

If you buy CDW, your coverage could be canceled if you damage the car while driving recklessly or under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The coverage also could be canceled if you let an unauthorized person drive the rental.

Debit and Credit Card Blocking

Most rental companies place a hold — or a block — on your debit or credit card for more than the agreed on rental cost. That’s to protect themselves from possible charges beyond the amount that was authorized. Companies do this to make sure there’s enough money or credit available to pay for your final bill. They won’t process the blocked amount if you return the car as promised in your rental contract. If you’re near your credit limit or you have a low balance in your bank account when a block is placed, your card could be declined for additional purchases.

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