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Adjusting for Inflation, Gas Prices are Lower now than at the Bush administration’s Peak

Who advised the Republican Party to argue that they should be put back in charge of the White House because gas prices are high?

Gas prices are undoubtedly high, but as the Washington Post documents, when you adjust for inflation the real cost of gasoline was higher in June 2008, when George W. Bush [...]

Don’t Swallow Delingpole’s Kool-Aid Flavored Coffee

Yesterday afternoon, James Delingpole e-mail blasted his latest of 365 Ways to Drive a Liberal Crazy:

218. On being served Fair Trade coffee, take a sip, then spit it out in horror and disgust. Gag: “My God! This is Fair Trade! Don’t you know I never do Fair Trade stuff? Fair Trade is evil.” Explain [...]

Oil Prices Continue To Rise Under Obama Despite Recession

The price of a barrel of crude oil has increased of 70 percent during the time Obama has been President. Why? [...]

Confirmed: New CafePress System Raises Prices for Customers, Cuts Pay to Designers

CafePress is a “print on demand” corporation. What that means, practically speaking, is that they have a set of printers in a handful of factories in the United States. The CafePress corporation uses those printers to put images made by graphic designers onto a variety of products, including bumper stickers, buttons and shirts. Because it [...]

CafePress Announces Big Price Hikes for Buyers, Big Commission Cuts for Sellers

CafePress may try to dress up today’s announcement with a barrel full of hand waving, a slapdash cloudiness of vocabulary and a few other mixed metaphors’ worth of dazzling PR-speak, but what their news release all boils down to is this:

1. Come June 1, the print-on-demand corporation CafePress will increase the prices shoppers pay [...]

Ramen Economics at the Kroger

Inexplicably, people just aren’t buying anti-Bush bumper stickers like they used to, and with my budget pretty tight lately my menu has shifted toward ramen noodles. Last week at my neighborhood Kroger grocery here in Columbus, I noticed an “everyday low price” of 15 cents for one packet of Maruchan ramen noodles:

Usually, when [...]