The price of gas is gouging me right now. I'm half and hour away from baltimore, so that means it's about a $7 round trip depending on where I buy my gas. Since I'm on vacation and have no money at the mo that means I pretty much can't afford to go kick it in the city. So what can you do for free in Ellicott City? Watch old Bond movies on AMC is about the best I can come up with. I'm watching some of them today and I get to thinking. In those old movies Bond isn't just fighting random bad guys like he is now, he's always up against S.P.E.C.T.R.E. - the "Special Executive for Counterintelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion." It's this organization which is devoted to evil, hijaking nuclear weapons, capturing space shuttles, whatever. The way they work is they just pit the great powers against each other, the USA and the USSR. At the end of almost all these movies they're poised to go to war until this wiley British dude who bangs a lot of girls and sometimes smacks them around foils the plot. He's always the dude in the corner who's going "What about S.P.E.C.T.R.E.?" And the Americans are like "No, it's the Russians!" It all seems real hokey, but they make sense within the context of the day. I wish Kissinger had watched these fucking movies. I'm saying, this evil organization wouldn't be shit without the Cold War, and the whole arms race and paranoia between the great powers. The Cold War actually did propel a lot of crazy people to way more prominance than they would've had without support from one power against the other. Kinda like how we used to supply weapons to Osama and Saddam just cause they were fighting their enemies, Blofeld (the dude with the cat) sometimes counts on the Americans and the Russians to destroy the world for him, taking advantage of their kneejerk reactions. See "You Only Live Twice." Now there's no more Cold War, there's just the War on Terror. I think the first Bond movie they made after the Cold War was "License to Kill," a really bad one about him fighting a Colombian drug lord or something. Now they've gotten a bit better again, though, and the last one was him fighting some North Korean psycho. Now Bond is Bush's bitch, fighing agains the "Axis of Evil." It's a shame though, cause the idea of the truly evil people as not necessarily being on either side of the Cold War or the so-called "culture war" between the West and Islam but actually being the ones benefitting from it still applies. I got into an argument with some of my friends up in New York about whether or not the terrorists who blew up the WTO really gave a shit about American culture. My friends seemed to think all these dudes decided to blow themselves and 3000 other people up because they really care about bikinis and gay rights on the other side of the world. That's the kind of mentality that leads us to ally with Musharraf. Here's a dude who came to power in Pakistan through a military coup, who's now a dictator ruling a country with Nuclear Weapons, not in production but in the barrel, and we stand shoulder to shoulder with him cause, uh, he closed some Madrassas and helped us fight the Taliban. Who probably hated him anyway. Plus he's on the brink of war with his nuclear armed neighboor that's got the 2nd biggest population in the world, and most of his own population probably would love to overthrow him if they got the chance. What the fuck? We didn't need him to fight the dumbass Taliban, and we probably would've captured Osama years ago without all that outside help. And like the America of the old Bond movies, we're still overly fixated on fighting whatever government we think is behind all our problems - like Iraq. Meanwhile Saudi Arabia, the country that supplied most of the 9/11 terrorists and if you belive FOX News, most of the insurgents in Iraq, is still sitting pretty with America. Why? We have to keep a good relationship with them and all those other little pint-sized monarchies over there because then we can count on a plentiful source of oil, right? Course, that brings me all the way back to my original point, which is why the fuck am I paying $2.70 a gallon for regular unleaded?