but on some things he ranges from 'Kind of Irritating' to 'Freakin' Jackass'. Lately he's been at bloody high 'Jackass' level over two things: oil and food.
Oil, he's tended to push things like "The Saudis are opening up their LAST FIELD! DISASTER IS COMING!" and, the one he's really been hitting the last week or so, "Food shortages! Food riots! Stock up NOW!"
I believe in being prepared, and that includes having enough non-perishables to carry you for at least a couple of days in case of weather or other disaster/emergency, but some of the "Get ready just in case of long-term shortages!" stuff reminds me of the people predicting collapse when the clock rolled over to 2000. You know, the people who found themselves with big piles of stuff that some of them had gone into debt to buy?
I fully realize there are problems out there, including the shortages of some things caused by the idiot bio-fuel programs. But I had to turn the guy off today, because I'm flat sick of hearing it.
Oh, the other thing that he's been saying for quite a while was "How much does gas have to cost before it really affects people?" I sent him a quick message on the line of "What the hell makes you think it didn't start affecting people a long time ago? At $2/gallon it affected people; at $2.50 it was worse, and at over $3 it's MUCH worse, so stop asking that stupid question." Now the bit is "How high does gas have to get before the economy collapses?", so maybe enough people hit him on the former to get the point across.