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San Diego’s IRL Masked Vigilantes, the Disney Dick Conspiracy and the Guys Using Discord to Game the Stock Market

Hello, I’m Magda, the big idiot who lives in L.A. and doesn’t own a car. Instead, like a dummy, I commute with my boyfriend who works nearby half the time and via Uber the rest. Naturally, those Ubers are burning a hole in my wallet, but the way I see it, so would having a car. Gas is already $4 a gallon around these parts, and if you drive a nicer car that calls for premium gas? Hoooooo buddy, that’s a pretty penny you’ve gotta throw in the tank.

Turns out, though, unless your warranty requires it, your premium car can probably handle the People’s Gas, i.e., regular. It’s not much relief, considering how high regular gas prices are anyway, but hey, it’s something.

Seriously, folks, we should all be taking the bus.

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