Our lack of connection to oil puts us at the mercy of international commodity trade and government policy, which periodically, like now, leaves us with shortages and skyrocketing prices.

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Knowing how to make good oil was a trade secret, which could explain why oil presses are secret.

Tamil Nadu is preparing to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of VO Chidambaram Pillai. This pioneer of modern Indian navigation was imprisoned by the British for sedition. While incarcerated in Coimbatore, he was strapped to a traditional oil press and forced to turn it to extract the oil. Kapalottiya Thamizhan, a 1961 film by Sivaji Ganesan, shows Pillai dramatically transformed into a workhorse. Oil presses have been worked by humans in other circumstances,

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