1. Most of the new oil dipsticks on recently manufactured cars are electronic sensors only accessible to the vehicle's computer.
How do you know when you run out of oil if the computer malfunctions?
2. Many of the election results are tabulated nowadays by computerized voting machines.
How do you know if an election was stolen?
3. All estimates of the world's petroleum reserves are held in proprietary databases by powerful oil interests.
How do we know when we go empty?
"Pay no attention to Caeser. Caeser doesn't have the slightest idea what's really going on." -- Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle