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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Questions Over Scottish Vote ?

There may be hope yet for supporters of Scottish independence.

Thursday's referendum, which showed a strong majority voting to stay in Great Britain, did "not meet international standards," according to election observers. Indeed, members of the media expressed skepticism at the "North Korean"-style turnout level — a dubiously high 90 percent.

"Which way did the vote go, really?" one television host wondered.

Unfortunately for advocates of an independent Scotland, all these skeptics were Russians with ties to the Kremlin. Russian state media and the so-called observers have been casting the vote into question, partly to needle the West for its criticism of a hastily called referendum in Crimea that gave Moscow's invasion of the peninsula a veneer of legitimacy.

Peugeot 208 Hybrid Air 117 mpg or 50km/litre or 2L/100km or RM7.60 Fuel KL to Ipoh


September 15, 2014
  • fuel economy in the range of 117 mpg (2 L/100km)
  • well above 81 mpg (2.9 L/100km) quoting last year.
  • 82-hp (61 kW) 1.2-liter PureTech 208 five-seater, 1,896 lb (860 kg)
  • Hybrid Air combines 1.2-liter gasoline engine with a compressed-air drive. 
  • 208 Hybrid 2L carries its compressed air tank below the trunk, with a low-pressure expansion tank mounted near the rear axle. 
  • compressed air works in conjunction with a front-mounted hydraulic motor/pump system 

  • refill in about 10 seconds during deceleration or by way of compressed air developed by the three-cylinder engine.
  • a zero emissions Air mode for lower-speed urban driving
  • Efficiency levels as high as 2L/100 km (117 mpg)
Source: Peugeot

This is another example of the speed of light at which automotive technology is progressing. The Ford Focus diesel already gives 67 mpg. Now this Peugeot hybrid is giving about 117 mpg. 

This morning I was  "sniffing" cars with some friends. The super cool and huge E Class Bluetec give extremely good mileage, between 38 to 42 mpg (16km/l to 18km/l).

And these cars are available to the common man in Europe, the US and most of the rest of the world. Meaning they are affordable. In Malaysia these cars will be affordable only in duty free Pulau Langkawi. Many of which are now smuggled out of Langkawi to the mainland - an activity that seems to be unstoppable by our Customs Department. Very strange. Can we make the Klang Valley duty free as well?

The rest of the world is moving ahead at light speed.

We are arguing about inconsequential things - sedition for insulting this and that, halal versus non halal,  to support the IS or not, and other things of no relevance at all.

I was watching Hypp TV yesterday morning. Here is a Thai fishing village.     

Well it used to be a fishing village. This is Pattaya. Our neighbours are moving ahead at light speed as well. Here is a new Nissan plant opening in Thailand (July 2014).

  • Plant will produce NP300 Navara, Nissan's new generation pickup
  • (July 3rd, 2014) – Nissan opening second production plant in Thailand. 
  • new plant production hub for NP300 Navara for export to 45 countries 
  • Thailand now boasts two Nissan plants and a Nissan R&D facility
  • increasing importance as Nissan's Asian hub for exports and manufacturing
  • invested 3.7 billion Thai Baht in 580,000 square meter facility
  • bringing 2,000 new job opportunities
  • Full production capacity to reach 150,000 units per annum
  • Thailand is the engine of growth for us in the region
  • said Fumiaki Matsumoto, Executive Vice President for global manufacturing
  • signifies our optimism for Thailand, growing automotive market
  • center of manufacturing excellence for the region and export hub for the world
Di sini pula pengampu PM sibuk mengampu PM. Bila tak ampu depa garu tel*q.

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Master Faith Syndrome

Adapted from Middle East media.

The ISIS, Ikhwan Muslimin and Hezbollah suffer the 'We are the master faith" syndrome.
The tactics are uniform. Terror first of all against your own people. 
The 'master faith' concept  allows you to do anything to anyone, but first of all terrorise your own people and then everyone else. 
And what do they do to everyone else? For that they use new techniques. And the new techniques involve first of all, taking over civilian populations, putting themselves inside civilian areas, contravening the laws of war and the Geneva Convention; then the same people they execute; firing indiscriminately at civilians. They hide behind civilians, they fire on civilians.
And this creates a whole new set of problems. These problems are born of the fact that it's much harder to fight this kind of terror - much harder. It's much easier to fight an army: tanks, artillery, command centers, open spaces. You destroy that, you destroy the army. End of war.
But these people, because they're forcing you to face up to the moral limits that democracies obey, are forcing you to fight a new war.
The "moral divide" between Islamic groups like ISIS, Hezbollah, Ikhwan Muslimin and Western democracies.
That moral divide has never been clearer than it is today because the Ikhwan Muslimin, like al-Qaeda and its affiliates al-Nusra or its new growth ISIS, or Boko Haram, al-Shabab, Hezbollah supported by Iran - all are branches of the same poisonous tree. 

All present a clear and present danger to the peace and security of the world and to our common civilization.

Despite their internal divisions, all the various jihadi terror groups use violence to achieve their “one common goal.”
These groups have absolutely no moral or other impediment to their mad desires. Once they have massive power, they will unleash all their violence, all their ideological zeal, all their hatred, with weapons of mass death.
What we've seen is old regimes collapse and jihadi forces come to the surface, old hatreds - Shiite against Shiite, but primarily Shiite against Sunni, Sunni against Sunni - all come bursting from subterranean layers of history and frustration.
And they all have one common goal. The goal is to establish a new jihadi dominion, first in the Middle East and in their warped thinking, throughout the world. They all agree on that. 
They are not limited in their scope to a territory. They're not limited to borders… they may be anchored in a particular place, but their goal is to take the entire world, to cleanse it of infidels - first their own people, Muslims, and then everyone else. Madness.
  • They all use the same tactics to achieve their common goal.
  • They all agree that they have to establish a caliphate. 
  • They all disagree who should be the caliph. 
  • That's the nature of their disagreements. 
  • And they all use essentially the same tactics - unbridled violence, fear, terror.
Anywhere between 1,000 to 2,000 people are annually executed in Iran. Not criminals; not people who have broken the law - but people who have the temerity to have a different view, who dare question the regime. 
They're hung in public squares and sometimes they're hung from cranes. They don't have enough scaffolds. 
And you see the same thing - it doesn't receive the same prominence - from ISIS, same technique.
They take over a population. The first thing is, yes, they lop heads off in this tragic barbarism that we witness, but they also take people to the burial pits and they shoot them by the hundreds and thousands.
Fighting the militant jihadi extremists “requires weapons, defensive and offensive, but above all it requires, clarity and courage - clarity to understand they're wrong, we're right; they're evil, we're good. No moral relativism there at all.
These people who lop off heads, trample human rights into the dust, are evil and they have to be resisted. Evil has to be resisted.
Militant jihadis will be defeated… It will ultimately disappear from the stage of history because it's a grand failure - it doesn't know how to manage economies, it cannot offer the young people to which it appeals any kind of future.
It can control their minds for now, but ultimately the spread of information technology will obviate that, will give people choices. But this may take a long time.
And we've seen from the past that radical ideologies - which inflame the minds of millions - set their sights on minorities, [but] it never ends with the minorities.  They ultimately fail, too. That happened in the last century. But before they failed, they took down tens of millions with them.