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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Turkey's First Steps Into Club Of Doom


The Next Iranian Revolution

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Six young Iranian men and women videotaped dancing to Pharrell Williams' "Happy" and the homemade video's director have been sentenced to suspended jail terms and lashes, their lawyer said Friday.

The Iranians' case attracted international attention when they were detained in May for participating in a production deemed indecent by hard-liners in Iran. The video showed the men and women, none of whom wore obligatory headscarves, dancing together in sunglasses and silly clothes on Tehran rooftops and alleyways.


Lawyer Farshid Rofugaran said the seven received suspended sentences of six months in jail and 91 lashes each. He said the suspended jail term was punishment for acting in the video and the lashes for ignoring Islamic norms.

The suspended sentences mean that verdicts against the defendants won't be carried out unless they commit crimes and are found guilty in the next three years.

My comments :  These young people in Iran who made this video have been arrested and tried in court for being happy. It is a crime to be happy in Iran. 

70% of Iran's population is under 30 years of age. That will be the age group of these young people in the picture here (which is actually a video grab).

This is the 21st century. People want to live in the real world, the modern world. The modern world is the Islamic world. People do not wish to live in an imaginary 7th century world of the desert, of the camels and unhygienic arabs of the medieval ages. 

The religious people do not seem to understand this simple truth. Modern is Islamic. Contemporary is Islamic. Scientific is islamic. 7th century in 21st century is not Islamic. It is called 'your watch is broken'.

The last revolution in Iran was in 1979 - 35 years ago. There will be another revolution in Iran. This time the young people will overthrow the mullahs quite permanently. There will be bloodshed in Iran again. The young people will most likely chase the mullahs down the streets and hunt them down. There will be a whiplash effect. 

They will attack and burn down the religious schools and madrassahs. This is going to happen in Iran.  It may happen within the next five years. Or it could happen a little later.  But it will happen.  Falsehood is always destined to perish.

Gaza Truce Broken, Hamas Fatah Fight Over $$, Egypt Liwats Hamas, Kita Bagi Duit Lagi

Hamas has been kicked out of Qatar. The Hamas guys arrogantly boasted that they have PR and visas to enter Malaysia any time. Is our Home Minister aware of this? I was talking to a security expert the other day who said that the Hamas already has their neworks here.

Today the papers say that another jihadi terrorist, this time an Australian jihadi operating for the Daesh ISIS, has networks in Malaysia, has transited thru Malaysia and even transferred millions of Ringgit thru Malaysia. Here is the news:
  • Terror’ fund man identified
  • Police identified M'sian rcvd RM110,300 via Australia’s Bisotel Rieh Global Money Transfer.
  • police pursuing the individual.
  • person would be dealt with severely if terrorist-linked 
  • must not allow transactions to fund illegal activities, including to finance terrorism.
So again and again and again it is proven that Malaysia has become a terrorist transit point, a terrorist support base, a terrorist recruiting ground and part of the international terrorist money transfer network.   Eloklah tu.  

How come despite being a world financial center with huge amounts of money transfers, including hot money and money laundering, all these terrorists avoid Singapore like the plague? Why do terrorists avoid Singapore despite their super canggih financial and money transfer systems? The answer is because the Singaporeans do not allow all these terrorist groups in their country.  They keep vigilant. 

In Malaysia, bayar RM30 satu kepala, a boatload of Sulus can come in any time. During the Sulu Attack the price went up to RM300 satu kepala. Now it may have gone back down. Anytime boleh masuk. Bayar saja.

I was at a condo the other day. A couple of these pak unta guys, one wearing a jubah and with a huge plastic tasbih (rosary) in his hand, were sitting by the pool and yakking away.  They did not look like they had 9-5 jobs, they did not look like they were foreign investors, they did not look like students, they did not look like they were carpet traders at all. Tapi boleh sewa apartment RM2 ribu sebulan. And then they are constantly "occupied". Doing what? 

This country has gone really haywire as far as policing its borders and immigration policies are concerned. The Minister is not in a position to understand this point. It has been going on for a long time.  The Malays especially will really come to regret allowing all these "negara Islam" foreigners into the country with little or no proper background checks (like almost all other countries do - I am NOT being xenophobic or racist ok). 

If you are an insane Muslim try migrating to Saudi Arabia or to Jordan or Egypt.  They will kick you out even before you get off the plane. I recall going to the Iraqi embassy here in the 90s. One rude guy snapped 'What do you want?' This was the time of Saddam Hussein. Their political attache at that time said to some women reporter friends of mine that 'Malaysians were stupid'. I am not making this up.  Do you think these attitudes have changed? If you think so, then you really must be stupid. (I agree with the Iraqi that plenty Malaysians are stupid).

Here is more stupid news from the Middle East. The truce in Gaza has been broken. A few days ago someone fired mortars from Gaza into Israel. The Israelis have not retaliated.

1.   First projectile fired from Gaza since truce
  • mortar from Gaza explodes in Israel for 1st time since Aug 26
  • shell fired on Tuesday evening
  • first attack since truce btwn Hamas & Israel after 50 day conflict
  • Hamas denied any knowledge on Tuesday
You usually make a ceasefire agreement with your enemies. That is why it is called a ceasefire. You do not need to make a ceasefire agreement with your friends.  Once you make a truce with your enemies you should uphold your end of the ceasefire.  But if you shoot mortars and rockets AFTER making a ceasefire, do you seriously expect your enemies to scratch their butts and keep quiet?

Now here is the reason why the ceasefire is being broken - in bits and pieces.
  • Hamas has not authorized Abbas to negotiate with Israel
  • Hamas warns of renewed 'explosion' 
  • donor countries warned dont pay salaries to Hamas’ 40,000 civil servants.
  • if they make payments Hamas govt and people will be boycotted
  • refusal to pay salaries a contentious point btwn Hamas & Fatah
  • Hamas insists PA obliged to pay salaries to Hamas employees
  • PA officials made it clear they had no intention to comply with demand
  • Hamas employees “illegitimate workers hired by illegitimate (Hamas) govt.
  • international threats to suspend financial aid to Hamas
  • Ahmed Bahr senior Hamas official said Fatah govt should resign
  • Bahr said Fatah done nothing for Palestinians in Gaza 
  • civil workers not received salaries 
  • Hamas announced Egypt refused to host “reconciliation talks” 
  • no date set for resumption of talks following Egyptian decision. 
  • Egyptians refused to host representatives of Hamas and Fatah 
  • Fatah still awaiting Egyptian invitation to talks 
  • accused Hamas “sabotage” Egyptian effort to end dispute between Hamas & Fatah
Here is the gist of this muddle folks. I hope our Wisma Putra boys are reading this.

The real fight is between Hamas in Gaza and Fatah-Palestinians Authority in the West Bank.

Mahmoud Abbas still refuses to channel any money to pay the salaries of 40,000 Hamas employees, many of whom are combatants. Many of whom have fired shots and killed Fatah members in Gaza. This is an Arab blood feud as well.

Now since the Ikhwan Muslimin or Muslim Brotherhood (of which Hamas is an offshoot) has become PNG (persona non grata) with many Arab countries, the Arab donor countries are also saying that their aid money should not go towards paying Hamas employees. This is what Fatah is claiming. Hamas is refuting this.

And to twist the knife in the back, Egypt now refuses to host the promised talks between Hamas, Fatah and Egypt that were agreed upon on August 26 as a condition of the ceasefire between Hamas and Israel.

Stop for a while ok. Yang gaduh Hamas and Israel. Tapi 'talks' pula between Hamas, Fatah and Egypt. Whats going on?

Egypt has also refused to reopen the Rafah crossing - another huge point of contention between Hamas and Egypt. 

Fatah and Egypt also refuse to allow any aid money to go to Hamas or into Gaza for the reconstruction. So the rubble still remains on the streets in Gaza.  

So Hamas is really between a rock and a very hard place. 

What will Hamas do? They will fire more rockets into Israel. This is just a matter of time.

Egypt will never reopen the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt.
Fatah and Mahmoud Abbas will never release any money to pay the Hamas civil servants. Egypt will never reconvene any talks between Hamas and Fatah in Cairo.
That is not going to happen.

Fatah and Egypt want Hamas out of Gaza. They want to see the end of the Ikhwan Muslimin or Muslim Brotherhood.

Once Hamas is kicked out of Gaza and peace prevails (meaning no more rockets are shot from Gaza) only then will Fatah and Egypt open their wallets and ope the border crossings.

The problem here is the Ikhwanul Muslimin. Or Hamas. Orang Malaya harus faham lebih sikit apa yang berlaku.

When the conflict began one of you commenters challenged me if I thought this entire fight was about Hamas getting their hands on money. The quick answer is yes.

Its all about money. And money is needed for the survival or revival of the Ikhwan Muslimin.  The Palestinian issue can wait.

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).


  • NISSAN OPENS NEW PLANT IN THAILAND
  • 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.