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Summer of 2009 - A Time of Change

It was a notable Summer comprising many life changes:

  • My Father's Death
  • My oldest Daughter's transition from childhood to becoming a young woman
  • Changing jobs
  • Changing work location: from East Bay to Peninsula
  • Moving House

Beat the High Gasoline Prices

I wonder who has been preventing these vehicles from being sold in the United States of America? Looking at this line-up, a Prius doesn't seem that special anymore. On a side note, all of these, unlike the Prius, can burn 100% bio diesel and be 100% independent of petroleum-based fuel.

Diesel Vehicles Available in the UK (and most of Europe)
Make/Model MPG
BMW 118d 62.8/49.6
Chevrolet Captiva (SUV) 32.8
Chrysler Sebring Cabriolet 41.5
Citroen C5 tourer 2.2 HDi 42.8
Ford Mondeo 2.0 TDCi 40
Honda Accord EX 2.2i-DTEC 62.8/50.4
Nissan Qashqai 52/36
Saab 9-3 1.9 TTiD Aero SportWagon 47.1/41.5
Toyota Auris SR180 45.6
Toyota Hilux 3.0 D-4D 171 HL3 Double Cab 34
Toyota Land Cruiser 3.0 D-4D LC3 31
Toyota Yaris D-4D 62.8
VW Golf Bluemotion 62.8/42
Avergage Fuel Economy of this selection of cars, SUVs, and trucks: 46.5

Ron Paul for President

Having pledged never to raise taxes, he has long advocated ending the federal income tax, scaling back government spending, abolishing most federal agencies, and removing military bases and troops from foreign soil; he favors hard money and opposes the Federal Reserve. He also opposes the Patriot Act, the federal War on Drugs, No Child Left Behind, and gun control. Paul is strongly pro-life, and has introduced bills to negate Roe v. Wade, but affirms states' rights to regulate or ban abortion, rather than federal jurisdiction.

Read the entire Wikipedia article on Ron Paul.

Tazkiyah Retreat

Registration for this year's Tazkiyah Retreat (06/14-06/25) with Shaykh Mokhtar Maghraoui is almost over. Hurry up and register!

Top 20 Most Dangerous Drugs

Which drug is more dangerous, LSD or cigarettes? Is alcohol worse than ecstasy? What about hashish or marijuana?

Cool Stuff

How can people live without this information in this day and age?

Videos for New Muslims

How to make wudu' (ablution). Without this state of ritual purity, you cannot pray:

The athan (pronounced like the "a" in the word at + the word than; it is Arabic for the "call to prayer"):

Minor Earthquakes

We felt a couple of minor earthquakes today in the city where I work, San Ramon.

Jennifer Convertibles-Leather (Fremont, CA Showroom)

I went to this furniture store Saturday afternoon (23 Feb 2008) with my wife and two children. A middle-aged black woman, Nathalia (sales associate # 4953) was initially cordial and helpful. This experience, however, was about to take an abrupt turn. In the end, my wife and I felt so violated and disrepected, that we'll probably never shop there again.