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Tuesday, November 08, 2005
NEV spotlight - GT Asteroid Electric Scooter


Some of you regular, longtime readers of Thunderstorms in the Imajica know that I occasionally do my own amateur research on environmental issues here.  And when I find interesting resources, like a UN global sustainability report or a cool website, I blog about those things.  One of my personal interests that I have mainly kept to myself only as a collection of browser bookmarks until now is the emerging industry of neighborhood electric vehicles, or NEVs.  While I may have mentioned the term NEV in passing, I decided I would take my research on NEVs and broaden the scope to include other non-petroleum guzzling vehicles, spotlight vehicles you can use today in your everyday life, and start a discussion topic on the future of personal transportation.


Look for a link to a main menu page [here] in the future that will list some of the spotlighted products available and related entries.  No sense in making a menu page of links, yet, until I have compiled a few entries to read on this subject.



GT Asteroid Electric Scooter - $ 249.00


Description:


The GT Asteroid by Currie Technologies is fitted with a 450 watt Electro Drive motor with plenty of power and torque for fast starts and great hill climbing.  It's top-end speed is 15 mph and the enhanced braking system insures safe, quick stops.  The GT Asteroid is an "all metal construction" electric scooter that's built to last. It's weather and dust resistant as well.  You can take the GT Asteroid off-road through mud, dirt and grass.  The electric motor is clean and quiet and the handlebars fold for easy transport.

Currie is one of the original manufacturers of electric powered scooters. Currie products are well known for their style, quality and reliability, so you can be sure that your Asteroid electric scooter is a sturdy, long-lasting item.




Specifications:
• Speed: 15 mph
• Range: 10 miles
• Motor: 450 Watt High Torque Brushless Motor, Exclusive 24-volt brushed DC motor and electronic pulse-width modulated (PWM) controller that includes low voltage battery protection, motor overheat protection, peak amperage protection, stall protection, maximum speed protection, brake inhibit, and is fully sealed (dust and weather resistant).
• Frame: New Hi-Ten full sized 12" scooter frame, steel battery box and downtube console with integrated on-off switch, power indicator light, and charger port. 12" Hi-Ten Unicrown fork. One piece ABS deck with molded kicktail. Oversized, chromed headset. Heavy duty folding handlebar and stem with GT Krayton grips.
• Currie Electro Drive System: All weather direct chain drive, On-demand variable speed throttle, freewheeling clutch for easy coasting.
• Battery: 24V (dual 12V), 10-amp hour sealed recyclable lead acid batteries in a steel box frame mounted battery pack.
• Charge Time: 5 - 6 hours.
• Brakes: Front BMX style V-Brake, 90mm rear band brakes.
• Dimensions: Length 48", Width 20", Width at deck 9", Height 46", Height when folded 25"
• Weight: 57 lbs.
• Carrying Capacity: 250 lbs.
• Rims: Alloy 12" x 1.75" 6N style, 24H on spoked wheels.
• Tires & Tubes: Kenda K-909 12" x 2.125" black street tires with thorn resistant tubes.
• Warranty: 30 day warranty / 1 year warranty on battery (provided by Urbanscooters.com).


Standard Features:
• Handlebars that fold for easy transport and storage.
• Smart battery charger (2 amp).
• CPSC certified safety reflectors (front & rear).
• On/off toggle switch ignition.
• 12" single, UCP kick stand.


Additional Info:
• No assembly required! Simply raise and lock the handlebars and you're ready to ride.
• Speed and range specs are maximum ratings under ideal conditions, i.e. light weight rider (relative to carrying capacity), good terrain (solid, flat, smooth & dry), etc. Less than ideal conditions will reduce speed, range and climbing ability.



BDKv1.0





[Headphones] :: Psycho Sarah - JfZ





Monday, November 07, 2005
NEV spotlight - Go-Ped Sport "Strato" S25


Some of you regular, longtime readers of Thunderstorms in the Imajica know that I occasionally do my own amateur research on environmental issues here.  And when I find interesting resources, like a UN global sustainability report or a cool website, I blog about those things.  One of my personal interests that I have mainly kept to myself only as a collection of browser bookmarks until now is the emerging industry of neighborhood electric vehicles, or NEVs.  While I may have mentioned the term NEV in passing, I decided I would take my research on NEVs and broaden the scope to include other non-petroleum guzzling vehicles, spotlight vehicles you can use today in your everyday life, and start a discussion topic on the future of personal transportation.


Look for a link to a main menu page [here] in the future that will list some of the spotlighted products available and related entries.  No sense in making a menu page of links, yet, until I have compiled a few entries to read on this subject.


Go-Ped 'Starto' S25 Gas Scooter - $ 319.95


Description:
The GoPed Sport 'Strato' S25 is the entry level model from Go-Ped. In our opinion, this is the highest quality gas scooter manufactured in the $300 dollar price range. The Go-Ped S25 is a solid, no frills gas scooter that’s extremely reliable and easy to maintain. It’s perfect for commuters and fun lovers of all ages. The Sport ‘Strato’ S25 gas scooter passes California’s strict emissions requirements, gets over 200 miles to the gallon and gives plenty of power and torque for fast starts and great hill climbing. The simple and reliable friction drive system offers a quick response to the throttle. The heavy duty aircraft quality steel frame can support up to 400 lbs. The wide, low riding platform gives this scooter a smooth and stable ride. Go-Ped launched the motorized scooter craze nearly 20 years ago and has been designing the most high-end, innovative and refined scooting machines ever since. Go-Ped’s are made in the USA and the company is world renown for its dedication to Go-Ped perfection.


Specifications:
• Speed: 21 mph
• Range: 40 - 50 miles (that's 200+ miles per gallon!)
• Motor: "Strato Charged" 1.5 HP, 25.4cc, Komatsu Zenoah GZ25N14, single cylinder, 2 stroke, air cooled, gas powered engine (one of the best, most dependable engines on the market). Handlebar kill switch. Dual exhaust chambers to reduce noise.
• Frame: Patented heavy duty, light weight, 4130 Chromoly aircraft quality steel frame and single sided fork. Aircraft grade 6061-T6 hardened aluminum handlebar. Signature style Go Ped wooden deck.
• Start Method: Recoil pull start.
• Drive Train: A simple, reliable direct friction drive system. Variable speed trigger style throttle. The motor of the Go Ped Sport S25 can be disengaged to allow freewheeling.
• Oil Type: 2-stroke oil.
• Fuel Type: Unleaded gasoline (high octane recommended).
• Gasoline Mix: 50:1
• Fuel Tank Capacity: 1 liter.
• Brakes: Caliper front brakes. Engine compression and friction pad rear braking system.
• Dry Weight: 22 lbs.
• Dimensions: Length 34 ", Width at handlebars 14 ", Height 42", Height when folded 12", Deck (non-skid) 9.5" x 18".
• Carrying Capacity: 400 lbs.
• Tires: High impact lightweight plastic rims coupled with high quality 6” solid natural rubber tires. Solid tires mean no flats!
• Warranty: 90 day manufacturer’s warranty.

Standard Features:
• Handlebars that fold for easy transport and storage.







[Headphones] :: Evil Stevie: Activate! - JfZ



Sunday, November 06, 2005
NEV spotlight - Go-Ped Know-Ped Kick Scooter


Some of you regular, longtime readers of Thunderstorms in the Imajica know that I occasionally do my own amateur research on environmental issues here.  And when I find interesting resources, like a UN global sustainability report or a cool website, I blog about those things.  One of my personal interests that I have mainly kept to myself only as a collection of browser bookmarks until now is the emerging industry of neighborhood electric vehicles, or NEVs.  While I may have mentioned the term NEV in passing, I decided I would take my research on NEVs and broaden the scope to include other non-petroleum guzzling vehicles, spotlight vehicles you can use today in your everyday life, and start a discussion topic on the future of personal transportation.


Look for a link to a main menu page [here] in the future that will list some of the spotlighted products available and related entries.  No sense in making a menu page of links, yet, until I have compiled a few entries to read on this subject.


Go-Ped Know-Ped Kick Scooter - $ 119.95


Description:
The Know-Ped is a non-motorized version of the classic Go-Ped gas scooter and the highest quality kick scooter on the market today. It's perfect for folks 8 to 80 looking for fun and a way to get around town (kids 4 to 8 should try the Grow-Ped). Know-Ped's provide a fun way for younger riders to develop the balance, coordination and riding skills they'll need to take on the motorized Go-Ped's they'll be screaming for in years to come! Adult riders love the way Know-Ped's get them where they need to go. They're compact, light weight, folding design makes them easy to carry and store. Key safety features include dual braking (front & rear) plus a fool proof, spring-loaded slide tube feature that protects the folding mechanism on the handlebar during operation. Know-Peds come with the signature style Go-Ped wooden deck and a bobbed tailed fender styled after a classic American motorcycle. Go-Ped's are made in the USA and the company is world renown for its dedication to Go-Ped perfection.


Specifications:
• Frame: Patented heavy duty, light weight, 4130 Chromoly aircraft quality steel frame and single sided fork. Aircraft grade 6061-T6 hardened aluminum handlebar. Signature style Go-Ped wooden deck.
• Brakes: Front caliper brakes. Rear heal operated spoon fender.
• Dimensions: Length 33", Width 13", Height 38", Height when folded 12"
• Weight: 13 lbs.
• Carrying Capacity: 400 lbs.
• Tires: 6" x 2.5" natural rubber Go-Active tires.
• Warranty: 90 day manufacturer's warranty.

Standard Features:
• Handlebars that fold and lock for easy transport and storage.

Additional Info:
• Recommended age 8 to 80.
• No assembly required! Simply raise and lock the handlebars and you're ready to ride.







[Headphones] :: Evil Stevie: Activate! - JfZ



Saturday, November 05, 2005
NEV spotlight - Currie I-Zip Chopper Electric Bike


Some of you regular, longtime readers of Thunderstorms in the Imajica know that I occasionally do my own amateur research on environmental issues here.  And when I find interesting resources, like a UN global sustainability report or a cool website, I blog about those things.  One of my personal interests that I have mainly kept to myself only as a collection of browser bookmarks until now is the emerging industry of neighborhood electric vehicles, or NEVs.  While I may have mentioned the term NEV in passing, I decided I would take my research on NEVs and broaden the scope to include other non-petroleum guzzling vehicles, spotlight vehicles you can use today in your everyday life, and start a discussion topic on the future of personal transportation.


Look for a link to a main menu page [here] in the future that will list some of the spotlighted products available and related entries.  No sense in making a menu page of links yet, until I have compiled a few entries to read on this subject.




Currie I-Zip Chopper Electric Bike - $ 529.95



Description:


The I-Zip Electric Bicycle by Currie Tech is the low riding fatboy mini-chopper that everybody's been talking about.  It's not only real cool looking, but the I-Zip electric chopper is real transportation.  It can be ridden as a standard bicycle or simply twist the throttle for a burst of electric power whenever needed. The I-Zip Electric Chopper combines the power of a 450 watt motor with your pedal power to propel you farther and faster than ever.  You'll travel up to 25 miles on a single charge, at speeds of up to 18 mph.  The I-Zip Chopper is street legal in all 50 states!  Currie products are well known for their style, quality and reliability, so you can be sure that your I-Zip electric chopper is a sturdy, long-lasting item.



Specifications:
  • Speed: 18 mph
  • Range: 15 - 25 miles
  • Motor: 450W "Earth-Magnet" Electro Drive, 24-volt DC motor and electronic pulse-width modulated (PWM) controller that includes low voltage battery protection, motor overheat protection, peak amperage protection, stall protection, maximum speed protection, brake inhibit, and is fully sealed (dust and weather resistant).
  • Frame: New 24" x 20" chopper design. 24" double crown chrome chopper fork. Heavy duty drag handlebars with Krayton grips.
  • Currie Electro Drive System: Patented Electro Drive all weather direct chain drive with built-in freewheeling, bolt-on mounting plate, motor and speed specific gearing. Half twist variable speed throttle.
  • Battery: 24V (dual 12V), 12-amp hour sealed recyclable lead acid batteries in a removable V-Twin battery pack.
  • Charge Time: 5 - 6 hours.
  • Brakes: Alloy linear-pull braking.
  • Dimensions: Length 54", Height 42".
  • Weight: 90 lbs.
  • Carrying Capacity: 200 lbs.
  • Rims: Alloy 20" rear, 24" front on F-14G rustless spoke wheels.
  • Tires & Tubes: 20" x 4.25" black street, rear. 24" x 2.125" front.
  • Warranty: 6 month manufacturer's warranty.

Standard Features:
  • Smart battery charger (2 amp).
  • CPSC certified safety reflectors (front & rear).
  • On/off toggle switch ignition.
  • 20" center mounted kickstand.

Additional Info:
  • Speed and range specs are maximum ratings under ideal conditions, i.e. light weight rider (relative to carrying capacity), good terrain (solid, flat, smooth & dry), etc. Less than ideal conditions will reduce speed, range and climbing ability. These characteristics also vary depending upon the amount of pedal assist from the rider.






[Headphones] :: Evil Stevie: Activate! - JfZ



Friday, November 04, 2005
Bush World and the Bible Belt Bust


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When the Democrusader's administration wanted to use the still-smoldering victims of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks as a public and congressional catalyst for invading Iraq, the vice president's men in the Office of Special Plans (OSP) sold the lies of Iraq's connection to Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda and reactivation of Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction program.  Most of the U.S. public was caught up in a desire for justice, and even revenge, but Bush World wanted to add a dash of fear to the public attitude with public comments about mushroom clouds over Cleveland.  However, the congress had classified information that the public did not have at that time, but still voted to go to war.  The current cover story is that the CIA gave faulty intelligence to the White House.  DCI George Tenet resigned and the entire intelligence community has been reorganized under the umbrella of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) as directed by the Bush administration.

When Cheney's OSP stovepiped intelligence to fix the facts to invade Iraq in the first place, it's a sad irony that they can blame the CIA and the intelligence community when their grand agenda for Iraq isn't the cakewalk that people like Paul Wolfowitz, Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney told everyone it would be.

Most of the Democrusader's political opponents now say they were fed lies by the administration, and yet still do not have the backbone to say that they wouldn't have voted to go to war if they knew then what they know now.  How then, can any such congressional Democrat claim any more integrity than the congressional Republicans?  GOP lackeys can at least claim they are being loyal to their party for their ridiculously ass-covering stances.

One exception to this lame political position is voiced by Tennessee congressman Harold Ford -- who recently admitted in a candor that politicians rarely possess during an MSNBC's Imus in the Morning show interview -- that his vote to authorize war in Iraq was a mistake.  Whether you agree or disagree that Iraq is a mistaken war of choice and folly, you must acknowledge that a politician showing some common sense integrity, like Ford, should be worthy of some note and praise.

Meanwhile, the Bush World propaganda machine still runs at full speed.  I didn't blog specifically and singularly about the indictment [PDF] of the vice president's chief of staff, Scooter Libby, because it really doesn't seem like news to me.  He was indicted for lying to agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Justice (DoJ) special prosecutor's grand jury.

Other than Libby taking the fall for the Bush administration and covering up for the OSP, how is that news?  The public is supposed to be shocked that the Bush administration lied (again) or lied again to cover up another lie?  I just don't get how that is news from the last five years of the Democrusader's administration -- or will be news during the next excrutiatingly long three years left before Bush and his cronies finally go away -- to Crawford and other places of obscurity in the history of things.  The Libby indictment does highlight how the administration deals with opposition voices to the Bush World plan for Iraq.


When the Democrusader and his cronies want to put their jackboots on your head, you need only realize how Valerie Plame and Ambassador Joe Wilson are living with 24/7 security personnel in fear of their safety, nowadays.  If you embarass the White House, be prepared for a shit storm that might come at you from any and all angles.  If you can't personalize or have empathy for people in the news, like Plame and Wilson, please note the case of the 27-year-old webmaster, Chris Wilson.

After I blogged that Wilson's "Porn for War Pix" forum had stirred little controversy, he and his site then got too much embarassing attention for the likes of the pro-war faithful who like to maintain the image and message of the Iraq war now as simply as "The nice Americans came to liberate Iraq from evil Saddam Hussein."  Stay the course, because George Bush is Santa Claus.

Chris Wilson, an ex-police officer, decided to allow military service personnel access to the members-only forum areas on his amateur adult website if they sent in photographs taken in the warzones of Iraq or Afghanistan.  The reason for this policy is that his web site, "NowThatsFuckedUp.com," and its content is user-supported, but soldiers and marines wishing to access the site in those theaters of conflict had nothing pornographic to upload.  It's very similar to the old school BBS file transfer policies in which a user uploads images and then has access to download images.

What did Chris Wilson get for his generosity to the troops?

Once the media got hold of the actual photos military service personnel had taken of dead enemy combatants in Iraq, some treated it as if it were some Abu Ghraib redux, with the added story sex appeal of the porn site's involvement.  [AP / Reuters] While I blogged about it here with the attitude of appreciation of the first amendment and truth-telling, someone in the Bush administration obviously made a call to the Florida state attorney's office of the president's brother, Jeb Bush, to shut down this photographic truth of war.

On October 8th, Polk county deputies arrested Chris Wilson in Lakeland and charged him with 300 misdemeanor counts of obscenity and one felony count.  His bond was set at over $100,000 and he sat in jail until his parents could put up their house to make his bail.  If Tom Delay can claim his indictment in Texas is politically-motivated, then Chris Wilson's arrest in Florida certainly is politically-motivated.

It's no coincidence that out of the thousands of porn sites managed from or operated directly in Florida, that Chris Wilson was arrested only after the media spotlight was shown upon him and the media fallout embarrassed the Bush World cronies.  Now, let's see which Florida state and local cronie starts lying in depositions as to who told him to persue Chris Wilson in the first place.

In the meantime, you can go to FreeChris.org, and if you have the means, donate to Chris Wilson's legal defense fund with the simple patriotic motivation of keeping the first amendment to the U.S. Constitution's principle of free expression, free indeed.






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