Ever thought about a Tesla? Test Driven by Guest Blogger Erich Muhammad

Have you ever thought about a Tesla?
An electrifying driving experience like no other
by Erich Muhammad

The Tesla Model S
‘Those who say it cannot be done should stop interrupting those who are doing it.' 
~ Henry Ford, American Industrialist and Business Magnate

What would happen if you had the ability to traverse your environment in a comfortable luxury vessel with speed, agility, safety, room and silence. All without fuel or a train ticket? 
Although not a shiny spherical spacecraft the Tesla Model S supplies its occupants with an out of this world experience unlike any vehicle currently available on the market today.

Tesla Motors, inspired by Dr. Nikola Tesla, has an all-electric vehicle roster that includes the successful Tesla Roadster, The Tesla Model S and soon to be released utility SUV Tesla Model X.

The Model S is my new favorite automobile. As an admitted car junkie that is saying a lot! The Model S is what an electric car should be. Actually—the Model S is what an automobile should be. Performance, luxury, technology, beauty, functionality and fun in a vehicle that only needs gas stations for…nothing really.
This car is beautiful. The exterior lines and styling will satisfy the scrutinizing eye of most luxury automobile aficionados. With many color options, the Model S exterior and interior can be easily customized to reflect you.

With key fob on your person (which is fashioned like a mini version of the car) the chrome door handles silently slide towards you, as if to say “Take my hand, I’m about to show you something you’ve never seen.”  No need to fumble to meet key with ignition. As your body meets the pilot seat sensors in the car have now recognized your presence as its owner and has turned on preliminary power sources waiting for your commands and direction. The interior is clean, sleek, roomy and comfortable. This four-door sedan has two rear facing jump seats (perfect for children) just behind the middle seats.

The instrument cluster is a very well designed digital display that is easy to read and multifunctional. With premium seats, plenty of legroom and unmatched floor space your brain is almost done deleting any prior electric car myths and insecurities. Your radio, cup holder and ash tray have been replaced with everything… almost.

A 17-inch full touch screen display is silently awaiting you to access its world.

Power Consumption. Power Regeneration, Driving History, Battery Status, Door locks, Trunk, Gas. Charging Port Door (once plugged in, a soft strobe light indicates charge in process), Panoramic Sunroof, Up to Ten Mobile devices, Heat (seats), Air (seats), High Definition Back Up Display, Internet Browser, Voice Controls, HD and Satellite Radio, Air Suspension, and much more. 

The ride is everything you want in an automobile and nothing you have ever experienced. I was cruising just under 100mph and my friend in the back seat leaned up “Is that number in the middle displaying the current speed? Wow. I thought we were doing about 45mph or so.” This car is very smooth and responsive.
With a standard 208-mile range battery and optional 265-mile battery the Model S goes the distance and charges from a standard home 110 volt outlet or a 240 volt outlet. Tesla Motors currently has 16 Supercharger Stations in the States that will give you a 50 percent charge in 20 min. and a full charge in 75min. These Supercharger stations are solar powered and free for use to all Tesla owners. 

Tesla plans to build enough stations by the winter of 2013 for coast-to-coast travel.

Our current electricity is generated from Natural Gas, Hydroelectric, Coal, Oil, Nuclear, Wind, Solar, Geothermal and Biomass. The Human body and our natural atmosphere both have an enormous amount of unharnessed electricity as well. If you have anxiety about technology and electricity especially during a survival scenario continue to study the trends of energy consumption and energy production. If gasoline is rationed and you run out of it, you are truly without that resource.

Unlike biofuel and diesel, gasoline is not easy to produce at home. Electricity, however, is literally everywhere. We just have to remove the fear and harness it.

In addition, one last but not least very important point.

On August 19 The Tesla Model S achieved the best safety rating of any car ever tested, setting a new NHTSA vehicle score record.

(Erich Muhammad has worked in the construction, building, and community development field for over two decades. He is also an actor and studies engineering. Test-driving cars is just one of his hobbies. He can be reached via Facebook.)


President Obama and the Global Anti-War Intifada by Mazin Qumsiyeh [Guest Blogger]

by Mazin Qumsiyeh

It is not difficult to understand the power-game being played in Syria and no decent human being should stand on the sideline in a conflict that will shape the future of our humanity. The global intifada (uprising) is spreading and it is rejecting war and hegemony and now even President Obama is reeling under pressure.  It is an earthquake that is shaking the very foundation of post-WWII world order (what U.S.ed to be referred to mistakenly as “the American century” when it was really the Zionist century). The British, French and American public long exposed to Zionist propaganda have joined the revolution. Politicians started to panic especially after the British parliament voted against war. This was the first major and stunning defeat to the U.S./Israel hegemony of British politics since WWII.

U.S. President Obama was stuck after the British vote and the clear solid position of Lebanon, Syria, Iran, Russia, China and even overwhelming public opposition in the U.S. despite the attempt to whip frenzy by Israel media stooges like Wolf Blitzer of CNN. 

Obama was also stunned by what his own intelligence services told him about potential repercussions of a military strike on Syria especially without UN mandate and without U.S. public support. These repercussions included presence of strong defensive and offensive capabilities in Syria. There were intelligence leaks about downed “test” incursion. But repercussions discussed include strengthening rather than weakening Iran (after all, this is what happened after Iraq!).  

President Obama spent countless hours talking with his Zionist and non-Zionist advisers and key government officials (there are no anti-Zionists in his group). Faced with no good option in trying to maintain Israel/U.S. hegemony, Obama decided not to decide and shift the debate to Congress to buy time. Now it is up to the American people who overwhelmingly reject war on Syria to stand up and pressure the Israeli-occupied U.S. congress to do what is good for U.S. citizens not what they perceive to be good for Zionism.

The Russian president spoke of a number of key points that he called “common sense” while Obama just lied.  Russia and the U.S. had agreed to the parameters of a political conference in which all sides were invited. Russia talked the Syrian government into attending this Geneva conference (even though most Syrians opposed a dialogue with Western backed thugs and Western backed mercenaries). 

Under Israeli pressure, the U.S. administration started to rethink their agreement and their stooges announced they cannot join discussion with their opponents unless their opponents are defeated and surrender!  Syrian government forces then gained momentum against the Western and Israeli backed extremist rebels and cornered them in very few pockets. Syria was opening up and international inspectors were coming.   

Putin rightly points out that under such conditions: who has the benefit of using chemical weapons: the Syrian government or the rebels trying to provide excuses for Western defeat of a government they could not defeat themselves? It is common sense. Syria, Russia and China and all humanity ask logically: if the U.S. has proof that the Syrian government used chemical weapons to attack its own people (including its own soldiers), then give U.S. the proof. They rightly ask why the mandate of UN inspectors was  limited to only find out if they were used but not to explore who might have used them. After the lies Israeli and U.S. intelligence concocted to go the war on Iraq, they now seem rather reluctant to manufacture evidence again.

Ashahed M. Muhammad pictured here with author, professor and human rights activist Mazin  Qumsiyeh at the 2008 Popular Palestinian Conference Aug. 10 2008 in Rosemont, IL. (Photo: TEI Enlightener News Service)

Obama lied about many other things and perhaps the only part of his speech that touched on reality is when he admitted that he is part of a system and that he cannot make a decision by himself.  The military-industrial complex is now too entrenched in U.S. politics for any president to challenge it.  In fact, no one would be allowed to become president if they were to have even a slight chance of potential to challenge it.  So Obama says: I am with the machine that was in place before I came to power and will always be with the machine.  By this he showed that his campaign rhetoric about “change” was just what American call “bull-sh**”.  That is why Obama is stuck.  When President Obama paid tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. just a week ago, he was being hypocritical. King had famously said that the U.S. is the greatest purveyor of violence on earth.  The U.S. public can and must push Obama and Congress to change just like they pushed previous politicians to get civil rights, women’s right to vote, ending the war on Vietnam, ending U.S. support for Apartheid South Africa and more.

The fact remains that the most destabilizing country in the Middle East is the one that receives unconditional billions of U.S. taxpayer money. It is the state that caused millions of refugees and that introduced weapons of mass destruction including nuclear weapons to the Middle East.  It is the state that used white phosphorous and depleted uranium on civilian populations.  It is the state that started five wars and that lobbied successfully to get the U.S. to go to wars in places like Iraq and Afghanistan that caused millions of lives lost and trillions of U.S. taxpayer money spent. It is the state that fits all the criteria discussed in the International convention against the crimes of apartheid and racial discrimination.

The fact is that this latest Israel-inspired conflict is not about form of government in Syria. The U.S./Israel backed dictators in a dozen Arab countries are far, far worse than Bashar Assad of Syria. The fact remains that this is a clear attempt by the U.S. through its secretary of state under influence from the Zionist lobby and with the support of puppet rulers in the Arab world to liquidate the Palestinian caU.S.e.  The parameters of this are clear: liquidating Palestinian rights like the right of refugees to return to their homes and lands, limited Palestinian autonomy that Palestinian puppets can call a state in parts of the occupied West Bank in confederation with Jordan.  

This will ensure the “Jewishness” of the apartheid state of Israel. Gaza would be relegated to Egyptian administration or continuing to manage it as one Israeli official said “by putting Gazan’s on a diet.”  To get this program through, resistance mU.S.t be made to look futile.  Israel set-up a high-level ministerial committee to fight boycotts, divestment, and sanctions.  Israel told the U.S. that the Hizballah-Syria-Iran axis must be destroyed. Potentially developing Arab countries will be broken up into sectarian and other conflicts (divide and conquer) beginning with Iraq.  They thought Syria is the next weak link that can be removed in the same way that Libya was disposed of. They underestimated the level of rejection to their demonic schemes of divide and conquer.

What happened actually is the opposite. A strengthening block evolved starting in Iran, Iraq and Palestine and spreading globally.  The counter-revolutionary efforts are failing and in some cases getting the opposite effect of unifying and strengthening resistance.  The attempts by some to ignite sectarian strife in Lebanon failed miserably.  The positions of China, Russia, Venezuela and other governments came to reflect the international consensus of resisting U.S./Israeli hegemony.  No human being and no government can claim neutrality.  Neutrality is rather meaningless when there is such an evil attempt to dominate the world for the benefit of just a few people at the expense of millions. The vast majority of people in all countries (Palestine, U.S.A, Britain, France, Russia, China etc.) stand on one side of this against the Zionist attempts to drag the world into yet one more destructive conflict.  Clearly a win here is a win for Palestine and a win for all people of the world.

Before we talk about democracy in Syria, we must respect the fact that the vast majority of people on earth insist that Western governments respect their own citizens’ will instead of trying to smother them or shape them with propaganda or bypass them to serve the Israel lobby.  Before we talk about democracy in Syria, we must end apartheid in Israel, and end the repressive regimes supported by the U.S. especially those in the oil producing Arab countries.  Perhaps this is the reason Gulf States are pouring billions to fund murderers in the so-called “Syrian rebels” (most of them turn out to be mercenaries).  

It is the same reason that Netanyahu and Obama are both very nervous.  When the U.S./Israel program of liquidating the Palestinian cause and destroying Syria fails (and it will), all bets are off.  People stand up to tyranny and stand up for human rights and that is why governments (U.S., Israeli, Saudi Arabia, Turkey etc.) are starting to panic.  They do have good reason to worry because people power is coming and each of U.S. must be part of it.  We ask you to join the global intifada which will liberate oppressors and oppressed alike and create a better world for all.


(Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh teaches and does research at Bethlehem and Birzeit Universities in occupied Palestine. He serves as chairman of the board of the Palestinian Center for Rapprochement Between People and coordinator of the Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements in Beit Sahour He is author of "Sharing the Land of Canaan: Human rights and the Israeli/Palestinian Struggle" and “Popular Resistance in Palestine: A history of Hope and Empowerment.”)


Farrakhan Warns Obama, the Muslim World & Israel on #Syria

Farrakhan Delivers Stern Warnings to Obama, the Muslim World and Israel on Syria 

CHICAGO (FinalCall.com) - With the American government on the brink of inserting themselves into the affairs of yet another Muslim country, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan delivered a stern warning to the global warmongers and blood-shedders providing much needed clarity regarding the worldwide geopolitical landscape.

“The government of America and its leadership is taking America and the world on a very dangerous course, and I would not be a good student of my teacher the Honorable Elijah Muhammad as a Warner from Allah, and not raise my voice in harmony with his, to warn President Obama and this administration as well as the Congress of the United States, of the danger of the course that America is embarking on,” said Minister Farrakhan.

Protests took place in the United States and abroad August 31, the same day Minister Farrakhan’s words were broadcast. It seems America has such an extensive history of deceptive practices and false flag operations that considerable doubt exists in the minds of the American people as to whether the Syrian government used chemical weapons, and whether the American military should intervene, said the Minister. The people have also grown tired of decades of seemingly endless wars abroad while budgetary shortfalls continue in this country.

According to a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll, only 20 percent of the American people believe America should take military action. While the U.S. paints itself as global peacemaker, her history reveals something altogether different.

It was promised that peace and democracy would be delivered in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. All three of those countries are now experiencing bloodshed and turmoil. In Egypt, despite a democratic election won by the Mohamed Morsi, the candidate from the Freedom and Justice party of the Muslim Brotherhood, the country now faces governmental upheaval.

Minister Farrakhan has consistently uncovered the hidden schemes of the deceiving blood-shedders revealing the global hegemonic ambitions of the Neoconservatives.

The United Nations Charter militating against the use of force or intervention in the sovereignty of other nations as well as the United States Constitution is “gradually being ripped to shreds,” said the Minister.

“There is no more international law and order, just the law and order of the powerful against the weak, both, in the world and now in the United States of America,” he added.

Another point of contention is the hypocrisy being shown by America claiming to be outraged that chemical weapons were used, when in fact, America employed the use of chemical weapons that killed and maimed civilians during the Vietnam war, as well as the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Decades later, America’s own patriotic soldiers are suffering medical complications as a result of being exposed to use of those chemical weapons. 

According to reports, between 1962-1971, America used millions of gallons of defoliants and herbicides such as Agent Orange in Vietnam causing hundreds of thousands of deaths, as well as generations born with and birth defects. Napalm was used in Hiroshima and Nagasaki as well as Vietnam, and in Iraq, the Minister noted the use of bombs containing Depleted Uranium and White Phosphorous. The same types of bombs have been used by Israel—the nation whom the Minister referred to as America’s “companion in wickedness”—during its 2009 attack on Gaza in which dozens of civilians were killed.

Minister Farrakhan said the narrative being offered by the Zionist controlled media is far from the truth. Though they have continued to be the main distributors of “evidence” implicating the Syrian government in wrongdoing, Israel is not a dispassionate observer in the Syrian conflict, he said.

“These lies and half-truths spread by the Zionist controlled media are purposely spread to infect the minds of the people and the peoples of the world, that we should think along the lines of the mischief makers and the blood-shedders in furtherance of their wicked objectives,” said the Minister. “Israel is (America’s) companion in wickedness, so you both are headed down into the bottomless pit of hell,” he added.


The United States sends its military anywhere there are resources they desire, the Minister said. Syria has at least 2 and a half billion barrels of oil in its fields making it the next largest Middle Eastern oil producer after Iraq and new gas fields have recently been identified, making Syria a tantalizing target for the Western powers.

The Minister again noted the plans of Neoconservatives—inside and outside of government—to foster regime change in seven countries, starting with Iraq and to include Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Iran. Many of these advisers have led Mr. Obama in ways that have eroded his credibility in the country, and with the nations of the Earth.

“May I respectfully say Mr. President, your advisers don’t seem to be your friends,” said Min. Farrakhan. “Mr. President, they’re destroying you little by little so that you’ll become involved in the spider web of their lies and treachery,” said the Minister.


From the Nile River in Egypt to the Euphrates River in today’s Iraq, and major parts of today’s Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Jordan, Palestine, Syria and Lebanon in the future these countries will be inhabited by the true Children of Israel. The true Promised Land for the true People of God’s choice.

“The parts that the Jewish people call Greater Israel or Eretz Israel; that (land) does not belong to you,” the Minister said. “Unfortunately, you will die there, but your blood and the Palestinian blood and Arab blood and the blood of others will purify that area for the real owners of the Kingdom of God,” he added.

“Allah is going to use your blood to purify that area of the world for the Messiah to come back and bring back with him the people of God’s choice, for the Holy Land—Mecca in particular—will be the headquarters of the Mahdi and the Messiah,” he said.