Category Archives: I want to know

The author wants some answers on a variety of questions and subjects. Subjects will therefore be approached as questions such as “I want to know why the rich seem to keep getting richer” or “Why is it necessary for the United States to maintain so many carriers in its Navy”?

Christmas with the bar girls at the Koracha Bar on Pattaya’s Drinking Street–the short and the long versions.

I want to know, which is better, the short version of the Drinking Street Christmas video above or the long one that comes later? 12 minutes or 21, that is the question? Instant gratification or the longer view of what it’s really like partying with some of Pattaya’s most fun loving entertainers and bar girls from 9 p.m. until 4 a.m. It’s Tequila time for some of us and some of the partiers could hardly stand up at the end when it was time to go home.

I am not releasing these two videos on You Tube just quite yet. I am still waiting to see how well the East St. Louis Cement Mixer meets Pattaya’s Bar Girls will be doing. Presently it’s at over 200 views a day and I’m still looking for the video that will match or exceed the Skytop video that was once doing over 6000 views a day.

The more I look at these videos, particularly these two the more I’m starting to think that perhaps Drinking Street will become the number one place where Thailand’s super star entertainers will be discovered. Drinking Street is a bar complex of over 40 beer bars but each of these bars has a single centralized sound system pumping out the same music to each bar. This is not the case with Soi 7 and Soi 8 where the bars are closely packed together but there’s a different song blaring out at the customers from all sides. The bars are also stretched over an entire city block and each bar is too small to provide high level entertainment for a critical mass of customers. Drinking Street is like one large amphitheater where most of the customers at all 40 bars have a view of all the other bars. One could have for example a dancing competition at any one of these bars and broadcast it on the television sets which are in each bar. But the television sets are all focusing an English soccer, Tennis and other sporting events such as even more English soccer. But just imagine if a single bar hosted a pageant and cash prizes were given out to the winners of the dancing competitions and all the bars were in on this together. All 40 television sets could be covering the event while a single D.J. constantly gave updates on the pageant’s activities. But even without the bars cooperating with each other, consider this. Presently I have over 100,000 You Tube views on my Drinking Street videos alone. This could easily be brought up to over 1,000,000. Think about it, my Skytop video got over 600,000 views and it didn’t begin to have the quality of talent that’s already over at Drinking Street.

Walking Street with all its go go bars couldn’t begin to compete with what could happen here. The problem starts with once again the limited seating capacity at each go-go bar. And as for Bangkok, it’s been out of the running for a long time. The go go beer bar scene there simply does not begin to compare with what Pattaya has to offer. And with all these political disturbances going on with no end in sight, it’s only going to get worse.

Watch these videos and it will be very clear that already one superstar has emerged. She’s at her bar nearly every night, she has a lot of dancing talent, she’s tall and good looking and she’s got all the charisma in the world. Her personality is infectious, she’s tuned into the Internet and she welcomes all the publicity she can get. She’s driven. As time goes on, I am thinking that she won’t be alone. Thailand’s got just too many extremely beautiful talented women.

As for myself, I am wondering which approach is the best, the shorter videos that tend to grab and hold the audience’s attention longer or a longer video such as the 21 minute version of this Christmas video or the East Cement Mixer video. This video in particular has got a lot of action in it and more than several beautiful women to look at. It has a lot of fade ins and outs and camera zoom ins at the beer bars across from the Koracha Bar that I am hoping keeps things interesting. There also is I think more of a natural flow throughout the video that makes it a more realistic depiction of all the good times we are all having here. The short version of this same video must have about 50 separate video clips in it due to my constantly cutting them down to a much shorter size. But this causes the whole thing to seem more artificial to me. When these two videos become fully public at You Tube I suppose the tallying of the number of views for each video will tell me the real story. In the meantime I will appreciate any constructive comments as to why you might prefer the short version over the longer one or vice versa.

I want to know why hydrogen powered cars didn’t come much earlier

With a projected range of 310 miles and possibly with Toyota beginning production in 2015 I want to know.

1. Why is it taking so long to do this?
2. Why as the article below suggests is getting enough refueling stations across the U.S. such a problem?
3. How long will prohibitive high costs to manufacture such a car going to pose a problem given the economies of scale that will be realized once full mass production is underway?
4. Does this means that all those conspiracy theorists who’ve always blamed the oil companies were right all along?
5. Does this mean that with the U.S. becoming increasing independent of foreign oil due to domestic fracking and other new technologies and now THIS, that we no longer need to have such good friends as Saudi Arabia?
6. Does all this mean that if we no longer need Saudi Arabia we are now free to get along much better with Iran?

I copied this from the New York Times

Upcoming 2015 Toyota hydrogen powered car??
Toyota’s FCV concept vehicle at the Tokyo Motor Show. The company plans to sell a car based on the FCV “around 2015.”

By ERIC PFANNER
Published: November 20, 2013

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TOKYO — Hydrogen-powered cars are finally being readied for their Prius moment — at least, that is what promoters of the environmentally friendly technology hope.
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Carlos Ghosn, chief executive of Nissan, with his company’s BladeGlider EV concept car.

Toyota, maker of the Prius, the first hybrid vehicle to achieve mass-market acceptance, on Wednesday unveiled a concept version of a hydrogen fuel-cell car that it plans to begin selling “around 2015,” as the company put it. The bright blue sedan is shaped like a drop of water to emphasize that water is the only substance that hydrogen-powered cars emit from their tailpipes.

The car, which Toyota calls the FCV concept, was one of several vehicles with alternative powertrains to take the spotlight at the Tokyo Motor Show, which opened to reporters on Wednesday. Later in the day, two other carmakers, Honda and Hyundai, were expected to display new fuel-cell vehicles at a preview for the auto show in Los Angeles.

Honda was set to introduce a concept version of a new car it plans to introduce in 2015. Hyundai, which is based in South Korea, says it intended to beat both of its Japanese rivals to market next year with a hydrogen-powered vehicle based on its Tucson sport utility vehicle.

In July, Honda and General Motors announced that they agreed to share fuel-cell technology.

For years, automakers have talked about the potential of hydrogen power to help them reduce harmful greenhouse gas pollution and meet strict emissions standards in places like California. But there is a joke in the industry that “fuel-cell technology is always five years down the road,” said Alan Baum of Baum & Associates, an auto industry analyst in West Bloomfield, Mich.

Fuel-cell cars, which create the electricity that powers them by combining hydrogen with the oxygen in the atmosphere, have been held back by a variety of factors, including the high cost and a dearth of hydrogen filling stations. Although a handful of fuel-cell test cars and fleet vehicles are on the road, the new models from Honda, Hyundai and Toyota are expected to be among the first hydrogen-powered cars available to the public.

“Everybody has been putting their toe in the water, but Toyota putting its toe in the water is a bit more significant,” Mr. Baum said.

Toyota executives noted that hybrid technology faced considerable skepticism until the Prius was introduced in 1997 in Japan and in 2000 in the United States, where it quickly became a must-have accessory for Hollywood stars and Internet entrepreneurs. Now that Toyota, the biggest carmaker in the world, is signaling its commitment to fuel-cell technology, the infrastructure will follow, they hope.

“One of the reasons we are doing this is to send a message,” said Satoshi Ogiso, deputy chief officer in Toyota’s product planning group.

Fuel-cell cars will give greater choice to consumers who are seeking engines that are easier on the environment, creating a potential rivalry with battery-powered electric vehicles. Despite the popularity of electric cars from Tesla Motors in California, fully electric cars remain a niche market. Through October, 78,000 were sold in the United States, according to Baum & Associates, compared with 423,000 hybrids. Only about 1,000 fuel cell cars are expected to be sold worldwide in 2015, according to Navigant Research, which provides market analysis for so-called clean technology.

Toyota has not provided estimates of sales for its fuel-cell car, though executives acknowledge privately that the numbers will be modest to start and that sales will be concentrated in places like California and Scandinavia, where emissions targets are strictest. Toyota, while embracing hybrid powertrains, has favored fuel-cell technology over fully electric cars, saying the experience of driving them is more like what consumers are used to with gasoline- or diesel-powered vehicles. The company says its new car will be able to cover about 500 kilometers, or 310 miles, on a single hydrogen fill-up that takes just a few minutes. Fully electric vehicles require lengthy recharging time.

Other carmakers are hedging their bets. Although many of the big players have fuel-cell projects underway, either alone or with partners, some also continue to promote electric vehicles. Battery recharging stations are more widespread than hydrogen filling stations.

And fuel cells are not as clean as they might seem, detractors say, because the production of hydrogen releases greenhouse gases. But then, most electricity generation also uses carbon-based fuels.

“It’s still difficult to choose a winner at this point, which is why the automakers are diversifying their portfolios,” said Thilo Koslowski, an analyst at Gartner, a research company.

At the Tokyo show, another Japanese automaker, Nissan, displayed an electric concept car called BladeGlider, which looks like a cross between a Batmobile and a stealth fighter. It has a single seat in front for the driver and two in back, and the doors open at a rakish, upward-slanting angle.

Carlos Ghosn, Nissan’s chief executive, said car designers had greater styling freedom with electric cars, because the motors are smaller. In the BladeGlider, they are built into the rear wheels, allowing the front end, which houses the motor in most conventional cars, to taper to a point.

“We are promoting electric cars because we believe in the potential of electric cars,” Mr. Ghosn said.

Toyota executives say the FCV concept is close in appearance to the expected production version of the car. It has a large grille and other openings to allow cooling air and oxygen.

The company has not announced a price, but Mr. Ogiso said the car would be aimed at a niche of environmentally conscious, early adopting and relatively affluent customers — much like Toyota’s pioneering hybrid car.

“We have learned a lot from Prius,” Mr. Ogiso said.

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:

Correction: November 21, 2013

An earlier version of a picture caption with this article misstated the power source of the BladeGlider EV concept car. It is a battery-powered electric car; it is not powered by hydrogen.

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:

Correction: November 22, 2013

An earlier version of this article provided an incorrect time frame for sales figures from Baum & Associates. The data, relating to sales of hybrid and electric cars in the United States, are for the year 2013 through October, not September.

Need help from someone who reads Japanese to help me with theft of “Extreme Babes and Guns for an Adult World”.

I am putting the details at the bottom of this post. The problem is that I cannot read or write Japanese. However someone is offering an electronic version of my book on the internet. I have tried to find email addresses I can address this theft to. Download Provider is offering the download of my book and one can complain there via “customer service”. I have done this two weeks ago and 24 hours ago I have done this again without any response. The way it works is a person goes to download provider so that he can download my book. He must enter his credit card and then he gets a trial membership for something like $1.99. He can then download my book but after the very short trial period is over his credit card is billed monthly for a much larger amount. I tried to complain to Kindle over at Amazon about this hoping to get a little help but there is no customer support phone number. This is not the case with the other Amazon division handling my book in its printed editions, Createspace. Its tech support is excellent. My next step was to go to a Kindle community board and to bring this up there. The only help I got was from several members who advised me to request that my book be taken off the offending web site or to just ignore it.

Since Extreme Guns and Babes for an Adult World is only available in Kindle format as an e book and I have digital rights protection invoked there it might be somewhat difficult for anyone who does not have a lot of experience to actually steal this book. In such a case the downloader web site might not actually have the book in the first place but has decided its a hot item with a lot of sales potential so it is only using my book as a ploy to get people to sign up with their credit card so they can defraud their customers. In any case….downloader has not responded to my informing it that it offers to deliver my copyrighted book. As far as the Japanese web sites involved, I am at a loss on that one as I cannot even decipher an email address I can complain to. Here’s the details of my request I sent to the downloader web site.

This web site http://ioooahpm.exblog.jp/17702094/ apparently has stolen my book, “Extreme Guns and Babes for an Adult World”, which is advertised on my web site http://www.alphapro.com/looking/gunarticles.html and which is being offered for sale at Amazon.com in three editions, a printed full color edition, a black and white paperback edition and in Kindle format. This is my author page at Amazon, complete with pictures of myself here in Thailand. http://www.amazon.com/Jack-C.-Corbett/e/B000APXH1E
Obviously your customer who is using you for his web site is guilty of copyright violation which carries criminal penalties. I am therefore asking you to take my book off your server, and that you do whatever you can in Japan to help me see this criminal to justice.

You will notice that my book is being offered for download at download provider from a link from your server on the “Gaynell Mcwhorter” web page. I have signed and dated this file as Jon F. Huntman because Jack Corbett is a pseudonym I use as a writer and that Jon F. Huntman is the owner of the web site at alphapro.com and that I have an account with Amazon as Jon F. Huntman as the author Jack Corbett. That is Jack Corbett and Jon Huntman are one and the same person.

I would appreciate your sending me a reply e-mail on what steps you have taken to take care of this. There are severe penalties in the United States for such a clear violation of copyright. I would think the same is true of Japan where I will hopefully join some very good friends in the Tokyo area before the New Year.

Why we are asking Americans to buy electric cars?

It costs $40,000 to buy a Chevrolet Volt which under ideal conditions has a range of 60 miles but at least the Volt can switch to gasoline once the battery falters.  But the range is more realistically 30 or 40 miles. Nissan’s Leaf, a car that runs entirely on electric power can realistically get 50 miles down the road even though Nissan claims a range of 100 miles.  The Achilles heel of all electric only cars such as the Leaf is you are out of luck if you ever want to travel  longer than short distance commutes.  What I really want to know is why electric cars are being foisted on the American public and why we continue to be addicted to foreign oil. Suppose we could buy a car today for $15,000 that doesn’t normally run on gasoline, but if it had to, due to its normal fuel being temporarily unavailable can switch to a plentiful supply of gasoline.

First off we could tell Saudi Arabia and every other Mideastern oil producing nation, “We are not buying your oil because we don’t need it, we despise you for supporting those who destroyed the World Trade Center while killing 3000 Americans, and we detest the way you treat your women so you can just take all your oil and shove it into that place the sun never shines.  So instead of our stealing from our own poor to help you build ski resorts in the middle of the desert we are going to be energy independent and start powering all our cars from American natural resources.

The car exists.  I can buy it just two miles down the street from me.  In Thailand it costs just $22,000 to buy one.  But one must keep in mind that here in Thailand a Mazda Miata sports car that costs just $25,000 in the U.S. costs $50,000 here because of the import duty.  However, a car that is assembled here will cost a lot less.   For example, my Honda Civic that set me back $26,000 would cost less than $20,000 in the U.S.  So I should be close to spot on by suggesting that this car can be sold for around $15,000 in the U.S.  But the best part of it is, this revolutionary car isn’t made by Honda or Toyota.  It’s made by General Motors.  And yet, even people who work for General Motors in the U.S. don’t  know that it exists.

The Chevrolet Aveo (there will soon be a name change for the new model) employs a dual fueled engine so it will run on either natural gas or gasoline.  There’s a gasoline storage tank that is right where it is on most cars and it holds 40 liters of gasoline which is roughly 10.7 gallons.  But in the trunk there is a small tank for CNG fuel. CNG stands for Compressed natural gas.  It is getting to be very popular here in Thailand where it costs just one third as much to drive a CNG powered car as it does its gasoline powered equivalent.  This small CNG tank will deliver about 130 to 150 miles of range which is far better than one is ever going to get out of a Nissan Leaf or Chevrolet Volt.  And whenever one wants to switch to gasoline, one only has to turn a toggle switch that is near the steering wheel to go to the gasoline fuel tank.

Granted, the CNG tank will take up a fair amount of trunk space, but you will still be able to put a lot more things in your trunk than you would in the saddle bags of a Harley Davidson.  Its critics will also contend that CNG doesn’t deliver the same power  as gasoline.  For instance my Honda Civic with its 1800 c.c. engine delivers 140 horsepower whereas the CNG powered Civic, which is presently the only natural gas powered passenger car you can buy in the U.S. today, produces 110 horsepower.  But how much do you really need?  In the early 1980’s I had a Volkswagen diesel that produced only 48 horsepower but I could still go over 90 miles an hour and I drove the car all over the United States while enjoying every minute of it.

The naysayers are going to tell you, it won’t work because CNG is hard to find in American gas stations. Well first, this Chevrolet Aveo will simply allow its owner to fill up with gasoline wherever CNG is unavailable.  Secondly, if you allow me to become dictator over the United States, I’m going to tax everyone an additional five dollars a gallon on gasoline.  That means you won’t be buying gasoline for much longer, not when you must make the choice of having to pay $8.00 a gallon for gasoline and the equivalent of $1.50 for CNG.  There’s going to be refueling outlets for CNG springing up like mushrooms across the entire country.

The naysayers are also going to tell you that natural gas powered cars are unsafe. That they will catch on fire easily.  They will also tell you that refueling such vehicles is complicated and inconvenient.  First off, I’ve been living here in Thailand for six years now and I’ve never seen a natural gas powered car catch fire.  I will also suggest that over half the taxis I’ve ridden in run on natural gas and I really can’t tell the difference as a passenger between riding in a gasoline powered car and one that runs on natural gas.  And not once has a Thai taxi driver ever suggested to  me that CNG is unsafe.

As for the convenience factor of using CNG over gasoline, it used to be that one had to couple a hose to the car’s fuel tank and that meant screwing and unscrewing it in the same manner one would attach or detach a garden hose to  a faucet.  But just a few months ago the taxi I was riding in pulled up to an upright tank in a nearby filling station.  The taxi had its natural gas filling valve on its lower right side in the same place it would have had been filling up with gasoline.   The attendant had the natural gas line hooked onto the fill up valve of the taxi in seconds by using a quick coupler.

I am not about to become dictator.  I only used the analogy to point out how easily all of this can be done. The United States has up to a three hundred year supply of natural gas.  If it decided to use it to fuel nearly all its cars and trucks we would have no need of foreign oil.  We do in fact still supply 50 % of our oil consumption with domestic oil.   So there’s no need to have a military presence in the Mideast or to even pretend to be friends with such countries as Saudi Arabia.  So just think of all that money that would be available for other purposes–such as rebuilding the U.S. economy?  This  one is a no brainer and any Congressman who doesn’t want to do it is only thinking about the fact that every single one of them gets money from the oil companies to finance his re-election campaign.