Navy and South China Sea


Safety standards(not only for cars) are one of the major hurdles for obtaining trade agreement between the US and EU, or most other trading blocks and countries.
Here is an article in FT from Nov. -17:
Can’t find anything that directly compare US vs Korean standards, but it is apparently mainly environmental issues that is the problem.


It does show you are a man who likes to burn money. Some people see that as status, most people view them as idiots.


I like my Toyota Tundra pickup, and my Mercedes SUV. I save a lot of money buying them used at a lower price, with lower taxes, and lower insurance cost. They burn more $2.65 a gallon gasoline than a new Toyota Prius, but by buying used, my total cost of operation is lower. My cars are much more comfortable, safer, and useful, than a tiny eco-car.

If I lived in Norway and had to pay $8 a gallon for gasoline and $8 a pint for beer, maybe I could only afford to drive a Prius. That would probably motivate me to do like so many other Norwegians, move to the US and get a big American car. I notice a lot of hippy dippy eco-freaks driving little cars, but the Norwegians I meet around Seattle are all driving big American cars.


Cause and effect, if your life evolve around gas guzzlers, USA is your habitat. The rest of us who is actually trying to reduce our environment impact view a car as a tool to get from A to B.


Norwegians prefer electric cars, with Tesla as the bestseller:

Personally I haven’t owned a car since 1994 and I don’t miss it.
In Singapore I didn’t need one and since I’m retired I don’t have any great big need of a car of my own here in Norway either. I can get around by public transport, or get a ride from family and friends.


I am still driving my 1995 Ford Thunderbird LX V8 4.6 Ltr 220 HP. It was my lease car which I could buy when I retired. During all those years one small repair: replacement of a spark plug cable. And of course some new tires. Built like tank. Great quality car!


The new Malaysian Government is dropping the challenge over Pedra Branca:


swapped it in a deal to cancel the HSR??