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My wife is right, I am anal retentive...., so now I keep a can of WD-40 next to the toilet! (Sometimes I feel like I'm just a bobble-head on the highway of life!)

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Toronto House Prices Are World's Fastest-Growing!

Dear Friends:

Even though I am originally from Toronto I could never, ever, go back there to live. (Not that I'd want to anyway!)

The plain and simple truth is that I just couldn't afford to buy anything there ......., period!
Congratulations, Toronto, you’ve finally made it to number one. At least when it comes to house prices.

Canada’s largest city saw the fastest pace of house price growth of any major world city in the past year, according to research from analytics firm CoreLogic, carried out for Australia’s Daily Telegraph.
Get a load of THIS:

Toronto’s median house price jumped 19 per cent in the past year, beating second-place Sydney, Australia, and third-place Vancouver, which has seen prices slow in the past six months.

The survey measures median house prices, a slightly different measure than the average numbers typically provided by Canadian real estate boards.

Average prices have been growing even more strongly in Greater Toronto, up by 27.7 per cent in February compared to a year earlier, to $875,983.

I would move to Halifax in a second if it wasn't for those damned winters ......., but fear not residents of Toronto and Vancouver, all the big banks and real estate companies are predicting a big market correction any day now!

P.S. Even here in the heart of S.W. Ontario (London) it ain't too shabby:
What the market is really going to do is anybody's guess since not all forecasters are predicting doom and gloom ......,  some others, are forecasting another hot year for Toronto housing. 

TD Bank chief economist Beata Caranci recently called for another 25-per-cent jump in Toronto house prices this year. (Or not!)

Wednesday, March 29, 2017


Dear Friends:

Thanks to an accident of birth, or the result of choice, we Canadians are all blessed with a form of universal health care that the government takes care of! (This is a form of socialism, but don't think it's free ....., we pay for it with our taxes.)

Now the big shit at Pfizer (drug company) is mad because they don't make as much money from Canadians as they do ripping off the Americans ....., due to the difference in health care systems and government involvement. As a result he issued the following statement:

Canada ‘Freeloading' Off American Innovation, Pfizer CEO Says!

That's right kids, here's what he said:   
Canada and other countries with universal health care systems are keeping drugs cheap by “freeloading” off of American innovation, says the chief executive of one of the world’s largest pharma companies.

“Canada is cheaper because of drug rationing. And Canada is cheaper because ... it free-rides off American innovation,” Pfizer CEO Ian Read said in an appearance at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. last week.
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 Pfizer CEO Ian Read argues Canada enjoys lower pharmaceutical costs than the U.S. because it's "freeloading" off American innovation. (Photo: Adam Hunger/Reuters)
 (This guy even looks mean!)
Asked what he would do about it, Read suggested negotiating tougher free trade deals that would reduce the ability of governments to pay less for drugs, such as through longer patent terms.

“You need good trade agreements where intellectual property is protected,” he said, according to a transcript of the appearance. Read noted Pfizer did not support the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) because it did not do enough to extend pharma patents.


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Westward Ho!

Dear Friends:

Here's something ya probably didn't know!

Back in the days before radar and modern navigation methods the airmail still had to go through, so the U.S. Mail Service erected a whole bunch of concrete arrows with beacons over them to help guide the mail planes at night! (It was like a more modern version of the railways spreading across the land.)

Here's a map of some of the locations:

And some of the routes:

Here's a typical airmail pilot moonlighting as a crop duster:

Monday, March 27, 2017

Will Donald Trump get re-elected in 2020?

Image result for donald trump clipartDear Friends:

As I mentioned before British bookies are now taking bets on not only will Don the Con Drumpf be a one term President, but also on whether he will finish his first term, or ..........................., whether he will even last his first 100 days!

This answer was the best:

Not a snowball’s chance in hell — and I doubt he’ll survive his first term. Here’s the track record in less than 5 weeks as POTUS:
  1. Trump spends first 48 hours arguing about the size of his inauguration crowd.
  2. Trump signs executive order on immigration, but it's so poorly written that it causes chaos around the country and is immediately put on hold by a district court.
  3. Update: A second, revised ban is put on hold by a judge in Hawaii.
  4. Trump chooses crackpot as National Security Advisor, fires him three weeks after inauguration.
  5. Trump tries to bully China by playing games with One China policy, is forced into humiliating retreat after realizing he's playing out of his league.
  6. Trump casually green-lights a raid on Yemen over dinner. The raid turns into an epic disaster that kills a SEAL and accomplishes nothing.
  7. Trump lays all blame for failure of Yemen raid on “the generals” who “started [the mission] before I got here” and “they killed him.”
  8. Trump blathers about the [border] wall and a 20 percent border tax on Mexico, causing the Mexican president to cancel a planned visit.
  9. Trump continues to claim that crime is skyrocketing; that polls showing his unpopularity are fake; and that refugees have wreaked terror on America, despite the fact that these are all lies.
  10. Trump calls the media “the enemy of the American people.”
  11. After weeks of confusion on their signature priority, Republicans finally realize that repealing Obamacare isn't all that easy — and Trump goes on the record with this quote: “Nobody knew health care could be so complicated.” Nobody?
  12. Trump proposes spending an extra $54 billion on defense without realizing he can't do that.
  13. Trump accuses former President Obama of “wiretapping” his campaign prior to the election — and offers no evidence to support the allegation (without realizing that a President has no such singular legal authority).
  14. Embarrassingly supports embattled AG Sessions — who is forced to recuse himself after lying under oath.
  15. Is angered by AG who recuses himself — in spite of his personal belief that recusal was unnecessary.
  16. Update: Fires 46 federal prosecutors — including U.S. attorney in Manhattan Preet Bharara — even though he specifically told Preet that he could stay — and offers no reason for the surprise dismissal.
  17. Ties to Russian tampering of the election have dogged his short tenure — and effectively squelched any polling bump he might have recieved after a successful reading of a 60-minute speech before a joint session of congress.