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Consciousness is not a phenomenon of the observable universe. It is that which makes the universe observable. Consciousness is the physical manifestation of God within us!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Technology.

Hands up or I'll shoot!

Dear Friends: HERE WE GO AGAIN!

I have complained on these pages about how 'left wingers' and peaceniks are opposed to the sale of the General Dynamics stryker vehicle which is made here in London, Ontario because there is the possibility that they might be used against PEOPLE! (These are currently going to Saudi Arabia.)
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Now there is a chance we can sell them to a second country and the same old protesters are taking time off from G7 protests, save the trees and oil pipelines marches so they can get in on this new action.


However: While the Canadian 'do-gooders' are all up in arms (sorry about the pun) France is building a ton of these........., and could cut us right out of the arms market! (Lots more stuff on them to kill people with than ours!)


Remember what they say folks: "If ya snooze, ya loose!"

A Real Saturday Morning Confusion!

 Dear Friends: Yesterday a great idea for a post occurred to me and rather than waiting a day to write it down on the fear that I might forget about it I got smart and went directly to the computer and wrote the first line to remind me!
Dear Friends: This is one of the strangest stories I have ever heard but I will leave it up to you to determine the veracity.....
THAT'S IT!

Damned if I know what the rest of it was about, but getting older and forgetting stuff is really starting to get on my nerves!
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 The way I see it anyway!
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Friday, May 18, 2018

Octopuses really are Aliens!

Dear friends: Several months ago I wrote a paper on how I thought octopuses and other cephalopods were actually an Alien species that came to our planet at some time in the past so naturally I got all sorts of nay-sayers and poo-poo-ers who thought this was another one of my flights of fantasy and I had taken leave of my senses again!
Cephalopods – octopuses, squids, and nautiluses – “are an island of mental complexity in the sea of invertebrate animals” having developed on a different path from us, “an independent experiment in the evolution of large brains and complex behavior," says Godfrey-Smith, philosopher of science. “If we can make contact with cephalopods as sentient beings, it is not because of a shared history, not because of kinship, but because evolution built minds twice over,” adds Godfrey-Smith. “This is probably the closest we will come to meeting an intelligent alien.”

A group of 33 scientists from respected institutions around the world have suggested Octopuses descended from an organic alien material, reports Newsweek. Their research, published in the journal Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology, ties the “remarkable” rise of octopuses and their cephalopod cousins to the theory of panspermia. (Panspermia is not meant to address how life began, just the method that may cause its distribution in the Universe.)

Acknowledged experts are unconvinced by the findings. Avi Loeb, the Frank B. Baird Jr. Professor of Science at Harvard University told Newsweek the study raised "an interesting but controversial possibility, offering no "indisputable proof" that the Cambrian explosion is the result of panspermia.
Now I have to admit that I suggested the Cephalopods got here in flying saucers or some form of 'warp-drive' spaceship, but in the case of octopuses, the authors think cryopreserved eggs could have hitched a ride to Earth on icy bolides. “Indeed,” they wrote, “This principle applies to the sudden appearance in the fossil record of pretty well all major life forms.” Tiny multicellular critters in the form of “eggs, embryos and seeds” might have sprung to life on Earth after a voyage through space.

(OK so they got here by hitching a ride on a comet, not a starship, but just the same those damned thing are ALIENS folks!)



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The way I see it anyway!
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I don't know about this racist thing, but he is an asshole!

Dear Friends: A couple of semi-local matters that need to be addressed, and as usual I might as well be the one to do it!

The first is our local PC candidate in the upcoming provincial election...., Andrew Lawton.

The headline in the London Free Press will get things into 'Perspective!'
Ontario Liberal campaign chair Deb Matthews fired a salvo Wednesday at Doug Ford, demanding he replace by Thursday’s deadline a London candidate she says continued to make racist and sexist comments well after the period in which he says he suffered from mental illness.
By mental illness I would say it's safe to say the guy has a screw loose because I had some issues with him a few years ago and even though I don't remember the exact details of what it was all about, I do remember that I was left with the impression that the guy is a complete asshole!

Lawton continued to say hateful things after 2013, said Matthews, who pointed to several examples in 2015 and 2016 that were recorded during his time as a contributor to the Rebel Media, a right-wing online political and social commentary website:
  • “I  know typically most minorities in the United States, and Hispanic minorities, have a higher arrest rate simply because the crime rate in those groups is higher.” (Dec. 17, 2015, Now he's right to a certain extent folks but Andrew's problem is that he can't seem to temper how he says it!)
  • “I’m a Christian. I believe in Christian exceptionalism. I believe that Christianity is the only correct faith.” (April 30, 2015 This attitude is no better than those of a radical Muslim!)
  • Speaking of which! “How many lives are lost because people cling to a radical Muslim ideology? Well, we can ban Islam — that’s gonna save a couple lives.”(January 7, 2016, This is typical 'holier than thou' from the Christian Right!)
Those comments can be heard in a YouTube video whose link was shared by the Liberals:



Now I'm not saying that this guy is as dangerous as most vegetarian, Left Wing, tree huggers say he is, and he isn't as reactionary as most Right Wing bible thumping ass-kickers would like him to be, but just the same, no matter what else: He's still an asshole!

As a matter of fact, there are a couple of articles in the paper today that sort of gives weight to some of the things he said so I will let you decide what's what!
If you drive drunk and kill someone in Canada, the punishment is prison.
But a London lawyer representing an Indigenous man who killed one of his best friends suggested Wednesday that long sentences haven’t stopped impaired driving in First Nations communities. Instead, he’s looking for an unusual break from jail time.
Prison for Timothy Summers, 50, of Oneida, his lawyer George Grant said, may not be the solution. More, not fewer, Indigenous people have been incarcerated, he said, since impaired driving sentences have become stiffer: “There’s something quite significant that has to be done,” he told Superior Court Justice Lynda, Templeton.
While assistant Crown attorney Roger Dietrich asked for four to six years in prison for killing one friend and injuring another, Grant asked Templeton to consider crafting a conditional sentence for Summers that would be served in the community with an emphasis on restorative justice. (Conditional sentences aren’t normally available under existing laws.)
 

But leaning on case law and recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (the Indian apologists) that call for “realistic alternatives to prison,” Grant said Summers’ background and the circumstances of Carl Doxtator’s death are an opportunity to try something different, especially since both Summers and Doxtator are from the same community.

It’s a sentence worth trying, said Jonathan Rudin, program director at Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto, because of the over-representation of First Nations people in the criminal justice system, especially in impaired driving cases.

Statistics from 2010 show impaired driving is the most common crime before the adult courts. While Indigenous people only represent three percent of the population, 16 percent of impaired driving correctional admissions were Indigenous.

Now, that was one...., here is the second one!

A Syrian refugee couple who threatened their adult daughter with an honour killing for dating a Canadian man has made a plea deal with New Brunswick prosecutors that will save them from possible deportation back to their war-ravaged homeland.

Ahmad Ayoub, 52, and his wife Faten, 48, were freed this week after 72 days in jail, after pleading guilty to uttering threats as a summary conviction offense and being sentenced to time served.
David Lutz, Ahmad’s lawyer said: “Their words were taken literally instead of figuratively, in my interaction with the entire family, I came to the conclusion that this is a manner of speech that they never really intend to carry any of this out, but they do it so to say, ‘You should mind me, because this is what I think’.”

According to reporting by Don MacPherson of The Fredericton Daily Gleaner, who was in court for the sentencing, the first threat was made in April 2016, soon after the family arrived in Canada. Ahmad was angry that his daughter won an iPad in a contest, and threatened to poison her food. He also said he wanted to limit her contact with local men.

The second threat came last summer when Bayan’s parents learned she was communicating with a Canadian man on social media, and her father said that “for his own dignity, it would be better to slaughter her,” the prosecutor said.

A third threat from Ahmad was prompted by her use of a smartphone, and his concern she was communicating with people she met at a work placement at a food bank.

Lutz said the more serious indictable offense of uttering threats is generally used in cases where there is evidence the offender had the ability or means to do it. In this case, he said their words were hyperbolic, exaggerated and non-literal. (Cough - cough)

He said the Ayoubs’ threats were “careless, bordering on reckless, and they have learned from this experience that his kind of language may be acceptable in Syria and Afghanistan, but now they know, better than most, that it’s not acceptable in Canada. And the entire Syrian community in New Brunswick knows it too.”

MacPherson’s report noted that the parents embraced their daughter outside court, and Ahmad shook her boyfriend’s hand. They will be on probation for a year.

I guess the whole point to this article is the fact that in spite of how Andrew Lawton voiced his racist, misogynistic and religious beliefs we can't just allow any sort of conduct to get a pass just because we  don't wish to offend anyone!" 

The way I see it anyway!
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Thursday, May 17, 2018

To die for!

Dear Readers: When I first read this I thought they were talking about teen-aged boys.

The humble antechinus has been in the news recently because, well, it has so much sex that it dies. This is not an evolutionary flaw. It is, in fact, a feature of the species.

Male antechinuses (antechinii? antechinae?) spend half their lives having sex for 14 hours a day. And it’s not leisurely, loving sex. It’s frantic oh-my-god-I-must-ejaculate-as-quickly-as-possible kind of sex.



The kind of sex that rapidly depletes their limited supply of sperm and causes their bodies to literally fall apart.

They lose their fur.

They bleed internally.

They die before they hit their first birthday.

But what a way to go!

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Ya can't have your cake and eat it too!

Dear Friends: They say: "What goes around, comes around!"

This is called 'poetic justice' and if the Province of British Columbia doesn't get in line they will see a version of 'frontier justice' come down on them soon.

As you are no doubt well aware, the political parties in B.C. are being held hostage by the 'Green Party' who, in spite of having only 3 or 4 seats in the legislature, hold the balance of power in that province and are dead set against any expansion of oil pipelines from Alberta to the  terminals in Vancouver.

Basically, this handful of politicians are holding the entire country to ransom and jeopardizing the economic well being of the entire petrochemical industry.

WELL!

Two things are happening as we speak that might shift the balance of power quite rapidly.

First of all B.C. is suffering from massive floods in parts of the interior and is calling for help from the rest of the country, (cough - cough) and Alberta has reached such a point of frustration with this pipeline thing that they are on the verge of cutting off all oil and gas products to British Columbia just to see how long they can get around without any gasoline for their cars!

Yup, it's about to get interesting folks!

The way I see it anyway!
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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Everybody must get stoned!

Dear Friends:
A holiday in Amsterdam: Have sex and get stoned!

A holiday in Saudi Arabia: Have sex and get stoned!
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Go figure!



Dear Friends: Your long standing author and occasional sleuth has a problem and perhaps you could help me solve it!

I mentioned a few weeks ago that in order to keep my mind active (and also because I like it) I play computer 'free cell' every day and have done so for years. This adds up to thousands of games over time and there is something I noticed that has me wondering.

When I wrote about this the last time I thought that maybe there was some mathematical rule I wasn't aware of because while playing the game I would have winning and losing streaks even though it all averaged out every time in the long run.

Today I realized that there might be a second explanation for these streaks as well.
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Could it be my brain itself?

Maybe on some days I'm just a better player or worse player and this accounts for the erratic results I get on the scoreboard.

So here's my problem!

Which is it?

Or is it both?

A foot in cold water!

Dear friends: No, we're not talking about the Canadian band 'A Foot in Cold Water,' but rather the British Columbia problem with severed feet showing up on the beaches of that province for the past ten or fifteen years! (If ya haven't heard about it, these feet - minus the rest of the body - are turning up all over the place.)

Police have had all sorts of theories about where and why these rather gruesome occurrences keep happening up and down the coast but one guy finally came up with an explanation that seems to make sense.

IT'S THE SHOES BUNKY!

That's right, modern sneakers became lighter and more buoyant over the past decade or two and as a result, they FLOAT, and when the foot separates from a body under normal decomposition they rise to the surface and 'bob' around until they end up on a beach somewhere!

Voila!



P.S. I think they also made a movie about this called "My Left Foot" starring Daniel Day Lewis......, but I could be wrong!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Amber Alert!

Dear Readers: Ontario is in the process of installing an "Amber-Alert" system to warn people about natural disasters,  insurrection and revolutions, nuclear attacks, kidnapping and rioting in the streets, etc. so last week they had a big test of the system and for the most part none of it worked. (You're supposed to be notified over your computer, TV, telephone, I-phone and a guy standing on the corner yelling; "Take cover!"

BUT: It worked real well this week when I got an 'Amber Alert' yesterday while I was in Toronto for the day!

The only problem was that it was an Amber-Alert for some missing kid way up in Thunder Bay! That's about a 1000 kms. away as the crow flies folks, and 1300 km to drive it! (That's the same as getting an Amber Alert in N.Y.C. for something in Ann Arbor Michigan, or south of Los Angeles for someplace north of San Francisco.)

Anyway, I'm glad to say they found the kid, but I really don't think we have to know about it from somewhere that's over a days drive from where it happened!

Looks like it could use a bit of work!

The way I see it anyway!
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Monday, May 14, 2018

Easy Money!

Dear Friends: John Oliver returned to “Last Week Tonight” on Sunday to tear into Michael Cohen, the personal attorney to President Donald Trump.

Cohen is now embroiled in a scandal over millions of dollars in payments his shell company received in consulting fees, including $500,000 from a firm linked to a Russian oligarch. AT&T also paid Cohen up to $600,000, a move the company later called a “big mistake.”



AT&T told The New York Times that it was hoping to better understand the president’s thinking, but Oliver called that “just ridiculous.”

“If you want to understand this president’s thinking, simply have a donkey kick you in the head five times, and then watch Fox News for 72 hours straight,” Oliver said. “That’ll give you a pretty good idea about what’s going on in his mind.”

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Any friend of yours is a friend of mine!

Dear Friends: Well, talk about ambition!!!!

Scientists got a hold of some Neanderthal DNA and they are about to grow a Neanderthal brain to see it there is any big difference in how they are structured compared to our brains. (They are trying to find out if we drove them to extinction by being smarter than them because they were around for hundreds of thousands of years until we showed up and they lived in harsher climates than us humans - Northern Europe)


Scientists are preparing to create “miniature brains” that have been genetically engineered to contain Neanderthal DNA, in an unprecedented attempt to understand how humans differ from our closest relatives continues Hannah Devlin in today's Guardian. In the next few months the small blobs of tissue, known as brain organoids, will be grown from human stem cells that have been edited to contain “Neanderthalized” versions of several genes.

The lentil-sized organoids, which are incapable of thoughts or feelings  replicate some of the basic structures of an adult brain. They could demonstrate for the first time if there were meaningful differences between human and Neanderthal brain biology.

“Neanderthals are the closest relatives to everyday humans, so if we should define ourselves as a group or a species it is really them that we should compare ourselves to,” said Pääbo.
FOLKS, ALL I CAN SAY IS I HOPE WE DON'T END UP WITH THIS:

The way  see it anyway!
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Sunday Morning Funnies: # 36


The Jewish ELBOW

A Jewish grandmother is giving directions to her grown grandson who is coming to visit with his wife.

"You come to the front door of the apartment. I am in apartment 301 . There is a big panel at the front door. With your elbow, push button 301. I will buzz you in. Come inside, the elevator is on the right. Get in, and with your elbow, push 3. When you get out, I'm on the left.. With your elbow, hit my doorbell."

"Grandma, that sounds easy, but, why am I hitting all these buttons with my elbow? .........

"What . . . .. .. You're coming empty handed?"

2.     Wise Italian Grandfather

Why Italian Fathers and Grandfathers pass their handguns down through the family.

An old Italian man is dying. He calls his grandson to his bedside, Guido, I wan' you lissina me. I wan' you to take-a my chrome plated ..38 revolver so you will always remember me."

"But grandpa, I really don't like guns.. How about you leave me your Rolex watch instead?"

"You lissina me, boy. Somma day you gonna be runna da business, you gonna have a beautiful wife, lotsa money, a big-a home and maybe a couple of bambinos. "

"Somma day you gonna come-a home and maybe finda you wife inna bed with another man. "Whatta you gonna do then? Pointa to you watch and say, 'times up' "?

 3.     Irish Blonde...

An attractive blonde from Cork , Ireland , arrived at the casino.

She seemed a little intoxicated and bet twenty thousand dollars in a single roll of the dice.

She said, "I hope you don't mind, but I feel much luckier when I'm completely nude." with that, she stripped from the nec down, rolled the dice and with an Irish brogue yelled, "Come on, baby, Mama needs new clothes!"

As the dice came to a stop, she jumped up and down and squealed. "Yes! Yes! I won, I won!" She hugged each of the dealers, picked up her winnings and her clothes and quickly departed.

The dealers stared at each other dumbfounded. Finally, one of them asked, "What did she roll?" The other answered, "I don't know - I thought you were watching."

MORAL OF THE STORY

Not all Irish are drunks, not all blondes are dumb, ..... but all men... are men!