* Not recommended for the politically correct ..................., or the overly religious!

Friday, November 27, 2015

They obviously haven't developed critical thinking yet!

Dear Readers:

Teenagers are making the news again! (Now I know from my own teen years that, even though I was well behaved and sensible, [sic] a lot of kids do wild and crazy things in their adolescent years ....., but not like they do it now!)

THIS, for example, (In spite of the utterly stupid and dangerous things I did when I was young.) is something that would NEVER have crossed my mind!

Guest Post by:  Rachel Grumman Bender

“Skittles parties” may sound innocent, but they are far from it: They’re an alarming trend in which teens raid their parents’ medicine cabinets and dump the prescription and over-the-counter drugs they’ve gathered into a communal bowl. The teens then take handfuls of a random assortment of pills, often with alcohol, to get high.
Several teens have overdosed after playing Russian roulette with pills at these parties, which are also known as “pharming parties.” Last month, five high school students in Marin County, California, overdosed after an apparent “Skittles party” and were taken to the hospital.

 A new report on teen substance misuse by Trust for America’s Health, a nonprofit organization dedicated to disease prevention, shows that drug misuse is a growing problem. The report revealed that drug overdose death rates among 12- to 25-year-olds have risen dramatically in most states over the past 15 years. Overdose death rates have more than doubled in 18 states, more than tripled in 12 states, and quadrupled in five states. The rates were the highest in West Virginia and lowest in North Dakota.



I know you don't know me, but I'm an avid follower of your blog, and have enjoyed reading it for many years now!

I am writing today because I wanted to be the first to congratulate you on winning that sixty two million dollars on the Internet over the past year.

Allan, I know you will be rather busy for the next few months, but after following your exploits in "Allan's Perspective," I feel I know you quite well, and was wondering if we could get together sometime for a coffee....., or whatever! ;>)

I don't mean to sound too forward, but I would like to put a face with the image  of you I have developed over time, and I know from your writing that we could have some very interesting conversations!

Image result for beautiful womanPlease give me a call when you find a few minutes in your obviously hectic schedule, and I look forward to meeting you.

P.S. Just to calm your fears about meeting someone who you only know from the Internet, I have included a picture of myself!

Love Karen xxx

(Dear Readers: For obvious reasons I have not included the ladies phone number to protect her privacy, but I do promise to let you know how things turn out! Allan)

God Only Knows!

Folks, get a load of the stars in this video!

(P. S. I just got a letter from Bill Gates informing me that I was awarded five million bucks from his Foundation! I've got to write them back with some information they need to transfer the money, but after that .........., if ya don't hear from me for a few days, it only means I've gone on VACATION! ;>)

So far this year I have been given over sixty two million dollars. ($62,000,000)

Now I'm just waiting for the money to arrive!

When it does ...., WATCH OUT!

Good advice on getting older!

The advice of this Japanese doctor is well worth reading, especially for those around our age.

Q:  Doctor, I've heard that cardiovascular exercise can  prolong life.  Is this true?
A: Heart  only good for so many beats, and that it... Don't waste on exercise.  Everything wear out eventually.   Speeding up heart not make you live longer; it like saying you extend life of car by driving faster.   Want to livelonger? Take nap.

Q: Should  I reduce my alcohol  intake?
A:  Oh  no.  Wine made from fruit.  Fruit very good. Brandy distilled wine, that mean they take water out of fruity bit so you get even more of goodness that way.  Beer also made of grain.  Grain good too. Bottom up!

Q: How can I calculate my body/fat ratio?
A: Well, if you have body and you have fat, your ratio one to one.  If you have two body, your ratio two to one.

Q: What are some of the advantages of participating in a regular
 exercise program?
A: Can't think of one, sorry.  My philosophy: No pain...good!
Q:   Aren't fried foods bad for you?  
A:  YOU NOT LISTENING!  Food fried in vegetable oil.  How getting more vegetable be bad?

  :  Will sit-ups help prevent me from getting a little soft  around the middle?
A:  Oh no!   When you exercise muscle, it get bigger.  You should only be doing sit-up if you want bigger stomach.

Q:  Is chocolate bad  for me?
A:  You crazy?!?   HEL-LO-O!!  Cocoa bean!  Another vegetable!  It best feel-good food around!

Q:  Is swimming good for your  figure?
A:  If swimming good for figure, explain whale to me.

Q:  Is  getting in shape important for my lifestyle?
A:  Hey!   'Round' is shape!

Well... I hope this has cleared  up any misconceptions you may have had about food and diets.

And  remember:
Life  should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention  of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved  body, but rather to skid in sideways - Chardonnay in one  hand - chocolate in the other - body thoroughly used up,  totally worn out and screaming "WOO-HOO, what a ride!!"

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Why does it stll feel like it's Haloween down in the States?

Dear Readers:

Instead of Thanksgiving, your intrepid reporter feels like it's still Halloween down there in the good ol' U.S. of A.

IN OTHER WORDS: What kind of a train wreck are we dealing with in this GOP Presidential race?

Now we have Donald Trump making fun of a handicapped guy, and Ben Carson looking more and more like a creepy serial killer, or flasher ....., OR BOTH!

Image result for count floydWant to know the really scary part?

It's entirely possible that one of these two assholes could be the next President of the United States! (POTUS)



Donald Trump fires off epic statement, tweet storm, after being accused of mocking reporter's physical disability!
Donald Trump fires off epic statement, tweetstorm after being accused of mocking reporter's physical disability

 Real-estate mogul Donald Trump released a lengthy, fiery statement Thursday afternoon responding to allegations that he mocked a reporter's physical disability for not standing by his years-old story about the World Trade Center attacks.
"Despite having one of the all-time great memories I certainly do not remember him," the Republican front-runner declared of New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski in his statement.
During a Tuesday-night campaign rally, Trump impersonated Kovaleski supposedly retracting his report about about the September 11, 2001, attacks. Trump's gestures appeared to many, including The Times and Kovaleski himself, that he was mocking the reporter's disability that limits arm movements.
"We think it's outrageous that he would ridicule the appearance of one of our reporters," a Times spokeswoman told Politico.
According to The Washington Post, the gestures were "all the more personal because Kovaleski covered Trump while reporting for the New York Daily News between 1987 and 1993, a tumultuous period for Trump in which he struggled through several financial setbacks."
But Trump's lengthy statement insisted he had no knowledge of whether Kovaleski "is Muhammad Ali in his prime --- or somebody of less athletic or physical ability."
"His recent statement, to me, seemed like (again without knowing what he looks like) he was groveling and searching for a way out from what he wrote many years ago before," Trump added. "I merely mimicked what I thought would be a flustered reporter trying to get out of a statement he made long ago." [sic]


North Koreans are apparently being ordered to copy Kim Jong Un's bizarre hairstyle.
According to the Chosun Ilbo, sources in Pyongyang say men are being ordered by authorities to ensure their hair grows no longer than 2cm in length while replicating the supreme leader's bizarre bouffant hair, which he debuted in February of this year, much to the shock and amusement of media around the world.
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However, even though the legitimacy of the claims isn't certain, it's not beyond the realm of possibility considering that the isolated state released images of 28 "state-sanctioned" haircuts in 2013.
Kim's hairstyle is clean-shaven on the back and sides, leaving a strip of hair perched atop of the leader's head.
North Korea is apparently so serious about the enforced homage that university student monitors are "cutting off the hair of offenders," the Chosun Ilbo reports.

On the heels of the news that North Koreans have been instructed to copy Kim Jong-un’s “ambitious” hair, the Post‘s Mike Faille has done up a look at what several prominent celebrities and politicians would look like with the leader’s coiffure.
The trademark hair is swept back from the forehead and seemingly held up with some sort of hair product and the sides are shaved.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Take that ya bastards!

Well kids, I gotta tell ya, I'm getting really sick and tired of all the people honking their car horns in this town!

I have never in my life seen a place where people are so quick to lean on their horn for the slightest perceived provocation, infraction, or just good old retribution.

Image result for irritated driver clipartI've driven in a lot of places folks, but drivers right here in London, Ontario take the cake for letting the world know if they are not happy with something. And it seems to be contagious ....., once one of them gets started it quickly develops into a cacophony of blaring horns and shaking fists to let the whole world know their displeasure with some perceived slight or misdemeanor.

The worst part is that I can't retaliate when I am occasionally the victim of this verbal assault because my car has laryngitis, and the loudest noise it can produce is a half hearted bleep that can hardly be heard across an intersection!

So, rather than just go and get the horn fixed, I had an idea today on how to get revenge on anybody that dares disturbs my inner peace ....., by retaliating in my own particular way.

What did I do, you ask?

I went out and bought a clown horn!

Yup, one of those stupid horns that clowns use to honk under the big top.

Not only will this satisfy my urge to honk back at someone who unjustly, or needlessly disturbs my composure and tranquility, but I can do it in my own way.

So just remember folks, the next time you hear someone lean on their horn, followed immediately by something that sounds a lot like a donkey braying, let it be known that it's just me ......, relieving stress!

The Web is about to take over!

Dear Readers:

I am starting to think that the World Wide Web is so complicated, and ubiquitous in our daily lives that the "Internet of Things" (IoT) will one day achieve consciousness and awareness all by itself. (This is something that is often referred to as "The Singularity!")

This could go one of two ways kids ...., either the greatest thing that ever happened to humanity ......., or the worst!!!

Guest Post by

As I write this, about 3.2 billion humans are connected to the Internet, communicating with each other and sharing information. But, we're hardly alone in cyberspace. Machines are also doing the same, communicating and sharing information with each other and with us, over essentially the same complex and connected global mesh. And, they already outnumber us.
An estimated 4.9 billion sensors are connected to the Internet as of this writing, and that number is estimated reach 38 to 50 billion in just five short years. This is what's broadly powering the Internet of Things (IoT). Connected cars, connected logistics, connected clothing...connected everything.
The backbone of the Internet of things are sensors embedded everywhere gathering every single moment's worth of data, relentlessly indexing the world around us, and sending that information up to cloud servers to power applications and analysis.
Dana Blouin, leading IoT thinker and Chief Data Scientist at DRVR, provides an apt description. "I generally describe the Internet of Things as an augmentation of the current Internet, where instead of webpages there are devices. And just like how we can visit and interact with webpages we can now visit and interact with devices like a weather station, your car or your refrigerator."
Back to the Future: IoT as the next Industrialization
The hype machine professes that the impact of the Internet of Things will change, well, everything. The market for connected cars alone is projected to reach $54 billion in the next two years. The IoT market for healthcare is estimated to reach $117 billion by 2020 from applications like patient monitoring and hospital operations. And, at a cross-industry scale, market leader GE Digital estimates that the "Industrial Internet," the business-to-business IoT, as it were, has the potential to add - hold on to your hat - $15 trillion (with a "T") to the global GDP by 2035. That equates to a massive global impact on productivity, jobs and quality of life.

It is an 1893 World's Fair moment for those planning and building the Internet of Things, as the future is prophesied and the possibilities seem endless. Zach Supalla, who essentially reinvented the light bulb for the Internet era and runs his own IoT company, says "Traffic will get better with intelligent street lights. Food will get cheaper (and better) because of smart agriculture." The possibilities are endless.
Can anything stop this freight train of progress?
Train on Tracks; Meet Stop Sign
Well, there are two likely candidates that can at the very least force some, potentially long, detours. They're "security" and "standards."

If you think Twitter goes nuts when your favorite retailer or mobile carrier is hacked, wait until those hackers turn their sights to connected planes, trains, automobile, and beyond. "I think it is an absolute certainty that [connected devices] will be hacked, it's just a matter of time," Blouin told us. "Computer security is a cat and mouse game."
And, if hacks become widespread, the outcomes, and emotions, may not be pretty. The idea of hacked cars, for example, can be a very scary thing, as one Wired writer found out recently when driving around in a connected Jeep.
But, technologists are taking precautions. While security threats will continue to pop up like buoys in the ocean, the tide of innovation keeps moving. According to Supalla, steps are being taken to mitigate risk. "Most devices built today have strong encryption and security; it's the older products that create all of the stories," he said. "If you're buying a consumer IoT product, do a quick Google search to see if the communications to and from that product are encrypted (Google "nest cam encryption" for example); if they are, you're fine."
Standards, or the lack thereof, are potentially a bigger roadblock to progress. Typically, there are many devices and connections that make up an IoT system, and today they're not necessarily talking. Take the connected car, for example. For the idea of connected cars to realize its promise - where we're sipping tea as self-driving cars navigate us through busy streets, yet traffic is a thing of the past - cars need to talk to each other, and to streetlights and be monitored by the automotive equivalent of the flight traffic controller. We're not there today.
Standards can go one of two ways. Companies can take on the hard work upfront of making sure that devices and networks are compatible under a set of standard protocols and APIs. Of course, that takes time and consensus, often among vendor companies that are bitter rivals. In the meantime, innovation slows as developers wait for the winning standards to emerge. Or, it could go the free market route where innovation runs free and the most adopted technologies become the standards.
With at least five major standards bodies, and counting, we're taking the first path. The consensus among experts is that standards are important. "While it is possible that pushing toward standards could slow some things down in the short term, I believe that it will enable a lot more value in the long term," said Bill Franks, Chief Analytics Officer at Teradata, who has written extensively about what he calls the "analytics of things."
Blouin agrees. "There are obviously a ton of stakeholders in this space and coming to any sort of consensus on standards is difficult," he said. "It is going to take time and a lot of effort. That doesn't mean it's not possible; just difficult and with a lot hurdles to get over."
For all the promise, there is some serious blood and sweat work to be done to realize the IoT future we're all imaging. Not only in terms of continuing technology innovation, but also in solving the problems of standardization and protecting IoT data and systems from hackers. So, as the hype machine spins out of control, experts preach patience. IoT machines may outnumber us more than 15:1 in a few short years, but, when we look back, realizing trillions of dollars GDP growth and a better life for all will be really hard work.



Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Puppet Show!

Let 'em In!

Everybody (and his brother) is talking about the refugee problem, so I might as well get in my two cents worth as we continue to fly them into the country!

First of all, if the United States were going to bring in as many refugees as Canada on  a proportional bases, they would be on the hook for about a quarter million people, (250,000) not the measly ten thousand (10,000) that they are talking about!

Second, the government finally caved in to the petitions that have criss-crossed the country in the last few weeks, and have extended the timeline out to March of 2016. (And what they don't tell ya is that the first 10,000 have already been vetted by the former Conservative government, which makes their job a hell of a lot easier!)

And finally, two local churches, one Catholic and one Protestant, have raised money to bring four families over here ........., and unless they are Christian Arabs, they had better thank Allah that we are still in a charitable mood.

Oh, by the way, just so ya know ....., bringing these people over here will cost us about $25,000 a head!

Monday, November 23, 2015


Walk With Me While I Age
I hope this poem has the same effect on you as it did on me - then my forwarding it will be worth the effort.    
      Walk with me by the water - worth the read...


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I forgot the words!