THEOLOGY: A lot of really smart people thinking and saying really stupid stuff!

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Cougar or Pedophile?

Allan's Perspective


MPUMAALANGA, South Africa — At an age when most boys would be the ring bearer at a wedding, South African 9-year-old Sanele Masilela was the one walking down the aisle … to marry a 62-year-old woman for the second time.
According to the South African Sunday Times, both families claim the wedding is simply a “ritual” after Sanele said he was told by his dead ancestors to wed last year.
Masilela and Shabangu originally wed in a similar 2013 ceremony, but South African tradition calls for a second ceremony in order to make the union official.

Bad weather put a damper on a woman’s attempt to swim across Lake Huron on the weekend.
Lesley Burton-Zehr formerly of Wingham left Michigan on Sat., July 18 in hopes of arriving in Goderich later on Sunday.
However, about halfway through her trek on, the weather took a turn for the worse including overcast skies, rain, wave heights of two to four feet and water temperature falling from 69 degrees Fahrenheit to 63 degrees Fahrenheit.
(Folks, there’s got to be a better way to escape from the States!)
Speaking of the States, the Republicans have attempted 50 or 60 times to get “Obama-care” repealed, rejected or reversed, and nothing has worked!
Now a U.S. Republican Senator has decided to go the “legal’ route!
(U.S. District Judge William Griesbach, in Green Bay, dismissed the lawsuit on Monday, saying Johnson had failed to show he had been harmed by the regulation.)
I guess this means the Republicans can now devote more of their time to “Benghazi” and ‘Obama’s birth certificate,’ since all attempts to fuck-up Obama-care have failed!
From Toronto: Bad Boy is coming to Bathurst and Bloor in November — specifically to the kingdom of kitsch known as Honest’s Ed’s.
For his part, David Mirvish characterizes the partnership as something of a natural fit. “We have the space, we have an opportunity and we have the friendship,” he told the Toronto Star of the deal. Bad Boy CEO and former Toronto mayor Mel Lastman promises that the new downtown outpost of his store will represent the best it has to offer — deals galore! — which, you know, is exactly what you’d expect him to say.
So enjoy your discounts while you can at Bathurst and Bloor. Honest Ed’s is somehow going to get even more ostentatious before it all goes way.
The head of a Washington state funeral home that had initial responsibility for radio personality Casey Kasem says he personally made sure his remains were put on a flight to Montreal last Monday.

(Mr. Kasem is apparently on a final North American farewell tour before being interred in California later this month!)
Corey Gaffney, the president of Gaffney Funeral Home of Tacoma, says he confirmed the remains arrived in Montreal and media reports suggesting they have disappeared are not true.
A death certificate filed in a Washington State court July 15 listed Montreal funeral home Urgel Bourgie as the place of disposition, and July 14 as the date of disposition.
There was no immediate explanation for why Kasem’s remains would have gone to Montreal as the first stop in his farewell tour.
“What we did was made sure that Casey got to the airport, we released custody of Casey to the airline,” Gaffney said in an interview Saturday night.
“The airline signed for that and acknowledged that and then at that point we returned to our office, tracked his flight to Montreal, confirmed that he had arrived, and reported that to Mrs. Kasem.”
Kasem, the radio host of “American Top 40″ was 82 when he died last month.
Inside the mouldy, decaying junker that was once Toronto’s iconic Captain John’s floating restaurant — days before it hits the auction block!
Actor Morgan Freeman, (Who by now is one of the smartest people on Earth because of his narration duties on Science Documentaries) grilled NASA astronauts on the International Space Station about how their work can get humans to Mars someday.
Freeman admitted that his interest in science was not in the field itself, but more how it attaches itself to science fiction. For example, how the atomic submarine of Jules Vernes’ “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea” became real fascinated Freeman.
“My involvement here is to me, one of the mysteries of my life because it’s only through show business that I wind up having this relationship with the JPL,” said Freeman, who is also the narrator of the newer Science Channel science documentary series “Through the Wormhole.”
Speaking to an audience mostly comprised of NASA interns, Freeman was one of the few people in the room who remembered watching Apollo 11′s historic moonwalk on July 20, 1969. He was on the couch in his apartment in New York City at the time, he said.
“We learned one thing there that was very, very instructive for a lot of us: It’s not made of green cheese,” Freeman intoned seriously to audience laughter.
“[It is] such a momentous event,” he added. “To have actually done that, and come back, is proof positive that whatever we can imagine, we can do.”
Freeman also wanted to know what the Expedition 41 astronauts thought of building a Mars spacecraft in space, rather than on Earth.
“Certainly, if we can build a heavy-lift vehicle that could launch up a lot of parts and a lot of mass, and then assemble this in low-Earth orbit outside of our atmosphere, I think that would be a great way to start,” Wiseman said.
Freeman pressed the astronauts, asking how long it would take to build. Swanson replied that it depends on funding.
“I think we’ve spent a lot of money doing the wrong things. We can do different things,” Freeman responded.
After the astronauts signed off, Freeman took questions from the audience, among them concerning where he would like to go in the universe.
Freeman said he would visit Jupiter’s moons, adding that he would like to spend time “looking around tagging things” in the asteroid belt on the way. But even a trip into low-Earth orbit would be a treat.
“I think that would probably be the adventure of a lifetime for an average person,” he said.
(Expedition 41 astronaut Reid Wiseman (left) begins a backflip beside Steve Swanson on the International Space Station. The NASA astronauts were participating in a July 18, 2014 event with actor Morgan Freeman.)

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Monday, 21 July 2014

They missed the Target, folks!



There is a rumour that Target Stores, after just 18 months here in Canada, (And over 1 BILLION dollars in loses) is going to pull the plug, pull up stakes, and pull out, as in “coitus interruptus!”
Yup, they might pull a fast one …………….., and split!
How’s THIS for bullshit supreme?
Thousand of protesters around the world, including hundreds in some of Canada’s major cities, protested Saturday against Israeli military action in Gaza. Thousands of Pro-Palestinian protesters took to the streets of numerous European cities, including London and Paris, to demand an immediate end to the conflict.

Well, say goodbye to Springhill, Florida, kids!
1057885-Royalty-Free-Clip-Art-Illustration-Of-A-Hairy-Nude-Shy-Man-Covering-Himself-Up-With-His-ArmsThis small community of 150 was swallowed by a sinkhole over the weekend and nobody has seen, or heard a thing from the residents since!
(There was a report that everyone was staying at the local “Super 8″ out on the highway leading into town, and the Perspective Research Department is looking into this!)
Hey kids, do ya remember stories about a guy stealing panties from a clothers line?
Well, this is almost as good!
Georgia sheriff’s officials say a thief stole the panties from Victoria’s Secret in Augusta Mall shortly before noon Saturday.
The Augusta Chronicle ( ) reports that security video shows a male entering the store and stuffing the underwear into a large shopping bag. Authorities say he left without paying for the merchandise, valued at $1,900.
Read more here: For a “brief” update:
Scientists have noticed that humans over the last few hundred years have gotten 1. Taller 2. Fatter 3. Older!
Nothing to do with evolution they say, because there has not been enough time.
Evolution takes thousands, and even hundreds of thousands of years.
Instead, it’s a combination of diet and medical advances that have brought about these changes
Obama gave a two minute speech this morning on the situation in the Middle-East and Ukraine!
Then he left to play golf!
James Garner: Stars pay tribute:
James Garner with his Screen Actors Guild lifetime achievement award in 2005

Hollywood stars have paid tribute to actor James Garner, who died on Saturday aged 86.
The star died of natural causes at his Los Angeles home.
Sally Field, who starred alongside the actor in the 1985 romantic comedy Murphy’s Romance, said her “heart just broke”.
Tom Selleck, who guest-starred in Garner’s series The Rockford Files, said: “Jim was a mentor to me and a friend, and I will miss him.”
Garner famously played the laconic private investigator Jim Rockford in the long running series which ran for 122 episodes from 1974 to 1980.
He won an Emmy for the role in 1977.
The actor went on to be Oscar-nominated for best actor in 1986 for the romantic comedy Murphy’s Romance, co-starring Sally Field, in which he played a small town pharmacist.
“There are few people on this planet I have adored as much as Jimmy Garner,” Field added.
“I cherish every moment I spent with him and relive them over and over in my head. He was a diamond.”
“RIP James Garner. Such a lovely man,” tweeted Gary Sinise, who worked with the actor on the 1989 film My Name is Bill W.

James Garner, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland and Clint Eastwood in Space Cowboys in 2000 Garner (left) starred with Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland and Clint Eastwood in Space Cowboys in 2000 Oklahoma-born Garner joined the US Army and fought in Korea. He was injured in 1951 and received a Purple Heart in 1983.
His acting career began when he landed a nonspeaking role in the 1954 Broadway production of The Caine Mutiny Court Martial.
In 1963′s iconic World War Two film The Great Escape, Garner played flight lieutenant Robert Hendley alongside Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough and Donald Pleasence.

James Garner and Donald Pleasance in The Great Escape in 1963 Garner played flight lieutenant Robert Hendley, an American in the RAF, in The Great Escape in 1963
Marlee Matlin, who also appeared with Garner in the 1997 TV film Dead Silence, said: “Away from home; can’t sleep. Now sad to read my dear friend & co-star James Garner passed. RIP sweet Jim Rockford.”
Paying further tribute, CSI actress Marg Helgenberger said: “RIP James Garner. I had the privilege of working with him in the film, My Fellow Americans. Such a lovely man and wonderful actor.”
Rocky actor and one time American football star Carl Weathers tweeted: “My fond memory of James Garner was of him standing on the sidelines when I played with the Raiders. You inspired me, Jim. RIP #BePeace”
US tennis great Jimmy Connors added: “James Garner– entertained us for years. Glad I got to meet him. R I P Maverick!!!!!”
“A great guy and a great actor passed away today – James Garner. A dear man…Rest in peace, James,” said veteran US broadcaster Larry King.


And finally: Don’t ever call them “birdbrains” again!

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Sunday, 20 July 2014

Sunday Morning Funnies #672


This is the transcript of the ACTUAL radio conversation of a US naval ship with Canadian authorities off the coast of Newfoundland.
Please divert your course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision.
Recommend you divert your course 15 degrees to the North to avoid a collision.
Negative. You will have to divert your course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision.
This is the Captain of a US Navy ship. I say again, divert YOUR course.
No. I say again, you divert YOUR course.
This is a lighthouse. Your call.
Two bears were sitting at the side of the river near Ottawa .
The smaller bear turned to the bigger one and said, ‘I can’t understand how you can be so much bigger than me. We’re the same age;
we were the same size as cubs. I just don’t get it.’
‘Well,’ said the big Bear, ‘what have you been eating?’
‘Politicians, same as you,’ replied the small Bear.
‘Hmm. Well, where do you catch them?’
‘Down near the parking lot by the Parliament Buildings.’
‘Same here. Hmm. How do you catch them?’
‘Well, I hide under one of their Lexus cars and wait for one to unlock the car door. Then I jump out, grab them by the leg, shake the shit
out of them and eat ‘em!’
‘Ah!’ says the big Bear, ‘I think I see your problem. You’re not getting any real nourishment. See, by the time you finish shaking the
shit out of a Politician, there’s nothing left but an asshole and a briefcase.’
A sweet grandmother telephoned the Hospital. She timidly asked, “Is it possible to speak to someone who can tell me how a patient is doing?”
The operator said, “I’ll be glad to help, Dear. What’s the name and room number?
The grandmother said, “Holly Finkel, room 302.”
The operator replied, “Let me check. Oh, good news. Her record say’s that Holly is doing very well. Her blood pressure is fine; her blood work just
came back as normal and her physician, Dr. Cohen has scheduled her to be discharged Tuesday.”
The Grandmother said, “Thank you. That’s wonderful, I was worried! God bless you for the good news.”
The operator replied, “you’re more that welcome. Is Holly your daughter?”
The Grandmother said, “No, I’m Holly Finkel in 302. No one tells me SHIT.”
72 Facts That Will Actually Teach You Something
1. Chocolate milk was invented in Ireland.
2. You can’t breathe and swallow at the same time.
3. The girlfriend of the guy who founded left him for a man she met on
4. This is what it looks like when a star meets a black hole:
5. Ketchup used to be sold as medicine.
6. The oldest person on Earth was born closer to the signing of the United States Constitution than to now.
7. Also, when the oldest person on Earth was born, there was a completely different set of people on the planet.
8. Coconuts kill more people than sharks every year. So do cows.
9. German is the second most spoken language in North Dakota.
10. Norway once knighted a penguin.
11. The official state VEGETABLE of Oklahoma is the watermelon.
12. The official Space Jam website has not changed since 1996.
13. A day on the planet Venus is longer than a year on Venus.
14. If you are in a room with 23 people, there’s more than a 50% chance that two of the people have the same birthday.
15. A TI-83 calculator has six times more processing power than the computer that landed Apollo 11 on the moon.
16. This is what an eclipse on Earth looks like from space:
17. Cambridge University is older than the Aztec and Inca empires.
18. And Harvard University was founded before calculus was derived.
19. George Washington was 48 years old when Beethoven was born.
20. The last veteran of the American Civil War died in 1959, long enough to see the atomic bomb dropped in Japan.
21. There are more ways to shuffle a deck of cards than there are atoms on Earth.
22. 111,111,111 × 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321.
23. Cows have best friends and they tend to spend most of their time together.
24. Horses cannot breath through their mouths.
25. The names of Popeye’s four nephews are Pipeye, Peepeye, Pupeye, and Poopeye.
26. In the ’60s, Australia lost a prime minister and could not find him. He disappeared and was never found.
27. If you folded a piece of paper 42 times, it would reach to the moon.
28. Light roast coffees have more caffeine than dark roasts.
29. There is a basketball court on the top floor of the U.S. Supreme Court Building. It’s known as the “highest court in the land.”
30. A pig’s orgasm can last for 30 minutes.
31. The day of his assassination, Martin Luther King Jr. got in a pillow fight in his hotel room.
32. New York City is further south than Rome, Italy.
33. Scotland is as far north as Alaska is.
34. Not only is Reno, Nev., west of Los Angeles, but so are six other state capitals.
35. If you’re in Detroit and you walk south, the first country you’ll enter will be Canada.
36. A “butt load” is an actual unit of measurement, equivalent to 126 gallons.
37. There are more people living inside this circle than outside of it:
38. France is the country with the most time zones in the world — more than the U.S. or Russia.
39. There is less time between the existence of the Tyrannosaurus Rex and the existence of humans than there was between the Tyrannosaurus Rex and the Stegosaurus.
40. Crocodiles are more closely related to birds than to lizards.
41. Africa is bigger than the United States, China, India, Spain, France, and several other countries combined.
42. Butterflies taste with their feet.
43. A jiffy is an actual unit of time, not just an expression. It’s equal to 33.3564 picoseconds.
44. The lint that collects in the bottom of your pockets has a name — gnurr.
45. A cubic inch of bone is about four times as strong as concrete.
46. You can get a rough estimate of the temperature by counting the number of times a cricket chirps in 15 seconds, then adding 37.
47. There are more lakes in Canada than in the rest of the world combined.
48. The feeling you get when something is so cute you can’t help but want to squeeze it is called “cute aggression.”
49. “Will Will Smith smith?” and “Will Smith will smith” are sentences that make complete sense.
50. There are more public libraries than McDonald’s in the U.S.
51. The voices of Yoda and Miss Piggy were done by the same person.
52. AOL still earns more than $100 million every few months from dial-up subscribers.
53. There are more tigers living in Texas than in the rest of the world.
54. This is how a ladybug flies:
55. It’s possible to sail a boat from Pakistan to Russia if you sail in a completely straight line.
56. On average, astronauts are two inches taller in space.
57. Shakespeare and Pocahontas were alive at the same time.
58. And Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln were born on the same day.
59. There are some trees alive today that were alive before the pyramids were built.
60. Air Force One is not the name of a specific plane, but the name of any plane carrying the president.
61. Ohio is the only U.S. state that doesn’t share any letters with the word “mackerel.”
62. When you yawn and stretch at the time, you are “pandiculating.”
63. It’s impossible to hum while holding your nose.
64. The current American flag was designed by a 17-year-old as a class project. He received a B-.
65. Wombat poop is square.
66. Albino snails exist:
67. The United States is an older country than Germany.
68. The Mongolian navy consists of seven people and one boat.
69. There is enough iron in your body to make a 2-inch nail.
70. When you receive a kidney transplant, instead of the affected kidney being removed, it’s left in and a third one is put in your pelvis.
71. One million seconds is 11 days. One billion seconds is 33 years. A billion is a lot.
72. And, just in case you forgot, the brain named itself.

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Rockford is dead!



Call him Rockford, call him Maverick, call him whatever you wish …………….., he will still be missed!
From the “This is NUTS department!”
A jury has awarded some woman in Florida $23.6 BILLION dollars because her husband died of cancer from smoking!
Whoa, back the struck up a bit here folks, $23.6 BILLION?
Has the whole world gone nuts?
Give her 2.3 million bucks, but let’s not get crazy here folks! (That’s $2.3 million bucks ten thousand times!!!!!!!)
Well, I gotta tell ya that I’ve heard about Quebec’s moving day, where anyone that is going to move to a different apartment, or house, does so at the end of August.
That’s right, moving trucks sit idle all year, and then for one day they, and any pick-up trucks, vans, wagons and flatbeds are used to move EVERYBODY!
Now I hear the all the trades people in the province take the same two weeks off for vacation in the summer, thereby bringing the whole province to a halt!
Pretty smart, those Quebecers ……………………….., eh?
Got a new parody show on the tube:
Below, meet the six hotwives (and the actresses behind them) as a primer to diving into the series.
NOTE: Unlike Real Housewives series, the show-opening taglines for each wife change every episode. So we stuck to the lines from the first episode. Still, A for effort, Hotwives of Orlando team.

Tawny St. John (Casey Wilson)
Inspired by: Gretchen Rossi, Orange County
In-show description: The Trophy Wife
Tagline: “Girls just wanna have fun! Even when their husbands are dying.”
We could never fall out of love with Casey Wilson after Happy Endings, but she is an admittedly odd choice for the Orange County-type housewife. If anything, we’d love to have seen her in the role Kristen Schaal has (see further down the list). But she has strong moments, and she seems to be the performer who gets the Housewives franchise best. But Casey: Never go blonde.

Phe Phe Reed (Tymberlee Hill)
Inspired by: Half Phaedra Parks, half Nene Leakes, Atlanta
In-show description: The Entrepreneur
Tagline: “I always speak my mind. And my mind thinks you’re ugly.”
Hill may not understand the Housewives franchise – her Phe Phe is a little too catchphrase-driven in a franchise that has, for all its failings, avoided that trope – but she knows her character. Short for “Phenomenon,” because of course it is, Phe Phe is the character who most easily gets big laughs. She just has to keep it real, and we love her for it.

Veronica Von Vandervon (Andrea Savage)
Inspired by: Lisa Vanderpump, Beverly Hills
In-show description: The Cougar
Tagline: “I’m all about class, style, and sophistication. Also, I’m not wearing any underwear.”
Veronica Von Vandervon, played pretty perfectly by Savage, is a good bit hornier than Vanderpump (in that way, she seems more like New York’s Sonja Morgan). But that ridiculous English clip is totally Vanderpumpian. Veronica is the embodiment of thirst, but she’s just so delightful about it. We’d watch Vandervon Rules in a heartbeat.

Crystal Simmons (Angela Kinsey)
Inspired by: Alexis Bellino, Orange County (with a dash of Kyle Richards, Beverly Hills)
In-show description: The Religious Zealot
Tagline: “The Lord is my savior; my husband is king. And my body is redon-ka-donk.”
Crystal Simmons is one of the characters who suffers from broad characterization. Alexis Bellino is a devout Christian, yes, but her storylines diverged from that. Crystal also gets to be the Kyle Richards to Amanda Simmons’ Kim, but the show doesn’t do much with that. All that said, Kinsey is here for this and looks the part. It’s a really solid portrayal.

Shauna Maducci (Danielle Schneider)
Inspired by: Teresa Giudice, New Jersey
In-show description: The Bankrupt Overspender
Tagline: “Money is everything! I mean, money isn’t everything. You know, it sounds weird that way.”
Here’s the thing about Teresa Giudice: She could not exist in any of the other Real Housewives series. She IS New Jersey. And watching a parody of Teresa fight with a parody of an Orange County housewife (Wilson’s Tawny St. John) is not particularly entertaining. It’s like a pitbull facing off with a corgi. Worse, Shauna feels as broadly drawn as Crystal, but Schneider doesn’t feel as committed. Bit of a missed opportunity, honestly.

Amanda Simmons (Kristen Schaal)
Inspired by: Kim Richards, Beverly Hills
In-show description: The Drug-Addled Former Child Star
Tagline: “I was a child star; I grew up on TV! And I plan to die there.”
Speaking of missed opportunities: Schaal is wonderful and funny in a lot of things. This is not one of them. Amanda Simmons doesn’t even feel like she belongs in Hotwives. She’s a bit of a cliché (washed-up, alcoholic child star) and Kim Richards struggling with the same problems on Beverly Hills wasn’t funny. It was sad. For Amanda Simmons to be funny, she’d have to be something other than that.

A giant, 59-foot rubber duck made by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, was happily floating on the Nanming River in China’s Guizhou Province, when it went missing on Wednesday night after days of heavy rain, local media reports say. The duck weighs 1 ton.
vkqw4awa1yizlsgzfcgpThis isn’t the first time the enormous ducky has faced problems. When the art installation bird arrived in a Taiwanese port in December, it exploded while on display in “unexplained circumstances.”
The 18 metre (50 foot) inflatable duck suddenly collapsed on Tuesday, only 11 days after it had been put on display in the port at Keelung.
Organisers are unsure as to the cause of its demise, but one theory is that it was attacked by eagles.
After a week of heavy rainfall in southwest China, the downtrodden duck (a replacement after the unfortunate exploding incident) took another hit as it dislodged from its 10-ton metal platform and washed away, nowhere to be found.
Yan Jianxin, a coordinator of the duck exhibit on the Nanming River told the Wall Street Journal, “The duck flopped over and was flushed away really quickly by the torrential flood. It disappeared right in front of me in several seconds.”
The Wall Street Journal reports that the wild duck hunt has begun as local radio stations urge citizens, “If you live along the river and see an 18-meter tall big yellow duck, please call 5961027.”
Description: giant, yellow ………………., it’s a duck!
Folks I would like you to read this comment from Bill Maher and see if there is anything that could possibly get someone upset!
Maher commented on Israel’s conflict with Gaza on Thursday by tweeting: “Dealing w/ Hamas is like dealing w/ a crazy woman who’s trying to kill u – u can only hold her wrists so long before you have to slap her.”
Now I don’t know about you, boys and girls, but I don’t see ANYTHING in that statement that would give someone pause to complain!
Oh, I know I’m not the most politically correct person on the block, but to draw offense from this statement is going way overboard bunky!
Or is it me that’s nuts?
Anyway, here’s the rest of the story!
The comedian and television host received an outpouring of criticism. As one headline read: “Bill Maher offends basically everyone with tweet about Hamas, slapping women.” Jezebel called him out for falling back on the “crazy woman” stereotype. One Twitter user said his comment “endorses violence against women,” while another called it, “one of the most offensive, disgusting tweets I’ve read.”
Fellow comedian Frankie Boyle tweeted back: “@billmaher I hear you. Women do go crazy when you blow up their kids, huh?”
The tweet, which followed Israel’s ground invasion into Gaza earlier in the day, has been retweeted nearly 2,300 times and been favourited over 1,500 times.
Meanwhile, actor Jason Biggs of American Pie and Orange is the New Black fame is facing backlash for a tweet about the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. After the jet, which was shot down by a surface-to-air missile, drawing the world’s renewed attention to eastern Ukraine’s violent pro-Russia separatist rebellion and killing all 298 passengers, Biggs tweeted, “Anyone wanna buy my Malaysia Airlines frequent flier miles?”
After being criticized for insensitivity, he attacked his critics, according to TMZ with the tweets: “Truly – you losers are literally trying to find s**t to get angry about. Channel your issues elsewhere,” and, “Hey, all you ‘too soon’ assholes … You don’t have to think it’s funny, or even be on my twitter page at all.”
He has since deleted these posts and apologized, tweeting “No one is making me send these [apology] tweets- I simply understand that my comments might have come off as insensitive and ill-timed. For that, I apologize.”
Both culprits have stoked the public’s ire in the past. Maher is notoriously controversial and has been accused of misogyny before.

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Saturday, 19 July 2014

Is this me?

Allan's Perspective                 

O.K. folks, I have been told I have very bad “facial recognition!”

Basically what that means is that I don’t recognize people very well ........., I can meet someone one day, and not know who they are the next!

BUT, in spite of what other people say, I think this guy (Jim Sheppard) from the Globe and Mail looks just like me!

Am I wrong?


 OK, OK !

Let’s try it again!


SEE! Twins! (Or Jim is a younger version of me!)


Oh, by the way, if ya haven’t heard yet, Casey Kasem has gone missing!

Yes, I know he’s been dead for a few weeks, but his wife and daughter are fighting over the remains, and now those remains didn’t remain where they were supposed to be, so what happens now remains to be seen!

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Saturday Morning Confusion #17



Folks, a lot of confusion about stuff like climate change, evolution, and a whole bunch of other scientific issues lately!
This article discusses how equal time is not really appropriate for a clearly false or uninformed position!
The metaphor that a coin has two sides is a powerful one, and the temptation to look at both sides of an issue is naturally strong. But the metaphor also assumes an equal weighting, and that both sides present the same space for discussion.
When an issue is genuinely controversial, the burden of proof is shared between opposing views. When a view is not mainstream, say that scientists are engaged in a conspiracy to defraud the public, the burden of proof sits with those promoting that view.
In such cases, as Christopher Hitchens succinctly put it: “What can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence.”
Attempting to dishonestly shift the burden of proof is a common device in the push to have young earth creationism taught in science classrooms.
The idea of “teaching both sides” or that students should be allowed to make up their own minds seems again like a recourse to the most basic ideas of a liberal education, but is in reality an attempt to bypass expert consensus, to offload the burden of proof rather than own it.
The fact is, that for issues such as creationism, vaccination and that climate change is occurring and is a function of human activity, it’s not about journalists suppressing views, it’s about quality control of information.
A classic means of muddying the waters is to employ straw man arguments, in which the point at issue is changed to one more easily defended or better suited to a particular interest. Politicians are adept at doing this, dodging hard questions with statements like “the real issue is” or “what’s important to people is”.
Deniers of climate science often change the issue from global warming to whether or not consensus is grounds for acceptance (it alone is not, of course), or focus on whether a particular person is credible rather than discuss the literature at large.
The anti-vaccine lobby talks about “choice” rather than efficacy of health care. Young earth creationists talk about the right to express all views rather than engage with the science. Politicians talk about anything except the question they were asked.
The third imperative, therefore, is to be very clear as to what the article or interview is about and stick to that topic. Moving off topic negates the presence of the experts (the desired effect) and gives unsubstantiated claims prominence.
The best method of dealing with cranks, conspiracy theorists, ideologues and those with a vested interest in a particular outcome is the best method for science reporting in general:
• insist on expertise
• recognise where the burden of proof sits
• stay focused on the point at issue.
If the media sticks to these three simple rules when covering science issues, impartiality and balance can be justifiably asserted.
(This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Follow all of the Expert Voices issues and debates — and become part of the discussion — on Facebook, Twitter and Google +. The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the publisher. This version of the article was originally published on Live Science.)

asshole trophy
Well, well, talk about yer “ASSHOLES OF THE WEEK!” Looters Stole Cash, Credit Cards, and Jewelry from Flight MH17!
The crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which went down yesterday afternoon after being shot with a missile, is now being looted.
This is not only causing issues for the investigation, but also for the families of the victims on board, who will now not be able to recover the lost property of the 298 dead passengers and crew.

After the crash, investigators were unable to get to the site quickly and rope it off to preserve evidence. This allowed armed separatists and locals to essentially raid the scene.
lead_largeAs for what they took, wallets and credit cards were a favorite.
A photojournalist at the scene said, “There isn’t a single cellphone, wallet with money or camera to be found in any handbag or on the bodies.
It’s like they all mysteriously disappeared overnight.”
(Oh, by the way, it looks like the “black boxes” have disappeared as well!)
Newfoundland Report!
People in the southern Newfoundland town of Gaultois are being warned of recent black bear sightings.
The province’s Natural Resources Department is advising the public to be cautious after some residents reported seeing black bears near homes and behind a wharf.
People are being told to be alert when participating in outdoor activities, particularly after dark, and ensure proper storage and disposal of garbage.
Those who encounter a black bear should remain calm, back away slowly and avoid eye contact.
(Folks, although your normally care-free reporter doesn’t go in for all this “politically correct” crap, we here at “Perspective” do feel that only drawing attention to the “black” bears is a racist remark, and should be halted. ALL bears are dangerous, not just the black ones, and should be treated with the respect they deserve!)

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Outstanding questions about the charges against Mike Duffy and his pending trial!
Sen_-Mike-Duffy-surrounded-by-media-as-he-leaves-Parliament-Hill-on-Oct_-22Folks, we are not going to get into any detailed arguments about Duffy at this early stage of the game, but mark my words that when this is all said and done, Mike Duffy will walk away from most, if not ALL, of these charges.
Now don’t get me wrong …………….., I don’t like, or dislike Duffy about as far as I could throw him [ ;>) ] but the whole thing stinks, and the cops are going to have a hard time making any of these charges stick!
If it feels like you are getting poorer despite relatively low inflation, new research indicates that’s because you are.
This week, new figures from Statistics Canada show annual inflation hit 2.4 per cent. That’s up from 2.3 per cent last month, the ninth month in a row of a rising inflation rate. And while the things you buy are more than two per cent dearer (three per cent if you live in Ontario) than they were a year ago, wages have not been keeping pace.
■Inflation in Canada rises to 2.4% in June
■Middle-class Canadians: Just how stretched are you?
middle-class-facing-austerityOver the same period, StatsCan data shows that Canadian wages rose only 1.9 per cent. In Ontario, where prices were up three per cent, wages rose a mere 0.7 per cent. That means if you live in Ontario and spend what you earn, you are effectively 2.3 per cent poorer than you were only one year ago.
‘If we value the prosperity and stability associated with middle-class society … then we should really pay attention to what generates that middle-class affluence’ – Jordan Brennan, York University economist
And according to York University economist Jordan Brennan, that is bad for the Canadian middle class. Brennan represents a new kind of economist who rejects the traditional story that he learned in Economics 101 and once believed wholeheartedly.
“If we value the prosperity and stability associated with middle-class society — the things that we ascribe to Canadian citizenship — if we value those things, then we should really pay attention to what generates that middle-class affluence,” says Brennan. “And letting the free market rip does not seem to the main generator of that affluence.”
■Top 1% taking lion’s share of global growth, OECD says
■Why the rich get richer and the poor get poorer
Brennan says his latest research confirms what others have also discovered, that while inflation remains relatively low, the benefits of rising prices are going to business and the one per cent while everyone else gets poorer.
Today’s Canadian numbers confirm it. And in slightly slightly different words, that’s exactly what U.S. Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen said earlier this week: that the returns of the U.S. economy are disproportionately going to capital, with less going to labour.
“Over the long term, the earnings margin of corporations are inflationary and so are the wage gains of workers,” says Brennan. But since the 1980s, he says, the two have not risen at the same rate.
“In the last couple of decades,” he says, “What we’ve seen is that worker wage demands have been radically restrained through anti-inflationary monetary policy. But that in effect has meant business now is sort of driving inflation processes and they are overwhelmingly the distributive winners from even the mild inflation we do have.”
An exclusive interview with Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz this week on CBC Radio’s The Current is worth listening to if just for his text book definition of Dutch Disease (at the 12-minute mark). But his main point was that interest rates would likely have to stay low to liberate the “excess capacity” in the Canadian and global economy.
He was far more worried about deflation than inflation. And that is the current conventional view to which most economic commentators, including me, subscribe.
Low interest rates, like low wages, are supposed to liberate the power of capital, stimulating business and thus the whole economy. And, by the traditional view, all boats, including those of the poor and middle class, are lifted by the rising tide.
■Canada lags in business investment, says C.D. Howe report
■Stephen Poloz on inflation, economic recovery and running the Bank of Canada
But shrinking wages and low interest rates have not stimulated investment. In fact new research out this week from the C.D. Howe Institute shows Canadian companies continue to sit on their cash piles.

Why is it always labour’s fault?
4162-Naked-Man-Wearing-A-Wooden-Barrel-Around-His-Waist-ClipartBrennan rejects the conventional analysis, or at least calls it incomplete. In the 1970s, politicians blamed organized labour for pushing up inflation. Brennan, who also works for the Canadian trade union Unifor, says that as the number of people belonging to unions fell, so did wage rates for the “99 per cent,” a trend that continues to this day.
His historical research both here and in the United States (to be published soon) shows a direct correlation between a strong middle class and what he calls “union density.”
Poloz has warned that current inflation may be just a flash in the pan driven by short-term factors. But price inflation is cumulative. And unless an economy stalls altogether, prices always rise. The two per cent you lose now, you will never get back.
Even workers with unions are losing out. The Globe and Mail, organized by Unifor, is getting one per cent, two per cent and two per cent over three years in its latest contract. At current inflation levels, Globe workers who live in Ontario are still a lot poorer than they were last year. But Brennan’s research show non-unionized workers are getting increments far lower.
How can middle class get ahead?
It may be that as employees watch their incomes erode over time they will become more radicalized and more inclined to organize. Workers may feel lucky to be employed after the recession, but unemployment rates are now not far off what they were during the boom of 2007. With three per cent inflation, certainly it is hard to imagine Ontario civil servant unions being willing to accept Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne’s zero-increase budget.
As Brennan says, inflation consists of both wages and prices. But when both are rising, the only way to overcome increasing inequality, is for wage inflation to outpace price inflation. Anything else just leaves workers poorer.
If that happens, Poloz’s worries about deflation will disappear. But as he pointed out in his interview on The Current, a move to higher inflation and the resulting higher rates of interest, will not be painless.
“So much debt has been taken on during the course of this downturn that every uptick in interest rates that we get is going to hit the cash flow of ordinary people,” Poloz says. But if Brennan is right, engaging in a fight for higher wages is the only way to save the Canadian middle class.

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Friday, 18 July 2014

That downed jet was NOT a terrorist act!

Allan's Perspective


Folks, let’s get things back into perspective here!
In spite of all the rhetoric and propaganda afforded to the situation, the downing of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine was NOT an act of terrorism!
Was it shot down by Russian separatists over the eastern part of the Ukraine?
Was it shot down with Russian supplied missiles?
Was it a terrorist act?
To call it that would imply that it was shot down on purpose, and that is ludicrous since it wouldn’t serve any purpose!
Instead, what really happened was someone shot at what they though thought was a Russian military jet, or someone shot at a military jet and the passenger plane got in the way, or something along those lines!
What a great opportunity for the spin doctors!
And that’s why you will hear nothing in the news but how the Russians are responsible for bringing the jet down!
Whether they knew about it, or not!


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Lets get things back into Perspective here! #1


Folks, let’s get things back into perspective here!
Your humble and overworked reporter has to set things right on certain occasions, so we here at the Perspective Research Department, along with the staff at Naked News, are going to provide a regular feature here on called…………………………, LET’S GET THINGS BACK INTO PERSPECTIVE HERE!
We start with a letter I had to send to the London Free Press this morning!
BLOGSCANADA LOGO (3)Sir: I normally try and be a little bit diplomatic, (no matter how hard that is for me) but this time I have to tell it like it is.
Regarding Music London’s proposal for a concert hall in downtown London, , I’m sure they have read the numerous reports that state venues of this type need to seat at least two thousand people to be economically viable. (That’s 2000!)
With this in mind what “idiot” came up with the idea of seating 1400 people?
Am I nuts, or are they?
Allan W Janssen
On a side note here, what is it with “spell-check?” …………….. It just told me I spelled my name wrong!!!!!
I just found out that the household limit for animals in London is three dogs or eight cats!
Why would people have to be told this?

gfJust found out the “word-find” and “crossword” puzzles in the paper had their font sizes reduced!
Naturally, since most of these readers are elderly, they have had a whole bunch of complaints in the past few days.
Whose idea was this?
Kitchener?Waterloo and London are always competing for stuff since they are the major centers in S.W. Ontario, and about the same size (1/2 million) etc. etc.
London is really pushing for high speed rail to T.O., but since K/W is half the distance and already has GO service, they are trying to scuttle London’s bid!
All’s fair in love and war, I guess!
Remember the nut who cut off a guy’s head on a Greyhound bus a few years back?
Well, a guy who witnessed this …………………, just committed suicide!
In the newly released film, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” humans and apes vie for dominance after a virus has made apes hyperintelligent while wiping out most humans.
But though apes riding horses, reading and writing in English, and hunting like Stone Age humans is probably far-fetched, the idea of another species or life form dominating the planet isn’t, scientists say. In fact, depending on how dominance is defined, other creatures may already be in charge, experts say.
With humans around, it’s very difficult for another superintelligent species to evolve, said Jan Zalasiewicz, a paleobiologist at the University of Leicester.

“Humans have been quite good at removing the competition,” Zalasiewicz told Live Science.
36517-Clipart-Illustration-Of-A-Shy-Brown-Monkey-Standing-Up-And-Covering-His-PrivatesOver several million years of evolution, modern humans have already outcompeted several primates and other human species, such as Denisovans, hobbitlike creatures dubbed Homo floresiensis, and Neanderthals, he said.
Still, the movie’s premise isn’t too realistic. Apes are unlikely to supplant us, given that gorillas and chimpanzees are already struggling in the wild
But assuming humans had managed to kill themselves off with famine, plague, war or climate change, it could take many millions of years for a new species to evolve the intelligence and abilities to dominate the Earth. After all, creatures as intelligent as humans only evolved once in the nearly 3.5 billion years of life on the planet, Zalasiewicz said.
Rats, ubiquitous pests that live on virtually every scrap of land on the planet, are already intelligent and have a highly evolved social structure. In many millions of years, oversized rats could become a hyperintelligent species that could rule the Earth. Pigs, too, have complex social structures and a high level of intelligence, Zalasiewicz said. If they evolved an ability to use tools and continued to evolve intelligence over millions of years, they could conceivably take over the planet, he said.
But realistically, the biggest threat to humans is not a naturally evolving creature, but rather artificial intelligence, he said. “If something else intelligent arises, it will be electronic and [we'll have] made it,” Zalasiewicz said.
Researchers recently reported that a machine had passed the Turing Test, exhibiting behavior that could pass as “human.” (In the Turing Test, if a human interviewer cannot tell the difference between responses from a machine and a human, then the machine is said to show intelligent behavior.) And futurist Ray Kurzweil has long predicted that the singularity, a hypothetical point when machine intelligence overtakes human smarts, will be here by 2045.
On some level, humans don’t dominate the Earth now.
Bacteria beat out humans in many ways, said Robert J. Sternberg, a professor of human development at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.
“Humans only imagine they dominate the Earth. Bacteria dominate the Earth,” Sternberg wrote in an email to Live Science. “There are infinitely more of them — well, almost — than there are of us. Much of our own weight is bacterial. They reproduce faster and they mutate faster. They have been around far longer than we have been and they will be around after we are gone.”
And bacteria aren’t the only contenders for world domination.
“Ants already control the planet,” said Mark W. Moffett, an entomologist at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and author of “Adventures Among Ants: A Global Safari with a Cast of Trillions” (University of California Press, 2011). “They just do it under our feet.”
For instance, there are many more ants than there are humans, and their total weight, or biomass, equals or exceeds that of humans, Moffett said.
imagesN503BLNVThey also use traditional military rules of engagement to wage war. For instance, they rely on “shock and awe,” in essence swarming their enemies with sheer numbers to overcome them. Ants also throw the weakest, scrawniest members of the colony out front while keeping their “supersoldier” ants to the rear, just as the front lines in many battles are made up of the least trained and most poorly equipped soldiers, Moffett said.

This strategy has proven incredibly successful.
For instance, individual African army ants may not be scary on their own, but they create swarms that are 100 feet (30.5 meters) long and millions-strong. With their little bladelike teeth, they can swarm and devour a tethered cow — or potentially an unattended human baby — in minutes, he said.
“There is a reason why women in equatorial Africa carry babies on their back and don’t put them in a crib,” Moffett told Live Science.
The Argentine Ant first hitched a train ride to California in 1910. Now, a supercolony stretches across most of California, and is waging all-out war to expand its turf with another supercolony in Mexico, he said.
And while any one ant isn’t all that intelligent, they can still solve extraordinary problems with their hive mind, Moffett said.
“Individual ants are the equivalent to the neurons in your brain — each one doesn’t have a lot to say but in combination they can get a lot of things done,” Moffett said.
Speaking of BUGS!
A Florida man may be the first person to become infected with the mosquito-borne virus chikungunya within the United States or Canada, researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced today (July 17).

The virus, which causes debilitating fever and severe joint pain, has been circulating in the Caribbean for the past few months, resulting in several thousands of infections.
There have been cases of infection, but until today, all of them were reported in people who had acquired the virus during travels abroad.
“The arrival of chikungunya virus, first in the tropical Americas and now in the United States, underscores the risks posed by this and other exotic pathogens,” Roger Nasci, chief of the CDC’s Arboviral Diseases Branch, said in a statement.
(Folks, I hope this disease doesn’t become too common …………………., because it’s a son-of-a-bitch to spell!)
Just read this morning that for the final season of “Two and a Half Men” Waldon and Alan get married (even though they’re NOT gay) and adopt a kid!
Two and a half men has come full circle!
And finally: Our “Asshole of the Day!”

Police in southern Kentucky say they got a surprise delivery after charging a man with shoplifting – five pizzas showed up at the station.
asshole trophyOfficers say 29-year-old Michael Harp asked to make a call on his cellphone Tuesday afternoon while being booked in Corbin. A short time later, police say, a pizza delivery driver showed up to deliver to “Officer Wilson,” the name of the officer who arrested Harp.
Police say they linked the call to Harp by tracking his cellphone number. Harp told Lexington statioin WKYT-TV it’s all a misunderstanding and that “about 10 people” used his phone.
Harp now faces additional charges including theft of identity, theft by deception, and impersonating a police officer. Jail records did not list an attorney for him.


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