Allan's Perspective is not recommended for the politically correct, or the overly religious! Some people have opinions, and some have convictions ..., what we offer is Perspective! (Sometimes I feel like I'm just a bobble-head on the highway of life!)

I was addicted to the hokey pokey, but I turned myself around!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Kiss the Internet goodbye!

Dear friends: Well they did it! It was a foregone conclusion that under Ajit Pai’s leadership the FCC would hand big telecoms an early Christmas present.

In a 3-2 vote along party lines, the Republican-led commission decided to eliminate the current net neutrality rules and remove the shackles that prevent ISPs from blocking online content, slowing a competitor’s website, or charging you extra just to access YouTube.

From Gizmodo:

It paves the way for an ISP free-for-all, baby, and you can bet telecom executives have plenty of lucrative plans in mind that we haven’t even considered.

The vote was briefly delayed after Pai’s comments were interrupted by security. The room was evacuated and searched by Federal Protective Service before Pai resumed. The nature of the threat was not immediately disclosed.

From the moment President Donald Trump appointed Pai, we knew he was dead-set on killing net neutrality protections. He’s advocated for ISP interests for years. Before joining the FCC, Pai was a lawyer for Verizon, and he worked as counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee under mega-conservative former Sens. Sam Brownback and Jeff Sessions. But make no mistake—just because Pai is a Republican doesn’t mean this is a partisan issue for the American public.

Studies show that the vast majority of Americans support regulating ISPs to guarantee that they treat all internet traffic equally. A new survey published on Tuesday found that four out of five Republicans support net neutrality.

California representative Jerry McNerny requested the opportunity to speak at today’s hearing but he was denied by the Chairman. As part of her dissent, FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn read a statement from McNerny. It said, in part:

Why such a bipartisan outcry? Because the large majority of Americans are in favor of keeping strong net neutrality rules in place. But the saddest part, to me, about all of this, and it’s painful for me to say this, is that this is the new norm at the FCC. A norm where the majority ignores the will of the people. A norm where the majority stands idly by while the people they are committed to serve, that they’ve taken an oath to serve, are about to lose so much.

In August, a study funded by the broadband industry found that 98.5 percent of unique comments submitted to the FCC regarding net neutrality were opposed to gutting the rules that went into effect in 2015.

We have to specify unique comments because the FCC was overwhelmed by 23 million comment submissions, and many that supported killing net neutrality were filed by fraudulent bots robo-signing forms and stealing real people’s identities, according to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office.

Even though the FCC is required to consider public comments for a specified time period, it has refused to cooperate with Schneiderman’s criminal investigation into the corruption of its commenting process. FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, one of the two Democratic commissioners who voted to keep net neutrality rules in place, explicitly said this week, “there is evidence in the FCC’s files that fraud has occurred,” but the agency won’t cooperate.

Regardless of the process, or the criminal investigation, or the protests, or the opposition from lawmakers—including fellow Republicans—Pai and his cronies were always going to ignore the public. The chairman has made his disdain for the public’s input and any study that disagrees with his position absolutely clear. He will go down as one of the Trump administration’s most effective pro-corporate puppets. And when he leaves office, he’ll be welcomed by the telecoms with open arms.

But that doesn’t mean all is lost. Even though ISPs have been softening their statements that promise never to violate net neutrality principles, they must wait to take full advantage of their newfound freedom. There’s too much public scrutiny at the moment for them to start installing fast lanes or censoring content. Lawsuits challenging the decision will head to court from every direction. And with the right push from voters, Congress could even do the right thing by passing a law to correct this injustice.
Net neutrality is dead folks. Long live net neutrality.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Little black rock, or little green men?

Dear Friends: Well it wasn't as spectacular as the meteor boom over Russia a while back but police in northern Ontario say a meteor may be responsible for a loud explosion that shook houses from Dulth, Minnesota, to a Thunder Bay neighbourhood earlier this week.

Thunder Bay police say officers were dispatched to the area at about 11 p.m. Wednesday to investigate reports of the loud explosion.

They say officers found a hole in the snow about 75 centimetres wide on the side of the road, with a pile of what appeared to be rock-like material. (Officials say the area was checked and no footprints or vehicle tracks were found.)

Thunder Bay police say they have been in contact with Lakehead University and a professor from the geology department to examine the area. (The force says it is believed it was a meteor from the Geminid Meteor shower, which peaked late Wednesday night until early Thursday morning.)

Local residents, however, are not so sure since there have been strange occurances in the neighbourhood ever since! 

The way I see it anyway!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

You're FIRED!

Well folks, now that the Republicans lost a Senate seat with the defeat of Roy Moore yesterday it's not taking any time at all for the long knives to come out.

I don't doubt this will reflect badly on Donald Drumpf, but the most immediate casualty of yesterdays fiasco was Steve Bannon!

Yes, that's right kids, the same Steve Bannon who two days ago was still the self-proclaimed darling of the Alt-right.
Republicans are lashing out at former White House strategist Steve Bannon after the party's stunning election loss in Alabama.
New York congressman Pete King urged the party to "dump" Mr Bannon, saying: "His act is tired, inane and morally vacuous."
The Breitbart News chief is blamed for egging on President Donald Trump to back Roy Moore, who lost on Tuesday.
Mr Bannon vowed in October to challenge "every Republican incumbent".
But despite all the criticism, Mr Bannon is defiant.
An unnamed source close to him told Bloomberg: "This doesn't stop Steve's war against the establishment.
"All it does is pour gasoline on top of it."
Representative King launched a highly personal attack on Mr Bannon on Wednesday morning.
The Republican congressman tweeted: "After Alabama disaster GOP [the Republican party] must do right thing and DUMP Steve Bannon."
He added: "If we are to Make America Great Again for all Americans, Bannon must go! And go NOW!!"

Mr King later appeared on CNN to say the former Trump adviser "looks like some kind of dishevelled drunk that wandered onto the political stage", even though Mr Bannon reportedly abstains from alcohol.
The congressman also attacked Mr. Bannon's "weird alt-right views", which he said did not represent conservative values.

Hopefully, this will be the start of something big!

The way I see it anyway!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Jail instead of the Senate..... pity!

Dear Friends: "Let's get things back into perspective! 

Seems these guys are all over the place! The latest story comes to us from jolly ol' England.
A pedophile who went on holiday with a 15-year-old girl and her family after fooling them into thinking he was a teenager has been jailed for six years. Clinton Stoddard, 32, groomed the girl on the internet and tricked her into thinking he was a 19-year-old before becoming her boyfriend. (He also managed to win the trust of the girl’s family, who invited him to go on holiday with them.)


(Stothard, from Barnsley, South Yorkshire also targeted a number of other girls online and encouraged them to send sexually explicit photos to him.)

P.S. Does this remind anyone of Alabama's Roy Moore!

The big difference between us and them is that in the Sates this qualifies you to run for elected office while in Britain it sends you to jail!

MEANWHILE: The Republican Party over in the States has expressed disappointment with  Clint's six year jail term since they had plans to bring him over to America and run him in an election for a Senate seat ...., figuring he was an ideal candidate!

(Oh well, maybe in 2024 eh!) 

The way I see it anyway!

Monday, December 11, 2017

If I Ruled the World # 18: Why America isn't great anymore!

Dear Friends: "Let's get things back into perspective!"

I have to apologize for treating our American cousins on the shabby side every now and then and please realize that I don't do it out of malice or any ill intentions, there just seems to be areas of your society that, for want of a better word, has gone off the track lately. 

The post World War ll United States was the greatest society this planet has ever seen and Donald Drumpf was absolutely right when he says you should "Make America Great Again!"

Unfortunately he's going about it in the worst way possible and between him and various splinter groups and political parties the slide from greatness just seems to be accelerating!

Look folks, on the surface there is not much difference, if any, between the average American and Canadian, but unfortunately down in the States there are so many more pockets of nut cakes, extremists, fanatics and general idiots and morons walking around that they are doing harm to the entire country.

The only solution to this problem is education folks, because that's what makes or breaks a country, and in this area the States has been sadly lacking lately.

Education teaches people to look around themselves with a clear and critical eye so that they can discern the difference between what is real and what is bullshit propagated by special interest groups. (Not to mention that a good education also leads to a better job!)

Now please don't think that we are free of these problems up here in Canada folks, because we're not......., you just have a lot more of it down there!

Now might be a good time to re-visit that speech Jeff Daniels gave in the TV show "Newsroom!"

MATTER OF FACT: If you wanted to exemplify the difference between our two countries the best way to describe them would be that the United States is a Starbucks coffee shop and Canada is a Tim's!
The way I see it anyway!


Sunday, December 10, 2017

Sunday Morning Funnies # 224

Ole and Sven were fishing on the Hinkley opener when Sven pulled out a cigar. Finding he had no matches,he asked Ole for a light. 

'Ya, shure, I tink I haff a lighter,' he replied, and thenreaching into his tackle box, he pulled out a Bic lighter 10 inches long.  'Yiminy Cricket!' exclaimed Sven, taking the huge Bic Lighter in his hands. 'Vere dit yew git dat monster??' 

'Vell,' replied Ole, 'I got it from my Genie.'
'You haff a Genie?' Sven asked.
'Ya, shure. It's right here in my tackle box,' says Ole.
'Could I see him?' 

Ole opens his tackle box & sure enough, out pops the Genie. Addressing the genie, Sven says, 'Hey dere! I'm a good friend of your master. Vill you grant me vun vish?'
'Yes, I will,' says the Genie. 

So Sven asks the Genie for a million bucks. The Genie disappears back into the tackle box leaving Sven sitting there waiting for his million bucks.  Shortly, the sky darkens and is filled with the sound of a million ducks...flying directly overhead.

Over the roar of the million ducks Sven yells at Ole, 'Yumpin' Yimminy, I asked for a million bucks, not a million ducks!' 

Ole answers, 'Ya, I forgot to tell yew dat da Genie is hart of hearing. Do yew really tink I asked for a 10-inch Bic?"


Meanwhile this whole sexual harassment and assault thing is getting way out of hand:

The way I see it anyway!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Saturday Morning Confusion on what we're dealing with here!

Dear Friends: "Let's get things back into perspective here!"

I'm not going to bore you with all the details, and I won't go on and on about it,  but I just read a lengthy report on lying and the psychologists who did the study had a lot to say about none other than Donald J. Drumpf!

Seems the average person tells between about 6-8 amateur lies a day while Don the Con is a regular 15 to 20 professional lies a day type of guy. (And that's only in his public statements kids!) 

Now the REALLY interesting part is that a normal person will only tell  about 10% of "hurtful" lies to mislead or aggravate someone, while our much misunderstood hero [sic] says nasty stuff over 50% of the time!

Yup, he's just basically not a very nice person folks!

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The way I see it anyway!