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! (P.S. "I FOUND JESUS" He was behind the couch the whole time!)
After decades of thought, research and study I have come to the conclusion that God, as described by human conjecture, does not, and could not exist! However, empirical evidence seems to suggest there is some form of ‘cosmic consciousness” and we are an expression of that! Consciousness is not a phenomenon of the observable universe. It is that which makes the universe observable. Consciousness is the manifestation of God within us!
Why did we stop going to the moon? Because the live coverage of the Apollo 17 moon landing got worse ratings than a re-run of “I Love Lucy.”

Sunday, 17 February 2019

Do you think that there were many Adam and Eves, as opposed to just one pair?

O.K. kids, it's Sunday and time to go to Sunday school again:

Allan:

Do you think that there were many Adam and Eves, as opposed to just one pair?

First of all if you’re referring to the biblical Adam and Eve you’re not smart enough to be asking this question……. but let’s say you want an ancestor that is common to all of us and then we get into the actual “Adam and Eve!”

From Wikipedia:
In human genetics, the Mitochondrial Eve (also mt-Eve, mt-MRCA) is the matrilineal most recent common ancestor (MRCA) of all currently living humans, i.e., the most recent woman from whom all living humans descend in an unbroken line purely through their mothers, and through the mothers of those mothers, back until all lines converge on one woman. 

In terms of mitochondrial haplogroups, the mt-MRCA is situated at the divergence of macro-haplogroup L into L0 and L1–6. As of 2013, estimates on the age of this split ranged at around 150,000 years ago, consistent with a date later than the speciation of Homo sapiens but earlier than the recent Out-of-Africa dispersal.

The male analog to the "Mitochondrial Eve" is the "Y-chromosomal Adam" (or Y-MRCA), the individual from whom all living humans are patrilineally descended. As the identity of both matrilineal and patrilineal MRCAs is dependent on genealogical history (pedigree collapse), they need not have lived at the same time. As of 2013, estimates for the age Y-MRCA are subject to substantial uncertainty, with a wide range of times from 180,000 to 580,000 years ago (with an estimated age of between 120,000 and 156,000 years ago, roughly consistent with the estimate for mt-MRCA.)

The name "Mitochondrial Eve" alludes to biblical Eve. This led to repeated misrepresentations or misconceptions in journalistic accounts on the topic. Popular science presentations of the topic usually point out such possible misconceptions by emphasizing the fact that the position of mt-MRCA is neither fixed in time (as the position of mt-MRCA moves forward in time as mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) lineages become extinct), nor does it refer to a "first woman", nor the only living female of her time, nor the first member of a "new species".

However, from my book An Exploration of Religion and the Meaning of Life!: Mr. Allan Wilhem Janssen: 9781537597690: Amazon.com: Books” the very first couple we can pin down by name is THIS guy: 
When the ancestors of humanity made their first tentative journeys from the treetops of Africa down to the Savannah at their doorstep, it was a step that made any other human endeavour, before or since, insignificant by comparison.

It was the first and original “giant step for mankind.”

Let’s call the leader of this group Urk! (NOTE: There is some historical evidence to suggest they were called Fred and Wilma......... but this was never proven!)

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The current thinking is that food was more plentiful on the Savannah than in the forest, and that is what brought them out into the open.

Things got to the point where Urk and his “tribe” started living on the plains full time to make a better life for themselves, and since then our ancestors have lived as one of the great number of species of animals on the African Savannah.

From here the human story is told in broad sweeps. Coming out of the ancestral forest, where game was scarce at best, to the abundance of herd and grazing animals on the wide plains, men found a whole new world open to them.

During this time, we, in our humble way, were part of the endless procession of herds and flocks that waited their turn at the watering hole in times of thirst. We came to drink, and occasionally bolted in panic at the approach of lions or other predators. (We spent countless millennia foraging the savannas as one among the many, while modern humans have only spent only a few thousand years getting to know the ropes of civilization.)

Our ancestors of some two to three million years ago were small, hairy, ape-like creatures. (Less than human, but certainly more than their simian cousins.)

They used sticks for digging, and clubs for protection, as they walked upright through the tall grass of the African plains. (Not only were the clubs defensive protection, since many carnivores considered hominids a tasty lunch, but they were also used as offensive weapons to supplement their diet of plants and berries with a growing taste for meat.)

Although small in numbers at first, people spread out and developed to the point where they ranged over large portions of Africa. (The cooperation that was necessary for big game hunting put extreme evolutionary pressures on the wandering tribes. As they became bolder and more resourceful, men started to compete with other Savannah predators.)

This change to hunting larger animals no doubt had an effect on what was also taking place in our development as a species.

This major evolutionary jump was an expansion of the human brain due to a more intricate cooperation among the hunters.

There was a need to grow larger brains that were capable of the organizational and rudimentary linguistic tasks required for systematic hunting. From there humanity changed from just “being dinner” to hunters who went out and “got dinner!”

With the shift to hunting larger animals, a new level of cooperation was also required between the males actually on the hunt and the non-hunters back at home base. They had to develop ways to work together.

This meant a need to communicate more readily, and even more importantly to temper their tendency to behave in self-serving ways.

This necessitated a need to develop a framework of social rules and skills. Quite simply the birth of what made us human: Culture!

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Humans began to slowly dominate their environment several hundred thousand years ago (Urk?) and since then our evolution has been developing at an ever-increasing rate. (This included the high point of the hunter-gatherer communities, the mass killing of herd animals on a many band or tribal basis.)
Since then, the mass hunt gradually declined as an activity essential to the community about ten thousand years ago with the invention of agriculture.

This, and the invention of writing about five thousand years later, may be taken as the official end to pre-history. (This last part of our long journey from pre-humans to modern man also includes the oldest traces of religion and art.)

Thus Man the philosopher was born.

The way I see it anyway!

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Sunday Morning Funnies!

After I retired, my wife insisted that I accompany her on her trips to Walmart.
  
Unfortunately, like most men, I found shopping boring and preferred to get in and get out. 
Equally unfortunate, my wife is like most women - she loves to browse & leaves me with endless time to fulfill.

Yesterday my dear wife received the following letter from the local Walmart:

Dear Mrs. Bartels :

Over the past six months, your husband has caused quite a commotion in our store.

We cannot tolerate this behaviour and have been forced to ban both of you from the store.

Our complaints against your husband, Mr. Bartels, are listed below and are documented by our video surveillance cameras:

1.  June 15: He took 24 boxes of condoms and randomly put them in other people's carts when they weren't looking.

2.  July 2: Set all the alarm clocks in Housewares to go off at 5-minute intervals.

3.  July 7: He made a trail of tomato juice on the floor leading to the women's restroom.

4.  July 19: Walked up to an employee and told her in an official voice, "Code 3 in Housewares. Get on it right away."

This caused the employee to leave her assigned station and receive a reprimand from her supervisor that in turn resulted with a union grievance, causing management to lose time and costing the company money. We don't have a "Code 3."

5.  August 4: Went to the Service Desk and tried to put a bag of M&Ms on layaway.

6.  August 14: Moved a "CAUTION - WET FLOOR" sign to a carpeted area.

7.  August 15: Set up a tent in the Camping Department and told the children shoppers he'd invite them in if they would bring pillows and blankets from the Bedding Department, to which twenty children obliged.

8.  August 23: When a clerk asked if they could help him, he began crying and screamed, "Why can't you people just leave me alone?" EMT's were called.

9.  September 4: Looked right into the security camera and used it as a mirror while he picked his nose.

10.  September 10: While handling guns in the Hunting Department, he asked the clerk where the antidepressants were.

11.  October 3: Darted around the store suspiciously while loudly humming the Mission Impossible theme song.

12.  October 6: In the Auto Department, he practiced his "Madonna Look" using   different sizes of funnels.

13.  October 18: Hid in a clothing rack and when people browsed through yelled "PICK ME! PICK ME!"

14.  October 22: When an announcement came over the loud speaker, he assumed a fetal position and screamed "OH NO! IT'S THOSE VOICES AGAIN!"

15.  Took a box of condoms to the checkout clerk and asked, "Where is the fitting room?"

And last, but not least:

16.  October 23: Went into a fitting room, shut the door, waited a while, and  then yelled very loudly, "Hey! There's no toilet paper in here." 

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Saturday, 16 February 2019

Saturday Morning Confusion - about the leaders we deserve!

 Dear Friends: Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocquiville:

Democracy in America has had the singular honor of being even to this day the work that political commentators of every stripe refer to when they seek to draw large conclusions about the society of the USA. Alexis de Tocqueville, a young French aristocrat, came to the young nation to investigate the functioning of American democracy & the social, political & economic life of its citizens, publishing his observations in 1835 & 1840. 

Brilliantly written, vividly illustrated with vignettes & portraits, Democracy in America is far more than a trenchant analysis of one society at a particular point in time. 

What will most intrigue modern readers is how many of the observations still hold true: on the mixed advantages of a free press, the strained relations among the races & the threats posed to democracies by consumerism & corruption. So uncanny is Tocqueville’s insight & so accurate are his predictions, that it seems as tho he were not merely describing the American identity but actually helping to create it.  (The English translation has several variations, including "Every country has the government it deserves" and "In a democracy people get the leaders they deserve." The quote is popularly mis-attributed to better-known commentators such as Alexis de Tocqueville and Abraham Lincoln.)

BUT!


In St Augustine’s City of God, a seminal work that still exerts influence on theology and philosophy today, the great saint discusses how God allows certain leaders to take power at certain times as a form of reward or punishment. Leaders don’t emerge in a vacuum, and if a society is wicked and cruel its leaders will be too.

He says tyrants such as Nero Caesar are allowed to reign by ‘by the providence of the supreme God, when He judges that condition of human affairs is deserving of such lords’, before adding more generally that ‘it is most clearly said of God that He “maketh the man who is an hypocrite to reign by reason of the people’s wickedness”.’

The implication is clearly that the character of our leaders holds up a mirror to the character of the nation.
 The way  see it anyway!
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Friday, 15 February 2019

There is something wrong with Islam!

Dear friends:

For quite a few years your humble reporter has been ruminating on just what the hell is the matter with Islam that produces so many fundamentalists, zealots, provocateurs and just plain nut cases..... and after all this time I think I have come up with the answer!

There is nothing wrong with Islam that is out of the ordinary for any religious movement or belief system!

It's the society they are a part of that's the problem.

Let me give you an example:

The United states of America is rooted in a "wild west" mentality that affects everything they do from an expansionist, puritan perspective..... and this gives them such a rough and tumble (yet at the same time a rigid) society that is more individualistic and conservative than most other first world countries.

Islam, by the same token, is rooted in the Middle East and has remained stuck in the twelfth, or even the seventh century for a great many of its adherents because this is what their society seems to be most comfortable with. Their intransigence with regard to change is what keeps them apart from western influence and gives us a society that is reactionary and inflexible!

As you can see in both these instances it is the rigidity of these respective populations that keeps them stuck in a sort of weird time-warp that is not only in no hurry to change, but questions the need for change in the first place!

The way I see it anyway!

Finaly: Proof of UFO's!

Dear Friends:

One of our dauntless readers sent this in to the 'Perspective Naked News Department' and so we offer it as proof that UFO's really do exist.

The way I see it anyway!



The Universe was black and white at one time!

Dear Friends:

After much debate and soul searching we here at the Perspective Research Department have decided to release information that is not widely known by the general public! According to today's scientific community there was a time when the Universe was completely black and white and then just over a hundred years ago something happened to the electromagnetic spectrum and patches of colour started to manifest themselves in the firmament (the heavens or the sky, especially when regarded as a tangible thing) ......... and in a matter of a few years had spread to all regions of the "ether." (This happened at the same time as Einstein discovered his "theory of relativity" but we're not sure if there is any connection........ although evidence seems to suggest there is!)

We have managed to obtain a couple of actual photos to show our readers the difference between the two! (This photo was taken at the time of transition from black and white to full colour!)


The way I see it anyway!

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Who are we talking about?

Dear Friends:

Got a quick quiz for ya......... I know it might be a little difficult....... so we're going to give a million bucks to the first person who answers it correctly.

Honest!

Now, here's the question:  "Who are we talking about?"
  1.  He lifted the ban on importing asbestos from Russia. Russia is the largest exporter asbestos now. (Edited largest for only.)
  2. He cut support for the Black Lung Fund after giving incentives and deregulating coal mines for the owners. Still, more coal mines have shuttered. He blames Democrats for not doing enough for the miners.
  3. He refuses to reveal his tax returns after promising to do so after the election.
  4. He hired his daughter and son-in-law, both completely underqualified. Putting Kushner in charge of Middle East peace negotiations, prison reform, infrastructure, opioid crisis, liaison to Mexico, liaison to China and liaison to the Muslim community is, frankly, lazy and dismissive of their importance.
  5. He instituted a hiring freeze while Border Control and Homeland Security are understaffed by 3000 employees.
  6. His nominations for cabinet members are beyond incompetent and corrupt. The revolving door of hiring, they grab all the goodies they can, then getting fired for the corruption and ethic violations is stunning.
  7. He has violated the emoluments clause. So have Ivana and Jared. Trump has tried to stall out the lawsuits over it until he leaves office, but they are proceeding. Just very slowly.
  8. He only goes to his own golf clubs for vacation so he can get more from taxpayers.
  9. He wants to pardon himself. An innocent man doesn’t muse about pardoning himself before even being charged.
  10. He pardoned Sheriff Joe Arpaio without going through the DOJ and before he was even sentenced. Arpaio then ran for Senator of Arizona.
  11. He pardoned Kristian Saucier who was found guilty of unauthorized possession and retention of national defense information.
  12. The tax cuts leaned heavily toward the ultra-rich. Those for middle class expire, while the rich keep their gift from Trump. He has now caused record budget deficits.
  13. To cut the deficit, Trump and other Republicans are looking to cut social programs and increase military spending even more. Trump said he wouldn’t increase military spending if NATO members increased their defense budgets. They have, Trump didn’t follow through.
  14. He has repeatedly used immature nicknames for opponents as if he is the third grade bully nobody wants to play with at recess.
  15. Trump makes inappropriate comments about women, even world leaders, on an almost weekly basis. He lied about bleeding from a facelift, called women liars for accusing men of sexual harassment, she’s a dog, cow, etc.
  16. He hired the attorney that gave a sweetheart deal to Jeffrey Epstein, a prolific child molester, registered sex offender and friend of Trump family.
  17. He is friends with Jeffrey Epstein and attended some of his questionable parties.
  18. He hires from FOX News, even for UN Ambassador to replace Nikki Haley.
  19. He insults our allies, uses Twitter to announce policy changes that affect them without advance warning, and cozies to hostile countries that want us to fall.
  20. Helsinki. Charlottesville.
  21. He shared intelligence info with Russian agents right after firing Comey. It put Israel and agents at risk. He never apologized or explained. The meeting was private with only Russian press allowed.
  22. He confiscated interpreters notes about private meetings with other world leaders. There aren’t even copies for the archives or Cabinet members.
  23. He has nominated dozens of judges that do not meet the American Bar Association’s minimal standards for the positions.
  24. He goes into great detail about girls and women being raped and trafficked on the way to America, but then tried to deny abortions to two teenagers that illegally crossed the border.
  25. Tries to influence the Federal Reserve even though it is suppose to remain apolitical.
  26. Tries to influence the DOJ even though it is suppose to remain apolitical. He seems to feel the DOJ’s job is to protect him, not America.
  27. Takes credit for Wall Street when high, blames others when it starts to fall.
  28. Attacks journalism even after Khashoggi was killed, others imprisoned, assaulted and ‘disappeared’. Equates negative press with fake news to blur the truth. Dictators around the world are now using term fake news to cover their actions.
  29. Does not respect our Constitution or rules of law. Freedom of religion means all religions, freedom of press means all journalists, right to assemble includes his opponents, etc.
  30. Threatens witnesses on Twitter.
  31. Encouraged police officers to get aggressively physical with perps. More than once.
  32. Received valuable patents from China while negotiating tariffs. Ivanka did, as well.
  33. Did not fire Kushner after he lied on government disclosure forms over a dozen times. Allows Jared to have a security clearance anyway.
  34. Now has acting cabinet members to avoid Senate confirmation hearings, even though his party controls the Senate even after midterms.
  35. Has government employees sign nondisclosure agreements.
  36. Doesn’t read intelligence briefings, gets truncated verbal reports and then states he knows more than those writing and giving briefs.
  37. Gave a Medal of Freedom to wife of campaign donor. (Edited to Freedom.)
  38. Refuses to believe evidence regarding Climate Change and the need to invest in green technologies. China is profiting on his stubbornness.
  39. Only visited troops during Christmas after government shutdown cancelled his vacation plans and he was criticized in media for never going. While visiting them, he lied to deployed soldiers about a 10% raise he knew was a lie.
  40. He went to Iraq without informing or getting permission from the Iraqi government. Has announced plans to ‘keep an eye on Iran’ from Iraqi base even those their government says no. Told Americans we own that military base, but we do not. This kind of behavior just encourages more turmoil in Middle East.
  41. Demanded a military parade even after being informed of high cost, security risks and upheaval of troop movements.
  42. Announced pulling troops out of Syria without warning anyone.
  43. Publicly humiliates his cabinet members which causes confusion among our allies as to what they can believe from Trump agents in talks.
  44. Supports Brexit and then told UK he doesn’t know if he wants or can legally negotiate a one to one trade agreement with them. He should know the consequences before supporting any policy.
  45. Insulted the White House right after Inauguration Day.
  46. Continues to insult John McCain after his death. Can’t let go of McCain’s ‘lack of loyalty’ to him. Did not fire or reprimand person that said McCain didn’t matter anymore since he was dying.
  47. Supported Judge Moore’s Senate campaign even after disclosures.
  48. Has several empty ambassador positions, even in hot spots around the world. Contradicts career diplomats.
  49. Selling off government nature preserves for oil drilling and coal mines. Leaves nothing in reserve for future needs.
  50. Called Canada a security risk to the US, insulted their Prime Minister and still didn’t improve things for our dairy farmers. Which he said was the goal all along.
And so on…

Be the first to answer in the comments section!

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

So that's what it is!

The way I see it anyway!

Scientists Are Totally Rethinking Animal Cognition!

Dear Friends:

In doing the research for my book "An Exploration of Religion and the Meaning of Life" I came to the conclusion that something we call "God" or "Cosmic Consciousness" resides in all living things (and actually in all living matter) and this is what gives us all awareness, and then by default consciousness to a greater or lessor degree. (Not inorganic matter..... dirt is dirt!)


The Jain religion teaches non-injury to living creatures because it recognizes this fact. (The Jain religion teaches respect to living creatures even though I think that trying not to step on a bug on the sidewalk is going a little bit overboard!)

We have something here by Ross Anderson that is in the March edition of "The Atlantic" magazine as this months feature article and even though it is rather long it might be a good idea to read it all and then have a good long think about it!
I’d come to the bird hospital, and to India, to see firsthand the Jains’ moral system at work in the world. 

Despite millennia spent criticizing the Hindu majority, the Jains have sometimes gained the ear of power. During the 13th century, they converted a Hindu king, and persuaded him to enact the subcontinent’s first animal-welfare laws. There is evidence that the Jains influenced the Buddha himself. And when Gandhi developed his most radical ideas about nonviolence, a Jain friend played philosophical muse.

In the state of Gujarat, where Gandhi grew up, I saw Jain monks walking barefoot in the cool morning hours to avoid car travel, an activity they regard as irredeemably violent, given the damage it inflicts on living organisms, from insects to larger animals. 

The monks refuse to eat root vegetables, lest their removal from the earth disturb delicate subterranean ecosystems. Their white robes are cotton, not silk, which would require the destruction of silkworms. During monsoon season, they forgo travel, to avoid splashing through puddles filled with microbes, whose existence Jains posited well before they appeared under Western microscopes.

 Jains move through the world in this gentle way because they believe all living things are conscious beings that experience, in varying degrees, emotions analogous to human desire, fear, pain, sorrow, and joy.

This idea that animals, and all living matter for that matter are conscious to a greater or lesser degree was long unpopular in the West, but it has lately found favor among scientists who study cognition.

And not just the obvious cases—primates, dogs, elephants, whales, and others. Scientists are now finding evidence of an inner life in alien-seeming creatures that evolved on ever-more-distant limbs of life’s tree. 

In recent years, it has become common to flip through a magazine like this one and read about an octopus using its tentacles to twist off a jar’s lid or squirt aquarium water into a postdoc’s face. For many scientists, the resonant mystery is no longer which animals are conscious, but which are not. (Even trees have a certain, but very limited amount of awareness....... but we will concentrate on animals! - Ed.)

 No aspect of our world is as mysterious as consciousness, the state of awareness that animates our every waking moment, the sense of being located in a body that exists within a larger world of color, sound, and touch, all of it filtered through our thoughts and imbued by emotion.

Even in a secular age, consciousness retains a mystical sheen. It is alternatively described as the last frontier of science, and as a kind of immaterial magic beyond science’s reckoning. 

David Chalmers, one of the world’s most respected philosophers on the subject, once told me that consciousness could be a fundamental feature of the universe, like space-time or energy. He said it might be tied to the diaphanous, indeterminate workings of the quantum world, or something nonphysical. (God? Cosmic Consciousness? - Ed.)

These metaphysical accounts are in play because scientists have yet to furnish a satisfactory explanation of consciousness. We know the body’s sensory systems beam information about the external world into our brain, where it’s processed, sequentially, by increasingly sophisticated neural layers. But we don’t know how those signals are integrated into a smooth, continuous world picture, a flow of moments experienced by a roving locus of attention—a “witness,” as Hindu philosophers call it.

 In the West, consciousness was long thought to be a divine gift bestowed solely on humans. Western philosophers historically conceived of nonhuman animals as unfeeling automatons. Even after Darwin demonstrated our kinship with animals, many scientists believed that the evolution of consciousness was a recent event. They thought the first mind sparked awake sometime after we split from chimps and bonobos. (In his 1976 book, The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind, Julian Jaynes argued that it was later still. He said the development of language led us, like Virgil, into the deep cognitive states capable of constructing experiential worlds.)

This notion that consciousness was of recent vintage began to change in the decades following the Second World War, when more scientists were systematically studying the behaviors and brain states of Earth’s creatures. Now each year brings a raft of new research papers, which, taken together, suggest that a great many animals are conscious.

There now appears to exist, alongside the human world, a whole universe of vivid animal experience. 

Scientists deserve credit for illuminating, if only partially, this new dimension of our reality. But they can’t tell us how to do right by the trillions of minds with which we share the Earth’s surface. That’s a philosophical problem, and like most philosophical problems, it will be with us for a long time to come.

Apart from Pythagoras and a few others, ancient Western philosophers did not hand down a rich tradition of thinking about animal consciousness. But Eastern thinkers have long been haunted by its implications—especially the Jains, who have taken animal consciousness seriously as a moral matter for nearly 3,000 years.

Many orthodox Jain beliefs do not stand up to scientific scrutiny. The faith does not enjoy privileged access to truth, mystical or otherwise. But as perhaps the world’s first culture to extend mercy to animals, the Jains pioneered a profound expansion of the human moral imagination. The places where they worship and tend to animals seemed like a good place to contemplate the current frontier of animal-consciousness research.

 Crows have an unusually large brain for their size, and their neurons are packed densely relative to other animals’. Neuroscientists can measure the computational complexity of brain activity, but no brain scan has yet revealed a precise neural signature of consciousness. And so it’s difficult to make a knockdown argument that a particular animal is conscious based strictly on its neuroanatomy. It is suggestive, though, when an animal’s brain closely resembles ours, as is the case with primates, the first animals to be knighted with consciousness by something approaching a scientific consensus.

Mammals in general are widely thought to be conscious, because they share our relatively large brain size, and also have a cerebral cortex, the place where our most complex feats of cognition seem to take place. Birds don’t have a cortex. In the 300 million years that have passed since the avian gene pool separated from ours, their brains have evolved different structures. But one of those structures appears to be networked in cortexlike ways, a tantalizing clue that nature may have more than one method of making a conscious brain.

 In 2008, a magpie—a member of crows’ extended family of corvids, or “feathered apes”—became the first non-mammal to pass the “mirror test.” The magpie’s neck was marked with a bright dot in a place that could be seen only in a mirror. When the magpie caught sight of its reflection, it immediately tried to check its neck. (Crows recognize individual human faces. They are known to blare vicious caws at people they dislike, but for favored humans, they sometimes leave gifts—buttons or shiny bits of glass—where the person will be sure to notice, like votive offerings.)

Andrew Barron, a neuroscientist from Macquarie University, in Australia, has spent the past decade identifying fine neural structures in honeybee brains. He thinks structures in the bee brain integrate spatial information in a way that is analogous to processes in the human midbrain. That may sound surprising, given that the honeybee brain contains only 1 million neurons to our brains’ 85 billion, but artificial-intelligence research tells us that complex tasks can sometimes be executed by relatively simple neuronal circuits. Fruit flies have only 250,000 neurons, and they too display complex behaviors. In lab experiments, when faced with dim mating prospects, some seek out alcohol, the consciousness-altering substance that’s available to them in nature in broken-open, fermenting fruit.

Many invertebrate lineages never developed anything beyond a rudimentary nervous system, a network of neurons dispersed evenly through a worm like form. But more than half a billion years ago, natural selection began to shape other squirming blobs into arthropods with distinct appendages and newly specialized sensory organs, which they used to achieve liberation from a drifting life of stimulus and response.

The first animals to direct themselves through three-dimensional space would have encountered a new set of problems whose solution may have been the evolution of consciousness from simple awareness............... and from then on it was "off to the races!" 

The way I see it anyway!
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Maybe Mexico will pay for the wall after all!

Dear Friends:

What a delicious piece of irony!

What a great example of karma!

What a wonderful source of "poetic justice!"
U.S. prosecutors are seeking to seize billions of dollars in assets connected to convicted drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said Tuesday that he believes the money should be used to build that border wall with Mexico.

In reference to Guzmán's conviction on 10 criminal counts — including drug trafficking, weapons violations and operating a continuing criminal enterprise — Cruz tweeted: "U.S. prosecutors are seeking $14 billion in drug profits & other assets from El Chapo which should go towards funding our wall to #SecureTheBorder."

It's a nod to a previously introduced bill, CNN reports. The "EL CHAPO Act" — or "Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order Act" — was first introduced in April 2017 and reintroduced in January of this year, the network reports.

"The bill would reserve any amounts forfeited to the U.S. Government as a result of the criminal prosecution of 'El Chapo' ... and other drug lords for border security assets and the completion of the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border," a January release from Cruz says.

The idea has particular relevance this week. Guzmán was convicted Tuesday and lawmakers are currently sparing on border security funding issues as another possible government shutdown looms.

"Prosecutors have said Guzmán's Cartel generated billions of dollars by smuggling tons of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and other drugs so who says God doesn't have a sense of humour.

The way I see it anyway!


What Wall?

Dear Friends:

The older I get the less sense things seem to make to me! I can't quite figure out if I'm getting smarter of dumber..... but I can tell you with 100% certainty that when I was a young man in my twenties things were a lot more certain and straightforward even though I was nowhere near as smart as I am now.

That old saying that you get smarter with age is very evident to me even though the more knowledgeable I get the less things seem to make sense! Matter of fact I'm almost at the stage where nothing seems to make any sense at all even though I have never been as smart as I have been this past year.

Example:

I'm still hearing all sorts of stories about the need to build more walls in the southern States when evidence seems to suggest that more people than ever are going back to Mexico than are trying to get into the United States.

On top of this I heard a Senator from North Dakota talk about the need for more security on the Canadian border which struck me as rather odd. First of all this woman was a DEMOCRAT, not a Republican, and second is the fact that the border IS very porous in North Dakota (and also in Vermont) but all the traffic is going NORTH into Canada............ not the other way around!

Finally, we can't forget about the wall they put up in Berlin back in the sixties which was designed to keep people IN instead of OUT........ because I think that's what they are trying to do in the United States as well........ they just aren't telling anyone!!!!!

The way I see it anyway!
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Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Sit down and shut up!

Dear Friends:

A family-owned Christian grocery store with locations across several states in the Southeast is dealing with backlash as customers argue a weekly ad mailer included a controversial political message.

The ad book was sent to four Mac’s Cashsaver stores in Arkansas. According to the store, the mailer typically includes a religious or political message. The current mailer includes a message that references the U.S./Mexico border wall controversy.

It reads: “Heaven has a wall, a gate and a strict immigration policy. Hell has open borders. Let that sink in.”

Said a spokesman for the stores: “Those words aren’t sitting well with some customers.”
 

Buffalo News Article about Canadians

September 16th, 2013
Aarticle posted in the Buffalo News by Gerry Boley. 

Misconceptions in the United States about Canada are quite common. 

They include: there is always snow in Canada; Canadians are boring, socialists and pacifists; their border is porous and allowed the Sept. 11 terrorists through; or, as the U.S. Ottawa embassy staff suggested to Washington, the country suffers from an inferiority complex. This is a great time to clarify some of these misconceptions and better appreciate a neighbour that the United States at times takes for granted.

With the exception of the occasional glacier, skiing in Canada in the summer just isn’t happening. Frigid northern winters, however, have shaped the tough, fun-loving Canadian character. When it is 30-below, the Canucks get their sticks, shovel off the local pond and have a game of shinny hockey.

The harsh winters have also shaped Canadians’ sense of humour. Canada has some of the world’s greatest comedians, from early Wayne and Shuster, to Rich Little, Jim Carrey, Russel Peters, Seth Rogan, Mike Myers, Leslie Nielsen, John Candy, Martin Short, Eugene Levy and “Saturday Night Live” creator and movie producer Lorne Michaels.

The suggestion that Canadians are soft on terrorism is a myth. Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau backed down the Front de Liberation du Quebec terrorists during the 1970s. And the 9/11 Commission reported that terrorists arrived in the United States from outside North America with documents issued to them by the U.S. government. Likewise, the Canadians in Gander countered despicable terrorist acts with love and caring to their U.S. neighbours when planes were diverted there.

Americans glorify war with movies, but it is the Canadians who are often the real “Rambo.” The Canadians are anything but pacifists and their history is certainly not dull. Be it on the ice or battlefield, this warrior nation has never lost a war that it fought in – War of 1812 (versus the United States), World War I, World War II, Korea and now Afghanistan. During the ’72 Summit Series, Soviet goalie Vladislav Tretiak said, “The Canadians have great skills and fight to the very end.”

In hunting the Taliban in Afghanistan, U.S. Commander and Navy SEAL Capt. Robert Harward stated that the Canadian Joint Task Force 2 team was “his first choice for any direct-action mission.”

Contrary to Thomas Jefferson’s 1812 comment that, “The acquisition of Canada will be a mere matter of marching,” the wily Native American leader Tecumseh and Maj. Gen. Isaac Brock captured Brig. Gen. William Hull’s Fort Detroit without firing a shot. The Americans never took Quebec and when they burned the Canadian Parliament Buildings at York, the White House was torched in retaliation.

Canada consolidated its status as a warrior nation during World War I battles at Vimy Ridge, Passchendaele, Somme and the Second Battle of Ypres, where soldiers were gassed twice by the Germans but refused to break the line. By the end of the war, the Canadians were the Allies’ shock troops.

In the air, four of the top seven World War I aces were Canadians. Crack shots, the names William “Billy” Bishop, Raymond Collishaw, Donald MacLaren and William Barker, with 72, 60, 54 and 53 victories, respectively, were legendary. These were the original Crazy Canucks, who regularly dropped leaflets over enemy airfields advising German pilots that they were coming over at such and such a time, and to come on up. Bishop and Barker won the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry.

The pilot who is credited with shooting down the Red Baron, Manfred von Richthofen, with a little help from the Australian down under, was not Snoopy but Roy Brown from Carleton Place, Ont.

During World War II, Winnipeg native and air ace Sir William Stephenson, the “Quiet Canadian,” ran the undercover British Security Coordination under the code name Intrepid from Rockefeller Center in New York, as a liaison between Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill. Stephenson invented the machine that transferred photos over the wire for the Daily Mail newspaper in 1922. Americans were not aware that the BSC was there or that it was stocked with Canadians secretly working to preserve North American freedom from the Nazis.

Also little known is that Intrepid trained Ian Fleming, author of the James Bond series, at Camp X, the secret spy school near Whitby, Ont. Five future directors of the CIA also received special training there. It is suggested that Fleming’s reference to Bond’s 007 license to kill status, his gadgetry and the “shaken not stirred” martinis, rumored to be the strongest in North America, came from Stephenson.

When Wild Bill Donovan, head of the U.S. OSS, forerunner of the CIA, presented Intrepid with the Presidential Medal of Merit in 1946, he said, “William Stephenson taught us everything we knew about espionage.”

American military writer Max Boot wrote recently in Commentary magazine that Canada is a country that most Americans consider a “dull but slavishly friendly neighbour, sort of like a great St. Bernard.” Boot needs to come to Canada, have a Molson Canadian and chat about Canadian history. He owes his freedom to Canucks such as Stephenson and the courageous soldiers and fliers of the world wars who held off the Germans while America struggled with isolationism.

Canadian inventions such as the oxygen mask and anti-gravity suit, the forerunner of the astronaut suit, allowed U.S. and other Allied fighter pilots to fly higher, turn tighter and not black out with the resulting G-force. The 32 Canadians from the Avro Arrow team helped build the American space program and were, according to NASA, brilliant to a man. The most brilliant, Jim Chamberlin, chief designer of the Jetliner and Arrow, was responsible for the design and implementation of the Gemini and Apollo space programs.

Although Canadians have had a free, workable medical system for 50 years, they are not socialists and there are not long lineups, as some politicians opposed to Obama care suggest. This writer has had a ruptured appendix, hip replacement, pinned shoulder, blood clot, twist fracture of the fibula and broken foot, and in every case, there was zero cost to me. Canadians have and value a medical system for all Canadians that is free with minimal waits. That is not socialism; that is caring about fellow Canadians.

Americans may be surprised by the Canadian content in their life. Superman – “truth, justice and the American way” – was co-created by Canadian Joe Shuster, the Daily Planet is based on a Toronto newspaper, and the 1978 film’s Lois Lane, Margot Kidder, and Superman’s father, Glenn Ford, were both Canadians. The captain of the starship Enterprise was Montreal-born William Shatner. Torontonian Raymond Massey played Abraham Lincoln in 1956. And as American as apple pie? Ah, no. The McIntosh apple was developed in Dundela, Ont., in 1811 by John McIntosh.

Many of the sports that Americans excel at are Canadian in origin. James Naismith from Almonte, Ont., invented basketball. The tackling and ball carrying in football were introduced by the Canucks in games between Harvard and McGill in the 1870s. Five-pin bowling is also a Canadian game. Lacrosse is officially Canada’s national sport, and hockey – well, Canadians are hockey. And Jackie Robinson called Montreal “the city that enabled me to go to the major leagues.”

To make everyone’s life easier, Canadians invented Pablum, the electric light, the electric oven, the telephone, Marquis wheat, standard time, the rotary snowplow, the snowmobile, Plexiglas, oven cleaner, the jolly jumper, the pacemaker, the alkaline battery, the caulking gun, the gas mask, the goalie mask and many more.

Canadian inferiority complex? That is another myth. Never pick a fight with a quiet kid in the schoolyard. Never mistake quiet confidence for weakness. Many a bully has learned that the hard way. Canadians are self-effacing and do not brag. That does not mean we do not know who we are. We are caring but tough, fun-loving but polite and creative, and we share with each other and the world. Our history is exciting but we don’t toot our horn. The world does that for us. This is the third year in a row that Canada has been voted the most respected country in the world by the Reputation Institute global survey.

Perhaps once a year around our collective birthdays, Americans can raise a toast to their friendly, confident neighbour in the Great White North.

Gerry Boley is a high school teacher, university lecturer and writer living in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.



Supergirl co-stars to wed!

Dear Friends:

Although I haven't seen the show myself.........the co-stars of the TV show "Supergirl" are set to get married!  (Melissa Benoist and Chris Wood are getting ready to walk down the aisle!)

The couple first met on the set of their hit CW show in 2016, and their onscreen romance eventually turned into a real one a year later when they were spotted kissing on the beach in Mexico.

In June 2018, they made their red carpet debut as a couple as they attended the Tony Awards.

The only advice we can give to Chris Wood is that he should be careful not to follow in the footsteps [sic] of Lois Lane who accidentally died the first time she and Superman had sex!

The way I see it anyway!

Monday, 11 February 2019

Drumpf tax scam now apparent!

Dear Friends:

All the Drumpf supporters who were so ecstatic about the changes to tax legislation back in 2017 are now starting to see the results of this latest scam by Don the Con! (This was supposed to be a big tax win for the middle class.... but in reality benefited the rich and super rich a lot more than anyone else!)

Have a look at this article from Yahoo financial news:
Tax season has just begun and some Americans have already filed their taxes for 2018. And while many people generally expect a hefty refund, several have found themselves with a surprise tax bill from the IRS.

“I literally screamed when I saw my refund,” says Elissa Crooks. The 41-year-old from Orlando says that her refund was slashed by roughly $1,400 when she filed her 2018 taxes a few days ago.
She says that she relies on her refund to cover the property taxes on the house she bought four years ago. A Democrat whose voting history has included candidates from both parties, she says that she was “very upset” about her lower refund.

“I waited over the weekend to hit the send button because I thought something had to be missing,” she says. “I went over it with a fine-toothed comb. I didn’t know why it was so different.”

Crooks isn’t alone. On Twitter, the hashtags #TrumpTaxScam and #GOPTaxScam are full of angry tweeters, complaining that their refunds were either greatly reduced, or that they now owe the IRS, thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) passed in December 2017. Many say they feel betrayed by President Trump, who they voted for in 2016. While some appeared to be fake accounts, or ‘bots,’ there are many who have been negatively impacted by TCJA.

Kelli (who wanted her last name withheld), tweeted to the president: “First time ever owing on taxes! Static income, but take away the itemization and we got hit hard! @realDonaldTrump where’s the middle class benefits? Sadly disappointed here!”

She lives in Rialto, Calif., with her wife and says that she voted for President Trump in 2016. She normally receives a $2,500 refund, but this year, she had to pay $1,900. (The average refund between 2014 and 2018 was around $2,700.)
Folks you were warned about this scam way back then...... and everybody still fell for it hook, line and sinker...... so don't come crying to us now because it's too late kids!

The way I see it anyway!