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Saturday, September 22, 2007

Unitarian Universalists on the right track

The big trouble I have with mainstream religion is all the dogma and regimentation that followers are supposed to adhere too.

Yes, I believe in a God or Supreme Being but I also resent somebody else telling me what God wants and requires of me.

As I have said many times before, anyone who interprets God for me is only putting a spin on their own private agenda and I refuse to be sucked into their fantasy world.

Ultimately mainstream religion is all about control and I just won't play!

That is one of the reasons why this group has a certain appeal for me. The U.U.'s don't try and shove religion down your throat but that might also be one of the reasons they are not as widespread as they could be.

The Unitarian Universalists are a small sect in the religious world, but they are actively trying to change that.The group has about 220,000 members in all 50 states, including a local congregation in Dahlonega called the Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church.

“I think one of the things we have always hesitated with the UU church is not proselytizing,” said Sue Mattison, a Dahlonega resident and former congressional president.

“But I think there are so many people out there that are probably Unitarians and don’t know it or have no idea of what we are about.”
The president of the national organization, William Sinkford, unveiled a plan Sept. 12 to get the Unitarian Universalist name out to possible new members. Look for their upcoming ads in Time magazine and on the magazine’s Web site, www.time.com.

“(This is the) first advertising campaign in 50 years,” said Janet Hayes, director of information and public witness for the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations in Boston.

“The association president, William Sinkford, felt that it was very important to reach a broad mainstream audience and, he likes to say, ‘We’ve been keeping ourselves secret and it’s time that we share the good news with the world.’”
Hayes added that church members nationwide contributed money for the national marketing campaign that will kick off Oct. 5, when the new Time magazine hits stores.

“We are growing, but we would like to grow faster,” she said. “We have new energy from new members and we’d like to share that with others.”
The church in Dahlonega had their first official service in 1993, but the national association was formed in 1961 after Universalists and Unitarians merged.

“Their missions had become very similar and they had grown theologically extremely close,” Hayes said. “They thought they could be more effective if they combined their energies.”
Theologically the Unitarian Universalist church is based on seven principles. The principles vary but guide members to morality, justice, equality, peace and respect for others.

“The first principle is the inherent worth and dignity of every person,” Hayes said. “Which, in other words, this is something we believe. We feel that everyone has access to spiritual truth, their own personal experiences are worthwhile and it means that we need to fight for equal justice under the law for all people, and that includes people of different abilities and people of different sexual and gender orientations.”

People of all faiths are welcome to the 37-member Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church, including Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, atheists and agnostics, but the faith is made up largely of humanists, according to the religious group’s national Web site www.uua.org.

Followers of humanism combine individualism with social responsibility, and their life goals come from human needs rather than theological or ideological beliefs.

“I call (the Dahlonega congregation) more Christian-oriented than I am, but other people say it’s more Humanistic oriented,” said Nancy Fuchs, former congressional president and Gainesville resident. “I would say we are half and half. There are a lot of Christian Unitarians and there a lot of Buddhist Unitarians, fallen Catholics and all kinds of people.

“I think our principles lend us to being open and receptive to all religious beliefs.”

Fuchs, a charter member of the church, also described the Sunday services as very traditional.

“But not all Unitarian churches are,” she said. “We start with a prelude, we start with opening words and people are welcomed. One thing we probably do that is different from more mainline churches is we always have ‘candles of community’ and people can come up and light a candle for a concern, or joy.

“We sing hymns, we have an offering, we have a sermon, we have readings, meditations, closing words and closing hymns. Not all Unitarian churches are like that.”

The church currently does not have a minister, so they have guest speakers on a weekly basis. Last Sunday, Sautee-Nachoochee yoga instructor and chiropractor Deana Guadagno spoke to the church about the “Nexxus between body and spirit.”

“The thing I wanted them to take home was the message how it’s really useful and good to be active out in the public and do things proactively,” she said. “As far as helping other people and service, peacemaking, all the things they do. But what I wanted them to kind of contemplate or be aware of a lot of what happens out there has a certain depth when it happens to you first.

“So the conversation was about looking at your physical body and how to create more peace inside that.”

While Guadagno is not a member of the Georgia Mountains church, she said practicing yoga can take anyone to a special spiritual place.

“I think the important distinctions for this area is that yoga is not a religion, it is a spiritual practice,” she said. “So anybody can practice it regardless of their orientation. For me, it gave me tools to utilize the space in my body so that I could then acknowledge and honor spirit.”

Honoring your personal spirit and thoughts is what the church stands for locally and nationally.

“I think for it not to have a specified dogma (makes it attractive),” said Mattison. “A lot of people have their own set of beliefs of what God is … and you can come into a UU church without having to declare anything — freedom of thought and belief is the most appealing.”
The freedom of the church is why Hayes thinks the marketing effort will increase awareness and membership.

“They (the members) are very excited and are preparing to welcome visitors and to answer questions that people may have,” Hayes said. “All of our local folks are eager to actually have some help in sharing what they do with their congregations.”
Allan W Janssen is the author of The Plain Truth About God at www.God-101.com and the blog "Perspective" at http://God-101.blogspot.com

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Saturday Morning Confusion #22

This goes to show that even dogs can get confused once in a while!
Probably because they were trying to figure out what this guy was all about!>(Quick....for a million bucks.....tell me what's going through this guys mind right now!!)
Your Pal, Al.

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Asshole of the Week #54


Robert Stahl, see blog below!

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Robbery

A man accused of snatching another man's false teeth straight from his mouth during a fight has been charged with robbery.

Robert Stahl, 62, was charged Thursday in Delaware Circuit Court with felony robbery and battery causing bodily injury, a misdemeanour. If convicted of robbery, he could face two to eight years in prison.

Billie Townsend, 56, told police he went to a bar on July 27 to pay Stahl money he owed him, then Stahl asked him to go outside and started punching him repeatedly.

During the fight, Stahl allegedly put Townsend in a headlock and removed his false teeth. "He said, You ain't getting these back," Townsend told police.

Stahl did not attend Thursday's hearing and prosecutors did not seek a warrant for his arrest. Another hearing was scheduled for Oct. 22.

Allan W Janssen is the author of The Plain Truth About God at www.God-101.com and the blog "Perspective" at http://God-101.blogspot.com

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Friday, September 21, 2007

My buddy!

I have not paid too much attention to my bulk, (spam) mail but today I happened to look at a few of the letters I got and they are hilarious!

The one that really caught my eye was a headline that said; >"Want a new dick?"

After thinking about this for a short while I decided that I was more than happy with my present dick and felt no need to exchange it for something else!

Let's face it, "Winston" and I have been through a lot in the last ** years and I have developed a certain "affinity" for him that is not easy to dismiss!

We have been in a lot of tight situations and dangerous liaisons and back door dealings over the course of our relationship and he has "stood" by me through thick and thin.

I realize that "Winston" has led me astray on numerous occasions and put me in situations that on hindsight I would rather have avoided but on the whole, (!) he has been a good friend and faithfull companion on those cold and lonely nights so I feel I must continue to support him as we go through life.

Thank God "Winston" has not caused me any other grief such as unwanted progeny or some sort of disease that makes your nose fall off, so I think it has been a fairly beneficial relationship for both of us and will continue to be so!

Allan W Janssen is the author of The Plain Truth About God at www.God-101.com and the blog "Perspective" at http://God-101.blogspot.com

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Your only as old as you feel!




Allan W Janssen is the author of The Plain Truth About God at www.God-101.com and the blog "Perspective" at http://God-101.blogspot.com

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Thank God for Middle-Age!

This is a repeat of an article I wrote about a year ago!

Thank God for Middle-Age

My wife spent three years in Saudi Arabia in the 1980's and from her observations I can surmise that the average Muslim in the Middle East is poor, uneducated, family oriented and extremely religious. We are not talking about the middle-class or the elite here but just the average Joe,
- or Ali.

The guy on the street in the Middle East (remeber women in Saudi and many other places are not allowed to go anywhere on their own!) has a distorted view of the world because of assholes like this; He explains the difference between men and women.



The Matawah, (religious police) on the other hand are usually young men in their teens or early twenties who do this more for the sake of being in positions of authority than out of any religious conviction.

They might best be described as thugs and hooligans who revel in terrorizing the average person on the street. When passing them it is wise to avert your eyes and look down so you do not incur their wrath, after all they can throw you in jail for any reason and frequently do so.

(Believe me you don't want to be in a Saudi jail. It's about the same as a Turkish jail and for anyone who has seen the movie "Midnight Express" you know what I mean)

As for the terrorists themselves I came across some fascinating information. According to Marc Sageman, a man with the unusual background of a CIA case officer and then a psychiatrist, he had some interesting observations in his book Understanding Terror Networks.

Sageman argues that we are facing something closer to a cult network than an organized global adversary! Like many cults, Muslim terrorists thrive by channeling and perverting the idealism of young people.

As a forensic psychiatrist, he analyzed data on about 400 Jihadists. He found that they weren't poor desperate sociopaths, but rather restless young men who were frustrated by the lack of opportunities in their own country and found identity by joining the terrorist underground.

In fact, ninety percent came from normal intact two parent families, 65 percent had gone to college, 75 percent were either professionals or semi-professionals, and 75 percent were married.

(They see the riches of the people in the United States that is portrayed in the media - and then hate them because they do not have the same opportunities in their countries!)

What transformed these young Sunni Muslim men was the fellowship of Jihad and the militant role models they found in people like Osama bin Laden. The terror training camps in Afghanistan were considered a kind of elite finishing school.

The 9/11 hijackers weren't psychotic killers. In fact none of them had a criminal record! Sageman went on to say that in terms of their psychological profiles, they were as healthy as the general population.

Now here comes the interesting part. The implications of Sageman's analysis is that the Sunni Jihadism of al-Qaida and its spin-off groups is a generational phenomenon.

Unless new grievances spawn new recruits, it will gradually die out as their members mature.

Thank God for Middle-Age!

Allan W Janssen is the author of The Plain Truth About God at www.God-101.com and the blog "Perspective" at http://God-101.blogspot.com

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WOW MAN!

WAYYYY back in 1967 I tried acid once, (LSD) and decided it wasn't for me.
(Just as it hit me I was on the way to the washroom!)


I decided I had enough shit going on in my head without any external help and gave hallucinogenics up for good!

Allan W Janssen is the author of The Plain Truth About God at www.God-101.com and the blog "Perspective" at http://God-101.blogspot.com

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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire!

Another one that requires no explanation, comments, discussion or reason. It just is!

Allan W Janssen is the author of The Plain Truth About God at www.God-101.com and the blog "Perspective" at http://God-101.blogspot.com

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Peruvians get sick from apparent meteorite crater!

Dozens of people living in a Peruvian town near Lake Titicaca reported vomiting and headaches after they went to look at a crater apparently left by a meteorite that crashed down over the weekend, health officials said on Tuesday.

After hearing a loud noise, people went to see what had happened and found a crater 65 feet wide and 22 feet deep on an uninhabited plateau near Carancas in the Puno region.

Experts from Peru's Geophysical Institute have verified it was a meteorite.

"We've examined about 100 people who got near to the meteorite crater who have vomiting and headaches because of gasses coming out of there," Jorge Lopez, health director in Puno, told Reuters."People are scared," he said.

Lopez said people went to the site after hearing a crash that they thought might be an airplane. "We ourselves went near the crater and now we've got irritated throats and itching noses," Lopez said.

Scientists are not sure if the illnesses are from gasses coming out of the ground or some sort of reaction to the composition of the meteorite.

One of the greatest concerns is a repeat of the alien invasions of the 1950's when meteorites spawned several monsters from within their craters.

The site is near the border with Bolivia and experts from San Andres university in La Paz said initial analyses of sand samples from the crater showed that it could be a meteorite, according to newspaper reports.

Luisa Macedo, a geologist with the Mining Geology and Metallurgy Institute in Lima, told Reuters the reaction between the elements in a meteorite and the Earth's surface can generate gases that then dissipate or it could be some form of genetically altered microbes that will affect the local population.

Meteorites fell in 2002 and 2004 in the Andean area of Arequipa in southern Peru, Hernando Tavera, head of the Peruvian Geophysical Institute, told Reuters.

Allan W Janssen is the author of The Plain Truth About God at www.God-101.com and the blog "Perspective" at http://God-101.blogspot.com

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

The Moose is Loose! (again)

Yes, Yes, I know that Dan Rather is suing C.B.S. for 70 million and O.J. paid $125K to get out of the joint and they haven't found Steve Fossette yet but that is all small time news here in Ontario.

Drinkers of Moosehead beer in Ontario are being advised to stock up on their favourite brew after thieves made off with more than 100,000 cans and bottles.

Two tractor-trailers carrying 70,000 cans and 44,000 bottles of Moosehead Lager were stolen early Wednesday morning at a transport company's facility in Mississauga, Ont. The beer company says the retail value of the load is $200,000.

"Moosehead drinkers in Ontario would be wise to stock up today," company spokesman Joel Levesque said in a release.

"We expect it may take until early next week to replenish the stolen beer."
This is the second time in three years that Moosehead has been hit with a major beer heist.

In August 2004, a truck containing 50,000 cans of Moosehead Lager bound for Mexico was stolen.

Only 14,000 of the cans were ever found.

"We can't believe that of all the beer available in Canada that Moosehead would be targeted again," Levesque said.
Oh well, cheers!

Your "don't Bogart that beer" scribe;
Allan W Janssen

Allan W Janssen is the author of The Plain Truth About God at www.God-101.com and the blog "Perspective" at http://God-101.blogspot.com

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Great Grandmother arrested and roughed up!

A 70-year-old woman arrested in a dispute over her brown lawn pleaded not guilty yesterday, then stood by as a Los Angeles lawyer waved handcuffs for the cameras outside court.

All because she wouldn't give her name to a cop at her door!

Betty Perry, left, sits with attorney Gloria Allred in Utah's Fourth District Court on Tuesday in Orem, Utah.

She is charged with resisting arrest and failing to maintain her landscaping, both misdemeanors.

She was arrested July 6 after failing to give her name to a police officer who visited her home. During a struggle, Perry fell and injured her nose.

She spent more than an hour in a holding cell before police released her.

"I ask the citizens of Orem: How many of you would like to have your great-grandmother taken from her home with bruises and blood and placed in handcuffs for failing to water her lawn?" attorney Gloria Allred said.

"Let's bring sanity back to law enforcement," she said.

The mayor and City Council apologized, and the police department said the situation could have been handled differently.

But, the city attorney still is pressing charges, and Perry is due back in court next month.

A state investigation found that Officer James Flygare acted properly in arresting Perry after trying to get her to cooperate.

Perry's water had been turned off for about nine months, at her request, although she was living back at the house at the time of the arrest. Orem has a shutoff policy for people who are away for extended periods.

Whatever the outcome, this proves once again that District Attorneys (or Crown Attorneys in Canada) don't give a shit about the law, they just want their convictions! The whole legal system in North America sucks!

Allan W Janssen is the author of The Plain Truth About God at www.God-101.com and the blog "Perspective" at http://God-101.blogspot.com

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Alicia Silverstone goes nude to protect her beaver!

Well, the "People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals" are at it again. Alicia Silverstone will appear nude in a television commercial set to debut today in Houston.

The 30-year-old actress, who appeared in movies such as "Clueless" and "Batman & Robin," shot the ad to promote vegetarianism in the spot sponsored by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

In the 30-second ad, which will air about two dozen times in Houston on Wednesday, Silverstone is shown emerging from a swimming pool and talking about the benefits of being a vegetarian. She obscures the view of her body with her arms as she gets out of the pool.

"I wasn't always a vegetarian, but I've always loved animals," she said in a news release. "Physically, the effect has been amazing."

The animal-rights group said it launched the commercial in Houston because the city is often high on lists of cities with unhealthy eating habits. Houston was named the sixth-fattest city in the nation by Men's Fitness magazine this year.
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By the way, after PETA converts everyone to veggie burgers the next step will be to make sure we don't step on any bugs on the sidewalk, so watch-out!

I DIDN'T CLIMB TO THE TOP OF THE FOOD CHAIN TO BECOME A VEGETARIAN!

Allan W Janssen is the author of The Plain Truth About God at www.God-101.com and the blog "Perspective" at http://God-101.blogspot.com

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The one dollar and eleven cent miracle!

We get a fair amount of e-mail everyday which keeps the staff busy and on their toes. My wife just sent me this piece and I thought you might like it too! (Don't know why she e-mailed it. Could have just printed it off and handed it to me!)

A little girl went to her bedroom and pulled a glass jelly jar from its hiding place in the closet.
She poured the change out on the floor and counted it carefully. Three times, even. The total had to be exactly perfect. No chance here for mistakes.
Carefully placing the coins back in the jar and twisting on the cap, she slipped out the back door and made her way 6 blocks to Rexall's Drug Store with the big red Indian Chief sign above the door.
She waited patiently for the pharmacist to give her some attention, but he was too busy at this moment.
Tess twisted her feet to make a scuffing noise.
Nothing.
She cleared her throat with the most disgusting sound she could muster.
No good.
Finally she took a quarter from her jar and banged it on the glass counter.
That did it!
And what do you want?" the pharmacist asked in an annoyed tone of voice. I'm talking to my brother from Chicago whom I haven't seen in ages," he said without waiting for a reply to his question.
"Well, I want to talk to you about my brother," Tess answered back in the same annoyed tone.
"He's really, really sick...and I want to buy a miracle."
I beg your pardon?" said the pharmacist.
His name is Andrew and he has something bad growing inside his head and my Daddy says only a miracle can save him now. So how much does a miracle cost?"
"We don't sell miracles here, little girl. I'm sorry but I can't help you," the pharmacist said, softening a little.
Listen, I have the money to pay for it. If it isn't enough, I will get the rest. Just tell me how much it costs."
The pharmacist's brother stooped down and asked the little girl, "What kind of a miracle does your brother need?"
"I don't know," Tess replied with her eyes welling up.!
I just know he's really sick and Mommy says he needs an operation. But my Daddy can't pay for it, so I want to use my money."
How much do you have?" asked the man from Chicago
One dollar and eleven cents," Tess answered barely audibly. And it's all the money I have, but I can get some more if I need to."
"Well, what a coincidence," smiled the man. "A dollar and eleven cents---the exact price of a miracle for little brothers. "
He took her money in one hand and with the other hand he grasped her mitten and said "Take me to where you live. I want to see your brother and meet your parents. Let's see if I have the miracle you need."
That well dressed man was Dr. Carlton Armstrong, a surgeon, specializing in neuro-surgery. The operation was completed free of charge and it wasn't long until Andrew was home again and doing well.
Mom and Dad were happily talking about the chain of events that had led them to this place. "That surgery," her Mom whispered. "was a real miracle. I wonder! How much it would have cost?"
Tess smiled. She knew exactly how much a miracle cost...one dollar and eleven cents....plus the faith of a little child.
In our lives, we never know how many miracles we will need.
A miracle is not the suspension of natural law, but the operation of a higher law.
I know you'll keep the ball moving!
Here it goes. Throw it back to someone who means something to you!
A ball is a circle, no beginning, no end.
It keeps us together like our Circle of Friends.
But the treasure inside for you to see is the treasure of friendship you've granted to me.
Today I pass the friendship ball to you.
Pass it on to someone who is a friend to you.

MY OATH TO YOU...
When you are sad.....I will dry your tears.
When you are scared.....I will comfort your fears.
When you are worried.....I will give you hope.
When you are confused.....I will help you cope.
And when you are lost....And can't see the light, I shall be your beacon.....Shining ever so bright.
This is my oath.....I pledge till the end.
Why you may ask?.....Because you're my friend.

Signed: GOD

Allan W Janssen is the author of The Plain Truth About God at www.God-101.com and the blog "Perspective" at http://God-101.blogspot.com

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

How handy are you?

Guest Post from Popular Mechanics;

Traditional knowledge of how to build and fix ordinary things around the house might be on the decline.

With our lives becoming more driven by technology, blue-collar labor has been replaced with more white-collar employment, and teenagers are becoming better at programming Web sites than swinging hammers.

Here at PM, where we at least try to do everything, we spent weeks fine-tuning our list of "25 Skills Every Man Should Know," debating over whether certain items were too basic, too challenging or just too obscure.

You can find a full how-to rundown of each one in the October issue of Popular Mechanics, which just hit newsstands. But for now, check out our carefully selected list below, then offer your own arguments and suggestions in the comments section below, or tell us how to perform your must-know skill by writing to us.

The List: How to...
1. Patch a radiator hose - Ya, you have to use electrical tape.
2. Protect your computer - Norton's my friend, and I don't mean Ed Norton.
3. Rescue a boater who has capsized - Done that!
4. Frame a wall - Maybe, haven't actually done that yet.
5. Retouch digital photos - Done that.
6. Back up a trailer - Yes, even without swearing.
7. Build a campfire - Can do by rubbing two sticks together, as long as one is match.
8. Fix a dead outlet - Yes, but that's about how far I will go with electricity.
9. Navigate with a map and compass - Call me Christopher Columbus.
10. Use a torque wrench - Work well under pressure.
11. Sharpen a knife - Yup.
12. Perform CPR - Good old St. John's Ambulance course.
13. Fillet a fish - Yes, but that's the reason I don't go fishing!
14. Maneuver a car out of a skid - Many times
15. Get a car unstuck - Yup, even used an old piece of carpet once.
16. Back up data - Yes
17. Paint a room - Yes, but as long as I can afford it someone else is doing it!
18. Mix concrete - Have done that!
19. Clean a bolt-action rifle - No, don't like guns.
20. Change oil and filter - Many times.
21. Hook up an HDTV - Done that.
22. Bleed brakes - Yes, although I'm usually the one pumping the brakes.
23. Paddle a canoe - Yes, belonged to canoe club as a teen.
24. Fix a bike flat - Could, but won't
25. Extend your wireless network - Don't know.

Allan W Janssen is the author of The Plain Truth About God at www.God-101.com and the blog "Perspective" at http://God-101.blogspot.com

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Offenders forced to listen to Barry Manilow.

To further prove my claim that we are headed for a police state here in North America comes this piece from the States.

A COLORADO judge has sentenced people busted for noise pollution (rap music) to one hour of listening to unpopular or unusual music.

Mostly young adult offenders were kept in a room and made to listen to Dolly Parton, Karen Carpenter and Barry Manilow with the volume up loud. Offenders, who were not allowed to eat, drink, read or sleep, found the punishment funny at first. But then the boredom set in. "At about 20 minutes into it, I was trying not to fall a sleep," offender Luis Cano said.

Judge Paul Sacco, who carries out the punishment about four times per year, said the sentenced fit the crime. "When you have a person playing rap at extreme volumes all over the city, and they have to sit down and listen for an hour to Barry Manilow, it's horrible punishment," he said.


Allan W Janssen is the author of The Plain Truth About God at www.God-101.com and the blog "Perspective" at http://God-101.blogspot.com

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Court places severe restrictions on P.E.I. rapist.

Something happened here in Canada over the last few days that has me very worried.

A British Columbia court has placed severe restrictions on the life of a convicted rapist from Prince Edward Island who was set free Monday, just days after he was arrested at Vancouver airport.

When his flight touched down in Vancouver, police arrested him under Section 810 of the criminal code, which permits them to arrest someone for a crime they might commit!

Convicted P.E.I rapist Thane Moore faces severe restrictions after being released from custody in Abbotsford, B.C., on Monday.

Moore, 43, is considered such a high risk to re-offend violently that the Abbotsford, B.C. provincial court has released him to a halfway house in Vancouver and is requiring him to comply with 17 separate restrictions, in return for his continued freedom!

The location of the halfway house has not been disclosed.

Under some of the conditions imposed by the Abbotsford court, Moore must:

*Report to the sex offender unit in Vancouver for the next year.
*Tell police what car he's driving, and where he's working.
*Not be alone in a car with a woman.
*Not carry weapons, except roofing tools.

Moore is facing these restrictions after police used a rarely used section of the Criminal Code to arrest him at Vancouver International Airport Friday afternoon.

Moore had flown to Vancouver after being released from New Brunswick's Dorchester Penitentiary on Friday, where he had served a full 14-year sentence for a 1993 rape committed in P.E.I.

Now the problem is this........ Moore guy did commit a bunch of crimes in Prince Edward Island and did a fourteen year term for them. No parole, no pardon, no early release, he did the whole nut..... and then released a free man!

Yes, I know that authorities say he is very likely to re-offend and I agree with keeping an eye on him, BUT, it somehow goes against my grain when they arrest him for something he might, or might not do!

This is a moral dilemma that is hard to resolve. Which is greater, this guys rights, or societies protection? Does this mean we are one step closer to that slippery slop we call a police state or are we just being prudent?

Your "on the spot" scribe;
Allan W Janssen

Allan W Janssen is the author of The Plain Truth About God at www.God-101.com and the blog "Perspective" at http://God-101.blogspot.com

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Monday, September 17, 2007

12 Inch miracle tube could cut heating bills in half!

An amazing British invention creates MORE energy than you put into it - and could soon be warming your home!

It sounds too good to be true - not to mention the fact that it violates almost every known law of physics. But, British scientists claim they have invented a revolutionary device that seems to 'create' energy from virtually nothing.

Their so-called thermal energy cell could soon be fitted into ordinary homes, halving domestic heating bills and making a major contribution towards cutting carbon emissions.

Hot stuff: Ecowatts boss Paul Calver with the device. ->

Even the makers of the device are at a loss to explain exactly how it works - but sceptical independent scientists carried out their own tests and discovered that the 12in x 2 in. tube really does produce far more heat energy than the electrical energy put in.

The device seems to break the fundamental physical law that energy cannot be created from nothing - but researchers believe it taps into a previously unrecognised source of energy, stored at a sub-atomic level within the hydrogen atoms in water.

The system - developed by scientists at a firm called Ecowatts in a nondescript laboratory on an industrial estate at Lancing, West Sussex - involves passing an electrical current through a mixture of water, potassium carbonate (otherwise known as potash) and a secret liquid catalyst, based on chrome.

This creates a reaction that releases an incredible amount of energy compared to that put in. If the reaction takes place in a unit surrounded by water, the liquid heats up, which could form the basis for a household heating system.

If the technology can be developed on a domestic scale, it means consumers will need much less energy for heating and hot water - creating smaller bills and fewer greenhouse gases.

Jim Lyons, of the University of York, independently evaluated the system. He said: 'Let's be honest, people are generally pretty sceptical about this kind of thing. Our team was happy to take on the evaluation, even if to prove it didn't work.

But this is a very efficient replacement for the traditional immersion heater. We have examined this interesting technology and when we got the rig operating, we were getting 150 to 200 per cent more energy out than we put in, without trying too hard.

'We are still not clear about the science involved here, because the physics and chemistry are very different-to everything that has gone before. Our challenge now is to study the science and how it works.'
The device has taken ten years of painstaking work by a small team at Ecowatts' tiny red-brick laboratory, and bosses predict a household version of their device will be ready to go on sale within the next 18 months.

The project, which has cost the company £1.4million, has the backing of the Department of Trade and Industry, which is keen to help poorer families without traditional central heating or who cannot afford rocketing fuel bills.

Ecowatts says the device will cost between £1,500 and £2,000, in line with the price of traditional systems.

The development of the groundbreaking technology results from a chance meeting between Ecowatts chairman Chris Davies, his wife Jane and an Irish inventor, Christopher Eccles, while the couple were on holiday near Shannon in 1998.

After the inventor showed the couple his laboratory experiments, Mrs Davies, immediately signed a £20,000 cheque on the bonnet of her car and handed it over to Mr Eccles.

He later became chief scientist of Ecowatts' parent company Gardner Watts, but has since left after 'falling out' with the company, according to insiders.

Sadly, Mrs Davies died three years ago, so she will be unable to share in the success of her husband's development of the idea. Mr Davies, now 75, of Dedham,

Essex, was unavailable for comment last night.

But Ecowatts chief executive Paul Calver said: 'When Jane Davies whipped out her cheque book, it turned out to be a very good investment indeed.

'She and Chris were always interested in ecology and now it looks as if our heat exchanger system is ready to go on sale soon. We're producing a device in the next nine months to heat radiators. Most British homes rely on gas, and the Government has admitted there is a problem getting a substitute. Our device will help solve that.'
Sustainable energy expert Professor Saffa Riffat, of Nottingham University, has also led a team investigating the system. He said: 'The concept is very interesting and it could be a major breakthrough, but more tests are required. We will be doing further checks.'

Allan W Janssen is the author of The Plain Truth About God at http://www.god-101.com/ and the blog "Perspective" at http://god-101.blogspot.com/

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A little higher next time Charlie!

This is an actual photo and has not been altered. This guy was way too LOW! This guy is ducking because otherwise the landing gear would have taken his head off!
(Click to enlarge)
Allan W Janssen is the author of The Plain Truth About God at http://www.god-101.com/ and the blog "Perspective" at http://god-101.blogspot.com/

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AMERICANS ARE NOT STUPID?

Although I like the U.S., some it it's citzens aren't the sharpest tools in the box.

The people in this video gave some hilarious answers to simple everyday questions and the only saving grace to this amount of stupidity is the knowledge that none of them will probably ever read, or have an interest in, this blog!

At least I hope not!



Allan W Janssen is the author of The Plain Truth About God at www.God-101.com and the blog "Perspective" at http://God-101.blogspot.com

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Canada disagrees with United Nations "Rights of Indigenous Peoples!"

From BBC World News:

The United Nations General Assembly has adopted a non-binding declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples after 22 years of debate.

The document proposes protections for the human rights of native peoples, and for their land and resources. There are estimated to be up to 370 million indigenous people in the world. They include the Innu tribe in Canada, the Bushmen of Botswana and Australia's Aborigines.

It passed despite opposition from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States. They said it was incompatible with their own laws.

Campaigners say they are under greater pressure than ever, as developers, loggers, farmers and mineral extractors move in on their land.

The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples calls on countries to give more control to tribal peoples over the land and resources they traditionally possessed, and to return confiscated territory, or pay compensation.

The General Assembly passed it, with 143 countries voting in favour and 11 abstaining.

Four nations - Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States - each with large indigenous populations, voted against. Australia said it could not allow tribes' customary law to be given precedence over national law. "There should only be one law for all Australians and we should not enshrine in law practices that are not acceptable in the modern world," said Indigenous Affairs Minister Mal Brough.

A leader of a group representing Canada's native communities criticised his government's decision to oppose the declaration. "We're very disappointed... It's about the human rights of indigenous peoples throughout the world. It's an important symbol," said Phil Fontaine, leader of the Assembly of First Nations.

Campaign group Survival International says Canada's Innu tribe, who live in the frozen Labrador-Quebec peninsula, are struggling to maintain their traditional lifestyle as the government allows mining concessions, hydro-electric power schemes, and roads on their land.

The Canadian government said it supported the "spirit" of the declaration, but could not support it because it "contains provisions that are fundamentally incompatible with Canada's constitutional framework." "It also does not recognise Canada's need to balance indigenous rights to lands and resources with the rights of others," a joint statement from the Canadian ministries of Indian and Foreign Affairs said.

Canada has 1.5 million indigenous people, among a total population of 35 million.

(A large percentage of the native population lives in Northern Quebec, but that province's draconian "French Only" lanquage laws are not enforced because the Indians have guns!)

Allan W Janssen is the author of The Plain Truth About God at www.God-101.com and the blog "Perspective" at http://God-101.blogspot.com

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Proof That The World Is Nuts!

In Lebanon, men are legally allowed to have sex with animals, but the animals must be female.
(Having sexual relations with a male animal is punishable by death.)

In Bahrain, a male doctor may legally examine a woman’s genitals, but is prohibited from looking directly at them during the examination. He may only see their reflection in a mirror.

Muslims are banned from looking at the genitals of a corpse. This also applies to undertakers.
(The sex organs of the deceased must be covered at all times.)

The penalty for masturbation in Indonesia is decapitation.

There are men in Guam whose full-time job is to travel the countryside and deflower young virgins, who pay them for the privilege of having sex for the first time. (Time for a career change!) Reason: under Guam law, it is expressly forbidden for virgins to marry.

In Hong Kong, a betrayed wife is legally allowed to kill her adulterous husband, but may only do so with her bare hands. The husband’s illicit lover, on the other hand, may be killed in any manner desired.

Topless saleswomen are legal in Liverpool, England, but only in tropical fish stores.

In Cali, Colombia, a woman may only have sex with her husband, and the first time this happens, her mother must be in the room to witness the act.

In Santa Cruz, Bolivia, it is illegal for a man to have sex with a woman and her daughter at the same time

In Maryland, it is illegal to sell condoms from vending machines with one exception: Prophylactics may be dispensed from a vending machine only “in places where alcoholic beverages are sold for consumption on thepremises.”

Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour. (Who volunteers for this stuff?)

Humans and dolphins are the only species that have sex for pleasure. (Is that why Flipper was always smiling?)

The ant can lift 50 times its own weight, can pull 30 times its own weight and always falls over on its right side when intoxicated. (How the hell do you get an ant drunk?)

Butterflies taste with their feet.

An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain. (Mine is bigger than my stomach.)

Starfish don’t have brains.

And, the best for last: Turtles can breathe through their butts. (And I thought I had bad breath in the morning!)

Allan W Janssen is the author of The Plain Truth About God at http://www.god-101.com/ and the blog "Perspective" at http://god-101.blogspot.com/

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Sunday, September 16, 2007

Friendship!


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Random Thoughts!

My wife tells me I should be outraged at the way young people dress nowadays ..... but I'm not!

Here Kitty, kitty!
PLEASE NOTE! No animals were hurt during the making of this article. (It was already dead!)

Allan W Janssen is the author of The Plain Truth About God at www.God-101.com and the blog "Perspective" at http://God-101.blogspot.com

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Handy Latin Phrases!

Non calor sed umor est qui nobis incommodat.
It's not the heat, it's the humidity.

Estne volumen in toga, an solum tibi libet me videre?
Is that a scroll in your toga, or are you just happy to see me?

Quantum materiae materietur marmota monax si marmota monax materiam possit materiari?
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

Si Hoc Legere Scis Nimium Eruditionis Habes
If you can read this you're over-educated

Vidi Vici Veni
I saw, I conquered, I came

Vacca foeda
Stupid cow

Mihi ignosce. Cum homine de cane debeo congredi.
Excuse me. I've got to see a man about a dog.

Raptus regaliter
Royally screwed

Noli me vocare, ego te vocabo.
Don't call me, I'll call you.

Fac ut gaudeam.
Make my day.

Utinam barbari spatium proprium tuum invadant!
May barbarians invade your personal space!

Utinam coniurati te in foro interficiant!
May conspirators assassinate you in the mall!

Radix lecti
Couch potato

Quo signo nata es?
What's your sign?

Mellita, domi adsum.
Honey, I'm home.

Ventis secundis, tene cursum.
Go with the flow.

Totum dependeat.
Let it all hang out.

Magister Mundi sum!
I am the Master of the Universe!

Fac me cocleario vomere!
Gag me with a spoon!

Prehende uxorem meam, sis!
Take my wife, please!

Vescere bracis meis.
Eat my shorts.

Fac ut vivas.
Get a life.

Maximus Allan W Janssen is the author of The Plain Truth About God at www.God-101.com and the blog "Perspective" at http://God-101.blogspot.com

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Sunday Morning Funnies #54

Kill my Husband

*A nice, calm and respectable lady went into the pharmacy, right up to the pharmacist, looked straight into his eyes, and said, “I would like to buy some cyanide. ”

The pharmacist asked, “Why in the world do you need cyanide?”

The lady replied, “I need it to poison my husband.”

The pharmacists eyes got big and he exclaimed, “Lord have mercy! I can’t give you cyanide to kill your husband! That’s against the law! I’ll lose my license! They’ll throw both of us in jail! All kinds of bad things will happen. Absolutely not! You CANNOT have any cyanide!”

The lady reached into her purse and pulled out a picture of her husband in bed with the pharmacist’s wife.

The pharmacist looked at the picture and replied, “Well now. That’s different.

You didn’t tell me you had a prescription.”

SCAM

*Latest scam, this one is real. Be careful. I am a victim of the latest scam which is happening in shopping mall parking lots all over the place.

Two good looking young women come to your car as you are parking.

One starts wiping your windshield with a rag and the other comes to your window and bends over so far her breasts just about fall out of her blouse.

While you’re distracted, the other one lets herself in the back-seat.

Then both are begging you for a ride home.

Be very wary, because as soon as you start driving, one of them will take off her shirt and rub her breasts on you while the other climbs over the seat and unzips your pants.

This is when they steal your wallet.

I was robbed last Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

I couldn’t find them yesterday.

Job Interview

Hiring managers are increasingly posing off-the-wall queries during job interviews in an effort to gauge a prospective employee's fit with the company's corporate culture.

Robert Half International polled executives to find out the strangest questions they have ever been asked during an employment interview.

Their responses illustrate just how unusual some of the questions you may encounter can be:

*"If you were having a dinner party and could invite three famous people, who would they be?" (Jesus, Muhammed and Buddah for a free-for-all wrestling match! Winner take all!)

*"What's the last book you read?" (Re-read Slaughter House Five, Kurt Vonnegut!)

*"If you could be any animal, what would it be?" (A cat, they sleep 20 hours a day!)

*"What did you want to be when you were 10 years old?" (16)

*"What classes did you like in high school?" (I liked hockey but on my report-card they always spelt it wrong. The said it was hookey!)

*"What would I find in your refrigerator?" (Perishables)

And finally;

If you sneeze and fart at the same time, does a vacuum form in your stomach?

No, but if you burp and fart at the same time your head will cave in!

Allan W Janssen is the author of The Plain Truth About God at www.God-101.com and the blog "Perspective" at http://God-101.blogspot.com