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Saturday, April 26, 2008

People Are Not Animals!



Allan W Janssen is the author of the book The Plain Truth About God (What the mainstream religions don't want you to know!) and is available at the web site www.God-101.com

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The 9 indicators of a long life for men!

Guest Post By: Cynthia Ross Cravit

Attention all men: if you want to live into your 80s and beyond, here are nine things you need to know.

Get a grip – and a good education. Get married. Don't gain weight.

These are some of the keys to long life for boomer men, says a new study.

In fact, nine factors in all were identified as good predictors of which 50-plus men would live healthily into their 80s and beyond, according to a 40-year study of nearly 6,000 Japanese-American men living in Hawaii.

The study, published in the November issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, concluded men were more likely to remain healthy, vigorous and disability-free at older ages, if they avoided certain risk factors.

The ability to avoid these 9 major risk factors in midlife— in particular those linked to insulin levels such as overweight, high blood sugar, high triglycerides (a type of cholesterol) and high blood pressure — is a strong indicator of whether you will survive to old age and if you do, whether you will be healthy.

9 Predictors of long life. Men who meet the following criteria are more likely to live longer, according to the study:

• Are married
• Are not overweight
• Have low blood pressure
• Possess a strong grip (indicating overall strength and fitness)
• Have attained a high level of education
• Have low blood sugar
• Avoid heavy drinking
• Do not smoke
• Have a low level of bad cholesterol.

The study, known as the Hawaii Lifespan Study, followed the health of participants for up to 40 years to assess overall, healthy, or “exceptional survival”. The men in the study, who had an average age of 54 when the research began back in 1965, were given a baseline exam at the time and found to be free of illness and functional impairments.

As reported by Reuters, men who followed the healthful criteria had an 80 per cent chance of living to age 80 and were more likely to avoid illness. 42 per cent of the participants lived until 85, with 11 per cent reaching the age without serious health problems such as heart disease, cancer or diabetes.

“Your chances were more than 60 per cent of being healthy at that age if you avoided these risk factors, yet if you had six or more of these risk factors you had less than a 10 per cent chance of living in your mid-80s,” said study author Dr. Bradley Wilcox of Pacific Health Research Institute in Honolulu.

This is further proof “that it is important to be physically robust in midlife… consistent with theories of aging that suggest that better built organisms last longer,” the study concluded.

Your "I do not wish to gain immortality through my work, I wish to gain immortality by not dying" scribe;
Allan W Janssen

Allan W Janssen is the author of the book The Plain Truth About God (What the mainstream religions don't want you to know!) and is available at the web site www.God-101.com

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Nuts to You!

And speaking of wing nuts, (Notice how I segue from one article to another!!!) on Tuesday a State Delegate in Virginia was making plans to ban truck nuts.

Now, details have emerged.

Lionel Spruill introduced the bill on Tuesday under the pretext of safety, claiming that replicas of genitalia could distract drivers, causing accidents. He would like to see the display of truck nuts made a misdemeanor, punishable with a $250 fine.

Spruill decided to pursue the ban after a constituent complained about his young daughter seeing them. According to the Associated Press, Spruill said, "Sir, I'm going to be a laughingstock, but I'm going to do it."

He introduced the bill to the Virginia Assembly on Tuesday, undeterred by his past experience trying to ban baggy trousers, saying he planned to bring a set of the plastic nuts with him to prove his point.

"I'm going to bring them out here and show them to you till they tell me to stop."

With that in mind here is the only advice I could possibly add to it!



Allan W Janssen is the author of the book The Plain Truth About God (What the mainstream religions don't want you to know!) and is available at the web site www.God-101.com

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Just A Thought!

I just had a sudden revelation about all these religious fanatics and rather than get upset at their stupidity I should be embracing them and their ideals.

NO, REALLY!

It doesn't matter whether it's a Jehovah's Witness dying because they won't consent to a blood transfusion, or a Muslim extremist blowing themselves up for their cause, or religious fanatics slaughtering themselves (Like the Shia and Sunni in the Middle-East) or some nut going on a hunger strike for what they believe in or even a Martyr setting fire to themselves for some ideal.

No kids, it doesn't matter and there should be more of it! Yes Sir!

It gets rid of all the wing nuts and helps thin the herd!!!!!

Your "pragmatic" scribe;
Allan W Janssen

Allan W Janssen is the author of the book The Plain Truth About God (What the mainstream religions don't want you to know!) and is available at the web site www.God-101.com

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Saturday Morning Confusion # 12,677

I am no only confused by this woman, I am saddened, angry, indignant, wounded, flayed, down trodden, racked over the coals, beat up, wiped out, worn out and just plain pissed off.

That's why Rebecca Whelan gets this week's "Asshole of the day" award! She adores her 13-month-old baby daughter Reese — but she would let her die before giving permission for her to have a blood transfusion!

“One day when she’s older she might look at me and ask ‘would you have done that to me?’ I would have to tell her yes.

“If she chooses not to take up my beliefs and is upset with me for that, it would be very sad — but I have to stand by my faith.”

She was deeply upset by the Court’s decision to force one of the women to breach her religious beliefs and allow a potentially life-saving transfusion on her severely anaemic unborn twins.

Put in her shoes, Rebecca says that she too would prioritise her faith over the life of her child. The moment she learned she was expecting, she made an appointment with her maternity hospital, the Rotunda in Dublin, and told them categorically that she did she want her life, or that of her baby, to be saved by a blood transfusion, in the event of a medical difficulty.

Fortunately, she gave birth to a healthy baby girl just over a year ago and did not need medical intervention in the form of blood.

“When I was expecting Reese, it was the first time I was confronted with a situation where I might be asked to take blood,” she says.

“In our religion, we have very clear standards about blood, which God asks us to abstain from using. In Scripture, blood is described as a very sacred thing that should not be shared.

“Even if I was told by doctors that my refusal to take it would result in death, it would still not be an option for me. I would stick to that belief even if they told me Reese’s life was in jeopardy. I think the decision by the High Court took this week is a shame. It will be very hard for the woman involved.”
Rebecca, 33, lives with her husband Geoff in Dublin’s inner city district of Smithfield. They met in the Rathgar Kingdom Hall, the generic term given to the Jehovah’s Witness churches around the world, which today claim a congregation of almost seven million followers.

The pair’s relationship developed within the confines of a chaperoned courtship, a condition of their religion’s strict rules, and last year,they had their baby girl.

“We are not martyrs or monsters,” says Rebecca. “We don’t want to let our children die. We want the very best for them like any parent. But if the crunch came and my child ended up dying because she needed a blood transfusion, I would feel I had done everything according to my faith.

When we come face to face with death, is turning your back on God by violating one of his laws a good decision?

‘There are non-religious reasons for not taking blood too. Even if I wasn’t a Witness, I’d be nervous about it.' 'In Ireland, we had a horrific situation where people caught hepatitis from contaminated blood.

We hear all over Europe how there are a lot of problems with people contracting all sorts of things from blood that is not screened properly. I’ve been in hospital myself and seen bags of blood hanging in the air and it turns my stomach.'
But her belief in the immorality of blood transfusions often generates anger in those she is trying to proselytize on the streets of Dublin.

“When I go from door-to-door, I always find that blood is the thing that upsets people most. It’s the one thing they always bring up. We try to explain that modern medicine has advanced so much that there are many alternatives to blood out there.

“There are definitely ways around this but Ireland is very backward when it comes to looking at alternative treatments. In other countries, like the US and Britain, it is never an issue.

My Granny who lives in England had two huge cancerous tumours removed from her bowel recently. The doctor was told there must be no blood used so he said “of course, no blood”. It just wasn’t an issue at all. They are able to use plasma expanders which refills the fluid and works just as well.

“I know a lot of non-Witnesses who don’t take blood. In the States, there are some hospitals which actually operate without blood.”
Within the Irish Jehovah’s Witness community, a number of Hospital Liaison Committees offer advice and information about doctors who are willing to consider alternatives to blood transfusion.

“That was a great help to me when I was pregnant,” says Rebecca. “I was informed as to what the alternatives were. When I was having Reese, I met with the head anaesthetist of the Rotunda Hospital and I went through the drugs and machinery that I would accept to make sure they could provide them.

I would also have access to a cell-salvage machine, which takes your blood, cleans it and puts it back in your body. I always made sure my iron levels were very high and did everything I could to make the pregnancy as healthy as possible.

“If we were badly hurt in a car crash tomorrow, I carry a card that says we will not accept blood. It’s called an Advance Directive. My GP has a copy and my friends so there is no risk that we would have to accept it.”
Religious devotion led to the death of a young English Jehovah’s Witness last year. Emma Gough, 22, died after giving birth in Shrewsbury in October.

When asked twice by medical staff if she would consent to a blood transfusion in a life or death situation, she said no. A fortnight ago, an inquest heard that she had told a midwife that she was “happy to die” than have a blood transfusion, leaving her newborn twins without a mother.

“Personally, I know that is how I would feel as well,” says Rebecca. “There are men who risk their lives for their country when they go to war. To us, there is no greater thing on Earth than Jehovah and I am willing to risk my life for him.

“To us, it is about nothing more than being loyal to God. It is not an emotional decision. If the crunch came and my child ended up dying because she needed a blood transfusion, at least I would feel I had done everything according to my faith. I am also reassured that I would see her again.”
Now, here comes the question of the day kids! Would You Trust The WatchTower Society?

While the Watchtower Society (the organization behind Jehovah’s Witnesses) claims to represent God, its leaders can not make up their minds about what God says.

They have come up with their own version of the Bible (necessary to support the organization’s unbiblical teachings), constantly go back and forth on a wide variety of issues, and keep getting their prophecies about the end of the world wrong.

Would you trust your life — and that of your loved ones — to these quacks?

Leave a comment below!

(Theologically, Jehovah’s Witnesses is a strange branch of Christianity but sociologically, the movement has cult-like elements and that's why it not only confuses me , but gives me one hell of a headache as well.)

Allan W Janssen is the author of the book The Plain Truth About God (What the mainstream religions don't want you to know!) and is available at the web site www.God-101.com

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Friday, April 25, 2008

Christianity is Genetic



Allan W Janssen is the author of the book The Plain Truth About God (What the mainstream religions don't want you to know!) and is available at the web site www.God-101.com

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Why I Dislike Cats

The Cat's Diary

Day 983 of my captivity

My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength.

The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape. In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet. Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates my capabilities. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a "good little hunter" I am. Bastards!

There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could hear the noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of "allergies." I must learn what this means, and how to use it to my advantage.

Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow, but at the top of the stairs.

I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches. The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released, and seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously retarded. The bird must be an informant. I observe him communicate with the guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe. For now ...

Allan W Janssen is the author of the book The Plain Truth About God (What the mainstream religions don't want you to know!) and is available at the web site www.God-101.com

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Muslims Assimilated By The Borg

After months of investigation and at great cost and personal danger the "Perspective" research department has uncovered these amazing photos from Mecca.

Since no one but a Muslim can visit the holiest sites of Islam the secret has been kept for quite a few years but is finally coming to light.

It seems the Borg have infiltrated Islam and are now worshipped by Muslims around the world.

As these photos show, Muslims are now making their pilgrimage to this Borg Cube!

Can Christians be next?

Remember, you heard it here first!

Allan W Janssen is the author of the book The Plain Truth About God (What the mainstream religions don't want you to know!) and is available at the web site www.God-101.com

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Mecca Time

Muslim scientists and clerics have called for the adoption of Mecca time to replace GMT, arguing that the Saudi city is the true centre of the Earth.

(Mecca is the direction all Muslims face when they perform their daily prayers.)

The call was issued at a conference held in the Gulf state of Qatar under the title: Mecca, the Centre of the Earth, Theory and Practice.

One geologist argued that unlike other longitudes, Mecca's was in perfect alignment to magnetic north.

He said the English had imposed GMT on the rest of the world by force when Britain was a big colonial power, and it was about time that changed.

Personally, I would prefer to be on "Howdy Doody Time!" But that's just me!

Allan W Janssen is the author of the book The Plain Truth About God (What the mainstream religions don't want you to know!) and is available at the web site www.God-101.com

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CONNECTIONS!

Another in the riveting series about how and why things work the way they do!



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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Penn and Teller and The Bible







Allan W Janssen is the author of the book The Plain Truth About God (What the mainstream religions don't want you to know!) and is available at the web site www.God-101.com

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CONNECTIONS!



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Inmate Count in U.S. Dwarfs Other Nations’

Guest Post By ADAM LIPTAK, New York Times

(Note; This article is scary enough that I am reproducing it in it's entirety here -ED.)

The United States has less than 5 percent of the world’s population. But it has almost a quarter of the world’s prisoners.

Indeed, the United States leads the world in producing prisoners, a reflection of a relatively recent and now entirely distinctive American approach to crime and punishment.

Americans are locked up for crimes — from writing bad checks to using drugs — that would rarely produce prison sentences in other countries. And in particular they are kept incarcerated far longer than prisoners in other nations.

Criminologists and legal scholars in other industrialized nations say they are mystified and appalled by the number and length of American prison sentences.

The United States has, for instance, 2.3 million criminals behind bars, more than any other nation, according to data maintained by the International Center for Prison Studies at King’s College London.

China, which is four times more populous than the United States, is a distant second, with 1.6 million people in prison.

(That number excludes hundreds of thousands of people held in administrative detention, most of them in China’s extrajudicial system of re-education through labor, which often singles out political activists who have not committed crimes.)

San Marino, with a population of about 30,000, is at the end of the long list of 218 countries compiled by the center. It has a single prisoner.

The United States comes in first, too, on a more meaningful list from the prison studies center, the one ranked in order of the incarceration rates. It has 751 people in prison or jail for every 100,000 in population.

(If you count only adults, one in 100 Americans is locked up.)

The only other major industrialized nation that even comes close is Russia, with 627 prisoners for every 100,000 people.

The others have much lower rates. England’s rate is 151; Germany’s is 88; and Japan’s is 63.

The median among all nations is about 125, roughly a sixth of the American rate.

There is little question that the high incarceration rate here has helped drive down crime, though there is debate about how much.

Criminologists and legal experts here and abroad point to a tangle of factors to explain America’s extraordinary incarceration rate: higher levels of violent crime, harsher sentencing laws, a legacy of racial turmoil, a special fervor in combating illegal drugs, the American temperament, and the lack of a social safety net.

Even democracy plays a role, as judges — many of whom are elected, another American anomaly — yield to populist demands for tough justice.

Whatever the reason, the gap between American justice and that of the rest of the world is enormous and growing.

It used to be that Europeans came to the United States to study its prison systems. They came away impressed.

“In no country is criminal justice administered with more mildness than in the United States,” Alexis de Tocqueville, who toured American penitentiaries in 1831, wrote in “Democracy in America.”

No more.

“Far from serving as a model for the world, contemporary America is viewed with horror,” James Q. Whitman, a specialist in comparative law at Yale, wrote last year in Social Research. “Certainly there are no European governments sending delegations to learn from us about how to manage prisons.”

Prison sentences here have become “vastly harsher than in any other country to which the United States would ordinarily be compared,” Michael H. Tonry, a leading authority on crime policy, wrote in “The Handbook of Crime and Punishment.”

Indeed, said Vivien Stern, a research fellow at the prison studies center in London, the American incarceration rate has made the United States “a rogue state, a country that has made a decision not to follow what is a normal Western approach.”

The spike in American incarceration rates is quite recent. From 1925 to 1975, the rate remained stable, around 110 people in prison per 100,000 people. It shot up with the movement to get tough on crime in the late 1970s. (These numbers exclude people held in jails, as comprehensive information on prisoners held in state and local jails was not collected until relatively recently.)

The nation’s relatively high violent crime rate, partly driven by the much easier availability of guns here, helps explain the number of people in American prisons.

“The assault rate in New York and London is not that much different,” said Marc Mauer, the executive director of the Sentencing Project, a research and advocacy group. “But if you look at the murder rate, particularly with firearms, it’s much higher.”

Despite the recent decline in the murder rate in the United States, it is still about four times that of many nations in Western Europe.

But that is only a partial explanation. The United States, in fact, has relatively low rates of nonviolent crime. It has lower burglary and robbery rates than Australia, Canada and England.

People who commit nonviolent crimes in the rest of the world are less likely to receive prison time and certainly less likely to receive long sentences. The United States is, for instance, the only advanced country that incarcerates people for minor property crimes like passing bad checks, Mr. Whitman wrote.

Efforts to combat illegal drugs play a major role in explaining long prison sentences in the United States as well. In 1980, there were about 40,000 people in American jails and prisons for drug crimes. These days, there are almost 500,000.

Those figures have drawn contempt from European critics. “The U.S. pursues the war on drugs with an ignorant fanaticism,” said Ms. Stern of King’s College.

Many American prosecutors, on the other hand, say that locking up people involved in the drug trade is imperative, as it helps thwart demand for illegal drugs and drives down other kinds of crime.

Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey, for instance, has fought hard to prevent the early release of people in federal prison on crack cocaine offenses, saying that many of them “are among the most serious and violent offenders.”

Still, it is the length of sentences that truly distinguishes American prison policy. Indeed, the mere number of sentences imposed here would not place the United States at the top of the incarceration lists.

If lists were compiled based on annual admissions to prison per capita, several European countries would outpace the United States. But American prison stays are much longer, so the total incarceration rate is higher.

Burglars in the United States serve an average of 16 months in prison, according to Mr. Mauer, compared with 5 months in Canada and 7 months in England.

Many specialists dismissed race as an important distinguishing factor in the American prison rate. It is true that blacks are much more likely to be imprisoned than other groups in the United States, but that is not a particularly distinctive phenomenon.

Minorities in Canada, Britain and Australia are also disproportionately represented in those nation’s prisons, and the ratios are similar to or larger than those in the United States.

Some scholars have found that English-speaking nations have higher prison rates.

“Although it is not at all clear what it is about Anglo-Saxon culture that makes predominantly English-speaking countries especially punitive, they are,” Mr. Tonry wrote last year in “Crime, Punishment and Politics in Comparative Perspective.”

“It could be related to economies that are more capitalistic and political cultures that are less social democratic than those of most European countries,” Mr. Tonry wrote. “Or it could have something to do with the Protestant religions with strong Calvinist overtones that were long influential.”

The American character — self-reliant, independent, judgmental — also plays a role.

“America is a comparatively tough place, which puts a strong emphasis on individual responsibility,” Mr. Whitman of Yale wrote. “That attitude has shown up in the American criminal justice of the last 30 years.”

French-speaking countries, by contrast, have “comparatively mild penal policies,” Mr. Tonry wrote.

Of course, sentencing policies within the United States are not monolithic, and national comparisons can be misleading.

“Minnesota looks more like Sweden than like Texas,” said Mr. Mauer of the Sentencing Project.

(Sweden imprisons about 80 people per 100,000 of population; Minnesota, about 300; and Texas, almost 1,000. Maine has the lowest incarceration rate in the United States, at 273; and Louisiana the highest, at 1,138.)

Whatever the reasons, there is little dispute that America’s exceptional incarceration rate has had an impact on crime.

“As one might expect, a good case can be made that fewer Americans are now being victimized” thanks to the tougher crime policies, Paul G. Cassell, an authority on sentencing and a former federal judge, wrote in The Stanford Law Review.

From 1981 to 1996, according to Justice Department statistics, the risk of punishment rose in the United States and fell in England. The crime rates predictably moved in the opposite directions, falling in the United States and rising in England.

“These figures,” Mr. Cassell wrote, “should give one pause before too quickly concluding that European sentences are appropriate.”

Other commentators were more definitive. “The simple truth is that imprisonment works,” wrote Kent Scheidegger and Michael Rushford of the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation in The Stanford Law and Policy Review. “Locking up criminals for longer periods reduces the level of crime. The benefits of doing so far offset the costs.”

There is a counterexample, however, to the north. “Rises and falls in Canada’s crime rate have closely paralleled America’s for 40 years,” Mr. Tonry wrote last year. “But its imprisonment rate has remained stable.”

Several specialists here and abroad pointed to a surprising explanation for the high incarceration rate in the United States: Democracy.

Most state court judges and prosecutors in the United States are elected and are therefore sensitive to a public that is, according to opinion polls, generally in favor of tough crime policies. In the rest of the world, criminal justice professionals tend to be civil servants who are insulated from popular demands for tough sentencing.

Mr. Whitman, who has studied Tocqueville’s work on American penitentiaries, was asked what accounted for America’s booming prison population.

“Unfortunately, a lot of the answer is democracy — just what Tocqueville was talking about,” he said. “We have a highly politicized criminal justice system.”

Your "hang em high" scribe;
Allan W Janssen

Allan W Janssen is the author of the book The Plain Truth About God (What the mainstream religions don't want you to know!) and is available at the web site www.God-101.com

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We nearly bought the farm!

You will probably hear more about this in the next few days, but the minute I saw this it captured my attention!

Seems the human race nearly bought the farm about 70,000 years ago according to an extensive genetic study.

"This study illustrates the extraordinary power of genetics to reveal insights into some of the key events in our species' history," Spencer Wells, National Geographic Society explorer in residence, said in a statement. "Tiny bands of early humans, forced apart by harsh environmental conditions, coming back from the brink to reunite and populate the world. Truly an epic drama, written in our DNA."
Eastern Africa experienced a series of severe droughts between 135,000 and 70,000 years ago and the researchers said this climatological shift may have contributed to the population changes, dividing us into small, isolated groups, which developed independently.

Paleontologist Meave Leakey, a Geographic adviser, commented: "Who would have thought that as recently as 70,000 years ago, extremes of climate had reduced our population to such small numbers that we were on the very edge of extinction."

The report notes that a separate study by researchers at Stanford University estimated the number of early humans may have shrunk as low as 2,000 before numbers began to expand again in the early Stone Age.

The migrations of humans out of Africa to populate the rest of the world appear to have begun about 60,000 years ago, but little except generalities has been known about humans before that dispersal.

The researchers led by Doron Behar of Rambam Medical Center in Haifa, Israel and Saharon Rosset of IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, N.Y., and Tel Aviv University concluded that humans separated into small populations prior to the Stone Age, when they came back together and began to increase in numbers and spread to other areas.

Today more than 6 1/2 billion people inhabit the planet but we had better not get too complacent with these numbers since we nearly got wiped out as recently as 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis!

Your "pick me, pick me" scribe;
Allan W Janssen

Allan W Janssen is the author of the book The Plain Truth About God (What the mainstream religions don't want you to know!) and is available at the web site www.God-101.com

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Squeal with delight

I started to dislike teenagers shortly after I got into my thirties.

It was nothing specific, just a general wonder at how they could pull such stupid stunts on a day to day basis and think they were functioning terrifically.

When my own kids hit their teen years I spent many an hour with my mouth hanging open and a glazed look in my eyes at some of the stuff they pulled.

Not to get into any specifics here, but let's just say that critical thinking was not one of their strong points. Or even thinking for that matter!

Well listen here bunky, science has found a cure for teenagers.

A noise-making device that drives away rowdy youth with an irritating high-pitched squeal has quietly landed on Canadian shores after a European debut.

The "Mosquito" emits a high-frequency screech that can be heard only by ears of those aged 13 to 25, raising claims of discrimination in some European quarters while giving hundreds of business owners peace and quiet from unruly young crowds.

Officials in the City of Montreal are studying whether the device could legally be used to clear young drug dealers and bums from scary city tunnels, but the machine is already a hit among some West Coast businesses.
So far, 150 Mosquitos with a starting price of $1,250 have been sold in Canada. British Columbia has the most customers so far, although test units have been installed in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Moving Sound Technologies Inc., the Mosquito's Vancouver-based distributor, has set up sales offices in Toronto and Montreal, anticipating big demand will come in spring.

"It's awesome," said Lisa Deacon, manager of the 57 Below Bar and Liquor Store in New Westminster, B.C. The bar was one of the first North American businesses to try the device, in 2006. "It turns on at night and keeps away all the young punks who hang out at the SkyTrain station."
Two Mac's convenience stores in Victoria have used the Mosquito to clear out drug dealers, while two others in Richmond, B.C., have used it to clear massive teen crowds.

"We use them to deal with a worst-case scenario," said Geoff Higuchi, operations manager for Mac's in B.C. "We love kids, kids are huge part of our business. So it's not the be-all, end-all tool, but it's one more tool to add to the arsenal if other methods don't work, such as policing."
Now if they had a similar device for nagging wives everything would be peachy keen.

Allan W Janssen is the author of the book The Plain Truth About God (What the mainstream religions don't want you to know!) and is available at the web site www.God-101.com

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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Food For Thought!

I guess I'm on one of those unusual pictures kicks again. Here's some food for thought!



























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CONNECTIONS!

Another in the riveting series about how and why things work the way they do!



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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Earth Day

Today is Earth Day and more than enough is going to be said about it that I don't feel I have to contribute my two cents worth.

Except to say "Thank God they don't have earth shoes anymore!"

I hated walking uphill all the time!

Allan W Janssen is the author of the book The Plain Truth About God (What the mainstream religions don't want you to know!) and is available at the web site www.God-101.com

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Up, Up and Away!

A Roman Catholic priest is missing after floating away with hundreds of helium party balloons off the southern coast of Brazil.

He was using the stunt to raise money for a spiritual rest-stop for truckers in Paranagua, Brazil's second-largest port for agricultural products.

A video posted on the G1 website of Globo TV shows the smiling 41-year-old priest - Rev. Adelir Antonio de Carli - slipping into a flight suit and being strapped to a seat attached to a huge column of red, blue, white, green and yellow balloons.

He then soars into the air to the cheers of the crowd.

Denise Gallas, the treasurer of Carli's Sao Cristovao parish, said by telephone that the priest soared to an altitude of 6,000 metres then descended to about 2,500 metres for his planned flight to the city of Dourados, 750 kilometres northwest of his parish.

The only problem was that above a certain altitude the winds were blowing the wrong way!

Carli had a GPS device, a satellite phone, a buoyant chair and is an experienced skydiver, Gallas said.

"We are absolutely confident he will be found alive and well, floating somewhere in the ocean," she said.

"He knew what he was doing and was fully prepared for any kind of mishap."

Your "wrong way" scribe;
Allan W Janssen

Allan W Janssen is the author of the book The Plain Truth About God (What the mainstream religions don't want you to know!) and is available at the web site www.God-101.com

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Too much "Fest" at Oktoberfest!


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CONNECTIONS!

Another in the riveting series about how and why things work the way they do!



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Monday, April 21, 2008

Now and Then!

The girls in the office here at "Perspective" have always been a little star-struck. As a matter of fact that's one of the main reasons I don't do much celebrity stuff, it's too distracting for the girls and they never get any work done.

But, they did have all these pictures of celebrities taken way back when and now! Thought you might like to see how the girls spend their free time.














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HELLO! HELLO!

Skype has just announced unlimited long distance calls anywhere in the world for less than ten bucks a month.

That's right, for $9.95 a month you can phone anyone, anywhere, anytime for as long as you like.

To give you an idea of how much the world has changed, my parents tell me that just 50 years ago, (a mere half century) if you wanted to phone the "old country" you had to phone the long distance operator in Montreal and "MAKE AN APPOINTMENT!"

They would then phone you back at the appointed time to tell you a line was available and you have 5 or 10 minutes to talk. Then they would charge you a fortune!

Even air travel has changed dramaticaly since half way back to the Wright Brothers.

We flew to Europe in 1958 and had to fly from Toronto to Montreal, where all International flights left from, and then on to Gander, Newfoundland.

This is where the plane was gassed up for the flight across the Atlantic which ended in Shannon Ireland, because it was the closest point on the other side.

From there (And a day later) Europe was at your doorstep bunky! My how things have changed!

To give you further proof, feast your eyes on a home computer from 50 years ago!!!->

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CONNECTIONS!

Another in the riveting series about how and why things work the way they do!



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Sunday, April 20, 2008

The Ultimate and Final Explanation of God!

Richard Dawkins has got a lot to say, and I have to admit I agree with most of it!

As a matter of fact I quote him extensively in my book "The Plain Truth About God!"

But, in spite of his rail's against the Creationists, and his disparagement of Intelligent Design, he is no better nor worse than the people he tries to discredit!

Don't get me wrong, Dr. Dawkins in one hell of a smart guy and I don't ever hope to equal him in the intelligence or education area.

But, I sure can and will take him on in the common sense field, and any day of the week too!

Here's why!

Any form of Athiesm is a belief system the same as religious conviction is.

You can believe that there is absolutely no God the same as you can believe that God made the world in seven days. No difference, because neither can actually be proven.

It's what you believe that counts!

Yes bunky, Richard Dawkins and Pat Robertson are two sides to the same coin!

But an agnostic (like me) on the other hand is a whole different kettle of fish! We don't know and say so.

And for that reason we are 100% correct!

I don't have the answer to the afterlife like Pat Robertson or Billy Graham or Dr. Dawkins or Isaac Asimov or Newton or Jim and Tammy Baker or Arthur C Clarke or Germain Greer or George Carlin or The Pope or Ghandi or Stalin or Lennon. (Vlad, not John)

I could keep going with the list but you get the idea. These people are all percieved to be a lot smarter than I, but they still base their ideas on a belief system which means they have a 50% chance of being right.

Stupid me, on the other hand, appears to be 100% right and I don't have to start following somebody that is long on faith and short on logic and only has a 50% chance of being right anyway. (This is even before we get into all the differnt types of religion that claim they are right and the others wrong, right!)

While there is no solution to this dilema I think that we have to take it upon ourselves to reach our potential as a people. We need to do the best we can with a bit of style, grace and maturity.

We can't keep running to God for help OR use God as an excuse for our actions. We have to grow up and become responsible for ourselves.!

Until God actually shows up on my doorstep I will try to keep an open mind, because if we strictly use logic and look at the world around us, then I have to conclude that there is no God.

But, if I look at nature and the universe in general with all its complexities and wonders, I have to conclude that there is a God.

Quite a conundrum, eh?

The safest course seems to be some sort of middle ground that is supported by what makes sense.

That seems to be why "The Universe" must have been started by something, but sure doesn't interfere with us in any way as far as our day to day living goes.

Intelligent Design (Not the I.D. the fundamentalists are trying to slip in the back door of religion!) or First Cause? Seems so!!!!

But then again, I could be wrong.

Your humble scribe;
Allan W Janssen

Allan W Janssen is the author of the book The Plain Truth About God (What the mainstream religions don't want you to know!) and is available at the web site www.God-101.com

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Sunday Morning Funnies #2 1/2

What Do Retired People Do All Day?

Working people frequently ask retired people what they do to make their days interesting.

Well, for example, the other day the wife and I went into town and went into a shop. We were only in there for about 5 minutes.

When we came out, there was a cop writing out a parking ticket. We went up to him and I said, "Come on man, how about giving a senior citizen a break?"

He ignored us and continued writing the ticket. I called him a Dumbass. He glared at me and started writing another ticket for having worn tires.

So Mary called him a shithead.

He finished the second ticket and put it on the windshield with the first.

Then he started writing a third ticket.

This went on for about 20 minutes. The more we abused him, the more tickets he wrote.

Personally, we didn't care. We came into town by bus.

We try to have a little fun each day now that we're retired.

It's important at our age.

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Guess who's coming to dinner? (Came home early, actually!)




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The Ultimate Blonde Joke:

A blonde and a lawyer are seated next to each other on a flight from LA to NY. The lawyer asks the blonde if she would like to play a fun game.

The blonde, who is tired, politely declines and rolls over to the window to catch a few winks.

The lawyer persists and explains that the game is easy and a lot of fun. He explains, "I ask you a question, and if you don`t know the answer, you pay me $5.00, and vise versa."

Again, she declines and tries to get some sleep.

The lawyer, now agitated, says, "Okay, if you don`t know the answer you pay me $5.00, and if I don`t know the answer, I will pay you $500.00."

This catches the blonde's attention and, figuring there will be no end to this torment unless she plays, agrees to the game.

The lawyer asks the first question. "What`s the distance from the earth to the moon?"

The blonde doesn't say a word, reaches into her purse, pulls out a $5.00 bill and hands it to the lawyer.

"Okay", the lawyer continues, "your turn."

She asks the lawyer, "What goes up a hill with three legs and comes down with four legs?"

The lawyer, puzzled, takes out his laptop computer and searches all his references but he can`t find an answer. He taps into the air phone with his modem and searches the net and the Library of Congress, but he still has no answer. Frustrated, he e-mails all his friends and coworkers, which turns out to be to no avail.

After an hour, he wakes the blonde, and hands her $500.00.

The blonde says, "Thank you," and turns back to get some more sleep.

The lawyer, who is more than a little miffed, wakes the blonde and asks, "Well, what's the answer?"

Without a word, the blonde reaches into her purse, hands the lawyer $5.00, and goes back to sleep.

Goodnight.

Allan W Janssen is the author of the book The Plain Truth About God (What the mainstream religions don't want you to know!) and is available at the web site www.God-101.com

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