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Saturday, May 24, 2008

Merchandising is Everything!

Some ideas are way out, some are funny, some are not-so-funny, some are ridiculous, some are out in left field and.................... some are spot-on!



Don't believe me? Go ask Bill!

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This guy has to have a steady hand!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



And speaking of hands, this guy sure seems to have way to much time on his hands!





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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Mixed Metaphors OR Fractured Fairy Tales!

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court!

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 #34

This is a mystery worthy of any cop show on T.V., except it's real life Bunky!

Another severed human foot has been discovered washed ashore on Canada's Pacific coast, but police are no closer to solving the gruesome mystery.

The foot, still wearing a shoe, was discovered on Thursday on a small uninhabited island south of Vancouver in the Strait of Georgia, and is the fourth discovered in the region in the past 10 months.

The previous cases all involved right feet still in sneakers, and each was found on a different island.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have not said if the latest discovery was a right or left foot.

(DNA testing has failed to link the earlier discoveries to any missing person cases and no one has reported any missing feet so the cops are looking into other evidence that will give them a foot in the door and bring them a step closer to solving this mystery.)

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Car sales given a shot in the arm!

A Missouri car dealer said on Thursday sales have soared at his auto and truck business since launching a promotion this week that promises buyers a free handgun or a $250 gas card with every purchase.

Max Motors, a small Butler, Missouri dealership that has as its logo a grimacing cowboy wielding a pistol, has sold more than 30 cars and trucks in the last three days, far more than its normal volume. And owner Mark Muller credits his decision to start offering buyers their choice of a $250 gas card or a $250 credit at a gun shop.

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Now, forget Tupperware Parties baby, they're on the way out. Here are some facts that I'm sure you will get a charge from!

The latest trend in the States is now leaning towards "Stun Gun" parties!!!!

Thats' right, based on the "Tupperware Party" principal, female entrepreneurs in the States are now selling Tasers as they become "de rigueur" for the ladies.

Sales have skyrocketed and are approaching levels that could at one time have been considered "shocking!"

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And finally, what better way to end this post with our "Loser of the Day!"

Yea, I know some Arabs can talk big but when you get right down to it a lot of the men are just as whipped as their American counterparts!

After 30 years of marriage, cynics might say most husbands and wives would know everything about each other but not in the case of one Saudi Arabian man who managed to live with his wife for three decades without setting eyes on her face.

Not that he had much choice about it. His 50-year-old wife followed the tradition of her native village near the south-western city of Khamis Mushayt and kept her features veiled at all times.

That is until one night last month when the husband was finally overcome by curiosity and tried to lift his wife's veil as she slept to take a look at her face.

This was an error he is unlikely to be given a chance to repeat after his outraged wife woke up during his sneak attack and is now demanding a divorce.

She said her husband apologised and promised never to do it again, but she insisted she wanted a divorce. 'After all these years, he tries to commit such a big mistake,' she told Saudi newspaper Al-Riyadh after leaving the house in disbelief.

Many Islamic countries such as Saudi Arabia and Iran require women to cover their faces in public but in the privacy of their homes there is no such compulsion.

But, even though always remaining veiled - even in front of your husband - is not an Islamic practice, but a very old tradition practised by a tiny minority of women in remote areas of Gulf countries.

Most examples of it are in Saudi, one of the most conservative of countries.

Because this guy that is being divorced by his petulant wife he easily makes it as out "Loser of the Day" but I do have to admit that this practise of being veiled at all times is a hell of a good way of getting all the ugly broads married off!

Your "tell it like it is" 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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Friday, May 23, 2008

Donkey Jailed for Assault!

Sometimes we get very serious on this blog and sometimes we get very silly.

The great part is that you never know which! Surprise!

Here is a story from Mexico and although it's true, you can decide if it is serious or silly!

A donkey has been locked up by police in Mexico for assault and battery.

The animal, known locally as a burro, bit and kicked two men near a ranch in Chiapas state, police said.

It is now being kept in a cell that normally holds people arrested for public drunkenness and other disturbances.

Officer Sinar Gomez said the donkey will remain behind bars at the police station in Tuxtla Gutierrez until its owner agrees to pay the men's medical bills.

"Around here, if someone commits a crime they are jailed," Gomez said - "no matter who they are."
The owner, Mauro Gutierrez, said that he would try to reach a friendly arrangement to pay the men's bills, estimated at $420 (£200).

The victims said the donkey bit Genaro Vazquez, 63, in the chest on Sunday and then kicked 52-year-old Andres Hernandez as he tried to come to the rescue, fracturing his ankle.

"All of a sudden, the animal was on top of us like it was rabid," said Mr Hernandez.


Police said it took six men to control the enraged burro.

Chiapas police have thrown animals into the cells before, including a bull that devoured corn crops and destroyed two wooden vending stands in March.

In 2006, a dog was locked up for 12 days after biting someone.

Now we don't know about you but we here at "Perspective" consider assault a very serious matter and don't look upon it as silly in any way, shape or form!

And don't tell me; "The law is an ass!"

(Sorry, you have to be semi-educated to get that one!)

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

Visit the blog "Perspective" at http://Allans-Perspective.blogspot.com

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CONNECTIONS!

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



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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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Will life be worth living in 2011 A.D.?

July 22, 1961, Weekend Magazine

What sort of life will you be living 50 years from now?

Scientists have looked into the future and they can tell you.

It looks as if everything will be so easy that people will probably die from sheer boredom.

You will be whisked around in monorail vehicles at 200 miles an hour and you will think nothing of taking a fortnight's holiday in outer space.

Your house will probably have air walls, and a floating roof, adjustable to the angle of the sun.

Doors will open automatically, and clothing will be put away by remote control. The heating and cooling systems will be built into the furniture and rugs.

You'll have a home control room - an electronics centre, where messages will be recorded when you're away from home. This will play back when you return, and also give you up-to-the minute world news, and transcribe your latest mail.

You'll have wall-to-wall global TV, an indoor swimming pool, TV-telephones and room-to-room TV. Press a button and you can change the décor of a room.

The status symbol of the year 2000 will be the home computer help, which will help mother tend the children, cook the meals and issue reminders of appointments.

Cooking will be in solar ovens with microwave controls. Garbage will be refrigerated, and pressed into fertiliser pellets.

Food won't be very different from 1961, but there will be a few new dishes - instant bread, sugar made from sawdust, foodless foods (minus nutritional properties), juice powders and synthetic tea and cocoa. Energy will come in tablet form.

At work, Dad will operate on a 24 hour week. The office will be air-conditioned with stimulating scents and extra oxygen - to give a physical and psychological lift.

Mail and newspapers will be reproduced instantly anywhere in the world by facsimile.

There will be machines doing the work of clerks, shorthand writers and translators. Machines will "talk" to each other.

It will be the age of press-button transportation. Rocket belts will increase a man's stride to 30 feet, and bus-type helicopters will travel along crowded air skyways. There will be moving plastic-covered pavements, individual hoppicopters, and 200 m.p.h. monorail trains operating in all large cities.

The family car will be soundless, vibrationless and self-propelled thermostatically. The engine will be smaller than a typewriter. Cars will travel overland on an 18 inch air cushion.

Railways will have one central dispatcher, who will control a whole nation's traffic. Jet trains will be guided by electronic brains.

n commercial transportation, there will be travel at 1000 m.p.h. at a penny a mile. Hypersonic passenger planes, using solid fuels, will reach any part of the world in an hour.

By the year 2020, five per cent of the world's population will have emigrated into space. Many will have visited the moon and beyond.

Our children will learn from TV, recorders and teaching machines. They will get pills to make them learn faster. We shall be healthier, too. There will be no common colds, cancer, tooth decay or mental illness.

Medically induced growth of amputated limbs will be possible. Rejuvenation will be in the middle stages of research, and people will live, healthily, to 85 or 100.

There's a lot more besides to make H.G. Wells and George Orwell sound like they're getting left behind.

And this isn't science fiction. It's science fact - futuristic ideas, conceived by imaginative young men, whose crazy-sounding schemes have got the nod from the scientists.

It's the way they think the world will live in the next century - if there's any world left!

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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BORG!

A few weeks ago we told you about the Borg and how they had infiltrated Terran defenses and started assimilating everyone.

Through the "Freedom of Information" act we here at Perspective have managed to get a hold of some photographs that were until now highly classified.

This photo shows the initial scout ship approaching Terra in preparation for the Borg invasion.

They seem to have landed in the Middle-East to establish a beach-head and organize their ground assault.
Although heavily denied by Western governments, the process of conquest seems to have started as this photo of large crowds of Muslims waiting to be assimilated shows!We will endevour to keep you up to date on the latest developments and 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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CONNECTIONS!

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





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 Great American Dream Machine!

Although I only watched American Idol infrequently I did catch it last night when David Cook won the title.

This brings to mind Joni Mitchel when she penned it and Neil Diamond when he sang about; "The Great American star making machinery behind the popular song!"

Call the United States what you will from an Imperialistic power hungry empire to a corrupt money making conglomerate to a war mongering, bullying, self-centered, self righteous monolith, there is one thing that is true without exception.

The Great American Dream Machine is an enterprise that is unparalleled in the history of the world. From the Movies, to music, to literature, to culture and to the general arts and sciences, the United States sings with a vibrancy that has not seen its equal in the past and might not ever be surpassed in the future.

From Ernest Hemingway to William Faulkner to Scott Joplin to Martin Scorsese to Steven Spielberg to George Lucas to Woody Allen to John Phillip Sousa to Burt Bacharach and on and on, this Dream Machine is just that, a force that grinds out culture and artistry on a scale never before imagined.

Whether it's Motown or Hollywood, Nashville or Las Vegas, the streets of New York or the back alleys of New Orleans or the wind swept streets of Chicago, there is a synergy that resonates through the entertainment industry in the United States like the clack of the wheels on a fast moving train.

Yes my friends, it could be the Gladys Knight's Midnight Train to Georgia or James Brown's Night Train. It might even travel the world and become the Orient Express, or The Midnight Express, or a Slow Boat to China, or the River Queen, or Casablanca, or Manhattan, or Paris in the Spring, or Belgium on a Tuesday. (But Never on a Sunday!)

Whatever the case, you can bet that people will sit up and take notice.

Never have we seen such artistry and culture, and for this America is both revered and reviled, envied and scorned, anything and everything........ except ignored!

Your "on the scene" 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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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Space Colonization - Our Future or Fantasy?

I just ran across a site that should be a must read for anyone that is interested in where humanity is going as a race! (Or even REQUIRED reading!)

There is enough stuff on this site to give you many a night of fascinating conjecture.

(With special thanks to "The Daily Galaxy!" http://www.dailygalaxy.com)

Here is an example:

Humans have always been fascinated by the idea of space travel. Some even believe that colonizing new planets is man’s best hope for the future.

The popular idea is that we’ll eventually need some fresh, unexploited new worlds to inhabit.

In a recent Galaxy post we wrote that Stephen Hawking, world-celebrated expert on the cosmological theories of gravity and black holes who holds Issac Newton's Lucasian Chair at Cambridge University, believes that traveling into space is the only way humans will be able to survive in the long-term.

"Life on Earth," Hawking has said, "is at the ever-increasing risk of being wiped out by a disaster such as sudden global warming, nuclear war, a genetically engineered virus or other dangers ... I think the human race has no future if it doesn't go into space."

Another of his famous quotes reiterates his position that we need to get off the planet relatively soon. "I don't think the human race will survive the next 1,000 years unless we spread into space."
The problems with Hawking’s solution is that while it may save a “seed” of human life- a few lucky specimens- it won’t save Earth’s inhabitants. The majority of Earthlings would surely be left behind on a planet increasingly unfit for life.

In a futuristic mode similar to Hawking, both Steven Dick, chief NASA historian and Carnegie-Mellon robotics pundit, Hans Moravec, believe that human biological evolution is but a passing phase: "The future of mankind will be as vastly evolved sentient machines capable of self-replicating and exploring the farthest reaches of the Universe programmed with instructions on how to recreate earth life and humans to target stars."

Dick believes that if there is a flaw in the logic of the Fermi Paradox, and extraterrestrials are a natural outcome of cosmic evolution, then cultural evolution may have resulted in a post-biological universe in which machines are the predominant intelligence.

On the other hand, renowned science-fiction writer, Charlie Stross, argued last week in his High Frontier Redux blog that space colonization is not in our future. Not because it's impossible, but because to do so effectively you need either outrageous amounts of cheap energy, highly efficient robot probes, or "a magic wand."

"I'm going to take it as read that the idea of space colonization isn't unfamiliar," Stross opens his post, "domed cities on Mars, orbiting cylindrical space habitats a la J. D. Bernal or Gerard K. O'Neill, that sort of thing.

Generation ships that take hundreds of years to ferry colonists out to other star systems where — as we are now discovering — there are profusions of planets to explore."

"The obstacles facing us are immense distance and time -the scale factor involved in space travel is strongly counter-intuitive."

Stross adds that "Planets that are already habitable insofar as they orbit inside the habitable zone of their star, possess free oxygen in their atmosphere, and have a mass, surface gravity and escape velocity that are not too forbidding, are likely to be somewhat rarer.

And if there is free oxygen in the atmosphere on a planet, that implies something else — the presence of pre-existing photosynthetic life, a carbon cycle, and a bunch of other stuff that could well unleash a big can of whoop-ass on an unprimed human immune system."

Stross sums up by saying that while "I won't rule out the possibility of such seemingly-magical technology appearing at some time in the future in the absence of technology indistinguishable from magic that, interstellar travel for human beings even in the comfort of our own Solar System is near-as-dammit a non-starter."
Stross's blog received over 450 comments as of this writing. The most prescient follows:

First, Stross's analysis fails to take into account future civilization types; I get the sense that he takes a normative view of today's technological and economic realities and projects them into the future.

This is surprising, not only because he's an outstanding science fiction visionary, but also because he's a transhumanist who has a very good grasp on what awaits humanity in the future.

Specifically, he should be taking into account the possibility of post-Singularity, Drexlerian, Kardashev Type II civilizations.

Essentially, we're talking about post-scarcity civilizations with access to molecular assembling nanotechnology, radically advanced materials, artificial superintelligence, and access to most of the energy available in the solar system.

Stross also too easily dismisses how machine intelligences, uploaded entities and AGI will impact on how space could be colonized.

He speculates about biological humans being sent from solar system to solar system, and complains of the psychological and social hardships that could be inflicted on an individual or crew.

He even speculates about the presence of extraterrestrial pathogens that undoubtedly awaits our daring explorers.

This is a highly unlikely scenario.

Biological humans will have no role to play in space. Instead, this work will be done by robots and quite possibly cyborgs (which is how the term 'cyborg' came to exist in the first place)."
"Biologically based technological civilization...is a fleeting phenomenon limited to a few thousand years, and exists in the universe in the proportion of one thousand to one billion, so that only one in a million civilizations are biological."
Steven J. Dick, NASA Chief Historian.


If extraterrestrial intelligence exists, Stephen Dick concludes in an article in the International Journal of Astrobiology, it has probably evolved beyond biology to an advanced form of artificial intelligence that is the product of million or billions of years of technological and cultural evolution similar to the civilizations Arthur C Clarke envisioned that created the Tycho Monoliths in 2001 -A Space Odyssey.

In a post-biological universe machines are the dominant form of intelligence.

To Dick, the emergence of life and the evolution of intelligence is literally pre-programmed by the laws and constants of physics, which function similar to cosmic DNA.

The emergence of life and intelligence, according to Dick, was coded into the cosmic playbook from the first moment of the Big Bang.

Intelligent life is destined to eventually dominate the cosmos and ultimately to serve as the instrument of cosmic replication.

In his book, The Biological Universe: The 20th Century Extraterrestrial Life Debate and the Limits of Science, Dick argues that at the dawn of the 21st century calls for us to take into account the Copernican principle that life on earth and humanity is in no way physically central in the universe: "we are located on a small planet around a star on the outskirts of the Milky Way galaxy."

The first concept, the question of life beyond our home planet, Dick explained in his essay, has exercised human imagination, and has stirred irrational fears, since the ancient Greeks, fears that in large part were responsible for the death more than 400 years ago, on February 17, 1600, when Giordano Bruno was summoned from his Inquisition prison cell in Castel S'ant Angelo across the Tiber from the Vatican, marched to the Campo dei Fiori, and burned at the stake in large part for his belief in an infinite number of inhabited worlds.

So anathema, Dick writes, was the subject of other worlds that even historians of science avoided it until the 1970s.

This worldview of the cosmos as a biological universe is a revolutionary perspective as profound a revision in our way of think as the Copernican and Darwinian revolutions. It is a worldview that believes that "planetary systems are common, that life originates wherever conditions are favorable, and that evolution eventually culminates with artificial intelligence."

Also, there seems to be a form of "Cosmic Conciousness" that is only now being studied!

In February, 1971, Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell experienced the little understood phenomenon sometimes called the “Overview Effect”.

He describes being completely engulfed by a profound sense of universal connectedness.

Without warning, he says, a feeing of bliss, timelessness, and connectedness began to overwhelm him. He describes becoming instantly and profoundly aware that each of his constituent atoms were connected to the fragile planet he saw in the window and to every other atom in the Universe.

He described experiencing an intense awareness that Earth, with its humans, other animal species, and systems were all one synergistic whole. He says the feeling that rushed over him was a sense of interconnected euphoria. He was not the first—nor the last—to experience this strange “cosmic connection”.

Rusty Schweikart experienced it on March 6th 1969 during a spacewalk outside his Apollo 9 vehicle: “When you go around the Earth in an hour and a half, you begin to recognize that your identity is with that whole thing.

That makes a change…it comes through to you so powerfully that you’re the sensing element for Man.” Schweikart, similar to what Mitchell experienced, describes intuitively sensing that everything is profoundly connected.

Their experiences, along with dozens of other similar experiences described by other astronauts, intrigue scientists who study the brain.

This “Overview Effect”, or acute awareness of all matter as synergistically connected, sounds somewhat similar to certain religious experiences described by Buddhist monks, for example.

Where does it come from and why?

Andy Newberg, a neuroscientist/physician with a background in space medicine, is learning how to identify the markers of someone who has had the experience. “You can often tell when you’re with someone who has flown in space,” he says, “It’s palpable.”

Andy scans brains for a living: praying nuns, transcendental mediators, and others in the act of focused states.

Newberg can pinpoint regions in subjects’ gray matter that correlate to these circumstances.

Newberg is seriously looking at how to fly equipment that could study—in action—the brain functions of space travelers.

If this Overview Effect is a real, physiological phenomenon—he wants to watch it happen.

Newberg’s first test subject will not be a paid astronaut, but rather a paying space tourist: Reda Andersen slated to fly with Rocketplane Kistler says, “It would be criminal NOT to study the first of us (space adventure travelers).”

After decades of study and contemplation about his experience, Ed Mitchell believes that the feeling of “oneness” with the Universe that he and others have experienced is a consequence of little understood quantum physics.

In a recent interview with writer Diana deRegnier of American Chronicle, Mitchell explains how the event changed his life and his entire perspective on the world and how each of us fits into the grand scale of the cosmos.

Four hundred years ago. the philosopher Rene Descartes came to the conclusion that physicality, spirituality, mind and body belonged to different realms of reality that didn't interact.

Now, that served the purpose to get the Inquisition off the backs of the intellectuals so they could disagree on material things with the church and without the fear of being burned at the stake.

So that ended that, but it did cause, for four hundred years, science to consider consciousness and mind a subject for philosophy and religion and not a subject for science.

Now, one of the things that happened, in the 1940s, was the mathematician, physicist, Norbert Wiener (MIT, Massachusetts Institute of Technology) for the first time really defined information as the negative of entropy, and entropy as the idea of the universe is running down and wastes energy.

But, Wiener defined information as the negative of entropy, and that's wonderful but it didn't go far enough.”

Mitchell says that in an attempt to fill in some of the missing gap, the 2008 revised edition of his book The Way of the Explorer explores the largely ignored science of human consciousness.

Using what he calls the “dyadic model” he outlines the “two faces” of energy. “Instead of being two separate things, it's the energy as the basis of our existence in matter. And, it’s the basis of our knowing and information,” Mitchell explains.

“We had not had, in science, a definition of consciousness. The only definition of consciousness from the dictionary is that at its basic level it is awareness. Consciousness means to be aware, and then we have different levels of consciousness depending upon how complex the substance is.

It has been demonstrated many times over in laboratories that basic awareness is demonstrable at the level of plants, at simple bacteria, at simple life forms.

This is done with Faraday cages. It's shown that this information at this deep level, at the quantum level, can transcend electromagnetic theory.

And, now we're getting into quantum physics and we don´t want to go there at this point. But it's a very fundamental notion that awareness is at the very basis of things.”


Mitchell believes that perhaps both the theologians and scientists have missed the mark.

“All I can suggest to the mystic and the theologian is that our gods have been too small; they fill the universe. And to the scientist all I can say is that the gods do exist; they are the eternal, connected, and aware Self experienced by all intelligent beings."

In response to DeRegnier questioning whether or not Mitchell believes in the idea of God, he responds that while he does not believe in the traditional “grandfather figure” version of God, “we do have great mystery about what is the origin of the universe, how it came to be.

There's a great deal of question as to whether the big bang is the correct answer to the way the universe arose, and under what auspices and conditions. I don't think we have the full answers to that yet. Hopefully in due course we'll be able to find a much better way to describe all this.”


But while Mitchell does not claim to know how to perfectly interpret his experience, he is certain that it was a glimpse into a largely ignored reality: People, places and things are all more closely connected than they sometimes appear.

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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Weedless Wednesday and other foibles!

Here's a guy that had his weed confiscated for being high and/or stupid!

A New Zealand man had a novel idea when he found himself in a queue at a service station counter with no money, could he pay with marijuana instead?

Unfortunately he didn't get a chance to discover whether the attendant would accept his offer, as the person behind him in the queue was a police officer, the Dominion Post newspaper reported.

The man's attempt to buy two packets of M&Ms and a packet of potato chips to satisfy his "munchies" was caught short when he was arrested.

He must have been hungry, as he failed to notice the police patrol car sitting on the station forecourt being filled with petrol, the paper reported.

The 28-year old mechanic from the small North Island town of Carterton pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis in the Masterton District Court and was remanded for sentencing.

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Seems that Americans aren't the only ones who are quick to call a lawyer is they see a chance to make a buck!

A Muslim husband threatened to sue an all-female driving school in England after discovering that his wife’s driving instructor used to be a man.

Joanne Dixon, owner of the Laugh n Pass driving school which operates throughout Yorkshire, says the man telephoned to complain after his wife’s first lesson with 42-year-old Emma Sherdley – formerly a married father of two called Andrew but now legally a woman.

Mrs Dixon said that the man asked her to send a “proper woman” instructor and, later, she received a further call asking for compensation and threatening to sue, saying that she “should have known” not to send Miss Sherdley.

Mrs Dixon, who set up Laugh n Pass with all-female teachers 10 years ago, designed to put women learners at their ease, said: “Emma is a popular and very well-respected instructor. What difference should it make that his wife is Muslim?

“He said his wife had been out with a male and I said, No, she’s been with a female. Then he said, ‘Just send a proper female.’

“In my eyes we’ve done nothing wrong.”

Instructor Miss Sherdley has a birth certificate and a “gender recognition certificate” to prove her legal status as a woman, although she is still waiting for final surgery to make her transition from male to female physically complete.

She says that none of her other pupils has had a problem with her sex change and she found the man’s complaints “hurtful, offensive and deeply upsetting.”

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Astronomers have found some matter that had been missing in deep space and say it is strung along web-like filaments that form the backbone of the universe.

The ethereal strands of hydrogen and oxygen atoms could account for up to half the matter that scientists knew must be there but simply could not see, the researchers reported on Tuesday.

Scientists have long known there is far more matter in the universe than can be accounted for by visible galaxies and stars. Not only is there invisible baryonic matter -- the protons and neutrons that make up atoms -- but there also is an even larger amount of invisible "dark" matter.

Now about half of the missing baryonic matter has turned up, seen by the orbiting Hubble space telescope and NASA's Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer, or FUSE.

"We think we are seeing the strands of a web-like structure that forms the backbone of the universe," said Mike Shull of the University of Colorado, who helped lead the study published in The Astrophysical Journal.

The matter is spread as superheated oxygen and hydrogen in what looked like vast empty spaces between galaxies.

The Persective Research Department, after much effort and investigation, also found a lot of additional missing matter in our back yard behind the shed!

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Now it's the "Perspective" quiz time! Which one of these things is not like the other: Winnie the Pooh, Mickey Mouse … Hugh Hefner?

A U.K. priest perusing the shelves at his local stationery store was shocked to find Playboy items positioned close to those of the popular Disney characters, the Daily Mail newspaper reported.

The Rev. Tim Jones, 40, has since launched a protest against what he calls the sex industry’s "institutional grooming of children for their commercial exploitation," he told the paper.

It worked.

Since he began his one-man protest at the Stationery Box in York, the store has stopped selling the merchandise.

"The long-term intention of their strategy is to encourage children to see the Playboy bunny as a friendly brand appropriate for children, preparing them for early commercial acceptance of Playboy pornographic merchandise,” said Jones, who, with the blessing of the store’s manager, began throwing the Playboy items on the floor to separate them from the children’s paper, the Mail reported.
In response to the uproar, a Playboy spokesman said the incident will be investigated.

"Playboy's target audience is 18- to 34-year-olds so we clearly did not authorize or approve the placement of our product next to such well-known children's characters,” the spokesman told the paper.
"Winnie The Poo" could not be reached for comment!

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!





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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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Free Speech: Use it or Lose it!

Pat Condell is a British comedian, raconteur, story teller or whatever else you want to call him.

I call him one of my favorite champions of "common sense" and I am going to start putting more of his stuff up here now that he has discovered the Internet!

Here is an example!




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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Do you live in a peaceful country!

I just read a report from Canada Press that says Canada is among the more peaceful countries in the world, but still a ways from the top, according to the Global Peace Index released Tuesday by Britain's Economist Intelligence Unit.

The index, which ranks a number of internal and external factors, found Scandinavian countries among the most peaceful, taking the top three spots.

Canada came in at No. 11 on the list, one spot ahead of Switzerland and two ahead of Sweden, which came in 13th.

That compared with Britain at 49th spot and the United States at 97, a ranking that had it behind countries such as Kuwait, Nicaragua and Libya.

The index, now in its second year, ranks 140 countries according to their relative states of peace, based on factors such as military expenditure and respect for human rights, the homicide rate and other things.

(The U.S. ranking was one place lower than last year and way below countries such as Costa Rica, Madagascar and Chile.)

This year, Iceland was selected the most peaceful place, beating last year's winner Norway, which came in third. Denmark was No. 2.

Israel, Afghanistan, Sudan, Somalia and Iraq were at the bottom of the list.

The idea for the index came from Steve Killelea, an Australian businessman and philanthropist who wanted to identify just what creates a peaceful country.

He asked the Economist Intelligence Unit to look at a range of variables, from levels of homicides per 100,000 people - which drags down America and boosts Denmark - to corruption and access to primary education.

"The U.S. does so badly because has the highest proportion of jailed people in the world. And it has high levels of homicide and high potential for terrorist attacks," Killelea told The Associated Press. "Its overall score is a reflection of that. The index is not making any moral statements by the ranking."
Gavin Hayman, director of campaigns for Global Witness, a non-governmental organization that lobbies against corruption and human rights abuse, said the results were slightly skewed.

"The people who did this study only look at peace and the absence of war, and this approach may throw up some perverse readings," he said.

"The U.S. has done some nasty things geopolitically, and it ranks poorly because of its high military spending, but that's a little unfair as they are the ones that keep the world's waterways free, and play a role in protecting global assets," Hayman said.
Andrew Williamson, global director of client research at the Economist Intelligence Unit, said he hoped the index would be used by other researchers to look into why some countries stay more peaceful than others.

"The index is trying to measure the absence of peace. We are not looking at explanatory factors why some countries are more peaceful than others. We are inviting others to do this analysis themselves," Williamson said.
The Delightful Dozen most peaceful countries:

1. Iceland

2. Denmark

3. Norway

4. New Zealand

5. Japan.

6. Ireland

7. Portugal

8. Finland

9. Luxembourg

10. Austria

11. Canada

12. Switzerland

Your "peace, love and groovy" 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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Space Junk Traffic Jam!

I saw this in the web-site of a friend of mine ( S E B ) and it totally floored me!

We are developing a major problem in low earth orbit (flat-earthers can ignore this article) and it is about to bite us in the ass.

This is a picture of the satellites we have in orbit now but does not include the space junk which is about that much again.

DUCK!

(Click once to enlarge for a close-up! Note: They keep having to move the International Space Station so that it doesn't bang into some of this stuff!)

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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A Cult is a Cult, of Course, of Course!

A teenager in England is facing prosecution for using the word “cult” to describe the Church of Scientology.

The unnamed youth was served the summons by City of London police when he took part in a peaceful demonstration opposite the headquarters of the controversial religion in London.

Officers confiscated a placard with the word “cult” on it from the youth, who is under 18, and a case file has been sent to the Crown Prosecution Service.

Scientology has long been considered a destructive cult. Many experts, and others, (including the German government) consider it to be a commercial venture designed to separate gullible people from their money while masquerading as a religion.

The incident happened during a protest against the Church of Scientology on May 10.

Demonstrators from the anti-Scientology group Anonymous, who were outside the church’s $50m headquarters near St Paul’s Cathedral, were banned from describing Scientology as a cult by police because it was “abusive and insulting”.

Writing on an anti-Scientology website, the teenager facing court said: “I brought a sign to the May 10th protest that said: Scientology is not a religion, it is a dangerous cult.”

“‘Within five minutes of arriving I was told by a member of the police that I was not allowed to use that word, and that the final decision would be made by the inspector.”


A policewoman later read him section five of the Public Order Act and “strongly advised” him to remove the sign.

(Section five of the Public Order Act prohibits signs which have representations or words which are threatening, abusive or insulting.)

The teenager refused to back down quoting a 1984 high court ruling from Mr Justice Latey, in which he described the Church of Scientology as a “cult” which was “corrupt, sinister and dangerous”.

After the exchange, a policewoman handed him a court summons and removed his sign.

On the website he asks for advice on how to fight the charge: “What’s the likelihood I’ll need a lawyer? If I do have to get one, it’ll have to come out of my pocket money.”

Author's note; Speaking from personal experience back in the late sixties I can tell you that Scientology is both immoral and socially obnoxious…

It is corrupt sinister and dangerous.

It is corrupt because it is based on lies and deceit and has its real objective money and power for the Church.

You know, much like the Catholic Church during the "Dark Ages!"

It is sinister because it indulges in infamous practices both to its adherents who do not toe the line unquestionably and to those who criticize it or oppose it.

It is dangerous because it is out to capture people and to indoctrinate and brainwash them so they become the unquestioning captives and tools of the cult, withdrawn from ordinary thought, living, and relationships with others.


Just so you know!

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



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Monday, May 19, 2008

More yogic flyers arrive in Fairfield, Ohio

Aviation News
The Fairfield Ledger, USA
May 18, 2008

In order to foster peace in the world by establishing a large, coherence-creating group of Yogic flyers on the Maharishi University of Management campus and in Maharishi Vedic City, 85 more Vedic pandits arrived in May, bringing the total to 600, and 450 more are ready to come and will begin arriving later this month.

CAUTION: Yogic Flying should NOT be confused with Yoda Flying! They are two entirely different things!

Those who landed are being temporarily housed on campus, and construction of modular buildings is beginning on the Vedic pandit campus in Vedic City in order to house all of the aeronauts there.

According to M.U.M. officials, the immediate goal is to have a total of 2,500 Yogic flyers in the community.

Studies have shown that group practice of the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programs, including Yogic Flying, can foster harmony in society and reduce crime, war and other negative tendencies. In order to have the influence, research has shown the size of the group needs to exceed the square root of 1 percent of the population of a given area. That figure for the United States is 1,743.

Currently funds are being raised to cover the costs personal supplies, as well as the additional housing.

As a further word of clarification, Yogic flying has gained a certain amount of respectability in the last little while as opposed to the Flying Spaghetti Monster, which is still greeted with a certain amount of scepticism.

And flying turtles, which have definitely been proven to be a hoax!

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Sunday, May 18, 2008

Sunday Morning Funnies #29

I don't know if this is all that funny or maybe just amazing and incredible, but whatever it is, it sure made me sit up and take notice.

Forget Elton John's "Rocket Man" or "The Radar Men From the Moon."

There is a guy called Yves Rossi and he actually flies a rocket pack around the Alps.




And finally I will leave you with this little story. (The best for last!)

They always seem to ask at the doctor's office why you are there, and it can be embarrassing at times telling the receptionist what the problem is in front of a room full of patients!

Well, I love the way this old guy handled it!

An 86 year old man walked into the doctors office and when he got to the receptionist she asked; "Yes sir, what are you here to see the doctor about?

The old guy looked at her and said; "There's something wrong with my dick!"

The receptionist became irritated and said to the old guy; "You shouldn't come into a crowded room and say something like that!"

The old guy said; "Why not, you asked me what was wrong and I told you?"

The receptionist replied; "You have obviously caused some embarrassment in a crowded room like this. You should have come in and said something like, there's something wrong with my ear, and then discussed it further with the doctor in the examination room!"

The guy then said; "you shouldn't be asking people questions in front of a crowd that could be potentially embarrassing to someone!"

He then turned around and walked out of the room.

A few minutes later he came back in and approached the receptionist again.

The receptionist smiled smugly and said; "Yes?"

"There is something wrong with my ear!" said the old guy.

The receptionist smiled again and nodded approvingly, noting that he had taken her advice.

"And what is wrong with your ear?" she inquired.

"I can't piss out of it!" He said.

We don't know what she said next because everyone was laughing too hard.

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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