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De Blije B

Ik ben lid geworden van de Blije B, ook bekend als de United People Foundation.


Hoezo bekend? Nooit van gehoord.
Ja, dat kan. Het is een initiatief van een gedreven groep mensen uit de financiële wereld om een nieuw soort bank op te zetten, een die eerlijker met geld omgaat dan wat we nu hebben.

Ja ja, mooie praatjes, dat wordt niks.
Dat kan. Het succes van deze nieuwe bank hangt af van het aantal medestanders, supporters en donateurs. Als je niks probeert dan gebeurt er zeker niks. Daarom heb ik een ELC aangekocht, een Eeuwigdurend Leden Certificaat.

Tegen de grote banken kan zo’n clubje toch niks uitrichten!
O nee? Heb je het al eens geprobeerd? Iedereen heeft te maken met banken en geld, en iedereen ziet zijn of haar voorraadje centen verdwijnen als sneeuw voor de zon. Iedereen loopt meer en meer schulden op, en als de regering nieuw geld in de verslindende “economie” stopt zijn dat ook weer meer staatsschulden. En wie mag dat dragen? Juist. Wij. De belastingbetaler. Wij zijn ook schuldhebber.
Iedereen loopt te mauwen over de problemen. Ik doe iets. Mauwen helpt niet.
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Gojira (ゴジラ)


Do you know or remember this friendly fellow? Most of you will recognise him (if you do) as Godzilla. As I was driving along today I heard the song of the same name by Blue Öyster Cult.

In this song a Japanese-speaking man clearly mentions “Gojira”. Incidentally the same name as they give Godzilla in all the Japanese films about this train-munching fellow. Then I suddenly had a thought. In Japanese the creature is called Gojira (Japanese has no L). Then why is it know as Godzilla? Is it because most people can’t pronounce the ‘r’? Hardly. The original film by Ishiro Honda (1954) is called Gojira (in Japanese), which is not much a surprise. Again, why is the animal now known as Godzilla? Was there someone who thought “Oh, these Japanese can’t pronounce an ‘L’ so they probably mean Godzilla, not Gojira”?? This really puzzles me. Why didn’t they just stick with the original Japanese name for a Japanese creature? They didn’t change the name of other Japanese things either, I mean a Toyota is still a Toyota.

On heart attacks

How many folks do you know who say they don’t want to drink anything before going to bed because they’ll have to get up during the night!! Interesting…….

Something else I didn’t know … Why do people need to urinate so much at night time?
Answer from a Cardiac Doctor – Gravity holds water in the lower part of your body when you are upright (legs swell). When you lie down and the lower body (legs and etc) becomes level with the kidneys, it is then that the kidneys remove the water because it is easier. This then ties in with the last statement! I know you need your minimum water to help flush the toxins out of your body, but this was news to me. The correct time to drink water is very important according to a Cardiac Specialist!

Drinking water at a certain time maximizes its effectiveness on the body:
2 glasses of water after waking up – helps activate internal organs
1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal – helps digestion
1 glass of water before taking a bath – helps lower blood pressure
1 glass of water before going to bed – avoids stroke or heart attack

Water drunk at bed time will also help prevent night time leg cramps. Your leg muscles are seeking hydration when they cramp and wake you up with a Charlie Horse.

Dr. Virend Somers is a Cardiologist from the Mayo Clinic, who is lead author of the report in the July 29, 2008 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Most heart attacks occur in the day, generally between 6 A.M. and noon. Having one during the night, when the heart should be most at rest, means that something unusual happened. Somers and his colleagues have been working for a decade to show that sleep apnoea is to blame.

1. If you take an aspirin or a baby aspirin once a day, take it at night. The reason: Aspirin has a 24-hour “half-life”; therefore, if most heart attacks happen in the wee hours of the morning, the Aspirin would be strongest in your system.
2. FYI, Aspirin lasts a really long time in your medicine chest for years, (when it gets old, it smells like vinegar).

Why keep Aspirin by your bedside? It’s about Heart Attacks.

There are other symptoms of a heart attack, beside the pain on the left arm. One must also be wary of an intense pain on the chin, as well as nausea and lots of sweating; however these symptoms may occur less frequently.

Note: There may be NO pain in the chest during a heart attack.

The majority of people (about 60%) who have a heart attack during their sleep do not wake up at the time. However, if it occurs, the chest pain may wake you up from your deep sleep. If that happens, immediately dissolve two aspirins in your mouth and swallow them with a bit of water.

Afterwards: – Call the emergency service. Phone a neighbour or a family member who lives very close by – Say “heart attack!” – Say that you have taken 2 Aspirins – Take a seat on a chair or sofa near the front door, and wait for their arrival and ….DO NOT LIE DOWN!

Have you ever thought of nuking your beer?

Found on Slashdot:

“Is bottled beer nuclear bombproof? The United States government conducted a couple tests in the 1950s to find out—it exploded nuclear bombs with ‘packaged commercial beverages’ deposited at varying distances from the blast center to see if beer and soda would be safe to drink afterwards. The finding? Yep, surviving bottled and canned drinks can be consumed in the event of a nuclear holocaust, without major health risks.”

This must be a relief to many people!

Science in sign language

As found on

New Signs Created to Communicate Science in ASL

Did you know that most versions of sign language do not have established vocabularies for scientific terms? In an effort to change this, reseachers at the University of Washington have been developing these terms, and with the help of Lydia Callis (the amazing ASL interpreter who we saw beside Mayor Bloomberg during Hurricane Sandy), they’re going to teach you how science works in American Sign Language.

Because the deaf community need these signs to be useful in their every day lives, the University of Washington has been showing different versions of the same terms on their ASL-STEM forum. Then users can vote on which sign they prefer for any given word, allowing the community to chose what is right for their language. This type of crowd-sourcing in the development of new terminology is made possible largely throught he advances the internet has provided us.

With any luck, these terms will make it much easier for those with hearing impairment of any kind to pursue classes and careers in science and engineering! Which is amazing. Go science!

Hit the link to for some more if you are curious.