Coffee Deception: 13 Little Known Facts About Coffee

Listening to this I realized that caffeine is a much more important enzyme than I ever realized, i.e. 52% less blood flow to brain after one small cup of coffee, causes enlarged prostrate, etc.

Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant of the methylxanthine class. It is the world’s most widely consumed psychoactive drug. Unlike many other psychoactive substances, it is legal and unregulated in nearly all parts of the world. There are several known mechanisms of action to explain the effects of caffeine.


They Live – “Do we want a ‘human’ or ‘inhuman’ future?”

They Live is a 1988 American satirical film written and directed by John Carpenter. The film stars Roddy Piper, Keith David, and Meg Foster. Released: November 04, 1988, Box office: $13 million.

“They influence our decisions without us knowing it. They numb our senses without us feeling it. They control our lives without us realizing it. They live. John Carpenter directs this heart-pounding thriller. Aliens are systematically gaining control of the earth by masquerading as humans and lulling the public into submission. Humanity’s last chance lies with a lone drifter who stumbles upon a harrowing discovery – a unique pair of sunglasses that reveal the terrifying and deadly truth.”

John Carpenter Looks Back on ‘They Live’: ‘It’s Not Science Fiction. It’s a Documentary’

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Very interesting movie.  You have to make your own decisions regarding the movie, but definitely it will give you something to think about.

Is the current war humans vs psychopaths?  Like Catherine Austin-Fitts says, “Do we want a ‘human’ or ‘inhuman’ future?”

Wonder how crypto-currencies fit into the paradigm?

Mai’s Side of the Hospital Saga

FYI: This is a long post — may break it into 2 or 3 posts tomorrow.  Too tired tonight.

These are Mai’s emails which she sent to various friends during our hospital ordeal.

Nov 6th:
Chris got rid of constipation a few days ago. The pharmacist gave him two doses, but the morning it supposed to work I was in town to get some things done, I stopped at the pharmacy again to get him another dose because to me it didn’t seem working. When I got home I heard Megan said dad had a surprise for you, it turned out that he got over with constipation. What’s a relief.

I’m up almost all night last night, now I am exhausted. I told Chris I let Megan taking care of him today. I need to rest. If I’m sick who would take care both of us.

When an adult is sick they are as fussy as a sick child. I almost ran out of patience last night. He is sleeping right now. Hope he feels better

Nov 10th:
We are already in contact with our long-term US friend here. The director of the Medical University Hospital children are going to the International School which was founded by our American friend. He said he will call the director and ask for the best doctor at the hospital to do the operation. Haven’t heard from him yet. In the meantime it’s raining so hard that it makes me more worried– what happens if there is a flood and we have to go to the hospital again during this time. Try to be calm but when I heard the intense rain pouring on the roof it makes my heart ache. I hope we will pull through this somehow.

Heavy rain due to a tropical depression. Most parts of central of Vietnam are flooded.  My mom’s house is right in front of the Perfume River. The forecast said that heavy rain will continue until tomorrow.

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My Ordeal (Part I) — ICU in Vietnam Gov’t Hospital

I’m back to being able to do some computer work, but it’s been a long, very painful journey. The next several posts will outline our experiences — Mai was 100% part of the medical experience.

Upon arrival in Hue, I started having medical problems — very painful bladder infection together with a small kidney stone. For one whole day all I could do was moan from the intense pain and pace the bedroom until the medication took affect.

Then I couldn’t stop urinating. Mai bought some adult diapers for me, but medically I was slowly getting sicker. I kept having a fever.

One night, I couldn’t stop shivering no matter how many blankets Mai piled on me, so Mai called the ambulance which took me to emergency at the Central Hospital.

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Hue on Oct 25th — People Power Outage

Woke up at 6:30am and around 7am the electricity suddenly was turned off.

Mai could make breakfast for me (and something else for her and Megan) without electricity because we have a propane gas stove in the kitchen. Of course, there were no lights and the refrigerator didn’t work, but the Vietnamese are used to such unannounced power outages.

After breakfast, I jumped on the bicycle and took a quick jaunt and found out that about 1/2 mile away the electric company was pruning the trees around the electric wires. They had a high lift crane carrying a guy who was pruning the branches.

Huế on Oct 22nd.

Megan & Em Win

Guess we’ve been in Huế for over a week and it’s been raining heavy almost every day and sometimes during the night.  Sometimes so hard that you can hardly hear each other talk due to the heavy rain noise on the tin roof.

Mai received an acupuncture treatment yesterday for her constantly cold feet.  The acupuncturist told her that her cold feet was due to a weak kidney and he started a once-a-week, seven week treatment for her. She also has needs to drink ten pots of some herbal drink.

Victor will be happy to hear that I’ve installed Ubuntu 13.10 onto Mai’s Dell computer (which was missing WinXP network software drivers). Works wonderfully.

I worked yesterday installing NextGEN WP gallery plug-in and had a new photo gallery configured.  Alas, something happened and I had to reinstall the whole test site without the NextGEN gallery plug-in.  Lost over a day of work. Bummer!

Last night was the first night which I slept without major coughing fits.  Each day is a bit better.

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All the Way to Huế

RR along Hải Vân Mountains
RR along Hải Vân Mountains

Arrived in Huế, Vietnam on Thurs, Oct 17th at 2:25pm after being on the train from 7pm the night before. Was an OK ride, but doesn’t seem that Vietnam has done any work to improve either their rolling stock nor leveling of the trackbed.

Because the Vietnam Gov’t seems to have left the trackbed deteriorate over the last few years, Mai ended up getting motion sickness on the train because it swayed from side to side so strongly (not to mention sometimes bucking up and down).  Mai had to wear the acupuncture bracelets on each arm and take homeopathic medication to reduce her discomfort.  She has never had motion sickness on the Vietnamese train between Saigon to Hue and Hue to Saigon which we have taken almost every time we arrived and/or left Vietnam.

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General Võ Nguyên Giáp dies at 103

vo-nguyen-giap_CW415General Võ Nguyên Giáp’s death had the Hanoi gov’t declare three days of national mourning, from Oct 11 to Oct 13.  No loud music, dancing or other celebrations for three days.

It’s been unusually quiet for a weekend here in the tourist area. However the bar across the street celebrated a birthday, but without much noise except for signing “Happy Birthday” in Vietnamese.

Most of the normal TV programming was suspended and replaced by the following displayed on the TV screen:
Due to General Võ Nguyên Giáp death normal progamming suspended for 3 days.
The benefit for Megan is that she got to watch “Little House on the Prairie” in English narrated over in Vietnamese.