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Archive for January 28th, 2007

Best foods for a good night’s sleep

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Sounds right:

What is the secret to getting a solid 7 to 8 hours of sleep? Head for the kitchen and enjoy one or two of these 10 foods. They relax tense muscles, quiet buzzing minds, and/or get calming, sleep-inducing hormones – serotonin and melatonin – flowing. Yawning yet?

Bananas. They’re practically a sleeping pill in a peel. In addition to a bit of soothing melatonin and serotonin, bananas contain magnesium, a muscle relaxant.

Chamomile tea. The reason chamomile is such a staple of bedtime tea blends is its mild sedating effect – it’s the perfect natural antidote for restless minds/bodies.

Warm milk. It’s not a myth. Milk has some tryptophan – an amino acid that has a sedative – like effect – and calcium, which helps the brain use tryptophan. Plus there’s the psychological throw-back to infancy, when a warm bottle meant “relax, everything’s fine.”

Honey. Drizzle a little in your warm milk or herb tea. Lots of sugar is stimulating, but a little glucose tells your brain to turn off orexin, a recently discovered neurotransmitter that’s linked to alertness.

Potatoes. A small baked spud won’t overwhelm your GI tract, and it clears away acids that can interfere with yawn-inducing tryptophan. To up the soothing effects, mash it with warm milk.

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Written by LeisureGuy

28 January 2007 at 4:13 pm

Posted in Daily life, Food, Recipes

Too bad he didn’t show shaving

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28 January 2007 at 12:36 pm

Posted in Daily life

How the Right works its bigotry

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Glenn Greenwald lays it out:

Glenn Reynolds points to this article from The Independent which reports that a “leading Islamic doctor is urging British Muslims not to vaccinate their children against diseases such as measles, mumps, and rubella because they contain substances making them unlawful for Muslims to take.” Reynolds’ response:

 

JUST THINK OF IT AS EVOLUTION IN ACTION

I don’t think there is any evolutionary theory that celebrates or finds purpose in the death of children as a result of stupid actions taken by their parents. This just seems instead like a good excuse for pointing out how primitive Muslims are and how they deserve death (what else does it mean to say “Just think of it as evolution in action”?).

And it would be one thing if the people at risk of death were the adults who refused vaccines for themselves on religious grounds, but what kind of person has this reaction to reading a story about the lives of children being endangered as a result of a denial by their parents of necessary medical precautions? “Evolution in action”? That’s just deranged.

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Written by LeisureGuy

28 January 2007 at 12:32 pm

Posted in GOP, Iran, Iraq War

Retouched photos: before and after

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Click a photo to enlarge, then click the enlargement to switch back and forth between “before” and “after” — and yes, it’s quite obvious which is which. 🙂

Written by LeisureGuy

28 January 2007 at 12:24 pm

Posted in Daily life

Playing games with candles

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It took me a couple of viewings to understand that he’s not moving the candles, he’s lighting them and putting them out. Cute.

Written by LeisureGuy

28 January 2007 at 12:19 pm

Posted in Daily life

35-acre underground city in the UK

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with 60 miles of road:

Wiltshire’s Secret Underground City: the 35 acre subterranean Cold War City that lies 100 feet beneath Corsham.

Built in the late 50s, this massive city complex was designed to safely house up to 4,000 central Government personnel in the event of a nuclear strike.

In a former Bath stone quarry the city, code named Burlington, was to be the site of the main Emergency Government War Headquarters – the hub of the Country’s alternative seat of power outside London.

Over a kilometre in length, and boasting over 60 miles of roads, the underground site was designed not only to accommodate the then Conservative Prime Minister, Harold MacMillan, but the entire Cabinet Office, civil servants and an army of domestic support staff.

The site was so top secret that many of the civil servants, who had been allocated a desk at Burlington, had no knowledge of it.

Blast proof and completely self-sufficient the secret underground site could accommodate up to 4,000 people, in complete isolation from the outside world, for up to three months.

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Written by LeisureGuy

28 January 2007 at 12:02 pm

Posted in Government

Why you can’t buy cashews in the shell

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Written by LeisureGuy

28 January 2007 at 11:48 am

Posted in Daily life, Food

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