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It is like a bad dream, but within 1.5 years, we have reached the stage that governments are discussing mandatory vaccination. Millions and millions of people have already been vaccinated, and some of them have paid a high price by getting very severe side effects, or even by dying from the new mRNA vaccines. In this article, I will discuss what the problems are with the mRNA vaccines and what to do if you don´t want to be vaccinated with one of these mRNA vaccines.

Vaccines 101

To teach our immune system how to handle a new pathogen, we can expose it…

The Triffin dilemma, or Triffin´s paradox, was first described by the economist Robert Triffin in 1959. He described the dilemma that arises when a nation´s currency also serves as the international reserve currency, i.e., the U.S. dollar $. This situation creates differing objectives between short-term domestic policies and long-term international policies. To solve this dilemma, the international reserve currency should not be a nation´s currency. The IMF has proposed different solutions like the Bancor, but none of these solutions have been able to replace the USD. A decentralized currency like Bitcoin could offer a solution.

The Triffin Dilemma

The dilemma consists of the…

Ursula von der Leyen has told us, Europeans have already decided (I can´t remember that Europeans were asked this specifically, maybe I just missed it…). They want to make the EU climate neutral by 2050. Emissions will be cut by at least 55% by 2030 while promising economic growth and the creation of jobs. And a fair and just transition for all Europeans is ensured. These are all wonderful words spoken by a politician, so let us look at what these words will have for real-life consequences.

The Green Deal document is 12.000 pages. Is this to explain what all…

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The feeling that you literally `fall` asleep just when you start drifting away at the beginning of your sleep, the feeling that you make a misstep while you are laying in bed, this is called sleep twitch or hypnagogic jerk. You might not know this name, but most people do know the feeling! So what is it, and what is the cause of this, sometimes annoying, phenomenon?

Sleep Twitch or Hypnagogic Jerk

Hypnagogic jerks are short, involuntary muscle jerks or twitches that occur right as you are falling asleep. They are involuntary muscle twitches that occur quickly, with the muscles immediately returning to relaxation. …

Central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) will eventually kill Bitcoin, Edward Chancellor (a financial historian, journalist, and investment strategist) believes.

The central banks of multiple leading economies such as Japan, the U.S. Fed, the ECB, and developing countries as well, are looking into digital currencies, seeking to launch their own CBDCs. The People’s Bank of China is the leader at the moment, as it has been testing the actual use of the digital Yuan by consumers.

CBDCs are easier to distribute than cash, and the first CBDC issuance is likely to raise inflation. However, after that, governments and central banks are…

According to Freud, we instinctively search for pleasure to satisfy our biological and psychological needs. The id, our unconscious psychic energy, thrives on pleasure and is linked to libido. Freud described the pleasure principle as the program of what decides the purpose of life. This driving force is not in touch with reality, logic, or social norms.

The counterpart of the pleasure principle is the reality principle. The reality principle describes the capacity to postpone gratification of a desire if reality disallows its immediate gratification. The id rules immediate gratification and controls us in infancy and childhood. When adult, we…

Owning Bitcoins will not save you from death. We have to deal with the fact that we will die, but there is a little more to deal with if you own BTC. In contrast with other assets, the problem with BTC is that if you die and no one has the key to your BTC´s or wallet, your BTCs will be lost forever. What measures can you take to avoid losing your BTC when you would unexpectedly die?

According to a 2017 research by Chainanalysis, around 25% of bitcoins cannot be retrieved after holders’ deaths. This is a lot of…

Some FUD never dies, and one of these stories is the story that we are cooking the oceans with Bitcoin (BTC). Especially after Elon Musk announced that Tesla would not accept BTC payments anymore because of BTC’s alleged energy use. This idea is not new and certainly not original, and it keeps coming up time after time. So how much truth is there in this story?

We can look at this problem from different perspectives, the energy use, but we can also take it a little bit broader and look at the environmental impact. Another aspect is the question; is…

Nowadays, being happy seems one of life´s big quests. Goodreads quotes give an astounding 15,238 hits for quotes about happiness. And people try hard to do whatever makes them happy, even if they don´t really know what makes them happy. Social media is also a big promotor of the happy life, and people love to show off how happy they are. However, if we look at real life, we see that it is not easy for people to be happy, not to mention that seeing happy friends on social media while you are not happy can make you even less…

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