good cause

Nic Balthazar, one of Belgium’s leading film makers, has made a clip to draw the attention to the need of having a proper law concerning emmissions in Europe. Now it’s up to us to badger the politicians until they do something about it. The site, tells you all about it (in dutch) the banner underneath leads you to the english site and here is the film itself, in english to keep it international, but you can also view it of course, in dutch and french – this is Belgium after all :D


In dutch we have an expression “Beter een goede buur dan een verre vriend” (It’s better to have a good neighbour than a far friend) but it’s only by standing by your friends – even if you only know them virtually – that the world will be a better place.

Wes and Niki in happier days

Only a few nights ago I was chatting with Niki, she told me she needed to go to hospital for check-ups. Now, only by chance, I see at another friend’s blog that things are far more serious. I would like to draw your attention to this, those who know Niki and Wes will surely help, others who don’t know them, please read the post and follow your heart. Just a good thought towards them will help already.

Thank you.

For years now I have been clicking daily on the Hungersite, but now I also found another worthy cause. Yes, I’ve read the FAQ, checked 101 different ways and as far as I can judge, it’s an honest cause. It’s on Facebook, it’s on LiveJournal, it’s on Yahoo, it’s even been endorsed by Neil Gaiman…

I’ll grab a piece of text from Jane, who made me aware of it…

A young woman in the USA is trying to raise money for necessary medical procedures, but she’s not doing it by soliciting donations or asking people to buy anything… she’s taking advantage of the file hosting service’s reward program… a real, actual program that gives people cash rewards for using their service, presumably as a means of stealth advertising. Simply put: enough people download a file that she has hosted, and she gets a nice chunk of change. “This program states if I get 5 million downloads, they will pay me $10,000″ she says: obviously impossible, but she’s trying it anyway. I like that.

The file? Nothing arduous, onerous, or dangerous… a plain text file, as in, *.txt, which anybody can tell you cannot contain or execute a virus. If you save a virus as something.txt and try to open it, you’d just get a bunch of gobbledygook in Notepad. I’ve downloaded it myself, and it’s nothing more than a simple text description of her plight and her plan. One download per day, per IP address.
If the USA had a health system that worked, she wouldn’t have to do this. But it doesn’t.


More links (I didn’t want to insert them in the above text, so you wouldn’t go off clicking before you read everything )

Jane’s Multiply where I found it

The site where it’s all explained (you get there also by clicking the picture above)

The FAQ page

Erin’s LifeJournal page

The Download LifeJournal page

The Facebook group

The Yahoo group

Neil Gaiman’s page

the Hunger site

Right, that’s enough reading matter – now go off, insert that click button on whatever page you can to make the world aware of it – and especially, don’t forget to click it daily!