The German sense of humour is often treated as a punchline in itself. Lazy comedians fall back on the concept in the absence of a joke, and British audiences in particular like to laugh at our po-faced Teutonic neighbours.
And while films such as Go Trabi Go have begun to change the stereotype of the unfunny German, there is still a long way to go. While young Germans these days will have grown up with Monty Python’s Flying Circus and all manner of American and British comedy imports, the German obsession with Dinner for One means the stereotype lives on.
Sebastian Vettel is – unwittingly – turning that stereotype on its head.
In addition to being one of the most talented drivers on the modern grid, Sebastian Vettel is a breath of fresh air in the paddock. As F1 has become ever more of a business and less of a sport, the drivers have been conforming to corporate expectations. Personalities are subdued, composed, and professional, and the vast majority of paddock quotes come in the form of carefully crafted PR-friendly statements.
Vettel is one of the few drivers who can be relied on for a laugh or two in press conferences, and whose responses are more natural than scripted.
Reacting to the Baby Schumi nickname given to him by German newspapers, Vettel said “Well, it’s just a joke. I’ve asked my mum and Michael really isn’t my father.”
And his response on winning the rain-soaked 2008 Monza Grand Prix for Toro Rosso – a victory that made him the youngest winner in F1 history – has become the stuff of Formula 1 legend. Asked by a reporter whether the victory marked the best night of his life, Vettel replied “you obviously weren’t there the night I lost my virginity”.
According to his team profile on the Red Bull website, Sebastian has two ambitions in life: win the WDC and beat Kimi Raikkonen at badminton.
But there is a lot more to the young German than dry wit and a cheeky sense of humour. While Sebastian Vettel has yet to win the Formula 1 World Drivers’ Championship, the expectation is that it is only a matter of time. And if Red Bull have seen the last of the reliability gremlins that plagued the RB6 in the first two races of 2010, this could be Vettel’s year.
So how did a 22-year-old become a future champion in only three full seasons in F1? Sebastian Vettel’s path to circuit-racing stardom began in 1990, with the purchase of a child-sized kart. Three-year-old Vettel could hardly bear to be parted from the machine, and began skipping meals in order to spend more time behind the wheel.
That early dedication has served him well. Vettel’s childhood was spent in karting; he began competing at the age of eight, and by 2001 was winning titles. In 2003, at the age of 15, Sebastian made the move into open-wheel racing. It was this transition that marked the start of Vettel’s career as we know it today.
While much has been written about Lewis Hamilton and Nico Hulkenberg dominating junior formulae on the way into Formula 1, Vettel took a slightly different approach. Where Hamilton and Hulkenberg both served their time in GP2, Vettel got his start in Formula BMW (as did Hulkenberg), but then moved on to Formula 3 and Formula Renault, where he kept a foot in the door until Toro Rosso offered him a full-time drive mid-way through the 2007 F1 season.
Although unconventional, the approach has served him well. In 2004, Vettel dominated Germany’s Formula BMW series, winning 18 out of 20 races, and appearing on the podium at every event. In 2005, racing against Hamilton in the Formula Three Euroseries, Vettel was the highest-scoring rookie, and came fifth overall.
Thanks to his domination of Formula BMW, Vettel scored two F1 tests in 2005 – one for the Williams team, in its final season using a BMW engine, and the other for BMW’s newly purchased Sauber. The Sauber test resulted in a test role for the team towards the end of the 2006 season, but it was 2007 before the young German was able to make the move into Formula 1 full-time.
Vettel’s first outing as an F1 driver was at the 2006 Turkish GP, when he took over Robert Kubica’s test role when the Pole replaced the injured Jacques Villeneuve. And within seconds of getting behind the wheel, Sebastian Vettel was already making Formula 1 history. Nine seconds into his career, the young German was fined for speeding in the pitlane. No driver has yet managed to score a fine in less time, and it is a record that is likely to stand for some time to come.
The young German also scored the fastest time in Friday afternoon practice that weekend, raising eyebrows up and down the paddock. This was a driver to watch
In 2007 Vettel was balancing his testing commitments to BMW Sauber – now full-time – with a push for victory in the World Series by Renault. He was leading the championship when Toro Rosso offered him a full-time driver role, replacing Scott Speed.
Vettel took the seat, and the rest, as they say, is history.
For almost two years, I have been writing the Slipstream as a different perspective on the world of Formula One. As an American F1 fan, I am surrounded by the sounds of other domestic racing series, and while I am a fan of those series, Formula One is my passion. I would like to take the time to thank PitLaneF1 Magazine in featuring the Slipstream in their publication and I look forward to working with the entire staff and sharing my views with you, the reader.
Formula One and the United States have had a long and rich history together. Phil Hill and Mario Andretti are the only two world champions from the States, both winning their titles in tragic circumstances. From the days where the Indy 500 counted towards the overall World Driver’s Championship, to the famous tracks of Watkins Glen and Long Beach, F1 has always had a place in the United States, until recently. With the fallout of the 2005 US Grand Prix still lingering, the series left the United States after the 2007 race the future relationship between American fans and Formula One was cast in serious doubt.
In the fall of 2008, the world was rocked by the worst financial crisis in a generation. This crisis impacted Formula One in declining ticket sales but it seemed that the shockwaves would only hit outlying factors of the sport. With Honda departing in December of 2008, and rumors of Toyota, Renault, and BMW walking away if they did not join the rumored break away series, you could not blame anybody for having a bleak out look for the future of Formula One. The Honda F1 “dream” was over, and the series was entering the new design era with speculation that the entire F1 house of cards would fall in on itself by 2012.
Rumors of an American centered Formula One team started to propagate. Buzz and excitement flew across the motor sports world. Questions of legitimacy were being asked in every F1 publication, doubts sank into even the most optimistic US Formula 1 fan. Was this team legitimate? Who will race for them? Who will sponsor them in this economy? All questions posed across the F1 global community.
A sign of encouragement was first seen in late February of 2009 as Ken Anderson and Peter Windsor announced that the rumors were true, and USF1 or United States Grand Prix Engineering was born. Not only did the team exist, they were already talking about who might drive for the organization when the green lights signaled the start of the 2010 season in Bahrain.
Popularity and excitement around the team grew at a rapid pace. This was helped by the presence of Mr.Windsor during Formula One race broadcasts and the frequent hype generated by the team’s de facto soapbox, Speed TV. Known as mainly a NASCAR channel, the network took it upon themselves to help generate excitement about the team. It did also help that the team’s main base of operations was based in Charlotte, North Carolina, home to all of the major Spint Cup teams. USF1 was starting to come together, but doubts over its late start and the lack of drivers would continue to linger around the team.
As spring rolled into summer and some of the other newly announced F1 teams such as Manor, Lotus, and Campos began to at least mention driver preferences, little was heard from the Charlotte backed organization. When the other teams were signing title sponsors, Mr. Windsor and the team would only give subtle overtures and avoidances to anything considered a tough question requiring a straight answer.
When pressed on the subject on air, Mr.Windsor would only respond with “we are fielding many possible line ups” and offering only vague hints at even potential considerations to fill both seats. It was the hope of many US fans that there would be at least one US born driver announced. In a way, the over exposure on the Speed network allowed NASCAR to put it’s mark on the team in a way that I doubt Mr. Windsor had wanted to. During the summer when the buzz about the team was the most intense, NASCAR commentators would suddenly insert drivers like Kyle Busch, Scott Speed, and Juan Montoya. It almost seemed that NASCAR wanted a piece of the team that would soon be operating in its corporate nexus of Charlotte. The rumors about drivers ranged from the absurd to the absolute bizarre, the strangest being Indy Car driver Danica Patrick’s remarks that “she wasn’t interested” in considering pursing a seat for the team.
The reality about the team started to manifest itself when it was announced this past summer that YouTube founder Chad Hurley had thrown financial support behind the team. Rumors of Best Buy signing on with the team were also starting to gain steam as well. Best Buy had been trying to break into the European market for years and being on the side pod or vortex generator of a F1 car would have certainly helped their brand exposure in the European, Asian, and Middle Eastern markets.
Things became slightly more troubling when the first driver was announced and it was nobody anybody really expected. When Jose’ Maria Lopez of Argentina was announced as the team’s first driver a collective “Who?” rang out across the motor sport world. After months of speculation and hype, this was all that USF1 could announce? While the other teams were preparing for their debut in Jerez, Spain, USF1 was still trying to secure not only general sponsorship, but also additional funds to keep Lopez’s services. It was looking as the fate of the team was becoming more of a forgone conclusion that they would never make the grid in Bahrain, maybe hope remained for the middle of the season, or even a delayed launch until 2011.
The team’s demise was confirmed by the FIA when their entry list for the 2010 season was released two weeks ago. USF1, long suspected of not being able to make the grid would not race in 2010, and the American team from Charlotte who “hoped” to sign US talent “eventually” closed it’s doors with both team principals having yet to comment.
The team’s failures are many and there still may yet be hope for a US team to make the grid in todays “new team friendly” F1 but the faults of USF1 started at the very top. When pressed for answers, Mr.Windsor who was acting in the capacity of team spokesperson would provide very vague answers to some very basic questions such as engine provider, title sponsor, and driver candidates. Even if Mr. Windsor didn’t have the answers to those questions, he could have gone a long way to establish creditability for the team if he just admitted that the team was still looking for all of those things. Instead he just skirted away from the chance to establish fact in a team surrounded by fiction.
If he was also able to sign somebody like Ryan Hunter Reay or Marco Andretti to even a test contract it could have been a great help in finding sponsorship. Marco had been given a test by the Honda team a few years ago, and while it was a basic demonstration for the young American, it seemed to be a prelude to possibly a test seat by 2010. Both of those men could have been a great help to the team by convincing fans of not only the legitimacy of the “US” in USF1, but also help bring sponsors to the table.
The demise of the USF1 effort was upsetting, if not frustrating to see. While there were many fans who hoped it would succeed, the team did not want to show it’s support back to the fans that desperately wanted it to succeed. Had the team staged a demonstration run at Watkins Glen, or in New York City, I am sure that there could have been serious excitement generated by a team started on good intentions but faced with the hard realities of today.
Finally, with much effort coming from concerned parents, health consumers and experts…
The FDA has agreed to re-examine its pro-mercury fillings position, and to consider protecting those whose brains are still developing — children and the unborn.
However, Continued Vigilance is Still Needed to Ban Dental Mercury…
This is not the first time that the FDA has concealed the dangers of dental mercury on consumers, and if history does tend to repeat itself, then we are still at great risk of another cover up.
In 2008, the leading consumer protection attorney in the United States known as Charlie Brown filed a court case with respect to mercury,FDA posted stark warnings that amalgam can injure the developing brains of children and fetuses. In addition, the FDA’s own website briefly stated:
“Dental amalgams contain mercury, which may have neurotoxic effects on the nervous systems of developing children and fetuses.”
Then in 2009, the FDA buried the warnings, placing them where they hoped parents wouldn’t see them. That’s right!!! The FDA with all its protective power pulled the warnings from its Web site, saying there would be no warnings to patients, not even young women and parents of young children, that the mercury from the amalgam fillings is a reproductive toxin and a neurotoxin.
Even worse, The FDA gave the amalgam industry a green light to sell and place amalgam without disclosing to consumers that the fillings are mainly mercury, even though the agency is aware of the industry’s long-time deceptive practice of marketing amalgam as “silver fillings,” when in reality they’re composed of about 50 percent mercury.
So if any agency requires continued vigilance, it is the FDA.
How is Toxic Mercury Still Allowed in Modern-Day Dentistry?
Mercury amalgam fillings are primitive 19th-century devices, but they are still widely used in the United States where they’re even endorsed by the American Dental Association.
It’s an ironic fact that the metallic mercury used by dentists to manufacture dental amalgam is shipped as a hazardous material to the dental office. Any amalgam leftover is also treated as hazardous and requires special precautions to dispose of.
Yet you can have those same toxic fillings put directly into your mouth just by asking (and paying the price, of course)! But when you do, you’re introducing mercury, a potent toxin that can damage your brain, central nervous system and kidneys, into your body.
Children and fetuses, whose brains are still developing, are most at risk, and that is why it’s especially dangerous for pregnant women to get an amalgam … but really anyone can be impacted. Again, those most at risk include:
- Pregnant and nursing women Children
- People with already high levels of mercury bioburden
- Those who are sensitive to mercury exposure
So why has the FDA been so reluctant to issue a ban, even after acknowledging the steep risks?
There is evidence that FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg’s relationship with the nation’s top amalgam seller, Henry Schein, may have played a role in this dismal result.
Dr. Hamburg served on the board of dental products colossus Henry Schein Inc., drawing an annual income of a quarter million dollars a year, according to the Wall Street Journal. In May 2009, when she took office as Commissioner, she was still holding Henry Schein stock options, which she did not cash until July, the month the amalgam rule issued. In fact, she was still holding Schein stock options until July 27, the day before the FDA rule was announced.
The FDA agreed that Margaret Hamburg had an ethical problem that led to her recusal, but neither she nor anyone else at the FDA would say what work she did on the rule or when she stopped working on it.
As it stands, the resulting rule was and is a bonanza for Henry Schein, who can sell amalgam to anyone and everyone without even disclosing that it is mainly mercury — but hopefully come December, that will all change.
The New FDA Hearing Could Change the Future of Mercury in Dentistry
Come December, the FDA will convene hearings before its Dental Products Panel to determine whether to stop amalgam use for children and pregnant women. The issue now is who will sit on this FDA panel that will determine the safety of dental mercury. FDA has a history of stacking the deck of its panels, so that the pro-industry staff position gets ratified.
They also have a history of ignoring their panelists’ advice if it is not pro-industry. In fact, the FDA’s 2009 ruling was in direct contradiction to the conclusions of their own 2006 Joint Panel of FDA scientific experts, as well as the International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology Scientific Advisory Board members who reviewed the same papers.
The ruling was even contradictory to the FDA’s own advisories that pregnant women should limit their intake of certain fish due to mercury content, even though, as IAOMT reported, mercury dental fillings contribute two to three times as much mercury to the human body than do dietary and environmental sources combined.
Come this December, the FDA panel will make a ruling that will make or break whether children and unborn children continue to be harmed by dental mercury … and you can still play a part in making sure it’s a fair fight.
Voice Your Opinion: A FAIR, Unbiased Panel is Needed
I ask you to write Dr. Jeffrey Shuren, director, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, and ask that he convene a balanced panel — that he not pack it with dental school deans and others with ties to the pro-mercury American Dental Association.
If the FDA panel is to have any credibility whatsoever, Dr. Shuren needs all sides fairly represented on it.
This is incredibly important, as there is well-publicized corruption at the Center for Devices and Radiological Health. Last year, former Center for Devices Director Dan Schultz (part of the group that has given carte blanche to amalgam sales with no disclosure) resigned “by mutual agreement” with Dr. Hamburg, amidst complaints that he pressured staff to approve devices that they did not think were safe in order to benefit industry.
Now that the Center is under a new director, I recommend you write Dr. Shuren at Jeff.Shuren@fda.hhs.gov; ask him for a balanced dental products panel to review the FDA dental mercury rule — a humane panel of people dedicated to protecting children and unborn babies from exposure to toxic products.
Let him know that the public will not tolerate a panel biased in favor of the American Dental Association’s pro-mercury position — not when our children’s health is at stake.
For the last 10 years, Charlie Brown has been working tirelessly with the Consumers for Dental Choice to eliminate the use of mercury in U.S. dentistry. Now you, too, can join the fight, and many of you already have!
Because so many of you voiced your opposition and outrage at the FDA’s 2009 ruling, the FDA Webview stated that:
“No final rule in FDA’s modern history, or perhaps ever, has attracted this kind of organized opposition.”
Grassroots activism is making a difference, and it will continue to do so because of dedicated readers like you! It nearly brings tears to my eyes to see that we can make a difference and start to save children and adults from brain damage by limiting their exposure to this toxic poison.
So let’s keep the pressure on the FDA and not let them off the hook this time!
Please write Dr. Shuren at Jeff.Shuren@fda.hhs.gov and ask that he convene a balanced panel for this December’s FDA amalgam hearing.
Original Article located at: www.Mercola.com
Dr. Daniel’s Health Tips
1. If you have amalgram fillings, find a holistic dentist who can help you to safely remove them.
2. Look into the right kind of testing to determine if you have mercury poisoning. Note: A simple blood test or hair analysis will not do the trick. This topic is too complicated to discuss here.
3. Make sure that you are taking in plenty of Antioxidants to offset the effects of mercury poisoning.
People all over the world are using isometrics. The star Bruce Lee used isometrics for physical development. Some ways to use isometric exercises include pushing door frames and extending towels. By using isometric as an exercise, various muscles are relieved from tension for a period of time. A person should begin isometrics because it strengthens the joints and muscles.
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Before a person begins any exercise it is important to know what they will be involved in. Isometrics have been in existence for thousands of years. Isometric exercise has been used for static holds in yoga and Chinese martial arts. One of the people who brought isometric exercises to the local public was Charles Atlas. He used it in his training regimes. Today a lot of great bodybuilders use isometric exercise that is also incorporated into isotonic exercises. Isometric exercise is overall proven to be a great way to gain strength at the joint angles.
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Post nasal drip happens when the sinuses create an excessive amount of mucus as an effect of being infected or swollen.
The extra mucus may lead to a cough that typically becomes worse at nighttime and runs down the rear of the throat. Ear and sinus infections may also be caused because of this.
There are several these range from having sinusitis a bacterial infection,hay-fever,colds, in addition to the through usage of nasal sprays and distinct causes of PND.
While managing the condition at home it’s almost always wise to try to keep the discharge as narrow as feasible to prevent it from become tacky and heavy.
This is accomplished by drinking additional fluids,raising the humidity together with a humidifier’s use and using a saline nose spray that was good.
Take care to not overuse antibiotics as a lot of people consider that once the discharge becomes green or yellowish, the sole cure would be to make use of the condition to clear. This is just not the case.
Does it Cause Tonsil Stones?
Because the excessive mucus runs over the tonsils and down the rear of the throat,it joins with little remaining food. Include anaerobobic germs for the mixture and with calcification you’ll certainly possess the configuration of tonsil stones.PND is an integral ingredient of tonsilloliths forming.
You can reduce the production of mucus and thus also decrease the risk of having tonsil stones while this isn’t known by a lot of people,reducing your intake of dairy products.
Utilizing the tips above make your post nasal drip under control more easy to deal with and will help out with bringing it.
At present, esophageal cancer has been quietly Bijin urban young people. This year just over 30-year-old Lee usually like to eat very spicy hot food, spicy food is basically food. A few months ago, he appeared dry cough, difficult to swallow when eating food, accompanied by a sense of choking, body weight, and other symptoms, was diagnosed with advanced esophageal cancer in the middle.
Esophageal cancer is a common human digestive tract cancer, the incidence rate of malignant tumors in the fourth, the incidence of male and female ratio 2:1,50 over the age of onset in those who account for 80%. In recent years, the incidence of esophageal cancer are aged Lowering of age trends in young people under the age of 35 increased illness, disease accounted for 30% of the total number. 35 to 50% of patients with esophageal cancer and poor diet and lifestyle-related.
Three kinds of bad habits easy to cause cancer
Alcohol is a factor in many of esophageal cancer in a very important factor, a large number of people drinking beer occurred in the risk of esophageal cancer than non-drinkers 10 times. The effect of smoking on the incidence of esophageal cancer risk of smoking as the volume increases, if more than 10 smoke daily, the risk of a larger.
The incidence of esophageal cancer, and the over-heated food, Pianying to produce rough, eat too fast, hi eating spicy food is closely related to the stimulation. If overheating like to drink tea, eat garlic-hi, vinegar and hot peppers, such as food, eating small fish, as well as the barbed nothing to eat, and so on time. In addition, a large number of long-term preferable to stimulate too much spicy food, and so on, can also have esophageal mucosal damage secondary cancer.
Esophageal cancer incidence and the lack of nutrients to a certain extent. Improper diet, especially fresh fruit and vegetables and less animal protein intake, eating salt, such as mildew contain nitrosamines, nitrate and nitrite with fungal toxins and food, the incidence of esophageal cancer is increased.
Experts advise: First of all, should give up some bad habits, a balanced diet of nutrition, exercise appropriate attention to chronic esophagitis and esophageal leukoplakia and esophageal polyps, and other potentially dangerous disease should be treated in a timely manner.