Uta’s Diary, towards the end of February 2016

Yesterday was another very hot day. A couple of days ago we had a beautiful full moon. With the next full moon we’re going to have Easter within sight. I am so looking forward to have Lucas and Alexander around for Easter!

I reblogged yesterday this article about the research they did at UCLA (University California Los Angeles) concerning the disease of dementia, and especially Alzheimers. I found out that dementia and even Alzheimers can be controlled by adopting a very healthy life-style.

From memory I write down now a few things that seem to be very important for good health. If at all possible one should try to live without too much stress, eat only healthy food, sleep enough during the night, namely at least 6 to 7 hours, eat the last thing three hours before one goes to bed, and eat the next thing in the morning after at least 12 hours have passed since having eaten in the evening.

To be continued.


Aleppo: A Post by Bryan Hemming

If you want to find out a bit more about what happened recently in Aleppo, please go to the following link. Bryan Hemming raises in his post some interesting questions and observations. I wanted to reblog his post, but somehow the reblogging did not work. Still, if you go to the following link, you can find out very interesting information. The internet is a good thing for getting information from different sources.


Aleppo: The Corporate Media Credibility Gap


The following is a copy of just one paragraph from Bryan Hemming’s blog:


”  .  .  .   As Turkey’s Recep Erdoğan hardens his resolve to drag NATO into a war from which no winners can possibly emerge, his threats to world stability, following the latest Ankara bombing, are being virtually ignored by the corporate media. To look at headlines featured on the latest Guardian on-line front page, at the time of writing, you could be forgiven for thinking a news blackout has been imposed.  .  .  .”

Uta’s Diary, February 2016


This is a picture I took soon after M and D arrived with the hired truck on Thursday, the 11th of February. We were expecting a small truck, but it turned out to be a huge truck! One of the first things they unloaded was some garden furniture, which I think is going to be lovely to have in the backyard.


These are some of the boxes they unloaded apart from the above garden furniture and lots and lots of other things.


Before that Thursday, the 11th, we sorted out hundreds and hundreds of books. Several hundred books were given away or recycled. But still quite a few books remained for ‘safe’ keeping. We had to rearrange a lot of bookshelves!

Last Sunday was the 14th of February. We took a break from sorting out things and met the family for lunch in the park. Afterwards we went to the Port Kembla Saltwater Pools. There were heaps of people in the pool area, for it was a very warm beautiful summer’s day. Our whole family enjoyed the water, including our darling little great-grandsons.









Here now are some pictures from the park by the lake, were we met the family for lunch. Monika did bring along  fish and chips for all of us from a nearby shop.










Alexander is happy after his big meal and some drink.
Alexander is happy after his big meal and some drink.


Ryan with Lucas can be seen in the distance.
Ryan  can be seen in the distance keeping an eye on Lucas who is roaming along the shore of the lake.



A bit of adventure for Lucas!
This is quite an adventure for Lucas!



My shoes
My shoes!




It was so good to see all the family on that Sunday. We are looking forward to seeing them all again at Easter. We probably can see quite a few more family members since not everyone was able to make it last Sunday.

During the last few weeks, we discarded some of our furniture that we do not need any more and to make room for a new set-up. Here is one piece of furniture that is to stay, for now!


‘Baby Asha’ and Nauru protests held as hospital staff oppose transfer

These articles are from Guardian Australia!



Protests over the proposed return of “Baby Asha” to Nauru, the fate of 267 asylum seekers also facing removal, and Australia’s offshore processing regime in general, continued across the country on Saturday.

Refugee advocates gathered outside Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane, where doctors have refused to discharge Asha because they do not believe Nauru will be a safe environment for her.

Meanwhile, the NSW conference of the Australian Labor party – which supports offshore processing – was picketed by demonstrators outside Sydney Town Hall.

And protesters placed 267 numbered paper dolls on the grass outside the north Brisbane office of the immigration minister, Peter Dutton, – one for each asylum seeker of the M68 cohort facing transfer to Nauru.

Included in the protest were 37 replica baby “onesies”, representing the 37 Australian-born children also facing removal.

The Guardian reported on Friday night that Asha – the Australian-born daughter of two asylum-seeker parents, who had first been taken to Nauru when five months old, faced a return there again, after receiving treatment for burns at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital.

Asha was accidentally burned on Nauru when boiling water spilled on her.

She has been treated but hospital staff have refused to discharge her because they say Nauru is not a “suitable home environment”.

“As is the case with every child who presents at the hospital, this patient will only be discharged once a suitable home environment is identified,” the hospital said.

“All decisions relating to a patient’s treatment and discharge are made by qualified clinical staff, based on a thorough assessment of the individual, delivering the best outcome.”

The Nauru detention centre has been the site of consistent reports of abuse of asylum seekers, including physical and sexual assaults.

Doctors refuse to discharge ‘Baby Asha’ because of fears for safety on Nauru

Asha’s first transfer to Nauru in June last year resulted in her contracting gastroenteritis and suffering nutrition problems because her mother’s breastmilk failed. Before that, the government had been warned by Save the Children that the move could be “potentially catastrophic”.

The detention centre has been significantly upgraded since June last year, and has transitioned to an “open” centre.

Protesters have staged a vigil for Asha outside the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital since Friday night.

Addressing them on Saturday, Dr Richard Kidd of Doctors For Refugees said his organisation “absolutely supported” the stand of the hospital’s doctors.

He told Guardian Australia the immigration detention system was systemically flawed and “set up to harm people”, and that there had been consistent reports of children self-harming in detention.

“The evidence is incontrovertible that detention is terribly harmful for these children.”

Kidd said doctors were ethically bound, by their registration and their Hippocratic oath to “do no harm” and to ensure patients were not returned to dangerous situations.

“Doctors and nurses know that they cannot send a child back to a place where they face harm.”

Guardian Australia approached the department of immigration, as well as the office of Dutton, for comment on Friday night, and again on Saturday. There has been no response to questions.

Previously, Dutton has said he was “not going to send children back into harm’s way”.

But he has said the government must remain resolute over its policies regarding offshore processing and regional resettlement for “illegal maritime arrivals” in order to deter people-smuggling. Asha is classified as an “illegal maritime arrival”, despite being born in Australia, because of the immigration status of her parents.

The Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young, a long-standing opponent of offshore processing, said she admired the doctors’ defiance of the government’s plans to remove Asha, which she described as “cruel madness”.

“All strength to the medical professionals at the Brisbane hospital for acting in the best interests of this child.

“The doctors know that discharging this baby would send her and her family straight to the dangers of indefinite detention on Nauru.”



Day to Day Politics: Where Did Murdoch’s Readers Go and what about the election.
February 13, 2016 Written by: John Lord 1 Reply


Category: Your Say
Tagged under:

Mainstream media, News Limited, Rupert Murdoch

John Lord
Saturday 13 February.

Authors Note.

This week’s announcement that News Corp’s revenue has declined for the fourth successive quarter has sent a shiver down the spine of the newspaper industry. It is now in its inevitable death throes. Further cuts will now have to be made in his Australian publications and when the traditional hard core readers have passed on what will be left.

Why Suicide?

Click to access 15078.full.pdf

This paper documents a marked increase in the all-cause mortality of
middle-aged white non-Hispanic men and women in the United States
between 1999 and 2013. . . .

. . . . . potential economic causes and consequences of this deterioration . . . .

To read on, please go to the above link. I found the following interesting reading too: