Cancerous chemical is being commonly used in toothpastes, find scientists

It seems to me that it is probably very important that food is not being overcooked!

This is mentioned in the post that I reblogged:

“. . . .  FSA’s campaign against overcooked starchy foods is based on laboratory tests show that acrylamide in the diet causes cancer in animals. The carcinogenic nature of acrylamide in food was first discovered by a Swedish study in 2002. While the same has not been proven in human studies, scientists seem to agree that acrylamide has the potential to cause cancer in humans.

Foods like roasted potatoes and root vegetables, chips, crisps, toast, cakes, biscuits, cereals and coffee naturally contain acrylamide. The aim of the campaign is not to shun these foods but to be careful about the way they are cooked.

If these starchy foods are heated for too long they turn from golden to brown and finally black. This intensifies the levels of acrylamide produced which can pose a health risk.

The campaign is trying to create an awareness about overcooked or burnt starchy foods and avoid eating overcooked potatoes or burnt toast. . . .”

Journal of People

A Journal of People report

A new study carried out by the National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) in the UK and published in the Scientific Reports Journal said:

Toothpastes and a few other food products contain an additive called titanium dioxide, which may cause cancer.

An additive is a substance used in products to improve or preserve it. Titanium dioxide is a naturally occurring oxide of titanium. It is commonly referred to as E171 on the ingredient list and is often used in products like toothpastes, biscuits, chewing gums and sunscreen.

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A Bit More Diary, Still July 2017

Before I forget again, here is what Peter and I talked about this morning. Somewhere Peter had read that these days authorities may get suspicious if you leave the house without your mobile. It happened to a journalist in Germany who went out without his ‘handy’. He straight away became a suspect. What did he plan? Without carrying his phone, nobody could trace where he was going! So why did he leave his phone behind? What did he want to cover up?

My response was, what happens to people who do not own a phone? I for  instance have no mobile, never had one. When I go out, who can trace my steps? Peter said, this was all right for I  am a non-person, I do not count. Ah well, so this means, that nobody really knows whether I am alive or dead. The German government generously pays me a monthly pension. It is a very nice little addition to my Australian pension. How do they know, I am still alive? They do not know, do they? The same applies to Peter. This is why we are required to let them know once a year that we have not died yet. That means every year at the beginning of July Peter and I make an appearance  at our Australian Centre Link Office. When they see us they believe that we are alive and certify our existence, The signed and stamped papers about our existence we then send off to the German Centre  for pensions in  Germany, and this safeguards the payment of our small German pension  for another year. We do get this pension since we turned 65. My goodness, that is nearly 18 years for me, and over 17 years for Peter. It adds up. Quite a bit of money really. No wonder that every so often we can afford a trip to Germany. At the moment we are in a bit of a rut. So I suggested to Peter today, that we should look into it whether we could book another trip to Germany for sometime this year just before another cancer treatment is due for Peter. Meaning that maybe we should not  wait until someone in our family wants to travel with us again. Maybe we should just take off on our  own as soon as possible. How about   it?

More about ‘A Handmaid’s Tale’

A Handmaid’s Tale isn’t science fiction, it’s a warning

This is what
  • Wendy Squires


three days ago.

She speaks about that our rights are “not rigid but already unravelling. Especially for women.”


And then she shares with us a scene from the last episode:

“I will try not to spoil the plot suffice to say a character escapes Gilead and finds their way across the border into Canada. There, a process worker performs his routine duty and gives the refugee an ID card, a prepaid phone, clean clothes and a medical insurance card and, with it, a return of dignity and hope.”

And Wendy continues:

“Yep, it seems there is one element Margaret Atwood didn’t get right in her dystopian future and that is that refugees fleeing war, hatred, violence and oppression will be respected and welcomed by so-called free and progressive countries. OK, in Canada, maybe. But Australia under our present government? Not a chance. And that is truly terrifying.”

Absolutely terrifying it is, for me too.

My Diary July 2017

One week ago we celebrated the fifth birthday of Lucas. On that Sunday all the family met at the Illawarra Yacht Club for lunch.

In April, we also had some lunch at the Illawarra Yacht Club where there is a beautiful view across Lake Illawarra. We had visitors from Germany at the time: My brother and his wife.

And it was three weeks ago, soon after the twins’ 38th birthday. that the family met at the Shellharbour Club. The kids, Lucas and Alexander, were keen on checking out the club’s kids entertainment.





We meet the family again next month for a holiday at Sussex Inlet. We booked some accommodation for the weekend from the 18th to the 20th of August. We  stayed for a weekend in August at this holiday place at Sussex Inlet just three years ago when I turned 80. We have known this holiday place since 1984, visiting there quite often with our children.

This is one of my blogs that I wrote about Sussex Inlet:

In my pages at the top of my site you can find many more blogs about Sussex Inlet.

The Criminalized Majority

Dan Berger is an associate professor of comparative ethnic studies at the University of Washington Bothell. He is the author of several books including Captive Nation: Black Prison Organizing in the Civil Rights Era, which won the 2015 James A. Rawley Prize from the Organization of American Historians. His latest book, coauthored with Toussaint Losier, is Rethinking the American Prison Movement. Follow him on Twitter @dnbrgr.

David Stein is a Lecturer in the Departments of History and African American Studies at University of California-Los Angeles. His first book, Fearing Inflation, Inflating Fears: The Civil Rights Struggle for Full Employment and the Rise of the Carceral State, 1929-1986, will be published by University of North Carolina Press. He co-hosts and produces Who Makes Cents?: A History of Capitalism Podcast with Betsy Beasley. Follow him on Twitter @davidpstein.



Healthy landscapes and water systems
are the basis of our life.

They provide food, water, clean air, a stable climate, biodiversity, good health, security and happiness. However, one-fourth of the world’s land mass is seriously degraded from centuries of human activity.

Think: deforestation, overgrazing, overexploitation, the building of infrastructure and pollution. In economic terms, this incurs an estimated loss of more than USD 4.3 trillion per year. The good news is that this process can be reversed.

Something of my ABOUT PAGE


A few years ago we saw in a brochure that a house close to Goulburn Railway Station was for sale. It was also near a shopping centre, even an ALDI store was within easy reach. What more could we want if we planned to move to a more rural area?

We saw our dream come true, namely to sell our present dwelling, buy the new place and end up with something like fifty thousand Dollars saved in the bank! People told us, but Goulburn, this is a bit out of the way, isn’t it?

No, we said, not at all. There’s the Railway Station close by. We hop on the train and are in Sydney in no time. The pensioner excursion trip from Goulburn to Sydney would still cost us only two Dollars and fifty cents! We can even go from Goulburn to Newcastle for our two Dollars fifty!

But you cannot do such a long trip that often, was the objection. We were asked, how often we were then going to see our children. How often do we see them now? We asked back. We pointed out, that we more or less only saw them for birthdays and Christmas anyway. We could still see them on these occasions, when we lived in Goulburn.

So we were all set to make the move to Goulburn, when it suddenly dawned on us, that we could not possibly move to the new place without doing some renovations first. The new place would need some renovations to be done to it! Renovations? You are kidding! Who would want to do renovations at our age! If we paid someone to renovate for us, we’d probably end up with no money left in the bank.

This is the end of the story. We are not going to sell our home and we are not going to move to another place.

March 29, 2013
Yesterday I found this page. I think it was in draft. I was curious what it contained. After reading it, I thought, why not publish it? So here it is.


May be it is and may be it isn’t. Basically nothing much has changed since I wrote the above.

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Today is the 17th of July 2017. I come back now to the above story that I published a few years ago in my ABOUT page. Well, over the past years we realized more and more that suitable properties in the Goulburn area would be a bit too dear for us and not worth all the troubles of moving. However, that idea that we could perhaps live in a country area somehow stuck with us. For a while our inquiries were set on Cootamundra, a town in New South Wales, also with a Railway Station on the Sydney to Melbourne line. Quite likable properties were significantly cheaper than comparable properties here  a bit to the south of Sydney. We checked out quite a lot of properties on the internet. Once Peter and I even stayed in a hotel in the main street of Cootamundra. We did get a very good impression of that little town. People there seemed to be all very friendly towards strangers. We thought that this was a place that we could definitely like. We thought it was feasible for us to live there. But in the end it turned out we were really not determined enough to initiate some steps towards moving.

A few years have passed. Since both Peter and I are past eighty now, should we really stop thinking of moving to  a different area? And a country area at that that we are not used to at all. So, we are in old age now. But we still  love to travel, We also love to go for family visits. However, with each year we may find it a bit harder to do all this. For how long can we  keep it up really, all this moving about?

We have just been on a visit to Benalla in Victoria, seeing our son Martin who recently moved to Benalla. This is a beautiful thriving little country town, also on the Sydney to Melbourne train line! Properties are less than half the price of the properties here in our area in the Illawarra! Of course, alone the likelihood  of being  able to purchase at a reasonable price a good property in Benalla , and that our son lives there now in his own house, made us think that maybe we could move there too.

Yes, we could, and we could not. Medical facilities, yes they are available. It  would however be  a question whether they would be the right kind of facilities for the treatments that Peter requires. We would have to find out. Also, we would need a lot of help with actually moving and sorting everything out. Of course, we could afford to pay for a professional removalist. Maybe we would have to get rid of some  of our old furniture and things that we do not need any more. And then we could buy something new for the new place. Could we cope  with all this? Is  it worth it to undertake a move  like this at our age? The more we doubt, the more years pass, and in the end we’ll really be toooo old for all this!

In the meantime we had another great-grandchild, a boy called Carter, He was born on the 21st of November 2016. He is the son of granddaughter Roxy and of Scott. Yesterday we had a family celebration at the Illawarra Yacht Club. Little Carter was there with his mum, grandparents, his cousins and lots of aunts. Carter is a very huge and very friendly baby. The family celebrations were for Lucas, who is going to be five tomorrow on Tuesday. Alexander, the younger brother of Lucas, as well as Lucas did like to play with their cousin Carter. It was lovely to see the three boys together.

Some presents arrived for Lucas at the Illawarra Yacht Club.


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I had a look at the two above blogs about EAT MOVE LIVE

These blogs I find very interesting. One blog tells me all about 10 veggies, the other blog introduces the two authors behind EAT MOVE LIVE.

Here is some of what it says in the second blog:


“It matters. Every bite that you choose has the power to nourish you and help you thrive. From choosing seasonal, fresh and local food, to learning how to prepare it and enjoy it – we believe in simple, real and time tested practices. We lean on the wisdom of our ancestors and our understanding of nutrition science to make the best decisions for our families and our students.”


“It matters. Our cellular health depends on the stimulation provided by movement. From modifying our work environment so we can be more dynamic during the day, to planning how we spend our free time, we find a way to make life truly active – without disrupting the rhythm of work and creativity, but blending our passion for productivity with the passion for health. Exercise can be a supplement on the days when we didn’t get to move enough, or as a part of specific goals, such as developing strength or endurance for a specific task.”


“This matters most of all. On some level, we all know what’s best for us. We know we need to eat better. We know we need to move more. Fitting health into our daily lives can be hard, but many of us make it harder than it has to be. Few people got unhealthy overnight. It took lots of tiny changes over many years to get where we are today. The good news is that things can get better the same way.”

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