FOOD FRAUD: How the American Diet Turbocharges COVID-19

Good article. I agree with everything in it. I hope that in future more and more people are going to adopt healthier lifestyles! I mean, it is well known what makes a healthy lifestyle. People need lots of encouragement and motivation to live up to it. To reach this motivation may be rather difficult for some people. Still, you can only try your best to change things. We do need farmers, but we also need doctors to promote healthier lifestyles and who can help us, when we get sick. After all, even with a healthy lifestyle one might get sick or injured sometimes and end up needing the care of the medical profession!


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How the American Diet Turbocharges COVID-19

The pandemic’s toll is further proof that we’re eating ourselves sick.

Before the coronavirus hit in early 2020, a quieter epidemic was already taking its toll across the United States: the near-universal prevalence of diet-­related maladies. More than half of the calories Americans consume come from “ultraprocessed” foods that are shot through with added sugars and fats and are associated with weight gain. Pile those on top of our sedentary lifestyle, and the result is that almost 90 percent of adults have a sign of metabolic dysfunction—including high blood pressure, cholesterol, or blood sugar—and more than 40 percent are obese. In the pandemic’s first five months, the US had a 39 percent higher mortality rate than Europe, where the obesity rate is half ours.

This mess made us vulnerable to the worst aspects of the coronavirus: In the first…

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Really interesting facts about Berlin’s rainwater sewer system!


Two waterworks employees manually cleaning the rainwater sewers under Hohenstaufenstraße in Berlin-Schöneberg, 1930). Image via Berliner Wasserbetriebe.

It was a rainy morning in Berlin today so here’s a rain-related fact: did you know that Berlin‘s rainwater sewer system measures 3,300 km? That is approximately the distance between the German capital and the ancient city of Luxor in Egypt.

The stormwater sewers are not the only elements of the underground sewerage system protecting the city from the consequences of excessive rainfall. Berlin can also rely on its 1,900 km of mixed sewers (the older canals, mostly located in the city centre, transporting both household waste water and rainwater when necessary). No to mention the subterranean storage spaces where in case of heavy rains (not unusual in Berlin during the last decade) where the water can be held and subsequently transported to purification stations, instead of allowing it to…

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This is interesting research about the time of the Weimar Republic!


foto uit Spaarnestadarchief, tijdschrift Het leven kleiner Image from a Dutch magazine “Het Leven” (via Spaarnestadt Archive).

Here is a typical Berlin Balkonia, little man’s and woman’s green paradise, in its rooftop edition: as a small garden and a chicken-pen.
This model example of self-sufficiency was necessary to survive dire food-shortages of the First World War – shortages which were particularly acute in the capital and led to long periods of starvation not only among the poorest. Many Berlin children did not survive those and if they did, they often suffered their consequences – mentally and health-wise – for the rest of their lives.
This idyllic image is a witness to a very bitter truth: that unless you were able to provide your own food yourself, your family was in danger. And that in 99% of the cases this responsibility had to be shouldered by women – whose children were at great risk.

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Title: Gurrupudu the Diver Bird

Artist: Bob Bilinyara


Title: Gurrupudu the Diver Bird

Artist: Bob Bilinyara

Date: 20th Century

Materials: Mineral pigments on eucalyptus bark

Dimensions: 26 cm width x 59 cm length x 28 cm width x 64 cm length

Location: Madison Art Collection

Accession Number 83.4.2

Visual Analysis

Artist Bob Bilinyara’s (1915-1959) eucalyptus bark painting Gurrupurru the Diver Bird (c.1930-1956), depicts a diver bird and six catfish in the Ramingining-Glyde River region at the permanent waterholes of the Gatji lagoon in Central Arnhem Land (1). The diver duck is both the central figure and the largest, it dominates the composition and the six smaller catfish that surround it. The background of the work is filled with a red ochre, or mineral pigment, that has faded over the years, while white lines filled in with black ocher create a border around the centralized subject matter. This bark painting is believed to depict the story of the ancestral diver bird. The ancestral diver bird is related to the creation of the Yathalamarra and Gatji waterholes around Arnhem Land . . . .

Please, go to the website. There is a lot more interesting information!

NACCHO Aboriginal Health #InternationalWomensDay #EachforEqual #IWD2020 : Our tribute to our 10 Women NACCHO Board of Directors and 71 #ACCHO CEO’s of our majority female workforce

Great Work! Good to get to know about it!

NACCHO Aboriginal Health News Alerts

1.National : Donnella Mills – Chair NACCHO and Wuchopperen Health Service   

2.NT: Donna Ah Chee Central Australian Aboriginal Congress

3.NSW: LaVerne Bellear Redfern Aboriginal Medical Service

4.TAS: Raylene Foster Tasmanian Aboriginal Corporation

5.NT: Olga Havnen Danila Dilba Health Service

6.VIC: Karen Heap Ballarat & District Aboriginal Co-operative

7.SA: Willhelmine Lieberwirth South Australia

8.WA: Lesley Nelson South West Aboriginal Medical Service

9.ACT: Julie Tongs Winnunga Nimmityjah Health and Community Service

10. QLD: Gail Wason Mulungu Primary Health Care Service

International Women’s Day 2020 campaign theme is #EachforEqual

An equal world is an enabled world.

Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day.

We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women’s achievements.

Collectively, each one of us can help create a gender equal world.

Let’s all be #EachforEqual.

Aboriginal women are the best advocates…

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Holistic Education from Indigenous Australia

“European colonisation has played a disrupting role in traditional forms of education, ranging from ignorant intrusion to outright warfare in the 18th and 19th centuries!”

Nicholas K Watson

This essay was originally written asEducation by and for Indigenous Australiain Semester 2 of 2020 for ABOR1110, Introduction to Aboriginal Studies, at the University of Newcastle. It has been reformated and slightly revised for this website.

The state of education in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Isander communities prior to European colonisation can be inferred to some significant extent from contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education models that have emerged as a result of reflecting on traditional ways of making knowledge.

After developing a context-based model of education for Aboriginal students in Arnhem land to facilitate their completion of year 11 and year 12, Chris Garner took his model to traditional landowners in Arnhem land who said that they’d “been doing that for years” (TEDx Talks, 2011). This context-based education is found in Indigenous education frameworks, such as the Holistic Teaching and Learning Framework developed by Uncle Ernie…

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Revealed online exhibition opens today

“Fremantle Arts Centre has waived all gallery commissions on Revealed sales, ensuring that 100 per cent of profits return to the artists and art centres.”

City of Fremantle Mayor's Blog

Artworks from Fremantle Art Centre’s 2020 Revealed Exhibition, an annual showcase of the quality and diversity of Western Australian Aboriginal art, are now available to view and purchase online.

Art enthusiasts across the country now have the opportunity to experience a generous and varied collection of artworks by 120 of the most exciting new and emerging Western Australian Aboriginal artists by visiting the Fremantle Arts Centre website.

The COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of this year’s highly anticipated Revealed art market and exhibition to protect public health and the safety of the artists involved, many of whom travel from very remote regional communities.

Fremantle Arts Centre Director Jim Cathcart said although he couldn’t hope to match last year’s Revealed sales of more than $600,000, the centre remained committed to supporting Aboriginal artists.

“Our doors may be closed but the FAC team is still dedicated to bringing audiences the Revealed Exhibition,”…

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Nov 10, 2020

The Fred Hollows Foundation and Specsavers are proud to announce the new limited edition glasses by contemporary Aboriginal Artist Rheanna Lotter, raising funds to help end avoidable blindness for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. As part of their mutual goal to close the gap in eye health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia, Specsavers and The Fred Hollows Foundation have again joined forces to launch two limited edition frames. The project aims to raise $125,000 for The Foundation’s sight restoring work in Australia, to ensure more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples can access high quality eye care and eyewear. The frames feature the artwork of contemporary Aboriginal artist Rheanna Lotter. Rheanna is a proud Yuin nation woman who creates and sells her artwork through her business, Ngandabaa. Like what you see? Give us a like, share this video, and subscribe! Subscribe to our channel here: To learn more about our work, visit our website:

Changing Glasses around according to Need!

And how to handle a Mobile:

Not so long ago I was given a second hand mobile phone. Peter and my children wanted me to have this so I could be contacted any time. Password? Can’t remember.
Smartphone? I did not want one. Peter knew how to handle a smartphone. His smartphone lies now unused hidden away somewhere. I would not know how to use it! Even with my simple mobile phone I have sometimes trouble when I accidentally touch a wrong button. How should I know what all these buttons are for! The phone is for me just a commodity to receive important phone calls and maybe use for making an important phone call to a close family member.
I cannot walk around with glasses. They make me feel dizzy!
When I want to read or write something, or look at numbers, I need to wear my very strong glasses. At the computer I have different glasses that are not quite so strong. For watching TV I have even less strong glasses that are also sufficient for doing the dishes. And then for outside I have sunglasses that are made so I can look well into the distance. All four glasses have different coloured frames and cases to keep them in, and this helps me to distinguish them. 🙂

Bythe way since the year 2000 I am totally blind in my left eye because of enlarged macular hole!

I wrote this on the First Wednesday of the Month of June 2018:

Hurrah! My new glasses are here!


This is printed on one of the cleaning cloths.

The green rimmed glasses are for using at the computer, the red rimmed ones are for watching TV, and the dark glasses are anti glare sun glasses and good for wearing in the car. I also have some very strong black framed glasses for reading and writing and looking at pricetags in the shops.

Here is what you can find in Google about The Fred Hollows Foundation:

The Unwelcome Return of the Real Purveyors of Violence

I want this reblog so I can ponder a bit more about what it says .
“. . . planning and executing real coups overseas. In their real coups, many thousands of civilians have died. . .” This is the real world, isn’t it?

The Most Revolutionary Act

Foreign policy hands debate U.S. role in Europe - POLITICOVictoria Nuland: Instigated Coup in Ukraine

By Ron Paul | January 18, 2021

With the mainstream media still obsessing about the January 6th “violent coup attempt” at the US Capitol Building, the incoming Biden Administration looks to be chock full of actual purveyors of violent coups. Don’t look to the mainstream media to report on this, however. Some of the same politicians and bureaucrats denouncing the ridiculous farce at the Capitol as if it were the equivalent of 9/11 have been involved for decades in planning and executing real coups overseas. In their real coups, many thousands of civilians have died.

Take returning Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, for example. More than anyone else she is the face of the US-led violent coup against a democratically-elected government in Ukraine in 2014. Nuland not only passed out snacks to the coup leaders, she was caught on a phone call actually…

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