Saturday, December 22, 2012

Dog attack, an absolutely terrifying experience.

When I went to see my friend Tom Robinson on his cane farm, on a beautiful May day in 1999, I had never given a thought that it would turn into a bit of a “drama” with me finishing up in Hospital. I have known the Robinson family since the early 1960s and made countless visits there over the years. They always had three to four dogs that knew me and greeted me when I came. In the early 1970s I managed Dr. Westerway’s 92 hectare cane farm, which extended along the Captain Cook Highway Smithfield and down Yorkeys Knob Road, so we became neighbours of the Robinsons.

I have experienced many things in my varied life, some good and some bad, but being attacked by five dogs was by far my worst experience – something I would not wish on anyone.

I love dogs. We always had one or two German Sheppard dogs, and I was never afraid of dogs. This experience didn't change that.

However, on that fateful day
when I went to see Tom about something, I found the house locked, but I heard voices and other activities coming from the farm shed, so I proceeded to go there.  I called out, “Are you there Tom?” However, instead of getting a reply, a dog came from nowhere at me. I knew that in a case like this it is important not to show fear and stand your ground and yell at the dog and they normally retreat. This had worked for me on a few occasions in the past, but not this time.

The dog couldn't be intimidated and got stuck into me from the front and the other four dogs were on the side and behind attacking me viciously. I was totally surrounded by the dogs.

I knew that holding the bottom jaw of a dog stops him biting
you and it renders them powerless. So I grabbed the attack dog’s bottom jaw with my hand, but only for a short time.  I had to let go as I had only one hand to defend myself, and the other four dogs were still ripping into me. I kept walking backwards belting the dog with my bare fists, but they smelled blood and were in a frenzy, and there was no way to stop them.

Eventually I was able to hop onto a small tractor,
now I was on higher ground, and I grabbed a chair beside the tractor and used the four legs like a defending “fencing” action against the dogs.  With all the commotion - the yapping dogs, and what seemed to be an eternity - the dog owner finally came, grabbed the main attack dog and the attack stopped.

There was blood and pieces of flesh hanging from me everywhere.
I had countless deep tooth marks; to say that I was a mess would have been an understatement. The dog owner called the ambulance and I asked him to ring Karola to tell her what happened and for her to ask our neighbour to bring her here to pick up the car.

Karola arrived just before the ambulance left for Cairns – she was shocked and couldn’t believe what she saw. Karola was told by the ambulance man to go home as the hospital would ring her when I was ready to be picked up. I wanted to be taken to my private doctor, but they insisted on taking me to the Cairns Base Hospital.

I was dropped off there at 5 pm; blood was running through the blood saturated bandages from my arms and legs to the floor and into my shoes. When at 8 pm no doctor had seen me, I rang Karola and told her to come in and pick me up and take me to an after hour doctors surgery. I was still on the phone, when a doctor called me in, he must have overheard my conversation with Karola.

At about 7 pm our granddaughter, Dina, rang home and wanted to know if the prearranged meeting with me in Cairns in the morning still stood. Karola told her that she would doubt it as I had been attacked by dogs and was in hospital. So Dina rushed to the hospital and just arrived as the nurse called me in for a clean-up and dressing the wounds, and Dina came in with me. I was finally all bandaged up at 9.30 pm and Dina drove me home.

The following day, Dina rang the ambulance and asked if they reported the dog attack to the police, to which they replied: “No, we are not required to do that.” Yet, if a doctor sees an abused child he is required to report it to the police; a bit of a double standard here. Without telling me, Dina rang the Cairns Post and told them what had happened to me. Shortly after a Cairns Post journalist with camera came to see me. Once the Article with my picture laying in bed, under the heading “Horror Dog Attack” appeared in the Cairns Post, I was inundated with phone calls from far and wide. I remember a friend from the Atherton Tableland who said: “I always knew that you like to get your name into the Cairns Post, but I never thought that you would go to this length.” This article came also to the attention of the then Cairns City Council. See Cairns Post article below. (Click image to enlarge.)

The only thing that was wrong in that article was that the dog owner told the Cairns Post that it was a Labrador cross, when in fact it was a pit-bull cross.

I take this opportunity to wish my entire regular blog visitors in Australia and the world, a merry Christmas, a happy and healthy New Year, and peace in this world. - Werner

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Horror Dog Attack
Animals set to be put down
By Tracey Ferrier

A 68-year-old Yorkeys Knob man is nursing 30 puncture wounds and three bone-deep gashes after five dogs set upon him at a friend's cane farm.

Werner Schmidlin says he's lucky to have survived the terrifying attack, which left him bruised, bloodied and his clothes in shreds. The Cairns City Council has promised action after it was revealed the Yorkeys Knob farm is home to eight dogs - twice as many as regulations allow.

Farm worker Andrew Herrington - who owns six of the animals, including two puppies not involved in the attack - said two of his adult dogs would be destroyed.

He said one of the farm owner's two dogs also would be put down. Mr Schmidlin said he had just arrived at the friend's farm on Monday when the pack circled him and began to attack.

"A big dog just came straight for me and the other five joined in the frenzy," he said. He said he'd never before had a problem with the farm owner's pets hut the aggression shown by another dog incited them all. "I had to fend them off with my hand and I was calling out for help," he said. "There was blood all over the floor (of the farm shed)." He said the pack retreated but came back at him on two more occasions.

"I managed to fend them off with a chair which I could grab. I had flesh hanging off me, especially on my arm and leg," Mr Schmidlin said. "I was trying not to fall down because I knew if I did I would have had much worse injuries."

He said he ended up climbing aboard a small tractor to escape the animals until help arrived.

He was taken to Cairns Base Hospital for treatment. His major injuries include gashes to his right calf muscle and right forearm, a badly bruised right shoulder and a finger that was bitten through -it was a terrifying experience. “If I was a kid I'd be dead," Mr Schmidlin said. He said he was a dog lover and hated to think of the animals being destroyed, saying a better solution would be for owners to control their animals.

"I don't really blame the animal so much as the owner for not making sure it didn't happen," Mr Schmidlin said.

"I want to try and make sure this sort of thing doesn't happen again."  Mr Herrington said the attack was shocking and he'd always raised his dogs -Labradors, bulldogs and crosses of both - to be gentle. He said Mr Schmidlin had come on to the property unannounced and the dogs simply were protecting the area.

"I think something that can be applied across the board, especially in farm situations, is for people to stay in their cars until someone comes out to meet them," Mr Herrington said.

He said he was aware of council limits on dog numbers and would take action to comply with those regulations. He said he believed only a couple of the dogs actually had bitten Mr Schmidlin but said he did not witness the entire incident, which happened very quickly. "It was really, really quick - bloody scary actually," he said.

While the thought of putting down his pets was heartbreaking, Mr Herrington said he could not take the risk of the aggressors in the group attacking again. "As much as I love them, it is unacceptable," he said.

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My thought for today. - Werner
Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience. -- Paulo Coelho
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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Burn your candle the right way.

Lit candles are symbolic for many occasions in the world. Christmas time, and a romantic dinner are a couple of occasions that come to mind. Unfortunately, for many poor people around the world candlelight might be the only way to get light at night. However, if the rapid rise of electricity prices continues in Australia, many people here will be forced to burn candles for their lighting.

This brings me to a quote from Thomas Edison, (1847 t o 1931) American inventor and business man. “I shall make electricity so cheap that only the rich can afford to burn candles.” – Wouldn’t we wish that this would be so?

So, my advice for safe candle burning is: “Do not burn your candle at both ends.” This phrase originates from a short poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay, which read:

I burn my candle at both ends,
It will not last the night.
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends,
It gives a lovely light.

Basically, it’s meaning centres around the fact
that if you burn a candle at both ends, while the light it gives forth will be brighter; it also won't last as long. An alternate interpretation would be that if you burn a candle at both ends of the day - that is to say, both early in the morning, and late into the night - it wouldn't last as long either.

It is also an expression that means living with impetuous eagerness. A candle burning at both ends simultaneously (not sequentially) will give out a lot of light, but burn up in a hurry. Usually this is a metaphor for dissipation, excess, and overindulgence.  So, just light your candle on the right end. - Werner


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Tips for safe candle burning.
By Vanessa Huckeby
When you first start burning candles, you don't expect to do much more than light a match and enjoy the candlelight. While this is certainly a simplified version, for most of us candle burning is a science and an art. The good news though, is by following some simple candle maintenance rules, the better they will burn and the more they will enrich your candle burning experience.  The even better news is that there really isn't that much to do as things to be aware of.

1.    The first time you light a pillar candle, burn it one hour for every inch of its diameter. This will allow the pool of wax to extend to the outside rim and prevent your candle from forming a "canyon" in its centre. Burning your candle this way will also set its memory. Each time you re-light the candle it will "remember" to burn out to the rim.

2.    Keep your wicks trimmed!! This essential for a clean, smoke free burn. Many people complain about candles that smoke and this can be eliminated by trimming the wicks to ¼ inch every time you burn the candle. This is true for all types of candle.

3.    If your candle is smoking despite trimming the wick and checking for debris in the melt pool, extinguish the candle immediately. Trim the wick again a little more and allow to cool before relighting. The smoking will stop. With a quality candle, you shouldn't have problems with smoking, but it is worth remembering that scented candles will smoke more than unscented candles.

4.    When you burn a highly scented candle, sometimes "mushrooming" will occur on the wick. Treat this as a friendly reminder that you need to trim the wick.

5.    Candles need to breathe. If you burn a candle in a small room, it is likely to smoke. Please consider the size of your room when you display your new candles.

6.    Never "blow out" a candle. Blowing will spray the wax everywhere and cause the candle to drip and smoke. The most effective way to extinguish the flame of a candle is to use a candle snuffer. If you don't own a snuffer, the best way to extinguish the candle is to place your forefinger in front of the flame before you blow. This clever trick means that the air will hit the flame from the sides instead of hitting it directly.

IMPORTANT! While everything I have described will enhance your experience burning candles, the advice below is essential. Please ensure you read this advice for burning your candles safely.

•    Never leave a burning candle unattended!
•    Keep out of the reach of children and pets
•    To prevent smoking, trim wick to ¼ inch prior to each use and keep trimmed.
•    If candle smokes, extinguish, trim wick & re-light
•    Keep debris out of the melt pool
•    To prevent fading, keep out of direct sunlight.
•    Extinguish by dipping wick into melted wax then reposition. This will help to eliminate smoking.
•    If candle burns unevenly due to a draft, carefully push the wick to the higher side. If this causes dripping, extinguish, cool and relight. Repeat a few times and the candle will repair itself.
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My thought for today. Werner
We are no more than candles burning in the wind. - Japanese Proverb
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Saturday, November 24, 2012

The humble pineapple is packed with health promoting enzymes.

These health promoting properties of pineapples are well-known; however according to Danica Collins they also contain cancer fighting properties. See below what she wrote.

The pineapple is the symbolic fruit of the tropical and sub-tropical regions in the
world. We in North Queensland are blessed to have this delicious fruit available all year round, and I  grow them in our garden as well. Picture: Two of our fourteen pineapple plants in our garden. Click on picture to enlarge.

A special sweet and low acid variety is the “Mareeba Gold pineapple” grown here in Mareeba in North Queensland by the Pinata Farm. What’s so different about a Mareeba Gold Pineapple? Click here to find out.

The pineapple is a member of the bromeliad family, and is the only available edible bromeliad today. It is a multiple fruit. One pineapple is actually made up of dozens of individual flowers that grow together to form the entire fruit. Pineapples stop ripening the minute they are picked. No special way of storing them will help ripen them further. Colour is relatively unimportant in determining ripeness. Choose your pineapple by smell. If it smells fresh, and sweet, it will be a good fruit.
And, as an old proverb says: “Only the knife knows the heart of a pineapple”
Click here to read a previous posting. “The pineapple is more than just a luscious sweet delight.”

In conclusion:  Eat pineapples for good health and at the same time support our pineapple farmers. And, I hope that you are not given the rough end of the pineapple, as we say in Australia – meaning: To be treated unfairly. Have a nice day. - Werner

Pineapple Enzyme Bromelain Destroys Cancer.

Source: Underground Health Reporter. Writer: Danica Collins .To read other articles from Danica Collins, click here.

The enzyme bromelain, found in pineapple, is one of several natural foods you can use to prevent cancer, fight cancer if you have it, and minimize the effects of radiation therapy that often cause as much damage to healthy cells as they do to cancerous cells.

Chemotherapy is the most common form of treatment for cancer in the United States. It has been used for the past four decades despite the fact that it ravages the body, weakening the immune system until it can no longer function properly.
The cure is often worse than the disease, pushing scientists to search for natural cancer-fighting solutions.
Bromelain Destroys the Cancer – Not Your Body. One such solution is compounds that act with “selective cytotoxicity” – shrinking or killing cancer cells while leaving healthy cells alone. This ability is only found in nature and, so far, science has been unable to duplicate it.

Bromelain is the pineapple enzyme that digests proteins and it exhibits this ability. It is found in the stem and the fruit of the pineapple. You can also get small quantities in juice, but for true cancer-fighting power, you need to consider a pineapple enzyme extract.

Until recently, getting enzymes into your bloodstream (where they can do the most good) has been almost impossible. Enzymes are broken down in the stomach before ever reaching the rest of your body.

Now scientists are using enteric coatings that resist stomach acid and break down only in specific locations of your intestines so the full benefit is achieved. Getting enough natural enzymes into your system is crucial to total body health. Raw, organic fruits and vegetables take some of the enzyme production stress off your body – and aid in better digestion – so the unused enzymes can find and kill cancerous cells.

A fruit and vegetable smoothie, abundant in natural enzymes, should be consumed early in the day on an empty stomach. This way, resources that would normally go into breaking down your food are instead able to bolster your immune system, strengthen your cells, and fight illness.

Beyond cancer, bromelain’s extremely high anti-inflammatory properties make it a natural treatment for arthritis and bowel disorders. Inflammation is believed to be a root cause of hundreds of diseases. Diet is Key to Fighting Cancer preventing disease is always preferable to fighting it. National Cancer Institute’s Rachael Stolzenberg-Solomon, PhD, MPH, RD, puts it this way: “The easiest, least-expensive way to reduce your risk for cancer is just by eating a healthy diet.”

A variety of fruits and vegetables should make up the largest portions on your plate.
It leaves less room for foods that may be high in saturated fats or preservatives. Karen Collins, RD, nutritional advisor for the American Institute for Cancer Research explains, “You’re looking at creating something for a lifetime. If each month or so you enjoy [one more vegetable], then that’s great.”
To read  the rest of the article “6 Natural Cancer  Fighters You Need in Your Diet” click here and then scroll down.

My thought for today.
Wisdom is to the mind what health is to the body. - Francois De La Rochefoucauld*
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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Fox - our temperamental mare.

Following is a story from my adolescent time, and as the German proverb says: “Beautiful is our adolescence, but it will not come back.” I hope you enjoy this story. Picture: I was twelve years old. - Werner

Our temperamental mare named Fox (Fuchs in German) because of her colour; the only other colour was a white strip on her face.

See photo: Fox and me during the war.  I loved that horse, I was really attached to Fox and I can remember vividly that I cried when she died. I could say that Fox was our (one horsepower) “motor”. She pulled our wagon full with produce from our farm, or us, if we wanted to go somewhere. That was the normal mode of transport then. She pulled the big sledge in winter with the whole family on it, going on short excursions to enjoy the wintry white landscape. In summer, Fox was particularly invaluable in pulling the plough and other farm implements to till our fields. But I derived my greatest pleasure from Fox, when I went riding with her on a weekend. And of course there was a “bonus,” she gave birth to two lovely foals in the time we had her.

In the summer time, we put ear caps on Fox (see picture) to keep out the small irritating insects, which loved to “congregate” inside her ears and caused her to constantly shake her head.  I was 12 years old when the photo was taken and, as you would have guessed, it was summer, consequently I was “topless” and I, like all other youngsters at that time, wore braces to keep my pants up - not belts.

Fox was an exceptional horse; as far as horses go, it can be best compared with the characteristics of a dog, friendly to their own people, but wary of strangers. Yes! That was our Fox. I have never experienced this in any other horse.  When strangers approached her she would put her ears back shake her head and give them a dirty look, often for extra emphasis, pulling her lips up and showing her big teeth.  That was the obvious reason why the army didn’t want a bar of her.  Everybody in the village knew about her and gave her a wide berth when she was ‘parked’ somewhere. There was definitely no chance of strangers “horsing around” with her.
In 1939 at the beginning of World War Two, army officers came to our village of Bischoffingen, to confiscate the strong and healthy horses from the farmers, to be used for the war effort.  Fox was one of the many they selected and I was worried that we will lose and possibly never see Fox again. But Fox; true to his wily form showed the army in no uncertain way that she didn’t want to join the army. She displayed her temperament, ears back, shaking her head, pulling up her lips and bucking - and the soldier who was supposed to lead her away was too frightened of her and let go of her. It took only a very short time for the officer in charge to say that they didn’t want her as she would be far too much trouble for the army. I of course couldn’t have been happier with this decision.

I recall one particularly Fox incident as vividly as if it had only occurred a short while ago.  Before every winter, everybody stocked up on coal, which was used for heating.  The coal dealer ordered the coal by railway wagonloads and the villagers went with their horses and wagons to the railway station to pick up their required quantity of coal. Grandfather and I, with wagon pulled by Fox, also went to get our quantity of coal. But to find out how much coal one had loaded we had to drive first with horse and wagon on a big weighbridge to get weighed, then after the coal was on the wagon we had to drive onto the weighbridge again to find out how much coal we had to pay for.

As we arrived at the railway station, we found that a long queue of wagons and horses had already formed and people sauntering about.  This was a slow process as only a couple of railway wagons at a time were opened and everybody had to shovel their own coal into their wagons.  But no one did really mind to queue up, this was a welcome opportunity for villagers to have a chat with each other, about various matters, but the subject that came up invariable, was the war.  But here was extreme caution required not to say something against the Nazi government, you never knew if there wasn’t an informer hanging around – and that would have been a matter of life or death.

Our local blacksmith carried out the shoeing of Fox and I can assure you that there was no love lost between the blacksmith and Fox.  As it so happened, grandfather was talking to someone and standing about one meter away from the hindquarters of Fox. He was unaware that the blacksmith, who was also in the wagon queue, was walking along the wagons and inadvertently came too close to Fox. She put her ears back, shook her head, neighed and at the same time kicked forcefully with her hind legs sidewise and sent grandfather flying. 

The look on Fox's face after this bit of hind leg acrobatics, what a horse would consider a brilliant kick, said it all, “sorry mate that was meant for that darned blacksmith!”  Grandfather got away with a big shock and a black and blue cheek of his “behind,” which lasted for some weeks and it was painful for him to sit on the chair. At a family gathering, grandfather showed us half his colourful buttock and said that the other half looked exactly the same. But he forgave Fox, he knew who the kick was meant for, he just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.

We of course all know that life isn’t meant to be easy. I hope you enjoyed this little story. - Werner

My thought for today. - Werner
Beautiful is our adolescence, but it will not come back. -German proverb.

(Schön ist die Jugend aber sie kommt nicht mehr.)

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Sunday, October 28, 2012


Below is the speech by Geert Wilders, Chairman, of the Party for Freedom, the Netherlands, at the Four Seasons, New York, introducing an Alliance of Patriots and announcing the Facing Jihad Conference in Jerusalem.

Wilder is scheduled to come to Australia in February 2013. I assume that he will tell us something similar to what he told the Americans. Luckily, we still have freedom of speech in this country, a luxury nonexistent in Islamic countries.

What he says is thought provoking stuff, as well as alarming and sobering; and what he says could well be in store for Australia in the future.

A great number of Australians are getting increasingly apprehensive about what they see is happening in European countries that opened their doors to Muslim immigration. Forming a parallel society, by not integrating and assimilating into the culture of their host countries, is one sticking point. And, the doctrine in the Koran that Muslims should consider Christians and Jews as infidels and should not mix with them and kill them is another. So, the question begs: Can a Muslim who sticks religiously to this dictum become a good Australian?

Some of what Wilders is saying is already manifestly obvious in some suburbs in western Sydney, where non Muslin Australians dare not go.

The Dutch are doing something about their Muslim problems, and to read more about that and, what Canadian Professor Mahfooz Kanwar; a member of the Muslim Canadian Congress said, click here.

I would like to stress that I do not necessarily agree with the sentiments expressed in Wilders speech, but thought it may be of public interest to be elucidated. The Australian public is smart enough to draw their own conclusions. Please take the time to read and understand what is written here, Please send it to every free person that you know, it is so very important.  - Werner

Here is the Speech by Geert Wilders.
Dear friends, Thank you very much for inviting me.

I come to America with a mission.  All is not well in the old world. There is a tremendous danger looming, and it is very difficult to be optimistic.  We might be in the final stages of the Islamization of Europe.  This not only is a clear and present danger to the future of Europe itself, it is a threat to America and the sheer survival of the West.  The United States as the last bastion of Western civilization, facing an Islamic Europe.

First I will describe the situation on the ground in Europe.  Then, I will say a few things about Islam.  To close I will tell you about a meeting in Jerusalem ...

The Europe you know is changing.You have probably seen the landmarks, but in all of these cities, sometimes a few blocks away from your tourist destination, there is another world.  It is the world of the parallel society created by Muslim mass-migration.

All throughout Europe a new reality is rising: entire Muslim neighbourhoods where very few indigenous people reside or are even seen.  And if they are, they might regret it.  This goes for the police as well.  It's the world of head scarves, where women walk around in figureless tents, with baby strollers and a group of children.  Their husbands, or slaveholders if you prefer, walk three steps ahead.  There are mosques on many street corners.  The shops have signs you and I cannot read.  You will be hard-pressed to find any economic activity.  These are Muslim ghettos controlled by religious fanatics.  These are Muslim neighbour-hoods, and they are mushrooming in every city across Europe.  These are the building-blocks for territorial control of increasingly larger portions of Europe, street by street, neighbourhood by neighbourhood, city by city.

There are now thousands of mosques throughout Europe. With larger congre-gations than there are in churches.  And in every European city there are plans to build super-mosques that will dwarf every church in the region.  Clearly, the signal is: we rule.
Many European cities are already one-quarter Muslim: just take Amsterdam , Marseille and Malmo in Sweden .  In many cities the majority of the under-18 population is Muslim.   Paris is now surrounded by a ring of Muslim neighbourhoods.  Mohammed is the most popular name among boys in many cities.

In some elementary schools in Amsterdam the farm can no longer be mentioned, because that would also mean mentioning the pig, and that would be an insult to Muslims.

Many state schools in Belgium and Denmark only serve halal food to all pupils
.  In once-tolerant Amsterdam gays are beaten up almost exclusively by Muslims. Non-Muslim women routinely hear 'whore, whore'.  Satellite dishes are not pointed to local TV stations, but to stations in the country of origin.

In France school teachers are advised to avoid authors deemed offensive to Muslims, including Voltaire and Diderot; the same is increasingly true of Darwin .  The history of the Holocaust can no longer be taught because of Muslim sensitivity.

In England Sharia courts are now officially part of the British legal system.
Many neighbourhoods in France are no-go areas for women without head scarves.  Last week a man almost died after being beaten up by Muslims in Brussels , because he was drinking during the Ramadan.

Jews are fleeing France in record numbers,
on the run for the worst wave of anti-Semitism since World War II.  French is now commonly spoken on the streets of Tel Aviv and Netanya , Israel .  I could go on forever with stories like this.  Stories about Islamization.

A total of fifty-four million Muslims now live in Europe.  San Diego University recently calculated that a staggering 25 percent of the population in Europe will be Muslim just 12 years from now.  Bernhard Lewis has predicted a Muslim majority by the end of this century.

Now these are just numbers. 
And the numbers would not be threatening if the Muslim-immigrants had a strong desire to assimilate.  But there are few signs of that.  The Pew Research Centre reported that half of French Muslims see their loyalty to Islam as greater than their loyalty to France .  One-third of French Muslims do not object to suicide attacks.  The British Centre for Social Cohesion reported that one-third of British Muslim students are in favour of a worldwide caliphate.  Muslims demand what they call 'respect'.  And this is how we give them respect.  We have Muslim official state holidays.

The Christian-Democratic attorney general is willing to accept Sharia in the Netherlands if there is a Muslim majority.  We have cabinet members with passports from Morocco and Turkey ..

Muslim demands are supported by unlawful behaviour, ranging from petty crimes and random violence, for example against ambulance workers and bus drivers, to small-scale riots.   Paris has seen its uprising in the low-income suburbs, the banlieus.  I call the perpetrators 'settlers'.  Because that is what they are.  They do not come to integrate into our societies; they come to integrate our society into their Dar-al-Islam.  Therefore, they are settlers.

Much of this street violence I mentioned is directed exclusively against non-Muslims, forcing many native people to leave their neighbourhoods, their cities, their countries.  Moreover, Muslims are now a swing vote not to be ignored.

The second thing you need to know is the importance of Mohammed the prophet. 
His behaviour is an example to all Muslims and cannot be criticized.  Now, if Mohammed had been a man of peace, let us say like Ghandi and Mother Theresa wrapped in one, there would be no problem.  But Mohammed was a warlord, a mass murderer, a paedophile, and had several marriages - at the same time.  Islamic tradition tells us how he fought in battles, how he had his enemies murdered and even had prisoners of war executed.  Mohammed himself slaughtered the Jewish tribe of Banu Qurayza.  If it is good for Islam, it is good.  If it is bad for Islam, it is bad.

Let no one fool you about Islam being a religion.
  Sure, it has a god, and a here-after, and 72 virgins.  But in its essence Islam is a political ideology.  It is a system that lays down detailed rules for society and the life of every person.  Islam wants to dictate every aspect of life.  Islam means 'submission'.  Islam is not compatible with freedom and democracy, because what it strives for is Sharia.  If you want to compare Islam to anything, compare it to communism or national-socialism, these are all totalitarian ideologies.

Now you know why Winston Churchill called Islam 'the most retrograde force in the world', and why he compared Mein Kampf to the Quran. 
The public has wholeheartedly accepted the Palestinian narrative, and sees Israel as the aggressor.  I have lived in this country and visited it dozens of times.  I support Israel .  First, because it is the Jewish homeland after two thousand years of exile up to and including Auschwitz, second because it is a democracy, and third because Israel is our first line of defence.

This tiny country is situated on the fault line of jihad, frustrating Islam's territorial advance. Israel is facing the front lines of jihad, like Kashmir, Kosovo, the Philippines, Southern Thailand, Darfur in Sudan , Lebanon , and Aceh in Indonesia . Israel is simply in the way.  The same way West-Berlin was during the Cold War.

The war against Israel is not a war against Israel.  It is a war against the West.  It is jihad.   Israel is simply receiving the blows that are meant for all of us.  If there would have been no Israel, Islamic imperialism would have found other venues to release its energy and its desire for conquest.  Thanks to Israeli parents who send their children to the army and lay awake at night, parents in Europe and America can sleep well and dream, unaware of the dangers looming.

Many in Europe argue in favour of abandoning Israel in order to address the grievances of our Muslim minorities.  But if Israel were, God forbid, to go down, it would not bring any solace to the West It would not mean our Muslim minorities would all of a sudden change their behaviour, and accept our values.  On the contrary, the end of Israel would give enormous encouragement to the forces of Islam.  They would, and rightly so, see the demise of Israel as proof that the West is weak, and doomed.  The end of Israel would not mean the end of our problems with Islam, but only the beginning.  It would mean the start of the final battle for world domination.  If they can get Israel , they can get everything.  So-called journalists volunteer to label any and all critics of Islamization as a 'right-wing extremists' or 'racists'.

In my country, the Netherlands , 60 percent of the population now sees the mass immigration of Muslims as the number one policy mistake since World War II.  And another 60 percent sees Islam as the biggest threat.  Yet there is a danger greater danger than terrorist attacks, the scenario of America as the last man standing.  The lights may go out in Europe faster than you can imagine.  An Islamic Europe means a Europe without freedom and democracy, an economic wasteland, an intellectual nightmare, and a loss of military might for America - as its allies will turn into enemies, enemies with atomic bombs.  With an Islamic Europe, it would be up to America alone to preserve the heritage of Rome, Athens and Jerusalem.

Dear friends, liberty is the most precious of gifts.  My generation never had to fight for this freedom, it was offered to us on a silver platter, by people who fought for it with their lives.  All throughout Europe , American cemeteries remind us of the young boys who never made it home, and whose memory we cherish. 

My generation does not own this freedom; we are merely its custodians.  We can only hand over this hard won liberty to Europe 's children in the same state in which it was offered to us.  We cannot strike a deal with mullahs and imams.  Future generations would never forgive us.  We cannot squander our liberties.  We simply do not have the right to do so. We have to take the necessary action now to stop this Islamic stupidity from destroying the free world that we know.

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A free society is a place where it's safe to be unpopular. - Adlai Stevenson

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Sunday, October 14, 2012


Since I enjoy a lemon drink with honey everyday, the following article about frozen lemons caught my eye and, it makes sense to me; using the whole lemon instead only squeezing them and waste half of it. Lemon peels contain a spectrum of vitamins, minerals and fibre that can give your menu a nutritional boost and flavour. This article is supplementary to a previous posting. Start your day with a lemon.

Boost your health with a lemon, they alkalise your system which contributes to good health.. Although lemon is thought of as an acidic fruit, it is highly alkalizing once it goes into your body.  This means that it helps your body to be in a state that is more balanced and health-creating.

The "lemon" is used to mean a faulty or defective item. A typical use in Australia is to describe a second hand car that, once bought, turns out to have serious faults, as a "lemon". I’m at a loss why this delicious fruit packed with goodness is associated with faulty goods? – Werner

Mores interesting links about lemon, just click on them.

Watch a practical demonstration.
And 22 Uses for Lemon Peels.
Why is Lemon Water Alkaline?

 Amazing frozen lemons! All it a frozen lemon.

Many professionals in restaurants and eateries are using or consuming the
entire lemon and nothing is wasted. How can you use the whole lemon without waste?

Simple; place the washed lemon in the freezer section of your refrigerator. Once the lemon is frozen, get your grater, and shred the whole lemon (no need to peel it) and sprinkle it on top of your foods.

Sprinkle it to your vegetable salad, ice cream, soup, cereals, noodles, spaghetti sauce, rice, sushi, fish dishes, whisky.... the list is endless.

All of the foods will unexpectedly have a wonderful taste, something that you may have never tasted before. Most likely, you only think of lemon juice and vitamin C. Not anymore. Now that you've learned this lemon secret, you can use lemon even in instant cup noodles.

What's the major advantage of using the whole lemon other than preventing waste and adding new taste to your dishes?

Well, you see lemon peels contain as much as 5 to 10 times more vitamins than the lemon juice itself. And yes, that's what you've been wasting.

But from now on, by following this simple procedure of freezing the wholelemon, then grating it on top of your dishes, you can consume all of those nutrients and get even healthier.

It's also good that lemon peels are health rejuvenators in eradicating 

toxic elements in the body.

So place your washed lemon in your freezer, and then grate it on your 

meal every day. It is a key to make your foods tastier and you get to live 
 healthier and longer! That's the lemon secret! Better late than never, right? 
The surprising benefits of lemon! Lemon (Citrus) is a miraculous product to kill cancer cells. It is 10,000 times stronger than chemotherapy.

Why do we not know about that? Because there are laboratories interested in making a synthetic version that will bring them huge profits.
You can now help a friend in need by letting him/her know that lemon juice is beneficial in preventing the disease. Its taste is pleasant and it does not produce the horrific effects of chemotherapy. How many people will die while this closely guarded secret is kept, so as not to jeopardize the beneficial multimillionaires large corporations?

As you know, the lemon tree is known for its varieties of lemons and limes.

You can eat the fruit in different ways: you can eat the pulp, juice press, prepare drinks, sorbets, pastries, etc... It is credited with many virtues, but the most interesting is the effect it produces on cysts and tumours.

This plant is a proven remedy against cancers of all types.

Some say it isvery useful in all variants of cancer. It is considered also as an anti microbial spectrum against bacterial infections and fungi, effective against internal parasites and worms, it regulates blood pressure which is too high and an antidepressant that combats stress and nervous disorders.

The source of this information is fascinating:
it comes from one of the
largest drug manufacturers in the world, says that after more than 20 laboratory tests since 1970, the extracts revealed that It destroys the malignant cells in 12 cancers, including colon, breast, prostate, lung and pancreas... The compounds of this tree showed 10,000 times better than the product Adriamycin, a drug normally used chemotherapeutic in the world, slowing the growth of cancer cells.

And what is even more astonishing: this type of therapy with lemon extract only destroys malignant cancer cells and it does not affect healthy cells. So, give those lemons a good wash, freeze them and grate them. Your whole body will love you for it!!!!!

My thought for today: - Werner
If life throws you a lemon - make lemonade. - Joan Collins 

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Alan Jones’ foot in the mouth.

I totally disagree with the appalling comments made by Broadcaster Alan Jones that PM Julia Gillard’s father died of shame because she is telling lies. Yes, she told a big lie by saying, “There will be no carbon tax under a government I lead” and then reneging on it. However, this is no reason for Alan Jones to make such disparaging comments. Julia Gillard is our Prime Minister whether we like her or despise her; she deserves respect.

Telling fibs is part of a politician’s work manual,
this is nothing surprising. Those denigrating comments will be counter productive and will go against the Liberal Party, who should have censured Jones immediately.

Alan Jones apologising is like wanting to unscramble an egg.
In other words, if you hit somebody on the head with a cricket bat and then apologise, that will not take the pain away.

While the comments by Jones were a hit under the belt, and well over the top,
we have to give him credit where credit is due. Jones is involved in many good causes, like for instance, bringing into the open the catastrophic effects of coal seam gas exploration and the disastrous effect it has on our food producing farmers. He has also justifiably chastised the duopoly of Woolworths and Coles - who are destroying our farmers with their actions.
Now this, in my opinion, is more significant, than the unfortunate uttering by Alan Jones.  See also my previous posting. (Scroll down!)

The old adage:
“Make sure your brain is engaged before putting mouth in gear,”
is perhaps what Jones should adhere to.

Following is my own story. Perhaps Alan Jones could learn something from the moral at the bottom of my story. - Werner

The difficulty I had with saying, I’m sorry.
By Werner Schmidlin
When I was ten years old I was given a pocket knife for my birthday – it was the "In thing" in those days. To test the sharpness of this knife I went to a paddock full with fruit trees belonging to an elderly lady, and sliced some bark off one of the trees. I could have done the same on trees belonging to us, but I was smart enough not to use one of our trees as "sharpness tester," simple, because I would have been a suspect with my new knife, and I knew the consequences that would have come my way.

Unbeknown to me however, I was observed testing my knife by two of the neighbour’s kids and they reported my activity to the schoolteacher. The following day I was hauled before the teacher in front of the class and was "Pauline Hanson-ed’ – “Please explain!”
I could see that I it was useless to deny the tree-bark-slicing job, there were two witnesses against me, and I pleaded guilty. The Judge (teacher) said to me, I give you two options.

"One: You go and seal the wounds of that tree with wax, and then bandage it. Then you go to the old lady and apologise and say SORRY. I’ll give you one day to fix the tree up and one week to see the lady and say SORRY." He continued, "If you have not accomplished these two "assignments," a second option will come into play – I bring the matter to the attention of your parents". In those days parents and teachers were powerful forces, for whom one had great respect. (I wish this would still be the case today).

After school that day, I quietly went about my task and fixed up that tree. Then the hardest task, the apology, was in front of me. I made countless attempts to go to the lady and say SORRY, but I got no further than the front door of her house, with my finger bent and ready to knock on the door. But each time, I could not muster the courage to move my hand and knock on the door – and I went away - to try again later.

The seven-day deadline was approaching rapidly, and one the seventh day, finally, with a tremendous mental effort I mustered enough courage to knock at the lady’s front door. The lady opened the door (I can still see it today) and I said to her that I damaged one of her trees, that I had fixed it up and that I was SORRY. The lady smiled and said thank you for letting her know and that it was nice of me to say “Sorry.” I left with a good feeling of having done the right thing and as a reward a tremendous weight had come off my shoulders.

The moral of this story is: Not only did I learn a valuable lesson, but also, I swore to myself never ever to get myself into a situation when I would be required to say “I’m SORRY.” The lesson was: To think things through, always asking myself would I have to say "I’M SORRY" after saying or doing something. Only after careful weighing out every angle would I do or say something, and this principle is still with me today.

My thought for today. Werner
Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them. Unknown
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Friday, September 14, 2012

Woolworths and Coles, Australia’s two biggest retailers have piranha like tendencies.

This ubiquitous duopoly manipulates, coerces, and undercuts their opposition till they are no longer viable and go out of business, and then they will be in total control over us.

They are destroying our Australian farmers who are producing our food,
so they have an excuse to import their merchandise from China or other countries that have cheaper work forces, and who spray their produce with herbicide, not allowed to be used in Australia. The milk discount war they started with the Australian dairy farmers is unforgivable and against the national interest.

This duopoly now controls our petrol, hardware, liquor, gambling, groceries, meat, fruit and vegetables; in short, all the essentials for our existence. It is absolutely shameful that our federal government allows this to happen. Australia’s ACCC (Australian Competition and Consumer Commission) is a toothless tiger and that is an understatement. Their mantra is supposed to be: “To promote competition and fair trade in the market place to benefit consumers, businesses and the community. It also regulates national infrastructure services. Its primary responsibility is to ensure that individuals and businesses comply with the Commonwealth competition, fair trading and consumer protection laws.” What a bad joke; they will not touch Woolworths or Coles.

This duopoly will bribe their customers with a few cents of discount for petrol, but one has to spend money first. But no matter whether one spends 30 dollars or 300, the discount is more an insult than a reward, and nobody would drive more than a few Km to the nearest Woolworths or Coles controlled service station – it just wouldn’t be worth it.

It saddens me no end when I see people buying their meat, bread, stationary, fruit and vegetables from those two and bypassing the small family owned businesses nearby.  They don’t seem to care what will happen once those small family businesses have gone by the wayside because of Woolworths and Coles.

Here is a letter Rob McIntyre sent subscribers of his website “Better Living Resources” – which reflects my sentiments exactly. - Werner  

 Dear Judy,
I know it has only been 18 months since I had a swing at the "Hungry Beast" - the Coles/Woolworths duopoly. But there are just too many honest people being fleeced and sent broke by the money hungry corporations.
In little more than a decade, Coles and Woolworths have spread their tentacles - and power - across the retail spectrum. They run a near-duopoly in the $84 billion grocery industry, with market share way above 75 per cent. They are among the biggest players in petrol retailing, with a combined share of more than 65 per cent. They hold at least 60 per cent of the liquor, clubs and hotels industry and 60.5 per cent of department stores through Big W, Kmart and Target. In hardware, Bunnings already controls 16 per cent of the highly fragmented industry and more than 56 per cent of hardware retailing.

They have moved into the beer market, with Woolworths buying a 25 per cent stake in Western Australian brewer Gage Road, and private label beer brands, including Platinum Blonde. Coles is selling Tasman Bitter Hammer 'n' Tongs as its own brand and Woolworths has bought Cellarmasters, which gives it a one-stop-shop for wine, including wineries, distributing wine, a wine club and an online business.

They have also moved into financial services, including a credit card and insurance, and both are keen on the pharmaceutical industry if and when it is ever opened up.The activities, coupled with the various loyalty programs being revamped by Coles and Woolworths, are designed to further capture the consumer wallet and make it difficult to escape.

This power and reach is unprecedented globally and means that they are able to pay suppliers less than prevailing market prices. The move to offer $1 a litre for milk has had a disastrous impact on farmers, milk distributors and smaller milk retailers.The continued "price wars" between them (all in the name of satisfying customers) is slowly but relentlessly putting the small suppliers (farmers and food manufacturers) out of business. In July suppliers to Woolworths were given two weeks to cut their prices by up to 10per cent or have their goods removed from  the shelves — with no commitment from the supermarket giant to lower prices to consumers.

This kind of bullying is common and it is difficult for the supplier not to comply.  Because of the duopoly's huge share of the Australian market, suppliers would not be able to find a sale for their products. They own 19% of all fuel retail outlets but are responsible for 67% of fuel sales in Australia. This is effectively causing the other 81% of service stations to rely more heavily on the sale of products other than fuel. Smaller servo owners, just like the mom and dad corner stores, are being forces to close their doors.

They are pushing hard to stock their shelves with "home-brand" products,
with an agenda to cripple the competition. Known brands are slowly disappearing from the supermarket shelves. This brings us to another sneaky loophole in the labelling laws to hoodwink the public. To use "Made in Australia" without any further qualification, manufacturers must meet a test that shows that at least 50 per cent of the value of the goods being created in Australia, including the packaging.

Often, the cost of the can/packet is more than the cost of the food.
The packaging is made in Australia - the food, the stuff you're wanting to get hold of, comes from an undisclosed overseas country.While Australians are supporting these brutes, believing they are making wise buying decisions, the long term outcome is likely to sting. As Coles and Woolworths slowly grow and 'acquire', as the result of the money Aussies are spending with them, the competition will disappear.  Once there is no competition… what do you think will happen to the prices then?
We have posted a few clips from a variety of current affairs programs that may help you demonstrate the truth, on our front page. CLICK HERE to take a look.

While you are there, you may like to read/download an interesting free article by Sally Fallon, "Dirty Secrets Of The Food Processing Industry".

Here are just 10 of our DVDs that speak into the food industry as well:

Click on the title to see the Trailer and a review.
Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead
We Become Silent: The Last Days of Health Freedom
Mad Cowboy
Hungry For Change
Consuming Kids - The Commercialization of Childhood
Killer At Large
The Future of Food
Sweet Misery – A Poisoned World
Genetically Modified Food - Panacea or Poison?
All Jacked Up - Hungry For The Truth?

Purchase one of the above DVDs in September, and we will send you a free DVD with the Four Corners exposé on Woolworths and Coles.

Well, as for me and mine, we will boycott the Wesfarmers and Woolworths Limited and purchase our goods from the few remaining honest suppliers. How about you?
Happy shopping,

Rob McIntyre
Phone: 0411 661 444

P.O. Box 300 Narellan, NSW 2567, Australia

My thought for today. – Werner
The past cannot be changed; the future is still in your power. - Hugh White
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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Is Australia’s World Vision Organisation supporting terrorists?

In the following article by Nitsana Darshan-Leitner; an Israeli attorney, human rights activist and the founder of Shurat HaDin Israeli Law Center; you will find the answer to this question. Shurat HaDin - Israel Law Center: Bankrupting Terrorism - One Lawsuit at a Time Shurat HaDin - Israel Law Center is an Israeli based civil right organization and world leader in combating the terrorist organizations and the regimes that support them through lawsuits litigated in courtrooms around the world. Fighting for the rights of hundreds of terror victims, Shurat HaDin seeks to bankrupt the terror groups and grind their criminal activities to a halt - one lawsuit at a time. Read more...

The impoverished population of Gaza has hardly enough to eat and unable to afford the barest essentials for life, yet we see armed males in the Gaza strip shooting bullets into the air or sending rockets into Israel. The question begs: would it not be better to feed the population in stead wasting money on ammunition? “Is World Vision perhaps suffering from tunnel vision?”

Like World Vision, the Australian government is giving Billions of dollars away in aid to third-rate countries, many with corrupt governments, where a lot of the money is lost in administration and the bulk skimmed off by corrupt officials and the real needy will get very little or nothing. Those billions is borrowed money, which the Australian taxpayer has to pay back plus interest. Would it not be better to give Australian produced food and medication instead? When will our government stop giving away taxpayers money, which they don’t have? And, shouldn’t charity start at home? - Werner

Now, read Nitsana Darshan-Leitner’s article.

Last February Shurat HaDin revealed that the large NGO World Vision, which distributes massive amounts of Australian government aid to Gaza, has been funding a Palestinian terrorist organization's charitable front. AusAid, the Australian government's entity in charge of supervising the country's foreign aid grants, initially suspended funding to the Union of Agricultural Workers Committees (UAWC), alleged by us to be an instrument for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). The PFLP is a designated terrorist organization in Australia and the providing of any material support to it is illegal. Picture: Nitsana Darshan-Leitner
After suspending funding for a month, however, AusAid, on behalf of Australia's Foreign Ministry, declared it had thoroughly investigated the matter and found no reason why it shouldn't reinstate its support for the PFLP group. AusAid, while announcing this resumption of funding, proclaimed that it decided to reinstate its support to the UAWC because it was a registered charity in Israel! We were shocked by this explanation, as we had already searched and could not find that the UAWC was listed in Israel's registry of charities. Moreover, there was overwhelming proof that there was a connection between the UAWC and PFLP. The PFLP's website stated that it established the UAWC, with the latter agreeing that the terrorist group could utilize its Gaza buildings for training. In addition, several of UAWC's executive directors are known terrorists, including its director, Bashir al Khieri, who had served time in an Israeli prison for PFLP activities. This past week, the UAWC even put out press releases complaining that Israel's security services recently raided their offices in Jericho and arrested staff members for their involvement in terrorism.

All of this is going on while AusAid continues to publicly maintain that the UAWC is not the PFLP. Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr, defending AusAid, gave public assurances that no Australian taxpayer funds were being provided to the Palestinian terrorist group.  After our investigation, it was conclusively determined that a tremendous fraud was being perpetrated by World Vision and AusAid against the Australian public. Above all, the organization they claim is registered in Israel is not the UAWC but a different charity with a similar sounding name - the Committee of Agricultural Works (CAW). CAW and the UAWC, which AusAid believes is one and the same, have very similar names but were founded ten years apart, all while having a totally different board of directors. One is indeed registered in Israel and the other is indeed an instrument of the PFLP.

Amazingly, AusAid and World Vision continue to pretend that they are funding the Israeli charity CAW, while Australian funds are actually being provided to the UAWC in Gaza. Realizing that the Australian government and AusAid were never going to willingly admit they had been providing support to an outlawed Palestinian terrorist group, we approached members of the Australian parliamentary opposition.  Thus, when Foreign Minister Carr appeared before Parliament last week, the good senators, armed with our research, sprung into action and ambushed Carr with the facts. Senator Abetz,  the Senate's opposition leader, pointedly asked:  "I refer the minister to coalition questioning . . . about AusAID funding paid to the Union of Agricultural Work Committees, an organization which has been accused of having links with a prescribed terrorist organization, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. In particular, I refer the minister to his insistence that this organization is registered in Israel as a not-for-profit organization, a registration he pointed to as having been renewed on 5 March 2012. What due diligence was undertaken and by whom to confirm the true identity of the organization repeatedly referred to by the minister as being registered in Israel as a not-for-profit?"  Other senators joined in trying to pin Carr down on what he really knew about the UAWC and CAW.

Carr was taken aback by the verbal questioning by Abetz and other opposition senators. The FM said he would look into the matter but assured the senators he was very confident that everything had been adequately investigated. He promised he would have the UAWC's registration documents from Gaza translated into English and compared to the CAW's Israeli ones. Despite his public assurances, he will be in for a very unpleasant surprise when he discovers there are two different groups fraudulently being masqueraded by World Vision and AusAid as one.  Perhaps then the funding of the UAWC will finally end.

Ironically, at the same time the Australian government is providing taxpayer money to the PFLP, Australian law enforcement has reopened an investigation into a thirty year old terrorist attack in Sydney perpetrated by a PFLP off-shoot. Australian investigators have recently flown to the United States to interrogate a Palestinian they believe might have been behind a 1982 bombing of the Israeli consulate and another Jewish building. The Palestinian is currently serving a life sentence in Indiana for his involvement with a terrorist attack against a Japanese airliner in Hawaii the same year.

Yours, Nitsana Darshan-Leitner

My thought for today.Werner
Charity is injurious unless it helps the recipient to become independent of it. John D. Rockefeller

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