The agitated heart


Just when I thought a measure of equilibrium had returned to life a program popped up on TV mucking it all up. It made a mockery of modern life and its conveniences. Plastic and PCBs are the bane of our health.
I am not aware we can still buy food that hasn’t been encased in plastic wrappings. Its a wonder wine hasn’t appeared in plastic bottles, but there is still time. Perhaps the acidity of it attacks the plastic, that’s why. I don’t know why I bother worrying.

Better just keep looking at the sky or watch raindrops clinging onto the edge of a roof. Far more inspirational than staring at packs of meat from which all oxygen seems to have been extracted. The revolution on selling meats with almost infinite days of expiration has now arrived. We are now planning to buy our meat direct from a normal butcher. A normal butcher who takes cuts direct from the carcass hanging from the back of the shop. Those shops used to have wood shavings on the floor and the children would be give a slice of delicious sausage. I am not sure if today’s children would not turn up their noses to that past delight.

Last night I watched an SBS program on ‘Breasts’.
Documentaries rarely are uplifting. They either touch on histories of the past with corpses littering the screen or deal with catastrophes of the present with dire predictions of future corpses. Last night’s documentary was no exception with almost total predictions now available which woman is likely to get breast cancer and what to do to limit it or even prevent it. Breast feeding is one of them. However, a study of human milk discovered in eight mother volunteers high levels of toxins. The implication wasn’t clear on the contamination of human milk causal in cancer but neither was it dismissed.

Breasts can now develop and appear on girls as young as seven. Boys show equal signs with sprouting of pubic hair and early maturation. No one is sure that this plague of unusual early maturation of girls and boys is not to blame on a frightening amount of toxins now entering our bodies from our daily environs but perhaps most of all from our ingestion of pre-packaged food. This program pointed out the possibility of that. Not a good viewing for a Sunday evening. The other choices on TV were even worse. Endless Sunday night sport result with men grappling on the ground manically fighting over an oblong shaped ball or details of a political defeat in a West Australian by-election.

Going back to the meat packaging. The latest is the vacuum packet meat. The plastic that encases the cryonic meat is so tight it needs a scene from an Edward Scissorhand movie to release the meat. One can clearly hear suction noise as the meat is finally freed from its plastic and allowed some oxygen. The information on the packaging advices to wait for some colour to return to the meat before eating. Who would not want to mature earlier faced with a future of more and more vandalism going on within the food industry?

This from Wikipedia; “Cryovac meats will last between four to six weeks in the refrigerator, assuming they were properly sealed. They can last nearly indefinitely in the freezer.” Yuk, I’ll be a wild carrot in my next life with a friendly horse as best friend.

Cheese, at least good cheese, we buy as is. Cut straight from the block. I know there is pre-packaged with slices individually wrapped in the dreaded toxic plastic, but we take a wide walk around that part of the small-goods division. We have strict Dutch inherited rules on cheese. It has to be pure! No nonsense with cheese and plastic, please. And nicely matured.

I had a few slices of nice mature Swiss cheese before going to bed.

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18 Responses to “The agitated heart”

  1. pethan35 Says:

    Dear Gerard, you will by now have gathered that I like your blog and the posts you are writing. I like it, because I feel there is something alike the way we feel and think. It might be our European heritage or it could be our age and the experiences that come with it.

    More and more world weariness is creeping into our lives. It surely must be a sign that nature is preparing us for the final departure. We know too much. While there are great people among us it makes no difference to the absurd behaviour of mankind as a whole. Don’t you feel like Don Quixote sometimes?

    TV programming is getting worst by the day. You are right documentaries scare the shit out of us and we gave up on them. “Insight” used to be a good program but with the new management it turned tabloid. The ABC is just a a Pommy station with only the occasional Australian programming. I gave up on 7:30 too. Q & A is good when they leave out Australian politician.

    Australian politician is a specially despicable subsection of humankind. The only principal they have is not to have a principal other than getting into power. They use focus groups to second guess which way the wind is blowing. And what are they coming up with? Manus Island, no taxes and middle class welfare. “Stop the boats” is the total abdication of our responsibility to suffering people.

    The sun is up and it is better to look at the bright side of life.


    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Thank you Peter,

      We are the fifth or sixth largest economy and yet despite all that wealth we can’t find it in our hearts to treat boat people who have done nothing wrong with common decency and compassion.
      Here is something that I copied from somewhere:

      “… the gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages, the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials. It measures neither our wit nor our courage, neither our wisdom nor our learning, neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country, it measures everything in short, except that which makes life worthwhile.”
      Robert Kennedy
      Beautifully said, and how true.


      • auntyuta Says:

        Thanks, Gerard, for the copy of what Robert Kennedy said. It is indeed very true and beautifully said. I like it so much that I am also going to copy it. Thanks for that. thank you so much!


    • Rosie Says:

      pethan35: Have you changed your name? Anyway, I hear your sadness and frustration at the shallowness of so much of life. I particularly agreed with your paragraph re politicians and their power trips. It is hard when you finally reach a mature age and realise that little will change – and that life should be so much better for so many more people.


      • berlioz1935 Says:

        Rosie, thanks for commenting to comment.

        No, I have not changed my name. I have only used my German persona by mistake.

        Australian politics have reached a specially low point in history. The country has so far gone to the right that we are not far removed from Fascism.

        Yesterday it was announced that public servants are not allowed to bad mouth the government on social media. Where else can they release their frustration working for a bad government?


    • gerard oosterman Says:

      That is a magnificent web-site you’ve got there Peter. I’ll try and put something up there in my schoolboy from 1956 German. Don’t laugh!


  2. auntyuta Says:

    Cider vinegar is now sold in plastic bottles!


  3. Rosie Says:

    Gerard – followed the link you provided and watched the SBS show – informative doco with lots to think about. Appreciated the Robert Kennedy quote.


  4. rod Says:

    I have read that Australia, per head of population, is the most polluting nation on the planet. I don’t know if this is true, but Australia is certainly into the production and export of raw materials in a big way.

    The use of packaging here in the YUK is excessive and damaging,
    but I had not heard of this method of meat preparation. It is not encouraging.


  5. chris hunter Says:

    South Australian crop farmers are allowed to burn off the stubble (annually) without penalty. A lot of poisons are sprayed onto the soil/crops to eradicate weeds/pests etc and obviously this settles in the top layer and becomes friable during burn-off season.

    Smoke blankets the country towns and hospital intakes increase due to breathing disorders. But if you dare to raise your (croaking) voice you are shouted down with statements like “Italian snails” etc. Or even traitor. I have tabled this issue with our local ALP branch and as I am now the new delegate for Goyder I intend to take matters further. But I could be lynched. Strange fruit. So be it.

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  6. gerard oosterman Says:

    Hi Chris;
    Yes, we have imposed a large poisonous footprint on our land. Some years ago I discovered our use of herbicides, fungicides and insecticides was something in the order of 300 litres per person per year. (diluted)
    I refused to spray the serrated tussock with the very toxic herbicide on our farm and used the encouragement of native grasses to crowd out those weeds. I was threatened by heavy fines but took Council to Lands and environment and WON.
    The problem with all that spraying is that the weeds genetically change and become very adapt at overcoming the toxicity and become resistant.

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  7. hilarycustancegreen Says:

    Depressing in the extreme. We are still able (and have for the last twenty years) bought our meat fresh from a family butcher, but this is not the norm. In the last fortnight I have came across four dead bumblebees near the house… in spring? These are just the ones I happen to have seen.


  8. gerard oosterman Says:

    Yes Hilary.
    They often tell us that the health of bees is the measure stick of the earth’s health.
    A lot of food is now fiddled with to enhance fast growth, freshness duration,with appearance and other commercially attractive attributes thrown in. With animals especially, the addition to their feed of antibiotics and growth hormones might well impact on our own health. The addition of antibiotics to animals feed is blamed by some on causing the ‘super bug’ to survive and overcome antibiotics given to patients in hospitals with infections.Genetically modified foods are now very much part of our diets.
    The question is; are those foods grown for the benefit of mankind or for the profits of huge corporations (Monsanto and others) and their shareholders? Perhaps both. I don’t know. Many people are hungry and if more food can be grown cheaper, faster etc. it might well help the world feed itself better.

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    • berlioz1935 Says:

      GM food is developed to create monopolies for those companies. There is already enough food produced. We are throwing away 30% of it. Farmers are forced to buy seeds every year. We should help third world countries to grow their own food. Permaculture would be well suited for this purpose.

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  9. petspeopleandlife Says:

    Tis true that toxins abound in and on just about everythiing that we touch or eat. I fear there is hardly a way to get away from the problem. This is a good relevent post.

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