It’s June! Time to go camping! In Fresh Falling SNOW!…

Yes, it’s Canada, but still… Snow falling in June. Wasn’t snow supposed to be a thing of the past?

Here’s Steve Wallis of “Camping With Steve” doing his weekly camping video. But turns out it is snowing.

No, I don’t know how common this is, nor even what part of Canada this was filmed in. Though it is somewhere in the Western Half as he usually hangs out in B.C. or Alberta.

Maybe someone from Canada can comment on what’s happening up there and how common this is in June. Published June 10th, so likely just a few days before that.

Note that Steve frequently does “Stealth Camping” videos where he uses very different ‘kit’ to camp. Sometimes a hammock. One was done with “common household goods”. Another tossed a large tarp over two trucks parked “back to back” as a shelter.

Well worth watching to see various kinds of camping. Just lately he bought a used “Short Bus” that you see in this video. That’s in about every other video now. It is inspiring me to think more about RV Life…

UPDATE:

Found the Foresty Forest channel complementary video. It is Alberta. He starts off with summiting a few peaks, then at about 10 minutes gets into the Steve Wallis meet up. Interesting to see the same trip from the other POV:

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The Criminal Syndicate In D.C.

I’d come to a conclusion similar to this, but they phrase it better:

https://creativedestructionmedia.com/opinion/2021/06/10/once-you-realize-the-us-government-is-an-organized-crime-syndicate-everything-makes-sense/

Obama corrupted everything good within the U.S. government, finishing what the Clinton’s started. Joe Biden (essentially Obama’s third term) is the coup de grace.

Axios released an article today detailing that half the unemployment aid issued over the past year was sent out of the country to foreign criminal organizations.

The free for all which was the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) shockingly sent millions to Chinese state-owned corporations overseas. This is in the public record.

You see, once you realize the current rendition of the U.S. government is an organized crime syndicate of massive proportion, in control of the national security apparatus, everything that is happening immediately makes sense.

CDMedia wrote weeks ago that our sources informed us the alleged ‘ransomeware’ attack on the Colonial Pipeline was not a foreign operation, but likely executed by domestic entities for monetary, or political gain.

Some have entertained the thought of internal strife between U.S. government agencies, essential criminal gangs, reaping the benefits of organized money laundering on a massive scale.

Now we learn the FBI reportedly seized the millions of Bitcoin paid by Colonial pipeline for the alleged ransom.

Was the hack solved so quickly because there’s a power struggle between the FBI and the CIA going on? In that story, did the CIA hack the pipeline and the FBI decide to punish them?

In Russia this is common. Different security agencies of the Russian secret services are in regular competition for illicit gains. The FSB regularly takes over businesses to reap ill-gotten profit. Corruption is what the Russian system is built upon.

This is what Obama and his minions have brought here.

Think about it, if parts of the U.S. government are in bed with the Chinese Communist Party, looking to rape the American people of trillions of dollars, agriculture, energy, and so on, then the entire Russia! Russia! Russia! hoax makes perfect sense.

Blame it all on the rival criminal gang!

And, the Deplorables pay for it all!

Isn’t that special?

We’re well into the realm of Global Kleptocracy. At that point, the best solution is to simply END the Federal Government as embodied today, as much as possible, via the elimination of whole agencies. Cut it back to the very few and very minor duties specifically laid out in the Constitution. Make Congressional seats painful to occupy for the “rich and powerful”. Things like absolute full disclosure of ALL assets and money flows, mandatory Blind Trust for all investment assets that can invest only in US Treasuries for the duration of “service”, a pay rate of $100,000 / year (and NO added “perks” beyond BASIC Kaiser or Blue Cross medical coverage). Abolish “laws for donations”. No-one in government can work for an industry they regulated or proposed laws for, for a decade after office. Etc.

Essentially, we need to get rid of the attractions for the D.C. Crime Syndicate.

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Friends Of Australia Friday: Greek Meatballs & Pinot Grigio

It’s once again an Australia Time Friday! It’s FRIDAY!!!!

The Tucker

I’m going to try something new for me. Greek Meatballs. Here’s the recipe I’m thinking about as my base.

https://www.yummly.com/recipe/Greek-Lamb-Meatballs-2618544

I’m going to change it a little bit. First off, I don’t like mint with lamb. So that’s out. Second, I only have 1 pound of lamb, so amounts get adjusted down to 2/3 the size. As a Tbs is roughly 3 tsp I can just change the Tbs to 2 x teaspoons and get 2/3. Teaspoons are 5 ml, so about 3.5 ml instead (or more likely I’ll take a 1/2 tsp and a light 1/4 tsp and call it close enough ;-)

I have some goat mozzarella but no feta crumbles. We’ll see what I do there…

Ingredients
US|METRIC
4 SERVINGS
1 1/2 pounds lamb (ground grass-fed, and/or beef)
1 clove garlic (finely minced)
1 small onion (finely chopped)
2 tablespoons fresh oregano (roughly chopped, or 2 tsp. dried)
1 tablespoon fresh mint (roughly chopped, or 1 tsp. dried)
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 cup sheep’s milk feta cheese, optional (crumbled, )
1/2 lemon

The directions are pretty simple, though for me it will be 12-14 meatballs:

Preheat oven to 400° F.

In a large bowl, add the meat and all of the other ingredients, except the lemon. Mix to combine, but don’t overwork the meat. Shape the meat into about 18-20 meatballs.

Add the meatballs to a cast iron skillet or other oven-safe dish. Bake for 25 minutes, or until cooked, browned on the outside but a tad pink in the middle, if that’s how you like them. Cook for 30 minutes if you want them more well done.

Squeeze the juice from the half lemon over top, and sprinkle on some extra mint and oregano.

OK, I think I’ll put the mozzarella in the mix. But maybe a smaller amount. Like 1 ounce of shreds instead of 2 ounces of crumbles.

The Wine

I have a Barramundi Pinot Grigio to try. Vintage 2019. I’ll likely start this before the meatballs are cooking just so it isn’t challenged by the spices at first taste.

It will be an hour or two before the cook, so evaluation will be added later.

Well, my impression of the wine is very much like last time:

This is a very clear wine with hints of yellow amber, but not a lot of color. The flavor is also rather mild compared to other Pinot Grigio I’ve had. A bit of acid on the tongue gives it some lift. It doesn’t really stand up to lamb and brie, and would be better with a white fish and provalone.

Nose impresses me as typical Pinot Grigio, but again lighter than expected. This would be a good “starter wine” for folks just familiarizing themselves with wines and looking to “move up” from sweet wines. Those of us with jaded palate who find Merlot a bit light compared to Shiraz may find this wine also a bit thin.

Overall, It’s a “nice little wine” for crackers & mild cheese, along with some white fish and tartar sauce, or by itself next to the pool early in the evening. Once you are looking at spiced foods, strong cheeses, or after the first few drinks are out of the way, a jaded sense of taste will ask to move on to something more heavily flavored.

Yeah, I know, why in heck did I pair a white wine with lamb? Well, frankly, I’m running out of locally available Australian Red Wines to review. Can’t really change the “Australian Lamb” theme, so I’m just going to have some odd mixes.

This time I’m letting it “breath” naturally. It’s gone from a bit sour / sharp in the cup to “a bit fizzy CO2 bite” feeling in about 1/2 an hour of mixing meatballs. Still has some sulfite smell to it. still a bit sour on the tongue.

I think this wine just needs a whole lot less sulfite put into it at the winery, and / or a really good time de-sulfiting. I’ve used the blender to drive sufites out of wines before. About 20 seconds does it. There’s also the “pour back and forth” between two containers, and then those sort of swirling air entraining funnel like things.

I think I’ll just go put the lid back on, and do the old shake & vent.

Once you get the gas out of it, it’s an OK wine.

In Other News

Looks like EU “Green Goals” might nuke the Australian Aluminum industries (and ship them to China who gets a pass, it seems, on all the negative economic impacts…)

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-06-11/carbon-border-adjustment-taxes-threaten-australian-aluminium/100205362

G7 to discuss carbon border adjustment taxes that threaten Australian aluminium, think tank warns
By business reporter Michael Janda
Posted 2 hours ago, updated 1 hour ago

Australia’s multi-billion-dollar alumina and aluminium export industries could risk closure if the European Union leads other major economies into adopting so-called carbon border adjustment mechanisms, a think tank has warned.

In a report released ahead of the G7-plus summit, which is expected to discuss carbon tariffs after the host nation Britain said they are a live issue, the left-leaning Australia Institute has evaluated the potential cost to Australian industry from such a policy.

The report is focused on “emissions-intensive, trade-exposed” sectors, as defined by the government’s Clean Energy Regulator, which generated exports of just under $24 billion for Australia in 2019-20, or just under 5 per cent of Australia’s outbound trade.

Chief among those was alumina refining and aluminium smelting, the two processes involved in transforming bauxite into aluminium.

Australia is home to the world’s largest bauxite reserves, but is only the second largest alumina producer (the nation’s exports make up 13.9 per cent of total global output), trailing well behind China, which accounts for more than half of world production.

Australia is an even smaller player in the final stage of turning alumina into aluminium, with the nation’s exports accounting for 2.3 per cent of global output. Again, China dominates this industry.

However, Australia’s exports of the two products still generated $12.6 billion worth of income in 2019-20.

The Australia Institute report warned this sector could be all but wiped out if a cross-border carbon adjustment mechanism, also dubbed a “carbon tariff”, is widely adopted, given that the nation’s three largest smelters are some of the most emissions-intensive in the world, outside of China.

“Some sectors of the economy are going to be highly vulnerable if Australia doesn’t act,” observed Hugh Saddler, honorary associate professor at the Crawford School of Public Policy at the ANU involved with the report.

It is well past time that China loses any “special” exemptions from the damaging trade rules driven by Carbon Derangement Greens.

It makes less than zero sense to punish advanced nations like Australia to move their industries to China where emissions are far worse, all in the name of emissions.

Stop the China Green Graft.

Australia needs to have a space at that G7 “discussion” and point out the stupidity.

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What Happens To Chinese Wuhan Covid When A State Goes Wide-Open?

I was taking a look at Worldometer and noticed something odd about Florida…

They show NO new cases.

Makes a fellow go “Hmmm….”

Is it a reporting artifact? I looked at this a few times last week too, and every time Florida was zero. I’ve chosen to set the report to “yesterday” as that gives more complete data than the day in progress. This graph was sorted by most total cases. Florida WAS a hot spot. Not anymore.

Chinese Wuhan Covid In Top Case States

Chinese Wuhan Covid In Top Case States

It looks to me like they took a small “bump” on going full open, then just got over it. The “pandemic” is over in Florida.

Florida New Cases 9 June 2021

Florida New Cases 9 June 2021

Despite all the panic, doom & gloom, and frantic hair pulling, it looks like just getting back to life as usual and “moving on” works the best. It’s been that way for a few million years, so I’m not surprised we are adept at it, metabolically. “15 days to slow the spread” was never intended to be 500 days and never return to normal life…

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