This is another of the W.O.O.D. series of semi-regular
Weekly Occasional Open Discussions.
(i.e. if I forget and skip one, no big)
Immediate prior one here:
and remains open for threads running there (at least until the ‘several month’ auto-close of comments on stale threads).
Canonical list of old ones here:
So use “Tips” for “Oooh, look at the interesting ponder thing!”
and “W.O.O.D” for “Did you see what just happened?! What did you think about it?”
What’s Going On?
The garden is producing beans, squash, and some greens already. More planting for later in the summer on deck.
I finally finished the GHCN v3.3 vs v4 Asia graphs.
The broken starter on the Baby Benz has been fixed and it is home now.
Don’t Forget Mother’s Day!
From the “Very Fast Meals” department, three of my favorites. just in case you need to make a meal for Mom today:
My Mum wold make a big Sunday roast surrounded with lots of vegetables. Chunks of potatoes, carrots, celery, occasionally turnip or rutabaga. The major protein was usually a cheap cut of beef, sometimes lamb shanks or leg-o-lamb before they became trendy and expensive. Put it all in the pot together, put it in the oven on about 275 F, then go to church. “a few” hours later, it is done. But that’s not the fast part. Have your late Sunday Lunch, then the rest goes into the fridge. The next day we would have “Resurrection”. Cut off some chunks of roast, scoop some vegetables and the pan juices (usually gelled) into a bowl, and microwave it a minute or two until hot. You can also just use a small sauce pan on the stove. Dump it over a slice of bread on a dinner plate and enjoy. I usually do this for 3 or 4 days after a roast.
Start a large skillet warming on medium heat. Take a large tortilla and “dot” 1/2 of it with bits of canned refried beans. Leave gaps between the 1/2 tsp or so dots. Sprinkle on the desired hot sauce, then cover with either 2 slices of cheese (one in the middle, the other torn to fill in the gaps) or with a good thick sprinkle of bagged “Mexican Cheese Shreds”. Fold the empty half over the covered half and gently press together. Put it in the skillet. After a minute, when the bottom is starting to melt, or if you smell anything like too much browning, flip it over and do the other side. It is better if you start out with the skillet a bit cooler than desired so you can find the right setting on your stove. Too hot it gets dark char spots that don’t taste good. Too cool it dries and crispies, but doesn’t get the nice brown spots. Still fine to eat though,so better here than burnt for the first few. When both sides are crisp and brown enough and the cheese is melted, use a pizza cutter to cut it into thirds.
Using a cast iron skillet you can cut it in the pan. If using a non-stick pan, remove it to a cutting board first. After you get good at the timing and all, you can start loading the second one with “stuff” when the first one hits the pan. It is also possible to put various other fillings in too. I’ve used bits of sliced roast chicken, olives broken to bits, slices of peppers. Whatever you like. The spouse is fond of “just cheese” – no beans no hot sauce. It’s sort of a Tortilla-grilled-cheese.
Only real downside is that a big package of tortillas gets moldy if in the fridge too long, so expect to eat a few of these over the week… OTOH, that isn’t hard to do at all ;-)
3) Decorated Bag-o-Salad:
When I get down to about 1/2 dozen or less “old eggs”, I’ll buy a new carton. The old ones go into a pot of water, raised to the boil and held there for 10 minutes. Then drain, fill with cold water; repeat. Now add some ice cubes and come back in 15 minutes. These go in a bowl in the fridge. At any time during the week you can have a snack of a hard boiled egg, or make deviled eggs, or use them in a salad. (For deviled eggs just peel and slice one in half, put the yokes in a small bowl with a 1/4 tsp or so of mustard and about the same volume of mayonnaise as you have yokes. Stir it all together to a smooth paste and fill the whites. Sprinkle with salt and pepper as desired). But this is about salads. I also stock ham sandwich slices and either cheese slices or cheese shreds in the fridge. Just add a bag-o-salad to your shopping list.
Now one day you come home hungry, NOW. Dump bag-o-salad on the dinner plate or in a big bowl. Peel a hard boiled egg, slice into quarters, and place around the edges. Roll or fold over a couple of slices of sandwich meat and cut into bites, place on one side of the salad. (Salami or SPAM work well here too). Spoon on some olives and top with a grab of cheese bits. Dress it ( I like Ranch), put some crackers on the side or a slice of bread and butter and enjoy.
All up I can do this in about a minute. 2 or 3 if I add avocado slices. It is a very filling Chef’s Salad. I’ve also been known to put a 1/2 can of drained tuna on the side, or bits of chopped up left over roast chicken or turkey.
Both Labor and the Conservatives lost seats in the Counsel elections. T. May, despite looking grim, spoke of it as meaning they needed to get on with The Deal. No, Ms May, you misunderstood. It means you need to get on with LEAVING. (Both the EU and office…)
Where to next? Who knows. In about 2 weeks we have the EU Parliament Elections so things might get exciting then.
The Yellow Vests in France continue. What is it, about 23? weeks now? Macron wants Facebook to stop people criticizing him (had Zucker over for tucker… and a chat).
There’s those elections coming.. and the “Far Right” (i.e. anyone not carrying a Socialist or Communist Party card) is looking to take a lot of seats. Everywhere East and South of Germany / France is not keen on what the EU have been doing (with the exception of Brussels).
Sargon Of Akkad is running, and has been attacked by Antifa at an open mic meet-and-greet-and-Q&A. Not willing to take the mic and be polite it seems. He’s also being defunded by YouTube and generally the whole Social Media Attack Machine is being brought to bear. Can’t have free speech advocates, after all. Just not done in a totalitarian police State of the kind they want to build.
What these rampant censors hope to achieve is that by silencing any “debate from the right” only the Left will be heard and so the magic power of consensus and social pressure will win them all elections and free them from The Evil Trump. What really happens is when you ban someone with a million views / day, you royally Piss Off 1 Million people a day. We will remember when we vote…
Should be interesting to watch.
God Only Knows if this thing is ever going to end. The Coup that wasn’t in the revolt that didn’t from the person who can’t against the person who ought not… What a mess.
But they have Chinese and Russians and Cuban’s galore. Speaking of which, Cuba has announced some kind of rationing due to economic collapse in progress in Cuba. Guess they are OK with economic collapse and poverty as long as you have Right Think.
I was going to quote Al Jazeera for this story, but right below it was NYT, so just for Serioso, I’m going to put in the NYT link:
Cuba Rations Staple Foods and Soap in Face of Economic Crisis
By The Associated Press
May 11, 2019
Oh, wait, so the NYT is just repackaging the SAME Associated Press story as everyone else… Oh…
HAVANA — The Cuban government has begun widespread rationing of chicken, eggs, rice, beans, soap and other basic products in the face of a grave economic crisis.
Commerce Minister Betsy Díaz Velázquez told the state-run Cuban News Agency on Friday that the rationing would begin in order to deal with shortages of staple foods. She blamed the hardening of the American trade embargo by the Trump administration.
Economists have given equal or greater blame to a plunge in aid from Venezuela, where the collapse of the state-run oil company has led to a nearly two-thirds cut in shipments of subsidized fuel that Cuba used for power and to earn hard currency on the open market.
So I guess when your Socialist Sugar Daddy runs out of money, you hit the crapper too. As Cuba grows things like sugar and eggs and beans and… I’m not buying the notion it is an American Embargo that’s the cause. (Though I’m sure it contributes – but the embargo was there for decades, Venezuela cutting off nearly free oil is a new thing.)
The non AP version:
Cuba launches widespread rationing amid economic crisis
Chicken, eggs, rice, beans, soap and other items to be sold in limited quantities as the US tightens trade embargo.
Cuba has announced it is rationing staple foods and hygiene products due to shortages which it partly blames on the tightening of a trade embargo imposed by the United States.
Faced with a grave economic crisis, the Cuban government says it will control and ration the sales of chicken, eggs, rice, beans, soap and other essential items.
Commerce Minister Betsy Diaz told the state-run Cuban News Agency on Friday that various forms of rationing would be employed in order to deal with the shortages.
Golly, it looks like a paraphrase of the same AP story but without the attribution…
(Or why it doesn’t really matter where you read the “news” as it is almost all Reuters or AP repackaged).
It has been cold and with surprise snow in places as diverse as Australia, Sweden, Minnesota, Colorado, etc. etc. When it is winter storm advisories in both hemispheres, it is not being particularly warm.
Even if the cooked temperature data are saying it’s the “Hottest Evah!!!!!”.
We are in a cold turn and things are cold, not hot. There are issues with late plantings from late winter rains all over the Midwest and parts of Europe. Hopefully this will resolve soon enough that not too much crop loss will happen. Farmers need to be preparing for shorter, colder, and wetter growing seasons; nor trying to figure out how to plough and haul with an electric toy tractor.
Turns out ‘ol George Soros is behind all sorts of creepy efforts to take down the USA and POTUS. Even funding the efforts to de-platform and de-fund and hound from the public square anyone who supports Trump and Conservative Values. Aren’t there laws about “contributions in kind” to political campaigns? About foreign funding of opposition groups? Surely some of what his is doing runs afoul of various laws. So why does nothing happen? What about RICO and him running a corrupting organization web?
I think maybe I need some gardening time to clear my mind and re-center on reality. Here in California it is finally getting to somewhat warm afternoons. Still cold and overcast in the mornings. Not at all like the hot May of the late 1990s. “Global Warming” has left the building…