Friends Of Australia Friday: 15 October 2021

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

The Tucker

Recovering from a week of “excitement”, tonight was just Lamburgers with Colby Jack for the cheese, and a side salad. We used “heels” from loaves of bread for the buns and it worked well.

Side Salad was just Butter Lettuce and Ranch.

The Wine

One again, wine was Samuel Wynn Dice With Destiny red blend 2017.

I did pick up another wine, but that will be for next week

The News

Due to events of this week, I’m just not following the news much.

Feel free to post things you know where I’m distracted.

Near as I can tell, the only big deal is that China is in trouble. Karma, gotta luv it… but I don’t know what’s going on in Australia this week. Sorry.

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6 Responses to Friends Of Australia Friday: 15 October 2021

  1. YMMV says:

    Shocking, a politician resigned!

    https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/australian-state-corruption-watchdog-says-is-investigating-nsw-premier-2021-10-01/
    (just the basic fact)

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/oct/01/gladys-berejiklian-resigns-with-trademark-pugnaciousness-and-no-regrets
    (bring out the knives, well, cutting words)

    https://fullfact.org/online/false-gladys-berejiklian-pfizer-vaccine-bribery/
    (no evidence she took $65 million in “bribery money” from AstraZeneca and Pfizer)

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10093951/Why-Gladys-Berejiklian-getting-paid-14-000-month-despite-resigning-NSW-Premier.html
    “Why Gladys Berejiklian is STILL getting paid $14,000 a month despite resigning as NSW Premier TWO WEEKS ago – as she taps $25,000-a-day lawyer to defend her”

    https://www.jacobinmag.com/2021/10/australia-nsw-premier-berejiklian-resignation-corruption-scandal
    “Gladys Berejiklian’s Resignation Shows That When Big Business Is in Charge, Corruption Is Inevitable”

  2. Graeme No.3 says:

    YMMV:
    That’s the third Premier of NSW forced to resign by ICAC (the State Anti-corruption body) – all from the Liberal Party (who set it up).
    The Labor Party knew better than to have their dealings examined (although 3 former Ministers are/have done time subsequently).
    Translated into American. Labor = Democrats like AOC, Hunter Biden, Nancy etc.
    Liberals are in coalition with the National Party who are generally Conservative but
    most Liberals = Republicans like Senator Romney, although they have at least one who makes AOC look like Ronald Reagan.

  3. another ian says:

    About eating, though not particularly Australian

    “Grass Fed Beef vs Grain Fed Beef (What’s the Difference)”

    Link at

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2021/10/15/honey-i-finished-the-internet-124/#comment-1518133

    And in comments

    “One difference is the ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRmwobXCc4c

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2021/10/15/honey-i-finished-the-internet-124/#comment-1518133

  4. billinoz says:

    In South Australia our state parliament voted unanimously in both houses to trim the authority * powers of our state ICAC.

    It had made a practice of investigating & castigating some country based MP’s for their travel allowances.. In fact two were charged and face court trials. Others investigated, castigated and then just warned.

    The issue annoyed all MP’s. it’s a big state. MP’s homes can be hundreds of kilometers from Adelaide. So they are often forced to stay in Adelaide when doing their job. The parliament allows them to seek reimbursement of this at a flat rate of $270.00 a night.

    And instead of staying in a hotel some instead buy a second house/ apartment in Adelaide.

    But that our petty minded ICAC decided meant they were ‘living’ in Adelaide and so the claim for reimbursement was corruption.

    Well the changes have put a stop that ICAC nonsense !

  5. H.R. says:

    @billinoz – We have the same situation in the U.S. Washington D.C. is on the East coast and then the elected representatives have to travel farther and farther from their districts that end out on the West coast. Wait… end in Hawaii. That’s a bit of a trip, eh?

    Most buy or rent a place in D.C. and some of them “buddy up” and get a nicer place with say, two or three bedrooms and two or three bathrooms and split the cost.

    There has been some corruption and gaming of the system. One I recall is where the rep’s roommate was running a male prostitution service out of the D.C. house. So it’s good someone is taking a look.

    But what you described is nuts. It’s a classic Catch 22, not corruption. Nice to hear they put a stop to that.

  6. The True Nolan says:

    Here’s a food update. A couple of weeks ago I made a fermented mixture of vegetables and peppers using an Indian Garlic Pickle as the base. I want to report that they have turned out JUST FINE. The IGP seems to have slowed the fermentation, but it has reached a pretty tasty state now. I think I will be trying this technique again in the future, perhaps with some of the other flavors of Indian Pickle. You get a really nice spicy mixture and it is ever so convenient. The Indian Pickles already have plenty of salt in them so basically you just mix a couple or three tablespoons with your vegetables, pack them tight in a jar, add enough water to cover, and let them ferment. Much simpler, quicker, and even cheap, way to have spicy fermented vegetables. (I will leave you to your own devices to research any usual safety and procedural cautions regarding home made ferments.)

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