(Looks like I forgot to hit “Post” on this, so it’s late)
It’s once again an Australia Time Friday! It’s FRIDAY!!!!
Once again also being posted on California Friday due to my scheduling issues. Spouse is recovering from (elective) surgery and I’m Nurse Maid Cook etc. etc. and part time Physical Therapist Assistant. I’ve just started sleeping a full night after 2 weeks…
A different kind lamb chops, the round bone ones. A bit thick so fried in a cast iron skillet about 5 to 6 minutes to the side.
Side vegetables of buttered parsnips and baked potatoes, also buttered.
For the parsnips, cut into bite sized chunks and simmer / low boil uncovered for about 20 minutes (they will go translucent a tiny bit and start to sink). Drain and apply lots of butter.
Bake medium sized spuds about an hour until they are a bit soft to the grab with a pot holder. Longer for larger. I poke them with a fork a few times before baking to prevent exploding spuds ;-) Nope, no foil wrap. Just naked in the oven works fine.
The starter was a “Salad Of Two Lettuces”. Equal parts butter lettuce and iceberg. Bits of smoked Gouda cheese on top, and Olive Garden Creamy Italian dressing.
For desert, Apple Pie ala mode.
A white this time. Blue Arvo Sauvignon Blanc 2019. From Pyraneese Victoria. An easy drinking wine, it has hints of citrus along with a good fruit tone. A bit overpowered by the lamb, but nice with the sides. With the desert it was a bit tart, but that’s why they make desert wines ;-)
Frankly, I’ve been ignoring the news. I did hear some claim that restrictions were being loosened in Australia. I hope that is true. News on that seems conflicted:
December 11, 2021
Australia treasurer calls for easing Covid curbs despite rising cases
By Colin Packham
CANBERRA, Dec 11 (Reuters) – Australia must loosen COVID-19 restrictions to bolster its economic recovery, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said on Saturday, even as daily infections rose to a six-week high.
“States need to keep calm and carry on. And not overreact to the Omicron variant,” Frydenberg told reporters in Melbourne.
Australia is one of the world’s most vaccinated countries, with nearly 90% of people over 16 fully inoculated. Still, Australia said it found 1,753 COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, up about 3% in the last week and the highest daily total since Oct 29.
Frydenberg said state and territory leaders must loosen curbs implemented to slow the spread of the virus, emphasising the need to accelerate Australia’s economic growth while he played down concerns about the Omicron variant.
So in December a call to open up some, then recently:
JANUARY 7, 2022
Some virus restrictions back in Australia as omicron surges
Australia’s most populous state reinstated some restrictions and suspended elective surgeries on Friday as COVID-19 cases surged to another new record.
New South Wales reported 38,625 new cases, prompting Premier Dominic Perrottet to announce regulations banning dancing and singing in pubs and nightclubs, and delaying non-urgent surgeries until mid-February.
Looks like a bit of a whipsaw to me…
With Omicron, there’s no stopping it with masks, vaccines (or vexxines…), lockdowns, isolation, or much of anything but Ivermectin.
What with the folks in Antarctica catching it, despite all precautions, that pretty much says there is no place far enough away and isolated enough to avoid it.
COVID outbreak in Antarctica research station
By MARY KEKATOS
Wednesday, January 5, 2022 12:30AM
A research station in Antarctica is battling a COVID-19 outbreak despite being located in one of the most remote corners of the world.
Since mid-December, 11 of the 33 workers at Belgium’s Princess Elisabeth Polar Station have tested positive for the virus.
Joseph Cheek, a project manager for the International Polar Foundation, which manages the outpost, told ABC News that the first case was reported on Dec. 15 in a worker who had traveled to Antarctica with a group via South Africa despite strict testing and travel requirements.
Before arriving in South Africa from their country of origin, the workers were required to have a negative PCR test at least 72 hours prior to the flight. The employees then had to quarantine in South Africa for 10 days and take another PCR test five days into the quarantine period.
Once the quarantine period was over, each person was required to take another test 48 hours before their flight to Antarctica and five days after arrival.
It was on the sixth day after arrival that the first worker tested positive followed by two more workers.
The three patients were evacuated on Dec. 23 but, following their departure, an additional eight people were confirmed to have the virus.
The workers had all been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with at least one having received a booster shot.
This is not the first time that a COVID-19 outbreak has been reported in Antarctica.
In December 2020, Chile announced that 36 cases of the virus had been confirmed at its Bernardo O’Higgins research station on the Antarctic Peninsula.
Despite Antarctica’s remote location, research and military stations have taken strict measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including limiting the number of tourists and locking down bases.
OTOH, we of the Smith House are at 2 years+ of Ivermectin and despite meeting with hundreds of thousands of folks “coast to coast” driving a half dozen times and despite going out to multiple bars and restaurants in Florida, the Spouse doing several Disney World parks, being in airports a few times and on planes coast to coast, and living in one of THE worst “Hot Spots” (Santa Clara California): We both tested free of Covid for her surgery.
So from my POV, the score is “Jabs” failing and Ivermectin 100% success as prophylaxis. Folks in Australia might want to think on that personal history record.
Oh, and I realized today that we also have had ZERO other colds, flu, infections, whatever; over those 2 years. Kind of extraordinary really.