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Nebru 7 Pod*

A most briefe and pleasaunte treatise teachyng how to dresse, sowe and set a garden**

Chillies and why you should try growing them. Variety is the spice of life and these spicy plants have variety in spades. You will never run out of variations in size, color, and shape or heat level. There is at least one out there perfect for you.

Before moving on to some ‘why you shoulds’ let’s look at some ‘why you won’ts’.


A most briefe and pleasaunte treatise teachyng how to dresse, sowe and set a garden*

If there are any interested in giving it a go after reading this I have put together a variety pack of seeds. Heat from zero to world’s hottest. Colours, red, white, chocolate, yellow, peach. Shapes, pea shaped, 30 cm ‘ribbons’, ‘normal’. Large plant, small 30-60cm plants. Included in each bundle will be growing instructions. Or more accurately what I have found to work in WA. Drop a note to ‘management’ or leave a message on the blog and we will get them out to you.

Chillies and why you should try growing them. Variety is the spice of life and these spicy plants have variety in spades. You will never run out of variations in size, color, and shape or heat level. There is at least one out there perfect for you.

Before moving on to some ‘why you shoulds’ let’s look at some ‘why you won’ts’.

A small or no garden at all? There are plants that happily grow indoors in 150-200mm pots, just provide some sunshine. But even then I grew a specimen of the then world’s hottest chillie which never received direct sunlight. Apart from leaves displaying ‘gigantism’ it was fine. The beauty of the chillie plant is that you do not have to have a big garden to grow sufficient quantities. One or two plants can supply you for months. A super hot one will keep you supplied with fresh and dried chillie spice all year.

2) A Hot & Spicy Food Wimp? Definitely not an excuse. There are varieties as mild as a capsicum. There is also no need to actually eat them. Many look great just as an ornamental. The pods can be any number of colors and shapes and look good against the green foliage, lasting for weeks or months. There are some who sport purple leaves for added colour.

3) Lack a green thumb? You are in luck. While there are some chillies that need a bit of tlc there are others that are relatively tough. Ones such as the Tepin/Chiltepin, the State Chillie of Texas. They grow in semi arid areas. I have found chillies to be relatively pest and disease free. Although where you live might have voracious insects and plant lurgies we do not have in the Wild Wild West The big secret is maintaining water supply and an occasional feed. 

The chilli growing bug bit me over 20 years ago, prompted by a simple desire. Since then it has provided many joys and the occasional disappointment. But always there is next season, renewed hope, new varieties and this time doing it right’.

A small or no garden at all? There are plants that happily grow indoors in 150-200mm pots, just provide some sunshine. But even then I grew a specimen of the then world’s hottest chillie which never received direct sunlight. Apart from leaves displaying ‘gigantism’ it was fine. The beauty of the chillie plant is that you do not have to have a big garden to grow sufficient quantities. One or two plants can supply you for months. A super hot one will keep you supplied with fresh and dried chillie spice all year.

2) A Hot & Spicy Food Wimp? Definitely not an excuse. There are varieties as mild as a capsicum. There is also no need to actually eat them. Many look great just as an ornamental. The pods can be any number of colors and shapes and look good against the green foliage, lasting for weeks or months. There are some who sport purple leaves for added colour.

3) Lack a green thumb? You are in luck. While there are some chillies that need a bit of tlc there are others that are relatively tough. Ones such as the Tepin/Chiltepin, the State Chillie of Texas. They grow in semi arid areas. I have found chillies to be relatively pest and disease free. Although where you live might have voracious insects and plant lurgies we do not have in the Wild Wild West The big secret is maintaining water supply and an occasional feed. 

The chilli growing bug bit me over 20 years ago, prompted by a simple desire. Since then it has provided many joys and the occasional disappointment. But always there is next season, renewed hope, new varieties and this time doing it right’.

One of the great adventures the growing of chillies takes you on is a trip from the garden to the world’s kitchens. Across the globe there are a myriad of cuisines that call for particular chillies prepared in a particular way. Be it the incredibly useful smokey Merkin powder of the Mapuche people using Cacho de Cabre chillies or Prik Kaeng Kiao Wan (a green curry) from Thailand using Green Bird Eye chillies to Hungarian Sajtos Toltott Paprika using Hungarian Wax chillies. The heat scale of the dishes ranging from mild to wild……………………well. nuclear J . I may have been growing chillies for a long time but I still prefer not to mix pain and pleasure. The foolproof formula is – it’s twice as hot, use half as much !

The ‘heat’ from chillies comes from several related chemicals called Capsaicins. To show you the difference a few atoms make, capsaicin is a vanilloid, a ‘cuzzy bro’ of vanilla. Heat is measured on the Scoville Heat Units scale. Word of the day ‘Organoleptic’. Organoleptic testing was how the heat level of chillies was originally measured. It often still is. It sounds ‘high tech’ but it really is ‘suck it and see’. The Scoville rating measures how many times a measure of chillie can be diluted using sugar water and ‘heat’ still be detected by a panel of tasters .To give you an idea of how hot is hot and how NOT HOT a Jalapeno actually is…..

Chilli Scovile Heat Units (SHU)
Jalapeno2,500-8,000
Thai Birds Eye50,000-100,000
Habanero100,000-350,000
Pepper Spray2,000,000+
Carolina Reaper (world’s hottest)1,650,000-2,200,00

The ‘burn’ from capsaicins has a couple of interesting aspects, it stimulates the same pain pathway as an actual burn. Unlike other hot spices such as pepper, the body becomes increasingly tolerant to the effects of capsaicins. Like drug addicts, chillieheads need larger and larger doses to get the endorphin rush.

In addition to the culinary world there is, if you wish to enter it, a large community of ‘chillieheads’ out there. People who will help you out with advice, hints, seeds or recipes. No one is going to get rich out of the hobby so none of the crap which goes along with anything that involves big bucks or hope for big bucks. A number of Australian cities have chillie festivals. Drop in to one when they, eventually, run again.

Lastly, there is the simple pleasure of growing something. Watching something go from seed to setting fruit is just a few months. The plants look good, taste good and are the fruits of your own labour. The chillies themselves can often be a great conversation starter or common point of interest with others. There is always someone in your circle who likes a bit of HOT …

… and you can provide it. They will appreciate something different to the limited variety sold in shops. Especially if it is a very hot one as they are rarely available. Although I did see a local Coled selling the world’s hottest chillie in late 2019, Carolina Reaper, $5.50 for 10 grams , OMG $550 a kg !!!. So even if they are too hot for you there will be someone that will greatly appreciate some fresh ones.

Kitchen Korner. Last season I tried making a Lactofermented Chillie sauce. The chillie version of the sour dough bread craze. Lacto sauces became ‘trendy’, chock full of buzz words like “probiotic’ so they ‘gotta be good’ eh? The ubiquitous Tabasco sauce uses the method. If you have been to Asian eating places you likely came across Sriracha chillie sauce, another lactofermented sauce. Once you know the basics it is very easy and non labour intensive.

Lactofermentation

Apart from the sauces mentioned you will already be familiar with foods produced using this method, kimchi and sauerkraut. The process involves putting fruit/spices/vegetables in a brine strong enough to kill off the ‘bad’ bacteria but not the lactobacillus that naturally live on the fruit and vege.The same bugs that spoil milk. As they digest the sugars they produce lactic acid which lowers the pH and so preserves the vegetable. Apart from general cleanliness THE one thing to remember is to end up with about 2.5% salt.

 

Equipment.

Fermentation Jar.

Although there are jars designed specifically for this, an Agee jar or similar is quite OK to use. Whatever jar you choose make up enough of the ingredients to fill with 5 or so cm from the top. During fermentation the jar needs to be sealed from the air. If you have a container with an air lock, fantastic. If not then 1/2 to 3/4 fill a resealable plastic bag with water. Place it on top of the brine and sauce ingredients so as to exclude contact with air and keep the ingredients below the surface.

Ingredients

A basic recipe. Adjust quantities to suit your jar.

1)     Rock/Sea Salt. NOT iodised salt

2)     Boiled and cooled water. Roughly enough to fill your glass container

3)     350g Green Jalapeno. Type of chillie and quantity to suit your taste

4)     225g chopped celery, stalk and leaves

5)     1 chopped green bell pepper or one that matches colour of chillies

6)     2 cloves garlic minced. (optional)

7)     1 medium onion sliced

8)     1 tsp coriander seeds

Weigh ingredients 3 to 8. Then weigh out 2.5% of their weight in rock salt/sea salt. Put salt to one side. (easy peasy calc., just divide  weight by 40)

Place vegetables and spices into jar. Pack down a little. Pour in water until water is a cm or two above the sauce ingredients.

Pour the water back out of the jar and measure its weight. Divide weight by 40 and add that quantity of rock/sea salt to the water. Also add the salt you weighed out for sauce ingredients 3 to 8. Dissolve the salt and then pour back into the jar of ingredients. Seal the jar with the zip lock bag of water. Ensure all the ingredients are a cm or two below the surface of the brine.

Fermentation should begin in 1-4 days. During fermentation a white ‘powder’ may form on the surface. This is Kahm yeast. Not dangerous but supposedly gives a bitter taste. Just carefully skim it off the top. Easy to do as it is extremely hydrophobic.

Leave to ferment for 2-4 weeks. You can process it then or wait a little longer to let the flavours develop. I left a mash of pure Carolina Reaper for 6 months. The original Tabasco was left 2-3 years.

Processing. After fermentation strain out sauce ingredients and retain the liquid. Place the veggie/spice mix in a blender. Turn on the blender and slowly add the retained fluid until the sauce is of the consistency you want. A good option is to add ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar before adding the liquid. Adding ½ tablespoon citric acid will also help preserve it or the juice of a lemon instead

Once the sauce has been ‘blitzed’ you can either work it through a sieve to remove pulp or use as is. The extra work of getting it through the sive means your sauce should not separate on sitting. I never bother. Just keep it in the fridge and shake before use.

At the start of this I mentioned my chillie adventure started 20+ years ago from a simple desire. What was that desire? Revenge! While watching cricket and enjoying a few cleansing ales with a Scottish mate – he kept munching on some homemade pickled chillies he’d made. Eventually he offered me one, assuring me they were nae hot. Following his example and taking his word I tore into one. 10 seconds later “I’m melting’. I did not realise back then that you become tolerant to effects of capsaicin ‘with practice’, he had lots of ‘practice’. A month later I read an article about a new world record chillie in the US and a plan was born. Not legally exportable at the time and e-commerce in the early days I set about getting seeds and growing some. 18 months after ‘the incident’ a very very cold dish of ‘revenge’ was served. Ah the sweet sight of a gruff Glaswegian from The Gorbals trying to make out he was not in agony despite the gasping, red face, tears and sweat dripping off him. He did very well though considering how much of the pod he ate. So here’s to you Alex me old mate, now in the great Highlands in the Sky. Thank you for the road you sent me down,

*Nebru 7 Pod .Kaffeeklatscher is the very proud ‘parent’ of this variety. An accidental cross I grew that turned out to be ‘most excellent’ and now sold in places as far away as Texas and Croatia. It has earned for me exactly $0.00 but inner ‘chuffedness ‘= Priceless.

**Thomas Hill . Published 1588.

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If there are any interested in giving it a go after reading this I have put together a variety pack of seeds. Heat from zero to world’s hottest. Colours, red, white, chocolate, yellow, peach. Shapes, pea shaped, 30 cm ‘ribbons’, ‘normal’. Large plant, small 30-60cm plants. Included in each bundle will be growing instructions. Or more accurately what I have found to work in WA. Send an email to poroti2ATbigpond.com if you would like one and I will post one to your avatar.

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    • Thanks 2gravel, you have the honour of posting the First Eva Anywhere Comment on a blog post I have made 🙂

  1. Thank you KK for a most interesting thread starter.

    I won’t take advantage of your very kind offer of freebie seeds – my gardening days are over. Even indoor pots are out of the question thanks to the indoor cats who love to nibble their specially grown indoor cat grass. I hate to think of the punishment they would inflict if they accidentally ate a chilli.

    • Cats as a mammal would feel ‘the burn’ . Birds on the other hand are immune and in their native lands spread the seeds. Mammals of the grazing variety they are not so keen on and wish to deter them . If they suffer water stress towards the end of the ripening period, as would happen in a drought the capsaicin in them can double. Makes sure even desperate herbivores don’t get tempted to try more than 1 nibble .

      Apart from humans, who can build up tolerance, there is only one other mammal who happily munches on them. This little cutie, the Tree Shrew.

      Cats not so much 🙂

  2. Matt Canavan, quoted in The Age this morning talking about an alleged leak to the media which he thought came from the PMO –
    “It doesn’t sound like our language – we don’t say ‘transition’ – let’s make sure we don’t get set up to accept the bare minimum”
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/nationals-mps-group-chat-explodes-over-climate-pmo-leak-claims-20211022-p592e8.html

    Well, poor, dumb Matt might not be able to pronounce words of more than one syllable, but Barnaby certainly can, and does. He even uses the word “transition”.

    Here’s Barnaby back in June, using the “T” word several times in just one interview. (As usual he makes no sense, but at least seems relatively sober compared to more recent performances.)

    https://www.skynews.com.au/australia-news/politics/deputy-pm-barnaby-joyce-says-australias-net-zero-transition-can-happen-when-there-are-no-coal-ships-left/news-story/a74fac6d4e5c552eb781444dd2651a08

  3. I was feeling a bit urgh when Dan Andrews started talking about opening up to NSW and International people, but after todays presser I am feeling a bit safer. Still keeping masks until the end of November. Mandatory double vaxed, both staff and public for unrestricted businesses. I do hope the supermarkets and chemist stick to ensuring everyone has been vaccinated.

  4. Yes, I was a bit !!!! too hearing that and I’m in the cosy safe WA Cave. With you guys heading to hit 90% fully vaxxed in a month it may not be so bad.

  5. Well, opening up NSW is going so very well – NOT!

    Things might seem rosy in Sydney, with everyone free to head to pubs and get drunk as quickly as possible, but up here in the mid-north coast area we have increasing cases.

    Today’s count – 73 new cases in four days – 16 cases Thursday, 12 cases on Friday, 22 cases on Saturday and 23 today.

    Most of those cases are in the Kempsey LGA and most are connected to existing cases, but an alarming number are not connected.

    This area has avoided outbreaks for over a year, then suddenly we have an outbreak. Gee, thanks NSW government for allowing city property buyers and construction workers to traipse all over NSW to spread their infections.

    https://www.portnews.com.au/story/7481814/73-new-covid-cases-in-four-days-across-three-mid-north-coast-lgas/

    I’m staying in my nice, safe cave and avoiding as much human contact as possible.

  6. I applaud this excellent post, Kaffee.
    I most certainly would like to grow chillies and would like a set of seeds.

    I had a very mild chilli plant at my Mum’s but it died eventually.

    This plant was very productive, and my Mum used to take some to her Malaysian doctor. The Doc said she couldn’t get mild chilli like those in the shops.

    Well done, K.

    • Chillies tend to get pretty ratty after a couple of years. Although a good prune each year can be a big help for longevity. One of the varieties in the pack actually get better each year. It can be grown like a standard rose or espalier it if desired.

  7. Interesting topic. I’ve enjoyed watching chilli eating contests on youtube for a while, they can be pretty entertaining.

    It’s usually the Red Habanero and Scotch Bonnet that knocks out most of the competition, the remaining few left enduring things like Ghost Peppers and Carolina Reapers tend to be very well practiced.

    I might have a shot at growing the plants some time in the future. My mum likes gardening, I might raise the subject next time I visit.

    Also this timelapse video of a red capsicum plant growing is really pleasant viewing.

  8. The Nats want a regional transition package and an extra cabinet position.

    Lord help Australia!

    The last thing we need is more braindead, greedy Nats in cabinet.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/oct/24/nationals-agree-to-net-zero-target-by-2050-despite-barnaby-joyces-opposition

    The margin for the vote was very small – 12 for, 9 against.

    I would like to know what dinosaurs voted against this alleged “deal”. Obviously Canavan, Christensen, Bridget, Llew O’Brian and possibly Barnaby, but who else is dimwitted enough to want to ignore climate change.

    • The Nats have not actually committed to any deal, plan or “package” despite what the MSM might say,

      All they have done is give Scovid something vague to take to Glasgow, where no-one will be fooled by yet another of his do-nothing announcements.

  9. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Simon Benson summarises the Newspoll saying that popular support for the Liberal-Nationals falling two points to 35 per cent, the lowest level of support recorded this term.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/newspoll-support-slumps-as-scott-morrison-leaves-for-glasgow/news-story/ebc8d809824deda8446ad7066d8f3a47
    An obviously upset Ross Gittins says that with Morrison’s tricky deal, the Nationals have been rewarded for agreeing to harm the regions.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/morrison-s-tricky-deal-nationals-rewarded-for-agreeing-to-harm-the-regions-20211024-p592lw.html
    The Coalition has avoided a meltdown over the emissions target, but at what price, asks Katherine Murphy.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/oct/24/coalition-avoids-meltdown-over-emissions-target-but-at-what-price
    Jennifer Hewett writes that Morrison has sealed a climate deal, but he doesn’t satisfy his critics.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/energy/with-friends-like-the-nsw-liberals-20211024-p592ox
    It says everything about Barnaby Joyce and the Nationals that the Deputy Prime Minister would not say whether he personally backed the defining stance on climate change policy his party room accepted last night, says David Crowe.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/net-zero-pledge-a-defining-moment-but-the-real-test-is-action-20211024-p592pu.html
    Sarah Martin tells us that while details of the package are yet to be made public, it is understood it includes a new regional future fund and an extra cabinet position that is expected to go to the resources minister, Keith Pitt, who was dumped after Joyce became leader.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/oct/24/nationals-agree-to-net-zero-target-by-2050-despite-barnaby-joyces-opposition
    Net zero for carbon emissions in 2050 is meaningless without an ambitious target to halve these emissions in the next decade. In a two-part article, Michael Keating sets out why we need a more dramatic target such as 50% reduction by 2030.
    https://johnmenadue.com/why-we-should-halve-carbon-emissions-by-2030/
    The Nationals finally agree to a 2050 net-zero target, but the real decisions on Australia’s emissions are happening elsewhere, explains John Quiggin.
    https://theconversation.com/the-nationals-finally-agree-to-a-2050-net-zero-target-but-the-real-decisions-on-australias-emissions-are-happening-elsewhere-170451
    Global security and stability could break down, with migration crises and food shortages bringing conflict and chaos, if countries fail to tackle greenhouse gas emissions, the UN’s top climate official has warned ahead of the Cop26 climate summit.
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/24/world-conflict-and-chaos-could-be-the-result-of-a-summit-failure
    Alan Kohler explains how the whaling industry shows us the future for coal.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/finance-news/2021/10/25/coal-whaling-alan-kohler/
    Sean Kelly writes, “Albanese says he’s in the final quarter, so when is he going to start kicking goals?”
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/albanese-says-he-s-in-the-final-quarter-so-when-is-he-going-to-start-kicking-goals-20211023-p592j9.html
    Shane Wright tells us that it may be the most important inflation report in a decade – and the finances of millions of Australian mortgage holders rest on what it reveals and how the Reserve Bank reacts. He says this week’s September quarter consumer price index will get closer than usual analysis due to concerns prices are being pushed up much more quickly than expected, forcing the RBA into the ultimate monetary policy reverse ferret.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/inflation-data-could-reshape-household-finances-20211022-p592dp.html
    Dan Andrews has taken the gloves off and announced that unvaccinated adults and older children will be barred from accessing all but basic services until 2023 under the Victorian government’s path back to freedom.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/most-of-victoria-s-covid-rules-will-end-in-november-with-one-key-exception-20211024-p592og.html
    Rebekha Sharkie will propose new legislation to federal parliament today to cap the amount of money aged care providers can charge under the guise of “administration” costs. She says a lot of rorting is going on.
    https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/stop-the-exploitation-rebekha-sharkie-takes-on-the-aged-care-sharks-with-new-bill-to-regulate-hidden-fees-for-inhome-services/news-story/e05487aa616e08125bc55cbb9cc3af5c
    Professor Nicole Guran argues that to address affordability, we need to reboot the public sector involvement in housing delivery which amounted to over 10 per cent of new homes in the mid 1990s. We need Commonwealth and state governments to support non-profit and community housing schemes as well as shred equity models for aspiring first home buyers. She says we need to stop talking supply slogans and start talking genuine housing solutions.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/it-s-a-myth-that-increasing-supply-will-fix-sydney-s-soaring-house-prices-20211021-p591ua.html
    Several members of the tribunal that reviews government decisions were paid in years they did not work, documents reveal as the tribunal comes under renewed scrutiny from federal Parliament, reports Katina Curtis.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/government-tribunal-paid-some-members-in-years-they-did-no-work-20211024-p592le.html
    Adele Ferguson reckons we should be watching 4 Corners tonight as it and the SMAge expose a lot of problems with this cosmetic surgery baron.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/consumer-affairs/wild-west-without-the-sheriffs-cosmetic-clinics-accused-of-botched-surgeries-breaches-20211024-p592od.html
    It’s a good thing engineers didn’t have the professional standards of some of today’s accountants when the Sydney Harbour Bridge went up, or we might be driving straight into the water. Michael West examines the ethical cloud over a local arm of one of the Big Four accounting firms, with some technical advice from accountant Jeffrey Knapp.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/bad-apples-or-bad-orchard-kpmg-australia-fails-ethics-test/
    The founder of a Melbourne wellness company that planned to expand into China with the help of former Liberal trade minister Andrew Robb has had his home repossessed after the business collapsed.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/wellness-company-boss-home-repossessed-as-creditors-circle-20211024-p592o3.html

    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe

    Alan Moir

    Peter Broelman

    Matt Golding

    Megan Herbert – first time seen

    Warren Brown

    Glen Le Lievre

    Mark Knight

    Leak

    From the US



  10. Excellent comment from the wonderful Amy Remeikis on the Nats’ non-agreement –

    Excited to announce that after a decade of deliberations, I have agreed to a process to phase out chocolate from my diet – as long as the transition changes nothing, I should be ready to phase it out in 30 years time. I will not be taking questions at this time— Amy Remeikis (@AmyRemeikis) October 24, 2021

    And this good idea from Paul Karp –

    "A process going forward"…may as well say no settled position but a real vibe we could sort it with a plebiscite/postal survey.— Paul Karp (@Paul_Karp) October 24, 2021

  11. Puff the Magic Dragon. . Email poroti2ATbigpond.com with an address you would like me to send them and a package addressed to P.M. Dragon will be on the way.. I’m sure AusPost delivers to dragons 🙂
    Should the variety pack have more varieties than you have a desire/room to grow you can do what I do when I have more than I have room for. Grow them to the seedling stage and ‘generously’ give them to someone else to grow.Win win, they get something interesting to grow and you get to try them for ‘free’.

  12. What a load of bullshit!

    Scovid on Keith Pitt being returned to cabinet –

    Nationals additional cabinet spot confirmed
    Scott Morrison has made this announcement:

    Today I announce the Minister for Resources and Water the Hon Keith Pitt MP will be added to the Cabinet.

    Minister Pitt is a powerful voice for the resources sector and ensuring that we build upon Australia’s strength in traditional exports, while harnessing opportunities in the new energy economy and critical minerals.

    Minister Pitt has been a strong advocate for regional and rural communities, both in his portfolio responsibilities and as a local MP, and will work closely with the Minister for Industry, Energy and Emissions Reduction the Hon Angus Taylor MP to ensure we reach our emissions reduction targets through technology that will empower our industries and regional communities.

    Only the Coalition can be trusted to grow our economy, maintain affordable and reliable energy prices, protect our resource industries and manufacturing base that supports rural and regional communities, and take practical and responsible action to achieve our emissions reduction targets

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2021/oct/25/australia-news-live-update-covid-vaccine-victoria-new-south-wales-cabinet-meets-to-finalise-2050-net-zero-deal-all-nsw-students-return-to-school-daniel-andrews-90-booster-shots-cop26

    Well, the odious and stupid Pitt has certainly been a strong voice for coal and gas, but he has done nothing useful for his electorate. Instead he has demanded the dreadful CDC be rolled out in Hinkler, to the detriment of those forced onto it. He deserves to lose his seat, he does not deserve to be a minister let alone a member of Scovid’s corrupt cabinet.

    • Keith Pitt is the epitome of the Morrison government
      Sucks up to rich powerful interests and kicks down the vulnerable

  13. Spot on, Amy!

    Scott Morrison continues to take credit for the vaccination program and covid recovery like that guy who never turned up for your group assignment, but arrived in time for the presentation, presenting it like it was all their own work.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2021/oct/25/australia-news-live-update-covid-vaccine-victoria-new-south-wales-cabinet-meets-to-finalise-2050-net-zero-deal-all-nsw-students-return-to-school-daniel-andrews-90-booster-shots-cop26#comments

  14. When it comes to further transmission of teh Plague by people who get a ‘breakthrough’ transmission is looks a clear win for ‘Team Fizzer’.
    .
    .
    Vaccinated people are less likely to spread Covid, new research finds

    British scientists at the University of Oxford examined national records of nearly 150,000 contacts that were traced from roughly 100,000 initial cases. …………………..Both vaccines reduced transmission, although they were more effective against the alpha variant compared to the delta variant. When infected with the delta variant, a given contact was 65 percent less likely to test positive if the person from whom the exposure occurred was fully vaccinated with two doses of the Pfizer vaccine. With AstraZeneca, a given contact was 36 percent less likely to test positive if the person from whom the exposure occurred was fully vaccinated.
    https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/vaccinated-people-are-less-likely-spread-covid-new-research-finds-n1280583

  15. Boosters should be available six months on from last vaccine doses, Lt General John Frewen has flagged. Advice from Atagi is expected to come imminently

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2021/oct/25/australia-news-live-update-covid-vaccine-victoria-new-south-wales-cabinet-meets-to-finalise-2050-net-zero-deal-all-nsw-students-return-to-school-daniel-andrews-90-booster-shots-cop26

    Mine is due in three weeks. I have the utmost trust in my GP clinic, they have been wonderful getting their older patients immunised early. Let’s hope they are all set to provide boosters.

  16. And, Kaffeeklatscher, I would love one of your seed packs – which I will share with a fellow chilli lover.

    Will email my address …

  17. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    The federal government will rely on mammoth spending on new energy projects to cut greenhouse gas emissions to net zero levels by 2050 in a climate policy to be released as soon as today after a deal with the Nationals to endorse the target, writes David Crowe. (A Nationals Tax, no less!)
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/energy-spending-electric-cars-and-cleaner-fuel-in-coalition-s-emissions-plan-20211025-p592z3.html
    Jacob Greber writes that the Nationals are breaking new ground for economic extortion and they are being “compensated” for blocking actions that would actually make the economy $210 billion larger.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/the-lion-of-bundaberg-shows-how-it-s-done-20211025-p592xs
    A “significant funding commitment” for regional infrastructure, beneficial tax treatment for income derived from carbon farming, and an extra spot in Cabinet, are part of a package set to be granted to the Nationals in return for their supporting net zero emissions by 2050, writes Phil Coorey.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/extra-funds-tax-perks-in-nationals-pay-off-20211025-p592s1
    Barnaby Joyce is two-faced, and both lack the conviction Scott Morrison needs, writes Paul Kelly. He says, “Joyce’s credibility has been ruined within hours of the Nationals’ party room decision. Climate change policy is nothing without conviction and Joyce has no conviction.”
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/barnaby-joyce-is-twofaced-and-both-lack-the-conviction-scott-morrison-needs/news-story/2f520643877a3bd1d3173e886ae3ac5d
    Michelle Grattan wonders if Barnaby Joyce will be less ‘on board’ with net zero when he’s in the backblocks.
    https://theconversation.com/view-from-the-hill-will-barnaby-joyce-be-less-on-board-with-net-zero-when-hes-in-the-backblocks-170572
    The Nationals have done a disservice to the farmers they claim to champion. They cannot be allowed to lead Australia’s response to the climate catastrophe, argues Ian Dunlop.
    https://johnmenadue.com/climate-of-unreality-time-to-call-out-the-national-party/
    The Canberra Times editorial says if Barnaby Joyce and his followers expect the thanks of a grateful nation for finally conditionally agreeing to net zero carbon emissions by 2050 before the Prime Minister leaves for Glasgow they are in for a wait. It concludes with, “If everything is above board and the government has nothing to hide why not make the terms of any deal public? A very large chunk of taxpayers’ money is about to be slung in the Nationals direction. Voters have a right to know what is going on.”
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7483499/nationals-risky-each-way-climate-bet/?cs=14258
    Paul Bongiorno thinks Morrison’s big win over the Nationals is looking more like a pyrrhic victory.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/politics/australian-politics/2021/10/26/paul-bongiorno-pm-nationals-pyrrhic-victory/
    Australia needs to cut its emissions by 45-50 per cent by 2030. Australia can realise this near-term target and grasp the opportunities that it also presents, writes Michael Keating following on from an earlier article on the subject.
    https://johnmenadue.com/how-australia-could-halve-carbon-emissions-by-2030/

    Australia’s stumbling, last-minute dash for climate respectability doesn’t negate a decade of abject failure, opine Lesley Hughes and Will Steffen.
    https://theconversation.com/australias-stumbling-last-minute-dash-for-climate-respectability-doesnt-negate-a-decade-of-abject-failure-169891
    Katherine Murphy evaluates the latest Essential poll pointing out that the immigration issue remains divisive, but number believing levels are too high has dropped from 64% in 2018 to 37%. It found Dominic Perrottet in New South Wales has an approval rating of 47% (compared with Gladys Berejiklian’s high point of 75% last November). Victoria’s Daniel Andrews is sitting on 52% (down from 65% last November). Queensland’s Annastacia Palaszczuk is on 66%, South Australia’s Steven Marshall on 61% and Western Australia’s Mark McGowan on 82%.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/oct/25/australian-voters-rethinking-immigration-in-wake-of-extended-border-closures-poll-suggests
    Deborah Snow summarises yesterday’s ICAC hearing where John Barilaro hardly helped Berejiklian.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/barilaro-recalls-unusual-features-of-club-s-proposal-icac-hears-20211025-p59317.html
    From Troy Bramston. “Those who accused ICAC of running a witch-hunt or operating as a star chamber or kangaroo court to bring down a premier have been badly mistaken in their judgments. In reality, it was inevitable Berejiklian would have to resign ever since the Maguire relationship was revealed. When Berejiklian returns to the witness box at ICAC later this week, she will have a lot of explaining to do.”
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/conflicts-and-code-breaches-meant-gladys-had-to-go/news-story/6c6793e4d49a5f8129ac0eebfb750a7c
    “Are Albanese and Labor really ready to govern?”, wonders Jack Waterford.
    https://johnmenadue.com/are-albanese-and-labor-really-ready-to-govern/
    Peter Hartcher begins this contribution on what he calls the great divide with, “Australia is hitting its vaccination targets and planning to reopen to the world, but what’s the condition of this world with which we’re reconnecting?”
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/unprepared-and-unprotected-jab-divide-leaves-us-all-unsafe-20211025-p592to.html
    If the new pandemic-specific laws are passed, they will replace sweeping state of emergency powers due to expire on December 15 and give the Victorian premier of the day the power to declare a pandemic.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/sutton-sidelined-advice-to-be-made-public-under-new-pandemic-laws-20211025-p592wa.html
    Time is running out for unvaccinated South Australians to get their jabs before the state opens up to the rest of the country and increased cases of the Delta strain. In an urgent plea, the state’s Covid-19 authorities say this week is a “crucial time” to get the first coronavirus vaccine, just five weeks before SA is expected to reach the magic 80 per cent jab rate for people aged over 16.
    https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/coronavirus/covid19-vaccinations-thousands-of-doses-sitting-in-sa-health-fridges-figures-show/news-story/7f4d1fce4c65a4ef20be8af55af2fd46
    Keryn Phelps says that the management of the COVID-19 pandemic has displayed the fault lines in the relationship between the levels of government in Australia.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/kerryn-phelps-passing-the-covid-buck-risks-more-than-government-reputations,15670
    Commuters were promised “congestion-busting” car parks at train stations. But more projects have been abandoned than built under the program, says Shane Wright and Katina Curtis.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/motorists-face-fruitless-search-for-railway-parking-spots-for-years-20211025-p592yg.html
    Adele Ferguson gives us the print version of the joint ABC/Age investigation inti cosmetic surgery and one cowboy in particular. Disgraceful!
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/consumer-affairs/never-ever-ever-own-up-cosmetic-cowboys-running-wild-in-the-billion-dollar-treatments-industry-20211022-p592ee.html
    Shane Wright explains how soaring prices and stagnant wages are combining to drive down affordability in the nation’s two largest cities.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/housing-affordability-collapses-despite-record-low-interest-rates-20211025-p592vb.html
    High under-employment and long-term unemployment are keeping an overheating economy on ice, argues Greg Jericho.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/oct/25/high-under-employment-and-long-term-unemployment-are-keeping-an-overheating-economy-on-ice
    Mike Foley tells us that at Estimates yesterday the Energy Department will review if Liberal members of Parliament breached rules by publishing government advertisements from a $13 million publicly funded campaign about climate action on their private social media accounts.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/department-investigates-mps-use-of-climate-advertising-campaign-20211025-p592yo.html
    Foley also reports that the economist whose work the Coalition used to slam Labor’s climate change policy in the 2019 election has been paid about $100,000 to review the federal government’s new modelling of the economic impact of achieving net zero emissions by 2050. (Dial-a-Number?)
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/author-of-labor-wrecking-ball-report-hired-for-government-net-zero-modelling-20211025-p5931t.html
    The New South Wales government urged the prime minister’s department to remove Santos’ Narrabri gas project from a list of developments it wanted to rush through the approval process, warning it would “undermine public trust”, documents released under freedom of information show, report Christopher Knaus and Lisa Cox.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/oct/26/nsw-sought-to-have-narrabri-gas-project-removed-from-scott-morrisons-fast-track-approvals-list
    When in need of a distraction from climate follies and secret Coalition deals over governance and public money, a little Sinophobia is a safe bet. Cue Trade Minister Dan Tehan with “Australia’s plan to boost foreign investment without focusing on China”, writes Michael Pascoe.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/2021/10/26/michael-pascoe-distraction-foreign-investment-furphy/
    Caitlin Fitzsimmons argues that there is no case for employers to reduce wages for those working from home.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/workplace/no-working-from-home-should-not-mean-a-pay-cut-20211025-p592va.html
    Charlotte Grieve writes that the Victorian government’s new wages watchdog is suing NAB over refusing to pay casuals long service leave entitlements, in a case that could pave the way for stricter rules around casual staff benefits.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/nab-facing-criminal-charges-for-failing-to-pay-casuals-entitlements-20211022-p592dr.html
    Education Minister Alan Tudge continues to argue that an obscure version of our history – one that students “can be proud of” – is the only one worth teaching, writes Dechlan Brennan.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/tudge-flags-freedom-of-speech-while-whitewashing-australias-past-,15667
    Victorian judges would be given increased powers to give an accused person an indication of what their sentence would be if they pleaded guilty in legislation to be introduced to Parliament today.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/law-aimed-at-slashing-court-backlog-to-let-judges-offer-sentencing-indications-20211025-p5931x.html
    Tennis authorities seem to be looking for a no-jab loophole, writes Greg Baum who says they have got it all wrong.
    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/tennis/for-tennis-players-no-vax-is-double-fault-20211025-p592yj.html
    Trump’s judges will call the shots for years to come. The judicial system is broken says Shira A Scheindlin.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/oct/25/trump-judges-supreme-court-justices-judiciary

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  18. Keryn Phelps says that the management of the COVID-19 pandemic has displayed the fault lines in the relationship between the levels of government in Australia.

    More accurately, it displayed the faulty line of the Prime Minister. The ‘fault lines’ were the result of the PM and his approach to the pandemic. The pandemic actually showed the strength of the relationship. Without it being as it is the States, rather than doing it right, would have been forced by Scrott’s Feds over a cliff. The so called ‘fault lines’ saved our arses. For which we cave dwelling Sandgropers are very thankful.

    • All the states except NSW. The BinChicken TWICE allowed The Plague loose on Australia and also sent it overseas. You would think she would have learnt to be more careful after the Ruby Princess debacle, but no, she was totally in thrall to Scovid and would do anything to impress him. including failing to lock down NSW – all of it – at the first sign of Delta. That failure also spread the virus to NZ.

      Whenever I see or hear journalists telling me this incompetent , corrupt woman was “popular” I almost throw up. She was and remains useless, corrupt, desperate for male approval and money-hungry, both in her personal and public life.

  19. One of the rare side effects of the covid vaccine that has seen some scary reporting is Guillain–Barré syndrome. However ‘research has shown’it is a far lower risk from the vaccine than if you get The Plague…………….waaay lower.

    A team of Oxford academics – not connected with the team that created the AstraZeneca jab – found that, for every 10 million doses administered, there have been 38 more cases of Guillain–Barré syndrome than compared to a non-Covid, non-vaccine baseline.

    However, analysis also showed that there were 145 excess cases per 10 million people after testing positive for Covid – almost four times more than following a jab.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/covid-19-delta-outbreak-the-90-project-unvaccinated-four-times-at-risk-of-side-effects/2RYYCF2NBEYP6CB5P45YMHJEMQ/

  20. Amy’s in fine form

    Scott Morrison press conference

    Angus Taylor is there as well.

    Scott Morrison launches straight into the lines: Australia understands there is need for climate action, Australia is already “meeting and beating” emissions reductions.

    And we are doing it the “Australian Way” (which appears to be trumpeting misleading figures, and doing the bare minimum and expecting a brass band for it)

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2021/oct/26/australia-news-live-update-scott-morrison-to-unveil-details-of-2050-net-zero-emissions-plan-covid-question-time-nationals-barnaby-joyce-canavan-climate-change-pfizer-vaccine-coronavirus-cases-new-south-wales-victoria

  21. Bullshitman’s plan is the same as Abbott’s “plans’.The honest version of the glossy promo of those plans here……

  22. Scovid always has “a plan” so he can make more announcements, but those “plans” never ever go any further.

  23. Julian Hill –

    Seth Meyers –

    Stephen Colbert –

    Rachel Maddow –

    Chris Hayes –

    Brian Tyler Cohen –

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