Hot Stuff

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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  1. Scotty is certainly the perfect leader to have at the head of this gang of frauds.He being the biggest of the lot.

    @colonelhogans
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    You can’t make this shit up!!

    This isn’t a plan. It’s a scam.

    Senator Bridget McKenzie just told estimates she’s never seen the Net Zero plan Mr Morrison showed the media today, and she can’t say whether the plan was finalised BEFORE or AFTER the Nationals’ meeting on Sunday

  2. SLUSH FUND THEY WANT YOU TO BE BLIND TO! “Alleged rapist” Christian Porter believed to have received help from billionaires, disgraced lawyers & even News Corp journalist Paul Kelly

    EXCLUSIVE: A coterie of powerful billionaires, prominent News Corp journalists, and a disgraced lawyer who was once charged and then acquitted over his own wife’s murder, as well as conservative organisations closely linked to the Liberal Party are said to have helped and secretly donated to “alleged rapist” Christian Porter’s slush fund for his ultimately doomed defamation battle against the ABC. Tayla Foster and Serkan Ozturk with this major investigation

    https://truecrimenewsweekly.com/slush-fund-they-want-you-to-be-blind-to-alleged-rapist-christian-porter-believed-to-have-received-help-from-billionaires-disgraced-lawyers-even-news-corp-journalist-paul-kelly/

  3. And on this day, October 26,a non Beatles fan was ‘outraged’

    1965 the four Beatles were each invested MBE by the Queen at Buckingham Palace. Colonel Frederick Wagg, who returned his 12 military medals in protest, wrote: “Decorating the Beatles has made a mockery of everything this country stands for. I’ve heard them sing and play, and I think they’re terrible.”;

  4. SfM reckons it’s near enough so no probs

    • He’s more than a bit late with the phony “thoughts and prayers” – Cleo has been missing for 11 days. He’s only just found out! And then he gave her the wrong name!!!

  5. Albo – earlier today –

    What it was about – at 3.11 PM

    Mr Albanese (Leader of the Opposition) moved—That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the Leader of the Opposition from moving the following motion immediately—That the House:

    (1)notes:

    (a)after almost a decade in office, instead of delivering a climate change policy, the Prime Minister has today presented another glossy document with no new policy;

    (b)the Prime Minister is refusing to release the Government’s modelling of its net zero policy; and

    (c)the Government can’t be trusted to deliver action on climate change when the Deputy Prime Minister and most of the National Party members of Cabinet don’t support net zero;

    (2)therefore calls on the Prime Minister to end his secrecy and immediately release the modelling of his net zero policy; and

    (3)supports legislating net zero by 2050.

    3:12:58 PM
    Closure of Member

    Mr Dutton (Leader of the House) moved—That the Member be no longer heard.

    Question—put.

    3:13:21 PM
    Division 766

    The House divided (the Speaker, Mr A. D. H. Smith, in the Chair)—

    https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Chamber_documents/Live_Minutes

    The result of the division -Ayes – 56, Noes- 51. The motion the member no longer be heard was carried.

    That is not going to look good when Scovid gets to Glasgow. Nor is his constant lying and love of announcements that go nowhere.

  6. For comparison

    Not the AUSTRALIAN WAY, obviously.

  7. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    David Crowe reports that more than half the community is willing to accept a personal cost to help cut Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions, with 51 per cent of voters backing the idea amid stronger support for a net zero carbon target for 2050.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/australians-willing-to-pay-for-climate-action-but-say-government-not-doing-fair-share-20211026-p5935x.html
    Crowe tells us that Scott Morrison is promising billions of dollars in further spending on climate policies to reach a new official target to slash greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, opening a battle with Labor over who has the better plan to achieve the goal. It will add to that already promised and incurring debt that will require greater tax revenue over time to cover the cost. As I said yesterday, the Nationals Tax.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/billions-more-in-spending-to-come-on-pm-s-road-to-net-zero-20211026-p593di.html
    He also writes that one key chart in Scott Morrison’s new climate policy shows the Prime Minister is wishing and hoping Australia can get to net zero rather than making absolutely sure it does. He says the new statement reveals that half the work of reaching the net zero deadline in 2050 will come from things nobody can be sure about – such as an assumption about global trends outside anyone’s control.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/morrison-delivered-the-pledge-voters-wanted-but-not-the-plan-they-needed-20211026-p59397.html
    We’ve spent a year waiting for this 2050 climate plan and it’s actually just the status quo with some new speculative graphs, laments Katherine Murphy who says the Coalition remains a prisoner of its own weaponised nonsense.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/oct/26/weve-spent-a-year-waiting-for-this-2050-climate-plan-and-its-actually-just-the-status-quo-with-some-new-speculative-graphs
    Phil Coorey writes that Scott Morrison has challenged Labor to an election fought over climate change after unveiling a plan for net zero emissions by 2050 that relies largely on unproven or undeveloped technologies, and a contribution by every sector of the economy, including agriculture.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/bring-it-on-pm-taunts-labor-to-fight-election-over-climate-action-20211026-p5933h
    Mike Foley writes that economists are warning the federal government against picking winners as it pledges to spend at least $20 billion of taxpayer funds on a shortlist of nascent lower-emissions technologies including clean hydrogen, green steel and carbon capture and storage as it targets net zero by 2050.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/economists-warn-against-the-20bn-technology-bet-at-heart-of-net-zero-policy-20211026-p593ac.html
    Michelle Grattan says that Morrison’s net-zero plan is built more on politics than detailed policy.
    https://theconversation.com/view-from-the-hill-morrisons-net-zero-plan-is-built-more-on-politics-than-detailed-policy-170669
    Morrison’s tech-based plan emits hope but lacks detail, writes the Grattan Institute’s Tony Wood.
    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/net-zero-sum-game-morrison-s-tech-based-plan-emits-hope-but-lacks-detail-20211026-p5935m.html
    And the SMH editorial says that the PM’s net zero emissions plan is good news but we need more details.
    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/pm-s-net-zero-emissions-plan-is-good-news-but-we-need-more-details-20211026-p593dp.html
    Australia’s energy and emissions reduction minister, Angus Taylor, has signalled some of the trade-offs the Nationals sought from the Liberals in return for formally supporting a net zero by 2050 target have not yet been approved by the cabinet, reveal Katherine Murphy and Sarah Martin.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/oct/27/angus-taylor-reveals-trade-offs-with-nationals-for-net-zero-support-not-yet-approved-by-cabinet
    Scott Morrison believes he now has the plan he needs to sell to the electorate on climate change, trusting in his own political instincts to find the Opposition’s jugular, writes Jennifer Hewett who says he prefers to play another game of electoral bluff with Labor, backing his own political instincts for his opponent’s jugular.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/morrison-plays-a-game-of-electoral-bluff-with-labor-20211026-p593be
    A road map without a single new policy leaves us to wonder what exactly has been going on behind closed doors in Canberra amid the 2050 target machinations, writes Steven Hamilton.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/energy-and-climate/a-prayer-not-a-plan-for-net-zero-20211026-p5939u
    “No matter how often government ministers repeat their path to net zero emissions is paved with “technology not taxes”, it is simply not true”, begins Shane Wright in this scorching assessment of “The Plan”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/taxes-rabbits-and-blank-pages-no-costed-plan-to-net-zero-yet-20211026-p5939j.html
    In a very long article, Ian Bayly tells us that the Coalition’s last-minute shift on net zero beggars belief.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7483997/coalitions-last-minute-shift-on-net-zero-beggars-belief/?cs=14264
    As usual, Chris Uhlmann comes up with a contribution critical of renewable energy.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/higher-prices-and-coal-fired-power-what-a-net-zero-carbon-emissions-looks-like-in-the-act-20211026-p5934e.html
    Current commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions put the planet on track for an average 2.7 degrees Celsius temperature rise this century, a United Nations report said on Tuesday, in another stark warning ahead of crunch climate talks.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/un-warns-world-set-for-2-7-degree-rise-on-today-s-emissions-pledges-20211027-p593fh.html
    Former Nationals leader Michael McCormack has angrily confronted Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce on the floor of Federal Parliament following a series of leaks from the party’s private chat group. What a rag tag mob!
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/beyond-the-pale-mccormack-confronts-joyce-over-nats-chat-leaks-20211026-p593d5.html
    Scott Morrison says his long-awaited net-zero plan will lower power bills, create 100,000 jobs, and leave Australians thousands of dollars better off by increasing the gross national income by 1.6 per cent. But his predecessor Malcolm Turnbull has been scathing of a key pillar of the plan, calling carbon capture and storage – which the government is relying on to cut emissions in manufacturing and mining – as a “con” and “distraction” by the coal industry, writes Josh Butler.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2021/10/26/turnbull-net-zero-plan/
    Australia is undermining the Paris Agreement, no matter what Morrison writes Peter Christoff who says we need new laws to stop the Prime Minister undermining the international treaty central to combating climate change.
    https://johnmenadue.com/australia-is-undermining-the-paris-agreement-no-matter-what-morrison-says/
    Australia’s farming sector lobby group is siding with the National Party and its reluctance to co-operate with emissions targets, writes David Paull.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/national-farmers-federation-needs-to-embrace-climate-adaption,15671
    Jhn Lord writes that “to watch Scott Morrison and other ministers doing their media rounds, they certainly sound convincing. Words fly from frequently moistened lips with the sting of dishonesty and an absence of explanation.”
    https://theaimn.com/fools-rush-in-where-wise-men-never-go/
    According to Shane Wright and Jennifer Duke, households are preparing for an acceleration in prices that could eat into their standard of living and force the Reserve Bank to re-think its plan to keep interest rates at ultra-low levels for the next three years. An ANZ-Roy Morgan survey on Tuesday showed a jump in consumers’ inflation expectations to their highest level in more than six years.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/consumers-brace-for-higher-prices-as-inflation-pressures-grow-20211026-p59359.html
    Lucy Cormack reports that at ICAC yesterday, it heard that Gladys Berejiklian lied to her then-chief of staff and friend about the duration of her secret relationship with ex-MP Daryl Maguire in a private phone call more than two years before it was exposed to the public. Gladys will be appearing on Friday and Monday as it currently stands.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/berejiklian-lied-to-then-chief-of-staff-and-friend-about-relationship-icac-20211026-p593d4.html
    Deborah Snow goes into more detail over yesterday’s hearing.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/former-staffer-s-icac-evidence-another-blow-for-gladys-berejiklian-20211026-p593dm.html
    Paul Karp reports that officials have told Senate estimates that Alan Tudge instructed staff to first consult marginal seat MPs before commuter car parks were selected, despite the former urban infrastructure minister’s claims that projects were chosen on merit.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/oct/26/senators-hear-alan-tudge-told-staff-to-consult-marginal-seat-mps-despite-claims-car-parks-chosen-on-merit
    Victoria’s Health Minister Martin Foley said transparent decision-making was at the heart of the new legislation, but the Opposition decried it as an “incredible attack on democracy”.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/draconian-government-introduces-new-pandemic-laws-into-parliament-20211026-p593ci.html
    Melissa Davies reports that GPs are being offered thousands of dollars in bribes to provide fake Covid vaccine certificates, while others have reported being abused and, in some cases, threatened by anti-vaxxers demanding doctored paperwork to overcome mandates.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/oct/27/australian-gps-offered-bribes-for-fake-vaccine-certificates-while-others-abused-by-anti-vaxxers
    If COVID hospitalisations increase, it’s still not clear how patients will be prioritised for ICU beds writes these health experts in The Conversation. Interesting.
    https://theconversation.com/if-covid-hospitalisations-increase-its-still-not-clear-how-patients-will-be-prioritised-for-icu-beds-169948
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    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/vested-interest-how-the-home-ownership-game-is-rigged-20211026-p5934h.html
    Michael Pascoe says that now the real housing affordability crisis is one of soaring rents. He points to some disturbing rental price increases.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/opinion/2021/10/27/michael-pascoe-housing-affordability-soaring-rents/
    Now it’s Liberals telling us we are going to have to cut the capital gains tax concession if we want to get Australians into homes, writes Peter Martin.
    https://theconversation.com/now-its-liberals-telling-us-we-are-going-to-have-to-cut-the-capital-gains-tax-concession-if-we-want-to-get-australians-into-homes-170555
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    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/oct/26/voter-identification-to-be-compulsory-under-morrison-government-proposal
    Nick Bonyhady tells us that federal regulators are nearing the end of a long-running inquiry into whether a major Australian union, whose membership includes senior Labor figures Bill Shorten and Jim Chalmers, inflated its size over many years by failing to remove unfinancial members.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/investigators-soon-to-finalise-australian-workers-union-membership-probe-20211025-p592x4.html
    Michael Fowler reports that truckloads of asbestos-ridden soil and building material are being dumped at an increasing rate on roadsides, private property and parks in Melbourne’s outer suburbs, forcing one council in the north to remove almost five shipping containers’ worth of waste over the past two months.
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    Gambling researcher Charles Livingstone says that the ‘disgraceful’ Crown report lays bare failures of government.
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    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/abc-boss-defends-decision-to-pay-louise-milligan-s-200-000-defamation-costs-20211026-p59345.html
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    https://www.smh.com.au/business/consumer-affairs/cosmetic-surgeon-accused-of-doctoring-reviews-on-google-20211026-p593do.html
    Laws meant to stop rogue medicos from performing complex operations while calling themselves “cosmetic surgeons” have been languishing for three years, as doctors argue over who can use the title ‘surgeon’ and work in the billion-dollar industry, write Rachel Clun and Dana Daniel.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/make-them-fess-up-laws-against-rogue-cosmetic-surgeons-have-waited-three-years-20211026-p59358.html
    The King’s School in Parramatta has broken ranks with public, Catholic and the vast majority of independent schools in Sydney by refusing to mandate masks in classrooms for secondary students. Well, they ARE a cut above us mere mortals, aren’t they?
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/masks-required-for-high-school-students-except-those-at-the-king-s-school-20211026-p593af.html
    Robert Reich is concerned that Biden’s entire agenda is about to shrink into nothingness.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/oct/26/is-bidens-entire-agenda-about-to-shrink-into-nothingness
    Arwa Mahdawi tells us why the writing is on the wall for Facebook.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/oct/26/why-the-writing-is-on-the-wall-for-facebook
    A Lords amendment sought to stop water companies dumping raw sewage – and 265 Tories voted against it. This faecal matter has become a powerful symbol of modern Britain, writes Zoe Williams as the UK suffers the effects of broken Brexit promise.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/oct/26/what-does-a-stream-of-raw-sewage-symbolise-broken-brexit-promises-for-one
    Chinese authorities have placed a city of 4 million people under lockdown in an attempt to wipe out a coronavirus outbreak that has threatened the country’s COVID-zero strategy. Residents in Lanzhou, north-western China, were told not to leave home except in emergencies after six cases were recorded on Tuesday. In Beijing, authorities are scrambling to lockdown apartment blocks and towns as coronavirus cases pop up across the mainland.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/thousands-in-21-day-lockdown-as-beijing-pursues-covid-zero-fortress-20211026-p5939f.html

    Cartoon Corner

    David Pope – WOW!

    David Rowe

    Matt Golding



    Cathy Wilcox

    Fiona Katauskas

    Alan Moir


    Warren Brown

    Glen Le Lievre


    Mark Knight

    John Spooner

    Andrew Dyson

    Simon Letch

    John Shakespeare

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  8. How can the loyal, Liberal-loving journalists at Nine compare the government’s non-plan on emissions with Labor’s when Albo has said over and over again that Labor has not yet released a policy?

    Net zero by 2050 is too late, it needs to be achieved by 2030 at the latest, but both the major parties are steadfast in their support for coal and gas.

    What hope does Australia have with dinosaurs like the current crop – and I include Labor – in charge?

    The Climate Council says “the lion’s share” of emissions must be cut this decade if we are to have any hope of avoiding catastrophic climate change, but both major parties are hell-bent on more mining, more drilling, more extraction. All for a handful of votes from those working in the coalmining and gas industries and the financial support of wealthy donors who do not care if the planet burns.

    https://www.climatecouncil.org.au/resources/what-does-net-zero-emissions-mean/

    All we have right now is a blithering idiot in charge who believes that the more times he uses the word “plan” the more we voters will be convinced he is “doing something” when he is doing bugger all, apart from hoping and praying his god will intervene and save him.

    Take a look at this blather – you will find the same repetition on any government document or site that deals with emissions and/or climate change. It is all pointless garbage.

    Australia’s Long-Term Emissions Reduction Plan
    A whole-of-economy plan to achieve net zero emissions by 2050
    Australia’s whole-of-economy Long-Term Emissions Reduction Plan is our plan to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.
    Through the Plan, we will achieve net zero emissions by 2050 in a practical, responsible way that will take advantage of new economic opportunities while continuing to serve our traditional markets.

    The Plan focuses on technology. The Technology Investment Roadmap is the cornerstone of the plan, and prioritises technologies that will help Australia cut emissions while creating jobs and growing our economy

    https://www.industry.gov.au/data-and-publications/australias-long-term-emissions-reduction-plan

  9. I haven’t caught up with today’s conversations yet, but I want to make a general comment about The Australian Way.

    Since Slogans for Marketing (SfM) is on the job, I’d like to know just what he wants us to think of as The Australian Way. Apart from trying to sound good. He clearly has no idea.

    Surely there’s a decent percentage of the population who can or will see through the grandiose and meaningless phrases so routinely used in advertising. The Australian Way, using the examples set by the people we pay to do big things for us, seems to mean obfuscation, weasel words, dishonesty, looking after mates, targeting those who have the least power, rorting, lying and avoiding the inconvenience of a genuine moral compass, et cetera ad infinitum.

    For some time now advertisers have had to say product x may or could do y, may or could help with z. Would be nice if the same rules applied to politicians’ announcements.

  10. After trying out Melbourne’s weather for the last few days here in the cave dweller’s capital , Perth, I’ve come to the opinion that 6 season changes per day sucks, bigly. 😦 This year I think I have come very close to developing Seasonal Affective Disorder aka SAD. Rainfall Oct. 2020 12.5mm Oct 2021 92.2mm and counting , average daily max temp -3.5C on last year.It’s damned near November and it may as as well be June or July 😦 On topic, even my chillies think the weather suck,this years new chillies are half the size they should be given the time they were planted out.
    Sort of on topic,c some music from the Red Hot Chili Peppers . A band and music I’m sure many here will have the same opinion of as Colonel Frederick Wagg,had about the Beatles ” I’ve heard them sing and play, and I think they’re terrible.” 🙂
    Red Hot Chili Peppers-Californication

  11. Stephen Colbert –

    Jimmy Kimmel –

    Rachel Maddow –

    Chris Hayes –

    Brian Tyler Cohen –

  12. What a steaming pile this dumb arsery the Coalition keep chucking out at us is now,,,,,
    .

    Morrison”…..Why do they not have a confidence that, in the next 30 years, that in the world today, Mr Speaker, we will not see technology breakthroughs that will ensure they will be able to crack the case?”

    We haven’t got farking 30 years , certainly not 30 years of being Mr Micawber waiting for something to turn up. A you beaut discovery in 25 years may as well be tits on a bull given the use it will be. Action needs to start NOW. Thanks to arsehats like Scotty and his crew we’ve already wasted over a decade of the time we have left.

    • The nutter is probably on the same bus as some evangelicals and pollies in the US back when Obama was trying to do things. It is all gods will they argued and if there is climate change then it is what HE wants. So of course trying to prevent climate change means going against the will of god. Bullshit Man has just given it a new paint job. Of course something will turn up………………….if it is what god wants.So we just keep a thoughting and prayering until “something turns up” .

  13. This government gets worse and worse.

    That is exactly what happens now to anyone unfortunate enough to be forced onto this card. Indue staff have the right to veto any purchase, so they do, all the time. They seem to take delight in refusing to allow purchases of even food from supermarkets.

    The CDC has been so “successful” in the Kalgoorlie area that many people have left for non-card regions out of fear they would also have this card forced on them. The loss of population plus the ridiculous restraints placed on card users living there has mean some businesses have been forced to close.

    In all regions where this card is used there have been drastic rises in the number of homeless families as those on the card who do not have public housing are no longer able to rent. Landlords refuse to deal with anyone on the card because Indue stuffs up rent payments every fortnight meaning rent cannot be paid on time. There are also increases in domestic violence across card regions because of the stress living on this card causes.

    If this card is so wonderful why not roll it out to government MPs and senators, ideally at the current rates of payment for social security, and with all the stuffing around Indue staff inflict on card holders. Let’s see how well they cope, especially with not being able to buy alcohol.

    For more information follow @thesayno7 on Twitter and No Cashless Debit Card Australia on Facebook.

  14. Scott Morrison has confirmed he’ll be out and about celebrating the spooky season this year, saying he’d like to dress up and pretend to be the Prime Minister for the special day.

    Insiders from Morrison’s office say they are not convinced about the character choice, concerned that most people won’t get it.

    “It’s been so long since Australians have seen a Prime Minister, we don’t think they’ll recognise the costume,” one staffer said. “We’re not even entirely sure what this costume would look like, although you can guarantee it’ll be thrown together last minute with a hot glue gun and paper-mache.”

    Everyone did agree, however, that Scott Morrison as Prime Minister would be terrifying. “Just the idea of it will scare a lot of people,” one insider said.

    A source close to Mr Morrison, who had seen the contents of shopping bags, revealed the costume will include a Hawaiian shirt from Lowes and a novelty piece of coal. This appears to have been his backup plan after he was unable to locate a rubber Kevin Rudd mask. Despite the elaborate costume, some experts doubt whether Mr Morrison will actually show up.

    Other members of Parliament are getting into the Halloween spirit too. Barnaby Joyce will play himself as a lecherous, drunken cowboy for the 17th year running. Peter Dutton said he was “The Dark Lord – a demonic, crusher of souls and dreams!” although that had nothing to do with Halloween.

    Greg Hunt’s costume is expected to arrive in time for Easter.

    https://www.theshovel.com.au/2021/10/27/scott-morrison-to-pretend-to-be-prime-minister-for-halloween/

  15. The younger dogs seems a bit perplexed as what to do with a mouse, hence them escaping the clutches. The older dog did not hesitate to do his duty, quickly and humanely.

    Sammie is now Chief Mouser.

  16. How very convenient – for Bruz.

    John Barilaro adviser ‘collateral damage’ in Friendlyjordies producer case, magistrate says
    Siobhan Hamblin says she intended to comply with Sydney court order to produce digital records but then Barilaro quit and she lost her job

    Siobhan Hamblin testified on Wednesday she always intended to fully comply with a court order to produce digital records on her work devices, only for Barilaro to quit days after she received the order.

    The resignation left her without a job, without access to various accounts and with a requirement to hand back her work phone and laptop, Hamblin told the Downing Centre local court.

    “The unfortunate timing of the issuing of the subpoena and the machinations of how a government is dissolved … have made this a difficult time for me personally, as well as navigating [these issues].”

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/oct/27/john-barilaro-adviser-collateral-damage-in-friendlyjordies-producer-case-magistrate-says

    And then Ms Hamblin was ordered to pay $3,000 spent by Langker in costs. Shouldn’t Bruz be paying that? He was her boss,.

  17. From Tony Burke –

    Paul Fletcher’s claims that government support for the arts sector has topped $10 billion is a lie.
    Watch as their claim is totally dismantled by Labor’s Senator Anthony Chisholm in Senate estimates.

    So a shop assistant at, say, Best and Less or your local bookshop would have been seen by this rotten government as a worker in the arts. FFS!!!

  18. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Niki Savva artfully sums up The Plan™ with “PM’s net zero plan driven by slogans and seats, not conversion or conviction”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/pm-s-net-zero-plan-driven-by-slogans-and-seats-not-conversion-or-conviction-20211027-p593iz.html
    Mike Foley and Shane Wright tell us that business groups are backing limits on carbon emissions to drive the green transition to net zero, as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) says the world needs a price on carbon and global leaders must deliver it together.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/businesses-back-emissions-caps-as-imf-says-the-world-needs-a-carbon-price-20211027-p593o0.html
    And David Speers lampoons Morrison’s short memory and hypocrisy on the matter.
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-10-28/borat-tax-net-zero-plan-morrison-government-long-climate-policy/100573138
    David Crowe believes Morrison will lodge a formal proposal at a looming climate summit to achieve bigger cuts to greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 as Labor accuses him of a policy “scam” by refusing to release more details on how he will deliver the result.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/morrison-to-lodge-bigger-2030-target-in-un-talks-in-glasgow-20211027-p593qe.html
    Phil Coorey thinks Labor is pondering whether to go big or go small on climate policy.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/labor-ponders-whether-to-go-big-or-small-on-climate-policy-20211027-p593gv
    Greg Sheridan reckons net zero is all about the declaration, implying we ar all kicking the can down the road.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/lets-get-real-net-zero-is-all-about-the-declaration/news-story/eda26c01fcfffefcaeaacd4a56c187be
    “Nothing highlights the disconnect between voters and the Canberra class better than the fixation on net zero, a policy for 30 years’ time, or 10 elections hence, at a time when Australians, limping out of lockdowns, are willing their leaders to deal with the myriad pressing issues facing our country”, whines Peta Credlin.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/how-did-morrison-let-his-government-flounder-like-this/news-story/e809b9a8a935af421f3cd2859a59378c
    The world will be watching, but on some reckonings, the Australian prime minister’s pledge at COP26 in Glasgow will be around 25 years too late, opines Bronwyn Kelly.
    https://johnmenadue.com/morrisons-net-zero-deal-with-the-nationals-wont-deal-with-climate-change/
    Calling for Team Australia to have an all-in net zero plan, the AFR’s editorial says the decarbonisation challenge is so great that the political taboo needs to be axed from the carbon tax.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/energy-and-climate/team-australia-needs-an-all-in-net-zero-plan-20211026-p593bg
    Even though the world is now out from the shadow of Trump, Australia’s representatives are acting as if The Donald is still in the White House, writes Bruce Haigh who says the team of bullies, lurching from farce to disaster, has met its match.
    https://johnmenadue.com/bullies-meet-their-match-morrison-team-lurches-from-farce-to-disaster/
    The editorial in The Canberra Times reckons when Scott Morrison lands in Glasgow he will be in the unfortunate position of somebody who turns up to a pot luck dinner with a packet of corn chips in the hope someone has brought salsa.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7486412/pm-to-be-the-pauper-at-glasgows-feast/?cs=14258
    The Age’s editorial chimes in, saying that the Coalition’s new climate policy offers only a thin veneer of credibility.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/coalition-s-new-climate-policy-offers-only-a-thin-veneer-of-credibility-20211027-p593hr.html
    Shane Wright and Jennifer Duke tell us that federal Treasury has not modelled the effects of climate change and emissions reductions on the nation’s economy for years and has revealed its limited involvement in the government’s new plan for net zero by 2050.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/federal-treasury-has-not-modelled-climate-change-risks-in-years-20211027-p593n3.html
    Miki Perkins explains how The Plan™ is heavy on promises but light on detail.
    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/bare-bones-emissions-plan-heavy-on-promises-but-light-on-detail-20211027-p593kl.html
    And Harley Dennett says that Scott Morrison’s plan for net zero makes less sense the deeper you look.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7485119/a-net-zero-plan-that-makes-less-sense-the-deeper-you-look/?cs=14329
    The Morrison Government is fobbing us off with a tissue of lies, a wink, a nudge and a glossy pamphlet, writes Michelle Pini.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/the-plan-winking-blinding-and-eye-watering-morrison-government-negligence,15684
    Alan Kohler says Morrison has made Australia a nation of technology freeloaders. He concludes with, “coal is doomed anyway, gas will last longer but not that much longer, and cattle farming will “require displacement” when the climate emergency eventually arrives and all bets come off, including beef and cow’s milk. It would be better if Messrs Taylor and Morrison got the regions ready for that reality, instead of giving them cow manure.”
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/finance-news/2021/10/28/morrison-tech-freeloaders-alan-kohler/
    The Coalition’s net zero policy is merely a plan to freeload off the rest of the world, argues Tristan Edis.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/oct/27/the-coalitions-net-zero-policy-is-merely-a-plan-to-freeload-off-the-rest-of-the-world
    Simon Benson writes that Australia will refuse a US and European-backed pledge for a 30 per cent cut in methane emissions by the end of the decade at next week’s Glasgow summit, fearing it would lead to the culling of herds and force shutdowns in parts of the agriculture, coal and gas industries.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/scott-morrison-to-reject-pledge-on-methane-emissions-target/news-story/797a8f6e8d94bde5a9b67fb2bf8980eb
    The government is expected to introduce voter ID laws into parliament today and Katine Curtis writes that Labor will strenuously oppose it.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/voter-id-laws-on-the-cards-ahead-of-next-federal-election-20211027-p593qc.html
    Coalition plans to introduce voter ID laws at Australian elections have been slammed as “Trumpian” by parliamentary opponents, sparked by reports the government may look to implement such measures ahead of the next ballot, writes Josh Butler.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2021/10/27/voter-id-proposal-slammed/
    Daniel Andrews remains Victorian voters’ preferred premier but polling shows the return of Matthew Guy has halved the gap between the leaders of the state’s two major parties. Annika Smethurst says that Labor is still on course to retain power next year despite voters drifting away from the government. A survey by Resolve Political Monitor conducted for The Age shows Labor’s primary vote has fallen from 43 to 38 per cent since the last state election.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/voters-swing-against-andrews-but-labor-in-election-winning-position-20211027-p593m1.html
    The Morrison government wants to curb the returns to litigation funders and lawyers in class action lawsuits but the industry is gearing up for a fight, writes Jennifer Hewett.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/professional-services/class-action-industry-in-the-fight-of-their-lives-20211027-p593pi
    The SMH editorial points out that inflation pressures are a reminder interest rates will rise. eventually.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/inflation-pressures-a-reminder-interest-rates-will-rise-eventually-20211027-p593qa.html
    Inflation in Australia might be on the rise, but it’s hardly running wild, opines Greg Jericho.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2021/oct/28/inflation-in-australia-might-be-on-the-rise-but-its-hardly-running-wild
    Lucy Cormack outlines yesterday’s proceedings at ICAC for us.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/daryl-maguire-over-reached-but-was-trusted-by-gladys-berejiklian-icac-20211027-p593hn.html
    Alexandra Smith says that the effectiveness and function of NSW’s corruption watchdog should not be measured by sensational evidence. Accountability, transparency and confidence in elected officials matters far more than shock revelations worthy of a blockbuster.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/we-expect-icac-bombshells-but-don-t-dismiss-its-ripples-in-a-murky-pond-20211027-p593nd.html
    Accountability is under threat, and Parliament must urgently reset the balance urges professor of politics, Anne Tiernan.
    https://theconversation.com/accountability-is-under-threat-parliament-must-urgently-reset-the-balance-170530
    Georgina Mitchell reports that, relevant to the FriendlyJordies case, the former chief of staff for ex-deputy premier John Barilaro has avoided being found in contempt of court for supplying only some documents required by a subpoena, after a magistrate found the staffer took her legal obligation seriously and was let down by her lawyers.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/barilaro-s-former-chief-of-staff-became-collateral-damage-in-court-case-magistrate-20211027-p593i2.html
    The nation’s retirees are urging the federal government to bankroll its plan to slash greenhouse gas emissions with special “green bonds” that would give people reliant on savings a better rate of return, explains Shane Wright.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/seniors-want-green-bonds-so-they-can-put-money-in-emissions-reduction-20211027-p593gx.html
    New major developments will be scored on how carbon-intensive they were to build under a planning framework being developed by the NSW government to bolster the drive towards net-zero, reports Angus Thompson.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/taking-sustainability-up-a-notch-new-developments-to-be-rated-on-construction-emissions-20211027-p593iy.html
    Thompson also tells us that NSW government staff raised concerns internally last year that WaterNSW was pushing its ecological consultants to downgrade the dangers to threatened species from raising the Warragamba Dam wall.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/government-staff-feared-dangers-of-warragamba-dam-project-were-downgraded-20211026-p5938s.html
    The Andrews government may have to agree to give a judge oversight of sweeping pandemic powers as the opposition seeks support for an amendment to the health crisis management bill.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/plan-to-stymie-daniel-andrews-pandemic-powers-20211027-p593j4
    Referring to the recent 4 Corners program, Alan Fels declares that the cosmetic surgery industry needs more than a tummy tuck.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/cosmetic-surgery-industry-needs-more-than-a-tummy-tuck-20211027-p593ns.html
    Fiona McCleod supports Rebekha Sharkie’s bill to counter spam such as that coming from the likes of Craig Kelly. The bill’s simplicity makes it attractive.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/spam-text-messages-show-need-for-political-pest-control-20211026-p593dl.html
    Melburnians will be free to leave the city from tomorrow, but healthcare workers in rural and regional areas are concerned about an already stretched workforce, explains Troy Symondson.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/regional-hospitals-are-bracing-for-a-perfect-storm-20211027-p593ke.html
    Your unvaccinated friend is roughly 20 times more likely to give you COVID, warn these contributors to The Conversation.
    https://theconversation.com/your-unvaccinated-friend-is-roughly-20-times-more-likely-to-give-you-covid-170448
    Some private schools could lose up to a third of their teachers when mandatory vaccination rules come into force next month, while the NSW Department of Education is asking staff in head office to return to classrooms to plug possible shortages.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/schools-brace-for-teacher-shortages-when-vaccination-mandates-come-into-force-20211027-p593qq.html
    Sarah Brookes writes that vaccine hesitancy and needle phobias have the power to disrupt WA’s vaccination rollout.
    https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/life-and-relationships/vaccine-hesitancy-needle-phobias-have-power-to-disrupt-wa-jab-rollout-20211026-p593a0.html
    Australia’s medicines regulator has blasted One Nation senator Malcolm Roberts for “dangerous and incorrect” suggestions about deaths linked to coronavirus vaccines.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/coronavirus/2021/10/27/vaccine-malcolm-roberts-one-nation/
    The Greens have written to new Senate President Slade Brockman to stop Australia’s Parliament House being used to gouge money from billionaires and corporations. Michael West reports on Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s gala fundraiser in the Great Hall.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/billionaire-tuckshop-plutocrats-dont-just-steal-the-show-they-steal-our-trust/
    Australia’s largest supermarket managed to keep the inflation genie inside the baked bean can for the duration of the pandemic. But pressures are coming down the pike, writes Elizabeth Knight. She says that with much of supermarket fresh food supply sourced domestically, it will be the imported grocery staples that are more susceptible to price rises.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/from-lockdowns-to-logistics-woolworths-moves-from-one-challenge-to-another-20211027-p593p2.html
    Crown Resorts directors could be put in an untenable position of having decisions they believe are in the best interests of the scandal-plagued company overridden by the new “special manager” appointed to monitor its Melbourne casino, legal experts say.
    https://www.theage.com.au/business/companies/crown-s-special-manager-added-headache-for-casino-board-20211027-p593p3.html
    By participating in the US-led wars in the Middle East and Afghanistan, Australia has deepened its integration into US military strategy and operations, argues Richard Tanner.
    https://johnmenadue.com/how-us-military-culture-worked-its-way-into-australian-defence-policy/
    “What would a new monarch mean for Australia’s republic movement?”, wonders John Warhurst.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7486408/what-would-a-new-monarch-mean-for-the-republic-movement/?cs=14264
    This week’s refusal by UK PM Boris Johnson to take urgent COVID-19 action shows he has learned nothing from last week’s damning parliamentary report on the Government’s catastrophic mishandling of the pandemic.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/boris-johnson-fails-to-act-despite-damning-covid-19-report,15672
    “Arsehole of the Week” nomination today goes to this creature. And why was ha on bail?
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/we-control-market-the-alleged-financial-might-of-fugitive-mostafa-baluch-20211027-p593jf.html

    Cartoon Corner

    David Pope on fire again!

    David Rowe

    Matt Golding



    Cathy Wilcox

    John Shakespeare

    Mark David

    Glen Le Lievre

    Alan Moir


    Andrew Dyson

    Peter Broelman

    Dionne Gain

    Mark Knight

    Leak

    From the US










  19. From The Urban Dictionary – with thanks to Julian Hill and Marcus Paul.

    Doing a Morrison
    A range of tactics for dodging your responsibilities, including (but not limited to): going missing when the going gets tough; passing the buck; and talking your way out of a tight spot with an empty promise.

    Australian slang. Inspired by Australia’s 30th Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

    (NOTE: ‘Doing a Morrison’ is not to be confused with ‘Getting Morrisoned’, which usually involves you losing either your pre-selection (see Michael Towke), your job (see Christine Holgate), or your credit for a job well done (see nearly everyone else).)
    Crew member 1: “The ship’s taking on water. We’re sinking. Where the bloody hell’s the captain?”
    Crew member 2: “Oh, he’s already done a Morrison and racked off in a lifeboat.”

    Barry: “How did you get your creditors off your back.”
    Bruce: “Too easy. I told them the, ah, cheque was in the mail. Did a total Morrison.”

    Delia: “Did you eat the last Tim Tam?”
    Nev (wiping chocolate from his lips): “No. It must have been… the other guy.”
    Delia: “What other guy? You’re doing a Morrison, aren’t you?”

    “Yeah mate, it was piss easy, I just did a Morrison. Promised I’d always love her and she believed it and gave me the money.”
    by M_TURNBULL October 09, 2021

    https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Doing%20a%20Morrison

  20. NAB gets precious about its reputation – or something.

    (I have an excellent reason to detest and loathe NAB which is a long story for another day.}

    From The Shot –
    NAB force Facebook to pull Chaser post mocking their coal investments
    https://theshot.net.au/general-news/nab-bank-force-facebook-to-pull-chaser-post-over-mockery-of-coal-investments/

    The offending video is still up on YouTube but it is now fashionable for big organisations to hate and go after Facebook, so we have this ludicrous situation.

    I posted the video here, in the previous thread, on 24 October.

    Here it is again – the owner of the blog can delete it if she thinks it wise.

  21. The political gymnastics aimed at keeping former Attorney-General Christian Porter’s $1m legal fund a secret have reached new and astonishing levels, writes Dennis Atkins

    So let’s stop this linguistic nonsense. What the former Attorney-General has set up to store donations for legal fees is not a trust, blind or visionary. It’s simply a secret fund – perhaps a slush fund if we’re being really honest about things.

    As they say, you can put lipstick on a pig but that doesn’t mean you’ll want to kiss it.

    https://inqld.com.au/politics/2021/10/26/curious-case-of-christian-porter-and-the-1m-secret-nobody-wants-to-talk-about/

  22. Not only is there no modeling on Scovid’s non-plan but Treasury has not bothered to cost it. In fact they have not bothered to cost anything to do with climate change for, apparently, EIGHT fracking years!!!

    Which would be the entire term of the ATM government.

  23. The new Disaster Warning Alert scale is now in use.
    .
    The Chaser
    @chaser
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    Public urged to stay in homes as government upgrades disaster warning level to ‘Scott Morrison fucking off overseas’

  24. Dominicistan nee Gladystan and its vax rates after the sighting of a Covid Goanna by the local Galahs and Bin Chickens . An animated bar chart of vaccination rates of state and Territories over time. Binchookville was stone cold motherless last, king of the slack arses, below even the NT as late as the 21st of May. By the middle of July it had fought its way to 2nd last.Then………………… enter the ‘Covid Goanna’
    https://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2021/oct/27/see-australias-state-and-territory-covid-vaccination-rollouts-animated-over-time

  25. I don’t know how many of you know about the federal government’s plan to deny Australians their right to vote.

    The Electoral Legislation Amendment (Voter Integrity) Bill 2021 was introduced to the Reps this morning.

    Here it is –
    https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/Bills_Search_Results/Result?bId=r6811

    And here is Tony Burke’s comment.

    This bill is meant to address non-existent voter fraud in Australia. I and many others see it more as a way to restrict votes. This is a Trumpian idea totally alien to Australia.

    Should this government win another term (God forbid!) I believe they will try to amend the Electoral Act to get rid of compulsory voting – something that was introduced in 1924 in response to poor voter turnout.
    https://www.aec.gov.au/About_AEC/25/theme1-voting-history.htm

  26. Julian Hill –

    Honest government ad –

    Seth Meyers –

    Stephen Colbert –

    Jimmy Kimmel –

    Rachel Maddow –

    Chris Hayes –

    Brian Tyler Cohen –

  27. Very well put Mr Gnosis.Although I’d add at the end – “that benefit Liberal Party Cabinet Ministers”

    Josh Taylor
    @joshgnosis
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    Government wants people to formally identify themselves when:
    – using social media
    – voting
    But not
    – when donating large sums of money to blind trusts

    Sums it up pretty well.

  28. Grace Tame’s hidden talent

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