I'd like to start a movement to make next year's word of the year muffnut as both a new food (cross between a doughnut and a muffin) and a gender neutral insult.
eg. Russell is such a muffnut
You said cockwomble <snort>
Oh noes they stole our word
If I was going to be intellectual about it I'd say "confirmation bias" or the more common "echo chamber" to describe the way people have stopped listening to opposing views or ideas.
post- truth or post-fact have to be it
Just another comment - as a scientist it really was neat to see a leader who took the science portfolio. I get the feeling that had he ever become PM it might have made a subtle difference to his priorities.
An unfortunate reality of modern media and politics.
Agreed. Doesn't stop me hating it though.
Also I have to say I think it has a lot to do with just how bad some political systems have become.
But I have no idea how to fix it.
his inability to connect with the public via concise media soundbites
The media's inability to present anything other than trite meaningless soundbites ...
There I fixed that for you
I thought it was worth the risk.
I agree. Because what we have been trying for the last decades has simply not been working.
We've tried the politicians. The ones who bully and blackmail and buy their colleagues in order to achieve power and then can only imagine getting more power.
We need statespeople. People who are doing the job of politician because it's the best way for them to contribute to society. People who make decisions based on the best evidence available for the greatest benefit to all of society. People who can make mistakes and admit it. People who take responsibility for their decisions and are willing to change their minds when they get it wrong.
I don't know if Shearer was all those things. But I do know that what has replaced him was the worst kind of old white male political animal and frankly it's really hard to vote for that.
A Mortar and Pestle can be really cheap, troll the isles of one of the asian supermarkets and you'll see a few. You want something medium sized about 15-20 cm in diameter and with some weight so you can lean into it as you grind and the spices don't spill out.
BUT it can be hard work and it's much easier to use a cheapish coffee grinder one of the ones with blades that are useless for coffee but they work great for spices, they're usually about $50 but I'm sure you could find one cheaper. They're small enough to pick up and shake as you grind and it's lots easier than using a mortar and pestle :).
As for a tagine, they are pretty, but a slow cooker is just as good and much more of a multi-tasker than a tagine. If you have space in your kitchen (we don't) and lots of money to spend you can find some beautiful tagines that are as much art pieces as cooking implements.
Also you obviously already have a slow cooker but if you didn't I'd recommend the Breville duo which can double as a sous vide bath as well. Kind of ugly but works really well. Combined with a vacuum bagger of some kind you get a whole other range of cooking options.