Weekend Things, Y17-W39

My inauthentic chilaquiles recipe is in contained herein.


I missed last week because typing, boy, I don’t know. There were a few things floating around in my drafts that I wanted to note, though: firstly, fuck Sean Spicer and the podium he rode in on, and secondly, fuck the New York Times for indulging “Google memo guy” James Damore’s bullshit with a big photo-led profile. I’m not going to link to that article, but Erin Kissane’s response, which describes all the things the Times should have done instead, is really clear and good.

Burma is committing textbook genocide against Rohingya Muslims:

Modern genocide is a form of social engineering, and often a long-term process. It begins not with mass murder, but with the dehumanisation, isolation, and systematic weakening of a target group. Conceptualising genocide in this way enables us to identify the genocidal process while in motion, and to intervene before it’s too late.

But we haven’t intervened before it’s too late, and now tens of thousands of Rohingyas lucky enough to escape torture or murder in Burma are living in dangerously crowded camps on the Bangladesh border. But Australia has forced the UN to soften a resolution on the crisis:

In closed-door negotiations at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Australia has insisted the words “such violations and abuses” be replaced with the non-accusative “violence” in a resolution dealing with Myanmar’s refusal to allow UN investigators to visit the strife-torn Rakhine state.

My long-weekend chilaquiles recipe:

  • 1 small onion
  • 1 jalapeño
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 can of tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp Vegetable oil
  • 6–8 tostadas, broken into pieces, or a couple big handfuls of tortilla chips (preferably unsalted and made from actual tortillas)
  • Chopped coriander

Heat the vegetable oil in a high-sided skillet on the stove. Chuck the onion, jalapeño, garlic and cumin in the food processor and whizz for a few seconds, and tip it into the hot oil to fry for a minute or so.

Whizz the tomatoes and tip them into the skillet with the onions etc, and then rinse the remaining tomato out of the processor bowl into the skillet with half a cup of water or so. Simmer that stuff for 5 minutes or so. (Optional: throw in some shredded leftover roast chicken). Season.

Add the tortilla chips or tostadas and stir them through the tomato sauce. Let them simmer on a low heat for a few minutes, and then season and sprinkle with chopped coriander before serving.

Other excellent additions to the plate: lime wedges, a scrambled egg, a tablespoon of sour cream, a slice or two of avocado, some extra ? sauce.

Chilaquiles are a good thing to cook and eat if your football team isn’t in the Grand Final.

It’s been a really dumb, annoying week on the Same-Sex Marriage postal survey front, but I’m not sure that it gets dumber than Cory Bernardi planning to robocall a million unsuspecting South Australians and Victorians with some batshit content about radical gay sex education.

Or maybe it does get dumber and more annoying! The NRL (who’ve come out in support of same-sex marriage) have chosen Macklemore to perform at the NRL Grand Final this weekend, and conservatives have absolutely lost the fucking plot about the idea of a noted Friend of the Gays singing his cheesy pro-equal-love anthem on the hallowed turf of wherever the hell they play that game. Somewhere north of here.

The good news is that sport is otherwise completely free of politics.

I’m mainly aware of what’s going on in Puerto Rico via the Twitter feed of my friend Pablo Defendini. It hasn’t been much in the news here, or really anywhere, but the situation is dire; the country may be largely without power for several months, fresh water is hard to come by, there is limited food, and their colonial overseer is dicking around blaming them for their difficult circumstances.

A thing I learned from this Huffington Post article that Pablo linked to is that only 2% of Puerto Rico’s energy comes from renewable sources, and the rest comes from coal, natural gas and oil— but somehow, this hasn’t resulted in the stable output and low prices Tony Abbott promises us if we get behind “clean” “coal” here. ?

This Vice interview with Jessica Bruder previews her book about older Americans who live in vans and travel from Amazon fulfilment warehouse to Amazon fulfilment warehouse, picking up poorly-paid, back-breaking casual packing jobs. Amazon is terrifying, and America is failing its people.

I picked up some cool Procreate tricks from Alice Oehr at the Jacky Winter Digital Still Life sesh this week — if you’re keen to give iPad drawing a go, this is a Good Thing to do. I just enjoyed being forced to focus on drawing and experimenting for a couple of hours with no particular outcome in mind.

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