It’s once again an Australia Time Friday! It’s FRIDAY!!!!
Tonight will once again be the mini-T-bone “Loin Chops”, roasted, surrounded with a bed of small colored potatoes (red, purple, yellow) cut into bite size chunks, rolled in olive oil, and sprinkled with “Greek Seasoning”. Tonight, since they are not quite fully defrosted, cooking at 350 F or 375 F for about 30 minutes to give time for the heat to warm the middle before the outside cooks too much.
Steamed chard leaves, coated with a bit of real butter will be the side vegetable.
Dessert is a “Triple Fudge” chocolate cake ;-)
As I was only near a regular grocery store, tonight I’m having the Yellow Tail Cabernet Sauvignon. It seems to be the Australian wine all the chain grocery stores carry.
It’s a nice wine. Dark and rich. But the nose is a little light. Smooth on the palate, but a bit more like a Merlot than a Bordeaux. Still, very drinkable right from the bottle, which is likely the point. Not intended for cellaring after all…
I’ve got a bottle of “Two Buck Chuck” Shiraz (that now sells for $3 at Trader Joe’s…) and may see how well the Yellowtail takes to blending when dinner is over.
In Other News
Looks like BHP is moving focus to Australia, and expanding oil & gas operations. I’d guess Australia will be set for fuels for a while, then.
Mining giant BHP is set to leave the FTSE 100 index after unveiling plans to scrap the dual listing of its shares in London and Sydney.
The company, part of the UK’s blue chip index since 2001, will move its main listing to Australia as part of a huge shake up announcement on Tuesday.
BHP regularly tops the list of the FTSE 100’s biggest companies, depending on fluctuations in market values.
The move will see some investor funds that track the FTSE sell BHP shares.
“Now is the right time to unify BHP’s corporate structure,” said Ken MacKenzie, chairman of the world’s biggest listed mining company. “BHP will be simpler and more efficient, with greater flexibility to shape our portfolio for the future.
“Our plans announced today will better enable BHP to pursue opportunities in new and existing markets and create value and returns over generations.”
The move comes as BHP announced it was combining its oil and gas assets with Australia’s Woodside, creating one of the world’s 10 biggest producers of liquified natural gas.
BHP’s chief executive, Mike Henry, is trying the shift the company’s focus towards metals such as copper and nickel, and away from fossil fuels. BHP has also put its last thermal coal mine up for sale.
Kind of a mixed message. Or are they saying Woodside is a separate company that is buying their gas operations? Not BHP becoming one of the 10 biggest?
Under the merger of the oil and gas assets with Woodside, BHP shareholders will have a 48% stake in the new company.
BHP had come under pressure from some shareholders, notably activist investor Elliott Advisors, to simplify its structure.
Ah, got it. Shut up the activists with “See, we don’t own any oil & gas” (We just own a LOT of another company that owns oil & gas…)
Looks like some Australians caught up in Biden’s Embarrassment of a route retreat:
Taliban ‘carrying out door-to-door manhunt’
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An intelligence briefing for the UN says the Taliban are stepping up the search for “collaborators”
More anti-Taliban protests have taken place in several cities
At least 12 people have been killed at Kabul airport since Sunday, a Taliban official says
Western countries continue evacuating nationals and Afghans who worked for them
Asked in an ABC TV interview if he made any mistakes with the Afghan exit, US President Biden says: “No”
The IMF says that Afghanistan will no longer have access to its funds
And it looks like The Beeb is packing up and escaping themselves:
We’re pausing our coverage
We’re pausing our live page coverage of developments in Afghanistan. Thanks for joining us. Here’s a round-up of the latest developments:
A UN document says the Taliban are intensifying their hunt for people who worked for and collaborated with Nato and US forces
Among those killed is a relative of a Deutsche Welle journalist they were hunting for
There has been continuing chaos at Kabul airport where Western nations are evacuating their citizens and Afghans who worked with them
Some 7,000 Americans and other evacuees, including Afghan allies, have been airlifted out of the airport since Sunday
The heartbreaking scenes at the airport include the case of a child handed over to soldiers over a wall at the airport, as seen in the video below
So it goes…
Were it me, I’d just have some Warthogs taking out any vehicle full of Taliban that approached Kabul until it was time to leave… I guess the idea of “suppressive fire” is lost on Babbling Biden.
Then there’s “No cases but ready to lock down anyway”:
Tasmanian government announces lockdown plan, despite recording no new Covid-19 cases
An Australian state with one of the highest vaccination rates and no cases of Covid-19 has announced a lockdown plan if a Covid situation arises.
AUGUST 20, 2021 10:55AM
The Tasmanian Premier has announced a “lockdown plan” despite the state having zero active Covid-19 cases in the community.
Peter Gutwein said he was not declaring a lockdown at Friday’s morning announcement, instead providing Tasmanians with a plan if a Covid-19 situation was to suddenly escalate.
Mr Gutwein said the state government’s intention would be “to go in as hard as we possibly can” and then “come out quickly”.
That would mean a snap lockdown of three to five days, he told reporters.
“What we’re doing is putting out a plan to indicate to people what could, and will occur,” the Premier said.
Mr Gutwein said depending on the type of outbreak, officials would base the rules on the public health advice at the time.
The Fear Porn is strong in them…