It’s once again an Australia Time Friday! It’s FRIDAY!!!!
Florida Friend was over tonight, so quantities were larger than usual.
I did the Lamb Loin Chops in the cast iron skillet. Oven at 375 F for about 30 minutes. (These cuts where thicker than usual). Red Potatoes cut into french fry like strips scattered about the pan, skin on. Salt, a bit of pepper.
I had made home made bread, so a nice slice of the “round” with butter was added to the plate.
A side salad of mixed Iceberg & Butter lettuces, a few olives, and a slice of Havarti Cheese kibbled. Then topped with ranch dressing.
Can you say Yum?!
At the Bargain Market I got 2 bottles of Samuel Wynn Dice With Destiny red blend. Sadly, one is now gone and we’ve started on number 2…
At $5/bottle you just can’t beat it (why I shop at Bargain Market Grocery Outlet… the particular wine on offer is indeterminate, but the price is always good). Notes of Cabernet playing against a background of Shiraz, IF I’ve got my blend taster running right.
Down to only one row of bottles on the shelf. I suspect it will shortly be done there and I’ll need to go to the expensive place to get it. Mission Accomplished! ;-)
Oh, Australia. Please take a look at Sweden or Florida. Both living free lives. Just cast off the daemon fear and march forward to freedom.
So, the Big News seems to be that Australia decided to scrap a failing submarine deal in favor of getting something that works, quicker.
France to send ambassador back to Australia amid Aukus row
Published 23 hours ago
France will send its ambassador back to Australia to “redefine” relations, after Canberra reneged on a deal to buy French submarines and sparked a row.
Last month, Australia formed the Aukus security pact with the US and the UK – aimed at maintaining Western influence in the Asia-Pacific.
That saw Australia end a $65bn (£48bn) deal with France to instead access US nuclear-powered submarine technology.
Paris called the deal a “stab in the back”.
Soon after the shock announcement, France recalled its ambassadors from Canberra and Washington DC in protest.
But while it has sought to mend the rift with the US, France has continued to freeze out Australia.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said French President Emmanuel Macron has refused to take his calls. Australia’s trade minister has also been shunned by his French counterpart.
One wonders why “diplomats” behave like 13 year old girls. “Shunning” and “freezing out” and having a pout.
It’s business, mate. Deliver the goods or the job goes to someone who can.
Want to be emotional about it? Fine, mind if I take pictures?…
In Other News…
China has managed to shoot off their toes by banning Australian Coal, and now can’t make enough heat or electricity. Way to go, Xi! So now they are buying Australian Coal at excessive prices and via intermediaries. Shutting down sectors of their economy.
Karma is a bitch, with big teeth…
China hit by power cuts and factory closures as energy crisis bites
The world’s top coal consumer implements power rationing as supplies dwindle ahead of winter
China has told railway companies and local authorities to expedite vital coal supplies to utilities as the world’s second largest economy grapples with extensive power cuts that have crippled industrial output in key regions.
As many as 20 provinces are believed to be experiencing the crisis to some degree, with factories temporarily shuttered or working on short hours. Shopkeepers were left to light their stores by candles, and there were reports of mobile networks failing after a three-day outage hit three north-eastern provinces.
According to the South China Morning Post, quoting analysis by Sinolink Securities, stocks of coal used to generate electricity – held by the nation’s six biggest power-generation groups – stood at a record low of just 11.31m tonnes as of 21 September – enough to produce power for 15 days.
The energy crunch has been driven by a series of complex overlapping factors which have combined to create a perfect storm in an economy which relies on coal for 56% of its power.
Trying to reduce its emissions to become carbon neutral by 2060, the Chinese economy has lagged behind in improving energy efficiency even as coal production has slowed because of new regulations.
On top of that, the rebound in demand for goods from Chinese factories as the world reopens after the Covid-19 pandemic – a factor facing other economies – has left coal production unable to keep up with the demand for energy from factories.
With thermal coal futures in China hitting an all-time high of $212.92 per tonne earlier on Wednesday, the rising prices have put further pressure on power utilities unable to recoup added fuel costs.
According to an analysis paper by S&P Global on Wednesday, the issues have been exacerbated by China’s own attempts to intervene in the crisis which it described as a “tinderbox of issues”.
“China’s latest measures to cap energy consumption have been widely blamed for causing the current power crisis, but the curbs more likely ignited a tinderbox of issues accumulating for months around soaring fuel prices and coal shortages, highlighting the difficulties in implementing energy policy in the context of a huge economy with numerous moving parts.”
The problems have been most acute in the three north-eastern provinces of Liaoning, Jilin, and Heilongjiang with local authorities in Shenyang, the capital of Liaoning province, warning of “the collapse of the entire grid” if power wasn’t rationed.
“If there’s a power cut in the winter then the heat stops too,” said Fang Xuedong, 32, a delivery driver in Shenyang, about a 90-minute flight north east of Beijing.
And yet not a mention of their sudden stoppage of purchases of Australian Coal…
The Stupid, it burns….
So take a Victory Lap Australia. China brought to her knees by Stupid Xi Tantrum. Australia happy to sell coal to other buyers…