00h UTC; SATURDAY, 15 SEPTEMBER 2012: Targeting especially such who see themselves as "patriots" and "defenders" of a so-called True Patriot Love Thou Dost in Us Command (cf. the inscription ONS VIR JOU, SUID-AFRIKA on the Senotaaf of the Voortrekkermonument outside Pretoria) is the mission of Your Correspondent and his somewhat psychopathically-flavoured wit and satire; perhaps explaining the lead-off image today, readers.

But in this instance, we open with Breaking News--as in a Wisconsin district court judge striking down on Constitutional points the Luscious Glory (or so it was hoped) of Governor Scott Walker, otherwise known as Act 10, restricting the collective-bargaining and unionisation rights of civil servants as but the first step in deskilling the public sector and its eventual corporatisation (with simultaneous share flotation in Wall Street, Bay Street and The City) as The State of Wisconsin, LLC (Liability Limited by Guarantee). No doubt vindicating the martyrdom of Joe Hill, for starters; however, it appears the share issue of The Badger State's reincarnation as a state corporate and incorporate is on hold indefinitely.


So much for GOP Presidential wannabe Mitt Romney's taking issue with the Federal Reserve Board's announcing QE3 (as in the monthly purchase of $40 billion in mortgage-backed securities for an indeterminate period to help stimulate the economy) without letting you know that the same banks he expects to "do their part", and on their "spontaneous and wholehearted" will and initiative besides, to increase consumer and small-business lending and credit are also giving his "Tea Party" (pseudo)movement enablers and drookies aid and comfort--doublethink right there, pure and simple: After all, the "real" Romney/Ryan Socioeconomic Agenda is closely modelled on that of the Afrikaner Economic Movement, as laid down at the Afrikaner Broederbond-sponsored Eerste Ekonomesie Volkskongres ("First People's Economic Congress") at Bloemfontein in 1939, calling for, inter alii, the constant leveraging of otherwise "idle monies" held by the Afrikaner Volk into "productive capital" for the Greater Luscious Glory of the Afrikaner Volk and their Socioeconomic Empowerment as God's Chosen People, the eventual goal becoming one of replacing the "pious sentiment" towards the "poor white" populace (of which Afrikaners were dominant) made even more so by relief and charity with the "jingling coin" of profit via a new, "people-centred" brand of capitalism, Volkskapitalisme as it was known, "born out of the Volk to serve the Volk" (or so the official mythos was expected to explain it) by emphasising jobs creation and work training over traditional wealth creation per se.

Said leverage to involve Afrikaner-centrist savings banks, building societies and insurance and finance companies expected to invest in a Reddingsdaadfond ("Rescue Action Fund") as would:
  • make monies available for "viable and worthy" business startups among Afrikaners;
  • invest in Afrikaner business enterprises (to be further reinforced by the likes of investment funds such as Federale Volksbeleggings and Bonuskor, both with connexions to the Afrikaner insurer Sanlam); and
  • harness Afrikaner purchasing power with campaigns urging the Volk to patronise only Afrikaner-owned businesses and use Afrikaans in advertising and everyday business dealings, as reinforced by the likes of the Reddingsdaadbond ("Rescue Action League").
So why exactly isn't Romney acknowledging as much openly?


A Most Unlikely Improbability (if that): Confusing the western Urugayan city of Fray Bentos, long famous as a meatpacking centre on the Rio Negro (thus its longtime nickname "The World's Kitchen") and namesake for a long-established British brand of tinned corned beef (which, in fact, was manufactured in Fray Bentos and exported to England's Green and Pleasant Land, not to mention Europe and North America)--and, in its day, equally famous for the manufacture of Liebig's Extract, a beef broth concentrate widely exported--with a bento (as in a Japanese lunchbox as can sometimes feature hilarious Engrish inscriptions such as this one, a personal fave: "We are passionate about lunch communication. The lunch is a great day pastime").


Not exactly a Sign of the End Times, notwithstanding what certain misguided evangels may think in the end: After 41 years of being essentially "dry," the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World will see its first restaurant serving beer and wines (howbeit at dinner) in form of Be Our Guest, opening from November.


As if peoples' unease over banks wasn't getting awful enow, a newly-released report from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), as insures bank deposits for up to $250,000, hath it that some 830,000 people in Our Dear Lovely and Morally-Superior America have given up on traditional bank chequing accounts in favour of prepaid and reloadable debit cards ... and it's not just the otherwise "unbankable," mostly from the Lower Classes, as are taking up such unorthodox banking concepts: In fact, such from what GOP POTUS wannabe Mitt Romney insists are the "real" Middle Class (i.e., such with incomes of $200,000 and more) are especially keen on prepaid debit cards, what with the fees thereof being quite the saving on such vis-a-vis more conventional chequing accounts.

But then again, you still have such landlords insisting on paper cheques or postal orders for rent payments, even with "apps" for smartphones as can allow debit and credit cards to be swiped on-the-spot for collecting rent payments (cf. the "Birther" camp still questioning the birth documentation of President Obama, let alone whether he meets the Constitutional mandate of being "native-born," a case of much ado about nothing as refuses to go away....)

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