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00h UTC; TUESDAY, 29 JANUARY 2013: No wonder the GOP, in its Luscious Glory of seeking renewed attention from especially the poor and National Minorities, can't actually come up with seriously viable ideas to seriously uplift the Lower Classes from their poverty, fecundity and ignorance into self-reliant prosperity consistent with their Zealotry and True Belief in ekonomesie vryheid met Amerikaanse eienskappe as a key part of Our National Character and Identity as a Sovereign Peculiar Among the Nations (and remember, to that element, they see "nation" in the sense of the white-nationalist acronym ORION, "Our Race Is Our Nation"--but they don't want you to openly know this.

(Nor do they want you to know that their agenda for socioeconomic uplift is actually right out of the Final Proceedings of the Eerste Ekonomesie Volkskongres ["First People's Economic Congress"] under auspices of the Afrikaner Broederbond and affiliated entities in Bloemfontein, South Africa in October 1939; viz., an agenda calling for rescuing God's Chosen People in Africa, the Afrikaner Volk, from the abyss of "poor whiteism" through a Reddingsdaad ["rescue action"] based on a new, "people-centred" Volkskapitalisme ["people's capitalism"] expected to be "born out of the Volk to serve the Volk" through an emphasis on jobs creation and training over mere wealth creation endemic to traditional capitalist models ... and to be financed through the constant and conscious leverage of otherwise "idle monies" held among the Afrikaner Masses through a Reddingsdaadfond into "productive capital" as would help the Afrikaner. In its turn, reinforced by a popular movement known as the Reddingsdaadbond promoting the socioeconomic, ethnic and cultural identity of the Afrikaner.)

Is it any wonder that conservative articles of faith insist that children "need to be taught a healthy respect" for ekonomesie vryheid, &c., as one with Our National Character and Identity? They may want to reconsider when they read a new study in the journal Pediatrics as hath it that children exposed to a steady stream of alcoholic-beverage advertising on television (especially so for beer and wine) through their tender youth are all the more likely to become addicted to Al Cohol's clutches in later adult life--especially if the ads are catchy and attractive to the point of glamourisation. (The study, should you ask, involved 400 youth as were followed between 4th and 10th grades with regards to their viewing habits.)

(In an interesting sidelight, the Canadian province of Quebec's Consumer Protection Act explicitly bans all advertising across all media--print, broadcast and online--as is likely to target children; the thinking behind this law is that children's "pester power" towards their parents or others in adult authority only risks backfiring, what with children not considered well-developed enough psychologically to make wise purchasing decisions.)

As if such a notion weren't absurd enough to stomach without bicarbonate, Subway has finally acknowledged where their Footlong sub sandwiches (as are supposed to be 12"/30 cm long) aren't always that long, and that they will take steps worldwide to ensure that those buying Footlong subs get full measure for their money. This in the wake of a widely-seen YouTube video of an Australian Sunway patron discovering that his Footlong was actually 11" long by actual measure, in its turn prompting numerous video replies with much the same result.

First, it was the then-Soviet Union ... then the United States ... and more recently, China.

Setting aside North Korea's highly-unlikely claims that they launched a "weather satellite" into orbit back in December of last year (which, to intelligence soures, is actually cover for their testing a long-range ballisto missile with potential for carrying nuclear weaponry), now the so-called "Islamic Republic of Iran" seeks to go into space if reports of their sending a monkey into space orbit (and his returning safely to earth) recently can be verified independently. But then again, like Pyongyang, Tehran may be trying to use a "space programme" as cover for nuclear-missile testing and development.

Iraq's Oil Ministry has placed ExxonMobil into a quandry
by its telling the global oil giant to choose between operating in established oil fields in southern Iraq, or developing new such in the Kurdistan Special Autonomous Region, if they wish to continue exploratory and drilling operations in post-Ba'athist Iraq.

It seems to be something of a tradition in the Netherlands: Back in 1947, Queen Wilhelmina abdicated the Dutch throne in favour of her daughter Juliana. Who herself abdicated in 1980 in favour of her daughter, Beatrix.

And now, it's Beatrix' turn to abdicate the Dutch throne; this announcement made in a nationally-televised address on Monday, the cusp of her 75th birthday on Thursday. Suceeding her in the House of Nassau-Orange on April 30th (which, know, was the birthday of Queen Juliana) will be Prince Willem-Alexander (45), making him the first male on the Dutch throne in 123 years (i.e., since King Willem III died in 1890).

In explaining her decision to abdicate, Queen Beatrix explained that, after considerable thought, this was "the moment to lay down my crown" and time for "a new generation" to assume royal duties, which are largely of a ceremonial sort and, hence, unlikely to provoke a constitutional crisis (cf. that which gripped Great Britain in the fall of 1937 over King Edward VIII's desire to marry the divorcee Wallis Warfield-Simpson, eventually leading to his abdication as gave his brother, the Duke of York, the throne as King George VI. Eventually, Edward VIII would become the Duke of Windsor, succumbing to lung cancer in 1972.)

The Blog That Am!
extends its congratulations to Queen Beatrix for a rather memorable 33 years on the Dutch throne, and wishes her well in her new role as Queen Dowager. And likewise to Prince Willem-Alexander as he prepares for his new role. And, last but not least, to the Dutch people she has served well, and who have loved her all this time.

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