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00h UTC; TUESDAY, 5 FEBRUARY 2013: Before starting out, reader, I should like to make an admission: My using "smorked" for "smoked," as in the titling and stylee of this post, is basically in the vein of "No Smorking" signage otherwise implying "No Smoking" in Engrish, as found especially in Japan (where, incidentally, you can still find vending machines for ciggies in abundance--so long as you're at least 20 years of age, and can show that you're of age by way of a Tapso card or by showing your face into a special mirrored camera as biometrically scans your face to make sure you're "of age."

Call my fondness for the old Engrish a weakness, as it were.

With conservative Zealotry and True Belief insisting that Ronald Reagan be treated with due and proper hagiographic respect, especially in the ideological prolefeed, how do we know they haven't derived their inspiration in this respect from the North Korean insistence on referring to "Eternal Leader" Kim Il Sung and "Eternal First Secretary" Kim Jong Il?

Europol, the European cross-border police agency, is reporting
where they're investigating reports of match-fixing involving European Cup, UEFA Champions' League and Europa League matches vis-a-vis Asian organised crime syndicates operating out of that paragon of "Asian Values" otherwise known as Singapore as are wagering on game outcomes, sometimes to the point of sabotaging power supplies to stadia so that the lights go dark at crucial moments in the match to the extent of essentially ending the match--translating into a major payoff for bettors on same (in theory).

I mention this in light of a 34-minoota power cut just as the second half of Super Bowl XLVII got underway Sunday evening at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, the venue therefor between the San Francisco 49'ers and the eventual winners of the Vince Lombardi Trophy therefor, the Baltimore Ravens; though officially blamed on a power supply issue, some conservative prolefeeders were pushing the trope that such was proof that energy-efficiency schemes were ineffective and posed socioeconomic harm. But then again, how do we know the outage wasn't a trick involving bettors who were wagering big money on the 49'ers to win?

Nonetheless, when it comes down to merchandise honouring the Super Bowl winners, the NFL and member teams prefer that such be produced stateside to ensure timeliness and freshness of merchandise for sale within hours of the championship being official. And a company here in Winona by name of WinCraft, which has the exclusive licence for manufacturing NFL souvenirs and memorabilia, has the very capabilities for quick turnaround and fast shipout times for not just Super Bowl winners, but also those in the World Series, the Stanley Cup and the NBA and MLS championships (WinCraft also holds licences for team souvenirs and ephemera from Major League Baseball, the NHL, the NBA, MLS, NCAA Division I and NASCAR) when hours matter all the more for getting the ephemera on sale at retailers in the winning team's home market.

From the "What Were They Thinking?!" file: West Coast-based hot dog chain Wienerschnitzel is in hot water for a kids' meal giveaway of a calendar featuring canine-themed reworkings of iconic movie posters ... one of which is reworking the iconic such from Jaws (1975); said parody was discovered to contain a pastiche concealing what turns out being a nekkid lady. In any event, Wienerschnitzel has asked its franchisees to destroy remaining stocks.

Mondegreen Alert of the sort as seems to come spontaneously to Your Correspondent:
  • From "Go Your Own Way" by Fleetwood Mac: The opening bit of the refrain sounds to moi like "You can go your own way,/(Don't go your own way) ..."
  • From "Englishman in New York" by Sting: Is it just me, or does the refrain sound like "I'm an alien, I'm illegal alien/I'm an Englishman in New York"?
And for those among you insisting on AmeriKKKa "needing to be more like China" with regards to hastening socioeconomic recovery within the paradigm of ekonomesie vryheid met Amerikaanse eienskappe "born out of the Volk to serve the Volk," as it were, a couple of worthwhile notes:
  • To call attention to their not having been paid for services rendered in some while, a group of Wuhan construction workers posted a music video to China's Weibo video microblog site in the vein of the global hit "Gangnam Style" demanding immediate payment of past-due wages; some 2 million hits later, a Wuhan district court ordered the construction company, on the strength of the video's message, to pay the afflicted workers back wages and interest posthaste.
  • Next Tuesday being the onset of the Lunar New Year of the Snake in the current 12-year lunar cycle (or, as the Chinese Communist regime prefers styling it, the Spring Festival), tradition calls for plenty of firecrackers and other pyrotechnica to be set off in the hopes of driving off evil sprits so that the New Year can start off sanely and rationally. But, as is inevitably bound to happen, issues can develop in fireworks compounding, manufacture, warehousing and transport to the extent of death or serious injury ensuing (recall last week's expressway bridge collapse in Henan province as killed at least six when a truck carrying pyrotechnica exploded and fell into the gorge below).
    And as if such weren't bad enough, the very discharge of fireworks themselves can cause a lot of smoke which, in its turn, contributes to global air pollution and, in due course, global warming. No doubt prompting some to facetiously suggest, in light of recent toxic air pollution in northern China (afflicting Beijing in particular), that the traditional Lunar New Year fireworks be dropped to help reduce global warming's effects.
Until next time....



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