Posts Tagged ‘Belgium’

Eggs-actly

August 9, 2017

Self-penalty appears to have arrived a little early (at least in Europe) during the Year of the Fowl, manifesting in the eighth Gregorian month rather than waiting for the eighth (rooster) month of the luni-solar calendar.  To what does Lunghu refer?  Merely this: back in January, my half-assed feng shui predictions explicitly foretold problems for the poultry industry in 2017.  The specific verbiage was …

The Fowl’s self-penalty can be expected to cause bottom-line problems for major corporations that use a Fowl image as part of their logo … or operate in the poultry business.

However, in the spirit of “America First,” I had been thinking primarily about the potential threat to industrial poultry production in the United States rather than what might befall our plucky and gallant NATO allies on the front lines of a global food security battleground.  But of course, before there was a chicken there had to be an egg:

Dutch authorities have ordered eggs pulled from supermarket shelves, have temporarily closed 138 poultry farms and may cull millions of chickens [because] the presence of a potentially harmful insecticide —fipronil— has been detected in Dutch eggs.  Supermarkets in Germany, Belgium, Sweden and Switzerland have since pulled millions of eggs from their shelves.  The scare has hit major egg exporter the Netherlands the hardest, where the scandal erupted on August 1.

Fipronil is commonly used in veterinary products to get rid of fleas, lice and ticks. It is banned from being used to treat animals destined for human consumption.  The problem [has been traced to] a substance used by a Dutch company, Chickfriend, that farmers in the Netherlands and Belgium hired to treat their chickens.  The French government says a Belgian company mixed fipronil with a [treatment approved for poultry use].  The Belgian company, Poultry-Vision, says the firm sold a shipment to Chickfriend but has not said where it got the substance.

It would be very distressing to learn that Poultry-Vision sourced its inventory through alibaba.com or yandex.market because then we’d have to consider the hypothesis that Lunghu’s January “prediction” was less an unlucky coincidence than the roadmap to a self-fulfilling prophecy, one engineered by certain folks intent on corroding the bonds of social trust which hold the EU more-or-less together.  On the other hand, this chicken-or-egg conundrum may merely be the result of inexorable “market forces” that take the form of race-to-the-bottom corner-cutting practices in a cutthroat capitalist environment.  Either way, the fowl’s self-penalty is just beginning: the lunar Rooster month won’t fully arrive until the Full Corn Moon on September 6th.  I haven’t even begun to think about what the combination of yin earth over yin metal might mean in a yin Fire year, but it probably won’t be good.

R.I.P. Mynheer Bosch

 

Antwerp Perps

February 19, 2013

It wasn’t quite Tuesday, but it WAS Belgium, and somehow there was a mixup with the script —what was supposed to be filmed as  a 1960’s travel farce ended up being staged as a heist flick instead.

Armed robbers have pulled off a spectacular heist at Brussels airport, making off with millions of euros worth of diamonds.  Eight masked gunmen forced their way through the security fence at Brussels’ international airport, drove onto the tarmac and snatched some €50 million worth of diamonds from the hold of a Zurich- bound plane without firing a shot.  The robbers, who wore outfits resembling dark police clothing, got away with 120 parcels, mostly containing diamonds but some also holding precious metals.  VRT public television initially spoke of the haul being worth 350 million euros ($465 million), but later changed their figures to 50 million euros.

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This crime is likely to go unsolved, for two reasons.  First is the well-deserved reputation of the Belgian police as among the least competent in Northern Europe (see Marc Dutroux, etc.).   Hell, Belgians cain’t even hunt feral hogs!  The second reason has to do with the perpetrators themselves.  Although the usual suspects might seem be some of those Serbian/ Montenegran jewelry bandits who have plagued Europe for the last decade, Lunghu thinks it’s more likely to be a team based further in a Da Sha South-Southeast direction from Brussels:  like Haifa, for instance.  Yep, Lunghu is pointing the finger at Mossad, who have had a bad week in the news [Prisoner X] up until now.   So although €50 million is just a drop of fresh water into the Dead Sea when it comes to Israel’s overall $10 billion budget deficit for 2013, this haul should make a nice cushion for any impending cuts in Mossad’s operating budget.

Just a hint to Europol and anyone else who’s interested: look for Australian, Kiwi, Canadian and French passports on your airline manifests.

Hare Today, Gone Tomorrow

February 12, 2011

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Warning:  Acting on the advice of legal counsel, Waking the Dragon wishes to make clear that the following predictions for the Year of the Rabbit are not to be considered valid within the territorial boundaries of Romania, nor within any area where Romanian law may be in effect.  Mileage may vary.  Side effects may include loss of faith in the occult, increased sensitivity to the natural environment, or sudden ability to understand the Chinese language.

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Twelve months ago, Lunghu made four predictions about what would happen in the Year of the Tiger primarily because he wanted to see whether his track record would be any better than those of professional feng-shui soothsayers.   Lunghu’s predictions  weren’t based on feng-shui principles  –just on his knowledge of the world and its ineffable mysteries.   He didn’t expect any of his predictions other than the one about the hot, dry summer to actually come true, so it was both surprising and a bit spooky that a huge earthquake actually struck central Chile two weeks after Lunghu’s warning.

This time around, Lunghu is really pushing the envelope with predictions that he believes have very little likelihood of actually occurring.  Therefore, his first three predictions are wild, off-the-wall, out-of-left-field scenarios that are (probably) extremely unlikely.   These predictions constitute a genuine test of whether Lunghu can actually predict the future (given the nature of the predicted events, let’s hope he can’t).   Just to balance the scales a bit, Lunghu will add two milder, slightly-more-possible predictions that may not happen either.   But they might…

So, without further ado, here are Lunghu’s eagerly-awaited predictions for the Year of the Metal Rabbit:

Three Totally Outrageous Predictions

  • Lunghu believes that the South Korean military-industrial-political complex has already reached a secret strategic consensus:  the nation must develop its own nuclear arsenal in order to guarantee its long-term security.   The threat that ROK fears is not DPRK/North Korea.   Instead, they believe that the United States will be neither able nor willing to prevent China from using its growing military power against Korea over the long haul –the Koreans are thinking in terms of centuries rather than four-year election cycles.   What’s Lunghu’s prediction?   During the Year of the Rabbit, the United States will continue to pretend that it doesn’t know about South Korea’s decision.   China won’t. This should make six-party talks very interesting.
  • A non-trivial meteor strike in the Southern Ocean [ in the neighborhood of 75̊  E; 30̊  S ] will trigger a large tsunami, cause massive panic in the region, and result in widespread economic and environmental damage.
  • Belgium will finally cease to exist, splitting itself into Flanders and Wallonia.  Very few Americans will notice, or care.

Two Less Outlandish Predictions

  • Lunghu was hoping to avoid making any earthquake predictions this year, but he just can’t help himself:  there will be a powerful earthquake in Nicaragua that results in extensive damage during the first half of YoR.
  • Here is Lunghu’s only feng-shui-inflected prediction:  professional golfer Tiger Woods (as distinct from any other individual named Tiger Woods whom you might happen to know) will have a highly successful season during YoR. This is because Woods was born in a Rabbit year, and because he is highly skilled in the use of metal (putters as well as irons).   Need Lunghu add that his very surname further reinforces the ‘wood’ aspect of every Rabbit?  Tiger will be back on top in 2011.