NOTE: not to be confused with January 10th 2013, because we tend to think that Day-Month-Year makes more sense.
Today the world has turned upside down, as it trembles while the US government implodes and the Russian president Vladimir Putin is considered a legitimate candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize. Yes, you read that last part correctly. Also, some people who are operating the Jesus Hotline are predicting a massive earthquake that will wipe California off the map, so apparently the worst is yet to come. At the same time, Iranian president Rouhani made head-lines by not speaking about the End Times, which is pretty impressive for an Iranian head of state. If you’ll pardon the pun, the modern Shiite aversion from predicting the end of the world is a sign of the times, a sign that things are improving. Let’s hope this interpretation is correct.
Meanwhile, things are certainly looking more upbeat here in The Netherlands, especially when you’ve already got one foot in the grave. That’s because our country is the runner-up in the department of being awesome to old people. The global geriatrics watchdog Global Age has collected data from around the world and concluded that the Dutch rule at taking care of the elderly. No bronze medal for us, but still, scoring 4th out of 91 on a scale from Sweden to Afghanistan is pretty awesome and no one can stop us from patting ourselves on the back here.
And for those who believe in a life before death: the Christian conservatives party SGP has proven to be the best ally that the on-line cheating site Second Love has had in years. Boldly fighting the “monotony of monogamy”, this dating web-site is entirely devoted to people who are already in a relationship. This sad web-site, which has a mind-boggling 400,000+ user base, has seen its membership grow 55 % after the SGP ranted against its moral depravity on any news outlet they could find. Perhaps the SGP should have spend less time trying to institutionalize their morals and more time learning about the so-called Barbara Streisand effect.
That’s the news for today. And now for the weather report in the Netherlands: