1. After 123 years a Dutch king?!
Jerome Heldring died at 95
Revising old Nederlogs
This is mostly for Dutchies, or so I'll suppose. I thought for a while
to avoid it, but have decided to treat today's abdication of queen
Beatrix, and the follow-up by Willem-Alexander.
After 123 years a Dutch king?!
I am not a
monarchist, though I am also not an anti-monarchist. Basically, I am
not interested in how Holland is governed, and that also applies to its
so-called democracy: I am not a democrat, and I am also not an
The basis for each of these appreciations is my estimate of the average
Dutchman, which is low: If in my estimate it were higher, I would be a
republican and an anti-democrat, in the sense that I would hold that an
intelligent population does not need a king and does not need
everyone's vote, but only the votes of the more intelligent half, as
given by education, provided everyone would have the same kind of
opportunities the first 18 years.
The reason all of the above is mere thinking is the occurence of three
"woulds" and one "were" in one statement.
As it is, I don't care.
But it so happens that today king Willem-Alexander takes over from
queen Beatrix, and it so happens that this means that in Holland for
the first time since 1890 there is a king rather than a queen, who is
the formal head of state.
All of the transmissions have been regular, so I can't and won't
complain, except for the remarks that, firstly, since there is little
to govern, perhaps a female might have been better, indeed not because
I am against females, but because females, on the whole, will be better
at playing the role, and, secondly, again since there is very little left to
govern, that a sum of over 800,000 euros a year seems to me quite a lot
Then again, it doesn't really matter - except, perhaps, if the European
Union collapses, or something else really serious happens, and neither
can be foreseen.
Heldring died at 95
several times mentioned mr. Jerome Heldring (e.g. here, here,
here and here and here, and yes: it's all in Dutch) -
and "mr" is the Dutch title which corresponds to a finished study in
law. This is at least a bit odd, in that he died last Saturday,
at age 95, and did not write anymore for the NRC since 2010,
which, accordingly, he did do until 92 or 93.
He became the chief editor of the NRC in 1960, when I was 10, and
helped prepare its unification with the Handelsblad in 1970, when I
started reading the NRC Handelsblad, which I continued to do - in
various forms, to be sure - until the end of 2010, when I gave up on it
because it had fundamentally changed.
Indeed, this was well expressed by professor doctor J. van Oort in
Quite so: In
spite of the antics and lies of the present chief editor Vandermeersch,
the present NRC Handelsblad is not even a shadow of the paper I read
for 40 years: It's a mere hull, that indeed I very rarely read since
over two years.
- Prof. Dr. J. van
Revising old Nederlogs
I may have some more "news" today: I will try to revise
the bit of September 11, 2011 - May 24 2012, which were all with
an invisible white border, which is visible, in black, in the
way I am viewing Nederlog, which is still nearly always in #CCCCFF.
This is unpleasant, and since my eyes are bit better again, I can
adjust it, and probably will, today.
If there is no news on this today, it will be there tomorrow.
ME/CFS (that I prefer
to call M.E.: The "/CFS" is added to facilitate search
is a disease I have since 1.1.1979: