These are the additions, changes and
corrections of 2013.
earlier ones see 2003,
2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 , 2009, 2010,
2011 and 2012.
this is a selection of the changes on this site and in
Small changes of typos are
and not all additions may be listed here.
all the main changes to the site are listed here.
JANUARY - FEBRUARY
- MARCH - APRIL - MAY - JUNE - JULY - AUGUST
- NOVEMBER - DECEMBER
- Dec 31: Crisis: Charting Obama, Lawsuit NSA, American psychiatry
: This is the last
file but two
for this year, and the last ordinary file (the other two are an
index-file and an end-of-year file). This contains three crisis items.
Here is the commented index file for 2013: me+ME: Index for 2013
here is the end-of-year file: me+ME: End of year notice: The world, the people, the
- Dec 30: Crisis+me+ME: Crisis + Dear Budeier - Notes on social
philosophy (2/2) : This has two crisis items, but is mostly
the continuation and finish of the the letter I reproduced in part
- Dec 29: Crisis+me+ME: Crisis + Dear Budeier - Notes on social
philosophy (1/2) : This has one
crisis item, that is quite good, and otherwise the first 2/3rd of a
letter I wrote in August 1976,
while living in Norway. This time, it shows my knowledge of and around
Marxism, at age 26.
- Dec 28: me+ME: Journal 1975 : This is not a crisis item but is the only
journal of 1975 I still have, in the form of 8 1/2 handwritten pages.
It is reproduced here because I like it and because it mentions
quite a few really good - in this case: mostly literary - authors and
books that I had read at 25. Most I mention were and are really first
- Dec 27: Crisis: Greenwald+Omidyar * 4, internet giants, Rakoff &
financial crisis, personal :
Again an ordinary crisis item. I think the Rakoff piece is the most
- Dec 26: Crisis: Snowden * 4, Einstein, UN, personal
: This is another
ordinary crisis file, and the reasons why are explained in the brief
- Dec 25: Crisis: Christmas: All in the Family + George Carlin,
personal : This is neither a normal crisis file nor the file I
intended to write yesterday. Instead, it consists of links to materials
on Youtube that I like a lot. The reason it is in the crisis item is
explained in the personal section. (The main reason for the crisis and
for the problems of the human world is the average intelligence.)
- Dec 24: Crisis: Snowden * 3, False Fear, personal
: This is another
normal crisis file.
- Dec 23: Crisis: 4 crisis items + I redid the indexes for the crisis
series : This is in part a regular crisis item, and for the rest
the announcement of a lot of work on the indexes for the crisis series,
that now again work and show all files in the series (except the very
- Dec 22: Crisis: NSA * 7, lists, French soldiers
: This is a regular
crisis item, with seven items on the NSA, in six sections, and two on
my personal distastes. I also started with these two, but that
doesn't mean much.
- Dec 21: Crisis+me+ME: Eleven crisis items, philosophy, psychiatry,
Magee, Amsterdom : This is not a regular crisis
item, because there were too many crisis items to do all I wanted to do.
What I did was list eleven crisis items as links, and discuss some of
the subjects I want to write about.
- Dec 20: Crisis: Obama, Clapper, Reich, Corporatism, Th.
Roosevelt, webcams : This is also a normal crisis item,
although one item is about medicine (that's also in crisis).
- Dec 19: Crisis: Berners-Lee, Obama's panel, Greenwald's
testimony : Again a normal crisis item, albeit with only three items,
of which the third is quite important. Also, I uploaded a corrected
date to my last autobio-piece, and uploaded a few small corrections +
boldings to yesterday's text.
- Dec 18: Crisis: NSA * 4, Snowden * 2, medicine, personal
: Another normal
crisis item, with
a little extra on the corruption of medicine and a brief personal note.
- Dec 17: Crisis: NSA * 2, Snowden * 3, May, Folic acid,
vitamins, Angell : This is again a fairly regular crisis item:
six crisis items and three health items, that are relevant to all.
- Dec 16: Crisis+me+ME: Chomsky, All in the Family, Miller, 20
years, rest : This is, except for the first item, definitely not a
crisis item. And apart from the first part, it is about things I will
write about in Nederlog, if given a chance, e.g. by fewer crisis items.
- Dec 15: Autobio: 1973 - Lynne : This is not an item in the crisis series,
but belongs to my autobiography, that is also written in Dutch. This
concerns the half year that I lived with Lynne, in a houseboat in
Amsterdam, in the second half of 1973. There may be a crisis item later
today, but I cannot say, since I have not searched yet for material.
And there is: Crisis: Dutch
courage, NSA's ignorance * 2, mass surveillance, personal.
- Dec 14: Crisis: NSA * 3, Pfizer corrupt racketeers, Pentagon,
personal : This is another crisis item, mostly about the NSA, that
doesn't look like it's going to be changed if it is up to Obama: "Yes,
we scan!". Also, the Pentagon was saved from the budget deal: They
still get about 13 times as much as education, so that you know what
the US priorities are.
- Dec 13: Crisis: Twice Snowden, Moyers, personal
: And another crisis
item, a bit briefer than the one of yesterday.
- Dec 12: Crisis: Whistleblowers, Clapper, Alexander, France, Budget
Deal, "regulations" :
Another crisis item. The whistleblowers letter is interesting, while
the item about France shows the probable European future (that is not
exhilarating, for those interested in an open and free society).
I have also uploaded a complete index for 2012, for that was - somehow
- missing: From December 19 till the end was missing. Now it is
- Dec 11: Crisis: Hedges, Uruguay, Mandela, Obama, Snowden, NSA
: This is just an
ordinary crisis item, in which I guess the most important news is that
Uruguay legalizes marihuana and hashish. (Is that crisis news? Well...)
- Dec 10: Crisis: Digital Rights, Surveillance, Snowden, Kim Jong-un,
Corporations, 6 months : It is half a year ago since I became aware
of Edward Snowden's existence, and most of my time since then has been
passed tracking some of the consequences of his revelations. This is
another crisis item that does the same, but it is likely this will
lessen, though I do not yet know when or how.
I've also minimally revised the October
18 autobio file, to make it accurate. This will need some more
revisals and extensions.
- Dec 9: Crisis: Greenwald, Big Media, Snowden, Hedges, Reich, Digby,
Illusion : Again a crisis item, with a good interview with Greenwald,
an interesting letter by AOL. Apple, Google, Facebook. LinkedIn,
Microsoft and Twitter on how the internet should operate, and more
interesting crisis items. plus a nice illusion.
- Dec 8: Crisis: David Simon, TYT-graphic, personal
: And yet another
crisis item, although this one has only two sections dedicated to the
crisis. (No, I don't think it is over, but there really was little to
- Dec 7: Crisis: Johnson & Johnson * 2, American economy, Mandela
* 2, Snowden : Another crisis item, with two pieces on
Johnson & Johnson and the corruption of the US DoJ, and two pieces
on Mandela, that are considerably better than most of the tripe I read
on December 5. Also, there is some news on the American economy and on
- Dec 6: Crisis: US Conservatives, Japanese fascism, rational
philosophy & science : And again a crisis item, though this only
has two crisis-related entries, mainly - it seems - because of the
death yesterday of Nelson Mandela. Anyway, the third item is a brief
bit I wrote 29 years ago, about rational philosophy & science, that
I still believe.
- Dec 5: Crisis: 'Radicalizers', 5 billion 'terrorists', memory hole,
human rights, Snowden & Greenwald : This is another crisis
file, and the title is long because I used two or three words four
- Dec 4: Crisis: Rusbridger * 3 + Snowden * 2
: Yet another crisis
file, that today is given mostly
to Alan Rusbridger's appearance before a parliamentary committee, and
some - purported - differences between England and the US.
- Dec 3: Crisis: Snowden+Rusbridger+Greenwald * 8, TIPP, the pope
: Another crisis file,
on the day the Guardian's editor defended his integrity (wait till
tomorrow), with 10 sections and 12 links, and rather large. Also, some
of the first 8 files are background files, that generally are helpful.
- Dec 2: Crisis: Rusbridger, Anderson, British care, Saboteurs,
Excuses, Revolution? : And another crisis item, in which you
should read the originals of Rusbridger and of Excuses.
- Dec 1: Crisis: AIVD+NRC, NSA's sex research, NSA's mess, less
trust, less sex : Another ordinary crisis item - and
the last two
items are about the falling 20% of trust, in the US, since 1972,
and the falling 20% of sex, in Great Britain (and elsewhere). I merely
list them as facts, and have no really adequate explanations, but the
differences are large.
- Nov 30: Crisis: UN, NSA uses porn, Netherlands, Apple etc., Obama
admin : An ordinary crisis
item, once again, with five sections and six articles.
- Nov 29: Crisis+me+ME: Hazlitt's "On corporate bodies"
: This is also a bit
of an odd crisis item. The main reasons for it are that I am not
feeling very well, and that I like Hazlitt a whole lot, and that I
think the present essay is quite useful for understanding why the U.S.
Supreme Court did something very bad when it said corporations
people, and indeed for understanding quite a lot more about the present
- Nov 28: Crisis+me+ME: Greenwald, Bezoeking, Translation, Stephanie
Faulkner : This is a bit of a strange mixture:The Greenwald
piece is about the crisis (and is in fact 24 minutes of video), as
is Bezoeking, which is a Dutch piece I wrote in 1985 about the
collapse and destruction of the real universities (that meanwhile has
happened almost everywhere, though it is true only a very small
minority of the really gifted care), while the Translation
piece more or less continues it, but in English. The short bit on Stephanie
Faulkner, though, has nothing to do with the crisis, and only talks
- Nov 27: Crisis: NSA, Justice, Assange, Pope Francis, Snowden,
Corporations, idealism : This is another crisis item, this time with
7 sections with 9 main links, for I have two links for two
articles. And it may be that tomorrow's NL is not about the crisis but
about a piece I published
in Spiegeloog that I didn't copy yet, and/or about Stephanie Faulkner,
who would have had
her 71st birthday tomorrow, if she hadn't died in 1996, and whose
letters to me I have now copied. Anyway - you'll know tomorrow.
- Nov 26: Crisis: Deaths, phones, Snowden, lost generation, economy,
NYT, kill switch : This
is yet another crisis item, of more than 40 Kb and with 7 sections. I
must hope it lasts till I have
- Nov 25: Crisis: Hedges, Swiss initiative, Healy : This is another crisis item, but there were hardly more
than three such items, though the one by Hedges is really good.
But NO! The sick and sickening editor I have to use on Linux
once again, for the ca. 10,000th time let me down, and overwrote the
whole piece. Well, I am sorry - it is in bitheaven. You get the links,
and that is it.
- Nov 24: me+ME: My M.E., Stephanie Faulkner, personal
: This is not
a crisis item, but is
about my ME, about which it says a few new things, and about Stephanie
Faulkner, the first
woman I lived with.
- Nov 23: Crisis: GCHQ+NSA, dangerous government, Huxley
: And another crisis
time fairly small, possibly because of the weekend.
- Nov 22: Crisis: Berners-Lee, NSA * 3, Skunk Party, Nader on
health-care : Yet another crisis
item, including interesting ideas by Jim Sensenbrenner, Yves Smith and
- Nov 21: Crisis: Secret spy-deals * 2, gangsterism, succesful frauds
: And another crisis
this time a fairly brief one (though still 34 Kb in all).
another task today: I brought down the
index of this year, that was
nearly 500 Kb, down to 143 Kb, by deleting thousands of totally useless
font specifications, that somehow had been sown by my WYSIWYG-editor.
(I could not do this earlier, because of my eyes, but did it now, and
it is a relief.)
- Nov 20: Crisis: Jenkins, Fisa courts, Swiss, NSA,
personal : Yet another crisis item,
ending with some personal remarks.
- Nov 19: Crisis: Ashdown, court order, Scheer, personal
: Another crisis item,
briefer than the previous one, including reasons.
- Nov 18: Crisis: Hedges, Falconer, Snowden * 2, Greenwald, Sanders,
Reding : A crisis item
with considerable comments by me on an article by Hedges, and some
other interesting things as well.
- Nov 17: Crisis: UK, TPP, Holder, Geithner, Magee
: Another crisis item, and a
rather brief one, because found only four articles, to which I added a
brief piece about a recently found and not yet quite finished
introduction to philosophy that seems good.
- Nov 16: Crisis: Markets, Drones, Capitalism, Internet,
Quotation-marks : And another crisis item, in which I
disagree with 2 out of 5 articles.
- Nov 15:
Press Freedoms, TPP, Hayian, Google, CIA, Rusbridger, bills, Germany : Another crisis item, including one video
that will probably clarify the TPP.
- Nov 14: Crisis: NSA, health-insurance, Sanders, Guantánamo, TPP * 3
: And another crisis
- Nov 13: Crisis: Hartmann, PEN, Engelhardt, Spying rejected, Trade
Deal : Another crisis item, with a brief personal
note at the end (to the effect that I found two books by Henry Miller,
having lost all I had, and having failed to find them so far).
- Nov 12: Crisis: Schechter, Patriots (U.S.), NSA, Cameron, Media,
Monbiot : This is again a crisis items with considerable bits of
discussion by me.
- Nov 11: me+ME: 17 years a site : This is not about the crisis either
which there anyway wasn't much news) but is about my site, that existed
17 years today. (Yes, I go back a long time.)
- Nov 10: Crisis: NSA, McCain, Hazlitt
: There is only a
brief crisis-series today, and so I added the beginning of Hazlitt's
"On religious hypocrisy". Tomorrow it is my name's day, and the site
exists then 17 years.
- Nov 9: Crisis: Rusbridger, Britain, Hillary, Health, Dutch very
INegalitarian : It is Saturday, and there was less crisis
news, although I have some. But the last but one entry is mostly about
health, and how very ill this is served by Big Pharma, while the last
entry tries to correct the notion that Holland is an egalitarian
country: In fact it is more inegalitarian than most other
European countries: 1% - 92,000 households - owns 40%
of the total Dutch riches, quite as it is now in the U.S. - except that
the Dutch have always had this system (that indeed also was
- Nov 8: I have earlier today uploaded the crisis file from August which was now updated till
yesterday (which is a bore to do because
KompoZer normally does not keep its position in pages (!)), though it
sometimes also does, unaccountably.
And there now is: Crisis: Warning,
party, NSA/GCHQ * 3, science, Hazlitt, Twain
: Another crisis
file, although there are some parts (about Hazlitt and about Twain)
that are choices dictated by my strongly liking these writers. Even so:
six or seven real crisis items.
- Nov 7: Crisis: Berners-Lee, European law, questions, Google, Gore
: Yet another crisis
file:It seems at long last some people begin to see that their
data get stolen by U.S. and European governmental spies, as
indeed is the case.
- Nov 6: Crisis: Kerry, TTIP, De Blasio, Annan+Cardoso, Obama,
disabled, Kristallnacht : And another crisis file, that concludes
with a few thoughts about the Kristallnacht.
- Nov 5: Crisis: Obama * 3, Google, Snowden, NIST, British spying,
Rusbridger : This is another crisis piece, with 9 links in 8 sections.
(No personal note: it would be the same as yesterday.)
- Nov 4:
Crisis: NSA, CIA,
UK, Open Letter, Jenkins, Israel
: And one more, with 6
items plus a brief personal one.
- Nov 3:
Crisis: Taxes, NSA,
Snowden, Terrorism and more : Another crisis item, this time with 7
entries of various kinds, with one on ME/CFS, one on the corruptions of
Big Pharma, and one brief personal item added.
- Nov 2:
Snowden, NSA - 16 files I can't cram into the title
: I am quite serious
in my title: I have 16 items today, and some 70 Kbs, and I can't cram
it all into my title, not even
partially - but it is mostly, though not totally, about the NSA and
about Snowden, and apart from that about students (far too many), and
food stamps (5 billion dollars less, which is a very great shame).
- Nov 1:
Greenwald, Snowden, Kerry, Alexander etc.
: And yet another
crisis file with 9 items plus a brief personal one.
- Oct 31:
Yahoo & Google, Jarvis, Johnson, Alexander, Dark Mail,
collaboration etc. : The title is long because there are 10
items, that todat have been dealt with in the familiar way, that is
with quotations and comments. I am not over the loss of Stephanie, and
I also doubt I will continue a long time with the crisis series, at
least as I've done this since June, but we will see what emerges. (And
I grant on the moment it is quite interesting.)
- Oct 30: I did upload a new version of Help - News -
Incarnations, mostly with new fonts, and with
a few additions at the end, but not all. And there now is also today's
NL: Crisis: A long list
of unquoted uncommented links - 2 : This is in the same format for the same
reason as was yesterday's NL.
- Oct 29: Crisis:
A long list of unquoted uncommented links : This is another crisis item, but it differs
from all earlier ones in being merely a long list of unquoted and
uncommented links. The main reason is that I was told yesterday that my
first serious - mutual - love has died, already in 1996.
- Oct 28: Crisis:
Revolution, Embassy, Spain, Uruguay, reform, Stasi, NSA, personal : And another crisis item, that got less than
I thought it would, because I received some sad personal news.
- Oct 27: Crisis:
Washington rally, Congressional oversight, NSA surveillance, Democrats
: Another crisis item,
also with a personal section at the end, in which I explain a little
about my plans (but much depends on my health and other uncertain
things, so no firm commitment to any plan, as yet).
- Oct 26: Crisis:
Greenwald, GCHQ, NSA, Stop Watching Us, Countries
: Yet another crisis
item. And I probably will change my reporting some, at least, but there
is no news of this, as yet.
- Oct 25: Crisis:
NSA, Germany & France, Stop Watching, "terrorism", Lightbeam
: And another
crisis item, again without information about what I am going to do, but
with an interesting brief video.
- Oct 24: Crisis:
leaks, top web firms, NSA, Merkel * 2 : Another crisis item, but this is without
information about what I am going to do, as yet.
- Oct 23: Crisis:
Human rights, universities, spies, the Right, torture
: And one more - and
yes, I am indeed getting a bit bored
with this. More about this - probably - tomorrow.
- Oct 22: Crisis:
Snowden, Obama, Alexander, Washington's Blog, Kriss : Another crisis item.
- Oct 21: Crisis:
class war, communism, universities, war, right-wing ideology, 9/11
: And yet another
crisis file, this time mostly about backgrounds and generalities, and
with me clarifying my own positions as regards politics (peculiar but
- Oct 20: Crisis:
Snowden and indifference, NSA+FBI, NSA+Mexico, GCHQ+Belgacom
: Another crisis file,
with quite interesting information.
- Oct 19: Crisis:
Snowden, top prosecutor, drones, Democrats, sleep
: This is another
crisis file, at least for the first four items, while the fifth item is
about a recent discovery about sleep (what it seems to be for), and
also briefly lists my own difficulties with sleeping.
- Oct 18: NL:
Autobio: 1971-1973: Stephanie : This is neither a crisis file nor in English (mostly): It
is a part of my Dutch autobiography. There may be another file later
today, in English and on the crisis, but this is not a promise.
Well, there is: NL: Crisis+me+ME:
Snowden, EU-rules, science, me + ME : Another crisis file with a small bit added
at the end about me and my ME/CFS.
- Oct 17:
Shutdown, Alexander, Snowden, Greenwald, Obama, Constitution, Simic
: Again a crisis file,
produced a bit earlier in the day than is usual. There may be another
file, not about the crisis, but I make no promises (and it will be in
Dutch, if it arrives).
- Oct 16: Crisis: Greenwald * 2, Cameron, Brown, Congress, Navalny, TYT
: And another crisis
file, of which the main news is that Greenwald leaves the Guardian,
amicably, because he's been given a chance to set up his own news
- Oct 15: Crisis: epitaph, Snowden, NSA collecting, Lord McDonald,
Lord Blencathra : Another crisis file, with i.a. two
Conservative British Lords speaking up, quite sensibly also.
- Oct 14: Crisis:
Johnson, NYT, who judges, GHCQ * 2, NSA, 500, Empire, Truthdiggers,
feminism : This a crisis file, with a last item on
feminism, that continues from yesterday.
- Oct 13: Crisis: Committee, Secrecy State, Obama vs Nixon,
fracking, Reich, Snowden, Miller : This a crisis file, with a last item on
Miller, that continues from yesterday.
- Oct 12: me+ME: A brief bit on Erica Jong and Henry Miller
: Just what it says: a
brief bit that I am reading a book by the former about the latter (that
I did not know about), that seems interesting.
- Oct 11:
Snowden, Tea Party, Examiner fired, Lesus
Christ : And another crisis file, though the last item is mostly in
the nature of a joke.
- Oct 10: Crisis: Four months, MI5 chief, Yellen, Cruelty, 16 Ways,
Tea Party : Another crisis file, preceded by a personal item that
explains why I may not be continueing following the crisis as I have
done the last four months.
- Oct 9: Crisis: NSA * 2, Data Collection, Surveillance State,
Economic Limbo, Reich : We're back at the crisis - that is over in
3 months, according to the intellectual light called Klaas Knot,
who leads the Dutch National Bank, a few days ago. (Mr Stiglitz
disagrees, as I explain.)
- Oct 8:
me+ME: My mB12 protocol
: This is not
on the crisis but on the protocol I follow to help me with ME/CFS. It
will probably only interest people with ME/CFS or their
caretakers.There may be another file today, on the crisis, but I make
- Oct 7: Crisis: British Cabinet, Feinstein, American Fascism, Rich,
American police : More on the crisis, also with a personal
item at the end (that tells that for the first time in fifteen years I
could cycle two hours). O, and I did the crisis list up till today.
- Oct 6: Crisis: Congress, Russia, Broken Media, Deregulated U.S.
Meat Industry : More crisis, though none today seems really
- Oct 5: Crisis: NSA & GCHQ, Schneier, German, Lanchester, TPP
: And yet another
crisis item. You shouldn't miss the last two bits!
- Oct 4: Crisis: Greenwald, Lavabit, Hayden, NSA, US psychiatry
: Another crisis item,
except for the last bit that is about psychiatry.
- Oct 3: Crisis: Q-and-A * 2, Chaos, Obama, Leahy, Whittemore
: And yet another
crisos item, with a final piece related to ME/CFS thrown in.
- Oct 2: Crisis: Greenwald, Reich, Shutdown * 2, Snowden
: Another crisis item,
with Greenwald and with Snowden, and with Reich's new film, and two
items on the U.S. government shutdown.
- Oct 1: Crisis: Hedges, Boyarsky, Scheer, NSA,
Sibelius : It's a new month, but the crisis goes on,
and this has five reports about it, starting with Hedges (with a fairly
long comment by me) and ending with a sixth item that relates to M.E.
- Sep 30: Crisis: Dream Team, Privacy, US government * 2, M.S.
: Another crisis item,
a bit earlier than is normal for me, with 4 items on the crisis, and
one on M.S. (Multiple Sclerosis), and the last mostly to show there
still is medical research into unexplained conditions (which would not
be done if U.S. psychiatry is right: Then you simply are mad if you
have an unexplained disease).
- Sep 29: Crisis + Varia: N.S.A. + Hazlitt on good and bad
: I could today only
find a single crisis piece, and supplemented by Hazlitt on good and bad
(with my definitions).
- Sep 28: Varia: 2 anniversaries, 3rd anniversary, NSA chief, NSA
employee, Hersh, Chomsky : A bit of varia, that will probably be of
concern to few, but is imporant for me, plus four crisis items.
- Sep 27: Crisis: Wyden, costly mistakes, poverty, privileged,
senators, Hersh : And another crisis report. Do not mish
- Sep 26: Crisis: Drones, Brazil, Scahill, Monsanto, NSA, Sebelius
: Another crisis
report, this time probably not on things that are very important,
though Scahill on Obama is quite good. Also, the one non-crisis item is
about a possibly quite important open letter in ME/CFS-land (but that
is mostly only relevant to people with ME/CFS or their caretakers).
- Sep 25: I have today replaced the images of "Wij nemen 't wéér niet"
by other ones, that take about one fifth of the previous space. It
seems to me I can still compress these to about 1/10th, but one step at
And there now is: Crisis: Obama * 2,
Brazil, Surveillance State, Rich as rich, alternative
: Another crisis file,
including Obama's statement - "Change!", "Yes we can!" - that he is
an exceptionalist, now that he is president.
- Sep 24: Crisis: NSA*5, Obama's friends, Senate creating
totalitarianism : And yet more on the crisis, all found
before 12.00 in the afternoon: 5 articles on the NSA, and one on
Obama's friends, plus one on the Senate. Also, I very briefly explain
why I avoid discussing Dutch academic corruption: There is far too much
of it, and very much more than is known, and my writing will not change
- Sep 23: Crisis: Destroying, Killing, Reading, Joking, Leaking,
Dreaming, Spying : Another
crisis issue, that is this time well stocked.
- Sep 22: To start with, I updated the crisis index until
21. There are now 274 files in that series, that started on September
And there now is: Crisis: RIP Middle
Class, Republican Malady, On what is "the crisis" : A bit on the apparent ending of the U.S.
middle class; on the Republican malady; and on what I
understand by the term "crisis".
- Sep 21: me+ME: health, my father's knighthood, autobiography,
problems : Actually, I did not find anything on the crisis that I
liked enough to link, so I reproduce the second half of September 13,
with a new first half, about my health and about my father's
- Sep 20: Crisis: Jenkins, Gnaulati, Washington's Blog
: Another crisis
report that, though it lists three items, deals with four, since I also
consider an "answer" by Malcom Rifkin to Simon Jenkins.
19: Crisis: Greenwald,
Summers, phone companies, Reich, personal : I keep them coming...
18: Crisis: Snowden,
Obama 2x, Holder, American soldier : Another crisis report.
17: Crisis: Snowden,
Lehman Brothers, more crisis : A fairly brief report on the crisis, in
which I am mostly concerned with some backgrounds, that promise more
16: Crisis: Summers,
Occupy, "Free Markets", Because Obama, Banality of Evil
: Larry Summers
withdrew; Robert Reich wrote two interesting pieces; "Because Obama"
recurs; and a treatment of the banality of evil.
15: Crisis: Alexander,
NSA, Payments, Market failures, bottom line, Stewart, Colbert
: Another crisis item,
about General Alexander, the NSA, that markets fail and capitalism does
need regulation (by law, not by bankers), and the many corruptions in
modern medicine and psychiatry, topped of by an item by Jon Stewart and
one by Stephen Colbert (which you may need to switch off first: if so,
I am sorry).
14: Crisis: Syria 4x, Fisa,
Internet S.O.S., Obama, NIST, WW III : "A regular Nederlog", that is: about the
crisis, with 9 points (and hardly anything about me).
13: me+ME: What is ME +
mB12 + autobio + philosopical problems
: Not about the crisis
- more tomorrow - but about M.E., my mB12 protocol, my autobio and a
new set of files on the problems of philosophy.
12: Crisis: Putin, Yahoo CEO,
Israel shares, math, trial, Dennett
: More on the crisis,
except the last section, that is mostly about me.
11: Crisis: violations, coup,
timeline, cowboy Alexander, analysis, interview
: And more on the
crisis, including a timeline, a piece about general Alexander, and an
interview about Obama's recent speech in which he explained his
policies with reference to "gassed children", that he wants to "stop".
- Sep 10: Crisis: corporations, obama, marketing war, lehman
brothers, spinoza : More on the crisis: the trade secrets of
the corporations and the NSA; Obama and Syria; on marketing war; 5
years after the Lehman Brothers fell the banks are still "too
big to fail" and bankers "too big to jail" and with a bit on Spinoza
thrown in by me.
- Sep 9: Crisis: democracy, libertarianism, net neutrality, open
software : I reveal a little about usage, and have mostly, and today,
slightly more general articles, on the topics mentioned.
- Sep 8: Crisis: Greenwald, Porter, Parry, general Clark
: It's a briefer title
and a briefer piece than the previous one, but it is interesting, and
general Clark was new for me (and is far more credible than Obama).
- Sep 7: Crisis: NSA, Greenwald interview, decline USA, Syria, Barry
O'Bomber, Falkvinge, Greenberg : It's a long title because it has 8
sub-posts, all well worth reading.
- Sep 6: Crisis: NSA revealed again, no encryption, Schneier,
Grayson, anti-war : Another major revelation from Snowden, this
time relayed by Glenn Greenwald plus two other journalists on the
Guardian, some consequences (that I can't all take serious), plus
Grayson on the war with Syria and a piece by Sirota about the "anti-war
movement" that, it seems to Sirota's surprise (but not mine) was much
more an "anti-GOP movement".
- Sep 5: Crisis: TYT on Syria, lack of evidence, obscene payments,
: And more on Syria,
with an item on obscenely high payments and an item on genius thrown in.
- Sep 4: Crisis: War Drums, Chomsky, Slippery Slope, Kerry, allegory
: More on Syria, and a
bit about the corruption of medicine.
- Sep 3: Crisis: heroes, degrees, what's at stake, arrest leaders,
: This is about
various aspects of the crisis, and I don't agree with all I list.
- Sep 2: Crisis: Last chance, NSA revealed, true test, uncritical
theorists : This is about Hedges efforts to stop U.S. totalitarianism;
the spying of the NSA; Reich's True Test for the U.S. (not to attack
Syria, but clean up the U.S.); and Walter Laqueur on the Frankfurt
- Sep 1: Crisis: Obama and Syria,
Kerry says 'Obama
right', regardless : Only a few items on Obama's imperialist presidency, that
seems to be committed to striking Syria because Obama wants it,
regardless of what the Congres or the Constitution say. And with a few
reflections on my present position.
- Aug 31:
Crisis: Obama, 3 weeks, MS & Google,
Inhumane War, Ellsberg
: More about the war and more about the crisis.
- Aug 30: Crisis: Obama alone, Obama and Constitution, Chemical Weapons
: Actually, this is about the question whether Obama will risk
attacking Syria without support and without Congressional approval.
- Aug 29: Crisis: Middle class, Guardian, Manning and Snowden
: Another brief crisis file.
- Aug 28:
Crisis: Politicians, Q
& A, NSA,
Constitution, Greenwald, Prozac killing : And
yet another crisis file with a piece on Prozac killings attached.
- Aug 27: Crisis: Poitras, Banks, Obama : And another crisis file.
- Aug 26: Crisis: NSA 3x, Summers, parasites and personal : Another
- Aug 25: Crisis: Index file: 227 and
further : This
is the new administration file for the crisis. I decided to stop the
previous one at the 226th of July 31, 2013, and continue a new one from
I also repaired the links for the crisis files.
- Aug 24: me+ME: Autobio + Ziek (1993)
: This is again a fairly brief Dutch file about me+ME. It says
my autobiography (also in Dutch) now has been reformatted a bit and
stands in its own directory, and it gives a brief file from the autumn
of 1993 in which I describe what M.E. is like for me.
- Aug 23: Crisis: Harvard - Pharmacy and corruption, Jarvis, Reich
: This references a Harvard symposium of phamacy and
corruption, Jeff Jarvis on Obama, and Robert Reich on the economy. It
is maybe not very much, but some of it is important to properly
understand social things, notably Reich.
- Aug 22:
Miranda, Levinson, U.S. economic policy
: Hedges on Manning; the Guardian on Miranda and on
Levinson; and Queally on the U.S.'s economic policy of making the rich
grow richer by making the poor grow poorer.
- Aug 21: Crisis: Greenwald, Madden, Borger, Uygur, Manning,
Democracy Now! : This
is about Greenwald and Madden defending journalism; Borger and Uygur
detailing the intimidation by the English government of real
journalists; the outcome of the Manning trial; and five videos + texts
of 1 and 1/2 years ago that show rather a lot was known then about the
U.S. practices of spying on everyone's activities that involve
either the internet or the phone.
- Aug 20: Crisis: Rusbridger, Miranda, Drum, Clapper, Simic : Today there is again a file with
quotations and comments.
- Aug 19:
Poitras, Snowden, Assange, Marino : There
is considerably more crisis news then there was yesterday, and indeed a
considerable amount about those making it. (And after I had written the
file, it totally disappeared, so now you get only my links.)
- Aug 18: me+ME: Crisis + Rereading Burnham and Russell
: It is Sunday, and like last Sunday, there seems to be
little news about the crisis. So I do like last Sunday, and write about
books I recently reread.
- Aug 17:
spying, Clapper, tip of iceberg, corruption, disturbance?
: More about and around the crisis.
- Aug 16: Crisis: 'War on Terror', Chomsky, 'Jaw-Dropping' NSA
violations : And more on and around the crisis, in
part again due to Edward Snowden's revelations.
- Aug 15: Crisis: Manning, Congress, Google, Obama's Security State
: Some diverse news items, though all relate to the
- Aug 14: Crisis: More about Obama and some Snowden
: Some more about Obama and his latest decisions, and a
bit from Snowden.
- Aug 13: Crisis:
The case against Obama (and more)
: Most but not all of this may be considered as a case
- Aug 12: Crisis:
Varia on "terrorism"
: A considerably longer Nederlog, in spite of my being
not well, as there is considerably more crisis news.
- Aug 11: me+ME: Crisis + rereading Boswell and Lucretius
: There is little crisis news, and I am quite tired and
wanted to write about something else. Hence the present Nederlog.
- Aug 10: Crisis: Obama "reforms"; NSA "reforms"; Wyden doubts; 9/11
commission doubts : Some
news about reforms on the part of the U.S. government, plus evidence
that these are at the very best only "reforms".
- Aug 9:
Crisis: Spying and
lying, email service shut down, plan : Some
about spying and lying, a U.S. email service that decided to shut down,
and a small plan.
- Aug 8:
Henrietta Lacks recognized, Obama 2x
: A bit about the final recognitiom of Henrietta Lacks plus
- Aug 7:
Autobio: 1970 - de veranderingen
: Another part of my Dutch autobiography, this time about the
considerable changes I went through in the last 3 months of 1970 and
the first three of 1971. There probably will be another file later
And indeed there now is this: Crisis: Two months of Snowden's Revelations.
- Aug 6:
Crisis: Obama as McCarthy; DEA and NSA; NSA Surveillance;
Hale : More on the U.S. that seems to be going down, at least as a
state of law.
- Aug 5:
Post-Constitution America, NSA helping the police
: Another fairly brief piece on the crisis that is brief because I did not sleep enough and it is
still hot in Holland.
- Aug 4:
Crisis: Krugman on
chaos, Greenwald on ignorance, Cox on silence
: About the chaos the GOP is causing; the ignorance of
the U.S. law makers; and the silence of a considerable part of them.
- Aug 3:
Crisis: Principles, Whistleblowing, Congress, Lies,
Chomsky, Wray : Another
set of varia relating to the crisis. The first is an interesting
piece on the principles that ought to guide communications
surveillance, and the last an interesting piece by an angry economist,
who has little hope to offer, but at least is honest.
- Aug 2:
Shocking, Elbow, Whistleblower! : A
good interview with Wyden; a good piece about the NSA; and two
good videos from TYT. (And the weather where I am is still pretty
awful, but tomorrow it will be cooler.)
- Aug 1: Crisis: The Snowden
Effects - 9 : Snowden got a year's permission to stay
in Russia, plus a lot more related news, compiled in what's for me very
difficult - hot, humid - weather.
- Jul 31:
Crisis: Xkeyscore, Obama fuck up, NSA spying, shrinking
human brain : Another crisis file, with - among other things - the
news that Obama fucked up the appearance of NSA critics before
Congress. There is also news by Glenn Greenwald about on another secret
NSA program, that allows the picking up of nearly everything any user
does on internet, that confirms one of the points Snowden made.
- Jul 30:
Crisis: Snowden, NSA
critics before Congress, Big Banks, Szasz
: And another crisis item, with the pleasing news the
U.S. Congress is going to hear some opponents of the NSA.
- Jul 29:
shifts, reforms, classified, many poor
: Another crisis item.
- Jul 28: me+ME: 1 million Danish visitors + new mB12 protocol
: This is not about the crisis but about my Danish site and
about my mB12-protocol. There may be another file later today.
There now is also: Crisis: U.S.
Journalism, Consumerism, Snowden, Hypocrisy
- Jul 27: Crisis:
Hedges, Wyden, subversives, health care, Black, Smith
: Another crisis issue, of which you really should read
the first two references, and not just in my summaries.
- Jul 26: I first updated the crisis series till Jul 25. (This always is very
bad, because of the "joys" of bugs KompoZer has: No page maintenance,
and no correct page are just two. Anyway... done in four or five
attempts.) In case you care: There are now 220 files in the crisis
series, until Jul 25, that started on Sep 1, 2008 (and was badly
maintained, though a
few things were added, in 2010 and 2011, when I paid far more attention
And there now is: Crisis: Fantasies,
(Non-)Authoritarians?, Snowden, 4th Amendment, NSA
- Jul 25: Autobio: 1966-1967: Another part of my autobiography, that is
about concluded till my 2oth year now, and is in Dutch, and seems to
interest only few. So... there probably will be another crisis-file,
and in any case, there also is a nice bit for those who do not read
Dutch at the end.
And there is another file too, now: Crisis: American "Democracy"?, Chart, Congress, Hudson
- Jul 24: Crisis: Hedges, Warren, Alexander, "Terrorism", DSM requiem: A reasonable NL - which I say not because
the other ones aren't, but because I felt a bit better writing it,
which was not really the case for more than a year now. (But it may not
last, and probably will not.)
- Jul 23: It is 27.5 C, but I keep going, with two
things: Autobio: 1962-1965 and Crisis: Snowden, Pharmaceuticals, Borgs, No
Rights, Sanity: I guess you'll find out about this if you
care (though the autobio is in Dutch, with an English part attached).
- Jul 22: Crisis: Secret Courts, Bank of America, Moyers+Kaplan, No
Rights, Swarmwise : It is very hot in Amsterdam, but I did
succeed in making an NL. (No guarantee for tomorrow or the next days,
though: This weather is not good for me.)
- Jul 21:
Corporations, Failure of Austerity, personal (Hazlitt)
: It is hot in Amsterdam,
but so far I keep 'm coming.
- Jul 20: Crisis: Greenwald, Risen, Hedges, Washington's Blog
: It is possible, a post
about the crisis that doesn't mention Snowden.
- Jul 19: Crisis: The Snowden Effects 8
: More on the crisis and the Snowden Effects, as I like to
- Jul 18: Crisis:
The Snowden Effects 7 + more :
Back at the crisis, and indeed
at some Snowden Effects, but also at things that cannot be laid at his
door, and some backgrounds.
- Jul 17: me+ME: What am I + good mB12 video
: Something else: A file on
me (what I am) and M.E. (a good video relating to the mB12 video). It
probably won't interest many, but it is relevant to the life I am
forced to lead. And there may be another file today, though I make no
Well... it's there: Crisis: Varia - The Snowden
Effects - 6: Indeed
more about what I call the Snowden Effects, that also seem to indicate
a change of tone, though I am not certain about this.
- Jul 16: Crisis: Varia - The Snowden Effects - 5 : Another file in what I am calling
"The Snowden Effects", this time standing back a little, so as to see,
with the help of two articles, what manner of lies are involved and who
does the lying.
- Jul 15: Crisis:
Varia - The Snowden Effects - 4 : This is another file in what I am calling
"The Snowden Effects", because these are mainly due to Edward Snowden,
and his character and great courage.
Also, I've added Hazlitt's "Characteristics" to the Hazlitt-section,
and worked by the crisis-series
- Jul 14: The first file of today is me+ME: William Hazitt's "Characteristics" : This is over 400 Kb (!) of William Hazlitt,
basically because I think he is one of the greatest writers I know of,
though this is not his greatest book, and I also have not yet written
notes to it. But it is there and will soon be in the Hazlitt section as
And there is a second one as well, and I don't even mention Quatorze
Juillet in it: Crisis: Varia - The
Snowden Effects - 3 : This is indeed
about Snowden or wiretapping, and consists mostly of videos by The
Young Turks (who have more than 1 million members now).
- Jul 13: Autobio - De Hugo de Grootschool 1959-1962
And yet another bit of my autobiography, in Dutch, about 1959-1962,
that were more difficult but not dramatic or very bad years. There also
may be another English file today, but I make no promises.
Well, it's also there: Crisis: Varia - The
Snowden Effects - 2.
- Jul 12: Autobio: De Cabotschool 1956-1959
Another yet another Dutch installment of my autobiography, this time
the years 1956-1979, mostly but not wholly unporblematical and happy.
And again all is in Dutch, and there may be another file today.
And there is, and it is quite good: Crisis: Varia - The Snowden Effects - 1: No less than 9 (or 11)
items that I describe as The Snowden Effects, because quite a few are,
and most are - this time - rather hopeful.
- Jul 11: Autobio:
Eerste helft 1970:
Another Dutch installment of my autobiography: The first half year of
1970. Apart from the introduction, this is all in Dutch. There may be
another file today, but that depends on my health and other things.
There is another file: Crisis: Stone,
Secret Courts redefine "relevant", Reich: An excellent video with Oliver Stone, two
articles on U.S. secret "courts" that totally redefined "relevant", and
Robert Reich asking whether there are any democratically inclined GOP
- Jul 10: Crisis: Modern man, Century of Self, Snowden, Greenwald,
More about Snowden, Modern Man, an analysis of the end of the Century
of self and Freudianism, psychoanalysis and psycchotherapy, two
interviews with Glenn Greenwald, and a very interesting piece by Jay
Rosen on the Snowden Effect.
- Jul 9: crisis: Snowden, Ellsberg, MSNBC, CEOs, mainstream, Carlin: We're back at the never ending crisis,
after a brief trip to Wittgenstein and Multatuli. It starts with a
newly released interview with Snowden, and continues from there till it
ends with a link to a piece by George Carlin.
- Jul 8: me+ME: Wittgenstein got done!: I did a somewhat good thing that will
interest only a few: I finished (more or less) the first version of my
comments on Wittgenstein's Tractatus, that I have beem working on
(mostly: off) since I was 18, that is 45 years.
And there is another file: me+ME: Meer Multatuli!: This may be what you expect: I did make
another file that documents my comments to Multatuli's Ideas, and I
also remark a little, in Dutch, on more about Multatuli.
- Jul 7: Crisis: NSA & Brazil, political lies, jobs report: Another Glenn Greenwald paper, about
Brazil, where he lives; about political lies, and about the jobs report.
- Jul 6: Crisis: Top managers, Stone, asylum, truth, Russian
opposition: I am still concerned with the crisis, namely with the -
obscene - incomes of European top managers; Oliver Stone supporting
Snowden; two offers of asylum to Snowden (but without means to get
there); the fact that only the truth is enough about the NSA; and a bit
on a prominent Russian member of the opposition to Putin.
- Jul 5: Crisis:
Fourth Amendment, NSA + Phone Surveillance, Stasi vs NSA: Back to the crisis with four items that
detail a grassroots movement to preserve the Fourth Amendment; the NSA
and phone surveillance, point by point; and a comparison of what the
Stasi knew and what the NSA knows.
- Jul 4: me+ME: On my site's opening + other changes + what there is: About what my site's opening should look
like, and about what you can find on it: Over 450 MB of interesting
material - 55756 pages and 65157 files in all.
- Jul 3: Crisis + Varia: Dictionary, Stasi, Totalitarian,
Journalists, Sturgeon, Healy: About a dictionary for the new police
state; the Stasi; the closeness to the totalitarian state (in the US);
the qualities of journalists; and about (the works of) Theodore
Sturgeon and David Healy.
- Jul 2: Crisis: Snowden, Drake, Maher, Banerjee, Van Buren: More
on the crisis: A letter by Edward Snowden, a video with Thomas Drake,
as a diversion a video interview with Bill Maher, another good piece by
Banerjee, and one by whistleblower Peter van Buren (a Dutch name,
but a US citizen).
- Jul 1: Crisis: Greenwald, NSA, journalist, Drake,
Binney, Hayes, Europeans, more...: And
seven more bits in the
wake of Edward Snowden's revelations.
- Jun 27:
me+ME: On Hume,
symbolization, abduction and induction: "And now for something completely
different", namely two very fundamental explanations of very basic
philosophical problems - and
yes, I am aware this probably does not move many, but I believe
I am right and original, and also explain it well. Even so, there may
be more today, depending on my health and - if so - it will be about
less abstruse problems.
There is more, but also written in the evening of June 26: me+ME: Autobio-bestand: The only purpose of that is to gather the
links to my autobio-files in one place.
- Jun 26:
me+ME: From Greenwald and from 1 boring old man: This gives some links given by the people
in my title. The links are all quite interesting.
- Jun 25:
me+ME: Scheer + Autobio: 1968-1969: opgroeien in Amsterdam: This a brief first English part on a really
good speech by Truthdig's Robert Scheer, and a longer Dutch part that
part of my autobio, that I write in dribbles in Nederlog. This is about
1968-1969, when I was 18-19.
Later in the day: I put my first publishable writing on line Bijlage: sep-dec 1969: "Kapitalisme en Revolutie"
mostly to show how I could
write at 19, in Dutch, and as an adjunct to my last autobiographical
- Jun 24:
Greenwald, the Dutch don't mind, Juvenal, teaching Prism: A
bit about Obama's pretensions and Greenwald's take of that; that
the Dutch don't mind if they get spied upon, in large majority, it
seems; what Juvenal said, and what the European Parliament reported;
and teaching Prism (and this being an early Nederlog because I must go
to the dentist).
Later in the day: There also is this, in Dutch: NL: me+ME: After a long break = Na een lange onderbreking.
This is about a small update
in ME in Amsterdam,
one of the first since 2010, with a link added on pretty astounding
arrangements for Amsterdam's leaders.
- Jun 23:
Wozniak, German, England, US, Greenwald, media: A personal brief bit about a scanner, and
the rest about the crisis, with at the end a short disquisition about
the reasons journalists have not to write about their own loss of
privacy, and the loss of privacy that everybody else in the West
suffered, it seems now. (There is some discussion, but most is
personalized, and outside the Guardian and a few others little is
- Jun 22: Autobio : 1967-1968 + Crisis: GHCQ
taps, mastering the net, mastering everyone:
First in Dutch brief autobiography of the year 1967, quickly written,
and next three more revelations due to Edward Snowden in the Guardian,
this time by other journalists than Greenwald. Very important, and
uploaded very early in the morning of June 22, Dutch time.
- Jun 21: Crisis: Videos, US spying, US rights, US blackmail,
Quite a few videos, the beginning rather ephemeral, the later possibly
- Jun 20: Crisis:
Standing back a bit: A
shorter title, and today I am not writing so much but giving quotes by
others, though I am still concerned with Snowden's revelations.
- Jun 19: Crisis: Snowden, consent, warrants, Hong Kong, Alexander,
Making, excuses: Another Nederlog about things touching Snowden's
- Jun 18: Crisis: if you got
nothing to hide?!, Snowden, Fox, politicians, DSMs: About a totally false rule, a Q&A with
Edward Snowden, a good piece on Fox News (!), the sick habits of the
sick English parliamentarians, and the DSMs as seen by The Young Turks.
- Jun 17: Crisis: Biden vs Obama, whistleblowing, revolving doors,
Gore, breaking, genes:
And once again mostly touching upon Snowden's revelations, with a point
on genes as extra.|
- Jun 16: Crisis: Spying, activists, Pentagon, learning, young people,
Turkish doctors: More on the crisis,
again mostly but not only touching on Snowden's revelations.
- Jun 15: Crisis: Grayson, DSM-5 and M.E.: I relay some issues to a more general plain.
- Jun 14: Crisis: About Snowden's revelations, education, medical
research and M.E. :
Another long title with rather a lot of diverse content, and not only
about or around Snowden's revelations.
- Jun 13: Crisis:
Clapper, totalitarianism, Nader, Paul and Washington's blog: That's a long title, and it again touches
on Snowden's Revelations (a title I also explain).
- Jun 12: Crisis: Nader, ACLU, McGovern, Majority, Hedges, DSM-5: Mostly touching upon the Snowden
Revelations. (Only the DSM-5 entry does not - and "touching" is
- Jun 11: Varia: On Sex, Snowden, and Angell: This is mostly about Dr. Angell, with some
asides, and therefore difficult to classify.
- Jun 10: Crisis: On Edward Snowden: It was revealed who was the source of the
revelations I wrote about on June 7: Edward Snowden, indeed an
extra-ordinary man, and I write a little about him and about the
- Jun 9: Crisis: On ordinary men: We are back with the crisis - nr 180 in the series, that
extends back to 2008, that is this time given to a reprisal of
"ordinary men", from the Philosophical
Dictionary, with an intro and an outro. This also is preparatory to
something else, that may not arrive today, for again I did not sleep
- Jun 8:
González, 'El Campesino': This I do not know how to classify, but he
was a great man, who unfortunately is not much known.
- Jun 7: Crisis: No more Fourth Amendment: What the title says, since it became known
that the NSA is now really tracing more than hundred million US
computer users, at least, in every respect, and also
is doing this with the help - willy or nilly - of all the major
players in computing.
- Jun 6: Updated the Main
Directories Of The Site, and added what I've added lately, viz.
Buddha's (?) Dhammapadda; the Bible's Ecclesiastes; Thoreau's Walden and Civil Disobedience in
Pieterse, a good and informed translation of "Woutertje
Pieterse" (part of Ideen,
but spread over most of the seven volumes), from 1904.
And there now are two files: FAQs
(1999), which is the FAQs file I wrote for my site, in 1999,
almost totally unchanged, as there is no need (!!), and Crisis: Varia: On a lot of mostly awful stories, which is a bit experimental in linking 13
different files without much comment or quotation - but don't fear, for
nearly all of it is clear enough, if also not encouraging.
- Jun 5: Crisis: Varia: On Sex + Four Plagues + Psychiatric
It's varia i.e. diverse, but it's all quite
Also, I deleted today in Amsterdam all of the directories literature,
mm, and science; and in Copenhagen the
directories index_bestanden and nederlog. (I do not
think anyone will miss them.)
- Jun 4: me+ME: On my site(s): About my site(s) - where the plurals exist
because there are two sites, with the same contents. Also, the items of
today's Nederlog have been made into two files in the Help: Help-Tips-Files and Help-Tipes-Formats. (Yes, this
has to be done as well.)
- Jun 3: DSM-5: Dr Healy: About dr. David Healy, one of the few
psychiatrists who does not massively lie but instead tries to speak the
- Jun 2: DSM-5:
DSM-related varia: More about the DSM-5, and number 130 in the
series, since 2010, with materials from Drs Lane, Frances and Ghaemi,
and the Wikipedia. It ought to be interesting for those who care.
- Jun 1: DSM-5: A
good video + what's wrong with dr Frances (and others): As my title has it.
- May 30: Crisis:
Obama vs Nixon: On the question whether Obama is as bad as
Nixon was - which is a question that did not originate with me.
- May 30: me+ME:
Whittemore, DSM-5 and my mB12-protocol:
On the dangers of collecting
money for politicians; the dangers of the DSM-5; and a (common) problem
with my mB12 protocol.
- May 29: me+ME:
An unpublished protest + a decision: This is about some of the beauties of
yesteryears: An unpublished Dutch protest - quite good - of 1982, and
my refinding the luxurious Soviet Calendar of 1947, plus a decision
- May 28: me+ME: One
reason to like Henry Miller:
This is one reason to like
Henry Miller: His effects on Justices of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. There are many
more, but this one does have its special charms.
- May 27: me+ME:
The weather (?!), the DSM-5, and more Miller: I am briefly talking about the weather,
because that has been rather uncommon; I have five reviews that I quote
brief parts from that are all critical of the DSM-5; and I very briefly
mention that I am still reading a blog on Miller.
- May 26:
On Karina Hansen, Henry Miller and the DSM-5: Mainly updates, of several earlier
Nederlogs of the last month.
- May 25: me+ME:
About ME, AIHA, Henry Miller and internet:
About what the title says: A minor discovery I made that turned out
already to have been made; about a quite interesting site dedicated to
Henry Miller; and about how things disappear steadily and
forever from the internet.
- May 24: DSM-5:
Why the DSM-5 is TOTALLY DEAD (yes, it IS):
Actually, this is the first time I am glad that I am a
psychologist: Professor Peter Molenaar, whom I had lost track of since
he left the University of Amsterdam, and who emigrated ten years ago to
the United States, has done very important work the last ten
years from which it follows that the DSM-5 is totally dead.
Yes, it is, as you will probably see if you read today's
Nederlog - all that remains to be done is to make this widely known.
(And no, it does not imply anything about M.E.: It is a quite technical
but utterly mortal result, that also applies to other things than the
- May 23: me+ME: On my
brother Geert and having M.E. for 35 years:
And this is about my late brother and myself.
- May 22: me+ME:
Reading old books:
This is about some old books I found on May 19, that still are - mildly
to quite - interesting.
- May 21: me+ME:
Over geestelijke gezondheid en gestoordheid: My goodness! A Dutch essay - that I did not
know I had written ca. 1985, found the day before yesterday, and now
copied it, because I still think it is quite sensible.
- May 20: me+ME:
About philosophy and me+ME: About the DSM-5: Two Nederlogs at the same time: The first
about a recovered piece on philosophy, and the second about DSM-5, that
is now published (or publishable). It does not have rave reviews, which
makes the pill slightly less bitter.
- May 19: me+ME:
Poetry of love: I
wrote very little poetry, but this one is nice. Also I say a few things
about why I have not tried to publish in Dutch, though
I have published
circa 15 things (but these I was all asked for, and I did not earn
- May 18: me+ME:
Quotations from "Civil Disobedience": And this is the excerpt of Thoreau's "Civil
Disobedience". I have not either quoted -A plea
for Captain John Brown - or
excepted all Thoreau's main works, and will soon put these in my
philosophy section. In fact, I did just now. See the Thoreau-index.
- May 17: me+ME:
Quotations from "Walden" - 2: This is the second and final excerpt of Thoreau's Walden,
that also comes with a promise to treat his Civil Disobedience, and a
promise to treat ME/CFS for I think I made a discovery about it. More
later, though not necessarily today.
- May 16: me+ME:
Quotations from "Walden" - 1: And back to Thoreau's "Walden", in the form of quotations.
And there now also is this: me+ME: NOT so good news about DSM-5: The chief of the NIMH retracted his earlier
statement I wrote about on May 3 and 4.
- May 15: Crisis: On "The
Death of Truth": Another subject - "The
Death of Truth" as proclaimed by
Chris Hedges, earlier this month.
- May 14: me+ ME: On
Henry Miller (and George Orwell) - 2: The second and last file, for now, on Henry
Miller, with links to a fine site about Miller, the conclusion of the
argument I started yesterday, and some final notes.
- May 13: me+ME: On
Henry Miller (and George Orwell) - 1: There was no other file yesterday, and
today is a first of several files on Henry Miller, whom I elucidate
with some help from George Orwell.
- May 12: me+ME:
International ME/FM-Awareness Day: In case you did not know: It is International ME-Awareness
Day today, and I found out this year the same is the case for FM, for
which case I put them together. My title mostly repeats the text of May
12, 2012, but minus the Dutch materials, and with a few small changes,
and the addition of the very sad fate of Karina Hansen. Also, there may
be another file today, but I don't know this yet.
- May 11: me+ME:
St Trinian's: More
humo(u)r: A brief disquisition about Ronald Searle, who died late in
2011, age 91.
- May 10:
me+ME: Two fundamental
theorems + the world's funniest jokes: Two quite fundamental logical theorems, plus some of the
world's funniest jokes, for those who don't like logic (and also for
those who do).
- May 9: me+ME: On John Brown:
A fairly brief look at John Brown. And I minimally revised Stupidity in the
Philosophical Dictionary, already yesterday: Much watched, lately, but
it had a small formatting error.
- May 8: me+ME:
On Henry David Thoreau:
A very long relatively unknown text of Thoreau, with 34 notes by me,
and a (mild) criticism of Wikipedia (as their text is incomplete).
- May 7: Actually, I had already added Aristotle's Categories
and the Metaphysics
to the site, but had not yet registered that. This now has been
corrected. And there is a new file in the philosophy section: Plato : Theatetus.
And there is this: me+ME: On a statement by David
Kupfer, MD : I am taking apart a statement of David Kupfer MD, "Chair of DSM-5 Task
- May 6: me+ME: O
Poetry, poetry, poetry! (Lord
Rochester): Indeed about one of my favourite poets.
- May 5: me+ME: No
Dutch Nationality + DSM-5 + Being lucky: Some things about why there was this year
nothing related to Dutch Nationality on my site(s); about the DSM-5;
and why I am, in some ways, lucky.
- May 4: me+ME: More about VERY good news about the DSM-5: I explain why I consider the news about the
DSM-5 (added late yesterday) to
be something that patients may be quite relieved and happy
- May 3: Crisis: The crisis series + Keynes vs Friedman: A brief NL, but one that made another
number of small changes necessary, though this time only 4.
- May 2: me+ME:
Healy & SSRI +
Diederik Stapel: A
somewhat longer NL, this time about the - quite real - dangers of SSRIs
and about Diederik Stapel, who emerged as the creator of Pile Consult.
(Would he have known? About having piles? I guess not, and it does
also mean "Stapel", in Dutch.)
- May 1: I have today uploaded new versions of the
Nederlogs from September 11,
2011 - May 24 2012, because
these had side-effects one does not see when one looks at them
ordinarily. But I don't because white backgrounds are still hard to
thole for me. Anyway... also done. (For ordinary users - virtually
everybody - there is this "news": I changed nothing in the text, but
texts in the files are a tiny bit broader.)
Also, there now is me+ME:
Healy + Linux + still paying back: It's not much, but it is there.
- Apr 30: me+ME: After 123 years a Dutch king?!: A bit of an odd NL but then it is an odd
day in Holland: There is a change of throne, in which the old queen
Beatrix is replaced by her son, king Willem-Alexander.
- Apr 29: me+ME:
On "Anne Frank's Diary" - 2: Another fairly brief piece on Anne Frank, this time with
links to a number of interesting videos. (Tomorrow there will be
- Apr 28: me+ME:
On "Anne Frank's Diary": A fairly brief piece on Anne Frank's Diary, and why I
think most of the recent histories of Holland are neither impartial nor
- Apr 27: me+ME: On
"American Averages" - 4: Finally, the last part.
- Apr 26: me+ME:
On "American Averages" - 3: And yet a bit more about the book "American
Averages", this time with more facts from the book. (There is even
going to be a 4-th part.)
- Apr 25: me+ME:
On "American Averages" - 2:
A bit more about the book "American Averages", mainly because I did too
much today to do anything else. (But even so, not uninteresting.)
- Apr 24: me+ME: On
About the book "American Averages", which is a really good, if also
quite old, book about the US of A.
- Apr 23: me+ME: "Give
the idiots Prozac (or another anti-depressive)!":
An outline of how
I see psychiatry, these days.
- Apr 22: me+ME:
The matter of age:
A brief exposition of a problem I cannot solve.
- Apr 21: Ecclesiastes: A fairly nice version of the biblical
Ecclesiastes with my notes. (There is
no deep meaning to this - merely that I made the notes today, and
thought it a good ideas.)
- Apr 20: Crisis: The TV and average
intelligence: A column deploring the average intelligence.
19: About Nederlog: A small disquisition about Nederlog.
- Apr 18: More about Gore Vidal + why I don't
write about the DSM-5: A
little more - or quite a lot if you look into it - about Gore Vidal,
and a brief exposition on my lack of writing about the DSM-5.
- Apr 17: Autobio: 1954 - De
kleuterschool + for readers of English: Another bit of autobiography and a bit of
English for those who don't have Dutch. (The English is better than
almost any Dutch I can think of, but will probably be liked by few.)
- Apr 16: About
what I wrote - 1 - Descartes (and propositional attitudes): The first file "About what I wrote". It's
about Descartes, and is meanwhile nearly 20 years old. Tomorrow there
probably will be another subject than "About what I wrote", but that theme is bound to recur.
- Apr 15: About
what I wrote - 0: I wrote quite a lot since 1996, when I got
my site, and decided to look through that the coming days, if my health
remains up to it. The present little essay is a small introduction.
- Apr 14: About
Gore Vidal + about advertisements + going for a walk: Another brief Nederlog, with a good
interview with Gore
Vidal, plus a remark of mine about advertisements that reached my
computer, to my huge horror, plus a final remark on my walking: I
walked for the first time in a year, more or less leisurely.
- Apr 13: About Amsterdam + philosophy + going out: What the title says.
- Apr 12: About the
directories of my site + about Norman Finkelstein: We have arrived at another small Nederlog
which in fact comprises a fair amount of work:
- Apr 11: me+ME: On
US health-care + on marijuana:
This is a brief file with some information about why the US healthcare
system is much more expensive than the European, plus a question for
people who use marijuana, or indeed any other form of hashish.
- Apr 10: me+ME: On
philosophy, mB12, and logic:
A brief file with links to a wealth of material on philosophy and also
some on my mB12 protocol and a useful reference on logic.
- Apr 9: DSM-5: A few details: This is a file that briefly explains why I
wrote less on the DSM-5.
(But there will be more.)
- Apr 8:
Nederlog and internet-problems: This is a file that explains why yesterday's file
disappeared. There may be another file later today, but I do not know,
especially since my eyes first need some rest.
- Apr 6:
Johnson on Wolin on "Democracy Incorporated" - B: The second and final part of a brief series
that started yesterday, with many links and many ideas. I also
corrected typos in a number of recent and not so recent Nederlogs.
- Apr 5: Crisis:
On Johnson on Wolin on "Democracy Incorporated" - A: This continues last months Crisis: Sheldon Wolin on inverted
totalitarianism and Crisis: Wolin on fascism + Greenwald
on the Surveillance State, and will need a
final part, that probably arrives tomorrow.
- Apr 4: Chomsky on
cruelty + Greenwald on the new atheists: What the title says, with some links on
related material about Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Theo van Gogh I wrote long
- Apr 3: Crisis:
Sadism as part of the explanation: I take the fact of an
article that appeared in The New York Review of Books, "Health
Care: The new American sadism", as a stimulus to write out some of my
thoughts on the subject.
- Apr 2: Fixed the links to the 2013 index in the NL indexes for 2004 - ... - 2008. I should also fix some links
and some files that relate to what's new on the site, since that
effectively since ca. 2010 was done only in the summary files like this
one, that go by the filename newsEnglish. Until 2008 or 2009 I did
maintain separate newsfiles, in fact both for what was new in Dutch and
in English. This remains to be done, and this entry clarifies that I am
aware of the problem. And there now is:
Crisis: Hedges, Wolin, Maher,
Monbiot, background reading: Lots of useful links.
- Apr 1: Some
political and psychological aphorisms: What the title says - a few from today, while cooking
diner, and the rest from 4 to 21 years ago.
- Mar 31: Crisis:
Marxist announcement of the death of postmodernism: According to a just published Marxist analysis, one of
the great benefits of the economic crisis is that it exploded
postmodernism. I certainly hope so, and provide links, quotations, an
illustration (of the progress of the safety razor) and some analysis
- Mar 30: Crisis: Wolin on fascism + Greenwald
on the Surveillance State: As the title says, this is mostly about another text of
Sheldon Wolin and about a fine speech by Glenn Greenwald, with a bit
more in a footnote about my Dutch generation of pseudo-progressive
traitors of science, civilization, and morality.
- Mar 29: Crisis: Sheldon Wolin on inverted
totalitarianism: This is mosty about Sheldon Wolin and Chris Hedges,
with an aside on Dutch corrupt pseudo-intellectual pseudo-marxists,
whose careers were based on lies, posturing, pretensions, and complete
- Mar 28:
Crisis: The extinction of Dutch Democracy and the Rule of Law: Another Dutch piece I wrote quite a while ago, in May
2002, on the subject of the title, with some interesting links for
non-readers of Dutch to a lecture of Chris Hedges from March 2012, and
to an interview with Sheldon Wolin by Bill Moyers.
- Mar 27: Dutch
Stalinism: More about the CPN: What the title
says, with a link about the CPN in Amsterdam that may interests some
Dutch readers, and an appreciation of ordinary Dutch communists I have
known. (The next Nederlog very probably is about another subject than
- Mar 26:
Stalinism: "Politiek, Ideologie en Taalgebruik": This is mostly an essay on the totalitarianism of
the Dutch Communist Party (CPN). Most it applies to other communist parties and groups
as well, but it is in Dutch.
And I included it in to my
section in the philosophy
section and also improved that file of my own
- Mar 25:
Dutch Stalinism + Montefiore
interviewed about Stalin: What the title
says - and the former is much worse and was much wider spread than
foreigners know or than Dutch academics (who were nearly all communist
fellow travellers between 1971 and 19995) want to admit, while the
second refers to a fine interview with the writer of a fine book about
- Mar 24:
About authoritarian personalities - 1: Mostly about a free book by a psychologist who lives in
Canada and did a lot of research on the subject, that may explain
rather a lot about what is happening these days - and the last 12 years
- in politics.
- Mar 23: More
on stupidity, the rule of law, and Glenn Greenwald: What the title says, with some precisifications of mine
about the rule of law, and why it does not exist in Holland, for more
than 30 years now, at the very least.
- Mar 22:
"Human Stupidity Is
Destroying the World": The title is not
mine, but the subject is quite close to my heart (and Bertrand
Russell's and Aldous Huxley's, to name two), and as is quite important
to human civilization. I treat a piece I do not agree with, and make a
number of points that often are missed.
- Mar 20: Varia: DSM-5,
letter from a dying veteran, supplement to Hazlitt: Three different subjects, the first two mostly given as
links, and the last an extension of a saying of Hazlitt.
- Mar 19:
The human moral and
intellectual problems +
why there are so few investigative journalists: A disquisition about two problems,
and a treatment of the question why there are so few investigative
- Mar 18: Site+Nederlog: New versions Nederlog
There were some large changes of the site in terms of bytes, but not in
- Mar 17:
philosophy is important:
More philosophy: I continue yesterday's philosophical text with another
such text that I wrote quite a while ago, and that also is elsewhere on
my site, still popular, still searched for most months. It seemed a
good idea to repeat it.
- Mar 16:
Philosophy: On utilitarianism:
Most of all - I suppose - I am a philosopher, which may justify the
fact of this piece, originally written in 1998, now reproduced with
some notes and quite a few links.
- Mar 15:
It's the economy, stupid
- Robert Reich explains: I provide links to a brief explanation and a lecture,
both of which are clear and sensible, by Robert Reich, who is an
intelligent and sensible man.
- Mar 14: Two
interesting websites by investigative journalists: Having little energy for lack of
sufficient sleep, this is a brief Nederlog with links to two sites by
American investigative journalsists that I found interesting.
- Mar 13: On my ME/CFS: Two remarks for
I clarify some recent findings that relate to my personal case of
ME/CFS for the benefit of serious medical researchers.
- Mar 12:
On Deception - 4: More about propaganda: This is the fourth in a series on
what is also called "public relations" that usually consists of
bullshit that is meant to deceive, mislead, misinform and thus
influence some public. It contains a number of links to interesting
material on the subject, however called.
- Mar 11:
ideological ape in action: It turned out that many American
progressives disagree with Rand Paul even if what he says is what their
leaders said just a brief while ago. I explain why.
- Mar 10: A bit more
about my mB12 protocol: Having realized that I did not write
about my mB12 protocol this year I did do so today, and provided my
present protocol and my reasons to use it.
- Mar 9: Meditations
the corruption of psychiatry and medicine: I make some remarks about the
interesting writings of an American psychiatrist.
- Mar 7: Made some corrections, and added a note and
some links to yesterday's Nederlog.
And now there is On civilization
and capitalism in the US with a very striking video of 6 min 24
seconds that I
did not make but link,
and that I found presented as "One
of the Most Powerful Portrayals of What Has Happened to America That
You Will Ever Seen": Judge for yourself. It certainly shows that -
if the figures are correct - very much has gone very wrong, during the
past 30 years, that also produced the current crisis.
And cleaned up 16.ii - 20.ii from entries involving Zim: See yesterday,
There is another Nederlog today, also brief, also important, also with
a video: Crisis:
End of the rule of
law in the US?
- for Obama's government claims,
in contradiction with the US Constitution, that it has the right to
kill American citizens on American soil with drones.
- Mar 6:
On Chomsky on civilization and capitalism: What the title says: a reflection of
a rather pessimistic - not without reason! - short essay by Noam
Chomsky. Also deleted entries Zim that had been entered in the headers
of Nederlogs from 21.ii till 6.iii.2013 today, that had been entered
behind my back, so to speak. (Nothing bad, but useless informatiom that
takes useless bytes.)
- Mar 5: Doing
mathematics on the
computer in Sage: A
bit about a nice, powerful free and open source environment to do
- Mar 4:
On Wittgenstein's philosophies: Actually, a brief review of an
article on Wittgenstein, that manages to omit that Wittgenstein had two
different philosophies. I briefly give my own view, and provide links
and references (at least one of which is funny).
- Mar 3: Crisis:
Analyzing the neo-capitalist economy: Some references to help analyze the
- Mar 2:
Documenting man's inhumanity to man: The New York Times reported that
there were many more German concentration camps, ghettos etc. than
hitherto was assumed. I report I am not really amazed, having read
Dutch histories about WW II, and being familiar with how the Dutch do
(not) write about the Dutch practices in selling illegal drugs since
- Mar 1: DSM-5:
A call on the
American physicians to reject the DSM-5: What the title says, but the call is
not by me, although I quite agree, but by Howard Brody MD, PhD. I also
corrected the filename of yesterday's Nederlog, that was wrongly named
"NL120228a": It is 2013, but sometimes I am very tired.
28: Crisis: End of the rule of law in Great
British government seems to want the rule of law to end in Great
Britain, as documented by an article in The Guardian of today. I quote
some and provide some context.
- Feb 27: More
about Linux +
More about the 60ies: Again what the title says: I explain why Ubuntu is
easy to work with and install, link a video with Linus Torvalds, and
consider an interesting documentary about the Berkeley Free Speech
- Feb 26: In praise of Linux: What the title says, except that this
praise is written around the problems with my eyes, which would have
been much worse without Ubuntu, for I still cannot use MS Windows with
such eyes as I have, since June 2012 (though they have improved some).
And I uploaded the Nederlogs since Feb 17 again minus a column that had
crept in and shouldn't be there (and was hardly visible).
- Feb 25: ME/CFS:
"It's all contamination!": It turned out that the XMRV-findings in patients with
ME/CFS were due to contamination. The present Nederlog is about another
case of contamination, namely with HeLa-cells, in cancer research, in
the previous century, which was the subject of an |
interesting documentary, currently available on Youtube.
- Feb 24:
Freedom and bondage:
The internet paradoxes: There are several paradoxes involved with the
internet, and I name several and briefly discuss the most dangerous
one: That the internet is a potential tool for state surveillance and
state terrorism such as there never has been.
- Feb 23: Three things most other men do that I don't do - and why: Just as the title says, though
nothing very strange, nor anything due to strong principles.
- Feb 21: More
the corruption of psychiatry: What the title says, with some excellent
quotes from the British Medical Journal. And I rectified some typos in
Nederlogs of Feb 18, 2013 and Nov 2, 2012.
- Feb 20: Autobio: 1952: Meer achtergronden + The corruption of
psychiatry: More autobio (in Dutch) and more about the
corruption of psychiatry (in English) that also explains why I wrote
not much about the DSM-5 since December.
19: The main
psychiatric motive to be a psychiatrist: Another psychiatric mystery revealed,
by a psychiatrist.
18: Autobio: 1951-a:
Eerste jaren + Amsterdam 1970: The second installment of my Dutch autobiography
(first version) with for English readers a link to a nice short movie
about Amsterdam as it was in 1970.
17: On Deception - 3:
postmodernism, public relations, propaganda: The third of a series on the subject
of deception by propaganda, with some useful links and references, and
an example of what may be called honest propaganda.
16: Philosophy: A ticket
to the freak show - text + my notes: I wrote out the text of an interview
with George Carlin I liked, and added my notes and a link to the
original. (See also Feb 1, 2013, below: Same interview.)
- Feb 15: Corrected some typos and made some
additions to my edition+comments of Wittgenstein's Tractatus,
mostly in the propositions that start with 5. Today's Nederlog: Autobio: 1950-a: Achtergronden + more
First version of first entry of my autobiography, in Dutch, and
some more about Wittgenstein and the Tractatus, in English.
- Feb 14:
Today's Nederlog is
Varia: DSM-5 and SSD |
Triple dip | ZIM and is abot three subjects in the title, all treated
briefly. (The last is a handy free hypertext editor that use the Wiki
format and saves as ascii text files.)
- Feb 12: For the fourth time repaired the same link in
yesterday's Nederlog...I hope it does as instructed now and that all
links work. And there now is On
Deception - 2 +
Propaganda techniques with - what I think are - quite interesting definitions and
clarifications of important terms (in part lifted from Wikipedia).
- Feb 11:
On Deception - 1: The first item in what I expect to
become a series on "public relations", marketing, and deception of the
public, which are concepts and terms that explain much about the
(post-)modern world, economically, politically and psychologically.
Also, I realized that what I mean is generally best described as
deception, rather than as bullshit, bogosity, crap, baloney, simply
because this covers both the intention and the practice best. There are
some unintentional bullshitters, but most know damn well that they are
trying to deceive you.
- Feb 10:
"On Bullshit" and
ME-CFS-INFO: Some about bullshit and some more about
that still is under construction.
- Feb 9: About
ME-CFS-INFO: In fact a copy of the start of a replacement for ME-Resources. This
needs considerably more work, but there now is a start, and if my
health keeps more or less bearable, there will be more of this the next
week or weeks, and I intend to list the progress in Nederlog.
- Feb 8: Updated the index
files for crisis
series and for the DSM-5 series (and added links to
the sorting by years in the latter). And not being very well and having
problems with my eyes, I use material there is at hand to represent the
important capacity of representing in today's Nederlog: Philosophy: On representing, maps and
- Feb 7: Crisis:
Fifth Amendment and
"The power of nightmares": Some about the demise of the Fifth
Amendment and some about what brought this about: "the war on terror",
and an interesting documentary about that supposed "war".
- Feb 6: ME/CFS:
Several causes - many confusions: What the title says, with an explanation
with pictures, worth 7000 words, and a link to the Press Conference Dr
Lipkin presided, also with short speeches by doctors Alter and Mikovits.
- Feb 5: Updated the DSM-5 index and the Crisis index with yesterday's
- Feb 4: Reformatted the BitsAndPiecesAll
index. And there
is now Crisis + DSM-5: About "The Trap - part 1: F**k you buddy" which is about the first part of an
interesting BBC documentary from 2007, that does help to make some
sense of the crisis and (post-)modern psychiatry.
- Feb 3: Crisis: About "Inequality for All"
in the crisis series, now
updated with some files I wrote lately (with or without "Crisis" in the
title: The files belong to the series because of the subject matter
treated in them), with today some about a new film about the crisis,
that seems quite interesting and is with Robert Reich, who is an
interesting and intelligent man, and also a brief section about another
text-based browser, called Elinks, that I find surprisingly useful and
elegant. Also, in the files of February I repaired the text
window (removed a redundant column), having seen the - not very visible
- mistake in Elinks.
- Feb 2: About Nederlog & about Lynx: A few general reflections on my site, my
eyes, my health and Nederlog, without definite conclusions, other than
that most that I write is hypothetical rather than dogmatic. If
you want to skip it, there is also a bit about an interesting
browser, that gives an interesting alternative perspective on "the
same" web pages as are displayed in graphical browsers.
- Feb 1:
A ticket to the freak show: The
phrase is George Carlin's, and I provide a link to an interview with
him in which expounds something that might be called cynicism (in the
philosophical sense, which is not the ordinary one) and taoism (which
is hard to get). I provide some nice references.
31: A VERY unfortunate Mozilla "improvement":
I found out today that - at least on Linux - the latest
Firefox and SeaMonkey browsers by Mozilla have the very unfortunate
improvement that one's opened files get saved "automagically" by the
title that occurs in the html (however long and useless that is), also
undoing all the properties of an URI, and explain why I find this a VERY
bad idea, and what should be done about it, and how to work around it.
Linux stuff: What the title says: A number of quite
useful links for those who want to know more about Linux. And On
"Intellectuals": A review I wrote in 1996 of a book by Paul
Johnson, with some remarks, notes and links inserted today.
28: On human nature and on ordinary men: Two more useful conceptual clarifications.
27: On leaders, on authorities and on misanthropy: Three useful conceptual clarifications, with an introductory quote by Russell that
may shock some.
26: On psychiatry + Three psychiatrists: What
the title says - and the three are doctors Ghaemi, Frances and Nardo.
25: Glenn Greenwald | Bill Maher | Prozac:
This Nederlog is
about Glenn Greenwald and a recent Q&A session he
did; about the start of Bill Maher's "Real Time", about gun laws,
torture, and disappearing rights; and about Prozac (aka fluoxetine).
And in section 2 I mention a possible explanation of the many mass
murders in the US, where both guns are easily available and the usage
of anti-depressants very common.
23: Corrected a title in
yesterday's Nederlog and removed a lot of links that shouldn't have
been there in President Obama's Address to Congress of Feb 25, 2009. For some unfathomable reason nearly all
paragraphs in the speech were linked to the crisis series. And I
also found the same had happened to some parts of President
Obama's speech + my
comments that I also corrected today. These things were not
intentionally done by me, but there are no good WYSIWYG editors for
Linux, it seems.Jan
22: President Obama's speech + my comments: I have watched it, on the internet (still having no TV
since 42 years); read it; and commented on it, so I did my thinking
citizen's duty. Otherwise, I am still fairly miserable, if a bit better
"Xanthippic Dialogues": Today's Nederlog, on a book by Roger
Scruton that I liked.
21: PEM or flue | George Orwell Day: After exerting myself too much I feel rather bad,
though an alternative explanation is the flue. And I also say a little
on PEM and PENE, and on the newly created George Orwell Day.
- Jan 20: Uploaded Public Relations
to my Philosophical
Dictionary. Idem the ME/CFS: A Primer for
Clinical Practitioners, by the IACFS. Note this is not the same
as the International
Consensus Primer for Medical Practitioners, by the Canadian
ICC. But both belong to the biomedical approach to ME/CFS, whiich is
the only moral approach and the only scientific kind of approach, both
in contrast to the psychiatric approach, that is immoral and
I uploaded a revised version of Nederlog 2004, that was then called
Nederlog. In fact, there are two versions: Nederlog index 2004 and Nedernieuws
index 2004. There also are zipversions of the lot. This
is all described also in today's Nederlog: Uploads in the PD,
ME-Resources and NL and also I uploaded all of the Philosophical
Dictionary so as not to get confused.
- Jan 19: I found today that the strange disappearances
I mentioned yesterday seem to have been undone again: Three blogs that
disappeared are back again.
- Jan 18:
me+ME: Strange disappearances at X
Rx Blog :
A brief Nederlog triggered by the sudden disappearance of at least two
blogs on Dr Jamie Deckoff-Jones's X Rx Blog, on one of which I did
write a critical comment. There are also some documents in the case, and there may be a later Nederlog
today, on Diederik Stapel or on the DSM-5, but that depends on my
health. Here it is, though: Diederik
the DSM-5 and medical and scientific fraud: Stapel
is an amateur compared to the real pros
frauding for the pharmaceutical companies, who also got much richer
from it, while being at least as fraudulent, but in a craftier way, and
on a much larger scale, and literally for billions of dollars, at the
cost of millions of patients.
- Jan 17: Logic: Examples of fallacies: This is mostly taken from my
Philosopophical Dictionary, and put in Nederlog to have a convenient
point of reference. And it should be helpful. There also were some
corrections of typos in the previous Nederlog.
- Jan 16: Crisis +
DSM-5: It's deregulation, stupid!: I deal with a common theme in much of the
diverse facets of the ongoing crises in the US and EU, and do so mostly
in the form of lists of points and comments. Summary: The main reason
the things mentioned have gone wrong is a combination of deregulation,
increased power of corporations and
governments, and mistaken ideas and ideals.
- Jan 15: The Marketing of Medicines: In fact, another link to a video, about the
enormous corruption in the marketing of medicines - not just
psychiatric drugs, but any drugs: It seems as if in these postmodern
days much of medicine, including the bits that are presented as if they
are real medical science, in fact is marketing prose, composed by
ghostwriters, and meant to further the approval or sales of very
profitable medicines, that may not at all be or do what their makers or
- Jan 14: DSM-5: The
Marketing of Madness - P.S.: As it happens, the documentary I mentioned
yesterday is related to scientology, which is something I don't like. I
did mention it late last night in a Review added to yesterday's
Nederlog, and today I say a little more about it, mostly because I
don't want to be tied in with scientology, even if I agree with them
about some things, such as psychiatry or elementary mathematics.
- Jan 13: Corrected yesterday's NL a little. And
updated the year indexes with direct links to 2013. And there is this Nederlog for
today:The Marketing of Madness, which is about a documentary of that title,
that I only saw the beginning of so far, but intend to return to later,
and that seems quite good, which is my reason to mention it.
- Jan 12: Correlations: DSM & Madness,
Lead & Crime: Two interesting correlations plausibly and rationally
explained: The arisal of the DSM-III and IV and the increase in
madness, and the the addition of lead to gasoline and the increase in
- Jan 11: Changed a link in the opening pages of the
site to the
index of Nederlog of 2013 (was: 2012) and also added a link in that
index to this page of summaries at the top. It was there already at the
bottom. Also changed the wordings of the links and one of the links in
the opening pages.
- Jan 10: Arguments against psychiatry: A partial repeat, with some corrections and some new
material, of what is probably the socially most useful part of my DSM-5: Question 1 of
"The six most essential questions in psychiatric diagnosis" from April 2012.
- Jan 9: A little about John von Neumann: Indeed a brief
Nederlog, with links to a nice documentary on one of the real
mathematical geniuses of the 20th century. And I also corrected the index-link at the bottom
of the Nederlogs of tthis year.
- Jan 8: Crisis: On the endless 'war on terror': A bit more on the
crisis, and why I do not believe in the 'war on terror': It seems to me
much rather a war on the civil rights that are at the foundation of the
Western open and free society, and the welfare state that is comprised
- Jan 7: Good Linux help: What the
title says: I assemble the best links I know about Ubuntu, and add one
I recently found about Linux.
- Jan 6: Updates + John McCarthy: A short bit that seeks to make the late John
pages a lit more accessible and accessed.
5: Autobio: Schema: A Dutch summary of the first six decades of
my life, written because I realized the six decades are quite distinct,
with mostly clear beginnings and endings.
- Jan 4: PsychoSpeak 0.1
follow-up, still very simple, of version
Schopenhauer's fourfold root: For people seriously interested in
philosophy: There is a pdf of what is "for many philosophers Schopenhauer's
most admired work", on a site anybody with brains and access to the
internet should know: the excellent Archive.org (<-
Why are so many so apathetic?: The question concerns the huge public
indifference to the crisis or to various disturbing aspects of it, and
is not mine, as I explain, but it is a good one. I quote some answers
and provide some of my own.
- Jan 1: Nederlog 2013:
Updates for the new year: The record of changes with a little about
ten years of Nederlog and about planned updates. I prepared The
index of Nederlog for 2012 and provide the link in case you want to
search by subjects. There is no list of subjects, but in case you want
to know, a search in the analytical index and the title index for 2012 should get you quite far. And there is me+ME: Year 35
& The Pushers
The barbarian Dutch about being ill for the 35th year, about the
main cause for this: the corrupt psychiatric brotherhood of pushers for
big pharma, and about a new Dutch museum.