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Wednesday, Mar 8, 2017

Crisis: Democratic Party, US "Health"-care, Wikileaks 1 & 2


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Introduction

1. Democrats Now Demonize the Same Russia Policies that
     Obama Long Championed

2. The GOP Fix for Obamacare: Rich Get Tax Breaks While Millions
     of Others Lose Healthcare

3.
WikiLeaks Publishes Thousands of Documents on Alleged CIA
     Hacking Techniques

4. Snowden Calls Trove of Alleged CIA Hacking Tools Published by
     Wikileaks a 'Big Deal'

Introduction:

This is a Nederlog of Wednesday
, March 8, 2017.

Summary: This is an ordinary crisis log, but it is preceded by another file that is not a crisis log and is much longer and in Dutch:

That is 300 Kb and is about (with its title translated) "On mental health and madness" and is in fact my theory of what psychiatry should be. It was written in 1987 (!), in part to justify myself that I had taken the care of my insane girlfriend who had schizophrenia (according to myself, herself and plenty of medical doctors). The brief of it is that when I started with her (moved by love on my side, and by admiration on her side) she had no money, no occupation, and no education, and lived in a hole in the ground "battling with nuclear arms", while when she left me she was studying psychology and had a job in the university, and a few years later an M.A. and then (in England) a Ph.D., all in psychology.

I wrote it mostly for my own benefit and her benefit in order to justify my doing the above, though in 1987 she had just started studying psychology. What I wrote was based on 20 years of readings in psychology and psychiatry. I still like it, and think it much more sensible than current "medical psychiatry", but this also shows it is not in the current tradition of psychiatry, though it is based on an alternative approach to psychiatry somewhat current in the 1970ies (mostly due to  Silvano Arieti (<-Wikipedia)).

Anyway... it is all here, but you need Dutch to read it.

As to the present Nederlog, there are 4 items with 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about a 180 degrees turn of the Democratic Party; item 2 is about how Trump fixed Obamacare: The very rich get several millions; everyone who earns less than $200,000 gets nothing; and 10 to 20 million people are going to be uninsured; and item 3 and item 4 are about the latest Wikileaks' publications: The CIA can and does hack every cellphone (and does so - in my honest opinion, with a grandfather murdered and a father locked up in Nazi concentration camps - to prepare a neofascist dictatorship of the very rich and their helpers).
March 8: As to the updating problem: The Danish site is OK once again (it immediately - within 2 minutes - shows today's NL after uploading); the Dutch site now seems to be updating my site (that is updated every day) every fifth or seventh day, that is, a at least 7200 times slower than the other site, which is now as it was from 2004 till 2015). Where xs4all.nl stuck for others I have NO idea: It may be December 31, 2015. (They do want immediate payment if you are a week behind. They have been destroying my site now for over a year. And I completely distrust them, but also do not know whether they are doing it or some secret service is.)
1. Democrats Now Demonize the Same Russia Policies that Obama Long Championed

The first item today is by Glenn Greenwald on The Intercept:

This starts as follows:

One of the most bizarre aspects of the all-consuming Russia frenzy is the Democrats’ fixation on changes to the RNC platform concerning U.S. arming of Ukraine. The controversy began in July when the Washington Post reported that “the Trump campaign worked behind the scenes last week to make sure the new Republican platform won’t call for giving weapons to Ukraine to fight Russian and rebel forces.”

Ever since then, Democrats have used this language change as evidence that Trump and his key advisers have sinister connections to Russians and corruptly do their bidding at the expense of American interests.
Yes indeed, though it gets a trifle less "bizarre" if you reflect that the present Democratic Party has less power than almost ever, is mostly peopled by persons out to get rich themselves by politics, and is quite willing to engage in any hysteria that might help show that they are still there.

And consistency is one of the rational virtues that plays hardly a role in the propaganda of politicians:

This attempt to equate Trump’s opposition to arming Ukraine with some sort of treasonous allegiance to Putin masks a rather critical fact: namely, that the refusal to arm Ukraine with lethal weapons was one of Barack Obama’s most steadfastly held policies. The original Post article that reported the RNC platform change noted this explicitly:

Of course, Trump is not the only politician to oppose sending lethal weapons to Ukraine. President Obama decided not to authorize it, despite recommendations to do so from his top Europe officials in the State Department and the military.

Yes indeed. So the present Democrats shifted position by 180 degrees:
The general Russia approach that Democrats now routinely depict as treasonous – avoiding confrontation with and even accommodating Russian interests, not just in Ukraine but also in Syria – was one of the defining traits of Obama’s foreign policy.
There is a considerable amount more in the article, that is recommended.

2. The GOP Fix for Obamacare: Rich Get Tax Breaks While Millions of Others Lose Healthcare

The second item today is by Amy Goodman and Juan González on Democracy Now!:

This begins as follows:

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: House Republicans have unveiled long-awaited legislation to repeal much of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, including its expansion of the Medicaid program for the poor. The proposal includes a large tax break for insurance companies that pay their CEOs over $500,000 per year. It also defunds Planned Parenthood and eliminates abortion coverage. The Republican proposal does retain Obamacare’s requirement that insurers cover people with pre-existing conditions. However, it scraps the revenue-generating mechanism that makes this possible: the individual mandate, which required all Americans to sign up for health insurance or pay a fee.

It is unclear if the bill has enough support to pass the Republican-led Congress.
That is, the new healthcare policy of the Republicans seems to be: If we kick millions out of medical care, we can give millions to our rich and very rich sponsors. Of course we will! That's what we Republicans call "draining the swamp".

Here is more:
AMY GOODMAN: (..) For more on the future of healthcare, we go to Boston, where we’re joined by John McDonough, professor at the Harvard School of Public Health. He is the former executive director of Health Care for All in Massachusetts, which played a key role in the passage of the 2006 Massachusetts health reform bill, which was known as Romneycare. He later became a top aide to the late Senator Ted Kennedy and worked on the development and passage of the Affordable Care Act. He’s also author of the book Inside National Health Reform.
And here is McDonough:
JOHN McDONOUGH: What we see so far is not a surprise, and it’s been revealed in bits and pieces along the way. The Republican plan represents a massive tax cut to benefit wealthy households and powerful corporations in America. And in exchange, a significant number of millions of Americans, lower-income and lower-middle-income, are going to lose their health insurance coverage to make up for the lost revenue from these tax cuts.
You might have thought I was exaggerating, but I wasn't. Here is more:

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: Well, in what way do you say it’s a tax cut for the wealthy?

JOHN McDONOUGH: So, the Affordable Care Act is significantly financed—and most people don’t know this—by a major tax increase on wealthy households, both on earned income and on unearned income. And it has been a major target, although they don’t talk about it a lot, of Republicans to repeal these tax cuts. And just to give you some perspective on this, the bill that the Republicans put out would repeal these taxes. The 400 wealthiest households in America, because of this tax cut, will see annual tax cuts of $7 million per household. The 160 million households with incomes below $200,000 will get zero from this, except some 10 [million] to 20 million will lose health insurance coverage because of this law.

I'll repeat the last bit: "The 400 wealthiest households in America, because of this tax cut, will see annual tax cuts of $7 million per household. The 160 million households with incomes below $200,000 will get zero from this, except some 10 [million] to 20 million will lose health insurance coverage because of this law."

It is part and parcel of neofascism as I defined it. There is considerably more in this article, that is recommended.

3. WikiLeaks Publishes Thousands of Documents on Alleged CIA Hacking Techniques

The third item is by Emma Niles on Truthdig:

This starts as follows:
WikiLeaks released what it calls “the largest ever publication of confidential documents” on the Central Intelligence Agency on Tuesday, sending shock waves around the intelligence community as experts scrambled to begin analyzing the trove of information.
I say. And in fact it is quite interesting:

The Guardian reports:

The documents focus mainly on techniques for hacking, including how the CIA cooperated with British intelligence to engineer a way to compromise smart televisions and turn them into improvised surveillance devices. …

According to the documents:

  • CIA hackers targeted smartphones and computers.
  • The US consulate in Frankfurt, the biggest in the world, is home to a “sensitive compartmentalised information facility” that used digital specialists from the CIA and other US intelligence agencies.
  • A programme called Weeping Angel describes how to attack a Samsung F800 TV set so that it appears to be off but can still be used for monitoring.
In brief, the CIA currently thinks it has to know absolutely everything about absolutely everyone, in order to control, direct, and abuse them a lot better than they are now, and this includes knowing everything you say in your cellphone, and everything you say and do in your own house, and not because you are a terrorist in any possible fashion, but because the CIA has decided it has "the right" to know everything about anybody, because then it can (secretly) deny, disrupt, degrade and deceive anyone who does not quite believe what it believes (and also can arrest them, in secret, and detain them, in secret, forever):

      

Here is some by Edward Snowden on the Wikileaks publication:
Whistleblower Edward Snowden took to Twitter to explain why he believes the Vault 7 leaks are genuine and why they are significant:
Still working through the publication, but what @Wikileaks has here is genuinely a big deal. Looks authentic. (...)
What makes this look real?
Program & office names, such as the JQJ (IOC) crypt series, are real. Only a cleared insider could know them. (...)
Why is this dangerous? Because until closed, any hacker can use the security hole the CIA left open to break into any iPhone in the world. https://t.co/xK0aILAdFI
Well... I think it is already dangerous enough if the very well-financed state terrorists of the CIA know everything anyone says by phone. For this is state terrorism, and it is very much more dangerous than non-state terrorism, simply because it has the full - non-secret and secret - powers of the US government behind it.

This ends as follows:

Read the entire press release here and view the Vault 7 documents here.
And this is a recommended article.

4. Snowden Calls Trove of Alleged CIA Hacking Tools Published by Wikileaks a 'Big Deal'

The fourth and last item today is by Nika Knight on Common Dreams, who adds some to the previous item:
This starts as follows:
WikiLeaks on Tuesday released a trove of purported CIA documents hailed by security expert Jessalyn Radack as "in same category as [the] biggest leaks of classified info by [whistleblowers] Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden."

Indeed, Snowden himself described the leak as "genuinely a big deal" on Twitter. "Looks authentic," the National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower added. The New York Times also described the documents' authenticity as "likely."
This we got also in the previous item. Here is some more:

The Times went on to describe the bombshell revelations included in the trove of documents:

Among other disclosures that, if confirmed, would rock the technology world, the WikiLeaks release said that the CIA and allied intelligence services had managed to bypass encryption on popular phone and messaging services such as Signal, WhatsApp, and Telegram. According to the statement from WikiLeaks, government hackers can penetrate Android phones and collect "audio and message traffic before encryption is applied."

But why would the CIA want to "bypass encryption on popular phone and messaging services"?

Because they are the state's terrorists who are trying their very best to know all about everyone, so that neofascism can be safely introduced, and anybody who possibly might oppose it may be safely and in secret removed.

I said so in 2005 (in Dutch), and I repeat it with much better documentation: The CIA and the NSA and the FBI are the state's terrorists who are trying to lay the foundations of a neofascist dictatorship of the very rich that very well may cover almost everyone, and is for the benefit of the 5% who either rule it or help maintain it, and that enslaves everybody else, if it doesn't kill them or let them starve, because they don't have any capacities left that may not be done better by computer programs. (And see item 2.)

Here is more:
WikiLeaks explains that "'Year Zero' introduces the scope and direction of the CIA's global covert hacking program, its malware arsenal and dozens of 'zero day' weaponized exploits against a wide range of U.S. and European company products, include Apple's iPhone, Google's Android, and Microsoft's Windows, and even Samsung TVs, which are turned into covert microphones."
As I said, the only reason I can think of for the CIA to spy on absolutely everyone is that they are and have been laying the foundations for a neofascist terrorist state.

Here is some more:

In describing the scope of the archive, WikiLeaks details the vast hacking powers of the CIA—powers that the CIA itself seems to have lost control over, according to the leak:

Since 2001 the CIA has gained political and budgetary preeminence over the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA). The CIA found itself building not just its now infamous drone fleet, but a very different type of covert, globe-spanning force—its own substantial fleet of hackers. The agency's hacking division freed it from having to disclose its often controversial operations to the NSA (its primary bureaucratic rival) in order to draw on the NSA's hacking capacities.

By the end of 2016, the CIA's hacking division, which formally falls under the agency's Center for Cyber Intelligence (CCI), had over 5000 registered users and had produced more than a thousand hacking systems, trojans, viruses, and other "weaponized" malware. Such is the scale of the CIA's undertaking that by 2016, its hackers had utilized more code than that used to run Facebook. The CIA had created, in effect, its "own NSA" with even less accountability and without publicly answering the question as to whether such a massive budgetary spend on duplicating the capacities of a rival agency could be justified.

I say. And again, I think the actions of the CIA are quite justified if the goal is to prepare a neofascist dictatorship - see Frank Church !- and is totally unjustified else. And I am glad that I am nearly 67 and have hardly any family, for the future looks extremely frightening.

And this is a recommended article.


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