Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Crisis+Quotations: Justice, NSA, "Madness", Hippie Era, Russia-gate, Snowden - Aphorisms

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1. Summary
2. Quotations
3. Crisis Files

This is a Nederlog of Wednesday, June 7, 2017.

1. Summary

This is a crisis log but it is a bit different from how it was the last four years:

I have been writing about the crisis since September 1, 2008 (in Dutch) and about the enormous dangers of surveillance (by secret services and by many rich commercial entities) since June 10, 2013, and I probably will continue with it, but on the moment I have several problems with my computer, my modem, the company that is supposed to take care that my site is visible, and my health.

It may be that I'll be off for a few weeks, that is, I will publish nothing or little for a few weeks. I don't know yet, but I will keep you informed in Nederlog.

And what I will do for the moment - since I am still looking at 35 sites every morning - is to list the items I selected, but without any of my comments. Today I selected six items, and they are below and link to the originals, but on the moment I have no comments, basically because that takes too much work on the moment.

2. Quotations

As I have said above, I am writing less these weeks for various reasons. These are the first ten of my own aphoristical reactions to La Rochefoucauld's aphorisms:
Virtuous acts are often done for vile reasons, and vile acts for virtuous reasons. The worst deeds are often done for the best of reasons and nearly always excused by a pretense of the noblest intentions.

People explain all human acts in terms pleasing to themselves.

It is not egoism that is bad, but its abuse.

Lack of self-control is a much more important human weakness than is self-love, which seems mostly unavoidable anyway, since all that any man ever knows and feels are his (or her) own beliefs and feelings.

We cannot will feelings, but we can will beliefs that enhance or decrease the feelings.

Noone can be rational when passionate (though one may be reasonable).

Events can be predicted and produced by plans, but extraordinary events require extraordinary circumstances.

It seems to me that - in spite of Hume's ageeing: "Reason is and must be always the slaves of the passions" - it is not true that "The passions are the only advocates which always persuade":

In between our feelings, passions, needs, values and desires and our acting upon these stand judgement, free will, conscience, or deliberation, which are four names for the same faculty.

If it were otherwise, no imputation of personal responsibility makes sense, for these all involve the notion that one could have acted differently, if only one had thought better, deliberated better, chosen better, had more self-control, or done's one duty like other men in similar circumstances.

Every passion excludes others, and noone impassioned can impartially survey all possible evidence about the subject of his passions.

People live adrift an ocean of moods, tossed about by waves of feelings. Noone can control his emotions, but all may control their expressions and the beliefs that embed them.

In case you like them, there are quite a few more here.

3. Crisis Files

I have been writing on the crisis since September 1, 2008 (Dutch) and with considerably more attention since June 10, 2013 (English).

If you check out the
crisis index you will find that I wrote in over eight years nearly 1600 files, that nearly all consisted of a reference to one or more articles that were partially quoted and mostly commented.

I will continue with that, simply because I think the crisis is a very important social, political and economical event, but meanwhile I have turned 67 and need a little rest,
so what I'll be doing the coming weeks (at least), is selecting 3 to 6 files from the 35
sites I consult every morning to see what's happening in the world of politics and econonomics, and present them, but now without my comments.

Here is today's selection:
1. Twilight of the Courts: The Elusive Search for Justice in the
     American Police State

2. NSA Contractor Charged for Leak After Intercept Exposť
     Reveals Russian Cyberattack of 2016 Election
3. A Time for ‘Sublime Madness’
4. Diving Deep Into Radical Thought During the Hippie Era
5. Russia-gate’s Mythical ‘Heroes’
6. Edward Snowden Comes to Defense of Jailed NSA Contractor
     Reality Winner
These are all well worth reading. (Incidentally, item 4 was originally published in 2013.)

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