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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Crisis+Quotations: Lethal Strikes, Klein, Putin Interview, String Theory - Aphorisms+Drop Out



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Introduction

1. Summary
2. Quotations
3. Crisis Files
4.
Don't drop half out - part 2/2
Introduction:

This is a Nederlog of Wedesday, June 14, 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 four 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 sixth ten of my aphoristical reactions [1] to Chamfort's aphorisms:
To believe that any extensive human society can make do without a small Úlite or a large lower class is as rational as to believe in circles without circumference.

Any society where all are equal consists of just one person, if only for purely logical reasons, wholly apart from utopian dreams.

If there are fewer criminals and frauds than honest men in a society, the laws in it must be effectively enforced.

Tyche, the Greek goddess of chance, is the only somewhat credible deity - and she is completely irresponsible, and unresponsive to all prayer.

There are few men who are capable of "a vigorous and intrepid use of their reason", and even fewer who dare to do so: In human society it so far has always been dangerous and unpopular to try to be rational and reasonable.

There are no politicians who are not hypocrites, for the same reason as there are no swindlers who are not frauds.

It is not necessarily a blemish in a politician that he is a fraud, for so are his opponents. The true test of a politician is whose interests he serves - and most serve their own interests, or those of their party.

There is nothing that demeans people so easily and effectively as nearly anonymous membership in a group.

There is no crime or cruelty that cannot be speciously justified by the supposed interests and moral norms of some group.

To falsify oneself is a necessary condition for most careers.

In society, nearly all depends on mutual checks and balances.

The advantage of society are the chances for individual betterment it provides; the disadvantage of society is that nearly all ways towards social improvement are ways of individual corruption.

None are more ambitious than the witless, the fraudulent and the greedy.

The cement of human society is reputation, and reputation tends to be based on posturing and hypocrisy.

There is nothing so deceptive and deceiving as passion.

There is a lot more from where the above comes from.


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. U.S. Has Only Acknowledged A Fifth of Its Lethal Strikes, New
     Study Finds

2. Full Interview: Naomi Klein on "No Is Not Enough: Resisting
     Trump's Shock Politics"
3. NBC’s Megyn Kelly Pushes Intelligence Groupthink in Vladimir
     Putin Interview
4. The Dangerous Irrelevance of String Theory
These are all well worth reading. (And string theory is about - pretended - physics.)

4. Don't drop half out - part 2/2

This is quoted from the diggers.org, from /bibscans/cc-110b-m.jpg. For more on the Diggers, see here (in Nederlog) or on the diggers.org.

The following bit seems to have been published on January 28, 1967. It is the second and last page of an item of which the first page was published yesterday:
Every time somebody has turned on a whole crowd of people at once, by surprise, without asking them or warning them, just forced it on them like a psychedelic rape -- every time somebody had the guts to do it IT HAS WORKED.
   You can't explain it to them. DO IT TO THEM.
   Sneak up on to them. Surprise them.
   The art of out thing is Total Experience, Assault, Outrage. Be an
       artist.
   Rape every mind and body you can reach.
   Put it in their coffee & booze & water. Put it in their cunts.
   Have faith. Do what you believe. Share your truth. Do it now.
   Turn on the place where you work. Turn your parents on. Make every
watercooler an instrument of your peace. Without asking anyone's permission or waiting for the right time. The right time is always Now.
    Because sooner or later somebody is going to see what we're doing
        here
    And you know he ain't gonna like it
    And he's gonna try and Stop it
    And he won't care how he does it
    And it will HURT
    And you can't fight back when you're dead.

    The time to do it is when it becomes possible. This is the lesson of history. This is the yoga of social evolution.
    It is now possible. We have the numbers & the resources. We can do it. We have everything to do it now.
    I am calling on the psychedelic community to put up or shut up. To launch a crusade.
    I am calling for an explosion of Psychedelic Muslisms.
    I am calling on the cats who can make it happen to Do it. Make it happpen. Pass it out. Give it away.
    I am calling for the cats who can afford it to help those who can't.
    Make them know the truth. Force them to be free.

    Don't wait to do it all at once. Start now. Do it whenever you can. Keep doing it. Give it away as fast as you get it as long as you can.
    Doing it in the hip community is horse shit. Doing it at the Be-In is
horse shit. Man, you don't have to tell us about it.
    Cast your seed & pray the ground is fertile.
    DO WHAT YOU WANT TO DO.
    Have faith.

    If all the psychedelic people say is true, it'll work.
    If it isn't true, the whole city will become a lynch mob after us. After
every hippy & longhair. Us.
    Put your money where your mouth is, now.
    In our time, not theirs. On our terms, not theirs. Choosing our own weapons. Do it our way & do it now.
    Without organization or plans or leaders or any of the rest of their dead weight shit.
    And do it because it is fun. Play it for laughs. Save the world for kicks. A practical joke.

    Start now. (Let us begin.)
    Do what you believe in.
    Either do it or forget it.
    No more sitting around & talking about it. No more psychedelic circle jerks. You've got it, you know how it works, you know what it'll do.
Do it. Otherwise go home.

printed by
the communication company                        1/28/67
As I said, the above bit is from January 1967 and is by the San Francisco Diggers. It is here for three reasons: I like the Diggers, without agreeing with them; I will soon write more about the Diggers (and a first part is here, the second part here) ; and the above is a good example of how radical the Diggers were. For what they were plugging in the above is the giving of psychedelic drugs to ordinary people. And note
that the above is the second of two parts, and the first part is
here.

Note
[1] These are aphorisms of my own. I like them and therefore reproduce them. Nicolas Chamfort was French and lived from 1741-1794. He was extremely witty. (And I admit neither he nor I are friendly about the majority.)

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