3. Crisis Files
This is a Nederlog of Monday, June 19, 2017.
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.
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.
As I have said above, I am writing less these weeks for various
reasons. These are the eleventh ten of my aphoristical reactions  to Chamfort's aphorisms:
Very few people like men who are evidently more honest or more
intelligent than they are.
Lord Chesterfield famously and rightly remarked that "If you want to be
pleased, then please!". It is the same with great gifts: if the
majority is not pleased with what one does with them, one is despised
rather than admired, since one is not like ordinary folks.
Almost always, it are the vain who become socially successful, and
always only the vain desire to be a social success.
Those whose end is a happy life rarely find it. If you want to be
happy, try to become just or learned or able, and hope for the best.
What tends to keep the unhappy
from suicide is some chance that things might get better, eventually,
somehow - and indeed they may, though rarely as one thinks or hopes.
What is truly in one's power is only what is here and now - everything
else is past or hope.
Society gives greater opportunities for everyone to serve their own
interests - which includes the opportunities of the liars, the cheats,
and the hypocrites, who usually are in vast majority.
If one wants to avoid the bad,
the mad, and the mediocre, one must form a very small and restricted
Those who have feared the Lord invariably feared the self-proclaimed
servants of the Lord or their lies.
There is no religion without
irrational fears, cruel punishments, and false promises.
The ordinary weaknesses of ordinary men have prevented much harm and
Animals can feel, and machines can calculate: only man can do both.
In humans, intelligence is a
kind of feeling and vision, namely for what is rational, what is
effective, what works in practice, or explains in principle. It moves
by generalities, intimations, and guesses, and should not be confused
with the treatises or verbal sum-ups it gives rise to.
Real goodness requires highmindedness, because it requires defying the
indifference or prejudice of the majority.
There is more from where the above comes from. And the last one - like all the others - is from 2008, that is from pre-Trump days.
3. Crisis Files
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
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
Here is today's selection:
1. We Can’t Fight Climate Change if We Keep Lying to Ourselves
all well worth reading (and the last one is the first decent exposition
about "the summer of love" that I read that was written this year).
2. The History Channel Is Finally Telling the Stunning Secret Story
of the War on Drugs
3. President Macron’s Party Dominates French Parliamentary
4. Putting Profits Ahead of Patients
5. Why Mainstream Media Represents the View of Billionaires …
Instead of Average Americans
6. The Summer of Love and the Winter of National Insecurity
 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.) Also, while I
say these are "ten aphorisms", there usually are more: I am speaking of
"ten" due to the original grouping (which has been deleted in this