3. Crisis Files
4. A bit about The Fugs
This is a Nederlog of Tuesday, June 20, 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 five 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 twelfth ten of my aphoristical reactions  to Chamfort's aphorisms:
It is with moral qualities as it is with the art of medicine: The good
that most men do, is motivated like the good most doctors do, viz.
Deserved wealth is nearly as much an oxymoron as is good evil.
One cannot be a thoroughly bad man without doing some good, just as
one cannot be a swindler without seeming honest.
If a Diogenes were to arise in modern society, he would be promptly put
in a madhouse.
There is no human society without deception and hypocrisy.
If one believes one can be a social success without being a hypocrite,
one knows neither men nor society.
In human society, nothing happens without some pretense.
To live in society is to play
a part all the time - and nearly all believe that the parts they
play are the individuals they are.
Seeing how much cruelty, stupidity and ignorance there is and always
was in human society, it is well to note that there always and
everywhere has been a small minority that knew how to avoid these human
shortcomings and weaknesses.
Nearly all men learn how to falsify themselves fundamentally, somewhere
between the ages of fifteen and twentyfive, so as to make some social
career, or live peacefully in society - and after that they believe all
their lives that they are the parts and roles they play.
There is hardly any succesful
deception of men without at least a little self-deception in the
It is a sobering thought that most men cannot be much better than they
There is more from where the above comes from.
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. Republican Data-Mining Firm Exposed Personal Information for
all well worth reading. There is a (small) bit about The Fugs in the next item.
Virtually Every American Voter
2. CIA No Longer Can Defend the Indefensible—Its Torture
3. Talking With My Friend About Trump
4. Supreme Court Delivers 'Dangerous Message': Immunity for
Former Bush Officials Over 9/11 Detentions
5. THE FUGS - "Exorcism of the White House" (2017, Official
4. A bit about The Fugs
In fact, I know about The Fugs
(<- Wikipedia) since over 50 years, and indeed they exist since late
1964. I do recall hearing some of their music between 1967 and 1969
(someone had at least one record), but that's about it, which is - in
part, at least - explained by the fact that I was 17 in 1967, always
was Dutch, and lived most of my life in Amsterdam, Holland.
And I got the above fifth item - THE FUGS - "Exorcism of the White House" (2017, Official Video) - by way of the website of Ed Sanders (<-Wikipedia) and I was interested in him (again) because I found his name in the context of the San Francisco Diggers (about whom you can find some more on my site here and here). So that's how I found the above fifth item.
As to the exorcism: If you believe in its literal truth you are far
too silly to pay attention to. It's a metaphor and it expresses a strong
dislike of Trump, which I share. And I recommend you follow the text
(and discard all references to divinities and angels). It probably
won't make any real difference, but I liked its dislike of Trump.
 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