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Monday, June 26, 2017

Crisis: NSA, Nader, Disabled in USA, No Truthers, McGovern On Syria - Hannah Arendt


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Introduction

1. Summary
2. Crisis Files
3. A quote by Hannah Arendt
Introduction:

This is a Nederlog of Monday, June 26, 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.

Since I am still looking at 35 sites every morning what I will do is to list the items I selected as worth reading, 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.

2. 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. NSA Uses Trick to Spy On Americans
2. Ralph Nader: The Democrats Are Unable to Defend the U.S.
     from the “Most Vicious” Republican Party in History
3. Disabled Activists Put Their Bodies on the Line to Defend
     Health Care
4. Why the Right Wing's War on Facts Is Driving the Divide in
     America
5. Intel Behind Trump’s Syria Attack Questioned
These are all well worth reading.

3. A quote by Hannah Arendt

I have very little time today so this is a brief file, but here is a quote from Hannah Arendt (from item 4 above):
The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the convinced Communist, but people for whom the distinction between true and false no longer exists.
What I learned in the "University" of Amsterdam, starting in 1977, was this sick and contradictory lie - and I quote professor Brandt who was doing the official and public opening of the "University" of Amsterdam, and this is a literal quote, translated from the Dutch:
"Everybody knows that truth does not exist"
It also turned out that this point of view was very much respected and very much practised in all of the "University" of Amsterdam: 90% of the students and nearly 100% of the staff fully agreed - from 1977 till 1995.

And I was very briefly before taking my M.A. examination in philosophy kicked from the "University" of Amsterdam's faculty of philosophy because I was not a Marxist; because I criticized the above sick, degenerate and contradictory lie; because I criticized the utterly incompetent parasites who "taught" philosophy; and because I had created a student party that was for real science and real truth.

And therefore I - the son of a prominent communist who had survived over 3 years and 9 months of German concentration camps; the grandson of a communist who was murdered in a German concentration camp; the grandson of two lifelong anarchists - was very many times called (in public) "a fascist" (in various degrees of unwashedness) and also "a terrorist", "a terrorist", "a terrorist" in 1988.

So there went 23 years of my studying philosophy: Kicked out of the faculty of philiosophy because I ws a proponent of science, rationality and truth, and because I was not a Marxist nor did I want to pretend to be one.

More about this later, for the "University" of Amsterdam has refused to answer any of my many letters and mails since 1988: I was "a fascist terrorist" according to them, because I believed in real science and real truth.

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