A. Selections from
October 15, 2017
This is a Nederlog of Sunday, October 15,
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 will
continue with it.
moment and since nearly two years (!!!!) I have
problems with the company that is
supposed to take care that my site is visible 
and with my health, but I am still writing a Nederlog every day and
2. Crisis Files
are five crisis files that are all well worth reading:
Selections from October 15, 2017
Trump’s War on Knowledge
2. Donald Trump and the Rage of Rural Voters
3. Mika Brzezinski Believes John Kelly Is Moving to
Oust Trump from Office
4. Artist Ai Weiwei on
the Ingredients for Effective
5. Is the 25th Amendment a
Solution to Trump
items 1 - 5 are today's selections from the 35 sites that I look at
every morning. The indented text under each link is quoted from the
link that starts the item. Unindented text is by me:
War on Knowledge
article is by Ariel Dorfman on The New York Review of Books.This article starts as
The date October
12 has been much on my mind this year. It was on this day
in 1936 that the fascist forces of General Francisco Franco celebrated
El Día de la Raza, the Hispanic world’s alternate version of
Columbus Day. (...) In front of numerous dignitaries and emboldened by
a mob of nationalist youth and legionnaires, Franco’s friend and mentor
General José Millán Astray desecrated that temple of learning with six
words: ¡Abajo la inteligencia! ¡Viva la muerte! (“Down with
intelligence! Long live death!”)
say. I agree this
sounds extremely stupid, extremely ignorant and - in
the mouth of a general - extremely dangerous, but then again I
have been meanwhile also convinced that something much like this
attitude, and certainly its first half, “Down with
intelligence!”, is now very
widespread in the world. 
it has been abled to spread very much especially thanks to the
"social media" - which should be called the a-social media,
because they are the very dedicated spreaders of lies, propaganda,
that mostly appeal to the half of
humanity with very little real education and very
little or no ability
to think rationally
themselves, that also normally
operate anonymously on the internet, and that must number
billion persons only on Facebook , whose
IQs are maximally 100, but who now all can "write"
their opinions on Facebook and elsewhere, and do so in good part with
More below. First there is this in the article (after considerably more
that I skip and leave to your interests):
There has always been a
disturbing strand of anti-intellectualism in American life—the very
title of Richard Hofstadter’s 1963 book—but never has an occupant of
the White House exhibited such a toxic mix of ignorance and mendacity,
such lack of intellectual curiosity and disregard for rigorous analysis
(despite his untested boast that his IQ is “one of the highest,”
certainly higher than Obama’s and a host of other worthies’).
“The experts are terrible,”
Donald Trump said during his campaign. “Look at the mess we’re in with
all these experts that we have.” It is hardly surprising, then, that
his administration is over-stocked with know-nothing fundamentalists.
Across the board, he has appointed amateurs who are hostile to science
and sport obscurantism as a badge of honor. Accordingly, the policies
they have adopted are as stultifying as they are noxious.
indeed - but the big
difference compared with ALL the foregoing times is that
there are now
two billion members on Facebook alone, each of whom can write his or
her opinions, and can quote anything, while at least half of
IQs that are maximally 100.
is totally new in history, and it does
lead rather automatically to the widespread popularity of opinions like
this, that seem most appealing to the billion members of Facebook whose
IQ is maximally 100:
inteligencia! ¡Viva la muerte!
Still more urgently
apocalyptic than these policies is the “oppressive ignorance”—to borrow
Tom Nichols’s phrase from The Death of Expertise—President
Trump has displayed when he threatened to “totally destroy” North
Korea. Trump evidently neither knows nor cares that such an action
would violate the Geneva Conventions, the conclusions of the Nuremburg
Tribunal, and the UN Charter. It is frightening that this felonious
stupidity has not aroused more revulsion among US citizens.
if the majority of "US citiziens" who now can write and publish
please on internet simply is too stupid and too ignorant to see
the stupidity and the ignorance of their president?
And that seems to be the real situation
and I - who does belong to the
small minority of the truly intelligent and well-educated ones - am
very frightened by it, and do not know what to
do about it.
This article is recommended, even though it does not
address the real
problem, which is more than a billion of utterly untalented and
ignorant "writers" with an IQ of maximally 100 who are the favorite
audience of Suckerbug's F..book because they are stupid and
and can be mostly manipulated, and also are mostly manipulated,
cynical appeals to their massive ignorance and stupidity.
For me this is extremely frightening, and no: I
am not going to
"communicate" with the half of humanity whose maximum IQ is 100,
all can "write" and troll and scold anyone, and nearly all
anonymously (for me, though not for the secret services).
And this is a recommended article (recommended
by someone whose IQ and
whose learning are in the highest 1%, which makes him rather rare on
Trump and the Rage of Rural Voters
article is by Kevin Drum
on Mother Jones. This is from near the beginning (and this article can
be seen as a continuation of the previous article):
French (..) a conservative lawyer - MM] wrote not about the alt-right,
about ordinary rural conservatives who
Trump is stoking
a particularly destructive form of rage — and his followers don’t just
allow themselves to be stoked, they attack Trump’s targets with glee.
Where does this end? Does
this rural rage become a permanent part of American life? Or does
something happen to finally let the air out of it?
And I have never in my adult life seen such anger.
There is a near-universal hatred of the media. There is a
near-universal hatred of the so-called “elite.” If a person
finds out that I didn’t support Trump, I’ll often watch their face
transform into a mask of rage. Partisans are so primed to fight — and they so clearly
define whom they’re fighting against — that they often don’t care whom
or what they’re fighting for….Don’t like the media? Shut it down. Don’t
like kneeling football players? Make them stand. Tired of American
weakness overseas? Cheer incoherent and reckless tweets as evidence of
think that the billion or so
persons on Facebook whose IQ is maximally 100 and whose ideas are often
both primitive and quite totalitarian
will be a very major influence in
the coming years, simply because they all can "write", and they all can
more or less as pleased by cynical manpulators.
Brzezinski Believes John Kelly Is Moving to Oust Trump from Office
is by Travis Getty on AlterNet and originally on Raw Story. It starts
MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough
said the president’s behavior is growing increasingly “erratic” — and
co-host Mika Brzezinski suggested his Cabinet may be preparing a
The “Morning Joe” host
and his panelists reacted to the alarming Vanity Fair report that
described the crisis within the White House, where aides say the
president is “unraveling” in a job he’s not suited to hold.
Brzezinski said. “He’s probably going crazy.”
In fact, I
article because Mika Brzezinski is the daughter of Zbigniew
Brzezinski (<-Wikipedia, who was a very strong American
player in American foreign policies and security for more than fifty
attended me (quite
unwittingly, and thanks to Stephen Spender's
The Year of the Young Rebels, that I first bought and
read in 1970 ) on the real forces
designed the internet so as to become what it has become: The spies
and controllers of authoritarian and neofascistic
who can and do use it to get to know everyone in
secret, so as to control them in secret (as indeed is also
done by many of the rich corporate entities).
This is from Spender's book
(from 1969), and that was first
quoted by me in 2012:
idea of the
technotronic society seems to be under the auspices
Brezezinski, until recently a member of the
Staff of the State Department, and now Director
Research Institute of Communist Affairs at Columbia
The 'techno- tronic society' seems to be the exact
society of 'spontaneity' demanded by revolutionary
students, who Mr Brezezinskin evidently regards
throw-backs, survivors of Romantic days, forlornly playing
Mr Brezezinski does not expect that the Luddite
anarchy will seriously obstruct the new order.
'it will soon be possible to assert almost continuous
surveillance over every citizen and maintain up-to-date,
containing even personal information about
personal behaviour of the citizen, in addition
customary data.' Moreover it will be possible
and plan to meet any uprisings in the future.
will even be able to forecast crises before the rioters
conscious of wanting them.
Apart from the long discarded term
sketches (in 1967 or 1968) precisely what the
become since 1997, and since I do not know of anybody
who could make accurate technological predictions into the future of 30
or more years, I do not think this
holds for Mr Brzezinski
either: He predicted it because he was planning
it, and his plans
Mika is a bit interesting to me because she is Brzezinski's daughter,
and because she and Joe Scarborough do look much as if they are
imporant public players who implement the policies of the American Deep
State a.k.a. the military-industrial
complex, that very probably knew
Trump is insane
long before he was elected president, and who are now
trying to remove him because he is unmanageable and quite risky:
Brzezinski, who have known the president for years, said Trump spent
most of his career greeting associates and well-wishers in his office,
fielding phone calls and gossiping with reporters — but all that has
changed in the White House.
“When he wasn’t isolated,
he had people like Omarosa (Manigault) giving him
things that got him spinned up and made him act erratically,”
Scarborough said. “What we have found through this analysis is, when
the president is isolated from people, he’s erratic. When the president
is surrounded by people, he’s erratic.”
Chief of staff John Kelly
hasn’t been able to stop the chaos since taking the job, and even
Trump’s longtime friend Tom Barrack is expressing concern about the
president’s temperament and fitness.
I think that
is mostly correct, but as I indicated I also think this is just
the surface: much more is brewing under the surface,
but then I
agree I also do not have Zbigniew
Brzezinski's grasp of the things the NSA etc. do.
as to Trump: I - a psychologist -
think he is mad, and that as such he is a worse risk than virtually
anyone else. I very much dislike the NSA, the Deep State,
American military-industrial complex, but if these succeed in
making this madman disappear before he launches nuclear arms, I
think that outcome is much desirable over a nuclear war.
Ai Weiwei on the Ingredients for Effective Activism
This article is by Jordan
Riefe on Truthdig. This article starts as follows:
In 2003, artist
and activist Ai Weiwei landed a plum commission from the Chinese
government: designing the Beijing National Stadium (the “Bird’s
Nest”), which became a symbol for the 2008 Summer Olympics. The
government’s decision was in part due to Ai’s unique vision, honed by a
decade of living and working in New York’s art scene, but it also might
have been an attempt to mend fences. Ai’s father, poet Ai Qing, was a
dissident who spent roughly 20 years in exile until he was reinstated
following the death of Mao Zedong. Ai was raised in the dire conditions
of a refugee before finally moving to Beijing in the late 1970s to
study art. Although jailed by the Chinese government in 2011 for his
political activism, this experience hasn’t stopped him from speaking
out for human rights.
Yes indeed. And this is
here mostly because I like and admire Ai Weiwei. Here is
Jordan Riefe: The
biggest political problem facing refugees isn’t just leadership in
Europe and North America, but emboldened racist and nationalistic
sentiments among populations.
Ai Weiwei: I think
it’s become so obvious. People are not hiding their shameful ideas.
They’re even proud to show them. The idea, “America First,” that openly
[boasts of] the superiority of the United States. All of those ideas
are so out of date. It means you discriminate and dissociate yourself
from the rest of the world. You have the wrong image and the wrong
approach to the human condition.
indeed - but then see
item 1 and item 2
above for my explanation about how human history got
radically changed by the
admission of more that a billion "writers"
without intelligence and without knowledge,
who are free to utter what
they are manipulated to feel.
I agree with Ai Weiwei, but about a billion "writers"
on Facebook very
probably do not.
And there is this from the ending:
I quite agree with this. And
this is a recommended article.
JR: President Xi
Jinping has cracked down on free speech since taking office. What gives
you confidence going forward?
AW: I have no
confidence in whoever or whatever powers that be. You have to examine
it by policy.
5. Is the
25th Amendment a Solution to Trump Madness?
This article is by Jefferson Morley on AlterNet. This
starts as follows:
The 25th Amendment to the
U.S. Constitution provides for the succession of power when the
president is “unable
to discharge the powers and duties of his office." It empowers the
vice president and a majority of the Cabinet to remove an incapable
president, over his objections, with the approval of two-thirds
of both houses of Congress.
As alarm about Trump’s
mental state ripples from the 30
percent of Americans who think it is "poor" to the 62,000 mental
health professionals who have signed a letter
of warning to Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.)—who worries about
Trump starting World
War III—to the White House staffers who think he is "unraveling,"
the 25th Amendment is now getting attention previously devoted to the
Constitution’s provisions for impeachment.
Yes indeed, and ths
is also an adequate summary, except that it misses a link to
is some further
background, that gives reasons and evidence that - it seems - quite a
few Republicans now also are aware that Trump is either not sane
and 62,000 other psychologists
think) or else (and in any case) cannot
be relied upon to behave rationally:
That is all correct. Here is
Ever since Trump’s
unhinged speech in Phoenix in August, his erratic behavior has shifted
attention from his political actions to the underlying question of his
“I really question his
ability to be—his fitness to be—in this office,” former director of
national intelligence James
R. Clapper Jr. said after Trump's rambling
speech to a crowd of supporters who grew bored
and puzzled by his ranting.
That view seems to be
gaining credence within Trump’s own camp.
In August, Secretary of
State Rex Tillerson called a Trump a "moron"
after the president demanded a 10-fold increase in the size of the U.S.
Numerous reports from the
White House indicate that Chief of Staff John Kelly is tightly
controlling access to Trump in order to curb his self-destructive
While the 25th Amendment
solution now seems highly unlikely, it was highly unlikely nine months
ago that any Cabinet member would disparage Trump’s intelligence (and not
publicly deny that he had done so), or that Bannon, of all people,
would see the 25th Amendment as a threat to Trump's presidency.
A year from now, things
could be very different. If Trump has failed to pass tax cuts or tax
reform; stumbled into war in North Korea or Iran; and alienated more
GOP allies with his “malignant
narcissism," the feeling that he is simply incapable of carrying
out the duties of office may well grow and spread within his own
but note the very
dangerous possibility that Trump may need to stumble first "into war in North Korea or Iran" (which both may be nuclear wars, that
involve some 120 million persons in Korea and Iran).
Here is the end of
In short, if the problem
is that the president is clinically incompetent, the solution is the
25th Amendment. If the problem is that the president is
constitutionally dangerous, the solution is impeachment. If the
president is both—and there is plenty of evidence that he is—the
country will have to choose between the political remedy and the
that "there is plenty of evidence" that Trump is both "clinically incompetent" and "constitutionally
dangerous" but I think it is
considerably less likely that "the
country" will have or make a real
choice than that the Deep
State or the military-industrial
be able (somehow) to get rid of him.
But this is a recommended article, for nearly everything in it seems
 I have now been saying since the
end of 2015 that
xs4all.nl is systematically
ruining my site by NOT updating it within a few seconds,
as it did between 1996 and 2015, but by updating it between
two to seven days later, that is, if I am lucky.
claimed that my site was wrongly named in html: A lie.
They have claimed that my operating system was out of date: A lie.
just don't care for my site, my interests, my values or my
ideas. They have behaved now for 1 1/2 years as if they are the
eagerly willing instruments of the US's secret services, which I will
from now on suppose they are (for truth is dead in Holland).
two reasons I remain with xs4all is that my site has been
there since 1996, and I have no reasons whatsoever to suppose that any
other Dutch provider is any better (!!).
 In fact, I first ran into this nearly
forty years ago, in the "University" of Amsterdam (UvA), when this
officially and publicly opened by professor Brandt, who undoubtedly
stated the opinions of the Board of Directors of the UvA when he said
(opening the academic year of a university), when he uttered the gross
and self-contradictory lie that
knows that truth does NOT exist"
protested, but was defeated - and I was one of the maximally 5% who
protest this fascistic
lie (according to Hannah Arendt).
in the UvA embraced it, from 1978 till 1995, at least.
And this was long before the billion or more totally ignorant and
anonymous "writers" were unleashed on the internet by
Facebook and Twitter, who all can scold anyone who is more intelligent
than they are, and who massively do so. And see item
1 and item 2.
 The calculation is pretty simple:
Facebook has more than two billion members; half of all people
that there are
has an IQ of maximally 100; therefore it is very
probable that at least
half of the people on Facebook have an IQ of maximally 100.
And all of them now can "write" and quote what they
please, and do so
And this means that there is about a billion times more bullshit
by internet (at least) than before the internet, when - for the
part - it required at least some intelligence and some
knowledge to get
published by someone.
 In fact, Spender's "The Year of the Young Rebels" is the best
book that I have read about the
events in France in May and June of 1968 (<-Wikipedia). I
visited France in both May and June of 1968, and this is how I
also got interested in the
near revolution that then happened, and how I got to buy and read
Spender's book in 1970.
Then again, like very many really good
things: There is not a trace of it on the internet
(and for all I know
I am the only one who read it who is still alive).
(The quotes I gave from it are literal.)