A. Selections from
October 21, 2017
This is a Nederlog of Saturday, October 21,
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 21, 2017
Bank Downgrades Chipotle, Complaining It Pays
Workers Too Much. Chipotle
Says That’s Bunk.
2. Mike Pompeo: Trump's CIA Will Be a 'More Vicious
3. The Big Lie Pays Off: Trump Voters Believe Fake
News (About the News Being
4. Clinton, Assange
and the War on Truth
5. Trump and the Second Coming of Nuclear
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:
Downgrades Chipotle, Complaining It Pays Workers Too Much. Chipotle
Says That’s Bunk.
article is by Ada Chavez on The Intercept. It starts as follows (and is
- it seems - about something I have been expecting):
Bank of America Merrill Lynch downgraded
Chipotle and warned investors that the stock will “underperform,”
complaining that the restaurant chain is paying its workers too much,
and that cutting labor costs further will be difficult for the chain.
“We are downgrading Chipotle to Underperform
from Neutral as we believe, assuming no significant tax reform, that
2018 and 2019 consensus EPS needs to drop at least 10 percent,” analyst
Gregory Francfort told CNBC Wednesday. “We believe further gains from
trimming hours will prove difficult which limits the opportunity to get
labor below 27 percent of sales even if traffic recovers.”
I wrote ¨- it seems -" in my
because the article is not very clear, but what I expected is
that the banks, that are by now mostly uncontrolled because
most or all of those who were elected to control them, are now
implementing the desires of the rich onto the corporations that are not
And they do this as said: By increasing the
interests on those corporations they believe pay their workers too much.
That is what I believe Ada Chavez is
- but I agree the reporting is not clear.
Here is one other bit:
The downgrade is a
symptom of Wall
Street’s maniacal obsession with labor costs.
The Bank of America analysis cut the 2017
earnings estimate from $7.60 to $7.40, and the 2018 estimate $10.50 to
$9.50, according to the report. Meanwhile, Chipotle CEO Steve Ells
raked in $15.7 million in 2016. Nonexecutives are not getting rich
stuffing tortillas at Chipotle; the typical worker makes a little
more than $9/hr.
I read this as saying: The Bank of America
thinks $9 an hour is too much, and therefore increased
the interest the
Chipotle corporation has to pay them.
If so, it is evident manipulation
by the very rich of the rich to bring down the payments to the poor in
order to increase the payments of the rich, but I am
willing to agree this rather horrible news is not quite clear in the
Pompeo: Trump's CIA Will Be a 'More Vicious Agency'
This article is by
Andrea Germanos on Truthdig. It starts as follows (and is also about
something I have been expecting):
According to Mike Pompeo,
the agency he leads—which has supported coups across the globe, engaged
in targeted killings, and led a detention and torture program—has not
been harsh enough.
at a Foundation for Defense of Democracies forum, the CIA director, who
has signaled suport
for torture, said “we’ve now laid out a strategy for how we’re going to
execute our strategy with incredible vigor. We’re going to become a
much more vicious agency in ensuring that we are delivering this work.
We are going to go to the hardest places with some of the hardest
people and of our organization to crush it.”
President Donald Trump,
he said, “has promised that he will have our backs and that he will
I take it
that Pompeo means
that he will send many more people he wants to obtain
(false or not) to Syria and other places with trained torturers to
their nails torn out and their genitals electrocuted.
And I am fairly certain
this is what he does mean. This also applies to the other bit
that I quote from this article:
He also said section 702
of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act “was skewed by Edward
Snowden,” adding that he’s “very hopeful that Congress will renew” the
surveillance authority, which is set to sunset at the end of the year
unless Congress renews it. Digital rights group Electronic Frontier
Foundation, meanwhile, has called it
a “key legal linchpin for the National Security Agency’s vast Internet
I am afraid most of
Congress is bought by the rich, and that most of the rich are willing
to have others do whatever helps keeping and increasing their riches.
And this is a recommended
Big Lie Pays Off: Trump Voters Believe Fake News (About the News Being
article is by Heather Digby Parton on AlterNet. I start after the
beginning, by quoting a report on a
poll done by Politico:
37 percent of voters think the media do not fabricate stories, the poll
shows, while the remaining 17 percent are undecided.
than three-quarters of Republican voters, 76 percent, think the news
media invent stories about Trump and his administration, compared with
only 11 percent who don’t think so. Among Democrats, one-in-five think
the media make up stories, but a 65 percent majority think they do not.
Forty-four percent of independent voters think the media make up
stories about Trump, and 31 percent think they do not.
the voters who strongly approve of Trump’s job performance in the poll,
85 percent believe the media fabricate stories about the president and
I say! I am
reading this in
a rather different way than Parton does, it seems, for I am not
interested in what Republicans believe , while I
infer from what she
reports that (according to the Politico poll) only 1 in 5 Democrats
believe that the propaganda, the lies and the deceptions they read in
the mainstream media are just that: 2 out of 3 (¨a 65 percent majority¨) seem to believe that ¨ẗhe media¨ don´t
lie (according to that poll).
Here is Parton:
I am among the 37 percent
who believe the president is exactly what we see: an unqualified,
wealthy egomaniac who won the presidency on a fluke and is in so far
over his head that he's incapable of doing the job. There is no plan
and there is no no vision.
sorry, but I
belong to the well-educated and intelligent small minority who also
does not believe that: I am a psychologist who believes that Trump is mad and I also
believe that Trump has a
vision, namely neofascism,
and he is indulging that vision as well as
he can (though I allow that his madness makes this more difficult).
Here is the last bit
that I quote from this article:
people in the national press are now waking up to the consequences
of years of excusing and enabling the right's undemocratic tactics, but
they have yet to fully account for their role in it. After all, they
eagerly embraced the last Republican Big Lie: the invasion of Iraq.
It's undoubtedly the case that some number of those citizens who think
the media is fabricating news stories today remember that.
Nonetheless, if nearly half
the country believes the fake news that the news is fake, and the other half is being gaslit, we have a
bigger problem on our hands than Donald Trump. It means we're losing
our grip on reality itself.
of all, I am
following the news much more closely than almost anyone else,
have been reading 35 sites every day for over 4 years, and writing
reviews on what I read, and I have not seen much news that
supports Parton´s statement that ¨[m]any people in the national press are now waking up
to the consequences of years of excusing and enabling the right's
And second, if one writes that ¨It's undoubtedly the case that some number of
who think the media is fabricating news stories today remember¨ something, you might as well
that it is undoubteldy the case that ¨some number of people¨ still
support the idea
I take it
that as many 2 out of 3 of all Americans who support the Democrats
believe (and read and trust) the lies, the propaganda and
they read in the mainstream media.
Assange and the War on Truth
article is by John
Pilger on Consortiumnews. It starts as follows:
16, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation aired an interview with
Hillary Clinton: one of many to promote her score-settling book about
why she was not elected President of the United States.
Wading through the
Clinton book, What Happened, is an unpleasant experience,
like a stomach upset. Smears and tears. Threats and enemies. “They”
(voters) were brainwashed and herded against her by the odious Donald
Trump in cahoots with sinister Slavs sent from the great darkness known
as Russia, assisted by an Australian “nihilist,” Julian Assange.
In The New
York Times, there was a striking photograph of a female reporter
consoling Clinton, having just interviewed her. The lost leader was,
above all, “absolutely a feminist.”
say, although I am
quite willing to trust John Pilger. This
is on the amazingly gifted or extremely much lying journalist who
interviewed Clinton (who even seems to feel Clinton´s aches as if they
are her own):
Quite so, and here are a few
of the facts:
In New York
magazine, Rebecca Trainster wrote that Clinton was finally “expressing
some righteous anger.” It was even hard for her to smile: “so hard that
the muscles in her face ache.” Surely, she concluded, “if we allowed
women’s resentments the same bearing we allow men’s grudges, America
would be forced to reckon with the fact that all these angry women
might just have a point.”
Drivel such as this,
trivializing women’s struggles, marks the media hagiographies of
As Secretary of State,
she approved the world’s biggest ever arms sale to her benefactors in
Saudi Arabia, worth more than $80 billion. Thanks to her, U.S. arms
sales to the world – for use in stricken countries like Yemen – doubled.
This was revealed by
WikiLeaks and published by The New York Times. No
one doubts the emails are authentic. The subsequent campaign to smear
WikiLeaks and its editor-in-chief, Julian Assange, as “agents of
Russia,” has grown into a spectacular fantasy known as “Russiagate.”
The “plot” is said to have been signed off on by Vladimir Putin
himself. There is not a shred of public evidence.
There is much
with fairly extensive quotations from this rather amazingly
interview of Hillary The Multimillionaire Clinton, who became a
multimillionaire with her husband, because they
the American population to the rich bankers and were (I agree)
handsomely rewarded for doing so by the same bankers.
At least that is how I
see it, but then indeed I am also not
a heavily paid liar
for the mainstream media. And I will not quote from
Clinton´s sick and false interviews, but do recommend them to
The article ends as follows:
The first serious
attacks on Assange came from the Guardian, which, like a spurned lover,
turned on its besieged former source, having hugely profited from
WikiLeaks’ disclosures. With not a penny going to Assange or WikiLeaks,
a Guardian book led to a lucrative Hollywood movie deal. Assange was
portrayed as “callous” and a “damaged personality.”
Today, Assange remains a political refugee from the war-making dark
state of which Donald Trump is a caricature and Hillary Clinton the
embodiment. His resilience and courage are astonishing. Unlike him, his
tormentors are cowards.
agree with John Pilger and this is a recommended article.
and the Second Coming of Nuclear Nightmares (Literally)
This article is by Rick Salutin on Common Dreams. It
starts as follows:
The first age of nuclear
nightmares came in the 1950s and 1960s. They chiefly afflicted the
young. Their parents had experienced nuclear realities by way of bombs
on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. That was part of a war, and ended it. It was
normalized and rational, though in a basically ungraspable way.
Their kids grew up in a
peaceful world haunted by nuclear terrors. Their teachers taught them
to "duck and cover" beneath their desks if they saw the nuclear flash.
They had nightmares (and waking ones) of it. The only moment of
apparent imminence came during the 1962 Cuba Missile Crisis. It all
receded gradually, via détente, a non-proliferation treaty and the Cold
Now it's back. The minds of
the young (in particular) are haunted by nuclear annihilation.
am sorry, but I did
demonstrate quite a lot - from the early Sixties onwards -
nuclear arms. I was then quite young (in my teens)
but I recall this a bit
anti-nuclear campaigns were started by men like Bertrand
Pauling, and they were soon picked up by many people from the
Left, including my parents and quite a few others of their age.
And I do not
think that Rick Salutin´s story is quite like I
which I do think I do fairly well. Likewise, I have not seen
much evidence (in spite of reading 35 sites that are supposed to write
the news) that ¨(in
particular)¨ ¨[t]he minds of the young¨ are ¨haunted¨ - and I am sorry that this is
This is the other bit
that I quote from this article, that seems rather
strange from my point of view (and I almost certainly walked in
more demonstrations against nuclear arms since 1961 than did Salutin):
Now, remarkably, Corbyn
is young again! In a U.K. parliamentary debate on renewing the Trident
missile system, he was pilloried by his political and media peers for
saying, "I do not believe the threat of mass murder is a legitimate way
to go about dealing with international relations."
Another millennial I know
was inspired, almost transported, by those words. Corbyn has been
saying them in some form for half a century. The respectable voices in
politics and public discourse simply snicker at his phrasing. But when
the young hear it, in sober, adult forums, it gives them hope: they
In fact, what Corbyn says
is entirely sensible, it's pure reason, and when the nuclear flash
happens, and the skin is dripping off the faces of vast urban
populations, everyone will suddenly get it. The sages of Mutual Assured
Destruction will smack their own foreheads and say, "How did we miss
agree Corbyn has been
opposing nuclear arms for about the same time as I have (half a
century, and indeed Corbyn is one year older than I am and always
real social democrat, quite unlike nominal social democrats
Brown and most others who led and destroyed most of social
democrats in the name of neoliberalism).
But I am sorry: I am not
at all interested in what ¨the sages
Assured Destruction¨ will say after ¨the nuclear flash¨
happened, and I
find this a quite strange article.
 I have now been saying
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 (!!).
 And I am not, because the American population seems mostly
fairly split about the Republicans and the Democrats; because the
Republicans are certainly very much lying; while the half that votes
for the Republi- cans either are rich or are deceived by their many
lies (and anyway half of the American population has an IQ of 100
But I am interested in the beliefs of those who are Democrats (although
I also believe that the present leadership of the Democrats is about as
corrupt as the leadership of the Republicans).