from December 7, 2017
3. Extra: Ralph Nader:
The Republicans’ Devious Tax Attack on the
This is a Nederlog of Thursday, December 7,
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 two years (!!!!)
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
Section 2. Crisis Files
are five crisis files that are all well worth reading:
Selections from December 7, 2017
Daniel Ellsberg Reveals He was a Nuclear War
Planner, Warns of
Nuclear Winter & Global
2. Zero Hour in Palestine
3. The Last Refuge of Cowards
Last Thing America Needs Is Trump Armed with His Own
5. Roy Moore and the Triumph of Partisanship
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:
Ellsberg Reveals He was a Nuclear War Planner, Warns of Nuclear Winter
& Global Starvation
This article is by Amy Goodman and Juan González on
Democracy Now! It starts with the following introduction (bolding
between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un bring us to
the brink of nuclear war? As tensions ramp up, we discuss what nuclear
war would look like with a former nuclear war planner and one of the
world’s most famous whistleblowers—Daniel Ellsberg. In 1971, Ellsberg
was a high-level defense analyst when he leaked a top-secret report on
U.S. involvement in Vietnam to The New York Times and other
publications, which came to be known as the Pentagon Papers. He played
a key role in ending the Vietnam War. Few know Ellsberg was also a
Pentagon and White House consultant who drafted plans for nuclear war.
His new book, published Tuesday, is titled “The Doomsday
Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner.” We speak with
Ellsberg about his top-secret nuclear studies, his front row seat to
the Cuban missile crisis, whether Trump could start a nuclear war and
how contemporary whistleblowers Chelsea Manning and Ed Snowden are his
I say. And I think this is
a VERY important article that I STRONGLY recommend you
read all of, save it on your harddisk, and contemplate it again and
again, for this is the probable future of mankind: No Future at
all, not for human beings and not for most non-primitive animals.
Well, few know that 10 years before, in 1961, Daniel Ellsberg was a
consultant with the Pentagon and the the White House, where he drafted
plans for nuclear war. In his book, just out this week, titled The
Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner, Dan
Ellsberg reveals for the first time he also made copies of top-secret
documents from his nuclear studies—an entire second set of papers in
addition to the Pentagon Papers, for which he is known.
I say, again. Would Ellsberg be
arrested this time? (He is 86 now.) I have no idea, but here he is -
and read closely:
I was given the job of improving the Eisenhower plans, which was not a
very high bar, actually, at that time, because they were, on their
face, the worst plans in the history of warfare. A number of people who
saw them, but very few civilians ever got a look at them. In fact, the
joint chiefs couldn’t really get the targets out of General LeMay at
the Strategic Air Command.
And there was a good reason
for that: They were insane. They called for first-strike plans, which
was by order of President Eisenhower. He didn’t want any plan for
limited war of any kind with the Soviet Union, under any circumstances,
because that would enable the Army to ask for enormous numbers of
divisions or even tactical nuclear weapons to deal with the Soviets. So
he required that the only plan for fighting Soviets, under any
circumstances, such as an encounter in the Berlin corridor, the access
to West Berlin, or over Iran, which was already a flashpoint at that
point, or Yugoslavia, if they had gone in—however the war started—with
an uprising in East Germany, for example—however it got started,
Eisenhower’s directed plan was for all-out war, in a first initiation
of nuclear war, assuming the Soviets had not used nuclear weapons.
And that plan called, in
our first strike, for hitting every city—actually, every town over
25,000—in the USSR and every city in China.
A war with Russia would inevitably involve immediate attacks on every
city in China. In the course of doing this—pardon me—there were no
reserves. Everything was to be thrown as soon as it was available—it
was a vast trucking operation of thermonuclear weapons—over to the USSR, but not only the USSR.
The captive nations, the East Europe satellites in the Warsaw Pact,
were to be hit in their air defenses, which were all near cities, their
transport points, their communications of any kind. So they were to be
annihilated, as well.
This was and is stark
raving insanity - and you should realize or remember that this was in
the late Fifties and early Sixties, and that at the present time,
in the 2010s, there are hundreds, thousands, or tenthousands or
more nuclear arms than there were then, depending on how you count
them, numerically (the number of nuclear bombs) or in terms of
Here is more Ellsberg:
ELLSBERG: First I asked,
in the USSR and China alone, in the thought
that, by the way, they’d be embarrassed to discover—to say, “We have to
have more time. We’ve never really calculated that.” I was wrong. And
my friends were wrong in the Air Force. They came back with an answer
very quickly: 325 million people in the USSR
and China alone.
Well, then I asked, “All
right, how many altogether?” And a few days later, 100 million in East
Europe, the captive nations, another 100 million in West Europe, our
allies, from our own strikes, by fallout, depending on which way the
wind blew, and, however the wind blew, a third 100 million in adjoining
countries, neutral countries, like Austria and Finland, or Afghanistan
then, Japan, northern India and so forth—a total of 600 million people.
That was a time, by the way, when the population of the world was 3
billion. And that was an underestimate of their casualties—a hundred
Utter stark raving
insanity, though indeed not by Ellsberg: The
American Army, already in the Sixties,
counted with murdering 600 million people
(almost all civilians) at least
(and very probably many more).
Here is more:
ELLSBERG: Six hundred
million, that was a hundred Holocausts. And when I held the piece of
paper in my hand that had that figure, that they had sent out
unembarrassedly, you know, proudly, to the president—”Here’s what we
will do”—I thought, “This is the most evil plan that has ever existed.
It’s insane.” The weapons, the machinery that will carry this out, this
was no hypothetical plan, like Herman Kahn might have conceived at the
doomsday machine that he thought up at the RAND
Corporation as my colleague. This was an actual war plan for how we
would use the existing weapons, many of which I had seen already that
More utter insanity. Here is
the last bit that I quote from this excellent
ELLSBERG: But the recent
discussions of that, which emphasize his sole authority to do that,
don’t take account of the fact that he has authority to delegate. And
he has delegated. Every president has delegated. I don’t know the
details of what President Trump has done or since the Cold War. Every
president in the Cold War, right through Carter and Reagan, had
delegated, in fact, to theater commanders in case communications were
cut off. That means that the idea that the president is the only one
with sole power to issue an order that will be recognized as an
authentic authorized order is totally false.
How many fingers are on
buttons? Probably no president has ever really known the details of
In brief, very many
generals or indeed colonels may start a nuclear war that will murder
everybody. (And see Dr Strangelove,
that I strongly recommend: It is probably the best film I ever
saw, and it is both very funny and quite bitter.)
This is an excellent interview that is very strongly recommended. There is
considerably more in the original, that I very strongly recommend
you to read all of (and save it, and reconsider
it again later).
As I said before in Nederlog:
I have demonstrated against nuclear arms since 1959 or 1960
(because my parents were much opposed to them). And with an insane president like Trump,
I think I am optimistic
if I say that the chances are 50/50 at best that there will be no
nuclear war (that will destroy everyone) before 2022. 
Hour in Palestine
This article is by Chris Hedges on Truthdig. It starts as
by President Trump, who finds a soul mate in Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu, that he will move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem
solidifies our status, along with Israel, as a rogue state and an
international pariah. The United States long ago lost credibility as an
honest broker in any Mideast peace agreement. We have provided $38
billion in military aid to Israel over the last decade despite Israel’s
flagrant disregard for international law and its well-documented war
crimes. We do nothing to halt the expropriation of Palestinian
land. We give unequivocal support to Israeli attacks on Palestinians,
including the bombardment of largely defenseless civilians in Gaza,
that have left thousands of dead and destroyed whole neighborhoods.
Yes indeed - these are all
that also are very well-known to Chris Hedges,
for he is an Arab speaker who spent much time in the Middle East as war
Here is more:
The Trump decision
sends a message to those who demand justice for the Palestinian people:
Our only hope is to strengthen the boycott,
divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement to isolate and cripple
Israel. This would involve a robust boycott of Israeli cultural and
academic institutions. It demands divestment from companies with
financial interests in Israel. And it seeks to impose international
sanctions on the Jewish state. The goal of the BDS movement is to end
the Israeli occupation in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, achieve
equal rights for Palestinian citizens of Israel and ensure the right
of return for all Palestinian refugees in the diaspora. If we fail
to act we must accept our complicity in the slow-motion genocide of the
Yes, I agree.
Incidentally, my father and my
grandfather were in the Dutch communist resistance against the Nazis;
they were arrested in 1941, and condemned as ¨political terrorists¨ to concentration
camp imprisonments, where my grandfather was murdered, while my
father - barely - survived 3 years and more than 9 months of four of
these concentration camps.
Also, a personal detail: My father´s father had been married to
what was in Goebbel´s mad racism ¨a Jewess¨, who had given him two
children, of which my father was one, and who had then divorced him. It
follows that according to Goebbels´ mad racism my father was ¨a
Jew¨, although in fact he was an atheist since his
late teens, and his mother was a strong Protestant, as had been
his father until he lost his faith as well.
What was the supposed race of my mother´s parents and my mother I
have no idea of, except that my mother´s parents were anarchists most
of their lives, and also were complete atheists.
So... while I totally reject all racism and have been an
atheist all my life it is possible that I may be ¨a Jew¨ according to
Goebbel´s insane racism (and I am ¨a quarter Jew" according to
this madman´s insane racism). I do not
know; I do not know how to find out; and I
do not care, except by saying that I am a
total opponent of all racism and I am not and I never have been a Jew
in any religious sense.
Last Refuge of Cowards
article is by Peter
Woit on Woit´s site Not Even Wrong:
discussions from the 2018 Breakthrough Prize symposium are
available via Facebook video. They ended with the following, from prize
winner David Spergel:
Well, alright, I’m going to
say something that I probably shouldn’t say in Palo Alto. I don’t think
the multiverse is a testable and interesting scientific hypothesis. I
think it doesn’t explain anything.
The way the multiverse
tends to be used is together with the anthropic principle. The idea is
that the universe is the way it is because that’s the way we get to
live in it. I find the multiverse solutions to these problems, it’s a
lot like if you ask me “why am I wearing a black shirt today”. My
answer would be: “you wouldn’t have asked the question if I wasn’t
wearing a black shirt”. That’s not a satisfactory answer.
The way we have advanced in
science is by falsifiability. By developing hypotheses, testing them
(that’s why we do experiments) and ruling things out.
Ideas that are not
testable, it’s interesting metaphysics, perhaps interesting for
philosophers. What has driven four hundred years of scientific progress
is the fact that ideas can be wrong. And, the multiverse, I think is
kind of the last refuge of cowards… [nervous laughter from the
audience] That’s why it’s great to have tenure.
I say and I quite
agree, although I do not have the mathematics required to do or
properly understand string theory (and indeed also lack the interest
and the health to even try). Then again, I did read most of Feynman´s
three volumes of ¨Lectures
of Physics¨ back in the 1980ies, and understood most of it (I
That constitutes also
most of my knowledge of physics, that accordingly is mostly quite
outdated these days. But I still have an interest in it,
and I still agree with Richard Feynman
in his saying and complaining, back in the early 1980ies, that he
thought that string theory was untestable.
It still is, and a reason to deal with it
as a crisis subject is that this is also one of the very many radical declines in real science that I
have seen since the 1970ies.
This is a recommended
Last Thing America Needs Is Trump Armed with His Own Private CIA
article is by Jefferson Morley on AlterNet. It starts as follows:
President Trump is
maneuvering to establish his own intelligence service to do what the
CIA cannot or will not do for him.
to BuzzFeed, Trump is considering a proposal for a private company,
the Amyntor Group, “to
set up a large intelligence network and run counterterrorist propaganda
The Intercept reports the
plan was developed by Erik Prince, founder of the Blackwater private
security firm, with assistance from Oliver North, a key figure in
the Iran-Contra scandal of the 1980s. Their plan is an outgrowth of
Prince’s proposal, floated earlier this year, to privatize
U.S. covert operations in Afghanistan.
The goal is "to provide CIA
Director Mike Pompeo and the White House with a global, private spy
network that would circumvent official U.S. intelligence agencies.”
That is, Trump wants to
create is very own - privatized - Gestapo (= Secret
State Police), led by some of the worst terrorists
there are in the USA.
This is a recommended
Moore and the Triumph of Partisanship
article is by Michael Winship on Consortiumnews. This has a subtitle:
Partisanship has reached
such extremes in U.S. politics that Republicans are prepared to brush
aside multiple allegations that Roy Moore preyed on teen-age girls to
keep a Democrat from winning in Alabama, writes Michael Winship.
Yes indeed. Here is
Michael Winship on Moore:
(..) [I]nstead of
campaigning about how to get the federal government to help his state
pull itself from the clutches of such poverty, hunger and addiction,
Roy Moore acts like a crackpot false prophet, preaching Islamophobia,
homophobia and the dominance of “God’s law” over the Constitution;
denying the allegations of the many women who say he assaulted or
harassed or stalked them when they were teenagers (on Tuesday, a Moore
the accusers as “criminals”) and all the time hammering away
at his Democratic opponent Doug Jones on abortion.
Well... if that is
true, I think Moore is a sadist (which I
think that most powerful
men are who impose their sexual desire on women who are very much
less powerful than themselves), and he seems a rapist as well as insane
and a criminal.
And here is a
philosopher who ought to called
to the ¨University¨ of Amsterdam to teach
Then there’s Tully Borland,
philosophy professor at a Baptist university in Arkansas,
in The Federalist that relations between older
men and teenage girls are “not without some merit if one wants to raise
a large family,” but adding, “Moore was a dirtbag and is currently
lying about his actions rather than confessing the truth and asking for
forgiveness.” And then adding, “That being said, I don’t think it’s
wrong to vote for Moore.” As they used to say on Monty Python,
“There! I’ve run rings around you logically.”
No wonder my head hurts.
I am serious he is a perfect candidate for a
professorship in philosophy in the ¨University of Amsterdam¨, where almost everyone except professor Jon Dorling
- who was English and quite smart, for which reasons he was removed in
1992 as a philosopher teaching there, and may have suicided for that
reason  - believed and certainly practised
as if they all thought that
knows that truth
does NOT exist¨
since 1978. For that was the official ideology
of the ¨University¨ of Amsterdam from 1978 till 1995, at least.
(It probably still is, although it is repeated less, for they still
3. Extra: The
Republicans’ Devious Tax Attack on the People
article is by Ralph
Nader on Common Dreams. It starts as follows:
Have the Republican
greed-hound toadies gone too far? How much are the American people
going to take before they replace the reckless Republicans in the next
election? Low and middle-income Americans are bracing for the likely
passage of a Trump-supported tax bill that deviously redistributes even
more of the people’s income to the richest one percent (including a big
tax cut for Trump) and the unpatriotic giant corporations.
I quite agree with
Ralph Nader, although I may be more pessimistic
than he is, indeed for the simple reason that many of the ¨[l]ow and middle-income Americans¨ do not
read outside the mainstream media and the idiocies on Facebook.
Here is more:
Quite so, to the best of my - extensive - relevant knowledge.
And here is more:
Namely, this utterly
complex brew of greed and handouts for the super-rich gives a gut punch
to the masses, including people making below $30,000. Far from a tax
cut the Republicans are trying to peddle to the people, the Senate bill
is projected to add $1.5 trillion to the deficit over ten years to pay
for the huge tax cuts enriching the corporate plutocrats who are
laughing all the way to the bank. Such unsustainable losses in revenue
sets the stage for cutting Medicare, Medicaid and other critical
services to vulnerable Americans, with Republicans using the ballooning
deficit they created as their excuse.
Slashing and burning in
every direction, this legislation endangers the financial security of
regular Americans of every age, every occupation and, by ending many
deductions for local sales and income taxes, hurting state and local
To make matters
worse, Senate Republicans prevented their Democratic colleagues from
even seeing clean portions of the bill until just before the final vote
at 1:25 am on Saturday, December 2. When faced with such hyper-partisan
foul play, the Democrats should have shut the Senate down with a sit-in
until they were given a reasonable amount of time to read this raid on
the regular taxpayers, before the final vote.
I completely agree with
Nader, but to the best of my knowledge
the vast majority of both Republicans and Democrats is bought
i.e. corrupt, while everyone in the Senate has at least ten lobbyists.
Here is the last bit that I quote from this fine article:
The last minute
gifts to monied interests emerged as usual from the darkness at the
last minute – what the New York Times called “Last-Minute Breaks for
Developers, Banks and Oil Industry” plus tax breaks for offshore
profits by the likes of Pfizer, Google and Apple, lower taxes for the
top one percent, benefits for car dealers and other goodies for people
dealing with speculative security derivatives on Wall Street.
have been saying now for over a year: Trump is a neofascist who tries
to introduce neofascism
(in my sense) in the USA:
Neofascism is a. A social system that is
marked by a government with a centralized powerful authority, where
the opposition is propagandized and suppressed or censored, that
propounds an ethics which has profit as
its main norm, and that has a politics that is rightwing, nationalistic, pro-capitalist,
anti-liberal, anti-equality, and anti-leftist,
and that has a corporative
organization of the economy in which multi-national corporations are
stronger than a national government or state, b. A political philosophy or
movement based on or advocating such a social system.
And I think
Trump is succeeding. This is a strongly recommended article.
 I have now been
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 2 years
as if they are the
eagerly willing instruments of the US's secret services, which I
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 let me add something personal:
I have no family that I know or have seen since the middle
1960ies other than my brother (who doesn´t live in Holland since over
30 years); I am not married; I have no children; and I
am meanwhile 67, so I am not writing this, or Nederlog, or my
whole site of 500+ MB for myself.
I am writing my site because I am very much concerned
about the future of humanity, and because I am absolutely certain that
I have interesting ideas and original values.
But see note  above how this is appreciated in
Holland - where I have been literally terrorized for 7 years,
first by a madman no one protected myself or my ex from, and then by
illegal drugsdealers that were allowed, by mayor Van Thijn, his
aldermen, the city council, and all Amsterdam´s bureaucrats to gas
me (literally: I almost died) and threaten me with murder.
And no: I think protesting against the rich, against the ISPs, against
the politicians, against the bureaucrats in personal letters is
a total loss of time:
done so until the beginning of the 2000s, and although my letters
were excellent, they were never answered and they are
never answered): In Holland these are all neofascists
who have far too much power, no personal responsibility of any kind,
and who are all only interested in themselves and their
Then again, I agree this was all in Dutch, while the only thing
I know that the Dutch excelled in was helping to murder
Jews in World War II (namely: around 116,000), so maybe I
try to attack the sadistic
from the ¨University¨ of Amserdam, who let me be terrorized by a
sadistic madman for three years because I opposed them with a student
party, and because these sadistic terrorists are now all dead, so I can
say what I please about them.
You may find out later what I´ll do. (I am severely handicapped
by my diseases, which also forces me to remain in Holland, that I would
have escaped in 1980, at the latest, if I had been healthy.)
 I liked Jon Dorling, indeed as
the only philosopher I knew in the UvA whom I liked, for he was
quite intelligent and quite sensible. He was
nominated as a full professor, teaching the philosophy of science in
the UvA in 1980, as an Englishman with excellent degrees in medicine
and pohilosophy from Cambridge, and he also liked me and helped me
sometimes, though he did not understand my criticisms of the
UvA until it was too late.
The last time I saw him and talked some hours with him was in 1992,
in my own home, briefly after he had heard the news he was dismissed
from the UvA.
At the time I was quite ill (after 3 1/2 years of terrorism
and murder threats by the illegal
dealers in soft drugs that mayor Van Thijn had given permission to deal
soft drugs from the bottom floor of my house), while
Dorling struck me then, in 1992 (but not before, and I had
known him reasonably well since 1980) as being both quite hurt
and quite nervous or upset by his dismissal.
He was in his late forties in 1992, and he has not published anything
since 1991 and he also is difficult to find on the internet: There
is one paper by him, that is published by someone else
(who meanwhile died) but that is all.
Since he was quite young then, and since he also was quite confused and
quite hurt, I would not be amazed if he suicided, although I do
not know this.