from December 24, 2017.
This is a Nederlog of Sunday, December 24,
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 24, 2017
GOP's New Hunt For 'Crooked Hillary'
2. How Trump and Tillerson Trashed the State Department
3. Forbidden Words
4. What We Don’t Talk about When We Talk about Russian Hacking
5. Needed: A Meter for Trump’s Lies-Per-Minute (LPM)
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:
New Hunt For 'Crooked Hillary'
This article is by Heather Digby Parton on AlterNet and originally on
Salon. It starts as follows:
In fact, these are the
things Trump is forbidden to do as president. Then again, I am
- not amazed Trump very much wants "to be doing the kind of things I would love
to be doing", and indeed he
would probably not be
satisfied - I think, quite seriously also - with having fewer
powers or more control than Nero or Caligula had.
One of the more
disturbing comments President Trump has made in recent
months, and that's saying something, is what he said last month to
radio talk show host Larry O'Connor in the wake of the indictments of
Paul Manafort and others.
You know the saddest
thing is that because I'm the president of the United States, I am not
supposed to be involved with the Justice Department. I'm not supposed
to be involved with the FBI. I'm not supposed to be doing the kind of
things I would love to be doing. And I'm very frustrated by it. I look
at what's happening with the Justice Department. Why aren't they going
after Hillary Clinton with her emails and with her -- the dossier.
Here is more on "Crooked
Trump has been using
"Crooked Hillary" as a foil for almost two years now, and it remains
true that his crowds are still weirdly stimulated and aroused at the
mere mention of putting her in prison. But this was the first time that
Trump had said something as president that suggested a serious
intention to follow through, if only he were allowed to direct the
Justice Department and the FBI to do his bidding.
Well... the reason so
many followers of Trump "are still weirdly stimulated and aroused at the mere mention
of putting" Hillary
Cllinton in prison is that so many followers of Trump are real totalitarians
(but not according to the crazy Wikipedia), in fact rather like
so many followers of the Clintons, who all lap up the
"Russia-gate" lies (and see item 4).
Here is more:
Senators are getting
in on the act as well. Senate Judiciary Committee chair Chuck Grassley,
R-Iowa, wants Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe fired because
his wife is a Democrat and he's suspected of having been hostile to
Trump during the election (which apparently translates into him
covering up Hillary Clinton's crimes).
In fact, Chuck Grassley
sounds quite as if he is Joseph McCarthy, which is quite sick. But this
is a recommended article.
Trump and Tillerson Trashed the State Department
This article is by Jefferson Morley on AlterNet. It starts as follows:
Rex Tillerson, fossil
fuel magnate-turned-diplomat, has proved a bust in his first—and
last—year as Secretary of State. It is true that the former Exxon CEO
has the burden of working for a man he once described as a "moron" (make
that a "f**king
moron") in the White House. But Donald Trump is no excuse for
Tillerson’s vandalism of the U.S. State Department.
Whether acting at Trump’s
behest or not, Tillerson’s tenure has demoralized and embittered
America’s diplomatic corps while crippling the U.S. government’s
ability to respond to life-and-death situations. When one critic called
him the "worst
secretary of state in modern memory," no one bothered to dispute
Yes indeed (though I
question whether there is any sane American above 8 years who
does not know that "f**king" means fucking).
Here are some of the
wreckages Tillerson wrought:
The damage Tillerson has
done is visible around the world. As the New
York Timesnotes, the United States has no ambassadors to Saudi
Arabia, Germany or France, let alone representatives to the European
Union or the International Atomic Energy Agency. If the administration
has a plan for the ongoing humanitarian crisis in war-ravaged Syria,
there is no sign of it. There is still no American ambassador in South
Korea, where the failure of diplomacy could unleash a catastrophic
war in a country where 100,000 Americans live.
The government’s non-military
expertise is wasting. Since January, more than 100 senior foreign
service officers have left the state department, depleting the ranks of
career ambassadors, the diplomatic equivalent of four-star generals, by
60 percent, while the number of career ministers (akin to three-star
generals) is down 42 percent.
Yes, I quite
Also, this is rather frightening because Trump seems to course
And there is more in this article, that is recommended.
is by Christopher Brauchli on Common Dreams:
Well... yes and no.
What the Trump people are
doing today bears no similarity to what the Nazis did in the early
1930s. Those were the days of book burnings and other activities
that were designed to suppress ideas that differed from the philosophy
of the Nazis. Joseph Goebbels was in charge of the Nazi Propaganda
Ministry and in that capacity took control of all forms of German
communication, including newspapers, magazines, movies and radio.
Any points of view that contradicted
the Nazi points of view were censored or eliminated from all media. On
May 10, 1933, professors, students and librarians marched in Germany
and threw books into huge bonfires. Nothing like that is happening in
the United States under the Trump regime. What the Center for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC) is doing is simply attacking a very few
There are in fact two
things, science and opinion; the former begets knowledge, the latter
— Hippocrates, Breaths
First of all, "the Center
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)" is not merely or only "attacking a very few words". What it is attacking is real
science, and it is attacking that in terms of deluded,
thinking, while it also is
asttacking real science
in the name of the government and Trump.
Both are new in the USA.
Second, what Brauchli is more or less correct about is that "[w]hat the Trump people are doing today bears no
similarity to what the Nazis did in the early 1930s". But I do not know he
understands the main reasons:
The Nazis were part of a thoroughly defeated and mostly
quite poor Germany, and had successfully made semi-militarism a
main part of their Nazi-doctrine, and this meant that once the
Nazis were democratically elected, they almost immediately could take
the full power, quite unlike Trump.
But I do believe that Trump's ideal ls that "[a]ny points of view that contradicted
" Trump's "points of view" would be "censored or eliminated
media", simply because he
has implied so.
Then again, I agree it is not possible for Trump to do so - at
least not now.
There is also this explanation by - lawyer - Brauchli about what is
being forbidden at the CDC, even though Brauchli rather speaks of "words in the English language" that "have
fallen out of favor", much
rather than censoring the normal words of science:
On December 15, 2017
it was reported that seven words in the English language have fallen
out of favor with people at the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention in Atlanta. According to someone at a meeting that
took place on December 14, 2017, policy analysts at the agency were
told that seven words or phrases were not to be used in official
documents prepared for the 2018 budget for the CDC. The exiled
words are: “vulnerable,” “entitlement”, “diversity”, “transgender”,
“fetus”, “evidence-based”, and “science-based.” To those not
familiar with what passes for thinking in many Trump appointees,
including those at the CDC, it may be hard to understand how the
various words offend. Although there are doubtless other
explanations, one reason “fetus” is offensive is that for those who are
opposed to abortion, as many Trump supporters are, the word
depersonalizes the child in the womb, treating it as an object rather
than a baby.
Mostly no, for the
American government is deciding on the basis of what they consider
reasons, although they are basically antiscientific prejudices
thinking, to forbid the use of proper scientific words in
documents that speak for the American government.
So I disagree with Brauchly, indeed for the reasons Hippocrates
indicated in the opening quotation: If there is real science, those
opposing it as science are lying, and if it
is the government that
insists on this lying,
this is quite serious.
We Don’t Talk about When We Talk about Russian Hacking
article is by Jackson Lears on Common Dreams. It starts as follows:
politics have rarely presented a more disheartening spectacle.
The repellent and dangerous antics of Donald Trump are troubling
enough, but so is the Democratic Party leadership’s failure to take in
the significance of the 2016 election campaign. Bernie Sanders’s
challenge to Hillary Clinton, combined with Trump’s triumph, revealed
the breadth of popular anger at politics as usual – the blend of
neoliberal domestic policy and interventionist foreign policy that
constitutes consensus in Washington. Neoliberals celebrate market
utility as the sole criterion of worth; interventionists exalt military
adventure abroad as a means of fighting evil in order to secure global
progress. Both agendas have proved calamitous for most Americans.
Yes, I agree. And in
fact this is the beginning of a rather long but quite good
Here is more:
A story that had circulated
during the campaign without much effect resurfaced: it involved the
charge that Russian operatives had hacked into the servers of the
Democratic National Committee, revealing embarrassing emails that
damaged Clinton’s chances. With stunning speed, a new centrist-liberal
orthodoxy came into being, enveloping the major media and the
bipartisan Washington establishment. This secular religion has
attracted hordes of converts in the first year of the Trump presidency.
In its capacity to exclude dissent, it is like no other formation of
mass opinion in my adult life, though it recalls a few dim childhood
memories of anti-communist hysteria during the early 1950s.
Yes, again I agree and
indeed as well with the indicated parallelism between the HUAC of the
1950ies and the DNC's propaganda of 2015-2017:
Both are evidently
(though not in the crazy way Wikipedia defines the word:
According to Wikipedia only states and systems
can be totalitarian, not
people, institutions, papers, propaganda, ideas, political plans and
proposals, nor ideologies or religions, for according to the utterly crazy
way Wikipedia describes totalitarianism
absolutely none of them can
ever be totalitarian in any way).
Here is more on the
The centrepiece of the
faith, based on the hacking charge, is the belief that Vladimir Putin
orchestrated an attack on American democracy by ordering his minions to
interfere in the election on behalf of Trump. The story became gospel
with breathtaking suddenness and completeness. Doubters are perceived
as heretics and as apologists for Trump and Putin, the evil twins and
co-conspirators behind this attack on American democracy.
Responsibility for the absence of debate lies in large part with the
major media outlets. Their uncritical embrace and endless repetition of
the Russian hack story have made it seem a fait accompli in the public
mind. It is hard to estimate popular belief in this new orthodoxy, but
it does not seem to be merely a creed of Washington insiders.
Yes indeed - and note
that "the public mind" is (for the most part) totally
about both programming and spying.
Here is the last bit
that I quote from this article:
Once again, the established
press is legitimating pronouncements made by the Church Fathers of the
national security state. Clapper is among the most vigorous of these.
He perjured himself before Congress in 2013, when he denied that the
NSA had ‘wittingly’ spied on Americans – a lie for which he has never
been held to account. In May 2017, he told NBC’s Chuck Todd that the
Russians were highly likely to have colluded with Trump’s campaign
because they are ‘almost genetically driven to co-opt, penetrate, gain
favour, whatever, which is a typical Russian technique’. The current
orthodoxy exempts the Church Fathers from standards imposed on ordinary
people, and condemns Russians – above all Putin – as uniquely, ‘almost
Yes indeed - and if you
ever trusted this neofascist
former spymaster, maybe his insane
words (but not according to the crazy Wikipedia) that Russians
(a well-known evidently inferior race?!?!) are
driven to co-opt, penetrate, gain favour, whatever, which is a typical
That is - or ought to be -
And I am still in the beginning of this fine article,
that is strongly recommended.
A Meter for Trump’s Lies-Per-Minute (LPM)
This article is by Ralph Nader on his site. It starts as
Imagine an app that
can calculate the lies per minute (LPM) Trump subjects the
American public to on a daily basis. Perhaps there should be a national
contest for how many Trump lies per minute can be documented by a
contestant in a given week.
When the Republican “tax
cuts” reach his desk, in a bill which gives massive handouts to the
rich and giant corporations at the expense of working families, Trump
will envelope this even more complex tax code in a vast cloud of lies
designed to reassure the working class that he daily betrays.
Senator Daniel P. Moynihan
once said: “You are entitled to your own opinion, but you are not
entitled to your own facts.”
Trump continues to trumpet
serial lies about the bill, which was changed repeatedly during the
last days to cater even more to commercial interests – in an egregious
display of cash register politics. Republican Congressional leaders
have also made mendacity their mantra. Moreover, Senator McConnell and
Speaker Ryan have kept the bill from the Democrats, who had no chance
to carefully read the final draft which they were expected to vote on.
Apparently there is no
Senate rule preventing the tyrannical majority from keeping the
minority in the dark.
Yes indeed - and note
that this very important tax bill has been approved by the 50+1
Republicans while they "kept
the bill from the Democrats, who had no chance to carefully read the
final draft which they were expected to vote on": Completely and purposively
Here is more on Trump's
daily stream of lies:
None of this means anything
to Trump, who probably hasn’t even read a memo by his advisors on the
bill’s details. His close aides say he doesn’t like briefing materials.
Why should he? The Deceiver in Chief need only lie his way to the
“Biggest tax cuts in
history.” False. “Biggest reform ever passed.” False. “Will
create many beautiful jobs.” False. “Biggest middle class tax
cut ever.” Totally false. Trump also lies when he says he will
take a “big, big hit” to his own wealth from this tax bill.
Quite so: In
seems as if Trump, all by himself, profits by some $11 million each
year, quite like his son-in-law Kushner, though the details are
prove because Trump refuses to say how much he paid in taxes. (But in
any case, he profits a lot.)
Here is more on Trump's
follow Obama's deregulations, that follow Bush
Jr.'s deregulations, that follow Bill Clinton's deregulations - and
each and every deregulation destroyed
a U.S. law that protected the
many non-rich from the depredations of the few rich:
Trump brags about getting
rid of “job-killing regulations,” without specifically mentioning any
of them. He just keeps repeating over and over again his false claims.
These regulations he wants to kill save the lives, health and safety of
the American people by limiting toxic chemicals in the workplace, the
consumer marketplace and the air, water and soil. He is letting
defenseless Americans, including children, get sicker, be injured more
and die earlier by continuing his cruel and vicious abandonment of
long-considered legal safeguards. The regulations he is leaving alone
are the ones providing corporate welfare, or what ideologically
consistent conservatives call “crony capitalism.”
Precisely. Here is the ending
of this article:
Voters who continue to
believe in serial political liars are entrenching a tyranny over
themselves. If we do not learn to recognize and reject such dishonesty,
we will continue to enable dirty politics to our serious detriment.
For a comprehensive list of
Trump’s constantly growing number of LPMs, see Trump’s
Lies in the New York
Yes indeed. And indeed "Trump’s
Lies" is a good link,
that is also recommended, as is this article.
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 (!!).