from June 14, 2018
This is a
Nederlog of Thursday,
This is a crisis
log but it is a bit different from how it was until 2013:
I have been
writing about the crisis since September
1, 2008 (in Dutch, but
since 2010 in English) 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 more than 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
I shall continue.
2. Crisis Files
five crisis files
that are mostly well worth reading:
A. Selections from June 14, 2018:
1. U.S. Bombing in Korea More Destructive Than Damage to
The 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:
Japan in WWII
2. The Chomsky Challenge for Americans
3. Jared and Ivanka Are Raking In Tens of Millions as Public
4. America is Suffering an Epidemic of 'Dishonest Fake Belief'
5. Psychiatrist Warns Trump May Be on 'Boundary of Psychosis
Bombing in Korea More Destructive Than Damage to Germany, Japan in WWII
is by Amy Goodman and Juan González on Democracy Now! It starts with
the following introduction:
historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un follows another
historic meeting only weeks earlier between Kim and South Korean leader
Moon Jae-in, where the two leaders agreed to work to formally end the
Korean War. After Tuesday’s summit in Singapore, Trump called the
Korean War “an extremely bloody conflict” and expressed hope that the
war would soon formally end. For more, we speak with University of
Chicago historian Bruce Cumings, author of several books on Korea,
including “Korea’s Place in the Sun: A Modern History” and “North
Korea: Another Country.”
is a fine idea, if only because few people (in the West) know much
about the two Koreas, nor about the war that raged there 65 years ago.
Here is Bruce Cummings:
GOODMAN: (...) So, you
have been following Korea for decades. Talk about the statement that
was signed today, what you were most surprised by. And is this actually
continuation of the past or the first real break with the past,
CUMINGS: Well, I think the
first principle about a new relationship between North Korea and the
U.S. is very important. It’s a recognition of the DPRK.
The U.S., 72 years ago, refused to recognize Kim Il-sung’s rise to
power in February 1946. That was his effective rise to central power.
The U.S. denounced it as a Soviet ploy. And ever since, the U.S. has
refused to recognize North Korea. North Korea has an ideology that is
pinned on projecting its own dignity and wanting respect from other
countries. So I think that the first principle of that statement is a
very important one, if it’s implemented.
Second, you know, Donald
Trump has this kind of innocence. He looks at the Korean problem with
innocent eyes. He says that it’s ridiculous that there hasn’t been a
peace treaty signed, you know, shortly after the war ended in 1953 or
sometime in the last 60 years. And he’s right about that.
But I agree with Tim
Shorrock that the most stunning thing was for him to talk about the war
exercises being provocative, not to mention stopping them or at least
suspending them. When Barack Obama was president and there was a
particular crisis involving North Korean missile or bomb tests, he
would send nuclear-capable bombers to drop dummy atomic bombs on Korean
Yes indeed. This seems
all quite correct to me. Here is more:
Yes indeed, again. And
incidentally: At present, and since the last 65 years, napalm
mostly used on civilians, and not on the military, in fact just
military´s aim (outside the West) has been to kill the
civilians of the
other side rather than the military.
CUMINGS: (...) What every
North Korean knows is that a family member was killed during the Korean
War, and usually by incendiary bombing that the U.S. carried out with
no limits. Basically, the apparatus of firebombing that was used to
level German and Japanese cities during World War II was redirected to
North Korea, which had 15 or 16 cities of modest size, and they were
all just wiped off the face of the Earth. Official U.S. Air Force
statistics show that the percentage of destruction, sometimes 100
percent, in North Korean cities was higher, on average, than the
percentage of destruction in Germany and Japan during World War II.
Plus, napalm was splashed all over the place. Churchill even had to
send a cable to Eisenhower in 1953 saying, essentially, “When we
invented napalm, we had no idea it was going to be splashed all over
civilians.” Historians estimate that about 70 percent of the casualties
in the Korean War were civilian, compared to about 40 percent in
Vietnam. So, it was, as President Trump said, a very, very destructive
And this is a strongly recommended article.
Chomsky Challenge for Americans
This article is by
Paul Street on Truthdig. Let me start with saying what ¨Chomsky’s challenge¨ is: It is to
ourselves in others’
situation. Havung said that,
the article starts as
Yes, I think that is quite
correct: Truman decided to atom-bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki to point
out to the Russians that the Americans had an atomic bomb, and also
what that could be used for.
It’s no wonder that most
Americans are clueless about why “their” country is feared and hated
the world over. It remains unthinkable to this day, for example, that
any respectable “mainstream” U.S. media outlet would tell the truth
about why the United States atom-bombed the civilian populations of
Hiroshima and Nagasaki. As Gar
Alperovitz and other
historians have shown, Washington knew that Japan was defeated and
ready to surrender at the end of World War II. The ghastly atomic
attacks were meant to send a signal to Soviet Russia about the
post-WWII world: “We run the world. What we say goes.”
Here is more on the war in Korea in the early 1950ies:
An early challenge
to Uncle Sam’s purported right to manage postwar world affairs from the
banks of the Potomac came in 1950. Korean forces, joined by Chinese
troops, pushed back against the United States’ invasion of North Korea.
Washington responded with a merciless bombing campaign that flattened
all of North Korea’s cities and towns. U.S. Air Force Gen. Curtis LeMay
boasted that “we burned down every town in North Korea” and proudly
guessed that Uncle Sam’s gruesome air campaign, replete with napalm and
chemical weapons, murdered 20 percent of North Korea’s population. This
and more was recounted without a hint of shame—with pride, in fact—in
the leading public U.S. military journals of the time.
Yes indeed. And here is
more on Vietnam:
Contrary to the
conventional U.S. wisdom, there was no “Vietnam War.” What really
occurred was a U.S. War on Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia—a giant
and prolonged, multi-pronged and imperial assault that murdered 5
million southeast Asians along with 58,000 U.S. soldiers. Just one U.S.
torture program alone the CIA’s Operation
Phoenix—killed more than two-thirds as many Vietnamese as the total
U.S. body count. Unbeknownst to most Americans, the widely publicized
My Lai atrocity was just one of countless
mass racist killings of Vietnamese villagers carried out by U.S.
troops during the crucifixion. Vietnam struggles with an epidemic
of birth defects created by U.S. chemical warfare to this day.
America’s savage saturation
bombing of Cambodia (meant to cut off supply lines to Vietnamese
independence fighters) created the devastation out
of which arose
the mass-exterminating Khmer Rouge regime, which Washington later
backed against Vietnam.
I think this is also
quite correct. Here is some more on Burns and Novick´s
video on ¨The Vietnam War¨, that in fact contains quite a lot of
such as this bit:
With no small help from
Burns and Novick’s instantly celebrated documentary on, well, “The Vietnam
War” last year, we are still stuck in the ethical oblivion of then
U.S. President Jimmy Carter’s morally idiotic
1977 statement that no U.S. reparations or apologies were due to
Vietnam since “the destruction was mutual” in the “Vietnam War.” As if
fearsome fleets of Vietnamese bombers had wreaked havoc on major U.S.
cities and pulverized and poisoned U.S. fields and farms during the
1960s and 1970s. As if legions of Vietnamese killers had descended from
attack helicopters to murder U.S. citizens in their homes while
Vietnamese gunships destroyed U.S. schools and hospitals. Did the
Vietnamese mine U.S. harbors? Did naked American children run down
streets in flight from Vietnamese napalm attacks?
Yes indeed, and in fact
there is a lot more in this article, which is strongly
and Ivanka Are Raking In Tens of Millions as Public Servants
This article is by
Jessica Corbet on Truthdug and originally on Common Dreams. It starts
Amid ongoing concerns about
Trump and Jared
Kushner’s perceived conflicts of interest as the married
couple continues to serve as unpaid senior advisers to her father,
President Donald Trump, new financial disclosure filings reveal
they raked in at least $82 million in outside income last year.
The figure alone as well as
the contrast with limitations on and past practices by other government
officials are raising the question of whether they are behaving as “humble
public servants.” As NPR reporter Susan Davis pointed
out on Twitter, “For comparison, members of the U.S. House and
senior House staff can’t earn more than $28,000 in outside
income in 2018.”
I say, which I do because I
did not know that the two Kushners ¨raked in at least $82 million in outside income last year¨. But it seems they have, and here is some
more on them:
Trump earned millions from
International Hotel in Washington, D.C.—which ethics experts have accused
her father of improperly benefiting from during his time in office—as
well as the trust that oversees her eponymous clothing brand and her
severance from the Trump Organization, while Kushner took in at least
$70 million from dozens of companies connected to his family’s real
And this is - more or less -
how they did it, where my ¨more or less¨ is motivated by
the fact that
in fact little is known about the Trumps´ earnings in the
Yes, I think that is probably
true and this is a recommended article.
As the New York Times
the filing also shows that during their first year serving in the White
House, the pair “remained investors through various vehicles and
trusts, which bought and sold as much as $147 million of real estate
and other assets,” activity that has some ethics experts warning about
conflicts of interest.
“We don’t have insight into
who is buying and selling stuff, so we don’t know if it’s market
value,” said Virginia Canter, the executive branch ethics counsel at
CREW, and an associate counsel in the Obama and Clinton
administrations. “Who is financing these transactions? Is it some
unknown LLC? How do we know it isn’t a sovereign wealth fund from Saudi
Arabia or some other place?”
is Suffering an Epidemic of 'Dishonest Fake Belief'
article is by Jeremy Sherman on AlterNet. It starts as follows:
“The True Believers” is a
psychology classic, a study undertaken by Eric Hoffer, a longshoreman
moonlighting as a psycho-philosopher shortly after WWII. It profiles
the characteristics of an authoritarian fanatics, the kind we see
falling for ISIS and here at home, for Trumpism or Evangelicalism.
To lump all such believers
together as “true” seems a mistake. For starters, there are true and
false believers. False believers think that declaring their commitment
is enough. They don’t have to actually follow the beliefs or change how
they act. They’re members in good standing simply because they declare
themselves to be.
In case you want to
know some more about Eric Hoffer, this
was a link. Then again, I - more or less - agree with Sherman, and
indeed from my own experiences of more than 50 years,
I´d say that 90% of the Dutch (I am Dutch, alas) are not
real believers but false believers.
I found this in the
¨University¨ of Amsterdam, where I was first identified as ¨a dirty
fascist¨ over 41 years ago by some 20 year old posturing fanatics who
did not have the least idea that I have a more leftist family than
any other I know in Holland (with two communists for parents; a
communist as one grandparent; and two anarchists as other
grandparents), and was and am myself an anarchist.
The fascists from the
¨University¨ of Amsterdam kept this sick slander of me up till 1989 (a
mere 11 years, in which I was not always in the UvA because I was and
am ill), and indeed illegally removed me from the right of
taking my - excellent - M.A. degree in philosophy because I was -
according to the Stalinist fascists who pretended to be ¨communists¨ in
1988 - a ¨terrorist, terrorist, terrorist¨ because
I dared to
criticize the fascistic and totally incompetent
staff who did not teach
me any philosophy whatsoever; who
did not believe in any
whatsoever; who did not write anything whatsoever ¨because they were
not vain¨; and who seemed to work mostly for 4
to 8 hours a week.
Then again, my father
survided over 3 years and 9 months of four German concentration camps
and his father was murdered in a German concentration camp, both
because they were in the communist resistance against the Nazis -
for me it seems as if around 90% of the Dutch in WW II were false
believers in Nazism. That is, they collaborated because the
Nazis had the power.
In part this is
also the reason why the Nazis were capable of murdering over 100,000
Dutch Jews: Because very few had the guts to try to
other than the Dutch communists and a few Christian groups.
Back to the article:
movements start with some disdain for false believers just going
through the motions, but end up allowing, inviting and encouraging it.
I would further distinguish honest from dishonest false believers.
Honest false believers know and admit that they’re just going through
the motions, claiming to be members but no different from other people.
I do not quite
with this, and my main three reasons are these.
First, becoming a
believer in what you know or suspect to be other than you
that you are intentionally being illogical, at least in the
sense that you normally seem to have decided to become (in public)
a believer in what you don´t believe, because you like your
more than your respect for the truth.
Second, while this may
be sane in a totalitarian country, where you risk being persecuted,
prosecuted, imprisoned or killed for contradicting The Official Truth,
the USA is not - yet, at least - such a totalitarian country.
Third, I conclude from
these two reasons - plus the stupidity, the ignorance, and
that marks many Americans - that there is no sharp
distinction between honest and false believers, if only because all
pretend to believe what they do not believe are in fact being
illogical, and they are all being dishonest.
Here is more - and I
think Sherman is right in the benefits of what may also be called
Yes indeed. This is from the
ending of this article:
Here in the US, we’re
suffering an epidemic of dishonest fake belief, promoted by the people
who took over the conservative party. Just call yourself a Christian, a
patriot, a True American and you can get away with anything. All the
perks, none of the costs of actually behaving in accord with any kind
of disciplined lifestyle – license to indulge from the moral high
ground. Trump takes it to a new level.
Trump plays classic Western
god - self-obsessed, petty, petulant, disappointed, vengeful, cliquish,
devoted solely to building his fan club, chronically bitter about being
under-appreciated. And most of his followers are typical dishonest fake
believers. They love him because they want to be like him. Trump
teaches that earning respect by being honest isn't the only way. Fellow
liars will respect you if you lie and always get away with it.
With dishonest false belief
you get to swagger like the moral police without living by your
proclaimed moral standards. You can claim the piety even as you cheat,
lie and steal.
I say again that I
seen very many false believers in my life (as I said: 90% of the
are false believers about politics, and indeed most of them are also
mostly ignorant about any of the relevant science for their beliefs),
but hardly any honest false
believers, which indeed also seems to me to
be a logical contradiction.
In sum, three categories
- True believers who
really try to live by their principles.
- Dishonest false
believers who don’t try to live by their principles but pretend that
- Honest false believers
who don’t try to live by their principles and admit it, not taking
their beliefs seriously, while still going through the motions for
But this is a recommended article.
Warns Trump May Be on 'Boundary of Psychosis and Reality’
is by Chauncey DeVega on AlterNet and originally on Salon. It starts as
Based on Donald
Trump’s public behavior, some of America and the world’s leading
psychologists, psychiatrists and other clinicians have concluded
that the president of the United States is mentally unwell. Trump
appears, in their opinion, to suffer from malignant narcissism. He is
also a compulsive liar who lacks empathy for his fellow human beings
and shows no remorse for his bad behavior. Most importantly, Trump’s
personality defects amplify his authoritarian values, beliefs and
behavior. The results of this could be catastrophic.
Yes indeed, and I am
psychologist who completely agrees with other psychologists and
psychiatrists who declared that Trump is a megalomaniac
(which is the classic English term for Trump, but now has
disappeared from Wikipedia, where is has been replaced by
¨narcissism¨, which is not so much proper English but psychiatrese,
but OK: I will not discuss my
ideas about psychiatry in this
Here is some about Dr.
(..) I recently
spoke with Dr. John Gartner, a former professor of psychiatry at
the Johns Hopkins University Medical School. Gartner is also the
founder of the Duty to Warn PAC, an organization working to raise
awareness about the danger to the United States and the world posed by
And this is Gartner about
his own ideas.
Part of the reason
many people do this is because it really is psychologically
overwhelming. It’s just almost too frightening to consider that a
madman has control of the nuclear button, and he truly doesn’t care if
he destroys us all. In fact, there’s a part of Trump that would almost
take glee in it. He’s impulsive, he’s erratic, he’s seeing the world in
a grossly distorted way. He’s only concerned with how things impact his
own thriving and survival. Trump does not care about the well-being of
literally anyone but himself. It really is a kind of dystopian
Here is more:
political movement meets the criteria for a political cult. You are
a psychiatrist. Is it possible to reach someone who is stuck in Trump’s
cult? Why does he have such influence over these people?
It does meet the criteria.
You’ve got the charismatic leader, and his followers subsume their
identity into his group, which makes them feel larger and more
powerful. Once you have that kind of blind belief and loyalty, the
leader, as Donald Trump has said, could really shoot someone on Fifth
Avenue and nothing would happen. The cognitive dissonance is such that
the cult members will rationalize anything. For example, something like
50 percent of Republicans say that if Trump wanted to cancel the 2020 election, that
would be fine with them.
In fact, the proper
English term for the above is totalitarianism
- except that you
cannot say this anymore according to Wikipedia, where the classic
use of totalitarianism has been falsified
to fit the ideas of
Brzezinski, namely that one can be a totalitarian only because
one is an inhabitant of a totalitarian country, and not anymore
(as Orwell and many others used it) because one has totalitarian
attitudes - indeed, one´s attitudes are totally irrelevant on
Brzezinski´s redefinition of ¨totalitarianism¨.
But I will also not
worry you about proper English on Wikipedia. Here is more by Dr. John
This is what I have
described as a “malignant reality.” Trump, the Republican Party, and
their supporters’ sadism is a key part of it.
The sadism is very
important. When I first started talking about Trump as a malignant
narcissist, people could see the narcissism, the paranoia and the
antisocial element. But the fourth component of malignant narcissism is
sadism. You see it in everything he does, from the separating of the
children at the border to how Trump tortures anyone who doesn’t give
him what he wants. There’s a way in which he takes a kind of manic glee
in causing harm and pain and humiliation to other people.
I think - as a
psychologist - that this is quite correct. Here is more:
I don´t really know about
Trump´s ¨organically based
cognitive decline¨. I have
seen a few videos of him in the 1980ies, but am not convinced,
there is one characteristic of Trump´s tweets that remind of
who got Alzheimer in her early seventies: He does repeat
everything he says three times (in one tweet).
deteriorate. When they gain power, they become more inflamed in their
grandiosity and in their paranoia. They also become more unrestrained
in their sadism and in their will to power. Malignant narcissists like
Trump are antisocial and have a willingness to do anything to get and
keep power. The noted psychologist Erich Fromm actually argued that
such personalities then begin to verge on psychosis at that point,
becoming so grandiose and paranoid that they really live on the
boundary of psychosis and reality.
In addition to that, I think
Donald Trump is deteriorating for a second completely independent
reason, which is that we’re seeing clear evidence of organically based
cognitive decline. If you look at the interviews that he did in the
1980s, he was actually surprisingly articulate.
Here is Dr. Gartner on Trump´s being a great genius:
is such that he actually believes he is an expert on everything. Based
on his speeches and interviews, Trump is apparently the world authority
on 25 different issues. This also speaks to a bigger problem, which is
the death of expertise. For authoritarians and malignant narcissists
like Trump an independent source of authority, whether it’s the press,
the bureaucracy or the experts, are threats to his authority. Trump
leaves positions at the State Department unfilled because he doesn’t
want experts telling him what to do. He knows that he knows more than
everybody else. What’s really frightening is that he actually believes
that he has this kind of papal infallibility.
Yes, I think that is correct:
Trump really believes that he is ¨the
world authority on 25 different issues¨ (which again is strong evidence he is a madman).
There is a lot more in this interview, that is strongly
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