from July 10, 2018
This is a
Nederlog of Tuesday,
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 July 10, 2018:
1. MSNBC Does Not Merely Permit Fabrications Against
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:
Critics. It Encourages and
Inside China’s Dystopian Dreams: A.I., Shame
and Lots of Cameras
3. Trump’s Policies on Immigrant Children Violate the
Convention on the
Rights of the Child
4. ACLU Says Less Than Half of Kids Trump Ripped From Parents
Reunited Before Court Deadline
5. How Liberal Partisan Politics Strengthen the Right Wing
Does Not Merely Permit Fabrications Against Democratic Party Critics.
It Encourages and Rewards Them.
This article is by
Glenn Greenwald on The Intercept. It starts as follows:
I do not know who Malcolm
Nance is (I don´t have a TV since nearly 48 years, and I avoid
all TV on internet: Too stupid for me, in general), but the rest is
During the 2016 primary and
general election campaigns, various MSNBC hosts were openly
campaigning for Hillary Clinton. One of the network’s programs
featured Malcolm Nance (pictured above), whose background is quite
sketchy but is presented by the cable network (and now by NBC News) as
an “intelligence expert” and former intelligence officer for the U.S.
On August 20, 2016, weekend
host Joy Reid asked Nance about the supposed “affinity” for Russia
harbored by Jill Stein supporters. In response, Nance told MSNBC
viewers: “Jill Stein has a show on Russia Today.”
Whatever your views might be
about Stein and her third-party candidacy, there is no disputing the
fact that Nance’s statement was a falsehood, a fabrication, a lie.
Stein did not have a show on RT, nor did she ever host a show on
RT. What Nance said was made up out of whole cloth — fabricated —
in order to encourage MSNBC viewers to believe that Stein, one of the
candidates running against Clinton, was a paid agent of the Kremlin and
employee of RT.
Then again, I must speak about totalitarianism
again - which has been reduced to the level of
Brzezinski´s sick lies on the current Wikipedia of which the import
is that no human being ever thinks totalitarian
thoughts, has totalitarian plans, ideas, values or desires, unless
that human being lives in ¨a totalitarian country¨ like the
Soviet Union or Hitler´s Germany.
That redefinition is totally contrary
to George Orwell´s use of it, and that of many
other leftish intellectuals, but no matter: Wikipedia supports
Brzezinski, indeed precisely as Wikipedia supports the Amerian
I have expounded several times on these sets of Wikipedian lies, but I
long ago decided I cannot and do not trust anonymous
people, and while I have hesitated about this precisely because the
earlier Wikipedia seemed more or less decent, I do not think so
these days: I was quite right from the start. (And no, emails by
anonymous persons are simply not answered by me as well.)
But I leave you with these general considerations on totalitarianism
(that according to Wikipedia must be completely impossible in the
USA) and turn to the above bit:
I agree that ¨ What Nance
said was (..) to encourage MSNBC viewers to believe that Stein, one of
the candidates running against Clinton, was a paid agent of the Kremlin
and employee of RT.¨
But that indeed was a quite totalitarian
notion and plan of Nance (as I use the term, but not as
used the term, and Wikipedia since the last year or so), which again
fits in with the totalitarian plans of the Democratic Party to
Russia of being responsible for Hillary Clinton´s failure to become
Here is some more on Nance´s lies:
I mostly agree, although
my own conclusion would - rather - be that the MSNBC and
Party both play the same totalitarian
To date — almost two
years later — neither NBC News nor MSNBC, nor a single journalist who
works for either one of those media outlets has corrected this
significant falsehood, despite obviously knowing that it was broadcast
to their viewers. In other words, NBC News and MSNBC know that they
told viewers something that was materially false, and yet refuse to
correct it. Please, defenders of this network: Tell me what that says
about its integrity, about its real function, about whether it is a
real news outlet.
Worse, not only was Nance
never sanctioned in any way for the lie he told, but he was rewarded:
He has since gone from “MSNBC contributor” to “MSNBC intelligence
analyst,” and is far more pervasive on the network, and its hosts
have spent the month aggressively
promoting his new book on how Vladimir Putin is destroying U.S.
On MSNBC, lies are not
corrected; they are rewarded, provided the lies are designed to smear
the reputations of Democratic Party critics. Is this not definitive and
conclusive proof of that: that this is not a news outlet but a
political arm of the Democratic Party?
Here is more on Nance´s utter dishonesty, and this time it was directed
against Glenn Greenwald:
What [Nance] did,
instead, is exactly what he did on MSNBC to Jill Stein in August 2016:
In two tweets, he outright lied about me on purpose, telling his
420,000 Twitter followers that I am “an agent of Moscow” and “deep in
the Kremlin pocket.” He further lied by stating that I “helped Snowden
defect” and that I “reports into [my] masters in Moscow.”
I agree for the most part,
although my own point of view is that both MSNBC and the Democratic
Party have been hit by huge doses of totalitarianism
(except that I am
not allowed to say so nor think so according to
Brzezinski´s lies that
are these days faithfully copied on Wikipedia).
None of Nance’s statements here is opinion. These claims —
especially that I am an “agent of Moscow” and “deep in the Kremlin
pocket” — are intended to be factual statements: that I work for, and
am paid by, Russia and the Kremlin, and that I aided Snowden in
“defecting” to Moscow. They are all outright lies. There is no other
way to describe them.
Thus far, his tweet has
been retweeted by close to 5,000 people. After I noted that they were
lies, Nance reaffirmed
them and said how proud he was to have broadcast them.
This is because Nance knows
that he is free to lie this way with impunity. That’s because he works
for an organization — MSNBC — that masquerades as a news outlet but
actively encourages its employees to lie this way about anyone who
criticizes the Democratic Party.
There is considerably more in the article, that is strongly
recommended, indeed especially because I have seen large
in the USA, both in the right and in the ¨left¨ -
except that saying so makes me a liar according to Brzezinski and the
(Well... fuck them: You cannot trust either to be honest,
fair, decent, moral or truthful.)
China’s Dystopian Dreams: A.I., Shame and Lots of Cameras
article is by Paul Mozur on The New York Times. It starts as follows:
In the Chinese city
of Zhengzhou, a police officer wearing facial recognition glasses
spotted a heroin smuggler at a train station.
Qingdao, a city famous for its German colonial heritage, cameras
powered by artificial intelligence helped the police snatch two dozen
criminal suspects in the midst of a big annual beer festival.
Wuhu, a fugitive murder suspect was identified by a camera as he bought
food from a street vendor.
millions of cameras and billions of lines of code, China is building a
high-tech authoritarian future. Beijing is embracing technologies like
facial recognition and artificial intelligence to identify and track
1.4 billion people. It wants to assemble a vast and unprecedented
national surveillance system, with crucial help from its thriving
China is reversing the commonly held vision of technology as a great
democratizer, bringing people more freedom and connecting them to the
world. In China, it has brought control.
I completely agree with Mozur, but I would like
extend his opinions as follows:
millions of cameras and billions of lines of code, the USA (and
England, and Holland, and most of the
Western countries) is also
building a high-tech authoritarian future. Washington´s politicians are
like most other Western politicians, and are embracing technologies
like facial recognition and artificial intelligence to identify and
track everyone who is alive. It wants to assemble a vast and
unprecedented worldwide surveillance system, with crucial help from its
thriving technology industry.
I say so because I really think so (and also because I am 68,
have no children, and will probably be dead when the totalitarian
net has been both surrected and closed and does cover everyone, which
may take two more decades).
to China, which indeed is the leading totalitarian and
recognition scanners guard the entrances to housing complexes. Already,
China has an estimated 200 million surveillance cameras — four times as
many as the United States.
efforts supplement other systems that track internet use and
communications, hotel stays, train and plane trips and even car travel
in some places.
Far from hiding their efforts, Chinese authorities regularly state, and
overstate, their capabilities. In China, even the perception of
surveillance can keep the public in line.
And in fact, the last paragraph that is quoted is - as
yet, at least - more or less the opposite of the average
attitude, most of whom dismiss surveillance precisely because they
not lived in an authoritarian country or atmosphere, and indeed
have little real understanding of computers and computing.
Here is the last bit I quote from this article - and
note the parallel to the West:
new surveillance is based on an old idea: Only strong authority can
bring order to a turbulent country. Mao Zedong took that philosophy to
devastating ends, as his top-down rule brought famine and then
the Cultural Revolution.
successors also craved order but feared the consequences of
totalitarian rule. They formed a new understanding with the Chinese
people. In exchange for political impotence, they would be mostly left
alone and allowed to get rich.
worked. Censorship and police powers remained strong, but China’s
people still found more freedom. That new attitude helped usher in
decades of breakneck economic growth.
that unwritten agreement is breaking down.
And it is breaking down simply because the Chinese
authorities are now capable of following everyone
who has a computer,
and of reading everyone´s emails, and of knowing everyone´s
and desires: It now can impose authoritarian pressure on absolutely
everyone to be fully like the Chinese Communist Party´s leaders
them to be or else to face the consequences, and be arrested and
I seem precisely the same
dangers in the West,
indeed simply because most political leaders who can impose
their will on others will impose their will on others, and with
the current computer-technologies and camera-technologies in
everyone is fully
known to the secret services (and besides to Facebook
But it will take more time in the West than in China,
and meanwhile we can see in China what will be the likely
of modern computer technology a bit later in the West.
There is a lot more in the article, that is strongly
Policies on Immigrant Children Violate the Convention on the Rights of
This article is by César Chelala
on Common Dreams. It starts as follows:
After enacting a “zero
tolerance” policy towards all adult immigrants crossing the border into
the U.S., in effect separating parents from their children and keeping
the children in inhumane conditions, the Trump administration now
intends to rescind this measure. However, because some family records
have been lost or destroyed, some children may never again be reunited
with their parents.
The separation of children
from their parents violates basic tenets of the Convention on the
Rights of the Child (CRC), an internationally recognized agreement
among nations that establishes a comprehensive set of goals for
individual nations to improve children’s lives. Although the convention
has worldwide recognition and support, the U.S. is the only country in
the world that hasn’t yet ratified the CRC.
Yes indeed, although it
may be doubted that ¨the
Trump administration now intends to¨ return the children, firstly because it wants more
time than the judge gave it, secondly because it often is not
where the children are, thirdly because quite a few of their parents
have been returned to the country they came from, and fourthly because
most of the children do not speak English.
Here is some more:
Trying to put a spin on a
disgraceful decision is immoral, but not surprising in an
administration for which morality in taking political decisions is of
no concern. There are still 3,000 children separated from their
parents, and 100 are under the age of 5, according to Health and Human
Services Secretary Alex Azar. Children and adolescents are kept in
“cages”, a word disputed by the U.S. Border Patrol that says, in a
statement, “It’s not inaccurate, but they are very ‘uncomfortable’ with
That is: the U.S. Border Patrol does lock up
in cages, but it does not want to hear or read this, which is
like the torturing in Guantánamo.
Here is more about the
practices of American officials:
That was brave. And this
is on the Convention on
the Rights of the Child (CRC):
An insider’s view of the
situation of children under detention was described in an article by
Molly Hennessy-Fiske in the Los Angeles Times. She writes about Antar
Davidson, an American of Brazilian descent who speaks Portuguese and
who had been a youth care worker at the Tucson shelter Estrella del
Norte. When three Brazilian children arrived at the center, officials
told the siblings -aged 16, 10 and 6- that their parents were lost,
which the children interpreted as dead.
When the 16-year old child ask
Davidson about his parents, tears streaming down his face, Davidson
decided to quit his job and speak about his experiences at the center
in hopes of improving the system.
But the USA did not
the CRC. Anyway... there is more in the article, which is recommended.
The CRC calls for all
children, including those with disabilities, to be free from violence
and abuse, and compels governments to provide them with adequate
nutrition and health care. The Convention also demands that
children be equally and fairly treated regardless of gender, race or
cultural background, have the right to express their opinions, and have
freedom of thought in matters affecting them.
In addition, the CRC
emphasizes the primacy and importance of the authority and
responsibility of parents and family, and is consistent with the
principles contained in the U.S. Bill of Rights. According to the
Convention, children have the right to live with their parents unless
it is not in their best interest.
Says Less Than Half of Kids Trump Ripped From Parents Will Be Reunited
Before Court Deadline
article is by Jake Johnson on Common Dreams. It starts as follows and
is also about the rights and abuses of small children in the
that have already suffered the immense
trauma of being wrenched apart and jailed
separately for weeks to wait even longer before they are reunited, the
Trump administration is on pace to unify less
than half of detained children under five years old with their
parents before Tuesday's court-imposed deadline, the ACLU said late
And as I have pointed out
several times before in this context: The U.S. government has kidnapped these children, precisely
as if they are Nazis who kidnapped black children and who promise their
return on condition that their black parents sign legal documents that
permit their whole families being moved to Africa ¨where they came
Here is some more:
Yes indeed. And this is a recommended article.
As Common Dreams reported,
a federal judge ruled late last month that the Trump administration
must reunite children under the age of five within 14 days and all of
the nearly 3,000 children it separated from their parents within 30
Last Friday, the Trump
that the deadline imposed by a federal judge was too "extreme" and
could not be met. The judge didn't
buy this argument, and the ACLU denounced the Trump
administration's efforts to push back the deadline as a shameful
attempt to "further
prolong the suffering of these families."
Liberal Partisan Politics Strengthen the Right Wing
This article is by William
Anderson on Truthout. It starts as follows:
“My mind is appalled
at the thought of a political party having control of all the details
that go to make up the sum total of our lives.” — Lucy Parsons
The desire to condemn evil and wrongdoing should not be a partisan
matter, but the brutality of the present shows us how many people feel
In the midst of each
despicable advance the right wing makes at the expense of people’s
lives, there is always shock and awe from the liberal class. There’s
the shock that it’s actually happening, the shock that liberalism is
failing to halt right-wing encroachments and the shock that oppression
has happened under the direction of Democratic Party politicians as
well Republican ones. This says a lot, but a very important takeaway is
how liberalism coalesces the very oppressive forces many of its
constituents think they are actively opposing by being liberals. The
travesty that is immigration policy in the US gives us a very clear
picture of contradiction.
Mostly yes, although in
fact ¨[t]he desire to
condemn evil and wrongdoing¨
has been for the most part a partisan matter always: You
crimes of your opponents, while pretending not to see the crimes your
own party nation commits, or indeed not seeing these at all.
And this is as old
human history, although I add that there always were a few who
and one of those was George Orwell,
who complained in 1945:
"Actions are held to be
good or bad, not on their own merits but according to who does them,
and there is almost no outrage - torture, the use of hostages, forced
labour, mass deportations, imprisonments without trial, forgery,
assassination, the bombing of civilians, which does not change its
moral colour when it is committed by 'our' side." (The Collected
Essays, Journalism and Letters of George Orwell, vol 3, p. 419,
written in May 1945.)
Orwell belonged to a small minority. Here is more from the
A creation of the Bush
administration, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), was one
of the sweeping reforms made after the 9/11 attacks. During a time in
which war fever was being heavily stoked, the Democratic Party largely
went along with virtually everything the Republicans were incentivizing
in the name of nationalist fervor. Under the guise of patriotism, the
Democrats enabled wars, policies and attitudes that have become some of
the most atrocious events seen in our lifetimes.
The responsibility of
maintaining empire and continuing violence isn’t one-sided within the
US’s two-party system, it’s the only side. Our votes
will elect those who enforce hegemony around the globe no matter if we
cast them to the right or the relative left. This is how we
ended up with ICE and foreign policy that destabilizes other nations
abroad, producing unlivable conditions for many people around the globe.
I don´t think I agree
with everything I just quoted, but Anderson seems right in saying that ¨the Democratic Party largely went along with
virtually everything the Republicans were incentivizing in the name of
Here is the last bit
that I quote from this article, and it is still from its beginning:
The migrants, immigrants
and refugees who have come or have attempted to come to the US are
forced to make the journey through the grate of US politics. They cross
the borders of an empire that has long crossed over them. In return,
they are treated as if they are criminals for simply doing their best
to survive. Though the language of the two parties may differ at times,
the end result is the regular extension of empire’s violence, and that
has remained the same no matter who is in power.
During the Obama
presidency, the Democratic Party showed unabashed support for Obama’s
attachment to the policies of the Bush administration that came before
him. Whether it was Wall Street bailouts, immigration policy or the
“war on terror,” when there was an opportunity to end the unacceptable,
it was squandered instead. The Democrats excused their strengthening of
Bush-era policy by wrapping atrocity in nicer language. President Obama
always made sure to emphasize his record-level deportation apparatus
was focusing on “criminals,” as if criminals should have less rights by
default; President Trump entered the White House echoing
Yes indeed. There is a
whole lot more in the article, which is recommended.
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 (!!).