from August 14, 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 August 14, 2018:
1. Trump, Omarosa and ‘Only the Best People’
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:
2. Mass Graves of Immigrants Found in Texas, But State Says
3. Former Iranian Ambassador: Trump’s Re-imposed Sanctions
Iran Are an Act of Warfare
4. How Trump’s War on Regulation is Trickle-Down Economics
5. Facebook Exec Warns News Outlets to Cooperate or End Up
Omarosa and ‘Only the Best People’
This article is by
Editorial Board on The New York Times. It starts as follows:
Trump’s spat with Omarosa Manigault Newman, the White House adviser who
was fired in December for “serious integrity issues,” is
another of those particularly Trumpian innovations in public life — the
raging dumpster fire that continues to yield new trash.
her juicy new tell-all, aptly titled “Unhinged,” Ms.
Manigault Newman paints an unflattering portrait of the president, whom
she has known since appearing as a contestant on his reality TV show
“The Apprentice” in 2004. She characterizes
Mr. Trump as a racist, misogynistic narcissist with poor impulse
control, severe attention-deficit issues and signs of creeping mental
decline, who “loves the hate,” “thrives on criticism and insults” and
“delights in chaos and confusion.” Her anecdotes range from the
prosaically awful (she claims he has used the N-word) to the freakish
(she says she once walked into the Oval Office and found him eating
paper). She says the Trump campaign offered her a $15,000-a-month
sinecure to keep quiet about her on-the-job experiences. (A copy of the
agreement has become public.) And, oh yes, she has secret audio
recordings to corroborate some of her claims, including a recording of her firing by the White House chief of staff,
John Kelly, in the Situation Room.
I say. Well... I think Ms.
Manigault Newman is mostly correct, although my own reasons to
do so are not her words but the fact that I think Trump is not sane - and if
you disagree, at least you should read the psychiatrists´ and
psychologists´ evidence that also includes a video. It dates
back to 2016, but - in part because I am a psychologist, I
suppose - I do
believe it. And I also have nearly two years of additional
is some more:
Trump has responded with
characteristic restraint. He has dismissed Ms. Manigault Newman as
“wacky”; called her a “lowlife”; mocked her for her having, he claims,
weepily begged him for a job in the White House; and said she was
“hated” by her colleagues for being “nasty,” “vicious, but not smart”
and “nothing but problems.” Despite all this, insists Mr. Trump, he had
tried his best to make things work because Ms. Manigault Newman always
said “GREAT things” about him. For this president, there remains no
higher job qualification than constantly telling him and others what a
super guy he is.
indeed - and in fact the above passage is more evidence that the
president of the USA is mentally deranged.
Here is the ending of this article:
Yes indeed. And in fact
the only real talent that
I found since the beginning of 2017
is that Trump does have a remarkable talent for lying. This is
a recommended article.
oneself with smart, competent, preferably noncorrupt people is
important for any president. The job is too big for even the most
gifted leader to handle alone. But for a president with no relevant
experience in, knowledge of or identifiable interest in what the job
entails, it is all the more vital. Unfortunately, Mr. Trump’s claim
that he has a keen eye for talent, like so many of his other promises,
turned out to be a mix of alternative facts and hot air.
Graves of Immigrants Found in Texas, But State Says No Laws Were Broken
This article is
Goodman and Nermeen Shaikh on Democracy Now! It starts with the
Texas says there is
“no evidence” of wrongdoing
after mass graves filled with bodies of immigrants were found miles
inland from the U.S.-Mexico border. The bodies were gathered from the
desert surrounding a checkpoint in Falfurrias, Texas, in Brooks County.
An investigation was launched after the mass graves were exposed last
November in a documentary by The Weather Channel in partnership with
Telemundo and The Investigative Fund. The report also found many of the
migrants died after crossing into the United States and waiting hours
for Border Patrol to respond to their 911 calls. We speak with reporter
John Carlos Frey, who found rampant violations of the law.
I say. Here is more:
And in the latest scandal, Texas has claimed there was no evidence of
wrongdoing when the bodies of immigrants found miles inland from the
Mexican border were placed in mass graves. The bodies were gathered
from the desert surrounding a checkpoint in Falfurrias, Texas, in
Brooks County. An investigation was launched after the mass graves were
exposed last November in a documentary
by The Weather Channel in partnership with Telemundo and The
Investigative Fund. In this clip, reporter John Carlos Frey speaks with
Dr. Krista Latham of the University of Indianapolis at one of the sites
where scores of migrant bodies were buried.
Here is more:
BAKER: They’re unmarked,
they’re unidentifiable, and there’s no information on these
individuals. We anticipate at least several hundred may still be buried
within the cemetery.
As I investigate why so many lost migrants are dying in Brooks County,
I hear about forensic teams from Baylor and Indianapolis universities,
who have spent the past two years exhuming migrant bodies.
LATHAM: I just feel like
everybody deserves to be mourned properly. They still have parents or
siblings or spouses or children that are wondering what happened to
them. So we’re doing this for the families.
For years, the previous sheriff would give the bodies to a funeral
home, that charged taxpayers over a thousand dollars per body, then
buried them, anonymously, in a corner of this cemetery.
Can you describe what kinds
of bags the individuals were buried in?
BAKER: They’re biohazard
bags, trash bags.
I say, once again. So
it seems that the least that happened was that many bodies
immigrants (and it is unclear how or why they died) were given by a
sheriff to a funeral home, that then cashed over a thousand dollars per
body from the American taxes, and proceeded by burying the bodies in
trash bags in unmarked and unidentifiable mass graves.
Here is the last bit
that I quote from this article:
And that´s it - and please note that
almost nothing is known about the people buried in trash bags
graves, and that includes the reason why they died.
This is a
The mass graves are in a small rural county in South Texas called
Brooks County, a very poor county. The migrants mostly come from
Central America and Mexico, and they find themselves crossing the
U.S.-Mexico border, trying to evade a checkpoint and walking about 40
miles in what amounts to 100-degree heat and 100 percent humidity. Many
of the individuals die. They don’t have identification on them. The
process by which the county and officials in the area try to identify
them is pretty meaningless. And these individuals are buried in a
county cemetery, basically dumped into a hole in the ground. Many of
them don’t have markers or proper burial techniques. And these graves,
in the last couple of years, have been exhumed so that the individuals
can be identified, or at least the attempt to identify them.
Iranian Ambassador: Trump’s Re-imposed Sanctions Against Iran Are an
Act of Warfare
This article is
Goodman on Democracy Now! It starts with the following introduction:
escalating between the U.S. and Iran after the Trump administration
re-imposed economic sanctions against Iran last week. This news
followed Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. Trump
has threatened other countries seeking to trade with Iran, tweeting,
“Anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be
doing business with the United States.” Iranian President Hassan
Rouhani condemned the sanctions as “psychological warfare,” saying last
week he would not begin negotiations until the sanctions are withdrawn.
We speak with Ambassador Seyed Hossein Mousavian, Middle East security
and nuclear policy specialist at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson
School of Public and International Affairs. He served as spokesperson
for Iran in its nuclear negotiations with the European Union from 2003
Yes indeed. And this was
started by the Trump administration, that - so far - has not
other country to agree with it, and that also seems to be out for real
war with Iran.
Here is more, with considerable background information:
SEYED HOSSEIN MOUSAVIAN: As you know, the Iranian
nuclear deal was the result of 13 years of negotiation between Iran and
the world powers. The U.S. engaged in negotiation in 2013 and had also
bilateral meetings—intrusive, frequent bilateral meetings—from 2013 to
2015. Ultimately, Iran and the U.S., Iran, the world powers, agreed on
the nuclear deal. The United Nations Security Council passed a
resolution approving the deal. And two years after deal, Iran has fully
complied with all its commitments. The IAEA,
International Atomic Energy Agency, which is the sole agency
responsible for supervising the nuclear program of member states, has
11 times since 2016 confirmed Iran’s full compliance with the nuclear
Yes, I agree with
Mousavian. Here is more:
Now, the U.S. is the only UN
Security Council member who withdrew from the deal, who violated the
deal. This is bad. This is a big mistake. This is a violation of
international law and regulations by the United States of America.
However, what you mentioned, the U.S. ambassador wrote an op-ed in
London pressuring the U.K. to join the U.S. to violate the United
Nations Security Council, and to withdraw from the deal. The U.S. is
doing such a move with every European member. The U.S. is pushing all
international community, all other countries, and this is really
something very strange and perhaps unprecedented.
Let me ask you about President Trump and his increasing threats against
Iran. Last month he tweeted to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, ”NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE.” This was in all caps. Later, National
Security Advisor John Bolton doubled down, saying, “President Trump
told me that if Iran does anything at all to the negative, they will
pay a price like few countries have ever paid before.”
I say (and I quoted
literally, although I dislike all caps and also italics,
which is also
why I avoid italics).
Here is the last bit I quote from this article:
Yes indeed, and this is a
strongly recommended article, in which there is
GOODMAN: What about
President Trump threatening any country that does business with Iran,
saying the U.S. won’t do business with them?
This is exactly what I said, a new and unprecedented phenomenon in
international relations, because the nuclear deal has—it clearly states
in the nuclear—I mean, you would see in the nuclear deal stating that
all member, all signatories are committed to facilitate normal economic
relation with Iran.
4. How Trump’s War on
Regulation is Trickle-Down Economics
This article is
by Robert Reich on his site. It starts as follows:
When Trump’s not blaming
for everything that ails America, he’s blaming regulations.
Last week he even blamed
regulations for the wildfires now ravaging California. They’re “made
so much worse,” he tweeted,
“by the bad environmental laws which aren’t
allowing massive amount[s] of readily available water to be properly
I have news for Trump.
tough environmental laws are among America’s (and the world’s) last
against climate change. And it’s climate change – not regulation –
havoc across California as well as much of the rest of the world.
Oh, and Californians are
water very carefully.
Yet Trump is pushing in the
direction. He’s now proposing to let cars pollute more and to strip
of its right to set higher air-quality rules.
It’s not just the
Trump is also gutting regulations that protect consumers, workers,
students, and children.
Yes indeed, and in fact
attacking regulations is one of the most favorite
neoliberal (in part
ways of getting more money to the rich. Also, I wrote
about this in 2015, and here is a link,
which is very well worth reading.
Here is more from Reich:
What’s the justification
for all of this? “The Administration’s agenda of
deregulation is unleashing the … true
potential of American businesses,” trumpets
Trump’s Council of Economic
Advisors in its 2018 economic report.
means more corporate profits. More profits satisfies Trump’s donor
Precisely - and once
again see It's
the deregulation, stupid! (for this gives general ideas and backgrounds).
Here is how Reich sums
(..) Trump is taking a meat
all regulations. In so doing he’s creating a new form of trickle-down
– where the benefits go to corporate executives and major investors,
costs and risks land on the rest of us.
Yes, I entirely
possibly with one stylistical exception: Perhaps ¨trickle-up economics¨ is the better term - and unlike trickle-down economics, that does not
for the non-rich, this also does work very well for the rich.
Here is the last bit that I
quote from this article
They’re using most
of the profits to buy back their own shares of stock – thereby
Which is good for the richest
percent of Americans who own 40 percent of the stock market, and
percent who own 80 percent. But, like trickle-down tax cuts, this
for most Americans.
Trump’s gang of industry
and executives who are busy deregulating the same industries they once
represented will no doubt do very well when they head back into the
The rest of us won’t do well.
Make no mistake. Trump’s
attack on regulation
is just another form of trickle-down economics – where the gains go the
and the risks and losses trickle down.
I entirely agree, possibly
with the stylistical exception I noted already. And this is a strongly
Exec Warns News Outlets to Cooperate or End Up Dying in 'Hospice'
This article is
by Jake Johnson on Common Dreams. It starts as follows:
During a closed-door
and off-the-record meeting last week, top Facebook executive Campbell
Brown reportedly warned news publishers that refusal to cooperate with
the tech behemoth's efforts
to "revitalize journalism" will leave media outlets dying "like in a
Reported first by The
Australian under a headline which read "Work
With Facebook or Die: Zuckerberg," the social media giant has
insisted the comments were taken out of context, even as five
individuals who attended the four-hour meeting corroborated what Brown
"Mark doesn't care about
publishers but is giving me a lot of leeway and concessions to make
these changes," Brown reportedly said, referring to Facebook CEO Mark
Zuckerberg. "We will help you revitalize journalism... in a few years
the reverse looks like I'll be holding hands with your dying business
like in a hospice."
I say! So this is
Fuckbook/Facistbook/Facebook in action! As I have been saying since
2011 - here is the link - I strongly
dislike and despise Facebook, and
I would not want anything whatsoever to do with it, even
if my money or
my career depended on it.
Here is how the corrupt and
Brown's warning about the
dire prospects for news outlets that don't get on board with a future
in which corporate giants like Facebook are the arbiters of what is and
isn't trustworthy news comes as progressives are raising
alarm that Facebook's entrance into the world of journalism poses a
major threat to non-corporate and left-wing news outlets.
As Common Dreams reported
in July, progressives' fears were partly confirmed after Facebook
unveiled its first slate of news "segments" as part of its Facebook
does NOT provide the news; Facebook provides ¨the news¨ it
wants its members to read, and does not give any opening to other news
(which it might also classify as ¨fake news¨).
Here is the last bit
that I quote from this article:
Reacting to Brown's
reported assertion that Zuckerberg "doesn't care about publishers,"
Judd Legum, who writes the Popular Information newsletter,argued,
"Anyone who does care about news needs to understand Facebook as a
"In addition to disputed
quote, there are also Facebook's actions, which are fully consistent
with the quote," Legum added. "We desperately need to develop
alternative delivery mechanisms to Facebook."
Yes, although in my
opinion there is such an ¨alternative delivery
I write my own site in my own html editor, and
anybody who is minimally intelligent can do the same, indeed
Then again, I fear that
at least 70% of the members of Facebook - that is: over 1,2 billion of
its members - and specifically those who get all their news either from
Facebook or from Google, simply lack the brains to do the same. O
well.... and this is a recommended article.
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 (!!).