from September 22, 2018
This is a
Nederlog of Saturday,
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 September 22, 2018:
1. Generation Being Born Now Is The Last To Be Free
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. Trump Is 'Unable to Tolerate Reality'
3. “Fahrenheit 11/9” Aims Not at Trump But at Those Who
Conditions That Led to His Rise
4. Google Suppresses Memo Revealing Plans to Closely Track
5. The Gamification of Tyranny
Being Born Now Is The Last To Be Free
This article is by
Anonymous on RT. It is the last interview with Julian Assange
Assange got effectively locked up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London,
with only some of his legal helpers having access to him. It is
because I like it (and yes, I am quite pessimistic as well). It
as follows (and is fairly brief):
Before his links to
the world were cut by his Ecuadorian hosts, WikiLeaks founder Julian
Assange gave an interview on how technological advances are changing
humankind. He said global surveillance will soon be totally
Yes, I completely agree -
and this will be the end of anything you might call democracry:
[Assange] says it will soon be
impossible for any human being to not be included in global databases
collected by governments and state-like entities.
internet gives the total power to a very few mostly quite anonymous
persons, who mostly belong to the secret services and to Facebook and
Amazon (and some more, but these are the most important).
These very few persons and their menials will in principle
everything about anyone, at least in so far as everything is concerned
that appears on the internet in some form.
Here is Assange's judgement on freedom - it will be completely gone:
agree, although I do not think this is a fault
of your parents (who
indeed, as a rule, are virtually ignorant about anything computers may
do apart from popping up their screens): it is a simple and
consequence of the fact that the secret services from anywhere
(including the USA, Russia and China) having access to virtually
anything that gets on the internet since 2001.
generation being born now… is the last free generation. You
are born and either immediately or within say a year you are known
globally. Your identity in one form or another –coming as a result of
your idiotic parents plastering your name and photos all over Facebook
or as a result of insurance applications or passport applications– is
known to all major world powers.
Here is more by Assange:
Well... in fact what
Assange calls "an
was (it seems) first thought of and named by Carter's chief of security
Zbigniev Brzezinski between 1967 and 1970:
“Look at what Google
and Baidu and Tencent and Amazon and Facebook are doing. They are
basically open-cut harvesting the knowledge of humankind as we express
it, when we communicate with each other… This classical model, which
people in academia call ‘surveillance capitalism’… has changed now.
It’s a really
very important and severe economic change. Which is to take the
surveillance capitalism model and transform it instead into a model
that does not yet have a name, an ‘AI model’. Which is to use this vast
reservoir to train Artificial Intelligences of different kinds.
Brzezinksi called it "the technotronic society" between 1967 and 1970 but in fact meant the
kind of neofascism
we see developing at present everywhere,
simply because the
very few who belong to some
arbitrary secret service have access to
virtually everything anybody puts on the internet, besides
access to virtually every computer.
Here is what Brzezinksi (his name is currently spelled a bit
differently from 50 years ago) had in mind, already between 1967 and 1970 - and see my Propaganda
and Control: Brezezinski - and all of this is quoted from the best
book I read on the French failed revolution of 1968, namely Stephen Spender's
"The Year of The Young Rebels" that was first published in 1969 (and
bought by me decades ago):
Note that apart from
term this was already explicitly planned fascism or neofascism in
late 1960ies: "it will soon be possible to assert almost continuous
surveillance over every citizen and maintain up-to-date,
containing even personal information about
personal behaviour of the citizen" - which would be only accessible to the very
idea of the
technotronic society seems to be under the
Brezezinski, until recently a member of
Staff of the State Department, and now
Research Institute of Communist Affairs at
The 'technotronic society' seems to be the
society of 'spontaneity' demanded by
students, who Mr Brezezinskin evidently regards
throw-backs, survivors of Romantic days, forlornly
anachronistic roles: (1)
Our society is
leaving the phase of spontaneity and is entering a
more self-conscious state;
ceasing to be an industrial society, its is being shaped to an
ever-increasing extent by technology and electronics,
(1) New Republic, 13 December 1967
and thus becoming the first technotronic society.
This is at least in part the cause for much of
the current tensions and violence, and largely the reason why events
in America today do not fit established categories
that the technotronic society fills some
(in this respect the reactionaries and the
Mr Brezezinski does not expect that the Luddite
anarchy will seriously obstruct the new
'it will soon be possible to assert almost
surveillance over every citizen and maintain up-to-
containing even personal information
personal behaviour of the citizen, in
customary data.' Moreover it will be
and plan to meet any uprisings in the
will even be able to forecast crises before the
conscious of wanting them.
And this is from a Wikipedia article about Brzezinski before
the Wikipedia seems to have sold out to the CIA, for it now completely
disappeared, but was still there in 2012:
involves the gradual appearance of a more controlled society. Such a
society would be dominated by an elite, unrestrained by traditional
values. Soon it will be possible to assert almost continuous
surveillance over every citizen and maintain up-to-date complete files
containing even the most personal information about the citizen. These
files will be subject to instantaneous retrieval by the authorities."
This was neofascism or
and it was planned for computers from the late 1960ies onwards,
and at present it has been mostly realized. And yes, I believe
to the last generation that deserved to be called free. This is a strongly
Between Two Ages: America’s Role in the Technetronic Era, 1970
Is 'Unable to Tolerate Reality'
This article is by
Chauncey DeVega on AlterNet and originally on Salon. This is from near
its beginning (and it had a four-line title that I abbreviated):
Bandy Lee, a
professor of psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine, says
she was contacted last year by White House insiders, who were "scared"
that the president was "unraveling."
Yes indeed. Here is more -
and while I am a psychologist with considerable experience in
the mentally ill, I am not a psychiatrist, and doubt whether I
any sense a "mental health expert" (for even the term
seems mistaken to me):
Lee has been tracking the
apparent decline in Donald Trump's mental health for several years. She
has convened a conference on the obligation of mental health
professionals to warn the public about the dangers he represents, and
is also the editor of the bestselling book "The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27
Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President."
I admit that I was
somewhat surprised, in part because I regard Trump as a very bad man
who also is insane,
but I do not regard most of his collaborators as
insane, though I think most are bad men.
What was your first
reaction when the New York Times published the anonymous op-ed by a
White House official?
I was not surprised. I was
struck by how the op-ed was being treated as such a big deal. I think
it’s admirable that the writer chose to divulge the information about
Donald Trump's very dangerous and worrisome behavior. But in many ways
Trump's behavior was expected. As mental health professionals, we see
the psychological symptoms in process so the result and outcome are
very often not that surprising.
Besides, I have also learned over the past few years that most
journalists have little or no understanding of either psychology or
psychiatry (and also seem not inclined to acquire some more
Here is more, and this is interesting:
You have said that
two officials in the White House actually reached out to you last year
with their fears about Donald Trump's mental health.
That occurred during
October of last year. There were two phone calls saying that these
persons were from the White House. They seemed very credible and very
genteel over the phone. They were very respectful. They were calling
because they found me to be credible based on the book I edited about
Donald Trump's mental health. These people were trying to figure out a
solution and really just asking for help.
I think this is
interesting because I believe it and because it implies that there are
at least some of Trump's personal collaborators who agree with
dr. Lee that Trump is insane.
Here is some about
Well... yes, but I think
the original article from 2016 - see Is Donald Trump Mentally Ill?
So much of this is
predictable from a clinical standpoint. Trump is not going to get
better. What are his symptoms?
Donald Trump has shown a
number of symptoms which are now quite obvious to even an untrained
person. He is impulsive. He is reckless. He has shown a lack of empathy
and a lack of concern about consequences. His grip on reality is loose.
I suspect he is unable to tolerate reality for what it is. So, Trump
has to make himself into a person who is infallible and an expert on
Therefore, when reality does
not comport with his emotional needs, he has to fabricate his own
version of reality. Trump has also shown a tendency of needing to
present himself as being strong and powerful. He is constantly
preoccupied with his self-image, he is unable to tolerate criticism and
he lashes out when there is a hint of anyone being against him or
challenging his authority.
- is a
better and clearer list.
Here is more:
Yes - and one of the reasons I
fear a madman who is president of the USA is that he can start
nuclear war. Here is more on that possibility:
I have argued that
Trump leads a political cult tied together by racism and other
antisocial behavior, and that it is all evidence of collective
narcissism. Trump is personally violent and has also encouraged
violence by his supporters.
He thrives on fear and anger.
Trump stokes that to his advantage. One of the reasons that my
colleagues and I said that Trump was dangerous during his campaign was
because he incites violence. He is attracted to violence. Trump will
continually wish to either provoke or be drawn to violence himself --
such as starting a war, even a nuclear war. Nuclear weapons will be
especially attractive to him because of their destructive power.
I agree and this is a strongly
All his actions are in
preparation for something like a nuclear war. I wouldn't be surprised
if that would be the first place he goes. This is quite beyond the
imagination of most people. We can't even conceive of that being a
response, let alone a response that we would take, because a normal
person would think about the level of devastation and the consequences.
But Donald Trump is unable to think of consequences, as far as we can
Trump has shown a
detachment from reality, and of being someone who has shown a severely
impaired ability to be empathetic. Trump also has shown a level of
cruelty and pleasure in inflicting pain on others. Everything is going
in the direction of something very harmful and devastating. It's only a
matter of the stress rising to the level where Trump would make such a
decision, to start a war or use nuclear weapons. This is a very
11/9” Aims Not at Trump But at Those Who Created the Conditions That
Led to His Rise
This article is by
Glenn Greenwald on The Intercept. It starts as follows:
the title of Michael Moore’s new film that opens today in theaters, is
an obvious play on the title of his wildly profitable Bush-era
“Fahrenheit 9/11,” but also a reference to the date of Donald J.
Trump’s 2016 election victory. Despite that, Trump himself is a
secondary figure in Moore’s film, which is far more focused on the
far more relevant and interesting questions of what – and, critically,
who – created the climate in which someone like Trump could occupy
the Oval Office.
For that reason alone,
Moore’s film is highly worthwhile regardless of where one falls on the
political spectrum. The single most significant defect in U.S.
political discourse is the monomaniacal focus on Trump himself, as
though he is the cause – rather than the by-product and symptom – of
decades-old systemic American pathologies.
Personalizing and isolating
Trump as the principal, even singular, source of political evil is
obfuscating and thus deceitful. By effect, if not design, it distracts
the population’s attention away from the actual architects of their
Yes, I think that is
quite right, and indeed I regard the election of Trump as president of
the USA as one of the many consequences of radical changes in policies
that were started by Lewis
F. Powell Jr., Margaret Thatcher and Ronald
Reagan, all of which happened around 40 to almost 50 years ago.
Here is some more on
the backgrounds of Trump's arisal:
The lie-fueled destruction
of Vietnam and Iraq, the worldwide torture regime, the 2008 financial
collapse and subsequent bailout and protection of those responsible for
it, the foreign kidnapping and domestic rounding up of Muslims, the
record-setting Obama-era deportations and whistleblower prosecutions,
the obliteration of Yemen and Libya, the embrace of Mubarak,
Sisi, and Saudi despots, the years of bipartisan subservience to
Wall Street at everyone else’s expense, the full-scale immunity vested
on all the elites responsible for all those crimes (...)
I think this is all
quite correct. Here is the last bit that I quote from
The overriding value
of “Fahrenheit 11/9″ is that it avoids – in fact, aggressively rejects
– this ahistorical manipulation. Moore dutifully devotes a few minutes
at the start of his film to Trump’s rise, and then asks the question
that dominates the rest of it, the one the political and media
establishment has steadfastly avoided examining except in the most
superficial and self-protective ways: “how the fuck did this happen”?
Knowing that no political
work can be commercially successful on a large-scale
without affirming Resistance clichés, Moore
dutifully complies, but only with the most
cursory and fleeting gestures: literally 5 seconds in the film are
devoted to assigning blame for Hillary’s loss to Putin and
Comey. With that duty discharged, he sets his sights on his
real targets: the U.S. political establishment that is ensconced
within both parties, along with the financial elites who own and
control both of them for their own ends.
Quite so, and there is a lot
more in the review, which is strongly recommended.
Suppresses Memo Revealing Plans to Closely Track Search Users in China
This article is by Ryan Gallagher and Lee Fang on The
Intercept. It starts as follows:
Google bosses have forced
employees to delete a confidential memo circulating inside the company
that revealed explosive details about a plan to launch a censored
search engine in China, The Intercept has learned.
The memo, authored by a
Google engineer who was asked to work on the project, disclosed that
the search system, codenamed Dragonfly, would require users to log in
to perform searches, track their location — and share the
resulting history with a Chinese partner who would have “unilateral
access” to the data.
The memo was shared earlier
this month among a group of Google employees who have been organizing
internal protests over the censored search system, which has been
designed to remove content that China’s authoritarian Communist Party
regime views as sensitive, such as information about democracy, human
rights, and peaceful protest.
Yes - and I do not
consider it a great or implausible extension of the above material on
Google if I add that it is my personal guess that the "Chinese partner" of Google-China = the Chinese security service.
Here is some more on
the plans for the Chinese that Google is developing:
The Dragonfly memo reveals
that a prototype of the censored search engine was being developed as
an app for both Android and iOS devices, and would force users to sign
in so they could use the service. The memo confirms, as The Intercept first
reported last week, that users’ searches would be associated with
their personal phone number. The memo adds that Chinese users’
movements would also be stored, along with the IP address of their
device and links they clicked on. It accuses developers working on the
project of creating “spying tools” for the Chinese government to
monitor its citizens.
There is a lot more in this
article, that is recommended, but I observe that "the project of creating “spying tools” for
the Chinese government to monitor its citizens" seems to differ little from the
project of creating “spying
tools” for other governments, like the American and English
governments. And see the first item above and
the next item to follow:
Gamification of Tyranny
article is by Kurt Nimmo on Washington's Blog. It starts as follows:
It looks like we’re headed
for a brave new world where all citizens are rated on their loyalty to
the state and are punished for wandering from its narrative.
Call it the gamification of
In China, the supposedly
communist state—in fact, it is an advanced form of crony capitalist
authoritarianism that Marx would have disapproved—is busy setting up a
rating system for all citizens. According to a paper written by an
academic at the Lebanese American University in Beirut, Lebanon, scores
are based on professional conduct, corruption, type of products bought,
peers’ own scores, and tax evasion.
The author left something
out, however. This social credit system will also be used to
marginalize and stigmatize those who criticize the state.
China’s nominally communist
government says the system and its massive database will allow the
trustworthy to roam freely under heaven while making it hard for the
discredited to take a single step.
In addition to scrutinizing
online activity and acting on tips by snitches, the system will tap
into China’s sprawling network of surveillance cameras, said to number
around 200 million across the country. Facial recognition will ID
individuals and follow their every move in search of behavior worthy of
a low score. Those gaining a high score will be allowed access to
credit facilities, cheaper public transport, and even shorter wait
times for hospital services.
I agree, though I would call this the Nazification
rather than the gamification of repression.
And here is more on the situation in the
If you think you’re free of
this kind of tyranny because you live in America, think again.
Everybody knows the NSA and
its contractors are collecting our most private and intimate
information. Travel bans are enforced through no-fly lists and these
are imposed on political activists as well as the innocent caught up in
the surveillance system. You can lose your position at a university for
thought considered unacceptable to a politically correct orthodoxy. The
state intervenes when a business concern refuses to sell products to
people the seller finds objectionable. In numerous ways, the state
hinders, bans, and criminalizes behavior in parasitic fashion, the end
result being overcrowded industrial prisons and a bounty in revenue
generation through fines, assessments, penalties, and taxes.
Our social media accounts
are scoured by the NSA, FBI, and the CIA for any sign of political
misdeed. The state is able to monitor our behavior online in real-time.
It has turned our cellphones into tracking devices. The tech giants
often collaborate with the state and hand over our data without a
constitutionally mandated search warrant. The data on our phones is
surrendered at the border.
That is to say: As
as "the security forces" are concerned there is not much difference
between China on the one hand, and England and the USA on the other
hand - and see item 4 above.
Here is the last bit that I quote from this article:
The latest signpost of ever
encroaching corporatist-government fascism can be seen in the social
media purge, which through evolution will ultimately remove all content
from the internet deemed “extremist” by the state—and for the state
that is everybody right or left who moves beyond permissible parameters
set by the state.
Meanwhile, a huge internal
security apparatus little different than what was used in the former
Soviet Union is growing in size, arming itself to the teeth against the
citizenry. It has deputized local law enforcement and showered it with
all kinds of weapons, turning local police into armies controlled by
the federal government.
I fear this is mostly
quite correct, although I have to point out that several former
KGB-agents have insisted that what the security forces can extract
the internet is "tenthousands of times" more than the KGB could extract
from people before the times of the internet computer had arrived.
tnis is a strongly 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 (!!).