in all the world is more dangerous, than sincere ignorance and
-- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
from March 3, 2019
This is a
Nederlog of Sunday,
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 three 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:
. Selections from March 3, 2019:
1. Trump: Foes 'Trying to Take Me Out With
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. Michael Cohen and the pathological
liars among us
3. David Cay Johnston lays out the 14 Trump crimes uncovered
4. Harvard psychiatrist: ‘Trump is a sociopath’
5. Cohen Knows What Trump Is Capable Of
1. Trump: Foes 'Trying to Take Me Out With Bullshit'
This article is by Kevin Freking
on Truthdig and originally on The Associated Press. I abbreviated the
title. It starts as follows:
In a slashing speech
with braggadocio and grievance, President Donald Trump denounced
Democrats as the party of “the socialist nightmare,” relitigated his
crowd sizes back to the inauguration and took on “sick,” ”lunatic” and
“dirty” foes at every turn, earning him the unvarnished adoration of
cheering conservatives Saturday.
Trump let loose against House Democrats, who are broadening their
investigations of him, predicted he would win re-election by a greater
margin than his 2016 victory, taunted his potential White House
challengers and sounded themes that are staples of his rallies. He
complained often of getting “no credit” for his achievements as he
proudly drifted “off script” at the Conservative Political Action
His remarks capped a week
that saw his nuclear summit with North Korea’s leader collapse without
an agreement, his former lawyer deliver damaging congressional
testimony about his character and business practices and Congress take
action to nullify his emergency declaration to secure money for the
border wall that lawmakers have denied him.
I think all of the
above is quite correct. Here is more:
And he laced into the “New
Green Deal or whatever the hell they call” the climate-change plan
floated by some liberal Democrats that Trump showcased as creeping
It took him more than an
hour to get to the message that Republicans and members of his
administration have been spreading in recent weeks as they brand
Democratic policy ideas as socialism.
“America will never be a
socialist country,” he said. “Socialism is not about the environment,
it’s not about justice, it’s not about virtue.” He said it’s about
“power for the ruling class.”
Well... I think I like
it that Trump attacks "socialism" and the Green New Deal (and in the
sick way of Pelosi, who also pretended not to know what it is called).
Here is the last bit
that I quote from this article:
Incidentally, if these
remarks are taken serious by many Republicans, it shows how extremely
they must be - but I fear they are. And this is a recommended article.
“I think the New Green
whatever the hell they call it — the Green New Deal — I encourage it,”
Trump said mockingly as he wound up for a round of exaggeration. “I
think it’s really something that they should promote. They should work
hard on it. … No planes, no energy. When the wind stops blowing that’s
the end of your electric. Let’s hurry up. Darling, is the wind blowing
today? I’d like to watch television, darling.”
Cohen and the pathological liars among us
This article is by
Abby Ellin on AlterNet and originally on Salon. It starts as follows:
abuzz with Michael Cohen’s damning testimony about his former boss,
Donald Trump, and the charges of malfeasance and criminality on the
President’s part. Yet the response of the President’s supporters was
not to challenge Mr. Cohen’s evidence but instead to demean him as a
“pathological liar” who doesn’t know “truth from falsehood,” to
paraphrase Republican Representative Paul Gosar of Arizona.
Yes indeed - and incidentally,
that Republican response was, intellectually speaking, very weak
for the simple reason that they did not challenge any of
Cohen's supposed many lies.
Later, Gosar sang “Liar Liar Pants on Fire” to Cohen,
reminding us yet again that our elected officials often behave like
As to "pathological liars", there is this:
I intimately know about “pathological liars” — I almost
married one. In
response to my experience, I investigated the phenomenon of those who
lack a relationship with the truth. And here’s what I can say for
certain: Confessing to having lied in the past, or atoning for their
misdeeds, as Cohen appears to have done, is the opposite of the
pathological profile. While Cohen’s history of duplicity and fraud runs
very deep, he’s not a pathological liar. A “fool,” as he himself
admitted, with dubious, often despicable, values. But not a
Perhaps, and I am happy I never lived with or thought to
marry a pathological liar. Here is more on pathological lying:
The official term for pathological lying is pseudologia fantastica, but experts are unsure if
the condition is a symptom of a larger psychiatric
condition or a disease in itself. Pathological lying isn’t in the
DSM-V, the diagnostic bible; doctors aren’t completely sure what causes
The first article is mildly interesting, also for this
psychologist. Then again, being a psychologist I should tell you that
(1) I do not believe that psychiatry is a science (and see here); (2) I do not think
that most psychological problems are due to "a disease"; and in fact
(3) doctors aren't sure about very many
things, including many real
medical problems (as I should know after having been declared not
ill for nearly 40 years by 90% of all medical doctors, whereas since
March 2018 the very same symptoms
constitute a serious chronic disease - as is correct).
Besides, I also think that there very probably is a
large grey territory between people who definitely suffer
from pseudologia fantastica, and those who lie a lot or who lie easily
(like 90% of the doctors my ex - also ill for more than 40 years - and
Here is some more:
Yes, probably so, though I do
want to remark that somebody who is "incapable" of understanding what
is real and what is not, also is probably incapable of lying.
Why do some people become pathological liars — that is,
of the lies they tell, indifferent, if not incapable, of the
distinction between what’s real and not? For many, the thrill of lying
demonstrates their skill and superior intellect; manipulating others is
Here is the last bit that I quote from this article:
For others, lying allows them to obtain the acceptance
otherwise be denied. This distinction is crucial in today’s day and
age, as we live in what’s been called a “post-truth” society where bad
news is “fake news” and one’s critics aren’t judged by the quality of
their criticism but by the fact that they are critics — “enemies of the
people.” (Or, in the words of Rep. Mark Green, a Republican from
Tennessee, a “fake witness.”) The ability — and the desire — to
misrepresent the truth is being given free range in unaccountable
social media and by axe-grinding media partisans. It’s an environment
that enables “pathological liars” to prosper.
Well... yes and no.
First about the purported fact that "we live in what’s been called a “post-truth”
society where bad news is “fake news” and one’s critics aren’t judged
by the quality of their criticism but by the fact that they are critics
— “enemies of the people.”"
I have heard over 40 years ago for the first time
the sick, evil and degenerate lie that "Everybody
knows that truth does not exist", and I did so in the context of the
"University" of Amsterdam. But this was in an intellectual context, and
I deny we live in any plausible sense in "a “post-truth” society",
though I agree lying and misrepresenting and propagandizing
have been made a great lot easier than they were 40 and more years
I come to that in a moment, but I first want to say that
"post-truth" and "fake news" and the "enemies of the people" are -
to my mind, at least - weak evidence that truth somehow has
disappeared while they are strong evidence that speakers who
use these term in an apparent realistic sense are in fact totalitarians
(except on Wikipedia, that uses an intentionally false sense of
totalitarianism, that has nothing to do with serious writers
Orwell, and that has a lot to do with serious frauds like
And here is my second remark, which is about "The ability — and the desire — to
misrepresent the truth is being given free range in unaccountable
social media" and what I want to say here is that the
social media are also free in aliases, while it seems as if billions
of people only write in public as aliases. I think that is extremely
dangerous, and it also shows that extremely many very ordinary people,
who are not pathological liars, do like to lie,
especially if this avoids any personal responsibility. And this is a
Cay Johnston lays out the 14 Trump crimes uncovered by Michael Cohen
This article is by David Cay
Johnston on AlterNet and originally on DC Report. I abbreviated the
title. It starts as follows:
How many crimes did
Michael Cohen reveal in his testimony? By my count 14.
Yes, I think that is
right, and one of my (quite plentiful) reasons is the writer of this
article, David Cay
Johnston, for he is an intelligent man who has studied Donald Trump
for thirty years.
If you missed many of the crimes, it’s not surprising. Fascinating as
much of his testimony was, Cohen did not articulate the various crimes
in an orderly fashion. Instead, he just threw a lot of them out there
like so many dots.
And for good measure, he
said, in response to a question, that he was not confident that Trump
would peacefully transfer power to the next president, which would be a
15th crime if his speculation proves accurate.
Worse, the House Oversight
and Reform Committee majority never connected Cohen’s dots into a
compelling picture of White House criminal culture—with three notable
exceptions that we will get to in a moment.
Scattered among Cohen’s
20-page opening statement and its attached exhibits, together with his
hours of public testimony on Feb. 27, was plenty of evidence that Trump
is running a criminal organization whose offices and key staff simply
moved its headquarters from his Manhattan high rise to the White House.
Here is some more:
Yes, I think this is all
correct. Here is the final bit that I quote from this article:
Cohen in detail or in
passing revealed 11 kinds of fraud: accounting, bank, charity,
insurance, mail, wire, federal income tax, state income tax, local
property tax fraud, campaign finance disclosure and federal ethics
Many of these were
overlapping or interconnected. That’s how white-collar crime works.
It’s not akin to a crude stickup with a gun, it’s a slight-of-facts
designed to fool the gullible, enrich the bribable and to slip through
the wide gaps in the weak legal walls Congress has erected to address
Quite so, and it should be
added that while Republicans insisted that Cohen was lying, no
Republican said about what he was specifically lying, which
suggests that he was not lying.
During the Feb. 27, hearing
we heard a lot of efforts by Republicans to demonize Cohen, but not one
word about why Trump would have employed him as his consigliere for
more than a decade.
No Republican tried to deny
that Trump had done what Cohen said, other than vague assertions that
Cohen was lying.
And this is a recommended article.
psychiatrist: ‘Trump is a sociopath’
This article is by
Tana Ganeva on AlterNet and originally on Raw Story. I abbreviated the
This is from near its beginning:
I say, which I do because
(1) I am a psychologist, who (2) believes - like the vast
majority of Dutch psychologists who were educated in the 60ies,
70ies, 80ies and 90ies - that psychiatry and psychoanalysis are not
real sciences in any rational sense, though (3) I agree
- in fact mostly because the criterions are behavorial - that Trump is a megalomaniac
(aka "narcissistic personality disorder"), for which reasons (4) I am
and am not somewhat amazed to be presented with a psychoanalyst who denies
he is a megalomaniac but insists he is a sociopath.
Raw Story spoke with Dr.
Lance Dodes, a Training and Supervising Analyst Emeritus with the
Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. He recently retired as an
assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
Dodes is a contributor
Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health
Experts Assess a President. His chapter makes the case
that Trump suffers from a dangerous sociopathic disorder.
Following what was largely seen as a failed summit with Kim Jong Un,
Donald Trump said he believed the dictator when he said he hadn’t known
about Otto Warmbier. Do you see strains of Trump’s sociopathy in this?
Lance Dodes: Mr. Trump is a
sociopath, in that he meets every diagnostic criterion for the official
diagnostic term “Antisocial Personality Disorder.” The fact that this
is a personality disorder, rather than simply a single symptom such as
anxiety or depression, means that all his actions are signs of this
severe, continuous, mental disturbance.
To understand his actions,
it is essential to keep in mind that sociopaths have only one goal: to
enhance themselves, and that in pursuing their self-interest, they lack
both normal human empathy for others and a normal human conscience.
Cheating, conning, lying, stealing, threatening are all done with no
Well... for me sociopathy is utter bullshit, so
that I am rather thankful that the definition that the (sick and
degenerate) DSM-5 uses for sociopathy is listed:
Now suppose you are
living in the Soviet Union or Hitler's Germany or in the present China,
and suppose you do not agree with your government:
Clearly, you will satisfy criterion 1 above, and if you are in any way
smart you also will satisfy criterion 2, 6 and 7, while if you are also
courageous, you probably will satisfy (until you are tortured)
criterions 4 and 5.
Tana Ganeva: What
made you first consider that Donald Trump is a sociopath?
Lance Dodes: Mr. Trump has
a long history that proves his diagnosis. If you consider the 7 traits
that define Antisocial Personality Disorder in the DSM-5, he meets
every one of them:
1. Failure to conform to
social norms with respect to lawful behaviors.
2. Deceitfulness, as indicated by repeated lying … or conning others
for personal profit or pleasure
3. Impulsivity or failure to plan ahead
4. Irritability and aggressiveness
5. Reckless disregard for safety of self or others.
6. Consistent irresponsibility, as indicated by repeated failure to
sustain consistent work behavior or honor financial obligations
7. Lack of remorse, as indicated by being indifferent to or
rationalizing having hurt, mistreated, or stolen from another.
But the Soviet Union was totalitarian
and China is totalitarian - yet, in the eyes of local psychiatrists and
local psychoanalysts, many who disagree with "social norms" will be
classified as mentally ill because they are supposed to sociopaths.
And therefore I think sociopathy is evil bullshit,
indeed like many of the present-day diagnoses of psychiatrists
Here is the last bit that I quote from this article:
I agree with this. But I
do not think Trump is a sociopath, firstly because of my
criticism of that concept, and secondly because I did verify
myself that Trump satisfies all 9 criterions for being a megalomaniac.
Anyway, I suppose this is a recommended article.
There are two major risks
from Mr. Trump.
First, there is a serious
risk that he will start a war to distract the country from his multiple
failures and his attempts to become a one-man ruler. This is most
likely to occur as he is stressed by challenges to his position as
President. Other tyrants have plunged their nations into war, sometimes
by creating an international incident as an excuse, to avoid internal
disputes and solidify power.
Second, there is a serious
risk of his destroying democracy in this country. He has already eroded
it by attacking the principle of balance of powers, attacking the
judicial system and the Congress, attempting to gather all power to
himself. He has tried to destroy our free press by claiming that its
criticisms of him are “fake news” and that a free press is the enemy of
Knows What Trump Is Capable Of
This article is
by Marjorie Cohn on Truthout. I abbreviated the title. It starts as
On February 27, Michael
Cohen, Donald Trump’s former lawyer and fixer, testified before the
House Oversight and Reform Committee for six hours. In two months,
Cohen will begin serving a three-year prison sentence. He pleaded
guilty to campaign finance violations involving illegal hush money and
falsely testifying to Congress that Trump Tower Moscow negotiations had
ended before the campaign.
“The last time I appeared
before Congress, I came to protect Mr. Trump. Today, I’m here to tell
the truth about Mr. Trump,” Cohen testified. “I am not protecting Mr.
Cohen called Trump “a
racist,” “a conman” and “a cheat,” who enlisted others to do his dirty
work. “Trump did not directly tell me to lie to Congress. That’s not
how he operates.” He “would look me in the eye and tell me there’s no
business in Russia and then go out and lie to the American people.”
I think all of the
above is (probably) correct. Here is more on Trump:
“Mr. Trump is a conman,”
said. “He asked me to pay off an adult film star with whom he had an
affair, and to lie to his wife about it, which I did.” Trump told Cohen
to say that Trump “was not knowledgeable of these reimbursements and he
wasn’t knowledgeable of” what Cohen was doing.
Cohen displayed a copy of
$35,000 check written to him on Trump’s account, signed by Trump and
dated August 1, 2017, while Trump was president. Cohen said the check
was “pursuant to the cover-up, which was the basis of my guilty plea.”
It was one of 11 payments Trump made to reimburse Cohen for the hush
money he paid to porn star Stormy Daniels. This constituted obstruction
I think this is also all
correct. Here is more on Trump:
“Mr. Trump is a racist,”
stated. While Barack Obama was still president, Trump asked Cohen if he
could name a country run by a Black person that wasn’t a “shithole,” a
term Trump has used in the past. Once, when they drove through a
“struggling neighborhood in Chicago,” Trump told Cohen only Black
people could live that way. “And,” Cohen testified, “he told me that
Black people would never vote for him because they were too stupid.”
I fear this is also all correct
(and Trump sounds more like Archie Bunker
than like the President of the USA).
Here is the last bit that I
quote from this article:
I say. Then again, because
I think that Trump is mad I do not think this is "the most disturbing
thing Cohen said", though this may become problematic. And this is a
Cohen explained why he
agreed to testify even though he has nothing to gain and much to lose:
“I fear that if [Trump] loses the election in 2020, there will never be
a peaceful transition of power.”
That is the most disturbing
thing Cohen said. He knows better than anyone what Trump is capable of.
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 (!!).