in all the world is more dangerous, than sincere ignorance and
-- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
from March 19, 2019
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 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:
A. Selections from March 19, 2019:
1. Chelsea Manning and the New
The items 1 - 5 are today's
selections from the 35 sites that I look at
everyorning. The indented text under each link is quoted from the
link that starts the item. Unindented text is by me:
2. Being Better Than Republicans Is Not
3. John Kiriakou: Another Whistleblower in Solitary Confinement
4. Why Unions Matter to You
5. Why Calling the US a ‘Democracy’ Is Both False &
Manning and the New Inquisition
This article is by
Chris Hedges on Truthdig. It starts as follows:
This is all true. Here is
The U.S. government,
determined to extradite and try Julian
Assange for espionage, must find a way to separate what Assange and
did in publishing classified material leaked to them by Chelsea Manning
from what The New York Times and The Washington Post did in publishing
the same material. There is no
federal law that prohibits the press from publishing government
secrets. It is a crime, however, to steal them. The long persecution of
Manning, who on March 8 was sent
back to jail for refusing to testify before a grand jury, is about
If Manning, a former Army
private, admits she was instructed by WikiLeaks and Assange in how to
obtain and pass on the leaked material, which exposed U.S. war crimes
in Afghanistan and Iraq, the publisher could be tried for the theft of
Yes, this is all true, and
I agree with the last two statements. Here is some more:
Manning, who worked as an
Army intelligence analyst in Iraq in 2009, provided WikiLeaks with over
500,000 documents copied from military and government archives,
including the “Collateral
Murder” video footage of an Army helicopter gunning down a group of
unarmed civilians that included two Reuters journalists. She was
arrested in 2010 and found guilty in 2013.
The campaign to criminalize
whistleblowing has, by default, left the exposure of government lies,
fraud and crimes to those who have the skills or access, as Manning and
Edward Snowden did, needed to hack into or otherwise obtain government
electronic documents. This is why hackers, and those who publish their
material such as Assange and WikiLeaks, are being relentlessly
persecuted. The goal of the corporate state is to shroud in total
secrecy the inner workings of power, especially those activities that
violate the law. Movement toward this goal is very far advanced.
I take it this is also all
true. Here is some more:
Manning has always
her leak of the classified documents and videos was prompted solely by
her own conscience. She has refused to implicate Assange and WikiLeaks.
Earlier this month, although President Barack Obama in 2010 commuted
her 35-year sentence after she served seven years, she was jailed again
for refusing to answer questions before a secret grand jury
investigating Assange and WikiLeaks. While incarcerated previously,
Manning endured long periods in solitary confinement and torture. She
twice attempted to commit suicide in prison. She knows from painful
experience the myriad ways the system can break you psychologically and
physically. And yet she has steadfastly refused to give false testimony
in court on behalf of the government. Her moral probity and courage are
perhaps the last thin line of defense for WikiLeaks and its publisher,
whose health is deteriorating in the Ecuadorian
Embassy in London, where he has been holed up since 2012.
The New York Times,
Britain’s The Guardian, Spain’s El País, France’s Le Monde and
Germany’s Der Spiegel all published the WikiLeaks files provided by
Manning. How could they not? WikiLeaks had shamed them into doing their
jobs. But once they took the incendiary material from Manning and
Assange, these organizations callously abandoned them. No doubt they
assume that by joining the lynch mob organized against the two they
will be spared. They must not read history. What is taking place is a
series of incremental steps designed to strangle the press and cement
into place an American version of China’s totalitarian capitalism.
Well, I don´t like
York Times and The Guardian, but I leave it to my readers to decide
whether Hedges is right about them, except for the last
which I think is quite true
and which I also think was the end of both Brzezinski, and the
of the internet: See Crisis: propaganda
and Control: Brezezinski 1968 for Brzezinski´s (realized)
plans, and Crisis:
Christmas sermon: Hypotheses about CF+SS for my analysis of what is
really happening. (This analysis was strongly
supported by Edward
Snowden´s documents, and also is hampered by the fact that almost
of security happens in deep secret.)
Here is more:
I did not read
but I agree with it - and here
is my own analysis, that was made in the
same month ¨Cypherpunks¨ was published, and that I published a month
later (and I still have not read ¨Cypherpunks¨).
Assange, along with three
co-authors—Jacob Appelbaum, Andy Müller-Maguhn and Jérémie
Zimmermann—wrote a book titled “Cypherpunks:
Freedom and the Future of the Internet.” It warns that we are
“galloping into a new transnational dystopia.” The internet has become
not only a tool to educate, they write, but the mechanism to create a
“Postmodern Surveillance Dystopia” that is supranational and dominated
by global corporate power. This new system of global control will
“merge global humanity into one giant grid of mass surveillance and
“All communications will be
surveilled, permanently recorded, permanently tracked, each individual
in all their interactions permanently identified as that individual to
this new Establishment, from birth to death,” Assange says in the book.
“I think that can only produce a very controlling atmosphere.”
“How can a normal person be
free within that system?” he asks. “[He or she] simply cannot, it’s
Here is the last bit I quote from this article:
Yes indeed - and it
was designed to be just that, as I
think the material about Brzezinski (see: Crisis: propaganda
and Control: Brezezinski 1968) proved (but that
material has been removed from internet and/or is very
difficult to access: Thus - for one example - I do have a
copy from Stephen Spender´s book which I quoted in the last link, but
copies of this book are these days very difficult to find). And
this is a very
strongly recommended article.
“The internet, our
tool of emancipation,” Assange writes, “has been transformed into the
most dangerous facilitator of totalitarianism we have ever seen.”
Better Than Republicans Is Not Good Enough
article is by Norman Solomon on Truthdig and originally on Truthout.
This is from near its beginning:
Well... I agree with the
first paragraph, but the second paragraph depends too much on verbal
subtleties (¨to¨ versus ¨about¨ power, while the term power is - as
usually - totally undefined) for me to properly understand.
Humane principles are low
priorities in the profit-driven scheme of things, as the devastating
impacts of economic inequality and militarism attest. By and large,
rapacious power already knows what it’s doing — from Wall Street and
the boardrooms of mega-corporations to the Pentagon and the top
echelons of the “national security” state.
Speaking truth to power is
fine, but it’s far more important — and potentially transformational —
to focus on public education efforts, agitation and organizing that
speaks truth about power while challenging it. Only
by mobilizing to take power can we realistically hope to overcome and
dismantle the dominant power structures.
Here is some more:
No, I am sorry: I disagree.
You can very well argue ¨humanistic change without developing credible threats to
take power¨. An abstract example is ¨I think you are being inhuman when
doing Z¨ versus ¨I think you are
being inhuman when doing Z and if
you keep doing that I will do Y to you¨.
In 2019, the U.S. war
is bombing many
countries while predatory
economic policies are ravaging uncounted lives across the United
States and much of the globe. Urging humanistic change without
developing credible threats to take power is too much like supplication.
Apart from that, I do not think that most arguments for
humanistic change are supplications, for Wikipedia defines
known as petitioning) is a form of prayer,
wherein one party humbly or earnestly asks another party to provide
something, either for the party who is doing the supplicating (e.g.,
"Please spare my life.") or on behalf of someone else.
Here is some more:
I think the first of the above
paragraphs is rather confused but Dr. King was quite right, and here is
my own definition of
“Power is always
Edward Abbey asserted. “Power attracts the worst and corrupts the
best.” Yet democratic consolidations of power offer the opportunity to
throw a monkey wrench into self-marginalizing orthodoxies that dismiss
all power as inherently pernicious. While harmful power is contemptuous
of democracy, legitimate power requires it.
“Power, properly understood, is the ability to achieve purpose,” Dr.
King wrote. “It is the strength required to bring about social,
political or economic changes. In this sense power is not only
desirable but necessary in order to implement the demands of love and
Power: In society: The
ability to make someone do or believe something if one desires it.
Incidentally, there is a lot
more under Power in my Philosophical
Here is the ending of this article:
I think this is true and
this is a recommended article.
Right now, ending GOP
necessary — and also insufficient. Being “better than Republicans” is a
low bar that most Democratic candidates clear with ease. But quests for
social justice, human rights, environmental protection, civil liberties
and peace will require high standards that only grassroots power can
Kiriakou: Another Whistleblower in Solitary Confinement
This article is by
John Kiriakou on Consortium News. It starts as follows:
Last year I wrote
about a whistleblower from New England who took direct action to save a
child’s life and who paid for it with his freedom. Marty
Gottesfeld is now serving 10 years in prison for trying to save Justina
Pelletier from abuse at the hands of her doctors at Children’s Hospital
I say, which I do for
three reasons, namely firstly because I am angry about the above
story; secondly because I have now more than 40 years of ME/CFS,
that until March 2018 was described by almost all - 27 - of
Dutch doctors my ex (who also has the disease over 40
years) saw as
¨psychosomatic¨, which is not even a medical diagnosis, and
2018 is ¨a serious chronic disease¨, which my ex and I now have for
40 years in which we were discriminated by virtually all medical
doctors, virtually all Dutch bureaucrats we came into contact with, and
in fact also by most Dutchmen; and thirdly because a very
as happened to Justine happened in Denmark to Karina Hansen, who has
ME/CFS, and was similarly abused by prominent Danish psychiatrists.
At the age of 14, Justine
developed searing stomach pain and inexplicable digestive problems. Her
parents took her to a series of doctors until a metabolic geneticist at
Tufts Medical Center diagnosed her with mitochondrial disease, a
genetic malady that can lead to weakened muscles, neurological problems
Her symptoms worsened over the
course of the next 18 months until the pain was too much to bear. She
began slurring her speech and was unable to stand. Finally, her parents
took her to Boston Children’s Hospital, a leading institution
affiliated with Harvard University. It was there that doctors said
Justina didn’t have mitochondrial disease at all. They said she had
mental illness and her symptoms were psychosomatic. They took her off
her medications, but her parents refused to comply. When they went to
take Justina home, they were blocked by hospital guards. The hospital
took Justina into “state custody” and reported her parents to state
officials for “medical child abuse.” It was then that the case went off
If you want to know more about Karina Hansen, you may check out Valerie
Eliot Smith´s (a lawyer with nearly 40 years of ME/CFS) ¨Posts
Karina Hansen´ Category¨ where you can find considerably more.
Here I want to explain two reasons why
the judgement that something is
psychosomatic is not a proper medical answer at all:
Firstly, ¨psychosomatic¨, which is a term made of the Greek term for
spirit and the Greek term for body, is rather naturally taken in the
sense that human beings have both a spirit (psyche, soul) and a
body (soma), and that the psyche may influence the body in many ways.
I think this is the most common meaning of ¨psychosomatic¨ (which
whenever I have seen or heard it used was never as clearly
above), but this is not medical science at all, for medical
science is based on the premiss that medics relate to the body alone,
and not to a soul, psyche, mind or
may be (re-)construed in a more or less medical fashion by the addition
that the psyche is not a soul or spirit, but is a part
of a living (human) brain.
I have never met a medic who was as explicit as this, but I
probably have met medics who believed this. Then again, this is still not
medical science at all, for there is hardly any evidence whatsoever
that explains how the brain - which
complex, and mostly not scientifically understood - would
or produce diseases.
So in either case ¨it
is psychosomatic¨ is bullshit
and not medical science, and any medic
who says that ¨so-and-so is psychosomatic¨ is bullshitting and should
have said ¨I do not know what causes so-and-so¨. (My ex and I
this from precisely 1 medical doctor out of 30.)
Back to the article:
The story drew the
attention of Marty Gottesfeld, a computer-security expert. He was
appalled at the treatment to which Justina and her family were being
subjected and he decided to act.
And then Gottesfeld
was condemned to 10 years of prison!! There is considerably more on
this in the article.
Justina’s parents kept up the
pressure on the hospital, the state, and the judge overseeing the case.
Justina and her sister were able to smuggle out a 45-second video in
which she implored the judge to let her go home to her family. It was
clear that after 16 months in a psychiatric ward her problems were not
“in her head.” They were in her genes. The original Tufts doctor was
right. Justina had mitochondrial disease. The judge finally reversed
his decision and sent her home.
Prosecutors, however, focused
on Gottesfeld and he was soon arrested.
Here is the ending of this article:
experience should be a reminder for all of us. The Justice Department
will stop at nothing to silence truth-tellers. It doesn’t want
people to know about crooked judges and prosecutors, unsanitary and
unhealthy conditions, animal-grade food, and the violation of
constitutional rights. It doesn’t matter who the president
is. They all do it. We just have to keep up the fight.
I think Kiriakou - who
also went to prison for telling the truth - is quite
right and this is
a strongly recommended article.
4. Why Unions Matter to
This article is by
Robert Reich on his site. It starts as follows:
I think the above is
basically correct, though somewhat simplified. Here is more:
As I travel around the
country, I tell people: if you have a job, join a union. And if you
don’t have a union, start one.
You see, it all comes down
to the balance of power between business and workers.
You strengthen the
middle class by strengthening unions.
In the mid-1950s, unions
were strong, and wages grew in tandem with the economy. Nearly one
third of all workers in the United States were unionized.
This gave workers across
America – even those who weren’t unionized – significant power to
demand and get better wages, hours, benefits, and working conditions.
Again I think the above is basically correct, though
somewhat simplified. Here is some more:
Yet starting in the
1980s and with increasing ferocity since then, private-sector employers
have fought against unions.
Corporate raiders demanded
that companies boost share prices by busting unions or moving to
administration fired the nation’s unionized air traffic controllers and
launched an all-out assault on workers’ rights, concentrating even more
power in the hands of corporate executives.
In short, anti-worker
corporations and politicians joined together to stop workers
from joining together.
Yes indeed. Here is
tremendous power over our lives.
They dictate everything
from bathroom breaks to health care for millions of Americans.
In the halls of Washington
and state legislatures, their political power has allowed them to block
increases in the minimum wage, roll back workplace protections, and
deny workers their benefits.
Unless workers balance the
power of big corporations, the middle class will continue to get a
smaller piece of the pie as more and more wealth goes to those at the
Yes I agree and this is a
strongly recommended article.
We must continue to
expand unions to restore balance to our economy.
In 2017, more than 250,000
additional American workers joined unions, and research shows almost 60
million more workers would like to join–if they had the opportunity.
Public approval of labor
unions is at 62 percent, a 15-year high.
That’s why powerful
corporations and their enablers in government are trying to squash
workers by pushing so-called “right to work” laws and undermining
health care, workplace safety, and retirement protections.
We have the power to overcome
these attacks. If you want a better life for you and your children,
join a union. And if you want a better America, support unions.
Calling the US an ‘X’
Is Both False & Dangerous
original of this article is by Eric Zuesse on the Off-Guardian, but
since I do not like Eric Zuesse and can use this article to
(to intelligent readers) here is the beginning of his article with
seven of its key terms replaced by capital letters:
It’s false because it is
definitely untrue, because the only scientific studies that have been
done of the matter show — they prove scientifically — that
the US is a Z, against all the rest of the population. Traditionally,
that’s called an “Y” not an X, but ever since Mussolini in the 1920s,
it came to be called “U” which is the successor to “V” and thus is
merely the modernized form of V.
What used to be called by
such terms as “A” or “Y” is thus now called “U” but the leopard is
the same regardless of what it is labeled, and what it really is is Z.
Mussolini sometimes instead called V W and it certainly
is today’s United States Government (..).
I have used the following
codes, where the first is a common assumption that often though not
always is used about the reason for quoting a known term, and the rest
are mere abbreviations:
You can regenerate the
beginning of Zuesse´s text by making the substitutions, but that is not
what I wanted to talk about.
(0) An ¨X¨ is an X but not
quite the same: Quotes in this case indicate
skepticism whether an ¨X¨ is a real X.
(1) ¨X¨ = ¨Democracy¨
(2) Z = dictatorship
(3) ¨Y¨ = ¨aristocracy¨
(4) ¨U¨ = ¨fascism¨
(5) ¨V¨ = ¨feudalism¨
(6) ¨A¨ = ¨monarchy¨
(7) W = fascism
What I wanted to talk about is that Zuesse
uses seven quite fundamental terms - democracy, dictatorship,
fascism, feudalism, monarchy and fascism - or possibly 14 if also there
quoted forms are added, about which thousands upon thousands of
books have been written, without
defining any one
in any sense, and starts hocus-pocusing with them so that he
proves ¨scientifically¨ (he might think) that what some call
¨X¨ (¨democracy¨) in fact is Z (dictatorship).
I think - and I am not a historian but a philosopher and a
- that this is plain nonsense as is the whole above argument.
For more, see the books listed in Politics.
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 3 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 (!!).