in all the world is more dangerous, than sincere ignorance and
-- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
from March 23, 2019
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 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 23, 2019:
1. All the Better for the Fishes
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. Mueller Concludes Russia Probe With
No New Indictments
3. DCCC Moves to Kneecap Primary Challengers
4. New Report Exposes Big Oil's Real Agenda
1. All the
Better for the Fishes
This article is by
David Healy MD on his site. This is from near its beginning:
Yes indeed: I quite
with Holmes. But then that is over 150 years ago, and these days
medicine is a science ... is what almost all of the 30 medical
thought who my ex and I saw because we have ME/CFS since over 40 years.
Over 150 years ago, describing most of the medicines then
available as junk, Oliver Wendell Holmes came up with one of the most
famous phrases about medical practice, when he said that:
If all the materia medica (drugs)
could be sunk to the bottom of the sea it would be all the better for
mankind, and all the worse for the fishes
clearly was quite right....
That ME/CFS is ¨a serious chronic disease¨ I am only allowed to
the Dutch medical community since March of 2018. Until then, my
I were either insane (hallucinating for 40 years (!!)) or else lying
for 40 years, although the last opinion doesn´t make any sense for
ex and myself, because we fell both ill in the first year of
university studies on study loans.
But no: According to 27 out of 30 doctors we saw, we must be insane
lying (which is what they meant when they said it was
which is definitely not a medical judgement) and also 27
out of 30
doctors were quite unwilling to help us in any way whatsoever. Not
listening to us. Not by helping us in any way with medicines or
research. Not with anything: 27 out of 30 Dutch medical doctors
us as if we were not fully human, because we had no rights
on anything: We were both insane or lying, for forty extremely long
It is this background that made me interested in medicine and
medical doctors, where you should also realize that both my ex and
myself were quite to very intelligent, and both of us succeeded
spite of our claimed insanity, in spite of the fact that we rarely or
never could attend any lectures - in getting very to extremely good
M.A. degrees in psychology.
But no matter: According to the vast majority of Dutch medical
(none of whom studied psychology, and all of those we saw studied at
most three months of psychiatry) my ex and I were insane (if
not lying for 40 years), and therefore we deserved not
to get any help,
assistance or hearing by them in any way.
And meanwhile, in the last 40 years medicine and all other
courses in anything whatsoever have been halved, but nobody
I should also add that I did find 3 doctors (out of 30) who
rational and reasonable. They also could not find any evidence of a
disease (after at most 150 years of real medical science), but
they did not assume that what a Dutch medical doctor does
medicine cannot exist, as the vast majority of all Dutch medical
apparently do believe.
These 3 helped me a lot by believing me, by doing some research
the other medical doctors had neglected to do, and I am pretty sure
that one of them saved my life, basically by helping me to get another
house while I was quite ill.
The other 27 medical doctors my ex and I saw made our lives
more difficult, especially because - as each of them knew very well -
the Dutch bureaucrats and the Dutch politicians all followed their -
supposedly - medical judgements that my ex and I were insane, that
is, if we
were not lying for 40 years.
Two of the results of this intentional and sick discrimination we
received from 90% of the Dutch medical doctors we saw are that (1) I
think that 90% of all Dutch medical doctors are scientifically and
medically incompetent, except when they are dealing with established
well-known diseases, and that (2) I think that all Dutch
gotten an education which was as bad as the educations I got studying
philosophy (whence I was removed very briefly before doing my M.A.
it because I dared to criticize the incompetents who taught me) and
psychology - and incidentally, in both subjects I scored an
A - the
highest mark - as an average for all the courses om which I was
But no matter: We were still hallucinating and/or lying
90% of the Dutch medics...
Back to the article, that is concerned with something far more
for medical doctors than patients they discriminate:
I am not a medical
but I am a psychologist, and my rather wide reading in the
medicine (of which very little gets on my site, incidentally) have
convinced me that the last paragraph is quite correct - and
incidentally, if you want to read many of the well-written and
scientifically (and mathematically) quite competent articles of
medic, you should go here:
Recently in Belfast, at a BMA
meeting, medical delegates discussed the issue of doctors
committing suicide. There was panic in the air. Doctors it
seems need support. They should not have to take on an
occupational risk like this, delegates said.
There is no evidence that anyone at the meeting was
willing to look in the mirror. Its highly likely most if not all
of these medical suicides happened to doctors on pills, a high
proportion of which were likely caused by the meds these doctors were
A post here some months ago Even
Doctors also get killed by Akathisia raised this issue.
There have co-incidentally been a number of penetrating comments about
this post recently.
The people who are most to blame for this are
doctors. Its doctors who have been handing out these pills and
ignoring if not ridiculing patients when they report back that the drug
has made them dysphoric, akathisic, suicidal or even homicidal.
Or the treatment has hooked them – See Welsh
Or has caused permanent sexual dysfunction – See Encountering Doctors
A huge proportion of the drugs that every doctor has
prescribed during the last ten years have been prescribed on the basis
of Fake News
– ghostwritten articles and without access to the data from the trials
of these drugs. Doctors could have refused to prescribe without
access to the data – but haven’t.
1 boring old man
fact the late Mickey Nardo): strongly recommended.
Also, I am afraid that the last quoted paragraph is not true of 90% of
all medical doctors, but of considerably more than 90% - and
Healy is quite correct that ¨[a]
huge proportion of the drugs that every doctor has prescribed during
the last ten years have been prescribed on the basis of Fake News –
ghostwritten articles and without access to the data from the trials of
Here is one of the consequences, according to Healy:
Yes indeed - and to
repeat: Doctors do no care about their patients (whom the vast
prescribe 5 or 10 medicines that are in fact completely untested or are
only ¨tested¨ by fake science) but they do care about doctors´
Life expectancy is now falling in America and
Britain. This was entirely predictable given that the science
behind prescribing is all Fake Science and given that doctors have been
willing to put their patients on 5, 10 or more Fake Medicines every day
– where in the 1980s few people were on more than 1 and we had the data
behind the one that people were on and the literature was written by
who it appeared to be written by.
But there are no BMA resolutions about what we are going
to do about our patients’ falling life expectancies. Doctors are
worried about themselves (..)
O well.... Here is the last bit that I quote from this article:
Yes, I fear that is quite
correct - and I do not think that David Healy will get his wish
satisfied, for the simple reason that I have waited 40 years to see
medical doctor who had both scientific rational competence and a
conscience, and I have seen at most 10% who were. I think this will
continue, and this is a strongly recommended article.
The question is how best to treat the profession’s nervous
breakdown? Counselling or mindfulness or even higher rates of pay
seem to be the options doctors are lobbying for.
A better bet in terms of restoring morale might be if
someone could get the profession to take on a mission – demand access
to trial data, believe patients when it comes to adverse events and
engage with our falling life expectancies rather than the stressful
burn-out inducing handing out meds you don’t believe and wouldn’t take
yourself and then ignoring the evidence of harms – because to do
otherwise would be “suicide”.
Short of doing this you’d have to say it were better for
mankind if doctors were sunk to the bottom of the sea and better for
Its not as though anyone will have to push them overboard
with their feet encased in concrete to ensure they sleep with the fish
– they are busy slipping their own feet into the concrete mix as
is. If medicines are so effective and safe then nurses and
physicians associates and pharmacists and robots soon will be a lot
cheaper prescribers than doctors
Concludes Russia Probe With No New Indictments
article is by Eric Tucker, Michael Balsamo and Chad Day on The
Associated Press. It starts as follows:
Special counsel Robert
Mueller on Friday turned over his long-awaited final report on the
contentious Russia investigation that has cast a dark shadow over
Donald Trump’s presidency, entangled Trump’s family and resulted in
criminal charges against some of the president’s closest associates.
The comprehensive report,
still confidential, marks the end of Mueller’s probe but sets the stage
for big public fights to come. The next steps are up to Trump’s
attorney general, to Congress and, in all likelihood, federal courts.
Yes indeed. Here is
What happens next is “up to
Attorney General Barr,” said White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders.
Barr said he could send his
account to Congress quickly.
“I am reviewing the report
and anticipate that I may be in a position to advise you of the special
counsel’s principal conclusions as soon as this weekend,” Barr said in
his letter the top Republicans and Democrats on the House and Senate
Judiciary committees. He pledged a commitment to transparency.
I do not believe
OK. Here is some more:
With no details released at
this point, it’s not known whether Mueller’s report answers the core
questions of his investigation: Did Trump’s campaign collude with the
Kremlin to sway the 2016 presidential election in favor of the
celebrity businessman? Also, did Trump take steps later, including by
firing his FBI director, to obstruct the probe?
But the delivery of the
report does mean the investigation has concluded without any public
charges of a criminal conspiracy between the campaign and Russia, or of
obstruction by the president. Mueller is not recommending any further
indictments in the Russia probe, a Justice Department official
Well... it has been my own
view (and that of the VIPS
and others) that while the Russians
interfered some in the American elections, they did not
I still think so, but
I grant that the two main reasons are the fact that I can program
well and that I have been reading the VIPS quite a lot (who
some of the best former NSA members).
Here is the last bit that I
quote from this article:
The mere delivery of a
confidential report set off immediate demands from Democrats for full
release of Mueller’s findings.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer declared it “imperative” to
make the full report public.
The top congressional
Democrats said, “The American people have a right to the truth.”
I agree with the
There is considerably more in the article, that I leave to my readers´
interests. And this is a recommended article.
Moves to Kneecap Primary Challengers
This article is by
Jake Johnson on Common Dreams. I abbreviated the title. It starts as
Yes indeed - and let me translate
what the DCCC said in the last of the above
paragraphs: ¨We Democrats will not conduct business with nor recommend any
works for someone who is not already a nominated and corrupt
the Democrats¨. You may disagree with my translation, but I think this
is what it comes down to.
Progressives made clear
they have no intention of backing down to the party establishment after
the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Friday threatened to cut off
funds to firms and strategists that support primary challengers
"The DCCC can do anything
it wants to try to prevent the next generation of Democrats from taking
power. They will not succeed," Sean McElwee—co-founder of Data for
Progress, which is recruiting progressives to oust conservative
Democrats—said in a statement.
The new policy was
the DCCC's list of vendor hiring
standards, which state that the organization "will not conduct
business with, nor recommend to any of its targeted campaigns, any
consultant that works with an opponent of a sitting member of the House
Here is some more from the article:
Yes, I quite agree.
is the last bit that I quote from this article:
But progressives argued
that the ostensibly neutral rule will disproportionately harm
grassroots organizations looking to replace right-wing Democrats with
bold figures like Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Ayanna
Pressley (D-Mass.), who both ousted incumbent Democrats in primaries
"Make no mistake—they are
sending a signal that they are more afraid of Ayanna Pressley and
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez winning primary challenges than Henry Cuellar
who votes with Trump nearly 70 percent of the time," Alexandra Rojas,
executive director of Justice Democrats, told The Intercept.
As Common Dreams reported
in January, the progressive advocacy group Justice Democrats is
recruiting a 2020 primary challenger to take on Cuellar, who has backed
anti-abortion legislation and raised money for the GOP.
I hope so and as to the ¨hiring standards¨: I don´t think the ¨right-wing
Democrats¨ care one bit for
locking out talent, but I do believe they do care a lot for
incomes as ¨representatives of the people¨, which in many cases (as
with the Republicans) are in part corrupt. And this is a recommended
As National Journal
reported, the DCCC's hiring standards "could cripple would-be primary
opponents' ability to entice top talent to join their staff" and
deprive them of millions of dollars in funds.
organizations and strategists were quick to say they will not be
deterred by the DCCC's threat to cut them off.
"We see exactly what you're
doing DCCC," declared Democracy for America, an advocacy group that
also bolsters progressive candidates. "Don't think for one second that
it'll stop us—or the grassroots army we stand with—from backing bold,
inclusive populists who will better represent their districts in
Congress over neoliberal corporate Dems."
Report Exposes Big Oil's Real Agenda
This article is by
Jessica Corbett on Common Dreams. I abbreviated the title. It starts as
I say, for I did not
this. But I do believe it, and here is some more:
In the years since the 2015
Paris agreement, the world's top five Big Oil firms collectively have
spent more than a billion dollars on "misleading" branding and lobbying
to "capture the public and political narrative" on the climate crisis
while they continue expanding their fossil fuel operations.
That's according to Big
Oil's Real Agenda on Climate Change, a new report
published late Thursday by
InfluenceMap, a London-based nonprofit that tracks and analyzes how
corporations influence climate policy.
Yes, I agree. Here
In December of 2015, world
leaders came together in Paris
and agreed to pursue policies to drive down planet-warming emissions in
hopes of limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C above
pre-industrial levels by 2100.
Today, every country on
the United States under the Trump administration supports the
But major fossil fuel
companies are actively working against systemic reforms—such as urgently
phasing out fossil fuels on a global scale—that scientists say are
necessary to meet the Paris target and avert
I also mostly believe the
above. Here is the last bit that I quote from this article:
"The most important part of
this campaign activity is the nearly $200 million per year spent on
lobbying designed to control, delay, or block binding climate-motivated
policy," the report states. "This lobbying has hindered governments
globally in their efforts to implement such policies post-Paris."
And while the companies
certainly engage in such campaigning directly, InfluenceMap researchers
found they also outsource "the most direct, negative, and egregious
climate lobbying to trade groups such as the American Petroleum
Institute which in 2018 successfully campaigned to deregulate oil and
gas development, including a rollback of methane standards."
Big Oil's narrative capture
effort, the report highlights, "accompanies the expansion of the
companies' operations with combined annual sales of over $1 trillion
and profits of $55 billion 2018, the vast majority of which is oil and
I fear this is correct as
well, and this is a strongly recommended article.
"These companies have
the art of corporate doublespeak—by boasting about their climate
credentials while quietly using their lobbying firepower to sabotage
the implementation of sensible climate policy and pouring millions into
groups that engage in dirty lobbying on their behalf," ShareAction
chief executive Catherine Howarth said
in a statement.
This article is
by C.J. Hopkins on the Off-Guardian. It starts as follows:
I think I definitely know
- see above - that Nietzsche was quite mistaken, but
otherwise the above seems correct to me (and Mueller´s report was
handed in yesterday).
If Nietzsche was right, and
what doesn’t kill us only makes us stronger, we can thank the global
capitalist ruling classes, the Democratic Party, and the corporate
media for four more years of Donald Trump. The long-awaited Mueller
report is due any day now, or so they keep telling us. Once it is
delivered, and does not prove that Trump is a Russian intelligence
asset, or that he personally conspired with Vladimir Putin to steal the
presidency from Hillary Clinton, well, things are liable to get a bit
awkward. Given the amount of goalpost-moving and
focus-shifting that has been going on, clearly, this is what everyone’s
Here is some more:
Quite possibly so. Here is
the last bit that I quote from this article:
When the Mueller report
to present any evidence that he “colluded” with Russia to steal the
election, Trump is going to reach over, grab that report, roll it up
tightly into a makeshift cudgel, and then beat the snot out of his
opponents with it. He is going to explain to the American people that
the Democrats, the corporate media, Hollywood, the liberal
intelligentsia, and elements of the intelligence agencies conspired to try to force
him out of office with an unprecedented propaganda campaign and a
groundless special investigation. He is going to explain to the
American people that Russiagate, from start to finish, was, in his
words, a ridiculous “witch hunt,” a childish story based on nothing.
Well... I have seen (quite
consciously) over 50 years of politics, and I am afraid that I
most who are interested in politics are partial, prejudiced, ignorant
intelligent, which means that I disagree with Hopkins,
grounds. This is a recommended article.
It will not be the End of
What might, however, be the
End of Everything, or might lead us down the road to the End of
Everything, is if otherwise intelligent human beings continue to allow
themselves to be whipped into fits of mass hysteria and run around
behaving like a mindless herd of propaganda-regurgitating zombies
whenever the global capitalist ruling classes tell them that “the
Russians are coming!” or that “the Nazis are coming!” or that “the
Terrorists are coming!”
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 (!!).