These are the additions, changes and corrections of 2015.
NB: This is part B of the summaries; part A is under the last link (January-June 2015)
The index for 2015 is under the last link.
For earlier ones see 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 , 2009, 2010,
2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Note this is a selection of the changes on this site and in Nederlog:
Small changes of typos are not mentioned, and not all additions may be listed here.
But all the main changes to the site are listed here.
JANUARY - FEBRUARY - MARCH - APRIL - MAY - JUNE - JULY - AUGUST - SEPTEMBER -
OCTOBER - NOVEMBER - DECEMBER
NB: This is part B of the summaries; part A is under the last link (January-June 2015).
Reason: I did prepare summary introductions for the first half year of 2015, which are somewhat
necessary because the titles cannot be made descriptive (this would be too long), but that took
270 Kb for the first half year, that now is here.
This simply continues the first set of summaries. (You can go there and the links should work.)
- Dec 31: Crisis: Spying on Congress, Orwellian Gop, Stealing Banks, End-Of-Year : Mostly, this is a regular crisis file, but the last item explains why I cannot do everything that belongs to the end-of-year routine. There are 4 items: Item 1 is about an article by Glenn Greenwald on how Congressmen's opiions on spying radically change when they are spied on themselves; item 2 is about an article by Conor Lynch that explains how the GOP has turned into a lying and deceiving Orwellian nightmare; item 3 is about a good article by Ellen Brown, on the fact that now depositors in banks may forfeit their deposits to save the bank managers; and item 4 is a brief explanation of why I can't do all the things I did the last years at the end of the year.
There will be two or three more files today. Here they are: Crisis: The summaries of 2015 - part A
This is to the first part of the summaries index; the second part is here (and will be moved next
year): Crisis: The summaries of 2015 - part B and the last file of 2015 is this: me+ME: End of year notice: The world, the people, the disease which is a repeat from precisely a year ago, with an updated first section.
- Dec 30: Crisis: On Ideologies : This is a crisis blog that might be regarded as a steal from myself, for I published it just over a year ago. I repeat it because I think it is good, it is original, and it makes sense, and perhaps this is the time of year for it.
There also is an update of the crisis index until tomorrow (including today).
- Dec 29: Crisis: Windows, Markets & Climate, Pentagon & Guantánamo, Drake, Suzy Chapman : This is a crisis blog, with 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article that explains that most naive users (that is: most users) will hand their encryption key to Windows, which they have to do if they want to encrypt at all; item 2 is about a rather vague (though probably well-intentioned) article about markets, profits and capitalism; item 3 is about why the Pentagon (at least) does not want want to close Guantánamo; item 4 is about an interesting long interview with NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake; and item 5 is about the final post on Dx Revision Watch - a site for people with ME, and for people helping people with ME - which somewhat saddens me, but is probably definite.
- Dec 28: Crisis: On Freedom, Cold War Terrorism, TPP, Review of 2015 : This is a crisis blog, with 4 items and 8 dotted links: Item 1 is about a good article by Chris Hedges on freedom and its illusions; item 2 is about another good article by Lauren McCauley that shows the USA had (and quite probably still has) the greatest terrorist network ever designed, and it is atomic; item 3 is about the TPP, that the writer says is good for China but not the USA; and item 4 is about a review-article about 2015 on Truthdig, from which I lifted four links that I know to be quite interesting.
- Dec 27: Crisis: TPP Scam, Investigative Reports, Apple Steals Billions, Moore, Maher : This is a crisis log, with 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about the TTP and it quite correctly points out that "multinational corporations direct access to secretive tribunals that could roll back any consumer, labor, or environmental laws that global corporate giants don’t like": it is the end of democracy, and Obama knows this very well; item 2 is about the corruptions in getting political campaign money in the US; item 3 is about how Apple and most other major corporations steal from the US taxes: Apple owes at least $ 60 billion dollars to the USA, and the other major multi- national corporations owe more than $ 620 billion dollars (so now you know why the US infrastructure is collapsing); item 4 is about the latest film by Michael Moore; and item 5 is a show by Bill Maher from around 15 years ago that I saw yesterday and liked.
- Dec 26: Crisis: It's the deregulation, stupid! : This is a crisis log and it is a bit special: In fact, I did not find anything today - Saturday December 26, 2015 - that I thought worth reviewing. Also, it is the end of the year, and so I reproduce a file I wrote and published before, in fact twice, and the last time on February 16, 2014.
I reproduce it because I think it is quite good: I really think deregulation - the withdrawing of many laws that protected the many from the depredations of the few to enrich themselves - is the main reason for the incredible increases in inequalities in power and in money that enormously benefitted the anyway rich few, that characterize the last 35 years: See Robert Reich's "Inequality for All", that I reviewed yesterday. (And yes, I concentrate on the USA, because this is were most of this started, and because it has more than 300 million inhabitants.)
- Dec 25: Updates about my vitamins and my computer problems : This is not a crisis log but is an update about my vitamins and my computer problems. There may or may not be a later Nederlog today, and this relates in part to the fact that I have presently problems with a tooth.
Well, I still have the problems, but not very badly. Here is the crisis blog for today, that it a bit special because it is Christmas: Crisis: Robert Reich, Socialism, 11 hypotheses about the causes of the crisis: There are 3 items: Item 1 is about a movie by Jakob Kornbluth with Robert Reich. It takes - in the present version - 58 minutes, and I think it is quite good, and intelligent people ought to see it. Item 2 is a partial repeat from something I wrote in September of this year. Item 3 is a partial repeat from something else I wrote, on January 31, 2014, that itself was a restatement of something I put on my site precisely three years ago, on December 25, 2012.
- Dec 24: Crisis: Nader, Atheism, Sanders vs Trump, Revolt, Bill Black : This is a crisis blog.
There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about a video interview by Abby Martin of Ralph Nader; item 2 is about an atheist who is now fairly often on Fox News, and who seems smart; item 3 is about a poll that shows Sanders would trounce Trump in a general election; item 4 is about a good article in the NYRB about Bernie Sanders; and item 5 is about an interview with Bill Black with interesting information about Clinton, Obama and Sanders.
- Dec 23: Crisis: US Military vs. US Gov'ment, Rays of Light, Big Oil Knew, Plutocrats Won : This is a crisis blog. There are 4 items with 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about the latest discovery by Seymour Hersh: The US government and the US military do not see eye to eye; item 2 tries to list some rays of light in a further and further darkening world (for those who are not at least millionaires), but does not succeed very well in my opinion; item 3 is about the fact that all big oil companies did know by 1980 (!) that they were poisoning the environment and risking humanity's continued existence; and item 4 is about an article by Bill Moyers who warns the plutocrats are winning in the USA (and many other places). I agree, except that I say that it is fair to say the plutocrats won. Even so, I am neither defeated nor desperate.
- Dec 22: Crisis: Sanders vs Clinton, Climate, Rotten All Through, MSF & Kunduz : This is a crisis blog. There are 4 items with 4 dotted links: Item 1 is on Bernie Sanders vs Hillary Clinton and about a large difference between the two; item 2 is about a good piece by Stanley Heller who more or less outlines my own thoughts on the "historic climate deal" he and I totally disbelieve in; item 3 is about an article by Robert Reich about rotten apples and rotten systems, to which I have a rather important addition; and item 4 is - once again - about the hospital in Kunduz where the MSF lost 42 patients and staff members due to an attack by the Americans, which the Americans only want to "investigate" themselves.
- Dec 21: Crisis: Political Villainy, Many Lies, Police State, "Socialism" : This is a crisis blog. There are 4 items with 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article by Chris Hedges, who expounds on the villainy of American politics; item 2 is about an article by Jim Hightower I only partially agree with; item 3 is about how the US may be changing into a police state; and item 4 is about socialism or "socialism", for once again it is discussed but not defined.
- Dec 20: Crisis: CISA & Patriot Act, Obama's "mistakes", Moyers on Democracy, The Fed : This is a crisis blog. There are 4 items with 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about close parallels between the Patriot Act and the CISA; item 2 is about mistakes that Obama made (I think the article is OK, but I understand Obama as a quite successful careerist fraud); item 3 is by Moyers & Winship, and shows how the very bad news the main media bring in the US also pays the main media a lot; and item 4 is about myths and mysteries about the Federal Reserve Bank, that are ably discussed in the article.
- Dec 19: Crisis: CISA Passed, Sanders, Krugman, Scruton on "The Left", Pete Seeger : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about the fact that the CISA (with a new name) has been passed, with a double trick; item 2 is about how the main US media block Bernie Sanders; item 3 is about Krugman as a film critic (of a film about the economy that may be interesting); item 4 is about Roger Scruton's ideas about "The Left" and his own conservatism; and item 5 is about a long read about Pete Seegers as a target of the FBI (also interesting in combination with item 4).
- Dec 18: Crisis: Illegal Spying, $629 Billion Corporate Tax Cuts, "Uncle Bob", Dark Money : This is a crisis blog. There are 4 items with 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article on The Intercept that shows how extremely easy it is nowadays for the police and others to spy on your cellphone; item 2 is about an article that shows Congress offers a mere $629 billions in tax cuts to the biggest corporations; item 3 is about a video by Robert Reich; and item 4 is about how Mitch McConnell made
it impossible to police dark money in the USA.
- Dec 17: Feiten over Sex : This is not a crisis blog and is apart from the introduction all in Dutch. I wrote this in January 1980 (over 35 years ago) and handed it in for points in psychology for my ex and myself, which it got. I still like it: it is quite well-written, not more than 75 Kb, it will teach most men and women something, and it was part of a considerably larger personal project my ex and I had about sex that failed because we were (and are) ill. In the end, I copied it from paper in December 2015 because it is an appendix to my autobiography, that is still being made and that will be completely re-uploaded this year. There also will be a crisis blog later today.
And here it is: Crisis: Exit Democracy US, Norway, Sanders, Black, Killed Children & GOP: There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about the death of democracy in the USA; item 2 is about the excellencies of Norway (I agree and I lived there for nearly three years, and should have stayed there: my life would have been very different and very probably much better); item 3 is about a new attack on the poor and the remains of the US middle class by the Federal Reserve, that works only for the rich; item 4 is about how the US Department of "Justice" slanders an excellent critic of the US bankers as a jihadist while systematically, and since 2007, refusing to do anything against fraudulent bankers; and item 5 is about the GOP clowns, who most recently competed about how many children they are willing to kill.
- Dec 16: Crisis: Hirsi Ali, Internet, No Real News, No Real Campaigns, Terror : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 6 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article by Glenn Greenwald, that is in considerable part about Ayaan Hirsi Ali, about whom I, as a Dutchman, know a lot more than most Americans (for she started her career as "a refugee" in Holland); item 2 is about the reasons why the internet is getting slower; item 3 is about how the news on the main media in the USA collapsed to single-subject propaganda; item 4 is about why the presidential campaigns, as they were before Citizen United, are now dead; and item 5 is about a possibility that officials from the Bush administration may (might?) be prosecuted for their decisions.
- Dec 15: Crisis: Environment, Trump & Stupidity, Middle Class, Kill Chain, CISA : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about the Paris Conference, and I find myself (a bit oddly) in agreement with George Monbiot, who thinks nothing real was achieved; item 2 is about Matt Taibbi on Trump and TV: it seems to me that - as usual - the lack of intelligence and education of the majority of Americans is left out; item 3 is about Reich who wrote about "a revolt of the middle class" in the USA that I see no evidence for (and that for Reich may take another 15 years or so); item 4 is about an update on one of the Drone Papers; and item 5 is about how Congress slipped in a bill that will probably pass and kill encryption (that is not easily breakable by the NSA).
- Dec 14: Crisis: Deadly Capitalism, Poland, Hansen vs Paris, Sanders' Media Blackout : This is a crisis blog. with 4 items with 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article by Chris Hedges on capitalism; item 2 is about Poland, where democracy rapidly seems to disappear; item 3 is about climate scientist Hansen's complete disagreement with the Paris conference (I agree with Hansen); and item 4 is about the fact that in the main media Trump gets 81 minutes of attention - 1 hr 21 min - for every 1 minute Sanders gets.
- Dec 13: Crisis: French Emergency, Climate Accord, Google Spies, Whistleblowers : This is a crisis blog. There are 4 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about the radical decline of France: Out go "Liberté! Egalité! Fraternité!" and in come the police and the secret services that now can do as they please; item 2 is about the accord in Paris, that seems to me mostly propaganda (and I explain); item 3 is about Google who is now spying on 40 million American children, to deliver their full details to advertisers; and item 4 is about William Binney and spying: I once again insist that the "war on terrorism" was a pretext for spying on everyone, which was the aim from the beginning: The foundations for more power than anyone ever had.
And I also uploaded today an updated version of the crisis index.
- Dec 12: Crisis: Russia, Big Merger, Ex-Cep-Tio-Nal-Ism, Oligarchy, Germany : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about a fairly bad article by one Alastair Crooke (not: Alistair Cooke, in case you remember him); item 2 is about a planned merger of Dupont and Dow Chemical on Common Dreams, who got it right; item 3 is nominally about a network CEO, but is taken by me as information on what does make Americans so Ex-Cep-Tio-Nal; item 4 is about Paul Krugman's review of Robert Reich's most recent book; and item 5 is about a disappointing article on Spiegel International (that sounds just like a "personalized" NYRB-article, which is a style I detested the last 50 years).
- Dec 11: Crisis: Exit Middle Class, Trump & Hitler, TPP+TTIP+TISA, Scientific Revolution : This is a crisis blog. There are 4 items with 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about an interesting article on Naked Capitalism, which shows the middle class is extinct or dying in the USA; item 2 is a somewhat oddly argued article about Donald Trump's readings (according to his ex), which gave me the reason to say a few things about fascism and the death (mostly) of the free press in the USA; item 3 is about a quite good video about the TPP, TTIP and TISA, that - when approved - will spell the death of democracies and national governments and national laws, to give all to the multi-national corporations and their CEOs; and item 4 is not about the crisis but about a recent book about philosophy of science.
- Dec 10: Crisis: Capitalism (Two Kinds), Fascism, Torture Report, Trump : This is a crisis blog. There are 4 items with 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about a rather strange and quite propagandistic article by a Mr Trasher (originally in The Guardian, and therefore hardly quoted by me); item 2 is about another rather strange and quite propagandistic article on AlterNet (and I must guess the Americans who wrote it do not know much about Europe); item 3 is a recommended article about the torture report that now is a year old and is unread while the torturers are unpunished; and item 4 is an interesting article that explains some of the beliefs Trump exploits: it goes by party lines.
- Dec 9: Crisis: Trump, Hedges on democracy, More Trump, The Rich SUCCEEDED : This is a fairly small crisis file. (Yesterday I wrote nearly all of the circa 70 Kb on my autobiography, which was rather a lot.) There are 4 items in this file: item 1 is about Glenn Greenwald's reaction to Trump's proposal to ban muslims from entering the USA; item 2 is about a video with Chris Hedges, that I interpret as 'democracy is dead, in the US'; item 3 is more about Trump (and is not quite consistent); and item 4 is about Robert Reich, who correctly points out that the rich have bought American democracy, but who also is not quite consistent (for he seems to think that the rich still can be stopped: no, for they succeeded).
- Dec 8: Autobio: De eerste 28 jaar van mijn leven : This is not a crisis blog. The rest of the file is in Dutch, and reviews the first 28 years of my life. This will be made part of my autobiography, that starts here (outside Nederlog) and indeed was written with the help of it.
- Dec 7: Crisis: Apocalyptic Capitalism, Basic Income, Dangers Terrorism, The "News" : This is a crisis blog. There are four items: item 1 is about an article by Chris Hedges; item 2 is about a Finnish plan to give every Finnish adult 800 euros a month in basic income; item 3 is about the real dangers of terrorism; and item 4 is about "The News", that you cannot trust anymore at all if it is supplied by the main media: you are systematically lied to and deceived.
- Dec 6: I have at present an unstable but mostly working computer, till I say this is over : This is not a crisis blog. This file tells you that I have computer problems but have on the moment a mostly working system, that unfortunately is not stable (but has been backed up). I think this will
continue for another month, at least. If the system survives that, it is probably OK again, and if not
I will have to see (and you will not get any Nederlogs). Also, the problems are wholly my own doing: this is not a fault in Ubuntu or Linux, but was wholly my own mistake.
- Dec 5: Computer problems.... : This is not a crisis blog. This file is here to tell you I have got computer problems, and that I will try to inform you in Nederlog, but if there is no new Nederlog it is very probably due to lack of connection due to computer problems. I will try to sort this out as fast as I can, but it may take some time.
- Dec 4: Crisis: TiSA, France: Emergency, Republicans, Chris Hedges 2/7 : This is a crisis blog (new style): This file consists of 4 items with 4 dotted links: item 1 is about an article on the TiSA; item 2 is about how the state of emergency in France gets used; item 3 is about how the Republicans are shredding the American Republic; and item 4 is part 2 from 7 of an interview Paul Jay had in 2013 with Chris Hedges.
- Dec 3: Crisis: France, Terrorism, American Constitution, Socialism in the USA : This is a crisis blog (new style): This file consists of 4 items with 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about France's state of emergency (and the sick "European Convention on Human Rights" that is no such thing at all); item 2 is about terrorism; item 3 is about a warning that the American Constitution is being targetted for - neoconservative - rewriting; and item 4 is about a video by Abby Martin on socialism in the USA.
- Dec 2: Crisis: Life in the Electronic Concentration Camp : This is a crisis blog (new style): There are two items with one dotted link: Item 1 is about a fine article by John Rutherford, who explains that so far the NSA has everything it wanted, and who is - quite rightly - fearful of the consequences to anyone who does not publicly (and convincingly) sing the praises of the American government, while item 2 is a repeat from yesterday about the Settings addition.
- Dec 1: Autobiografie 1990 : This is not a crisis blog but is my autobiography for the year 1990. It is in Dutch. There may be another file in Nederlog later today. And here it is: Crisis: The Real News Interview with Chris Hedges (2013) - part 1/7 : This a crisis file with two items: item 1 is on part 1 of an interview Chris Hedges gave in 2013, and item 2 repeats the information about the Settings I gave yesterday.
- Nov 30: Crisis: Demagogues, TTIP, Corbyn Undermined, Hedges-videos * 2 : This is a crisis blog. First, there is now a settings file (that may help you to see the site with few blemishes). Next, there are 5 crisis files with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about a recent essay by Chris Hedges that is quite good; item 2 is about a fine article by Polly Jones on the TTIP that I managed to miss in July when it first appeared; item 3 is about an article that shows that Jeremy Corbyn was systematically undermined in the British Press (and I quite agree: he was, and he still is); and item 4 and item 5 are both videos with Chris Hedges, from July and October 2015, that each last a quarter of an hour and are quite important (there is some overlap).
- Nov 29: Crisis: Nader & Hedges, TTIP, Authoritarian France, Warming, "Free Internet" : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about a recent video interview of Ralph Nader by Chris Hedges, that is about the corporate coup d'état (that was quite successful); item 2 is about how the TTIP is a project of the big multinational corporations and excludes almost anyone else; item 3 is about how France is getting more and more authoritarian: no demonstrations at all, and climate activists (!) given house arrest; item 4 is about a recent report that - on the basis of many different data - the climate has changed, already in the late 1980ies; and item 5 is about my experiences of a "free internet": it is rapidly and quite dishonestly disappearing.
- Nov 28: About the crisis, Nederlog and the crisis series : This is about the fact that I restored most of my computer to where it was on November 24, and otherwise consists of a crisis part (two good videos with Chris Hedges); a part about Nederlog (which I have been writing very regularly since 2004, and which is the most popular part of my sites); and a part about the crisis series inside Nederlog, that recently passed the 1000 files boundary.
- Nov 27: News about reinstalling Ubuntu 12.04 - 2 : This is more news about my reinstalling Ubuntu 12.04 and the news is quite good: I retained nearly all of my data and I also got back my mail, and my mail-connection with the internet. So after today I will probably return to a more normal Nederlog style, including crisis items, but there will be less of those, and there also will be more analytical crisis files about what I learned.
- Nov 26: News about reinstalling Ubuntu 12.04 - 1 : This is news about my reinstalling Ubuntu 12.04. The brief version is: I lost most of my data since 2012, but I retained nearly all of the personal data, since I had backed them up outside my harddisk. I am replacing them, and the system works but is not yet stable (being composed of bits of 2012 and 2015). Also, I have definitely lost the mails I wrote and received since June 2012. Otherwise, I will probably be OK, but it will take a few more days. I will keep you informed.
- Nov 25: News about ME & Vitamins + News about a new Ubuntu : This is not a crisis blog, but is about good and bad news: the good news is that adding folic acid seems to help me and the bad news is that I did something quite stupid with the computer: I updated to the next system without having verified that it also has High Contrast Inverse (which assures me of black windows with white text in menus, which I still neeed because of my eyes. So... the only thing to do for me (my eyes are considerably better, but still occasionally painful) is to go back to 12.04 which will be a considerable pain, because the only one I can use is on my harddisk but it also is of June 2012. And anyway I will have lost many files, though most of my personal files I have retained on backup disks. So... I will probably be restoring and stabilizing the system the next few days. I can still upload, but persons interested in crisis news or other Nederlog news have to have a bit of patience until it all works decently again.
- Nov 24: Crisis: Terror vs Gun Deaths, France Unfrees Itself, Pfizer Scam, World War (?) : This is a crisis blog. There are four items with four dotted links: Item 1 considers an article on Democracy Now! in which it is explained that while 130 persons were killed in France in the Paris attacks, every day 100 persons are killed in the USA by gun violence (summing to over 400,000 killings since 9/11); item 2 considers a very good article on Mother Jones, in which it is - finally - explained what the French government has done in response to the Paris attacks; item 3 is less about Sanders than about another enormous scam Pfizer is trying on the USA; and item 4 is about an article by Robert Reich that seems to presuppose unstated knowledge, and that states mostly wishful thinking (in my opinion).
- Nov 23: Crisis: Terror, Trudeau, Jihadism NOT Nihilism, Brussels, Savageries : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article by Chris Hedges: It turns out I am little more optimistic than he is; item 2 is a fairly rare event in the crisis series: An optimistic article, about Justin Trudeau; item 3 is about a rather strange propaganda gimmick Obama, Clinton and Kerry are indulging in: According to them Isis is a kind of "nihilism". It is not, as both the writer and myself know very well, and indeed also as Obama, Clinton and Kerry know very well. Item 4 is about the situation in Brussels (200 km south of where I am); and item 5 is about savagery, Isis and the West.
- Nov 22: Crisis: Roosevelt's 2nd Bill of Rights, Cash, United Nations, Isis : This is a crisis blog. There are 4 items with 4 dotted links: Item 1 is a video of Roosevelt making the speech of his Second Bill of Rights, now briefly over 70 years ago, plus the text, with my comments; item 2 is about the threatening disappearance of cash, which will allow the bankers to make you pay for stalling your "money" with them; item 3 is about the usefulness of the UN: They supported Hollande, so I don't think (also for other reasons) they are much use; and item 4 is about Spiegel International on Isis.
- Nov 21: Crisis: Whistleblowers, Paris, Sanders & Socialism, "War on Terrror", NSA & E-mails: This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is again on the four drone operators who stepped forward as whistleblowers: This gives some more information and also quotes their quite good letter to Obama and others; item 2 is mostly concerned with the spineless "journalists" of the mainstream media and with some quite crazy comments by GOP presidential candidates; item 3 is about a speech of democratic socialism that Bernie Sanders gave at Georgetown, with various comments by me; item 4 is about an article by Nat Parry, where I agree with Parry's main thesis that the "War on Terror" has been lost, but also insist Bush Jr, Obama, their military men, and most politicians disagree with Parry and me; and item 5 is about the news that the NSA continues collecting all e-mails, and does so by moving to another country. I am not amazed (and much against).
- Nov 20: Autobio 1989 - Blaas, De 19, ME, UvA, Vitamines, Columnist, Einde "Socialisme": This is not a crisis blog but another part of my Dutch autobiography. This is about 1989. The previous autobiography file is here.There are also better versions than in Nederlog (for most have been rewritten some) here . Incidentally, I wrote "Socialism" (in Dutch) in the title because I am discussing the end of the Soviet empire, which I did not regard as really socialistic since visiting it in 1964. (My communist parents did.) There will be a crisis blog later today:
Crisis: Greenwald, Drone Operators, Trump, Kiriakou, Encryption : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 6 dotted links: Item 1 is about a fine interview Amy Goodman had with Glenn Greenwald; item 2 is about an article by Murtaza Hussain about three former drone operators that is interesting; item 3 is about Trump who - as usual - is not clear, but who may propose special ID cards, special databases, or special badges for all Americans who are Muslims, with an added bit by TYT who tend to believe these are badges, and are not afraid to call these "Fascist Ideas" (in which they are right, though Trump is not clear); item 4 is about an article by John Kiriakou, which I use to make some fundamental points about the NSA, the government, mass surveillance and what I think about those who insist that they don't mind being surveilled; and item 5 is about how encryption is - once again - attacked by enthusiasts for absolute power of the US government.
- Nov 19: Crisis: Mass Surveillance, Media, Revolution (?), Monopolies, Stopping Isis : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article in the New York Times Glenn Greenwald enthused about - I think it is not bad, but not as good as Glenn Greenwald seems to think; item 2 is the article by Glenn Greenwald from which I got the reference to item 1 - this is mainly about the radical decline of free and investigative journalism (I agree) and about the thesis that secret services like the NSA and GCHQ have gotten all they wanted (I don't agree); item 3 is about an article by John Acheson that asserts the need for a revolution but that I did not find very convincing; item 4 is about monopolies, oligopolies, arbitrations, riches and power (with some references by me); and item 5 is about how Isis can be stopped: by following the money it receives, and blocking it.
- Nov 18: Crisis: Muslims, NSA, Isis, USA, Bill Maher, Circus Politics, Scapegoating Snowden : This is a crisis blog. here are 7 items with 9 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article by Glenn Greenwald about the climate for muslims in France plus a link and review to a movie by Max Blumenthal and others; item 2 is about the fact that in 14 years of mass surveillance, with far stronger capacities to spy on anyone than any secret service ever had, not one large scale terrorist plot has been found; item 3 is about someone who interviewed caught Isis members on their opinions and backgrounds; item 4 is about the fact that it is mostly the USA that both created and financed the extremist groups it now describes as "terrorists"; item 5 is about a recent interview by Bill Maher, that gets wrongly classified as "Islamophobia" by the reporter (in my opinion), and this also contains a link to the interview; item 6 is about an article by Robert Reich about the clowns who may get elected as the next US president (I point out it wasn't any better in 1968 when Nixon was elected); and item 7 is about the blame Snowden (completely falsely) got for the events of Paris, and about the ever-growing desire of the secret services to get as many secrets as they can get, by any means.
- Nov 17: Crisis: Stock Prices, Isis, Kunduz, Paris Attacks, Medicine : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about Glenn Greenwald's response to the events in Paris; item 2 is about the factual cooperation between Isis and the Western military (who appear to be nearly always falling for Isis' provocations); item 3 is about a long and thorough article about the attack on the MSF hospital in Kunduz; item 4 is about the facts in Paris: this seems a decent summary; and item 5 is about a non-crisis item: An article by psychiatrist and professor David Healy on the corruption of much of medicine, which happened mostly by the - normally non-medical, these days - heads of pharmaceutical corporations, who seem to care very much more for profits (also if gotten by gross deceptions of many patients) than for patients' health.
- Nov 16: Autobio 1988 - M.E., "Vragen", Overlast, Verwijdering, Vergassing, De Schoorsteen, Gezondheid : This is not a crisis blog but a part of my Dutch autobiography. Here is part of the English summary: This is another Dutch autobiographical file. The previous one is here, in August of this year, and there are also better versions than in Nederlog (for most have been rewritten some) here.
It took longer (three months) to compile the present file mostly because this was the year that the rest of my life was decided: I was ill, but hardly anyone would admit it; I was brilliant, hardly anyone cared; I had taken the guts to attack my grossly incompetent "philosophy teachers", while ill, but was removed from the faculty of philosophy, while ill, rather than thanked, and no one cared; I was gassed by my landlord, I think now to get rid of me: no one cared; I wrote many letters to protest this, but none of the letters was even answered or acknowledged: I was effectively a sub-human with whom the mayor, the aldermen and the civil servants could do as they pleased (as they did anyway, in particular with helping the selling of yearly billions in untaxed illegal drugs).This is another Dutch autobiographical file. The previous one is here, in August of this year, and there are also better versions than in Nederlog (for most are rewritten some) here.
There will be a crisis file later today: Crisis: Paris and Snowden, Religion, and more Paris * 3 : This is a crisis blog. In fact four out of five items are about Paris, which I think is too much, but then I am following the media: Item 1 is about Glenn Greenwald's response to the events in Paris; item 2 is about Chris Hedges' column on Truthdig that was not about Paris; item 3 is about Deirdre Fulton's article on Common Dreams that warns about "wars of vengeance"; item 4 is about Peter Van Buren, who also warns against radicalization; and item 5 is about Bill Maher (mostly) with a little on Paris.
- Nov 15: Crisis: France, US Democrats, Reich, Terrorism, The West's Responsibility : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is a quite factual report on the events in France from The Intercept; item 2 is a brief exposition of the second Democratic presidential debate; item 3 is about an interesting article by Robert Reich, but I missed several things, and especially deregulations and the fact that the best way to attack "the financial elite" is to attack their propagandists and their politicians; item 4 is about the double standard that is used in the West about terrorism; and item 5 is about how "the West" (especially but not only "the USA") is responsible for the violent deaths of a million of Iraqi's.
Also, I inform you that I have reformatted all Nederlogs from November: They ought to be a bit neater than they were, especially - it seems - on the Dutch site (which seems to have a different way of dealing with Returns). And the index for 2015 also was repaired, and should look decent again.
- Nov 14: Crisis: France, "New Democrats", American Conservatism, Outer Space, TPP : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 8 dotted links: Item 1 is about yesterday's attacks in France that killed more than 120 people; item 2 is (in fact) about the "Third Way" of the "New Democrats" (such as millionair Bill Clinton and millionair Tony Blair); item 3 is about the backgrounds of modern (neo-)conservatives that go back at least 80 years; item 4 is about a crazy proposed US law that seeks to give billionairs the chance to owe outer space; and item 5 is an excellent article about the TPP.
- Nov 13: Crisis: Snowden, Securus Insecure, Stiglitz On Obama, Stingrays, American Wars
: This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: (and some more links in item 1): Item 1 is about an interview with Edward Snowden who explains what one can do to try to retain some privacy on the internet; item 2 is about a major breach in security with Securus, which turns out to have recorded very many phone conversations of people imprisoned in the US, including their - supposedly private - conversations with their lawyers; item 3 is about an interview with Joseph Stiglitz, who insists - rather amazingly, in my eyes - that Obama doesn't understand the TPP (which he very much supports): I can't believe Stiglitz; item 4 is about the very great use of Stingrays - that steal data about your phone conversations, and may also download the conversations - that is made by the American police; and item 5 is about an article by Tom Engelhardt that outlines how very much American taxpayer money was wasted in Iraq and Afghanistan.
- Nov 12: Crisis: Internet, Politics, Torture, TPP, TiSA : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about the internet and a supposed new economy, but it seems nonsense to me; item 2 is about a movie an (mostly) about present day politics (which is neither nice nor honest, and the very many lies are directed to the large group of the uninformed); item 3 is about the torture report that the American (In)Justice Department now forbids most people to read (!); item 4 is a fine article about the TPP; and item 5 is another fine article about TiSA and Uruguay (that did very wisely by stepping out of TiSA).
- Nov 11: Crisis: My site exists 19 years + On Inverted Totalitarianism : This is a crisis blog.
It is a bit special, because the site started 19 years ago. That is item 1. And there is just one other item, not surprisingly called item 2, which also made this Nederlog a crisis item, for there I reflect on inverted totalitarianism, which is an idea and a term from Sheldon Wolin, who died a few weeks ago. There are 5 dotted links in item 2, which provide links to the eightfold series of interviews with him that Chris Hedges made in 2014, and that are all well worth (re-)reading.
- Nov 10: Crisis: MSF Battles On, TPP & Internet, Quasi Journalism, Judge Leon's Ruling : This is a crisis blog. There are 4 items with 4 dotted links: Item 1 continues about the MSF, whose hospital in Kunduz was attacked by the US army, which led to a loss of at least 30 people killed; item 2 is about how the TPP (and the TTIP and the TiSA), and shows free internet soon may be over; item 3 is about an American quasi-investigative quasi-journalist (who may be the future of "journalism"); and
item 4 is about a recent ruling by Judge Leon.
- Nov 9: Crisis: Medical Research, Kissinger, Western Media, The Guardian : This is a crisis blog (I said I would continue!) but it is - perhaps coincidentally - concerned with background matters: Item 1 is about medical research, that cannot be trusted longer, not only according to me, but according to very prominent and smart American medical doctors; item 2 is about how Kissinger laid the foundations of many of the policies of Bush and Obama; item 3 is about the many lies that are now current in the (main) Western media; and item 4 adds two points about The Guardian that I forgot yesterday.
- Nov 8: Crisis: About the crisis series - November 2015 : There are five sections, and they all explain things about the crisis series, that will continue, but not as it was between June 10, 2013 and November 7, 2015.
- Nov 7: Crisis: Fascist TTP*2, Kunduz Attack, German BND, End of crisis series : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 sections with 4 dotted links: Item 1 is on the TPP, that finally got published, and is - even - much worse than the most skeptic thought; item 2 is about an article by Glenn Greenwald on the American attack on the hospital of MSF in Kunduz; item 3 is an excellent article by Chris Hedges on the TPP; item 4 is about how the German counterpart of the NSA spied on anything and anyone as it pleased, in spite of assurances by Chancellor Merkel; and item 5 is about another radical change in policy by The Guardian: I can't copy anymore (without extensive steps and troubles, for which I do not have either the health or the taste).
- Nov 6: Crisis: TPP Disaster, Kunduz, Dead Magna Charta, Mega-Rich, Reality Check : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about the TPP, that is widely agreed to be even worse than most opponents thought; item 2 is about the bombing of MSF-hospitals (and I take it that was intentional); item 3 is about Theresa May's and David Cameron's attempt to completely destroy the Magna Charta (after precisely 800 years); item 4 is about the fact that 358 mega-rich American families fund American politicians with millions of dollars; and item 5 is about Reich on the sanity of the Republican presidential candidates.
- Nov 5: Crisis: UK Turns Right, Privacy, Jenkins On May, Obama, CIA Ethics-Free : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about Theresa May's sick and sickening proposal of a new British bill, that will bring England a lot closer to fascism (British style, not Germanic); item 2 is about how The Intercept takes care of its readers' privacy; item 3 is about Simon Jenkin's response in The Guardian to Theresa May's horrible bill; item 4 is about how Obama mostly continued Bush's policies (but I don't have much respect for the journalist who investigated it); and item 5 is about John Kiriakou's conclusion that the CIA is ethics-free, with which I partially agree.
- Nov 4: Crisis: Europese Spying, CISA Success, Corporate Power, MSF, Mussolini-style Corporatism : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is on the radical decline of political Europe, which also is wanted by European politicians; item 2 is about the success of the horrible CISA; item 3 is about an article by George Monbiot on "corporate power"; item 4 is about how 76 countries refused to support MSF (Doctors Without Borders); and item 5 is about an introduction to an article I reviewed yesterday, about fascism, sorry: Mussolini-style corporatism.
- Nov 3: Crisis: Secret Services, Deaths, VW Scandal, Failing Tech Companies, Wallace, Merkel : This is a crisis blog. There are 6 items with 6 dotted links: Item 1 is about the late Allen Dulles, that is more interesting than I thought; item 2 is about a somewhat interesting fact that so far was missed: About 500.000 more Americans between 45 and 54, especially poor ones, died early; item 3 is about the developments around the corruptions of Volkswagen, that keep growing; item 4 is about the fact all of the world's big tech companies miserably fail when it concerns data-privacy; item 5 is about the convergence of propaganda aka public relations, fascism, and Reaganomics in the USA; and item 6 is about Merkel's and Germany's problems with hundreds of thousands refugees.
- Nov 2: Crisis: Sheldon Wolin, China, Guardian on Turkey, Crash, American Markets : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 6 dotted links: Item 1 is an excellent article by Chris Hedges plus a good one by another writer about Sheldon Wolin, who died at October 21, aged 93; item 2 is about an apparent increase in authori- tarian attitudes in China; item 3 is about The Guardian's Editorial on Turkey, that also has grown more authoritarian; item 4 is about an article by Paul Mason on the global economy, that may be summarized as: there may not be a crash right now, but the economical situation is far from rosy; and item 5 is about an article by Robert Reich that outlines how the many non-rich are plundered in the USA (which led me to promiss Europeans that soon after the TTIP gets signed, Europe will "enjoy" many of the features now limited to the USA, that We Europeans all get for free from Obama, just like the many Syrians refugees).
- Nov 1: Crisis: Amazon, Small Banks, Netanyahu "Corrects", Rubio & Ryan as Frauds : This is a crisis blog. There are 4 items with 4 dotted links (on this Sunday, on which I also have to do some other things): Item 1 is about Amazon and its strong growth (which I dislike, because I don't like either Bezos or Amazon); item 2 is about one of the consequences of shutting many of the small banks: poor people have to pay 300 to 2000 percent (!) on the loans they are forced to take from loan sharks; item 3 is about yet another issue in Netanyahu's fight with the truth: he - sort of - retracted the claim that a Palestinian moved Hitler to kill the Jews; and item 4 is about why Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan are not the wonks the GOP (and some writers on the NYT) tries to pretend they are.
- Oct 31: Crisis: APA & Torture, Aamer, Obama's Promises, Brits Loose Privacy, Interest : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about the APA, whose position on torture is - in my opinion - still not what it should be; item 2 is about Shaker Aamer, and gives more information about him; item 3 is about Obama's many broken promises; item 4 is about the fact that all Brits now are being dealt with as terrorists by the British police; and item 5 is about an open letter by Ralph Nader about the fact that banks, that get money virtually for free, these days do not even pay interest to their customers.
- Oct 30: Crisis: Snowden & EU, Gates & Climate, Aamer Released, How Many Americans? : This is a crisis blog. There are 4 items with 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about Snowden and the EU parliament; item 2 is about Bill Gates, who believes in global warming, and tries to do something about it; item 3 is about the release - after a mere 14 years - of the Brit Shaker Aamer from Guantánamo; and item 4 is about an elementary question asked by 30 groups: How many Americans are spied upon by the NSA? (I don't think this will be answered either, but that doesn't mean it shouldn't be asked.)
- Oct 29: Meanwhile I updated the latest part of the crisis index up to yesterday and I also cleaned
the Nederlogs of 2015 and 2014 of useless pastings of Zim. 2013 still has to be done for the greatest part.
And there is this: Crisis: English Malnutrition, CISA, Censorship Increases, Socialism, TTIP in Europe : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links (and - in case you are abnormally slow - today I am sometimes indulging in a style that some may say is "ironic"):
Item 1 is about how the heroic Tory politicians Cameron and Osborne are starving tenthousands or hundreds of thousands of British in order to guarantee the rich Tories the highest incomes; item 2 is about the proud and honest American parliamentarians who passed, in great democratic majority, the fascist CISA, and I rejoice with them; item 3 shows that the American parliamentarians are not alone: in more than half of the countries the goverments and majorities of parliamentarians are firmly for less and less freedom and more and more punishments for anyone who dares to express disagreement with the government; item 4 is about what "socialism" means in the USA, and is a good article; and item 5 touts the reputations of two top European politicians, about whom I am
considerably more skeptical.
- Oct 28: Crisis: "Liberté!", Stiglitz, CISA approved *2, Exit European Net Neutrality : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 6 dotted links, and this is also a far from happy crisis log: item 1 is about Glenn Greenwald on France and "Free Speech": that is impossible or very difficult in France, if one criticizes Israel; item 2 is about Joseph Stiglitz, which is on the one hand quite good, but on
the other hand - for a Nobel Prize winning economist - quite slow and late; item 3 is about Edward Snowden's opinions about CISA - "it is a surveillance bill" - and Evan Greer's opinions about the same: everyone voting for CISA is "voting for a world without freedom of expression, a world without true democracy, a world without basic human rights"; item 4 outlines the response of the USA's Senate: 3 out of 4 are for CISA; and item 5 is about a similar outcome in Europe: Europe's "politicians" sold off net neutrality.
- Oct 27: Crisis: Pentagon, Penguin, Netanyahu, Energy, Osborne, Internet, Education, Stingray, Vidal : This is a crisis blog. There are 10 items today, but they come with very little comment today, for several reasons, one of which is that it is a fine day today, and I want to go out: Item 1 is about the Pentagon's spying through missionaries it pays; item 2 is about Penguin Books (no crisis item, but I owe a lot to Penguin); item 3 is about Netanyahu; item 4 is about a solar superpower unit in Morocco; item 5 is about Great Britain's Osborne's robbing the poor to give to the rich; item 6 is about the gender gap between men and women: still growing; item 7 is about the future of internet in Europe; item 8 is about higher education in the USA; item 9 is about how the USA taxes, together with 13 other "public services" use stingrays to find out everything; and item 10 is about Gore Vidal, who had a fine mind and excellent well-informed criticisms of the USA.
- Oct 26: Crisis: Prostitution, Drones, CISA, NSA & Truth, Wyoming "Law" : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about Chris Hedges on prostitution (a good article); item 2 is about Jeremy Scahill on drones and The Drone Papers; item 3 is about the CISA bill which seems to be pushed through against everybody who is concerned, simply because the government and the NSA want to spy on every American; item 4 is about an insane decision by a US judge who must think the government never says or does anything wrong; and item 5 is about a new "law" that makes it impossible to gather data of almost any kind in Wyoming.
- Oct 25: me+ME: Cleaning 2014, John le Carré, Megavitamins: A bit better : This is not a crisis blog. Mostly it is about updating: item 1 is about cleaning 2014 from many innocent but space-taking references (now done); item 2 is about a long article about John le Carré, with a few good quotes; and item 3 is the monthly update on my vitamins and my condition.
- Oct 24: TTIP & Environment, Protests, Snowden, Germany, Obama Explained : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about the TTIP, and shows European politicians are as bad (and probably as corrupt) as the American ones (with a few exceptions); item 2 is about the right to protest, that is more and more endangered in these "anti-terrorist" times (which is precisely what was to be expected); item 3 is about a European Rights Chief whom I do not trust, just like I deeply distrust the European Convention on Human Rights, that is no such thing; item 4 is about Germany's problems with (mostly) right-wingers who object to refugees (but the article doesn't give much hope); and item 5 is about debunking Sanders and about the achievements of Obama (who was a successful neoconservative, but no liberal or progressive: these were merely handy lies to get elected).
- Oct 23: Crisis: CISA, Drones, Clinton vs Snowden, Netanyahu, Bush Jr. : This is a crisis blog.
There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about an utterly crazy or extremely authoritarian amendment of CISA; item 2 is about drones and American and British kill lists; item 3 is about Hillary Clinton, who indeed was quite wrong about Snowden, but - I think - very purposively so; item 4 is - once more - about Netanyahu's imaginary baloney; and item 5 is about George W. Bush Jr. and his collaborators, though it ends with a plan that just doesn't work in the West (unfortunately).
- Oct 22: Crisis: Germany, Rebellions, Managerialism, CISA, USA Not Democratic : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about a German reaction to the crazy claim by Netanyahu that Hitler did not want to kill the Jews: some Palestinian did, and spoke to Hitler (said Netanyahu); item 2 is about an article by Suzanne Moore on work and its ethic: At least 50% of the people think their work isn't worth doing and dislike it; item 3 is about an insight on how corporate managerialism has changed much of medicine, and indeed much of the economy; item 4 is about the news that some tech giants - Apple, Google, Amazon - are opposing the - very bad - CISA bill; and item 5 is about "the deep state" (mostly: the Pentagon, the military, the NSA, and the companies that make weapons, drill oil, or manage banks) and politics: it seems as if the deep state is running most of politics, in the present USA.
- Oct 21: Crisis: Citizens United, Cooper, Socialism, Hersh on Bin Laden, Kunduz Hospital : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is an interesting and recommended article by Bill Blum, who sets out 7 steps that are necessary to return to the before-1980 situation (if possible); item 2 is about Anderson Cooper, who turns out to belong to the 1% of the very rich, and Bernie Sandersp; item 3 is about democratic socialism, and contains interesting quotations by the socialist Albert Einstein; item 4 is about an article from May this year that I missed: Seymour Hersh explains that most of the "news" about Bin Laden's killing was pure hooey; and item 5 is about a good article on the Kunduz hospital attack by the Americans. (I think it is much more likely it was intentional than not.)
- Oct 20: Crisis: Assange, Trudeau, US Inequality Worst, Krugman, Blair, Maher : This is a crisis blog. The title is mostly sorted by name (but I agree titles are difficult to do when one has 5 or 6 items): Item 1 is about how Assange got - I think illegally - abused by the British Crown Prosecution Service; item 2 is about Justin Trudeau's winning Canada's elections (which is Good News, which is rare in the crisis series); item 3 is about the enormous increases in inequality in the United States ever since Reagan was elected in 1980; item 4 is about Krugman's explication of Denmark, that I restate as the difference between the U.S.'s capitalism-without-a-human face and Denmark's capitalism-with-a-human-face; item 5 is about a very recent show of how incredibly much Tony Blair lied about and before the Iraq war; and item 6 is an amusing item by Bill Maher, that also
includes some inanities by Trump.
- Oct 19: I first cleaned up 41 Nederlog files (together 1.4 MB) in 2015 that - still - had spurious references (without any danger, but it does take space) to a file I am forced to use since Firefox denies its users to save any file by its proper filename, but instead forces all of its users to save files by the name its user gives (and Firefox certainly didn't answer me when I complained and pointed out it was very easy to add the choice: but no, I might juist as well not have written).
I suppose I will have to do the same for 2014 and 2013, but this will happen later, when I have another fairly fit day.
And there is this: Crisis: Newspapers, Stalin, Canada, Fracking, Drone Papers, Fascist TTIP :
This is a crisis blog. There are 6 items with 6 dotted links: Item 1 is about a quite dangerous development in - at least - Great Britain: the printed press may mostly disappear for lack of advertisements; item 2 is about the popularity of Stalin in parts of the former Soviet Union, with four portraits and many links (originally from 2012); item 3 is about Canada's elections, where I hope Stephen Harper gets beaten; item 4 is about a fine article by Chris Hedges on fracking (not optimistic, but realistic, I'd say); item 5 is about the drone papers and is a good, brief article; and item 6 is about the fascist TTIP, that will, when it is accepted in Europe, transform Europe till it is like the USA of a 100 years ago: Excellent for the very few mega-rich, with poverty, slavery and no protections whatsoever for the 99% that form the rest.
- Oct 18: Crisis: Democratic Presidential Debates, Whistleblowers' Fates : This is a crisis blog.
There are only two items today, because it is a sunday; there was not much to find; and also I didn't sleep well: Item 1 is about an article by Ralph Nader about the Democrats' presidential debate; and item 2 is an article by John Kiriakou about whistleblowers.
- Oct 17: Crisis: Holder, Snowden, Scahill on Drone Papers, Sanders, TTIP, Euro : This is a crisis blog. There are 6 items with 8 dotted links: Item 1 is about two articles by Dan Froomkin on the lying fraud Eric Holder; item 2 is about two articles on the lies Clinton spread about Snowden; item 3 is about an interview of Jeremy Scahill about the drone papers; item 4 is a well-written article with quite a few quotations about Sanders and Clinton; item 5 is a strongly recommended article by a human rights expert of the UN who - quite deservedly - trashes the TTIP as an illegal revolution against international law, which is quite good; and item 6 is about a large graphic about the Euro, that is worth less and less and less. (I know, for I have a very minimal pension after 31 years of even more minimal dole).
- Oct 16: Crisis: Drone Papers, Assange, Gaza, Bureaucracy, AI, Austerity : This is a crisis blog.
There are 6 items with 7 dotted links: Item 1 is about The Drone Papers that were published this morning on The Intercept, that also includes a link to these papers, but I postpone discussing them till tomorrow or next week (too little time today, though what I do give is quite good); item 2 is about a problem Julian Assange has since June: A painful shoulder, that needs an MRI, that when taken outside the Ecuadorian Embassy will lead to his arrest; item 3 is about a video by Hedges and Blumenthal about Gaza and Israel; item 4 is about an article by Tom Engelhardt that is in fact about the enormous quite secret and classified bureaucracy that gathers and analyses everybody's private data (I am quite sure because the American government seeks to control everyone: were it otherwise they would have proceeded quite differently); item 5 is about AI and concludes, correctly in my view, that it is far more rational to worry about the really existing and very dangerous bureaucracies (such as the secret American one in the previous item) than about "AI is taking over the world", for it isn't, and it will not be, until a whole lot more is known; and item 6 is Reich's explanation of rational economics (and I think he is right, but the majority of the American
politicians don't think so, generally without having his economical knowledge).
- Oct 15: Crisis: Democratic Candidates *3, Canada, Wealth vs Poverty, "Techno-Fascism" : This is a crisis blog. There are 6 items with 6 dotted links and 3 of them are about the debate among Democratic presidential candidates: item 1, item 2 and item 4 (and no: I couldn't find decent at least halfway intelligent articles before today); item 3 is about Canada and Stephen Harper; item 5 is about the current - quite insane and extremely unfair - distribution of wealth in the world; and item 6 is an interesting article about "techno-fascism". Also, I have kept most excerpts fairly brief, except of item 6, simply because I think that was the most interesting article today (and though I don't agree with it, it is worthwile).
- Oct 14: Crisis: Authoritarian USA, Lawsuit, Labour, Australia, Citizens United : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 sections with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about a good article by Peter Van Buren (I agree with the key passages, though I think the format is a bit simpleminded, but then again this is a mere article and not a book); item 2 is about a decision by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals that is quite good (and a piece of Good News); item 3 is about the present British Labour Party (I more or less agree, although think Labour should unite on a "for more equality" message, rather than "anti-austerity": it is clearer and positive); item 4 is about Australia that is since yesterday an authoritarian state where no one (except the smart and the rich) has any privacy left; and item 5 is about a quite good article (the first of two) about the Citizens United decision (by a former judge
- Oct 13: Crisis: China, American Hypocrisies, 158 Families, Democrats, GOP : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about the Chinese economy (that seems fairly deeply in the dumps); item 2 is about various American hypocrisies (I agree, broadly speaking, but would have selected several others); item 3 is about the state of American democracy, where 158 families provide most of the money of the Republicans (also thanks to the Supreme Court's insane decision that money = votes); item 4 is about the Democrats' candidates; and item 5 is about how crazy (insane, mad, lying, trifling) the Republican presidential candidates are (in Krugman's and my opinions).
- Oct 12: Crisis: Poor Black Americans, Spies, The Economy, Rich vs Poor, TiSA : This is a crisis blog. This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article by Chris Hedges, who sketched the great disadvantages of growing up as a poor black person in the US; item 2 is about an article by John Naughton who claims "we can stop surveillance", which I think is a bit optimistic, at least; item 3 is about an article by Larry Elliot, about the economy, which is not optimistic; item 4 is about a fine article by Les Leopold who tries to set up the conditions for a mass movement (this is recommended); and item 5 is about an article by Don Quijones on the European Court of Justice's recent decision, and about the - extremely dangerous - TiSA.
- Oct 11: Crisis: Financial Crash, TTIP Protests, Good Privacy Bill, Progressives, TPP criticized : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about an IMF warning that the chances on a crash have increased and the economy has been slowing down the last 5 years (!); item 2 is a bit of Good News: Possibly a quarter of a million people demonstrated in Germany against the TTIP; item 3 is another bit of Good News: California has a new privacy bill which seems good; item 4 is about what choices progressives have in the American presidential elections; and item 5 is about one part of one chapter of the TPP: there are no good points in the TPP, according to the reviewer of the EFF.
- Oct 11: Crisis: Index file: 1001 and further : This is also a crisis blog, and it too is a bit special:
It is the sixth index file of the crisis series. (This will grow.)
- Oct 10: Crisis: This is the 1000-th article in the crisis series : This is a crisis blog, but it is a bit special: This file is the 1000-th file in the crisis series, that I started on September 1, 2008. This file
only gives some explanations.
- Oct 10: Crisis: Stalinism, Wikileaks, Taliban, Hillary Clinton, Reich for Sanders : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 blogs with 6 dotted links: Item 1 is by the latest Nobel Prize winner of literature, who reflects on Stalinism and how that may return (I mostly agree); item 2 is about Wikileaks on The Guardian, but - it is a Thielman article - misses the link to Wikileaks; item 3 is by an Australian journalist, about the boys recruited by the Taliban; item 4 is by Robert Scheer and - deservedly - takes down Hillary Clinton; and item 5 is by Robert Reich, who explains why he is for Bernie Sanders on the banks, and not for Hillary Clinton on the same subject.
- Oct 9: Crisis: Bulk Surveillance, US Unsafe, French Intellectuals, US Firms, TTP Text : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about the effective refusal of the American government to stop doing bulk surveillance; item 2 is about the decision of the European Court of Justice (I have treated this before, but this is a good article); item 3 is about France and French "public intellectuals" (in whom I happen to disbelieve since the 1960ies: they are careerists much more than honest, forthtright or - rationally - intellectual); item 4 is about the very many billions of dollars that 3 out of 4 of the biggest US firms keep from the American taxes; and item 5 is about the TTP text: it willl be published (but no emendations by the Senate are possible!) "real soon now".
- Oct 8: Crisis: Hospital *2, VW's fraud, Cameron's lies, Clinton's lies, TTIP Opposition : This is a crisis blog. There are 6 items with 6 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article by Glenn Greenwald on the US bombing of a hospital in Afghanistan; item 2 is about the head of VW in the US who admitted he knew something 1 1/2 years ago; item 3 is about Cameron's totally false pretension to speak for a center, while he is very rightwing; item 4 is about Hilary Clinton's lie that now she is opposed to the TPP (until elected, just as Obama did); item 5 is by the head of Doctors Without Borders whose hospital was bombed by the US: she wants an independent investigation and is quite right; and item 6 is about no less than 3 million European signatures against the TTIP, which is a bit of Good News.
- Oct 7: Crisis: Universal Surveillance ILLEGAL (4x), TPP's extrem dangers (2x) : This is a crisis blog. There are 6 items with 6 dotted links: Item 1 is - in fact - about the decision of the European Court of Justice that universal surveillance of everyone (as done by the NSA, the GCHQ etc. etc.) is illegal. Item 2, item 4 and item 6 are also about this (and I am not sorry I have several reviews of essentially the same decision: the reviews are rather different). Next, item 3 and item 5 are about the TTP, that has been approved, but is not yet law (or "law": I do not agree to "laws" that are being made in secret: A real law should at least be public and publicly discussed before it is voted into law, or not, and the TTP was and is secret, and is also strongly manipulated by Obama and his pro rich government).
- Oct 6: Crisis: War Crime, Torture, Economy*2, "Free Markets", Banksters, TPP*4 : This is a crisis blog. There are 7 items with 10 dotted links: Item 1 is on an article by Glenn Greenwald about the lies of the USA about their targeting a hospital and killing more than 20 persons there (which is a war crime); item 2 is about how the British tortured people (outside Great Britain, it seems) and how Jack Straw doesn't know a thing about that; item 3 is an excellent interview with Michael Hudson on parasitical financial capitalism; item 4 is about a book by two Noble Prize winners of economy about the economy, which I didn't think said anything that wasn't known to Adam Smith or Aristotle; item 5 is about Robert Reich's new book, with some criticism by me and the reviewer about his "Saving Capitalism"; item 6 is about a horribly written article about Bernanke and Holder, that is ill written but basically correct; and item 7 consists of four items on the TPP, which now has been signed, but which I do not have the time to review (here and now).
- Oct 5: Crisis: Revolution (?), Mass Shootings, War Crime, France, Corporate Powers : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is by Chris Hedges and - in fact - on revolution (I like it but am also skeptical); item 2 is - finally - a cogent answer to the question: How many Americans are killed by guns operated by other Americans since 2001: 120 times as many as there are Americans killed by terrorists (and altogether over 400.000 persons, since 2001); item 3 is about what happened in Kunduz, Afghanistan: two medical groups say it was a war crime, and I agree; item 4 is about France's government to go - "Liberté! Egalité! Fraternité!" - the American & English way vis-à-vis all ordinary Frenchmen: In order "to prevent terrorism" all Frenchmen loose all privacy; and item 5 is about what the TTP and the TTIP are really about: The subjection of all governments and all people to the - expected, projected, asserted, future - profits of the international corporations.
- Oct 4: Crisis: US vs Russia, British "Human Rights", Child Labor, Euphemisms, Animals : This is a crisis blog. It is also a sunday, and there were few interesting crisis items. I counted 3, to which I added a 4th because it is a nice video I like, and then a 5th which is not quite what it seems: Item 1 is about an article by Glenn Greenwald that very clearly shows the hypocrisy of the American government; item 2 is about a warning that the UN torture investigator gave when he heard about new British "human rights" (which will revise the international version); item 3 is about a quite fascinating item that shows child labor in the USA, a mere 100 years ago (and I would not be amazed if these days will return, especially if it is up to the rich); item 4 is a nice video by George Carlin on euphemisms and hypocrisy; and item 5 is about World Animal Day and the reliability of information: You can't trust Wikipedia, and the same goes for most other sources of information.
- Oct 3: Crisis: Profits, Clinton vs Sanders, TPP, World Left, China, American Economy : This is a crisis blog. There are 6 items with 6 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article by a Scottish medical doctor on the role of profit in medicine (which is much more serious than most other roles, these days, including that of helping the patient); item 2 is about a comparison between Clinton and Sanders (that I think is a little bit too optimistic); item 3 is about an article by Joseph Stiglitz et. al. that is quite clear on the evil TTP and the evil TTIP (yes, they are); item 4 is about an article on whether the world's leftish forces are resurging (again I think it is a little too optimistic); item 5 is about China, and makes clear that it is mostly capitalistic now; and item 6 is an interesting article from 2012 on the American economy (but published on a site with very irritating advertisements).
- Oct 2: Crisis: Mass shootings, Snowden et al, Isis, Sanders*2, Psychologist's Explanation : This is a crisis blog. There are 6 items with 6 dotted links: Item 1 is about a recent mass shooting, and tries (briefly) to investigate how many Americans have been killed in mass shootings since 9/11, without finding an answer, except that it is very probably a lot more than the many victims of 9/11; item 2 is a fine article about an initiative by Snowden, Miranda and Greenwald that I welcome; item 3 is the report of a conversation between Alnasseri and Hedges that gives some interesting information about the attractions of Isis; item 4 is an interesting article about the fact that Sanders is currently pulling as much money (from the many) as Clinton does (from the few); item 5 is about a psychologist's explanation of the GOP (which I reject, and replace by a more plausible sociological one); and item 6 is about Reich's rebuttal of an attack on Sanders, which is mainly here because I like both (without agreeing about everything).
Also updated the crisis index until today.
- Oct 1: Crisis: Banks, Obama's "Ended Wars", Cars, IMF Warns, Reich Interview : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about a "long read" on The Guardian on bankmanagers, which is somewhat interesting; item 2 is about an article by Glenn Greenwald who complains about - yet another - opposition between Obama's words and Obama's acts; item 3 is a rather puzzling bit that says that "new tests" have showed that many more than Volkswagen's cars emit far more pollution than was stated: my trouble is that either the previous tests were mainly bullshit or Volkswagen is not the only car company to install fraudulent software; item 4 is about an article in which the chief of the IMF promised "less growth" in the coming years; and item 5 is a good interview with Robert Reich, although I don't agree with everything he says.
- Sep 30: Crisis: Snowden, Labour, Trump, Obama, Free Speech, Psycho's Abuses : This is a crisis blog. There are 6 items with with 6 dotted links: Item 1 is there because Edward Snowden is on Twitter, as @Snowden also (but I will not read his twittered messages unless these are relayed in the press); item 2 is by Owen Jones and is about what the British Labour Party now should do, given that it has a new leader; item 3 is about an article by Robert Reich that explains how the bankruptcy laws have been deregulated to support the few rich but not the many poor; item 4 is about Obama's speech to the UN, which indeed was pretty irrealistic, at least morally, intellectually and factually; item 5 is about a fine article about the new and quite sickening and rather dangerous Pentagon's new "Law of War Manual", that seeks to terminate all independent war journalism as regards the US; and item 6 is about 10 major abuses by American psychologists and psychiatrists, with a brief aside by me - a psychologist - on their "sciences" not being real sciences).
- Sep 29: Crisis: China, "Marxism Today", Labour Party, Fiorina, TTIP : This is a crisis blog.
There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about China and Asian markets: they are not doing well; item 2 is about a "long read" on The Guardian about "Marxism Today", that I found rather disappointing and ideological; item 3 is about an article by Polly Toynbee on The Guardian about
Labour, that seemed a little optimistic about Blairism and Blatcherism; item 4 is about Carly Fiorina, who seems to this psychologist to speak like a sadist; and item 5 is about the TTIP: it has found considerable opposition, but is not dead yet.
- Sep 28: Crisis: Brutalized, Republican Extremists, Reich, Roberts, me+M.E. : This is a crisis blog. There are five items with five dotted links: Item 1 is by Chris Hedges and is in fact a repeat from 2014 (with my repeat of my review); item 2 is an interesting article that explains the force of the Movement Conservatism in the present Republican Party; item 3 is a good review by Robert Reich of the many pro-rich changes in the American economy the last 35 years; item 4 is an article by Paul Roberts about the decline in infrastructure and the increases in wealth of the very rich (but I disagree about brains); and item 5 is the monthly issue on me and M.E., which this time has a quite interesting medical paper on the benefits of (especially) mB12 for a considerable group of people with M.E. or F.M. (but it contains a mistake in the dosages of folic acid).
- Sep 27: Crisis: About Corbyn, Pope On Climate, Volkswagen Fraud, Progressive Pope : This is a crisis blog. This has 4 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about an interesting article about Jeremy Corbyn, with an excellent term for the class of political careerists that currently make politics: The caste; item 2 is about one part of the pope's message about climate change; item 3 has two dotted items about the enormous corruption in the top of Volkswagen, which the same - renewed - top tries to shift a lot lower, quite falsely in my and others' opinion; and item 4 is about another part of the pope's message about climate change (and I think both are true: he is a progressive; he tries to greenwash Catholicism a bit; but he remains a pope, and is not a real radical, nor a social democrat nor a socialist).
- Sep 26: Crisis: The GCHQ, Anti-Semitism, Gitmo Info Classified, A Corbyn Speech : This is a crisis blog. There are 4 items with 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about the GCHQ, and is quite interesting and recommended; item 2 is about Feinstein's and others' attempts to make - what they call - anti-semitism a ground for removing students from their universities (in contradiction with the First Amendment and academic freedom); item 3 is about the US's attempts to keep formally unclassified materials classified, very probably because the full truth about the US's tortures would be pretty awful; and item 4 is a review of a recent speech by Jeremy Corbyn (which I found a little disappointing).
- Sep 25: Crisis: Pope*2, Free Gifts, Mandelson, US Special Forces, Tech CEOs : This is a crisis blog. There are 6 items with 6 dotted links: Item 1 is about pope Francis, as is item 4, and in either case I am struck by the naivity of many journalists; item 2 is about an extension of Citizen United: Now unlimited gifts and offers and invitations are also supposed to be covered by "freedom of speech" (and I can't see why not, given the insanity of Citizens United); item 3 is about a piece of Mandelsonian advice to the Labour Party; item 5 is about the - enormous - extent of US secret forces, in 135 countries; and item 6 is about a recent letter of 16 of the top (American) executives in computers and/or internet who proposed to the US government that they are quite willing to steal anyone's private data if only they are guaranteed they will not be legally prosecuted for doing so...
- Sep 24: Crisis: Pope Francis, Human Rights, Money, Chomsky, Snowden Treaty, Europe : This is a crisis blog. There are 6 items with 6 dotted links: Item 1 is about pope Francis, but I don't agree with the article; item 2 is on an article by Glenn Greenwald about Saudi Arabia being head of the UN Human Rights Panel; item 3 is about "helicopter money"; item 4 is about a recent interview with Noam Chomsky; item 5 is about "The Snowden Treaty"; and item 6 is about a possible European decision that European data may not be stored on American servers anymore, because the latter break the privacy conventions Europe upholds.
- Sep 23: Crisis: China, Chomsky, Clinton Fading (?), Big Tech, Political Upheaval (?) : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is on China and its desires and pressures that US internet corporations play by their rules to get access to Chinese markets: no more strong encryption, and agreeing on surveillance (I argue this is very dangerous); item 2 is about Noam Chomsky on Orwell and the Republicans (I argue the Republicans are in fact run by a very small group around Karl Rove, but have no proof); item 3 is about an article about Clinton and Sanders, which I like but found a little too optimistic; item 4 is about an article by Robert Reich on who runs the economy; and item 5 is about a quotation by Katrina vanden Heuvel that again seems too optimistic to me.
- Sep 22: Crisis: Cameron, Tsipras, Planned Parenthood, Money & Politics, On The Guardian : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: item 1 is about an article by Suzanne Moore on Cameron's (allegedly) having put "private part of his anatomy” into the mouth of a dead pig" (which is Big News in Great Britain); item 2 is about the re-election of Tsipras as Greece's new prime minister; item 3 is about an article by Robert Reich about planned parenthood in the USA; item 4 is about the very great influence of money in US politics (even though most ordinary people are against it); and item 5 is about The Guardian's reporting about Jeremy Corbyn (which was decidedly sub-standard, at least).
- Sep 21: Crisis: On Socialism : This is a crisis blog, but it is not a normal one, for I am discussing socialism in four forms: (i) as defined in Paul Edward's Ed. "Encyclopedia of Philosophy"; (ii) as defined by Chris Hedges; (iii) as defined by George Orwell; and (iv) as defined by me: Item 0 is about a definition of "socialism" in the Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Ed. P. Edwards; item 1 is a definition or characterization of socialism by Chris Hedges; and item 2 contains both Orwell's definition of socialism, my definition of socialism, and seven remarks on both.
- Sep 20: Crisis: Corbyn-news, Free Speech, "Revolution", Drones, Carlin, FBI : This is a crisis blog. There are 6 items with 6 dotted links: Item 1 is about the coverage of "the English press" of Jeremy Corbyn's rise; item 2 is about an out and out totalitarian proposal by Cameron and Johnson; item 3 is about how you cannot expect "revolutionary changes" from 150 "world leaders"; item 4 is about an interesting advertisement against droning; item 5 is a brief item about George Carlin by his daughter (which I review because I like Carlin); and item 6 is about a program of the FBI that now extended its finger printing documentation (now anybody's fingerprints - if American) are part of any searches for criminals, regardless of whose fingerprints they are, which is part of a much greater program to know everything about anyone, that I am much against.
- Sep 19: Crisis: Unfree, GOP, Euphemisms, Cell Phones, Brazil, Workplace Surveillance : This is a crisis blog. There are 6 items with 6 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article by Margaret Atwood on freedom; item 2 is about an article by Robert Scheer on the GOP; item 3 is about the power of euphemisms; item 4 is about one's rights not to be checked in everything one does; item 5 is about Brazil's supreme court, that decided - quite correctly, in my opinion - to deny the right of corporations to buy ("invest in", "give financial gifts to") politicians; and item 6 is about the surveillance of their employees (possibly 24 hours a day, in everything) that corporations these days engage in, "because they can".
- Sep 18: Crisis: Facebook, Ad-blocking, GOP Debate, Wall Street Journal, For-Profit Prisons
: This is a crisis blog. There are 6 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about Facebook; item 2 is about ad-blockers and the desires of the public relations liars and frauds; item 3 is about the last GOP debate; item 4 is about the Wall Street Journal's false attack on Bernie Sanders, here answered by Robert Reich; item 5 is about for-profit prisons, which seem like slavery to me; and item 6 is a bit of personal news (that is uncertain, but anyway).
- Sep 17: Crisis: Corbyn, Sanders, Marine Life, TTIP in Europe, The Rich, Virtual Machines : This is a crisis blog. There are 6 items with 6 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article by Seumas Milne on some wider implications of Corbyn's victory; item 2 is about a Bernie Sanders move (not very important but nice); item 3 is about a very steep fall in the oceans' marine life in a mere 42 years: it seems half of what it was in 1970 (NB: there's far more sea than land); item 4 is about the extreme dangers of the TTIP; item 5 is about a decent article about why the rich have gotten so much richer, while everyone else remained the same or got less: political lies and deceptions, and deregulations; and item 6 is about a quite interesting article about how you can considerably increase your computer's safety from being completely cracked by the NSA or the GCHQ: installing a virtual machine.
- Sep 16: Crisis: Energy, Hitler, Neocons, Sanders & Corbyn, Guns, Pope Francis : This is a crisis blog. There are 6 items with 6 dotted links: Item 1 is about a large project to try to get clean energy that is supported by David Attenborough (I like science, but am doubtful of its chances of being adopted); item 2 is about a recent book about Hitler and the Holocaust, that mainly looked vague to me (after reading all of "the long read"); item 3 is about the neoconservatives and the dangers these pose; item 4 is a good article about Sanders and Corbyn; item 5 is about how many Americans were shot dead in the last 25 years in "gun-related deaths"; and item 6 is about pope Francis, and I agree he is special (but will probably soon be replaced by a more conservative pope).
- Sep 15: Crisis: Gag Orders, "Political Insurrection", Debts, Refugees, Lehman Brothers : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 6 dotted links: Item 1 is about an American federal court that, for the first time in 14 years, lifted a gag order that seems to normally come with a "national security letter" (which may have been given to more than 1 in a 1000 adult Americans!); item 2 is about an interview with Tariq Ali (forty years befriended with Jeremy Corbyn) that I found interesting; item 3 is about the threat of a debt supernova, that is taken seriously by some serious economists; item 4 is about the refugee problem the European Union has, and tries to solve by mounting more and more bureaucratic hurdles for refugees to enter Europe; and item 5 is about the fact that it is today 7 years ago that Lehman Brothers went down.
- Sep 14: Crisis: USA, Human Rights, Franco in England, Garrisoning, Sanders, China & Corruption : This is a crisis blog. There are 6 items with 6 dotted links: Item 1 is about Chris Hedges who in fact claims (without mentioning him once) that Bernie Sanders is not the USA's Corbyn: presumably one has to wait on a 100% pure leftist, who also is not Jewish (I disagree); item 2 is about an article by Glenn Greenwald that argues that "it was an almost seamless transition from Bush to Obama" (I agree); item 3 is about a somewhat interesting attack by an English leading conservative who argues Cameron's Trade Union Bill reminds him of Franco rather than Elizabeth II; item 4 is about an article about how the USA is garrisoning the globe; item 5 is about Bernie Sanders' surging in the USA (and may be compared with item 1, though it is less well written); and item 6 is about China's political elite, which is said to be quite corrupt, and is compared to the current US elite, which is no better.
- Sep 13: Crisis: Five items on Corbyn's election + the Pentagon's Law of War : This is a crisis blog. It is not a quite normal one, because 5 out of 6 reviews are about various aspects of Corbyn's winning the Labour Party's leadership elections, but then again I think this is an important event. Item 1 is about an article by Owen Jones on The Guardian; item 2 is a good article on what Corbyn stands for (but you have to read the original if you don't know); item 3 is by two Guardian journalists; item 4 is about an article by Jeremy Corbyn; item 5 is about the American main media's reactions to Corbyn's election; and item 6 is a good, long and frightening article about the Pentagon's new "Law of War".
Apart from that I also uploaded a new version of the crisis index, which now is updated until yesterday: I wrote 971 (plus 10) Nederlogs about the crisis, since September 1, 2008, which means I reviewed something like 4000 to 4500 articles. (I say.)
- Sep 12: Crisis: Tories, Corbyn Rxplained, Torture Classified, Holder, Comments, TPP, Corbyn Won : This is a crisis blog. There are 7 items with 7 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article by Owen Jones on the Tories (that I mostly agree with); item 2 is about an article by Ewen McAskill that explains why Corbyn wins the elections (he was right: item 7); item 3 is about an article on Common Dreams that outlines how everything about the extensive tortures of Abu Zubaydah is classified by the US government; item 4 is about how white-collar crime has been mostly "legalized", especially in the case of rich bank managers; item 5 is about an article that wants to end online comments (I agree I don't like them, but it escapes me how you can forbid them, and sometimes anonymity and comments are justified, though indeed to a far less extent than they are practised); item 6 is about how the TPP will take the power from political parties, parliaments and states and give the power to the rich international corporations; and item 7 is the breaking news (for me, now) that Jeremy Corbyn is the new leader of the Labour Party and was elected with a larger majority than Tony Blair was. (I am glad.)
- Sep 11: Crisis: FBI, Sanders, Black on DoJ, Drug (ab)use, Bees, George Carlin : This is a crisis blog. There are 6 items with 6 dotted links: Item 1 is about claims by FBI director Comey that I can't believe (without evidence); item 2 is about a success for Bernie Sanders, that is mostly here because I like him; item 3 is about an important and good article by Bill Black on the American DoJ; item 4 is about another important article by Glenn Greenwald: It seems as if the Brazilian Supreme Court is going to decriminalize drug (ab)use (which is high time, and not only in Brazil); item 5 is good news about the bees: one of the pesticides that seems to claim the lives of many bees and bees' colonies is forbidden until more and better evidence is given; and item 6 is about a book by Kelly Carlin, on her
parents' and her own life.
- Sep 10: Crisis: Microsoft vs DoJ, Refugees, Asylum, Orwell on Socialism : This is a crisis blog.
It is a bit abnormal in that I could find only three crisis items that are interesting enough to review here, and for this reason I have added a fourth item: Orwell on socialism.
There are 4 items today, with 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about a totally crazy demand from the US DoJ, that pretends that American secret services must have the right to read any e-mail anyone sends to anyone from anywhere, if it is on a computer that is owned by a US-based provider; item 2 is about what the current refugees inspire politicians to do: Keep them out of their countries, but use their misery to bomb their countries ven more; item 3 is about the refugee crisis in Europe: the European Union is to be an "area of freedom, security and justice" only for those happy enough to be born in it (preferably from European partners); and item 4 is about Part III of Orwell's "The Lion and the Unicorn", that contains an interesting and fairly clear statement of Orwell's kind of socialism.
- Sep 9: Crisis: 9/11, Putin, Iain Duncan Smith, Privacy & Encryption, Bill of Rights : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about an angry article by Tom Engelhardt that I mostly liked; item 2 is about a bad article that does in no way answer its title; item 3 is about Iain Duncan Smith, who seems a definite sadist to this psychologist (his fountain pen - with which he signed his decisions - kills 90 ill Brits a month); item 4 is about a court case Apple faces over encryption; and item 5 is a review of the ten amendments of the American Constitution that contain most of the Bill of Rights: Considerable parts of every American's rights have been voided "because of terrorism" (I would add: from the government, though I think the situation may be - so far - a bit less bad than the author asserts).
- Sep 8: Crisis: Public Morality, Bush2 Jr., Lessig, Wall Street Parasites, On Revolution : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article by Robert Reich I completely agree with, but I do not see "a broadly based citizen movement to rescue our democracy" (and also have a radical proposal of my own, although I don't see that being practised either, though it is quite simple and quite fair to at least 97% of all Americans); item 2 is about an article by Paul Krugman that in fact shows the large differences between the intelligent and educated minorities, and the majority the third Bush relies on; item 3 is about Lawrence Lessig, who runs for president, in whose success I cannot believe; item 4 is about a review of a book by economist Michael Hudson, who seems an interesting man; and item 5 is about a book about revolution (which I haven't read, but I offer a few thoughts and an experience).
- Sep 7: Crisis: Hedges, Wikipedia, QE For Ordinary People, Encryption, What I Am (Not) : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 6 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article by Chis Hedges (I partially disagree with); item 2 is about Wikipedia, which was intentionally falsified by some "editors"; item 3 is about an article by Ellen Brown, on the merits of providing loans to ordinary people to get out of the crisis, rather than to bankmanagers and other rich folks; item 4 is about a good article on the merits of encryption and the dangers of non-encryption; and item 5 is about a stupid prejudgement that these days seems to move many intellectuals: They are - they say - the narrative they tell about themselves. As far as I am concerned, that is complete ideological nonsense (as I will briefly explain).
- Sep 6: Crisis: Syrians. Supreme Court * 2, Robot Overlords, GMOs : This is a crisis blog.
There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about the Syrian refugee crisis, and makes clear that this is a major problem; item 2 is about a crazy, false and degenerate argument of the (majority of the) Supreme Court; item 3 is about another crazy, false and degenerate argument of the (majority of the) Supreme Court; item 4 is about an article that predicts computers are as intelligent (or more) than human beings by 2040, and promises paradise (and I completely disagree); and item 5 is about a very good article that explains that GMOs in fact should have remained in the laboratories (indeed much like most pharmaceutical innovations of the last decades, that were invented and marketed for profit, and not because there was good evidence they work and are free of harm).
- Sep 5: Crisis: Refugee Crisis * 2, BBC WS, American Capitalism, Stingrays : This is a crisis blog.
There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article on The Guardian that argues the refugee crisis is too big to handle for Europeans; item 2 is about an extension of the BBC World Service (that I am a big fan of since around 1970, but can't get on my radio anymore since 2010); item 3 is about a question by Robert Reich about the disappearance of the moral center of American capitalism; item 4 is about refugees in Hungary, with a reasonable list (in the original) of more articles on the subject (in case you are interested); and item 5 is about a - rare and rather limited - piece of good news about unlimited data collections by the police from every cell-phone in their reach (that so far went on mostly unpublished and quite unpunished).
- Sep 4: Crisis: Cluster Bombs, Corbyn Proposal, "Millenials", "Terrorism", Bill Maher : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items: Item 1 is about an article by Glenn Greenwald about cluster bombs and the veracity of the NYT; item 2 is about a quite interesting proposal by Jeremy Corbyn; item 3 is about an - in my (logically and statistically trained) eyes - very bad article on baby boomers vs millenials on The Guardian; item 4 is about several definitions of "terrorism" (with help from Parry and the Wikipedia); and item 5 consists of three good videos by Bill Maher, which I added to amuse you and because I like their arguments.
- Sep 3: Crisis: Kissinger, Psy-Ops, Our Language, German Neo-Nazis, More Crisis : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links. Item 1 is about Kissinger, who was a major criminal, but who very probably will never face prosecution; item 2 is about how the whole meaning of "war" has been changed by the Pentagon (with quotations by me to explain what this means); item 3 is (in fact) about how the meanings people believe in these days differ from the meanings in dictionaries: The meanings of "Liberal", "Welfare", "Entitlement", "Equity", "Human capital", and "Market based" as used by the main media now all differ considerably from the dictionary meanings - and differ all in a neo- conservative direction; item 4 is about an article in Spiegel On Line about the neo-nazis and far right groups that operate in Germany; and item 5 is an article on economics and the crisis, that concludes a crisis is "likely" (I agree, but a likelyhood is not a certainty, and a major crisis will be pretty horrific).
- Sep 2: Crisis: China's Meltdown, Corbyn, Canada, Anti-psychotics, Psychiatry : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 6 dotted links: Item 1 is about (The Guardian's term) "China's meltdown"; item 2 is about an interesting argument in favor of backing Corbyn as the new Labour leader; item 3 is about Canada's decision to prosecute a Syrian officer for torturing a Canadian citizen; item 4 is about a finding that anti-psychotics are used as blackjacks (that is what "cosh" means, in this context) to shut up people with learning disabilities (which is very improper, in case you doubted that); and item 5 is - in fact - about whether psychology and psychiatry are real sciences, now that of 100 psychological articles published in top journals 2 out of 3 turned out to be not replicated.
- Sep 1: Crisis: TTIP, Labor vs. Capitalism, Obama, "Propaganda", Germany : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about a piece by a (Green) European Member of Parliament (MEP), which I thought rather revealing, though not quite in the way the MEP seems to believe; item 2 is about an idea of Robert Reich to realize a Keynesian dream (I am afraid this doesn't combine well with capitalism and private property); item 3 is another illustration that Obama often says X and does not-X; item 4 is about a book by one academic philosopher that is reviewed by a former academic philosopher that shows - if well understood - how academic philosophy works (rather like propaganda, if that term is properly understood); and item 5 is about an article written by a committee on Spiegel On Line, that has the weaknesses committees tend to have.
- Aug 31: Crisis: Capitalism, Austerity, Corbyn *2, Pentagon's War Manual : This is a crisis blog.
There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is on an article by Chris Hedges that I don't quite agree with; item 2 is about an article about Europe that I also don't quite agree with; item 3 is about a comparison by George Osborne who said Corbyn is "a national security threat" - because he wants to stop the English nuclear rearmament; item 4 is about Tony Blair's latest bullshit, by a catholic war criminal who earned ca. 50 million pounds for himself, who tells that you cannot trust one of the few honest left wingers since 40 years; and item 5 is about the latest issue of the Pentagon War Manual, which got rid of all standards, and seems to look upon war basically as the Nazis did (according to Dr Boyle, who works as a professor of international law).
- Aug 30: GW: On Orwell's "Notes on Nationalism" - 1 : This is not a crisis blog. This is a return to GW ("Golden Words") that I maintained between 2009 and 2012, and considers some quotations of Orwell. In part this is because I had problems with my computer this morning (but it may have been the provider).
- Aug 29: Crisis: NSA, FBI vs Snowden, Indifference, Disasters, Economics No Science, Maher : This is a crisis blog. There are 6 items with 6 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article about a rather crazy decision of a US appeals court (which amounts to the thesis that only people who can prove the secret and illegal investigations of everyone's data did, specifically, concern him may appear in court); item 2 is about the USA's efforts to arrest Snowden (which leads me to argue Snowden is
safer in Russia than in most other countries); item 3 is about The Global Response to people fleeing wars: 'callous indifference'; item 4 is about declassified CIA documents (with a reflection by my on costs); item 5 is about the science of economics, that is for the most part not a real science, because it makes no predictions that stand up; and item 6 is about a nice and good interview with Bill Maher from 2002, with three points I have a few comments on: The true axis of evil; (lack of) intelligence; and being a member of a minority.
- Aug 28: Crisis: THOUSANDS of Englishmen forced to suicide, Islamic Warning Over Climate : This is a crisis blog. This is a very bitter crisis blog, mostly because it seems that these days thousands of ill British men and women have been forced to suicide, because they did not get money after being found "fit to work". The other item is about a Muslim warning of climate change.
There also is a second log today: Guardian + Pictures (!), Psychology not a science, Edward Gibbon : The present file is not a crisis log and is even a bit happy: Item 1 is about The Guardian's appearance: After 8 months of nearly imageless pages (and those that appeared artificially fazed out, it seemed) at long last there is - without any notification that I saw - again a Guardian that appears a bit decent; item 2 is about a study of 100 papers in psychological top journals of which 1/2 to 2/3rd have results - in top journals - that are not reproducible (which is strong support for my thesis that psychology is not a real science); and item 3 is about a really excellent piece on the joys of reading Edward Gibbon's The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, by Joseph Epstein, that I strongly recommend you read all of.
- Aug 27: Crisis: Journalism, China, Human Rights, Women, Modern Philosophy : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about an interesting article by Glenn Greenwald on real and false journalism; item 2 is a reasonable article by Seumas Milne about China and the crisis (which lasts since 2008, and still continues, except for the rich few); item 3 is about a massive movement by governments against the non-governmental human rights groups (which is quite frightening); item 4 is about a video that draws attention to the fact that the Equal Rights Amendment, in spite of being adopted by Congress in 1972, still is not a part of U.S. law; and item 5 is an interesting bit about "Modern Philosophy" that I agree is totally uninteresting (the philosophy, not the article: that is deserved).
And I uploaded a new version + notes of Mill's "Utilitarianism", but all that was changed are the backgrounds.
- Aug 26: Crisis: China, Germany & GMO, Western Democracies, Fascism, MS and vit D : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about China (and brief: I will not report the speculations); item 2 is about a German move to ban genetically modified crops (and I ask about the TPP); item 3 is about an article by Paul Craig Roberts that argues the USA is on the way to extinction; item 4 is about an article by John Whitehead that the USA is on the way to fascism; and item 5 is not a crisis-item: it is about a very recent discovery that specific genes + insufficient amounts of vitamin D may cause multiple sclerosis. (It is here because my disease - M.E. - is also unexplained, as is M.S., and seems related to it: Thus, both are probably auto-immune diseases.)
- Aug 25: Crisis: Digital surveillance, China, Ashley Madison & privacy, Climate Change, me+M.E. : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about the new UN privacy chief (I am not very optimistic); item 2 is about the Chinese stock market failing (but I decided to report facts, but not speculations); item 3 is about another article by Glenn Greenwald about Ashley Madison and privacy; item 4 is about an article from December 2014 about Naomi Klein's last book, that I then missed; and item 5 is the monthly report on me+M.E.: I am still down after doing too much in the beginning of May (!), but it may be picking up again, although that is far from certain.
- Aug 24: Crisis: Global Markets, China, "Employers", Pope & Planet, Maher on Greed : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about a considerable collapse in China's economy, that is now being followed by considerable troubles in the rest of the (financial) world; item 2 is about a decent explanation of the collapse and the troubles in The Guardian; item 3 is about an article by Robert Reich on having to work all the time, and loosing all one's workers' benefits since one now has been reclassified as an employer who rents out himself; item 4 is about the latest encyclical letter of the pope, which indeed is special (though I am quite doubtful it will succeed); and item 5 is about an item by Bill Maher on greed, "sharing" and the economy: Now that most everyone who is working in the USA is an employer who shares in all the costs, it should be pointed out that the one thing the 90% does not and will not get a share in: the profits of the firms who employ these "employers".
- Aug 23: Crisis: Orwell, Corbyn Supported, "Free Trade", Deliberate Deception, Chronic Pain : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about - what I think are - very frightening existing possibilities that big corporations are using to track their staffs, preferably 24 hours a day, and in everything; item 2 is about support given by 40 economists to Jeremy Corbyn's economical plans (not radical nor revolutionary); item 3 is about the lie of "free trade", that very much limited any real growth of U.S. incomes of the 90% while very much increasing the incomes of the rich 1% (and it shows that until Reagan there was 190 years of growth of incomes for both American groups, with few exceptions); item 4 is about how the German government deceived the German people about the NSA (and does so till this day); and item 5 is of interest only for people with M.E., Fibromyalgia, or chronic pain, but since I have been diagnosed as having all, since 1989 (!), I do pay attention to it, since there also are others who are ill like me, who do read my site.
- Aug 22: Crisis: Spyware, CIA Tortures, Adultery, Shell & Obama, Holocaust, Economic Crisis : This is a crisis blog. There are 6 items with 6 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article that explains how spyware is used in South America; item 2 is about what is known (some) and is not known (a lot) about the American partially released torture report; item 3 is a bit more about the Ashley Madison hack; item 4 is about Shell and Obama (but I didn't like the article much); item 5 is about holocaust survivors (with a bit by me because my father survived 4 German concentration camps as a political prisoner, and I know rather a lot about the subject); and item 6 is about the crisis: there are now considerable disturbances and falls worldwide, since China devalued its yuan (three times in three days).
Also, the crisis index is now updated till to today.
- Aug 21: Crisis: Anonymous (?), US Court, Greek Elections, MI5 and Communists, Sanders : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about something that the Ashley Madison hack revealed about many persons; item 2 is about a quite incorrect judgement of an American appellate court; item 3 is about Greece: There will be elections in 30 days; item 4 is about how MI5 operated in the past; and item 5 is a nice answer of Bernie Sanders, that I quote because it is sensible.
- Aug 20: Crisis: Corbyn's Popularity, Pentagon, Bernie, Greece For Sale, Federal Debt : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about Jeremy Corby on The Guardian, and explains why he may be winning in the Labour Party, always apart from the Blairites who currently command it; item 2 is about the new Pentagon Manual that seems to make journalists who disagree with the Pentagon the equivalents of spies; item 3 is about Bernie Sanders, who keeps drawing large masses and getting closer and closer to Hillary Clinton; item 4 is about what Wolfgang Schäuble and others really seem to be after: buying up Greece for almost nothing; and item 5 is about a possibility to get rid of the enormous American debt.
- Aug 19: Crisis: Money in Politics, Corbyn, Klein, Amazing Chart, The Death of Culture : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about an interesting article on The Intercept, that is assembling quotes from politicians who protested against the enormous influence money currently has on American politics; item 2 is about George Monbiot on Jeremy Corbyn, who is supported by Monbiot; item 3 is about an interview whistleblower Mark Klein gave; item 4 is about a quite stunning chart that shows the influence of money in politics: the more money politicians receive, the less money any non-rich receive, with a striking chart; and item 5 is about a recent book by Mario Vargas Llosa, who announced the death of culture or - alternatively - the replacement of real high culture by cheap low culture, also among "the intellectuals". (I agree, indeed since 1977.)
- Aug 18: William Hazlitt: On the Pleasure of Hating : This is not a crisis blog, for there simply were too few genuine crisis items. Instead, I did something I wanted to do for a long time: I reproduce William Hazlitt's (<- Wikipedia) "On the Pleasure of Hating", with my notes.
- Aug 17: Crisis: Amnesty, Pentagon, Unemployed Brits, Ecuador, US Department Stores : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article by Chris Hedges I don't quite agree with; item 2 is about an article about the Pentagon's new "Law of War Manual", that seems pretty sick to me; item 3 is about a British conservative proposal to degenerate and punish all 18-21 year olds by "dedicated job coaches" (according to The Guardian); item 4 reports Ecuador's fine and valiant criticism of the sick British government's approach to Julian Assange; and item 5 is an interesting article that outlines that the U.S. department stores' results are much worse than one would have expected in "a booming economy" with a mere "5.9% unemployment".
- Aug 16: Crisis: Great Britain, Obama * 2, NSA & ATT, Videos with Gore Vidal : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 15 dotted links: Item 1 is about the grave injustice committed against Julian Assange by the British government; item 2 is about Obama's policy of saying one thing and doing the opposite (and not only as regards the climate); item 3 is about the gross and sadistic injustice committed by Obama and the US government against a starving prisoner who should have been released in 2009 at the latest, and who has not committed any crime; item 4 is about a fine article that documents ATT's extremely willing cooperation with the NSA since 30 years; and item 5 continues yesterday's item on Gore Vidal with my text on good political books plus 10 videos with Gore Vidal, which I thought (and think) quite interesting.
- Aug 15: Crisis: Jub Bush, Facebook, Greek Bail-Out, Greek Cooperation, Gore Vidal : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about Jeb Bush's feeling "proud" that his brother - illegally, immorally - tortured people; item 2 is about Facebook's trying to dive into the presidential campaigns with targeted advertisements (though it seems as yet this is not quite possible, for lack of sufficient data or sufficient money); item 3 is about the Greek bailout, that was approved by the Greek parliament; item 4 is about a cooperative technique the Greeks are using to survive, namely alternative currencies (but as yet only on a small scale); and item 5 is a long read, that I liked, about a new book about the late Gore Vidal, who was a smart, sensible and informed man.
- Aug 14: On natural philosophy, philosophy of science and psychiatry : This is not a crisis blog, but a long essay that I originally wrote in 2011, and that I like enough to have had it several times in Nederlog (in which there are thousands of files). This is the latest version, almost wholly unchanged, but with 12 new notes. In part, this was triggered by yesterday's item on the corruption of psychiatry: These are my theoretical reasons to think psychiatry is corrupt and is not a real science (and yes: I have excellent degrees in philosophy and psychology). Intelligent people will like it (even if they disagree). There also will be no crisis blog today, simply because I couldn't find many crisis items and because nearly 100 Kb is enough for one day.
- Aug 13: Crisis: U.S. Elections, China, Greece, Chomsky, Corruption of Psychiatry : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about Glenn Greenwald on Obama (with me outlining a few principles); item 2 is about the third devaluation of the yuan in three days in China (and I report it, but don't know the explanation); item 3 is about the enormous power the troika gained over Greece and its economy; item 4 is about a brief video by Noam Chomsky who explains - very plausibly - that capitalism is incompatible with any real democracy (though it is compatible with voting every four years and pretending that is "democracy", even though you have zero influence); and item 5 is - once again - about psychiatry's enormous corruption.
- Aug 12: Crisis: NSA-Socrates, DuPont's Toxins, China devaluates again, Assange, Privacy : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about the NSA-Socrates that Peter Maass found thanks to Edward Snowden (and some own research) - and yes: the philosophy of the NSA seems to be postmodernism; item 2 is about DuPont and the enormous amount of chemicals that have been added the last 50-100 years to air, water, food and utensils, all with very little research and hardly any responsibility; item 3 is about another devaluation of the Chinese yuan; item 4 is about Julian Assange and the Swedes (who may try to extend Assange's misery till 2020); and item 5 is about secrecy of correspondence, which I think still exists even if it has been thoroughly raped by Bush & Cheney and the NSA.
- Aug 11: There are two new files today: Autobiografie 1987 - Meer Jolanda : This is a Dutch file that forms part of my autobiography. And Crisis: Google to Alphabet, Greek deal (?), Nuclear Japan, Spiegel, Thomas Drake : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about Google's becoming part of Alphabet (though the article seems mostly propaganda); item 2 is about Greece on The Guardian: it seems there is - nearly, perhaps - a bailout deal; item 3 is about Japan, where the first - of possibly 23 more - nuclear reactors has been restarted; item 4 is an article
by the Spiegel (On Line) about a possibly major conflict between Spiegel and the German government about the NSA's spying; and item 5 is about an interesting interview The Real Network made with Thomas Drake.
- Aug 10: Crisis: Nature's Wrath, CEO Pay, Corbyn & Banks : This is a crisis blog. There are 3 items with 3 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article by Chris Hedges. The article is fairly philosophical/religious, and since I am a philosopher, I took some trouble over it, but you can skip it if it is too much (though I am not as pessimistic as Chris Hedges seems to be); item 2 is
about a fine article by Robert Reich who discusses the - lately obscenely raised - payments to CEOs, and ends with a question of mine: Why not limit payments to anyone to $ 250,000 a year, seeing this would only diminish the incomes of maximally 5%?; while item 3 is about a fairly long article in which Larry Elliott - the economical editor of The Guardian - explains that only Jeremy Corbyn - of all English political leaders and want-to-be leaders - seems to understand macroeconomics.
- Aug 9: Crisis: Soft Dictatorship, Public Ownership, Maher & Trump, APA on torture : This is a crisis blog. There are 4 items and 6 dotted links: Item 1 is about a good article by John Whitehead, who (also) considers the chances that the USA is moving towards fascism (of a softer kind); item 2 is about Jeremy Corbyn's stance that public ownership sometimes works, also under capitalism; item 3 is about Bill Maher, whose weekly show returned just in time to reflect on Donald Trump; while item 4 is about the APA, whose new stance on torture ("our psychologists should not be there!!") does not seem to me the best, but maybe they can't do any better.
- Aug 8: Crisis: New TPP Leaks, Psychologists, Daily Show, Bernie Sanders, Merkel&Obama : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about new TPP leaks, that show how much one can trust Obama's government; item 2 is about a psychologist who saw no problem to work - for pay, in secret - for the GCHQ (and I assure the reader most Dutch psychologists would do the same, if it were kept secret); item 3 is about Jon Stewart's leaving the Daily Show, with an ending about bullshit, which I agree with (and supplement by a bit of my article on it in the Philosophical Dictionary); item 4 is about an open letter by Ralph Nader to Bernie Sanders, that contains some sound advice - it seems to me - on (not) using the word "socialist"; and item 5 is about a fairly long article on Spiegel On Line about Angela Merkel's approaches to freedom, liberty and the press: Just like Obama's government, it seems.
- Aug 7: Crisis: Internet Dying, Fourth Amendment, Medical Privacy, "Free Speech" : This is a crisis blog. There are 4 items with 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article that - correctly - says the internet is dying, and I agree (and list some of my own proposals, that probably will not be followed); item 2 is about a decision of a US court that upheld the Fourth Amendment; item 3 is a not so good article about "medical privacy", which to the best of my knowledge is, in Holland at least, a thing of the past; and item 4 is about an article by Glenn Greenwald, who shows that the current Western style for free speech - you are free to say what you please, as long as you please the government - is not quite as free as the governments say it is, and I connect this with an example from "The Communist Manifesto".
- Aug 6: Crisis: Revolution (?), Corbyn, Russia, Torture, 4th Amendment, TPP Dead (?) : This is a crisis blog. There are 6 items and 6 dotted links: Item 1 is about the need for a revolution to feed all, according to Paul Ehrlich (I am a bit skeptical); item 2 is about Jeremy Corbyn (but I am skeptical about the changes he wrought in case he doesn't win); item 3 is about a book about historical facts that now is forbidden in Russia because the facts clash with the "sacred" triumph of Stalin's armies over Hitler's; item 4 is about torture in the US (and I seem to be a bit more cynical than Dan Froomkin); item 5 is about a quite decent and quite correct decision by an American court about the Fourth Amendment (but I fear the Supreme Court's majority); and item 6 is about the death of the TPP, according to the chief economist of The Economist (I am a bit skeptical).
- Aug 5: Crisis: Republican Deregulators, CISA Spying, Bankmanagers, Greek Shares : This is a crisis blog. There are 4 items with 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article (derived from a video that I didn't see) on The Real News with Bill Black, who explains virtually every Republican wishes to end all financial regulation; item 2 is about a new law that is proposed in the Senate that allows even more liberal spying on everything anyone does with a computer; item 3 is about how Holder's policy - that Holder already stated in 1999 - that he will not prosecute big banks or their managers, was a major step toward very large white collar crimes (still unpunished, still not prosecuted); and item 4 is a first estimate on the damages done to Greece in July, when the Greek banks were closed: Even more than was calculated.
- Aug 4: Crisis: Jeremy Corbyn, The GCHQ, The Revolt in the US, Ebola : This is a crisis blog.
There are 4 items with 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article by Owen Jones that - I think correctly - addresses the many rather sick voices (rather plentiful on The Guardian, also) that defend the neo-Tory Blairites and attack a really leftist Labour program by classifying real leftists as insane, idiotic, deluded, unhinged and ridiculous (which is in fact a series of insane, idiotic, deluded, unhinged and ridiculous attacks by the neo-Toryite profiteers from New Labour on a real and realistic leftist grassroots movement); item 2 is about a quite interesting long article by Duncan Campbell on 40 years of his investigating governmental mass spying on their own populations (especially in Great Britain and the USA); item 3 is about an article by Robert Reich about the revolt against the rich rulers; and item 4 is a rare piece of good news: there is now - or so it seems at least - a quite effective and apparently safe vaccine that prevents the spreading of Ebola.
- Aug 3: Crisis: Farming, Greek Coup, Postcapitalism (?), Basic Income : This is a crisis blog.
There are 4 items with 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article by Chris Hedges on farming (and I do have a diploma that qualified me as a cattle-farmer, in Norway, so I felt a bit more addressed than many); item 2 is about a very fine article by Ellen Brown on what is wrong with modern banking; item 3 is about an article on The Guardian that criticizes an article of Paul Mason that I earlier reviewed, also critically; and item 4 is about an article about an English economist, who favors Thomas Paine's basic income, which does seem a sound idea to me.
- Aug 2: Crisis: Gore Vidal, Orwellian Twitter, Liberal Radicals, Jimmy Carter : This is a crisis blog. There are 4 items with 7 dotted links: Item 1 is triggered by an article about a documentary about Vidal and Buckley, that I use to draw attention to Gore Vidal, who had a clear mind, a fine style, and a lot of relevant knowledge; item 2 is about the Orwellian Twitter (I am sorry, but it sounds extremely stupid: as if an e-mail service that limits its users to 140 characters - that is all it is - is a force for innovation rather than for merely being massively stupid and proud of it); item 3 is about a thesis to the effect that elections don't seem to matter for (pseudo-)radical 72-year old professors; while item 4 is about a decent article about Jimmy Carter, who sees little good in the modern political U.S. (indeed apart from the chances of corrupt politicians getting mega-rich because they valiantly defend the interests of the big corporations).
- Aug 1: Crisis: Julian Assange, Krugman on China, Trump & U.S. Education : This is a crisis blog. here are 3 items with 3 dotted links: Item 1 is about a good article by John Pilger about Julian Assange; item 2 is about an article by Krugman about China; and item 3 is nominally about what makes Donald Trump so popular, but really is here because it lists a few facts about education in the U.S.A.
There also is a longer file from earlier today - Autobiografie 1986 - Jolanda - but that is a Dutch file in the series that sketches my autobiography. This one sketches my life in 1986.
- Jul 31: Crisis: Spy Bill, Obama vs encryption, APA problems, Bernie Sanders : This is a crisis blog. There are 4 items with 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about yet another bill meant to let the NSA know everything about anyone; item 2 is about Obama and his war on encryption; item 3 is about the American Psychological Association that - unlike other similar professional organizations - embraced the Pentagon and the torturing of prisoners; and item 4 is on Bernie Sanders, and is here mostly because I like Sanders (and I don't see why anyone who reads his program and is not mega-rich cannot support him, in most things: it is not as if there are many honest, credible, and competent competitors).
- Jul 30: Crisis: European Democracy, Big Money, Obama vs Snowden : This is a - brief - crisis blog, with 3 items, with 3 dotted links: In item 1, that is on "democracy in Europe" I calculate for you how "democratic" the US and the EU are; item 2 is about the US elections (and is in fact a piece of propaganda for Bernie Sanders, which I like); and item 3 is about Obama vs Snowden.
- Jul 28: NSA will destroy millions of American calling records (?) : I have said yesterday that there is a pause in the crisis series, but that I will continue to write Nederlogs. And this is in support of these statements: I did select an item about the NSA, that is item 1 below, while item 2 is a brief reflection on the freedom that I gained.
- Jul 27: A PAUSE (mostly) + an announcement : This is not a crisis blog. In fact, this announces
a pause, for the time being, in the crisis series, simply because this is too much to combine for me with the - boring but necessary - work I am also supposed to do to get my pension. It also announces that Nederlog will continue, but a bit less regularly, and without daily crisis updates, though Nederlog also will analyse the crisis (fairly soon. very probably in several parts), while I today quote just one article from The Guardian (about Joseph Stiglitz, who correctly argues the "leftist" parties are no longer leftist, and have not been - properly, honestly, clearly - leftist for some 25 years now).
- Jul 26: Crisis: Greece, Corbyn, Sanders, Cannabis, Hume, me+M.E. : This is a crisis blog. There are 6 items with 8 dotted links, but not all are crisis items: item 1 is about the Greek bailout; item 2 is about the only credible British Labour candidate I know, namely Jeremy Corbyn; item 3 is about the only credible potential U.S. presidential candidate I know, Bernie Sanders; item 4 is about a recent cannabis petition that sounds a lot like the British Wootton report of 1969 (!); item 5 is not a crisis item but is about yesterday's upload of around 2 MB of Hume's Book I of his "Treatise of Human Nature", plus my nearly equally long comments on that (which is my first major upload in the philosophy section since 2012 or before); and item 6 also is not a crisis item, but outlines the supplements I took the last month (that again was not good: I very probably did too much in the beginning of May, and I am still not over it).
- Jul 25: Crisis: Ugly Germany, Beppe Grillo, Trumpifying, Medicare, Eric Holder : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: item 1 is about an article on the great extent of German rightist and neo-nazi attacks on immigrants in Germany; item 2 is about an article about Beppe Grillo and his proposal to nationalize the Italian banks; item 3 is about an article that explains how Trump trumpified the American elections (even more); item 4 is about Robert Reich explaining why Medicare is the solution, not the problem; and item 5 is about an article that discusses the corrupt fraud Holder's legacy.
And I also uploaded all of Book I (from three in all) of Hume's "A Treatise Of Human Nature" with my Notes to the Hume-section in my philosophy-section.
- Jul 24: Crisis: Eric Holder, Food Labelling, Beppe Grillo, Responsibility of Intellectuals : This is a crisis blog. There are 4 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about Eric Holder, who was a corrupt fraud as attorney general, and who now is growing rich; item 2 is about a law that blocks U.D. states from requiring labelling genetically modified foods (which is a big advantage for the big corporations); item 3 is about Beppe Grillo who calls for nationalising Italian banks in response to Greece; and item 4 is about Noam Chomsky, in part about a recent video and in part about an article he published in 1966, "The Responsibility of Intellectuals".
- Jul 23: Autobiografie 1985 - deel 3 : This is a part of my autobiography, mostly in Dutch. This is the last part for 1985, that was the last good year for me, since 30 years. Next: Crisis: Greece *2, Bernie Sanders, Progressives, Arctic Drilling : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: item 1 is about an article by Don Quijones about Greece, that I thought too radical, but that I recommend reading; item 2 is also about Greece, on The Guardian, and that is a whole lot less radical (but correct in saying three quarters of the Greek parliamentarians supported the government); item 3 is about an article about Bernie Sanders that I did not like much; item 4 is about Robert Reich, who is right in principle (but unclear how this is going to be done); and item 5 is about Obama's decision to allow Royal Dutch Shell to drill in the arctic.
- Jul 22: Crisis: Snowden & Internet, Greek 'Betrayal', NYT still dishonest, Dodd-Frank : This is a crisis blog. There are 4 items with 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about a recent appearance of Snowden (and sort of reiterates my pleas for two different internets of 2009: an open source private and personal one, and a closed source non-private commercial one); item 2 is about an interview with John Pilger, who takes a stronger position about the Greeks than I do; item 3 is about an article by Glenn Greenwald, who points out that the NYT is still lying a lot (by blandly reiterating the untested claims of anonymous government bureaucrats); and item 4 is about how, five years after the bill was passed, the Dodd-Frank law, that attempted to restrict the banks, still is not fully implemented.
- Jul 21: Crisis: Hedges, "Human Resources", Assange on Spiegel, "Internment camps" : This is a crisis blog. There are 4 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article of Chris Hedges on his teacher (with a disagreement about my sincerity); item 2 is a good article about how "human resources" in many corporations spy on their employees; item 3 is about a good interview with Julian Assange; and item 4 is about general Clark's desire to lock up dissenters from the US government in camps.
- Jul 20: On Politics : This is an essay I wrote over 32 years ago that I still like. I have had it before in Nederlog, but I repeat it because I like it and because it is quite original. There also are some
personal remarks of today at the end, which you may skip, but I do recommend that you read the essay. Also, I did not have the time to also write a crisis file today.
- Jul 19: Crisis: Labour Party, Stanford Experiment, Warren, NYT on Sanders, Clinton : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 6 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article on The Guardian that says - correctly, I presume - that the British Labour Party is defunct and merely spamming; item 2 is (in fact) about a recent film that is about the Stanford Prison Experiment, which was interesting; item 3 is about senator Warren's support for a legal challenge against revolving doors (which I think will fail, but OK); item 4 is about a good article about the fundamental dishonesty of the NYT as regards Bernie Sanders; and item 5 is about Bill Clinton who now adds to the $ 104 million he has received since 2001 for his speeches, by speeching about his apologies for his presidential mistakes. This last item has two dotted links.
- Jul 18: Crisis: On "Human Rights", On "Terrorism", Capitalism's End, Greek Debts : This is a crisis blog. There are 4 items with 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article about a decision by the English High Court (plus some by me on "human rights"); item 2 is about an article of Glenn Greenwald on "terrorism" that I don't quite agree with (also because Glenn Greenwald doesn't seem to agree with himself); item 3 is about "a long read" based on a book by Paul Mason, that seems mostly baloney to this reader; and item 4 is about an article by Robert Reich on Greek banking and Goldman Sachs, that explains things I found interesting and didn't know.
- Jul 17: Crisis: Hacking Team, Dodd-Frank Void, Greece * 2, US Augean Stables : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items today with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article that explains that Tor Browsing also may not be what it seems to be to its users, notably if these users' computers have been hacked; item 2 is about an article that shows how passed laws are practised in the US: Not, if they harm the banks' profits; item 3 is about a very good article by Seumas Milne on Greece;
item 4 is a decent article about the present situation in Greece; and item 5 is a fine article about some of the things that went very wrong in the US (I think more went very wrong than is listed in the article, but the article is good).
Also, I brought the current crisis-index up to date.
- Jul 16: Crisis: Criminal Banks, Greece *2, Tory Attack, Torture & Psychology, Cold War : This is a crisis blog. There are 6 items with 7 dotted links: Item 1 is about (yet) another trick the Obama administation used to guarantee that criminal banks and criminal bankmanagers are helped as much as possible; item 2 is about the Greek vote in parliament on the bailout; item 3 is about how Tory policies more and more dehumanize the poor and the ill; item 4 is about the American Psychological
Association's deep relations to torture (which it has supported, till very recently); item 5 is again about Greece; while item 6 is relevant to the crisis, in a general way: I saw a series about the cold war that I liked, which shows that there is really not much new in the present crisis (except that there is no more Soviet Union, and that the bank managers have won in the U.S. and now also control most of the U.S. government).
- Jul 15: Crisis: Privacy, Tories, Tsipras, Jay&Scheer 10/10, Hillary Clinton : This is a crisis blog.
There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about a good and long article that explains how you can improver your privacy; item 2 is about an article in The Guardian on another of Cameron's sick degeneracies; item 3 is about an article that says, probably correctly, Tsipras got the least evil deal he could get; item 4 is about the last part of the 10-part series Paul Jay did on The Real News Network with Robert Scheer; and item 5 is about Robert Reich about the Glass-Seagall act and Hillary Clinton.
And there is also this file (in Dutch): Autobiografie 1985 - deel 2. This is a part of my autobiography.
- Jul 14: Crisis: Poitras, Greek Deal, Torture, Austerity, Chart Of The Day: Still Crisis : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article that explains why Laura Poitras sued the U.S. government; item 2 is about an Editorial in The Guardian about the agreement about Greece's debts; item 3 is about American psychology and a - rare - psychologist who disagreed with the APA at a time very many psychologists found it safer to conform; item 4 is about an article on Common Dreams that discusses the agreement the Greeks have reached; and item 5 presents a nice chart that shows it still is crisis ("recession", for the more mealy mouthed) for 80 to 90% of the populations in the USA and the EU. (I said so, but it is nice to have some evidence.)
- Jul 13: Crisis: All Greeks, Greek debts, Guardian, Twitter, Europe, China's Turbulence : This is a crisis blog. There are 6 items with 6 dotted links. Most are about Greece, and all reviews were written by me on Monday morning: Item 1 is about an article by Chris Hedges, about Greece (I partially agree, partially disagree); item 2 is about an article on The Guardian that was written before there was an agreement (that I also heard first on 10.00 o'clock this morning); item 3 is a review of The Guardian's view on the Greek negotiations (again from before the agreement); item 4 is about the "global anger" that expressed itself in tweets (which I am sorry but I can't take serious); item 5 is about Krugman's point of view; and item 6 is the only item not about Greece but about China, that seems to have weathered a considerable crisis in share prices that wasn't paid much attention to, given the Greek events.
- Jul 12: Crisis: Torture, Jay& Scheer 9/10, $10 a day, Greece * 2 : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 files with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about the American Psychological Association and its - effective - more than ten years defense of torture and psychologists who took part in torture (but the quoted response seems mistaken and wrong to me); item 2 is about interview nr 9 in a series of 10 that Paul Jay did with Robert Scheer; item 3 is about the amount of money most people who are alive at present can dispose over (and some about the riches I receive...); item 4 is about an article by Ellen Brown on Greece, that I liked but that gives little reason to be hopeful about Greece; and item 5 is about an article by Jon Queally that tries to hold the middle between those advicing the Greeks about what they should do.
- Jul 11: Crisis: Greece, APA Torturers, GCHQ, Emails, WW II : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items: Item 1 is about Greece (but the decision seems to fall tomorrow); item 2 is about the eager and very well-paid torture doctors (Ph.D.s), who also are American psychologists, and about their American professional association, that now is in trouble; item 3 is about Amnesty International's calling for an inquiry after it turned out that the GCHQ does spy on them; item 4 is about a proposed change in American law that seeks to end the warrantless surveilance of all emails; and item 5 is not a crisis item but is my short report on The World At War, which is a long series - 23-24 hours in all - about WW II.
- Jul 10: Crisis: Economy, Merkel, Big Oil, Spying, Capitalism, Hedges, Holder, Privacy, Comments : This is a crisis blog. There are 9 items (with brief reviews): item 1 is about a quite interesting interview with a former economic hit man; item 2 is about how the German government has been spied upon by the NSA: a lot more than previously thought; item 3 is about an article that shows the big oil corporations knew about climate change since the early 1980ies; item 4 is about the extent of internet spying: far wider and far more serious than "metadata"; item 5 is about pope Francis and unbridled capitalism; item 6 is about part 1 of an interview with Chris Hedges by The Real News Network; item 7 is about the - well-considered - amazing career of the crook Holder; item 8 is about how the private histories and sex lives of over 20 million federal workers have been stolen by the Chinese; and item 9 is about commenting, now mostly terminated, at a site I like.
- Jul 9 : Uploading works again + Crisis materials with short reviews : In fact, this is a crisis blog, and the first somewhat normal Nederlog I wrote since 10 days. It is fairly long, and contains brief reviews of 9 articles plus 1 interview. Since these are all reviewed in one section, there are only 2 items: item 1 briefly outlines I can upload again, indeed as I did the last three years (after a re-install and a change of passwords), and item 2 contains 9 articles plus 1 interview, with brief reviews.
- Jul 8 : No uploads, Greenwald, China, Toynbee, Encryption, Greek Crisis, Merkel, Torture :
Here are today's items: item 1 is a (shortened) explanation on why there are no uploads; item 2 is about Tony Blair (the multi-millionaire who killed Labour, in effect); item 3 is about the Chinese stock market that is diving; item 4 is about an article by Polly Toynbee on the ravages wreaked by Cameron and Osborne; item 5 is about the - thoroughly insane - demand by the American and British spies to access encrypted data (but it may happen, eventually); item 6 is about a good interview with Richard Wolff; item 7 is about Merkel's pact with spying America (that knows everything about Merkel and her government); and item 8 is about a very good though very bitter article on the many tortures done by the Americans.
- Jul 7 : Why no uploads (7) + Crisis Materials + Jay&Scheer 8 + Treason of Intellectuals :
Here are today's items: item 1 is a (shortened) explanation on why there are no uploads; item 2 contains four articles with brief reviews; item 3 is a longer review of Part 8 of the interview Paul Jay did with Robert Scheer; and item 4 is a longer review of an article by Chris Hedges on "The Treason of the Intellectuals".
- Jul 6 : Why no uploads (6) + Crisis Materials + "Corporate Capitalism" : This is a Nederlog of Monday July 6, 2015. Here are the items for today: item 1 is a brief statement on why there are no uploads to my site; item 2 consists of 6 articles (with links and authors etc. and today also with a few comments); item 3 is a review of Chris Hedges' "Corporate Capitalism Is the Foundation of Police Brutality and the Prison State" (I agree and disagree); and item 4 is a brief conclusion that - again - explains why I cannot upload at present. (I hope this will be undone - made OK again - between July 6 and July 13. And it is cooler today, and this will help.)
- Jul 5 : Why no uploads (5) + Crisis Materials + "The World At War" + Conclusion : This is a Nederlog of Sunday July 5, 2015. Here are the items for today (and you may have read most of item 1 and item 4 already): item 1 is a brief statement on why there are no uploads to my site; item 2 consists of 6 articles (with links and authors etc. but with very little comments); item 3 is a brief bit about the series "The World At War" (that I found interesting); and item 4 is a brief conclusion that - again - explains why I cannot upload at present. (I hope this will be undone - made OK again - between July 6 and July 13. And it will be cooler, and this will help me.)
- Jul 4 : Why no uploads (4) + Crisis Materials + Jay&Scheer 7 + Conclusion : This is a Nederlog of Saturday July 4, 2015. Here are the items for today: item 1 is a brief statement on why there are no uploads to my site; item 2 consists of 7 articles (with links and authors etc. but with very little comments); item 3 is a link to Part 7 of the interview of Robert Scheer by Paul Jay and is being reviewed by me (I like Scheer and The Real News); and item 4 is a brief conclusion that - again - explains why I cannot upload at present. (I hope this will be undone - made OK again - between July
6 and July 13.)
- Jul 3 : Why no uploads (3) + Crisis Materials + Conclusion : This is a Nederlog of Friday July 3, 2015. It is mostly like yesterday's NL, and (also) cannot be uploaded today. For more, see the previous two days (this will probably last till the next week). Here are the items for today: item 1 is a brief statement on why there are no uploads to my site; item 2 consists of 9 articles (with links and authors etc. but with very little comments); and item 3 is a brief conclusion that - again - explains why I cannot upload at present.
There are no reviews with comments today (for it is very hot where I live, I am quite tired, and this will anyway not be read by anyone till next week, I fear). But I did upload the following Dutch item: Autobiografie: Mijn leven in punten (van 0 - 65) : This is in Dutch, and gives my life (till 65)
- Jul 2 : Why no uploads (2) + Crisis Materials + Jay&Scheer part 6 + Conclusion : This is a Nederlog of Thursday July 2, 2015. It is mostly like yesterday's NL, and (also) cannot be uploaded today:
This is not a normal crisis file or Nederlog because while I can write it, I can't upload it, and this also may take some days to sort out.
Here are the items for today: item 1 is a brief statement on why there are no uploads to my site; item 2 consists of 8 articles (with links and authors etc. but with very little comments) plus 4 links to videos I found interesting; item 3 is my excerpt + comments of the sixth part of the interview that Paul Jay, from The Real News Network, made with Robert Scheer; and item 4 is a brief conclusion
that - again - explains why I cannot upload at present.
- Jul 1 : Why there are NO uploads on my site + Crisis materials + Jay&Scheer part 5 :
This is not a normal crisis file or Nederlog because while I can write it, I can't upload it, and this also may take some days to sort out.
I explain this in a little more detail in item 1. I decided to keep finding and linking crisis materials, which follow in item 2, but I also decided to comment far fewer than I did before (see item 1), because I also need time. Then again I did comment on one item, namely parts 5 of the interview Paul Jay did on The Real News with Robert Scheer, and you'll find this (eventually, when I succeed in uploading) as item 3. Item 4 is a list of conclusions for today.