3. Crisis Files
This is a Nederlog of Wednesday, June 21, 2017.
This is a crisis
log but it is a bit different from how it was the last four years:
I have been writing about the crisis since September 1, 2008 (in Dutch) and about
the enormous dangers of surveillance (by secret services and
by many rich commercial entities) since June 10, 2013, and I probably will
continue with it, but on the moment
I have several problems with my computer, my modem, the company that is
supposed to take care that my site is visible, and my health.
It may be that I'll be off for a few weeks, that is, I will
publish nothing or little for a few weeks. I don't know yet,
but I will keep you informed in Nederlog.
what I will do for the moment - since I am still looking at 35
sites every morning - is to list the items I selected,
but without any of my
comments. Today I selected five items, and they are below
and link to the originals, but on the moment I have no comments,
basically because that takes too much work on the moment.
As I have said above, I am writing less these weeks for
reasons. These are the
thirteenth ten of my aphoristical reactions 
are full of cant, and are adapted to the tastes and
ideas of the majority.
In human society, such
as it is, almost all greatness that is not
purely intellectual or artistic is based on badness or personal
Most human inventions
are motivated by need or by curiosity.
There are more weak
than bad men, as there are more stupid than
intelligent men, and the weak and the stupid do at least as much harm
as the bad, because they are the loyal tools of the bad, and more
As there are no men
without weaknesses, there is a need for palliatives
for the miseries of life that would and could be avoided if men were
stronger or better than they are. Thus it is, for example, as regards
drugs and drinking.
Life may be so painful
one needs some drug to be able to survive it, or not to lose one's mind.
If you want to be a
celebrity, you cannot have much self-respect.
The talents that make a
famous are much like those that make a prostitute rich.
Dr. Johnson spoke fondly
of "good haters", but most men do not share
that fondness unless they share hatred.
Those who cannot hate,
love either, for men are so constructed that they must hate those who
harm whom they love.
Men are rarely judged
according to their true desserts: during their
lives, many of the truly great were considered bad or mad, and when
they are dead their lives are written by small men, for money, and to
acquire what fame a small man may gather from parasiting on a great man.
If you try to be more than
you can be, you will fail.
To become happy and
successful, it is most effective to lie with the
majority of liars, to do as the majority of fools, and to be
indifferent to everything that does not help oneself.
There is more from where
the above comes from.
3. Crisis Files
have been writing on the crisis since September
1, 2008 (Dutch) and
with considerably more attention since June
10, 2013 (English).
If you check out the crisis index you will find that I wrote in over
eight years nearly 1600 files, that nearly all consisted of a
reference to one or more articles that were partially quoted and mostly
I will continue with that, simply because I think the crisis is
a very important social, political and economical event, but
meanwhile I have turned 67 and need a little rest,
so what I'll be doing the coming weeks (at least), is selecting 3 to 6
files from the 35
sites I consult every morning to see what's happening in the
world of politics and econonomics, and present them, but now without
Here is today's selection:
Psychedelic Spin on ‘National Security’These
all well worth reading.
Corporate Control of the Internet
Trump, The Media’s Malpractice Continues
4. Science Says Summer Is Going to Be Ruined
for Many Years to Come
 These are aphorisms of my own. I like them and
therefore reproduce them. Nicolas Chamfort
was French and lived from 1741-1794. He was extremely witty. (And I
admit neither he nor I are friendly about the majority.) Also, while I
say these are "ten aphorisms", there usually are more: I am speaking of
"ten" due to the original grouping (which has been deleted in this