A. Selections from July 3, 2017
This is a Nederlog of Monday, July 3, 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 the company that is
supposed to take care that my site is visible and my health.
As I explained, the crisis files will have a different
format from July 1, 2017: I will now list the items
I selected as I did before (title + link) but I add one
selection from the selected item to give my readers a bit
of a taste of the item linked.
So the new format is as follows:
Link to an item with its orginal title,
One selection from that item (indented)
Possibly followed by a brief comment by
me (not indented).
This is illustrated below, in selections A.
2. Crisis Files
A. Selections from July 3, 2017
items 1 - 6 are today's selections from the 35 sites that I look at
every morning. The indented text under each link is quoted from the
link that starts the item. Unindented text is by me:
Battle Over What It Means to Be Female
Patriarchy, across the globe,
plagues humankind. In some regions female fetuses often are aborted
because they are considered less valuable than male fetuses. Girls are
sometimes smothered in infancy. Many women and girls are sold to men as
rape and breeding slaves. Many endure genital mutilation. Many are
trafficked and forced into prostitution. Many are denied abortions and
access to birth control. Many, to survive economically, sell their eggs
to donors or hire their wombs out to couples who cannot produce babies.
In some countries, including Saudi Arabia and parts of India, women are
considered the property of male guardians. There are villages in India
where women have only one kidney because their husbands have sold their
other one. Women are often denied education and, even in industrial
countries, are paid less for carrying out the same work as men.
How, in an age in which some born with
male bodies self-identify as women, can those born female define their
unique oppression based on their experience? As laws in Europe, Canada
and the United States are rewritten to broaden the definition of what
it means to be female or male, how will such change affect the struggle
for equality by those born as females?
The debate over gender identity pits the
trans narrative against radical feminists. It is one of the most bitter
and acrimonious battles on the left. Radical feminists are castigated
by many on the left as reactionary for their insistence that those born
female hold a unique and separate identity as an oppressed group, one
that requires them to form protected spaces and organizations.
This is the beginning of three
pages by Chris Hedges. I think I am on the side of the "radical
feminists", and I have three reasons:
1. I am a psychologist
who does not believe in transgenders:
To me, it seems that
transgenderism this is a way for medical people to make a
lot of money by restructuring the bodies of children who, for
whatever reasons, that probably have a lot to do with what
adults around them believe, have come to believe themselves that
"they are in the wrong body".
This is also - in spite of what
transgenders say - wholly new and depends on modern medicine.
And while I don't mind if some male wants to dress up like a female, or
some female wants to dress up like a male, which I agree has been
happening for many centuries, I disagree with rebuilding - operating
genitals, taking lots of hormones - children of 8 or so because they
say "I am in the wrong body".
I am sorry, but that sounds
more like being deeply confused (in 8 or 10 year olds) and may require
some therapy. Operating the genitalia of children, and provinding
massive doses of hormones does not seem advisable, to my mind.
2. There also is another
reason, and that is personal:
I am ill for nearly forty
years, and what I complain about is that I have muscle aches and very
little energy, for nearly forty years now. My consistent experience is
that over 9 out of 10 of the medics I have seen deny that has a medical
cause, and call me - and 17 million others - "a psychosomatizer",
which is to say that they claim I am not sane.
When I counter that I did make
a brilliant M.A. in psychology while I was ill, and did so without
following any lectures because I was too ill, which also makes me know
a lot more about psychology than people with degrees in medicine, and
that those who say my complaints are unreal certainly do not know
everything there is to know medically, I may be shown the door (as happened when I said this to medical
doctors of the University of Amsterdam).
In contrast, if I were an 8
year old boy who says "I am in the wrong sexual body, for really I am a
girl", the same medical people very well may believe such an 8 year old
and start operating and restructuring their bodies in major ways.
3. So basically I
think medicine is quite sick these days:
Adult people who say
they have muscle aches and very little energy (there are some 17
million people with ME/CFS, and I am one of them since 1.1.1979) are criminalized
by medical people as insane psychosomatizers because the
medical people cannot find a medical cause ;
children who say "my mind belongs in the body of the
opposite sex" are believed on psychological grounds, and are
medically operated and massively restructured.
Both seem ethically mistaken and without any good basis in real factual
knowledge. (And as note  explains, there are now very good reasons to say
that ME/CFS is a - seriously invalidating - real disease, but
psychiatrists may need another 40 years to even admit the possibility. )
Media Takedown Goes Meta: President Tweets Ludicrous WWE Video—But Why?
The answer to the question "But Why?"
is that Donald Trump is a
President Donald Trump continued his
seemingly baffling and self-destructive crusade against the media on
Sunday morning, tweeting a crudely altered video clip that depicts him
tackling and repeatedly punching the major news network, CNN.
The original video came from Trump’s
infamous WWE appearance in 2007 when he tackled Vince McMahon, the
company’s chairman, to the floor and continued to punch him. (In case
you are not clear on the concept, pro wrestling is not a legitimate
sport and Trump’s appearance was a scripted stunt.) In Trump’s tweeted
version on Sunday, the CNN logo was placed over McMahon’s face.
In other words, he is not sane (as indeed many
psychologists and psychiatrists have said: See the last link, for one
And Mika Owe America An Apology
Most media reports have portrayed
Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski as aggrieved victims of Donald
Trump’s Thursday Twitter tantrum. It can’t be pleasant to be attacked
so personally by the president, but Scarborough and Brzezinski are
fighting back. On their MSNBC show “Morning Joe” on Friday and in an
op-ed column in the Washington Post entitled “President Trump Is Not
Well,” they chastised Trump for his vicious and vulgar attacks on her
appearance, for referring to her as “low I.Q. Crazy Mika” and him as
“Psycho Joe.” They denied Trump’s claim that she had plastic surgery
and that she was “bleeding badly from a face-lift” when she and
Scarborough visited Trump’s private club at Mar-a-Lago in Florida last
year. They also levied a serious charge that Trump tried to blackmail
them by threatening a negative story about the couple in the National
Enquirer unless they asked Trump (who is close to the tabloid’s
publisher) to have the story killed.
Yes, I agree - but I think what is really
happening is not quite as it seems to be and as it is
presented by Brzezinksi and Scarborough. Then again, the writer of this
article is quite right in saying that "Scarborough
and Brzezinski are hardly emblems of journalistic integrity or
political courage", abd that Scarborough is "a former Republican Congressman"
(bolding added by me).
But Scarborough and Brzezinski are hardly
emblems of journalistic integrity or political courage. Let’s not
forget that the “Morning Joe” cohosts, particularly Scarborough (a
former Republican Congressman from Florida), are partly responsible for
Trump becoming president. They’ve known Trump for over a decade and
were once among his biggest fans.
And what seems more important to me is that Mika Brzezinski is
the daughter of Zbigniew
Brzezinski (<-Wikipedia), who recently died, and who was for
over forty years a very important man in various roles relating
to the USA's "national security".
Donald Trump's Mystery
As I said in the previous bit: I think - as
an M.A. in psychology - that Trump is insane.
On June 30, Scarborough and Brzezinski
wrote an opinion piece in The Washington Post titled “Donald Trump is
not well.” In that piece, they detailed the several insulting remarks
he has been making about them (“low I.Q. Crazy Mika”, “Psycho Joe”)
which prompted them to state, “America’s leaders and allies are asking
themselves yet again whether this man is fit to be president. We have
our doubts, but we are both certain that the man is not mentally
equipped to continue watching our show, ‘Morning Joe.’”
Mr. Trump’s behavior seems to be taking
a turn for the worst. This is a fact, according to Ms. Brzezinski and
Mr. Scarborough, acknowledged by even some of Mr. Trump associates. In
their op-ed piece they conclude, “We, too, have noticed a change in his
behavior over the past few years. Perhaps that is why we were neither
shocked nor insulted by the president’s personal attack. The Donald
Trump we knew before the campaign was a flawed character but one who
still seemed capable of keeping his worst instincts in check.”
Never before in recent history has an
American President been as questioned about his mental health to hold
office as Mr. Trump. His erratic behavior has prompted some Democrats
to urge their colleagues to get behind a bill that could potentially
oust the real President Trump from office should it be proven that he
is mentally or physically unfit.
But this does not mean that I admire Brzezinski or Scarborough: In
fact, I think they are some of the public representatives of the Deep
State, who are trying to tame Trump because they found he is not sane,
and is not amenable.
The real situation is too complicated to explain here and now, but has
a great lot to do with the ideas of Zbigniew
Brzezinski from 1968 (!!),
when he wrote - literally - the following:
'it will soon be possible to assert almost
It was also added by the writer (Stephen Spender) in 1969 that
surveillance over every citizen and maintain up-to-
containing even personal information
personal behaviour of the citizen, in
Moreover it will be possible
and plan to meet any
And this is quoted from the Wikipedia-article (in 2008 ) on Zbigniew
Brzezinski from something he wrote in 1970:
uprisings in the future.
will even be able to forecast
crises before the rioters
conscious of wanting them.
involves the gradual appearance of a more controlled society. Such a
society would be dominated by an elite, unrestrained by traditional
values. Soon it will be possible to assert almost continuous
surveillance over every citizen and maintain up-to-date complete files
containing even the most personal information about the citizen. These
files will be subject to instantaneous retrieval by the authorities." –
Between Two Ages: America’s Role in the Technetronic Era, 1970
My own conclusions are these (and I am sorry to be very pessimistic):
(1) The personal computer was intentionally designed to spy on everyone.
(2) The personal computer (laptop, cellphone, etc.) that is connected to the
internet is THE instrument to give ALL power to the VERY few.
(3) The personal computer is THE instrument to realize neofascism, and to
terrorize everyone who is opposed to this.
For more see my Crisis: propaganda
and Control: Brezezinski 1968
5. Trump’s Escalating
Assault on the Press
What the president of the USA seems to be
saying is: Anybody who physically attacks one of my opponents, is
completely justified, since I would do the same: Watch me do it! Watch
me! This is how it should be done!
Trump began his presidency
attacking the press for “fake news.” Then he called the networks and
publications that criticized him “enemies of the people.”
His new attacks
seem to be going a step farther – mobilizing his supporters against
personalities and executives that are critical of him.
As the tweets and rallies
become shriller and more provocative, their clear message is that
are bad people who are conspiring to undo his presidency – people whom
Trump supporters must “not let” silence him, who deserve
to be slammed the way Trump took it out on CNN in the mock video he
posted Sunday morning.
Will news organizations be intimidated? Probably not, at least not at
this point. But we may be on a slippery path. Trump’s increasingly
incendiary tweets and messages constitute an overt assault on
freedom of the press, the cornerstone of our democracy.
I say that the president of the
USA is insane and a neofascist
(in my sense of that term, that is explained in the last link).
More Jaw-Dropping Lies From the Trump Administration
This is by Kevin Drum, and I think he is right - and
Trump and the Republicans deal with poor/non-rich people as if they
have no rights to live nor to happiness, and that they
therefore are better of dead, which
they will help bring about by denying them any medical insurance or by
making it simply too expensive to pay.
Obamacare reduced the number of
uninsured from 44 million to 28 million. Trump is right that this is
still too many, but Trumpcare would increase the number to 47
million within five years of passage.
Oh, and Obamacare didn’t raise average
family premiums by $3,000 either. The best comparison I can find is for
individual premiums, and Brookings
estimates that they decreased about $700 after Obamacare went into
effect. Add in an average subsidy of about $400, and individual
premiums went down $1,100. Family premiums followed the same
trajectory, and probably decreased about $3,000 or so.
Obamacare is hardly faultless, but
overall it’s been enormously successful. It delivered insurance to
millions who couldn’t get it before; it reduced premiums for most
people; it required health care policies to deliver decent coverage;
and it prohibited insurance companies from turning down people with
pre-existing conditions. Trumpcare would undo all of that. All of it.
And Trumpcare seems to be designed to do just that: Kill the
ill non-rich by denying them medical insurance and thus drive them so
Meanwhile, there is excellent
empirical evidence, that was mostly established by
the Norwegian medical doctors Fluge and Mella plus 15 others, that people
with ME/CFS are really ill:
In over 200 people with ME/CFS it was found that when they are compared
to healthy people, they many shortages in amino acids, and some
excesses in the same, which indeed also provides an
explanation-in-principle why they lack energy, are tired and have
For more, see my me+ME+Crisis:
About ME/CFS - 1: Some updates
about Oystein Fluge and Ron Davis.
 During my study of psychology, I learned nothing about psychiatry, and this was for a very good reason:
Nearly all psychologists I know (quite a few) believed psychiatry is a pseudoscience.
And I think - knowing now a whole lot more of psychiatry, and having
studied the sick and degenerate DSMs (that presently allow over 400
ways to declare people insane, which is about ten times (!!) more than from the 1950ies till the 1970ies) - that they were quite right in that.
 I like(d) Wikipedia, but I fear
these days many entries are modified by people who are in the pay of
the Koch brothers or other rich rightists. (I have no proof, but I have been reading a whole lot of the Wikipedia for many years. Also, I never contributed to Wikipedia, in part because the contributors are anonymous: I dislike people who cannot possibly be found out personally.)