A. Selections from July 29, 2017
This is a Nederlog of
Saturday, July 29,
This is a
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 with my health.
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
are five crisis files that are all well worth reading:
A. Selections from
July 29, 2017
items 1 - 5 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:
Got Good at Symbolic Repeals of Obamacare, but Flinched When Faced With
This is by Ryan Grim
on The Intercept and is about the 51-49 vote that, at least for now,
stopped the breaking down of "Obamacare". This is from the article, and
shows the kinds of hoops American parliamentarians live by:
Anyway - it was stopped
for the moment, but will soon continue. The GOP just
want to kill tens
of millions of poor Americans, and this is one of their main ways of
doing it. You may doubt this, but see the next item:
Sens. Lindsey Graham, Ron
Johnson, John McCain, and Bill Cassidy held a press conference Thursday
night in the Capitol demanding full assurance from the House that the
lower chamber would not, under any circumstances, take up the bill they
planned to pass and send it to the White House. If the Senate could be
assured it would go to conference committee instead, they promised,
then they would support it.
To be clear: They
demanded a public promise that the bill they were voting for would
never become law in order to agree to vote for it.
The promise Ryan offered
was less than a promise. “If moving forward requires a conference
committee, that is something the House is willing to do,” he offered in
a late-night statement.
But he had a condition:
The Senate needed to put up. Eventually. “We expect the Senate to act
first on whatever the conference committee produces,” Ryan insisted.
In other words, fine, vote
for your sham bill. But when the conference committee creates one more
sham, y’all have to vote on it
the Brink of a Constitutional Crisis, the Nation Goes Numb
This is by
Adele M. Stam on AlterNet and originally on American Prospect. This
starts as follows:
In Washington these days,
a simple question once regarded as a mere pleasantry has become quite
loaded: “How are you?”
“Well, you know …” comes
the answer, and it falls off right there, sometimes with a weary roll
of the eyes or a downward glance.
Yeah, I know. I know how
it is to want to scream or cry as the republic slips away and you’re
still trying to do your work, trying to stop some small part of it from
happening while the nation seems oblivious to the consequences. I know.
We have sunk so low that
we must defend a racist, sexist, homophobic,
lock-’em-up-and-throw-away-the-key attorney general from the president’s
attempt to push him from power—apparently so that the
president may find a new attorney general better situated to shut down
an investigation by a special counsel into whether he colluded with a
foreign adversary to rig the last presidential election.
Because if that were to
happen—if that special counsel investigation should be shut down—the
rule of law itself unravels.
Actually, I think
that is too optimistic, and here is part of the proof:
As I said discussing the
previous article: The
GOP just want to kill tens of millions of poor Americans, and
this is how many: 59 million American persons.
At the same time,
Republican leaders on Capitol Hill are trying frantically to deliver a
legislative victory to the president—one that, by the accounting of the
Congressional Budget Office, would increase
by 32 million the number of the nation’s people without health
insurance of any kind. That’s in addition to the 27
million who currently go without coverage. That’s right: a
total of 59 million. All without any input from the opposition party,
which has been blocked from participating in the bill-writing process.
Dawn of an Orwellian Future
This is by Robert Parry on Consortiumnews. This starts as follows:
It seems that The
New York Times can’t let a good lie lie. Even after being pushed into
embarrassing correction retracting its false claim that there was a
consensus of all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia hacked
Democratic emails and made them public to help Donald Trump defeat
Hillary Clinton, the Times is back suggesting exactly that.
Yes, indeed. And since
the mainstream Times has very many more readers than the
non-mainstream media while the mainstream Times has decided to lie
and to deceive, this is, in all likelihood, what "the news" will be soon: Lies, deceptions and propaganda,
from which truth
has been carefully sifted out by "algorithms" .
The Times’ current ploy
is to say the Russian hacking claims are the “consensus” judgment of
the U.S. intelligence community without citing a specific number of
agencies. For instance, on Friday, the Times published an
article by Matt Flegenheimer about the U.S. Senate vote to prevent
President Trump from lifting sanctions on Russia and deployed the
“The Trump administration
has opposed the sanctions against Russia, arguing that it needs
flexibility to pursue a more collaborative diplomacy with a country
that, by American intelligence consensus, interfered in last year’s
So, instead of explaining
the truth – that the Jan. 6 “Intelligence Community Assessment” was the
work of a small group of “hand-picked” analysts from three of the
agencies under the watchful eye of then-CIA Director John Brennan and
beneath the oversight of then-Director of National Intelligence James
Clapper – the Times opts to give its readers the misleading impression
that there was a “consensus” within the U.S. intelligence community.
In other words, unless a
Times reader knows the truth by having
read it at a non-mainstream media outlet
such as Consortiumnews.com, that reader would continue to believe that
all 17 intelligence agencies were in agreement on this foundational
point in the Russia-gate affair.
Flag Terrorism Isn’t a “Theory” … It’s ADMITTED and Widespread
This is by Washington's Blog on WashingtonsBlog. This starts under a
painting by Anthony Freda, that explains what false flag terrrorism is:
FALSE FLAG -
A horrific staged event blamed on a political enemy and used as a
pretext to start a war or enact draconian laws in the name of national
And the text starts as
And these are just the
first 2 of no less than 71 examples of
false flag attacks that are listed in this article, that ends thus:
Ministers, Congressmen, Generals, Spooks, Soldiers and Police ADMIT to
False Flag Terror
In the following
instances, officials in the government
which carried out the attack (or seriously proposed an attack) admit
to it, either orally, in writing, or through
(1) Japanese troops set
off a small explosion on a train
track in 1931, and falsely blamed it on China in order to justify an
invasion of Manchuria. This is known
as the “Mukden Incident” or the “Manchurian Incident”. The Tokyo
International Military Tribunal found: “Several of the participators in the plan,
including Hashimoto [a high-ranking Japanese army officer], have
on various occasions admitted their part in the plot and have stated
that the object of the ‘Incident’ was to afford an excuse for the
occupation of Manchuria by the Kwantung Army ….” And see this,
this and this.
(2) A major with the Nazi SS
at the Nuremberg trials that – under orders from the chief of the
Gestapo – he and some other Nazi operatives faked several attacks on
their own people and resources which they blamed on the Poles, to
justify the invasion of Poland.
corporate media will likely never report on false flags … as
it is ALWAYS
This is a recommended
Prison Labor Is the New American Slavery
This is by Sara
Burrows on the Off-Guardian, in fact from June 2016, but interesting
enough to list here. The article starts as follows:
American slavery was
technically abolished in 1865, but a loophole in the 13th Amendment
has allowed it to continue “as a
punishment for crimes” well into the 21st century. Not
surprisingly, corporations have lobbied for a broader and broader
definition of “crime” in the last 150 years. As a result, there
are more (mostly dark-skinned) people performing mandatory, essentially
unpaid, hard labor in America today than there were in 1830.
With 5 percent of the
world’s population and 25 percent of the world’s prison population, the
United States has the largest incarcerated population in
the world. No other society in history has imprisoned more of
its own citizens. There are half a million more prisoners in the
U.S. than in China, which has five times our population.
Approximately 1 in 100 adults in America were incarcerated in
2014. Out of an adult population of 245 million that
year, there were 2.4 million people in prison, jail or some
form of detention center.
The vast majority – 86 percent – of prisoners have
been locked up for non-violent, victimless crimes, many of them
There is considerably
more in the article, that is recommended.
 One of the words I have a strong dislike
for is "algorithm" for "program".