A. Selections from August 9, 2017
This is a Nederlog of
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 (usually) from that item
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
August 9, 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:
United States and the Crucifixion of Yemen
is by Paul Street on Truthdig. It starts as follows (and is not
just about crucifying Yemen):
The United States
has killed, maimed, displaced and otherwise harmed an astonishing
number of people in its 241-year record of murder
and mayhem—including more than 20
million killed in 37 nations since 1945.
There is considerably more in
Murder, Direct and
A grisly distinction
exists between those Uncle Sam has directly assaulted and those he has
more indirectly attacked. Here are just a few examples from the long
record of direct U.S.-military mass murder since 1945:
● Hiroshima (146,000 killed
with a single bomb—what President Harry Truman called “the greatest
thing in history”) and Nagasaki (80,000): The arch-criminal atom
bombings were unnecessary and savagely carried out even though the U.S.
high command knew Japan was defeated and ready to accept U.S.
● Iran Air
Flight 655: On July 3, 1988, the USS Vincennes crossed into Iranian
waters and shot down an Iranian civilian plane, blowing 290 people out
of the sky. The Vincennes’ commander was granted an award for
“exceptionally meritorious conduct.”
● The “Highway of Death”:
U.S. fighter jets engaged in a frenzied slaughter of tens of thousands
of surrendered Iraqi troops in 1991. Lebanese-American journalist Joyce
Chediac testified that “U.S. forces continued to drop bombs on the
convoys until all humans were killed. So many jets swarmed over the
inland road that it created an aerial traffic jam, and combat air
controllers feared midair collisions.”
US Inequality Breeds Oligarchy, New Report Details Pathway to Equity
is by Jake Johnson on Common Dreams. It starts as follows:
Pervasive and growing
inequality is corroding American democracy, and only ambitious
solutions—including healthcare for all, a living wage, and the
elimination of corporate money from the political process—will be
sufficient to remedy the crisis.
That is the conclusion of
a new report
published Monday by the Next System Project and the Institute for
Policy Studies. Their analysis makes overwhelmingly clear that despite
the Trump administration's self-serving celebrations of the stock
market boom and recent monthly job data, the vast majority of Americans
remain locked out of America's tremendous wealth.
I agree with this, as
indeed I do with the proposed general cure:
The report closes by
offering numerous ways to tackle inequality, which are broken down into
four categories, including policies that would "lift the floor, level
the playing field, break up the over-concentration of wealth, and check
unbridled corporate power."
Some of the ideal steps
forward would include:
healthcare to all Americans;
- Making the minimum
wage a living wage;
- Ensuring that every
worker has "family medical leave, sick leave, and protections against
wage theft, racial discrimination, and sexual harassment";
- Making public college
- Enacting reforms that
would "limit campaign contributions, ban corporate contributions and
influence, and require timely disclosure of all political donations";
- Restoring progressive
taxation and eliminating avenues used by the wealthy to avoid paying
- Breaking up
"mega-banks" and vigorously enforcing anti-trust measures.
Acknowledging the drastic
nature of these proposed solutions, the report closes by arguing that
systemic change can only "flow from a shared vision of what is
But indeed I do not
see how these ideas and values will get realized in the present USA.
Then again, this does not mean they should not be stated and
discussed. And this is a recommended article.
Leak Study on Global Heating Before Trump Can Suppress it
This article is by Juan Cole on Truthdig. It starts as follows (and is
one of quite a few articles on the same subject):
draft report on the current impact of global heating on the United
States, produced by 13 Federal agencies, has been leaked to the New
York Times. The scientists who leaked it are afraid that the
anti-science Trump administration will suppress the findings to help
its friends in Big Oil.
One of its central
findings is that man-made climate change (driving your car,
air-conditioning your house on fossil fuels so that you release toxic CO2)
is already having an impact on the United
States. For instance, the West is hotter, which exacerbates
The article ends as follows:
This is a recommended article.
The oceans around the US
are rising, warming and becoming more acidic. You take a Gulf
coast fishing town and this is bad news. The town itself could be
flooded out and disappear. Warmer Gulf waters mean more extreme
hurricanes, so it could be leveled. And an acidic ocean will kill
off a lot of the fish on which they depend.
The report is concrete,
careful and scarier than any horror movie you’ve ever seen. It
gives upper and lower estimates, depending on whether humankind gets
its act together. Given the oil-drenched buffoons now in charge,
you’d want to bet on the higher and more dangerous numbers in each case.
4. Cosmology for
This article is by Peter Woit (<-
Wikipedia) on his site "Not Even Wrong". It is here because I
tried to warn the Dutch between 1977 and 1989 that both their
real sciences and their real universities were disappearing. (See e.g. here if you are
In thanks, I was first terrorized for three years by a madman
protected by the Board of Directors of the "University" of Amsterdam,
and then - totally illegally - removed from the right of
taking my M.A. in philosophy, while I was gassed
(literally) and threatened with murder (literally) since I was
forced by the mayor of Amsterdam to live in the same house as his
murderous dealers in illegal soft and hard drugs (which should have
been housed in the mayor's house).
All of this was only painful for me: The Dutch in great
majority do NOT believe in truth, do not believe in
real science, do not like - really - intelligent persons, and
disapprove of any morality
or any ethics
that does not conform to the
And this is about the current USA, nearly forty years after
I warned about how science and truth were systematically broken
down - and this continues Woit's worrying about physics eleven
In fact, I am not
"worried about the status
of science in our society" nor
about its "credibility
with the rest of society": I am worried about the - very
steep - decline in any real science that I have seen the last
Eleven years later I’m as
baffled by what has happened to the field of fundamental physics as I’m
baffled by what has happened to democracy in the US. As all attempts to
extract a testable prediction from the multiverse have failed, instead
of going away, pseudo-science has become ever
more dominant, with a hugely successful publicity campaign
(including a lot of “Fake
Physics”) overcoming scientific failure. Now this sort of thing is
moving from speculative pop science to getting the status of accepted
science, taught as such to undergraduates.
Many are worried about
the status of science in our society, as it faces new challenges. I
don’t see how the physics community is going to continue to have any
credibility with the rest of society if it sits back and allows
multiverse mania to enter the canon. Non-scientists taking science
classes need to be taught about the importance of always asking: what
would it take to show that this theory is wrong? how do I know this is
science not ideology?
And I do not know how to stop it and fear that soon the
great majority of the "sciences" taught at the "universities" will
be - as they were and very probably still are in the "University" of
Amsterdam - propaganda
For the ordinary
people, including the ordinary scientists believe-or-pretend
what I and ALL my fellow-students were taught in 1978, and ever
knows that truth does not exist"
the beginning of (neo)fascism, but who cares? No one I have
seen the last forty years in Holland, at least: All they believe in is propaganda and ideology.
going on Here?
Healy MD on his site and is about Allen Frances,
who is a leading psychiatric fraud who earned millions with his frauds.
I found this interesting, but it is hard to summarize, so instead of
trying to do that I give three references to material I published in
2012 plus one bit by (ex-)psychiatrist
Warren S. McCulloch, who was so much more intelligent and more
scientific than Allen Frances.
First, here are three of my articles from 2012:
The first is a long
article on psychiatry that was never answered by any
psychiatrist, though it was much downloaded; the second article is a
list of - in fact - 137 articles I wrote about the DSM-5 (in
fact there are some more); and the last is about a real
philosopher (I say, as a a real philosopher) George Carlin,
with some about the DSM-5.
And here is Warren
S. McCulloch about psychiatry - which he gave up, to become one of
the founders of cybernetics
- when it was only a fraud serving the financial interests of
psychiatrists, but before psychiatry became very much the eager
servant of the psychopharmical corporations:
This from 1953.
Allen Frances is not as far as 1953, in 2017, though indeed he earned a
whole lot more than Warren McCulloch.