from April 9, 2018
This is a
Nederlog of Monday,
This is a crisis
log but it is a bit different from how it was the last five years:
I have been writing about the crisis since September 1, 2008 (in Dutch, but
since 2010 in English) and about
the enormous dangers of surveillance (by secret services and
by many rich commercial entities) since June 10, 2013, and I will
continue with it.
moment and since more than two years
problems with the company that is
supposed to take care that my site is visible 
and with my health, but I am still writing a Nederlog every day and
I shall continue.
Section 2. Crisis Files
are five crisis files that are all well worth reading:
Selections from April 9, 2018
The Campaign to Exterminate Muslims
The 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:
2. Horror of Being Governed by ‘Fox & Friends’
Korea: Kim Jong Un Ready to Discuss Nukes
Bolton Is Just the Kind of Bully Donald Trump Admires
5. The Truth About
an Untethered Trump
Campaign to Exterminate Muslims
article is by Chris Hedges on Truthdig. It starts as follows:
The Israeli army’s wanton
slaughter of unarmed Palestinians trapped behind the security barriers
in Gaza evokes little outrage and condemnation within the United States
because we have been indoctrinated into dehumanizing Muslims. Islam is
condemned as barbaric and equated with terrorism. The resistance
struggle against foreign occupation, whether in Afghanistan, Iraq or
Gaza, sees Muslims demonized as the enemy. Muslims are branded as
irrational and inclined to violence and terrorism by their religious
beliefs. We attack them not for what they do but because we see them as
being different from us. We must eradicate them to save ourselves. And
thus we perpetuate the very hatred and counterviolence, or terrorism,
that we fear.
Well... yes and no: I agree
with Chris Hedges that Muslims are abused as he says they are,
indeed often on totalitarian
grounds (unless you believe the total rot that the
Wikipedia has now for ¨totalitarianism¨), but I keep disliking
it that I am accused of this (and indeed that Hedges accuses
himself of this) by the simple expedient of writing ¨We¨.
And indeed it is simply
totally false of me. Here is more by Hedges:
Muslims in this age of
racialized authoritarianism have been stripped of due process in our
courts and are subject—as Abid
Naseer and Haroon
Aswat were in Britain before being extradited to the United
States—to pretrial incarceration for years. They endure police
brutality and secret trials, are convicted on secret evidence they
cannot see and suffer long-term detention in solitary confinement,
often in clandestine prisons known as black sites. They
are kidnapped anywhere in the world and taken, hooded, drugged and
shackled, to the secret sites. They are tortured through savage methods
such as beatings, “walling,”
sexual humiliation, close
confinement, prolonged isolation, water dousing, electric shocks,
waterboarding and so-called rectal
rehydration. Their citizenships are revoked. Their communities and
mosques are harassed, infiltrated and monitored by law enforcement.
Muslim children are viewed as future terrorists. Muslim women as
breeders of terrorists. Muslim men as dangerous.
Yes indeed - and in
case you inquire why I believe there are two kinds of terrorists:
Those without direct connections to a state, and the
states´ terrorists who work for the national security services of
their countries: Read some of the above, or else read this item on
Kurnaz. (Yes, it is sickening, but it seems all bitterly true.)
Here is more on Israel:
genocide of the Palestinian people, justified by the racism and
Islamophobia that are central to Israeli identity, has entered a new,
deadlier phase. No longer constrained by any pretense of respecting
human rights or a peace process, Israeli soldiers, although they are
not threatened, fire indiscriminately into crowds of unarmed
Palestinians, killing or wounding men, women, children, the elderly and
journalists. The sheer number of the dead and wounded—nine
or more Palestinians killed by Israeli fire and hundreds injured on
Friday alone—testifies to raking the crowd with gunfire. In a civilized
world, Israel would be immediately slapped with sanctions, boycotts and
divestment—the only mechanism left to protect the Palestinian people
from extermination—but we do not live in a civilized world. We live in
a world where murder and racism are state policy, where the oppressed
are dehumanized and unworthy of life and where our mutant demagogues
and despots revel in the rivers of blood they create.
I think that may also
be more or less correct, and I also definitely agree that ¨We live in a world where murder and racism
are state policy¨.
Here is the last bit
that I quote from this article:
No, I am sorry, but I am
nearly 68 and I refuse to accept that (boldings added) ¨[t]he terrorists who carry out these attacks
are mirror images of ourselves, consumed by the same
narcissism and cult of the self¨: I am not a terrorist, and never was
one, and I also am not a narcissist and never was one.
The decision to hunt down
Muslims around the globe, giving to the so-called war on terror a
transnational dimension, means also that those who oppose us are not
restricted by national boundaries. The terrorists who carry out these
attacks are mirror images of ourselves, consumed by the same narcissism
and cult of the self that define celebrity culture. They post
self-indulgent videos of rants against the West and of their beheadings
of captives clad in orange
jumpsuits. They replicate the cultural effort to film “Life the
And this is probably also the reason that I think this is one of Chris
Hedges´ - whom I like a lot - lesser columns: There are not
just two kinds of people - Us and Them - and you
must be for one of them, for there are various positions in between or
outside all of that nonsense.
In fact, I think Hedges belongs there, and most good journalists I read
belong there, and I belong there as well.
of Being Governed by ‘Fox & Friends’
article is by Charles Blow on The New York Times. It starts as follows:
the early days of the Obama administration, I did a few appearances on
“Fox & Friends.”
conversations were predictably shallow, tilted and exploitive. The
hosts had a particular knack for asking the idiotic with chipper
earnestness, spewing venom through simpering smiles. There was, I felt,
maleficence at work with a pretense of positivity.
knew well that I was swimming in a shallow intellectual pool, and yet I
told myself that I was doing yeoman’s work, doing my small part to try
and correct misinformation and to reach those lost in Fox’s fog.
I soon discovered that the show, and indeed the network, was beyond
was simply being used to help give the show the appearance of fairness,
impartiality and legitimacy, when it was anything but.
I did not know any of this, but suppose it is correct.
Here is some more on “Fox
And again I did not know
any of the above, but I believe it. Here is again some more on “Fox & Friends”:
show, with its kindergarten-level intellectual capacity, moved from
parroting conservative policies to constructing presidential
priorities. “Fox & Friends” has essentially become Donald Trump’s
media outlets have written and talked about the strangely intense
connection between Trump and the show.
As The Guardian
put it, “The show manages to serve as a court sycophant, whispering
in the ear of the king, criticizing his perceived enemies and fluffing
concurred, saying the show “feels intentionally designed for Trump
himself — a three-hour, high-definition ego fix.”
the impact that the show is having on Trump is undeniable. Dan Snow, a
master’s student at the University of Chicago, analyzed the
president’s tweets and
found that they are highly concentrated in the hours when the show is
As Politico wrote, Trump is “live-tweeting”
But these fact
checks don’t even paint the full picture of how problematic this show
is. Kilmeade once said on
the show that “the Swedes have pure genes because they marry other
Swedes,” and of Finland he said, “Finns marry other Finns so they have
a pure society,” which was apparently better than America because, “We
keep marrying other species and other ethnics.”
I say - and I agree this is
quite racist. Here is Blow´s conclusion:
In a way, America is
being governed by the dimmest of wits on the most unscrupulous of
networks. The very thought of it is horror-inducing.
I do not know about ¨Fox & Friends¨ (and indeed never saw it) but I
have been saying for a long time now that in my view, most Americans,
though indeed not all, are moved mostly by their own stupidity or
and I add that I do not see this change soon.
this is a recommended article.
Korea: Kim Jong Un Ready to Discuss Nukes
article is by Josh Lederman on Truthdig and originally on The
Associated Press. It starts as follows:
government has communicated with the United States to say that leader
Kim Jong Un is ready to discuss his nuclear weapons program with
President Trump, officials said Sunday, increasing the likelihood that
the unprecedented summit will actually occur.
I did not know of this,
except for the last paragraph. Here is some more:
The confirmation from
Pyongyang directly, rather than from third countries like South Korea,
has created more confidence within Trump’s administration about the
wisdom of holding such a meeting, as U.S. officials make secretive
preparations. The Trump administration has long said that if the North
Koreans weren’t ready to discuss giving up their nuclear program, there
was no reason for the two countries to hold negotiations.
Trump took his own
administration and other countries by surprise last month when he
accepted an unusual offer from Kim to hold a meeting.
Is the fact that the American
authorized to comment by name and demanded anonymity¨ an example of Trump´s policies? I am
only asking for I do not know.
A Trump administration
official on Sunday said that the U.S. had “confirmed that Kim Jong Un
is willing to discuss the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula?.” A
second official said that confirmation had come through direct contact
between American and North Korean officials.
Neither of the officials
would say when or how the contact took place, nor in what location. The
officials weren’t authorized to comment by name and demanded anonymity.
Bolton Is Just the Kind of Bully Donald Trump Admires
article is by Marjorie Cohn on Truthdig. It starts as follows:
Nothing Donald Trump has
done since his inauguration 14 months ago is more dangerous—to the
United States, and indeed, to the world—than his selection of John
Bolton for National Security Adviser. It is not surprising the
president would feel most comfortable receiving advice from a fellow
Trump bullies people on a
nearly daily basis, directing his ire at immigrants, Muslims, women,
LBGTQ people, the poor and the environment. He hurls Twitter attacks at
those who disagree with him.
Yes indeed - and in
case you doubt: This is a very good article.
Here is more on Bolton,
who does seem a lunatic (in my psychologists´ eyes):
Trump’s fellow bully Bolton
also engages in abusive behavior. Melody Townsel, working on a USAID
project in Kyrgyzstan, became the object of Bolton’s wrath in 1994.
Townsel had complained about incompetence, poor contract performance
and inadequate funding of the project by a contractor Bolton
represented. In a letter to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee,
Townsel wrote that Bolton “proceeded to chase me through the halls of a
Russian hotel throwing things at me, shoving threatening letters under
my door, and generally behaving like a madman.” Townsel claimed Bolton
threatened employees and contractors who refused to cooperate with him.
She maintained Bolton’s behavior “wasn’t just unforgivable, it was
Yes indeed: It looks as
if Bolton at least was behaving in a ¨pathological¨
way, and ¨like a madman¨. I agree this also happened 22 years
ago, but given Bolton´s more recent sayings
I think he probably still is pathological.
Indeed, here are more
of Bolton´s recent sayings:
But Bolton doesn’t just
bully individuals. He pushed for the 2003 invasion of Iraq, advocates
military attacks on North Korea and Iran, favors Israel’s annexation of
the Palestinian West Bank, and falsely claimed that Cuba had biological
As undersecretary of state
for Arms Control and International Security in the Bush administration,
Bolton was instrumental in withdrawing the United States from the 1972
Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, which heightened the risk of nuclear war with
All of that is correct,
and I completely agree that Bolton is a frightening choice by
Here is more on him:
Colin Kahl and Jon Wolf,
writing in Foreign Policy, described Bolton’s “pattern of warping and
misusing intelligence to build the case for war with rogue states; a
disdain for allies and multilateral institutions; a blind faith in US
military power and the benefits of regime change; and a tendency to see
the ends as justifying the means, however horrific.”
I think the above
quotation is also correct. Also, all of these selections were
from the beginning of the article, in which there is much more,
into seven sections with the following titles:
Diplomacy and Slams the UN
Bolton Led the Charge to Invade Iraq
Bolton Wants to Rip Up the Iran Nuclear
Bolton Wants to Attack North Korea
Bolton Falsely Claimed Cuba Had Biological
Bolton Wants to Give ‘Pieces’ of Palestine
to Jordan and Egypt
Bolton’s Appointment Is ‘a Disaster for Our Country’
And I think I agree
with all of the above - which is a lot more text than merely
that were listed above - and this is a strongly recommended
About an Untethered Trump
article is by Robert Reich on his site. It starts as follows:
The petulant adolescent in
White House – who has replaced most of the adults around him with
sycophants and has demoted his chief of staff, John Kelly, to lapdog –
Before, he was merely petty
He’d tweet nasty things about people he wanted to humiliate, like
Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Now his vindictiveness has
cruel. After smearing FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe with unfounded
allegations that he lied to investigators, the new Trump made sure
McCabe was fired just days
before he would have been eligible for a pension after more than
years of service.
Before, he was merely
call Mexicans murderers and rapists.
Now his xenophobia has
belligerent. He’s sending thousands of National Guard troops to
border, even though illegal border crossings are at a record low.
And he’s starting a trade
Well... in fact I think since
March of 2016 that Trump
is mad (see also here,
if you are interested in a psychiatric statement of the same
contention), so I am not much shocked by this quotation,
although I more or less agree with Reich.
Here is more:
But the most dangerous
the new Trump is his increased attacks on American democracy itself.
Start with a free press.
just threw rhetorical bombshells at the Washington Post, CNN, and other
that criticized him.
Now he’s trying to penalize
while bestowing benefits on outlets that praise him.
Yes, I think that is
also correct. Here is some more:
Even Trump’s tweets have
more brazenly divisive. Last week he called his predecessor
Obama.” When was the last time you heard a president of the United
He’s more determined than
ever to convince
supporters that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is in cahoots with
the FBI to unseat him.
Well... I think Obama was
cheating and Trump is cheating, that is, if I am asked what the
And since I also think presidents of the USA are not
beyond criticism, I am not much effected by this.
Here is the ending of Reich´s
Trump untethered isn’t just
a more petty,
vindictive, and belligerent version of his former self. He’s also more
sacrifice American democracy to his own ends. Which makes him more
Perhaps. As I said, I am
a psychologist who
Trump is insane, so I may be less wondering than Reich
seems to be. And this is a recommended article.
have now been
end of 2015 that
xs4all.nl is systematically
ruining my site by NOT updating it within a few seconds,
as it did between 1996 and 2015, but by updating it between
two to seven days later, that is, if I am lucky.
claimed that my site was wrongly named in html: A lie.
They have claimed that my operating system was out of date: A lie.
just don't care for my site, my interests, my values or my
ideas. They have behaved now for 2 years
as if they are the
eagerly willing instruments of the US's secret services, which I
from now on suppose they are (for truth is dead in Holland).
two reasons I remain with xs4all is that my site has been
there since 1996, and I have no reasons whatsoever to suppose that any
other Dutch provider is any better (!!).