These are the additions, changes and
corrections of 2016.
The index for 2016 is under the last link.
earlier summaries see 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 , 2009, 2010,
2013, 2014, 2015, 2016-A and the last one is the first half of 2016.
For earlier indexes, get any index: They're all there.
this is a selection of the changes on this site and in
Small changes of typos are
and not all additions may be listed here.
all the main changes to the site are listed here.
- Jul 27: Crisis: Jealous vs Stein, Hedges vs Reich, Useful Idiots, Progressive SCOTUS : This
is a crisis log. There are 4 items with 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about a discussion between Ben Jealous, an ex-president of the NAACP and Jill Stein, and is an interesting debate (and I side with Jealous, and will explain); item 2 is a quite interesting discussion between Chris Hedges and Robert Reich (and I side with Reich and will explain); item 3 is about an article by Hedges, with which I largely disagree; and item 4 is about an article by Juan Cole, who points out, quite correctly I think, that voting for Hillary Clinton does have one progressive advantage that not voting for her lacks: She will nominate, if president, progressive rather than conservative judges to the Supreme Court.
- Jul 26: Crisis: Turkey, Assange, Big Pharma's Corruptions, Hillary-Kaine, ECB : This
is a crisis log. There are 5 items with 6 dotted links: Item
1 is about a - credible - report that Erdogan's Turkish government
now is committing mass tortures; item 2
is about Julian Assange, and while I admire him because of Wikileaks,
he seems to have adopted some attitudes I do not (at all) agree with
(and I explain myself); item 3 is about the
outrageous corruptions big pharma committed (which this psychologist
who is ill for 37 years without getting almost any medical help finds
easy to believe); item 4 is about the Hillary-Kaine
partnership, which indeed is center right; and item 5
is about the ECB, which seems to beyond any legal interference
whatsoever, rather like the Cosa Nostra, except that the ECB is more
powerful, even less responsible and far richer.
- Jul 25: Crisis: European Fascists, "Democrats", Superpowers,
Neofascism, Trump Sociopath
is a crisis log. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about
an article by Chris Hedges about European fascism (which indeed is both
thriving and quite frightening, because there are very many stupid and
ignorant folks); item 2 is about the demise of the awful
Wasserman Schultz - who got promptly nominated by Hillary Clinton; item 3 is about the enormous capacities for harm that the three superpowers (USA, Russia, China) have; item 4 is about a further step towards neofascism by Google; and item 5 is about the real author of "The Art of the Deal" who says Trump is a sociopath.
And there also was this file today: me+ME: Update about my vitamins and computer problems
- Jul 24: Crisis: Police, Hillary-Kaine, Reich on Hillary, Trump Psychopath, Trump Danger : This
is a crisis log. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item
1 is about how the police in a non-free state is quite
capable of suppressing all evidence that might be used against
them; item 2 is about a good article that sensibly
discusses the Clinton-Kain matchup; item 3 is about
Reich, who simply is mistaken about the (anti-)establishment; item 4 is about a fine article by Keith Olbermann who
scores Trump on a much used psycopathic test; and item 5
is another fine article by The Washington Post, that correctly
identifies Trump as a major danger to American democracy.
- Jul 23: Crisis: Trump *3, Clinton & Kaine, Erdogan's Putsch : This
is a crisis log. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about Amy Goodman plus three guests on Trump's speech (with an aside by me about the Guardian); item 2
is about an article that starts more or less OK but rapidly descends to
the thesis that Trump and Bin Laden are something like one of a kind
(which I regard as bullshit); item 3 is again about Trump (the last today) and charts Reich's and Maher's responses to Trump's acceptance speech (that I sofar have not been able to see, and I mean Maher's program); item 4 is about Clinton's nomination of Kaine as VP (and I explain again why I think it is better to vote for Clinton, who is evil but not mad, than for Trump, who is both evil and mad); and item 5
is about a fairly long article written by committee of eleven (11)
Spiegel journalists about Turkey: The first page is OK, but I didn't
much like the rest, mostly because of the style.
- Jul 22: Crisis: Trump's acceptance, Clinton, Moore, Alarm Bells, Bill Maher : This
is a crisis log. There are 5 items with 6 dotted links: Item 1 is about Trump's acceptance, and I chose an item that displays Trump's speech; item 2 is about Hillary Clinton's supposed pick of VP: He is very much for the big banks and for more deregulations; item 3
is about Michael Moore's conviction that Trump will win the elections
(I am not convinced, but Moore has one important point in which he is
right); item 4 is about a sensible reaction to Trump's speech (apart from logic); and item 5 is a repeat from June 6, simply because it is funny, true and very few say so on American TV.
Also, it is an important reason why I am quite pessimistic, indeed
regardless from who will win the presidential elections (though if
Trump does, it will be a major mess).
- Jul 21: Crisis: Roger Ailes, Charlatan Trump, Extreme Right-Wing, Melania, Barosso : This
is a crisis log. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about Roger Ailes, a sexual harasser, who was extremely powerful; item 2 is about Trump's coronation as Chief Charlatan of the GOP; item 3 is a fine article about what the GOP really wants: strongly recommended; item 4
is about Melania Trump's plagiarism, postmodernism and Orwell's great
fear: The disappearance of truth in both academia and public
discussions; and item 5
is about Barosso and other top men and women of the EU: Apparently
everyone of importance in the EU (some 1000 persons or so) is being
(also) paid by rich American banks. (I don't know, but seeing their
loyalties I will assume so.)
- Jul 20: Crisis: Youssef, Melania Trump, Reich, Upward Mobility, Volkswagen, GOP's sin : This
is a crisis log. There are 6 items with 6 dotted links: Item
1 is about "The Jon Stewart of Egypt", with some on studying,
politics and Trump added by me; item 2 is about
Melania Trump's plagiarism from Michelle Obama; item 3
is about a note by Robert Reich (who is right on this); item
is about upward mobility (nearly dead) and incomes (very poor for the
vast majority) and repeats some of what I wrote about socialism; item 5
is about Volkswagen: it now seems - precisely as I predicted in
September 2015 - that the top of Volkswagen is responsible and knew of
it since 2006; and item 6 is about an article by
Paul Krugman who is right about "supply-side economics".
- Jul 19: Crisis: Scheer on Trump, Drones, Warren on Trump, Schwarz on Trump : This
is a crisis log. There are 4 items with 7 dotted links: It so happens that 3 out of the 4 items are about Donald Trump, but then this also happens during the GOP convention: Item 1 is about Scheer about Trump (I partially agree); item 2 is about drones; item 3 is about Warren about Trump (with too many tweets, but that is my personal taste); and item 4 is about Schwartz - the real writer of "The Art of the Deal" - about Trump.
- Jul 18: Crisis: Hedges on Writing as Resistance, Israel, FBI, Chomsky on Anarchism etc.: This
is a crisis log. There are 4 items with 4 dotted links: Item 1 is on a fine article by Chris Hedges, mostly about WW II; item 2 is about a decent article on modern Israel (I think); item 3
is about the FBI, and forewarns what will probably come soon (oversight
of all "radicals" by the FBI, that knows everything about anyone);
and item 4 is about an interview with Noam Chomsky about anarchism, communism and socialism that I mostly agree with.
- Jul 17: Crisis: Arianna Huffington, "Free Trade", Periods, What to expect? : This
is a crisis log. There are 4 items with 3 dotted links: Item 1 is about a nice article by Arianna Huffington on Donald Trump; item 2 is about a decent article that explains "free trade" is propaganda much rather than fact; item 3 is about a non-crisis item that (also) explains that I learned few scientific facts in my study of psychology; and item 4 is about what the reader may expect on my site (supposing I do not get more ill than I am, the coming years).
- Jul 16: Crisis: Nice *2, Maher, Bernie Sanders, Microsoft, Politics in Great Britain : This
is a crisis log. There are 6 items with 7 dotted links: Item
1 is about Nice, by Democracy Now! and is sensible; item
2 is about Bill Maher on American police violence: I think he is
right and that's why it is here (video reference included); item 3
is again about Nice and about terror and terrorism, and about the present
opposition between Western governments and their inhabitants (in
considerable part); item 4 is about how to continue
Bernie Sanders' revolution in the USA; item 5
is about a somewhat interesting win by Microsoft (that probably will be
appealed against: the American government thinks it ought to be abled
to steal everything from everyone living anywhere (for this gives them more power anyone ever had)); and item
6 is about how politics in Great Britain does differ considerably
from politics in other European states.
- Jul 15: Crisis: Cleveland, iCensor, Hillary, ACLU vs Trump, Norman Lear : This
is a crisis log. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item
1 is about the Cleveland police's preparations for the Republic
Convention; item 2
is about the fact that Apple's iPhone now has a patented kill switch
that stops iPhone's cameras (my inference: Do not buy anything from
Apple); item 3 is about an article by Robert Reich
about Hillary Clinton (that I don't think will help many to trust
Hillary better); item 4 is about a good article
about the ACLU (with a recommendation by me to download the ACLU's pdf the Trump
Memos (843 Kb on Linux)); and item 5
is not a crisis item but is included because I liked "All in the
Family" a lot (still visible on Youtube), and this is a good interview
with its producer, Norman Lear (who is an interesting man of nearly 94).
- Jul 14: Crisis: Disemboweling, Cameron & May, Crazy AUMF, Gestapo America : This
is a crisis log. There are 4 items with 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about the disemboweling of the US economy, but somehow "forgets" to mention that this started under Bill Clinton, over 20 years ago; item 2 is about Cameron and his successor May (who promises to be even more horrible); item 3 is effectively about the Authorization for the Use Military Force (AUMF) that was passed in the wake of 9/11 (and is crazy, in my opinion); and item 4 is about an article by Paul Craig Roberts (<- Wikipedia) that I liked, while disagreeing a little.
- Jul 13: Crisis: Eric Holder, Scheer on Bernie, Abu Zubaydah, Reich on Bernie : This
is a crisis log. There are 4 items with 4 dotted links: Item
is about Eric Holder, about whom I am less sympathetic than the writer
of the article: I think he is a conscious fraud who made a career
because he advertized (already in 1999) that he is a conscious fraud; item 2 is about Robert Scheer's reaction to Bernie's
support for Hillary: I think Scheer is correct; item 3
is about Abu Zubadyah and is brief and continues a review I wrote
yesterday; and item 4 is about Bernie's legacies in
Reich's eyes, and it turns out that I agree with roughly half of them (more
- Jul 12: Crisis: Trump & Police State, Abu Zubadyah, Chilcot, Trump's Sanity : This
is a crisis log. There are 4 items with 4 dotted links: Item 1 is a review of an article on the Republic Convention and Trump, that may promise a lot of violence (but we will see); item 2 is about Abu Zubayad, who was waterboarded 83 times and tortured in other ways, and didn't know or do anything, but who still is imprisoned, for over 14 years now; item 3 is about the Chilcot Report (I like it Truthdig praised it, though I found them a bit tame in conclusions); and item 4 is a decent introduction to why psychologists and psychiatrists ought
to protest against Trump's being allowed the chance to compete for the
presidency: He has a well-known psychiatric disorder, namely narcissism.
- Jul 11: Crisis: Legalized Murder, Iraq War, Obama's Lies, "Democratic" Platform : This
is a crisis log. There are 4 items with 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article by Chris Hedges that is
quite good; item 2 is about an argument by Juan
Cole that the Bush/Blair war against Iraq was illegal, and Cole
is quite right; item 3
is about quite a few very stupid things Obama claimed in the past eight
years (I think Obama is a great and charming liar, and I don't like
him, but he is sane and Trump is not); and item 4
is about the Democratic Platform, that prevented nearly all of Sanders'
specific points to become a part of the Democratic Platform.
- Jul 10: Crisis: Sanders, Kiriakou, Anti-TPP Fails, Non-democratic "Democrats" : This
is a crisis log. There are 4 items with 4 dotted links: item 1 is about how Sanders plans nearly all got shown down by Democratic supporters of the big bankers and the TPP; item 2 is about John Kiriakou's reaction to Hillary Clinton's not being prosecuted over her private emails; item 3 is about how Sanders' good and important position on the TPP got shafted in an Orwellian way by "the Democratic Party"; and item 4 is about how the Democrats are controlled by their managers, and can set aside any democratic opposition.
- Jul 9: Crisis: On "Neoliberalism", Iraq War, NATO & WW III, Ironies (TTIP etc) : This
is a crisis log. There are 4 items with 4 dotted links: Item 1
is a clarification of the term "neoliberalism", and is composed of a
diagram that I do not know the source of but which is quite good, plus
text by me from April 29, last (and do not miss note 2 if you are interested at all); item 2 is a review of a good article by Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan on the war in Iraq; item 3 is a review of how the NATO is creating the conditions for WW III; and item 4
is about the TTP, TTIP and CETA, which are - I insist - neofascistic
laws that will rapidly introduce neofascism when they are adopted.
- Jul 8: Crisis: Chilcot Report *2, Lobbyists, Elites : This
is a crisis log. There are 4 items with 4 dotted links: Item
1 is about Glenn Greenwald's commonsensical reaction to the Chilcot
Report; item 2 is about lobbyists, who are
mentioned precisely once in the 35 pages of the Democratic
Party's platform draft (while they spent $3.22 billion just in 2015 to
lobby the - Democratic - government); item 3 is about an article
that desires a USA Chilcot Report (which I think very unlikely,
though more than a million Iraqis were killed, and trillions of dollars
were spent on the killings); and item 4 is about why
"the elites" -
the rich and their politicians and their bureaucrats -
are the greatest of threats for anyone not belonging to them
(that is: at least 90% of everyone).
- Jul 7: Crisis: American Surveillance, Chilcot * 2, "Advertising", Trump : This
is a crisis log. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about the fact that (eight years too late) at long last an American federal court hears (!) a case over the 2008 surveillance law; item 2 is about the Chilcot Report and Tony Blair; item 3 is a continuation of item 2, mostly from the point of view of Tariq Ali; item 4 is about the presumed fact that everyone who has an internet computer or cellphone is being spied upon continuously and in deep secret by hundreds of secret dataminers and possibly over a hundred secret services; and item 5 is about Robert Reich on Donald Trump.
- Jul 6: Crisis: Hillary Clinton *2, "Liberalism", Exit Direct Democacy (?!), Martin & Jay: This
is a crisis log. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about a Glenn Greenwald article on Hillary Clinton (I mostly agree); item 2
is about the many meanings of "Liberal" (etc.) and is OK (there is more
to distinguish, but at least four different meanings got identified); item 3 is about another article about Clinton's e-mails (it isn't very good); item 4 is about a somewhat amazing article in Spiegel (with which I totally disagree); and item 5 is about a discussion between Paul Jay and Abby Martin, that I watched yesterday. It is not very good, but I put it up because there are deep differences between American leftists about what to do and who to vote for.
Also, I uploaded the crisis index that is now up to date till the end of June - when I had written, since September 1, 2008, 1257 articles about the crisis.
- Jul 5: Crisis: Trump, Bush Biographed, Fredrick Douglass, Extinct US Democracy : This
is a crisis log. There are 4 items with 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about nice bit and an interesting idea by Robert Kuttner: "Can Parody Bring Down Trump?"; item 2
is about what seems to me a good biography of Bush Jr. (that classifies
him, correctly in my opinion, as one of the worst US presidents); item 3 is about Fredrick Douglass, who indeed was an amazing man; and item 4 is about a good article by John Atcheson that explains why the USA is no longer a real democracy (but is ruled by the very rich or their placemen, for the very rich and their placemen).
- Jul 4: Crisis: July 4th, Brexit, US
Imperialism, EU anti-democratic : This
is a crisis log. There are 4 items with 4 dotted links: Item
1 is about an article by Chris Hedges about Mumia Abu-Jamal (who is
35 years in jail, and will be there for life); item 2
is about Brexit, racism and islamophobia in Great Britain; item 3 is about how imperialistic the USA is: Very,
with - on average - over 4 military basis per country
in the world; and item 4 is about how the EU grows completely
anti-democratic in the attempts to push through the "neoliberal" - in
fact: neofascist - tradelaws like the TPP, TTIP, TISA and CETA.
- Jul 3: Crisis: Obama's Drones, Genetic Engineering, Military-Industrial Complex, Democrats
is a crisis log. There are 4 items with 4 dotted links, and this time they are all about different subjects than the other three: item 1 is about Obama's propaganda about the drone deaths he makes, which is quite incredible (to me, at least, and I explain); item 2
is about over a hundred of Nobel Laureates who seem to (I think)
propagandize Monsanto (it's too neat and too false, in my opinion); item 3 is about the very great strength (and the incredible riches) of the military-industrial complex; while item 4
is about the Democrat's platform draft, that seems to embrace the TPP,
fracking and war, but garnishes it with support for a $15 dollar (per
hour) minimum wage and reformed (?) marijuana laws. In brief, I am not optimistic, though I am pleased (as I state at the end) that Common Dreams just made it, and will continue to exist, at least for now. (I like them a lot.)
- Jul 2: Crisis: FBI, "Journalism" vs. Journalism * 3 : This
is a crisis log. It so happens (I didn't know until I surveyed my
selections) that this item is all about journalism and "journalism",
where the latter is its pretense and the former the real thing (that is
rapidly getting rarer and rarer): Item 1 is about journalism: how the
FBI controls journalists, in secret, on the basis of secret rules, and
secret court orders that forbid mentioning anything whatsoever; item 2
is about "journalism": how the "journalists" now assure themselves rich
payments by selling themselves to the rich CEOs (this is now "routine"
and is correctly described as "an invitation to corruption"); item 3 is
about a specific journal, "Influence", that has wholly new
profit-oriented "neoliberal" standards, and shows "the constantly unfolding tale of power-for-hire, told
always with a discreet sympathy for the man on top";
and item 4 is about the (massive) corruptions of The Guardian, that now
requests money from its readers to support their branch of Blairite
And I changed the summary-index for this year, which is the present index, today and yesterday.
For the first half of the year, consult news English 2016 - A. I have also repaired the two summaries
for 2015: news English 2015-A and news English 2015-B.
I checked all three; repaired all three because they are in different
directories; and checked again and found they worked. (A few links may
not work: If so, this is due to KompoZer, with which I have to write
- Jul 1: A film ALL smart persons OUGHT to see, Disintegration, Division : This
is a crisis log. There are 3 items and 7 dotted links. Item 1 is the film that I think ALL smart persons OUGHT
to see: "Orwell Rolls In His Grave". I discovered it yesterday by
accident and deeply regret that I did not see it in 2003, when it first
appeared. It is still a very good documentary, that tells the tale of how the media got thoroughly corrupted:
Watch it, for it will very probably explain or clarify a lot to you.
This also has 5 links, of which 4 are to materials by its maker. Item 2 is about a good article about the Middle East; and item 3 is about a somewhat disappointing item about (especially) the "social media" (that in fact are a-social dataminers).