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2016.
 
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There are changes (mostly additions) most days most weeks, sometimes quite a few, sometimes only one or two. The important ones are listed in the Nederlog file for the day, and are current to the date.

   Last date this file was changed :  December 10, 2016

Maarten Maartensz

 

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        These are the additions, changes and corrections  of 2016.      
       
        The index for 2016 is under the last link.

        For earlier summaries see 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 , 2009, 2010,
        2011
, 2012, 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.

        Note this is a selection of the changes on this site and in Nederlog:
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        Small changes of typos are not mentioned, and not all  additions may be listed here.
        But all the main changes to the site are listed here.

JULY  - AUGUST - SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER - NOVEMBER - DECEMBER

DECEMBER
  • Dec 10: Crisis: Goldman won *2, Fake News *2, Warrantless Secret Surveillance : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article on The Intercept that makes it (at least) rather plausible that Goldman Sachs, who are the big winners in the present election, in fact also manipulated and won the presidential elections of 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 (and indeed it has been gaining both billions and extreme powers since 1992); item 2 is about an article by Glenn Greenwald on "fake news" (which is both utter crap and very dangerous, for it now is aimed at anyone in the USA who provides real news); item 3 is about the Goldman Sachs cabinet that is put together by Trump; item 4 is about a very fine article by Ashley Gorski on the illegal and warrantless NSA surveillance that now continues for 15 years; and item 5 is about the mainstream media's desire to shut up the non-mainstream media by state censorship, just as in Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Russia).

    Also, I have
    deleted the introduction that said I was looking for some further deliberations on the meanings of Trump's election as president of the USA: I have done so for a month, and may report on this tomorrow, namely by listing the best articles I found last month.

  • Dec 9: Crisis: "Populism", Ignorance, Parry, Reich, McCauley : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links and it consists (mostly) of some further deliberations on the meanings of Trump's election as president of the USA:

    Item 1 is about an article that seems to me to confuse the meaning of "populism"; item 2 is about an article that looks like bullshit or ignorance to me; item 3 is about a decent and frightening article by Robert Parry; item 4 is about a
    decent and frightening article by Robert Reich; and item 5 is about a neat summary of Trump's goverment: The G&G cabinet, made up of Goldman Sachs executives and generals. (Alternatively: The B&B cabinet, of bullshitters and billionaires.)
     
  • Dec 8: Crisis: NSA Revelations, Chomsky & Belafonte, Trump's fascism, Trump's megalomania : This is a crisis log with 4 items and 5 dotted links and it consists (mostly) of some further deliberations on the meanings of Trump's election as president of the USA:

    Item 1 is in fact about the latest collection of items from the Snowden Archive; item 2 is about a conversation between Noam Chomsky, Harry Belafonte, Amy Goodman and Juan González on Trump and considerably more, and is quite good; item 3 is about the fact that Trump is a more or less perfect match on Umberto Eco's 1995 criterions for Ur-Fascism, and is a quite good article; and item 4 is about a former top FBI profiler on Trump's grandiose narcissism aka megalomania, and is also quite good.


  • Dec 7: Crisis: Noam Chomsky, War Powers, "Terrorism", Anti-Trump Protests : This is a crisis log with 4 items and 4 dotted links and it consists (mostly) of some further deliberations on the meanings of Trump's election as president of the USA:

    Item 1
    is about Noam Chomsky and the 20th anniversary of Democracy Now!; item 2 is about Obama's words about "limited war powers", as contrasted with his deeds; item 3 is about a very dangerous decision by four of the worst computer corporations that they will censor (on undisclosed grounds) what they consider "terrorism"; while item 4 shows that very soon "terrorism" may be identified in the USA with being leftish or opposing Trump or having opinions Trump's son in law doesn't like.


  • Dec 6: Crisis: Pilger, Chatterjee, Lennon, DeVega, Frank P. Ramsey : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links and it consists (mostly) of some further deliberations on the meanings of Trump's election as president of the USA:

    Item 1 is about the latest film by John Pilger; item 2 is about an article by Pratap Chatterjee (of which only the beginning is excerpted here); item 3 is about an article about John Lennon I can't quite agree with (mostly because of Lennon, indeed); item 4 is about an article by Chauncey DeVega I don't quite agree with; and item 5 is not a crisis item and is about a book about Frank P. Ramsey, who is one of my favorite philosophers.


  • Dec 5: Crisis: Hedges, Kohn, Trump's Emoluments, Austria, Democratic Party : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links and it consists (mostly) of some further deliberations on the meanings of Trump's election as president of the USA:

    Item 1
    is about a fine article by Chris Hedges, who outlines that with Trump the mafia state is empowered; item 2 is an excellent article by Alfie Kohn, who outlines my own theory about Trump's psychopathology (I completely agree, but it is indeed far from optimistic - which is realism, as far as I am concerned, with the madman Trump elected as president); item 3 is about the very probable fact that Trump will massively break the Emoluments Clause (but the Republicans have nearly all powers now and may not care); item 4 is about a brief article with Good News (the right was defeated in Austria, and indeed also
    Renzi - a "neoliberal" - was defeated in Italy); and item 5 is about a good article on the corruptions of the Democratic Party, that started - monument- ally also - with Bill Clinton.


  • Dec 4: Crisis: Kiriakou, Municipalities, Parry, Danner, Remnick : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links and it consists (mostly) of some further deliberations on the meanings of Trump's election as president of the USA:

    Item 1 is about an article by John Kiriakou, which is OK (except that he seems to be thinking that the CIA is not a (state-)terrorist organization, while the KGB is); item 2 is about an article that seems to be mostly wishful thinking (of a kind I like, but still); item 3 is about an article by Robert Parry on Clinton's  "Russia did it" (i.e. give the presidency to Trump); item 4 is about an article about the real Trump in The New York Review of Books; and item 5 is about an interview Spiegel International did with American journalist Remnick.

  • Dec 3: Crisis: "Terrorism", Twitter, Engelhardt, Reich: This is a crisis log with 4 items and 4 dotted links and it consists (mostly) of some further deliberations on the meanings of Trump's election as president of the USA:

    Item 1 is about "four kinds of terrorism", but in fact abuses the term "terrorism"; item 2 is about the morality, honesty and character of the CEOs or owners of the biggest computer corporations: They seem to have none, except for Twitter; item 3 is about an article by Tom Engelhardt; and item 4 is about an article by Robert Reich.


  • Dec 2: Crisis: Holloway, Prupis, Kahle, West, Truthdig, Orwell : This is a crisis log with 6 items and 6 dotted links and it consists (mostly) of some further deliberations on the meanings of Trump's election as president of the USA:

    Item 1 is about an article by Kali Holloway that is far from happy but quite justified; item 2 is about some of the enormous powers that Donald Trump wioll get from the Nobel Peace Prize winner, the Great Obama (who functioned mostly as Bush Jr.); item 3 is about the Internet Archive (which I like) and lists two successes it had; item 4 is about Cornel West, who correctly identified Donald Trump as a neofascist, but who does not use my definition for it; item 5 is about a conference of Truthdig, that unfortunately (and quite unsafely) got published on Facebook (that I refuse to use, and also, while I like the article, I think "totalitarianism" is a better term than "McCarthyism"); and item 6 is by Robert Parry about "fake news" and the Totalitarian Guardians of "Truth" that are now gathering in an association of mainstream media that also want to shut down any media that are not totalitarian (and the mainstream media use lies and deceptions to make their totalitarian points).

  • Dec 1:  Crisis: Greenwald, Sanders, Reich, Martin & Jay, Gabler : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 6 dotted links and it consists (mostly) of some further deliberations on the meanings of Trump's election as president of the USA:

    Item 1 is about an article by Glenn Greenwald about the new right, who at least seem to be not so much anti-Jewish as they are anti-Muslim; item 2 is about a speech by Bernie Sanders; item 3 is about an article by Robert Reich (who praises California); item 4 is about an interview with Abbie Martin by Paul Jay that is quite good; and item 5 is about an article by Neil Gabler, that is good though - in my opinion - a bit too depressed.
NOVEMBER
  • Nov 30: Crisis: Church Committee, Sanders, Olbermann, Warren, Yves Smith :  This is a crisis log with 5 items and 6 dotted links and it consists (mostly) of some further deliberations on the meanings of Trump's election as president of the USA:

    Item 1 is an interesting letter to Obama by members of the Church Committee (from the 1970ies) that pleads for "leniency" to Snowden (and I don't think Obama will do as he was asked, but the pleading is quite right); item 2 is about a special by Democracy Now! on Bernie Sanders (and contains a whole lot more than I treat here); item 3 is about a rather interesting idea by Keith Olbermann that appeals to a law that allows the deposition of a president of the USA (but I think it will not be heeded now, though it might be considered later, if Trump keeps behaving as crazily as president as he did as candidate); item 4 is about Warren's and Sanders' objections to a health-bill (I think they are right, but I also think most members of the House and of Congress are far too much beholden to big money); and item 5 is by Yves Smith, who reacts to a - completely unmotivated and unresearched - attack on the non-mainstream media (and I think she is right, and there will be more such attacks, for it would be so very nice for the very rich and their supporters if they could manipulate all the news).

  • Nov 29: Crisis: Noam Chomsky, Trump & Times, Democratic Party, Annie Machon : This is a crisis log with 4 items and 4 dotted links and it consists (mostly) of some further deliberations on the meanings of Trump's election as president of the USA:

    Item 1 is a very good interview with Noam Chomsky on Al Jazeera: You are strongly adviced to watch it; item 2 is on an article by Todd Gittlin, which ends with my own tentative explanation about the decrease of the importance of truth (and I recall that the University of Amsterdam was officially and publicly opened in 1978 by a professor who insisted that "Everybody knows that truth does not exist" (implying my father was a liar about the concentration camps he survived, and Irwin was quite right in doubting the Holocaust - but nobody except me and a few others drew these obvious conclusions); item 3 is about an article by Robert Reich that seems fairly naive to me; and item 4 is about an article by Annie Machon who correctly says all of the West us shifting towards
    repression (and surveillance, and the rich, and massive corruption, and the military).


  • Nov 28: Crisis: Barbarians, Non-mainstream, Trump, Free Speech, Media, Neofascism : This is a crisis log with 6 items and 6 dotted links and it consists (mostly) of some further deliberations on the meanings of Trump's election as president of the USA:

    Item 1 is about a fine article by Chris Hedges, who expects the barbarians (and I think he is probably right); item 2 is about crazy propaganda that seems designed to help forbid the alternative media in the USA; item 3 is about the enormous conflicts of interest that are created by Trump's businesses (which I think Trump will carry on with as president); item 4 is about all the tools that have been created by Bush Jr and Obama to suppress dissent and kill free speech, that are now delivered into Trump's hands; item 5 is about Trump's techniques to control the media (which will soon be extended by new laws); and item 6 is on the parliamentary decision that brought about Neofascist Great Britain, where everything anyone does is now fully known to no less than 48 governmental institutions (without any defense or any security for anyone who was an ordinary citizen).

  • Nov 27: Crisis: Pentagon Rising, Fake News, About Fidel Castro : This is a crisis log with 3 items and 3 dotted links and it consists (mostly) of some further deliberations on the meanings of Trump's election as president of the USA:

    Item 1 is an interesting article about the Pentagon, that may (once again) get hundreds of billions of tax money under Trump for even more wars; item 2 is about fake news, truth and advertisements; and item 3 is about a decent article about Fidel Castro.

    Also, there is an earlier Nederlog, mostly in Dutch, Over de OPSJ, about my youth and an organization that probably no one ever heard of - the OPSJ - in which I was a member for some three years. (This is in Nederlog mostly for personal and sentimental reasons.)

  • Nov 26: Crisis: Chomsky, Street, Nader, Washington's Blog, Castro, Vitamins : This is a crisis log with 6 items and 5 dotted links and it consists (mostly) of some further deliberations on the meanings of Trump's election as president of the USA:

    Item 1 is about Noam Chomsky on Trump's election (and he is right, I think); item 2 is about a decent explanation by Paul Street of why the Republicans came to rule everything in the USA; item 3 is about an interesting article by Ralph Nader (from a week ago); item 4 is by Washington's Blog, and seems mostly a - correct, valid - defense of non-mainstream media; item 5 is a short item about the fact that Fidel Castro died (with a link to a very long article); and item 6 is the last item that says that I have stopped writing monthly updates about my use of vitamins (I continue taking them, but reporting on them seems senseless, and indeed never produced any mail).

  • Nov 25: Crisis: Trump's "fascism", Aleppo, Greens Question Trump's Victory : This is a crisis log with 3 items and 3 dotted links and it consists (mostly) of some further deliberations on the meanings of Trump's election as president of the USA:

    Item 1 is about an article in Spiegel International that I consider pretty awful (it doesn't know much about what it is talking about and it is horribly, sickeningly politically correct); item 2 is about the horrors in Syria; and item 3 is about Jill Stein's questioning Trump's victory (I don't like Stein, but she is perfectly justified in doing this).

    Also, this is considerably later than normal, and with fewer items than normal. The main reason is that I woke over 5 hours later than is normal for me.

  • Nov 24: Crisis: Greenwald, Hoofnagle, Wilansky, Net Neutrality, Gessen : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links and it consists (mostly) of some further deliberations on the meanings of Trump's election as president of the USA:

    Item 1 is about an article by Glenn Greenwald on Trump and the American press; item 2 is about some ideas by dr. Mark Hoofnagle about Trump; item 3 is about the seriously wounded Sophia Wilansky, and may be seen as a promise of how the police will react to protesters under president Trump; item 4 is about the fact that Trump doesn't like net neutrality and nominated two underlings who don't either; and item 5 is about some further ideas of Gessen.

    Also: I uploaded today 10 corrected parts of my autobiography Part I. (This is all in Dutch, and the changes are not big.)

  • Nov 23: Crisis: Rosenfeld, Gallagher, González, Fulton, Tristam : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links and it consists (mostly) of some further deliberations on the meanings of Trump's election as president of the USA:

    Item 1
    is on the racist Nazi Spencer and asks what is more likely: A Hitlerite Trump or a McCarthylike Trump; item 2 is about how Great Britain voted itself into a neofascist or fascist nation where the government + spies know absolutely everything about absolutely everyone in LAW (and I am sorry, but this is neofascism or fascism: See [4]); item 3 is nominally about Deborah Lipstadt on Steve Bannon, but in fact Lipstadt hardly could be reached (which may very well have been achieved by the NSA); item 4 is about how the mainstream media roll over towards Trump (which is also very threatening for all American non-mainstream media); and item 5 is a reflection on the rule of the alt right, the fascists, the Nazis, and the neofascists that all trail Trump (and will get very much more powerful as soon as he is president of the USA, I very much fear).

  • Nov 22: Crisis: Schahill, "Working-Class Party", Newspeak, Mega-Mergers, Seditous Libel : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links and it consists (mostly) of some further deliberations on the meanings of Trump's election as president of the USA:

    Item 1
    is about Jeremy Scahill on the masses of neocons, war criminals and white nationalists that Trump is hiring as his team; item 2 is a rather  ridiculous attempt to lay the foundations for "an American Working Class Party"; item 3 is about Newspeak and the mainstream media (that already are mostly propa- gandizing and lying, and will do much more of the same under Trump); item 4 raises the question whether Trump will be mega-friendly to mega-mergers, and the probable answer is: Yes, he will be; while item 5 is about Trump's very dangerous plan to neutralize all the media and sing only the praises of Trump and his government. (And he may succeed.)

  • Nov 21: Crisis: Hedges, Niles, Winship, Parry, McCauley : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links and it consists (mostly) of some further deliberations on the meanings of Trump's election as president of the USA:

    Item 1 is about an article by Chris Hedges; item 2 is about a not very good interview about drones; item 3 is about Trump being "totally un-American" (and I like it); item 4 is about the censorship (by Google, for Google and Facebook) that the NYT is now for; and item 5 is about Trump's filling "the swamp" rather than emptying it.


  • Nov 20: Crisis: Davis, McLennan, McGovern, Reich, Simic : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links and it consists (mostly) of some further deliberations on the meanings of Trump's election as president of the USA:

    Item 1 is about one of the first decent analyses of the outcomes of the presidental elections that I have read (other than - fake or genuine - hysteria from journalist); item 2 is a warning that Trump will be like Bush Jr. but worse (which I think is a correct estimate); item 3 is about the fact that the nominated new head of the CIA is for torture (and murder, and this is a good article, though it probably will not make you happy); item 4 is about an article by Reich, which doesn't seem very sensible, because he presumes too much that Trump will be like Obama (he may be right, but let's wait and see instead of simply assume it and base plans on that assumption); and item 5 is about a quite good article by Charles Simic, that I strongly recommend.

  • Nov 19: Crisis: Greenwald, Harrison, Ford, Parry, State Terrorism, Truth-out, Snowden : This is a crisis log with 7 items and 7 dotted links and it consists (mostly) of some further deliberations on the meanings of Trump's election as president of the USA:

    Item 1 is about a Glenn Greenwald article that (quite correctly, though a bit early) criticizes the present Democratic Party (that I expect to change rather a lot real soon); item 2 is about Wikileaks' Sarah Harrison, who published a good defense of Wikileaks; item 3 is about an article by black activist Glen Ford mostly about Obama (I like it); item 4 is about a good article by Robert Parry on "fake news" (most of the articles about "fake news" are - in my opinion - fake news that aim at setting up an Orwellian Ministry of Truth run by Google and Facebook); item 5 is about the legal arrival of Great Brittain among the nations which pretend they are democracies but are in fact dictatorships; item 6 is about an article by the Truth-out staff that is brave; and item 7 is about Snowden's advice about Facebook: Stop Using It! (I agree, and never did.)

  • Nov 18: Crisis: "Social Media", iPhones, Climate, Totalitarian "Law", Merkel, Euro, Olbermann : This is a crisis log with 7 items and 7 dotted links and it consists (mostly) of some further deliberations on the meanings of Trump's election as president of the USA:

    Item 1 is about the power of the social media (but I did not like the article, which seems to me to be propaganda for more governmental control); item 2 is about Apple's pretensions to help its users to phone in private; item 3 is about the lack of finance in the UNO to invest in stopping climate change (I think this is quite intentional, and will not change until the UNO is radically changed); item 4 is about one of the first of probably very many of totalitarian laws that are being prepared for the Trumpian presidency; item 5 is about the TTIP (which still has not been definitely killed, and which may become reality as soon as Trump is president); item 6 is about the Euro and Europe (and is an interesting article); and item 7 is not an article but a video by Keith Olbermann, who set himself upas the head of the resistance against Trump.


  • Nov 17: Crisis: Constitution, Drones, Sachs, Palast, Pilger, Rigged Economy : This is a crisis log with 6 items and 6 dotted links and it consists of some further deliberations on the meanings of Trump's election as president of the USA:

    Item 1 is about the extreme dangers of a GOP-controlled convention to rewrite the Constitution on GOP/Trump principles: Only one more state is required; item 2 is about the secret drone program and the secret surveillance of everyone that will be inherited by Trump (and especially the surveillance is extremely dangerous); item 3 is about Jeffrey Sachs, but I admit that I do not like him, while I think he will rapidly disappear from power; item 4 is about Greg Palast who says the 2016 elections, like the 2000 elections, were rigged (and I think he may be right but this is very difficult to prove); item 5 is about John Pilger, who wasn't surprised by Trump's winning (but the interview is not very good); and item 6 is about Trump's readiness to rig the American economy even more to the interests of the rich, and only the rich.


  • Nov 16: Crisis: Sherman, McCauley, Wallach, Cole : This is a crisis log with 4 items and 4 dotted links and it consists of some further deliberations on the meanings of Trump's election as president of the USA:

    Item 1 is an interpretation of one reason why Trump won (I think it is mostly mistaken); item 2 is about Trump's transition (and I have little to say); item 3 is about the TPP (but I think it is far too positive about "people's power"); and item 4 is about an article by the new director of the ACLU (who seems to like Obama and to be more confident than I am about American democracy and his chances to stop Trump and his new laws).

  • Nov 15: Crisis: Greenwald, Chomsky, Goodman, Engelhardt, Fulton, Whitehead : This is a crisis log with 6 items and 6 dotted links and it consists of some further deliberations on the meanings of Trump's election as president of the USA:

    Item 1
    is about Greenwald on whistleblowers; item 2 is about Chomsky on Trump's election; item 3 is about Goodman on the anti-semitic alt right man Bannon, who was appointed by Trump as his chief of staff; item 4 is about Engelhardt's expectations (and I agree - it seems - that the American experiment is over, now that a neofascist like Trump has been elected as president); item 5 is about Fulton on the normalizing tendencies of the propagandistic and lying mainstream media; and item 6 is about John Whitehead who braces himself for the worse that is yet to come.


  • Nov 14: Crisis: Fascism, Coen, Reich, Lauria, Germanos, Greenwald : This is a crisis log with 6 items and 6 dotted links and it consists of some further deliberations on the meanings of Trump's election as president of the USA:

    Item 1 is an article on the rise of fascism in the USA, but it seems not too well informed about fascism, neofascism or "neoliberalism"; item 2 is by Ethan Coen and is short and funny (in a bitter way); item 3 is about Reich's pleading for a New Democratic Party (and I think this will be difficult); item 4 is about Trump's win and is decent; item 5 is about what to do with the Democratic Party; and item 6 is about Glenn Greenwald on the enormous powers Trump gets, mostly thanks to Obama.


  • Nov 13: Crisis: The Intercept, Surveillance, Greenwald, Rigging, TPP, Trump Dangerous : This is a crisis log with 6 items and 6 dotted links and it consists of some further deliberations on the meanings of Trump's election as president of the USA:

    Item 1 is about an interview of three important people at The Intercept (Greenwald, Scahill and Reed); item 2 is about how one can defend one's computer and cellphone (and I say serious opponents of Trump must learn to do without, though I agree this will be quite difficult); item 3 is about Greenwald on the utter idiots (like Palin) who now may get a lot of power; item 4 is about the possibility that the elections were rigged for Trump (I agree that's possible, but I don't think there will be any evidence now); item 5 is on the very probable demise of the TPP (which is a good thing); and item 6 is about Spiegel International's take on President Trump.

  • Nov 12: Crisis: Chris Hedges, Alex Emmons, Izzy Stone, William Pitts : This is a crisis log with 4 items and 4 dotted links and it consists of some deliberations on the meanings of Trump's election as president of the USA: Item 1 is about a fine article by Chris Hedges; item 2 is about another fine article by Alex Emmons; item 3 is about Izzy Stone; and item 4 is by William Pitts (and has the merit, as did Chris Hedges' article, of explicitly naming fascism).

    And there may be a later Nederlog today, but I do not know yet.


  • Nov 11: Crisis: Greenwald, Reich, Sanders, Gessen, My P.S. : This is a crisis log with 7 items and 6 dotted links and it consists of some deliberations on the meanings of Trump's election as president of the USA: Item 1, and 2 and 3 are all from an interview with Glenn Greenwald that Amy Goodman and Nermeen Shaikh made, and I select Glenn Greenwald as the main speaker in this Nederlog because he is rational, reasonable and usually quite sensible (and most others either are not at all, or less so); item 4 is by Robert Reich on the need for a new democratic party; item 5 is on an opinion of Bernie Sanders that sounds plausible but that is difficult to combine with the known facts; item 6 is by Masha Gessen, who lived a long time in Russia, and who knows autocracies, and has some sensible words of advice (for the most part); while the P.S. is my own brief and clear summary with some recommendations.

  • Nov 10: Crisis: Greenwald, Schwarz, Frank, Scheer, Fulton : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links and it consists of five deliberations on the meanings of Trump's election as president of the USA:

    Item 1 is by Glenn Greenwald and seems mostly correct (to me [3]); item 2 is by Jon Schwarz, also on The Intercept, but this seems mostly incorrect to me; item 3 is about Thomas Frank's opinions, which seem mostly false to me; item 4 is by Robert Scheer, and seems mostly correct to me; and item 5 is by Deirdre Fulton on Common Dreams (that I am very glad this still exists) and is quite correct in my eyes.


  • Nov 9: Crisis: America Abyss, Democracy's Last Stop, 10 Threats This is a crisis log with 3 items and 3 dotted links: Item 1 is about a good article by Andrew Sullivan (but I understand more about fascism and neofascism); item 2 is about an article by Michael Winship who explains yesterday's elections may well be American democracy's last stop; and item 3 is about an article by Robert Kuttner on the elections.

    I note again that all of the above articles were written before the elections, while I just read (at 9.50 AM Dutch time) that Clinton conceded the victory to Trump.

    More later or tomorrow.
      

  • Nov 8: Crisis: Michael Moore, Chris Hedges, Cenk Uygur, Paul Buchheit, Bill Curry : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about Michael Moore on Trump (and I think he is mostly right about Trump); item 2 is about Chris Hedges (mostly on 15 years of wars and on Obama, whom Hedges doesn't like at all, which is the same for me); item 3 is on Cenk Uygur of TYT who explains - correctly, in my opinion - why he votes for Hillary Clinton (without liking her one bit); item 4 is about the quite awful economical situation of the  majority (!!) of Americans; and item 5 is by a counselor of president Bill Clinton, who supported Bernie Sanders, and who now urges everyone to vote for Hillary.

  • Nov 7: Crisis: Politics, November 9, Chris Hedges, Trump's Enablers, Common Dreams : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links - and because it is the day before the American presidential elections, this is a bit special in containing two
    bits by Chris Hedges and two bits by Robert Reich, plus a brief bit about Common Dreams: Item 1 is about an item by Chris Hedges on Truthdig (I don't quite agree); item 2 is about an item by Robert Reich about the elections; item 3 is again by Chris Hedges on his latest book, which I warmly recommend; item 4 is again by Robert Reich on the enablers of Trump; while item 5 is about Common Dreams that badly needs $24,000 dollars to survive: I very much hope they can be found.

    Also this is one of the longest Nederlogs I wrote this year.


  • Nov 6: Crisis: Julian Assange, James Comey, Hitler & Trump, Common Dreams : This is a crisis log with 4 items and 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about a good interview John Pilger had with Julian Assange; item 2 is about James Comey (the FBI-director who may have killed Clinton's dreams to be the next president); item 3 is about two quotes from my own journal from 2004, about the masses and about Hitler & Trump (and I did not know who Trump was, in 2004); and item 4 is about Common Dreams, that badly need money, which I strongly hope they will get, because they are overall the best internet-daily I know.

  • Nov 5: Crisis: Snowden Vindicated, Koch Brothers, Michael Moore, Turkey : This is a crisis log with 4 items and 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article by Glenn Greenwald on Edward Snowden and is quite convincing (with inferences by me about the law); item 2 is about the Koch brothers (who are allowed by SCOTUS to spend nearly a billion dollars on trying politicians, judges etc. to do as they please: money are votes); item 3 is about Michael Moore, who is a bit more reasonable about his support for Clinton that I had thought he was; and item 4 is about Turkey, which - I agree with the writer - seems headed towards a dictatorship by Erdogan.

  • Nov 4: Crisis: Save America, 3,5° C, "Privacy", Security State, Noam Chomsky : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about an interesting article by Juan Cole (but he and I may disagree on Trump: we both strongly disapprove, but my reasons are that he is not sane, and I am a psychologist); item 2 is about the real risk that the climate will be 3.5 degrees warmed by 2050 rather than 1.5 degrees: I agree; item 3 is about a huge victory for Google, Facebook, AT&T and other thieves of private information that ought to have been kept private; item 4 is a fine article about the National Security State that is being surrected in the USA; and item 5 is about an interesting interview with Noam Chomsky.
       
  • Nov 3: Crisis: Reinventing Democracy (?), Neo-Nazis, American Imperialism, Theresa May : This is a crisis log with 4 items and 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about reinventing democracy in the USA, but doesn't seem very inspired; item 2 is about American neo-nazis who may make problems for voters (but my guess is that there are not enough of them to succeed); item 3 is about American imperialism and is a devent article; and item 4 is about Theresa May in Spiegel International, but I found this article very disappointing (but lucky you will learn who designed Theresa's dress and what color pumps she wore to pray!).

  • Nov 2: Crisis: Surveillance, Pirate Party, Rich Exploiters, Neofascism for the Rich : This is a crisis log with 4 items and 4 dotted links: Item 1 is on something I have been expecting since 2005 (Dutch link): In the Gulf States now "hundreds" of people have been arrested because their opinions differ from their rulers. I think the same threatens in Europe and the USA; item 2 is about the Icelandic Pirate Party (but note Iceland has slightly over 300,000 inhabitants); item 3 is about a piece of intentional bullshit by The Economist that favors the rich; and item 4 is a good article on the rich and on how they succeeded in winning most of the things they wanted since the early 1970ies.

  • Nov 1: Crisis: On Psychopaths, CETA, Weiner Mails, Podesta Mails, On Democrats : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about a long article on AlterNet that explains why Americans should not elect a psychopath for president, and comes with a fair bit of decent psychology (that I leave to your interests); item 2 is about the CETA which has been signed (and I have warned repeatedly that the opponents were mistaken when they said they had defeated it); item 3 is about Clinton's emails, but in fact contains very little news; item 4 is about an article by Thomas Frank that tells me what I knew about Hillary Clinton and her kind, while insisting - without any knowledge - that the Clinton mails on Weiner's computer are without interest; and item 5 is about a good article by Ralph Nader.
OCTOBER
  • Oct 31: Crisis: Irrationalism, Iraq War, Vote!, "Hate spin", Hillary Clinton : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article by Chris Hedges about American irrationalism; item 2 is about the Iraq war; item 3 is about an article by a mathematician who tries to spur the Americans to vote (and he is right); item 4 is about "hate spin" and I found it both confusing, confused and bad; and item 5 is about an article by Robert Reich about Hillary Clinton (and he is a bit optimistic, I think).

  • Oct 30: Crisis: Truth & War, AT&T, Obama & Hillary, Gorbachev & Nuclear War : This is a crisis log with 4 items and 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about truth and war, and I didn't like it; item 2 is about AT&T's planned merger to Time Warner; item 3 is about - I take it - Hillary Clinton's cabinet (that probably is ready now, but won't be released till January); and item 4 is about Gorbachev and nuclear war.

  • Oct 29: Crisis: Propaganda, AT&T, Progressive Powers (?), Trump, Goodbye GOP : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about a fine article by John Pilger about propaganda (which is what most of the papers and nearly all of TV offer, these days); item 2 is about the illegal storing of everything that passed AT&T since 1989, which is currently sold for millions to the American police; item 3 is about the progressives and Hillary Clinton: I think the progressives overestimate their real powers; item 4 is about Trump as abuser; and item 5 is about a fine article by Mike Lofgren from 2011, that I did not read before yesterday, and that is strongly recommended.

  • Oct 28: On Fascism and Neofascism: Definitions : This is a crisis log but it is special in that it explicitly considers no less than 21 definitions of the term "fascism" and also several items on the term "neofascism".

    I do end up with two definitions of myself, one for fascism and one for neofascism, and if you are not interested in social theorizing you may check these two definitions (under the last two links) and not read the rest.

    Those interested in social theorizing are adviced to read all, simply because (i) fascism was a social system that existed from 1922 till 1945, and (ii) because neofascism may become a social system in the USA and Europe quite soon now, while (iii) especially fascism, which has been studied quite a lot, also has been defined in quite a few often rather different ways.

    There will be a later Nederlog today on the crisis. Here it is:
    Crisis: Elections, CIA & NSA Uncontrolled, Privacy Rules, Violence, Ralph Nader : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is on a good article by Nomi Prins; item 2 is about the intelligence agencies in the USA; item 3 is about a piece of Good News: At long last, privacy rules have been adapted in the USA; item 4 is about the chance that there will be (a lot of) violence at or after election day: I do not know; and item 5 is about an interview with Ralph Nader on the elections and on Trump.

  • Oct 27: Crisis: Frank & Scheer, Trump's Nonsense, AT&T, Snowden on Journalism : This is a crisis log with 4 items and 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about a quite interesting conversation between Scheer and Frank, that dates back to July: I liked it; item 2 is about an article that well exposes the very many fantasies Trump indulges in and presents as "facts": it is quite funny (and underneath it is rather sad); item 3 is about the merger of AT&T and Times Warner and the death of privacy, and I fear it is correct; and item 4 is about recent warnings of Snowden that "journalists are a threatened class" (now that the secret services may know all that the journalists know and did and wanted).
      
  • Oct 26: Crisis: Narcissistic Trump, AT&T Spies, Google Spies, Norman Lear : This is a crisis log with 4 items and 5 dotted links:
    Item 1 is about Trump as a narcissist (which I think is correct); item 2 is about AT&T's systematic spying on Americans; item 3 is about Google giving up its ban on personally identifiable web-tracking; and item 4 is not a crisis item and is about Norman Lear, who designed All in the Family, and whom I like but don't quite agree with.

    Also there is the earlier file
    me+ME: Update about my vitamins : This is not a crisis log but is an update about my vitamins, which I take against ME. I also provided for a while updates about my computer, but stopped with that last month. (It is relatively OK.)

    The previous update is from September 25, 2016.
    (The present file is a day later than usual.)

  • Oct 25: Crisis: Trump's "Reality", CETA, Corporate Tax-Breaks, Total Dictatorship : This is a crisis log with 4 items and 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about a fine article on Trump's "surreal alternate reality" (that I explain as a psychologist, which I am: he is not sane); item 2 is about the CETA (which I agree was defeated, but which I think may come back because it in fact introduces neofascism legally, and the rich will gain a lot by that); item 3 is a fine article about the corporate tax-break trickery; and item 4 is an excellent article about the Deep State and the path to total dictatorship that the present USA seems to follow since 9/11 (and not because of the terrorists: because of the rich).
     
  • Oct 24: Crisis: Power, Spying, Inequality, On Trump : This is a crisis log with 4 items and 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article by Chris Hedges about power and the 1971 Attica uprising; item 2 is about an interesting and frightening article on spying (on everyone) on The Intercept; item 3 is about an interesting interview Robert Scheer had with Thomas Frank; and item 4 is about an article about Donald Trump, but it was disappointing (which I explain in part by reference to item 3, which wasn't).

  • Oct 23: Crisis: Trump's Ends, Julian Assange, Trust, Republicans, Noam Chomsky : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about a speculation by Peter Dreier: Trump is not trying to be president anymore, but is trying to set up a right-wing media empire; item 2 is about Julian Assange, who was delcared Truthdigger of the Week and who also was attacked from several sides; item 3 is about an article by Robert Reich, that is (at least) correct in saying that there is very little (political) trust in the current USA; item 4 is about the fact that half of the Republicans (!) would "reject" a win of Hillary Clinton; and item 5 is about another interview in the series of interviews with Noam Chomsky that C.J. Polychroniou has made. This is about education in the USA.

  • Oct 22: Crisis: Freedoms, CETA Dead?, Torture Unlawful, Neo-Fascism, Capitalism : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about a report by someone in the UN on freedom of expression: While I agree in principle, I also missed some things; item 2 is on a report that says the CETA has received the "final death blow": I am considerably more skeptical; item 3 is about a court ruling which says "torture is not lawful", with which I agree, but I would have liked to see more; item 4 is about Carl Bernstein, who fears Trump may start a "neo-fascist movement" (Bernstein's words): I do not say 'No'; and item 5 is about capitalism which - according to the writer - "is doomed".
       
  • Oct 21: Crisis: Trump vs. Democracy, Sensible Springsteen, Hedges & Glaude : This is a crisis log with 3 items and 3 dotted links: Item 1 is about Trump's refusal to admit defeat if he is defeated; item 2 is about Bruce Springsteen on Donald Trump: Quite sensible; and item 3 is about a discussion between Hedges and Glaude: Perhaps there is a (Chomskyan) compromise on what to do about Trump.
     
  • Oct 20: Crisis: Presidential Debate, Revolutionary Trump, Senate, Missing, Unhinged Trump : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links (and they are all caused by the last debate between Clinton and Trump): Item 1 is The Intercept's take on the debate: I quote some (but did not quote article with lots of Twitters: I am sorry, but I find that either stupid or lazy); item 2 is one of the takes on AlterNet, and this one is fair; item 3 is by Robert Reich, and indulges in some - rather fair, I admit - speculations; item 4 is one of the takes on Common Dreams: This is the only one written before the debate, but it is good; and item 5 is Spiegel International's take, which is decent.

  • Oct 19: Crisis: Secret "Laws", $5 Trillion War, Julian Assange Censored, Face Recognition : This is a crisis log with 4 items and 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about a quite frightening article that points out that there are now, and since 15 years, very large areas of secret "laws" in the USA; item 2 is about the war in Afghanistan, that meanwhile cost, in 15 years, $5 trillion dollars (all provided by the American taxpayers); item 3 is about the censorship the Ecuadorian government committed against Julien Assange; and item 4 is about the "wild west" that is current facial recognition: Police departments everywhere in the USA get all the faces they want, regardless of whether the owners did anything illegal, and regardless of any permission.

  • Oct 18: Some more about vitamins (from 1986) : This is not a crisis log but data that I wrote down on 28.xii.1986. I know that is nearly 30 years ago, but they are fairly precise, and between 1984 and 1988 I did very well on what I took. And there are also data on my girlfriend at that time. And the present Nederlog is a supplement to the Nederlog of October 30, 2014.

    Also, the data I give for me are typical for what I took between 1983 and 1992, while the amounts I took since around 2000 are a bit less, but comparable. So this is rather decent information on the supplements I have been taking for 33 years now. There will be some more on vitamins later on, and there also will be another Nederlog for today on the crisis later today.

    Here is the other Nederlog:
    Crisis: Trump, Mass Spying, Amy Goodman, Circuses, American Capitalism : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article in the New York Times, which is more or less OK, except that it is about 7 months late; item 2 is about a decision by an English court against some of the things the English secret services did, but I am very skeptical; item 3 is about Amy Goodman, whose "riot" charges were - completely correctly - dismissed by a judge; item 4 is about the lack of democracy that allows the few American rich to get most of the riches and change most of the laws to work for the rich; and item 5 is by Robert Reich who looks forward to what may be expected if Clinton becomes the next president: Not much good, were it only for party-political reasons.
  • Oct 17: Crisis: Trump & Fascism, Clinton's Emails, TISA = Neofascism : This is a crisis log with 3 items and 3 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article by Chris Hedges on Trump; item 2 is about Hillary Clinton's emails; and item 3 is about the TISA, which is - like the TTP, the TTIP and the CETA - a plan to introduce neofascism on a worldwide scale, through legal changes pushed through in secret by some very few elected extremely corrupt politicians.

    Also, there was a fourth item, but it disappeared between being listed and being reviewed.

  • Oct 16: Crisis: Trump & "Pussygate", WikiLeaks, "End of Growth", On "Neoliberalism" : This is a crisis log with 4 items and 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about Donald Trump, "Pussygate" and the question why the mainstream media only moved against Trump since "Pussygate"; item 2 is about WikiLeaks, and more or less OK, but too weak; item 3 is about "globalization", but I think it mistakes some reactions by some acadermics/intellectuals with more widespread objections (which tend not to be about "globalization"); and item 4 is a quite interesting article about "neoliberalism" which seems mistaken especially in insisting on the propaganda "neoliberalism", where I think the - I agree: politically very incorrect - term neofascism seems far more appropriate.
     
  • Oct 15: Crisis: Crosby, Trumpian Sexual Assaults (14 now), Chomsky, TISA, Child Labor USA : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 6 dotted links: Item 1 is about a nice bit of conversation on Donald Trump by David Crosby (of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young fame); item 2 is about a list of women who accused Donald Trump of sexual assault (indeed quite like he described it to Billy Bush): Twelve yesterday, fourteen this morning, and this is accompanied by a video with Bill Maher: The GOP = the Grab Our Pussies party; item 3 is about an interview Ralph Nader had with Noam Chomsky (who has been censored from and by the main media for something like forty years now); item 4 is about the secret (!!) trade deal that will bring neofascism everywhere if it is accepted (as it well may be - and yes, I explain it again); and item 5 is about photos that helped end child labor in the USA, and that was reviewed here also a year ago, but the photos are really quite impressive (and are about the cruel intentional abuse of children) and have been repeated on Mother Jones.

  • Oct 14: Crisis: Fo & Dylan, Trump "Nazi-Like", "Neoliberalism" Failed, Wikileaks & Principles : This is a partial crisis log with 4 items and 9 dotted links: Item 1 is about several articles commemorating Dario Fo (died at 90) and praising Bob Dylan (Nobel Prize of Literature at 75); item 2 is about two articles that explain Trump's latest speeches as "Nazi-Like"; item 3 is about two articles that explain "Neoliberalism" has failed (hm, hm: even the name was propaganda, and it doesn't seem to have failed its real aim: Help the rich get richer, but the articles are mostly OK); and item 4 is about an article by Glenn Greenwald who explains some journalistic principles.

    Also, this Nederlog is a bit experimental in that the first three items are all based on several articles. This happened mostly by accident, following the first item (that also is not really a part of the
    crisis).

  • Oct 13: Crisis: Trump: At War, Sexually Assaulting, Imprison Clinton, Pro-Rich Tax Plans : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links and this time they are all (or nearly all) about Donald Trump: Item 1 is about a TNYRB review of Trump; item 2 is about multiple accounts of women who have been sexually assaulted by Donald Trump; item 3 is about the fact that Trump threatened to jail both Hillary Clinton and her lawyers; item 4 is about Trump's tax plans: All for the very few rich; nothing to the many poor; and item 5 is about a comparison by the ACLU of Trump's and Clinton's policies and proposals (Trump only helps the rich, but pretends he helps the poor).

  • Oct 12: Crisis: Hillary, Panama Papers, Big Pharma, US & UK Terrorism, Misogynists : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about a Robert Reich article, that I review because I think he is mostly correct (but far too optmistic about Hillary Clinton); item 2 is about a long article by Alan Rusbridger on the Panama Papers, that also is the first of two articles; item 3 is about the attempts by Big Pharma to deceive and delude California's voters (so far without success); item 4 is about a Glenn Greenwald article on Saudi Arabia, the U.S. and the U.K. each of which are terrorizing and murdering very many civilians; and item 5 is about an interesting reason why the GOP - at long last - may be dropping Trump: He threatened to grab their wives and daughters by the pussy.

  • Oct 11: Crisis: Trump's Quote, On Economics, Trumpian Gutter, Clinton Leads, Trumpian Insanity : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is a brief review which does list the precise Trumpian quote ("Grab ’em by the pussy") in context; item 2 is - in fact - about economics, and I list ten points on that "science" (in part to lift the level of the present Nederlog, but I mean everything I say, and what I say seems rather important, for economics); item 3 is about a somewhat decent review of the latest Trumpian bullshit; item 4 is about the poll numbers: it seems Hillary Clinton now has a firm lead; and item 5 is just one quote that has the benefit of nicely summing up reasons why I think the diagnosis of Trump is that he is insane (mad, crazy).

    Also, there is an earlier file of today: Autobio 1993: Een andere betere woning + Elise. This is my autobiography (in Dutch, mostly) about 1993. This wasn't published before. And this is the last regular file of Part II of my autobiography.


  • Oct 10: Crisis: Prisons & Slavery, Trump Is Insane (*3) : This is a crisis log with 4 items and 4 dotted links:  Item 1 is about the latest column by Chris Hedges, which is about the - extremely unfair - American prison system: I like it (with some criticisms); item 2 is about the Clinton - Trump debate and makes clear that in the last debate Trump said he will imprison Hillary Clinton if he wins: Trump is insane; item 3 is one of extremely many bullshit pieces I have seen on this election and these "debates"; while item 4 is an example of a (considerably more rare) more or less rational response.

    Meanwhile, I have given up criticizing Donald Trump, and merely repeat what I think for seven months now, and as a psychologist:
    Trump is insane. I am not going to debate the points an insane person makes. I merely say what is my honest opinion: Trump is
    insane. And it would be major folly to let him win the presidency.

    There also is an earlier file, mostly in Dutch:
    Autobio 1992: Woning St. Antoniesbreestr, Verhuizing, Jolanda Onredelijk, Landsmeer. This is part of my autobiography. This wasn't published before.

  • Oct 9:  Crisis: Pussy-grabbing Trump, Rules Dead, WikiLeaks, Democracy & Debts : This is a crisis log with 4 items and 4 dotted links: Item 1 is this time not a text but a nice, funny and bitter video by Bill Maher, made after it became known Donald Trump said (in 1995) that because he "is famous" he "starts kissing any woman he wants", and he also (in his own words) "grabs them by the pussy"; item 2 is about the complete decline of all standards in the U.S. elections; item 3 is about WikiLeaks' (so far small) dump of excerpts from Hillary Clintons superbly paid speeches to very rich bankers; and item 4 is about an interesting interview with Michael Hudson, with whom I partially agree.

  • Oct 8:  Crisis: Hillary Clinton, Ex-Yahoo Employee, Election Fraud, Fascist Fuckbook : This is a crisis log with 4 items and 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about Hillary Clinton's extremely well paid speeches ($22 million) to very rich bankers, but there sofar seems to be just one leaked email; item 2 is about an ex-Yahoo employee with information about Yahoo that I somewhat doubt; item 3 is about the possibility of election fraud in the USA: I think it is possible, but my guess is that it will not be important in the coming elections (mostly because it is very difficult to check well); and item 4 is about "Fuckbook" that came out as favoring fascism in Germany, while it also actively discriminates people who were threatened with awfully cruel murders by fascists: I knew they were the extremely despicable dataminers, but this is new for me, although indeed it is not amazing, for dataminers.

  • Oct 7:  Crisis: On Israel, Hitler & Trump, Inequality, Bacevich, Obama & Nuremberg : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article by Glenn Greenwald on the current Israel and the current USA; item 2 is about a review in the NYTRB of what is nominally a book about Hitler, but that seems a lot about Trump (and I agree); item 3 is about inequality as the main political and economical theme in the present USA (and I agree); item 4 is about Bacevich who discusses the current relation between politics and the military in the USA; and item 5 is about Obama who - very consciously, no doubt - completely inverted the principles established at Nuremberg: According to Obama people may torture other people and be not at all prosecuted or discriminated, provided the torturers are Americans doing what their superiors told them to. (All of this was refuted at the Nuremberg Trials.)

  • Oct 6:  Crisis: Nuclear War, Yahoo's Spying, NSA Contractor, German Hate "Explained" : This is a crisis log with 4 items and 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article I mostly agree with, except that I think the writer should have shown less irritation and more contempt for the language both presidential candidates use; item 2 is about another article I mostly agree with, except that I would have formulated it all a bit sharper; item 3 is about a fundamentally vague article about the arrest of an NSA contractor in August: I don't blame the journalist, but I do blame the American government for keeping things as unclear as they can; and item 4 is about an article in Spiegel I think is quite incompetent, for it effectively says "East Germans" (I quote) "behave less like free citizens and more like released prisoners", because they have been living in the Communist past, the last 27 years, and that explains "German hate". (If that holds, any fantasy holds, in my opinion: it is just stupid bullshit.)

  • Oct 5:  Crisis: Trump Presidency, Assange, Media Manipulation, Yahoo Spied, Sanders : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links: This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about the freedom of the press: I agree with it, but I also think that the New York Times these days is not a good example of what the free press is supposed to be (while it wants to be taken serious as "free press"); item 2 is about WikiLeaks, though the present announcement is merely an announcement of things to come; item 3 is about the fact (as I see it) that computers and computing have become the prime instrument of massive spying by both dataminers and secret services, and threaten to make the neofascist secret spying on everyone everywhere the norm; item 4 is about Yahoo, that simply searched all emails send through it to find whether it contained any of the strings the secret services wanted it to find, as if the Fourth Amendment never was an element of the Bill of Rights; and item 5 is about an article by Bernie Sanders, who - once again - explains why you should vote for Clinton even if you despise her: The alternative is voting for a neofascist fraud and phony.

  • Oct 4:  Crisis: Obama, CIA Detainees, Donald Trump, Nuclear War, TTIP and Medicines : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about Obama's saying one thing while doing the precise opposite (here: as regards to his and future presidents' private warring); item 2 is about some more horrible details about the torture techniques introduced by the two American psychologists  James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen (who got $80 million to do so); item 3 is about the rise of Donald Trump (I give a somewhat different story than is in the article); item 4 is about the increasing likelihood of a nuclear war with Russia; and item 5 is - again - about the TTIP, this time with special attention for increasing the anyway enormous profits of pharmaceutical multi- nationals.

  • Oct 3:  Crisis: Imperialism, Trump Looser & No Taxpayer,  Clinton Dovish, Fake "News" : This is a crisis log with 4 items and 4 dotted links: Item 1 is on an article by Chris Hedges on imperialism in South-America: I liked it and have little to say about it; item 2 is about an interesting discovery: Trump lost a billion dollars in 1995, and because the rich have deregulated the rules in such a way that they get what they lost returned from the taxes without paying any taxes, he seems to have paid no taxes whatsoever for 18 years, while restoring his billions; item 3 is about a reported "dovish side" by Hillary Clinton, but I am skeptical (having learned how Obama the progressive before elections turned into Obama the conservative after elections), and it seems the author of the article agrees with me (but still it is a lot better to choose for Clinton as president); and item 4 is about fake news with fake flags that introduce real spying on false pretenses in Iraq (which is quite new in the real spying).

    And I uploaded an extended
    crisis index: Until October 1, I wrote 1348 files on the crisis (and started originally, in Dutch, on September 1, 2008).

  • Oct 2:  Crisis: Trump Supporters, Anti-Trump, Bees, Internet, TTIP : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about Trump supporters (and being a psychologist I say that major stupidity and ignorance, combined with sickening malice and totalitarianism explain them quite well (bit "Scientists" may see this otherwise); item 2 is about an article by Robert Reich on Clinton's campaign; item 3 is about the fact that 1 kind of bees (in Hawaii) are now "an endangered species": I think there are more; item 4 is about a recent internet change that seems OK, although I have to admit that I am far less positively interested in either the internet or computers since I learned that the combination of internet and computers unlocks almost everyone's total privacy to almost any secret service, for that also seems to be the case; and item 5 is about "the death of the TTIP", that I don't believe until all involved governments admit to it, which is far from the case.

  • Oct 1:  Crisis: Human Rights, Power Grabs, Paris Accords, "Free Trade", Assange : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is a - rare - piece of Good News: Europe's Top Human Rights Court will condider the legality of the illegal surveillance everyone has been submitted to since 9/11 (!!); item 2 is about how the TTP and the TTIP, TISA and CETA will destroy most or all of national laws, national governments, national parliaments and national judiciaries, and replace these by decisions by the rich for the rich, taken in "courts" that are secret and only work for the rich; item 3 says - quite correctly, in my view - that the Paris Accords are already outdated; item 4 is another fine article about the TTP, TTIP, TISA and CETA, all of which are attemps by the very rich to get rid of national laws, national parliaments, national governments and national judiciaries, and replace these by "courts" that only serve the rich; and item 5 is about a bad interview in Spiegel International, of which I only quote the end.
SEPTEMBER
  • Sep 30: Crisis: Aleppo, Undermining Democracy, Health Crisis, Anti-War Films, Trolls : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about the horrible situation in Syria (but it seems to have been a wrong choice by me); item 2 is about how democracy is being beaten by the few rich: they have more money, and can corrupt most; item 3 is about the fact that some 50% of American doctors are "“disengaged, burned out, and demoralized" (which may not be a crisis item - but half of all American medical doctors is very many doctors); item 4 is about no less than 23 anti-war movies that are listed, with links to Youtube (which is an iniative I welcome enthusiastically); and item 5 is about the one psychological characteristic that identifies trolls: They are sadists (as I have been thinking for 20 years now).

  • Sep 29: Crisis+me: On Justice, On The USA, On Trump, On Philosophy : This is a crisis log with 4 items and 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about justice, and I did not agree to the article I review, but then I may not have understood all of it, and also the 'justice' I know best is Dutch 'justice', which is rotten, if you don't agree with the illegal drugsdealer your mayor illegallly gave his "personal permission" to deal from the house where you live; item 2 is about a decent article by Thom Hartmann; item 3 is about a so-so article on Trump (he is not just mad: he is also a neofascist, or so I would argue); and item 4 is about why anyone would study philosophy: Since I did, and have been reading philosophy for 50 years now, I think I can answer that question rather well (and I say you much better study mathematics or physics if you want to be a real philosopher).
  • Sep 28: Crisis+me: Ẁar on Truth, Trump as Tyrant, Seditious Libel, My Autobiography : This is a crisis log with 4 items and 4 dotted links: Item 1 is on Trump and truth: It is said Trump leads the war on truth but didn't start it: Yes, indeed, for it started, for me and the Dutch, in 1978; item 2 is about a black follower of Trump who indeed does see him as her favorite kind of tyrant; item 3 is about Trump's proposal to return to seditious libel in the USA; and item 4 is about an improved version of my autobiography, Part I (from age 0 to age 28).

  • Sep 27: Crisis: Police Killings, The Left and Trump, Olbermann on Trump, USA and Vidal : This is a crisis log with 4 items and 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about a article by Chris Hedges on the American police and the USA; item 2 is about an interesting article by Anil Gupta with which I agree: The Left does - seriously! - underestimate the danger of Trump; item 3 is about a new video by Keith Olbermann about 74 more lies by Trump (and I couldn't find any text for it (?!)); and item 4 is a 2009 article by Gore Vidal on the American police, and on the USA as a police state (which is accurate at least in suggesting that major things must be wrong with a police force that kills 700 mostly black men in a year, almost whole without punishments of the police).

    I also uploaded today a new version of Part I of my autobiography. (This is in the /Maartensz/ directory.) These are corrected and extended version of autobio00 - autobio21a: Twentythree files describing my life between 1950 and 1978. These are mostly in Dutch and seem to interest few. But indeed I firstly wrote my autobiography for myself, for two reasons, mainly: (1) I wanted to find out what orthomolecular doses of vitamins did for me (Answer: Quite a lot), and (2) I wanted a decent, honest and readable version of my life (that is a lot briefer and easier to survey than my journals).

    And I will write some more about how this differs from earlier versions in a Nederlog of tomorrow.


  • Sep 26: Crisis: A Pathological Liar, On Profit, Clinton Vs Trump, On State Terrorism : This is a crisis log with 4 items and 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about a long and good article in Politico that lists all the lies Trump told in a week: He lies once every 195 seconds, or so it seems; item 2 is about an article of Robert Reich I fail to understand; item 3 is about the fact (?) that Trump and Clinton now are about equally likely to win the elections; and item 4 is about a vast increase in the levels of state terrorism the West employs: It seems now as if hospitals are the places to blow up, instead of protecting them. (And this also seems new since 9/11.)
     
  • Sep 25: Crisis: On Psychiatry, GOP Sadists, Obama's Wars, Corbyn, Chomsky : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about psychiatry, which is a fraudulent pseudoscience according to me (the last 50 years, also). It may be doubted this is a crisis item, but it is included here for those who are interested. Item 2 is about the GOP's plan to destroy the livelihood of the poor: Being a psychologist, I have a fair and precise term for those trying to do that: Sadists. Item 3 is on the fraud Obama (who may be rewarded as much as Clinton was for his services to the rich) who took care the Americans will spend trillions on new atomic weapons, among other things; item 4 is about a rare bit of Good News: Jeremy Corbyn was re-elected as Labour leader, and even better than the last time; and item 5 is about another non-crisis item that I included, namely a good interview with Noam Chomsky, indeed about linguistics.

    Also, there is an earlier Nederlog today, namely the latest in the series "
    me+ME: Update about my vitamins", which is indeed about that.

  • Sep 24: Crisis: "Fascism is NOT coming" (Vote Stein!) , Prins on Obama, On Syrian Refugees : This is a crisis log with 3 items and 3 dotted links: item 1 is about Paul Street's completely wishful thinking notion that "Fascism Is NOT Coming" (I am sorry: this was not an argument, but a declaration of faith); item 2 is about Elizabeth Warren, but with quotes from Nomi Prins; amd item 3 is about a good article by Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan, who explain that there are now more than 65 million refugees, that the rich nations mostly do not want, possibly because they believe in Donald Trump Jr.'s argument.

  • Sep 23: There are two filles today. The last is this: Crisis: Violence, "Stop-And-Frisk", "Climate Math", Trump in German: This is a crisis log with 4 items and 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about the police-violence against blacks, which indeed is stunning (but I don't quite agree with the writer); item 2 is about Trump's demand that the - legally very doubtful - "stop-and-frisk" rule is reintroduced; item 3 is about new, new maths about the climate, which I, who has been following the environment since the late 60s reject (sorry: Paris failed already, in my opinion); and item 4 is about how Trump is seen in Germany, in Spiegel, which is also odd: None of the words "authoritarian", "rightist", "fascist" and "neofascist" is used in describing Trump in no less than 5 pages, and it seems the worst is that he is "a liar" (who might be "a racist").

    The first is this (and mostly in Dutch):
    Autobio 1991: Instorting, zelfmoorderig, Jolanda stopt, grote ellende: This is in fact part 38 of my autobiography. This seems to interest few and is mostly in Dutch, but I wrote it mostly for myself, to get my life straight, and find out about my illness and the therapies I tried. This wasn't published before. (Most or all of the autobiography - until 1993 - will be finished this year, when the lot will be uploaded again, in a considerably better form.)

  • Sep 22: Crisis: 50 Million Children, Stolen Elections, Trolls, Climate & Science : This is a crisis log with 4 items and 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about 50 million children that are currently uprooted, that also sent me back to consider how many people have been undernourished or starving the last 45 years: Hundreds of millions or several billions (all thanks to the Good Minds and the Good Hearts of those who didn't starve); item 2 is about stealing the American elections (I am not convinced in this case, but admit I don't know enough); item 3 is about trolls (and my answer is: Leave them be, for they are nearly all stupid anonymous sadists you can't do anything against as long as they are anonymous); and item 4 is about "top scientists" who explain science once again to the religious and the political people who refuse to listen (I think they are much too late, and I meanwhile ceased believing in the vast majority of scientists: Nearly all are too interested in their own high status and their own high incomes to risk these. And I know for I have tried.).

  • Sep 21: Crisis: Totalitarian USA, Apple's Exploitations, TISA & Neofascism : This is a crisis log with 3 items and 3 dotted links: Item 1 shows prominent politicians in the USA are trying to introduce totalitarianism in the USA (in which they may well succeed, and will have succeeded if Trump becomes the new president); item 2 sketches how Apple got his riches: By exploiting the Chinese poor who have to work at least 10 hours a day for $1.60 an hour, and by refusing to pay any taxes in the USA (but it is all very profitable for all Westerners: less expensive iPhones); and item 3 sketches the TISA, which is one of the four ways neofascism is being introduced by the lawyers of the mullti-national corporations (via the TTP, the TTIP, the TISA or the CETA).
       
  • Sep 20: Crisis: Nader on Trump, Trump Presidecy, Surveillance, CETA : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links:
    Item 1 is about a good interview with Ralph Nader about Donald Trump (and there are 5 more inter- views with him at Democracy Now!); item 2 is about why a Trump presidency will be - very probably - much worse than most think; item 3 is about how the British are transforming their government in the neofascist direction by surveilling everyone and keeping this secret; and item 4 promises again a change in the neofascist direction, this time of Europe, by the adoption of CETA, that provides all rights and all regulations to the rich multi-nationals.

         
  • Sep 19: Crisis: "Liberalism", Washington Post, "Narcissism"(?), (Neo-)Fascism, Pro Hillary : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is a fine article by Chris Hedges (I have some criticisms, but they are mostly terminological); item 2 is about Glenn Greenwald on The Washington Post; item 3 is an example of how journalists abuse terminology (sorry: there are few real narcissists, even if Donald Trump is one, and nearly everything Kali Holliway attributes to "narcissism" is much better attributed to egoism, greed, conformism, stupidity and more); item 4 is a quite interesting very long interview with an ex-military man who is now a lawyer and who does see that the USA is rapidly moving towards what I call neofascism (and he gives some good reasons, but I do not pretend that my selections are representative: it is too long for that); and item 5 is by Robert Reich who - once again - explains why people who are not rightists should vote for Clinton (even if - as I say - she is a bad choice: the alternative is both mad, evil and much worse).
     
  • Sep 18: Crisis: Disinforming Media, CEOs Often Psychopaths, Privacy, TTIP Etc. : This is a crisis log with 4 items and 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about an interesting article that details that less than 1 in 3 Americans trust the media (I explain - and most of this review is by me: For me that is about the end of democracy); item 2 is about psychopathology and CEOs and is also interesting, while once again most of the review is by me); item 3 is in part about "Snowden", but mostly about Snowden's opinions on privacy; and item 4 is about the TTIP and - what I think the TTP is the legal foundation for - neofascism.

  • Sep 17: Crisis: On "Snowden", Powell on Media, CIA Cover-up, Economics, Sanders : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about a fine item on The Intercept that is nominally about Oliver Stone's new film, but does contain a long list of journalism about Snowden and the NSA that appeared on The Intercept: strongly recommended; item 2 is about Colin Powell on the rise of Donald Trump: he is right that the American mainstream media are mostly responsible, and I think he is right about that; item 3 is about a letter or mail of the VIPS to Dianne Feinstein about torture and the still mostly secret report she co-wrote about it (with some precisification by me about The Guardian); item 4 is about Robert Reich about Trump's many economic lies; and item 5 is about Sanders who - very correctly - calls on his followers to vote for Clinton and oppose her if she is elected (because she is pro-rich and not good, although not by far as bad as Trump).

    Also - at long last - I removed the Squeak Help from my site. This amounted to 1649 files and 5.5 MB of simple html. My reasons are as follows: (1) most of this was written in 2003-2004, and indeed last uploaded in 2004 (with some last uploadeded in 2009); (2) it is about Squeak 3, which is outdated for me because the Squeak I still regularly use is 4.3, whereas the latest Squeak, with quite a few differences, is 5.0. There are more reasons - one of which is that I don't have the health or the time to thoroughly revise 5.5 MB of text - but these are sufficient.

    And I improved the formatting of the Logic section, and deleted the Problem of Induction from the site: The same solution is in briefer form in my Philosophical Dictionary, whereas
    the Problem of Induction needs revising. (BUT: It so far refuses to show itself  on maartensz.org, where also again an old opening of the site is given, that isn't even in the middle. I am getting extremely angry the providers of maartensz.org because they are now fucking up my work since 2015. I am very sorry, but they also deny me all decent statistics - well supplied, by a completely free program, from 2004 till 2015 - so I must suppose they are resold to a bunch of sadistic profiteers. Well, if that is the case: FUCK YOU!)
     
  • Sep 16: Crisis: About the USA, Frauding Banksters, Trump & "the left", Trump & Europe : This is a crisis log with 4 items and 4 dotted links: Item 1 is an excellent article by one of two brothers who both enlisted in the US Army in 2002, and whose brother was killed (this is originally from 2006 and is a reprint: 10 years later it is as true as it was in 2006, or more so, because ten more years of wars have passed); item 2 is about Elizabeth Warren on banks, Obama and Holder (and I agree with her argument, but think she is too late); item 3 is about polls that indicate Trump may be winning (and I draw some inferences about Stein and "leftists"); and item 4 is about an interview with the president of the European Parliament, who managed to say something sensible (but weak).
       
  • Sep 15: Crisis: On Capitalism, Against TPP, Human Slaves, Olbermann on Trump : This is a crisis log with 4 items and 6 dotted links: Item 1 is about an interesting and recommended article on capitalism (I like it, but think it is a bit too definite); item 2 is about Bernie Sanders and the TPP and is also good; item 3 is about how "Humanyze" wants to make every non-rich employed person a fully controlled human slave by forcing badges on them that control absolutely everything; and item 4 is an excellent attack on Donald Trump by Keith Olbermann, with full documentation if you download the text: Very strongly recommended.
     
  • Sep 14: Crisis: $5 Trillions For War, Snowden, China & Russia, Deregulations : This is a crisis log with 4 items and 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about the $5 trillions that were spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; item 2 is about Edward Snowden's case that he should be pardoned: I agree with Snowden, but think that is very unlikely to happen; item 3 is about a likely new world order headed by China and Russia: I agree this is likely; and item 4 is about a new Republican effort to deregulate whatever was not yet quite deregulated: it is a crazy bill (I think), but it very probably will not be signed by Obama.

  • Sep 13: Crisis: Bill Moyers, Secret Stingrays, Corporate Wealth, Facebook & Israel : This is a crisis log with 4 items and 4 dotted links: Item 1 is an important article by Bill Moyers (to which I pay considerable attention, and with which I don't all agree); item 2 is about stingrays: none of your communications or writings or sayings on any computer or cellphone connected to the internet is safe (i.e. the police or the secret services may know absolutely everything about you, while you don't even know anything was stolen); item 3 is about the enormous wealth of the multinationals, who are trying to own everything and everyone, including all laws, and may well succeed because the vast majorities of American and European politicians have been grossly and willingly corrupt for 35 years, and deregulated everything for the exclusive benefit of the rich and the politicians who help them; and item 4 is about Facebook's attempts to control and falsify history, and its collaborations with the Israeli government.

  • Sep 12: Crisis: Fooled Again, CIA & Torture, War Crimes, Terror and "Law" : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about the latest article by Chris Hedges (I partially disagree, partially agree); item 2 is about how the CIA's tortures were mostly covered up, by the CIA, with lots of help from Eric Holder; item 3 is about the censorship committed by Facebook (that is now - at long last - undone, but will not be the last time Facebook censors history, I'm sure); and item 4 is about torture, the Constitution, the courts of law and democracy in the USA: it is far from optimistic, but it seems right.

    Also, I decided that most of the rewriting of the site has been done: I have to do some more on five directories, but most of that
    will be done in September. The site does look a lot better on my new monitor (that has a standard squarish size), and I hope it
    will be the same for you. (And I am sorry I didn't do this earlier, but it is only now that both my eyes and my health are well enought to do it. And it was especially my eyes that prevented it.)


  • Sep 11: Crisis: Endless War, Murray, Everything War, Israel & Martin, Restoration  Site : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about the endless war the USA engages in since 2001 (with some of my own opinions added); item 2 is about former British ambassador Craig Murray, who now is not admitted into the USA because of his opinions; item 3 is about a book I haven't read by a reviewer I don't know, but the review doesn't seem well done (I explain); item 4 is about Abby Martin, who is not admitted to Gaza by Israel, because of her opinions; and item 5 is about restoring the looks on my site: I conclude that by the end of today most has been done, which means that the site now looks again as it is meant to do (which may not have been the case for quite a long while now), at least on monitors not larger tha 27 * 34 cm.  

  • Sep 10: Crisis: Trump, Obama, Facebook, Krugman On Trump, American Police State : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is "a leftist's" comments on Trump, which - to me - are disappointing; item 2 is about Robert Scheer's deserved takedown of Obama's propaganda in Laos; item 3 is about Facebook's censoring historical fact (but hey: this is Facebook, that steals everything from anyone); item 4 is about Krugman on Trump (weak); and item 5 is about an article of John Whitehead that I mostly agree with, but I also think it is a bit too strong (and the situation in the USA can be far more serious than it is, though I agree it is pretty bad).
      
  • Sep 9: Crisis: Obama, TPP, Mass Surveillance, Libertarians, Exit Wilderness : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about Obama's attempts to force the neofascist TPP through Congress come what may, while item 2 is a good article about how extremely dangerous the TPP is; item 3 is about the fact that every U.S. citizen is now traced, tracked, saved and sourced, in the deepest secret, by his computers, his cellphones, all the items he did install in his house that connect to the internet, and outside his house by cameras, by drones and by his cellphone, all of which enormously increases the powers of the very few that make up the government; item 4 is about a takedown of libertarians that I like but that also seems a bit simpleminded; and item 5 is about the radical declines in wilderness in the world and led me to the formulation that the environmental situation is as awful as it was in 1971 (when I started following it), except that now there are twice as many people as there were then.
        
  • Sep 8: Crisis: Legal Neofascism, Trump, New York Times, TTP : This is a crisis log with 4 items and 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about a good article by George Monbiot on the TPP, the TTIP, the TISA and the CETA, which in my considered opinion all are attempts to introduce legal neofascism (because political neofascism doesn't work: voters don't want it); item 2 is about Trump's breaking the law to assure no one says anything bad about a Trumpian; item 3 is about an interesting article about (especially) the New York Times, that does seem to grow more and more into a propaganda sheet; and item 4 is (at long last) about a decent letter of 200 academics who attack the TPP.

  • Sep 7: Crisis: Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Math Destruction, "Moral Idiocy" : This is a crisis log with 4 items and 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about Glenn Greenwald on Hillary Clinton and her courageous defender Paul Krugman (he thinks himself); item 2 is about Bill Clinton's enormous payments; item 3 is about the role of mathematics in the present world: dangerous and very ill-controlled; and item 4 is about the USA and a supposed plague of "moral idiocy", in which I cannot believe: There are no leading politicians and generals who are "moral idiots", but there are a lot who knowingly break the laws because they also know they will not be prosecuted.
        
  • Sep 6: Crisis: Hedges vs Reich, Future Catastrophies, Workers, Communism & NSA : This is a crisis log with 4 items and 4 dotted links: Item 1 is a quite interesting debate between Chris Hedges and Robert Reich. (I like both and agree with neither, but in this debate - about the American elections - I am with Reich); item 2 is about the main fact that will make the 21st century very probably much more horrible than the horrible 20th century: human population growth; item 3 is by Robert Reich and addresses working people: I agree with what he is saying, but I am more pessimistic, it seems; and item 4 is mostly about the Soviet Union and communism, and is quite good, and ends with - I think - a warning for the incredibly increased powers of the secret services everywhere: They now know almost everything about almost anyone, while almost no one has any firm knowledge he or she is being traced, tracked and stored all the time by many secret services (and dataminers), for that is all done in deep secret, as if
    that is the right way to control populations.
       
  • Sep 5: Crisis: Intellectuals, "Free Trade", Democracy, Labor Question, Terrorism, ISDSs : This is a crisis log with 6 items and 6 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article by Chris Hedges on intellectuals (I disagree somewhat, but this for personal reasons: My background is quite different from that of most); item 2 is about free trade and by Robert Reich, but I find it disappointing that he writes as if he believes "free trade" is not a propaganda lie; item 3 is about democracy, that is declared dead, but that is written by someone who holds the utter lie that absolutely everyone is equal or of equal value to anyone else (you, Einstein and Hitler all have precisely the same value!) - which I consider a totally insane idea; item 4 is about the fact that there is - once again - a labor question in the USA, but is not clear on its reasons (deregulation of nearly all laws that protected the many against the piracies and depredations of the rich); item 5 is a good article about terrorism; and item 6 quotes the beginning of a quite long article about the ISDSs (which are the neofascist courts that the rich want to have, so that they can rob whole states at once): the quote I give is good.
        
  • Sep 4: Rewriting my site : This is not a crisis log. It is only conerned with reproducing a file I also put in the opening of the site, on the lower right side, above a date, that is also called "Rewriting the site" and that contains the following text, that is copied to the present Nederlog (between "----"s), and with some brief explanations added under it

    Also, I removed the Bayle directories from my site. I like Bayle a lot, but I do not have the health to write a good comment on his dictionary. (I tried but did not get very far.)


  • Sep 3: Crisis: Corporate Fascism, Trump & Hitler Compared, Clean Energy, Common Dreams : This is a crisis log with 4 items and 4 dotted links: Item 1 is in fact a repeat of an excellent article by Chris Hedges that I reviewed originally on November 7, 2015: It is repeated here, with a small addition of today at the end; item 2 is a fine article on the considerable parallels between Trump, who wants to disappear 11 million illegal immigrants from the USA and Hitler who wanted to disappear 11 million Jews from Europe (and succeeded for over 50%, in 4 years); item 3 is about a plan to fund a clean energy revolution, which is financially quite feasible, but is politically completely impossible with the vast majority of elected political liars and frauds that are the present day's politicians; and item 4 is about the very sad plight of Common Dreams, which is over all the best progressive political journal I've seen over the past years: Please keep it going!

    Also done today: I uploaded the new (larger, but otherwise the same) background to the Philosophical Dictionary. This should make it look a lot better on ordinary squarish monitors. (I also still have to work on the PD, but I guess it is mostly done now, in so far as I need it, which is mostly for backgrouds to things I write on my site.


  • Sep 2: Crisis: Spy Gear, Rousseff, US Army Inaccountable, "Leftist" Lies, Chomsky : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about the enormous amounts of - totally unconstitutional, totally anti-democratic - spy gear that the British firm of Cobham is selling to U.S. police (and I take a pessimistic view of it all); item 2 is about Dilma Rousseff and Brazil, and is also not optimistic at all; item 3 is about how the American army (etc.) not for twenty years cannot be properly audited, and how this somehow disappeared trillions of tax dollars; item 4 is about the rightist propaganda and lies that are spread by supposed "leftists" (I deny they are Leftists in any sense); and item 5 is about a good interview with Noam Chomsky.

  • Sep 1: Crisis: Illiterate USA, McCarthyism Lives, Brazil, Neofascism, Apple Inc : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is an excellent article by Chris Hedges on the very many illiterates in the USA (originally from 2008); item 2 is about Glenn Greenwald on the strange tactics the Democrats use; item 3 is about the fact that Dilma Rousseff is deposed as president of Brazil (which may introduce a lot of terror); item 4 is about the TTIP, the TTP, the TISA and the CETA: All purported "Free Trade" initiatives, that really, each and all, are attempts to get a neofascistic world order by the rich, for that is by far the most profitable to the rich; and item 5 is by Robert Reich about the mega-rich American tax-frauds that is Apple Inc.
AUGUST
  • Aug 31: Crisis+ME/CFS: Hacked Elections, Unions, Brazil, ME/CFS Unriddled : This is a crisis log with an additional item on ME (a disease I am having for 37 years now, and that at long last seems partially unriddled): Item 1 is about the possibility that the US elections may be hacked; item 2 is about how the strong decline in union membership harmed everybody who is not rich (in the USA); item 3 is about Rousseff's testimony against her impeachment due to a coup in Brazil; and item 4 is about the physical disease I have for 37 years now (ME/CFS) that may at loooong last have been - partially - unriddled.
     
  • Aug 30: Crisis: Greenwald on Brazil and Clinton, Burkinis In France, After Trump : This is a crisis log with 4 items with 4 dotted links: Item 1 is from an interview with Glenn Greenwald on Democracy Now! about Brazil (and there are other interesting interviews with him on the current Democracy Now!); item 2 is also about Glenn Greenwald on investigating the Clintons (he is for and so am I); item 3 is about France's burkini ban (which is totalitarian bullshit, in my opinion); and item 4 is about Reich's expectations of what might happen after Trump is defeated. (I don't agree but don't know either.)

    And I repaired the backgrounds to Mill's "On Liberty" (and its Notes) on my site(s). (See:
    A change to my site(s) - more to follow.)

  • Aug 29: Crisis: On The Deep State in the USA, TTIP Has 'De Facto Failed' : This is a crisis log with 2 items with 7 dotted links:
    Item 1 is about the Deep State in the USA and is an important item. It expands on an earlier item in Nederlog and also solves a problem I had, and item 2 is also important but in another way: Germany's economic minister said the TTIP has 'de facto failed'.

    I also reddened the important bit in the present Nederlog, to which I will return in several later Nederlogs.


  • Aug 28: Crisis: "The Euro", Transformed Politics, Science and "Science" : This is a crisis log with 3 items with 3 dotted links: Item 1 is a review of a book by Joseph Stiglitz on the euro, but I didn't like it; item 2 is about some sort of transformation of politics, but it is all extremely vague and imprecize; while item 3 is a fine and interesting article about science and medicine by a pensioned psychiatrist: I liked this and wrote rather a lot about it, but part of the reason is that I am ill and a psychologist/ philosopher. In any case, the conclusion is that much is rotten in current science, and I agree - and it is mostly due to corruption of scientists, I add: Many are much more interested in money and status than in science.
        
  • Aug 27: Crisis: War Economy (1 & 2), "Our Revolution", TPP, Brazil, NSA Whisleblower : This is a crisis log with 6 items with 6 dotted links: Item 1 is about the war economy that the US practises since the early 2000s, and is quite good; item 2 is about Sanders' "Our Revolution", and is in my opinion considerably too negative; item 3 is an excellent article about the very high costs the American war economy has for the American people; item 4 is about the - rather amazing - fact that there probably will be no vote on the TPP under Obama (who is fanatically pro); item 5 is about a condemnation of the coup in Brazil, with which I agree (though I am pessimistic about Brazil's chances since rich criminals made the coup); and item 6 is interesting information about the latest NSA hack (see here): it probably is by an insider (according to William Binney and others).

    There also was a later Nederlog:
    A change to my site(s) : This is not a crisis log. It is about a change to my site(s) - which are written thus because there are two, one in Holland and one in Denmark, although they have the same contents.

  • Aug 26: Crisis: "Our Revolution", American Veterans, Israel, Clinton Wins (??) : This is a crisis log with 4 items with 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about "Sanders' supporters" who run from Sanders' "Our Revolution" (and I try to explain); item 2 is about American veterans and the Veterans' Administration, and both are under attack by the rich; item 3 is about Israel, Zionism and discrimination (I try to explain a few things, but I don't expect any amelioriation until Netanyahu looses power); and item 4 is about the supposed cakewalk to the presidency for Hillary Clinton, that I indeed think is a fairly dangerous delusion.

  • Aug 25: Today there are two Nederlogs: A brief one about vitamins I take to battle ME: NL: me+ME: Update about my vitamins and a normal crisis log: Crisis: Bikinis vs Burkinis, Alt-Right, Trump Is Anti-Media, Stiglitz on TPP This has 4 items with 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about the crazy (and totalitarian) new dress code for politically correct French women (on sunny beaches): Thou shalt wear a bikini and no burkini; item 2 is about how Trump is getting more and more racist (I dislike racism, but I like it Trump is a racist because this lessens his presidential chances), and I repeat some about Trump's grandiose narcissism (in a footnote); item 3 is also about Trump, but this time about his turning anti-media, which I think Trump owes to himself, and again lessens his chances of being elected; and item 4 is about Joseph Stiglitz and his opposition to the TPP, with which I agree, though I also think Obama might succeed in pushing it through (if only because he will very probably be well rewarded for doing that).

  • Aug 24: Crisis: US Democracy, Welfare, Humanitarian Wars, Twitter, Whistleblowers : There are 5 items with 5 dotted links today: Item 1 is about an article of Chris Hedges of over 6 years ago (he is on holiday), but the article is quite good; item 2 is about an article that outlines how Bill Clinton's destruction of welfare (in 1996) is still popular among its architects (including Clinton); item 3 is about another contribution of Bill Clinton: The "humanitarian war" - which is a concept as contradictory as the "square circle"; item 4 is about Twitter, which according to Kevin Drum and myself seems to be dedicated to sloganizing everything and killing all rational discussion; and item 5 is about a good article by Bill Black that explains how he thinks whistleblowers should be treated in law.

  • Aug 23: Crisis: Bill Clinton & Welfare, Trump & Racism, Hillary, Bernie Backer : There are 4 items with 5 dotted links today and in fact most of these deal with both Clintons, though there also is an item about Trump: Item 1 is about Bill Clinton's major lies on ending welfare (during his presidency), and can be seen as a sketch of how the Clintons deceive; item 2 is about an interesting article about Trump as racist; item 3 is about how Clinton's transition team betrays her presidency: it will be bad and conservative; and item 4 is by a Bernie backer who argues quite well (I agree with her on the badness of Clinton) but who just refuses to be rational and reasonable in the end - or so it seems to me.

  • Aug 22: Crisis: Clinton & Trump, GOP Destroyed?, Syrian War, TiSA Explained : There are 4 items with 4 dotted links today: Item 1 is about the fact that both presidential candidates are rich, which does entail some potential problems for either when elected president; item 2 is about Trump but is too optimistic about his chances of losing, and also doesn't answer the question its title asks (I do answer that: Very probably not); item 3 is about the war in Syria, which gets more and more complicated; and item 4 is the most important today and is about the TiSA, which in my opinion, just like the TPP and the TTIP, and indeed also like NAFTA, is designed to bring neofascism a lot closer - or, if you don't like that term (very few do, also very few real neofascists [1]) is designed to take most powers from states and democracies and parliaments, and give these powers to the multi-national corporations.
     
  • Aug 21: Crisis: Approaching neofascism: Five major changes in the USA since 1970 : As usual (since well over three years [1]) I spent over an hour looking through over 30 website publications looking for crisis materials, but I found only one item that I was willing to review [2].

    Probably, this is because it is Sunday. It also doesn't matter, because I do have fairly long lists of alternatives, and this is one of the alternatives: item 1 expands something I wrote four months ago, in an item called "
    What Should Left-Wing Foreign Policy Look Like?".

    This also is the only item today and in fact it doesn't even answer that last question, though this has a good reason:

    I think the left - as I know it, having parents who were (intelligent, honest, fair) communists for 45 years - has largely disappeared or else has very much changed the last 45 years, which means (among other things) that asking the question
    "What Should Left-Wing Foreign Policy Look Like?" should be preceded by an answer to the question "What Is Left-Wing These Days?", and indeed also by some other questions.
     
  • Aug 20: Crisis: Scheer & Hedges, On Deindustrialization, NSA Leak Is Real : There are 3 items with 3 dotted links today: Item 1 is an excellent article by Robert Scheer about Chris Hedges, who gets interviewed: I pay a considerable amount of attent- ion to this; item 2 is about deindustrialization, which is an interesting concept, but one I discard for another one, viz. neofascism; while item 3 is about the NSA leak I've mentioned before, and that now indeed has been found real (and the NSA had nothing to say, at least till now).
     
  • Aug 19: Crisis: Illusion Of Freedom, Private Prisons, Sanders On Inequality : There are 3 items with 3 dotted links today: Item 1 is (again) a repeat of an article by Chris Hedges, with a repeat of my review (and it's a good article); item 2 is about "the ending of private prisons" in the USA, which turns out to be much less than advertised; and item 3 is about poverty in the USA, which seems to this very poor person (in Dutch circumstances) considerably worse than it is - so far - in Holland.

  • Aug 18: Crisis: NSA Hack, American Media, Obvious Socialism (?), Syrian Horrors : There are 4 items with 4 dotted links today: Item 1 has more news about the NSA hack that was announced yesterday; item 2 is a review of an article by Matt Taibbi who argues that the American press is mostly dead, in the sense that the mainstream media have been transformed into propaganda outlets rather than (more or less) objective reporters; item 3 is about "the obviousness of socialism", and while I liked the article, I also needed to make quite a few qualifications; and item 4 is about the situation in Syria, which is dire to horrible for many millions of Syrians.

  • Aug 17: Crisis: Apple's C(r)ook, On Trumpism, Turkey Explained, NSA Hacked (?) : There are 4 items with 4 dotted links today: Item 1 is about the crooked approach Apple's Tim Cook has about paying taxes: The infrastructure of the USA is going to pieces because large firms refuse to pay taxes (and can do so using the extremely weak tax laws for corporations); item 2 is an interesting article about the backgrounds of Trump; item 3 clarifies what happens in Turkey (I think); and item 4 is about the hacking  of what seems to be either a partner of the NSA or the NSA itself and also gives some information of what the NSA can do to hack almost anyone's computer: Very much.
     
  • Aug 16: Crisis: Con vs. con, On Lewis Powell Jr., CIA Censorship, Clinton Turning Right (?) : This is a crisis log. There are 4 items with 4 dotted links: Item 1 is by Chris Hedges and is a repeat of June 20, with a repeat of my review of it from that day; item 2 is a fine article on Lewis Powell Jr. who must be seen as the main organizer of the rich right, that mostly triumphed from Reagan onwards, also with help by Bill Clinton and Barack Obama; item 3 is a fine article that shows that "the courts" in Guantánamo (at least) are fed and denied information by the CIA, and are not independent at all (as they should be, in a real state of law); and item 4 is about some consequences of Trump's attributed loss of the elections, which I think are a little too pessimistic (!).

  • Aug 15: Crisis: Trump's Nemesis, Trump's Damage, Clinton's Presidency : This is a crisis log. There are 3 items with 3 dotted links: Item 1 is about the making of Donald Trump, by "a journalistic nemesis"; item 2 is about the real dangers that a Trump presidency would entail (I like it, and this is the most important item of today); while item 3 is about an article by Robert Reich (who is too optimistic, I think).

  • Aug 14: Crisis: Money, Congress, Pentagon 1, Germany, Pentagon 2 : This is a crisis log. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about the role of money in politics, which is denied or not discussed by most "social scientists" (who act as if they don't know anything about advertising); item 2 is about an article by Ralph Nader on Congress; item 3 is about the Pentagon's being quite dishonest about the numbers of troops (and see item 5); item 4 is about a Spiegel article about "the German response to terror" (which I again didn't like much - and I mean the article, mostly) and item 5 is about the Pentagon's administrative capacities: In the last 20 years they just missed a mere 6,500,000,000,000 dollars ($6,5 trillion).

  • Aug 13: Crisis: Arab World, Sanders & TPP, Climate Science, Postmodernism : This is a crisis log. There are 4 items with 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about a long article that appeared in the New York Times: I saw it, but did not read all of, for reasons I explain; item 2 is about a Bernie Sanders idea that I like; item 3 is about an article that finds some hope for the climate in windmills and batteries: I explain why I find it difficult to share the hope; and item 4 is about "post-facts", "post-truths" and postmodernisms, and while I like it that this gets discussed, I found the article so-so (and give some of my reasons, that in my case started in 1977, for then I first met postmodernists).

  • Aug 12: Crisis: FEC, Ivanka Trump, John Paulson, Marijuana, Universities : This is a crisis log. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about something an FEC commissioner did, but I think it is unlikely to succeed; item 2 is about an open letter Michael Moore wrote to Ivanka Trump (and I think Moore forgot family loyalties); item 3 is about how John Paulson made 5 billion dollars: by fraud (but he wasn't punished, of course); item 4 is about marijuana, which is kept in the hardest and most forbidden drugs classification in the USA (I think - but I have a lot of experience - because this is in the interests of the secret services); and item 5 is, in effect, about the destruction of the universities, which has happened (in Holland at least: "students" learn less than half of what I learned, in less than half the time, for fifty to a hundred times more money).

  • Aug 11: Crisis: Medical Spying, Trump & Mafia, Murder (?), Carlin, Tax Wall Street : This is a crisis log. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about how the NSA is (also) trying to get everything medical they can get, on anyone, anywhere (to the best of my knowledge); item 2 is about someone who clarifies some about Trump's connections to the Mafia and to other crooks; item 3 is about an article by Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan on the implied assassination threat by Trump; item 4 is an interesting article that is mostly by Kelly Carlin, who outlines that political correctness is (in her opinion) a mixture of leftist political ideas with fascist tactics (I like it, and would have said more about this if I had been more awake: I have been faced by political correctness since 1977, and I mostly agree); while item 5 is about an idea of Robert Reich to get more tax money (that I agree with, but that will be much opposed by Wall Street).

  • Aug 10: Crisis: Brazil, USA's Economic Elite, Think Tanks, Dirtier Campaign, Kissinger : This is a crisis log. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article by Glenn Greenwald on something Bernie Sanders did for Brazil (and this is a good article); item 2 is about a very good article by Paul Street about the real holders of power in the USA (the economic elite, much rather than the leading politicians); item 3 is about think tanks, which in fact are public relations for specific positions that are supported by rich donors; item 4 is a warning - probably correct - that the campaign of (especially) Trump will get a lot uglier than it is; and item 5 is about Kissinger's support for the mass murders in Argentina, between 1976 and 1983.

  • Aug 9: Crisis: Fascism, Assange*2, National Security, Sovereignty, Trump Is Mad : This is a crisis log. There are 6 items with 6 dotted links: Item 1 is a repeat of an article by Chris Hedges (who is on holiday), which is mirrored by a repeat of my review; item 2 and item 3 are about some general opinions of Julian Assange (and I agree and somewhat disagree); item 4 is about an excellent letter by 50 U.S. security officials and others, who denounce Trump; item 5 is about Reich about Trump (I don't wholly agree, but this is again an important reason to vote for Clinton, dislikable as she is); while item 6 is about a crazy idea of Patrick Kennedy, who wants to prevent anyone (including medics and psychologists) calling anyone (possibly especially) Donald Trump mad, apparently because he has crazy ideas about political correctness: Kevin Drum's reply is quite good.

  • Aug 8: Crisis: Access, Jill Stein, Trump's Numbers, Trump's Insanity, Bill Maher : This is a crisis log. There are 5 items with 6 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article about "The Price of Access": You need to be a billionaire in the USA in order to have a fair chance of being heard by leading politicians; item 2 is about Jill Stein (whom I don't like, I decided); item 3 is about Clinton vs Trump: Yesterday it was 19 to 1 for Clinton, which is good news (but it isn't November 9 yet, when things will be decided); item 4 is about Trump's accusation that not he but the media are going crazy when they say he is crazy; and item 5 sheds some light on the last two items in the form of two recent videos with Bill Maher.

    Later today: I uploaded the latest version of Part I of my autobiography.


  • Aug 7: Crisis: Pentagon, Chomsky, Trump's Dangers, Voting, ACLU, "New Deal" :  This is a crisis log. There are 4 items with 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about how the Pentagon now - effectively - researches all Americans and everybody else as if they are terrorists; item 2 is about Chomsky's reasons to vote for "the lesser evil presidential candidate" (and I quite agree); item 3 is about a warning by 5 American top spies (!!) who are against a Trump presidency (and their arguments are good); item 4 is about how easy it is to crack the present American voting machines; item 5 is about the secret drone playbook (that is now "revealed", except that it doesn't answer many questions); while item 6 is about the "New Deal" (in an argument I think is a bit mistaken: we need a new deal, but it needs not be Roosevelt's, and we do not need A New Economic Model - I think).

  • Aug 6: Crisis: On Sanders & By Sanders, Datamining, "Intellectuals are Freaks" : This is a crisis log. There are 4 items with 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about Bernie Sanders (who rightly insists that Trump must be defeated) and item 2 is by Bernie Sanders, and to the same effect: I agree with both articles; item 3 is about the spying that is done by dataminers (as contrasted with secret services) and while I think these activities are as anti-democratic and authori- tarian as anything I know, I do not know how to prevent them, unfortunately; and item 4 is about a totally silly article by some postmodern quasi-intellectual whom it is impossible for me to consider seriously.

  • Aug 5: Crisis: Corbyn, Faces Recognized, Hedges vs Reich, On "Terrorism", Trump : This is a crisis log. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about Jeremy Corbyn, who launched a decent plan; item 2 is about a dangerous piece of technology introduced by Microsoft: facial expressions and emotional states can be very rapidly recognized in political rallies (I am strongly against it so long as there also is an NSA, GCHQ etc.); item 3 is in fact a repeat from July 27, because I liked the interview and my review, and the interview was repeated by Democracy Now! today; item 4 is about an analysis of the terms "terrorism" and "terrorist" and is well worth reading (but I don't think it will be widely heeded); and item 5 is about Trump's vitriolic, racist and fascist rhetoric, with an additional remark by me on an idiot who denied me the right to apply what I learned in psychology.

  • Aug 4: Crisis: Cornel West, Trump Presidency, DNC, Democrats & Super-Rich : This is a crisis log. There are 4 items with 4 dotted links (and this is a fairly tame day, in terms of what I could find): Item 1 is about Cornel West's choice for Jill Stein (with which I disagree); item 2 is about Trump's strangeness (to avoid the term madness); item 3 is about Reich on the Democratic Party: it will be led by the super-rich until Citizen's United is undone; and item 4 is about the same fact.

  • Aug 3: Crisis: U.S. Wars, Pope Francis, Economy, Exponential Growth, Trump Is Mad : This is a crisis log. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about yet another factually illegal war by the U.S.; item 2 is about Pope Francis, who indeed is considerably more radical than previous popes (which I like); item 3 is about some of the biggest economical problems of capitalism; item 4 is about a quite important and very good article that is mostly about exponential functions, but is quite well written (and without any mathematics); and item 5 is about 10 psychologists and other persons who agree that Donald Trump is mad, and should never be president of the USA.

  • Aug 2: Crisis: Scheer on Clinton, Reich, Germany & Terrorism, Economic Crash : This is a crisis log. There are 4 items with 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article on Clinton by Robert Scheer; item 2 is about an article by Robert Reich; item 3 is about a Spiegel article (that I didn't much like); and item 4 is about a Thom Hartmann article about the coming economic crash (that was also not very good).

    Also I updated the last crisis index (there are six more) that now includes January up to and including July of 2016.

  • Aug 1: Crisis: Trump's Psychopathology, Greenwald & Media, Chomsky on Computers : This is a crisis log. There are 3 items with 3 dotted links, and they differ a bit (especially the first and the third item) from ordinary crisis items: Item 1 is a long review of Trump's psychopathology, simply because I agree he is not sane while I am a psychologist who knows that such judgements are quite difficult: This time I have written out most my arguments (in a brief form); item 2 is about Glenn Greenwald on the reporting in the mass media about Trump; and item 3 is not a crisis item, but I have thought a fair amount about what computers are capable of, and so did Noam Chomsky (and I may be even more skeptical than Chomsky is).
JULY
  • Jul 31: Crisis: Assange, Demagogues, Representative Democray, Sanders, Clinton : This is a crisis log. There are 5 items with 6 dotted links: Item 1 is about Julian Assange and his recent publication of DNC emails; item 2 is about Bernstein on Trump (not bad, but also not very good); item 3 is about a fine article about the radical declines in representative democracy in the USA; item 4 is about Bernie Sanders and an interview he had on July 29 with Bill Maher which is quite good; and item 5 is a quite sensible reaction of Ralph Nader to the Democratic Convention.

  • Jul 30: Crisis: Democratic Riches, Jill Stein, Ripped Off, Trump's Character : This is a crisis log. There are 4 items with 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about how the Democratic politicians, quite like the Republican politicians, sold out completely to the rich, it seems because the vast majority of elected politicians are both major liars and eager to be corrupted; item 2 is a - to me - very disappointing interview with Jill Stein, who managed not to answer any question (and I explain myself and I advice not to vote for her at all, consequentially: better not to vote at all than to vote for Jill Stein, since this will contribute to Trump); item 3 is about American economics and the purported fact that the average American household lost over $100,000 to banks and financiers (and while I am sympathetic I am a bit skeptical); and item 4 is about Trump's character, which will not teach you anything new (if you read Nederlog regularly), but which does seem fair to me.

  • Jul 29: Crisis: Anti-semitism, Clinton & TPP, Supreme Court, Trump & DNC, Greenwald : This is a crisis log. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about quite crude anti-semitism that the sister of Sarah Silverman was exposed to, after criticizing Trump; item 2 is about Stiglitz about Trump and the TPP; item 3 is about the - important - fact that the next president probably will nominate four Supreme Court judges; item 4 is about quite a few speakers at the DNC who did strongly criticize Trump (and I selected Bloomberg from 5 more); and item 5 is about Glenn Greenwald, with whom I generally tend to agree, but who is too kind to the many stupid and ignorant Americans who may vote Trump: their stupidity and ignorance does play an important role - and maybe I can say so because I have always been poorer than the poorest Dutch, but I am quite capable of understanding Trump and his dangers.
     
  • Jul 28: Crisis: Scheer & Summers, U.S. Arms, Trump & Reagan, Smartphone Addiction : This is a crisis log. There are 4 items with 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about Robert Scheer and Larry Summers and is interesting (but the video is bad); item 2 is about why people read so little about the $70 billion annual U.S. global arms business (and I found it a bit naive); item 3 is about Trump and Reagan (but I disliked the pumped up style); and item 4 is about smartphone addiction and the vast dangers of computing, which are very real.

  • 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
    This 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 4 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 1 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 than not).

  • 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
    : This 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 "journalism".

    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 this.

  • 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). 

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