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This file lists the changes made in
2017.
 
For summaries of 2016 and before: 2015-B, 2016-A, 2016-B

This is the index of everything that appears on the site: Index Nederlog 2017 (with access to all other Nederlog indexes)

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 :  February 23, 2017

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        The index for 2017 is under the last link.

        For earlier summaries see 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 , 2009, 2010,
        2011
, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 - A, 2015-B, 2016-A, and 2016-B.

        For earlier indexes, get any index: They're all linked there.

        Note this is a selection of the changes on this site and in Nederlog:

        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.

JANUARY  -  FEBRUARY

FEBRUARY
  • Feb 23:  Crisis: On Palantir, Helping The Police, "Fake News", Arrow's Theorem, George Carlin : This is again a normal crisis log. The reason my site has changed is explained here, but this will take time, and does not mean there will be no more crisis  items, though I expect to write more about ME/CFS because this - at looooong last indeed - finally has turned into a real disease, which I and my ex happen to have for more than 38 years, while over 90% of the medical people we saw insisted we were crazy, in spite of excellent evidence we were not. But they could not find anything and therefore they blamed us: We must be insane ("psychosomatizers") to think we were ill, for that was said about us by medical persons since April 1979, and is probably still the opinion of most Dutch medical doctors and all Dutch psychiatrists.

    In the present Nederlog there are 5 items and 7 dotted links: Item 1 is about a corporation owned by the billionaire Peter Thiel, called Palantir, that very much helps many secret services to spy in secret on everyone; item 2 is about how Facebook, Apple and Google are much helping the police to know absolutely everything about anyone arrested; item 3 is about the fake news that is spread by the fake news media that are propagandizing Western values - and that often also is not given at all because it casts doubt on Western propaganda; item 4 is about Arrow's Theorem, that I know about since the 1970ies, and that indeed is completely void, like very much of mathematical economy: it validly describes a pure fantasy world, and not the real world at all; and item 5 consist of three very fine and mostly quite true items by George Carlin.


  • Feb 22:  Crisis: Dodd-Frank, Police State, Tyranny, Constitutional Apocalypse, On Trump's Madness : This is again a normal crisis log, unlike yesterday. There are 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about Trump and Dodd-Frank, which Trump tries to kill; item 2 is about how America is becoming a police state; item 3 is about Reich on tyranny; item 4 is about a quite good article on the constitutional apocalypse that threatens, and on the "left" versus the Left (in my terms); and item 5 is about Allen Frances and The Very Great Mind Of Donald Trump, who is not mad at all, that is: according to Frances, who is a rich practitioner of pseudoscience, namely psychiatry.

  • Feb 21:  me+ME+Crisis: MAJOR CHANGES ON MY SITE : This is not a normal crisis log. It has three subjects, each with several links:

    First, Dr Mickey Nardo died on February 19, 2017. He was around 77 (I do not know
    precisely: He got pensioned in 2003. He may have been older.)

    Who was Mickey Nardo? He was: (i) a mathematician who planned a research career in medicine, and who started studying medicine, namely internal medicine and immunology; (ii) after an intermission in the Air Force, he changed his career and studied psychiatry and psychoanalysis and practiced that till somewhere in the 1980s in American universities; (iii) then also psychiatry had changed a lot through the DSM-III of 1980, and Dr Nardo got into some conflicts with Dr Nemeroff (one of the many multi-millionaires and psychiatric frauds) which stopped Dr Nardo's university work, and started his private practice in psychiatry.

    Later (after 2003) Dr Nardo found (quoted from item 2 below), with Dr Nardo writing:
    I began to read up on the psychopharmacology literature and couldnít believe what I found. I had been oblivious to the gross invasion of academic psychiatry by the pharmaceutical industry, cloistered in my psychotherapy practice. I had already been a blogger, but the more I learned, the more the blog [1boringoldman.com] turned towards the dreadful state of affairs in psychiatry.
    And this is where I found him, I think in 2012 but certainly in 2013.

    Second
    , I am - after a "mere" full 38 years of truly enormous discrimination (but not only because of my disease, though that always played the main role because it was never admitted) - at loooooooong last finally declared to be really ill.

    It is a considerable surprise to me, for I had doubted I would ever know what really ailed me, and both my ex and myself have ME/CFS since January 1979. Until now, most medics who saw us (sometimes after a brief examinations) simply concluded we are insane, that is in "medical" terms: psychosomatizers, which we are (according to them) because they could not find anything while most loved blaming the victim. ("No, no, you are not ill: I know because I am a medical doctor. What you really are is a psychosomatizer." Their more less literal words in tens of cases.)

    There is more introduction here.

  • Feb 20:  Crisis: On (American) Racism *2, Democrats & Leaking, McCain, Trump : This file is a crisis log with 5 files and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about a quite interesting article by Chris Hedges, in part about James Baldwin and about (American) racism; item 2 is also about James Baldwin; item 3 is about an interview with Glenn Greenwald about the Democratic Party and leaks; item 4 is about John McCain and Trump; and item 5 is about an article by Robert Reich about Trump.

    Incidentally, this Nederlog was - again - written while I am quite tired because I didn't sleep enough because I have pain. Ah well - see ME/CFS and also Note [3] below.
      
  • Feb 19:  Crisis: On Muslims, On Republicans *2, On Trump and the Deep State, Carlin, Snowden : This file is a crisis log with 6 files and 6 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article in The Intercept about "Muslims" which I liked; item 2 is about a more general
    feature of the present Republicans: They have the power and therefore avoid meeting the people; item 3 is about Trump and the Republicans (who serve the few rich, and not the many non-rich); item 4 is about a long and good article about the Trump cabinet and the Deep State that I liked (but it is simply too long to properly extract); item 5 is about a very good and quite funny video with George Carlin about free speech (which I am a proponent of); and item 6 is another video that is a record of a long interview
    with Edward Snowden from late 2016, which I liked (and did not see earlier).

  • Feb 18: Crisis: Trump & Fascism, One Month, Vilified Media, ResistTrump, Republican Backbones : This file is a crisis log with 6 files and 6 dotted links: Item 1 is an interesting article about Trump's cabinet; item 2 and item 3 are two different appraisals of the first month of Trump's presidency (and they agree quite a bit more than I expected); item 4 is about the reason why Trump vilifies "the media", as an authoritarian: because they don't say what he wants them to say; item 5 is about a good article by Bianca Jagger on Trump; and item 6 is a good article by Moyers and Winship on the lacking backbone of most Republicans.

  • Feb 17: Crisis: Trump Press Meltdown, Nuclear Apocalypse, Glenn Greenwald, Trump Scams : This file is a crisis log with 4 files and 6 dotted links. Item 1 is about the Trump Press Meltdown, and in fact has three dotted links; item 2 is an interesting but somewhat frightening article about the nuclear fantasies and delusions by a Trumpian that was nominated by Trump to the National Security Council; item 3 is about a fine interview with Glenn Greenwald on Democracy Now!; and item 4 is about an article on Truthdig that is OK but that I also found a little bit naive.

  • Feb 16:  Crisis: Psychiaty, Messy White House, "Russian Hacking", American Economy, Democracy This file is a crisis log with 5 files and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about Congressmember Ted Lieu, who proposed a bill that requires a psychiatrist in the White House (I don't quite agree, but my arguments are those of a psychologist, and Lieu's reasoning is mostly correct); item 2 is about Trump's dysfunctional White House (and can be seen as supporting Robert Reich's article that I reviewed yesterday); item 3 is about real evidence for a Russian interference in the USA or in Germany by Ray McGovern, and is quite good (and there is no real evidence); item 4 is a fairly brief and completely inadequate review of a long, quite good, and recommended article by David Morris about the present state of the American economy; and item 5 is a review of an article by Timithy Snyder that I like and recommend.

  • Feb 15:  Crisis: Exit Democracy, Law & Government, White House, Major Corruption, More Hudson : This file is a crisis log with 5 files and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is a quite interesting article about an American academic who specializes in fascism, and who warns that the American democracy will very soon be dead unless it is opposed by many (and I quite agree); item 2 is about an article by Glenn Greenwald about Gen. Flynn's lies, which I mostly skip: I concentrate on a few general poins about law and government; item 3 us about an article by Robert Reich about the White House, that Reich - who was Secretary of Labor under Clinton's first presidency - insists is a "mess"; item 4 is about an article on Common Dreams that - correctly, in my opinion - says Trump's gift to the oil company leaves them completely free to corrupt any foreign government; and item 5 is not a text, but is another good video with Michael Hudson, which I recommend you see.

  • Feb 14:  Crisis: Dystopia, "Civil Rights Groups", Trump & China, Trump & Loglines, Michael Hudson : This file is a crisis log with 5 files and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is a fine article on dystopia, that compares Donald Trump with some famous persons; item 2 is
    about internet neutrality (that seems to be soon finished by Trump); item 3 is about an article about Trump and China that did not start well, but is decent; item 4 is about an article that points out Trump's slogans are much like the "high concepts" and "loglines" that are used to bait audiences (and I more or less halfly agree); and item 5 is not a text, but is a video with a fine interview with a prominent economist, who happens to think quite similarly about economics as I do.

  • Feb 13:  Crisis: The Elites, Trump & CIA, On Chomsky, Obamacare, Trump's Psyche, Hedges & Taibbi : This file is a crisis log with 5 files and 6 dotted links: Item 1 is about the last article by Chris Hedges; item 2 is about a quite disappointing article about Trump and the CIA; item 3 is about a fine article about Noam Chomsky; item 4 is about a brief article by Robert Reich about the real reason Obamacare will be stopped: Very profitable to the rich; item 5 is about a fairly good psychological portrait of Trump; and item 6 is not an article but a video of Chris Hedges interviewing Matt Taibbi, that I liked.

  • Feb 12:  Crisis: On Bannon, On the TTP, Americans & Democracy, On the TISA, Ignorant Americans : This file is a crisis log with 5 files and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is mostly about Steve Bannon on the basis of an article in The Intercept; item 2 is a very good article on the TPP (I recommend you download it); item 3 is an unsatisfactory item on the present state of American democracy; item 4 is a very good article on the TISA (and again I recommend you to download it); and item 5 is a brief video item by Bill Maher, who deplores the growths of stupidity and ignorance in the USA.
      
  • Feb 11:  Crisis: Trump's Impeachment, What To Do, USA Police State, Orwell vs. Huxley : This file is a crisis log with 4 files and 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about a fairly interesting article about the support for Trump and the chances of Trump's impeachment: I think it is too early (for impeachment) but it is interesting; item 2 is about an article about the two first books about Trump that have been published, and while these books do not seem interesting, these are the first of considerably more to follow; item 3 is about three reasons why the USA may be transformed into a police state by Trump (and I disagree with one reason); and item 4 is about a book by Postman from 1985 who then believed that Huxley in 1932 saw sharper than Orwell in 1949: I read all three in or before the 1980ies, and think Postman was incorrect (and besides there is more interesting fact-based information about 2017 in 2017 than was available to novelists in the 1930ies and 1940ies, though I also agree both novelists
    are interesting and worth reading).

  • Feb 10:  Over Geestelijke Gezondheid En Gestoordheid - IV: I should start this English Nederlog by saying that I also published a large - over 175 Kb - Dutch Nederlog today that is in fact the last and fourth part of three earlier Dutch files that were published in 2013 and 2014. All four files were written around thirty years ago, in 1986 and 1987, and state my own - non-standard, trauma model - of psychiatry that I used to help my schizophrenic girlfried, who did make a Ph.D. in psychology in the end, but left me after 6 years because I could not be of further service to her. [1]

    There is an English introduction to the Dutch file in which I explain that I will try to publish all four files as one file and in a somewhat updated format, but that hasn't happened yet. And as I just said, the text of the files are all in Dutch and they are published now because I - still - think they are sensible, although they are 30 years old.

    Crisis: Democratic Failures, Advertising, Trump & Truth, Ban Illegal, The Trump Era : This file is a crisis log with 5 files and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about a Glenn Greenwald article about the failures of the Democrats; item 2 is about a - quite possibly quite intentional - abuse by Kellyanne Conway of the laws that forbid her to do any advertising; item 3 is about "fake news" but makes the mistake of not saying clearly enough that "fake news" and "alternative facts" are both plain lies; item 4 is about the fact that the appeals court sided with a lower court and was unanimously against Trump's ban; and item 5 is about an article by Tom Engelhardt that is correct about Trump (we have only seen three weeks of Trump's presidency) but that I found a bit misleading in not mentioning the media plus the dumbness of many of the American voters as important factors in Trump's rise.

  • Feb 9:  Crisis: Catharsis (?!); ACLU; Deregulations; Democracy And Ethics; Neoliberal Capitalism As Myth : This is a crisis log with 5 files and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about a myth than many "leftists" and leftists embrace now: That Trump's presidency will start the rise of the left (and I agree with Lofgren: no, not necessarily so at all); item 2 is about  a court case of the ACLU against Trump's bullshit that the courts must follow the president; item 3 is about another suit against Trump's - utterly crazy deregulating - rule that every new law should be accompanied by two deregulated old laws; item 4 is about the relation between democracy and ethics and points out that Trump's lies are no basis for a real democracy; and item 5 is about the myths of "neoliberal capitalism", and is quite good.

  • Feb 8:  Crisis: Trump's Foreign Policy, Resisting Trump, Corporate State, Democracy, Dark Money : This is a crisis log with 5 files and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about an interview with a Harvard professor who says that Trump already has blown it on foreign policy; item 2 is about an article by Robert Reich that explains that the judiciary, the press and the states are "the last bastions of resistance" against Trump; item 3 is about an article by Steven Rosenfeld who argues - correctly, in my view - that Trump is building a corporate state (for the multi-national corporations); item 4 is about an article in Spiegel by the its chief-editor, that this time is good; and item 5 is about an article by George Monbiot, that is again about Trump's building a corporate state for the rich.

  • Feb 7:  Crisis: Trump's Unknown Terrorist Attacks; Trump, Stalin and Science, Trump and Bannon : This is a crisis log with 3 files and 3 dotted links: Item 1 is about a thoroughly crazy idea of Trump: The media - everywhere, any - are not reporting
    terrorist attacks (like 9/11!) although (according to Trump) they are "rampant across Europe"; item 2 is about Trump's anti-science stances; and item 3 is about Spiegel, that identified Trump as an autocrat (I more or less agree, but found the article again pretty weak). O, in case you say that three articles isn't much: I agree but I simply couldn't find more today that I wish to review [1] (and meanwhile wrote at least 1484 articles on the crisis).


  • Feb 6:  Crisis: On The USA, Trump Dictator, USA & Propaganda, Sanders On Trump, Europe In Spiegel : This is a crisis log with 5 files and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article by Chris Hedges about Trump's ends and also about the chances of the opposition; item 2 is about whether Trump is aiming at becoming a dictator; item 3 is about how the US believes in impossible things (and gives me an occasion to repeat my definition of "propaganda"); item 4 is about Bernie Sanders who called Trump "a fraud", quite correctly (in my view); and item 5 is about an article in Spiegel that warns against Trump as "a dangerous president" - which he is, although I disbelieve that the editor of Spiegel feels "pain" writing that Trump is a pathological liar: if he has done anything the last year, he knows Trump is (because of the statements that Trump made that were checked, 70% was false, all year round).

  • Feb 5:  Crisis: FBI's Control, Populism, Warren, National Security, Frances On Trump : This is a crisis log with 5 files and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about the FBI, that us compiling watchlists on extremely many Americans (in secret); item 2 is about an - I think - far too optimistic article about the Democratic Party and populism; item 3 is about Elizabeth Warren, who also does not honestly face the Democratic Party's corruption since Bill Clinton; item 4 is about a not very good article about Trump (I agree mostly with the writer's values, but these are personal); and item 5 is a fairly mad article that seeks to prove that Trump is not insane, but that is - as stated in this article - bullshit.

  • Feb 4:  Crisis: Trump & Wall Street, Power Elite, "Sociopathy", Militarized USA, Carlin On Bullshit : This is a crisis log with 5 files and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is a fine article - except for 10 Tweets, which I decided to wholly skip because I am not an idiot who communicates at a maximum of 140 characters - about a vast increase in the probability of another crisis; item 2 is an interesting article about "the Washington Power Elite" (although it is vague about who they are); item 3 is about another attempt to diagnose Trump with the DSM, which this time is mostly rejected by this psychologist; item 4 is about a decent article about a vastly militarized America (that - therefore - probably will go to war); and item 5 is a bit by George Carlin, because I like him a lot, and the present bit, on bullshit, seems to be almost wholly literally true (and the bullshit is produced and spread by everyone, including "the people").
     
  • Feb 3:  Crisis: Nazis & Trump, Resistance, The "Democrats", What End, Coup d'Etat : This is a crisis log with 5 files and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about a remarkable parallel between Trump's anti-Muslim policies and the Nazis anti-Jewish policies; item 2 is about what is in fact the common them of this and the next three reviews: What to do about Trump?; item 3 gives some interesting and disappointing facts about the "Democrats" (they have no backbone when this is unstrenghtened by liberal financial donations, or so it seems); item 4 asks a very good question, namely what the anti-Trumpians are for (and I know what I am for, but far fewer of America's leftists and "leftists" have clear and informed ideas about politics - it seems to me); and item 5 is about an article by Ralph Nader that is good (and not optimistic).
     
  • Feb 2:  Crisis: Trump's USA, On Reality, Bannon, Reuters, Creepy Trump, Philosophers : This is a crisis log with 6 files and 7 dotted links: Item 1 is about a very fine video by Chris Hedges who interviews Allan Nairn; item 2 is about an interesting article by Sarah Jaffe, except that she uses terms to describe the media ("objective press" is one of them) I haven't seen in the media in 30 years or so; item 3 is about an article and interview by Amy Goodman on Stephen Bannon; item 4 is about an interesting small article by the chief editor of Reuters on how to cover Trump and his government; item 5 is about a very fine article by Bill Moyers and Michael Winship; and item 6 is an article about "public intellectuals", though it is in fact mostly about British philosophers, and I don't quite agree with it (and this last item also is not a crisis item).

  • Feb 1:  Explanations of the renewal of my site : This is an explanation of why I have today changed my sites because it has turned out that since the end of 2015:

    • I do not get any (decent, credible) information anymore about either of my sites (one in Denmark, one in Holland, both copies of each other) in spite of the fact that both sites are over 500 MB and are present resp. 20 and 12 years, and
    • both sites, quite unpredictably, (i) do not properly upload anymore, which makes it impossible or very difficult for naive users to find my most recent Nederlogs (and getting there may require very many reloads, which almost nobody will even try);
    • I think the reason for this maltreatment is my criticism of spying by means of any computer connected to the internet, including cellphones, indeed because
    • doing the normal thing - uploading my site properly - worked quite OK from resp. from 1996 till the end of 2015 in Holland, and from 2004 till the end of 2015 in Denmark, and should be extremely easy for any decent provider,
    • but it does not happen, and indeed happened more often not good (and in such a way that hardly anybody can find anything but the index - that may be a long time behind (for it is uploaded every day, and is dated always on the last upload, which is almost always today's date)
and I am sick of it. This is an experiment, and we shall see what happens.

There is also this file today:
Crisis: Secret Docs, Trump's Government, Trump Above Law *2, Rightwing Power Grab: This is a crisis log with 5 files and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about a very interesting collections of secret documents about the FBI; item 2 is about how Trump may have split the government into warring factions; item 3 is about what two Watergate veterans think about Trump: Just like Nixon he thinks he is above the law; item 4 continues the previous item; and item 5 is about the right-wing power grab that is happening inside the USA's present government. 
JANUARY
  • Jan 31: Crisis: The crisis index for 2017 : This is a crisis log file that gives the index of the crisis files for 2017. The one for 2016 is under the last link (and there are more there). Basically, this is a way of keeping a survey of the crisis files, which is necessary, because I wrote over 1450 of them since September 1, 2008. (And I think they are quite good, and am meanwhile pretty certain there is nothing else like it.)

    Next, there is also this:
    Crisis: Goldman Sachs Effect, Trump & Bannon, Statisticians, Trump's Ban : This is a crisis log with 4 items and 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about a fine article by Nomi Prins on the mega-thieves and mega-frauds of Goldman Sachs; item 2 is an article by Robert Reich on Trump and Bannon; item 3 is a quite interesting article on statisticians' fears that the Trumpian government will manipulate the figures it puts out ("alternative figures"?) to fit its own narratives; and item 4 is about the last Trumpian effort: denying refugees and muslims from seven countries entry into the USA.

  • Jan 30: Crisis: Psychosis, Silicon Valley, Trump's Removals + Trials, A Lie = ..., Hannah Arendt : This is a crisis log with 6 items and 6 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article by Chris Hedges; item 2 is about an article that explains Silicon Valley does not protest against Trump; item 3 is about Trump's getting rid of the National Security Council and the Joint Chiefs of Staff; item 4 is about Trump's court cases: 1 in every 2.5 days for about 25 years; item 5 is about when to call something a lie; and item 6 is about Hannah Arendt, with whom I do not quite agree.

  • Jan 29: Crisis: On Orwell, The Media, Trump's Demolitions, Fascism, On My Sites : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 4 dotted links: Item 1 is an odd piece about "1984", which I didn't like; item 2 is about a decent article about Trump's backing of Bannon's war with the press; item 3 is about a good article by Bill Moyers about Trump's demolitions; item 4 is about a good article by Peter Wout about fascism in the USA; and item 5 has no link and is about my - considerable and persistent - problems with both of my sites in 2016, with a possible solution (that I don't like but probably will soon be forced to).  

  • Jan 28: Crisis: On The Media, Torturing People, Chomsky, Gorbachev On War, On Trump : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about an interview by Amy Goodman about Steve Bannon (who thinks that "[t]he media here is the opposition party. They donít understand this country. They still do not understand why Donald Trump is the president of the United States."); item 2 is about Trump's explicit personal support for torturing people, which is a crime against humanity; item 3 is about a good interview with Noam Chomsky; item 4 is about a good article on Gorbachev (who warns - correctly in my view - for war); while item 5 is about an article by Robert Paul Wolff about Trump, that I found so-so (and much less clear than the list of points I quote from the DSM 5 about the narcissistic personality disorder, which I think Trump evidently has).

  • Jan 27: Crisis: Stopping Trump, TPP, Military Cesspool, Trump's Lies, War on Facts : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about the - presently academic - question how Trump could be made to stop as president; item 2 is about Trump's stopping the TTP (and is interesting); item 3 is about how the USA very much militarized after the fall of the Soviet Union; item 4 is about Trump's extra- ordinary many lies (and was disappointing to me); and item 5 is about the war on facts from a scientist, who does not have the evidence I have and who doesn't seem to know that most academics are academics because of their salaries and not because of their deep care for science or truth.

  • Jan 26: Crisis: CIA Tortures, More Oil, Trump Imperialist, Corporate Media, TPP, On Russia : This is a crisis log with 6 items and 6 dotted links: Item 1 is about Trump's signature under much more tortures in or by the USA; item 2 is about Trump's complete disregard of all laws that contradict his desires, and he wants more oil and more pipelines; item 3 is about what Trump really is: An aggressive imperialist who is building up the military to use it (and if this becomes nuclear we are all dead); item 4 is about a quite good but very depressing article by Thom Hartmann on the corporate media, the USA, and the horrible Lewis F. Powell Jr.; item 5 is about a little dance on the TPP's grave, which I like (but there still are the equally bad or worse TTIP and TISA); and item 6 is about a good video with Chris Hedges, Abby Martin and Ben Norton about Russia and the - utterly false but widely credited - report by the secret services that blames Russia without giving ANY evidence.

  • Jan 25: Crisis: Trump's Capitalism, "Alternative Facts", Felony Charges, On Obama, Media Blackouts : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is a non-good article by Naomi Klein on Trump; item 2 is a good interview by Amy Goodman about Trump's Orwellian war with the media; item 3 is a more or less correct article on the felony charges - up to 10 years imprisonment + $25,000 fine - slapped on journalists who tried to report the facts; item 4 is about a good article by Robert Parry on Obama; and item 5 is by Lauren McCauley about Trump's media blackout of quite a few federal agencies (who have said things Trump doesn't want to see published).

  • Jan 24: Crisis: US Intelligence, TPP Dead, Protest Forbidden, Oil & Gas, Trident Failure Hidden : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about the U.S.'s intelligence freaks, who are preparing the take-over of the USA by the secret services, the government, and the very rich; item 2 is about the TPP, that has been killed by Trump (which is something I enjoy); item 3 is about an extremely dangerous development in the current USA: the shutting down of all public protest, by prosecuting it with 10 years of imprisonment ("Thou Shalt Love Trump Or Be Imprisoned"); item 4 is about Tillerson's appointment; and item 5 is about the unelected government of Great Britain, that withheld all information about its failing nuclear arms from parliament (that legally speaking is supposed to control it), before deciding itself to renew its nuclear program.

  • Jan 23: Crisis: On Revolt, Fascist Trump, Emperor Trump, Compulsive Trump, Dangerous Trump : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about a good article by Chris Hedges; item 2 is about a somewhat good article by DeVega; item 3 is a disappointing article about Trump as a Roman emperor; item 4 likewise is a quite disappointing article about diagnosing Trump (with a diagnosis that seems unique to the diagnoser, who also hardly defines it); and item 5 is a somewhat good article by Peter Dreier.

  • Jan 22: Crisis: On Trump, The Inauguration, The Press, American Carnage, Trump & Media : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about Jon Schwarz on Trump (I mostly but not fully agree); item 2 is about a long report by Amy Goodman and Nermeen Shaikh on the inauguration; item 3 is about the very worrying possibility that Trump may attempt to forbid or destroy what remains of the real free press in the USA; item 4 is about an article by William Rivers Pitt; and item 5 is about an article by Glenn Murray.

  • Jan 21: Crisis: Welcome to the NUSA! : This is a crisis log with 6 items and 6 dotted links: Item 1 is a decent article by Dan Froomkin on The Intercept; item 2 is about a brief article by Deidre Fulton; item 3 is a so-so article by Spiegel International; item 4 is about Trump's promises and Trump's practices (but includes a photograph of a protester who can't spell); item 5 is about a good article by Peter Dreier, who diagnoses Trump mostly as I do (but who doesn't know my definitions of fascism and neofascism); and item 6 is a non-crisis item about physics, though in fact this also gets a crisis interpretation by me (for I know that both science and the universities have been collapsing since the late 1970ies).

  • Jan 20: Crisis: On Obama, Trumpian "Laws", Trumpian Appointments, NYT's lies, Journalism :This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about a Democracy Now! article, mostly about Obama, that is sensible; item 2 is about the new laws that the Republicans are introducing, which means you may get killed by the police, or be put in jail for walking on the street; item 3 is about the fact that Trump at present only appointed 4% of the people he should appoint; item 4 is about a good article about how The New York Times lies a lot; and item 5 is a somewhat exaggerated bit about journalism: I agree more than not, but find quite a few bits I don't agree with.

  • Jan 19: Crisis: Snowden, Manning *2, Trump vs. CIA, Trump Not Sane (Spiegel) : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about Edward Snowden, who has been allowed to stay in Russia through 2020 (which is very good, I think); item 2 is about Jeremy Scahill on the previous decision and on the release of Manning in 2017 (which I welcome, although I am still a bit amazed); item 3 is about how important Obama's decision is for Manning's life; item 4 is about an article about Trump's fight with the CIA; and item 5 is about an article in Spiegel International that basically agrees with me (and many other psychologists and psychiatrists) that Trump is not sane.

    And there is also this file today:
    Crisis: About the crisis: A VERY fine long interview with Chris Hedges (from 2013) : This is a crisis log with just one item, that consists of seven videos comprising a long interview with Chris Hedges on The Real News that I warmly recommend.
  • Jan 18: Crisis: Manning Released, Taibbi On Trump, Pilger On Us, VIPS, Obama & Clinton  : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about the - to me rather amazing, and I admit I was mistaken about this - news that Obama released Manning; item 2 is about a good interview with Matt Taibbi; item 3 is about an article by John Pilger who - correctly in my view - blames the voters for Trump's presidency rather thatn Trump; item 4 is about a - repeated - claim by (this time) no less than 23 former intelligence officials (for the most part) who insist - correctly, I think - that there is, as yet, no evidence whatsoever for the specific claims about Russian hacking that are supposed to have given Trump the presidency; and item 5 is about Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, and shows neither was a progressive and both helped the rich very much.

  • Jan 17: Crisis: Jeremy Corbyn, Trump & Russia, Trump & Intelligence, Stasi's Powers : This is a crisis log with 4 items and 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article by Glenn Greenwald on completely insane accusations of Jeremy Corbyn; item 2 is - in fact - about Trump's utter irresponsibility; item 3 is by a former British member of the secret services about Trump vs. the US secret services (and much as I dislike the latter, I dislike Trump more); while item 4 is about the Stasi (East Germany's secret service), with a comparison of the - enormous - powers of the Stasis and the powers of the NSA: These are millions or billions times greater, and extend over absolutely everyone with a computer or cellphone.
     
  • Jan 16: Crisis: Revolting, Anti Dissent, Neuter Press Freedom, Davos Man, Modern Art : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article by Chris Hedges on revolting; item 2 is about an article on AlterNet that - correctly, I think - says that Trump wants to silence all dissent; item 3 is about the further Trumpian plan of silencing all alternative media; item 4 is about the lies of the rich; and item 5 is not a crisis item but about Modern Art (that I happen to dislike a lot, ever since I was 11).

  • Jan 15: Crisis: Attacking Trump, Obama's Qualities, Right Wing, Goldman Sachs, Hedges' Videos : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 6 dotted links: Item 1 is about one schema that seems directed towards taking Trump down as president of the USA, and it one that seems to be played by the USA's (very secretive) intelligence services; item 2 is about the qualities of Obama, which are negative: He is an insincere liar (which he does very well, with lots of charm) who speaks as if he is a "leftie" and acts and signs and regulates as if he is pro rich; item 3 is about that it can happen here (in the USA): nominating a right-wing nationalist regime; item 4 is about the real winners of the elections of 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 (at least): Goldman Sachs; and item
    5
    is not about written text but about two fine videos with Chris Hedges.

  • Jan 14: Crisis: NSA's Liberties, Trump, Era Of Bullshit, Healthcare, Trump & Secret Laws : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 6 dotted links: Item 1 is - once again - about Obama's giving vastly more permissions to spy in secret on anyone to the Trump government; item 2 is on a not so good article about Trump; item 3 is about advice of a Russian journalist about what is to be expected from Trump; item 4 is about taking healthcare from 20 to 30 million = giving each of the 400 richest people $7 million: A PERFECT Trumpian plan; and item 5 is about the dangers of secret laws, and quite correct.
     
  • Jan 13: Crisis: N.S.A., Trump's Businesses, Journalism, "News Conference", Economics : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about yet another large bit of information and freedom that was given to the supermen of the secret services (and to no one else) by Obama: nearly all data secretly stolen from every American (and all data stolen form every non-American) are now fully readable by all seventeen American secret services; item 2 is about Trump's refusal to give up his businesses as president of the USA; item 3 is about journalism under Trump's presidency; item 4 is about an article by Reich on Trump's "news conference": it was no such thing; and item 5 is about an article by an economist who argues (as I do) that economy is not a real science (though it contains bits that make sense): I agree.

  • Jan 12: Crisis: Lofgren, Greenwald, The Trump Brand, Press Conference, "Democracy" : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article by Mike Lofgren I like; item 2 is about an article by Glenn Greenwald I like; item 3 is about the fact that Trump does not give up his brand while being president of the USA; item 4 is about Trump's - fairly ridiculous - press conference; and item 5 is about how the media profit a lot from the big money that the Supreme Court allowed to enter politics.
     
  • Jan 11: Crisis: False Claims, Trump & Russia, Wall Street, Trump's Cabinet, Trump Psychologized : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article by Glenn Greenwald about (very many) false claims mainstream media publish as if it were truths; item 2 is about Trump's apparently quite strong connections to the Russian mafia: it seems he was saved by them and may be "owned" by them; item 3 is about Wall Street winning anyway because both presidential candidates are pro Wall Street, and about a coming enormous economic crisis; item 4 is about Trump's cabinet, which is an extremist corporate class of billionaires that promises major miseries for the many and more riches for the few; and item 5 is about a psychologist's "unified theory" about Trump, which this psychologist does not agree with, simply because I think Trump is an evident megalomaniac, whereas the writer thinks he is a sadist, and there are far more psychologists and psychiatrists who think the former, and few who think the latter.
     
  • Jan 10: Crisis: USA Declining, Streep, No Vetting, Fisk On Lies, Davies On Mainstream Media : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is an article about how the USA is declining to a banana republic as Trump nominates his family to important government posts; item 2 is about Meryl Streep's speech and Trump's (predictable and indeed predicted) response (and Streep is too optimistic about "the press"); item 3 is about the major lacks in vetting Trump's candidates (which - I take it - Trump does not consider necessary: he doesn't care if his ministers are corrupt); item 4 is about an article about "post-truth" and the lies of the mainstream media; and item 5 is likewise concerned, and is also about the "social media".

  • Jan 9: Crisis: Fear, "Russian Hacking", Trump's Tweets, Billionaires, American Crisis : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about Chris Hedges weekly column on Truthdig. This time it is about Solzhenitsyn and Niebuhr. I mostly agree, but not quite (in part because my father and grandfather were special, and not normal). Item 2 is also by Chris Hedges, and gives his ideas about the real purpose of the continued insistence that "the Russians hacked the American elections" (and again I mostly agree); item 3 is about an article by Robert Reich that is partially mistaken (in my opinion); item 4 is about the many very rich billionaires Trump nominated to his cabinet and is quite good; and item 5 is about an article that may be better in intentions than in fact (for I think it is a bit exaggerated).

  • Jan 8: Crisis: NSA's Hacking, Election-Rigging, Impeach Trump, Media's Failures, Gitlin : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is a review of an article by Juan Cole, with some radical conclusions of my own; item 2 is about how quite definite and interesting news about the American elections are ignored; item 3 is about impeaching Trump (I agree in principle: the sooner we're rid of that nut the better for everyone); item 4 is about the media, and not bad, but the writer doesn't seem to see that the American media are corrupt for quite a while; and item 5 is about Todd Gitlin, who is going to investigate "the media", but who (also) seems not well-informed that they have been quite corrupt for quite a while already.

    And I removed very many automatically generated references to Zim in my Nederlog files for 2013 (in fact in 126 files). There are some more in 2014, 2015 and 2016, but happily I have already removed most of them: This will happen the next few days (and I will very probably give up Zim).

  • Jan 7: Crisis: Glenn Greenwald *2, "Russian Hacking", Trump's Voters, New World Order : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 and item 2 are (again) reviews of interviews with Glenn Greenwald on Democracy Now!; item 3 is a reiteration of Binney"s and McGovern's (very expert) opinions that the asserted Russian hacking that is supposed to have given the elections to Trump did not happen (for lack of NSA evidence that would have been there had it really happened); item 4 is about an article by DeVega which I found disappointing; and item 5 is a brief review of a fairly long interview with Noam Chomsky.

  • Jan 6: Crisis: Greenwald *2, Obama, Trump & Wall Street, Secret Armies, Political Correctness : This is a crisis log with 6 items and 6 dotted links: Item 1 and item 2 are about two interviews with Glenn Greenwald on Democracy Now!; item 3 is about an article by Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan who agree with Chomsky that Obama should pardon 11 million immigrants that Trump seeks to evict (I agree with Chomsky etc. but I don't think Obama will do it); item 4 is about Trump's many threatening legal difficulties due to his riches and also about the fact that he seems to keep (directly or indirectly) commanding his business empire while president of the USA; item 5 is about a long article that is only very partially extracted about the enormous secret armies that the president of the USA commands, and that are busy in 138 (!!) countries; and item 6 is about an article about political correctness in Spiegel International, that is around 40 years late by my own standards (for I met political correctness in 1977, in the University of Amsterdam, where it still is dominant).

    Also I uploaded a bit corrected indexes for Nederlog in all the years (2004-2017) but the changes are small.
      
  • Jan 5: Crisis: Washington Post, Trump & Wall Street *2, Electoral College, Angela Merkel : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 links: Item 1 is about an article by Glenn Greenwald on the Washington Post and its "fake news" about "fake news"; item 2 is about how Trump put together a cabinet that is very partial to the - corrupt, dishonest, extremely rich - Wall Street bankers; item 3 is about irregulaties at the Electoral College (that I expect, like many others of Trump's irregularities, will not stop him from becoming president); item 4 is about a supposed blind spot of Trump for Wall Street (I think not: I think he knows what he is doing); and item 5 is about a Spiegel article about Merkel's reactions to Trump.

    Incidentally:
    The services of both my sites are still not updated properly: This morning it was again Jan 3, 2017 on xs4all.nl and December 31, 2015 on one.com: Perhaps you should avoid them if you want good providers (but I do not know of any that is good anywhere).
     
     
  • Jan 4: Crisis: The Real USA, A Lie, Scandal-Ridden, Obama Neoliberal, 2017 Worse : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 links: Item 1 is an interesting article by Tom Engelhardt (I don't quite agree but it is good); item 2 is about Dan Rather insisting - completely correctly - that Wall Street Journal's editor Gerard Baker was lying (when he said he was "objective" in not wanting to say Trump is a liar); item 3 is about an article on Trump's corruptions and nepotisms; item 4 is a fine article on Barack Obama (whom I like as little as the writer of the article); and item 5 is about a fine although far from optimistic article about 2017, that promises to be a lot worse than 2016 was, what with the Trumpian presidency.

  • Jan 3: My two sites were finally updated, some 36 hours after I uploaded them. It is a relief (but I don't think this is the end of problems, though this was a serious one: I do want a working site that is actual).

    Next, I also uploaded my own definitions of fascism and neofascism to my Philosophical Dictionary. I think these definitions are bettter than any others that I have read (and I know a whole lot about politics, history,
    fascism and logic) and I will refer to these, though I should add that the definition of "neofascism" soon shall be extended to include its present main sign: The state's terrorists who now know everything about anyone, and who operate almost completely in secret.

    Here is today's Nederlog:
    Crisis: Noam Chomsky, Wall Street Editor, Washington Post, Tyranny, Neofascism : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 links: Item 1 is about an interview or a speech that Chomsky gave on December 5 (especially about environmental catastrophe and nuclear war); item 2 is about the strange contortions of the editor-in-chief of the Wall Street Journal, who does not seem to believe in the concept of lying if the liar is his president; item 3 is about the Washington Post and its fake news; item 4 is about 15 signs of tyranny that Robert Reich sees in Donald Trump; and item 5 is about how the neofascist Trump (I agree!) is being normalized (which is mostly inevitable, I think, at least until he is impeached).

  • Jan 2: Crisis: Crisis: Trump Thief, Expectations, On Economy, US Totalitarianism, Mark Blyth : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 links: Item 1 is on Donald Trump by Chris Hedges, and is a fine if not optimistc article (I agree); item 2 is also from Truthdig, and by seven authors, but I quote just one, and mostly agree (and no, it is far from optmistic); item 3 is about economists vs. the economy, and is also realistic and fair (and most "economists" are not economists but well-paid propagandists); item 4 is about the ever increasing totalitarian climate in the USA: Now the government has designed its own propaganda-team that is going to take down anybody who disagrees with the government (or so it seems); and item 5 is a fine video interview with one of the few economists who talk sense (and who predicted both Brexit and Trump).

    Also, since yesterday both of my sites refuse to refresh: According to the Dutch site it is still December 31, 2016 and according to the Danish one it is December 31, 2015 or alternatively December 21 2013.

    I am very sorry, but none of this is my work: I am doing as I have been doing for resp. 20 and 13 years now, in which this elementary updating went well...

    So now I am denied all statistics for any of my two sites (each of which has tenthousands of files and is around 500 MB) and both of my sites refuse to update...

    And I am telling you now, before I explode.


  • Jan 1: Nederlog 2017: Updates for the new year : The record of changes with a little about ten years of Nederlog and about planned updates (none in 2017: Not healthy enough). I prepared The  analytical index of Nederlog for 2016 and provide the link in case you want to search by subjects. There is no list of subjects, but you can search. Also the above file is the first of two: The second is here. Note that I am now denied all statistics from both of my sites. I am sorry: It is none of my doing.
     

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