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For 2012 and before: 2014.

Index Nederlog 2015

There are changes (mostly additions) most days most weeks, sometimes quite a few, sometimes only one or two. The imporant ones are listed in this file, and are current to the date that follows.

   Last date this file was changed :  Aug 27, 2015

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        These are the additions, changes and corrections  of 2015.
       
        NB: This is part B of the summaries; part A is under the last link (January-June 2015)
       
        The index for 2015 is under the last link.

        For earlier ones see 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 , 2009, 2010,
        2011
, 2012, 2013, 2014  

        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  - MARCH - APRIL - MAY - JUNE - JULY - AUGUST

NB: This is part B of the summaries; part A is under the last link (January-June 2015).
Reason:
I did prepare summary introductions for the first half year of 2015, which are somewhat
necessary because the titles cannot be made descriptive (this would be too long), but that took
270 Kb for the first half year, that now is here.

This simply continues the first set of summaries. (You can go there and the links should work.

AUGUST
  • Aug 27: Crisis: Journalism, China, Human Rights, Women, Modern Philosophy : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about an interesting article by Glenn Greenwald on real and false journalism; item 2 is a reasonable article by Seumas Milne about China and the crisis (which lasts since 2008, and still continues, except for the rich few); item 3 is about a massive movement by governments against the non-governmental human rights groups (which is quite frightening); item 4 is about a video that draws attention to the fact that the Equal Rights Amendment, in spite of being adopted by Congress in 1972, still is not a part of U.S. law; and item 5 is an interesting bit about "Modern Philosophy" that I agree is totally uninteresting (the philosophy, not the article: that is deserved).

    And I uploaded a new version + notes of Mill's "Utilitarianism", but all that was changed are the backgrounds.


  • Aug 26: Crisis: China, Germany & GMO, Western Democracies, Fascism, MS and vit D :  This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about China (and brief: I will not report the speculations); item 2 is about a German move to ban genetically modified crops (and I ask about the TPP); item 3 is about an article by Paul Craig Roberts that argues the USA is on the way to extinction; item 4 is about an article by John Whitehead that the USA is on the way to fascism; and item 5 is not a crisis-item: it is about a very recent discovery that specific genes + insufficient amounts of vitamin D may cause multiple sclerosis. (It is here because my disease - M.E. - is also unexplained, as is M.S., and seems related to it: Thus, both are probably auto-immune diseases.)
  • Aug 25: Crisis: Digital surveillance, China, Ashley Madison & privacy, Climate Change, me+M.E. :  This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about the new UN privacy chief (I am not very optimistic); item 2 is about the Chinese stock market failing (but I decided to report facts, but not speculations); item 3 is about another article by Glenn Greenwald about Ashley Madison and privacy; item 4 is about an article from December 2014 about Naomi Klein's last book, that I then missed; and item 5 is the monthly report on me+M.E.: I am still down after doing too much in the beginning of May (!), but it may be picking up again, although that is far from certain.

  • Aug 24: Crisis: Global Markets, China, "Employers", Pope & Planet, Maher on Greed :  This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about a considerable collapse in China's economy, that is now being followed by considerable troubles in the rest of the (financial) world; item 2 is about a decent explanation of the collapse and the troubles in The Guardian; item 3 is about an article by Robert Reich on having to work all the time, and loosing all one's workers' benefits since one now has been reclassified as an employer who rents out himself; item 4 is about the latest encyclical letter of the pope, which indeed is special (though I am quite doubtful it will succeed); and item 5 is about an item by Bill Maher on greed, "sharing" and the economy: Now that most everyone who is working in the USA is an employer who shares in all the costs, it should be pointed out that the one thing the 90% does not and will not get a share in: the profits of the firms who employ these "employers".
            
  • Aug 23: Crisis: Orwell, Corbyn Supported, "Free Trade", Deliberate Deception, Chronic Pain :  This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about - what I think are - very frightening existing possibilities that big corporations are using to track their staffs, preferably 24 hours a day, and in everything; item 2 is about support given by 40 economists to Jeremy Corbyn's economical plans (not radical nor revolutionary); item 3 is about the lie of "free trade", that very much limited any real growth of U.S. incomes of the 90% while very much increasing the incomes of the rich 1% (and it shows that until Reagan there was 190 years of growth of incomes for both American groups, with few exceptions); item 4 is about how the German government deceived the German people about the NSA (and does so till this day); and item 5 is of interest only for people with M.E., Fibromyalgia, or chronic pain, but since I have been diagnosed as having all, since 1989 (!), I do pay attention to it, since there also are others who are ill like me, who do read my site.
           
  • Aug 22: Crisis: Spyware, CIA Tortures, Adultery, Shell & Obama, Holocaust, Economic Crisis :  This is a crisis blog. There are 6 items with 6 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article that explains how spyware is used in South America; item 2 is about what is known (some) and is not known (a lot) about the American partially released torture report; item 3 is a bit more about the Ashley Madison hack; item 4 is about Shell and Obama (but I didn't like the article much); item 5 is about holocaust survivors (with a bit by me because my father survived 4 German concentration camps as a political prisoner, and I know rather a lot about the subject); and item 6 is about the crisis: there are now considerable disturbances and falls worldwide, since China devalued its yuan (three times in three days).

    Also, the crisis index is now updated till to today.


  • Aug 21: Crisis: Anonymous (?), US Court, Greek Elections, MI5 and Communists, Sanders :  This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about something that the Ashley Madison hack revealed about many persons; item 2 is about a quite incorrect judgement of an American appellate court; item 3 is about Greece: There will be elections in 30 days; item 4 is about how MI5 operated in the past; and item 5 is a nice answer of Bernie Sanders, that I quote because it is sensible.
              
  • Aug 20: Crisis: Corbyn's Popularity, Pentagon, Bernie, Greece For Sale, Federal Debt :  This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about Jeremy Corby on The Guardian, and explains why he may be winning in the Labour Party, always apart from the Blairites who currently command it; item 2 is about the new Pentagon Manual that seems to make journalists who disagree with the Pentagon the equivalents of spies; item 3 is about Bernie Sanders, who keeps drawing large masses and getting closer and closer to Hillary Clinton; item 4 is about what Wolfgang Schäuble and others really seem to be after: buying up Greece for almost nothing; and item 5 is about a possibility to get rid of the enormous American debt.

  • Aug 19:  Crisis: Money in Politics, Corbyn, Klein, Amazing Chart, The Death of Culture  : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about an interesting article on The Intercept, that is assembling quotes from politicians who protested against the enormous influence money currently has on American politics; item 2 is about George Monbiot on Jeremy Corbyn, who is supported by Monbiot; item 3 is about an interview whistleblower Mark Klein gave; item 4 is about a quite stunning chart that shows the influence of money in politics: the more money politicians receive, the less money any non-rich receive, with a striking chart; and item 5 is about a recent book by Mario Vargas Llosa, who announced the death of culture or - alternatively - the replacement of real high culture by cheap low culture, also among "the intellectuals". (I agree, indeed since 1977.)  
       
  • Aug 18:  William Hazlitt: On the Pleasure of Hating : This is not a crisis blog, for there simply were too few genuine crisis items. Instead, I did something I wanted to do for a long time: I reproduce William Hazlitt's (<- Wikipedia) "On the Pleasure of Hating", with my notes.

  • Aug 17:  Crisis: Amnesty, Pentagon, Unemployed Brits, Ecuador, US Department Stores  : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article by Chris Hedges I don't quite agree with; item 2 is about an article about the Pentagon's new "Law of War Manual", that seems pretty sick to me; item 3 is about a British conservative proposal to degenerate and punish all 18-21 year olds by "dedicated job coaches" (according to The Guardian); item 4 reports Ecuador's fine and valiant criticism of the sick British government's approach to Julian Assange; and item 5 is an interesting article that outlines that the U.S. department stores' results are much worse than one would have expected in "a booming economy" with a mere "5.9% unemployment".
           
  • Aug 16:  Crisis: Great Britain, Obama * 2, NSA & ATT, Videos with Gore Vidal   : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 15 dotted links: Item 1 is about the grave injustice committed against Julian Assange by the British government; item 2 is about Obama's policy of saying one thing and doing the opposite (and not only as regards the climate); item 3 is about the gross and sadistic injustice committed by Obama and the US government against a starving prisoner who should have been released in 2009 at the latest, and who has not committed any crime; item 4 is about a fine article that documents ATT's extremely willing cooperation with the NSA since 30 years; and item 5 continues yesterday's item on Gore Vidal with my text on good political books plus 10 videos with Gore Vidal, which I thought (and think) quite interesting.

  • Aug 15:  Crisis: Jub Bush, Facebook, Greek Bail-Out, Greek Cooperation, Gore Vidal  : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about Jeb Bush's feeling "proud" that his brother - illegally, immorally - tortured people; item 2 is about Facebook's trying to dive into the presidential campaigns with targeted advertisements (though it seems as yet this is not quite possible, for lack of sufficient data or sufficient money); item 3 is about the Greek bailout, that was approved by the Greek parliament; item 4 is about a cooperative technique the Greeks are using to survive, namely alternative currencies (but as yet only on a small scale); and item 5 is a long read, that I liked, about a new book about the late Gore Vidal, who was a smart, sensible and informed man.         

  • Aug 14:  On natural philosophy, philosophy of science and psychiatry  : This is not a crisis blog, but a long essay that I originally wrote in 2011, and that I like enough to have had it several times in Nederlog (in which there are thousands of files). This is the latest version, almost wholly unchanged, but with 12 new notes. In part, this was triggered by yesterday's item on the corruption of psychiatry: These are my theoretical reasons to think psychiatry is corrupt and is not a real science (and yes: I have excellent degrees in philosophy and psychology). Intelligent people will like it (even if they disagree). There also will be no crisis blog today, simply because I couldn't find many crisis items and because nearly 100 Kb is enough for one day.

  • Aug 13: Crisis: U.S. Elections, China, Greece, Chomsky, Corruption of Psychiatry  : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about Glenn Greenwald on Obama (with me outlining a few principles); item 2 is about the third devaluation of the yuan in three days in China (and I report it, but don't know the explanation); item 3 is about the enormous power the troika gained over Greece and its economy; item 4 is about a brief video by Noam Chomsky who explains - very plausibly - that capitalism is incompatible with any real democracy (though it is compatible with voting every four years and pretending that is "democracy", even though you have zero influence); and item 5 is - once again - about psychiatry's enormous corruption.
             
  • Aug 12: Crisis: NSA-Socrates, DuPont's Toxins, China devaluates again, Assange, Privacy  : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about the NSA-Socrates that Peter Maass found thanks to Edward Snowden (and some own research) - and yes: the philosophy of the NSA seems to be postmodernism; item 2 is about DuPont and the enormous amount of chemicals that have been added the last 50-100 years to air, water, food and utensils, all with very little research and hardly any responsibility; item 3 is about another devaluation of the Chinese yuan; item 4 is about Julian Assange and the Swedes (who may try to extend Assange's misery till 2020); and item 5 is about secrecy of correspondence, which I think still exists even if it has been thoroughly raped by Bush & Cheney and the NSA.
                                  
  • Aug 11: There are two new files today: Autobiografie 1987 - Meer Jolanda : This is a Dutch file that forms part of my autobiography. And Crisis: Google to Alphabet, Greek deal (?), Nuclear Japan, Spiegel, Thomas Drake  : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about Google's becoming part of Alphabet (though the article seems mostly propaganda); item 2 is about Greece on The Guardian: it seems there is - nearly, perhaps - a bailout deal; item 3 is about Japan, where the first - of possibly 23 more - nuclear reactors has been restarted; item 4 is an article
    by the Spiegel (On Line) about a possibly major conflict between Spiegel and the German government about the NSA's spying; and item 5 is about an interesting interview The Real Network made with Thomas Drake.


  • Aug 10: Crisis: Nature's Wrath, CEO Pay, Corbyn & Banks : This is a crisis blog. There are 3 items with 3 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article by Chris Hedges.  The article is fairly philosophical/religious, and since I am a philosopher, I took some trouble over it, but you can skip it if it is too much (though I am not as pessimistic as Chris Hedges seems to be); item 2 is
    about a fine article by Robert Reich who discusses the - lately obscenely raised - payments to CEOs, and ends with a question of mine: Why not limit payments to anyone to $ 250,000 a year, seeing this would only diminish the incomes of maximally 5%?; while item 3 is about a fairly long article in which Larry Elliott - the economical editor of The Guardian - explains that only Jeremy Corbyn - of all English political leaders and want-to-be leaders - seems to understand macroeconomics.

              
  • Aug 9: Crisis: Soft Dictatorship, Public Ownership, Maher & Trump, APA on torture : This is a crisis blog. There are 4 items and 6 dotted links: Item 1 is about a good article by John Whitehead, who (also) considers the chances that the USA is moving towards fascism (of a softer kind); item 2 is about Jeremy Corbyn's stance that public ownership sometimes works, also under capitalism; item 3 is about Bill Maher, whose weekly show returned just in time to reflect on Donald Trump; while item 4 is about the APA, whose new stance on torture ("our psychologists should not be there!!") does not seem to me the best, but maybe they can't do any better.
             
  • Aug 8: Crisis: New TPP Leaks, Psychologists, Daily Show, Bernie Sanders, Merkel&Obama : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about new TPP leaks, that show how much one can trust Obama's government; item 2 is about a psychologist who saw no problem to work - for pay, in secret - for the GCHQ (and I assure the reader most Dutch psychologists would do the same, if it were kept secret); item 3 is about Jon Stewart's leaving the Daily Show, with an ending about bullshit, which I agree with (and supplement by a bit of my article on it in the Philosophical Dictionary); item 4 is about an open letter by Ralph Nader to Bernie Sanders, that contains some sound advice - it seems to me - on (not) using the word "socialist"; and item 5 is about a fairly long article on Spiegel On Line about Angela Merkel's approaches to freedom, liberty and the press: Just like Obama's government, it seems.
              
  • Aug 7: Crisis: Internet Dying, Fourth Amendment, Medical Privacy, "Free Speech" : This is a crisis blog. There are 4 items with 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article that - correctly - says the internet is dying, and I agree (and list some of my own proposals, that probably will not be followed); item 2 is about a decision of a US court that upheld the Fourth Amendment; item 3 is a not so good article about "medical privacy", which to the best of my knowledge is, in Holland at least, a thing of the past; and item 4 is about an article by Glenn Greenwald, who shows that the current Western style for free speech - you are free to say what you please, as long as you please the government - is not quite as free as the governments say it is, and I connect this with an example from "The Communist Manifesto".
            
  • Aug 6: Crisis: Revolution (?), Corbyn, Russia, Torture, 4th Amendment, TPP Dead (?) : This is a crisis blog. There are 6 items and 6 dotted links: Item 1 is about the need for a revolution to feed all, according to Paul Ehrlich (I am a bit skeptical); item 2 is about Jeremy Corbyn (but I am skeptical about the changes he wrought in case he doesn't win); item 3 is about a book about historical facts that now is forbidden in Russia because the facts clash with the "sacred" triumph of Stalin's armies over Hitler's; item 4 is about torture in the US (and I seem to be a bit more cynical than Dan Froomkin); item 5 is about a quite decent and quite correct decision by an American court about the Fourth Amendment (but I fear the Supreme Court's majority); and item 6 is about the death of the TPP, according to the chief economist of The Economist (I am a bit skeptical).
         
  • Aug 5: Crisis: Republican Deregulators, CISA Spying, Bankmanagers, Greek Shares : This is a crisis blog. There are 4 items with 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article (derived from a video that I didn't see) on The Real News with Bill Black, who explains virtually every Republican wishes to end all financial regulation; item 2 is about a new law that is proposed in the Senate that allows even more liberal spying on everything anyone does with a computer; item 3 is about how Holder's policy - that Holder already stated in 1999 - that he will not prosecute big banks or their managers, was a major step toward very large white collar crimes (still unpunished, still not prosecuted); and item 4 is a first estimate on the damages done to Greece in July, when the Greek banks were closed: Even more than was calculated.
             
  • Aug 4: Crisis: Jeremy Corbyn, The GCHQ, The Revolt in the US, Ebola : This is a crisis blog.
    There are 4 items with 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article by Owen Jones that - I think correctly - addresses the many rather sick voices (rather plentiful on The Guardian, also) that defend the neo-Tory Blairites and attack a really leftist Labour program by classifying real leftists as insane, idiotic, deluded, unhinged and ridiculous (which is in fact a series of insane, idiotic, deluded, unhinged and ridiculous attacks by the neo-Toryite profiteers from New Labour on a real and realistic leftist grassroots movement); item 2 is about a quite interesting long article by Duncan Campbell on 40 years of his investigating governmental mass spying on their own populations (especially in Great Britain and the USA); item 3 is about an article by Robert Reich about the revolt against the rich rulers; and item 4 is a rare piece of good news: there is now - or so it seems at least - a quite effective and apparently safe vaccine that prevents the spreading of Ebola.
        
  • Aug 3: Crisis: Farming, Greek Coup, Postcapitalism (?), Basic Income : This is a crisis blog.
    There are 4 items with 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article by Chris Hedges on farming (and I do have a diploma that qualified me as a cattle-farmer, in Norway, so I felt a bit more addressed than many); item 2 is about a very fine article by Ellen Brown on what is wrong with modern banking; item 3 is about an article on The Guardian that criticizes an article of Paul Mason that I earlier reviewed, also critically; and item 4 is about an article about an English economist, who favors Thomas Paine's basic income, which does seem a sound idea to me.

  • Aug 2: Crisis: Gore Vidal, Orwellian Twitter, Liberal Radicals, Jimmy Carter : This is a crisis blog. There are 4 items with 7 dotted links: Item 1 is triggered by an article about a documentary about Vidal and Buckley, that I use to draw attention to Gore Vidal, who had a clear mind, a fine style, and a lot of relevant knowledge; item 2 is about the Orwellian Twitter (I am sorry, but it sounds extremely stupid: as if an e-mail service that limits its users to 140 characters - that is all it is - is a force for innovation rather than for merely being massively stupid and proud of it); item 3 is about a thesis to the effect that elections don't seem to matter for (pseudo-)radical 72-year old professors; while item 4 is about a decent article about Jimmy Carter, who sees little good in the modern political U.S. (indeed apart from the chances of corrupt politicians getting mega-rich because they valiantly defend the interests of the big corporations).       

  • Aug 1: Crisis:  Julian  Assange,  Krugman on China,  Trump  & U.S. Education : This is a crisis blog. here are 3 items with 3 dotted links: Item 1 is about a good article by John Pilger about Julian Assange; item 2 is about an article by Krugman about China; and item 3 is nominally about what makes Donald Trump so popular, but really is here because it lists a few facts about education in the U.S.A.

    There also is a longer file from earlier today -
    Autobiografie 1986 - Jolanda - but that is a Dutch file in the series that sketches my autobiography. This one sketches my life in 1986.
JULY
  • Jul 31: Crisis: Spy Bill, Obama vs encryption, APA problems, Bernie Sanders : This is a crisis blog. There are 4 items with 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about yet another bill meant to let the NSA know everything about anyone; item 2 is about Obama and his war on encryption; item 3 is about the American Psychological Association that - unlike other similar professional organizations - embraced the Pentagon and the torturing of prisoners; and item 4 is on Bernie Sanders, and is here mostly because I like Sanders (and I don't see why anyone who reads his program and is not mega-rich cannot support him, in most things: it is not as if there are many honest, credible, and competent competitors).
                   
  • Jul 30: Crisis: European Democracy, Big Money, Obama vs  Snowden : This is a - brief - crisis blog, with 3 items, with 3 dotted links: In item 1, that is on "democracy in Europe" I calculate for you how "democratic" the US and the EU are; item 2 is about the US elections (and is in fact a piece of propaganda for Bernie Sanders, which I like); and item 3 is about Obama vs Snowden.
     
  • Jul 28: NSA will destroy millions of American calling records (?) : I have said yesterday that there is a pause in the crisis series, but that I will continue to write Nederlogs. And this is in support of these statements: I did select an item about the NSA, that is item 1 below, while item 2 is a brief reflection on the freedom that I gained.

  • Jul 27: A PAUSE (mostly) + an announcement : This is not a crisis blog. In fact, this announces
    a pause, for the time being, in the crisis series, simply because this is too much to combine for me with the - boring but necessary - work I am also supposed to do to get my pension. It also announces that Nederlog will continue, but a bit less regularly, and without daily crisis updates, though Nederlog also will analyse the crisis (fairly soon. very probably in several parts), while I today quote just one article from The Guardian (about Joseph Stiglitz, who correctly argues the "leftist" parties are no longer leftist, and have not been - properly, honestly, clearly - leftist for some 25 years now).

  • Jul 26: Crisis: Greece, Corbyn, Sanders, Cannabis, Hume, me+M.E.  : This is a crisis blog. There are 6 items with 8 dotted links, but not all are crisis items: item 1 is about the Greek bailout; item 2 is about the only credible British Labour candidate I know, namely Jeremy Corbyn; item 3 is about the only credible potential U.S. presidential candidate I know, Bernie Sanders; item 4 is about a recent cannabis petition that sounds a lot like the British Wootton report of 1969 (!); item 5 is not a crisis item but is about yesterday's upload of around 2 MB of Hume's Book I of his "Treatise of Human Nature", plus my nearly equally long comments on that (which is my first major upload in the philosophy section since 2012 or before); and item 6 also is not a crisis item, but outlines the supplements I took the last month (that again was not good: I very probably did too much in the beginning of May, and I am still not over it).
             
  • Jul 25:  Crisis: Ugly Germany, Beppe Grillo, Trumpifying, Medicare, Eric Holder : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: item 1 is about an article on the great extent of German rightist and neo-nazi attacks on immigrants in Germany; item 2 is about an article about Beppe Grillo and his proposal to nationalize the Italian banks; item 3 is about an article that explains how Trump trumpified the American elections (even more); item 4 is about Robert Reich explaining why Medicare is the solution, not the problem; and item 5 is about an article that discusses the corrupt fraud Holder's legacy.

    And I also uploaded all of Book I (from three in all) of Hume's "A Treatise Of Human Nature" with my Notes to the Hume-section in my philosophy-section.

           
  • Jul 24:  Crisis: Eric Holder, Food Labelling, Beppe Grillo, Responsibility of Intellectuals  : This is a crisis blog. There are 4 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about Eric Holder, who was a corrupt fraud as attorney general, and who now is growing rich; item 2 is about a law that blocks U.D. states from requiring labelling genetically modified foods (which is a big advantage for the big corporations); item 3 is about Beppe Grillo who calls for nationalising Italian banks in response to Greece; and item 4 is about Noam Chomsky, in part about a recent video and in part about an article he published in 1966, "The Responsibility of Intellectuals".
                 
  • Jul 23: Autobiografie 1985 - deel 3 : This is a part of my autobiography, mostly in Dutch. This is the last part for 1985, that was the last good year for me, since 30 years. Next: Crisis: Greece *2, Bernie Sanders, Progressives, Arctic Drilling : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: item 1 is about an article by Don Quijones about Greece, that I thought too radical, but that I recommend reading; item 2 is also about Greece, on The Guardian, and that is a whole lot less radical (but correct in saying three quarters of the Greek parliamentarians supported the government); item 3 is about an article about Bernie Sanders that I did not like much; item 4 is about Robert Reich, who is right in principle (but unclear how this is going to be done); and item 5 is about Obama's decision to allow Royal Dutch Shell to drill in the arctic.

  • Jul 22: Crisis: Snowden & Internet, Greek 'Betrayal', NYT still dishonest, Dodd-Frank  : This is a crisis blog. There are 4 items with 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about a recent appearance of Snowden (and sort of reiterates my pleas for two different internets of 2009: an open source private and personal one, and a closed source non-private commercial one); item 2 is about an interview with John Pilger, who takes a stronger position about the Greeks than I do; item 3 is about an article by Glenn Greenwald, who points out that the NYT is still lying a lot (by blandly reiterating the untested claims of anonymous government bureaucrats); and item 4 is about how, five years after the bill was passed, the Dodd-Frank law, that attempted to restrict the banks, still is not fully implemented.

  • Jul 21: Crisis: Hedges, "Human Resources", Assange on Spiegel, "Internment camps" : This is a crisis blog. There are 4 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article of Chris Hedges on his teacher (with a disagreement about my sincerity); item 2 is a good article about how "human resources" in many corporations spy on their employees; item 3 is about a good interview with Julian Assange; and item 4 is about general Clark's desire to lock up dissenters from the US government in camps.
             
  • Jul 20: On Politics : This is an essay I wrote over 32 years ago that I still like. I have had it before in Nederlog, but I repeat it because I like it and because it is quite original. There also are some
    personal remarks of today at the end, which you may skip, but I do recommend that you read the essay. Also, I did not have the time to also write a crisis file today.

  • Jul 19: Crisis: Labour Party, Stanford Experiment, Warren, NYT on Sanders, Clinton : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 6 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article on The Guardian that says - correctly, I presume - that the British Labour Party is defunct and merely spamming; item 2 is (in fact) about a recent film that is about the Stanford Prison Experiment, which was interesting; item 3 is about senator Warren's support for a legal challenge against revolving doors (which I think will fail, but OK); item 4 is about a good article about the fundamental dishonesty of the NYT as regards Bernie Sanders; and item 5 is about Bill Clinton who now adds to the $ 104 million he has received since 2001 for his speeches, by speeching about his apologies for his presidential mistakes. This last item has two dotted links.     
      
  • Jul 18: Crisis: On "Human Rights", On "Terrorism", Capitalism's End, Greek Debts : This is a crisis blog. There are 4 items with 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article about a decision by the English High Court (plus some by me on "human rights"); item 2 is about an article of Glenn Greenwald on "terrorism" that I don't quite agree with (also because Glenn Greenwald doesn't seem to agree with himself); item 3 is about "a long read" based on a book by Paul Mason, that seems mostly baloney to this reader; and item 4 is about an article by Robert Reich on Greek banking and Goldman Sachs, that explains things I found interesting and didn't know.

  • Jul 17: Crisis: Hacking Team, Dodd-Frank  Void,  Greece * 2, US Augean Stables : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items today with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article that explains that Tor Browsing also may not be what it seems to be to its users, notably if these users' computers have been hacked; item 2 is about an article that shows how passed laws are practised in the US: Not, if they harm the banks' profits; item 3 is about a very good article by Seumas Milne on Greece;
    item 4 is a decent article about the present situation in Greece; and item 5 is a fine article about some of the things that went very wrong in the US (I think more went very wrong than is listed in the article, but the article is good).

    Also, I brought the current crisis-index up to date.


  • Jul 16: Crisis: Criminal Banks, Greece *2, Tory Attack, Torture & Psychology, Cold War : This is a crisis blog. There are 6 items with 7 dotted links: Item 1 is about (yet) another trick the Obama administation used to guarantee that criminal banks and criminal bankmanagers are helped as much as possible; item 2 is about the Greek vote in parliament on the bailout; item 3 is about how Tory policies more and more dehumanize the poor and the ill; item 4 is about the American Psychological
    Association's deep relations to torture (which it has supported, till very recently); item 5 is again about Greece; while item 6 is relevant to the crisis, in a general way: I saw a series about the cold war that I liked, which shows that there is really not much new in the present crisis (except that there is no more Soviet Union, and that the bank managers have won in the U.S. and now also control most of the U.S. government).

             
  • Jul 15: Crisis: Privacy, Tories, Tsipras, Jay&Scheer 10/10, Hillary Clinton : This is a crisis blog.
    There are 5 items with 5 dotted links:
    Item 1 is about a good and long article that explains how you can improver your privacy; item 2 is about  an article in The Guardian on another of Cameron's sick degeneracies; item 3 is about an article that says, probably correctly, Tsipras got the least evil deal he could get; item 4 is about the last part of the 10-part series Paul Jay did on The Real News Network with Robert Scheer; and item 5 is about Robert Reich about the Glass-Seagall act and Hillary Clinton.

    And there is also this file (in Dutch):
    Autobiografie 1985 - deel 2. This is a part of my autobiography
              
  • Jul 14: Crisis: Poitras, Greek Deal, Torture, Austerity, Chart Of The Day: Still Crisis : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article that explains why Laura Poitras sued the U.S. government; item 2 is about an Editorial in The Guardian about the agreement about Greece's debts; item 3 is about American psychology and a - rare - psychologist who disagreed with the APA at a time very many psychologists found it safer to conform; item 4 is about an article on Common Dreams that discusses the agreement the Greeks have reached; and item 5 presents a nice chart that shows it still is crisis ("recession", for the more mealy mouthed) for 80 to 90% of the populations in the USA and the EU. (I said so, but it is nice to have some evidence.)
                
  • Jul 13: Crisis: All Greeks, Greek debts, Guardian, Twitter, Europe, China's Turbulence : This is a crisis blog. There are 6 items with 6 dotted links. Most are about Greece, and all reviews were written by me on Monday morning: Item 1 is about an article by Chris Hedges, about Greece (I partially agree, partially disagree); item 2 is about an article on The Guardian that was written before there was an agreement (that I also heard first on 10.00 o'clock this morning); item 3 is a review of The Guardian's view on the Greek negotiations (again from before the agreement); item 4 is about the "global anger" that expressed itself in tweets (which I am sorry but I can't take serious); item 5 is about Krugman's point of view; and item 6 is the only item not about Greece but about China, that seems to have weathered a considerable crisis in share prices that wasn't paid much attention to, given the Greek events.
                
  • Jul 12: Crisis: Torture, Jay& Scheer 9/10, $10 a day, Greece * 2 : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 files with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about the American Psychological Association and its - effective - more than ten years defense of torture and psychologists who took part in torture (but the quoted response seems mistaken and wrong to me); item 2 is about interview nr 9 in a series of 10 that Paul Jay did with Robert Scheer; item 3 is about the amount of money most people who are alive at present can dispose over (and some about the riches I receive...); item 4 is about an article by Ellen Brown on Greece, that I liked but that gives little reason to be hopeful about Greece; and item 5 is about an article by Jon Queally that tries to hold the middle between those advicing the Greeks about what they should do.
         
  • Jul 11: Crisis: Greece, APA Torturers, GCHQ, Emails, WW II : This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items: Item 1 is about Greece (but the decision seems to fall tomorrow); item 2 is about the eager and very well-paid torture doctors (Ph.D.s), who also are American psychologists, and about their American professional association, that now is in trouble; item 3 is about Amnesty International's calling for an inquiry after it turned out that the GCHQ does spy on them; item 4 is about a proposed change in American law that seeks to end the warrantless surveilance of all emails; and item 5 is not a crisis item but is my short report on The World At War, which is a long series - 23-24 hours in all - about WW II.

  • Jul 10: Crisis: Economy, Merkel, Big Oil, Spying, Capitalism, Hedges, Holder, Privacy, Comments : This is a crisis blog. There are 9 items (with brief reviews): item 1 is about a quite interesting interview with a former economic hit man; item 2 is about how the German government has been spied upon by the NSA: a lot more than previously thought; item 3 is about an article that shows the big oil corporations knew about climate change since the early 1980ies; item 4 is about the extent of internet spying: far wider and far more serious than "metadata"; item 5 is about pope Francis and unbridled capitalism; item 6 is about part 1 of an interview with Chris Hedges by The Real News Network; item 7 is about the - well-considered - amazing career of the crook Holder; item 8 is about how the private histories and sex lives of over 20 million federal workers have been stolen by the Chinese; and item 9 is about commenting, now mostly terminated, at a site I like.

  • Jul 9 : Uploading works again + Crisis materials with short reviews : In fact, this is a crisis blog, and the first somewhat normal Nederlog I wrote since 10 days. It is fairly long, and contains brief reviews of 9 articles plus 1 interview. Since these are all reviewed in one section, there are only 2 items: item 1 briefly outlines I can upload again, indeed as I did the last three years (after a re-install and a change of passwords), and item 2 contains 9 articles plus 1 interview, with brief reviews.
     
       
  • Jul 8 : No uploads, Greenwald, China, Toynbee, Encryption, Greek Crisis, Merkel, Torture :
    Here are today's items: item 1 is a (shortened) explanation on why there are no uploads; item 2 is about Tony Blair (the multi-millionaire who killed Labour, in effect); item 3 is about the Chinese stock market that is diving; item 4 is about an article by Polly Toynbee on the ravages wreaked by Cameron and Osborne; item 5 is about the - thoroughly insane - demand by the American and British spies to access encrypted data (but it may happen, eventually); item 6 is about a good interview with Richard Wolff; item 7 is about Merkel's pact with spying America (that knows everything about Merkel and her government); and item 8 is about a very good though very bitter article on the many tortures done by the Americans.

  • Jul 7 : Why no uploads (7) + Crisis Materials + Jay&Scheer 8 + Treason of Intellectuals :
    Here are today's items: item 1 is a (shortened) explanation on why there are no uploads; item 2 contains four articles with brief reviews; item 3 is a longer review of Part 8 of the interview Paul Jay did with Robert Scheer; and item 4 is a longer review of an article by Chris Hedges on "The Treason of the Intellectuals".

  • Jul 6 : Why no uploads (6) + Crisis Materials + "Corporate Capitalism"  : This is a  Nederlog of Monday July 6, 2015. Here are the items for today: item 1 is a brief statement on why there are no uploads to my site; item 2 consists of 6 articles (with links and authors etc. and today also with a few comments); item 3 is a review of Chris Hedges' "Corporate Capitalism Is the Foundation of Police Brutality and the Prison State" (I agree and disagree); and item 4 is  a brief conclusion that - again - explains why I cannot upload at present. (I hope this will be undone - made OK again - between July 6 and July 13. And it is cooler today, and this will help.)

  • Jul 5 : Why no uploads (5) + Crisis Materials + "The World At War" + Conclusion : This is a Nederlog of Sunday July 5, 2015. Here are the items for today (and you may have read most of item 1 and item 4 already): item 1 is a brief statement on why there are no uploads to my site; item 2 consists of 6 articles (with links and authors etc. but with very little comments); item 3 is a brief bit about the series "The World At War" (that I found interesting); and item 4 is  a brief conclusion that - again - explains why I cannot upload at present. (I hope this will be undone - made OK again - between July 6 and July 13. And it will be cooler, and this will help me.)

  • Jul 4 : Why no uploads (4) + Crisis Materials + Jay&Scheer 7 + Conclusion : This is a Nederlog of Saturday July 4, 2015. Here are the items for today: item 1 is a brief statement on why there are no uploads to my site; item 2 consists of 7 articles (with links and authors etc. but with very little comments); item 3 is a link to Part 7 of the interview of Robert Scheer by Paul Jay and is being reviewed by me (I like Scheer and The Real News); and item 4 is  a brief conclusion that - again - explains why I cannot upload at present. (I hope this will be undone - made OK again - between July
    6 and July 13.)

  • Jul 3 : Why no uploads (3) + Crisis Materials + Conclusion : This is a Nederlog of Friday July 3, 2015. It is mostly like yesterday's NL, and (also) cannot be uploaded today. For more, see the previous two days (this will probably last till the next week). Here are the items for today: item 1 is a brief statement on why there are no uploads to my site; item 2 consists of 9 articles (with links and authors etc. but with very little comments); and item 3 is a brief conclusion that - again - explains why I cannot upload at present.

    There are no reviews with comments today (for it is very hot where I live, I am quite tired, and this will anyway not be read by anyone till next week, I fear). But I did upload the following Dutch item:
    Autobiografie: Mijn leven in punten (van 0 - 65) : This is in Dutch, and gives my life (till 65)
    in points.

  • Jul 2 :  Why no uploads (2) + Crisis Materials + Jay&Scheer part 6 + Conclusion : This is a Nederlog of Thursday July 2, 2015. It is mostly like yesterday's NL, and (also) cannot be uploaded today:

    This is not a normal crisis file or Nederlog because while I can write it, I can't upload it, and this also may take some days to sort out.

    Here are the items for today: item 1 is a brief statement on why there are no uploads to my site; item 2 consists of 8 articles (with links and authors etc. but with very little comments) plus 4 links to videos I found interesting; item 3 is my excerpt + comments of the sixth part of the interview that Paul Jay, from The Real News Network, made with Robert Scheer; and item 4 is a brief conclusion
    that - again - explains why I cannot upload at present.

  • Jul 1 : Why there are NO uploads on my site + Crisis materials + Jay&Scheer part 5 :

    This is not a normal crisis file or Nederlog because while I can write it, I can't upload it, and this also may take some days to sort out.

    I explain this in a little more detail in item 1. I decided to keep finding and linking crisis materials, which follow in item 2, but I also decided to comment far fewer than I did before (see item 1), because I also need time. Then again I did comment on one item, namely parts 5 of the interview Paul Jay did on The Real News with Robert Scheer, and you'll find this (eventually, when I succeed in uploading) as item 3. Item 4 is a list of conclusions for today.

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