1. NSA verzamelt telefoon-data van miljoenen
voor SNS Reaal - 'angstaanjagend veel geld'
4. Zijlstra: Kabinet
moet bezuinigen op zorg, uitkeringen en toeslagen
5. Digital economy work
for free - and I refuse
6. The race for what's
The Global Scamble for the World's Last Resources
7. NSA collecting phone
records of millions of Verizon customers daily
8. 6 Reasons Your Apple
Product Has Become Very Uncool
9. 'Beyond Orwellian'
10. The World Economy Is
A Ticking Timebomb
11. Chavismo: The Crack
coffee-shops hebben onnodige schade geleden door wietpas
Bestuursdienst Gemeente Amsterdam:
Advies Vergoedingrsregeling Commisies.
Well... I believe I am still somewhat paying back my walk of
but I also seem to be getting out of it.
Tonight I slept 8 hours, but did so on two sleeping pills, the second
taken when I work up after 3 hours, at 4.30.
So... it's not going too well, since I do not want to use double
sleeping pills. But since I normally go to bed with - at least - aching
legs, I more or less have to take a pill to sleep.
Anyway. After the earlier FAQs - 1999
file of today, here is another
experiment, that has been induced by finding too many things to
Today - this second time - I link in 13 files, with almost no comments,
and only a few quotations.
There also is a section 14, with a
verzamelt telefoon-data van miljoenen Amerikanen
This is Dutch, and
about the total lack of any decency of the US goverment: That the NSA
collects the telephone data of millions of Americans, is the title.
See section 7 for The Guardian's take.
voor SNS Reaal - 'angstaanjagend veel geld'
Another Dutch one: A relatively minor bank that looses nearly a
billion (a thousand million dollars). Nobody seems to do anything.
Part of how one is tricked if one is not a bankmanager,
again in Dutch. (And no: These are not "brilliant people": these are
people without a conscience.)
Kabinet moet bezuinigen op zorg, uitkeringen en toeslagen
One of the Dutch class of leading political degenerates
proposes to do yet more austerities. For the rich managers, you ask?
No, for those with minimal incomes anyway.
economy work for free - and I refuse
is the first English piece of text in this review, by Suzanne Moore.
OK... here are two of its paragraphs:
race for what's left: The Global Scamble for the World's Last Resources
The implosion of the
middle class produces instability. We cannot all be freelancers for
ever. Freelance work, like interning, is fine if you have the funds to
manage without a regular income. That is, if you are already wealthy.
But the digital economy operates as a kind of sophisticated
X Factor. Someone will make it, sure. For more than 15 seconds
even, maybe. But most won't. This is why Lanier says the internet may
destroy the middle classes, the people who can't outspend the elite.
And without that middle group, we cannot maintain a democracy.
He sees musicians and
artists and journalists as canaries in the mineshaft of this new
economy. Who will pay them? "Is this the precedent we want to follow
for our doctors and lawyers and nurses and everybody else? Because,
eventually, technology will get to everybody."
This is the review of a book of that title, by Michael
Klare. Here is one paragraph:
The case Klare
makes is dire but simple: There are no longer any essential resources
for economic expansion or survival that are abundant, accessible and
safe to obtain. The natural assets that form the core of 21st century
life include oil, gas, precious metals, rare earth minerals, land and
water—although water is covered here primarily in connection to the use
or extraction of other resources, like fracking gas from shale rock.
Geological stores will increasingly be the trump cards in international
relations—more than ideology and religion, which have been at the core
of most tension and conflicts for decades. Belief and politics will
diminish in importance as the demand and need for food, energy and the
elements that keep economic production humming increase.
He is supposed to have
done his work really well, the reviewer says.
collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers daily
This is The Guardian on the same topic as section
And the last two
The document shows for
the first time that under the Obama administration the communication
records of millions of US citizens are being collected indiscriminately
and in bulk – regardless of whether they are suspected of any
The secret Foreign
Intelligence Surveillance Court (Fisa) granted the order to the FBI on
April 25, giving the government unlimited authority to obtain the data
for a specified three-month period ending on July 19.
Under the terms of the
blanket order, the numbers of both parties on a call are handed over,
as is location data, call duration, unique identifiers, and the time
and duration of all calls. The contents of the conversation itself are
8. 6 Reasons Your
Apple Product Has Become Very Uncool
In the mid-1970s,
Congress, for the first time, investigated the surveillance activities
of the US government. Back then, the mandate of the NSA was that it
would never direct its surveillance apparatus domestically.
At the conclusion of that
investigation, Frank Church, the Democratic senator from Idaho who
chaired the investigative committee, warned: "The NSA's capability at
any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American
would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor
everything: telephone conversations, telegrams, it doesn't matter."
I merely list it, and never owned an Apple. (Three
reasons: No money. No faith. Too small.)
First paragraph, again on the NSA's heist on millions :
Outrage and rebuke
are flying after explosive news broke late Wednesday that the National
Security Agency, claiming authority under the Patriot Act and using a
secret court order, has demanded (and been receiving) millions of phone
records from Verizon which include all the company's "telephony
metadata" for all its US-based customers over a three month period.
And the fourth and fifth
As to 'Beyond Orwellian': I
quite agree. Either the leaders of the US are supermen, or they are
Breaking the story, Guardian
columnist Glenn Greenwald said the document shows "for the first time
that under the Obama administration the communication records of
millions of US citizens are being collected indiscriminately and in
bulk – regardless of whether they are suspected of any wrongdoing."
is beyond Orwellian, and it provides further evidence of the extent to
which basic democratic rights are being surrendered in secret to the
demands of unaccountable intelligence agencies." - ACLU
10. The World Economy
Is A Ticking Timebomb
This is by Richard Eskow, some of my readers may know
from TYT. Originally, it is for "Campaign for America's Future". Here
are a few paragraphs:
The Crack Up?
“Prices are driven to
silly levels,” Kay says, “but everyone makes a load of money in the
meantime, and then you get a correction.”
What is known as a
“correction” in financial parlance is better understood by most people
as a recession or depression resulting in lost jobs, wealth, health,
and security. The lords of finance have been disarmingly
frank about this money-making strategy at times.
“We actually benefit from
downturns,” JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie
reporters he had explained downturns to his seven-year-old
daughter by saying they’re “something that happens every five to seven
In case you haven’t been
counting, the last crisis occurred five years ago.
Some of my readers probably think I am a bit cynical. Well...
I do not say "NO!", though it depends much on your definition. In any
case, I have not been a believer in the Venezuelan Experiment - but
then it is far from my bed, and Chavez himself probably meant well, and
I do certainly not think better of his opponents.
Here is the last paragraph in a New York Times article - and
Mario Silva is a former presentator on TV who fled to Cuba, and about
whom you can read rather a lot more in the article:
And what of the
millions of Venezuelans who believed desperately in their comandante
over the course of fourteen years, now that the actors in this grim
play are busy trying to set each other on fire? Sustained by the income
from a record hike in oil prices, Chavista universities, neighborhood
organizations, women’s cooperatives, folk-dance associations, and local
health clinics prospered under Chávez’s gaze. The poor were suddenly
much less poor. In exchange, every time their leader called for a
rally, they put on their chavista-red t-shirts and handkerchiefs and
showed up by the thousands. They were asked to vote for a dying man and
they did so. They were asked to vote for his hapless successor and they
obeyed. Asked to believe that Chávez had visited Maduro after death in
the form of a chirping bird—a tweet from the great beyond—they did not
protest. Now they are being asked to keep the faith as their adored
leader proves impossible to replace. Meanwhile, the opposition
continues to promise that the missing half of Mario Silva’s song of woe
will be played soon.
coffee-shops hebben onnodige schade geleden door wietpas
Back to Holland and to Dutch.
Having said that, this
concerns a piece of typically Dutch "justice":
Dealing in drugs is
illegal in Holland, and always has
been, since the 1950ies. KEEPING it illegal
ONLY serves the dealers AND the mayors, aldermen and district attorneys
who protect them, for the latter have to sign
personal allowances for the
former. (Turnover: At least 10.000 million dollars
each year, only in soft drugs, since 1980, on
The criminal owners of the coffee-shops - all allied to the mayors,
aldermen and district attorneys - have now found a Dutch judge,
who may very well be a direct descendant of the utterly corrupt Dutch Nazi
Supreme Court, all of whom collaborated, none of
whom was ever prosecuted, who declared, in a legal case, that they all
are entitled to repayment by the Dutch State.
My goodness! Now the Dutch judiciary shameslessy serves the interests
drugs-criminals none of them ever had since 1980 the guts to persecute!!
Bestuursdienst Gemeente Amsterdam: Advies Vergoedingrsregeling
The item I found on Geen Stijl.
Which is to say that
those who systematically refused to answer for many years me
about drugs or my disease, each get twice my monthly
income for visiting one meeting. Actually, it is even MUCH
better than that, for these criminals, if
you read Dutch and read the pdf... everything is declared
there, up to the taxes on their free driving, free computers, and
free what not!
Vergadering bijwonen in
020: Katsjing. 1500 euro
Amsterdam. De volstrekt overbodige bestuurslaag van de Stadsdelen moet
van minister Plasterk worden opgeheven.
Vinden de Amsterdamse regenten niet zo tof, dus vervangen zij de
stadsdeelraden voor 'bestuurscommissies'. Gewoon precies hetzelfde qua
baantjesmachine maar dan nóg nuttelozer want minder bevoegdheden. Hoe
schaamteloos burgerhatend en lachwekkend incompetent kun je zijn als
stad? Nou we hebben het over de Amsterdamse lokale politiek dus dat kan
veel, véél erger. De
tandeloze surrogaatstadsdelen commissies
gaan zichzelf per persoon 1300 tot 1500 euro taxpoet toebedelen PER
VERGADERING. Presentielijst tekenen = maandsalaris pakken.
Details van de regeling vindt u hierrr (pdf).
Amazing thiefs, amazing etceteras - these
folks are not human if I am.
(Correction: They are as human as the judges and politicians Stalin
used during "The
Great Terror", which is a great, though quite frightening book,
that is probably also about the none too far future, and is by Robert Conquest.)
14. Totalling it all up...
I hope you enjoyed the above items at least as
much as I
Well, actually I enjoyed none of it, but that is "the news",
and I all found it today.
There is a lot more I could say, but here and now I only say
that I am lucky I made 63 without being involved in a
war and while living in almost the richest country on earth, even
though I was ill
for 35 years, and had the lowest possible income, and did not get any
And yes, I got kicked off the university for asking perfectly rational questions,
and yes, I have been asking now since 1988 for any
decent reply to my many complaints about being gassed and
threatened with murder by the drugsdealers (ex-)mayor Van Thijn
protected and protects.
That's the state of the civilization I live in, and it is no wonder it
Jun 7, 2013: I corrected a few small typos and added some links.
ME/CFS (that I prefer
to call M.E.: The "/CFS" is added to facilitate search
is a disease I have since 1.1.1979: