"Those who sacrifice liberty for
security deserve neither."
-- Benjamin Franklin
1. "Dutch top managers earn
2. Oliver Stone defends Edward Snowden
3. Venezuela, Nicaragua Offer Snowden Asylum
4. We Can Handle the Truth
5. Russian opposition leader vows to destroy 'disgusting
It still is the case
that sleeping remains quite
difficult for me. This also makes my life rather difficult, at
Anyway. Yesterday I returned to the
crisis, and today I continue, though it does not all relate to
Snowden's revelations: The middle three do, but the first is about the
salaries for managers in Holland; and the last is about a Russian
opposition leader who probably will be locked up for 6 years or more.
"Dutch top managers earn
To start with, an article from
the utterly sick NRC - that I read daily the 40 years from 1970-2010,
and then gave up in deep disgust due to its having sold out to
propaganda and advertisements.
The article is about the salaries of the top managers in Holland, and
though I will give two brief Dutch quotes, it is not necessary to
As was to be expected, there is not a iota of criticism in it, and the
title translates as "Dutch top managers earn the average"
Besides, in the on line
version there is no proof, no evidence, no criterions (what is
"a top manager"?) - in fact it seems to be nothing but a sparse copy or
restatement or paraphrasis of some advisory company.
It starts as follows (don't worry if you do not read Dutch):
De beloningen voor
Nederlandse topbestuurders staan in de Europese middenmoot. In
Zwitserland verdienen CEO's het meest, gevolgd door Spanje en
Duitsland. Een topbestuurder bij een Europese multinational verdient in
Europa gemiddeld 5,7 miljoen euro per jaar.
Which I still
recalculate: The average European top manager (?) earns 5.7 euros =
12.54 million guilders each year.
Since there is nothing that has the least appearance of evidence or
exactitude, I only quote a little more (and again not to worry if you
don't read Dutch):
Uit onderzoek van
bleek vorige maand dat Bernard Dijkshuizen van Ziggo met 15,7 miljoen
euro het hoogste inkomen in Nederland heeft. ASML-baas Eric Meurice
komt uit op 11,2 miljoen euro, gevolgd door Peter Voser van Shell, met
een inkomen van 7,5 miljoen euro.
As I do not know what
"average" is supposed to mean, I calculate the average of these three
Dutch "top managers": 11.46 million euros. Each year. That is: A mere
25.2 million guilders.
I am supposed to believe that Mr Dijkshuizen has over 1000 times my own
yearly worth... and no: I
do not see and never saw the need for all people earning the
same, but a 15 fold difference seems to me more than enough to fairly
express the differences in capacities and education.
And that was also how it was, in Holland, for many years, and until
15-20 years ago. Anything much more unequal is based on greed of the
A 100, 500 or 1000-fold difference in payments is just sick greed by
the very few at the costs of the very many.
defends Edward Snowden over NSA
Next, we turn to film director Oliver Stone, who
gets quoted and photographed in the Guardian by Xan Brooks:
That is nice of him, and he
also said the right things. The first two paragraphs are:
And this is half of the fourth:
never one to run scared from a controversy, yesterday waded into the
ongoing NSA debate, defending the
American whistlebower Edward Snowden
and hailing him as a "hero" for exposing the US's mass surveillance
"It's a disgrace that
Obama is more concerned with hunting down Snowden than reforming these
George Bush-style eavesdropping techniques," the Oscar-winning director
told audiences at the Karlovy Vary international film festival in the Czech Republic.
"To me Snowden is
a hero because he revealed secrets that we should all know, that the United States
has repeatedly violated the fourth amendment," Stone said. 
All quite so. For more, see
the last dotted link.
Nicaragua Offer Snowden Asylum
Next, while Stone was worried nobody offered Snowden a place of refuge,
meanwhile Venezuela and Nicaragia have done so. The report is by Peter
Scheer on Truth Dig:
This is some progress, but the
article ends, correctly I think, thus:
Indeed. Then again, as I said:
it is some progress, although I do not see how Snowden will get there,
A plane carrying Bolivian
President Evo Morales was controversially diverted like a ping pong
ball around Europe, allegedly because Morales had also offered Snowden
asylum and the U.S. and its allies thought the president might be
spiriting the young man out of Russia.
Just how Snowden plans to
get from Moscow to Caracas, Managua or Sucre, and whether Putin will
let him go, remain open questions.
4. We Can Handle the Truth
The following is by
Eugene Robinson and on Truth Dig. He is mostly concerned witht he
graphic lies that have been told by speakers for the government, also
while they were on oath:
I mostly agree
with Mr Robinson, who says among other things:
We know that
permission for this surveillance was granted by one or more judges of
the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Court. But the court’s
proceedings and rulings are secret. We don’t know what argument the
government made in seeking permission to conduct this kind of
vacuum-cleaner surveillance. We don’t know what the court’s legal
reasoning was in granting the authority. We don’t know whether the
court considers other laws so elastic.
Indeed, especially those
points are important: One does not know, and is supposed to
trust spokesmen for one's government (if one is a US citizen) - that to
the best of my knowledge played utter havoc with the law, with the
Amendments and with the Constitution, and has been doing so ever since
Bush Jr. got nominated by the Supreme Court.
There is no reason to believe them; every reason to distrust them; and
one knows since Snowden's revelations that they lied, and lied
Here is the last paragraph of Robinson's article:
The biggest lie of
all? That the American people don’t even deserve to be told what their
laws mean, much less how those laws are being used.
For more, see the last
opposition leader vows to destroy 'disgusting
Finally, a bit
This starts as follows, where
I have added the link to Wikipedia on Navalnye:
Navalny, who is 37, has been
accused of embezzling 330,000 pounds. It seems quite unlikely that he
has done it, but this will not stop his accusation or his
Russia's top opposition
Navalny, has vowed to destroy the "feudal system of power" lorded
over by Vladimir Putin during powerful closing remarks to a provincial
court that could send him to prison for six years.
government for "occupying" power, pilfering the country of billions of
dollars and leading Russia down a path of vodka-fuelled degradation,
Navalny urged his followers not to be afraid as he awaits a likely jail
"My colleagues and I will
do everything to destroy this feudal system that exists in Russia –
this system of power where 83% of the national wealth belongs to 0.5%
of the country," he said.
The main reason for this is that he is right about the distribution of
wealth in the former Soviet Union.
 Here is the text of the Fourth
right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and
effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be
violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause,
supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place
to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
Amendment to the US Constitution
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: