"Those who sacrifice liberty for
security deserve neither."
-- Benjamin Franklin
1. How Microsoft handed the NSA access
but poor boys 'are 30 months behind richer peers'
3. 43% Believe that US
Health Care is Corrupt...
4. The Groundwork
Obama’s Laying for America’s Future
5. Oregon Students Fight
Back Against Debt, And Win
6. 11 Big Myths About the Economy
Reich: An impertinent question
8. An important case
against NSA spying big step forward
9. Snowden not a traitor
It still is the case
that sleeping remains quite
difficult for me. This also makes my life rather difficult, at
Anyway. This is a follow up to today's
earlier Dutch part of my
autobio, and consists of 9 diverse items relating to several
aspects of the crisis. Also, because this is a lot of text, and as my
sleeping is bad as it is for most of a year now - 5 to 6 hours
average (!)  - I limit my
Also, because the data are diverse, but quite a few can be quite
plausibly seen as an effect of Snowden and his great courage, I present
them under Jay Rosen's title The Snowden Effects - 1, and
indeed most are heartening, albeit also in an ever tougher and more
cruel corporate world.
Microsoft handed the NSA access
This is the latest by Glenn
Greenwald, and it is a fine article about a thoroughly and eagerly
corrupt servant of the thoroughly corrupt US government:
As I also said - see Ubuntu
- I am now for over a year using GNU/Linux.Ubuntu, and it does very
well, and the only reasons I am using Windows
still is (i) to use
my flatbed scanner, and (ii) to check out items on an old computer, and
in either case I have switched it off from the internet.
I really do not see why any of my readers could not do the
same: It is
easy, it is convenient, it works, and it is called Ubuntu
It will not save everything for you - nothing does - but it
will help you do much more, all for free, and make it much more
difficult to spy on you.
2. Clever but poor boys 'are 30 months behind
This is a British item, from
the Guardian, that I report myself as a very clever but very poor boy
up in the 1950ies with quite extra-ordinary marxist parents (which is
an important reason to write my autobiography,
The lesson you can draw from
this is that most clever but poor boys chances are wasted, and are
wasted on purpose.
3. 43% Believe that US Health Care is Corrupt...
This is from the US and from
Health Care, and the full title is as follows:
I agree these are the
data, and the media are mostly corrupt, but possibly there may be a
little shift, though indeed I also remain cautious, if only because (i)
a really big shift is needed, and (ii) the opponents -
big corporations - are very strong, and highly trained quite
vicious and utterly dishonest liars. (For more on health care, see my DSM-5 series: More expert liars).
Groundwork Obama’s Laying for America’s Future
And this is an excellent
article on Truth Dig, outlining what the YES WE SCAN president is
It's a great shame, but yes:
He is playing it very well, and tries top uphold a progress exterior,
while working for the NSA and the big corporations.
Students Fight Back Against Debt, And Win
An item about
the enormous student debts, that this time is hopeful:
Again, this is a plan
that worked, was passed unanimously, and worked in about half a year.
The fight is not over nor won, but this is an important step, albeit in
one state only.
6. 11 Big Myths About the Economy
this is a quite interesting article about the economy:
Here are the myths - for
their explanations, consult the article (and I am not wholly agreeing,
but it is a good article)
Myth 1: Economics
is a science.
Overall: Quite so - and
check it out!
Myth 2: The goal of economic
policy is maximizing efficiency.
Myth 3: The economy is a
Myth 4: Prices reflect value.
Myth 5: All profitable
activities are good for the economy.
Myth 6: Monopolies and
oligopolies are always bad because they
Myth 7: Low wages are good
for the economy.
Myth 8: “Industrial policy”
Myth 9: The best tax code is
one that doesn’t pick winners.
Myth 10: Trade is
7. Robert Reich: An impertinent question
Robert Reich is a very
intelligent man I did not know about until the beginning of this year
I met him in The Century of the Self),
and this seems one of his best
Actually, these are 5
questions preceded by
after which the questions follow, which in turn
are followed by:
Permit me an impertinent
question (or three).
Suppose a small group of extremely wealthy people
sought to systematically destroy the U.S. government by
This is truly excellent and timely! Also, it
is quite courageous, and the questions are very fine, and very
Would you call
If not, what
would you call it?
And what would
you do about it
important case against NSA spying big step forward
Here is another hopeful
case, this time mostly due to a good and independent American judge.
This is from the Verge:
This starts as follows:
and that is quite so, as
indeed is the warning that this is just the beginning (of the
beginning) and not at all the end, which is the closure or
Do the National Security
Agency's dragnet surveillance programs violate the Constitution? That's
the question that civil rights and privacy advocates have been trying
to have the courts answer since long
beforeThe GuardianThe Washington Post. Now their
mission finally seems to be making headway, as a federal judge
ruled Monday that the Obama administration can not use its "state
secrets" privilege to block a lawsuit originally brought by the
Electronic Frontier Foundation in 2008. Edward
Snowden shared his trove of secret documents with and
That's big news: until now,
the administration has repeatedly invoked the privilege to block almost
every legal challenge the NSA has faced over its surveillance
There is more under the link, and also in the following
articles, on the same subject, by the Electronic Frontier Foundation
and by Techdirt:
9. Snowden not a traitor
This started with Greenwald on Snowden in the Guardian,
and this ends with an article in Common Dreams, by Andrea Germanos:
Also, it has a sub-headline:
This is quite interesting, and
also implies something else I said before: On Snowden, it seems, parts
of the right and of the left, in so far as they are not hopelessly
corrupted, can combine, indeed in the interest of all Americans, and
indeed of all people:
poll also indicates Americans increasingly view anti-terrorism policies
as intruding on their civil liberties
No way you want to live in a society where a very few corporate and
government agencies know and control all.
 I must chalk it up to the mB12 protocol, which
certainly changed things for me: I do feel somewhat better,
but I sleep quite badly, and I can't get the proportions right.
There really has to be found something, for I do need more sleep. Then
again, I can stand the effects of too little sleep much better, is also
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: