"They who can give up essential
liberty to obtain a little temporary
safety, deserve neither liberty
-- Benjamin Franklin 
| "All governments lie and nothing
say should be believed."
1. Two 25 year old anniversaries
2. A 30 year old anniversary
3. NSA Chief:
'Yes' - Our Desire Is To Collect All US
4. NSA employee spied on nine
women without detection,
internal file shows
5. Seymour Hersh on Fixing Journalism With a
6. Noam Chomsky: 'The Foundations
of Liberty Are Ripped
Today there are two or
three varia items, all anniversaries, before I come to the crisis.
25 year old anniversaries
First today, two
anniversaries that this year got 25 years old:
I found that most
offensive, for all I was doing was deploring the awful "education" I
had received, while it also so happens that I have a better and
far more real resistance background than any of the
sick and parasiting sadistic assholes who screamed at me: My father and grandfather were convicted
in 1941, by collaborating Dutch judges, as "political terrorists" to
the concentration camp, where my grandfather was murdered, and my
mother was in the communist resistance, and escaped arrest.
- I was removed in May
1988, after an invited
speech that only consisted of questions, when I was already
ill ten years, and also briefly before my M.A., from the faculty of
philosophy from the University of Amsterdam, while the professional
academic philosophers screamed at me (after loosing discussions) that I
am "a fascist" and "a terrorist". No one else was ever thrown from
a Dutch university for stating his opinions, since the end of WW II.
Also I have waited for 25 years for any excuse, and
spend more than 180 MB on that and related issues on my site, and never
got as much as any excuse, from absolutely no one. This I will
I found that most
offensive, and if possible I found it more offensive that I was called
"a liar" by the corrupt mafia-mates who acted for the City of
Amsterdam, for nearly 4 years, until a smoke test was done on
the last day I was in that house, on February 10, 1992, which showed
the chimney was still collapsed, and had been very
dangerous all the years since 1988.
- I was gassed
by carbon monoxide from the stove, because my landlord had, very
probably intentionally - it turned out around September 28, 1988 - made
the one chimney collapse
that I had
to use for getting heat - which he did because I protested, and kept
protesting when threatened with murder, against the noise and threats
from his illegal drugs dealers, that had arrived there to
deal drugs with the written personal permission from their friend
and protector, the mayor Ed van Thijn.
Again I have waited
for 25 years for any
excuse, and spend more than 180 MB on that and related issues on my
site, and never got any excuse, from absolutely no one.
Also, my health has been much worse ever since then - for I had
to do this while I was ill. This I will
also return to.
Let me add that no one from the Dutch philosophers that removed
me did anything of any value the last 25 years,
in which they were pampered with big salaries and hardly any duties,
and that there has been turned over at least 250 Billion just in soft drugs - marijuana
and hashish - in Holland, because some of the Dutch politicians protect
the dealers while keeping soft and other drugs illegal, I think for a
percentage (which is easy to get - and a mere 5% of 250 Billion = 12,5 Billion,
which buys or would buy very many Dutch politicians).
Indeed, you'll find the backgrounds - 180 MBs in all - here, mostly in
But the main thing I learned
from this is that almost no one cared, and hardly anyone
wrote me, although very many read parts of it:
This explained a great lot - to me - about the murder of over
1% of the Dutch population, namely for being "of the Jewish race",
during WW II, that my father, mother and grandfather actively resisted,
as three of the very few.
That reason is that of the remain 99% at least 98% collaborated,
whether enthusiastically (far more often than admitted) or
"forced by circumstances".
2. A 30 year old anniversary
Then there was another
anniversary, it seems today:
I quote from a mail I received
today from the Free Software Foundation:
- The GNU system is 30
Yes, indeed - though in fact
it is also true that those "tens
of millions of free software users worldwide", of which I am one, are less than 2% of the software users.
Can you believe it? The
GNU system is thirty years old today!
In 1983, Richard Stallman
launched the free software movement with the words, "Free Unix!" We've
freed a lot more than that in the last thirty years. The GNU system is
now a vast universe of fully free operating systems, window managers,
and software that serves almost every imaginable purpose. More than 95
percent of the world's supercomputers run free software. A majority of
web servers run free software. Even more impressive, there are
estimated to be tens of millions of free software users worldwide.
That's a lot to celebrate.
But OK... it probably has a lot to do with genuine intelligence, which
also is a quite scarce commodity. (Also 2% of the people has an IQ over
130, although it is nowadays true almost anyone can run Linux, even
though relatively few do.)
NSA Chief: 'Yes'
- Our Desire Is To Collect All US Communications
Next, I leave the subject
of anniversaries, and turn to the NSA and its chief, Keith Alexander,
as reported by Jacob Chamberlain on Common Dreams:
Here is the first paragraph:
Asked whether the
National Security Agency should collect all communications of U.S.
residents at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Thursday, NSA
Director General Keith Alexander replied,
"I believe it is in the nation's best interest to put all the phone
records into a lockbox – yes."
No, it is not
"in the nation's best
interest", but I am willing
to believe that a sick freak like Alexander thinks so: He identifies
"the nation" with the government, the NSA and those contracted by the
NSA, I suppose, and entitles them to spy on everybody else, on any
Here are the next two
Alexander, who was joined
by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Deputy Attorney
General James Cole, went on to maintain the the NSA's collect-it-all
approach to communications surveillance in the U.S. and around the
world is necessary—urging Senators not to be moved by the rising tide
of public discontent that has surged since NSA whistleblower Edward
Snowden revealed a trove of incriminating evidence through several
newspapers, exposing the agency's unconstitutional surveillance
"sensational headlines," not the actual dragnet surveillance practices
revealed in the media, for public anger—a notion that seemed to be
shared by most of the Senators at the hearing, who are supposed to be
in charge of NSA congressional oversight.
And so on - but the report
by Chamberlain is good, and also makes it less probable the Senate will
do much effective about the NSA, at least without being forced by the
NSA employee spied on nine women without detection, internal file shows
Next, an article by
Paul Lewis in the Guardian:
This starts as follows:
And there you are: Mr
Alexander's henchmen, though technically supermen (and superwomen) are
human too. Also, there is this:
A National Security
Agency employee was able to secretly intercept the phone calls of nine
foreign women for six years without ever being detected by his
managers, the agency's internal watchdog has revealed.
The unauthorised abuse of
the NSA's surveillance
tools only came to light after one of the women, who happened to be a
US government employee, told a colleague that she suspected the man –
with whom she was having a sexual relationship – was listening to her
There were no
prosecutions, and also the case is over 10 years old.
The letter, from Dr
George Ellard, only lists cases that were investigated and later
"substantiated" by his office. But it raises the possibility that there
are many more cases that go undetected. In a quarter of the cases, the
NSA only found out about the misconduct after the employee confessed.
It also reveals limited
disciplinary action taken against NSA staff found to have abused the
system. In seven cases, individuals guilty of abusing their powers
resigned or retired before disciplinary action could be taken. Two
civilian employees kept their jobs – and, it appears, their security
clearance – and escaped with only a written warning after they were
found to have conducted unauthorised interceptions.
Hersh on Fixing Journalism With a Hatchet
Next, here is some more on
Seymour Hersh, this time by Alexander Reed Kelly on Truth Dig:
It starts as follows:
Quite so! But that indeed is a
major reason, if also not a conclusive one (and those are very rare
outside pure mathematics), to hold this will get to be a lot worse
before - if ever - it gets to be any better, in U.S.
politics at least.
Seymour Hersh, the
reporter who exposed the My Lai massacre in 1969 and the abuse of
prisoners at Abu Ghraib in 2004, wants to shutter the major news
bureaus, fire 90 percent of editors and generally make journalists
Hersh thinks NSA
whistle-blower Edward Snowden made surveillance into a real debate
because Snowden put verifiable documents in the hands of editors who
otherwise wouldn’t touch the theme. But Hersh is doubtful the
revelations alone will change the course of history.
“I don’t know if it’s
going to mean anything in the long [run] because the polls I see in
America—the president can still say to voters ‘al-Qaida, al-Qaida’ and
the public will vote two to one for this kind of surveillance, which is
so idiotic,” he told The Guardian newspaper in an interview Friday.
Here are some of the questions Seymour Hersh poses, all quite
justified, in my opinion:
Anyway - there is more
there, and it is good, though I do not see where Mr Kelly got
"the hatchet" from that he has in his title: It is not to be found in
the interview. All Hersh does is say: Dismiss the incompetents, which
seems quite justified to me, and he is also right there are a lot of
incompetents in journalism these days.
“Do you think Obama’s
been judged by any rational standards? Has Guantanamo closed? Is a war
over? Is anyone paying any attention to Iraq? Is he seriously talking
about going into Syria? We are not doing so well in the 80 wars we are
in right now, what the hell does he want to go into another one for.
What’s going on [with journalists]?
“[H]ow does [Obama] get
away with the drone programme,” he continued. “[W]hy aren’t we doing
more? How does he justify it? What’s the intelligence? Why don’t we
find out how good or bad this policy is? Why do newspapers constantly
cite the two or three groups that monitor drone killings? Why don’t we
do our own work?"
6. Noam Chomsky: 'The Foundations of Liberty Are Ripped to
another piece on Noam Chomsky and his opinions. It is by Steven Garbas,
and I found it on AlterNet, though it seems to have originated in
I just quote the beginning:
There is a lot more on this,
and Chomsky sounds rather defeated, though well within reason, since it
is very probably true that the great majority will make drones
and does not care much for their use, as long as it is not on them or
their beloved families.
Just driving in this morning I was listening to NPR news. The program
opened by announcing, very excitedly, that the drone industry is
exploding so fast that colleges are trying to catch up and opening new
programs in the engineering schools and so on, and teaching drone
technology because that’s what students are dying to study because of
the fantastic number of jobs going on.
And it’s true.
And here is the ending:
You know, I have
to say, I never expected much of Obama, to tell you the truth, but the
one thing that surprised me is relentless assaults on civil liberties.
I just don’t understand them.
I have been thinking about the
same, and one decent explanation is that he was and is a puppet from
the start, or before: An attractive good talker, half black, without
really great talents, but quite willing to do anything for a job that
gave him a lot of power.
This must remain a guess, but it does explain a lot about his factual
policies, that were quite unlike his many promises.
 Here it is necessary to insist, with
Aristotle, thay the governors do not rule, or at least, should
not rule: The laws rule, and the government, if good, is part
of its executive power. Here I quote Aristotle from my More on stupidity, the rule of law, and Glenn
It is more proper
that law should govern than any of the citizens: upon the same
principle, if it is advantageous to place supreme power in some
particular persons, they should be appointed to be only guardians, and
the servant of laws.
(And I note the whole file I
quote from is quite pertinent.)
About ME/CFS (that I prefer to call M.E.:
The "/CFS" is added to
facilitate search machine) which is a disease that I have since 1.1.