I finished the day before yesterday
Actually, this issue of
Nederlog is smaller than I expected - but I just got the news that my English girlfriend Stephanie Faulkner
died in 1996, from a very aggressive cervical cancer, probably at age
53. I am not very amazed, because I believed I would have, somehow,
heard of her if she were alive, since she was very special, but I am
rather struck. It's a great pity.
In fact, I am still quite
though I expected that she would be dead, simply because I had
not heard from
or about her since 1985.
My reasons for being struck
are that, completely
apart from me, she was very special, especially intellectually,
but also ethically and morally, and also I did have my first really
serious mutually loving relationship with her, that came to grief
mainly over the practical difficulties we had, with me being
young, poor and Dutch, her being nearly eight years older and English,
and there being no way for her to live in Holland or for me to
live in England, with a halfway decent income.
Also, I was 21 and she
was 29 at the time, that seems more important to me now than it did
There is again a whole lot
related stuff today, but I will treat it again differently from before
merely give a list of titles with links, without quotations or comments.
The main reason for this is
my learning that Stephanie has died, which I only did learn the day
and only because - at long last - there was an internet-connection
with one of her children, who very kindly replied to me, and who indeed
recalled me, from 1984.
There is absolutely nothing
to be done about the fact that Stephanie will be forever unreachable,
but it did shock me, and it also means that quite a few things I would
have liked to clarify with her now will never be clarified.
I will write about her, in English, but not
What you get today is just
a set of titles + links about the crisis, and you'll have to sort it
1. A long list of unquoted and uncommented links
The above are all articles.
Also, the above "The Snowden Leaks and the Public", in the New York Review of Books, is by
Alan Rusbridger, who is the editor of the Guardian, in case you miss it.
As I explained in my introduction, there is no "regular Nederlog"
today, but I did gather quite a lot of titles that I now reproduce with
their links, but without quotation and without comments. You
can find the sources of the links by
putting the cursor on each of the links:
As for me: I am still mostly out, for the moment,
as I am struck by the total unreachability of my first great and mutual
who also was the most intelligent woman I've ever met, which is saying
rather a lot, for I've met and I've
lived with some remarkably intelligent women, but I have known no one
like her. I will write
about her, in English also, but not today.
Finally, I have above given her family name - she was called Stephanie
Faulkner, and she lived from 1942-1996 - because it is a long time
since she died; she very probably would not have minded; there are, as
I found first in 2009, quite a lot of women with the same name; she was
quite difficult to trace for me, especially because she died
before internet became common; and also I have no negative things to
tell about her.
 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.)