do not think any of what follows is urgent or very important, but it is
about the crisis, except perhaps item 2, that marks
a small step forward in obtaining energy from fusion (that was already
a project in the 1960ies). It is here because if energy can be produced
from fusion, very many things will change in major ways.
1. Clapper Reads From the Bush/Cheney/Nixon
Playbook to Fear-Monger Over Transparency
To start with, an article by Glenn Greenwald, that I found on Common
Dreams but originated at The Intercept:
We’re beginning to see
changes in the communications behavior of adversaries: particularly
terrorists. A disturbing trend, which I anticipate will continue . .
. Terrorists and other adversaries of this country are
going to school on U.S. intelligence sources, methods, and
tradecraft. And the insights they’re gaining are making our job in the
intelligence community much, much harder. And this includes putting the
lives of members or assets of the intelligence community at risk, as
well as those of our armed forces, diplomats, and our citizens.
Here Clapper, who is the
leading US state terrorist, is evidently applying Goering's Principle:
I note two
things about Clapper's statement, apart from the point that he is
evidently applying Goering's Principle, that also works in the US:
1. Clapper offers no evidence of any kind:
"You_Should_Trust_Him!TM". 2. What he is saying sounds quite crazy, if you know
The first point is clear. The second is obvious from what is
revealed: There is nothing supposed "terrorists" can learn from
what has been revealed about the lies the NSA perpetrates, except what
knew for a very long time: using the internet or using cell-phones is
Anyway - Glenn Greenwald also explains Clapper had no evidence of any
kind, and goes on to connect his sayings with earlier claims by Cheney,
Bush and others, including Machiavelli and Hobbes (but missing
which I leave to you.
nuclear fusion breakthrough raises hopes for ultimate green energy
Next, an article by Ian
Sample in the Guardian, which is here because if physicists were
successful in getting energy from fusion, this would be a very
breakthrough, that would change a great number of things:
US researchers have
achieved a world first in an ambitious experiment that aims to recreate
the conditions at the heart of the sun and pave the way for nuclear
The scientists generated
more energy from fusion
reactions than they put into the nuclear fuel, in a small but crucial
step along the road to harnessing fusion power. The ultimate goal – to
produce more energy than the whole experiment consumes – remains a long
way off, but the feat has nonetheless raised hopes that after decades
of setbacks, firm progress is finally being made.
So it is far from completed.
Even so, getting energy from fusion, in the sense that (considerably)
more energy is
produced than is spend, is one of the few things that give great
promise to mankind's further development. But sofar it is not there.
For more, you can consult the article. 3.
Admits CIA's Not-Really-Secret Secret Drone Program Next, an
article by Andrea Germanos on Common Dreams, with another bit about
National Intelligence James Clapper has publicly acknowledged the
supposedly covert CIA drone program.
While media outlets and
some government officials have
publicly admitted the program, the CIA has denied
a Freedom of Information Act request made by the ACLU about details of
its targeting killing program.
Nelson, who thinks the
drone program has been "exceptionally precise" and refuses to believe
reports that the strikes have left a high number of civilian
casualties, asked Clapper if it was true that the administration was
considering shifting the use of drones from the CIA to the Department
"Yes, sir, it is. And
again, that would also be best left to a closed session," Clapper
Why this bureaucratic
measure would "be best
left to a closed session"
is a complete riddle for me, if the US is a democracy.
Anyway, there is a video and a nice quote in the rest of the article. 4.
governance too US-centric, says European commission Next, an
article by Ian Traynor in the Guardian:
To which I say: Yes... but how?
And apart from that: As long as the US government
allows that the
cables that transport the internet are getting plugged by the NSA, one
can change whatever one wants, but the spying will go on.
That is, there are number of things that the European Union declared
that sound more or less nice, but without any clues on how they
implement this, it doesn't amount to much.
You can read the nice but rather empty sounding statements yourself by
consulting the last dotted link.
5. Edward Snowden
asylum demand dropped by European parliament Next, an
article by Ian Traynor (again) in the Guardian (again):
The European parliament
is to ditch demands on Wednesday that EU governments give guarantees of
asylum and security to Edward Snowden,
the National Security Agency whistleblower.
The parliament's civil
liberties committee is to vote on more than 500 amendments to the first
ever parliamentary inquiry into the NSA and GCHQ scandal, a 60-page
report that is damning about the scale and the impact of mass
But there is no consensus
on an amendment proposed by the Greens calling on EU governments to
assure Snowden of his safety in the event that he emerges from hiding
in Russia and comes to Europe.
Amid what key MEPs have
described as intense pressure from national governments on parliament –
from the Conservatives and their allies, from the mainstream
centre-right and from social democrats – the asylum call has no chance
Well... I am not amazed.
Personally, I do not expect anything good from the European Parliament.
I may be a bit cynical, but I never found any reason to do so, and this
is another reason not to expect anything good.
There is considerably more in the article, but nothing that will help
The New Normal
in the Workplace
Finally, an article by an unknown on Common Dreams:
Mostly, this is a short
piece to plug an interview of nearly 17 minutes that I also link below,
but here is a quotation from it:
recovered," we hear. "We’ve taken your full-time job away and given you
a part-time job, and we’ve given the difference to our stockholders,"
author and social justice activist Barbara Garson, tells GRITtv this
Who the "We" are that have
recovered should be told to the "we" who hear this: Those "We"s are the
top of the rich, at the cost of the rest - and the New Normal in the
workplace is that one has a part time job, with less money, and with
I saw the whole
interview, and Barbara Garson does tell a credible but sad story.
Then again, if people take this in great majority, without protesting,
who will stop the small minority of politicians and bank managers etc.
who does this to them?
It is more proper
that law should govern than any one of the
citizens: upon the same principle, if it is advantageous to place the
supreme power in some particular persons, they should be appointed to
be only guardians, and the servants of the laws.
(And I note the whole file I
from is quite pertinent.)
(that I prefer
to call M.E.: The "/CFS" is added to facilitate search machines) which
is a disease I have since 1.1.1979: