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."
"Power tends to corrupt, and
absolute power corrupts
absolutely. Great men
almost always bad men."
1. The NSA Has An Advice
2. CIA: We Only Spied On Senate Intelligence
Because They Took Classified
3. Justice Advocates Challenge Power of Multinational
Drug Dealing Legalized; They're Called Pharmaceutical
This is the Nederlog for March
9, and it is about the crisis. It is a Sunday and I didn't find much,
but I have four items. The fifth is personal and enthuses a bit about
I do not think anything today is very important, but I only can report
on what I find.
The NSA Has An Advice Columnist. Seriously.
The first article is by Peter
Maass and is on the Intercept:
This starts as follows:
There is rather a lot more under the
last dotted link.
What if the National
Security Agency had its own advice columnist? What would the
eavesdroppers ask about?
You don’t need to guess.
An NSA official, writing under the pen name “Zelda,” has actually
served at the agency as a Dear Abby for spies. Her “Ask Zelda!”
columns, distributed on the agency’s intranet and accessible only to
those with the proper security clearance, are among the documents
leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. The columns are often
amusing – topics include co-workers falling asleep on the job, sodas
being stolen from shared fridges, supervisors not responding to emails,
and office-mates who smell bad. But one of the most intriguing involves
a letter from an NSA staffer who complains that his (or her) boss is
spying on employees.
We Only Spied On Senate Intelligence Committee Because They Took
Classified Documents That Prove We're Liars
The next article is by Mike Masnik and
is on techdirt:
This is from the first
revolved around a draft of an internal review by the CIA, which
apparently corroborates many of the Senate report's findings -- but
which the CIA did not hand over to the Senate. This internal report not
only supports the Senate report's findings, but also shows that the CIA
has been lying in response to questions about the terror program.
The main reason it is
here is that it illustrates that executive, non-elected persons
determine how the US is to be governed.
Anyway, more under
the last dotted link.
Advocates Challenge Power of Multinational Corporations
Next, an article by
Bryant Harris that I found on Common Dreams but originates from the
Inter Press Service:
This starts as
accountability groups are urging the U.S. Congress to enact new
mechanisms that would allow it to hold multinational corporations
accountable for rights infringements abroad.
This sounds like a good
idea. Whether it will be realized?
At a congressional
briefing on Thursday, legal experts and advocates from Amnesty
International, the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable
(ICAR) and Earthrights International proposed measures Congress could
take to ameliorate corporate abuses abroad.
more under the last dotted link.
Dealing Legalized; They're Called Pharmaceutical Companies
Finally, not an article
but a video of 6 min 37 seconds by The Young Turks:
The subject is that the
pharmaceutical companies are causing great increases in heroin
consumption, because they got very strong painkillers on the market
that were said to be not very addictive (but they were) and that have
hooked many on heroin as a cheaper alternative. "There doing it on purpose." "Why? Because there's money to be made."
"They're the new big drug pushers and
they are doing it right under our nose."
This is here mainly because I
am convinced that the pharmaceutical companies have far too much power,
and abuse the power they have awfully, all for profit, at the cost of
As I said, I've got a bike
again since two days and I have again gone cycling today, which was a real
simply because otherwise I don't see anything but the house or the
street I live in, and because I can do it, quite easily also,
which has not been so for at least twelve years.
And because it is a Sunday today and because it was a real first Spring
Amsterdam, with lots of sun and high temperatures, very many
Amsterdammers went out to enjoy the sun.
The Vondelpark was loaded with people, and I cycled rather a lot
verifying that much that was there in the Seventies wasn't there
anymore, and indeed sometimes had been totally rebuild.
It is also true that everything I see is still Amsterdam, and most
indeed looks more or less the same, at least in
terms of buildings and streets, but it doesn't ...how shall I put it...
look as I would like
it to look.
Anyway, that's probably mostly me: others see things differently. And I
did like my cycling a lot - and perhaps should also add that I
have been using 2400 mcg of Metafolate
the last four days. I do not know whether this is the cause of my
feeling better, but it certainly is associated with it.
 Here it is necessary to insist, with
Aristotle, that the governors do not
rule, or at least, should not rule: The laws rule, and the
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 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: