26, 2014
Crisis: Holder resigns * 2, Bug, Real Owners, Cameron, Censorship
  "They who can give up essential 
   liberty to obtain a little temporary
   safety, deserve neither liberty
   nor safety."
   -- Benjamin Franklin [1]
   "All governments lie and nothing
   they say should be believed.
   -- I.F. Stone
   "Power tends to corrupt, and   
   absolute power corrupts
   absolutely. Great men are        
   almost always bad men."
   -- Lord Acton

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Attorney general Eric Holder resigns after six years as
    'the people's lawyer'

2. Attorney General Eric Holder Resigns
3. ‘Shellshock’ Bug Could Undermine Millions of Websites
4. Who Are The Real Owners?
5. Cameron’s remark about ‘effing Tories’ hints at what he
     really thinks

6. Maldives will censor all books to protect Islamic codes

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This is a Nederlog of Friday, September 26. It is a
crisis log.

It has six items. I think that the second file on Holder (with the rather stunning quotes by his former second in command Breuer) and the file on the Real Owners are quite interesting.

1. Attorney general Eric Holder resigns after six years as 'the people's lawyer'

The first item is an article by Dan Roberts on The Guardian:

This starts as follows:

After six years as a lightning rod for many of the most charged legal storms of the Obama administration, US attorney general Eric Holder announced his retirement on Thursday in an emotional White House address that divided political opinion as much as his tenure had done.

The first African American to run the Department of Justice was feted by the president as the “people’s lawyer”: a champion of voter rights, same-sex marriage, sentencing reform and civil liberties.

Quoting Robert F Kennedy, Obama said Holder had “borne the burden” of “proving to the world that we really mean it when we say all men are created free and equal before the law.”

I say: "the “people’s lawyer”"?! And "all men are created free and equal before the law"?!?! That is just pure bullshit - as indeed brought out by the ACLU, that also is quoted:
“During his tenure, DoJ approved the drone killing of an American far away from any battlefield, approved the NSA’s mass surveillance programs, failed to prosecute any of the Bush administration torturers, and presided over more leak prosecutions than all previous Justice Departments combined,” said the American Civil Liberties Union in a statement.
That is: The US attorney general did nothing against the perpetrators of the biggest fraud in history; he did nothing against the torturers; and he approved spying on everyone by the NSA, all of which are grossly unconstitutional.

This was not a "people's lawyer": He was the lawyer of the 1%. Here is more on Holder:

2. Attorney General Eric Holder Resigns

The next item is an article by Lambert Strether on Naked Capitalism:

This is rather different and much more realistic:

All the explainers on Holder should include, and better lead, with a phrase like this: “Eric Holder, who prosecuted zero (0) executives for accounting control fraud in the aftermath of the Great Financial Crash, has resigned, although, disgracefully, not in disgrace.”

NPR broke the story; their reporting reads like it was extracted from a bullet list of winger culture war talking points [NPR].

Oddly, or not, NPR omitted all mention of the following criminal finance stories: the “protect the banks” mentality at Justice (the “Holder Doctrine”), the giveaway Citigroup bank “settlement”, the JP Morgan “settlement,” Holder’s professed ignorance of the FBI’s warning of an “epidemic” of mortgage control fraud, not to mention Holder’s stellar work on whacking Americans without due process on executive authority alone. 

The majors are following NPR’s lead. [WaPo] maintains radio silence on Holder and criminal finance, too; they don’t even try positive spin; there’s just nothing. The Times, in their front page teaser, calls Holder a “top liberal” (how right they are) but maintains careful silence, too [New York Times], and their spandy new First Draft section is already off to the races speculating about Holder’s successor (!) [New York Times].

More radio silence on Holder and criminal finance:  [Bloomberg], [Reuters], [CNN], [USA Today].
At the same time, the above quotation shows how totalitarian the American leading media have become: They simply don't mention what they don't like - and yes that is both odd (from the point of view of what a real press should do) and not odd at all (from the point of view of what the press does do, these days, albeit - still - with a few exceptions).

There is also this, that shows very well what manner of man Holder is, and also what manner of man his (former) second in command Lanny Breuer is (Breuer has left the government meanwhile:

Bonus parody classic: Lanny Breuer gives an insider’s view of Holder’s Justice Department. I mean, Holder gave him a job there, right?

That’s what it’s like at Justice. That’s exactly what it’s like.

Here you have what Lanny Breuer said in the clip, with only the journalist's questions deleted, and the link to Bill Black added, for I do want to preserve his words in writing:
"Look, if I  contact people who have first-hand knowledge of fraud, I am going to have to follow up on it. We have found that with enough security we can keep whistleblowers from getting in the front door."
"Martin, look at my suit. I am an attorney. I have to think about my future. If I prosecute the most powerful people in the world, what will be left of my career? Nothing. Nada. So think before you ask these questions."
"I think about a lot of things, including justice. Justice is one of the many things I have to consider. Another thing I have to consider is my career. I am a well-respected attorney and I have a stellar career ahead of me if I play my cards right and I use the revolving door in Washington properly. If I go after bankers, I am going to end up like Bill Black, marginalized, an assistant professor of some small university somewhere. That is just not satisfactory given how many asses I have kissed and how many Americans I have screwed out of justice."
That is the manner of man that got the nearly highest government job there is: He sacrifices everything, including his honor and the doing of justice, for his career, also full well knowing that his career is in fact based on ass licking and screwing others out of justice, rather than being honorable and trying to do justice.

Anyway, this gross and dishonest incompetence also shows why I like
Bill Black and have quoted him repeatedly.

3. ‘Shellshock’ Bug Could Undermine Millions of Websites

The next item is an article by Alexander Reed Kelly on Truthdig:
This starts as follows:

Researchers have discovered a security flaw “bigger than Heartbleed,” the bug that affected nearly every computer user earlier this year, in one of the most fundamental points of contact between users on the Internet.

The Independent reports:

The ‘Bash bug’, also known as Shellshock, is located in the command-line shell used in many Linux and Unix operating systems, leaving websites and devices power[ed] by these operating systems open to attack.

Like Heartbleed, Shellshock is a pervasive flaw that security researchers say will take years to fix properly. The responsibility to do so however rests with webmasters and systems administrators – rather than average users.

Security firm Rapid7 has rated the bug as 10 out of 10 for its severity, but “low” for complexity - with hackers able to exploit it using just three lines of code.

However, unlike Heartbleed, Shellshock will not require users to rush from site to site changing their passwords but it does give hackers another method of attack that they could potentially use to take over computers or mobile devices.

The bug is estimated to have been around for at least a decade.
Note this does not just effect Linux users, of which I am one: Parts of Bash are used on the internet by other operating systems. (Also, I can tell you that I have this morning installed the repair that Ubuntu offered on my computer.)

4. Who Are The Real Owners?

The next item is an article by Don Quijones on Raging Bull Shit:

This starts as follows (and is quite interesting):

This is a question I’ve been asking myself for many a moon. After all, it’s ownership — and ownership alone — that grants control over vital resources.

We already know that the real owners of the world are the banks. They have the biggest buildings, control key strategic markets, can create money out of nothing and have our political representatives by the balls. But who owns the banks? Just as importantly, where are they?

Don’t expect to ever find the answers to those questions in the Western mainstream media, for the questions are quite simply never asked. Which is why I looked elsewhere. Eventually what I found was an article that offered some rather intriguing (though perhaps at times slightly over-reaching) half-answers.

That article appeared in the Russian newspaper and one-time propaganda arm of the Soviet Union, Pravda (in other words, read at your own discretion).

Actually, it is not ownership alone that grants control: Being a bank manager who does not own the bank is sufficient for committing control fraud (<- Wikipedia), and indeed with control frauds, that may give many millions to those who commit them, it helps not to own the bank.

But this is a minor point, as are the remarks that (1) the Pravda is not communist anymore (though I agree it is probably partial to Putin) and (2) in any case, if the Western media are silent on important questions, as most of them presently are, one has to try to find one's answers elsewhere.

Well, here is what Pravda reported:

Many people have heard of the Bilderberg Group, Illuminati or the Trilateral Commission. But what are the names of the families who run the world and have control of states and international organizations like the UN, NATO or the IMF?

To try to answer this question, we can start with the easiest: inventory, the world’s largest banks, and see who the shareholders are and who make the decisions.

The world’s largest companies are now: Bank of America, JP Morgan, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley.

Let us now review who their shareholders are.

Bank of America:
State Street Corporation, Vanguard Group, BlackRock, FMR (Fidelity), Paulson, JP Morgan, T. Rowe, Capital World Investors, AXA, Bank of NY, Mellon.

JP Morgan:

State Street Corp., Vanguard Group, FMR, BlackRock, T. Rowe, AXA, Capital World Investor, Capital Research Global Investor, Northern Trust Corp. and Bank of Mellon.

State Street Corporation, Vanguard Group, BlackRock, Paulson, FMR, Capital World Investor, JP Morgan, Northern Trust Corporation, Fairhome Capital Mgmt and Bank of NY Mellon.

Wells Fargo:
Berkshire Hathaway, FMR, State Street, Vanguard Group, Capital World Investors, BlackRock, Wellington Mgmt, AXA, T. Rowe and Davis Selected Advisers.

We can see that now there appears to be a nucleus present in all the banks: State Street Corporation, Vanguard Group, BlackRock and FMR (Fidelity). To avoid repeating them, we will now call them the “big four”

Goldman Sachs:

“The big four,” Wellington, Capital World Investors, AXA, Massachusetts Financial Service and T. Rowe.

Morgan Stanley:
“The big four,” Mitsubishi UFJ, Franklin Resources, AXA, T. Rowe, Bank of NY Mellon e Jennison Associates. Rowe, Bank of NY Mellon and Jennison Associates.

We can just about always verify the names of major shareholders. To go further, we can now try to find out the shareholders of these companies and shareholders of major banks worldwide.

Bank of NY Mellon:
Davis Selected, Massachusetts Financial Services, Capital Research Global Investor, Dodge, Cox, Southeatern Asset Mgmt. and … “The big four.”

State Street Corporation (one of the “big four”):
Massachusetts Financial Services, Capital Research Global Investor, Barrow Hanley, GE, Putnam Investment and … The “big four” (shareholders themselves!).

BlackRock (another of the “big four”):
PNC Bank, Barclays and CIC.

Who is behind the PNC? FMR (Fidelity), BlackRock, State Street, etc.
And behind Barclays? BlackRock

And we could go on for hours, passing by tax havens in the Cayman Islands, Monaco or the legal domicile of Shell companies in Liechtenstein. A network where companies are always the same, but never a name of a family.

In short: the eight largest U.S. financial companies (JP Morgan, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, U.S. Bancorp, Bank of New York Mellon and Morgan Stanley) are 100% controlled by ten shareholders and we have four companies always present in all decisions: BlackRock, State Street, Vanguard and Fidelity…

I say. There also is a link to Pravda: here - and from that link I quote this (which is the conclusion):

The same "big four" control the vast majority of European companies counted on the stock exchange.

In addition, all these people run the large financial institutions, such as the IMF, the European Central Bank or the World Bank, and were "trained" and remain "employees" of the "big four" that formed them.

The names of the families that control the "big four", never appear.

Again: I say. Is it true? I don't know, but it looks plausible. And I like it, among other things because the first job I had was as a documentalist (that's what they called it) in a bank, where my main function was to read the yearly reports that banks must provide, and namely to find out who owned them, which in my time were mainly firms in Liechtenstein or Luxemburg, and which quite often was not obvious, and somewhere more or less hidden and in small print in those yearly reports (that are legally required).

5. Cameron’s remark about ‘effing Tories’ hints at what he really thinks 

The next item is an article by David Hare on The Guardian:

Hare is reflecting on this theme:

“You don’t actually believe that stuff, do you?”

That same question has been both raised and resoundingly answered by David Cameron’s reference, in the heat of the Scottish campaign, to his own unhappy membership of the “effing Tories”. It is a coining which looks like having as long and as devastating a currency as “There is no such thing as society” or “Crisis? What crisis?”

Here is one part of his answer (no, he doesn't really believe what he is saying, for what he really believes is this):

The progress of the Scottish referendum dramatised what most of us already knew. The political class of SW1, its nose still stuck in the un-British ramblings of Ayn Rand and Milton Friedman, has lost all touch with the needs and interests of the people it affects to serve.

And here is another part (he is the public relations leader of his rich class, who bullshits the public, with the aim of making the massive gains of the few rich not seen):

In opinion polls, even a conservative English public regularly opposes the backdoor privatisation of the health service and approves the renationalisation of the energy companies and of the railways. Yet where, even in the Labour party, do we find a politician with the nerve to stand up and advance views which, among the electorate, are accepted parts of common wisdom? Cameron is a PR man to his marrow. His professional gift has always been for distraction. Less than two weeks ago, on cue, he was abject and self-pitying at the imminence of a referendum defeat. Now in victory, he has switched to sneering and devious.

The reason Labour does not raise the points most English do want is that Labour has been turned into a Tory lite party by Blair, like the U.S. Democrats have been turned into a Republican lite party by Clinton.

6. Maldives will censor all books to protect Islamic codes

The next and last item is an article by Alison Flood on The Guardian:

This starts as follows:

Poetry and literature will have to be approved by the Maldivian government before they are published in the country, according to new regulations which have been described as a “disaster for freedom of expression” by free speech campaigners.

Published earlier this month, the regulations are intended to “standardise all literature … publicised and published in the Maldives in accordance with laws and regulations of the Maldives and its societal etiquette”, and to “reduce adverse effects on society that could be caused by published literature”, according to an unofficial translation by lawyer Mushfique Mohamed shown to the Guardian.

The rules insist that those wishing to publish books in the Maldives must submit a finished copy of their work, along with a form and a MVR50 revenue stamp, to the national bureau of classification for approval, or face fines. This includes poetry, which is defined by the regulations as “words and phrases structured into verses that fit a particular form, expressing thoughts and ideas that are heartfelt”. One strand of publication is exempted from the requirements: “…any writing published to circulate information among its members/employees by a political party, civil society group, company, or specific governmental body”.

I checked Maldives on the Wikipedia, and found that this is indeed the country, consisting of islands, that may be the first to disappear as the sea rises (highest point: 2.4 meters above current sea level), and that it has a size of 298 km² and a population of 393,500 persons.

So the threat is not a major threat, except if you live in the Maldives. But it is reported here because it is censorship, and I am much against censorship.

[1] 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 government, if good, is part of its executive power. Here I quote Aristotle from my More on stupidity, the rule of law, and Glenn Greenwald:
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 quote from is quite pertinent.)

About ME/CFS (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:
1. Anthony Komaroff

Ten discoveries about the biology of CFS(pdf)

3. Hillary Johnson

The Why  (currently not available)

4. Consensus (many M.D.s) Canadian Consensus Government Report on ME (pdf - version 2003)
5. Consensus (many M.D.s) Canadian Consensus Government Report on ME (pdf - version 2011)
6. Eleanor Stein

Clinical Guidelines for Psychiatrists (pdf)

7. William Clifford The Ethics of Belief
8. Malcolm Hooper Magical Medicine (pdf)
Maarten Maartensz
Resources about ME/CFS
(more resources, by many)

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