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. Some more George Carlin
2. Why I stop the daily crisis series
What will come in its stead
This is a Nederlog of
Friday, December 19. It is a crisis log, but it is one of the last daily
There are 3 items with 1 dotted link: Item 1 is
about George Carlin and me, and has a nice video as a link; item 2 explains why I stop the daily crisis series as
it has been done the last 1 1/2 years; and item 3
explains what will come in its stead.
This file got uploaded
a lot earlier than was usual the last 1 1/2 year. And
1. Some more George Carlin
item is a video, of slightly more than an hour:
The reason this is here
is because this is the end of the daily crisis
series, after one and a half year of daily reporting on the crisis,
which meant a daily checking of some 40 internet sites,
in which I learned quite a lot, and notably that very few think
like I do, but that George Carlin approximates me the best, because he
was really smart, had real courage, was a real rebel, and generally, at
least since 1992 or so, his criticisms also are often intellectually
I am not suggesting we are alike, because he was a successful comedian
and I am an unsuccessful philosopher  who has
been ill for nearly 37 years now, and we probably are different in most
respects, but we are both really smart, which very few people are, in
my experience; really courageous, which also very few people are, in my
experience; and a real rebel, which again very few people are, in my
Indeed, as to being a rebel, I outrebel Carlin, for I am a rebel since
birth, and am the child of rebels (really intelligent people who were
real communists - again very rare in my very extensive
experience), who themselves were the children of rebels (really
intelligent people who were real anarchists and atheists). 
And I really do, for most of my attitudes date back to the 1970ies, and
were the product of a very uncommon childhood and extremely
much reading, mostly of philosophy and mathematical logic, but in fact
about 14 different subjects , and all done
without any help of anyone, for I never met anyone like me,
indeed also not later, when I entered and also, at last, finished the
university, with one of the best M.A.s ever awarded. (And in the
university I also did meet hardly anyone of
genuine intelligence: At most three people - and no: I had not
expected that, and it does not make me glad. It simply is a sad
Anyway - I chose this video because it seems a good choice from a lot
more material. Most though not all is of good video quality.
2. Why I stop the daily crisis series
The crisis series started at the beginning of the
crisis: On september 1, 2008.
Indeed, this was so early that the Dutch government still was denying
any crisis. Also, this was in Dutch, since at that time, and since
2004, I mostly wrote in Dutch, at least in Nederlog.
still continues and will continue, but not in the same way as I've done
since June 10, 2013, when I first
became aware of Edward Snowden. Since then I have kept up a daily
crisis item based on reading about 40 sites every day, and it
is this activity that I am now stopping.
Here are some of my reasons,
as points, more or less in the order of importance:
- It takes too much
of my time: especially the reading, sorting, quoting, and then
commenting every day, and nearly all of materials that, while they
often are interesting, also are journalistic, and not meant to
last beyond the day , for the most part, is
pretty exhausting, also because I am and was ill.
- Besides: while
when I started on this, on June 10, 2013, I had, besides my ordinary
illness, that leaves me with very little energy, quite serious
and quite painful problems with my eyes, that since then have grown a
lot less (though it still is not normal, and maybe never will be).
- Together, these
are two reasons to stop the daily crisis series: it takes too
much - and since I now can do a little more, I should try to do
some other things, while I still can. (For I am nearly 65,
although I neither look it nor feel it. And I cannot do both a daily
crisis log and doing other things.)
- Besides: while I
have several thousands of readers, and at least tenthousand hits each
day, either nobody of all my readers ever
sent me any mail about Nederlog since 2009, or the
Dutch NSA intercepts all my mail and nearly all my spam - I don't know,
but these are the facts.
- To which it should
be added that I never met anyone like me, and suppose I never
will (which is a pity) and I also have reached a point of view that
George Carlin reached: The people are mostly fucked, stupid, egoistic,
wilfully blind, gladly deluded, quite ignorant and lazy, but also very
eager, very egoistic, and mostly quite blind consumers and gadget
users, and as long as they are all of that in majority, which they are
because of lack of native intelligence and lack of acquired knowledge,
he and I are mostly helpless, and can only see, watch and
document how civilization will collapse - for it will, with such
leaders as we have, in this century also, and from natural
causes: there simply are too many stupid, ignorant and dishonest people
in the world.
There probably are
more, but these are the main reasons.
What will come in its stead
What will come instead
of the daily crisis report and hardly anything else in Nederlog
is the following:
- A weekly
crisis report, probably on Sundays, probably only based on The Guardian, Common Dreams, Truthdig and Mother Jones, and probably also with
little quotation or little comment.
- A daily
Nederlog, in English, about anything that
interests me, including bits on the crisis (but with less
quotation) - o yes: and these will again have informative
titles, instead of lists of keywords.
- The possibility
for me to do some other things, since my health now is a bit
better than it was the last 20 years, and the problems with my eyes
also are considerably less than they were for 2 years. (Thus, I
switched from 3 pairs of glasses to 1 recently, and my eyes also are a
lot less painful, which is very pleasant.)
The first two
are a bit old and a bit new: The first will be like the crisis series,
that also continues, but not on a daily basis, and
probably with less quotation, and the second will be more like how
Nederlog was in 2009 (before learning about XMRV, and before learning
about universal surveillance, which for me is plain governmental
fascism) but mostly in English and not in Dutch.
I think myself this will produce a better Nederlog, because it
will be more varied, and also will cost me less trouble - thus, for
example, the present file took only 2 hours to write, instead of the
usual 4 to 6, and the main difference is the not searching, not reading
and not quoting daily journalism, which indeed is rather a big relief
As to the last possibility: Time will tell, and I'll keep you informed
I really don't know, except for finishing my Philosophical
Dictionary and doing some more philosophy and some more Multatuli
(in Dutch, indeed): I really had hardly any time for that, with the
little energy I also have since 1.1.1979, in the last four years.
 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
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
from is quite pertinent.)
 Actually, and apart from the seven
words routine, I don't like Carlin very much until the 1990ies, when
indeed he did find his real and individual voice.
(Thus I don't care much for the stuff on stuff routine of the 1980ies,
 As to my unsuccessfullness: Yes and no.
I have been read by several millions, because of internet, and indeed
by very many more readers than the very few who read my
"teachers" in the university (though these got and get paid a whole
lot more for doing and knowing a whole lot less).
But until my pension I cannot publish books, for example: That
would lead to endless extremely sickening difficulties with the insane
idiots, degenerates, fascists, terrorists, and other human filth - very
sick sadists, especially (and yes, I am a psychologist) - that
run the Amsterdam dole. Besides: If ever I publish a book on paper, it
will probably not be of a popular kind, so I will earn little or
nothing that way.
 Also - in case you thought otherwise - the
rebelliousness I refer to is intellectual and moral and
not otherwise. My hair tended to be longer (and curlier) than that of
others, but that was also quite normal for where and when I lived, but
otherwise I was and am decent in dress and behavior. If I am noticed,
I am noticed because I am tall (6 ft 4 in - 1.94 m) or because I am a
very good talker.
But intellectually and morally I am and always have been an
opponent of the
system under which I have to live: This is not a system for
intelligent, honest and fair persons, also not if these are a lot rarer
than I thought when I was a lot younger.
 I have been reading systematically
since 1968 or 1969 in these subjects (in which I read around 10,000
books): philosophy, mathematics, logic, psychology, sociology, economy,
religion, mysticism, linguistics, physics, literature (mostly English,
again mostly older: 18th and early 19th C especially), and history, to
which were later - around 1980 - added medicine and computers.
I do not know of anyone who read as widely as I do, and also of
no one who read as much. And I am not
bragging: in fact, this was an unexpected and sad
 Here is a joke from the 1960ies: What is of
infinite value before the day, costs a quarter on the day, and is
useless the day after? The daily paper.
(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: