20, 2014
The Philosophical Dictionary + Dutch properties fell radically + Nederlog changes

The Philosophical Dictionary
2. Dutch properties fell radically
in value
3. Changes in Nederlog


This is a Nederlog of Saturday, December 20.

This is a small update on my
Philosophical Dictionary, that meanwhile exists 10 years but still is not finished; on the quite radical fall of Dutch properties (this is a crisis item in a way); and on the changes in Nederlog.

For this is the first Nederlog file in a fairly long time that has the new format, namely without the added part on the bottom about M.E./CFS and also without the normal crisis introduction.

These changes are briefly commented on in item 3. Also, there is brief earlier Nederlog file today about M.E./CFS.

1. The Philosophical Dictionary

I started my Philosophical Dictionary in 2004, and initially - the first four years or so - did quite a lot for it, which then grew a lot less when I first started writing about XMRV and M.E. (which turns out to be a mistake, in the sense that XMRV is
mere contamination), and then on the crisis.

There were two main reasons to start it:

First, while I have read quite a lot in quite a number of philosophical dictionaries and encyclopedias the last 45 years, I have not found any that gives my position on many key-terms (and I know as much or more as any philosopher of my age, with very few exceptions) and second, because it seemed simplest to me to give "my philosophy" in a brief format.

I probably was a bit mistaken about the second of these reasons, namely because it would probably have been easier to write a book about my philosophy - but then I could not publish that book on paper anyway, as long as I am in the clutches of the Amsterdam dole, which I will be for a little more than four months now.

But I still like it and still want to continue it, which I can now also do, as long as my health remains a bit better than it was the last 20 years (which were pretty horrible, properly considered), and since I have given up the daily crisis series.

In fact, I have added four terms today (all Dutch).

What I intend to do now is first finishing the first version, that may take another year, or might be done in a few months, and then rework the whole dictionary, and remove all the Dutch terms (or else translate them into English).

There is one problem there: It is quite difficult to do this well with KompoZer, because of its many bugs, that also cannot be removed. There also is the editor in Seamonkey, which is far less bugged, but also far less capable, but these are the two only halfway decent tools for working with html that are available on Linux (which is definitely not an advertisement for Linux).

But OK... the plan is to finish the
Philosophical Dictionary next year, though I will probably not also be capable of reworking it to only English. (But you never know: I am a bit better now than I was since 1994.)

2. Dutch properties fell radically in value

The present item may be regarded as a crisis item. In fact, it is an ANP message (translated: General Dutch Press Agency) on the income + propery of the Dutch, where you should realize that (1) income is basically the salary one gets every month, and property is whatever valuable one owns, while (2) most Dutchmen have few valuables other than their houses (which are generally bought on loan)
and their cars (to which the same applies).

Given these clarifications, here is an English translation:
Properties of Dutch households strongly declined

The properties of Dutchmen have a considerably lesser value. Dutch households had on January 1, 2013, an average property of 19,000 Euros. That is 30 percent less than in the beginning of 2012, it emerges from numbers supplied by the Central Office for Statistics. In the beginning of 2008 the average property of households was 47,000 euros. In 2012 this was 27,000 euros, and by 2013 this had declined to 19,000 euros. This was the strongest decline since the beginning of the economical crisis in the end of 2008. The decline was caused mostly by the fall in value of the owned houses.
So in fact this is a loss of those who anyway have a higher income, and much of it is statistical, but even so, unless the prices of houses start to increase again, which they will not do until the crisis ends, the average property of average Dutch families has declined by over 40% since 2008.

3. Changes in Nederlog

Finally, I made a few formatting changes in Nederlog, that amount to the following for ordinary Nederlogs:

From now on they will not have the daily constant addition of M.E.-files at the end, mostly because this interests only a few, and I have given up on the ordinary ill people with M.E., because these are all anonymous, with few or no felt responsibilities, without the least accountability, without any real intellectual capacities or knowledge, but often with extremely strong but totally unfounded opinions. Well, I am sorry, but I am out: I lack the requisite stupidity and I also lack the lack of morals.

Besides, this saves about 20 Kb a day. (Though I may add a constant link to the new M.E./CFS file I am making, in 2015.)

What also is gone today, but will be retained in further crisis files (that will occur, in weekends and also sometimes on other days), is the opening of real crisis files.
I like the opening, but will only use it for real crisis files.

Then again, these are the only changes in Nederlog, and indeed there will be crisis files in the future as well, but not anymore on a daily basis, and also not anymore founded on a fairly careful reading of over 40 sites daily: That really is too much work for me, about which I also got no feedback whatsoever, from no one.

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