23, 2014
Crisis:  On  some difficulties with writing about the crisis - 1
  "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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1. On
what I wrote about the crisis, so far
2. On who should write about the crisis

About ME/CFS


This is a Nederlog of Tuesday, December 23. It is a crisis log, and it is the first daily one after having given up doing so every day, which I motivated here.

There are 2 items today, namely
On what I wrote about the crisis, so far which provides some 85 links to items from the crisis series that were all written before I knew about Edward Snowden and his revelations, and a brief bit On who should write about the crisis although there are few publications left that are willing to publish writings by people who are not conformists.

Tomorrow will probably see part 2 of this mini-series. O, and as regards the website of The Guardian: it is back as it was, for the most part, which is good.

1. On what I wrote about the crisis, so far

crisis reports are a part of Nederlog, and Nederlog exists since the late summer of 2004, when it was called Nedernieuws, until 2006. There were a few differences, but most don't matter, except one: both Nederlog and the crisis items were written normally in Dutch, and this remained so until 2010, when I changed it to English as the normal language, that has been so ever since.

crisis reports as a specific proper part of Nederlog, with the prefix "Crisis:", started on September 1, 2008, months before the Dutch government admitted there was a crisis, and indeed the first crisis report is quite good, although it is in Dutch, for it is about a major economical change: Towards corporatocracy. The second item is also interesting, because it explicitly ends on the prediction that ordinary men, and not the rich men who made the crisis, and who continued profiting from it ever since making it, would have to pick up the tab for the costs - and so they did, and so they do, and this is part of corporatocracy: The 1-10% of the rich take nearly all the profits; the 99-90% of the rest pay nearly all the costs, besides doing nearly all of the work.

In fact, the first 81 explicit crisis-reports were in Dutch, and these cover the years 2008 and 2009, and the first crisis report of 2010. Nearly all of the rest are in English (that is really as easy as is Dutch for me: I speak it 52 years now, and lived with three English speaking women, of which two were native speakers, and in fact I've read and written considerably more English than Dutch).

Also, there are all in all, up to December 21, 2014, 725 crisis items in all: 715 numbered ones, plus 10 more under 226, which were there given letters.

But these are not all alike. First, there are the Dutch ones and the English ones; second, there are the more theoretical ones, and those that mainly report; and third, there are the ones written before June 10, 2013 and those written after it.

I've written about Dutch versus English. This doesn't matter much, except that the English files are readable to far more people, which is the main reason for me to switch to English.

As to the difference between theoretical ones and reporting ones: There usually is a little theory in the reporting ones, in my comments, and certainly more than in the journalism that I usually deal with, but it is not my main subject, which was mostly reporting. There are a number of decent theoretical articles, but apart from a few none go really deep.

Here are some - and no, I did not read most of them recently, though I will read them soon:

2008 (Dutch)

"Maak van Prinsjesdag een hoopvolle dag voor ons klimaat!"
Over corporatisme
Vadertje Staat, de goedwillende tiran 
Kanttekeningen bij de staat en het corporatisme
Over Keynes en de economische crisis-beheersing
Wat meer over Keynes
Nog wat over Keynes en Wittgenstein
Het gedegenereerd Nederlands bestuur - 1 
Marx, Keynes en crisis

2009 (Dutch)

Over Orwell, Burnham en de managers
Economie & managers: Uitkomende hypothese
Iets over managers-typen
Iets over bonussen
De Bijstands Revolutie
Yan Xuetong vindt 't ook: Untergang des Abendlandes
Managers- en bankiers-salarissen
De oncontroleerbare overheden
Krisis-economie en ... taalgebruik
Krisis-economie: "Na ons de zondvloed"
Krediet-crisis: De exploderende bonussen-pest
Krediet-crisis + maatschappij-crisis - 1
Krediet-crisis + maatschappij-crisis - 2: Mak's flessenpost I
Krediet-crisis + maatschappij-crisis - 3: Mak's Flessenpost II
Crisis: Het Bureaucratie Plan
Crisis: Een soort verklaring voor de crisis
Crisis: Een soort verklaring voor de crisis - P.S.
Hoe word ik een Nederlands Topambtenaar?

2010 (English)

Crisis: On Corporatism
Crisis: On Cooperation


Crisis: "Yes, we can!"
Crisis: "What happened to Obama?" 
Crisis: The audacity of nope
Crisis: On some of the roots of the crisis
Crisis: On the legal corruption in the US and Europe 

2012 (English)

Crisis: Exit US-Constitution?!
Crisis: Corporate psychopaths - part A
Crisis: On the supermen who are our leaders
Crisis: Corporations taking over the state
Crisis: Corporate psychopaths - part B
Crisis: The age of ignorance
Crisis: The age of ignorance and degeneracy
Crisis:  Big Brother is watching you
Crisis:  Kill Lists + Socialist Capitalism
Crisis: Where are the really intellgent, rational and reasonable folks?
Crisis: Where are the really intellgent, rational and reasonable folks?
Crisis: 'Corporations are people, my friend', agrees US Supreme Court
Crisis: US corporations now beyond the US law
Crisis: Milgram on obedience
Crisis: Kohlberg on moral stadia
Crisis: Gore Vidal explains some backgrounds
Crisis: More Gore Vidal + some notes by me
Crisis: "U.S. pretty darned fucked" + more Gore Vidal + notes by me
Crisis: Quotes from Orwell and Hazlitt
Crisis: propaganda and Control: Brezezinski 1968
Crisis: On the coming authoritarian police states - 1
Crisis: On the coming authoritarian police states - 2
Crisis: A little more about Zinoviev
Crisis: The decline of the rule of law & the rise of psychopathology
Crisis: About "Brave New World" and Aldous Huxley
Crisis: Christmas sermon: Hypotheses about CF+SS
Crisis: Hypotheses about CF+SS - P.S. with some about C.W. Mills


Crisis:  Why are so many so apathetic?
Crisis: On the endless 'war on terror'
Crisis + DSM-5: It's deregulation, stupid!
On leaders, on authorities and on misanthropy
On human nature and on ordinary men
Crisis + DSM-5: About "The Trap - part 1: F**k your buddy"
On Deception - 1
On Deception - 2 + Propaganda techniques
On Deception - 3: postmodernism, public relations, propaganda
Documenting man's inhumanity to man
Crisis: The ideological ape in action
On Deception - 4: More about propaganda
Crisis: The human moral and intellectual problems
Crisis: "Human Stupidity Is Destroying the World"
Crisis: Sheldon Wolin on inverted totalitarianism
Crisis: Wolin on fascism + Greenwald on the Surveillance State
Crisis: Sadism as part of the explanation
Crisis: The TV and average intelligence
Crisis: On "American Averages"
Crisis: On "American Averages" - 2
Crisis: On "American Averages" - 3
Crisis: On "American Averages" - 4

Also, all of the above were written before I came to know about Edward Snowden and his revelations (and the last four are about the 1970ies, mainly, and may show you some about what has been lost since then: Quite a lot, in terms of rights and incomes).

Indeed, from June 10, 2013 till December 19, 2014 most of Nederlog was about the crisis, and the main reason for that was Edward Snowden, whose existence I learned about on
June 10, 2013, and the specific news he got known for:

The NSA, the GCHQ, the other secret services of the Five Eyes (in Canada, Australia and New Zealand) have been spying like mad on all the traffic that  anybody uses a computer for that is connected to the internet, including all
cell phones.

The pretext was always: "it is because of terrorism", but that was a dirty lie, as I already said in 2005. The terrorism of a few islamic groups has been used as the foundation stone for the state terrorism of the USA, England, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, who insist on knowing everything that anybody knows or believes, anonymously, secretively, but with very real consequences.

For me - with a father and a grandfather who were in concentration camps because of resisting the Nazis - this is explicit and extremely dangerous neo-fascism, especially combined with corporatocracy, where the few rich decide everything and get almost all the profits.

2. On who should write about the crisis 

The answer to the question implied by the title is: Everybody should, but especially investigative journalists and academics ... but then it turns out that there are not many investigative journalists left, while the academics do their usual things: posturing and betraying, for this is what they've always done, also always with a few exceptions, to be sure, but not by far enough to save the species from criticism. (And see Julien Benda or Noam Chomsky.)

And not only are there few investigative journalists left: there are also few independent, strong, well written daily papers left, and there is no reason to expect any inversion of this tendency.

This means that although there still are quite a few individual writers about the crisis, most of them are not ordinary journalists and certainly not ordinary academics (for both groups basically sold out), and also that, apart from The Guardian, Common Dreams, Truthdig, and Mother Jones (and a few more), there are few periodicals in English that would print the writings of anyone who does not subscribe to the conformistic agenda most journalists and by far the most "academics" have effectively subscribed to, since 2001.

Indeed, this is one of my main reasons for a quite pessimistic point of view:

Without a real, extensive, well-paid, FREE press democracy is completely lost - and indeed it seems as if it is, though few notice it, for such things are only noticed in a FREE press, and that is mostly, though not (yet) completely, dead.

Finally, this is the first of two of this title: The remaining sections are:

On who should read about the crisis
On intellectual and literary standards
On propaganda, deceit and advertisements
These will probably be dealt with tomorrow.
[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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