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. Julian Assange appeals to
Sweden's supreme court over
2. Spy cables: Greenpeace head
targeted by intelligence
agencies before Seoul G20
More Than 60% of Germans Believe Capitalism,
Democracy Are Mutually
4. Ukraine War: A Reverse Cuban Missile
Me Pay For My Crimes Would Send “Message of
Uncertainty to the Markets”
This is a Nederlog of
February 25, 2015.
This also is a crisis log - and for the few who are interested in M.E.
or in orthomolecular medicine, there is an
earlier file today on my M.E. (which I
have for the 37th year, while this interests very few medics)
and on what
I am trying to do against it (with some success, but no cure).
The present file has 5 items with 6 dotted links: Item 1
is on Assange's plight, who appealed to Sweden's supreme court (quite
justifiedly so); item 2 is on how the head of
Greenpeace was spied upon; item 3 is about
Germany's radical opinions, at least according to a recent opinion poll
(I am a bit skeptical); item 4 is a decent article
by a U.S. ex-diplomat on the Ukraine; and item 5 is
the bankmanagers' argument why they can commit any crime and not get
prosecuted, illustrated by a Spanish case.
1. Julian Assange appeals to Sweden's
supreme court over
The first item
article by by David Crouch on The Guardian:
This starts as
Julian Assange is taking his appeal to
Sweden’s highest court in a final attempt to persuade a Swedish judge
that the arrest warrant against him should be lifted.
His lawyers will ask
Sweden’s supreme court on Wednesday to agree that the “severe
limitations” on Assange’s freedoms since he claimed asylum in the
Ecuadorian embassy in London in 2012 to escape
extradition to Sweden are unreasonable and disproportionate
to the case.
In August 2010, the WikiLeaks founder and campaigning journalist
was accused by two women of rape and sexual molestation, but he has not
been charged because the prosecutor insists she is unable to interview
him about the allegations.
Prosecutor Marianne Ny
has declined invitations by Assange to do so in London, where he has
taken refuge in the embassy to avoid a perceived threat of extradition
to the US for publishing military secrets. Assange denies all the
I'd say that Marianne
Ny is doing her very, very best to help the U.S. DoJ to get Assange:
Clearly, she declines to do anything, because she hopes this will help
the U.S., while it would be very easy for her to fly to London, talk to
Assange, fly back, and proceed.
But she doesn't want
to, and Assange is quite right to appeal to Sweden’s highest court.
There is considerably more
under the last dotted link.
2. Spy cables: Greenpeace head targeted by
intelligence agencies before Seoul G20
item is an article by Seumas Milne and Ewen MacAskill on the "renewed"
Guardian (that now looks like it is 1992 - hardly any pictures,
very little text, on vast colored expanses - and is far, far
more difficult to use: Danke schön, Wolfgang
This starts as
The head of Greenpeace
International, Kumi Naidoo, was targeted by intelligence
agencies as a potential security threat ahead of a major international
summit, leaked documents reveal.
Information about Naidoo,
a prominent human rights
activist from South Africa, was requested from South African
intelligence by South Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS) in
the runup to a meeting of G20 leaders in Seoul in 2010.
There is also this:
Greenpeace is one of the world’s best known
environmental groups, combining lobbying with high-profile direct
action protests. South Korean intelligence may have been concerned
about possible disruption at the summit. Told this week of the
approach, Naidoo described it as outrageous.
According to a document,
marked confidential and written by South African intelligence, the NIS
asked its South African counterpart eight months before the summit “to
indicate any possible security threat against the president of South
Africa during the G20 summit to be held in South Korea from 11-12 November 2010”.
Greenpeace and other
environmental groups have long been the target of extensive
intelligence operations, both by governments and corporations, across
the world. In 1985, the Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior was sunk by
French intelligence agents in Auckland, New Zealand, on its way to
protest against a French nuclear test, killing a photographer. The FBI,
undercover British police and corporations such as Shell and BP have
targeted or used private security firms to spy on Greenpeace.
There is considerably
more under the last dotted link.
3. Survey: More Than 60% of Germans Believe
Capitalism, Democracy Are Mutually Exclusive
item is an article by Donald Kaufman on Truthdig:
This starts as follows (and I
found this a bit hard to believe, but I may be mistaken):
The reasons I find this hard
to believe are (i) Germany is still doing rather well, also for
ordinary Germans (ii) ordinary Germans wanted in considerable majority
It’s been 25 years and
change since the Berlin Wall came down, but as it turns out, Germans
now aren’t so big on the whole capitalism thing.
A poll published Tuesday
suggests that nearly a third of Germans believe capitalism is at the
root of their country’s hunger and poverty problems. Although Germany’s
economy has fared better recently than that of many neighboring
nations, most of the respondents signaled a shared belief that real
democracy cannot thrive within the current capitalistic framework. Reuters reported about the poll Tuesday:
The poll of 1,400
people found that 59 percent of Germans in the formerly communist east
consider communist and socialist ideals a good idea for society. In
western Germany, 37 percent said they considered communist and
socialist ideals to be good.
the present government, headed by a Christian Democrat, and (iii) I'd
say most who lived in East Germany before 1989 did not like it at all,
while (iv) the title speaks of "60% of Germans", while this in
fact refers to former East Germans, whereas in the former
West Germany, the percentage is 37% (still rather a lot in my eyes,
but not "60%").
Then again, the same survery - it seems - is being reported in this
article, with a slightly different title. This is by Andrea Germanos on
This starts as follows:
I say. Well, I am still not
convinced, for the above reasons. And it is not that I would not want
to be convinced, but that is seems fairly incredible to me, given what
I know about Germany and Germans. (But I may be mistaken. Then
again, if the same sort of findings were published about Holland, I
simply would dismiss them as somehow false. Since I know less about
Germany, I am more doubtful.)
A new German survey has a
finding that may strike a particular chord with those in the United
Over 60 percent of
their country did not have a true democracy because business has a
bigger say than the electorate, the survey by the Emnid polling
institute for the Free University of Berlin found.
The finding echoes
results of a previous study in the U.S. that found
a similar percentage opposed the 2010 Citizens United
decision that opened the floodgates to unlimited corporate spending on
elections, and said that the voices of the electorate were being
drowned out by big-moneyed interests.
Twenty percent of the
German respondents also said that improved living conditions will be
achieved through revolution, not reforms, and a third of respondents
said that capitalism was the root of hunger and poverty.
4. Ukraine War: A Reverse Cuban Missile
item is an article by William R. Polk, who is an ex-diplomat who also
was involved in the Cuban
missile crisis (<- Wikipedia) of 1962:
This starts as follows - and I give the summary and the
first two paragraphs:
Guided by an
aggressive neocon “regime change” strategy, the United States has
stumbled into a potential military confrontation with Russia over
Ukraine, a dangerous predicament that could become a Cuban Missile
Crisis in reverse, as ex-U.S. diplomat William R. Polk explains.
The rest is a fairly careful description of the Cuba
crisis and a comparison with the Ukrainian crisis. It is here because -
unlike much I have seen - this does not seem to be propaganda.
By William R. Polk
In a rather ghastly
Nineteenth Century experiment, a biologist by the name of Heinzmann
found that if he placed a frog in boiling water, the frog immediately
leapt out but that if he placed the frog in tepid water and then
gradually heated it, the frog stayed put until he was scalded to death.
Are we like the frog? I
see disturbing elements of that process today as we watch events unfold
in the Ukraine confrontation. They profoundly frighten me and I believe
they should frighten everyone. But they are so gradual that we do not
see a specific moment in which we must jump or perish.
There is rather a lot more under the last dotted link, that you may
read for yourself. I give just one more quotation:
This is indeed part of
the reason I can take Polk serious. And while I don't agree with all he
says, the parallel he draws seems fair and is frightening, while his
prescription, quoted above (in part) seems sound.
So what to do? In a word:
stop. What we are now doing and what we contemplate doing is not in our
interest or in the interests of the Ukrainians and is perceived as a
threat by the Russians. We cannot deliver on the policy we would
encourage the Ukrainians to adopt by arming them without a war.
Economic sanctions are a form of that war, but they are unlikely to
accomplish what we have been proclaiming.
Me Pay For My Crimes Would Send “Message of Uncertainty to the Markets”
item for today is an article by Don Quijones on Wolf Street:
This starts as follows:
I say. This is at least
a bit amazing: A judge who does his duty!  Then
“It’s just a matter of
time before injustice prevails…”
A Spanish judge by the
name of Fernando Andreu recently violated one of the most important
unwritten rules of global finance: namely, that banks and bankers are
effectively immune to all laws of all lands (barring, of course,
Iceland). As I reported roughly
10 days ago, Andreu had ordered Bankia, its parent company state-owned
BFA, the bank’s former chairman, Rodrigo Rato, and three other former
directors to pay an €800 million civil liability bond for signing off
on fraudulent financial statements in the run up to the bank’s 2011 IPO.
If the defendants fail to
cough up the full amount before March 13th, the authorities will
embargo assets belonging to them with the equivalent market value.
the judge's decision was rapidly contradicted by bankmanager Rodrigo
He argued like Eric
Holder did (for the bankmanagers, already in 1999):
The first to hit back was
Rodrigo Rato, the bank’s former chairman and one-time IMF president. In
a 75-page notice of appeal that was leaked to the Spanish press, Rato
cautioned that Judge Andreu’s “premature” decision to force the six
defendants to compensate the thousands of shareholders they are accused
of defrauding could end up provoking a “much greater evil” than that it
is supposed to address.
In the worst case scenario,
the document warns, it could send a “message of uncertainty to the
markets,” which could in turn exert downward pressure (otherwise known
as gravity) on the already semi-defunct bank’s share price.
Bankmanagers may do whatever they please, because they are so powerful
that when they are upset, they may break the economy. And that
both Eric Holder and the bankmanagers want to prevent!
It is an utterly insane schema - "I can commit any crime, for if I
can't I will kill the whole economy!" - but it may well succeed. There
is considerably more under the last dotted link.
 I have the right to be amazed:
In Holland - the country where I was forced to live since I fell ill in
1979, because I am ill and Dutch - all judges are corrupt, it seems,
for since 1987 no judge took any position on the illegal
schema by which mayors illegally assign places (for an unknown
sum, that I estimate to be 5%) to illegal drugsdealers to deal illegal
drugs (marijuana and hashish) from. (Incidentally, this also costs some
10 lives every year, of people who get
mysteriously murdered, mostly around Amsterdam, always in connection
with drugs, but never solved.)
The main reason seems to be that only the sales of marijuana and hashish in or from Holland are
at least 10 billion euros a year (according to the 1996 Parliamentary Van Traa Report,
that was "forgotten" after Van Traa "had a mortal accident" in 1997).
I have often wandered how much got back to the silent Dutch judges, but
I don't know - I have no idea. Would none of them get
any money, in spite of tolerating a gross - though extremely
well-paying - felony? For 28 years in succession? I really don't know.
It is a fact, though, that I have heard of no Dutch judge in
the last 28 years who had a single word of criticism about
this grossly illegal schema, or who asked a single
question about it.
That is also why I say they are corrupt, whether or not they got any
money for shutting up: it is their duty to maintain the law or to stop
being a judge, and all of them refuse to do so in the case of the -
enormous - sales of illegal drugs.