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."
Trans Pacific Trickle-Down Economics
2. What Ails this Country?
Bernie Sanders Will Ask You
3. Obama: Debate Senator
Warren on Global
4. Fast Track/TPP: The Death
of National Sovereignty,
State Sovereignty, Separation of
Powers, and Democracy
5. I CAN LIVE!
This is a Nederlog of Sunday, May 3,
This is a crisis
It is also a quite special day for me, as will be explained in
the last item, for I was awarded a - minimal - pension, that is 55
euros more than the minimal dole I've received for years, which means
that I CAN live and can continue to write,
and can continue to live where I live (which is quite OK since
1993), all of which up to yesterday I did not know.
Also, I am rid of the sadistic moral degenerates of the Amsterdam dole,
who abused me from 1984 - 2011, which is an enormous relief,
that also will allow me to skin them verbally. But OK... here is the
summary of today's Nederlog:
There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is
about a good article by Reich on the TPP; item 2 is
about Sanders' campaign; item 3 is a fine letter by
Ralph Nader who invites Obama to debate Elizabeth Warren (which he will
but the letter is fine); item 4 is a very
fine article by Joe Firestone on the TPP: it will kill national and
state sovereignty and kill democracy; and item 5 is
something I achieved that I doubted I would reach or get for a long
time: I will get a Dutch minimal pension (that is slightly more than
the dole, but without any oversight by bureaucratic sadists).
This changes my position considerably, and for the better, and also
assures that my site will continue as is (or considerably more
critical: I don't need to fear financial sanctions anymore).
I will need to think about the chances my pension gives, and will write
about this later. But this is a major improvement for me.
Pacific Trickle-Down Economics
item today is an article by Robert Reich on his site:
This starts as follows:
That is the beginning. Apart
from the "we" in the title, which I don't like because I rarely belong
to "we", as indeed is the case here, once more, I like the article.
learned nothing from thirty years of failed trickle-down economics?
By now we
should know that when big corporations, Wall Street, and the wealthy
goodies, the rest of us get shafted.
Reagan and George W. Bush tax cuts of 1981, 2001, and 2003,
sold to America as ways to boost the economy and create jobs.
ended up boosting the take-home pay of those at the top. Most Americans
the long stagnation of American wages began with Reaganomics. Wages
rose a bit
under Bill Clinton, and then started plummeting again under George W.
economics proved a cruel hoax. The new jobs created under Reagan and
Bush paid lousy wages, the old jobs paid even less, and we ended up
whopping federal budget deficits.
the bailout of Wall Street in 2008. It was sold as the means of
up preserving the jobs and exorbitant pay of bankers, but millions of
lost their shirts. Small savers were wiped out, and homeowners never
refinancing they were promised.
conditions were put on the Wall Street banks for what they were
supposed to do
for the rest of us in return for our bailing them out. None of their
executives even went to jail for causing the crash in the first place.
nothing trickled down.
the Trans Pacific Partnership.
It is fairly brief, and you should - if you are interested in your
income, and are not a rich banker - read all of it.
I only will quote the last two paragraphs, that sums it up:
should have learned by now about trickle-down economics is that nothing
Trans Pacific Partnership is enacted, big corporations, Wall Street,
top executives and shareholders will make out like bandits. Who will
the bandits be
stealing from? The rest of us.
This again is about a "we"
I never belonged to (I never believed a word of "trickle-down economics" and always considered this a sick and
degenerate fraud) but OK: The rest is true, and the days of dominant
financial fascism are at hand - for yes, that is how I see it.
(And I am very glad that I have reached a minimal but
sufficient pension. There is more about this in item 5,
but those with M.E.
Ails this Country? Bernie Sanders Will Ask You
who are 5 or 10 or more years younger than me, especially if they live
in the United States or England, will find it extremely
difficult to survive, I am very much afraid.)
item is an article by Elizabeth Oriel on Common Dreams:
This starts as follows:
There is more in the article,
that is by a marine biologist. The article is good and it is here
because so far Bernie Sanders is the only presidential
candidate who talks sense.
“What is government
if not a relationship with the people?”–resident of Concord,
“I think the amount
of influence I have, or anyone has, as a member of the public basically
comes from free discourse.” –resident of Concord, Massachusetts
Bernie Sanders’ 2012
campaign in Vermont for US Senate was not the celebrity affair of many
campaigns that present a glossy image with short vacuous slogans. His
campaign through rural Vermont was an exercise in democracy. What an
anomaly in this cynical time. His approach is so rare and so
respectful, I am not sure we will know what to do with it if he
conducts the same kind of campaign for the presidency.
He would show up in a
town of 6000 residents in northern Vermont, step into a high school
meeting room and fully engage the community. Not through mesmerizing
residents with modulated speech patterns, but through discussion. He
would ask the group of 100 people or more, “Why can’t people get jobs?
What is going on with the economy? How do we lower unemployment?” One
woman answers, “Wall Street is the problem”, another says, “taxes hurt
small business” and then others give their opinions. After listening
and responding briefly to people’s comments, Bernie shares his
opinions. Mixed into his answers are statistics, analyses, and his own
take on the issue.
He offers not only an
avenue for democratic activity through open discussion, but an
education on what ails this country. He is an educator in the best
sense. Education that empowers with information and opportunities to
critically approach a problem.
Debate Senator Warren on Global Economic Pact
item is an article and also a letter addressed to president Obama, by
This starts as follows:
This is a very good
letter by Ralph Nader (who should have become president in 2000, and
would have if the average IQ in the U.S. had been 30 or more points
President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500
Dear President Obama:
You have taken a strong
across-the-board position favoring the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
nearing completion and scheduled for a fast track clearance vote in the
Congress. Indeed, you have descended admirably from your presidential
perch to take on the most informed critics of this agreement with
Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand,
Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.
You have accused critics
of spreading misinformation, including Senator Elizabeth Warren and
Lori Wallach, the director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, who
is known for her meticulous research and who was at Harvard Law School
during your time there.
With the barrage of
commentary on an agreement, labelled singularly as trade promotion by
unknowing newspaper columnists and reporters, and the less reported
rebuttals that the TPP is far more than a trade agreement (aka treaty)
and places serious environmental, health, consumer and labor conditions
within its grip, isn’t it time for you to engage with
concerned citizens and their representatives rather than assert
unilaterally that “Elizabeth Warren is wrong on the facts”? It is time
to clarify the issues before a skeptical public and others who are
downright confused. Why not debate Senator Elizabeth Warren before a
national TV audience?
There are many reasons
for you to use this format to engage the American people. They will be
the ones paying the price in many dire ways if the mega-corporate
promoters of TPP turn out to be as wrong as they have been with prior
trade deals, most recently the Korean Trade Agreement (2012) which you
espoused and which has worsened the trade deficit with South Korea and
caused job loss in the United States.
Vice President Albert
Gore debated NAFTA on nationwide television with Ross Perot.
You and Senator Warren
have been teachers of the law and share a common law school
background—Harvard. A debate would be deliberative and, assuming you
and she have read the 29 chapters of the TPP (only a handful of
chapters dealing with trade), would be revelatory far beyond the narrow
prisms reflected in the mass media.
Like NAFTA and the World
Trade Organization, the TPP is a transnational system of autocratic
governance that subordinates and bypasses our access to our own
judiciary in favor of secret tribunals whose procedures contravene our
country’s system of due process, openness and independent appeals.
These agreements, as you know, have enforceable provisions regarding
the rights and privileges of corporations. The rhetorical assurances
regarding labor, environment and consumer rights have no such
Like many of his other letters to the president, it will not be
answered nor even acknowledged. But his point is very clear:
Some may wonder why you
don’t call this agreement a “treaty”, like other countries. Could it be
that an agreement only requires a 51 percent vote, rather than a
two-thirds vote in the Congress for treaty ratification?
You are quoted in
Post decrying “misinformation” circulating on the TPP and
pledging that you are “going to be pushing back very hard if I keep on
hearing that.” Fine. Push back before tens of millions of people with
Senator Elizabeth Warren as your debating counterpart. If you agree, be
sure that interested Americans have a copy of the TPP deal first so
that they can be an informed audience.
I look forward to your
Ralph Nader (signature)
president of the U.S. is a servant of the banks' managers and
4. Fast Track/TPP: The Death of National
Sovereignty, State Sovereignty, Separation of Powers, and Democracy
will pretend he did neither receive nor read this.
item is an article by Joe Firestone on Naked Capitalism:
This starts as
Most of the critical
attention given to the Fast Track Trade Agreement legislation and to
the associated Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
Congressional – Executive Agreement on mainstream corporate media and
by politicians and establishment interest groups interacting with them
in the beltway echo chamber, has focused on the likely or possible
economic impacts of these. But relatively little attention has focused
on sovereignty, constitutional separation of powers, or democracy
impacts, which however are being covered increasingly well in
alternative social media. See here, here, here,
In hopes of breaking through
this fragmentation by type of media of the debate over the TPP, I’ll
focus this post only on governance impacts and try to make the case,
that this so-called trade agreement, if passed and implemented would
create profound governance changes in the United States without
benefit of the constitutional amendments that would normally be
required to accomplish such changes. I’ll also make the case that the
governance impacts destroy national sovereignty, state sovereignty, separation of powers, and democracy.
I reviewed a previous
article by Joe Firestone on April 29, last.
This is another very good article on the TPP. I strongly recommend that
you read it.
Here is is conclusion:
Quite so: The TPP
(and the TTIP) are the formal start of multinational financial fascism
on a world scale. And we owe it to Obama: "Change! Yes, we can!".
The likely impact of the
TPP on the economy, working people, wages, economic inequality, US
manufacturing, and unemployment is likely to be severe and to
exacerbate the trends toward inquality we see all around us. Anyone who
thinks that the TPP will create jobs here in the face of all previous
experience with much more limited “trade” deals is highly credulous or
blinded by the money flowing from those interests who are licking their
chops over the opportunities for excessive profits they believe the
deal will bring them.
Signing the TPP would be
terrible if these awful impacts were the only ones. However, the
governance impacts I’ve described in these posts will create more
fundamental damages than these for signators, including the United
has called the TPP “the death
of the Republic.” It certainly is that. But, I think I’ve shown that it
is the death of National Sovereignty, State Sovereignty, Separation of
Powers, and Democracy, as well. These impacts on governance and
politics are even more important, I believe, than its economic ones,
since it from these that our benefits, both economic and non-economic
The elevation of the
principle of “expectation of profits” above all other principles
including the principles of “public purpose,” “consent of the
governed,” “the general welfare,” and “separation of powers,” is
tantamount to the overthrow of democracy, preserving its form in
national level elections, but emptying its elections of meaningful
content in mandating change and in conferring legitimacy on national
authorities. I’ve said previously that the rule of
the TPP, even if
passed over the mushrooming opposition from all segments of American
society except the uncritical globalists, will never be viewed as
legitimate in the United States and will also always be viewed as
tyranny for as long as we live under it. This problem will become
increasingly severe the larger, more frequent, and more outrageous ISDS
awards defending the “expectations of profits” of multinational become.
That makes those who want
to pass the TPP guilty of
conspiracy to create tyrannical rule of the international few over the
people of the United States and other TPP member
nations. Eventually, I believe that a vote for the TPP will be
viewed as vote to betray the Constitution and a violation of the oath
of office of any who vote that way.
How can there be any
other outcome when an action taken in office destroys National
Sovereignty, State Sovereignty, Separation of Powers, and Democracy
with a single vote.
5. I CAN LIVE!
item today is not an article by someone else, but a link to the start
of my section on having ME and living in Amsterdam. On my hard disk
this is slightly over 100 MB, but it will be a bit less on the site.
Also, I should warn you that most is in Dutch (but this isn't, and was
published in 1988-89):
The reason to link this is
that it is the best description of what my life was like, since I fell
ill on 1.I.1979, aged 28, and since the woman I lived with fell ill on
10.I.1979, aged 24.
I am still ill, and so was she around 2000, which was the last
time I saw her (and we had separated by the end of 1983), indeed also
in spite of the fact that both of us, in spite of being ill, got excellent
M.A.'s in psychology (which again is due to our being uncommonly
intelligent - her IQ was 142, mine considerably higher - which I
shouldn't even say because everyone who is non-prominent
in Holland is "equal" and "of equal value" to anyone else, however
stupid and ignorant and prejudiced a person that may be ,
but it happens to be a fact, even though "facts" and "truth" did not
exist in the University of Amsterdam from 1971-1995 according to
nearly everyone who studied or taught there...).
Anyway - the title of this section is due to the fact that I got
yesterday a letter that informed me that I get a pension,
starting in August, of euros 1015,34 each month, after taxes.
That is 55 euro more each month than I receive in the dole, and
about 40 euros less than I would have gotten if I hadn't lived for 2
years in Norway, during which time I did not build up any pension.
And this means that, for the first time in 31 years of
dole, I get what I am legally entitled to .
Also, while this is a minimal income, I have no debts of any kind, and
know I can live on this amount, and do not need to move or
anything else: I simply can continue to live as I have been since I
arrived at the place where I still live in the beginning of 1993, which
also is the only decent place I've lived in, in Holland. (I was
nearly 43 when I got that ....)
The title of this item - "I CAN LIVE" - is precisely
correct, for I would not have been abled to live on if I had
received rather less than the dole, which is something I have feared
for quite a few years, because I have been mistreated so very
much in Amsterdam in all manner of gross illegal ways, that
indeed were possible because I was genuinely ill while this was never
even acknowledged by the Amsterdam bureaucrats and the Amsterdam
politicians for 37 years:
I was horribly abused, while being ill and unable to escape,
and did not get enough sleep for seven years, and in two
places; I was thrown out of the University of Amsterdam briefly before
taking my M.A. in philosophy by a bunch of sadistic incompetents as "a
fascist" and "a terrorist"; I was gassed - literally: I was
unconscious on the floor for several hours - because I dared to protest
against the illegal dealers of illegal drugs that
Amsterdam's mayor Van Thijn had given his personal permission
to deal in illegal drugs from the bottom floor of the house
where I lived; and none of the very many very
well-written letters I wrote was ever answered by anyone.
But I have survived 37 years of continued illegal
discrimination, and from August 2015 onward will receive, for the first
time also since 1984, what I am legally entitled to....
There will be a lot more, and indeed I will attempt to get more money
from the University and from the City, that both grossly
mistreated me for many years, but now I need not fear
any sanctions anymore from the Amsterdam dole, which is a great
and wholly positive change.
For the moment I am quite happy that I reached this, which - although
it is minimal - I have doubted for a long time I would ever reach,
while if I would have reached it and the decision would have
been up to the Amsterdam authorities, I would not have
gotten anything I could have lived on, if this would have been possible
for them to organize. But no, it wasn't up to them, happily.
So this is one of the first good things that happened
to me in 37 years of unacknowledged real invalidity... 
More later, for this is a real improvement for me, especially
in getting rid of the dole and getting enough to survive as I have done
now since 1993.
 This is really true, and also something most
Dutchmen - say they - think. Prominent Dutchmen, especially if
they are politicians, writers or sports' heroes are all geniuses, or very
little removed from that status, however stupid, ignorant and
 Because I should have received money
for the ill since I fell ill on 1.i.1979, but never did: No
bureaucrat ever agreed that I was ill, in spite of medical doctors who
signed perfectly fair and correct letters that said I was, while also I lived from August 1978-May 1984 on study-loans, that
were less than the dole but sufficient for me. (And I do not need to
pay back the loans since 2004.)
 Incidentally, this is not to
say that I horribly suffered for 37 years. But almost every
bureaucratic decision that was taken by the Amsterdam authorities, especially
since I was gassed by Van Thijn's personal friends the illegal
drugs dealers, was against me and denied the very
real - and rather painful - illness and invalidity I suffer
from. Also, in all these 37 years of unacknowledged real
physical illness, I can recall only one good other
decision, and that was mostly the work of my excellent G.P.
Helen van Proosdij-Fertigova (who unfortunately stopped being a G.P. in
1999): The fact that I did get the quite decent and very nicely
quiet house where I have lived since 1993. (Again, it is most unlikely
I would have gotten any decent place to live if it were up to
Amsterdam's sick and degenerate bureaucracy. Also, if I hadn't found
this G.P. in 1986, it is likely I would have died long ago, simply from
being too ill and from not getting minimally sufficient money.)