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."
Gagged Google over Surveillance of
2. How to Punish Bank Felons
"racism" and Roof
4. me+ME: Update
about supplements & condition - June
is a Nederlog of Sunday June 21, 2015.
is a crisis blog. But it is not
a quite normal one: It is a Sunday, and I found only a few crisis files
I want to comment on; I also wanted to comment on me+ME and the
supplements I use to battle M.E.
(which I have since 1.1.1979); and I
decided to rerun two files I wrote in 2013 about a review by
the late Chalmers
Johnson (<-Wikipedia) of Sheldon Wolin's
"Democracy Incorporated", simply because it is interesting.
Indeed I do not mind repeating things I've had in Nederlog
before, and jave done so before: Nederlog by now exists since 2004,
consists of thousands of files; takes over 250 MB of
my hard disk, probably a bit less on the internet, but not much); and I
like the two files that I reproduce today as one,
especially since it
is a bit more theoretical and a bit less journalistic than most of the
things I wrote since the second half of 2013. 
Also, while it is theoretically quite possible that some of
those who follow one of my sites (there are two, here and here, and
they are supposed to be the same) might recall these pieces on
Chalmers Johnson, it seems rather more likely they forgot them, as
indeed I did until I did a search. (I check around 40 sites a
day, and wrote on average about five articles a day, so I have written
about nearly 2000 articles since I wrote the originals on
So today's Nederlog is divided into two files. This is the
and consists of three items related to the crisis plus one update about
me+ME (which you can skip, unless you have ME), and the other file is a repeat (plus some
small corrections) of the files I wrote in 2013 about
Chalmers Johnson on Sheldon Wolin.
Here begins the first of today's two files:
1. Revealed: How DOJ Gagged Google over
Surveillance of WikiLeaks Volunteer
item is an article by Ryan Gallagher on The Intercept:
This starts as follows:
The Obama administration
fought a legal battle against Google to secretly obtain the email
records of a security researcher and journalist associated with
Newly unsealed court
by The Intercept reveal the Justice Department won an order
forcing Google to turn over more than one year’s worth of data from the
Gmail account of Jacob Appelbaum (pictured above), a developer for the Tor online anonymity project
who has worked with WikiLeaks as a volunteer. The order also gagged
Google, preventing it from notifying Appelbaum that his records had
been provided to the government.
This means - in my opinion
- that the Obama administration acted as totalitarian thugs: Wikileaks
exists primarily because most papers stopped serving the public, and
instead do serve the government, and therefore refuse to publish or
even acknowledge the data Wikileaks provide; the data of Jacob
Appelbaum are private and should not be seen by any government without
first handing over credible evidence that Appelbaum committed a crime;
while the fact that the "order
also gagged Google, preventing it from notifying Appelbaum that his
records had been provided to the government" makes it explicitly totalitarian.
In proof of which there is also this:
The Justice Department
argued in the case that Appelbaum had “no reasonable expectation of
privacy” over his email records under the Fourth Amendment, which
protects against unreasonable searches and seizures. Rather than
seeking a search warrant that would require it to show
probable cause that he had committed a crime, the
government instead sought and received an order to obtain the
data under a lesser
standard, requiring only “reasonable grounds” to believe
that the records were “relevant and material” to an ongoing criminal
attempted to challenge the demand, and wanted to immediately notify
Appelbaum that his records were being sought so he could have an
opportunity to launch his own legal defense. Attorneys for the tech
giant argued in a series of court filings that the government’s case
raised “serious First Amendment concerns.” They noted that Appelbaum’s
records “may implicate journalistic and academic freedom” because they
could “reveal confidential sources or information about WikiLeaks’
purported journalistic or academic activities.”
Yes indeed (to the
second paragraph). But Obama's secretive and totalitarian goverrnment
wanted none of this, and persisted, and some secret judge signed a
secret order and that was it, as far as the government is concerned.
There is considerably more in the article, which is recommended, but I
only quote Appelbaum's quite correct response:
Appelbaum, an American
citizen who is based in Berlin, called the case “a travesty that
continues at a slow pace” and said he felt it was important to
highlight “the absolute madness in these documents.”
He told The Intercept:
“After five years, receiving such legal documents is neither a shock
nor a needed confirmation. … Will we ever see the full documents about
our respective cases? Will we even learn the names of those signing
so-called legal orders against us in secret sealed documents? Certainly
not in a timely manner and certainly not in a transparent, just manner.”
How to Punish Bank Felons
item is an article by Robert Reich on his site:
This starts as follows:
Which makes this fraud
(<-Wikipedia) and since the banks pleaded guilty, I suppose they
will agree to this. Then again, as Robert Reich says:
What exactly does it mean
for a big Wall Street bank to plead guilty
to a serious crime? Right now, practically nothing.
But it will if
California’s Santa Cruz County has any say.
First, some background.
Five giant banks –
including Wall Street behemoths JPMorgan Chase and
Citicorp – recently pleaded guilty to criminal felony charges that they
the world’s foreign-currency market for their own profit.
This wasn’t a small
heist. We’re talking hundreds of billions of
dollars worth of transactions every day.
The banks altered
currency prices long enough for the banks to make
winning bets before the prices snapped back to what they should have
The penalty? The
banks have agreed to pay $5.5 billion. That may sound like a big
chunk of change, but for a giant bank it’s the cost of doing business.
the banks are likely to deduct the fines from their taxes as business
And besides: They very
probably gained a lot more by fraud than they have to pay back "in
Also, while the rest of Reich's article recommends punishing these
banks by refusing to trade with them, I don't think that will make a
I think the only realistic approach towards corrupt
bankmanagers (who may earn 10 or 20 million a year) is to lock them
up for quite a few years, that is: To apply the law to them as
this has been applied to poor people.
This doesn't happen because the political and legal systems in the
have been very much corrupted, but this doesn't mean it can't be done
it shouldn't be done.
"racism" and Roof
I wrote yesterday - what I consider to be a
quite good - item on Glenn Greenwald's quite clear article (and this is
a link to that article):
If you read that,
you will find that I mostly agree with Greenwald, except
about his last conclusion that the term "terrorism" is so widely abused
(yes, it is) that it is virtually meaningless (no, it isn't: it accuses
people of being evil
users of armed violence).
This is an update, that is mainly caused by the explosion of
journalistic pieces on Roof and his 9 murders. For example, Mother Jones lists on its
current frontpage (undated, but as given in the morning of June 21,
2015) a mere 15 articles by 15 or more journalists all
of whom write about Roof or Charleston (where Roof murdered nine black
people) - and that is just one publication.
I have four observations about this.
First, it is a little too much.
And no, I do not mean to criticize Mother Jones, nor any of the
very many journalists who did write about Roof or Charleston - I am
just saying that 15 articles on the same subject, let alone the at
least 1500 or more articles other journalists wrote in other
publications on the same subject, simply is far too many to
read for anyone, including myself.
Second, it is American.
Next, I realized that a good part of the very many articles about
Roof's nine murders are caused by racism or anti-racism that are rather
typically American, by which I do not mean to say that
Europeans are not racist (they often are, just as there are quite a few
anti-racists in Europe), but that the U.S.A. is - now, and this is different
from 1940-1945 - considerably more racist than Europe, for
quite clear historical reasons (a large black population, most of whose
were imported as slaves).
Third, "terrorism" and "racism" are both very ideological
terms, that are used in quite distinct ways by the left and by
the right. 
I have explained this yesterday for the
term "terrorism" (and nearly
all of that
explanation is mine and original, and I think it is good and
revealing), but I realize that the same holds for "racism": the left
and the right both use the term,
but in opposite ways. For the right, "racism" starts with Obama and is
something black people commit against whites; for the left, "racism" is
something white people commit against blacks.
Indeed, this is also obvious from the reactions to Roof's crimes: The
left - I think mostly correctly - claim Roof is a racist who indulged
in terrorist acts, indeed in order to start a race war; the right -
quite falsely, I think - mostly insisted that
the crimes were not racist, not terrorism, and must be
"inexplicable" (or "mental illness", for whites just can't be racists,
even if they say so themselves).
Fourth, although I am a leftist, this section and my reaction of
yesterday to Glenn Greenwald's article are in the end mostly logical
remarks about the abuses of
4. me+ME: Update
about supplements & condition - June 2015
This item is one of a sequence of monthly items that give
some information about the disease I
have since 1.1.1979 and about what I am doing against it with
vitamin and mineral supplements. The previous item in the sequence is May 25, 2015 and the present
section can be skipped by anyone without M.E.
First, the reason why I use vitamin and mineral supplements,
indeed since 1983, it that my disease so far
only answered positively to three things:
Good sleep (8 hours
every 24 hours) and a lot of rest; large doses of vitamins
(especially in 1984-7,
when my condition did improve rather a lot, and then totally
collapsed due to three and a half years of
insufficient sleep because of noise and threats); and especially of mB12
that somewhat improved the miserable
condition I had from 1991-2012, but that didn't cure me.
Second, this month - June 2015 - is again a bit different from the
previous 15 months. The reason
is mostly that my computer stopped working on April 29, which caused me
to do considerably too much from April 30 - May 8 (though the
got working again), when I also collapsed.
Since then I have PEM (malaise through too much exercise), which first
lessening, but flared up again a week ago, when I did not sleep for
more than 5 hours every night for 5 succesive days, and in spite of a
sleeping pill, and also started sweating rather a lot in my sleep,
which I have done a lot before, but not since 2011.
Therefore I have several times
changed my vitamins and supplements through June, but it didn't seem to
difference. And I have slept well the last two days (9 and 8 hours
respectively) and am feeling a bit better, but I am probably not yet
out of this decrease in my condition.
Currently, I use this:
vitamin C: 4
And that is it for this
month: the main consistent difference with the previous month is that I
replaced the Multitotal pill by a VM-75, which is considerably
stronger (larger doses) and which does seem to help more.
It still is 4 grams a day.
VM-75: A multivitamin
pill which many ingredients.
I take one a day, divided into two portions.
I still take 2
pills a day, which gives a little less
the daily recommended dose (apart from what is in the VM-75)
4 pills a day (or sometimes 5)
This gives 800 mg a day (or
2 pills a day
This gives 2000 mcg a day.
mB12 infusion: 1 pill a day
This gives 1 mg methylcobalamin
a day OR
Vit mB12 5000 mcg:
1/2 pill a day.
The last two are alternated
aB12: 1 pill every other day
This gives 3000 mcg of
And while I do seem to be picking up, it goes slowly.
P.S. Jun 29, 2015: Corrected a few typos and inserted two links (I
forgot or that didn't show).
like this because I am a person who always was much interested in
theories, in science and in methodology, and who has excellent degrees
- only As - in philosophy and psychology. And while I realize that most
of my readers do not have most of my theoretical interests, it is my
site, and I write what I please.
 Incidentally: I am one of those who
thinks there still is - and has been, since the French Revolution of
1789, at least - a rather clear and factual division
between the political left and the political right.
In case you deny this, I suggest that (i) you do not know too much
and philosophy, and (ii)
you may be confused by the considerable overlaps in attitudes and
values between the Democrats and the Republicans in the U.S. or by the propaganda of
the right in the U.S. and Europe (that indeed these days, and since
Clinton and Blair falsified the left as "Third Way", has
taken over many of the slogans and terms of the left, but generally
uses them in false and improper ways, and to mislead and deceive the
I do know a lot about politics and philosophy, which will not be so
easy to make up: it is due to 50 years of much reading, but the
many terminological confusions are - I think - mostly avoidable
by anyone who has a decent intelligence and is able to
check out a few things, by finding out what has been written about the
subject by various others, and by using the internet in a rational and