July 5, 2015
Why no uploads (5) + Crisis Materials + "The World At War" + Conclusion
  "They who can give up essential 
   liberty to obtain a little temporary
   safety, deserve neither liberty
   nor safety."
   -- Benjamin Franklin
   "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. Why there are no uploads on my site since June 29
2. Crisis materials (links, mostly without reviews)
The World At War (WW II)
4. Conclusion

This is a Nederlog of Sunday July 5, 2015.

This is not a normal crisis file or Nederlog because while I can write it, I can't upload it, and this also may take some days to sort out.

I explain this in a little more detail in item 1 (which you can skip if you read it before).

Here are the items for today: item 1 is a brief statement on why there are no uploads to my site; item 2 consists of 6 articles (with links and authors etc. but with very little comments); item 3 is a brief bit about the series "The World At War" (that I found interesting); and item 4 is  a brief conclusion that - again - explains why I cannot upload at present. (I hope this will be undone - made OK again - between July 6 and July 13. And it will be cooler, and this will help.)
1. Why there are no uploads on my site since June 29, 2015

The basic reason is this: The programs I use for uploading the sites, which happens with FTP (<-Wikipedia) stopped suddenly and unaccountably on June
29, and since then I have not been able to start them again.

I don't think it is a fault with the computer; it may be a fault in Ubuntu though this is less likely; and all I do know on the moment is that the two programs I
use on Ubuntu to get FTP-uploading to my sites done, that worked quite well for over three years, stopped working and refuse to start.

I will have to sort this out, and eventually I will, but I do not know how long this will last (passwords, extremely slow help from providers, bad health, tropical temperatures, other work I must do etc. etc. It probably will be done in the week starting July 6, but I am granting my providers the ability to work, and indeed it should get a bit less hot as well.)

There is some more text explaining this from July 1. Here is the summary:
  • I can't upload on the moment, and will try to sort this out the coming days or week, which will - eventually, I am afraid - succeed.
  • Until then I will continue Nederlog (without uploading, until I can, again) but while I will keep listing crisis-related articles I will only review a few of them, because this is easier and I have to do other things as well.
  • I will also try to write out some of my general conclusions about the crisis.

2. Crisis materials (links, mostly without reviews)

The next item today is a list of articles with links. I will keep looking every morning at around 40 sites and collect interesting articles, but for the moment I will not review most of them: I merely list them.

This has two advantages: Less work for me, but possibly more articles for my readers. Today is a Sunday, and I found six articles.

Here they are: Titles + links + author(s) + site:

This is bij Glenn Greenwald and David Miranda on The Intercept.

This is by Ed Vulliamy on The Guardian. (In brief: The US, Great Britain and France knew long before of the danger of mass murders, while "the CIA was watching the killing fields almost “live” from satellite planes.")

This is by Ellen Brown on AlterNet (originally on Web of Debt).

This is by Robert Reich on his site. (I don't comment today - too warm - but will say this article is restricted to advicing what president Obama should do, and he  will not do it.)

This is by John Atcheson on Common Dreams. (Incidentally, yes: they have the chance, but no - Atcheson argues - it will probably not be used.)

This is by Don Quijones on Naked Capitalism (and originally on Wolf Street).

3. The World At War (WW II)

I mentioned on July 2 that I had found "The World At War", a series of 26 programs of around 55 minutes each, about the Second World War. This is the beginning:

Meanwhile, I am in Episode 14 - slightly over half - and have seen all of the previous 13 episodes. I have said already why I am very probably more interested than most in WW II:

My parents and grandparents were - odd, in Heroic Holland, where more than 1% of the population was arrested "for being of the wrong race" (and poor), and murdered - in the real (communist) resistance in WW II, in which my grandfather was murdered in a German concentration camp, and my father survived more than 3 year and 9 months in the same, for both were convicted by collaborating Dutch judges (who never were punished) as "political terrorists".

I have seen most or all of two other fairly long series about WW II, but this is the best (or the least bad) series about WW II that I've seen. Here are three fairly general observations - and I could make many more.

A. This certainly is the longest series about WW II that I have seen (or am seeing). It is better than other series because the spoken comment (by Laurence Olivier, who did not write it) is a bit better (less officialese, for one thing) than in the other series I saw (or saw in part).

Then again, while the whole series consists of nearly 24 hours of film, fairly regularly I saw no obvious relation between the spoken comment and the shown images, and I have seen some small parts repeated in different contexts.

Also, while films are "the most realistic impressions of history", they also are subtly misleading, simply because what was filmed (even though a fair amount was filmed in WW II) was in fact a very, very tiny fraction of the things that really happened, while also film always is concrete, about the then and there that is being filmed.

I don't complain, but to get a real feeling for what happened in WW II you need more than a filmed documentary: You need to read quite a few books that can present history on other levels than can be filmed. Given that (and I did read such books) these films are an interesting supplement.

B. Next, simply because it struck me repeatedly, which is also why I looked for it:

Many of the people I see (often soldiers) are of my parents' generation, who were in their twenties or early thirties during WW II, and they are fairly clearly visibly of an older generation, in terms of the clothes they wore (though these are alike to what they are now), in their haircuts, in the hats they wore, and more.

This may be a bit surprising, but I was born in 1950, and I recall the years of 1950-1965 mostly as poor, and as rather like my parents' generation in clothes, haircuts etc. that I also saw on these films from WW II, while I lately saw a film from 1969 that shows relatively few differences, and certainly a lot fewer than between 1969 and 1939 (which are 30 years different, while 1969 and 2015 are 46 years apart).

C. My final remark is about war: what incredible cruel madness is war, and what enormous destructions it wreaks! In six years, between 50 million and 85 million people were killed - and that is without counting the wounded.

4. Conclusion

Since I can't upload this today, and I don't yet know how long that will last, there is also this: I will try to keep up writing Nederlogs for later publication, that depends on my being able to upload them, but they probably will be briefer.

For as I said, while the main reason that you cannot read this since June 30, 2015, is that I can't upload, it is also a fact that I need to do quite a few other things than computing, while my health is currently - and since 2 months - worse than it was since 2012, and also there has started a period with tropical temperatures in Amsterdam, which I tend not to cope well with.

These temperatures cease tomorrow, which will help me (for the last days simply were too hot for me).


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