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. Why there are no uploads
on my site
since June 29
(links, mostly without reviews)
World At War (WW II)
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
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)
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
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
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
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.
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
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) +
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
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).
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
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
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.
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
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).