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."
bailout talks expected to go ahead on Monday
2. ‘This is like Stop the War with bells on’:
team shocked at momentum
3. Sanders' National
Favorability Doubles as Clinton Lead
4. Cannabis petition forces MPs to consider
5. Book I of Hume's "Treatise" + extensive notes
about supplements & condition - July
This is a Nederlog of Sunday
July 26, 2015.
This is a crisis blog. There are 6 items with 8 dotted links, but not
all are crisis items: item 1 is about the Greek
bailout; item 2 is about the only credible
British Labour candidate I know, namely Jeremy Corbyn; item
3 is about the only credible potential U.S. presidential
candidate I know, Bernie Sanders; item 4 is about a
recent cannabis petition that sounds a lot like the British Wootton
report of 1969 (!); item 5 is not a crisis
item but is about yesterday's upload of around 2 MB of Hume's Book I of
his "Treatise of Human Nature", plus my nearly equally long comments on
that (which is my first major upload in the philosophy
section since 2012 or before); and item 6 also
is not a crisis item, but outlines the supplements I took the last
month (that again was not good: I very probably did too much in
the beginning of May, and I am still not over it).
Speaking for myself, the main item is item 5, but I
realize few are really interested in philosophy. (Also, it was a
considerable amount of work.)
talks expected to go ahead on Monday after delay
The first article
today is by Staff and agencies on The Guardian:
This starts as follows:
I say - and I agree this is
not Big News, but the Greeks also do not yet have the money they need.
Talks between Greece and its international creditors over a
new bailout package should go ahead after logistical issues that
delayed meetings this week are resolved, a Greek official has said.
The meetings with
officials from the European commission, European Central Bank and International
Monetary Fund had been expected to start on Friday but were delayed by
organisational issues including the location of talks and security.
The finance ministry
official said on Saturday that talks were now expected to get formally
underway on Monday after the logistical issues had been resolved. The
official denied that the government was trying to keep the lenders’
team away from government departments. “We don’t have any problem with
them visiting the general accounting office,” the official said.
Greeks have viewed
inspection visits by lenders in Athens as a violation of the country’s
sovereignty and six months of acrimonious negotiations with EU partners
took place in Brussels at the government’s request.
Also, here is something I did not know:
Of course, I am taking
this as (approximately) true, but then I have to rely on the
information I can find on the internet, indeed like nearly everybody
According to a poll by
Metron Analysis for Parapolitika newspaper on Saturday, 61% of Greeks
had a positive view of Tsipras, compared with 36% who disapproved. An
overwhelming majority – 78% – still wanted Greece to stay in the
eurozone against 19% in favour of going back to the drachma.
Tsipras insists there is
no viable alternative to the bailout but has been wary of striking out
against his party opponents in a bid to keep it together, at least
while talks proceed.
Flambouraris called on
Syriza rebels to drop their opposition. “They are still my comrades and
I urge them to get back to their senses even at the last moment,” he
said. “They should realise that the left movement is now in power. It’s
not an opposition party. Now we have to discuss the new landscape.”
In any case, it is somewhat interesting that 4 out of 5 Greeks "wanted Greece to stay in the eurozone" and that 3 out of 5 Greeks "had a positive view of Tsipras",
both of which are higher than I expected.
2. ‘This is like Stop the War with bells on’: Jeremy Corbyn
team shocked at momentum
The next article
today is by Toby Helm on The Guardian:
The main reason this
article is reviewed here is that I think that Jeremy Corbyn is the only
candidate for the Labour leadership that I can take serious, and that
it seems I am not the only one:
To be sure: I do not
know how true this is, but Corbyn is an oldfashioned leftist who
certainly is more sincere than the Blairite Tory-likes he is
competing with, who indeed all seem to me replacements of Blair, who
was Margaret Thatcher's "biggest contribution to English politics" (as
I think she said herself, though I can't find the quote right now).
Just as the MP for
Islington North’s appeal in the contest for the Labour leadership has surprised and shocked much of his own party,
it has stunned the Corbyn campaign itself. It is struggling to keep up,
and to deploy the many resources it now has at its disposal to maximum
effect. Kat Fletcher, who is running a team of volunteers (more than
4,800 have signed up online in the past few weeks) says the momentum is
unstoppable. A series of polls have put Corbyn within striking
distance of victory against Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper and Liz
Kendall, and a sense that something that seemed unthinkable a few weeks
ago might be about to happen is feeding the frenzy.
“It is completely
overwhelming. When I first joined a few weeks ago, it was extraordinary
and it is not slowing down. Every morning I open my inbox and go
‘Wow!’. The phone never stops ringing, and the emails never stop coming
And while I very probably disagree with Corbyn on quite a few issues, I
also see that he is a sincere leftist with a leftist
program, while his competitors seem all variants of Blair, who was a
variant of Thatcher, and who sold out almost everything that
was left in Labour (and who got to "earn" at least 20
million pounds for himself: the financial fruits of corruption are
always quite sweet).
There is also this (one of quite a few more that are quoted in the
I don't understand why any
of the Blairite candidates are in Labour. And from
Lynn Hemming, a housing
support worker from Lancashire who has volunteered for the campaign,
says Corbyn has always been consistent and can be trusted. It doesn’t
matter that the policies are from a bygone era. “I believe you can
trust in what he says. I wasn’t tempted to support any of the other
candidates, although my second choice would be Yvette Cooper. I don’t
understand why Liz Kendall is even in the Labour party. Jeremy Corbyn is saying things
that haven’t been said for a long time – policies you can get your
teeth into. He’s thinking practically about people and jobs.”
my point of view, Labour can either return to a
leftist position under Corbyn - which I probably will not agree to, but
which would be understandable and sensible
opposition to the Tories - or else deserves to totally fail as
for lying careerists.
3. Sanders' National
Favorability Doubles as Clinton Lead
The next article
today is by Jon Queally on Common Dreams:
This starts as follows:
Let me start with saying
that I completely fail to understand the last statement (by
Gallup), though it probably is correct: Americans are these
days watching 5 hours of TV every day (yes, they are, according
to a recent poll) and still only 44% know who Bernie Sanders
is?! How is that even possible?!
Under the headline, 'Sanders
Surges, Clinton Sags,' Gallup on Friday released new
survey data showing that the two-leading Democratic nominees are
currently heading in opposite directions when it comes to favorability
ratings among likely U.S. voters with the grassroots populism of the
Sanders' campaign outshining the strong name recognition and more
centrist policies of Clinton.
According to the latest
polling, Sanders' favorability rating has doubled since March (from 12%
to 24%), while people's positive perception of Clinton has fallen five
percentage points since the questions were asked about her candidacy in
unfavorability rating has also risen slightly, Clinton experienced her
worst performance yet on that score since 2007, with 47% of respondents
who were able to make a judgement saying they think of her negatively.
Overall, Clinton's negativity rating of 46% percent is now higher than
her favorability rating of 43%.
Trends aside, overall
favorability rating for Clinton is twice that of Sanders. However, Gallup
notes that as name recognition for Sanders has grown nationwide, people
are gravitating towards his message of combatting economic inequality,
climate change, and the outsized influence of money in politics.
"Sanders is still an unknown to a majority of Americans," notes Gallup,
"with just 44% able to rate him compared with Clinton's 89%."
That really is the main problem: Most Americans - 56% - appear
to be so phenomenally
stupid that even while watching five hours of TV a day,
they still don't even know who Bernie Sanders is. (I am
sorry: I do have a lot of American
readers, and I know there also are quite a lot of intelligent
Americans. But it is not the majority, alas.)
petition forces MPs to consider debating legalisation
The next article
today is by Damien Gayle on The Guardian:
This starts as follows:
Quite so, and let me for
a moment move back to the autum of 1969 - over 45 years ago! -
when I attended a conference in Amsterdam's Paradiso (that still
exists) that had precisely the same end, that at that time was
supported by a British parliamentarian report - the Wootton Report,
published in January 1969 - that (and I quote the Wikipedia on
A petition calling for
the total legalisation of cannabis in the UK has been signed by more
than 125,000 people in just four days.
The response to an appeal hosted on the government’s official
e-petitions website means MPs must now consider debating the issue
in parliament. All petitions that reach 100,000 signatures are given
The petition’s success
comes after a persistent campaign on social media, with activist-linked
Twitter accounts around the world calling on UK-resident marijuana
smokers to sign up.
The drive comes in the
same week that three police commissioners said that, in light of budget
constraints, they would not expect their officers to prioritise the
pursuit of people growing cannabis plants for personal use.
The petition was posted
to the parliament website on Tuesday. By 6.30pm on Saturday it had
reached 125,000 signatures, well exceeding the 100,000 needed for the
government to consider debating the issue in the Commons.
It calls for parliament
to “make the production, sale and use of cannabis legal”.
According to its
accompanying text: “Legalising cannabis could bring in £900m in taxes
every year, save £400m on policing cannabis and create over 10,000 new
The text describes the
drug as “a substance that is safer than alcohol, and has many uses. It
is believed to have been used by humans for over 4,000 years, being
made illegal in the UK in 1925”.
"seemed to give cannabis something resembling
a clean bill of health".
Indeed, that Report also said (in 1969!):
"The long term
consumption of cannabis in moderate doses has no harmful
effects (…) Cannabis is less dangerous than the opiates, amphetamines
and barbiturates, and also less dangerous than alcohol. (…) An
increasing number of people, mainly young, in all classes of society
are experimenting with this drug, and substantial numbers use it
regularly for social pleasure. There is no evidence that this activity
is causing violent crime, or is producing in otherwise normal people
conditions of dependence or psychosis requiring medical treatment (…)
there are indications that (cannabis) may become a functional
equivalent of alcohol."
Yes, quite so - except
that alcohol is far more dangerous to one's own health and
that of others, as has been amply shown in - for example -
Holland the last 45 years.
So I am in favor of legalizing it, and have been the last 45 years.
Will it be legalized? Probably not, for it isn't even legalized
in Holland, where its sales
are protected by mayors, for an unknown amount, but it still is illegal,
because that gives by far the greatest profits. 
I of Hume's "Treatise" + extensive notes uploaded
The next item
today is not at all about the crisis nor about politics:
I uploaded yesterday Book I of David Hume's "A Treatise of Human
Nature" to my site, with my extensive notes that are (including
quotations) nearly as long as the text they comment on.
And while I doubt this will
interest many it is something which interests me, and
indeed this also is the first major upload - 2 MB in all, which is
rather a lot of text - to the philosophy section, and indeed to any
section outside Nederlog, that happened to my site since 2012 or
First, here are some links:
Second, here are a few
comments and clarifications.
The reason why I did it is mainly that David Hume is one of the most
important philosophers there ever was, while his "A Treatise on Human
Nature" is rather widely supposed to be his most important book.
I agree with the first estimate, but I am a bit doubtful about the
second, and indeed have Hume on my site, since he rejected his
"Treatise" and later in life preferred to be known for his two
Enquiries (resp. about Understanding
and about Morals),
which also have been on my site, with my long notes, for about
ten years now. (You can find them by way of David
Then again, it is also true that the Enquiries may be regarded as simplified
versions of the books of the "Treatise", in which there are considerably
more considerations and problems than are treated in the Enquiries,
while indeed the
basic point of view of the Enquiries is the same as that of the
In any case, I now have 5.4 MB of Hume in the philosophy-section, that
consist of the full texts of both of his Enquires, both with my full
notes (in each case nearly
as long as the texts they comment on, though this also includes
quotations of the
parts I commented on), and the full text of Book I (from three books)
of his Treatise, again with my full notes.
Finally: What about the other two books of the Treatise?
I don't know yet, for several reasons. I would like to edit and
comment these as well, but it is rather a lot of work, and I
did comment very similar ideas in my comments on the Enquiries. Also, I
am not healthy, and meanhile am 65 (within a month I will be
older than Hume was when he died), and while I neither look it nor feel
it, I am ill (and without help, indeed for very many years).
So all I can say is that I will try, and probably also will
succeed if I live another three to five years, supposing these to be
not worse than the last three to five years.
But this I can't say, and so I must leave this issue undecided for the
about supplements & condition - July 2015
The final item
today is also not at all about
the crisis nor about politics: It is an update about my health and the
supplements I use. The previous update is here.
The brief update is that I
am not well and not as good as the last year, though also not as bad as
I was between 2005 and 2010, and that I very probably was set back by
having to do too much starting the end of April of this year.
I have been trying several
alternative courses of supplements, which did not help me. The last few
days I have been taking the following supplements:
vitamin C: 6
This increased the dose I
have been taking by 2 grams a day.
I still take 2
pills a day, which gives a little less
the daily recommended dose
pills a day
This gives 1200 mg a day.
2 pills a day
This gives 2000 mcg a day.
2 pills a day.
This gives 375 mg a day (100% of the daily dosage).
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
That's it. My condition got
a bit bettter while using the above, so I will continue this for the
 I have reported before on drugs in
Holland, and here wish to add only that everything I have read in
Dutch papers since the Van Traa Report (which you'll find under the link,
with my extensive notes, but all in Dutch) I have not seen any
honest reporting in any paper. (And the Dutch NRC, which I read daily
from 1970-2010, seems to have divided all amounts for turn-over, money,
profits and marijuana by 10, as compared with the same
information in the Van Traa
Report, which was a parliamentary report, and which was the most
thorough of the reports on Dutch drugs-consumption that I've seen. In
any case: only the drugs-dealers and their friends, the Dutch
mayors and district attorneys, really know how much is turned
over in Holland, and they will not say, and will also claim not
to know how much is turned over money-wise, inside and outside Holland.
The 1995 estimate for only marijuana was 19 billion
guilders a year, of which a considerable amount was exported, with
the additional note, also in the Van Traa Report, that for all
illegal drugs, the amount was quite a lot higher. Here is a translated
part of Noot
others (1995) estimate the current yearly turnover of cannabis for
Dutch consumption as 0.8
billion, the yield of the export as 1.8 billion, that of the
import/export trading at 3.9
billion and that of the international trade that does
not take place inside the Netherlands at 12.5 billion guilders. The total yearly turnover of cannabis for
all of The Nederlands is therefore 19 billion guilders. If the yield of the trade in all other
kinds of [illegal] drugs were added to this the sum of money becomes
yet again much larger. The trade in [illegal] drugs is one of the most important and fastest
growing sectors of the Dutch econonomy. Amsterdam takes
part in this trade to a much larger extent than would appear
 In 2012
my eyes suddenly got a lot worse. They have considerably
improved meanwhile, but they still need daily repeated dripping.