1. Chinese Stock
Trading Halted Again After Markets Plunge
2. The Deceptive
Debate Over What Causes Terrorism
Against the West
3. Bernie Sanders
Inveighs Against Wall Street in Major
Address on Economic Policy
Chomsky: Electing the President of An Empire
5. Dear Gov. Snyder: You Have to Go to Jail
6. Trial By Error, Continued: Questions for Dr. White and his
This is a Nederlog of Thursday, January 7, 2016.
This is a
crisis blog with 6 items and 6 dotted links. Item 1
is about another collapse (after last Monday) of the
Chinese stock markets; item 2 is about an article
by Glenn Greenwald on a truly insane argument on the causes of
Muslim terrorism; item 3 is about an important
speech by Bernie Sanders; item 4 is about an
interview by Abby Martin of Noam Chomsky about the present political
scence in the US (with support for Bernie Sanders); item 5 is about a letter of Michael Moore to his
state's governor, who managed to poison all children in Moore's home
town; and item 6 is not a crisis item but is about
M.E. and the reasons this tends not to be investigated by real
scientists but by fraudulent, lying, deceiving psychiatric moral
degenerates (I am sorry, but that is what they are).
1. Chinese Stock Trading Halted Again After Markets Plunge
by Anonymous on
The Huffington Post:
This starts as follows:
As I have several times said before, The
Guardian turned quite
illiberal and makes it impossible (without strong measures: it can be
done) to copy from their pages, so I have to use other sources. 
BEIJING (AP) — China halted stock
trading Thursday, its second daylong trading suspension this week,
after prices plunged in the latest spasm of investor panic on its
Chinese markets have lurched up and down
as regulators gradually withdraw emergency measures imposed after the
main stock index plunged in June following an explosive rise.
A similar price plunge Monday triggered
a sell-off on Wall Street and other global markets.
On Thursday, trading was suspended after
a market index, the CSI 300, nose-dived 7 percent a half-hour after
markets opened, triggering a "circuit breaker" that took effect Jan. 1.
Anyway - this is from The Huffington post and says all (plus more you
can read by clicking the last dotted link): For the second time
this week, this is a day of forced non-trading on the Chinese
stock exchanges because the prices fell too steeply.
Here is what those anonymous great brains
called "financial analysts" think of it:
Financial analysts have warned Chinese
markets are likely to see extreme volatility for a few more months as
they seek a stable level following last year's rout.
I say. More to follow, no doubt.
2. The Deceptive Debate Over
What Causes Terrorism Against the West
The second item
is by Glenn Greenwald on The Intercept:
This starts as follows:
Here is one specific bit of crappy Blairite insane
Ever since members of the U.K.
Labour Party in September elected Jeremy Corbyn as party leader by
a landslide, British political and media elites have acted as
though their stately manors have been invaded by hordes of gauche,
marauding serfs. They have waged a relentless and undisguised war to undermine
Corbyn in every way possible, and that includes — first and
foremost — the Blairite wing of his party, who have viciously
maligned him in ways they would never dare for David Cameron
and his Tory followers.
Yes, indeed. And there are two main reasons
for this that I can see: First, the Blairites are a class of professional
who went into politics to become possibly as rich as Tony Blair (who
presently owns between 20 and 80 milion pounds), and second I do not
regard their frontman Blair as any better than a common neo-fascist
mass-murdering complete moral degenerate, who ought to stand trial .
But OK - I have been called "a dirty
fascist" by the Stalinists of the Amsterdam student party ASVA for a
mere 12 years because I was pro science and pro
truth in a "university" (while my grandfather was murdered by
the Nazis in a German concentration camp, and my father survived more than 3 years and
9 months of German concentration camps as a communist, o
neo-stalinist verbal thugs from the ASVA!) so I presume I know a lot
more about fascism than most.
This claim — like the two ousted
shadow ministers themselves — is so commonplace as to be a cliché. One
hears this all the time from self-defending jingoistic Westerners who
insist that their tribe in no way plays any causal role
in what it calls terrorist violence. They insist that those who
posit a causal link between endless Western violence in the Muslim
world and return violence aimed at the West are “infantilizing the
terrorists and treating them like children” by suggesting that
terrorists lack autonomy and the capacity for choice, and are
forced by the West to engage in terrorism.
I guess the main background behind these sick
lies is that the speakers in fact believe themselves to be supermen
(German: Übermensch) with respect to Muslims, especially angry Muslims,
and want to deny them any mental activity of their own.
Indeed, I grant I am uncertain, because this
really is totally insane: Of course people will get
upset if you bomb their families. But then Glenn Greenwald makes the
And then there’s just common
sense about human nature: If you spend years bombing, invading,
occupying, and imposing tyranny on other people, some of them will want
to bring violence back to you.
Anyway - there is a lot more in the article,
which is interesting.
3. Bernie Sanders Inveighs
Against Wall Street in Major Address on Economic Policy Proposals
The third item is
by Anonymous on Truthdig:
This starts as follows (and is the full text
of his "Prepared Remarks"):
“The American people are catching on.
They understand that something is profoundly wrong when, in our country
today, the top one-tenth of 1 percent own almost as much wealth as the
bottom 90 percent and when the 20 richest people own more wealth than
the bottom 150 million Americans – half of our population. They know
that the system is rigged when the average person is working longer
hours for lower wages, while 58 percent of all new income goes to the
top 1 percent.
They also know that a handful of people
on Wall Street have extraordinary power over the economic and political
life of our country. As most people know, in the 1990s and later, the
financial interests spent billions of dollars in lobbying and campaign
contributions to force through Congress the deregulation of Wall
Street, the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act and the weakening of
consumer protection laws in states.
They spent this money in order to get
the government off their backs and to show the American people what
they could do with that new-won freedom. Well, they sure showed the
American people. In 2008, the greed, recklessness and illegal behavior
on Wall Street nearly destroyed the U.S. and global economy.
And it ends thus (on page
Finally, let me tell you what no other
candidate will tell you. No president, not Bernie Sanders or anyone
else, can effectively address the economic crises facing the working
families of this country alone. The truth is that Wall Street,
corporate America, the corporate media and wealthy campaign donors are
just too powerful.
What this campaign is about is building
a political movement which revitalizes American democracy, which brings
millions of people together – black and white, Latino, Asian-American,
Native American – young and old, men and women, gay and straight,
native born and immigrant, people of all religions.
Yes. Wall Street has enormous economic
and political power. Yes. Wall Street makes huge campaign
contributions, they have thousands of lobbyists and they provide very
generous speaking fees to those who go before them.
Yes. They have an endless supply of
money. But we have something they don’t have. And that is that when
millions of working families stand together, demanding fundamental
changes in our financial system, we have the power to bring about that
Yes, we can make our economy work for
all Americans, not just a handful of wealthy speculators. And, now more
than ever, that is exactly what we must do.
And so my message to you today is
straightforward: If elected president, I will rein in Wall Street so
they can’t crash our economy again.
Will they like me? No. Will they begin
to play by the rules if I’m president? You better believe it.
Thank you and I look forward to working
with the most powerful force in our great nation, not the Barons of
Wall Street but the people our government was created to serve.”
This is a very imporant
article, and should be read by anyone
who considers votiing in the American elections: There are a whole lot
of sensible proposals in it, none or almost none of which can be found
in the campaigns of anyone else for presidency. (Also, see the next
4. Noam Chomsky: Electing the President of An Empire
fourth item is
by Abby Martin and is a recent interview she had with Noam Chomsky. I
found it on AlterNet:
This starts as follows (after a few
I say - which I don't say because I
disagree, but because the opinion that "the
Republican Party [is] a radical insurgency which has abandoned
parliamentary politics" comes from the
right-wing think tank the American Enterprise Institute.
The spectrum is broad but in an odd sense.
The spectrum is basically center to extreme right. Extreme right. Way
off the spectrum. The Republican Party about 20 years ago basically
abandoned any pretense of being a normal political party. In fact, the
distinguished, respected conservative commentators, from the American
Enterprise Institute, a right-wing think tank, like Norman Ornstein,
described the Republican Party as a radical insurgency which has
abandoned parliamentary politics. They just don’t want anything to
happen. Their only policies are “don’t do anything” or bomb. That’s not
a political party.
Here is Chomsky on the Democrats:
The Democrats have shifted to
the right as well. Today’s mainstream democrats are pretty much what
used to be called moderate Republicans. Somebody like Eisenhower, for
example, would be considered way out on the left. So for example
Eisenhower strongly made it clear that anyone who questions the
programs of the New Deal is just not part of American political life.
Well, by now, that’s a left-wing program. It’s basically Bernie
Sanders’ program. It’s Eisenhower.
Hm. I think this may be a bit
(but it probably is due to the vagueries of speech): I agree Bernie
Sanders' program is much like Roosevelt's New Deal, and I also agree
that the Republican Eisenhower "made it clear
that anyone who questions the programs of the New Deal is just not part
of American political life" but Sanders' program
is not the same as Eisenhower's program, even though Eisenhower
taxed the rich properly, on the principle that "Taxes are what
we pay for civilized society".
Then there is this on the sources of the enormous profits of
Precisely - and considerable parts of the
profits are from the bailouts, which are from ordinary
people's tax money.
There was recently an IMF study,
International Monetary Fund, of the profits of big banks in the United
States.The financial sector has become enormous during the neoliberal
periods. Almost half the profit of corporate profit.
Now where does their profit come from?
Turns out it comes from the taxpayer. ...there’s an implicit government
guarantee against failure. It’s not state, it’s not the law, but it’s
understood that if a major financial institution gets into trouble that
the government will bail it out, which happened repeatedly. Only during
the neoliberal period, incidentally. There were no major failures
during the 50’s and 60’s. When the neoliberal policies began to be
instituted, deregulations and so on, then you start getting a series of
financial crises, and every time the public bails them out.
Then there is this on the term "libertarianism"
Remember: What is called
libertarian in the United States has nothing to do with traditional
libertarianism. It’s a kind of ultra-right capitalist - a
narco-capitalism, they call it.
If that was allowed to function, the
whole society would collapse. And we turn to total tyranny. We would
have tyranny of unaccountable private institutions. Private
concentration of capital is totally unaccountable to the public is
absolute tyranny. The only thing that protects the public from
predatory capitalism is some degree of state intervention.
I quite agree,
and generally like to rewrite "neoliberal" and "libertarian" as
"neocoservative" simply because they are, and because I - who is
liberal - find no genuine liberalism in most libertarians
or neoliberals, and instead tend to find enormous amounts of very
egoistic greed for big money for themselves.
Finally, here is Noam Chomsky on Bernie
I agree, and I like it that Chomsky
is pro Sanders, even though (as in my case) he certainly doesn't agree
with everything Sanders says.
Take, say, the Bernie Sanders campaign, which I think is important,
impressive. He’s doing good and courageous things. He’s organizing a
lot of people. That campaign ought to be directed to sustaining a
popular movement that will use the election as a kind of an incentive
and then go on, and unfortunately it’s not. When the election's over,
the movement is going to die. And that’s a serious error.
There is a lot more in the interview, which is recommended reading.
5. Dear Gov. Snyder: You Have to Go to Jail
fifth item is
by Michael Moore
(<- Wikipedia) on Common Dreams:
This starts as follows:
Dear Governor Snyder:
Thanks to you, sir, and the premeditated
actions of your administrators, you
have effectively poisoned, not just some, but apparently ALL of the
children in my hometown of Flint, Michigan.
And for that, you have to go to jail.
To poison all the
children in an historic American city is no small feat. Even
international terrorist organizations haven't figured out yet how to do
something on a magnitude like this.
But you did.
Your staff and others knew that the water in the Flint River was poison
-- but you decided that taking over the city and "cutting costs" to
"balance the budget" was more important than the people's health (not
to mention their democratic rights to elect their own leaders.) So you
cut off the clean, fresh glacial lake water of Lake Huron that the
citizens of Flint (including myself) had been drinking for decades and,
instead, made them drink water from the industrial cesspool we call the
Flint River -- a body of "water" where
toxins from a dozen General Motors and DuPont factories have been
dumped for over a hundred years. And then you decided to put a chemical
in this water to "clean" it -- which only ended up stripping the lead
off of Flint's aging water pipes, placing that lead in the water and
sending it straight into people's taps.
There is more under the
last dotted link, but Michael Moore is clearly right - and he is a
dangerous opponent. I do
hope Snyder ends in jail, though that probably needs a lot of work, not
because he doesn't belong there, but because the political and legal
systems in the current USA have been vastly corrupted by men like
6. Trial By Error, Continued: Questions for Dr. White and
his PACE Colleagues
sixth and last item is
by David Tuller on professor Racaniello's Virology Blog:
This starts as follows and is in fact about M.E. which is a serious disease
I now have for the 38th year, which is still unacknowledged by
the Dutch bureacracy because they choose to believe the insane or cruel
English psychiatrists who got millions to conduct a competely
David Tuller is academic coordinator
of the concurrent masters degree program in public health and
journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.
I have been seeking answers from the
PACE researchers for more than a year. At the end of this post, I have
included the list of questions I’d compiled by last September, when my
investigation was nearing publication. Most of these questions remain
The PACE researchers are currently under
intense criticism for having rejected as “vexatious” a request for
trial data from psychologist
James Coyne—an action called “unforgivable” by Columbia
statistician Andrew Gelman and “absurd”
by Retraction Watch. Several colleagues and I have filed a
subsequent request for the main PACE results, including data for
the primary outcomes of fatigue and physical function and for
“recovery” as defined in the trial protocol. The PACE team has two more
weeks to release this data, or explain why it won’t.
Any data from the PACE trial will likely
confirm what my Virology
Blog series has already revealed: The results cannot stand up to
serious scrutiny. But the numbers will not provide answers to the
questions I find most compelling. Only the researchers themselves can
explain why they made so many ill-advised choices during the
In fact, I found 33
references to quite good articles by David Tuller between 2010 and 2012
(mostly in 2011).
But by that time and
especially since 2012 (when I did publish a fine study of the postmodern
unscientific extremely fraudulent pseudoscience of many psychiatrists,
I have mostly lost my interest in M.E., simply because it
turned out that most things I said were judged false by completely
anonymous sick (?) men and women without the slightest inkling of
science but with terrorist verbal practices and extremely strong
I still think so.
like David Tuller, I like professor Racaniello, I like most real
scientists who are actively involved in helping patients with M.E. but
I am not going to be discriminated and scolded by anonymous
patients without any understanding of science and no
real scholarship at all.
There very probably will
be more bits on M.E., for I have it 38 years now, but I will not attend
to the scientifically unqualified patients' opinions anymore, that I
indeed have nearly completely avoided since 2011.
And yes, that made me feel
considerably better than I felt in 2010 and 2011,
simply because I have many theoretical interests, that I can serve much
better without being involved in quarrels over the scientific
nonsense patients spout.
But if there is a
real scientific advance about M.E. that is written about by
rational people who do know some science, I will probably
report it here.
Yes. I will not copy from The Guardian anymore; I suppose they went the
same way as the thoroughly sick Dutch paper the NRC-Handelsblad (that I
read between 1970 and 2010, but since has turned into mostly bullshit), but
I do want to know by what way their Wolfgang Blau prevents any
have been called "a dirty fascist" by the Stalinist thugs from the ASVA
for 12 years while being no such thing at all,
and indeed it rankles. The neo-fascist Tony Blair can go to the Dutch
courts if he wants to avoid reading my opinions on his greedy and sick