January 10, 2016

Crisis: On Trump, Bill Maher, Historic Photos, On My Site(s) - 2
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Don't let Donald Trump fool you: rightwing populism is
     the new normal

2. What the Media Can Learn From Bill Maher
The New York Public Library's historic photos collections
4. On My Site(s) - 2


This is a Nederlog of Sunday, January 10, 2016.

This is a brief crisis blog, because it is Sunday and I could not find more that I wished to review. There are 4 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is in fact a brief video by Gary Young (who writes for The Guardian) on Donald Trump, rightwing populism and the decrease of real democracy; item 2 is about a somewhat learned article about Bill Maher; item 3 is not a crisis item but is about the recent decision by the New York Public Library to publish over 180.000 photos and other materials, which I think is a fine idea, and item 4 also is not a crisis item but is about re-uploading my site, of which I did yesterday a decent amount.

1. Don't let Donald Trump fool you: rightwing populism is the new normal

The first article is by Roisin Davies on Truthdig, and is quite brief:
It starts as follows:
While it might be tempting to view the political success of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump as something uniquely American, journalist Gary Younge explains that “most Western nations have their own Trump: a racist, xenophobic, Islamophobic demagogue appealing to a mix of nationalist nostalgia, patriotic myth, class grievance and economic insecurity.”
This is to announce the following video (2 m 56 s):

That is also not long, but it is fairly sensible, although I wonder what rightwing populism is "the new normal": That of the politicians; that of the main media; or that of considerable parts of the population.

There are considerable differences, and I dislike the first two more than the last, because the last is mostly created by the first two, and the first two know - or should know - what they are doing: They are intentionally lying to deceive the public.

2. What the Media Can Learn From Bill Maher

The second item is by Sophia McLennen that I found on AlterNet but that originated on Salon:
Sophia McLennen teaches "international affairs and comparative literature at Pennsylvania State University" which doesn't sound like a real science to me, but her article is about Charlie Hebdo and the powers (and dangers) of satire  (<- Wikipedia).

Here is a first bit from it:
A weird consequence of this [the link between religion and terrorist violence - MM] is that the secularism of Hebdo is often treated as more of a social threat than the religious convictions of the terrorists. And the reason for that, as Bill Maher has pointed out, is that we are more comfortable critiquing a group of comedians than we are asking tough questions about the role of Islam in contemporary conflict. As Maher puts it, we need to be able to talk about these issues without being condemned for Islamophobia just as we would want to talk about the religious ideology of the KKK.
And here is another bit:
Satirists don’t commit physical violence, but their ideas come under attack all the time. That is why satirists often feel like a greater threat than straight news reporters or loony politicians like Trump.
Think about it.  It was Stephen Colbert who finally showed the public that Ted Cruz is a fool. It was Bill Maher who dared to ask if we could talk about the ties between Islam and ISIS. It was John Oliver who managed to hamstring the televangelists. It was Lee Camp who dared to reveal the hypocrisy of the World Bank. It was Larry Wilmore and his staff who dared to say “Fuck Trump” and walk off their show in protest of his xenophobia. It is Michael Moore’s new film “Where to Invade Next” that has the guts to reveal that the military solution to political crisis has failed us. And it is“Charlie Hebdo” that is proving that the attack on secular satire is more vicious than the attacks on ideologues of all stripes
Some of the links are interesting. And yes, but ... this is the business - so to speak - of satire  (<- Wikipedia), that gets defined by Wikipedia as follows:
Satire is a genre of literature, and sometimes graphic and performing arts, in which vices, follies, abuses, and shortcomings are held up to ridicule, ideally with the intent of shaming individuals, corporations, government or society itself, into improvement. Although satire is usually meant to be humorous, its greater purpose is often constructive social criticism, using wit to draw attention to both particular and wider issues in society.
Indeed - but this also shows that real satire is by and for the witty, for the most part, and also criticizes "individuals, corporations, government or society itself", which means that it usually cannot be widely popular.

3. The New York Public Library's historic photos collections

The third item is by Mark Murrmann on Mother Jones:

This starts as follows (under an interesting picture of a 1935 New York restaurant):

The New York Public Library just digitized and made available more than 180,000 high-resolution items, which the public can download for free.

The images come from pieces in the library's collection that have fallen out of copyright or are otherwise in the public domain. This includes botanical illustrations, ancient texts, historical maps—including the incredible Green Book collection of travel guides for African American travelers in the mid-1900s. They've also released more than 40,000 stereoscopes, Berenice Abbott's amazing documentation of New York City in the 1930s, and Lewis Hines' photos of Ellis Island immigrants, as well as the letters of Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison, among other political figures.

I say! That is quite interesting, at least for this visual person. Here is one helpful link:

It probably will teach you something (and I like old photographs).

4. On my site(s) - 2 

This fourth item is not a crisis item and is about my two sites (see the index for the links). It probably will appear more times this year, and probably at the ends of Nederlogs like this, and it is here to stimulate me to re-upload my sites.

Since one site will exist 20 years this year, and the other 12 years, and since I don't believe I will much change the look of the site, this is mostly a somewhat boring admini- strative duty.

I did some of it the last time in the first months of 2014, but not very much beyond the log directories, mostly because my eyes were still problematic then. (They still are, but considerably less, which is nice: it is quite unpleasant to feel your eyes itch all day, and by now they don't, but that also took more than 3 years of steady dripping.)

Also, since I did this re-uploading several times before, there are not many files on the site that were last re-uploaded before 2009 (though quite a few files - most in fact, outside Nederlog - were originally written before 2009).

Anyway... here is what I re-uploaded yesterday: All Nederlog-files that are htm or html, in the following years (and the links are to the indexes for the Nederlogs of these years:
I did not re-upload the images (nearly all gif or jpeg). On my hard disk these directories  cover over 6300 items and take nearly 283 MB space but there are duplicates and zips on my hard disk that I never uploaded, so on the sites these directories are considerably less (but still around 200 MB).

The next to be done is the philosophy directory, with 34 sub-directories. I will start with Aristotle and end with Wittgenstein and will keep you informed about the progress. (This will probably take some time.)


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