1. Richest 62
People Are as Wealthy as Half the World’s
2. The Mirage of Justice
The Financial Apocalypse Accelerates As Middle East
Stocks Crash To Begin The Week
4. Newly Discovered 1964 MLK Speech
5. 'Crafted By and For Big Business': TTIP Under Fire Across
6. Pharmaceutical Rape is not a Metaphor
This is a Nederlog of Tuesday, January 19, 2016.
This is a
crisis blog. There are 6 items with 6 dotted links: Item
is about the fact that 62 billionaires now earn as much as 3,5 billion
persons (which is by about as much as the world's population grew since
1970), with some additional consequences by me; item 2
is about the present "legal system" of the USA, which is more dreadful
than it was the last 100+ years; item 3
is about the possibility that a financial apocalypse is approaching,
what with the major financial troubles with which 2016 started; item 4 is about a newly discovered speech by dr.
Martin Luther King; item 5 is about the TTIP, with
some elucidations by me; and item 6
is about pharmaceutical rape, that I know happens these days a lot, and
will continue as long as the pharmaceutical corporations (and their
medical conmen) are not tamed.
1. Richest 62
People Are as Wealthy as Half the World’s Population
Also, there was no Nederlog yesterday, because I had to go twice to the
by Roisin Davies on Truthdig:
This starts as follows:
I quite agree,
but the points I want to make are somewhat different and are related to
the following statistics that I derived from the Wikipedia article Population
A new report shows that the world’s richest 62 people now
have as much wealth as that of half the world’s population.
According to British charity Oxfam,
super-rich individuals saw their cumulative wealth increase 44 percent
to $1.76 trillion “in the five years since 2010”—equivalent to that of
3.5 billion of the world’s poorest.
Conversely, the wealth of half the
world’s the poorest dropped by 41 percent in that time period, despite
an increase in global population of 400 million.
Mark Goldring, the Oxfam GB chief
executive, said: “It is simply unacceptable that the poorest half of
the world population owns no more than a small group of the global
super-rich—so few, you could fit them all on a single coach.”
“World leaders’ concern about the
escalating inequality crisis,” he continued, “has so far not translated
into concrete action to ensure that those at the bottom get their fair
share of economic growth. In a world where one in nine people go to bed
hungry every night, we cannot afford to carry on giving the richest an
ever bigger slice of the cake.”
year billions of persons
The first "difference" column states the
number of years it took to get to the next billion in the rightmost
Here are my points:
You may disagree, but that is what I
think: The present rich and very rich are the worst enemies of the rest
of mankind there have ever been - and they have both more
riches and more power than any set of rulers has ever
- I was born in 1950: In the 65 years
that passed, there are three times more people than there were
- I know about the grave threats to the
environment since 1970/1, when
there were between 3 and 4 billion people: Now there are more than twice
as many, in spite of a lot of arguments or propaganda against population
- The 62 billionaires earned as much as
as was earned by the total growth of the population since the
- They are richer than anyone
else has ever been, and consequently (I would say):
- These billionaires are the worst, the
most egoistic, the most degenerate greedy persons there have ever
- it is because of (especially, though
not only) their policies, their desires, their
priorities, and their power that nearly everyone of the 3.5
billion people that were born since the mid-seventies are poor,
with very few rights, and facing a live of bitter
exploitation and very low incomes.
- As long as these extremely few
extremely rich individuals (and others who are almost as rich) have all
that money and have all that power, the billions of poor persons will
get poorer and poorer; the few tens (or hundreds or thousdands) of rich
people who hold billions will get richer and richer; the world will
grow more and more authoritarian and more and more of a
police state; and also, basically for ecological
reasons, the world goes straight to a major catastrophy in which
billions of people will die for lack of food and lack of opportunities.
Also, I have not read any rational argument that undermines the
last three points.
Mirage of Justice
is by Chris Hedges on Truthdig:
This starts as follows, and is about the
present system of injustice that rules the many poor in the United
If you are poor, you will almost never
go to trial—instead you will be forced to accept a plea deal offered by
government prosecutors. If you are poor, the word of the police, who
are not averse to fabricating or tampering with evidence, manipulating
witnesses and planting guns or drugs, will be accepted in a courtroom
as if it was the word of God. If you are poor, and especially if you
are of color, almost anyone who can verify your innocence will have a
police record of some kind and thereby will be invalidated as a
witness. If you are poor, you will be railroaded in an assembly-line
production, from a town or city where there are no jobs, through the
police stations, county jails and courts directly into prison. And if
you are poor, because you don’t have money for adequate legal defense,
you will serve sentences that are decades longer than those for
equivalent crimes anywhere else in the industrialized world.
If you are a poor person of color in
America you understand this with a visceral fear. You have no chance.
Being poor has become a crime. And this makes mass incarceration the
most pressing civil rights issue of our era.
I think that is basically correct and only
add two points: First, the "legal punishments" that are these days
imposed on people are much higher than
they were ever before, at least in the whole 20th Century,
and second many
of those who do get convicted (very often by completely unjust
sketched) are next exploited enormously and for many years by a private
prison system that exists to make the owners rich at the cost of the
And here is Chris Hedges on one of the
differences between the many poor and the few rich:
The power elites—our corporate
rulers and the security and surveillance apparatus—rewrite laws to make
their criminal behavior “legal.” It is a two-tiered system. One set of
laws for us. Another set of laws for them. Wall Street’s fraud and
looting of the U.S. Treasury, the obliteration of our privacy, the
ability of the government to assassinate U.S. citizens, the revoking of
habeas corpus, the neutralizing of our Fourth Amendment right against
unreasonable searches and seizures, the murder of unarmed people in the
streets of our cities by militarized police, the use of torture, the
criminalizing of dissent, the collapse of our court system, the waging
of pre-emptive war are rendered “legal.” Politicians, legislators,
lawyers and law enforcement officials, who understand that leniency and
justice are damaging to their careers, and whom Karl Marx called the
“leeches on the capitalist structure,” have constructed for their
corporate masters our system of inverted totalitarianism. They serve
this system. They seek to advance within it. They do not blink at the
victims destroyed by it. And most of them know it is a sham.
I completely agree: There is now "One set of laws for us. Another set of laws for them", where the "us" are the 99% of the non-rich and the "them"
are the 1% of the rich.
It is a completely fraudulent and totally dishonest
system of intentional exploitation of the many poor by the few
And I am very much afraid that it will continue unless it is caught up
in an enormous economic and ecological catastrophy. 
This is a recommended article: Click the last dotted link - and in case
you are not an American: Be assured that the TTIP or the TTP or
the TiSA or the CETA will give everyone in any
of the countries these plans are made for and accepted within a few
years at most the - mostly quite sick and degenerate - "rights"
the many poor of the primitive and backward USA have right now.
Why? Because anything that harms the expected profits of any
multi-national corporation will be "legally" destroyed (if these
sick and crazy "laws", that generally are secret and sold falsely
as "free trade treaties" are accepted).
The Financial Apocalypse Accelerates As Middle East Stocks Crash To
Begin The Week
This starts as follows:
third item is by Michael Klare on Washington's Blog and originally on
the Economic Collapse Blog:
It looks like it is going to be
another chaotic week for global financial markets. On Sunday,
news that Iran plans to dramatically ramp up oil production sent stocks
plunging all across the Middle East. Stocks in Kuwait were down
3.1 percent, stocks in Saudi Arabia plummeted 5.4 percent, and stocks
in Qatar experienced a mammoth 7 percent decline. And of course
all of this comes in the context of a much larger long-term decline for
Middle Eastern stocks. At this point, Saudi Arabian stocks are
down more than 50 percent from
their 2014 highs. Needless to say, a lot of very wealthy people
in Saudi Arabia are getting very nervous. Could you imagine
waking up someday and realizing that more than half of your fortune had
been wiped out? Things aren’t that bad in the U.S.
quite yet, but it looks like another rough week
could be ahead. The Dow, the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq are all
down at least 12 percent from their 52-week highs, and the Russell 2000
is already in bear market territory. Hopefully this week will not
be as bad as last week, but events are starting to move very
There is considerably more under the last
dotted link, that I leave to your interests. I also do not know
whether the predictions are valid, but it seems
Much of the chaos around the globe is
being driven by the price of oil. At the end of last week the
price of oil dipped below 30 dollars a barrel, and now Iran has
announced plans “to add 1 million barrels to its daily crude
true that 2016 started poorer and more like a real and
major economical crisis
than since many years.
4. Newly Discovered 1964 MLK Speech
fourth item is by Amy Goodman on Democracy Now!:
This starts as follows:
In a Democracy Now! and Pacifica
Radio Archives exclusive, we air a newly discovered recording of Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr. On December 7, 1964, days before he received the
Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, King gave a major address in London on
segregation, the fight for civil rights and his support for Nelson
Mandela and the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa. The speech was
recorded by Saul Bernstein, who was working as the European
correspondent for Pacifica Radio.
This is a fairly long but quite good speech
from the end of 1964. I recommend you read it all, but will only quote
two brief and quite general points from the end of the speech:
May I say to you that I still
believe that mankind will rise up to the occasion. In spite of the
darkness of the hour, in spite of the difficulties of the moment, in
spite of these days of emotional tension, when the problems of the
world are gigantic in extent and chaotic in detail, I still have faith
in the future, and I still believe that we can build this society of
brotherhood and this society of peace.
I do not believe in any divinity or
in any divine moral force; I do not believe there is any
necessary improvement in laws or morals; and I believe that the
current problems of mankind are greater than they ever
Even so, I also believe that if mankind is to survive, that
then mankind will have to rise up to the occasion - and indeed
if it doesn't, mankind is doomed.
And you cannot leave it to the rich, for these are corrupt
greedy egoists only interested in themselves; you cannot leave
it to the politicians, because these are nearly all liars and most are
corrupt: The people have to stand up and remake society so that
it is fit to live in for the many, and not just for the
We have a long, long way to go
before this problem is solved, but thank God we’ve made strides. We’ve
come a long, long way, before I close by quoting the words of an old
Negro slave preacher, who didn’t quite have his grammar and diction
right, but who uttered words of great symbolic profundity: "Lord, we
ain’t what we want to be. We ain’t what we ought to be. We ain’t what
we gonna be. But, thank God, we ain’t what we was." Thank you.
I agree with the preacher that "we ain’t what we want to be. We ain’t what we ought to be.
We ain’t what we gonna be", but I doubt that we
ought to thank the Lord for not being what we were:
I think that the more than 35 years since 1980 made the many poor poorer
than they were in 1980, and made the few rich a whole lot richer
and a whole lot more powerful (through many successive deregulations) than the rich have ever
But yes: "We have a long, long way to go before
this problem is solved"
- and I do not only mean the problems of discrimination and
exploitation of the blacks, which are still real enough, but all
problems that presently threaten the lives and the well-being of the
5. 'Crafted By and For Big Business': TTIP Under Fire
The fifth item is by Deirdre Fulton on Common Dreams:
This starts as follows:
In fact, I think that the TTIP, like the TTP,
the TiSA and the CETA, are all explicitly fascist treaties
designed to take all powers, including the powers of government,
the powers of parliaments, the powers of national
judiciaries, and the power of people in nations to determine
their own kinds of futures through parliamentary voting, away from
the people, and give all these powers to the very few very rich
who presently govern the earth.
A new UK coalition is sounding the alarm
over how the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), currently under
negotiation between the U.S. and EU, would force European small
businesses into unfair competition with U.S. firms with lower standards
and lower costs.
"Together with thousands of our
counterparts in other European countries, we are concerned that many
European businesses risk being wiped out by unfair competition from
U.S. corporations if TTIP is allowed to go through," reads the statement
from Business Against TTIP, launched over the weekend.
"TTIP will enable some of the world’s
biggest corporations to undermine EU social and environmental
standards," it continues. "Under its investor protection rules, TTIP
will also give U.S. firms unprecedented powers to sue the UK government
when any new laws affect their profits."
Noting that "the overwhelming majority of British businesses do not
export at all to the USA," the statement declares: "TTIP has been
designed by and for the largest corporations that trade and invest
across the Atlantic, not the majority."
These assertions are backed up in a new
report issued Sunday by the London-based War on Want, entitled, Rough
Trade: The Threat of TTIP to Small Businesses in the UK (pdf).
You may disagree, but if you do, it is probably because you dislike the
emotional connotations of the word "fascism", rather than that you have
any decent rational argument.
Also, if so: scratch "fascist" and consider the rest of the
It still is true to the best of my knowledge, and what you will
get is a Europe (under the TTIP) that will be like another
poor and exploited American state, ruled by local Chris Christies,
Ted Cruzes, or Donald Trumps, for that is the future: All
the advantages the Europeans had over the Americans will very soon be destroyed,
for the simple - and true - reason that these advantages limit
the expected profits of multi-national corporations, with more
money and better (and better paid) "lawyers" than any state.
And this is the only thing that will matter with the TTIP: The
"rights" of the very rich to get the profits they claim, against any
opposition by anyone.
Pharmaceutical Rape is
not a Metaphor
The sixth and last item today is by Laurie
Oakly on Dr. David Healy's site:
as follows - and before I give some quotations plus my comments, let me
note that while I regularly check dr. Healy's site because I am ill a very long time, the present
argument also is a crisis argument:
The corruptions, frauds, falsehoods, and deceptions of the
pharmaceutical corporations (and their associated pseudo-scientific
frauds, the psychiatrists) are now so large that they comprise hundreds
of millions of persons.
Back to the article (that is recommended and well worth reading), which
starts as follows:
I quite agree - but then I have good
reasons to agree, which are probably lacking in most of my
readers, simply because they are healthy:
is a relatively new phenomenon. It is a culturally invisible harm
outside the domains of public, medical, and political discourse.
However this type of violation is commonplace and stories of these
harms are especially visible on internet forums. This new definition is
meant to challenge the current, widely accepted societal assumptions
about pharmaceutical harms, their prevalence, causes and consequences.
It provides an alternative framework for defining and interpreting
serious adverse events that are rooted in corporate pharmaceutical
behavior. Through this definition it is hoped that pharmaceutical
violence will begin to be publicly recognized as the serious public
Pharmaceutical rape stems from the collective decisions
of powerful individuals within an industry-government-medical trade
alliance. It is an offense that results in an invasive violation of
bodily autonomy for the victim. A pharmaceutical product is introduced
into one’s body that causes harm — something one did not consent to —
something that one had a legal right to more information about so that
a different choice could have been made. Most often, it involves
trusting and having that trust violated.
I am a master of science in psychology (with extremely good marks, that
did not help me any, because:); I am ill for 37 years with an
unexplained disease; and I have been reading a lot of medicine,
psychiatry and associated stuff since the late 2009s, that convinced me
(also with an excellent B.A. in philosophy) that much of the current
"medical science" is no longer medical science but often intentio-
nal propaganda, and that you simply cannot rely anymore on
the honesty of medical people, and that not because they are dishonest,
but because they are as well frauded by the pharmaceutical
corporations, that these days tend to publish, and are allowed to only
publish, such stuff as supports their positions, and nothing
And I agree with the term "pharmaceutical rape" (and would like
to add the term "psychiatric rape", which includes the very many
psychiatric lies, frauds and deceptions that deny almost any
research money to find the cause of my disease, since 28 years at
Then again, I also strongly hope that the term will not
face opposition from the many quasi-liberal postmodernists and
relativists who do not want to hear anything bad about anyone and who
love to insist that everyone and any belief
is "of the same value" as anyone and as any opposing belief.
In any case, here is an explanation of the term:
I agree, and add that by the present day this
covers most medicines. Period.
Tenets of Pharmaceutical Rape:
Full, informed consent is paramount. If any information
for a pharmaceutical product is withheld, omitted, faulty, or
misleading, full, informed consent is not possible. The lack of
awareness of the full range of hazards about a drug should never
obscure a basic acceptance that all drugs are poisons. Where adverse
events are occurring and yet fail to become the subject of further
attention or scientific study, this is pharmaceutical rape.
No pharmaceutical (including vaccines) is completely
safe for everyone in all circumstances. Many have more dangers than are
acknowledged. In the current climate, it is difficult if not impossible
to judge whether or not full information for a product is being made
available. Whenever a pharmaceutical treatment is offered, available
alternatives must also be discussed.
Without judicious prescribing and adequate information,
any patient can become a pharmaceutical rape victim. There are as many
types of pharmaceutical violation as there are pharmaceutical products
for which information has been withheld, omitted, or is faulty and/or
The reasons are simple: patents and profits. Nearly all
medicines start as patented medicines, and these also are the most
profitable, and these days
pharmaceutical corporations have but one real end: Profits, and
these as high
This is about the root cause of pharmaceutical (and psychiatric and
That is: The root cause is the
The Root of Pharmaceutical Rape:
The production and promotion of
commercial products that have undisclosed/unacknowledged adverse
outcomes for which complete scientific data has been withheld and/or
kept unavailable for independent analysis. It is the continued
promotion/prescribing of products irregardless of potential/unknown
harms for which no follow-up studies are initiated or undertaken to
confirm or rule out risks. It is the caviler prescribing of medications
while ignoring or downplaying known risks.
"production and promotion of commercial
products that have undisclosed/unacknowledged adverse outcomes for
which complete scientific data has been withheld and/or kept unavailable
for independent analysis".
This now seems to happen (it is difficult
to know, for much is undisclosed that should have been
disclosed) in most new medical drugs of any kind. It
medical opinions quite uncertain, for these - to be as true as possible
- require full disclosure of all the relevant facts for such
judgements, and this is no longer the case.
And there is this is about the term "rape" (which I think is quite
correct, even though it is metaphorical):
In brief, the reason that "rape" is the correct
term is the bodily harm that is done to patients.
To simply consider the concept, pharmaceutical rape,
(and the fact that it goes so widely unnoticed, not to mention
unprosecuted), is to take instruction in the power relationship between
the multi-billion-dollar pharmaceutical corporations and the
individuals for whom their products are targeted.
Pharmaceutical rape involves the reckless behavior of
industry decision makers (and those who collude with them) that results
in bodily damage to individual persons. It results from aggressive
corporate decisions as well as drug company dominance in governments,
regulatory agencies, academic institutions, medical journals, the
psychiatric establishment, medical and mental health care systems,
front groups, and the media. Because pharmaceutical rape can be so
physically and psychologically destructive to its individual victims,
it is a type of violence as opposed to being merely an effect of fraud
for financial reward.
For me, who has seen the chances dwindle on adequate research
money for M.E. during my life
because of the lies and frauds and dedeptions of many psychiatrists, who are pseudoscientists anyway
(yes, that is an excellent though long argument), this is obviously
For many others, especially those who are healthy and did not
have much to do with doctors or medical drugs, and who nearly always do
not know much about medicine, psychology or science, it may seem
All I can do for them is hope they will stay healthy, and that in case
they get ill they get ill with a well-known disease with an easy and
obvious and long existing cure.
 I am sorry, but I think that the chance that the
millions will stand up without a major catastrophy is quite
small, while I do think that the only way to avoid a very
authoritarian police-state that will extend from the
USA to most other states in its sphere of influence is - that many
millions stand up.