This is a Nederlog of Sunday, May 15,
is a crisis log with 1 crisis item, that may be one of the last,
because One.com, that hosted my site well since 2004, recently - was it
bought by Google?! - destroyed 99% of the statistics I did get from 2004-2015, and replaced this by completely degenerate crap, that is extremely much worse than the good statistics they did supply for 12 years. Besides, I cannot believe the statistics they give now: These are 1/3rd of what they were 2 months ago (and are totally contradictory to all the other numbers I did get since 2004).1. On 1985
I have to think about this, but with a site of over 500 MB, all composed by me, I want some decent
statistics. The sick crap they offer now - accompanied by degenerate
propaganda directed at the extremely stupid - is utterly indecent. It
is sick shit, as I shall demonstrate later.
The first item is by Chris Hedges on Truthdig:
This is from near the beginning:
I agree with Ralph Nader that the U.S. political system is decaying or already quite dead. But I am sorry to say that I have not seen much evidence that "[i]t’s reaching a critical mass of citizen revolt.”
“Our political system is decaying,” said Ralph Nader when I reached him by phone in Washington, D.C. “It’s on the way to gangrene. It’s reaching a critical mass of citizen revolt.”
This moment in American history is what Antonio Gramsci
called the “interregnum”—the period when a discredited regime is
collapsing but a new one has yet to take its place. There is no
guarantee that what comes next will be better. But this space, which
will close soon, offers citizens the final chance to embrace a new
vision and a new direction.
This vision will only be obtained through mass acts of civic
mobilization and civil disobedience across the country. Nader, who sees
this period in American history as crucial, perhaps the last opportunity
to save us from tyranny, is planning to rally the left for three days,
from May 23 to May 26 at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., in what
he is calling “Breaking Through Power”
or “Citizen’s Revolutionary Week.” He is bringing to the capital scores
of activists and community leaders to speak, organize and attempt to
mobilize to halt our slide into despotism.
Of course, I may be wrong, since I do not live in the USA. Then again, I have been reading some 30 US sites daily since June 2013, and I would say that if there is evidence that the "critical mass of citizen revolt" has been nearly reached, I would have read some evidence for it in these publications, but I did not.
As to Gramsci's "interregnum": This may be true, in the sense that indeed there also is no massive support for standard
(non-left) politics, while there - still - are considerable freedoms in
the USA; and many of these freedoms may dis- appear quickly with the
next president, and especially if this were to be Trump.
Then there is this:
I think that is mostly correct, and especially the last statement,
although it should be added that this begun under Bill Clinton, at the
latest: It is not something that happened "just recently".
“Elections have become off-limits to democracy,” he went on. “They
have become off-limits to democracy’s fundamental civil community or
civil society. When that happens, the very roots shrivel and dry up.
Politics is now a sideshow. Politics does not bother corporate power.
Whoever wins, they win. Both parties represent Wall Street over Main
Street. Wall Street is embedded in the federal government.”
Much of the left, Nader argues, especially with the Democratic
Party’s blatant rigging of the primaries to deny Bernie Sanders the
nomination, grasps that change will come only by building mass
movements. This gives the left, at least until these protofascist forces
also give up on the political process, a window of opportunity. If we
do not seize it, he warns, we may be doomed.
He despairs over the collapse of the commercial media, now governed by the primacy of corporate profit.
The impoverished national discourse, fostered by a commercial mass media
that does not see serious political debate as profitable and focuses on
the trivial, the salacious and the inane, has empowered showmen and con
artists such as Trump.
As to the first of the last two quoted paragraphs:
One basic problem I have with this is that (with two communist parents) I have heard about the imminence of "mass movements" since the early 1960ies (at the latest), but all I have seen (apart from Paris in May and June of 1968, which was different) are a few
big demonstrations against the Vietnam War and against the atom bomb,
and both of the demonstrations were claimed (mostly falsely) by the
Dutch Communist Party (now dead) and the Dutch Social Democrats (now
I have seen more actions, but nearly all
of these were organized by a few tens of persons, while they reached
several hundreds or (at most) a few thousands.
As to the second of the last two quoted paragraphs:
I share Nader's despair about the collapse
of the commercial mass media, and he is quite right that they have been
replaced by corporate profit, greed and dishonesty.
But I don't think it is merely the loss of honest, free mass media that "empowered showmen and con
artists such as Trump". There is considerably more that is responsible for this, notably the degeneration of education, which
has been simplified and further simplified for over 50 years now in Holland (where people did written examinations in 14 or 16 subjects until the Sixties,
and since then in 6, and many subjects that everyone had to take - like history - are now a matter of choice, I suppose because it is much easier to mislead the ignorant and the stupefied than the knowledgeable and intelligent).
This is the last bit I quote:
Ralph Nader is right that the system is gamed. I hope he succeeds in "organizing the greatest gathering of accomplished citizen
advocacy groups" but
“The system is gamed,” he said. “The only way out of it is to mobilize the civil society.
“We are organizing the greatest gathering of accomplished citizen
advocacy groups on the greatest number of redirections and reforms ever
brought together in American history under one roof,” he said of his
- alas - I am doubtful about the outcome.
2. On One.com
At long last - after 6 months! - I got access again to One.com, but it turns out that in the meantime this has grown enormously much worse:
The good statistics they supplied (using a fine free program) has now been replaced by something owned by One.com that gives about 1% of the information the previous statistics gave, for 12 years (and that new "information" is false compared with the information I got so far).
Also, I am sorry to bother you with this, but this is not my fault at all: It is an extreme worsening of a service that was quite good, and it is a bitter shame.
More later, but it looks as if One.com ceased to be useful for me:
These extremely dumb "statistics" are so fucking awful and so horribly degenerate, especially since it all did work well for 12 years, that I don't think I want this anymore: I want some decent information about the over
500 MB I wrote and published on my sites since 1996, and not mere false and degenerate bullshit. (I will illustrate everything I said later, but not today).