1. Standing Firm in the Face of Violence
2. After Two
Fatal Police Shootings, Trump Calls for
3. The New, New Climate Math: 17 Years to Get Off Fossil
Fuels, Or Else
4. Lies and Lapses on the US Campaign Trail
This is a Nederlog of Friday, September 23, 2016.
is a crisis log with 4 items and 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about the police-violence against blacks, which indeed is stunning (but I don't quite agree with the writer); item 2 is about Trump's demand that the - legally very doubtful - "stop-and-frisk" rule is reintroduced; item 3
is about new, new maths about the climate, which I, who has been
following the environment since the late 60s reject (sorry: Paris
failed already, in my opinion); and item 4 is about how Trump is seen in Germany, in Spiegel, which is also odd: None of the words "authoritarian",
"rightist", "fascist" and "neofascist" is used in describing Trump in
no less than 5 pages, and it seems the worst is that he is "a liar"
(who might be "a racist").
Also, there is today an earlier file, which is mostly in Dutch, and is
my autobiography for 1991, which was the worst year of my life. (This
doesn't seem to interest many, but I don't care: I wrote it mostly for
myself. And the present version is - or will soon be - considerably
better than the first version, for those who are interested.)
In case you visit my
Dutch site: I do not know, but it may be you need
to click twice
to see any changes I have made. This certainly held for
possible this was caused by the fact that I am also writing it from my
In any case, I am now (again) updating
the opening of my site with the last day it was updated.
(And I am very sorry if you have to click several times to see
last update: It is not what I wish, nor how it was. And
it was yesterday still or again the case. Indeed, this also
holds for the opening pages: These too are not renewed at
"xs4all", or at least: Not for me.) 
1. Standing Firm in the Face of
item today is by Sonali
Kolhatkar on Truthdig:
This starts as follows:
Another week, and another unarmed
black man has been shot by police, with video footage of the macabre
incident available for all to view from various angles. The shooting
death of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Okla., at the hands of a white
police officer, Betty Shelby, is sickening. The footage has
re-traumatized black Americans, as well as those of us non-black
Americans who are paying attention.I
agree, although I don't like "re-traumatized" or indeed "traumatized",
though my dislike for both terms may be personal (I am a psychologist).
Then again, I do agree that the shootings of many unarmed black
men seems an indication that the American police can these days more or
less do what it likes to black people. (And indeed I wonder whether
that is policy.)
Then there is this:
The deaths of black Americans at the hands
of police have inspired a growing wave of nonviolent actions, sparked
by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who refused to
stand during the anthem, which is de rigueur at sporting events. So
many athletes have followed suit that the protest is even spreading
to white players like soccer star Megan Rapinoe.
I like Kaepernick's actions. As an aside: One of the many
ways in which Americans are both historically behind and far more
conservative than Europeans is their attitude to their national anthem.
There is this, which I think is a bit mistaken (in a "leftish" manner, as well):
Today the Donald Trumps, Sarah Palins and
Ann Coulters of the nation are at the helm of a reactionary movement
that is so resentful of the righteous anger felt by people of color
that it is legitimizing the open expression of racism. Trump’s shocking
popularity is one measure of resentment felt among some whites. He
conveniently feeds off of their rage and scapegoats people of color in
a classic bait-and-switch ploy.
My underlying point is that Trump seems to have close to half the votes of Americans: I agree this shows his "shocking
popularity", but no: If he pulls nearly 50% of the votes with "the open expression of racism" - which I agree he does - to speak of "some whites" is a bit too careful: At least these are many
whites (and yes, I also would say that most of them are stupid and
ignorant, although I know that it not "politically correct": it is
This is from the last paragraph of the article:
Our presidential election has become a
referendum on which side will win, with a highly flawed Wall
Street-loving war hawk offered up as the only alternative to Trump.
Regardless of the election result, how things will all turn out depends
desperately on the ability of social justice to prevail over neofascism.
But if Sonali
Kolhatkar can see (and I agree, and know a lot about the topic) that Trump is a neofascist, why doesn't she say people should vote for the only realistic alternative, which indeed is "a highly flawed Wall
Street-loving war hawk"? Who although bad is neither a neofascist nor mad?
2. After Two Fatal Police Shootings, Trump Calls for
The second item is by Nika Knight on Truthdig and originally on Common
This starts as follows:
As the nation reels from two recent fatal police shootings of black men,
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Wednesday called for
cities nationwide to adopt “stop-and- frisk”—a widely condemned police
practice that New York City was forced to abandon after a federal judge
struck it down as unconstitutional, finding
that it disproportionately
“‘I would do stop-and-frisk. I think you have to,’ Trump
said, according to excerpts of a Fox News ‘town hall’ in
Cleveland, after a listener asked what he would do to reduce crime in
predominantly black communities across the nation,” reports Reuters.
Well, Trump is a mad (narcissist) neofascist who lives by provocations and lies, and this is another one.
Former NAACP president Benjamin Jealous characterized the tactic as “the worst
racial profiling program in the country, in any city,” back when it was
still in wide use in New York City.
The tactic was encouraged and became widespread in New
York under the mayorship of Rudolph Giuliani, who is now an avid Trump
Yes, indeed he is (and therefore also a neofascist, a liar
and a provoker). Incidentally (as the article also makes clear):
stop-and-frisk was forbidden by a New York Court.
3. The New, New Climate Math: 17 Years to Get Off Fossil
Fuels, Or Else
The third item is by Lauren McCauley on Common Dreams:
This starts as follows:
Though it may not have seemed possible,
climate catastrophe is even closer than previously thought, with new
figures released Thursday finding that—when the wells already drilled,
pits dug, and pipelines built, are taken under consideration—we are
well on our way to going beyond 2°C of warming.
"If you're in a hole, stop digging,"
begins the study, put forth by the fossil fuel watchdog Oil Change
International (OCI), in partnership with 14 other environmental
The Sky's Limit: Why the Paris Climate Goals Require a Managed Decline
of Fossil Fuel Production (pdf),
the potential carbon emissions for already developed reserves and
transportation projects, such as oil wells, tar pits, pipelines,
processing facilities, railways, and exports terminals.
The findings are bleak: "The potential
carbon emissions from the oil, gas, and coal in the world's currently
operating fields and mines would take us beyond 2°C of warming," the
study confirms. "The reserves in currently operating oil and gas fields
alone, even with no coal, would take the world beyond 1.5°C."
Well, yes: Of course, I would say.
But then again, I have been reading about "the environment" (as it
tended to be called then, which indeed also is a more correct term than
"the climate) since the late 1960ies (for I am 66, and was born in a very political family).
Also, indeed in part because I know a fair amount about "the environment", I never believed in the Paris Climate Goals. They are far too weak, and will be broken - and are being broken - anyway.
Then there is this, which is hung up as a piece of "new new" math that centers upon the Paris Climate Goals:
I do not know how "serious" "the world" is about "achieving
the goals agreed in Paris":
I am not, for I think these goals are far too poor, simply because I
know extremely little has been done about "the environment" since 1970.
McKibben goes on to calculate some of
this "new new" math:
"If the world is serious about achieving
the goals agreed in Paris, governments have to stop the expansion of
the fossil fuel industry," said
OCI executive director Stephen Kretzmann.
In the United States alone, the
existing mines and oil wells and gas fields contain 86 billion tons of
carbon emissions—enough to take us 25 percent of the way to a 1.5
degree rise in global temperature. But if the U.S. energy industry gets
its way and develops all the oil wells and fracking sites that are
currently planned, that would add another 51 billion tons in
carbon emissions. And if we let that happen, America would
single-handedly blow almost 40 percent of the world's carbon budget.
This article ends as follows:
"This is literally a math test," he
concludes, "and it's not being graded on a curve. It only has one
correct answer. And if we don't get it right, then all of us—along with
our 10,000-year-old experiment in human civilization—will fail."
O wow, but not really. In fact, "we" will not
get this right. The reason is not that "we" are bad in maths, but that
"we" - the common people of the earth - are almost wholly without power.
and Lapses on the US Campaign Trail
The fourth and last item is by Klaus Brinkbäumer, Veit Medick, Gordon
Repinski, and Holger Stark on Spiegel International:
This has five pages and is probably too
large to excerpt properly. But it is from Spiegel, and worth looking
at. It starts with a summary that I reproduce:
Donald Trump is a proven liar.
But Hillary Clinton
is a flawed candidate as well. With eight weeks to go until Americans
go to the polls, the prospect of a notorious charlatan moving into the
White House is looking more realistic than ever.
I say. From this summary, I learn that
there are two flawed candidates who may win the American presidency
(which is not precisely news), and that Trump is "a proven liar" and "a
Hm... I have been following the USA daily since 2013, and meawhile have written over 1320 articles on the crisis (which still persists among everyone who is not rich). My English is absolutely fluent.
Then again, I have missed reading Trump is
"a notorious charlatan" (I agree he is: I am saying I didn't read it,
which does indicate that this notoriety is less than
claimed), and while I agree that Trump is indeed "a proven liar" it so
happens that (i) I know that nearly all politicians (of any stripe)
excel as liars (and usually at nothing else) for well over 50 years, whereas (ii) I have read far
more serious criticisms of Donald Trump: He is a racist, he is
authorita- rian, he is a rightist, and he is a fascist or a neofascist.
But not according to Spiegel International, at least in terms of the words they use. They write no less than 5 pages about Trump, but they completely do not use the tems "authoritarian", "rightist", "fascist" (which is what e.g. Robert Reich called him repeatedly, and Reich was secretary of state under Clinton) or "neofascist" in any connection with Trump.
It's true that the term "racist" does occur in the article and is even used once to describie him as "a xenophobic choleric, a racist", but that's it, as far as Trump is concerned: It seems overall that the worst one can say about him is as the article starts and ends, for it ends like this:
Liars, after all, are no longer on the political fringe.
I say. And that is Spiegel, announcing a truth I know since well over 50 years, as if lyng in politics is something new.
Originally I had prepared a number of
selections from these five pages, but I will cook them in to just two
bits. The first is this:
Donald Trump's political ascent has long
since ceased to be a laughing matter.
Even though he has been exposed hundreds of times, the Trump juggernaut
just keeps on going. Indeed, it's possible it may end inside the White
House in eight weeks. Something astonishing has happened.
Trump may have been "exposed hundreds of times", but not in the main media, or if so, only recently: He has been exposed many times, but mostly outside the main media, both in TV and in print.
Indeed, this is the main reason Trump still is popular: The main media do not use politically incorrect terms like "lies", even though they are perfectly true, to describe a candidate 75% of whose utterances are lies.
And this is about Trump himself:
I mostly agree: He doesn't look well, and he is a lousy speaker with a bad intellect, who indeed repeats (and repeats and repeats) himself all the time.
There is nothing elegant about this
candidate. Those who look closely, or get close to him, can hardly
stand this over-tanned, bloated man with the dyed blond, comb-over hair
(or toupee or whatever it is). He stands there flailing, bellowing and
spitting. And his tie is always too long.
He's not even an eloquent speaker. He
uses few words, he constantly loses his train of thought and seldom
finds it again and he often gets carried
away in anger. He'll repeat a half sentence he seems to like two or
three times, but there's nothing funny or intellectual about it.
All this has led journalist and
economist Paul Krugman to believe that Hillary Clinton could suffer a
fate similar to that of Al Gore 16 years ago. He was the smarter,
better-educated candidate, harder working and even a better speaker,
but instead his opponent became president -- a man who could get away
with every impudence, lie and mistake: George W. Bush.
Then again he may win, simply because he either is supported by
the main media, or - at least - is hardly criticized by most of the
main media, and besides because the majority of the Americans may well
be both stupid and ignorant, if not by birth than by education. 
Also, we see here (which is correct, indeed) that George W. Bush also was a liar in politics (as indeed are nearly all politicians I have seen the last 50 years).
Why the Spiegel doesn't even mention that this "liar" also has been described (in the media) as an authoritarian, as a rightist, as a fascist and as a neofascist completely escapes me - they might have mentioned it, at least, after all - unless they want to be friends with him in case he is the next president.
I don't know. But this is an article in the style of the main media.
this is precisely as I said it does, and it goes on for months now. I
do not know who does it, and I refuse to call the liars of "xs4all"
(really: the KPN), simply because these haven been lying to me from
2002-2009, and I do not trust anything they say I cannot control myself: They have treated me for seven years as a liar because "you complain about things other people do not complain about" (which is the perfect excuse never to do anything whatsoever for anyone).
 I am sorry, but half of the American voters has an IQ that is not higher than 100, and most American voters do not understand much about politics (<- if you have read all of that you may qualify). And in any case:
If Trump gets elected, I will blame both the main media and the voters.