1. Europe’s Top Human
Rights Court Will Consider
Legality of Surveillance
Exposed by Edward Snowden
2. Map Shows
How Trade Deals Would Enable Polluter
3. Forget Paris, Scientists Say 'Radical Change' Only Way
to Stay Below 2 Degrees
Don’t Believe What You Read: People
Really Do Care
about Free Trade
5. 'We Believe in What We're Doing'
This is a Nederlog of Saturday, October 1, 2016.
is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1
is a - rare - piece of Good News: Europe's Top Human Rights Court will
condider the legality of the illegal surveillance everyone has been
submitted to since 9/11 (!!); item 2 is about
how the TTP and the TTIP, TISA and CETA will destroy most or
all of national laws, national governments, national parliaments and
national judiciaries, and replace these by decisions by the
rich for the rich, taken in "courts" that are secret and only work for
the rich; item 3 says - quite correctly, in my view
- that the Paris Accords are already outdated; item 4
is another fine article about the TTP, TTIP, TISA and CETA, all of
which are attemps by the very rich to get rid of national laws,
national parliaments, national governments and national judiciaries,
and replace these by "courts" that only serve the rich; and item 5 is about a bad interview in Spiegel
International, of which I only quote the end.
constant part, for the moment --
In case you visit my
Dutch site: I do not know, but it may be you need
to click/reload twice or more
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/reload several times
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.) 
C. In case you visit my Danish site: You may
have more luck than I have. The Danish site has been almost
completely destroyed for me because of the actions of its
providers: My own e-mail access was terminated; the good
statistics I had from 2004-2015 were completely terminated; it
is also impossible for me to get access as a guest; and
yesterday I had for most of the day no access with FTP
to my site, whereas today started with having no access
with Firefox to my site. (It now works again (!))
I have no idea who does this. It may be - in the Danish case -
that this is related to some changes they are making there, but I do
not know this (and if so, they seem to know less about
computers than I do).
I am very sorry, and none of it is due to me. I
am simply doing the same things as I did for 20 or for 12 years, that
also went well for 20 or for 12 years.
1. Europe’s Top Human Rights Court
Will Consider Legality of Surveillance Exposed by Edward Snowden
item today is by Ryan
Gallagher on The Intercept:
This starts as
rights groups have launched a major new legal challenge over mass
surveillance programs revealed by the National Security Agency
whistleblower Edward Snowden.
I say. This is Good News. Here is a bit of
Ten organizations – including Privacy
International, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Amnesty
International – are taking up the landmark case against the U.K.
government in the European Court of Human Rights (pictured above). In a
complaint released on Thursday, the groups allege that “blanket and
indiscriminate” surveillance operations carried out by British spy
agencies in collaboration with their U.S. counterparts violate privacy
and freedom of expression rights.
The case represents the first time
Europe’s top human rights court has been asked to consider the legality
of surveillance exposed in the Snowden documents. Its judgments are
legally binding and could potentially have ramifications for how
surveillance is conducted by U.K. agencies.
“Through bulk surveillance
programs, the U.S. and U.K. governments intercept the private
communications and data of millions of people around the world,” said
Ashley Gorski, staff attorney at the ACLU National Security Project.
“Not only is bulk surveillance unlawful, but it has a deeply chilling
and corrosive effect on political discourse and our personal
communications. We are hopeful that the European Court of Human Rights
will recognize that this mass surveillance violates fundamental rights
to privacy and freedom of speech, and that the court’s ruling will help
put an end to these practices on a global scale.”
I said this is Good News, which indeed I
think it is, but I am not certain about the outcome. Then
again, if the European Court of Human
Rights will not "recognize that this
mass surveillance violates fundamental rights to privacy and freedom of
speech, and that the court’s ruling will help put an end to these
practices on a global scale" I will
conclude that these judges as well have been corrupted.
In fact, I am not saying they are: I don't know. But
the case is so extremely clear that supporting the ACLU and Amnesty
International etc. ought to be the only decent outcome.
Then again, if that is the outcome (as I think it should
be), we are stil not where we want to be, as free citizens in
what once was a somewhat real democracy, because most or all
governments will refuse to give up any spying on anyone
(except maybe the English Queen), but then at least there will
be some legal foundation of attacking the terrorism of
the present-day governments on all their subjects, for that
is what it is.
Here is the last bit I'll quote from this article:
The complaint argues that the
scale of the surveillance “is unprecedented in terms of (a) the number
of individuals whose communications are potentially affected; (b) the
quantity of communications content and related communications data that
is actually initially intercepted, extracted, filtered, stored,
analysed and/or disseminated by the U.K. intelligence agencies.” It
adds that the “the operation of sophisticated covert surveillance
powers without adequate safeguards is ipso facto
Quite so. And since the term seems
to be, in the politically
correct format that the "left" introduced, very much less used than
it ought to be, here is my own
estimate of the
state terrorism that the governors of all Western states
are now permitting to their secret services, who simply
treat absolutely everyone as a potential terrorist in
order to steal anything anyone does on a computer or cellphone that
is connected to the internet:
For me, this is the beginning of neofascism. You cannot
have a free and open democracy when absolutely everyone is fully
known, to an extent that the KGB only could dream about, to the
anonymous members of the totally secret secret services, who can
do with whatever they gathered as they please, and can upset
absolutely anyone with false messages, false sites, false
attacks, false anything, all very often based on nothing
but some vague suspicion, and all completely isolated from any
realistic legal and public control.
That is the foundation of a police state. And since I
skeptical this will be stopped, and since my grandfather was murdered
in a concentration camp by the fascists, and my father survived over 3
years and 9 months of imprisonment in four German concentration camps,
I am now very glad I have no children, if only because I
believe nearly all politicians are working to extend the power of the
secret services, and diminish and destroy nearly all the powers
ordinary cititzens once had.
This is a recommended article.
2. Map Shows How Trade Deals Would Enable Polluter Power Grab
The second item is by Andrea Germanos on Truthdig and originally on
This starts as follows:
Is a “polluter power grab” lurking in
According to the Sierra Club, one might
just be, thanks to two pending trade deals—the Transatlantic Trade and
Investment Partnership (TTIP) and Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)—that
would allow multinational corporations to exert their power before
private tribunals and thwart efforts to keep fossil fuels in the ground.
The environmental organization plotted
out the coast-to-coast potential threats on a new interactive map, released Thursday.
Yes, it very definitely is. And not only
does a "polluter power grab" threaten ordinary people everywhere in the West: A power
grab threatens, namely by
the ruling politicians and their secret services, and their military
and police forces.
Here is some more on the "polluter power grab":
And there is this on the fascistic
means that are proposed:
It captures over 400 fossil fuel
projects, and “for the first time ... gives people a chance to see if
toxic trade is in their own backyard,” said Ilana Solomon, director of
the Sierra Club’s Responsible Trade Program.
How do the deals enable such a power
grab? By way of a corporate-friendly provision included in many trade
In a report released earlier
this year, Sierra Club found that TTIP and TPP “would more than
double the number of fossil fuel corporations with the power to
challenge U.S. policies” such as restrictions on fracking or offshore
drilling using the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanisms.
ISDS, as advocacy group Public Citizen
“empowers individual foreign corporations to skirt domestic courts and
sue governments before a panel of three corporate lawyers.” Using these
tribunals, as analysts have warned, corporations can demand
compensation from the U.S. for lost profits as a result of government
actions or policies, thereby supplanting local democracy, workers’
rights, and environmental protections. (In fact, Canadian pipeline
company TransCanada is using the Investor Chapter of NAFTA to sue the Obama
administration for its rejection of the Keystone XL.)
The multinationals could demand
compensation for lost profits as a result of environmental protections
that blocked their projects. Also, the mere threat of such a suit could
thwart “keep it in the ground” efforts, Sierra Club says.
I call these ISDSs very consciously
created fully fascistic courts because they do and are and
embody the fascistic ideals: No democracy, no legal
defense, no democratically agreed laws, no independent
these fascist courts manned by three fascist lawyers, who are fascists
because they totally believe that maximum profits of the multi-
national corporations are the only criterion that counts.
Here is the position of some U.S. senators:
Putting further spotlight on the threats
posed by ISDS, a group of U.S. senators led by Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio)
and including Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) wrote to President Barack Obama on Thursday
outlining problems they see with the TPP in its current form.
ISDS, the senators write, “means our
country’s own public health, worker safety, and environmental
standards, among others, are vulnerable to corporate challenges.”
Echoing arguments made by the Sierra
Club they write, “ISDS challenges, and even mere threats of ISDS
challenges, have been used to secure extractive permits over community
objections, to get executives out of criminal convictions, and to
exonerate managers connected to a factory’s lead poisoning of children.
Such a corporate handout does not belong in our trade agreements.”
Sanders said that without fixing this and other “fundamental
flaws,” TPP would “accelerate the corporate race to the bottom.”
I mostly agree, and the only
reason I can see that destroying "our
country’s own public health, worker safety, and environmental standards" that also serve "to secure
extractive permits over community objections, to get executives out of
criminal convictions, and to exonerate managers connected to a
factory’s lead poisoning of children" and do
so by a completely special, extra-legal "court" which only checks
whether the projected profits of multi-nationals are endangered by
public democracy and by demo- cratic laws, is NOT called fascism
seems to be that "fascism" is "a dirty word".
I am very sorry, but dirty words
are sometimes quite justified.
3. Forget Paris, Scientists Say
'Radical Change' Only Way to Stay Below 2 Degrees
The third item is by Lauren McCauley
on Common Dreams:
This starts as follows:
I have absolutely never believed in
the Paris climate agreement, and I think the criticism of the FEU-US is
correct in principle, and very probably also in fact.
To much fanfare, global leaders have
agreed to tackle the climate crisis by ratifying the Paris climate agreement,
but a group of esteemed scientists is warning that current pledges to
reduce emissions are far from sufficient and, in fact, put the world on
track to reaching the dangerous 2°C climate threshold by 2050.
"The pledges are not going to get even
Sir Robert Watson, former chair of the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and lead author of a
new report out Thursday. "If you governments of the world are really
serious, you're going to have to do way, way more."
Aptly titled The Truth About Climate Change,
the report, put forth by the Argentina-based Universal Ecological Fund
(Fundación Ecológica Universal FEU-US), comes amid a rash of new
research, all suggesting that key global warming thresholds will be
reached much more rapidly than previously thought.
There is also this - and one should read this with the
previous item and the full dangers of the fascistic TPP,
TTIP, TISA and CETA in mind (and also see the next item):
Further, the researchers minced
no words when laying the blame for the missed targets on "political and
sectoral interests," including those "benefiting from the use of fossil
fuels," for promoting "deliberate misinformation" about the current
Here are some of the facts predicted in the
report, which seem to me (who has been reading about the destruction of
the environment since 1971) completely credible:
And this is a recommended article.
In the past week, two separate reports
have warned that the planet will likely pass
the 1.5ºC benchmark this decade and, under current emissions
projections, is "locked in" to reaching a
million-year temperature record.
With 2016 on
track to set another heat record, the wave of research comes as
the planet reached another grave milestone: atmospheric carbon has permanently
surpassed 400 parts per million (ppm).
4. Don’t Believe What You Read:
People Really Do Care about Free Trade
The fourth item today is by Roger Bybee on Common Dreams and (it seems)
originally on The Progressive:
This starts as follows:
President Barack Obama is apparently
dead set on a last-minute passage of the twelve-nation Trans-Pacific
Partnership that would enhance the power of gigantic global corporations. His strategy
appears to be to push it through during the lame duck session after the
election, relying heavily on votes of anti-worker Republicans and a
small handful of conservative Democrats.
Bill Clinton pulled a similar maneuver
in 1993, ramming through the disastrous North American Free Trade
nearly 2-1 opposition among Democratic House members, 64 percent
opposition among independents, and an evenly divided Republican caucus.
As it did with NAFTA, the New
York Times has provided a steady platform promoting the TPP—in
editorials, through pro-corporate columnists like Thomas
Friedman, and even in its news articles. Most recently, a prominent
in the Times claimed that the vast majority of American voters were
either in favor of the TPP, or utterly uninterested.
I am sorry, but I believe both
Bill Clinton and Barack Obama are trying to push through a fascist
program by completely undemocratic means and totally false
Do they themselves believe they
are pushing forward fascism? Probably not in those terms (if only
because both are heavily trained in political
Then again, what they are pushing
through are new laws that are completely anti-democratic,
anti-legal, anti-government, and anti-equality, and that strongly
propounds the exclusive rights of the CEOs of multi- national
corporations to destroy all national democratic decisions, all
national legal decisions, and all national governmental
decisions, on the mere grounds that these decisions threaten to
diminish the projected profits of the multi-national corporations
do so by instituting a completely new "legal" system that has been set
up by the lawyers of the multi-national corporations, to which only
governments and multi-national corporations (and no private
persons, no trade-unions, no political parties, no
judges, no politicians) even have access.
And they are trying to push these through
because - I am quite certain: I am human and they are human  - they know or expect that they will be made
multi-millionaires by the extremely rich men whose interests they are
defending (always "In The Name Of Democracy", of course) and who
will reward them after
their presidencies with a quarter million dollars here, and a quarter
million dollars there, all for some half hours of speeches to the
very rich bankers whose interests they have served so very, very well.
And here are some of the facts and figures
that are hard to get and rarely seen:
56,000 factories have been completely
closed in 15 years, and have been transported to the
third world. 5,7 million jobs were lost (directly: many
more indirectly), and 2,9 milllion jobs have been cut, all
because the work done by Americans can be done for 1/10th or less
of the price in third world countries. And half of the output
of the 500 largest American corporations is now being produced
by extremely poor almost completely rightless
The bitter experience of the past two
decades of “free trade” means that critiques of the TPP are resonating
in the current context of extreme economic inequality and
precarious lives for tens of millions of Americans. America has
lost 5.7 million
manufacturing jobs from 1998 to 2013 and 56,000
factories. “U.S. multinational corporations, the big brand-name
companies that employ a fifth of all American workers . . . cut their
workforces in the U.S. by 2.9 million during the 2000s while
increasing employment overseas by 2.4 million,” the Wall Street
Journal reported. America’s 500 largest corporations now produce nearly half of
their output in their overseas plants.
That is what the very rich wanted; that is
what the very rich got, thanks to Bill Clinton; and that seems to be
what the very rich will get much more of thanks to Barack Obama.
There is also this on these "free trade treaties", which in fact are
about the freedoms of the few very rich to exploit the many poor to
the maximum, and the freedom of the very rich not pay any taxes:
And it will destroy all national laws
that impede the maximum profits of the multi-national corporations; it
will destroy all democratic decisions taken by tje majorities
of nations; it totally denies all applications of national
laws; and it will make the many poor much poorer and the few
rich much richer.
The proposed TPP has only heightened the
broadly shared anxieties of many Americans brought on by NAFTA. Working
people, both blue-collar and professional, fear further downward
pressure on U.S. wages
from American corporate operations encouraged by trade deals to move
jobs overseas. They are particularly concerned about the TPP’s token
labor protections in nations like Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, and
Vietnam, persistent violators of worker rights.
Further, the TPP will only further
consolidate the power of global corporations to sue national governments
over protective laws like those holding down drug prices and
safeguarding the environment.
It is neofascism, and this is a recommended article.
5. 'We Believe in What We're Doing'
The fifth and last item today is by Michael Sontheimer on Spiegel International:
This ends as follows:
SPIEGEL: Given all the pressure
that you and those you work with are facing, how do you keep going?
Assange: We believe in what we
are doing. It's very satisfying. It's extremely interesting
intellectually. Sometimes great moments of justice come out of it. In
one case, a man falsely accused left prison thanks to a publication of
ours. A lot of people who work for WikiLeaks have the same instinct as
me: If you are pushed you push back.
This is also the only bit I am quoting
from this interview: Spiegel does not believe in Wikipedia, it
seems. And it does not have the courage of saying so.
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
(really: the KPN), simply because these have 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
 Let me put
this as follows:
Would you try to push through NAFTA or the TPP if you
knew it was very probable or certain that you, who started as a
very poor politician, would receive over
$200 million dollars in rewards for your efforts by the very rich
whose interests the NAFTA and the TPP serve so well?!
I am sorry, but I know extremely few who would reject such an
offer. (My father would have, but then he was a real