Why Do Trump Supporters Believe so Many Things
That Are Crazy and Wrong?
Clinton’s Anti-Trump Campaign
3. Bees in Peril as First Species Added to Endangered
4. Internet Undergoes 'Biggest Change in a Generation'
(That You Never Heard About)
5. TTIP May be Dead, But We’re Still Facing TTIP by the
This is a Nederlog of Sunday, October 2, 2016.
is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about Trump supporters (and being a psychologist I say that major stupidity and ignorance, combined with sickening
malice and totalitarianism explain them quite well (but "Scientists" may see this otherwise); item 2 is about an article by Robert Reich on Clinton's campaign; item 3 is about the fact that 1 kind of bees (in Hawaii) are now "an endangered species": I think there are more; item 4 is about a recent internet change that seems OK, although I have to admit that I am far less positively interested in either the internet or computers since I learned that the combination of internet and computers unlocks almost everyone's total privacy to almost any secret service, for that also seems to be the case; and item 5 is about "the death of the TTIP", that I don't believe until all involved governments admit to it, which is far from the case.
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Why Do Trump Supporters Believe so Many Things That Are Crazy and Wrong?
item today is by Amanda
Marcotte on AlterNet:
This starts as follows:
Last week, The Daily Show’s
Jordan Klepper went to a Donald Trump rally to interview the
spray-tanned oaf’s supporters about some of their more fantastical
beliefs. The results were bizarre, even by the standards of a
presidential campaign that long ago broke the wacky-meter.
I printed this as given, and on the part
marked "(..)" there is a link to a video (I couldn't see on my
computer, and that doesn't interest me). Here are three
Trump supporters suggested that Hillary
Clinton had multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and even AIDS, and
was using a body double to conceal her ill health from the public. They
also dug into birther conspiracy theories about President Obama.
One man even ranted that, “Barack Obama
had big part of 9/11,” because he was “always on vacation, never in the
office.” (Pro tip: Barack Obama was not president when 9/11
To liberal viewers, this whole display is
boggling. These folks clearly are competent enough to dress themselves,
read the address of the rally and show up on time, and somehow they
continue to believe stuff that’s so crazy and so false that it’s
impossible to believe anyone that isn’t barking mad could believe it.
What’s going on?
First, people who say the things that are mentioned above very probably combine
two things: Major stupidity and ignorance, combined with sickening
malice and totalitarianism.
Second, of course it is not just "liberal viewers" who find it "impossible to believe anyone that isn’t barking mad could
believe it": Nobody who is halfway sane agrees
that the quoted insanities are not insane - and indeed this is also one basis for quite a few Republicans who have concluded anything is
better than Trump, including Hillary Clinton.
And third, we get another "Scientist" - A Real Psychologist and quite
possibly also A Real Laywer - who is supposed to explain this, but
while I am a psychologist myself, I cannot see that he says anything
interesting or scientific.
I think my explanation - major stupidity and ignorance, combined with sickening
malice and totalitarianism - is
quite adequate, and I also think that the reason people don't say so is
mostly lack of courage.
2. Hillary Clinton’s Anti-Trump Campaign
The second item is by Robert Reich on his site:
This starts as follows:
The Clinton campaign is relentlessly
focusing on the defects of Donald Trump rather than the defects of the
Republican agenda. That’s understandable, and it could be a winning
strategy. But it has pitfalls.
The goal is to attract a wide
swathe of voters who might ordinarily lean Republican on issues, as
well as unenthusiastic Democrats who need the specter of a Trump
get to the polls.
This is news for me in the sense
that I did not know that this
is the set end of the Clinton campaign. Then again, I agree with the
end (and am not at all amazed, and indeed also not much interested in
Here is a sketch of some Clinton ads:
One new Clinton ad, for example, shows
young women looking at themselves in mirrors while sexist comments by
played in the background.
Another features clips of GOP leaders
criticizing Trump in TV interviews, and closes with the words: “Unfit.
Dangerous. Even for Republicans.”
Under the umbrella “Together
for America,” the Clinton campaign is highlighting other well-known
who have spoken out against Trump’s character and temperament.
The Clinton campaign is also playing up
endorsements by traditional Republican newspapers that have found Trump
to be president, or, in the words of the Cincinnati Enquirer
(which hasn’t endorsed
a Democrat in a century), “a
clear and present danger.”
This is another thing I did not know,
I suppose because I live in Holland, and I also detest all
advertisements and all propaganda. But as before: This does
seem a correct approach.
Robert Reich isn't quite convinced
Clinton's campaign is correct, and two of his reasons are these:
Hillary Clinton needs a
Democratic Senate if she becomes president. Without one, her
initiatives will be dead on arrival. She may not even be able to count
enough votes to confirm her cabinet choices.
On the other side of Capitol Hill, the
odds of Democrats retaking
the House – never high – now seem impossible.
I agree this would be better for
Clinton, but in fact I care far less for Cinton than I care about
But Reich is correct that most things
Trump proposed are quite Republican, that is to say, pro rich and anti poor:
The reality is that Trump’s proposals
aren’t far removed from what the Republican Party has been trying to
achieve for years – cutting taxes on the rich and on corporations;
gutting health, safety, and environmental regulations; repealing
Obamacare; spending more on defense; blocking immigration and sending
more undocumented workers packing; imposing “law and order” in black
communities; and preventing an increase in the minimum wage.
Focusing on Trump’s character
flaws instead of the flawed Republican agenda is appropriate – up to a
point. Donald Trump is dangerous. And,
yes, the first priority must be to stop him.
I think I agree that focusing on "Trump’s character
flaws" (a major euphemism, but let that be for
the moment) seems to be the best way of defeating him, and that indeed
has "first priority".
3. Bees in Peril as First Species Added to Endangered
The third item is by Lauren McCauley on Common
This starts with a subtitle which I
will quote because it clarifies things:
Listing comes amid a national
crisis of declining bee populations, which is attributed to an array of
causes, including habitat loss, and the widespread use of neonicotinoid
I have several times before reported on this,
and my main reason for doing so is that without bees (or with far
fewer bees, indeed) most of us will be dead because we will not
get enough food.
Also, my own - reasonably confirmed - guess is that the death of so
many bees is mostly due to neonicotinoid
And now the first species of bees is added to the Endangered Species
I can see that this is a success for the
protectors of Hawaiian bees, but it does not seem to me to be of much
use to other bees. Then again, it is a first, and it may be the case that
this will help other bees.
Marking a troubling development in the
crisis of pollinator decline, the first species of bees were added to
the Endangered Species List.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
the determined status on Friday for seven types of yellow-faced bees
found in the Hawaiian islands.
It comes after a multi-year
effort by the invertebrate conservation organization The Xerces
Society to gain federal recognition and protection for the threatened
Xerces communication director Matthew
the development as "excellent news for these bees," but
added that "there is much work that needs to be done to ensure that
Hawaii's bees thrive."
Undergoes 'Biggest Change in a Generation' (That You Never Heard About)
The fourth item today is by Lauren McCauley on Common Dreams:
This starts as follows:
Though Republican lawmakers have painted
this moment in Internet history as 'doomsday,' and rallied a last
ditch-effort to block it, at midnight on Saturday the U.S. government
cede control of the web's core naming directory to a multi- stakeholder
The Internet Corporation for Assigned
Names and Numbers (ICANN), a California-based group of international
stakeholders will now control the functions of the Internet Assigned
Numbers Authority (IANA), which includes the database that translates
website names into Internet Protocol (IP) addresses.
The handover, hailed
as "the most significant change in the Internet's functioning for a
generation" by the U.K.-based technology site The Register, was
long fought for by open Internet advocates.
Again I did not know this (and so
the title is correct, for me). Then again, I definitely disagree
that this is "the most significant change in
the Internet's functioning for a generation":
Surely by far the most
significant chane in the Internet's functioning was Snowden's news that absolutely
everyone absolutely anywhere is in secret being tracked
and being stored in the NSAs, the GCHQs and many other
secret services's computers, so that these secret dossiers can
be used against anyone by any future government as long
as these secret dossiers exist (that contain far more information than the KGB possessed).
The article ends as follows, on the present change:
I take it that this is a considerable
advantage for a more or less "free" internet, but again I must add that
I do not believe much in the internet anymore, and have given up my
liking for computers, simply because the
In a statement celebrating the change,
ICANN board chair Stephen D. Crocker said,
"This transition was envisioned 18 years ago, yet it was the tireless
work of the global internet community, which drafted the final
proposal, that made this a reality."
"This community validated the multi
stakeholder model of internet governance," Crocker continued. "It has
shown that a governance model defined by the inclusion of all voices,
including business, academics, technical experts, civil society,
governments and many others is the best way to assure that the internet
of tomorrow remains as free, open and accessible as the internet of
combination of computers and internet has turned out to be the perfect
way for the rich and their eager servants to change
almost everyone effectively in a fully controlled and manipulated
slave, in the end. 
And to stop the NSA, the GCHQ and all other secret services compiling
their immense secret dossiers on everyone anywhere, these secret
services or their dossiers must be destroyed, I am afraid - and on that there is very
little or no chance without some genuine revolution, that I
myself do not see coming soon. 
Then again, the economy may collapse, and it certainly is far from
5. TTIP May be Dead, But We’re Still Facing TTIP by the
This starts as follows (with some Good News,
or so it appears):
The fifth and last item today is by Guy Taylor
on Common Dreams:
The architects of the current wave of
trade deals have embarked on a desperate ploy to salvage something from
the death of their flagship treaty. Sacrificing the Transatlantic Trade
and Investment Partnership or TTIP in order to get CETA (the close
relation of TTIP, a deal between the EU and Canada) agreed was always
going to be a risky strategy. The taste of victory has simply whetted
the appetite of the campaign to stop CETA. That campaign is now making
Late last week in Bratislava, EU
officials finally admitted that TTIP would not see the light of day
during Obama's term of office and therefore the future of the deal is
extremely uncertain. The call from four countries of the EU (including
Austria and France) to stop TTIP negotiations and to restart the whole
process with a fresh mandate accentuated the death of the deal.
Negotiations scheduled for 3 October in New York will be zombie
negotiations as they go through the motions in order to save face for
Cecelia Malmstrom and Michael Froman, the heads of the trade teams in
the EU and US respectively.
I say. And while I am somewhat willing to
accept this news, I also should say I am still rather skeptical,
for at least three different reasons:
(i) when I was starting to read up on the
TPP, I soon met a site created and run by a husband and wife who were
very confident that they had stopped the TPP - but the site has
disappeared since, while the TPP still persists; (ii) it remains a fact
that most things about these treaties are still being
kept secret (which itself is a sign that something very sick is
being planned); and (iii) the TTP, TTIP, TISA and CETA are all plans to
achieve the same: An effective system of neofascism, in which
the multi-national corporations and their CEOs are far more
powerful than heads of state, governments, parliaments, national judiciaries or democrats,
and get everything they want, and convict states, governments, parliaments and people to give up any law that threatened the
projected profits of the multi-nationals, and pay enormous fines
for adopting laws that threatened the project profits.
But OK - back to the article:
So what happened to CETA? Certainly
CETA's boat has sprung a few leaks and the trade ministers gathered in
the Slovakian capital busied themselves in bailing out the water that
has started to threaten this project. This in itself is a huge victory
- we never imagined we'd have such an effect on this deal which seemed
'certain' 18 months ago.
At the behest of the German centre-left
SPD (Germany's Labour Party) there will be a new annex, or protocol,
added to the text designed to allay a few fears, but nothing is
changing in the actual working content of the deal and once more the EU
machine is trying a cosmetic change while pretending it will make a
Again I am less glad than the writer of
the article seems to be. First of all, making some change to a plan
that threatens to destroy parliaments, governments and judiciaries seems
to me hardly "a huge victory", while, secondly, adding another
annex that changes "nothing" in "the
actual working content of the deal" also does
not seem much of a success.
The article ends as follows:
Campaigners should take great heart from
the current situation. While the victory against TTIP was not
completely unexpected, no one thought the trouble CETA is currently
experiencing was on the cards. For the first time we see the
possibility of killing off CETA, or maybe inflicting substantial damage
on the deal to remove the worst aspects of it.
With a huge extra effort, with an
increase in lobbying of our MEPs, especially those in the Labour and
Conservative parties, we can push this campaign to return a better
result than we dared imagine a few short years ago when we started
campaigning on TTIP.
So I should see "a
huge victory" in the possibility that - "[w]ith
a huge extra effort" - "we
can push this campaign to return a better result than we dared imagine
a few short years ago"?!?!
I am sorry, but I do not. That is
not a huge victory, and it also is not a victory: It seems to announce
that the CETA very well may succeed, and for me that sounds like a
But we will soon find out, and I hope I am
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
 You do not need to agree, but this is what I think, and I know a whole lot about fascism. But see the next note:
 Here is - once again - a quotation from 1975 by the late Senator Frank Church (<- Wikipedia) - and what he feared has happened, and indeed much worse has happened meanwhile as well, for virtually anyone virtually anywhere, provided he or she has a computer or cellphone connected to the internet, can be and very probably is being spied upon by many secret services:
"In the need to develop a capacity to know what potential enemies are
doing, the United States government has perfected a technological
capability that enables us to monitor the messages that go through the
air. Now, that is necessary and important to the United States as we
look abroad at enemies or potential enemies. We must know, at the same
time, that capability at any time could be turned around on the American
people, and no American would have any privacy left such is the
capability to monitor everything—telephone conversations, telegrams, it
doesn't matter. There would be no place to hide.
Again: This has happened, and much worse has happened meanwhile as well.
If this government ever became a tyrant, if a dictator ever took charge
in this country, the technological capacity that the intelligence
community has given the government could enable it to impose total
tyranny, and there would be no way to fight back because the most
careful effort to combine together in resistance to the government, no
matter how privately it was done, is within the reach of the government
to know. Such is the capability of this technology.
I don't want to see this country ever go across the bridge. I know the
capacity that is there to make tyranny total in America, and we must see
to it that this agency and all agencies that possess this technology
operate within the law and under proper supervision so that we never
cross over that abyss. That is the abyss from which there is no return."