Sunday, May 28, 2017

Crisis+Quotation: Scahill, Hypocrisy, Spiegel * 2, Trump's Insanity

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1. Summary
2. Quotation
3. Crisis Files


This is a Nederlog of Sunday, May 28, 2017.

1. Summary

This is a crisis log but it is a bit different from how it was the last four years:

I have been writing about the crisis since September 1, 2008 (in Dutch) and about the enormous dangers of surveillance (by secret services and by many rich commercial entities) since June 10, 2013, and I probably will continue with it, but on the moment I have several problems with my computer, my modem, the company that is supposed to take care that my site is visible, and my health.

It may be that I'll be off for a few weeks, that is, I will publish nothing or little for a few weeks. I don't know yet, but I will keep you informed in Nederlog.

And what I will do for the moment - since I am still looking at 35 sites every morning - is to list the items I selected, but without any of my comments. Today I selected four items, and they are below and link to the originals, but on the moment I have no comments, basically because that takes too much work on the moment.

There also is this:
And for the moment there are

2. Quotation

As I have said above, I am writing less these weeks for various reasons. But I do like to quote good bits by others that I agree with. Here is a quote from Peter Coyote, about whom I wrote some yesterday. It is originally froim 2009, from the Buzzine Interview.

Here it is. I give a brief comment below:
Here’s a good one: “Thirty-seven percent of American adults cannot figure a 10% discount on a price, even using a calculator. The same percentage can’t read a bus schedule or write a letter about a credit card error. Fourteen percent can’t total a deposit slip, locate an intersection on a map, understand an appliance warranty, or determine the correct dosage of a medicine.” Therefore, none of those people can compete on the global playing field. It’s just unbelievable. Here you go. This was from a series of national surveys. This first one was from The National Constitutional Center: “Only 41% of Americans can name the three branches of government. Only 2% can name the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Twenty-six percent could not identify the vice president from his photo.” This is from The National Assessment of Education: “Fifty percent of 17-year-olds could not express 9/100ths as a percent. Fifty percent could not place The Civil War in the right half-century. Only 4% could read a bus schedule, and only 12% could arrange six common fractions in order of size.” Here’s another one: “In 1998, The Massachusetts Board of Education gave literacy tests for teachers pegged at the level of an exam for high school equivalency.” This is Massachusetts — it’s not Mississippi, it’s not Georgia, it’s not Louisiana. “Of the 1,800 teachers who took the test, 59% failed. As a result, the Commissioner of Education announced that requirements for a passing grade would be lower.” So this is the peer group that is going to inherit the 21st century.
As I have said many times, I am convinced one of the main problems of the world, quite possibly the main problem, is that most people are stupid, ignorant and egoistic.

In case you disagree, read the above quotation again (and again, and again).

3. Crisis Files

I have been writing on the crisis since September 1, 2008 (Dutch) and with considerably more attention since June 10, 2013 (English).

If you check out the
crisis index you will find that I wrote in over eight years nearly 1600 files, that nearly all consisted of a reference to one or more articles that were partially quoted and mostly commented.

I will continue with that, simply because I think the crisis is a very important social, political and economical event, but meanwhile I have turned 67 and need a little rest,
so what I'll be doing the coming weeks (at least), is selecting 3 to 6 files from the 35
sites I consult every morning to see what's happening in the world of politics and econonomics, and present them, but now without comments.

Here is today's selection
1. Jeremy Scahill on Trump's Embrace of Duterte's Deadly War on
     Drugs in the Philippines
2. Analyzing the Hypocrisy of U.S. Media Coverage (Video)
3. Der Spiegel: 'It's Time to Get Rid of Donald Trump'
4. 'The Germans Are Bad, Very Bad'
5. 'We Have an Obligation to Speak About Donald Trump's Mental
     Health Issues... Our Survival as a Species May Be at Stake'

These are all well worth reading.

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