3. Crisis Files
This is a Nederlog of Tuesday, May 30, 2017.
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.
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 five 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
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 William Hazlitt (1778 - 1830) who is one of the best writers and finest minds I know.
This is on the pleasure of hating and is about the dark side of human beings:
The pleasure of hating,
like a poisonous mineral, eats into the heart of religion, and turns it
to rankling spleen and bigotry; it makes patriotism an excuse for
carrying fire, pestilence, and famine into other lands: it leaves to
virtue nothing but the spirit of censoriousness, and a narrow, jealous,
inquisitorial watchfulness over the actions and motives of others. What
have the different sects, creeds, doctrines in religion been but so
many pretexts set up for men to wrangle, to quarrel, to tear one
another in pieces about , like a target as a mark to shoot at? Does any
one suppose that the love of country in an Englishman implies any
friendly feeling or disposition to serve another bearing the same name?
No, it means only hatred to the French or the inhabitants of any other
country that we happen to be at war with for the time. Does the love of
virtue denote any wish to discover or amend our own faults? No, but it
atones for an obstinate adherence to our own vices by the most virulent
intolerance to human frailties. This principle is of a most universal
application. It extends to good as well as evil: if it makes us hate
folly, it makes us no less dissatisfied with distinguished merit. If it
inclines us to resent the wrongs of others, it impels us to be as
impatient of their prosperity. We revenge injuries: we repay benefits
with ingratitude. Even our strongest partialities and likings soon take
this turn. "That which was luscious as locusts, anon becomes bitter as
coloquintida;" and love and friendship melt in their own fires.
As to my old opinions,
I am heartily sick of them. I have reason, for they have deceived me
sadly. I was taught to think, and I was willing to believe, that genius
was not a bawd, that virtue was not a mask, that liberty was not a
name, that love had its seat in the human heart. Now I would care
little if these words were struck out of the dictionary, or if I had
never heard them. They are become to my ears a mockery and a dream.
Instead of patriots and friends of freedom, I see nothing but the
tyrant and the slave, the people linked with kings to rivet on the
chains of despotism and superstition. I see folly join with knavery,
and together make up public spirit and public opinions. I see the
insolent Tory, the blind Reformer, the coward Whig! If mankind had
wished for what is right, they might have had it long ago. The theory
is plain enough; but they are prone to mischief, "to every good work
Incidentally, the above was written in the 1820ies and is known to me half of my life now.
3. Crisis Files
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. We Need Memorial Day to Obscure the Unbearable Truth About
These are all well worth reading.
2. Noam Chomsky in Conversation with Amy Goodman on Climate
Change, Nukes, Syria, WikiLeaks & More
3. Angela Merkel Tells European Leaders They Must Depend on
4. The Meaning of Julian Assange’s Persecution
5. Celebrating Barry Commoner, Father of the Modern