Saturday, June 10, 2017

Crisis+Quotations: Corbyn, Comey, Franken, Infrastucture, Cellphones - Aphorisms + 4 years

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1. Summary
2. Quotations
3. Crisis Files
4. After 4 years

This is a Nederlog of Saturday, June 10, 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 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.

2. Quotations

As I have said above, I am writing less these weeks for various reasons. These are the third ten of my aphoristical reactions to Chamfort's aphorisms:
There is nothing that cannot be improved by rational investigation, just as there is nothing that cannot be harmed by irrational thinking and acting.

Religion without hypocrisy is as realistic as a stage without actors.

There are men of sincere and deep faith, but generally such men are not intelligent at all, or quite special in some other way.

Most men are more like partially rational ideological apes than they are like the best men and women there have been. Their excuse is perfectly valid though: They did not ask to be born, nor could they protest their lack of abilities when they were conceived.

Most men seem not to be able to be much better, intellectually or morally, than they usually are.

A philosopher who believes in the supernatural is like a fool who believes his ticket will win the lottery.

Those who believe in supernatural entities should also believe in ghosts, miracles, mermaids and griffons or other oxymorons, and generally do.

There is far more in reality then there is according to most philosophies, and far less then there can be according to most theologies.

No Holy Book of any religion contains as much as a percentage of a percentage of the science and technology that has been found the last few centuries by science.

The real basis of most thinking of most men is wishful thinking.

Those who court the public generally do not differ relevantly from whores, who do just the same, and who are far more likely to deliver what they promised, when paid.

An honest politician is an oxymoron or a noble fool.

The main reason for the myth of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil is the same as the main reason for most religious teachings: To frighten people from thinking for themselves, so as to make them a managable flock for the priests and clergy, generally in the interest of the Úlites of the church and the society.

In every human society, at any time, and any place, there have been rational and reasonable men and women. Alas, in every human society, at any time, and any place, they so far have were a small minority, that was often persecuted, and nearly always in danger.

The most stupid tend to be the most social.

Man is a social creature, and many seem quite happy with mere chatter.

The only rational remedy in nearly all cases is to think again, and try better.

There are men of character, but they are rare, since character and a career are as easy to mix as water and oil.

There is a lot more from where the above comes from.

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 my comments.

Here is today's selection:
1. Jeremy Corbyn’s Critics Predicted He Would Destroy Labour.
     They Were Radically Wrong.

2. Is the President a "Serial Fabricator"? Fired FBI Director
     Comey Says Trump Repeatedly Lies
3. Al Franken Scorches Trump as 'One Shock to the System After
4. Trump’s Infrastructure Scam
5. Your Cellphone Privacy Rights May Depend on This Supreme
     Court Case
These are all well worth reading.

4. After 4 years

Today it is four years ago since I learned about Edward Snowden's existence. The link in this paragraph connects you to the first file I wrote about him.

At that time, four years ago, I knew we were living in a crisis since 2008 (which most men still are doing, unless their incomes belong to the upper 10%) and I also had quite serious notions about surveillance by the secret services (see especially here, which is from December 2012).

But I did not know, until June 10, 2013, how well I had guessed, nor that the American secret services were in fact both nearly completely free of all control while they got ever more money from the taxes.

Since I have no illusions about the human or moral qualities of well-paid spies, and since there has hardly been any effective control on the secret services from 2001 onwards, I assume that what the secret services (not only the American and English ones, but probably everywhere) do not know about private persons is by now, after 16 years of continuous gathering, extremely little.

And indeed knowing everything about anyone is the perfect condition for designing an authoritarian system in which the rich few or their menials will have the complete control and the full knowledge of absolutely everyone.

I think that is the end of the rich few and their menials, and they have by now - very probably - reached it.

It would have been very nice if average people would have revolted knowing that their complete privacy was utterly lost, but it seems as if the average (those between IQs of 70 and 130, which covers the vast majority), simply are too stupid and/or too ignorant to realize the enormous dangers they are running.

It is quite disappointing for me, but that is also the main lesson I draw from the past four years of trying to get to know the spying and of documenting the crisis: The vast majority simply does not understand the societies in which they live, and does not see the extreme dangers everyone who is not a billionair will be subjected to.

And I have given up the hope of convincing them by facts or by reasoning. As far as I can see, the few extremely rich and the 10% or so that quite willingly serve them have won, and the main reason they have won is that people with
IQs between 70 and 130 simply are not capable of understanding what is happening, and especially not with the information that reaches them or that they themselves send by computer.

It is all extremely sad, because the only real chance I see of getting rid of the spies and
getting rid of the rich is by a - big enough - economical collapse. That will probably happen within the next five or ten years, but no one knows whether it will be big enough.

Finally, I am meanwhile 67 and I have spent most of the last 4 years writing about the crisis and the - illegal, anti-Constitutional - spying. I wrote meanwhile over 1600 files about just these two subjects, and I think I have finished with the long versions, that is, a list of files + a list of comments on each of these files.

There are three reasons for my finishing this (for the most part): 1. I wrote 1600 files, which means that I read through and reviewed over 6000 articles, and that is about enough: I will not learn much more from journalism. 2. A special and personal reason for doing this rather than other things was the condition of my eyes, that were quite bad and quite painful from 2012-2015: They are not cured, but are a considerable lot less painful than they were, and this changes my possibilities a little. 3. While I meanwhile have resolved some computer and modem problems, I still have serious computer problems, and in fact don't like to switch to an OS (which will only be Linux) that runs on 64 bits, because the average is too stupid (it seems) to learn html, which
means there are no good editors anymore for html on 64 bits - which is one of the many things I much dislike about "modern computing", which by now seems to have been engineered on purpose, and since the 1960ies, to do what it does now: Spy on the privacies of everyone, in nearly complete secret.

I think what has been achieved is this, which was foreseen in 1975 by the late Senator Frank Church:
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.
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.
I think the USA is thoroughly lost in that abyss, that also has turned out to be vastly more comprehensive than anything in Church's nightmares. I think there is "no place to hide" and I think that there is "no way to fight back" against the government + the police + the FBI + 17 secret services + the CIA + the Pentagon + the military, because the goverment and its menials will know anyone who is resisting them; and I think that currently and since the last 16 years none of the "agencies that possess this technology" has "operate[d] within the law and under proper supervision".

This is a very sad estimate, but it is the one I make. More later.

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