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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Crisis+Quotations: Stone, Putin, Trump, Universal Spying - Aphorisms+Monterey Pop



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Introduction

1. Summary
2. Quotations
3. Crisis Files
4. Monterey Pop Festival
Introduction:

This is a Nederlog of Thursday, June 15, 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.


2. Quotations

As I have said above, I am writing less these weeks for various reasons. These are the seventh ten of my aphoristical reactions [1] to Chamfort's aphorisms:
Reason and emotion are two sides of the same coin, or perhaps rather: Reason is emotion, constrained by values, ends, will and self-control.

There is no such thing as pure emotion: all emotions are mixed.

Those who believe that man can only be saved by giving up his desires, may as well believe man needs to grow fins to improve his chances.

A man without desires is a thoroughly dead man.

The first virtue must be self-control, for there is no virtue without it.

Most choices in life are made from whim, weakness, or prejudice.

There is no humanity without hopes and illusions, and there seem to be necessary human illusions like there are necessary logical truths: Without them, no man can hope to survive; with them, no man can hope to be always rational and reasonable.

Man is the only animal that lives by dreams, fantasies and metaphysics, instead of in the here and now.

The goodness and the morality of most men, that exists just as well as does their badness and hypocrisy, tends to be limited to their own fellows or family.

Those who have been ill often or long, and have had to rely on the goodness of their fellow men, know best how good most men are: In precise proportion to the expected rewards for good behavior.

Most men and most societies are such that those who can't pay their own way must starve.

To love nature or a pet is much easier and less demanding than to love a human being.

The theatre pleases only because it summarizes, deletes, improves, enhances, in short falsifies so much in ordinary life.

Men are usually much fonder of their dreams and illusions than of reality.

The miseries of most men are mostly not their own doing.

Circumstances and chance are stronger than any man.

There is 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. Oliver Stone Interviews Putin on U.S.-Russia Relations, 2016
     Election, Snowden, NATO & Nuclear Arms

2. Why Don’t the U.S. Mainstream Media Report Vladimir Putin’s
     Take on the Ukraine Crisis?
3. Trump Is on His Way to Presiding Over the Most Precipitous
     Decline of a Truly Dominant Power in History
4. The US Intelligence Community Can Share Your Personal
     Information With Other Governments, and We’re Demanding
     Answers
These are all well worth reading.

4. Monterey Pop Festival

I admit I am still roaming my past (see here) but this is not the only reason for this item, for I also simply like it (for the most part): Here is a film by D.A. Pennebaker about the Monterey Pop Festival, that started tomorrow fifty years ago:
This is about 1 hr 20 min of (music-)video that is mostly quite good, and it also contains quite a few shots about the audience, which I like. I also happen to think this was "the greatest" pop festival there was, although that appreciation may be contested.

But it was the first major concert that was a rock concert (in 1967!) and it contributed
rather a lot to the status of rock music, and it also definitely launched a number of groups in the USA (Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, to name three).

Also while I like Pennebaker, I didn't like all of the movie: There definitely was too much mere white for my taste in the registration of Otis Reding, and I also do not think Ravi Shankar was a pop or rock musician, while I am one of those who simply doesn't like his music. (I'm sorry, but that is a fact.) But it starts after an hour, and is at the end of the movie, so you can easily skip it, and I did.

And here is a bit of information on the whole festival, from Wikipedia:
Incidentally, this was what it was called, while the previous item (by D.A. Pennebaker) is what he called his documentary of it.

The Pennebaker film takes only an hour (minus Shankar) and in fact there is a lot more. There is a registration of most of it (as audio, with pictures), which starts here (and  this gets started automatically after Pennebaker's film ends):
These are again only part of what there is: You can download 9 CDs with music. Finally, there is also written documentation for this part:
These CDs contain a whole lot more than Pennebaker's film. For what I've heard of it (not everything) the sound quality is quite good.

Enjoy!

Note
[1] These are aphorisms of my own. I like them and therefore reproduce them. Nicolas Chamfort was French and lived from 1741-1794. He was extremely witty. (And I admit neither he nor I are friendly about the majority.)

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