Friday, June 16, 2017

Crisis+Quotations: Conyers, Mexico, Putin, Great Britain - Aphorisms, "Summer of Love"

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3. Crisis Files
The Summer of Love never happened

This is a Nederlog of Friday, June 16, 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 eighth ten of my aphoristical reactions [1] to Chamfort's aphorisms:
Human stupidity is one of the great forces of history.

To get ahead in society and not be a phoney one needs a large inheritance.

A secret that's not kept secret is no secret.

Most men are as interested in real knowledge as asses are interested in mathematics: It gives them no joy whatsoever, and it doesn't help them eat or make a career either.

The knowledge most men are truly interested in involves scandal and sensation, not science.

To learn to forego personal pleasure for social approval is one way of making people more social and cooperative.

There is no true philosophy without prior destruction of most of the cant and superstition one was raised in and educated with.

There is so much pain, misery and danger in any human life, that it is easy not to fear death.

Most men differ so little from their fellows, that they have no special value of their own.

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. Rep. John Conyers: Why I Am Suing President Trump
2. Will Mexico Go for the Anti-Trump Candidate?
3. How Vladimir Putin Sees the World
4. A Wave of Anger Crashes over Britain
5. From religious reflection to mummy vlogs: diaries through the
These are all well worth reading (and the last is not a crisis item).

4. The Summer of Love never happened.

Yesterday I mentioned the Monterey Pop Festival (including several links: it started 50 years ago today), and today I am briefly considering "the summer of love", and do so with the help of an article in the San Francisco Chronicle, called "Summer of Love: Paradise that never was lives on in legend".

Here is the first bit:
The Summer of Love never happened.

Oh, something definitely happened in San Francisco 50 years ago this summer, but it wasn’t the idyllic frolic and utopian pastoral that is the popular mythology.

That happened the year before.

At the dawn of the so-called Summer of Love in 1967, hippies were officially not welcome in San Francisco. But even after being specifically uninvited by Mayor John F. Shelley, as well as warned off by the entire Board of Supervisors, youth from across America by the tens of thousands descended on San Francisco as soon as school let out. The sidewalks of Haight Street soon clogged with inelegant, itinerant young misfits.

What they were seeking had already evaporated for the most part, and, with their arrival, all but vanished entirely. By July, there was open warfare on Haight Street between the hippies and the police. Muni rerouted buses to keep the solid citizens safe from the mini-Sodom. In August, George Harrison of the Beatles toured the streets of Haight-Ashbury, trailed like the Pied Piper by a procession of the flotsam and jetsam that had washed up on Haight Street sidewalks that summer. He later reported the experience turned him off using drugs for the rest of his life.

By the end of that summer, the flower children had been replaced by the street people, and the whole hippie thing was headed for the hills.
And this is more or less, though not quite, what I learned from the Diggers (who definitely were not hippies, as they stressed themselves), although the Diggers are not mentioned at all in this article.

Also, one of the things I don't agree with is the description of "hippies" as "misfits": Some of them were, but most of them were simply 17 to 25 year olds who had for
the most part a decent background, and who were experimenting with life, and who would, eventually, sooner or later, end up mostly as their parents had.

There is also this:

It was an amazing time. At the center of the Haight-Ashbury’s genuine sense of community was a raft of remarkable rock bands, crazy artistic virtuosos, almost entirely unheard of at the time outside San Francisco.
This is one of the points at which the writer could have mentioned the Diggers, for they were mostly responsible for the "genuine sense of community" around Haight-Ashbury, at least in the end of 1966 and during the first half of 1967, and they also organized quite a few free events with Jefferson Airplane and with Janis Joplin and The Holding Company and with the Grateful Dead.

But he doesn't and sides with the famous and rich. Here is the last bit that I'll quote from this article:
Without even being heard outside the ballrooms, San Francisco bands bloomed in the imagination of the counterculture everywhere. The new album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” by the Beatles, due to be released in June, was preceded by headline news around the world that the members of the group had all “experimented” with LSD. In May, Paul McCartney borrowed Frank Sinatra’s Learjet to make a stealth visit to San Francisco, carrying a test pressing of the new album when he arrived unannounced at a Jefferson Airplane rehearsal. Everybody repaired to the Airplane mansion, their massive Fulton Street Victorian across the street from Golden Gate Park, for a psychedelic summit.

That summer, the Airplane was the hottest new band in the country. The band’s second album, “Surrealistic Pillow,” had been released in February and had already launched two major hit singles — “Somebody to Love” and “White Rabbit” — that were both instant hippie anthems.

After the Monterey Pop Festival, the entire music world turned its attention on San Francisco.
So that seem to be the main lessons of "the hippie movement" (judged by the San Francisco Chronicle): It was good for Jefferson Airplane and good for the Beatles and good for more famous musicians. I don't deny it, but - it seems to me - this wasn't much for a report about 1967, about which there would be much to tell.

I'll see what more I can find (but don't hold your breath).

[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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