Monday, June 19, 2017

Crisis+Quotations: Climate, Drugs, France, Profits, Mainstream Media, Summer of Love

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1. Summary
2. Quotations
3. Crisis Files

This is a Nederlog of Monday, June 19, 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 six 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 eleventh ten of my aphoristical reactions [1] to Chamfort's aphorisms:
Very few people like men who are evidently more honest or more intelligent than they are.

Lord Chesterfield famously and rightly remarked that "If you want to be pleased, then please!". It is the same with great gifts: if the majority is not pleased with what one does with them, one is despised rather than admired, since one is not like ordinary folks.

Almost always, it are the vain who become socially successful, and always only the vain desire to be a social success.

Those whose end is a happy life rarely find it. If you want to be happy, try to become just or learned or able, and hope for the best.

What tends to keep the unhappy from suicide is some chance that things might get better, eventually, somehow - and indeed they may, though rarely as one thinks or hopes.

What is truly in one's power is only what is here and now - everything else is past or hope.

Society gives greater opportunities for everyone to serve their own interests - which includes the opportunities of the liars, the cheats, and the hypocrites, who usually are in vast majority.

If one wants to avoid the bad, the mad, and the mediocre, one must form a very small and restricted society.

Those who have feared the Lord invariably feared the self-proclaimed servants of the Lord or their lies.

There is no religion without irrational fears, cruel punishments, and false promises.

The ordinary weaknesses of ordinary men have prevented much harm and misery.

Animals can feel, and machines can calculate: only man can do both.

In humans, intelligence is a kind of feeling and vision, namely for what is rational, what is effective, what works in practice, or explains in principle. It moves by generalities, intimations, and guesses, and should not be confused with the treatises or verbal sum-ups it gives rise to.

Real goodness requires highmindedness, because it requires defying the indifference or prejudice of the majority.

There is more from where the above comes from. And the last one - like all the others - is from 2008, that is from pre-Trump days.

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. We Can’t Fight Climate Change if We Keep Lying to Ourselves
2. The History Channel Is Finally Telling the Stunning Secret Story
     of the War on Drugs
3. President Macron’s Party Dominates French Parliamentary
4. Putting Profits Ahead of Patients
5. Why Mainstream Media Represents the View of Billionaires …
     Instead of Average Americans
6. The Summer of Love and the Winter of National Insecurity
These are all well worth reading (and the last one is the first decent exposition about "the summer of love" that I read that was written this year).

[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.) Also, while I say these are "ten aphorisms", there usually are more: I am speaking of "ten" due to the original grouping (which has been deleted in this presentation).

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