Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Crisis+Quotations: 'National Security', Corporate Control, Media Malpractice, Summer - Aphorisms

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1. Summary
2. Quotations
3. Crisis Files

This is a Nederlog of Wednesday, June 21, 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 thirteenth ten of my aphoristical reactions [1] to Chamfort's aphorisms:
Received opinions are full of cant, and are adapted to the tastes and ideas of the majority.

In human society, such as it is, almost all greatness that is not purely intellectual or artistic is based on badness or personal corruption.

Most human inventions are motivated by need or by curiosity.

There are more weak than bad men, as there are more stupid than intelligent men, and the weak and the stupid do at least as much harm as the bad, because they are the loyal tools of the bad, and more numerous.

As there are no men without weaknesses, there is a need for palliatives for the miseries of life that would and could be avoided if men were stronger or better than they are. Thus it is, for example, as regards drugs and drinking.

Life may be so painful that one needs some drug to be able to survive it, or not to lose one's mind.

If you want to be a celebrity, you cannot have much self-respect.

The talents that make a man famous are much like those that make a prostitute rich.

Dr. Johnson spoke fondly of "good haters", but most men do not share that fondness unless they share hatred.

Those who cannot hate, cannot love either, for men are so constructed that they must hate those who harm whom they love.

Men are rarely judged according to their true desserts: during their lives, many of the truly great were considered bad or mad, and when they are dead their lives are written by small men, for money, and to acquire what fame a small man may gather from parasiting on a great man.

If you try to be more than you can be, you will fail.

To become happy and successful, it is most effective to lie with the majority of liars, to do as the majority of fools, and to be indifferent to everything that does not help oneself.

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. A Psychedelic Spin on ‘National Security’
2. More Corporate Control of the Internet
3. On Trump, The Media’s Malpractice Continues
4. Science Says Summer Is Going to Be Ruined
     for Many Years to Come
These are all well worth reading.

[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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