3. Crisis Files
This is a Nederlog of Thursday, June 22, 2017.
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.
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.
As I have said above, I am writing less these weeks for
reasons. These are the
thirteenth ten of my aphoristical reactions 
There are few great men who do not make many lesser men seem stupid,
weak or incompetent. Therefore there are few great men that are truly
loved, except by their peers, who need not feel hurt by what they lack,
and who can enjoy what they have in common.
It has been said that "If in Rome, do as the Romans do". One may say as
well, or better: If with cannibals, do as the cannibals do.
There are many who pretend to love of their ennemies, or to love their
neighbours like themselves: They are as credible as those who report
they saw a griffon.
Some things just are beyond
all or most men, however desirable it would be if it were different.
Here as in many other cases: Non posse, nemo obligatur.
Why do people get bored? Because they don't have the inner resources
not to. That is also why TV is so popular: it fills the void in the
minds of most.
There are no publicly received ideas and values that have not been
trivialized, cheapened, and made common, for ordinary consumption.
Virtue is its own reward, for three reasons: First, if it were
otherwise one could set up a remunerative business in virtue; second,
because generosity is genuine only if spontaneous, and not contrived;
and third, because true virtue is so rare that it has no agreed upon
value, and has no market to settle its price.
If you only care for yourself, you are better of dead, for all the good
that you will intentionally do to others.
If you want to have an inkling of the realism of moral ideals, consider
Schiller's "Alle Menschen werden Brüder", that Beethoven used for his
Ninth Symphony, which these days is the anthem of the European Union:
It promises all women a sex change.
Human wisdom mostly consists of human folly or weakness that was
not recognized for what it is.
No one gets wise or good
except by valiantly trying to surmount one's own mistakes and
In most things one cannot judge properly without preparation and
There is more from where
the above comes from.
3. Crisis Files
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
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
Here is today's selection:
1. Media Malpractice?
all well worth reading.
2. Killer Drones and the Militarization of U.S. Foreign Policy
3. The Price that Julian Assange Pays
4. Closing Democracy’s Doors Until the People Open Them
 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