Thursday, June 22, 2017

Crisis+Quotations: Media Malpractice, Klller Drones, Juian Assange, "Democracy" - Aphorisms

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1. Summary
2. Quotations
3. Crisis Files


This is a Nederlog of Thursday, June 22, 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 thirteenth ten of my aphoristical reactions [1] to Chamfort's aphorisms:
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 weaknesses.

In most things one cannot judge properly without preparation and knowledge.

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. Media Malpractice?
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 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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