Friday, June 23, 2017

Crisis: Interrogations, Empire, JFK, "Counterinsurgency", Tax Cuts - Aphorisms+Airplane

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1. Summary
2. Crisis Files
4. Jefferson Airplane

This is a Nederlog of Friday, June 23, 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.

Since I am still looking at 35 sites every morning what I will do is to list the items I selected as worth reading, 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.

And on Jun 23, 2017 I changed the structure and title of the Nederlog-files a little.

2. 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. U.S. Interrogations Held at Secret Yemeni Prison
2. The American Empire Is Now Effectively Being Run by Generals
3. The Conspiracy Theorist-in-Chief Will Decide the Fate of Secret
     Documents on JFK's Assassination
4. The Criminal ‘Laws’ of Counterinsurgency
5. Killing People For Tax Cuts: What The F*ck World Are We Living
These are all well worth reading.
3. Quotations

As I have said above, I am writing less these weeks for various reasons. These are the fourteenth ten of my aphoristical reactions [1] to Chamfort's aphorisms:
Almost all judgments one makes are consequences of judgments and choices one has made.

Men's happiness and chances depend far more on circumstances than on effort. Even so, that is no excuse for not trying as good as one can.

Happiness and pleasure are not the same: Happiness is a state of being, pleasure a kind of feeling.

One may be quite happy, while feeling quite miserable: Happiness tends to arise from success, from gaining one's end.

Happiness is not itself the end of life: The end of life is to do as one pleases, when one pleases, for one's own reasons. This is personal freedom, and is co-extensive with power over oneself, and is the means to whatever happiness and pleasure one may find purposively.

Happiness and pleasure are more in the nature of rewards than of ends; more concommittants of what one achieves and does than what one may achieve and do.

Those who believe in the goodness or the intelligence of man know nothing of human history: There have been good men, there have been intelligent men, there even have been good and intelligent men, but none of these ever amounted to more than a small minority among men in general.

Most of the evil men do to others is due to stupidity and conformism, not to malevolence.

Most men only murder, persecute or torture other men when these are supposed to be the enemies of their own society.

Daydreaming is the surest way to human happiness.

There is nothing that can be used that cannot be abused. And the Romans already saw and said well that "abusus optimus pessimus".

The most adaptable, the most social, the most pleasing of men, and therefore also the most succesful, are those without character.

True love concerns the well-being of someone else; true ambition concerns the well-being of oneself.

Nearly all men make themselves into charicatures and parodies of what they might have been, merely to succeed or survive.

The good that men do to others is rarely based on justice, and nearly always on sympathy or tit for tat.

Dutch wit generally is inspired as is Dutch courage.

Dutch morals is an oxymoron: In Holland all morality is strictly and precisely calculated in terms of monetary profit and loss, and one's value as a human being is precisely proportional to one's wealth.

There is more from where the above comes from.

4. Jefferson Aiplane

I realized it is this year 50 years ago that I discovered Jefferson Airplane (<-Wikipedia) in Amsterdam, for then I found "Surrealistic Pillow" (<-Wikipedia) in a second-hand record shop.

I liked them then and I still like them now, and this is the best video registration of their music that I found:

This takes 33 min 20 sec.


[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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