Saturday, June 24, 2017

Crisis: "Healthcare", Saudi Arabia, Stupid*2, Birth Control? Fired!, Summer Of Love

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1. Summary
2. Crisis Files

This is a Nederlog of Saturday, June 24, 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.

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. Republican Healthcare Bill Gives Tax Cuts to the Rich by
     Gutting Safety Net for Poor & Middle Class
2. Saudi Arabia Is ‘Playing’ Donald Trump With Potentially
     Disastrous Consequences
3. What's More Frightening Than an Evil World Leader? A Stupid
5. Missouri Advances Bill Allowing Employers to Fire Women for
     Using Birth Control
6. The Summer of Love turns 50
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 fifteenth ten of my aphoristical reactions [1] to Chamfort's aphorisms:
Although the rich have far better means to become happy than the poor, it is rare to see a rich man who is genuinely happy. Why is that? Because generally it takes a corrupted heart to become rich.

Although - thanks to science - at present all men could live quite well if only they gave up luxury, most men rather destroy the earth than forego conspicuous consumption.

Money is a means, not an end: if you feel differently, it is because you have no talents whatsoever.

If you want to avoid to become the slave of bailiffs and lawyers, you must live within your means.

Real friendship is normally based on real similarity. Extra-ordinary men have few real friends; ordinary men tend to abound in false friends.

If you believe in the perfectability of man or human society, this must be because your own mind or historical knowledge is far from perfect.

The best of men tend to be the most calumniated of men, as indeed the Christians detailed in their tales.

If one is clearly outstanding, one's excellence tends to be an offense in the eyes of ordinary men.

If you cannot spontaneously enjoy things, you cannot really enjoy things: it takes some genuine naivity to feel joy and be happy.

Every age comes with its own kinds of pleasures and miseries. The usual course is enjoyment of life if a child; enjoyment of sex if an adolescent; enjoyment of money if old.

Everyone has been made the subject of so much human unfairness, dishonesty and cruelty, that it would move one to despair if one does not learn to turn one's mind elsewhere.

Modest people have learned not to hurt the pride of others, generally from self-interest.

If there were more genuine love of others, there would be less love of self.

The only known cure of stupidity and most other faults and weaknesses - in so far as these can be cured - is genuine modesty.

There can be no virtue without self-control.

Virtue must be its own reward, because most men are not virtuous, or are so only when under credible threat of punishment.

What is virtue? To help those who suffer. What is vice? To harm others intentionally for gain or pleasure.

Vice tends to be more profitable and more pleasurable than virtue.

These were the last aphorisms from this source.


[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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