A. Selections from July 13, 2017
B. On my eyes and my
This is a Nederlog of
Thursday, July 13,
This is a
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 the company that is
supposed to take care that my site is visible and with my health.
explained, the crisis files will have a different
format from July 1, 2017: I will now list the items
I selected as I did before (title + link) but I add one
selection from the selected item to give my readers a bit
of a taste of the item linked.
So the new format is as follows:
Link to an item with its orginal title,
One selection from that item (indented)
Possibly followed by a brief comment by
me (not indented).
This is illustrated below, in selections A.
2. Crisis Files
are five crisis files that are all well worth reading:
A. Selections from
July 13, 2017
items 1 - 5 are today's selections from the 35 sites that I look at
every morning. The indented text under each link is quoted from the
link that starts the item. Unindented text is by me:
Momentum Grows to Remove Brazil’s President, New Pressure Campaign
This is by Glenn Greenwald and Erich Dau on The
Intercept. This starts as follows:
A new, innovative public campaign, aimed at securing
the removal of Brazilian President Michel Temer, was launched on Monday
night with a new website, at 342agora.org.br, designed to enable public
pressure on Congress. The site is called “342 Now” – referring to the
number of votes needed in the lower House to proceed with an
investigation and ultimate removal of Temer – and its complex design
allows online users to send messages to every Congress member not only
by email but also through their platforms on Twitter, Facebook,
Instagram and wherever else they may be found online.
Up until now, polls have
shown that Temer is universally reviled: he reached a record-low 7%
approval rating in the last Datafolha poll. From the moment he took
power upon the impeachment of the country’s elected President, Dilma
Rousseff, Temer has been embroiled in serious corruption scandals. But
even for Brazil’s permissive political culture, his latest
embarrassment has made his presidency unsustainable: the release
of audio tapes that capture him, last March, approving bribes to
silence a key witness in the country’s sweeping corruption
investigation. Media outlets and even his fellow party members have
openly spoken of his impeachment, or resignation, as a fait
Temer himself has now been
formally charged with accepting bribes, making him the first sitting
President in Brazil’s history to be a criminal defendant while in
I say! There is considerably more under the last bold
link, and it is interesting.
White House in Crisis as Emails Confirm Campaign Embraced Russian
Effort to Defeat Clinton
This is by Amy Goodman on Democracy Now! It starts with the followibg
The White House is
in disarray following revelations that President Donald Trump’s son,
Donald Trump Jr., supported an effort by the Russian authorities to
share information incriminating Hillary Clinton in an attempt to help
Trump win the election. The latest development in the ongoing saga of
whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian authorities came from
a series of emails that Trump Jr. personally released on Tuesday. The
emails discussed a meeting he—as well as Jared Kushner and Paul
Manafort—had in June 2016 at Trump Tower with a person described to him
as a "Russian government attorney." We speak with Marcy Wheeler, an
independent journalist who covers national security and civil liberties.
There is considerably
more under the last bold link.
Scarborough Has Finally Seen Enough, Calls It Quits on the GOP
This is by Alexandra
Rosenmann on AlterNet. This starts as follows:
"Morning Joe" co-host Joe
Scarborough made a surprising announcement on "The Late Show" with
Stephen Colbert on Tuesday: The former Florida Republican congressman
is giving his party the boot.
"You changed your mind
about Donald Trump. Why haven't other Republicans done the same?"
Colbert asked, drawing on Scarborough's lifelong allegiance to the GOP.
"I think it's
inexplicable," Scarborough answered. "This is well before Donald Trump
was elected president that my party has betrayed their core values."
Jeb Bush in the Republican primary and backed John Kasich once
Bush dropped out. He claims he was never "pro-Trump," much to the
dismay of the president, who insisted in a tweetstorm that he no longer
watches Scarborough's morning show.
According to Scarborough,
Republicans had "1,000" reasons not to vote for their candidate, from
Trump's initial Muslim ban proposal, to his attack on Judge Gonzalo
Curiel, to his feigning ignorance of David Duke and the KKK.
I say, but not
really. Here is a bit of background that I think is quite
I think Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinksi - the hosts of "Morning
Joe"s are part of the Deep State, which gets explained - for example -
here: Crisis: Deconstructing America's
'Deep State'. And one possible explanation is that the partners in
the Deep State have decided to impeach Trump because they cannot
Yes, I know I am
guessing, but here is more, which explains the Brzezinski connection:
and Control: 1968: Mika Brezinski's father - who was the head
of National Security under Jimmy Carter knew in 1968 (before
the arrival of the personal computer) that (I quote from 1968):
that the technotronic society fills some
(in this respect the reactionaries and the
Mr Brezezinski does not expect that the Luddite
anarchy will seriously obstruct the new
'it will soon be possible to assert almost
surveillance over every citizen and maintain up-to-
containing even personal information
personal behaviour of the citizen, in
customary data.' Moreover it will be
and plan to meet any uprisings in the
will even be able to forecast crises before the
conscious of wanting them.
of the Most Outrageous Ways the Richest 1% Avoids Paying Taxes
This is by Paul
Buchheit on AlterNet. This starts as follows:
The entire 2017
safety net is about $850 billion, compared to over $1.5
trillion for tax
expenditures, most of which are for rich Americans.
The Unrelenting Wealth Grab by the 1%
The average 1% household increased its wealth by $3 million in 2016. Since much of that was in
the form of stock gains, they paid tax on only a small part of their
incomes, and then took an average of about $200,000 per household in tax subsidies. When
all forms of taxes and income and capital gains are considered, the
richest 1% pay lower tax rates than the poorest 20% of
The Rich Old White Guy's Safety Net: Retirement and
Wealthy people are living longer, so they're getting much more of the
late-life benefits. A Brookings report estimates that
lowest-quintile Americans born in 1960 will receive "only 78 percent of
the lifetime Medicare benefits received by the top income quintile."
A Congressional Research
Service report states:
"When Social Security benefits are measured on a lifetime basis, low
earners, who show little to no gains in life expectancy over time, are
projected to receive increasingly lower benefits than those with high
The American Medical Association agrees. The National
Institutes of Health agrees. Middle- and upper-income
Americans are even grabbing Medicaid benefits
because of the program's accommodating asset-exclusion limits.
Taking from the Poor American's Shredded Safety Net
Uninformed critics believe that government transfers go to the poorest
Americans. They don't.
There is more under the last bold link, including more
outrageous tax breaks for the rich.
of Impeachment Introduced Against President Donald Trump
by Jon Queally on Common Dreams. It starts as follows:
I explain this -
tentatively but definitely - by reference to item 3 above, and I do not
mean Joe Scarborough. There is some more in the article, that I like.
This is a developing
story and may be updated...
An Article of Impeachment
against President Donald Trump was officially introduced
in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday.
(pdf), submitted by Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) and backed by Rep. Al
Green (D-Texas), specifically cites alleged "obstruction of justice" by
Trump as a potential "high crime and misdemeanor" that could be grounds
for the president's removal from office.
"Recent disclosures by
Donald Trump Jr. indicate that Trump's campaign was eager to receive
assistance from Russia," said Sherman in a statement
announcing his decision. "It now seems likely that the President had
something to hide when he tried to curtail the investigation of
National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and the wider Russian probe. I
believe his conversations with, and subsequent firing of, FBI Director
James Comey constitute Obstruction of Justice."
B. On my eyes and
Here is some more on my eyes, the present situation with
Ubuntu 14.04. and my health.
I think my eyes are just good enough to use 14.04. The reason
is simply that my eyes improved some since 2015, when I also tried
14.04 but had to give it up because I just could not work with it then.
This is good.
As to the Firefox on Ubuntu 14.04: It is still blacking out on
my computer, but more briefly. As I said yesterday:
It is probable that I will find out, but on the moment I have not been
sleeping enough and am not well, so I will have to postpone this or the
And that is the third point: My health is not good after a
month of sleeping 4 to 6 hours every 24 hours, which does mean I have
to postpone things.
I am sorry, but that is how it is, and has been for the last 38 years
of M.E., that is still classified by most doctors as if it is not
a real, serious disease, although it is, and there now is
also very good evidence (but if I judge Dutch doctors well, as far
as these intellectual and moral morons - who all earn 20 times as much
as I do - are concerned, it will take another 20 to 40 years until they
stop following the crazy or financially very egoistic pseudoscientists
who are psychiatrists).
For more, see here: me+ME+Crisis:
About ME/CFS - 1: Some updates
about Oystein Fluge and Ron Davis
Incidentally, professor Ron Davis
is one of the world's best living biochemists. He has a son with very
serious M.E. (Most Dutch doctors - none of whom know as much as one
percent of biochemistry Davis knows - will probably say Davis
must be mad not to accept that his son is mad.)