A. Selections from July 16, 2017
B. On my computer
This is a Nederlog of
Sunday, July 16,
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 six crisis files that are all well worth reading:
A. Selections from
July 16, 2017
items 1 - 6 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:
GOP Healthcare Bill Still a Huge Tax Cut for the Rich, Gutting Women's
Care & Slashing Medicaid
This is by Amy Goodman on Democracy Now! It starts with the following
Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would gut
Medicaid, give massive tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans and defund
Planned Parenthood, making it harder for women to access breast cancer
screenings and basic reproductive services. The revised bill is largely
similar to the previous Senate bill, including plans to slash more than
$700 billion from Medicaid by 2026. The Congressional Budget Office is
expected to complete its assessment of this latest bill by early next
week. Republican Senate leaders are pushing for a vote by the end of
next week. We speak with Jessica Mason Pieklo, a legal analyst and vice
president of law and the courts at Rewire.
think this is fairly interesting, but then I am ill since 1.1.1979 with
M.E. (that at long last is proven to be a
real disease). In any case, I
am very glad that I do not live in England or the USA.
Russiagate Trumps Ecocide at CNN
This is by
Paul Street on Truthdig. The following bit is quoted from an interview
quotes. Bonifield is a CNN co-producer, and the PV-journalist is (I
quote Street) "an
undercover guerilla journalist with the conservative media watchdog
group Project Veritas (PV)":
PV journalist: So you
think the Russia thing is a little crazy, right?
Bonifield: Even if Russia
was trying to swing the election, we try to swing their elections, our
CIA is doing shit all the time, we’re out there trying to manipulate
governments. You win because you know the game and you play it right.
She [Hillary] didn’t play it right.
PV: Then why is CNN like
constantly, Russia this, Russia that?
Bonifield: Because it’s
ratings. Our ratings are incredible right now. … There are a lot of,
like, liberal CNN viewers who want to see Trump get really scrutinized.
If we would have behaved that way with President Obama, and scrutinized
everything he was doing with as much scrutiny as we applied to Donald
Trump, I think our viewers would have been turned off. They would have
felt like we were attacking him. … I’m not saying all of our viewers
are super-liberals, but there’s just a lot of them.
PV: So Trump’s good for
business, you’re saying.
Bonifield: Trump is good
for business right now.
PV: But, honestly you
think the whole Russia shit is just bullshit.”
Bonifield: Could be
bullshit. I mean, it’s mostly bullshit right now. Like, we don’t have
any big giant proof. But then they say, “Well, there’s still an
investigation going on,” and you’re like, “Yeah.” I don’t know, if
[they] were finding something, we’d know about it. … The way these
leaks happen, they’d leak it. They’d leak. If it was something really
good, it would leak. … I think the president is right to say like,
“Look, you are witch-hunting me. Like, you have no smoking gun. You
have no real proof.”
I am quoting nothing
by Paul Street, but this is a recommended article.
New McCarthyism Is Destroying the Democratic Party
is by Glen Ford on Truthdig and originally on Black Agenda Report. This
starts as follows:
For more than a
year now, the collective U.S. ruling class, with Democratic Party and
corporate media operatives in the vanguard, has frozen the national
political discourse in a McCarthyite time warp. A random visit to a
July 26, 2016, issue of the New York Times reveals the same obsession
as that which consumes the newspaper today: “Following the Links from
Russian Hackers to the U.S. Election,” “Spy Agency Consensus Grows That
Russia Hacked D.N.C.” A year later, the allegations persist, piled ever
higher with innuendo and outright nonsense. However, proof of the
predicate act—that Russia, not Wikileaks, penetrated the DNC—remains
This is a recommended
Revolt: The Armed Leftwing Group That Wants to Stamp out Fascism
This is by Cecilia
Saixue-Watt on AlterNet and originally on The Guardian. This is from
near the beginning:
Redneck Revolt is a
nationwide organization of armed political activists from rural,
working-class backgrounds who strive to reclaim the term “redneck” and
promote active anti-racism. It is not an exclusively white group,
though it does take a special interest in the particular travails of
the white poor. The organization’s principles are distinctly left-wing:
against white supremacy, against capitalism and the nation-state, in
support of the marginalized.Pennsylvania is an open-carry state, where
gun owners can legally carry firearms in public without concealment.
Redneck Revolt members often see the practice of openly carrying a gun
as a political statement: the presence of a visible weapon serves to
intimidate opponents and affirm gun rights.
I say. I don't
think this is wise, in part because I don't think it will work:
The NSA knows
everything about anybody in the USA, at least in the sense that it had
at least 16 years in which to compile dossiers on everybody, and the
American police is meanwhile semi-military and much stronger
than a group like Redneck Revolt.
And these are just practical
objections. I skip my principles and turn to one more quote:
Developed in Europe over
the past few decades, antifascists represent the left’s own united
front: a conflux of anarchists, communists, social democrats and
others, dedicated to stamping out fascism by any means necessary,
including violence –which they see as a justified response to the
inherent violence of fascism. They often employ “black bloc” tactics,
where individuals wear masks and all-black clothing to avoid police
I am living in Europe
since 67 years, and I am the antifascist son of very courageous
antifascist parents and grandparents (my
grandfather was murdered for resisting the Nazis; my father survived
over three years and nine months of German Nazi- concentration camps
(and eventually got knighted); my mother was also in the -
communist - resistance, but was never caught), and I am reading 35
the mainstream and from other media every day now since
more than 4 years now,
and I never heard of any European antifascists since 1980 or so.
This doesn't mean they
don't exist, but it does mean they are numerically few, and
besides, I have no idea whatsoever about their ideas and
values. (And anybody can say "I am an antifascist". This
doesn't mean a thing until one knows their ideas and their values.)
In brief, I think this
is not wise.
5. The Trump Standard
This is by Robert Reich on his site. This is from near the beginning:
It ends as follows
(after pointing out that Trump has no standards whatsoever):
Much ink has been spilled
over the last six months documenting Trump’s tin ear when it comes to
all matters ethical: His
refusal to put his business into a blind trust, as every one of his
predecessors in recent memory has done. His refusal to reveal his tax
like his predecessors. The never-ending stream of lies that he
continues to spew
even after they’re proven to be lies (three to five million fraudulent
spied on me, fake news, and so on).
None of this is “very
standard” for a
president. It’s the opposite of standard.
I agree and this is a
A president’s major
responsibilities are to
protect the United States and the Constitution, and to see that the
But Trump’s major goal
now is to remain in power and
to accumulate even more money. Whatever it takes.
6. Orson Welles Sketchbook - Episode 3: The
The above is a link to a
BBC video from 1955 (!) with Orson Welles who
is in my opinion, together with Stanley Kubrick,
one of the greatest film directors I know of. (There are a few more and
Eisenstein is one of them, but as I said only a few.)
This is below the video (which is very interesting):
I dislike comments and
I very rarely quote or discuss them, but this is a comment from
2013 or 2014:
Published on Feb 1, 2013
This is the third episode of "Orson Welles' Sketchbook" in
which he discusses the invasion of privacy by police and the
authorities at home and abroad. Originally Aired: May 22, 1955.
There isn't anyone alive
who is like Welles, and I am very sorry to say that his
excellent ideas are now out of date as well:
Everyone has his own dossier in many secret
services, and the secret services and the police have all the powers.
They also do not serve the people; they serve the - numerically
very few - authorities, who serve the - numerically very few -rich, who corrupted nearly all politicians.
We are living in the early days of neofascism
(in my sense: see the link) and the one personal thing I am very
thankful for is that I was born in 1950, and will probably be dead when
it is at full force.
But this is of no help to anyone who is considerably younger than I am.
And I strongly recommend that you watch the video.