Saturday, July 29, 2017

Crisis: Obamacare, 59 Million, Orwellian Future, False Flags, US Prison Labor

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1. Summary
2. Crisis Files
    A. Selections from July 29, 2017 


This is a Nederlog of Saturday, July 29, 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 the company that is supposed to take care that my site is visible and with my health.

As I 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, followed by
      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

These are five crisis files that are all well worth reading:

A. Selections from July 29, 2017

The 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:

1. Republicans Got Good at Symbolic Repeals of Obamacare, but Flinched When Faced With Reality

This is by Ryan Grim on The Intercept and is about the 51-49 vote that, at least for now, stopped the breaking down of "Obamacare". This is from the article, and shows the kinds of hoops American parliamentarians live by:

Sens. Lindsey Graham, Ron Johnson, John McCain, and Bill Cassidy held a press conference Thursday night in the Capitol demanding full assurance from the House that the lower chamber would not, under any circumstances, take up the bill they planned to pass and send it to the White House. If the Senate could be assured it would go to conference committee instead, they promised, then they would support it.

To be clear: They demanded a public promise that the bill they were voting for would never become law in order to agree to vote for it.

The promise Ryan offered was less than a promise. “If moving forward requires a conference committee, that is something the House is willing to do,” he offered in a late-night statement.

But he had a condition: The Senate needed to put up. Eventually. “We expect the Senate to act first on whatever the conference committee produces,” Ryan insisted.

In other words, fine, vote for your sham bill. But when the conference committee creates one more sham, y’all have to vote on it first (...)
Anyway - it was stopped for the moment, but will soon continue. The GOP just want to kill tens of millions of poor Americans, and this is one of their main ways of doing it. You may doubt this, but see the next item:

2. On the Brink of a Constitutional Crisis, the Nation Goes Numb

This is by Adele M. Stam on AlterNet and originally on American Prospect. This starts as follows:

In Washington these days, a simple question once regarded as a mere pleasantry has become quite loaded: “How are you?”

“Well, you know …” comes the answer, and it falls off right there, sometimes with a weary roll of the eyes or a downward glance.

Yeah, I know. I know how it is to want to scream or cry as the republic slips away and you’re still trying to do your work, trying to stop some small part of it from happening while the nation seems oblivious to the consequences. I know.

We have sunk so low that we must defend a racist, sexist, homophobic, lock-’em-up-and-throw-away-the-key attorney general from the president’s attempt to push him from power—apparently so that the president may find a new attorney general better situated to shut down an investigation by a special counsel into whether he colluded with a foreign adversary to rig the last presidential election.

Because if that were to happen—if that special counsel investigation should be shut down—the rule of law itself unravels.

Actually, I think that is too optimistic, and here is part of the proof:

At the same time, Republican leaders on Capitol Hill are trying frantically to deliver a legislative victory to the president—one that, by the accounting of the Congressional Budget Office, would increase by 32 million the number of the nation’s people without health insurance of any kind. That’s in addition to the 27 million who currently go without coverage. That’s right: a total of 59 million. All without any input from the opposition party, which has been blocked from participating in the bill-writing process.

As I said discussing the previous article: The GOP just want to kill tens of millions of poor Americans, and this is how many: 59 million American persons.

3. The Dawn of an Orwellian Future

This is by Robert Parry on Consortiumnews. This starts as follows:
It seems that The New York Times can’t let a good lie lie. Even after being pushed into running an embarrassing correction retracting its false claim that there was a consensus of all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia hacked Democratic emails and made them public to help Donald Trump defeat Hillary Clinton, the Times is back suggesting exactly that.

The Times’ current ploy is to say the Russian hacking claims are the “consensus” judgment of the U.S. intelligence community without citing a specific number of agencies. For instance, on Friday, the Times published an article by Matt Flegenheimer about the U.S. Senate vote to prevent President Trump from lifting sanctions on Russia and deployed the misleading phrasing:

“The Trump administration has opposed the sanctions against Russia, arguing that it needs flexibility to pursue a more collaborative diplomacy with a country that, by American intelligence consensus, interfered in last year’s presidential election.”

So, instead of explaining the truth – that the Jan. 6 “Intelligence Community Assessment” was the work of a small group of “hand-picked” analysts from three of the agencies under the watchful eye of then-CIA Director John Brennan and beneath the oversight of then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper – the Times opts to give its readers the misleading impression that there was a “consensus” within the U.S. intelligence community.

In other words, unless a Times reader knows the truth by having read it at a non-mainstream media outlet such as, that reader would continue to believe that all 17 intelligence agencies were in agreement on this foundational point in the Russia-gate affair.

Yes, indeed. And since the mainstream Times has very many more readers than the non-mainstream media while the mainstream Times has decided to lie and to deceive, this is, in all likelihood, what "the news" will be soon: Lies, deceptions and propaganda, from which truth has been carefully sifted out by "algorithms" [1].

4. False Flag Terrorism Isn’t a “Theory” … It’s ADMITTED and Widespread

This is by Washington's Blog on WashingtonsBlog. This starts under a painting by Anthony Freda, that explains what false flag terrrorism is:
FALSE FLAG - A horrific staged event blamed on a political enemy and used as a pretext to start a war or enact draconian laws in the name of national security
And the text starts as follows:

Presidents, Prime Ministers, Congressmen, Generals, Spooks, Soldiers and Police ADMIT to False Flag Terror

In the following instances, officials in the government which carried out the attack (or seriously proposed an attack) admit to it, either orally, in writing, or through photographs or videos:

(1) Japanese troops set off a small explosion on a train track in 1931, and falsely blamed it on China in order to justify an invasion of Manchuria. This is known as the “Mukden Incident” or the “Manchurian Incident”. The Tokyo International Military Tribunal found: “Several of the participators in the plan, including Hashimoto [a high-ranking Japanese army officer], have on various occasions admitted their part in the plot and have stated that the object of the ‘Incident’ was to afford an excuse for the occupation of Manchuria by the Kwantung Army ….” And see this, this and this.

(2) A major with the Nazi SS admitted at the Nuremberg trials that – under orders from the chief of the Gestapo – he and some other Nazi operatives faked several attacks on their own people and resources which they blamed on the Poles, to justify the invasion of Poland.
And these are just the first 2 of no less than 71 examples of false flag attacks that are listed in this article, that ends thus:
Afterword: The corporate media will likely never report on false flags … as it is ALWAYS pro-war.
This is a recommended article.
5.  How Prison Labor Is the New American Slavery

This is by Sara Burrows on the Off-Guardian, in fact from June 2016, but interesting enough to list here. The article starts as follows:

American slavery was technically abolished in 1865, but a loophole in the 13th Amendment has allowed it to continue “as a punishment for crimes” well into the 21st century.  Not surprisingly, corporations have lobbied for a broader and broader definition of “crime” in the last 150 years.  As a result, there are more (mostly dark-skinned) people performing mandatory, essentially unpaid, hard labor in America today than there were in 1830.

With 5 percent of the world’s population and 25 percent of the world’s prison population, the United States has the largest incarcerated population in the world.  No other society in history has imprisoned more of its own citizens.  There are half a million more prisoners in the U.S. than in China, which has five times our population.  Approximately 1 in 100 adults in America were incarcerated in 2014.  Out of an adult population of 245 million that year, there were 2.4 million people in prison, jail or some form of detention center.

The vast majority – 86 percent – of prisoners have been locked up for non-violent, victimless crimes, many of them drug-related.

There is considerably more in the article, that is recommended.


[1] One of the words I have a strong dislike for is "algorithm" for "program".

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