A. Selections from September 1, 2017
This is a Nederlog of
2017. There is an earlier Nederlog of today, that is not
a crisis log but is about my philosophy: On
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 (usually) from that item
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
September 1, 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:
This article is by Dahr Jamail on Truthout. This is from near the
In 1970, the Weather
Underground Organization (WUO), a group that emerged out of Students
for a Democratic Society, issued a "Declaration of a State of War"
against the US government, and shortly thereafter began carrying out
bombings against symbols of US Empire, including even the Pentagon
itself. Targeting mostly government buildings and several banks -- and
taking care not to injure human beings -- the actions were designed to
"bring the war home" in order to highlight imperial injustices against
the oppressed, and the egregious violence of US imperialism.
the founding members of this group before, Truthout
now brings you their perspectives on the media, why they did what they
did, and where they see things going from here in the US and beyond.
In fact, this - ¨the Weather Underground Organization (..) issued a "Declaration of a State of War"
against the US government, and shortly thereafter began carrying out
bombings against symbols of US Empire¨ - is my reason to review
this article, and namely because I do recall them fairly well,
from nearly 50 years ago.
And at that time,
in the early 1970ies, I still thought myself to be some kind of
neo- marxist, in
considerable part because I had communist parents and anarchist and
communist grandparents (but I gave Marxism up by the
end of 1970, which very few did, at that time, although I did not
give up being a Leftist, which is again something very few of
who ruled the ¨University¨ of Amsterdam in the 1970ies did do: They all
became ¨neo-conservatives¨ in 1991, after the collapse of the
Dutch Communist Party and after the collapse of ¨socialism¨ and
And at that time (late
1969, early 1970) my attitudes to the Weather
Underground (<-Wikipedia) happen to be fairly similar to what
they are now:
I thought then they
were bound to fail (as indeed they did), but I also thought that they
were more consistent than many
other leftist groups, indeed like Malcolm X or the Black Panther
Party were (with whom I also disagreed then).
I must also say that it
seems to me these formerly quite violent leftists did -
after some time - get much better chances than I got in
Holland after I publicly criticizied the quasi-Marxist
and later postmodernistic corruptions that ruled the ¨University¨ of
Amsterdam between 1971 and 1995 (that destroyed it as a real
university) and after I publicly criticisied the sick
narko-nazistic policies that the Dutch neofascistic
¨Social Democrats¨ indulged in since 1988 (that sofar earned
around 300 billion dollars for
the illegal drugsdealers and the politicians that protect these
since 1988, but I have no ideas about how the profits
Perhaps the difference is
that they were violent and mostly mistaken, whereas I
was non-violent and mostly right?!
In any case, here are a few
of their present opinions:
Bernardine Dohrn, one of
the co-founders and a leader of the WUO, discussed the media's coverage
of the Vietnam War and other liberation movements around the world at
that time. What she shared is particularly poignant, given the crisis
of the media in the age of President Donald Trump.
She spoke of the US
military being keenly aware of the need to control the media's message
during the Vietnam War.
"[The Media's role was]
so important that the US military learned to never again allow
independent journalists into their war zones," Dohrn explained.
"[Significantly], the mainstream media never again allowed images of
human people, families, women or children who suffer the consequences
of US bombings or invasions."
(<-Wikipedia) is now 75 and was professor of law from 1991 to 2013
(when I was laying sick in bed much of the time after having been - literally
- gassed by the illegal drugsdealers that the mayor of
Amsterdam had given his ¨personal permission¨ to deal illegal
drugs from the bottom floor of my house). 
And she is right that the
last war that the Americans could see on the mainstream media was the
war in Vietnam, that also was fought with drafted men
All other wars since then have been mostly kept from American
TV-screens, and also from the rest of the media.
Gilbert (<-Wikipedia) is still in jail after having been
convicted of three counts of felony murder, but his partner Kathy Boudin (<-Wikipedia) was released in 2003 and is now adjunct
professor at Columbia University.
According to Gilbert, by
1967 a whole network of small radical papers had a combined readership
of roughly 6 million, making up a crucial wing of the movement. Of
course, it was therefore ripe for targeting by intelligence agencies.
"An important part of the
FBI and police offensive to beat the radical movements was to destroy
the radical media, a campaign that's detailed in Geoffrey Rips's UnAmerican
Activities," he said.
And Gilbert is right that there was ¨by 1967 a whole network of small radical papers¨ and that these seem mostly to have
been destroyed (or else gone down as the leftist climate that was
rather prominent between 1967 and 1974 went down).
Bill Ayers, who is
married to Dohrn, was also a leader and cofounder of the WUO.
"Empire always, then and
now, cloaks itself in the garments of mystification and deceit," Ayers
said. "The message from the corporate media was unambiguous: the US
loves peace and fights only when it must, and always selflessly in
defense of freedom and democracy."
(<-Wikipedia) who ¨co-founded
Underground, a self-described communist revolutionary group with the intent to
overthrow what they saw as imperialism, that conducted a campaign of bombing public buildings (including police
stations, the US Capitol Building, and the Pentagon)¨ - and this was all quoted from Wikipedia -
is married to Bernardine Dorhn and is a retired professor of
education (and a distinguished professor and university
But he is right
about ¨Empire¨ and about ¨the
corporate media¨. Then again, this is the last bit I quote from this
article, that thought me, among other things, that these
revolutionary folks got a considerably better treatment in the
USA than this non-violent non-revolutionary scientific and
democratic critic got in Holland.
Live Updates: In Crosby, Texas, Blasts at a Chemical Plant and More Are
This is ¨by The New
York Times¨ (not quite a writer, but I suppose many were involved) and
it does give a first update on what hurricane Harvey wrought in
Texas. It starts as follows, and is a long article:
With drinking water cut off, its river still
rising, and most routes in and out of the city flooded, Beaumont
suffered the worst of Texas’ hardships on Thursday, and they showed no
sign of abating.
Flooding shut down the pumping plants that supply water to
Beaumont in the morning, prompting a hospital to transport its patients
out of the city, and trucks carrying bottled water struggled to reach
the largely isolated city.
The Neches River surged far beyond its banks, into streets,
houses and businesses in the city of almost 120,000 people 70 miles
east-northeast of Houston, reaching six feet above the previous record
by afternoon, the National Weather Service reported. It was projected
to rise another foot by Friday afternoon.
Here is a
bit more about explosions in chemical plants:
A series of small explosions shook a chemical plant about 25
miles northeast of downtown Houston on Thursday and more blasts were
expected, after floodwaters shut down the cooling systems that kept the
chemicals stable. Twenty-one emergency workers were treated for
exposure to the resulting fumes and smoke, which were described as a
lung and eye irritant.
It appeared that the health and safety risk from the plant
was limited. But in a region dotted with chemical factories, oil
refineries and natural gas plants, the explosions at the Arkema plant
near Crosby, Tex., underscore the worries that many people have about
the lingering dangers that damage from the storm poses to the region’s
infrastructure, economy and health.
And here is
some information about how many have been somehow hit by Harvey:
• Tom Bossert, the White House official who is spearheading
the administration’s storm response, estimated that 100,000 houses in
Texas and Louisiana have been damaged or destroyed, and said Mr. Trump
will seek billions in aid in the coming weeks.
• More than 30,000 people remained in shelters in the
region. Houston fire officials said they would begin going door to door
to search for victims, a process that could take up to two weeks. “The
shelter mission is the biggest battle that we have right now,” said
Brock Long, the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management
• FEMA reported that 95,745 people in Texas had been
approved for emergency assistance, including rent, repairs and lost
property. The agency has so far paid out about $57 million.
There is a whole
lot more in the article, that is recommended.
Monbiot: We Can't Be Silent on Climate Change or the Unsustainability
of Capitalist System
This article is by Amy
Goodman and Nermeen Shaikh on Democracy Now! It is an interview wit
George Monbiot, who was at earlier and better times easier to follow on
This requires a brief
Since The Guardian´s main
concerns has moved from informing the public to maintaining
the salaries of its prominent journalists (they don´t tell you, but
that is what it seems to come down to), and since it also has made The
Guardian uncopiable, and lately even unlinkable (!!),
there is considerably less to report from there.
And I am sorry, but I have
neither the health, nor the time, nor even the taste to try to undo the
many locks this rightist-turned quasi-leftist paper has put on
itself. But yes, I do think The Guardian has put itself out of
businnes as a serious non-rightist paper.
There is also a much
better alternative, that seems to be written by journalists who
have been dismissed from The Guardian, and it is here: The Off-Guardian, but indeed it
does not have the money The Guardian (still) has.
End of excursion, and
happily Monbiot got interviewed on Democracy Now!, that has the
following introduction to this interview:
While Houston continues
to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, we look at the media
silence on the human contribution to the record-breaking storm. British
journalist and author George Monbiot wrote that despite 2016 being the
hottest year on record, the combined coverage during the evening and
Sunday news programs on the main television networks amounted to a
total of 50 minutes in all of last year. "Our greatest predicament, the
issue that will define our lives, has been blotted from the public’s
mind," he wrote. The silence has been even more resounding on
climate-related disasters in areas of the world where populations are
more vulnerable—most recently, on the devastating floods across the
globe, from Niger to South Asia. Over the past month, more than 1,200
people have died amid flooding in Bangladesh, Nepal and India. This
year’s monsoon season has brought torrential downpours that have
submerged wide swaths of South Asia, destroying tens of thousands of
homes, schools and hospitals. Meanwhile, in Niger, West Africa,
thousands of people have been ordered to leave their homes in the
capital Niamey after several days of heavy downpours. We speak with
Monbiot, columnist at The Guardian. His book, "Out of the Wreckage: A
New Politics for an Age of Crisis," will be out this week.
Note the ¨50 minutes¨
per year that the mainstream media allotted to climate news! And
here is Monbiot:
We go now to Oxford in
Britain to speak to George Monbiot. He’s a columnist with The
Guardian. His book, Out of the Wreckage: A New Politics for
an Age of Crisis, is out this week. His latest article
for The Guardian is headlined "Why are the crucial questions
about Hurricane Harvey not being asked?"
George Monbiot, welcome
back to Democracy Now! Well, answer your question.
MONBIOT: Well, because
to ask those questions is to challenge everything. It’s to challenge
not just Donald Trump, not just current environmental policy. It’s to
challenge the entire political and economic system. And it is to
recognize that the system which we tell ourselves is the best system
you could possibly have, of neoliberal capitalism, which will deliver
the optimum outcomes and the best of all possible worlds, actually is
destined to push us towards catastrophe, and unless we replace that
system with a better one, with something really quite different, then
it will destroy us. Instead of making us more prosperous, more
comfortable, it will rip apart everything that makes our lives worth
living, and result in the deaths of very large numbers of people.
I think Monbiot is right
(and ¨neoliberal capitalism¨ is the polite and somewhat
dishonest form of the neofascism
that has been cultivated since Reagan in rightist and conservative
circles in the USA).
There is this on
terminology, and specifically on ¨climate change¨:
I think Monbiot is quite
right, but then there is very much more misleading,
or dishonest terminology in the mainstream media, and it will persist
as long as the mainstream media last, unfortunately.
SHAIKH: Well, quite
apart from the fact, George, that the issue of climate change is not
mentioned in the media, as you write in your article, you also think
that the term "climate change" is misleading, and the term that should
be used is "climate breakdown." Could you explain why that is?
MONBIOT: Well, "climate
change" is a curiously bland term to describe our greatest crisis, our
huge human predicament, that will inevitably lead to catastrophe if we
don’t take drastic action to prevent it. It’s a bit like calling a
foreign invasion "unexpected guests." It’s that crazily bland, for
something which is going to have such an enormous impact on our lives,
and, as we’ve just been hearing, has already had such an enormous
impact on many people’s lives around the world. And unless you use the
right language to describe what you’re talking about, you mislead
people as to what the likely implications of that are.
And here is the last bit that I´ll quote from this interview, that
sketches Monbiot´s ideals:
(..) We need a radical change, driven by the need to prevent this
catastrophe, to both politics and economics. And an economic system
which depends on perpetual growth on a finite planet is destined to
deliver disaster. We need a new economy built around the commons, built
around community ownership of local resources, inalienable ownership of
those resources, which are not expected to deliver more and more and
more money, but are expected to deliver continued and steady prosperity
to the people of those communities and the people of this planet. The
system we have at the moment, which is about accumulation, the
accumulation of capital, the continuation of growth, in a planet which
does not itself grow, that system is destined to push us over the cliff.
I agree, and this is
a recommended article.
4. When Big Money Buys
Off Criticism of Big Money
This article is by Robert
Reich on his site. This starts as follows:
Yes indeed (and slightly
over a million a year is not much, for a massive billionaire, but this
is an aside). Reich proceeds with giving a list of similar cases, and
concludes as follows:
Since its founding in
1999, the New America Foundation – an important voice in policy debates
on the American left – has received more than $21 million from Google,
from its parent company’s executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, and from
his family’s foundation.
According to the New
York Times, one of New America’s initiatives called Open Markets
has been critical of the market power of tech giants like Google.
Recently, the researcher who heads that initiative posted a statement
on the New America Foundation website praising the European Union’s
penalty against Google.
Schmidt communicated his
displeasure to the foundation’s president, who accused the researcher
of “imperiling the institution as a whole” and shut down the Open
The New America Foundation
I agree - but I also
think that ¨big money¨ has won most of the fights it conducted
1980, and now also is enormously assisted by the secret
services and by the corporate media that steal
much information from ordinary computer users so as to better exploit
The list goes on.
This is not just a
problem created by right-wingers like Koch. Wealthy progressives are
exerting as much quiet influence over the agendas of think tanks and
universities as wealthy conservatives.
Big money should not be
influencing what should be investigated, revealed, and discussed –
especially about big money, and the tightening nexus between
concentrated wealth and political power.
This is a recommended article.
the Politicians Heed the Lessons of Hurricane Harvey?
article is by Ralph Nader on his site. It starts as follows:
Harvey, loaded and reloading with trillions of gallons of water raining
down on the greater Houston region—ironically the hub of the petroleum
refining industry—is an unfolding, off the charts tragedy for millions
of people. Many of those most affected are minorities and low-income
families with no homes, health care or jobs to look forward to once the
Will this tragedy teach
us the lessons that so many politicians and impulsive voters have been
denying for so long?
The first lesson is that
America must come home: we must end the Empire of Militarism and of
playing the role of policeman of the planet. Both of these habitual
roles are backfiring and depleting trillions of taxpayer dollars that
could be better used toward rebuilding our country’s infrastructure,
strengthening our catastrophe-response networks and preparing for the
coming megastorms like Hurricane Harvey. A projected trillion dollars
being spent by Obama, and now Trump, just to upgrade nuclear weapons
will only spur another arms race with Russia and China. This money
could be more productively spent protecting Americans from immediate
threats, such as natural disasters from man-made climate change.
I think that ¨this tragedy¨ will not ¨teach
us the lessons that so many politicians and impulsive voters have been
denying for so long¨, but I
also think this is unfortunate and that Nader is mostly quite
the lessons he draws from Harvey.
And I agree with the
first lesson, and also with the second:
Second, Congressional and
White House deniers of man-made climate disruption must renounce their
dogmatic ignorance and confront the reality in the scientific warnings
about the accelerating wrath of a provoked natural world.
And indeed also with
But as I said: Although
Nader is right, being right does not mean - alas - that you are
this is a recommended article.
Third, our elected
officials must accept that continuing to waste trillions of dollars on
corporate subsidies, bailouts, giveaways and lack of enforcement of
costly crime—crony capitalism—further weakens our country’s capacity to
foresee and forestall omnicidal disasters.
 I have now been saying since the end of 2015 that
xs4all.nl is systematically
ruining my site by NOT updating it within a few seconds,
as it did between 1996 and 2015, but by updating it between
two to seven days later, that is, if I am lucky.
They have claimed that my site was wrongly named in html: A lie.
They have claimed that my operating system was out of date: A lie.
And they just don't care for my site, my interests, my values or my
ideas. They have behaved now for 1 1/2 years as if they are the
eagerly willing instruments of the US's secret services, which I will
from now on suppose they are (for truth is dead in Holland).
The only two reasons I remain with xs4all is that my site has been
there since 1996, and I have no reasons whatsoever to suppose that any
other Dutch provider is any better (!!).
of this is literary true, as it is to the best of my knowledge,
and according to the
Parliamentary Van Traa Report of 1996, true that the
combined forces of Dutch politicians and Dutch drugsdealers turned
over at least 300 billion euros worth
of illegal drugs in Holland and
It is also true that these facts are rarely or never mentioned
in the Dutch media (and never correctly) nor anywhere else, and
that my life has been seriously and credibly threatened because I opposed
the illegal drugsdealers.
But in Holland it seems as if the vast majority agrees
with the fascist
that was forced down my throat in the ¨University¨ of Amsterdam:
knows that truth does not exist¨