A. Selections from September 30, 2017
This is a Nederlog of
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 will
continue with it.
On the moment I have problems with the company that is
supposed to take care that my site is visible 
and with my health, but I am still writing a Nederlog every day and
2. Crisis Files
are five crisis files that are all well worth reading:
September 30, 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:
Administration Lobbying Hard for Sweeping Surveillance Law
This article is by Alex
Emmons on The Intercept. It starts as follows:
The Trump administration
is pushing hard for the reauthorization of a key 2008 surveillance
law — section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, known
as FISA — three months before it sunsets in December.
To persuade senators to
reauthorize the law in full, the Trump administration is
holding classified, members-only briefings for the entire
House and Senate next Wednesday, with heavy hitters in
attendance: Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Director of National
Intelligence Dan Coats, NSA Director Mike Rogers, and FBI Director
Christopher Wray will give the briefings, according to an internal
announcement of the meetings provided to The Intercept and confirmed by
multiple sources on Capitol Hill.
Section 702 serves
as the legal basis for two of the NSA’s largest mass surveillance
programs, both revealed by Edward Snowden. One program, PRISM, allows
the government to collect messaging data sent to and from foreign
targets, from major internet companies like Google, Facebook,
Apple, and Microsoft. The other, UPSTREAM, scans internet backbone
sites in the U.S. and copies communications to and from
As I have been saying
now for nearly a year, I think that Trump has the ideology of a neofascist
(as I define the term, which is a lot better than any
definition of ¨fascism¨
that I have read in the media, ever) and I also think - as a
psychologist - that Trump is
insane (which is nothing but a straight application of the term
¨malignant narcissist¨ to Trump: he suits all 8 empirical
criterions for 100%).
It does not seem to
have made much or any difference, but that is what I think (who knows a
whole lot of philosophy, psychology,
whatever I say, and whatever most other intelligent folks who write on
the internet say (for there still are quite a few), it does not
seem to make any difference for any majority, because the
audience that the internet pulls and serves is completely
different from what the audience was 20 or more years ago:
Now there are literally
billions of stupid
folks with an average IQ of maximally 100, who all
can tweet what they feel, and anonymously congregate to hunt anyone
who is more intellgent than the average. 
Therefore I am not at
all amazed that Trump wants the main forces that are directing everyone
- that these days and since 40 years is advertised and sold as
¨neoliberalism¨ - everywhere, which are the NSA, the FBI and the CIA in
the first place, and Google, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft in the
second place (for all steal privacy data of billions
of people daily and as a matter of course), keep having
access to computers that can break in almost everywhere,
and that steal everything they can get, as a matter of
¨legal¨ course as well.
That is the
current norm, and with the current enormous support by the
stupid and the ignorant, together with the enormous support by
the NSA, the CIA, the FBI, Google, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft, that
also each can spend billions on how to steal more privacy data from all
living persons with an internet connecton, I do not see what
can be effectively done against them (and I am very sorry).
This is about PRISM
and UPSTREAM (two neofascist programs that steal all the data they can
get from everyone they can access):
Both programs ostensibly
only “target” foreigners, but likely collect massive amounts of
Americans’ communications as well. And despite persistent questioning
from members of Congress, the Obama and Trump administrations have repeatedly
refused to provide an estimate of how many domestic communications
the programs collect. Civil liberties advocates have long warned
liberal defenders of the program under President Obama that one
day the surveillance apparatus may fall into the hands of a president
with little regard for rule of law or constitutional protections.
apparatus has fallen ¨into the hands of a president with little regard for
rule of law or constitutional protections¨. And it will probably get much
worse before it gets any better, if indeed it ever
gets better, which is more and more unlikely, since almost everyone
who opposes the government can be found and be - in
total secret - be Denied, Disrupted, Degraded and Deceived by any of the very many secret services:
All I add now is that I am glad
that I am 67 rather than 17: I hate fascism, neofascism,
and their secret services. And this is a recommended article.
Biggest LIES of 9/11
This article is by Gregg
Bacon on The Off-Guardian. It starts as follows:
Before I explain
why the ‘official’ 9/11 story is one, huge LIE, need to give you some
background as to why I can make that statement.
For nearly 23 years of my
life, worked as a firefighter/EMT, first for a volunteer outfit, then
got hired by a medium-size US city fire department as a career
firefighter. I fought fire in a variety of structures, from one bedroom
homes to apartment complexes, to huge, warehouse like stores, to
various industrial concerns and even in high-rises.
I can safely say that the ‘official’ 9/11 story is BS. It is a
well-crafted piece of propaganda that was deftly inserted into shocked
and horrified American minds on 9/11, but it is still a LIE.
For one thing, when a
building collapses, it does so in a random, haphazard way, with
sections of the building succumbing to the fire damage and water weight
giving way, taking the roof down with it. A collapsing building does
not explode at the top, sending a plume of heated gases, smoke and
debris nearly 4,000 feet into the air, like what happened on 9/11 to
WTC 1, 2 & 7.
I picked this article
because it is very recent, but I can add that since I got fast
internet in 2009, I have seen quite a number of videos that made the same
point (I especially remember fine videos by American
architects), and I think that point is completely valid:
The official 9/11
story is a LIE.
And it also seems
fairly obvious to me - who is not an American - who
are the liars and who the liars protect:
The liars are members of government, and they are protecting some
secret army department that bombed the buildings that went down on 9/11
(before 9/11) ¨because they were hit by a plane¨ (and also one that wasn´t
hit by a plane, but nevertheless collapsed spectacularly, and
that also seems to have been bombed by internal bombs).
Here is a first
argument why the official 9/11 story is a lie (and realize that
the original article comes with pictures):
A simple building
collapse does NOT generate enough energy to hurl a multi-ton steel
beam–from the South Tower–nearly 400 feet away and have enough energy
left over to impale the beam into the Deutsche Bank building, as seen
in the picture below:
In case you are
interested to see that picture, go to the original. And here is another
Precisely - and the
total disappearance of about 1400 victims (!!!!) can be
quite cogently explained if you assume that the buildings were
in fact blown up by internal bombs, that generated extremely high
temperatures, while they cannot at all be explained by an
airplane hitting the buildings.
Further exposure that the
official 9/11 story is a LIE is that when a building collapses, the
victims will be mangled and maybe crushed, but a collapse doesn’t
generate enough energy to explode a human body into hundreds of tiny
pieces, as documented below:
The number of people
believed to have been killed in the World Trade Center attack hovers
around 2,780, three years after the attack. No trace has been
identified for about half the victims, despite the use of advanced DNA
techniques to identify individuals. Six weeks after the attack only 425
people had been identified. A year after the attack, only half of the
victims had been identified. (...)
For more, see more documentation on 9/11, and one good source may
be the following, that is given at the end of the article, and is a
German site (in English): The best 9/11 truth sites on the Net,
at least according to Gregg Bacon.
In fact, the best information that I found on 9/11 (in
2009, mostly) was by the Architects
& Engineers for 9/11 Truth. That is the Wikipedia link, and
this their site.
And this is a recommended article.
Interview: Michael Moore on His Broadway Show, Trump, Puerto Rico, NFL
& Media Support for War
is by Amy Goodman on Democracy Now! It starts with the following
We speak with
Michael Moore, the Academy Award-winning filmmaker behind "Michael
Moore in TrumpLand," "Fahrenheit 9/11," "Bowling for Columbine" and
"Sicko." Now, Moore has added theater production to his list of
accomplishments with his debut play, The Terms of My
Surrender. He launched the production with the question, "Can a
Broadway show take down a sitting president?" and lays out a roadmap of
what he believes needs to happen next.
This is in fact the first
part of a quite long interview, of which I will quote only a few bits.
First, here is the Wikipedia lemma on Michael Moore
and second, here is his motivation for appearing in the theater:
MOORE: (..) I really
believe in the power of a few people can make huge change happen. And I
talk about this in my show, that history is full of examples of people
who really changed the world, not accepting the lie that they were told
all their lives, that they were just a nobody from nowhere. And so, I
believe—I believe in that.
Well... I also believe one
should speak the truth
(normally), and I agree with Moore that - as I put it - it are always
people from minorities that start major changes (for better or worse
indeed, and please mind that the people who govern - also - are
always in a very small minority).
(..) And I wanted to—I
wanted to do this in the city that gave us Donald J. Trump. I mean,
basically, I’ve come to the belly of the beast here. And we do the show
12 blocks from Trump Tower every day.
But I do not think that Moore´s Broadway show will take down
Trump. I am also sorry for that, because Trump is a major menace for
everyone who is alive, but - having thought a lot about the enormous
powers of the rich, of the American government, and of the secret
services, and also knowing that the mainstream media mostly lie and
propagandize these days and since 9/11 - I think it is extremely
unlikely that a Broadway show will clear this away.
In fact, Moore agrees with me to some extent:
And it’s not just getting rid of Trump. I mean, we have—we have
to take a look at how we got Trump. He didn’t just fall out of the sky.
He’s the end result of decades of both dumbing down the country but
also the widening gap between those with wealth and those who work to
provide the wealth for those who are rich.
Yes, indeed - but can
one stop the president being president, and limit the enormous powers of the rich, of the
American government, and of the secret services by a Broadway show?
I do not think so, because George Carlin
is - by far, also (I think) - the best example of those
who tried to do so, starting in the late Eighties and early Nineties,
but he basically gave up in the Twothousands, and essentially for my
type of reasons: The majority of the people simply is too stupid or too ignorant to
understand most of his message, while the secret services know
everything about almost anyone.
Besides, there is another danger: The nearly complete corruption of both
the Republican Party and the Democratic Party:
My fear is that the so-called liberal establishment, the
Democrats—29 Democrats in the Senate voted to let Bush invade Iraq. The
New York Times got behind the war in Iraq. Judith Miller, they put
stories on the front page that weren’t true. The New Yorker magazine ran an editorial the week—I think it was
the week before the war, saying that this—we should do this. These are
the—our liberal establishment has to be called into question here, and
not—we have to not follow them if they do that again. And in the show,
I actually play a couple of clips of the night Trump bombed Syria, that
Syrian airfield. Right away on MSNBC and on CNN, people were waxing poetic about "Trump is now
Again: quite so. But I
do not think a Broadway show will clear away Trump or the
secret services or the major corruptions that ended American democracy.
Then again, you may think differently, and this is a
recommended article (and there is considerably more on Democracy Now!).
Google's Threat to Democracy Hits AlterNet Hard
This article is by Don Hazen, the editor of AlterNet. It starts as
The story we are sharing
with you is very disconcerting for independent media and America’s
future, and frankly unprecedented in AlterNet’s history.
Media Monopoly Is Hurting Progressive and Independent News
The story is
about monopoly on steroids. It is about the extreme and unconstrained
power of Google and Facebook, and how they are affecting what you read,
hear and see. It is about how these two companies are undermining
progressive news sources, including AlterNet.
In June, Google
announced major changes in its algorithm designed to combat fake news.
Ben Gomes, the company’s vice president for engineering, stated in
April that Google’s update of its search engine would block access to
“offensive" sites, while working to surface more “authoritative
I do not
use Google since 5 years, and it seems Google has damned me to
extinction, as far as it is concerned, and I must say I agree:
They are obvious neofascists,
and I am an antifascist, so I expect to be discriminated by
them, and it seems I am.
Also, I do not
see why a private individual like Gomes can decide what
I or other intelligent people consider “offensive" (and for me Google and Facebook are two
of the most offensive sites there are), but he got the power, and
¨therefore¨ he can decide to impose his vision, and his limitations of
what everyone can access, on billions of users.
Then there is
this by Hazen, which seems quite naive to me:
like a good idea. Fighting fake news, which Trump often uses to advance
his interests and rally his supporters, is an important goal that
But little did
we know that Google had decided, perhaps with bad advice or
wrong-headed thinking, that media like AlterNet—dedicated to fighting
white supremacy, misogyny, racism, Donald Trump, and fake news—would be
clobbered by Google in its clumsy attempt to address hate speech and
To give a private
firm the right to impose its visions about what people should
and should not read or access is NOT ¨a good idea¨ at all. And
of course the non- mainstream media will get discriminated by
Google etc. for they may speak unpleasant truths, also about Google.
In any case, here
are some of the numbers AlterNet scored:
Numbers Are Striking
We have had
consistent search traffic averaging 2.7 million unique visitors a
month, over the past two and a half years. (Search traffic makes up
30-40 percent of AlterNet's overall traffic.) But since the June Google
announcement, AlterNet’s search traffic has plummeted by 40 percent—a
loss of an average of 1.2 million people every month who are no longer
reading AlterNet stories.
AlterNet is not
alone. Dozens of progressive and radical websites have reported marked
declines in their traffic. But AlterNet ranks at the top in terms of
audience loss because we have a deep archive from 20 years of producing
thousands of news articles. And we get substantial traffic
overall—typically among the top five indy sites.
So the reality
we face is that two companies, Google and Facebook—which are not media
companies, do not have editors or fact-checkers, and do no
investigative reporting—are deciding what people should read, based on
a failure to understand how media and journalism function.
I suppose all of
this is correct. Here are Don Hazen´s conclusions:
There are two
stories here. The larger one, which everyone should be concerned
with, is what information are you not seeing, hearing, or
watching, simply because of secret algorithms that Google (and
Facebook) never explain or make public.
The second, our
more personal story, is that the Google algorithm change hurts us
or so I shall suppose. But I do not see any way that Google or
Facebook can be changed by AlterNet.
In fact, I
also think Don Hazen agrees, and part of his effort is to get more
financial support for AlterNet, which I agree with.
But if the
USA keeps developing as it does under Trump, it is quite
possible that by 2020 there will be no non-mainstream media
anymore, which will mean that almost everyone will only get the
and the omissions of the mainstream media (that are controlled by five
persons or corporations now, in the USA, or so it seems).
5. Six Reasons Why
American Corporations Shouldn’t Get a Tax Cut
article is by Robert Reich on his site. It starts as follows (and this
is the only quote that I´ll give of this brief article:
I agree with all
of this, but I should add that I see no grounds whatsoever to
change this (much as I would like to):
Trump and Republicans
are trying to sell you the idea that American corporations need a tax
order to be competitive. That’s rubbish. Here are 6 reasons why:
corporations don’t need it in order to be competitive internationally.
corporations are making more money than ever.
Third, the long-term
competitiveness of American corporations depends far more on a
and skilled workforce, modern infrastructure, and basic research than
corporations are now paying less in taxes than they have in 65 years.
Fifth, if their taxes
were cut, corporations won’t use the extra money to make new
plant, equipment, research and development, or jobs. They’re
their vast stockpiles of cash to buy back shares and thereby boost
prices, and for extravagant bonuses and salaries to CEOs and other top
Sixth, the reason
they’re not investing more is because consumers don’t have the
to buy more, and that’s because most people’s incomes have gone nowhere
The rich have gotten organized in 1971, thanks to Lewis
F. Powell Jr., and they have enormously enriched themselves
and enormously extended their power, for
nearly FIFTY successive years now, and they now also
know - implicitly, at least - what everyone thinks, and wrote,
and values, and how much they earn, and what they spend it on, and so
on and so forth: hardly anyone is a secret for the - neofascist, terrorist -
secret services (from anywhere, also) and the similar searches of
Google, Facebook etc.
In sum, I see neofascism
expand and expand (exponentially also), and democracy, truth, justice,
and honesty diminish and diminish (also exponentially), until the next
major economical crash. And while I am certain there will be a major economical crash, I do not know
what will happen then, for the secret services know almost everything
about almost anybody, and can more or less do as they please.
This is an extremely frightening world, and once again I am
glad I am 67 and have had some experiences of freedom and liberty
between 1965 and 1980, for I think these experiences are totally
impossible at present and in the neofascist
futures that the secret services and the governors and he rich have
surrected and are exploiting for their own benefits only.
 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.
claimed that my site was wrongly named in html: A lie.
They have claimed that my operating system was out of date: A lie.
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).
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 (!!).
fact, I think this is one of the biggest and most frightful changes
that happened with the internet:
Billions of anonymous stupid ignorants with
an IQ of maximally 100 who can tweet, and troll, and lie, and deceive, and
persecute whomever they please, without any regard
for the truth,
or for science,
or for rationality:
They are all wishful
thinkers, whose standards for truth and values are their
for they learned hardly anything else, and who nearly all are also conformist totalitarians,
for that is what utterly average people are made into
these days, simply by reading the mainstream media´s propaganda,
and by social pressures to conform.