A. Selections from October 3, 2017
This is a Nederlog of
Tuesday, October 3,
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:
Selections from October 3, 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:
Enormous Cost of More Nuclear Weapons
This article is by Guy
Saperstein and Kelsey Abkin on AlterNet. It starts as follows:
An analysis by
the Arms Control Association of U.S. government budget data projects
the total cost over the next 30 years of the proposed nuclear
modernization and maintenance at between $1.25 trillion and $1.46
trillion. This expenditure is not included in our defense budget of $700
leads the world in military spending and represents more than the
spending of the next seven countries combined—three times what China
spends and seven times what Russia spends on defense.
I say! Also I seem to remember
- but I may be mistaken - that this increase of (say) $1.35
trillion (and a trillion equals a thousand billion,
while a billion equals a thousand million) are
basicially due to the Nobel Peace Prize winner Barack Obama.
Here is more to show how much war is worth to the present
governors (and those since 2001 or 1980) as compared to non-war
To put this into
perspective, this number exceeds the combined total federal spending
for education; training, employment, and social services; agriculture;
natural resources and the environment; general science, space, and
technology; community and regional development (including disaster
relief); law enforcement; and energy production and regulation.
As you see, war is much
more worth (in dollars) than peace, in the United States.
Here is more on safety in the world, and especially safety from the
use of nuclear arms:
administration just last week considered proposing additional, smaller,
more tactical nuclear weapons that would cause less damage than
traditional thermonuclear bombs. However, these mini-nukes are not some
new, profound proposal. We have had nuclear weapons capable of being
dialed down to the power of “mini nukes” since the 80’s. The
15-kiloton bomb dropped on Hiroshima would now be classified as a
“mini-nuke” yet its destruction was monumental. Adding more, smaller
nukes is an unnecessary, potentially dangerous addition.
I totally agree,
but I take it that the profit on nuclear bombs is enormous.
Here is the last bit that I´ll quote from this article, and it concerns
that North Korea will be met with “fury and fire” combined with his
proposals of mini-nukes only propel the notion that he is not following
past leaders in enforcing a no first strike policy.
As I have said several
times before (also before the present crisis around North
Korea): My own personal probability on a nuclear war as long as
Trump is president are 50/50, simply because Trump is mad.
The danger of revamping
this shaky leg of the nuclear triad is in part due to Trump’s
demonstrated impulsiveness. As Andrew Weber explains, “There is a 2-3
minute threat of the land-based missiles and it is impossible for the
target to determine whether the weapon has a nuclear or conventional
tip.” An impulsive president with nuclear codes capable of starting a
nuclear war in 2-3 minutes using a weapon that must fly over Russia and
has the possibility of mistaken identity, is essentially a recipe for
I do hope that my estimate is - in fact - much too high on the
side of war, but then I also am a psychologist who thinks that Trump is mad, and completely
unpredictable (with 53,000 other psychologists agreeing
with me, but with Allen Frances (I concede) - 1 man - disagreeing
that Trump is mad, but then Frances diagnoses the rest of
the USA - a mere 300+ millions persons - as having ¨a nervous
breakdown¨, and that is modern psychiatry in action).
This is a recommended article.
It Down, Democrats—Or Prepare to Lose Again
This article is by David
Masciotra on AlterNet and originally on Salon. This is from the article:
at the ballot and across the culture because they consistently
overestimate the intelligence and decency of the American people.
Clinton´s] gravest misstep, which she does not concede and the media
never mentions, was that she believed the majority of Americans were
sufficiently thoughtful and moral to reject the prospect of a
historically illiterate conman who routinely makes racist remarks and
once boasted of committing sexual assault, acting as President of the
think I agree on just one or two things with David Masciotra: A great
amount of the American voters is stupid or ignorant (and
most of these are both).
I totally disagree that the cure for stupidity and
ignorance is more stupidity and ignorance, and besides, at
least a considerable part of the stupidity and ignorance that does
characterize far too many voters is less due to their
native abilities than to the incredible amounts of propaganda, lies, and deceptions that
make up most of the mainstream news, and that also have been
exponentially increasing since around 1980.
is some more:
to the newest poll on the NFL imbroglio, 64 percent of Americans
believe that the league should force its players to stand during the
opening performance of “The Star Spangled Banner.”
can almost hear the whimpers of progressives stressing the importance
of “free speech.” The reality is that most Americans don’t know, and
wouldn’t care if they did.
so, 64 percent of Americans denies their own Constution and
insists on totalitarian
discrimination. Indeed this is also part of my
arguments that very many Americans are stupid or ignorant. But
while I think the numbers are probably correct, again I do not
think that the cure for totalitarian discrimination is more stupidity,
more ignorance or more totalitarianism.
is also this:
The University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy
Center recently discovered that 37 percent of Americans could not
identify a single freedom that the First Amendment of the Constitution
guarantees. Only one in four Americans could correctly name all three
branches of government.
agree that the numbers are probably correct, and strongly support
my notion that very many Americans are stupid or ignorant (but then
again I reject the implication or suggestion that more stupid and more
ignorant advertisements will make a difference for the Democrats).
this on the importance of (real) knowledge
Well... yes, but
these ¨perversions of language and degradation if discourse¨ started
at least 40 and more probably 55 years ago in Holland with the
radical simplifications of all education (it was halved or
more, since 1965, compared with the maintained standards since
1865), that more or less simultaneously was also begun in the rest of
Europe and the USA, and that was considerably increased by the
also since 1980 much increased propaganda, lies, deceptions and intentional
ommissions that marked nearly all public discourse as presented in
the mainstream papers and programs.
Jefferson, the founding father President Trump likened to Robert E. Lee
with little public objection, once wrote, “knowledge is the currency of
democracy.” America is bankrupt.
The liquidation resulting
from decades of uninterrupted perversion of language and degradation of
discourse affects not only the intellect, but also ethics.
Here is the last bit that I´ll quote from this piece of baloney:
make political gains when they stop assuming that the majority of
Americans operate according to rationality and compassion.
This is bullshit for
three main reasons:
(i) Ever since Bill Clinton, the major part of ¨the progressives¨
(also in England with Tony Blair) have engineered what successes
they did score by fine manipulations of the decisive - usually quite
small - parts of the electorate in key districts;
(ii) all of the salesmanship of both the Democrats and
the Republicans is based on misleading the electorate anyway
(and not only in elections with advertisements,
but with constant propaganda, deceptions, lies and ommissions
in the propaganda of the mainstream media); while
(iii) since the Democrats and the Republicans both pull around
50% of the votes, and since 50% of the Americans do have an
IQ of 100 maximally, and since it seems as if Masciotra argues for
the Democrats, I´d say that it are especially the Republicans
who are helped by stupidity
and not the Democrats.
So I nearly totally disagree with Masciotra.
Have Messed With Earth So Much, Formal 'Anthropocene' Classification
is by Andrea Germanos on Common Dreams. It starts as follows:
I think this is likely to be
correct. The article ends as follows:
A group of scientists
says that the scope of human impact on planet Earth is so great that
the "Anthropocene" warrants a formal place the Geological Time Scale.
"Our findings suggest
that the Anthropocene should follow on from the Holocene Epoch that has
seen 11.7 thousand years of relative environmental stability, since the
retreat of the last Ice Age, as we enter a more unstable and rapidly
evolving phase of our planet's history," said Professor Jan Zalasiewicz
from the University of Leicester’s School of Geography, Geology, and
the Environment, in a statement
The scientsts write:
We conclude that human
impact has now grown to the point that it has changed the course of
Earth history by at least many millennia, in terms of the anticipated
long-term climate effects (e.g. postponement of the next glacial
maximum: see Ganopolski et al., 2016; Clark et al., 2016), and in terms
of the extensive and ongoing transformation of the biota, including a
geologically unprecedented phase of human-mediated species invasions,
and by species extinctions which are accelerating (Williams et al.,
of the period include
marked acceleration of
rates of erosion and sedimentation; large-scale chemical perturbations
to the cycles of carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus and other elements; the
inception of significant change in global climate and sea level; and
biotic changes including unprecedented levels of species invasions
across the Earth. Many of these changes are geologically long-lasting,
and some are effectively irreversible.
Getting the formal
classification is not a done deal, as more analysis is needed, and a
stamp of approval from the International Commission of Stratigraphy
(ICS) could be years off. Still, says honorary chair of AWG, Colin
Waters of the Geology Depart of the University of Leicister, "Whatever
decision is ultimately made, the geological reality of the Anthropocene
is now clear."
I agree. And this is a
Insidious Ways 'Overtaxed' Corporations Are Cheating America
This article is by Paul
Buchheit on Common Dreams. It starts with a subtitle:
Big companies are
deceiving us and the media won't report it.
Here are some selections that show this:
goes well beyond
reporting, as big companies have used various forms of deception to
keep taking from America, especially with a complicit corporate media
unwilling to report the facts about their behavior.
In fact, the Americans owe
this ¨advance¨ to Bill Clinton and Robert
Rubin, who made it possible that American firms mostly migrated
to ¨the third world¨ countries because of deregulations, simply because the
wages were much lower there, and the profits much higher - and fuck the
1. Give Us Your
Technology, Infrastructure, Security, Patent Law....But Sorry, Our
Profits Were Made in Another Country.
Here is how Microsoft makes it billions for Bill Gates and a
Nadella writes about the "Quest to Rediscover Microsoft's Soul and
Imagine a Better Future for Everyone," and the company's commitment to
"humans and the unique quality we call empathy." But the empathy
apparently doesn't apply to the Americans who rely on tax dollars to
support basic needs. Microsoft
made over half its 2017 revenue in the U.S., and it has 57 percent of
its long-lived assets in our country. Yet for 2016 it claimed a LOSS IN
THE U.S. and a $20 billion profit in other countries.
Which probably all were deceptions as
well, but who cares if the interests of the billionaires of Microsoft
And here are Exxon and Pfizer:
has over half of its natural gas facilities, half of its developed
acreage, the great majority of its productive and development wells,
and half of its retail sites in the U.S. but declared $5.8
billion in U.S. losses along with $13.8
billion in foreign profits in 2016. Exxon CLAIMED A
CREDIT on its U.S. income tax.
I think these are all massive
(<-Wikipedia): You can´t sell most of your products in the
USA, and claim a loss in the USA with a major gain outside
the USA. That can only be done with massive frauds.
Pfizer CEO Ian Read complained
that U.S. taxes had his company fighting "with one hand tied behind our
back." The other hand must be fudging the books. Pfizer
had half of its sales in the U.S. in 2016,
yet claimed an $8.5 billion LOSS IN THE U.S.
along with nearly $17 billion in foreign profits.
Pfizer paid just 4 percent of its total income on U.S. taxes in 2016,
and was one of the nine
pharmaceutical companies among the top 30 Fortune 500 firms
in offshore tax hoarding.
Here is more massive fraudulence by and for
the very rich:
The deceit gets
even worse with another form of "profit shifting," by which understated
U.S. profits may be understated even
more. Some of the profits reported to shareholders
as US-earned may be reported to the IRS as
foreign-earned. The result is that profits allegedly earned in foreign
countries are held indefinitely overseas, with all taxes deferred.
S&P 500 companies -- including Apple, Microsoft, and Pfizer -- have
stashed away $2.3
trillion, which represents a loss to America of over $800 billion
in tax revenue. Apple itself has moved about two-thirds
of its worldwide profits to Ireland, waiting, perhaps, for a
minimal-tax repatriation deal.
Again utter fraudulence in my eyes
- and keep in mind that Apple,
Microsoft, and Pfizer are extremely profitable companies (that
reserve much of their profits outside the USA, so that they can
pay their very rich CEOs etc. more in a month or a year than I can make
in 50 years, that is, if I were healthy).
Here is yet another example of massive fraud by the richest
companies in the USA:
offenders are the richest corporations, who entice dazzled state
officials with promises of jobs. Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Apple and
Facebook are together making well over $100
billion a year in pre-tax profits, yet demanded state subsidies to
build new data centers. Apple's getting over $200 million from Iowa;
Amazon took tens of millions from Illinois
and Kentucky; iPhone-maker Foxconn negotiated for tax credits from Wisconsin
that could amount to $500,000
And here is the
moral of the story, and its ending:
All the big
companies -- technology, pharmaceutical, oil, chemical, agriculture,
finance -- owe their great profit-making success not so much to
individual, self-made, "start with nothing" innovation and
entrepreneurship; but rather to the taxpayer-funded research and
development that built the foundations for these industries while the
middle class trusted in the American work ethic. Now the middle-income
jobs are going
away, leaving underpaid service-oriented jobs. The tax money
withheld by the big corporations is desperately needed to restore
living-wage opportunities to millions of workers. But these companies
refuse to pay for all the benefits they've happily taken over the years.
so - and as I said (in 2012, for example) the
big corporations are furthering a neofascism that makes all this
utterly normal, and that may soon cost
the lives of millions of poor Americans, who cannot
fraud the taxes, and whose real incomes haven´t risen since 1979.
And this is a strongly recommended article.
Mattea Kramer, When a Voice Tells You You'll Never Be Enough
This article is by Mattea Kramer on TomDispatch. It starts as follows
(and both quotes are from the introduction, that seems to be by Ann
Women make up more
than half the population of the United States, about 51%. We women are 55%
of college students and we take more degrees than men. About 44 million of us
between the ages of 15 and 50 have children, but only 5 million or so
are stay-at-home moms. That’s because we go out to work: this year 74.6
million of us over age 16 make up almost half (47%)
of the labor force. Forty percent of us work in fields thought to be
ours by tradition: we are 90%
of nurses, 93% of dental assistants, and 97% of preschool and
kindergarten teachers. But we are also more
than half of the nation’s pharmacists, a third of its physicians
and surgeons, a third of its lawyers and judges, and a quarter of its
computer programmers. We are the majority owners of 38%
of U.S. businesses, employing millions and annually generating revenue
in the trillions of dollars.
This is probably all
correct. Here is the point:
But here’s a
problem: as workers, we don’t get fairly paid. For every dollar a man
earns, we average about 79
cents. These days, young women may get closer to 90 cents, but by
age 35, if not before, they hit a wall; for older women, the wage
gap only widens. Due to that gap, the average
full-time working woman over the course of 40 years will be cheated out
of $418,800; she would have to work 10 more years to make up the
difference. If she’s black,
she will be shorted $840,040 and need to work 23 more years. If she’s Latina,
she will lose $1,043,800 and need to work another 34 years. Then
there’s the special
case of the financial and insurance industry: there, women make
only 60 cents to a man’s dollar. All this despite the fact that
Congress passed an Equal
Pay Act more than 50 years ago.
I agree and I think it
is very unfair, but I also insist that an important part of the reason
that now both adults in a marriage or a partnership with
children have to work (to pay for the commercial pick-up of
their children) is due to the Second Wave of ¨Feminism¨
that started around 1970, and that I refuse to consider real
Real feminists would have refused to become
capitalists´ wageslaves, and insisted that - at long last, mostly
due to technological advances - they could study and develop
their own minds, instead of having to participate, as ¨the feminists¨
wanted, as wageslaves.
And I am sorry if this is not accepted by ¨modern feminists¨ (nearly
all of whom are very well-provided academics) but my -
communist - mother, and my - anarchist - grandmother were
both feminists, and not as crazy as the quasi-¨feminists¨ since 1970
who pretended that women get emancipated if they become wageslaves.
 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 (!!).