A. Selections from October 10, 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.
moment and since nearly two years (!!!!) 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 10, 2017
The Republican’s Guide to
2. World-Renowned Artist Ai Weiwei on His Child-
hood in a Labor Camp, Art,
Activism, Prison &
3. The 'Center-Left' Had Its Chance—It’s Time For
4. This Is What Systemic Oppression Looks Like
5. How We Learned Not To Care
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:
Republican’s Guide to Presidential Etiquette
This article is by
Editorial on The New York Times. It starts as follows:
used to care a lot about how a president comports himself, and whether
he acts at all times with the dignity his station demands.
President Obama Disrespecting the Oval Office?” Fox
News asked in 2010, with a link to images of Mr. Obama and his
aides tossing a football, or eating apples just inches from the
suit coat and tie,” said
Andrew Card Jr., President George W. Bush’s former chief of staff,
in reaction to pictures of Mr. Obama in shirtsleeves in 2009.
expect him to send the message that people who are going to be in the
Oval Office should treat the office with the respect that it has earned
over history,” Mr. Card said.
that was then! In 2017, there’s a whole new bar for tolerable conduct
by the commander in chief. Our original guide cataloged
several dozen examples. Almost five months later, it’s clear that an
update is necessary. This expanded list is meant to ensure that Paul
Ryan, Mitch McConnell and other congressional Republicans never forget
what they now condone in a president.
So, if you
are the president, you may:
then follow - if I have counted well - 75 quotes from Trump,
links to identify that he really made them. I do not know why they
in big capital letters, but here are three quotes from the beginning of
Criticize victims of that
hurricane still living without drinking water or electricity by saying
everything to be done for them”
Call for the firing of “son
of a bitch” athletes who choose to exercise their right to free
72 (I think) more
quotes. I copied them all, in part because I think (as a psychologist,
and like 53,000 other psychologists) that they illustrate - quite well,
also - that Trump is not
sane and also in part because they are documentation.
This is a recommended article.
Artist Ai Weiwei on His Childhood in a Labor Camp, Art, Activism,
Prison & Freedom
This article is by Amy
Goodman on Democracy Now!
should start this review by saying
there are two more interviews with Ai Weiwei
(<-Wikipedia) on Democracy Now! All interviews were
made on the same day and all are very well worth reading.
interview starts with the following introduction.
Ai Weiwei has been
called the most powerful artist in the world—and the most dangerous man
in China. Born in 1957 in Beijing, he spent his childhood and youth in
a hard labor camp in the Gobi Desert in remote northwest China. As a
student at Beijing Film Academy, he first became involved in art and
activism. He spent his twenties in New York City and then returned to
China. In 2008, after a massive earthquake in Sichuan, China, Ai Weiwei
launched a citizen investigation to collect the names of the more than
5,000 schoolchildren who died, partially as a result of the highly
shoddy government construction of the schools. While his citizen
investigation catapulted him to international fame, it also enraged
Chinese government officials. In 2009, his popular blog was shut down.
A few months later, police broke into his hotel room and attacked him,
punching him in the face and causing cerebral hemorrhaging. In 2010, Ai
Weiwei was placed under house arrest, after the Chinese government
demolished his studio. Then, in 2011, he was arrested at the Beijing
airport and held for 81 days, without any charges. Chinese authorities
seized his passport and refused to return it until 2015. For more on
the remarkable life of this world-renowned dissident and artist, we
speak with Ai Weiwei.
indeed. I have just one quote from this interview, namely the
following, about the treatment of people who did not quite have
the same ideas as Mao
Ze Dong (<-Wikipedia):
There is a lot more in
the present interview and in the two accompanying interviews, and all
are very well worth reading.
AI WEIWEI: I was born in 1957. That’s the
year my father was purged as a so-called rightist.
GOODMAN: He had been a
friend of Mao Zedong?
AI WEIWEI: Yeah, he’s the same generation,
maybe younger than Mao Zedong. And they all spent time in—before the
new nation established. So he belongs to this early revolutionary
group. And he was a poet. He studied in Paris. And right after he came
back to China, he was being put in jail for six years. Then, later, he
joined the revolution. After the '49, he was criticized. And with about
half-million of the intellectuals in China, they're being all put in
the labor camps to—called re-education. So I grew up in these camps.
During the Cultural Revolution, he really has to do very hard labors,
insulted, beaten and—
GOODMAN: This was in the
AI WEIWEI: Yeah, in the northwest, in the
Gobi Desert, very far, farrest location you can get on the Chinese map.
GOODMAN: And what was
your understanding of what happened to you, as a child?
AI WEIWEI: As a child, you have no way to
think otherwise, because everybody is in an extremely difficult
situation. You think it’s like you’re standing in the rain, everywhere
is under the rain. You know, it’s not—there’s no exception. So, he
spent about 20 years, but cannot write words, you know, doing a lot
of—to clean the public toilet. And he often been beaten and, you know,
very—and sometimes he comes home with all the ink poured from—his head,
you know, has become totally black, and going through a lot of this
kind of insulting.
GOODMAN: They poured ink
over his head?
AI WEIWEI: Yeah, yeah, yeah. It’s just
there’s a lot of meetings. The meetings, he have to stand in front of
other people, and they would say all kinds of bad words about him. And
he has to confess his crime, [while] he never committed any crime.
And this is a strongly recommended article.
'Center-Left' Had Its Chance—It’s Time For Something New
article is by Richard Eskow on AlterNet. It starts as follows:
political project known as “centrism” is collapsing around the globe,
despite increasingly desperate attempts by billionaire backers to
implosion can be seen in the weakened state of Theresa May’s
Conservatives in Great Britain, the recent setback for Angela Merkel’s Christian
Democrats, and the withering of the GOP’s Mitt Romney wing.
But what about the
center-left, the “New Labour”/”New Democrat” phenomenon that once
seemed to offer so much hope? Can it survive? More importantly, should
I do not think that
"New Labour" ever was real Labour, just as I do not
think that the "New Democrats" were ever real democrats:
were organized by the corrupt  tops of formerly social democratic
parties; and both only served their own
interests (as can be seen from the fact that the Clintons now own
between $120 and $150 million dollars, while Tony Blair seems
to own around £150 million, that shows their tremendous
honesty and dedication, to their own incomes).
In fact, I never
thought that Blair or Clinton were social democrats in any real
sense, though I grant both started abusing the jargon (but they rapidly
changed that as well).
Then there is this:
Political scientist Sheri
Berman recently wrote an op-ed for the New York Times that made the
case for Western Europe’s failing social democrats. “Across Europe,
social democratic or center-left parties are in decline,” Professor
Berman writes, adding:
“In elections this year
in France and the Netherlands, the socialist and labor parties did so
poorly that many question their future existence… Even if you don’t
support the left, this should be cause for concern. Social democratic
parties were crucial to rebuilding democracy in Western Europe after
1945. They remain essential to democracy on the Continent today.”
correctly diagnoses one aspect of what ails these parties, noting that
center-left politicians like Britain’s Tony Blair and Germany’s Gerhard
Schröder “celebrated the (free) market’s upsides while ignoring its
If Berman is a
political scientist (I do suppose she has the degrees) then I
am a mathematician because I know how to add.
As to the Netherlands
(I am Dutch, unfortunately ):
minister Wim Kok was a lifelong careerist who started as "a labour
leader", then personally took care of removing nuclear arms (if you
believed him in 1981); and then totally killed social democracy
as did Blair, Clinton and Schröder as soon as he got to be prime minister.
the leadership of the Dutch "social democrats" fell into the hands of
the grandsons and/or great-grandsons of the Dutchmen David Cohen and Abraham Asscher,
who helped the SS to round up over 100,000 Dutchmen with a
Jewish background , who all were murdered.
David Cohen and Abraham
Asscher were rewarded by the SS with their lives and
the lives of their families and their millions in money.
WW II neither of them even had to face a Dutch judge (who might
have rewarded them, because most Dutch judges, like the complete
Dutch Supreme Court - except for its Jewish chief, who was dismissed -
of the Nazis).
true that the Dutch "social democrats" recently lost the great
majority of their seats in parliament, but this was because they
collaborated for four years with the Dutch "liberals" (really:
neoconservatives) in the latest functioning Dutch government.
I take it
that they lost so many votes because the Dutch voters that previously
voted for them felt betrayed by them, and if so, they are quite
I should add that I am one of the small minority of Dutchmen who knows
about the Nazist heroics of David Cohen and Abraham Asscher, for their
betrayal of more than 100,000 murdered Dutch with a Jewish background  is hardly ever mentioned in Holland.
Dutch "social democrats" are presently led by the great-grandson of
Abraham Asscher, who also is - to the best of my information - a
millionaire, as was his great-grandfather, who kept his
millions and his life because he collaborated with the SS, and
helped them to round up any and all Dutchmen with a Jewish background  (except if they were family of Asscher or Cohen,
or so it seems). 
Back to the article, that
gives some background on the pretended "social democracy" of Blair,
Clinton and Schröder:
It’s worth lingering for
a moment on those downsides: Economic inequality continued to skyrocket
under Blair in Great Britain and Schröder in Germany, and Bill Clinton in the United States. The global
economy was gravely damaged by the financial crisis of 2008, as
Professor Berman notes. but that near-catastrophe wasn’t caused by
impersonal forces. It was the result of widespread banker fraud, made
possible by the active collaboration of politicians from both parties.
The center-left rarely
even chastised, much less prosecuted, bankers for their criminality in
the runup to the economic crisis, whose devastation is still felt
around the globe. Instead, it left them in charge of their institutions
and in possession of their freedom and their ill-gotten gains.
mostly quite correct, except that I refuse to call the people
who did these things, and their parties who kept supporting them for
the most part, "center-left":
policies, and the enormous ciminal frauds by the bankers, are
neither leftist (in any real sense of that term) nor centrist:
They were rightist, and the top - and certainly Clinton
and Blair - now are multi-millionaires because they helped the
Here is the last bit that
I'll quote from this article:
The political program
Professor Berman eulogizes didn’t just fail to “offer a fundamental
critique of capitalism.” It provided capitalism’s worst excesses with
ideological cover. Instead of hewing to well-understood professions of
left-leaning values like “equality,” it offered cliches about “equality
of opportunity” that were indistinguishable from those of its
Worse, when confronted
with the economic damage that bankers caused, the European center-left
turned against its supposed constituency by bailing out the banks and
imposing strict austerity measures on working people.
Precisely. There is
considerably more in the article, that is recommended.
Is What Systemic Oppression Looks Like
article is by Abby Zimet on Common Dreams. It struck my eye because of
the following picture:
picture leads to the source at Common Dreams
I like it
although I do suppose "y'all" refers to the majority of
white Americans. And understood like that, the above is simply true.
is a recommended article.
We Learned Not To Care About America's Wars
is by Andrew
Bacevich (<-Wikipedia) on Common Dreams. It starts as follows:
Consider, if you will,
these two indisputable facts. First, the United States is today
more or less permanently engaged in hostilities in not one faraway
place, but at
least seven. Second, the vast majority of the American people
could not care less.
Nor can it be said that we
don’t care because we don’t know. True, government authorities
withhold certain aspects of ongoing military operations or release only
details that they find convenient. Yet information describing
what U.S. forces are doing (and where) is readily available, even if
buried in recent months by barrages of presidential tweets.
I agree, except that I also like to notice that (i) half of the
American population (over 160 million persons) have an IQ that is maximally
100; that (ii) the vast majority of the American people is not at all
well- educated; which means that (iii) stupidity and ignorance play
a major role in American politics (and elsewhere), while also
(iv) to get the real information, Americans have to
read the non-mainstream media, because the mainstream media mostly lie, propagandize, deceive or
simply omit many of the things that are important to many.
In other words, there are some excuses, although basically I
agree with Bacevich.
Here is more by Bacevich:
Ever since the United
States launched its war on terror, oceans of military press releases
have poured forth. And those are just for starters. To
provide updates on the U.S. military’s various
ongoing campaigns, generals, admirals, and high-ranking defense
officials regularly testify before congressional committees or brief
members of the press. From the field, journalists offer updates
that fill in at least some of the details -- on civilian casualties,
for example -- that government authorities prefer not to
disclose. Contributors to newspaper op-ed pages and “experts”
booked by network and cable TV news shows, including passels of retired
military officers, provide analysis. Trailing behind come books
and documentaries that put things in a broader perspective.
But here’s the truth of
it. None of it matters.
Like traffic jams or
robocalls, war has fallen into the category of things that Americans
may not welcome, but have learned to live with. In
twenty-first-century America, war is not that big a deal.
I mostly agree with
this is as well, with the same qualifications as I made under the
Then there are eight
points that all are discussed by Bacevich, that I all leave to your
interests, except for the titles:
The article ends as follows:
Americans don’t attend
all that much to ongoing American wars because:
1. U.S. casualty
rates are low. (..)
2. The true costs of Washington’s wars go untabulated.(..)
3. On matters related to war, American citizens
opted out. (..)
4. Terrorism gets hyped and hyped and hyped some
5. Blather crowds out substance. (..)
6. Besides, we’re too busy. (..)
7. Anyway, the next president will save us.
8. Our culturally progressive military has largely
immunized itself from criticism. (..)
A collective indifference
to war has become an emblem of contemporary America. But don't
expect your neighbors down the street or the editors of the New
York Times to lose any sleep over that fact. Even to notice
it would require them -- and us -- to care.
And again I mostly agree, with the
qualification that I care (but I am not an American) and that there
also are groups of Americans who care, although I agree they are in
This is a recommended article.
 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 (!!).
 Once again the Wikipedia
comes with the utterly bullshit
warning that in this article
pretend there are such views or that they have them are liars.
"The examples and perspective in this article may
not represent a worldwide view
of the subject. "
again: There is no "worldwide view"
of nearly all articles in any good encyclopedia, because there
simply are too many differences of opinion on nearly anything of human
value: There is no worldwide law, philosophy, religion,
culture, civilization, set of values, ethics, morality, ideas about
truth, ideas about science a.s.o. a.s.f.
 I have lived this year 40 years in
Holland, in which I have been 7 years threatened with murder by people
who lived in the same house as I did against whom no Dutchmen defended
me; I have been ill now for nearly 39 years in which the - real and serious - disease that
my ex and I have since January 1979 was never admitted to be real; I
have been kicked from the "University" of Amsterdam very briefly before
getting my M.A. in philosophy because I dared to speak the truth about the
incompetent parasites who taught me "philosophy"; I have been
threatened for 3 1/2 years with murder by the illegal drugsdealers in
illegal drugs that mayor Van Thijn gave his "personal permission" to
trade illegal drugs from the bottom floor
of the house where I lived, and I have been gassed
in the same house and had to live there for 3 1/2 years with an extremely dangerous leaking chimney and murder threats and again nobody from
the City of Amsterdam - the City police, the mayor, his lawyers a.s.o.
- lifted as much as one finger to help or protect me; and I have now
been called - completely falsely: I have the best real leftist
background of anyone who ever studied in the "University" of Amsterdam
- "a filthy fascist" for a mere 40 years, and "a terrorist, a
terrorist, a terrorist" (both according to the frauds of the ASVA) for
For more information about my background, my parents and my grand-
parents see the notes from yesterday.
I grant that I returned to Holland from Norway in 1977,
where I could have lived and studied as well, and that this was the
biggest mistake in my life.
But I could not have predicted the utter sickness, the real
terrorism, the awful "education", and the above horrors.
I despise Holland and most Dutchmen; I love Norway, but
cannot return there because I also earned less in the last 40
years than any other Dutchman who did not have to go to jail.
 I am putting it like I do because
I know that quite a few of these supposed Jews had lost their religion,
and were liberals, socialists, social democrats or communists.
(In fact, most of the supposed Jews I have known - quite a few - were
communists, although this mainly depended on the fact that my parents
most or all of them had "a Jewish background" in some sense, but for me
being a Jew is like being a Catholic or a Protestant: These are religions
and not races.
 I am one of the very few Dutchmen
who says so, and I do say so because both of my parents and my father's
father risked their lives and torture in resisting the Nazis in WW II.
My mother was never caught, but my father and grandfather were, in June
1941. My grandfather was murdered; my father survived 3 years, 9 months
and 15 days as a "political terrorist" in four German concentration
that my family was far braver than David Cohen and Abraham
Asscher, but it is also true that my family was neither Jewish nor rich.