A. Selections from
October 25, 2017
This is a Nederlog of Wednesday, October 25,
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 25, 2017
John Kelly Suggests More Americans Should
the Honor of Serving. He’s
a Student Says, ‘I’m Not a Boy or a Girl’
Enshrines ‘Xi Jinping Thought,’ Elevating
Leader to Mao-Like Status
4. Do Democrats
Really Need Wall Street?
5. Ready for Trump TV?
Broadcasting’s Plot to Take
Over Your Local News
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:
Kelly Suggests More Americans Should Have the Honor of Serving. He’s
This article is by
Clyde Haberman on The New York Times. This is from near the beginning:
(...) Mr. Kelly, the
retired four-star general who is President Trump’s chief of staff,
essentially said that those who haven’t served in the military —
meaning nearly all Americans — cannot really understand those who have.
He may as well have recited “we few, we happy few, we band of brothers”
while he was at it.
“We don’t look down upon those of you that haven’t served,”
Mr. Kelly said. But then he did exactly that. “In fact, in a way we’re
a little bit sorry because you’ll never have experienced the wonderful
joy you get in your heart when you do the kinds of things our
servicemen and women do.”
For - as Mr. Kelly might have added - the personalities
(the minds, the personal freedoms and values) of everyone who
enters the military service are destroyed until all they can do is
to answer the commands of any superior officer or else be severely
The ¨wonderful joy¨ created by military service is the
creation of mindless murderers For Our Very Own Country. Or that is how
I look upn it.
the point? According to Clyde Haberman it was this:
Mr. Kelly’s statements struck some as offensively
patronizing. But they can only bolster the conviction of those among us
who believe that reinstating military conscription, or requiring some
form of alternative national service, deserves serious consideration —
and that the country would be the better for it.
Reviving the draft, abandoned in 1973, would mean that most
American families have skin in the game when their political leaders
embroil the country in a war of choice. It doesn’t take much of an
intuitive leap to guess that the last 16 years of war would have
unfolded differently if more than a tiny cadre of America’s sons and
daughters had to fight.
possibly so. But the USA´s rich and powerful sleep very much
better if they know that their own kids will not be drafted,
and because the rich bought most of the rest, they are
capable of saying what will happen.
bringing back the draft is one of those things that will not
happen without a revolution. It´s the same with all other denials of
real democracy that have flowered in the USA now that the rich
bought nearly alll the powers there are, and control both
a Student Says, ‘I’m Not a Boy or a Girl’
article is by Zoe Greenberg on The New York Times. It starts as follows:
At the age of 15, after rehearsing in the shower, Sofia
Martin made an announcement to the students at Puget Sound Community
“I’ve been thinking a lot
about who I am,” Sofia recalled saying at the morning meeting, a daily
assembly of the school’s 52 students and staff members. “I’ve come to
the decision that I’m nonbinary, which means that I’m not a boy or a
girl.” Sofia asked the teachers and the students, who are in grades six
through 12, to use the pronouns they or them, which they promised to do.
to be a bit smarter than most. What would have happened if at 15 I
would have said ¨I´ve been thinking a lot about who I am. I´ve come to
the conclusion that I am not as stupid as you are, nor as willfully
ignorant - and therefore I will only answer to
¨thou¨ and ¨thee¨¨?
I was 15 in 1965, and what would
have happened is that I would have been declared mad - insane -
and would have had major difficulties, even if it would not
have been denied that I am smarter than most.
But these days you can get
special treatment including, it seems, changes to one´s genitalia that
are to be paid by the health insurances.
Also - as indeed pointed out -
while you clearly are born with female genitalia, you are
allowed, in a completely politically
correct manner, to deny the rights of everybody else in
your class or your school to speak the truth about you:
While physically you are a girl, in postmodern
reality you ¨are¨ - at 15 - who you say you are, and if that
does not fit with the commonly accepted facts, too bad for the facts.
I am against this,
both as a psychologist and as somebody who is now regarded as crazy
since about 40 years because I do not accept the judgement of
medical persons that I am insane - which I am, according to them,
because I say I am ill while the medical professors can´t find anything
(and that also is their ¨proof¨, they - falsely - claim).
There are very probably more
people with ME/CFS than there are persons who think at 15 that because
they decided that they are ¨non-binaries¨ everybody else must agree
There also have been known very
many illnesses through history that were not recognized for a very
long time. There have been no persons - or hardly any - who insisted
that they (?) were born ¨in the wrong body¨ until well into the 20th
Too bad for those who think they are ill while medical
science can´t find a cause; happy for those who think they are
born within the wrong body:
the people with ME/CFS have been as systematically discrimina- ted
since 1980 as I have been: All of the 17 millions with ME/CFS -
including medical doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists etc. -
are considered to be insane because these 17 million insist they
are ill, and that medicine does not know everything there
is to know about any disease or the human body.
But not according to the all-knowing geniuses who are medical
Here is one more bit about this:
At some schools,
teaching for and about transgender people is a battle, epitomized by
nationwide debates over “bathroom
bills.” But at others, educators aren’t battling against trans
students or their needs. Instead, schools like Puget Sound are altering
their policies to include transgender kids and, more broadly, to make
gender a deliberate part of the curriculum. Students are leading the
way, driving schools to adopt more inclusive teaching methods.
Well, it is not about ¨the bathroom¨. In the
end what it is really about is medicine, which has gone
crazy under many political demands on it and has given up the facts to
judge by dreams, illusions, wishful thinking and bullshit:
If you feel ill but medicine cannot find the cause, you
are insane. If you think, age 15, while being born a boy or a girl,
that you are not a boy and not a girl, you are
admirably sane and ought to be protected by medical people.
case, if that is medicine, I am sorry, but I don´t want
anything to do with the medics who practise this bullshit. 
Enshrines ‘Xi Jinping Thought,’ Elevating Leader to Mao-Like Status
article is by Chris Buckley on The New York Times. It starts as follows:
China’s Communist Party
on Tuesday elevated President Xi
Jinping to the same exalted status as the nation’s founding father,
Mao Zedong, by writing his name and ideas into the party constitution.
The historic decision, at the end of a weeklong party
congress, sent a clear signal to officials throughout China that
questioning Mr. Xi and his policies would be ideological heresy.
The decision solidified Mr. Xi’s position as China’s
most powerful leader in decades after only five years of leading the
country, making it harder for rivals to challenge him and his policies.
Yes indeed. In fact, I found yesterday myself - by
accident: I was looking into the Wikipedia about the consequences of Maoism - that there
now is what looks extremely much like Mao´s Little Red
Book, except that these thoughts (¨Thoughts¨?) are not Mao´s but Xi´s:
While there may be no “Little Red Book” of quotations for
mass consumption like in the bygone Mao era, Mr. Xi’s thinking will now
infuse every aspect of party ideology in schools, the media and
In the near future, Chinese people are likely
to refer to Mr. Xi’s doctrines as simply “Xi Jinping Thought,” a
flattering echo of “Mao Zedong Thought.”
Restoring China to greatness is a central message of Mr. Xi’s
philosophy. That goal already has guided Mr. Xi’s policies of building
up the military, strengthening domestic controls and raising China’s
profile in global affairs.
I´d say Xi Pinjing looks like another Mao
Zedong and I am far from happy. It is true that China and the
world differ rather a lot from what they were in the 1960ies and
1970ies, and that indeed does make a difference, but I am not
happy when I see the leader of over a billion persons engage in what
seem to me dreams of personal power.
is considerably more in the article, that is recommended.
Democrats Really Need Wall Street?
article is by Harvey J. Kaye on Common Dreams. This is from near the
Schoen, said to have been Bill Clinton’s favorite pollster during his
presidency, has taken to the op-ed page of The New York Times
warn center-right party members and friends that ‘all Hell will
break loose’ if the Democrats embrace a platform promising “wealth
redistribution through higher taxes and Medicare for all” and utilizing
democracy to challenge the power of money. Don’t be bewitched by the
fantasies of folks such as Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Elizabeth
Warren (D-MA), Schoen counsels, for if you do, the American financial
elite will not keep the party’s “coffers full.” Indeed, he argues,
“Democrats should strengthen their ties to Wall Street,” for “America
is a center-right, pro-capitalist nation.”
think Mr. Schoen - whose name means ¨Beautiful¨ in German - is
completely right (from his own point of view): The betrayers of the
workers and the poor that make up the majority of the Democrats would
be out of their minds if they did not succeed in raking in more
millions or billions for themselves than they did since Bill
Clinton took over power.
are more of the thoughts and desires or Mr. Schoen:
critically, Schoen also wants us to forget how Presidents Jimmy Carter
and Bill Clinton turned their backs on the Franklin Roosevelt
Democratic tradition and proceeded to turn liberalism into neoliberalism.
He wants us to forget how Carter alienated working people, opening the
door to the conservative administration of Ronald Reagan, by
deregulating key sectors of the economy and instituting, in Carter’s
own words, “austerity” in government while corporations were exporting
jobs, busting unions and devastating communities.
indeed, although Jimmie Carter - to the best of my knowledge - did not
do as much harm
as did Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. Then again, ¨harm¨, no doubt, is
as relative a term as is ¨Democrat¨, according to ¨Democrats¨ like Mr.
Schoen, and a ¨Democrat¨ like Mr. Schoen has a long history of
betraying democratic voters, indeed in ¨the best traditions¨ of the
many rich Democrats that went before him.
critically, Schoen wants us to forget the democratic roots and
achievements of what historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. called “the long
Age of Roosevelt.” He utterly effaces from the Democratic story the
historic and history-making “center-left coalition” that FDR and the
New Dealers built — the coalition of tough-minded liberals and
progressives, backed by working people in all their diversity, which
regulated ruthless capitalism, taxed the rich (who nonetheless still
seemed to be living high on the hog), rebuilt the nation’s
infrastructure, improved the environment, created social security,
empowered labor, rescued and supported farmers, fueled consumer
movements and enlarged the “We” in “We the People.”
yes and no: I agree with Mr. Kaye on what Mr. Schoen wants, but - I am
sorry, but I have read Keynes - I disagree with Kaye about who
is responsible for ¨FDR
and the New Dealers¨:
Indeed Roosevelt, but only in part, for the main ideas were John Maynard
Keynes´s, who also succeeded introducing these ideas into
mainstream economics, indeed until well in the 1970ies.
this is a recommended article.
for Trump TV? Inside Sinclair Broadcasting’s Plot to Take Over Your
This article is by Andy Kroll on Mother Jones. This is
from somewhere in the beginning:
After a campaign
season spent boosting Trump, Sinclair looks set to grow even bigger
thanks to the president’s appointees at the Federal Communications
Commission: In May, the company announced
a $3.9 billion deal to acquire Tribune Media’s 42 TV stations,
which would give Sinclair access to New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago,
the nation’s three largest media markets. The deal—and, for many,
Sinclair itself—came to prominence after John Oliver blasted it in
an episode of his HBO show, Last Week Tonight, that has
been seen more than 6 million times on YouTube. Experts believe the FCC
will approve the merger, despite critics on the left and right who
argue the deal will give Sinclair far more reach into American
households than the law allows.
skipped the first three paragraphs, for these are about the age, the
jowls, the silver hair (¨a head full¨), the three brothers, and the
aimless wanderings about of Mr. Sinclair, which are not in my
attention and which I would guess (a bit hesitantly, indeed) are also not in the
attention of most readers of Mother Jones.
Here is the main message:
But under the leadership
of Ajit Pai, a Republican who joined the commission in 2012 and whom
Trump elevated to chairman, the FCC has seemingly gone out of its way
to grease the wheels for the Sinclair-Tribune merger, reinstating
a rule from the Reagan era that could help the company avoid limits
on media consolidation. “The FCC is gaming the rules to directly
benefit Sinclair,” says Craig Aaron, the president of the public
interest group Free Press.
If the merger is approved,
Sinclair’s broadcasts will reach 72 percent of all households.
indeed. And it will probably be accepted, and thus brings neofascism
again a whole lot closer, especially since well over 50% of the
American population is not capable (anymore) of judging what
its own real interests are or - even - in reading beyond their own very
narrow circles of interest.
There is more in the article, that is recommended.
I have now been saying since
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 (!!).
 Note that what I am protesting
against is the sickness of medicine, that I am quite certain of since
90% of the 30 medics (mostly so-called ¨medical specialists¨) that my
ex and I have seen did not even know about the existence of ME/CFS
(as they should have: it was quite well described in 1965), but
nevertheless 90% of the 30 insisted that we - in the first few years of
our study of psychology - must be mad because we insisted we were ill
and not insane.
Again, my guess is that 90% of the same medics would have
embraced the possibility of medically remaking the genitals of 15 year
olds who insisted that they were not boys and not girls.
And if my guess may have been a little high, it is probably mostly
correct - which means that the majority of the medics I have seen
let their medical judgements depend on the political pressures they or
medics in general are made subject to.
But that is not science but pseudoscience.