from December 8, 2017
This is a Nederlog of Friday, December 8,
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 two years (!!!!)
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
Section 2. Crisis Files
are five crisis files that are all well worth reading:
Selections from December 8, 2017
The Doomsday Machine in Donald Trump's Hands
the Idea That Donald Trump Is Creating a Loony
Super-Secret Spy Team Is All
Franken Calls It Quits After Sexual Misconduct Allegations Pile
Did Facebook Give the Right-Wing 'Weekly Standard'
5. Corporation and Nation
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:
Doomsday Machine in Donald Trump's
This article is by Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan on
Democracy Now! In fact, this continues yesterday´s
with Daniel Ellsberg, which I strongly recommend that
read if you have not.
The article starts as follows:
In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg
released the Pentagon Papers, thousands of pages of the Pentagon’s
secret history of U.S. involvement in Vietnam, exposing the
government’s lies and helping to end the war. President Richard Nixon’s
national security adviser, Henry Kissinger, called Ellsberg “the most
dangerous man in America.”
Now at 86 years old,
Ellsberg is revealing for the first time that the Pentagon Papers were
not the first classified documents that he removed from his secure
workplace. In his new book, “The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a
Nuclear War Planner,” he details his early years at the Pentagon, and
why he took thousands of pages of U.S. nuclear war plans describing the
lunacy of the U.S. nuclear war policy over 55 years ago. What he
discovered is frighteningly relevant today.
Yes indeed. Here is
first a bit about the present background:
Last July 20 at the
Pentagon, President Donald Trump reportedly shocked the military staff
gathered to brief him on national security issues by suggesting he
wanted to increase the nuclear arsenal tenfold. It was after that
meeting that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is said to have called
Trump a “f-ing moron.” In August, NBC’s Joe Scarborough, citing an
unnamed source, said Trump asked a foreign-policy adviser about using
nuclear weapons. Scarborough said: “Three times [Trump] asked about the
use of nuclear weapons. Three times he asked at one point if we had
them why can’t we use them?” For over 70 years, the president has held
the enormous power to launch nuclear weapons, but only one has used it:
Harry Truman, ordering the dropping of two atomic bombs over Hiroshima
and Nagasaki, Japan, killing hundreds of thousands of people. Trump,
who seems to relish saber rattling and antagonizing opponents like the
supreme leader of nuclear-armed North Korea, Kim Jong Un, may be
pushing us to the brink of nuclear war.
Yes, and this is also
why I (and quite a few others) regard Truman as a war criminal.
As to Trump: See here and here.
There is this about
Eisenhower´s nuclear war plans, that date back to
the late Fifties and
Describing President Dwight
Eisenhower’s nuclear war plans, which Ellsberg was tasked with
improving in the early months of the Kennedy administration, the
whistleblower told us on the “Democracy Now!” news hour: “They were
insane. They called for first-strike, all-out war … for hitting every
city — actually, every town over 25,000 — in the USSR and every city in
China. … The captive nations, the East Europe satellites in the Warsaw
Pact, were to be hit in their air defenses, which were all near cities,
their transport points, their communications of any kind. So they were
to be annihilated as well.”
I take it also that a
nuclear blowing up of ¨every
town over 25,000 — in the USSR and every city in
China¨ already was
in 1960 with the nuclear arms there were then. (I am not certain
of this, but it seems true.)
Here is the stark
raving insanity of the nuclear destructions contemplated in 1961:
Ellsberg recalled how, in
1961, the Joint Chiefs of Staff matter-of-factly predicted casualties
of over 600 million people globally, when the world population was only
3 billion. “Six hundred million, that was a hundred Holocausts. And
when I held the piece of paper in my hand that had that figure, that
they had sent out proudly, to the president — ‘Here’s what we will do’
— I thought, ‘This is the most evil plan that has ever existed. It’s
And at present the
nuclear arms of 1961 are a very small part of the presently
existing nuclear arms.
is more in the article, which is strongly recommended.
the Idea That Donald Trump Is
Creating a Loony Super-Secret Spy Team Is All Too Plausible
This article is by Heather Digby Parsons on AlterNet and
originally on Salon. This is from near the beginning:
(..) [S]ome of the
worst outside influences remain in Trump's orbit, even though they've
never had an official position in his campaign or his administration.
The scariest of those is Erik Prince, CEO of the notorious "private
contractor" company Academi -- formerly known as Blackwater -- who is
busily pitching one crackpot idea after another.
Prince is the brother of
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and a longtime friend of Vice President
Mike Pence. His history during the Iraq War as the head of Blackwater,
which was essentially an unaccountable mercenary army, made him
infamous. But his closeness with Donald Trump's administration has put
him in the spotlight frequently over the last year, and every new story
about him is more bizarre than the last.
What Prince reminds me
of is the following, which is the start of the Wikipedia lemma on the Gestapo:
The Gestapo, abbreviation of Geheime
Staatspolizei (Secret State Police), was the official secret police of Nazi
Germany and German-occupied Europe.
The force was created by Hermann Göring in 1933 by combining the
various security police agencies of Prussia into one organization.
Beginning on 20 April 1934 it passed to the administration of Schutzstaffel (SS) national leader Heinrich Himmler, who in 1936 was
appointed Chief of German Police (Chef der Deutschen Polizei) by
Hitler. The Gestapo at this time becoming a national rather than a
Prussian state agency as a suboffice of the Sicherheitspolizei (SiPo) (Security
Police). Then from 27 September 1939 forward, it was administered by
(RSHA) (Reich Main Security Office) and was considered a sister organization to the SS Sicherheitsdienst (SD) (Security
Service). During World War II, the Gestapo played a key role
in the Nazi plan to exterminate the Jews of Europe.
And I think the
parallels to 1933 are quite good with the present USA, although
I also am willing to agree that two differences are that the
present USA is not - by far, as yet - as militaristic as
Hitler´s government and movement were, and that Trump
is also not - yet, at least - a dictator.
Here is another bit of historical
Back in August, there was a
flurry of reporting about Bannon and Prince's plan to privatize
the war in Afghanistan based upon the colonial model of the
British East India Company of the 19th century, including a post for
Prince himself as the country's "viceroy."
This seems not
to have gone through, but the following seems to be planned now:
But all that is nothing
compared to the bombshell report by Matthew Cole and Jeremy
Scahill in the Intercept, which says, among other things, that the
Afghanistan "viceroy" plan was actually an elaborate smokescreen for
some even loonier schemes. According to numerous sources -- and
accompanied by official denials from the White House -- the Trump
administration is considering creating a private spy network to be run
by Prince, legendary Iran-Contra figure Oliver North and a right-wing
clandestine agent from the Reagan administration named John Maguire.
Its goal would be to go around the intelligence community and gather
information on its own for CIA Director Mike Pompeo and President Trump.
This is allegedly in
response to what Trump, Pompeo and others perceive as a "Deep State"
that is hostile to Trump. Cole and Scahill quote a former senior
intelligence official paraphrasing White House discussions of the plan:
"Pompeo can't trust the CIA bureaucracy, so we need to create this
thing that reports just directly to him. The whole point is this is
supposed to report to the president and Pompeo directly."
Yes indeed. Well, I
said what I think this most closely corresponds to: The Gestapo. Here is
This plan is big. According
to Cole and Scahill's reporting, these guys would task the private
spooks to gather intelligence all over the world, even in places like
North Korea and Iran, where normal U.S. intelligence operations are
extremely limited. A new global rendition program to kidnap and
interrogate suspected terrorists is also being contemplated, along with
a major Middle East propaganda effort.
And it also will be -
very probably - completely privatized and completely secret.
Franken Calls It Quits After Sexual Misconduct Allegations Pile Up
article is by Brad Street on AlterNet and originally on Raw Story.
I say. Here
is my response:
Sen. Al Franken, bowing to
pressure from his Senate colleagues, announced on Thursday that he
would resign after being hit with multiple sexual misconduct
During a speech on the
Senate floor on Thursday, Franken said he was “shocked” when multiple
women accused him of groping them.
“I was shocked, I was
upset, but in responding to their claims, I also wanted to be
respectful of that broader conversation,” Franken said.
Franken also was defiant
about some of the allegations leveled against him, however, and he
insisted that some of them were flatly not true.
“I know there’s been a very
different picture of me painted,” Franken said. “But I know who I
First, Franken was one of the three (!!) Senators I had some
The other two are Warren and Sanders.
Second, I am a psychologist who never groped or hit or
woman, which - I think - is also nothing special, for this also
true of most non-powerful men.
Third, being a psychologist I note that powerful men feel they
special that they can indulge their sadism in the
interest of their
sexual satisfaction, for I think this is what is behind all
groping, assaulting and exposing of themselves: sadism. I deeply
Fourth, I agree Franken is probably rather less of a sadist
than are Roger
Moore and Donald Trump. So I am glad he went by himself, and I think
Moore and Trump also should go.
Finally, fifth. I am afraid that Franken, like all the other powerful
gropers and assaulters do not see themselves as I see them: As
who indulged in their sadism to force
unwanted sex on women in their
Did Facebook Give the Right-Wing 'Weekly Standard' Fact-Checking
article is by Sam Levin on AlterNet and originally on The Guardian. It
starts as follows:
A conservative news
organization has been approved to
partner with Facebook to
fact-check false news, drawing criticisms that the social media company
is caving to rightwing pressures and collaborating with a publication
that has previously spread propaganda.
The Weekly Standard, a
conservative opinion magazine, said
it is joining a fact-checking initiative that Facebook launched
last year aimed
at debunking fake news on the site with the help of outside
journalists. The Weekly Standard will be the first right-leaning news
organization and explicitly partisan group to do fact-checks for
Facebook, prompting backlash from progressive organizations, who have
argued that the magazine has a history of publishing questionable
I despise Facebook
and I also think it ought to be completely forbidden, since it
lives from the private data it steals from its members. I also
think it is utterly ridiculous to let them ¨fact-check¨
themselves or allow them to (always secretly, except perhaps in a few
rare cases) ¨fact-check¨ others (by unknown ¨algorithms¨ ).
Here is more:
Recently, the Weekly
Standard has also repeatedly attacked the
fact-checkers who are
already working with Facebook.
Stephen Hayes, the Weekly
Standard’s editor-in-chief, told
the Guardian in an email that the publication had been “formally” doing
fact-checking for six months and had hired “an incredibly sharp”
fact-checker, Holmes Lybrand. He added: “The work really does speak for
This sounds as if it is
total trash: Am I supposed to believe that Holmes
Lybrand is capable of checking the private e-mails and Facebook
¨websites¨ of over 2 billion customers?! Each day?! To me that
sounds like total and intentional bullshit.
Here are the
professonal liars of Facebook:
A Facebook spokesperson
declined to comment on the Weekly Standard, but
told the Guardian: “We continue to believe that objective facts are
objective facts. The political provenance of a given source is
irrelevant if their reporting is factual … At Facebook, providing
access to authentically fact-checked content is one of our top
priorities and is just one of the tools we use to fight fake news.”
If you believe them I
don´t think you are quite sane.
article is by Robert Reich on his site. It starts as follows:
congressional Republicans are engineering the largest corporate tax cut
history in order “to restore our competitive edge,” as Trump says.
corporations – especially big ones that would get most of the planned
corporate tax cuts – have no particular
allegiance to America. Their only allegiance is to their shareholders.
For years they’ve been
cutting the jobs and wages of American workers in order to generate
and higher share prices.
Some of these jobs have
gone abroad or been outsourced to lower-paid contractors in America.
Others have been automated. Most of the remaining jobs pay no more than
four decades ago, adjusted for inflation.
Yes indeed: This is all true,
although I have one - major - qualification about this bit:
corporations – especially big ones that would get most of the planned
corporate tax cuts – have no particular
allegiance to America. Their only allegiance is to their shareholders.
The major qualification is
that this is both wholly true and in complete accordance with the
Milton Friedman, who said this, literally in 1962:
"Few trends could so
thoroughly undermine the very foundation of our free society as the
acceptance by corporate officials of a social responsibility other than
to make as much money for their stockholders as possible. This is a
fundamentally subversive doctrine. If businessmen do have a social
responsibility other than making maximum profits for stockholders, how
are they to know what it is? Can self-selected private individuals
decide what the social interest is?"
Keep that in mind, for Robert
Reich continues as follows:
I’m not blaming
American corporations. They’re in business to make profits and maximize
share prices, not to serve America.
politicians who are trying to persuade Americans that tax cuts on
corporations will be good for Americans.
I am blaming the
corporations, who presently have been elevated to full personhood by
the Supreme Court - which means that by Milton Friedman´s ruling, that
effectively is also embraced by Robert Reich, they are - probably
quite self-consciously - acting as if they are complete psychopaths,
without any moral conscience nor any empathy.
For they effectively maintain
that anything which makes their profits one cent less is immoral, also
if these things that make their profits less are major abuses.
As to the ¨politicians¨:
Nearly all of them are self-conscious, highly paid propagandists
for the rich, who have all been bought by one or more of their
more than ten lobbyists, who again are mostly paid by the rich
Finally, there is this, that
attempts to set up A Good Or Ideal European Union as compared
with A Bad And Corporate USA:
Governments in other
rich nations often devise laws through bargains involving big
corporations and organized labor. This process further binds their
to their nations.
But in America, lawmakers
respond almost exclusively to the demands of big corporations and of
(typically corporate executives and Wall Street moguls) with the most
lobbying prowess and deepest pockets to bankroll campaigns. Meanwhile,
unions are weak, and “the
preferences of the average American appear to have only a miniscule,
statistically non-significant impact upon public policy,” according to researchers.
Which is one reason why
most Europeans and Canadians receive essentially free health care,
generous unemployment benefits, paid medical leave, and an
average of five weeks paid vacation.
I am sorry but this last
paragraph is utter bullshit.
I am Dutch and I live in
Holland since over 40 years. So I am a European. I do not know
how it is arranged in other countries that are part of the
European Union, but since much is regulated by Juncker and
other not and never nominated degenerates who rule the European
Union, I take it my position is similar to what it
is in the other countries that are part of the European Union:
free health care¨: TOTAL
bullshit. I paid 22 euros a month in the 1970ies, when the medics
were also quite well-paid; I am paying a
legally forced 170 euros now, every month, and that ¨health
insurance¨ is very much worse than
that of the 1970ies (when e.g. the glasses I wore since then were
completely free: Now I have to pay the mafia price of 800 euros for the same glasses (that are therefore worth two second hand
¨generous unemployment benefits¨: TOTAL bullshit: I have been a
member of the Dutch dole for 31 years. This meant that for 31 years
I got less money than the minimal pay
even the dumbest get for working, and even now that I have the most minimal pension that is still
diminished by nearly 500 yearly euros
because I lived two full years in Norway.
¨paid medical leave¨: TOTAL bullshit: I never got any paid medical leave
the last 40 years, during all of which I had a
serious and painful disease, namely ME/CFS. I have not even been considered
medically ill for any of these 40 years, for the Dutch bureaucrats
argued as follows: ¨You are not ill according to English
psychiatrists; therefore you are not
ill; therefore you have to work.¨ If I had not
had a site, I would have had to suicide, for I am really ill.
average of five weeks paid vacation¨: TOTAL bullshit: What I got,
both in the dole and as a minimally pensioned person is around 450
euros as ¨holiday money¨ that is a part of the
minimal yearly pay I get, but is given as ¨holiday¨ money because
this allows stealing
that money from everyone who dies before he receives it (in
May or June).
What I agree to is
that the social arrangements in the USA are even worse. But
what I quoted were just lies
or total prejudice
or complete ignorance
O yes (and I know this is an
aside): As I have also been saying now for thirty years, marijuana
and hashish also are still illegal in
Holland. They are sold as if they are free because the
mayors get a percentage of the 10 - 50 billion euros in illegal drugsmoney that they helped sell, I
am utterly convinced. 
 I have now been
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 2 years
as if they are the
eagerly willing instruments of the US's secret services, which I
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 (!!).
In 1987 when I first got a personal computer, the programs I wrote on
it were still called ¨programs¨. It is a metaphor, but it also is a
fairly clear English term. In contrast ¨algorithm¨, which is the term
that seems at present strongly preferred by journalists, is the strange
construction made from Arabic and English. (It means ¨algebraic
pattern¨). I dislike that term (and I know how to program in
six languages): it seems to further complicate the already
obscure (to most).
 I have had to survive 3 1/2 years of murder threats and a real and actual
gassing by the illegal soft drugsdealers that Mayor Van
Thijn of Amsterdam gave his personal permission
to deal in soft and hard drugs from the bottom floor of the house where
He did not answer any letter (two of which were handed
by me to his personal doorman) by me, and never answered anything
Neither did his successor Mayor Patijn of Amsterdam
(other than one statement that he would do nothing about my
being gassed, kept out of sleep for three and a half years (which is
torture according to the UN), and beig threatened with murder).
Neither did Patijn´s successor Job Cohen (who seems to
be a grandson or a nephew of one of the collaborators of the SS who
helped murdering 116,000 Jews in WW II), and neither did
his alderman Rob Oudkerk, who is the grandson of that
collaborator (and who contacted me anonymously in 2003, and
who said in public around the same time that his grandfather ¨did
nothing wrong¨, and who then was dismissed for fucking junkie-whores in
the polder and for popping cocaine).
Neither did any Amsterdam bureaucrat, nor any Amsterdam policeman, not
the Amsterdam Ombudsman, nor the National Ombudsman of Holland....
According to the one official parliamentary report of 1996, the Van Traa Report, some
10 billion euros in illegal soft drugs
are turned over in Holland each year,
and some 30-50 billion illegal euros
if you also count the hard drugs.
Since the soft drugs are being sold by
¨personal permission¨ of mayors (I was shown the
letter in which that phrase occured by the soft drugsdealers who tried
to gas me and threatened to murder me in the late 1980ies: it was
signed by Ed van Thijn, on official city paper); since all these drugs still are quite illegal;
since 1 % of this (which is very easily paid by the customers) is
anyway several billions each year, I think the Dutch mayors
and/or the politicians and/or the bureaucrats and/or the judges are collaborating with the Dutch drugs mafia.
I have no proof, but the above are the facts. And Holland has
been the Colombia of Europe now for 30 years.
And if I get murdered it is because I keep writing
these facts - that are now NOT being
answered for thirty years next year.