from December 16, 2017
This is a Nederlog of Saturday, December 16,
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 16, 2017
Killing Net Neutrality Has Brought On a New
Call for Public
2. Trump's Popularity Is Plummeting Among Fox
3. What's It Gonna Be, White America? Will You
Side with Roy
Moore or Those Who Oppose Him?
4. Protecting the Shaky
Guide to Why the Trump-Republican Tax Plan is a Disgrace
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:
Net Neutrality Has Brought On a New Call
for Public Broadband
This article is by Zaid Jilani on The Intercept. It starts
Well, this is the first
proposal I´ve read since the FCC stopped internet neutrality that makes
some sense - and in fact I proposed in 2008 to
divide the internet in two parts:
The Federal Communications
Commission’s 3-2 vote to repeal net neutrality rules has many
worried that internet service providers will now build the same sort of
internet that some other countries have — where individual providers can collude to throttle
traffic to certain websites and services in order to shake money from
consumers or the companies themselves — or both.
For instance, in Morocco
last year, multiple internet service providers worked
together to briefly block voice chat services like WhatsApp and
Skype, in what was interpreted by some as an attempt to push consumers
to subscribe to their phone subscriptions instead.
But Seattle’s Socialist
Alternative Council Member Kshama Sawant — the prime
mover of the city’s successful bid to enact a $15 an hour minimum
wage — has another idea. She wants her city to simply build its own
broadband network to compete with the private providers, guaranteeing a
free flow of unthrottled information.
One commercial, for rich firms, advertisers etc. and the
other non-commercial, for personal websites (no Facebook at all),
the news (or part of it ), and everybody who
dislikes advertising (and spying, but I wasn´t as far as that in
I still think this was a natural and sensible idea, but it
wasn´t picked up at all. Here is some more:
It may sound radical
but it’s not unheard of. Today, around 185 communities in
the United States offer some form of public broadband service. Because
these services are controlled by public entities, they are also
accountable to the public — a perk that anybody who has tried to get a
broadband company on the phone can appreciate.
Yes, also in
Holland: I was told by the liars of the national telecom KPN who pretend
falsely that they are ¨xs4all.nl¨, that in fact was sold to kpn
in 1999, between 2002 and 2009, when my telephone modem
had an actual effective service below 4 Kb per second (!!) and very
often failed to appear at all - for seven years !! - that
do not have these problems, and therefore you do not
either. Goodbye Sir.¨
is, they systematically failed to do anything for me,
with systematic and purposive bullshit, and
that while the news service and the internet protections they
recommended themselves to their users insisted at the same time
that 1 out out of 4 of personal computers where I live were cracked,
at that time.
This probably was an underestimate - and in 20009 my computer
was cracked, and I lost 1 1/2 years of all my data.Then I got fast
internet - and since then nearly all my e-mails have disappeared, while
I am not busy for two years complaining that my site seems to be
updated once a week or so, instead of within 2 or 3 seconds, as it did
correctly from 1996 till 2009...
Then this article continues as follows:
In a Facebook post written Thursday night, Sawant urged the state and city to
And I am completely out.
(For I think Fuckbook + Suckerbug are the sickest and most degenerate
spies I know of.)
Popularity Is Plummeting Among Fox News Viewers
This article is by Jessica Kwong on AlterNet and originally on
Newsweek. It starts as follows:
I report this although I
have no idea about its factual correctness, and this also seems
to contradict what was said in the the next article. Then again, I also
did not find much reliable and decent news today, and the above might
be true. But see the next article:
In June, 90 percent of
respondents in a Suffolk
University poll who said they trust Fox over other news networks
viewed Trump favorably, but by October, approval had fallen to 74
percent and plummeted to 58 percent in December, The
Washington Post reported on Thursday. That’s a 32-point drop
in six months.
Accordingly, the percentage
of Fox watchers who viewed Trump unfavorably grew in the December poll
to more than a third, which was double the unfavorability percentage
recorded among Republicans.
Also, Fox viewers who
strongly approved of Trump’s job performance dropped from 55 percent in
March to 32 percent in October. The Post notes that “what’s
interesting” is that the president’s favorability dropped even though
Fox viewers from October to November were slightly more inclined to say
the U.S. was going in the right direction.
Trump loses support from
Fox viewers as his approval rating continues to suffer. The president’s
rating hit its lowest point since he was inaugurated in January in a Monmouth
University poll published on Wednesday. More than half of
respondents in the Monmouth poll, 56 percent, disapproved of Trump’s
job performance, and he lost more support from women and independents.
It Gonna Be, White America? Will You Side
with Roy Moore or Those Who Oppose Him?
This article is by
Chauncey DeVega on AlterNet and originally on Salon. It starts as
I tried to read it
but could only get the first of four pages, together
with much information on - I quote - ¨our Copyright and Permissions
information¨ that fails to mention how or where one can find
the remaining three pages and fails to mention that an article
published in 1860 has lost copyright.
"What Shall We Do
With the White People?" is one of my favorite essays. Written
in 1860 by an African-American school teacher and activist named
William Wilson (aka "Ethiop"), it is a brilliant response to white
supremacy and a white American society that projected pathology and
inferiority onto black people as a means of legitimating slavery and
all the exploitation, rape, murder and other abuse it entailed.
I read "What Shall We Do With
the White People?" several times a year. It always makes me laugh. It
also helps me make sense of the social and political insanity of this
society, which for all its many positive social changes over the
decades and centuries remains fundamentally organized to protect white
privilege and the power of white people as a group.
Then again, this seems to be the norm since Google pirated all
printed books as its own (and making awful photocopies with extremely
And for me it is a riddle how DeVega has read the other three pages. In
any case, here is what the above is in aid of:
As the world now knows,
former U.S. attorney Jones, a Democrat, defeated former Alabama Supreme
Court justice Moore, largely because of overwhelming support from the black
community (especially black women). It was not a landslide
victory. Jones won by about 20,000 votes out of 1.3 million cast, a
margin of 1.5 percent.
Moore, who is by the
preponderance of the evidence an adult sexual predator who targeted
underage girls, won a majority among every category of white voter in
Alabama. This was even true among college-educated white women.
Roy Moore, a man who wants
to take away women's right to vote as well as control over their own
bodies, won the votes of white women by a huge margin, 63 percent to 34
Roy Moore, a man who can
reasonably be described as a Christian fascist -- a man who does not respect the U.S. Constitution and
has spoken affectionately about the era of slavery, won every
demographic of white voters by a large margin.
I agree with
DeVega - who is a black man - on the characteristics of Moore. Then
again, I don´t think I agree with DeVega´s ending:
For what are ¨good people¨? Or
indeed what are ¨bad
people¨? Either these judgements are merely a matter of
personal taste, or there is something to be said for them in fact.
Tens of millions
of white people voted for Donald Trump. Hundreds of thousands
voted for Roy Moore. What kind of white people do they want to be? I
think we know the answer. There are no good people who voted for Donald
Trump and continue to support him. And there most certainly are no good
people who voted for Roy Moore last Tuesday.
And I will only answer - here and now - the last question in
I´d say people are bad if they are sadists or are
And while I agree with DeVega that there are quite a few sadist
and malicious persons among white people, I´d also say that there are
strong underlying causes that dispose them that way, namely their stupidity and
But I might be more offensive than DeVega may be...
the Shaky Russia-gate Narrative
This article is by
Robert Parry on Consortiumnews. It starts as follows:
I agree with Robert Parry,
and I have already dealt with the $100,000 a year (supposedly
spent) as compared with the $27 billion spent in total here, but there is a bit more
information now, such as that of these $100,000 - related to the the
$27 billion as $27
billion / $100,000 = the 0.00001th (a hundred
thousandth) part of Facebook's
annual revenue - were in fact only spent for less than half
of that amount before the
If Russia-gate is the
massive scandal that we are told it is by so many Important People —
across the U.S. mainstream media and the political world — why do its
proponents have to resort to lies and exaggerations to maintain the
pillars supporting the narrative?
A new example on Thursday
was The New York Times’ statement
that a Russian agency “spent $100,000 on [Facebook’s] platform to
influence the United States presidential election last year” – when the
Times knows that statement is not true.
According to Facebook, only 44
percent of that amount appeared before
the U.S. presidential
election in 2016 (i.e., $44,000) and few of those ads addressed the
Here is Robert Parry´s answer to these lies:
Why would the Times
lie? Because to tell the truth would undercut the narrative of evil
Russians defeating Hillary Clinton and putting Donald Trump in the
White House – the core narrative of Russia-gate.
I think that is correct,
as is this:
The Times also might
have put the $100,000 in “Russian-linked” ads over a two-year period in
the context of Facebook’s $27 billion in annual revenue, but the Times
didn’t do that – apparently because it would make even the full
$100,000 look like a pittance.
There is considerably more
in the article, that is recommended.
Trimming the total down to
$44,000 and admitting that only a few of those ads actually dealt with
Clinton and Trump would be even worse for the Russia-gate narrative.
Ironically, the Times’
latest false depiction of the $100,000 in ads as designed “to
influence” the 2016 election appeared in an
article about Facebook determining that other Russian-linked ads,
which supposedly had a powerful effect on Great Britain’s Brexit vote,
totaled just three ads at the cost of 97 cents. (That is not a
5. A Guide to Why the
Tax Plan is a Disgrace
article is by Robert Reich on his site. It starts as follows:
In fact, I skipped most of
the text in these points, and indicated it by ¨(...)¨. The first point is evaluated by
Reich as ¨Rubbish¨; the second as ¨Baloney¨; and the third as ¨Untrue¨,
and he gives his good reasons in every case.
Here are the 3 main
Republican arguments in favor of the Republican tax plan, followed by
1. It will make American
corporations competitive with foreign corporations, which are taxed at
a lower rate. (...)
2. With the tax cut, big
corporations and the rich will invest and create more jobs. (...)
3. It will give small
businesses an incentive to invest and create more jobs. (...)
This is a recommended article.
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 fact, I think the real
news - all the real facts, without admixtures of propaganda, lies and
systematic ommissions - is much too important to leave it to
the commercial entities that have been propagandizing and lying
continuously, but I agree there still are some papers that depend on
commerce and bring ¨the news¨.
I merely mention the problem here to show that I am aware of it (and
was ten years ago).