from May 23, 2018
This is a
Nederlog of Wednesday,
This is a crisis
log but it is a bit different from how it was until 2013:
I have been
writing about the crisis since September
1, 2008 (in Dutch, but
since 2010 in English) 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 more than 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
I shall continue.
2. Crisis Files
These are five crisis files
that are all well worth reading:
A. Selections from May 23, 2018:
1. Pompeo Threatens Iran With Strongest Sanctions in History,
The 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:
U.S. March Toward War
2. Trump Is Not “Above the Law”: John Bonifaz Warns Against
3. World Temperature Rise Nears Danger Level
4. Jeff Bezos as "Face of Greed" Gets Retail Giant's Attention
5. Real Corruption: Mick “Pay and We’ll Talk” Mulvaney
Threatens Iran With Strongest Sanctions in History, Speeding U.S. March
article is by Amy Goodman and Juan González on Democracy Now! It starts
with the following introduction:
I think all of that is
correct. Here is Mike Pompeo reeling off his own
set of lies:
On Monday, Secretary of
State Mike Pompeo used his first major policy address to threaten Iran
with “the strongest sanctions in history.” Pompeo presented a list of
12 “basic requirements” for a new nuclear treaty with Iran,
including “unqualified access” to all nuclear sites and an end to its
interventions in Yemen. This comes just under two weeks after the Trump
administration withdrew the United States from the Iran nuclear deal.
“Pompeo and Bolton have made the choice for the international community
much, much easier,” says Trita Parsi, founder and president of the
National Iranian American Council. “Either you collaborate with the
Trump administration and go along with these sanctions, walk away from
this nuclear deal and speed up this march toward war—or you resist.”
That is: ¨I¨ - Mike
- ¨will blow all you 80 millions Iranians up by atomic weapons¨ (¨the
strongest sanctions in history¨) ¨if you don´t do as I say.¨ At least, that´s
make of Pompeo´s sayings.
POMPEO: (..) The Iranian
regime should know that this is just the beginning. The sting of
sanctions will be painful if the regime does not change its course from
the unacceptable and unproductive path it has chosen to one that
rejoins the league of nations. These will indeed end up being the
strongest sanctions in history when we are complete. The regime has
been fighting all over the Middle East for years. After our sanctions
come in force, it will be battling to keep its economy alive.
Here is more:
GOODMAN: For more, we are
joined in Washington, D.C., by Trita Parsi, founder and president of
the National Iranian American Council. His most recent book, Losing
an Enemy: Obama, Iran, and the Triumph of Diplomacy. Also author
of A Single Roll of the Dice: Obama’s Diplomacy with Iran.
Trita, what about this language of Mike Pompeo, the new secretary of
PARSI: I think he made it
quite clear that the administration is not looking to get back to the
negotiating table. What they’re doing is that they’re putting together
a strategy that is based on maximum pressure, economic warfare,
combined with completely unattainable objectives, demands that have a
proven track record of not being able to be met. If you combine this
type of pressure with these type of unattainable demands, what you are
putting in place is a strategy to get yourself into a confrontation.
That is, Pompeo is
heading straight for war, that is likely to be atomic. Here
is more on
the eagerness of the USA to make war upon Iran:
GONZÁLEZ: And what about that confrontation? Do you get a
sense that the United States really is eager to begin a military
confrontation with Iran?
PARSI: Remember, John
Bolton is the national security advisor. He is on record for the last
15 years arguing for war with Iran. Folks that I have spoke to that
have access to the administration has made it very clear—ever since he
got back into the administration, the plans have really sped up. Just
look at how fast Pompeo is moving, from taking office as secretary of
state and moving to get out of the nuclear deal and then putting
forward this plan that in reality has been correctly perceived by many
different commentators as something that is aimed at getting the United
States into a confrontation with Iran.
I agree with Parsi and
this is a strongly recommended article, in which there is
Is Not “Above the Law”: John Bonifaz Warns Against Normalizing
article is by Amy Goodman and Juan González on Democracy Now!
Top FBI and Justice Department officials have
confirmed they will meet with congressional leaders to review
classified information on the handling of special counsel Robert
Mueller’s investigation into potential ties between Russia and the
Trump campaign. This comes after President Trump demanded an
investigation into whether the FBI
infiltrated his presidential campaign. Trump has claimed for months,
without evidence, that the Obama administration spied on his campaign.
Legal experts say his tweet Sunday crossed a line by applying overt
presidential pressure on the Justice Department, which could possibly
set up a clash similar to the one between President Nixon and the
Justice Department during the Watergate scandal. The finding of
wrongdoing by Trump could ultimately be referred to Congress and make
impeachment a topic of debate among candidates in the midterm
elections, though few Democratic leaders have openly supported it. This
comes as Texas Democratic Congressmember Al Green doubled down on his
effort to impeach Trump, a year after he first announced he was
drafting articles of impeachment. We get an update from John Bonifaz,
an attorney and president of Free Speech For People, one of the
organizations that launched the “Impeach Donald Trump Now” campaign.
I like Al Green though it
is true he probably is one of the very few
Democrats whose consciences
have not been bought by money from lobbyists. Here is some more
I agree with Green, though
it is not just ¨bigotry¨ I complain about. And here is John
GOODMAN: (...) Texas
Democratic Congressmember Al Green of Houston doubled down on his
effort to impeach Trump a year after he first announced he was drafting
articles of impeachment. Green spoke Wednesday on the House floor.
AL GREEN: You know that there’s
bigotry emanating from the presidency, yet you would not want me to
stand here and address it. I will address it. This president has
exhibited a kind of bigotry that this country ought not tolerate. And
when he said that there were some s-hole countries as he was addressing
his immigration policy, he was putting his bigotry into policy, and
that is something that we all should concern ourselves with—the fact
that the president’s policies are based upon his bigotry. Impeachment
is the remedy.
(...) [W]hat is the state of the impeachment movement and why are you
calling for it today?
BONIFAZ: Thank you, Amy,
for having me. We have been calling for it since the day this president
assumed the oath of office, because he created a constitutional crisis
at that moment, refusing to divest fully from his business interests
and treating the Oval Office as a profit-making enterprise at the
We now see the list of
impeachable offenses growing by the day, really. Obstruction of
justice, conspiring with a foreign government to violate federal
campaign finance laws, giving aid and comfort to what supremacists and
neo-Nazis, abuse of the pardon power, misusing the law enforcement
agencies to attack political opponents, undermining freedom of the
This is a president—to pick
up on your prior conversation and guest’s statement that we don’t have
a monarchy in the United States, we don’t, but this president acts like
he is above the law, that he is not needing to comply with basic
constitutional principles and basic democratic principles that no one
is above the law, not even the president of the United States.
I agree with Bonifaz,
although I think that it is unlikely that Trump will be
impeached as long as
the Republicans hold the Senate and the House. And this is a
Temperature Rise Nears Danger Level
article is by Paul Brown on Truthdig and originally on Climate News
Network. It starts as follows:
With world temperature rise
already 1°C above pre-industrial levels, new research shows that there
is only a 0.5°C safety margin left in the system before the most
vulnerable groups of people suffer severely.
The current political
in Paris more than two years ago, of aiming to prevent temperature
from rising more than 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, and certainly
stopping a rise beyond 2°C, disguises the fact that we are already more
than halfway to the danger point.
And scientists have now
shown that there is a huge difference in the consequences to the human
race if the 1.5°C limit is exceeded and temperatures allowed to reach
Research to identify
climate vulnerability hotspots has found that if the global temperature
does rise by 2°C, then the number of people affected by multiple
climate change risks could double the number affected by a rise of
I say. Here is more:
In 2011, an estimated 767
million people were living on less than US$1.90 per day, classed as
extreme poverty, and the researchers estimated that 3.5 billion more
people were “vulnerable to poverty”, living on less than US$10 per day.
At 1.5°C of warming, 16% of the probable population of the world in
2050, 1.5bn people, will have moderate-to-high levels of multi-sector
risk. At 2°C this almost doubles to 29% of the global population, 2.7bn
people. And at 3°C, that figure almost doubles again, to 50% of the
global population: 4.6bn human beings.
And I say again.
Incidentally, I believe there are now more
very poor people
than there were in 1993, which is twentyfive years ago. (And
all in spite of ¨Live Aid¨ and
¨Make Poverty History¨, that
happened meanwhile, you´ll
be amazed to learn!!!) And now a considerable number of the
be slightly cooked when temperatures get close to 50 C...
Anyway. This is a
Bezos as "Face of Greed" Gets Retail Giant's Attention
article is by Jon Queally on Common Dreams. It starts as follows and
apparently was written twice. This is from the second ¨Update¨
Of course Bernie Sanders
is right. Here is more by Bernie Sanders:
seems as though Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) knows how to get the
attention of a major corporation.
After the release of a video
earlier in the day (see below) in which Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)
chided Amazon and its mega-billionaire founder and CEO Jeff Bezos as
exemplifying the kind of gross inequality that must be addressed in
order to un-rig the economy, the retail giant put out a statement
defending itself against the charge it does too little for its workers
and issued an invitation for the senator to visit one of its
In response, Sanders issued
a statement thanking the company for reaching out and said he would
gladly visit one of its centers as soon as it could be arranged.
"I remain deeply concerned
about Amazon, an enormously profitable corporation, paying workers
wages that are so low that they are forced to depend on federal
programs like Medicaid, food stamps and public housing for survival,"
Precisely. Jeff Bezos
is a very sick and very greedy man, just like Donald Trump,
Mike Pompeo and
John Bolton are. Here is more:
And Bezos ¨earns¨ the
utterly obscene amount of ¨$275
million every single day¨.
Because - among other things - part of his ¨$275 million every single day¨ are being earned through
making Amazon employees amongst the most exploited persons there are in
the USA: Their extreme poverty = his extreme richness. This is a
Calling out the Grand
Canyon-sized chasm between the wealth of average Amazon employees and
that of Jeff Bezos, the company's founder and currently the single
richest person on Earth, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Tuesday
released a short video from his digital team which characterized this
kind of vast inequality as epitomizing what the senator has long called
the "rigged economy."
"Bezos' wealth increases by
$275 million every single day," Sanders note in a tweet. "Meanwhile,
Amazon workers have to rely on food stamps and public assistance just
to survive. This is what a rigged economy is all about."
Corruption: Mick “Pay and We’ll Talk” Mulvaney
article is by Richard Eskow on Common Dreams. It was originally on
Action Blog and this is from near its beginning:
Yes, I quite agree. In
fact, I go further: I think both the Republicans and the
been massively corrupted by lobbyists, who now seem to
control the vast
majority of the members of both parities in the Senate or the House.
Mulvaney is Trump’s Budget
Director. He is also doing double-duty as head of the Consumer
Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the agency created under
President Obama to protect consumers from being ripped off by predatory
and criminally- inclined banks.
As a member of Congress,
Mulvaney once called the agency he now leads “sick, sad,” and a
Even if Mulvaney uses his
position at the CFPB to serve banks, it’ll still cost them. He pretty
much said so, in
a speech he recently gave to the American Bankers Association.
“We had a hierarchy in my
office in Congress,” Mulvaney told an audience of 1,300 bankers and
loan company executives. “If you’re a lobbyist who never gave us money,
I didn’t talk to you. If you’re a lobbyist who gave us money, I might
talk to you.”
That’s a vision of
play-for-play government, and it’s a vision Mulvaney shares with Trump,
his party, and other members of his administration.
Here is some more
Mulvaney is not just a
play-for-pay servant of the banker class, although he is clearly that.
He is an economic
extremist whose ideology demands that the poor and middle class be
sacrificed on the altar of wealth. That’s why he wants to cut
Medicare and Social Security, as well as programs to benefit the
As Budget Director,
Mulvaney has continued the ideological bait-and-switch he developed as
a Tea Party Congressman and co-founder of the so-called “Freedom
Caucus.” In Congress, he became known as a “deficit hawk.”
Mulvaney railed against
government deficits whenever progressive programs came on the block –
despite the growing number of economists who say federal deficits don’t
matter, at least in the way most conservative policymakers believe.
But Mulvaney switched his
tune about deficits as soon as the opportunity arose to give money away
to the rich. “I’m really not interested in how tax reform handles the
deficit,” Mulvaney told CNBC.
I quite agree and this
is a recommended article in which there is a lot more than I quoted.
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