from May 26, 2018
This is a
Nederlog of Saturday,
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 26, 2018:
1. Donald Trump’s Guide to Presidential Etiquette
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:
2. Want to Make Money Like a C.E.O.? Work for 275 Years
3. Will U.S. Torturers Ever Be Held Accountable as War
4. Trump’s Racist Attacks Have a Deeper Meaning: Crushing All
5. Audit The Outlaw Military Budget Draining America’s
Trump’s Guide to Presidential Etiquette
article is by The Editorial Board of The New York Times. It starts as
when President Michelle Wolf outraged the conscience of conservatives
across America by cracking a joke about the press secretary’s eye
makeup? Oh, wait — Ms. Wolf is a comedian. Telling jokes is her job.
example is President Hillary Clinton, who disregarded all protocol and
endangered our national security by relying on a private email server
to conduct some government business. Hold on, you say Mrs. Clinton
isn’t president, either?
O.K., then —
how about Barack Obama, an actual president? His disrespect for that
station is the stuff of legend. A tan suit. Shirtsleeves in the Oval
Office. Those big, impertinent feet defiling the presidential desk.
Trump has managed to avoid those particular offenses. His suits are
dark, his ties patriotically long. Yet in so many other ways he is
violating Americans’ expectations of how presidents should behave —
even of how adults should behave, particularly when children are
watching. Yes, Mr. Trump has now been compared
to Joseph Stalin by one senior senator from his party, and, yes, he
has been pre-emptively
disinvited to the prospective funeral of another. But most
Republican leaders, usually such vigilant guardians of Oval Office
decorum, have remained strangely silent.
so, although I don´t think that (bolding added) ¨most Republican leaders¨ (..) ¨have
remained strangely silent¨: They have been predicticably silent.
is a good idea of the NYT and indeed may meanwhile be
considered as a
¨traditional for Trump´s government¨:
Yes indeed - and a long
list of the utter lies of the neofascist
madman who is now
the USA follows, and it is worth looking at. This is a
So, for the fourth time in a
year, we’ve compiled a list of Mr. Trump’s more egregious
transgressions. These items don’t represent disputes about policy, over
which reasonable people may disagree. They simply serve to catalog what
Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and all the other Trump-supporting
Republicans in Congress and across America, through their silence, have
now blessed as behavior befitting a president of the United States.
to Make Money Like a C.E.O.? Work for 275 Years
article is by David Gelles on The New York Times. It starts as follows
- and this is in fact extremely obscene
in my eyes:
I am sorry, but I have
been called - utterly falsely - a ¨dirty fascist¨ and ¨a terrorist for over
40 years now in Holland, by the sick, degenerate
terrorists of the ASVA that shared the power in the ¨University¨ of
Amserdam from 1971 till 1995, and who did it all to make as much money
for themselves and as much power for themselves, and none
for their - very few - opponents, of whom I am one.
Walmart employee earning the company’s median salary of $19,177 would
have to work for more than a thousand years to earn the $22.2 million
that Doug McMillon, the company’s chief executive, was awarded in 2017.
Live Nation Entertainment, the concert and ticketing company, an
employee earning the median pay of $24,406 would need to work for 2,893
years to earn the $70.6 million that its chief executive, Michael
Rapino, made last year.
at Time Warner, where the median compensation is a relatively handsome
$75,217, an employee earning that much would still need to work for 651
years to earn the $49 million that Jeffrey Bewkes, the chief executive,
earned in just 12 months.
stark illustrations of income inequality are revealed in the Equilar 200 Highest-Paid C.E.O. Rankings, which
are conducted annually for The New York Times by
Equilar, an executive compensation consulting firm. As economic
uncertainty roils the country, the gap between top executives and
everyday employees grows ever wider.
And for me messrs McMillon, Rapino and Bewkes - and their likes - are
simply extremely sick and greedy
Here is more from the article:
year, publicly traded corporations in the United States had to begin
revealing their pay ratios — comparisons between the pay of their chief
executive and the median compensation of other employees at the
company. The results were predictably striking.
grotesque how unequal this has become,” said Louis Hyman, a business
historian at Cornell University. “For C.E.O.s, it’s like they are
winning the lottery year after year. For a lot of Americans, they don’t
have any savings. When they lose their job, they lose everything.”
Nation and Time Warner did not reply to requests for comment. After
publication of this article, Walmart said it was increasing wages for
Hyman is quite right. And here are some
the first time, two chief executives on the list were awarded more than
$100 million each. Hock Tan of Broadcom received $103.2 million, while
Frank Bisignano of First Data earned $102.2 million.
2017, the median pay for the 200 highest-paid chief executives was
$17.5 million, and they received an average raise of 14 percent,
compared with 9 percent in 2016 and 5 percent the year before that.
Among the 160 companies of
that group that revealed pay ratios, the median compensation for chief
executives was also $17.5 million. In contrast, workers earned $75,217
As I said: This is
like - a few CEOs
are rewarded over $100 million each year, while the poor earn
year, and the ¨middle class¨ $75,000 a year. It is stinking obscene,
and it also is due to major theft of
all the workers who work in
corporations where these megarich neofascists
tender to their own greed. And this is a
U.S. Torturers Ever Be Held Accountable as War Criminals?
article is by Marjorie Cohn on Truthout. This starts with the following
This piece was
first published Wednesday, May 16, on Truthout. On Thursday, the Senate
confirmed Gina Haspel as the first female CIA director.
I missed this article, but
since it is a good article, here it is. It starts as follows:
Intelligence Committee voted
10-5 to support Gina Haspel’s nomination today, despite the
fact that her facilitation of torture should disqualify her from
assuming the role of CIA director.
In her testimony before the
Senate Intelligence Committee on May 9, Haspel insisted that the CIA’s
interrogation program during the Bush administration was legal. Haspel,
a 33-year CIA veteran, argued that it could not be determined whether
torture was effective to gain intelligence. She refused to state
categorically that torture is immoral. And she never condemned the
torture program in which she participated.
Haspel was chief of base at
the secret CIA black site in Thailand when al-Qaida suspects, including
Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, were waterboarded and brutalized in 2002. Ten
years later, Sondra
Crosby said al-Nashiri was “one of the most severely
traumatized individuals I have ever seen.”
pouring water into prisoners’ noses and mouths to make them feel like
And waterboarding has
been regarded as torture since the 1600s at the latest. As to
Gina Haspel: I think she is an eager sadist, an eager
torturer, and an utter liar. I reject everything
she says as a lie.
There is this about
U.S. law - which in fact is a ridiculous bit of nonsense that
people in the CIA who love torturing
others can cast aside at will:
U.S. law has long
considered waterboarding to be torture, which constitutes a war crime.
After World War II, the U.S. government tried, convicted and hanged
Japanese military leaders for the war crime of waterboarding.
Torture is prohibited under
the U.S. Torture Statute; the U.S. War Crimes Act; the Geneva
Conventions; and the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel,
Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (also known as the
Convention Against Torture).
circumstances whatsoever, whether a state of war or a threat of war,
internal political instability or any other public emergency, may be
invoked as a justification for torture,” the Convention Against Torture
Precisely. But not
anymore in the USA nor in the CIA. And there is this about the
sadofascist who started that people could be tortured, the neofascistic sadist Cheney:
As I said. And here is
more on the sadist
Haspel, who lied and lied and lied so that she could
According to Col.
Lawrence Wilkerson, chief of staff to Colin Powell, Bush’s
secretary of state, the torture policy emanated from Vice President
Dick Cheney’s office.
That makes Cheney—along
with George W. Bush and other officials who authorized the
torture—liable for war crimes. But since Barack Obama refused to hold
the Bush war criminals accountable, Cheney continues to advocate
torture with impunity.
In a recent appearance on
Fox Business, Cheney supported Haspel’s nomination. He said he
“wholeheartedly” favors “enhanced interrogation techniques”—a euphemism
for torture. “I think the techniques we used were not torture,” Cheney
claimed. “If it were my call, I would not discontinue those programs,”
Cheney said. “If it were my call, I’d do it again.”
Thus the obscenely
sadistic liar Haspel. And incidentally, both Rodrigues and
thay what they did was torture according to almost all non-U.S.
lawyers - but Haspel helped destroying the evidence of her own
torturing. What an utterly sick degenerate! And this is a
Haspel confirmed that there
were tapes documenting 92 interrogations of a detainee. Although she
denied giving the order to destroy the tapes, Haspel acknowledged that
in 2005, she drafted a cable from Jose Rodriguez ordering the
destruction of the tapes. Rodriguez was chief of the CIA clandestine
program and Haspel was his chief of staff.
When asked if she supported
the destruction of tapes depicting waterboarding, Haspel said, “I
absolutely was an advocate” of erasing the tapes, citing security
concerns. She claimed to rely on consistent advice from counsel that
there was no legal requirement to retain the tapes, provided that the
treatment conformed to U.S. law.
Racist Attacks Have a Deeper Meaning: Crushing All Dissent
article is by Chauncey DeVega on AlterNet and originally on Salon. It
starts as follows:
Yes, I think that is
mostly correct. Here is more on the neofascist
If you are not afraid by
now, you should be.
Donald Trump is a racist.
This is not a random accusation but an inference drawn from ample
evidence. He has demonstrated those traits and
behaviors throughout his time in public life.
Donald Trump is now the
leader of the Republican Party, even if some Republicans remain
uncomfortable with that fact. That party is the country's largest white
identity organization, and torchbearer for a political value system
where conservatism and racism are now effectively one and the same.
Donald Trump is an
authoritarian. He holds democratic norms, culture, laws, and
institutions in contempt and is doing everything in his power to become
America's first dictator.
In response to the
NFL's decision to fine players who kneel in protest during the national
anthem next season, Donald Trump used the bully pulpit of the
presidency to gloat and threaten. "Well, I think that's good," Trump
said during a Fox News interview. "I don't think people should be
staying in locker rooms, but still I think it's good. You have to stand
— proudly — for the national anthem or you shouldn't be playing, you
shouldn't be there, maybe you shouldn't be in the country."
That is: Not only is Trump
an evident neofascist, but he is also a totalitarian
- except on the
sick and degenerate Wikipedia, where ¨totalitarianism¨ apparently has
been redefined by an assistant of the
neofascist Zbigniew Brzezinski (and for more on him see the last
Here is the last bit that I quote from this article:
Yes indeed. And this is a
Patriotism is compulsory.
Freedom of speech is undermined if not wholly overturned -- especially
for those who dare to criticize or otherwise oppose Donald Trump, his
allies or his public. In a version of "blood and soil" racism, those
who protest or otherwise dissent are to be expelled from the country --
especially if they happen not to be white.
Again, Trump's scorn is
selective. He did not threaten the neo-Nazis and other white
supremacists who rampaged and committed murder in Charlottesville with
deportation. Instead, he suggested that some of them were "very
The Outlaw Military Budget Draining America’s Necessities
article is by Ralph Nader on Common Dreams. It starts as follows:
Top military, diplomatic,
and political leaders have exposed, warned of, and condemned our
runaway, unaudited military budgets for decades, to no avail.
(For many examples, see America’s War Machine: Vested Interests,
Endless Conflicts by James McCartney, with Molly Sinclair
McCartney.) They usually come to the same desperate conclusion:
that only organized citizens back in their Congressional Districts can
make Congress stop this spending spree. Only us, Americans!
From 1953, when President
Dwight D. Eisenhower delivered his “Cross of Iron” speech before the
Convention of Newspaper Editors, to full-length addresses by President
Obama’s Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, the warnings about
unrestrained military spending have not been addressed. The military
budget—now at about a trillion dollars when you add up all costs—is
spiraling out of control and draining the public budgets for rebuilding
America’s public infrastructure and services. Now both major parties go
along with uncritical rubber-stamping.
Quite so. And here is
how much of the American taxes are invested in war, violence
terrorism in the last 26 years: About half:
Even the strict Pentagon
budget of about $700 billion is now over fifty percent of the entire
federal government’s operational budget for the other departments and
President Eisenhower said:
Every gun that is made,
every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final
sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are
cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money
alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its
scientists, the hopes of its children.
And Eisenhower was
quite right. Here is how the Pentagon can steal more or less what it
likes the past 26 years:
What to do? Start
with requiring a fully and authentically audited military budget, a
provision already required by federal law since 1992.
The Pentagon has been in
violation of that Congressional directive since 1992 but keeps
promising that an audit is coming, to Congress’s Government
Accountability Office (GAO).
Well... I´d say that if you
believe that the Pentagon will audit itself while it has not
done so in the past 26 years, while it was legally obliged to
do so, you must be an idiot.
This is from the ending of
I completely agree, but
be much amazed if this ever happens before the next
collapse. But this is a strongly recommended article.
This legislation needs
immediate public hearings in Congress. Full annual audits will reveal
the costs of Empire. This is your money that could be used in your own
community for jobs to repair and upgrade your public transit, roads,
bridges, schools, drinking water/sewage systems, and other crumbling
infrastructure and facilities.
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 (!!).